Channel: Bilal Philips
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alameen wa sallahu wa salam ala rasulillah, Karim, Allah Allah He was Sufi Minister nevison mochila Medina.
All Praise to Allah May Allah decent blessings on his last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and and all those who follow the path of righteousness, until the last day, he talks about fear of a law of consciousness of a law.
It is only real, if it produces in US righteousness.
Because it is in our recognition of a laws, knowledge of whatever we do, that we
affect or we change our behavior, the things that we might desire to do, that we might wish to do, we refrain from doing because we are aware of the fact that a lot is aware.
The people around us may not be aware, Allah is aware. So this restrains us from doing certain things, that we may desire to do.
So, the consciousness of Allah which is which
is designed to develop within us
designed to create righteousness, create the righteous, individual, or the true Muslim. true Muslim is one who fears the law
in secret and the public, whose actions reflect the fear of Allah.
He is a righteous, a truly righteous individual.
And this is the same, of course, for all of the pillars of Islam, not just passing, all the tenets, that they're all designed to develop in a person's characteristics which produce ultimately, righteous individuals.
And the mom went on to speak on how Islam
should affect all areas of our life. It should not be
affecting certain aspects, we go and we pray.
But then the other areas of our lives in our dealings with people, when we go shopping, when we travel, etc, that Islam is not happening there. No slam should affect all of the decisions that we have to make any decision we have to make anything we have to do, we should be aware, this leads into a lot
is this acceptable Islamic, we should constantly be questioning ourselves.
That way, whatever choice we make, inshallah will be one which is the in keeping with the teachings of Islam, and thereby be pleasing to God, and ultimately be added amongst our righteous deeds.
And equals to the verse from the blind wearing a lot said
that we should enter into Islam totally.
We should not be one foot in and one foot out part time Muslims, there is no such thing really.
Islam is a complete way of life.
And if we are serious, we have accepted it sincerely, that it must affect all aspects of our life.
Then he went on to describe a particular Hadith, which is reported in Sahih, Bukhari
had been shown some things or some scenes from the Hellfire
in a dream. And of course, we have to
be conscious that when the problems are seldom described something from a dream means this is real. Because Allah would reveal to the problem,
certain aspects of the realities of creation, through his dreams. revelation came through the dream. This is why I was talking to Abraham and a son.
When he dreamt that he was to sacrifice his son. He didn't hesitate and wonder it was just a dream. Is it a acceptable dream? Or should I be? No, I want he had a dream that meant this was a command from a law because that's what the dreams of the Prophet that's how revelation began, elements began in the process of through dreams.
Whatever would come to the Prophet was revelation from Allah. So when the problems that Salah was shown the seeds of the Hellfire, he was shown something of reality, something that we would witness on the Day of Judgment. No, hopefully we're not going to be in the fire. The witnesses may witnesses from other positions generalization but he mentioned, you know,
The case of different people, people who had done things which normally we don't necessarily associate with a person going to hell, for one of it, one of the things was a person's delaying in prayer.
Another one was adultery. Alone, you know, we recognize the punishments that come in this life. And the third was interest.
And the people who, no problem have seen people going through certain various trials in the hellfire. And then it was explained to him why they were going through these trials. And these people were identified, these are among the people who identified people who are doing these different things, it is showing us that no idea, like interest,
or delay of prayer cetera, we don't necessarily associate with going to help. It is something which can very well taken.
we have to then strive utmost to
fulfill whatever Islam is required of us.
That if we are sincere in terms of Allah, then it can't be something that we do when we feel like, and we don't when we don't, it has to be something that we do all the time. And the only time that we don't make the law is if, you know, we reach a state where we've had an accident, we've become unconscious, you know, or we're in a state of sleep and weren't woken, you know, some circumstances which are beyond our control,
were allowed will not hold us to account.
In those circumstances, of course, were excused, or otherwise, as long as we have any sense of consciousness, then we would not
give up that prayer. nor would we treat it in a fashion
which we'll say is an expression of laziness. You know, where we delay the prayer to the last minute, you know, we just joined the prayer, you know, catching the last record, there then goes, we don't move until the farmer, we know were so far away from the masjid or from where they're praying that by the time we get there, we're gonna miss the first three or five, maybe even the first four.
You know, we are aware we have a consciousness of what it takes, it doesn't mean that as soon as the event goes automatically, you have to go to the masjid know, if you know your circumstance, that you are in a position where you are critical to the masses, you know, what time they make the call.
You can continue, you know, from what and then go. But the point is that if you find yourself
if this has become a habit, we are constantly, you know, missing one rep asked from the prayer to missing the whole prayer all together. I mean, this is something which has happened to you on a daily basis. And it's something wrong, something wrong here.
salop you're not treating as it should be treated? And your faith is in question.
Because the law is your
basic expression of faith. If your Salah is not wholesome, it means your faith is not wholesome.
A lot curses those people who are negligent in their birth,
great and a lot of curse means that dead damn to hell.
So we have to be very, very careful with each and every one of the practices of Islam and beginning with Allah, because apart from that, Solomon said, it's the first thing that will be asked about the Day of Judgment.
And if you don't make it fast, a lot, it's not like you have a bunch of questions, you know, when you get 50 out of 100, you've made it No, if you fail question number one, so long as the rest of the questions, you know, that is meaningless, you failed the whole thing.
So it is something where we have to maintain
That Foundation, even though for example, within ourselves, and we are human beings, it doesn't mean that each and every one of us, you know has such an enthusiasm for prayer that we will never, you know, we just say something or laziness and disseminating. No, we're all human beings, we all go through it. You know, we shouldn't feel that because we've gone through a period of laziness or we are in a period of business that we've left Islam No. But at the same time, we should be conscious of it, and be striving to overcome it. Because this is part of the jihad, that we have to go through this life. But we may not be on the battlefront in the sense of physical jihad, fighting for the
sake of alarm for the sake of Islam. We have a daily fight, daily struggle, which is one of the take of alarm for the sake of Islam.
strive with ourselves, struggle with ourselves to overcome the desires which would lead us to be disobedient to Allah to be negligent in the requirements and to make these
principles which allows provided for us, the founding
For a life of righteousness
and the the mom
spent a little bit of time also on the issue of Riba
because one of the people were described in the Hellfire
was among those who devoured or consumed Riba interests.
And he reminded,
you reminded all of us that
allies declared war along with his profit, and those who refuse to give up the remainder of interest. That interest has
over 70 graduates,
simple as the which equivalent to a man having sexual relations with his mother.
he reminded us a lot that, that he has blessed trade and his current
we may see in interest and interest dealings, what appears to us to be great profit, great success, material, well being, in fact, the curse,
it is better to be in a state of poverty, you're the one striving to avoid interest.
Because whatever wealth we have in that state, and everybody has some wealth, it's less violence
is greater than the one who has been this life, and destroyed the next one. So
there's so many verses a lot in the Koran, a lot, you know, reminds us not to make this world full of
evil, and the good are not similar.
Even though you may see so much evil,
It's amazing. And it seems to be producing results successful people
should not met, it's
just part of the test.
They're not equal.
The second part is,
the mom reminded us that we are entering into the last 10 days of Ramadan.
These 10 days, the problems strove harder than he was tried, during the rest of Ramadan, in terms of worship, charity, etc, he would make an
put aside his wives in the sense that he would stop, you know, having sexual relations with them.
That he's, you know, in other dealings, of course,
effort to increase his prayers with charity. And he furthermore he would go into the market
on the night, of the 20th day, know that night which come, which is actually the night of the 21st
he would enter into
and remain there until the last day of Ramadan.
And of course, we are encouraged to do the same,
to do it in Mecca,
or to do it in local Masjid, wherever.
Within these last 10 days and nights, there is
the night known as Laila from others, the Knights of power destiny
has informed us that it is amongst the ottlite
a lot knows which night it is, exactly.
So people tend to
establish it as being the 27th so they don't do anything until the 27th.
But truly Allah Allah knows.
Realize describes this as being equivalent to 1000 months
1000 months of worship
all the various good deeds that one may do in 1000 months, good deeds done.
The Knights of power are equivalent.
The 1000 months is the amount pointed out is something like 83 years 83 plus years. Most people live only 67 years
with a lifetime
is an opportunity in one night to do
righteous deeds which are equivalent
value, the deed of a lifetime, more than a life, the average life.
And this is compromise mercy.
This is the greatness of a law, His grace, that he would make certain nights, certain days or months, such that when a person does worshipping these times, the value is increased, to help to wipe out our
white said that none of us will enter Paradise, on the basis of our deeds
and compliance out even you are messengers. So
why not for the grace of Allah,
whereby certain righteous deeds are multiplied in values, then our evil deeds would far outweigh our good deeds, none of us would enter.
So this is amongst the signs of a lot of the graces that Allah has bestowed upon us. And naturally,
we would be foolish not to take advantage.
But of course, in doing so,
we have to remember that
the ritual of catching it
will not earn us the blessings.
As I said, people have set to 27 as being the Knights of power
for them, for many of them, the ritual
just like people said, Ramadan, at the time of worship, they may not pray all year long and they've got to play in Ramadan
is that worship wants to earn them
the pleasure of
when the Prophet peace and lessons the parliament already says that the distinction between belief and belief is, whoever abandoned it, whoever gives it up or release it, stop doing it as be committed.
So a person who abandoned square
for 11 months
can one thing, prayer in that one month,
will be acceptable to them will be pleasing to God.
Similarly, for one, play with Ramadan,
and attempt to be sincere on what they imagined to be the life the nights of power, Laila to others, which is a joke.
Because sincerity is not something you turn on, turn off
the Knights of power, you turn it on, and you
turn it on and you're sincere. sincerity.
Sincerity is something which comes truly from the heart of the theorem and it's a sincere it's
not something that turns on and turns off. So if you're insincere.
No matter how sincere you are about trying to catch that point where you know, there's a lot of lessons, you're not going to have the sincerity, which will allow you to catch.
This is why it is essential for us
to strive to do good
at every opportunity
we don't think of next year, when I get older, later on.
You don't think in that line.
Because if we live a life if we go through a process of insincerity, live a life of insecurity.
We will not be able to become sincere when we want to.
Like the people are described in the book when def overcomes them, their security begging them to give them a little bit more time
to come back to give them a chance they want to do good in all the things that they left aside they really want to do it now.
With social security, their baby
none of us can be sure of when the time will come.
If we truly believe that, then we have to apply what we know of Islam.
We can't delete because any delay anytime we put aside something with the labor
It is as if we don't believe
that we can die in
the end the law says is to know about people who feel safe from the plan of Allah.
I mean that a lot that you can be caught by death.
only person who feels safe from that is one who is
one would love
what there is to be gained from this life, one destiny and health. Only those people feel safe, don't feel worried that they could die.
of that worry, those who are worried, this leads them to strive to utilize the time opportunity that they have to do good.
And be reminded that you know that during this period, during the night, the power that we should strive to find within the odd months, or nights of the last 10
nights Ramadan, we should strive to control ourselves,
renew our ties with our family,
and seek forgiveness from Allah.
The seeking of forgiveness is something which we should make a normal part
of our life, daily life, we should always be seeking forgiveness. Because we're always
we're always committing errors, whether it's false, or indeed. So we should likewise, always strive to turn back to him and forgiveness, as the problems as Elon Musk says that all of the atoms are constantly making errors. And the best of them are those who constantly turn back to a lot invented
used to say, Rob, this clearly violates that is, oh, my Lord, forgive me.
be reflected towards
us to say this, in a sitting over 100 times,
I think was not in the way some people might imagine.
Where people sit in a circle. And
one person says something that they all repeated, no. But in the course of the conference, I'm sitting with his companions and talking with me, therapists
have suffered a lot.
You know, he would use these various statements of seeking forgiveness from Allah throughout his compensation.
And this is why also we know that, you know, he had told us, when we close our session, we have a two hour which is called comparison matches, or, you know, the atonement for what every evil done in the city. And in it, we ask forgiveness from Allah, the One who usually closes here,
some verses from the Quran,
and description of the righteous
that, you know, they don't commit certain sins from sort of, sort of moving.
Nowhere a lot describes the believers, you know, as those were regular in the fair charity, they don't commit any, any lessons, you know, except
those who do so. But they turn back to line repentance, and believe this reaffirm their belief in the law and do righteousness.
So it's not that the believers will never commit to any sin. But that's when he does come into sin, when he does make an error returns back to a loss and repentance reaffirms his faith in the law. So in other words, it's turning back to the law is not one of the ritual, but one based on faith. And he does righteous deeds, that from that point, he strives to do righteousness, which will make up for the ill that he does, and he doesn't repeat, he tries his utmost not to repeat those errors.
And, you know, he mentioned that these are Hadith where the Prophet of Allah, you know, talking about the fact that
you know, if all of mankind
all of the jinn everybody gathered together and asked the law for something, allow us to give it it doesn't decrease, what he has any way, shape or
form, it is up to us. Allah will give a law will answer whatever we ask.
This is his promise. So ultimately, on the day of judgment, and the law was mentioned in the statement
that whoever finds good righteousness, you know, a good result. On that day, they have judgment, then he should praise God, thank you.
And whoever finds evil, then he should only blame himself because the opportunity was here for us.
If we did not make use of
our own funds, if we made use of it, then we earned the blessing
that summarizes what I was able to get.
Anybody had any points that they would like to
Otherwise, now if you have any questions
concerning the topic of the hotel, or any comments, anybody would like to add to the concepts that we're developing, then you're welcome to do so.
How to perform fair, when we're on a journey?
the combination of prayers or this process of bringing prayers from an earlier period, joining them, known as
shortening the prayers that this process allows us to do, when he set out on this journey, once you began the process of journeys, you know, this is understood as having left the precincts of the city, the environment that he's in, once you set out, then he may you may do so
it could be an airplane, joining the prayers, sitting, most of the airplanes, you're not really able to do standing, the only places available next to the bathroom
will be in the way of people and areas.
Sometimes on your flight,
you know, you may run into fights, you know, before it's time, right. So
what you may have to do is,
and of course, you realize that when you're up, you know, above the, the atmosphere there and you're looking, you're seeing hogere, I mean, the sun is rising, though, if you went down on the earth at that point there, you wouldn't see the sun. So there's a lot of factors there. So I mean, if you're in the plane, and you happen to see the sun, I mean, you can still make your prayer, I mean, it doesn't mean that you're actually gone beyond the point of making.
use I mean, if especially if you've made the journey, before you have an idea of you know, approximately when the 5g is going to come in once you know around that time, you can go ahead and make 5g from the plane.
You know, otherwise, if you find yourself in a situation where you didn't awake until the time when the sun is up, and
when you you know, get off the plane, you make the project at that point in Alaska last forgiveness, I mean, to something beyond your control.
the joining of the prayer as long as
as long as you're on the journey you are entitled to do so.
Some scholars hold that if you break the journey, at any point and separately in a place, you know, you stopped for a day, two days, three days, they have different positions, that at that point in time, you may still shorten prayers, but you may not join them.
But others hold that you can join as long as you can short you can join these are both allowed to you
to brand their home.
you know, of course if one is able to pray before going there. It's better. I mean, it's a better atmosphere. But if the time for prayer company, yeah, okay.
Yeah, well, then, you know, you pray that you pray there. I mean, the fact that they have work in the home, that they have alcohol in the home, I mean, this is not in and of itself, you know, something which makes prayer, they're prohibited. I mean, they may have idols in the room, you know, they have statues of Mary and the saints, etc. I mean, what you do is you cover these things or you go in, you know, before making the prayer, you put some cloth over it or whatever, and you go ahead and you make your prayer.
He actually, you know, in Islam, as long as you're conscious.
As a male particularly, prayer is obligatory, I mean for females you have, you know, times when they're under menses, etc, when they're excused from prayer but for males, as long as you're conscious
Whereas the requirements so much so that the confines of the problems are telling us, what should we do if we find ourselves and they give a hypothetical situation, naked, you know, we're shipwrecked or something like this, and we are closed a lot. We're all naked. And we know when we started to pray, you know, you're sending the mom.
What do you do is gravity you supposed to be covering your outer, you know, your private price when you're praying? And, you know, you're not looking at somebody else when you're praying. So they ask you, what are we doing this circumstance? I mean, they're trying to find in their circumstance, when we will be excused from prayer, that you pray in one line, the mommy doesn't stand up the first you've always said
that there is no type, there is no excuse.
You know, the pair is honest, you know, wherever and whenever we are conscious.
The question was, you know, when we're on the plane, I mean, we've come to the issue of Qibla comes into play, you know, if we're leaving Mecca and heading to America, we know that Qibla is back this way, right?
It is back this way. And we're sitting in the plane this way.
It's easier said than done.
You know, the point is that, what you may do is you turn your head towards Qibla. And making your intention and then you pray in the direction that you that you are obliged to pray based on where you're sitting is sitting.
And you have to remember, in any case,
that wherever you are on Earth, remember the earth is a globe.
And ultimately, the Earth is a globe.
So, if you turn your back to the Kaaba, you're still facing it the other way around.
But of course, for one, if one is inside of the Kaaba, for one to turn one's back to the Kaaba, that means one is deliberately turning away from the Kaaba, and this is permitted, for me forbidden. But you know, this in a general sense. So you don't, you know, let yourself get into a situation where you think you're not facing the carbon source, ultimately, understand your circumstance. And with that intention of praying towards the Kaaba, you know, you
go ahead and shall it is acceptable
to direct the exact location
knowing or not knowing whether or not or whatever,
for, you know, wake up prior to sunlight.
Or you ask for
direction from the from the side, they will gladly provide you with a direction give you a bearing, as to, okay, the sun should be rising at a particular time.
It's not that difficult for us to get that information. And we should make use of what opportunities are there? You know,
if you couldn't make it
last five days.
Yeah, I mean, whatever, you can have that period, you know, it is a credit your intention, you know, I mean, by going into the masjid, whether it's even only one day, this is all available to you, he went there. And so, you know, like, I mean, according to, yes.
Well, if you The thing is that if you deliberately set in your mind, that, you know, each year I will only do it on the last five, this because you're setting it sooner for yourself. Right? When you are able to do it for the 10.
See, then now you're entering into the area of Finance.
But if you are doing it according to what is available, that's the time that you got off from your job, or you had certain things that you have to deal with your family before you could go into that to golf. And that's just the time that you were able to catch, and it's perfectly okay. Because you see,
the only way we can say that only 10 days is only these 10 days. Is this a problem as Alan said, so
he went in for the last time and this is what is preferable.
Not to say you cannot go in unless it's the last 10 then we have to have evidence for that prohibition.
So what does according to what one is able to do
in this is, as far as I've understood, this is
what I can see,
banks was dealing interest
for most of us, you know, being from countries where all the banks in our countries yield an interest,
we, you know, are encouraged
by the Islamic principle of avoiding
dealing with people who are dealing with interest, or supporting their institutions,
or companies etc. We are encouraged by them to set up alternatives.
I mean, this is the first step. And we as Muslims recognize that any dealing that we have to do with the Atlantic banking system, the interest based banking system, this is wrong,
we may be excused because we have no other choice,
in the sense that we may put our monies have to put our money's in the bank, of course, when we put it in, we then put it into a checking account, which does not give interest.
You know, they're wrong, because we are helping that bank. By putting our money though we're not taking interest, we're giving them monies, to him, to him to expand their operations and to become stronger, etc. So we're helping them and it's privileged for us to help those who are involved in sin
in their field, help them by stopping them, but not help them by encouraging them giving them support.
no, this is the lesser of the two evils, you know, and this is how we have to look at it in that sense, we are we are we, we have to put our money in the bank, the lesser of the two evils now is to put it into the checking account, which doesn't their interest. But at the same time,
I said, we have to be aware that this is wrong, still,
allow me Forgive us rascals forgiveness.
And by recognizing that is wrong, we shouldn't be then seeking an alternative, we should be trying to work out something with the Muslim community, the Muslims, encouraging them speaking about it, whenever writing about it, talking about it, encouraging people to try to set up alternatives.
we have the need, and most of the country's
Muslims do have the means to set up alternatives, it may not be in the form of a recognized bank, because the country may have certain banking laws, wherein if you're not functioning on an interest based system, you're not allowed to function. You know, you come through some other channels.
The point is that where they say, there is a will, there is a way to seek fear a lot you seek, a lot will open the way for you. So this is what you would then have to do to strive to set up alternatives. You put your money in the least harmful channel, which is in the checking account. And, of course,
this issue always comes up as it's passed by briefly, you know, some people will suggest to you why put it in a checking account.
Because when you put in a checking account, the bank will benefit from that money. And there is no way that you can stop them from benefiting.
So you put it in an interest bearing account,
and you take that interest and you give it to needy Muslims.
That way, the bank doesn't get the full benefits, you know, you're able to cut back some of that that
But it is a kind of logic which causes you then to commit a graver sin
because you're now we see miniatures
is what they say well, no, no, you're not receiving it. You know, really because you're not putting in your pocket. You're not taking it for your own benefit you give it but you're receiving it. You're taking it out of the bag.
And Allah said in the Quran, that
you must give up whatever is due to you on interest taking only the principal
telling you that how can you then come and say, Well, no, it is better, no, I can do better. What Ally's told us is the best.
So we have to go with what the lies told us, we take what a lie is permitted for
the remainder. We do not. We live
so, I don't know if that covers, generally
Muslim Brothers working in the bank, you know,
again, we cannot deny
that a person who is working in the bank
even though he's just sweeping the floor,
you know, he is helping the bank.
I mean, it's less than when he's putting in money and taking out this money, you know, I mean, that is so obviously sinful.
And the problems are Sela defined for people really who are clearly equally involved in this the gravity, the full gravity of the sin, those who pay interest those who receive interest, those who make up the contracts, and the witnesses, these people are,
have their fraud on them the full gravity of the sin of dealing interest.
But then a lot also says, you know, about cooperating with each other in righteousness and not cooperating with each other in sin?
Well, that's our new and an IF me, well,
this is a general principle in Islam
as well there is somebody who is involved in you need to feed your family.
But as long as you have other options, then you should take them
because if you think right, think of the back right, because people tend to
look at the bank
in a way different from which they would look at sinful operations, if somebody offered you a job
in a liquor store, for example, cleaning the floor is in the liquor store, you know, you would see Oh, yeah, there's something wrong here really, you know, or if somebody offered it to you in a brother to a prostitute operator, say please come in and be the
security guard, you know, I mean, the point is that you as a Muslim as a believing Muslim is going to be obviously this is right. No, you are not involved in the operations inside there.
And we shouldn't look at the operation of a brothel or a liquor store any different than we look at the operation of an interest bearing bank.
This is the problem that somehow the picture has become so distorted that the bank is looked at in a different like, it is sort of you know,
respectable it has the respect of the society and you know, it is sanitary, you know, whereas these other places will look at as being corrupt and obviously, but no, but this is why I said that the simple branch of dealing in interest
is equivalent to a man having sexual relations with his mother, who's collecting these two that you know, what is sinful and evil the most horrible of these things that you can think of
interesting just like
it is as evil.
So, then, obviously, if we look at it in this light, we can say Yes, brother who was working in the bank,
if he has another means, he should find it leave the bank.
I mean, she has been bad here leading scholar of the kingdom.
He has rules and made a number of speeches called on tapes within things that it is haram to work in the bank, an interest bearing bank, it is haram forbidden
it is haram.
it is for us, you know, to try to get ourselves out that situation, I mean, as I said, we deal with the lesser of two evils. We try to minimize that cooperation that helps that we give to the bank, we try to find other options
with anybody else.
A check, and the only place that this check can be cashed redeemed is at a bank.
I said, we try to minimize recognizing the wrongness, and striving to find alternatives. See, that's what it'll make. Our our dealings now halau.
One, we recognize the wrongness of feeling bad about it. But we understand we have no choice, right? And at the same time, we try to minimize, we try to have to deal with them as little as possible. And thirdly, we're striving for development of an alternative to talking or writing or combining with other people to try to develop the alternative in that way, then, you know, shala, the syllabus is removed from us. And, you know, it's part of the size of the last day problems. So like I said, you know, that
you know, even the duck,
you know, from
interest, dealings of this type, Haram, no will touch everybody.
This is one of the signs he talked about in the last day, when, at that time, it wasn't obvious, you know, because, for the companions,
whenever they dealt with their money dealings, the interest was just totally wiped out, there was no concept of dealing in interest in the way that we are now.
This is one of the prophetic statements of the problems, as you know, which was spoke of the future, which we are now living,
where our money no matter where we get it,
has somehow some way been touched by interest. But of course, you know, this doesn't mean you see what some people when they look at his hobbies, they turn it the other way around. Now, since it's in the last days
no matter what you do,
you're going to be touched by the interest basically, a Muslim cannot escape interest. So let's go to the bank and get the money and be done finish you know, you know, fighting and trying to dodge it because you can is stupid and they use that as a justification now for going and nobody This is wrong.
Because now you are you are deliberately one situation is where you have no choice you're you know, something is touching without your without your desire without your efforts. It is happening. Another case is you're deliberately going down to the bank and dealing in
life in the
based on the goals and whatnot.
those gross national product of where
okay, we have an economist here.
trains from the place of the US economy,
a strong economy, therefore,
break it down.
in different countries under the
cover, like the
a good debate on the gross national
American American self
bill is being touched by answers.
value, based on incidents we
like any other currencies,
It has no bearing.
But it is an instrument
not just like video on like a TV, you can use it for good things.
We dealing with banks in the bank,
they use the charter who's for fixing the
is an estimate of payments.
This is not what was meant, because even in the title,
but I'm just explaining to you that this was not was what was meant, because that much of interest, if we're saying that is what was intended, it existed in the proper time, and he was talking about something which would happen, which was not happening then.
Because that existed the money which was in circulation in the time where the problem happens is I love it was used by Jews in their dealings also, he used to put his, his, uh, his
armor is hot, you know, it's also getting certain value out of it to utilize etc. So it was not in reference to that. Okay, so let's not, you know, go off too far into that area. Right.
But I'm just clarifying for you that that is not what was intended. So let's see, if there was a
Yes. Do you use the perfume that you're talking to? brushing the teeth? Yes, this is allows.
You know, the prompts are seldom used to use miswak. You know, it while fasting
is allowed. Of course, you want us to be careful not to swallow.
Swallow it. Just like when we're gargling also in making whoo that progress told us not to, you know, is normally wish when the gargling we should
do so you know, in the fullest way,
we should let the water go right back to the back of our throat. But of course, during fasting, then we should
not forget perfume definitely has nothing. I mean, perfume is only prohibited. When, as a male, when you put it on after wearing her up when it is prohibited. As a female. perfume is prohibited. If it is the type, which has a noticeable scent, if she wears that outside of her home, under any circumstance,
under any circumstance outside of a woman's home, if she wears perfume have a noticeable sense, even if she's working around other women exclusively.
Well, okay, if we have an exceptional circumstance, where a woman is carried from her home, in a bus,
driven by women, where she does not come in contact with any men from the time she leaves her home, so she comes back, we could say yes.
Except for Jasmine, I mean, of course, in the case of Rodman, but, I mean, this is like something which is just, you know, very unusual, we talked about the norm is that when a woman leaves her home, she's going to come in contact in some way shape or form with males.
And in that circumstance, rubs us lm says when a woman leaves her home, perfumed, you know, and males come in contact with this, that she is an adulterous
you know, I mean, obviously, this is symbolic is not saying literally, we're gonna take her now and, you know, you know, apply the law on her hands, right? But it was she has like one because it is as if, though she may go out. You know, and this is again, a question where people come into the issues of intention again, you know, you want to say, but that's not my intention, you know, when I'm going out, I'm just trying to smell nice. I'm not going out with the intention of attracting men, you know, but this is just like, you know, I remember in, you know, a lot of times when the miniskirt became popular in America, and we were trying to, you know, advise the women that, you know, they
shouldn't wear this thing, you know, and, you know, they that, you know, what it invites people to, they were saying the same argument, well, this is not our intention. We're just trying to keep up with the styles and the fashion. But you see, the point is that intention does not make
So we have to be very careful.
apostle and said deeds are judged by their intention, it doesn't mean that if you have a good intention and you do Haram, it becomes hollow. So,
it means that if you do something,
intention with the intention of good, and it somehow turns out to be harmful or evil to those people around you, that Allah will judge you ultimately according to your intention, you may be rewarded for that, though the people around you may punish you, this is what it is in reference to, and that when you do good,
if your intention was not good, then you will not gain any reward for it.
In other words, trying to get us away one from the ritual
where we go ahead with doing what is literally considered to be good. But our intention is other than that, there is no reward
in what we're doing. And also to let us know, that whatever happens in our life, you know, Allah is the one who can take good out of what seems to be bad, you know, because we are faced as people, we try to do good for people. And the person rewards the good that you do with evil,
this may lead you to quit doing good.
You know, this is this is our nature, we have that kind of a tendency, you do good for this person to do good for that. But they harm you and they harm you. So what's the point of doing good, people can't appreciate it. So this can lead you now to give up doing good. But the point is a law will reward us for the intention, it doesn't matter what the results, you know, what comes back from it, etc. Ultimately, this is what we should try to understand with attachment, with one exception, as well as the exception
before people bring it up, right. And this is, of course, a circumstance where a person is forced,
you are forced in a circumstance starving to death, you have to drink some alcohol, or eat a piece of pork to keep yourself alive.
your intention here is not to disobey a law, your intention is to stay alive. survival. This is a valid intention, a law has given us the permission in that circumstances, that circumstance doing that haram there would not be counted against you.
It doesn't make it halau in the sense that it's now allowed for you, because I'm starving, pork becomes allowed. Because when you say pork becomes allowed, it means that you can sit down, get a whole pig roast him up, and you know, have a full meal. But this is not what is this is not what is allowed you what is allowed to you is enough on the pig, you take a little piece, which is enough to stop, you know, you feed yourself die, you eat enough. You're, you're alive, you're hanging there, right? This is what you're allowed enough to keep you alive.
Once you go beyond that, you know you have that little bit of home, I forgot to say so good. And you start to eat, then you're ready to sin. So this is showing us that in fact, the pig had not become hellofresh
it just became permissible for us to have enough to keep ourselves alive. I just wanted to add that before somebody brought that issue in.
Well, it will see if she has tried on. She's put on enough
that this now becomes discernible when she leaves, then it becomes her.
You know if she wants
to let him put it on his head, she wants to smell it, see what it smells like to choose one for ourselves which we'll use in our home, let her husband put it under his and she can smell it. She doesn't have to put it on herself.
No, it doesn't. It doesn't invalidate the passing of blood
in other than menses and, you know the other things which happened for women, the fact that blood passes does not invalidate the fact, you know, you squeeze of influence and blood comes, you get cut and you bleed this do that invalidate fasting. In fact, they don't even invalidate Voodoo, though, you know, some people are under the impression, you know, and this is commonly taught in some of the schools that once blood flows if you have some blood bleeding or whatever, this breaks your state of Voodoo. In fact, it doesn't. Because there's plenty of evidence in the time of the companions where they were cut, they were bleeding, they're praying and you know, there was no evidence really for
the to support the idea.
A breeding Rex will do. In fact there is a hobbyist for the hobbyist is not authentic. This is what the position taken by those who hold that is based on it is based on a hobbyist but is not an authentic hobbyists. So bleeding, not only doesn't break fast, it doesn't break wood.
Same thing with vomiting, vomiting, said the most vomiting. breakin will do is not authentic either. So it is not, it does not break, whoo.
Okay, before that there was somebody
talking about gold. And
again, what I understood, I pointed out the references if you had to
your updated understanding on women.
Just last night, as a matter of fact, I found a piece of paper he's given it to me on and I just wrote it in my other book two seconds, but I haven't had an opportunity to go back and check it sorry.
Ultimately, in Ramadan, the question is about, you know, if we went into the fat,
because we didn't see the moon
on the 29th of Shabbat.
Right, we didn't see the moon on 29th of Shabbat.
So we completed 30 days Shabbat it's 30 days, and we went into the fight,
missed if we don't have any information to, to show otherwise, we continue counting the days as
as we have, if, for example, After two days, the sky clears up. And the moon shows. Obviously, it is not two days old, but three days old. You know, those people who are emphasizing the moon all the time, they're aware of that, right? They can tell you a moon is two days old or three days old. I mean, for me, I couldn't tell the difference. But for those people who are familiar with this, they're able to spot it, you know, so in fact you are on the third day or not the second, then naturally, you would start counting that as the third.
Because that then as the third and the end of Ramadan, you're also faced with the issue of not going beyond 30 days, that's a maximum.
Right, you stop on the 30th day if you even if you don't fight the moon on the 29th.
Night can be any night.
of the odd Night of the odd nights, this is the odd night, you know, based on correct calculation
based on incorrect calculation, yeah.
should be all the encouragement is ready for all the
states recently. And
I was in a bookstore. And one of the Muslims from the area came into the store and
behind the counter says,
Have you started too fast? So the other person said?
Yes, we heard that they spied at the moon in Mecca,
New York. I'm in Alaska, wherever the case may be. And they spot the moon in Mecca. Am I obligated to fast forward?
Or do I go forward with the majority of the people in the area
would be more correct to go with the majority of the people. We know from the statements of the problems I love that two possibilities exists. Either we can fast whenever the moon is cited, or whenever the month, the beginning of the month has been determined to the sighting of the moon, anywhere we are that is a possibility. Or we can go according to our local sighting.
These are based on statements of the problems or incidents which occurred in this time. So we have these two options to us. Now, in a community.
What we should do is choose one of the two we have we can choose either one of the two, but we must we should choose one and people should go with that which the majority of the people have chosen because they're both valid methods.
So we go with what the majority of the people are doing.
Okay, wait, hold on is yours on the topic.
outside and also
outside of what was the topic that we're discussing here?
Okay, hold on. He was gonna
say to the person who has been praying for the past three months
do you ask him to declare?
I believe in wonder. I can pray?
this person who is praying and fasting,
he has learned his method of prayer.
Playing according to how Muslims pray, he's learned his method of prayer.
Yeah, so he's learned his method of prayer from the Prophet.
Right. And his method of fasting is learned from the Prophet. So
he must assume then that what the prophet is telling is true.
The truth, what the prophet has given us, is the truth. And this is what the Quran says, that the Prophet speaks not of himself, but we speak what is revealed. So what he taught was the truth.
And if he accepts that, yes, the quote the Prophet, Prophet Muhammad, Allah tala thought was the truth. That's why spraying the way spraying twice as fast as fasting, then you have to just inform him. Well, rather, the prophet also told us that the first pillar of Islam is to declare our faith in public, we make the Shahada, we declare, we confess that face to the public, and we should explain to you
that that declaration of faith truly is not for a law
in the sense that a law needed to hear him say it's to know whether he believed or he didn't believe, of course not. As he says, Allah knows what is in his heart. So his declaration is not informing the law, anything.
However, his declaration of faith,
community, is his commitment
is open commitment to be a part of that community.
Because that community is
like, is a witness, but it is also
like a savior for him in his times of weakness, because faith is not something which remains, you know, as the peak, faith goes up, and it goes down the times when we're low in faith, and the times when we are high in faith.
And that declaration there, when he informs the community, that he is a part of the community, then when he is in the times of weak faith, when Satan may come to him, and call him into doing sin, or to give up the practices of Islam, then the community knows that he is a Muslim, and they will come and try to help him.
So it is for his own protection. It is out of his own need, that he makes the declaration of faith
that the community needs to hear him, he needs the community to hear him.
And it's the same way with all the colors, it is out of our need. The five pillars of Islam are fulfillment for ourselves of our needs, we need to pray, we need to fast we need to make Hajj we need to give and we need to declare our Islam publicly.
He's obviously saying prayer anyway. So it may be that he has a
me the movie,
when we play
well, as I said, it was important for for somebody like that, to try to give them an understanding of the purpose,
the reasons behind you know, hopefully with him understanding these purposes, then this would lead him to do what is required. See, there is of course, you know, a part of our nature to want to,
to reject what is seems to be ritualistic or what seems to be you know what everybody else is doing and feel that you know, we want to seek God all by ourselves. And this is part of you know, our natures to some degrees different people are stronger than others. And without an understanding, then I can see you know, a person some people wanting to try to do it on their own, but that's what I think is
Important, you know, to take that person, bring him to some other brothers, if you're not able to get this idea across to them to reason with him, bring him to some of the, you know, brothers who have been in his lab longer, or whom he might respect because of this or because of that, they can give some clarification to him as to, you know, the rationale or the reasons or the benefits that he has to gain from complying with all of the principles.
difficult to set up Muslim eggs, which would really serve the Muslim community. I mean,
I'm just wondering whether there is a kind of solidarity and unity among the Muslims, even in one country.
I come from Russia, majestic.
And, you know, the kind of strife and division that is among the Muslims.
in Mauritius, we're skeptical that they would ever reach the kind of stage where they would actually be able to set up an alternate banking system if you're finding
I'm just wondering, you know, sophistication
and alternative kind of, you know, moving data to serve the community, I just wonder whether that's
in London I used to go to,
and they actually, time you want me to Central London, which often
is lonely. So the first time I fell in I went, and
I'm sorry, the person who was responsible for
and that was it.
Next, the next week, I went again, the guy was traveling, and there was nobody there would actually see
you, they just don't have you do the
normal backup. So what can we do for you?
Is so well organized? For the museum, whether they want it or not, they get the convenience. And this is sort of the traditional thing. And
when you go see Willis country countries, they could set up a system. And
I just wonder, you know, we can write,
I mean, we can
how we can treat it in a practical sense. But I just don't believe that we could actually rival the existing systems. And unfortunately,
you know, we all are fairly happy with the way we accept the way that the bank, okay, but I would just say that, you know,
taking a mortgage by house, making
less money and losing
money in a bank.
the point is that, first and foremost, is
for us to feel or to look into the future, and say, We don't believe that this is going to take place, see that already, is ensuring that it's not going to relative to yourself and those people who hold that belief, definitely, you will not do it. If you do the whole thing is that Solomon said that the believer is optimistic. He is not pessimistic,
very important factor for the believer that he is optimistic. He believes that it can be done as far as we read in the Quran is telling you are you open, find a way for you, you know, ultimately, that it can be done, whether it will be done in our time in our community, you know, with these people or whatever that is with a lot. We don't know the future are, we believe it can be done and we strive for it. This is this is what a lot will hold it on the Day of Judgment. He's not going to ask these we set up an Islamic bank in Mauritius, us personally individually. Did you set up? I could ask you that. It would ask you Did you strive to set up one that is accurate? No, I didn't believe that it
As you have failed,
you are responsible that so what is on us, you know, we don't have to worry about the sophistication, of course, I wish, you know, even the Islamic banks which are functioning now, we don't find them the sophistication knowledge, this is problems that we strive to overcome. what is required of us is to believe that this alternative is there, because if we believe it is not there, then it means that the law has burdened us with something of Islam that we cannot fulfill. The cllr policy has not given us any burden to get us to bear. So it means that it is something which is achievable. We don't know when we don't know the future, but we strive towards it.
This is should be our approach. And as long as that is our approach, then inshallah it can be done. It can be done. And that's how we have to approach it. You know, you understand the principle. I mean, the the details of it, you know, when you're going into the mortgages or not, there are alternatives. People have developed cooperative housing societies where they've managed to purchase the houses, you know, together. Of course, there are distrust and everything, but those people who feel alone who wants to serve a lot, and they strive, eventually they come together and find a means to a person, he will choose to stay and pay rent, until he finds the opportunity. Otherwise, he does
not say, well, when I'm paying rent, there's nothing coming back every year, I'm paying out these 1000s of pounds every year, and nothing is coming back for me. No, he believes when I pick up these 1000s of pounds, trying to avoid falling into interest Alize increasing the value of that house.
It was to me in the material sense, but it is stored for me on the day of judgment in a sense that I cannot imagine. So he will continue to pay until he finds people like minded like himself to cooperate and do it because there are housing cooperatives, which I know in Canada, which now exist in England, and exist in other parts of the world where Muslims have come together and have been able to purchase homes for for the community without having to deal in interest.
Right in different ways. But the point is that there is a way and we as Muslims have to maintain that optimism.
You know, this is ultimately how we can succeed. Because if we go back into the time of the conference, you know, after his time, look at the state of Muslims, in terms of technology, you know, sophistication, economics, all these different things in comparison to Rome and the Persian, the other empires around as they were nothing.
Yet, within a few 100 years, 100 years or so they were the peak, everything else was judged by them. Because the language of science and all these different things, people came to study under them.
So the fact that it happened in the past shows us that it can happen again in the future. And Muslims have the means we have the resources of the world, in terms of if we were to come together, we have the resources, the manpower, the knowledge, we have what it takes. And this is why President Bush has made it very clear that we want this thing situation to remain as only one superpower,
to be able to maintain the status quo, to make sure that Islam does not rise.
The potential is there.
The biggest problem is our own lack of faith.
And then it
must be of mine.
Always subjective effect and
objective and subjective. subjective facts play a very important role. Now relating it back to the question of bank question of money. The question about the American dollar what is based on based on objective facts
based on what is based on confidence, people believe in debt taking back
payments, because people believe in a system. They believe in America. If you look around the world if you believe
we believe in some of the worship,
talking about trust and confidence. And for us as Muslims, one of our biggest problems is
trust, trust in
the big book
that is promised
If we were to do that if the Muslim
in ourselves and in a lot of it is 9995
want to get back to what brother said we got to be young
enough publicly declared his face. For whatever reason. I just wanted to submit that maybe it's something similar to the public declaration by way of applying for a marriage, someone who becomes married.
One of the obligations is to
invite others to partake in that moment of happiness, for the purpose of letting the community at large know that this individual has now become
married. So we feel walking down the street with a woman, you know that.
So maybe this could be a similar
alaihe salam, wa sallahu alayhi wa sallam
Can we say some Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam for all of the prophets of Allah? Or is that something that we specifically use?
And can we say ladies,
one may do either, you know, traditionally, and most common, people tend to say some, although it was seldom for prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi Salaam for the other prophets, writers and put them in a lesser status. What are we doing?
the problem was I seldom, you know, had specifically
advised us to do that for himself. And a law had told us to do so for the homicides and so, this was something specifically designated for the asylum, because of the role that he played in terms of being the final one carrying that message.
Giving salaams to him
is in fact,
to him and the Prophet today as a whole. Because he is one of the prophets of Allah but the last of them and to do the same also for the other prophets. Is
it is it is there also it is allowed for us to say that would alayhis salam O Allah, Allah wa sallam it is perfectly okay. And it's perfectly okay to say the proper names and say Mohammed Ali Salaam it's perfectly okay to do that.
But just as it is perfectly okay for you to say to a person, you know, when you greet them. Salaam Alaikum. Or you could say salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah. You could say warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. There's more blessings in adding more similarly in for the Prophet Mohammed, Elias alum to add more instead of this thing later on to say that there is more blessing in it, you know, and of course, to do the same for the other prophets, there is a blessing in it also. But in the case of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam, there is something special which has been added in that he has informed us that we whenever we do so for himself, a law
prayer for blessings and,
and mercy of a law to reach him
in a way, which is unique,
that Allah has angels will carry that to Prophet Muhammad.
And this is
also in a sense, to create enough
an attitude where we do hold the Prophet Mohammed, so I will tell him though he is one of the prophets. And we are not to make distinctions between them in the sense of saying, one was a prophet and one is not a prophet, but that we do recognize that Allah has given certain prophets certain special rules, and the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam was given a role which was unique to himself. And we have to recognize that uniqueness. What we have of Islam is
due to the role that he played in carrying it to us