Now If we look, we’ll see that this is shaytaan’s game again. The modern world is a world of the self. Everything you see out there is calling to the self. Whispering constantly. You’re number 1, you’re the most important thing in this world. Go for all the gusto, you only go around once, you only live once, do onto others, before they do onto you. Right.
This is Shaytan, these are his whisperings into the hearts of human beings. If you don’t get him he’s gonna get yet. And this is what the modern corporate mentality is, it’s a dog eat dog world. You see, and the Dog, this is what Sayeedna Isa in a Muslim tradition said, <Arabic>, The world is like a dead carcass, and its people are like dogs around it. There was an advertisement that I saw in a magazine, and it was an advertisement on how to be a more ruthless business man. And it had a bunch of wolves.
That was the advertisement. I’m not making this stuff up. It had a bunch of wolves, and it said, “Learn how to work in a pack”.
You see, In other words, in a corporate team, you can eat more people. And Then it said, “Good for lone wolves Too”. You see, so they’re already telling you what they think of you. You’re a predatory animal, You’re a predatory animal. Now Allah Subhanawatallah gives a different picture of a human being.
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“I know what you don’t know.” What is the thing that Allah knows that the Angels didn’t know? That the human being has a Rua, that he is a Baatani creature as well as a Zhari.
That he’s not simply body. That he’s not simply hawa and shahwaat. That he’s not simply a <passive> Bestial nature that calls for him to sow corruption in the Earth. He’s not simply a Nafs al Amara, he’s a Nafs al Lawama. This is the next state.
Now Nafs al Amara is the movement into a cognitive faculty that recognizes right from wrong. Abd this is part of the socialization that is needed from the parents and the society to teach the child. And you’ll find that societies are 4 in nature. 4 in Nature. There are societies in which the parent and the society are condusive to the natural fitra of the child. And this is the ideal society for the child. And this is what we call Medina Munawara any model that follows after it. Like the great Islam and Shaykh Usman Dan Fodio in Africa. Or the Islam of Amir Abdul Qadir Gilani, or the Islam of Salahuddin Ayubi.
When they were just and rightly guided leaders, The Prophet said Allah Subhanawatallah his sultan in the Earth is <Arabic> That the just ruler is the King of Allah. In which this human creation is safe from the sum of oppression, from the heat of oppression.
This is why, when one goes out on the authority of the Sultan, has left the <Arabic> of Islam. He’s outside of Islam. He’s become a Qariji. He is someone who has rebelled against the authority of Allah Subhanawatallah and his messenger. So if you look then at this Allah Subhanawatallah this <Arabic> this mechanism that Allah Subhanawatallah placed in the human being. It is the recognition of right and wrong. But Allah Subhanawatallah says that there are some <Arabic>, They mix good actions with wrong actions. <Arabic>, But Allah will forgive them, will give Taubah to them if they make Taubah to Allah Subhanawatallah.
So there are those that are in this middle state. And Allah Subhanawatallah says about the people who were given the book, <Arabic> There are those who are oppressive to themselves, <Arabic>, And there are those who are in the middle, <Arabic>, And there are those who are outstrippers in good. By the permission of Allah.
Ibn Abd Dharr, the great Hafiz of Maghrib said, Allah began with the <Arabic>, those that oppress themselves in order for them not to despair, <Arabic> do not despair of the Mercy of their lord. Then he took the middle people, the Muktasib, because these people are a bridge, in other words, from <Arabic> you have to move to the Muktasib. Then he ended with <Arabic> By the permission of Allah, and this is called <Arabic> to witness the <Arabic> to witness the gift of Allah, the Tawfeeq, that Allah has given you success in the worship of Allah, so you don’t become deluded so that you don’t become arrogant, and don’t become self righteous, and don’t become filled with pride and puffed up.
Because this is what you will enter in this direction, he sees that he can’t take you out of your obedience he will enter in with pride. And Allah Subhanawatallah does not allow the heart with Kibr into his Jannah.
Because Jannah is for those that are low and humbled in the Earth. <Arabic>, Those servants of the Merciful, because Rahmat is a humbling quality. To have mercy on people is a humbling. Because it’s not mercy to forgive somebody who has no ability to punish them. That’s just the status quo, Right, that’s just status quo. <Arabic> in the Arabic language means you have the ability to punish them yet you forgive them. That is the mercy that humbles you. That’s the quality that lowers you, that makes you humble. And That’s the quality that enters you into Jannat. <Arabic>, Have mercy on the Earth, and the one in the heavens will have mercy on you.
Allah Subhanawatallah, He will have mercy on those that show mercy. Show no mercy and Allah shows no mercy. <Arabic> Because Allah gives rewards in accordance to their actions. <Arabic> The reward is in accordance to the action itself.
So this Nafs al Lawma that Allah swears by. Allah does not swear by the Nafs al Amara. You see Allah does not swear by the first Nafs. He swears by the second Nafs; Because it’s a great Nafs. Don’t think it’s not great. Because Allah swears by great things. And many Muslims live and die in the state of Luwama. They don’t enter into the third state which is Mutmaina, and these are called <Arabic>, The People of the right. The people of Lawma, which blaming, who’s conscious, whose faculties withinin their own heart enabled them to overcome their own evil, so that their good is greater than their evil. Their intentions are good and stronger then their intentions that are evil. But this dynamic tension exists within the human heart and Bani Adam has to rise up, to the level of overcoming the pole for the lower self.
Arabic> You will not get out of this Heavens and Earth without this Sultan. From Allah, with power and authority from Allah, and it is Allah who gave us the Ism, to worship him. <Arabic> Remind people, give them Ism to make pilgrimage to the House. And this is the Adamic journey, to the Kabba, the Lord of the House.
This is where we are going. <Arabic> And to your Lord is your end, to your Lord is the Goal. So this is the Goal of Bani Adam.
Now the Lawma state which Allah swears by, <Arabic> Allah swears by the Nafs al-Lawma, the movement out of this state into Nafs Al-Mutmaina, is the highest movement of the human soul. Because this is entering into a state of Absolute submission. Prior to this Nafs al-Luwama, the human being, as long as there in Nafs al Amara, their in rebellion.
Their in rebellion to Allah. If their in Nafs al-Luwama, they move from rebellion to obedience. They move from rebellion to obedience. But Nafs al Mutmaina, is when the heart has becomes tranquil.
Now, how do we do this. Allah says <Arabic>, Isn’t it by the dhikr of Allah, that the heart becomes tranquil. Allah says about the Munafiqeen, <Arabic> They only make mention of Allah a little bit. Allah says <Arabic>, You have in the messenger the best example; For who? The one who desires Allah Subhanawatallah. And he desires the last day. They’re looking forward to meeting their Lord, <Arabic> - The one that loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him. <Arabic> And he makes remembrance of Allah much. That if you make remembrance of Allah much, then Allah will give you the ability to smash the hold by which shaitaan has over you. <Arabic> You become free to creation, so you are free. And this is one of the secrets of the Arabic language, where Muollah, the freed slave, the master and the slave. The slaves and the slave. Allah is our Muollah, and we are also the Muollah. And this is one of the secrets of Aobodia to Allah, For Bani Adam is that you become free from this creation. That you are no longer a slave to creation. <Arabic>, How wretched is the slave to his clothes, and wealth all all these outward trappings of the world. This is the trap, <Arabic>, This is the snare of Shaitan, to delude you into thinking that the world is permanent. To delude you into thinking that you are not meant for the other world.
We are Okrawi people, we are not Doonyiwi people. Like Sulnaiman Nang says, the The Dunyists, The Dunyists, the worldy people. We are not those people, we are the people that were created for akhira, this is the sadaattain <Arabic> , And as for those that have true happiness, it is in Jannah.
<Arabic>, If you went you are completely exhausted, then to your look,
This is the Nafs al-Amara you see, the child, the Nafs al-Amara.
The Prophet SAWS Said,…now, one of the amazing thing about the human being, is that the human being is in a deep sleep. Now this is also, there is an element of Rahmat from Allah (SW), But there is also a dangerous element, And Allah says, <Arabic>, From his signs, from the signs of Allah SW, you will sleep by day, by night and by day. One of the interesting thing about the Arabic language is that you have something called <Apt>, which is a conjunction particle. And what the conjunction does, is that the Arabs like to repeat certain prepositions when they are talking about the same thing.
So for instance in that ayah, <Arabic>, and then he doesn’t say, <Arabic>, because that would indicate, this would indicate two types of sleep. But this only one type of sleep. From his signs we are asleep during the day and the night. It’s the same type of sleep, it’s a continuous sleep. And Like Hazrat Ali said, <Arabic>, “People are asleep, and when they die, they wake up.”
Now the one that believes this state, the infantile state of believing that they are immortal, which is the dream state. And if you look at the word in Arabic for intellect , and from the word Haleem, it means to dream. The most powerful aspect of the intellect is the word “Qial”, which is the imagination.
And Qial is from <Arabic> or <Arabic>, And the arrogance and pride of the son of the Adam, is that they will not die and be raised up and be questioned by Allah, that they will not die and be raised up and be questioned by Allah SW.
They enter into the state of adulthood, which is the age of Takleef, which is called <Arabic>. Which is where you enter into puberty. The <Arabic> is once you internalize that first form of the verb, which is to, in other words you become aware the dreamlike state of the world.
In no way am I like the Hindu’s this is Maya, an illusion. We’re not Hindu’s, we don’t believe the world is an illusion. The world is very real. But its contingently real, it’s not absolutely real. Allah is the absolutely real. This world is contingently real, its only real as long as Allah sustains it. When Allah SWdecides to annihilate it, <Arabic> Everything is in annihilation, except Allah SW. It’s going to be destroyed, <Arabic>, everything is in annihilation and what remains is your Lord, the possessor of Beauty and Majesty. The possessor of Jalal and Ikram.
And so the human being has to wake up. And this is the pact. Now – how do we wake up? It’s a part of how we be human. And since I only have about 1 minute left. I put this forward this …for all of us to think about, that and I’ll end it from these words from Allah, <Arabic> the human being is created in a state of anxiety. See the child is a antsy creature. Look about the infant, they’re anxious, they’re anxious about the food. Because they don’t have a belief it’s going to come again, they don’t. And that’s why they scream. They literally pout and give-up. Because they haven’t learned to trust the caregiver. But as they move into trust, they don’t cry for their food anymore, they just tell their mother, I’m hungry.
But initially they <cry>, and the mother has to go; Why? Because its frightened. It’s still hungry, and it doesn’t know if there’s going to be food. This is the infantile Nafs, and this is the Nafs of the vast majority of human beings. They’re screaming because they don’t know if their provision will come to them.
So human beings are created in anxiety, and Allah SW says, <Arabic> When evil inflicts them, when Majesty afflicts him, <Arabic> he goes into despair, but not the muhwahid. This is the state of the infantile Nafs, they go into despair, they think it’s the end of the world, <Arabic>, and when good touches them, When good comes to them, they become withholding, why? Because they’re anxious, they’re <Arabic> they don’t think, I have to hold on to it. If I let go, then I’m going to lose it all.
Now, this is called the <Arabic> in the grammar, this is a group, this is a group. <Arabic>, except except men, except those that pray. Except those that pray.
Now part of our problem as Bani Adam, Allah SW says, <Arabic>, those that are forgetful about their prayer, they’re people of prayer, but they forget about their prayer. <Arabic>, when they get up to pray, they pray lazy. They pray lazy, and the Prophet sought refuge from laziness.
<Arabic>, I seek refuge in Allah from incapacitation and laziness. Incapacitation is when you want to do something, when you want to do something, but don’t have the strength to do it. Laziness is when you have the strength to do it, but you don’t want to do it, <Arabic>.
And Allah says about these people <Arabic>, when they get up to pray, they get up lazy, they don’t really want to pray, Abi Abu al-Hatim of Taif said, I never heard the azaan, except that I was yearning for prayer. I never heard the Azaan, except that I was yearning for prayer. The way to our humanity, if we want to leave our infantile state of anxiety, and enter a state of peace, the way is prayer. And this is why Prayer is <Arabic>, It’s the Pillar of the deen. As an ummah, we have to go back to establishing prayer, we have to get up for Fajr. You see, the Muslims have to get up for Fajr, this is called mind over mattress. You see, you have to get up for Fajr. And I’ll give you a good mechanism for not missing your Fajr.
The first thing you do, is recognize that shaitaan takes Bani Adam as a toilet bowl. And the toilet bowl is your ear, it even looks like a toilet bowl from one point of view. Now shaitaan, the person who doesn’t wake up for Fajr, shaitaan urinates in his ear. That’s what he does, <Arabic>, Don’t laugh, <Arabic>, don’t laugh.
How many times in here, and you ask yourself, how many times has shaitaan taken you as a toilet. How many times in your life, so far. Because the Prophet only missed the prayer, Fajr, twice, for <Arabic>, to show his ummah, <Arabic>, this is from our usool.
Sometimes our Prophet would do something, just to explain it to the people. You see, And it’s actually <Arabic> for him, its drawing near to Allah. So how many times has the Shaitaan taken your ear as a toilet bowl.
Now the next thing to remember, on the Isra and Miraj, the Prophet (S) saw a group of people who had their heads smashed up against a rock, and then skulls would be brought together, and then they would smashed again by Shayateen. And he said, Ya Jibril, who are these? <Arabic>, Those are the people who didn’t really care about getting up for Fajr.
So we have to become people of Fajr. And that’s the first victory against shaitaan for the day. If you haven’t won that victory, then you’ve lost the battle already. Forget about the rest of the day. Because the Prophet said you’ll wake up lazy, <Arabic>, And foul in your nature. So forget the rest of the day. If you lose that first battle, shaytaan’s got you, forget the rest of the day, that doesn’t mean you know…no, make Taubah, Inshallah, Allah accepts your Taubah, and we have to establish our prayers on time, and become Jamaat. Because the prayer in Jamaat is important, we want to learn Humanity, Ins, Ons, Insan is from Ins, and Ons is with Allah, and our Oons with Allah, our Intimacy with Allah, is in prayer. It’s called <Arabic>. Intimate discourse with Allah. And our prayers should be together with other insaan, <Arabic>, with other Bani Adam, with other nas.
And finally, Allah says, <Arabic> Say I seek refuge in the Lord of Nas, of humankind. <Arabic>, The King <Arabic>, If you want to enter into a state of humanity, you have to reject your shaitaan, you have to reject your Shaytan, and the way to reject your shaitaan, is to seek refuge in <Arabic>, and <Arabic>, is beyond any attribute, <Arabic>, Asalamualaikum.