Channel: Bilal Philips
salatu salam ala rasulillah Karim,
Allah Allah he was he, the Minister and the reason that you lay on the deen
All praise is due to a lot and a lot of Peace and blessings on this last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
As the brother said,
the next series of lectures that I'll be giving, will be under the general heading of the best of Islam.
And what is meant here is
the various traditions of the Prophet Muhammad wa Salaam, in which he stated that
the best of
charity, or the best money are the best have had are the best people know the best of martyrs. He has made a number of statements like this, where he has described the best of some aspect of his life. What I've done is I've gathered these together,
or some of them, and I will be presenting them and discussing the implications of these traditions of the Prophet Muhammad.
As you may recall, from what we have said, in the past, concerning the heartbeats or the sun, or the traditions of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, we mentioned that it is something which cannot be separated from
the Sunnah, or what Prophet Mohammed Al Salam has to say in what he did, has to be taken along with the plan. If we separate it from the plan, then we
put ourselves in a position where we are unable to properly understand the plan. So the sun are the main function of the sun
was to clarify for us the intended meanings of the fire.
To make, give us the details of the general
instructions which Allah gave in the plan.
We know just as a quick example, Allah tells us in the plan in many places to make a law
to protect our salon to three at the prescribed time. But the Quran does not define how do we say, when to raise our hands what to say in the prayer such as is not defined in the forearm. This comes from the center. And that is the case of most of the various principles of Islam.
There are a few exceptions where Allah has given details like in the case of the inheritance, he has given us a lot of the details, but in most of the various commandments of Islam, Allah has put them in general terms in the Quran, and it has been left up to the Prophet Mohammed on the long line, he was selling them to give us the details.
So as I said, the primary function of the Sunnah was to clarify the intended meanings of the program, and to give us practical demonstration of how to implement the commandments of
what we'll be looking at here
is not really the legal commandments,
which have to do with
when to pray,
the commandments of when to give the chi etc. What we'll be looking at in this next series are the
instructions or the guidance which
gave us concerning the various principles.
without missing, there is a bare minimum, we could say like the five times daily prayer, this is the bare minimum. If one doesn't do this, then one leaves Islam.
But that does not at the same time, eliminate
going beyond that. There is no maximum in terms of how much we may pray. We have a minimum.
But there are
many, many degrees that we can travel on with regards to prayer. And the higher we leave
Go in degrees with regard to prayer, the closer we come to God. And there are certain times of prayer,
outside of the compulsory prayers, recommended times of prayer, which are better than other times. So what we have here, in this next series of Hadith that we'll be looking at are the various advices was the Platinum Platinum gave us concerning the best of the various levels of the various deeds which we have been commanded to do.
Now, the first caddy, which we'll be looking at this one which concerns business,
trade or commerce.
And in its,
or under this heading, the prophet Mohammed Al Salam has said
the best earnings are from a bless sale
and the product of a man, all hands.
The best earnings
are from a blessed sale and the product of a man's own hands. This was reported by Abu Borgia in the yard
and collected by ashmit and sub Irani
in his book called Kevin, and john, and Kevin, you
know, this statements of the Prophet Mohammed Al Salam
was a response to a question asked by a blue water companion, a Buddha had asked him
what was the best means of earning a living.
The companions were very concerned about finding out
with regards to the religion, what is the best way to do this or to do that.
So whenever an opportunity arose, they would ask the Prophet Allah for guidance.
Now, the problems are seldom defined for him as a means of earning one's living.
That the best is from a blessed sale, a blessed sale, meaning one that is free from deception or cheating.
And that the goods and means of exchange are Hello.
Such a transaction
would have the blessings of a law on it.
And one would be rewarded for it.
Sometimes you might think that
we only get rewards for particular good deeds that we do, which have been specifically defined by a law acts of worship. But it's long, it's comprehensive, it covers all aspects of life. So, when a person
does deals in business as a business transaction, in which he is
truthful to God, he is aware of God and he does it according to the principles of Islam, then this becomes a righteous act on his part, and he is rewarded for
the problem has
this idea of a righteous sale
it is very enticing
for businessmen to cheat your customers.
Any of us who has been involved in business
knows that the temptation
to take advantage of the ignorance of the customer is great.
Those who take the most advantage, make the most money. This is what we observe.
If one just
basic exchanges, giving people their rights and not you know, seeking to deceive them in any way. Then one will make a moderately
this is the case most mostly.
However, if one wants to, you know earn huge amounts of money
Then one gets involved in various devious means, which, in one way or another ends up in tricking the customer.
Islam, because of the fact that human society
depends on business transactions, for us to be able to function as a society, where we have business transactions. on our left, we're buying our food, or buying our clothing, buying our home, buying our transportation, everything, everything we're doing
involves in one way or another, some form of business transaction, because the law is made us in such a social relationship, where we are interdependent, everybody depends on everybody else has something and we do not exchange our needs, provide for each other's needs. Really.
Allah has not made us in this fashion.
Communism proposal propose to set up a system where people would exchange freely the ideals of communism being from each according to his ability, and to each according to his needs. This is the basic philosophy are the philosophical goal, which communism had set for itself, that each person would strive according to his ability. If he was stronger than others, he would work twice as hard. But he would only take according to his needs.
If people were able to function like that, then society would not be in need of business
would need because each person will just do according to the benefits, and would only take back as a result of his efforts what he needed. So it means that there would always be surplus, the surplus is given to those who are weaker, who have lesser abilities. However, this is not how a lot has made us.
When a person works twice as hard as another person, then he wants to see twice as much in
return, this is how a lot created, we have a desire, to own and to possess, to control the things around us which make our lives comfortable, etc.
So, we will never agree
to work according to our abilities, and take according to our needs,
will willingly work according to our ability. But we take according to what that ability produces. If I work twice as hard, and it produces twice as much, then does my rights take twice as much.
And we're not going to be satisfied with anything less. And this is why when communism tries to impose the system in a domain, they failed, eventually,
they fail from the beginning. And it's finally just built up with every generation until you know the couple of generations that have passed until just recently now we see them all crumbling, and all kicking on straight out and out capitalist principles to run there.
Because you can make people work by putting a gun to their head,
but you will not get them to produce like a person who produces believing that he will get his right his rights or is due for the effort that he has made.
So this is why the communist economies
this reality that human society
is built on a series of commercial exchanges.
saw to it that these exchanges were were regulated in such a way as to protect
both the buyers and the sellers.
So we find according to the Islamic law, a series of commandments which the problems that Salim has given concerning sales, and most of the commandments prohibit deception in one way or another. For example,
Abu huraira reported to the province as a limit said, Do not leave sheep, you are selling unreal for a long time prior to the sale.
So whoever buys such an animal has the option of returning it after looking at, along with two handfuls of data, or cutting
a person and selling sheep
or goats or whatever.
If they leave the sheep on milk,
feeding it well, until then the others will become full with milk. So when they put it on the market, it appears to be a very productive sheep. Now, when you're going to buy your worth look to see the ones which appear to be the most productive. So now what you have done by keeping it on milk for so many days before the sale, is to give a false impression to the buyer that they're buying something which is particularly productive, when in fact it is not.
So problems are seldom said that if a person
buys the sheep, they're allowed to milk the sheep to test it, to see whether the milk will come back. You know, it has great consequences as they got it. And if it didn't, then they had the right to return.
But the problem was, I felt them also protected the seller
in that when the person returned, they also had to return along with it.
two handfuls of days,
for the value of the milk, because otherwise you may have some customers who go around buying this, she may sit at home, he brings it back, he goes he buys another one the next day he looks at his home. So he could just be providing not for himself just going around the market. So he couldn't not wait. She's the seller. So Islam,
you know, because it is so comprehensive, and it looks after the interests of all sides, it is protecting the interests of the buyer, and at the same time protecting the interests of the one who is selling
according to Islamic law also,
if you are selling a product,
which has in it a defect,
you must inform the buyer that the defect.
Now we know
in capitalist society, this goes contrary to the nature of business.
The most successful businessman is the one who is able to sell the most defective things, you know, in the largest quantity
because he's buying it cheaper than the regular price No, because when something is defective, they will sell those goods cheaper. So he buys these defective goods and he's able to sell it and make the same kind of money that the other person is selling the whole the whole goodgoodgood which is buying at a higher price. So this one is able to maximize this profit by selling defects. But according to Islam is pretty
You're selling your car, somebody wants to buy it, tell them what's wrong with it.
I know this sort of goes against what he was going to say well if I tell him that he's not gonna buy it
means I must fix the car up some before I sell it I have to put some more money in
you would hate to have bought a car believing that it was good and then after you drove it you know a few days later the clutch was out and the wheels fall off the engine breaks out. He said what is
the same way you would like to you shouldn't do somebody.
So you as a believer would inform the buyer of what is wrong with the guard. This means that this is not working so well.
if the person was knowing these things,
and such a sale when you sell it though you may not be able to sell it at the other price you know because when you've told them all this of course then you can come with the price of a car which is in good working order. Right You have to lower the price.
So it seems to you you have lost
air your money you're getting less but what has happened is that
Allah blesses that sale, and the value of the sale increases, which returns to you on the day of judgment when you need.
What happens for us is that we tend to be short sighted, we can only see what we get in our hands right now, you know, it means 1000, rehab less or 2000 yards less if we tell them. So it seems that we've lost 2000.
With the Muslim really, as far as
he's not just, he's not his, his whole thought is, his consciousness is not just of this world,
he is conscious of the fact that this world will end very shortly.
And there is another life to come,
the best of it will depend on what he does in this life
in terms of righteousness, and the worst of it will also be determined Likewise,
the problems are seldom was quoted by Hakim exam as saying, the seller and buyer have the right to keep or return goods, as long as they have not purchased
or until they punch.
If both parties told the truth, and describe the defects, and qualities of the goods, then they will be best in their transaction.
But if they told lies, or hid something,
then the blessing of the transaction would be lost.
To further emphasize the principle of honesty and business transactions, a lot revealed adverts in the prime condemning false, the false use of both in business transactions
have to live in alpha.
A B alpha said, a man displayed some goods in the market and swore by law that he had been offered a prize for it, which was not offered in order to cheat
one of the Muslims.
It was on that occasion
that the following verse was revealed, Indeed,
those who sell the faith,
they all to a law and their own, and their own solemn oath for a small price will have no portion in the hereafter.
Since we're 77 of Allium
it was common
then, and it is common now. The people in the course of selling, you know, will swear by
I find this in almost all the stores where there is some bartering taking place. You vote to buy this good, you know, tomatoes or whatever, and the price they offer you, you know, 10 reality. Reality law is, you know,
the person doesn't, I only buy one law via my only budget for four and a half weeks
I'm only making half a reality
and they're lying.
They really only by the system.
But they're swearing by a law the only party for four and a half three hours. So, you know, they have to charge you the top of the hour, you have to feel sorry for them, give them the slide,
method or this
expression and still has been condemned by Allah.
And a law says that they will have no portion in the hereafter. Such Zealand treats their fellow Muslims as people in society in the session will be destined to help
me doesn't mean that this act alone will carry wants to help but that if this becomes one's way of life, because this expression in the market ends up being expressed in your other dealings, you know, with your family, with your friends, etc. It doesn't stop there. You don't you're not a liar in the market, and you're another person outside the market. No. If you be if this becomes your habit, you lie, you're lying, lying all the time for sale of your goods. And when you're dealing with people outside of the market, you're going to be doing the same.
And the problem is that you no one who becomes a perpetual liar will go to hell.
We have been discouraged from even using any kind of oath in sales, it's not forbidden,
you may do so. But one has to be certain
that when one swears by a law that what one is telling is the truth.
And we know it is so easy for us to swear by a law and be like, this is why we're advised not to use or when selling for a limit said, the swearing by the seller may persuade the buyer to purchase the goods. But that will deprive the sale of a lot blessing.
Because this is why people swear to convince that person that this is really what they say. But in doing so, they deprive the blessing, the sale of the Lord's blessing,
the sale of things
which are of themselves prohibited is also prohibited.
pictures of living
beings, paintings, drawings, carvings of living beings, human beings or animals displayed.
So one in a store cannot sell these objects because one doesn't take it into their home and keep it doesn't mean that they may sell it
if a person accepts Islam for example, and they had some figures which are out of gold,
but they were figures of human beings or animals etc, then what they may do is just melt it down and sell the gold and get the value of the gold, but to sell the item
you know which becomes
a form you know, like an idol becomes in that same kind of category to sell such a thing.
Similarly, for example, we talked before and early officials about music.
If one comes to the realization that the music which is out there on the market, which we may have been collecting etc is prohibited.
Then when one realizes that one may not take up one record collection now and go and sell it, saying okay, I want to get rid of this, I don't want to deal with music anymore. So they go and sell it to somebody else.
Or if one had musical instruments, you know piano or guitar or something like this, and one finds out you know after reading for a Buhari, where the problems are sometimes prohibited such musical instruments, one comes to that realization is not allowed now for us to pick up instruments and summon.
This is a prohibited insert.
we have to be aware that what is being sold
cannot be of a prohibited nature. This is one of the things for example, or pitfalls that many Muslims fall into when they go to the west,
you will find many who have gone to the west to have been involved in businesses.
A person opens a restaurant.
Now for him to be able to have a successful restaurant on the status dude of the other restaurants which are there You must get a liquor license, you have to get a license to sell out.
So he does.
If he opens a grocery store, he must be selling along with it. Some beer or pork products work and
so you will go to America and you'll find any Muslims from this part of the world who are over there doing business and they are selling prohibited.
They may not be taking them themselves.
But they're selling
and in doing so, they have so they're famous for
the material world.
the problem was
according to Javelin Abdullah, it stated that the year of the conquest of Mecca, he heard a lot messengers say a lion is messenger has made illegal the sale of alcohol,
dead animals, pigs and idols that animals meaning animals
I have themselves what is known in Arabic as
an animal which dies of itself,
or is slaughtered in one of the prohibited ways by strangulation, for example, or by clubbing it's over the head. These type of animals are prohibited for us.
And it is also prohibited for us to sell such animals.
The people asked, what about the fact of dead animals?
For it is used in greasing boats in height, and people use it for their lanterns to make oil. So the answer is,
he replied, he replied, No, it is illegal. May Allah curse the Jews, because the law forbade them from eating fat. So they melted it sold it and devoured it spiked.
I'm sorry, also reported that the last messenger for bid taking the price of a dog,
the earnings of a prostitute, and that of a fortune teller.
So what we see from this, these principles, it's been quite clearly stated, when this is not something which has been reduced, where there could be differences of opinion.
It is prohibited for us
to deal in business, which involves prohibited.
Now the question was raised to me when I was in Philippines,
whether it is allowed for Muslims to sell
because in the southern Philippines,
Muslims were involved with a large degree in importing, actually smuggling
cigarettes into the country and selling.
And I pointed out to them there that because, according to Islamic law,
smoking, the use of tobacco, smokeless tobacco,
then it becomes prohibited to sell cigarettes.
It doesn't mean that the growing of tobacco
or the sale of tobacco in and of itself is prohibited.
However, if one grows tobacco, whether production on cigarettes,
one says tobacco
to accompany which is producing cigarettes, then this sale is half
western scientists have discovered
that the protein content in tobacco leaves is higher than most other plants.
So, if they develop a mode by which the protein can be extracted from the leaves of the tobacco plant, and this can be reconstituted in the form of food, which will be higher protein, which is one means of relieving much of the food prices, which exists in the world today. However, people because this just goes to show you that when a law creates something very useless,
because people may use it in a haram manner. It doesn't mean that it has no halaal use word is used in halala.
What is using haramaty
and as such, we can see from what science has now discovered, that there is great benefit in tobacco, but not in the form in which it is used today.
In the second part went on to say
the depth of earnings
is not only from the Blessed One which has been blessed by allowed because of the honesty and love, but also that which is the product of a man's hands his own.
In other words,
what do you call hard labor
where a person is involved in planting or reaping or making crops establishing the product which comes out in this kind of
efforts. When such a product is sold. It is dressed
in other way
is put put great emphasis on labor
and encourages people as much as possible to be involved in that productive.
There has to be to some degree middlemen,
the ones who purchase from the laborer and sell to buyers. But it does not encourage that area as much as it encourages the production. Why? Because the tendency to cheaper, faster, this is more tends to be greater, much greater in the middleman. And what the middleman does is he raises the prices, you know, he consents to try to control the market, raising the prices,
forcing the buyers to give him whatever price he wants, where the buyers are able to go directly to the source of the production, they are able to get into the cheaper price. And it makes for a healthier society.
So Islam encourages actually smaller businesses.
It's not to say that large businesses are prohibited, but it encourages more and more people involved in the process of production.
Because to a large degree, when a person makes something and sees the product of what he has done, she has done, it gives a certain satisfaction, that one doesn't get from purchasing and selling and purchasing.
People take pride, you know, those who are craftsmen etc. They take pride in the world of business.
In America, they make a distinction between what they call blue collar workers, or workers in white collar workers, blue collar, and those who are working hard labor, white collar or you know, the clerks people are involved in the middle level.
And, you know, being known as a white collar worker is sort of a sense of superiority, you're not a blue collar, you're not dealing with your hands five neighbors,
there's a tendency to look down on where this lab reverses and emphasizes that these people are the people who are most honored the efforts that they make, at the best of
what we find.
in this society, for example, where money has become plentiful,
people have brought in all kinds of workers to do all of the basic work that needs to be done.
You know, women no longer in their homes, are doing household chores, etc. They have brought in the made for this and made for that driver to do this job. So what happens now is that you find that the society corruption starts to creep in.
Because the woman who is at home, who does not involve herself, productively within the home, she has all the spare time. Then,
as happens here, she starts to use that spare time in forbidding me, she gets involved in watching a lot of television, reading, books, novels, etc. You know, being concerned with fashions, etc, etc. And
quite often these
pursuits end up in
it creates laziness amongst the children, you know, we're in the home. This one is doing doing all the work, which is in the home, you know, the child gets out of bed to just you know, gets out, clothes, everything is ready for it just goes out to school, doesn't matter, you know, the Mabel pick up after it clean here. So the child isn't involved in any kind of chores. Such a child that is tempered in this way grows up with a scorn for those who work.
And you hear it in the expressions of the society, you know, when they talk to people who are doing hard labor, you know, they have different names for them and you know, they talk to them in a very scornful manner. They're very,
you know, sad results. People are not really aware of what it is doing today.
them on one occasion stated that the problems are seldom said no one has eaten a better meal.
Then that which he has earned by working with his own hands,
the profit of the law Tao woods, used to eat from the earnings of his own labor.
This is the profit download, on the profit
used to eat from the earnings of his own labor. We know Prophet Muhammad wa sallam also was involved in trade, taking goods, selling the goods buying etc.
And we know, Muhammad wa sallam has been described by his wives as
mending his own shoes, sewing
patches on his clothes when they needed, he was involved in very simple chores around the hole.
What we find here in the Saudis also
when the problems are selling us profit David,
as an example, he was showing the superiority of manual labor, labor.
Because David, David we know was the king of Israel.
Allied designated him as King.
And, as a king, obviously, he has no need to work.
So for him, to deliberately work and eat from the earnings of his work. This is showing this is an example to the people that it is superior to work and earn a living oneself rather than to live off the efforts of others.
and the Hadith of the session that we're taking
also contradicts a claim
of those who are taking the so called mystical path,
we find people who call themselves Sufi,
you know, who have made it a profession to live off other people.
And they consider this to be putting once trust in Allah, it will go a place or travel and they take no means they make no effort to earn for themselves, but they will depend on other people to support them.
And they consider this to be
true dependence on a lot. So,
what we find from the Prophet Muhammad was Ellen's example, is that she prohibited begging
he prohibited people from depending on other people without a genuine need. A man came to him on one occasion
and asked permission to
get some charity departments are seldom said it is worker, that one cut wood
and carry it on his back to the market, then to beg someone who may or may not give him
putting one structure in a law
efforts first, then the putting of the it is not just
putting oneself in a situation without taking the necessary making the effort and saying Allah will provide you know and people who do this they take the Habiba problems and solve them, which is authentic, in which he said, if you trust in the law, as he should be trusted, he would provide for you the way he provides for the birds leave their nest in the morning with empty stomachs and return at dusk with their stomachs full.
If we were to trust in the Lord, as he should be trusted,
then you provide for us the way that the bird is provided for. It leaves us
with an empty stomach in the morning and it comes back in the evening.
They use this as an example.
However, this hadith really does not support what they're clean. Because the bird when it goes out, it makes enough sense. It goes in search of food.
No, it doesn't. Just
fly in the air and fly back and expect to find the food in the nest. If it was, as they were claiming then it would expect to find the food in the nest No, but it goes flying here they're searching, you know, struggling to find this and that it makes an effort and the law provides.
And this is the true concept of trusting in Islam.
As an on the occasion when a man came to Buffalo Salaam, he was in the masjid. The man came into the masjid to speak to him then he remembered he hadn't tied his camel outside the masjid. So what do you remember the art department?
Should I go inside of the camel and something alarm? Should I just trusted?
Someone said, No. He said, should I go back and try the camel? Or should I just trust in the law?
Should I try the camel? Or should I trust him? He said, one time the camel entrusted.
He because he was under the mistaken impression also, that China camel was not trusting in the law. So he had a choice by the time the camel which means you know something in himself to do this and that things would work or just trusting in a law that a camel wouldn't run away until the goat or the camel and trusted
This is the way of the Muslim
they take and utilize the means that are available to the utmost that is available, and then they put their trust in the law for the remainder.
After having done our utmost, then what comes as a result of that is with a law.
And we are concerned with what a law provides.
The problem has I found them
by a companion
to get permission
you to adapt.
And the bumper someone told him his name was a visa. He told him Oprah visa. Begging is only allowed in three cases.
A man who has become indebted is allowed to beg until he raises what he needs, then he must stop.
A man afflicted with a misfortune, which ruins his property is allowed to beg until he is able
to find a means of livelihood and a man in a state of dire needs. About whose fate three men of his tribe bear witness. He may also beg
until he finds me
begging for reasons besides these are lawful.
And the one who does so consumes what is unlawful.
When the pockets are fella mentioned the indebted here, the term which he uses use was not just anybody who falls into a debt.
You didn't mean like you borrowed a huge amount of money. Now you're in debt, you're going to beg people to pay off your money. No,
this was actually in reference to one when better themselves
to help others.
Specifically, in the case, where
for example, somebody has done something to somebody else.
Farm this property or something like that has created a feud between
so this person puts himself forward and says, I will handle it.
Now the way to break up the fight which is developing to prevent that feud the person puts himself in a state of death to bring harmony within the society. Such a person has the right to seek help after doing
so because he is not indexing himself for his own personal needs.
is doing so to help the society.
So, in summing up this first study,
we find the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salam
speaking with regards to
around which our lives will
giving us guidance in business transactions. With regards to ensuring that such transactions are blessed by
we ensure that they're blessed.
By making these transactions honest,
avoiding any form of deception,
deception is absent, then a law rewards that sale or the transaction
with additional good deeds for one on the Day of Judgment,
we should not look at the material gain in transactions which involve deception.
Because if we do that,
then we lose track of what this life is really about.
wherever it is possible for us to be involved in the process of producing of production,
to earn a living through the efforts of our hands,
take the opportunity and do so
if we're not able.
And we work in what is called the white collar segments of the society, then we should not look down on those who are doing
but we should honor them.
And we should feel ourselves actually apologize
for not having the opportunity
to work in the best of fashion.
Before I go on to the second hobbies,
which also involves money,
and how we deal with our money.
I would just, you know, give a brief opportunity for anybody who would like to raise any questions concerning the first beat. And the explanation given
there are no direct questions, I will go on to the next and then take the question. general questions at the end. Does anybody have a question which has come to mind specifically concerning that first ad?
No, this is trade in general.
Because Islam does make a distinction between dealing with Muslims and dealing with non Muslims in terms of honesty. Honesty is one of the intrinsic qualities of the believer. He doesn't turn it off when he's dealing with non Muslims and turn it on when he's dealing with Muslims. Not in this fashion. This was this was one of the this is one of the signs of the deviation of the Jews. We know in the Torah in the Old Testament, where when they were prohibited from dealing rape in Riba they changed the text to say you are prohibited in taking Riba amongst yourself.
But you may take it from the non Jews.
the top moments I've done them, it was involved in
No, we're not concerned where they get their money from. I mean, unless, you know for certain for example, if the person you're dealing with is a criminal, who this person is a gangster, who's known in the society for dealing in drugs, etc, etc. You know, for you to deal in business with this person. Of course, you become one with aiding this person in corruption, so would not be allowed to you
but you are the person who are the store.
Islam doesn't now go to the other extreme where everybody who comes into your store unanimous, you know, give him a questionnaire and do a you know, a biodata search on the individual to find out where he's making his money, whatever before you can sell them, you know, a bottle of orange juice. No.
require you to do that. You deal with people in general business transaction people, people straight up and down, but once you get information to me
Key, such and such a person is corrupt, then for you to enter into business transactions with such a person would be a demon is corruption and that in itself would be prohibited?
Well, what I stated right
was, you know, concerning a person who is directly involved, you've gone to work in a brewery
where they're making up
for you to go and work in there.
it is obvious that you are aiding them in the
production of something which is prohibited and corrupt.
an indirect sense, you know, where Western society as a whole
has the vast majority of their dealings involving interests.
Islam does not go to the extreme where it says now that you may not deal with anybody or any other, you know, business, or which may have their money is involved somewhere along the line in some
production, which is crazy.
If it is obvious,
and you have a means of diverting your cash elsewhere, then it is better.
I mean, what's really Islam ultimately strives for is the control of the society,
that in which it exists, in such a way that for example, in a Muslim state, we would not allow the non Muslims to set up
very non Muslim in the privacy of his home, if he wants to make his private little stock of alcohol and drink it, we would not break down his front door and dragging, you know, to jail.
Right, as long as he doesn't come out in the state of drunkenness, you know, in which case, then he becomes liable.
But what he does in the privacy of his home, okay, but now to set up a factory where he's going to be producing and saying, Okay, I'm only going to sell to non Muslims, no, it wouldn't allow him to do that.
And as such, the vast majority of the transactions in the Islamic states would not involve anybody who was involved in anything corrupt. However, Muslims, in a minority situation
where Muslims are living in a non Muslim society. Now, you have to realize that you are now obliged for you to survive in that circumstance. This is why the fundamental principle for Muslims and non Muslim circumstances is hedra.
You have to realize
that we're Muslims are in a minority.
What is fundamentally on them, according to Islam, is
if you are unable to make kintra,
then you are justified in staying where you are. Or if
you intend to try to spread Islam, your intention is to establish and spread Islam so that it eventually becomes the ruling force in that given society which you are, then it also becomes allowable for you to stay.
Otherwise, according to Islamic law, it is prohibited for a Muslim to remain under the rule of law.
you will be obliged
to compromise time and time again.
in various areas of the religious commandments, you will be obliged to disobey a law in a variety of different
this is why fundamentally Muslims are obliged to make kidger and this is where you hear that when you talk to scholars, you know, especially those in western countries, they will say, you know, you should make it really shouldn't be there. But of course, the reality is that the vast majority are not able to make it through.
We do not have the need.
And the most of the Muslim countries that exists around the world are only Muslim in nature. They do not invite people to make it.
So then again, you don't have any place to make it or to even if you want to.
So given the circumstances, then you have to have
A particular outlook in your
prohibited circumstance, you realize that it is wrong. But it's something beyond your control. So what you have to do is to strive to change.
you strive to affect the society in which you live in such a way that it will eventually become an Islamic Society,
you are obliged to get involved in the political process, the administrative process of the society, so that you may
control certain aspects of it to protect the Muslim community.
If there are no Muslim lawyers, then Muslims are obliged to go to non Muslim lawyers to get their rights when cases
come up. And naturally, non Muslim lawyers will not be looking out for the interest, except in rare cases, looking out for the interests of the Muslim society.
So it becomes the central role, the general principle is there were a lot of folks, that's whoever judging
by other than what the lies revealed, is a disbeliever is a Kaffir.
Those is the general principle this really is in reference to a circumstance
where a Muslim
is in a position to apply Islamic law, and he or she chooses
the laws of the disbelievers. Such a person is
in a circumstance where Muslims are in the minority, the law of the country is an under sladek law,
then it becomes necessary to function within that system,
as lawyers as policemen, as whatever, as a means to protect the community, you don't go into the legal profession, with the intention that lawyers make a lot of money.
You get big houses, because they live happily ever after. So I want to be a lawyer No, to go in with that intention is haram.
Because the biggest lawyers are those who are able to successfully defend the biggest criminals.
These are the biggest.
You as a Muslim lawyer can only take cases for people who have been or been unjustly treated, their rights have been taken you fight to defend their rights.
These are the only kind of cases you can take.
You will make a reasonable living because people need lawyers, but you will not make the big money.
You have to go into that profession because you know you're dealing with the laws, which are not the laws of a law, you have to go into that profession with the intention of protecting the Muslim community.
By becoming a skillful lawyer, when the Muslims are in need of help, you are able to provide a
but you will not make the big one.
And you have to go into that profession because you know you're dealing with the laws, which are not the laws of a law. You have to go into that profession with the intention of protecting the Muslim community.
By becoming a skillful lawyer, when the Muslims are in need of help, you are able to provide some of your time you will give a free legal advice. For example, you may have one day a week whenever you go to the mass revolt Islamic Center, where you provide free legal aid to the community.
This is the way
by which you may purify your profession.
which, according to Islamic law, in the general sense is a prohibited profession, in that context in the context of a large Muslim society, but because of the need,
you enter into that profession, so as to protect the Muslim community and what you do then, with that intention becomes an act of worship.
What the Prophet Muhammad said
the best of
you didn't say the only earnings, which are good,
he gave us the best.
So those were involved
in work, which produces something for society, this is the best of the early. So you taking a white collar job,
it doesn't mean that a lot isn't Bless you, if you deal with your job in an honest fashion, etc, that you're not blessed, you don't earn lessons that you do.
However, as with everything, there is a better there's the best.
And, as I said,
there is in this statement of the proper
the working class
of the society,
the working class society,
there's protection, because there is a tendency for the society to look down on the working class, those who are you know, become the rich, the powerful, etc, who do not then involve themselves with physical work
in the because actually even the white collar worker,
he does involve himself to a certain degree in physical work, whether it is coming into the office, you have to be writing is moving these papers here there is involved in it. This is the one who really is
outside of that altogether.
In the physical work is just he owns and people work for him.
This person tends to be in a much more dangerous position because of what wealth tends to produce an individual.
He has much more obligations, and most often he doesn't fulfill them. This is why you find problematized. And I'm talking about the poor entering paradise, so many hundreds of years before that.
Not because to be rich is in and of itself, haram or prohibited in Islam. But because of what tends to happen to people when they become rich.
So Islam stresses the dignity, of hard labor, or craftsmanship, working with one's hand being productive, producing
the needs of the society, because they are fulfilling a greater need.
So Islam puts this position in the state of honor, because societies historically have looked down upon such work.
Understand, so even the person who ends up being an owner,
if he deals with his business, honestly, he pays his workers on time. You know, he gives them reasonable salaries, etc, etc. When he deals with his wealth, honestly, he
says there's no blessing in it. That is only in the person who's doing hard labor.
But as I said, stress has been put on that, because of the fact that society tends to look especially the controlling elements of the society tends to look down and what is created the individual is that I am not important, you know, I am of a lower class or I am in my work is not really, you know, so he himself develops an inferiority complex. So it's not it's trying to remove that, that no, he should feel proud of what he's doing. Because prophet
alayhi salam, who was the king of Israel,
used to work with his own hands and eat orally from the product of is the work of is on
So this was what the instance was. Not that anybody who didn't
In any aspect of business is not blessed when he deals honestly, because remember the first part said a sale which was less, which did not involve deception. So, the person who deals without deception in business, he is less.
Particularly I mean, it's almost comparable.
If he involved any kind of trading and he does so in an unbiased fashion, then he is bless
his transact transaction is the best of transactions for people in his category.
There was a question raised,
what is the religious ruling on profits? Or before I go into that, I should just ought to mention of course, that
which involve Riba involve interest, of course, become Christians.
Now, if one borrows money from the bank,
then buys products, sells these products.
though he may not be involved in deception with the people who is by buying and selling from the fact that money is which he has used to start that business is cursed, it means that whatever he gets out of it will also be cursed.
The question written question from the sisters, what is the religious ruling on profits? For example, if I buy a Saudi goal, and sell it elsewhere, in another country, for a profit? How much am I able to make profits?
if love has not put a limit
on how much profit you may make,
if the goods that you're selling are
needed goods, in the sense of
what we call the basic staples,
it would be prohibited for you to put it at a price which
makes it not available to the masses of the
milk, something was people need, right
need these things which people need for their basic existence, if you are trading this, to raise the price, so the average person cannot buy it and only rich people so that you can make certain profits This is prohibited, actually, in Islamic Society, the government would step in
and take control of your business to ensure that these vital products are made available to the society.
However, in luxury items, where a person may take it, or leave it, then you can set whatever price is there, you know, it would be preferable to set it at the price of the market. I mean, naturally, this is what you're going to be forced to do anyway. Unless you deceive.
Unless you are deceiving people, you will be forced to sell it at the price of the market. For example, you might buy gold here at a certain price. in Sri Lanka, that gold is sold at a higher price for you, to sell it at the price that it is commonly sold in the market is perfectly allowable, even though it may mean that you're making 1,000% profit, it is perfectly allowed, you will not raise the price.
Because to do so would mean for you for people to buy it, they must understand that you're giving them something which is not available. In other words, you're likely to have to deceive them in one way or another. It's funny for charities when in fact it's only 22. You know, these type of things you may have to you'd have to do to get an even higher price than the local market prices.
But as long as you are
dealing with as I said luxury items, then there are no limits on the profits that you may make.
As long as there's no deception involved in yourself
any other question concerning business transactions
the second heavy
which is reported by so ban collected inside a Muslim
has the problem
Amazon loves taking the best of dinars is a dinar which a man spends on his family
dinner which she spends on his horse in the last half, and they dinner which he spends on his companion in a lodge.
statements of fact
that the best money because of course dinar is what what do you say rupee, or real or whatever, you know, this is the currency which was available at that time, use the common currency within us the best
money which one may spend is on one's family.
In other words,
we have a primary duty to look after our family before anything else in society.
This is in keeping with the statement of the problem is
that each person is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock.
The man is the shepherd over his household and he's responsible for his flock the woman in charge of the children and
Jesus park for the for a flock. So, now we have the series of responsibilities. So, keeping that in mind, then the best money which may be spent first should go to the looking after of the household.
The needs of the sample
even before one thinks about
Jihad going in the path of
money spent in one's home. You know, for one, for example, we know the family is going on in Afghanistan, wants to take money, which is needed in the home, and to send it to Afghanistan. This is not low, what you're doing is a righteous act.
And there is a blessing in that act because of your intention of supporting the jihad,
you would gain more reward to spend it on the needs of your family.
This is why this.
tackles an issue, which we find in one of the common groups,
which is involved in Islamic activity in many communities around the world. When people are encouraged to go in the past, as they call it
seems to be the last to leave your home work for 40 days or four months or whatever. Leave your home and go.
And what happens in many places is that brothers in their enthusiasm to be in the path of the law. We leave their families in a state of destitution.
The family has no means we have not left sufficient money etc. to look after them that's taken off in the past have a law for self purification
to become closer to a law to improve their religion.
But this act law the intention on the surface appears to be a good intention, and praiseworthy. Islam does not save
savers at the individual stay at home and look after his or her family
rather than going out
and leaving the family in a state of destitution.
Though commonly, you know, the example of Abu Bakr is given right there's a heavy
which was related by Omar Adnan
in which he had stated that
the problems I've done them had
ordered them to give in charge, there was a circumstance which had arisen and there was a dire need to charge. So I bought her
and got the idea he said to himself,
got a chance here now to beat
to beat him in the sense that he circumstances to be in competition with to outdo him in righteousness. This is this this area of competition is perfectly allowed.
So he got this idea got a chance now to
get there first. And
so he went there, went department
and he brockie you can also get just
I managed to earn some money. So he took half of his money took it. And he brought it to perform.
And I asked him, Well, what have you left for your family?
And he brought the money. He asked him, What have you left for your family?
So he said, I've left a similar amount.
Then Abu Bakr came
and he gave him everything that
all the money.
So he asked Abu Bakr, what have you left for your family? He said, I've left a law.
This is the example we're given.
And if we were to realistically apply this, this would destroy the families of the Muslim society.
We have to understand that this is a special case for Abu Bakr.
This is not the rule. This is an exception to the rule.
It's special circumstances arose. And because of who Abu Bakr was.
The problem was our fellow took that from Abu Bakr.
It was indication to the oma of the level of sacrifice that aboubaker was prepared to make.
Showing why he deserves to be the leader of Muslims out to the public.
Why proper Salah was to say that if I were to take a best friend abubaker would be my best friend. If I were to take from amongst you all, one person to be my best friend.
He didn't do it.
He didn't show any special preference, that sense of the friendship. But he said if I was it would be
this is special, special case.
Many other examples where people came to the popular festival and wanted to give away all their money. And he prohibited them from for example, Saturday, because we know who was one of the major figures in the Islamic
Ummah, leaders of the armies of jihad, etc.
He except in the year of the victory over Mecca, I fell ill
and was at the point of death.
When the prophet SAW Selim came to visit me, I said, O Messenger of Allah, I have an abundance of wealth, and no one to inherit me except my two daughters,
all of my wealth, in the way of Allah.
The prophet SAW, and said, No,
I inquired, then a half of them said, No,
I asked them a third.
Once I tell them said, one third,
one third is still too much
that you leave your ears, free from what is better than leaving them poor to beg from people.
You will be rewarded for everything you spend seeking a lot of pleasure, even for the morsel of food you place in your wife's mouth.
So here, we have the problems of prohibiting sad,
we have to understand is that that this example of Abu Bakr was a special case.
And people who use it and try to make it a general rule and encourage people to make those kinds of sacrifices are misunderstanding the context in which the Saudis came. And the stakes are the, the level that Abu Bakr was on,
in the eyes of the customers.
We also had another example quoted by Java if not the left,
in which he said a man from the other clan, will that e slave be free when he dies?
When this news reached the Messenger of Allah, he asked the man
Do you have any other wealth?
The man replied, No.
A lot. Messenger then said, who will purchase him from the slave and ask for purchases? No, I have not dilla nadwi but the slave
interference a lot of messenger rockets and gave it to the man and said, Give it in charity beginning with yourself
if any is leftover give to your family and if any is leftover after giving to your family, gifts to your rent,
and then after that you may give here and there.
So, we see
the concern, which Islam plays on looking after the family, why because the family is the corporate society.
in society as a whole, cannot look after each and every individual family,
when unusual circumstances arise in the society raises to the occasion to look after.
But we cannot expect
a situation like which communist again tried to propose where the society nothing is owed by the society, individuals and society, it is all collectively, so the society knows responsible for each and every individual No, this circumstance will not work is not practical, it is much more practical,
and much more in keeping with human nature,
that each individual has a family obligation that he or she looks at.
And when those unusual circumstances arise, then the state may step in to help those who are in a position of need.
This is the general rule.
We also have
from the studies,
after we looked after the basic needs of our families,
then the best way that we may spend our money is in the path of
the example given here was in
looking after one's horse, which is in the past.
It means whatever will enable you to be in the path of Allah, fighting jihad, or other aspects of being in the path of the law, then, money spent in this endeavor is the best.
This is why prophet SAW Selim has said that one
who does not
cite in the Prophet of Allah,
or have the desire to fight in the path of a law.
Die is in a state of hypocrisy is one of the branches of hypocrisy.
Each and every Muslim should have a desire,
if not be involved in
fighting in the past.
And, of course, Islam allows for different circumstances, whereby it states that one who helps somebody out for example, you provide the means of transportation, somebody wants to go to Afghanistan to fight them go say you buy the tickets for him, then you get the reward of being independent.
Because of course, not everybody can get out and be involved
at every time. So either you are directly involved, or you are a means to help others be involved. Or you're spending in that effort.
This is the best money that can be spent after spending on our family.
And what this is stating is that
is a principle which is critical for Muslims to be involved in.
To be conscious of,
to be striving for.
It is essential.
It is not a pillar among the Pillars of Islam, but the
great emphasis on it.
Because it is what is the highest expression of faith for a person to give one's life
for the sake of Allah, this is the highest expression of one's faith because what is most spiritual? What do we value the most?
So to be willing to give that life for a lot, this is a haystack.
So naturally, Jihad has a very high place in the minds
And what it is saying
is that Muslims should be prepared at all times, which
Elia said in the Quran. Why do lahoma to
prepare for the disbelievers as much strength and speed the war as you are able to strike terror in the hearts of
that Muslims should be prepared.
This is the motto of the scouts be prepared. Actually, this was taken from Islam.
This is the motto of Islam.
And Muslim society should be prepared. Not that Muslims are by nature warriors, you know, I mean, they're just people who love to get into fights and you know, kill and this is not Muslim nature, the nature is peaceful. Islam comes from the same root as Salah.
Our greetings to each other, the love, the peace,
However, the reality
those who stand for the truth
the ultimate truth
will constantly be under attack
Islam represents even though Muslims may not be practicing Islam properly, but Islam represents the ultimate truth. And the forces of evil, which are present in the world are geared towards destroying Islam.
This is why when we look around, we see Muslims everywhere under attack in Burma, they're being driven out and people are saying they're not really Burmese and women are raped and men are murdered children and children
you will Slavia
everywhere you turn Muslims are under
course, you know some people in ignorance because Muslims are always fighting and also you know, Islam is about fight you know,
once you uphold the truth, the forces of evil will try to destroy this is what the fear of the past monks have fallen.
When he was
not calling to one God, when he worshipped five, believing in one God himself
and was trustworthy in the society. People liked him.
But as soon as he received revelation, I was commanded not to call the people to the worship of one God, then the whole society became
and they tried to stop and you see things of building up from stage to stage to stage two that eventually became armed conflict.
And this repeats itself wherever Muslims exist.
So, knowing that reality, Allah commands the Muslims, to be prepared,
are at Worlds of
are encouraged to be those which are connected in one way or another with being prepared
by a phenomenon and said
everything is important.
Everything which would which a Muslim amuses himself
Training, it's worse
and just being with his wife
emphasis there in the end, may amuse himself in that fashion because it's important for a good relationship with one family.
However, outside of that, then means of entertainment should be archery, archery, this is you know, modern days we using the gun fast they find out now we fire bullets, whatever it comes to in the future, whatever means of, you know,
weaponry. We should be trained in the
Muslim this should be part of the Muslim part of the Muslim educational program.
Instead of playing
we should be training in martial arts essentially.
So the Muslim community, both the men and
where it is possible to train the women certain skills, their training, although the fighting is predominantly for the men,
but especially where Muslims are in non Muslim societies where they're under attack, it is important that the women be capable of defending themselves in one state,
whether it means them learning how to use a firearm,
or use certain, you know, means like, mace or knife or whatever, something that they may defend themselves, or learning Judo or whatever.
It should be part of the normal course of education for Muslim men and women.
In that way,
whenever Muslims get into problems with the people of the society, and they fight them defend themselves, Muslims will become known
to the society, they will no you don't mess with.
No, you borrow this Muslim you mess with him decide to do something to his woman or whatever, you get hurt. So you'd be removed from the law,
they should be known.
This is how Japanese are known because they teach karate in their schools from
kindergarten all the way up. The most kids are graduates and they're experts, you know, you know, most people in the West, you know, you don't mess with the Japanese, likely to have a black belt and your kill you.
in this way, Muslims should also
be there to strike terror in the hearts of the enemies, the enemies here.
If Muslims were looked at in this fashion, then what is happening to them all around the world? You wouldn't?
You wouldn't find it, you know, in India, massacres of Muslims here there.
what it means also
is that Muslims would not then be forced to resort to an Islamic means, you know, like, what recently happened is to Lanka where some dissembled Tigers was in town and massacred, you know, 54 Muslims, and the Muslims went to some neighboring villages and massacred some 60 of the camels.
You know, this, this type of action, though, we can understand the frustration that will be in the hearts of people, you know, they're women and children have been murdered, etc. And they're lashing out at those around them, but this is forbidden. This is haram, a man killed your wife, you go kill his wife, no, this is not allowed.
Instead, those Muslims should have been prepared. So when the camels cave dermatitis came into that society, they would not have been able to do what they did.
The Muslims would have fought to a large man before they would have been able to kill a child or woman.
This is how the Muslims were known in the past. It would not surrender go running off into the bush and then leave their little children to be killed. And that's what happened. Right? When they came in the men when they thought they were strong, even though they had architecture but they were being overwhelmed. What did they do, they ran into the bushes. They left the children in the homes, the the Tamil Tigers came from Mexico, the kids 31 of the out of the 54 people were killed in in those homes in that village were children, small children.
So it meant that the men did not
fulfill their role they ran.
They were COVID.
They should have stayed there and died rather than have their children murdered.
But they were not prepared.
And Muslims in general,
are not prepared. And so we find the non Muslim forces, directing all of these kinds of attacks and massacres and atrocities are Muslims all around the world.
Muslims are not able to do it.
And until they come together and fulfill the commandments of a law with regard to Jihad and preparation for jihad.
They will continue to be a mistake. These will just increase. There are more Muslims, there are more massacres.
The news media is more effective in carrying the information
What's not to say that 10 years ago, there weren't many massacres, but it's just you know, 10 2030 years ago, because the news agencies were not that effective in bringing, you know, information about all the massacre, people in the local areas would know about the massacres. Now, we're able to hear news in the farthest corners of the earth.
So now we hear a Muslim does nothing to them in China, this is happening to them in, you know, in Nigeria is is happening in Liberia is happening in Philippines. So we're hearing. So it seems that there's much more, but actually, there are more people in this more, and it will continue and increase
until Muslims go back to the commandments that were given to them concerning preparedness for jihad, and the willingness to make.
And they sacrifice the spending of their wealth
to establish that.
And of course, Afghanistan,
we see a situation where Muslims
in spite of the weakness in terms of the arms,
they took on one of the superpowers, previous superpowers of the world defeated them.
And it was the defeat of the Russians USSR in Afghanistan, which began the process of the breakup of the United you know, socialist,
This was this was,
you know, dead coming back, you know, creating rumblings within the society then having to re analyze pull the chips out admitting failure, this side of the ball, the major, we could say, the capitalists, which led to the breakup of the Russian Empire,
their bare hands, little arms,
defeated, one of the supervisors.
So this shows
the cause of the fact
that the type of life because those who are involved in the chat, the type of life that they live,
was a rugged life. You know, to certain degree, this helps to prepare them, they weren't living a
luxurious, easy life. So taking to the Hill, you know, living are very small amounts of food, etc. They were able to do it.
what we can also learn from this struggle
the Muslim society does not have traditionally a standing army.
In the time of the Prophet, there was not a group of Sahaba, who are called the army.
They were paid to be prepared. So anytime things happened, we'd send the dish out.
When the struggle came, because we thought Allah put out the call, and every fifth person, all the young got up, went up. That's why you're here, boys were 10 or 11 years old, were in the battle.
Men were in their 70s fighting.
Because it was the duty of each and every able person, able bodied person to be involved in the chat.
When you have a standing army, whose job is just to fight,
then you build a source of corruption in the society.
Because these people, they fight because they're paid to fight.
You got a problem when people fight because they're paid to fight, if their lives are threatened,
because they're only fighting because they're paid to fight. Now, if it comes to money or losing my life, I lose the money.
See with that mentality, so that kind of an army will never succeed.
This is why, for example, in the Sudan,
you know, Sudan about three years ago declared Islamic law to be the law of the land. And about a year ago, Sudan also declared itself to be a place of aedra.
At any Muslim wants to make hitcher is welcome. These are a part of the steps of the creation of a true Islamic Society. We of course, that thing is that it's perfect in Sudan. There are problems that that's essential, but these are some of the efforts to make we know in the southern part of Sudan, they have this struggle going on with
guy who's supported by America and Britain and the Christian
And it's been a losing battle up until recently.
I don't know if you've been following the papers. But within the last few months, it seems as though the whole thing is turning around. Now they're defeating them, battle after battle, they're taking back town after town people are surrendering left and right. Why? Because
a large number of Sudanese have joined, the army has volunteered to fight believing that this is Jihad now, for the establishes the protection of the Islamic State, to the establishment of its of its own security, etc, they have joined the battle in a fighting for law, not because they're paid, because they're not paid with these volunteers, to struggle is turned.
That's how it is.
When people are fighting for a lot,
then they will succeed, they will be given success alone will bless their efforts.
When they're fighting, because they're paid,
then the likelihood of success is very small.
It then becomes who's got the most powerful weapons etc.
There's no difference between the Muslim and the nuns.
And the Western societies, they will possess the most powerful
weapons until we reach a position again, of unity, where Islam as a becomes a body with stretches all over the earth, and becomes the superpower that it shouldn't be. Until then Muslims will be in a weak position.
And the only thing that will give them success ultimately,
because that's what they have over the disputing
their faith in God
believes that sacrificing one's life for the sake of a law is the highest D this one means
that faith is what gives them superior edge edge over the disbelief.
emphasizes the importance
of responsibility to
ensuring that the families are looked after properly.
And furthermore, it emphasizes the importance of the principle of jihad in the Muslim Ummah,
that Muslims be prepared for jihad,
having the intention of making Jihad and taking parts when this is possible.
This is essential.
Otherwise, Islam, Muslims will be defeated as they're being defeated, atrocities, massacres, etc, will continue
to face them to befall them calamities, etc, will continue to
create havoc amongst the Muslims around the world.
they take that responsibility which alive assigned to them, based on the fact
that they are the polar bears of the truth. They are the ones holding up the torch
of the ultimate truth of Islam.
And as such,
whether they honestly hold it up
or they do not
they will become the target of the forces of evil.
Do you have any questions that you'd like to raise?
this second Hadees or anything which may have come up concerning the first
Well, of course, the concept is
Had is very fast, though, as we will get later on,
tell him it's said that you know the greatest
martyr is the one who speaks the truth in the presence of a tyrant.
So, one who oppose the presence of a tyrant was then killed for it, this is the greatest.
And it also stated that
jihad, fundamentalist Jihad itself
Vgi begins with a struggle against one's own evil inclination.
And from there it within the individual, it takes different levels, how he deals with his family, how he deals with his neighbors, community, society, you know,
all various levels of jihad, the ultimate level being the physical,
but we may not be in a situation to do the physical jihad.
But the other level, we are required
to make any kind of efforts to improve the quality of one's Islam
Of course, when people start to put conditions on it,
that you should do it for 40 days, not 60 or 30. But 40, you know, 40 becomes a magic number.
See, then it starts to enter into the realm of
we don't have the authority to state that you should make particularly this amount. Anytime you'd like to go out, you know, what, whatever you wish to do.
Yeah, you know, you can, however, if you if you if you really think about it, if you have been involved in it, if you go back in 30 days, people look at you as having not having fulfilled your duty, you know, something wrong with you, man, shaky or, you know, something not quite there, you know, this is where the problem comes. When you're not obliged for you, or if you sort of, you know, indirectly you're obliged, you know, because there's this kind of a pressure on you to make it
and it's really shouldn't be there. And what you find is that wherever this program goes, you know, these same numbers and stuff that is forced on it.
flied, you could say, you know, and there's an attitude.
Because if I were to say to one of these people,
in our area, our circumstances this way,
we have this going on, and that's going on to others. So we would like to change it to two days, you know, a month
and 30 days a year, there's no
see, this work has been blessed by law.
And if you change it, the blessing
and they explain, you know that where these numbers came from, was that when molana ilias
was in Medina.
And he stayed in the masjid of Medina, this is, of course, the story changes from place to place. I heard it was that in two ways I heard it's one that he slept overnight in the masjid.
And in a dream,
Prophet Muhammad wa sallam came to him and taught him this work.
The six principles
narration that I heard was I was
I was also told by some of the people in authority,
I was told that the problem was Isola, came out of his grave
and sat with mowlana Yes, and thought
whether it was in a dream, or whether it came out of the grave.
This has put,
as it is, merited a special value now on these numbers. And this particular
which takes it beyond the realm of just, you know, an organization because if we set up any organization, we have to set up some rules and principles by which we go by to set up our timings, and so on. So we know which is effective in our area, but we don't look at it as being revealed by a law. So you can't change it, unchangeable, no matter where you go, No, you modify because the result of human efforts. And since as a result of human efforts, it will not be perfect, it is modifiable according to place, and time.
However, this particular group, if you get into the actual workings, you'll find that no, this is not modifiable.
You don't such wisdom
is a special number.
And a lot of veteran is on it. And that's it this way with this kind of Outlook. This turns that effort into a bit of
not that the idea of going
and being with other Muslims, giving Dawa encouraging people to come to the masjid visiting Muslims who are not coming to the masjid, you know, having taleem circles and all of these principles are acceptable Islamic, but when it takes on a particular form,
which now claims for itself certain authority
then enters into the realm of fitness. And you find within it you know, the book which is used for dialogue,
this becomes the book
if you want to bring another book, you know, like we are the solid No, no, it is
this book contains no end of fabricated
including stories about the holy men of the past which are promoting concepts and practices which go beyond what Islam calls like I remember reading one story which is normally used to be read to us in about
holy man of the fast food trade fudger was the will do of Asia
for 30 years 40 years
what is it telling us is something commendable
but it's promoted or something Wow, this man spiritual freedom fighter with a dorky shout because I need
to sleep because you have to go to sleep finish.
No, but if you look into the book, you will see the book calling people to practices which are disliked by Islam extreme.
So what you find is that
Because the work I've taken on this kind of quazi, you know, divine aspect to it, you find now that the, the books, which are you
way of dress or a variety of different things I'll take on these special qualities
through the use of either fabricated traditions,
or practices, which are not in keeping with the Islamic spirits become commonplace.
And so wherever the Jamaat had a good principle,
forces that are involved in it,
in my impression,
many people more than it's
my thing, there's no good in it, people do not go in and benefit I went in a minute.
But the majority of people who tend to get caught up in
it get caught up into a mindset, you know, a kind of a way of looking at things, which becomes harmful to them.
And this is why you will find
many places I know, in America, where there are many cases of brothers leaving their families, no without necessary money.
jamaats been in America for
And, you know, you don't find them establishing Islamic schools or institutions, things which are necessary to build society, that same routine, exactly as it did 50 years ago. Did you see what they were doing? years ago? Are they doing today's
There's a tendency, there's a tendency in the gym as we notice, you know, to separate itself from politics, don't get involved in politics. But in fact, you see in Islam, there's no separation, no more separation. Because if you look and you ask you ask Jamaat
brothers, right? How many jamaats were sent to Afghanistan
to be involved in the Jihad there.
You'll be hard pressed to find.
What has happened is that the trade fees have been the left being in the path of a law has become restricted to the particular acts that they do. I remember myself in Medina, you know, after having traveled to Japan,
that some people will come from Canada, you know, for friends of mine who went to Jamaica, and many people needed to they come visiting me and they were asking me if I had been in the past.
I had left Canada
an advanced society with a very comfortable
living standard, etc. has gone to Medina.
back like in 1972 1972, where we were living in,
as far as I could describe it.
Very, very difficult struggling.
This person was asking me if I was in the parking lot.
He could not conceive that what I was doing was in the back of a lot of a lot of men going out for three days or 40 days.
So, while you're making jihad in Afghanistan now is not is not considered to be really the path that is more important for us to go in this particular path. When when, in fact, the movement efforts should recognize that that jihad is the highest level that once the Jihad began in Afghanistan,