Late Night Reflections 03
Channel: Yaser Birjas
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Remaining Steadfast, how? – This talk was given at the Valley Ranch Islamic Center
2017-06-21 – Ramadan 2017
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sur la sala Baraka Vienna Mohamed Salah Sleeman kathira de mama bad. So which Night of the Ramadan? This is Jamal Do you remember 26 or 27?
Depends on the moon sighting right
is the 26th Night of the month of Ramadan as patola if you noticed how again how fast again Ramadan has gone by as Palau is very interesting though. Why because Ramadan
this year for the next probably seven more years in Charlotte about a quarter of six more years will be within the longest season ever. The longest hours of the month of Ramadan will be actually this season the next year, the year after that and then slowly and gradually is going to start going back into the short season. And even though it's the longest season had a lot, we can see how fast it's going right now. Imagine when it becomes in the winter,
how faster that fasting is going to be for you. So it's a blessing from Allah azza wa jal that every single year hamdulillah blisters too fast the month of Ramadan, so May Allah Subhana make us among those who will continue to build and I mean, to the end of the month of Ramadan. The last panel makers among those who witness the last few nights of the month of Ramadan until they're at or below the mean, because someone goes will be forgiven their sins Yamani.
For the past few sessions that I've given you here, guys, we will talk about a very important subject, a very important issue that we're dealing with specifically living our time right now. And I mentioned it earlier that it's not easy to be Muslim in this age. It's really is it's very hazardous to be Muslim, this time. Being Muslims, Allah, there are a lot of scrutiny. And and for many of the youth in particular being Muslim, it's a big challenge. Why?
And this is something a lot of parents don't understand. And they keep coming to me says why our kids this? Why can't we have our kids enjoy what we enjoyed about Islam and this and that I said, Listen to me, your generation as parents, you grew up, you grew up in a culture that recognize the good, the goodness and the higher of Islam.
You've seen the good stuff about our Deen, you've seen that you've seen the good about Islam. And therefore, it's easy for you, when we come to call you to become a Muslim and stay Muslim and act as a Muslim. It's easy for you it's no, there's no challenge for you. Because hamdulillah you've seen the goodness of being Muslim. In our time, our children don't they don't have that privilege anymore.
They don't have the privilege that we had when we talk about Islam, because even though we tried to convince our children, how amazing Islam is, how beautiful it is, what they see, for Muslims, even what they see for Muslims seems to be very unconvincing, which is why the need for us to protect ourselves from dropping out of the path or loss of Hannah that's very important. And to understand the meaning of remaining and remaining on the straight path, which we call karma. Tonight and shout out to Allah completing the series, I would like to talk to you about what does it What does it take for you to stay on this path? So we understand dropping out of this path is so dangerous. We
understand remaining on that straight path is so important. And now we need to discuss together, how can we stay? How can we stick a shot on the straight path in the last soldier?
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so let's see some examples from the seed of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam are at least from the Sahaba de la Tran when it comes to remaining and staying on that, on that path. How strong that is. Obviously, when it come to the app, when it comes to guidance, people come in different categories, right? So the first thing when it comes to hip hop, which means the truth is out there, it's for the for the people to observe, to see to reflect on and to follow everyone and so when it comes to the half people, they take positions from it. The first category, those who have no clue what the truth is. Some people they have no access to the truth at all, whether by choice or somehow by
circumstances. Like some people live in in the middle of nowhere. Even here in America, if you drive in Texas and you go from one side to the of the countryside to all the other sides of Allah, you will you'll pass by tons and tons of small towns that a lot of people there. They will probably have never seen a Muslim before. Never
Sooner Muslim before.
So these people have never known that
they have never been exposed to Islam. And if they did, probably through the most unconventional in the wrong way, probably water from social media, from the internet from the news and so on. It's probably it might be with a story
A while back long time ago when we used to live in west of Texas. So we went, we drove all the way I believe it was Dallas or Houston at the time. And on the way back, we stopped in a small town for gas. So my wife and I, we went down into the gas station and the grocery store there at the convenience store over there and started picking up stuff to take with us to the to the car. The lady behind the counter, there was a young lady behind that counter. And she was looking at us. And it was kind of like weird that we'd look she was looking at us. And she had a big smile on her face. Just as we would kind of try and shopping for things. She was just going to keep looking at us all
around with that big smile.
We felt uncomfortable. We don't know. I mean, that what people talk about with the countryside and Texas and all people psycho or this and that you're going to have to be chased by a chainsaw or whatever. So how So eventually, when we came to the checkout, and we bought the stuff to her, she's still smiling and checking out the stuff. And I just had to ask the question I just said, it's very interesting. You You seem very happy today. Everything is okay. So she goes, you know, she said, I've always heard about you guys, you guys in the news. But there's the first time in my life I meet someone who's Islamic. I mean, even Muslim, right? She goes, Yeah, that Muslim. That was the first
time in her life and she was in her 20s
the first time in her life ever to meet a Muslim?
How would you know what the top of the hub is? what the truth is? How would she have access to Islam, even the first list panel. So there are a lot of people who don't have access to help. And sometimes we need to feel responsible for them. As a matter of fact, all the time. If Allah bless you living in this country in this area, and you know that you have neighbors around you probably lives, they see you coming in and out and they know that you're Muslim because of the dress code, or you're certain let's say demeanor, and so on, probably maybe you should have a conversation with them, at least to let them know what you stand for what Islam is all about. So the first category,
those who have no access to the truth and have at all. The second category, those who know I'll help, but they don't follow it.
A lot of people don't know how, what the truth is, and they don't follow it. And these are the people that Allah Subhana Allah, Quran, the Quran must obey Allah, Allah who those would be they actually they deserve the curse from the last panel, Donna. Why because you have seen the Hulk, you have experienced it, you know that it's true. But then you deliberately sabotage yourself and you choose to go to a path other than the path of Allah subhanaw taala.
Now that is extremely, extremely dangerous, which is why these people that deserve the curse from Allah subhanho wa Taala or other and the third category. People who know the Hulk, they know the truth, they follow it sometimes, and sometimes they go off. So they're in and out, in and out, they keep coming in and out, in and out in and out and they just don't seem to be settling you know, on one on one to one one path. This is a lot of people as a prophet SAW sermon, the Hadith mentioned that on the day of judgment when Eliza gel when he will be waiting for the people for the oma to come towards that water pool on hold. For Sorolla hasta la sala mentioned as the people starts
coming towards him, some of these people will be taken away by the angels away from the prophets of Allah, Allah and the Messenger of Allah will be will be surprised, caught aerobie Almighty Almighty My Lord, these are my people, my people, like why they been taken away from me. The prophet SAW someone heard the answer in
the toolbar that you have no idea how much they have changed after you.
Which means even though they have known the truth that coming from the Prophet sallallahu Sallam to them, they still chose somewhere else or another path to go to or even alternate kieboom from one path to the other one and there is no path Allah subhana wa Taala, etc. One, the fourth category which is the one that we all aspire to be amongst the shallow, the Baraka with Allah, the One that recognizes the truth, and then stays true to it.
You remain steadfast, you stay on the path to Allah Subhana with Allah says, You submit to Allah Allah Dena Mr. Noble savage dunya Phil atha those are homes Allah subhanho wa Taala give them that, well, we steadfastness you remain actually firm on that path will totally sabotage it will hide the dunya will Allah give them that but that firmness in their speech in there?
Hearts and their minds and their actions in this world, and the hereafter Middle America among the notable enemy. Now,
what makes those people remain steadfast? Because we discussed before, as you guys know, we talked about those who drop out and we heard stories from the time of the Sahaba delaughter, unharmed to the time of the contemporary times, and so forth. So what keeps these people are steadfast and remain on this path? took an example of Somalia or the lalana sumaiya, who was known to be the first martyr in the history of Islam. She had her husband, yes, sir lancy, and their son Amar. They were among the early people who embraced Islam, they were poor.
They were poor, powerless, they were considered insignificant in the society that they grew up in in Mecca until they became Muslims. And when they became Muslim and the news are spreading their master, at the time, or at least the home they belonged, they took advantage of their weakness, obviously. And when they took advantage of their weakness, they wanted to bring them to bring them back to the original tradition. But they resisted and they refused. And they were tortured. was in that moment, when even her son Amar was asking his mom Yeah, please, just give him what he's asking for me. A Buddha. Buddha was buried here was torturing her and asking her to curse the Prophet
Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam would say a word that would please Abu jihad in regard to Islam and Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and she would refuse. Now what makes someone like sumaiya? Are they allowed on what makes someone like sumaiya stay on this path? Until she loses her life? What would make her actually go that far? Also, when the prophet SAW some was overlooking, you know, from the hill where they were under the hill where they were being tortured, he was making dua for them. sobre la answer number two, curmudgeon Be patient family of Yasser Allah subhana wa tada is going to make your gathering go to Union agenda. And she lost her life while she was trying to remain
steadfast on this path.
Other forms will see in the time of the Sahaba de la ranum during ahead during adiala on a lot of people during the Battle of course, when they realize that they're going to be they're going to lose the battle against the machine. Some Sahaba they said let's go to the mountain others say let's go to Medina and then some people they heard the news the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was was killed on the battlefield rumors were spreading the profits are more skilled and because of that difference, so distressed so they said so what do we do other industry? Let's go to Medina. Some says Do you know what? What's the point living after the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was gone
and they continue fighting another lost their lives. But these are different circumstances for us the closest circumstance for us that we can understand on why and how we should stay on this path and shallow to Allah is when the prophets of Allah Celebes death was announced.
You know, for the Sahaba of the law of the land who enjoyed the company of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam probably probably probably and I, I believe if I was if i was i would be there. If I were there with them, probably have the same feeling like you know what you think the prophet SAW some will never stop being there for them. You would always expect him to be there for you. So Allah, Allah, so to imagine or even to think, at some point, the prophet Salah Salem will die. It doesn't even cross their minds. But it happened
when the Prophet salaallah son passed away some Sahaba, prominent Sahaba like Pavarotti allowed to run. He couldn't believe it. He went into this trauma, the shock, he was shocked by the news. He was in denial. And he was very angry about anyone who tries to remove them out of this denial. They would he wouldn't accept it. That's what he felt hopeless and helpless and he cried. If you guys remember the story of Rama rhodiola when the Prophet Salah Salem passed away the news spread over Casa de goes into the room of the prophets Allah salami sees him there. And he kissed me says the hydrometer Eros Rolla you're always good alive or dead. Then he came out and he gave his very famous
Omar was in the masjid carrying his sword warning the people I swear I swear by Allah whoever says the prophet SAW some that I'm gonna kill him. He didn't die. He went to me the Lord like also like masala Salaam did from before and he's going to be back. So Rama was so confident the Prophet salla son was not dead he's just beating the Prophet meet his Lord and he's gonna be back workers to deal with his coat with full confidence. He kept telling Rama Rama sit down Be quiet is not he's not being quiet. So finally workers so they start speaking.
When he started speaking people start listening. And then he told them his famous words his famous statement, Carla McCann, Abu Mohammed Inferno, Mohammed
He said that those who worship Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam know that Muhammad sallahu wa sallam is dead.
And those who worship Allah azzawajal Allah subhanho wa Taala is everlasting. He never dies.
And then he decided the ayah Allah Muhammad Allah Rasool Allah tabula rasa Hamada, the messenger, like the messages from before him as a matter of who didn't caloptima copy him if he dies or if he you know, if he if he turns his back from this deed, if he does actually do or murder that you will turn your back to Allah subhanho wa Taala to this did. So when our mobile hotspot we heard this iPhone workers to do this, it was just like the first time ever, that I listen to this ayah he collapsed.
He collapsed. And I saw the louder and
he said, When, on the day when the Sahaba of the Lord ran home, they buried the Prophet sallallahu wasallam and they still did not even did not even brush off the dirt and the dust of their hands and their clothes from the burial from the burial site. He said Carla and carnac Illumina
we start feeling different than our hearts
Subhanallah it didn't last long and barely the better the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and they start feeling differently.
This is exactly what happens with a lot of people in Ramadan and after Ramadan. Some of us probably right now are freaking out. Why? Because they know there's only three more nights plus this one for right now. before Ramadan is over. And those beautiful beautiful spiritual Eman moments that we have in Ramadan, they're probably going to be gone. And we freakin are right now.
How can I keep this going on? So we think okay, so we start having these feelings in our heart already. Like the Sahaba they felt when the prophet SAW lesson and passed away. Some of us right now probably are actually the submitted. Like saying I know myself, the moment Ramadan is over, and we go back to the regular normal schedule, I'm going to go back to the same old habits. So they're already preparing themselves for failure afterwards. So what is it that require that I need to do in order for me to stay and remain on that on the straight path? How can I keep that upright character? How can I keep that performance to the highest level.
So therefore, when I share with you a shorter list of few things that we can work on vanilla, hopefully that will help us and shall remain on this on this on this path or last fall and not drop out from the month of Ramadan and the pesto Eliza. Obviously. The first thing we need to understand is that guidance and the most important and that guidance is in the hands of Allah azza wa jal we are only responsible to do our effort. That's all what I'm asking from you. There is no guarantee, but you're only responsible to do your part in shallow to bottle gadalla. So here are a few things I want to share with you inshallah, number one, in order for us to remember the state and the straight
path number one, at da
da supplication. ask Allah subhana wa Taala for this. You know, a lot of people don't really think that is that powerful.
The model is so powerful. Look how powerful it can be. Ibrahim alayhis salaam Ibrahim alayhis salam used to make the DA and he used to say color of the Gianni Maki masala tea amin Duryea tea or banner, kombucha your Allah makes me Make me and of my offspring among those who always maintained their Salah regularly, your Allah accept our da that's what he used to say. You know what it's so ironic about this is about this data. Ibrahim alayhis salam used to do is that Allah subhanaw taala accepted his job, and from his offspring and his lineage came so many profits and MBR and mursaleen a lot of them you have his hack, and you have smile. For me smile came a lot of MBR One of them was
a prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam for mishap came yaku from yaku came the 12th and then from the 12 camps, so many so many prophets nmbs all accepted, Rahim Allah He said but what is so ironic about that brought him anyways. The rhythm of the SU they say when you Brahim used to make that that your Allah make me among my among you make me and of my offspring and children. Those who will be always maintained their Salah. They say when he used to make that drop, he didn't even have children. He had no kids.
Can you imagine because the first job that brought him unless he had he was actually in his 60s. It was late in his life smile. It was late in his life. Still he always made that even though he had no children.
So for you, whether you're married or not, whether you have kids or not, whether the righteous or not, whatever that is just keep making that for yourself and for your kids. You ask Allah subhana wa Taala to always keep you on that straight path.
Like I always keep saying yamaka level close ups are sub bit Calvi. Allah God, Oh Allah, the One who was who has a control of the
Hearts and these hearts keep flipping up and down your Lord keep my heart firm on this pass to you Allah. Keep it in da da Yama kalibo salsa with Colby Allah de keep my heart on the spot the herbal element. You also say Allah Medina Freeman Haddad, yo Allah add is gonna guide me, guide me to the straight path, you keep making that to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because again, that is truly powerful.
And it's been actually experienced by many, many people. So Pamela, you make that.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala will give you a sign, actually. It's something first I want to share with you. How different sometimes can truly, truly be any ironic and interesting coming in the right moment for you. For those of you will be living long enough over here in the community, they know that holla back in 2012 through 2013. My family stayed in Georgia for some time. So I was here with the kids for a long time, 15 months. And at the end of this 15 months, I was getting extremely, extremely exhausted. Really it just got tiring, taking care of the kids and the message and the teaching and all that stuff. And I was still doing my master's degree as well finishing that two
other master's degree and all of this together. Until one day, it was Friday.
It was Friday, it was October 2013. And right before I got I got on the member, I remember was praying even in this area here behind behind this pillar I made to Raka and I just raised my hand just right before I got to the member, I said your soldier Allah.
Just give me a sign. Such as give me a sign. I need to know if they're coming. So I can exercise more patience. And if not, so I can start getting ready to have a change of plan. Basically, in my life. I just met a DA yada, yada helped me become more patient and just give me a sign.
And then I went on remember, I gave hot bottle Juma and I went out to go and pick up the kids from school as I was driving highlight that on that day. I forgot to restart so I get busy. I didn't restart so little calf earlier. So I was reading sorbitol calf as I was driving to pick up the kids from school.
Sara Lee, I came to the story of moose and the further The last thing I decided was the word Moosa as we decided, I said, moose, and then my phone rang.
A brother called me and I was wondering should I answer or not? Eventually, I answered the call.
He said, Jeff, do you have a minute I want to ask you something that says Go ahead. He goes, I had a dream last night I want to see if you can help me understand the dream. So what is it? He goes? Well, in my dream I saw prophet Moosa.
Like Hmm, interesting. So okay. So he said, and Musashi Salaam, he had a staff in his hand, and he was looking at the sky, seeing all these stars, and he was flipping them around with the staff, and they were all spinning around in the sky.
He said, What is it? What does it mean? as a brother, this dream wasn't for you. That was for me. He goes, What do you mean? He said, I don't know. But I think something's gonna happen very soon. inshallah. Allah Allah says, In this dream to me, hey, Allah subhanho wa Taala is capable of doing anything
is capable of changing the laws of physics, even anything can happen. And Subhanallah
less than a week, the family was back.
I'm just like, wow,
this is powerful. The power of law. It's not about me. It's not about the family. It's not about the incident itself as much as it was that moment when I made that, and it was the only time I made it like this throughout this whole ordeal, Panama asked a lot to give me a sign your up just give me a sign so I can see if I can be more patient. Because I know that test was hard. But if I can be a little more patient, Allah also I should make change plans. And voila, in less than a week, it just happened. So, that is very important. And you make sure you make sure that you do so regular basis. I asked one of our LMR one time show, if there is one
that I should I should repeat frequently. What should I say? He said, ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to guide your heart. Along mahad calbee la Allahu Madhya Calvi like la COVID la which means you Allah, guide my heart to towards you, y'all la god my heart to go towards you. Always just ask Allah to guide your heart to go to Allah subhanho wa Taala because if your heart truly turns to the last panel to Allah, that's it. You got it. Everything will lie will follow. So I want you all to remember and numerous is that you ask Allah subhana wa tada to guide your heart to go to Allah azza wa jal to turn to Allah.
When whichever language that you speak, it doesn't have to be in Arabic. Just ask Allah Subhana Allah to guide your heart to turn to Him subhana wa tada but only to Eliza. The second thing I want to remind you in order for us to remember the spirit on the straight path inshallah, to Allah is to remember Allah azza wa jal advocate to remember our last panel Dan.
Why is that? Because Pamela, visualise the origin here localu remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala revives the hearts alladhina amanu docman aku Allah, Allah alphabetical la mano kulu those who believe and they find comfort and peace in remembering Allah azza wa jal indeed in the remember of Allah, hearts will find peace.
That's the last promise. Okay, so why is it so important to remember Allah so I can get that peace in my heart because Allah Subhana says another Ayah wildermuth an Allahu Allah subhana wa COVID
you have to understand you have to know that Allah subhanho wa Taala can put a barrier between you and your heart.
Like you know, sometimes when you feel that your heart is so hard and so rough, there is no softness, there is no compassion in your heart. Sometimes you want to ask yourself, why what's happening? What did I do wrong? What is it that's going on wrong? That is leading for this to happen?
Sometimes because of our misbehavior because of this would be this Allah subhana wa Taala because our intentions are not right Allah, the heart becomes so hard that even when you try to reach out to her there is no connection.
And in order for you to have that jumpstart, in order for you to revive the heart, the dhikr of Allah, remembering Allah subhanaw taala day and night, day and night, in the morning, at night, during the day while you're working while you study whatever that you do. Every time there is a chance for you to remember Allah subhanho wa Taala Don't miss this opportunity. Obviously the best form of dickert Allah as good as what reading the Quran and the best way remember Allah subhanho wa Taala while you read the Quran is in Salah.
So you combine all that activity by that but keep remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala and the least you could do is to keep as the professor's undescribed says keep your tongue moist with remembering Allah azza wa jal Hana la hamdulillah La La La La La La La, La La La La La quwata illa Billah Lila de esto para la istockphoto last of Allah Subhana Allah Subhana Allah, any words of Vicar keep remind yourself, remembering the last panel, Donna, and I want to just make something very clear, very important for us over here when it comes to remembering Allah azza wa jal, some people that say I should have been doing this forever, but I don't see the effects in my heart at all. Obviously,
because when you want to, if you would like the decree to be effective, if you want remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala, to be powerful, and to be effective, then you have to, you have to engage all your senses of possible in the remembrance of Allah. What does that exactly mean? That means when you say Subhana Allah which means praising Allah azza wa jal, your mind need to be engaged.
When you say it, you need to saying it, engaging your tongue and your mouth and other senses, your ears, probably, to hear what you're saying. So what you're saying it's Han Allah Alhamdulillah
Allah, it's not just you know, lip service, you know, sometimes you get so much used to salute to the car after Salah, they become habit. When they become habit, you don't even know what you're saying you only just do the math meaning counting the 100 times liquor, and that's it doesn't have any connection with your tongue or with your heart or your ear, absolutely not. So if you would like your liquor to be effective, and to provide your heart with that life that we're talking about here, then you really need to engage all your senses. So remember, the dhikr of Allah subhana wa tada will help in the law revive the heart. The third thing I want to remind you on with this inshallah is in
the process, of course making dua and declare, you need someone to continue continuously reminding you and that's when we talk about that friendship. So I have a dilemma here that you follow. You have actually good friends with you. So if you're the Prophet awesome and the many, many Hadith one of them the famous Hadith he said Salah seldom methodolgy Elisa, Sahaja de su camel misko in Africa. The example of good company and bad companies example of Hamad Al misc, the one who sells perfume and other one official care and the blacksmith says for Hamill misc, the one who serves sells
perfume and otter in New York, wherever mantap diamond who will manage them in hurry will manage them in a hurry.
If you go to a perfume store, the process assumes you're going to get one of them
things, whether you get a gift for free, you get samples for free, or you buy from them. Or at least you come out with a new nice beautiful fragrance. That's it, you smell nice as you walk out. That's it. This is exactly the same thing when you have company like that. So Pamela, some of your, some of the some of your friends, some of your friends, they're so compassionate that it doesn't matter how many times you sit with them, they'll always benefit you.
They're always benefit you. Some others, they don't necessarily benefit you until you ask for it. So you ask your friend something so they always respond and that which is good handler
and then sometimes you don't get anything from them other than just being safe. Just feeling safe, you're not going to be harassed, mocked you know, mystery, blah, blah, just good company. That's it. The second category the prophet SAW some says our own ethical kill the blacksmith, he says, imagine you had a coffee back outage, demin horahan kabita you go there, the smoke, the smoke is going to catch your clothes, or they're going to burn your clothes.
As Parker's gonna come jump off on your shirt or you're gonna burn it or you're gonna just get you know the Smoke will catch on your clothes as you walk out you smell really bad and nasty. This exactly some of the friends some people they have around them. Even if you don't solicit anything bad they go inspire you to do something bad. Or at least if you don't even go and engage with what they do. The reputation will catch up with you that you walk with these guys with these people so you must be one of them. So make sure that you have a good company in Charlotte about a core data that will help you in Charlottesville, you know reach that goal. How many people they ask Okay, how
many people should I really actually look for? How many people should I look for in order to have this good company shout louder. What do you guys think? How many people do you need to have inshallah as good company? Can you guess?
What is enough?
One is enough and more than enough sometimes the prophets Allah Some said call him and ask a bit. Latika did a few people just like 100 camel you could barely find one suitable for right
like out of 100 camel how many cameras can you use to for milk for example? Or for meat? Probably all of them. But how many of these 100 camels can you use to trust your life with to cross the desert for the herbs that is very very important component when they choose their rides through the desert they always look for the most the best, the most powerful strongest camel they can find. Why? Because they're going to be crossing through the desert and we're going to be crossing through the desert the better be the better trust that camel does so the same thing when it comes to friends friends are you're actually you're right to the Acura
These are your company that aka how many of these friends you can trust with your life are saved by life. I mean by that you did you trust them? They will they will guide you to the ACA to Allah subhanho wa Taala so that's something very important so when you find friendship doesn't have to be 1000s and 1000s of no no one one person can be sufficient to take you to the asset and shallow the water column next. Now that I know I need to make that continue remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala finds people who would help inshallah do that vanilla zone. What else do I need to do? I need to increase my knowledge.
I need to increase my knowledge. You see, I know some people that say in this culture or other cultures that say that ignorance is bliss, right?
You know, being ignorant is awesome.
Why? Because if you know that you're going to have to do and if you don't, if you don't know you have your excuse?
What an awful what an awful concepts of Hana.
You see in the Quran, the Prophet sallallahu sallam, the prophet saucer was never he never asked Allah. Allah Subhana Allah as a matter of fact, Allah azza wa jal never asked the prophets Allah sermon, the Quran to ask for anything.
Extra from anything, etc. One thing knowledge. He said, Wakil Robbie, Sydney Elma, so your Allah increased me in knowledge. The only thing that Allah subhanaw taala asked the prophets Allah said and to request for more. It was knowledge. How often do we make that draft for ourselves? How often is Europe? Europe? I asked you for beneficial knowledge as
your ally element, not your law increase me in the knowledge that's beneficial. How often do we say that?
And when we say when we seek knowledge, we talk about knowledge that has beneficial knowledge that has been efficient, so popular these days. If you ask the youth of America, they have so much knowledge about completely unimportant things.
Completely none important things. They can give you the name of every celebrity you can think of or don't even think of for the past 100 years probably and basketball or this or that and so on. You know what? It's fun trivia. But how much of that knowledge is actually beneficial to you? That's the question to ask yourself. So we look for that realm that is considered beneficial. Because the prophets Allah subhana wa Taala says in the Quran, in Nima, yaksha, la mina evadne, Lama those who truly have the hustle of Allah subhanho wa Taala, among the servants, those who have the knowledge, the more you know about Allah azza wa jal, the more respect the more reverence the more haber that
you will have in your heart when it comes to dealing with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And Allah subhanaw taala says about those who don't have that Hachette that highway that respect, he says, well, Mercado de la Hakata. They haven't given a lot of Hana with Allah, the quarter which means that the position the status that respect that he deserves from them. Why? Because they don't know much. Really.
The more you know about Allah subhanho wa Taala, the more you will be able to understand and have that Harsha. We said What has she I'm not using the word fear. Because hushan the Arabic language is actually means that conscious fear. The conscious fear doesn't mean that he's just afraid, because fear is fear of the unknown. But Russia is fear of what you already know.
That's why it's actually more powerful. And more important, Allah give you a shareable element.
And the last thing I want to share with you
is basically whenever you walk on this path, always, always, always remember chances for people to go off this path and drop out of this path is, is it's high these days, unfortunately. So therefore, never ever, never ever feel overconfident. never feel overconfident over your achievements. Like for example, if you've done martial law before Ramadan, like Oh, that was awesome. Okay, so that's it hamdullah we're done for the neck until next year. No, there is no guarantee that you're going to remain on this path. panela
same thing, if you finish the Quran this year, as you need to stop, keep going. There are all our chances for people that would actually who would lose it. So you need always to remind yourself, remind yourself if you get weaker, the shutdown becomes stronger over you. So you're going to always keep yourself in Charlotte Allah under check, always check and balance for yourself. So we call it the what we call Maha Sabha. When you put yourself to the account, inshallah, you will be able to always be ahead of the game
ahead of the shaitaan even so make sure that you keep reminding yourself that the chance is part of the shaytaan might take you back again from the path of Allah subhana wa Tada. So you always have that sense of struggle for perfection shallow diabolical with Allah until the mutual Lord subhanho wa Taala. Obviously, I want you to understand one more time what we started with. When it comes to guidance. It's in the hands of Elijah so there is no guarantee for anyone. There is no guarantee for anyone to stay on this path. You only need to do your part and ask Allah subhana wa Taala to make you and keep you among those who will be saved in this dunya and May Allah Subhana make us a multi
multiple alameen Lama Taka Bellman and Nikita Samuel aalim Elena in a cantata Baba Rahim. Allah Houma Taco Bell Minh in Atlanta similar in what to Ballina in Atlanta well, Rahim Allah Mata Bitna will call the Sabbath they will hire to dooney off an afro. Allah hermit a bit novel called a savage luchador dunya of Africa, a lot of magical lugana illa Allah magical lubaina Allah, Allah who magic Ooh, La, La La Marina Hollis allocatable al Ameen. We ask you a lot to guide our hearts towards you to turn to your enemy. We ask you Allah to guide our hearts to turn towards Allah. We ask Allah to purify our hearts to make it cleaner bill Allah mean asked me a lot to fill our hearts with the man
and hikma with the love for this Deen and the love for the Quran. We asked her but Allah mean to make our intentions pure and sincere to you and only to Allah, we ask Allah to elevate our status in general for those that Allah but Allah mean, you asked you to protect us protect our families, our children, from any pattern misguidance Shall we ask you to make us among those whom you choose? You're allowed to enter agenda, those who will stay on this path at least to your bill. I mean, we ask Allah to make us among those who will enjoy the company of the Prophet Mohammed Salah masala when we ask Allah to make us among those who always listen to the speech and follow the best of it.
And those who call to your blind I mean, those will become
keys to or guidance or blood I mean unlocks against all atoms guidance, your blood I mean, we asked you to give us that trust that we will give us
That feeling of trust in you and you hate me. I mean, because among those who always trust your judgment, your ability I mean, those who have that satisfaction and rely in their hearts Allah give us happiness in this dunya Alhamdulillah blindness Alanna view, Mohammed Salah.
Yes. Good, so good to
So the question is about the sort of orocobre outline when he was faced with the news of the death of the prophet SAW a lot of love ceremony. So we said he was going through the shock, of course, and then he was going to sort of denial and anger and so on. So these are the stages of grief, obviously, of course, he was grieving like everybody else. He was grieving. He was trying to resist and try to deny accepting the news of the Prophet Salah Salem pesto. You see, whenever people go into a trauma, they go into these these stages, everybody goes through through trauma, they go these stages. The first thing is the shock, when you're shocked by the news, and then you try to figure
out if this is this really happened is that for real. So they go into a mode of denial and rejection, like they try to reject what they heard to be true. They don't want to they don't want to believe it, right. But then, as they try to deny it, and rejected and the news comes even stronger and stronger, they go into the mode of anger, because now there is this resistance. They try to resist, but it's coming It's becoming overwhelming. So the side getting upset with everybody and everything around them. Until they come to this reconciliation. They have to accept that they cannot resist anymore. When they accept. That's when they fall into the feeling of hopelessness and
helplessness. I remember hapa was going through this. So it was our first of all, he was shocked by the news. He was going instead of denial, holding his sword against anyone who saw the professor's and passed away. He was so angry when people tried to stop him. But when he heard the ayah from workers deep, he accepted. When he accepted, he couldn't resist. Suddenly, he collapsed. That's when he fell on the ground crying, are they allowed to run harder? So people they grieve and they go through these cases and it doesn't matter for what reason? Well on.
The Qur'an you're saying in terms of focusing on the Quran distraction from the deen in general.
Now, I'm so holla I mean, we this is the time when Allah Subhana Allah, the Quran speaks about dunya to be a law when we're live. It's amusements and game. This is the time
everything is about entertainment. This culture we live in, and the society in particular is the culture of actually extreme consumerism. It's all about things. It's all about happiness. It's all about joy. It's all about entertainment. It's no longer about actually compassion, achievements, this and that. It's no it's no longer about that stuff. It's not about it's not about the other, it's about you. This is the biggest distraction, the biggest distraction we see today is really is the fact that many people focusing so much on themselves, than they focus on anybody else around them. Because of that sense of, you know, individualism and selfishness, people, they try to catch
everything that feeds into this feeling of gratification and satisfaction.
A lot of people today they mix between fun and happiness. So anything that that brings them actually fun. It's for them the source of happiness. So whether it's
a smartphone, a special game they play, or whatever, there is a company or anything like this, anything that has to do with fun, the equate that with happiness. Therefore, if they do anything that is not fun, does not necessarily bring them happiness. So for example, reading or is it fun or not? azima
you're quiet, right? Because you know, sometimes it's not fun. I just have to do it. Right. But why can't be happy when you read the Quran because you now equate fun with happiness.
Remember, in order to be happy, you don't have to do something fun.
Do something that is gratifying to you, it makes you happy. Like, I want to read one page every day. For example, one day, even if I'm going to struggle,
but just the fact that I achieve this page every day, it will make me happy.
Doesn't have to be fun. So distraction. Once again, a lot of people they throw looking for fun for the entertainment part, because this is when they see themselves happy, but somehow unnatural as human beings. When you do the same thing over and over again, over and over again over again, it gets oversaturated and no longer provides that happiness anymore. Like when you play the same game over and over again, over and over again. Remember the first time you bought that game? Oh my god, it was just like the best game ever. second week, third week, and now
what about the $50 you pay for the game
hamdulillah you enjoyed it enough, is no longer fun. That's what doesn't bring happiness anymore. So do not attach your happiness with fun and things. Instead, you need to attach your happiness to gratification. If you verify you have rhythm of what you do, the sense of contentment for what you do shallow to Allah, I guarantee you it will bring you happiness regardless of what you do. So distractions can be eliminated if we can separate between our happiness. And what what is it coming from? Allah Allah?
so goods and technology as parents, how much control should you have over this? Obviously, technology in our time is becoming essential. Like you can't just live without technology in our terms of how long I mean, other day even in our house the other day, we had a problem with the internet. And suddenly all the kids are in the bedroom with me and my wife.
And like so we figured out something is weird why everybody's here right now. We realized the internet was not working. So the Wi Fi was dead, basically. So everybody's just coming. So how are you gonna do today we're gonna holla suddenly, they realized that you know, they have family they should communicate. When we were happy, we realized that the power outage was from outside Actually, we call the company that sits in the in the entire area, the neighborhood Yani for Hamdulillah, one full day without internet. Cable wasn't working under a lot of law. And so we had chance to communicate and talk with each other. So Paula, it's essential, but it's taken so much from our
life. What is the most dangerous thing about technology? Can you guys guess?
No. addiction, okay.
The time you spend on what's the problem with that?
It breaks the family.
mobility, you know, a lot of people actually they think the problem with technology is the content.
So for them not handling my kids, they watch, you know, Islamic cartoon or this. And so Gemma, it's not about the content when it comes to technology, particularly social media for the youth. And for the young ones. The most dangerous part of it is not only the content, it's the fact that it takes away the social gratification from the real world, to the virtual world.
Therefore, their social gratification becomes another device on their social media, their WhatsApp, their texting or all the stuff and so on. Which is why the moment you take a phone from a teenager, what happens they commit suicide or near suicide, because suddenly you pull them out of their life, not just the phone, their life, their social gratification has become into the social media. Unfortunately, this is the most dangerous aspect of technology that we have with the kids it's not about the content. It's about the fact they become addicted to being basically gratified through the social the social media, which is why Cipolla ironically even adults they do that stuff and I'm
guilty as charged as well. Is that sometimes even when you are home you will be holding the phone sometimes Halloween when your families around you.
Why is that? Because again, there's gratification there's more gratification technology right now than in the real world. So this is why it's dangerous and that's why parents doesn't matter how you guys need to start having a smart way of dealing with technology smarter dealing with with your kids inshallah Donna Allah Allah says any question Yes.
Everybody was telling you she was bad and you say no she's good.
so basically should you go reconnect with her or not? Now that we have Facebook we can find her somewhere. Right? Okay, so the question is basically if you have friends even though people told you she was not necessarily the best person, be careful with her but you made the decision to stay connected with her until life you know moved on and you moved on and you grow apart. Now you feel guilty or never kept in contact with them.
The question is, do you have an obligation to stay in contact with them, there is no obligation. Your obligation is actions towards your unit, your friends, towards your family members, so to run so if you are the maintainer, Salatu Rahim properly a handler then go to the circle of friends. However, if you have a close friend closer than some of your, some of your relatives, it's okay you can maintain good relationship with them, especially if they were good. But if they were maybe a source of danger to your Eman and your and your behavior and a slot and manners and so on, then feel free Feel free to cut ties with them and have no regret.
If they're not good and they can endanger your Emanuel Dean just cut ties with them and have no regret and hopefully shallow data you will find someone who's better for you in the future. See the profits or loss Allah says in the Hadith, Habiba kahana ma as an akuna Basilica, Yo Mama, when you love someone, love them moderately, because one day they might become the most interest detestable to you, like they will become your enemy. When I was at BuzzFeed, the Chioma Asana, konohagakure Mama, when you hate somebody hate them moderately.
Because you never know they might become your best friends and most beloved people in the future. So keep things moderately. So if you feel attached to this person, if you're loyal to them to that extent, I mean, there's no obligation to look for them. All
the feeling of honorable Katara a lot and probably some of the behavior that he expressed at the time of the death of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was he the only person who expressed this kind of feelings and and this kind of human behavior, somebody else to the same thing, actually many, not just honorable Hata, there were many people actually the message you could say the scene in the message was very, very chaotic. Some of the Sahaba were still in the shock mode, and the anger and denial more like Omar and others. On the other side of the masjid are the action, the acceptance and the hopelessness so they were weeping and crying on the side. And some people in the middle, they're
just like, still in the shock, they they did not decide yet should they accept or reject, and so on. It was chaotic, the way and I saw the laughter and describe the conditions of the prophets, Allah serves companions on the day on the purposes and passed away. He said the day when the Prophet sallallahu wasallam passed away, a Sahaba of the law of the land whom they became like Allah venom, fidelity shadia is that they became like a flock of sheep on a rainy day, or any night. Can you imagine a flock of sheep and the pasture at night? They were resting and you know, comfort zone, suddenly, they start raining on top of them. What do they do? I don't know if you've seen that or
not. But if you did, there'll be running looking for shelter everywhere, right? And if you're in an open space in the desert, what are you gonna do?
That's exactly what happens. There's a habitable order and they said, like, they were just like all over the place. They're just distracted. They don't even know what's going on. They're still in the big shock, which explains why that sort of law is the law said I'm actually he wasn't buried until three days later. is not because
it was neglect from them.
Or ignorance in that part as much as it was considered for them an unprecedented event like they've never had a prophet die amongst them so they don't know what to do with this body. Should we bury him like we do with other people? Should we wash him? Should we take his shirt off and so they were unaware that they were not didn't, didn't know what to do. until Allah subhanho wa Taala and in multiple dreams of the Sahaba who saw the dreams on how they should treat or how to deal with their but with his body so your home to Africa, like their dreams matched, which means it's like an indication This is an inspiration, subtle inspiration from Allah subhana wa Tada. So it wasn't just
avocado, but many more.
So tonight, one of the things we said that would help people stay on the straight path is to seek knowledge we mentioned in a few nights before on earlier is that it's not about the knowledge. And I want to actually recollect the understanding if you've misunderstood what I mentioned today, I said it's not about how much knowledge it's about the quality of the knowledge and how much you practice of what you know, that's the most important things. So secret knowledge, there is no doubt is very important. And you should seek more knowledge in shallow terracotta Allah, but in the process of seeking that knowledge, make sure that you practice more of it, to show that it's all about the
quality and that's something I want you to think about inshallah as Ramadan comes to an end right now. And close. So I want you to think of what you would what the prophet salla salaam called our jam or jam which means that kind of good deeds that you do, from which you hope most of the reward. One day the Prophet sallallahu wasallam So Bill, are they allowed to run? And he said yeah, VLAN The other day I saw you in the dream I saw my dream that you were walking in agenda like the Prophet system. He said the one day I was walking agenda, he was dreaming he was working on agenda and then he heard steps behind his back someone footsteps behind his back so he said I looked behind me and
it was you bill and was walking and agenda and the professor Arsalan was so excited so there'll be lol and now that's in real life is asking me that so what what is it that you do that will get you there? What is it that you have said your soul? I don't know nothing much. So the prophet SAW some asked Bilal again. Man who are jammin what is the best of your good deeds that you think that would lead you to that level of Paradise in general? Do you guys know what was the best thing Bilal would offer to say maybe this is the one because that's what I hope the reward from most of the reward from Yanni Do you know what what was his traditional his habit?
Making make he used to say I used to pray to Raka every time I make a fresh photo.
Because every time I make will do day or night, I'll pray to Raka
Can you imagine every time I make a new day or night Salah time or not? I will pray to Raka the professor lessons to be learn. That's the one
how big of a deal is it to pray to record every time you might go to a gym?
Is that something like waking up at night for two three hours reciting half of the Quran? Is that like fasting for 16 hours in the heat of Texas? Is that something like given all the money you earn martial law fair and square in a halal way that you give it for charity? Not even close in that sense.
But the fact that this is what he hopes for most of the reward to come from our jammin that makes it makes his making it sincere for the sake of Allah soprano Madonna. Melville very powerful. So again, it's not about the amount of knowledge. It's how much you practice of that knowledge, the quality of it. That's what matters the most. And obviously, as we move forward in our life and shallot and our knowledge, we should increase more of that knowledge in the larger knowledge of how to make knowledgeable owner Brahman. Yes
Sinhala it's very true a very actually true that sometimes you know knowledge sometimes. I mean obviously we seek knowledge for what in order to provide us that enough cell modem in right we try to escape enough salomaa by seeking more knowledge so we can have enough sell multiple Neff salomaa is the knifes that keeps blaming you and keeps kind of like in blaming you for things that you do on your own. And you escaping this to become among those who have the national motto in that serene and peacefulness. So you seek knowledge to become an officer Mahatma Anna, but sometimes that knowledge can be extremely confusing. So what do I do in this case, that's when you need mentors.
That's really teachers you need mentors you need your
body system with whom you seek knowledge together. Otherwise if you're on your own, there is a great chance for you to go astray probably maybe misunderstand and and feel frustrated and so on. So I really really recommend before Ramadan enzima for the brothers and the sisters are here. Make sure to have a body system for the next year. About the system. Find someone who will become your body until the next Ramadan inshallah tada what do you do?
read Quran together remind each other did you do your assignment? Did you read your plan today? you finished your daycare Hey, I read something interesting today Mashallah. I want to benefit you. Check it out. Oh Subhanallah I watched this video about such and such name of allah subhana wa tada and it's very refreshing. I want to send you the link so that you will watch it too as well inshallah. So basically encouraging each other to do that which is good and learn and so on. But this system is very important. With secret knowledge. You need a mentor if you couldn't find a mentor then at least someone who would help you along the process you can do a lot in Charlotte de
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