Ramadan 2023 Appeal
Science Of Hadeeth
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use of science as it is understood in the West today. And the use of science, as Islam proceeds, there will be a constant here. So this lab will be opposed to the use of science in this manner, spending billions to put a man on the moon, and you can and you have people starving to death from the earth, this would be considered, you know, sacrilege. From an Islamic point of view, it's sacrilegious.
It's denying the favours of God has given us.
Similarly, we find
in the western approach to science, that knowledge, for the sake of knowledge is something which has been, you know, you could say, indoctrinated. in the minds of young people growing up there, they've been indoctrinated with this
knowledge for the sake of knowledge.
This is, again, the idea this is part of this philosophy of divorcing knowledge, from morality, from religion, from society, knowledge for the sake of knowledge, whereas in Islam, knowledge is for the service of men.
It is as good as it can be applied. So you won't find Muslim scientists spending billions of dollars, you know, building huge machines to split subatomic particles so that they can find out how the universe began.
Once you find in the West, billions are being spent in Europe and America now to try to split the subatomic particles because they think they want to find out how the universe began.
What is that going to do for us today?
Assuming you will ever be able to find out how the university get that kind of inquiry, the spending of huge amounts of money for that kind of employment, this would be considered, as I said, religious
context. No, we study the sciences. We study the facts,
you search, but with the goal to serve men to improve the quality of his life.
This is the you could say the integration of science and Islam.
The philosophy and the science behind it, being that knowledge comes from God. It is a blessing which God has given men and men have a responsibility to use that knowledge according to the principles of religion,
according to the principles, which have been defined by God,
which has to do with the betterment of men in the service of God.
One of the products
of the materialist approach to science,
also, is that you have no end.
science now is in the service of mature interest. A scientist, he knows if he is able to produce a new theory
and new facts, this will bring him huge amounts of money and fame.
So you're falling from early times, way back in the 40s. And 50s, you had what's known as a Piltdown Man.
this was amongst anthropologists, when they're trying to find the missing link between men and the one scientist, he went to some
Tar Pits in England, he got some bones from a chimpanzee around the Tang, human bones, he filed them put some chemicals on them stay in them very limited in the city. carpets, then came along with another of his friends and discovered them. And from these few fragments, an individual was made call the Piltdown Man because put down the name of this place when they found it. And he was supposed to be in the missing link between the eighth and men. This was back in the 40s.
And this remains so accepted, you know, pictures of this guy, the color of his skin, the hair on his face, everything from these two bones.
This remains a scientific fact, until one scientists you know, in the late 60s,
decided to check you know, the carbon dating had developed and decided to check some of the materials of this drill down man and they found that in fact, it was a mother and chimpanzee and Ranga Tang and a few members.
So that was thrown out. tilt down man was no longer the missing link. So they went searching elsewhere.
And in recent times, you have, you know, the case of what they call cold fusion. Remember, in the states last year, you know, supposedly, some scientists have developed cold fusion, the ability to bring, you know, atoms together, releasing huge amounts of energy. At room temperature, normally, this is done very high temperature, they've done it, but it's done very high temperatures, to be able to do it at room temperature, you know, means you've discovered a source of energy, you know, which could replace Atomic Energy replace, all the existing systems that we use today.
Just for water.
discovery was all over the newspapers, everybody was having the thing that it was found out when they tried to repeat the experiment, that it was a mistake.
I just gave you a
an ancient example. In a recent example, there are many in between no and no end of them every year, you find scientists, doctoring their data, you know, changing the figures, you know, to produce results, which will gain them fame and money.
Because, as I said, science now has been separated from religion, a Muslim scientist,
would never consider that
the idea of falsifying data
to gain fame, that would be inconceivable.
So again, here, we look at the modern
view of science, the materialist science would say, yes, this is in conflict with Islam.
Islam would be totally opposed to this type of approach, materialistic, atheistic approach to utilization of science.
So in summary,
I would say that science, as we define it, in the beginning, being the knowledge, human knowledge universe, based on facts, and the relations between the facts.
This is in harmony with Islam.
Islam, accepts utilizes such a definition
for the service of men.
In the basis of Islamic understanding,
Unitarian concept of God, which is so pure in Islam, it provides a rational, reasonable basis for scientists to
go out and seek the understanding of the universe. For the service of men, it does not have fundamental concepts which may be classified as irrational
as we found in Christianity, which the imposition of which led to the arrival of the dark ages in Europe.
And for us, ultimately, a reaction
which led to what is now known as modern atheism,
where, from an Islamic point of view,
the history or the history of Islam, and its relationship to science has been one of harmony. Science has been promoted, scientists were elevated, looked at in honor in the society
from its beginning.
however, due to the process of colonization, and the
moving of the masses of Muslims away
from the teachings of Islam,
they have fallen behind
and are no longer the leaders in the fields of science, except though you may find particular individuals in various fields around the world, you know, leading scholars, but as a whole, science is not
has not maintained its status amongst the Muslim world as it did in the past. And
this has to do not to the fact that Islam is opposed to science, but that Muslims have moved away from the application of Islam correctly in their lives, so as to provide the kind of impetus for science to play a meaningful and a leading role, along with revelation in the lives of humanity.
presentation, we wanted to keep reasonable, reasonably short. So that
you would have an opportunity to express your questions, those which are written we will answer or most people would like to nearly to raise their hands in question are also welcome to raise your hand and question there is, please do understand there is much more that can be said on this topic. I mean, I am just trying to touch on some of the major points.
And I hope that it has been of some benefit to you all.
Brother grant, it was really a fruitful lecture, very much enjoyed it.
We've got few questions in here actually, the traditional question that you must have answered many times, how did you become a Muslim naturally,
when I saw this one was you want to keep it up? And after we finished the
questions about the same topic, but I prefer to deal with the questions concerning the topic. If there's time at the end, you know, to go into that
very long run actually in here. And it says
to Mr. Brown, fellas, please make comments on this. What is the stance of Islam or your stance on The Big Bang Theory, which has been gaining recognition all the scientific community
the The Big Bang Theory, you know, which proposes that
of the matter of universal universe was, at one point concentrated at a particular point in space, and time. And
from that point, exploded outward. And this is the reason for the movement of the stars that we observe now, etc.
does not contradict
understanding, because it doesn't really deal with the origin of things anyway.
Because even when we get to the point of, you know, the concentration of the mass of the universe in a particular point,
we still have the question, Where does this massive universe come from?
Now, those scientists who propose the Big Bang Theory, all that matter was eternal. It had no beginning. Well, then, of course, we are both left. Islam does not accept that.
Many other scientists will say, we don't deal in the beginnings. We're just dealing with this point in time.
Well, it's not what Bill Gates you go from that point in time, this concept is not in contradiction to Islamic understanding.
The second one is the the there's a cushion on the issue that mankind didn't come from a single Adam and Eve, assuming Adam and Eve, were Middle Eastern. They could be the great great grandparents of
prison, Arabs and Jews. How about the Africans, the Europeans and Asians.
As a matter of fact, a man and woman of the pygmy type of Africa cannot be a child or children of children with so skinny and blonde, and with
blonde, then one here, and with a dose of a common
knowledge of Europe, and vice versa, you know, the head of
man and a woman. Okay.
The issue of Adam and Eve, being the first man
is something which we believe based on revelation. According to Islam, Islam teaches that the first man woman created for Adam and Eve that man did not evolve from a an earlier life form.
It believes in general in what we call special creation,
that each species was created in and of itself. There may be development within that species
variation in that species, but not that one species becomes another species.
As you find for example, gorillas you find many different types of gorillas
Depending on where you go in the world, you have many different types of monkeys, chimpanzees, etc. And you have many different types of human beings.
This is the facts,
how you put these facts together,
the scientific community,
they like to string the fact that
chimpanzees became gorillas who became human beings, or gorillas became chimpanzees, or became human beings.
Whereas, another look at the fact that
gorillas evolved, our rows were created as gorillas,
chimpanzees, chimpanzees, and human beings as human beings.
So it's a question of how you interpret the fact
the fact that there is a variety amongst mankind today,
cannot produce the variation which exists in mankind.
That is to say,
no matter how many male and female Filipinos you marry, you're not going to produce an applicant
are no matter how many
Indians are made back and forth, you're not going to produce a Filipino
or personally be typically considered a Filipino.
This does not
the fact that the genes for the production of the Filipino, of the African and the Indian and the European existed within other
we have seen, we know historically, that if you isolate the people,
then common genes will circulate amongst them, and they will tend to look alike in that particular area.
So when you breed them, they will produce people who look like themselves. But that doesn't mean that they do not have genes in them, which may produce other features. But it's just that these have now become common.
So from an Islamic point of view, there is no problem scientifically, in accepting that Adam and Eve had the genes that produced a variety of diseases and mankind, from their children, they had children of all types, and the children's children, the vets are separate, separate in different parts of the world, and in settling and intermarrying amongst themselves in different parts, certain features became common, there's no problem.
So we do not look at the
existence of Adam and Eve, being the beginnings of mankind as being
in any way contradictory scientifically or to Islamic thought. Furthermore,
the idea that Adam and Eve were Middle Eastern, nobody says, There is no place in the Quran
or in the teachings of the Prophet, a lot of reasons as to the abundance, which says that Adam and Eve were Middle Eastern. So that assumption is incorrect in and of itself.
If you're blaming us spending billions of dollars to go to the moon, what's the difference between them and Muslims consuming billions of energy that is life and oil,
increasing the price of oil, while the third world is suffering from these causes?
When we were talking about was the use of science
the squandering of resources? This is not a this is not something peculiar to the west.
You know, the squandering of resources exists all around the world. And
Muslims are no exception. But what does Islam say about squandering resources? Islam prohibits it. It stays very clear in the blind in the arena can we want to share our being or chemistry fundamental pika food on the go, those who squander expensive just wonder, well, they're the gravamen of the devil.
And the devil was a disbeliever in his Lord. So we're
Wherever you find Muslims squandering wealth,
you have found people who have strayed away from Islam. And as I say, I say that it's one of the reasons why Muslims are in the state today, they have strayed away from applying the principles of Islam, as they're taught by the prophet, Muhammad, a lot of peace and blessings be upon him. So, of course, I in no way would justify the squandering of
resources as to the increasing amount of prices. You know, this is something which has to do with international politics of survival.
Oil prices, though, we may say, or it may appear to us as oil prices are controlled by the Arabs, you know, they're the ones who got the oil and they're controlling it. In fact, all prices are controlled by the oil companies, most of which are not in the hands of
when we had the embargo, you know, back in the 70s, where oil was used
as a weapon to try to force the west to
comply with certain
political necessities of the time, and also to demand some of the rights which was used for those who are producing the oil. The Western oil companies made huge profits, sure, the public they suffered, they had to pay more and everything, like all companies that were supplying oil, their profits increased during that period of time.
So, when you go to look at the realities, you will find that
the issue of
starving the third world about oil etc, it goes far beyond the oil producers.
And it actually falls into the lap of those who control the distribution of oil and the oil prices in the world.
on a practical level
operates on a certain level, but there are levels which are above
these compare the modern concept of arbitrary movements of heavenly budgets, plans themselves. And the stated No,
no, actually, this question, I mean, this is some of the areas that you know, I didn't go into in the lecture for the purpose of you know, keeping it shorter and giving those people who have particular questions that they would like to raise you know,
but just to just as a briefly You know, there are there are references in the Quran. So, the moon and the sun, traveling in orbit
and traveling in space.
And this has been found in recent times,
the movement of the sun, because it was vividly thought that the sun was stationary. You know, from the time of Coronavirus onwards, it was believed as a Sunday stationery. However, it is now believed, according to scientists that the sun does move in and orbits within the galaxy. And that the galaxy as a whole is moving in space. So it has both its rotates on its own axis once it moves in an orbit within the galaxy. And it is as a totality moving in space. And they've even calculated. I mean, this is science, modern philosophical science, calculated the point in time, where the sudden movements will end. It's time coming to an end. There's reference in the plan to the sun,
moving to a point in place, and time.
If anybody has any questions like they would like to raise in terms of putting their hands up, especially,
I'd like to hear from our non Muslim
brothers in humanity who are here with us here, you know, I see some faces. We'll talk about a lot of different things here. I would really like to hear from some of them. These questions I can see are all from Muslims. You know, and I'd really like to hear something from our non Muslim brothers and try to see if there's anybody who has any questions
in relation to the topic
okay, Islam has certain very clear fundamental principles, which are universal applied in every society. But there is an aspect which has to do with social and cultural norms, which are allowed, as long as they don't conflict with the basic principles. So when you go around the Muslim world, from Philippines, to India, to Africa, South and North to Arabia, you will find a variety Indonesia, Malaysia, you'll find a variety of cultural practices,
which are not in conflict with Islam and which are perfectly acceptable.
But when these cultural practices conflicts with Islam in the sense that they involve either paganistic, rites and rituals,
Islam will primitive what Islam says is a basic framework, which allows variation within the framework, as long as it doesn't affect the framework itself.
You know, it's like this lamp provides, like the structure of this building, but how you set the glasses, and you know what type of tiling you use for the floor, and whether you use aluminum doors or wooden doors, that's up to you. So that would be like the cultural differences. But just the overall structure, you know, designed by the architect that is like the structure of Islam designed by a lawyer, who knows man and event needs. So he has designed for us a structure within which we can make our variations.
What is acceptable and what is not acceptable.
The ultimate arbitrator is the Koran, which is the word of God. believed by Muslims and the Sunnah, or the explanation given by the prophet Muhammad, for the application of the Quran, he demonstrated, he explained to us the meanings of the Quran and how it should be applied. So it's on the basis of what they call this, the Quran and the Sunnah, or the way of the Prophet, which is the arbitrator for what is acceptable amongst cultural variations and what is not. It is one of the major differences between, for example, Islam and Christianity, in that in Christianity, you have we have the Bible, however, there is no Sunnah, the way of Jesus is not an arbitrator.
People are not obliged to follow the way of Jesus, only the Bible, what is in the gospels is enough, but the way of Jesus, for example, Jesus did not eat pork,
that was his way. But Christians people
well, you know, amongst human beings, tolerance may vary from person to person, you know, if you are from another culture and you come into this particular culture and your way is different, you know, there are those people who are more educated and more, you know, worldwide have traveled, they're more able to accept your variation than the common person was used to seeing things only one way. So, you may find these kinds of variations amongst people, but ultimately, you know, as I said, the criteria is the Quran and the Sunnah. So a person has the right to demo,
wherever he goes, if a person questions, you know, why are you doing this? You know, this is not the way you say, Okay, can you show me where it goes against the commandments of the Quran and the Sunnah, if he cannot show you that you say you must accept it as reasonably finished.
And that ends the argument. But you see the unifying factor, for example, the method of prayer for an RV. This is something wherever you go to do this. No, we don't allow variations on
allowed here, because for example, if the Chinese you know, you got about 40 50 million Muslims in China, if they decided to make the calls to prayer in Chinese, and they led the prayer in Chinese and Western visiting that lamp would never know that prayer was going on. Or if you happen to come across a mosque and join the prayer, he wouldn't know what the man was saying he wouldn't know what to do with it being Arabic, wherever we go in the world, and Muslim, no matter what country he comes from, he can join the prayer, you can find out where the prayer is, when it is and be a part of it. So that is that common bond. Whereas how he dresses the Chinese was dressing prepare, he may use a
different style different colors, you know, whereas the first one the Middle East, he may use a different style different colors. This is up to them, you know? And if a Middle Eastern or central Chinese notice, why don't you wear clothes, like what we're wearing, he has a right to say is what I'm wearing against the crown in the sun.
This spray budget in the Quran and the Sunnah, he says know what,
I prefer to live with our finish.
There's a mixture between the customs, and it actually and Islamic
teachings, actually, people are mixing between the
things that's living in here, actually, we live in America, in general, they have to adhere to the customs or the people.
Well, you know, in a sense,
for ease in dealing with people
adhering to some degree to their customs, you know, makes life easier.
Right? We're the customs become a problem. You know, then you have to judge, you know, can I deal with this? Or can I not, you know, but you're not required?
The custom Sir, there are some things here in Arabia, for example, which are
particular to the Saudi Arabians. If you go into Syria, the Syrian men do it a different way. It goes to Pakistan, the taxpayers will do it a different way. You know, these are the questions when you're there, in Pakistan and Syria or in Arabia, for ease of dealing with people, you may want to conform to some degree to their customers, this is an option that you have. And it just makes life easier if you have to deal with them on a day to day basis. But surely, Islam does not require you to do so. You know, and especially if there are customs, which are, you know, in no way connected with the Islamic teachings, definitely, you are not required to.
Okay. And it's very important actually, in dealing with people, you know, those of you who are not Muslim, you're living amongst Muslims, you will find these variations. You know, a Pakistani might deal with you in one way, and it shouldn't deals with another way. So how would you deal do the other way, Sudanese view and another way? You wonder, Well, what is the way? Is one of these ways Islam or all of them Islam? Well, you know, what you can do is to seek to understand the basis of it, the one which, which agrees with the Quran and the Sunnah, that is Islam. The ones which go against is against Islam. And the ones which don't go against
or those of you agree with, you know, they're just in between neutral, then you can take them on evil, and they're quite okay. No problem.
Any other questions? Tomorrow?
non Muslim brothers.
Thank you, brother, son. We should be wrapping up. Wrapping up right now.
We actually have some freshmen in here. And I think that's really unsettling each time someone has these sorts of assertion of cushion or something like that,
I think is very much welcome. Okay, actually, just before you close, there's one question, which is asked here, you know, is Islam democratic? Or does it accept democracy? You know, or not. And this is a point, which I think it's good to understand that Islam, in fact,
does not accept democratic democracy as it is understood, you know, coming out of Greek and understood in the West today, because what the democracy says is that whatever the majority of the people agree on, becomes law becomes correct. And whatever they disagree on becomes incorrect.
So, values can change.
You know what was right today can become wrong tomorrow. Whereas Islam recognizes certain things as being right for all time. Because the basis of Islam is revelation from God. things which are right have been defined, things which are wrong have been defined, these things are unchangeable. So there is no way that the masses of the people can come together and decide, well, no, we're no longer gonna accept this as being right, or we're no longer gonna consider this thing to be wrong, no way. So to that degree, there is no democracy,
that what the role of the people may have, in any difference,
place or time is an ability to come together on a consultative basis a call Sure, you know, where representatives of the people will make suggestions as to the application of the law, not in to the rightness or wrongness of the law.
The law when the law is being applied, it may be applied in a gradual fashion, or it may be applied in may have certain implications may be applied in one way or another way this the people may express, you know, that much of democracy comes out here, and what is suited to their time and their place. But the rightness or wrongness of the law can never be changed. And the duty of government is only to oversee the application of the law for the people. And this is why for example, you will find that the issue of alcohol, for example, the prohibition of alcohol, in a Muslim country, say for example, here, it is something which is accepted by the masses of the people. So, the law that
alcohol is prohibited is something followed by the masses of the people, it's not to say there aren't people for sure, some of them may have nothing to say, there are some because no matter what laws you set up, there will always be those who will try to make it okay. Now, but in general, the society as a whole has accepted that alcohol is prohibited. So the law of prohibition of alcohol functions in this society without any problems. Whereas in America, for example, there was a period of time when the leaders of the country, you know, in looking at the problems that existed produced by alcohol decided to ban alcohol, the period is both good, efficient, alcoholic is prohibited in
America. But because the masses of the people did not accept this law, they looked at it as something introduced by certain people in powerful positions for their own personal interest.
They rejected it and, you know, they produce on their own and, you know, a booming business in what they call moonshine, you know, illegal alcohol develops, and eventually the impetus or the the society as a whole force those laws to be repealed.
In spite of the fact that we see all the harm which comes from alcohol, how many millions of people you know, died, died over the years, from alcohol related diseases, accidents, cetera, et cetera? Yes, it cannot be banned there. Because of the fact that
democracy, the choice of the people, is the determining factor between what is right and wrong.
So homosexuality, for example, which is clearly condemned in the Bible,
penalty of death in the Bible, which was accepted at one time. Now, it's a crime for you to accuse somebody of, you know, being a homosexual or denying a job because the homosexual non homosexuals have rights to defend themselves. They have their own churches, they have their own representatives, you know, and they're, you know, clamoring more and more for their rights.
Because it's a democracy. So what was wrong so many years ago, according to Revelation, because revelation now, religion has been separated from the state
becomes right today.
in the last message
I would like to talk about
Have one statement
loving the Messenger of Allah
dancing and singing
if you love along
then follow me
is contingent on salary,
and the level of the profits are
contingent on salary.
Because if we say that we're not the Prophet is
that you're doing what he told us not to be.
You're inventing all kinds of practices and things which you've never instructed us to do.
He has already told us not to share
our medical news and I didn't even finish processing along except that I told you to do it. And I was ready said 1600 years ago on your Mac makes you the convener today are completely singing their religion.
How can you love Allah and love the Messenger of Allah
this is a love
it may be very emotional, because of course they're involved in celebrating the
Hello, how can we deny the windows
in celebration def festival.
certainly foundation of love.
Love of Allah, loving the Messenger of Allah Allah.
This is the foundation of our
to follow him. Follow him in the external app if he has instructed us to do
your external aspects of this video.
As you saw me,
take for me your rites of passage.
On one hand, you should comply with the letter of the law.
And then the other
one should also take some
of that law
understood us to be together.
So we have to do
not only externally but internally.
We practice the cinema we live in the cinema, lot of the stuff of which ritual that we go through motions of
that as a way of life