Channel: Bilal Philips
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Was Salam ala rasulillah, Karim, Allah and he was hobby for many stand listening to me Dean. All praise is due to a law and realize Peace and blessings beyond his last prophet Mohammed from Lamar while he was alone, and and all those who follow the path of righteousness until the last day.
The topic of this morning's lecture, the general topic is the road to peace and salvation. This was the topic chosen by mother.
However, this topic is a very vast topic, covering an including in many, many sub topics.
we'll be looking at this morning is a sub topic of the general topic, the road to peace and salvation.
We know in general, that that road is the road of Islam.
And what is
what makes up Islam, we know are the pillars of Islam and faith.
But one particular aspect that I will be speaking about this morning is that of seeking forgiveness.
that a lot of times either in the crime has instructed us
what to do in a lonely journey, and I mean, own luck.
and serve all of you in repentance to Allah, all believers, in order that you may be successful,
to the general
exhort mints from a law, encouragement, a command from a law, to turn to Him, in repentance, all of
no one is excluded, we're all invited to turn to God in repentance.
by our nature,
not evil, but capable of error.
We have a choice between good and evil, Allah has shown us he has put it in the hearts of each and every one of us.
Evil is pleasant.
Our desires are drawn towards evil.
And that leaves us constantly making errors, doing things that we know are not correct.
This is the state of man.
Not that we are born evil, that we are created evil Oh,
God created a pure,
but he gave us the ability to choose between good and evil.
And our desires draw us towards
But at the same time, he has given us guidance.
He said profit books have guidance, the message has been given to us.
Explaining in clear terms
that know the path of evil may be most pleasing to us.
It is the path of destruction
and the path of success. And salvation
is the path of righteousness
that each and every one of us has to choose.
Even though we find this difficult.
And we know from our practical lives, that success doesn't come easy.
Even for the criminal
for the criminal to be a successful criminals, he has to work at it.
You don't just wake up one morning and say well, I'm going to be a bank robber and you know, you just successfully rob banks and make a lot of money. No. The successful ones are the ones who plan to go in and they scout out the bank. They make floor plans of the bank and they get all the structure of information, fully planned operation. These are the ones who are successful. So the principle of efforts is not limited only in the field of righteousness. This is something we know whether you want to be successful in evil or in righteousness. You still have to plan you still have to make efforts.
Allah has invited us
The characteristics of turning to him regularly in repentance. This is why Prophet Mohammed wa sallam said, all people, turn to a law in repentance and seek His forgiveness. For surely I make repentance over 100 times every day.
This is the Prophet of Allah,
who is receiving revelation,
who was a righteous individual even before the revelation came.
Yet he turned to God regularly over 100 times every day,
asking for his forgiveness,
turning to him in repentance.
This is his example. He is showing us the way Allah has commanded us to turn and he is showing us practically that even he turns regularly. So therefore we should take that path.
He further told us that one more repents from sin is like one without anything.
When we turned the act of turning to God, and repentance, turning back to God is an act of atonement is a righteous lead, which can erase the sin.
And he told us,
so let us understand
master plan behind our creation and our existence.
if you that is mankind, we
did not commit sin.
Allah would creep you out of existence, and replace you by a lot of people who would commit sins and ask a lot forgiveness, and he would forgive them.
So the fact that we commit sins, that we commit errors, this is not something which should cause us to fall into despair.
Where we feel it is hopeless, we are like,
this is part, as I said, are by nature.
talented. Coulibaly, Adam hapa. All of Adam's descendants constantly make errors,
for hiding copper in power wounds. But the best of those who constantly make errors are those who constantly turn back in repentance to God.
This is the state of affairs. Allah created us, knowing that we would commit error makes sense.
His forgiveness of us
is the manifestation of his attributes of being the most merciful, and forgiving,
the kind, the most kind, the most generous, all of these attributes of God,
which has to do with
being kind and gentle and forgiving to us. These are manifested when we commit errors, and we turn back to God in forgiveness.
That process as I said, as the problems are solid and formed, purifies us of sin. When we are purified of sin, then we grow spiritually. So this is one of the channels
to peace and salvation,
the channel in which we can grow spiritually,
recognizing the mercy of God.
By recognizing these qualities, these qualities about ourselves, then,
we are not overcome by our errors.
Because that is a state
which is the current state
where one is overcome by errors. We don't carry the burden of errors of those before us, nor do anyone after us carry our burdens.
We're all born pure and It is we who build sin on ourselves or purify ourselves. This is the basic principles and Adam and Eve in paradise
graphic illustration for us of the process of
Falling into sin. I'm turning back to God in repentance, and God forgiving. Adam and Eve, were commanded not to eat of the tree.
in Paradise, everything else
was for them. paradise they were placed in, and everything in paradise was for them to take except one tree.
They forgot God's commandment.
When they forgot, Satan came and made that tree appear, pleasing to their desires.
He promised them if you eat from that tree, you will become eternal.
See, this is something I desire, I have the desire to be eternal. This is something within each and every one of us, not one of us wants to die.
This is the
acts of the pharaohs mummifying the bodies as everybody wants to live on
the western nations,
non Islamic nations when a person dies.
families that can barely sustain themselves will pay spent 1000s and 1000s of pesos for example, a burial in the Philippines.
What is the cost of burying the dead in the Philippines, huge amounts of money people pay on the casket the person is living in a shock.
A shock whose value is you know,
next to nothing. But when they're dying, they have to get a mahogany. You know, caskets, you know with brass handles, and this is how they're going.
sending the personal way in style.
casket is like totally last
100 years from now you dig it up the casket is still there. In Islam. We know that process of justice is transition
to spend money on preparing the body and God nonsense wasted money. So in Islam, very simple. You watch the body, you wrap it in two classes or three for women, and you put it in the ground straight next to the ground.
So nothing is hampering the natural absorption of that body back into the ground from which it came.
Adam and Eve ate of the tree.
When they ate of the tree, a law reminded them they knew actually without a law reminding them they knew. As soon as they as
they became conscious of their nakedness.
their innocence was lost.
And they went, tried to cover themselves. Allah taught them words of repentance.
So they turned back to Allah in repentance.
And He forgive them.
However, they began a process which every human being has to go through.
We live a period of time on this life
as a road, back to paradise,
or a road continuing on to help.
We were created for paradise.
And that is where God wants us to return.
But he has given us a choice whether we want ourselves to return or we prefer something else.
This is the story
of Adam and Eve relative to ourselves.
and how do we repent?
I've spoken to you previously on the details of that.
I'll just say basically, that repentance
has to come out of remorse. That is one must feel bad about what one did.
If you don't feel bad about the wrong that you've done then you cannot
Your repentance is only ritual. You're saying words with your mouth, but it is not in your heart.
Perhaps some of you can move across the two sisters, could you please move over to those of us who
feel the other chairs to the left. So those who are coming in can easily.
So the first condition, basic condition for repentance to be acceptable is that we must be remorseful, we must feel sad, feel bad about what we have done.
If we are not experiencing this if we do not feel
bad about what we have done, if we still feel good inside ourselves, about what we have done, then we cannot turn to God in through repentance. So, sincerity requires that we feel bad about what we've done.
And of course, we commit ourselves not to repeat it, we stopped doing it, commit ourselves not to repeat it. These are the basic conditions now.
Prophet Muhammad wa sallam,
he taught us as a lot of talk Adam,
words of repentance. He taught us words of repentance.
There are many verses in the Quran
which teach us how to repent,
how to turn to God in repentance. And there are many different prayers from the Sunnah from the way of the Prophet, which also teach us However, there is one particular prayer
which the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam called, say you don't
say it as it's defined.
the repentance master
the most masterful way of turning to God in repentance, most masterful prayer of repentance. It's one
each and every one of us should learn since Prophet Mohammed, Salah vitolas This is the repentance master
no Muslims should go through his life without knowing
how many of us here knowing Put your hand up?
What is the meaning of the sooner
when we talk about Islam
is based on the Quran and the Sunnah, the book of Revelation and the way of the prophets
from the Mali
if we're not learning that way, then it is only lip service. We're only saying we believe in the Quran and the Sunnah.
But that saying is not enough to get us to paradise.
What will get us to Paradise is living it.
So the next time inshallah
that I come back here to give a talk, and I ask, how many of us know
the repentance masters in sha Allah, each and every one of you will put your hand
that the Prophet Mohammed triazolam said them most superior requests for repentance is to say
a lot of them Antara de la ilaha illa Allah
Allah De Luca, who Allah Allah because why become so bad?
becoming Sharla abou la linea messika la
for in the hula through the Nova Illa
por la You are my Lord.
There is no god besides you.
You created me and I am your slave,
following your covenant and my promise as much as I can.
I seek refuge in You from the evil I have done.
I acknowledged before you your blessings bestowed on me. And I confess to you myself, so forgive me, for surely no one can
forgive sins except you
owe a lot. You are my Lord. Aloma Antara.
This prayer begins
by recognizing a law as our Lord.
This is for unpacking. The very first line of Tata is Al hamdu, lillahi Rabbil alameen. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the words,
which is recognizing the Lordship of God,
that He is the one who has dominion over all things in this world. Everything in the world belongs to him.
Nothing in this world belongs to us.
We are only trustees.
We have been loaned these things for a short period of time, whether it is our wealth, whether it is our health,
it is unknown to us.
We have good health for a period of time, bad health and we die.
We have wealth for a period of time, we die and leave it behind somebody else takes it over.
This is the reality.
So first, we turn to a law recognizing that we own nothing.
He owns everything. See, repentance has to begin with humility.
You cannot be repentant
and still feel proud about what I have. I have a nice car and I have a nice house and I have a decent adapter to God and repentance like That's
Repentance has to begin with humility.
You have to be humble. So these are the words of humility. We begin by recognizing that a law
La ilaha illa Allah
there is none worthy of worship, except you.
There is none worthy of worship, except you.
the fundamental principle of faith La ilaha illa Allah, this is just saying it in another way. There is no god worthy of worship but Allah, this is there is no god worthy of worship, but you you who you Allah,
we knew our
clarify, remind ourselves, that we only turned to Him
in worship, all our acts of worship can only be done for him. Because he is the only one who can accept it and rewarded for it.
Because all belongs to him, he has the wrong he owns everything so only he can ultimately rewarded.
You created me.
I didn't create myself.
I created no one you created
and I am your slave.
I have no power.
I am totally without any authority.
Allah Isaac, and I remained firm
on your covenant,
the covenant between a law and men
the Amana it's a lot speaks about elsewhere in the Koran, that he revealed this amount of distrust
on the mountains
and they refuse to accept the trust. But man accepted that trust this covenant between the staff and gods.
The Covenant involves
taking as Lords anyone besides a law
and using the creation, which he has made us the tick of
in accordance with the laws that He has given us.
When she instructed us with, we will live in accordance with those laws. This is
why they come up.
which Allah has promised us,
we remain committed to trying to achieve that promise.
Because that is the most important thing in this life.
is of importance in relationship to that promise of Allah.
Oh, the bigger the insurer remark.
I seek refuge in You from the evil of that which I have done.
We do things.
it produces evil, which sometimes we don't even know about.
There's evil that we know about we do evil and it's wrong. It's bad, we know about it. But then, many times that evil, it has what they call repercussions. It affects somebody who affects somebody else who affects somebody else. So
we are responsible.
Once we started an evil, then we are responsible until that evil stop.
So the potential for evil results of IDs becoming so great that they wipe out all of our good deeds is very great.
Well, we have to be very, very careful.
As problems as Alan said,
Whoever begins and evil way.
Man send Listen, listen, see ya.
He will have
the burden of evil for that way.
And the burden of evil carried by all those who follow that way.
without decreasing their evil in any way.
The evil as they do they're responsible for but we will also carry as punishment for starting that evil way.
A portion of that evil
equal to those who do evil.
So we ask refugees a lot
out to be coming shortly martial arts I seek refuge in You or Allah from the evil repercussions of the things which I have done.
Abu laka Binya masika Alinea.
the blessings which you have bestowed upon me
as part of humidity,
that we're not turning to a lot of complaining.
Why this why that this has happened to me this and that and the other and I don't have an I need an eye.
What about all of the mercies which Allah has put upon us?
If we want a lot of forgiveness, then we must recognize the mercy that he has bestowed on us. Because in each and every one of us, no matter how terrible their circumstance may be,
the blessings of Allah are upon us.
This is the reality.
Some people put in
How much are your eyes worth to
those people who don't have eyes who cannot see?
How much would they pay? To have eyes to be able to see
they would give everything in this world just for how eyes to be able to see.
And you can see
but you forget,
we all forget the simple mercy and blessings of
value is more than everything in this world.
Yes, we look at ourselves as being poor.
This is all relative.
If we reflect
on the blessing, then it puts us in the proper context.
We recognize really what this life is about, where are we
abou letter, December.
I recognize myself.
I'm not blaming anyone else.
I'm not saying so and so made me do it. And this was said to me, and that one told me and it was his fault and her fault and everybody else's fault except my fault.
Isn't that what happens? Anytime we do something wrong, we're caught doing wrong, we always find the excuses. No, it wasn't, I didn't mean that it's
we want to repent to God, then we can't fool God.
We cannot blame anyone.
this repentance must involve confessing our sins, not to a priest.
We don't go into a confessional. We have somebody who may be doing more things than we are doing listening to ourselves. And then telling us afterwards you have forgiven, say, so many novellas and pay so much, and listen, you're forgiven. There's one who's doing more things than you. How many of these people have been caught in all kinds of hideous things. They're supposed to be celebrated. And they have children here, they're all over the place, you know, involved in homosexuality, and they're taking confession from people know, Islam we have learned
confession of our sin is by us to God, because only he
can hear our confession
and accept or reject only.
I recognize my sin.
So forgive me,
for in LA who live
For verily, no one forgives sins, except you.
Since the recognition,
in the end of all that,
a lot of
dominion, His Lordship is ownership of everything in this life.
Recognizing that he alone deserves worship,
weakness and meekness before Allah, He created us.
And we have a covenant, which we have not been fulfilling, we want to achieve the promise he has given us but we haven't been fulfilling. So we seek refuge in Him from the evil that we have done, what we have done to break that covenant.
But we recognize at the same time, the blessings and the mercy that He has given us, no matter how difficult our circumstances are, we recognize that he has blessed us.
And we confess our sins, we confess our sins to him alone. And we asked his forgiveness, for fairly, Oh ALLAH forgive me.
For in the who liar fills in Uber in LA.
For surely no one forgive sin, except you.
the repentance Master,
which each and every one of us should learn
problems, as Alan said, anyone who says it during the day,
firmly believing in it, and dies before the evening, or says it in the evening. Firmly believing in it, and dies before the morning will be among the people of paradise.
Is this something that we can afford not to know?
Can we afford not to know this?
And not to use it?
my brothers and sisters
The road to peace and salvation
begins with repentance.
is rarely salvation that we want,
then we have to begin that road with return
to the road is a straight road going heading for paradise. We walk for a while and we drift off. We're going on track bypass here and there. We have to remember when we recognize, oh, we're on the wrong path, we have to get back on the path again.
How do we get back on the path
seeking a lot of forgiveness
announced sure none of you imagined that he is just on that path. There's no way he's getting off the path. He's just
every one of us knows that we are slipping here. We're slipping there, you know,
daily, we are making errors,
we are committing sins.
But Allah has not just left us.
He has promised us that if we turn back to him in repentance, sincere repentance, he will forgive those errors.
And we can continue on that path.
So brothers and sisters, let us try to follow the example of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
who turned to repent in repentance to his Lord and our Lord more than 100 times every day.
Let us try to do that regularly. And sincerely
I stone federal law
that means I ask forgiveness from Allah say basic statements
or basic prayer of forgiveness.
But it is only
a means of salvation
and atonement and purification. If it comes from our hearts
whether you say a sucks that a lot in Arabic or you say
I seek your forgiveness
or a law in English or in Tagalog or whatever language
Allah hears, if it is sincerely from the heart,
but let us not make it
as it has become amongst many
a ritual where it comes very easily off the tongue
but it means nothing
you know, insha Allah,
amongst the non Muslims, when they hear them say inshallah, when they're asked to do something, it means to them, don't expect this to get done.
This is not what Allah told us. This is not what it is supposed to mean.
Allah says, Don't say that you're going to do anything tomorrow except saying, inshallah, Allah tells us is in Christ. Allah says, we should not say we're going to do anything tomorrow, except
saying along with it in sha Allah, if Allah soul will,
this is proper Islamic etiquette
Muslims have distorted
not a sincere recognition of the power of a law over our future. Whereas though we have the strongest intentions to do something, we cannot control the future.
So, I will do it. I will try my utmost to do this.
I must say, inshallah for trying my utmost No, this is where the mistake comes, right? We're saying inshallah, I will try. You know, no, I will try my utmost to do this. No inshallah, on that and it's
will be done in sha Allah.
That is the proper way
the Muslim gives his or her word as a commitment, a firm commitment.
As the law says in the Quran, fulfill your promises, fulfill your contract.
This is a part of faith.
Muslim gives the word. And that word is something which you don't break, unless you are forced circumstances are just beyond your control.
Otherwise, you live by your words.
though you commit yourself to do things, and you have the best and strongest of intentions to do them,
Allah is the one who determines whether things happen or whether they do.
He will reward us for our commitment to do it.
Whether it happens or it doesn't,
but it is for us to commit and to give our strongest efforts to fulfill
and inshallah it will take place
that is the correct Islamic approach. But as I said,
unfortunately, amongst Muslims today, inshallah means
we, Muslims have destroyed Islam, in the eyes of the non Muslims.
We are blocking them from coming to Islam.
By being a bad example of
the early Muslims spread Islam, not by actually going out and preaching to the people that they came to.
They spread Islam fundamentally by their example.
They were mostly traders, Islam going to Indonesia, to Philippine Islam going to West Africa, East Africa,
Most of the people who came into Islam they came as a result of contact with Muslim traders.
There are some struggles, military struggles, in certain areas within took over control of the military of the governmental structure of certain areas like Egypt, of Syria,
Morocco, these places, however, most of the what is now the world of Islam, the vast majority of Muslims, when they trace back where that Islam came, it came from traders,
traders who came amongst people,
with their goods,
trading with them, honestly, in a way that the people have never been accustomed to.
It is the nature of business people to lie.
You have a product you want to sell,
then you're going to make it appear how beautiful people cannot do without
you must have this.
He will never tell the people the problems and the weaknesses in this.
This is the nature of business.
But Islam changed.
By setting rules and principles, it changed the nature of business in Islam.
To be one of service,
the trader is providing a service to people.
He has a duty personally, to get the best products, not the one he can get for the cheapest. What's gonna break up after a little bit of time. So you know, when he can get the maximum money for it. It looks just like the real thing.
This is not the way of the Muslim trader. He tries to get the best quality products and provide the service for people.
If he cannot get the best, he gets second best or third best. Then he tells two people
this is a good product but it always has some weaknesses and is there a better cost more but no, this is not the best. It's the best. I have
No deception in his
And with that quality, Islam spread amongst the peoples of Asia and Africa, like wildfire.
This is what we have to return to.
If Islam is to grow, and to spread,
we have to be representatives of Islam, as the early Muslims were.
And the beginning of that road is repentance.
We have to stop now. If we know what we are going on within our daily lives here,
and the businesses that were involved in, in our social dealings, etc, we know what we are doing.
And we want to change, then we have to begin with, we have to talk to heart.
The information which I'm passing on to you, is information from Allah and the Messenger of Allah. It is not mean
I am trying to take from it as each and every one of you. inshallah, I hope we'll try to take from it.
It is our responsibility to accept this message
and to fulfill our mission in this life.
In this short life that we live,
we have a responsibility to fulfill our mission. We are here with a purpose.
We are not here by accident.
And our lives are not accidental. By chance lives. We are here for a purpose.
We must fulfill that purpose.
If you have any questions you would like to ask.
You want to just raise your hand or you want to write down
we have some papers circulate some papers and fellows would like to write questions
in relationship to the
this prayer of repentance, it is in this book called salvation through repentance.
They're here 10 copies,
or maybe nine I see somebody already has 110 copies here. You can extend your hand may pick it up afterwards.
After you have done your prayer, you know your regular form of prayer for law. Okay, we take it easy.
Anyway, it is after you have done your regular prayer, then you may do it. After any compulsory prayer or even after a voluntary prayer, you know at any time in the day, which is not a forbidden time for prayer. You may do two units of prayer, voluntary prayer and then after doing that return to a law
we believe that God became man
let himself be killed
for the sins of men.
This belief is based on
the original sin myth
the myth of the original sin
The Original Sin being
a sin which is inherited, generation after generation, the concept of men
committing error or sin of Adam and Eve. This is something which no one can deny. Islam does not
reject that concept that man, the first man, Adam and Eve did disobey a law, yes,
there was an error here.
However, it is not a sin, which is inherited, generation after generation, after generation. In fact,
in the Bible itself,
in Ezekiel 18, verse 20,
God says, still preserve the idea that sin is not inherited, still there in the Bible, the soul that
the same shall die, the son shall not bear the iniquity that is the sin of the Father, the justice of the death shall be upon him, as the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
zekiel 1820 still preserved in the Bible, to this day, in the Old Testament,
the son shall not bear the sin of the Father, God,
the idea of the original sin, this is men made this up. It is not anywhere in the Bible, you cannot find anywhere in the Bible.
A statement of Jesus
attributed to Jesus, that every human being in Harris the sin of Adam and Eve,
lower their people made it up as a justification
as a myth, to fool people into believing that Jesus was God.
Because how can you justify that God becomes a man and die?
How How to justify why you say, because man is carrying a burden of sin, which is so great, he cannot turn to God anymore. And repentance is what this is what they're claiming, right?
From the time of Jesus onwards, because of course, it's what it has to be all before Jesus, it was possible for people to turn in repentance to God, and God would accept their repentance, even though the so called original sin was there, but before the time of Jesus, they could turn back and get repentance, but after the coming of Jesus, according to them,
God becoming man,
the word becoming flesh, which dwelt among men, the beginning of Jonathan's, the myth, in, in Greek,
which you call philosophical terms, In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among men.
if you try to figure out what is this actually saying,
God became a man
to justify this lie with a sonic lie, that God became man.
The Myth of the inherited sin was invented.
so thin became
no individual man now could achieve salvation for his sin. There's nothing he could do to erase the sin. So only the sacrifice, the human sacrifice, no longer
sacrifice of animals cannot atone human sacrifice, to make the only way that this sin may be removed by sacrifice
was for God to sacrifice himself?
God would sacrifice himself
to please himself,
to forgive, man.
But as I said, the very Bible itself
This is a lie, is equal 18 verse 20 says,
The Son shall not bear the sin of the Father.
Our father was Adam. We do not there is, in fact, as Islam teaches the true story, when Adam and Eve committed the sin and turn back to God in repentance, God forgives them.
That is why when Adam came to earth, God designated him as the first prophet of God. In Islam, Adam is not just the first man, he is the first prophet of God.
it was in
a mist, which is continuous continued to justify
the belief that God became man to justify the confessional, the business, church business, you know, because that confessor, he is acting with the power of God, you know, this is all he claims, though you go and confess to him your sin, how can He forgive you your sin, because the power of God is vested in him is how they put it.
is infallible, when he becomes the Pope, he becomes incapable of error.
He takes on the attributes of God on earth.
And he delegates this power to his
priests, those who are under you. And through that power, they are able to claim the light, they claim to be able to remove your sin.
And the more money you put in the place, the more of your sins are removed.
Certainly sound like business.
You know, when you look into it, so essentially it is business. The Pope lives in a pallet.
The Pope lives in a pallet. His throne is of gold.
He has gold, interwoven in his, in his vestments, as a golden thread is
1000s and 1000s of dollars for the clothes that he's changing every day to three times a day.
It is big business.
This is why
Martin Luther, when he came repentance to Rome, you know, he was a priest in Germany. He came to Rome, he helped, you know, so burdened by his sin either going to Rome, to try to get some spiritual inspiration.
He came to Rome, and he came into the Vatican. And he saw the Pope. The Pope is sitting on this big golden throne, holding an orb they call a horrible, so like a ball with a cross on top of it in one hand, and a big stop and the other hand, pure gold, a crown of gold, which is so heavy, if they put it on his head, his neck would snap, right? So they have to have metal rope from the ceiling holding the crown. He goes into a tip there he goes. And he sits under it, right? He can't wear it on his head. So heavy.
Martin Luther came in he saw this
and he saw all the corruption that was there.
He was sick to his stomach.
He went back and he rejected it. He protested against and the Protestant movement was born.
That's where Protestants came from.
The Pope, from the time of the crusades, were before Martin Luther. They saw what is called indulgences. They have tickets,
tickets for forgiveness.
You pay money for it. Your sins are forgiven openly called indulgences. You never heard of this. You go into the dictionary encyclopedia, you read about indulgences. This went on for hundreds of years. It was big business. This is why the church became so powerful.
But this is not religion.
This is business in the name of religion.
So, Islam, strikes at the root of it all.
Forgiveness is in the hands.
Have God alone.
And each and every one of us can turn by ourselves to God and ask us when we need no one.
And God never became man, nor will he ever become man, because it is not befitting for God, the Creator of man to become his own creation.
It is not the
most women a question
somebody has had their hand up or just one question to the men one woman
the sins of men,
if a man or a woman dies,
without having sought sincere repentance, for their sins, for differences,
God can forgive them.
If he wishes to punish them, he can punish them. If he wishes to forgive them, he can forgive them.
The only sin which she promises he will never forgive is that of worshiping others besides Him.
All of the other things even though you didn't, if you repented, points,
this is purifies you already. If you're sincere in your business, but if you forgot, something you forgot about, you know, you have died, didn't remember to repent for this particular sin. From the day of judgment, our law can forgive you that sin.
The other good things that you have done, you can be forgiven for this. And, of course,
he told us
role some people
are destined for hell. They will go to hell for a period of time. If they have true faith.
And they did do some righteous deeds.
That ultimately they will be forgiven. They will pay a price,
a terrible price.
But they will be taken out of hell and ultimately put in the mercy of Allah.
He doesn't want us to be in health.
We are the one running for health.
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Muslim, he describes himself as like a man
guarding a fire
A fire is lit and he is standing
near that fire. And the month you no matter
when you have a light at night, they all fly to the light.
They're all flying trying to get into the fire. They don't know that it will burn them and kill them.
So he is like the man they're trying to stop the moss from going into the flight. But they want to go there piping tries to get into the fire. That's how he described mankind in relationship to the fire and along he has the message he has the means. If you take his guidance, you save yourself from the fire.
If you reject it, then you are fighting to get into the fire.
who was righteous is closer to God.
And this is true.
This is the true principle.
The more righteous we are, the closer we are to God.
Righteousness brings us closer to God.
So naturally those people who live the most righteous lives were the closest to God.
This is something which anyone who believes in God must recognize.
As a law said, In the UK, Rama komenda law he
very little, the most noble,
the best of you,
in the sight of a law are those who are the most noble.
Those who are the most
missive of themselves to Allah by tearing him
the most pious amongst you,
and piety is the essence of righteousness. So those who are most slices are the closest to Allah.
others can intercede on our behalf
without the will of God.
Because this person
is closer to Allah.
When he asked prayers have a law,
they will be answered.
And it is true. The closer one is to God, the more righteous that one is,
the more likely that their prayers will be answered.
who has died, do anything for us who are living?
No, that is the myth.
The myth that we direct our prayers to those who have died
and that those who have died, who are righteous and close to God will carry our prayers on to God for
this is a lie and they myth.
No one can carry our prayers to God.
No one can carry our prayers to God.
That is the fact.
So, the concept of things of intermediaries between us and God is a pagan concept.
It is a basically pagan concept. no different from idols. If you take an idol, you make an idol, your gods
and gods who you don't really actually believe is the gods, but an intermediary gods
or gods who will help your prayers to be answered with the true God.
No difference between that idolatry and praying to saints,
praying to Jesus, praying to Mohammed.
May God's peace and blessings be upon all of them or praying to the angels.
All of this is paganism and idolatry.
set up by facing to diverse
human beings from God.
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Islam, as all other
so called religion holds, that it is the key to salvation.
is not the
religion of Mohammed, the gods system that can be applied in a new religion,
but the religion of all of the prophets of God
and religion from Adam,
to Moses, to David, to Jesus, to Mohammed with our peace and blessings be upon him. The one religion which they all brought from God, to men, was Islam.
And that, as the law said, in the Quran,
is the true religion in the sight of God, it is the only religion which will be acceptable to God.
All other so called religions
are deviation from Islam,
some more than others,
and none of them leading to paradise.
None of them providing salvation.
All of them
providing some comfort
to those who follow
the comfort may be emotional,
may be physical, it may be economical.
There are varieties of benefits that are there otherwise they wouldn't exist.
That individual in Japan,
I shahara was
he in his sects of Buddhism
in spite of the difficulties that he put his followers through,
when you join his sec, you had to turn over all of your properties to him.
So like the glistening crystal, when you join, you have to sign over all of your properties to the church, to Felix and his family.
In spite of that, people
got certain emotional fulfillment, otherwise there wouldn't be any followers.
As I said, some of them were in the hierarchy, they got economic fulfillment, benefits.
But ultimately, the road to salvation is not based on economic fulfillment, emotional satisfaction,
it is based
and spiritual guidance, in the purest form can only be found in Islam.
it is written in the Koran that marriage is half of the religion of God. This is not true.
Prophet Mohammed. So I tell them he said that marriage is half of the religion, but in the Quran
so what will happen to a woman if she,
I guess did not getting married,
is, is punishable.
When the Prophet Muhammad wa sallam said that marriage is half of the religion,
it does not mean that those who are unmarried,
are missing half of the religion
means their chances of going to hell are much greater.
This is not the context that he was teaching this right. It said, marriage is half of the religion. So fear a law in the other half.
Marriage in Islam,
what he's talking about, is marriage in Islam marriage in accordance with the principles of Islam. That is a relationship, which helps the partners
to remember God and to serve God.
This practically in our lives,
helps us to fulfill half of our responsibilities. If we have a husband, or we have a wife, who are helping us daily, to remember God to do our duty to God, etc, etc, then half of the job is done. If you're on your own, then you have to do it all yourself. It all has to come from you doesn't mean you cannot fulfill it.
But it is more difficult. Or if you're married to somebody who doesn't remember a lot. You married him because he looks handsome.
But he's a playboy.
You married her because she's beautiful. But she's a playgirl,
you know, that is not half of your religion. That is increasing the burden, making it more difficult for you to fulfill
your responsibility to God.
So, marriage is half of the religion, when you choose a wife, or a husband, according to the principles of the religion.
And your relationship of husband and wife
is one of harmony and
mutual support and sympathy and piety. encouraging each other to righteousness, reminding each other what is truthful and good. Yeah, that helps the average human being in half of his responsibilities to God
is home base, his foundation is solid, her foundation is firm.
Now, only in the rest of their dealings in the rest of the society, you know, in on the job, in social gatherings or with the family or in other areas. These areas are just tough to maintain, hired to remember God in their outward dealings, and they discovered their responsibility. So that kind of marriage becomes like half of the religion for them.
So a woman or a man who is not married, is not punishable.
They are using an opportunity to what is this what Papa Solomon say, you have an opportunity
to help yourself in half of the affairs of your religion.
If you choose your husband properly, and if you live in accordance with the principles of Islam, Islamic marriage, then you this is a help a big aid to the person who doesn't get married. Is that person missing out on that opportunity? It is their loss.
Of course, Allah is most merciful. He knows our various circumstances. There may be a brother, wanting to get married, having all the good intentions to get married, but he can't find a suitable life.
Meaning a pious why
it is suitable means you can find a beautiful enough wife then of course you
He has held to account.
If that is what his criteria is, then he will not be successful. You can't find a wealthy wife.
He can't find a wife from a good family.
If this is his criteria,
then he is destroying his own life. Similarly for the woman, the first criterion is a handsome man, it's got to be helpful.
It's got to have money, lots of it.
This is our criteria. And this is what is stopping her from marriage. pious people approach her and offer marriage but she rejects because he's not handsome enough,
does not have enough money. He's living too simple, you know,
then, such a woman, she is destroying her own life.
And the blessing of Allah will not be on her marriage, as the blessing of allies, not on the men who married for those reasons. The blessings of a law are those who marry for piety.
And that is the Islamic marriage
of them about Islam.
A person came to Prophet Mohammed salah
and vowed to be celibate.
He vowed to be celibate, saying, I will never marry a woman are more FIBA
they are calamity problems.
this is all I can see is problems. So I, I want to be close to God. The best thing for me, I will never get married
to partners as Ellen says that marriage is from my way.
Whoever loves a way other than my way, is not a true follower of mine.
For telling that man that attitude that you are taking is not the way
So, this is not saying that a person who doesn't get married
is a deviant.
A person who vowed never to get married is a deviant.
That's a person who has deviated from the path of Islam.
How would we know or realize that Allah has forgiven us for our sins?
Is there a passage in the Quran who states how we can be assured of a loss forgiveness?
law and its profits have informed us that God's peace and blessings be upon him
one who repent
is like one without sin.
This is the
if we turn to a law, insincere repentance, it is a lost promise
that we will be forgiven.
We don't expect you know in Islam, we don't have this kind of thing where when you repent and a light scepter repentance you're going to see a sign
in the dream, the angel will come to you and tell you you have been forgiven.
You know, some time will happen in the morning you will see you look up in the sky and you will see a shooting star or something
I know my sins are now from
Allah has promised
That is enough a lot of says in the hatherleigh hipness saying the righteous deeds erase evil deeds, this is a last statement is promised his statements are true. His promise is the truth.
So, we don't have to look for files we only have to believe in what he has told us.
So, if we do evil
we turned to him in repentance we try to do good to erase that evil.
It is as simple as that
for the question,
the main body of Islam,
which is normally called Sunni, or orthodox Islam.
Right, if we want to give it that category,
that which is followed by 80% of the Muslim world
the basic belief in the Koran and the Sunnah. No
difference amongst them in that.
But in the past,
scholars in different areas,
applied the Quran and Sunnah
knowledge that they had
their own interpretational abilities, and came up with rulings which were suitable for their places their circumstance.
This is normal and natural.
in the Islamic Information Center,
I am the most knowledgeable person there
I am teaching class, people are asking the questions I'm explaining
in another center in edgemont, or in Abu Dhabi, there are other people like myself, who have more knowledge than me, or less knowledge than me, who are teaching others
explaining according to the best of their abilities and understanding.
Now, if you look at everything which was said
90% of it is agreed upon, because it's their explanation given directly from the Quran or directly from the Sunnah applicable to the circumstance. But there will be a 10% or a 15%, where there wasn't something applicable. And I gave, or they gave the closest explanation or most suitable explanation that they could or they gave an answer.
Not knowing that there was actually an answer in the sooner, right, because none of us has encompassed all of the sooner we have every single practice and saying on the cosmos, I tell them in our heads, nobody.
So every human being circumstance will come no matter how learned they are, where they will be asked the question, they give an answer based on what they recall, and they forgot something.
So a different answer is given here, and then one here.
This doesn't mean we now have two religions one going this way, one going that way. No.
What are we required to do in relationship to this? If you go to Abu Dhabi,
and in the center, there you hear a different answer from the answer which I give what is required. Are you obliged to follow what I said?
When you go there, they give a different answer. You ask them,
What is the basis of this answer? What is the evidence
They give you evidence from the Quran or from the Sunnah. Which I didn't give I gave you according to my understanding I couldn't give you I couldn't find the Quran or sooner to give you then what are you required to follow? Now the one I gave you, which is based on my understanding was there was no crowd or sooner to add to it, right? Only a little bit of fun and no sooner or some sooner no question for this person over here gives you
a complete explaining this thing clearly. Now, the answer which I gave you, was one you like
the one that he's given you, there is one you don't like? Okay, now, what is required
to say, Oh, I like Dr. below.
I like what he said, No, if what I gave you didn't have
the correct or sound foundation in the granite sooner than what is required of you to follow what he said in Abu Dhabi, with requirements.
That is what is required if you as a Muslim, wherever the evidence
the statement or the practice, then that is required of you to follow
the term seller
is a term comes from seller, which means predecessors those who came before forefathers.
when we say we follow the Quran and Sunnah
it is understood
that we follow it
according to how it was understood by the early generations
who received it, and conveyed it to us.
That understanding is called an Arabic the understanding of the seller. So those who give priority to that
right, which is the correct way, every Muslim should give priority to what the prophet moments are selling themselves, what Allah said in the crime, what the companion said, how they explained it, how they use it, etc, their precedents should be given to them, because they were closer to the revelation or they received the revelation over our understanding, that is the proper approach. That approach is called the seller fee approach. It doesn't recommend sense, another legal system as Hanafi sharpei how many humbly and Maliki represent those our legal system
which none of us are required to follow anyone? But if we follow anyone, it is okay. As long as we don't follow them blindly.
Because they are the efforts of men and men commit errors. And we are only required to follow one man.
was guided by God,
so much so that even the errors which he committed because he was not free from error, the errors which he committed, were explained by revelation in order to benefit mankind.
The one who was protected by revelation as Prophet Muhammad
peace be upon him. He is the only one that we follow. Without question