Channel: Bilal Philips
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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Karim, Allah Allah He was possibly he, for many centuries in attilio Medina operates due to a lot and a lot of Peace and blessings he and his last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
The topic of today's sermon
was that of sincerity, and the role of sincerity. In religion. The term for sincerity use nabek is a flop.
And the Imam began the presentation on sincerity by quoting a verse from one of the sutras or chapters at the end of the Koran, the one known as and VEDA.
And in it, you know, Allah says, Well, my only rule in Allah Buddha, Muhammad Sallallahu Ji, that there were only command, you know, we actually were all only commanded by Allah, to
making our worship of him sincere, to worship Him in such a way that our religious acts, what composes the religion for us, is one based on sincerity. This is all that Allah has commanded us to do. This is the this is the foundation of the faith.
And, in fact, there is even a statement wherein the Tonka Saladino has said that whoever says Laila Allah will enter Paradise, he made a general statement of this nature. When He further went on to clarify repeating the same statement but by saying Robert says Laila, Hola, sincerely from his heart will enter Paradise.
So, he makes the distinction and in the general sense, where it says Milan law will identify that, but what is meant by that is are those who say it sincerely from their heart, or if a person at any time in his life, sincerely, says Laila a lot, it means that once face has entered your heart,
it will never go.
You may do wrong, you may stray. But you know, once you have tasted the reality of faith, which causes you now to be sincere in your declaration, then
you will ultimately attain paradise.
And the Imam
went on to point out that when people are insincere in what they're doing, eventually, their insincerity will be exposed.
You know, I first may pretend sincerity for a period of time, however, eventually,
the circumstance will catch up with him. And the reality of that individual will be exposed.
And furthermore, from an Islamic point of view, a heart which lacks the zeti you know, is
the worst of hearts,
the worst of hearts,
because this is the heart of the hypocrites.
This is the heart of the enemy of Allah. This is the worst of mankind.
What is the situation that we have to check ourselves about?
To be certain
that we are in fact, sincere in what we're doing.
Whether it includes the the religious, obviously, religious Act, or whether
it is with regards to act, which we normally consider not religious per se.
Because rarely in Islam,
the principles cover everything.
And the concept of sincerity is something which is required in all aspects of our life.
And there is no way that we can be truly sincere in our worship of Allah, but insincere in our dealings with you other human beings around.
These two don't come together.
For instance, Francis here with our dealings with people, we will be insincere without dealing with a lot
because it is on the basis of our sincerity to Allah in our worship, which causes us ultimately to be sincere in our dealings with other human beings. Because our relationships with other human beings are governed by the laws of Allah. So how can we possibly be sincere to Allah and yet Rick is coming
I mentioned dealing with people.
No, it means that the truth sincerity is not really there. And the mom gave some examples
stories of the Sierra, or the biography of Hamza Salam.
And this brings us to a concept that, you know, we should reflect on the importance of reading the serum, reading about the life of the Prophet Mohammed Coronavirus, Allah, so many of us, when we come into Islam, we gain a lot of different books, you know, it's still about the basic principles, what to do, what not to do, etc, etc. However, often times, we don't get an opportunity to get a book of Syrah, a book on the autobiography, or the biography of the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam. And this is very important, because the Prophet Mohammed Al Salam was the example.
The example, the ultimate example of righteousness.
And the, the picture of that, how we can see that example that tries to follow it is in the biography of the puppet monk. So it's very important that we get some books on the biography and read it and become familiar with it. Because you will find in the various incidences, that that happened in the life of the problems or some, how he dealt with them, how his companions dealt with different issues of their roles, etc, we will find in it, you know, the best example of Islam, as I said, the best of generation is my generation, then those that have this generation, which comes after them, then the generation which comes up, but the best was the generation of the Prophet
Muhammad, some of my older son. So therefore, it's very important for us to see what has been recorded of that generation to gain information, beneficial information from it, so it can become a guide for us, in our own lives. In any case, the amount mentioned that, you know, the one of the battles is towards the end, excuse me, can you just close those other two doors as
the amount mentioned that
in one of the latter battles,
when the call for Jihad was given, and people were invited,
to take part,
there were people who came to Prague
who wanted to join in the jihad. However, due to the
lack of sufficient materials for them, you know, weaponry,
means of transport, etc,
they, there was no opportunity for them to join in the jihad. So these individuals,
you know, turned away, they're described, you know, in the crime described in the two as turning away from the pockets, along with their eyes filled with tears, you know, this opportunity, the opportunity to go out with the problems as
they will not was not available to them. And so, you know, this, move them to tears are very sad.
Normally, if somebody invites us to go out to make jihad, you know, if I were to say, today to you all, listen, there is a plane ready to go to Bosnia, to one fight jihad against the Christian Serbs? I mean, how many people are going to come with the how are they going to, you know, if there is no opportunity to turn away, and there was tears in their eyes, likely, if there was no opportunity, people will be turned away happy upon the law.
This is a this is a suffer law. This is it, we laugh about it, but in fact, it's really showing the state of our heart
isn't the reality. This is showing the state of our heart, you know, how many of us really, if the opportunity were given, to go and make Jihad
to fight for the sake of a law, knowing that we could die and be willing to die.
And this is this is this is this is the reason when you when you look at this situation, and you realize the reality of yourself, then this is the reason why we find a situation where Muslim bothnia are being massacred right now, and the Muslim world
just stand by idly unable to do anything.
The Imam pointed out
for jihad, as in our lives promises, is explained in detail where person to die fighting jihad, he gains the other
uppermost levels of Paradise is with the best.
Paradise is not just one level, of course, all of us if we can just get into paradise period, that's fantastic hamdulillah we would be very happy. However,
paradise has leveled
and have the highest of the highest levels, you have levels where the profits are, what along with them are the monsters, those who died sincerely fighting the path of Allah. And he gave the example also of one
Arab does it Abu came to problems or Salam accepted Islam and started to practice the religion as sincerely as he could. When the time for the Battle of haber came, he went out with them, they fought at the end of the battle, they were dividing up the booty, you know, what was captured from the enemy was divided up amongst those who took part in the jihad. And when they brought the portion to him, he asked what is this
and said, Well, this is the portion of the, you know, booty, which is for you. It's an I didn't, you know, make they are that is I didn't make my oath of allegiance to the Prophet Muhammad Salah for this,
this is an hour
away they are to go with him to find an arrow in my heart, he pointed to where his heart was dying, and achieving fire that this is what I mean.
So the problem for Solomon says, you know, that, if that is really the case, then you know, he will attain paradise. And surely, you know, after this, the
they went on, I think it was, I don't know whether it was the same battle that we went on to another battle or something to that effect. And the wise they were bringing the wounded and the dying, etc. I mean, his body was amongst them, with a heart with an arrow in his heart. And, you know, what stopped them compared to taking his body and not Is it him, you know, the one who had said this, and they said, Yes, and,
you know, had said, that he spoke the truth, and that he will attain paradise. So, in the in the lifetime of the problems are solved, there are some people who did identify as being amongst those people who would go to Paradise, you know, and this individual was one is our name, nobody knows what his name is specifically in the, what has been recorded of the biography of the farmer, but his story is known.
And because of sincerity, then whatever a believer does, becomes an act of righteousness, whether and equally the same with apartments as in the middle, the one who plan, you know, trees or whatever, or plant
vegetables or things on a farm, whatever it is, of plants in the field doing, this becomes an act of charity, and a righteous Act, which is added to the scale of goodies. When he spends on his wife, and on his children of his money, his become
x, which are good deeds, which are recorded in his favor, because of the fact that he's doing it for the sake of Allah. And this is what turns it all into good these.
And is important for us to reflect on the various statements of problems, problems, as well as those of Allah, you know, which reminded about the importance of sincerity of, you know, checking ourselves out, when reading those verses, where in the for example, law says that very early years and sees all things
you know, that Nothing escapes him. Whatever we may portray to people, what is really in our hearts what we're thinking, and what we speak about silently, privately, with most people can hear a lot here, a lot sees he knows. And oh by reflecting on these types of verses, we
help ourselves to realize
that we can not hide anything from Allah, that we ultimately have to stand before Allah. And Allah says in some other verses, you know, that if you hide,
we know what is in your hearts, he knows what is. So there's nothing we cannot hide anything from Allah, we will have to stand before Allah and we will see before ourselves all that we did, what we thought what we intended to do, etc intentions, this will all become clear on the day of judgment and we will be rewarded accordingly.
And he also the public have also pointed out that, you know, whoever fights when they fight, you know, whatever their their intent was,
whatever purpose they were fighting for, then they
will be raised on the Day of Resurrection accordingly.
And he gave example also of a situation where
the Nagas element said that,
you know, on the day of judgment, there would be groups of people, Muslims who had come before Allah
with a collection of these,
the size of the Mount
However, these deeds will just disintegrate and be as nothing.
And the bypass Allen explained that it is because whenever they were alone, they broke the rules of Allah.
They did a lot of good deeds.
But whenever they were alone, whenever there was nobody to see them, then they broke
the laws of law,
it means that the acts that they were doing, they were doing, for sure
they're doing it because of the pressure on the society or their family or whatever, right? They're doing these good deeds.
whenever they're alone, there was no pressure, no one that was dumb or anything, then they broke the law
is the and this is this is a way of the Kaffir. This is the way of the disbeliever.
Why, for example, you know, when there were the riots in,
in Los Angeles, not too long ago, over the case of Rodney King, one was beaten by the police and met all the people policemen who were involved in the beating got off, when they got off, people went
crazy, they were very upset about it and decided, you know, writing, of course there are a lot of people in there were just in it for the front. They weren't writing because they're angry. But this is an opportunity to get some, you know, something for nothing. And when the police didn't act, initially, the police did not act to stop the writing that a lot of people joined in,
because of the fact that they thought they could now do it without getting caught.
Same thing, about 12 years ago, or 11 years ago, in New York City, the power went down in New York City at night
was totally dark, without any lights for two days.
In those two days, people went mad. And there it was everybody.
It wasn't just like the poor people from the ghettos or whatever, the poorest sections of town, not everybody, the poor people, they were hitting the grocery store and picking out, you know, food and basic necessities. But there are really two people driving down and with their Mercedes Benz is everything where they are going up to the first doors and the jewelry stores, you know, busting these open and taking the jewelry and the first, you know, and they were caught on camera by you know, that the reporters who had his life portable lights, you know, taking pictures and people, you know, busting open the source. But why why these people normally would not do this, because of fear
of getting caught. So they are not doing their living
honorable lives in the sense that they are not involved in crime, when they know that the police is there, and they can get caught. But whenever a circumstance arises when they think they can get away with it.
It's a free for all, everybody is going
and that is the way of a disbeliever because he doesn't feel that there is a point of accountability, whatever he can do and get away with you will do. Whereas the believer, his whole approach to life
Because he is doing righteousness, not because he fears being caught by men. He's doing righteousness, because this is something commanded by God. And he knows that he ultimately has to account for himself before God. So it means that whether there is a police out there, or police is not out there is going to be righteous. His actions don't change according to the circumstance. He is on a straight path, we refer to as referred to as the straight path. The path of the righteous is not one which varies from circumstances, one path, whatever the circumstances, is heading along that same path, the straight path.
And then he gave another example of a hadith when the problem was that Solomon said that there are five three people who would be thrown into hell. These three people represent three groups of people. You know, one
would be a monster who was brought before a lot. And along were pointed out to him the various blessings which he gave this man
and the man will acknowledge the blessing. And then allow him ask him what did you do with Islam?
You are given these things, you have responsibility. Now, what did you do a lot gave him strength, ability to fight for
knowledge. So he says, Well, I use this ability to fight for your sake. Allah, I thought that I died for your sake.
But a lot of say, No, you didn't fight. For my sake, you fought, so that people would say, what a great fighter.
What a fantastic you know.
And the people have said it.
So there's nothing for you in this life.
So he will be drawn away on his face, and solid health, he's the first the second will be a scholar.
ask him about the blessings which he gave them, and the man will acknowledge it also.
gave me this knowledge gave me this opportunity. The law, what did you do with it? I thought people would
give them knowledge of Islam and guided them. So
they know, we didn't do it.
We did it. So people would say, what a great
water knowledgeable man.
How great and pious and normal is it for people have said, in the dunya. So there's nothing for you in this life, and he will be drawn off on his face, and sorted to hell. And the third will be a rich individual a lot, a lot give huge amounts of wealth.
And I will again recount to him the blessing the man will acknowledge, and he will be asked what do you do with it? And he said, Well, I gave in charity, how many people you know, 2 million to 2 million to that 5 million here. And then he gave all over the place again.
him I think we did it. So people say what a kind of generous man, look how caring and generous he is.
He did it for praise and that life and you got it. So there's nothing for you in this life will be drawn up on his face and sorted
and these three people why why does the talk about salon pick out these and of course, this is because Allah has revealed this to him. Although we are understanding that this the meaning of this goes beyond these three people, but still, these three people will be brought before a lot and others like them and thrown in fire first, before all the other people. In other words before the disbelievers etc will be brought up already the first of the people who believe the individual who consider and call themselves Muslims, who are you know, honored amongst Muslims, as martyrs, as scholars, you know as as charitable individuals, they will be the first to go to help
why because these three individuals, these groups of people this these categories, these are the categories also which take a person to the highest levels of products. So, it is like a double edged sword.
When Allah gives you this, you can either take it to the highest level of Paradise, if you do it with sincerity, or it can take you first to hell to the lowest levels of health if you
do it without sincerity.
Because these are all trials and tests.
So this is something
that we all should reflect on.
as the man pointed out in the second part of the football
what this all shows us is that amongst the the biggest things which destroys sincerity, is what we call showing off in Arabic it's called Maria
Maria Rhea means doing things to be seen or to be heard by people that this is the major factor which destroys sincerity.
So it is something that we have to be constantly fighting against.
We do so by remembering the law by maintaining modesty
in our dealings with people,
we try to avoid them because people will push you out there
people will praise you and cause you to start to do things for the brave because being praised people cheering and clapping This is something which makes anybody happy. Not nature's I like that, that we like to be
fantastic. It is our nature. You know, this is why you know you see the people who are the pop stars and so on so no one
They've been out there with 1000s of people clapping and cheering and it is something they become addicted to it.
You know, and to to fall off the chart, you know, and not become so popular anymore, it becomes devastating for them. When the numbers dwindle, they don't have people around them anymore become devastating to them. So they end up committing suicide taking drugs, one way or the other,
isn't the nature of men.
And this is why pasta salad salad is somebody comes and is constantly praising you to your face. So dirt in his face,
in his face, chasing away, don't allow them to do.
And this is why also
amongst the things that we seek refuge in a lot from,
you know, in the beginning of the salaat, when we say I was blessed, I merely mean a shapefile shavonda regime minhang de
that is the product shape on
that is the pride being blown up with pride
and the portrait.
to talk about someone said that no one would enter Paradise, who has a mustard seed, weight of pride in his heart.
is what drives us to do things. For sure.
So you can recognize the three things for sure. This is the factor which destroys,
sincerity. Now, what causes us to do things for sure.
is one of the major factors which drives us to want to do something so that people will praise,
pride. So it means it's something that we have to work constantly against. It is
the original sin.
It is the basis of the arguments of Satan when Satan is used to bow to allow and why you didn't bow. He said, What? Because you made me
I'm better than other? Why didn't boss Adam, because you made me from firing you only made him from
This is what caused him. No, he knew a lot better than you and I
he knew a lot better than you and i a lot spoke to him directly. Anybody here I last spoke to
anybody who says that is in trouble really. Anyway. And our Christian said all the time as Christians, we will talk about no God speaking to them, and he's thinking back to God and have conversations, private conversations with God,
not with God. We don't hold private conversations with God. God does not talk privately with people in this fashion. Only the prophet
and certain, you know, other individuals who are alive specified, Satan is among them, who God spoke
to me as he knew a lot better than you and I
we may have little doubts which creep into our mind, because we've not seen a lot of lies but communicated with us directly. Or just, you know, we believed in a lot based on our faith in what the problems are Salah was brought to us that he was a prophet of the Lord, what he brought was the two methods. So there is a life that's residual meaning
that he had certainty
But pride destroyed his faith.
So that that knowledge could not be translated into a living face, which would cause him to obey a lot of commands.
So this is why we have to be wary of fried,
to strive against, in ourselves, and our children and our families.
We see it happening. It's our duty, you know, as a brother to advise another brother, we see it coming up and feeling these expressions being you know, in the person's actions or his words, that he's expressing concepts of pride and sort of reaction, it's our duty to advise
you know, not that we should go to another brother and say, you know, photos really boastful, isn't it? You know, that's not good because then we're committing sin.
Then we are now committing sin. What we should be doing, we should be taken out brother side and so you know, brother, really, you know, you shouldn't say these things. It's not good. You know, say that Satan will take you away with this
and it'll cause you to be misguided.
We have to strive against pride.
we have to develop ourselves also a good knowledge of Islam. Because, again, doing things for show
can also be a result
of a lack of knowledge. The person comes into Islam. He knows the basic Pillars of Islam, except Islam, he starts doing what everybody else is doing. But he doesn't increase his knowledge. He doesn't read from the COI that said the autobiography, biography. The problem was, I love to learn about the way of the Prophet his way, his modest way, his moderate way, way of his companions the same way. They said, when people came to see to see the Prophet Moses, I tell him, he was sitting in a group with his companions, no person came to look for the partners or some they're asking, they're looking, you know, to want to try and find out which one is the buffet,
to look like everybody he was wearing, they expected somebody wearing special robe, maybe sitting up on a, you know, on a chair, or some kind of a special chair, you know,
he was not he was not distinguishable from the rest of his companions.
In fact, so we need to read from the Sierra, to know about the life of the Prophet of Allah, to read the Hadith, the books of Hadith is described apartments are salam, you know, to know more about the Muslim character, what constitutes the Muslim character, you know, getting into the depths of knowledge concerning, you know, what is required of a Muslim and Islam. If we don't develop this, we stay in a state of ignorance. And it's also easy for us to be misguided and do things for sure. Because we don't have knowledge that what we're doing is, in fact, wrong.
That's what we were doing before we were Muslim, we did these things. Because what what we did before being Muslim was not, it has nothing to do with Islam. So in a situation where people don't care a lot, they're not doing things for the pleasure of a lot, when they're just doing it, you know, for their own personal pleasure, it is very easy to do things for sure. Because it is pleasurable when you do things and people praise you. So that's what we were doing before. You know, I those of us who became Muslim, or even those of us, who were Muslims the name, and
we're born again into Islam,
the same situation,
because without fear of Allah, that what we do, we do it for the dunya for this world, and we do it to be praised.
So when we come into Islam, or will become, we awaken to Islam, we have to gain the knowledge, which will help us to be able to distinguish between the right and the wrong in this area, this area of pride, very, very dangerous.
the amount mentioned,
a Hadith, which was narrated by Abu huraira, and found in the collection of Hadith known as
tirmidhi, in which he described them, you know, in the mass of times, they would appear amongst Muslim individuals who would seem to be very righteous, but in fact, were extremely evil. He said that their tongues would be like honey,
when they speak, what they said would be so beautiful and pleasing to be like, you know, taking honey, but their hearts will be the hearts of wolves.
So and also we have diverse inquiry, and the law says this, you know, I'm in a Nazi, my, your job is to hold the hoof and hide the dunya. There is amongst mankind, from whose speech in this life would amaze you, where you should be, and he will
swear by Allah, but what is in his heart, you know, that it's really a man who I learned from, and he will be the worst of enemies,
not bullets, this is a general situation, they will appear in greater and greater numbers in the last day.
So we pray and ask a law that will not be amongst them.
And you're supported by the Sabbath.
in which he said
that, you know, whoever
for the things of this life, that allow it causes epic efforts to be scattered. And that poverty would be between his eyes that he would be, you know, always fearing poverty, and he would only get what Allah has written for him anyway.
The reality is people will have all the money and everything. You think that's when you get all that money, you're living high living fine. There should be content known, relaxing, you know, everything is fine. But no, you find that they're always worried they're more worried than when they have less money, the more money they have, they want to make sure keeping accounting accountants and accountants to check the accountants and you know, making sure nobody's stealing anyone. And not only that, they want to make sure the money is increasing. That's why you see when the West is talking about losses, you know, this this year, the
company has so many losses, spell it enough losses. What it is, is just that their profits are proportionately less this year than it was that that's considered a loss
is what I'm saying, you know, the capitalist, purely capitalist mentality where you know, everything is about this dunya. I mean, everything is a lost rate, which is money is not increasing, it was decreasing in any way. It's a lot. So he sees himself, poverty is like staring him in the face all the time, the fear, ultimate fear of poverty, and it leads many of these individuals to live very wretched life, very, very wretched life.
Whereas the person, you know, who slides for the next life,
Allah will gather his appearance, and he will gain contentment in this life. And the dunya will chase him.
This life, the material, the wealth is also will chase him, you won't have to go after it running here and there, it will come after him. He'll be the one thing go I don't want to go on. I don't want you know, this is the promise of DEP asylum.
Which is based on revelation from Allah.
So if we believe
that Mohammed Salah was the Messenger of Allah,
carrying the final revelation of Allah, then we have to accept this.
We have to accept this reality, that if we strive
for this life,
when we will live a wretched life.
No, on the outside, it may appear that we're living a very comfortable pleasurable
From Philippines, you have the classic example of Marcus, Marcus and his wife, you know, lindo, you know, they're having a fantastic time. At one point, a lot of money, everything is going well buy dollar shoes, and you know, living high and money's going here and there. And then look how things ended up
in our husbands bodies, you know, not even allowed back into the country and imagine what it is for her emotionally.
She's distraught. She's living a wretched state and him in his last days,
though he had a
and he is just one example of many.
We have to believe this is real. You have to believe this is real. And if we strive for the next life,
we make our major efforts
for what Allah has promised us in the next life, that this dunya this life will be very easy, easy in the sense that we'll be contented with that situation, not that we won't have any trial. Because no, when we commit ourselves,
to striving for the next life, then we will have more trials than we ever had before in our lives.
Because Allah says that
the prophets are the ones who received the most trials in this life.
Then those people who are like the prophets receive the next most.
So the more righteous you are, the more trials you have in this life, but because you know, the purpose of life,
you know, what these trials are, therefore, they are there to develop your faith, to make your faith stronger. You know, like, the heat of the fire, when you put the aura that contains gold, you heat that goal in order to separate the
impurities from the pure substance, the heat of that fire, this is like the trials of this life for the believer. It just helps him or her to separate out the impurities, and reinforce that pure faith, which is a faith which is contained, provides contestants with individuals in this time the worst kinds of trials.
So he'll be content and he'll go through the difficult and the dunya will be after like the trials of faith and at the same time the people of Christ will upgrade him the world they say you want to be the king will gather wealth from all the people in Medina and Mecca and make you the wealthier you will gather all the women for you the best you put Yes, you choose the ones you want. So all these things will be offered the dunya chasing the prophets awesome. At the same time, they're trying to stop him in other ways to boycotting trying to kill him and all these other things. So the mixture, you'll find a mixture of both things happening.
The Satanic forces, trying to stop righteousness
in both ways, either by direct evil acts against you, or offering you things which would cause you to divert
But when one goal is the next slide, then one is able to see through these things, the trial, you're able to handle them, whether it is trials in terms of personal tragedies, calamities, etc. Or trials in terms of rich richness, wealth, pleasure, etc, you're able to handle it and keep going forward. And this is the promise of Allah. And it is the basis of our sincerity, our faith in Allah, our sincere our faith, which is real faith,
righteous deeds which are for the sake of Allah.
This is what we will carry us ultimately, to Paradise is carried through this life and the difficulties to the pleasures of the next life.
So we have to as individuals,
Allah has given us means in the crime of masala medicine has given us means to assess ourselves to check ourselves to know Are we sincere in what we're doing? Or are we not?
sincerity can be judged. We don't have to ask somebody to tell us I used to say no, no, we can figure it out.
If you do something, he does an Islamic project
they are forced to do or you take part in it.
But when somebody criticizes you, or does something you don't like you said,
I don't have to take this. So you don't take part in.
This is a sign of insincerity.
Because if you are sincerely doing that, for a lie, doesn't matter. If somebody uses, you know, language you don't like or they said something you don't like, you don't like the way people are doing it. This is not going to stop you from doing it. Because you're doing it for LASIK.
If things are not going your way, you know you join a project Islamic effort, or you have an idea it should be done this way. But everybody doesn't see it that way and they feel it should be done that way. Please are not okay, we're not gonna do.
We can't have my support. Again.
These are signs of insincerity, you couldn't possibly be doing this while you're doing this, because you want to do your way you want to lead you want to be the one in front, everybody else following you taking your advice and your ideas
have to strive against the signs of pride, which destroy our sincerity, we have to increase our knowledge of Islam. So that we can protect ourselves against pride and
other forms of deviation which causes us to do things not for the sake of Allah but for the sake of ourselves. What is pleasurable to our nuts or our soul our self or our ego?
You know, this is the ego
to not say you destroy this we we want
there is a me know some people go to another extreme it's you know, it's for you to be very righteous, you have to destroy ego, no ego. No, I
know me as an extreme, because Allah made us with iron
But it just has to stay within the bounds that Alliance.
that summarizes basically the contents of the football.
If anybody has any questions they'd like to raise concerning this topic of the football, or any comments they'd like to make.
okay, now, what you said was not what I said.
I mean, a statement like this. You cannot be sincere to to, in the sense that if you are sincere, sincere to God, or you're sincere to people, if you're sincere to people, you will not be sincere to God. And if you're sincere to God, then you won't be sincere to people. No, no, no, no, what I'm saying is that if you're sincere to God, then you will be sincere to people. If you're insincere to people, then you will be insincere to God. This is what Okay, this is quite different.
So sincerity is something which will be if it's real, it will be both in your relationship to God and to people. You know, this is why
the Salah described righteousness when he was asked about life.
He says he said it was hospital. It was good character, you know, in your dealings with people. This is this is the essence of righteousness. When you deal with people, you deal with them in a good fashion. Because this is motivated by your faith in the law is the manifestation. So your sincerity in your dealings with people will be putting into practice your sincerity in your dealings with the law.
just repeating for those who didn't hear it, you know, concerning
sincerity or loyalty to two leaders, you know, one may have a desire to be loyal to two different leaders amongst Muslims, for example, yes, our brothers mentioning a Hades we're talking about Solomon said that.
If there are two leaders, you kill one of them? Well, it's not quite that way. That's not quite how the, the Hadees or the statements of the prophet SAW Selim went right. What is it said was that gets the affairs of Muslims are united behind one leader. And somebody else now stands up and cause people to follow him. In other words, he now calls to the breaking up of the community of the breaking up of the Jamaat, you know, then you kill him.
Right, because he is creating fitna decrees creating trials and harm amongst the people, because the Muslims should be in one body and knighted. So those who call to the destruction of that unity are enemies of Islam. So on the basis of that, you kill that individual.
And there's not just if, you know, two leaders, you choose, which one do you like, and you kill the other one? No, this is a
lot of trouble and try to apply that. But I mean, so please understand that within the actual context here, and this, is it, where the affairs of Muslims are united.
Question is, does this mean muslims for the world? Or is it in a given area? Well, I mean, this is a situation which could be because Muslims are scattered all over, it could be in a given area, you know, and, you know, when the Hadees says, kill the other, it doesn't necessarily mean, you know, for example, you have this group here, you know, we have one who's leader, but then there's another brother, who is actually more capable, you know, and, you know, he tries to explain to some people listen, you know, maybe I should be the leader instead, because I'm more capable. And, you know, he says, Listen, brother, I mean, don't mean, as soon as he says that, you know, you kill him. No, I
mean, you tell him notice in Islam, you know, as long as this person is accepted by everybody, and he has not gone out of Islam, and he may not be the
right person for the job, but this is the one who we've all accepted, then it's better to just go along with
it doesn't mean you automatically have to kill the individual, you can advise and do other things. But if it reaches a state where, you know, he is just refusing anything else, and he's just boyfriend's off, and there's a danger of putting up the group, then that's when you're going to act on that kind of level, right. But to stop him, really, ultimately, it needs to stop him from breaking up the drama.
I just want to
that there is an IRC.
So this is something that
was inaccurate, you know, we are asking a lot for the good of this life and the good of the next slide. And also we are, you know, enjoy as the other person said, you know, don't forget the affairs of this life, you know that you know, because you've set your goals for the next life means
You just let this life go, you don't do anything for this life at all? No, you have certain things Allah given you here in this life, you have certain responsibilities here, you have to take care of this situation here, you know, to the best of your ability, but don't let it become your God. Don't let it become the thing that you put all your efforts in, you forget everything out, you become a slave to it, a slave to this life, that's what you don't let you
become the slave to you. And Allah has made it the thing of his life as a slave to us, for our own benefit.
Let us not be slaves of it.
Raise your voice.
Okay, stand up so we can
How can I avoid?
can I avoid?
For those of you who didn't hear about this question
is asking really, if a person is seeking to do something for the sake of Allah, whether it is to pass on the knowledge of Islam, or it is to, to give from the wealth alive, given him for the sake of Allah, you know, and he may be due to his circumstance, the person, the only person with money that's available in that area, or the only person with knowledge. And naturally, if he is the only one with money and he gets through, we're going to say look at it this way. People are going to be amazed if we're going to speak about this person, if he gives knowledge people are going to notice is our knowledgeable brother.
So, this is going to happen.
So what does the person do to avoid this happening? Does he not give? Does he not teach? No. Of course not. Because if Allah is given knowledge, then he must teach because it is it is a curse. Allah says, you know, that the worst of people worst of mankind are those who hide the knowledge which Allah has revealed.
So, you can not allowed you are obliged is compulsory to convey that knowledge. Similarly, if Allah given you what Allah said, Before have a right in your left over and above is a god they have a right in your wealth, and you must give otherwise that wealth will be a curse on you.
So you have but the point is, how do you give
us an answer you give
your right and your left there's no
right. Other words you give not in a public gathering say Oh, for brother, I will now be giving brother so and so you know 5000 riyals because he's a needy brother, and you know
it's not always done. Right. It's not put in the papers
on thrower, Franco I'm sorry. So until in time, so gave
X amount of dollars to this cause and
this is how you protect
yourself not done in that way you give to the needy privately, quietly. Normally, that's how you try to maintain your main program is giving in this quiet fashion. However, there are occasions when you do need to give it publicly, to encourage other people, you may be amongst a group of people who have money, and by you giving in their presence to cause the other shame them to give also. So it may have times when it is good to do it publicly. I'm not saying Okay, all right. But in general, you tried to do it without it being known and publicized and the
same thing with your knowledge. When you're giving the knowledge to people or educating people, what you just have to be careful of is that, you know, people
will start to give you all kinds of titles, you know, you're the most,
know how to live, I have a little bit of knowledge. But there are many people who have more. And as the law says, you know, focus only do elmen I mean, let us you know, above everyone was manager, there's one who's more knowledgeable.
This is a reality. So it is not not anything that we need to be proud about. So, you know, we just tell people to cut it down, you know, they want to, you know, they make advertisements where they're encouraging people to come to listen to a talk of yours, they'll put a share allama, you know, alpha Hama, Eleonora give you all kinds of, you know, titles, you know, it's a no, no,
no brothers also
bring us to speak, you know, they will put you in a five star hotel, it's a little money, the money that they spend for the site better to give that money to charity, and you go and sleep in one of the houses or one of the brothers, some of these,
you know, because what you need, when you're coming to a place to give Dawa, you don't need a five star hotel with you know, meals, and you just need a place where you can put your hands to sleep at night, right. So in somebody's home, whatever, they can put you up in their homes and fine, this is one of the ways but by you going into the offering 5007, something very pleasing, right? Very nice, very comfortable, you know, it will lead you to and when you do that people have you know, you're not accessible to people, you know, your people, if they want to see check, once they get once you
want to get permission, and also before you can talk, so you moved away from the people, you might stay in touch with the people, you know, staying on a on a basic level living amongst them sitting amongst them being just like one of them, except, of course, a lot of giving you knowledge. So you get that knowledge by handling yourself in this fashion. This is the way that that stops people from going to extremes in the phrase, you know, and then after you've done what you can, if people do it, it's not on you. You know, like look, a Prophet he.
He didn't tell people to worship him.
You know, one third of people on this earth believe he is God, worship Him as God. Is he responsible for that? No.
He tells them the truth.
He did his part.
And the popular talent came and confirmed that
Muslims Islam calls to the reality of EU properties. So what people do after that, that's on them.
Any other questions concerning the
Okay, there are no classes on the actual topic of sincerity. If anybody has a question concerning some issue of Dawa, those of you involved in Dao may have come up with some questions that you had some difficulty explaining or whatever, some issues have arisen. Please, you know, we could maybe look at them now.
I worked for Saudi airlines,
active while I strive to be active in delta,
with the people in the area where I work, were not Muslim.
And we've been running into a situation at work where in
the case of Christians, Buddhists and Hindus for here who have accepted Islam,
once the people in the compound where they're living, one compound in particular, but this is also a general situation we run into,
find out that they have become Muslim.
They go so far as to, we believe, threaten them
with bodily harm, or with
in some way or another, doing harm to their family at home or in one case
I know, even lying to the boss.
There's one case where a brother had accepted Islam and he was fine. He didn't, he didn't change. And the Christians who were put in charge of who the managers in the company where he worked, began to violence.
And rather than for the,
the owner of the company to investigate to find out what's going on, he fired. He canceled his contract and sent them back to us. or excuse me, not us the facility without even investigating or anything else. Is there any remedy
in this country?
Or any organization or anything anyways? Can it be taken to the Sharia court? Because this constitutes slander, especially in the case of a lie, and slander is within Islam, a very serious crime. Is there any way that we can act against these people? If we find out that they're doing things? Is there someplace we can go to help people to tell them? Look, you continue to do this? We're gonna send you home.
Anything, is there? Is there any way the situation can be remedied? Well, the only thing that I know of directly is the Wyoming
office, Romney office, they have a separate Office of no office, which is was run by Brother Mohammed.
You know, he would look into certain cases, you know, of course, it's better if a brother from here, go and talk to those people involved in a few people were in on the verge of losing their job, where he went into talk to the managers and the people in charge, and so on. So and this helps to alleviate the situation.
You know, so, America says the case of the surfacing happening, all right. So, you know, this was the one possible Avenue probably also the rabbit saw, if it were raised, you know, if the person was an active person, that issue was raised to know some of the people in the administration of the rabbit, you know, that I'm sure I saw that some of them would
some steps to try to resolve the issues for them. These are the main two bodies, that I see that I you know, have a lot of contact with people and people involved in Dawa, and some follow up of people who have to be accepted assignments. And there are individuals, you know, who are not necessarily directly connected with these institutions, you know, who are in the society themselves involved in Dawa, and have connections, a lot of time these things can be resolved in the cases of people having connections here and there. And they can go and talk to me that,
for example, if it happens to one of the brothers, a Filipina brothers, they could take the information back to the Filipino circle, and our brothers who are fairly active here, and on our activities back home in the Philippines, and his brothers are in contact with certain shifts, certain individuals who have influence in the society who they could get involved in the case, if they could check out the case and see whether it was one which is worthy of that kind of follow up. And if they found it to be saw that the person was concerned, they truly in this case, because we do have some cases of people, you know, who will maybe accept Islam for other reasons, you know,
and then try to get help for themselves. They realize that they've done some crimes or whatever. And then because becoming a Muslim American calling the other Muslims to come and help get them out of the situation. They are accepting Islam not because they sincerely believe but because they saw this as a root out of dealing with a major problem, which is coming to them, right. So it would be good, you know, like some of the brothers from the circle, you know, could investigate the case and see what is happening if they determined it to be a genuine case, and they can inform some of the local chefs here you know, whether it's Hollywood or LA him in the Juilliard office, or it's you know,
tragedy tragedy in a theme officer. Now, there are different people in the city also, you know, who could help in situations where that need is
any other general questions?
You all are anxiously waiting to voice your pizza.
he firmly believe in Allah sincerely.
Three divine persons
To explain to him, he said, he accepted what you said Meaning what? He accepted as allies, one without three divine persons, he accepted that
he believes there is only one
he firmly believes.
believes in wonder,
Well, if the person is one
who follows the Bible,
if you follow the Bible, then you can give some examples from the Bible, which show that no, Jesus was not God.
If he doesn't see an ISA, if you just believe in that, then you can maybe talk to him from the point of view, okay? If we the basis of your belief is that this is what you were raised with. And you accept this. Okay, we have other religions that say God has a grandfather,
and Uncle, you know, and nieces and nephews,
would you accept this?
Oh, he will say, No. It's just
the Father, the Son and the divine Holy Spirit, right? This is all. But then you ask him, why? Why are you going to stop here? With these three?
that's what I was taught, well, then, you know, you have to show him that the same way you are taught that there are three, these other people were taught that there is 100, there is uncles and aunts and grandfathers and grandchildren.
So how does one know which one is really true? Because if that person, that person has just as much right to believe in what he has, what he has brought up with you.
They are equal in that sense, you're both brought up with it, and you're both holding on to it firmly. So how can you say this is wrong? On what basis are you going to say, this is what you have to determine?
You know, so what you're trying to bring into is to realize that, to determine which one is right and which one is wrong, we have to look at the argument,
you know, on some basis of knowledge,
that has to be knowledge and not emotion. Motion is I was brought up this way this what my family did. So I'm holding on to this, this must be right, because my but you didn't choose to be born in that family, just as the Hindu wasn't. So didn't choose to be born a family. So therefore, we have to look at it from the point of view of knowledge. Because we accept that we have to look at it from the point of view of knowledge, which searches, then you can maybe show him historically, from the encyclopedia whatever take photocopies and pages, I'll show him that the belief in the Trinity wasn't always that
there was belief that God was one the area's you know, Bishop of Alexandria areas, believe that God is what he was put in follow. Without anything, this came up at a certain point in time, people, you know, put it together, something manufactured by human beings.
And that Jesus,
if you believe Jesus was God,
then who was Jesus praying to?
I mean, logically, if you accept that Jesus was the Son, he is, God is part of the one God, then who was he praying?
If He and the Father are the same,
right, this is illogical. If He and the Father the same, then that is praying to himself is illogical.
So I would just try to you know, everything does except the Bible and the you know, he is reading the Bible or has knowledge of Bible scriptures, and you can bring evidences, you know, which are the basis which show that Jesus,
you know, cause people to worship God not worshiping so that he was subordinate to God is not the same as God.
He was sent by God for many different scriptures, and as you can
see, ultimately, the person has to want
if he does want to
know, and as I said, even some people, even if the dead came out of the grave
Both to them.
They're not going to accept.
Like that. I mean, they have to want the truth, they have to want to know what the truth is. Otherwise, you can bring everything. And it will not mean anything.
There was a
statement last week.
But you didn't make the statement,
the premise of separation of church
I see this idea creepy
People who say they're
but don't bring this stuff to work, or don't bring that we can't have
a fully implemented our governance structure
to be an international trend.
And this is something that, from what I understand, it's really a Christian friends.
Based on the statement that Jesus made
the picture of
And within that processing will often be deployed or the FTP was taken. Basically, what they were trying to make him
he was placed in a situation
as a man,
for what was attempting to be done,
was on the behalf of the people who were presenting it,
and he made the statement
it, this is being utilized within Christianity,
as the foundation of the separation of church and state.
This is working this way.
this particular premise within Christianity, as long as people would read this particular, the entire
situation leading up to
it, they would understand that he was talking about the separation of church and state. But in fact, what he was doing
was a way of
making a statement,
at the same time putting the Pharisees who
needed the most, in a position of not being able to go to
that could be used to justify a separation of church and state,
or separation of church and state of religion, and so called policies.
I mean, I don't believe that there is anything because
as it were thought, by problems, I fell in love with something which was comprehensive, which dealt with the 24 hour day of an individual, you know, in all of his relationships, with God with family, with society. We know that there are laws governing all these different areas. But I don't know of any statement, even you could, you could argue, or could you be statements to prove
that Islam does not separate church and state or government and in Islam?
I don't recall any particular statement that you could say, This statement is clear proof, no, but the just one, one looked at what is what Islam entail, that there are laws for the leader, you know, how he governs how he deals with people, you know, are there laws for fighting wars, the laws, you know, for all the different aspects of human society in life, this as a totality indicate that there is no separation.
And this is how it's always worked. This is how it was in the time of Moses. When we look back, you know, at the state in the time of Moses the laws which was their their government, all aspects.
There was no separation
Between the political body
of Muslims in the time of Moses, and the religious body, it was all integrated. And that's the nature of religion. That's why we try to make a distinction when we use the term religion. We say in Islam, people like to use the term Deen instead of using religion, saying that the meaning is not really religion, per se, but mean a way of life, you know, as opposed to religion in the western concept of a private belief, and appear between man and God.
But something which is comprehensive, and that covers all aspects of life.
And we know from the example that
we look into the biography, we see that he became the head of
Medina, he was the one, you know, giving the laws, all his laws of Islam was govern society, these are divine laws.
I mean, all of the laws, which, which human beings,
reasoned and added, they're all
accepted, acceptable, as long as they don't contravene the fundamental Islamic law,
they have to be guided by those, they have to follow the spirit of those laws, which founded the foundation of society, you know, and the issue of separation. This is not something I would not say to somebody creeping in now, it's something which crept in a long time back, you know, during the colonial era, when the Muslim state as a whole was broken up into section, and these areas are became under the governorship of our various European powers, whether it was France, England, Portugal, Germany, whatever this was when they were introduced, the law was now British law of French law, they kept in law, most of these places they kept, you know, Islamic law in a limited
area in the family, having to do with family law, they kept it in that limited area, marriage, divorce is everything, but the general law, which has to do with, you know,
right and wrong in society, how cases are judged, this was all on the basis of British law. So when this this was introduced throughout the Muslim world, doesn't something creeping in something was came, you know, smashing down on them. And as a next generation, which grew up under this rule, that generation, you know, accepted these ideas. And so when the colonial masters went back to their countries, they left behind them, others who had absorbed and accepted these ideas of who the rules are in accordance with these ideas. So you have the period of what they call neocore, this these ideas have continued and they continue to spread because these are people who control the society,
they try to affect education and everything, so that it maintain this kind of concept. You know, we have a classic example. For example, in Turkey, you know, Ataturk, you know, as was a really sort of one of the leading figures of secularism, you know, of separation, no divorcing religion from the ANC to do with the politics. And that to this day, the leadership of Turkey maintain no law, this man was one of the biggest enemies of Islam.
Muslim world. I mean, this is what we're seeing the legacy of that period, in which
human law supplemented divine law.
And that's why now the struggles, which are calling for the weak establishment of divine law are considered and classified as fundamentalist, you know, extremists. All this kind of if
they're calling for what was before the way of Islam, but now it is classified as as deviant and harmful to society.
Okay, so Allah, we can close up now, our question from Hanukkah, long humbucker. Shadow Allah.
To be like, we are a law to bless us
with all the means to develop our sincerity, sincerity and our commitment to him in our dealings with people in society, and that we maintain the sincerity by checking ourselves
at all times, under all opportunities.
And that he rewarded with the natural reward of two sincerity paradise in the next slide.