Channel: Bilal Philips
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the need for Islam, we normally would expect that this topic should be directed to non Muslims
who need to know why they should become Muslim.
The need for Islam.
And as our brother said,
we have the responsibility as Muslims, to share that knowledge with them to enlighten them, to let them know why they need Islam.
The Muslim world today
basically discourages people
from even wanting to know about Islam.
we are not examples of Islam.
And the reality in terms of Dawa when you think about conveying the message of Islam.
When we look at the first generation
that came into Islam,
we have to say that most of them became Muslims, based on
the example of pseudo law. Some of
it was his example,
which caused them to accept Islam.
The very first person who converted to Islam was his wife.
He didn't sit with her and discuss and explain to her the fundamentals of talking.
When he gave her the message of Islam,
and informed her that he was a prophet of Allah.
She accepted it. She believed in him, and even had initially more certainty than he had. He had some doubts. When the revelation was coming. He feared that it might have been since a tonic from synthetic sources, but she was saying no, there's no way that the law would deceive you.
For the righteousness, that you have displayed,
honesty, the justice that you have lived,
there is no way the law would allow Satan to this to deceive you in this fashion. So she had certainty.
And she is the one who took him to her cousin, whatever is no fun to confirm.
So she was convinced.
Similarly, I live in Abu Dhabi,
who was growing up in his house, enough to be convinced intellectually, nor was a diviner
nor was I boubakeur, best friend.
These people who all came into Islam, they came in convinced that whatever Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam said, was the truth.
So he was an example.
And that example, caused Islam to spread by the will of Allah, Allah causes Islam to spread all over Arabia.
So we as Muslims,
in order to fulfill the responsibility of carrying this message to the rest of the world. We need to be the best of examples.
And Prophet Muhammad somebody
in describing Islam,
in summing up all of the teachings of Islam
he put it in one package saying in lemahieu
I was only sent to perfect for you, the highest of moral character traits.
that the essence of the Islamic message
was, morality is a moral message.
This is what we have to offer the world.
In the past, we were leaders of technology
in Spain, and that people came from all over the world to learn
at the feet of our Xbox.
Time passed, now we are going to the west,
to learn at the feet of their scholars.
They have the technology, we have very little to offer in that department.
technology is not
what it fundamentally needs need.
The early generation of Muslims didn't have the technology.
Technology was in Rome and project.
Early Muslims of Arabia had no technology,
the technology of the Egyptians, those earlier civilizations Mesopotamia, etc, far exceeded
what little knowledge.
So what Islam brought to them to change their societies was
the moral message
which governs not only the interactions between human beings, because when we think of morality, normally we think of morality has to do with how you treat other people. You treat them in a moral way, a good way, with good character.
But actually morality begins with our relationship with God.
This is where morality begins.
That there is a moral
way by which we should worship God.
We should conceive of God.
We should know God.
And this is what Islam came to correct. What had happened in the world
is that the
belief, the understanding, the comprehension of God, had become immoral.
It was corrupted.
People didn't know who God was.
Even the earlier message,
which was the last before the final message, the message brought by Prophet Jesus.
Peace be upon him.
That message was corrupted within 100 years of his life.
When Allah lifted him up,
the process of corruption of his message
by Paul of Tarsus
began and effectively change the essence of his message.
So much so that within another 300 years, it was lost.
He had become God,
the Son of God, who was himself, God,
to be worshipped, and that human salvation depended on the worship of Jesus.
How immoral can one possibly get?
That is the height of immorality with regards to God
to turn him into a human being
and to worship that human being instead of worshipping the God who Jesus worship is the ultimate immorality.
It is a
Part of the ultimate sin.
much of the world finds difficult to grasp.
People always ask
why so and so? Mother Teresa, she's done so much good.
helped out so many people sacrificed her life.
And yet, just because of her belief, you must hold that if she died with that belief, she is going to hell eternally. How could that fit?
All the work that she did, you put it on one scale. And that little difference in belief now outweighs all of that.
Because it's not a little difference.
In your I might see it as a little difference. But in the sight of God, it is huge. It is the biggest sin that a person can possibly commit to worship others besides God.
That is the greatest possible sin.
The height of immorality, with regards to God is to worship others, besides
if one dies without having repented from it.
So the moral message of Islam, about which Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam spoke,
began, first and foremost with man's relationship
to God, God
that he should recognize
the Creator is creator, as the only true God,
the only one deserving worship
and as such, is the only one who should be worshipped.
So the beginning
statement of faith in Islam is that ilaha illa Allah, there is no god worthy of worship. But that is the beginning statement.
That it's from this point that morality begins
our relationship with God,
and much of the world today
is still in that state. The message spread until
one fifth or one quarter, almost one quarter of humankind has reached that understanding.
But the remainder of humankind also have that message.
Have to reach that message? Have we as Muslims have the responsibility to carry that message to them?
And this responsibility falls on each and every Muslim, as my brother Mike pointed out before, when Prophet said, Well, the only one ayah that you should convey whatever you have learned from me,
even if it is only a single verse of the Quran,
do you need to convey that message
and the most important part of that message is in one of the smallest chapters of the program,
known as surah, towhid
or surah, the last owner who was a lawful
he a law is uniquely one.
This is the beginning of morality,
the moral message
that Allah is uniquely why
he is why it is why
In the general sense, but
is oneness is to the level of unique oneness in that there is no other one like him.
simply being one, I can say for example, I have in my jacket pocket 110.
But you could all say yes, I also have one
But that's not unique, uniquely wired me when I say I have one, nobody else can say that one. There's only one
that's uniquely wired, this is the idea of a law, a law is different from why.
But this is the essential message that the law is uniquely one and the rest of the sort of explains about how his unique oneness is to be perceived. Part of that unique oneness is that
everything depends on him,
he is a solid, and he does not depend on anything else.
Also, it is that he doesn't give birth.
nor was he born again, part of that unique one, everything else is born,
everything else gives birth.
And there is nothing similar to him.
So this is the
essence of the moral message of Islam that the law is uniquely one.
And this is why as Muslims, we will never accept
the idea that some Christians may put forth in defense of the three in one
concept that while Allah is one is three in one
it is explained that
he is like water, which may be a solid, maybe a liquid or maybe a gas.
Or is like an egg
as a shell, like Yo, or like a tree it has roots as a trunk as a branch.
We said oh,
this is not God.
This is not unique.
Your God is a tree guy.
And in Europe used to believe in the tree guide.
And this is where the practice knock on wood came from.
Now people say things I'm going to do so and so is going to happen.
Knock on wood.
Believing that your knock on the wood is gonna happen.
Where did that come from? It came from
it came from Scandinavia believe in the gods of the trees.
And the gods of the trees that
Gods resided in trees. And when you wanted to speak to the God you came up with the tree, you have to knock on the tree.
And then you tell the tree what you needed that
you were doing for you.
So, this kind of belief where God is compared to his creation
is made similar to his creation, this kind of belief is
immoral. We consider this to be the height of immorality. God is unique
is one and there's absolutely nothing similar to him. So he alone deserves, then our worship
and we should worship Him alone. This is all about morality with regards to God.
And the moral lessons of Islam, which addresses human relations are human beings.
relate with each other. That moral message is a solid moral message, one which does not change in time.
put new ideas forward through democratic processes of governance, ideas change, what was considered immoral 50 years ago may be considered moral today.
And what was considered viral 50 years ago, maybe immoral today.
So there is no foundation for morality that is manmade.
So, Islam came final form, reestablishing the solid
foundation for morality, human society.
And that foundation is an unshakable foundation one, which most things will never compromise individuals.
But Muslims as a nation, as Muslim world with the faith of Islam, it will never be compromised. There is no point of compromise
between because what is wrong, what is evil will always be wrong, and evil.
And that's the way it should be. That if God has decreed something to be evil, it doesn't make sense that a time should come when you decrease it to be good.
That's what human beings do. Because we found out more information. Cigarettes at one time were considered good.
It was fashionable to smoke.
But in time, it was judged to be evil,
and no longer fashionable.
So that's human morality. And this is what Islam has to offer the world, a solid foundation for morality. So the current trend in the west
homosexuality, a, an acceptable alternative, lifestyle,
this, for Islam, is immoral, will never accept it will never change our view with regards to homosexuality.
God defined it as evil, though even in the Bible was defined as evil etc. In modern times, it has been changed, the view has changed. And people have reinterpreted the biblical passages. And you now even have homosexual churches, where the priest is homosexual, congregation of homosexuals, and that is acceptable, no one to challenge or to dare speak about this, which is in fact, unspeakable is an evil.
So Islam provides that solid foundation,
a rudder for human civilization to stay correctly on the path.
And even the area of
environment which the West tends to be very concerned about today, you know, protecting the environment, etc. Islam had established those principles 1400 years ago in its final message, and
before that, also, it was there reinforced in the final message, that the world that the law is creating us in is a world for us to benefit from without destroying it. When Prophet Muhammad SAW Salah for Vedas, from taking burns as our targets to kill animals in sport and fun.
This is about conservation, about protection of the environment
that we don't have
have the right to destroy what allies created in sport.
So we have set moral principles, though, in Muslim countries today, perhaps we might be among the most
destructive to the environment. You know, because though that those are fundamental teachings, in practice, we have different situations. But the point of the matter is that this is ultimately a part of the full package of that package of morality, which deals with all aspects of life. So even in sports, for example,
something was a lot of people don't really think about what Islam is laid some principles concerning sport, in that
a sport like bungee jumping,
you know, where you jump off a bridge,
or a cliff, you have a rubber band tied to your foot.
back up again.
It's a fun thing.
Or climbing Mount Everest, so you can get up on the top and put your foot in graduate slides. Take a picture of yourself, you conquered Mount Everest,
or even in the
carnivals, or different amusement parks, where you get on machines that throwing up in the air and throwing them down and throwing out the side spinning all around. Actually, for Muslims, this is
this is home.
This is a moral.
For you to throw yourselves into destruction, you're putting yourself in a situation where you could die.
This is the big thrill of these games, you're almost on the pod point of death and the rubber band.
The machine swings you this way.
This is not us. This is not from this.
Though, you might have thought that it was fun, or you do think of it as fun young person every you get a thrill from it. This is not
a lot told it's very good.
To be it comida. Don't throw yourself with your own hands into destruction. Every year, bungee cords break.
And people hit the ground and kill themselves. Every year people climb Mount Everest and other mountains that fall off and kill themselves.
Every year, roller coasters get off track and so many people die.
What would you say have to say to so long? If you were among those people? What
could you possibly say? I was only having fun.
When I killed myself.
This is suicide.
We're not allowed to.
So the Islamic point in terms of how it looks at life life is something a law has given us. And we have a duty to utilize it in the best way possible.
This is the moral approach to utilize our life, our time, our youth, our knowledge or energy in the best way possible.
Not to be focused only on the pleasures of life. So in the West, for example, you'll hear people saying it's life isn't fun. It's not worth it.
A person gets some kind of illness. They're suffering from it terminal in the desert, whatever they say. I should have the right to take my life
and you have people support to get legislation trying to make it permissible struggles people want to have the right to take their life because if life isn't pleasant anymore, it's a
it is a life of pain is not worth living to because this is a distorted view about life. One Life is
a person who suffers in pain.
While trying to treat his or her illness, the suffering that he or she goes through.
Believing in Allah purifies them of sin, is purification.
if a believer steps on a form, that form sticks into his or her foot pain,
if they are patient with it,
it purifies them.
You step on a form, you stub your toe, you don't say as a
non Muslim, I just said, Jesus Christ.
You know, God dammit.
This is this is evil.
This is evil.
So, Islam provides moral guidance in all aspects of life, so that we can truly appreciate life for what it is.
we have the answer to that question, which is placed before people who believe in different religions?
What about those other people who never heard the message?
Who didn't hear the message of Islam?
First and foremost,
when people ask,
how is it fair?
You were born in a Muslim family.
I'm born in a Hindu family. You're going to paradise? Because you're a Muslim, and I'm going to help the Hindu?
How is that?
I didn't choose to be born in a family. You didn't choose to be born
in a Muslim family. So where's the fairness of that?
as a Muslim,
we have to tell them
that God is fair.
Simply because you are born in a Muslim family. That doesn't mean you're going to burn.
Because Islam cannot be inherited.
Even though a lot of Muslims think today that Islam is inherited. My parents were Muslim, therefore I am Muslim. Yeah, on the legal
level, according to the external judgement. If your parents were Muslim, you're automatically
but in reality,
this is not the case.
It is not automatic.
Your parents were Saudis? Yes, you are somebody.
Your parents were Filipinos. Yes, you're a Filipino? Yes, you inherit nationality.
You can inherit names, your family name was such and such. Now your name is such and such.
You can inherit property, they had this house or this palace or whatever. And you have inherited it. Now it's yours.
But you can inherit Islam.
Because Islam is a spiritual decision, which each and every human being has to make
a decision to submit their wills to God.
And you can't inherit that.
Because my parents submitted their wills to God, it means I'm born and my wind is automatically submitted to God. I will have to choose, I will have to accept God truly, for my Islam to be real.
Just as it was for them, it is for me for every human being, they have to individually make the choice themselves.
So from this perspective,
Islam gives no favoritism to people simply because of their birth.
Who was born in the Muslim family?
Finding real Islam may be more difficult than the person who was born in the nominals.
It may be
because he or she is in a culture, a tradition where everybody's doing the same things. They're fasting in Ramadan, they're praying the good for Hajj. And so they just do it like everybody else.
But inside of themselves,
So if they were taken out of that environment, they got a visa to go to America.
You see them,
Islam is gone. Just like a jacket, you take it off, hang it up, carry on.
That's the reality. That's why Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam said that there are people who will do the deeds of the people of Paradise, as it appears to people, but there will be from the people on hell.
That is the reality.
So it's not about the family rewarding. We have to say yes, in hell, there will be many who have the name Mohamed and Fatima
because it's the most common names in the world.
Many of them will end up in jail.
So it's not about the name, some of the family are born, it is about the decision that each and every human being makes.
So that one who was born in a Hindu family, or Christian family, etc.
when using the intellect which Allah has given them, cause them to recognize that whatever they were believing in, and whatever they were following, was false. Because it's so obvious,
then it's easier for them to leave that fight Islam choose, sincerely, and be among the people of paradise.
So this is the reality. It's not about the families were born for the decisions that we make.
And this is the moral principle that Islam upholds where God is, in fact, just fair. And he does not oppress anyone, as he said, when I hear the Word of God, and your Lord will not be unfair to anyone. So what are those people? Who died?
Are those people who are deaf, dumb and blind?
Are those people who are retarded?
Are those people who are seeing out when the message came? Or they lived in some part of the world where as far as we know, no message which tells me
what does Islam say about
they will all go to Paradise.
That would be fair.
Because the rest of us, we have to go through all of this struggle, that person simply because he died, child is going to pass or simply because he was deaf, dumb and blind.
law said, Well, now I could never
that. I will not punish anyone, until a messenger has been sent to them.
So the message has to reach every human being
in order for judgment to take place.
So what are those people? The Prophet sallallahu wasallam taught us that on the Day of Resurrection,
when the rest of us who had exposure to the message, the message came to us correctly and we accepted or rejected as we are being resurrected.
At the same time, those people who never received the message or the message came to them in such a discussion.
To form you cannot expect them to deliver.
All the bills will be also resurrected, brought back to life, in the prime of their youth, with all of their faculties. And when they are resurrected, they will find before themselves a wall of fire.
And out of this wall, a messenger will step.
And he said, My God will explain to them about
the central message of Islam. And after explaining to them, he will instruct them to enter that wall of fire from which he stepped out.
And the people go walking towards
that wall will flare up,
most will back off, but some will walk through,
they walk through, they appear to be burned up,
then the fire will
wallet the fire will simmer down.
And the people will try again, it will flare up, people will back off, others will walk through
this will repeat itself. So many times as a long wheels, till those that remain, refuse. Every time it flares up, they back off, nobody walking through anymore.
And they refuse will not do it.
And the prophet SAW them said, those who walk through will go on to paradise.
Those who backed off are those who had the message of Islam come to them when they were with all of their faculties capable to understand that etc, they would have rejected that message, just as they rejected in the end here, they would have rejected in the beginning there.
And they will be those who will go on to help. So the judgment will be for all.
So this is the moral message of Islam, it is not unfair.
It takes into account all aspects of human life.
And it provides the solid foundation of morality
for the world,
in how to deal with differences of culture, differences of what is called race differences of economics, all of the differences which exists amongst human beings. Islam has given us guidelines as to how to deal with these differences, morally how these differences in fact, enhance our relationship and not
corrupt, our relationship.
The moral message of Islam is one of tolerance,
one of righteousness, goodness, truth, justice, all of the principles that human society holds as ideals but do not
this is the need of Islam today. The world needs Islam. Not only the non Muslim world needs to know that message. But Muslims themselves need to know the message of Islam
because the moral relationship
even amongst Muslims Today, many Muslims today has become corrupted.
So, some of the worst elements which developed in previous nations, we can also find it amongst Muslims. You will not find Muslims prostrating before idols and openly worshipping idols. However, you will find Muslims who have put between themselves and God intermediaries.
intermediaries might be given different names
In some cultures, they're called saints
and other cultures that call
the 12 months, the month.
But these intermediaries become
objects of worship.
Though people are saying, we're only praying to them because they're closer to God.
But that was the same thing which was said in the time of the prophets along the line they were selling them when he came with the message of worshiping God directly.
As the last sample drove me as the Gypsy call on me in prayer, and I will answer your prayers.
But in his time, the people said, well, we're only worshipping these other idols, these are the gods, in order to bring us closer to Allah, we are far removed.
This is all we only doing it. We're not saying we're not worshiping God, but we worship in these others who are closer, so we become closer to God through them.
As people will say, how can you cover it in sin? you're committing sins every day are dirty and sin, how can you turn to God who is so pure,
you need to turn to somebody who is pure, pure, and they can help get your message to God.
If you want to try to speak to
the ruler of Saudi Arabia, you can't just go to his palace, knock on the door and say, you know,
can we have a conversation? No, you have to talk to this one, we'll talk to that one there was an Amir, there's a woman that you can help out Dr. Amir
until eventually what you're asking for it gets to the ruler.
That's how it works is the same thing.
The same thing is not the same thing at all. Because God did not tell us call on Mohammed.
He said call on me and I will answer you. So that is the moral way it is immoral to call on others besides a lot.
So in this way, in morality, with regard to our relationship with God has crept in.
So the need to get back to the moral message of Islam about which
is to live a caravan of law that was only sent to perfect for you the highest of moral character traits, we today as Muslims are as much in need of it as the non Muslims.
this is something I hope we will reflect on this evening.
Reflect on our state with regards to the morality of Islam.
And to seek ways and means to correct whatever we have
caused or has been caused, to become corrupted. to correct it.
by seeking the knowledge of Islam, Prophet Muhammad Rasul Allah, tala good enemy for de la, Muslim seeking knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim why,
of this tendency of human beings to deviate and fall into corruption, and to pass this corruption down generation after generation as a legacy of
in different aspects of human life, relationship with God human beings creation rather than because of that tendency, the province so more recently with a loss instruction made it for
a religious obligation on each and every Muslim, to seek knowledge of the religion,
to practice that religion of Islam based on knowledge and not on customs and traditions.
To go back to the sources.
So this was the essence of the message this evening.
Which is not really an extension for
The project which I started
back in 2007,
going on six years ago, called the Islamic online university. This was the fundamental goal of this university to provide free education, the diploma
with its courses is completely free. Not a single
penny, or cent is to be paid, it's absolutely free online, all you need is downloadable there, you can access the deal for free and humble enough. And these five going on six years,
the students who from around the world have embraced this opportunity now exceeds more than 100,000 students.
And the growth continues, this is available to you, I hope that you would access it, Islamic online university.com, it is free. Get that knowledge.
Also, there is a Bachelor's in Islamic Studies, which was started back in 2010.
There is a nominal fee of $40. If you're from Ethiopia,
$120. If you're from the States, a fee, not per class, but first semester registration fee, no tuition fee. So it's tuition free,
virtually free. And this again, is available to all of you. That is for those who would like to study more formally, more intensely. The various areas of Islamic disciplines which can enhance your own work situation, job situations that you may be in the field that you're working in.
You're a teacher, we have courses in education, from Islamic perspective,
you are a doctor we have courses
in what is called
lokasi the Sharia
or the goals of the shehryar go on to
the fundamental principles behind the Islamic laws which will guide you in your profession help you to make the right decision when you're called about upon to do to take certain
medicines or to do certain operations etc. You have guidance as to what should be done or not or even to go into the profession of medicine for those students are going in studying preparing their email,
that knowledge makes it clear to you that as a male, it is not acceptable for you to become a gynecologist
you know needed by the society but for a man to become a gynecologist Meaning what? He specializes in women's bodies
okay as a husband fine.
But not as a your day to day profession where Islam teaches you women should be covered etc. and here you are attending all these women come into office please take your clothes off.
This is totally unacceptable.
The gynecologist should be the females. Now women should be told yes isn't your field. You know, we want to choose an area of specialization specialize in gynecology
don't specialize in prostate cancer.
Women prostate cancer disease men are dying from.
So this is a whole men's thing. So for a woman to become a prostate specialist, and I won't go into the gory details of what you might have to do. Right, it is just not appropriate.
So knowledge of the principles of Islamic law can guide those who are going into different fields of study.
In terms of what areas to specialize in, what is to choose etc, so that you end up practicing your profession in a way, which is in fact pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala.
So we hope, again, that you will take that opportunity to
benefit from the Islamic online university, there are some more pamphlets outside for those who would like to follow up on it. And we hope that you will join the ranks of the Muslim students online around the world. I'm going to stop here now and shift into our question and answer segment.
We have a microphone, which is a roving mic, which can be passed. For those who would like to ask questions, we'll take a question from the females and then a question from the males.
And of course, in a written question has been set up to me, I'll just start off with it. While you're putting some questions together in your head. The question is, my Eman level is getting weaker and weaker
And I really don't know how to remember. I tried many times in various ways, but no way.
Well, first and foremost, we should understand what causes the level of the mind to get weaker. If we understand the basis of the disease, then we can treat it.
If we don't understand the basis of the disease, then it appears so, so difficult and so complicated, that we're not able to tackle it.
In Islam, the principle of increase and decrease in faith is very simple.
It's like one plus one equals two.
How is that?
The more righteous deeds you do,
the more you're in line increases, the more things you do,
the lower your mind becomes simple.
So if you find your mind getting weaker, then what does it mean?
It is a good thing.
if your mind is increasing, you will see it is connected to more good deeds that you're doing.
It's not a magical thing.
It's not a miraculous thing, where you don't do anything. But just out of the blue comes a boat hits you and the man goes
Are you not doing anything it like you are and then suddenly something else that you
know, is connected to our actions?
What's in our hearts?
What are we doing the actions of the heart, the actions of the mind, the actions of the body parts, the actions of our tongue, the actions of our ears, our body parts,
all aspects. If they're good, the better the more good we do, the greater a man becomes. The less we do less good we do the more sins we know the weaker. So
for the person who says, I really don't know how to repent? Well, repentance as it said.
remorse is the essence of repentance,
meaning you have to feel bad about what you're doing. Again, if you're just looking at your Eman, getting weaker, you didn't look at the cause in your actions, then you'll never be able to grasp that. So you cannot pretend
you haven't understood.
So repentance means you have to reflect on what you did.
reflect on the fact that a law saw you doing it, it's recorded. You can never escape it. It's there on you
and realizing that you feel bad tears come to your eyes.
There you have
beginnings of the beginnings
but if that doesn't happen if you just say stop for a lot
don't remember if
taxi drivers will be ripping off the customers while ripping off
this kind of stuff for a lot is talking a lot May God give me
is useless It's of no benefit
people may sit there and the masses
but you know what is what what are we saying here? actually even the word I started feeling a lot becomes lost.
I have 102 rights
to get to
This is not
this is not seeking
repentance seeking to turn back to God.
That has to be there has to be remorse. So remorse means you don't just say a stop for a lot and ask your brother What do you make an instructional offer? Just in general online
How can you feel bad about all your general things
it's this specific thing when you start when you think about those specific things. This is when the fire becomes real.
So better to say just one stop
sincerely reflecting on what you did cause tears to come to your eyes and to say 100
which you didn't even know what you're saying you're not thinking you're still doing your other businesses you say something
so this is the ritual that has crept in amongst us
where we lose the real intent behind the teachings
so I would suggest to the person who sent this in you said you've tried it various ways try it this way.
Try this way of stopping and looking at what your sins actually are. What I start with the biggest one think about it reflect on it
turn it back to alarm go to the graveyard
turn to a lie in the middle of the night
and with remorse in your heart ask his forgiveness and allow will forgive that's his promise. The promise was Solomon said type woman attempting command law number one who repent from sin is like one without sin to repentance erases it
we don't need anybody to die for ourselves to do anything for ourselves we need to do for our own sin
okay question from sisters
nobody brothers question
when we talk about the moral values
as an individual I can I can read Islam and you know try to learn this area in five minutes limit on myself and try to convince
But there is another aspect where there are many moral values on which we are being rude. Okay, for example, back in my country, if I have any dispute or anything I have to go to the court and I will the judgment I will get will be one of the manmade laws. So, the conclusion I have what is my role in that perspective? You know, when we talk about how Okay, I got the point yeah, the point is that
where does our responsibility guide
Allah holds us responsible for those things which are within our power.
Where we can make a difference we can change we can correct.
This is where we are held responsible.
So if a ruler is corrupted,
we have the
responsible for the corruption of the ruler.
So what we focus on is the area where Allah will judge us in terms of being just or unjust, fair or unfair.
That area we focus on where as a community,
we can make a change in the rule that we tried to do so in a fashion which is in keeping with the prophetic way,
you could say violent ways where we take
things or fears into our own hands and create more problems than we resolve.
It's better for us to focus in the area that we are primarily responsible for, because that's what a lot is going to ask us about on the Day of Judgment. That's number one.
Question from sisters,
real confusion in
my family and myself, my family is very religious, they do not
like they practice they are practicing Muslims. But when I go into depth of Islam, like for example, I have taken the Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies. And when I go in details, and I go in depth, they say that, that is not actually you're just involving yourself too much into it. And you have to like, just be on the right side and have much more like practicing Muslim or five times prayer, because
you have done hundreds of years ago. So how much is Muslims duty to go into depth and gain knowledge? Where should I stand, I am so confused about it.
There is not a specific level, that
there's not a specific level, that can be said, for each and every individual. This will vary depending on the opportunities which allies put in your life. So if ally has given you opportunities, which he hasn't given others, then you are responsible based on those opportunities. You have the opportunity to study all the way up to PhD in Islamic Studies.
And how many people have that opportunity.
So you are responsible to do it. You go all the way if the laws given you the way and the means to go all the way that you go all the way. You cannot know too much about Islam know that
though, they're saying we're going too deep. No, no, no, you cannot go too deep inside, you can go to extremes, meaning that you might neglect your other responsibilities. And you know, you got kids, but your kids, you're leaving that because you're so much into your studies. No, of course in Islam, you have to have that balance in order to be moderate and how you're dealing. But you cannot know too much about Islam. There's no such thing.
Okay, so you continue?
How do you convey it to them?
Maybe also, what is scaring them, etc. They feel you're becoming
one who is rejecting all of their traditions and all that they're doing. You have to understand that you know, this is cultural now that people feel comfortable in cultural norms. You know, you are now rocking the boat. People don't like anybody to rock up to just keep the boat calm the way it's been going for the last 200 300 years. Our great grandparents are all doing this. You're saying you should be doing it, you're rocking the boat, so they feel more company want to do?
Just go along with what you're all doing. So this is the nature of ignorance is that the field it seeks to protect itself by custom and tradition with what it is that stopped.
Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam was a mess. What stopped him from accepting his
custom and the tradition. The fear of rocking the boat.
written question here, in one of the verses of the gravity's mentioned, asked through wartsila.
Is this correct?
If so, what does it mean?
I don't know about the person who I'm asking the same to us.
Personally, I just mix this up, you know, we make to our for profit,
after the, the band when we say
Muhammad was either one for the law, this was sila term is mentioned in this law, which the prophet SAW said on top this domain, but he explained in another happy that there was sila is the highest place in Paradise, which would be given to only one human being, and he hoped that it would be him. So we ask Allah to give that position to him. It has nothing to do with intercession in this life, as those are misinterpreted.
Can you explain that some more I was just
within the past year of watching TV and learned, you know, f between the after Vietnam, then in English, you're to
ask the love to,
to, to give a similar sort of
superiority over all mankind, and to allow him to be the shafa like, and I interpret that to be the intercepts of many of the intercessors. And so, I will not understand that because someone said that word may not mean interest. And then the other things are to, to, you know, please raise them to the highest levels of Paradise and give them the best place in paradise. Can you explain that, please, because I'm still trying to understand it. Well, you know, that may take some time etc. to get into the details of it, I gave you the short version, that was sila, which is what people have misinterpreted to mean.
intercession where promises suddenly see itself said that there was see that was that place in paradise. So we go according to what he said and not what people interpreted. Now, in terms of his intercession, he has mentioned that he will intercede but he has explained one or the times that he would like to see and there are different levels of interception in the session, but all of it is not in this life. But in the next on the Day of Judgment. This is where he and others will intercede in this life, the only form of intercession which is acceptable
is that of intercession with one's good deeds. And this is based on a authentic Hadith of the Prophet Sunnah, in which he explained a circumstance that happened in the past, where three young men were caught in a cave, rocket followed with follow retentions they were locked inside them and which meant they were going to die. Each one of them may fall off, based on an act, which they did individually, which was sincerely for a lot longer. And as each one made those doors, the rock shifted on to the moon and they were able to escape. So on the basis of that shafa in this life, with one's good deeds, is considered to be the only means of Shiva. In this life, in the next life,
that we know of various occasions were in the process of judgment along with choose Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, the other prophets, the angels, certain righteous people, those who memorized or decided upon essentially etc. It would be I would honor them by allowing them to be the ones who would intercede on behalf of some other human beings.
Okay, just say but I think it took too long to get here.
This is what people do.
of your good deeds
to reach to align the adventure of your good deeds are used as the reference to seek means as a vasila. Like
What's number 35?
Okay, the verse in ceramide our law says to take means that people have taken means to mean human beings in this life, they've misinterpreted what was meant by means. Yeah, okay, this is another aspect of distortion of the meanings of the Quran and the Sunnah. Because the Quran and the Sunnah, of course, has to be understood, as it was understood by Prophet Mohammed Salim and his companions. So if taking means, meant,
calling on others besides the law, then the companions of the Prophet sallallahu, wasallam, would have been the first to have done so calling on the pseudo laws of our southern prayers. We don't have that in any of their practices. So we have to say that such misinterpretations, you know, we always question and ask, Where is the evidence? You know, it's like people who celebrate the birthday of the Prophet salatu salam, you know, and we say to them, there's no evidence in the front of the sun that they say, yes, it's in the brown.
So, where I said, you know, Allah said, in the Mahabharata who you saw Luna be, yeah, even within
So that verse is what we hear in Joomla. Usually at the end of Joomla. is no Oh, it's a what is that actually saying? It's saying, you know, it needs a law and angels,
prays a lot about Kwanzaa, Salah, you know, all you believe, you know, ask for further praise and blessings on him. So what is what is that connect? Connect with? celebrating the birthday? Isn't? That's it?
That's how you might be interpreting it. But if that was it, then why were the Sahaba doing it?
You know, better than the Sahaba.
So they didn't know. And you know,
so they knew they didn't do and now you're doing
So always, whenever these issues come up, we always ask people, what is the evidence for this practice? And evidence means not that my share had a dream.
Evidence means a law says,
Prophet Mohammed. So my son said, so how about after stood in that way? And the
question, what is the ruling? If you want to study a Bachelor of law? In a non Muslim country, will you be punished? No.
If you're studying law so that you can become the best criminal lawyer, right, then yeah, maybe. Because the best criminal lawyer is the one who's known to get off the biggest criminals.
The best criminal lawyer, meaning if you have the worst crimes, go to him because he can get you off.
He knows you're a criminal, and he's going to defend you in the court and convince the people that you are not the critical. And yes, you're sending
about Islam. Islam requires you to be just but if you are learning law in a non Muslim country, so that you can protect the rights of the Muslims.
That if we don't have Muslim lawyers who know the law, in order to protect their rights, then we have to go to non Muslim lawyers, who, as in general, they just like to rip people off. That's what their thing is. They're not going to really help you clear just what you want. So to protect the community, the Muslim community from the harm, one learns that you have to do it with that intention. your intention is to practice this in order to protect the Muslim community, etc. Not in order to make as much money as you can become your focus is just maximum money. profit.
I'd like to know about
taking favors from others to get your work done.
Well, you know, if this we look at this as being, you know, basically bribing, it becomes a form of bribery. The basic ruling in Islam is that the one who gives the bribe the one who received the bribe or cursed, this is a sin.
It is a sin. However, the exception, there is an exception. The exception is that if you have to bribe to get your rights,
you have to give money to get your right now your rights is there.
The immigration officer says, if you don't give me some money,
you're not going to get your goods,
At this point, scholars hold it is permissible for you to give him the money, he carries the sin you don't. Because the essence of the evil of bribery is that when you pay money, you're getting a right, which wasn't yours.
That is the essence, you're getting a right, which belong to somebody else. So this is the evil. But if you're paying money to get what is yours,
then the evil is on those who are requiring you to pay when you shouldn't be paid.
So that is the exception in that regard.
How do I know that my sin is forgiven by a law?
The idea is that if you have done, what is required of you, in terms of repentance, after that you hope hope that Allah will forgive you.
But to know with certainty, this is something that we as Muslims don't claim, as Christians will say that very easily. Do you know where you're going? When you die?
They say, Well, we know.
We know we're going to paradise.
Once you've accepted Jesus Christ died for your sin. Paradise is yours. Sure, we have no doubt. So therefore, our faith is better than your faith, because we know for sure, and you are in doubt.
Actually, they're deluded by Satan. satanic delusion, where they assume that simply because they have this belief that in fact went to paradise. The Jews said the same thing for themselves.
What is the ruling about face covering for women? What if a woman is fully covered except the face? Is she sinful? Well, there are different positions in the scholars in this matter. Majority who that is not an obligation on her to cover her face. Other scholars hold that it is an obligation. So for a woman, she should look at the evidences that are used by both sides, and then what she is convinced of not necessarily what is most convenient, or what she's convinced off to be the truth, then that's what she should follow.
Okay, I think that's covered most of the questions here. And I've been given the
point of notice that our time has run out of the law.
appreciate all of you coming down and
being a part of this gathering this evening, inshallah we'll do the hope was one in which we have remembered a lot. This is what is called the majelis ticker. This is remembering a long
way in which people don't necessarily consider if they think that you remember the alarm and you sit and say a ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, or no, is they'll be confused. This is the way that we remember a lot. And if you are going to as an individual remember a lot you remember a lot in meaningful phrases that the prophet SAW some thought or what may come from yourself in meaningful phrases, we say So how long have you been there? Well, either long
Long luck, but we don't just sit there and say a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot.
Just as we don't
mentioned, we want to talk to a brother about something we don't just keep saying Mohammed, Mohammed, Mohammed, Mohammed Mohammed, who think we've gone back. So similarly, this form of thicker, which is also spread in our community ignorance, law, that it is not some guidance. If misguidance
didn't do it, somehow they didn't do it, they never taught. This is something which has come down to our times We ask Allah, Allah, to protect us from the innovations and the evil customs, which have burden many of our communities around the world today, and to help us find our way back to the true teachings of Islam, to give us the courage and the
fortitude, to seek out the two paths rather was the pain and to stay on it, and to die of it and to leave this world with our last breath.