Channel: Yaser Birjas
Journey To The Divine By Sh. Yaser Birjas
Venue: Valley Ranch Islamic Center
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Mashallah Maura Matata? Hakuna Matata Tabitha Boku La la la la la la la, la, la vida de la MADI brothers and sisters in few days we shall see some people
disappeared from our lives. They vanish. And every now and then someone would say, what did this brother go? What happened to that sister? in few days, a lot of people come around you will just kind of like, they go away. And they when you wonder when you ask you realize they have taken a journey to the divine.
They're going to hedge.
And they're preparing for, for themselves for a journey, that nothing like that, in this world in this life, a journey in which they leave everything behind.
They leave all the valuables, their loved ones, their friends, their homes, they love their money, they love everything that they have worked so hard for to earn in this dunya they live all of this to go and embark on a journey to experience simplicity for a few days.
A Taste of the hereafter a taste of the
that's what they're going to be going to
something perhaps as much as we tell people get ready for it. As much as people as much education we provide for people seminars, workshops, books to read videos to watch but there is nothing like experiencing a hedge because for people when they go to Hajj is nothing but really the taste of the
Allah when it comes to Hajj for us, those who are going to stay here stay behind. The journey is still going on.
You never stop going to hedge but our journey is taking longer. Our ultimate goal is not just to go and visit the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala our ultimate goal is to go and visit Allah subhanho wa Taala
that's how it is. This hook was not about Hajj, don't worry too early for that. What I'm going to share with you five things that would resemble and hedge in your life.
Five things right after the month of Ramadan, the human psychology shifts to a different direction
from finishing the month of Ramadan celebrating their eat and taking a break for a few days. And then suddenly you start thinking of hedge if you're going to hedge your psychology completely changed your your spirituality boost up Subhanallah and if you're not going to hedge and you still wish that you would go to hedge and seeing all these images and seeing all these beautiful things people they experience in heart, you also go into the mood even if you're not going to hedge the five things and five ways. I would like to share with you that resembles your agenda to hedge but why do you live in this life until you meet loads of Hana? Who, what and why is that? Because
obviously if you ask those who are going to hedge why I know they want to fulfill one of their religious duties. There's no doubt about it. But some other people they want to go to Hajj because they want they want a getaway. They want an escape from this dunya and when you watch the news depressing
expect what's going to happen in the in the president elections this year. I mean this is the precedent for many people. So what they want they want us to escape they want to get away and there is nothing like going to Mecca. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What is the Janell batimastat bottlenose What?
What is jandal batimastat button the nascio Allah, Allah subhanaw taala speaks about the house that Allah will have their own makeover for us with john elbaite established and we made this house masaba telling us the word masaba in the meaning of the word metabo which means people used to buena la matanza, de Moura, people that keep going back and forth to it, they're gonna keep going back, you know, to it over and over again over and over again. As those who've been to Hajj once as they've been to Umrah how often they would like to go to Rome, Rome, they would say I would love to be there never leave.
And when they're there, what you want to do, every time they wanted to have a time or a break, they would go to Mecca and they would make power. That's the meaning of it. They will always want to be in the presence of the Divine. It's a journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the law says that we have made this house, a place for people to keep coming back and forth. But what is the point of that? That is the word and honey, no show, longing to the divine.
The people when they traveled back home, they start longing to return back again to Mecca even they just came back from it. But they want to go back again.
This is exactly where we are today in our life.
As a man on earth with all immigrants.
Our forefathers Adam came from heaven. here from Jen on earth for a reason Allah subhanho wa Taala knows why. For a Hickman for a wisdom and we are part of this test of this divine plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala and we are going to go through it. And as we go through this plan of Allah azza wa jal for all of us, Hana what Allah, we always log into the team back to where we came from.
return back to Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala didn't Allah subhanaw says in the Quran in many, many is Elijah Morocco.
To be up or return in Allah, we're in la Sierra Leone. We all belong to Allah and will also one day we're going to return to Him subhanho wa Taala What's the meaning of this return? It's up to you how to interpret that if you want it to be happy, then take the path of happiness
otherwise would be difficult.
So this is our journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala eventually we are returning to Allah zildjian So what are these things that we have the first thing that we learn about Hajj and our life is this longing to meet the divine subhana wa Taala, a show called hanin ilica Allah, you know, I don't know how many of you have experienced Hajj before or maybe have seen people experiencing HUD for the first time in their lives. But I've seen that a lot.
I've seen people coming from coming from LA for the first time. One of the things that that I love to see when I have when I go with people going there for the first time, I'd like to be in their company a little bit. Why? Because I know when they come and they would they start getting closer to the message that haraam and to the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala. They start shaking,
their hearts get softer. And it's unbearable feeling for them like they can't wait any longer. They want to be there they want to see and some holiday, the moment they see the cabin and their eyes, you know, on the cover, they start crying. There is their hands with them. And you yourself you experienced that multiple times to get the synthesizer to deceive people, they encourage you they remind you and you watch and you cry, somehow beautiful is that moment, which is longing to the divine subhanho wa Taala and that is the meaning of making this house very special house. All of us all of us we experienced Ramadan before we go to Hajj and Subhanallah right after Ramadan, the man
is very high and up and handleable and I mean we all have the hope and the expectation that Allah accepted from us that the arm and the CRM and we all have the hobo from Allah subhana wa tada that we have witnessed a little quarter to be forgiven all our sins, we all hope for that. But then right after this Halloween, we see ourselves start slacking and going back to the old or old ways that we look at Europe. I don't want to go back to what I used to do for Ramadan. Y'all helped me move forward, not backward, hatch comes and that's when our minds shift there.
You start hoping and wishing to go there again. And as a result maybe becomes a motivation maybe is better for me to continue with my good deeds and photos of May the intention, they maintain momentum. Because they know when you go to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala shouldn't be going there carrying a lot of burdens from Ramadan until Hajj. Maybe you will carry the burden on people for Ramadan. So they maintain a better attitude better as luck and manners until they go on to meet the Lords of Hanover to Allah.
The short period, the short period between Hajj between Ramadan and Hajj, just two months and few days. And we are now on Okada. So we have less than a month actually for our father, who is the head is beginning very soon. So the short period between Ramadan and the season of hedge as a reminder how short life is
how short it is panela I mean you barely finish Ramadan, now you always see it at the footer was just a few days ago. And instead of you're celebrating, like wow, that was so quick.
That's what life is gonna be so quick. Whether you live 20 years 30 4050 more or less, it doesn't matter in comparison to
the eternal life in general, or otherwise. And Johanna, Allah protect us from this. This is nothing.
What is the life in dunya but bigger, temporary and very short life to live? As a result, when you now attach your mind and your heart to the divine subhanho wa Taala to the house of Allah azza wa jal and to the afra then you're always reminding yourself and you always have that longing to that moment of middle euro subhanho wa Taala. I've seen some people by the way, they go to Hajj and they don't wish to go back to where they came from.
Not because of the oil existence or Arabia, not for that. But because that spiritual experience they had for a few days, a few weeks
to Panama you can try to put a price tag on that. For them I want to be there and that's why they have something called a Jaguar
and Mojo or someone who just lives there in Mecca or Medina Medina bestow Allah Allah wa sallam they retired their
devotion a vida worship service, that's all they do. And they stay there. They attend to rules they make the world a better to panela because that environment is amazing environment for them. I've seen people like that didn't want to come back again. was shocking. And the miserable one llama Stan is the one has been deprived, experiencing or testing that longing to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala because I'm sure we all know there are some people that have no plan to go to Hajj.
This is living
Their lives, only speak about mecca for them. They just speak about any other city.
When you speak about the Kaaba is no more important than their own whatever they have here in this place. And they don't have that that that desire that burning desire to go and meet the Lords of Hanover tala. This is a shocker. That's the miserable one. The one a loss of heartache and from their heart that loves to meet the loads of Hannah, who, what Allah.
So make sure you read those next few days. As you see people going to Hajj keep reminding yourself that you are already on the past. You are already on that journey to meet the Lord subhanho wa Taala May Allah make our meaning of Allah as a pleasant durable element and make our pattern pleasing to Him.
The second thing that we see the Hajaj they do and we start getting to think about ourselves in this life as well is the preparation
preparation for Hajj. I mean, you're not gonna go for Hajj empty handed you're gonna have to prepare yourself with money you're gonna have to pay yourself for you know with with luggage, you prepare yourself with the with legal documents, whatever that is, people they prepared themselves for that you're gonna have to prepare some even physically people to start exercising hitting the gym Mashallah, eating a healthy diet. Why? Because they know it's gonna be tough, they're gonna have to go to the heat of Mecca and Medina. So they prepared themselves for that Subhanallah they take in all the physical precautions right now. But there is something much more important than that. And
the last panel that I mentioned in the context of speaking about preparation for Hajj, got Allahu Ta dah, dah, dah, dah,
dah, dah, dah, which means seek that provision. Prepare yourself, then the higher is that a taco? But he said, Remember, the best provision you can get the best provision you carry with you is your piety to Allah subhanho wa Taala, a taqwa righteousness and piety. And that is the preparation. This is the kind of provision that you always need to harvest on your way to Allah azza wa jal,
money, muscles, whatever that is, that's the easy part. Nothing. What you need to worry about as you really your spiritual spiritual preparation, the zap that you carry with you. This zap this provision is light in terms of weight, but it's the heaviest in scale. You know, a time of crisis when people leave their homes, what do they carry with them, they're not going to care the biggest thing
they will carry the smallest thing the lightest thing but the most valuable and that is what you carry with you to Allah subhanho wa Taala, your house, your money, whatever that is not as valuable. But when you meet your loss of Hannah, what are you prepared with taqwa with righteousness? So as the Hijazi starts becoming much more spiritual, much more practicing, and they started coming to me as an Imam, and they asked me, What should I do? How should I prepare myself for Hajj?
And I asked him should have done that 20 years ago.
But you know what? It's never too late. Let's put the push the reset button and start from today and get ourselves ready for it to shallow Donna spiritually, physically and so on. And the most valuable thing is again taqwa,
piety and righteousness to Allah xojo elegances. What is overdue for in the higher Azad taqwa? Subhana Allah? What is the meaning of the Azad a taqwa people would never understand that until they visit the graveyards and the cemetery
until you visit the cemetery Subhanallah How is that because that's when you see how people they're laid in their graves.
What do they carry with them regardless how old they were, it doesn't matter where the millionaires or or billionaires or whatever else, when they come down there, they carry the same thing. They will refer to the same the same shroud, how expensive that is, anyway, it's the same thing. That's when you realize okay, somehow the best provision you carry with you on that journey is going to be the lightest, but the most valuable and that is taqwa. Number three.
When you look at the hijab and how they prepare themselves for Hajj, you see that the hijab of Han Allah, they have this kind of spiritual transformation, spiritual transformation of submission and obedience to Allah zosen you don't suddenly waken up for fudge, it becomes easier for them suddenly come up with a measure for Russia, it becomes easier as well. And when you tell them to quit that habit or this attitude that sin it becomes easier. Why is that? Because they know they're now closer to meet the Lords of Hanover Tada. Imagine each and every one of us here, knowing or observing that we are on that journey every single day, every single moment, every single breath brings you closer
to meet your Lord on that journey to the divine subhana wa Tada. Imagine this is the case for you. What would you do? That's when you start observing better than students are asking that's when you get yourself ready for it. So you have this spiritual transformation and that helps
Allah who would remind you of that, and could take you to that to that route, especially that we know, especially that we know that Allah subhana wa Taala says oh Mahalo to Gina. Will inside Alia pueden Allah says I have not created Elgin and ends, but to worship me. So we know that the Hajj is all about worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala let your life be in accordance to that principle, that concept as well. That you worship on Allah subhanho wa Taala and what do I get out of this anyway? Like most people who go to Hajj, why are they going to Hajj because they want to have that escape that getaway, that spiritual escape for them they want to have that peace and tranquility. And in
your life in this dunya as you move I've gone on that journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala remembering Allah azza wa jal provide that peace and tranquility Allah subhana wa Taala says alladhina amanu kulu Allah, Allah, Allah kulu those who believe and their hearts find peace and tranquility in the remembrance of Allah indeed in the remembrance of Allah hearts find peace and tranquility.
So what do you remind yourself for that? troubled times? watching the news, you get depressed, receive an email or a text message that reminds you of something difficult you had to deal with? What do you do? Remember, Allah brings you peace and tranquility, and Subhana Allah, those who are living in peace and tranquility, much more productive in life, they can face challenges easier and a better way, instead of those who always you know, worried because they fall away from Allah subhanho wa Taala, every time something to distract them, they come off that road, and they will go somewhere else, instead of sticking to that road on that journey to Allah as the origin. Number four. What do
we learn also from regard to our life today? If you look at hedge hedge is very emotional experience extremely, extremely emotional experience, probably some people they go to Hajj and they will cry, they will shed tears in few days, more than a lifetime.
That's if that experience touches their hearts.
If they go there just to get over whether religious duty was one of the obligations, I wonder if they're going to have that experience.
But if you truly want to shed these tears of a lust for a lot for the sake of Allah azza wa jal, that's where the preparation begins until you get there. It's an extremely, extremely emotional moment.
It starts all the way on when you go to head when you start getting ready, and you start putting your RAM when you put when you put off, take off all these all these fancy clothes that you have.
by which you identify yourself, you identify your culture, you probably identify your, your socioeconomic status, it's all gone.
And now you put same two pieces, piece of clauses basically on you, like everybody else, you walk out of the town, the hotel is in the streets, no one can tell where you came from, what do you represent? What do you know socio economic status is no one would recognize that, especially on arafah. If you go out with the public, and your clothes get dirty, you become sweaty and disheveled Subhanallah nothing would make would tell where you came from, and what you present in this life.
And at that moment, when people realize how significant all these material gains in this dunya because they're gone in an instant right now. Imagine when you stand up before Allah subhanho wa Taala the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, when people resurrected on the Day of Judgment, they will be resurrected, what? Like the day when they were born? Nothing, no idea not to identify them. before Allah subhanho wa Taala. That's an emotional moment for many, many people. Another emotion moment, seeing the Kaaba for the first time. And Subhanallah I mean, I personally experience I always loved the moment when as you walk and you start seeing how the Kaaba and the sun and the
court and as you come closer and closer and closer, it's very noisy. It's very noisy in the masala area because of the roof and the ceiling and so on, until you go into the open court.
Suddenly, in the open court, all this noise disappears. And you can only hear just the chanting and the humming of the crowd around the Kaaba. Very majestic. Unbelievable. The harmony of the crowd. big circle. It's so beautiful. so majestic will lay you stand there and raise your hands and make a very emotional moment. That's when people they go to alpha and they sit there they know. It's the time that is the most precious. And they keep making that and liquor until the last hour of the day of arafah the most emotional moments for many people. They cry and they cry and they cry because they know Subhanallah 30 minutes left 15 minutes left 10 minutes left and five minutes left and they
keep wondering, am I one of them?
Am I one of those who've been selected to be forgiven? Am I gonna go back again like the Prophet promised Kawamura to like the day when you were born, which means clean slate nothing on your records, but good.
Am I going to be one of them very emotion woman
A lot of people this holiday break down
and those are the things that we need to keep reminding ourselves in this dunya as we live in this world,
we always prepare with good deeds and emotionalize our experience with Allah subhana wa tada whatever a path that you come to Serato Juma why to check your emails What the hell is going on? Is that what you do? Is is the time to take your nap until you go back again to work? Is that how am I going to experience my rabada my standard before Allah subhanho wa Taala when I start my Salah toto harasser Am I start getting ready right now to view everything I need to do afterwards. Who should I focus on this moment I'm standing before Allah being given the opportunity, another opportunity to stand before Allah subhanho wa Taala before I'm gone
that's an amazing emotional moment. Keep remind yourself, lots of panels are telling us a little bit of soul. VEDA home middle edge dirty Lara Bamian soon.
Allah will give the command for verse Raphael to blowing the trumpet in the soul. And people they will come as he said, soprano, middle edge death from all paths, all their graves, all sides, in our opinion, see when they walk in from all directions.
And if you've never seen that site before, I want you to try walking from arafa towards Minar. At the end of the day of alpha, that's when you see the crowd walk and marching. And Sinhala amazing side, rivers of human bodies walking together. That's when you realize, this is the moment that we can remember when we walk to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And finally, the last thing we remember is before we go to Hajj, a lot of people, they make sure they make sure before they leave to Hajj that they're carrying no liabilities towards anybody.
They want to free themselves from the Lord.
Allah God in particular, they want to free themselves from committing any injustice or any wrong against anybody. So what do they do? They go to the what we call the Helen.
So they go to people knocking on their doors, speaking over the phone, sending emails, public message on Facebook or wherever. And they put that and they say, Jim, I'm going to hide this year. If I owe you anything, please let me know. I've done anything, please forgive me. We all gonna receive these emails very soon. Sometimes we think it's trivial. But some of these people never come back again. They never come back again.
And it's true and it's serious. Because if they die, there's a panel that said there is no return. Why not doing it while is still alive today. You are already on a journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah azza wa jal Allah subhanho wa Taala says is hon de la quwata your own young fella camino de Allah says hon de la that you know how this gentleman is people that you worship Allah azza wa jal who are gonna do who Abdullah what taco and now have have righteousness, what are your own and obey me follow my command, you might have noticed that I'm young footlocker Maduro become, he will forgive you some of your sins. The remedy said he said forgiving you some of your sins. He didn't
say all your sins. Why is that? Because he is allowed forgive a lot of your sins. But if you have anything if you wronged any human being, that's gonna wait until the day of judgment.
Unless you seek that forgiveness from that individual in this dunya The judge will be coming up to you and asking for forgiveness. Make sure that you are on that path seeking forgiveness from Allah subhana wa Taala and for those who you wronged in this dunya before your time Apollo kolyada was taught through law the money will come
through in order for him to come forward. So we can have more space for the brothers in Charlotte and the bank
Alhamdulillah horrible alameen wa sallahu wa salam wa barakaatuh Amina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa seldom at the Sleeman kathira to mama bad mother brothers and sisters, this reminder that I shared with you here why we did this the most in these difficult times that we live in. Again, like I said, the reality hitting us hard. Muslims are always under the local surveillance, they're under attack they're under you know how the media doesn't give you a chance even to breathe and there's something happening and you almost feel guilty for it and then becomes difficult. It's not easy for them today to be a Muslim ajumma not even in the Muslim world will lie. So people during
this time they want to have this moment of tranquility and peace we're gonna hear it from from people I tried them. I tried it in books, I tried things and so what is it, it is nothing like coming back closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala the strongest shield is what allows the origin to Panama loot alehissalaam when he tried to defend the three angels who came a form of human beings from his people. He tried he tried he thought they were overwhelmed.
He said Kira Carlo and Libby Cuckoo. Cuckoo. Are we alone? Should I wish that have strength? strongly? I'm strong enough to defend them to defend them and and keep you away from them. Are we illogically shredded? Or could rely on some strong support?
Rasulullah sallallahu himself Rahim Allah Allah, may Allah have mercy my brother lute, he indeed he was relying on a strong support. That's Allah azza wa jal.
This is what you need to do in this dunya you already know journey, whether we like it or not. This journey is to the divine, you have the option to experience every second of it in the most positive way. And I'm going to tell you, that you are indeed relying on strong support. There is a last soldier mela for your heart with the manual but I mean, otaku and Sala Hara manual Rahim, la luna and fana one fan of Mr. lantana in the control element Hakeem Allah Martin husana, taqwa with was a piano harmonica, Antonio hom Allah, Allah, Allah Allah, Allah Allah Nabhi Yeah, you're Latina. sallahu wa salaamu Taslima Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Ali was a big
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