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Lecture 4 Summary: Sheikh Salim Yusufali

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16/12/13

Acknowledgement and prayers for those going for Ziyarat and a request for dua.

Continuing on the theme of ‘Practical advice from the Ahlul Bayt (as), hadith of the 6th Imam: “One of you may say that he is Ghareeb (a stranger or alone) yet the TRUE Ghareeb is the one resides in the land of Shirk (where Islam is not the dominant religion).

This hadith is especially for us who live in a society where majority of the people either don’t believe in Allah or are non-Muslims. It is an honour that Imam is speaking about people like us and remembering his followers in the future

In the view of our 6th Imam (as), there is a land of faith and there is a land of shirk and there is a difference between these lands. It is important to note that the Imam is NOT asking to leave this land and move to the land of faith but he implies there is a role for those Muslims living in these societies

At the time of migration from Mecca to Medina, a man who converted in early days told Prophet (sa) that he is being pressured to leave Mecca and asked if he can stay in Mecca. Prophet (sa) replied to him that as long as you establish prayer and keep away from bad deeds, then live wherever you like. 

The key point is the environment should not affect our faith and erode our principles.

One lesson from the hadith is that living in an environment of shirk can make lonely. This was proven through examples.

In our society Materialism pushes us to follow a cycle of buying and consuming materials for pleasure. But upon reflection we realize we are not just a physical reality and hence we should not limit ourselves to physical things. As much as you try you will never be able to attain this world, its pleasures are transient, if this becomes your goal you will never be satiated and you will feel at loss and empty inside. Practical examples cited.

There is a difference between a true believer and a materialist. A true believer lives in the world and acquires possessions and earns a living but AS A MEANS for achieving felicity and happiness for the hereafter. The materialist acquires possessions to fulfill his desires without much thought about the hereafter. Examples given.

If we are blessed with the wealth then we have to think about how we spend it. Having a desire to buy something is not bad but there should be criteria for what we buy and consume. The fundamental criterion is whether we have an attachment of heart to that material good we purchase. On a basic level we should consider that the thing we buy is not haram itself or doesn’t lead to haram. On a secondary level, whether having that good / making that purchase is really needed must be considered.  Examples cited.

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