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Answering Youth Questions
Channel: Ibrahim Hindy
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as we are in the last few days of the winter break,
and there are many and hamdulillah young people amongst us. I thought today to dedicate the chutzpah to answering some of the common questions that I hear from youth that I hear from those who are younger amongst us. But before that, I want to address maybe the elders in the community first, to remind them of the importance of the stage of youth that Allah subhanaw taala ordains that we go through
Allah subhanaw taala
he tells us holy Akali insane when a man was created in a state of haste,
we have this nature of haste. As soon as we become strong, we forget what it was like to be weak. As soon as we pass one stage of our lives, we forget the other stages and what it was like.
This happens often. The brother who's struggling because he's not married, and he wants to get married. As soon as he gets married, he forgets the struggle of those younger than him. He doesn't understand why are they acting like this.
And this is the way we are in life. So when we become adults, and we're older and we have children, we forget the struggle of the youth themselves.
But this stage of being young, is a blessing stage. If the person is patient through it.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, he mentioned of those who are given shade of Allah subhanaw taala on the day when there is no shade, other than his shade was shabu, Nisha Fei Riverdance Allah, a young person who excels in the worship of Allah subhanaw taala. The fact that he's young, and worships Allah, Allah when
this raises him to be amongst those who are shaded on the day when there's no shade other than Allah. Because that age of youth is one where the Pfitzner is more intensified. And the ability to be patients, the ability to be wise, is limited.
Biologically, their body is pushing them in certain directions.
That is easier to tame when you're older.
And so when they're able to be patient, the reward for them is more than the reward for those who are older.
We know the story of the boy in the ditch sort of Telugu Rouge. This young boy goes and starts to learn Islam
with an older scholar.
And eventually, the scholar tells the young boy in the Cleome of Alumini, or in the canyon Pyromania, today you are better than I am. He says this to the boy.
And the commentary on this hadith. At the scholars say this is an old man who's been worshipping Allah for years. Why is he telling the young boy who's just learning?
You know, in this path of learning, why is he telling the young boy you're better than me.
And they say the reason is because the young boy is young, his energy potential is higher. His ability to do good is greater, his lifespan will probably be longer. The scholar is older is going to die soon doesn't have as much energy to impact society.
And this is why it's panela when you look at
who followed the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam some people in Croatia would say he's followed by the young people.
And when you look you see this to be true. Or oh my god Allah who accepted Islam he's 26 years old or
This man was 25 Sorry, even more eyes were 27 Abu Hooray era. And he accepted Islam in the later days of Islam, but he's under 30 of although probably Allahu Orion, who is called the fourth of four, the fourth to accept Islam was in his 20s.
And are prophets of Allah who already was sitting on his deathbed, he commands an army to go out
with whom as the leader who sent us a throw the Allahu Allah, and he's only 17 years old. And the people come to the Prophet, they start to argue, they see there's people who are older, more experienced, give them leadership.
Why are you giving leadership to Sam avenues aids, and he's so young. And the Prophet insists, was Sam, I must lead this army.
And it's as if there's a symbolism that the youth push Islam forward in every era. And so as a community, the most important resource we have are the young people amongst us.
And we have to be able to raise them, to invest in them, to grow them.
We look at our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
when the young man came to our Prophet, and he said, give me permission to commit Zina.
What did our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam do with this young man? The Prophet sallallahu? Where are they sending them? And I've spoken about this before I know. But he says to the young man, first he begins to speak to him on a rational, logical level. He says, Would you like this to be done to your mother, this act? Would you like it to be done to your sister, to your aunt, to the family that you have that you love? Would you love someone to do this act with them? He said, No, I would hate it.
He said, And so and such other people hate this as well. So logically, if this is something you know, is not good, and you don't want it to be done to the women in your family. Then why do you want to do it to the women of other families? Then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam put his hand on his chest, and he made your art for him? Oh Allah, purify his hearts. Oh, ALLAH forgive his sins, oh Allah protect his private parts from sin.
The Prophet Sall, Allahu Allah, He engages with this young man, intellectually, logically, rationally. And he also engages with him spiritually. And on a personal level, because the Prophet put his hand on him. He could have made dua just raising his hands. No, he put the hand on his chest, he created a personal connection with him. emotional connection, logical reasoning,
and spiritual guidance are prophets of Allah. And he said, and did all of this with him. Today, if a young man went to his father and said, I want you do Zina.
His father might throw a shoe at him.
Let's be honest, there is no intellectual discussion. There is no personal connection.
And so now the unperson won't even ask the Father is saying to the Father, I'm struggling with this problem.
So now you only get the advice from people who are unworthy of giving them advice.
And this is the problem that we faced with our youth today.
Our scholars have always talked about the two major problems, Shahar. What lusts desires,
and sugar hats, doubts and misconceptions about the religion
and our youth face both of these problems and sometimes one leads to the other.
The person starts to commit haram. They start doing haram, spending time around those who are doing haram. Haram becomes part of their lifestyle.
Then they wake up at night, and they think, Am I doing something wrong? Allah is angry with me, they have these feelings of guilt. How do I deal with these feelings of guilt? Allah is giving you these feelings of guilt so that you make Toba
but then this person shaytaan whisper sim says you know how do you get rid of this doubt?
Alcohol is not even haram. Zina is not really haram. He starts giving him misconceptions. Why are we even listening to these Hadith why are we even listening to the scholars? So now the Haram he was doing the show? How what's the lusts become shabu hats, he starts changing the religion to absolve himself from feelings of guilt.
And so we have to protect our children. And the way for us to protect our children and to protect the youth is to answer their questions is to be able to build a relationship with them is that they're able to come and talk to you as the young people went to talk to our prime
For so long who it was that young men didn't think the prophet is gonna throw a shoe at me. If I asked him, if I say to him, I want to commit the sin.
He had enough confidence that the Prophet was going to speak to him and treat him with Rama sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
And so in today's clip, I want to answer a few questions that are common that young people have.
The first question
is why should I believe in God?
And again, a question that sometimes young people might not feel that they're able to ask this question to their parents. And sometimes they ask it to the parents and the parents don't know how to answer it.
So why do we believe in God?
And the easiest answer, we believe in a creation creator, because there is a creation.
Because there is cause and effects. Because this is a metaphysical principle, cause and effect is a metaphysical principle upon which knowledge is built. If we no longer believe in cause and effects, then there's no such thing as math. There's no such thing as science.
If you were to walk, walk along the beach, and you see an arrangement of stones, and the stones are arranged to say something to spell, I love you on the beach. Is it rational to look at these stones and say, they just washed up ashore like this? Or is it rational to believe somebody placed them in this order?
If you went home to your house after Juma and you found all the furniture in your house is rearranged? Is it rational to think they rearranged themselves, or is irrational to think somebody rearranged it? We understand that things are not random in life. Because if we thought this they would be like the concept of cause and effects, we live our lives we understand science and mathematics and knowledge on the basis of every cause has an effect. And Allah subhanaw taala says, and holy, cool minute lady che in a normal Holly cone, did nothing create them? Or did they create themselves? Both of these options are illogical, that you came out of nothing, or that you were the
one who created yourself. How can nothing create something?
And so Allah subhanaw taala gives you this argument to realize these two options are illogical what's left to believe other than Allah subhanaw taala Allah is the One who created us. Likewise, Allah azza wa jal keeps pushing you to look at the amazing qualities of His creation.
Photo J L bustle helped haram in football. Allah tells you to look to the creation, to look to the seven heavens to look to the creation of a rock man. Do you see any flaws in it? Full merger al Bassam, then he tells you look again, look again and again.
In column in a colossal Rojas he and well who has here, your eyes will grow weary and frustrated. When you see the amazing creation of Allah subhanaw taala you look at the harmony of the creation of Allah, how biology and chemistry and physics how everything Allah created fits together so perfectly. You look at how the Earth lies in this incredibly small area, in its distance away from the sun. Any closer, this earth would be too hot to have life any further, it would be too cold to have life.
You look at how Jupiter is placed perfectly as a shield.
Its gravitational pull keeps asteroids away from destroying this earth. If you were not there, this earth would not exist and there would be no life. Without the electromagnetic force, there would be no life. Without gravity, there would be no life without a strong nuclear force, there would be no life. So Moto G i vasara Allah tells you look again
COVID-19 Look over and over. In Columbus Day Columbus Rojas, anyone who has here you will be frustrated by seeing the perfection of Allah subhanaw taala eyeless creation, a physicist and philosopher, Robin Collins,
who I believe used to be an atheist, and he died a theist. He said, If the initial explosion of the Big Ben had different in strength in one part to the power of 10
to the power of 70
The universe would have either collapsed back upon itself, or rapidly expanded too quickly for stars to form.
Meaning if the Big Bang had different in the slightest of quality,
there would not be any creation to begin with. He said, the chance of this happening is like firing a bullets at a one inch targets. Imagine you're shooting a gun, you're shooting a bullet at a target that is only an inch big. And the distance between the gun and the target is 20 billion light years away.
He said that's the chances
of the Big Bang resulting in creation
likewise, when a person rejects God,
we have to look at the implications of that belief.
We are claiming
that life is without purpose.
You lose hope. How can you hope for something better than what is here? If you don't believe in a God subhanho wa Taala How can you move beyond the losses of the past? If you have no hope for a greater future? This is why Allah says in the hula as sunnah Rohilla ill Coleman caphyon Nobody despairs from the relief of Allah, except those who disbelieve the quality of disbelief is you lose hope in the relief of Allah subhanaw taala? Because why would you hope for a better tomorrow, if there is no creator to provide it.
Not believing in a god is also you lose belief and justice.
There was a lady, a journalist who was an atheist. She became a theist, she believed in God, you know, what was her reason? She kept thinking Hitler killed all of these people tortured all of these people. And that's it, he kills himself, he goes into the grave. And that's it, he doesn't have to answer for all of his crimes is committed. That's the implication of not believing in God is that people do evil and evil and evil, evil, and they never have to stand for it. The belief in justice that people will be taken to account requires the belief in God.
not believing in God causes a loss of happiness. And there are studies to show that happiness is correlated in belief.
Let me give you an example.
your kid knocks, some somebody puts chloroform on your face, you fall asleep.
And then you wake up, and you find yourself on an airplane.
And it's not just an aeroplane, it's a private plane.
So you have all the legroom you want.
And you look outside the plane, and you see a beautiful scenery. You're flying over the Swiss Alps. It's beautiful.
And you look around and you see the stewardess is coming with the food that you love the most sushi or steak or biryani or whatever it is you love. They're bringing it to you.
And you look around and you see celebrities, the celebrity you look up to the most the athlete, the actor, whatever it is, they're all there. It's a party.
Now, let me ask you a question. This plane, it can distract you. Right? There's a lot of things to distract you. The food can distract you. The company can distract you, the scenery can distract you. But can you ever be happy?
You can feel some pleasure? Yes. But can you ever be happy on this plane? If you don't know who puts you on it? And you don't know where it's taking you?
How can you be happy?
Likewise, there's a lot of distractions in the Estonia. There's a lot of things to distract you. But can you ever be happy in this dunya if you don't know who put you here, and you don't know where you're going at the end of it.
No, you cannot. And so not believing in God. Not believing in Allah
robs the person of happiness, while the activity in the end is the good ending is for the ones who have Taqwa those who believe in Allah subhanaw taala. And for these reasons, belief in God is always enduring. There are times when atheism gets a rise increases it oh was false. You look at the Soviet Union, and they practically enforced atheism on people. I remember a brother telling us the story of Muslims in the Soviet Union, you would enter into
his house, and he had a case a bookcase full of alcohol.
And yet Subhanallah they would move the bookcase. And there were stairs behind it to their basement. What was in their basement, they were teaching Quran in secret. And they covered it with alcohol. So if the police entered, they thought these are people who drink alcohol and they're not religious panela.
As soon as the USSR fell, the massages were all built, even the churches were filled. Atheism does not stick in the hearts, because it requires a loss of happiness. It requires a loss of hope and requires a loss of all of these things.
There's also the argument from morality.
How do we know that good things are good and that bad things are bad. When we hear one day
when we hear that someone you know, we heard this story a few weeks ago
that someone killed a bunch of kids sorry, someone killed a bunch of people and Vaughn.
And a bunch of kids killed an old man in Toronto, he stories were made in the news. Everybody feels outraged and angry. Look at these evil things that happened. How do you know evil is evil? How do you know good is good? How do we know our conception of morality is objective? We have to base it in something.
We base it in our belief in Allah subhanaw taala.
And there are many, many other evidences we can mention of the belief in Allah azza wa jal, but I want to answer some other questions quickly. Before our time is up. The next question that arises is people say okay, I believe in a God. You convinced me there are too many arguments. I believe in a God. But I don't believe that God wants me to do anything.
I am spiritual. I'm not religious. I believe in a God in my heart, but I don't go to the masjid. I don't go to the church. I don't believe in anything. I don't believe God is telling me to do anything.
And this is their way of believing in a creator but not following anything the creator's telling them to do. Allah subhanaw taala says accessible inside are you troca Sudha did men think he would be left aimless, purposeless?
We as humans take care of our possessions. You have a cell phone you buy a case to protect it.
You protect your cars you protect your television at home, you protect your smartphones, you protect all the things in your possessions.
How can you think that Allah would create things and not protect them and not take care of them? How can you think that Allah created you? And he took care of all of your physical needs. You need oxygen. He gave you a world with oxygen. You need water. He gave you a world with water. You need food. He gave you a world with plants and vegetation and fruits and animals that we can eat. He took care of all of your physical needs, he did not take care of your spiritual needs. He didn't tell you how to live your life. In reality, this claim is an insult to Allah subhanaw taala This is why Allah says one math other Allahu Akbar Cowdery. This is a phrase that it's difficult to translate.
Essentially, they insulted Allah. They didn't believe in Allah as they should. They didn't understand the greatness of Allah as they should understand it. They are insulting Allah, why it's called omens of Allahu Allah, especially men shape, when they said God did not reveal anything on any human. Allah says, this is an insult to Allah, why is an insult to Allah, because your see created the creation, and failed to give them guidance, and failed to tell them how to live their lives. But we believe in a Rahman, a merciful God, a caring God, a guiding God, a God who responds to our dua, he would not create us and leave us without guidance.
Another one of the issues that arise is they ask
and maybe the student the child goes into university and maybe he thinks let me take philosophy one on one or Islam one on one and get an easy mark. And then the instructor tells you you're a Muslim because your parents are Muslim. And he's Christian because his parents are Christian. He's Jewish because his parents are Jewish. That's the reason people have these beliefs. How do we respond to this? Course? There's a lot to say about this. But the quick answer, yes, some people are mindless about their religion, no doubt. But we believe in Islam, not just because our parents are Muslim. We believe in Islam because the theology and the rationality of this religion fits with our fitrah God
is not multiple. God cannot be called
Everything's when idle and worshipped. God did not take human form. This is all logical, rational, and fits with us on a rational and emotional level. God did not eat and drink. Only pure monotheism makes sense.
And left alone if any one of us happened to be born and left alone in the middle of the Amazon, raised by ourselves away from human society, we would still be able to arrive at the basic tenants of a snap of toe Hades, that there is one Creator who created us. Yes, we won't know all the details of our religion, but we will at least know the basic tenants of to hate. And all these other religions have these complex theologies that God is one but he's three, that God took a human form that God is worshipped. There's hundreds of different gods, all of these complex theologies, nobody can derive them on their own. They're built over time by different people who add to it and change
to it. Only to Hades is simple and pure, and the person can arrive to it on their own.
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there are more questions to answer, but just as end with one last question. The common question is that, you know, like we said, sometimes the shovel heads, the desires cause people to have sorry, the Shaohua desires caused people to have sugar that causes them to have misconceptions. So a common question young people ask, why is this name so restrictive? They see other people having fun doing this doing that, they want to do it too. This is the shower, this is the desire, they say Why is this them so restrictive?
And why do I have to be different than everyone else? And Allah subhanaw taala tells you in the Quran woman at Pharaoh nurse Well, meaning most people even if you try will not believe he tells you into to Oxfam and fill out your the Luna Karen subete. Allah if you were to obey most of those on earth, they will take you away from the path of Allah subhanaw taala. So Islam doesn't mean you have to be different than other people. It doesn't mean that because most people will follow the wrong direction. So Allah tells you, if you follow the most people, you will be astray. And this is true Subhanallah not only in religion, but in everything in life. If you want to be successful, as a
business person, can you live your life like everyone like most people
are? Do you have to be different? You have to study differently, you have to take risks differently, you have to work harder than other people. Of course, you have to be different. If you want to be better than people in sports, athletics. Can you be like everyone else? Waste Your Time, watch Netflix, eat junk food? Or do you have to be in the gym constantly. You have to be working on your sport, you have to be eating nutrition differently. You have to be different to succeed. This is the Sunnah of Allah, to succeed in your spirituality to succeed in your connection with Allah. Yes, you have to be different than other people. And instead of asking, Why is this lamb restrictive? We
should actually be asking, Why is society permissive? Why is this society permissive? Why do they allow everything? Why are they hedonistic? We know, for example, alcohol is incredibly destructive. Alcohol costs the country millions and millions of dollars every year with people who go to the hospital with medical conditions that they wouldn't have if they didn't drink alcohol with people were killed on the road and car crashes that happen and destruction of property that happened because people are drinking alcohol with fights and attacks and murders that are that are caused because people drink alcohol. We know this factually. Why do they allow it? Instead of asking why is
this non restrictive? Why are they so permissive with things they know are evil things they know that are harmful. Rather, Allah gave us rules to protect us. Allah gave us our Shetty eye to protect us from these evils. And Allah knows better how we should be living our lives and the guidance for how we live our lives. And then if we follow the way of Allah azza wa jal will find peace and happiness in our lives rather than if we follow up follow what other people do, they get pleasures, and they get sadness and depression and misguidance We ask Allah Subhana Allah to protect all of us and to protect our youth and to keep all of us on the straight path and Allah whom Allah it gives us
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