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Quranic Reflections #25

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Bilal Philips

Channel: Bilal Philips


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Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh my brothers and sisters, this is another verse from the Quranic reflections series. And it is from Surah Al Baqarah.

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While Allah in Mashiko one memory for a number two well Lou for some module law, to allow belongs the east and the west. Whichever way you turn, there is a laws presence. This is verse 115. This verse addresses the fact that whichever direction we face we are facing Allah. The first point of reflection is that we shouldn't think of Allah as only being in the mosque, or in the direction that our prayer mat faces. There is a lot when we get on the prayer mat.

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There's a lot

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in such cases, we will forget about Allah when we are not in the mosque, or on our prayer mats. So we have to work on our God consciousness until it becomes second nature for us.

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We shouldn't think of Allah only being in the mosque.

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The second point of reflection, to underscore this same point, Allah changed the direction of prayer, from the north to its opposite in the South as a test for early Muslims in the year 624.

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That's two years after the Hijrah Muslims, some of whom were in the middle of prayer. were instructed Allah sent revelation to Prophet Mohammed Salah and he informed those around him they spread the message and one of the cases they people were carrying the message reached the masjid, Mitch reached a masjid. And people were in rapport facing the north.

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And he informed them, the Imam switched when to the other side, and they turned in their prayer and prayed to the south.

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As a result of that,

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there is a masjid in Medina, which is called Masjid Al Qibla. tain. However, that is not actually the masjid in which it took place. But it commemorates the event.

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The third point of reflection, looking at this issue that wherever we turn we face the law is that Muslims if they end up in space, on the International Space Station, for example, in orbit,

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which direction should they face facing the direction of the Earth is enough?

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That's telling us something. And that's why the Prophet SAW Salem in Medina. When the Qibla was changed to the south in Makkah. He told the believers there that what was between the East and the West, That's 180 degrees south, you know, south, east, Southwest, south, south, east, south, southwest,

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all the way to South.

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All of that is acceptable as long as you're genuinely facing south. So we don't need to get into it or changing the templates in masjids of fortunately, some Muslims get caught up in this they carry a special Qibla compass. And they go into different masjid and they see oh, you're off by three degrees. So they have to change all the lines in the masjid. Somebody else comes with a with a laser come compass, and he finds that we're still off another two degrees. So we have to go and change the rugs and directions again. Now we don't need to do all of that. The general direction is sufficient. BarakAllahu li Walakum wa salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh