The Moderate Muslim

Bilal Philips

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Allah Allah He was Hobie woman is standing in the vicinity he Li Ahmed Deen.

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All praise is due to Allah May Allah Peace and blessings beyond the last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and then all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.

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The topic, the moderate Muslim,

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is particularly relevant to us.

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And this time

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because of the fact that Muslims have been labeled globally as extremists.

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They really religion of Islam

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is portrayed as a religion of extremism.

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And as such,

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we would be obliged to address this topic.

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Though,

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as a topic, Prophet, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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had spoken about it 1400 years ago.

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But the difference

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is that the context in which he spoke about it,

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and the context in which it is used today are two different contexts.

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The intention behind the term moderate in the West, is quite different from the intention behind moderate from the Prophet sallallahu wasallam.

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When we look at the original context,

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what it meant when the Prophet sallallahu wasallam

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instructed us on so many different occasions,

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through his companions,

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it meant

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I balance

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a balanced Muslim,

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that we are conscious of neither being too far to the right or too far to the left, too high or too low. It was about a middle point.

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A middle point

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where

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the oma

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would be rightly guided

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and the religion

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would be easily practiced.

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Right guidance

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and easy practice, we find repeated or repeatedly addressed by the prophet sallahu wa sallam in his son now

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we find

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an open statement.

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Jaco yako while Hulu

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beware

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of

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extremism in the religion.

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He warned the companions not to be extreme.

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And he addressed a number of issues in order to clarify what he intended by avoiding extremism.

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He addressed himself

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telling the companions latitude latitude

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Rooney cammarata Tina Thoris, a 70. Mario, do not be extreme in your praise of me because of course,

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love of the prophet SAW said love

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is a foundation of faith. And he did tell us to love him more than anything in this world.

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But at the same time,

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that love should not go beyond the bounds that Islam has set.

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So while he said like took me No I had to come.

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Had akuna habla LA, he meant quality, quality he wanted he were nasty as mine, you do not truly believe until I become more beloved to you than your parents,

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your children

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and all of humankind.

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Here he at the same time said, Do not be excessive in your praise of me.

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Because what he meant

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by

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loving him,

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was clarified in following him.

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It is a love, which

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drives the believers to follow him as closely as possible.

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Not a love,

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which would push them to worship Him.

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Because that is the extreme.

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The love, which pushes us to worship Him is unacceptable.

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Though we consider it to be love.

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We may cry while we're doing it. We may feel emotionally involved.

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But still, that love is unacceptable.

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Because it was that love

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which led Christians

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to make Jesus alayhis salam, God

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that is the end that is the farthest point that we can go with that love where they elevated him

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from being a human being

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to being the son of God who was himself God.

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So,

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Allah had the profits a lot of a sudden them

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in the

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state,

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pool in

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a showroom.

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Say a lot

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to say, I am a human being like you I

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am a human being like you just like you

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as you are human beings, and you can never be God.

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I am likewise

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except that I have revealed I have received revelation. That's what distinguishes me primarily. Prophet Muhammad wa salam is distinguished from the rest of humankind,

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like all of the prophets of Allah,

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by way of

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Revelation.

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So,

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we are moderate, in our belief

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in our love of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam when we keep that love within the confines of his humanity,

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so we believe

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that he was a human being

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a human being who was born

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And who died

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as all human beings do,

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to claim

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that he wasn't actually born

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as human beings are born,

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when he was, in fact,

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a part of the light of a law

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that it was the splitting of our laws light, divine light,

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which brought him into being.

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And of course, the Divine Light is eternal.

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The light of a law is eternal.

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So we are saying that in fact, he is eternal without beginning

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and without end.

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You see where this is headed?

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And to claim that he was infallible?

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Absolutely, he never made a single mistake.

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When infallibility absolute infallibility belongs to a law alone,

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that's one of the attributes of Allah.

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He makes no mistakes.

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And the province also limmud said kulu Benny Adam hapa,

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every descendant of Adam and the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam was among the descendants of Adam

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makes mistakes.

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And the prophets Allah Salam used to make is still far 100 times a day more.

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And he encouraged us to do the same.

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seeking forgiveness,

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seeking forgiveness.

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And Allah corrected him in the Quran

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with regards to the blind man

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who came and wanted to speak to him when he was going to see the leaders of koresh.

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And he turned away from him.

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And I told him,

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You should never done that.

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It was a mistake.

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And when he chose the opinion of Abu Bakar,

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with regard to the prisoners of better

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to let them go,

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instead of executing them, as Omar, Abdullah hubub, and others suggested,

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Allah corrected him that it wasn't defeating.

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So it's in front of us in the Quran itself.

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Not to mention other elements of the Sunnah, where this comes out, and clarifies for us that Mohammed salatu salam was indeed a human being, like us.

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So the moderate view

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is to keep him

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in his humanity,

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but at the same time,

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to honor him,

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to praise him

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because of the revelation which was given to him, which elevated him as it elevated the prophets of Allah above the remainder of humankind.

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So, from the very beginning, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam

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was instructed by Allah subhanaw taala

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to emphasize his humanity in order to prevent people from going to the extreme with regards to his

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self.

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Who was your prophet?

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That's the question that's asked in the grave of

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The three questions, woman Navy yoke. And who was your prophet?

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If your answer is that my Prophet was my god,

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you have lost.

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If my prophet became my God, I worshipped him.

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We have lost.

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So therefore, it is not acceptable for us to direct prayers to Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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to call on Him in prayer

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to make dua to Him in prayer,

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this is not acceptable.

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Those who say they do is not prayer.

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Well, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam authentically said

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who la vida

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de la is, in fact,

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worship.

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So, whoever we call on

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in prayer,

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whether it is Hasson and Jose

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or it's Sally and Fatima

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Shaikh Abdul Qadir, Al Gilani,

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whoever we call on in prayer,

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we are engaged in their worship in worshiping them,

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they have become for us, God.

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Allah has told us very clearly otherone as the gibler come, call on me, and I will answer your prayers.

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So where is there room for calling on others besides him?

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No matter what arguments are given,

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whether you are informed Listen, Brother,

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you are dirty with sin?

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How in the world can you imagine that you can

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approach a law with all this dirt.

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They said

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when a law is pure,

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and good,

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and he only loves what is pure and good.

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You need to find somebody who is clean,

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a special individual,

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pure, who will carry your

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prayers to allow for you.

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This is an argument.

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Just as if you want to see the president

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of the country, you can't just go and knock on his door and say, Mr. President, I'd like to have a discussion with you know, you have to meet

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certain people from the party and see. And they have to tell you, or help you get to the head of the party and the party Turk talks to this person from the parliament. And

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eventually, your request will reach the president and it can be answered.

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And of course, that's how this world works. We deal in intermediaries, we have intermediaries between ourselves and the higher ups.

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So that might sound very logical.

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However, a law said we'll do o ne as the

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cause call on me not on somebody close to me.

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call on me and I will answer you. So there is no need for anyone between ourselves and Allah. Allah has given us a direct connection,

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direct line.

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So to go to others is Hulu.

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This is extremism.

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So extremism

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comes in a variety of different forms. It can come in our beliefs. It can come in our practices.

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It can come in our behavior,

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how we treat our fellow human beings,

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how we treat animals.

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Because Muslims

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know that there are issues concerning dogs, for example,

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we shun dogs.

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We keep them away from us.

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Our children will run into any time and the dogs come.

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Of course, the non Muslims, they look at us, you know, as soon as somebody comes a dog, every Muslim is running in every direction, right?

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And they wonder, what is it about these Muslims and dogs? Really, you know, they can't quite understand it.

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But

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this is where we have gone to extremes. Yes. The other extreme is to bring the dog into your bed with you

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to give the dog clothing when you walk around with him, to give him a kiss before you go to bed at night. And when you wake up in the morning, yeah, that's the other extreme.

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That's the other extreme that Western society goes to.

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But we don't need to go to that other extreme either.

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We're running away from dogs.

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You know, as if, if a dog touches you, anyhow, a day is ruined.

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A dog touch

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the prophet SAW suddenly he did tell us not to keep the dogs in our homes, you know, it reduces.

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Baraka

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blessings are lost from keeping the dogs that close.

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But he allowed

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herding dogs that herd the camels,

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herd sheep, herd goats, which help those who raise capital etc. He allowed it.

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He allowed hunting dogs mentioned in the Quran bukanlah been mentioned in the Quran, hunting dogs.

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How does a dog learn to hunt?

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If you think about it, is the dog from birth? A hunting dog?

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No, he has to be trained.

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How do you train him?

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If you don't have to touch him. And of course, you have to.

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to train him that after you've killed the animal, he'll just run there, catch the animal and bring it back to you not eat it is nature. He is born. The nature which he is born with, teaches him or makes him eat that animal. When it catches an animal which is edible. He eats it. That's his nature. But you have trained him not to eat it. How do you think that happens?

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By giving him instructions. Listen, doggy, you just don't eat that bird.

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Instructions are not gonna work. You have to train him. You have to, you know, feed him in a special way you have to be in close contact with him

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to give him that training.

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So, even those people who say okay, but if the dog licks you,

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you know, what do you do now?

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You have to go wash your hand seven times. One of the times you should use some earth to know.

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This is not what the prophet SAW Selim instructed us to do. That's for the plates,

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the cups, the glasses, if you leave your glass or cup and he comes along, it's nature.

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If he's thirsty, if he's hungry, he will eat.

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So he sticks his mouth into your glass and he licks up some water.

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Now what do you have to do?

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Let him finish. If it's food, etc, let him finish. Finish it, then wash it seven times. Yes. One of the times with clean Earth.

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This is the instruction of the province or song for that

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occasion.

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It doesn't mean if he licks you licks your hand, you now have to do the same, he said for your vessels.

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So again, this is the extreme now it's anything he licks it becomes, he has to go clean this now. He likes your clothes. Oh, no,

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no, this is extreme. These are the extremes.

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And the religion of Islam is a middle path.

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Which I'll now come on Martin, was a TA.

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Allah said, I made you a middle nation,

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between one extreme and the other.

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To find that middle path.

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And we have examples from the time of the prophet SAW Selim. I'm sure you've all heard it many times. The companions who came to the wives of the Prophet SAW Selim and asked them about the prophet SAW Selim see vida, how he used to pray,

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how we used to fast.

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And when they told him

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and they heard that he was normal.

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They said, Oh, Allah is Forgiving his sins. So he can just live a normal life, we need to do more.

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So one of them said,

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I'm going to fast everyday,

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everyday. The other one said, I'm going to step in prayer all night. The third one said, I'm not gonna get married.

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When the prophet SAW Selim k came,

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and he heard about these individuals and what they expressed. This was their intent, to try to practice the deen as best as they could see, this was not an evil intent.

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They were not seeking worship. And we're not trying to worship him here. They were, they just felt that they needed to do more.

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Because his sins were already forgiven.

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Allah forgive his sins

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and the promises and after he heard that, he said, he called them called the people and he said, Listen,

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I don't fast every day.

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I fast and I break my fast

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and I don't stay awake all night, I sleep and I pray, and the night, middle of the night.

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And I marry women.

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On another occasion, he said what's most beloved to me in this world are what what are they?

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The two things

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perfume and

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women

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loved women.

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How can you say that?

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The province

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the province on Loya Sallam said it.

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So, he clarified that

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that approach is an extreme approach.

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We stay within his way

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that is the moderate way.

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So at the end of it all, he said, Furman raha Ancelotti, Felisa meanie

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and whoever loves a sinner other than mine is not a true follower of me.

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Choosing another sooner

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instead of the Sunnah, which Prophet Muhammad SAW sanlam

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brought another way

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is evidence

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of not being a true follower. Although the person might feel

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I love the prophet SAW Salah

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I love him so much

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that

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Christians

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who love Jesus

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celebrate his birthday on the 25th of December

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or if you're Eastern Orthodox on the sixth of January

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worry.

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Yeah. Maybe you didn't know that. Yeah. There are millions and millions of Christians from the Eastern Orthodox who celebrate the birthday of Prophet Jesus. for them. It's God

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on the sixth of January and January instead of December. Anyway, the point is that we have those who say,

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if they could love Jesus so much, that they would celebrate his birthday, then surely Prophet Muhammad SAW son's birthday should be celebrated even more.

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This is the logic.

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People have this logic.

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But reality is

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do we love Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam more than his Sahaba loved him?

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No.

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No way.

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They lived with him.

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They ate with him.

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They fought with him alongside him, not against them alongside him.

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So they loved him.

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But they didn't celebrate his birthday.

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So how can somebody come along today and say, You don't love Rizzuto, loss of life and love you and all your hobbies?

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Don't love Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam because you don't celebrate his birthday.

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This doesn't make sense.

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We love Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam by following him in contempt to hipbone Allah, if you love Allah, Allah said, For Tabby, Rooney, follow the profits are sanlam

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and the law we love you.

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If that's what we seek, ultimately, the love of Allah, then we are to follow the pseudo law sallallahu wasallam.

00:32:26--> 00:32:35

To love him, and celebrate his birthday, as a display of our love. This is from Hulu.

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It doesn't mean we don't say okay, those people who celebrate his birthday are disbelievers. kuffaar. That's also Hulu.

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That's also why

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we say this is an opinion that you have but you need to think it out.

00:32:55--> 00:32:57

It's not really correct.

00:32:58--> 00:32:59

It's incorrect.

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But Allah could forgive them,

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can forgive them, if it's done in ignorance and all other factors. So, we should not go to the other extreme of that fear.

00:33:14--> 00:33:24

We have to be very careful with takfeer declaring Muslims to be disbelievers, and non Muslims. That is Hulu.

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And the prophet SAW Selim warned us against that.

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He warned us not to declare another Muslim or non Muslim will do that.

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Because if we do it, it will be applicable to either one or the other.

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It was not applicable to the person that you called, then you fall into a state of disbelief for having done it.

00:33:56--> 00:34:04

Not necessarily perfect permanent state. But nonetheless, you have committed an act of disbelief.

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So, the companions of the Prophet SAW Salaam were trained in moderation. And whenever they saw things going into extremism, they would step in and try to stop it.

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So when in the time of Oman,

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people were

00:34:30--> 00:34:31

visiting

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the tree under which battery Diwan had taken place.

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Or believed to have taken place. People started to visit it

00:34:47--> 00:34:52

and larger and larger numbers, making special prayers they're

00:34:53--> 00:34:57

what they don't want to know. How do you chopped it down?

00:34:59--> 00:34:59

chopped it down.

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It will people today my tip, how can you do that? That was the tree under which problems are solved and give back to the Companions for committing themselves to go fight for Othman rather long I know when the message came that he had been killed by the Kufa

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in Makkah,

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Tom cut that tree down.

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And when he was making hadj toe off, and he stopped.

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And of course, people

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stopped, slow down, observing him. And he addressed the black stone.

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And don't believe that he was actually talking to the black stone

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that

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he addressed the black stone, but really, he was addressing all of the people there that could hear him.

00:36:01--> 00:36:04

And he said, I know you are only as stone

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hajnal as what you are only as stone. You cannot do any good for me.

00:36:14--> 00:36:16

Nor can you harm me.

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And the only reason why I am kissing you, is because Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam kissed you.

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Today, what are we doing? We are fighting to get to the stone.

00:36:35--> 00:36:40

Maybe we hurt how many Muslims around us fighting to get to the store.

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And we are rubbing the stone and rubbing it on ourselves. You know, if your brother came along with you and your baby handed me the baby, take the baby rub the baby on the stone. And

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that's where we've got.

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We've gone somewhere else. We believe that that black stone has power.

00:37:07--> 00:37:09

But that's Hulu.

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So

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we need to follow the instructions of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. With regards to the implementation of the religion.

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His instructions call to moderation and ease with the religion. A Dino user he said the religion is easy

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at Dino user

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today

00:37:50--> 00:37:55

if you want to join your prayers,

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or not fast while traveling, people will tell you

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why brother, it's better for you to fast

00:38:10--> 00:38:13

prayer prayers in their correct times.

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We're not in the time of the Prophet sallahu wa salam where people you know had to walk. Ride camels to cover these distances.

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You're flying an airplane, you're just relaxing.

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So why

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bother? But the prophet SAW Solomon said, Yes, siru wala to

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make things easy for people don't make it difficult.

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He said that. And when his companions didn't want to break the fast traveling, he brought the fast in front of them,

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for them to see.

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But today, we will intervene with what the prophet SAW Selim has given us

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using our rationale to say this is only something you can do when there's time of difficulty. But that's not if it were concessions only for times of difficulty than the profit somebody would send them would have told us because the religion was not just for his time, it was for all times.

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That's the point.

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If you choose to fast

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if you choose to prayer prayers, it's not Haram.

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But know that if you fast, you don't get more reward than the one who didn't fast following the instructions of the prophet SAW some of them

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and know that if you

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You pray your prayers in their times, you don't get more reward than the person who prays the prayers together. You'll get your reward for praying,

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and you will get your reward for fasting. But it won't be more than the one who didn't fast taking the concession which Allah gave in which the prophet SAW Selim because you just stake

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that's the bottom line. It's permissible,

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but it's not worth more.

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So

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the prophets Allah

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was known

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that whenever he was given a choice between two things, which were both halaal

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absorbed objects, etc. He would take the easier one

00:40:59--> 00:41:08

if somebody sees you doing that you always taken the easy said, brother. Come on, man, you You're destroying your deen, you're always taking the easy way.

00:41:09--> 00:41:12

But that was the way of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.

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He took the easy way.

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When he had a choice between two things which are Hello.

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And in this way, the religion

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becomes easy.

00:41:30--> 00:41:35

And we can understand when the prophet SAW Salaam told us,

00:41:36--> 00:41:43

it spoke to be Lao rhodiola cuando se Ra hanabi solaia. Milan

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give us relaxation

00:41:50--> 00:41:52

by calling for the prayer

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or be loud

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that the prayer was relaxation for us the prayer is a burden.

00:42:03--> 00:42:04

Not relaxation.

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It's inconvenience.

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So today, when the time for prayer comes and we start to pray, most of us are praying a mile a minute

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that this kind of prayer

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I've even seen people they're making sujood they will just tap their head twice on the ground just stop. That's it. They don't even sit back up after a

00:42:37--> 00:42:41

while still down there once or twice Okay, done.

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Why because the saliva is a burden.

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So Jude is a burden.

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But the prophet SAW Solomon said Ariana be salaria Bella

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it's supposed to be

00:43:01--> 00:43:02

braha

00:43:04--> 00:43:05

breast

00:43:06--> 00:43:07

relaxation

00:43:09--> 00:43:10

coming into

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the presence of a last one

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is drama.

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is knowledge is power, submitting ourselves giving in to a loss about

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we are supposed to find rest.

00:43:31--> 00:43:40

Allah decorilla he taught my nanpu is only with the remembrance of Allah that hearts find rest.

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And that is in the context that

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Allah said aka masala lithic re establish the prayer in order to remember me. So it is in that remembrance that the hearts find rest.

00:44:06--> 00:44:11

This is what we have understood from the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.

00:44:14--> 00:44:15

And he told us

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in closing, looking at these examples

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in the law how lamea bossini Martin manita Walla

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Walla can bath anymore Andaman yesira

00:44:38--> 00:44:45

Allah subhanaw taala did not send me as a troublemaker to put trouble into your life

00:44:47--> 00:44:55

inflexibly not giving you room to maneuver just this one way. Exactly.

00:44:57--> 00:44:58

Because this is another extreme

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Where people find out from the dean Russell lasala did this he did that he did the others. Okay, now we've got to do it exactly this.

00:45:09--> 00:45:13

And anybody else who's not doing it exactly how I found out to do it, then

00:45:16--> 00:45:21

we treat them as not true Muslims.

00:45:22--> 00:45:39

They're playing with their Deen. But reality is that the prophets on Sunday did things a lot of the things concerning Salah you know, fasting, etc. He did it Hajj in a number of different ways he left flexibility there. So yes, there is one way

00:45:41--> 00:46:04

my analogy was hobby, what I'm following and what my companions followed, he explained it, that's the way but that way is not a narrow tightrope, where that you can fall off by just making one step, you're off. No, it's wide enough to absorb

00:46:05--> 00:46:12

the variations which the prophet SAW Selim left for us, to give us that flexibility.

00:46:15--> 00:46:17

This is the moderate Muslim.

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However,

00:46:22--> 00:46:23

our times

00:46:25--> 00:46:30

the term moderate Muslim, has changed in its meaning.

00:46:33--> 00:46:37

The moderate Muslim has been redefined for us.

00:46:39--> 00:46:43

It's no longer that person who's practicing the deen

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as consistently and as accurately as he or she can.

00:46:53--> 00:47:01

Keeping in mind, the flexibility in that practice, which was so lost a lot of SLM gave us

00:47:03--> 00:47:04

it now becomes

00:47:06--> 00:47:07

a liberal Muslim,

00:47:11--> 00:47:12

a liberal Muslim.

00:47:13--> 00:47:16

And you hear that meaning that term,

00:47:17--> 00:47:18

more and more

00:47:20--> 00:47:21

to be liberal,

00:47:23--> 00:47:33

liberal coming from Lieber, which means free, being free from the requirements of the religion, that's what it now comes to me.

00:47:34--> 00:47:40

From the western perspective, the moderate Muslim is the one who will sit at the table with them and drink alcohol along with them

00:47:42--> 00:47:44

will have girlfriend's

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will hug their neighbor.

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The neighbor means well, in the West,

00:47:55--> 00:47:59

he comes over to visit you as soon as you move into the house, he and his wife

00:48:00--> 00:48:05

and the wife comes running up to you to hug you. And he grabs your wife.

00:48:09--> 00:48:10

That's their way

00:48:12--> 00:48:14

of showing welcome.

00:48:16--> 00:48:19

And the fact that you are not willing to go along with the custom,

00:48:21--> 00:48:21

extreme,

00:48:23--> 00:48:24

you are now an extremist.

00:48:25--> 00:48:33

But no, you are only trying to follow the basic principles and then you're not touching women hugging women.

00:48:35--> 00:48:38

Nor do you want your woman hugged or touched.

00:48:39--> 00:48:40

That is the day.

00:48:43--> 00:48:48

So it has been redefined, especially after 911.

00:48:50--> 00:48:57

And I remember seeing an article in The New York Times after 911. Because

00:48:59--> 00:49:01

Bush had said

00:49:02--> 00:49:03

that

00:49:06--> 00:49:07

this act

00:49:08--> 00:49:10

was not the act

00:49:11--> 00:49:12

of

00:49:13--> 00:49:14

trauma Muslims.

00:49:16--> 00:49:18

Islam is the religion of peace.

00:49:20--> 00:49:28

It was the act of terrorists and extremists. And we're gonna go get those terrorists and extremists.

00:49:29--> 00:49:34

Actually, that was a wonderful dour speech for us.

00:49:35--> 00:49:38

If we had offered him say please, can you say this for us?

00:49:40--> 00:49:44

No matter how much money you offered into it, never say it. You know?

00:49:45--> 00:49:52

It's a lot of other. He was put there and he made a stunning speech.

00:49:54--> 00:49:59

Something which caused many Americans to question what they had understood.

00:50:00--> 00:50:17

Of what Muslims were because at that point, already, you know, the control of the media was so much into the hands of the Jews, that we were presented continuously in the movies of the 90s.

00:50:19--> 00:50:33

As suicide bombers, you know, terrorists, every movie would have somebody, somebody would say Allahu Akbar, he stabbed somebody, Lord by blows up something, it was just all of the movies of that time came like that.

00:50:36--> 00:50:42

So here was President Bush saying, this was not the act

00:50:43--> 00:50:47

of two Muslims, problems.

00:50:48--> 00:50:50

This word terrorists.

00:50:53--> 00:50:58

Islam is a religion of peace, oh, Georgia, como la jolla.

00:51:00--> 00:51:28

So many Americans at that point when they heard this, he said, this is contrary to what we've been seeing in the movies, reading in the magazines, you know, seeing on TV and all this. So they called up Islamic centers after that statement, then the telephone lines of Islamic centers across America were just buzzing. People were calling up calling up, can you come to our church and explain to us about this Islam.

00:51:30--> 00:51:36

We had an opportunity to spread Islam at that time, like no opportunity before.

00:51:37--> 00:51:48

And truly the number of people who accepted Islam after 911 and I'm not saying this to say, Well, that was a good thing. No, it was.

00:51:49--> 00:51:59

There was evil. But this is the greatness of a loss of Allah to Allah that from an actual evil, he can take from it good.

00:52:02--> 00:52:10

The numbers of people accepted Islam were five times to 10 times in different places more than we're accepting Islam before.

00:52:12--> 00:52:18

And people have been constantly accepting Islam in America in greater and greater numbers. After 911 they jumped

00:52:20--> 00:52:28

Korans, were bought from all the stores, you couldn't find copies of the Quran, Quran reached the top of the bestseller list in America

00:52:31--> 00:52:37

for about three years after 911 remained top of the bestseller list. Imagine that.

00:52:42--> 00:52:43

But

00:52:44--> 00:52:52

that didn't make the act a good thing. Those people who are in fact, extremists, they see.

00:52:53--> 00:53:02

It was a good thing. All those people accepted Islam because of what we did. It was a good thing. No, no, no.

00:53:03--> 00:53:08

What you did was evil. And your call to it is evil.

00:53:10--> 00:53:13

The fact that the law took good from it,

00:53:14--> 00:53:16

that is Allahu Akbar.

00:53:17--> 00:53:27

That's it. Allah is able to take from the worst of circumstances. Good. So when this happened in the middle of all this

00:53:30--> 00:53:31

New York Times

00:53:33--> 00:53:38

does this major article which says, How to know

00:53:40--> 00:53:43

a muslim terrorist, extremist?

00:53:45--> 00:53:50

potential terrorist, extremist basically how to know the Muslim extremist?

00:53:51--> 00:54:06

since President Bush said, this was not the act of proper Muslims, good Muslims. This was the act of extremist terrorists. This Okay, how do we know the difference? My neighbor,

00:54:07--> 00:54:12

the owner of the shop 911 711 711 down the street, a

00:54:14--> 00:54:24

lot of Arabs they're, you know, owning the shops or selling making money. How do we know them from who? They said okay, here are the lists.

00:54:26--> 00:54:28

He prays five times a day.

00:54:34--> 00:54:36

He fasts, every Ramadan.

00:54:42--> 00:54:44

He doesn't shake the hands of women.

00:54:46--> 00:54:46

Extreme.

00:54:48--> 00:54:55

He won't sit at the table where alcohol is being drunk. They listed

00:54:56--> 00:54:59

what a practicing Muslim is supposed to do under the head.

00:55:00--> 00:55:03

of how to know an extremist positive

00:55:05--> 00:55:06

from a moderate Muslim.

00:55:09--> 00:55:12

So they change the paradigm they had a different

00:55:14--> 00:55:48

meaning now to moderate Muslim, moderate Muslim meant a free Muslim, as you have liberal Jews, you have Orthodox Jews, or let's say we have orthodox Muslims are the extreme ones are going to try to practice everything. And the liberal Muslims who are free, they practice of Islam, what is convenient to them, what's comfortable, you do it, what's not, you don't you pick and choose as you as you're right religion. It's personal. It's between you and God.

00:55:50--> 00:55:55

So that became the meaning of the moderate Muslim.

00:55:57--> 00:55:59

One who was free to speak

00:56:00--> 00:56:01

openly about anything.

00:56:05--> 00:56:07

When he is confronted with the fact that

00:56:09--> 00:56:09

I

00:56:11--> 00:56:17

was married to the prophet SAW Selim, at the age of seven, she went to live with him at the age of nine out of the bill.

00:56:19--> 00:56:20

He can take that

00:56:22--> 00:56:29

no, no, no, no. Either he goes to another exchanges No, no, actually she was 19 not nine.

00:56:30--> 00:56:36

This mistakes these edits we can trust them. Sorry Buhari, not even sorry Buhari can trust them.

00:56:41--> 00:56:41

Or

00:56:43--> 00:56:44

on the other hand,

00:56:46--> 00:56:53

he is not only free to speak his free to act Riba No problem,

00:56:54--> 00:56:59

I get my house and mortgage, I put my money in the bank and collect the interest,

00:57:02--> 00:57:03

no problem

00:57:06--> 00:57:07

and so on and so forth.

00:57:09--> 00:57:15

So they re designed Islam.

00:57:18--> 00:57:19

From the moderate,

00:57:20--> 00:57:25

liberal Muslim, as the ideal, who should be supported

00:57:28--> 00:57:35

the RAND Corporation, they put out a report on the Muslim world, Muslim movements etc.

00:57:37--> 00:57:38

The moderate

00:57:39--> 00:57:40

Muslim

00:57:41--> 00:57:45

should be aided by the Western governments

00:57:47--> 00:57:51

and those who are conservative the other end of the spectrum they should be isolated.

00:57:56--> 00:57:57

So

00:57:59--> 00:58:03

this is the challenge that we face today.

00:58:05--> 00:58:08

A challenge of maintaining moderation

00:58:09--> 00:58:14

according to how Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam taught

00:58:16--> 00:58:23

understanding his definition of moderation and living in accordance with it.

00:58:27--> 00:58:29

Sticking with the Quran and the Sunnah

00:58:31--> 00:58:33

as the prophet SAW Sallam said,

00:58:34--> 00:58:38

we would never go to go astray if we hold on firmly to the

00:58:41--> 00:58:44

following the hula faraci De Palma de

00:58:46--> 00:58:51

the guide, right the guided caliphs, following their example and that of the Sahaba

00:58:52--> 00:58:53

the best generation

00:58:56--> 00:58:58

Ma Li was hobby.

00:58:59--> 00:59:04

What I am following the process of said, and my companions

00:59:05--> 00:59:13

and we maintain that moderation, when we understand Islam through their eyes,

00:59:17--> 00:59:22

because they were closest to Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.

00:59:25--> 00:59:27

And that is why my Malik had said

00:59:29--> 00:59:32

whatever was not religion.

00:59:33--> 00:59:41

When the verse and the oma XML to lacantina come today, I have completed for you your religion

00:59:43--> 00:59:46

can never be a part of the religion.

00:59:48--> 00:59:49

Never, ever.

00:59:52--> 00:59:59

The moderation lies in following the religion that was revealed when that verse

01:00:00--> 01:00:01

was revealed

01:00:03--> 01:00:05

not going beyond its bounds,

01:00:07--> 01:00:09

not decreasing it.

01:00:11--> 01:00:17

But finding the middle path between excess

01:00:18--> 01:00:20

and deficiency

01:00:22--> 01:00:25

finding the middle path between

01:00:26--> 01:00:28

extreme love

01:00:30--> 01:00:32

and ignorance.

01:00:33--> 01:00:34

knowledge

01:00:36--> 01:00:42

about which Prophet Muhammad SAW Solomon said tolerable enemy for the Muslim seeking knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim.

01:00:45--> 01:00:51

Seeking that knowledge and practicing the deen according to the knowledge, that is moderation.

01:00:52--> 01:00:59

practicing the deen simply according to what my parents did what my grandparents did, my great grandparents did.

01:01:00--> 01:01:02

When revelation didn't come to them.

01:01:03--> 01:01:04

That is extreme.

01:01:06--> 01:01:10

To say, I'm just gonna follow what they did. That is extreme.

01:01:12--> 01:01:20

It may be comfortable, because you don't, you're not required to go and check things out, find out what is and what isn't, etc, just

01:01:22--> 01:01:28

go with the flow. But that though it might seem easy, that in fact, is extreme.

01:01:30--> 01:01:35

The ease comes in knowing what actually is the deal

01:01:37--> 01:01:50

and follow it, there is the real ease. You have peace of mind knowing that you are following Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam in the best way that you can.

01:01:52--> 01:01:56

And with that, I conclude

01:01:57--> 01:02:01

reminding you and reminding myself

01:02:04--> 01:02:07

to follow that middle path.

01:02:10--> 01:02:17

And we seek forgiveness from Allah subhanaw taala from having gone astray from that path.

01:02:19--> 01:02:22

And we ask a lot smarter Allah to help us

01:02:23--> 01:02:27

to make that path clear to our children and our families.

01:02:29--> 01:02:33

And I asked a lot smarter Allah to uplift this oma

01:02:35--> 01:02:43

through following the moderate path as defined for us by Rasulullah sallallahu.

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