Channel: Bilal Philips
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of skills they had, which are not necessarily beneficial. So sometimes
we misunderstand this principle of those who are great before Islam being great in Islam to apply to the stars. So when you hear about a movie star accepts Islam people are, you know, make a big thing about it and maybe put this person in a position where they're speaking on Islam, you know, the people will start asking them fatwas. And of course, they may talk nonsense, no, but this is not what is meant, the best of you before it's law, meaning good people, beneficial to society, people respected them because of that, when they become Muslims, those qualities should be supported, and they should be encouraged to continue to play this role. So this is the concept of you know, that
the good before Islam has value in Islam, we don't cancel it, we don't ignore it. In fact, we should nurture it. And when the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, when Muslims were in a particularly difficult period, he made do are asking a lot to strengthen Islam, by some of the leading young, strong figures, and Allah brothers brought Hamza he brought Amara hottub, no to Islam, and that gave Muslims strength. So, those who are great before Islam, in their fields, and fields, which are beneficial to society, and we should encourage them to reach out to them to try to bring them also into Islam by providing them the necessary knowledge that they can make that choice.
But the profit margins are seldom added the condition, if they become learned, if they become learned, because a person might be a member, there was a case of one individual, very famous individual in the French context. And he was a translator of the book, Das Kapital translation of this is a communist theory of socialist theory, translated into French and he was a philosopher. He accepted Islam,
and very much supporter of Islam, etc. But people put him in a position where he, after giving lectures, generally speaking about, you know, before Islam and what Islam had done in his life, and so on, so then, you know, people started to ask him questions concerning Tafseer of the current interpretation. And because of his background of being a philosopher, you know, philosopher doesn't shy away from questions. So any questions asked him if he doesn't have knowledge you will speak. So he said things naturally, because he didn't have the knowledge. He's going to say things which were wrong, and he made some big blunders. And people still continue to put him up on stage and ask him
questions from questions from, you know, areas that he had no knowledge of, and he would speak. And so he just piled up and pile up till finally people just wash their hands of him, because he had made so many crazy outlandish statements. So those people who come over to Islam and having these exceptional backgrounds, we should encourage them, to learn Islam, to gain the knowledge of Islam so that their benefit will be substantial to the Muslim community, they can then use the skills and the experience such that they have to use it effectively to benefit the community when they have the guidance of Islam.
with it. So this is the point that we have to keep in mind that people from the pre Islamic time where they accept Islam, we benefit we should strive to benefit from what they have, but we should encourage them to gain knowledge of Islam so that they can now convey that information to us in a practical and useful way, in a way which would be in keeping with Islamic teachings and not at odds with Islamic teachings. So they become, you know,
individuals known for making unacceptable statements concerning Islam. We're gonna take a break now and we'll continue after the break, to look at the last narration from the prophet may God's peace blessings be upon him regarding the best of Islam. So I'll see you after the break from Allah Kumara Mottola.
Welcome back from the break salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Prior to the break, we were looking at those who were great before Islam and how they can also be great in Islam. If they gain knowledge
of the lion, I'ma Pico to the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salam as saying, when he was asked, Are you Islamic higher, which aspect of Islam is best? He said, to me, Tom chakra was salam, Ala Moana raft, woman, lamb tarrif, that you provide food, and greet both those you know, and those you do not know, providing food, meaning that you share your food with others. There are so many statements from the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, in which he has stressed the importance of sharing food, that food for two should be good for for food for four should be good for eight. You know, never think that the amount of food you have as well, I just made enough for two people, no
more people can share in that food. So Muslims were encouraged from the very beginning of Islam to share. And this became a quality of Muslims that you find all over the world. Muslims share their food, living in the West, coming from the west, you know, the attitude is quite different. If somebody is invited over to your house, you're having dinner, and then you close those doors in which the dining room is and then they sit in the living room, you go and you talk to them, you don't invite them to come and share your food with you. That's like, nobody does that, you know, something strange, but Islamic way. And this is something I've found, you know, having become a
Muslim myself, and being amongst Muslims in this way of inviting people, you know, and one of the things I should mention, with regards to this, this habit of sharing food and sharing what you have, I remember, during the time after the first Gulf War, when I was involved, I was head of a committee that was engaged in explaining Islam to the American troops before leaving the country. And among them, quite a number of them accepted Islam, about 3000 plus. And I remember some of them saying, talking about how they would be out on maneuvers with all their gear and everything walking in the desert. And they would come across a Bedouin there with his tent. And he would call them over and
they would come over, you know, wondering what's going on? Is there something I have to be careful?
because nothing's desert, you know, nothing else there. desert of Arabia, they will come and they sit down, tell us
then he would heat up tea and he would pass out teacher and now they're all geared up and Bradley will find room to pick up the cup of drinking with
whatever he had, he would share with them some bread, whatever, you know, he has limited supplies. It's a choice given on the desert. It struck them, you know, how generous people were with what little they had. You know, and I know a number of them, who accepted Islam just simply because of that, that had touched them. It had moved them in such a way, you know, because, as I said, in Western society,
People are very much, you know, cut off closed, your neighbor, the idea of inviting over your neighbor, you know, to share in food with you. It's not a common practice, you know, it's rare in some communities, even we do find it. But in general, no, I mean, you're living in an apartment building, maybe the people on your right and your left, you have never met them. And oftentimes, you even have people who are living alone in their apartment, they die in their apartment, nobody knows until the smell comes out from under the door. Finally, they call the, you know, Fire Department, they come breaking the door and the takeaway around the body, people cut off this issue of sharing,
because food, this is a basis for sharing with the community, you're building your relationships with the community. So this is something I encouraged strongly in islamize.
elements, Solomon said, to provide food for others, sharing it to others. And the same thing is a lot higher, when we slaughter the animal, giving thanks to Allah, we share that food with others all the time, the end of Ramadan, fast, the whole month of Ramadan, again, we share food, we encourage people give them food, you know, the idea of sharing all the time, we find that stressed in Islam.
The other factor
was to greet those you know, and those who you don't know,
of course, the issue of greeting, you know, constantly greeting salam, alikum walaikum salam, this is an obligation in Islam. If somebody greets you that you return, that greeting, is an obligation. So the idea of greeting is a strongly recommended principle. And this brings good feelings. If you're meeting people, you don't read them, you just pass by you ignore them, whatever, you know, this is part of the coldness that tends to come in city life, people live out in the farms, and then we're not in contact with that many people, when you see a person, naturally you're going to greet them.
Because you don't see people that often. So people tend to be more friendly, when you step outside of the cities. But inside of the city, you find people will
not greet others not know who their neighbors are, you know, they don't encourage it is something not encouraged at all. And if you greet people find it strange, you know, and so it's very uncomfortable. Whereas in Islam, whether you're in the city, or whether you're in the country, people greet and greet each other all the time. And the same, some Westerners I know have said to me, you know, listen, these people, they greeting each other continually is the man, the man just left the room, you know, he came into our office, he greeted, he stepped out when somewhere as he came back in, he greeted again, you know, every time his greeting over and over. So this is culture.
This is Islamic culture, that the continual greeting, because this greeting is what actually when we say Salaam Alaikum, this is more than just saying hi. So every time you see the person the height, of course, if you said hi to the person in the morning, you know, you step out the office, you come back in again. Hi again, no, that's not appropriate. You don't say hi again. Hello again. You already said hello on time finish. Whereas serravalle qu is different. Salam aleikum is a DA it is a prayer. You know, we're asking that our laws of Peace be upon you, and that you find peace in your life from God. So this is a good prayer, a good reminder, a good reaching. So from the Islamic
perspective, we will do it frequently. The prophet SAW Selim did say that spread greetings all around. The Prophet added in the end, not only just those who agreed, when he said, Those who greet the ones they know, and the ones they don't know.
Now greeting people who you know, this is the common thing.
Most people readily agreed, but somebody you don't know, maybe won't written. I mean, actually, I've even seen circumstances where a person may come in, and they will give greetings to 123. And then there are other people here. They don't give refunds to them. But this is really not from Islam.
Proper Islamic way. You give greetings to those you know, and it's much greater in reward for you to give greetings to those who don't know, this is a very important point because this helps to build love in the community.
When you make a point of reaching those, you don't know, knowing that the reward is far greater than just greeting those who you know. So, Islam has a concern for societal bonds, that people should be
in contact with others, sharing the good day have greeting them regularly, you know, so it is a living community, not dead objects, which collide with each other. No, we are living and interacting in a positive, and a loving way, supporting each other. So the idea of not knowing your neighbor of living 10 1520 years without ever having even met your neighbor, something unthinkable in the Muslim world. And that's the way it should be. We all should know who our neighbors are, who work in the office with us, people who are friends of our families, our parents, all these people, we take time out to meet to know to greet all of these people, because that is the bond which ties the community
together. So when people have a need, we know that need, we can reach out and help them. We don't have to wait for them to come and beg us ask us, we are there. And even our daily prayers, which are obligatory on men to pray in the mosque, are strongly recommended for them to pray in the mosque together. And that is about also the bonds of the community of that mosque that everybody knows not only your neighbor, but everybody in that area who comes and prays together there you know them. So when you see after prayer that the person is sitting, you know, then you go find out everything okay? You're having problems when so. So this is the means of also building community, bonds,
linking people together, where we have a society where love is spread amongst the members of the society. And this is what Islam and genders and promotes. And this is what the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him.
said when he responded to the question, what aspect of Islam is best? It was sharing our food with others, with as many others as we can. The poor, the rich, everybody sharing our food, and greeting everyone. Those who know as well as those who don't know. With that their viewers would like to thank you for being with us. In the second segment of our episode from the best in Islam. We hope that you will continue to follow the series as it unfolds throughout the year.
Now bid you farewell. And hope to see you in the next episode. Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
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