Factors of Cultural Islam – Part 2

Bilal Philips

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My brothers and sisters,

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today, we continue to look at the factors behind

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what we know today as cultural Islam.

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We spoke about it earlier, that there is a distinction between Islamic culture

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and cultural Islam.

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Islamic culture is the culture which arises from the implementation of the teachings of Islam.

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Whether it be the five pillars of Islam, the six pillars of Eman the two pillars of the sun,

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or following the various commands of the Prophet sallallahu, wasallam, and avoiding the various things which he has prohibited, striving to do the things that he has recommended, and striving to avoid the things which he has discouraged. All of that produces a culture

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because culture is a compilation of a people's moral principles,

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which identify what is right, and what is wrong. This is the essence of culture.

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So, naturally, because Islam is a way of life,

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there must be a culture which it produces.

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And success in this world. And the next lies in bringing that culture to life, living in accordance with that culture.

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And we spoke previously about

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the cultural impact the moral principles that could be extracted from the Pillars of Islam. And

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then we began to look at

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what is in opposition to that culture.

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What we find throughout the Muslim world today, rather than Islamic culture, we find

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the culture of Muslim peoples,

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which we will call cultural Islam.

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And that culture, as we've pointed out, contains many practices which are against the teachings of Islam.

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There is a struggle between Islamic culture and cultural Islam. Cultural Islam represents the traditions, the customs, the legacy of generations.

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Sometimes that legacy is okay.

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Where it doesn't contradict Islamic teachings. But the big problem that faces us is the situation where much of that legacy

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is in opposition to Islam.

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And so, it distorts the image of Islam

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to the world

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and to the people of that culture.

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And we talked about examples,

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which were a result of inherited practices,

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from pre Islamic times, like the Pharaonic circumcision

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or honor killing.

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Then we talked about

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distortions, cultural practices, which came from our neighbors. Muslims adopted these practices from other non Muslim societies

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like celebration of the prophet SAW his birthday,

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etc.

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Today, we'll be looking at religious innovation

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which focus

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is on

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what we have come to know as Sufism

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Sufism

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tasawwuf,

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an English mysticism

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there is a body of traditions,

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which comes under the general heading of Sufism.

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And it has been explained that Sufism represents the reality of Islam, it is called The what? Happy.

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The reality, the true essence. Whereas, regular Islam which everybody practices that's just called shediac.

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That's common Islam in

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the Sufi circle,

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Shadi

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and haqiqa

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there is something which was commanded by Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, which is called Sharia.

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And there is an internal understanding of that, which was not taught by Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam, which you cannot find in the verses of the Quran, which is only taught by a secret band of individuals who are designated as saints

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and are given a variety of different titles.

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And this special group

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who have this special knowledge, they pass it on, from one generation to the next.

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And

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you can only get access to it, if you join their group.

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If you accept their leader, as your guide,

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they give names to it, like more [???], he becomes your more [???]. And you are what they call a married

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married one who has no

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desire or ability of himself.

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As they say the moreread should be in the hands of the mortician like a dead body in the hands of those who wash it and prepare it for burial

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return over all of your affairs to this guide the motion he may be given the title of pier

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or shape

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or mowlana whatever.

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Various titles in different countries, different places.

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And

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the goal

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I mean, we can hear there is something not quite right here.

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Right from the very beginning this whole idea of secret knowledge, special knowledge

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when prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said taraxacum Allah Mahajan VEDA I've left you on a clear white plane.

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lei aloha Kalahari ha

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whose day is like it's night it's night is like it's there's no distinction. It's so clear. But if you are in the middle of the night, you would see it just as the same way you would see it in the middle of the day. crystal clear. Nothing hidden behind the shadows. It's all clear whose night is like it's de la lucha.

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libre z one ha Illa Holic and whoever deviates from it is destroyed.

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Whoever deviates from that clear plane is destroyed. That's what Prophet Mohammed says.

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So what of these people who say no, that's not quite yet.

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There is this other hidden area

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known only to a special group

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who we call the Alia of Allah.

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And they're even mentioned in the Quran.

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Allah Allah Allah Allah

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In common English, they translated as the saints, the saints of Allah,

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these special individuals. So

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before looking at their qualities, we look at what is the goal what is the essence of what that

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new religion calls to, because we have to call it a new religion.

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It wasn't the Islam that Prophet Mohammed Salim left behind,

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nor the Islam which was understood by his companions,

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because those who follow this way, have teachings and practices which were not found in the statements, the teachings and the practices of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. So if that's not the case, then it means that we must now have another religion or religion within the religion

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which is new, because it was not known when Allah revealed the verse polyoma acmella to lacantina calm, today I have completed for you your religion, it was not known then.

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So if it was not known, then Prophet Muhammad wa sallam didn't teach it, companions of the Prophet SAW Selim didn't understand it, then it must be something new.

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So, what then are the goals of this religion,

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the basic goal

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is defined as becoming one with a law

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becoming one with a law.

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It may be called it had,

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what may be called

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a variety of different names given to it, but the basic concept is becoming one with Allah.

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And

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texts from the Koran, texts from the Sunnah may be drawn, to give this understanding to defend this claim. But when we look at the origin of this claim,

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that the human being can become one with the law, we see that it is an ancient idea.

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It is an ancient idea. Plato, Greek philosopher.

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He wrote in his book called The symposium

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that human beings were really bits and pieces of a law

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that ended up in this world closed by flesh. And that the goal of the human being the true goal of life, was to realize that divine parts within each and every one of us, and to release that divine part so that it can become one again with God.

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Plato wrote that

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prior to the time of Christ, what we call BC

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and this became a part of Christian mysticism.

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And this idea

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was adopted by some Muslims

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who felt that the Shetty wasn't enough.

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It's too simple.

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There must be something deeper.

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There must be something more detailed.

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The Shetty praying five times a day fasting in the month of Ramadan giving you the car making your Hajj subtle there is

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surely must be something deeper. So looking for this deeper thing. This is where they ended up.

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introducing this idea that the human soul is in fact divine.

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So they found a verse in the Quran where a lot said What the fuck nafi human Rui

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and I blew into him from my soul.

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As I said, there it is. It is in Islam.

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This idea is there.

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However, they didn't look at all of the texts which talk about this process of blowing

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the soul of the human being,

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which teach when we look at the whole of the texts, that the human soul is created.

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And that

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the angel blows that soul into the human being.

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When it comes into this world, and the fourth month of its life,

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its growth as an embryo, the angel comes and blows the soul into the human being.

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A law refers to its blowing as his blowing

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in the case of Adam because it had a special

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status.

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Now that Allah has a soul, when the soul is created, because he said if they asked you about the soul is aluna kanuhura, Tony Rothman and Robbie, say if they asked you about the soul that the soul is by my lord's command, be Khan fire goon, Allah commanded to be an it comes into existence, the soul is created.

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It is not a part of a law.

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Human beings do not contain within themselves a part of a law.

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This idea that the human soul is divine, is not Islamic.

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It comes from Christian from Greek, from Hindu tradition into has this idea what they call Atman Brahman Brahman Atman

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Atman the human soul being a part of the divine soul, this is their belief. This is not Islamic belief.

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So this is not the goal. Prophet Mohammed Salim did make did not make it a goal. He did not teach it as a goal of Islam, that we strive to become one with a law No, we cannot become one with a law. A law is a law, the creator of the universe, and we are His creation.

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The best we can do is to fulfill His commands as completely as possible in our lives, to implement the Sharia.

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to its fullness, that is the best that we can do.

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And that is what Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam did. That was his example, implementation of the Shetty

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to its fullest extent.

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That is our goal.

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To follow Prophet Mohammed Salim as Allah said, Lucha Ghana confuse those who rely on certain Hazara there is in the Messenger of Allah the best of examples for you. This example was to fulfill this idea, therefore our goal, our striving, our future that we strive to fulfill should be to implement the Sharia, the law of Islam in our lives as best as we can.

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as Adam and Eve

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were given the instruction to obey Allah,

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the essence of the shediac to submit their wills to the will of the law, not to eat from that tree,

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but to do

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with the other trees as they wished, because the law had given it to them,

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but not to eat from that tree that is the essence of this life to not eat from the tree.

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What is the tree the forbidden things of a law

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whether it's Riba mortgages,

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whether it is stealing, dishonesty,

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whether it is fornication, or whatever, all of the forbidden things.

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This represents the tree or the tree represents all of the forbidden things. And that is what our goal is to avoid as much as possible those forbidden things

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And to do as much as possible, what we have been instructed.

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So Adam and Eve,

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when they fell when they slipped,

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and they partook of the forbidden,

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then they follow the laws instruction, of turning back to him in repentance and they repented.

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they repented, and a law accepted their repentance.

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That is the essence of our life.

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striving to do what Allah has commanded, and to avoid what he has permitted,

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as for becoming one with God,

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that is another religion,

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another religion all together.

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And we should be very clear on that.

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Because that religion

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will not take us to Allah.

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Ignalina he was in a Roger

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we belong to Allah

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and to him is our return,

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we will only return to Him in the proper way,

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if we have followed the Sharia.

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As for the hockey

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Well, it will not take us to a law, it will take us elsewhere.

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And if it's not taking us to a law,

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then the elsewhere is jahannam

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jahannam

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I asked a lot what Allah to help us to find the reality of Islam.

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In the message which Prophet Mohammed Salim has left behind,

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to fulfill all of the commandments that have come to us, and to avoid all that has been prohibited for us as a law to help us to sincerely seek this goal, and to accept it truly in our hearts, and to remove from our hearts, desires and loves for other than what Muhammad Sallallahu Salah brought

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all praise due to a lot of Peace and blessings beyond the last messenger of Allah.

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In surah, Al and file

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the eighth chapter, verse 34. A lot of states they're

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in our Leah who lol moutoku.

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Well, I can act for whom,

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indeed, his friends are only those with piety, but most people don't realize it.

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Indeed, our laws saints. If we translate Alia, as saints, a lot of saints are those who are pious, who fear Him

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who fear Him, fearing his displeasure

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and seek His pleasure.

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But most people don't realize it.

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In surah Yunus

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the 10th chapter, verse 62, and 63 a lot of states there, Allah, Allah Allah He la hoechlin, la Mola,

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Allah de la mano will kanuga takuan

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Indeed, the Alia of a law the saints of a law

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no fear when overcome them, nor will they be sad.

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There are those who believe

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and fear of

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those who believe and fear Allah.

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So Allah has defined who are his Olia in the class.

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They are the true practicing Muslims.

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The true practicing Muslims they are the only are

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those who fear a loss displeasure

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and seek to do whatever pleases Him.

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And they believe in him. But as I said, most people don't realize

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It

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What do people think the only

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people who can walk on water

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they can be in more than one place at the same time.

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They can produce

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diamonds and

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gold, from nothing from nowhere.

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These

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are the saints in the eyes of the people, those who are able to do supernatural acts.

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This is how they're defined.

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But is that what the law said? That he's saying for those who do supernatural acts? No, it didn't say that.

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The Sahaba were not known to produce things out of nowhere,

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to walk on water,

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to fly in the air to be in more than one place at the same time. They were not known to do these things.

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Of course,

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in the life of the oma, there are and have been defining moments where supernatural acts have taken place.

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What are referred to as karma that

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they have taken place.

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They're rare, far between.

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and they didn't become a means of

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elevating any individual above the status of a human being a normal human being

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armodafinil.

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In the middle of his cookbook,

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called out

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sarria. Behind the mountain, wondered what was that about?

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Later,

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it was informed to people

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that

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this general of Muslim forces was involved in a battle. And the enemy forces were coming from behind the mountain. Omar explained that it received he just saw a vision in front of him of these forces coming. So he called out to the general Saudi and said, Look behind the back the mountain. Sorry, I reported. This is 1000s of miles away. I heard this voice call out. Look out behind the mountain. So I took some of the troops and we were able to catch the enemy from attacking us from behind and saved us we won the battle. Okay.

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Good. Did the people say, Omar, you are a saint of a law.

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Law.

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And what does that mean?

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means that if we want to reach a law,

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we need to direct our prayers to you.

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Because, as people argue, the average human being is dirty with sin. How can we turn to a law who is pure and good, we have to go through a pure soul, the saints

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so we don't pray directly to Allah. Because Allah is not going to hear our prayers. We need to go through these pure souls.

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Sounds nice.

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But that's not what that early generation did.

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The generation of the Sahaba didn't do it. They were not known to do it.

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Nobody prayed through all Maribel hottub in spite of what took place, which people witnessed

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people in the masjid they witnessed it, the word spread Allahu Akbar.

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But they didn't elevate him to become an intermediary between themselves at a law

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and this is the real evil

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of Sufism.

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This is the real evil of Sufism.

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Because if somebody says Sufism is living a simple life, only taking from this world what you need, you know, praying to Allah often, we said that Islam

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was the example of prophets.

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Mohammed Salah, Salah, that's Islam.

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The early generation they didn't call it Sufism, they call it Zoo hood.

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Living a simple life.

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So if you mean by Sufism that then we say, Well, you've just called Islam and other name.

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The best way to practice Islam is called is another name.

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But if you mean by Sufism when I spoke of

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becoming one with a law, then that's misguidance

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that is no doubt misguidance and the idea of turning over your appearance to another human being,

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where you follow whatever he instructs you,

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no matter if you think it's right or it's wrong, you just follow it, because he is your peer.

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And he knows the unseen.

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And he is in touch with a law and you are not, that is another religion. That is not Islam.

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And that religion calls us to shirk.

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A law says, We're the only St. Jude Law calm call on me, and I will answer your prayers. He didn't say call on my saints, and I will answer your prayers.

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Of course, people bring all kinds of logic, they say, if you want to meet the president,

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the Prime Minister,

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the head of state, you can't just go down to his office and knock on his door and say, Mr. Prime Minister, I'd like to have a little chat with you. It doesn't work like that. You have to go and see your councilmen you have to go and see a minister or you know, you find somebody who's close to him, and he will talk to the President for you.

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Even the president of your company,

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you're down on the level, you're not close, you're not the vice president or the secretary or the treasurer or you're down the bottom somewhere. So you want to reach the president. You work your way through these channels. And you can effectively get yourself heard by the President. That's this life. That's in this life. That's how we deal that's how human beings deal.

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If we reduce a lot to that, then we have made a law like his creatures.

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And he said LASIK, I mean cliche, there is nothing similar to him. He is different. His relationship to us is a direct relationship. Each and every individual can turn directly to a law at any time, and have his prayers heard.

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them said under a law and to move a call on a law being certain that your prayers will be answered. He didn't say call on the saints. He said call on a law, being certain that your prayers will be answered that's instructions to the whole oma.

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So our religion is one of direct communication with a lot.

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The other religions put intermediaries between themselves and a lot. That is the nature of these other religions, which have been produced by the satanic forces from Satan. Satan seeks to block our path to a law

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to put hurdles between ourselves on a law

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and the law calls us to worship him directly. He cannot do

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what he agonistic you alone do we worship?

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And from you alone, do we seek help? And the prophets are seldom had said at will a bother

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calling in supplication is worship.

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So when we call on the saints, you have to call them

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yeah say they'll by the way.

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Yeah, I shot

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jezina when we call on these individuals who we have designated as saints, we are worshipping them.

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That is worship of Moses lm said it is the essence of worship when you call out.

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So, Prophet Muhammad wa sallam was the example as the Lord told us in the Lahore melodica who is aluna Allah nebby the Iona Dena amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam which is Lima, Allah instructed us to go

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All on him, that his peace and blessings would descend on his prophet. Because he sallallahu wasallam was the example of the way to Allah.

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He showed us in his daily life, how do we come closer to Allah.

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And he stated very clearly, that one cannot come closer to Allah, except by doing the things which Allah has commanded.

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And we continue to come closer to Allah, by doing the things that he recommended.

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Until a law becomes the eyes with which we see we only see those things which are pleasing to Allah.

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And we only touch those things which are pleasing to Allah. And we only walk to those places which are pleasing to Allah.

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And if we turn to Allah in prayer, our prayers will be answered. The prophet SAW some made that way clear for us. I asked a law to give us the reality of that way to bring us back to that path, the path in which we turn to Him sincerely alone, and to remove from our hearts, the love of anyone besides Him. Allah I asked you to give us the reality of Islam, to give us humility and submission to you and to cause us to die and to leave this world with your name on our lips, your religion in our hearts, and your profit in our minds.

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