Know God Know Good

Bilal Philips

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This lecture deals with essential principles governing Islam and its teachings. Every Muslim is instructed to know the religion in accordance to the well known statement made by our Prophet where he said: “Seeking knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim.”This statement is a direct encouragement for all Muslims to know the teachings of Islam. Therefore, you do not just inherit the religion from your parents like a custom or tradition without understanding.

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I would like to come and commence with the lecture.

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Thank you all for your patience again. Is this an attempt to meet with an open ear, an open mind and an open heart? Thank you

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to align Peace and blessings and the last messenger

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the topic this evening,

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no God.

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What is

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it deals with

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essential principle

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governing Islam

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teaches

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that every Muslim is instructed

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to know the religion

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is a well known statement of Prophet Muhammad. Peace and blessings be upon you follow me for

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seeking knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim.

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This

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statement is a direct encouragement

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for almost

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to know the teachings of Islam, meaning that they do not just inherited

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from parents

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without reflection, without understanding

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that is just a custom tradition, which is handed down and people follow it unquestioningly.

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Islam encourages

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us

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to get that understanding.

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We have no questions you can't ask.

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You may not get an answer.

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But you're still free to ask.

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And we believe

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all of the essential questions that need to be answered are in fact answered

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within the folds

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of

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knowledge from the Muslim perspective.

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Prioritize. There's some knowledge which is most important,

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some knowledge which is less important.

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Of course, when we embark on the quest for knowledge, we should prioritize that which is most important.

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That's common sense.

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And the importance of

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any given area of knowledge

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will be determined by the importance of its content, what is the knowledge about

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from the Islamic perspective,

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the most important

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thing that we need to have knowledge about

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is the creator.

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That is the starting point of knowledge.

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So, students are

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encouraged to understand or know about God

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to know his attributes,

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so know the elements, which are related to his creation of this world is the troll of politics place in the world

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to know his mercy

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and to know his displeasure

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know, the purpose of operation

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because

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think of God

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as the creator,

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to have created us without informing us of what we need to do in this life.

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That was

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for us, why theological.

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So, it's not enough for us just to say, but I believe there is a God

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No.

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Once we say I believe there is a God,

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and it is God who has the attributes of ultimate wisdom, knowledge,

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mercy,

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power, etc. Then

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common sense tells us

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that God had to tell us why we're here.

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What this life is about.

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Because any normal circumstance in which we

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set up a company,

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hired people to come and work in that company.

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But we don't inform the people what they're supposed to do in the company. The consequence of such a move

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would be disastrous.

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Nobody has to tell us this. No, you need to tell the workers,

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you need to tell them. What are they supposed to be doing here?

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Otherwise, what are they gonna do? They'll come to the

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business institution, find the closest canteen and go and drink tea

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until somebody comes along and tells them Oh, listen here, you're supposed to be doing this.

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So it's such a simple level, it's obvious that people need to know what they were hired for.

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Or they were sent to a particular location,

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then surely, God who created this world, is not going to put us in this world and not tell us what to do.

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no knowledge of what was supposed to be here

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has to have been conveyed to us.

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As a Muslim, we believe it's conveyed by revelation, that God in fact, did communicate his will do human beings.

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We believe that it began with Adam

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and Eve,

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continued

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throughout

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human existence, until

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the final message is given.

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In the sixth century,

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Prophet Muhammad, may God's peace and blessings be upon him, following the message that was given to Prophet Jesus.

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So,

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knowledge, knowledge of a law provides for us knowledge, how we should function.

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And everybody in this life wants good,

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we all desire, what is good.

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We want to avoid what is evil,

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that is natural

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nature to want to do and to gain what is good and to avoid what is evil.

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Now, the issue is, how do we know what is in fact good?

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people.

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Some people say, we can figure that out ourselves.

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We have democracy,

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secular democracy, which will tell us what is good and what is evil, do not need to resort to

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democracy based on

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the idea that although is a

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good idea

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along with it, rational empiricism, we as individuals have the capability of reasoning, learning from our history from what came before etc, figuring out what's good for us.

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And then discussion is concerned that we come together

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and

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everything is open to discussion. There are no absolutes

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course of our discussion,

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we arrive at what the majority considers

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majority considers to be good and becomes,

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of course,

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as you mentioned earlier, if good is simply what the majority decides is good,

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it means then that good has

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no solid foundation

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to change from society to society, time to time, place to place,

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people to people.

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So, what was considered bad yesterday and be considered good today

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was considered good yesterday, can be considered bad today.

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So, there is no

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guidelines on good that good, we can find the objective good, that ultimate goal which will last

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throughout.

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That is why,

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when we look at the American Constitution, for example,

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18th century, the most enlightened minds of that time put together a document.

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And in that document,

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in that document, it states there,

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that a black man

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ought to be considered three fifths of

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the enlightened minds.

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They enshrined in the Constitution.

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It's no longer

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an option.

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But it was the natural consequence, not that the people the founders were bad people, evil people.

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But they were influenced by the

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circumstances in that time.

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Most of them own slaves.

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slaves were basically not people.

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And it was inconceivable that the slaves would be equal to themselves

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the other way around. So

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it made sense that their value would not be the same as the one

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at that time,

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it wasn't good for white people.

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So it was subjective.

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To those individuals was the one later on, of course, looking back at it, in our times, after cell line,

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the end was supposed to end of racial discrimination in the US,

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then that was looking for something evil.

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So,

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how then do we arrive at something which is objective?

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From a Muslim perspective, that's from knowing

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God who has created human beings,

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those

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working

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from the first human being to the last

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in the world

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of human beings,

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psychology,

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biology,

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social relations, etc.

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He then laid laws

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which took into account the objective reality of human beings.

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So, when he defined certain

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statements, etc, as good

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that good

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was not

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for the people on that time.

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It was a good

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it was good for all people

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all the time.

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So, that is why,

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in spite of its divisions and issues, that

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Faced with coming out of

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colonialism

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it stands and holds its ground on issues today, which other societies have accepted

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variety of different issues,

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among them the death

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penalty, which has been cancelled a number of states of the US,

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UK is another country,

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the Muslim world

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scholarship

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somebody kills somebody else,

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then that person is to be

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an element

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favor,

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that can absolve that person, or excuse that person from execution that is given to the family of the ones who suffered the loss.

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Arguing to a

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jury

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of individuals who are completely unrelated

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to decide amongst themselves should not person get the death penalty or should they not,

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that is left to the other ones.

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So, if they decide

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to be merciful, and to let that person go,

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perhaps also with the payment,

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fine for taking their life.

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Some people call it blind

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person can be extreme, but it is left in the hands of the family of the murdered individual.

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So, that principle

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is in

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life remains on change, but it has an element of flexibility where families are involved.

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So, it's a brother, or a father or son was killed. And the family know that brother, father or son was in fact, not a very good person.

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They were hurting those around.

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They have the option of saying don't kill that person.

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But it's up to them to understand

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if they wish

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or

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to insist that that person is life.

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So, that is the

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basic position.

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Knowing God

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is the source of knowing what is ultimately

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not relative.

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But ultimately,

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the ultimate enemy of good goodness is in fact, morality, about he touched in previous lectures.

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Because

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and we know that that is the case because of the fact that the Prophet

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himself said in the library security

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law I was only sent to perfect for you the highest of moral.

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So the essential message of Islam is a moral message. It's not a scientific message, technological message.

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political message.

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It is essentially a moral

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morality with regards to God.

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One is morally good in relationships with God

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by worshipping Him alone

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I was not worried. I

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By worshiping others besides Him, or along with him,

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or denying his existence,

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how human beings relate with other human beings, what is morally good? Honestly, justice

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and what is morally evil?

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murder,

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rape,

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how

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human beings relate to the world in which they were created, the environment

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or the environment, this is something which God has granted us is a gift from God, this world in which we live. And it's morally good to look after it, take care of it, protected from destruction, it is for our benefit.

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And it's morally evil,

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to destroy

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all of the various issues which are now becoming big issues in the world.

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Concerning the environment, Islam

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supports that, and it did a very

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inspiring message.

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So what this means, practically speaking, is that when we look at

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the fundamental teachings of Islam,

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what we need to focus on

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is the moral message. That is

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what we tend to do,

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because it's much easier.

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And today, the common, most common is to focus on the rituals,

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the rituals of the religion, we know that well,

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to varying degrees, and we do that without any reflection.

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So it just becomes a habit. I do this, because my parents, my family does.

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Not enough for me. But

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is that what God wants?

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Because those rituals and rites were not an end.

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They were not a goal, which we, as Muslims were supposed to see, there are only

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so

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knowing God,

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knowing the messengers of God, who came,

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who gave

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the understanding

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of how a person should live a godly life, a life which is pleasing to God, on the life,

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human beings in

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life which is pleasing to God, they demonstrated, they showed how.

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And the essential guidance that is there

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is the moral message in all of its principles. So when we go back and look at what are known as the five pillars of Islam,

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these are

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foundational,

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the Prophet

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he stated that Islam is built on five.

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And he explained,

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watch those five pillars.

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So it's not something that people came up with.

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After he died. Centuries later, down the line, people have different opinions. That's one thing

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that you will find everywhere in the world, no matter where you go, and listen to virtually everywhere in the world.

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Everybody knows that Islam is built on

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five pillars of practice,

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which constitute the body of Islam, the social

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regular kind

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Done, which is supposed to be bringing us closer to God, supposed to give us greater consciousness or awareness.

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And each and every pillar has behind it moral principles for which those pillars were described.

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But the most of us, as I said,

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when we learn, nobody mentioned,

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they didn't talk about them all.

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Maybe in passing, somehow, some way is mentioned. But it's not. It wasn't brought along, we just were taught.

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And if somebody asked you today, what is the moral principle behind this pillar, that

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is reality.

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It means, then, that we really hadn't understood,

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we practice the ritual as everybody else. But

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the ultimate goal of human beings is to attain paradise,

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then those rituals in and of themselves, will not take us

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without the soul,

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the heart of this rituals, which are the moral principles, which we are supposed to

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translate into a good life,

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a godly life, a life which is pleasing to God

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is that is missing, then the rituals are just

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not ultimately taking us.

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So if we go to the first of the pillars of Islam,

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the Shahada, the two declarations of

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when a person wants to become a Muslim, under normal circumstances, they are required to declare their faith

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witness

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the principle behind that is openness.

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That we be open.

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We don't have two phases, one face when we deal with certain people and other face when we need to deal with

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what is in your heart.

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secretiveness The opposite is this not? And you can find it in the bond? Where was it last night or not? The secret meetings that people hold, for the most part, they're evil.

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And other prosecutions, all these societies that are secret societies, you can't get in you have to get to know somebody, you have to go through this dynamic before you can get into hidden hidden from the society.

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Those societies they benefit themselves the members are benefited. If you have a court case

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and you do a hand signal, the judge decides not to be on finger

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dancing, knows

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that subjective good

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but in the society do

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people have their rights. So these secret meetings last a lot went on to say except if you are gathering secretly to give charity in a way that others

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want

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to give charity without people knowing who gave

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the higher level.

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One levels you give people No.

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Give nobody knows.

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Are you and yours

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after something good for both the person who receives it, as well as the one who gets it. Because if we're able to give

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without seeking praise, seeking gratitude from others, status, etc. Then our giving is a great

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So

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the basic principle in the declaration of faith, to declarations of faith

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encourages this moral principle of openness, transparency.

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Of course, there are always exceptions. And there is an exception, if you fear for your life,

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different parts of the world if somebody says I want to become a

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family look,

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we know the ruler of Ethiopia, Muslim history, who converted to Islam hidden from his people, to prevent harm to his family, and

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it was only one

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we had

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the first part of that declaration of faith, which is not in the law, declaring that there's no God worthy of worship. But

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that, of course, encourages the development of

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God consciousness. And that is going to be found throughout all of this.

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But in Arabic is going to stop being conscious.

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Of course, to be able to say that statement to make that statement, one has to have

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knowledge.

00:31:39--> 00:31:41

So we don't know who God is.

00:31:42--> 00:31:44

And we say that statement, it's meaningless.

00:31:47--> 00:31:51

The prophet in order to emphasize its significance, he said,

00:31:53--> 00:32:06

my father lied on the law and agenda, whoever states that there is no god worthy of worship, but the wanting God, because I'm law, and I'm hiring, a law

00:32:07--> 00:32:11

and others other languages, God, capital, G, whatever.

00:32:13--> 00:32:21

Because we don't claim that the term used by Adam, Grant and all the prophets of God was

00:32:22--> 00:32:23

Muslim, get off.

00:32:27--> 00:32:28

Whatever language

00:32:29--> 00:32:30

people use to

00:32:31--> 00:32:33

describe or identify

00:32:36--> 00:32:37

the attributes of

00:32:39--> 00:32:41

inquiry, it is aniline.

00:32:47--> 00:32:49

You see what the meaning of acronym is?

00:32:51--> 00:32:52

Understood.

00:32:53--> 00:32:56

So, the point is that,

00:32:57--> 00:32:59

when one commits oneself,

00:33:02--> 00:33:08

to accept God in their lives as the one true God, the only one worthy of worship,

00:33:10--> 00:33:13

he or she makes a commitment must know.

00:33:16--> 00:33:22

If you don't know God's attributes, etc, then you may commit yourself to the worship of a human being.

00:33:23--> 00:33:24

who say he is God.

00:33:26--> 00:33:30

Oh, I didn't say he was God. But people said he was God.

00:33:32--> 00:33:34

So you have all of that out there.

00:33:35--> 00:33:45

Or somebody will tell you it's a stone, or a cow, or anything. It can tell you all kinds of things, and there are a lot of people who worship God.

00:33:47--> 00:33:48

And that for me that way,

00:33:54--> 00:33:57

is a result of their own culture, etc.

00:33:59--> 00:34:01

The second aspect

00:34:02--> 00:34:10

of the declaration of faith is Mohammed, declaring that Mohammed was the last messenger.

00:34:12--> 00:34:16

The first part is most important, because, as the Prophet said,

00:34:18--> 00:34:26

Whoever says, There is no god worthy of worship. But the one true you need God along with

00:34:31--> 00:34:33

meaning, saying it's with understanding,

00:34:36--> 00:34:42

with understanding, along with that, with each era of the prophets.

00:34:44--> 00:34:49

The additional statement of faith included Moosa

00:34:50--> 00:34:52

Moses was the messenger

00:34:55--> 00:34:55

Abraham

00:34:57--> 00:34:58

Jesus

00:35:00--> 00:35:00

have

00:35:01--> 00:35:06

all of these profits, and many others we don't know about.

00:35:08--> 00:35:15

Because the understanding of profits is not limited to the few 25 profits that are mentioned in the

00:35:17--> 00:35:22

Bible. But as the Prophet said, there were only more than 124,000.

00:35:24--> 00:35:26

So they're sent to all nations and tribes around the world.

00:35:27--> 00:35:35

So in that time, and the Prophet was there, enlightening the people, to the one true God, all deserve to be worship.

00:35:37--> 00:35:39

They were also required to believe in that profit.

00:35:43--> 00:35:43

And that

00:35:45--> 00:35:49

develops in the individual, the quality of obedience,

00:35:51--> 00:35:52

obedience

00:35:53--> 00:35:54

to those

00:35:57--> 00:35:57

no more,

00:36:01--> 00:36:05

have more love more

00:36:08--> 00:36:10

position in society

00:36:11--> 00:36:13

than us, obedient to them.

00:36:15--> 00:36:16

As a form of respect,

00:36:18--> 00:36:22

to ensure proper guidance. And of course,

00:36:24--> 00:36:29

when we're going beyond that of the prophets, in terms of obedience, we have conditions.

00:36:33--> 00:36:35

As the Prophet himself explains,

00:36:39--> 00:36:42

obedience to the creatures of God

00:36:43--> 00:36:44

is not

00:36:46--> 00:36:50

acceptable, if it involves disobedience to the Creator.

00:36:51--> 00:36:57

So we have a condition. So obedience is there and it shouldn't be children should obey their parents.

00:36:59--> 00:37:03

Families should obey their community, community should obey

00:37:04--> 00:37:11

the leaders of their countries, etc, the regions, but it's not blind obedience, meaning anything they say

00:37:15--> 00:37:17

obedience, quality,

00:37:20--> 00:37:21

you know yourself.

00:37:22--> 00:37:23

That

00:37:25--> 00:37:26

is your obedience to your parents.

00:37:29--> 00:37:30

disobedience.

00:37:36--> 00:37:40

Obviously, they don't love you anymore, but you are hurting and damaging

00:37:44--> 00:37:46

pillar of Islam. So

00:37:50--> 00:37:50

I

00:37:56--> 00:37:57

just wanted

00:38:00--> 00:38:10

to point of five times daily prayer is to organize our day around the worship of God,

00:38:12--> 00:38:13

the consciousness

00:38:15--> 00:38:16

so when we get up in the morning,

00:38:17--> 00:38:22

rather than simply getting up because you got to go to work. So that's why you get up.

00:38:24--> 00:38:27

Put some food in the system, so you can function

00:38:28--> 00:38:31

and then midday break for lunch.

00:38:32--> 00:38:35

Break time, you know, wear yourself out

00:38:38--> 00:38:43

the oven, keep the program going, and so on. All you're doing is around what?

00:38:47--> 00:38:48

That's your framework.

00:38:55--> 00:38:56

money

00:38:58--> 00:38:58

or

00:39:02--> 00:39:03

what the most important

00:39:04--> 00:39:05

is

00:39:07--> 00:39:09

that one, be conscious.

00:39:12--> 00:39:17

So five times to get up in the morning. First and foremost, why should

00:39:20--> 00:39:23

we make that connection, have that connection with

00:39:27--> 00:39:28

the day?

00:39:30--> 00:39:37

Again, renew that connection with God. It doesn't mean that we don't eat and do the things

00:39:38--> 00:39:39

we normally do.

00:39:40--> 00:39:48

functioning, we do those things, but priority is given to remembering by bringing God

00:39:49--> 00:39:51

in our life as much as possible.

00:39:53--> 00:39:54

So five times

00:39:55--> 00:39:58

that was described by profit

00:40:00--> 00:40:04

received that this revelation from God that is Muslim.

00:40:05--> 00:40:08

So it forms the framework of

00:40:10--> 00:40:10

prayer,

00:40:12--> 00:40:17

encouraging, establishing regular contact with God.

00:40:19--> 00:40:19

Now,

00:40:20--> 00:40:26

that is supposed to develop this concept of consciousness.

00:40:29--> 00:40:33

But it also should be translated into

00:40:34--> 00:40:44

how we communicate how we deal with people socially around us. So I said is upon in the salon done Hi I'm Sasha

00:40:47--> 00:40:55

prayer, regular prayer established prayer, prevents evil speech and evil deeds.

00:40:56--> 00:40:56

So,

00:40:58--> 00:41:00

we are praying five times a day.

00:41:02--> 00:41:04

And we still speaking evil,

00:41:05--> 00:41:10

doing evil. And we ask the question, what kind of prayer are you looking?

00:41:12--> 00:41:14

It's not the prayer which was described.

00:41:15--> 00:41:16

It was just

00:41:19--> 00:41:22

the reflection, the understanding, contemplation.

00:41:24--> 00:41:27

So it doesn't have an impact in our day to day lives.

00:41:33--> 00:41:35

Some people say Oh, you did it

00:41:41--> 00:41:48

every morning to get up. lunchtime, evening. Sunset, regular bed.

00:41:50--> 00:41:55

robot. Is it better? to worship God?

00:42:00--> 00:42:04

So when you worship God, this thing in your heart, love.

00:42:12--> 00:42:14

don't feel a thing in your heart today.

00:42:18--> 00:42:24

Or this week? This month, six months? Years go by never feeling

00:42:27--> 00:42:28

what are your brain out?

00:42:29--> 00:42:30

strikes

00:42:32--> 00:42:40

when you've got something major happens in your life, you know, you're just distraught you whatever what do you do? Oh god. Oh god.

00:42:43--> 00:42:45

I call that the atheist prayer.

00:42:48--> 00:42:50

Why? Because for sure

00:42:52--> 00:42:53

if you're not on the airplane

00:42:55--> 00:42:56

boy

00:42:58--> 00:43:03

740 700 whatever.

00:43:04--> 00:43:07

And you're sitting next to an atheist

00:43:08--> 00:43:12

and you look out the window and one of the engines falls off.

00:43:21--> 00:43:28

Explain starts to turn head into that guy that you know there's no coming back.

00:43:29--> 00:43:31

That is his will not sit there and say

00:43:35--> 00:43:41

you will see him raise his hands. Oh god, oh god, oh god, oh god. Even more than you.

00:43:42--> 00:43:44

You'll be praying harder than you

00:43:48--> 00:43:50

because of desperation.

00:43:56--> 00:43:57

Our prayer as Muslims

00:43:59--> 00:44:00

is like that.

00:44:03--> 00:44:09

And if we leave contact with God only to that time of desperation, then that is not real prayer.

00:44:12--> 00:44:18

It is calling on God he and all his life he said there was no God. But at that time is calling on God. What?

00:44:20--> 00:44:20

Maybe

00:44:22--> 00:44:23

Maybe there is a God.

00:44:26--> 00:44:29

We treat prayer in the same way. Maybe

00:44:30--> 00:44:31

precautionary

00:44:33--> 00:44:35

so the president he comes up they call it Friday Muslim

00:44:37--> 00:44:38

mosque on Friday

00:44:39--> 00:44:43

or around Ramadan, you see him 24 seven.

00:44:46--> 00:44:51

Why don't really believe that was just in case.

00:44:54--> 00:44:56

precautionary just

00:45:00--> 00:45:00

But that's not

00:45:04--> 00:45:09

in Islam is that commitment that obedience to the command of God

00:45:11--> 00:45:14

which we organize our daily life with.

00:45:16--> 00:45:17

And from which

00:45:18--> 00:45:23

was proper contemplation, reflection, we will

00:45:24--> 00:45:25

come closer,

00:45:26--> 00:45:28

we will become better.

00:45:33--> 00:45:34

The same can be said

00:45:37--> 00:45:40

that is the obligatory charge,

00:45:41--> 00:45:42

contribution.

00:45:49--> 00:45:56

In Islamic system, this amount of money is to be given to the needy,

00:45:57--> 00:46:00

not to the church, or the mosque

00:46:02--> 00:46:04

is given to the needy

00:46:07--> 00:46:08

to help them

00:46:09--> 00:46:14

we are forced to give some of the wealth, which was fun God anyway.

00:46:16--> 00:46:19

Give some of that wealth to the needy elements.

00:46:21--> 00:46:26

And when we do that, if we do it sincerely, it makes us better people.

00:46:27--> 00:46:29

Because we respect generosity.

00:46:30--> 00:46:34

all societies, they admire those who are gender

00:46:36--> 00:46:45

equality is one of the moral principles of generosity, reaching out and helping others sharing with others

00:46:46--> 00:46:46

which is

00:46:51--> 00:46:51

and fasting.

00:46:54--> 00:46:55

Just torturing yourself

00:46:57--> 00:47:06

Well, yeah, if you're doing the ritual, you get hungry. Or actually, when you do the ritual, you don't get hungry.

00:47:08--> 00:47:14

Because what we do we have for 31 meal before dawn, we have

00:47:17--> 00:47:17

a break.

00:47:21--> 00:47:22

But what we do

00:47:23--> 00:47:26

is that for that morning, Neil,

00:47:27--> 00:47:28

we prepare

00:47:44--> 00:47:49

and we take off we fill up right to do we can't eat anymore.

00:47:52--> 00:47:53

We go back to sleep.

00:47:56--> 00:47:57

Wake up later.

00:47:58--> 00:47:59

Food is still digesting and as

00:48:01--> 00:48:06

we go through the day, still digesting, till just before sunset,

00:48:07--> 00:48:08

digestion and

00:48:14--> 00:48:15

waiting for

00:48:17--> 00:48:24

the sun so we can eat. And again What do we do? As I say take out you know get the big meal and pack it all in again.

00:48:26--> 00:48:28

So then, what happened?

00:48:30--> 00:48:31

Was that the

00:48:37--> 00:48:39

planning to the ritual You didn't eat after

00:48:40--> 00:48:41

dawn

00:48:43--> 00:48:44

until the

00:48:46--> 00:48:47

letter of the law

00:48:49--> 00:48:50

but the Spirit

00:48:53--> 00:48:57

this Ramadan dry the way of the Prophet has a lot of

00:49:01--> 00:49:02

bread

00:49:13--> 00:49:15

and not how many loaves of

00:49:17--> 00:49:18

bread and how many

00:49:25--> 00:49:25

of you

00:49:34--> 00:49:35

a whole different

00:49:36--> 00:49:39

one you've never experienced before.

00:49:42--> 00:49:44

And it will be real

00:49:47--> 00:49:54

fast now. We're fighting the time. He went back to sleep after fudger you will back up again. To feel hungry

00:49:57--> 00:49:58

not just before sunset.

00:50:01--> 00:50:12

Do you feel hunger pangs out? Those hunger pangs remind you of those people who are not fasting by choice.

00:50:14--> 00:50:14

Because

00:50:17--> 00:50:26

you don't want to be able to emphasize sympathize with others who are starving. You see, these pictures are different places in the world sell for things.

00:50:27--> 00:50:31

But it's not the same as when you feel that hunger,

00:50:32--> 00:50:34

never many stops hunger.

00:50:36--> 00:50:38

You really don't know

00:50:40--> 00:50:41

anything

00:50:42--> 00:50:43

beyond

00:50:47--> 00:50:56

that we're supposed to feel that hunger and it should motivate us to want to share to help others or needy.

00:50:58--> 00:51:02

And the ultimate goal of course, again is

00:51:05--> 00:51:12

when we hear of cases we see cases etc. We remember God to go ahead and do it, remember that

00:51:15--> 00:51:17

it has real meaning in our lives.

00:51:20--> 00:51:23

And the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca,

00:51:25--> 00:51:26

pilgrimage,

00:51:28--> 00:51:33

which brings Muslims from all over the world, and verging

00:51:34--> 00:51:34

on

00:51:36--> 00:51:40

doing rites of worship, rituals connected to

00:51:41--> 00:51:46

Prophet Abraham's sacrifice, willingness to sacrifice.

00:51:50--> 00:51:52

HR has a

00:51:53--> 00:51:55

surprise that she faced

00:51:56--> 00:51:57

being left alone

00:51:59--> 00:52:00

in Arabia

00:52:07--> 00:52:08

gathering

00:52:10--> 00:52:14

brings together Muslims from all over the world.

00:52:16--> 00:52:21

Which reminds us of the universality of

00:52:24--> 00:52:25

as there is one God

00:52:27--> 00:52:41

and he created one human race. Of course, we got caught up in different races there, Caucasian, negroid, Mongoloid and all these other kinds of names that were given to us but it's not

00:52:46--> 00:52:47

there's only one

00:52:52--> 00:53:01

because and God loves certain signs in human life to point to different areas

00:53:02--> 00:53:05

an odd time he left the sign

00:53:07--> 00:53:08

in the blood,

00:53:09--> 00:53:13

actually some biologists and others they say you know,

00:53:14--> 00:53:20

people who share the same type of arawaks are actually closer

00:53:21--> 00:53:22

goes across the life

00:53:24--> 00:53:26

anyway, the blood thing is much clearer.

00:53:28--> 00:53:31

If somebody comes from Norway

00:53:33--> 00:53:38

the white is the white blond blond, blue eyes the world

00:53:44--> 00:53:45

amen Oh negative.

00:53:48--> 00:53:52

Family members can tell their blood cannot say

00:53:54--> 00:53:56

but somebody who comes from

00:53:57--> 00:53:58

southern India

00:54:02--> 00:54:02

so black

00:54:04--> 00:54:05

doctors is

00:54:06--> 00:54:07

back here

00:54:08--> 00:54:12

as a negative or negative is blood can save

00:54:17--> 00:54:18

he's not not assigned

00:54:21--> 00:54:21

one

00:54:26--> 00:54:28

all these variations in touch with

00:54:30--> 00:54:35

me because they can think small spot in all kinds of we never say this is a

00:54:37--> 00:54:39

currency column that comes from that area.

00:54:40--> 00:54:42

But we don't say is another race of cows.

00:54:45--> 00:54:49

Gas sending, sorry cats, big cats, small cats all kinds of

00:54:52--> 00:54:54

human beings. One

00:54:56--> 00:54:59

house reminds people that

00:55:00--> 00:55:03

There is this one creation, one God,

00:55:05--> 00:55:06

one human race,

00:55:07--> 00:55:13

human race, he said one way of life, one religion,

00:55:17--> 00:55:23

a variety of different religions to confuse people. These are confused with that and what the how and why

00:55:24--> 00:55:29

that confusion came from us, we made up the difference.

00:55:32--> 00:55:34

The one religion she gave Adam,

00:55:35--> 00:55:38

as Muslims, we believe that religion was

00:55:41--> 00:55:45

because Islam is not unique to Prophet Muhammad,

00:55:48--> 00:55:52

it was the same message given to all prophets

00:55:54--> 00:55:56

submission of the human will

00:55:58--> 00:56:01

that is essential human beings

00:56:02--> 00:56:03

and worship

00:56:06--> 00:56:07

worship God.

00:56:11--> 00:56:19

So, how much remind reminds us and requires of us patience

00:56:21--> 00:56:22

and tolerance,

00:56:24--> 00:56:27

patience and house, you cannot make a

00:56:30--> 00:56:30

ritual,

00:56:32--> 00:56:33

but you will not follow the principles

00:56:34--> 00:56:35

a lot of times is very

00:56:36--> 00:56:38

clearly defined

00:56:39--> 00:56:43

about essential elements have had a lot of

00:56:44--> 00:56:45

big data

00:56:47--> 00:56:48

that there is no

00:56:50--> 00:56:53

bad words bad actions corruption.

00:56:57--> 00:57:00

So, it means that when all these people are jammed together

00:57:02--> 00:57:07

in one place, doing the same right, somebody is going to step on,

00:57:16--> 00:57:19

somebody is going to bounce into responsibility.

00:57:21--> 00:57:22

You see some people that are

00:57:25--> 00:57:27

good morning all the people that

00:57:29--> 00:57:29

unfortunately,

00:57:36--> 00:57:39

on the purifying quality

00:57:43--> 00:57:47

screens that should bring our patients to be patient,

00:57:48--> 00:57:51

very, very important quality in

00:57:53--> 00:57:54

with our patients.

00:58:00--> 00:58:06

Patients can handle things that are happening around with you, in the end, what else is left for you.

00:58:12--> 00:58:13

So,

00:58:15--> 00:58:16

that message is there.

00:58:17--> 00:58:19

And the one is tolerance is there.

00:58:20--> 00:58:20

But

00:58:22--> 00:58:24

God prescribed patch.

00:58:26--> 00:58:30

Knowing that in time, the vast majority

00:58:31--> 00:58:32

of Muslims,

00:58:33--> 00:58:36

the vast majority of Muslims will not be able to make

00:58:43--> 00:58:44

most people will not be

00:58:48--> 00:58:54

so then why only those people want the means they get the reward. Other people don't have the means

00:59:00--> 00:59:02

because who decided whether they had the means or not,

00:59:05--> 00:59:06

is the one who gave those.

00:59:08--> 00:59:09

So

00:59:11--> 00:59:13

that said, Amen.

00:59:15--> 00:59:26

These are ultimately judged by their intention. So intention became the most important elements of writing.

00:59:29--> 00:59:32

So if you have the intention to make house

00:59:35--> 00:59:40

and God did not provide the means for you to make, he will reward you.

00:59:44--> 00:59:47

Maybe you're the one who will be many times more than many who actually go there

00:59:48--> 00:59:50

and do all the rights to come.

00:59:52--> 00:59:55

But they weren't therefore adding stripes.

01:00:03--> 01:00:04

Because he

01:00:14--> 01:00:15

does not change them.

01:00:16--> 01:00:16

And

01:00:18--> 01:00:20

a lot of Muslims get caught up in this.

01:00:21--> 01:00:27

And they will tell their children, young people like yourself, if you decide to go make Hajj

01:00:39--> 01:00:42

What does that mean? many more things to do.

01:00:45--> 01:00:49

So if you gotta go make had, you got to make sure that you receive,

01:00:51--> 01:01:00

use it all up. So you're not just, you know, you're going there just to get that final blessing wipes away all of your savings.

01:01:01--> 01:01:03

That's why you see the death rate

01:01:05--> 01:01:09

which cannot be stopped. Because people are walking up the

01:01:10--> 01:01:12

steps to catch the plane.

01:01:14--> 01:01:17

They're walking off the plane, the agenda is all down.

01:01:18--> 01:01:18

Everywhere

01:01:21--> 01:01:22

only old people are making

01:01:28--> 01:01:29

the vast majority of

01:01:31--> 01:01:33

people on the verge of death

01:01:42--> 01:01:46

is an obligation on us. Any of us who have the means

01:01:52--> 01:01:56

you have the means your family has the means to make sure that you make the house ohmygosh

01:01:59--> 01:02:03

will change your life. If you go there proper understanding

01:02:04--> 01:02:06

make the sacrifices that are involved.

01:02:08--> 01:02:11

a life changing experience. Malcolm X, for example.

01:02:12--> 01:02:25

That was the turning point for him. He had grown up in the Nation of Islam, defender spokesman for the lot Muslims over the Nation of Islam, which was really a Nation of Islam.

01:02:27--> 01:02:27

Do you want

01:02:32--> 01:02:33

to understand

01:02:35--> 01:02:36

intrusiveness

01:02:41--> 01:02:42

restricted to one group or another?

01:03:06--> 01:03:08

There are also the six pillars of

01:03:15--> 01:03:17

foundational principles.

01:03:20--> 01:03:20

I won't go into

01:03:24--> 01:03:24

otherwise.

01:03:27--> 01:03:34

So I'm going to just stop here you got the idea? How do we need to revisit, regroup?

01:03:39--> 01:03:40

Knowing God

01:03:41--> 01:03:42

and knowing

01:03:43--> 01:03:44

that knowing God

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knowing God is not just knowledge

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itself, as we believe

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Adam and Eve turned back to repentance.

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Because they didn't know a word to repentance only if

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God is just like

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your Lord.

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So that knowledge by itself is not enough.

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knowledge has to be translated into action. That's why would they define scholars when they sit and they define what is

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It is a release,

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which is

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implemented by the.

01:05:23--> 01:05:26

So, for the most

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part

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unless circumstances are possible,

01:05:38--> 01:05:39

somebody says just

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because I don't

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talk to each other.

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So,

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first and foremost, ask ourselves, do we really know God?

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Have we really understood the

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unique oneness of God is manifest in our lives? Are we living lives? Which should be the product of knowing God? Or are we living our own lives? doing our own? Picking from Islam? what's convenient, what suits me what I don't like or whatever?

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The biggest law that is your,

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your version.

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And there's no such thing.

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So,

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I will stop here.

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opportunity to

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raise questions

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open for discussion

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on the concept of knowing God

01:07:02--> 01:07:03

and knowing what is good

01:07:05--> 01:07:08

from the Muslim perspective obviously, presented

01:07:09--> 01:07:10

our perspective

01:07:12--> 01:07:13

naturally.

01:07:16--> 01:07:31

So, anybody would like to start, and we will follow the principle of asking the question and responding to the question. Not getting into long debates.

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Keep it as a question and not as a lecture.

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On the female side, we have Mike.

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Mike, ahead.

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So

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my question is regarding

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is it advisable or allow me to do as many as possible? Because some people say that is your to do one one

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time? No, that's not true.

01:08:25--> 01:08:36

It's not true. You can do as many as you want. You do the hardest, but the one that counts is the first time if you are already past puberty, then that is the hottest.

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But you can still do further.

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And

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if you do better than what you did before, they can make up for some of the weaknesses which existed in the previous ad that you did. So there's no limitation as to how many

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it's true.

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But

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a longer amount of time.

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So we're only one they would not done with it.

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Knowledge

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Hold on.

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Thank you so much.

01:10:00--> 01:10:00

But

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I really enjoy

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my

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system, which I do, it tends to be,

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you know, generally speaking up with the white line, or the majority of other people. So Islam as a religion that doesn't advocate these kinds of divisions, everybody's equal everything.

01:10:27--> 01:10:29

But how do we address

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the fact that democracy is out of Islam? Because you see these kinds of devices present?

01:10:39--> 01:10:44

So how do we ask people addresses within ourselves, sometimes we

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say,

01:10:53--> 01:10:54

democracy

01:10:55--> 01:10:57

in some cases,

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for Muslims in India, for example,

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if the government became a radical into government,

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and there is elements of that already anyway. But if it were open,

01:11:22--> 01:11:24

and not democratic, it would be very harmful

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if it was a nationalist,

01:11:31--> 01:11:32

racialist,

01:11:34--> 01:11:35

culturalism

01:11:36--> 01:11:36

system.

01:11:38--> 01:11:41

So, in our context, democracy, the

01:11:47--> 01:11:48

rights of people.

01:11:50--> 01:11:57

So, it's not the automatic simply the democracy, because there are even democratic elements within Islamic teachings, but

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with control

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the other aspects of the impact of democracy on Muslim countries.

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I would say, you know, that is the consequence of the era of colonialism, where systems were left behind.

01:12:22--> 01:12:24

Supposedly based on democratic principles,

01:12:25--> 01:12:29

though most of those countries ended up as dictatorships

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not following democratic principles at all.

01:12:34--> 01:12:35

So we have

01:12:36--> 01:12:42

struggled as Muslims in the future, to change our world.

01:12:44--> 01:12:49

In line ultimately, with God, or

01:12:54--> 01:12:57

responsibility, that effort, in my view,

01:12:59--> 01:13:01

should be through

01:13:02--> 01:13:03

peaceful means.

01:13:05--> 01:13:13

Through education, which can actually change people's way of thinking, not through

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suicide bombing, and, you know, blowing this up and blowing that up. Boko Haram on ISIS and all this other stuff that went on. No, that's not gonna change, ultimately.

01:13:29--> 01:13:30

It is true.

01:13:32--> 01:13:33

The correct

01:13:34--> 01:13:37

people will understand the

01:13:38--> 01:13:39

way all

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the way across

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because it's weird to think that the better way is the way of the revolutionaries.

01:13:56--> 01:13:59

We call them guerrilla warfare.

01:14:00--> 01:14:05

Two people go off in the bush, they get on arms, and they come back and

01:14:08--> 01:14:09

leaders

01:14:11--> 01:14:16

with the idea that if you can just kill off these leaders and take hold of power,

01:14:19--> 01:14:31

but what happens is that those people follow principles of by any means necessary. So they will do anything, any evil thing that they feel it will get them closer to that goal.

01:14:33--> 01:14:37

So what happens is that when they eventually grab power, they are worse than the people that are replacing

01:14:41--> 01:14:43

us he will he will get

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Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. When he started promoting the teaching of Islam. People accepted Islam he

01:15:00--> 01:15:00

To gather

01:15:02--> 01:15:03

the strongest

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of the voyage who accepted Islam

01:15:10--> 01:15:17

and so on and so forth, made a small band and go and capture the rulers of Mecca.

01:15:18--> 01:15:23

decapitate, assassinate, finish off, takeover establishes.

01:15:26--> 01:15:26

That way,

01:15:28--> 01:15:41

it spreads violence in society. And you end up creating worse scenarios that you are trying to learn, you're trying to correct to try to make things better. In fact,

01:15:44--> 01:15:49

a lot of Muslims are very hyped up, somebody shows you

01:15:50--> 01:15:53

10 pictures of what happened to the children

01:15:56--> 01:16:00

going on all these kind of things, and you're fired up.

01:16:02--> 01:16:03

Somebody's got to pay for this

01:16:07--> 01:16:07

emotion.

01:16:10--> 01:16:13

Because that leads you to this kind of feeling that

01:16:27--> 01:16:30

somebody leaves your mother, you can go with his mother,

01:16:39--> 01:16:47

you cannot use the harm, which is done by some as justification for you know, committing similar crimes.

01:16:49--> 01:17:01

So you need to know, in spite of your Yes, emotionally, you're worked out, you've seen the suffering, you feel it in your eyes, something, do something, which is in keeping with the teaching

01:17:03--> 01:17:04

people they need.

01:17:06--> 01:17:12

They need technology, they need a variety of different things, if you aren't able to do it,

01:17:13--> 01:17:14

give what you

01:17:16--> 01:17:19

know, rundown and try and catch on it's really tourist and then

01:17:47--> 01:17:50

I have a question that I think it's

01:17:52--> 01:17:52

based on the can

01:17:54--> 01:17:54

some people

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of my age because we start thinking about what life is about

01:18:06--> 01:18:08

a look around. So if

01:18:09--> 01:18:17

you're a person like me, and I want to learn Islam, and not your heritage, from what my passion

01:18:19--> 01:18:21

how that work would use it as

01:18:24--> 01:18:25

the first step towards

01:18:27--> 01:18:29

study the profits lies

01:18:30--> 01:18:32

on how you would

01:18:34--> 01:18:36

get to know their vision for themselves.

01:18:37--> 01:18:39

How how the person should

01:18:41--> 01:18:41

be assessed

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without

01:18:46--> 01:18:48

blowing my own trumpet,

01:18:49--> 01:18:54

I would advise you to take the course free

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is a course called the foundations.

01:19:03--> 01:19:09

It goes through lecture I gave a series of lectures I gave in Ireland for

01:19:12--> 01:19:13

the conference,

01:19:15--> 01:19:19

going through the basic areas and providing for them

01:19:20--> 01:19:24

the insight into the various disabilities and

01:19:25--> 01:19:28

also we have

01:19:30--> 01:19:37

we have a lecture done by Dr. Yasser she did on the life of the Prophet.

01:19:38--> 01:19:40

This is also useful

01:19:43--> 01:19:47

to build something learning from the life of the Prophet

01:19:48--> 01:19:51

and also from understanding

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under all the courses there

01:20:00--> 01:20:01

You are going to

01:20:02--> 01:20:06

have to use your time whenever it's convenient for you.

01:20:08--> 01:20:18

And it's not to say it's the only one. There are other universities on internet such offering. And that's something we have today, which we didn't have yesterday.

01:20:20--> 01:20:21

30 years ago, there was no internet.

01:20:25--> 01:20:25

Get rid of

01:20:29--> 01:20:30

the blessing from God that we have that

01:20:33--> 01:20:36

we don't have any excuse not to obtain that knowledge.

01:20:37--> 01:20:40

We go on the internet for Facebook.

01:20:42--> 01:20:44

We use it for all kinds of other things.

01:20:50--> 01:20:53

Take some time out and learn about

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because

01:20:58--> 01:21:00

as we understand

01:21:03--> 01:21:07

when we read this, well, the first thing that we asked about is manga

01:21:14--> 01:21:17

will be held responsible for knowing.

01:21:41--> 01:21:42

Hi, I have a question.

01:21:45--> 01:21:46

Regarding

01:21:47--> 01:21:59

females in Islamic Society, what is your opinion on the unequal treatment of women in certain Islamic countries? We all know that women are equal as men, they are not

01:22:00--> 01:22:08

rational and intelligent. So why the difference? And secondly, good, very good one. Otherwise,

01:22:11--> 01:22:12

I want you to come back to the

01:22:17--> 01:22:18

issue of

01:22:19--> 01:22:20

inequality

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which exists people say in the Muslim world, the world or is it everywhere? Is it in America isn't in the UK, you know, how many people are in the parliament, women, all men are in

01:22:38--> 01:22:42

every society in the world is played with this.

01:22:44--> 01:22:45

Women

01:22:46--> 01:22:50

have not been given the opportunities.

01:22:52--> 01:22:53

This is not something unique

01:22:55--> 01:22:59

societies, Muslim societies coming out of colonialism.

01:23:00--> 01:23:04

The issue is does Islam teach this inequality

01:23:09--> 01:23:22

people human beings, human beings, males, in most societies dominate and they function according to their own subjective.

01:23:24--> 01:23:26

So women

01:23:27--> 01:23:35

are suffering around the world, different times different areas, etc. So it is a common phenomenon phenomenon worldwide.

01:23:36--> 01:23:43

as prominent, though, we may have laws and very carefully worded laws, etc.

01:23:44--> 01:23:52

Against harassment of women and all these other kinds of things in the West, the West tends to put stuff up as ideal, this is the

01:23:54--> 01:23:57

top of the evolutionary pyramid,

01:23:59--> 01:24:02

a variety of risks. So therefore, whatever is in the West must be the best

01:24:03--> 01:24:06

realities. Women are

01:24:08--> 01:24:11

just as much in many, many times worse.

01:24:12--> 01:24:15

Because when you put women because of the issue of

01:24:16--> 01:24:28

women feeling that they have to prove that you're equal to men, so the woman now has to go into the army, as we have GI Joe, we must have gi J.

01:24:30--> 01:24:35

Of course GI Joe is life is no fun. It was a nice experience.

01:24:41--> 01:24:44

She is she is raped, all kinds of things happen to her.

01:24:46--> 01:24:47

To the heads of

01:24:49--> 01:24:51

defense systems so much

01:24:53--> 01:24:55

wasn't really worth it.

01:24:56--> 01:24:57

Just to have a GI Jane

01:25:00--> 01:25:04

Islamic Society you would say, no, it does not work.

01:25:06--> 01:25:11

Can I finish? Can I finish please? You're welcome. You're welcome to raise a point.

01:25:14--> 01:25:29

This is the Islamic perspective that we do not put our women, women of our society in places of danger, places of harm, if we're going to fight, and then go into the fight.

01:25:31--> 01:25:38

Women protect the family as the norm. So this is our perspective, you know, different societies.

01:25:40--> 01:25:50

But I'm just addressing the point of saying that, why are Muslims oppressing their women as the only people in the world in which women

01:25:54--> 01:25:55

know behind you?

01:25:59--> 01:26:09

Okay, so to continue my question, I was referring more to basic rights. I agree that women are being oppressed to various degrees in various countries and various religions.

01:26:10--> 01:26:28

And in my culture, but legally, women do have more rights in other societies as they do in Islamic Society as referring more specifically to like the right to drive the right to work. In some countries, they are not allowed to work unless they have the permission of a male

01:26:29--> 01:26:32

family member and are allowed to go to a hospital

01:26:33--> 01:26:38

being accompanied by a family member. And then if

01:26:39--> 01:26:46

Why is this such a difference between different is the way different Islamic countries implement.

01:26:48--> 01:27:01

Some countries are more free, some countries are less free. And even with time, such as Iran with the Islamic Revolution, women's rights actually took a few steps back as time progresses and even with

01:27:02--> 01:27:04

so that's my second question.

01:27:05--> 01:27:06

Your question is

01:27:08--> 01:27:08

why

01:27:10--> 01:27:25

there is a variance in the treatment of women from one country to another, and even across time and across time. Okay. I will say, ask the same question in Western society

01:27:26--> 01:27:34

and Western countries. Why is there a difference in the treatment of women in some countries in other countries and across time?

01:27:36--> 01:27:44

It's not something unique is when you want to try to establish some point, you need to bring something which establishes its uniqueness

01:27:46--> 01:27:53

to establish the uniqueness and we're not asking for a comparison. We're asking you specifically about Islam, which is what

01:27:55--> 01:28:01

I said as far as design is concerned, oppression of women is not the problem.

01:28:29--> 01:28:32

Would you like to make sure the documents rather than talking?

01:28:46--> 01:28:50

I said that women cannot be raped by their husbands.

01:28:59--> 01:29:01

I don't think that's what I said.

01:29:03--> 01:29:05

This is something you have

01:29:07--> 01:29:08

something

01:29:26--> 01:29:27

okay, I have a document.

01:29:29--> 01:29:32

Of course, which I talked about contemporary issues.

01:29:36--> 01:29:41

Could you give me a reference when I said women cannot be raped in marriage?

01:29:46--> 01:29:49

Please, seven Yeah.

01:29:58--> 01:29:59

Okay, the statement

01:30:00--> 01:30:01

I have here

01:30:04--> 01:30:05

statement,

01:30:06--> 01:30:14

because as you said that I said men, women cannot be raped by their husbands, there must be a clear line when

01:30:15--> 01:30:16

you read that from

01:30:18--> 01:30:19

reading through the whole document.

01:30:31--> 01:30:32

A woman cannot be read.

01:30:41--> 01:30:43

He may not be charged with rape.

01:30:50--> 01:30:59

I did not say that a woman cannot be raped by her husband, he will not be charged with rape that will not constitute rape.

01:31:08--> 01:31:11

Well, you know, the bottom line is that

01:31:13--> 01:31:19

probably the most people in the world today don't consider that to be rape also.

01:31:20--> 01:31:23

If we go to China,

01:31:25--> 01:31:25

China

01:31:29--> 01:31:30

is not classified as

01:31:32--> 01:31:38

we go to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Nigeria, these countries.

01:31:40--> 01:31:43

These are multi millions of people gathered many countries.

01:31:45--> 01:31:46

The bottom line is that

01:31:47--> 01:31:51

up until the 90s 1990s,

01:31:52--> 01:31:58

most western countries did not consider the issue of marriage.

01:32:02--> 01:32:08

What are we talking about? We're talking about 20 years ago, 24 years ago, up until 24 years ago,

01:32:09--> 01:32:13

marital rape was not considered

01:32:14--> 01:32:16

as an act of

01:32:19--> 01:32:22

peace. Can I finish? Can I finish? Please?

01:32:26--> 01:32:27

over the topic here,

01:32:28--> 01:32:39

the point is that in common law enforcement in North America and the British Commonwealth, marital rape was treated as an impossibility

01:32:40--> 01:32:45

based on the traditional views of marriage, of male female sexuality,

01:32:46--> 01:32:49

that is, America, and the rest of the world.

01:32:51--> 01:32:52

So, that

01:32:53--> 01:32:54

indicates

01:32:55--> 01:33:19

that there was a time until very recently, this was not considered. And the majority of people in terms of numbers in the world still do not consider this simply because some countries have decided to label this an act where a man forces himself on his wife, and decided to label it as rape, that is the choice of

01:33:21--> 01:33:27

Islamic law. If a man forces his wife, partners or foster

01:33:29--> 01:33:31

parents are in the process,

01:33:32--> 01:34:02

he is liable to punishment under physical abuse, not to say that he is free to do anything he wishes. Instead, if we look at this society, because this always happens, when you take something out of a society, which has a different set of rules, and you try to put it in another society, which has a different set of rules, then you have obvious contradictions, because in Islamic law,

01:34:03--> 01:34:12

again, Islamic law states, that it is the right of the husband, that he obeyed.

01:34:13--> 01:34:22

It is the right of the woman that she be taken care of completely. So, there is there is a

01:34:23--> 01:34:25

balance here.

01:34:26--> 01:34:28

The husband has the right to be obeyed.

01:34:29--> 01:34:36

woman has the right to be taken care of. Now in western law, the woman does not have a right to be taken care of.

01:34:37--> 01:34:47

So to talk about, that the man has to be obeyed, becomes irrelevant. It will seem oppressive. Why? Why should he have to obey Him.

01:34:49--> 01:34:59

Whereas in a society where it is an obligation on the man to take care of the woman, provide housing, clothing, all of her needs, she is not

01:35:00--> 01:35:03

required to work if she works is your own earning.

01:35:05--> 01:35:08

She wants to share someone with a husband, she can do so.

01:35:09--> 01:35:20

But it's not a requirement, because it is his primary requirement in marriage to provide for her. And if she doesn't provide for her, she has the right to have that marriage or No.

01:35:22--> 01:35:23

That is

01:35:25--> 01:35:30

the other side of it is that a man has the right to believe.

01:35:32--> 01:35:51

He has the right to call his wife to have relations with him. And she should obey you. But if she doesn't obey Him, He doesn't have the right to break her arm, bring your foot, tire up and do anything he wants to.

01:35:53--> 01:36:01

If he does, so, he's committed a crime, a crime for which you will be punished, you will be punished according to the Sharia.

01:36:03--> 01:36:07

Because it's not permissible for a Muslim to harm another

01:36:08--> 01:36:19

human life, or people outside of the Family Center. So this is the context in which Islam does not why it does not recognize

01:36:22--> 01:36:26

the issue or the principle of marital rape,

01:36:28--> 01:36:47

marital abuse, punished. But we also know that this principle exists in Christian teachings, you can find also in the first Corinthians seven verses three to five, the wife who does not, the wife does not have authority over her own body.

01:36:48--> 01:36:49

But the husband does.

01:36:52--> 01:36:54

The teaching that is

01:36:56--> 01:36:59

understood by the vast majority of societies around the world.

01:37:02--> 01:37:06

So I don't think that we can make a case here.

01:37:08--> 01:37:11

Here it is, within a context.

01:37:13--> 01:37:14

Somebody else wants to make the point.

01:37:19--> 01:37:28

I was just wondering, if a man takes care of itself a woman, then it is the duty to obey the husband,

01:37:30--> 01:37:31

the wife,

01:37:32--> 01:37:34

the husband to take care of the wife.

01:37:35--> 01:37:36

But if

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the woman to have sex with him, even if she doesn't want to, isn't that mental abuse? And how is that taking care of your life? Well, the issue is, when we talk about mental abuse, this is a huge subject. You know, mental abuse can be all kinds of, so let's just say I would leave off mental abuse part, and just stick with physical abuse, where a physical abuse takes place, that is clear, something measurable, something, you know, quantifiable, but when you talk about mental abuse, then you enter into around which will be credited, because what you might consider to be mental abuse, somebody else might not consider to be mental abuse. So

01:38:29--> 01:38:33

if a woman feels she's meant to be abused, she's meant to be abused. I don't agree with that.

01:38:34--> 01:38:42

I don't agree with that. That's why we have laws, you know, if I feel that I have been, you know, physically abused,

01:38:43--> 01:39:24

I have been physically abused, you know, unnecessarily, I might have done something to somebody else, and they hit me back or they hurt me. But, but I, you know, something happened to me, but as a result of something I did, so, you know, the area of simply saying, if a woman feels she's mentally abused, she is, in fact, mentally abused. I would say no, I don't agree with that. And you you have the right to hold that opinion. You know, I used to express it. And that's your opinion, and I'm expressing my opinion, that I do not believe that. It's simply because a woman feels she's meant to be abused. She's meant to be abused. If you want to do a hands off here, those people who feel that

01:39:24--> 01:39:29

if a woman feels she's mentally abused, it means in fact that she is mentally bruised. Please put up your hands.

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Well, you know, I think you lost

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democracy, democracy, and he's right here. Yes.

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Please, please, please, please, please, hold on. Please, please, please, please, please excuse me.

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You may have brought your issues. I've responded to them. We'll put them both to the people see if you convince them see if they were agreed.

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And we see that the vast majority did not tell us. So let me just leave it at that

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penalty. if let's say a mother,

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daughter, or daughter, and the father is dead, who decides whether the death penalty should be applied.

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If a mother kills her son,

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or daughter,

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then this is the decision of the court.

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The closer relatives don't come into play in this case,

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somebody from outside of the family, they have an issue of the family decided, within the family itself. A brother kills his sister

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who decides

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that such cases the Sharia applies itself.

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The next question says, if someone is killed as a result of self defense,

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what will happen to the person who have done a killing So, someone is attacking the person and the person being attacked off defense in Islamic law you are innocent,

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as a murderer in that case,

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he would be killed in defense of yourself in life the property these issues

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somebody dies,

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what we call premeditated murder, intentional murder.

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Thank you Dr. Pillai. The next question says

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what are the moral principles of fasting other than empathy?

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How

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How should

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I guess this word is conscious, how should cultures be changed by fasting regularly

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the moral principle of fasting is a force involving more than issues and empathy empathy is a part of

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what is happening in the fast a person who gives up something which is basically permissible for them

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to give up

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trade relations,

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this is something basically

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and the purpose behind it is in order to build up the human will to give up what is in fact.

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So, there is training of the human will

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strengthen the human will to give up what is harmful, what is evil, what is that?

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And of course, it is also an involves a remembering

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that one because what is it that stops a person from cheating in this matter?

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You can tell just by looking at the face.

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Maybe they're going to the bathroom and tickets because market and looking like everybody else.

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So, why is it that stops you under those circumstances?

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That consciousness awareness of a commitment and responsibility

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to build that. But again, as I said, it has to be with the proper approach, proper reflection, proper understanding, and not merely following the ritual.

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Okay, thank you. Any more questions from the audience on both sides?

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First of all, I just had one question. And before asking question, I would like to thank you very much for coming all the way here. Really, really quick. And my question is, if anonymous and from anonymous in perspective, if anonymous, come up to you and ask three questions, what is a lot? What is Mohamed salah and what is Islam? You know, in your opinion, what would you say? There is no question. And

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yeah, one question.

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That's the one question. Yeah, that was the one.

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That one

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say we can always come back to you know, this is not actually a question but just saying that to represent Islam, that you're a speaker from very far away. Just try to become

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And

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I thank you so much.

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All right.

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But of course,

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what the actions of some people that

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represent the actions

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and consideration doesn't mean open

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doors or

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unfair or statements which

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become long winded arguments, etc, etc. It's enough we share what you have issues we deal with, we have to draw lines, if we don't draw lines, then we have

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some of what we're experiencing, where people wouldn't follow the normal principles becomes chaotic.

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Anyway, in terms of the three questions,

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I would say that

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who is,

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is the creator sustainer, Educator of the universe, was Muhammad, Muhammad was the last of the prophets of God.

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All of them. What is Islam? Islam was the way of life that God prescribed for human beings from the first human being in this world.

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As a way,

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no questions on the other side,

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the topic of discussion,

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have a friend,

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this person that she believes in the model,

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I don't know how to talk.

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It says that you need to find out the root

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of the problem. What is causing her to have a problem with the ritual? What is it about the ritual, which has made it a problem for

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you understand what's behind it, then you can advise her or take her to others, more knowledgeable than yourself, who can advise her whatever. But as long as you don't know what's behind it, and you're only dealing with the surface? It's very difficult to offer.

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Some people actually

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claim that

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like the actual

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assets, that they actually have a backup

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of

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are you

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the

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only one?

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So the claim that the Quran actually supports the acts of

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ISIS, read what came before.

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This is a famous methodology of those who seek to distort the message of Islam. You take something out of context, and then you use it the way you want to understand it. Because if you read what came before it, yes, God is saying that, in the case of war,

01:49:55--> 01:49:59

in the case of war, where the enemy is

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trying to kill you. And yes, you have to kill them. This is the place to go kill them. But it doesn't mean go kill everybody.

01:50:10--> 01:50:27

You know, because they come from a particular country or rich region or whatever it means the lives of all those people now become permissibility. Those people who are fighting against taking up arms against in the battlefield, kill them wherever you find them.

01:50:28--> 01:50:36

Because it's the same thing. There's another verse where it's mentioned after war, battle or fighting with

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worshippers, this video verse, a similar statement, and is in the context of the battlefield. And some people in order to distort the image of Islam it says there is

01:50:53--> 01:50:55

any this believer that you find,

01:50:56--> 01:50:58

Where'd you find that killer?

01:51:00--> 01:51:09

teaching? What did the Prophet say in the implementation of these laws? When he saw innocent people had been killed in some of the battle? He said,

01:51:12--> 01:51:29

women and children, people who are in their monasteries or whatever, you know, do not, don't burn the fields don't destroy the crops, don't you make a number of statements clarifying the principles of

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war is the finest human life, he laid down principles based on regulation, when those principles became enshrined in the Geneva Convention.

01:51:41--> 01:51:43

1000 1000 plus years.

01:52:05--> 01:52:06

My question is regarding corruption.

01:52:08--> 01:52:13

There are a lot of leaders who tend to kill in the name of Islam.

01:52:15--> 01:52:16

As

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US citizens, what actions can you take? What Islamic action can you take to make?

01:52:25--> 01:52:34

You mentioned education earlier that even if we tried to change education, somehow the system stopped us from doing that?

01:52:36--> 01:52:39

The violent way or other ways? So what can you do?

01:52:40--> 01:53:32

I mean, I think you're describing a scenario which may not actually exist. Because the setting up of schools and running of schools, in most societies you're allowed to do and of course, there's limitations. If you are teaching in the school, go overthrow the government in such a way that you're gonna run into problems. But if you are just educating the people, you know, educating young people to understand what Islam is, and their moral responsibility to society, you know, and to be morally upright, then it is enough that they graduate, morally sound people who could then not be corrupted, that you have made a difference. Because if the process of education is producing more

01:53:32--> 01:54:12

and more corrupt people, people will cheat on their exams and their assignments and all these different activities, then how is society ever change? You know, if you are a product of that system, where you have no scruples, you have no moral guidelines, no moral compass, then once you gain power, even though you might be talking about justice and freedom and everything, but once you gain power, you do the same thing and those who come before you, then they've been a different form, it's covered up, it's hidden or whatever. So the change that will be sustainable. My view is this change which comes through the re education of the nation.

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That's why the motto of my university pharmacology University is changing the nation through education.

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That actually practicing some some of the teachings totally for calling what really supposed to

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be for some of the reasons and these kind of things. So

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you always have bizarre incentives

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to I mean,

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this

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is kind of like

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this kind of incentives intact.

01:55:00--> 01:55:10

do all these things, is one of the reasons why actually, they do this by the lack of morality, that the idea that real idea of

01:55:11--> 01:55:15

the behind the teachings is being

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lost.

01:55:21--> 01:55:26

I believe that the real reason or the major

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causes the foundation's original correct teachings to be lost.

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But when people know what is correct, then they have an option.

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And more people will choose that option. Because it is our nature to try to be good.

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No good is too bad.

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So once the knowledge education reaches, then people can change their lives in the direction where it is not there. It's just ritual handed down generation family, culture, society, then it's not surprising that the moral element

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and focus tends to be on ritual.

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Okay,

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last question.

01:57:12--> 01:57:13

Hi.

01:57:18--> 01:57:19

I just have a question.

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What is the concept?

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Meaning someone who is not from

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someone who doesn't believe in higher in the creator or

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the concept of cafe,

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and of course, it's sort of taken on become like a bad word, multiple.

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The concept of capture is one who doesn't

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believe in God,

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or in accordance with

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standards, standard revelation has been accepted as a relation to the profits for nonprofits of the past, etc. So where a person doesn't believe in God in that way, then they're considered to be a disbeliever or non believer who doesn't believe in that tradition.

01:58:21--> 01:58:25

Because if we go just to believe in God, then

01:58:26--> 01:58:33

Hindus who may also have idols, many other factors, etc, they also believe, ultimately,

01:58:36--> 01:58:36

but they're

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frustrating before items. So, and other societies have other concepts. So it's not simply whether you believe in God, I don't believe in God that's between atheists, and theists.

01:58:55--> 01:58:57

But it is

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an issue of believe in God belief in God, as God revealed or as we believe,

01:59:06--> 01:59:07

from our perspective,

01:59:09--> 01:59:12

as we believe God revealed himself to the prophets,

01:59:16--> 01:59:21

Jesus, Moses, Abraham, the other prophets elsewhere, sharing the same as

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those who don't share that belief that those people are considered to be

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non believers.

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Determine how Arabic is after because actually the way that Arabic it really just means actually, one who covers

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because according to

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that, first

01:59:49--> 01:59:49

non believer

01:59:51--> 01:59:59

is a person who, when the truth comes to them, they will cover it up. They will not accept it.

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This is what the original meaning of capture is

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referred to farmer.

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Thank you