Channel: Zaid Shakir
Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except for the enjoyment of delusion? (Surah Hadid, 57:20)
We are often reminded in the Qur’an that the world around us is filled with distractions that can keep us from realising the true potential of our humanity. The modern world’s incessant concentration on material and social pursuits have granted many of us with lots of possessions and ideas, yet we still feel empty inside. Even as Muslims’ identity appears galvanised in a response to an endless news cycle, Islamophobia and injustice, this reactive activism to those challenges in itself often paralyses and distracts us from the pressing issues of the soul that are humanity’s greatest need. In this session, we will seek to examine how we can shed the weight from our hearts and unlock our spiritual potential.
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you should know
that the life of this world is none other than play and amusement and adornment.
In other words,
things that can potentially
and will definitely if they're if one is a mindful of one's primary purpose in this world, which is to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala will McCulloch Fujin insert Dr. Boone, then those things will be a distraction
from that great reality of who we are, as chef Holly just mentioned, remember who you are.
I like to when I talk to the children sometimes because they all saw it not that I encourage people to watch Disney movies. But I know usually they all they've all seen the Lion King Hakuna Matata for the rest of my days. Smart travel free philosophy Hakuna Matata.
And so I asked, Well, what is the turning point? So Simba is just his Hakuna Matata when if you can make Hakuna Matata into a verb. So he's just Hakuna Matata for the rest of his days. He's chillin like a villain in the pan with T Mon and khumba. His new from friends for the kingdom is being destroyed. So I asked, you know, what's the turning point? Well, what snaps somebody out of it and makes them realize that he's the new king and he has the responsibility to save the kingdom.
And usually they'll say when he sees his father sees his father is reflected in the pond, the sky reflected in the pond. And he tells him somebody
remember who you are, and then symbol snaps out of it. And I think one of the reasons that not just our young folks, the children and youth but even the older folks, we fall into these funks and into a malaise and we get trapped up and wrapped up in the dunya. So somebody was trapped up in the dunya is nice. Lions don't swim but he's out there swimming and he's eating his slimy and satisfying grubs. And he's just hanging out with his friends. So he's wrapped up in the world and the pleasures of the world and he forgets who he is he's he forgets he's the king and he forgets that the kingdom is in desperate trouble that is being taken over and is being destroyed. And so he races back and he
saves the kingdom. as Muslims we forget who we are.
We forget who we are
men and women. A lot tells the women when the prophets wives, this start haranguing him and hassling him
About the dunya
what is the law revealed? Uranus and BLS Tunica had the minun Nisa, or wives of the Prophet, you're not like other women.
or Muslims, you're not like other people.
This, they're the people of the world.
And we're supposed to be the people of the Asch era, we live in the world, we have responsibilities in the world, we seek justice in the world, but not at the sake of our very soul.
Not at the sake of our very soul is mentioned in the Bible. I came out of a from a Christian family so I can quote the Bible.
You can excuse me, but one of the verses in the Bible what profits is for profits of men, if he gains the world, but he loses his very soul? If these fools who are fighting in Iraq and Syria and murdering each other and competing and atrocities,
what what is what if they gain Syria, or they gain era, or they gain Yemen, or they gain one of these other plots of dirt, but they lose their soul? Because they slaughtered a Muslim?
The slaughter one is lol Hello, Mohammed Rasulullah.
Which is general?
What is the dirt mean?
What does the power mean? What does the authority mean?
When the reality sinks in that it wasn't about the world It wasn't about controlling this or that part of Lin. It was about obeying Allah subhanho wa Taala. staying within the limits set by Allah tilka who do the law for that tattoo do have
these are the limits set by Allah don't violate them. Don't even approach them.
And then the reality sets in so you got Saddam's old treasure?
Right, the Treasury was looted, or you looted museum and you got some priceless piece? Or you went in like these people going into a cretin. You got someone's television out of their house. Or you got their bicycle, or you got their car. What does it mean? And you think is yours and you forgot that it belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala hula hula mellie can move. Everything all of the dominion is for law to
Tasha will tourism mentorship to the new man Tasha big Keller here in the condo coalition Kadir Allah has is for Allah He gives it and he takes it based on whom he's pleased with, not based on how many people they can murder or slaughter, how many rights they can trample on how much property can be usurped.
Forget that that doesn't bring victory.
masculine, innocent people doesn't bring victory, trampling on the rights of other human beings and Muslims doesn't bring victory controlling this or that piece of land doesn't mean victory women most
women, most women in the law, victory only comes from a law. So if we think if I can do something more desperate, if I can try a little harder, if I can murder a little more viciously, if I can broadcast that all over the world to strike fear into the hearts of people, I help bring victory. No, you bring the scorn of the nations. You bring the hatred of the nations, you bring the contempt of the nations, you bring the wealth of the nation and the wrath of Almighty God down upon you.
And that's what we see happening.
You could call it whatever you want to call it. But that's what's happening. And we have to take a stand.
We have to remember a lot of time they created us for something better than that.
So you get the dirt and you get the land and you get the power and you get the authority. But you got it by violating the rights that Allah said don't approach Don't come near.
And then what awaits you
now, and the Melia hailakandi so Tanya hope
My my wolf is gone
What you looted or pillaged? is gone.
Nanny Melia It's of no benefit helicon Nice. So Tanya, and my power, my authority my standing before the people is gone.
No, I have to meet a law
based on what I searched for it for my soul.
Don't be deceived brothers and sisters Don't be deceived by the world. Ariela moon, and the manhyia to dunya. Lab is just play.
And other words, it makes you like a child. What does a child want to do? A child wants to play all day.
And one of the reasons if you're not familiar, go get a book by Dr. Leonard Sachs as a ex like saxophone
not be a
doctor Leonard sex, boys adrift.
And how our boys are being caught up in a cycle of perpetual adolescence, not able to grow up and assume the responsibilities of being a man, he's not a Muslim.
So if you like, Wow, that sounds like my 25 year old.
It's widespread, it's been in being encouraged. Because as long as we play, someone's making money.
As long as we play, someone's making money.
Because the things we play with are free. The places we play, aren't free. They have admission charge, you have to get a membership to the gym.
You have to pay to go to chuck e cheeses.
When I grew up with and have Chucky cheese, we had the backyard.
It was better for the imagination, stimulating the imagination.
You have to pay to play, right they even say you have to pay to play
summons. So the longer you can keep a person in a childlike state of play, the more money someone can make.
This is the nature of our time. And this is the nature of the world.
But Islam tells us to grow up.
Islam tells us to grow up because you create it for more than play.
But plays children and they run around and run around and they get tired.
And it's good exercise is healthy but nothing constructive. Play doesn't result in anything constructive. Yes, it builds character, physical fitness, etc. but play doesn't, doesn't organize the world play doesn't build institutions. Play doesn't challenge in justices in lawful ways.
So it makes you tired. That's the world
which we're just wasting time
So play we engage in our body law we engage with our mind. We just amuse ourselves to death law who is television, hour after hour after hour after hour.
And we leave it we've just wasted time.
And all these other things
that are put out there to waste our time with Xena was in a tune,
ourselves and adorning things we fix up our house we fix up our car
and hope Muslims don't do it but we really fixed some people really fixed up their car and Xena just so darn it. They get 25 inch spinning rims
and they get a bobblehead dog in the back window.
And you know and they put little things on it get a customized license plate my car
Most people figured that out you're driving it
would you want to put an exclamation on my car? Get a little feathery things painted on the back and the sides Xena
and then it just you get a didn't hear and then you're ready to shoot the guy after the first day.
Yo man What you doing? See me coming.
That the second day you won't shoot him ready to strangle him. After the third Didn't you don't even care anymore? Because you finally figured out is just the car. It's made out of metal. I'm driving I'm bound to bump into things. That's the nature of cars and driving. And then after the six, seven days, you're ready to send it to the scrapyard.
And you say 100 Elad and shoot that guy over this piece of junk.
That's the world.
Mandela, Kyle anomaly caught at other care. The one who encourages you to just act
that made you tired.
Woman della Kyla dunya Takahashi aka
whoever directs you to the world you know, get get a bigger house, get a faster car, get some new shoes. Some of you remember our singing group tower power
on make like, I never heard of tower power. Either trying to make believe You never listen to music or you're not that old.
The CIA had an excuse. I was in a Muslim when I was listening to tower power.
But they say you then started to let your hair grow. You spin them big bucks on your wardrobe. You've been hanging out with the so called hippies set. But while you search for the right role, there's one thing you should know was hip today just might become passe. Do you chasing it today then it's out of style tomorrow.
So one who encourages you to get wrapped up in that lifestyle as betrays you? Mandela, Caledonia? Takata cachaca woman Deluxe delicate, a pocket NASA and whoever orient you towards a lot that's the one who's giving you sincere advice. Because we're in this world to worship Allah not to chase the dunya
when this word to worship Allah not to chase power.
We're in this world to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala Mahalo to genuine insanely Dr. Boone, I have only created the jinn and the humans to worship me. That's what we're in this world, as if not best
to know me.
That's why we're in this world brothers and sisters. Everything else is an illusion. Everything else is a delusion.
And a function of our worship of Allah and the function of our knowing Allah is Knowing the rights that our other human beings have over us. So we're not saying we run away from the world, but we understand we're prisoners in the world.
At dunya, signal movement, agenda tool catheter. So it was one meaning of that. When you're in prison, you don't do what you want. When you want how you want. You do what the warden wants, when the warden wants, how the warden wants when the warden wants. And as a prisoner in this world, the believer does what a lot Tyler once the ultimate Warden when Allah Tyler wants how Allah Tyler once
in Ramadan, we don't eat what we want, even if it's lawful. We don't eat when we want. We when a law wants us to eat,
we drink what when a law wants us to drink.
We don't pray, we don't just stand up. And I think today I hold my hands up here because I always did my thing. So I'm a Muslim now so I'm gonna do my thing. Everyone holding their hands here.
I'm gonna put mine up here, because that's what I want to do. No, Islam takes the eye out of the equation. And it replaces it with what he wants us to do.
Not what I want to do.
And that's Ergo de
la la give us tofik she says the world is
Play it will tire you out, is less amusement, it will cause you to waste your time and have nothing fruitful in the end to show for it is Xena it will cause you to seek to adorn and adorn with no, no end and no benefit and we can adorn find in and for benefit.
But But we can also become just narcissistic we can adorn, just out of our love for ourselves, we can adorn out of our hedonism just seeking pleasure and taking pleasure and delight. And in the adornment, and then just throw it away.
When we realize just how cheap and empty it is,
what's a fair hold on bainer come
about how much you've adorned, how much you've gained, how much you've earned, how many people you killed. I was reading an article today
about some ISIS people
want to know why would a Muslim group name themselves after an Egyptian idol?
Or after they murdered?
After they murdered someone who's probably she?
There were high fiving each other and boasting you know we killed them.
And now now the sheep are murdering them.
Best Islamic State? No, that's the pathetic state some Muslims are in.
And we'll be in that state as long as we're trapped in this dunya. As long as all of our sights, they're just set on the dunya
retribution in the world.
They did it to us, we do it to them.
As Shackleton mentioned, I wasn't here for sure. Yes, he was talk so I can't quote him. But of course, Shaykh Khalid they're not our teachers.
They're not our teachers. These are the days when we have to rise higher
at a spiritual lane, because these are the days were relatively speaking Muslims have never controlled less of the dunya.
So if we make the dunya our greatest concern our Prophet is wise, and he will show what would be any newer day will come
where the prayer he taught us would never have more meaning than it does today. Allahumma Allah, Allah dunya Bara Amina
Amina Allah don't make this world our greatest concern or the extent of our knowledge.
Don't make this world our greatest concern nor the extent of our knowledge, give us knowledge of the Hara. Give us a concern of the Acura
give us the concern of the state of our soul when we stand before you
give us give us a concern greater than the all the world with all of this world.
This is the time for Muslims to stand up and say
are relatively powerless from a geostrategic
point of view.
We don't have the nuclear bombs, we don't have the delivery system, we don't have the submarines. In other words, we can kill people as effectively as you can.
And any fool who thinks otherwise will soon come to know the bitter reality of that statement.
We can kill people as efficiently as you as you can. We cannot cause death as effectively as you can cause death. But a law sent us to bring life not to bring death. You can bring death. You can do a very well, you have nuclear bombs you're developing and they are developing electromagnetic magnetic wave bombs beaming an electromagnetic beam down from a satellite to scramble the brains of entire populations. That's where it's headed.
We are here to rectify and reform people's hearts to uplift their souls to give meaning and purpose to their life. Because death and murder and mayhem is not a reason to live.
It's not a reason to live.
I was reading a Reuters. Reuters, two guys integre. When the Shia militia comes through, and it they capture Egyptian, so he's Dinesh
we're gonna do to him what he did to our commander, he killed our commander, they killed our commander.
And the Reuters reporter said when they pulled them and so the Iraqi police are trying to get them out in the back of a pickup truck with a super nice guy.
And the mob pulls them out of the truck.
And they start
pounding knives into his neck and they cut his head off, but it's dangling by the skin and they try to rig them up on a telephone pole.
And they said when they pulled them out of the truck, he could see that they could see the fear.
The fear in his in his face.
cuss word ended up but when he was probably doing that to some car, or some innocent civilian, when they took the town and massacred 1000s of people, hundreds for sure if not 1000s he was probably one of the people high fiving
and, and and reveling
with no fear.
But that's how it ended.
That's the world listed delusion. Time's up. So skip to the end of the verse woman higher to dunya inland Mattel guru or what is the life of this world?
Except a deceptive enjoyment?
How does it deceive us we think is going to last forever. We think that this is all there is.
We might talk about the Acura but in this materialistic world, in our hearts of hearts, we can see it, we can feel it, many of us. It's an intellectual construct. It's not an internalized reality.
And that's where the amusement and the sport and the play. That's where it leads. Everything becomes a fantasy. Everything becomes a game, what Hell is real, and Heaven is real. And when a person internalize the reality of heaven, they work for it with all of their mind and all of the heart and all of their soul. And when they internalize the reality of hell, they try to avoid it with all of their mind and all of the heart and all of their soul.
And this is what Islam is all about. It's about elevating us spiritually. So that the realities of the next life are more real than what we see in this life.
Because those things endure, this world fades coolamon la have fan we have our to rob bK buccellati, where the crown is so perishing under the reality of a law remains. May Allah tala bless us to the Quran, to get in touch with that reality, to be moved by that reality to be inspired and uplifted by that reality and not to be deceived by the world. Not to think this is all there is to understand this more. This is only the beginning.
This is only the beginning.
There's more and more much, much more to come. Don't be deceived, thinking it'll last forever. This world lasts forever.
This world has. It has a lifespan. We have a lifespan. Our life doesn't last forever. Very quickly when he says
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familia hitch, Sumi akuna putana is like a rain a copious rain. The vegetation that brings forth it amazes the tiller, or some of the exigent say it amazes one who's
rejected belief in Allah
because they think the dunya this dunya is amazing.
Forget the Hara.
This is this is incredible,
as if they brought the rain, as if they germinated the seed, as if they decreed that it will grow how many seeds are thrown and thrown in the ground and nothing comes forth
the believers not amazed by the know that by the plants and vegetation the believer is amazed by law. Look what a law can do from a little seed and some water and dirt.
Allahu Akbar Subhana Allah, but it's also the likeness gone that this world doesn't last but we don't last forever. So the vegetation is green and lush and soft. And when we come into the world, our bones the rubbery right the baby the rubbery bones and soft and the baby's skin is soft.
And then it grows up strong.
So our bones are strong and the stocks of the plant the wheat, the sugar cane, whatever is strong.
And is vibrant. familia Hege then it turns yellow and it gets brittle. And then our bones they get brittle.
With we're afraid to fall when we get over 60 years old. I might break my hip
because my bones are brutal
for me upon hooked on that, and then it's just disintegrates in is blown away by the wind. And then we disintegrate in the graves
and there's nothing to be seen.
Come ethany later, Ray, this is an example it's a parable. Allah blessed us to heat a lot better homes. Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah.