Channel: Zaid Shakir
Imam Zaid Shakir talks about taking stock of our faith and prioritizing our many loves in life to avoid a crisis of faith.
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who has guided us to this path. And he's made no crookedness. There is
about subhanho wa Taala
describes the believers in the quarter end
and a very challenging way.
When he says I will be below him in a shape on your regime. Women and nursing yet may attack a woman Don't delay and then
and then you have bought a home care bill will Edina Amman who shipped to her belly below you're already in Nevada who is the our own Eliza and Nell quwata illa he Jamia Nova shadybrook.
So Allah says amongst the people,
there are those who take likenesses
that they worship
as they should work that they love rather as they should love a lot and their love is manifested in the worship of those likenesses. We are obedience to those likenesses in a way that they should worship and obey Allah subhanho wa Taala and then more head belly menu head butea the one who loves someone obeys them so they obey those likenesses out of the love for them as they should obey Allah subhana wa tada
when lady in a man who has shed to her belly laugh, this is a point we wanted to make. A law describes the believers will Idina Emmylou, those who believe are more intense in their love for law.
They love a lot more than they love anything or anyone else. When Medina Ave, as she said to her Bella minhag b he made her be him.
they love a lot more than they love anything else. So we should ask ourselves because we would see ourselves as believers. how intense How deep is our love for love? right there's a popular song back in the day some of you are old enough to remember how deep is your love?
How deep is your love for Allah subhanho wa Taala How deep is our love for Allah subhanho wa Taala
and when it comes
is down to making those critical and important choices and decisions in our lives.
Are those decisions informed by the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala and that love being greater than anything else? Or are those decisions informed by the love
of the house, more than the love of law, by the love of the car more than we love the law, by the love of the children more than we love the law, by the love of the spouse more than we love the law.
By the love of the job more than we love Allah.
We should ask ourselves, and if we find Indeed, it is the case
that we love those things more than we love a lot. Therefore the decisions we make concerning them
are decisions that amount to rebellion against the loss of Hannah wattana. We need to take stock of our faith.
Most of the issues we're confronted with at the end of the day, is not a crisis of hijab. It's not a crisis, of selling liquor in the in the store is not a crisis of going into interest. Pure clear interest, for the sake of the house is the crisis of faith.
Because faith informs those decisions. It's a crisis of love. Because love informs those decisions.
When the Drina M and o
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but love has foundations,
our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as related to us in the compilations of the amendment to limit the amount and hackin and others.
He said solo while he was setting them ahead boo law Lima s de la la comunidad de that you should love a la based on what he has extended to you and presented to you of his blessings.
Look how blessed we are brothers and sisters.
There are some people who think Muslims in America right now we have it hard. It's so hard.
But they only think that way. Because as is the case in many instances, there is no comparative framework.
When we view things in isolation is easy to distort the true implications. So we sell Look how people they talk about us and look at the bad media that we get and look how people are are discriminating against us on the job. And look how people they look at us. Oh, there goes one of them.
think there's a bomb under that big dress.
We have it hard.
But when we start looking at
the plight of Muslims elsewhere, we look at the Muslims and halab right now, or other parts of Syria, a situation that Ban Ki Moon who hasn't done much to alleviate this situation. But in describing it, he said is worse than a slaughterhouse. It is worse than a slaughterhouse what's happening and how to break now.
barrel bombs and bunker busting bombs in block on crowded apartment complexes filled with innocent civilians.
We look at what happened what's happened to Muslims in Yemen right now. blockaded, no fool can get in, and then everything that a bomb can fall on from the limited infrastructure that's in that country in the first place, one of the poorest countries on Earth, but their peoples characters amongst the richest character on Earth. At the end of the day, that's what really counts and hikma to Yana Nia what he learned Yemeni.
But look what's happening in Yemen hospitals bomb, schools, bombs,
even the sagittis being bombed
bombed in their homes.
What's happening in Kashmir right now?
One of the most intense phases of the Indian occupation of Kashmir, the people they're witnessing,
going through hell on earth.
Or you can name the other places who will look at those places. We realize how good we had.
We realize how good we have
this starving in Yemen. We're searching for a diet plan.
They have no security whatsoever.
We go to sleep safe and secure.
There's probably no one in this room right now. Who's had their privacy invaded by the police kicking down their doors, and storming into their house and dragging up their womenfolk in their pajamas. We don't even imagine that happening. We don't go to bed and we thinking wow, what if the police or the Army or the National Guard or even some drug cartel?
even look beyond the Muslim world? Look what's happening in Mexico, right next door.
People caught in the crossfire of these drug wars.
Innocent people being beheaded.
If there was a beheading Olympics, ISIS wouldn't even get a medal.
The medals would go to Mexico, and Honduras and Guatemala.
This reality and not to talk about in those ways that some people might
mistake is being flippant, but just to make the point. People are suffering Muslims are suffering, others are suffering.
But we don't worry about that. None of us is never crossed our mind.
In the words that after aftermaths of this misguided,
and New York and New Jersey planning these bombs, and the people getting all riled up, being whipped up by the media.
Even in those periods of tension, none of us will ever think that someone's going to kidnap a family member and take them drag them off somewhere, and laugh their heads off, we wouldn't even begin to think that way. Brothers and sisters,
and why are those thoughts so far from our consciousness, they're removed from our consciousness, because of loss upon what has extended his blessing to us. And two of the greatest blessings for the Abu Dhabi will have the head they'll bait and lead the up ama human to
human hope, the letting them worship the Lord of the sacred precincts, who has fed them, and driven hunger away from them and given them security from fear and the uptime of humans you.
So we don't think that way because a lot has driven hunger away from us. And a lot is driven fear away from us.
And so we don't entertain these thoughts. But the thought we should entertain
is how deep is our love for Allah subhanho wa Taala knowing that a lot has extended his favorites to us, to that degree.
I have buma haleema si la come in the army, he loves the law
for what he has extended to you from his blessings.
This is a huge part of our religion, love leduc Meanwhile, hadoken Hata una
de la de
la mirada middleware d d y y la de,
no one of you truly believes until I am more beloved to him than his father, then his son, and those meaning but then his parents then his children,
when nursey edge main and all of humanity
so just as we asked the question concerning Allah subhanho wa Taala one lady in a shed to her belly laugh. We could ask the question concerning the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam do we love
More than all of humanity
all of our great forebears, Sal
bin Abdullah to study and to study,
He says something very, very profound if we reflect on it. He said I learned to have been left.
Hook bunker and the sign of the love of Allah is the love of the Quran.
When we love
especially when we're younger, when we get older, we get crusty and
we manifest love in different ways. But when we're young and passionate,
and we get a letter I guess these days you will get a text message
from your beloved.
So I love you and tells you the reasons why. I love you because you're the greatest thing since apple pie.
That is why my love for you will never die.
And she goes on with her palm, you don't delete that text message. Every five minutes you look at it.
She flakes on apple pie.
20 minutes later, Suhana luck, because a lover loves and cherishes the words of their beloved.
And if we love the loss of Hannah wa Taala we understand that his words are the core and his speech is the core and the core and insight that tests the text message you get from your beloved. It's like that love that note, they slipped you into your book and you open the book after class and you found this note and it says that whoever loves you, and you just just cherish it, put a little perfume on the note and you smell it every once in a while.
That's that's the love note from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So those who love Allah, they love em, I learned to herb Billa
Well, I love to have belaire who have been caught and have been obese of Lola while he was sending them and the sign of one's love for a lot and one's love for the core and is the love of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu IE who ascended because the love of the messenger of a law is the key to a loss of love.
If we love someone we love those things that enables that love and facilitates that love.
If we know the one that sent us the text message, she loves green, we go find us a green shirt
and we started loving green
because she loves green. She loves blue, violets, a blue shirt, a matching blue up here to go with the blue shirt because she loves blue.
Allah loves his hobby
sallalahu it was setting them and the law says to his hobby, he addresses important income to have done Allah has said only
the common law we all feel welcome for him. And so he says, Why learn to have been Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, her persona
and the sign of the love for the Prophet May the blessings and peace be upon him is loving the sooner because the sooner he instructs us as to how we follow the prophet and following the Prophet sallallahu wasallam is the key to a lost love. say to them, oh Mohammed, it could be that you love the law, then follow me. We cannot follow the messenger of Allaah without the sooner
some of the law while he was sending and we can't love a loss of Artane to the love of Allah Subhan Allah, Allah azza wa jal without loving and following the messenger of Allah sallallahu I knew he was sending them
what I learned to help get sooner, hopefully.
And a sign of loving the sooner is loving the
because the sooner
paves the way
to paradise, because the sooner is a reflection of our willingness and our desire to imitate our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when someone loves someone to imitate them
and our profit some of the love while he was selling, he loved the Acura.
So much so that when he was asked what he preferred to less to remain in this world, or to take his place, in the Hara, amongst those who preceded him, what did he say, was
the highest hope? How many of us if we were given the choice right now to stay in this world, to enjoy the conference we enjoy to enjoy our homes and enjoy our cars and our jobs. And I make and our friends and spouses and children and parents and relatives and friends and neighbors and the good times that we enjoy and the trips to Yosemite and the trips to the beach.
How many of us to say no, I prefer the highest host
when I learned to hurt the suniti have been
loving the Acura
which brings us back to something we mentioned initially.
The lack of a love for the akhirah again returns to a crisis of faith
amongst the things we're to have faith in is the Acura
as an Amen.
And took me that biLlahi
mela he Kathy he will go to be he will sue the he
women that he kept he will talk me Nebula Cowdery Haiti, he was shoved me
to believe in alone the messengers and based on his angels and messengers to believe in the Divine Decree did believe in the last day.
It takes faith.
So in addressing all of the things before us,
let us try to address and to strengthen and to buttress our faith.
And to do that
the two greatest tool, the two greatest things we have to do that, or three were mentioned, there are many, the Quran
because the Quran connects us to a lot in a real way we can have some abstract, vague conceptualization, there's a supreme being who created at all we can engage in logical formulas, if we follow them to their logical conclusion, we have to conclude there must be a creator, but a firm living,
dynamic attachment and actualizing of that idea when that the idea becomes actual lies, so that it's real to the very depths of our being that's something that comes back comes about, through an attachment to record. And then following the son of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and studying his life. Because in studying his life, we see that the things we're wrestling with, they're the same things that he was his community in its early phases were wrestling with.
And as we see, the way that a lot and many instances in very miraculous ways resolved many of those crisis is strengthens our faith and it gives leads us to believe that whatever we're encountering will be resolved by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the third thing we can mention is keeping the the company of righteous people as mortal Allah, Dini halleen, he fell over I have to commend you, Harlan, a person is on the religion of his or her companion there for that each and every one of you consider well the company that he or she keeps.
You can't watch television all night and all this facade does being put out there by these people have no real need in any type of religion in many instances
and not have any vote our faith. One cannot keep the company of profligate people have no moral compass.
every other word out of their mouth is a profane word.
every thought, every encouragement they give us as an encouragement that pushes us towards the dunya. Towards this world, you can inundate yourself with those messages and nurture your faith.
One has to keep the company of righteous people, one has to look down
upon those above them in the world, and not up to them and longing for the dunya and look up to those above them in religion. So one can rise up to their level.
Now we do the exact opposite.
We will look down on the people above us in religion. And to do that we just find some form that we might point to, well, you know, she's not really odd that she knows the Quran, but I heard her backbiting one time.
So why should I look up to her?
The hell no without quwata illa Billah mela bless her smell Oscar. mela tyla bless us to reflect on the words of our predecessors who are dealing with things we were dealing with the human condition doesn't change. The Human Condition doesn't change. There is nothing new under the sun as they say. Everything's been resolved recycled. Recycling was invented before California passed a law about 20 years ago. Everything's being recycled. So we can benefit from them from their wisdom from their experience. Our cola cola had a sock for la de la come. What do you say mini Yakama spoke for.
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala say he did more city. So you do not Mohammed and Wanda AlLahi wa sahbihi wa sallam in no la mina Erica who you saw lunarlon lady? Yeah, you had Latina subu it he was selling the motors. Lima lost most of us Alamo. barichara say you didn't know how to even a Mohammed and while he was he was selling them. So to recap. Brothers and sisters ask yourself
how deep is your love for a lot? Well, Idina, Hemingway said to her belly laugh.
As yourself as ourselves, I need to ask myself also, how deep is our love for the quarter end? How deep is our love for the Prophet sallallahu wasallam How deep is our love for the Sunnah of the prophets, Allah Laila was said of how deep is our love and our longing for the Hara.
That's around where we meet alone. Then I had that the law I have below who you're
the one who loves and loves to meet a law law loves to meet to meet him
So these are the things we should long we shouldn't be longing for the ultimate house we should long for decent quarters.
We should long we shouldn't long for the ultimate car. Decent car we should long for it. There's nothing wrong with that if you have the means to purchase it but not the ultimate car. This a decent good solid car. We shouldn't long for the ultimate coding just enough to close our nakedness and to adorn us to a sufficient degree. But not diamond studded kind of Liberace jacket or
an Elvis cake
that you had to kill 100 minks to get the minx deserve to live
there's something decent
not extreme we're balanced nation nation, a nation
we shouldn't aspire to dress like poppers. So I'm a Sufi was that has nothing to do with the soul of who is suffering with this story.
Abolhassan a shadowy who lost his eyesight and his adulthood. So at this point he couldn't see but he dressed in a dignified fashion.
And one day he perceived them as a slash shabby dress person based on his his conversation he comes through. mm Abolhassan
He says you're supposed to be design ahead in the world shaking, Sufi, and look at these coals, you're wearing
an apple house and he said to him, he said, My, my, my, my decent clothing, my nice, beautiful clothing are an aspect of my other worldliness, because when people see me, they don't think I need anything from their dounia. So they don't offer it to me. But when they see you in your shabby dress, they offer you their dunya.
He didn't say it, but
nowadays, some might say put that in your apps in his pipe and smoke it.
Now I'll give us understanding in the huddle as Kalani, and in the West is said to be there's different versions, but the deeper wisdom in the story, what's important, he was in the suit on a horse of regal horse and he was nicely dressed.
And there was a Jew who was selling oil and the oil was splashing in the dust from the soukous mixing with the oil and he's a wretched mess. And he looks at Mmm, the hugger on the west the memo quote to be, and he says, You know, I don't understand this that your Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he might not have said that. He says at dunia says, you know men with gender cattier. He says what kind of the world is a prison for the believer in his paradise? For one who rejects the faith? He said, what kind of Paradise Am I in? And I'm in this wretched condition? And what kind of heaven
prison Are you in? And you're on this fine horse with these nice clothes? And the man said to him, he said that the wretchedness you'll experience in hell will make what you're in now seem like you're in heaven. And the joys that I'll enjoy in paradise will make the state that I'm in now seem like I'm in prison.
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