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offers due to a lot of me a lot of Peace and blessings. last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam, and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
The Imam today spoke about
what the law has destined
in introducing the topic
of the destiny of the Muslim Ummah,
and particularly in religion in relationship, to relate this
series of events which has happened in Kuwait, etc.
by stating that
commanded us and forbidden from doing certain things
based on wisdom,
the commandments of God, what we know is the Sharia
a series of four ambitions and commandments, which have no real purpose behind it, other than, you know,
trying us or testing us and putting us in certain difficulties in our lives.
What Allah has commanded,
has an added benefit.
is harmful to us.
And what is destined for us,
ultimately is for our benefit,
if we're able
to take lessons from it, learn and
He pointed out
that faith in
what is known as other or fate or destiny, this is one of the pillars of Eman
which, if a Muslim
in spite of the fact that he made
three tracks, gives the car has legs has, etc, if he rejects, does not accept
the cause of the destiny that Allah has destined
to the lives of men, the universe, then this takes him outside of Islam.
he went on to forge a series of verses from crime
in which a law
points out that whatever good comes to you, it is from a law
and whatever evil befalls you is a result
of what your own hands have wrought your own errors.
And he pointed out that
the peace and the
economic well being
is a blessing from Allah.
For those who command good and evil,
but those who do not,
it will not last you them.
Islam teaches that whatever difficulties calamities we find in life
as Muslims, this will be a result of
our disobedience to the commandments of God.
in the case of those who disobey God, yes,
we find them living in luxury and enjoying what appears to be free of
we could call
No law says in the plan, they plot
and we plot the lies the best of pluses. Of course, when we use the term flock in the case of men, you know, this is, you know men trying to get over to, to successfully do something wrong.
In the case of a law, this is not looked at in the same light. What it is, is that a law will punish them, but he will allow the punishment to take its own a particular course, the Lords who choose evil,
Allah may give them success in this life,
which will confirm to them that the evil choices they have made are the best choices.
And so they die in that state and end up in hell.
Rather alive, put them in hell.
I mean, forced them into hell, but because of their constant choosing of evil, because some people may choose evil and then a lot, you know, puts a calamity on them. And this is a blessing. For one who is involved in evil
is sinful and a calamity befalls them.
This is a blessing to wake them up to what they're doing, they can change their path, and inshallah Ghana, a lot of pleasure
for those who have constantly rejected
when a law
makes the path of evil, easy and pleasurable for them.
So, they become so fixed in that path,
that good loses meaning to them, good is for the foolish.
And they end up in that state, they die in that state, and goes to hell, as a basis of results results.
he repeated, you know, this idea, throughout his speech, that
the calamities of the Earth
has to be looked at, as being a result of evil that is being done. You know, it is it is a tendency, today, for people to look to the material causes of things, you know, our earthquake took place, because there was a shifting of the plates, you know, the geographical plates, which cover the core of the Earth where these plates when they shifted caused an earthquake. So, you know, those 50,000 people died in Iran, this was the result of the shifting of the plates, I mean, always they will go back to identify the serial causes behind
religious instructions with the profits of rats with AIDS, for example, you know, the homosexuals and those involved in this
sickness, this plague,
they have gone to great lengths to force the church,
the Christian church, to say that this is not a punishment from God.
So, you will find Christian leaders, you know, the Pope, right on down, saying that this is not a Christian God.
But, as Muslims, Islam teaches that this is encouraged,
and it is a result of what the people are doing. Because when you look at the statistics of AIDS, you see that it it devastates the countries that are the most promiscuous.
I mean, Thailand right now is a big focal points, when they found, you know, some huge percentage 3040 percentage of the males in Thailand have come in contact with this.
the HIV virus, some huge percentage segments.
Thailand is, you know, the poorhouse of the world.
The reality from the time of, you know, the Vietnam War, when the Americans that displaced up was a you know, r&r stuff.
capital sin capital of the world.
So you have a huge proportion of the society in are involved in prostitution, pimps, etc. And so the I mean, they're expecting that place to explode with AIDS.
similarly when we look at America we see that the age is, is concentrated amongst the homosexuals. Sure, there are some people who are not involved in homosexuality or anything who are getting caught because of blood transfusions. But the majority of people are people who are either homosexuals or those involved in sex outside of marriage. That's it. So when they go to the countries where Islam is the strongest case is coming in there because of course, there are corrupt people there too. But it is a minimum, when they give all the countries with all the big statistics, you don't find any Muslim country amongst them.
And they have shown them in places like for example, in Africa, they've shown the countries where they've made listings for countries where Islam, most people are Muslim, you don't find you know, the numbers are very small, where the people are, you know, animals, Christians, etc. The numbers are high. I mean, there's a there's a direct relationship.
And this is one of the
signs which have been mentioned in some of the IDs that you know, when corruption will spread, that there will appear diseases which are known before, the mom had mentioned this in earlier flippers. So we as Muslims, when we look at any of the calamities that we face, whether it's in the form of diseases, or in the form of, you know, earthquakes, etc, we have to recognize that this is a result of the disobedience of the oma, the turning away of the oma from obeying the commandments of God.
what we find is that the problem has not settled them,
on two occasions with recorded to have asked the law to protect his oma this nation from being punished in certain ways.
On one occasion, he asked for protection from being punished by drowning, as happened in the case of the people of Pharaoh.
The plague or we all seen the time of North South profit law where there are various you know, all the people who are not followers drowned,
also by plague, which would be like example of AIDS, etc.
by infighting, self destruction, where the people split up into groups and end up killing themselves, a lot,
gave him his first two requests in that the oma will not be destroyed by drowning, or by plague.
The third, he did not.
On another occasion, he asked
that they not be destroyed in the way of the early nation, you know, by what they call, you know, like the case of lots of people where they were destroyed by, you know,
and in other occasions where they were destroyed by earthquakes, etc. So he asked that they not be destroyed in this fashion. Allah
gave him this request. He also asked you to not be destroyed by an external enemy,
that an external enemy was coming, wipe them out.
And he gave him
but when he asked, Did they not be destroyed, again by infighting? He did not.
This would be the trial. This is the way that the law punishes the believers,
that they would be
splitting up into groups, when they go away from the past and
harm each other Muslims would be
And this is what we have seen. When we look to the history of the Muslim nation from the time of the problems that we see the Muslim nations various, various places being destroyed from within.
In the case of Spain, for example, where Muslims took Spain and we're going into France, taking over the whole area there, people were liberated, very happy, but when they settled down, their prejudices
became surface and they did not
divide up the country equally, those people who are coming to fight from North Africa, etc, were given the workplaces on the mountaintops. And in fact, this world, those days of the Arabs would come from in Arabia and then come across and robbing the day took the best lives for themselves, their descendants.
And so they were jealousies. And they ended up starting haggling and wrangling amongst each other. And then when the Christians finally got some armies together to come back and fight, those who had been given a bum deal, they joined up with the Christians to fight against the rest of the Muslims, as all Muslims were driven out,
because other Muslim supported them, given the case, for example, the Sudan, where you had Mohammed Ahmed, and defeated, you know, the British forces driven them out of Sudan. His forces were eventually defeated by
an army of Egyptian, and Sudanese that came back led by British commander, but the vast majority of people were fighting words,
Sudanese, and Egyptians, Muslims coming back to fight, kill and destroy Islamic movements.
Similarly, when you go around the world, you know, in the case of what is happening to Muslims, versus we see this pattern repeating itself, time and time again. And this is what the Imam is pointing to, in the case of Kuwait, Iraq,
Iran, I mean, what is happening today, the situation that we're we're in, is because of people turning away from the teachings of Islam. So then the
through these materialistic, destructive desires, and emotions,
when not kept within the fold of Islam, become a means of turning Muslims and Muslims.
So a closed off the first part of the football, you know, asking that a law
help us to learn
from the lessons
that are there, in what is happening to us.
And that you give us the courage
to return to the practices of the religion.
In the second part of the football,
he concentrated on
a particular state which exists right now,
where there are a number of refugees, Kuwaiti refugees that have come here,
you mentioned people, you know, who are millionaires in their own country are coming here, you know, with hardly the clothes on their back in a state of utter, you know, desperation and
degradation, numbers and numbers of them have come on BBC, they mentioned that they were driving out in their Mercedes, and they're, you know, whatever else is driving out, but they're driving out with what's on their back, and you can only get so far and you ended up, you know, with nothing. So there are many, many of them, who are quite wealthy in their own countries are coming here in
despair, and poor, dirt poor.
I mean, he said, you know, that the women didn't even have, you know, enough to cover themselves in terms of covering the hour? Of course, likely these are women who are not covering their hour there. So they ran out with whatever they had, you know, well, not, inshallah, it's not the case of all of them. But, you know, we know that the equation has become very loose. In the sense of covering if you watch an equation television programs, you see, you know, they don't really cover themselves very much very properly.
So, this is a situation and so, he requested the people to give sadaqa by 14 a day to a proper Salaam said that, you know, certain
blocks 70 different
channels through which
evil can come upon people by giving sadaqa You know, this prevents 70 not that it's progressing all the ways, but 70 different ways a number of different ways are present, prevented evil can be prevented from the following you by saga.
encouraged people to not only give money
but even suffering
clothes, food makers like when the gathering for Afghanistan, you know, you talk to anything, clothes, food, you know, for these
four qualities that have found themselves in the situation.
But of course, you know, the main things was to learn is that here are people who, you know, a few moments ago were among the richest people in the world
you know, when the highest per capita incomes on the richest countries in the world per capita income, these people are now here begging for the basic necessities of life,
how the situation
I want us to look back into the country to see what happened to them.
And then hear the country for example, that even the very movement which changed this country, what they call the Wahhabi movement, in the in the second phase of it, it came out of points, the creators were the ones who helped and in given the support to go and make this movement
which changed this society to a large degree.
But their society became open,
wherein you could find you could go and hotels, they were serving alcohol, you know, I mean, the corruption
which should not have been allowed.
a law has finished
the reality. And we should see this as a lessons for us in our own personal life. And no matter how good things may appear to be going,
the situation can change drastically.
Via laws, Destiny, it can change drastically.
So we need to do as many of the things which will ensure a lot of pleasure and give us success in both this life and the next life.
That's basically the summary of the clipper. If anybody would like to add any comments, no from
the football, you know, what happened in the football?
If I missed any points, you'd like to add anything
or anybody likes to make any general comments
come in on the situation
found in the authentic tradition, I think
there was no
Some think companions that had mentioned to him that the Persians and
put a woman is the ruler of the ruler and he had said that
when he was horrible, yes, it said that a people will not succeed who make a woman, their leader.
This is a general statement talking in reference to
non Muslims. But this
goes beyond that in
general payment is made
on the basis of that Islamic scholarship calls that leadership should not be put in the hands of women.
Not that they cannot be in any decision making positions, but not in the final decision making positions which will make you know, which can affect society, you know, country community.
The situation we're looking at right now.
basically, you know, covers what the issues are. When you look into
You find a country where
As long as their name
but the fact is that
Islam is oppressed in the country, the Muslims, those who are sincere about Islam are oppressed in the country. So you have, you know, a socialist
leadership socialist type leadership, which uses Islam as a cover of convenience.
A mixture of maybe 60%, Shiites, 40%, Sunni.
A situation which, you know, just islamically is not, you know, a healthy
situation at all. And they just finished
doing battle with Iran, you know, she is
80% She is a country,
didn't have anything to do with Islam was merely a question of
power, brokerage, you know, struggling of, of political
these forces were supported.
You know, it's like, you see the lion, you know, a wild animal, you're feeding him, making him bigger and stronger. And then you're surprised that he's turning around after you stop feeding him to come and bite you.
I mean, this is, this is this is like this kind of situation. I mean, it's just the inevitable, really.
So, this is what
a dangerous a monster was created during the war, and is not going to stop until it is satisfied that there
is a strike.
And it is a lie is using it to the same time to punish others, you know, other Muslims. And this is a sign, you know, for others to reflect
mean, there are two traditions, basically one which says that, you know, there should not
exist, or coexist, you know, two religions on the peninsula, right?
Yes, that one, just in other words, it's just Islam. Islam alone should be here. And then another one with tragic death, he had said, you know, to remove
the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula.
So they're not supposed to be there. And the service here, of course, is that, you know, been bad. They mean, and, you know, all the big scholars, they mentioned it from time to time in their socks. These are this is the way they're supposed to be. They're not supposed to be on the Arabic peninsula at all, including Kuwait, all the other countries, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, they're not supposed to be here.
I mean, of course, for us, we think we talked about this before, you know, for us, those of us who became Muslims from being here, you know, if if they were,
if we weren't, we weren't allowed to come here and find out about Islam, then, you know, what would have happened to us, right? But the reality is that we can't look in that light. Because if this had remained an Islamic
peninsula as promised that Salam had commanded and it has truly been Islamic, then it would have supported and helped the development of Islam in the Philippines in such a way that you would find out about it in the Philippines with without having to come here.
So we can say, you know, if the reality is that circumstances allowed and you got here and you found out about it,
but in terms of what should have been and whether there was an error or an error has taken place, yes, an error has taken place.
It is a mistake.
situations like this. I know I'm asking a lot of questions. I don't know I have a lot of questions.
situations like this,
with some of the statements the Prophet Muhammad
has made, also given remedy, when we rise to a situation like
the MR mentioned the issue of such
You know, this is a, this is one in particular.
Also, you know, the idea of commanding the good and forbidding the evil. And this is in both requirements.
These are all means of remedying the situation, and no going back to the crime, as soon as I mean, these are the fundamental principles that that has to be
taken on by the Muslim Ummah, to change the situation.
And this involves, of course,
establishing the correct leadership, because the leadership as the man was praying, you know, in terms of the leadership, I mean, that affects the nation, because the leadership is corrupted, not following the principles and the nation will be affected. So, then the nation has to
as leaders, those who are the most
suitable, and the process element predicted that among the signs of the last day is that the people will be ruled by the worst among them,
the worst of the people will become their rules.
So, I mean, these are among the methods, which can be used to change the situation. But ultimately, I mean, it comes down to the individual, you and I are not in a position to change the position,
no, not in a position to command the good and prohibit the evil, you know, on a societal level,
then, I mean, you really have to come down to yourself, and deal with what you can, within your own circumstance.
What good you can command around you, you come out what evil you can prove it, you prove it,
you try to improve and do the best that you can within the sphere of influence that you can and encourage others to do the same.
a law willing, if more and more people do take that approach, eventually, that can become a sufficient movement within the society that can change the overall society
came to this area
with the situation
going into the precinct?
it's a very difficult situation,
in the name
of the people on a mission
is to establish laws.
Words, as the rule on there, or in any given area that you fight
without has to be the intent.
And as long as that is your intent, wherever there's a circumstance where you can fight for that intense, then it becomes a Jihad for you.
mean people might declare it,
you know, on a political level, that we are now fighting jihad, but in fact, it is not.
Because it is, as I said, something for a nation or a tribe or people.
But a lot of judges, the individual based on his intent.
Right, not necessarily the circumstance that he ends up in. That's why we can say as though we're in looking at the the Intifada,
or you know what's going on in Palestine, the Palestinian Liberation struggle.
The name under which it is being fought, is not Islamic.
The movement as a whole is not Islamic, but there are people in there fighting jihad.
So, this is what you know, this is the principle under which you know, we fought we work
can you come back
There was a brother who mentioned to me recently that in situations that seem
to have a bad
Foundation, some are bad. Seems like a no win situation for the Muslim lock and turn the situation around to do
something good. Can you give us an example?
That would relate to something where Muslims were in danger seemed like
imminent destruction for society?
Or even in that area, turn it around. And so if anything,
comes immediately to mind, I don't want to make her debut.
For sure, if one goes through the history, this data reflects some different struggles that we face. South and I'm sure they're in this situation has repeated itself
time and time again.
Okay, there are no other questions
We ask a lot
to help us to return to religion, to take lessons from whatever trials calamity that we received befalling others, as well as ourselves.
And that we continue to seek the knowledge of Islam and put it into practice in our lives, to call others to the religion of Islam, whenever we are given opportunities to do so.
I hope to see you all next
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it is considered incorrect
to speculate or to try to identify this tree.
You know, some people will want to say it was opium, opium.
Some people want to say that this tree was symbolic of sex, this is what they commonly do in Christianity.
however, in Islam, the tree was not identified.
And we have no authority to do so.
Because this is how we approach the
interpretation of the Koran.
In that we do not really interpret the crime with our minds,
without having foundation in other texts of the crime or in the Sunnah of the Prophet.
Because it is the free interpretation, without reliance on the context of the Quran and Sunnah, which is the basis of deviation,
which took place in the earlier messages sent to the prophets, and which has taken place to some degree in the final message of Islam, over the centuries that have passed since the time of the Prophet Mohammed Salah.
So, when we approach the interpretation,
we first approach it from a point of view of the contextual interpretation within the context of the crime, we take the verses and we look at them within the context of the crime. So where, for example, a lot says in the crime
that he commanded the angels to bow and all of them bow except for English.
Now, this verse occurs in a number of places in the Quran.
And some people taking this verse by itself, have concluded that it was an angel
who disobeyed a law
because in English
if you say
The angels were commanded to bow and they all bow except it leaves.
There is an implication there that he believes was an angel.
However, within the context of the Quran, you have another verse of the Quran where I like we're in the law says that if leaves can emit Elgin, he was from among the jinn.
And when a law questions at least elsewhere in the crime as to why he didn't bow, he said, because I am superior to other
and that isn't him, you made me from fire, and you made him from clay. And Allah says in the Koran, that he created the jinn from fire. So by taking the other verses, we are now getting a clearer picture as to who in police work, but by taking just those seven verses, which refer to him within the context of the angels, you could be misguided and people have taken that and gone into huge interpretations.
But the Islamic approach is that you have to look at it within the context of the class. And then you must look at it within the context of the Sunnah. Because, you know, Allah says laquan Kwanzaa in a country karate little biennially nurseryman was Delilah him speranza salami said, We are revealed to you the reminders, in order that you may read, explain to the people that which was revealed for them, for the plan was revealed for the benefit of the people. But it was for the Prophet Muhammad Salah to explain to the people that which was revealed, for them, it was his duty. So we have to look then in the Sunnah, to find out what the departments are saying in this regard.
And we find that he says that Allah created
the angels from lights, and the gin from fire.
And men from clay, because why it was necessary to go here because some people might argue, well, you know, we're allies doesn't define that
it bleeds believes was a virgin, it may mean that really the angels and the jinn were made from fire,
and that the disobedient angels are called the jinn.
You understand? So I'm saying, again, if a person is just going according to their mind, like if you have a preconceived idea, because in Christianity, they teach that Satan was a fallen angel. So now if you have this preconceived idea, and are you wanting to try to find, you know, an interpretation for it within the fire, you can manipulate the verses to support this, this is why I think you must go to the cinema, because in the sooner Enza finish, he said the angels were made from light and the jinn from fire. So they were made of two different origins. So therefore, one cannot argue that the police was originally an angel, and by his disobedience, he became of the jinn. No,
he was a different from a different origin of creation, that the angels, he was a jinn from the beginning. Okay, so this is the Islamic approach, you know, furthermore, you know, we look, in our interpretation, Swan descending on the vine, we also look to what the companions of the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam have said, concerning the circumstances under which the verses were revealed. Because if again, we look into the Quran, and we look at the verses concerning
we say the verses concerning
We have two verses, one verse, wherein it says that, you know, if a woman commits fornication, that she should be locked in her home until
a law has decided in her case.
And then another verse, we see where a law says that if a male or female commit fornication they should be last 100 lashes
Okay, actually, the term used in Arabic includes both fornication and adultery. So,
one may argue, using the mind alone, that the punishment for adultery is under lashes.
Or one may also say that maybe in the early stages of Islam, the punishment
Was 100 lashes, but then later on, it was lightened right, you know as proper Jesus came and some of the punishments which were there in Mosaic Law were reduced.
You know, some of the, the the, the strictness of the law was reviewed was reduced as happened in the case of Islam also, for example, in the case of the eating of the camel, you can have the camel was forbidden for the Jews. But there was a relaxation of that law with the coming of Prophet Muhammad wa sallam. And in in recognition of the earlier law, one which camels meat has to make Google.
And this is only in the case of camel meat.
Okay, so one could argue that, however, when we look into the the statements of the companions of the Prophet SAW Allah, they described, you know what happened in the time of the province, I still love when these things occurred. They point out that in the second period, in the early period, when people committed fornication or adultery, this is what they did. They locked them up.
They were confined to confine them to their houses.
They described you know what happened in the time of the prophet SAW Selim, when these things occurred, they point out that in the meccan period, in the early period, when people committed fornication or adultery, this is what they did. They locked them.
They were confined to confine them to their houses, until and in the middle of Medina and period, then law was revealed that they should get 100 lashes. And furthermore, it was also revealed that those who committed adultery, and this is after the Islamic State was established by those who committed adultery, would be stoned to death. And they talked about how promessa limestone certain people to death.
So by by looking to what the Sahaba had to say, on this situation, we now get the kind of clarity and understand, you know, how these laws were revealed the sequence in which they're revealed in on how to apply them.
And again, when we look in terms of interpretation of the client, the fourth step that we have to go through, the first step we said is looking at the transition our interpretations acquired within this context, that is interpretation of client by client. Then the second step would, then the third stage was interpretation of the client, by the statements of the companions. And the first fourth stage is interpretation of a bond, according to the Arabic language as it was understood in the time of the Prophet Mohammed Al Salam and his companions. Because again, when we go back to the Arabic, you see concerning the phrase that
a lot told the angels to bow, and all of them vowed, except it believes, although in English, this may imply that the bleeds was
an angel in Arabic, it is not inconceivable
all of the
children in the room sat down except the teacher
that does not imply in Arabic that the teacher was the child.
All of the children in the room sat down except the teacher
doesn't imply that the teacher was a child
So again, we have to go back into the Arabic to understand the
clarity, further clarity of the meanings of the Quran.
And after understanding these
methods, and methods of interpretation, then now we can apply our mind to see how these
verses of the crime relate to us.
This is the correct methodology. So when we come to the tree, mentioned by a law in the garden
we do not have the authority
to say anything about that tree.
Beyond the fact that Allah forbid Adam and Eve to eat from the tree
because there is nothing else in the Quran to clarify what kind of tree it was. There is nothing in the sun that
clarify what truth was. There's nothing from the statements of the compilers nor in Arabic to identify what kind of tree it was.
Therefore, we are not allowed
to make any statements concerning the type of tree, we might imagine in our minds, what type of tree it might be.
And there is no sin or nothing wrong in doing that, because it is human nature to want to imagine.
But we keep it to ourselves.
We keep it to ourselves.
So, the point is that
Allah put Adam and Eve in the paradise
after creating them from clay,
and forbade them from eating from this tree.
When they ate from the trees,
they, they cause their states to change.
And the law
removes them from Paradise,
and put them
within the state of this world that we are all born in, wherein we have to
undergo certain difficulties, etc, of life in this existence.
the message in the story, in relationship to punishment and sin is that
a law will punish us when we disobey his law.
That is the fundamental law.
A law will punish us, when we disobey his law,
we will remain in a state
of goodness and bliss
until we disobey his law.
The story goes on.
That when Adam and Eve, left sided dice were cast out of Paradise, a lot taught them words of repentance.
He gave them an avenue by which they could atone for the wrongs that they did.
And they turned to him in repentance, and prayed for him and repentance, and a law accepted there.
So, the sin was removed,
they were not, are no longer held to account for that sin.
So the sin could not be passed on
generation after generation.
And the message in that is that when we sin, if we turn to a law, and we can turn to a law, we do not have to turn to other others besides the law, but we can turn directly to a law and if we turn directly to a law in repentance, then a law will forgive us of our sins.
So, this was the essential message concerning the story of Adam and Eve. Of course, there are other points to the story which have to do with how it least came, you know, what was at least his approach to Adam how he was able to, to cause Adam to disobey, you know, there are these but it relative to the hook, but today, he was concentrating on this particular aspects, the aspects of sin,
leading to punishment from Allah. And then
the door of repentance, which has been open for men to turn back to God and to be forgiven.
And he also mentioned the other prophets that as well, and their stories.
Were in in most cases, the stories of the prophets involved, Prophet send to people who had gone astray in one way or another. They were called back to the worship of God in obedience to God, they refuse and they were destroyed is the story of the people of Noah. The people have to add some wood, you know,
when he is trying to establish things right.
Then he went on to speak about the fact that people turn to a law in times of difficulty. A lot talks about this in the Quran.
You will find the people in the times of difficulty turning to a law with full sincerity.
But as soon as the ease comes,
they forget him.
And whatever good comes to them, they look at it as being a result of their own efforts. So whenever
this is a natural process,
which is occurring around us all the time,
however, the believers are those who are described as starting to ally in both times of difficulty and times of ease.
So it is essential for us, if we consider ourselves to be among the believers, to turn to a law in the times of ease that we should not be turning to him only in times of difficulty.
Because serving in times of difficulty, isn't, it doesn't require anything. I mean, it's just a natural reaction.
When a person feels helpless, they will turn to those who they feel can help them.
It's just a natural reaction for us to do that. So, there is no real reward in that sense, to turn to a law in times of difficulty, unless we are among those who turn to Him in times of ease.
This is when it becomes a source of reward for us. But if we are the among the hypocrites, in those like firo, when the plague, you know, came, then he turned back to God, telling Moses, you know, tell God to you know, take this off was because I believe now and you know, this is the time of difficulty. But as soon as the plague was removed,
then he was God again, you know, I'm God, no, this is, this was just a trick and you know, whatever, whatever.
So, this is the way of the disbeliever.
So the Imam encourages the people, the congregation, to turn to a line repentance,
to learn from the lessons of what is happening around them.
What is happening in quotes,
people who were punished severely, this society destroyed
because of their own deviation within the society there and there's much deviation that took place in quiz where, you know, alcohol, etc, are readily available prostitution, etc. The courageous society is crumbling.
I mean, there's prostitution in Egypt.
There's pollution in the Sudan.
Actually, yes, yes. I mean, this is from people who I know personally been to quaden talking about,
about the existence I mean, the open existence
of it, as in other countries. I mean, this is nothing surprising in the sense of you find it in other countries where it becomes
surprising when you I mean, when you consider that a the most recent Islamic revival is movements which spread over Arabia began.
In its final phase there in Kuwait,
Muhammad Abdul Wahab
followers, in Oh led by
Abdul Aziz is known as King Abdulaziz. He has sought refuge in Kuwait when they were his family was driven out of Arabia, and it is from Kuwait. They came back and reestablished. You know, Saudi Arabia, on the basis of the revival is so called Wahhabi movements.
And, you know, the close links that exists. But the reality is that there were doors which were left open in that society, which were not left open here. So although you may find prostitution does exist here.
And it does, it does not have the OpenType
it is in closed and hidden kind of circles. I mean, unless you move in these circles, you would not ever come across it, per se. So
this is the reality of what's happened to Kuwait and this is what happens in Lebanon, Lebanon at one point in time you go back, you know, 20 years, Lebanon was a very thriving rich, you know,
Society, I mean, banking, this was the banking center for the Middle East. And you know, I mean, it was really one of the top societies of this area, very advanced in several things. But the corruption that arose there, out did the corruption which existed in other parts of the world and the law, you know, turned loose the forces in or around them on them. And they're now in a state of, of degradation, warring fighting amongst themselves internally, they just can't stop. It's just from one battle to another, every time they set up peace enough, this one breaks it and they start at it again, you know, killing people is just, you know, a national pastime.
is the results of the state, that the country reached, what happened to go into the results of the states of the country, each there also. And similarly, the man was wanting that this can happen here, also, the people here, you know, we're enjoying to turn to God ask his forgiveness, and to
stand up against whatever corruption etc, was taking place in the society, you know, because, as you know, law says in the Quran that we should fear, a fitna a trial, which will not strike the corrupt alone, but will strike society as a whole.
And that was the
And he closed by quoting some verses from the Quran, when the law says, you know, in reference to the disbelieving people, do they feel safe?
From a loss, punishment, catching them at a time while they're playing? Or at the time while they're sleeping? I mean, it's only those who have gone astray who in fact, feel safe.
nothing to worry about.
That was the basic summary of the football. Anybody would like to comment
on it further or ask any questions?
Exactly what point you came in.
Anyway, I mean, initially, the questions of course, they're encouraged to be among those concerning the hook. But I think the Kobani issues of the football, pretty obvious, pretty clear. You know, if you have any general questions you'd like to ask, you know, any questions they have come up with in courts of our
program that you
are involved in, like, say, for example, last night, when you had this mean, were there any issues that came up in the course of that program, which you all felt you didn't handle? You know, quite the way you wanted to handle it? Was there any point that came up that you had difficulty handling?
Or did everything go pretty smoothly?
how did you all handle it? Do you have difficulty handling it?
I think we answered.
We need your answer.
We need more.
Well, I think you know in answering this
If you're dealing with Korean
you should bring out the fact of course. Is that
This was not something which was prohibited within
the historical Christianity, it was prohibited at a certain point in time, then all the way up into the 18th century, you had certain leading figures within the church who had more than one wife. So it was not even something that was universally agreed upon. But this was something introduced because of Greek and Roman influence. Because in Greek and Roman society, it was according to Greek law and Roman law, that a man may have only one wife.
Right? This was Greco Roman law.
So this is where the prohibition came from, not from the teachings of Jesus or really, from the teachings of the Prophet. And then you can bring, you know, the evidence from all the earlier prophets who had so many different wives. Right? So I think for people you're dealing with Christians is good for you to have at least some of those references from the Bible, etc, you can make references, which indicates on sources, okay, so we have that as a basis. So if you're going to argue why and men can have witness with a person and why men can have why Muslims allow men to have, but why God has allowed men to have diseases, you try to redirect the question, right? To the point
to them that Islam is not, is not the one that is allowing is no, actually Islam has limited it to four. Because in the earlier with their kids to the earlier problems, there were no limitations.
Right? Because you go back to, to Prophet Solomon, and now how many wives did he have recorded in the Bible? Okay, so we find that, in fact, what Islam is that Islam is limited, the message of Islam came and limited it down to four now. So really what the question is, if you want to ask, is, why did Islam limited before the war? But if you really want to find out about why for wives, or why more than one wife, in the case of males, and not in the case of females, what we should ask if you as a city should redirect the question to them to say, Why did God allow?
Not just Islam? But why did God allow for from the teachings of the earlier prophets till the time of Islam, this is what's right, the final message of Islam because, of course, we believe that the earlier prophets also taught Islam.
So, then, from there, we can look at
a number of different you know, points, we can look on the point of numbers,
there are more women than men.
I mean, in the Philippines,
the ratio is between three to one, and seven to one.
I mean, I've heard different fingers,
women, so men, there is a huge surplus of women in the society. So, you point out to them very clearly, that if you are going to insist that one men marry one woman, then you are in you are then saying that a large member of the the women and large segments of the women can only enjoy a male female relationship in any Mrs. form as a mistress, the girlfriend, a you know lover, whatever, it is what you are, you are saying that that is the only women than men I mean, this is biological.
There are biological factors,
as well as historical factors
are biologically women live longer than men.
more boys die in the process of birth, land girls
under normal circumstances.
So you have
added to the fact that man is constantly involved in wars,
who are being killed in the war is mostly
Violence in society.
When you have violence in society, people are being shot in robberies in this type of scene. Most of the people who are dying in these crimes are men.
So you have both social as well as biological factors which are causing the number of women to be greater than the number of men.
And then from a sociological point of view, if we say okay, women can have more than one husbands.
And a woman has four husbands and has a child
Say who the husband was,
the father was,
who the father was,
I mean, it becomes
virtually impossible. So, and people it is the nature of a child. So it doesn't matter, nobody has the nature of a child who wants to know who my father is,
no matter what the circumstances, if you raise a child when the child is 30 years old, and then you tell the child Listen, your adopted
child has been with you as been looking at you as father all these years. Once you tell the child that he was adopted, he wants to know who was my father
is the nature, the human being to want to know who his biological parents are. So in that type of relationship, you have no way of determining
whereas in the case of a man who has more than one wife is no problem
in determining who the father is,
there is something in the very nature of man and woman,
a lot created,
basically, to be out there moving having to constantly be on the move.
Providing building, protecting this is basically his role. If you take it right down to the back of the woman, there's the child,
a lot could have had the man bearing the child,
but he had a woman where the child, so was the woman bearing the child, she is the one that needs to be at home, protected, looked after,
right. And during these periods, not only of pregnancy, but also of raising the child breastfeeding and all these kinds of things, the, the greatest focus of her interests and emotions and around the child.
And so she will have a kind of a link with the child of the man doesn't have.
And so her attachment
to one tends to be stronger than the males, you know, because he is depositing
sperm, which produces the baby, and basically, he is on the outside, still functioning, carry locks, everything else. I mean, he may, you know, especially in these times, where, you know, there's a lot of emphasis on, you know, the man, you know, being with the woman and in terms of her preparing to, you know, give birth, you know, and helping her breathe, and all these other kinds of things, you know, there's a lot of this thing in the Western society now to try to involve the men directly in the process of giving birth, although this is not the history of the world, the history of the world is that the women got together and they handle it,
that was the history of the world. See, because in America, you know, this desire for equality, you know, the mixing and the blending of roles.
It is now drawing the man to the point where, you know, he is directly involved in the process in to the point where you have men who are now when a wife gets pregnant, he starts going through certain symptoms.
It happens, this is getting recorded, you know, medically, he may start to get swelling in his stomach.
I mean, it's all psychological, but it's because of him being
processed, right. I mean, this is how, you know things have become so blurred and twisted, you know, in the West. So because of this nature,
that a law has created with the woman, you know,
claiming and linking on to one word, the man in his nature, we find within the societies where monogamy is the law
that they did a survey for example, in New York, and they in this survey was done in the
was done in the mail, though people were involved in self
distributing mail and the mail, post office system, right, they did a survey.
And they found,
you know, that
over well over 50% of those individuals who are married, had extramarital relations.
We're having extra modules or have had and of the 50%, which remainder is left and much less than 50%
Again, more than 50% of those wanted.
So at what at what you ended up with was a very small minority among them, who were inclined to just be with one woman.
And this is something historical,
from looking at all of the societies around the world, do you realize that it is something you see, via you know, our social behavior is also related to our biological makeup? This is something
where in Obi which, you know, Allah has created man and woman.
Women tend to want to have one boyfriends
and men tend to want to have many girlfriends,
purpose of Mecca itself, as Mecca, no representing a sanctuary
for the worship of one God,
the purpose of that sanctuary, you know, is to provide a place on the earth,
all those who hold that particular belief can gather, and that area is protected from
any kind of,
well, we could call spiritual
Because if we look at the belief in one God as being pure,
then the worship
of other than the one God is
This is why a lot of senses acquire, verily, the pagans
filthy, meaning they're physically they dirty snow, but their belief
So, that is the one sanctuary
on the earth,
where only those who hold that belief may go
to protect its purity.
And it was chosen specifically, because of the fact that it is the place where the first house of worship, I will on Earth was.
So it is just a question of protecting, you know, spiritual purity.
Doesn't mean that
does mean that of course, because people have the choice of
presenting Islam on the outside and disbelieving on the inside this is their option that they can always do but at least on a basic level, where people because this is the point of pilgrimage, where people may come from all over the world, and be involved in the same rites of worship of God which was ordained by God, the Prophet Adam and written, revived by paramahansa salaam, our Prophet that Abraham sorry and revived by prophets,
that in this place, people would be all involved in the same thing together, the vast majority of the people will be involved mainly because of the spiritual value that is involved. That place has become a sanctuary.
I mean, it's like you have
hunting which is allowed
normally around the world, but then people will emphasize certain sanctuaries for the animals.
To protect them from being totally destroyed, so no hunting is out.
Only those who appreciate the animals who can just go and say what a beautiful animal we allow those who wants to hunt
conveys love to others, could you please give us some general guidelines on how to make it? Are we answerable to allow on what we say?
Are we allowed to convey our own beliefs outside of Islam?
You know, when I tell them, you know, had told us to convey the message he has said, convey the message, even if all you have learned from me, is one verse from the bottom. Right, in other words, but that is what you are asked to convey
not your philosophy.
Because your philosophy is not the message, what we are obliged to convey, as Muslims, learning Islam, is the message of Islam, and not our philosophy. Because our philosophies may be wrong, may be distorted.
We are not ourselves Sure, we may feel very confident about it. But we, for example, we who have, you know, learned Islam recently, or who have not gone into the depths of Islamic studies to really understand the intricacies of Islamic sites, etc, we have to be very careful,
we have to be very careful in what we say that what we speak off are the things which are well known. And
that which there is no doubt, no arguments, etc, about, you know, the clear message of Islam, which is the five pillars of
Islam, six pillars of a man, you know, the basic, for ambition and so on. So, these basic things,
this is what we do. But in terms of the more what we could say, philosophical aspects, we have to be careful, because unless we have gotten thoroughly grounded in Islamic
scholarship, then it is very easy to go astray in expressing what we believe to be Islamic philosophical concepts.
It is one of the things that, of course, you Muslims,
particularly have to be very careful on.
Because when we come into Islam, we bring with us our pre Islamic ideas, we can help.
And Islam doesn't say you can't bring these ideas,
you bring it and you hold on to these ideas until you find something to correct them. This is our nature.
having these ideas is no sin. But extremely ideas can be
a process element said that Allah has removed the sin
in our the charge of sin from the oma for what they think
as long as they do not speak about it, or act on it.
So we may hold
As long as we don't speak about it, in other words, convey it to others, or act on it,
then we are not held to account. Once we do, then we are very important, especially in the field of Dawa it's one thing if we are to be in a circle, for example.
And we want to get clarification. So we're asking questions, you know, is this acceptable?
I have this kind of idea. What do you think, you know, it's also like this, you know, in circles, where we're talking about circles amongst listen. But now when you go in terms of giving Dawa, there are non Muslims there to get up and start talking these ideas that we may hold as also, which, you know, people around us don't agree with and you know, it's not good for Tao is very dangerous, it creates confusion for people and you know, it can give a distorted picture of Islam, which you may never be able to correct.
So, it is very important that, you know, we stick with especially in the case of Dawa particularly, in the case of study, the study circumstance is different from the our circumstance.
In the case of dow Well, we have to stick to the basics, which are very clear, you know, and present these basic index presenting
You may try to explain to the people based on examples from their own
circumstances, their own lives and sources, they help to explain the things to them. But this is what you're explaining these are the basic concepts.
what I understood
was that there were references made to the fact that
the major trials
would come from this region
the Muslim but it is the last
couple of reliable narrations in reference to him.
coming from this region,
but it's like, for example, the description of that element gave one assignment among the size of the last day. Was that an Ethiopian with skinny legs with tear down the Kaaba?
You know, it's like, Is this an indictment for Ethiopian?
Muslims now have to be careful about Ethiopian? No. I mean, this is just a reality for us all and stated that this individual would be there, tearing down the Kaaba.
So, the fact that fitna may come from this area, does not in itself mean that the people of this area is
an individual, a group may come from this area to create
win, just as you know, when it comes to becoming in the region of Sham what is like, you know, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan areas, right?
No, but the fact that he is coming from that area doesn't necessarily mean that the people of that area are
I mean, he will descend in that area doesn't mean that the people of that area are themselves saviors of Islam
explain in detail, negative clarify.
Law situations, and even times of the last day
about a file
that has already taken place. So simply for the hygiene.
You may be looking for someone who's always
always has been taking
a look at each and every hat on
and allows us to bring about 30 of the whole picture to see the gist of what's the meaning of
the hobby in general you can miss out
around the subject matter which explain it in detail.
answering them directly.
If I watch television,
I don't know why
the suit should be open.
If anybody asked this question, and we don't answer them directly, I don't think it will be with us.
That's why I raised this question.
What is the direct answer that you can give? This is what the issue is, this is what we're looking at. This is what we're trying to say that this type of request is, the type of answer that you may want to give. This is, if you looked at the situation of there being a Muslim Omar, when you can give that kind of answer, but in reality, I mean, the only thing you've been clarified to people is that, you know, what has happened is that this cannot be looked at as a Muslim Muslim struggle.
You can't look at it in that light. If people are looking at it. They've even said to me, you know, mean, how it is worse than fighting looked? And I said, well, it's not really an issue of Muslims fighting Muslims.
No, but I'm saying that is not what the issue is. I mean, in fact, you found Muslims, fighting Muslims. But the issue that is involved here is an issue of political expansion.
Iraq is not a Muslim country.
It is a country containing Muslims
if two different things