Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
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Yeah, Hello fellow Manila. Lil fella ha de la Chateau La La, la, la sharika or shadow Ana Mohammed Abu Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sahbihi wa sallam. So inshallah tonight
we want to really answer the question as much as it is possible to answer it in a one session within an hour. Is it rational to believe in the unseen? Is it possible to believe in the unseen?
And maybe if we have time at the end pends on, you know, your questions or whatever, maybe we can address the question of, why do we not congratulate others and say, Merry Christmas, or on particular religious occasions. So we'll see, inshallah, if we have time for that we can do it otherwise, we'll be some other time. But the main topic for tonight in sha Allah is is it rational to believe in the unseen. And I remember that we've talked about belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala, and how it is rational. So I don't really want to focus on that, in particular,
because we did address it before. And we did say that there are reasons to believe in Allah subhana wa, tada call it rational, psychological, emotional, within you, outside of you, everything points to the existence of a power that is higher than us. So tonight, I want to talk about that in particular, but what I want to talk about is someone who believes in Allah or in the Creator, but then you have trouble believing anything else that follows. So the presence of Heaven and Hell, and allows descriptions of him in heaven and hell,
belief in the unseen in terms of the angels,
the jinn everything really, that you and I do not see.
But some of us at least say believe in
and some of us don't, right, so we have a category of humans who believe in a higher power, but then they don't believe in anything else beyond it. And the thing that prompted this is that some people were calling into question the presence of everything else that we talked about, so belief in the deity is fine to them. But then you tell us about a heaven that there are rivers flow flowing with honey, and milk, and wine and water. You tell us about gold and silver. You tell us about
a soil that is made of musk.
it tell us about
a heaven where you could be living in palaces, gonna have women in heaven.
If we're gonna see a bird, flying, you'll wish for it and it will drop and you'll be eating from it. It tells us about hell, and the different types of punishments in hell, how people will be shackled will be burned.
Tell us about the grave and apportion punishment in the grave.
All of this add to it, angels of Allah azza wa jal,
those who have so many wings, those who descend to the rain, those there there's an angel for the mountains,
an angel that takes care of blowing the trumpet on the Day of Judgment, one that takes the souls of Wei, Jin,
gender we do not see but they seem to trouble humanity.
In fact them with disease or harass them this and that's all that that belief in the unseen is it rational? Is it possible? Or is it as some people say, this really resembles fairy tales, legends that you can find in the books of ancients, or talked about, you know, Gods living on mountains and descending and coming down mythic figures, mythic animals? All of these things are legends. Am I supposed today to believe in Legends as well? Does that even make sense? It seems to be childish.
Now, of course, when you think about it, you're not supposed to believe in anything or everything that you hear, right?
You have criteria and you're supposed to have a filter.
And in terms of religious knowledge, religious knowledge,
furnishes or provides what lies beyond your senses and experience.
There are things that you're able to comprehend and understand fully based on what you see what you hear, what you experience, and what you touch.
Or based on what you reason.
But what you reason is also based on an experience that you derive from what is around you.
religious knowledge confirms all of this, but furnishes what lies beyond your senses. So when Allah subhanaw taala talks about heaven talks about hell talks about the angels talks about Jen, is he talking about things that we see? No. But does is he talking about things that are impossible to exist? Because our minds reject them? That's the question. Can our minds accept all of these things or not? Now some people have trouble with them. trouble with that, those concepts and in fact, if you go back
early, first we will stop at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. were some of the non believers and the Quran records this. They accuse the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam of repeating what is called in the Quran assault to Oberlin, the legends of ancients the legend legends of people of old, assaulted, from the word itself, is what has been written down and transmitted as stories. So people report them as stories but without any foundation or without any evidence. So the legends and fables of India, the legends and fables of Persia, the legends and fables of ancient Egypt, about kings and deities and paddles, and as I said mythic animals and that all of it are
legends. So they said about the Koran that they were hearing, while carlu assaulting rule awali in October, they said about it. This is but a salty rule or Willie in the legends of the ancients, etc. He copied them, or as somebody to copy them, for here to MLA, Allah He bukata wa sila so it is being read for him in the evening and in the morning. Meaning that they said that this hold on is just a collection of Legends when it's talking about the ancient prophets in the old prophets, but also about God and about heaven about hell. These are but legends of old, the prophets always tell him copied them, and then did what is being read to him so that he can repeat it to us they said this is
exactly the same. or in another area it says and this is sapan a lot a lot really relevant to us today. What are the equality? Why did he orfila Kuma Allah brings the example of CES and the he's the one who sent his parents off the law Kuma away with you.
At identity and oh, Raj, Do you promise me?
Or do you tell me that I'm going to be resurrected wakad holla till kuruman cuddly and everybody who had preceded me has perished.
wilhelma yesterday San de la and they are asking Allah for help. And saying why you lucky I mean in a delay halfway telling him. Listen, believe indeed the promise of Allah is true.
So what is he say in reply to that Mahathir assaulted all over him. So he replies and he says, This is but are the stories of old, meaning they're telling him you're going to be resurrected. But he's saying what this these are just folktales these are fables, there's nothing going to happen, telling me that I die and I'm going to rise up again. That is impossible. So here you have someone who is being told you're going to come back to life, but his mind could not comprehend that that is possible. So equals what? This is just folktales for things.
Now, the people of Arabia
called some of these things folktales and fables and legends, because they did not believe in some of them. And also because they wanted a very convenient way to reject the Quran, the Book of Allah xojo so somebody it's reported that to combat the Koran, he went to Persia, he collected the books, the Persian books, have stories, and he came back, and he was reading those to the Mexicans. And he says, I have exactly like what Mohammed has sallallahu wasallam he's telling you stories and telling you stories. So the Arabs they disbelieved is part of the unseen, but ironically, they believed in another part.
So what is the part that the Arabs disbelieved? When it came to the unseen they disbelieved in resurrection, or some of them, they just believed in resurrection, meaning it was impossible for them to imagine that this could happen. But they believed in the other parts of the unseen as well. And that's that contradiction that I'm going to address shortly. What did they believe in the unseen Who knows? What did the Arabs pre Islamic Arabs believe in the part or in the
The world of the unseen
they believed in God, they believed in Allah zoton What else did they believe in?
angels? So they believed in the angels, what else?
Gen Z believed in the jinn. So these basics right, they did not believe in an afterlife, and in heaven and hell or in resurrection, but they believed in God, they believed in the angels, and indeed they said that the angels were the daughters of God. They believed in the jinn, they sought refuge in the jinn. So they believed in things that they did not see, but other parts they rejected. And so this is the contradiction, if you want to make note of it, that when someone rejects anything that Allah subhanho wa Taala says, he must fall into rational contradiction. Because then the thing that you would ask them is, why do you accept this but deny that?
Do you Did you see the angels?
Yes or no? No? Why do you believe in them?
Because Allah azza wa jal said it through his prophets. So if Allah told you about the angels, and he believed in him, and if Allah says that there is a day of judgment and resurrection, why would you choose to disbelieve in this, but accept that?
You me? So whenever you reject something that Allah says, You must fall into rational or if you want to say, logical contradiction, you must you will contradict yourself, because you'll accept something and you will reject another that is exactly like what you've rejected.
And that is why Allah azza wa jal says it and he pointed out the contradiction in the Koran, or when somebody came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and they told him and he had old bones in his hand, and he broke him in front of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam and turned them into rubble. And he said, Who can bring this back? To me, you hear a Varma Hiromi. Then Allah says, pull you here, Lady and a winner Mara, he says, the one who will bring it back is the one who created it in the first place. That is, if you believe and that's the contradiction. If you believe that God has the power to create from nothing, then you should also have the old to have the belief that a lot
could recreate that thing and bring it to its original form. You follow me? So that is absolutely
logical. So you can deny one thing that Allah says and reject another. Now,
later on, the Muslim, or some Muslim philosophers, also denied or did not believe that heaven is real and hell is real. They did not believe that the angels are real, or the generi some Muslim philosophers, they had that belief, why did they have that belief, because they are pure rationalists. Purely depending on the Greek philosophers, they could not comprehend, that there is a heaven and a hell, so they denied it.
And they could not comprehend that they were going to be jinn. So they reinterpreted that not going to go into details, but there we interpreted that they reinterpreted what angels mean, they say, yeah, the commoners can believe these things. But we know better. Of course, that in itself is a contradiction.
But when Allah azza wa jal speaks about these things in detail, have an in detail, that you're going to be dressed in silk, and you're going to be wearing golden silver, that you're going to be sitting on sofas that are made of this, and that in palaces, that you're going to have rivers that you're going to have, they all have this description that you're going to be eating, and they will be multitudes of fruits in heaven, and you will drink and they will have this flavor and that flavor when Allah is talking about this, is he talking about something that is impossible for it to exist? Or is it possible for it to exist? And in fact, is it rational for it to exists? Now, think about it
here. If you were to move back in time, as you are today, with all the knowledge that you have, and someone were to take you back in time, and let's say 5000 years ago,
and you were to tell people about the future today.
Would they believe you
know, right. So if you tell them that when I enter my home, my home, whether it's winter or summer, it's the same temperature and it keeps me comfortable throughout the year. The only thing that I would say I enter and I ask it to be cold and it becomes cold and I asked it to be hot and it becomes hot.
And, in fact, if it gets dirty, I will ask it to clean and some will clean it, something will clean, it will move, and we'll clean it. Right.
And if I want to talk to anybody, at any place in the world, there is something like a mirror on the wall, I will just say the word or the name of that person. And I can see him on the mirror exactly, instantaneously, no matter where he is. And he can talk to me, and I can talk to him.
And if I want to see him, and if I'm, let's say, for instance, if I'm here, and I want to see him in Ottawa, right,
within, within five hours, I could be there
a trip that will take you're supposed to take you days, right?
Or between Mecca and Medina,
a trip that is supposed to take you days, as I sit in a metal case, or a metal box, I simply tell it, where to take me and will take me
one hour, not for
one hour, it can just take me and I don't have to feed it. It is self feeding, it feeds on the sun. I just tell it to take me on it will take me wherever I want. And I can just sleep.
And in fact, if he's living if I'm in Spain, and they are in India, and I want to see them on the same day, I ride in a metal bird. And it will take me all the way to them in the same day.
Will they believing?
One I'm sorry.
Unless they saw something miraculous, right? They said Leslie saw the Baraka took the profits a lot he was selling them and they believe in the profits, they absolutely will not believe you. But none of these things are possible. It's as if, if you take the mentality of someone and the experience of someone who lived 1000s and 1000s of years ago, you tell them about these things that I can tell I can I can speak to something in my hand and light at my house will turn on and the food will start cooking. Okay,
unless you they actually trust you, they will never believe something like this. And they will say it is impossible. Why is it impossible? And we know now it is not impossible? Because none of the things that I've said today is impossible because it exists in our world today. But why is it impossible for someone who lived 5000 years ago because they haven't seen anything like it. And they cannot imagine anything like it and based on their limited experience, they cannot predict or believe that anything like that could exist. So if Allah azza wa jal tells you that you can come back to life, if Allah says and it's authentic, and it came in the Quran, okay? And a lot tells you
that you can have come back to life. Why should that stand? To be something beyond comprehension or beyond logic, if he tells you that there is a heaven that you can enter and when you enter it, you live forever.
And if you enter it, you will have wonderful things that are beyond your imagination beyond what you can see. Why would that be irrational or illogical? If a lot as of Jun speaks about angels, speaks about angels. And you believe that Allah is the Creator and he there tells he tells you that there is an angel, which is gibreel Elisa Lam, who has 600 wings? Why would you stand back and say, Well, this looks like science fiction. This looks like old I don't know, old stories that have been, you know, inherited and fabricated. Why would it look like that? If Allah is able to do this, which is the earth and the sun and the moon, and the galaxy that we are in and the universe that we are in?
Why wouldn't allows them to be able to create what he had told you to create?
Okay, so, here, there's once the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, told
one of the Sahaba he said that you should Cafiero Allah g yom Okayama. He said the calf will be resurrected on his head or on his face, on the day of judgment.
So this Hobbes said, you should Cafiero Allah G. He says the catheter will be resurrected on his face or on his head, meaning he is saying that how does he walk?
Okay, so how does he walk on his face? So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, they said that they I'm sure who allegedly he be acquired during either a new shear who activity, he says, isn't the one who made him possible or made it possible for him to walk on his two legs, capable of making him able to walk on his face.
that is did your mind or does your mind comprehend the full capacity of what is possible through the human body, that you conclude that it is impossible for a person to walk on his face and that Allah has no ability to make him able to walk on his face? Do you understand everything? So this hobby accepted, the Sahabi accepted because as our minds as a 5000 year ago person is unable to understand everything that you're going through today. And yet it is within reason and within the human ability to do so. And exactly if we keep progressing the way that we are progressing today, and there are no setbacks, a person living 1000 or 5000 years ahead, if we continue to live to the future, if he
comes back and tells you about what they were doing or what has happened, then you may likely disbelieve in all of that, because of our limitations. Such because we are so removed and so limited. So it did the profits of the law to sell them tell that person that what that you cannot fully comprehend and understand whatever Allah zildjian has done. So this mind of ours, okay, must submit to Allah azza wa jal once we decided that this is from Allah. Yeah, what happens is that we absorb, I think, two tendencies in us being too material and too cynical,
to material and too cynical.
To material in the sense that I do not believe anything except what I see and what I touch. Yeah, I disbelieve in anything else.
And the other one is that cynical tendency, the cynical tendency, where everything is a lie, and everybody is lying.
And everybody, right, doesn't tell the truth. I can't really believe because everything is fake. And you reach a level where you disbelieve in everything around you use this believe in emotions, disbelieve in facts, disbelieve in any hope, and you become a completely cynical person who is unwilling to accept any reality around them. So they issue the challenge here in front of us is that when I hear a lot as though just saying something that, to my mind,
is not comprehensible, yet. Do I believe in it? Or do I not? Or do I attribute this to being fake? Something that is fake?
The fact is,
whatever we call fables, right? Right, whatever we call fables, whatever we call legends of old. The question is,
were they the origin of religion? Or is the religion their origin? And how did religion start?
Did religion the religion of Allah or belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala, as one God? Was that the first belief? Or was the belief in a multiplicity of deities, the first belief and then it evolved into a belief in one God?
So who is the first human as we believe?
Adam, Adam and Adam alayhis salam was what?
In addition to being the first human, what was his title? He's an epi from Allah as origin. So Adam believed in what? In one God
and His children believed in what?
One God. So the story that we know from Allah azza wa jal is that when humanity started, humanity started with a belief in one God, a monotheistic belief, and only afterwards as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said for 10 generations after Adam alayhis, salaam, they were onto hate, then they all then after that, they started to deviate and believe in other deities.
Now, scholars of religion or anthropologists, they will have the reverse, they will say that polytheism was the original belief. That is people first believed in multiplicity of deities. Why they will argue, they'll say, and this is all speculation, by the way. Why do they say that? They say that because the simple human because they believe in evolution, right?
It's not like we started from Adam alayhis, salaam, we started dumb, and we continue to evolve. So according to that theory, the way that we started this simple man, simple minded man and the simple man, when you look at nature around him, he's afraid of thunder. He's afraid of lightning. He's afraid of floods. He's afraid of hurricanes, so attributes all of these two super powers, and he calls all of these deities and he starts to worship them to appease those deities so that they protect them from
harm. And so he believes they say the natural belief because because it's comes from nature is to believe in multiplicity of deities, and then only slowly, slowly, slowly they evolve into a single deity.
The question is that why would there be an evolution into a single deity, which is easier to believe in multiplicity of deities, if you already believe or in a single deity?
Now, if you if you begin with a multiplicity, multiple deities, there's one for the sea, one for the land, one for that mountains, one when it volatile volcanoes erupt. One, when there is a hurricane, is it easier to believe in multiplicities? or move from multiplicity? to one? The easier is to keep believing in multiplicities. Why do you move into a one single deity?
The Rial, actually the tendency should be that when you have one, you start splintering into others and not the other way around. That's why when you start the call of tau hate and any prophet of Allah who calls the startup though hate as long as that though hate is strong in their hearts, they reject other deities but when they start seeing other nations, when their Eman decreases, they go and Splinter into other deities as well. And they start committing [???]can Allah azza wa jal So, the tendency is to move from to hate to shake and not from ship to toe hate, unless you sent a prophet of Allah azza wa jal who takes people out of ship to to hate you followed my point says that is the
natural tendency is to move from total heat to ship rather than from ship to to heat that is give you an example. If I
spread the heat in a village and then I leave them
for 50 years 100 years the tendency is like what no reminders from the outside what's likely to happen I come back out of 100 years find them onto hate or committing ship
committing ship Why do we commit ship?
alternatively ask him why do we commit [???]can allows origin
translation changes as a possibility I'm talking about like natural causes that will make you commit chicken Allah xojo What are they? Because I want to show you that the tendency the natural nature or the tendency is to commit ship and then say the exception is that he molars audit unless somebody reminds you.
Now when you're afraid
there is no lemma there is no lemma. Okay, definitely. Now when you are afraid when somebody is afraid, okay, or when somebody is sick, or they are afraid to die?
That fear, okay, if they don't have a strong belief in Allah as though God will push them to seek security from other sources as well. So why do people today for instance, they commit minor [???]can Allah as origin, they become sick? So they take on that?
Right, and they tie it around their hands? Or around their neck? What do they do that out of fear, out of fear, or they want to secure and get a job? Why do people go on to somebody too, so that he can help them read some stuff or tie themselves to the tie something to their bodies over there is a problem between a husband and a wife? Why does she go or why does he go to someone so that they can do something so that he can keep them together? Or he can separate and other people usually right when you want something and your Eman is weak, you can go and seek powers that exist elsewhere. That is the tendency towards shift and only when that is restrained by a man or prophets of Allah or the
olema, as you said, Will it be maintained? So the natural course of history is for it to start from the hate? And then move on into Shere Khan? Allah azza wa jal. So it's not that religion followed these fables because the ancients had fables. If you notice, for instance, the story of the flood of Noah Halley, his Salaam, is mentioned in other sources, non religious sources as well. Some people will say, well, that means that the Jews, the Christians, and the Muslims simply borrowed these from other native sources and adapted them to their
to their ends. That's what happened.
And they borrowed another story from these ancient people another story from those ancient people. So means that these stories are the origin of religion and religion evolved out of them. But what we say is no.
The origin of these actually fables or legends that you have about this and that listen, for instance, like me and example.
A horse with wings
A horse with wings. You read that in a lot of you see it, for instance, and a lot of ancient writings about horses with wings, this and that.
Yet you find that the Prophet sallallahu wasallam talks about something like that in general.
The question is, did the prophets of Allah audio send them borrow this? From those ancient Legends? Or did these ancient legends borrow that from religious local revelation?
That's the question. That is when you see a mention of a horse, with wings in general. And let's say for instance, that the ancient Egyptians on minimus of Mesopotamia are talking about the same animal, okay?
mythical, or whether they believe they exist or not, but in for you, is something mythical, but nothing like that had existed. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam talks about it, and ancient civilizations talked about it. Did religion borrow that from ancient civilizations? Or did ancient civilization know about that from religion?
They knew about that from religion.
So whenever you find that there is overlap and commonality between some of what some ancient civilizations have said, and some of what Allah has done is prophets, a lot of them have said, that should for you be a confirmation that what these ancient civilizations believed in, is in part based on Allah xeljanz revelation, that is he taught Adam that. And he taught how well and he taught their children about what to expect in the future, and about heaven, and about hell, and about some of its details. And that spread. So some following generations, they had held on to some piece of that truth, and they added something to it. But there's always a kernel of truth in it, because it is
always based on something that Allah zildjian has revealed. So an overlap is not a cause for panic, when you find a lot as of detoxing, about things in general, is not talking about them in general, because he wants me to amuse you. He's talking about them in general, because they are real. And a lot as I possibly could have made, it could have given us a life without jinn. A life without angels could have made Jenna a purely spiritual existence, there is no food in it, there is no drink in it, there is no logic, there are no homes, there are no woman, there are no men, none of that Allah xojo could have made that the case. But when you read that Allah had made genda, so and so and heaven, so
and so and held so and so.
Then, then there must be a reason why Allah zildjian had made it so. So the scholars of Islam said, replying to those who have said, Why or objected? Why is it that heaven is in purely a spiritual existence?
90 they criticized the Muslims. They say, Why do you eat and drink in general?
heaven should be purely spiritual.
Why do you eat and you drink? And you're talking about, you know, delicious food and delicious drinks and delicious sites and lush gardens and this and that agenda where as it's supposed to be purely spiritual?
Well, first we say, If Allah wanted it to be spiritual, it would have been and it would have been sufficient. Yet Allah wanted it to be spiritual and physical. So the question is, why did Allah as the origin and this is just speculating about the wisdom, Allah did not tell us? But why is it that Allah zildjian made heaven?
Physical as well? not purely spiritual, but also physical as well?
Definitely, it is very relatable. Right? That is when allies asking you to do something or abstain from something.
And that thing that he's asking you to do is difficult.
And that thing that is asking you to leave is difficult.
Sometimes, for you and me, we need a compensation that is as tangible and as relatable, as the brother said, as relatable to the thing that we are sacrificing and we are leaving. So if I'm leaving money in this dunya, for the sake of Allah azza wa jal.
I also want to see what
like at this particular point, I'm letting go of money for the sake of Allah azza wa jal, but I also want what to be compensated for it. And for what is the nature of that compensation when Allah tells you you're going to get gold
And silver in general, that is non exhaustible never ends. It's easy to leave golden silver here for the sake of golden silver over there. Or
you have a desire towards women, or desire towards men for the sisters. Yet Allah is telling you, this is how, you know, this is how I'm I cannot touch. Okay, if I leave this thing right now, which is my desire my shadow at this moment? What am I going to get? At this time? I'm not what I don't want to hear about this spiritual existence somewhere. It's very difficult for me because I'm where I'm in this material existence. What is it that I'm going to get over there? So when Allah azza wa jal tells you about the beauty of the woman in general. So you want to and wonder why Allah is talking about sometimes the beauty of the woman in general? Because I see those beautiful woman
How am I going to close my eyes and say, No, I abstain. I stay away from this. For what?
You can tell me just because of a garden.
What am I going to get on?
Yeah, I mean, like, it's not a garden, or because of a fruit. What is it that I'm gonna get? Now for some of us, that's enough.
But for others, they say, I want something a replacement. What is that? So when Allah mentions the woman and gender for people who cannot get married, that Latina now switch their attachment from here to there?
If I live in a very small, humble house, because I want to just earn Helen and spend from hella,
and I see other people living in villas and palaces, and they pass by every day. And my heart longs for this. What am I going to get? If I say no to her, um, and he continued to live in small,
same and better than that, so then I can be patient.
So one reason for all of that, that Allah talks about it in detail, and he shows it in detail. There's gold and silver, there is silk, there are beautiful colors, there's beautiful food, there's beautiful drink, because if I am poor, and I see the rich, eating all these delicious, how when I am really weak, when I'm really weak, how can I say okay, continue to be patient,
the secret, for instance, when you are fasting in Ramadan, what makes it possible for you to stay, despite all the beautiful, you know, smells that you smell as you are fasting? What makes it easy for you to say, No, I'm not going to eat. Because you know, where you're going to do what
it later with me, I'm going to eat, I'm going to break my fast later, that makes it easy for you to postpone that enjoyment. So when Allah sec talks about all of these things, it's not simply for fun, or God forbid, or to waste time, God forbid, Allah knows your capacity or mentality or ability or limits.
So Allah is talking about that, to be able to draw you to Jenna, and compensate you there. And they add to it to that
physical rewards in general, are only befitting because your test in this dunya is it only spiritual or spiritual and physical.
Your test in this dunya is both spiritual and physical, your spirit strives and your body strives, your spirit struggles, and goes through difficulties and your pain struggles and goes through difficulty. So out of God's infinite justice and complete justice is that when he wants to reward you, he does not only reward the spirit, but He rewards the spirit and the body as well. And they say that becomes the full enjoyment, the full Baraka, the full blessings of Allah as though there is not only the spiritual, but the spiritual and the physical, as well. So if I'm alive, as it is talking to me about
heaven in the width of it is that like the skies and the earth, like this entire universe, plus whatever we do not know of it, when Allah talks about the fact that you will live in it forever, and you will see your friends, somebody will come who is very cynical and will say, this is just legends to make you feel better stories to make you feel better. There is nothing that exists beyond this. Of course, the first question there is whether you believe in God or not. And so I'm not going to go into the area of what is belief in God and why should we believe in it or not. But I want us to dismiss that cynicism, which is basically loss of any hope or any flavor in this life. If you really
want to dismiss everything good in it.
Say, all of these are just lies, and there's nothing beyond be nothing beyond our death, and there's no value to this life. The question is, you know, why are you living? And why are you here? And what does it mean for you to believe in a power that is higher than you? If there is someone whose house higher than you, who created you, and I'm assuming that there is this basic belief in this lecture, then he had put you here for a reason.
And that reason cannot be simply for you to live in this life, and perish at its end. One of the reasons why people have concluded in the past have cited rational beliefs, rational proofs for the existence of heaven and the existence of Hell is Allah's justice, is Allah's justice, they say, why should Heaven and Hell exist? And why should a day of judgment exist?
They say, let's, for instance, take a tyrant that lives today
in a Muslim country, without naming anybody who is responsible for killing 1000s upon 1000s of his people,
kids, and women, and old men, and men and sick, and many have become refugees, and all of that so much misery, and all of them have died. And he's still alive. And he's still healthy. And he still has his children and his wife and, and protection, local and international protection. Now, where's the justice and all of that?
Right? If you believe that there's a higher power that had put us here.
And you see, you experienced some justice on this earth, right? Because we understand what the notion of justice is. And if we understand it, that means we've seen it, and we practice it. You with me?
So, if he is just okay, because he gave us this notion of justice. And he is just, where's the Justice over here? Where are when are all of those 1000s of people's hundreds of 1000s of people's are going to get there right from that person? They're dead, and he's alive?
Where are they going to get all of this?
There's only one answer. And when is that?
The hereafter because they're dead already. So if you tell us that, no, this is the end of the story, and they're not going to get anything. By that proclamation, you have declared the end of life itself to me, because at this moment, you would be saying to everybody, life is not worth living anymore.
Because you can do whatever you want, and you can escape. You can get away with it, and no one be able to punish you. And so that's an open invitation for you to wreak havoc on the face of this earth, kill whoever you want to kill, steal, whatever you want to steal,
destroy whatever you want to destroy, because no one is going to hold you accountable. That's the end of life itself. That's anarchy. That if you believe that there is a God who's watching everything that you are doing,
then you're going to stop. Because you know that whatever you do, is going to come back and you're gonna have to pay for it.
And that's why some have said, okay, although I don't I think the person who said that may or may not have believed in God, Allah Allah. He said, If God does not exist, we need to invent him.
God forbid, do we not? He's not invented, right? But it says if God does not exist, we need to invent him. Why is that?
Because if he's not there, what happens?
We're worse than animals. We're worse than animals.
Why? Because you when you see, look at animals, do animals I mean, I don't know about all animals, but at least some animals that most animals do. They kill out of joy. Just to kill,
the kill to
eat, they kill to eat and once they're done, they don't do anything else. We on the other hand, just to see that how sometimes we sink belong below animals and testimony to what Allah says in home illogical and amiable. Otto Lu Sabina, they are just like animals, cattle they are or they are worse, is that we kill for fun.
We kill other animals not just for food for fun, we hunt them for fun. And we kill other animals, other human beings for fun.
So it's the end of life when you say that Allah does not exist a lot as though Joel must and does exist. And if he says something to you, if your mind cannot comprehend it, if your mind cannot comprehend it, but it is authentic, then know that
a lot as though just sooner or later if you accept it to be true, will reveal to you
Meaning will tell you how this is possible either in this dunya, or when you meet Allah xeljanz.
But think about the example that I've given the 1000 year difference, a lot as though Jen has been alive for how long?
It was no beginning.
No beginning. We're not talking about 1000s of years or millions of years of billions of years, that absolutely no beginning to it, and you won't be able to understand this. So don't try. Okay, don't try, but has no beginning to him. So it's no one who has no beginning to him, and no end to him. And he knows what the future is tells you that something is, it's really hard for this small human being insignificant being who lives only just consider how long you have lived, maximum 100 years, if you were to live 100 years, to rise and challenge that deity, it's impossible is still Your place is to submit to Him subhana wa tada in ways that are in what he had said, that goes beyond your senses.
And understand that in Islam, and in religion, proper religion that I had come from Allah azza wa jal, Allah does not tell you something that is impossible for you to believe that is, you will take it and say, my senses in my mind, telling me that this is 100% impossible, cannot tell you.
But he tells you what exists beyond your senses, but exists beyond them, not what contradicts them.
So this is what Allah xojo had said. So the only thing is, find if it's authentic, and if it is authentic, believe in it. And when you believe in it a lot as the dude will grant you. It's understanding. So I hope any, roughly, that helps a little bit, so that we're not confused, or we're not shaken every time we hear something from Allah xojo, or from his prophet sallallahu wasallam that we do not understand. But rather we say if it's authentic, semi unawatuna we hear and we obey, we hear, and we believe, and when we believe we'll understand why a lot of did had said it, and what's the value in it? Because we have just few more minutes, I just want to answer that question,
because somebody raised it and why is it that we don't say
Merry Christmas, right? And what what is the meaning behind it? Why do we say it? What do we not say it etc, etc. So
when we you don't say or, or, for instance, it's forbidden to say Merry Christmas, right? It's forbidden to crank congratulate another person celebrating this holiday. And they will just only use this holiday as an example.
That doesn't mean for instance, when we say that, you know, we've stained from saying to a person Merry Christmas, that we wish that person ill and harm. that's point number one, as well don't say it, it doesn't mean that we wish that person harm, right? In fact, you could wish him and in fact, you wish him a lot of good. That's the reason why you don't say it.
Now one reason is a one one evidence that I say that we can wish non Muslims, Christian Jews, whatever they are, even if they are atheist,
we have good wishes to them, is that at the time of the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu there are instances and it's reported in other words, when they may do for non Muslims, for Christians and Jews, somebody would be passing by they would do something good to them. They would make do out to them. May Allah did increase your wealth, May Allah increase you know, give you more children, May Allah give you health me, I'll give you this and May Allah give you that. So the as for Allah to give them worldly Baraka on top of Hidayat as well. So they did not wish those people harm. And we do not wish anybody harm. That is if you have a non Muslim neighbor. It's not wrong for you to make
the offer them with E Daya, of course, but if they are good to make up for them that Allah gives them this and this and this and that, that's all is allowed.
So why is it that if they say or if they are experiencing a happy occasion like Christmas, we don't say Merry Christmas. Now if I say Merry Christmas to them,
happy with their eight and happy with what it represents. And happy with what the reason why they are celebrating it that ultimately may make me or does make me a non Muslim.
But if I'm saying to the Merry Christmas, Happy with the fact that they believe that the Son of God was born on that day
and happy with that
The fact that they were celebrating the birth of God on that day, what does that make me?
non Muslim, if I'm happy with that, no Muslim, no Muslim, who says Merry Christmas, as far as I know, is happy with that belief, but but just stating that as Fact number two,
but those who will want to congratulate them for that they say, we're not really happy with it. But it's a happy occasion that they're having family, they're doing this or that. And we just want to say Merry Christmas. So the question here is that we cannot escape from why they're celebrating that day.
The reason why they're celebrating that day, as we said, is to honor what they believe to be God and that God was born on that day, or the Son of God was born on that day. If I say Merry Christmas to them, and they believe in that, or not, they believe in it, but still, the cause of the celebration is still that is still standing. If that believe in that, I would be validating that belief.
I will be encouraging that belief, I'll be bolstering and in, you know, strengthening their commitment to that aid because I'm acknowledging it.
So I cannot as a Muslim, when something which is [???]can Allah as urgent is being committed. I cannot go and congratulate someone, because they've committed ship.
I can go and be happy with someone because they're commemorating an occasion where something wrong has been committed until them go on, do more. May this day be happy for you?
You want an example for that? Let's say for instance, there's a day where a family member of yours was killed by somebody else somebody killed a family, my dear family members of yours. And you find him that every year he's celebrating that day when he killed your family member? And you go on to tell him happy eight
you would never congratulate him Why? Because what he is celebrating to you is what offensive hurtful.
Well, which is worse, killing a human being or committing [???]can Allah
should have been Allah Xhosa. Definitely. So that person is committing [???]can Allah practicing [???]can Allah spreading that and I'm going and telling them do more of that. Have a happy eight. Have a happy day while you're doing this, and many more of that. And in that I will be upsetting Allah zoji
so this is something for instance similar and we'll understand that if it happens to us suppose that
on a dual ATA and I've taken just to be
transparent that that is a point that I've taken from somebody else
on a dual ATA
What do we do on an either lotta
we slaughter right sheep, you know, cattle, cows or whatever? Suppose that you have a vegetarian neighbor?
Who is dead opposed to killing animals? Do you expect him to Greg to congratulate you?
Know, right. It says on that day, you're doing the thing that I hate the most. You're killing animals by this course. And you enjoy that and you eating meat and you distribute me. It goes against everything that I believe in. So although that I respect you, and I honor you, and I like you, and I love you, but on that day, I'm not going to say happy, would you be offended?
no, Are you not going to be offended? Because you know, I understand that you respect me. But there is something in it that contradicts whatever you believe that whatever is essential to you. So I understand that you cannot congratulate me. Because we can all agree 100% on everything. So that eight to you. That eight is eight for me, but to you, it's not an eight. Now, the same thing when it happens with Christians, right?
That on that day, I know that you celebrate that day. I didn't know that you honor that day. But that belief that you have about that day is what to me, offensive. I can't believe that God is a human being who came to this earth and was born from a woman, etc, etc. it contradicts the basics of Islam. So for your sake, I'm not going to congratulate you.
Because if I do, I'm lending my support to it. You understand? That? It'd be okay. If then one of the reasons why whether the non Muslims are living in Muslim lands or we're living in non Muslim lands, is that if everybody says Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas to them, it legitimizes that in the eyes of everybody
comes just legitimate. But when you don't say it, it D legitimizes it. And that will push them to ask why there is something wrong there. There's something wrong. They don't accept it. We don't intend to offend. But they don't accept it, why there's something wrong there.
And so they have to continuously keep asking the question, and maybe it bothers them, and maybe it bothers them for a good reason. And maybe they'll start questioning the whole structure, right, the whole structure. And by the ways panela it's not simply only Muslims who disbelieve in that, right? There are some Christians and Christian sects. When do they come to Christian they don't get to Christmas, they don't celebrate it. Either. They celebrate different day. Right? They don't agree on the date, by the way, right? So there's some sex with celebrate a different day. Or some they deny it altogether. And their belief comes to that comes close to the Muslim belief. And they say a
Sally's Salam wasn't even born in the winter season is close to the summer season or the beginning of the summer season. Anyway, well, lo Adam.
So that's why we don't say Merry Christmas. But if somebody says, for instance, do you Merry Christmas, and you want to reply, as we said before, if you're stuck, you can say Happy Holidays. If you're stuck, you can say Happy Holidays. Or if you want, you can say I know if you know them, right? May Allah bless you, and may Allah bless your children, and May Allah bless this bislett this in you, I can't say this.
But I can see all these other good things for you so that he understands that my problem is not with you, personally. My problem is with this particular day, and that particular belief, but for you, I'm wishing you all the good things in life. And I'm saying this genuinely, genuinely, and there's evidence for it. I wish them all the good things in life as long as they are good people, then they deserve it and make out for them for their children. Why would I want as a Muslim? For him to suffer in this dunya doesn't mean no good? Well, it doesn't mean no good. I don't want him to see him suffering in any way. I want him to have the best children, the best education, not to vote for them
not to be sick, for him to be married to be happy, all the good things in this life. And on top of that, I want a lot as a leader to guide them. And if Allah is not going to guide them, I don't want them to be to suffer in this life in any way. So this a genuine do that a lot as the judge blesses them in this life. But that particular sin where I want to commend you on that celebration and that belief and lend support to it. That is thing that I cannot do because it is offensive to the basics of my Islam, which is no hidden laws. So that's the answer. I hope in sha Allah that is actually partially convincing, at least in Sharla.
Yeah, I mean, no, I mean, I find Happy holidays because really, you're not concentrating on one day, but it's a long break. Just like saying have a happy break. That's okay.
Have I seemed to which is, let's say Merry Christmas back. It's like Merry Christmas. But yeah, so happy holidays. I find it's a nice gentle way of just replying and not being too. too harsh. So let me know in Sharla Do you have any questions?
Bye. Hey, Evan Sharla Zack Malloy, Spanish shadowline