Channel: Bilal Philips
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There is nothing
concept of God, given by a
while I'm here,
name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful,
say, He is Allah.
Allah eternally, but
he has not, nor are they gone.
And that is none comfortable unto him.
A lot of student carrying
capacity for medicine, medicine has been
altered due to a lot a lot of Peace and blessings on Islam, Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and along those who follow the path of righteousness, until the last day.
that I'll be discussing or presenting this evening,
is that of the Islamic concept of God.
A question that Muslims are often asked
what is it about Islam, which makes it unique or different from other religions that
teach the belief in God
and doing righteous deeds?
The answer to that question lies in the Islamic concept of God.
is particular to Islam.
believe in God, or one God.
The approach or the concept which is held by Islam, church, the idea of oneness
to a level which cannot be found in any of the other religions.
in the 112 chapter,
in four short verses, sums up the Islamic concept
And in these four verses,
we find the elements of what makes the Islamic concept unique and different from all other religions.
The chapter of the Quran is called Torah and the class
is the chapter on sincere belief
or it is sometimes referred to as Sora.
Or the chapter of the monotheistic concept of God.
This chapter has been referred to by the prophet peace and blessings be upon him as the equivalent in value to one third of the price.
if we were to take the Quran
and too divided up into sections based on the information which is contained in it
will find that approximately one third of what is talked about in the Quran is
the oneness of God.
The chaps will be given the first verse saying
though it is translated as God's.
In fact, there is another term in Arabic
which is used to refer to God
But the job a lot different from AI in the sense
that the term ILA, like the English term God, can be made through you can have God, Allah
or you can have a goddess,
you have God's done, God daughters, etc. Whereas, in the case of the term Allah, it cannot be made girl cannot be made feminine.
It is not new in any kind of construction, wherein it represents some part of God's creation.
The first of the four short verses of this chapter 112 chapters of brands
begin selling those who leave the brand telling the profit, who first received the gram negative message upon him to pronounce, proclaim to people
he is gathered,
I have unique being different from wah
wah, which means one,
I have gone beyond the concept of one
because when we use the term one,
I can say for example, I have one pin.
And you can have one thing
we're talking about a one legged which is a uniqueness,
that there is one other like him,
he is unique in all aspects.
that he God
does not have the attributes of his creation,
Because he had the attributes of his creation, he would no longer be unique.
And if his creation had his attributes, again will no longer be unique.
A lot around
in the barn.
And the second of these four side verses
a long summit
unique one, God
is the one
this is an aspect of the uniqueness,
that all of creation depends upon God.
Whether the creation recognizes that it depends upon God or not, it still depends upon God.
And it is because of this principle that worship belongs to God alone
is part of the uniqueness of God's
will not depend on
any aspect of worship should go only to him
any and every aspect of worship, to go to Him alone
based on the fact that he is the one who all depends.
Now, what it means is that
the various religions that exist in the world
in one way, shape or form is involved in worship.
What needs to be done.
However, when you get into the essence of the various religions,
you will find that they are in fact worshiping God's creation.
They claim to be worshiping or they don't worship believe that they are worshiping God.
If we buy a rainbow
worshiping a tree
it could not possibly rain
them any good.
those people who worship and there are people
in different parts of the world, or various aspects of nature,
people when they worship nature
did not have any of their parents as
they would not come here to worship.
They wouldn't they would go to
the people, when they worship nature, some of their prayers I had.
However, we when we look at these unfortunate souls, worshiping nature will say, but it's not the tree that is answering your prayer
that the tree was answering your prayer to God.
If we look
where the majority of people are Hindus,
and they worship God
in the form of idols,
which take a variety of different shapes,
if you ask the common people,
why are they worshipping the idol?
hold the idol. And
if you add the intellectuals among them,
or those who hold priestly position, they will explain that they are not actually worshiping the physical items that we see.
They are worshipping Brahma,
world co one God who is pregnant within the Bible.
However, in fact, what do you see is that they are bowing down to these items.
And if you're doing another step,
and we look into Christianity,
and we are
Why are you worshiping Jesus?
worshiping Jesus, man,
we are worshiping God,
within demand, or because there are a number of different explanations of this, they will say, we worship God who became a man.
But in fact,
what we see is that they are worshipping a man.
What do you find is that God is not represented within his creation, in any way, shape, or form.
God is worship without any kind of image.
Because once you put an image to God,
an image will be made up of what we have perceived what we have seen.
It will mean that then God become an aspect of his creation.
So it is only in Islam,
that we find worship directed only to God alone.
Without any intermediaries,
he is the only one who can answer the prayers. He is the only one who does answer prayers. Therefore, he is the only one who should be directed.
The third word of this
nonionic will argue that
he does not revert
nor was he born
In Old English,
he does not begin.
he doesn't give birth.
Because the process of giving birth
is an animal process.
men who belong to the animal world, we give birth.
It is an animal.
God is not an animal.
God is the creator of animals.
So he does not give birth.
And God events began this verse with this concept, not giving birth, because this is an area in which most of the people who have gone astray in the worship of God have become deluded.
In the mythology of the nation, around the world, you will find
the belief that somehow God gave birth. At some, sometimes these barns are half God, half men, because God gave birth through human beings.
And this is the area that wherever A lot of people have become deluded into worshiping God's creation, believing that somehow some aspects of his creation have become
a part of him.
They are a product of him, in the animal's sense of giving birth.
The second part of that verse,
will a new lead and he doesn't and he is not born, or was not born.
also deals with the concept of God being born once a day God in His Son, God, the son, decipher what a God who was born again, God, dear,
God was not born.
Because if God was born, that implies the time when God did not exist.
And of course,
this is inconceivable.
God always was and always will be, is one of his unique gadgets.
There is no time when he was.
small chapter four verses closes off,
when we have to level one.
And there is nothing like
there's nothing similarly
not with God, reaffirm what has been said in the previous three verses.
What is said in the very first verse,
that anytime we describe God
the characteristics of his creation, first description, are in and of themselves incorrect.
If we think about God, creating the world in six days, and then resting on the devil,
we have made him like his creation, in need of when
we think of God regretting doing certain things, again, we are making him like his creation.
Furthermore, if we describe any aspects of information,
as having no beginning and no end, then this
this concept is for unacceptable, as it has been expressed, because God is the only VA who has no beginning and no end.
When we look at the
principal loan known as Einstein's theory of relativity,
expressed in the Formula E equals MC squared
or energy equals
mass times square the speed of life was in common terms expressed as
or matter can neither be created nor destroyed. That is energy changes into matter. And massive changes back into energy. And on the basis of this formula, the atom was
the atomic bombs were created.
is utilized by men, various parts of the world.
from an Islamic point of view, this formula is far as it is expressed, because if we say that energy
or matter can neither be created nor destroyed, we are throwing in fact, that energy or matter is created.
without beginning, it is God.
God alone is uncreated, without beginning.
When we say it cannot be destroyed, we're often saying it is without any.
we know that God alone is without
creation comes to an end.
within an Islamic context, this formula may be utilized. But a qualifying statement has to be added to it we say energy or matter can neither be created nor destroyed by men.
We have to add that qualifies
Otherwise, the statement as it exists, given to God's creation, the attributes of God.
And it is on the basis of this principle that certain segments
of the Muslim world have broken away from what we could call the Orthodox
because only become Islam Islamic one,
there is only one Islam.
It is common to hear people speak of Shiite Islam and Sunni Islam.
You know, we see this in the newspaper, I read there are two versions of Islam.
But in fact, there is only one Islam
as embodied in the Quran, and in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah peace and blessings be upon him.
So when we go and we look at that 15 or 10%, of the Muslim world,
which has been classified as she is Islam.
And we look into what are their beliefs,
either in fact, they're part of the main body of Islam, or have deviated and broken away from the mainstream of Islam.
What we find is that it is fundamental within the beliefs of the Shiites,
there are five individual,
no, as the tribe
will begin with
son in law of the Prophet Mohammed,
the logic of veterans your volume,
have been and other sons have been by
the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him and nine other children and grandchildren of the same. This makes up what is referred to among ci as swag
and it is dated to the belief
belief in the environment is
something which is essential that one does not believe one is in fact not It
begins with the concept that the models are infallible
and fallible from birth to death. That is, they committed no error
from the time they were born,
till the time they die
Are inwardly, intentionally or unintentionally,
they were free
of any error.
Now, this concept automatically is rejected by
the main beliefs of Islam. And that is that America was infallible. God was free from error. God creation is subject to error.
This is the reality.
The Prophet Mohammed Lila This led to the abandonment said that every descendants of Adam
But the deaths of them are those who turn frequently to God and attention.
are human beings,
as you say that any human being is free
is to give the attributes of God
Furthermore, they say, as part of their belief that Jesus
knew the past,
the present and the future.
In other words, they will
they have knowledge of all things. Again, this is equality, which belongs only to God,
and so on. When you go to the various beliefs, obviously is concerning the amount, what do you find is consistently, they have given the quality of God to his creation, and that takes them out of mainstream Islam.
And as such, they are not considered to be Muslim, as a as a body. And then, of course, we're not saying that for each and every individual, because
different people may hold different personalities. But as a system, the system of Shia Islam, as it is generally known,
as deviated from mainstream Islam, in that it has given the qualities of God to his creation.
And again, this
is the dividing point between any group
which arises within the body of Muslims that claim in any way
that any human being have, for example, the ability to answer many prayers you have, among some Muslims, are those are probably
some of the
who, having died centuries ago, are capable of answering our best.
So they may pray to these individuals,
believing that these individuals will carry their prayers to God or they will answer the prayers directly.
Such belief, take them out of Islam.
Because as I said, in the very beginning, God is unique in that he is the one who can answer prayers.
There are no intermediaries between God and men. I know, some people may say, Well,
you know, when you want to see the base commander,
you can't just walk up, knock on the door and walk into not
to have to go to see your captain. The captain will go and speak to the major,
major to the product, and the panel, we're going to be general.
And if you follow that chain of command, then whatever you're thinking, maybe fulfill.
In the same way,
if you want your prayers to be answered by God,
you who are a god individual, covering, committing sins all the time, how can you possibly expect to stand before God and expect your prayers to the answer's no, you must turn to some pure goal.
And when you basically think because of the goodness of God, he can convey a prayer to God and the prayers will then be entered.
Now, it may sound illogical, however, given the Islamic concept of the uniqueness of God, it is false.
Because one, you're making God like inflation like a general
you can't go directly to God but
you are giving them that
affirmation, the ability to answer your prayers for you
for those types of things, expecting them to answer them.
These are classified in Islam an act of sugar, or idolatry, paganism, where one is worshiping other than God. And the second
one of necessity a short presentation.
Because my time is very limited, I have to leave fairly shortly. So I wanted to give you all an opportunity to discuss. So
I'm not going to prolong the presentation much longer, I will just run it up for those people who came late.
was different from all other religions is that its concept of God is a unique concept.
That God is unique in all aspects.
He does not hear an attribute to the creation.
He doesn't have the attributes of creation, a lot of division have these attributes.
And forgive him any of the attributes of creation is to make him less than God. If I do well, don't you believe that God can do anything?
We will normally say yes, I can do anything. And then somebody will set you up.
Now, when we say that God can do anything, actually, you have to qualify them. You can't just say yes, God
is a God can do anything, which is sitting with him being God, sitting with his divinity, which does not in any way come to mind is being God's unique.
Because if you're going to open the doors to God in anything, then you are caught in the philosophers, arguments, which philosophers like to throw on those who believe in God. That is the philosophy we don't believe in God
are those who believe in God,
that God can make a stone, which is too heavy for him to live
in godly stone, which is too heavy for him to live,
that God can do anything, without any qualification, that you want to admit, that God can make a storm.
And want to admit that then you are admitting that there is something it is possible there is something in creation by the word God to create something which is greater than he.
But one of the fundamental attributes of God is that he is the greatest, there is nothing greater than.
So when we say that God can do anything is anything which is sitting with him being God.
in Islam alone, we find that God is worship,
In all other religions around the world, you will find that the people who are worshipping in this religion believe that they are worshiping God. The fact is, when you look at what it is they're actually worshiping, the fact is that there will be one, one or another aspect of God's creation, either in a tree and saying, God is within the tree. Or I will say God is within the idol, or an animal, same as God is within the animal or a man thing that God has given the man. Only in Islam is God worship, not through his creation, but worship alone
in the pure possible
and then summary of this is a presentation in my class and Java. If you have any questions, there are some papers which have been passed out. Your questions may be written on there and we will try to answer as much as we can within the next half an hour in shop.
The religion of Jesus,
we believe, to obtain the religion of Islam,
Islam meaning submission to the will of God.
Jesus taught his companion, to submit to the will of God.
There are so many statements that can be extracted from the Gospel where Jesus is quoted, I say, not as not as I will, but as the Father will know, thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven, variety of places where you find Jesus, indicating to the people that it is not about man's will, but about submitting to the will of God. And as such, one thought, in essence, is no different from the teachings of Islam,
as was taught by the last prophet, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
There's a book in here meditation is also one of the best ways of worshipping God like prayer. Why Islam does not talk about meditation, it is really good in Islam.
Well, if we look at what is the essence of meditation,
we're in one concentrates one spot
concept, or a sound, or an object. What we find is that within the Islamic prayer,
the form of prayer, which is done five times a day,
there is that concentration.
However, it is not an extreme concentration to the point of becoming oblivious to the world around because lamb believes that worship is a part and parcel of human life, that when one is involved in worship of God, one should not extract oneself from the world and this one little.
So, though there are meditational aspects in the worship,
man is still required to be conscious of the world around him.
There are many Muslims around the world would not know how to read the private habits. And because of this, they cannot play alone. Observe the five time prayer obligatory prayer, except on Friday, whether it's any mahmoodi obligational prayer, is it permissible in Islam for one to play his own dialect or language, even if he does not recite the prayer in Arabic.
When a person becomes a Muslim, or when a child reaches a point where it's being talked about
chapter of the book, the very first chapter in all insurance,
which is an average, which which forms the coils.
If one does not know,
one may say, different words of remembrance of God like to come along will be the last, you know, in the prayer until one
of the former friends.
And the reason why the form of prayer is inadequate,
and is required of all Muslims to learn in Arabic, wherever they may be, is one, because the Bible revelation of God, the man wasn't added.
Any Muslim is encouraged to learn something of that revelation.
what we realize is that, when a Muslim world For example, to China,
if the call to prayer was made in Chinese,
then we will not know when the calls will come, when the time for prayer come.
And if you happen to stumble across a mosque,
and the Chinese were praying, and there's a mom and
he was leading the prayer in xylene, then
there was no option to work with
the Arabic having the main body of the prayer in Arabic
provides a unifying factor. So this means all over the world, wherever they go, they may know when the time of prayer come, they may join the local people in prayer, regardless of the language with the local people.
the placing of a grave inside of a mind
is prohibited in Islam.
Why? What is the grave of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him
outside of the month?
Well, what we should understand is that
where the Prophet was buried originally was not inside the mosque
in the home
of his wife, Asia.
after his death,
whenever the following leaders of Islam will have expanded
their expanding that most of the profits in all of the directions except
in the direction in which the profit was very. However, after the time of retirement, when some change took place,
where people were not as vigilant in
following the teachings of adopting a lot of different lessons upon him, he found that one of the major challenges
was my wife, Natalie Malik expanded the demand to include the house Elijah,
this was a mistake.
And we would hope that sometime in the future
to be corrected.
the grains itself,
as I said, was not placed in the market by the companions of the Prophet. But
the market section of the market tended to
violate the generation of Muslims.
of our forefathers in my country and my country is that they celebrate the birthday of our Prophet Muhammad
Some scholars say it is an integration, which is prohibited,
referred to in Arabic as
well, the Prophet Muhammad,
peace, be upon him
as stated that
any change or addition, which is made in the religion practice
would make up Islam, as he
will be considered to be
unacceptable innovation, that would not be acceptable to God.
Because of the early Muslims, were very conscientious in fighting against any kind of innovation taking place within the practices of religion.
And this is one of the unique characteristics of Islam,
separates it from many of the other religions in that he was a local example of Christianity, and look at the practice of Jesus and his companions.
And compare this practice to what people practice today in the name of fidelity would find that there's a vast difference. There have been many, many, many things I want us to do is to look in that encyclopedia at the history of the church, and the history of Christian theology. And one come to the conclusion that what people are practicing today, in the name of Christianity was not what Jesus in His companions, opacity. There have been many, many innovations and changes.
whereas in the case of Islam,
if we look at the basic practices of wisdom today,
and you want to go back 1400 years to the time of the Prophet, covenant, theological blessing be upon him, you will find that there is no difference.
Whenever people try to make changes,
those who are knowledgeable in Islam have tried to point out to the masses of people that these changes are incorrect. They are cursed by God, they are not acceptable to God.
Among these changes, is the celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
What happened is that some ignorant Muslims at a particular point in time,
some 400 years ago,
or 500 years ago, in some parts of the world, actually, the earliest practice of it was known to have been
popular today mistake that we did, where the practice of celebrating the birthday of the Prophet
Muslims in an attempt
to compete with Christians, because Christians were celebrating the birthday of their Prophet,
Prophet Muhammad, as good if not better than poverty. So why should we celebrate the
Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him did not celebrate.
Nor did he tell him sometimes to be naughty combined.
To celebrate the birthday of the Prophet is to live in innovation in the religion of Islam, that is to add something to the religion, which is not a part of it. And a lot of that very clearly in the body, and your mind.
Today, I have protected for you your religion,
matter official and
a law in our article, I have not left anything, which will bring you closer to God to a law, except that I've commanded us to do it. So it means that we cannot divide, make up anything which we consider will be pleasing to God which will bring us closer to God, which was not brought by the prophet Mohammed, you're not stupid.
Because everything, every way that leads to God has been shown by the prophet.
And based on this principle,
the practice of celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, peace, be upon him, is considered to be
a curse, innovation, not acceptable to God, but rejected by God.
After the destruction of this world by God's
will be the location of Paradise and help
God alone knows that
I would not pretend to be in a position to describe or to tell you whether it okay number five as a male is going to be
God has not told us then it is not for us even to speculate.
is smoking around
smoking, that is smoking cigarettes.
This is an area where some Muslims have had some confusion concerning wearing some people have said that
that is something that could be polite,
but not something which is simple. Whereas, haram means that it is prohibited, and therefore, simple to do so.
In fact, when smoking this pack of cigarettes first entered into the Western world.
In the 15th century, when it came to Turkey,
the father The last time I
attempted to make a ruling concerning him, because in Islam, there is a religious ruling on everything.
on everything that we can do, we can say, you can think about there is in Islam, a religious ruling concerning it.
It is a part of the comprehensiveness of Islam but it touches every aspect of a human being in life. So to follow that, that time,
we're obliged to make a ruling concerning whether this fits in within the theme of Islamic law.
What they observed from it
was that it created a bad breath what is known as a smoker
and anybody who was around those who smoke knows what the smokers record club is usually not aware of the smoking gun because they can influence those who know
smell of the smoker.
So every time
in the text of the Quran and the Sunnah, teachings of the prophet to find out what would be the rule in the appropriate ruling for something is producing a harvest.
And they found a statement of the prophet in a lot of people that will be upon him as he said, that those who eat raw onion
because of the power of the smell is coming from the mouth of one eat raw garlic.
Something which was meaning that the McCool or dislike
garlic and onion
is entered into the mind.
Because you know when we close up rarely turn Baghdad by the days that I'm on.
Now the person has been invaluable, he knows that he is harming.
So to avoid
foul breath, it was ruining his life, McLean's for one.
And similarly, the scholar then made an analogy with a smoking and said well similarly, because smoking produces a foul breath. It is mukou.
for hundreds 100 years have passed.
And we now have new knowledge concerning
the medical profession has stated unequivocally without any doubt
that smoking produces cancer.
And we know that cancer kills. Therefore Smoking kills, you have to look from another point of view.
So look at colors. When looking into the situation. They saw what the prophet said concerning the killing of oneself. And he said that one who killed himself and his life will find himself killing himself over and over in the house.
Killing oneself in Islam, as in Christianity is considered.
For hideously sinful, is a sin,
from the teachings of Moses died on top of Jesus died on top of Hamlet, a lot of people that will be on all of them.
They all thought that to kill oneself is a prohibited
follow now rule that smoking is haram, or sinful.
So anything here believing
or sincerely believing Christians
will not know knowing that smoking kills, because suicide is prohibited.
But if I were to say to you, if you were to take a polygraph,
with only a few that the poisons
everyday you dress up a little bit.
And I put six months throughout the year, you guys
is that any different from taking a full glass of whiskey at one time. And
when you say that something knowing that if you're curious,
then you're asked to then ask them to write.
There are substances according to Islamic law,
which may be in and of themselves
halau or political. But for some people, it may also be Hello, for example, if you are a diabetic,
you are diabetic. And the doctor tells you if you take sugar, it will make you comatose and you will die
the Islamic position
concerning smoking, is that it is haram or prohibited. Simple
Why do Muslims before they go to observe their form of prayer?
Why they are black lives to watch their body parts.
as you go into the Bible,
if you're going through the Bible, you will find reference to abolition
profit motive profit
and the battle between you to wash them down before where it is not something new.
This was a part of the teachings of the Prophet.
washing of the hands in the face of the mouth
is not merely a physical thing
does not remain a temporary
part of it.
Because you know, if the commander of the day there is a command for you to come and see him, you are dirty wearing your dirty clothes. What do you gotta do?
You gotta go change the clothes, because you're coming to stand before the command every day.
if you feel that way,
did you not feel that way even more so in the case of In fact, God has said in the ground, that we should take our best clothing when we go to prayer. And we try to present ourselves in the best manner. When we stand in form of prayer, of course, one minute informal prayer anytime anywhere, without having to go to the app.
But the act of reading is also a training ground for Muslims to maintain cleanliness.
Keeping one clean not only before God but with the fellow worshipers because when listen pray for a very close together, side by side shoulder to shoulder. If one does not see oneself properly, then there will be all kinds of smells coming from the people in the desert.
But as I said fundamentally, the cleaning of oneself is a spiritual act.
We don't do the washing of the hands
of a professor but in doing so
We do know believing that we are preparing ourselves for the worship of God.
We are bringing our mind and our spirit into a brand that we may worship God in the purest sense that we can.
So, this is the requirement which has been described the final revelation, confirmed by the prophet, and it is in fact, a confirmation of the teachings of the earlier prophets. It is not something which was brought by Islam,
but merely I'd like to thank you all for coming. And I hope that what has been discussed and presented has been of some benefit to you