Deviation of the Ummah: Past and Present
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“Throughout time man has deviated. The people who were alive during the time of the prophets before the Prophet Muhammad (saw) deviated just as those who are alive now deviate. So, as a result deviation is nothing new. However, we may extract benefit from the mistakes of the past. This presentation is meant to inform us of the various types of deviation which have occurred, so their mistakes will not be repeated. This lecture is also a source of historical reference material.”
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Welcome to an Elm quest presentation presentation, deviation of the oma haston present presented by below Phillips.
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen
wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah, Karim, Allah and he was hobby are many standing up. To me Dean.
All praise is due to a law and realize Peace and blessings when his last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day. The topic as introduced is the deviation of the
past and present. Each day.
We recite in our prayers 17 times asking a law for guidance, a dinner set out almost a theme, show us the straight path. And we go on to explain what path are we speaking about serata levina namta alleyn
The path of those or Allah whom You have blessed
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and not the path of those on whom is your anger
must obey Him.
Nor those nor the path of those who have gone astray. A Darlene prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam explained to us
that there must be a lay him where the Jews and the ball loon were the Christians. So each day in prayer, we ask a law that he guided us to the straight path 17 times every day.
The path which is not the one followed by the Jews, or the one followed by the Christians, what is the significance of requesting that it not be the path followed by the Jews and the Christians? The significance is that their path represents the path of deviation. They represent two basic examples of how people following prophets before deviated with Moses, may God's peace be upon him
and his people represent the Jews.
Prophet Jesus, may God's peace be upon him
and today's Christians,
his followers, or those who claim to be his followers, represents that second group the questions
What is unique to each group? Because when a lot tells us
to be aware
of the Jews and the Christians in terms of some actions they have done, when he tells us about them. He is not telling us merely to look at them scornfully. And say they have deviated to feel proud that we are Muslims and assured paradise. This is not what he has told us about them. For he has told us about the Christians and the Jews in order that we don't fall into the same traps which they fell. Because surely the true followers of Prophet Moses and Prophet Jesus may God's peace be on both of them were Muslims.
Muslims, who will inherit paradise, as the true followers of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam will enter Paradise. This is basic to Islamic belief.
The Jews are referred to as Alma Luba lay him, those on whom his allies anger because of the fact that they had knowledge.
They have knowledge, knowledge of revelation of God's commandments, they have preserved it to a large degree,
but they don't follow it.
They only follow parts of it, which is convenient to them.
A lot Allah says in the Quran and with grace to them atop Moodle and NASA bilberry button sauna and full circle. You command people to righteousness and you forget you
I took me known Ibadan keytab witek for una Viva, do you believe in a portion of the book, and this belief in a portion?
This is all with regards to those who have knowledge. They have the Scripture,
accepting what is convenient for them, and rejecting what is not. This has been, historically the practice of the Jews. We know from the time of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. When a case was brought to him for judgment, were among the Jews, a man and woman had committed adultery.
And they were asking the prophet SAW his lm for judgment. And he told them to judge according to their book, bring your book and read what it says in your book.
So the rabbi's brought the book and read,
and they put their hand over the portion,
which would indicate that those who committed adultery would be executed, and continue to read. They read before and it was after, however, with the Prophet Mohammed Salam was a former
Jewish scholar who converted to Islam.
Who told the Prophet Mohammed Salah when they were reading, tell them to raise their hand and read what is under their hand. So when they read, of course, the law was execution, they were trying to avoid it. We also find
in their practice, that they had leaned towards the dounia so greatly that they were carrying on business in the synagogues, as attributed to Prophet Jesus in the Gospels. He went into the temples and found them changing money, their money changers inside the temples, he knocked over their tables and chased them out of the synagogue, they had become focused on the dunya. So much so that they even changed a part of the book, where Allah they have a law saying to the Jews, that they should not take interest from their brethren from other Jews, but they may take interest from the Gentiles.
No interest was forbidden. This is what it was. The law is the law laws law is
across the board, but they modified it. We don't take interest from your brother Jews, but you may take interest from the non Jews, the Gentiles. Furthermore,
they became engrossed in nationalism.
where a Jew is considered a Jew no matter what.
It has nothing to do with religion anymore. As long as your mother was a Jew, you're a Jew. So you have atheists amongst the Jews Spinoza you know, those who rejected Judaic teachings like Albert Einstein, all of these are held up as great Jewish scientists and philosophers.
And in Israel, right now, there's a big struggle between the atheist Jews, the communist socialist types, who came out of Russia etc. And the rabbi's. They want to shut things down on Saturday, Saturday supposed to be their day of rest, no business is supposed to be carried on no car should be driving, but they don't want to submit to it. This is their law. So these are the symbols. These are the ways in which they deviated they deviated by practicing parts of the book and rejecting apart by being focused on the dunya. And by making nationalism their binding principle, Zionism is the expression of their nationalism. On the other hand, the Christians at balloon, those who have gone
history are noted for their ignorance, ignorance, the scripture virtually for them has been lost, lost because of the efforts of an individual, Paul, who canceled the laws which came before and made the new law, love. That's the essence of the new law. God is love for God. So you know, love this world loved his, that he made his own son come to this earth and die for the sins of the people of this this is Love is the expression ultimate expression of love giving up one
So the full focus is about love, it doesn't matter, the laws are no longer important anymore. It's just about love. So they were cut off from the law. And they absorbed Greek and Roman teachings,
as a means of promoting their beliefs in Greece and Rome,
changing their day of worship from Saturday to Sunday, the day of the worship of the sun, God, Apollo, etc. You know, the idea of the logos, you know, God, the Word, the intermediary between God and man, and God being that logos, this is Jesus. Now his becomes a being who was eternal, having no beginning was, in fact, God Himself, while being his son, you know, complex philosophy coming out ignorance, which ended up in their open worship of God's creation.
Jesus became the object of worship.
They called him God. They said, they were worshiping God, one God, who the same time is God the Father, God, the Son, God, the Holy Spirit, three gods in one.
One God. In essence, Jesus is who they worship. So they innovated. They changed and innovated the teachings of Jesus till they reach the point of worshiping God's creation.
So these are the main two examples of deviation of the past.
And we can come right to the present. We don't need to go historically through the different groups that splintered off from the time of the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam until now, we have inherited their deviations. They're all present amongst us today. And if we look, how has the oma deviated today, we will see that they've deviated in either one of these categories, either like the Jews did, or like the Christians did.
there is a statement reported by Abu Seidel, Audrey found in both Sahih Bukhari and Muslim
in which he quotes Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu. wasallam is saying, you will follow the practices of your predecessors, inch by inch, yard by yard, so much so that if one, if they were to enter a lizard's hole, you would follow them.
And the Prophet was asked, Do you mean the Christians and the Jews? And he said, Who else? This is, the prophecy, the prophecy, and we find Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. Speaking of the future, in general terms with regards to Muslims as a nation,
in another narration, related by Taliban
was a freed slave of Prophet Muhammad's on Salaam.
The nations are about to call each other and set upon you, just as diners set up on food. It was said, Will it be because our numbers were small and that time? He said, No. On that day, your numbers will be many, you will be many. But you will be like the foam on the river. And Allah will remove the fear of you from the heights of your enemies
and will put weakness into your own hearts.
Someone asked the Prophet salallahu salam, O Messenger of a law, what is this weakness? He said, Love of this world and the hatred for death,
love of the worldly things and the hatred for death. This is also confirmed in another narration in which Amber, even alphen and sorry related that Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam sent Abu Zubaydah even Al Jazeera
to Bahrain to collect its jizya
the tax put on the non Muslim inherited heritage inhabitants. The Prophet made a treaty with the people of Bahrain and had appointed over them and Allah even hover me.
I will obey the return returned with the money
and the answer, those of Medina who had supported the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him when he
emigrated there. When they heard of his arrival, they went to pray the morning prayer with the prophet SAW his alum.
And after the prayer,
the prophet got up.
And the answer approached him, he smiled and said to them, I think you have all heard that Abu Zubaydah has returned with something, they replied indeed or messenger of Allah. He said, then be happy, and hope for that which pleases you, for by a law, I do not fear poverty for you. But I fear that this world will be opened up for you, just as it was for those before you. So you will compete with one another for it as they competed for it, and it will destroy you, as a destroyed them. Again, a warning about taking on the dunya and making it the goal of life, forgetting the next life. And there is a third narration also related by Abdullah Omar, in which he quoted problems as lm is
saying, Omaha June, those who made hedra or emigration migrated from Mecca to Medina, you may be afflicted by five things. And Allah forbid that you should live to see them if fornication and adultery should become widespread.
And you should know that this has never happened without new diseases befalling the people, which their forefathers had never suffered. And if people should begin to cheat in weighing their goods, you should realize that this has never happened without drought and famine befalling the people and their rulers oppressing them. And if people should withhold zeca, the charity, you should realize that this has never happened without rain being stopped from falling, and we're not for the sake of animals, it would never rain again. And if people should break their covenant with a law and His Messenger, you should realize that this has never happened without a law sending an enemy against
them to take some of their possessions by force.
And if the leaders do not rule according to the book of a law, you should realize this has never happened without a law making them into groups and making them fight one another.
This is authentically reported in the sunon of even imagine, all of these that have been described have befallen the oma today, the Muslim nation,
the punishment of a law for the various deviations.
we still have
the deviations as a result of ignorance. Besides the deviations which have happened on a political level, on a national level,
where competitions among Muslim quote unquote nations have led to wars between Egypt and Sudan, Iraq and Kuwait, and Afghanistan amongst the people themselves,
or the famines in the drought, Somalia and others, other places, places like Bangladesh, etc, suffering from so many calamities, and people wonder why it happens to Muslims. But Prophet Mohammed Salah Salam has informed us that when we break a laws covenant, this will happen.
In terms of the ignorance, there is a body of ignorance which has befall in the oma. So ban narrated the Prophet Muhammad Salamat said, the last hour will not come until some groups of my nation worship idols.
This is authentically reported in the sunon of Abu Dawood, a tirmidhi. And imagine
that some of my nation
will worship idols, have we seen this? Visit people question and feel no, there is nobody openly worshipping idols today.
But if we look at what is going on in different parts of the Muslim world, with regards to the graves of quote unquote saints, etc, and India, Pakistan, Egypt, all over the Muslim world.
We find people
performing rites of worship at these graves
becomes an act of idolatry.
Those in the grave, and in some places there are graves with nothing inside of it even
various claims. Some they say, Okay, this is the head of Hussein when his head was cut off, it was put in there they have in Egypt.
Some claim that prophets, Prophet Abraham is in this grave. other prophets are in that grave
prophet that would you have in place like Palestine, it's such a claims Syria, that some of the profits, they found the graves of some of the profits and people go there, make pilgrimage there, make koloff circumambulate these graves
and the people who are involved in it, you know, our people, in terms of their personal practice of Islam is very weak. There's a lot of corruption going on at these places. The shrines and Abu huraira narrated the problems are Solomon said the last hour will not come until women from the tribe of dos.
Why don't in Arabia,
wiggle their behinds as they circumambulate the Temple of the idol allhallows.
This is the prophecy of the Prophet Mohammed Salah Salah.
Today, when we look at Islam, in the mass amongst the mass of Muslims, we find that it is not
Islamic principles being implemented creating amongst the Muslims and Islamic culture. But we find instead, what may be called Muslim culture, the culture of the Muslim peoples or cultural Islam,
which is a conglomeration
of practices, some of them from pre Islamic times.
Some of them
have been adopted from nations that have risen next to Muslim areas, some of them as a result of innovations, like what the Christians did before.
Some of them as a result of a fanatical approach to the schools of Islamic law, we could call it metabolism fanatical approach to it.
And some of it to a branch known as
Sufism, supposedly Islamic mysticism.
Islam, the true teachings have been clouded over by traditionalism.
So, so much so that if we look at all of the foundations of Islam, which are the five pillars of Eman of Islam, sorry, the six pillars of Eman, we find that people have modified and misunderstood and are not implementing these very pillars as they were supposed to be implemented.
For example, if we take the Shahada, the declaration of faith, it is very common in Muslim among Muslims today. If a Muslim man wants to marry a Christian woman or anybody, she just makes the declaration of faith and he can marry her. Or if a Muslim woman wants to marry a non Muslim man, he comes to the mosque, or to the courts if it's in a Muslim country. And he makes a declaration of faith, and they get married. Now, the reality is that these people are making this declaration of faith for marriage. They're not doing so out of belief.
And people are not questioning this. This is just as long as they made the Shahada. This is enough for us. But the fact of the matter is that if that man for example, in the case of a Muslim woman marrying a non Muslim men, if she knows that he is declaring Islam, only to marry her, then her marriage is invalid in the sight of Allah.
Her marriage is fornication, it is not marriage.
If she knows that, of course, if he says no, I really believe in being the trendsetter. That's another thing. But as is happening in many, many cases, it is just a ritual, a ritual maybe after
They do the marriage in the masjid, they will go to the church and perform the marriage also in the church.
No, you find Muslims doing this.
And this is what the Shahada has become.
It is just a statement, which automatically classifies a person as a Muslim regardless of what they do, regardless of what they believed. If we look at the Salah, which has been prescribed five times a day, when a lot tells us optimists, Allah established the prayer. He didn't just say something new. He said Optimus, Allah established the prayer.
In many parts of the Muslim world today, it is common amongst Muslims to pray on Friday.
They just pray once a week, like Christians praying on Sunday, you have Friday Muslims.
Or you have some Muslims, they don't pray all here. They only pray in Ramadan.
You see them Ramadan, Muslims, you know, 11 months of the year they're disbelievers, but that one month in Ramadan, they are the most sincere believers. You'll see them praying all their prayer staying up late at night in tahajjud. The night trends that are way ahead, but the rest as soon as soon as he comes. After he finished, they're back to the regular program.
What kind of Islam is this?
This is what the Salah has become.
You have people for example, in the fasting and the fasting, Laila to Qatar is the the day of focus.
People maybe who don't pray all year long, maybe they don't even pray during Ramadan, except for Laila Takada. Now they're waiting for Laila to Qatar, right, the night of power.
The 27th has been designated, even though in fact, we don't know what day it is. But it's been commonly accepted to be the 27th so they're waiting 27th of Ramallah they have already made taken up their calculators, right? Because I law says in the Quran, little Qadri hiren min alpha. It is better than 1000 months of worship, so they put it in their calculator
1000 divided by 12
is 83 years and four months 83 years and four months who lives to be 83
if I catch nanopowder That's enough. Just need to catch it one time and you know, forget about prayer after that.
So we have mathematical Muslims now and when they come to Hajj, it's the same thing. prophets are seldom said one prayer in Mecca is worth 100,000 prayers elsewhere. So they take out the calculators again, and they're working it out. We make so many prayers in Mecca finish. After that don't need for prayer. We've covered it zeca we find Muslims putting their monies in banks collecting interest, and then given the interest in soccer. This is their zecca and when we look at the pillars of Emacs, Zyban, rb said,
No need to pray to anyone outside yourself, for yourself. You're alone. Everybody's alone, for lies inside of you, for sure you're going to paradise. Don't worry about hell anything like this. All right, the angels and the jinn. People call them the jinn.
To protect them. They become objects of worship as the Christians took the angels as objects of worship, they have a thing called Michael mass.
This is worship of the angel Michael.
Muslims you will find developing these amulets and on the amulets, they will have markings and symbols etc, which call on powerful genes to protect them from evil and all these kinds of things.
it's an amulet. People don't read the Koran, but they will have pieces of it rolled up in things and worn around their necks, on their arms hanging on the walls, on chains on you know, protecting them. The profits of it Mohammed's Rosella, spite of the faith believing in him, that he was the last of the messenger, he has become an object of worship also have a whole body of Muslims that pray to Prophet Mohammed song, though he told us in no uncertain terms, like to truly come across it in a sort of no Maryam. Don't be excessive in your praise of me as the Christians were with the son of Mary,
for innama, and I'm done. I'm only a slave of a law for Hulu of the law. So say, the slave of a law or a Zulu and his message
And a lot of tells problems or sell them to say to the people to prevent this kind of thing from taking place in NEMA and abbatial room Mr. kumuha layer Anima Allahu Camila
se or Mohamed to the people. I am only a man like you
the difference being that I received revelation that a law is one God, that your Lord is one.
But people have taken the Prophet Muhammad as a as an object of worship, people pray to Him and call on him.
And with regards to the resurrection, belief in the resurrection, and the judgment, which we'll look at in more detail in the next lecture,
people believe intercession is arbitrary.
That as long as there are Muslims, our law will have Prophet Mohammed Salim intercede for them and they were going to go to Paradise finish. Muslims are guaranteed paradise.
As long as you're a Muslim, you're going to paradise. This is the general feeling that general understanding people have.
Though Prophet Muhammad wa sallam gave us so much information to confirm to us that only the true believers will enter Paradise. And in terms of other believing in predestination, it is generally rejected by much of Muslims rejected in one way or another, either that they deny that it exists, that we just have freewill a lot, doesn't have any influence over our actions. Or they go to the other extreme, and they blame everything on a lot. Whatever is the situation, that's what Allah will. You know, I'm a criminal. I'm fornicating and drinking. That's what Allah willed is the law of destiny. No, don't blame me.
So, when we look at all of the basic Pillars of Islam, we see this type of deviation, and we reflect back
on that prayer that we make daily, we can see in fact, that Muslims have fallen into the trap, which Satan set for the Jews and the Christians.
Those who know something of the book are not applying it, modifying it to suit their wills. Those who are ignorant,
remain in ignorance, they prefer to follow the traditions.
instead of worshipping a law, they end up worshiping other than a law or worshipping others along with Allah.
This is the state of the oma today.
is the major problem, which affects us.
It affects us through the adoption of pre Islamic
cultures, practices, we find for example, in places like India, people will worship will get married, wearing red dresses, this is the standard wedding dress red. Now, technically speaking from an Islamic perspective, there's nothing wrong with the color red, I mean, if the woman is properly covered, etc, nothing wrong with the color red in and of itself. However, when you observe what is going on in India, you realize that it is the color of the wedding dress of the Hindus. This is their standard
wedding gown, red, and in fact, Muslims are utilizing this same
religious outfit in their practices today.
We find also, for example, in the Philippines, I was surprised to find their flags on poles hanging outside of people's homes when I traveled in Mindanao, I would pass by home sometimes I would see these poles with flags on them. Now I knew in India, this is a practice in India cultural practice, which has to do with indicating death and this type of thing. And I asked the people, what is this what what does this mean? Is this some kind of thing they're using for celebration? Or what does it know when a person dies? We put up these polls. And this is practice right across the country. It is a Hindu practice, which is an integral part now of Western practices. And when
Every NGO in the Muslim world, whether it's Albania or turkey or wherever you will find practices which have been inherited and are commonly a part of the People's practice today.
But as I said,
the issue of innovation in the religion is perhaps the most critical area for us to be to have a good understanding of because of the fact that it has been made to seem okay, justified by people under the heading of what they call with Hashanah, the good bidder with an Arabic literally it means that innovation or novelty,
but from an Islamic perspective, it represents
a heretical innovation in the religion a change which has taken place in the religion, which is heretical, because problems are seldom said could be that in Balala, all innovation in the religion is misguidance.
And this issue of innovation is specific to innovation and the religion because some people will come back and say, Well, you know, innovation, we have
air conditioners, today, there weren't any before and we put them in the mosque, we have rugs on the floor of the mosque, we sit at tables, you know, we have beds, all these different things which weren't around them. These are innovations. But this is not included. This is what we're speaking of innovation, technological innovations, nothing wrong with them. Are we talking about this innovation in the practices of Islam themselves, and the innovation,
maybe an actual innovation, meaning that it is something which has no origin in the religion,
like that of the red dress of the
Pakistani and Indian Muslims who marry in Sierra Blanca, they have a thing called italie, which is in marriage, they wear this a chain with a little symbol on it, which is a Hindu symbol, which they give to the bride when she's getting married.
Or they may be circumstantial innovations.
That is, there is some origin, in the religion for this practice, but it is being done outside of the place that it was prescribed.
For example, in worship, we know we can raise our hands in prayer problems, and Salam spoke about it. Allah has would feel shy. If you were to feel shy, he would feel shy that if a believer raised his hands that he would put his hands down empty in prayer if he raised his hands in prayer, and during the prayer of IID, prayer of rain, etc. He raised his hands in prayer just described that way. However, it has become a common practice now.
For many Muslims, after every congregational prayer, the amount will turn and they make another prayer. supplication, the Imam supplicates and everybody with besides after him, amin, amin, amin,
no foundation in the practice of the Prophet Muhammad SAW his alum, he didn't do this.
If a person did it spontaneously on an occasion for himself, there is no harm, but when it becomes an established practice, which is done regularly, then it becomes an innovation
where people feel the prayer is not complete without it. For example, also you have from Egypt, common practice in Egypt is after the prayer
the person will give Salaam shake the hands of people on his right, then you go over and shake the hands on the people on his left.
if a person after prayer gifts, salaam aleikum to the people next to him, he hadn't seen them for some time or whatever, you know, and he did this no harm, but there it has become a ritual so much so that if one doesn't give this alarms, people looking at this person strangely, you know, his his prayer isn't really complete, you know, is they're looking at it as being almost a part of the prayer itself. So this has become an innovation though the giving of Salaam shaking hands is a part of the religion, but making it a fixed practice after every congregational prayer, this becomes innovation,
or sadhaka. La vim is a statement in and of itself a beautiful press statement.
a law, the greatest has spoken the truth. So if one recited a verse from the Quran and he said, Sir, that Allah Allah did no problem, but Allah said, here's the truth, but now when it becomes a ritual, that after every time you finish reciting anything, you must say sort of alone
it becomes innovation. So much. So, I remember my children, going to school, studying in Arabic school, etc, being taught by Arabic teachers, etc.
I found them in their prayer, you know, after saying the fact to hand the surah after they were saying
they thought that this is so much you know, you have to say, after the second chapter from the grind, which they would recite, they would have said setup along after it in prayer
at confusion was there because, you know, whenever you would recite anything, the teacher would say, say sada Allah loves him. So, they say so.
So, this became, this has become in the recitation of Quran
whether they have no origin, in the religion, or whether they have an origin, but they are misplaced. They all represent misguidance
there is no big aha Santa good visa or good innovation in religious matters. Good innovation may be in physical, technological developments, but in religious matters, that has no place all innovation is misguidance. And the source of these innovations, generally speaking, are
based on ignorance.
People speaking about the religion without knowledge.
It may be in on the basis of ignorance of the Arabic language itself, where people are misinterpreting different statements in the Quran and the Sunnah.
It is also based on ignorance of the Sunnah, where people introduce practices to fill gaps that are missing.
It is also based on following dubious ideas things which are unclear which have been left purposely unclear leaving it to a law. People get involved in it you know, law speaks about it in so Allium, Ron, family, the nephew columbium zaven. For your tip your own mata shaba caminho de la fitna, Bob de la Willie, those who have a twist twist in their hearts, the deviation in the hearts, they seek in the Koran, what is obscure meaning to interpret, seeking ultimately fitna for people and trying to make up their own interpretations.
deviations or bid are also the result of people following their own desires
and submitting to others besides the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. So, what is left for Muslims to prevent what a law through his prophet SAW Selim has predicted will happen to them to prevent it or to change have after these things have happened to them. What is left to them is to come back to the Quran and the Sunnah,
to reestablish Islam in their lives in accordance to Revelation. This is the only sound foundation and everything that we do everything that we say all of our practices should be weighed on the scale of the Quran and the Sunnah.
Islam has not rejected totally the customs of people. But wherever these customs contradict Islamic teachings, they're against Islamic practice, then they were cancelled, they have to be rejected.
So we as Muslims today will only be able to reassert Islam in our lives as a community here for example, in Australia or elsewhere, by going back to the core and and the sooner
to be aware of the deviations of
Those who came before us
whether it is in the form of nationalism, which continues to divide our ranks, where people prefer to cluster together based on nationalities forming clubs and organizations, you know, Muslim,
Albanians, Albanian, Muslim, Eritrean, Muslim, Egyptian, whatever organizations instead of just Muslim organizations, we continue to divide up amongst ourselves due to these nationalisms. And also, due to the fanatical approach to following of the methods,
we have to tackle these, we cannot turn away from them and say, Well, you know, this is that person's opinion, it doesn't matter, we can work together and carry on No, we have to tackle these issues, we have to address them, and we have to find what is the correct Islamic position with regards to them.
I hope that the image of the problem of deviation is clear before us that whenever we recite in our prayers From now onwards, writing them up Adobe is a model Darlene, that we sincerely strive not to be among them of Adobe, Allah, him and the bollin and not just ritualistically recite this verse from the Quran every day without it having any effect on us. If that is the case, then we are cursing ourselves. And the Quran will be a witness against us on the Day of Judgment. So now why they come to LA he mercato
Why is nationalism so bad? But uh, why is nationalism so bad? I mean, what is the root of nationalism? What does nationalism mean? nationalism means my nation first, you know, if if there is a cricket match going on,
between Pakistan and Sri Lanka or Britain, because I'm a Pakistani, or my roots are from Pakistan, I will cheer for the Pakistani team.
This is nationalism.
I mean, if the game is a game, a game of sports and you can enjoy the game of sports, whatever you enjoy the game of sport, the way you're rooting for a team simply because you are from that nation. This is the expression of necessity you feel and you have inside yourself, this nation is superior. It is better.
You have a flag, which is the flag of your nation, which you honor, you may put your hand on your heart or whatever when the flag is raised, and you know, the flag has particular significance to
and this feeling this feeling of pride in one's nation one's nationality. This feeling is a cursed feeling. Cursed, meaning that it is something prohibited in Islam of Hamza Solomon said that anyone who has a mustard seeds worth of pride in his heart would not enter Paradise. Mustard Seeds worth of pride in one's heart would stop one from entering paradise, pride if there were to be an original sin.
If we were to, like Christian speak about the original sin, if there weren't to be an original sin, it would be that of pride.
When Satan was commanded to bow to Adam, along with the angels in recognition of Adams,
superiority that a law had raised him above the rest of the creation.
Satan refused. When he was asked, why his response was an A fire on men who I am better than him.
I am better than him. You created me from fire and you created him from clay.
This was his line of argument. He felt he was better than Adam because he was created from fire. Those created from fire must be better than those created from clay.
This is the essence of that nationalistic pride, which is an expression of tribalism, an expression of racism
depending on how far one goes with it,
so we know problems as salam had stated
When dialing Serbia for a seminar, whoever calls to us OBS is tribalism is not of us. And of it he also said in one another occasion that half in the Hmong Tina, get rid of it, drop it, because it is
corrupt, it is putrid as how he described it.
And all those types of expressions whenever they came out in his time, he opposed it.
Muslims, as the law says in the middle movement, aka the believers are one brotherhood,
a brotherhood of faith.
These divisions are artificial divisions,
which were not a part of Islamic tradition.
It wasn't until after the breakup of the Ottoman Caliphate, Caliphate,
Ottoman state that the petty, nationalistic states arose based on the divisions made by the colonial masters the kulluk, the colonizers, European colonizers who colonized the Muslim world, they then chopped it up into pieces amongst themselves. So on so going to Germany, this one going to France, this one going to England, you know, like this, they divided it, we inherited it. So nationalism is evil. It has no place in Islam. Is it forbidden to say yeah, Muhammad, we say yeah, Allah. Oh, Allah. Yeah.
In Arabic, it's called harder for NIDA. It is
a particle addressing when you're calling on somebody
It is legitimate in prayer to say, yeah, Allah.
This is legitimate, but to say yeah, Muhammad
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
This is calling on Prophet Mohammed Salah.
Seeking a response. If we are doing that seeking a response from the Prophet sallallahu sallam, then this is not acceptable islamically
it becomes a part of supplication of da
and the problem is and Salim said at block one a vida supplication calling on people in supplication a DA is worship is a bada Yeah, Allah we're worshipping Allah. Yeah, Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam this becomes the worship of Muhammad.
As Yeah, Abdulkadir his knee as people will say, in ignorance in certain parts of the Muslim world when they've calamity befalls them or Abdulkadir they call them or
This is worship.
What is the difference between Shiite Allawi and Sunni Sunni
we can say basically, understood now.
While Gemma represents those
who follow the Quran, and the Sunnah, as it was understood by the companions of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. And the early generations of righteous Muslim scholars, the Shiite
religion represents another tradition wherein attributes of a law
has been given to certain individuals who have been designated as the Imams and worship is directed towards them, special power and blessings are related to them. Some people think that it's just the difference of a difference of a legal difference, but no, it is actually a difference in belief. In the case of the Eloise or new series, this is the more classical name for them.
new series have another religion altogether also.
Actually, the Shiites used to consider the
ILO is a new series as being heretical.
And it was not in Khomeini's time, that he re included them in the body of Shiites
because they hold
that Mohammed Salim Ali, and sell man and fallacy were manifestations of Allah
So, fundamentally, what is called the Sunni represents those who are following the way brought by Prophet Muhammad sallahu wa sallam,
and both Shiite and hallowee represents deviations from that way, our Prophet narrated source alum
the followers of Prophet Musa divided into 71 groups,
one on the righteous path, and 70
on the wrong path, those of Prophet Isa Jesus divided into 72, one on the right path and 71
on the wrong path, and that his followers were divided into 73, one on the right path and 72 on the wrong, how would we know which one
is the right one?
Well, in other narrations, when he was asked about which one was the right one, in another direction, by the road, in which problems I sell, on one occasion, drew a line in the ground. And then he drew lines off to either side and he said that these lines off to either side represent the many paths of deviation, each one having a devil at the head of it, inviting people to it, and that the path down the middle, that was his path. Then he quoted the verse from soil and ham verse 153, and had a sorority Mr. payment for who will let the temporary Subala farakka become and severely radical masakan v Lacan that the whole that this is my straight path,
follow it and do not follow the other path paths which branch off and take you away from my path.
This is my advice to you that perhaps you may fear a lot.
So the right path is the path of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the path which has been defined in the Quran and the Sunnah.
So wherever we have something to do when we're deciding on any issue, we have to question what is the position of the Quran and the Sunnah in regards to this thing? If somebody says to us do this, we must ask them, What is the evidence for it? This is where we're making decisions in our lives. Right and wrong, we're looking for right and wrong. We should always find the evidence for what is explained to us of course, we are told to seek those who know when we don't know and who Allah decree in good to blood on the moon, as those of the law said, Who knows, if you don't know, Allah will help me forever seeking knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim, and we have to seek it from
those who have knowledge, but when we get the response from them, we should not accept from them responses just blindly without any seeking any clarification, we should get clarification.
We should get clarification. What is the basis of this response? When he said do you do this? Or don't do that? What is the proof of it? What is the evidence for it? Problem Hamza Salim said so. So this is how we should be used to getting our information that it is supported by evidence from the Quran, and from the sooner
not just whatever the molana says, you just do it finish don't question. You know, or the chef says, or whatever this blind following leads ultimately to deviation, because it is an attack on the Shahada itself. When we say when I had to enter Mohammedan, Abdul Sulu, and we bear witness that Muhammad
is the Messenger, slave and messenger of Allah. What are we saying? recognizing that he's the messenger, that he is the only one who we will follow blindly. That's what that means. He is the only one he said do it, we do it, whether we understand the details of why's and the the, the rationale behind it, etc, etc. It is enough for him to have said do it, and we do it.
There's no harm in finding out additional information, but our doing it doesn't depend on that additional information. That is the right of Prophet Mohammed Salah alone. Why? Because the law said my era so for cuddapah whoever obeys the messenger has obeyed a law. That is why we cannot say that for any other human being
No other human beings commands we can say 100% across the board that whatever they said is what a lot is messenger said no, we cannot. They're human beings and they are subject to error. Therefore, we have the right to ask for the evidence for the rationale, the explanation, we have the right to ask more than one because some people say okay I
have worked out rulings applying the Quran and Sunnah for us. And we should seek the knowledge wherever we can get it. If we look at the practice of for example, Mr. Michel for himself,
Imam, Mohammed a buddy, I'm gonna say Bonnie, studied under Mr. Malik.
He is one of the narrators of the more thought of Mr. Malik. Yet he was one of the leading students of Abu hanifa
Imam Shafi studied it my mallet for some 20 odd years.
Then he went to Iraq, studied under the students of Abu hanifa, because he was already dead.
Then he wrote a book called alhaja. The evidence in which he combined the rulings and principles that he had evolved, developed from his studies. Then he went to Egypt to study under Imam and late when he died, so he studied under his students, he absorbed rulings of human life and changed
his rulings, wrote a new book called Allah,
in which he changed over 50% of his rulings from alhaja. This was my mission,
and so on the scholars, early scholars, they didn't hesitate to go and study under a variety of different scholars.
And the same thing that we have today for us, of course, some people say, Well, you don't have any knowledge, how can you distinguish between this one and that one? The point is, you ask, for this one, you ask for that one, you get the information, and what appears most right to you, you follow to the best of your ability. You know, some people say the only people who can go and ask around are the metalheads. So you have to be a mujtahid. You have to have knowledge of this and that they have a big long list of these knowledges. And if you were to take these criteria and and try to apply it to the Sahaba, you would find that most of the Sahaba didn't have these graduates, they could, but
yet, they asked different people and made rulings made judgments.
So we today are required to seek knowledge from all the sources available and to follow what appears best to us if we find a scholar, who every time he's giving us rulings, he's giving us support from Quran and Sunnah, whatever, it's also we don't have the time to go searching here and there for anybody to follow. That's
what follow is giving you the evidences. So you feel some confidence that what he's given me, it's not just his own opinion. It's based on something. Is there a good bit, you know, as it was said, when the they made congregational prayer of tarawih.
When Omar idealo Han, who had gathered the people behind one Imam in the masjid, and then afterwards, after doing that, he said, this is a good bit. So on the basis of this, people said, Well, you know, there's good data. Now, what we have to look at is work without innovation, innovation, meaning we have brought something new here. Did Omar, in fact,
bring something new? Did Prophet Mohammed Salah Salam not pray tarawih, in JAMA, and the people prayed behind him, so it was not something new. The establishment of tarawih in JAMA was not new. What he referred to was only what he did at that moment, the people were separate. And he put them all together this effort of his but not that he was bringing something new in the religion. This was a new beta a good beta. No, he was using it linguistically, the general meaning, not the religious meaning, because he did not bring anything new. It wasn't you. What is your response to the denial sub version of the laws as mousy fat as typified in the ashari and other deviant sex? How can we
prove the correct belief in the laws attributes? Well, what is the person speaking about the speaking about one of the causes of deviation of the past, which has been inherited by people today were some individuals
sought to remove any descriptions or any statements from the Quran or the Sunnah, which could be applied to other human beings on the basis that Allah said LASIK eye Miss Li che, there's nothing like it. So, any of the principles or any of the attributes or names which describe something of a law, which is also applicable to human beings they sought to deny altogether. However, a law has already in that same statement, let's look at Mr. Shea, what was sent me on bossier, he went on to say but at the same time, just like him, but he is the all hearing
or the all, yes, y'all hearing the all seeing? Here's everything and he says everything there is severe, and bossier. Now we can use these terms for human beings, we can say a human being is semirara. Yours is what Siri sees. But when it is used in relation to a law, it is in the infinite sense. It is in the infinite sense. So we don't have to say for example, as some people did in the past, the way the law says he is all hearing it means he's all knowing.
When he says he's all seeing it means he's all knowing.
So, they just stick with the knowledge aspect.
We also say,
a law refers to himself as alhaj. Living, he refers to his creatures as high also living. So what do you want to do now say, Allah is not living into a problem? Where do you stop once you start that process? You go down to the point, where you just have to say a law is a thought, like in Greek philosophy, you know, they denied everything about it is not this is not that is not this is not up is not down, isn't here is not big, it's not small, it's not cold, it's not hot, isn't all the different things that he wasn't. And in the end, where did you end up? It was just the fact Allah, that's it, don't add anything beyond Allah and also became incomprehensible. Whereas the law has
described himself to us through His attributes, we understand them in the infinite sense, you know, any of the attributes which you know, a law says that he gets angry with regards to certain people Habiba LaValle, those who are oppressors, etc. A lot of First we get angry with them. Now, anger we know is a negative attribute, to some degree, because problems as Ellen said, law talks about Don't get angry, as a as a as a general in a general sense, anger does express a certain amount of weakness, but at the same time, when a laws laws are being subverted when they are laws.
Scripture is being defamed. When when the Prophet Muhammad wa salam is being debased, when these things are happening, if one doesn't feel anger, one doesn't feel upset about it. And there's something wrong with the faith. So there is a place for anger. There is a positive place, it's an expression of faith, oppression of support of what is right.
But it should be controlled.
We don't have to say when a law said he gets angry, no, he doesn't get angry. It means he punishes people not because allama get angry, may dislike a thing, but forgive that person, it is possible also. So the proper approach is that however Allah has described himself we accept in the authentic scripture, authentic hadith is accepted. But we don't make it like human beings like his creation. It is in the infinite sense, and that's how we believe and worship Him. Can you explain the fine line between the laws influence and our feet freewill. Our freewill is ultimately a choice made. In the spirit, we have the right to choose good. The implementation of our choice is in a lot of hands.
If Allah wishes he allows us to fulfill that choice. If he doesn't, we can't. So even when a person thinks I killed, I'm going to kill myself or you say that person killed himself. The fact is, that that person only killed himself because a law permitted it to take place.
jumped out of a window in the ground and died. But there are cases people jumped out of the Empire.
Building a strong gust of wind came blew them in the next few floors down.
Somebody takes a gun, puts it to his head, pulls the trigger, the bullet goes right through his brain, and he's still living. Most people, when you pull that trigger, you're gone. But it has happened there cases of people being shot right through the head right through the brain has walked away life. The point is, that whatever we we attempt to do, we cannot fulfill that will. That decision we have made unless a law allows that will to be fulfilled. So when we speak of a laws influence, or when I think what the person means is the destiny, a laws influence in our lives, is that nothing takes place in our lives except what he permits. He permits us to choose good or evil,
he holds us to account for our choice. And he permits us to implement that good and to implement that evil on some occasions and not on others. It is through His mercy, that when he allows us to implement that good, he multiplies the value of the good.
And when we he allows us to implement the evil he only holds us to account for one evil deed. I understood that red dress is a Hindu custom.
Why? What effect does this have on Islam? Well,
the point is that this is a religious part of the religious customs of another religion, which is a religion of paganism, worshipping idols, etc. When we accept that this is just a part and parcel of accepting other things.
Because you don't just stop there from there. They also is the custom of the Hindus, that dowries are given by the parents of the girl to the guy. This is a Hindu custom. That's why you have all the what they call the bride burnings. You know, hundreds of women are set on fire every year in India, because after they have come to the whole home of their husbands, the husband starts to demand this and that and things that their parents promised and they didn't have it. They didn't have they didn't bring it. So the solution is to pour kerosene or gasoline over them and set them on fire.
And these are hundreds every year hundreds of burnt. And you even find among Muslims who do it.
I mean, the majority are Hindus, but still you have Muslim to do it, because it's also the customs of Muslims in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, for the family of the girl also to give to the boy.
So they suffer from it. This is where and when there's no end, you add that you add others and you start to look at the whole rights of marriage. You can see there Hindu marriage rights, almost 100%. So, I mean, these are encroachments on the faith. Marriage is a part of the religious rituals, and they should be done in accordance to the way that Prophet Moses elements prescribed. What Islamic School of Law should one follow Matha Hanafi, Maliki, etc. The one our parents follow, can we consult different schools of law for different questions? I think we answered that earlier. One is not obliged to follow what one's parents followed, but they may follow whatever is available in
terms of knowledge, because in essence, we all are going to follow somebody, none of us is independent. And we will all depend on scholars who came before us or scholars in our midst. None of us has the ability to go to Quran and Sunnah purely have so much understanding of quantum, the sooner that we can extract everything we need from there,
we will have to depend on the efforts of others.
So we take from what is available.
If the scholars of our parents happen to be Hana fees, and we are living in a community where the scholars are from the shaft a school of law we follow, we take from them, no harm. But we always look for the evidence. How strong is the Nation of Islam in America today? The Nation of Islam, representing quite of the deviation headed by farrakhan is not very strong. It maybe has about 10,000 followers.
But because farahan
is promoted by the Jews.
He gets media time every year.
They're in Time Magazine, Newsweek, there's four pages are so dedicated to farrakhan
explaining about what he's doing and so on. So tongue in cheek sometimes, but generally speaking, praising him.
He is on national television, you know, he's in the newspapers and, and who controls the media in the West, the Jews? You thought you had a million followers no 90% of those who are there were Christians. It was just, it was just a nationalistic thing. It was about black American men should come out and stand up for the family. And that's what the march was about. It had nothing to do with Islam.
So farrakhan is a non Muslim agent of the devil, who promotes falsehood
is very powerful in his speeches, you know, allies, bless them with a glib tongue, etc. But he is no doubt an agent of the devil. He was a protege of Malcolm X. He learned his skills under Malcolm X, Malcolm X, Malik Chavez, he, when the truth came to him, he accepted it.
And if you look historically, in America, when he, Malcolm X, when he was talking nationalism,
and the teachings of the so called Nation of Islam,
he was on national television, speaking across the campuses in America, in the newspaper in the media every all the time
when he came back from Hajj.
And the reporters met him at the airport, in New York City, Kennedy Airport, and they all gathered around him wanting to get his impressions. And he said to them, I now realize that this nation of islam, Elijah, Muhammad is false, and has nothing to do with Islam at all. And that's the only solution for the problems of America is true Islam. They said thank you, Malcolm. They closed their notebooks. And they went, and Malcolm was blanked out of the media. You never saw him on television after that in the newspapers until he was assassinated six months later.
That's the reality.
When he was talking nationalism, just like what farrakhan was talking for many years, he got out of prison, I think it was about 1951, something like that all the way to 1964 13 years, talking that stuff. Nothing happened to him. The moment he spoke, that Islam, the true Islam was the only solution for America, then he now became a real danger.
Because he was a powerful spokesman, if he had been given the opportunity to speak about true Islam, as he had when he was talking nonsense, he would have had a major impact on America. So he was assassinated.
Baraka law, FICO. May Allah bless you all for being here, and I hope that the presentation was a benefit. So now that
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