Channel: Bilal Philips
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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Karim.
Allah Allah was hobby for many standing vicinity he Eli Ahmed in
All praise is due to Allah and realize Peace and blessings beyond the last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
The topic hedra time to make tracks,
the Muslim community,
the community is made up of individuals.
But ultimately, those individuals
make up the community by which Islam is implemented
in its fullest.
We know all of the various commandments of Islam
call us to community
whether it is Sala,
in JAMA, our daily prayers done in congregation whether it is
the fasting in Ramadan, where the community fast together
those who seek to find out when the month begins when the month ends
are doing so, for the benefit of the community as a whole. So Moliro at when it is seen, then all of you together should fast.
Similarly, the giving of zeca for it to be done properly, it must be done on a community
base to try to do it on an individual level. Of course, we do this if there is no organized approach to it. But the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed Salah Salaam was that of doing it as a community and so on and so forth, Hajj, etc, all of the pillars of Islam, even the very rights of birth and death, all of it calls to community, the Attica the community sharing in the birth, the janaza, community sharing in the burial, all of Islam calls to community. So, the concept of hedra addresses fundamentally the maintenance of the Muslim community. That is what is at the bottom of it. For us to be able to effectively implement Islam. We need to be a part and parcel of the community, Prophet
Mohammed wa sallam had said,
I command you to do five things. The Hadith narrated by Al Hadith, lashari.
One to obey and to to adhere to the community. First one command is to do five things very first one is to adhere to the community,
to listen, to obey,
to make hedra and to fight in a lost cause.
Here this Hadith,
I command you to do five things, to adhere to the community,
to listen, to obey,
to emigrate, to make hedra and to fight in a lost cause. Then he went on to say, He who secede from the community, as much as a palms with has cast aside the bonds of Islam unless he returns.
He who breaks off from the community goes off by himself, a palms with the width of a palm from the communities metaphorically speaking.
Then he has cast off the bonds of Islam from himself. And he doesn't regain that until he returns to the community because on his own there are many other narrations
Where rasa Selim gave the imagery of the community being like a flock, a flock of sheep, and the stray sheep is the one that the wolf can easily devour Satan, satanic forces, the forces of misguidance are easily able to overcome that individual who goes off on his own.
So, the concept of hedging, as I said, is primarily one of protecting the community of maintaining the oma
in all of its versions, whether it is the greater oma or it is the lesser oma of Muslims in given areas of the world.
Now, the Quran lays the foundation of Hydra
from the time of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, and the fourth chapter known as Surah Nisa, verse 97. Were a law says they're in the Medina toa, for whom Allah aka Ptolemy and fusi him, Paulo, FEMA, Khun Doom Paulo una mustafina, Phil Paulo, lm Tokunaga, la he was shot down to Haji roofie ha for Allah wa whom Johanna jahannam watsa Atma Sierra
indeed those who the angels take their souls in a state of self oppression.
disobedience to a law, a law refers to in different parts of the Quran as self oppression. Because obviously in our disobedience, we cannot harm a law we cannot oppress a law. So who do we oppress, we oppress people around us, and in oppressing people around us, we oppress ourselves the most, because in the end, we will have to face the major consequence. Whatever harm we do to people in this life. It is oppression, but it is nothing like the consequence of that harm coming back on us in the next life.
So that sin,
whatever sin we do, is ultimately, oppression of ourselves. So those who the angels take in the state of disobedience to Allah, living lives of this obedience to Allah.
The angels would ask them at the time of taking their souls, female quantum and what state were you
called who those people would say couldn't Emma's father Athena fill out we were weak.
We were ourselves the oppressed in the land. And the angels will respond to them saying Alam chacun ally was the atom photography wasn't the last Earth expansive wide, that you could have made hedra in it. You could have emigrated, moved out to that situation.
For Ola, iqama, Juan jahannam.
their abode will be held
wasa at masirah
an evil and
as a consequence, for having not made hedra
while being in a state of oppression,
we know according to Sharia
that whenever the consequence of an act is hell, then that act if you don't do it
right, this act must be watching so that if you don't do it the consequences hell or the act is haram that if you do it the consequences hell. This is a basic principle and Jedi are important for us to understand. How do the scholars get to the point of saying hedra is wajib
is farmed is obligatory. If you don't make hedra then you are in sin. You are committing haram
How do they arrive at that? It is from the texts of the Quran and the Sunnah itself. It is not done like some people mistakenly think that how the scholar or the Mufti arrives at it
He has a bottle sitting on his desk. And inside of that bottle, he has
pieces of paper, five pieces of paper. On one piece piece it says wajib. And another piece it says For now, another piece, it says MOBA, another one it says mcru. And another one it says hi Rob. So when people call him up, he takes the phone and they asked him for a fatwa, he puts his hand in the bottle, he pulls out a paper, haram puts it back, next call, put his hand and he pulls it out again. So now next call. No, it's not done like this. It's not arbitrary. It is based on the text of the Quran and the Sunnah. So this text here, which tells us for those people, and these people who are themselves oppressed, these were oppressed people in the land, who had the opportunity to make
hedra. And they didn't, they instead chose to stay where they were in disobedience to a law by not fulfilling allows commands in a variety of different ways.
So their consequence is hell, that is the punishment for that act.
So that is telling us that the issue of hedra is a critical issue. It is not something we can deal with lightly. We have to look at it very seriously.
And versus Of course, when we look at the verse of the crime, we have to look at them in a context. So going on to verses 98 to 99. Allah gives the exceptions because of course, Allah is merciful, he will not punish those who truly had no choice. So he said, except those really weak and oppressed men, women and children, who have no means in their power, nor can they find any escape. For them, there is hope, that the law will forgive. For a law erases sins and is oft forgiven, there is hope, hope for them, that the law will forgive them. Then he goes on in the 100 verse to complete the thought,
removing the doubts,
where people will say, but if we make hedra Where can we go?
Is it really better than this situation or you know, all kinds of excuses people have for hedra for law goes on to say, well, maybe your 100 FISA be the law whoever makes hedra for the sake of a law
yejide just fill out of the morava man cave era, he will find a variety of opportunities for him or her and the land,
he will find them. This is matching the same verse, Romania, tequila Allahumma kraja whoever fears a law, a law will find a way open for them. Whereas zuku when hyphal is a van he will be provided for from where he didn't expect it.
This is the last promise once we make the NEA once we make that intention for hedra for the sake of a law, then the way will become clear. We will have the opportunity.
Yes it will out of the Moraga man kathira wasa Amaya freshman beta Beatty, he Mahajan, Allahu Allah Zhu Li, symmetrical mouth faqad waka drew who Allah wa can Allahu fu run rahima
So, whoever leaves his home,
making Hendra emigrating for the sake of Allah and His messenger
and death catches him
on the way
then his reward is guaranteed by Allah
and forgiveness is his.
This is the promise of Allah. So it is calling us to make an effort.
That is what the law requires of us to make the intention for the sake of Allah and then make the effort.
we have a statement of the prophets of Salaam in which he said
La hijikata battle fat while I can Jihad on wynia that there is no hedra after the conquest of Mecca,
and all that remains is Jihad on fighting struggling for the sake of Allah and Nia and having the correct intention in our
So some people say okay Hendra is finished end, end of story, that command that YG Pedro which is why Jim was the hedra in the time of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam reality, of course, is that Hydra is on different stages.
The first stage of the prophet SAW solemn,
his companions that is, was to Ethiopia,
in the meccan period, to Ethiopia, some of his companions fled, they fled, why, because of oppression, oppression, which was taking place in Makkah. So they fled for the sake of their religion.
Those who are able did so those who could not remain. So at that point, it was a recommended hedra It wasn't an obligation, it was recommended for those who could
then, of course, at that time, most people were too weak to do it. So the obligation was not placed on the community in that way. However, once Medina was established, because going to make going to Abba senior meant crossing the Red Sea.
It wasn't an easy journey, it was a major journey. But once Medina was established, with the hidrive, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, then
hedra to Medina became an absolute obligation.
Everybody who could, was supposed to go
to not do so and be able was to be in sin. And this verse came as the reminder of that obligation to make Hendra
Of course, there were still some in Mecca who couldn't, but they became the exception.
The rest of the people of Medina left leaving their property behind because leaving property is not an excuse for not making hedra say if I make 100 then I'm going to lose out. I bought the home, I have to sell it. Prices of the
you know property has dropped due to the financial crisis, etc. I'm not gonna get my money, my profits. No, if it is time for Hydra, then it is time for Hydra.
This can't hold you this is not an excuse.
So those of mek of Mecca left, they left their properties. The mccanns would not allow them to take their property with them. They just had to flee with whatever they could with the clothes on their backs.
They left husbands left wives, wives left husbands and they went.
once Mecca was conquered,
then the obligation for Muslims in Mecca to make hedger to Medina was lifted.
It was no longer an obligation to move to Medina.
Because Mecca had now become a part of Dar Al Islam.
People could practice it was cleaned up by Dollar Tree tawheed was established. So the obligation was no longer there.
However, Prophet Muhammad SAW seldom left behind instructions, indicating that in fact, though the obligation of hijra to Medina is no longer there. The obligation of hedra remains in the Muslim community
as a principal
till the last day of this world,
and it is not narrated by muawiya.
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Draw will not end until the acceptance of repentance ends.
While atom cutter or Toba had taught law chumps men, MongoDB Ha. And Toba, or repentance will not stop being accepted until the sun rises from the west
until the sun rises from the west. That is one of the major signs of the last day.
So, Prophet Muhammad SAW Sal and here confirms that hedra is ongoing. It didn't end with the conquest of Mecca, the hatred to Medina ended.
But the concept of hijra remains.
So when he said,
anybody on menasha ban, Rene Boucher, can I absolve myself
from all those who live in the midst of the mushriks
the idol worshipers, the pagans, he absolves himself from us
saying, This is not the way to live. It is not proper that a Muslim lives in the midst of the isolators.
He will not be aided by the intercession of the prophets of Salaam on the Day of Judgment, because Bob saw Sam said I mean a sense of him
And other narrations, you mentioned that you should not see their fires, nor should they see yours. Of course, in those days, it had to do with setting up your tent or your your house and fires was what was used to illuminate the houses at night.
Meaning that your neighbors, those who live around you should be Muslims.
You should not live and all of your neighbors front back sides are non Muslims. That is not the way to live. That is wrong.
It is wrong. It is not permissible for a Muslim to live like that.
As long as he or she is capable of living otherwise. Of course, we have exceptions, exceptional circumstances, but we don't make those exceptions, the rules to people. Anytime we look at these kinds of issues, people always say but what about me? Well, okay, you may be there's an exception in your case. But we don't deal with the exceptions. There's always excuse for the few exceptions. But for the majority, where there is no exception, we have to deal with the command of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
So it is an obligation for Muslims to live in a community. That's what this is calling to. As I said in the very beginning, the principle of hedra is a principle of community establishing communities. Now,
the title was Hendra time to make tracks. Now people normally assume when we say Hendra, it means
you know, get on the next plane and out of here.
But we have to understand look at the history and the time of the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salaam, the hedgerow from Mecca to Medina, was that out of Arabia know,
the most fundamental hedra was right within Arabia itself.
The intro to Ethiopia was the first one which wasn't the obligatory one. That was when they had no other choice. But when they had a choice, then the hedra which became an obligation on all the Muslims was one to Medina
700 kilometers to the north, in Arabia, still, Arabia was a land of disbelief.
It was dark.
So, hit you up. doesn't necessarily mean leave the UK.
Establishing here first and foremost where you are.
You heard of Chinatown.
Well, you need to think about Muslim town.
Yes, people would say that's Bradford
we have one already. No no.
Bradford is not the place of Hydra. Bradford is by default.
Right? Muslims gathered there by default. This was not something deliberate when they chose to make hedra for the sake of Allah. Because remember when we're talking about Hydra prophet SAW Selim it said man cannot Hydra to who Allah dunya you Cebu ha, Amara tinian kaha for Hydra to Allah Maha gra. Whoever is Indra is for the dunya
the people came and settled in Bradford was this for the sake of Allah was for the dunya
they left Pakistan for the dunya.
So, Bradford, we don't consider Bradford's and the other Bradford's around the UK. You know, we don't consider those to be truly Muslim town.
It's a place where people collected but now you can see in Bradford, and similar towns, all of the corruption that exists in the rest of the society.
In the jails,
how many Muslims are there use young people in the jails.
Even as one brother told me, who works with the jails, across the northern part of the UK, that in virtually every single jail,
there are her father,
and they didn't become her father in jail.
They're her father,
as kids who ended up in jail.
This is the consequence, the consequence of not establishing Muslim community for the sake of Allah.
This is what Muslims have to do.
To make the hedra here in the UK, to choose various towns, cities, whatever, and
become the majority
be able to influence what takes place in that city. eradicate corruption
and establish within the
overall framework of British society and its legal system establish Islamic order.
This is something possible.
And this is the challenge that we face today.
These conferences bring us together for a moment. But imagine if we all Archie they lived around here.
What the difference would be
what we could do here
that this is the regular This is the norm for Salatu Juma
Masjid is filled
to the rafters
so often fragile.
So a lot in Asia
and the Muslim institutions
that would arise in this community.
These are the things that we have to consider if we cannot do it. If we find that we have tried, we can't find people who will do it, then we seriously need to think of moving elsewhere.
There's other communities in the UK, in Leicester for example, where Muslims have congregated there, an element of hedgerow has already taken place. The numbers are increasing. You see the Muslim stores etc. In the middle of the Muslim community, Muslim school there they are developing, then we need to seriously consider what
We need to seriously consider what is happening to our families, our children, ourselves. If we continue to live, as we live now,
the Muslim community protects its members. The classical example
is in the case of Somalia,
Somalia, where missionaries tried their hardest.
For years to convert,
maybe two families converted. And they left and went to Kenya.
But once Somalis were transported here to the UK,
to us, to Canada,
Now we have
Hershey alleys and others boldly coming out,
calling to the complete opposite, converting, I know in Toronto, how many cases of Somali girls boys converting to Christianity
happening something which was unheard of in the history
because they came into a society scattered amongst disbelievers not knowing Islam properly and
became prey to the missionary activities
is a classical case. I mean, there are many other cases. But this is the most recent and most blatant one that is in front of us. So we can see what happens. And of course, before Somalis were Pakistanis,
who came here from Pakistan, and India,
nominal Muslims that they were in Pakistan, second generation, then you saw the community starting to
Third generation now we have all kinds of problems,
problems about which I spoke. And all of this is a result of not implementing the prophetic blueprint of Hydra,
which remains in front of us as the example.
And this is something I've spoken about, on numerous occasions here in the UK, at different times. And people, when I speak about this a Yeah, yeah.
This is true, it's true.
People are still where they were.
Because that fear of a law,
that fear of standing before a law and answering for the consequence of continuing to live as we live, it's not really there. So we're not motivated to make the kind of sacrifices necessary to create Muslim towns all over Britain.
We have the numbers. other communities do it.
we have in Toronto is a area that is basically sixth down, they all migrated into that areas. Even the street names are named after their gurus and Guru Nanak Street and so on. So
why don't we have aboubaker street here in normal norseman Alley? Why don't we have any streets named like? Why not? We've been here long enough. We have enough people here. Why not?
Because we don't have that principle that drive for community. It is not there.
We are comfortable living as we do.
watching our children slowly drift away.
And when they finally drift away, we cry we say stop for the law.
We ask the laws forgiveness who pray Allah guide them, but they're misguided, misguided, why? Because we put them in that situation.
We didn't do what was necessary.
To preserve their Islam, I know some people object and they say, Well, you know, you're talking about making a Muslim ghetto.
You know, a Muslim ghetto where the Muslims, you know, they're
all on themselves, they don't let anybody else in, and then the society starts to look at them more suspiciously. No, that's not it doesn't have to be a ghetto, like the Jewish ghettos, etc know.
Our community is still open,
open for the society to see what is the impact of Islam, on a community when it
practices is them together to see a community free of drugs, no prostitutes, no drug dealers,
no discos, bars, strip joints,
nose magazines being sold, the third page nakedness, none of that
to see a wholesome, clean community. This is the biggest dour that we can give here
to show them what Islam can do for you.
So this is the challenge that we're faced with today. One of Hydra Hydra was within the UK itself.
And hedra within our homes were in the province Our solemn had said I will Muslim man Salim al Muslim una melissani God, but the Muslim is one from whose hand and tongue the Muslims are safe. While mohajir man hajra mana holla Juan, and the true muhajir the one who truly immigrates makes Indra for the sake of Allah is the one who abandons leaves, goes away from what Allah has forbidden.
So the hedra begins in the hearts, it begins with a desire to want to abandon to leave, to emigrate from what the law has prohibited.
And that drives the individual to want to do the same for his family, or her family.
And in order to do it, they need to seek the help of other families.
And ultimately, they need to come together
in Muslim town, or
actually leave if it can't happen.
If the Eman
of our children is being challenged, and threaten, then we have to seriously consider leaving.
And believe that ultimately, when we leave, even though, as people say, but one Muslim land will accept us,
they have all kinds of requirements and visas and all this and
all kinds of issues. Know that if you make your intention, a law, we'll find a way for you. Of course, if you want to leave here and go and find another place where you can stay at home and be on the dole, well, you'll have trouble.
If you go to any part of the Muslim world, you know, they don't have this dole system, where you get taken care of, you know, you can be a beggar and comfort. Right? It doesn't work elsewhere. You're going to Muslim world. Either you get out there and work and take care of yourself or you starve.
So if you are serious about trying to serve a lost rantala and your life and you're prepared to make efforts
to strive and to sacrifice, then Alam token out of the law he was eaten for two hydrophila is the laws Earth not wide and expansive, that you can make hedra in it. That question remains and that is one we have to deal with. Until we face a law.
Bar coffee calm.
As I said, this topic is really a topic about community
about building a truly Islamic community.
It can be done.
It is really just a matter of people deciding, let's do it.
Then we figure out the house.
Where's the wins, but
Allah would not put this on us. If it were not possible, it would not remain an obligation until the last day. If it was, in fact something impossible, because allies just
clear one's debts before making hedra. Like,
that's before Hajj. We're doing this thing for the sake of Allah. We don't use Hendra as an excuse to run away from obligations. So one should clear it or get permission from those who want owes money to to allow you to go ahead, but as I said, primarily hedra should be looked at as something to be done here.
Not necessarily going overseas. It's because people as I said, they always think Hendra means first plane out of here. No, we can do it here.
It requires effort.
It requires sacrifice, but we can do it here.
The conditions for the individual hedra.
Well, you know, the scammers put hedra into five different categories. They said he drove from the land of this belief to the land of Islam, he drove from the land of Buddha. He drove from the land dominated by haraam to one less dominated by haraam. hedra, where one's life, health property etc, are threatened. And lastly, hedra from whatever a law has prohibited. So wherever one falls in these categories, then the obligation of Hydra is on him or her.
At the moment, there is no city in the UK, where Muslims set up a community for the sake of Allah. As I said, I don't think that is true.
in Leicester, from my experience there over the years, especially in the 90s, this idea or where we spoke about tendril quite often there, people took a took a took this as a point that they should struggle with and strive for. And an effort has been made to set up a community. I don't know what has happened over the years. But I know they were striving to do that. Anyway.
Where are Muslim countries? What Muslim countries I guess, would you suggest Muslims to Mahendra to, well, whatever country, one can
move to where one can better practice Islam because there are different levels. In some countries, you can do more than others. So one has to find out information regarding the various countries and make their choices accordingly. Personally, myself after accepting Islam in Canada, I'm a Canadian. I went to Medina to study graduated from Medina. My intention originally was to go just study, get the information and go back. But then after seeing what was happening for my children, in Medina, and what was happening to my friends, who had accepted Islam around the same time as me in America, I decided it was better for me to stay. And further my studies continue to have my children be
raised in a Muslim environment. So that's a choice I made. And I stayed on there for 20 years in Saudi Arabia, then 10 years in the Emirates, and then six years in Qatar. However,
one of my goals was to establish Islamic institutions, you know, which are modern Islamic institutions, which would teach and integrate Islamic teachings with modern teachings. So, trying to do that in the Gulf, I didn't find support and hamdulillah I found support in southern India and Chennai. So now I have basically moved with my family to Chennai. So some people might say, Oh, he went from the land of the Muslims as far
as he drew the other way around, but the point is that India in spite of what we know, of its domination by Hindus, we it's
Difficult to call rarely Hindu, the land of the kuffaar. Muslims ruled India for 1000 years. And they're still there. They didn't leave. They were defeated,
ruled taken away from them. But it's not like Spain, Spain, where Muslims are driven out to alas man. So in India, you have communities where Islam is quite dominant, you have laws in at least the Hindi the Indian constitution recognizes Sharia law. for Muslims in the country, there are a lot of things there that, you know, you will not find actually even some Muslim lands,
you know, the legal system, their protection provides for the rights of Muslims on levels that you may be hard pressed to find in Muslim lands. So, I moved there, move there to a Muslim community in Chennai, because of the project of setting up an Islamic University institution. That was the goal of the law, this is what I'm working on. So hilldrup can be also
out of what may appear to be a Muslim country, to one which appears to be a non Muslim country, but in fact, you're moving from one level of Islamic work to another level of Islamic work.
What are the key components of Muslim town? Well, the key components of Muslim town, of course, is first and foremost that people are going there for the right intention to create that town, that community.
Secondly, that all of your educational institutions need to be there.
So schooling, etc. all of your medical facilities etc, need to be there, all of the components that are necessary for a community to function.
They are the same components. Only they are being guided and practiced from an Islamic perspective. That's the main difference.
What qualifies as a Muslim land, a land where Muslims are the majority?
You know, we're talking difference between Islamic State and Muslim lands Islamic State, then you have Islamic law in place all these type of things, but a Muslim land is one where you will have a majority Muslims in some Muslim lands majority Muslims, Muslims may be oppressed.
You can practice Islam hardly. In some Muslim lands is much more freedom one is able to practice