Channel: Bilal Philips
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Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Karim?
Allah Allah is hobby woman is finishing material on the deen
all praise due to Allah millas Peace and blessings on the last messenger of Allah
unable to follow the guidance which he brought, until the last day.
If we go back
a few sessions
in verse 15, of the 18th chapter, which we're looking at the chapter of the cave, where 50 and 51
Allah subhanho wa Taala spoke about the ancient past,
he addressed the issue
of safety, Satan, Satan's relationship with human beings.
the first is that our supporters, followers of Satan,
and their relationship with human beings,
the effects shift
to the last day,
to the end of the world, to the Day of Judgment,
in verses 52 through
Well, our speaks there about the consequence for those who followed the satanic forces Satan and his cohorts
and worshiped others besides the law,
what would happen to them on that day
as a means of
degradation, they will be called and instructed
to call on those who they were worshipping besides Allah,
in this world, besides God,
and of course,
they will not be able to help them
and further descriptions of the Day of Judgment. Then in verse 64, which and which we looked at last week,
Allah spoke about the Quran,
topic is shifting to the Koran itself. And the power bills, the explanations which are given in the Quran,
for human beings to clarify their relationship with God,
the purpose of their creation.
Yet, the verse addresses the fact that human beings are argumentative
and in spite of the evidence, which is brought to them, the points which are presented before them.
The nature of human beings is to argue,
and we talk about the issues of argumentation. What elements of argumentation are positive and good because simply because one is argumentative doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad sign. It's a it's a bad sign where one is argumentative.
when presented with the truth,
which one knows to be the truth within oneself.
But to question where falsehood may be brought, is the whole thing. We should have a questioning attitude, not blindly accepting things
because that is the basis of misguidance blind acceptance.
In verse 55, which we'll be looking at today, 55 and 56.
while continuing the thought of human beings in relationship to guidance and an argumentation
in verse 55, the law says there
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Yet, when guidance comes to people, nothing prevents them from believing and accepting forgiving and asking forgiveness of the Lord, except that they await the arrival of the punishment of their predecessors, or the torment be brought to them face to face.
And this was
the almighty games the most common reason for people rejecting guidance, divine guidance
found in the variety of parables and Quranic teachings, the teachings of the prophets of old,
what stops them from believing in the message
is not that they do not find it truthful.
But their stubbornness and obstinacy, based on the same arguments used by the people of old, they want to experience the consequence of this belief for themselves, to be sure.
So Allah begins,
saying, where mama and NASA
Buddha was born. Yet when guidance comes to people, nothing prevents them from believing and asking forgiveness of the Lord,
for people to be responsible, they have to be free to choose to believe or not believe, to repent or not repent.
Therefore, more stress is here. There is nothing preventing them in this regard, meaning
that they have no excuse for rejecting the truth.
Furthermore, the message was clearly delivered free from any obscurity, regarding its essential teachings,
which is why Prophet Mohammed may God's peace and blessings be upon him
was reported by airbags, even sorry to have said,
I have left you on a clear white plane,
whose night is like its day,
wherever deviates from it afternoon, we'll be destroyed.
I've left you on a color white plane,
whose life is like it today.
Wherever deviates from it after me will be destroyed. The message of Islam is clear.
So much so that the day is like the knife is like the day night which is normally
where one would have difficulty seeing things.
From the Islamic perspective,
the night of Islam is like it there.
It is completely clear. The message, the teachings are laid out in full detail.
Which is one of the things which make Islam particularly attractive
to people who reflect on the religious systems, which are usually very complicated with all kinds of histories and and difficult things to grasp whether it's Trinity's or
right two other concepts which can be found in the various religions.
When you come to Islam, and you look at the concept of God,
and human beings, their relationship purpose of creation, all these different things, we find them very clearly enunciated very clearly expressed.
And that has remained the same until today
is not a question that years after Prophet Mohammed,
may God's peace and blessings be upon him.
The teachings of Islam were established. What are the basic pillars of practice basic pillars of faith that we all know, these were not established hundreds of years afterwards, you know, for example, like the Nicene Creed of Christians 325 325 years
after the time of Christ,
bishops got together voted and decided who God was
and who Jesus was,
and who was the Holy Spirit.
They chose certain Gospels and cetera. So the religion was the equal effort
of the belief system of the religion was formulated at that point some 325 years after the time of Christ.
And as time passed the changes,
one looks at the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, how it has evolved, splitting off of the Protestants, how their teachings evolve the different splinter groups of the Protestants and each group developing its own, you know, theology, etc, etc.
So, you have something which is changing, constantly evolving,
which indicates the human element that its mandate, that is the nature of things which men make,
that they always have to upgrade, time passes, they have to correct what was misunderstood before they have to upgrade it, version 2.1, you know, etc, etc. This is the nature of things which we make
is the things which God creates,
there is no waiting,
when he creates when he lays down the law for humankind, he will knows the nature of human beings,
because he created them
knows that that nature will not change.
He lays down
a set of laws, a system, a way of life,
which doesn't need to be upgraded. It is applicable in any place, and in any time.
So the message remains the same 1400 years ago, if you were to ask the companions, the disciples of the Prophet, may God's peace and blessings be upon him? Yes, are the pillars of this lab?
The same thing they would say, have said 1400 years ago, in the time of the Prophet is the same thing you can ask any Muslim child? What are the pillars of Islam? He rattled them off for you. What are the pillars of faith of a man the six pillars of faith
1400 years ago, the same ones which I said today, that way of life which is established them remains
available today in the security there are Muslims may not be practicing it.
The Muslims may have deviated.
The reality is that that way of life is still available, it's still there. And in every nation, in every part of the world, there are among Muslims, those who decide to try to implement it, as it was revealed.
Because that is the
way of salvation.
In the implementation of that message, which was revealed
to Prophet Muhammad may God's peace and blessings be upon him
1400 years ago,
not in modern interpretations that people may make,
in order to
modify Islam or to
create some changes to make it acceptable to
existing attitudes or, or morality or whatever, which is a consequence
of the globalization
of Western culture.
where that element exists,
the clear teachings, the pure message remains accessible.
Now, if one were to ask a question today,
do you have access
to the original teachings and way of life of Jesus Christ? You have no idea what it
What they know is what the Church teaches,
which was not the way of life of Jesus, nor the teachings of Jesus Himself.
The conglomeration of, of teachings and beliefs and philosophies, etc. Which of the word Christianity has passed through and evolve and change. This is what they have in their hands today. So even Protestants who thought they were breaking away from the
Huge structure which Catholics had built on top of the teachings of Christ.
Protestants thought, we're going to go back to the original, they didn't go any further back, then to 325. Back to bow, they will still got stuck there. They never got back to the time of Christ.
What was he actually teaching
for God, but it is true companions, his disciples actually believe and follow.
who was the representative of Jesus, who headed the Jerusalem church,
till the time of its destruction,
he and his teachings, and the disciples that were with him, are recorded. It's recorded in Christian sources, and some modern Christian
theologians have written about it.
And one of them,
in one of the books I have in my office,
have James, not been martyred, killed.
Christianity would not be what we know it as, as we know it today. In other words, if Paul wouldn't get in ascendancy and create
that religion of known as Christianity Today, the Christianity which the world would be following would be quite different from what it is today, another writer, he said, that the tradition of James
was designated to lead the church and who Paul is, came from Antioch, to sit under and be scolded for changing and modifying, and creating.
He mentioned that the tradition of James
remains alive today in Islam,
these are Christian theologians or writers.
as the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said, I left you I have left you on a clear white plane, whose knife is likely today, whoever deviates from it, after me will be destroyed.
So the refusal of those to whom the message came those who refused to accept that message, it was due basically, to obstinacy.
It wasn't a matter that the truth didn't get to them clearly. Because of course, you may have somebody who rejects the message because it didn't come in a clear form, it was obscured, it was distorted. So that person
legitimately could argue against it and could reject it.
The message when it came 1400 years ago, to the people of Quraysh, the other Arab tribes, the message came
clear. But they took the same route.
Many of them took the same route, as the people of old, mentioned in different stories in the Quran, when the people when the people of Schreiber
when he came, Prophet tried came with a message. This is mentioned in Surah, SRA
chapter 26, verse 187.
When he came with a message to them, they said to him, for outspeed to Allah, kiss FM minister MA in Terminal saw the pain, so it can cause a piece of heaven to fall on us. If you are in de throughflow.
This was their response to the message which he brought to them
and to the people of mood.
the other dinner he saw the team, they are last tormentor mock upon us if you are truthful,
like a challenge. This was their response. The message is being brought to them clearer, explained. Who is God through God because of course all these people are involved in different forms of idolatry.
What human variation should be to that guy
etcetera etcetera and this is a response after hearing everything okay if it's true then then the punishment on us Let's see it
and to Prophet Muhammad may God's peace and blessings be upon him and all the prophets
it is recorded in Oklahoma they said the Quraysh said to him was fall in love in my in Canada has
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And allow goes on.
After saying yet when guidance comes to people, nothing prevents them from believing and asking forgiveness of their Lord.
Believing and asking forgiveness from their Lord, we are still
this added phrase stressing the importance of repentance.
There are even a person who believes
must ask repentance. If a person believes and thinks that he or she is free of sin and guaranteed paradise in anything else.
They are deviated. They've lost their way. So we find a lot of stress in here.
from believing the nothing preventing them from believing and asking forgiveness Prophet Muhammad may God's peace and blessings be upon him It said oh people turn to Allah in repentance and seek His forgiveness, for surely I do so 100 times daily.
And if a disbeliever accepts Islam,
he must ask a last forgiveness for his previous sins. And if he does, so, his previous sins will be erased. As the Almighty said in Surah, Al and fall
chapter eight verse 38.
interview, you might
say to those who disbelieved. If they stopped this believing their past sins will be forgiven.
Then Allah vanilla goes on completing
in to him similar to novoline, except that they await the arrival of the punishment of their predecessors. similar to ours already in this is actually a phrase mentioned in a number of places in the Quran, Sunnah we know means the Way, Way of Life, or the way things are or the way things happen. So similar to our will, in our Lena de early generations of people, the predecessors, that
the way things happened to them was that they were punished.
A general punishment, when the punishment came, it came upon all of the people, the prophets escaped those that are close to them that followed them. And then the rest of the people suffered the punishment, as in the case of Prophet locks, who drive and so on.
forever in the case of the nation, to whom Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was sent.
And we know that nation is the world.
He prayed to Allah and asked
a comprehensive punishment or punishment, which would include everybody would not be visited upon his nation.
Because it's so great, so vast,
it would last for so many, so many years throughout time, to the end of the world. This all represents his nation, the last of the prophets.
So punishment, this prayer of the prophets was answered, and punishment. If it comes, it comes to particular areas and not to the world as a whole.
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face to face, meaning until they see it with their own eyes.
And that would be on the Day of Judgment.
These words also means that nothing prevented the people from belief and repentance, when the messenger is brought them clear evidences, except allows knowledge that they would not believe.
And they already knew that they will continue in their disbelief until punishment of earlier nations came to them, or the punishment of the Day of Judgment
And this morning is also mentioned this concept is mentioned in different places in the Quran.
For example, in
10th, chapter, verse 9697, and then maybe in the Hakata, Allah kenema, to Arabic Allah,
truly, those against whom the wrath of your Lord has been justified will not believe, even if every sign came to them, until they see the painful torment.
this first verse was 55,
can be understood in two ways. One,
I hear that people are not prevented from
belief, except by their own obstinacy
expressed in their requesting from the prophets and the messengers who came to them,
sent down on them descend on them is punishment, if they are in fact truthful challenges.
It may be understood that nothing prevented these people, except for the fact that
God already knew
they would not believe that within themselves.
They are chosen disbelief to such a degree, and there are people like this,
who no matter what evidences are brought to them. In some ways, in the Quran, Allah says, even if the dead came out of the graves and spoke to them,
they wouldn't believe
The same time Allah mentioned elsewhere,
that even though they are disbelieving, rejecting, etc, they still know the truth within themselves.
So it is still an element of obstinacy.
It is not for lack of knowledge of the truth. Because obviously, if the dead came out of the grave of you and told you what's happening, is for you to want to believe then you've got a serious problem here.
In verse 56,
Allah speaks about the role of the messengers.
Continuing with the fact about people rejecting the message, the teachings,
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I only send messengers to bring good news and to warn.
But those who falsely dispute in order to refute the truth,
and they mock my voices and warning.
In this verse, Allah clarifies the role of the prophets.
Their role was not to bring evidence of the forthcoming punishment to the people. Well, is it to show them that the next life show them the things of the next life in this life
as the disbelievers demanded?
Because we're evidence is of this nature brought to them
when the issue of faith
would be meaningless.
Belief would be automatic
COVID question, who will challenge
everybody will be believers
depends on belief in the unseen,
trusting information that
they cannot see the source from which that information came
the duty of the messengers to force people to believe in their message.
The main duty of the messengers was to convey the good news of paradise for those who obey them, and warn people of the punishment of hell for those who disobey them, disobey the
And it is up to the people after that, to either accept that message, or to reject it.
moving in, I only sent messengers to bring good news and to warn
means that they are not sent also, without purpose. Allah sent them with a purpose. They were not sent to be taken as nodes as gods, as Jesus was taken, and others before.
Belief in the messengers
within the final message of Islam, was elevated to the fourth pillar of faith
is that important, as the fourth pillar of faith, meaning one who says I don't believe in the messengers
has left Islam, they're not considered to be a Muslim.
Regardless of what they consider themselves to be
their other Islam
it is a requirement.
Why is belief in the messenger so important because of the fact that
in the messenger
is actually this belief in the message.
This belief in the messenger needs you ultimately to disbelieve in the message.
This is why I actually believe in the messenger. Messenger is in general, while being the fourth pillar of faith. It is also the second element of the first pillar of faith,
the declaration of faith itself, the Shahada, composed of two elements, La Ilaha, Illa law,
there is nothing worthy of worship, but the ones who got a law
and the second element.
And Mohammed was a messenger of a law.
Or in Jesus's time, Jesus was a messenger of a law or a Moses time, Moses was a messenger of a law that was a requirement for one to be a true believer for the declaration of faith.
One was declaration of belief in God and the other one is belief in the messenger.
So Jews who believed in Jesus
validated Jesus, their own faith, right, those Jews who believe in Jesus as a messenger, validated their faith in Him, those who rejected him as a messenger
who degraded him,
slandered him, etc. They invalidated their faith.
So they remain Jews, Jews as the people of culture, a nation
but in terms of
appraisers have a message which was revealed by God to human beings
by prophets over many generations.
That was invalidated.
Similarly, Jews and Christians who believed in Muhammad, may God's peace and blessings be upon him and upon all the prophets. When
he came when he brought the message, they heard the message correctly.
Those who accepted it validated their faith.
Those who rejected it invalidated their face
and of course,
a large portion of those who accepted Islam and the first
25 years after the time of Prophet Muhammad, may God's peace and blessings be upon him. If we say in the time of the Prophet, majority of those who accepted Islam were Arabs, our pagans
there were some Jews in Medina
write some questions in Niger on
the vast majority of Arab pagans,
and the 25 years after
the time of Prophet
peace, be upon him when Islam spread
to Spain, across North Africa,
the borders of India,
heading down Egypt, towards Sudan, etc.
You know, that incredible spread rate of spread of Islam. Those areas that Islam spread in, for the most part, the exception of Iran, Iran was low Austrian, but people refer to as fire worshippers
were for the most part, Christians,
Libya, those countries were part of the Roman Empire.
Prophet Muhammad may God's peace and blessings be upon him.
reiterating that concept,
the concept of invalidation of faith of those who hear his message and don't accept it said,
among Christians and Jews,
that hears of me, but does not affirm his belief in what I have got, and die is in this state, will be among the inhabitants of
whoever among me, among soil, whoever, among Christians and Jews, who hears of me, but does not affirm his belief in what I have brought, and dies in this state will be among the inhabitants of hell. They mentioned here Christians and Jews, it doesn't mean it's limited to Christians and Jews, Christians and Jews. stressed why because they have a special status within Islam.
Muslims are allowed to marry Christian and Jewish women.
We can eat the food which they slaughter, they have special confession. Why because elements of revelation remain in the scriptures.
Whereas the other religions, Hindus, Buddhists and others,
the element of Revelation is hard to find.
You have to go digging deep into the text to find elements of Revelation.
So those who are speaking but also those among them, if, if those who are closest to us, closest to Islam whose beliefs are closest to Islamic beliefs, if they're not accepted,
then surely those that are farther.
It goes without speaking, are not accepted.
also addresses the deist claim
that God did not reveal anything to human beings. It merely created this word and left it to run on its own.
This claim is really a slight to God.
And it exposes the ignorance of the nature of God. When mighty addressed this point.
In surah, Al anon the ninth chapter was 96 chapters 91 saying, Well, my father in law Hockenberry is called the
Manzella marijuana basher in the shade.
They did not give a law his true value. When they said, Allah did not reveal anything to any human being
is 1400 years ago.
Allah mentions his first and this is one of the popular statements for many today, especially in the West,
where Christianity has crumbled.
It's been it's so complicated and mysterious with a lot of people. It's just easy to just
No. And the conclusion that people end up at is that, yes, there is a God, that He created this world and left it up to run on its own. This world is too insignificant. It's only a speck in this world, in our solar system, and our solar system in our galaxy, and our galaxy, in the universe, with all the other galaxies and everything else, millions and millions, we just send that to the search a little speck. I mean, God created this little speck to be so concerned about it, that he's gonna be revealing and, you know, it's like an anthill.
You pass by the answer, you know, who cares about an NGO
except for biologists, or whatever, okay, they, they care about until they go in and look and see what's happening in the anthill. But for the rest of us, it's insignificant, you know, it's something of value, no meaning.
So this idea is very popular. And of course, different arguments are used to support it, you know, whether it's, you know, all the wars that are caused by religion, so many different religions, and, you know, they all claim that they're the true religion, which one is it really, you know, a variety of different things that people raise, why?
We don't need to follow any religion, you know?
Or they may refer to it as, I don't believe in organized religion, right.
Always we raised the question. So you prefer this organized religion to you, you know, you should be organized religion, you know, what? You'd like something disorganized, something of your own making, you know, you can actually take from here they spin it all up. And you know, here's my religion. Well, common sense, tells,
tells us, tells them
that no company in which the employees do not know the job descriptions could possibly succeed.
Company, you don't tell the workers in the company, what are the job descriptions, they just roll in there? You pay them salaries, they roll in, and they're supposed to do something?
What kind of success do we expect from that company? The owner of the company, what do you think about this individual? We call him a wise, you know, astute mistake, this guy's an idiot.
Right? He's a fool is irrational, is a term we use for such a person. yet?
The DS claim, God created the world far more complex than a company in human beings.
And he didn't tell them what they're supposed to do here, no job description. Just do your own thing
can recognize at least on a human level.
How ludicrous that is.
How foolish how unwise it is, then we realize that to claim this to say this is really blasphemous. It is really an insult to God.
Something similar to the Christian claim that Jewish claim also, that God got tired on the seventh day after creating the world for six days, it just was just too much for him, he got tired. So he needed to take a rest on the seventh
was for me,
attributing human weaknesses, human follies, to God,
even maybe in a cafe bill Bethany.
But there's this false dispute in order to refute the truth.
All those who argue using falsehood to oppose the truth are addressed in this verse.
They have within themselves an element of disbelief, since it is the disbelievers who use lies to oppose and overcome the truth.
In the past, those who oppose the Prophet the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam himself, called him a magician is mentioned in different place in the Quran, or the column approach or a fortune teller.
And they refer to the Quran as ancient fables affected in our lives. Today, Christian evangelists like Jerry Falwell and others, label the Prophet selama terrorists
and the pedophile.
in spite of
But it is the disbelievers in general who will argue with using falsehood to oppose the truth to pose what they know to be the truth.
Some distinction has to be made between legitimate misunderstandings and doubts and intentional efforts to subvert the truth. As the Almighty said in verse 32, of the ninth chapter, October, he revealed
a law by him
while our carry healthcare rule,
they want to extinguish the light of the law with the nodes that allow will cause his life to be perfected. Even though the disbelievers hate it.
No matter how hard the disbelievers try to hide the truth, and to malign it, they will not succeed. In fact, the consequences of their actions will be the opposite of what they desire.
So we are for example, in North America,
in order to distort Islam, you know, reach their peak
and reach their peak,
And I don't mean this to say we're going to blame everything on the Jews, because of course, sometimes Muslims get into this syndrome where any bad things happen to any Muslim anywhere, it's a juby eyelid right, some Jew did it, right, the super Jew, I'm not, I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about a reality in terms of the media, and those who control the media in the US in particular,
that they are from Jewish
with an agenda
to promote and to protect the interests of Israel.
As a result,
in order to maintain and to protect,
the worst image of Islam has to be presented of Islam and Arabs being synonymous Islam.
this one island
just tried to survive
So this image is projected.
novels, all these different sources
you'll find steadily every year.
Novels will come out with
constantly feeding the American populace
which we recognize is a bad thing. Not a good thing.
deserves it, or whatever
was even 911 was a terrorist.
turned him into the biggest missionary for
as he prepared
as he put here to embark on his war against terrorism.
It became necessary to distinguish between the non terrorists
the terrorists, so he got up on NBC
top broadcasting companies speaking to the nation, telling them
It's not the religion This is an act of a small group you find it all religions you know groups of
religion of peace. So naturally the American population
mean all this time all these movies all these magazines
are really peace loving
consequence the consequence that Muslim Islamic centers
inundated with people were calling Can you send somebody to our association to our church or something to explain about these
accepted Islam in the month following
some places five times what it was
top of the bestseller list
ramifications the consequences continue
the intentions of those who are in the media
trying to use that media to create the worst.
And instead people are better acquainted to this
larger numbers are coming into the average you know, back then, prior to 911 it said was closer to 300 a day. Today, they estimated over four
regardless of what efforts are made,
to put out the light message
allowed or not permitted.
if people are expected to choose to be able to choose between right and wrong, will be held responsible will be judged.
When the truth has to be made
The truth has to remain.
God will never permit that truth
will stop here.
Take any questions.
five and six.
Okay, this question concerning the spread of Islam
the gap since that time, actually there hasn't been
a gap that remains until our time
with each change in leadership when the
facets came in
at a massive rate,
then it went into a decline. Then the Ottomans came on during the Ottoman standard spread again all the way to Vietnam.
We can run a talk about a gap which will be ready from the time of the
And I would just say that obviously in the last 100 years, we look at it over the scale. And
then it's not.
It just seems that
but it has
declined the revival. I mean, if we look at nations
from that time,
about 1000 years ago, what nation existed at that time exists today, the nation
the divisions that have taken place, political divisions, country borders,
has remained over that period of time.
And it continues.
I mean, still the figures that they mentioned, the
rate of growth of Islam internationally, far exceeds that
if we consider that Islam began,
because we believe that Jesus
some 600 years after,
and now, the numbers of Muslims
100 million less
expect them to catch up.
So, I don't really see a problem here. What we know is that when, when the Muslim nation is,
has its vitality,
when people are reviving the teaching, teachings have an impact on the society as a whole, then the
sent out missionary activity becomes much stronger amongst individual people, because, of course, we don't have a missionary tradition in the sense that, you know, you have people who are trained to call them, you know, religious people whose responsibility is to
convey the religious
tradition has always been just a natural natural
question from the women's side.
in the form of idols,
that puts them in the category of
So why then,
can it be that Muslims are allowed to marry Christians and they're not allowed to marry Hindus who worship idols?
Why this distinction?
As I explained earlier, this is a special concession made in the Koran
stated by the prophet
because of the fact that
in the Scriptures,
there still remains
a large amount of authentic
deviation and things in their practices, etc. Within the scriptures, there still remains
impressions of the
fact we have a number of people who
were Christians who converted to Islam saying that
I became a Muslim from reading the Bible
from reading the Bible itself, this led me to
this is a special
confession given in the ofan the crime mentioned in many places that the closest people
and this is closest.
Actually in terms of practice, the Jews are closer
terms of the various legal injunctions, etc.
Whether it's food laws, writing other things, you find similarities.
But the law says the closest
they're following the
according to the law,
they maintain the law
in rejecting Jesus,
made it much more difficult
to find Christians,
Jew that accepts Islam
this question here that I had said earlier that the Bible is written after the time of the Bible.
Old Testament is contained documents within well.
I was speaking about the Trinity,
which was adopted
400 years ago
and the gospel
within within hundreds of years after the
that information which was circulating,
which had some origin of truth, this is why you find still within the Gospels even though
in terms of authenticity, I would say in general, the Old Testament is more authentic
despite being much older than the New Testament,
the Gospels anyway, the writings of Paul
Christianity, much of it is based on the writings of Paul, these were not not revelations.
These are writings of somebody was from
anyway, the point is that
in the gospels
incidences which are attributed to Jesus, which are affirmed
as you find in the Old Testament, even larger body of material also
I read this question concerning some of his relatives
who are what we normally call now non practicing.
And if you told them you're not
fired, they wouldn't be the first to take you out there.
How do we classify such people?
If they believe
at least they say I'm a Muslim I believe that God is
basic, but you know, I'm drinking alcohol because I'm weak. You know,
my weaknesses etc. And you cannot say that
if they say what I'm drinking alcohol because I believe
it was just forbidden in the old days because you know, people didn't know how to handle
such a person.
depends really on what the actual state of their faith is. With regards to the teachings, etc. The practice then of course, you know, that's weakness. We all as human beings, everyone in the room, you know, maybe even feels himself or herself to be a practicing.
Simply because you did this around this forbidden thing you are no longer Muslim. It wouldn't be too many Muslims remaining on the face of the earth.
question, how did James's martyrdom change the face of Christianity? As I mentioned, James was the head of the Jerusalem church.
And he and those who follow them became labeled later on as the EPO.
They have the belief that God was one. Jesus was a messenger of God, Messiah. They continue to practice the Jewish traditions,
sometimes referred to as
the Judeo Christian,
or Jewish Christians, because they were indistinguishable in terms of their practice from the Jews. The only difference was in the belief with regards to Jesus the main body of Jews that rejected it, they help them to be a prophet of God.
Had they continued, because after
James was martyred,
then the Temple of Solomon was destroyed.
Temple of Solomon destroyed, all the Jews were driven out Jerusalem was the Jews as well as the Jewish Christians. They were indistinguishable from the Jews. They're all driven out. So the center that was the center of Christianity, up until that point,
many early writers referred to James as the first book.
And actually, there are more there's more information written about James than any other earlier, early figure from that first generation
than any other figure except football, that he has been hidden in history. Deliberately hidden from the main body of Christianity, most people don't.
So how do you preserve
can't really say the future but that way things were great. If he had his Christianity, if the teachings of Christ had spread from his base,
then it would have been monotheistic would not have been tried to
the monotheism found late Did you know that they that was there with James continued all the way up to areas and others continued it didn't die out, actually, over the centuries, it did shift from place to place Eastern Roman Empire did support,
you know, monotheism, unitarianism, etc.
So, we would say that had
and Christianity spread from the face that he was the head of,
then likely, Christianity would be
virtually indistinguishable from Islam.
the early Christians were indistinguishable from
going into finer detail with regards to the non practicing,
who is described as also not praying and not giving a cap.
As I said, again, you'd have to ask, why don't you give?
We said, well, lazy, I should.
he will be considered
if he said no
Don't need to
If he said, I'm not praying because laziness
the majority of scholars hold that he still remains a Muslim. But a minority of Muslim scholars do hold that his abandonment of
even if he says, I believe I should do it.
That is enough to take him out of Islam.
Because Prophet Mohammed
did say that the distinction between us and the disbelievers is Salaam,
whoever abandons it has become
that, as I said that, for the majority scholars was interpreted to mean that he becomes a disbeliever in actions is actually the element said, Whoever goes to a fortune teller
believes, and what he has told him, has become a disbelief.
So if you pick up your
magazine and read your horoscope, which is the fortune teller, accessible to each and every one of us,
you become a discipline.
That is an act of disbelief, that is the act, that disbelief is to serve a person does it they're committed the act, but doesn't necessarily that doesn't become a fact of faith.
Until one accepts that, I don't need to
question from the woman's side was the difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament?
Why do Christians today just follow the New Testament? Well,
the final statement today just followed
we only follow them.
The majority do accept
where they are rejected a
good portion of the law of Moses, the 10 commandments, things related to some elements of it.
They have rejected the stories of the prophets and things like this.
They have accepted fact they tried to interpret, you know, Jesus is coming. You know, as God born in this world, into text, they interpret the text from the Old Testament to support this. So they work with both you'll find them both Old Testament
books basically considered to be the books of Moses,
which constitutes what may be called a tour of the Jews. Further Further to that writings of
prophets and our thick material that scribe to profits and other figures amongst the Jews.
When you deal with even the Old Testament between Christians, between the Catholics and the Protestants, the Catholics have seven books in the Old Testament called the Apocrypha, according to the
Protestants, which they reject. So their Bible is different from that of the Catholics.
Catholics and Protestants being about 5050
Christian world, half the world believes in one by the other half believes in another
agreed upon by