Myths & Superstitions among Muslims
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Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah my brothers and sisters Today the topic is about myths and superstitions in Islam. So let's dive into it. Inshallah.
I'd like to begin with a verse of the Quran where Allah subhanho wa Taala said, House of Allah him in a shaitan rajim Bismillah R Rahman urine Rafi
all have the surveilling me and oh in on Long Island don't sleep on thing. When any, any. Allah says in the Quran, say in brackets own Muhammad, he's speaking to the prophets peace be upon him. Say oh Mohamed, this is my way and my path. The path which Allah gave to the Prophet salallahu salam to all of us. He says tell them or say this is my path. I call to it with clear sightedness with clear sightedness. i And whoever follows me. Why did I start with this verse? Because I want to first of all begin by explaining that Islam is a religion is a way of life of reasoning, analytical thinking, wisdom, contemplation, reflection, cause and effect as well. It's rational in a lot of ways. It's
full of logic full of reasoning, even its belief system is based on reasoning and the intellect.
So the word for sightedness means Islam is not a way of life that is based on blind following contrary to what people say, maybe you can say it about other religions, but not about Islam. And a lot of people make that mistake Subhanallah Islam is what we call the religion of Truth or the way of life of truth. It's also called the natural way. Islam is called the natural way it is not named after anybody or anything or any tribe, or any person it is a description and a noun. It is a verb and a noun and a description on its own. Which means one who submits and surrenders to only God and Allah, brothers and sisters. Another verse in the Quran, which inshallah I'll bring is an advice
from look man to his son, but we'll get to that in a minute inshallah. So, brothers sisters, why did I start because there is nothing in Islam, that does not make sense to the natural self, and to the natural mind and the intellect.
Islam did not come to tell us to close our eyes, and our ears and our brain and not think
Islam did not come to tell us not to discuss or to even question. Some people think that you're not allowed to ask questions in Islam or to question Islam? Well, it depends what you mean by that. To question out of rudeness, as if you know better than God with a motive of your own, or an agenda is one way and to question so that you can understand and know and then to give your opinion, if you like, that's fine if you're a Muslim, Allah's words and His Messenger is final because when you believe that Allah is the knower of everything, and Mohammed, Salah Salem is his messenger, there's no need to debate with them, otherwise, you have made yourself equal to the knowledge of God. And do
you recall the story of ablaze Satan? In the beginning, Satan Iblees, who was with the rank of the angels, God talks to us in no Quran in surah, Al Baqarah, and other verses very clearly. And there's a big debate that happens between God Allah and bliss, Satan, when He created Adam, you all know the story of when Allah told him to bow to Adam, and all the angels bowed except for Satan bliss, he refused. And he said, I am better than him. Because you made money out of fire and you made him out of soil out of Earth out of clay, and fire is better than clay. A lot of people ask, well, what's the big deal? I mean, he just had pride. He just disobeyed God, why did you become a disbeliever?
The reason he became a disbeliever brothers sisters are two reasons. Number one, he would not accept God's plan and His command, he doesn't accept it. And when you don't accept God's plan and command, it means that you are saying automatically you know better than God's plans in God's commandments. Which effectively brings us to the second thing, a bliss is saying, I am better than him meaning, Oh God, what you are commanded me to do is unjust, which means that he believes God is unjust and he is more just than God. So two things more knowledgeable than God, more fear and just than God. And there are lots of these types of things.
equal here on Earth. They feel that it's not fair what God says well then there's something wrong you need to review how to believe in God and who God is. Allah says in the Quran, why Malcador Allahu Akbar cadre they truly have not given God His jus worth of how we should be thought about. Anyway brothers and sisters. In Islam everything is based on reasoning, contemplation, reflection using our mind sight hearing. That's what Allah says in the Quran. In fact, in the Quran, the following statements are repeated this many times. It says to use reasoning, rational thinking and analyzing 54 times it is repeated in the Quran.
To clarify, verify, and investigate information. 26 times it's commanded in the Quran, to listen and comprehend is repeated 21 times in the Quran, reflect and reflection is repeated 18 times in the Quran to learn and understand the coho to understand 3013 times and this goes also meaning don't oppose until you have learned and understood first and also to use for sight and evidence 13 times brother and sisters the Quran is full of that. Allah even question says, love them, they have, they have hearts which they did not contemplate with their eyes which they're not see with their ears which they do not hear with. And they have minds which they do not reflect with. Allah says then
what are they? This is like the livestock does a livestock lives the life based on desires and temptations eat, drink, and mate, and then die. Allah says is this what I have created humans for just to be like the livestock do no other purpose then that Allah says in the Quran, Allah Karim. Now Benny Adam, we have honored the son of Adam, we have honored the Children of Adam. So based on this brother and sisters, it brings me now to this. Myths and superstitions have no room in Islam. Myths and superstitions have no room in Islam. And the reason they have no room in Islam is because number one, Islam is based on truth. Myths are based on tales and stories that are not proven.
They come from the past. They come from people's thoughts, their claims, a myth, a tails and claims people think are facts, but they are not.
And Islam does not accept falsehood.
Number two superstitions. superstitions are irrational behaviors and beliefs people have which they link to some magical or supernatural powers without evidence that bring them good or bad, like charms, omens, lucky numbers and days, events, signs, etc. These two are rejected in Islam. And we are not relying on science to teach us this. Science only now has overturned in the Western world. It's overturned the superstitious beliefs and myths that existed in the past especially in the Roman world. But in our world, the Muslim world and by the way, when I say our I don't mean Arab, I don't mean Indonesian. I don't mean African. I don't mean Well, whoever you are, I mean our meaning the
Muslims will accept that Islam in the world of Islam since the time of Adam, Allah has already overturned this. That's why the Quran debunks magic, sorcery, Voodoo illusions. You all know the story of Musa alayhis salaam, Moses when he had a competition with Pharaoh and Pharaoh accused him of himself doing magic on the people. He himself wanting to
kick out the children of the pharaohs people. A Pharaoh accused him it's a long story and frown said to him why don't we come and have a challenge? He said I can bring you sorcerers they will challenge you. Although Musa what happened was that he took out his staff which God told him throw it in front of the middle turn into a snake. God that was a miracle. And Pharaoh he accused him of sorcery and magic. So he said we can bring you sorcerers. If you think you're smart and Musa I said I've said to him very well bring your sorcerers but you have to do it on the day of celebration. The Pharaohs had a day of celebration.
And he said bring it in adorn Blaha or just after dawn so that everybody can see. Because in Islam, there is no ambiguities. Everything has to come to the surface. Even if there's something you're ambiguous about. You have doubt about ask. Don't leave it unattended. So Musa said bring out in the day so that everything is clear, and bring your sorceress so that all the people can attend meaning on it.
To celebrate and don't hide and manipulate, Islam is right in front of you. Sometimes the false takes half a trip across the world before the truth has taken a step. And this is a stem the truth does not is not frightening, but the false will not last. So then he took him out and the story goes on that the magician's threw their staffs on the floor, and it was made to appear God says, Huila, la him. It was made as an illusion to their eyes, as if the staffs the sticks were slithering. Obviously, this is an illusion. I don't know what they did something scientific, which they lied and said it's power and sorcery. So Allah told Moses, don't be afraid through your stuff, it will stop
their entire Sahara, their entire illusions of magic and sorcery. He threw his staff and it looked like it was eating all the other stuffs. And the magicians knew that he was not doing magic they knew because they may have had some potions or formulas that they used to make an illusion out of it, but they were tricking the people so that people can become slaves to Pharaoh, and for the sorcerer's to look like gods and God will not accept manipulation, through sorcery in order to create slavery out of people. That's what sorcery did. Because people by nature, when they can't make sense of something, you they attach to something that they can make themselves believing. That
is why superstitions have come out. That's why belief in sorcery and voodoo came out. That's why people make up their own ideologies. That's why when something goes wrong, and they can't find the answer, they create an answer. And if you try to come and tell them rationale and logic, they fight with you, they get angry, they get upset, they become emotional, they've got mental illnesses, as a result, they don't want to know, just to hold on to something to fake it, fake it till you make it. That's what they say, right? Fake through the life until they just survive. But Islam is based on truth. And when you have something that is truth, and solid, you can put your whole heart into it
Insha Allah, and everything in your life becomes better. Islam came to care for our psychology for our mental state and to guide us and to get us through this life with dignity, peace inside of our heart, and that is within us and to let us know our purpose, our identity, and why we're here where we're going Hamdulillah you believe in God and Allah, it makes sense naturally, to believe that there is a being who created this entire universe. The problem is that a lot of people when they say God, because of Hollywood movies, and because of other movies, or because of the belief in Greek gods and so on, when you say God, people put an image to their head that he could this big, big old
man with a big beard, who's up in the clouds Subhanallah that's just an imagination that people make, who is God? Who is Allah, the One True God worthy of worship? There is nothing like onto him. And what's amazing is that right now, physicists, they look at something called
the quantum theory, quantum physics. And they look at the black hole, and it fascinates them. They're still trying to get their heads around it. And they say, It defies all laws of physics, how can that happen? We say God is even beyond that. If you can see something so phenomenal like that God is even beyond that. He is the beginning of everything, and he has no beginning. Subhana wa taala. Anyway, Allah subhanho wa taala, you can refer to a talk I gave last time about Kadota. I explained everything about God and why I believe in God. Anyway, brothers, sisters, this God is one and only if you make partners with him, you make partners with him, you lose your guidance in life,
why? I'll give you an example. You have one father, and one mother, which you were born from, isn't that correct? Father and mother, man or woman, they reproduce and you come out as their biological child. You have one father, one mother.
What happens to a child when they don't know who their father is?
Are they in a good mental state? No problems happen? What happens when they're confused? And let's say some other father raised them and then by the end, they discovered that they're not the legitimate Father, what happens to the child? No matter how old you are, you go into a mental illness as well. What if you claim someone else's your parent, knowing that they're not your parent, there's also a gap inside it's not real. You're just convincing yourself? What if you discovered something about your parent that you don't like? You get trauma from it.
To attribute something to some other parents, other than your own parent creates mental illnesses and people.
Imagine now when God Allah, the creator of this universe, a person goes and worships other than Him connects to other than him, makes partners theme says there's many gods puts their trust in some other God puts their trust in some things and objects that have no meaning, but they make meaning out of it. You will no longer be attached and connected to the one true God and you're going to be lost within yourself. Not only that, those who make partners with God, they start making their own morals and their own guidance, and then corruption starts to happen. We do live now in a godless society. It's becoming more godless than ever, and you can see how things are going bizarre.
whatever they want to be right and wrong as they please.
And imaginal, fantasies, imaginations, they're making up things. A person can now call themselves a chair or a table. And we're supposed to sympathize and say yes, yes, you are a chair and table, and we've got to show a serious face about it. And we've got to change our vocabulary. It's absurd. It's made, it's made up. It's not true.
A man becomes a woman, a woman becomes a man or something else in more than 100 different ways. In a society where God is not in the picture anymore, or I make up a God of my choice, well then we will live a lie, lying society anything goes, Allahu Allah, what will happen next? Anyway, the point is rather than sisters believing in one true God not making partners with him is guidance in your life. Sets the moral state, straight cares for you, you know who you are, you know where you're going, you know where you came from, you know your purpose in life, you know what you need to do, and you know who to turn to? Superstitions and myths turn you away from Allah. This is called falsehood. Brothers
and sisters. Throughout history, people have made up myths and superstitious beliefs. Most of them are attached to religious beliefs.
So they can become more believable, especially the people who wanted to rule other people happened with the Babylonians. It's attached to culture or personal beliefs, from the so called Greek gods, Thor and Zeus to zodiac signs to burning witches knocking on wood, and human sacrifices to gods and idols to giving special holiness to certain people such as Emperor's Sultan's caliphs, priests, monks, or Imams, to worshipping prophets, shrines and saints to beliefs about God being like a human and walking the earth, giving wholeness to animals, rocks, water charms, amulets, special stones, Angel numbers, believing black cats are a bad omen or bad luck or cats bring an angel bring angels
to the house and scare off the devils
to looking believing that looking in the mirror at night is bad luck to throwing water over the shoulder is bad luck or good luck walking under a ladder, the number 13 Friday the 13th to giving holiness of superstitious beliefs to naturally occurring things such as the Eclipse, they put holiness to the Eclipse, which the Prophet peace be upon him, said when his son Ibrahim died, and he buried him and Eclipse happened on the same day. And people looked up and thought that there's something divine between the Eclipse and the death of the Prophet son, the Prophet SAW, Selim made sure he corrected them and they don't let them go astray and said, oh, people, my son has died. And
the eclipse is a natural phenomena which God makes happen in order to show us his magnificence and his science. And there is a reason and a purpose, why he did it, he has no attachment to a prophet or any man or any divinity.
Also, when they believe, for example, in disease outbreaks, when you can't make sense to it, they try to attach something divine or some sense of it as they wish, like, for example, COVID-19 and when it happened, if you remember, people started making up thinking that it's some form of apocalyptic divine punishment upon mankind and everyone or a sign of the desert and people associated so many superstitious beliefs and conspiracy theories to it when all of it is just was an occurrence that had happened which has happened before. Islam has always dealt with this to the belief on in to the belief in karma, karma and reincarnation and I can't believe that even some
Muslims believe think that is that Islam believes in karma. I don't think they even understand what karma is, we can come back to that, to the belief of the spirits of our dead families visiting us and roaming around us at home and around the place that some people believe when they come out. That's Halloween, Halloween brothers and sisters don't believe in it. To believing in psychics and psychic powers, palm readers tarot readers are going to a fortune teller or a religious figure to predict your future to believing in certain rituals that they have healing powers. And so they avoid proper medication and going for treatment with real professional doctors. They believe in rituals
and things like that. The list goes on and it is endless. My brothers and sisters, these were all mankind, Islam has eradicated that. So let us not fall into it in sha Allah. These myths, brothers and sisters and superstitions are so embedded in human beings and in history that you will find a professor who is a physicist, for example, and a scientist who would normally reject every irrational claim of any other belief, but they will believe in the most bizarre superstitious beliefs that goes against every rationale and every logic and reasoning. For example, a medical student who passes his or her exam and graduates as let's say a neurologist, would believe that the
type of pin he or she used is the reason why they pass the exam. Why? Just because something inside of us tells us you got to connect
Something beyond us. It's true. That is a fitrah. fitrah means the natural inclination, you want to connect to some higher power. But why connect to a pen or to a feather, or to a dream catcher, or to a coin, or to a little stone, or to a little
piece of something that your grandmother left behind, and you think this is holy or something spiritual about it? No. These are made up things turning away from Allah.
My dear brothers and sisters, you also have people who make so many false claims about Islam, which are not true or they are misleading. But Muslims themselves even have fallen into many misconceptions about their beliefs, thinking it's true. And this is based on ignorance, or culture, or what they've been taught, or based on some bias or prejudice, beliefs, they just want and stubbornness.
There are Muslims that way. So I'm here to talk to you about superstitions and myths among the Muslim communities. And we're going to talk about what non Muslims think about Islam. I'm gonna talk about what Muslims are doing, that have crept into our religion. They don't don't know are going astray. And many of them I think this will answer why when you make dua, when you pray to Allah Spandana we do these things, not working much for some people, because the objective and the way you're doing it in the beliefs are mixed. Brothers and sisters, as I told you, Islam is a religion that tells us in a way of life, to think, to ponder, to reflect to reason. And just one very quick
example so that people don't ask, some people might say, well, you Muslims,
you talk about not believing in astute, superstitious or supernatural beliefs. Well, here you are talking about an invisible God. Isn't that supernatural? We say yes, it is supernatural. And of course, it has to be, because if it wasn't supernatural, then God would be within his creation. And he has created, I can't rely on a created thing. He is bound by laws, and he is bound and controlled. How could the one being controlled, controlled everything? How the one being within his creation, create everything and be bound by it? It doesn't make sense either. And that is why science is not the place to look for. Proving God science can only prove what is tangible, what
moves, how the world works, how the universe works, what is with us right now, they can't prove anything beyond that. They can't talk to you about aesthetics, and feelings and beliefs and morals, for example, they certainly can't talk about God. So the reasoning about God, one of the basic fundamental, one of the things to think about are two things. Think about purpose and design. Who can repeat that think about purpose and
If you look around you right now,
do you see design all around you?
Let's look at this mosque right now, you can look just look at this human made structure. Do you see around you design?
Yes or no? You see design, you see colors? You see his beautiful architecture on the top, you look at the carpet, there is a design.
Next question, this design, does it have a purpose?
Is this most designed with a purpose or without any purpose? With a Purpose with a purpose? If you've got these two aspects, design, and purpose, it necessitates has to without any doubt
that there must be an intelligent
maker who deliberately planned and made it and designed it and pre measured it and make it come to existence. It necessitates has to now think beyond this human structure, and look at the universe, things which humans did not make.
Do they have a design?
They have a design? Have you seen the snowflake before? What does a snowflake look like?
Does it have a magnificent, beautiful design? has an amazing design, as you can see under the microscope? Have you looked at? Have you looked at an atom? Have you ever seen it on Google atom and seen it in motion? The atom that you and I are made out of? Do you see how there's a little nucleus in the beginning these things that they rotate around it? They're called, they're called electrons.
Have you ever heard of that? Because the design is that a design? Second question, does it have a purpose?
That sort of something easy the sun is a design.
Does it have a purpose? Of course it does.
Since everything in the universe has it
design from the Milky Way to to the to the what is beyond the atom what is sub atomic to beyond everything we can see. It all has a design and a purpose.
It necessitates there has to be a designer and maker, who is beyond
our comprehension of intelligence.
He is the old knower, the all powerful, the most wise, the Merciful, the carer, the tremendous Lord of the Worlds, Allah, the One True God.
If I told you this table was made by a monkey, you would say to me, that's absurd.
You didn't even see who designed the table. But because it's got a design and a purpose. You say it has to be a human because the human has the intellect, and has the ability.
Same with Allah. Therefore brothers, sisters, it's still within reasoning, common sense. We're even talking about common sense of reasoning when it comes to God. Some people believe in many gods, they say, No, no, no, we can't accept an invisible god who we can't see, we have to see something. Because you know, it's just us. So what did they do they build an idol. They make a statue. They create little talismans and little amulets and things, they turn a tree into a god. Some of them even made God stuff for Allah and to a human who walked the earth died and was crucified on a cross.
Obviously, this is something that needs to be discussed
and reasoned with.
So Allah is one and only
to make deities
doesn't make sense.
Allah says, In the Quran, and you worship that which you have carved with your own hands, you worship that which cannot eat nor drink, nor can do any benefit or harm to you. You put your trust in that which has no intellect, and is nothing which you created from your minds. And then you say about God, things which you do not know. Were you there when God made everything were you there to see God, but you say upon God, that which you do not know. So brothers and sisters, the fact that you're here you have a design and purpose there is an intellectual, intelligent, magnificent being beyond our comprehension, who is God Allah. superstitions are beliefs that people have that are
connected to irrational things based on feelings, things like fear, anxiety, emptiness, lack of purpose, low self esteem. And believe it or not, studies say that even narcissists, narcissists, who think that they are everything.
believe a lot in superstitions
to attach yourself to something that makes you feel good.
Brothers and sisters, they are divided into two parts, major shake, and minor Shake.
Shake means making partners with God. And there are two types major and minor. The major one takes a person out of the fold of Islam, you're no longer a Muslim, the minor one, you remain a Muslim, but you have committed a major sin which you have to repent from, because it leads you to a major shift. A major shift is when you direct your worship, or believe
in your heart, that an object person event in itself has godly powers or can be worshipped like a tree.
For example, believing the stars can predict predict your future, praying to an idol, praying to a dead person to protect you and bless you, or make you enter paradise believing God's words are not correct, believing a person knows your future. These are all major associations of partnership with God. Number two is minor shake when a person believes certain objects, people, events, and so on, are a reason or a cause for blessings, protection or benefit but still believes wholeheartedly that Allah alone has all the power and he alone is to be worshipped. That's called minor *. An example hanging an amulet or charm, believing it is a cause for good or bad luck swearing an oath by other
than Allah's Name, slaughtering an animal by other than Allah's Name, believing the stars have no power, but a cause for blessings for you and knowing your future and so on. And this is when people read their star signs I was born in January I'm a this I was born in March I'm a that you know, the
what are they? What are they called?
The horoscope Yeah, horoscope zodiac signs. By the way, that's what Prophet Ibrahim Ali Salam was sent to eradicate and stop the whole story of Prophet Ibrahim, were to those Babylonians.
Mesopotamia, it was all about zodiac signs, and the stars and constellations and Jupiter being a god and so on. So brothers and sisters, let's move on. I'm going to now enumerate very quickly, maybe two or three minutes each different myths and superstitions that I have seen in the Muslim world, many of them here in Australia, and many of them overseas, and you can probably relate to insha Allah Huhtala.
So I'll just go randomly number one, Myth number one.
Wearing carrying or hanging the blue stone or the blue eye or a horseshoe are knocking on wood, or drink catches or hanging a ton kursi on your wall or on yourself or hanging Quran verses believing they will protect you from the evil eye from bad luck from harm and from jealousy by merely hanging up the words on your chest or on the wall or keeping them in your car.
Brothers and sisters, these except for the Quran, the rest are called minor shake the Quran part if you believe those words are going to protect you by merely hanging you. This is just misleading. It's like wearing Panadol around your neck believing that it will stop your headache. Brothers and sisters the Quran is to be recited. Yes, the prophets Allah Selim in an authentic hadith did
give permission to the Allahu anha to write some the colons glabra, before the COVID NAS and place them on it has someone who served when they were little babies. But other than that, no, we don't do that we recite the Quran. But as for the rest, believing that you can put that blue eye and put it on, or some people have a at the kursi on a gold plate or silver and they have a little blue icon next to it or something like that. Sometimes they have it as a bracelet, and I have lots of eyes around blue. Some of them they put it in a horseshoe with an eye in there. Some of them they're hanging it up, if you've ever seen that, if you believe that they have godly powers, that is major
shirk. But if you believe that they don't have godly powers, however, somehow they are a cause or a reason to keep away the evil eye or bad luck, then you have committed minor ship. And it is a major sin to believe that. But if you wear it because of decoration, your grandmother bought it for you. And you don't want to say no to her, then it's not a sin. However, it is better to get rid of it as soon as you can. Why? Because it's a kind of promotion for it. Because people people still do it. I know it's a big example to give. But it's like for example people how they worship or believing Necross in such a way a Muslim shouldn't wear the cross even if they don't believe in it because you
are promoting that belief. Had it been before
Christianity came out. You can wear a cross it's not a problem because it has no association to any particular beliefs. The second myth or superstition is knocking on wood. I know I mentioned it, but I want to mention that again. Knock on wood. Where did this come from? It came from an ancient belief not from Muslims, I think from Greek theology or something else, where they believed when soldiers and warriors and righteous people died, their souls entered the forests. And so whenever they took wood from the forest, they said knock on or touch wood touch wood, knock on wood, touch wood, knock on wood to keep away bad luck. Somebody praises your health. You come and say I've never
been to the hospital Alhamdulillah Touchwood Touchwood or Well, I've never needed to take medication Touchwood knock on wood somebody praises your newborn so mashallah, look how beautiful they are their eyes, while hamdulillah knock on wood touch wood. This is a type of minor shake, but if you do it as a habit, it's neither shirk and sha Allah not a sin. But if you are aware of yourself and you deliberately do it becomes a sin because it is connected to a false superstitious belief other than Allah. Number four, myth number four, venerating Imams che scholars as holy beings, for example, believing the Imams do ours is stronger than yours, making any men carry your baby to bless it, and
so on. You guys might be thinking this is ridiculous. Brothers and sisters will lie it happened to me. And it happened to my colleagues, the other speakers and chefs who I traveled with many times. You see, in some bizarre places, a sister comes with a baby and throws her baby on you, thinking that we somehow can bless the baby just by carrying it. These are false beliefs. They are mine ashamed to believe that a human being like me, or you or someone who has a beard or somebody who looks holy, or somebody who dresses looks like the Companions somehow they've got some holy vibes coming out of them. Know this
There's a minor shift as well. Brothers and sisters, myth number five, visiting the graves of loved ones on either side on Friday on Ramadan, or any other special religious day, thinking it's more blessed, or that the dead benefits in some way because of that. Some people even believe that when you go on aid to visit the grave I've had this asked to me a lot. This is actually I think it's a Christian tradition, they go on Easter and Christmas And subhanAllah we need to copy them I don't know why. It's it's it can be a sign of, of ignorance, or something's missing in our beliefs, or we don't know. And some people do it innocently. So going on here to visit the graveyards, because we
think that the dead is going to benefit and some people actually believe that you are sending them aids, you're going there to actually say Mobarak the person has died their worship is gone. There is a bit of Allah says woman What are you him but as the one in a homeopath, when after they die, there is a barrier until the day they are resurrected barrier, meaning they have no communication with you, you have no communication with them. Except in dreams. That's another story. Some people go to the graves to sprinkle water or to water the grave, especially when they think that the dead person drinks it or benefits from it. I see it all the time. But some people they do it to grow plants or
something. That's another story. But if you do it thinking that they drink or you benefit the dead somehow, this is not from the Sharia either. And it is a form of it's a false belief. Myth number six, giving holiness to animals, for example, believing cats are holy animals. And having cats in the house brings angels scares off gins, and so on Wallahi I've seen this on Facebook. I don't know where people get this information from. Where do you get it from? That's not the sad part. The sad part is it gets so many views and likes and people actually comment how the Eman rose?
What because of someone saying something What about the evidence? Ask for the proof. Yeah. Where is this from? We have two sources, the Quran and the Sunnah, the way of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. And obviously if it's not there, we look at the consensus of the companions and then he comes he had to look at what the scholar said, the Quran and Sunnah has nothing about cats being holy. Yeah, Rasul. Allah Selim is the like, used to allow cats to come around they clean, but he also allowed dogs to enter the profits, Masjid, they would come in the people would feed them and they would go out.
Sometimes Ross also sell them would make wudu from the from the jar, he would, from the container who would give a cat to drink as he's making, although he would give the cat to drink, and he would continue his window because cats are considered clean, clean for our system, obviously, don't go and put your mouth on the cat's mouth. That's bad. But in general, we become immune to their
to the uncleanliness. So brothers and sisters, there's nothing more holy about a cat. So please run sisters don't just believe things without investigating. Myth number seven, folding he liked this one, folding the prayer mat. Otherwise the shaitan will pray on it.
Closing the Messiah the Quran must have otherwise the shaitan will read from it.
Or bad to leave your shoes upside down. You have to all you have to put it up, up right side up. And this is what they say. Because the shoe the bottom of it is unclean, they say and it's disrespectful because it's directed towards the angels in the sky. And I don't know what all of these are made up. There's nothing in Islam about that. But people make a creep in again, insecurities that make us feel we have to connect to something and as if we're doing something yeah, see if the shaitan will pray on my mat to Allah.
I chuck a party. My shape I'm converting to Islam. Please pray all your like shaitan reading my Quran woof. I would love that. The shaytaan converting reciting the Quran, stone does the opposite. So do you understand what we're talking about?
eight, thinking that kissing the black rock that is in the Kaaba, for those of you go to huzzah ombre and touching the Kaaba blesses you somehow or giving special wholeness or sacredness to the beads that you make vicar on the Messiah.
Let me explain.
The Rock the black rock itself. There is nothing special about you touching it, it will not do anything. The only reason you touch it is because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam touched it and kissed it. So it's out
practicing what Allah sent the prophet to teach us, and why did he touch and kiss it? It's a form of respect
for where this rock came from, that's all it is. It's got nothing to do with holiness. That's why till today, if you ever go brothers, sisters, and you can't get to the Black Rock, my advice to you is do not shove yourself through those people, just the kiss and touch the black rock. You haven't done anything. And I think that a lot of people actually earn sins, by shoving through the people just the kiss or touch of black rock by hurting people along the way.
Or to touch the Kaaba at the expense of pushing people aside. Did you know that you earn sins, especially around the Kaaba, more, more than any other place when you hurt your fellow human beings, your fellow brothers sisters around the Kaaba for the prophets Allah Salam stood up in her gentle Awada and Allah sermon in front of the in Arafa in hush and he said, Behold, the blood, the honor,
and dignity and the property
of every Muslim is more sacred than this holy month we are in than this land I am standing on Arafat, then this holy sanctuary that we are in meaning the Haram of Mecca or Mecca. The Muslims blood, honor and wealth is more sacred than
more than the Kaaba. Do you understand brother sister? So Religion Islam is not. You got to think up here.
It's not about ritualistic symbolic things that makes you something No, it comes from within. And there's great purpose and meaning. next myth number nine.
We'll keep going with these acts of worship wiping the brass fence surrounding the prophets grave, or a companions grave or a righteous person's grave believing there is blessing in doing so.
There is nothing in the Quran or an entire Syrah or so now the prompts Allah salah, where he did something like that will told us to do something like that.
I mean, if you want to touch the brass, that's the Saudi government, they made that brass or whoever was before them, they built it. It's people who got brass from somewhere and they made it there.
And then we're rubbing our hands on the bras. No, my dear brothers and sisters, this is not how blessings and loving the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says, if you love Allah and you love the messenger, then follow what Allah says in the Quran. He says, According in question to him to hipbone Allah and FM Debbie Guney or Habiba como long while
back home, say oh Muhammad, if you truly love Allah, then follow me. Allah will love you back and he will forgive your sins, loving the Prophet Allah Salah is following him not touching brass and his grave and all that stuff. There's nothing wrong with touching the bras are great, by the way, but it's the belief that you attach to it. Can I go back on the beads so people don't misunderstand me. And some people might call me names, I don't know, the Messiah, the beads, which people use these days, from the past to count they're thicker to say subhanallah Alhamdulillah. Allah Allah Allah on them. Now there's nothing wrong with using them at all. And I go with the scholars opinions, not
from myself, the scholars opinions who I follow my teachers, that the bead is not a bit it is not an innovation in Islam people can use the bead because the whole purpose is to count your despair Hunter because prasar sallam said Whoever says Subhan Allah 33 times in 100 letters returns Allahu Akbar 33 times he will get this or that. So if you use a mechanism whether use a counting clock, or you use the beads to count those 33 Nothing wrong with that at all. The problem is when you start to attach a belief to those beats, you start making those beads holy in some way. They're just stones. So some people they said, once I saw a child, you know accidentally step on the beats and a brother
next to them in elderly he was infuriated. Don't let the child fall on the beads. This is holy, this is haram
Subhan Allah the child was traumatized. Nana No, no, that's not what you do. Allah He the sacredness of that child and his heart being in the mustard is much more important. Much more important than scaring him from the Masjid. Oh, no, no, no, no, no loss also As Salam was in Sousou people were praying behind him has someone who's saying little tiny toddlers, they came and went on prasar set his back and he would not get up until they got off his shoulders, making everybody press her until they got off. And when he got off, he put him on his lap and he kissed them showing that we are an amount of mercy. And this message is for the kids as well. You know, obviously when you bring your
kids you got to keep next year if we're praying and jam our brothers and sisters, don't let them run around and disturb the mud then sorry, the Imam if they're too small, but what I'm saying is bring them and let them feel the mercy and the warmth and the comfort
So the beads brothers sisters have no holiness to them in particular.
myth number 10 things about food. Some Muslims believe that you cannot eat predator fish like the shark they say it is haram I get a lot of these questions asked crustaceans.
Some people believe that the animal is not halal if it's slaughtered while not facing the Qibla. They believe that you've got to face the animal's head towards the Qibla and slaughter otherwise you won't be halal. Or they say if a Muslim forgets to say if a Muslim forgets to say Bismillah they say it is not halal. These are some examples about foods that are really myths. I have to say though, that some schools of thought have made a little exception about crustaceans, you know, like like
shellfish, crabs and things like that. But the majority of the scholars have said that all of this is halal. And there is no text in the Quran, or in the Sunnah and prophets Allah SLM, that tells us crustaceans are haram. And the prophets Allah said and did say the hadith is in Buhari, which means al Bahar the ocean when he talked about the ocean what Bahama or all of its water is clean, a hill Mehta to anything that comes out of it. Dead or alive, even dead, so you don't have to slaughter the fish when you take it out. It is halal. And there is another Hadith in Sahih Muslim when the Muslims were coming back from the book, I think, and they found a big whale washed to show it was dead. And
I didn't know whether to eat from it or not. They said it was massive. And they were very hungry. So they ate from it and they said it was so huge that we can crouch inside of the ice socket. That's how big it was. And we said that voxel our cell and we ate from a Rasul Allah because of necessity and we don't know if it was halal or haram was dead and he said Do you have any more of it? And they said yes, so give me some any ate some he ate some, which is called a sonnet. Dockery? Yeah, this is a football terminology. Sorry, if you don't know what it means. It's a sunnah what the Prophet sallallahu Sallam affirmed. So we are allowed insha Allah. Myth number 11. Now we're gonna get a
little bit sensitive here, believing men are superior to women. Now, I know that a lot of you will say we don't believe that Hamdulillah we are Muslims who don't believe that. But would you believe that silently and within families within cultures, they practice that that men are superior to women. I know a lot of you're smiling to me saying this day and age brother this day and age, women are superior to men in different societies. But a lot of people attack Islam and also some Muslims themselves, in other countries of the world have this belief. And I'll give you some examples. They take it from the idea that mis mis interpretation, misconception of verses in the Quran and Hadith.
They think that men are superior to women because
of false evidence. When they say, Eve, her work was created from Adam's rib,
which is crooked, and that is why she is crooked, crooked minded, and deficient in her brain more than the men. This is an internal belief, subconscious belief some a lot of men have. And I can tell you, Ron says there's a long study on this, that the correct
view is that it was not created from the rib of the men and they use scientific and pseudo science. So that's why the man has one less rib, which is also false. By the way, it's just embarrassing. So he was not created from the rib. And I was also SLM did say she a metaphor, not literally that he was, he was created from his rib. And the metaphor of the rib, being crooked does not mean that she is crooked. It means that she is perfect in the way God made her for the purpose He made her as a mother, as a woman had she not been like that things in life would be crooked for all of us. So it's like a jigsaw if you like a jigsaw. If you put it together, each piece has to be a different shape
in order to click together. So the man has a way, and a woman has away compared to the man, she thinks away from his straightforward thinking. And straightforward thinking is used in some places, and
innovative thinking. And creative thinking is appropriate for other places where the man cannot fit. So all of them have that it's essentially a strength. And men have to understand that part of her leave her and appreciate her and accepted the way she is. This is how she's good for you and for your children. Anyway, let's move on. They also say that is why men have one less rib which is scientifically false. Eve made Adam ate from the forbidden tree that is why women inherited influencing the man to do bad things.
I've heard a lot of Muslims say that he did not make Adam eat from the tree. He was the shaytaan who influenced both of them. And in the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala blames Adam more than what he blamed her work. And when he blamed both of them, he said both of you didn't even mention her words name in the Quran.
And her calling Kumar did I not forbid both of you. And the only time he mentioned a blame with name he mentioned, Adam is that because he was the first one that Allah's mother commanded. So it was not Eve's fault that I ate from the tree. Another thing they say
that the punishment of a woman committing adultery and fornication is worse than the man why there is no such thing. No such thing. Anyone who tells you that, tell them you know, if you don't have evidence to what you say be sign it.
They say it is that a son is free to do more harm than the girl based on what are because she's a girl and you know, her dignity is more known and in Islam Haram is for both exactly the same. You're actually making haram what is huller? Sorry, you are making up a haram for one, and not for the other. And this is what the Quran talks about the children of Israel the Jews did, and people of the past how they altered and changed and in fact the Arabs at the time the Prophet SAW Selim the Mushrikeen, the idolaters that's what they exactly did. They made gods angels females and to them they've got male gods which they worship like they're better as if God is is less even though to God
it says male or female, we don't know. Allah says letter. Are you home aka your father's your mother's the male's the females. In other words, you don't know which one is more beneficial to you. Allah did not. In fact, the Quran says, Well, my Gouda to sue lsba them been put the alert when the female infant infanticide was practiced. The infant baby will be asked in a day of judgment for what crime was she killed? Anyway, brothers and sisters, all of these are fallacies and false is one more they say it is why boys get double the share of inheritance than the girls. Yes, that is true. But there's a reason for that. And the girls, it's equalized, she gets another share which the boy
doesn't get in other circumstances such as the mother, for example, such as Whoever marries her has to spend on her, such as her father has to spend on her, such as she is never ever, ever, ever financially responsible for anybody in her entire life from birth to death in Islam, so it's compensated.
Islam says the boy gets it because he has a responsibility with the other half towards his wife, his mother, his sister if she is in need to his daughters and sons. That's why anyway run sisters, I just wanted to make this clear in Shell and there are other reasons, just natural bleeding for the woman. She They say she is impure she cannot you cannot touch her she must isolate herself. All of that stuff. This my dear brothers and sisters in in authored ultra orthodox Jewish religion. And in other beliefs, but not in Islam. The woman is not impure during her menstruation or her postnatal bleeding. She is only spiritually not ready or pure to pray. And that's the same for men, when
they're in the state of juniper. You know, our job is same meaning ALLAH says you don't pray at that time. In fact menstruation is to keep her healthy and to keep her pure, so that your babies can be born. Otherwise your babies will not be born and she will get sick. So this is a cleansing and the last month Allah gives her time off, but she can still make the curd she can still make dua and the opinion I follow among the schools of thought is that she can recite from the Quran, at least by heart and make vicar because there is no textual evidence in the Quran and Sunnah. That is authentic that for bitter there is one Hadith that is the if it's weak,
and in Buhari I should have the Allahu anha in has she had her menstrual cycle and the Prophet sallallahu sallam said to her do everything a hush person does except tawaf and solid so instead except circumambulation and Salah he didn't tell her to stop reading Quran Ma, ignoble Radi Allahu Anhu
also was asked and he said yes, she can read the Quran and make it thicker and those who say to disliked it's out of safety and those who say It's haram it's out of ignorance. The prophets have never forbid any of this. Moving on. Myth number 14 women should not attend the mosque
that is a myth. I don't know where they got that from.
This is an over exert this is an exaggeration. You know making things more difficult Rasul Allah sallam said let them are now in Allah He massaged Allah He Leyland do not prevent the servant women of Allah to go to the masjid even at night.
Another Hadith says go to the masjid while the originator filat, let them go to the masjid without in
perfume on so that men don't smell it from a distance a woman can put perfume from a small distance, where you have to become really quick. We have to come close to smell it, but not the type that lingers and goes out when she walks. So that's how she goes to the masjid. However, it also says I'm did say her prayer at home is her prayer at home is better. But it doesn't mean she doesn't go to the masjid. And that's because of the circumstances right? But for men, it is more stressed. Next 14 myth number 15. engagements and weddings. They say it is haram to marry your cousin false. Once engaged, it's halal to touch between man and woman. False engagement means that you're still
strangers to each other. The engagement period is the period of time that Islam allows you to meet, talk ask those 3012 questions that I told you about engagement period is when it's a promise for marriage, it means that you get to see her to know her to talk to her, she talks to you best off within supervision best is at her house. If not, you can do it in public. It's better to have a chaperone. If you can't do that. Some people have converted to Islam. They don't have any family members, but it's okay. Even a non Muslim brother, non Muslim cousin, non Muslim father can be along with them. If you have absolutely nobody else you can be in a public place. So long as you are saved
from any fitna between each other. And you're talking this is what is necessary. Can you talk on the phone? Yes. Can you text each other? Yes. Can you talk on social media? Yes, there's no hot on tour brothers sisters, I don't want anybody to come up and say no, and try to be a super Muslim there. It is not haram so long as you stick within the boundaries of respect them Khaled and I advise everyone to let your parents know, within your ability, especially if you're very young, you're young, you know, you're 1819 2025 and you haven't had experience in relationships or marriage before. As for older people, it's a bit more flexible, because they do know about relationships better, they can
control themselves better. Anyway, let's move on. It says here that she hears something about weddings and engagement I discovered there's this custom they say I don't know I know it's in the Arab tradition Ellis Lebanese, that the bride and only the bride must wear the scarf. And only in front of the Mmm.
So when I go there, I'm doing the marriage. You can see my son there are other sisters, they might not have the hijab on right and the sister maybe the bride maybe doesn't wear the hijab, so she comes up and puts the scarf on, but only in front of me now I appreciate that because out of respect for me, I really like it. But to believe that this is an Islamic tradition that you're supposed to wear the scarf in front of the Imam is not something of
obvious slam should be wearing the hijab insha Allah all the time.
It says here that if you do not recite the Fatiha for an engagement, the engagement is incomplete. I don't know about your culture in my custom. When you go and get engaged in you asked for the girl. You say we want to we want to get to know each other. And they said okay, very good. Yalla let's now recite the Fatiha and if you don't recite the Fatiha, they feel like the engagement hasn't gone through. There's nothing in the Sunnah, that you must recite the Fatiha. And it says here they say engagement and wedding rings and Mahabis in areas called a madness it means you're imprisoned Mahabis called the madness which means you're imprisoned. Can you believe that? Wow. And they say it
is part of Islam? No, the wedding ring is not part of Islam. Nor is the engagement. I mean, if you want to put it on that's fine, but don't make a belief in it.
Because the wife must change her surname. This is a myth. This is not taken from Islam. In fact, in Islam, a wife should be called by her father's name and that is her identity.
Divorce can only be done by the husband but haram if the wife does it. That's wrong. A wife should not tell her husband to divorce her but she has a right to something called Hola which is a different process of divorce. That's what I think the misunderstanding when people say any woman who asks her husband for divorce the angels Kirsten, I don't know what they bring up all this stuff, right? Yes, it is true. It is not it's this it's resource. Arsalan told the women not to ask their husbands for divorce. That's to ask the husband to divorce them. But for a wife who she's not happy in the marriage and there is you know, it's gone toxic and she she wants out because can't fulfill
her duties anymore. She can go for something called holdout, which is a different type of divorce with different conditions. There is always a way out if things get really nasty. So that's what Allah subhanaw taala said. Also, it says here,
the father can refuse even under the unreal, even under unreal, reasonable circumstances to marry his daughter off. This is also false, unreasonable circumstances. The next rally is her grandfather. After her grandfather comes her son she has a son if in her son is not there to her brother. It's not her brother then it's her uncle. If it's not her uncle, then it's another member
related to his father, her father and if nobody wants to do it, then the Imam becomes her wedding. How she can choose one so there's always insha Allah halal, we make it easy so the Haram can become difficult.
It also here
says the son must get his parents approval in Islam. The son does not need his parents approval for marriage. Of course, it's better to have their blessings and be around, and parents should not make it difficult. If his mother asks him to live with her, he must otherwise he is sinful. Wrong. When Allah subhanaw taala says Be good to your parents didn't say obey them in everything. He said, don't obey anybody if it means disobedience to Allah, and is haram for parents to oppress their children and tell them I will use the verse. It's like some of them don't know any other verse. Well, Katara Buka letaba de la Liga, in Asana, your Lord has told you not to worship other than Him and to be
good to your parents. Some people change the word to be good to them to an obey. Yes, obey but not in the things that they have no right to be obeyed in your wife, for example, as a right, your children have a right put everyone in their right places, brothers and sisters, myth number 20 neath number, I don't know what number it is. hijab means only covering the hair with a scarf. A lot of our sisters have now I've seen this trend come up where they only think that hijab or covering yourself means just the hair.
The body is more important than the hair do you believe it or not? And Allah Subhan Allah says in the Quran, well you Nina la Hinnom Inshallah, Bebe hin, the Elta garment which they cover the clothes with. So whatever she's wearing, there's an outer garment. And that outer garment salon even it can be a long top and along skirts not a problem, but to draw over them meaning to cover herself to the body is more important than even the hair.
Myth number 15. parents or children believe that the DA of a parent is accepted when they make oppressive laws against their children or haram DA is against their children, or believing that any dua we make will definitely occur will definitely occur. Even if we are oppressive or we would beg to ask for haram or cutting off ties. For example, some people say May God never guide you. You're not allowed to make that DUA and Allah chooses who he guides and who deserves it you have no right to pray play god or they say May God disunite you from your family. You are not allowed Rasul sallam said Allah will accept the daughter, son and this is not about haram or cutting off of ties. May you
become an addict to alcohol and drugs. You're not allowed to make such dog this is haram. Especially the parents I had some children say my mother or my father made this dua if I marry this person, will Allah Subhana Allah curse me? Oh, so long as you haven't done anything wrong to oppress your parents, that's an oppressive Doha. You can't just make that as you wish, like you own your kids. And vice versa towards anyone else.
Last few myths, that a child must obey their parents in everything and anything and the parent claiming their child children will be cursed. If they do not. That is not true.
But obey your parents in their rights and where you can. But if it's something haram you don't, myth number 17 that a Muslim can cheat a Kaffir and judge that he is going to hell and to say you are cursed or to or to be harsh and tough against him or her only the one who is at war with you is the one that you can be harsh towards as for everyone else, your neighbor non Muslims, and you're not the one who is that song is the one who is at peace with you. You cannot point to a specific disbeliever and say that guy over there that that Paul over there is going to hellfire that Vanessa there is going to hellfire no you can't say that. They might convert to Islam they might revert and
you can't point your finger to say that Muhammad over there Allah Allah has gone to Jana. How do you know only Allah decides that you make dua that they go to Jin. So this is also a myth in Islam. Number 18 sunnah, that every single thing that Prophet peace be upon him did is a religious sunnah which you must follow. For example, the hat, the turban, the gown, that is odd, sitting on the floor to aid eating with your fingers, the colors white and green pumpkin soup, the land shoulder, do you know why I mentioned all of this? This is where I'm going to get in trouble. I know.
But let me tell you something.
For some people this has become a bit bizarre. They look at the Imam the Imam doesn't have the cap on they get angry.
They say the prayer is deficient. Doesn't have a turban on does is not following the Sunnah.
Not wearing the obey all the time. This one you overdressed like the catheter they say some people. What this does is create classes of Muslims and it creates a form of pride and disunity between Muslims over something that is a sunnah but it's not a religious sunnah and I think a lot of people don't understand the difference. Props are sounds personal things that he did. He liked white. He liked green. It's not a Muslim color.
He liked wearing long shirts. It's not a specifically Muslim thing. He wore a turban so did Abuja hello so did Abu Lahab all the non Muslims the enemy lines they all
So what are the same? The prophets Allah Selim once were Roman cloak, whom they were fighting. Once were a Persian cloak who were the enemies of Muslims. He was not copying the kuffar. So Brothers Sisters, we need to differentiate and not call people names based on that. Lastly,
some people believe that a myth, their prayer is not accepted behind an imam who follows a different school of thought to you, a different mother hub.
Brothers and sisters, this is absurd. A mud hub is not a religion. And there came a time in history where there were four gem hours around the Kaaba with four different animals because each one thought the other one prays is not accepted.
Number 20. imitating the disbelievers is haram in every way, dressing like them, eating like them, taking knowledge from them working with them, brothers and sisters, not all of it is imitating the kuffar the meat the meaning of imitating the kofod is when you imitate a religious practice that is specific to their beliefs, like a Christian belief, a Jewish belief, a Hindu belief, a Buddhist belief that that is special to them imitating that is what is hudl
Dawa call. Some people feel that the work will means you do not need to take into account cause and effect. Muslims believe in cause and effect. So you rely on Allah and you take the proper measures
that the Prophet sallallaahu Salam was a medical doctor and so they follow a book called The prophetic medicine to the tea. Only seeking medicine the prophesy Sam talked about as an alternative to advanced new treatments. Some people they go to camels and they take camel urine, some people they
they do que which is burning. Some people believe the black seed oil, they just have it for everything and anything as an alternative medicine to any advanced treatment. Brothers Sisters, it's true in some way. The camel urine it has a whole big story about you don't go and drink camel urine. There was a particular group of people who came to prasar Salam and they had a particular disease. We don't know what that disease was. And prasar Salam advised them based on what was known as a remedy to to the Arabs who wasn't giving them a Divine Decree go and drink camel urine, and also sir Mr. udva, he wasn't a medical doctor. He used to advise on what people did. And as medicine
advanced, we take new treatments that are supposed to sell and said any sickness that Allah sent down he also sent down with it the cure, whoever finds the cure has found the treatment and they will cure was not existing at the time of the Prophet Allah seldom. So Ron Sisters, we have to open our mind understand that part. And lastly, that there is no contagious disease. Some people believe actually that disease cannot be contagious. This is wrong. Let's also assume did not say there is no contagious disease. He said there is no contagious disease except with the permission of Allah, meaning the contagious disease itself is not a god because the Arabs in those times they used to
believe that Adwa contagious diseases is a divine supernatural being it was an entity of its own like a god, like a god that came from people to people and punish them, but processes and said we don't believe in contagious disease is just a normal thing. And it cannot happen without the permission of Allah. I ended here brothers and sisters, there's so much to talk about. I can see some of you moving around and I'm very sorry. May Allah reward you for your patience, how they will Salalah and I've been on Muhammad while early he was happy as you may know