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Abdur Raheem Green – Give Glad Tidings To The Stranger
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We We begin by praising Allah, and we thank him and we seek His help and we ask for his forgiveness. And we seek refuge with ALLAH, from the evil of ourselves, and from the evil consequence of our evil actions, whom serve Allah guides, there is none to misguide. But whomsoever Allah leaves to go astray, there is none to guide.
And I testify that Allah alone is worthy of worship, and that Mohammed
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the servant of Allah, the worship of Allah and His final messenger.
the best speech is the Quran, the Book of Allah.
And the best way is the way of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
and the worst of all the affairs of those matters that have been newly introduced into the religion. And every matter that is newly introduced into the religion is an innovation.
And all of those innovations in the religion, they are misguidance. And all misguidance is going astray. And all going astray ultimately is going to have its destination in the fire.
There is a very well known and famous
saying of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam
that is authentic and has come to us in some different forms.
And the meaning of this Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is
as something strange.
will start again, it will return
as something strange
as it was in the beginning,
and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said tuba for the strangers glad tidings for those strangers.
And the companions, they asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
about these strangers who are these strangers, and in one duration, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he mentioned that they are the ones who break away from their people for the sake of Allah. And in another narration, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned, those who are pious and righteous when the people have become evil. And in another narration, it is mentioned a small group of pious people, among a large group of evil people, those who disobey them are more than those who obey them.
And this is what we want to talk about tonight, this Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So let us first look
at the beginning of this happening.
Islam began as something strange. So what we want to examine first, Islam began as something strange.
That is the fact.
When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
he came to his people.
And he began to call them
to the oneness of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
To the worship of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah alone,
to not only that they should worship Allah alone, but they should abandon the worship of the false gods, that they should make their life a life that is pleasing to Allah, in accordance to the commands of Allah, and that he was the messenger who had been sent in order to teach them how to do that.
Because the message of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was not merely a message of affirmation, it was not merely a message of confirming the oneness of Allah and the truth of Revelation and
The benefits of submission to Allah subhanaw taala. But it was also a message of negation. It was a message that criticized falsehood
that opposed tyranny and injustice.
So it was a message that was not only affirming what is good, but it was also a message that was
preventing and criticizing that which was evil.
And this was very strange.
Because the basis of Arabian society
was tribal loyalty,
This was the basis of
the Arabian society.
loyalty to your tribe,
your tribe, in fact, was your extended family.
It didn't matter whether your tribe
had done something right or wrong.
It didn't matter whether your tribe was
pious or Empire's just or unjust.
The only thing that mattered was that this was your tribe. And your loyalty was to your tribe, whether they were right or whether they were wrong. So if someone from your tribe
stole the sheep, or the camel, or the woman of someone from another tribe,
and the tribe came, the other tribe came to defends its property, you would go to help the member of your tribe and not concern yourself whether he had done injustice or not, you would not concern yourself whether he had done something right or wrong, you will automatically go to defend your tribe.
This was the basis of their society.
This is the basis of their social structure.
Yet Islam came to teach something completely and utterly different from that.
Islam came to teach, the basis of society was justice.
The basis of society was truth.
The basis of society was not was the person a member of your tribe or not know the basis of society was to be had the person adhered to the laws of Allah, the creator, or had he transgressed or she transgressed against them, so much so that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, when he first came to call his people to Islam, and he stood publicly on the mountain, on the on the hill of suffer.
And he called his as it was their custom, he called the people or tribe have this old tribe of that old Benny Hashem calling his tribe, calling the different tribes, he called the tribes of Mecca, until either the leaders had come, or they had sent a representative.
He said, Oh, my people, if I was to tell you
that there is an army about to attack us from behind this hill, would you believe me? And they said, Mohammed, we never heard anything except truth for me, if that's what you say, we believe you.
He said, I have come to warn you of a terrible punishment from your Lord.
And then he went on to say
that his connection with them, his tribal connection with them, was going to be of no use whatsoever. Indeed, he said, Oh, Fatima, daughter of Mohammed, I can avail you nothing against Allah.
He made it clear Subhana Allah in his very first public
an open call to Allah and Islam
tribalism was of no use and no value against the truth that Allah subhanho wa Taala had revealed. That was strange enough
because the whole basis of their society was being undermined.
The whole basis of who was important and who was unimportant, who was respected, and who was despised, was undermined, for no longer did it matter whether you're a chief of a tribe, whether you are rich, whether you had many followers and many songs. Now what was important was your piety,
your justice, your truthfulness, your honesty, your perseverance, and clinging to the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Islam came as something very, very strange.
These were a people for whom women
were considered to be goods, to be disposed of, in any matter that they saw fit, like the sheep, and the camels, and the contents of the house.
When a man died, his son would inherit the women of the household.
And a man would sleep and have intercourse with his own stepmother,
the woman who used to be married to his father.
And of course, in those times, unlimited polygamy was the practice of the time.
A man might have 28 3050 wives, on top of that slaves. On top of that prostitution was rampant. And women offered themselves for fornication, at any opportunity,
except a few from amongst the nobility, for whom this was considered to be something unbecoming.
But Islam came with something very strange
that women were actually the twin halves of men.
That they had rights
that they were human beings to,
with rights, with obligations with duties and responsibilities,
along with the men,
that your slave
was not a mere servant, to beat and kill and dispose with as you like.
It was a trust,
to be fed with what you feed yourself to be clothed with what you clothe yourself.
Not to be given work that was too much of a burden, and that you should help your slave to do the work if that was the case.
These were people who buried that baby daughters alive. They used to take their babies into the desert, the female children and bury them alive in the sand.
But Islam came and call that an abomination.
It was very strange, this religion of prayer,
this religion of the life to come.
Because they slam focus the attention of the people, not towards the superficial realities of this world, but to the day when the human being will stand in front of Allah, and he will account them for every single atoms weight of good that they had done, and every single atoms weight of evil that they had done. This message came to people who were used
to doing what they liked behaving in the way that they liked, without any fear of accountability and reprisals and responsibility.
Islam came as something very strange.
And the result of that
physical, and mental,
physical and psychological
of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself,
of his followers, even of the tribe, Benny Hashem, of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for the mere fact that they had supported the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, the whole of his tribe were boycotted the Muslims, and the kuffaar amongst them.
For three years they were in a valley
and they were exiled and kept in that valley.
To the extent that they had to eat the leaves from the trees.
That is what they had to eat believes for trees to keep themselves alive.
For three years,
people were tortured.
Some were killed.
The torture took place in the most brutal and horrific manner.
was a slave.
You could do anything you like with your slave.
You could chop him up into pieces and feed him to the dogs, and no one have the right to tell you otherwise.
Bilbao was taken and tortured systematically, day after day taken into the desert, placed upon the hot stones. They build fires and they dropped hot bowls on his back, that cook the fat of his back, sizzle the fat of his back, tortured him to renounce his belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala and to again worship a lot and Hosea Almanack, hooba.
But he just kept saying ahead, ahead.
sumaiya didn't judge her she was taken,
tortured, stabbed in her stomach. And everyone knows that the wound in the stomach is the most painful wound killed by Abu jihad.
whose mother loved him and adored him so much when she discovered that he had embraced Islam. She said,
I will starve myself to death. And I will not eat or drink until you announced that religion. He said, Oh, my mother, if you had nine lives, and each time you died, and you came to life and starve yourself and died, I will not renounce this religion.
She tied him up in the house and used to beat him his own mother, beat him and deprive him and keep him away from the Muslims.
They were so frightened and terrified that they had to pray in secrets.
so frightened and terrified. They had to pray and secret things became so desperate, they had to leave their homes
and live in the land of a Christian King negus. They had to flee their homeland, their hometown Mecca and live in Abyssinia.
and still they enjoy patiently the sufferings, the deprivations, the hardships.
This is what the Muslims went through. And for 30 years, there were maybe no more than 70 Muslims. Think about that. for 30 years there were no more than 70 to 80 Muslims.
The first time they felt a bit brave was when Omar Ibn Al Khattab and Hamza bin Abdul muttalib they embrace Islam. And that was the first time they began to pray in public and they feel began to feel a bit brave.
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself once when he was making tawaf
around the Kaaba, they used to mock him.
The council used to mock him. The man they used to consider Ameen is the nickname they gave sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they gave the Prophet that name nickname Allah mean the trustworthy, but when he called them to Islam, they mocked him, and they made fun of him. The same people who used to sneak away in the middle of the night to listen to the recitation of the Quran secretly.
in public, they must sell a lot the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam one day he was making his prayer in the Kaaba. He was praying that brothers and sisters praying in a place where there were 360 idols, where people used to make tawaf, naked. But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was there to pray to give them down
to manifest Islam.
And one day they took the the entrails of a stinking camel.
As the Prophet was in sajida, they put these entrails over the profits of the loss and cackling with laughter at their stupid little behavior. And Fatima, who at that time, was a small girl, came cleaning them off the back of the Prophet shouting to these men. Do you insult him and abuse him? Only because he worships Allah alone.
They beat the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam until he was bleeding in one time, they nearly killed the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam It was only when Hamza came. He was so angry.
He was the person they say,
Hamza, that he is the only one they know that became Muslim out of anger.
He became so angry at how they had treated the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said I am Muslim. Now what are you gonna do?
This is what they suffered. This is what they went through
to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala alone, Islam strange, very, very strange.
And this is how it started. Brothers and sisters, Islam began as something strange.
And that was the beginning.
But handling them because of their sacrifice, because of that patient perseverance upon the truth.
Because of their sincerity, and their love for Allah subhanho wa Taala and the love for the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Allah subhanho wa Taala established them.
And towards the end of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his life and many more were the trials and tribulations the Muslims had to suffer. But finally at the end of the life of the Prophet salallahu, alayhi wasallam, the whole of Arabia had embraced Islam.
The trials hadn't finished, as you know.
There were the Wars of letter of Apostasy. Those were very difficult times it would seem to again once again as if Islam was going to be finished.
It was as if only Medina was the only place left.
But the Muslims are patient, they persevered, they fought, they struggle they strive against on calculable odds.
And Allah subhanaw taala gave them victory. And then, in a mere 40 years, Islam spread almost from one end of the known world to the other 1000s upon 1000s upon 1000s of people
from Persia, from Sham from Miss, from Margaret, into Spain, up to France, in Africa
to what is now gohara to China, embrace Islam,
and then, a glittering and glorious civilization, the likes of which the world has never seen
The scholars were many,
the gatherings of knowledge were vast 10s of 1000s of people would come to listen to one man relating the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam
to the extent the when when the chef
and this is talking about a man Bob Bahati when he sneezed
and said, Alhamdulillah and the people replied, your hammock Allah, the Caleb's heard this noise from his palace and the can frightened.
This is how Allah subhanaw taala This is how Islam was.
But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had said
that Islam began as something strange, and it will return, it will return to being something strange.
It will return.
And the truth is brothers and sisters, these are the days
for you, living here in Australia.
We are the strangers, any Muslim who practices anything from their religion.
Even though some of the most basic morals and principles, belief in family life, and truthfulness and honesty, in your dealings in your financial dealings.
It's very strange.
I went shopping in a supermarket, my local supermarket
a woman, a Muslim woman, Hamdulillah, she wasn't very well covered, but she wore a hijab. She wore a scarf on her head.
She came to the till. And she said, Oh, you've given me too much money as change.
I think this is the right amount. And you should take this one pound 20 back.
And the person at the tool looks at the next person in the queue. And said, Do you ever see like something like that happen anymore? said no, that was amazing.
And I really wanted to say, you know, covered a lot. You know, I didn't say it. But I really wanted to say yes. And you know why? That's what Islam tells us to do. See how strange it is? To be honest, everyone thinks that it's okay to rip everyone else off.
If I ask you a question, now, I didn't know the answer, I probably would give the same answer that I think you're going to give
until I read something just the other day.
What do you think is it allowed?
If a brother gives you some money and says, buy me a car, here's his 50,000 pounds a way to go and buy me that car, sort of display 50,000 pounds have gone by it. So you go down and you buy it. And you start bargaining with the guy, right? And you bring it down to 45,000 pounds, so you don't even bargain. He says Can I have it for $45,000 or whatever? Right? So expensive car but I'm just throwing out some numbers. Right? Okay. What do you think? Is it allowed for you to keep I mean, do you think it's held out? You know, allowed? I mean, maybe you wouldn't do it but you think it's okay to keep the 5000 in the brother gave you 50,000 said buy the car. So you keep the change? You keep
the 5000 What do you think?
You Can Can you do it? Is it halau? I mean, it might be better, but do you think it's allowed to keep that?
It's not allowed? I asked the brother actually what do you think he said yes, you know, I wouldn't do it but it's okay.
No, it's not it's not allowed the price belongs to the buyer.
The reduction belongs to the buyer. But many Muslims today you think that they have like that? Subhana Allah. How about the Hadith in Sahih al Bukhari it says if you find some money lying on the streets,
you should either leave it or you should take an announced to the people for one year or two years.
How many people would do that?
Finders keepers losers weepers.
That's not Islam. But you know what brothers and sisters? Islam today is very, very strange.
Let's talk about how strange Islam is today How strange things are. And you know, we could we could be giving so many examples. But the first thing we want to talk about, is Islam being strange Muslim to non Muslim. Now, that's the first thing. And I think most of us, we can actually put up with that, although unfortunately, I have to say
a lot of us have some type of inferiority complex. We have an inferiority complex.
That means that inwardly we feel inferior to the kuffar.
Because we look at our societies.
We look at our backgrounds, and we look at the profile and we see their technology, their sophistication.
We see their science, we see their industry, we see their economic and military strength
and in fact, many different aspects of their life, which we find admirable, and we feel inferior. and due to that inferiority complex, we feel intimidated by them. And that's why we don't call ourselves Mohammed we call ourselves mo
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What do you think Muslim was did with Abdullah app?
I've heard Addy as well. What's Abby's shortfall? I don't know. I even heard one of the brothers saying we're going to add these houses. Abbey. Abbey Road Abbey's is the name of a place what that's what you call a place where monks go.
The Abbey is the name of the church when monks go.
Mo bill, add. What else? What's next? You know, what is that brothers and sisters? What is it really? you're ashamed? Aren't you?
You're really ashamed.
You don't really want them to know that you are a Muslim.
Subhan Allah. When Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says in the Quran, the meaning of which is who is better in speech than the one who calls to Allah and says, I am a Muslim.
Hello and awkward.
Why do you feel so intimidated? brothers and sisters?
You are the ones worshiping the Lord of this creation. You are the ones who have submitted to his law, you are the ones who have agreed to abide and follow His Messenger.
Imagine if you lived in the land of a powerful King.
Imagine you live in the land of a powerful King. And you are a loyal, law abiding subjects of this powerful King.
And you go to a village where the people are flouting the laws insulting and abusing the dictates of this king and insulting him.
You go to this village
and they live off the king's lands.
And they live off the king's meets.
And they are the ones behaving like that. Would you feel ashamed? Or will you think they are the ones who will feel ashamed?
You will say my lord is being insulted. My king is being abused. They are eating his food, drinking his drink living on his land, and they are behaving like this. Surely he will deal with them. You may out of kindness, warn them and say oh people do
You know that this is the land of the king that you eat his food. You grow your crops on his land. You just live here by his kindness to you, and you behave like this. Are you not afraid that he will come with his army and destroy you?
brothers and sisters?
What you can say, oh disbeliever although I'm not saying you should say oh disbeliever
but I'm just using it, you know, oh you person, you're breathing Allah's air.
you're breathing, and you are eating foods, you're close with what he has provided for you. The car you drive is from what he has provided for you.
And you deny him, you insult him.
Don't find a place where you can breathe some air that does not belong to Allah. Go and find a place where you can eat food that does not belong to Allah, you cannot find such a place.
I am not ashamed, but you should be ashamed.
For Surely He is the Lord of this universe. And surely he will bring to account those who are ungrateful and disobedient to Him and do not fulfill His laws and his commandments and his dictates, oh you person you should be afraid of what is going to come.
As the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Oh my people I have come to warn you of a terrible punishment from Allah.
from your Lord.
And there are some people who say, Oh, brother, don't you think it's a bit harsh talking to people about the hellfire.
No brothers and sisters, you should not be ashamed of anything. They should be ashamed. You should be proud,
proud to be Muslim.
Proud to be the one who is obeying the Lord and the king.
The Merciful, wise and all knowing just creator of this universe.
You have nothing to be ashamed of. tell yourself that next time shaytan comes to you and whispers to you.
Next time you come to time or a place and you have to pray, there is no masala there is no Masjid. Maybe you have to pray in the middle of the streets. Tell yourself Why should I be embarrassed? Why should I be ashamed? Why should I have to hide?
You're not the one who is doing something wrong. They are the ones who are doing something wrong.
So we live as strangers.
But I think that is a type of strangeness that is not so difficult to accept.
And that is the fact the Muslim is strange amongst the disbelievers. But there is another type of strangeness, a strangeness is more hard psychologically on us. And that is brothers and sisters when we become strange
to our own people,
when as Muslims who pray as Muslims who fast
as Muslims, who dress the way Allah has commanded,
as Muslims who try to avoid helias crimes and sins like liver,
which Allah equated to declaring war on Allah and His Messenger, on the day of judgment, Allah will give the person who dealt in the river a sword and say, Now fight me.
A sin which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam equated with fornicating with your mother.
Think about that next time someone tells you, it's halau the first time
Marsha was allowed to follow Kate with your mother the first time. Yes, is it?
Can you think of any circumstance? When is he allowed to do that? The only time I can think is if it's life or death, and then most decent people will probably choose to choose death.
So how Allah from where is this? You know, but you know what brothers and sisters, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, Islam came as something strange and it will once again become something strange. It is very strange to hear someone say the things that I say.
It is very strange to hear someone say
your life is a slam, every act that you do, every single thing that you do should be according to Islam. This is what Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, cool. In masala tea will know Suki Maja woman merci lillahi Rabbil alameen say that my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death is all for Allah, the Lord of the worlds but no. Today we have the idea that we have our Deen and we have our dunya
and someone who takes their Deen too seriously.
So much so that it begins to affect their worldly interests.
This person is considered an extremist, a fanatic a fundamentalist,
let alone a person who is ready to give their life
to protect a love deed a fight for Allah
Subhana Allah, how has that been labeled now?
We can't even defend ourselves without being cold fanatics and fundamentalists and extremists. Americans can go with their armies, an aircraft carriers, their stealth bombers, and all the rest of it and bomb countries to protect American interests.
But if we want to protect the interests of Islam, even with our tongues, even with our tongues, let alone anything else. We are labeled
These dangerous international speakers coming here to make problems a star for Allah. What is this
Subhan Allah but you know what brothers and sisters, Islam started as something strange and it will once again become something strange. I don't know about you. In fact, I do know a little bit about how it is over here in England, amongst the Pakistani community so if anyone is and I usually mentioned is because what I'm familiar with, they have a special name amongst the Pakistanis for someone who prays the person who prays is called a namazi namaz is the author of the word for Salah
a solid Yeah, you have the same in Arabic I don't know you call a masala person who preys on masala. Oh, he's one who prays like you got Muslims who don't pray, and then you got these ones who actually pray and there's a special name for them.
Subhana Allah, maybe they all forgot about the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that says the difference between shirk and kufr and Eman is the prayer so whoever abandons it is a Kapha.
It's very simple brothers and sisters, a person who does not pray is not a Muslim.
A person who does not pray is not a Muslim, even if we take the opinion of the scholars that the person is not actually a Kaffir.
The person who does not pray is committing the most serious sin that is worse than fornication worse than stealing worse than adultery. Worse than incest. Was them child pedophilia worse than homosexuality, not praying is a worst sin than all of those. If it hasn't said there is no sin worse
than not praying except ship.
Would you sit with a pedophile? Or a sodomites?
Or a rapist or a thief?
Or a drunkard? Would you make that person your friend and take him as your companion or her as your companion, let alone your wife or your husband?
knowingly would you? But we don't have any of us. We don't have any trouble chilling out hanging around making our friends some person who calls himself a Muslim who doesn't even pray
you know what brothers and sisters
When Islam was strong, they used to kill people who didn't pray. And the four mam's are agreed they are agreed.
The Hanafi madhhab, you call yourself a Hanafi? You call yourself a Shafi or a Maliki or a humbling handler, no problem.
But you know how many people actually follow what those imams towards
most of them, they don't. They have no idea what those imams towards.
All of them agreed that a person who refuses to pray is to be killed in an Islamic State in an Islamic State. He's given three days to repent.
And they all agreed also that if that person does not pray after those three days, then he's definitely a Kapha.
strange, isn't it brothers and sisters,
to so so many people, this is strange. I know what names they will give me but it doesn't matter. Because you know, the people don't even realize that while they're calling names, that actually the names are being called to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. These are the people who say they love the prophets. But when they talk, they don't even realize they are insulting. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam
because these are the things that have come from the Messenger of Allah.
If I was to ask you, where is Allah, the most simple thing connected with the oneness of Allah? If we were to ask people, where is Allah? What will they say?
Well, most of the people say
he is everywhere.
You know, the Prophet asked that question. I've heard some people say, Who are these idiot people saying and asking the question, Where is Allah?
I've heard people, people from Islamic groups and organizations who are supposed to be getting the youth together to practice Islam and all that sort of stuff. Who are these idiotic people asking this stupid question? Where is Allah? Allah? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked that question, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he asked that question.
When a slave goes bought in, he asked that slave girl, I know where is a lot?
And she said,
And who am I? You're the Messenger of Allah, she is a believer.
That is the question the Prophet used to determine whether the person was really a believer or not.
First of all, most people don't even know the correct answer to this.
They don't even know that Allah subhanaw taala is above the heavens above his throne, although the same person might call himself a Hanafi.
Whereas our hanifa said, Whoever does not say that Allah is above the arch is a Kaffir.
The same people call themselves Hanafi. And say, Allah is everywhere in everything.
In fact, they even go to the extent to say, there is only Allah.
They even go to the extent to say that the only reality and the only existence is Allah, therefore the creation is actually not the creation, it is a shade of Allah, you are Allah, I am Allah, the tree is a law, everything is in fact, a law. And this is what they call the ultimate reality that you only can reach if you go through their processes of enlightenment, and the special systems that they have. But you know, us the people of Sharia, we don't we can't understand that. Because this is Barton. This is the hidden knowledge. How many people believe this?
How strange Islam has become
So this is a very difficult type of strangeness, to accept. Like one of the one of the questions yesterday, I want to study Islam, I want to study Islam.
But my parents want me to run after the dunya
Subhana Allah How strange Islam has become.
And this is a type of strangeness as I said, it's very hard to accept. And this will appear when did the Prophet sallallahu Allium? So let's look at the Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when the people have become corrupt, when the people have become corrupt, this is what the messengers of the law who either use or mentioned
those who are pious and righteous when the
People have become evil
is what happens, the people become evil. And there are a few people who are pious and righteous and they are the horrible, they are the strangers. They are the ones that they are strange. They seem strange. They wear this hijab and this niqab. Why do they cover themselves like that? Why would what is it that they're doing? What is this Subhanallah they know that grandmother used to dress like that. They know it. You look at any pictures of the Muslim world 100 to 150 years ago, and you will find the street full of women covered from head to foot
just black objects moving around. That's what you'll see. You see they know that that grandmothers and great grandmother's used to dress like that they could not be seen except dress like that.
You know what I think they know it.
That was from Islam.
That was from Islam.
But now we have this fashion.
You know, hijab has come become a fashion sisters. I don't want you to fool yourselves anymore. Alhamdulillah if you wear a scarf, it's better than not wearing a scarf. Yes. But sister you have sisters, you have to be honest with yourself. hijab has specific requirements. If you are going to be fulfilling the act of obedience to Allah, you must know really what it is.
It's not a fashion statement.
It can't be tight fitting it can't describe the shape of your body. I have seen us saw in the airport assist. I couldn't believe it. I could see everything. And she had this tight end job around her head, but everything every so tight.
It was not that was no hijab. She was dressed but naked as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, He said it's a sign of the Day of Judgment. The women will be dressed but naked, they will be dressed but naked.
And he said curse them for they are truly curse. They will never smell the fragrance of paradise.
But you know, this sounds very strange. We don't want him mentioning those type of Hadeeth.
Not only we could keep on giving many, many examples.
isn't that just a salon?
Just the sooner you know that people really think these days they actually think it.
Because this is the type of rubbish that has been propagated amongst the people, that it's something you can do if you want. But if you don't want to do it doesn't matter. It's good to do it as soon as that's what they think. No.
growing the beard is an obligation because the Prophet ordered it and Allah He said in the Quran that whatever the Prophet gives you take it whatever he orders you to leave, leave it.
whoever obeys the Prophet has obeyed Allah whoever disobeys the Prophet has disobeyed Allah the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, grow the beard and trim the mustache. It's an order, Abdullah Abdullah in advance. He said the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ordered us to grow the beard. When two magazines came to the Prophet with their mustaches and their beard shaved. He turned away he couldn't look at them. He said who has told you to do that? They said Our Lord, the Persian Emperor, he said, My Lord has ordered me with something better than that to grow the beard and trim the mustache. The imams You call yourself a hanafy or a sharpie or a Maliki or humbly,
fine. Why don't you go and read what the Imams said. All of them agreed shaving the beard is haram. They consider it a form of mutilation, mutilation
which you mutilate yourself?
They consider it they used to consider it a feminists imitating women
This is all strange. Oh, he's a fanatic. He's a fundamentalist. It's that's if you want to go and find out what Islam says know what your knifes say? Not what your scholars who say all the things you like to hear. That's fine. I can find you a scholar who can tell you it's okay for your wife to walk around in a bikini to go on the beach.
I can find you I'll bring you on. You want it I'll bring it for you. You want to go footwear shopping. You can do it this way.
Make sure to mark you can get whatever you like, Oh, that's nice. That's nice. Everything you get you know what if you take the allowance of every scholar, everything Heraldo become halau for you.
But what does Allah say? What is the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, What did the Imams of the past? What did Abu hanifa really say? What did he magmatic really say? What did he mm Shafi say? What did
he really say? Why don't you go and find out read what they said?
Because that was the really slab.
That was the slam. What the Prophet and his companions were upon that what a slam but that Islam brothers and sisters, which is the only Islam we don't actually have a right to call anything else apart from that Islam. That is the new stuff that we have added. That is what we have done as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, you will follow the ways of those who came before you step by step hand spanned by hand span, if one of them fornicated with his mother, one of you will do the same.
If one of them crawled into the hole of a lizard, one of you will do the same.
will lie the profits of Allahu alayhi wa sallam, he didn't lie. Do you think he's a liar? I don't think is a lie. He spoke the truth sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And you know what? I've seen it with my eyes.
Can you Can anyone think how would a man crawl in a hole of a lizard? How?
How is the man gonna fit in the you see if you use your ankle only. If you only use your and you said I am going to subject the heading to my ankle if I find the Hades is with my occur, I accept it, if not goodbye.
How many mistakes you will make from your uncle? How will a man go in the hole of a lizard?
If you just use your uncle, you will think that's impossible. That's a silly statement. I can't accept that.
However, you could fit in the hole of a lizard there is a lizard that lives on an island in Indonesia, called Komodo. And in the island there is a lizard called the Komodo dragon. And that lizard digs a hole in which it lives in the lizard is huge. Absolutely like four meter. You know the table here. It's massive and it digs a hole you can stand up in it.
So there is a whole list of digs that a man could go inside. And you know what? I was watching a documentary. And it was telling about the Komodo dragon. It was telling about how a Christian British naturalist had gone in the last century into one of these hole of the lizard. And he got eaten by the lizard.
and, and you know what I saw? In the TV, there was someone called Dr. Mohammed I don't know what Muhammad was standing inside the home visit
the Prophet Look how he spoke the truth. One of them went in the hole of a lizard, one of us will go in the hole of a lizard.
Exactly. We will follow them.
The Prophet Sall Allahu Allah, Allah subhanaw taala excuse me, he said in the Quran, the meaning of which is the Jews and Christians took their priests and rabbis as Gods beside Allah.
The Jews and Christians took their priests and rabbis as Gods beside Allah. And I told you this hadith yesterday and the Sahaba used to be a Christian said O Messenger of Allah. I didn't we didn't use the worship that he said Didn't they make halau for you what Allah made haram and you accepted it? And didn't they make haram for you? What Allah made halal and you accepted it? Yes, we used to do that. That was your worship of them.
Subhana Allah. Today we have the same thing happening. You find a man makes rubber halaal for you.
The first house anyway.
And when he is questioned about it, he says, Well, if the great scholars in Egypt said it, who am I?
And you know what? We're also happy to hear that aren't we?
So happy we want to get that house and get that mortgage.
So how happy we are for this man to make halau for us. What Allah has made her arm
We have followed the Jews and the Christians step by step we have made our priests we have made our imams our mathies, our malanez we have made them Gods besides Allah, they start making halau for us, the things Allah has made her wrong. And I'm not saying it even they may do it out of the best is Jad have good intention. But if you just look and study you will see and you know in your hearts, you know in your heart, really the reality
you know it
and they make haram for us, the things that Allah has made halon many of those things, yes. This is haram that is haram things Allah made halaal
a man married more than one wife. They may not say it's Haram, but how many different ways that made it haram they put 100 conditions that Allah and His Messenger never put.
How many things they make hold on for us, that Allah subhanho wa Taala he made it hard.
So when someone comes to us, or brothers or sisters, our basis is the book of Allah.
And the son of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Yes, we love the scholars, and we respect the scholars, because they are people who spent their life studying Islam, but the human beings who can make mistakes, and in fact, they can do more than make mistakes. They can actually be motivated by all the things that human beings can be motivated by greed by envy. In fact, Allah mentioned the people divided into sex after knowledge came to them through envy of one another. Yes.
Is that not the meaning of what Allah subhanaw taala says
knowledge came but they divided through envy.
They can be put under pressure and threatened just like anybody else, was it not? Is it not true that admin a been humble? They said about admin a bit humble that for one day, for one day, he was
mad, he was mad. Why? Because he was the last scholar, the only one who refused to say that the Quran is created.
And all the other scholars had given in, yes, under the thread of torture, of all sorts of punishments of death. It's allowed, we know it's allowed.
But it proves that the scholars, great scholars, they can be weak.
We love them and respect them because they've learned but we don't believe that just because they're scholars, everything they say we accept it.
And everything they tell us we believe it's true. No, we if you have any type of intelligent intelligence, you have not only the right but the obligation
to see and compare. Is this scholar statements in accordance to the book of Allah? Is this scholar statement in accordance to what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, especially if we find another scholar comes along and says, This is wrong. And this is wrong because it opposes Allah and His messenger.
Think about this brothers and sisters, I want you to think about this. Use your intelligence.
If Allah said about the Jews and Christians, and that Allah chastised the Jews and Christians, and said that they took their priests and rabbis as Lords besides Allah, and the Jews, and the Christians have books that are corrupt, the Injeel is corrupt, the Torah is corrupt.
we know that. But still Allah did not give them an excuse. If they want to have an excuse. The Jew would have an excuse. My book is corrupt, so I have to trust the rabbi. He knows better than me.
My book is corrupt, so I must trust a priest. He knows better than me. If anyone had an excuse. They would have an excuse. They would have an excuse. But did Allah give them an excuse? No, he did not.
So how about us? When we have a book that is preserved,
every letter, every Alif every land, every meme, every noon, every single letter, even the pronounciation is preserved. The first half that
The language of the Quran is preserved and we know its meanings. Even the poetry of janelia has been preserved. So we know the exact meanings of the words. And Allah preserved the Sunnah and the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So we would know the meaning and the explanation of the Quran, and and the the actions and the sayings and the understandings and the opinions of the Sahaba and the terrain and the tatami and have been preserved. What excuse do we have?
What excuse do we have?
Islam began as something strange, and it will once again become something strange.
But brothers and sisters,
it's hard. Being a stranger.
It is hard when your parents and your family and your friends and the people around you all seem to be against you. It is hard because human beings, Allah created us loving,
prays loving companionship.
We are in a sense, we are social animals. we thrive on being together and living and living together. So yes, it's hard. But Allah gave us glad tidings to beautiful glad tidings.
The first class hiding is that Islam is going to return Islam is going to come back again. Islam is going to be victorious. Again, that is going to happen and that is the first glad tidings and the second glad tidings brothers and sisters, is a paradise for the strangers paradise. In fact, it is mentioned by the scholars that tuber is a tree and paradise.
It is so large this tree, that a person who is riding on a fast horse for 100 you will not reach the middle of it. And the garments of the people of Paradise are made from it. And the garments of the people of paradise of silk, green silk with gold brocade. beautiful clothes,
this tree, this beautiful place,
the size of the bowl of a bowl in paradise better than the whole world and all it contains.
How about tuba?
That is the reward.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said there will come a time there will come a time when holding on to my son will be like holding two hot coals.
Holding onto the sun will be like holding to hot coals and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said and they will get the reward of 50 or 4040 or 50 I don't remember it was okay you will get the reward of 50
and the and the Sahaba said of Prophet of Allah 4050 of them or 50 of us and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said 50 of you
Subhana Allah, the reward for holding on to the Sunnah.
And this is who the horrible are, they are the people who hold on to the Sunnah.
The people are wicked, and the wicked people are many. And the pious people are few, but those pious people, they are the horrible, they are the strangers
and they separate from their people. In fact, it is not they who seek to separate from the people because it is the believer who tries to make good relations, but the dean is always more important. And when it comes to it, they will separate from the people because they will choose a law and they will choose this messenger like the Sahaba did like those people who made hijra to Abyssinia like those people who made hedger to Medina, like those youth that are mentioned in the Qur'an, who went to the cave, they chose to leave their people to preserve their Deen
these are the horrible, these are the strangers These are the people who have the glide glad tidings. These are the people who clean and follow the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. They don't care whether it's strange or not. They don't care whether the people like it or not. They don't care whether it fits in to the people's ideas of how things should be or not because the idea of the
What about the idea of the stranger the idea of these people is the idea of Allah and His Messenger, the idea of Islam.
And they know that this life is short.
And the next life is very, very long Allahumma salli ala Muhammad, he was he was he was
sitting with them and learn various other branches, such as Hadeeth or fept, or many other topics tafsir Tajweed.
And, you know, whatever other sciences and branches of knowledge that you think that is something that you feel drawn to, that you feel you have a gift or that Allah subhanaw taala might bless you in that field. Okay, so this is the way in sha Allah that you could approach learning knowledge.
Well, I mentioned about sisters, for example, and that brings me to
a question that was asked by a sister about her parents who are not allowing her to go to visit the masjid to get knowledge, because of the the current environment. Now, my advice to the sister depends upon an auditor anyone depends upon some certain things. So I will explain them to you. And according to your circumstance, then inshallah you could act according to what I explained. There are two types of knowledge.
The first type of knowledge is what we call follow the line. The knowledge that is followed the line actually there is knowledge and actions. Also, there's some actions that are followed the line, but just today, now we're talking about knowledge, follow the law, it means it is a type of knowledge that every single Muslim has to have it. And if you don't have it, you are sinful.
Okay, you are sinful,
if the knowledge that you are seeking is followed the line and this is for example, the knowledge of tawheed and should
the knowledge of the correct acleda
the knowledge of what is similar and what is better, the knowledge of how to pray, the knowledge of how to fast the knowledge of if you have money, how to give Zakat, or if hedges and obligation upon you how to make Hajj or any other matter that is obligatory upon you in the religion,
then it is an obligation upon you to see the knowledge of that.
And if it means disobeying your parents, then you should disobey your parents. Even the scholars have mentioned that a woman could travel if she cannot find that knowledge in her locality. She could travel even without a macaroon if she cannot find a Muharram to get that knowledge. But once she has achieved that knowledge, she must return.
Okay, this is something and we do want to mention as well, that these days Alhamdulillah one of the avenues that Allah subhanaw taala has given us to acquire knowledge is through audio, tapes, CDs, and so on and so forth. So to tell you the truth, the excuse for a sister to disobey her parents or even perhaps a brother to disobey the parents in this scenario might not be that much. But if you do need to seek that knowledge
that is follow the line, then you must go and do that. However, if this knowledge is something extra, is what we call follow the calfire. That means the type of knowledge that some people have to have this knowledge. But as long as some people have it, the rest of us are excused. But if none of us have it, then we are all sinful.
Then that type of knowledge, you don't have to go and seek
that type of knowledge. You don't have to go and seek it and that will not be an excuse for you therefore to
you know, disobey your parents in that regard. There may be some other issues about your strength of your Eman and so on and so forth. But you know, I'm just taking it on this very, very simple
level at the moment. So I hope that inshallah answers the question.
There is a question here that is not easy an easy question for me to answer. But I will do my best to give some suggestions. How can a Muslim be independent from all types of interest while living among Western society?
To be honest, I think it will be virtually impossible to be free of all types of interest living in a Western society, by the sheer fact of the the use of paper money.
The whole system upon which the Western society its economic basis is linked with interest. So, to escape it completely, virtually impossible. This is one of the signs of the day of judgment that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam mentioned that nobody will be able to escape the dust of Riba.
that, however, is not an excuse to say, Well, I can't escape it's dust, so I might as well dive into its ocean.
Okay, no, you feel a lot as much as you can you feel a law as much as you can. A brother asked a question yesterday, we were talking about credit cards, yes, every time we use a credit card, in fact, every time you have your paycheck paid into the bank, you are aiding
the institute's and the institutions of Riba you are contributing towards evil, you are giving them strength, financial strength, they are using your money to exploit other human beings,
they are using your money to make themselves richer.
So hamdulillah if you are, if you can achieve it, and you can avoid, and I had a friend Mashallah who used to do this, his his wages would be paid into the bank, and he will take it out the next day, he did not used to leave any money at all in his bank accounts.
If you can survive without a credit card, and you can manage without it handed in, because using a credit card is actually helping those people in the evil. So these are things that Muslims should avoid as much as possible. If you have to have a credit card, just one credit card, not two, three, or four. And never Are you allowed to pay interest on that credit card. Absolutely not.
You should not ever pay interest. And if you get to the stage, when you're going, they're forcing you to pay, you should refuse to pay it.
So this is my advice concerning those sorts of things. However, what we really need to do and hamdulillah this is happening in America. And it's happening in Britain as well, that Muslims are beginning to develop their own financial institutions. And that is the way brothers and sisters that we need to look as we're developing our own Muslim schools. We need also to develop our own and we have our halau meet. We need to also develop our own Muslim financial institutions and this is something that we need to try and address.
What constitutes a bit of sunlight? Is any formation appropriate? Okay, first of all, what is considered to be let's take it in stages.
When the Skoll said that shaving the beard is
mutilation, this is the complete shaving of the beard, this is where the beard is completely removed from the face.
Okay, this is the complete shaving of the beard
or the beard is reduced to such an extent that it is not appear to be a beard anymore. Okay, this is what they consider to be mutilation.
But however, how about a beard, the Sunnah of the beard, the actual practice of the Prophet and what the prophet commanded was letting the beard grow to leave the beard to grow. And there is actually no Hadith from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
tells us anything.
Except leaving the bid to flow, let the bid flow and to trim the mustache.
Okay, and trimming the mustache does not mean shaving the mustache. According to Mr. Malik, he actually said and this is to show you really if you look at these things, you'll see how strange Islam is today.
mm Malik he said that a person who shaves the mustache his opinion was the person should be beaten.
You know, I mean that, you know, think about that when people went on about the Taliban and what they used to do and stuff like that. That's the opinion of Imam Malik.
That's his opinion.
Subhana Allah How strange Islam has become. Okay.
So the, the moustache should be trimmed.
How exactly it is not defined.
The beard should be left to grow and there's nothing from the Sunnah that says the beard could be cut or trimmed. However, we do have a large number of
narrations from companions. Especially we want to note in Oman, a bit Omar who was very strict about following the Sunnah. I mean, every aspect of the Sunnah. He used to be so strict that when he used to go on a journey, and that journey was the same journey that Prophet used to make if he used to if the Prophet used to stop at a tree, the Omani
oma used to stop the same tree. Okay, this is how he used to try and follow the Prophet. Exactly.
And even Omar used to cut his beard after a handful a fist. So he would cut his beard and trim his beard off to a fist. In fact, we could find that so many companions used to do that, that it becomes something that it is understood by the Sahaba and a large number of them that perhaps it could be understood that leaving the beard to flow is not unconditional, that so many of them used to trim it after a fistful that even one score said that is what you should do.
And he believed that's what you should do. However, I think that is perhaps a little bit.
It's not for me to say but I it's not certainly not an opinion that is widely accepted. Okay. But certainly we could say that certainly without a doubt it is permissible to trim the beard of a fistful. How about trimming the beard. More than that? The most we can say here is that that contradicts the sun. Certainly, you must have at least a beard.
to not have a beard is mutilation. And this is haram and the four mam's agree about that. Okay, to grow it more. This is clearly to grow it properly is the Sunnah to trim and more than a fistful could be either recommended or permissible.
Yes, so this is the the insha Allah what I know about the beard from the religion of Islam?
Will it be helpful to establish a TV channel for the purpose of dour
something unreal understanding of Islam please comment.
Not only do I believe it is Hillel. I do believe that is something absolutely necessary and an obligation and something that is follow the fire to do that.
I believe this is one of the means and the ways that we must utilize in order to let the people know about Islam.
So that is something very, very important that we should try and do not only the TV, but also the radio and whatever other means that we can that are within the Shinya to accomplish the propagation of Islam and the correct understanding of Islam.
And you please state your view of the soul of I refer to the soul of I refer to the soul of as expanded and practiced by scholars such as ghazali, outdoor cover, Jelani and so on.
This is a very big question.
Part of the problem of this question is the word to solve
or what we normally or might know as Sufism, Sufism and to solve they are the same
Somewhat Sufism is the English rendition of the English or the English call to So, Sufism is what they call to solve.
The problem is this is that Sufism covers so many different things.
And to so of goes from one extreme, to things that are clearly Cofer and shirk, and no different from Hinduism,
no different from Hinduism, there are some selfies, who are, in all but name follow what Hinduism teaches, for example, the people who claim that Allah is everywhere and in everything, and everything is online. This is in fact, the Hindu belief of pantheism. The Hindus believe that everything is Allah. That's why they worship everything, because they believe everything is a manifestation of God. In fact, the universe and God are one on the same.
So there are some who have this belief. And in fact, if I went through it, you will find that many of the things they believe even some of the practices that they follow, are actually almost taken from Hinduism. For example, the complete blind adherence to the chef, to the extent that some of the Sufi is believed that the Marines should never question the chef, whatever he says, whatever he does, they consider it piety, to sit there and accept it without questioning or ever asking him why.
This of course, is taken from Hinduism, where the yogi, the master the guru, he is the master and his students. They must never ever question the guru. They follow Him and listen to Him and obey him completely. And this is part of their self abasement. Some Sufi is believe that the universe is controlled by Olia and they call them these they believe these only are they have at their center, a kutub, or the pole. So at the universe is controlled by this kutub. And around him are the saints. And these saints control the universe. If you want something you should enter, you should seek and pray to and make dua to these Olia and they will in turn, go to the quarter, and the quarter will
intercede with Allah and since they can control the universe, then this is your source of intercession. This is exactly the same belief the Hindus have about the avatars and their gods.
This is a type of ship that even the pagan Arabs didn't have. Even the Muslim Arabs in the time of the Prophet did not believe that their idols actually controlled anything of the universe. They didn't believe that they just believe that they were intercessors. But these people actually believe these Olia and the courts have control the universe.
And in fact, this is also Bori borrowed from some aspects of Shiism, some of the extreme Shiite sex the rafidah sex, okay, not all of the Shia, but this is some of them. They claim the Imams have such powers, that they control the atoms of the universe that they know the knowledge of the past and the present and the future they have all of the knowledge of the unseen This is clear shift
and some Sophie's have the same belief about their shifts, they believe their chefs have the knowledge of the unseen they know the past, they know the future, they know things that people cannot see.
This is shipped because Allah only element maybe he is the only Knower of the unseen and he does not give that knowledge except to his chosen messengers. So this is one extreme of Sufism.
In the mosque, they actually think it's a good thing. They come in the mosque and they stand there and they're living out a big burp.
And usually the smell of the dinner permeates the mosque.
This contradicts of many actually many things against Islam. You know, apart from sticking out the people in the mosque and disturbing their prayer, okay, it is not correct. You should not be eating so much that you have to burp like that.
Okay, so But actually, that's the bit we remember, the bit we don't remember, in fact, is what the prophet in fact, Said. And remember, Islam started as something strange, and it will become strange again. And this is even amongst the practicing people who are trying to hold on to the two hot coals you'll find even they don't practice this.
The Prophet actually said, Enough for the son of Adam.
is what keeps your back straight.
enough food for you to eat is what keeps your back straight. That means what keeps you alive. That is enough. That is how our normal eating habits should be, we should merely eat enough to keep ourselves alive to keep our back straight to do our work or whatever it is. So if you're working you need food for energy you need it so it keeps your back straight. Okay, so you don't collapse out of exhaustion. That's enough for you eat and drink. That's enough for you What's going to keep your back straight.
But if you do have to find you have to eat more than that. Then the maximum ever to be a third for food, a third for the drink and a third for the air. That's actually the correct full hedis
see, some of us likes remember a bit of the Hadeeth and forget the other bits. Okay.
So I completely lost my track now. Okay, yes, we're talking about Sufism. So Alhamdulillah. So some people they take these things seriously? Like, mmm, and knowing Subhana Allah, He used to drink. I can't How did he get one glass of water a day.
In my manowar used to drink one glass of water a day. And he used to have a small amount of food every day, every day. That's what he used to eat.
The same with, in fact, a man Bahati. He had a set amount of food that he used to eat in a day. And so it's very interesting that a brother, he came across a hadith. And then he looked at the the explanation of this hadith. And it mentioned, that food that is not measured, has no blessing in its food that is not measured, does not have the blessing in it. And I said Subhanallah that's why mm Buhari, he used to measure his food. And one day they saw him eating more meat than he usually used to eat. And they used and they asked him why you're eating more. He said, Because tomorrow, we have to go and fight jihad. And I need extra strength for that.
So this is a type of to sell off. Okay, this is the type of asceticism that's from the Sunnah. This is the way of the Prophet the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to live that simple life, as the prophet SAW. Some said, you should live in this world like a stranger.
Or like a traveler. What do I have to do with the world? I'm like a man who takes the rest underneath the shade of the tree. And then he continues his journey. You see a stranger when abderrahim Greenie comes here to visit? Okay, maybe I'm not a stranger, but what do I pack in my suitcase? A fold? You know, some shorts to go bushing What do you put it in the walking in the bush look? bushwalking work that was important. Okay. Okay. And, you know, whatever I'm going to do, and that's it. Right? You're a stranger, you're a traveler. You don't bring the kitchen sink.
You know, you don't do that. You're a traveler. And that's how the Muslim should be. We're like travelers. In fact, you know, one Sahaba he took this hadith. So literally, the only thing he possessed was the saddle for the camera. And that's what he used to sleep on. And that was his entire possessions used to live how the profits or the loss of use to live. You know, when he died, there was nothing in his house, a few pots, the clothes he was wearing sallallahu alayhi wasallam. In fact, his shield was mortgaged to the Jew and the mortgage does not mean the mortgage that you want to get. Okay? This is a different type of mortgage when you someone takes something from you,
and you borrow money from them. And they keep that until you give the money back. Okay, this is why it's held in, you know, in lieu of something, this is what it means, right? Okay, so his shield was mortgaged to a gym.
This is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam died with.
They found the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam lying on a reed mat and when he got up the marks, the marks
of the mat were on his arm.
And when Omar saw this, he started his tears came to the eyes of Omar bin Al Khattab. He said, O Messenger of Allah, look at the look at the Romans. Look how they live. Look at the comfort let us get something for you.
You have more rights to it than them. And the Prophet said, Omar Do you want a lot of forward to me all the good things in this dunya and leave nothing for me and they are here. This is the Messenger of Allah.
This is the Messenger of Allah was saying this. How about us?
So Lola, Hawaii, and the Sahaba when the dunya came to them, when they're doing it, they used to cry.
They used to cry, because they were afraid that alone was giving them good in this life and Allah would not give it to them in the next life. This is the Sahaba.
Since the way they used to live,
this is the way they used to be.
So if we mean that, if we mean living like that, if we mean that we are people who pray to God, and we make Vicar of Allah according to the Sunnah, and we make the dua, and we and we suffer to learn knowledge and things like that, then handle in London, of course, this is from the sun. Now this is something that is good. And this is something that is really from Islam.
But the criterion brothers and sisters is always going to be the book of Allah, the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the understanding of the Sahaba so you see where some people came to the prophet SAW Lawson, some young man, they came to the house of the Prophet, and they said, Look, this is the Messenger of Allah, and Allah forgave his his past and his future sins, who are we? What are we compared to the Prophet? So let us go and find out about the when they found out about the worship of the Prophet. That's what they said, Who are we? So one of them said, I am going to fast every single day.
Another one said, I will pray the whole night and never sleep. The other one said, I will never marry women, I'll never marry.
When the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam he heard this he became very angry, he became so upset that he actually had the people called to the mosque, from the marketplaces from everywhere they had to come to the mosque.
And he said What is wrong?
Who is such and such person who says these things? Who What is wrong with such and such person who says this is one that I have the most taqwa of Allah, I have the most fear of all of all of you. And some days I fast. And some days I don't fast.
And I sleep in the lights. And I also pray in the night and I'm married.
So whoever does not follow my son has got nothing to do with me.
So this is another important thing, if we do have this the soul of this zone, okay, and we want to follow the path of two skeletal knifes and it is something that is followed. It's something that's an obligation, then we must make sure that we keep to the sun, not that we don't exaggerate that we don't go beyond the bounds. We denounce marriage and we fast everyday and we go to extremes that have not been approved of in the Sharia. Because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the extremist is destroyed
the extremists of Hulu, that's the extremism, it's the one who is the extremist, he is destroyed. And that does not just mean the extremists in being a terrorist. This could mean the extremists in worship, or the extremists in anything, someone who goes beyond what the Sunnah has taught us.
So these things are a type of beta. This is why the Prophet Sawsan was criticizing them because these people were trying to do something more in a different way than the prophet SAW some. And what we learn from that is the best you could ever be as a human being is by following the prophets.
If you can follow the Prophet Exactly. You couldn't be better because the best of all the human beings in fact, the best of all the creation was Rasulullah, sallAllahu, Alayhi, wasallam. He fell in love the most. So the best you could ever do, is by following his son. So if that's what we mean, then hamdulillah there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, that's something from our Deen to follow that, whether we should call it to solve or not, this is a different issue some scholars did. Some scholars didn't like to even use that term. They just like to refer always to the Sunnah. But there's no doubt that this term to solve became accepted as a type of branch of knowing how to
purify your soul knowing and learning how to live that ascetic type of life. So this became a type of brunch. Certainly some scholars accepted that definition. Others didn't really agree with that. But the point is, what does it mean? If it means that type of behavior that's from the sun the handle, of course, that is very good and that is allowed?
You want me to stop you just, you know, wave the red flags or whatever. Okay. What do you consider of following a madhhab
This is what I mean, now hear about hanging on to the two hot coals.
Some brothers and sisters, I've seen it I've witnessed it have not got the patience for that.
They feel embattled. They feel surrounded. They feel defeated intellectually. They feel that people are not, you know, the fact is some people follow away because it's trendy.
Everyone seems to be doing that, oh, let's follow that, like the sheep ban. You know, so when the next Shepherd comes along, and the next dog comes rough roads back, you know, and this has brothers and sisters, because we don't really think deeply. And we don't have really studying deeply. That's what I think, you know, and sometimes people are just weak. But however, many times this issue is prevented presented to me. And even I found some arguments that are on the verge of being convincing. The fact is, every time I come back to it, this is what I asked myself
if following a mud hub, and by that we mean blindly following or sticking only to the opinions of Abu hanifa, all the people who followed his
or Eman Malik, or the the scholars who followed his work, or mm Shadi, or the scholars who followed his fake or a bit humble or the scholars who followed his fit.
If we believe that that is what we should do, there's always one question I asked myself, it's the same question I asked a Christian, when I get when I'm talking to Christians, and I give them down and I say look,
okay, and I say to them, Look, you say that Jesus is Allah.
And you say that he died on the cross.
Therefore you're saying that Allah died?
Allah ate food, Allah breathe air. Allah went to the toilet, Allah got circumcised.
When you die, and you stand in front of Allah, if Allah is gonna say to you, how could you say that I the Lord of the worlds, the creator of the universe, and all that is, you said that I was a human being a thing that was born in filth and blood?
I think that died. A thing that a food.
You compared me to that? What are you going to say?
What are you gonna say? And when Allah takes you, as he surely will, and puts you in Hellfire forever, as he surely will, you'll know that you deserve to be there because you insulted the Lord of all the universes. You made the one who is so great, so small.
But if I stand in front of Allah, and Allah says to me, why didn't you believe that I became a man and died on the cross? I will say you're the Lord of the Universe, how could you die?
You're the Lord of the universe. You're the self sufficient? How is it you would eat?
You are the one without beginning and end?
How can I believe you had a beginning and an end? If Allah put me in the Hellfire, I will never feel that justice was ever done to me.
Let's take it this issue.
When you stand in front of along the Day of Judgment.
And Allah says to you, I sent you a book.
It was clear and easy to understand. I sent you a messenger and preserved his words, am I even have this book and the words of the messenger translated into languages that you could understand.
follow the saying of a human being who has not given revelation, even when you know that this human being and his opinion contradicted what I said and what my messenger said, What are you going to say to Allah on the day of judgment?
If Allah says to me on the Day of Judgment,
there was Abu hanifa Shafi Malik, why didn't you blindly follow them? I will say Allah, how could I, when I read your book, and I read the hadith of your Prophet, and I found a person who is blessed with knowledge stole me and explained to me that the opinion of this scholar did not agree with what you said and what your messenger said, How could I do anything except obey you or law and your messenger?
If Allah punishes me, I will never feel
that justice had been done.
Because all my intention was was to obey Allah and he
messenger to the best of my capability. And that brothers and sisters is what I believe is what we must do. We must do our best to obey Allah and His messenger.
The scholars are our point of reference.
This the scholars are the people who have spent their lives studying Islam. But they made as I said, mistakes, if another scholar comes, and in our heart, we are convinced, we are convinced that this is wrong.
And a scholar has explained it to us how can we keep following that opinion that we're convinced is actually opposed what align is messenger has said, that is actually on the verge of being shirk, if it is not sure.
So therefore, this is what I think is an obligation upon the people who have that capability is to be familiar with the book of Allah and the sayings of the Prophet, that are authentic, to study the opinions of the scholars and sincerely fearing Allah, not looking for an easy opinion. Not trying to follow your whims and desires but sincerely trying to follow the opinion that you believe is the one with the strong evidence, that is what you must do,
then it's no problem to fall into to follow the mud hub in some things that you didn't yet have the opportunity to study. Or some things that you think for example, they are so much the same that when you look at the evidence here and you look at the evidence there, you can't tell which one is stronger than no problem to follow the person you trust the most and love the most, whichever Imam or scholar that may be and it doesn't have to be one of the four exams it could be any scholar.
But what is important is for us to be sincere and to do our best to obey Allah and His messenger. If someone is doing that, then surely I believe that person is upon the right way the way of Islam as the companions understood it because no companion followed a method because they weren't around in the time of the companions. So we're gonna say the companions were deviated because they didn't follow a method stuck for Allah. If it wasn't dealing with them, how can it be done after them?
In fact, none of the companions ever said blindly follow me. Omar never ordered the people to follow his opinions and stick to his opinions. Nor did nor did it nor did of Nando Abdullah bin Masood,
or even a bass or alcohol or any of them. In fact, when they found someone doing that they criticized it severely. So this my brothers and sisters, is what I believe to be the correct way. In fact, this is what I believe to be the Sunnah
and hanging on to it sometimes is definitely is going to be like hanging on to two hot coals. And surely sometimes you feel like a stranger.
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