Channel: Bilal Philips
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offered due to a lot of Peace and blessings on his last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
The topic identified for this afternoon is the key to paradise.
And this topic
as a general topic
which Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam
a means to paradise
building a Masjid
in Lima, Sudan,
when Allahu la
urbanization in Ghana,
as whoever builds the masjid for Allah,
Allah will make for him at home in Paradise,
the act of building a massive
the key among the keys to get into paradise.
to build a home for you in Paradise and put you in hell,
you know, is contradictory.
We have a number of other cases
that have been identified
in the scenarios just as examples,
which is accepted
is an expiation for the sin the minor sins take place between them,
and the reward for an accepted hug
is none other than paradise.
represents a key
and there are many other many other statements above
he has made, identifying difference, as
having a reward of paradise.
in the context of this conference,
which is focused on La Ilaha, Illa, more
as a way of life.
The intense of this topic is a particular hobbies
in which he said, Man, Allah Allah, Allah, the Hun agenda,
whoever says La ilaha illa Allah will enter Paradise.
among the keys to Paradise
is what the various other topics which will be elaborated upon throughout the conference.
We'll cover various aspects of this
talk is really only a woman. I know because
the official opening has taken place yet right. So this is just to keep you all busy a little bit with some thoughts in this direction.
So that's when the actual talks, you know, get underway, you will have some sort of background as to what to expect and
be more prepared to interact with the various
topics and those who prevent them.
Now, the paddy
had said, Whoever says law, a law will enter Paradise,
hobby, which, like a number of other hobbies
cannot be taken by itself.
major conclusions drawn from
they don't require us to look any farther than that verse
through a long line,
gee, a law is one unique.
We don't need any
other verses to clarify the meaning of this a law of oneness is very, very clear to us.
There are other verses in the Quran
wherein Allah may say, for example, not a horrible Salah.
Don't come near prayer.
This seems to contradict other verses we're in a law says in the saliva stablish prayer.
So that verse cannot be just taken
by itself, it has to be completed one to sakara
when you are in a state of intoxication, okay, that gives us some more clarification. But even that we're taking both parts together don't come to prayer when you're in a state of intoxication. Again, this work by itself
implies that you don't have to go and pray for pay to get intoxicated.
This is implied by the verse.
So that verse cannot be shaken by itself in the finances, you have to look at all of the other verses involved, which talk about prayer,
you know, the requirements of prayer and intoxication. And they now have to be put in some other chronological sequence, or contextual
When we understand that this was a part of a series of commands which came
and the final command, Allah said, fudge any boo. With regards to intoxicants, stay away from it, not only give it up, but stay away from it don't even come near it.
It is very important
are not taken out of context unless the meaning is absolutely clear without any other implication. Unless the meaning is absolutely clear. One must look at all of the other verses in the Quran on the topic to get a clear picture in some way I think quite obvious to us here.
But this is also the same in the case of the Sun now
when you take a heavy support masala
you also have to look at other hobbies on this topic.
We don't come up with a meaning which was not intended.
So it was problems as Alan said,
Ma'am, para la la la la, la, la, la La, La La La La will enter Paradise.
There's another narration of
English common law common sense said.
Man color light and a lot more. Listen, you can be the halogen whoever says Laila Hola, sincerely
So that's fairly heavy, well known one.
Which nucleons tend to focus on around the Muslim world, when we all say like that along so we'll go into paradise.
To be understood,
with respect to the second duration, which clarifies that sincerity has to be there
as a ritual thing of Laila hola Kaffir
Lily row says lol Allah, this will not put them in
an individual who says lol I'm a la because he wants to marry a Muslim woman.
You know, he is informed that you can't marry a Muslim woman unless you're a Muslim.
So I said Milan last we can get married. It doesn't doesn't mean anything anytime
that Laila lies not going to take him to paradise.
So, the concept
of nylon, the law of being
a key to paradise,
has to be looked at first and foremost with respect to
sincerity, one has to have said it sincerely.
Ah the condition and this is what will be looked at in other lectures.
Before a person
says it with sincerity.
It has to also be said, on the basis of knowledge.
There is no god worthy of worship, that Allah
some people translated as there is no God. But Allah said, no God but Allah because you know that many gods
many gods in society, people worship other gods.
But the only God who deserves worship
deserves human worship is Allah.
The term Allah
is not necessarily
the critical point some people
try to expand or to project the Arabic word or law into other societies, other times other languages.
allow for an wellacre badness equally eco moto sola and Abdullah today,
we have sent to every nation and messenger inviting people
worship Allah. And to avoid for that, I think it's better to leave the door open for people to just come in. So it's not squeaking back and forth all the time.
The other prophet
Thomas was sent as well, I said that he, whenever he said, the messenger, he sent them the lasagna,
speaking the language of the people to whom they were sent.
So whatever term in their language
God as God actually is,
then that was the term that they would use.
And then have to be a law. So we don't have to, you know, some people go to great extent, trying to show that you know, the word that Prophet Jesus said with regards to God was a law. And this is what Prophet Moses said and what everybody else said,
Well, maybe in the Semitic languages, because the Semitic languages share a common
Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic, these have a
common origin. And as such many of the words are very similar in pronunciation. We say a Salam aleikum, the Jews say As salam alaikum okay.
Because the language which both Hebrew and Arabic came from, was one came from a common origin. So not surprising to find that the term for Allah in Aramaic, the language of Jesus or close to, to it, something like Allah, close to it.
But now we don't need to take that and try to project it to the public was
to argue now that in Chinese there's a word in Chinese Allah for Ghana, we don't need to go there.
Because it is not so much the name as the concept.
learning that when we're talking about Allah,
were talking about Allah as he has described himself in Revelation.
So when a person says, I believe in Allah,
they have to know who Allah is.
As for example, the smilies believe, as a honey people.
It's my right
to believe that Agha Khan is Allah incarnate.
God incarnate. Agha Khan walking around, I'm not
going to say, I believe that only a lot deserves to be worshipped, that is not going to take me to paradise.
No matter how sincerely I believe in
me, then that knowledge of who Allah is,
clear, must have a clear picture of who is online.
I never said this means that only a lot deserves our worship, then again, worship has to be clearly understood.
What constitutes worship,
because you have many people, many places that have a number of different rites and rituals that they identify as worship. And this is not acceptable.
For people who use images, in their worship, within the form of idols or pictures or whatever, they burn incense and these type of things around
after worship are not acceptable.
has to precede this declaration of faith.
The declaration of faith has to be based on knowledge, not just a statement
from the correct knowledge of who Allah is,
and what constitutes worship.
One who makes this declaration sincerely from his or her heart,
such a person is guaranteed paradise
Even if they commit certain sins,
which may be more than their good deeds, mortgages have been multiplied by Allah.
And as such, they were put in hell.
Because we look at other hobbies. On the topic of entering paradise, we save amongst ourselves, I'm saying that people will be taken out of health who had
a mustard seed worth of faith in the
and among them, the last group that would go in
will be burned to a crisp
they'll be taken into paradise put in a pond and they would come back
and only referred to by the people of Paradise as the janmani humans
The point is that
with correct knowledge
of who Allah is,
and what constitutes worship
and expression of this, and the declaration of faith sincerely,
that expression sincerely represents say,
this is what constitutes faith. Faith is knowledge
and knowledge has to be implemented.
As a statement statements or statements, action these done
naturally This person will do other things.
That doesn't mean that all they did was make the statement and then the rest of their lives is, you know, completely corrupt and evil etc. it's inconceivable that a person who would make that statement sincerely would do no other good in the rest of their life No, but it is conceivable that use the weakness of that face versus their
they may do a number of evil deeds,
which may be in fact even more and their good deeds.
And as such, they will be punished because the law justice will prevail
is nothing Murphy is great there. But it is not divorced from his attributes of justice.
when expressed with knowledge and sincerity,
is one of the fundamental keys to paradise.
This was only supposed to be a little warm up.
you all have come from a variety of different
places and backgrounds.
I'd like to give you all a chance if she wants to ask any questions on this topic,
you can just go into some general discussion now.
But it's not prohibited. If
people feel that the fitnah
the circumstances of our time, there's certain fitness and to avoid,
the organizers have chosen or agreed that it's better to
block off the
situation, this area of the men from that a woman
the practice of felons time, that
when tops are given or when the partners are selling gave hookah or
were they were men and women present, that the women were veiled from the men
in this gallery,
in the sense of there being a some sort of barrier, something like this.
And the fact of the matter is, it wasn't so in the time department.
it is not something which is prohibited, as I said, if it wouldn't be necessarily considered without innovation in the religion, you know, unless you know people tried to promote it as being a religious requirement. And this is what the religion says and this was me, etc, etc. If people promoted it in that fashion, then it becomes a form of innovation. But it is just judged as a situation to avoid
because of the circumstances here, to avoid possible fitness, etc, the organizers have chosen to do that they're not promoting it as a religious requirement, then it is just an it's an issue of convenience of like for example, if we did develop a Masjid, we have an upstairs and downstairs you know,
the downstairs or for the man upstairs for the woman you know, of course in apartment master that wasn't the case, the woman with the box men were different and there was no
so to speak.
In the circumstance in in the democracy that is built or the house which has been converted into a Masjid, just practically speaking, the area in which were divided for men and women downstairs, it would not be sufficient, not is more convenient for them to have women upstairs and the men downstairs.
They only have one entrance or you know, the full number of different factors which can allow us to organize according to our needs. And we don't necessarily have to follow certain patterns that have to do with
technology or building styles, these type of things, you know, that do exactly the same, otherwise people will start to argue or listen, you know, I must've should have, you know, was made from the trunk of the palm trees. We should have roofs with palm fronds, you know what we don't we know we're not that rigid in that we have to maintain particular forms. Right, so now we can utilize technology
Some massive they have a closer TV and, you know, television for the women, so they can also see the speaker, but at the same time, you know, there's oppression. So
organizing, you know, should take into account the opinions of the woman involved, but in the end, they have to make a judgement, based on their overall understanding of the whole situation, the final judgment is going to still end up being in the hands of the male organizers of the program.
budget raises other issues, you know, these are the words of the prophet and you know, the truth of the words of the prophets are special in the case that they are not allowed, you know, because they cannot marry anybody I know, that raises other
other issues, you know, in the case of the massive is very clear. And even there is a subtle shift in value with acid, whether, you know, this edition of partition, and the master separating the woman from the men, you know, and he said, they actually, in reference to those who are taking it up as a religious issue that it must be said, this is
I'm the same, but this was his responses. So I just tried to take a, you know, an easy
approach to it. So we understand this word is permissible, not a requirement is good in the organization of programs, that the opinions of the women who are involved when it should be taken to counsel Scott? No, sir, in the end, the those who are organizing, to make a judgement as to what they feel is in the best interest of the community and also involved inshallah we trust their judgment and
repeat the question.
Is it permissible to volunteer in the society to work in circumstances where there are women present
and permissible for women in this society, Muslim women to go to university or to schools, where they will be in a circumstance mixed with men.
This leads to issues that rather address
a requirement for us, as males to earn a living, and look after us, our family
is the only job that we can find in one with a woman present on the job.
in my view, we should take it
you have no other option to make hedra No, there's no other country, you open your arms and say, come stay with us. You know, you're welcome here. No, this is what we don't have the means to even pay for a ticket to get out of here. You know, this is you're, you're you're in a circumstance in reality you're here and how you got here. And the other thing the other point that one may also have to look at, but the fact of the matter is, you're here you have a responsibility to look after your family.
It is better for you
to take handouts from the government,
you know in the form of welfare, whenever these things
are the work
without there being a form of begging. Right, which has been prohibited by law prohibiting.
He identified it as being harmed So then,
if you are first of all of looking after yourself, for you to magnetom
you have a choice between
taking this haram to the
Government and unless you're building coverage and I didn't go in and meet Muslim
staffers and look after you
you know or going out and working in a circumstance with a woman well
working in a circumstance where women are present is not in and of itself
is what is going on in the working environment is haram then whether it's all men or their women presence as well as men addicted haram already what's going on in the working environment is Hello.
But there happens to be women present which in and of itself does not make that circumstance haram
what happens is that you working in that circumstance
as a male
would have to
abide by Islamic principles in terms of lowering your gaze, avoiding unnecessary conversation and socialization in a with the females present, I mean, this is just you refer to the several that you would have to go through
recommendation would be for you to take the job, you know, and
you know, and for your family, because again,
what will happen
happen is that the
lot of circumstance
where a woman
her husband, incapable of looking after her,
she will lose respect for him,
you know, it will show up one way or
she will lose respect.
So, just as a from a point of maintaining the proper
status of family, you know, the man needs to be earning and looking after the family,
woman or men?
Because education here is
I don't have any private schools or universities right, all women and all men are supposed to maybe some complex. I don't have any here in Toronto, there is one in Toronto,
one for women, Women's University,
women's High School. Okay, one woman has, you know, in terms of education, I mean, we still have junior high school, we have primary school, we have University and colleges all the other you know, so, the reality is that there is not too much option in the way for both males and females, because the question is not just should my wife go, is she properly covered? The question is should I go
through is as much a question for you as it is so hot
in this society, it is not in the case of male and female.
Now, what I would say is that
it may important that the
girl, that what what are you teaching from that education?
What are your intention,
this is ultimately going to determine whether this effort you're making to get this education is left by a law firm.
If you're seeking knowledge in a field, which is needed by Muslims, which will be beneficial to Muslim to Muslim community, etc.
And your intent is to use this knowledge for the benefit of the Muslim community
it is something which would be best.
But if your goal is I just want to get this job this will make me a lot of money. So I can have a nice house a nice car and you know this and that a yacht and be able to travel around the world and you know, your whole purpose is a worldly focus.
Then your efforts for education occurs, even if it's in an all male circumstance
or is it in an all female?
I would say that, you know, for your wife to gain education
in a field which is
beneficial to the community, we should be able to use it to the for the benefit specifically, more importantly, to
The female and young member of the society in a young Muslim community, then it is valid.
But uh, she's just going there to learn Arabic
You know, a basket weaving,
sociology, you know, these kinds of fields which are non self
perpetuating five concepts that have been developed in the society, then no point
we're not going to
live in the midst of non Muslims is haram
just as a general rule, okay.
I'm giving you the general rule, okay, a general rule for Muslims to live in the midst of non Muslims, they are a minority in the midst of the Haram circumstance
and join with them to make his work.
And he said, Hey, Joy is continuing until the last day, it will continue until you ignore accepted normal repentance except as the signs of the last day begin.
So nature is an obligation of Muslims.
But there are circumstances which justify a Muslim presence in the midst of non Muslim
They can send one of the kids to the front door and extended one of the smaller children to just bring it in. When the question
makes use of
a person lady did Mary justified in being amongst non Muslims, as they have gone for
the purpose of trade,
temporary, not intending to just stay and just be honest with trade purposes.
gaining knowledge, which is not available, where they are medical treatment, which is not available where they are, there's a variety of other
reasons. People are driven out of the countries of refugees, this is the only country that opens the door for them to come to, so that they come here.
justify them coming here. But to remain here, they would have to be involved in
conveying Islam to those around them.
Trying to establish Islam here, but just to come here, and
just be like everybody else, just blend into the society,
then this is a circumstance which is a forbidden circumstance.
Because in these circumstances, we will have difficulty practicing Islam. And if we die in that state is a well known verse in the Quran where Allah speaks about those people. In order the angels will take their souls
take their souls and at the time of taking their souls and ask them, you know,
what space are they in? Why were they you know, their secondary purpose, as a law defines in a state of self oppression? Londinium?
Why? They say because they were oppressed, there are minority small, they're oppressed in their area. But to the angels will say to them, I learned to call Abdullah he was attempting to hide you know, he was not as expansive and you could have made headway in it.
And then verb allowed to say,
These people will find the hell as their and
people who die in that state, people who die in a state of self oppression meaning dial a state of sin against themselves, disobedience to Allah, they are not practicing the principles of Islam because of the question of the society, whatever they have accepted. Those who die in that state, Allah says they're going to help.
So it means that harm that
is an obligation
means that we're not involved in