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Al Fatihah An In Depth Study Part 18
Channel: Jamal Zarabozo
Series: Jamal Zarabozo - Al Fatiha
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In the last episode,
I said on a low optical density that should only
come about if we continue with our discussion of this verse from sort of
And one of the first things actually when we read this verse, that should come out very clearly to us.
Is this when Allah subhana wa tada showed us to ask for guidance in the Quran and
Allah subhana wa tada did not leave it
And we don't just ask Allah subhana wa tada for guidance. We don't just say,
but we asked for guidance to something particular something very particular we ask for guidance to a Seraph.
So Allah subhanaw taala is showing us that there is a certain path that we're supposed to follow. So let's start with that is telling us that in this verse right here and give us an optimal stopping, we're asking Allah subhanaw taala to guide us to a certain path.
And just by looking at this choses, therefore, that's the way of guidance is not something open. It's not
any, for example,
it's not the case that anyone can claim that the turn told us 100 God and they asked for guidance. And whatever it is they're doing, they're claiming that this is the guidance that we received from a listener. So someone is worshipping Allah, somebody else's worshiping cows, somebody else's wish being across whatever the case might be.
If it were just returned to a lot asked for guidance.
This could be a possible situation where everybody then could claim that they asked her for guidance. And this is the guidance is bigger.
For example, non United States,
Christian churches, homosexual churches, Christian, with homosexual ministers and so forth. Probably if you ask those people to dress up for guidance before you set up this church and did this, they'll probably tell you yes.
But as we spoke about before, when you turn to God for guidance, first of all, it has to be unconditional and sincere on your part. You can't tell your mind already what it is you want from the guidance and what you won't give up and what you will accept is over.
So when you turn to Allah subhanaw taala for guidance, you have to be willing to accept whatever guidance Alissa $100 just you without any kind of conditions, based on your own belief that based on your produce, and so forth.
And you also have to ask Allah subhanaw taala for that guidance to the path that is pleasing to Him. This is what almost 100 what God has shown us in the form and the sheer sight of it as sort of the Muscatine. We know therefore, that there's one path that is pleasing to us. There's one street that is that awesome and stuffy.
And obviously, this is a job.
By the way, a popular way of looking at religion nowadays is kind of the arm Okay, you're okay kind of theory. Basically anything goes. Or the common chart that all paths lead to God
originates in Hinduism.
Again, when we ask Allah subhana wa tada to guide us to the straight path, we are whether we thought about or not, we are admitting and accepting the fact that actually there is one path that is present all the time.
And this is obviously a draw that we've been making. For as long as we've been praying, we've been making this drive to Allah subhanaw taala.
And the question, of course, that we always have to ask ourselves whether or not we've even thought about what is a circle stuffing? What is the speaker?
Not even to speak about the bigger question of what is my behavior with respect to the street? But what is what is the straight path itself? And why is it that almost 100 what God has commanded us and guided us to make God to this path.
And the rest of the sort of de facto, obviously, is basically a clarification
of what the district does.
We've already seen as I said that,
as Alicia was our first what I said optimal stopping it is, firstly, there's something definite
and the definite case you use the definite case either when it is something specific or when it is something normal, when it is something specific or something already known. And that people already understand and know and realize that there is a path that is presented
that there is a straight path that is pleasing to us. So in this part of this order, it often will stop at the island from it makes a definite
and also the second part of the sort of setup and levina
The developer was the relative clause also is another sign that is different. So there's two signs in the syrup that make it very clear that this path, either it is a distinct path, and also it is a known path.
And what we mean when we speak about, it's a known fact that is the past that all of the profits from Alyssa Henrik Island, all of the books revealed by Alice nanodiamond, has been showing since the first human being.
Let's discuss a little bit about the meaning of the tours themselves.
And Miss Duffy and the seller, if we have an understanding of these words that may also inshallah increase our appreciation of what it is that we are asking you from
the Word of God, and the Arabic language, the most obvious meaning to it is a protocol for weight. That's why when you look at the translations of the Quran, almost all of them even says the word fat, straight path illustrates weight. And this is the most like the simplest level, this is the meaning of the word setup. But if you go a little bit deeper into the words, you'll find it has much more implications towards the neck. In fact, the roots of the word where the word comes from actually is a setup where the scene instead of Assad. And actually there's three ways of reading this in the Quran, that will start seeing results.
So, the origin of that actually is set up with the scene.
And what that means, the meaning of it would set off or where the word comes from. So often refers to like when you swallow something
when you drink something when you swallow it. A Seraph refers to the way and the path that it goes down. So it's referring to something that the limits to it are sets and the thing passes through it very quickly. And almost in a natural way.
And this is where the word sit off with the scene and with this is again based on that word, this is where that word comes from. So, when you think about when you swallow something, if you take water and drink it and you store it, you see that the past is something fixed,
but it is perfect for the job that is therefore and so therefore the thing that you drink goes through it's quick. And this is the as I said, this is the origin of the word setup. So, just from the word Serato itself, it gives you the impression that it is a path that is defined, and it is easy for whatever it is that is trying to cross the fastest cross the path and reach its final goal.
And for example, having said that, in the language of the herbs, the uses of the air, you do not call the podium,
which is a result of the pathway. So today is a more general term. But it is a general simple packet rate, you do not call a trick or path a set off, you don't call a Seraph, you don't refer to this path as unless it meets five conditions.
One of these conditions is being straight, straight and being the right path.
Number two, it reaches the goal.
And number three, it is the closest way to reach the goal.
Number four, it is wide enough for all the people who need to stress versus and it is accommodating can take all the people can come visit. And number five, it is specific for that book.
It is specific for that book. So you could refer to lots of things or even Sabine Pass, but once they're abused the word Saurabh.
Just by the usage of that word, there are some as I said, there are
five conditions that you don't just go any fast, sort of.
If it is not, for example, a straight path if it doesn't reach the proper final destination. If it is not capable of taking the people who are trying to service on it, then you would not refer to it as a sort of.
We see for example, in the Quran,
Allah subhana wa tada
we're referring to the straight path. Data speaks about
41 speaking about other ways
and in ways that do not lead to Allah subhanaw taala the ways that gains results in that positive final goal. Allah subhanho wa Taala either uses the word sorry for the plural or Allah subhana wa tada uses the word Serbian or the plural of Seville. So
so for example, Allah subhana wa tada says one year how to set up
In Moscow payment for severe weather the trivial suit for the forest will become an odd, very cool masakan de la
Dallas's early This is my way leading straight forwards.
This is my way set off in Moscow Pima my way leading straightforward and do not follow when it
does not follow the other path. So let's head on with data referring to this passage, when referring to other paths, the paths that are not those leading to Allah subhana wa Tada, Allah subhanho wa Taala does not use the word set up for them.
So this is a unique usage that we find in the forearm. And another thing that we find also in the product is that when speaking about the power, as the religion as the way of life that is pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
We're also find that Allah subhanaw taala always uses the singular, never uses the plural, when referring to the way of life as a whole, the genes and so forth. Almost always use a singular in that case.
So for example, Serato when it's used, actually, as I said, words that are never used in any context in the forum in the pool,
but also Sabine and others what is referring to the religion as a whole, when it's referring to the religion as a whole the way of life as a whole, then I'll listen Henrik, Allah always uses the single
so you can understand from this that there is one pack there's one correct so the word for example, to use 34 times in the Quran
34 times in the Quran says you ever used in the Crow, the word Seville for example. And
Allah subhanho wa Taala uses them both in the singular and in the flow. Especially as we said, we're speaking about ways that take away from Allah subhanaw taala less than $100 use.
However, there are occasions when the pills used
in a positive sense, but that is not referring to the dean as a whole.
Whenever talking about the gene or the way of life as a whole, the proper way of living, the singular is always use. For example, in one verse in the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala says, Yeah, Habibi, lo minutes of out of water, sort of sit down when you're free to home in a doula market and nor will he be him he was rockin was talking. So here, Allah subhanaw taala is talking about the Quran, Allah Subhana, WA tada guides by it those who are seeking His pleasure, he guides them to pass civil,
civil servants. So here pass. It's not talking about ways of life, religion, different kinds of ways of life that are present with our buddies talking about different paths or different steps, someone could fall in this life that will lead him to peace and security. So it's talking about actions, different actions in this life, not talking about a way of life as a whole. And in fact, that's made clear in the later part of the same verse, in which Allah subhanaw taala says, you put your home in a bull market and he takes them, he takes them out of darkness into light by his will, he left without stopping, and he guides them through path which is straight, so that the analyst has no
dialysis at all.
This is the overall way of life the overall religion, you could say, well, the first one, in this case was not talking about the way of life as a whole.
So as I said, from the verses of the Quran, from the way Allah subhanho wa Taala uses these different terms, it becomes very clear to us that the path the way
to Allah subhanho wa Taala is one way and only one way.
The true path is one way and only one way. And as I said that true path has been the way that I listen to what God has revealed to all of the messages and all of the focus since the first man in the first messengers and prophets.
And in this way of life, this religion that almost our dad is referring to, and they said, it's the same religion reveal to all the prophets, there might be some differences in the city as we know, sometimes between one between, for example, in the city of the Prophet Musa alayhis, salaam and the Prophet as I said, and
there might be some differences in the Sharia, in some aspects of the Sharia some aspects of the laws, but the basic way of life,
the fundamentals of the way of the way of life which is of course, the worship of Allah subhana wa tada and only Allah subhanaw taala and following the prophets and what has been revealed to the prophets, this has been the same throughout
So it is the same path.
Even if there's sometimes some differences in the carrier that doesn't change the fact that they're all along the same path, even with respect to the problem,
even with respect to justify the system, if you look at his Sharia law that is following, from the end of his life to, let's say, halfway through the period of Medina, and the end of his life, there were changes in the city or even within the life of the system, there were things that were abrogated by all of us and with that, and that is according to the wisdom of Allah subhanho wa Taala, no, give a listen. And oh, tada, he may reveal something for one people at a specific time, which is appropriate for them, which is what they needed that time and then for later people who might have abrogated that law.
And even as I said, even within the context of the model session, you see this some of the laws that were revealed to the public system, were later abrogated by Allah subhana wa Tada. So this is all one fall into one passes all along that weren't bad, but sometimes some laws might be abrogated along that one path, but it is all still that one path which is the path that is pleasing to Allah subhana wa.
So when we say sort out the most, okay, we're talking the definite, we're realizing something specific, something unique.
And as applying said, as soon as we hear the word synopsis, we understand some things about it, which include the fact that, as we said, It is something straight reaches a school, and can take those people who want to follow it. And also to something specific for that book.
But all of a sudden, what that also describes it as stuffing,
And stuffing also means something strange, something that has no curves, no bends in it something straight.
So must handle what Dada has described the past both referring to it using the word set up.
Which already, by the way, when you listen to the definition of
the word of Serato, itself already implies that it is stuck in play. But Allah subhana wa tada tells us into a format without any duck,
because Assad should be the shortest distance between two points. And the shortest distance between two points is going to be a straight line.
Okay. So when you say Serato stopping, you're saying that Allah subhanaw taala is describing a straight line and the shortest distance
that reaches the goal. But there's also something else to illustrate that a Seraph by itself does not involve so the Arabic lexicons also mentioned that when you say it will stop him in referring to a path, then it also means that there are no slopes besides the fact that there's no crookedness. There's also no slopes and no distance.
Because the path could be straight. And if you walk from here to level and you could walk straight, but you might face a little difficulty making up some of those hills and in fact down. So let's look at what it also implies to us.
I guess to put in a modern vernacular is the road is very smooth. It's not just straight, it is smooth, to something easy to follow.
So the path is straight. And that by itself tells us it is the shortest path.
And it is something smooth
and implying that it is something easy for the people who want to follow it.
So this is in this verse in the Quran, which Allah subhanaw taala has already told us if he's manga Rahim
is coming down to this verse, in which we are asking Allah subhanaw taala for the guidance and what not to follow Allah subhana wa Taala and his mercy has made that path that we're supposed to follow.
As we said, it is the straightest path.
It is the path that leads us towards a goal
and it is also something smooth and shallow, something that is easy to follow. There's a number of implications that we can get from the fact that it is a Seraph and the fact that it is and must have been.
So some of the scores for example, they said that it is the shortest path.
something stuck in something straight, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
So what can we understand from that? Some of the scholars said that one of the understandings that we can get the lead is that even if someone is not able to perform a loss of actions, loss of beats, he may still inshallah be able to reach his goal.
dismission if it is a very long path and may mean that you have to go through lots of deeds loss of exercise loss of energy to reach your goal, but since this is the shortest goal, and I'll listen I know what God has given us this expression in such a way that we understand that it is something reachable,
it is something reachable
and even inshallah, even if we do not have the greatest number of actions inshallah it will be something reachable for us. And in general, obviously, it will be the safest and easiest path. The path which is straight isn't smooth.
And it would no curves, no bends, no hairpin curves.
No, no high dissension, all of a sudden coming down, I listen to what God is showing us that it is a safe path to the safe path.
It is an easy path.
Also, as Rosie pointed out when we make this dry, so listen Hello data.
We've already turning to Allah subhana wa darland humility and admitting to us out of the fact that we do not have ability unless Allah subhanaw taala uses those ability. So now all of a sudden what God has guided us to ask Allah subhanaw taala to show us the path which requires the least amount of effort actually listen to what God has guided us to show us. Joshua listen Hurtado for that path innovation school. But it requires the least amount of effort as if we are, and many again told us network data, we do not have the ability We are weak, have mercy on us, give us some of your mercy by giving us that path that will sell it take the least amount of effort on our part, and still give
us the results that we are hoping for still allowing us to reach that goal.
However, at the same time, also, as Rosie pointed out, if we take advantage of the fact that it is a smooth and easy path, and the fastest storage destination, we should take advantage of that. And we should realize that that this is the mercy from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And follow that up.
At the same time, though, we have to realize that if it is a straight path like this in a smooth and easy tap dummies, there's no rules and no excuse for confusion and leaving that path.
It is not a confusing path that is not something difficult for you to see.
If it was a confusing path,
maybe then we could say well, I tried but I cannot find the fact that is too difficult. The curve here begins here and goes up here and you're left over there. I couldn't follow this path.
But also I know what God has made it a very clear path. Well, let's head over to Allah in the Quran has made the Quran a clear book, as soon as a father so Sanam is a clear way. So in reality, you have to take advantage of the fact that it is a career path and realize that if we do not, then this is again a kind of proof against us. Because the path is not confusing. It's not difficult. So if you choose not to follow that path, basically the only way you could get lost on that path. Another way of looking at the only way you could get lost on that path. The only way you can make it through that path is if you yourself decide you don't want to.
If you make that kind of decision, then you could lose yourself But otherwise, the nature of the past itself, there's no excuse.
There's no excuse.
Allah subhanaw taala knows our nature, our abilities. Allah subhanaw taala has made this religion this tap Russ has told us that he hasn't put any hardships in it.
So a circle must have been actually is also telling us hamdulillah zz we can achieve it. But at the same time it is telling us that if we don't achieve it, if we don't follow it is actually our own forces nothing. There's nothing in the path itself.
That makes it difficult. It makes you something that you will not be able to traverse.
So this is the path that we are asking for from Allah subhana wa tada to guide us to put us on to show us the ways to help us along that path. As we said all of that is included in the end when we say
it is an easy path. Another possible implication of that also is that it is a path that is consistent with our nation.
It is the fact that is consistent with our nation we know that
Allah subhanaw taala is greeted us upon to heed the promises Adam has told us that every child is born a Muslim.
So it is something that is consistent with our mission. We don't have to literally get bent out of shape or to do
Go to things like for example, the monk
in the Buddhist curriculum.
While I was thinking more Christian monks, okay Buddhist monks, also, the nuns, for example, the Christian monks, if you study them, they went to an extreme, they change the nature, supposedly to follow path. It was an aircraft, we all know it was an empath. But the thing is that they were trying to change the nature, you know, give up women, for example, and give up all the things that are within the nature of human beings.
God has given us a path that does not go against our nature, it is an easy path that often goes towards in themselves, as I said, they have a lot of implications to them. A lot of implications to them, that should make us turn again to Allah subhanaw taala. And praise and think Allah Subhana, WA Tada, and try even more to be faithful servants of Allah subhanaw taala.
And when we think about,
of course, even if the path is easy, and the path is clear, as I said, there's no defects in the path.
as I alluded to, if the person doesn't have the intention to follow the path,
or the person allows themselves to get distracted from the path,
then it is possible that he will stray from the path.
No matter how easy the path is, this is very possible.
If someone, for example, wanted to fly from Los Angeles to New York, to have direct flights from Los Angeles to practically pretty much on the street, from Los Angeles to New York, well, you have to take into consideration that when and stuff like that, but otherwise, it's pretty straight. Suppose someone says I want to go, he's in Los Angeles, he says, I want to go to New York. So now he has this option, you can go straight, but he has other intentions.
So for example, he said, Well, along the way, I want to see disney world and the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace.
So now, because he has these other goals, and these other intentions, those other goals and other intentions are not allowing him then to take that path, which is the strength.
He's allowing himself to be distracted.
He's allowing himself to follow some other ways. Some other, you know, take care of some secondaries. It is complete intention. And his overall goal was he wants to reach New York. That's his goal. And he doesn't care about anything else he needs to reach New York. And if possible, the best way the simplest, the quickest way. If that's his really his goal, he's not going to take those other sessions.
But if that goal is not that important to me, yes, he wants to he can do but it can wait.
Yes, I want to worship Allah. But it can wait, let me do some other things. So these other things may distract them so much. They take up so much of his time, they take up so much of his money, and take up so much of his energy that maybe he never reaches you.
In fact, he might go to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and fall in love with Paris and live there for life.
So therefore, he never reaches his goal, because he allowed those other things to distract.
Or he may say, let me just take care of these other things first, and then I'll go to New York. And then he dies on the way
he goes to Florida and then Paris and London London he does. He never reaches me
now is that the fault of the fact that the flights he had maybe the flight already reservation, everything was lined up, not the fault of the past.
Right, he could have if he wanted to, he could have reached New York, and the best and easiest way. But he decided that there's other things that are more important than
he decided that he wants to take care of some other bulls along the way. And so therefore, he never reached his, what he claimed, what he claimed was his ultimate destination.
So again, the path is a Serato must obtain, just from the wording of it itself. We know that it is something clear something very possible, very smooth. But we have to have the intention to follow it.
If it's not that important for us to follow it. Or if we just want to follow us a little bit each day and then do something else also on pick a cycle each day and come back to it. Then we should not be surprised if we're having difficulty reaching the goal reaching our goal of the man and worshiping all the time.
But in Selma if you are serious along this path,
if we're serious along this path, then Allah subhana wa tada will also help us along this
There's a heavy for profit system recorded by the management and how can
I think to save them on this meeting of
the prophets, I seldom said that Allah has given the parable of a strict path global law method, and it also must have been. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has given the parable of a street.
On both sides of this path, there are two walls. And these walls have doors in them. And on the doors or openings, gates to them and under doors is curtains to the
at the interest of the past is someone calling the people to follow this path, and not to swerve and not to swerve. So there's someone at the end of this path, calling people to follow this path, and not sure. And at each door at each gate, there's also someone there when the person tries to turn into one of those doors, warning him that he should not enter those doors. So there's someone in the front calling. And there's also over each door when he wants to turn to one of those doors. There's someone over those doors telling him Don't open those doors don't go into those places.
And so the Profit System defined it with this probe was proposed, I said and said this path, the straight path is Islam.
the straight path is Islam and the walls on the side of the path. These are the walls delineating the law
from the unlock and what is allowed from her arm. So these walls are what is inside these walls are hollow, everything outside these walls are Haram. So if you try to go through those doors, you are going through the prohibitions, entering into the prohibitions of what Allah
has prohibited the color at the entrance, telling the people to enter it and go through the path. This is the book of Allah.
And the one pulling out at each gate and warning the person not to enter the gate. This is the administer wire, wire the life economy buildings. This is an unmonitored that all listen to what God has put from the hearts of every month.
This is the way of the puzzle system as described. And maybe this is an angel we could imagine. But this is the wide Danny The one who is in the heart of every Muslim telling him not to enter those paths. So not only do we have this path, which is smooth and straight, which is Islam. And we have the book of Allah subhanaw taala is showing us this path.
But also we are sincere to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Whenever we try to swerve from this path, Allah subhanaw taala is reminding us not to flow from this path. So the path is smooth and straight. The way is easy and when we start to deviate from it, Allah subhana wa tada has a warner and monitor reminding us not to stray from that path.
When you think about it, all of the factors that we can imagine
our own nature are picked up the nature of the pack itself, the help from Allah subhanho wa Taala Everything is there to help us in Sharla follow this practice of optimal stopping
such that if someone as I said, if someone refuses to follow it, then he is someone who is deserving of the punishment that will result from it.
So by obviously, by describing this path as the state fair,
this implies automatically that there are other paths that are not scraped. There are other paths that do not lead to a loss of power.
And we already spoke about the fact that in the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala has told us about those soon. And Allah subhanaw taala is telling us to follow his way and do not follow the other paths. So this is a path which is straight and clear, but there are other paths out there. There are many other paths out there and they will not take us if our goal really is to worship Allah subhanaw taala and to be true stable dollar and to please Allah subhana wa Tada. Those other paths will not take us to this goal.
Those other paths will not take us to this goal, the process and them as a beloved Massoud narrated the process of one time I drew a straight line and then he drew other lines to the right and left of it.
And he said that upon all these other lines, there is a shift on the devil calling the people
and then he read this verse and we'd read earlier in the house of Solomon was talking with the girl well I
put the photocopy commands to be so here the policy Selim drew was
Straight line and then draw the lines to the right in the left.
And he clearly said that those other lines, those other paths, on each one of them, there is a ship on, there's a double, calling people to those paths.
And then he quoted again this verse, say that this is my strange Wait, follow it and do not follow the other path, this will take you away from his fact on the top of the list.
So the other paths take someone away from the path of wellness. And
this is something I think it is clear to all of us many of the things when we've been going over
many of the things that are clear to us, but we sometimes we have to be reminded of
that there's one path leading to Allah subhana wa Tada. And there are many other types of
and we have to do our best to make sure that we're not pulled or trapped into following any of the other path because those paths, as we said, all of them have shift on all of them have a double of them. It is unfortunate that even among Muslims, sometimes
this concept is not very clear, even among those people who are out making dow, for example.
It's a strange, first of all, if you ask me, not many people have asked me But anyway,
it is strange to see how people deal with religion. Many people deal with religion in the first place.
When it comes to other aspects of life. In general, they'll recognize, for example, if something is a fact that something is true or isn't true.
For example, either I gave a lecture tonight, or I didn't give a lecture
if you leave the mosque tonight, so they say from our time we started eight to nine o'clock.
Suppose I gave this lecture eight to nine o'clock. So someone goes outside, and says that I gave this lecture from eight to nine o'clock, you need someone outside and tell them, I gave this lecture from eight to nine o'clock. And then somebody else goes outside. And he's the same person who says he did not give this lecture from HTML clock.
And both of them say I was there I was present, they won't say he gave it and the other one saying he didn't you. So the human and that circumstance, understand that one of them must be wrong.
Like definitely one of them is wrong, because both cannot be right. They're both saying exact opposites. Both of them cannot do it.
And so they have this logic when it comes to worldly things. As soon as you take it to the realm of God, all of a sudden,
this pure understanding basic understanding, of reasoning that God has given human beings, it's all done.
For many people, not perfectly obviously. For example, is Jesus God or not?
Is Jesus God or not? Is God pleased with people worshipping other than God or is he not.
And in fact, this is what our job was about.
Right, we are trying to call people to the one quest as a Serato. stuffing.
And so we have to make it clear to everyone that there is a slot to Muscatine, there is one clear path. If you want to follow it or not, this is not in our hands, we cannot force you to forward, we will not force you to fall, it doesn't make any sense to force you to fall. Because you cannot force imagine someone's heart, you cannot force someone to believe something.
Either he's gonna believe it or not, he might have something in the heart.
Of course, it's our obligation to convey to the people and let them realize that this is one path. And this is the path that is pleasing to us. And all of the other paths are not pleasing to us.
And we should be willing to admit this and say it openly. When it is in the form of
a trial log, you know, Muslim, and Jewish and Christian sitting together and presenting their faith, whatever the case might be, because this is part of our mission.
And mission to them as not to kill them. This is Islam is very nice. But if you want to follow Judaism, Christianity is fine.
It's no problem.
But if you go to some of these dialogues, you'll see Muslims and I've been shocked sometimes even from Western Muslims at
one time, there was such a trial like that. And someone asked the question that, you know, do you have to be a Muslim or a Christian or Jew to enter Paris?
So this is now unless you're a fundamentalist Christian, which is a kind of a new phenomenon. If you want to be politically correct when you ask this question.
Yeah, so no, of course all everyone's going to go to Paris. No problem, don't worry.
And the Muslims get up and he said, he said no, Muslims do not have a monopoly on paradise. Jews and Christians will also
Well, especially in this day now that was long before 911 but especially now why in the world would anyone wants it because
I mean of Christianity, especially some form of Christianity, which is basically you don't really do much that will take you to perish then why should you bother to get
the zoo is also politically correct because it has all three of them the Jews stood up and said, Well, we suggest Jews also don't have a monopoly on paradise but you should be Jewish, for the honor of being Jewish. And they see
a better as even then the Muslims didn't know
if this were the case, you know of all of these different ways only to Allah subhanho wa Taala
then why did Allah subhana wa tada send these messages and prophets?
And why for example, mostly talking about the Arabs at the time of the Prophet system. Why did almost nine without ascend above mammals listen to these Arabs and fight them?
When these Arabs actually what they were saying above their idols, give us a mug, I bought a home in LA Leo curry buena, Eliza. They're saying that we own and worship desires to get closer to Los Angeles. So they're even saying that their goal is almost not to retire? What's the use of sending a positive and fighting and having people killed? To change the way if that that leads to God of all parties to God? What's the point
doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Now, as I said, I think for Muslims, in general, they understand this concept, they understand this concept that there is one factor.
There is also another thing if you go to the Quran.
Another example you always find nor in the singular and plural much. And
we're talking about different ways. There's only one way of North, there's only one way of lights. But there's many, many Villa darknesses. And if you type darknesses, your spelling curriculums, it isn't the state. But
there's many, many forms of darkness, many paths of darkness, but there's only one path of light. That is very clear. And
also, sometimes when people think of this concept,
another thing that people sometimes don't like about this concept, and I've heard this so many times, well, you know, there's this one path and one water means you're saying that everyone has to be exactly the same. And we're kind of a kind of a society, what kind of world is that?
First of all, I don't accept that argument. I mean, I think that people, for example, in this room are very different. The ones that
I think I can attest to that. But actually, there's another aspect about this stricter
because it is a safe path. But it is also very accommodating. As I said, it can accommodate all who truly wants to follow.
And what I mean by that here is that if you study this setup, and we'll stop in, it's like if you look at a highway, you have different lanes,
might have like a high occupancy vehicle lane that goes faster than all the others, but the lanes are going and they're smooth, and they're going to resemble respect spend in this area. Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us some obligations,
some things that we have to believe in, and some practices that we have to follow.
And that's kind of like a basic, basic thing. These are obligatory upon everybody.
Just beyond that, beyond these basic things, but most of our data has left the door open.
Still under so often we'll stop things to show you how wide actually and how accommodating this setup is for payments.
Once you're done with those basics, so listen, I got accepted open to many ways
that you can advance on this path.
So for example, and most of them might, might not be interested interested in getting getting noticed
might be difficult for him. He might not have access to knowledge as before, but he's very dedicated to behaving in a Muslim Islamic fashion with his neighbor with his friends.
And he makes sure that this clip is good and he concentrates on that. And by that he's pleasing to Allah subhana wa tada and he moves along this path to the pleasure of
somebody else. Again, at the same time spraying and parking he's meeting these minimum somebody else maybe he's not, you know, going the extra mile to be nice to other people. He's behaving properly, but he's not
extremely generous or something of that nature. But he's dedicated to fast,
too fast for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he does both volunteer fast. And this is his way of quizzing.
Somebody else maybe jabs,
somebody else, maybe learning and teaching, somebody else may be dedicated to the salon, all of these different things or somebody else, maybe just a little bit of all of these things, such that they are pleasing to us and without and it moves them along this path to please
even though it is one task, and if there's only one tab, as I suggest, that actually is very accommodating, because a smooth, easy path doesn't mean you all do everything like little soldiers.
But of course the basics are there. Because if you don't have the basics, that means you don't even know where the path is, you haven't even gotten on the path. The basics imagine what you have to believe in the basic practices that will score you on the path of silahkan. So, these things have to be there. Obviously, once these things are not there, then you are string from the fact but beyond that, think about what Allah subhana wa tada has obligated upon us, you'll see that there are many ways doors are wide open along this path, this one path to please Allah subhanaw
taala in other places in the foot on also describes the stricter
and in one place, Allah subhanho wa Taala is showing us the covenant that we made with Allah subhanaw taala the pact that we made with Allah subhanaw taala when we say the ear canal, Buddha, yak and the stain, actually adhering to that, this is what the spacecraft is all about.
This is what the state that all the three there's no contradiction between what we're asking for here and the fact that we made to Allah subhanaw taala just was the goal, which talks about the means and now we're talking about the past. All of them obviously work together a lot for our diocese. In the lower bureau Boku tabuteau had a sir almost nothing.
Verily, Allah, my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a path that history that is distinct from worshiping. I'll listen to what you
all have heard what God also says in the Quran. Another verse that should make us also more devoted to learning about the straight path and being a part of the straight that Allah subhanaw taala says even though To be honest, that it must have been in Arabic Allah, Surat
Bertie, my Lord is upon
us It also is upon the streets.
In other words, Allah subhana wa tada with respect to his, his words, his actions, and all of his actions towards our truth and justice and mercy.
So he is listening to what God is alone just picked up and by following the straight path you can get the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala and, and tell us he Allah subhana wa tada and you get to listen and work on his pleasure, and be here.
Now when you read the books of the fear in describing the straight path, how you see when we move on to the next verse, the next verse, more description of exactly what the straight path is, for just speaking about the straight path itself. When you look at the books associated, you'll find many different quotes about what is the straight path.
You'll find, for example, that the straight path has been defined as following the put on
the straight path is Islam.
the straight path is assumed knowing geomar. the straight path is the path of worship to open Logorrhea. the straight path is the obedience to Allah and His messenger.
These are just some examples of property and some of the other zip codes. Some of
these are some of the descriptions, some of the definitions of what they give us that often was nothing. And this is an important aspect, especially when you read books of this year. And especially when you turn to what many of the early scholars said in the book.
Sometimes they'll give a definition, they'll explain what something is. And there's no real contradiction between what they're saying. They're not saying that it does this thing and this thing only. And so therefore, it's what everybody else is saying is wrong.
But actually, you will find many times they're giving a description, using names or attributes that actually convey the same meaning of the same person.
So for example, in this case, following the Quran, is that optimal and Islam is sort of dystopian, obviously there's no difference between the Quran and Islam curriculum via the path of worship the obedience to Allah and His Messenger, all of these things
Actually are conveying the same means, especially though it is because they are just conveying the same meanings but trying to explain it in different terms. So there is no contradiction between what they're saying. And as I said, this is an important principle when you go to books.
Because this is very common. What happens sometimes is that someone might take one of those meanings, and think that this is what it is. And it's only this thing and anyone who says anything else is incorrect.
That's not true, because again, they're are just trying to express the meaning of it. And there's no contradiction between what there is, and other occasions, the Mufasa again, specially those girls, they might be explaining some aspect of giving some example, to exemplify the concept and not giving the meaning as a whole.
And again, you have to be careful, you have to see that these are simply examples of explaining the meaning. And these are not exactly what the word itself means. For example, when Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran to Moroccan Al Kitab and levinas profane and in Burkina for minimum body ministry woman whom a woman who saw before Rajiv Nila, Derek,
I think we spoke about this verse in one of the earlier lectures, because then those who we chose of our servants inherited the book, but of them are some who own themselves, and of them are some more moderates, and of them, or some who outstrip others through good deeds by others.
So here, we're speaking about three different groups of people those around themselves, those who are moderate, and those who are super others in good deeds. So when the storage explained these different groups, they explain it by giving examples of their behavior. Not saying this is exactly what the verse means, and it only means this for their giving examples of their behavior. For example, some said that those who those who outstripped others are those who perform the obligatory prayers at the earliest times. And those who are moderate pray the prayers on time. And those who own themselves delayed the prayers until the last possible moment, while other scholars and
scholars, when extended this verse said that those who are supposed to or those who gave in charity above and beyond what was obligatory, and those who were moderate given charity, which was obligatory and stayed away from haraam sources, and those who wronged themselves either failed to give the required amount of Zakat, or the NGOs and something caught on and so forth. So these different explanations, again, they're just giving examples. And I'm just highlighting the strike because it is my hope that maybe after these lectures, we take the studies to hear a little bit more seriously shall learn. So when we go through the books have proceeded especially to try to go
through those books that rely on the earliest and most knowledgeable sources, this is what we're going to be facing. So either it's going to be way of explaining the verses such that we're explaining the same concepts, but just using different words like following the foreign Islam following the proper setup. Or sometimes they might explain the verse using different examples of what the verse means. So they're not saying this is exactly what the verse means. But they are giving examples of what the verse means.
Now, what we've seen so far is the goal as one, and as the worship alone is
the means by which we try to seek that goal also is clear, we turn to Allah subhanaw taala and all the other centers Allah for help. And the path is also one and clear, is a straight path.
So from this, and again, referring back to the pro that we keep seeing here. From this, we see that
the community of believers,
when they are truly being believers in adhering to these principles that we spoke about. It is a very united, very close knit group of human beings that are all moving directly towards the same goal of working with one another towards that goal.
When there is division, there is division when one of these three, there's a problem with one of these three, either the goal,
the goal has been violated. We're not really trying to seek and worship only Allah subhanaw taala. Maybe we're seeking other objects of worship, or we're not putting that as a priority.
Or the means we're not seeking help only in Allah subhanho wa Taala but we think other things can help us and we're putting our trust in reliance and other than Allah subhanaw taala or the path
We're not taking this simple, straight, clear path.
And I think nowadays, unfortunately, when we look at the Muslim Ummah,
and actually the politics, I said, I'm told us that the Muslims are more divided into different sections.
And when we look at ourselves, we see this, we see this division, you see this great division, and many people have spoken about, you know, how can we what is the source of this division, so forth, it's very clear, actually summarized, brilliant upon this sort of the product, we say. So the goal has to be clear in our minds, the means by which we're seeking it and the path that we're going to go. All three of these are captured. Right here in this sort of the Quran. As we said, it's referred to as almost
the mother of the book or the foundation of the book, it captures the essence of the book.
And the more we as a Muslim Omar, the more we are sticking to these things will see it in our actions. We'll see it in our collective unity, trying to wish
and the more we don't see this among ourselves, the more we should realize that there's something wrong. And we should reflect upon ourselves, as individuals, as community, study these three in particular, and see what is it that we're straying?
Do we really have the worship of Allah subhanaw taala as our only goal as our prime goal as above everything else? are we seeking help only, and Allah subhanaw taala, as we claim when we say he can sustain, and always adhering to this clear and simple path, the only path that will take us to that goal? These are the three questions that should be always in our mind thinking about ourselves as individuals and also as a community as a whole.
always reminding ourselves that these three questions and it's easy to remind ourselves to these three questions because 17 times a day, we come back, and we say these things go listen on our Dallas airport. At no time should really these three aspects be out of our mind? Because we're always going back five times a day to know that and reminding ourselves of these three essential questions that Alyssa kind of with Allah has captured right here in the surah.
I think until next time, we'll move on to the next version self