24 The Challenge Of Change In Society
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hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah Nakamoto who
will be here today when we learn him in Shura and fusina amin sejahtera Molina De La Paloma de la la la, la la, la la,
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Allah subhanahu wa tada speaks to us in the Holy Quran Allah says Bismillah R Rahman Rahim, you are Latina Manu, attri en la haughty or Rasool will remain calm for internatia tuna fish a pharaoh do e la la hora Sol in kuntum. To me no Nabila. hivolume in here that Erica hi Ron are absolute Willa sakalava allows harm the law says, are you people of faith, be obedient to Allah and be obedient to His Messenger
and be obedient to those in authority from amongst yourselves. And if you define any matter, then refer it
to Allah and His messenger.
If you truly believe in Allah, and the DM will ask you the last day, that is the best and the best interpretation. So the Hello lobby.
My dear brothers and sisters,
I've said this before, and I say it again, that we live in times of unprecedented change.
We look at the world around you, you see how the world changes
from day to day.
You've heard the word old people say that old it's ancient. From ancient to ancient, we go to modern.
And from modern, we've now got, we've now gone to postmodern after model.
And it's unbelievable that this
timeline between old and postmodern
has taken place over a short period of only 10 years, one decade.
one decade, we've seen the world change from
a world in which there was
very little communication to a world where technology is so invasive,
that it occupies our minds 24 hours of 24.
What has also happened
in the times of change is that
our value systems have changed.
The values that the world
has out there for centuries, change everyday things are the good yesterday's bad today and things with the bad yesterday's good today.
And every day we see our children be confronted by
what's wrong with this, the child will come to your door to you will come to you and say what's wrong if I don't wear a scarf?
What's wrong if I wear jeans?
What's wrong if I do this? And what's wrong if I do that?
What are they saying to us they saying to us that the values that we held dear as parents doesn't seem anymore to apply to our children.
And of course, the fundamental reason for the state of affairs is because of our ignorance of our deep.
We do not know the fundamentals of our face.
As my father always used to say,
Hello worry club label VTV claw County.
I had a student who came to me yesterday
studying law at university
doing an assignment on Muslim personal law.
And she was saying to me and we were discussing the so called
She was saying to me, she's writing an essay on the rights of women
on feminism and the fact that women do not have equal rights in Islam.
And I say to you, my dear Young lady,
if you take a white page and you draw a line in the middle
and on the right hand side you write the rights of meaninglessness
It'll be half the page. And the rights of women on the other side will probably go on to the next page.
And you said, Is it true? I said, I stake my life on it
that women have more rights than men in Islam. But why don't we know this? Because we heard the bell. But we never knew where it came from. We are told every day that we Islam, there is inequality between men and women.
And you say this, but what about inheritance, you know, men get a woman gets a double share.
And a woman gets a single shake.
And then repeat what I say to repeat it to you today. And I'm probably not going to get to the end of my foot, but I'll probably get to 20% through because I'm way of what I was going to speak about.
And I said to her, you know, that allows we came to the world naked, Allah gave us everything we have.
So everything we have belongs to Allah. So when we go from this world, it must return to Allah. So Allah has the right to say we should go if I if you have to entertain in your pocket, which belongs to you, and you want to give me one rain.
And Buddhadharma 19 rain? Man, can I can I just Can I can I say but it's unjust. No, no, because it's his money you can decide what he wants. So our last one is the right in the in the default position in the Quran to say, Why forget one eighth and son will get double the shape of a woman and so forth and so on.
But I say to her, you must also understand and know
not always as a woman get half the amount of a man in inheritance.
There are many cases where men and women in the Koran gets an equal share.
people notice it says always, woman always man always with no, no, no, no, no, no.
If a person dies and leaves,
and he leaves a mother and a father, the mother gets one six, and the father gets one six equal.
Because in the case of a son, if a father dies, or and there is a son, it is the son responsibility to look after his brother
and sisters to look after them. Yes, to get a lot of money is to get double the share of the end is going to look after his own wife and children.
But if a man dies and leaves children and parents, it is the duty of the parents to look after the children to look after the parents, the mother and the father, not the duty of the mother neither of the father took off with children because children are adults.
Therefore the mother and father gets equal share. So those who say yes you know men.
Everything in Islam has a context.
And I love the creative man knows the needs of men. And in many of the examples I gave, but be that as it may
The reason I'm saying again I come back to my point and that is the change of value systems, change values. And the fact that we have moved so fast in such a short period of time
we are now lived as an ohmmeter the actions of Salah
many young people grow up today only knowing the actions of Salah
many people many young people grew up to they don't know about no way to suddenly found the South America tiny
Neverland this if they don't know that what else Don't they know?
So we live in a world where we outwardly are Muslim. I wear this in this the stop and I have a beard.
And so I'm recognizing the bigger my beard the more people think I know.
I know nothing.
I know zero. My children are even this and I'll send them to bishops and sex and the model z schools and pay 5000 and a month
but I won't employ a teacher to teach them for 510 months.
This is the state of this oma
so the changes my dear brothers and sisters. So we know children one day and we give them names like
I've read some strange names in the last year, I can't even remember what those are.
So when a child grows up with a neck kind of name having come from a model c school, can you imagine what's going to happen to that child.
And who suffers the most when the child goes astray, the parents, or by Christina, the model Sisco, it could be tau five days, I send him to UCT. And today doesn't want to be a Muslim.
Whose fault is
Children is an Amana. It's given to the parents, parents responsibility and duty to put the foot down and to treat the children like children.
I'm not saying don't spoil your children, not saying don't send your children the Maltese. What I'm saying to you is
that in this world of change, we must have a balance, you must balance the model see school was a good Islamic education. You can't give it to them yourself. You need to employ people to teach your children
this will come and bite us
in many years to come.
So the change that we see in our community and the change that we grapple with, Muslims are not immune to the changes.
Christianity goes through changes every Jain Judaism and all the other religions only Islam as something which is constant.
what is called the Sharia. And what is the sherea sherea as you know,
is the Quran and Sunnah but more so it is a lifestyle
which comes and is based on that Quran and Sunnah.
And that lifestyle My dear brothers and sisters is a lifestyle that has come through 14 centuries unchangeable.
And we go to the toilet pupils wash.
When you go to make Salah you must take Hulu
and you've been with your wife You must take the huso
Ramadan comes in was fast.
This is the lifestyle that has been handed down
by Allah through the Quran to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam right down to as I stand in front of you today.
As I stand in front of you today, Mohammed Salim stood in front of the Sahaba
not comparing myself but the same methodology the same Friday the same solid, this is etched in rock.
It is a chain of legitimacy and a chain of validity which has been handed down from generation to generation to generation. Give me one example
of Abu hanifa Imam Abu hanifa
was born in about 80 years after the Hydra
puja took place when the rabbit Nabi Salam was 40.
He died at the age of 60, which is 20.
The 60 years so 60 years after the death of the baby, so long, proximate he was a young man at the age of 22. He joined the circle.
He was he was a cloth merchant. He was a businessman. He was interested in Dean but eventually became interested in game there are many things that happened in his life. Eventually the age of 22 he said he joined a alima named Hamad
and Mohammed bin Sulaiman
I named my son after that teacher by the way.
Today we named my children after who
think give your child a name woman naming him after
when he becomes a big man he finds that my my father gave me the name so such and such a name.
After whom did he named me?
What is the legacy of my name I
have to give you children and grandchildren names. I tell my children you give your child the name that I'm not happy with. I don't come to the dogma I don't give the name I don't come to the
end of story.
You give a Muslim name Why? You can't give the name rose like they're given Malaysia and an ignorant Edith's and in Indonesia.
Why not? Because those are majority Muslim countries. We live in a minority Muslim country you give your child the wrong name here. You put him on a path of destruction
you're alienated from his faith from his profit from his deal. You as a father responsible is the mother responsible. Allah gonna question
age of 22 join the circle of the obvious stars have mad but at that time he was really known to be a debater and a discuss of the these two actually very high class. He was a he was a genius. He was a child genius.
He collected around over 100 to 120 students they collected for me they say about a million fatawa he discussed in Abu hanifa in his lifetime discussed about can you imagine a million issues of this million issues what came down to us is about 100 about 90 to 94,000 there's 90 to 94,000 issues which are discussed by this teacher
was brought together in book form by his one of his students Mohammed ashay body this happened in the first century of Islam first he
was brought together in a book called A Valkyrie via some of his last summer we have so though the law you require was a book which is written on all the questions discussed by Mambo hanifa in the first century.
This commentary was written on this called Al khair Fifi furore al Hanafi
that again was brought into another book called teddy bear again was brought into what is called the hedaya there is a very famous book
written by burhanuddin Murray nanny. And that was again brought into another book called we try to shuffle Wicca and eventually in the 11th century, which is one living century
essentially is how many
let's Be the weather
100 is one century. So 10 centuries will be 1000 years. So Abu hanifa was born in the first century after 1000 years. In the 11th century, that same
teachings they just tore Bhavani verbatim the Quran and Sunnah was bloated with a tar Allah. Yeah.
In a book called rather lockdown
by a llama in Aberdeen, so you can see this chain, this chain from Koran, the Sultan, Abu hanifa, for shafia Khan Academy hamba, there was a change as Iam chain value chain, that status right down to us from the first moment of Revelation. This is the Sharia. This is the unchangeable that we have in Islam.
In other religions, in Christianity, in Christianity in in Hinduism, for example, and this will always this tug of war between permanency and change how permanent should we be now Hamas was we changed Christianity.
The New Testament replace the old testament and everything in the New Testament is by choice. Christians don't have to do anything in the New Testament. New Testament is whatever you want to do. You can do whatever you don't want to do. You want to eat puppy puppy donate Boogie. Don't you want to drink wine? Is there a way you don't drink wine?
You're on the phone again. You can you know, you find justification for anything you do in the New Testament.
Some religious communities were over enthusiastic about change. Like Christian, yes, when Christianity lost all its values.
Some, so they lost their past their continuity.
Some others got stuck in the past, like Hindu law, for example, or failed, because Hindu law got stuck in the past didn't want to change. So there's no practice of Indian law despite the fact that India consists of a billion people of over 800 million is probably Hindus.
But in the Islamic tradition in our tradition of the Sharia, we have a ammonius balance between permanency and change.
We have built into our system based on the Quran and Sunnah we have built in what is called HD heart.
The practice or the application of the intellect of men in the development of the law provided it is based and can go back to the Quran in some given example.
One day Benjamin came to the Navy Sallam said we are a pseudo law.
You know we travel we live in the desert.
And sometimes we come across water in the desert and we don't know whether the water is clean.
Maybe some animal may have urinated in the water or something what happened to the water? And how do we know whether the water after all the sherea commands that we should take hoodoo and take whistle with clean water? Alma authorial must be clean.
So the visa Salam said to him, Al mal Kafeel, la Yun, jus,
a visa Sallam said to the Bedouin,
a lot of water,
cannot become polluted. Listen.
a lot of water cannot become dirty cannot become polluted.
Of course, the question now arises
what is a lot of water?
What is abundant water?
So what does Sharia require from the scholars to apply their mind based Hadith?
from the Quran comes the clean water to the hadith of Muhammad Salah.
Now, how do we interpret this?
Abu hanifa Rahim Allah looked at the Hadith and says
I will Mel Kafeel a lot of water is if you take a container or a pond which is 15 feet long. 50 feet 15 feet wide and two feet deep.
If you fell upon 15 feet long 15 feet wide and two feet deep with water in you throw anything in there
and whatever it is that you threw in there settles to the bottom or mixes of the water The water is clean.
Doesn't matter what falls in the water.
Mr. Malik says
if we take too big oven jars, big jars and you fill it with water, you put that into the pond
that water is at Malka feel abandoned water can be polluted cannot be that Mr. Musharraf? He says as you learned in madrasa
500 pounds of water.
So you can see how
the law derived from Quran and Sunnah is the application of the mind of intellect to that can lead to different kinds of interpretation yet linked to the Sunnah into the Koran of allows pinata.
Today we have a situation we live in a world where this Sheree is under attack.
We live in a world where there are two groups of Muslims.
First, the intellectual elite.
We know we are we are a growing we are a community with a growing intellectual elite. My children, your children.
I'm a carpenter but my child is a doctor or a lawyer or an accountant.
a different class of Muslim and elite intellectual Muslim.
Intellectual not in the sense of
but intellectual in the sense of a modern intellectual.
And by and large, these new kids on the block. When they look at Islam, they say what is this? We should just accept the western norms and values and that's the end of the day.
Drive the cars where they close live their lives.
Practice their professions
where they fashions
sometimes we even say this is Hello What's wrong with us?
We eat it
so long as there's no wine on the table. It's fine fish
My daughter is an accountant
or an economist. So she works in a corporate environment. So she wears a pencil skirt, scarf plus, neckline. So well that's the corporate world. In
fact, some fathers are proud when they see their daughters like.
So this is the intellectual elite
that we're confronted with today.
who say that we must surrender.
surrender to the values and norms of the Western world. Then there is a sizable other sizable number of Muslims who keep themselves aloof, they say, Well, I
am not involved with the world, I do what I have to do. And that's it.
the non Muslim world looks at us and take potshots at us. They know that the final that the Muslims are the only faith and only people that stand in the way of a totally corrupt world.
They know that it's the Muslims will not take nonsense from the west, only group of people, only one group.
They call us terrorists, but they know
they've not come out with a form.
And I'll talk about this a little bit later.
You know, what's happened about this film? You know the consequences of this movie? I haven't seen it I can comment on it. But I believe in the fit pics, the pics in Ibiza, so I'm in a very bad way.
It's important for you and me to understand
the mind of the non Muslim of the West, not not so much lamberson but the West.
And let's say man we're cultivating and putting into our own children say minds, because how can you
expect a person to live a completely wasted life and still be a good Muslim? How's it possible for a father or a mother to say
I'm putting my child into the fire but I'm sure he's not going to burn.
How's it possible? How's it possible to expect your child to be a good Muslim? Yet everything the child does the upbringing of the child the education the work, everything
is an Islamic
so I have this hope as a parent.
Oh Fatima Don't worry
and Fatima now don't wait doesn't waste coffee doesn't make sense. But inshallah one day you know, Muhammad you know, he's easy he says this god this guy's you know, he's a professor in degree now you traveled all over the world, which is in Paris last weekend is good too. But hopefully, inshallah one day one day you know, he's gonna go for Hajj. You know, one day, he's not gonna go to Paris anymore. One day is gonna take is
this is the world in which we love.
So I'm saying to you, the children are still in your home, you have a chance.
When a child is between the age of zero and 15
the child listens to the parents. That's the time when you say, this is my law. This is what I want. This is what you're going to do. Full stop.
the child will tell you, Daddy, I'm coming back. I'm coming home at 1030
getting away for the weekend and tonight.
We're going oh, that's fine.
The waste knows that was all the problems that we have as Muslims.
There is one line of defense is one line, one rate line
that they gain across as far as Muslims are concerned.
And that red line
is the love that Muslims air for Mohammed.
When the Western world wants to test the man of the Muslims,
they try and cross that line salmaan Rudy
and wanted to cross the line by insulting
Now besides elimination of the local and what happened, the Muslim world exploded, the West all agreed with him. everybody agreed with him. In fact, the British government gave him bodyguards paid for by the state of Britain to protect a citizen of Britain.
Then came the Dutch man who made also a movie and was shot. Then came the cartoons and every time the with
this is the button and looks at the reaction of Muslims.
This is not this is by design
them to see what is the reaction this was the latest one is the same. Again, somebody presses the button, again, the way it looks and says no, no, no, these Muslims.
I mean, look what happened.
We're not people of violence. We don't condone murder.
But we say to the world. what has been said to the world in what has happened in the world is that this is a line you don't cross
love the Prophet Mohammed Salah lorrison
they love him because he was the person who brought light to the world.
He was the person who gave us what we are.
He is the man whose personality and example is a living embodiment of the Quran.
So once this link is broken in the West knows once this link
that Muslims have with Mohammed, Salah Lhasa once that link is broken,
there is no chance
that Muslims will be able to withstand the onslaught of the West.
for Muslims, and I spoke about the intellectual elite.
We have also the intellectual elite
of so called Muslim academics.
There are good ones and there are bad ones.
There is a group
of Muslim intellectual elites calling themselves the progressive Muslims.
In other words, there is a progressive Muslims and we either backward Muslims or retrogressive Muslims.
I'm saying this to you so you can take this message to your children.
Your friends, your colleagues.
Now progressive Muslim sounds like a nice name doesn't it?
Sounds good, progressive Muslims.
After 1400 years, Muslims have been backward. Now we have a group calling themselves progressive Muslims should be happy. We now progress into progressive Muslims.
A lot of these progressive Muslims are graduates of our own university on top of the mountain.
Some are graduates of many other institutions.
What do they say?
They say many things which I myself sometimes don't understand how to translate what they say to you in language which I think both of us can understand and relate to.
There is one progressive Muslim who says
about the Quran
says well I'm a Muslim.
I believe in Allah.
So I say what about the Quran? He says
the Quran is not Allah.
What does he say?
Dimmick says, what does he say to you? So now you start to
it. So I mean, the Quran is not a law. So what is he What does he put in your mind? He puts it you can even feel the country. I'm saying this to you, I'm sure are confused. You must be looking at me extremely confused. What is this?
What is it when we say that? What is he saying? He's saying that
There is only one us only Allah, everything else.
Not Allah Therefore, it is subject to the critical analysis of the mind of men.
So because the Quran is not our law you can do with the Quran what you want.
And he says that this quote, and they say
was revealed in seventh century Arabia,
to an Arab culture.
And what is Arab culture? It's a patriarchal culture, it's a culture with men rule.
So he says, The Quran
to that culture
and endorsed the culture.
Meaning it's fine for men to be in charge. So as you see,
took into account what is on the ground.
is not revelation, which is above everything else, no,
Allah, Allah gave the law because of the culture of the people not because Allah thought that it was good for them.
So what he's saying, is a longs for hunt Allah, since revelation to fit the culture of the Arabs.
Not like we believe the Quran has been sent as a mercy for humankind, until the death of karma, and it is applicable
and has value for all times in all places.
So these progressive Muslims tell us
that because the Quran was sent to the desert Arabs and endorsed their culture, and because the Quran is not Allah, we can change that
we should now have total equality between men and women.
We should now have western style democracy.
We should now have women who will lead us on the member and
and they accuse a law of being unjust in sending only male profits to the world.
You know, this way so heavy on me that
I'm thinking of how this one, if this is the challenge that we faced with this point in time, how big is this challenge going to come up? And how big is it going to grow? And it's again, a challenge that comes from my colleagues
own people who declare the Kalam of La ilaha illAllah.
The other progressive Muslim
you see the world we live in today. He says he's no certainty this world nothing is certain.
I think is different.
Not the Quran not so know nothing. Nothing is definite.
Because they're academics.
They use the Quran to support the arguments. So he says Allah Subhan, Allah says, In the Quran,
all mudra Nakata takoyaki
is, so you ask him, why do you say nothing is certain we have certainty, we have certainty about Salah we have certainty about this certainty about had certainty about so many things, certainly about the Quran about the Sunnah. Just know, Allah says in the Quran, what does Allah say?
worship your Lord had
until certainty reaches you
know, the main code in the Quran so you know, maybe is right.
But he's quoting and misquoting.
So he's saying you see,
Allah says, worship Allah until certainty comes.
So which means I think he says, you can do what you want nothing, he said.
Nothing is cast in stone, nothing is rock solid.
What he doesn't say is that there won't be our team in this verse doesn't mean certainty. It means they're
all the scholars, but they put that aside, you see, they say that's, that is the interpretation of 1400 years that Allah says worship Allah until death.
what the king actually means here. Kenya means settled. So are they saying is, so we saying is, yes, everything is set?
Just like the army set, they say no, no, nothing is said every man can do what he wants. Because nothing is certain, nothing is fixed. Everything is in limbo. Nothing is absolute as the word they use, everything is relative.
They belong to the community of relativity, those of you understand the word.
So your children and my children,
your children, and my children
will be confronted with many challenges.
And if you and I as parents, brothers and sisters and mothers and daughters
are not going to take this Deen seriously,
and learn the fundamentals of this faith, we are always willing to become apologetic Muslims. What does that mean? It means somebody is going to say something or somebody's gonna back off, we can say
maybe it's true, you know?
Maybe everybody's right. Should we say to do everybody's right.
Christians arrive the Jews or Muslims are at those who call for
certain kinds of marriage tables. All right.
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also is a breeding of glad tidings.
But I say to you today
that because we have all the tools of knowledge at our fingertips.
I mean, I needed clarity this morning on certain terminologies. I use Arabic terminology.
And I was going to go to my reference books, and I said, No, let me just type it into Google.
And I googled it and it was,
I see myself now.
We should remove those advanced people in knowing of faith, knowing it.
So when we look at the worst pressing this button, like depressed now with this movie,
we need to tell ourselves, each one of us need to set aside time
and learn something about Islam every day.
In Julius Caesar, a
book written by Shakespeare,
Shakespeare says, there is a tide in the affairs of men,
when taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. So expert says there comes a time in the affairs of a man or a community.
When you take the opportunity
and see the opportunity and grab the opportunity,
it leads on to fortune.
And I'm quoting Shakespeare because we will save how to shift you know, you will stick to the Quran and sooner or you've also become a progressive Muslim you know, called Shakespeare Juma
but also command of Mohamed Salah. He said,
Allah hikmah, to Bala to mean
Prophet said that wisdom is the last property of every Muslim, when he finds it, he must take it.
So in Shakespeare, there is wisdom.
Those of you have done it at school now.
And we should take the wisdom that is there. use it to our advantage just like we send our children to UC t and u WC. In wave we send them to learn
to get knowledge to be educated,
to be imbued with wisdom.
And knowledge is neutral doesn't belong to anybody.
knowledge for us is our lost property profits as I've said, lost property.
lost property means if you find it as yours
so I asked my last I'm gonna give that were the challenges that we face.
And our challenge is 100 economically be not so bad. I don't see any people looking at Biafran
starving people in the magic.
Our challenge today is a challenge of our knowledge of team. That's the big challenge.
And not the big thing that is a pseudo freakin the Tafseer of the Koran and no, no, no.
Just reading on the fundamentals, equipping yourself with people say men and women are an equal to what does Islam say? He says
he says accusation.
For example, children can find out.
is Islam anti women?
Does Islam oppress women?
Do we need to abolish
and until the Quran down the drain and say, Oh, this
distribution of the status
and equal and equitable.
We know when to accept.
I'm gonna forever stand back and say, Well, you know, that's what I'll let you know there is this rationale.
There is a reason
for everything, which is that and it's all for the benefit of mankind, also the progress of mankind.
So now last one will give each other that we take each
of the challenges that we are confronted with. And I must say I have the greatest admiration, greatest admiration, more than greatest admiration for all the young people today.
Young men, young women
who are steadfast
in the belief in the date of Allah
both in their practices and the commitment and they seeking after the knowledge of Islam, many of them hundreds of 1000s of
hamdulillah we are blessed
and that tells us that there is hope for the summer in this world.
I'm going to be away for a while I
as I said to you when I started again at the masjid that I am a student
I carry a student card next to my pension.
So I have to I have to fortunately meet my supervisors at the university in Malaysia next week.
So I will be away for six weeks.
But don't worry, we're not going to lock the machine
jamas will carry on and I hope in Charlotte, make dua for you and make dua for my safety coming back inshallah.
shukran salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.