The Best Deeds in the Best Days #04 of a Dhul Hijjah Series
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Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar La ilaha illa Allah who Allahu Akbar Allah who acaba well Allah he'll hand Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar wa Leela he'll hand Allahu akbar wa jal Allahu Akbar Allah Maha Donna.
The fact is that Allah azza wa jal is the greatest, there is no one that is greater than Allah subhanho wa Taala because He is the Creator, and everyone besides Him, His creation, he is the owner, the Malik and everyone besides Him, is owned by Allah azzawajal. He is one with no equal and there is no one that is similar to him. Or Abdullah bin or model de la Mourinho reported that once while we were performing the prayer with the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, a man among the people said, Allahu Akbar Kabira will hamdulillah he cathedra was super Han Allah, Hebrew kurata What are sila, that Glory be to Allah, sorry, that Allah is truly great. Praise be to Allah
in abundance, and Glory be to Allah in the morning and the evening. So the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, that who said those words, and a man among the people said, I said them a messenger of Allah. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that they surprised me. They amazed me, because the doors of heaven were opened for these words. So our beleiving or model de la Mourinho said that since then, I have not abandoned these words, meaning since I heard the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam describe the amazement that he had over how the gates of the sky were open for these words. Since that time, I have not stopped saying these words. So these words of
Allah's glory of Allah's greatness, these words we can say of course in these days Allahu Akbar Kabira will hamdu Lillahi cathedra was Subhana Allah He book ratangarh sila, but we can also say these words in Salah when we begin our Salah, when we say Allahu Akbar, before sootel, fatty when we say the center, we can also say these words, because these words proclaim the greatness the glory of Allah azza wa jal.
We learned that our beloved was rude little dilla Mourinho said that if a person were to were to carry gold coins in a cloth bag, and he were to go and sit on the side of a busy road, and every person that passes by, he gives the he gives each person a gold coin. And on the other side of the road, there is a person who is saying the tuck be rot, who is proclaiming the greatness of Allah, then the person who is proclaiming the greatness of Allah will will receive more reward. Think about this, you see, during these days of the hedger, we are all you know, eager to perform different types of good deeds. And one of the things that we really focus on is giving sadaqa every day and
that is excellent that we should spend our money in the way of Allah. That is excellent. But remember that it is not enough. It is not enough that we just give a daily
donation, every day of the month of the hijab, the first 10 days of the hijab we think that we we are doing a lot and hamdulillah it is good Alhamdulillah with the tofield Kabbalah you're able to give you are giving in sha Allah with sincerity and the reward of that will be multiplied. But remember that in these days, what is also incredibly important is that we, we say the tukey rod, we proclaim the greatness of Allah. And this is something that, you know, we need to do constantly and we need to encourage one another to do and this is something that we can do at home, this is something that we can do while working, this is something that we can do, when we are out any
wherever we are, whatever that we are doing, let us keep our tongues busy in in making turkey rot it proclaiming the greatness of Allah subhanaw taala because this is a very rewardable deed. Now in these days, over and over again we are, you know, talking about the importance of proclaiming Allah subhana wa Tada, his greatness, his glory, because as we discussed earlier, this is something you know, to say that Allah is the Greatest, this is something that affects the state of our heart. It affects the way that we think. And this is something that that brings relief to us. Because when we say Allahu Akbar, it means that Allah subhanaw taala is greater than what frightens us, he is
greater than what worries us. He is greater than the amount of sins that we have committed, he is greater than the amount of good deeds that we have done. Allah subhanaw taala is greater than our hopes and our dreams and our wishes and our desires. Ne Allah subhanaw taala is great her he is the greatest, there is nothing that is greater than Allah. So no matter what troubles we have, no matter what worries we have, no matter what struggles we have, personal or at a you know, in our families or at work, whatever it is, that is, you know, concerning you these days, make sure that you remind yourself constantly of the greatness of Allah subhanaw taala because the greatest one is able to
heal you. The greatest one is able to give you what you are in need of today in sha Allah we'll be talking about the best religion yesterday Alhamdulillah we learned about the best Eman Today we will be learning about the best religion the best Dean and we will be looking at five or Hades. The first one is about the fact that the best religion is the religion of monotheism the religion of ease. We learn in a hadith that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked that which religion is most beloved to Allah, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied, the one that is dedicated to Allah alone, and the one that is easy. The second Hadees that we will be looking at is about the
fact that the best religion is the one that is easy. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that in the hydrodynamical, a subtle who in the halo Dini come a subtle, who, indeed the best of your religion is the easiest. And he repeated this two times. The third Hadees that we will be looking at is about the fact that the best of religiosity is pious fear of Allah, meaning there's many aspects of being religious. When a person follows the deen of Allah then you know, there's there's many things that there's many changes that they bring about in their in their life. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the best of your religion is pious fear of Allah and
inshallah we will talk about what that means. The fourth Hadees that we will be looking at is about the fact that the best aspect of Islam is to feed people and to greet them. In a hadith we learned that a man asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that what Islamic traits are the best. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, feed the people and greet those whom you know, and also those whom you do not know. And the fifth Hadees that we will be looking at is about the fact that the best Islam is of the person from whom others are safe. Because when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was asked that which aspect of Islam or rather whose Islam is the best, the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the one from whose Tongan hand the Muslims are safe. So let's look at all of these are these one by one. The first Hadees is about the fact that the best Islam or rather, the best religion is the religion of monotheism which
is the religion of ease the religion which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam described as the religion of Hanif iya. In this Hadees we learned that of the linemen that are best for the Lord Mourinho reported that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked that a you will add the Ernie a herbal Illa which religion is most beloved to Allah? And the Prophet sallallahu earlier said and replied, and Hanif iya to somehow to the one that is dedicated to Allah alone, and the one that is easy. And we see that in this question, when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked that which which of the which of the IDN is the most beloved to Allah? Because you see the
word Deen? Yes, it's been translated as religion, but it's understood in many different ways. Deen means religion, it also means it's also used for Islam. It's also used for towhead. It's also used for obedience, worship,
you know, or reward. It's also used for how people adopt or how people practice the religion of Islam. So when you when you look at, you know, the different ways in which, you know, people practice Islam, I'm not talking about different theologies, but I'm talking about how people have the same religion. So for example, one person recites the Quran a lot, right? Another person, you know, they spend a lot of money in the way of Allah, and other person, they strive really hard, too fast, a very, very regularly. Some people, when they are practicing Islam, what happens is that they make a big deal out of it, and they create a lot of fuss. And they make a big scene, and you know,
the entire family, and everyone around them gets annoyed and gets, you know, gets affected by it in a negative way. Because they're taking things too hard. And they're becoming too strict, they're going to an extreme. So, for instance, you might find that, you know, performing Nuffield prayer before making a huge decision is, you know, something very helpful for you. But if you tell your children, that not every day, you have to perform to an FL prayer so that Allah subhanaw taala creates ease for you. And, you know, you you stand on their head and you make sure that they make will do and then they're performing Salah in front of you, and then they're making gras etc. Any,
you are creating difficulty for them. This is not something that Allah subhanaw taala has obligated that every single day you perform to natural prayer in order to seek Allah soprano without his help. This is not something that Allah has obligated. Yes, Allah subhanaw taala has obligated that you pray five times a day, but not that you perform nephele prayer. So you know different people. They take different aspects of Islam and and they hold on to them. And, you know, they think that what they're doing is best, but what we need to think about is what aspect of Islam? What way of following the religion is most beloved to Allah.
It's not about what we think is best. It's about what Allah subhanaw taala loves the most. So, when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked about this, he said it is the religion of Hanif iya and the religion of a somehow what is honey for you, honey fear, we see that the word Hanif iya is from Hanif All right, and Hanif is basically, if you if you look at the linguistic meaning of the word high enough is the turning off the big toe towards the other toes. Okay, so Hannah literally means to turn to incline. And Hanif is the one who inclines to a right state.
It's honey Hanif is the one who inclines away from false religion to the true religion. And this is why in the Quran, we see that Ibrahim alayhis salaam is called Hanif so many times, because what did he do? He turned away from false religions. Right? And he inclined to the religion of truth to the religion of of completely, you know, the religion which is about dedicating yourself entirely to Allah subhanaw taala. And I'm sorry, he said that Hanif is the person who turns to words Allah, ne it's the person who is completely dedicated to Allah subhanaw taala and is staying far away from Schick.
All right. So, this is hanifa Yeah. And what is a somehow a somehow is ease and and generosity and convenience and you know something that is not difficult and hard on a person. So, the religion of a somehow means that the religion which is practical, the religion that is easy to practice you know for example when it comes to Salah yes we have to pray five times a day, but this is practical it is doable, right that you pray five times a day. It's not and we are allowed to pray wherever that we are. Right Of course, you know if the masjid is nearby men are required to go to the masjid. But if the masjid is far away, then of course it's it's not required that a person drive for half an hour
45 minutes and then go to the masjid any The point is, that the religion the way that Allah subhanaw taala has, has decreed it has legislated it by nature. It is practical, it is easy, it is realistic, it is it is a religion that is always relevant, that can be followed and observe no matter where you are, no matter what place in the world you're living in no matter what, what time, what era it is. Now we see in Surah Nisa, Allah subhanaw taala mentions and io 125 that woman s and Medina mimin Aslam Awad, Yahoo lillahi, WA who are more Sinan? What type are Mila Ibrahima hanifa. What are the Allahu Ibrahima ha Leela? Allahu Akbar? That the best religion basically, is of the most beautiful
religion the best, the most excellent religion is of the person who surrenders his space to Allah while being a doer of good and this person follows the way of Ibrahim alayhis salaam, and Ibrahim alayhis. Salaam Who was he? He was Hanif and Allah subhana wa tada took him as a Holly as a friend. Any the religion of Ibrahim Ali Salaam is the religion of Hanif iya is the religion in which a person is completely entirely dedicated to Allah alone. Allah subhanaw taala tells us and sort of Yunus is 105 what an appeal one shakily Dini. hanifa, well, Arthur Conan namita mushrikeen that you should establish your face to the for the religion that is Hanif and he completely devote yourself
to the Hanif religion,
to the to the correct religion. And when you devote yourself to the correct religion your state will be that you are honey you are dedicated to Allah alone. And that means that you do not associate any partners with Allah azza wa jal and this is something that we need to remember. You see, sometimes when we begin to practice different aspects of Islam, we get so caught up in, in the, you know, in the different rituals that we forget the real goal, who is the real goal, it is Allah zoologia and he all of these rituals are basically a means that are leading us to Allah. All right, every single ritual, whether it is the recitation of the Quran, or it is the performance of Salah, or it is that
we are, you know, saying that there could be rot, we are giving sadaqa we are forgiving people, we are being easy going with them. We are teaching our children something good. We are feeding people we're saying the salon, anything big or small that we do as part of our religion, remember, it is a means towards who towards Allah subhanaw taala it is something that is supposed to draw us closer to Allah subhanaw taala. So, this is something that we should not forget the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said that I was not sent with Judaism or Christianity. Rather I was sent with hanifa to somehow with the religion of monotheism, the easy and gentle meaning Islam is not about getting
caught up in rituals, or it's about getting caught up in rituals, all right, and just being focused on you know, performing the rituals and that's it. No, if you think about it, Christianity is what you just believe in God's grace, no law, right? Judaism is completely on the other extreme that there is just law, law law. That's it. All right. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam negated both of these extremes. He said that I was sent with the religion of Hanif iya, where you are dedicated to Allah. And there is also a law, all right, there's also rituals. There's also rules and regulations. But all of those rules and regulations are such that they are somehow they're easy.
There are practical, you can actually live by them.
The prophets, sorry in the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala tells us that in the Diener in the law he Islam, that indeed the religion near Allah is Islam meaning the only religion that is that is acceptable to Allah. That is that is correct in the sight of Allah is the religion of Islam. Almost panatela also tells us that what will lead to locomole Islam Medina and I have approved for you Islam as religion and Islam is the religion that Allah subhanaw taala has approved for us. Islam is a religion that is accepted by Allah. Why? Because it is a religion in which we dedicate ourselves entirely to Allah. And it is a religion that is practical. Now we've seen this Hadees that the
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked that are you at Yanni a Hubble Illallah which of religions is most beloved to Allah?
And you see what this means is that out of all the traits of of the religion, okay, meaning of the deen that a person can adopt, you know, out of all the different things that a person can do, which aspect of it is most beloved to Allah? Now, the thing is that every aspect of this religion, okay it is from Allah. So for example, if we are to pray if we are to give sadaqa everything is legislated by Allah and what Allah subhanaw taala has legislated. remember Allah subhanaw, taala loves that. So this hadith shows us that whatever a person does, you know, within Islam, and it is based on ease, then that is most beloved to Allah. So, which means that whatever Allah subhanaw taala has obligated
on us, first of all, that is easy. So when we do that, that is most beloved to Allah. And then beyond that, whatever that we do, easily, willingly, then that action is most beloved to Allah. So, so basically, everything that Allah subhanaw taala has legislated. Okay, as part of Islam, it is hanifa it is somehow so all of Islam is beloved to Allah.
Meaning everything that Allah subhanaw taala has obligated on us is beloved to Allah. And then beyond the obligations, whatever Allah subhanaw taala has encouraged us to do, all right, meaning voluntary good deeds, then whatever we do with ease, all right, while being dedicated to Allah, then that is also beloved to Allah subhanaw taala. So, for example, if you are giving sadaqa, right, you have for instance, $10,000 sitting in your bank, and you want to give Southern, okay, now, if you give $9,500, right in South Africa, and now you are left with 500. And you are expecting that, you know, your car is, for example, seven, eight years old, you're expecting a lot of
you know, work that your car might need you might you you realize that you might need a new car. So what happens you you give majority of your savings in in South Africa. And now next week, you know, you cannot afford to pay for the repairs of your car. So now you begin to resent this other car, your family begins to resent this other car that you give. So this kind of extremism basically is not healthy. It is something that people don't like and it is something that Allah subhanaw taala also does not like so whatever we do, in our love for Allah subhanaw taala in showing dedication to Allah subhanaw taala let us make sure that we do that willingly, easily and beautifully. Because the
religion is supposed to be a religion of any fear and a somehow.
Now, first of all, the religion of any fear, it means that we should dedicate ourselves entirely to Allah. And this is something that we are told to do, over and over again in the Quran. incircle anom i 162 Allah subhanaw taala teaches us he tells his messenger Salallahu alaihe salam that say, in the Salah, t when usuki when mahiya woman Mati lillahi, Rabbil aalameen that indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death are all for Allah, the Lord of the worlds in Sultan fatty What do we say a year cannot be what a year can history you alone it is that we worship you alone, we ask for help from
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he described Islam as a new slimmer Paul Buccola hater Allah, that you surrender your heart to Allah, the Exalted and that you direct your face to Allah the Exalted. This is the essence of Islam, that your heart is in submission to Allah, and your face is directed to Allah, meaning you're always attentive to Allah. You're always, you know, obedient. You're always listening. Like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also described the believer as a tethered camel. Right? A tethered camel is in complete obedience to its master. Wherever the master takes the camel, the camel goes. So when we're giving sadaqa when we're praying, when we're
making Vickery when we're reciting Quran, when we're listening to something good when we're sharing something good, whatever it is that we're doing, let us do it for Allah azza wa jal. And you know, sometimes you have to even say no to people, you have to set boundaries, right? Even that should be for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, whoever gives for the sake of Allah, and whoever with holds for the sake of Allah, meaning there are certain places certain times certain situations where you should not give your child for example, is asking you for the third chocolate bar, you say no. Why? Because that's not healthy for your child. Well, why does
that matter to you because your child is an Amana, on you, is a trust on you, you are answerable to Allah subhanaw taala and how you looked after your children. So when you set that boundary, and you say no, that is also for whose sake for the sake of Allah, not to satisfy your ego, that all I can say no, not not for that reason, whoever gives for the sake of Allah, and whoever withholds for the sake of Allah, whoever loves for the sake of Allah, and whoever dislikes something or someone for the sake of Allah, and even marries for the sake of Allah, then such a person has perfected his faith, such a person is a man is is excellent. So we learned that whatever we do, we should do for
the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. We learn in sort of insane about the righteous people who will be given, you know, the delicious drinks of paradise. And Allah subhanaw taala describes them, that they are people who would fulfill their vows. And they, they were afraid of the Day of Judgment, and they would feed people, they would give food to people in spite of love for that food, any they would love to eat that food themselves, but they would give that food to others. Or it means that they would feed people because of their love for Allah. And when they would feed people, they would say in their hearts that we are only feeding you for the face of Allah. We do not want from you any
compensation and any gratitude, any we don't want anything in return from you. We are doing this purely for the sake of Allah. Even when we are fulfilling our duties towards other people. For example, we are giving our relatives their rights, all right, then even that should be for the sake of Allah. So hanifa means that you are completely dedicated to Allah. And this is something that you need to express verbally as well. We learned that when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would begin Salah he would begin by saying what just two words you hear the lady father or summer worth he will herbal honey if a woman and nominal mushrikeen in a Salah t wanna Suki? warmer hiya woman Mati
lillahi Rabbil alameen lasher ecola who will be Valiquette will need to work on amin Al muslimeen, Allahumma untell Malik, La Ilaha Illa, anta and the DA continues, but you can see how at the beginning, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would say that I have directed my face to the one who has created the skies and the earth. I am Hanif I'm dedicated entirely to Allah. And I am not of those who associate any partner with Allah, my prayer, my sacrifice my life, my death are all for Allah, the Lord of the worlds, the one who has no partner at all. Even when the Prophet sallallahu or Lucena would go to sleep, he would say that there are Allah slim to wedgie like we were for work
to Emily Lake, which means Oh Allah, I surrender my face to you. I hand over all of my affairs to you. So this is something that we need to express verbally throughout the day that I am dedicated to Allah
I have directed my face to Allah. And because, you know, we know that we're supposed to worship Allah alone. But you know, we forget that and we get caught up in, in the, you know, in performing the rituals properly. Or, you know, we get caught up on just what's in front of us and we forget the real reason why we are performing all of this worship.
The second Hadees that we're looking at is the Hadees, which is about the fact that the best religion is the one that is easy. We learned that a Bedouin heard the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say that indeed in the Hydra Dini comm a subtle who that indeed the best of your religion is its easiest. And he said this two times, we learn in another narration, that once the background of this statement is that once the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
went to the masjid and he saw that there was a man who was praying, okay, and this prayer was voluntary prayer, because it was not time for, for Salah to jamara. So it was it was voluntary prayer. And the man, any he kept praying, he couldn't he continued to pray. So while the Prophet sallallahu origina was there any demand went and record many, many times the man went into such them many, many times, many, he was performing a lot of voluntary prayer cons, you know, going on and on and on, for for a while. So the Prophet sallallahu wasallam asked the companion that was with him that Who is this man, and that companion began to praise that men that you know, oh, he is that
person is such He is such a such and the Prophet sallallahu earlier said him said stop any do not praise him in front of him because if he hears you praising him, you're going to destroy him.
And then the Prophet sallallahu earlier said and left the masjid and he began to go towards his inner towards his home. And before he entered the house, he said in the hydrodynamical a subtle who in the higher Medina called a subtle who in the highly the Newcomb, a subtle who, that indeed the best of your religion is it's easiest, any, okay? The man is praying a lot of voluntary prayer, but the fact that he's praying for so long, and he is performing, you know, a lot of voluntary prayer. You know, this is of course, tiring, you know, tiring for other people to look at. So, how much more tired will that person be? And he's he's making Dean hard on himself, he is overburdening himself.
So, this is not the best the best is that you do what Allah subhanaw taala has legislated what Allah subhanaw taala is obligated And beyond that, whatever voluntary deeds you do, you do them in moderation and you do them to the point that you can do you can you can do with ease, okay. So, in a hadith we learned the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that in the Dena use thrown, religion is easy, and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way.
If you overburden yourself in religion, you cannot carry on for long you will get tired, you will get fatigued you will get exhausted, you will get bored. The former will, you know destroy you, it will eat you up from the inside you because you you know you are going to an extreme. So, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said you should not be extremists do not go to extremes, but try to be near to perfection any as much as your ability allows you and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded any be hopeful for the reward that Allah subhanaw taala has promised and gained strength by worshiping in the mornings the afternoons and during the last hours of the night. So,
and we look at the way of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that is exactly what he did. Any you see going to an extreme is what like if we take the example of that men praying in the masjid voluntary prayer for so long, in the in the middle of the day or at whatever time it was any that means that by you know that he is not with his family, right, he is not doing other things. And as human beings we have needs, we have obligations, we need to socialize, we need to spend time with one another. So, if you cut off all of those things and just sit and memorize Quran or just sit and you know, perform national prayer, this is an extreme that will cause you to to get tired and this
is an extreme that will cause you to begin to resent the religion as well. Now, of course, there are situations in which you have to work hard, okay, like for example in the month of Ramadan, like for example, in these 10 days
Because this is time sensitive every day, every moment matters. So yes, you work hard, alright? But it's not the norm. The reason why Allah subhanaw taala has blessed certain times is so that we can work harder every day of the year is not Ramadan. Okay? Every night of the year is not a little cottage. And this is a Allah's ease for us because if every night was like little cotton, we wouldn't be able to sleep. If every day was like Ramadan, we would not be able to do anything else. So this is Allah subpanel Tatas favor on us that he has blessed certain times more than other times, so that we can work harder at those times because he knows our capacity, he knows our limitations.
So we have to avoid going to an extreme. And another another thing is that, you know, there are times in your life where Yes, you have to work hard. Okay. So for example, you have set a goal for yourself that you're going to memorize the Quran, and you realize that with that you only have these seven, eight months. And in the seven, eight months, you have, let's say you have 10 years to complete. So yes, you work hard, okay. And working hard means that you're not going out every day. Working hard means you're not you know, spending a lot of time with your friends and family. But working hard should not mean that you completely cut off from your family. And you deprive yourself
of you know, your your human needs, you avoid yours, you deprive yourself of you know, taking a break. That is not healthy. So yes, there are those times when you have to work extremely hard, but that it should not be the norm. It should not be the norm. Because it is unhealthy. That's the constant stress level is not healthy for you. It's not healthy for the people around you.
It's going to make people resent you resent your work resent your attitude. And if it's the deen that is constantly occupying you, then you don't want that your family, your friends, your people, they begin to resent your religion. You don't want that. So, we have to you we have to really take these words of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam seriously in another Hadees the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that in the hair, the Dina Mateen on that this religion is very strong, very strong. Any Yes, you can adhere to it in such a strong way that you know it can be that you know you you could take it to a level where you go to an extreme and you make things really hard
for people any it's it's possible, but the Prophet sallallahu Urdu send them all to set that in other Dena mattino. Deen is strong Guinea in itself, it's very strong. You don't need to, you know, make it harder.
Okay, it is very strong, it's very powerful. You don't need to make it harder. You don't need to, you know, make it more strict. The way it is, it is perfect. So he said therefore proceed gently for olelo fee be rifting.
And when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that in the hydrogenic on a solo, who that the best of your religion is it's easiest. You can this means that whatever we do, in you know, as as rabada, let us do it. Happily, without the color of what is the color of that you're making things harder. You are, you know, burdening yourself with more than what you're able to bear. And when we go to an extreme, what happens is that we're not able to maintain that Allah subhanaw taala likes deeds which are consistent even if they are small. But when we go to an extreme, we're not able to remain consistent. We learned that last panel three dimensions regarding the Christians in the Quran
in surah, two headed that they invented. monasticism, Allah subhanaw taala did not decree that they invented monasticism in order to, you know, pursue the approval of Allah. But then they were not able to observe it fully. I mean, think about it, extreme piety in that tradition is what that you don't get married. Right. And you know about how, for hundreds of years basically there's been, you know, so much exploitation, sexual exploitation of, you know, children of, you know, those who with with lesser position within that system. So this is the thing when you go to an extreme, you're not able to maintain that
The way that Allah subhanaw taala has legislated Islam, any all of it is practical. It is easy when it comes to our beliefs when it comes to the worship, when it comes to the luck that we have to observe when it comes to dealings with one another. All of all of these matters are easy and practical.
And it is practical because now you can live Allahu nevsun illa Allah subhanaw taala does not overburden a person with more than what they can bear. And he Allah is the one who has created us right. So Eliana momen haluk, the one who created would he not know, of course, the creator knows what we are capable of doing. So whatever that Allah subhanaw taala has legislated for us in Islam. It is easy, but easy, does not mean effortless. Easy does not mean painless or simple. So for example, fasting, okay. Not easy. Yanni. For a person who loves to eat and drink and graze throughout the day. Fasting is not easy. Okay? Meaning it's not effortless. It's not painless. It's
not simple. It there's there's a level of difficulty. Okay. But that level of difficulty does not mean that you'll die if you fast. That doesn't happen. Yes, it's hard, but you only have to fast from suhu time until the third time right from before the sunrises until the sunsets the fastest not continue for 48 hours or you know, 60 plus hours. No, it is it is very practical, it is possible to fast. And when a person is not able to fast because of health reasons, for example, then they have the option of
you know, fasting at another time when when their health allows them.
Or if they are terminally ill, then they have to give the video. Right. So the commands that Allah subhanaw taala has given? Yes, they require effort on our part, because if there was no effort, how, you know, why would we be rewarded? Right? So yes, the effort is required. But that effort is not such that it destroys us. That effort is not such that it would deprive us. Alright, so for example, yes, we're fasting, but then we also get to eat, right? And then when we eat if thought and especially when we eat underneath any there's a different joy. Right? So yes, there is effort, and there is also a reward. There are allowances, right. And they're also prohibited. And then there's
also concessions, right. So if you if you see
any concessions within Islam are of different kinds, sometimes there is his fault. What does that mean removal of obligation. So for example, for a person who is terminally ill, they're not able to fast What does that mean? They're not going to fast. However, they're there, they're going to do something else. Okay. And that is if then that is that they have to that that is an alternative that they have to do. Okay, is a better example would be like, for example, a child, a seven year old, a six year old, a five year old, they're not able to fast, okay? So they're not required to a person is, you know, physically incapable financially, they are very weak, they're not able to go for Hajj.
So the obligation of hunch is removed from them, this is his fault. Okay? Then there's done peace and peace is reduction. So for example, you're traveling, right? you're traveling, you know, they're, they're, you know, you have a time crunch. You are tired. You know, you don't always have access to washrooms to clean water. So what happens, you are allowed to combine your prayers. And you're also supposed to shorten the prayers. Right? So four, record becomes two. So this is reduction. And then there's a bell, there's alternative, that if you're not able to do one thing, you do something else, you're not able to stand and pray, you sit and pray you're not able to make
well do you make time? All right. So there's different types of concessions that Allah subhanaw taala has given to us in this religion, and we need to take those concessions. And we don't need to make things hard on ourselves in the name of piety, because as we learned in Hadees, that Allah subhanaw taala loves that his allowances should be taken. Meaning if Allah subhanaw taala has given us certain allowances in religion, we should take them because you read the law who be cool
Useless, Allah subhanaw taala wants ease for you, he does not want difficulty for you. Because we'll only call insano loretha the human being has been created such that he is weak.
We don't know how to use that once the Prophet salallahu earliest elementary the masjid, and he found that a rope was tied between two pillars. So he asked What is this for? And the people said that, you know, it's it's for lady because she comes in prays here and when she begins to feel tired, she holds the rope. Okay? So instead of sitting down, what does she do, she holds the rope. Or instead of stopping the voluntary prayer, she continues to pray voluntary prayer, even though she's tired, even though she's weak, but then to to help herself, she holds the rope. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam said, remove the rope. He made the people untie it and take it off. And he said, a
person should only pray as long as they feel fresh. But when they begin to feel tired, all right, then they should stop and he's talking about voluntary prayer, not follow the prayer. Follow the prayer. Of course you have to pray, you know? Yes, there's effort required. But again, its maximum four records, right? And how long does it take to perform photocurrent any, if you really lighten your prayer, five minutes, maybe even less than that, but when it comes to voluntary prayer, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he told us that only pray until you are able to until you willingly can because the best religion is is that which is easy.
And then we see that the prophets Allah who are using him did not like to put people in difficulty in either so many a hadith in which we learn you know for example, he said if it was not hard for my oma, I would have commanded them to make will do for every Salah if it was not hard for my oma I would have commanded them to make you up to clean their mouth would see work for every Salah any bees or things that he wanted people to do. Yet he did not command them to do it because he knew that it would create difficulty for them. All right, shuttle de la hora alto said that whenever the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was given an option between two things, he would select the
easier of the two. Okay, as long as it was not sinful. So as long as it's something permissible in the Prophet sallallahu orissan would always take the easier way. We also learned that once the Prophet sallallaahu earn incentive saw an old man being supported by his two sons, all right, so this man is walking and on either side, you know, his his son and he's walking, okay, so, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked What is the matter with him? So the people told the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that this man has taken a vow that he will walk all the way to the Kaaba.
He has made a promise to Allah that He is going to walk all the way to the Kaaba is not going to ride any animal. Okay, so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied, that Allah is not in need of this person torturing himself. And he, Allah does not need us to torture ourselves. Okay. And the Prophet sallallahu, early Islam instructed that men to write an animal, any, this is not, this is not required from us that we walk all the way to the Kaaba, Allah subhanaw taala has provided us different means we should use them. We also learn about how once the Prophet salallahu early was in and was delivering a hotbar and he saw a man was standing. And you know, people are supposed to be
sitting when the hook by is being given. So the Prophet salallahu early cinema inquired about that man, that why is he standing, and the people said that Oh, it is so and so. And he has made a vow that he will stand and never sit down. He will never come in the shade, nor speak to anybody and will always fast. And if people do these kinds of things in being religious right, that I swear I will never do this, I will give up this for the sake of Allah I will give up that for the sake of Allah. So this man said he will never sit down, he will never sit in shade, he will never talk to anybody. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Tell him, he should talk and tell him to
come in the shade and tell him to sit down. And the fast that he has right now he should complete that. And then of course after that, and he should fast in moderation. So remember, no matter what we do, no matter how much we do, it's never enough. So whatever we do, let us do it happily. Let us do it willingly. Because you see,
you need when you see someone, even a family member, for example, even your own mother, if she is cooking food, and she is constantly moaning in pain.
What do you want, you want that you don't want, don't cook, just sit down, please take some rest. You need torturing yourself putting yourself in hardship.
You know, we we think this is being a martyr. Right? But,
you know, it's it's not healthy to do that. And Allah subhanaw taala does not require that. And the other thing is that, you know, for example, if you if you are sick and you're cooking, and then you keep telling your children I am in so much pain yet I'm cooking, you know, I am in so much pain and you know, this is happening and that is happening and I'm tired of all this cooking and, you know, whatever I've made now just eat it. I don't care, honey, it's going to be difficult for your children to even eat that food. They're going to say, you know, we'll go hungry, we'll go get food from outside, we'll figure something out ourselves. You stop complaining and you stop.
You know, presenting yourself as a martyr constantly. People don't like that.
So, Allah Subhana Allah is not in need of you torturing yourself. Of course when you strive in the way of Allah, in the ways that Allah subhanaw taala has legislated Allah subhanaw taala is very very appreciative. So for example, when you wake up for budget and it's very hard on you, because you are physically unwell, you have to really, you know, spend a time getting out of bed and then you you know, exert a lot of effort and making will do and happily, you perform your fudger Salah, then every single difficulty in that way, Allah subhanaw taala appreciates that.
Allah subhanaw taala appreciates that, but you don't need to you know, go beyond proper limits to for example, if you have fever, you're not able to get up then instead of walking towards the washroom and falling down and then getting up again and then falling unconscious, what should you do make tianmu because Allah subhanaw taala has given you that option.
Now, the next Hadees that we have the third one is about the best of religiosity is pious fear of Allah, we learned the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that hydrodynamic model water and what are is is basically reefer it is abstinence, and what does it mean that the best of religion is abstinence that you abstain from unlawful things, you stay away from those things, which Allah soprano tada has prohibited you from. So, this aspect of religion is also the best It is, it is really really good.
You see, when it comes to different things that we deal with, there are matters which we are very confident about that they are lawful and then there are other matters, which we are not too confident about.
You know, even when it comes to clothing, for instance, okay? When it comes to clothing for men, okay, it's well known that you know, men's knees should be covered, okay? Any, the old, the part of the body that should be covered is from the navel to the knee.
And, you know, for example, if a person wants to wear shorts, and you know, they realize that the the shorts are barely covering the knees, and they know that as they walk, their entire knee is going to be exposed and perhaps part of their thigh is also going to be exposed. And, you know, they're unsure what is what are over here, abstain from that, okay, find something that will properly cover you.
So, when it comes to food, when it comes to clothing, when it comes to speech, even, you know, talking to people, again, you know, they're the matters which we should abstain from. If we abstain from them, then this is best for us. And you know, sometimes people think what are is in leaving what is permissible. Okay, so, you don't eat the halal food that is in front of you, because I am you know, I am being pious Okay, or that I am not going to sleep, the the number of hours that my body needs because I am being pious, I am not going to talk to my
children because I am being pious and I'm just going to make it because this is not what are what are is that you abstain from what is unlawful, okay, from what is doubtful from what is, you know, possibly sinful or what could lead you to sin. So, what are for example,
In your vision in your eyes, is that you don't look at those things. Okay? You abstain from those things, which are not right to look at. I remember many years ago,
we were somewhere in Europe, and
we were driving by a certain place where, you know, it's it's well known that the beach there is is really beautiful, the waters really beautiful etc. So our host, you know, he, he took us to the beach, and he said that, okay, if you go from this side, you'll be able to access the water quickly. And we asked him that, you know, aren't you coming with us? And he said, No, I don't go at this time. And you need this is what are so many, we felt that so much that we held So, you know, quickly just,
you know, saw the water and just came back then we did not want to stay there. This is what our you know, as a young unmarried man, he knew that if he goes to the beach in the middle of the day, he is going to end up seeing things which are not appropriate for him to look at. Okay, so there's what are in your eyes. And also think about it, you know, on your phone, if you know that, you know, following a certain individual on social media means that every other day you're going to see a picture in which their owner is showing. or watching. You know, a video of theirs means that they're not dressed appropriately. That means you unfollow, that means you don't you don't go to such
websites. Alright? Then there's what are even in hearing, hearing, that when you know that you're going to watch a certain video, you're going to listen to someone and they use foul language, they use dirty words. Okay. And there are a lot of people, you know, for example, who are known for,
you know, giving great business advice, giving great advice to young people, but every other word is a curse word, then please adopt some What are there's a lot of people out there who can give you business advice, who can give you education advice, you know, and they're very respectful in the way that they talk. So you can listen to them. Right? When it comes to your tongue also there is what are there is abstinence that you need to observe that you don't use words which are disrespectful, you don't use words which are inappropriate, right? When it comes to touching also your hands there needs to be what are right, that for example, some people are not careful when they're in crowds.
And, you know, they will touch other people. stuff at Ulla, any groping women, this is so inappropriate. Wait, where is that what are you know, and this is this is something that is really sad, that so many women, you know, they get harassed, they get harmed.
Sometimes in the harem, any men will stare at women in the harem any how, how inappropriate This is any you think you're doing a great deal a great deed by doing the Aleph and by you know, giving spending money in the way of Allah praying Salah in jamara, but then your eyes are not being controlled. So you need to be careful. So what are is extremely important
and especially you know, in matters that are doubtful that you're not sure about so for example, you are at the grocery store, you are you know, you you pick up some some food product and there is an ingredient that you're not sure about. So, you know, sometimes you can check online and find out if that ingredient is halal, if it's halal good and sometimes you cannot figure it out. So then you just leave it because the Prophet salallahu already said him said leave what causes you doubt and turn to What does not cause you doubt any take what is lawful, and you know about that for sure.
So, what are is is extremely important and and it and it is the best part of a person's Islam. So, even when it comes to conversation, you know, we think what are in in talking is that we just don't talk to people. Okay? That is not what are what are is that you're careful about what you say how you say that you refrain from sinful speech, you refrain from useless talk. Right? Not that you don't engage in conversation with people at all. The Force had these we're looking at is about the best aspect of Islam, which is to feed people and to greet them the Prophet sallallahu Urdu cinemas
Ask a girl Islamic hide what Islamic traits are the best and he replied to me that you feed the people with the clothes Salaam and you greet those are lamb and after those you know when a lamb tarrif and also those whom you do not know. So, the Prophet sallallahu Urdu cinemas asked over here which aspect of Islam is the best right and remember you know this this question actually many people ask the Prophet sallallahu ala sentiment in different versions of this Hadees we see the Prophet sallallahu Sallam gave different answers okay, because what is best for one person may not need that may not be best for another what may be best in one situation may not be best in another.
So, you have to as we discussed earlier you have to see what is best given your situation given your your ability. So, here this is something that is relevant to everyone right you can feed people and you can also say Salaam to everyone to para Mataram I take the words feed people back because the prophets of Allah who are listening did not did not say that he said you give food okay. And when it comes to giving food, then he did he did not specify to who Okay, giving food. This means feeding anyone that needs food. And this includes people this includes Muslims, this includes non Muslims, this also includes animals, okay?
Your pet or even the birds outside. This includes, you know, a festive occasion like walima Alright, or, or daily. You know what, when you prepare food,
sharing food with your relatives with your neighbors, etc. Any feeding others? This is general. Okay. And all of this is beautiful. All of this is excellent.
Right? We learn about Ibrahim already has sent him how when his guests came and those guests were strangers, he did not know them. Right. He did not recognize them. But as soon as they came in Ibrahima SLM, and he, he, he, he offered them food. And when they did not eat, he realized that they were angels, right? We learned that us How will you mean people have the right side
will are people who would would feed others, right that there are people who who give food to others. We also learn that the Prophet sallallahu earlier said and was asked about, you know, the best deeds and he he described the best deeds as
a bringing joy to a believer how that you can cover his nakedness by giving him or her clothes. Right? You can satisfy his hunger by giving him food to eat. Right? So this is one of the best deeds, the Prophet salallahu earnings and I'm also said the best people, the more the most beloved people to Allah are those who are most beneficial to others. And out of and of the deeds that are most beloved to Allah
is that you bring joy to a Muslim, okay, how that you remove some difficulty from him, you fulfilled some, you know, you pay his loan for him, or you remove his hunger from him. You see, hunger is something that, you know, we all experience, right? We all experience that not because we are poor, we cannot buy food. But you know, there are times when you don't have access to food.
And if someone has access to food, and they deprive you, they don't share that food with you. It's it's doubly painful. Right that first you're hungry. And secondly, they don't. They don't care about your hunger. So it's it's doubly painful. So this is why recognizing people's hunger, recognizing that they need to eat and removing their hunger from them. This is one of the best deeds
and the ruler must say that, you know, the reason why this is so rewardable this is so excellent is because food sustains life. It's a basic human need. It's a common human need. Right? without food people cannot live people cannot survive. So
as a woman, I say this to to other women that please when you prepare food. When you when you feed even your family, please do not complain about it. Do not complain about cooking food, about buying food about preparing food and about feeding people.
Because when you complain about it, you destroy your own reward. And when you complain about it, you actually burden people instead of bringing relief to them.
You know, if you are constantly complaining about the food that you are preparing, and the food that you are serving, your own children will not eat happily, they will eat with hesitation, they will eat very little, that they will not eat to their filth, because they're eating with guilt.
So, I understand it becomes difficult, it becomes tiring. And it becomes, you know, boring as well, that you have to prepare food every day, multiple times a day. You know, teach, teach your children, ask for help. Ask your husband to to help you ask your husband to to participate in in preparing food. Because there is no rule that says that women have to prepare food and women have to cook food. Ibrahim alayhis salam he brought the roasted calf. All right. And we learned that when a man feeds his family, and he is rewarded for the morsel of food that he puts in the mouth of his wife. Okay, so
there's rewarded this deed. This is not a feminine,
you know, work only this is for both men and women. It's a basic human need. All right, so both men and women need to actively participate in this in feeding people. But when we're doing this, let us do it happily.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said feed the hungry, visit the sick and free the captive. And there are so many ahaadeeth that encourage us to feed other people this is a deed that takes a person to paradise. We also learned the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that he is not a believer, who the person who eats to his sfil while his neighbor is hungry, his neighbor right by his side is hungry, we learn that the people of hell will be asked what brought you into hell and they will say we were not of those who used to pray and we did not use to feed the one in need. So, let us speed happily, let us feed other people happily, let us think about not just you know,
feeding our own selves, let us think about every creature around us, you know even birds and animals, there is reward in feeding every creature that that is living.
And then in this Hadees the Prophet sallallahu wasallam also mentioned about Salaam saying Salaam to those you know and also those who do not know the prophets of Allah who earlier sent him also said that a Salaam is one of the names of Allah which Allah has placed on earth any any Allah has informed us about it and he has
told us to use that in the greeting so for absher Salama Bina can therefore say a lot of Salaam right and you spread the Salam amongst yourselves and in this Hadees we see he said say Salaam to those who you know and also those who do not know any especially when you see that there is a visible Muslim right with with a scarf for example. You know say Salaam you you meet your family you meet your loved ones you meet your friend sis alum
you know okay you can say hi hello as well but don't forget the Salaam Salaam wa Alaykum and say Salaam to those you know and also those who do not know
you know especially the people you know they deserve that you greet them with Salaam and people you do not know when you say Salaam to them then you get the opportunity to connect with them. You You bring ease to them. You know just the other day I was at the grocery store and I saw a lady in hijab and of course you know she had her face mask on you know you couldn't see any facial expressions but we had you know we just made quick eye contact when we said a salon where they come to each other and it was such a beautiful feeling because after so long I had
you know seen another human being because we're still somewhat in lockdown here and another human being another Muslim and it was so beautiful it was just for those few moments that connection but it but it was a really beautiful connection.
And saying Salam is also an easy way of earning good deeds right when you say a Salaam Orly content good deeds a salaam aleikum, wa rahmatullah even more good deeds, whatever the law here Barakatuhu and even more, so it's an easy way of earning good deeds. The last Hardee's we're looking at is about the best Islam is of the person from whom others are safe. Allahu Akbar, the Prophet sallallahu urusan was asked a you will Islamic Of course Islam is the best and you basically which Muslim is the best
Whose practice of Islam is the best? And the Prophet sallallahu? Ernest replied, the one from who, from whose tongue and hand, Muslims are safe. Any Muslims are the people who are around you basically. All right, this doesn't mean that you verbally abuse any non Muslim that you see, you physically assault any normal person that you see, no, the point over here is that a Muslim typically will be living with other Muslims, right? Your own family, the people that you, you know, socialize with, typically, they're going to be people of your own religion. Right? This doesn't mean that you will not meet other people or people of other religions. But the point is that those who
are closest to you are those who are Muslim, right, as a Muslim, this is true for for majority of the people. So the people who are closest to you should be safest from you. But isn't it amazing, it's the exact opposite now, people who are distant from us, right strangers, they are safe from us, because we are courteous, we are nice, we are respectful, but people who are closest to us, our own family, our own friends, our own relatives, people in the masjid people from our own community, and he Subhan Allah, we don't hesitate, saying something rude to them, harming them physically, this is something that we really need to be careful about. Any, the, if you want to see what the level of
your Islam is, if you want to see what kind of Islam you are, you are observing, see, if the people around you are safe from you, from your tongue, and from your hand, from your tongue.
What does that mean? That you don't verbally abuse them, you don't constantly talk bad about them in front of them or, or behind their back. Right? You're not,
you know, hurting them, you're not showing anger to them all the time. These are things that we have to be careful, because there is many sins of the tongue, and the sins of the tongue. Take a person to help to jahannam know finding fault in others, marking, marking also finding fault in front of them. You know, sometimes people will have some, you know, regard for others, and they will not say anything bad about them on their face. But then some people have no hire whatsoever. And they just tell people on their face. Oh my god, what happened to you? You look so strange. You've put on so much weight? What's happened to your skin? It's looking horrible.
You know? How are you wearing your hijab? Any weeks? people sometimes say things which are so hurtful, so hurtful in if someone has put on weight? You think they
any day they did that? on purpose? If someone's skin is not looking that healthy? Did they put those zits on their face all over? Did they grow that facial hair themselves? Did they cause their skin to become red and dry or, you know, become flaky. They're aware, they're aware of the fact that they're, you know, hair has become thin or that they have put on a lot of weight. They're aware, and you don't know how hard it is for them to live like that. You know that there's there's so many things going on in their life and when you say such harsh words to them. And unfortunately I've seen many women do this to young girls. Immediately they will see a young woman scan her top to bottom
and then comment on her physical appearance. Comment on the way that she's eating comment on the way that she's talking to her friends, any we have to be very careful. And sometimes people will not say such things on face but they will talk about it behind the back and that is backbiting and that is also sinful. So and sometimes what people do is they talk like this to their own children. This is so damaging so detrimental to their confidence. So be very careful. Just because you can say something doesn't mean you have to say it. guard your tongue and make sure that people around you those closest to you are safe and you see when the Prophet sallallahu ertapenem use the word Muslim
on what does that show that a Muslim deserves respect from you. And you don't have respect for their family you don't have respect for you know their who they are showing respect to the fact that they are Muslim. And because of that, don't say anything rude, harsh hurtful to them, and don't treat them in a way that is mean and hurtful. May Allah subhanaw taala grant us all awareness
And realization and will last a panel thought to give us the ability to learn about all of these best ways that that he is pleased with and bring these changes in our lives. The Prophet sallallahu earlier said um taught us a beautiful da Allahumma inni will be coming shortly summary woman Shirley buss sorry woman should release any woman shall recall be, woman shall remain IE. That Oh Allah I seek refuge with you from the evil of my hearing the evil of my my ears, the evil of my eyes, the evil of my tongue, the evil of my heart any we need to ask Allah subhanaw taala to protect us from our own evil.
inshallah we will conclude over here for today about a colo Pico subhanak Allahumma will be handed a shadow Allah Illa illa Anta a star Furukawa to buoy Lake wa salam o aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.