Channel: Bilal Philips
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Hum did Allah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah. All praise is due to Allah and me Allah's peace and blessings on the last messenger of Allah.
The message that change the world
is the message of low heat.
It is the message, which was taught to Adam the first human being,
And with every Prophet was sent of the 124,000 prophets sent to all nations in the world, that message continued to change the world,
in each era of human history,
with Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam
was now preserved in such a way that
it would never change.
The earlier messages, which changed the world in the area in which the prophets were sent.
Those messages we know have changed.
And even the prophets who brought them their names are now lost.
We just know in general because Allah told us in the Quran, Walcott bath Nafi Coolio, mutton, Rasulullah hon the law which tanimoto hood, I've sent to every nation, a messenger, calling people to worship Allah alone, and to avoid the worship of false gods.
This essential message has been, as I said, preserved in Islam in a way that it was never preserved before.
Not because the message was different, because it was the same message, but because of the fact that there would be no other prophets who would come after Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. So therefore, that message now had to be protected, it had to be preserved in a way,
none of the earlier messages were preserved.
And Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam left for us a blueprint as to how that message should be conveyed.
He lives the message, first and foremost, he was an example of the effect of the message on a human being.
And his example,
was preserved with such detail
that anyone today who wants to know that message in its entirety, with all of the details,
he or she has access to it. And this is how it will remain until the last day of this world. Even when Prophet Isa Prophet Jesus comes back,
he will not come back with a new message
or a new interpretation of the message, he will come back
following and teaching the same message.
And that was what Prophet Muhammad wa sallam told us at that time, when he joins the prayers in Jerusalem.
And Baytril Marcus and Imam mahadi is going to lead the prayer. And when Mr. Medina realizes that Prophet Jesus has joined the frontlines of the prayer, he wants to step back and allow Prophet Jesus to lead and Prophet Jesus will stop him put his hand in his back and let him go forward.
And as I said earlier, the legacy of Prophet Muhammad sallahu wa sallam is the conveyance of that message.
His job was to convey
The message and that job he has handed on to us today.
He was a messenger to the whole world, they'll aalameen.
But how could that be?
How is it that we have the message today when he didn't come to us, because others conveyed that message to us.
So, him being a messenger to all the worlds, it is realized by our carrying that message to the various nations and peoples that we come from that we live amongst.
And he gave us a very clear command,
ballyhoo and neolo idea, convey whatever you have learned from me, even if it is only a single verse from the crime.
Everyone has a share in this legacy, it is not just for a single group, a particular organization.
It is for each and every Muslim, a duty to convey this message to those around him or around her.
That message is summed up in the short chapter at the end of the Quran,
commonly known as Surah, leafless, but also referred to by the early generation as Surah, a Tawheed.
The chapter of Tao heat
and the very first verse of that Surah, Allah who Allah who I had to say,
He is Allah, the uniquely one says everything
that is Tawheed in a nutshell,
say He is Allah, the uniquely one,
not just Allah,
who is one
that is warhead
that I had, means uniquely one, one like whom there is no other the rest of the surah is only explaining the details of the unique Oneness of Allah.
How he is different from all other things in this world.
And that is the essential message that we need to convey and that message
is the light
which the nations of this world need,
whether they're a secular,
where they have rejected God altogether.
They argue that God is a figment of
when you listen to their arguments,
they are the ones that are illogical and irrational.
The atheist who says, this is all an accident.
Who provides the foundation for secularism, religion is made up by human beings, our existence, everything around us is all an accident. If you listen to their arguments, you will hear irrationality.
You will hear an illogical argument which goes against all human reason.
Though they like to say that those who believe in God are the ones who are irrational. It's blind faith. They say, you know, you're just following blind faith. There is no logical reason why you should believe in God. If that were the case, then why is it everywhere on the face of the earth? People believe in God and they have believed in God as far back in history as we can possibly go everywhere.
Those who don't believe in God a few.
They may be very loud.
Very vert voices for us there you can hear them there in the newspapers.
Television or whatever, very loud, but they're few.
That in itself is proof that they're coming from an illogical point of view.
But just to give you a brief example just to know get this clear in your head, whoo hoo Allahu Ahad.
This is talking reality here.
The atheist who says
belief in God that God created all of this, God who is unique,
he is not a part of this.
if you were to take the colors
of the rainbow, red, yellow, green, all these
and put it in a bucket, tubes of paint, you stir it all up, and you take it and you throw it against the wall.
It is possible that there will appear from this mixture of colors when you throw it on the wall.
A Mona Lisa
you know the picture of Mona Lisa.
Rembrandt, Mona Lisa, classic, is a you mix it and you throw it.
Now we know if you put paint in a bucket and you throw it on the wall. Maybe it might splatter. And you say, Well, that looks like a hand.
That looks like a foot
that maybe looks like a head.
But this is
not clear and sharp, not Monalisa
a painting, you know, our human being this woman with a smile, the smile of Mona Lisa, you're not going to get that. But they say yes. If you keep mixing, and you keep throwing, that may be the first time maybe the billions, billions time
it will happen.
We say that is not logical.
That is not reasonable.
That doesn't make sense.
Common sense tells us the first time you throw it is like the billions and billions standard, you throw this still not going to happen. But they have blind faith.
That one time it will happen. This is blind faith. This is not logic. This is illogical.
But that's how they believe.
So called who Allah had addresses the reality the reality that there is a God who created all of this. And this is a part of our message that that God who created all of this is uniquely one.
Not as people have deviated into, they have the belief in God everywhere you go, but that delete that belief, which was originally taught by the prophets got corrupted.
So God became
something mixed with the world around us. Something which they felt could be tangible, we can put our hands on we can look at it, you know, this is God.
So God can be found looking like a man.
Jesus is God.
You have people who believe God
became a man
and walked on this earth amongst us.
misguidance if he became a man,
then he's like everybody else is not unique.
It's not unique. And in their story about him, he died.
It's not unique, he died.
That's what happens to everybody else. Everything else they die.
So he's not unique anymore. So the uniqueness of God is undermined and destroyed once you believe God became a man.
Then you have other societies, like in Hinduism. You have God like Ganesh.
He's got the body of a man and the head of an elephant is the elephant head God, Ganesh,
the god of good luck
and so on and so forth.
Those who worship idols,
idols of God.
If they're the common person, they'll say yes, yes, we just we worship these idols, we believe that somehow these idols are going to do something for us. But those who are more philosophical, they will tell you, actually, we're not worshiping the idol.
The idol is a means of focus. You know, like you get a magnifying glass, you want to focus the rays of the sun, and it can burn something right, it focuses so the idol becomes like a focus. For us, God becomes concentrated inside of the idol at the time of our worship. So we're worshiping God who's concentrated focused inside of the idol, not the item itself.
So his philosophies are developed. But of course, when you ask them, okay, so if the item drops and breaks off its head, can you continue worshiping the rest of the item? No, no, no, we got to go buy another one.
But why? Why does it matter if he's being focused? Does he have to have a head? And we could we make the computer instead the focus and worship our computer? No, no, no, no, no, it has to look like this and you're worshipping idols. Man, don't. Don't tell us the stories.
In worshipping God concentrated in the idol, you're worshiping the idol. That's proof of it.
So, for them, God has lost his uniqueness.
The Hindu who worships his idol.
He has a set of rituals around the idol,
called the puja.
He rings a bell in the morning to wake up the idol
takes the idol out, gives him a bath,
puts food in front of him that he worships.
People can sink to that level where God has lost his uniqueness. He is a part and parcel of His creation. So this message called who Allahu Ahad, it destroys all of that misc sent conception of who God is.
The true God is uniquely one.
Allah has Summon, he is self sufficient. He has no need. You don't need to ring the bell to wake him up in the morning.
He doesn't fall asleep.
He has no need. Everything is dependent on him.
He doesn't depend on anything else.
So we know that he is not a part of this world in this creation.
Those who deny his existence say that there is no beginning the world has no beginning.
That this world if you
look at all of the events which take place in the world, and you illustrate it by dominoes, you know, you set up the dominoes like this in a big long line.
Each thing causing something else when the domino falls, it hits the next domino knocks over the next Domino and so it's also okay has no beginning meaning that there was no one to push the first domino.
Again, Is that logical? If there is no one to push the first domino, then how is the domino going to fall? It won't talk. That's the reality.
So the very fact that we exist now is proof that someone started that whole process going, who wasn't a domino.
Because if he was a domino like every other Domino, then he would need somebody to push him who wasn't a domino
who is unique. Not like the rest of the dominoes the rest of this world.
So all who Allahu Ahad Allahu Samad noni lamb Yellin.
He doesn't give birth.
These are animal functions, giving birth having a son
having a daughter,
Greek and Roman
beliefs, their belief system God has a wife. He has brothers and sisters and kids yet the whole family
this is making God like us. Not unique anymore.
Willa mula nor was he born, there was no time that God didn't exist.
Because if God didn't exist, nothing would exist.
So Allah is truly unique. This is the essential message of the Prophet SAW Salem brought, that is the essence of Tawheed. The uniqueness of Allah, Allah, Allahu Ahad is just repeating what was said in the beginning, and there is nothing similar to him
by level and mula if all of us can convey that message,
all of us
anybody that we speak to around us, they have problems in these areas. And this is the answer. So a class is the answer for the misguidance of the world today. It was the answer 1400 years ago, it remains the answer today, it was the answer from the very beginning.
The essence of that message was taught by Adam, to protect people from falling into the states that they have fallen into now.
That message, while on one hand,
providing a philosophical,
intellectual foundation to understanding God.
At the same time, that message was to be translated into
a life governing principle.
What is that life governing principle? How is Tauheed manifest in our day to day lives? This is the question
How did Tawheed manifest itself in the first generation and change them
and made them
the carriers of this message to the world the changes of this world?
Well, Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam
had summed up the message of Islam saying in the mob wife to litem mama Carmela flock, I was only sent to perfect for you the highest of moral character traits, that the essence of the message of Tawheed is a moral message. It's not a technological message.
We don't have technology that the world needs to come to us. We don't have
in the past we had when we were in Spain, and by God, we were the leaders of science, while Europe was in the dark ages, we were in the Age of Enlightenment.
They got the light by coming to our centers
and took it back and the Renaissance began
the rebirth for them.
But that was coincidental.
What was important was that essential moral message which lies at the base of the Tauheed ik message of Islam,
that we should have a correct moral relationship with God with the law,
a correct moral relationship with our fellow human beings and the correct moral relationship with the world in which we exist which Allah has created for our benefits.
Message, a moral message, which remains unique today.
This is what we have. This is what we have to offer the world. As I said, it's not technology. We don't have technology to offer the world today. But what we have to offer to Canada is the moral message of Islam.
A message which has not changed in 1400 years
because it is based on Revelation
is a solid rock solid message of morality.
The rest of the world changing morals.
The big debate in the US today is gay marriage.
Obama has thrown his weight behind those in favor of gay marriages.
There is opposition
mainly from the
Islam, there is no room for discussion on this matter. There is no changing of views.
The Islamic moral message remains unchanged.
For everybody else, it is a question of democratic morality. Democratic morality means what we think is good today can be bad tomorrow.
And what we thought was bad today can be good tomorrow.
That is democratic morality. Because as long as the majority of the people feel this is okay, then it's okay.
And people change.
People change, you go back to the 60s.
Go back to the 60s. This is 40 years ago, 50 years ago.
Back in the 60s, if you ask the average American or Canadian, what do you think about homosexuality? What do you think they're gonna say? Then? They're gonna say this is bad nasties, whatever. Some might even call it the Bible. It's an abomination unto the Lord.
You know, that was clear.
Those who felt otherwise who live that lifestyle they had to hide in the closets.
They didn't bring that out in the open.
But by the 70s.
If you ask the average, American or Canadian, what is your view on this? They say alternative lifestyles.
Different strokes for different folks.
Back in the 60s, it was listed in the psychiatrist Bible as a sickness. There was drug treatments, electrical treatments, all kinds of treatments for this.
By the 70s, it was removed.
And it was replaced with homophobia. Those people who dislike feel sick about homosexuality, now they're sick. They need to go and be on the couch of the psychiatrist to be reprogrammed so that he or she can function properly in society.
How did that happen?
When I was in high school in Canada, in Toronto,
there was a book on the market witch from the
60s when it first came out book called Catcher in the Rye.
This book was declared pornographic
Not for public consumption.
When it first came out back in the 50s.
By the 70s, it became reward required reading for every high school student into in view in Ontario.
How did that happen?
How did that happen?
See this is morals flipping upside down.
And so on and so forth. There's no end to this.
So what Islam has to offer is stability.
A stable set of moral principles, which we uphold which have to do with family.
The building block of society, protect the family.
Children, respecting parents, parents looking after children
and extended family
everybody is involved
a solid foundation for society.
Today, the society around us, the family has disintegrated.
A family can consist of two fathers.
There's a book available in the US today, which they're using in grades two and three.
It's called My two dads.
It tells a story about Tom and John, Johnny. He has a dad and a mom. But Tommy has two dads.
And Tommy's two dads really takes care of him, takes him to the beach, takes him to the playground takes him all the place, has a great time with his two dads.
And, of course, could be two moms,
and so on and so forth. single parent families considered a family unit.
So the family is breaking down.
Children despise their parents, as soon as they get old enough. They blame their parents for everything. Everything that went wrong in their lives is your fault.
When the parents get too old, they can take care of themselves throw him in an old people's home
where they'll be abused.
What can we expect from that society? Where the children hate
In Islam, the mall principal will attack Hula, hula ofin, while at an aroma we're not even as Muslims allowed to say.
Parents say can you do this?
allowed to say that not allowed.
That's a whole different perspective on life.
that message was changed the world was one, which, on one hand, gave a clearer picture of who God was.
So we wouldn't be confused
between the true God
who is not like his creation or a part of His creation.
And at the same time,
it gave us a moral foundation for
human existence, how we relate to that God, which is worshiping Him,
how we relate to other human beings, which is
controlled relationships based on the laws of the one God
and how we deal with the world around us.
Morally, looking after it, taking benefit from it,
and not abusing it.
And this message
in terms of
today, we have to be clear on ourselves. And we have to raise our children on this message systematically from the earliest of ages, till the time that they leave our
that this message
should be translated into moral behavior. We relate everything that we teach our children back to God.
You do this? Not because I said you should do it.
But because this is what is pleasing to Allah.
You don't do this not because I'm going to get upset and maybe I might beat you or do something else to you. But you don't do it because it is displeasing to God. For it will upset me also, but it's displeasing to God. We raise the children with that consciousness of right and wrong being based on what is pleasing to God.
What is displeasing to God? So if we raise them with that kind of consciousness, then even when we're not around, they will be guided. That is the basis of Taqwa. That is the essence, that consciousness Yes. And where we feel that Allah is watching us. And we are obliged to do what is right. regardless of the circumstances. That's what we want from them. And it's very important, because it is also very easy for us to raise our children
focusing on Islamic rituals,
instead of that essential message of Taqwa.
Because from the very beginning, if you think about it, the little child, when we get up to pray, and they reach about the age of three or so then they may get up and stand beside us. And they're praying with Mashallah. You like it? It's nice, you know, everybody will clap.
Look at so and so. And of course, the little kid, boy or girl, they will see that when they do this, it makes people pleased. So they will get up on their own even when you're not standing there, they'll get up
and you look at her look at him. Mashallah. Something really, you know, touches the heart, you feel really great about it. So the kid learns this, right? Whenever I do this, they're pleased they're happy, maybe they'll give me something. And so they'll come and do it from time to time.
So what are we teaching them here?
Actually, it's Riya.
miners, shirk says what we're teaching them, okay, there is an age when you can't explain to them Allah and fear and all these other things. But once they get past that age, when their mind has not come together enough to understand Allah, and that, once you get to that point, and we have to correct it, you have to bring them in line with the real teachings of Islam, because otherwise, they will continue like this, they will do whenever they want to please you, they will do it, they'll put the cap on their head, the girl or the girl who wear the scarf, a job, etc. But then they when they reach that age, they're in the public schools, they're under pressure from their peers, etc, then
they'll take the cap off the head, put it in the pocket, little girl will take the hijab off, and
so they'll just be Muslim when they're around you. And once they step out the door,
Islam is in their back pockets.
That is the big danger, we have to be careful that we raise them with that consciousness because that is going to protect them through life. Without that consciousness consciousness, then they are
challenged. We have not given them the foundation to be able to successfully find our way through lives, find their way through life. So they're going to fall, the pressure of the world around them, it's too great. They will go astray. And that's what's happening today.
Children turning away from Islam, in large numbers,
by the influence of the society around them, and the lack of that towheaded message within the home.
Established on principles, not merely words or traditions, but unclear principles,
which are understandable, which they can understand they can comprehend, they can internalize, without that.
We can only pray that Allah will guide them through these trying times.
that message needs to be reinterpreted through the pillars of Islam, and the pillars of Imam these are the
basic principles of Islam.
should be interpreted from a moral perspective. How does that pillar translate itself morally in our lives and you will find in the Quran, you will find in the Sunnah clarification as to what the
Moral messages. It's there.
When you hear a lot speaking about salah, he says in the Salah Tana And in fact shall Mancha, Salah prevents evil speech, and evil deeds.
These are moral principles, evil speech, porcelain said, Whoever believes in Allah the last day for the Apollo Cairoli.
either speak good, or be silent,
Be careful of what comes out of our mouths.
We are morally responsible to speak good, or best be silent.
So, the pillars of Islam have to be translated that way. It can't be just the movements, we teach them. What may be called Monkey salah.
Monkey Salah is You mean you can take a monkey chimpanzee and teach him
how to do these things. But what impact does it have on him?
has no meaning. It's just actions he's doing.
So we have to go beyond that. Because this is what we have been raised with. Most of us have we asked, Well, what did my parents tell me about salah do it. That's what they told us. You know, you're a Muslim you do it? That's all. Why do it. Don't ask me why?
Why? Why can't I ask you why? Because I'm not really sure myself. Just do it. You know, we Muslims, we do it. That's where we are.
And our parents, they didn't get it from their parents, their parents didn't get it. We just now inherited a tradition of do it. Just do it.
But in the old days, when we're in a society where everybody else was doing it, then you just continue to do it.
And the dangerous thing about that is that Prophet Mohammed said,
some people will do the deeds of the people of paradise. As it appears to everyone they're doing it, but they will be from the people of hell. This is in Sahih Muslim.
People will do the deeds of the people of paradise. Praying is among the things when the man hours what to commit to paradise Professor sallam said, you know, do the five pillars of Islam
pray five times a day to unchosen
it okay to paradise. So these are the deeds of the people of paradise, praying five times a day. But if praying five times a day, meant only going through the movements, the motions, then no rituals will not take anyone to paradise.
That's reality, because perhaps all Solomon said, lie or the congenita.
In law men.
No one will enter paradise except a true believer.
That's the reality.
are to inherit that legacy, which Prophet Muhammad wa salam left for us.
And to make it
a means of changing our lives and the world around us, then we must understand that message.
It must be clear on all of the levels of the message, knowledge
has to precede all of this.
Clear knowledge, not tradition, custom.
Well, that's the way we do it in our country, or in our town, or in our
region. That's not what Islam is. Islam is what Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. Brought
and what he taught
and what his companions learn and conveyed. That is Islam. We have to go back to that.
If we are to change this world, change our own personal world.
We have to go back to that.
That is what changed the first generation.
And nothing short of that will change this generation.
So I asked Allah smart Allah
to give us
his blessing, his grace is Tofik.
To learn that message, as Prophet Muhammad SAW Salam brought it, to internalize it, make it a part of our lives and to convey it to those around us, beginning with our own families, our children, our wives, our husbands, the immediate family and to those around us, our neighbors, our friends, classmates, workmates, etc.
But level Annie well I convey whatever you have learned from Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam even if it is only a single verse of the Quran, who Allahu
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