Channel: Bilal Philips
This talk was given in Malaysia on March 22, 2015.
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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Kadim
II was Hobie woman is standing bissonnet de la Ahmed Deen all praises due to align me allows Peace and blessings beyond the last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day
countering the atheists and the liberalist.
This topic addresses two intellectual trends
in the world today.
which is dominant in western civilization,
and another, which is prominent in Muslim
countries, civilization today.
Both trends, of course, are in contradiction
Islam, the Sharia, Revelation
Both trends lead
To put it simply,
though, in their fullness,
they may take those who follow them, ultimately to hell.
It doesn't mean that everybody who is affected by them will be going to hell.
So we need to understand the principles behind these trends, so that it doesn't affect us as a Muslim community. It doesn't affect us negatively.
In both this life, and possibly the next.
If we look at atheism,
we have to say first and foremost, that
it represents a very small minority of human beings,
people who are truly atheists, meaning they deny the very existence of God.
Which is why it is not surprising that we don't find a number of verses in the Quran, which address the atheists. We don't look through the Quran you will not find it.
Very few verses.
have always believed in God.
modern Western philosophers
assuming that we came from animal origins,
our great grandparents were monkeys.
And since we don't see any monkeys worshipping,
right, have you seen any monkey temples? Now?
They do have temples to the Monkey God in India, Hanuman. But you don't see any monkeys worshipping
gorillas, orangutans. They're not gathering and worshiping. So, since those were our forefathers, that's their assumption. Then it must mean that this whole worship thing we made up.
We made it up.
We invented God. God is a product
of our own imagination.
parkins, Dawkins, all these people, this is what they're promoting.
It's a global delusion. humankind is in a state of delusion, The God Delusion.
And they argue that common sense science, logic reason, all this stuff, you know the Age of Enlightenment all this liberated us from the shackles of religion
and believe in a fictional
figment of our imagination we call God
that is their claim.
when that trend first arose,
their founders saw a future in which more and more people would not believe in God until belief in God would become just a leftover, you know, like you have some people around that still believe in fairies, and leprechauns in all
this, you know,
most people don't believe in these
folk tales anymore. Right? society has gone beyond it. So they felt that belief in God is like that.
Just a matter of time, education. humankind will leave it, you hear the early evolutionists, you know, people like Huxley and others who speak about religion, you know, this is just something which will buy the 21st century, 20th century, 21st century, it's gone. Nobody's going to be believing that anymore. However, that's not the case at all.
In fact, when we look at the communist countries, where atheism became the state religion, Russia,
atheism was the state religion.
When the Russian Federation crumbled,
and that state religion was dismantled, people were now free to choose for themselves.
Within a few years after the crumbling,
a survey of religious beliefs in Europe,
who believed in God and who didn't.
And they found that over 80% of the Russian population believed in God.
Those who believed in God in France were in the 70s.
Russia was more than France,
even though they had been under the yoke of communism for more than 50 years.
What does that tell you?
belief in God is not going away.
It will never go away.
It has never gone away. And it will never go away. Why?
Because as a law told us in the Quran, we know why.
Allah told us in the q&a when he created Adam, he took from Adam all of his descendants in the spiritual state
in the barza
and he made them bear witness saying, I less to build up become,
Am I not your Lord
and all human beings that would ever exist in this world.
And the gin
said Bala Shaheed
Indeed, we bear witness to it.
So this is imprinted on every soul
that comes into this world, which is why prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Columbo Ludin, you lead to Alan fitrah
Every child is born with a natural belief in God.
That's reality. And that's why it can never be erased.
So, atheists really, you don't have to worry about them
in terms of their ideology, because though they like to say
atheism is based on logic, reason, scientific method, so on and so on. So
whereas those people who believe in God and religion, theirs is based on blind faith
This is what they say.
But when you actually get down to what they say what they call brass tacks right down to the foundation, what you see is the exact opposite.
That it is the atheists who base their belief on blind faith.
And the believers base their belief on logic,
Because atheism is illogical.
Where was logic born? According to Western civilization, logic was born where in Greece
the Greeks were the first
the system of logic.
Obviously, it wasn't born, then people were logical before the Greeks and after the Greeks and beyond the Greeks, but they made it into a code. If A equals B,
and B equals C, then a must equal C.
If A equals B,
and B equals C, then a must also equal C. That is logic.
One of the codes one of the rules, simple one.
the two greatest philosophers of Greece,
Plato and Aristotle. They both used logical arguments to prove that there must be a god.
What does that tell us?
belief in God is logical.
Not as the atheists would have us think? No, it is very logical.
We recognize the reality of the world around us.
In this world,
with find design everywhere.
Plato's argument was the argument from design
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Will you not look at the camel and see how it was made?
that is going to happen by accident.
Okay, we say the camel.
What about the giraffe?
What about the zebra? What about the alligator?
Everyone's special design by accident. No. You know,
if you take a bucket of paint, you throw it on the wall and it's splatters on the wall. You might see a shape. They say that sort of looks like a hand.
Oh, that's what it looks like a head.
That looks like a foot.
what do you think of the chances that you would take a bucket, pour in that bucket, paint, yellow, red.
green, blue, white, black, stir it up, throw it on the wall. And you get what Mona Lisa,
what do you think about the chance for that one?
What do you think about the chance?
If you are sensible, you will say a possible
impossible will never ever happen.
What does the atheist say? If you give me enough buckets, and enough paint, and enough time, and I just keep throwing and throwing and throwing and throwing, eventually, one time it will happen.
Why are you thinking that that could ever happen? Why? Because of your blind faith that this was all an accident?
Because if you can't accept, that could happen by accident. What about a human being
a billion times more complex than that painting.
So you see they're stuck. Once they started from the premise that there is no God, then they have to go to the absurd.
One of their famous statements that they like to make is that if you put 100 monkeys
in a cage
with 100, Arabic typewriters
and an unlimited amount of paper, let them jump around and beat on the keys and you know, throw the
typewriters left and right. Eventually, one of them will type out the whole core and from Fatiha to NASS.
This what they say.
they say it very seriously? Yes.
We say these are idiots.
That is idiocy.
I mean, what else can you call it? This is idiocy, nothing in the world around us points in that direction. We have no example to base this on. Its total
blind faith, because you have already accepted there is no God. Therefore, the only way to explain where we are is by accident.
And therefore, you will use this argument of accident to justify everything and anything.
So the big bang
this huge explosion of matter compressed to a very small point exploding. And here we are.
Eventually, one of those planets, life starts and here we are.
Now, if I were to say to you
imagine dropping an atomic bomb
on a junkyard
in a junkyard. When your car breaks down, it doesn't work anymore. You sell it to the they take it apart, keep it there, maybe sell the parts whatever it's chock.
No working cars, there's just junk.
You drop an atomic bomb on the junkyard.
Imagine when the dust settles from that explosion.
What do you see?
A Rolls Royce.
door open engine powering keys in the ignition you just have to get in turn and drive.
What do you think of the chances of that ever happening?
We just laugh. The atheists yes possible could happen.
dropping off bombs
on enough junkyards sometimes somewhere somehow it will happen.
This is blind faith.
What have we learned from explosions?
Do you know of explosions that build things?
Do you know of any explosions that builds things? No, we have explosions that break things down. That's what explosions do.
They blow things up, they break them down, they destroy them. They don't build things.
So how can you go from what your whole life tells you explosions destroy things to come to the conclusion that the astrologist could build ultimate
this is total nonsense. And that's why atheism never caught on.
Because human common sense rejects it.
And what does the law say about them?
jaha Duda was taken at home, and fusa home, they deny it, denial laws existence, but they know it inside of their own selves.
in their heart, they know it, but externally, they will deny it.
So what happens in practical terms,
when the atheist sits beside you, on Boeing 777
and you're flying to your destination,
and the engine falls off, You both look out the window, you see the engine falls off,
then the plane turns and it starts to go into that dive, where you know, there is no coming back.
You turn to God.
Save me Allah.
The atheist? Is he going to say
No, he will be oh god, oh, god, oh, god, oh, god, he wouldn't be 10 times louder than you screaming
for help from God.
That is reality.
That is reality.
So atheists, we really don't have to spend much time with.
because of the fact that they have influenced
the global educational systems of the world,
we have to deal with the consequence of their influence.
How that influence affects us here today.
A very simple example.
If I were to ask you, how many of you here are students university or high school or whatever? Put your hands up? Let me see how many of you here students?
Very few. Okay, on there and for doesn't matter.
You have students today and you have students from yesterday. And the day before?
I asked you all,
as former students
how many of you, male and female can raise his or her hand right here and now and say, what law he I have never cheated on any examination or test. Please put your hand up. Put your hand up for me.
Okay, so here we are.
Here we are. That is the impact of atheism on our educational system.
Reality is that today we all complain every country
I've been in Malaysia like all the rest, complain, this place is got corruption from the top to the bottom. This corruption here corruption there, you have to pay off this one and all corruption all over
Do you think
that you will be able to change that?
If none of you could raise his hand
and say I never cheated.
Do you think you could change that? Now? Because you're like the rest?
You get them out of power you get into power, you'll do the same thing they did.
You might say, No, no, no, no, no, no. Wait till you get there.
Because Islamic civilization, what made the Sahaba great.
They didn't have the technology.
They didn't have the wealth. What made them great what made them
civilizational changers, they change the flow of civilization, what
Prophet Mohammed Salah was known as what I mean?
The honest one,
he was known for his trustworthiness. So even the kuffaar put their money and their property with him to look after even after he declared Islam and they, you know, were shocked and rejected him and but they still kept their things with him because they knew he was just, he was honest and reliable.
This is reality. What brought Islam to this part of the world?
For the most part, it was brought here by who? traders,
Muslim traders who came out of Arabia hadramaut they came here.
Now, do you think they just came when they became Muslims? So they came as Muslims? And then people heard about Islam? No, no, no, they had been coming here for 1000 years.
Was that something new?
prior to their Islam, when they were coming here, they came as traders, like all other traders, and what do traders do? they cheat.
And Robinson Salim said that he said, at to jar Komal, food jar,
traders are corrupt.
except a few elimin rahima.
Only a few
will be honest, but the vast majority cheat.
When you study marketing today, where it's now a science,
what is marketing, all about?
I would say 80% of marketing is teaching you deception, how you can deceive the common people and get their money while not giving them what they thought they were paying for
How many were the marketers in here with the people in marketing and just to affirm for the people what I'm saying is the truth. It's the truth. That's what's happening. So our whole scale
understanding of this world has become distorted.
You are a product of an educational system,
a system which was
turned into an atheistic, a moral system. Morality was removed from education because morality was connected with religion.
And secular democracy had rejected religion.
It shouldn't have any role to play in education and governance and all the different aspects. They removed it. So you just learn science.
You learn how to make an atomic bomb.
Don't worry about how that bomb is going to be used, how many lives are going to be lost? No, that's not your affair, you just play your part and make the bomb.
You're paid for your services, you have a nice life.
You don't have difficulty sleeping at night, thinking about how many lives were lost without the atomic bomb.
that is what that system produces people who don't have a moral compass.
So that's why corruption is easy.
But you might say, well, we're in the West, you know, they're not as corrupted as we are, they don't have all of this bribery. And yes, they do.
It's just covered up. It's done in a different way. It's cleaner, you know, we are upfront, you know, the guy would say, you gotta give me some money. You know, they're, you know, it's
really certain special clauses. And this is that's and they put names on it, then make it sound and tweak it up, make it sound nice and pretty. But it's the same thing that's going on.
It's going on.
So the question is, how can we change the status quo?
It means we have to relook at our whole educational system, whether they're Muslim, or non Muslim, we have to look, revisit the foundations of our educational system.
And we have to, in the end, bring morality back into the classroom.
Islam already has that that is the position of Islam. Prophet Mohammed Salim said, in my book, it's too late with me Mama caramel of luck, I was only sent to perfect for you the highest of moral character traits.
So the traders who are coming from Arabia,
who had been coming in here for 1000 years, cheats, cheating the locals and the locals trying to cheat them, because it's a two way street. Right?
All of a sudden, a wave of traders came, who now told the people
this product I'm selling you has some defects?
And I'm not selling it for the same price because of that is not because I'm just offering you the same product cheaper. No, it is inferior. So if you are ready to buy this with its defects, then otherwise, if you want one, which is free of defects.
My neighbor, the other trader over here, he has the product free of defects.
The local people here in Indonesia, Malaysia, what happened to these people,
obviously is going to lose his profits is not going to make the kind of profits he used to make when he would deceive us, we wouldn't realize the defects of the last two years on the boat and already living. Right? That's when you finally find out No.
So that impacted on the people here, and your forefathers asked them why.
Why would you want to do that? Is it
Islam insists that we must be honest.
So your forefathers said, Tell us about Islam.
And that's where it came from.
That characteristic, that prophetic characteristic, which is a divine characteristic,
which our law describes himself with,
and calls us to,
that changed the world.
The Sahaba that's what they had with them.
So in spite of not having all of the technology, they didn't have the money, the resources they didn't have. So
Much, yet that which they had with them was so great
that it toppled empires.
It changed the face of the world.
World civilization took a different turn.
So we, because there's no point talking about atheism, unless it has a practical value.
exercises in philosophy
don't bring very much good.
So what I stress to you this evening
in understanding these trends, these beliefs, etc, is understanding its impact on our society today.
And developing a strategy for changing it.
Because this is something we can change,
as it was changed, to become what it is, it can be changed to be something else.
If we have the consciousness, we can work towards that change.
Whether it is by setting up private schools,
private schools, where morality is brought back into the classroom,
where the biggest prize that is given at the end of the school year is for the best moral example amongst the students rather than the best academic
will give a prize for academic also, but it is the second prize, not the first prize. The big prize is for morality. That is Islam.
That is what counters atheism, the harms of atheism, which we may not accept as a system, religion, but we are impacted by in our educational systems.
So on one hand, setting up private schools, on the other hand, those who are teachers trying to play their role, those who are administrators in schools are connected to try to revisit, reassess, change our approach, so that we can bring forth a generation who, when somebody after me comes and asked that same question, the majority of people can raise their hands.
When you have that, you have change. Until then,
it's more of the same.
As they say, garbage in, garbage out.
That's in computer systems, you put in garbage,
garbage comes out, but it's life also.
that we have to come to grips with
and I pray Allah, open your hearts to this reality, and that you be a part of the solution
and not merely a part of the problem.
The other area
countering, we call it countering the liberalist.
As the atheists
use their mind and human intellect
was put over everything.
Human beings would use their
power of thinking,
to determine at all of human needs.
humanism, everything now is focused on the human being removed God needed in the picture anymore human beings we have enough brains and brainpower amongst us to arrive at what is good.
In the case of the liberalist
these now represent a movement within the body of the Muslim Omar
who influenced by
the secular movement
not accepting the idea that there is no God.
the deists of the oma, what is a deist?
From theist means God, believer in God.
An atheist is one who is not a believer in God.
A deist is one who believes in God. But he or she doesn't believe in religion.
They believe in God, because the evidence is so overwhelming.
Many scientists like this, but
they reject religion.
from a scientific perspective, this world is so insignificant
in the universe, what is the earth?
on a speck
on a speck?
and so on and so forth? Nothing?
Why would God bother himself with what's going on on this micro speck?
When you walk the streets, you see ants
crawling the wall or walking the streets along with you? Do you bother yourself about the end?
make his life proper help him out.
Teach him the right way.
It's a part of our world. But it's insignificant, we don't bother ourselves with it. So God who is far greater? Why would he bother himself with this spec?
This is the logic. And of course added to that anyway. There are so many religions, and they're all claiming they're correct. They're all wrong.
They don't consider that maybe one's right and the rest are wrong. They're all wrong. That's the easy way.
You don't have to investigate. But if you take the possibility that one might be right, you have to go research, you have to go find out which is the right one.
To avoid that challenge, that effort, the easy way they're all wrong.
So that is the deist.
Of course, deism is also illogical,
as atheism was illogical, deism is also illogical.
common sense again tells us without any
deep philosophical thought and rocket science.
Common sense tells us that if you set up a school
bring the children into the school,
and you don't tell them what they're supposed to do in the school, what's going to happen? Will they all go marching into the classroom sitting down in their seats waiting for the teacher to come in?
Or are they going to the playground,
they will all come in the front door and you see them make that turn straight from the playground, get on the swings, the slides enjoy
school and not function. If they don't know what they're supposed to do, they're
your business. You set up a factory you want to make certain things you hire all kinds of people, but you don't tell them what they're supposed to do when they come into the factory on the first day. What do you think they're gonna do all go marching to their machines and get right behind it and
they're gonna go to the canteen.
Get some Shai, some tea and coffee and chat, eat some biscuits until somebody say hey is supposed to be on the line and you're supposed to be doing this.
knows that you must inform those who are functioning under you in any system. They must
Know what they're supposed to do there, if they don't know you are guaranteed failure.
That's common sense. So then we are created, put in this world, and a lot doesn't tell us what we're supposed to do here.
That doesn't make sense. It does not make any sense.
If we consider a law to be the most wise, that is a very unwise decision.
So just believe in God, and what God is supposed to be the most wise, the most knowledgeable, the most powerful, the most, most most.
All of that dictates that there must be a religion of God, or religion, meaning a way of life, which God has prescribed for human beings to live in this world successfully, must be
now within the body of the Muslim Omar,
the deist version,
representing those who
want to give precedence to human intellect over revelation.
It's what I think
human intellect and
where revelation is what why
Apple, folk and knuckle knuckle is what has been chanting for to us of Revelation. This is the system this is the approach that they take.
We use our minds to determine what is acceptable of Islam and what is not.
So we take something from Islam says, Good, we'll do it. Other things we don't like to say we won't do that.
does make sense
can be right?
To be able to do that on a systematic way.
The easiest route
is to just deny all had these boom,
the rougher way is to say, Oh, they had his dive.
But if you go to the scholars of Hadith, there's no doubt that this is such a while it goes against my mind. So it must be live.
That's the that one is inconsistent, right? The easier way is just say all had these are false.
That way, we only have to deal with the crime, once you only have the current and you can interpret it as it suits you.
So that the liberalist movement
employs this methodology deny the Hadees.
So all of the laws, which are not specifically stated in the Quran, they can just cancel.
once you start down that path, actually, they don't stop there. They will actually even go back into the crime itself
and cancel laws.
Because while on one hand,
they may cancel certain laws like
The up the adulterer and adulterous, you don't find it in the Koran.
You will hear them coming and canceling the law of cutting off the hand of the thief.
But that's in the Quran.
So though they start off with one premise, it's just a matter of time before they go into the Quran and do the same thing. They pick and choose what their mind tells them is acceptable.
is in my heart.
This is where Islam is. I don't have to wear it outside,
you know for sure.
It's between me and God.
what goes against what my heart tells me
must not be from Islam. I rejected.
So I take from Islam, what I feel is
good and true.
Or what I don't feel, I leave.
We say brother, sister,
you are no longer following Islam.
You are following your lamb.
Islam went there and you went there, your lab, his lab, her lab, their lab, but not Islam.
Because Islam is based on submission to the will of God of a law. That is, that is the most fundamental principle of Islam means beyond your intellect. Satan is the one who comes to your head
and overrides your emotional commitment to Islam and sends you off.
is not what happened to Adam.
A lot all Adam and Eve don't eat from the tree. That's clear instructions.
Obey Allah, submit. What does Satan come and do?
He doesn't come to them and say, This obey Allah.
He says, you know that tree
that tree which you're not supposed to eat from?
It is the tree of eternal life. shedra to hold?
He gave it a name, which I never gave it.
I never call it that. sheduled No, this is all from the creation of Satan. He created that name for them
a name which would strike their hearts, their mind. And of course, you never thought about eternal life before all of a sudden, eternal life. Yeah, I don't want to die.
Who wants to die?
We all would want eternal life.
So what does he do to us today?
In the past, Riba was called usury.
usury has a nasty sound to it, usury, you use somebody, it's close to abuse us.
So what did they call it? interest.
It's in your interest. That's very interesting.
So a nice name is put on it. That is the way Satan operates deception.
Making the evil seem good.
So that individual who is picking and choosing shaytaan they're
making the evil seem good.
they represent a trend which will, if it grows, it will
harm the Muslim community.
However, in spite of its rise
30 years ago, 50 years ago, we didn't see it.
Know that it is the creation of the secularists.
Its origin goes back to those atheists, the secondaries who set up the system in a system which is taking you down a particular path. So they, when they can't openly draw you, they will do it indirectly. They will affect your people so they will reject Hadith and part of Islam is dropped away so it's easier to
manipulate and control you. That's what it comes down to.
So though we met see our own faces
In sisters in Islam,
and other such groups will see our own faces their malaise and you know, whatever.
But behind them are other faces.
Other faces who have a very insidious and evil agenda.
But no, actually, this is good news.
This is good news.
Because it's telling us, Islam is on the rise.
That's what it's telling us. Islam is on the rise. Were there any more not 15 in Mecca.
were there any we don't know of anyone else?
So when did the moon Athan show up? in Medina when Islam was on the rise?
So this is a good sign.
It is telling us it is affirming the rise the awakening of Islam in the oma. So the forces of evil, they say tonic forces that seek to block this light from the world, they will be more active.
They will be attacking us from all the angles.
And one of those angles is from the liberalist thought this just an attack is one of the
battles. But it's part of a major war, a war to stop Islam from rising and taking its place in the world order. That's the bottom line.
So while on one hand, we need to be conscious and aware.
And in dealing with these trends, we have to deal with it wisely.
And moderately. Because remember, Islam is the religion of moderation.
Because alika janicoo mutton was a TA.
And that way I have made you a balanced nation. Not going to one extreme, or to another.
One extreme is to deny a dude.
The other extreme is to declare those who question the application of Hadoop gaffers?
Because the two extremes
neither should we deny a dude and say, cancel. No need. It's, you know, ancient history, irrelevant today.
That is wrong. That's an extreme.
But the other extreme is for those who say, hey, maybe you don't need to be applying this right now. There's some other bigger issues here. Right? There are some huge issues which have to do with lack of proper governance.
You have major problems, poverty and all kinds of things happening. Why jump into Hadoop at this point in time, correct those other things and then look to it.
But for somebody to say that the your Kaffir
That's another extreme.
In fact, it if you listen to that line of thinking, what do you hear behind it in the end, Baghdadi?
That's where you can end up with that kind of approach. You end up like Baghdadi
you don't agree with us? You're Catholic.
This is not Islam.
The Sahaba different we can sit we can reason we can discuss we can reflect we can work together because we're supposed to work together as an oma.
So we have to be aware of these extremes. Of course a pan is the one behind it. busy.
Of course, we're the ones doing it. The same day. We don't say it's Satan. Satan's fault. Don't blame me. No. You're the one doing it. So yeah, we have to blame you, too.
So we need to find that balance
help support the rise of Islam and Islamic consciousness, which in my view, as I said earlier, it must come through the channels of education. That's why the motto of my university, you've gotten the
brochures here is changing the nation through education.
This is the way forward,
it is education, that is going to make the difference.
people have all kinds of ideas. But if you set up a system correctly, then it will do the work, it will create a generation who will be able to raise their hands and swear they didn't cheat.
And with that generation, will be able to make the changes that need to be made.
Prophet Mohammed wa sallam had made the seeking of knowledge farther is
an individual obligatory duty.
Because ultimately, we can only change the nation through education.
Our situation will not change until we change it. And we have to change it based on knowledge.
And that knowledge begins where with knowledge of a law, but includes all of the other areas. But when we study these other areas, we have to study them from an Islamic perspective, not just take it hook line and sinker from the west, and say, that's how it is, that made them great. So surely, it should make us great to know.
We have to be critical.
We have to choose what is good. What agrees with Islamic teachings supported, what doesn't, we reject it, we don't accept it, we don't make it a part of in our practice, we may study it to understand why it is wrong.
Why it is not acceptable.
we try to take the best. That's what the early generations did. They took the best from all of the nations that they came in contact with whether they conquered them or traded with them or whatever, they took the best.
And then they produced that golden civilization, where during the dark ages of Europe, when they were in darkness,
the light was in the Muslim civilization.
So inshallah We ask Allah subhanaw taala.
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I think you want to
give some questions, chance to questions. Okay. We'll take a question from the brothers. And the question from the sisters.
No questions. That's okay. We can leave early.
Five. We have a nice early night tonight.
Salaam Alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
My name is Carmen.
One of my friend taught me about country in the 80s, which I think is quite effective.
Instead of we prove to them the existence of God or the Creator,
we should ask them to prove that there is no court or locator. We put the dude the other way around. This may be the effective way of countering there it is the sharing on that point. Okay.
The back of that, I got a question just sharing No, no, but but I'm just saying,
you should ask a question. Because you see, that statement that you made, opens many other doors. Because if you want for them to prove that there is no God, then they have a bunch of arguments. If God is all powerful, and he is a good God, where did evil come from?
Okay, then you have to go down that road. So it's not so simple. As you're stating at all, they have enough proofs to try which will support their argument. And of course, you have to tackle it. Anyway. So come to your question then. Okay.
Regarding the liberalists.
question, yes. Okay.
When a non Muslim
came to us who wish he said that he read a crime, electronic electron, what is the content of grant? Normally, we will
treat him nicely
with love, and pray to God that he will get guided for God to be a Muslim. at a time, just interest in the intagram
just showed interest grant, folio liberalists. I believe they also read and believe the content of grant, although not all, may reject summary of it. So I tried to come to the question. Yeah, the question is how to deal with them? Should we deal with them with who the previous liberal is? liberalist? Yeah. Should we treat them kindly, with love or dealt us the way we treat the non Muslim who came to us with the interest? Just interest in Islam? Okay.
How do we treat
Muslims with ideas that we may consider to be deviant? deviant ideas?
If we are able
to tolerate the non Muslims with their ideas, etc.
and speak to them kindly and gently
Why shouldn't we be able to do the same with those who are actually Muslims, but they've got a misunderstanding they gotten off the path whatever there. Of course, we say that it should be the same. We should be more ready to do so for a Muslim than a non Muslim.
You know, as you would be more ready to do that for your brother than somebody who is not your brother.
to treat them harshly,
Allah told the prophets or sanlam clearly in the crime Welcome to father Nava Liddell Colby, Dan fogelman. Holic if you were harsh and rough with the people they would have fled from around you.
Let's clear Audrina Sabina Rebecca Bella Hekmati, Wilma
As little as an A call to the way of your Lord wisely, and with good speech,
gentle speech which will touch their hearts. So this is clear.
From the woman's side,
is there a mic back there?
No mic. So you've stacked the odds against them.
In future, you have a program you should in rather than force women to have to come walking all the way up in the middle of the men here.
To say something
you should have, you should have a wireless mic anyway. Come Go ahead, sister. You're here already. We should have a wireless mic for them to save them this kind of please. A Salam aleikum. Wa Alaikum. Salaam. I have actually four questions. Oh.
But the first one is there. When Allah says that we created mankind in our likeness? I never said that.
Well, I remember reading this somewhere. No, you would you didn't read it in the Quran. It must be from the Bible, the Bible, then. Yeah, it's in the Bible that way. Okay. Okay. So it's not from the not from the Hadith. Also, there is a mention in Hadith, but the understanding of it is not what is understood in the statement of the Bible, that God looks like a man. Yeah.
So it's not No. Okay. Okay, the the theory of Big Bang, is it from Islam?
No, not specifically. It may be a scientific fact, at some point in time, which is very unlikely. It remains a theory why, because to be able to test the fact that you got to go back to that point in time, you can't get there. So it is a theory, it does become a widespread theory. We don't subscribe to it to say this is part of our belief. No, it may be if it is, this is the case. If it isn't, that's the case. So we don't this is one of the this is the mistake that the church fell into. They attach themselves to the science of Greece and Rome.
And they base their teachings on them. So when science moved ahead, and they came to realize that some of the ideas of the Greek scientist and the Roman scientists were wrong, then the church saw any question as an attack on the church. So they started to burn the scientists alive, burn their books, and all this. So you had this huge struggle between religion and science, which never happened amongst Muslims. Why? Because we didn't do that. We didn't attach the religious teachings to particular scientific facts of the time. And that is, as I said, in general, but we do have some example of
those amongst us today. who have done that. You know, you I don't know if you read recently, there was one scholar in Saudi Arabia, who said, basically, that whoever believes
that the earth goes around the Sun
is a Kaffir.
You know, that's a big one.
That's a very big one. You know, he didn't study science. Right? He's a product of the Islamic School, which didn't go into modern science at all. So he has no idea of the evidences and how this thing is proven. That nobody has any doubts about it. They've been up and gone around the earth. And we know all this already and seen and observed and it's done finished, end of story.
But here is a man today,
religious scholar, making that kind of a statement. That is where he fell into that trap of interpreting the physical science around us, based on his Tafseer of the Quran.
That's what it's come down to. And Prophet Mohammed says Allah, you should know
when he came to Medina, and he found the people of Medina artificially pollinating the date palms, taking a section from the male de pomme and splicing it with the female de pomme. And since Islam is against the unnatural
plucking, eyebrows our piano plucking eyebrows sister.
plucking eyebrows we know Haram,
Haram, separating your teeth, joining your teeth making spaces and haram these have been forbidden by the profits. That is haram brother. Yeah doing braces? No, no, I it depends on what you're doing the braces for you see there is what they call it cosmetic surgery or cosmetic you know dental care, which corrects what is incorrect. You have an overbite tooth is coming out out of its place. Okay? Try to put it back in its place. No problem. But now when you have a proper mouth of teeth, but you want your teeth to look like this movie stars thief who has a space in the middle, so you move everything around.
Okay, okay. So let me finish the story.
When the prophets of Salaam saw the people of Medina doing this, he said to them, the farmers, the cultivators better, you didn't do it.
So they stopped.
They had been doing it why because this is what they had inherited from their parents and parents parents that this is the most effective way and so on. So you know, this was their science. It was working, they were getting good yield, etc. The prophet SAW Selim came and said to them, that you did throw
We follow Submit. So they didn't. The next year, they came back to the
Messenger of Allah. You told us not to do this. And our yield has dropped
Did the prophet SAW Selim say?
And of course, you know, if Allah had wished, he could have made the yield of the dates 10 times what it was 100 times what it was miraculously.
Not naturally, but miraculously, he could have but he didn't. Because this was in the hand of the prophet SAW Salah
in NEMA and abashiri Miss Lacan say, I am a human being like the rest of you. means I also make mistakes.
So Allah allow that mistake to become clear. So what did the prophet SAW Selim say? He said, If I tell you something from Revelation, believe it follow it. Meaning I tell you something, check with me, is it from Revelation?
If I tell you something from myself, for Anton, mobo, moody dunia calm, you all know the affairs of your own life better than me.
So he conceded to science
of that time.
And that is the way that we approach and apply the dean. What is factual we see practically we do the day palms that way it brings the yield, we do it.
go ahead. Okay, number four. Is there really a hadith that says
to love Mohammed more than one's own family? padam to love the Prophet more than one's own family.
I think this is the one that gives rise to this Habib's heartland phenomenon that we are currently seeing in Malaysia and Indonesia. So because they say we have to live Mohamed Salah Muslim more than we live our own ourselves or our families. So so how do we go about living Mohamed Salah law in Islam rather than dancing around? saying our
wishes now they are singing in weddings?
Okay, so how do we love the prophets, the lows Thank you.
Loving the Prophet
is shown by following his commandments
following his instructions, this is where the love of the Prophet comes. The true love
If one says the love is emotional love,
the emotional love that you have for your parents, your mother, your father, your son, your daughter, your wife, your sister, your brother,
that we should love him emotionally greater than that you have made the deen an impossibility for most people.
Because it's not real.
It is not real.
We love the Prophet sallallahu wasallam
for what he brought,
for what he taught,
what he has given us, from Allah subhanaw taala which is to be expressed by following it.
Not by setting up new museums, like Topkapi Museum, have you been to Topkapi Museum in Turkey, you can Google it and go there and do a tour. In that tour, you will find the Cape of the Prophet saws under his sword, the tooth which is knocked out in a hood, his sandals, this that
and people go there or
not realizing that
if you go to Morocco,
they have a museum there with the tooth that was knocked out in Auckland.
And if you go to Pakistan in Karachi, they have a museum there with the tooth also knocked out in a hut. And if you go around the Muslim world, you'll find enough teeth to fill a whole mouth and the problems are only last one tooth.
You have a Masjid in Kashmir, called the hazard Baal Masjid.
What is that hazard ball.
the shrine of the here they claim to have I hear from the head of the province
which is kept in a location that people come and they rub on it rub on themselves and they bring their babies and their rabbanit and take the baby
seeking the Baraka of this hair.
This isn't the dean
This is something else.
The same thing with the Quran.
How do you show your love of the Quran
if it falls, kiss it.
Kiss it better kiss it.
If it's in the masjid, in the front of the masjid, and you have to leave the masjid. You walk out backwards so you don't turn your back on the Quran.
If you're sitting in the masjid reading it, you don't place it on your thighs because your outer is underneath that.
For women if you're reading the Quran, you must cover your head.
all kinds of rituals and rites and rules have been set up about the Quran, which have no basis in Islam at all.
And people think this is loving the
as loving the Quran.
Honoring the Quran is expressed by understanding, reading and understanding its message and applying it in our lives. Similarly, loving the Prophet salatu salam is expressed by understanding his life is as as not a story that we recite to our children. But as an example, an exemplary life of righteousness that we read, reflect on try to implement what we can have it in our daily lives. This is where the true love of the prophet SAW Selim is expressed not in celebrating his birthday,
which he never did, nor did the Sahaba or anyone else.
People feel that's an expression of love. But if what does it mean to me You love the prophets or Salah more than the Sahaba did
Is that what you're saying?
Canada? No way.
provinces as Alan said, hydro NASS and FAO homeliness. The best of people are those most beneficial to their community.
This is what it's about knowledge for the benefit. We seek to benefit our community with that knowledge.
Question from the brothers
said I want to go
off to LA, a person say to me, the biggest problem among Muslim is
we differ in determining the howdy status. Even the least color differ whether this is some say dissatisfy. Some say the Saudis dying, and some say fabricated. So that's the biggest problem. Yes. He said, he said, like that.
Okay. So the answer is, that's not true.
That's not the biggest problem at all.
Muslim scholars have different about Hades
for the last 1000 years,
and we built Andalus and battered that, and Damascus and many other centers around the world here. And despite the
differences over Hades didn't stop us.
The Sahaba different over Hadith.
How to interpret the Hadith, maybe it wasn't the issue difference I hear, but how do you interpret it? They had different opinions. But they didn't allow those differences to split their ranks. So they became divided amongst themselves, you know, tribalism, nationalism, and all these other isms, you know, that rise when the oma is splintered?
So, that argument about differences of Hadith, or even differences of fick
we say that this is not the the biggest problem of Muslims, the biggest problem of Muslims is not knowing Islam.
That's our biggest problem. That the Islam that most of us are carrying, is what we inherited from our parents were Muslim because our parents were Muslim. And we think that that is sufficient. But this is the delusion that we have fallen into. So we've become like the Christians who feel that simply because you're Christian, you're guaranteed paradise.
That's their belief.
reality. Prophet Mohammed Salam had made it very clear to us that it's not about what your name is, what your family is called.
When he said,
Coloma t yet coluna agenda all of my oma my nation, which would continue to your multi ama would enter Paradise in lemon Abba, except for those who refuse when the companions asked him who would refuse or messenger of Allah He said,
Man, I thought I need Jana. whoever obeys me will enter Paradise, while men are saw Annie for UD, Abba, and whoever disobeys me has refused.
Very simple formula.
So where is his love shown in obeying Him? Where is his hatred shown in disobeying him? So though on one hand, you might be singing songs, spinning and dancing and all these other kinds of things, but disobeying him in fact, you hate him.
What you love
is the music.
the social, that's what you love. But the true love of Rasulullah saw Salaam is in following him.
From the sisters, this is the last question coming up now.
Oh, we have to give another sister a chance sister.
There are no other sisters wanting to ask.
I mean, we're not against you given the asking the questions but we should give others a chance. I know you're very enthusiastic. But wait a minute first. Is there any other sister would like to ask?
Or our sister here is representing you all.
We all very shy. Okay. I forgot one last
question. I just need your opinion on
the evil eye.
the evil eye
Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam said ally in
the evil eye is a reality.
It is real.
He gave us a surah from Allah Allah conveyed to us Surah
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Amina sharina fossati, Lacan was woman Sherry has it in either hazard, that is the
right there, seek refuge in a law from the evil of those who are jealous and envious at the time of their envy,
a an environment where the jinn evil from among the jinn can operate and can affect others beyond that person. Because ultimately, as scholars concluded, the effects of the evil eye is not the eye of the person himself, but through the agency of the jinn, just like magic is not the act of the magician himself, but with the aid of the jinn or the giner able to do. So yes, it is evil. It is real, and the prophesied Salam prescribed
drinking besides what we call
Rokia reciting Quran over the person, and the do as the prophet SAW Selim gave, for protecting ourselves from the evil eye, he also in terms of actual medicine, prescribed the drinking of the water of truffles.
The water of truffles, he said, it breaks the evil eye.
That was the last question.
He is the only one who can give you the extra okay. And he said leave it as the last one. Okay, who asked the first question amongst the brothers?
Was that brother?
Who asked the first question, you came up and asked, okay, here is your reward.
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there was indeed very enlightening and interesting talk by Dr. Bilal Philips. And as I said,
this is the first series of international speakers we brought in,
in this year, and you hope, look at the
turned up of the audience. I would say we should be trying to bring in more international speakers to speak on certain specific subjects like tonight. Now, it strikes me as well
when you were saying about
brother here, strike my highest when you have a T shirt written there, follow the Sunnah and not the society. Today goes one sentence that you were saying or what happened today in terms of liberalism and this atheism and all that is that we are following the society Am I right? The systems is already embedded into the society and we are not back into the sooner that is our problem.
So we have to be back to the sooner How much do you sell for your T shirt?
The stretch me anyway that is the right words.
That language should be demanding upon the society today. Don't follow the society but follow the Sunnah
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