Channel: Fatima Barkatulla
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Okay, Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah de assist is a Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
And welcome to another episode after a bit of a break
over the 70 major sins based on keytab we'll cover everybody my Bobby
handler today, we've got a
very interesting class ready. So, we will on now we are on major sin number 27.
And that is a strange sounding major sin, and it is a caste person who collects taxes. Technically, that's what it means a person who collects taxes. Okay. But obviously, like, it doesn't, in our times, that sounds a bit strange. Like why would that be a major sin? Right?
I thought I'd bring a funny picture for you guys to see.
You know, I don't know if you recognize this picture, or this cartoon.
But it's basically Disney's?
Well, you tell me.
You tell me what it is.
Not that you need to have knowledge of Disney cartoons in order to attend this class.
Yeah, Disney's Robin Hood. Right. So, you know, in the story of Robin Hood, typical, like,
the typical story is that the king King john has usurped the throne, or he's kind of taken over one is, well, his brother is a way right.
there's a sheriff. This, that's what this cartoon is, right, this Sheriff from knotting them, who basically has imposed all these taxes on all the poor people of the land of England. And,
you know, he goes around, even goes to churches and
poor people's houses and just basically takes their money, right. So that's what, historically tax collectors were seen as oppressive, you know, and that's what you've that's what we've got to understand when we
read that, you know, under my castle, the person who collects taxes is considered a mere, you know, committing a major sin. That's what is meant, you know, oppressive tax collecting oppressively, taking people's wealth in an unfair way. Without right, you know,
if you remember in the sorts of gaff, there is this in the story of whether
when the hitter destroys these boats, right. And the reason is, there's a king
who will steal the boats, any boat that comes on to his shore, he just takes it, right. That's the sort of thing that is meant by this, you know, oppressively, taking people's web, like just withdrawing or withholding their wealth from them or taking over anything, any of their property without having a right.
My teacher in Egypt was telling me that there's even like, it could even include things like,
you know, people just putting charges on things for no reason. Like, for example, he said that there's this man who has a, who, whenever people want to come onto his road, to do certain things, he
he says they have to pay him a certain amount of money, you know, in order to use that land, or, and it's not like, it's his land, it's just public land, but it's just that, you know, he just wants to be oppressive and annoying to people, right.
So anything that is unlawful, so we're not talking about a government kind of
lawfully having a agreement with the people that you know, there's these taxes that we have in order for that money to then be public money that then is used for the public. We're talking about
oppressively and without a right and generally speaking, you know, it's not like history.
was not a good was not considered something that should be done, you know, you have this occur, you have certain other
kinds of things that the government could charge people for right?
The GCR, right, that the non Muslims would pay,
etc. But this idea that every penny that comes into your bank account or, you know, your income that you earn, that there should be a percentage of it that automatically is given to the government was not is not an Islamic concept, you know, which is quite interesting.
you know, there are I had these, this one is weak, but it's mentioned, the word of my caste is mentioned and this Hadith, that the oppressive tax collector will not enter agenda, right? It doesn't actually say oppressive, it says the tax collector will not agenda, right.
And so, like, as I said, the understanding is that
tax collectors were oppressive by default, you know,
they would be like, go around, sometimes the marketplace charging for things that were not their right to charge for.
You know, and they might even.
Yeah, you get the picture, I think.
Remember that hubie. In his book, he says that
the mcats is included in the Hadeeth, in which the profits are seldom talked about who is a mandalas, right? Remember the word Morpheus person is bankrupt, is penniless. But also Allah sallallahu wasallam asked us, how about Do you know who the Morpheus is? And you know, they said, well,
when we think of Morpheus, we say a poor person who doesn't have wealth or property. And he said, We mostly say, in my oma is the one who shall be brought on the Day of Judgment.
Or sorry, he will bring on the Day of Judgment, prayer fastings, a cat will have all these good deeds, but
he will also have come having insulted people slandered somebody devoured the property of someone, shed the blood of someone or beaten someone and this one, and that one will be given some of his good deeds.
And then when his good deeds are exhausted,
and the he still has more to owe people, then some of their sins will be taken and cast upon him. And because of that, he will be flung into the hellfire.
So you see, in this Hadith, the prophet SAW Santa mentioned he devoured the property of others, right.
And the mcus is, in essence, somebody who, you know, unlawfully, or oppressively takes the wealth of others. It's not his right to have that wealth.
You could also say maybe people,
for example, who insist on people paying bribes. It Well, it's not really bribes. I don't know what the word for it is, is it bribes? Or, you know, when there's like, people in authority, and this happens a lot in like Eastern, Eastern countries, not saying it doesn't happen in the West, but I haven't really experienced it. In the West, I've only experienced it in the east. where, you know, people will say, okay, in order to get your thing done, you know, you have to pay me in order to
and it's their job to do it, but they just, you know, or a policeman, policeman, for example, they will say, look, if you want me to ignore this, then you better pay me, right? These are all types of oppressive,
taking of wealth, you know, they might not be exactly my curse, but they come into the next category anyway, the category that we're going to
mention after this one, but you see that that idea of being a person in authority, imposing unjust tolls on people and just costs on them, right. And
Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran in the most severe Allah levina, yagni, moon and NASA,
wherever who in I feel all the behind will have Ola ecola whom he
is talking about. Those who should be blamed. Blame is only on those who wrong people and transgress in the land. unjustly, it is they who will suffer a painful punishment. So this is the main idea of grand he used to talk about
And you know also comes under the general Hadith where the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is reported to have said no flesh. So no, no human like flesh, fed by sweat,
which is ill gained property, it will get your gained wealth will be admitted to paradise, but rather it will be flung into the Hellfire
and soft is any unlawful gains, wealth acquired by unlawful means.
And I might as well include the next category here, because it's, it's kind of connected, right?
So major sin number 28. is
eating or consuming how wrong
eating or consuming her arm right?
in any form, in any form. Okay. And
so there's a special category, my cast, because there were certain hadiths that mentioned that. And also, there was another Hadith where
the prophets Allah mentioned,
the mcats as well, or a person who tax collects. And so that's why I think mama daddy included it here.
But in general, we know that, you know, taking wealth or using wealth through unlawful means is haram. And it also I guess, the mcats also comes under, doesn't it? Because a violin I mean, because he is basically being oppressive to people, right? famous had the youth in which the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said, they will surely come a time upon people in which a man will not care from where he gets his wealth, lawfully, lawfully or unlawfully. Like, so Pamela, right. As long as he has, well, he doesn't care where it came from. No, it doesn't work like that. Yeah, we live in a time when people admire people for having wealth.
If you have wealth, you're somebody worthy of admiration. But no, for the believer, having wealth through halaal means is something you know, worthy of somebody saying martial law, you know, I want to be like that, right, and spending it in all those way spending it for good things as well as, of course, being able to spend it for oneself as well.
But this idea that, you know, being wealthy, it just means that you must be really clever must be that you're really, you know, you're savvy.
Not necessarily, you know, it could be that you're extremely crafty, right? Or that you've taken advantage of people so well that you're using some haraam means and that's not something praiseworthy, right? And when we talk about consuming heroin, what does it mean?
It could mean
earning money or benefiting from selling her on products. It could mean selling Hello products and selling Hello things dealing with Hello things, but dealing with them in an impermissible way. Right in transactions that are not permissible.
Or earning from haram transactions. Or acquiring wealth through oppression, fraud, stealing, all of those kinds of anything, any wealth that we acquire.
And the reason why it's like consuming or eating that wealth means that you you're using that wealth
to benefit from it, or to eat literally to feed yourself, right? You're literally using it to
feed yourself, right, the food that you buy is from that wealth.
And so it says if you're consuming that wealth, you're eating that wealth.
So any of that kind of thing and one of one country that isn't mentioned in any of the explanations I read
or even the people I consulted with this schilke that I consulted with
is like actually eating harem
food, you know,
that doesn't seem to be mentioned here. Okay. But it's mentioned in a by the by way, in that you know, the mentioned there is that you know the people of the past the self
Muslims used to be very careful about even the morsels of food that they would put into their mouths. You know,
the reason why it doesn't say about eating, how long could be that a lot of these books were written. At the time when in the Muslim lands, you probably couldn't
easily get her arm food. You know what I mean? Like, because we're living in the West, we were very conscious of the fact that, you know, meat could either be halal or haram, right? Like it could either be the beha or not.
And we're very conscious that like alcohol is available everywhere, you know, all of these types of things?
I'm not sure it could be because in those times, the default was that the meat was the Bihar, right.
And so they didn't really mention it here, in that sense, but anyway, that's something interesting that maybe I need to research more on.
But actually shefali hammoud, that I'm sure you guys are familiar with,
as we sent an article on line, and he mentioned the eight casualties of haraam earnings, and I thought it'd be good for me to mention them here. Because, you know, it's something for all of us to be really conscious of like, and to encourage our spouses as well, regarding because many times, you know, pressure from a wife, okay, or from a family can cause a man to think he has to, you know, if he's in a difficult situation, he has to go to her arm means we have to just accept any job, or he has to do one transaction in order to fulfill, you know, his wife and children's constant demands, you know, so we don't want to be the source of it. Not only do we not want to earn her money, but we
also don't want to be the sort of family or the sort of women who encourage our spouses or pressure our spouses
and the menfolk around us, especially to resort to hurt on earnings, you know, and we should be aware, because look at these eight things that get affected when people have haraam earnings, where they live off haraam earnings,
your spiritual heart suffers, right? your spiritual heart suffers, and there's there are, you know, had these about, but we're gonna look at some of them.
Your sadaqa suffers, right? You can't make sadaqa you can't give charity from wealth that has been acquired unlawfully. Right? Sometimes, you know, you see these
very wealthy kind of entrepreneurs, and
even sometimes Muslim entrepreneurs, and
when you look into their business dealings, etc, you realize, okay, so they made a load of money. A lot of it was from
her on transactions, right? Of course, there are people who make them through Hello transactions, and that's very good. But sometimes there are prominent ones in the news in the media, etc. Because they basically used general means, like, you know, loans from banks and interest bearing loans and things like that.
To make a load of money, okay, or that they currently are investing in her on things and they're earning interest, right?
To see such a person, okay, give a load of Southern right, is, they might think that they're doing some good, but Allah Spanish, Allah doesn't accept Southern PA, that is given from her own wealth,
or impermissibly acquired wealth. Right? So it's gonna affect even your act of charity. It affects your do Allah doesn't answer the door of a person who is consuming How long? That's one of the categories that profits are seldom highlighted. You know,
your acts of worship are affected the acceptance of your acts of worship, as mentioned in some heartbeats, the Baraka in your life is affected. You know, you have a lack of Baraka
and But okay, we need Baraka in every area of our lives, right? blessing. And Baraka is one of those metaphysical things you can't, you can't quantify, right? When Allah Subhana Allah puts Baraka in your wealth. It means that little bit of wealth goes so far, a little bit of both wealth allows you to achieve what you need.
If Allah Subhana Allah puts Baraka in your life, your time
fruitful, you can use your time a little bit of time you get lots done if I lost one of the elephants, but again, your family, your children, your progeny, your extended family become a source of joy for you become not a source of headache for you, right? So we don't want but I got to be removed from our lives. And one of the means of Baraka being removed is haraam earnings.
Allah subhanaw taala also prevents us from the doors to Hello when we indulge in her on earnings. So you know typically when if you indulge in Haram,
Allah Subhana Allah prevents you from certain
higher, you know, the doors of hair from opening for you.
Because you intentionally are
earning from head on.
one of the casualties of haraam earnings is our safety in the grave. Our safety in the grave. Because, you know, the prophet SAW Selim told us that a person will be punished. For example.
You know, the one of the categories that we did previously stealing from the spoils of war person had just stolen something simple but the prophet SAW Selim said, you know that they were being punished because they stole a simple little thing from the public money. Right?
You're another casualty is your home in Jenna? Because the prophets, Arsalan told us that a person's flesh that has consumed her on earnings is not going to go to Jenna.
Of course, it means it's not going to go to Jenna. Initially, right? So, remember, with all of these major sins, we're not saying that these condemn a person to the Hellfire forever. We're not saying that. Yeah.
But we're saying that it could be
for however long and depending on the severity of the sentiment, depending on if Allah Subhana Allah wants to forgive a person or not.
But as believers, we don't want to spend one moment in the Hellfire, right? And the time spans in the next life are different to the time spans here, right?
Something that we call a year here is not a year and in the afterlife, right? It's way, way longer.
So we don't want to experience a Hellfire for any of those moments.
in this Hadith, the prophet also told us that
or sorry, one of the Sahaba. So I've been happy because he's well known that the his daughters were always answered by Allah. And so people asked him, Why is it that from all of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu, ever send them? You're always answered?
And he answered, I have not raised any bit of food to my mouth. Without knowing the details of where it was sourced. I have not raised any morsel to my mouth without knowing the details of where it was sourced. So panela, right.
So we could learn from that in two things we could learn, not only should we be careful about where our food is sourced in terms of whether it's Hello or haram, in its in itself is the meat that
is, you know, other ingredients of our food. Is there any alcohol in our food, etc, right. Um, but also, you know, it shows you he was concerned about the chain of supply of the food as well, you know, and that is something that many of the Sahaba really cared about out of their water. Meaning the extra sense of taqwa, you know, they wouldn't they wanted to know, where did this thing come from?
Was it some oppressive means that brought this food or this thing here? To me? Right? They're very, very careful about that. They didn't allow themselves to swallow food
that they found was doubtful in any way.
Why because they really really understood that these things you know, these eight things these, the the casualties of haraam earnings, they really did not want those to be their deeds to be affected.
Baraka in their life to be affected, etc, etc. Right?
And so Fianna foty Mr. Medina, he mentioned that he, he gives this example of a journey.
analogy right of prohibited wealth, he says whoever spends prohibited wealth
as sadaqa like for any good for any, in any avenues of goodness is just like a person who cleans his clothes with urine.
Clothes cannot be purified with anything but water, right? And sins cannot be raised with anything but the Hello Subhan Allah. Right. So just as we wouldn't use an impure thing to clean our clothes, you can't give sadaqa
right and gain any benefit, spiritual benefit from giving prohibited wealth, right.
So just for us all to really be careful about that, you know, be very conscious and very careful. Where is our wealth coming from?
Even our spouses, you know, make them very conscious of that, if our spouses has a dilemma is out of a job or anything like that. And the only options seem to be impermissible ones, or ones that have doubts in them, you know, like most of the work
involved will be doubtful there'll be will be questionable, or, and
they're gonna earn a lot of money from it. You might, it might sound good.
But, you know, you might wish that they've never taken that job.
If all the burqa is taken away from your life, right? We don't want huge amounts of money that have no Baraka, we'd rather have reasonable amounts of money with lots of Buttercup, because it's the Baraka that actually benefits us, you know, that causes us to be to benefit from that wealth.
And I think as women, you know, we have to be careful again, you know, to make sure that we are a voice that increases the demand of our spouses and our families, not makes them feel compelled, like I said, to turning to her on jobs, turning to any means just because of our demand, you know, if it means being patient, as a wife for a time, you know, living with, with less,
it's worth it, if it means your spouse has more time for example, to find out, hello, means of income, you know, and as women who have tough who are women who have knowledge,
you know, it really shines through in times like that, you know, when you're in under pressure, when you feel the pressure to accept any job that's out there.
If we can help and encourage our spouses to take the best option to take the Hello option
in sha Allah were the ones who will benefit from that right our entire family will benefit from that.
Pain major sin number 29. is
taking one's own life
taking one's own life
so difficult topic to talk about.
So a lot of spam Allah says in the Quran, do not kill yourselves. All atapattu and full circle in Allah, how can I become rahima? Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful? Right? And there's two interpretations of this idea. Or could could mean both of these things. One is that don't kill each other. Okay, so when you say unto yourselves, meaning each other, do not kill each other. Meaning human beings all Muslims don't kill each other.
But some of the Aloma said this also means do not kill yourself, literally yourself.
And you can see that the Sahaba understood it to mean this as well.
in this heavy if Obama Pinellas or the LAN who he was on one of the battles, okay, that's a celestial
he basically was in a state of Genoa, but due to a dream, and but it was very cold, you know, at night in the desert when it's very cold.
And especially in those days, people would die of the cold, you know, you could die if you got too cold, you could kind of get some illness and then die.
And so he was afraid
that if he washed for use water to make Listen, that he would die, or that he could become ill. So he said, I prefer performed to mourn
and lead my companions in the fudger prayer.
So the time is the dry ablution, right, using sand or using any Earth material to make, will do or to make whistle, bass, the same whistle and we'll do the same using thermo,
they mentioned the people, they, the the others, how but they mentioned it to the prophets, Allah while he was selling. And he said, Our you lead your companions in prayer while you were in a state of Geneva.
And he said, I informed him of the cause which impeded me from washing. And I said, I heard Allah Subhana Allah say, Do not kill yourself. So he mentioned this, if you know, well, that's up to emphasize.
And, and that Allah is Ever merciful to you, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam laughed, and he did not say anything. Okay, so the Prophet says that I'm didn't say, No, he didn't understand that I have correctly. He, his silence, or his laughing his type of approval, you know. So I'm going to be the last in order to preserve his life. He went for the rasa, you know, the, he went for the easy thing, the ease,
because he did not want to harm his own life. Because, you know, we, as human beings, we as Muslims are not allowed to harm ourselves. And this is why even you know, scholars talk about things like smoking, right.
And actually, you could apply it to anything.
You could apply it to overeating. You could apply it to anything where you know that you're doing something, but you've got an illness, you've got diabetes, for example, you're still insisting on eating sugar,
or you've got any, anything that you know, is going to harm you, but you're constantly doing it.
you know, typically, we know that smoking is something no doubt that harms us, like that harms a person's lungs, causes cancer, etc, etc, right, you harms others as well.
So this idea of not harming yourself is, you know, where this stems from, but also,
some of the other reflections that we could have about why suicide is a major sin
and there are two types of suicide that scholars talk about active and passive. What they mean is active as in a person actively seeking to end their own life and doing something to harm themselves, right. So for example, taking pills or taking I don't know,
you know, a weapon to themselves, for example,
that would be active, an active form of taking one's own life, a passive form of taking one's own life would be like, when a person refuses to seek
refuses to prevent themselves from from being killed. Okay.
So, for example, you know, they know that they've got an illness, and if they,
you know, that somebody is feeding them something, it could, it's gonna harm them, and they just don't say anything, or somebody is attacking them, and they don't defend themselves. You don't try to defend yourself,
you should try to defend yourself, you have to try and save your own life as much as you can, you know, so, both of these types of
killing oneself or allowing oneself to be killed, are prohibited if a person is killed anyway. So if say a person is attacked, and they defend themselves, and then they are, they end up being killed at the end of that then that person
And is you know, obviously we're here than Charla right or or they are killed unlawfully. So they would not be sinful, of course for that.
Rather, it's the person who killed them that is sinful.
But it's upon each of us, you know, to defend our own lives
as much as we can.
Another reason why suicide, we could say that it's a major sin is because it implies a loss of hope, in Allah's mercy, right?
That whatever hardship or difficulty that you're facing,
you're, you can't see that Allah subhanaw taala, could take you out of that.
Or that Allah Subhana, Allah has a better has a bigger plan for you.
And that is very difficult. It takes faith takes a month, right. And that's why it's so important for us to learn about Allah, to connect with Allah constantly to read about Allah subhanaw taala in his own words, in the Quran.
Because without that, without understanding Allah without connecting with Allah, and having that human,
it's very easy for us as human beings, with the trials of life, with the ups and downs of life to
misunderstand what the purpose of this life is, especially when we face a huge test. Right?
It's only by knowing that Allah subhanaw taala is in control, that ultimately a Lost Planet, Allah will grant us ease that ultimately Allah will reward us for every bit of hardship that we experience that there will be a day of justice. And a day when
the people who were oppressed people who faced the most suffering in this world will
enter Jannah or we'll have you know, all of their deeds, admit the sins forgiven,
and will feel as though they never suffered a moment.
You know, if you don't believe if you don't understand that, that day is going to come, you could lose hope.
And so that's why it's very important for all of us as well, from a young age, to instill in our children that hope, that understanding of unlock understanding of other understanding of the trials of life, you know, sometimes we portray this life to our children as though it's meant to be all about having fun.
And so anytime they don't have fun, or anytime they have any kind of pain, they can't take it right. Now, we don't want that we want them to be mentally prepared for hardship, there is going to be hardship in life. You know, anyone who lives long enough, is going to have hardship in life.
So this could be one of the reasons why it it's because it constitutes a major sin because it's like a weakness in a person's
data, right? And they're kind of in the man in that connection with Allah subhanaw taala. It denotes a lack of tawakkol. Because you know, you can't see that things could be better. You can't see that you could depend on Allah and Allah subhanaw taala will bring you out, that you could turn to Allah.
And ultimately, the reason is that Allah subhanaw taala is the one who gave us our lives. He is the owner of our lives, not us. We don't own our own lives.
Just as we don't own our children, we don't own our own lives.
And it's only by his sanction.
Okay, that life can be taken away.
It's only if he allows it, that life can be taken away.
Even Subhan Allah when we when we sacrifice an animal or we, you know, we slaughter an animal to eat.
We do it in the name of Allah, because we're taking a life there, right. And a life can only be taken in the name of Allah
or if Allah has allowed it to be taken.
So when a person commits suicide, they basically doing something that only Allah has the right to do.
He's the one who gave you life. You didn't choose to have life. And now he's the only one who's allowed to take it away.
So a person
And we've already mentioned do the best to preserve their own life.
If it was done in ignorance, you know,
if if a person commits suicide or takes their own life in ignorance, it didn't know that it was a major sin, for example,
etc. And they will otherwise Muslim, you know, a believer, then
we should and, and we expect a lot of heart, Allah, we hope Allah Subhana Allah will forgive such a person, you know, and we should make bla for them, we should pray janazah
over them, you know, we pray janazah over any believer or any Muslim. So even when a person
you know, has committed suicide, it's not something that we need to like, advertise to everybody, you know what I mean? It's not something you need to tell people.
Instead, we should really make a lot of
the offer that person that Allah forgives them.
And I think I just mentioned this here, the mock acid, the shadow, like the scholars of Islam, they, when they look at the entirety of the Sharia, they said, you know, okay, there, these are the five things that the Sharia seeks to preserve. Okay. And one of them, it's all of the laws, all of the, you could say the framework of Islam seeks to preserve these things. And one of them his life seeks to preserve life. So in other words, for example,
and, you know, this is just a tangent in a way, if you were, I don't know, in a fire, right, there's a fire. This is similar to what I'm going to be lasted, right, I'm going to be as he turned to tianma, because he was afraid he would die
if he took the full off.
Right, and because it was freezing cold.
if there's a fire, and sometimes I asked teenage girls this, because, you know, sometimes we've become so obsessed with the different the details of fit, and become so obsessed with things like a job, that we
sometimes get our priorities wrong. You know, it's possible for people to get their priorities Well, if there was a fire, for example. And suddenly, you're woken up in the middle of the night fire fire.
go and get your Jill Bob and your job on?
Or should you
be grabbing your kids and doing whatever you can to get out? Regardless of whether you're dressed appropriately? Or not?
and one of the things that understanding the mythos of the Sharia does is it makes it clear to you
that the Sharia wants us to preserve our lives, for example, right.
as a believer,
there are there is a hierarchy of priorities, right?
If to preserve your life, you know, it becomes now the ruler, you need to run out you need to do whatever you can doesn't matter if you're not dressed appropriately, doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if a man touches you and has to help you out.
You know, I mean, I really think we should think about these things. Because sometimes, you know, we can go to such extremes in thinking that, you know, Oh, I can't, you know, touch a man or I can't, you know, maybe the firefighter is a man and he's, he's grabbing you, he has to hold you guys to carry you out, for example, just giving different examples, right?
The fact that touching a man is not allowed, that goes out of the window, when now you're trying to preserve your life, right in these kind of emergency situations. Of course, once you're safe, doesn't mean now that you basically carry on, you know, not wearing your hijab or whatever, right? But in that moment, when you're having to preserve your life, the secondary or other
aspects of Islam, right Islamic law or our practice of the Sharia.
We are allowed to kind of,
out of the aura
to prevent to to ignore them in order to preserve our life. So another example of that is eating person starving in the desert.
I don't know where these examples come from, because I don't know how a person will be starving the desert and only have pork with that right?
Anyway, say a person standing in the desert. And suddenly the only animal the only means of food they have is something Haram.
And if they don't drink or consume that thing, they're going to die.
So make a decision, right? And so then the Sharia allows that person to now consume. Okay, even if it's pork, yes, even if it's pork, consumed that amount of that pork, that will allow you to save your life.
Of course, that's these are situations of the ruler. But that kind of shows you doesn't it, how important the Sharia considers preserving your life, that all of these other the other rulings of Islam can become less important. In order for you to preserve your life. Even we know that a person can even though it's not,
he doesn't have to, okay. And it's considered higher for a person not to do this commit shoot in order to preserve their life. So if, for example, they're at gunpoint being told, you know, to say a word of kufr, to do something, right, how wrong Oh, to say something, how not to say something that is schofer.
We know that as long as their heart is firm with faith, if they utter that thing. Low will not hold that as them, you know, having left the fold of Islam.
And that's because they're being forced, and they're doing it to preserve their life. Right.
But a person could, in that situation, say,
No, I will not say that word of copper.
You know, they could do that. And that's considered higher, that's considered higher. So, you know, it depends on the situation. But you can see that the Sharia talks about this in various different ways.
It was narrated that jundo even Abdullah, Allah be pleased with him said,
the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, a man among those who came before you was wounded.
he panicked and took a knife and cut his hand and the bleeding did not stop until he died. So So basically, this person
was wounded so severely that they basically tried to
kill themselves. They did something not to make it better, but to just make it worse, so they would, they would die quicker.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
the bleeding did not stop until he died. A lot me he be glorified and exalted, said my slave hastened his death. I have forbidden paradise to him
upon a lot
so we're not allowed to do things that even to speed up our own death. Yeah.
It was narrated from fabrics even the heck may Allah be pleased that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam said, Whoever kills himself with something will be punished with it on the Day of Resurrection. I think that's the scariest Hadees you know.
So, whatever the person killed themselves with, they will be punished in that way.
a very severe warning.
Now, the Hadith,
whoever throws himself down from a mountain and kills himself will be throwing himself down in the fire of hell forever and ever.
I don't know why the person translated this says forever and ever. I think better translation is again and again.
Okay, because as we mentioned, major sins do not make a person dwell in the Hellfire forever. You know, when it comes when it comes to a Muslim, a believer, a believer is not condemned to the Hellfire forever,
even if he commits a major sin.
So I think the better translation is again and again.
Whoever drinks poison and kills himself will be sipping it in the fire of hell.
Again and again. Whoever kills himself with a piece of iron will have that iron in his hand thrusting it into his belly in the fire of hell.
Long time for a long time.
But of course, you know,
people commit suicide, they don't always do it, when they're in a sound state of mind, right?
They may have a mental health condition. So we have to be very sensitive when we talk about this, you know, especially with regards to actual real people in our communities that we know who've ended their lives, you know, that person could have a mental health condition. And depending on that condition, this may not be considered a major sin. For example, if that person lost their mind, if they lost their mental capacity to reason,
then it may not be considered a major sin for them. Because, you know, obviously, they're not thinking in a normal way, right?
The pen, and this is because of the Hadith of the prophets are so long, the pen has been lifted from three. So meaning the, these three people are not accountable.
The person who's sleeping while he's sleeping, until he wakes up a child until they reach puberty, and an insane person until they become sane, right, until they regain their sanity.
Right or until he comes around.
So it could be like an unconscious person as well, right? Until they come around, they come back to their consciousness.
If you've ever seen somebody, for example, he's having a psychotic episode. Right? psychosis is
it's basically a type of losing one's mind, right? It's insanity, the person's sense of reality completely goes. And they can then after a time come back,
right, to their sense of normal propriety.
But while they were in that state
panela, you know, may Allah protect us and protect our children protect our families,
the person really is not thinking normally at all.
In fact, they might live and remember what happened, when they come out of that state.
Even though they might look to people as though they're,
they're awake, etc, right? They've lost their mind. So it's really important to be sensitive regarding this topic.
And I didn't want to leave you without mentioning this. So I hope I can go over by a few minutes.
and this is just to kind of say that you know, as panelo, we've just come out of the pandemic. And one of the things that I've been reading about during the pandemic is the feelings of hopelessness that people have been feeling or just, you know,
even contemplations of ending their lives, or hopelessness, depression, you know, all of these things.
you know, if, if you ever
then it's worth thinking about the fact that escaping from the difficulties of this life, to the fire of the next slide is not, there's no escape, you're not actually escaping, you're actually going from
the frying pan into the fire literally, right?
This life is difficult, there are going to be difficult times. But that's the time to double down in your connection with Allah, you know, hold on, because the light will come, the light is there.
And there is light at the end of the tunnel, and you will get there.
But to think that ending one's life is the solution is wrong, because you're only going to go from something that is bad to something that is worse. And so it's not going to be an escape at all.
For us to remember that this life is a test. This life is a test. It wasn't meant to be. The way people portray it's supposed to be in the movies, or the way people portray that it should be on Instagram, they're perfect lives and they're perfect, you know, filtered versions of their lives.
That's not real life.
So we have to be aware that we are going to be tested in this life. Everyone is tested.
In some way, even if they don't show it, you know, there might be somebody who you feel jealous of or that you envy or you have such an easy life.
But if you were to know the reality of their tests, you might think so well, I'm so glad I don't have that test.
So you should, we should never look to other people and compare ourselves with them, because we don't know what they've been through or they're going through or they're going to go through all that they're currently experiencing in any area of their lives. You might be comparing yourself to somebody in one thing.
But there's like 10 other things that they are failing in, or they've got horrible tests and right.
I'm mentioning this because I do believe that social media does affect people's sense of,
you know, self worth, in an unhealthy way. So if social media, the news and these types of things, and this constant bombardment of information is having that kind of effect on you.
It's those things that you need to move away from.
It's not good for you.
renew our relationship with Allah, renew our relationship with the Quran, when we start having these kinds of negative thoughts, any kind of negative thoughts of escaping this life. Right? is a time for us to renew our relationship with Allah because you can't run away from Allah. Except to Allah, you can't run away from Allah punishment. You can't run away from Allah tests, except to Allah.
When we realize that so panelist panel,
that's when we our life changes and we realize this test
has got to bring me closer to Allah. Allah is drawing me closer to himself through this test. And it's either going to make me or break me. So I'm not going to allow it to break me
reading the Quran, Allah He sisters, you know, reading the Quran, it brings you back to reality brings you back to Okay, your equilibrium, what is the purpose of life? What is what is this all about? You know, so, often when we've start having negative thoughts, it's because we've become disconnected with the Quran. It's time to make it a must for yourself to read a little bit of Quran every day.
And read the meaning if you don't understand it.
And in those those kind of dark times, and dark thoughts,
although it's very difficult, those are the times to force ourselves to increase in our good deeds.
Because it's by increasing in good deeds that we can come up out of that spiral.
But when we're feeling down, and then we stop doing good deeds, and our worships become worse. And all that does is it make us feel even worse, and even worse, and even worse, and it creates this downward spiral, right? To get out of that spiral. To get out of that plug hole, we need to do the opposite. And initially, that means forcing yourself to increase in your good deeds. But eventually, you know, we come out of that spiral.
And also, if you're ever and if you have, if you contemplate ending your life or feel hopeless,
get help, get help.
Of course, I've already mentioned talking to Allah, make him go out, you know, connecting with Allah, but
we need human beings as human beings, we are interdependent. You can't do it alone. You're not expected to do it all alone. Go and seek help, whether it's through your family, whether it's through friends, you know, talking to friends, whether it's getting help from a medical professional, getting psychological support, or help.
These are all things that are perfectly good and possible for you to
seek help through. You know, and to never be embarrassed or too shy or ashamed to seek help when you need to.
Because what would be worse is if you did not seek help, and then allow yourself to go even deeper and deeper into that spiral and all of those people, your family, your friends, etc.
They would be mortified if they knew that
You are suffering, and that you couldn't turn to them.
Right? It's amazing that effect that just talking to somebody about our problems can have, you know, the perspective that it can bring you when they reflect back to us, you know, their thoughts when we share our problems. So,
I hope that's helpful to you, sisters. Um, lastly, before the you know, inshallah we'll continue next week. But if someone ever tells you that they are contemplating suicide,
don't leave them alone, you know, don't just don't just think, Okay, well, it's time to go now. You know, you need to help them to get help,
even if it means getting emergency help, right. And you literally say to them, I'm not leaving you until we're safe until you're safe.
Otherwise, I'm calling the police. And I'm calling an ambulance because I want to make sure you're safe. Right.
And that might sound a bit dramatic.
But I think we need to take it seriously when somebody is crying out for help. Because that that's often what those expressions of wanting to end one's life can be a cry for help. And it's really important that we respond by offering help, in whatever way we can, you know, and not, not just ignoring it and thinking that it's just kind of
I don't know,
somebody being dramatic, for example, right.
Anyway, I'm gonna end it there. We will continue with this topic. Next week.
I'm just going to copy your questions and I'm going to save them if you don't mind. And I will address them at the beginning
of the next session.
So I hope that's okay. Does that color hair and sisters and with that, I'm going to leave you subhanak Allah whom I'll be handing a shadow Allah ilaha
illa Anta stuff hirokawa to be like, a salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. A love protect you and may Allah
allow us all to understand and to have the Wakil in him and in His mercy. I mean from army to SATCOM, allow Farah