Channel: Bilal Philips
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
since we are in the pandemic
covid 19 crisis world crisis, I decided to
address this topic
from an Islamic perspective
while keeping in mind
people have knowledge in the sciences, etc, medical, public health etc have advised and linked
what is relevant
with our Islamic teachings?
First and foremost,
it's worth noting that
has something to say
and how to psychologically spiritually handle this situation that the world finds itself in today.
First and foremost,
let me mention
narrated by Ayesha Raja lawanna,
wife of the Prophet Muhammad SAW Selim
and mother of the believers
among the top narrators of traditions, statements of the prophet SAW salon the Hadees,
a legal scholar
new rules based on
the Quran and the Sunnah
I asked a lot
about the plague.
And the messenger of a law informed me that it was a punishment, which are law causes to befall whomsoever He wishes.
And he made it a mercy for the believers.
So anyone struck by the plague,
who remains in his house, patiently seeking his reward from a law while knowing that nothing will befall him, except what a law has already written for him, will be rewarded similar to that of a martyr.
So I share radiallahu anha.
May Allah be pleased with her
as the prophet SAW Salaam, about
the ruling on the plague,
as well as what to do in the time of the plague.
And the prophet SAW Salaam, clarified that fundamentally the plague is a punishment.
It is a punishment
the world and its people.
that is the punishment which comes
and ally chooses the time,
who will be most affected,
but at the same time,
it is a mercy for the believers.
It is a mercy for the believers.
how the believer
relate relates to the plague
if he or she relates to the plague or responds to the plague
reacts to the plague
in accordance with the guidance which Prophet Muhammad SAW seldom gave us
life, how we treat life and its trials.
If we respond in accordance with that guidance, then it will be a mercy.
Which is why we say to people who are sick with cancer or whatever ailment they are sick with, we say to them, to hurun insha Allah so the problem is I said, I'm used to say
from Thai here taharah
may this be a purification for you from your sins?
How does it
become purification from sins? Well, the problem is our solemn had said
that, whatever pain the believer suffers,
if he suffers it patiently, obviously,
if he's patient with it, that pain that he or she suffers,
it is an eraser of sins, pain,
no pain, no gain,
in this context.
So as the general principle,
this is how it becomes a mercy because we are all committing sins all the time.
And we seek forgiveness sometimes sometimes we don't we forget. And they pile up.
Allah out of his mercy has provided this instrument for purification of sins, cutting down on the numbers of sins that we have accumulated.
So it is
tahara to hurun in sha Allah,
as our will do, making will do
ablutions for prayers
purifies us of sins.
Also, the illnesses, the sicknesses that befall us become a means of purifying us from sin. But
it is not just a means like that.
It happens, you can expect it, no.
It depends on how we respond to that illness.
It's not that we don't go and treat it because the prophets I send them had said that the law did not
allow to befall the earth and its inhabitants, sicknesses, except that he also revealed the cure.
So there are cures, we should seek those cures, find them, use them treat our illnesses. And he did say in another narration, you know, treat your end illnesses, but don't treat them with what Allah has forbidden.
Because what Allah has forbidden will only increase your illness, though it might seem to relieve you
etc. In the end,
it is a curse, not a cure.
knowing that the trials become a means of purification. For the believers then that's the mercy of Allah.
It's the mercy of a law
that our patients in times of trial trial
purifies us of sin.
We need purifiers. We need Ways and Means
salvation from our
So this is the mercy from Allah.
And then the prophets are seldom went on to say.
So anyone struck by the plague, who won
remains in his house or her house
hear his prophetic guidance 1400 years ago, telling us to remain in our houses
as well the government's are finally coming to now stay in your house.
This works better than anything else. Stay in your house.
Don't leave it except for necessity.
So the prophets are seldom said that the one who remains in his or her house
for best share is slavery as the law said give glad tidings to those who are patient
this life is a life of trial
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Allah said that, I will try you
loss of wealth, loss of life, all of this is coming, loss of the fruits of our efforts, etc.
Give glad tidings to those who are patient,
those who whenever they are struck by a calamity
or a calamity occurs.
They say in alila he were in LA he Roger.
We belong to Allah and to Him, we will return.
Now normally we're just saying this when somebody dies, but actually, it was not specifically for that that's a calamity.
And it's legitimate to say that that time, but we can say anytime,
anytime anything goes wrong, etc, etc around us rather than saying Damn it.
Or something similar.
We say in LA LA he were in LA he Roger.
So we're patient,
seeking his or her reward from Allah,
Masha tesi been
seeking his or her reward from Allah.
So that patience
in which one believes. As the prophet SAW Selim told us
to warn insha Allah
that Allah will purify us from sin,
from our sins, a portion of our sins.
If we are patient,
expecting our reward from Allah.
That is the promise of Allah through His Messenger, but he will purify us of sin.
If we hold on,
keep focused on Allah.
Knowing the prophet SAW Selim went on to say, while knowing that nothing will befall him or her except what the law had already written for them.
all the while we're being patient, because where does this patients come from?
It comes from our certainty
that nothing will
what a law has already written for us.
If something befalls us, it didn't just happen all of a sudden,
a law just decided at the moment.
This was already written 50,000 years before creation.
It was coming.
No matter what we did, there was no escaping it.
It was coming.
So knowing that
gives us patience.
That's why we should be patient because it's a law's destiny.
And if we're able to do that,
the prophet SAW Selim went on to say, he or she will be rewarded, similar to the reward of a martyr.
What is the reward of a martyr?
paradise, that is the ultimate reward of the martyr paradise.
One who has sacrificed his or her life
for the sake of Allah,
they will be granted paradise.
So is this something
worthy of our patience, worthy of our
staying in our homes
worthy of our submission to what Allah has written?
And as some scholars explained, like
the commentator on Sahih al Bukhari
It doesn't mean that you have to die to get that award.
If you have fulfilled those conditions, which the promises are lumps, stressed, one, remain in your house, to be patient. Three, seek your reward from a law for knowing that nothing will befall you, except what is already been written,
you will then be rewarded.
The reward of a matter
whether you die from the pandemic, or you live through it,
or you weren't even touched by it.
you will still be eligible for that reward. Once you fulfill those principles, was the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him outlined for us to follow.
So, this Hadeeth just for your information
was narrated by our in Sahih al Bukhari, as well as
Sudan and OSI authentically, as well as in most nerd Akhmed authentically, and it's numbered Muslim, made if you want to check it out for yourself is 226139. That's number Hadith number 26,139.
the point is that here was guidance.
Here is guidance 1400 years ago.
So behind Allah,
this is reassurance for the believers.
The true religion of Allah is Islam. I
have no doubt about it.
As the prophet SAW some could tell us to stay in our homes.
1400 years ago, and now the whole world is telling us stay in your homes, because of this disease.
This plague, then know
what the prophet SAW said and said, is the truth.
No, that he was guided by a law.
Know that the Quran
is the word of Allah
is revelation preserved as no other book of revelation was,
and it will be preserved until the last days of this world.
So my brothers and sisters,
this is the first
of a series
that I intended to do
from lockdown lockup.
I'm here in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, the capital,
where the government has declared a five month emergency.
So in sha Allah, to make the best use of this time,
of course, my responsibility to the international Open University also known as Islamic online university remains. So the university is functioning we are online, we have 1000s of students studying with us
doing their courses, whether in Islamic Studies, or in education, Islamic banking and finance, Islamic psychology, Islamic it, ITC and Islamic Business Administration, these courses, Arabic, etc.
all continue as normal.
We didn't have to scramble to try to turn an offline
traditional conventional University into something online, which is going to function online. We're already there. We've been there for the last 10 years.
Yes, this year 2020 is the 10th anniversary of the Islamic online universities operation.
Our name was changed this year to the international Open University
for pretty for political reasons, etc.
the content remains exactly the same. There's no change
and we welcome you and encourage you to join.
Join us online, we have free courses, we have
courses which are four credit
University credits that you can take. We have a variety of courses available in our institute
like Coursera and Udemy and the others we have a variety of courses there on various topics which you can take individually delivered by a variety of different
This is an opportunity for you to
make use of some of your time.
dedicate some time out of each day to study, study Arabic, we have Quran also.
Quiet memorization Tajweed
you already memorized the Quran, you need an ijazah come and study with us we have you know, 20 odd instructors, males and females
who are have memorized the Quran with ijazah that's the teaching certificate for
memorizing the Quran.
And we have a variety of other programs. We're instituting our program known as
one I uh,
for those of you who
whenever were encouraged to memorize the grammar
really I'd love to memorize the Quran but I just don't have time to busy. Too many things family work
well can you memorize
one verse in a day
they move overskirt good. We have a program
which is being launched one day
you know that if you did that
you could memorize the whole of Surah Al Baqarah
in one year.
I encourage you to go to our website
dot g m.
So we're closing today's session.
And I thank you all from for attending. We're gonna close down the program to Sharla and we'll be continuing tomorrow. Now, tomorrow will be
again on Instagram.
If we run into problems again, and we have to switch over to
we'll do that
if it is repeated, perhaps by the third day we'll just stay on Facebook.
I've done a number of programs on Facebook before short programs and it has been successful.
Instagram was represented was recommended because of the large audience a larger audience now it seems then even Facebook.
So inshallah, please keep me in your prayers. As I keep you in mind subhanak Allahumma Ambika shadow Allah, Allah Allah and Mr. fuuka tulelake Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh