Is Islam Backwards?
Channel: Farhan Abdul Azeez
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When we look around
the Muslim world or the world in general, we find that the Muslims seem to be in a position of weakness seem to position of oppression, whether it be in the Middle East, or East Asia or Southeast Asia, even here at home, we are in a position of strength.
And when we see that we see the economic situation of Muslims globally.
We see the political situation on Muslims globally.
We see the
sometimes things that make us cringe the oppression.
a narrative begins to develop.
And that narrative is what is the common denominator between people in the Far East and China
who are being put in concentration camps.
Or in the Middle East governed by oppressive regimes
or an Africa
again, governed by oppressive regimes or here or in the West, where we have no political strength or clouds.
What's the common denominator amongst all the people, different cultures, different backgrounds, but the one thing they all share in common is their faith.
And so this narrative begins to develop that Islam
is the problem.
Islam is what holds these people back Islam is a religion, of oppression and it's a repressive religion. It's a backwards religion.
And as such, you see the reality of the followers of this religion.
Now this narrative is put out by the Islamophobia machine and it is a machine, it's an industry.
Now, what's interesting is who is the targets
of this industry? Who is the goal? whose minds are they trying to influence?
And commonly, it's thought that
Sally soccer mom, and john smith, are the people that they want to confuse about the religion.
And that may be the case. But I think reality shows us otherwise. Because of Sally soccer mom or john smith
internalizes those beliefs that Yeah, Muslims are backwards.
Does he get a primetime cnn TV slot?
Does he get book deals? Does he travel around the country and show up on radios and and hit the airwaves? But what happens if a Muslim a reformed Muslim
internalizes those same narratives?
What happens to him when he says yeah, Muslims Islam is the reason why Muslims are so backward.
Does he get book deals? Does he show up on our TV channels and our radio stations?
Does he start getting paid fancy to travel around not just the country but perhaps the world to share his thoughts? And it's important that you and I are aware of this because you and I also begin to internalize some of these narratives about us
about our own selves.
That maybe we are a backwards people.
But here's the thing is this claim.
Let's analyze this claim is Islam a backwards religion? is Islam hold us back? You know Allah subhana wa Tada. He says something in the Quran that complies completely contrary to this narrative. But let's break it down Allah subhana wa Tada. He says, as soon as renewed verse 55. He says, what are the love? Loving? Man homing Kumamoto saw the heart you know Stephanie fun. field?
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Allah tada see something very interesting. He says he promises he guarantees
to those who believe
and those who do righteous deeds to to conditions, belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that belief manifests manifests itself as we find throughout the Quran alladhina amanu. Aminu, Amano huami. Do they believe in the work they do righteous deeds, they are stuck in the fender homefield out of Allah will most definitely most certainly give them authority in the land.
Give them authority in the land just like he did to the people before them. And he says, and he will work place for them.
After their fear, peace and security
they will worship me not associating any partners with me and whoever disbelieves after that will be amongst the wrongdoers. But here's the thing is once I'd have equated belief and deeds with being given authority in the land, now Can someone have authority in the land?
If they are a nation that it's, you know, a millennia behind the rest of the world can can have people have authority in the land without advancing in, in their their minds and their knowledge and their their practical living? How does that happen? It can't, you know, you know, as we look at a cause and effect relationship, if we were to implement Islam the way it's supposed to be, the effect is being given authority in the land, or in another way to look at it the cause is a snom. And the effect is advancements
The cause is a snom. And the effect is advancement in society. Now,
that's kind of perhaps
a bold claim to make but let me share with you some thoughts. Allah subhanho wa Taala he says
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Santos Lee Beckham you know dunia Allah says and seek what we have given you, the home of the hereafter.
Seek what we have given you what We have provided for you, your Your goal should be to use that to build your home in the hereafter. But then he says what I tend to recommend that dunya and don't forget your portion of this world. Now what does that mean? Don't forget your portion of this world. Well, that means number one, a lack of sleep, Amina dunia that you you have a portion of this world.
Right? Don't forget your portion meaning you have something of this world that you have to take with you. Right, then this is interesting, the last revelation Allah has given to mankind we don't find in our philosophy and our worldview and our implementation of this final and most complete religion of Allah. This idea of monasticism that we seclude ourselves in our mosques and the top of some mountain to worship Allah day and night and forget about the affairs of this world that's contrary to the teachings of the Messenger of Allah somebody said no
that's not within our our religious guidelines and teachings. This idea of monasticism right.
So it's not us us to take of this denier but our goal our focus should be the hereafter let me share with you a very interesting howdy authentic howdy broken record in the books of Ronnie and Lindsay authenticated by Daniel Mola si had eaten what's the message? He was he was sitting with his companions once and the narration says Milan and navy so I sent him origin and follow us however I soon realized Sunday min min Jonathan, you want to sharpen a man had passed by the companions in the process on Eisen and also harbor saw from him.
Things that amazed them from his, his skill that he was demonstrating, and the energy that he had and the strength that he had. And they said lo Canada v summit in LA
you know, have you ever seen someone and they're so talented, and you just wish that man if this person just dedicated his talents to serving the religion of Allah, how honored of a person this would be? How much good would come to him and come to those around him? Right the Sahaba are seeing this man with a skill set a very unique and, and and expertise from this person. He was you know, earning his living he was out and earning his living but they said If only he used that FISA be the law if you only want in the path of along with those skills.
You know, the master assassin him he said
he says he says in Canada yes haha. Allah What are these Yvonne farfisa vilella if this person came out from his home in the morning, and you see what he's doing and earning a living, if he did so with the intention to support his children, then he is in fact in the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And he says we're in Canada. Yes, sir. Either way, Misha Haney Cody Ryan Murphy, Sabina law. And if he came out to support his two elderly parents, then he is also in the path of a law. And he says what in Canada? Yes, sir, your iPhone nafsa.
Murphy's Law, and if he came out
now for his family, not for his children, not for his parents, but you know what, for himself, to become self sufficient to take care of his needs. So he's not, you know, asking of others, the Messenger of Allah I sent him saying he is also in the path of Allah. Then he sees when Canada USA, Ria and homophonous and leadership on but if he came out to show off, out of, you know, boasting of his skills, and he's in the path of shavon, but let me ask you a question. Why do we work all of you came to Jamaica, you left your jobs, most of you came from work, you left your jobs, you left your school, perhaps, I know, school was closed with the snow for some of the students, but you left off
everything, and you came to them.
Now, why were you at work this morning? Do we not work for one of these three reasons to support ourselves to support our children to support our family, our parents, we work for one of these three reasons. And I must have a law saying that philosophy subete in law, if that's your intention, then you are in the path of Allah.
Working in this dunya ifisa and you're in the path of Allah, what is in the path of Allah mean? A like agile.
You will take reward for every moment so the brother who left his house this morning, and it was sitting in the cold in his garage and his auto shop, and he's struggling to get off a rusted bolt.
From the bottom of the car, and his hands are cold and you know he has he smells the oil around him, it's, you know, his clothes are smelling like that oil and the like every moment of that effort that he's doing to earn a living. He's getting rewarded for every single second of it.
The professor who's teaching chemistry at university, and he's explaining to the students you know, the protons and this and how the, you know, organic and whatever it is.
He's getting rewarded for it. The brother driving the taxi and taking people around
in the snow, navigating the weather and the slow conditions and all that, every second of that is the reward by Allah subhanho wa Taala. It's
the hula fee, Sabina law, if you have the right intention that you're supporting your family. Now no religion has this. No way of life has this philosophy that Deen and dunya are merged together. There's no religion that has no way of life that has this. That if you want your uncle or somebody says I want my home in the Hereafter, I want to establish myself and Jenna
what is the religion tell us? Well, if you want the the vehicle to that era, is this dunya.
to support yourself is part of the religion to support your family as part of their religion to support
those who are dependent on you as a part of their religion.
how does this lead to advancements in society?
How does this lead to advancement in society? Well, to understand this concept, we have to put put a pause on that question. And let's take a step back and understand two guiding principles in the Muslims life. Two guiding philosophies and how we live our lives. Number one, the Messenger of Allah, He says Bella, Bella, Bella, coola Muslim, that seeking knowledge is incumbent upon every single believer, every Muslim, it's incumbent upon him to seek knowledge. What is the first verses revealed to the vessel, the first revelation for all of us, that we know when we teach our children from Sunday school from the day they can understand?
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recites in the name of your master who has created and the scholars they say, when they interpret this verse, they say, they've got this meal a big recite, learn, read about what's the religion, the color, the color and the name of your Lord, learn about your Lord, learn about what your Lord wants from you learn it, we all have a responsibility at a minimum basic issues of religion that we have to know how do we pray, how do we fast basic things are required of us. But then in these first five verses that were revealed, it again tells us to
book anacron, Allah via Allah, Allah,
and read, and your master is the most generous and loving column, the one who taught with the pen. And when we read what the pen has written, we are reading the knowledge of men.
So the scholars say it's encompassing both matters of our religion in the matters of this world. Our religion asks us to learn both. So just like you will study assignment studies and know the basics of your religion, you will also study science and astronomy, and geology and agriculture and engineering. And all of this is part of the religion part of what Allah wants of you and I.
And the second guiding principle, besides seeking knowledge is that you and I are asked in a Lucha catabolic Asana coalition, that Allah subhana wa tada and whatever it is that you do
have a cliche, whatever it is that you do, he wants you to do it with excellence.
So if you're like chemistry teacher, Allah wants you to be the most excellent chemistry teacher you can,
which necessitates that you must know your field in and out. it necessitates research and reading and expanding your knowledge and testing and learning and then sharing that with others. If you're a, if you're a teacher, if you're a engineer, if you're a doctor, no matter your profession, alone wants whatever it is that you're doing, you do it with excellence, and to do something with excellence who requires you to be a master of that field to the best of your ability.
So a standard necessitates our guiding philosophy necessitates that you and I advance in whatever we do.
all of this, all of that, that research in that reading advanced and getting
Your degree and working hard, all of this is all this is rewarded by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And you see we have to take a step back, and at some point along the way we missed understood that he bada we have this idea that worship of Allah entails difficulty. You know praying at night leaving your bed and standing up and praying at night when you're sleepy and necessitates fasting in Ramadan when we feel hungry and thirsty, and it necessitates difficulty and if it doesn't have difficulty, perhaps it's not rewarded but that's not what our religion is able to tell me about him alone to Allah He says he bothered this idea of worship is one gem and he couldn't email you hibben La Jolla,
la it's a it's a comprehensive term that encompasses all things that Allah would be pleased with an upward he went on from both speech and action of you know when valtellina both hidden and open. So let's say Brother, you are at work today. You're going to go back from Jamaica and you're going to go back and get into the grind. The nine to five grind you're there at work and you're working hard and on the way home you stop by Walmart because your daughter at home she's four years old and she keeps telling you She loves this toy.
And you what you want to surprise her today. And so you stopped by a Walmart and you buy a toy and you come home and when you enter the home, what happens your four year old daughter runs to the door not knowing you have a present for her. And she gives you a big hug and says Bob goes home she sees the car pulling up in the driveway she gets excited. And she comes in gives you a hug and perhaps there's no greater joy to a parent's hearts. Perhaps any living beings hard to have that when your daughter comes to you and gives you a hug and says Baba I love you
joy that comfort that you feel is unmatched. And then you take out the prize that you have for her from behind your back. And then you see her face light up.
And she gives you hugs more and kisses and says I love you so much Bob, I love you so much, Mama, thank you so much. You know all of that that whole picture that home from the moment you went to Walmart and you bought the thing and you put it in the gift bag and you came home, all of that is rewarded by Allah. All of that is
What a beautiful religion. That Allah merges these two ideas now.
The Prophet of Allah and I said, I'm gonna share with you a few things.
Number one, he said to me, he said in a hadith
he sees something interesting that we may have heard this Hadeeth before he says yeah Jabara book.
Your master is delighted is impressed. Your Lord Allah is delighted and impressed by someone who is this person he says, I mean the lie on him infuriates each other yet in New Japan. You as the know what you he must fire you why you as you know the Salah why you suddenly lost parents Allah He says he is impressed with someone who he's with. He's a shepherd. He's with his his flock. And the time for Salah comes in let's say it's the whole time and he makes a van and then he stops what he's doing with the shepherd, his his his his flock you let them graze and he begins to pray.
Allah subhana wa Taala he says to the angels on guru in Abdi, look at my slave law singles this man out out of everybody from all this creation he says, Look at him all of my angels. Look at this man What does he say? You aveeno up masala he made the attire and establish their prayer your half woman knee and he fears me.
What does he say is his reward for this person by the Godfather to the Abdi what had happened to him.
I forgiven him and I have granted him paradise.
let's let's let's just just think about the Howdy.
Allah is impressed by
is pleased with a man who was doing his job. What's his job? That's his living. He's a shepherd. That's his job.
And the time for the horse came in.
And he paused he took five minutes out and you
know all of you when you're at work
and you know the time comes in.
You go make will do. And perhaps your boss comes in or your coworker comes in and catches you with the foot in the sink. And he begins laughing at you are you go into the corner and you try to pray at school and your friends walk by and they start laughing at you. But you still pray because Allah asks you to pray,
who has it more difficult. You are the shepherd in the mountain alone praying by himself
who has the more difficult
yet the shepherd left his job and he prayed and along based on his sincerity to learn his fear of Allah for
gave him a sense of granted agenda.
So perhaps a lot of them but you are going through more difficulty than the shepherd when you leave your work and you pray.
What is your reward with Allah subhanho wa Taala
but the point being is you see that some people they go into the dunya and they forget the deen they don't pray they'll pray when they get home if they pray, and others will go into the dean so much they'll be in the Master 24 seven and their family is is not being supported. They're not being taken care of Allah and His beautiful religion has combined the two He wants you to earn for your family, but he doesn't want you to forget your portion of the religion as well. So you work but you also take care of what you need to be taken care of you pray five times a day, you've come to the message for salats and
you come for a shot. You fasting in Ramadan, when you can go for Hajj you go for Hajj. So you take care of your deen and you also take care of your your dunya as well but it's it's interesting
you know the past enemy season that I had the mommy Muslim in you led to a lot of fun oh yes and i was on on Fiat codomain who Tyrone oh and sandwood Oba Hema Allah kind of ob sada he says there is no Muslim who who he he cultivates a land and you know, trees come up from it. And then people eat from it or animals eat from or any bird eats from except that for you as a soda.
So somebody who wants to go to Geneva, I want I want Jonathan Fritos. And he has a piece of land maybe it's just his backyard. And you know what you say you know what you want you want agenda. Let me give you an idea. How about you hire 10 people, and you plant a bunch of apple trees. And you you know, make sure the irrigation is right, you got a good sprinkler system. You hire the sprinkler people to come and set that up. And you plant the apple trees in your in your grave Two years later, six feet under, and these apples are still producing fruit, every bird that eats from its flower, every human every neighbor that is given at this apple, you are getting sadaqa for it. But what have
you also done, you stimulated the economy. you've hired people to do the job you've you've researched what will make this what tree should I choose and the weather that we live in and all the food that's being given you're providing for the animals and the human beings you're getting sadaqa you're getting reward. So Assam is a beautiful philosophy and religion that merges both Deen and dunya. Allah wants from us that we do that. Allah wants from us that we do that.
And perhaps I'll end this with the hagino semester. Listen to me say something very interesting and very powerful had the thought you can write volumes volumes have been written on this heads. When he's I sent him he says in the comments he saw that if the hour is established, the day of judgment has started, the sky is being ripped open, the stars are falling into the earth the mountains are crumbling like cotton.
You are seeing this with your eyes. And in your hand is a seed
a seed that has a potential maybe 20 years later, maybe 10 years later it will grow.
He says for any stuff ah Allah Chico Mata Hari Safa.
If you are able to plant that seed before the day of judgment takes the rest of the earth away. Then do it.
Knowing full well that that seed has no chance to grow and get fruits
but in your life, so long as Allah has given you a chance in this world, you are to work you are to invest in this dunya invest in your people around you invest in your society, invest in your economy, invest in your family, invest, invest, invest with the eye on the hereafter. Allah promises those who do that, who emerged their Deen and they're doing a lot of love to the AMA woman Kumamoto saw the hearts, they believe and they do righteous deeds. They defend the home fellow to give them power in the land. And you see when the pinnacle of Muslim society was when Muslims had both. They were not only experts in their religion, but they were experts in science and mathematics and
astrology and the like. And we look at Western civilization which is put as the as the pinnacle. When they had religion. They were backwards. And after the Reformation happened in the Renaissance happen, they had no religion, but it's down merges the boats so beautifully well who don't quote me how that was so frightening welcome first off you
may not know him hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Juan, he was a heavy edge mine. This narrative that Islam is a backwards religion. There's much to be said about it. But I hope I shared with you a few things that can debunk debunk this idea. And I hope we understand a little better what Allah asks of us now
towards the end of the life of the Prophet so I said I'm what I shared with you today was the philosophy of a Muslim individually and how that translates to society.
At least a part of it and what I want to end with is an
is Allah subhanho wa Taala he revealed a pseudo
pseudo pseudo gerat, the 49th chapter in the Quran, but one of the last sewers in the life of the prophet to ever be revealed. One of the last 10 sewer to be revealed was pseudo dots. And pseudo gerat is a sutra that Alon revealed to give us the guidelines of how we can establish the ideal Muslim society.
That ideal Muslim community. And what's beautiful about this sutra is that it was revealed to a community of new Muslims. People had embracing a sound after effects of Mecca and they're being given this guideline because they weren't with the promise I sent him for 22 years.
And it's a suit of this just as applicable to the Muslim majority land, as it is as it is to a Muslim minority. Just like we are here, living as a community and trying to make this community fruitful. Allah gives us an outline in the sutra, so there's a lot and so I want to invite everyone inshallah, to Allah. For those of you who are able to come tomorrow, we're going to do a deep dive in the pseudo pseudo Jamaat from 11am until 8pm right here in the masjid. We have a class that will all day we're gonna expound on some of the ideas in the hook but today, through the lens of pseudo Herat, how we as a Muslim community can establish the ideal community that Allah had willed for us,
almost a parting revelation for the Ummah of how we can live to have the ideal society so I invite you all to attend the show looks odd in Oklahoma, so do not listen to it. He was sitting with a steamer Aloma Sanjana Mohammed you want to add in Mohammed can Muslim eights are labeled on him on herbal on him? In nikka Hamid de Mogi that Lama Burdick I know Mohammed you want any Mohammed Alexander but on him wider earlier, but our Haemophilia had I mean, in the Commedia Majeed, allama film Muslim You know, one Muslim outs and when we know when minutes and I hate him when I'm watching like a autobahn, SME or even Mooji without Aloma, Hana Dean and a lady who asked me to Emory now
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