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Facing the Challenges of Life
Channel: Bilal Philips
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The world today is full of challenges in the social, economic and political spheres. Talking about ‘bringing a change’ is quite easy, but we need to realise is that this cannot be done unless we truly ‘live’ Islam. Join Dr. Bilal Philips in this insightful talk on how to break free from the rituals and customs of our forefathers that prevent us from embracing Islam in its purity and on ways to bring positive changes in our life, personally and globally, by adopting the path of Prophet Muhammed.
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And then all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day,
the topic I was asked to speak about this evening
was Muslim political and economic progress.
somewhat academic topic,
you and I
can do very little about.
This is reality.
And as I told the organizers,
Islam always looks for the benefit.
Where is the benefit.
So, if we're going to
utilize our energies,
to talk about
in the political and economic sphere,
it should be in such a way that we can apply it in our lives.
So we will not talk about global politics,
which is an extension of
the colonial era
when our countries were physically
attacked, overthrown, the Muslim oma was divided up into bits and pieces, each piece was given a flag and a national anthem.
And told you should be proud about this.
And the national anthem was,
according to British tradition,
German, Dutch, etc.
But we're still living that history.
Till today, we still continue to
live the realities of that era.
Because progress, which is the key word in the whole
title, Muslim political and economic progress, progress
can only happen if there is real change.
If we keep doing the same thing,
and expecting different results,
we will never progress.
This is called obsessive behavior by the psychiatrists, psychologists, you keep doing the same thing.
techspec expecting different results.
And of course, if you do the same thing, you'll get the same results. That's common sense.
But when we continue to exercise
our faculties are a means to bring about change. But that change does not have at its core a change. We'll keep doing the same thing. We're not going to go anywhere.
rulers continue to rule but in different costumes
using different names.
we're still attacked. What is Afghanistan, Iraq, all these countries
attacked what is Egypt
So we're still under attack.
It really hasn't changed. It just says take
in a different form.
So how are we going to progress?
Allah gave us the formula 1400 years ago, when he said,
in Allahu Allah, your hero maga Coleman had
a law will not change the condition of our people until they change themselves
until they change what is within themselves
until they change their circumstance,
the circumstances of their lives.
And this is where we have relevance.
Because each and every one of us has a need to change himself or herself.
And if each one of us engages in that change, then as a community change can come about real change, not superficial, change, you know, the superficial change when people
try to change the political structure, or change the economic circumstances. But the essence of change has not taken place.
One of the experiments which I did
over the past year and a half traveling from one end of the Muslim Ummah, Gambia West Africa, to Mindanao, Philippines, to the other Guyana, South America
Dearborn, Michigan, Michigan,
when I addressed crowds,
audiences of Muslim
youth, young people
who had graduated from Muslim schools.
In Pakistan, I spoke to
students in second year medicine from
university, one of the best known top 10 universities of Pakistan, known as an exemplary Islamic University
or Islamic University.
And I visited also the College of Engineering.
medicine was mainly females.
Engineering was mainly males.
And I asked them the same question.
This same question which I asked
and P ICC
a few days ago
How many of you
can raise his or her hand
and swear by Allah? voila, he
I have never cheated on any test or examination.
You know what the results are?
Yeah. And sure enough,
only one or two hands would rise.
Only one or two hands will rise.
So I said
to the students in riffa.
to the people in students there and P ICC in
I said, Everywhere I go, people complain about the current political, economic circumstance of the country as being corrupted.
corrupt, from top to bottom.
Money disappearing from the Treasury. And you know, we all know it happens there in Nigeria, they had billions. You have your share here and it's all over the place. You know, Muslims, we complain about it everywhere we go. The same complaint corruption.
The UN has a listing. You know of that.
100 most corrupt countries,
the top 10 are filled by Muslim countries.
I said to them, how are we going to change?
How are we going to achieve progress?
If we remove those people that are in place that we complain about now, and we put you in their place? Is it going to be any different?
No, it's gonna be more of the same.
Maybe you might not do it as obviously.
But it's business as usual.
I what I said, then I say to you now
will not change.
until we find a time when I can ask that question. And everybody will raise their hand, only a few will have their hands down.
When we have those hands raised the mass, we now have
the Sahaba revisited.
Because what was the difference between the Sahaba and ourselves? They're the same human beings like us.
They live Islam.
They follow the way of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. So if you ask them that question, there would not be a single hand down.
That's the difference. Because it's only with a generation like that, that you can change the world as they did.
Until we achieve that, then our discussions and talks about change and political dissent that and that's just what we call an exercise in futility.
We're going nowhere. We're just going around in a circle.
That is reality. Yes, we can make economic arrangements such that we benefit ourselves more etc. But real change has real change taking place. No.
real change won't take place
and won't take place until
we embrace Islam
in its entirety
as a law said, Oh talofa Cilmi
enter into Islam completely don't have one foot out and one foot in when it's convenient to work with the foot that's in when it's not you work with the foot that's out.
This is not
this is your version is version her version, my version
but not Islam in reality.
So progress, whether in the political, economic, or social field cannot take place until there is that fundamental change from the Islamic perspective.
As was mentioned in our introduction, where Prophet Mohammed Hassan Ahmed said, Taliban enemy Farida, Allah Cooley Muslim seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim.
And this is what the prophet SAW Salaam, addressed he made it a religious obligation. Why? Because it was the basis for change.
Every generation has the ability to change its circumstance when it follows the way of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
told us laqad, Canada computer Sula, he was certain
there isn't a messenger will offer us the best of examples. So if we are able to bring that back into our lives, then regardless of what walk of life we are engaged in,
we will be about change.
Imagine a time
plus years ago
Traders coming from hadramaut
reached the shores of Indonesia,
before it was divided into Singapore and Malaysia.
To those shores, they had been coming.
For centuries, in trading.
ships were carried on to China traded in China came back traded in Indonesia, and went back to
when the traders came,
the people of this land
saw such a remarkable change that they were amazed.
Now, business people,
and as I'm told most of you are business people here
without meaning to hurt your feelings.
Prophet Muhammad wa sallam said to jar homophone jar,
the business people are the most corrupt.
As I said, I don't mean to hurt your feelings.
The business people are the most corrupt.
Because the best businessman is the one who is able to sell
which is inferior,
but getting superior
income from that
he tricks his customers into thinking that they are getting good, excellent. And he may swear by the lights when the good,
excellent. But it's not. It's hidden their defects. He's cheating them, as they teach you in marketing.
Where they have now honed this art. We know
the best salesman businessman is the one who is able to sell snowballs to the Eskimos
to the desert Arabs
is the best salesman. How do you do that?
You have to deceive them.
And that's what much of business is about. And that's why the prophet SAW Solomon said that the rich will enter Paradise 500 years after the poor.
I know a lot of people will say to me, Well, why is that? Why is that? Why do the poor people get to
This is why
this is reality.
So when those ships came that year,
the year of change.
explained to their customers where the defects were in their goods.
advising them if they wanted the top quality, they could get it from there.
The other trader is got high quality minus low quality.
No, I'm not gonna try to sell it to you at that price. I'm telling you what its real value is
The people here were amazed.
Why would you want to do that?
All these years you've been tricking us and we are trying to trick you and you know, it's a back and forth mutual tricking.
And then all of a sudden now you're gonna lose all those profits by telling us what's wrong with your products.
The religion is the religion that makes you do this.
Tell us about this religion.
And the rest is history.
The rest is history.
That day was the change the day of change
when they had changed
People, then that change implement impacted on the people.
So, it's the same situation
if you as business people
change, decide to implement this lab, regardless of the financial loss involved
there would be real change here
that takes courage, but there would be real change here.
So, this is what we have to look at.
This is what we have to address
the real change that can happen internally here in Malaysia, which could change the whole playing field.
All the Chinese who are there the top business people,
if they see
Muslim business people
and the word will spread. Of course, initially there will be financial loss etc. But eventually, you will be known as El Amin.
When you are known as Al Ameen, you will get customers who will be with you till they die.
Because they trust you,
you are fair, you are honest,
they will trust you.
And the Chinese will be amazed, some of them will start to think, Hey, you know, yeah, we're making all this profits, but our lives are not really that good.
what made these people do this
is the real change.
And that is what is missing.
when we talk about progress,
we talk about Islam.
Coming back to Islam,
on all levels, whether it is in the business field, knowing what is right and wrong islamically
in our business
to develop an honest approach to business, not the way I find so many business people when I travel around the world I give lectures and Muslims tend to be the business people
at the end of the lecture, or maybe sometimes even during the next day somebody will ask
is it allowed for us
our non Muslim customers
so what do you mean by that? You know, if they come in we know they're not Muslim we raised the price we don't do to Muslims
but to non Muslims we raised the price
I said why would you want to do that Mr. Well, they're going to hell anyway.
We take their money gives the car and you know benefit the oma.
This is our way of thinking.
But can we change anything with that way of thinking?
We will remain as we are.
So we need to go back to Islam
and bring it into our lives on all levels, from all perspectives.
Not just memorizing facts and figures.
This year of the prophets are five pillars of Islam, six pillars of Eman swansons, we know this because we all learned them.
But really understanding what are the goals behind the Pillars of Islam?
What were they really
meant to do. Because so many times living in the Gulf, I live most of my life in Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Qatar.
And speaking with non Muslims,
I hear them say to me so many times, you know, I admire you people praying five times a day. It's like, it's a very nice thing.
my manager, and he prays right when the time for prayer comes is they're the first one in the mosque. But he cheats us.
He doesn't give us our wages on time, you know, he's decreasing is taking things from it and
forcing us to do overtime and not paying us for it and all kinds of things. We came with one contract, and when I came in, he tore up the contract and made another contract for us.
So what's the value of that prayer that you're doing? I said to him, I agree with you. That prayer has no value.
It has no value.
It is just a ritual.
A ritual which will not change anything or change anybody.
A lot said about that ritual, in the salata nihan in fashion.
So a lot prevents evil speech and evil deeds.
So if it doesn't prevent evil speech and evil deeds, and we have to say it's not real, it's not the Salah, which was prescribed by Allah subhanho wa Taala nor the Salah, which Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam Salah made and told us son Luca Mara de Monaco Salah prayers, you saw me pray
that's the reality.
We are making a different prayer.
We're fasting at different fast
when we look at our fasting
fasting for the most part for us is really what feasting.
Both of them are begin with affright fasting feasting, but it's a world apart.
When Ramadan comes along, all the special foods are all cooked up for the night, you know, to really go for it at night. It's a wonderful party.
But what happened to fasting
got lost in all the feasting.
That's reality. So same thing, the fast doesn't have any impact on us, doesn't change us doesn't make us any more self restrained.
Were the same as we were.
Every year we do the fast we start Ramadan, the same as we were the year before. So what are we doing? Isn't that doing the same thing, expecting different results and we keep getting the same results.
We do something wrong.
And so on and so forth. How we deal with our Islam.
We need to go back
to know it and to understand it.
were having lunch today with some of the members of the
I was invited to a wedding.
They said come and see how the Muslim wedding is the Indian Muslim wedding.
I said Actually
I have six grandchildren who are half Indian.
Okay. I've been to a few weddings already Indian weddings. And I say what stood out in my mind which I had to speak to my Indian in laws about was the tally
you know the tally.
When I went and looked in the
the dictionary for what a tally is they say it's
a necklace which a Hindu groom ties around the neck of his bride Hindu groom ties around the neck of his bride.
to ward off evil
it is an amulet
To prevent the evil eye and other evil things, and what did the prophet SAW Selim about say about wearing amulets? He said whoever wears an amulet has committed shirt.
Whoever wears an amulet has committed Sure.
This is not something light. This is something very serious.
Wedding after wedding that tally is worn.
grooms are tying it around the necks of Muslim brides
throughout the community.
So when are we going to change?
When are we going to change
and whilst we were eating our lunch,
I observed another practice which has become a norm today.
We are eating with our hands, right? So when the time came to take a drink,
the brothers took the
in the right hand in the left hand, put their right hand underneath and started to drink as a practice for that.
It has become so much of a practice and a habit that one of the brothers he went and washed his hands came back to the table and he wanted to drink he's stupid he's over the left at the right time underneath.
So much of a habit that he you know, drinking with the left is a norm.
But Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam said, Do not drink with your left.
And we openly disobey Him.
So it's no surprise when the problems are Salamat said Coloma to all of my nation is going to enter Paradise. Everybody's good with that one, right? Yeah, all Muslims are going to paradise. He said
he didn't stop there. Except for those who refuse. And of course the companions asked him who who would refuse to go to Paradise. And he said, Man upon me. whoever obeys me will enter Paradise while men asani.
And whoever disobeys me has refused.
And this is something so basic.
We're not talking about rocket science here. We're talking about something so basic, we eat and we drink three times a day.
Can't we get it right?
If we're not getting that right, something so basic as this, what is the hope for change?
progress what is the hope? Where is the hope? Can you imagine a Sahabi drinking with his left hand?
But now for us. It's unknown.
And it's not just here. It's all over. I met it all over the world. And you know who began it? shaytaan
This is the Sunnah of
Prophet Moses. Allah says, Do not drink with your left hand because Satan drinks with his left. It is the Sunnah of shaytaan
so Satan Sunnah has become the norm for the mass of Muslims. 1 million 1,000,000,001 point 7 billion Muslims across the world
happily following the Sunnah of Satan.
So when do we change?
When does progress kick in?
It's not gonna happen until we take this Deen seriously. Till we take Islam as a way of life, not rituals and customs and traditions that are for parents did community does
Until we get past those rituals
and we take on Islam, as that way of life about which we speak all the time. But it's not real. It's just words. Until we take it on seriously, there will be no real progress, there will be no real change.
There is an awakening taking place in different parts of the Muslim Ummah, Israel
in spite of our situation, in spite of our ignorance, clinging on to false traditions and customs, etc, in spite of all of that, there is an awakening.
Muslims are awakening.
But the forces that oppose Islam are working harder and harder, becoming more and more vicious to try to stop this awakening.
But if we don't
to the Quran and the Sunnah, with our molars the way the prophet SAW sent him described,
bite onto it with your molars, that's your back teeth.
Don't let it go.
Unless we do that,
then the awakening will be sabotaged.
It will not bring about change.
So, this evening, my brothers and sisters,
I invite you to
progress for the oma through real change.
That real change begins with each and every one of us learning properly, what is Islam
and living Islam,
sharing it with our children, our family members, our neighbors, our network of friends,
making it real in our lives, correcting all of these false practices that have accumulated in our traditions, which have nothing to do with Islam, we need to clear those out.
And that is something within our power.
We can do it.
That is reality, we can do it. And that's what the law is going to ask us about is going to ask us about what we could do and didn't do. Not about what we couldn't do. Change the World Order.
People ask us about what we could do, and we didn't do.
So let us
has those intentions has those goals has that vision
the society, the Muslim society, my university, the Islamic online university.
Its motto is changing the nation through education.
So we have made our courses accessible. The actual student body is not as was mentioned in the introduction, it is 250,000 students
250,000 students from 228 different countries in the world.
And of the 250,000 because I know you're a businessman, so you've made a quick calculation. This guy must be a multimillionaire.
of the 250,000 students 245,000 of them study for free.
That's the reality.
It is making that knowledge accessible to the oma
to be a part of that process of change. Only people will pay fees and it's only registration fees which are minimal.
Very, very low or the students doing bachelor degrees where we have to pay teachers we have to pay, you know tutorial assistance, etc etc but
For the mass, it's free, absolutely free, no hidden costs at all.
So you all it's made for you.
All of you go on the internet.
Is there anybody here who has never been on the internet, put your hand up.
You've all been on the internet.
Now the issue is what you're going on the internet for
This is where the change has to take place.
Go on the internet, for what will benefit you.
So the process of selling I'd advise wide imageable.
To be eager, and to be keen on doing what benefits you What doesn't benefit you live it, avoid it.
To the minimum,
go on the internet
and register and start to learn your deen
at no cost. Do you put that time in
it's blessed that blessings entering into your life
blessings which will help you as a business person
guide you in your
business as a student to guide you in your studies as a housewife guide you in your home
as the Son and the daughter guide you to the rights of your parents, your duties towards each other.
We hope inshallah, that you utilize the brochures which have been circulated
and go to our website www
i o u.io u.edu dot g m
that is what I wanted to share with you this evening.
For those of you who are expecting a political
Sorry to disappoint you.
I hope for the rest of you to learn something
your hearts were touched
had some tears your hearts softened.
And we will see from this change.
If there are any questions you'd like to ask, say we'll give you a few minutes for questions.
just go ahead I can hear you
save time just go ahead
it's on actually just put it off to put up a mouth
this now * you're talking about.
About ambulance? ambulance? Yes. I've seen that.
Most of us
have one form or the other kind of ambulance with the hanging from the restaurant.
basement, they keep the money and also in the purse and so on. And even some of them said Qur'an only and they say that this will protect you from evil or whatever. And I've seen this a Quranic was in it with several numbers in it. And they say there's nothing wrong with it because they say there's no sheary because they're using Quranic verses. So what is what is the I mean, what is the guidance in the Quran? So
what we say
if there were benefits in it,
the Prophet sallallahu wasallam would have been the first to tell us to do it.
Because if you claim that you have something that works, protects us from evil, spiritual
And you have it and promises Allah didn't have it.
What is that thing?
You know more than the Prophet sallallahu wasallam as totally unacceptable.
Whenever you say well, he knew it, but he didn't teach us. What is that thing?
The prophet SAW Selim hid knowledge when a law said whoever hides knowledge is cursed.
And the prophet SAW Selim said whoever hides knowledge will have a a mask of fire on his head of the Day of Judgment.
So this claim
that these amulets are okay because there's some Quran in it. And as you said, it's not just Quran you've got numbers
by there are other things there maybe there are little, what looks like X's and O's, you know, the squares and lines and stuff. All that kind of stuff written in there. Who said, what about all these other things? Okay, that was Kryon. But what about the other things?
They say it's not that good.
Where did you get that from?
is the problem.
This is more Lana's business.
When you need a potion, you need a protector, whatever you go to molana, you mix it up for you wear it around your neck, put down your arm, put in your business. This business
is not from Islam.
Word from Islam, the prophet SAW, Selim would have been the first, the Sahaba would have followed him. And we have no record of the promises and of doing that, nor of the Sahaba teaching it. So we have to say it's false.
Just from that perspective alone,
without the debate of what you've written, and what it means and how you've done it. And
that's enough for us to avoid it.
Because problem has, as Alan said,
your rainbow comilla law, allow Mr. To come be, I've left nothing, which will bring you closer to a law without telling you to do it. That's what the job was. His job was to show us the teachers, whatever will bring us closer to a law
that would make a law pleased with us more and more. Because that's a bother, isn't it? What is a bother, but doing what is pleasing to Allah doing what will bring us closer to Allah?
Okay, two questions or a question or comment? Was Malaysia among the top 10?
The other question, can we blame our leaders because they're the ones that know? Because as they say, you get the leaders you deserve.
you produce your own leaders
who can blame them? Any more than we need to blame ourselves?
For the question
not related to
the topic by just simple because this is a problem always. We face English is regarding foreign mums. Okay.
Mostly some of them. They become more phonetic with the moms but the mom never didn't didn't do that. So they become an insect become a group. Then because of the four mums they become an enemy and even in prayers. They're separated the two groups
especially What's the question? So
So is it we have to Exactly. Okay. Okay. Thank you.
The person I ask when people talk about the for
question I ask is, what was the main hub of Abu Bakar?
If you're going to follow
should we not follow the hub of the best of the oma after Rasulullah sallallahu. Salah
gave him a guarantee of Paradise said he would be among the people of paradise.
So that's the one I want to know about. What was the mud hub of Abu Bakar?
Because if we were going to follow one, you say you got to follow one. That's the one that's best to follow.
That's the point.
was the man hub of Rasulullah sallallahu. It was that simple. What was the matter of
the man hub of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.
That's what they did.
And Abu hanifa
What was the math hub of Abu hanifa
to is the Hanafi madhhab. No, no, no, no, no, no. You haven't understood what the math is. If you think that the Hanafi madhhab is the madhhab of Abu hanifa. You have not understood what a malibus Abu hanifa wasn't the Hanafi.
Abu hanifa, who was not a Hanafi.
A mom Shafi was not a Shafi.
That's reality. So what were the
both of them said, is a sahale Hadith for who I am as happy. If the Hadith is correct, then that is my math hub.
So what is the Hadith and the Hadith represents the madhhab of Rasulullah sallallahu.
That's the reality. So all the great scholars strove to follow that motherboard Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. So in the passage of time, people created these schools.
Abu hanifa wasn't creating a school, he had students, people gathered around him, and they studied with him. And they left him and went study with other people and people came from others to study with him. That's how it was. People were just seeking knowledge.
He was trying to follow the map of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam as best he could. And he taught people that matter.
And that's what the people learned from him is great students, etc. So this is what is required of us as Muslims. When we say when I do under Mohammed and rasulillah. And we bear witness that Muhammad SAW Salaam is the Messenger of Allah. That is our declaration that our math hub is the math hub of Rasulullah sallallahu. Is that a
question from the sisters?
Or your sister?
Where's your hijab?
Sister put on your hijab
is what traditionally,
is every tradition.
When you drink with your left hand,
when you were the tally that issue.
So we have to know the difference between wrong
meaning every ship is wrong, but not every wrong is ship.
Okay, so even in customs, not every custom is wrong and ship.
Not every custom. There's some customs which are acceptable islamically if they don't go against Islamic teachings,
then they're okay. They're customary things that we do.
Part of the world we came from the the traditions that we have in that area, whatever that are okay? As long as they don't go against the teachings of Islam.
Islam is flexible. It doesn't mean everybody has to look like they came off a production line, everybody walks the same way we talk the same way.
This is not what Islam requires of us. We have individual personalities, we can express it by the way we dress, how we talk, how we eat, and all of this is part of the diversity of the world that Allah has created.
Sally is sure.
Now you know
whether it is identity or not as identity for Hindus, as they said, it is a Hindu amulet,
a Hindu amulet to ward off evil.
It doesn't matter. It's still a tally and the tally his shift.
So whether you wear it around your neck, or you wear it around your arm, or you design it this way, or that way, or another way, you put it on your wall, you put it whatever it still should look, as long as you believe in it. Something that should be done. When you get married, you should wear it. And what is behind it is protecting you from evil. No, it is.
That's the bottom line. You need to stop it.
You know all of you here. All of you here. let's let's let's make a commitment right now. Raise your hands with me.
Raise your hands with me and repeat after me. Voila, he
I will not use
before you go further there is no explanation.
You come from a different tradition.
You come from a different tradition. I told you I have six half Indian children. My daughter in law is Indian. I have been to more places in India than you have been to Bali that you have found. The explanation is just from the dictionary.
The dictionary that you have read say that it is the Hindu tradition. The ladies are wearing today is an identity to to say that this woman are married.
You see the ladies? Okay. Okay. I've heard what you said. So, okay. Okay, I heard what you said. I heard. That's what my brother says is an identity to say that the woman is meant they are married. Okay, I heard what you said. It is not what I heard. Okay, brother, brother, brother, please, please, please, please, please. You've made your point. You've made your point.
Brother, you have made your point. Okay. You had, besides, you know, the fact that you broke in, in a disrespectful way. Besides that, leave that aside. The fact of the matter is still, when I gave you that Indian definition, this is a definition which was written by Indians. And you can go and look in all of the dictionaries there on what a tally is. You can go and look at it. And but reality is what, what were your four parents?
Therefore, parents were Hindus, your four parents were Hindus. So they were Hindus wearing the tally before you became Muslim. So the fact of the matter is that in their tradition in Hindu tradition, that's what it means. When you came into Islam.
You brought that tradition with you. You didn't let it go. Okay. So now you have inherited it till today. So in your mind, you may not be thinking this is going to protect from evil. You may not be thinking that, but that is its origin. It's just the same thing like a cross of a Christian. What if you have four parents who are Christians, and they work crosses, and they believe the cross is symbolic of this, that and the other protects them and so on. So So you say no, no, I'm wearing a cross here now.
And I'm a Muslim, but I'm wearing a cross. And I don't mean anything by this cross. It was just identity.
No, that's acceptable. That is unacceptable.
Whenever the origin of a practice and a tradition
or, or any practice or belief going against the teachings of Islam, then it is not acceptable for a Muslim to maintain it. That is the bottom line.
That is the bottom line. So as I said, I asked you, those of you that wish to make this commitment to a last round to Allah to leave the tally, no longer engage in it, encourage your family members not to do it anymore. And to remove it from your tradition. Those of you that are ready to do it please raise your hands
if not, brother, just finish it off here now okay. Say voila, he
I swear to Allah
that I will not have my family members, female family members where the tally
not too much. I swear to Allah
that I will not allow
my female family members
to wear the tally.
Nor will I allow
my male family members
to put the tally around any female
insha Allah. Okay.
I would like to know what's,
what's the alternative sci fi?
Okay, look at it this way. You know what, let me tell you something.
the practice to indicate that somebody was married,
was for the man to take the ring priest would take the ring from the man and put it by the thumb of the woman and say, in the name of the Father, and the name of the Holy Ghost, and set the son name of the Holy Ghost, amen. And they would put the ring on this finger. So now you find people all over the world wearing this to indicate a marriage.
And you asked me what's the alternative?
Wear it on the right hand.
But they're not gonna show you're married.
Why Rasulullah saw Salam didn't have anything to show you're married.
If having something to indicate that you are married is a good thing. And important thing.
Then, would Prophet Muhammad wa sallam neglected
because they were already wearing wings from that time. sixth century, Christianity was already established wearing of the ring was already there.
So that's what we have to look at. We don't we're not obliged. Okay. Hindus also have putting this button here to show they're married to.
So you're gonna say Okay, can we work with them? No, no, that's their tradition. So we don't have a need to show we are married,
whether male or female, because we are respectful to our females. Because what is the whole idea about the marriage thing rings was or the tally? What was the real idea? Okay, if she's not married, then you can?
No, we shouldn't be doing that for anybody.
If we are respectful to our women, there is no need for them to have some symbol to let you know are married to don't do it is enough.
understand most of the time, the economic and political situations in the Muslim world is considered.
As far as I
know, no Meredith's is worse than the non Islamic countries.
Now, referring to the concept of change is applicable
aroma, which is the country, Islamic country at the moment, which is an example, to follow or applying the change, necessary change, presently, is there any country, Islamic country?
Okay, question, is there any Islamic country that is actively engaged in making a political and economic change based on the change of the society's members today?
I can't identify one, specifically, there are countries trying to make economic changes, there are countries trying to make political changes.
But this most fundamental change, in my view, remains untouched. And where it needs to come from, is from the leadership, but in particularly from the ministries of education, because what has happened to our educational system, is that it has been secularized. The West has secularized the whole educational process. So people are learning the various subjects and fields without morality.
Because the second rise means they took religion out, but religion had the values of right and wrong. So now when you're teaching all of these subjects, without the students understanding, an issue of right and wrong, then you have people who are graduating without a moral compass, whatever will get them their goals, they will do. So what we need to do, in my view, and it's one of the things that I campaigned for, is bringing morality back into the classroom.
So from grade one, from kindergarten, every class should have a moral message being given. The students are receiving moral guidance, they're still being taught maths and science and all the other things, but in the course of teaching the various subjects, morality should be brought in.
In that way, then you can graduate a class, who will be morally far from who you cannot corrupt, because they've been brainwashed. They've been exposed to morality from kindergarten to grade 12. Now you have somebody, somebody who can be a part of that change who can really change the circumstance. That's what I feel in the end. That's where we have to go right into the classroom, because those students in college are the product of those schools.
Sister Yes. Please give us sister a chance please.
allowed to go to the FBI in Islam. Are women allowed to go to the graveyards? Yes, they are.
What Prophet Muhammad says disallowed was the frequent visiting of the graves that is going there all the time, because you have authentic narration from Ayesha doll and her when she was coming back from the graveyard in Medina. And one of the other companions asked her where are you coming from the graveyard Aren't you not supposed to go to wherever she said problems are Salam forbade us in the beginning, then he told us we can go and visit because it reminds us of death. It softens our hearts and that's the same for both men and women. So what he disallowed was the frequent visiting of the grave because of the sensitive nature of the woman's
makeup her emotional makeup where too much visiting can bring about a lot of anguish and you know wailing and bad expression
the other sister please.
USD dollars that we have to change we are ready to change Alhamdulillah just Naga talking about the tally. I agree that we have to change the next I want to ask you how about the dowry? Can you please explain to us how about that our system that it's in the dowry? dowry? Yes. Indian Muslim I thought you all took care of that already has not been corrected. It's still around.
The women's family's still giving the dowry you're still doing that.
Yes, so please
explain to us what should we do about this? Okay. I mean, I spoke with some people from here and they told me that it was finished done they stopped. Sorry. Although in the Indian community, Indian Muslim community, the fathers and mothers, they are well educated, they know about gamma, they go for harsh they do the five times prayers and everything. But when it comes to dowry, definitely they are taking it from the mentor from the girl side. So please don't tell us something about it. Thank you. Well, it's not sure.
It's not sure. But it is definitely against Islamic tradition, Islam Islamic the Islamic way, it is not from the Sharia.
If the girl's family wants to give something as a gift that is for them,
but for it to be demanded, or it to be understood, without them actually demanding, but it's understood you better pay then this is evil. This is from shaitaan and this is actually from Hinduism.
This is another practice from Hinduism, which we have inherited and carried along with us and it is against the Islamic tradition. And perhaps we all need to make that commitment not to do that that not to collect dowries from the female sides for our children. Are we ready for that one?
I don't see too many hands coming up not see all the men that still
hedging hedging Come on, let's let's see it. Let's see those hands again. I will law he
I will not
collect the dowry
from the female side.
Our young men
will give the dowry
according to Quran and Sunnah.
Hello, yes. I think it's high time that the finalized with one more question. Okay.
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim. Share your speech. Earlier you had mentioned there is a feeling of increased awareness of Muslims. Globally, globally, you being looked after? What is the basis of using that? Is it I mean, over historical aspect of a Iran revolution? We back in the late 70s. Has it transcended up to now or do you see a new or what is basically a basis for using that earlier?
I believe that
the increased awareness which is spreading in the oma is the increased access a result of the increased access to knowledge
that people are becoming more and more aware partly from the efforts of various Islamic movements from Islamic individuals from graduates from Islamic schools coming back in larger numbers
from the media,
the access that we have through the internet, so all of this
added opportunities for people to gain knowledge is being reflected in the current awakening.
the issue of Freemasons
and all of the various secret societies you have the Russian occlusions you have many many others right? All of these are law says in the
law Hara fee, Catherine midnight
the secret meetings
Contains very little good or evil, these secret societies, secret groups that plot and plan in the background, people don't know about it, etc. This, for the most part is evil.
So the details of how the evil operates and what they do, and all this don't need to go into it just enough to know it's a secret society. It benefits its members, otherwise they wouldn't be members. But for the rest of the society, they harm them. There's harm coming from them, people's rights stolen, taken.
know, we don't need to go into speculation. I don't go into the speculator
views, it's enough. We know that what they stand for even Western, you know, governments fight against them. Even in Italy, where a lot of this stuff was born, you know, you find them speaking out against it, arresting people. And so the harm from secret society, whether it's there, or whether it's their other organizations in the midst of Muslims, you have some people who gather secretly and plot and they plan avoid them, avoid them know that they are dangerous, if transparency
is the expression of our Shahada, when a person becomes Muslim, he or she is required to declare their faith openly. This is an expression of transparency, I have nothing to hide
coalition the non Muslim political groups. So in your opinion, how are we going
to progress in collaboration with non Muslim groups, Prophet Muhammad wa sallam before the coming of the war he had had collaborated with the mushriks of Makkah in what was known as helpful for dual healthful food. And he said where this to happen again, after the prophethood I would have joined them. So collaborating with non Muslims for good
is perfectly legitimate for good
just for political gain, that is not sufficient. If what they're calling for what they stand for is evil. Then we have to be away from it.
I come back to the tally.
Haven't we had enough of the tally yet? See brother You went and opened up that that box there?
The point was, I think we need to leave the tally number.
We need to leave the tally. Save it for private discussion afterwards. pass it on to other people who have something else besides the tally. Come on in the back there. Is not brother as done by Muslims, Indian Muslims. It's not done by Indian Muslim Yes.
Completely different because a tally is a word comes from Tamil.
It means not necklace. I know I researched it It means necklace. Tally means Nicklaus.
When you go on a Tamil picture,
the dolly is being given a different idea.
When we go to identity for the Hindus, but Hindu practice when a woman is being married, the man puts that necklace around her neck. Indian Muslims are doing that. Hundreds and hundreds of Muslims have been looking at the marriage. They will not doing that. What did they do with tally? No they don't take Tally.
it comes from a yellow
yellow thread Yeah, this is some one version of it. Not a gold is not nothing but then they mentioned other dimensioned gold
brother, just give up the tally man.
That's another lecture brother. Let's let's deal with this the short term seeking protection from the grave is allowed in Islam going to a grave like the dargah you have here in town is it acceptable islamically to go there and call on the dead to help you it's haram it's
calling on the dead to help you whether it is even Prophet Mohammed says I'd love for you to pray to an ask prophet Mombasa salam to help you that he cannot help you.
Be fast, I think
my question is very simple. This
is actually prison Muslims.
This is is representing ISIS. Does ISIS represent Muslims? Well, they are Muslims. They are Muslims, but they don't represent Islam.
There are Muslims, we're not gonna say they're disbelievers. But as the average in the time of alumina vitalia they broke away declared Muslims to be disbelievers, and massacred, killed slaughtered Muslims. The Sahaba didn't declare them to be disbelievers. But there were clearly deviated Muslims. Similarly, ISIS follows a similar trend. They have killed Muslims, they've labeled them as disbelievers taking the blood of Muslims and called for
other, you know, acts against non Muslims who were
living amongst the Muslims, which is not permissible for us to kill those who have lived amongst us peacefully over time, and we massacre them kill them simply because they are not Muslims. These are the practices of ISIS in general. Now, some things they may bring in Sharia, they may do certain things which are correct. But in general, they have deviated their deviated group, and they distort the image of Islam globally. And there is evidence to indicate that they were originally formed by the US
secret services for other purposes that need to call a life of their own, just like Boko Haram, you know, like I will say,
the same same procedure, these were set up by Western
agencies in order to distort the image of Islam and discredit certain elements of the Muslim society, particularly this newer, you know, awareness, which is described as being Salafi term, for example. So they will call these people salafists,
the ISIS or the salafists. So that's what Salafi is going to take you to or their Boko Haram, or their Abu Sayyaf.
What about the
Shia, the CR deviated group? They have deviated from mainstream Islam they deviated a long time back.
blind following, okay, blind following.
Blind following is following others
without considering the right or the wrong.
It doesn't matter to you it's not important, whether they're right or they're wrong.
You follow them regardless, that is only due to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. We don't believe he has shown us anything wrong in Islam. So therefore, everything is shown us is correct. And we follow him.
We follow him blindly. Whether we understood it, we didn't understood it. He said Do we try to do he said don't do it try to avoid
whereas any other human being doesn't
have the right to be followed like that. Now, you may not have knowledge, and there's a local scholar who you learn from. So you depend on his judgment.
But if evidence comes to the contrary, to show that what he has told you about something is incorrect, then you must follow what is correct, because that's what allow will hold you responsible for what is what you knew to be correct.
very much taken aback with your achievement of over the past eight years, 250,000 students in your online university. Now, you also mentioned that to achieve progress.
To be in that position, we have to have a position of the sapphires being revisited. Now, throughout the Muslim world, or even a non Muslim, politically or economically.
Unity has been something among Muslims.
It's been something that's really sought after everybody talks about it. But the unity among Muslims in a real fact of the matter is, there's a lot of disunity. We dis unite over the smallest differences, although we have a lot of things as common denominators.
With this vast number of students you have within your online and to achieve a generation of Sabbath revisited.
How far do you think we are as Muslims to go to be in that stage? And why is there so much of this unity among the Muslims? Is there something that you with this number of students that you have worldwide?
See, as a main cause of this unity? Is there something that we can do to be reunited as when the Salah started teaching of Islam and we became united as Muslims?
This is my question.
I think that the issue of Muslim unity is a critical issue. And that's why when I spoke about the the
problems facing Muslims today in terms of knowing Islam, and coming back to Islam and all that, and that this Muslim League is an effort to try to, for Muslims to work for the benefit of the oma and to do so together in an organized way, the group effort, we know that the professor Solomon said that the last hand is on the
So working together being together, this is the better way this is what congregational, Salah, salah and Gemma, this is what Juma represents all of the elements of Islam called to Gemma working together. Now, the factors of what splits us up, there are so many factors, I mean, to go and try to list it today. It will be here until next week, there are many, many, many factors as many as factors as there are people there personality issues, you know, there's ignorance issues. There's pride issues, there's so many different reasons that lead to this unity and breaking the ranks of the Muslims. But in the end, though, I think the more that we get to know Islam, and to practice it
sincerely, we can overcome this. But if we don't know Islam,
then we will never be able to overcome these divisions, because pride and all the other things are going to always get in the way. All of those other factors will become big factors and split our ranks. So my call is still that of no Islam,
no Islam, then you will know Allah, He will know what we need to do. And you will know how to answer the questions of the grave when you meet the angels of death.
Simple as that.
There is the last question. So
this is my last question.
My electric fence again coming back the Messiah not the tally.
Tally after this now. So the getting the Messiah is he there's a school of thought let's say I have a scooter of Sharpie, where I can touch my wife when I will do so my God. So when all of us like to follow them what to say the following service but when come to this thought
Some schools must have Amati Shafi in all these things. So were these very state if I go to Makkah, when I have the EU, so I have to
have my data
on Sofia hamachi, so that I can even the other woman who touches me so I can prove to be hanafy. Yeah. So on this I would like, doctor to clear on this matter. A lot of people are confused on this. Yeah, I've heard of this, you know, and I've, I've been told this that in the Shafi communities, many shaeffer communities, that when the time for Hajj comes, the local scholars will tell them to make the intention to be hanafis. You make Hajj as a hanafy. And when you come back, you make sure you read make your intention again back to Shafi, which is a total set of nonsense. This is a set of nonsense right here. This is this is the ludicrousness of the mahtab right now, as it exists now,
because reality is that we have two types of differences in Islam, Islamic law, two types of differences,
contradictory differences, and variational differences. variational differences are when Prophet Muhammad wa salam did a variety of different things. In terms of that, he raised his hands to the level of the shoulders sometimes, and he raised his hands to the level of the IRS, sometimes that's a variational difference. You can do one or do the other. Right? When a math hub says this one to the level of the shoulders is for women.
hanafy mother the same that now this is for women, and this one's for men.
You say Where did that come from? prophet Moussa Salam didn't designate that. So they made this up, this is a so they now create contradiction of
differences, when in fact they were variational. When you have as you said, that the man if does it if he touches his wife, his wounds broken. We have authentic hadith in Sahih Bukhari that Prophet, Mohammed Salah, kissed his wife and led Salah.
So when you have that, that other argument is meaningless, it's meaningless problems are sanlam kissed his wife, and led Sala.
So a man touching a woman, his wife, or any woman
does not break will do. That fact her will do is not broken, his widow is not broken. That is the truth of the matter.
The ruling that it is broken is incorrect.
Because if you follow the rule, the reasoning of the madhhab fanatics who say both are correct.
All math hubs are correct in their rulings. If you are to accept that, then it means it is possible for you to have to do and not have to do at the same time
is not possible. Either you have to do or you don't have to do. That's what it is. So those types of differences where we have
one or the other, we need to find out what's correct, clear it out of the way and move forward. But for example, in the Shafi school, when I remember making hugs a few years back, and some brothers from India, from the cafe area, you know, were next to the camp where I was in and we were making Whoo. And I noticed the brother you know take his cap and then was wetting his head and touching his hand like this with the water. I said brother, this is not massage.
This is not muscle.
The muscle has rissalah Los Alamos to take off his cap, wet his hand and wipe his whole head. That is massage. Anything less than that is not muscle.
These are all your Wahhabi.
I heard about you.
My molana he told me my chef he told me about you people.
You hate Rasool Allah.
ignorance. So again, this is a question of right and wrong. Where did this come from? That you can just touch the few hairs at the front of your head. This is a scholastic argument which existed
hundreds of years ago, when some scholars were debating about what is the minimum
For will do to be valid.
They said well in Arabic, when you wipe your head, you wipe your hair. The term used for here is shot.
So if you wipe one here, that's called Shara.
If you want to hear as it's called shadow tan, but if you wait three years, it's now called shot. So the minimum you need to wipe is three years. This was a scholastic argument. This was not meant to be how you need to go and make What do you understand? So it ended up in the books and then it ended up you all being taught. Now you just have to do that.
The front of your head three times it's done. This no that that's not nice.
You were taught that but it's wrong.