Channel: Bilal Philips
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Brothers and sisters continuing on from a topic which I began a few weeks ago, which was on the obligation of seeking knowledge.
And this is where
our lives as Muslims begin
seeking knowledge is an obligation on each and every Muslim as the Prophet sallallahu wasallam it said,
tolerable enemy for either Allah call a Muslim.
And the seeking of that knowledge begins with knowledge of Allah.
It begins, first and foremost, with knowledge of Allah.
If we do not know who Allah is,
then how can we worship Him?
As Allah Himself said, Yeah, level and, you
be conscious, be knowledgeable about the fact that there is no god worthy of worship batala This is the beginning of our Islam. This is the heat this is the foundation.
We need to know who Allah is,
in order to protect ourselves from worshipping other than him.
mother of that child, please take the boy out of the masjid. You are disturbing the hotbar You're disturbing the prayers of those around you. Please remove that child from the masjid.
Knowledge of a law
is the beginning.
And it is the end?
What are we question about in the grave on the during the period of
the barossa when we enter the barossa when we die and leave this world
manabu who is your Lord?
We begin the correct path in this life knowing who our Lord is.
making that our last words.
The last words that we utter before we leave this word is Laila Hama
Hama Dora Rasulullah.
And that we're able to answer that question in the grave, who our Lord is,
answer it because we understood it in this life, and we lived in accordance with it.
That is our guarantee for success in the hereafter.
So, when we spoke about seeking knowledge,
that is what we were talking about knowledge first and foremost of law.
So that our belief in the law is real.
And it is not just
what everybody else said.
Everybody else said
La ilaha illAllah.
So we said like
everybody else prayed. And during the prayer, we bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship of the law. And so we did it.
And we fasted
and we paid Zika and we made Hajj
because everybody else
not because we truly believed in La Ilaha MOBA
but this is where knowledge begins.
And this is the leveling
factor, which makes us all equal.
Whether we look at the greatest scholar
or the simpler
Lest farmer who has never studied anything,
how sincere belief is in a law will ultimately determine success in the life to come.
Of course, knowledge helps
for sincerity. But knowledge is not itself sincerity.
If knowledge word sincerity, then Satan would be amongst the most sincere believers.
But he wasn't,
So it is not just about knowledge, though knowledge is critical, important.
at least a basic level of knowledge. That basic level we said, protects us from worshipping other than Allah. Because the world around us
We are 1 billion out of
the rest the four fifths of the rest of the world.
Virtually all of them,
believe in God,
And they worship that God in one way, shape or form.
But the God who they worship is not alone.
They think they are worshiping the true God.
Christians who make up a huge portion of the forfeits.
They believe in a creator sustainer
one who will bring people back on the Day of Judgment,
They believe in Paradise and hell.
Sounds very similar to what we believe in. However,
they believe that, that God, who created all of this and is in control of all of this became a man
gave became a man.
In fact, not only did he become a man, they believe that God
of a human.
And they refer to him as the only begotten Son of God.
God Himself gave birth to himself
in the womb of a woman
who then raised God.
And according to their beliefs, people caught him and crucify them, kill them.
Is that a lot?
That is not the creator of this world, this universe.
The owner, the Sustainer.
They have bits and pieces of the truth.
But the god they worship is a man
was a man
while thinking that they're worshipping the same God, who we worship.
So this tells us how important knowledge of who Allah is, should be to us to prevent us falling into the same trap.
Because obviously, that was a trap set by Satan.
And he caught a huge number of human beings.
And he goes,
another huge portion of that four fifths, one fifths.
in a single God
while believing in millions of Gods
How could that be?
They can't explain it.
But they do believe it, that there ultimately is one God.
the all the be all of everything
cannot be an image cannot be made of him.
And even in their ancient texts saying that only he deserved their worship. All these things are they're
very similar to our belief, but for them also that God took human form
in the form of the Godman,
they call the avatars,
in the Trinity,
all of the various pagan beliefs that we can find on the face of the earth, we can find them in Hinduism.
Hindus worship rats.
They worship monkeys, they even have a monkey God,
and stories, if you read about them, you could only laugh. How in the world could somebody actually believe these things took place? But that is their religion.
And they prostrate
for the most part. Most of them, the vast majority of them, prostrate before idols of their own making,
while believing in one God
and the knowledgeable amongst them, the philosopher's,
the educated. When asked, how can you worship this idol of your own making
this object who couldn't possibly be God,
they explain. We're not actually worshipping this idol, this object that you see us worshipping.
We're worshiping that one God, the one true God, who becomes concentrated inside of the idol is in everything and everything. But at the time of our worship, he becomes concentrated inside of the idol. So the idol becomes a focus for our worship of the one God.
You see, how Satan can trick people
into worshipping other than God, while believing they're worshiping God.
And there are many other tricks. We go through the other
two fifths, or one and a half fifths of the remainder of humankind, we find the same things repeated over and over again.
even in the one fifth, who are supposed to be worshipping the one true God,
who should know who he is.
Because the teachings clearly define who is
in the primary text the Koran, which has remained unchanged, Allah is clearly defined,
telling people to worship Him alone,
to call on Him alone. Yet, today, we find many Muslims, many, many Muslims calling on other than a law
when times of difficulty and trial come up,
instead of calling on a law, we find calling on others besides a law
I will call you
Abdulkadir given the title
allow allow Bob house he has
the greatest source of help.
How can that be?
How can that be?
When a law clearly states to us in the court an order or me as the job lacco call on me and I will answer your prayers
and the prophets asked
lm tells us to make do our well I have for the new bilat and no one forgive sins except you all.
How can that be?
It is among the tricks of Satan.
how Satan has managed to divert even the one nation
that has in their hands, the whole truth, the Koran,
the ultimate truth,
preserved, pure, unadulterated. Yet in spite of all of that.
people end up worshipping other than Allah.
And when we talk to these people,
about why they worship other than Allah,
you will find a variety of explanations,
emotional interpretations, all kinds of explanations, and all of them are from Satan.
But Satan has made it seem so good to them.
That for them, it is the truth.
And you're inviting them to worship Allah alone appears to them to be false hood,
though it is the most fundamental truth of Islam.
So when we say
knowledge of a law is the beginning
It is the beginning of true Islam through Eman
that's why the first pillar of Islam is the Shahada.
first pillar of Eman is belief in Allah, stressing that this is the beginning point.
So it is very important for each and every one of us
to correct whatever is wrong in this area of our Islam, our belief system of Islam, it is essential, because any errors in this area, destroys everything else after it.
So we need
to gain correct knowledge about Allah
and Alhamdulillah there are sufficient sources available for us, the primary sources the Quran,
then the sun,
then, scholars who live amongst us
who are have written texts,
who teach texts, which explain this most fundamental principle of Islam, though heed, this is available to us. And we need to take some time out to make sure that our beliefs are in fact correct. Because we have all inherited beliefs
from our forefathers from our parents, grandparents, great great grandparents.
And without realizing it, we could easily have been fed misinformation which we have grown up with we've become used to we have accepted we need to go back and correct this basic, most basic foundation
to ensure success for ourselves in both this life. And the next akula Holla Holla was done through la de la ku sila misdemeanor included amphastar through in LA who will afford Rahim I asked a lot, forgive my sins and yours and call on you to turn to Him to forgive your sins because none can forgive them except him. hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah. All praise is due to a law and the laws Peace and blessings beyond the last messenger of Allah.
As we said,
our knowledge begins with
true information about Allah.
Once we have understood that truth,
then of course, we have to bring it to life in our actions
As we said, that ultimately, it is sincere believe in the truth, which will give us success.
is known from our actions
that we have to live in accordance with the beliefs.
Because, as we said earlier, if belief was merely knowledge,
knowledge of who Allah is, then Satan would have been the most are among the most sincere believers. But he was
of applying that belief, or applying that knowledge, turning that knowledge into belief.
When it came, he failed.
And he rebelled.
So this is what we have to consider
Have we applied that knowledge?
The door please, we can't take any more people please close the door.
Have we apply that knowledge?
Have we made it real in our lives? Do our heads reflect our beliefs? I believe that the law is indeed the controller, the creator, the Sustainer
of this world
alone, and that he alone can under can can accept our prayers of repentance can forgive us our sins
can provide for us from where we would never expect it.
the reality of our faith
that we live it.
The second area connected is
belief in the Messenger of Allah.
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
belief in him.
Meaning not only that we believe that he existed
belief in the life that he lived here.
But believe that he was a messenger of Allah.
That Allah subhanho wa Taala conveyed his last message to humankind through him
and that he was the ultimate interpreter of the Quran for us.
Meaning that when we say we believe in Allah, and we want to apply that belief in our lives,
how do we go about doing it? We are sincere, we sincerely want to apply it. How do we go about doing it? It is done through
the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu.
So this is the second critical area of knowledge that we need to have knowledge of the Sunnah or the way, the prophetic way,
which is clarifying for us how to apply our belief, our tower heed
our correct belief in the law in our day to day lives.
Without that knowledge,
then we will be fumbling, stumbling,
making many mistakes.
Not to say that with the knowledge, you won't make any mistakes, of course, we'll still make mistakes, but we are able to correct them with knowledge of the Sunnah,
then we can correct our mistakes. We'll be able to distinguish between right and wrong in all aspects of our lives, not just in what we consider to be our religious lives.
Our prayers are far
etc. Those are primary things, but also in the secondary things in our family affairs, in our work circumstance,
in all of the affairs of our lives, we have the Sunnah, guiding us as to how to apply our belief
in a law,
how to make it a source of guidance for us in all of our affairs.
How to make our lives ultimately dedicated to a loss to Allah, as he told us, holiness allottee when Suki balmaha automatically
say indeed, my prayers, my sacrifices, my living and my dying are for a law, the Lord of all the worlds how to make that real.
And this is why a last one to Allah has instructed us in the Quran
saying in the law of Malacca, who is aluna maybe he will Edina amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam with us Lima
calling on us as believers to
pray to Allah. ask Allah to bless Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam,
because he was the guide.
he conveyed the message to us of how to apply tawheed in our day to day lives.
And that is the most important aspect of seeking knowledge
which problems are seldom made an obligation a religious obligation on each and every Muslim.
To know this and to know authority
to know the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam which has become neglected in our times, which has been overshadowed by our customs and our traditions.
As I believe in the law has become distorted
due to a variety of other factors, factors which have to do with our community, our parents, the
non Muslim communities that we live amongst, etc variety of factors affect our belief in Allah.
Similarly, in applying that belief in our day to day lives, applying the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.
our implementation has been affected.
So the Sunnah today
as bidda innovation and bid
now appears as soon
as the prophet SAW Selim said cool Lupita attend Allah Allah, every innovation is misguidance. So for Mark many of us, what we think we are following of the Sunnah, which is in fact, Buddha, is in fact,
misguided. So instead of being guided by the way of a pseudo laws,
we have been misguided by a false body of information, which is promoted as being the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu. So how do we distinguish between the two?
How can we know what in fact is the Sunnah and what in fact, is not
it requires us to make an effort.
We cannot sit in our homes, watch TV, go to work, come home,
procreate and die. And think that somehow knowledge of what really is the sunlight is just going to come
Nothing else comes like that.
Everything else that we want.
We make an effort for
so why should we think that the sooner is just going to come to us without making any effort?
we have to make an effort as we need to make an effort to know who Allah is.
We need to make an effort to know what the Sunnah of Rasulullah also is.
To know who Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam is to know his life
from beginning to end,
Better than we know the life of any other human being.
in it is guidance for us.
So I call him the last one to Allah
to guide us to the tower he'd establishing the tower he'd have a last minute
and to establishing
adherence to the Sunnah of his final messenger Muhammad Sallallahu sallam,
and to give us the
blessing, of a strong desire to want to know
Allah and to know his messenger
in our day to day lives,
and to share that knowledge with our families, our neighbors, our workmates.
To make this the focus of our lives. I ask Allah to remove the distractions, the many satanic distractions which prevent us from realizing this in our lives. I ask Allah to put a true love of himself in our hearts, and the love of his messenger in our souls. And I ask Allah to keep us firmly on that path. Until we leave this world.
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