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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Karim, Allah Allah He was Sufi Minister nevison mochila Yama Jean, offered due to Allah, Allah Peace and blessings on his last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all those who follow the path of righteousness. And so that is
of today is what
was the significance
of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.
from the Quran,
the prophet Abraham
had prayed and Allah, Allah
And this is because
had been placed
in a particular chair,
wherein he had been commanded by God
to take his life
Hagar and his young son
and to leave them
in this lands
on their own
in a situation
which appeared to be something of abandonment.
Here he had been commanded by a law
to take his wife and child and abandoned them. In the middle of nowhere, the desert
and made Mecca
a center in Arabia for commerce.
Allah also blessed
by having Prophet Abraham Mills, they're the first house of worship dedicated to the worship of the one gods.
And this was built
before the building of maximal opera.
This was built
as no other structure of worship
of the prophets have been preserved. Because we know today of nothing on the structures of the building, which were set up by the prophets of God the past, this is the only one which has been preserved with the exception of course of the masjid Medina of the last prophet Muhammad Rasul Allah. But that
structure, the first house of worship was preserved, even though in time, the people of the area had fallen into idolatry and had made the Kaaba in Mecca, the center of idol worship, for Arabia,
a lot let
and that center
based on the prayer of Prophet Abraham, by raising again in that land, the last of the prophets of Allah
who would purify
that house of worship the first house of worship built
by the prophets of Allah, to dedicated solely to the worship of the one God.
also, based on prophecy which has been given
which even to this day is recorded
in the Torah.
In spite of the distortions which have crept over the Torah,
you still find in Deuteronomy,
a lot of statements that he would raise up among the brethren
among the brethren the Prophet
Raise up a prophet like Moses,
who would speak what you heard from God, and who would
establish himself as Prophet Moses established himself in the land. That is, he would establish the rule of God.
He would live a complete life, marrying, having children, etc, as Prophet Moses did.
And the only one from among the brethren who came was Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. And we also have
in the distorted gospel that other according to the various writers,
made by Prophet Jesus, or attributed to Prophet Jesus when he spoke of the one who would come after him,
translated as the Spirit of Truth, and in different other translations also we have in the apocryphal Gospel of Barnabas, where his name is mentioned.
Specifically, the prophecy of is coming was given by Prophet Jesus.
the people who came after who were true and sincere followers, they knew of this coming. This is why, when we read in the biography of the Prophet Muhammad Rasul Allah
were in his youth.
He traveled with an uncle Abu Khalid, to Syria on the way they met among,
who was familiar with the Scripture,
and who was able to identify the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salaam as the one to come when been foretold in the scriptures.
So his company
was prayed for by Prophet Abraham,
prophesied by Prophet Moses
and further prophesied by Prophet Isa Prophet Jesus alayhi wa sallam velocity, the blessings and all of them.
And he came at a time when the world
had fallen into the depths of darkness.
The End towards the end of the sixth century, the beginning of the second seventh century.
This was a time when
had sunk in into the depths of idolatry,
which were the farthest that they could reach from the teachings of Prophet Jesus
and other countries,
places like Persia,
people worship a duel God, the God of light, the God of darkness,
ahora Mazda, and Angra Manju
which was a distortion
from the teachings which had been brought to them.
as it was,
in terms of idolatry, not knowing virtually who God was.
And similarly in Africa and Egypt, Sudan, North Africa, to find the people in the depths
servants and slaves to produce
the largest Did you just monuments
to idolatry to the worship of Satan, because when we talk about idolatry, what we're talking about ultimately is the worship of Satan.
Because anything that we worship, besides the law is satanic.
So this was the state of the world.
And as I mentioned, in Mecca itself,
was surrounded by over 360 idols.
idols of the various tribes of Arabia, islands which they brought from neighboring countries,
they were in a state
where a mecca had become the center of idolatry. For the tribes of Arabia, people would make pilgrimage there for the worship of the idols.
So Prophet Mohammed
was raised here,
is the beginning.
of Prophet Muhammad wa sallam
was in the message
and the message that he brought from God,
which began when he had reached the 40th year of his life,
and continued to his death 23 years later.
This is the greatest significance of Prophet Muhammad Rasul Allah.
This is why you find in the Quran, that Allah does not speak of the birth of the Prophet,
but he speaks of raising up amongst the people, a messenger
that is the conveyance of the message to him, and his conveyance of that message to the people.
This is what you find throughout the fire alarm, reminding the people informing them, that he had sent this prophet
emphasizing the message not the time of the birth,
nor the time of his death. Of course, he had to be born and of course, he had to die.
But this is not what was emphasized.
It was the message. So the significance of Prophet Muhammad Rasul Allah lies in the message which he brought,
which if we reflect
on our attitudes towards those who help us,
a person, you are in a very difficult situation on your job, somebody comes along, and he helps you out.
Then you feel committed to that person.
You love that person.
You do anything for that?
You're sick to your dying, a doctor comes or first is skilled in medicine comes and he cares.
You are forever indebted to that person. This is how you feel over the material things in his life. Then how should we feel about one
who saved us
saved us in a sense, which is far greater than saving our physical being or economic means.
We should naturally feel committed
we should feel a total willingness
for this individual, whatever we can,
from what he has requested.
Because he described himself
in a metaphor
as being like one who in the night,
set the fire
and the insects of the Knights. When they see the fire, they all head for the fire. They are attracted to the fire and they fly into the fire that guy
but this one who sets the fire he tries to keep these insects back. He tries to stop them from flying into the fire. This is how he described himself but this insects are insisting even though he's fighting trying to keep them away. They're still flying around and trying to get into the fight.
the example of himself.
trying to stop us show us the way
away from the fire
but the masters of mankind
what the fire
But this is the role that he played.
He taught us the class
he gave us conveyed to us the final level
And he also taught us wisdom,
the understanding and application of the Quran
his lifestyle, what we call the Sunnah,
wherein he demonstrated for us, how that was to be understood, and how it was to be applied
to cure the
the spiritual sickness,
Those people that we spoke of, of Persia,
on the end of India and of Africa, etc.
So many of them were say, with the coming of Islam, Islam, liberated them
from the servitude of ship, and the worship of their rulers,
to the freedom
to submit oneself.
So the one true ruler, a lot.
The only one who deserves servitude
if you're gonna have social sicknesses,
unfair competition, in the business field,
unfair competition, even in the fields of marriage, you know, your brother has proposed for you to go and propose, when your brother's proposed already to the same person, this is
secured through his teachings from so many social ills, that
if we are honest,
we cannot but
feel indebted to him.
Feel that we owe him something.
But of course, the only thing that he has asked for from us is
to worship Allah to submit ourselves to Allah.
And to pray for him.
Not to pray to him,
but to pray for him.
And Allah has himself confirmed for us that whenever we pray,
for the Prophet Mohammed says, I love
that we are rewarded, the, the the reward for that prayer is multiplied for ourselves, we benefit for making prayer for the Prophet Mohammed says Allah, He benefits and we benefit, we benefit even more. We are the ones in need of making prayer for the prophet
to remind ourselves of our duty to follow His commands, to follow his way.
And allies emphasize his significance by placing his name in the other and then the call to prayer. So that we hear five times a day and in the apama, another five times a day, his name is again mentioned, reminding us of his role and his importance.
we have a phenomenon
which is spread over the Muslim world
somewhere around the 11th or 12th century,
the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam
took on more important
then the prophets
So, people began to celebrate his birthday
in imitation of the ways of the Christians,
the Christians who would celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Isa.
Of course they don't call him Prophet Isa They call him Allah.
Muslim began to celebrate
His birthday, Prophet Muhammad.
And it is likely that the idea for this came from satanic sources,
from the helpers and the friends of Satan,
that they would introduce this idea to the people in a fashion which would seem very attractive.
Is the Prophet Muhammad
greater than Prophet Isa La Silla? Is he not? Is he not the last of the prophets? The greatest of the Prophet?
Sure, we all agree. Well, then, if people would celebrate the birthday of Prophet Isa,
we should be celebrating even more in the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.
Very attractive, sounding
I see this is the way that the satanic forces Satan comes to us. He doesn't come to us with something which is obviously evil and obviously wrong. Because we recognize it and say no.
He will come to us with something that we must agree with something which is, in its essence, true, and worthy of notes.
As I said, the first statement was,
isn't Prophet Muhammad Allah, the greatest from the Prophet he's alive from the greatest? Yes, we all agree.
But now comes
the trick. Well, its profit is as birthday celebrated. Christians can spend all this time and effort to celebrate somebody who was lesser than our profits.
Shouldn't we outdo them? Shouldn't we do better than what they're doing?
And of course, the ignorant masses will say yes,
this we should.
And so the practice began.
It began in Egypt,
as far back as been recorded in the time of the documents. This is a this was a rule of Shiites.
deviants were deviated from mainstream Islam, who had elevated some of the descendants of Prophet Muhammad wa sallam, to a status, which was similar to a law giving the qualities of a law to men.
These individuals began the celebration of the birthday of the prophet SAW Salaam on a national scale.
And from there, it's spread.
So, now you find
in the Muslim world,
in every single country in the Muslim world
with without exception, the birthday of the man or column is celebrated.
Perhaps this is one of the only countries in the world where it is not celebrated with official sanction, it is not celebrated, you know by government decree like a day you know, in Ruby allow well this is this is the, this is the month in which it is claimed that the Prophet Moses Allah was born and a particular date has been set.
This has not been declared an official holiday. But you have people here
who will make the celebration privately because officially the scholars of the country are opposed to it.
And they have spoken about it. So many people are aware of it so the masses of people do not get involved but you have some individuals who will do it anyway.
So they carry these they have their celebrations but they're done privately in homes or whatever.
But in the rest of the world
you will find that this becomes a national holiday Yeoman levy
you know where people are free to work it's just like you know, like eat
and they will celebrate the birthday of the property.
Much as I said, what has happened here
the message was the Prophet Muhammad said Salim brought
people began a personality cults.
You see where the personality the individual became more impressive.
Then, then the message which he brought, which is the opposite of what the Quran says
that the message was more important than the individual. Muhammad Rasul Allah was only a vehicle.
We respect him, we pray for him, we love him, because a lot chose him, not because of him himself. He was a man like other men.
But what makes him worthy of our love and confidence and trust, is the message that he brought the fact that a lot chose him, to carry that message to us.
But unfortunately, as I said, People got caught up in the personality, the individual, the man.
So his birthday becomes important.
The man when he was born,
the day on which he was born.
And this is something which the problems I fell have warned us about.
He warned us saying that you should not be excessive in your praise of me in the way that you that the other the Christians did to properties.
Don't do it.
Don't make the place of my burial, a place of gatherings
as the peoples of the past did, to the process of the past.
And he told them
after saying do not praise me,
beyond my words, as they have done to Proverbs even said, I am merely just called me, I belong a slave of Allah.
And the Messenger of Allah. That's what
are of the people.
And he, in his personal life,
emphasized practically to the people that he was a man like them.
When people came
to seek him out, when he sat amongst his companions, no one could identify those who didn't know him couldn't identify.
until somebody pointed out Oh, there he is over there.
He was indistinguishable from this company.
He sold his own clothes, mended his own shoes.
He lives a simple, basic life.
Because what was important, was not the man it was the message that he brought.
And this is why he told us
whoever does a deed
which has not been sanctioned by me,
that deed will be rejected, will be thrown back at you, it will be of no value.
And whoever brings something new in the religion
this which is brought a new will be a source of misguidance
coup d'etat in balada.
Every new thing will be a source of misguidance. And ultimately, these new inventions these new changes in the religion will lead a person to help
because behind these innovations are the satanic forces.
As I said they appear appealing to us initially, but eventually they take us out of the religion.
This was the teaching. The teaching was prohibiting the introduction of any new practices in the religion.
The Prophet Muhammad SAW Allah did not celebrate his birth.
His companions did not celebrate His mercy. The students of his companions did not celebrate his birthday, nor did this their students celebrate his birthday. And the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam said the best of generations is my generation. Then the generation which comes after them, then the generation which comes after them. So if the best three generations
Mankind did not celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad
can that celebration be good?
it cannot be,
in contradiction to the message.
And because of this, you find when you go to the celebrations, in most parts of the world, I must say in every case, but in most parts of the world, when you find the celebrations and the people get together,
you will find the mixing of the men and women,
they may even be taking intoxicants.
They will be singing songs, which elevate Prophet Muhammad wa sallam to the status of Allah, they will give him qualities of a lot
omnisphere powers and etc, which only belong to a law, you'll find this in many of the famous what they call a feeders, which are some when you go and look at the meanings you find the ship.
there they're giving to the problems I tell them attributes which belong only to a law, which is sure.
But this is what you find. And there will be music, music worship, ah salon, you know, had described as being
deviant as being the work of Satan as being a fight of,
of destruction of people from the worship of Allah. And what you will find is that these people, many of the people who are deeply involved in these practices, these are people who are neglecting their compulsory duties. You'll find a man who doesn't pray, he doesn't stop. But he's going to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet.
And you speak against the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed sauce I love you know, you are an apostate, he's ready to kill you.
But he doesn't pray and he doesn't stop, doesn't give.
Huge amounts of money are wasted in the celebration. paying people will come and make these songs and music and all these things. These people paying all this money and they don't even pay the regular cast.
When it comes to inheritance, they don't divide it up properly. They divided up according to their own whims and wishes. They're not following the principles of Islam, when it comes to the celebration of the birth of the problems as a lump, you know, it becomes something which they give their everything.
So it is a deviation.
It is something which
deludes people into believing
that they are pleasing a law.
This is the shortcut is the people who are not prepared
to do what is required of them. Seek the shortcut.
by attending the celebrations, by showing your love for problems, often you see this love to celebrate. And this is going to carry you to paradise. You don't have to pray fast into the other thing was just this love to see it becomes like Christianity,
isn't it? Christianity which teaches everything is love.
You know, you love Jesus. That's it. As long as you accept Jesus, you know, love Him with all your heart, then that's it doesn't matter what you do after that you're going to paradise you're amongst the blessed. So this is what has happened. They've modified the religion into Christianity. So though they're calling themselves Muslims have become Christians
in their practice.
And this love
is not accepted
in any way, shape, or form.
that none of you has truly believed until I become more beloved to him than his wife, his children, his parents, and the things of this world and even himself. When he said this, Omar, the second challenge had said,
O Messenger of Allah, surely you are more beloved to me, than my wife and children, and all the things in this world except myself.
And the Prophet Mohammed bin Salman Tolan, well you better check yourself.
So he reflected some more and then he said, No, no, even myself and he said, Now you have really believed
this is therefore
How do we show our love for problem homicide?
Is it by disobeying His commandments. So if somebody tells you this is it
Love you, brother.
When you ask him to do something to knock and
I'm so busy I'm so every time you asked me, he said, No, no, no, I can't, I'm too busy, I have to do this. I love you I love what is the meaning of this love.
You know, love which is real is going to drive you to serve the one who you love.
This is why we are worried that you didn't our law tells us look like to be aware
of your wife and your children. Because they can become an enemy to you, because of your love for them. You may disobey along. So you have to be careful to keep your love in check, that it does not reach the stage where you will disobey a law to please them. Because when you do that you're ventured into the realm of
your love of Allah, creation becomes greater than your love for the Creator,
then that becomes hell for you.
That's your path to health.
And this is why we're learning it. Because true love will cause a person to want to serve and to do things to obey the one that he loves.
And that full sense of love
is deserving only
to Allah and His messenger.
And the reason why we love the messenger in this faction in this fashion.
And to understand the love of the messenger, you have to understand the love of a law. And when the law says, full inclusion. The law said the only law if it is safe is that you love the law, then Follow me Follow the profit from the law and the law we love you. Because when we love we seek from the one who we love,
love that. We want the love to come back. You know you I mean you love somebody, you want that person to love you also. So we want the love to love us in our expression of our love,
then we must follow the Prophet. When we follow the prophet in fact, we are following the law.
Because the law says made up of law, whoever obeys the messenger of obey the law.
So our expression of love of a law by following the messenger is obedience to Allah.
So herein lies the essence of the love of the messenger. obedience to Him.
Doing what he has commanded us, and avoiding what he has prohibited us from.
Because we know that whatever he has conveyed to us is from Allah. He didn't speak of himself
lands upon in Hawaii in huella.
This is a lot of describing the problems I found them is not speaking from his own desires. But what he related to you is revelation.
So his actions and his statements were it's a secondary form of revelation from Allah demonstrating to us this is why we are obliged to obey Him.
Obey the Koran and obey him all the time. A lot of sellers require bail law in the business of a law in a business.
Because the two are inseparable.
They are inseparable.
So our expression of love, what is required of us is to follow the Prophet Mohammed Salaam, and this is
our declaration of faith, isn't it? What do we say I shall do I know Muhammad Rasulullah after saying I shall do and it will be their witness that there is no God but Allah, nothing worthy of worship, but Allah, allow me to add to that. And we bear witness that Muhammad
was the Messenger of Allah, the One who conveyed to us the message of Allah.
meaning that he is the one individual in our lives,
who we are obliged to follow blindly.
Whatever he has told us, we follow
because he was the Messenger of Allah.
And if we really believe
that the Prophet Mohammed Gaza alum was the Messenger of Allah,
we would have no reluctance in obeying
His commandments and avoiding the things which is permitted.
So, when we find within ourselves a reluctance
or to avoid,
what we are expressing here is
an aspect of our weakness of faith.
A portion of this belief
is what it is, in fact,
if it remains at that level and then we seek to do other righteous things to cover it, okay fine.
What if it grows, it can become full disbelief.
reach a state where, you know, a week ago, one individual in the eastern province was executed
for cursing alive is messenger,
saying that Islam was alive,
false was made up the Quran was written by the Prophet Jesus stories he made up. So it was like,
this is a person who Satan had finished taking him away.
That individual does this belief may have started in a small stage. This is why, although we know that sins are on different levels,
and a lot does commanded to fear him to the degree that we are able, if
we try to fear him to the degree that we're able, however, we should not neglect the fact that in disobedience,
small areas of disobedience,
when they become widespread in our practice, this can lead to major disobedience.
You know, we all always have to be in a struggle, and effort to try to stop
to keep back these
forces which are destroying our faith.
We have to it's a constant struggle.
it is very important for us
to remember the Prophet Muhammad SAW Allah.
Not on one specific day in the year.
But on every day,
as the law is commanded to the abandoned the akarma, to the childhood that we make all of a sudden Allah Mohammed.
we have been commanded to remember him throughout our daily life.
And that's how we should live it.
It should be a constant, reflecting on the problems that Allah has commanded us to do, and to try to apply that in our day to day life.
In the end of the hotbar, the Imam had mentioned that
in the media,
you know, there is an attempt, even here, where
the official position is against
the celebration, these innovative and prohibited celebrations. There is an attempt in the media to try to, to make celebration of the province of Solomon's birthday appealing. So, you will find in some of the newspapers, you know, I saw one paper, it had one whole page
of praise to the problem, I was 11, somebody wrote a poem, which filled the whole page of phrases to the problem.
as he pointed out,
people fall into this trap, either due to ignorance
or because they're seeking some worldly benefits from worldly gain.
because they have chosen deliberately the path of evil.
So, those of us
who have in the past,
fallen into this trap
shouldn't reflect which of these categories are weak.
If we're in the category of ignorance, then we need to under
Establish love properly.
And this is the purpose of the football, to educate, to make you aware of what is required of us as Muslims in terms of our relationship to the Prophet Muhammad, Allah, how it is that we express our love for him to understand that to be educated, so that we can save ourselves.
And if we are involved in these things out of seeking
worldly gain, because the boss in our company
says, I'm having a celebration over my house today. And if you don't come,
then you will not be amongst those who are liked by the boss. And this might mean you might lose your job in the future, etc. So out of your fear of displeasing your boss, you choose to displease a law.
Those of us who may be in that category, need to reflect on where we're headed. Because for sure itself, if we don't correct ourselves and get out of that situation.
And for those who insist,
they have, in fact,
they have rejected faith.
For them, of course,
this has no
they have, in fact,
they have rejected paid
for them. Of course,
this has no meaning, as the law says, you know, he has
put a veil over their eyes,
and has seal their ears and their hearts.
So telling them is like not telling them. So I'll just say.
So in sha Allah,
I would hope that
this topic is one, which would cause us to reflect
not only on the issues, the direct issues concerning the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, Allah, but the issue in general of innovation in religion
that we be wearing,
especially many of us here,
who, in fact, our recent converts to Islam,
where we may find ourselves in going back to our host, our own countries or home countries, we may find the people practicing many differences,
that we have a duty to ourselves,
not to just fall into the practices of the people
must to try to determine the basis of these practices.
If they are not found in the teachings of the Quran,
or the message of the sooner the practice of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad, Allah, then we have to reject these practices. We have to oppose this.
That opposition, of course, should be done wisely.
You know, it's not just, you know, calling people mushriks, or, you know, disbelievers or whatever, because they're doing these things, what we try to educate the people as we have been educated, to understand Islam from its foundation, as we have striven to understand. And in that way, we can convey the message,
the message of revival of the return to the pure Islam, which was brought by Prophet Mohammed czars alum 1400 years ago,
this blessing which Allah
gave to the prophet to mankind, we may take benefits from it, and pass it on to others.
Shall I'll stop here, if anybody has any comments that they'd like to make or addition of any points from the hook by itself, which I missed? Or any questions that they'd like to raise? on the issue on the topic of celebration of the Prophet Muhammad SAW someone's birthday, then they may do so now. But just before that, I should just add that if
the celebration of the prophets birthday philosophy is prohibited in Islam,
then the celebration of our own birthdays
and the celebration of our children's birthdays
goes without saying
Because if we had to celebrate birthdays,
and we're prohibited to celebrate that of the property,
then naturally our own celebration alone birthdays, and those of our children must be permitted even more. So.
Of course, one may say, Well, the celebration of the Prophet Moses Ellen's birthday, this is a religious act. When a person does so, he does so believing that this is pleasing to Allah.
So in doing this, this becomes a form of innovation in the religion, because we cannot please a law with something which the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu didn't feature, the only thing which are pleasing to a lot of the things which a prophet SAW Selim taught us to do. Because he did say, you know, that Makarov, crochet, and you caribou, Camilla LA, No,
I did not leave anything which would bring you closer to Allah, which is pleasing to Allah, which will bring you closer to him, except I told you to do it.
So, the person may argue a lot, when I celebrate my birthday, or the birthday of my children, I do not believe that this is a form of coming closer to Allah.
So this is just a, you know, we could say, a cultural practice,
so this shouldn't really be included, along with celebration, the process I'm referring to,
that it may not be in the same category, because of one's intense.
if one looks at the origin of the celebration of diversity,
go back and open an encyclopedia, to look under the heading of birthdays.
And see where the practices of celebration of birthday comes from, you will see that it returns to pagan practices,
idol worshipers of the past
put certain special significance is to the birth, the time of birth of a person, which is expressed also in the zodiacal signs and the you know, the, what you call the signs of the zodiac which are called astrology, etc. These these are the pagan concepts and thoughts, which are the roots of the celebration of one's birth.
So in doing so, one, in fact, imitates pagan practices of other cultures.
And the problems are Solomon said that whoever imitates the ways the way people are from those people are amongst them,
are considered one of them, like them.
And we as Muslims are enjoined to avoid practices, especially those which have pagan origins to them.
And when you look at the effects
of the celebration of one birthday,
the harmful effects that can come into families, you can see naturally, why this also is not like the semicolon. Because
when your child comes home to you and says,
so and so the neighbor invited us to his birthday party, then you must now buy presents.
Because when you're invited to a birthday party, you are expected to bring a perfect birthday party is a means of gathering presents
for the child.
So now you your economic situation may not allow you to be able to buy a president or a president which would be under standard of that particular family.
So your child now is put in a position of embarrassment. Because all you can buy is a little loving kind of President and he feels shy to come and give a little nothing when everybody else is giving big presents. So he feels bad if you're bad towards you, because he can he can understand you don't have enough money. You know, it's just my father is not a good father, he doesn't do this. And then
when his birthday comes around, and you can't afford to buy him what he wants,
he feels again, bad feelings towards you.
And if you forget your wife's birthday, because you're busy working, that's also she's upset why why you didn't remember my birthday. You know, you see all the negative things that comes out of his birthday. That it's not surprising why Islam is opposed to
because to know, some people may benefit, the harm in the end becomes greater.
So I just wanted to add that, you know, in case
because we're on the topic of birthdays, it's good to just link it all up shala
now if any of you have any questions,
Could you go down and speak to any questions from
any questions anybody would like to read? Okay, but
how does the Muslim pray for the Prophet Mohammed Salah? Well,
we have been
say, after the mention of his name, some Allahu alayhi wa sallam
that is, you know me a lot of peace and blessings be on him.
We're asking a law to bless him. This is one of the ways that he said something to Elijah.
You know, wherever you are, you do so, and whoever does so,
a law will reward him 10 times that mental Alia
salats in Washington from the law while he Yeah, Asha, Allah also praise for that or bless that person who does that 10 times.
So, we benefit
while praying for the problem and
also, when the event is given,
that we make afterwards in which we have the law for Allah sila for the problems as Allah,
lm explained was the highest level in Paradise, which should only be given to one individual and he wishes that he would be that individual.
Now, some people mistakenly think that this concept or term of what sila means intercession, which is wrong, because farmers I tell him explain himself when the components are what is what he explained, this is inside a Muslim, he explained that it is this particular place in paradise the highest.
We asked a lot to give him this to elevate the status in paradise.
This is how we pray for him.
Of course, some people may go further and
recite the Quran, for example, and ask the Lord to give the blessings of the recitation required to the Prophet was not
leap practice has now become questionable.
When we recite the Quran,
we need the blessings ourselves.
You know, he is he has told us how to
bless him to pray for him, let us the way that he told us the other things we can do, we should try to do as much as we can for ourselves.
the question that our brother was asking
was that there are references
in the Koran and in the Sunnah, and it's commonly stated, where the Kaaba
is referred to as data loss,
the house of alarm the house of God.
Now, as a brother expressed that this has some kind of overtones
Do you know which sort of implies when you say this is the House of Commons, you know, it means car it lives in his house, right. So, when we say this is the house of Allah, we what are we saying here? I mean, just to clarify this point,
Arabic as it exists in English, you have a construction which is
this a construction indicating possession of a thing.
Sometimes this is used to indicate the possession of something which is your own
a part of yourself or something which you own, which is not a part of yourself.
And this is for example, when we say
this is something my own right, that gloved hands, you know, this means it's part of me. So that without look at something which is not that far.
Have himself not. So, this expression of possession, can indicate,
can have a number of different meanings one, that it is a part of something, or just possessed by that thing. And then when you use this term of possession,
it could be just merely indicating possession.
Or it could be indicating special honor
to because when we say the houses on the earth, all of them are a lot of houses, we could say all of the houses on the earth are lucky in the sense that allies The one who gave us the materials to build it, and the knowledge to build it.
They all belong to you.
However, she refers to the places of worship, as to law, the houses of Allah.
He, out of the houses that we build on the earth, the structures that we build on earth, He has chosen some of them and have given them special honor.
So this possession is one indicating honors, not one indicating that he inhabits or it is is in that more literal sense, no, it's one of honors, he refers, we refer to nagatomo.
The Shi Cavalia law, you know, this was the one sent as a as a test to the people
Father, right. His people, this was a test sent to them the scammer.
And she normally when we say,
Thomas Campbell, it means this is the animal that
we milk or whatever.
The one we say Nakula, we don't mean that is the camel that a lot right blue allies, elevated that Camelot of all of the capitals because he made it a sign to the people, there was a miraculous quality to it,
which separated it out from the other channels. So that's what gave it that status of honor by a lot of calling a kiss.
A lot of camels, a lot of house and then, of course, the mecca Kaaba, out of all of the various houses of a law, this one, he refers most directly to his beta law.
Because of all of the houses of worship, it is the most honorable, this is why a lot, you know, to the problem has told us that one prayer there
is worth 100,000 prayers. This is usually the honor that Allah has placed on this being the first house of worship built for the worship of Allah.
So this is how we can see it. And similarly, when a lot refers to
his spirit. It's very important to keep this in mind. Because some people have mistakenly thought, when a law refers to his spirits, in the bar under the law has a spirit, especially those of us coming from Christian backgrounds, where we think of a lot of genius spirits,
and that allies in each and every one of us than our hearts,
then this conveys to us the concept a lot spirits and then a law created Adam and blue in him from his spirit that you know, each and every one of us has a piece of ally inside themselves. This is a mistaken concept. No, this spirit is created by a law, a lot of friends with his his spirits to human spirits, is elevated above the spirits of the rest of the creation.
kit has a special status. So you first with US history.
But the problems are solved and clarified for us that are the beginning of the six months in the development of the human being then an angel comes and blows the spirit in that individual. So the angel is the one who place the spirits in other
parts of the law
room. And when you say glow people think
and of course once you do that, then you're making a lot like a mess.
you know, we're not allowed to conceive of a law in the terms of human beings.
So, we have to understand these statements which allow us in some of them have metaphorical implications they they are used to bring a concept closer to us, you know, to in terms that we can more easily understand but in the same time we
have to be careful to not fall into such a literary understanding that we make a law like his creation, because the law says very clearly lays the commission initially, there is nothing like it while I'm here.
No one is similar to you.
So Allah is not a spirits nor does he have the spirits but he created the spirits
whether human or otherwise,
raise your voice.
Okay, are brothers asking for a person who recently embraced Islam, reading various books and materials which are printed in various countries,
which may have in them to different degrees, information, which is deviant.
Not every book which is written in every country is deviant. But many books may contain many DVM facts, they may not be all deviant images at one point or another point. How do we know as a new Muslim when reading information? How do we know that this information is authentic is reliable? How can we judge when we don't have a firm foundation, a solid background in Islamic scholarship to be able to distinguish between truth and falsity.
If you see a book,
you read a book in which a person is just telling you ideas after ideas after ideas. And is not quoting from the Quran. And not quoting from the statements and practices of the Prophet Muhammad SAW right away you know that is a book that you should not rely on a dangerous
because human ideas
may be correct, or they may not.
When a man lets his mind go, to write whatever comes to his head, you know, it is very easy to deviate many people because when we look around the world, those who are deviant rather they deviate behind the right things in the teachings, which have no basis in Revelation.
So when we're reading and the talk about Islamic books, of course, right? Books, we're seeking knowledge about God, man's relationship to God, how he should live his life, etc. We should
seek those books that refer the information back to the foundation of Islam, the Quran, and the Sunnah.
there should be reference, not just the person saying in the Koran, it is said.
It tells you verse chapter, so until
the Prophet said, in the noble tradition, no, he said, in
collection, Buhari volume, so and so, you know, stage so and so the more you find that, the more you can be
confident about the information you're giving, because when the person tells you where you can find it. So in other words, when you read this, you can now go back to these books and check it yourself reading for yourself, then you can feel more confident. And those people who are on the path of deviation, they will not reference their work in the trash.
You know, for the most part, if they're going to give references, they'll be vague references so you can check it yourself. So these are the ways of the means that you may use to ensure that the material that you're getting is sound.
One of the means that you may use
for yourself being here for example, and fortunately, alive, not only blessed this country with wealth, the material wealth, which is what brought many of us here.
Not to try to make our lives better, earning some money or whatever.
But he has also left the country
In the sense that the
center of Islam, Mecca and Medina here,
over 100 years ago,
a revivalist movement
led by a scholar from this region by the name of Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahab, who called people back to the practice of Islam, in its purity.
He was opposed
by many, actually, his own father spoke against his brother even wrote a book condemning him.
But before he died, his brother came back and became one of his supporters. But the point is that he was chased out of this town that he was in,
but eventually found support
by one of the Amir's of this area.
And, together, they set about spreading the teachings, as well as reuniting the country.
This movement began as I said, as a religious movement.
And to that degree,
it has affected the overall
religious direction of the country.
So you will find here
less innovation, in terms of the day to day practices of Islam, when you will find in most other countries, so
you can to a degree, I mean, to a limited degree, I'm not saying you can just open this door wide, but I'm saying to a limited to me, if you find that people are not doing certain things here in terms of practices, like the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet, knowing certain other celebrations, etc. And you go back and you find people are doing these things, this is a time for you to question to seek
evidence, you know, to a certain degree, I said, you can't I'm not opening the door wide open in the sense that there are things which are here, for example, you may find interbank
interest being given and taken.
And we cannot say, well, we go back home, we want to deal an interest. So, they do it in Saudi Arabia, you know, it must be alright, this is the land of the Prophet and so on. So I don't know.
I don't want to open the door wide open, you know, right into everything that they're doing No, but I said to a limited degree in terms of the day to day, you know, practices, celebrations, etc, you will find that this is one of your best examples. So, if you find things which seem to be different, then these are one of the signs that you may want to question when you go back.
But, as I said, the general procedure that we should use is to concentrate on material which indicates the source that is comes as being the Quran and Sunnah, showing you where you can research these things yourself for further study. And these are the types of materials which you can put your
What you don't find fulfilling these, you have to be wary about, understand that these are opinions of people, which may be correct, and may not be
the reference to praising the Prophet
with their praise and reference to the Prophet Muhammad, who they were
and his family.
Now in recent times,
there are people who are reported to be members of his family
whose character is questionable.
Is it correct for us to ask Allah to avoid the profits family?
In reference to that there's a hygiene
or there are Hadith in Sahih Muslim where there's reference made that we should not consider his family
which they shouldn't have a special place amongst us as Muslims, simply because they are members of assembly. Is it proper for us to praise His family
or to ask Allah to reward assemblies simply because they're members of this family?
question here. I mean, it's a question without an answer in the question, right? I mean,
the question being that
we are enjoined, or it is said that we are enjoined to not only praise the Prophet Muhammad, Allah, but also praise his family.
And this is in the salon itself along with Mohammed, Ali Mohammed,
you know, this is and also on the family of Muhammad Rasul Allah.
And there are people around today. And there have been people in the past, who claim to be from his family, his descendants,
who in their practice, are deviants.
should we, in fact,
phrase, the family of the Prophet, so I'll tell them simply because they are a family.
And our brother also mentioned that he recall, reading something in the traditions collected by Muslim, that departments Allah had said something to that effect. But I don't know exactly that to the effect that we should not praise His family because they are his family.
I'm not really familiar with that particular reference that he made.
But the point is that we are commanded in the salon
to ask Allah to bless his family.
And that's, you know, clear, five times a day.
what is understood here is
the righteous members of his family,
you know, as a law, told,
when his son refused to join him,
that he is not from your family.
Though, physically speaking, yes, he was the son. But Allah told him that this man is not from your family.
So anyone who is a deviant and corrupt individual is not from the family of the Prophet Mohammed Godzilla, even if he physically happens to be amongst his descendants.
So we encouragement and commandment to to ask the Lord to bless them and family.
who Allah loves
you love those who the Prophet love. Those who are close to the Batman's are the love, you should love them too.
And he had also said
that anyone who hates my descendants,
you know, who have his family.
And he's talking about really his more immediate family. And those are the righteous of his family, anyone who hates them?
His face is
Because if you hate those who are lost, loved,
how can you love a lot?
That's why those people who hate the companions of the Prophet
you know, call themselves Shiites, for example, who claim that the vast majority of the companions of the farmers I tell them became apostates. They left Islam except for both sides.
Starting with aboubaker
all mine was not these are all people who left Islam is what she had to say. The majority of them say
in other words, an apostate is wrong. You should hate. They hate those who department love.
departments are gonna married the daughter of Abu Bakr and the daughter of Omar and he married two of his daughters to Earth man
and you hate them.
any further questions?
We have some questions here from
why is it that all the other prophets, such as Moses, Jesus Abraham,
were or are common to both Christianity and Islam?
Why is Prophet Muhammad wa sallam not present in Christianity?
Does he have a Christian name,
but by Christian name, meaning a name, by which he may be referred to by Christians without realizing that he is in fact, the same person.
The fact that the reason why the prophets Moses, Jesus and Abraham are common
to both Islam and Christianity, because
Christianity is a deviation from Islam.
What Jesus brought was Islam.
What Paul thought was Christianity.
So what people are following is not what Jesus brought what, but what Paul thought.
But since his teachings were taken initially from Islam, this is why you will find
a commonality there.
The prophets are similar.
And the reason why Prophet Mohammed Al Salam is not recognized as a prophet in Christianity,
it was a deviation from the teachings of Christ.
And as such,
it is not going to guide people to the truth.
It will hide the truth and lead them instead to false.
And this is what Christianity in fact, this
is a powerful fossil today,
leading people away from the truth. So why then such a path should then guide people back to Mohammed Salah? No, doesn't make sense.
So it's natural that Christianity should not mention,
you know, are considered to be a prophet of Allah, because what he thought was the truth, which contradicts and negates the teachings of Paul and what became known as Christianity.
However, you do find in the distorted gospels, as I mentioned, in the beginning, some references,
the pirate cleats,
which has been taken to mean when Jesus spoke of going and that when he left, that one would come after him, and that's the one would come up to him would not come until he left. You know, I'm speaking about this individual Christians are taking that to refer to the Holy Spirit's but uh, however, when you look at the references, it's obvious that it is not the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit existed at the time of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit was present during the time of Jesus according to the darkness. So therefore, we really need to look at those references
in a nother light
and a light that this is in reference to an individual. And then if we do so the descriptions given to that individual known as the part
that that's those descriptions. It's only Prophet Muhammad SAW Allah.
question, is it not right for us to give Thanksgiving that we're born
into this world? Why is it that birthday celebrations are being discouraged?
One as I said, one needs to go back and look at the origin of the principle of celebration of birthdays. Because you will find that said that it has a pagan origin
and when we celebrate the birthdays, it is not really one of Thanksgiving.
You as a particular individual
may put that intention behind it. But that's not the general intention.
So since it has a pagan origins, this is why we reject it. And if it weren't, in fact, something good, because if we're allowed to look at it as Thanksgiving,
thanking God, now we have turned it into a religious Act, which we now believe to be pleasing to God, giving science to God that we were born, this becomes a religious act. And Prophet Mohammed, our fellow who brought the final message of Islam, he didn't give thanks to God that he was born.
So what do you think? Are you better than the Prophet? Do you got a better way?
Obviously, giving thanks in this session, is not an acceptable
Question is the holy Kaaba, the center of the earth
geographically, and we hear this people referring to the Kaaba as being the center of the earth. But if you think about it, you've got a sphere.
Any point on the sphere is its center.
You know, so, it is a ridiculous statement. It is an attempt on the part of people to try to, you know, give the Kaaba some, you know, almost mystical,
you know, qualities, you know, as far as I know, when I attempted Islam and, you know, some friends of mine told me, you know, that, you know, the Kaaba, you know, the birds don't even fly over the copper, you know, they circle around the carpet, like some, you know, forcefield that goes up from the Kaaba, which prevents them from flying over the Kaaba. So, I got a chance to come to Mecca and I went there and made ombre, and I saw birds flying,
not only flying over but deprecating on the cover.
And you see people when, when the rain come, when it rains in Mecca, and the rains on the top of the Kaaba, and they had tons of swamps, I mean, to leave the water off, they'll be running there and catching the water in from the top of the cabinet and his bottle bathing in it, Washington or they bring the the roads that they plan to to be buried in there, bring it there Washington dam dam water under it, which happens to be raining and the water's coming off the top of the carpet, they're going to Washington DC
when in fact this water is filled with
madatha cebra bottling it and taking it back.
This is a distortion misunderstanding where people have deviated from understanding, you know, the practical and the real aspects.
the cover is not the center anymore the center of the earth, then Medina or master the laptop or any your own home is essential.
it's not two o'clock, which is our stopping point. So, inshallah, if there are any other questions, they can be carried on next week.
Just before going, I was asked last week, because we did run out of time,
touch briefly on the topic, which had been a source of controversy, you know, in the week that I was absent.
And it is a topic which the week previous I had, you know, deliberately attempted to, to deal with in such a general fashion that it would be without controversy.
And that was the topic concerning the covering of the face of the woman.
And I would just like to re emphasize
low, some brothers
tried to push one position over another position
in the set setting two weeks ago, that there is sufficient evidence
to support both positions with major scholars
on both sides.
So much so that it is not fair to say I was said that if you were an Arab or if you understood Arabic, then it would be clear to you then it has to be this way. This was a statement which was made or that implication was given. And as I said, there are major scholars who are Arabs, who understand Arabic as best as it can be understood.
Who do not understand those verses in the light that the brother was expressing.
So, I would just like to return us back to the original position which I gave three weeks prior, which was that it is on the individual to look at the evidence from both sides.
And to choose for himself, the one which appears to be most practical, most reasonable, and apply it.
But I could just say, practically speaking,
may accept Islam
may be working to provide for her self and
that she may find extremely difficult
to even get a job with their hair coverage
for us to tell her
that it is compulsory to cover your face.
And if you do do so, you are a sinner
is to tell her that she should stay at her home
and allow herself and her children to starve.
So I know on a practical plane
there, as you may all
know, in the Philippines, on a practical claim that as much as one may be convinced one ought to have to deal with the practicalities of life.
And that ultimately, you know, becomes the determining factor in terms of what we do.
And if we recognize these practicalities, then it is better that we take a position which will allow a certain amount of leeway for people to be able to live and practice their Islam, you know, on a community and an individual level
and shala with that I would like to close now,
asking a lot to accept
our gathering as one in which we have sought to please Him.
One in which we have been reminded about the importance of the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam to praise him throughout the Lord's Prayer for him and blessing as a means of reminding ourselves of the importance of following him. We ask the Lord to give us the strength and the courage to follow the message that she brought as completely as possible.
In order that we may find our way
back to God
to paradise in the next life