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alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Karim. Voila it was Javi womanist in the vicinity lo Medina.
oppressed due to a lot of a lot of Peace and blessings, we learned last prophet Muhammad from a long while he was selling them and the novel to follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
The topic of this morning
presentation is that surah Allah dx, which is the 100
chapter of the class
and this surah
another surah, which we took
month and a half ago, so, I seen
is among the Suez was revealed in Mecca.
it is among those Sutras, it carries the qualities of the meccan surah.
That the verses are short
and the topic
on how heat or
the unity of God, especially, man's relationship with God
and the realities of this life.
Now, the first five verses of the surah
describe a particular incident
the incident has to do with war.
The first verse, out upon your regime,
I seek refuge in a law
from the curse, Satan.
Rock man Rahim,
the name of the law, the beneficence the Most Merciful,
by the seeds of war.
A lot swears in this verse
type of animal,
which was in Arabia, very attractive.
So that civilization,
the surah begins by a law swearing by
a horse type of horse
IDs. These are war horses, horses, which are trained very powerful horses.
And a lot swears by them as they snort that is when they're when they're running the air that is coming out of their nostrils. This is when it comes out with forces called smarty
a lot swears by the horse. Because
I was the other sores that I mentioned.
From the second period, you will find a lot swearing by certain aspects of his creation
in order to catch the attention of the Mexicans who are mostly pagans, who are first hearing these words
the pagan Meccans didn't wants to change their ways. They were satisfied with worshipping idols.
And the Koran represented a challenge on one hand, and it represented a threat.
On the other hand,
they had agreed upon among themselves not to listen to the crime, because it seemed to them to have a magical quality which would
put cells over those who heard it and cause them to be entrapped by
teachings and ultimately by Islam.
So the verses were very short and very catchy
to counter this attitude.
So in the first verse, the last word by war horses, as they are racing forward
I said that
The horses are particularly attractive to the Arabian, because as far as,
as transportation goes, it was the favorite form of transportation, especially when
we consider that they being nomadic,
moving around the desert from Oasis to
used to constantly raid each other.
Whenever they came across one, one group, or tribe or family would come across another, it would raise that tribe, you know, rob them, and flame some of their people whatever.
And no camels were commonly written, camels are also fast and not as fast as a horse. The horse is like the fastest. And it was, you know, considered to be the most prized
A powerful horse, the Arabian horse, the most prized possession even till today, the Arabian horse, when you look at the races that go on in England, and in Europe, the top
horses that win the men prizes, these Arabian horses, or horses bred from the Arabian horses, the Arabian horses are considered to be the most prized
because all the other horses Arabia being cut off from the rest of the world, in general, being in a desert, the strain of course, there was pure pure strain with little inbreeding, whereas the other strains of horses had bred with many other different types of horses. And so they didn't have certain pure qualities that those have already had. Because those are already the ones which survived with the strongest and most powerful of the horses. And as I said, they were used not for pulling
the for for agriculture, like pulling the plow, you know, like you have certain horses they used for this, or just decent burden just carrying loads. This was the camel used for that was the horse was used purely for war is in the war.
So the picture of this horse these voices in a racing forward was particularly attractive to them, a lot continues to the swear
hit the ground, hit the pebbles.
They would, the pebbles would hit each other and sparks would rise. So as they're racing across the desert, you would see sparks coming from the
from the movie rocky super
attacking in the early dawn.
The horses racing across the desert in the early dawn. This is a particular picture that is being described here.
And as they slow down as they come in contact with a village or a town
or an encampment, they slow down before they enter. What happens is that they're racing across the desert, you see the clouds of ducks will be behind them as they're racing forward. But when they're when they're about to hit the town or village or an account Miss, then they slow down to allow all of the others to catch up with them. And they all go in at one time when they slow down and then they duck catches up with them. So it's like the dust is right behind them is what is being described here. And then for a Cessna v Yamaha and they enter right into the middle of the encampment as one complete force. Now this picture
is a picture of what we may call a dawn raid. This is the ideal
successful battle where
the people catch the enemy's sleeping, sleeping in the early dawn because half asleep, you can race it off the desert,
charging right into the middle of their encampment catching them in their bed, you know just wiping them out, capturing what you want the goods etc etc. This is the ideal dawn rate. So a law describes this rate and he swears by it
to catch the attention of those pagan Arabs.
As we said before, whenever a law swears by something and he swears by his creation here and we are not allowed to swear by the creation we can only swear by a law
when he swears by it, to catch the attention in order to inform them about something which they need to know
thing which is particularly significant, just as we, if we say by God, so and so and so on, so that swearing by God is true to emphasize that what you have to say, is particularly correct, or particularly significant, something like this. So, after describing the dawn wave swearing by the dawn raid, Allah says, in them in Santa near abila.
Verily, or, indeed, man, mankind is ungrateful to their Lord.
This is a general characteristic amongst mankind in gratitude,
that a law the Lord of all the world,
has provided mankind with all kinds of bounties gift, mercies, yes, mankind is fundamentally on grace.
Man is not forced to be ungrateful, but he chooses to be
in gratitude may be expressed
forgetting a lot.
Either you have roots of mankind, who have denied God's existence,
deny that they will be held to account for what they do in this life,
deny that there will be a resurrection.
This is an aspect of ingratitude
that they do not feel any responsibility.
No, they recognize God's existence.
They don't feel any responsibility to obey Him.
This is an expression also of in gratitude.
God has given us
and we don't give thanks to him.
Because thanks to God is expressed in
is not nearly saying, Thank God.
Thank you, God.
These are words
which are meaningless if they are not translated into obedience,
obedience to God.
This is the expression in deeds of gratitude to God.
When God instructs us to give charity,
we give charity out of obedience to Him.
And this is how we show our gratitude
when he instructs us to prohibit various forms of corruption or evil in the society, this is how we get
when instructs us not to slander or to pass rumors, around to gossip and this type of thing.
We give thanks to God by obeying Him, and preventing
others, not only not slandering ourselves, not spreading rumors, not talking bad about people behind their back, but also by stopping others who do it in our presence.
These are all expressions of gratitude to God.
And if we don't do them, we don't obey God in our personal life.
Then we are not faithful to God.
Instead, what most people do,
desire what others have.
Allah, as he said,
has favored some over others
in wealth in this life
favors different people over others. No two people are exactly on the same level.
This is a love destiny. He has given some people more than he has given up.
And this is part of the test of this life.
The test for gratitude.
When we be content, with what Allah has destined for us, good thanks to him by obeying Him
or will we be
and me, so desirous of what others have,
that we will even disobey Him, this obey the divine law in order to attain what others have.
the next verse, Allah emphasizes that very state, we're in the hawara, Valley color, shade, and verily man, mankind, human beings, bear witness to their own in gratitude, by their actions, they bear witness to
Islam. On the other hand,
the divine teachings, on the other hand, invite mankind to be patient. And as the Prophet Muhammad has done, and said, to look to those, below us,
those who have less than we have, because that is better to help us to realize the mercies of God upon us.
If we look to those above us,
we will never be satisfied,
we will always feel that Allah has been unfair to us,
we should have this we deserve that.
And we will be jealous of others.
And that jealousy will lead us to do things which are against the Divine Law,
to cheat, to lie, to steal
all of these things to fulfill our desire
to have what others have.
And this is a plague, the disease
is alive warning us about here.
Because ultimately, it is in gratitude.
If we were to look to those below us, those who have less than us, we would see very clearly that each and every one of us has so much to be grateful to God about
so much to be thankful to God about.
However, we don't do that.
Instead, we look to those who have more. And of course,
those who have more,
this is the television, these are the magazines,
these are the various forms of the media, newspapers, etc, always inviting us
to have more for one more
to consume. So, you find so many people live beyond their means,
in order to have
as others have.
But the reality is that
it only needs to wretchedness.
And when that becomes the core of our ourselves where it is only trying to fulfill this desire to possess.
We become slaves to materialism
are God then becomes
As the boss says,
The dinar, the one who becomes the slave of the dinar, or the dyrham, will always be wretched.
Their lives will always be wretched, why? Because the problems are solved and said,
a man is given a value of gold, he will want another.
If God gave man one Valley, a whole valley of go.
He was desirable. Another one will not be content with this one.
This is the nature
as we say, the grass is always greener on the other side. Unless you're familiar with this phrase, but meaning that no matter how good you make the grass on your side,
you will always look over to the neighbor and say oh, grass better over there.
We'll never be satisfied with what you have.
This is the nature and the only way we can break that
is to look to those below us.
Because this is a test in this life,
When we become jealous.
When we desire what others have, we fail
each and every day. This is something, I'm sure, if you reflect in yourself, you will know, each and every day as you pass around the society, etc, you're thinking,
question yourself, how do you feel about
I wish I had that. If only I could get this,
maybe I can get that somehow this way and the other way and see your mind your thoughts filled all the time with wanting this and wanting that wanting.
And if your heart is filled with that, can you remember God
this is the day
the ultimate in gratitude that you your heart becomes so filled with these desires that you forget God And when you do, Satan comes to you, you need this, okay, you can do this.
Either in class or somebody comes to you and say, you know, I got a good way to get some of these.
So allow one.
So this is the general tendency of mankind
constantly desiring what others have.
And in doing so they become ungrateful for what God has given them. They forget God, and they fall into sin
in the hoonah,
and verily, men desire for what is good, is strong, ever. What is good for him?
What he perceives as good.
However, what is really good, is what our law has defined.
What we desire,
if Allah doesn't give it to us, it means it was not good for us.
However, our desires, those allow us to realize that, instead, we still have the strong desire to want to get that thing no matter what
this is why as Muslims,
when we have
any decision to make anything that we have to do in our lives, we have a decision we should do this or do that.
In terms of halaal, are permissible things that don't mean between doing good and doing evil. The correct decision is to do the good, leave the evil. But if we have two things, which are both good.
And we have some doubts, should I do this, or should I do that?
We are instructed, after reflection to choose the one which we feel is the best. And then we make a prayer, a prayer asking God to help us in our choice.
This is known as
the prayer of choice, in which we asked a law
to help us in this choice that we have made. That is this thing that we have chosen is good for us.
In both this life, and the neck,
then make it easy for us
Because Allah knows, and we don't.
But if this thing is not good for us,
in this life, or the next.
They make it difficult for us and keep us away from it.
And give us instead what is
very important prayer
that we as Muslims should learn and apply in our lives.
Because it is part of developing contentment with a lot of choice. Because the law knows ultimately, what is good for us. And as you said in the Koran men prayed and ask God
for evil, thinking it's good
and the Lord knows and we those
The Prophet Muhammad wa salam in order to help us to, to grasp
this reality, and to be content, he said,
all of the prayers of the believer,
And this is only the case of the true believer that all prayers are as
either a law
immediately, or in the near future, what we pray for,
if we're to believe it, or he removes from us
an equivalent amount of evil.
Or he gives it to us. The reward for that prayer, on the day of judgment,
when we will need all the goodies
we can get.
In practical terms, of course, we raise our hands
in prayer, some of our prayers are answered in front of us. And some of our prayers are not.
Similarly, when a Buddhist raises his hands in prayer, some of his prayers are answered, some are not.
When a Christian raises his or her hands in prayer, some are answered, or some are not.
So in terms of this world, it appears all the same. Everybody raises their hands in prayer, some are answered.
However, as the problems are seldom informed, it's in the case of children, believer, all prayers, and
those which did not come after raising the hand.
Those things we asked for which were not good for, which we thought were for our benefit, but in fact, they're harmful.
So a lot didn't get them. Instead, he protected us from a certain amount of evil, equivalent to what we were asking for, or he will give us the reward for that prayer, on the day of judgment.
This is to help us to realize,
and to be content with what Allah has destined for us.
what they know
when the content of the grave are poured for
the Day of Resurrection,
it was all become clear.
When the graves are turned, everybody is brought back to this world, everyone was died and very, will be brought back to the surface of this world for Judge
salamati sudo. And whatever man held in his chest in his heart
will be exposed.
Nothing will be hidden.
We might hide
from those around us
what we were doing,
and planning cetera our intention.
But on that day, on the day of judgment, everything will be revealed.
In narangba, home be him yo Ma, La La Kabir. Verily, your Lord or their Lord on that Day,
will be fully aware of all that day.
Nothing escapes the knowledge of
it is a reminder for us
to reflect on that day.
all that we have done,
will be put before
we cannot hide anything
from Allah, we can hide from those around us. We cannot hide from Allah.
And those who deserve help,
They will not question a lot as to why they're going to help. They will know that they deserve help because they chose help.
that attain paradise
will be saved
because they know where it not for the mercy and the grace of Allah,
none would enter Paradise.
So this short Chapter
The 100 chapter of the Quran
describes first and foremost
The battle scene course, is generally
presented before men.
Men are the ones who love battle.
Today, we love war movies and all kinds of fighting killing
to a lesser extent,
but men, particularly, this is something
the woman instead
tended to be attracted to the courageous men.
They may not like the cutting in the blood than the oddest thing, but the ones who win the victory is the powerful when they are attracted to them.
So the scene is there, by that which we love,
of this world,
of fame and glory, etc.
We are all
ungrateful to God.
Bye by our od,
not nearly in words, because we may all say thank god
But by our own deeds, we bear witness to our in gratitude.
And we love
the world, the materials of this world,
will lead to our own destruction.
If we are not
conscious, we don't remember God
and seek instead contentment, giving thanks to God, being content with what has been destined for us
and sharing with others, what a law has left us with.
Whether it will come a day,
not too far away.
This life is only like the blinking of an eye.
We open our eyes and we close it.
Relative to us, it may seem as we're living in, we're living so many years.
But if we consider our span of life
in comparison to the age of the universe, or the age of the Earth,
it is like opening an eye and closing the time it takes to open your eyes and close your eyes.
That is our lifespan. So small, so insignificant.
So very important for ourselves. To realize
that this short life
is our only opportunity
to earn paradise
or to deserve help.
Allah invites us to be grateful to remember him
and to choose paradise overhead.
That is the summary of this chapter.
Do you have any questions you would like to ask?
Should we deal with
strong desires is world changing. Sup
was the desire to possess,
to possess things to own.
This, in and of itself is not an evil desire, because that's the same madness fundamentally evil.
This is a natural desire which a law has created us with.
This is what
links families together to create the families,
a man and the wife and their children,
this is very important, this is the unit of society that is related to that desire to want to possess
to take one's needs,
food, clothing, shelter, transportation, these things, it is natural for us to survive, we have to have these things.
And to a degree,
over and above that, there is the
beautiful things of this world, the attractive
which Islam doesn't say we cannot also desire have
to have some new t in our life, in terms of
quality of things,
which may be over and above our basic needs.
it does not allow that to go rampant.
where a person then
live beyond their means,
through the indoctrination of the media, which tells us you need this you must have that
you know you're constantly going out to buy things, constantly being driven family, constantly being driven to want to possess this and to have that
and then that leads you as I said to live beyond your means. And then living beyond your means to get the money to to pay for your needs, then you fall into sin as to Riba interest you make bank loans, these kind of things or you keep that the company are working in tight for some money off the top, put it in your pocket, or whatever the various different means that people set up, to try to achieve what is beyond
their needs need. So it becomes evil. When we go beyond our means.
Whatever we we use, and we say within our means without being extravagant, because the law says no plan in the mobile arena, can you
shop in a part of the Amiga four as surely the wasteful the extravagance, our brethren have the devil
and the devil was a disbeliever in his Lord.
So squandering of wealth.
wastage, this is something which is
despised in Islam.
You consider for example, how many pairs of shoes you can wear.
This is something particularly for women.
Women tend to get caught up in
the market she was the classical example.
She had no shoes that she could wear through a whole lifetime.
What is the point
you can only work so many pairs of shoes.
You're buying shoes. The others are not even worn up.
below. But you're buying more or this is a pass by a store and this is jr you have to go in and buy this.
This is that
this is where the desire is gone.
destruction because wealth now is being wasted.
That if you use that extra money
give to somebody who is in need
to spend it on a pair of shoes that you don't need.
Same thing with clothing
both men and women,
changing in the fall and the winter styles etc. people end up buying clothes
buying more and more, they haven't worn out the clothes they were wearing, but it's no longer in fashion. So you can't wear this anymore. You're out of style.
As long as we stay within what is
then the desire to have things is not evil.
Requesting from the woman
you are the majority.
we have some guests here.
Some of our guests, you have some questions you'd like to ask
in terms of yourself,
in terms of yourself, you will be shown
both good and evil.
That says asking whether for those good people, those people who are destined towards the paradise will their evil deeds be exposed also, it will not be exposed to all of mankind, Allah will hide it from the rest.
But you will see
you will see all of your ebooks and all of your goods
and you will realize that we're a lot
to hold you to account
one evil deed and one good deed each one equal to only one
then you would never make it to paradise
that it is only through His grace
by multiplying the value of your good deeds that you make it to paradise
from the sisters
You are the majority so I'm giving you two chances.
Yeah, I think you have some loaded question here. You want to bash them Christians are one.
That is denial of oneself in terms of sexual relation
requires of us
outside of marriage. This is the religion of God. Religion of God has asked us to be celibate
outside of marriage
when you're not married,
You're not supposed to have sexual relations.
marriage is an institution, which is an has been ordained by God, for humankind
primarily as a life then in the Quran
the harmony and the comfort,
which comes from Amen.
and secondarily for procreation
to produce offspring, and keep the human race going on,
within us desires,
which would encourage us to come together
as men and wife,
for that harmony that comes out of this, the love the compassion, as well as for
decide, take it upon themselves,
to forbid marriage,
then they're going against the nature with which God has created them.
And those desires will express themselves in corrupt fashion.
Because if it's not allowed to be expressed within what is acceptable
marriage, when it is going to come out, in what is unacceptable, corruption to form itself
and it turned out to be both the little babies that had been buried there.
So the nuns
were being impregnated
course their dress, etc, would hide their pregnancies. They would deliver the babies and they would bury them, kill them, bury them outside the nunnery
1000s of big
they've been going on for centuries.
And today, because, as I said, the media and the desire to expose these things are very strong.
Every week, you can read in the newspaper articles about priests,
Roman Catholic priests, who are caught in America, England, Ireland, committing fornication, adultery.
How many cases in America today are against priests for molesting young boys especially is one of the major errors because you know, fornication etc, is bad.
But these usually involve the adults.
Whereas when it involves children, and especially male children, this is this is a nightmare, no particular evil. But there are many, many, many cases now in the course in America and Canada, against priests, for molestation of young boys, all across the country, and their cases happening in the Philippines, that happening all over.
these corruption, which are prevalent today are a natural result of going against the law of God.
to delude oneself into thinking that you can come closer to God by denying
basic desires which God has put in us. This is false.
That doesn't bring bias.
Bias he comes in fulfilling our desires, according to the commandments of God, and saying within those bounds, this is where we're able to attain through pious
you know, as long as interest
is not involved, you know in the contract, a lot of interest Connect commitments are not involved, then it is possible to purchase something
over paying for it in installments, as opposed to paying for it all at one
question from the system
the woman no questions
you want to ask a question.
Know When, when, when a person is ready, they should just go ahead.
If they feel doubt,
they still have doubts. And of course, they should wait until their peers any doubts they have. Because when you come into establish come in, and are feeling certain that what you're doing is correct.
But once you feel certain, then you shouldn't hesitate.
You just go ahead because you don't know
what is tomorrow, you don't know what the next moment will bring. When you leave here, there's no guarantee you'll make it to your home, you know, you can have a car accident on the way and be finished. So when you have a decision, you know, then you shouldn't hesitate. But you go ahead.
Once you feel certain that the decision is correct, then you go ahead and declare your faith and then start your practice of Islam immediately. And it's really from Satan, really only Satan will try to discourage you, to delay you to give you all kinds of suggestions. No, you're not quite ready now when wait until storms or you know, maybe tomorrow or next week. And after I do this. And I need to do that first. And you know, these thoughts will also come into your mind and to discourage you and delay you in order to try to
get you enough to do it.
But once you're 13 in your heart, this is the truth. You know, studied Islam, you've understood you're not coming to Islam, because of emotion. You want to get married to a so and so. And you know, you have to be a Muslim to marry and so on. But you're coming to Islam because you've understood what the teachings are. And you know, that, in fact is the true teachings from God. Then you shouldn't hesitate.
In case you didn't hear.
given Shahada that is, had her sister bear witness that there is no God was the
Worship but Allah, that Mohammed was the last messenger of Allah,
which is the statement, which is called Shahada of coming into Islam when a person declares that and then make them a Muslim. So she was asking
about a case where she had done this witness with her sister was back in Philippines.
And it was done secretly hidden from
her parents, her mother didn't know. And I guess, keeping Islam secret from her presently, is that acceptable? Or does it have to be a public witnessing? Well, generally speaking, the public witnessing, this is the norm. However, if there is danger,
if there is danger there, you know, that she may be thrown out of her home, and you know, we're still young, or whatever circumstances, you know, presents a danger for her, then it may be hidden from her parents, why not?
But other Muslims in the Philippines who are in the vicinity in Manila, where you, I don't know where you're from,
in the problem.
Yeah, this is dangerous. This is dangerous for her that she needs to be in contact with some other Muslim.
No, because by herself,
she may have at one point reached a point for Islam with you, you've given her the information. But if she's not in contact with other Muslim, then the environment can affect her and causes us to go back to those other ways, was a very dangerous situation. So though you may hide it from your parents, it's still better that some other Muslims be informed, that they can at least, you know, you know, without your mother knowing, check up on her from time to time, invite her over, so that she can be with them and practice Islam amongst them, learn new things about prayer and all the different things. So she can do it and continue to grow. Because you see, the faith in certain
states reach a point and it just stops there, you know, faces either increasing or decreasing.
And it increases with good deeds.
And being around people who are doing good deeds, who remind you of a law of faith increases. But then when you are by yourself, your way people around, you are not reminding you of a lie, cetera, and your face starts to go down, then that will increase it fall.
So my advice, you know, of course, her declaration of faith is acceptable to Allah.
But it's a dangerous situation to leave her in, that she should be put in contact with other Muslims, they should know about her and understand the situation that they don't have to expose it to her parents, in order to create problems for her, but just to help her to continue to grow.
But if the wife said she needs to be around other Muslims, because to learn it on your own, very difficult, not so easy, you know, and especially with a lot of pressure around her, she's hiding Islam, she needs to be in contact with other Muslims to help her.
But, you know, as long as she has understood, what are the basic movements of the prayer, and basically what is said, you know, a lot of awkward changing from position to position, then she can pray for herself, whatever, until she learns the
things that should be said in Arabic, the basic core of the prayer
until she learns
the different things to be setting
There's no specific reason in the sense that there was no particular incident
due to which this was revealed, but the basic reason is to encourage the believers in
to be grateful to a law for what they had
in on that ultimately, those who have done evil to them, those around them
would lose on the Day of Judgment.
So, it is genuine encouragement.
But as I said, because of the way the beginning is set, you can see it is something reaching out towards the pagans to ask them or to invite them to reflect, to reflect on life.
No Other questions?
So that's it. You know, it is a mistake. Some people are praying for prayer, after having great drama. the Friday prayer, no, there is no
after the Friday prayer, you may make voluntary
units of prayer two or four. But this is not your prayer. newborn is when there is no drama. If you are at home, you don't go to the masjid, for the prayer midday prayer on Juma then you pray at home door. Or if you come to the masjid and you've missed the prayer, the two units for the Juma prayer, then you pray, Lord, for units of prayer,
punishment is a great
Punishment in the state of the grave is confirmed by statements of profit or loss. There are even some verses of the crime in which the commentators have said that history refers to it but clearly in the statements of problems as element Hobbes, he described that state, what happens to the person when they die, how they will be questioned in the grave, you know, their soul will be taken up into the heavens and a series of different things the soul passes through certain phases after death,
stopping at a point where they enter a state whether the punishment is actually upheld begins from them, or the pleasures of Paradise start from this
normally after after prayer, but most of them said that we shouldn't make any voluntary prayers after after prayer until sunset.
Right similarly after budget prayer until sunrise
that we shouldn't be involved in volunteer present because this was this is the time
brings you close to the rising in the setting of the sun, is the time when those who worship the sun would choose to break.
So not to be identified in form as sun worshipers
before or after prayer. Or if Actually, there were some voluntary prayer, for example, which has been set by the prophet before or after law which you miss. You weren't able to pray. And the first opportunity of Gods was immediately after us a prayer, you could also do it. This
is one of the ones that reset not just one which came from yourself. Because literally before after prayer, it wasn't set by the process alone, to do to them. But you may.
That's why I said, prayers, the trust specified by the seller may be done there. But not one that suggests from yourself. That is enough of prayer, which is from yourself.
In a sense, there is no specific reasons why Muhammad Azam didn't say do these two prayers.
Right, it is recommended for you to do this to praise validate doesn't specify specified, then you shouldn't do. But if it is specified, as in the case of a person who enters the mosque, that before sitting down he or she should do two units of prayer, that one can be done anytime, except for the actual time of the rising and the actual time of the setting of the sun, or when the sun is in the middle of the sky. Those three times specifically no prayer is done. Absolutely.
Nor is it permitted, as the companion said, even to bury the dead. is not permissible, permissible to bury the dead at that time or to
give somebody a chance.
This is after the exam of mothers
after the event or before the event
nobody's adjust before the event.
how many minutes before the other?
No, then you shouldn't pray them because that is right at the time of the suffering of the sun. That's permissible. I told you even not just to pray not even to bury the dead.
Just when the sun is setting just when the sun is rising when the sun is in the middle of the sky, it is not permissible to perform any prayer
as you are, say 10 minutes or 15 minutes before okay.
But when you reach the point where it's you could very well be at the time of the setting then you should
Salah another question.
In Islam we believe
that those whom allow will to open their hearts to Islam.
What about, about those Christians or anything
which which you invite to Islam for several times, where they still don't understand, does it mean that a lot doesn't want him or her to enter Islam?
whoever desires the truth,
desires, the truth
in the sense of worshiping God, as he should be worshipped. A law will make a way for them to find the truth.
This is why we are instructed to invite people
but Allah is the one who takes them to account.
If they want the truth,
Allah will make it easy for them. If they don't want it, is inside their heart. They are
driven by pride or a variety of other negative emotions. They may know the truth,
but not accepted.
In which case, because the law doesn't force any of us to become believers, or force any of us to be disbelievers,
but nothing takes place.
Except what a law permit
but it is still the human choice. So our job our responsibility is to convey the message in the Malaika Bella Elena is up
we just conveyed the message. We cannot then judge people
you know what is in their hearts we don't know. We as human beings don't know ultimately what's in people's hearts our job is only to convey the message and we leave the judgments with a lot.
So, if they want the truth
allow it make it easy for them and they will choose it.
But if they have as I said certain negative emotions like pride and
others you know, it could be negative in the sense of love, love for their
position or family members etc which is greater than their love for God.
Then they may never find it
or they may not accept it even after filing.
Somebody told me
what would I how would I advise that lady?
Like to keep on doing that. But, you know, at the same time, if we hear somebody spreading rumors, then we can't be quiet. Is he is two sides. The one who is spreading the rumor and the one who's listening. See the one who's listening is also committing sin by being quiet.
This is to sinners.
The bigger sinner, of course, is the one who's actually spreading the rumor. But the one who silently listens to the rumor is also committing sin by encouraging because silence is encouragement to that other one to continue. Okay. Okay. So we have to deal with both.
And in terms of asking forgiveness, you know,
the problem is, as Ellen said, that all of us are constantly committing sin.
Okay? We're constantly committed.
And the deaths of those who constantly commit sin are those who constantly turn back to God in repentance. Okay? And I'm God will accept our repentance, not one or two times if he is God is willing to hold people to account and say, okay, they repented to time color after this, no, I'm not taking No, no, then that's what we must expect from God.
If we expect God to be more repentance to us to accept that forgiveness, to forgive us, after we have turned back in repentance more than two times, then surely we should give the same to other people.
this person has a weakness, how we have to look at the person is a person with a weakness
a person who has a weakness, which is not unique, it is a weakness that is all through the community.
You know, I mean, it may be a weakness, we, if we look closely, that says, The believer is a mirror to the believer, meaning you, when you look at the other believer in Jesus sin, you should see them in yourself also.
Maybe both are carrying the same, maybe there is a higher more, but it doesn't mean you have lost in similar sense, maybe smaller level. So I mean, we have to be very careful, has to be very careful, that we try, we should look at those who are falling into sin as unfortunate. We should have pity and compassion for them, and try to help them to come back to the truth to the proper way. You know,
this is the way
I mean, if it is somebody
who, for example, you know, is corrupt,
corrupt, meaning that you see, they don't cover themselves, you know, islamically you might see them with men and you know, they're corrupt.
Maybe they come to the, to the, to the, to the lecture, they're all covered up and they're looking at them everything. But when they're by themselves, you see them really how they are. This is another this one who's carrying on like this, this is different, okay, because this person, this is the issue of faith. Now, first, maybe a fake believer, really, really very sick. But if you see that really No, they are keeping themselves in that way. They are praying, they're doing all the other things, but they have this weakness,
then we have to look at it as a weakness, a sickness, feel pity for them, and try to help them. We help them first and foremost, by stopping them when they're doing this.
As the first way we start to help them and when they want to spread the rumor we tell them no Sister, please. This is rumor. This is sinful. This is not pleasing to Allah.
The first step you know, then we have to advise them as I said, the religion is good advice. You have to advise and sisters, that this has become a part of your nature you are all the time we sit down every time we sit down you're doing this
no you're telling I'm telling you this as your sister I'm not trying to put you down or trying to you know so I'm giving advice to the sister because common person and said that a person who is constantly spreading rumors. This is just how they are every time they sit down. This is the way they are and I because my mom loves us and says that they know mom, the person like this will never enter Paradise.
So they're destroying their future.
it is acceptable that you can ignore that first. Right ignore meaning that you don't go out of your way to build friendship with that person. Right, you get salons if they give salons, but beyond that you don't get involved in anything with them, that this is permissible, right, permissible. But the higher level
I mean, that's just the basics. But the higher level is to try to help them
because when you are
failing and you are a human being, you're not your face is not going to always be at this level, you are not going to be always doing good deeds, there are times when you're going to be doing bad deeds to Okay, if other people are to treat you in the same way we just ignore her then when you are in need of help you want to receive the help
in the same way you would like as a believer, you would like that others would advise you when they see you going astray
that you should try to find in your heart compassion for this person and try to help them to come right
maybe you find it difficult is difficult to say to them directly. But there are many other different ways it can be done.
You know, but you try a better way is for you to think
how can I help this person
this way a lot says in the crime describing
the believers that you know, if you repel evil with good
if you repel evil with good then that person who has bad feelings or mistakes in their heart, it will cause their hearts to change
to cause your hearts to change. And the one who you thought was you know your worst enemies will become your best friend.
The next book
you don't need to go into details right? Because the point
okay, now as I told you, it is permissible, okay. If you have been wrong like that it is permissible. But then if you consider that when you first came into Islam, you took so many barriers
From this person, they advise you so many ways that you could benefit from this help you. Now, they are in a situation where they are in need of help. And for you to say I won't have anything to do with this person I just give Salaam and Hello, you know, in a sense, you know there is some imbalance here, although it is permissible for you, the better level for your own face is to try to help that person.
Because we're all human beings, this is what the thing is, we're all human beings. And we have to think ultimately, we have to think a good thought about others, that the person is doing that mistakenly, not that they're doing it out of malice, real evil, to me what malice was, you know, that they're really evil people know,
to think in terms of people, when they make these type of mistakes, they're doing it in ignorance, them, either they have been fed wrong information or whatever, but they've got some wrong idea, there's some misunderstanding, we'll try to look at it this way, chiffon will take you know the misunderstandings and make them become so big that they split up the Brotherhood, the sisterhood.
See, this is how Satan operates amongst the believers, that you will put ideas in people's minds to help them to spread Word of God and heal people who are very close. Now, they can't even stand to be around each other.
To see this when, when Satan succeeds, we have failed.
When we let things like that, destroy our friendship, we cannot communicate to people anymore. The ensemble echoes the mean Satan has succeeded.
And we have to struggle to to defeat Satan in this regard, to not allow little things, little issues that become blown out of proportion, to break the ranks of the believers. Because what happens then, is that our Islamic activities suffer. Because when we used to work together, when we were close, we work together, we're able to do a lot in terms of spreading Islam, helping others etc. But when Satan comes between us, and split the wrongs, that our efforts become split, we're not able to do the same anymore. So this is how Satan succeeds in, in affecting the movements and weakening the believers and their activities
of Islamic law.
If a person
food for survival, right, you have a crash, a plane crash,
you and somebody else
there were some food on the plane, and what that other person then grabbed all the food for themselves.
It is not just enough for that person to eat. But it is enough for both you and that person to
you have a right to some of that.
If you fight that person to get some of that food
and you and in the course of the fight, that person is killed,
then there is no sin on you.
But if in the course of the fight your kills their sin on that person.
That's the principle.
Love the London thing. If it is cherry Ridge is divine law, then that's the case they're going to look into and your case will be upheld. They will not execute you.
Okay, shall I think we'll stop now.
I'd like to thank you all for coming. And
I hope that the discussion on this surah for an idea for the benefit for you. And I hope that when you're reading the Quran in the future, that you will try to reflect on what ally is saying because this is there is message there there's guidance there for us. Try to understand to reflect and to take the benefit from the message, not just read, for the sake of reading was read for the sake of understanding and living in accordance with the message.
Before closing I don't know our sister, do you want to declare your face?
Did you think about it? Do you still want to wait? You prefer to wait or you want to declare your face now.
Ready to do it now? Okay, please come forward, forward.
Don't be come forward.
Okay. You have read about Islam already. You're been studying it for some time.
You are from what background? Catholic or
born again? Okay.
You know, in your previous beliefs as a Christian about Jesus and the Islamic view on Jesus, what is the difference?
You also come Catholic background, Catholic. So, before as a Catholic, you believe that Jesus
was God right? And you know as in Islam what Islam teaches about Jesus
Prophet, yes. Okay. You know, in Christianity, you would pray through Jesus right? In the name of Jesus in Islam you understand that? We don't pray through the name of anybody, you know that or you think that we pray through Muhammad instead
we just pray to Allah Lord, we don't pray in the name of Mohammed or through Mohammed or to anybody. So you understand you say to Allah and we know that there are no we have no saint.
You know, as a Catholic, you have many things right, St. Christopher's St. Jude and all these other guys within oil Islam we have no thing no intermediaries between us and God
you know, as a Muslim that you are required to pray five times every day
you understand this you're prepared to do this
or you you try your best you have to you know, maybe it will take some time to learn actually all that you have to say and doing the prayer but you have to commit yourself you have to have the intention and this is what you're going to do for the rest of your life
you know five times daily prayer to make your day
around prayer to remember God's throughout your day
and you know about the fasting one month and Ramadan
familiar Salam It is not difficult as we tried fasting already.
But yes, okay, some people do before they become Muslim just to see how it is you know, but in any case, so many people are doing it, it's not difficult Sharla okay. And also you know that
if you have savings,
if you have savings over one year,
which you keep in the bank, you know, and you're not using it and it is over, say about 2000, Durham's then we should give 2.5% of it to the poor
to needy for needy people,
right. Okay. You just say after me then you repeat after me first in English and then we will say in Arabic, both of you together, I bear witness
that there is no god
worthy of worship.
and I bear witness
is the last messenger of Allah.
welcome to this
and please know that when you have accepted Islam now, this declaration of faith