Attaining Inner Peace During Hardships

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Salam Alaikum Salaam Alaikum everyone. I will be let him in a shaytani R rajim Bismillah R Rahman Rahim Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah while Elio sabya Jemaine rubbish Rocklea Saudi wire Siddeley Omri waddler octets Emily Sani of a hoe Kali does echo located on for joining today. So we are so currently actually I am on central time so I am it's let's to 240 for me if you want to just join in let us know where you're where you're joining from what time is it in your part of the world last week Masha Allah we had people from all over the world so we have people who are you know, it's nighttime it's it's afternoon it's evening so Masha Allah we are all coming together for this really

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really important topic and and because I want to also share a really really important opportunity that I'm that we've just launched my class within McRib. And I want to also you know, take this opportunity as people are coming in if you want to just let me know in the chat box where you're joining in from and you know, give me your I'm curious, like, what time is it? Where are you guys are at where are you at? And what time is it? So as you guys are coming in with that, let me just see if I can make it so I can see.

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So can Okay. All right, that makes it easier. All right. So Pakistan so as as the people coming in, I just want to kind of explain Egypt well, so I just want to kind of explain number one why this topic is so sort of I think it's global it's a it's a it's a very it's something that we all can relate to it's something we all actually can really really benefit from inshallah and that's finding inner peace during the hardship right because a lot of times we got Montreal coming in so I'm kind of just keep keep keep letting it come in as I'm as I'm talking but we have

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you know, there's there's a lot of times there's this idea that like okay, I'm gonna get through this hard time and then things are gonna start to get easier right so we have this sort of dichotomy in our mind about you know, there's like good times and then there's like, then there's like bad times right so when we're going through the bad times or when we're going through the difficult times a lot of a lot of you know a lot of us think okay after the the hard times are over then I'm going to get some peace right so there's this idea that that hard times are something that like you know, are all bad and then we get ease afterwards. So inshallah we're going to talk more about

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whether or not that's the case how does how do you know hard times work and how can we actually find peace within the hard times right, not just after, and kind of break some of the so we got we got people coming in while 12:40am in Pakistan. We had people coming in to jacket to Zeca Stan Mashallah.

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We had Egypt we had the UK, Northern California mashallah you know, something that always blows my mind is just how how we all can come together we have beheren we have we all come together from various parts of the world. various walks of life we got Malaysia 340 In the morning, this is like pm time for you Michela

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for visa

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and you know, wow we have Italy SATA M. Mashallah.

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It's like it you know, some of the names are just coming at. Yeah, I can see some of them. So, so So what's amazing is that how we all come together under Leila and Lola from different walks of life from different parts of the world. And it's like we all are literally one family like the prophets I seldom said that it's like one body and that's why if one part of the body is in pain, the entire body responds with fever. So we you know, mashallah you really see that when you do these events is that you see the, the level of, of cohesion that we have, even though all of us are, you know, we're all in different places geographically but we're also in different places in our lives. So and

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that's where I want to talk about inshallah I'll go ahead and begin just keep keep keep on coming in introducing yourself where you're from, what time is it there Oakland Mashallah. So I will be laying administrate on rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim are salatu salam ala Rasulillah while Ali was so happy and remained rubbish, Saudi Arabia suddenly I'm Reba lock the Tamela Sani of Kali, this question of finding inner peace. Now there's there's basically two parts to this topic right the inner peace part and the hardship part. Now you know,

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Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about happiness. This is one of the new trends in psychology is the study of happiness, the study of how to increase happiness. You know, in previously in psychological research, the trend was more what they called abnormal psychology. So this was more of a study of, you know, looking at mental health disorders, looking at disease, and then like kind of deciding how can we treat these diseases, here are the symptoms, this is how we treat it. But then now, there's a new trend called positive psychology where it doesn't it's no longer focused on disease, but more focused on how can we improve the quality of our lives? Right,

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so this is more, you know, things that have to do with flourishing in our lives, increasing happiness, increasing wellbeing. So, you know, what's really interesting now is that this discussion has become so popular is like, how do we just become happier people, everybody wants to be happy, and everybody wants to increase their wellbeing, but how do you do it, and there's, of course, so many different theories, so many different definitions of, of what happiness even is. And so I really think I really liked this, this specific way of explaining it, because happiness isn't always what you think it is, Happiness isn't always found where you think it might be found. But that's why

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I want to talk about inner peace, because there's a difference between, you know, one person might define happiness as eating a chocolate cake like that, that is like happiness, you know, another person, it might be Brioni, you know, but But what, you know, the fact that we chase these types of pleasures, and everybody defines a differently and, and for the most part, we live in a society that defines happiness as a physical type of pleasure. Right, so intimacy, you know, alcohol, drugs, you know, sex, drugs, and rock and roll basically, right, good food. But what is true happiness. And I think that a better way to kind of get at that, that that deeper meaning of happiness, is to talk

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about peace, is that we're not just talking about this fleeting type of pleasure, right? You ate the chocolate case, the chocolate cake, you ate the, the Brioni. And then it's just digested, you know, a few minutes later, it's gone. But what is real happiness? And I think that when you talk about real happiness, it's about finding a place of peace. Alright, and how can we find that place of peace? And then the second part is, and this, this is confusing, because usually we think that peace is outside of hardships, right? You don't usually think about the two coming together. You know, we think like I said, there's times of hardships, and then there'll be times of happiness or peace,

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after the hardship has passed. But this is really a question. And I think it's a quest for finding peace, inside of the hardship, finding peace within the hardship. So you know, and this brings me to the to the opportunity, the class that I'm referring to, is that I have this class that I used to only teach in person, I used to teach it on site. And we recently in the last few years, have been able to put it online. So now this class, transformed, is, is is available online, this is just basically a sneak peek at what I cover in this class. But if you if you get deeper into these topics, you find that that there is a there is a formula. And of course, it takes a lot of practice.

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It's something we work on until the day we die. But there is a formula given to us by Allah and His messenger for finding peace within hardship, that that it isn't just about having perfect times and then having awful times, but to find a way to continue to be internally at peace, even while you are in that difficulty. And that really is the the sensei level of dealing with dunya. Right. So what I what I talk about in transformed is it's actually a an entire weekend course, that has been made exclusively online, so anyone can access from anywhere in the world. Once you register, you get this exclusive, and you get lifetime access to it. So you can actually interact with this material as

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many times as you want. You also get access to exclusive live q&a. And I think this is one of the most important aspects is that when you interact with this content, it's so important that you make it applicable to your life. And when you start to apply these things, you're going to have questions and there's an opportunity to ask those questions live. So so that comes

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along with the registration. Now when talking about this, this, this idea of finding peace within the hardship is entire entire section about this. But I just want to talk about just a few points today about

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how we can change our view how we can change our lens, in terms of how we see the world around us how we see our experiences, and then that changes our response. So I just want to basically leave you with a few points. Okay, the first myth that we need to change. And I think one of the most important things that we have to remember about this life generally, is that there is no such thing as just hard times, there is no such thing as all bad, when you are going through a hardship, it is never all bad. And this is one of the aspects one of the the the, the part of the nature of dunya is that it is never all bad. And it is never all good. Okay, so the first thing we have to understand

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about this life, and I can just tell you this from personal experience, you know, anyone who's read reclaim your heart probably knows that, you know, chapter one, from the very beginning of the book, I talk about how I was always sort of very idealistic, perfectionist, I expected everything to be perfect. And so long as I went through my life, and I did this for a long time, way too long, that that so long as I went through my life expecting everything to be perfect, expecting every, every person around me to be perfect. I was constantly disappointed, I was constantly let down, I was constantly upset, right. And the reason why that happened is because I had this very, very

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unrealistic expectation that things were supposed to be perfect. This that things were so had to be a certain way. And when they weren't, I was I was devastated. It was very difficult for me to deal with disappointment. And I think that the biggest mistake that I made was in my expectation. So I thought that, you know, but but it has to be this way. And it was almost as though I had this subtle sort of belief underlying all of it, that that I was already in Jenner, you know, like, almost as though I was interacting with dunya in the way that Jenna is. And having that type of interaction or expectation of this life will break your heart, it will destroy you internally, you will never find

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peace, because you're expecting something that is in perfect by its very nature to be perfect. Jenna is perfect. Dunya is not now part of that understanding that this life is not perfect. It actually works both ways. So the same way that this life is not perfectly good. It is also not perfectly bad, either. And this is another concept I really, you know, I really discussed deeply in the class transformed, I also touched upon it in Reclaim Your heart is that once I changed that mentality once I changed that understanding, and I recognize that this life is not perfect, good. And it is not perfectly bad, either. So what that means is that while you are going through your hardest time, I

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just got a message recently, one sister told me she has just gone through a devastating divorce, you know, she feels broken. And and she's asking how do I get through it? You know, do you have any advice. And this is this is so many people can relate to this when you go through a very, very difficult time. Maybe you're in it right now. But while you're in that time,

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to be able to recognize that it is not all black, that it is not all dark that it is not all bad, even in your hardest time. And that takes a different lens and a different understanding. Because

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it's very easy for us. And I think this is part of like the way the brain is almost wired is that we tend to focus on the negative things in our lives, we tend to focus on what our brain considers

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a danger or some sort of threat. Right? So whenever we have a fear, for example, our tendency is to focus on the fear and to exaggerate the fear through that focus. So this is another principle that you should always remember and that is that whatever

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You focus on will grow. So in this case, if we focus on the fear or we focus on the,

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what is upsetting us, or what we've lost, or what we what's hurting us, maybe if we focus on what's hurt us in the bad in the past, or what we've lost in the past, that that particular pain actually really starts to become exaggerated in our own minds and in our hearts. So, focus is essential expectation is essential. As soon as you realize that this life isn't perfect, you start to become more realistic in your expectations and then you start to be able to respond to things in a better, more sort of holistic and healthy way. So if this life is not perfectly good, but it is not perfectly bad either What is it then Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran, in my last three use,

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so, this area is super deep, and it is also very misunderstood. And it is often even miss translated, okay. So this particular area from that is in Jos AMA, it is it says that in indeed, my last three years rather indeed with the difficulty is general is and this is grammatical, in the sense that difficulty in this area is specific and singular. In mallows, three so Elif lamb is specific and singular, in nama allostery, you straw, Yusra, here is general. So what the idea is saying is that with any specific singular hardship, comes along with it, along with it, this is the map here is so important. And it should actually transform the way we view our lives. The map, just

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the word map map, does not mean after this area does not say after the hardship will come ease. It doesn't say that. It says with the hardship, comes general ease. That's actually a game changer. Because what Allah is telling us is that this is the design of the universe, that with every hardship, with every single hardship that Allah gives you, He will give you it, he will give you general and abundant ease along with the hardship. It's not after the hardship only it is along with the hardship as well.

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And why does that why is that so transformational? Well, it changes what we focus on, it changes what we become attuned to, if I am thinking, Oh, my God, everything is so bad right now. And nothing is good right now. Because why do I start to feel that way, when I'm going through difficulty, a lot of it doesn't have to do with the reality, but has more to do with the perception and even deeper to do with the focus. So if my focus in the difficulty is only on the difficulty, only on the challenge, only on the fear only on the pain of the loss, I will naturally not see the ease and the blessings that I actually have, at that very moment. It's not that I have to wait for those

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blessings to come, but I already have them and yet I am not seeing them because I am so hyper focused on the difficulty and the challenge. So, this is one of those concepts I cover in the class transformed. So So So what I do in this class is I take this wide array of you know, practical sort of experiences that we go through in life, you know, pain loss, our spiritual connection with Allah subhanaw taala how we deal with our family, how we deal with our within our marriages, how we deal with in our, you know, our social, our social groups in our in our careers, and then talking about love, talking about what is healthy love what is unhealthy love, and then talking about how to

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navigate our challenges in life, and really just changing the way we look at our lives. And then the way we respond to our lives, but one of the most essential things to find peace within the difficulties not just after the difficulties because difficulties are always coming, you know, in in waves, right? They don't stop and so fight we have to find the ability to have peace within the difficulty and, and one of the only ways to do that is to really change our lens to change our understanding and to change our focus

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So the first sort of principle that I want to convey is that in my latest videos, that indeed with the hardship is general ease, it's not just after, you don't say, Okay, it's all bad right now, and that I have to wait for ease and I have to wait for blessings, you have them right now. But you just aren't seeing them, you just haven't given focus to them. And because you haven't given focus to them, they seem to you as insignificant. Right, let me just give you an example. You know, the person who is struggling in their relationship, say since I gave that example, or maybe they have a relationship that ended, but at the same time, that same individual is healthy, Allah subhanaw taala

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has given them health, Allah subhanaw taala has not tested them at that same time with disease, cancer, or, or any of the other, you know, many diseases that other people are being tested with. That same individual may not be tested with poverty, at the same time that they have Allah Subhana Allah has given them provision has given them risk has given them safety, has they Allah has not tested them with the tests that people in other parts of the world where, where they're literally their life is in danger every single day, you know, that there's, they're, they're in war zones, places where their homes can be bombed, places where their families are not safe. And so while that

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individual and it is it is it isn't to minimize the difficulties that we go through, but it is more to widen the lens and to recognize that and really to contextualize those difficulties to be able to see more, it isn't. And I think it's very important because on the one hand, you know, like, for example, in counseling, you know, that one of the most important things that you that you do as a counselor is to legitimize the the experience of the individual of the client, right? to legitimize not to minimize, not to, to, you know, to That's the whole concept of of gaslighting is that when you're minimizing our D legitimizing a person's reality or experience, so it isn't about D

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legitimizing that pain or saying it doesn't matter. You know, sometimes people will use this type of rhetoric to, to invalidate someone's experience or invalidate or minimize someone's pain. And that isn't what what is being said here at all. Rather, that experience is very real, and the pain is very real, the loss is very real, but it isn't about it. So it isn't about saying that that's not important. But it's more about widening the lens to include the other experiences that are simultaneously, you know, happening at the same in the same time, that, yes, that that that pain is very real, the pain of loss, the pain of losing a loved one of a broken relationship, the pain of,

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of sickness, whatever that that test, whatever that challenge is, is very real. But it's it's about widening that lens to include the other experiences that you are simultaneously being given by Allah subhanaw taala. So when Allah says in omalos, usara. It's not saying that dose is not real, it's not saying that the difficulty isn't isn't legitimate, but rather that he gives us the capacity at the same time, in order to help us to cope with that very legitimate pain and that very legitimate difficulty. So it's about

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you know, for example, we can't control the weather. We can't make it stop raining. We can't make, you know, we can't say I don't want any storms in this particular region during this particular time. We don't have control over the weather. But what we can do is we can take provision to protect ourselves from that weather. You know, I can't make it stop raining, but I can get an umbrella. Right? I can't control the storm, but I can go into a shelter. And that is the concept of finding peace within hardship. Is that understanding that? Yes, that storm is very real. And yes, it is. You know, perhaps it is it may be very, very painful. But

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there is a way to be able to cope. And this is the coping mechanisms that Allah subhanaw taala gives us and one of those coping mechanisms is through the use the general ease that Allah gives us in other parts of our lives in other departments. Hola me.

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You have given you one difficulty, but he also gave you social support. He gave you the ability to support yourself and your family, he gave you safety he gave you health, he gave you the ability to and you know, this is one of the greatest gifts that Allah subhanaw taala can give us in one of the greatest

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of the of the risk from Allah subhanaw taala is Amen is the fact that Allah made us Muslim made us believers. And and that is the greatest provision to in order to help with getting through our storms is the provision of Eman when Allah subhanaw taala put his prophets through the most difficult storms, the the Prophets, peace be upon them or tested the most hard most diff in the most severe of ways. And so we know that those nearest to Allah subhanaw taala are tested most severely. And yet, they are also the ones who do the best in the test. Why is that? Because they have the provision, they have the abilities given by Allah subhanaw taala to to handle those tests. And first

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and foremost, that is the Amen, the faith and the nearness to Allah subhanaw taala that becomes the provision to help us to cope with our difficulties. So the first principle here is that with the hardship comes ease, and that it isn't something that is outside, you know, that we don't, we don't ever have an all bad situation. And we don't have to wait until it's over to have ease, but we have to look for the ease within the hardship. And the more we focus on that, you know, this is why the practice of gratitude is actually so powerful. And this is Countless studies have been found, you know, in the in the field of positive psychology specifically about gratitude. And there are studies

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that show empirically, empirically a lot of empirical evidence that gratitude is so effective, that it actually has been used to treat depression, and very effectively. So just the, the, the, you know, they did studies where they had people write down every single day, three to five things, that they are grateful for anything, anything in their life, three to five every day, and it actually transformed their lives, it transformed their experience, and it helped them get out of depression, just the ability to shift the focus, not to delegitimize, not to minimize necessarily what a person is experiencing, but to shift the lens to shift the focus, to looking at the blessings and to enter

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into enlarging the blessings through that, that focus on that when you focus on something, it grows. And so focusing on blessings grows, the blessings, were in Chicago with the rabuka let in shall come to light as you then come in another area where Allah subhanaw taala says that, if you are grateful, I will increase you. So Allah is telling us that one of the ways to increase to abundance is through gratitude is through just recognizing and showing thanks for what we already have. And it's a lot, it's a lot of blessings, but we just are we sort of have to train the the hearts eye and the mind to focus on the blessings within the hardship, and they will grow. And they will actually make it

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easier to cope with the legitimate pain that we are experiencing. One other thing I found really, really powerful recently was that shaytaan has a specific sort of tactic when we go through difficulty, all right. When we when when Shaitan says that we are in distress shaitan will do one of his tactics in order to paralyze us further is to remind us of the difficulty to sort of he wants to exaggerate those, the pain itself. So sometimes shaitan will actually try to bring us down through a lot of negative thoughts right through a lot of negative West Westside. It's called so what's worse is just the whispering of shaitan where you know if he'll put ideas in our mind, we know in the

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Quran, we ask for protection from the west West and Honduras, right, the one who whispers and then hides or retreats. So he puts ideas in our mind and then he retreats. One of the ways he does this, is that he reminds us of negativity reminds us of what we're afraid of you reminds us of what we're upset about.

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He reminds us of what we're angry about, he uses anger a lot, you know, to try to control us and to try to to paralyze us. So negativity is one of his one of his tactics. And by focusing and reminding us of the negative aspects of our experience, it enlarges it, right, what you focus on grows, so it enlarges it. Now, when a difficulty, this is very deep, when a difficulty is enlarged, guess what happens,

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we are so focused, and this is the thing about human beings is that we can't be two places at once. Okay? Same thing with our focus, we can't focus two places at once, we can't look two places at once we're not ours, right? Like, like, if you're facing this way, you can't see what's behind you. Right, you have a little bit of peripheral vision, but generally, you will see only in the in the direction that you're facing. And so what happens if you're facing your hardships, and you're focusing on your hardships, and you're enlarging your fears and your and your and your pain and, and you're you're basically your struggle is where you're faced where you're focused,

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then it does not allow you to focus on other than that. So that means you can't really see your blessings, because it might be in the periphery might be back here, but you're not really focused on it, because you're so focused on the difficult things, the challenges, the fears, the pain, but there's something else, and this is very deep, there's something else that you can't focus on, because you're so focused on your challenges. And that is Allah subhanaw taala. So that's very deep. So one of the tactics very, very, you know, sort of subtle tactics of shaitan is to distract you from Allah subhanaw taala. And one of the ways to distract you from Allah subhanaw taala is to make

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you see your problems as bigger than they are. And to make you see your problems as all encompassing. And then that's all there is, is this problem is this loss is this is this failure, and they will exaggerate that failure for you, oh, you are such a failure. And look at this and look at no one appreciates, and no one understands and you're all on your own, and, you know, this very

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self victimization, he wants you to be paralyzed by that. And by doing that, he has also done one of the most harmful things which is that he has distracted you from Allah subhanaw taala. So by enlarging your difficulties, he has minimized the Presence of Allah subhanaw taala, in your, in your in your cognition really in your in your, in your view. And in your focus. He has made you focus instead on the negative things on the difficulties. Now, and this brings me in sha Allah to kind of where I want to wrap up is that Allah, Allah is prescription for pain is the exact opposite. And this is something that's that's so beautiful and so powerful. I touched upon it actually on the

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series on last week's series. When you look at the area at the end of sort of header, I believe, where the Prophet SAW Selim is being addressed by Allah subhanaw taala. And Allah is acknowledging his pain. And Allah is saying that we know that what they're saying is, is is making your chest feel constricted, we know that you're that it's hurting you we know Allah is saying that he recognizes the pain that has been caused to the prophets, I send them by what the people are saying and what they're doing to him. So what does Allah do? Number one, Allah acknowledges it. And I think that, to me is so beautiful, because, you know, even and, as I mentioned before, even when you look at

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effective counseling, you know, when they did research about effective counseling, they found that, that when you look at all the techniques of counseling, that the vast majority, something like 70% of it, of effective counseling, is simply being heard. Feeling that another person understands is listening and cares, that that actually is the most, most important and effective part of counseling. This is what Allah does. Allah is the most effective counselor and Allah is High above any analogy. Allah says, We know what you're going through, we recognize your pain. And then Allah subhanaw taala gives the prescription the cure, and that cure it's so it's so deep because it goes,

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it's exactly the opposite of what shaitan does. It's exactly the opposite. So he's almost Panatela says, for sub beer can be handy Rebecca where Khun Mina Celgene, so

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his prescription for this pain is exalt the praises of your Lord. Look at that. It's exalt Allah subhanaw taala Enlarge the place of Allah in your life. Focus on Allah and His blessings for setback be handy Rebecca that, that that when you exalt Allah subhanaw taala and the praises of Allah. So, Hamed here is not just to show thanks and gratitude but to praise Allah subhanaw taala. So it's basically, the more you, the more you make a lot bigger in your life, the smaller everything else is, because like I said, we're human right? We can only focus on one thing at a time essentially, especially when it's a hyper focus. So if you make that hyper focus, the exalting of Allah, the

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remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala in your life, the gratitude, the thinks the the praise of Allah subhanaw taala in your life, then what that does, naturally is it minimizes, it makes it less paralyzing. It makes it it makes it actually smaller, the challenge and what couldn't be in a Saturday in and be among those who prostrate themselves, humility, humility to Allah subhanaw taala. When we break to Allah subhanaw taala then Allah, he puts us back together. And Allah elevates us, when you humble yourself to Allah subhanaw taala Allah will elevate you when you break to Allah subhanaw taala is Allah Who puts you back together? Remember, Allah is Al Jabbar, Allah is the One

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who mens This is one of the meanings of Al Jabbar. And so really just kind of putting it all together. This idea that this life is not perfectly bad, or perfectly good, that it has difficulties but it also has ease at the same time. And that what we focus on will grow what we choose to to make, you know, the focal point is what's going to become bigger in our lives and more all encompassing. So widening that lens to see the blessings and the essential formula that's given by Allah subhanaw taala for setback be handy Rebecca welcome Mina Saturday in that you should exalt the praises of Allah and be among those who prostrate and humble themselves. So this is, you know, this

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is again, a snapshot of what I cover in my class transformed. This is a class that I cover these themes, I cover many more themes, really about how to make this practical how to apply these concepts in your life, to transform your life. Because these concepts themselves, they don't come from me. These are the concepts given unto us. These are concepts given to us by Allah and His messenger. And they are transformative, they change your life, they allow you to be able to not just get through your storms, not just survive your storms, but thrive in your storms. And that's a powerful superpower. That's a sensei level. And this is something of course, it's a work in

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progress. It's something we do until the day we die. But it is it is a lot of inner work that is required. And that's what Insha Allah, this class transformed is principles of spiritual development. It's a class that I've done. You know, I used to do it on on site. Now it's available completely exclusively online. And it's available to anyone in the world. When you register, you get access to all the material that you do, that I would normally teach over an entire weekend full time, as well as these live we get for live q&a. So you'll have the chance to interact with the material and then ask your questions live, inshallah with me, and with the other students. So you

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also have that interaction, you can register at the link that's that's pasted below. But I really believe in this class because these are principles that changed my life, there are principles that I've seen change countless lives. And why because it's given to us by our Creator. It's simple as that he made us and He knows how, how best to take care of his creation. You know, if you if you look at this very simple example, if you want to take care of a car, you know, if you have if you have a Honda, you're not going to go to the Mercedes. Manual, no matter how fancy you think Mercedes is you're not going to go to a Mercedes manual to take care of your Honda. You always go to the

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manufacturer because the manufacturer knows its creation. His creation is is known to the manufacturer. That's how you learn to take care of the creation. Allah subhanaw taala is high above any analogy. He is our Creator, and he knows how to take care of our hearts how to take care of our minds and how to take care of our bodies and our souls because he made it up

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And so we really, really have to realize and go back to the, the manual of the Creator Himself in terms of what's going wrong in my life. Why am I suffering so much? And how can I change that? So this is a class transformed as a class where I try to look at all of the, you know, many of these themes from a perspective from an from an Islamic psychological and spiritual lens, and then try to make it really practical, right? So like things that we can actually do in our lives, not just the concept, not just the idea, but how does this affect us? When we're dealing with our in laws? How does it affect us when we're dealing with our spouse or our children or our parents? How does it

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affect us when we're dealing with heartbreak? How does it affect us in our careers, you know, we're talking about mental health, how it affects us in that sphere, but just overall, sort of the experience of this life and all the challenges that come along with it, how to apply these principles, these literal life saving transformative principles in everyday life. So I hope that inshallah I will see many of you in these in these sessions that we're going to be having for that for the students. I hope you can register because I really, really believe in this class. I believe in the content I believe in. I believe in these principles. Because like I said, these are these

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aren't from me, but these are life saving principles, and transformative principles that come from our Creator. Putting Coney Heather was stuck for a lonely welcome innovaphone Rahim Subhanak Hello behind that shadow Allah Allah Allah Allah and as required to like Salam