Tom Facchine – Minute with a Muslim #253 – Spiritual Growth Through Acts of Worship

Tom Facchine
AI: Summary © The speaker discusses how people are not allowed to do certain things, such as removing hair or gambling, which is considered normal for Muslim worship. They argue that people should proactively pretend to stop these activities and not allow them to achieve their spiritual developments or relationships. The speaker also mentions that people should not ever ever ever ever feel satisfied with their spiritual developments or relationships.
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When you're a pilgrim, there's certain things that you can't do. And those things, it's interesting because there are things that you normally are allowed to do. So for example, a normal Muslim, we're not allowed to eat pork, we're not allowed to drink alcohol, we're not allowed to gamble, right? These sorts of things normal. When you're a pilgrim, you're also not allowed to remove hair from your body, clip your nails, apply perfume, or fragrance, hunt, right? Or even be intimate with your spouse. These are things that suddenly become off limits to you. Somebody could ask why? Well, first of all, there's a principle that's very important here and that nothing comes for free, that you've

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got to pay for it. Somehow. If you want spiritual enlightenment, you want spiritual developments, you want a relationship with Allah, your creator, you want a relationship with God, you're gonna have to pay something, you're gonna have to give it up, give up something, right? We can't, we don't, we can't be entitled, there's, there's no free lunch, when it comes to these sorts of things. We have to put in the work. And we have to give up things when it comes to pilgrimage. It's an extra level of piety, it's an extra level of righteousness. It's something that is not just your normal, everyday, bare bare minimum level of religious practice, this is something extra, you want to be a

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pilgrim, you're going to have to give up something extra. And this is a theme that we find when it comes to Ramadan and other acts of worship that we have that temporarily depriving ourselves from things that are normally permissible for us is kind of a scaffolding, or it facilitates spiritual growth. We're against instant gratification. And we're also against constant gratification, right? If you spend every day of your life, just feeding yourself, the second that you get hungry, or even most of us before we get hungry, then you're not going to appreciate food, you're not going to be grateful for food. So we have to actually actively proactively deprive ourselves of these things

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once in a while, so that we re connect ourselves with appreciation, we cut and squash our sense of entitlement and so that we clear the space, right? They say that the empty vessel is the one that you can pour something into, right? If the vessel is already full, it's not gonna fit anything else. So if we empty ourselves, then we're going to be able to experience something else. We're going to be able to develop something else when it comes to our spirit or relationship with a lot if we're just constantly full all the time. There's not going to be any room

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