Following The Middle Path Part 1
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Sunil Karim, Allah Allah He was Javi Omen extend medicine mesothelioma Dean
apprises Alon Milla speaking blessings young the last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day
as brother announced the topic, the importance of following the middle court
of Anniston, Alabama, in relationship to the Salafi movement.
The most important aspects of it
is following that middle course
following the middle path,
comes from a description given by a loss of data to
In Al Baqarah, verse 143,
in which Allah says there are radica Allah,
wa ikkaku Shahada and unathi pokuna Rasul Allah shahida
I have made you a justly balanced nation, to be witnesses for the nation, and the messenger a witness for you.
description which Allah has given the nation, our community of believers,
exactly balanced community
which is neither to one extreme,
not the other.
verse 29, Allah says
well acha Dahlia Dhaka marylu lesson in
Fatah, Kodama lumen Mathura,
do not show your hand to your neck, like a miser.
Now open it completely, and sick, blamed
in terms of charity, and giving our instructors not to go to either extreme, either the extreme of being so miserly as we would refer to as tight fisted as you give nothing,
nor to the other extreme, of giving everything and then later regretting it,
in a state of abject poverty.
And in supercon,
Allah describes the believers
and levena, either aku lamea, sifu while I'm here to work, anabaena radica kuwabara. Those neither extravagant or miserly when they spend,
but instead are firmly between those two extremes.
So, in all of the affairs
of the believing community, there should be a balance
there should not be an extreme to one or the other.
With regard to material possessions,
which Allah has given us,
we have a responsibility to use it in a balanced and sensible wait.
No, it is common. Some groups will commonly give us the example
when the Prophet alayhi wasallam called for
commitment by the believers to give of their wealth for the sake of jihad fighting in defense of Islam, and promotion of Islam.
abubaker gave all of his wealth.
And when he was asked, Why did he leave? homily, he said he left them a law and His messenger
from a law to sell them.
And this is oftentimes brought to us by some groups
as being the ideal that we should be prepared to do anytime
and we may be invited to go out
days or for
four months or whatever, and when are they not be in a position to look after our families. But then we are cited this example of Abu Bakar until we must get out and go out to propagate Islam.
However, when we look into the Sunnah, we find that this was a unique example.
This was a desperate circumstance in which the Muslim community was threatened.
So at this time, if required extreme
efforts to deal with that potential harm to the community as a whole. under other circumstances, we find other companions of the Prophet may God's peace be upon him, offering to give away all their wealth. And he told them not to do so afraid to give away half their wealth, which Alma had done when Abu Bakr gave all my gave half and he told them not to tell him not to do
then he suggested a third and the seventh said, okay, a third, but even a third is vente
that it is better for you to leave your family taken care of them to leave them after you have died, begging people.
So from that we understand that Islam does not want us to go too extreme,
to the point where we leave behind our family, you know, people who are responsible for incapable of taking care of themselves.
Now, that's when we got to material possessions in general.
With regards to the religion
excess excessiveness, in religion, is particularly
abhorrent is particularly disliked
by God, and by the prophets of God.
We find a lot of thing in the crime.
Oh yeah, Anil kitabi laka Balu, fi D. Reidel, ha
se O People of the Scripture do not exceed the bounds of what is proper in your religion by believing in false
prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said beware of excessiveness in religion
for surely knows before you garish dudes like second
is required by an aside imagine.
And during the farewell pilgrimage. The Prophet asked is not bad for the lightest seldomly asked him not bad to collect some taboo. It says for the rights of stoning romney
is part of the rights of hatch. He asked is about to collect some pebbles for him. And when it's not bad, collected the pebbles and brought them there was smokable
she approved the choice of Edna bass small pebble saying yes, stoning should be with stones similar to these. Beware of excessiveness in the religion. This is also narrated by Maasai. And
the significance of this when we look in terms of practice of Muslims today, those of us who have gone and made Hajj you will find in the rise of Rami, which should involve small pebbles, no bigger than a joint of a finger. People are throwing sticks, shoes even if one two accesses you will have some people climbing on the gym a lot and beating it with a shoe.
Something whether you've gone to make
oma as observed I'm sure with your own eyes. So this teaching of the prophets also land has been lost and many of the masses of Muslims today
and Allah knowing the danger
of excessive love of the Prophet
one the people having the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam say
and so Alka verse 110. In Nima and Sharon Miss lucam you ha la ilaha illa
say Muhammad to the people. I have always
A man like yourselves, to whom it has been revealed that your God is one God emphasizing the humanity of the past. Why? Because of the deviation the excesses, which goes before had gone through in terms of expressing their love for the
buyer and seller himself and his hobbies narrated by the Amalfi Coast, the MSA Lazarus Rooney cannot operate within the power of the Merriam cinema and abdon for Hulu Abdullah, what a pseudo founders
do not exaggerate, in praising me as the Christians did, to the son of Mary. For I'm only a slave, so called me the slave of Allah, and His Messenger.
The accesses which the Christian went to, in elevating, Prophet Jesus, from that of a prophet of God, and the human being,
to that of God Himself,
a serious deviation. That excess took them on a path to hell.
now direct their worship to Jesus,
instead of God. And this is the greatest crime, the greatest sin, that any human being can commit is to worship other than God, the law said in the Quran, that he would forgive
that he wishes
worshiping others. Besides, God,
is the one unforgivable sin meaning if a person dies in that state, of worshipping other than God, or others along with God, then one dies, going to help
other things that one may do in his life. God may forgive them.
If he wishes, there are good days can wipe out evil deeds,
but no good deed can wipe out the greatest evil of worshipping others instead of Allah.
Because that is the denial of our very purpose of existence.
Allah tala sinequan Omar al oxygen now an inset in Lally Abu
I didn't create the jinn and mankind except for my worship, our purpose is to worship God. So to worship other than God is to deny the very purpose for which we were created.
Therefore, the excesses in religion, which took place when those in the nations before the time, the final message of Islam to mankind took them to a point of disbelief.
And we can find unfortunately, among ignorant Muslims, a number of myths
and stories, which have been spun and woven about Prophet Mohammed Salah,
which elevates him.
beyond his status also, we can find in many of the books that speak about the birth of the prophets in the Sierra, they talk about the fact that when he was
when he was beat when his mother was giving birth to him, that the light in the temples of the fire worshipers went out
and let the killers in the temples of the Christians and the Romans shook.
and a variety of other myths concerning his birth to give it you know, some kind of
miraculous character and these stories,
we also find traditions which have been attributed departments,
saying that he was created from the likes of Allah.
So you have what is known as the Muhammad and light and more and hamady,
which is false lies
or they have traditions in which they claim Hadees could see that Allah said as quoted above, Hamza Salam were not for you, oh Mohamed, I would not have created this world.
All of these allies.
which are, in no way true regarding the Prophet, God's peace and blessings be upon him. And those who narrated are in fact in sin because Prophet Muhammad mega business defining said
Whoever lies in my name, man kalevala muthambi then forget about one other human and not, whoever lies in my name will find a seat in place in the hellfire.
So, the reality is Prophet Mohammed mega peace and blessings be upon him was a man like the practice before him?
What distinguished him, as with the Prophet before him from the rest of mankind was revelation, God revealed the final word to him.
And from him to the rest of mankind.
His life was exemplary, as well as the lives of the prophets before him because they were chosen by God. The stories that I told in the Old Testament about the prophets of God, committing incest and
drunkenness, and adultery, and all kinds of corruption is alive, and clarifies, as the Jews told lies about
as they killed them, they lied about them.
But the fact of the matter
is that Prophet Muhammad, peace, be upon him, was born in
a pagan environment.
His father and mother died as pagan.
Many Muslims believe that his father and mother and paradise and they even have a home in Mecca, which they claim is the home of the Prophet, Allah when they go there as part of their rights of pilgrimage, but it's our fault. The place is not known. And it lies, because it's clearly indicated in Sahih, Muslim, the prophet father is in hell, a man came department and asked him where is my father.
And the doctor said and said, Your father is in health. The man turned away, you know, tears came to his eyes, he turned away, the prophet calls him back. And he said, He's with my father.
And we have influence over in verse 80, and 80. For a law prohibiting companies, I tell them for asking for forgiveness for his mother, because she died in disbelief.
And also, inside Muslim, there is narration indicating where possible and said that I went to the grave of my mother and I asked a lot permission to ask forgiveness for her. And Allah refused me.
Why I would allow refuse him because his mother died as a pagan,
as the parents of Prophet Abraham, and other prophets died is because
it's not necessary for us to, to make up stories about the Prophet decide to make him special. No.
The fact that his parents died as pagans doesn't diminish his stature, that is not his responsibility.
his responsibility was to live an exemplary life as he did, and to convey the Word of God which came to him.
he is a basic principle of the Sharia.
As you have the extremes, which have been forbidden, both in the material world, as well as in the spiritual plane, excesses are forbidden going to one accessor to the other.
The principle of ease is a basic principle in the Sharia meaning, a law says,
After talking about faxing, and how fasting is compulsory, for those who see the moon and then Allah goes on to say that those who are ill,
and those who are traveling, they are excused from fasting and they make up those days after the journey, that a law says you read the law will become a new law you need to become
a law which is easy for you and he doesn't wish difficulty for you.
We also find after a lot of talks about making ablution for prayer,
the person finds himself or herself in a secret situation where no one is available.
What to do ablution involves making water and Allah gave the option of tambem that is making ablution with dry sand.
And then Allah said, Margarita lava Allahu Allah, Allah.
Allah does not want to place you in difficulty.
On the basis of this, the scholars have concluded that the foundation of the Sharia is
And Padma has
confirmed he, he was described by Isaiah, that whenever he had this
choice between two halaal.
It will choose the easiest of the two.
Whenever you have the choice, he will choose the easiest one. If they are both, there is no sin involved, he will choose the easier one.
And of course, a lot told it told us laqad Candela comfy rasulillah he was sweating. There is in the Messenger of Allah for you the death of example. So this is the better way to choose
that which is easier. On one occasion when he was going for her.
He saw a meme being carried by Muslim being carried between two other men, they were carrying me sort of stumbling along, walking along. And
the prophet SAW the man
what's wrong with this man was his problem. Why is he in this state? He said that he made an old rock flat, walk through the hole of that
told the man to break it off, you know, do the compensation for it and ride or take an easier path.
Also, there was a particular circumstance in Medina, and problems of Selma city in the masjid with his companions
that a Bedouin walked into the masjid. He went over to the corner of the masjid
stooped down and began to urinate.
When he started to do it, the companions rushed to grab this man and throw him out.
But the Prophet said to the Sahaba, leave him alone. Leave him alone, let him finish.
When it's finished, take a bucket of water and pour it in the place where he went.
And then he said, You have been sent to make things easy enough to make them difficult. This was his instruction to his companions. Afterwards, he called the veteran over, and he told him listen, this place of worship is not a suitable place for you to do these things.
The way that the Prophet dealt with these kind of circumstances Why? Because had they rushed over to grab him in the midst of you know, una thing, then he probably would have spotted his un all over them, they would have created a worse circumstances that have been confined to one little area where it was you and it would have been all over this area of the mastery would have been splattered on them as they tried to drag him out of there.
So rather than to make things more difficult and more complicated, that demand finish, then instruct him what to do.
Loss of fine. When was it Magellan
and Abu Salah Shari, were sent to Yemen was being sent as the governor. He told them yesterday to
make things easy for the people don't make it difficult,
obey each other, and do not differ among yourself as required Bible Christ
as the mayor, or the governor is responsibility, calling people to Islam establishing Islam in that region. It was to be done in a fashion which was not going to turn the people off from religion, drive them away from religion, it was supposed to be done in a moderate and attractive way. We have also the example of why the devil before this, when he used to pray with his people used to go and play Asia. With these people after playing problems. I would go over to the place where
the his tribe was and you leave them in prayer.
So during the prayer,
you decided to pray
the whole of so Al Baqarah in the first locker
tell me that that is on some occasion. Mr. oz is now playing the Hall of swirl Baccarat with these people.
Now some of the people standing behind the A became so difficult for them. They just backed out of the prayer. they abandon the prayer. At the end of the prayer, you know was upset the people left the prayer. So it took them back to the elements you know, for the prophet to tell them to score them. But instead the LM score did was he set up a Canon anti Ahmad are you putting the people on trial or one in order
You're making fitna for them, making difficulty for them.
And he says, another occasion relating to the same thing is that some of you make people dislike would be referring to the Salah. So whoever amongst you lead people in prayer should shorten it. Because among you are among them are weak and old people and those with business to attend to.
So it's not to create a fitna for the people. They are instructed to,
as COVID in the prayers and instructed to shorten the prayers.
We have also the statement of
the religion is easy.
And whoever overburdened himself
will not be able to continue that way, since I Buhari. The religion is easy.
If you take it moderately, it is easy.
But if you overburden yourself with it,
then you will do it for a while, then you're going to run out of steam and suffering.
Isaiah quoted about masala, saying, Do those deeds which you can do easily, as a law will not tire of giving reward until you get tired of doing good.
And the most beloved, the to Allah is the one done regularly. Even if it is
better to do
a few things which are enjoyed Allah regularly, then try to do all one time for one week. And then we're not doing it for three weeks, of course, is not referring to the basics, right? The basic five pillars, I'm not talking about those talking about things.
Beyond the five pillars, additional act of righteousness, that we don't try to take on too much, which is beyond our capacity, better to take on a little bit each day, or each week, we try to start a new practice in our lives, correct something in our lives and tries to get that established, then build on it, gradually increasing the
quality of our practice of Islam.
was so absorbed in worship,
that he neglected his wife,
Dr. Park, Martha, tell him about it. So he called up to live in Oman. And he said, Oh, Abdullah, I've been informed that you fat days and stay up nights in prayer,
then all my figures.
So he said, Do not do that. Fast, a few days and very fast for a few days, some nights and rest others. Your body has a right over you. Your wife has a right over you. And your guest has right over you.
Got it Bye.
The tendency I mean, we want to be better Muslims to crease our acts of righteousness, etc. But we don't want to go to an extreme where we actually neglect our responsibilities to our families, and to ourselves looking after. And there's a well known
tradition, also recorded in Bukhari that
three people had come to the wives of the Prophet, tell them and ask them about the quality of the prophets worship. And when they described to him what he used to do, if you haven't said, Well, you know, the prophet is
alive forgiving him.
We need to do more than so one of them swore that he wouldn't sleep anymore at night, he would play all night long. Another one swore that he was going to fast every day for the rest of his life. The third one swore he was never going to get married. Because women distract you from worship.
Okay. And Monica xlm came and he heard this, he called the three of them. And he called the people and he said, I have the best.
I am the best.
But I sleep at night and
I passed some days.
then he said from an rocky band soon that he follows me and whoever loves or prefers a sinner away other than my way, is not a true follower of mine.
There is another incident
Medina, Prophet Mohammed Salam had made salmonella piracy, the brother of Abu Dhabi
and other companions, they were made brothers when they ruin and the amfar
created that first community in Medina
answer those who are living in Medina from the local tribe, Mahajan, those who made hedra or emigrated from Mecca, he will take one person from the module you will take one person from the answer and he would make them brothers
make them brothers to the point where they would inherit from each other and
later Allah calculates, but initially to create that bond he did.
And then man went to visit our dad's salon in the muhajir, the immigrant guys from the people or Medina
to his house,
and he found
that under there was dressed shabby,
in on rags, virtually
and she said Your brother
is not interested in this world.
So Selman, then fact when I was there that for a meal
he thought about the gods he was he said he was fasting. So Selman told him, I'm not going to eat unless you
so he made him breakfast back.
And then three nights that he stayed in the house with him. Every time I would get down, get up to pray at night. He would make him go back to sleep until the morning, they got up and did the morning prayer together.
Afterwards, he said to a Buddha, your Lord has a right on you.
Your soul has arrived on you and your family has arrived. So give each
other that weight back department does lm analysis, it will no doubt.
He heard what the line that said. Mary fills out somehow that what he was doing was nothing. So he asked
what was his opinion of what Samantha said and Selma and the problem was that Ellen said,
sell man spoke.
So, from the
incidences in the time of problems, we can see that the center emphasize moderation,
not going to excesses in religious practices and matters because excessiveness
is against the nature of the community
and becomes a practice
it may be a part of the nature of the individual who newly comes into the community. He feels very enthusiastic, he wants to try to do everything and he wants everybody to do everything to
a natural phenomenon that we see occurring time and time again. But the fact of the matter is that it is something which needs to be tempered.
Because ultimately that enthusiasm, met excessive practice becomes short lived.
The person does it for a while. Six months, eight months, one year. And then you see them maybe hardly doing anything of Islam after that.
Also, excessiveness and inviting people to excessiveness it denies the rights of others to live in a more moderate
state in terms of their practice of Islam.
when we are waiting to judge
what is excessiveness and what is not what is extremism etc.
We have to take into account different factors
because both piety and environment may affect the judgment of what constitutes extremism and what does not.
among those whose practice of Islam may be lacks for example, women
wearing proper job or niqab this may be considered extreme, you know where women are not covering themselves up
wearing the hijab may be considered extreme.
Whereas the norm is for people just to wear a little thin tight on their head, the woman who wears the full scarf that comes and covers her bosom area, big size etc, consider extreme.
But in fact it is.
Also you may find, for example,
of, for example, what was known as the Wahhabi movement, which started in Saudi Arabia, Arabia in the 19th century.
It was a reformist movement to try to bring people back to the proper practice of Islam.
That the people who followed in this trend of the movement later on in the 20th century, when they gained power,
have a religious point of view, they were still following the
concepts that were introduced by Muhammad number one, politically, they set their own program
that promoted his point of view, they leveled all the graves in the graveyard when they went to the graveyards of Mecca, Medina, which at that time looked like cities were huge structures built over the great looking like marks and degrees, dorms and all this kind of thing. And they leveled them
flat to the ground.
Muslim world was had been used to graveyards, the structures built over them motherly and the cetera. They consider this extremism, some kind of Apostasy
when they ban
praying to Prophet Muhammad, peace,
which was common practice in many parts of the Muslim world, and they felt this is extremism, how can I say,
when they also banned the practices and what came to be known as Sufism, at that time, mysticism, you know, which involves all kinds of wild practices, spinning and jumping, and all kinds of things escape we're calling remembrance of Allah and they said, that Remember to Allah.
Allah never did it, his compilers never did this thing. This is something invented by you people.
They continue to finish.
They also consider the fact that they that movement forbade the celebration of the diversity standard, rather than
celebrating the profit versus like Christmas, every Christmas was a celebration of the corporate ladder.
So they're banning it was was considered to be extremism.
But the fact of the matter is why because the environment, that state of the Muslim world at the time, has deviated from true Islam, that when somebody was calling back for to Islam, it appeared extremely deviant to them.
these are among the factors when we are going to try to identify what may be extreme or what may be deviant, we have to be aware of the people involved who are making this claim, or about whom we're going to make statements. We also have to be aware of the environment what is the political social circumstances in which these kind of rulings will be made?
Also, we have to recognize human fallibility.
That is that things don't cancel Ilan basic principle. In don't cancel a man.
There's a tendency, that one, somebody makes a mistake or whatever, you know, then this person becomes ostracized, this person becomes labeled, you know that.
They no longer are of any consequence in the community is an extreme view. Because human beings are fallible. In one occasion, you have to consider a companion of the Prophet
sallallahu Sallam asked permission of the Prophet
was coming into Islam and he said, we come into somebody's life permission to quality.
Now, the process we got to define didn't tell him
Get out of here man.
Common except Islam.
And then explain to him
because he believed in Allah, the messenger and
then he said, you know, would you approve of somebody fornicating with your mother,
or your sister, or your doctor
or your as
Permission to predicates Who do you think you're going to fornicate with that could be somebody's mother, or your sister, or your aunt's.
This is a way of the practice.
have to, in a gift in any given community, we have to have certain respect for the elders of the community.
Those who are learned, and those who have experienced from having been in the community for some period of time,
even if they become black,
because they're human beings, there may be times when they
commit certain areas, etc, we should not destroy them, our respect for them simply because they're committed and are
I mean, if they become corrupt,
a possible situation where they become corrupt, and they are now defending Islam, no revenue generation where a human being one of the elders of the community, etc. Commissioner,
we should still maintain that respect Why?
Because Prophet Muhammad
had said, Whoever doesn't respect our elders,
have mercy on our children and recognize the rights of our scholars is not
recorded bathmat and
and we have a particular incident which took place in the time of birth, Mohammed Salah
happen, even Abby balca, sent a message to the Kurdish
requesting protection for his children and relatives in Makkah,
in exchange for information about the Muslim battle strategy,
ineffective act of treachery.
That message that he sent was intercepted by one of the companions of the Prophet
The message was intercepted, when Omar Abdullah Al who
found out he immediately jumped up and said that he would go and cut that guy's head off, take his head off.
And he said,
perhaps allies looked at those who took part in the Battle of Becker, and said, Do as you please, forgiving
this happen was one of those who took part in the Battle of Mather along with the profit from it.
This is an error on his part. But that commitment that he had made earlier,
you know, that commitment to Islam was such that we spec still had to be given to him, even though he committed an error here, out of witness, he had children and relatives in Mecca, who are under the Quran,
could harm them seriously, and we're harming them, when it's designed to try to save his family.
He was sneaking out some of this strategy, matter of fact, as you have
the latest love for your family had led him to that this is the danger of love.
That sometimes the love
of family can lead us to sin
is why Allah guides us in the plan
that your wives and your children
are a fitna child for you. So beware.
Because your love of them are they are themselves, but your love for them can lead you into sin.
the basic principle
here in terms of community, and maintaining the moderate stance
we should strive to practice Islam, the fundamental principles of Islam, to the utmost reliability.
And the additional acts of worship, the voluntary acts, we should try to do as much of them as we can,
but not to overload ourselves
to the point where we can't handle it
that the best approach to it is to do
differences to split the ranks.
There are human beings and there was a level of tolerance amongst them, which allows them to work together to stay as a community.
And these are the type of lessons that we need to learn when we look back into the era.
Now we have
historically, it is tradition of divisions which have taken place among the community.
mankind we're one single community and a loss and profit with glad tidings and wanting. And with them he sent the scripture in truth to judge between people in matters were they different,
but the people to whom the scripture were given, after the clear truth had come to them different only because of hatred one to another, then by Allah,
His grace guided the believers to the truth concerning that were in the difference. And Allah guides whom He will to the straight path.
from the most ancient of time, divisions appeared among the communities of the believers, prophets would come
clarify the truth and those who went to the truth for one body, those who prefer to stay with the ancient traditions, etc, they formed another body.
Now, some products that the Jews divided into 71 sex, one in heaven, and 70 and
the Christians park it into 72, sex, one in heaven, and one inhale and 71 and held by the one in whose hands is my soul, my oma my nation would separate into 73 sects, one in heaven and 72 inhale,
the companion resident said O Messenger of Allah, which one is the same sex, he said, The Gema to community
and in another narration, he said this community will divide into 73 sects, all of them will go to hell, except one, and they are those following what I and my companions
So, we know that there is ultimately one body one group that represents those who will attain salvation headed for paradise and the West are headed for help.
We also know
that there will always be some who follow this path.
The important thing is to know who represents this group, which
is a particular organization, political type organizations which label themselves by different names.
What do they represent?
concepts or principles.
What we find
is that a lot says in the Quran
why you Shaka Cobra to embody makabayan Allah Buddha way a tabula rasa meaning no one Lima tawanda loosely here