Channel: Bilal Philips
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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Karim. While he was suffering he ministered nebuzaradan at Loma de operates due to a lot of a lot of Peace and blessings when his last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and along was to follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
Now the topic, which was
scheduled for this evening, was on the importance of the Muslim family.
in light of the audience,
I felt that this topic
was probably not that suited, it would be like preaching to the converted.
You know, I mean, I'm sure you all being you know, fathers and mothers etc, are very much aware of the importance of the Muslim family. If I were talking to a group of young people, then this would make sense for them to know their duties to their parents and the importance of not breaking family ties, etc, etc. Or to a group of non Muslims who you know, would like to know something about Islam This is one of one of the the high points or one of the good points of Islam which could possibly attract people to Islam, I know people have been attracted due to the, the way in which Muslims no regard family the importance that they place on family, etc. So seeing that neither of these two
audiences are present, I felt that it was probably better for me to choose a topic which was a little more relevant, which would contain some information which will be of more benefit to you all. So the topic I chose was how to be a better Muslim.
How to improve one's Islam. This is something I feel we all can use some reminders, some suggestions, since inshallah we're all trying to please trying to worship Him in the best way we can. And you know, any advice which we could get with could help us in that process, I think would inshallah be useful?
I will present it by looking at basically four statements of Prophet Muhammad wa sallam, because the best advice with regards to Islam, how best we can practice Islam, the best advice will naturally come from the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam himself.
So I've chosen from his statements for had these are four statements of his in which he has given advice as to how one comes closer to Allah. How does one
worship a law to the best
that he or she can.
The first statement is one which was reported by Bill Herrera.
And this is collected in Sahih Bukhari in which he stated that allowes messenger quoted a law
that is this statement is what they call Hadith Pudsey. This is where the Prophet Muhammad wa salam is quoting revelation directly from a law which is not found in the Quran.
men are the only alien for them to who will harm
I have declared war against whoever acts with hostility towards a friend of mine.
Will my Takara la Abdi vishay in a hub by a member of Toronto alley,
my servant does not come closer to me with anything more beloved to me, than what I have made obligatory for him.
Allah here promises
that he will defend those who become his close friends
who love Allah and Allah loves them.
And then a lot describes how does one become among those who allow love
and who loves Allah.
He said my service
A worshipper of Allah
does not come closer to Allah,
with anything more beloved to Allah than the things which he has made obligatory on him.
In other words, there are no shortcuts. Very important principle.
Because you have many people
under the name of Islam under the guise of Islam, offering shortcuts.
People tell you, if you do this, you do this, you will be on the heights of spiritual, you know, levels, you'll be so close to a law you, you don't even need to do the Salah anymore.
Because your own heart just when it's beating, it's remembering. If you do these exercises, you do these things, you do this,
you have people offering this
and what this is telling you this is a law statement directly to us to problems, that this is light.
These are lies,
there is no shortcut.
This is from Satan, those people who are offering you shortcuts, they are people who have come under the influence either willingly or inadvertently, they have come under the influence of Satan.
Because the only way to Allah is through the things which he has made compulsory on us.
He has made compulsory five times daily prayer
that is what is most beloved to Allah. So it means anybody gives it up anybody says we don't need he is not loved by Allah.
This is the starting point. Five times daily prayer has to be established in the correct times for males in the masjid, in JAMA congregation. This is the foundation we want to come to allow that we have to follow the steps that Allah has set for us. And we can never and there never comes a time when a person no longer needs to do the compulsory acts. Because Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam he did the compulsory acts till he died.
On his deathbed, he was still
praying, you know doing whatever was required of Islam distributing the the sadaqa everything which was required of him he was doing it till the last moment.
And if anyone says that he has reached a level where he no longer needs to do that, he's claiming that he's reached a level which is higher than that. The problem is I supplement his companions. Without the villa. We seek refuge in a lot from those kinds of statements, because definitely, this is statements of the devils
because no one can reach a level higher than Prophet Mohammed and his companions, they were the best of generations
and we have no record of any of them ever giving up the compulsory.
So after establishing the prayer, and the point that we need to understand in terms of prayer, is that
Allah has said in the Koran akima sola lyrically established the prayer for my remembrance he didn't say Salou lyrically pray for my remember he said, alchemy Sala established the prayer to different things. Though both of them involve prayer. Whether you say solo, or you say alchemy, sola both of them mean that you must pray. However, with you just said salu. It could mean you pray on Fridays. You know, you don't pray during the week you pray on Fridays. Remember a lot on Fridays, or you come during Ramadan. Like you have some people they come they only pray in Ramadan. Rest of the year, they don't pray. And you have some people even to some extreme, they only come to prey on little
That's the only day in the year that they'll bring.
So if it was something new, then they would be fitting under the heading of praying Yes, they are praying to remember. However, what Allah has said and what we know of the five pillars of Islam we say it is a common Salah establishing the prayer meaning that the prayer becomes
The framework of the believers life.
His life is organized around prayer.
When he gets up in the morning, the first thing that he does in the morning is he remembers the libraries.
Then he does the other things that he needs to do, he eats, feed his system, Bayes, strengthen, clean the system goes out to work. When he breaks at noon, he breaks at noon, not to feed his system again, for his material needs. No he breaks at noon to remember a lot. Then he feeds the system, so that he can work and earn his needs. Same thing the afternoon sunset the night. So his day is organized around the worship.
The remembrance of a
critical for him to attain righteousness, because it is with the remembrance of a law, that man is righteous. When he forgets a law, then he becomes unrighteous. Satan comes to him. The agents of Satan come to Him, they make suggestions when he has forgotten a law and he goes
so Islam provides for the believer, a framework for his daily life, to help him or her to stay in remembrance of Allah throughout the life that is the foundation that must be established.
doing that, that is what is most beloved to Allah.
That is most beloved.
Allah went on to say
to his Prophet Muhammad wa sallam well my is Allah Abdi para la have been hacked our HIPAA for either I have to come to some old lady yes malby or bustle lady used to be weird who Lottie yep
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if he continues to come close to me
with voluntary acts after doing the compulsory
which brings him close to a law.
He continues to worship proper law the servant of the law, he or she continues to do the voluntary acts, these voluntary acts
have been prescribed by proper Hamsa Salaam for all of the compulsory acts every compulsory act that we have to do, there is a voluntary version of it.
We have the suddenness before the compulsory prayers. We have the The sooner fasts after Ramadan, we have sadaqa as opposed to Zakah. We have omura as opposed to had all of the required things that was in Islam, there are voluntary versions of them that have been placed there to help us
to help us to make good the compulsory
to strengthen the compulsory because, of course, none of us are able to do the compulsory acts perfectly. There will always be some witnesses there
will use some concentration in our prayer. In our fasting we may have made some bad statements or said some things which should not have been said you know when damage in one way or another we damage our acts of worship.
So the voluntary acts are there to help to strengthen
the compulsory because after the the compulsory
a law on the Day of Judgment we'll ask about the voluntary.
He asked first about the compulsory acts of worship. And then he asks about the voluntary acts.
And in this way, what is deficient in our compulsory can be made up by our voluntary activities. When a person establishes the compulsory and goes on to do the voluntary regularly establishing it throughout his life, then he continues to become closer and closer to Allah. And Allah says that he will love that person says a lot
and a lot goes on things is a lot loving the person who is you
also relate that to the verse in the Quran where in the last month Allah said in quantum to him moon a law Tabby Rooney, you should be
a lot taller partners, I sell them to tell the people that if they wish to love a law,
if they believe that they are loving a law,
then that love is only acceptable to Allah, if they follow the messenger of Allah, when they do so, Allah will love them.
So we take this along
with this statement of the law here,
that the voluntary acts are not voluntary acts of our own creation.
We make up our own voluntary acts, because you have people who make up voluntary acts. They say, Well, listen here.
You know, I am a spiritual doctor. You know, like you go to the medical doctor when you're sick. The medical doctor prescribes for you certain
treatment. Some people claim to be spiritual doctors.
They know what is wrong with your soul When you come to them, and they can prescribe for you
voluntary acts, which were not prescribed by Prophet Muhammad.
That is, again, deviation.
deviation, because a law said in the Quran,
that if you believe you want to come closer to a law, you want to love a law, the only way is by following the messenger of Allah, whatever he has provided for us, whatever voluntary acts here showing us, this is the way
this is the only way.
And this is what is meant, you know, when you have Christians sometimes when you're talking to them about Islam, trying to clarify to them that Jesus and a Salaam was a messenger of Allah, the prophet of Allah, not a lot, or the son of a lie, he was a messenger of Allah, and that he was showing the people.
He was a guide to them. They will quote, a verse from the Bible in which Jesus was supposed to have said, I am the way
I am doing.
The life, the light, no one comes to the Father, except by me.
This is what Jesus said, is the way life the light no one comes to the Father except by him. So we have to pray through him. We explained to them No.
This is not what was meant by that statement. When Jesus said He is the weight, all of the prophets of God, they were the way
that's the sort of that's what suddenly means the way they were the living sooner the way to Allah.
Not that you worship them to get to know the way in which they set the example which they gave, that is the way to last one path that leads to Allah.
That's what Jesus told them.
That is the essence of our understanding of the Sunnah in Islam.
And the prophets I fell and said, I left with you two things. If you hold on firmly to them, you'll never go straight.
The Book of Allah and my son
says the way
the only way.
So, voluntary acts of worship,
are the voluntary acts prescribed by the messenger of a law.
Very important point
for us to stress because as I said, there is much in our cultures and our cultural practices of Islam,
which have been given to us
as voluntary acts of worship, which do not have the authority or the authorization of the Messenger of Allah.
And we have to understand that these acts of worship are not acceptable to Allah.
They are not pleasing to Allah.
Because Prophet Muhammad SAW Salaam he said, my truck to Shay and Yukon River comm ilahi ELO Amar to combi I did not leave anything which would be
bring you closer to Allah, except that I told you to do it.
is pleasing to Allah no act of worship which is pleasing to Allah to bring us closer to Allah, there are none.
We, which the Prophet Muhammad wa salam did not tell us to do.
This is how we determine
the route, the sooner the way to Allah, we have to use this guideline which is given by a lot by His Messenger for us to determine what is the correct way.
Because there are so many things, that's it, that people are doing.
And saying, we're doing this out of the love of the law, and out of the love of the Messenger of Allah, but they have not been sanctioned by Allah or his messenger.
And as such, they are not acceptable.
And our intention doesn't make them acceptable.
If there are not sanctioned, they're not acceptable. They're rejected by a
very, very, very, very important.
A lot goes on to say, and when I love him, when I love that surfeit, who has established all of the compulsory acts, and as followed that by the voluntary acts,
I become his hearing with which he hears.
Now, some people have looked at these hobbies,
and have mistakenly thought that this means that they become a law.
Because it says,
in ignorance a person couldn't drive as the law says, he becomes the hearing with which he hears the eyes with which he sees the hands with which he touches the feet with which he walks, which means that when they become you become so beloved to Allah that Allah becomes you, you become a lot, no.
This is, this is total deviation.
This is like the Christians believing that Jesus was God, no different. If you believe that you can become a law than you are like, You're worse actually, than the Christians because at least they said the Prophet was a lot he didn't say everybody else was, you know, you've gotten worse than the Christians.
No, no human being can ever become a lot.
The human being is created
is so is not a part of a lot, because it's another mistake that people hope
that each human being the soul that he has, is a part of a loss rule
is an idea very common amongst people.
But it's false, no rule is created, the spirit is created by the command of a law.
A law said Be and it was a law is not the Spirit. He does not have a Spirit. The Spirit is created.
It was put into men, by the angels, into Adam by the angel.
This is the correct Islamic understanding. But that deviant view where the person's soul is actually a part of the soul of a law
which promotes them the idea that what we are supposed to be striving to do is to make that soul again one with a law,
we again become a law, we disappear and a lot of people will call it by names, not
one of the terms that you'll hear how not
to be, to disappear and to be absorbed by a law. This is Hindu, Nirvana, Hindu beliefs
where the human soul is dies and is reborn and dies and reborn and the more good it does, it gets higher and higher and higher to the reaches the stage where it becomes one again with the world. So, this is Hindu beliefs
in do as well as Buddhists, both because Buddhist Buddhism is a reform movement of Hinduism.
Buddhism is a reform movement of Hinduism. So the basic beliefs of Buddhism you find their origins in Hinduism.
And this idea of course, this is in reincarnation etc. is
Of course, not accepted by Islam, but the idea of reuniting with God becoming one again with God, this is totally abhorrent in Islam.
men cannot be God.
And God does not become men.
Very important concept to understand, especially when you're discussing with Christians, because you're here in a Christian land, it is your duty to carry the message of Islam to them. And it has to be carried to them
in a logical and reasonable manner, because this is what Islam is Islam is logic and reason is there throughout Islam, when you see a lot of describing and discussing with the disbelievers in the Koran is showing them logically reasonably.
So when we approach them in Dawa, we should do the same.
They will say to you,
can a law not do anything?
It's not a law Able to do all things.
And of course, we have in the Quran, in the law, Allah.
Allah is Able to do all things.
So then you will answer yes.
And then they will ask you, well, why can't God have a son?
Why can't God become men?
What do you answer?
You have to go back again, to understand, as explained in
the distinction between the creator and his creation,
when we say a law can do anything,
we mean, a law can do anything, which is in keeping with him being Allah,
not anything, which makes him less than a lot. No, this is not included.
Not Included when we talk about a lot being able to do anything, we're not talking about anything which makes a law not a law.
No, these are impossibilities. They're not included in the category of in the law, a law coalition.
knows those other things are impossibilities, things which are not included. Why? Because if
Allah God means the Creator,
man is his creation.
The creation is in need of a creator. The Creator is not in need of anyone or anything.
So when you say the Creator, becomes the creation, this is a contradiction in terms.
Because you are saying the creator now becomes in need of a creator. This is contradiction you get
to say God had a son
came into existence, when God means the one who always existed, who has no beginning for you to say, can the one who has no beginning have a beginning?
Can the one who never dies die? No, this is nonsense. These are all nonsensical questions.
We don't include them in the concept of a law being
able to do all things.
when we speak then, of a law becoming
the hearing with which a man hears, as Allah has explained here.
It doesn't mean we said a lot becoming the man's hearing. It means that the man hears what Allah wishes him to hear what is pleasing to Him.
He sees what is pleasing to Allah.
He avoids looking at things which are displeasing to Allah. He has control over his senses, all of his senses. He uses them in a way which is pleasing to Allah. This is the sign of one who Allah loves
With a close friend.
So from this heading,
actually the end of that
a lot goes on to say, what in silently out play to
me, level or never even.
And if he asks of me that one who is loved by a law, I will grant him and if he seeks my protection, I will protect.
This is a loss.
the way in which we can improve the quality of our Islam
establishing the foundations of our Islam firmly
those things which Allah has made compulsory for us, we make them
we establish them firmly, we do them regularly, on time, as prescribed. And then we seek to do building on them gradually, the voluntary acts which are recommended
from all of these various compulsory acts, and at the same time, we have to also avoid
the fabricated acts.
The ones which are not prescribed by the Messenger of Allah, because when we do these, we corrupt, the good that we are doing.
When we do things which are displeasing to Allah, and we do things which are pleasing to Allah. See, the ones that are displeasing to Allah are affecting the ones which are displeasing to which are pleasing to Allah. So we try to remove as much as possible that which is displeasing to Allah,
a voluntary acts is what we're trying to do. So that a law so that what we hear is what Allah wants us to hear.
What we see is what Allah wants us to see we're doing trying to do all the things we're doing, which are pleasing to Allah.
there are many, many examples that could be given.
In this regard,
one of the most famous of them,
which the community and Hamdulillah, from what I've heard is, you know, basically extracted itself from was that of celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.
This is one of those acts,
which is displeasing to him,
which became very widespread,
which was introduced by the enemies of Allah,
which did not have the sanction of a law or the messenger
is a big, big issue.
affecting much of people's lives. Much materials have been prepared people use it. And, you know, I've read many of the different poems and things that are recited during these gatherings. So much of it filled with
so much of it filled with attributes to problem homicide, solemn things, which he never attributed to himself,
elevating him to a status where he becomes like a demigod.
He's no longer human.
One book I remember reading, which came from Pakistan, I still keep it with me. His book is called the shadow less profit.
A book of some 300 pages, describing how Prophet Muhammad SAW someone didn't have a shadow.
He's not a human being anymore. He doesn't have a shadow everybody. When the light shines on, you have a shadow. When the light shadow there was no shadow means it's something else, not from this world.
And then there are the fabricated stories that were given about him, you know about the about the first thing which Allah created was the light of Mohammed Kala neural mohammedi.
It was created from a law of light. And this light passed down to the prophets and it was in the hips of Moses and
Abraham and this
nice lies about Prophet Mohammed Salah. Not true.
He said in authentic tradition, that the first thing which Allah created was the pen.
This is the authentic tradition.
A lot of commanded depend to write in the pen asked a lot what you did, right? And a lot told it to write everything that was and would be. That's, that's the authentic tradition as to normal comedy. Nothing, there is no such thing.
So lies allies. And unfortunately, the Allies didn't stop there. You had allies which were fabled which are built up around problem he was when he was born, he came out of the womb and
I read this
that the idle around the Kaaba fell down.
And the flame which was in the Fire Temple, the temples of the fire worshippers in Persia went out.
All kinds of
nice tables. And the problems are seldom said, Whoever lies about me will find his seeking place in hell.
Very important for us to get back to the basics. What is Islam?
The foundational teachings, the compulsory acts, and the true information as to what is required was who Prophet Mohammed Salim is what is required of us with regards to him.
He was not an object of worship, that we should elevate him because he said la Tunica motto,
Allah, and the father is of no Marian, do not be excessive in your praise of me, as the Christians were in the case of Isa, the son of Mary, but call me Abdullah.
Just call me slave of the law on the messenger who stay there.
Don't be God won't be on that.
Because if you do, you end up like the Christians did with this. He became an object of worship.
And in Christianity, for the first 300 years after the time of Jesus, it was forbidden for them to celebrate birthdays, period,
including the birthday of Prophet Jesus, birthdays in general, as well as the birth their properties for the first 300 years after the time of Jesus.
The Christian church held that it was prohibited haram
because the celebration of birthdays was a pagan practice done by the Romans, the Greeks, the Persians, Hindus, etc. These are people who are doing this.
Those who followed revelation of Moses, David, the prophets, they'd never celebrated birthdays.
But what has happened after that time, celebration began of Jesus's birthday and a lot a lot of the pagan rituals of Europe etc, included and became celebrated.
And Muslims Not to be outdone,
this is a shameful thing. Feeling that while Prophet Mohammed Salah is greater than Prophet Isa, so as the Christians can do that, for properties that we should at least be doing this for.
So in competition,
they started doing what the Christian
and it has led to much deviation and schilke concerning preference.
So our beginning point is with what Allah has made compulsory for us, we continue to become closer to him to do acts which are pleasing to Him by doing the things which the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam has recommended.
did for us to do.
The second tradition also reported by Buhari and and narrated by Eben Abbas was that Papa Salaam said, near Matan mother moon FEMA, Catherine milanes assefa
nebras reporting that a lot of messengers said, there are two blessings about which most people are deceived.
Health, good health, and their spare time.
Good health, and spirit time.
People oftentimes put off doing what they should do, of Islam of righteousness because they feel that they will live to such and such a period of time.
you're supposed to do hedge when you're able, as soon as you have the means economic physical means are available, you're supposed to go make hedge.
But you will find people generally speaking, they want to leave hedge until the latter years of their lives.
Why because they believe had you know, when you make Hajj, it's accepted by Allah, then all of your previous sins are erased, you return like one when he was first born, like a newborn child. This is problems as Ellen's promise. However,
if one has not been practicing Islam steadily, you know this has become a part of his lifestyle, etc. When he goes to make Hajj, he has been living a deviant corrupt life do you think that he can make add you to the acceptable to Allah
he feels I'll make when I get older, you know, that's the time you make cards because then you know you make up for all your sins as a young person, but who has the guarantee this is the healthy field is in good health now you live at least at least 90 well you know make it around 80
we have no guarantee of tomorrow.
This is this good health can delude us.
We reach a stage you know things can happen to us where many of the things that we are able to do now.
We cannot no longer do.
So very important for us, that we recognize that the blessing of good health and a lot given us know we have to take advantage of it and to do whatever we can. Whatever has been prescribed for us and recommended I was we should try to use our good health now to do as much as possible. Before there comes a time when we have no chance.
Our health fails us we're no longer
and the other thing is our spare time.
What we do in our spare time
here, this is one of the sicknesses people in Brisbane for example. We don't find them in the masjid.
But they do have spare time. No matter how busy you get, you do have spare time. What happens is that that spare time is not used to please Allah.
So, the spirit time they have is used up in trivial matters which are of no benefit for them in the next life. And they do not engage in the worship of Allah. So though they may have managed to gather around themselves, nice house, car, you know, good life, enjoyable life. In fact, they have destroyed the next life for themselves.
There is no reward for them in the next
very important that we use our spare time
for seeking the pleasure of Allah.
In fact, there is no such thing in the cup vocabulary of the Muslims known as holiday.
there is no such thing.
It is a Western concept holiday.
Coming from holy day.
The day off
early times, Muslims didn't have any weekend.
stopped work in time for making
or making drama and you carried on.
There was no holiday after that the day after the day before weekend.
And as I said,
for the fans,
when you have spare time, use it in the worship.
That's the core.
That's the guidance, the whatever spare time we have, we use it in doing things which are pleasing to Allah.
It means if we go to the park,
with our families, and there's nothing no, it's time and let's say you can go to the far pack with the family. Because the system here they give you a weekend, Saturday and Sunday, they give it to you. I mean, to say, I don't want the weekend. Let's say you have to reject it. No. You accept it. They give you that those days. We don't have to work. But what do you do with those days?
Do you use it like the way they use it? They work hard all week and they just waiting for the weekend weekend. They just it's just a blast of pleasure. You know, you get drunk again, how you doing out pleasures? That's the weekend.
Is that the approach? No. for us as Muslims when that weekend comes, if we use it, we take our family to the park, then we take them to the park. And what are we talking about there? The dunya?
No, we talk about Allah. We remind them about a lot. We use that occasion as an as an opportunity to educate the family to remind them about the law.
We tried to keep that as a part of our daily life. We're traveling in the car. We're not talking about just Oh, that's a nice car. Oh, that's a nice home or you know
we're reminding them about the law. You know, Allah has been merciful to give us the scar. Remind, remember to use the law of traveling. Let the family know what that do is that them learn it. They haven't learned how to handle at least a Harlan learned what it means that I'm understanding the significance. So we use our spare time always in ways which improve our lives.
But in the material sense as well as in spiritual sense.
The third tradition
is reported by war era
in which he quoted on a loss messenger saucer lemma saying poggibonsi narrow be showered
or Haji but in general to be Makati
is collected by both Bukhari and Muslim. The Hellfire is veiled by desires
and Paradise by dislikes and Kemal calamities.
The Hellfire is veiled by desires,
the desirable things, the pleasurable things of this life?
Are the veils, unhealed.
the sum of his life then he is heading for hell.
And Paradise is veiled by the difficult and dislike things calamities.
That is there are things which
many things which we don't like to do, because it's not easy. We don't feel comfortable with it, whatever.
oftentimes those things are the things which improve our lives spiritually and help us to paradise.
The path to Paradise is not the smooth one.
The smooth one
The one heading for hell
no effort, all you have to do is just enjoy, after one will take you.
The one to Paradise is one you have to work for it. You have to struggle with it. You have to be patient.
So it means that when we find difficulties in our life and so on, so by being patient with it, this is helping us
We should not think simply that if some things don't go right in life, we have some difficulty so and so that you know Ally's not pleased with us.
problems I solve them. He said that those who are most beloved to Allah have the most difficulties in this life.