Channel: Jamal Zarabozo
Series: Jamal Zarabozo - Al Fatiha
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Bismillah Rahman Rahim hamdulillah hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala nabina Muhammad wa Sharon de Landa Lovato Dasha shawanna Muhammad in Abu
last night we were again discussing this last portion of Surah Al Fatiha
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And we mentioned that there are four important topics that are implied in this last surah. And as I said, this last portion of the verse,
And as I said, inshallah, we'll discuss a couple of them. So yesterday, we were discussing the place, and importance of knowledge. And I have just a few more comments that I would like to make on that topic. And these are comments that some of them are comments that I made before, but I think they need us to take them seriously.
And that is with respect to the current situation
of our Muslim oma.
And this question of knowledge, and asking Allah subhanho wa Taala, to prevent this from being from among the darling
for quite some time in the Muslim ummah.
The role of Islamic knowledge, in particular, has not had the same kind of precedence that it had in the past. In most of the Muslim countries,
the prestige of getting a degree in Islamic studies or studying Islamic sciences, is not that great. In fact,
I'm sure almost all of you here are familiar with the fact that in many parts of the Muslim world,
it is those people basically who are not qualified to study anything else that ended up being directed to Islamic Studies.
While in reality, we actually need our best minds.
especially in this day and age, when we're facing so many difficult situations and trials, we actually need our best minds, to understand the Sharia, and to give us the guidance that we need. But instead, our attitude towards learning Islam, and our attitude towards what it entails. I mean, it's, it's not a matter of simply of memorizing, and someplace that they may teach it to some extent later. But obviously, to truly understand Islam is not a matter of memorizing,
we need our best minds. And we need our best qualified people in other ways to our most pious people, to dedicate themselves to Islamic Studies.
And the ramifications of not having that are very great for the Muslim.
Especially living in the West,
at least in some Muslim countries, you still have access to Allah, you still have access to people who have taken the time and have taken efforts to study and learn. And some of them are from among the most knowledgeable the people in that society.
But in the West, in particular, on non Muslim lands, obviously the situation is much much graver. Even if you enter, for example, almost any mosque in which they are, let's say three or 4000, people praying or 2000, or 1000, people praying.
If you take that 1000 people, and you see how many of them are qualified
not to give a fatwa or to be much to hide or something, but you just take out of those 1000 people and see how many of them are qualified to give a quality hook.
And the knowledge of Islam is such a dedication to Islam a sense of the day, qualified to give
out a 1000 2000 if you go to many mosques, you'll find that maybe just a handful of people more than that might be willing to give what was it that's a different town different topic altogether, but actually qualified to really give a hook where they can inspire and affect the people.
It's not uncommon, even in large monster flying just a handful of people. And maybe even in that community, they're looking for people to put this. At the same time if you needed someone to speak
and give an intelligent lecture, for example, about computer science or mathematics or physics or medicine, of course,
we go around.
If you need someone to speak about these different aspects, you could find 10s or hundreds, maybe even sometimes
half the most maybe even held degrees in all these other fields.
And this is a sign of the lack of emphasis that we have on Islamic knowledge. And this Islamic knowledge is
They said this is a key to keeping us from being from the bollin.
If we get to the point that we're worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala is not based on knowledge, we really don't know if this is correct enough. What worshiping based on maybe someone you know, this was passed on to us by someone who maybe himself didn't really know, or we just heard something we don't know if it's correct or not, we just follow it.
So we're getting very close to being like the Bollinger worshipping without knowledge.
And as we said before, maybe intent by itself is not sufficient.
If you never took the time, and you never took the effort to learn what you should know, and you have the ability to do so maybe that time intent is not going to save you because actually, that in itself might be a sign that the intent to worship Allah subhanaw taala properly is not really there.
Because if the intent was really there, you would have taken the steps to find out is this how I'm supposed to worship Allah.
So the lack of knowledge is also a sign and can also be a sign I should say, of the lack of intent, especially nowadays, when people do have the means to learn to study, to contact people.
And as I said, the ramifications of this problem go much further than some simple basic issues. I mean, a person who is knowledgeable about Islam, his role in the mosque is not simply just if we need a photo, sometimes we turn to him and we get a photo of
me, many Muslims are poor, they complain about poor participation.
We cannot get people to come to the malls to listen to the lectures and so forth. Well, sometimes that's because the people who are giving the lectures are not really qualified to give lectures. So therefore, they cannot give the lectures that will be useful or beneficial or interesting to the people.
So they're giving lectures which are boring or half what is correct out of that they don't know where this Greg comes over, then how do you expect the people to be very enthusiastic, and want to participate and want to come and want to be part of that program.
So as I said, the effects of this
lack of emphasis on this issue, which is obviously a very essential issue, because, again, if you understand sort of the the part that is directly related to what we're saying, and sort of the the fathia, about keeping us from being among those people who are worshipping and we're not having the knowledge, the proper knowledge behind it.
Furthermore, if you look in any book on Tao, or Serbia, or because get enough some purification of the soul, one of the things that they emphasize in almost all those books is the importance and the benefit of being among good and pious people.
Good, pious, knowledgeable people.
They're not only as I said, they're not only there as a source of for photos, or something like that, but they should be they're setting examples for the people being good influences on the people, directing the people when they make mistakes, advising them and so forth.
So we need those people in our communities.
And we need many more than than we presently have I, the only place I know of that kind of boasted of having a lot of these people, you might remember a speaker from Virginia came in one time and said that in Virginia, they have more shifts per square mile than any other part of the United States. But otherwise, for most places in the United States, it is a question of lacking these kind of people and looking desperately for these kind of people.
And the prognosis for the Muslim community doesn't look very good also.
Because unfortunately, at the same time, with respect to our children in our next generation, there is this emphasis on secular knowledge. Right? Most people don't know most is a fair thing to say here. But many people, many Muslims
are afraid more for their child's secular education than they are for their child's Islamic education.
In fact, you visit virtually any Islamic school, or at least I can say that every Islamic school that I visited within Canada or the United States, they all complain of the same thing that people are afraid to put their children in Islamic school because they're afraid that in the long run, then they'll not be able to become a doctor or an engineer or PhD, you know, go to Stanford or Harvard and things of that nature. Although I don't know if the if the preschool that you send your child to or the elementary school is going to have such a great effect, but apparently they are under that impression.
So we have this problem also. And obviously,
it is the case that you have to follow word because right if you're a parent, you want your child to grow up.
Be able to, you know, support themselves and be able to make a living. Obviously that's the case. But there's two aspects you have to keep in mind. Number one, don't rely just on worldly causes.
As we spoke about before, I think in this series of lectures that the parents step up, and the parents piety towards Allah subhanho wa Taala will benefit the child.
So you rely upon Allah subhana wa, tada, you know, you might send your child to the best college and get him the best education you can possibly get.
Or try to maybe he'll fail in the process, or he might get the degree.
But Allah subhanho wa Taala has made it such that he got a degree at a time in which the market wasn't booming.
So he has trouble finding work, he cannot find work, you cannot use all of that, that you give him. So you have to remember that the real source of provisions, the real source of sustenance, is Allah subhanaw taala is not this worldly degrees that you're going to get. So you have to be careful about going to that extreme.
And secondly, and perhaps probably are just as important, I guess, I should say, is that you must make sure that the worldly goals do not dominate all the other goals, including the knowledge of the religion.
You know, even if you're concerned about your child's welfare, in the future, economic welfare, you have to also be concerned about your child's Islamic welfare.
How many times do parents complain, you know, that their child has 16 become 16 1821 years old, and they have no Islam in them. Then they turn to the Imam of the mosque and complain that the child has no Islam in them, of course, you know, you emphasize the secular knowledge and you make sure that he studied day and night to get his degree and you never made sure that he was growing up with Islam. So now what you expect from
this is what actually what you've taught them, so now don't expect them to be somebody else.
Beyond all the things that you've given them, so you have not prepared them in the proper way and all that they know is this dunya that is the extent of their knowledge.
And when you get into that situation, you have to be very conscious of the Hadith of the Prophet system, in which he has warned us about this situation where basically this dunya is the extent of our knowledge. Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
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Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Therefore shun those who turn away from our message and desire and nothing but the life of this world. This is what they could reach of knowledge. Rarely are Lord knows best those who stray from his path. And he knows this, those who receive guidance.
So obviously, what I'm saying here is not that every child, for example, has to become a witch to head door, everyone growing up as a Muslim has to become an island mom, which dad, but at the very least, you can say that it is a Fudd goodbye. It is an obligation on the community as a whole, to make sure that the knowledge is being passed on. And it is an obligation on parents
to make sure that their children at least have a balanced proportion of Islamic knowledge.
And we need to insist as a community, we need to insist that people that are among the people growing up among us that they are people turning to Islam, turning to learn Islam so that they can be inshallah the leaders of the next generation.
We have to support that we have to do whatever we can inshallah to make sure that at least we are following the steps
to make sure that in the next generation, there are people inshallah, who can lead this oma in the Muslim world as a whole, but at least to have the lead there's different institutions throughout the Muslim world, but also in the West, in the non Muslim lands, of Muslims and systems staying there, they're going to need those people who can lead them those people who will be scholars, and knowing their own particular circumstances.
Now, obviously, the most important means and sources of knowledge are the revelation from Allah subhana wa that
this is the key source for knowledge, the revelation from Allah subhanaw taala and the revelation from Allah subhanho wa Taala. We have two forms of it. One form is the Quran,
the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala it was revealed through the angel devoted to the promises.
And the second form is the Sunnah of the prophet SAW Selim. Both of these are actually inspirations from others.
And so therefore, to save ourselves from being from among the Berlin
and in the long run also inshallah from
Being among the Moto Valley, we have to turn to these two sources we have to take them very seriously and learn the knowledge that has come down through them.
The process has told us and Shall I will speak a little bit about the forum first. The poser sentiments toward this Heroku mentality ml Khurana will know that the best among you are the ones who learn the Quran and teach the
best among those who learn the Quran and teaches.
So here are the provinces elements telling us who is the best among the Muslims, the ones who are knowledgeable of the Quran and pass on the Quran.
And when you turn to the Quran and see what the Quran says about itself with respect to the guidance and the knowledge that it is giving us, Alyson Hannah with Dallas's for example, Sharon Medina, lydians, Isla de la Quran, who then the nurse will be unity middle Hooda will focus on Ramadan is the month in which was sent down the Quran as a guide to mankind also clear signs for guidance and judgment between right and wrong. So we have in the Quran, we have the guidance, who then Ines and we have the guidance which is for actually meant for all of mankind.
But as we know, not all mankind are willing to take advantage of but in reality, it is the guidance for mankind. And those people who do not bother to learn it and follow it and believe in it. They will be held responsible for it. This is their guidance if they're aware of it, but they're not interested in knowing this guy in the smallest manner. They will be held responsible for it who then Enos but at the same time it has also been estimated and it gives the details of the guidance, one for call. It is the criteria is the thing that will show you what is right and wrong. What will distinguish a Serato monster came from the deviant pets of Allah him and a Bali.
Another verse Allah subhanho wa Taala refers to the Quran as
kinetica or hanaa elago Rahman Marina and does we have buyer command since inspiration to but Allah subhanho wa Taala here referring to it refers to it does know.
And many of the orlimar have have spoken about this aspect because when we said no sir often stuffing guide is to the straight path.
For this kind of guidance, as we said we need two things we need to see what is the straight path and then we need something in our hearts that will drive us to have the intention and the want and the desire to follow that statement. So knowing it is one thing and then having the will to follow it is another thing. So some of the scholars when speaking about this verse, For example sada from zen,
he mentions that Allah subhanho wa Taala is referring to the Quran with Allah subhanaw taala has revealed this law because he said it is wrong for the heart. And this role has different from the raw for the physical body and is more important, because this role has the one that gives the heart the real life.
Because there is such a thing as a dead heart and alive heart. I'm not talking about
from a medical point of view, talking about from a spiritual point of view, the dead heart You can find reference to the dead heart, the hearts that have been hardened the hearts that have become dead and so forth. The live heart is the one that is receptive, that is receptive to the command of Allah subhana wa
and wants to follow what is pleasing to Allah subhana wa Tada. So when this Quran comes to those people, it is like the road and the body it says the driving force that guides them and leads them in their life so that inshallah they lead a life that is pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala
so it is wrong and at the same time also as describing another Hadith it is a healing because the things as we'll talk about inshallah tomorrow the things that keep us from the straight path and being truly on the straight path. First and foremost are the diseases of the heart.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala talks about what is revealed, yeah, even as a jazz Kumar either to Morocco, or she found the Murphy suit or Odin Ramadan little mini. Allah subhanho wa Taala says all mankind this come to you a more either, which is like an admonition. Even the word martyr itself also has the meaning and has the connotation of putting a feeling in the person's heart making them fear or making them anxious for something. This is what are more that is an admonition and in that effect,
to heart, so there has come to a more either from your Lord and a healing for the diseases in your hearts. And for those who believe it is a guidance and it is a mercy.
So these are some of the descriptions from Allah subhanho wa Taala about what the Quran is. And it is guidance to the nurse. It is also wrong. As we said this, as described here, there's more Ada which should affect the person's heart, given the top one is heart. It is it is a healing for those diseases in the heart.
However, at the same time, obviously,
it should go without saying but though I
have to stress it anyway.
If you're not turning to the Quran, and you're not reading the Quran, and you're not pondering over the Quran, then don't be surprised if the Quran does not have such an effect.
Don't be surprised if Allah subhanho wa Taala describes the Quran as Who does he try and so forth. And yet you're not turning to it. And so therefore it doesn't have any effect. This is obviously
you're not just supposed to read the Quran, but actually, the Quran has been revealed also to ponder over it and think about it.
You don't just read it. But you should also think about what does it mean? What is it supposed to mean in my life? How am I supposed to apply this?
Allah subhanho wa Taala says, could tell Bonanza, no, he Laika Khun Leah, who is he? That Allah subhanho wa Taala says that this is a blessed book that we have sent down to you, in order that they may meditate or ponder over its science.
And it is supposed to be concentration and understanding of what the Quran is not just reading it simply, sometimes even reading it without understanding it,
reading it without studying it. But you're not only just supposed to study it, you're actually supposed to ponder over
and over meaning take it to yourself and think about how you're applying it. How are you supposed to apply it? What does it require of you, all of these things.
This is how we're supposed to turn to the Quran. As I said, if we just reading it without trying to get the message that is giving us without pondering over, it will not have much an effect on us.
Even if we read up says For example, and this is what somebody else has written.
This is what somebody else has said, That's not going to have the same effect on you as if you get that knowledge. And then you yourself. say okay, now let me understand how am I supposed to understand this for my life here? What am I supposed to do next? What's wrong with my life? What am I doing right? What am I doing wrong?
It's not now somebody else writing this for you but you're reflecting upon the words of Allah subhanaw taala for yourself and your own guidance in your own steps as a big difference between these two types of peace.
So we have to turn to the Quran. To understand it properly.
We have to approach it properly in the correct way so that we'll get two things from the Quran will give us inshallah, it'll give us the end of what is this guidance, what is the straight path and also inshallah it will give us the taqwa. It'll give us the drive and the intent to apply this.
And what do I just described. I've just described the solution for these two problems that we discussed bollin they didn't have the Mongolian they didn't apply them.
But if you understand the Quran properly and you read it properly, with the right intention, it will give you both knowing what is the bath and also fill your heart with the man with the taqwa. So that you will apply it So to solve you from being from among either of these two groups inshallah.
Of course, there's also as I said, the second type of revelation that has come from Allah subhanaw taala.
And that is the sooner the promises
and knowing about the life of the Prophet system.
And as I said, this is also part of the revelation from Allah subhanaw taala. It goes hand in hand with the Quran so to speak, and for our Sunil kita kita will Heckman, you find them referred to over and over together in the Quran or the Hadith or in the statement of the setup process together? They form the revelation that comes from Allah subhanaw taala. So let me speak a little bit about the importance also studying the Sunnah and the Hadith of the process and
one reason why I mentioned this is that obviously everybody every Muslim in the house, they're going to have a copy of the Quran and they're going to turn to it every now and then and read it inshallah maybe no Muslim houses without the Quran and reading it something
Second, a central source of Islam. And second form of revelation from Allah subhanaw taala. The Hadith of the Prophet says that
not everyone has even bothered to find out what are the Hadith and have a collection of Hadith in their home. So they can also turn and study and learn from the headache of the processor.
So it has been for many people, it has been a neglected, although it is an essential source of wisdom, the Hadeeth processor. And in fact, in many ways, Heidi,
and I can tell you this also from personal experience, laughter embracing Islam, some others that I know, have gone through the same kind of experience, sometimes the head if the Bible says no, because the nature of it, statements and incidents from the policy system. And usually they're grouped together by the automa, you read them together related incidents, and more, let's say down to earth, actual events that took place is over, sometimes they have a great effect on the human being, the team may not get at least in the initial stages from the Quran.
Because that living example, you know, seeing what he went through, and then what is spoken said, sometimes it has a greater effect.
And again, since they're both revelations coming from Allah subhanaw taala, we have to take advantage of both and if this can affect someone, especially in the early stages, until he understands more the nature of the Quran and so forth. It is a very important source of guidance, inshallah.
Another aspect about learning the heads of promises to them and learning about the life of the promises. Also, both of them
is that the more you learn about the process, the more you learn about his sacrifice, the more you learn about his efforts, the more you learn about his compassion, the way he was with his Sahaba the way even he was with his enemies and so forth. And this will inshallah increase your love, and your admiration for the Prophet system. And this will increase your desire to emulate the process. And
he spoke about the fact when we say hello to Mr. Kim serata leadin. And I'm Talia And who are these people that we are asking Allah subhana wa tada that we want to follow their path. So we're claiming that we want to follow their path, as we said before, so therefore we should learn about their path. But one of the most important things, as we mentioned, at that time about emulation, and wanting to follow someone's path, is if you really have that love, and respect and admiration for that person, if that love is really in the heart,
regardless of who that person is, that love and admiration is really in the heart the drive to emulate and be like that person is much stronger. So the more you know about the process, the more you will admire him, the more you will respect them, the more you will love him. And so therefore, the more likely it is inshallah, that you will really take him as your example that you want to follow,
above and beyond anybody else.
And this is part of our problem also in the Muslim ummah.
Many people know more about others than they know about the problem. And
you know, there was a time, this may be getting a little old. But there was a time for example, which did this a long time ago. But you can find people having more details about princess die at that time than they know about the problem has arisen
because they turn to the media, and of course the media is not talking about the process. So to learn about the process that may take some effort,
because those things that you turn on the TV that you turn on the newspaper that you read, or magazine or whatever, in general, they're not talking about the problems.
So if you want to know about him nowadays, especially again, in our situation here, you're going to have to take that effort.
And especially in our situation, as a Muslim oma, the entire Muslim oma, the kind of trials and the kind of tribulations that we are going through nowadays.
If we know about the process of them, and we know about what he and his Sahaba experienced, we will also understand how we're supposed to behave in our situation. Now it is
the life of the process, his life with respect to us as like the life of the early prophets with respect to the problem system. Allah subhanho wa Taala says to the prophets, I seldom will call an apostolic a member illusory man with a bit too big behave what Allah subhanho wa Taala says and all that we relate to, you have the stories of the messengers with which we make from your heart. So the stories of the messengers when they was coming to the promises of them, these were making his heart firm when he sees their example what they went through and how Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them and help them and in the long run, make them the only victorious one and so forth. This is all
things that came to the process that I'm in
Word confirming his heart. So similarly as we go through different experiences, if we know about, obviously, the early prophets that we we don't ignore what happened to them, but also about the problems, especially since we have the most detail obviously, about
what he experienced among the Quraysh, and Mecca, the suffering that they had to do. And during that suffering, for example, just to take one example, during all of that suffering, that the provinces had to experience in his time in Mecca, all of the suffering that the Sahaba like Bilal and others had to suffer through
during all of that time, what was the attitude of the problem system?
What was his attitude towards the truth was his attitude because there are suffering obviously, much more than what we're suffering nowadays.
And it was even much more dangerous because of the province our sentiment is gone, then the whole message is gone.
But if one of us has gone shallow, the message continues.
But over time, you'll not find any case in which the province
was willing to give up his main goal of worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala and only worshiping Allah subhanaw taala. He was not willing to compromise it. He was not willing to give up on it. And in fact, the lesson with Allah taught them and during that time, Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed El Capitan Yeah, he will carry on. And it say to the disbelievers that they do not worship what you worship and so forth. And in this statement, this declaration to the prophet SAW Selim, to the disbelievers
that is not worshiping what they're worshiping. They have their Deen and he has this Deen This was revealed to the power system during that time in which he was facing those difficulties.
So it wasn't a matter of compromise and so forth. But it was a matter of standing firm. For this what we said earlier yeah can have Buddha can stain.
And so when we turn to this other source of guidance, the revelation through the problem homelessness in the Quran and the Sunnah, this will keep us from along this path of Serato stumped him and keep us from being among the bollin and also inshallah to inspire our hearts to act upon the knowledge and keep us from being among the era.
So, that was the first point that we said, comes out clearly from this lesson versus the place of knowledge and the importance of applying it.
Another point that I mentioned briefly
is something else that is obvious that Allah subhanho wa Taala is teaching us in this job.
And that is the fact that there is the straight path and there are these other two paths.
And these other paths are really these are actually extremes bollin and model gallium are forms of extremes and the straight path The middle path is that straight path that Allah subhanaw taala describes.
Now obviously, Allah subhanho wa Taala did not reveal the sort of, and orders to recite this order and over and over again,
except to point out to us that we are supposed to avoid the path of Moldova Elena Nepali.
So we are asking Allah subhanho wa Taala to save us from those two paths.
And the fact that Allah subhana wa tada is ordering us to ask him to save us from those two paths and make us understand immediately that these two paths must be extremely harmful for us.
We have to understand that these two paths are the epitome of harm for one spiritual route for one's relationship to others.
Otherwise, why would Allah subhanaw taala have given it to us in this era, and make us to recite this over and over again. So just from reading it, and from seeing it in front of our face like this, we understand that these are two paths
that we have to avoid virtually at all costs. We want to make sure that we are not following those paths in any way.
In essence, we are recognizing that these are paths. As I said they are harmful for us. We don't want them for us. We don't like them. We don't think that they're good.
And as I said we have to do whatever we can to avoid them.
So we are like saying all this kind of data. I don't like this word. I don't want to be on this way.
Again, this is what we're saying. How much we're meaning it's and how much we're applying it to somebody else.
But obviously from the fact or we should understand and see clearly from the fact that I listen to what dad has guided us to the sutra that Allah subhanho wa Taala is basically telling us to ask him to say Look, I don't want these paths. I don't want
I have no intention, no desire to be from a logo below him or darlin.
That probably should be obviously,
that I don't want to be from this path or this path. And who are these people again,
the prime example of the 101, Assad, the Jews and the Christians.
So from this, we know that a Muslim, obviously should feed himself and disassociate himself from the people of this path.
This is what is known actually.
It is actually implied, you know, some people are trying to take algebra out of Islam, you know, and say there's no, you know, this, this is no longer politically correct to speak about these things, but it is applied, actually, there's implied in sort of fact.
Because you're saying, Allah guide me to this, but I don't want to be guided to this path. Why don't you want to be guided to these paths? And why would Allah subhanho wa Taala tell you to ask not to be guided to this path. So obviously, they're not good paths.
They're not paths that you should want to follow the knot passes, you should want to have anything to do with.
And if you don't understand that, from the fact that at least 17 times a day, you make this door to all this man. Without it. I don't know what's going to make you understand.
It was not clear to you from all that I don't know, what is going to finally inshallah Mikkel, understand.
And that's why it's so amazing to me, and sometimes, again, especially here in the West, maybe more after 911. But even before 911, the strong desire among Muslims of the west to
this will require a detailed discussion. So I'm just talking about on a superficial level. But the strong desire of the Muslim community to establish themselves here, become like a political force here, a political community here, and so forth. And unfortunately, many times the example that they point to, over and over again,
are the Jews.
That this is how the Jews did it.
We just become a little worse, and then the people will accept us. This is how the Jews did.
Is this how the prophet SAW Selim would have done it.
That should, of course, be the question, Is this how the poet says that maybe would have done it? Or is this some sign that this is approved by the Sharia?
Let's learn from how the Jews did it.
If you're learning from him, you have a problem already from the initial start. Plus, if you realize actually how they did it, and how they're doing it, it does not through ethical means. It is not through ways that we as Muslims would behave in those fashions,
the use of lobbies, the use of the media, and so forth. These are not things that are open to us.
We don't believe that the ends justify the means no matter what the ends are.
We don't have the same kind of attitude and approach towards others.
As they have, you know, we are criticized for algebra, this concept of algebra. But at the same time, this concept of algebra disassociating, ourselves from the disbelievers also includes justice and behaving in a proper fashion. If you look in their books and see how they're supposed to treat the Gentiles, the non Jews, it's a completely different story. And they actually applied we don't even hardly apply, but by the way, in our but they do, they do apply.
But it's amazing. As I said, It is amazing to hear this over and over again. And I think one of the reasons why we fall into that trap is again, what are the results that we're interested in?
Are the results that we're interested in going back to Yacon? Abdo? Are the results the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala? Or are we interested in worldly results? are we interested in being accepted among these people here are interested in in living a comfortable life here. And so therefore, we're going to put those goals above the goal of economics
because that's very dangerous if we get to that point. If we are so clouded in our perceptions
that the world that goals are so dominant that we're willing to follow paths other than a throttle Mr. Payment based our life other than the Serato monster came then we are both Berlin and we are moved to Berlin
because we are now string we don't have any idea what does it have anymore, and even the truth that is clear in front of us. We're not applying it.
So when you make this dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala
When you make this dua to Allah subhanho, wa Taala, over and over again, it is inconceivable that at the same time you're desiring to follow any of these two paths.
that you're making this do I sincerely and at the same time, you're actually desiring and wanting to follow any of these two paths.
serrato most of them is a unique, a distinct path. And the one who was on that path, he should be very happy that Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed him
to be on that bad because insha Allah is if he's on that path, he is from those people, Melissa hanworth, Allah has blessed.
And so if he understands that, and he recognized that he will have no desire, and no one to be upon any other path, not just these two, but any other path, if you understand what I mean to be on Serato Mr. team, and to receive that blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala, then I could assure you if he understands that properly,
it won't be even a question of what can he benefit from following their path? That won't even be a question they'll have no desire and know want to follow that.
If you are in the greatest role there is you're not going to look at these dingy dusty, old roads and say, let me take these roads, it's inconceivable.
But the one who doesn't realize what a great blessing This is, or doesn't realize or doesn't care that much about whether or not he's achieving the goal of this path, then maybe he might fall into this kind of trips.
And actually, the promises sell him
even though we have sort of idea, and even though as the processor has explained it to us and made it very clear to us, the processor system actually has warned us and told us that this oma is actually going to follow in the footsteps of these two groups.
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the policy SLM said that basically the meaning is your follow, the sooner the ways of those people who came before you, step by step, you could say inch by inch foot by foot, to the point that if they entered into a lizard told you to also enter into it with them.
So then he was asked on messenger Allah, do you mean the Jews and the Christians and he said Who else? Obviously, that's Who's your friend. So this head is the Bible says Adam, is a warning to us that this is going to exist in our mind.
So it's not that the Bible says Adam said this, and it means it's something that we should look forward to or anything like that. But the province SLM is warning us that this is going to occur.
So at the same time, we're making this throughout the process, Adam has warned us that this is going to occur. So therefore we should even be more careful, more alert to what is going on.
So this warning from the process,
even though we have this data that we make over and over again, this should be a very strong warning for us.
You know, like warning sign it is going to occur, is going to occur among this oma and so therefore for us as individuals, and as much as we can for our community, we have to make sure that we are not from those people who have fallen into the trap of following the footsteps of the Jews and the Christians.
So this warning from the prophets, that sentiment is something we have to take very seriously because in reality, we are seeing this around us.
We're seeing Muslims day in and day out,
following in the footsteps of the Jews and Christians
on almost every every level.
Unfortunately, whether you're talking about beliefs,
whether even talking about beliefs down to the clothes that we wear,
from every level we are following their footsteps.
We are knowing the sooner the brother says in the way of the system.
And we are following their footsteps.
And this is not a minor issue.
The prophet SAW sent him for example to this mentorship to have a common for who among whom,
that if someone imitates or resembles or emulates the people that he is one of them.
And he is one of them.
And some of the scholars of Hadith when they wrote the commentaries on the study of the Bible system, they said that that means that he will be resurrected among them on the day.
So this door actually is a very serious drive actually, to protect us from these two paths.
And right now, actually,
it is a very serious time for many Muslim communities right now, especially those in Europe,
the situation in the United States is not quite the same as the situation in Europe,
maybe because the Muslim minorities are much larger, and therefore much more, much more visible.
Now, there's a strong movement in Europe, if you're familiar with magazine, Der Spiegel, they often have articles on this is a strong movement in Europe, about the Muslims who are living there, that the bombers they're there, they're living there, their citizens, they're law abiding. But that's not enough.
They're not becoming for example, in Germany, they're not becoming Germans.
They're still not completely German.
And in other places in Holland, so forth, same kind of movement is existing, that these people have to become
German or Dutch, or whatever the case might be.
Back in Holland, they tried to pass a law requiring that in all the mosque, Dutch is the only language that is spoken in the mosques.
And in Germany, they're trying, they're trying to take back the citizenship of those people who have been there and live there. But they did not become religions.
They did not assimilate completely.
So what this means is that the Muslims there in particular, they're at a crossroads, what are they going to do?
Now, how we ever got into the situation itself is a very sad thing when you think about it, that most Muslims would prefer to live in non Muslim land and, and Muslim lands.
And unfortunately, the reason they preferred is not always usually it's economic reasons, but not always. Sometimes it's even the behavior of the people, less corruption less Unfortunately, sometimes that's even the case. So we have Muslims who prefer to live in non Muslim lands then and Muslim.
And of course, the next generation so forth, their attachment to Islam many times is less and less.
So they are slowly but surely losing Islam. And now the many of the governments are insisting or not necessarily the government's but people within those countries are insisting that they become completely assimilated.
So this is a situation that we have to, we have to realize. And we have to realize that as a Muslim,
we cannot accept any other path other than sort of nothing.
If we're willing to accept any other path, then sort out the Muslim game, then this whole drama that we're making over it doesn't make any sense.
We have to make sure that we do not become like an overly like a balling. And in fact, if you study the other texts of the Quran and Sunnah, there is a strong emphasis on the fact that Muslims are not supposed to imitate others, that Muslims are supposed to be distinct.
Again, not just with respect to what we believe, but in all aspects of life.
outward is just as important as inward.
Because outward also, you show your affinity to someone,
you show your connection with somebody else.
If you dress the same and look the same as somebody else, then there's immediately a kind of bond between the two. And if this is really what you believe in dressing and you think this is the way you want to be, then you bond with those people are the people who look similar to maybe stronger than your bond with others.
If you go traveling by for example, by car somewhere in the United States, and you stop for gas in place, and you go into like your motorcycle club Hangout,
you will feel immediately I don't care how you dress unless you know you're like them, you're going to feel a MIDI outside of the group.
You're going to feel like you don't belong there.
And they're going to treat you like you don't belong there. They're going to recognize at least that you don't belong there.
Now this takes some effort on the part of a Muslim to be that way.
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Most people just want to kind of like hide, especially after 911 they don't want to be recognized as a Muslim. They don't want to be known as a Muslim. But again, like as I said, with respect to the policies to them, when they are facing the greatest persecution, it's not the matter of us, compromising our our faith, and if they want to persecute us if they want to harm us. If our goal is the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala
These things cannot really harm us.
The only things that can harm us is if they cause a problem in our Deen.
See if they cause worldly problems to us, but we're still worshipping Allah subhanaw taala. That's not helpful.
But if they cause us to stray and our Deen, this is harmful.
And unfortunately, many times Muslims forget where the real harm is, and where the artificial, superficial harms.
So you're afraid of losing your job, you're afraid of losing, you know, money or something like that you're afraid maybe even being put in prison.
But if you're worshipping Allah Subhana, WA, tada, this is the key. But if you go and stray from that straight path,
that this is now you're really harming yourself. And this is where you've fallen into a situation that if you don't recover before, before you die, then Allah subhana wa tada alone knows what will be the result for you in here.
And as I said,
this concept of imitation and
discipline disobey any, it goes through all all aspects of life, but that is, first and foremost, there should be a level
which no Muslim is going to allow himself to be influenced. And that goes back to a Yacon ambu. What our aspirations in life? What are our goals in life? What, what are we here for what is our purpose?
At least at that level, the Muslim should be distinct from everybody else.
At least, he's living his life with a certain goal, a certain purpose, certain thing that he's trying to achieve.
So you should be able to take a Muslim and a non Muslim, and you should be able to identify which one is the Muslim and which one is the non Muslim.
They should be distinct in many ways.
But is that the case? I
mean, if you take for example, some of our youth,
you know, their aspirations, their dreams of what they want to become, and what they want to be, like, many times are no different from the kuffar.
The idea that they're going to become a servant of Allah subhana wa tada and put that, above and beyond anything else, not even in their minds,
hoping to land a basketball contract or football contract or become a rock star or comedian, you know, get on The Tonight Show.
When I was a kid, that was the big thing I
don't know about now, I guess, get on MTV, that kind of stuff. This is what they're hoping for, this is what they're dreaming to be like.
So you know, you know that it when it goes down to the basic aspirations, and the basic beliefs, you know, that we have fallen into a big disease, that when it gets to that level, first, it starts with the clothing. And as psychologists have this kind of concept, that if you start with outward, inward will fall. So you tell people to dress a certain way you convince them to change the way of clothing.
So you change their outward and sooner or later their inward is going to change.
And if you can also control their behavior. So you not only change the outward, but you change a little bit of their behavior. And sooner or later you can you can work to change everything.
And there's obviously a number of reasons why it is prohibited for Muslims to imitate the kuffar and to try to be like the coup for the most obvious one is the fact that it's going to lead them away from a salata Mr. Kane, and may lead them
to very dangerous results in the end.
But one of the things that exists is that usually this imitation and this emulation, first of all, again, it is based on some kind of appreciation for the way of the kuffar or for the way of the person you're imitating in general.
You don't imitate someone unless you have some kind of appreciation, right?
I don't mean to pick on rap stars, but suppose you think that the rap culture is disgusting.
Okay, you know, the drugs and the violence and what they sing about all that. Suppose you think that's disgusting.
So the rap culture is the songs, the music what this thing about and also the appearance, the gestures, all that not gonna do anything for it.
All of that is part of the culture now if you think that's disgusting, and you don't like that way of life, are you gonna walk out the door looking like one of them?
Because you, you don't have any appreciation. You don't have any respect.
You don't have any desire in your heart to emulate them.
So when we start emulating a model gallium and a bollin, usually that is based on some kind of respect, and admiration and love for them.
And so we start appearing like that we want to be like them, I want to be like Mike, you know, the expression. So we start becoming like them. And especially as I alluded to one time before, when they are controlling the dounia things, and making themselves look civilized and making themselves look like they are the best people, it becomes easier and easier for people to fall in this trap. And to start to emulate them, and to start to really respect them and look up to them. And what happens by the way, when they look up to them and try to be like them,
one thing that almost always inevitably happens is then they start looking down upon the people who are not like them.
So then when they see someone, just like a Muslim, for example,
they don't like
women, for example, some women who become westernized when they see other women wearing hijab, they don't like to see women when
they look down upon it.
They show disdain for
men who are always wearing an old three piece suits with the power tie and everything else, and they see someone wearing gummies or whatever, they look down upon a person.
So you also have this thing happening when you emulate one people, you have a tendency then to look down upon them. And what then it becomes even worse is Who do you want to associate knowing you want to be coming out of a building and being surrounded by people who are dressed as Muslims, and you don't want to be identified with him.
And if you look down upon that way, you don't want to be seen with those people.
So it's going to even affect even if you want to go to the mosque, and be seen by people who dress like that.
Or you make sure you choose a mosque where everyone just isn't the same way that that you dress. Now the seriousness of this, of course, I cannot. I cannot under emphasize the seriousness of it because in reality, we are looking towards other people to emanate. We're not looking for the people of Sir autumns knocking, we're not looking for those people whom Allah subhanaw taala is blessed. We're not looking for an who was clean with your head Del Sol. We're not looking for them anymore. We're looking and getting our guidance and getting our way of life from other people.
We have the Quran and Sunnah. There's nothing greater than the Quran and Sunnah. There's no guidance, better, no corruption.
But we're ignoring it and taking our leadership and our guidance from other people.
Obviously, there's many points that we can make on this issue of imitation of the coupon and being aware of their different paths. I'll just end with one important point. And that is that Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed this oma, right we keep saying serata Lydian and I'm telling him We are the fact that we are been guided to the straight back this is a blessing from Allah.
Now, how do we treat this blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala as part of this blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala we are supposed to be examples for the rest of mankind. We're supposed to be witnesses against the rest of mankind.
Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in the Quran with kinetica janicoo matamata ito kulu Shahada, Allah ness punarvasu sudo alikum shahidan this we have appointed you a middle nation I said almost all came in between the balance nation not from a non dual Valium not from this extreme, not from a body not from this extreme. We made you a balance and destination also means that you may be witnesses against mankind, and that the messenger may be a witness against you.
Well, this man without also told us in other places that the witness against this will be the purpose of cinema we're supposed to be a witness of the truth, witness to the truth. Now if we're following their ways, if we've given up so much on Islam on the straight path, and we're actually following their ways, and by as they say in the West, imitation is the greatest form of flattery.
So when we imitate them and emulate them, we are basically telling them look, what you have is better.
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so when we meet Allah subhanho wa Taala we're supposed to be witnesses against mankind, yet we're following them and showing them that their false ways are the things that we really like. How are we going to be able to stand in front of Alyssa Hannah with Donna and explain ourselves on this point?
How is Allah subhanho wa Taala going
To hold us responsible that we're supposed to be witnesses against bad guy, and instead of adhering to the truth, and showing the people that look, this is the truth. And I'm not going to give it up for any of these minor things that you have of this union. Instead of showing this we are taking them as our example, how we being witnesses against Mecca.
They want to come on their judgment say these people were following us.
You can say we are a fitna
for the disbelievers Allah subhanho wa Taala has taught us in the Quran to say that I've been a lead Tatiana fitness and we live in a capital of Finland Urbana, in the capitalization hacking. Allah do not make us a trial for those who disbelieve, and forgive us our Lord, though you Only you are the mighty the whites
were our fitna for the blues. Because we claim to have the truth. And we are the only ones left. There's no hope in Him. There's no hope none of Bollinger Bollinger cannot go back to you and find their sources. We are the only ones with the revelation from all that's fine with that.
And so if we are not following it don't expect the disbelievers to. And if we're following them, don't expect that all of a sudden, they're going to turn and say, Oh, well, what do you have? Doesn't make sense.
And the more we follow them, and the more we are negligent of even what we're making drives all this bandwidth out over and over again, and ignore what you're asking for, the more we are fitting up for them. And the more we may be responsible for that, obviously, on the day of judgment.
So this goes back to Iraq in Abu if we're following the steps, we're not worshiping.
We're not doing what we claim to be doing when we say yeah, can I do it, I can stain. We're asking a lot to get this to this bad but we're showing by our actions by our steps that actually we want this to our best.
And this is very obviously very dangerous sign for our daughter to make to Allah subhanaw taala
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