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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Karim, Allah Allah was hobby man extending the vicinity on the deen all praise due to Allah and Mila Peace and blessings beyond the last prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
In our previous
lesson, we went through verses 23 and 24.
And 23 and 24 were a lot spoke about
remembering to say, inshallah, when speaking about the future, we discussed this at some length, the different implications
we pointed out in general.
Well, we did it 2426
Okay, we didn't Well, anyway, I'm coming to it. Anyway, the I guess it was the one before we did the 20th 23rd 24th. We
said looked at issues of saying insha Allah
and remembering to say that we talked about whether
inshallah is only in this context about speaking for the future, or is it something to say,
as even a form of Baraka, we can say, inshallah, even though we're not speaking about the future, as a as a means of seeking a law's blessing in whatever we're doing. And
we're a law said, and we should remember our Lord, when we forget, we said that this may be when we forget to say, inshallah, when speaking of the things that future, as well as it meant to say, to remember a lot in our General Affairs, as we said, the importance of remembrance of Allah, in that when we remember a law, we do the right thing, we make the right choices. When we forget the law, we fall into sin. And we've quoted a number of verses where a law speaks about Satan overtaking them, and making them forget the remember in civil law, that was the sort of majority lovers 19. and a variety of other verses like that. And if Satan causes you to forget, and so on, and then after
remembering do not sit in the company of those who are wrongdoers. So the idea of remembering a law to get yourself back on the right path, is something we should
be focused on.
As all of our worship
is directed towards remembrance of Allah, as ally himself said in the Quran, upcoming Salah decree stablish, the prayer for my remembrance. And then we talked briefly also about what is the remembrance of Allah? You know, does it mean repeating names of a law,
like the way the Hindus do when they want to meditate, they have the word olm, for example, they just keep repeating over and over and over again, you know, eventually till they begin to resonate with the world.
So we take a lot and we do the same thing with the last names that is really an imitation of their way. This was not the prescribed way foster homes Isola never did that. Whenever he gave us a draw or prayer of remembrance, in order to remember a light was a meaningful prayer.
It was like the law there is no god worthy of worship or the law, it is a law walk water law is the greatest, it is Subhana Allah glorified, may Allah be glorified or so on. so on so forth, you know, it has some meaning to it, not just the word repeated, you know, for the sake of this repetition. Then in verses 25 and 26,
Allah clarified that the actual knowledge of how long the US spent in the cage was a cave was known only to him. And he defined it as being 309 years, 300 years and nine more and we discussed the implications of those
phrases, 309 300 being the solar calendar,
and 309 being the lunar calendar.
Although there were some differences of opinion regarding it, Shere Khan was a mean had another opinion, but that's the generally accepted position on standing of the moon.
facility in are those who comment on the Quran.
that is basically as far as we got a lot of knows how long they actually stayed.
the latter part of the verse
Now who whole labor semi watchable out, absurd to be here a smear,
mala hoomin Dune II, II,
II I had, that's where we stopped.
if we look into this portion of the second verse, which is the 26th, verse, after law said that he knows best how long they stayed.
Loyal, they will somehow it will out why we did speak about this briefly, actually, we did talk about this, that a lot knows what is in the heavens and the Earth's. He knows what is in the heavens and the earth, what is hidden from people, he knows what is hidden, as well as he has knowledge of whatever is in the heavens, and the earth. And we spoke about the unseen, and the fact that the law law knows the unseen. And we also pointed out that when a law speaks about this unseen being particular to him, for example, Allah Allah manifests somewhat well out in the hay, but in law law, say nothing the heavens in the earth knows the unseen except a law as the surah number 65. This is
in reference to the future, the unseen future that is only known to a law of the past. Some of it
may only be known to Allah, if it is things which are completely hidden from his creatures, but there are there are historical events etc, which took place in the past, which, though we may not know about them, generations may not have known about them, but the people of that time you about them.
So when we speak about the past,
the past is not considered to be of the habe which is exclusive to a law, past history, because the people who live that history knew it
similarly present there are things of the present now which we don't know about what's going on and Pluto you know, what's going on in the stars, you know, the end of the solar system, we don't know what's going on about it. But in terms of events of history of what's taking place on the earth, some places what's going on, you know, in the Amazon jungle right now, we don't know about it, but Allah knows about it and but people there also know the people who are living that history. So the present and the past, are not exclusive to last month Allah with regards to the events which human beings have taken part in which they have knowledge of, but those things which are hidden, whether
Past, present or future, human beings have no way of knowing it. Well of course, that knowledge is only with a law.
So when we talk about the future, we give the example of Rashad Khalifa, who claimed that he had found out about the Day of Judgment through his calculations, mathematical calculations, we said this is true for this belief, any Muslim who claims that is making a statement of this belief because that knowledge of that teacher is known only to last month Allah
and that is why the prophet SAW Solomon said, Men atika Heenan are often for sadaqa, who be my whole faqad Kapha Bhima on Zilla, Allah, Mohammed, whoever approaches a fortune teller and believes in what he says, has this believed in what was revealed to Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. This is an act of disbelief. If you went there out of curiosity, and
listen to what he had to say etc, then you have not fallen into this belief, but it is sinful. It is a sin for which the Bibles are seldom said, you know, your prayers for 40 days and nights were not accepted.
that serious. And we explained that even though your prayers are not accepted for 40 days and nights, it doesn't mean that you can stop praying, right but that you still have to pray, the reward of those prayers you will not get but the obligation to make the prayers you still have.
then goes on to say
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this phrase in English will be translated as how clearly he sees and how finally he hears everything. It is a superlative
form the most powerful, the strongest, most eloquent superlative form
used in Arabic, you know rather than saying,
bossier means one who is seeing right observed would be one who sees better observe means the one who sees the best. But when a law uses this phrase, absurd, be He, this is an even more eloquent way of stressing the, the high degree of perfection of a law site. So, a law is pointing out here that his
vision his ability to see everything is perfect is whether it is the footprints of a black ant crawling on a black rock in the middle of a moonless night, know something which we can't even imagine seeing a law sees it, you know, and he hears what ever take place whatever it takes place in the heavens and the earth. Nothing is hidden from him.
As the law said elsewhere, we're in touch you heard bill Cowley for inner huya Alamosa, Rafa. And if you speak aloud, then indeed he knows the secrets, and what is even more hidden.
Secrets being what we may whisper to each other, nobody knows about it.
But what we keep within ourselves are even more secretive. But yet, Allah knows it.
And in the incident concerning a woman who came to the prophet SAW Selim complaining that her husband had separated from her by saying, You are like my mother's back to me. This was a form of separation produced for divorce in amongst the Arabs, and she complained to the professor Salama about it. Professor sanlam was hesitant, not really knowing what to do, what ruling to give her. He discusses it with her than Allah revealed.
In surah, Al majalah, verse one at semi Allahu Allah, Allah t to Jaya De Luca Faisal jihad.
Indeed, allies heard the statement of the one that disputes with you concerning her husband, I should said concerning this verse, that she was in the next room, able to hear some of what was going on. But some of it she wasn't able to hear. Yet the law revealed the verse indicating that he heard everything. So she said, All praise is due to Allah Who here who's hearing encompasses all sounds, I'm in my room, and some of the conversation was hidden from me.
So a lot, though, is above everything. He heard, what was what took place. So when we speak about, you know, lobbying above his creation, etc. You know, it doesn't mean that he is divorced from his creation, that he does know what is going on his creation, we as human beings, if we were on the sun, or on some other planet, well, yes, we couldn't hear what's going on on the earth. But that's us. For the last month Allah is above and beyond his creation, yet he hears and knows all that is going on within the creation. Now believe that Allah Almighty possesses complete sight, from which Nothing escapes, and that he possesses perfect hearing from which no sound is hidden, necessitates
that the believer strive his or her utmost to avoid doing any acts, which his Lord dislikes, or making any statements which he despises. So when a lot smarter, Allah tells us these characteristics of himself, he's telling us on one hand for us to know who he is, what he's capable of, what are his attributes to know who truly Allah is Allah and to glorify Him with it, but at the same time, these attributes have implications, implications among his creation,
they may require us to do certain things or to avoid doing other things. In this case, it requires us on one hand, to do what is pleasing to Allah, knowing that he sees whatever we do.
Right, and to say what is pleasing to Allah knowing that he hears whatever we say, and to avoid doing what is displeasing to him, and to avoid saying, What is what he despises. So this knowledge of this characteristic of a law should have an impact on us and this is why when we talk about the 99 Names of Allah and the prophet SAW Selim I said, Furman haffi, Lucha de la Jana, whoever we generally understand memorizes them enters paradise, but this is a misunderstanding of this phrase.
It is whoever
Guards them, because heaven on one hand is memorizing that is an aspect of guarding, but the greater aspect is giving them their right
that we guide them as they should be used them as they should be used, you know not as unfortunately in many of our countries, you know, we have these books on the 99 Names of Allah, which tell you that you know, if you lose something, you bake some dough some some bread, you know, you have the when you squeeze the dough, you squeeze it in the name of, you know, a Razzaq, for example, you make the Arabic letters or Razzaq out of dough, you put it in the oven, you cook it up, you eat it, and then whatever you know, you needed you're going to get, right, this is misuse of allowes names. This is this is completely illegal, but it is in books, unfortunately, you know, these books, 99 Names of
Allah 99.9% of them contain this kind of nonsense. So if you have them in your homes, please if you find that they're burned them, get rid of them.
Because it's evil, it's misguidance. And you might look at it and laugh, but you don't know your children might pick it up and believe it. So, these type of books you really don't want to keep in your home. Anyway. So, knowing that as we said, it should make a person aware that Allah sees him and hears whatever he or she does, and therefore, they would try this would have an impact on them in terms of their behavior, their speech, their their actions, they would try to do what is pleasing to a lot.
Then a lot goes on to say
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they have no protector other than Him, nor does he share his command with any person whatsoever. They have no protector other than him this they they refers to whom here, who is it referring to they, on one hand scholars held that it referred to the use in the cave, the use in the cave because this is the context in which it is mentioned using the cave. They had no other protector besides a lot was only Allah who protected them in their circumstance.
At the same time,
as verses of the Quran when you whenever we read them, if they have general implications, we also take those general meanings that come out as a genuine implications. So scholars have pointed out that they also refers to whoever is in the heavens and the earth. Whoever is in the heavens of the earth have no protector other than him. No Guardian besides the last month Allah, even the disbelievers the believers and disbelievers allies, their guardian, none can protect them except him. As he said in Surah, Al anon verse 661, and 62 hattah Elijah had a document out, there were fat hooroo soluna wahama you for return. Samira do Illa la himolla humann, Huck, Until when death
approach is one of you, Our Messengers take his soul, and they never neglect their duty, then they are returned to their to Allah, their true Guardian Master, they are returned to a law their true Guardian master this is the disbelievers as well as the believers. So a lot of guardianship covers all of his creatures. And this guidance ship, in the science of Akita is referred to as Al wilaya, alhama and wilaya alhama, or the general guardianship. And this covers our laws, creation and maintenance of his creation. He provides for all of his creatures, whether they believe whether they disbelieve, he provides the means that they're able to benefit from the world in which they live.
At the same time, it is what is included in that is that he has made subservient to human beings, all of the things in this world, whether it is the heavens and the earth, in the heavens, in the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, seas, rivers, rain, land, mountains, plants, and animals. All of these have been made submissive to us. Because if you stop and think about it, which don't, we don't usually do every one of these things, if it weren't submitted to us, we would make life so much more difficult. The submission of the seeds that we can travel on them
the submission of the earth that we can grow things in it
the submission of the moon that we're able to calculate a month etc. All of this is for our benefit.
We don't usually think about it in this way but in fact, it has been submitted to us and this is why we have to do our whenever we get in the car right? Whenever we travel we get on a ride a plane with
We traveled in we say Savannah lady, South Carolina haha you know Glory be to the one who has submitted this, this beast this vehicle this whatever to us, you know and we could not have done it ourselves you know? So, that is a part of the wilaya ahrma the general guardianship. On the other hand there is what is known as the wilaya and hasa there is a special guardianship which Allah has reserved for the believers. Allahu alayhi livina Amina Amina Lulu Mattila nor Valentina cafaro Leah omoto route, your courage una hoomin uno de la luna Matt. Allah is the guardian of those who believe.
He takes them out of darkness into the light. While the false gods are the supporters of those who disbelieve, they take them from light into the darkness. So abakada verse 257. He also said that it could be an en la Mola, levena amanu, who Anil Catarina la Mola, Allah whom that is because the law is the guardian of those who believe and the disbelievers have no guardian. This is no Guardian in the special sense that special guardianship of course, he is the Guardian intensity provides etc for them. But the special guardianship which is sometimes referred to you know as the the guardianship of support, guardianship of success and a victory of reward, this aspect of guardianship This is
special for the believers.
That a lot goes on to say, and the end of the verse will allow you Shrek oofy hook me he had
nor does he share his decision with anyone whatsoever. This is similar to a number of other statements in the Quran, where Allah says in in hawkmoon in London that the decision is only with a loss. So al anon verse 37. And sure Shura verse 10. Almost enough, don't feeI mean shades, Shay, for mobile in a law and in whatever you defer its decision is with a law. This decision or hokum
has two aspects to it. The decision of a law could be a creational decision, or a legal decision, recreational decision they're referred to as a locum al county
and the legal decision and hokum a shaarei.
So bringing the world into existence and maintaining it is from the hokum
county or Shaddai. County, the creational decision? And of course, who can stop that? Can anybody stop a lot from putting things into creation into existence for maintaining them? No.
When we talk about the legal decisions,
what rulings that people make, by way of commands and prohibitions?
What Allah has made for them, these rulings which allies made for them, these are what he calls the what what is referred to as the hakomi shaarei.
The Sharia what the Sharia tells us to do or not do, this is the hokum shaarei.
when a law says,
nor does he share his decision, this includes both forms, no one shares with allies decisions, whether creational or illegal. This portion of the verse contains proof that it is obligatory to rely on a laws legal ruling, and that Humans do not have the right to legislate anything in a laws religion,
then they cannot legislate, they're not allowed to legislate anything, which is not a part of it. Neither an acts of worship, nor in social transactions. So the claim that we can legislate in social transactions, whatever is suitable for the time is false. This is the modernist approach to Islam, that we can add laws, we can make changes to make the Sharia appropriate to our time. Now in the 20th century, 21st century, you know, this has its own needs. So therefore, Islam has to be updated. You know, as other religions have updated themselves, we also need to update ourselves. Now, of course, this is false. The claim that we can legislate in suit in social transactions, whatever is
suitable for the time is false because of the fact that it implies that one could legalize interest, as some people have, isn't it? That's what we're facing. It's under that same principle or gambling.
You know, all of the other forms of illegal earning, we could do it under that heading. You know, you'll find in Yusuf Ali's translation of the Quran. When he talks in the verses on the Riba. He goes and explains that this is not in reference to the modern
institution of interest in modern capitalism, you know, that's referring to something else. Right? He's called it usury uses that term instead, which means excessive interest. So he says, it's the excessive interest, but the modern version of interest where you've given people your money, they're using it for time they give you something back, you know, that's quite reasonable, like train, you've rented something. So getting payment for the use of your product. Now, what's the harm? You know, this is different from what they used to do in the old days. So the argument, but the law said very clearly the crime that you know, people from even the time of problems I saw them they said in
the malbay armies no rebar, that trade is just like interest. They said the same thing 1400 years ago, but a lot said em haka la horiba.
Allah has taken out all Baraka all blessing all good from Riba, your socket, and he has blessed wealth which is given in charity. So
this argument is unacceptable. The Sharia divine legislation is suitable for all people, in all places, and for all times. That's the bottom line. As Mr. Malik had said, famous statement of his will, I usually have here the Hardy Lama in my law, the end of this nation will only be reformed by what reformed it's beginning.
What was good in the beginning, which changed the Arabs from their wild ways into a nation which was exemplary,
which educated the world impacted on world civilization.
The only thing that will bring Muslims back to that status is what brought them to that status in the first place. That is the Shetty app, without any changes to pure Sharia.
Nor does he share his decision with anyone this portion of the verse also indicates that those who follow laws of others are idolaters idolaters, committing shark with the law, because the term he uses here is you should write, well law you should eat goofy hook me he had.
So the concept of shift is here. This is what the verse implies, that anyone who seeks to
legislate laws, which go against the laws, legislation, this, in fact is a form of shirk.
Allah said, regarding anyone who follows the laws of Satan, in making permissible carcasses permissive for consumption, by claiming that it's a law of slaughter, and this was the arguments of the pagans. And when Islam said, you don't eat dead meat and Mater,
animals which die of themselves with the argument there the pagans were saying, they were calling the maita the BIA to law,
a law slaughter, because who killed it? But Allah Allah killed it, you know, so hey, we should we should be that we should eat that even before the one we do.
This was their arguments right? You know, but Allah says, Do not eat from what the last name has not been pronounced For indeed it is sin. Certainly the devil's inspire their friends to dispute with you. And if you obey them, then you would be indeed polytheists or in a power to move home in a common law machinery.
If you obey them, then you would indeed be polytheists idolaters. Allah openly declares them idolater is because of their obedience. This is known as a shark, Fatah
shark in tah, tah meaning obedience. This is also what was intended in the Quranic references to the worship of Satan. For example, in the last statement,
does not prohibit you or children of Adam from worshipping Satan, Alam Ahad la comida, bunny Adam and Lata bouchet on
who is indeed they play an enemy to you and command you that you should worship me. That is a straight off this a bother to shade on what is meant by it. Not that people were actually worshipping Satan. Well we do have people doing that. But in general, when people
Follow laws are instructions which go against the instructions of a law, those instructions must have come from who?
Satan. If it didn't come from a law, then it came from Satan, just like Christmas, for example. You know, actually Christmas is more properly called Satan's day.
Of course, for our purposes, you're not going to tell any Christian that right. But I mean, from our perspective, it is Satan's day. Why? Because one, it contains the idea that God was born
to say that satanic
Allah said lamb Isla de la mula.
He doesn't give birth, nor was he born. So if that's what Revelation says that whoever says that Allah was born, that must have come from Satan.
So therefore, celebrating the day of God's birth, has to be satanic.
And if you look actually into the history of it, you'll find that it came from satanic sources from idolatrous sources.
Also, in the case of Prophet Abraham speaking to his father, he said, Yeah, I bet the laptop with the sheath on it and the sheath on a canon of money, I'll see ya. Oh my father do not worship Satan. Indeed, Satan is a rebel against the most gracious. Well, the father wasn't worshipping Satan, he was making idols for the people and they worship the idols. But Allah calls it worshipping Satan, Abraham, use that phrase a lot confirm that phrase. So it is really the issue of following the laws of other than a law which are in contradiction to a laws laws.
And this we also find in the incident with idea of inhotim, one of the companions of the Prophet SAW Selim, who converted from Christianity, and he asked about the verse in which our Lord said it to her Zhu Bara whom were Habana, whom are Baba doula. They took their rabbis and monks as Lords besides the law.
He asked the prophet SAW solemn. What does that mean? Because we didn't use to worship these people who didn't worship our rabbis and monks. But the prophet SAW Selim pointed out to him that the rabbis and monks made haram what Allah made halal and made halala de la made haram and you all follow them? He said, Yeah, we did that. I said, that was your worship of them.
So you know, a bada. This is a bada which comes by way of following following
these instructions. Now, among the clear, most clear and direct evidence in this regard, is that last month, Allah
expressed amazement at those who claim to be believers, while desiring rule rulings from other than the Sharia law.
And that is only because they claim to faith, along with their desire for rulings of false gods was an incredible like I said, and so on the cyber 60 Have you not seen those who claim that they believe in what was revealed to you and what was revealed before you yet they desire the judgment of false judges, even though they have been ordered to reject them? Satan wishes to lead them far astray. Alam Tara 11 as a homeowner and the home Amano Bhima. Zilla alayka Well, my own Zilla man on public, you read una at the hacker moon in a hoot.
they desire the judgment of false judges.
It is abundantly clear from the divinely revealed texts
that we just mentioned.
That only those whom Allah Vale their sight and blinded them from the light of Revelation, and others like them, would be in doubt about the disbelief and idolatry of those who follow laws legislated by Satan on the tongues of his friends and supporters, which contradict a laws Sharia conveyed on the tongue of His Messenger
Shashank at that was his statement.
He made a note.
He said, however, a distinction must be made between human legal systems which necessitate the rule of disbelief in the creator and of the head of the heavens and earth and systems which do not right. I mean, after pointing out is what he pointed out that really, one has to be blind to revelation
to be in doubt about the disbelief and shirk of those who
legislate laws, which contradict the laws of the Prophet and I've lost my data
Whatever is legislated, which contradicts the Sharia.
This is an act of kufr disbelief and an act of ship of idolatry. But he said he wanted to clarify that the legal systems or the various systems that we have, are of two types, basically, administrative
There is nothing wrong with an administrative system, which aims at organizing and implementing affairs in a way, which does not contradict the idea.
So, we're dealing with administration, we have the shady app, we're not touching the shady app, but the application of the Sharia, you know, we need some kind of administrative bodies to apply it.
So introducing administrative systems in order to apply the Sharia, there is no harm in it, as long as these administrative systems do not contradict some other laws of Sharia, right. So, we know this why I mean, this is not just a theoretical concept. We know this because the companions of the Prophet SAW Selim and those after them did not object to such systems. They were implemented, for example, by Omar Abdullah pub, he implemented many administrative laws which were non existent in the time of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, nobody said this was bitter, raise the issue of beta to him.
For example, He made he had the names of the army, soldiers in the army recorded in a register, in order to know who was absent who was present. And he bought a home of the home of south wind and omega, and turned it into a prison in Mecca. though neither the prophet SAW Selim nor Abu Bakar us prisons.
Such administrative practices which organize and regularize the affairs of the community are fine, as long as they do not conflict with the Sharia, as they serve the general welfare of the society. So this is the aspect we can say as time changes, new circumstances arise in our administration, and we may modify to deal with those needs.
But we don't touch the primary laws. We don't touch the foundation from the Quran and the Sunnah. As for legal systems, which contradict the Sharia of the Creator of the heavens and the earth, their implementation is an act of disbelief in the Creator. For example, the claim that favoring males over females in inheritance is unjust and unfair, and that women and men should be treated equally.
This is Cofer.
This is shirk,
or that polygamy is oppressive,
or that stoning to death and the cutting of hands are savage and inhumane punishments which should be discontinued. And you have Muslims who say this, you know,
the institution of such economic, social and political systems among the members of society is equivalent to disbelief in the creator and rebellion against the divinely revealed system legislated for all creation, by the one who best knows the welfare of his creatures.
So assura verse 21, or do they have partners with a law who have instituted for them a religion which Allah has not ordained? amla home Shoraka, Shara Ola homina Dyneema lm you Yeah, then be a lot smarter Allah, my Lamia them be hella.
And so our units was 59 say, Have you seen what provision Allah sent down to you? Some of which you have made lawful and unlawful, say has a law permitted you to do so? Or are you fabricating lies about a law
and it's your analysis 116. And do not say concerning the false would have your tongues which your tongues express this is lawful and this is forbidden.
So as to invent lies against the law. Indeed, those who invent lies against the law will never prosper.
Now, this basically, is the foundation for what we refer to as the current clash of civilizations.
This is the essence of it right here.
For the 20th and 21st century, we have this phrase now as we're hearing it, first echoed by Samuel P. Huntington, the clash of civilizations.
It is the clash of secular democratic Western civilization
with Islamic civilization.
Western civilization based on secularism, which rejects all form of religious faith and worship, and holds the public education and other civil matters
should be conducted without the introduction of the religious element, take religion out of it.
You don't bring it into education. You don't bring it into your economic policies, you don't bring it into your politics, etc. That's supposed to be
They're not to say that it really isn't there. It may come in motion the right wing fundamentalist Christians, it does happen. But in theory, the theory of secularism is that it's not supposed to be there.
On the other hand, Sharia requires the institution of religion, religious laws, and principles at all levels of government. And at all levels of social organization.
complete opposites. secularism says no religion. Islam says, religion everywhere.
You know, so these two things, there is a natural clash. I mean, it doesn't necessarily mean that everybody has to be picking up weapons and killing each other. No, I mean, that's, you know, how people deal with the clash. But reality is that there is a clash, which has no compromise in terms of the fundamental beliefs. Because for secularism to adopt religion in areas, that means they're no longer secular.
For is for Islam, for Sharia, for Muslims to say, in certain areas will adopt secularism. This is no longer implementing Sharia, we're implementing a piece of the Sharia and not others. Right. Took me noon, everybody. kitabi, we'll talk about, as the law says, Do you believe in a part of the book and this believe in a part? So these two are at odds?
democracy, which is the other principle usually thrown out by Western civilization, because they call themselves secular democratic?
democracy, supposedly, the rule of the people,
many Muslims have been diluted by this.
That Yes, democratic principles are good, you know, what the majority wants is good to, to judge and to rule society by that, you know, what's wrong with Islamic democracy?
reality is that democracy,
from its origins, never existed. Democracy supposedly came out of Athens, ancient Greece, this is where the idea came from the rule of the people. But Ancient Greece
had a majority of citizens or majority of us, citizens of the state, who were slaves. 60% of their population were slaves, who had no right to vote.
The remaining 40%, half were women, or more, and they also have no right to vote. So democracy, the rule of the people meant the rule of the free male citizens 20% or less.
So that's not the rule of the people. So it wasn't in its inception. And in the West today, it isn't, of course, they do go through, you know, the exercise of elections. And, you know, politicians taking talking and you know, people voting and they go through all these motions, which gives them the impression that they are involved in the process. But realities are they're not
the wish of the people is not implemented in the West. It is the wish and the desire of a small ruling element.
And that has not changed, and even democracy as a system, the philosophy of democracy, and you should understand that it is not just a political system. As is pointed out, this is mentioned in
Western thinkers say, Western democracy reaches beyond the confines of government, and affects all phases of human relations.
That's why they teach it to the children at the earliest age, the idea of democracy, they grow up with it, this idea that you must have democracy. But if we look at the basic principles of democracy, they are three. The first one is equality.
From the humanist rationalist point of view, all humans have one common trait the ability to reason
and this equalizes them.
From the Islamic perspective, we say as everybody's equal before God,
we're equally responsible before God so issues of equality in our system, we agree on that. But then when you look at the other principles, the other two principles Principle number two is called rational empiricism. That is, basically, that the human mind has the ability to deduce from historical and personal experience what is best for human society, human beings.
Looking over history, learning from the past, using their reason, are capable of arriving at laws which are best for society.
if we look at the most popular document,
representing the greatest, quote unquote, democracy in the world today, United States of America,
the American Constitution is called their most that's the document the founding document within by the founding fathers. What does it say in there? in Article One, Section two, entitled The three fifths compromise, it states there, that black men
were to be counted as three fifths of white men.
If you're a non white, you are only three fifths of a white man. This is the American Constitution.
So where are they capable of determining what really was best? While it was what was best for white people? Yes, and that is the nature of human beings. When we make laws, we make laws, which are what's best for our group. You know, you can't look at everybody. So you look at your group group, those who are close to you. So your laws benefit you. But when they benefit you, they're going to harm somebody else. That is the nature of human laws. And that's why we say no, as Muslims, that the judgment, the law should be with a loss of Allah, he's the one who should decide for us what is right and what is wrong. Let him set the laws for society.
The third principle, that of discussion and consent, discussion and consent, meaning that when we have to make a decision as Democrats, and I don't mean the party, but personal supports democracy, when we get together to make a decision, then we take a vote,
whatever the majority wants, that now becomes our decision.
Sounds good. I mean, on a basic level, it's okay. If you live in a community, and you have to decide whether to put a stoplight at the crossroads, which is in the middle of your community or not. And the majority of people hold that, yes, we should put a stoplight there. Because there are accidents happening, etc. But no harm in taking a decision on the basis of that. But now, when right and wrong.
Good and Evil is decided this way. You're in trouble.
Because what it means is you have no moral foundation for your society. The moral Foundation has been removed. Because what is good today becomes bad tomorrow. What is bad today becomes good tomorrow. So you have no foundation for morality, which is what makes us human.
Technology technologically in the West? Yes, the West has, you know, produced all kinds of stuff, wonderful things coming out of their ears, you know, rockets, you know, cars, submarines, everything, you know, look at the animals around running fast. Okay, we have a car that goes so faster than the fastest animal. We have planes that fly faster than the fastest birds, we have submarines that can go deeper than deepest fish, you know.
We're able to do all those things technologically. But morally, what has happened to these societies, they are in moral chaos. The societies are crumbling from within, because of this lack of moral foundation. And, of course, the biggest expression of that is what we're facing from the west, and its defense of homosexuality.
homosexuality, which back in the 60s, was considered something evil and corrupt.
The average American when he asked was asked about homosexuality used to say, nasty, filthy,
bad, and abomination unto the Lord.
By the 70s, you ask the average American What do you think about homosexuality? Hmm. A alternative lifestyle.
different choices. You know, people have different way they want to live different strokes for different folks, you know that this, this was the change, complete change in 10 years, people change radically.
And this is a product of democracy.
And not only do we have a change in the attitude towards homosexuals, meaning that's alternative lifestyle.
With the pressure of the homosexuals, they want you to like them.
Not only do you accept them, but you must like them, you know.
So those people who don't like them now are labeled, Ill mentally deranged. The illness is called homophobia.
psychiatry is now treated, if you have this, you can be sent in court, it's shown that you're homophobic. Now you can be sent to a psychiatrist as part of your, your punishment to for him to reprogram you, you know.
So, this is, this is the danger. This is the big danger, which among the dangers that we are faced with. And
that's only one example of many, many examples that we can give from the product of a lack of moral foundations. Whereas from the Islamic perspective, homosexuality is an evil.
It is punishable by death.
No matter what arguments, homosexuals and their supporters will bring, that it is genetic,
People are born that way. They've been all kinds of arguments, you know, but we say no,
we don't accept it. Any more than we accept that a person is born a murderer, born a rapist, born any other criminal things? And yes, you can find scientists who are saying it's in the genes, or even to be a murderer is in the genes. You know, you have scientists who have tried to identify genetic basis for murder, that we say still.
We may all have inclinations.
gets angry at a time.
And you reach the point or many people reach the point where they feel like killing somebody. Okay, but we restrain ourselves afterwards. Right? You have that feeling? But you still you stop yourself. You're not a robot in the sense that once the thought comes in your mind, you must implement it. No. That's not us. We are able to stop what we think about what we desire to do. We have the ability to control ourselves as different from the animals. The animals don't have that they only instinct, hungry. I must eat. You know, I don't stop and determine which food should I eat. If I see a deer running, you know, a mother deer with little deers following it, I don't stop and say, Oh, I
shouldn't kill that mother. They're looking after the little deer. Let me go find another deer, right? No, hey, the deer comes he's gonna eat. Right? He has no sense of morality, okay, but we human beings, we do have this, we are able to make distinctions we do choose, we do make choices, we have that ability. So if a person has those inclinations for whatever reason,
he is or she is required to control them. That's the bottom line. So in the same way, a person is not supposed to commit adultery, though people have desires.
There's not supposed to commit adultery, and if they committed elgi, there's a severe punishment for them. And the same way, homosexuality because it's harmful. Why did the law prohibited because it's harmful, harmful to society harmful to the individuals, we have AIDS, clear evidence that it is harmful, you know, so the positions held by Islam on various
malpractices sins etc. in society, these positions will never change.
Changes in people's values and people's outlook. And this is happening, you know, as Muslims are exposed to the media,
Oprah Winfrey, you know, and all the different shows where homosexuality is being presented in a nice way.
adultery, fornication is being presented as nice things to do. If you do it nicely, it's okay.
When you do it, not nicely, it's not good. It's how you doing? Not what you do. Right. So this is being promoted, you know, through the satellite dishes and magazines where we're absorbing this. So it is not surprising, and I've heard Muslims in the West, you know, expressing defense for homosexuality. Actually, in California, there is a homosexual Masjid.
In Toronto, homosexuals expressed intention to do it. Muslims in Toronto were up in arms. I said if you put up any such Masjid will burn it down. So they didn't do it openly but they have one in secret.
So, you know this, these attitudes of people they can change, but Islam and the principles of Islam
will never change. And that is the difference the fundamental difference between the Islamic civilization as it exists and Western civilization, though on a, on a political level, we could say most Muslim countries have accepted Western values. They're implementing Western laws. But
has not accepted it.
Islam will never accept it.
And this is why they're busy trying to change people's textbooks. And you know, like they're, they've taken over, looking at textbooks of the Gulf states, you know, and trying to remove from these textbooks religious courses, they've dropped them here, for example, in, in, in Doha, the new year, the schools that are functioning in Doha, in the coming years government schools, these schools will no longer have Islamic studies as a requirement. It is dropped from the syllabus as a requirement. And this is UNESCO recommendations, un recommendations, you know, in Saudi Arabia, the texts, they are being reviewed in Egypt, same thing they're being reviewed, to, to correct them, as
they put it, you know, to remove from them hatred for Jews and Christians and so on. So, you know, because that's how they perceive it.
on a political level, yes, Muslims are being affected. But Islam, no, they cannot affect Islam. And as long as there's Muslim scholarship, that true understanding of Islam is maintained, is protected. And this is what they, it irks them, they can't change this. And this is what creates the clash of civilizations, China, for example, 1 billion people.
They accepted secular democracy with communism. But multitone did the Long March took over, instituted communism, that was secular democracy
in its most harsh form, because in communism, not only do they remove religion from state function, they declare war against religion.
And communism, right. In India,
where you have the majority of Hindus.
Hinduism has no economic political system.
They adopted secular democracy that's in the
Constitution of India, that there are secular democratic.
So it's only the Muslim world. It's only Muslims, the other billion people who refuse to accept this way. And as such, you find the politics of the West Western countries in dealing with Muslim countries is on this basis.
They will shout secular democracy, but really what's most important is secularism.
Because in Algeria, for example, some years back in the 90s, when they were going to have democratic elections, they were having them and the Muslim party was winning if I asked, and the military stepped in and stopped the elections. The West was silent.
What happened to democracy then? secularism of the military, no, that's, that's what we want.
We'll pause here for the end.
Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah.
On the other hand, we're just talking about how the West deals with the Muslim world.
On the other hand, when we look at
Sudan, for example, Sudan, which had many American and British companies in their doing, searching for oil and these kind of things, and you know, they had direct influence. When Sudan adopted Islamic law, Sharia back in like 18 1984,
America began an economic blockade of the Sudan,
which has remained till today 20 years of economic blockade. Why, because of Sharia,
to try to remove it, supporting Garang and the others in the south trying to split up Sudan force, the Sudan needs to back off with the Sharia,
the Sudan maintain, to continue to develop itself etc. And you know, has achieved you know, great strides but at a big cost, and a big cost. And all of it is about Sharia.
So this you will find consistently throughout the Muslim world, whenever the West deals with them, they're dealing from this perspective. If you
are secular secular, you promote secularism. You're welcome. We'll help you We'll aid you in ways unimaginable Turkey for example, Turkey, who was founder Kemal Ataturk
committed himself to secularism he tried to destroy Islam in the country altogether.
He prohibited people from wearing turbans
right and the bush, the cap, the red cap, forced them to wear bowler hats, you know, like when they were in Britain is captured
and disallow them from wearing scrubs.
He ordered that the a van be given in Turkish
and he brought chairs into the masjid
tried all of this.
But the will of the people would not allow him to change Islam. Eventually these things were dropped.
But the attitude towards secularism still remains the military maintains that and America supports them. Do you know that the F 16.
Now the F 16. Read about this is you know, the most powerful jet fighter right? American jet fighter
It is made in Turkey.
They make them in Turkey. only country in the Muslim world where they allow them to actually make f 16th other countries they will give it to you when you trade off certain things and they will remove things from it and these kind of things right? They don't give it to you like it really is right? But they'll give it to you. But in Turkey, they make them
that's their trust in the Turks, the secularists because this military there is really hard so harsh that for example, there was a case of a Member of Parliament female Her name was Merv cahuachi. She had been elected to Parliament.
And she came in to accept her appointment wearing a scarf. Not a job in the you know, full Senate by a just a scarf coat and a little scarf covering her head. Wearing that scarf. In Turkey. It is not permissible to wear a scarf, in any public office, teachers universities all is prohibited. She came in to accept her appointment, wearing a scarf in the parliament. The people of the Parliament inside the rest. They got up and throw out
and they took away her citizenship.
She had Turkish and American citizenship, they canceled her Turkish citizenship.
That's Turkey. I mean, we complain about France what France is doing the job. This is Turkey, you know, and
they are supported. In America. Of course, if a person is discriminated against because of wearing a scarf, you can take them to the courts. They end up being fine and all kinds of things happening. And okay, this is quote unquote democracy.
But what is most important is secularism and that is
The, as I said the foundation of the clash between Western civilization and Islam.
As I said, while I usually Kofi Hockney, he had
this is the stance of Islam, that the Sharia does not accept any change.
It is divine law which will rule
Western civilization promotes that religion should have no place in law.
Okay, that basically covers what we're going to cover today it's finishing off really 2526 and inshallah next session next Friday, we will look at verse 27, and 28, verses 2728. Are there any questions before we pause?
But as questions as we'd have no Khalifa no Islamic ruler, do we have to strive for it? Yes, we have to strive for it. But how do we strive for it? That's the question, you know, practically, you know, the idea it is Islam. Islam, having a halifa is from Islam. We can say it's Modi's idea. No, Modi, and others has not been and others did promote the struggle to establish Islamic law, the idea that Islamic law Sharia should govern Muslim peoples, that is a valid, that's a valid struggle. But the question is, how does one go about it?
The point that we have to start from, of course, is the correct belief of Muslims, we have to correct the foundations. And then we build the structure above it, the approach where we build the structure and then later on correct the foundations doesn't work. So it's the difference of approach, correct approach is that we have to start with number one aqeedah.
We have to correct that, where we have established that and what is built on top of it, then we can establish state etc. But if that is not there, then whatever structure we build will be weak, its foundation will be weak, it will fall.
So our duty Yes, is to work towards the khilafah. But how do we do it? We do it by doing whatever we can to implement the laws, Sharia in our own lives. And whatever walk of life we live, we exist, we try to implement it where we are that much ally is going to ask us about To what degree Did you implement Islamic law in your family and your household? And your community? You will not ask you, why didn't you establish the conifer,
what you're doing is one of the steps necessary for the establishment of the khilafah.
But you focus on what you're actually able to control and to change.
What is beyond your control and change, for you to put all your energies in it is to waste your energies.
So it's a matter of the concept is valid concept. But how do we go about it? This is the issue for the question.
After the word.
Okay. All right.
Let me just add to that one.
As this is question, is it when a person becomes a Muslim? Should you remove your name from the list? The voting list? For example, in America, you have a voters list for you to vote, your name should be on this list. So should you remove your name and not vote? No, not necessarily.
is something that may be necessary to protect the community from harm
the system, if you're living in America, of course it's an Islamic system. Right? We cannot uphold what it stands for.
But if you have two people who are seeking election,
one of the two
will be we'll be elected. Whether you like it or not.
One of them is an open enemy of Islam.
The other one
What do you do here? Do you just say, I leave it to Allah? No. If you have a vote, which can support that one who speaks nicely about Islam is seems to be moderate, then you use that vote to try to bring in the lesser of the two evils.
the lesser of the two evils. So I would not say you need to strike a name of the voters list, you use your vote, where it is a value, when they when they when the next election comes, and the two people who are vying are just as bad. two evils
none better than the other. Don't bother to vote once you die, is that have no effect no benefit.
But where there is a benefit? That could come back to the community, then you utilize it at that time?
in many countries,
already, we did. Yeah. We mentioned actually before in the previous session, rather just mentioning about, you know, mentioning a last name as a means of Vicar, just repeating a last name over and over again, saying a lot, a lot, a lot, a lot A lot. You know, this, of course, is as meaningless as it is in English. You know, your name is Tarik somebody keeps calling you thought at Pirate Party thought it for it. You know, you're going to say what is wrong with this man here? What do you what do you want? Tell me what it is you want. But he just keeps saying thought about it got exotic. Similarly, using a lot of names in that in that way, of course, it's not acceptable. It wasn't the
way our Prophet Muhammad SAW Salah or his companions. And it is meaningless.
It is meaningless. It is from
Hindu tradition. As we mentioned all I'm repeating it this way I made the mention previously.
Yeah. First one.
Sisters question. What is the status of a Muslim who says homosexuality is genetic?
Well, actually, that's an opinion.
There could be a medical basis for it, where some people have greater inclinations and others. As we said, there is not the issue that could be there. But the point is that simply because the person has an inclination doesn't justify his application. Because we all may have implications that may you know, inclinations, we said, sometimes you get so mad, you want to kill somebody. So simply because it is, you know, this happened and you had this feeling, it doesn't mean you're now justified in doing it. So even if somebody said that not an opinion, and really it has not been established scientifically. In fact, those arguments for it were shut down. You know, it's not it's
not correct. People may in ignorance think that the drill is supported genetically, but it isn't. But even so, even if it does happen in the future, that they do find some genetic link, that doesn't change the fact for us, that it is still haram and punishable. So if a Muslim said, Well, I believe it has genetic origin, it doesn't mean now Okay, you're in California. Now, you've made some statement which is covered No, no, no, this is just an opinion, scientific, etc. The the question rather was asking with regard with regards to Unix, that is a person who has been castrated, who have been used as guardians for the harems. How do you, you know, in some points in time, in the
Muslim state, the Ottoman Empire, they were known for it, and
existed also in pre Islamic times in Egypt and elsewhere. Islam has no support for it, there's nothing in the Quran to support it. And in fact, it is forbidden haram to castrate somebody, you know, I mean, it was being done actually in Christianity to they did it for kids, when the kids that were in the choirs, the male youth, they used to castrate them to keep their voices high, you know, so they would have high, you know, voices, not get deep bass voices. So they would castrate them. So people have done it, you know, in different societies for a variety of reasons, but it's not the
acceptable islamically at all?
Okay, let me just answer that.
Okay, the last question concerning the women, there seem to be a contradiction in what I said earlier that voting in America is just a show, it doesn't really change anything. So then I said afterwards to vote to prevent the greater of the two evils, right, which was the lesser of two evils, you know, seems to be a contradiction. Now, as I said, you know, in the overall scheme of things, voting doesn't change anything. But on a lower level, it can make a difference between those people, because there is I mean, there for that show to appear real. I mean, there must be some reality to it. So there is people being elected people coming out people supporting policies, people
not supporting other policies, this does happen. So on a certain level, there is change of, of representatives. And those representatives do have policies, and they allow a certain amount of change. But change to the system as a whole. No. The major changes the major decisions are made by people behind the scenes. Right, not the people out front.
towards democracy. Yes.
The water coming in.
Yeah, that's what I'm saying. Basically, it isn't really not contradictory.
Well, I think
okay, brothers last question. Do we have a pattern for Islamic government? No, we don't from the for righteous scholars, we have four patterns, which indicate for us that you know, we are free to choose whatever system that we want as long as it does not contravene Islamic Sharia.
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