Channel: Bilal Philips
Sheik Bilal continues to discuss the importance of Qur’an in our life.
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Brothers and sisters,
today I would like to remind you
of a topic
we hear from time to time.
But we always need to be reminded of
and that is
the place of the Quran
in our lives
as it is a speech of a law
it is the word of the law
in a way that no other book can claim
it is the word of Allah.
all of the deals
based on the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam is derived from the Quran.
So the Quran
is the spring
from which the river flows.
The Quran is the base, the foundation from which the structure of Islam is built.
Therefore, the Quran should occupy a primary place in our daily lives
this is a necessity.
we find that the Quran instead of being
that book of guidance,
it describes itself as saying
that it can kita Valera Buffy, who then lil Mata pain,
this is the book in which there is no doubt guidance for those who fear Allah.
So on one hand, if we are not extracting guidance from the Quran,
we are not have
or not have those who truly fear Allah.
Instead, where are those who practice Islam?
we do, as our parents did,
as our relatives,
our neighborhood, our community,
the people of our country do, we do as they do.
And that is the extent of our Islam,
fulfilling the ritual obligations
to whatever degree we manage to fulfill it.
But that is not the Islam
which will save us.
Save us from the hellfire.
That is no different from Christianity,
or any of the other traditionally practiced religions
were the followers,
for the most part,
don't even understand the teachings. They just do as their parents, their communities did.
There is no difference.
the ritual, Islam
was the one which would save us.
we would have to say
that God is not fair.
A law God is not fair.
Because who chose the families that we were born in?
Did we choose?
We were born in Muslim families,
Muslim communities. But we could have been born in Christian, Hindu confusion is communities.
So if this is not our choice,
just put us in the Muslim family,
and the Muslim
ritual is sufficient to carry us to paradise.
Then we say, it's not fair.
It's not fair,
that the Hindu would be born in the Hindu family,
and go to hell.
And the Christian
and the Taoist, or the way any other
of the existing religions,
if they follow the ritual,
as we follow our ritual,
where is the fairness here? But Allah has clearly said, when I have limra, buka hada.
And your Lord will not be unfair to anyone.
so this means that we have to reconsider
this Islam, that we are practicing
this ritual, no different
in concept from the ritual of the Christians, and the Hindus and the others.
Where do we start?
To fix it? To make it right?
To make a difference between
and cultural Islam,
the starting point,
as the prophet SAW, Selim, used to say,
speeches, he will begin it after praising Allah, etc, saying in the article hadiza tabula,
the most truthful form of speech is the book of Allah,
He would always begin with that reminder.
So this is where we need to begin. We need to get back to the Quran
and to understand it,
and to bring it into our lives
to play a primary role
in our day to day lives, that currently is missing.
And the last one tada
in the Quran, speaking about the time of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and of times to come,
in Surah Al Furqan
that's the 25th chapter, verse 30.
Well, hello rasuluh
Yara be in nakoma Taka Lu hodel por Anima juraj.
The messenger said.
A lot said, the messenger said, Oh my Lord, indeed, my people have boycotted the squad.
Indeed, my people have boycotted the squad.
In the time of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam.
sought to boycott the Koran.
They made a pact amongst themselves that no one would listen to it.
And they weren't
all the other tribes and the people who came to Mecca to be where
but in our times
that boycotting amongst Muslims has become most dominant.
In cultural Islam,
MLK am a scholar from the 13th century
had identified five ways by which the Koran is boycotted.
The first, which we introduced in the very beginning,
is neglecting to ponder over it, or to comprehend it.
neglecting to reflect on its meanings.
Seeking to draw understanding from it,
but only dealing with it from a ritual perspective
where we put the verses on our walls, this is the sign of the Muslim home today
that we have some verses of the Koran on the wall.
I have two Kersey,
and so on and so forth.
Some of these verses,
or saurez, the prophet SAW, sell and spoke about.
Among them will be the three coils, for example.
The prophet SAW someone told us to recite the three schools before we go to bed at night.
It's a protector,
also ayatul kursi.
Promises lm told us that, but what we have done is we have had it written in the most beautiful calligraphic styles.
In some cases, it's so beautiful and beautified
that if we didn't know what it was, we couldn't read it.
It's not readable.
It became an art calligraphy amongst Muslims became the alternative art form.
Because we weren't allowed to make pictures of people and living things etc, which other nations
used for their artistic expression.
We focused on calligraphy
and other areas not only calligraphy, but calligraphy became we became known for it.
The calligraphic styles, beautiful.
And there is no harm. If we are
beautifying our homes with calligraphy.
There's no real harm.
But when it comes to Koran,
because we are using the Koran
to beautify the physical
Not to beautify our thoughts
to give us a deeper understanding of the Quran
and increase our practice of Islam
but simply to please our eyes.
And for sure,
this was not the purpose of the grant.
I'm sure we all understand that.
This is misusing the quad.
So we have to ask ourselves
when we go back home today
And we look at these calligraphic artistic works on our walls, for beautifying our walls.
Is it better that we have them on our walls, or that we have those same verses
Arabic, and then translated into our languages because so many of us today, as we are here,
don't understand Arabic.
So, if the goal of the Quran
is understanding, reading the Quran, the goal is for understanding, then we need to have it in the language, which we can understand. We should strive to learn Arabic.
I'm not saying forget the Arabic and just only deal with our own languages know, Arabic is the language of the Quran.
It's the language of Muslims. Some ignorant people say when they look at Muslims
focus on Arabic. It's an Arab religion.
It's for Arabs.
this is not true.
The vast majority of Muslims are not Arabs,
Arabs, maybe only 20% of the total population of Muslims in the world.
So it's not an Arab religion.
It's not true.
It might seem like that here
in an Arabic country, where Juma is normally in Arabic
and you don't understand Arabic.
if you go to any of the other masters, you go there and sleep
until the karma comes for you to make salado you get up and you join the prayer.
So to somebody observing from the outside, it may seem as religion it's not for non Arabs.
But that's not the truth.
The truth of the matter, is that the Koran, the final revelation of Allah to humankind, was in Arabic.
It was a language which Allah chose
based on the fact that the final messenger was being raised up from among
Give us a why and why not English? Well, because that final messenger was from Arabia.
So for him to
deliver a Quran in English,
the very people who he was raised amongst he couldn't convey the message.
So it made sense that the final revelation should be in Arabic.
Arabic is the unifying language of Muslim Salam aleikum.
We all know it.
That is our greeting wherever we are. Whatever language
that Jesus used to greet
his followers Salaam Alaikum.
But today Christians greet with hi hello everything. But please be on to you.
And if they say it in English, then the people who
don't speak English don't understand.
Whereas salaam aleikum is known everywhere.
And if we were in Peking
and we were walking down the street, looking for a Masjid
and masters in China don't look like masters in our countries.
We mainly maintain an Arabic, Turkish Indian style in our building of Masjid so you can recognize them the minaret etc.
But in China they didn't.
It's Chinese style.
It looks like the other buildings. So you could walk right past the masjid and have no idea.
Now, how else can you here? How else can you know the man? Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar.
But now if you say that in Chinese, you just
walk by, you would not have understood.
You couldn't find the masjid.
And if you did manage to stumble into the masjid,
and you want to join the people in prayer,
and the Imam instead of saying Allahu Akbar, he said something else in Chinese,
you'd be waiting to see what is everybody else doing?
You wouldn't know.
So the Arabic unifies the oma,
the vast majority of whom are not Arabs.
the understanding of that Arabic grammar.
This should be the goal of every one of us
to understand the Quran,
if we don't have Arabic, then we have to go with translation.
But we should still strive to understand the Arabic there are lessons available here
at the center, teaching Arabic towards understanding the grammar.
We should take some time out of our lives dedicated to understanding the Quran in Arabic.
And if we have that understanding, then the Quran takes on a different meaning.
every prayer of the loud prayers, prayers, which are read aloud,
Father, mother that have been Asia, every time we pray in the masjid, and the Imam recites
verses from different sources
we will understand
we will understand directly
from Allah subhanaw taala. what he's saying.
And surely, that will make our prayers more meaningful,
isn't it our prayers will become
more meaningful because we understand what the law is saying to us.
And that message is to each and every one of us.
is something that each and every one of us, especially those of us here in this country, where Arabic classes are available back home in our own countries, maybe it's much more difficult to find classes
to learn Arabic, much.
But here, a law has made it easy for us,
for us to neglect these opportunities.
Here, we're here for Juma.
But this center is here for teaching Islam.
There are Arabic classes going on daily during the week, we should avail ourselves of it
if we're really serious about understanding.
Otherwise, as we said, in that beautiful picture we have on the wall, we have Arabic which we can clearly read
and then the meaning in our local languages that we can reflect on so it can stand as a reminder, now, I'm not telling you to go out and put this on your wall because it's not from this one now.
But if you put it on your wall, it's not against the sooner.
Okay, so I'm just saying that if you're going to put it on your wall, then put it in a form that you can benefit from it.
Put it in a form that it will have some meaning in your life.
Something to reflect on a reminder
we should not use it.
many of us when we put it on the wall in that calligraphy calligraphic form,
one it was for beautification. And the other one of the reason it was for what, for Baraka
because we believe that when we put it on our wall, it makes our home Islamic and allows Baraka will come down on this hole.
This is what's behind it,
the issue of Baraka
but is this what the prophet SAW Selim told us, how to gain Baraka, how to gain the blessings of Allah, by sticking Quran in your walls.
The only Baraka that will come from it
would be the Baraka from understanding what we have written as I described before.
There is where the Baraka or blessing will come, we see the verse, it's a reminder to us,
it's in our language, we have understood it,
there is the Baraka
But otherwise, as we use it, for Baraka, this is not pleasing to Allah.
as I've traveled around the Muslim world,
everywhere I would go
there is a conference
a lecture and event Islamic
always they will bring somebody
some verses from the Quran.
It wasn't the practice of Prophet Muhammad SAW Salah whenever he and the Sahaba would
give presentations, that they had Quranic recitation before and then they went and did it. No, it's not from the sun now. It's become the Sunnah of the Muslim nations today.
Muslim communities all around the world, it's become like a sooner because I, I cannot recall any place that I went to, from Guyana, South America, to Mindanao, Philippines.
I don't remember any place that we didn't begin any lecture or event without that.
So it's become the sooner becomes a sooner our so now
So what I would tell what I used to tell the various communities when I went I said at least Firstly, let me tell you, this is not from this.
if you are so much in the habit of it, and you feel you have to do it, people will think there's something wrong if you didn't do it, look at them,
you know, fingers will be pointed out, they begin their events without crime. So it becomes a big thing could be harmful. So you may be forced to do it, just to not
create a bad impression of yourself, your movement, your effort, your organization, etc.
So I say to them, at least, after reading those verses, and 1.1, that the verses should be relevant to the occasion.
The verses should be relevant to the occasion, not just random verses I gave a lecture in Nigeria about a month and a half ago.
And they brought some young girls
who had memorized large portions of the Quran to recite some Quran before the event. The event was on education and you know the importance of
Islam Ising education etc.
And the little girls came and the Quran they told them to memorize to recite was from Surah Maria
talking about Maryam
when she became pregnant,
and the pains of the labor caused her to wish that she hadn't been born. cling on to
After the recitation, you know, I, when I had to address the people I said to them, what is the relationship? Between Miriam's pregnancy and having a child to Islam Ising education, no connection at all.
So at least, if we're going to have this recitation, we should
choose verses that are relevant to the event.
But some people might say, Well, what does it matter if we just
give the meeting?
what has happened to us is that the Quran has become a ritual
disconnected from our lives.
What we seek to do today is to bring the Koran back into our lives,
to understand it in a meaningful way that it would change our lives.
the way to that
the way forward in terms of our usage is that it should be relevant.
those verses should be relevant to
That is a way of teaching people indirectly, the Koran is relevant.
Because there is nothing
that we can speak about.
in which we cannot find some verses of the Quran relevant to
may not be direct relevance. Maybe indirect because maybe we're talking about atomic physics, physics.
Maybe we don't find a direct reference, but
the context in which we're talking about
we can find relevance in the God
because the cohesion is for all times, for all places, and for all people.
we should strive to make it relevant. As Allah told us of Allah Tada, Bruna
Amala, pulu been
that was the last reminder. Will they not reflect on the Koran
or are their hearts
closed up? locked up
is a lock.
And truly today
our hearts have become locked.
That is the reality of the Muslim world today.
Our hearts have been locked up from the ground. So we need to open up our hearts.
The way is through understanding the Quran, reading it, and reflecting on its meanings.
Whether it is in Ramadan, or outside of Ramadan. Our goal is to understand the words of Allah
better we read a little and understand a lot, then to read a lot and understand a little
I think, obvious mathematics. We try to read and understand as much as we can.
And that's how the Sahaba learned the Quran from a solar loss. A lot of them said we used to learn the Quran 10 verses at the time.
And we would not go on to another 10 until we understood what we're in
the first 10
We understood it, and we try to apply it.
We were learning knowledge and application at the same time together.
That's how they learn the Quran.
And Allah gave them the success that he gave them. We are here as a result of their efforts.
inshallah, we can get back to understanding the Quran as they did, and be able to affect and benefit the generations to come.
As I mentioned it no claim had mentioned five principles.
There is not enough time for me to go into all of them.
But I will just briefly run over the other four points. I didn't know Am I mentioned? One is judging by it.
Judging by the
when we don't judge by the Quran, we have boycotted.
So in the various situations that we find ourselves today,
whether it is the boycott going on, now,
this boycott should be according to the court.
Does the Quran justify
Such a boycott? No, then it shouldn't be.
That is the way that we are supposed to deal with our affairs.
We have differences amongst us as the law said, for instance, atom fishing for doula law.
If you disagree about anything,
then take it back to Allah and His Messenger, taking you back to Allah means not that we sit and make dua, well, we can make this good too, but that we take it back to the Quran. We use the Quran to judge in our affairs, the right and the wrong
the third point mentioned by ignore Chi M was that we boycott the crime by ceasing to act on its message
as a lot of settings to have off here.
Well, Colorado, Colorado come with their own he asked him
he said, this is a province asylum.
But sorry, and I lost said,
call on me. And I will answer you.
Today, so much of the Muslim world calls on other than Allah.
Whether they be Imams,
or saints, or whatever angels, we have people Muslims in different parts of the world calling on other than a lot.
We're not acting according to the message of the crime. And we make excuses that no, we're making dua, but the prophet SAW Selim said da, da da, da, is worship.
Yes. If you call him a saint to help you, you are worshiping that saint.
point was by
refusing to listen to it. As the Quraysh didn't listen in the past.
Today, we don't listen. in other ways.
We will have more on playing in the house.
We'll have it playing in our cars. We are playing in many different places. But the Koran has become background music.
Just like the non Muslims, they will have their favorite
singers, whatever. They'll have that stuff playing in the background all the time, everywhere you go. Well, we have it playing in the background also.
women listen to it.
It's just background ambience.
And this is boycotting.
You might say, well, it's not a good thing in your car to have Korean playing instead of music. We are, it is. But it's still not what it should be.
Because before when you used to listen to music, that's how you used to use it. Now you're using crayon in the same way that maybe a step up, it's better than the music, but it's still not where it should be.
That's a you have that core an
Arabic with translation in your language again,
so that it takes on
more benefit, more meaning.
And the fifth point
is that we don't avail ourselves of its curative powers then. A law describes the Quran the Quran in surah facilite first 44 go Llewellyn Latina Armando amanu. udon was Shiva
say it is for those who believe the Quran for those who believe his guidance and the cure
guidance and the cure.
And there are a number of verses
on the luminol core Anima Shiva on Ramadan, Lil macmini
and I revealed from the Quran what is a cure mercy and mercy for the believers. So this cure
this idea of the Quran being a cure
is found in a number of different places in the Quran.
when we look at all the verses,
a clarification as to what was intended when Allah said
what she found on Lima fish, sure.
And a cure for what is in the hearts.
It is a spiritual cure.
like the drugs that we get from a drugstore.
You go to the pharmacy, you have a sickness.
The pharmacist gives you a certain medicine you take it you drink it and you get cured.
Now we do I have Muslims doing similar things. You have a sickness you come to the chef or the mall We are the Maulana and he writes in saffron on a dish. Some verses from the Quran he pours water and it gives it to you drink it
and we drink it
to say Where did this come from?
Is that what the core I'm speaking about?
water you can go now to Muslim stores
where they will sell Zamzam and then also sell water that check so and so blue on
the chef has bottles in front of him. He does all the bottles he besides some chronic blows.
Then he closes it back up and these bottles are you know his name is put on it blown on by chef so and so.
And we go into stores and we buy it depending how big the share is, you know it's more costly, right?
Is it something we can laugh at but you have Muslims believing in this very sincerely.
They have misunderstood
the cure of the Quran.
The Quran, the Quran is a spiritual Quran.
It's not a drugstore,
the main point
of the hook but today
was a reminder to reconnect
let us get back to the core, bring the core and into our lives in a meaningful way
that we read a little bit
and strive to understand a lot
that we make it the guidance that Allah said it was who then
I asked the last one to Allah to bring the call back into our lives, to forgive us for our negligence and our ignorance of the past.
And to keep us firmly on the path to understanding the Koran and to living our lives in accordance with it.
We asked the Lord to give us the guidance to spread this understanding to our children and our families. And to be a beginning point, like a ripple
in water, reaching far beyond our families, to the rest of the ummah. Because each and every one of us.
If we do something good, pleasing to Allah, it will have a domino effect. So I asked a lot to keep us firmly attached to the Quran
to keep our hearts
in love with the god
to keep our minds guided by the plan
and to keep our actions in accordance with the grant.
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