Channel: Jamal Zarabozo
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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillah
wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah.
Dear brothers and sisters, if you can quiet down please and seat quickly, so we can get straight on with the keynote speech for the evening. And indeed the keynote speech for the conference,
the topic of which is a loss final revelation to mankind to be given by shimek. Chef Somoza bozo,
he will talk in Sharla for approximately one hour. And then there's a short space 20 minutes we can have questions which you are requested to write down your questions, there'll be no questions from the floor, only by paper in Charlotte. So please write the questions down. And then some brothers will bring them to the front. So I now hand over to Jeff demelza, Bowser.
Al Hamdulillah, hey,
when are they willing to roll into the center of the
was Mohammed, Mohammed Abu.
Actually, after the previous lecture, son came up to me and said that he apologizes for taking up some of my time from my lecture. So I told him Well, actually, he didn't just pick up some of my time He also took lecture in itself
was the final revelation to mankind.
So inshallah you're going to see me tonight trying to improvise.
So that I don't
repeat most of what chef
explained so beautifully in his lecture. And so therefore, I'll try to discuss maybe some aspects that
we sometimes do not discuss in the lecture of this nature.
I think a good place to begin
a lecture about the Quran is to go to the Quran itself.
And find what Allah subhana wa Taala
has himself said above the Quran
obviously no one is going to know about the product better or more than what Allah subhana wa tada knows about his own speech.
And of course, there are a number of verses in the Quran which are listened to what God speaks about the blonde and describes the Quran
and I've chosen one
in particular to
begin the lecture and inshallah to set the stage
for the lecture inshallah.
Another thing in lecture, I noticed that besides taking all my material as I noted, he must have also did not take a drink of water while giving the lecture is Allah subhana wa tada to give him continuous strength much I love to give lectures of that nature in the future.
Well, let's return to what data says neuron
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O'Donoghue. Subala cerami we have read your home in a bull market, a notary business.
We have Dr. Miller's growth in mustafina. As I said, this is one of a number of verses in the Quran that we could have selected, in which Allah subhana wa tada himself has described the Quran to us.
Allah subhana wa tada says, There's come through from Allah, a nor a light meaning a new law, a new light, and a clear book
by which Allah subhanho wa Taala guides all those who pursue his pleasures to ways of peace, and safety and freedom from evil. And he leads them out of darkness by his will, unto the light
and he guides them to pass the streets.
So here is your handle with Allah. And there's one verse in the Quran has given us many of the attributes and characteristics of this Quran and what this Quran should mean for us.
It is a light
and obviously a life of guidance, a clear book, a book whose teachings are clear, understandable
In a sense, easy to apply. In other words, you can understand what is the goal of this book, what is it trying to teach you, and what you have to do to implement this book.
And it is that by which Allah subhanho wa Taala guide those people who are seeking His pleasure, guide them to ways of paths that are pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala and that are free from evil, passive safety and security.
And it is the means by which Allah subhana wa Taala brings people out of darkness, into light,
by his will,
and it is also the By the way, the means by which Allah subhanho wa Taala guides to a path, which is STS.
And as a chef Salah mentioned in his lecture
if you look at the world around us today,
and you think that we have this forum, and every Muslim will say, and every Muslim will admit that this Quran is the final revelation.
And it is meant for all of mankind until the day of judgment.
That means it is meant for us today in our situation and our civilization, and our life. And it will be meant for everyone after us until the day of judgment.
But if you look around us as the situation of the world today
and you look at the Quran, you do not find the light
of the Quran being taken, and being implemented
and being used or benefited from in the way that it is supposed to be benefited from.
And the way I want to begin
again, trying my best not to repeat the same thing that I
I want to begin the lecture the lecture by asking a very simple question.
A question that we all have to be frank and very honest about
how much of our life
is really based on what the Quran is teaching? And with the Puranas presented to us?
How much of our life do we turn to the brawn
to get inspiration
to get guidance?
Or has in fact, the furan b becomes something
which is somewhat marginalized in our life.
And, as I mentioned, if you look at
our lives today, and you try to think about, really what is the basis for our life? What is the basis for our lifestyle? What is the basis for what we want to do in our life?
What are our goals? What our aspirations how do we behave?
When do we sacrifice when do we not sacrifice?
What do we sacrifice?
Are we actually taking these things from the Quran
and so therefore basing our lives on the on the forearm, but or if we look at our lives, as I said, do we find that there's lots of other influences
that are actually taking a predominant place in our minds, and our attitudes.
And maybe we're not even aware of the fact of how much these other influences are dominating our way of life in our thinking.
When you think about the globalization
of the world, or the development of a global culture that many sociologists and others are talking about today,
we see that in fact, the interaction between Muslims
the interaction between Muslims in a general sense and a wide sense,
the interaction between Muslims today and non Muslims is greater than it's probably ever been in the history of Islam.
Because of all of the global means of communication,
you know, whether it's TV through the satellites, whether it is the internet, whether it is radio, whether it is whether it is media,
all these things are coming
to the Muslim
in such a way that sometimes when you think about economic demand
And even how much we have entered into this kind of culture, or accepted these means of media
without really thinking much about what is the effect that they're having on our lives.
No, Palestinian brother just
recently returned from visiting some of the Palestinians in Jordan.
And he showed me a picture
of the place that he visited Palestinians, basically refugees.
We cannot even afford to put a solid roof on their houses. More like you can call them check the delivery to have like a aluminum temporary roof.
Yet on almost every roof you see in this picture, there's a satellite dish
These are the pilot Palestinian refugees basically,
cannot even afford to have a nice
roof on their house. Yes, they have to have
the sound like this so that they can communicate and be really actually more than communicating taking in the media that is around the world. And of course, it's no coincidence
that the price of the satellite dish, and the monthly charge is very cheap over there.
Another brother came back recently from Tunisia and the same kind of thing.
He said they're over there, they have like 200 stations. And he was trying to convince them that even here in the United States where he's been living for many years, they say,
even over there in the United States. Now, if you visited the United States, there's not that many houses that have satellite dishes on.
Now they're getting 200 stations in Tunisia, and he cannot convince them that, you know, we don't even have this.
In fact, I know that in my neighborhood is like four satellite dishes. And all of them belong to Muslims. But just
because there's another
one, even in the Muslim land itself, you know, someone living in the United States, he might have a satellite dish, so he can see, for example, programs from the Muslim world. But what we're seeing more and more is within the Muslim land,
we find these satellite dishes so that they can take and see what is happening. And the numbers,
they are looking for something.
When you think about it looks like they're looking for somebody, and they're hoping that maybe something that these satellite dishes are going to provide them
are going to give them the thing that they are that they're looking for.
And in fact, one of the most dangerous aspects of this
interaction cultural interaction that exists nowadays between the Muslims and the non Muslims
is that it looks like it's a very friendly interaction.
In other words, when the companies go over there and sell them satellite dishes,
so they can get stations from Europe and the United States, they think they're getting something good. And you know, they're presenting it as a good thing. So it looks like a foreigner friendly, cultural exchange.
Not like the times of the past, for example, like the crusades, where they're going out to destroy Islam. And the Muslim sees that they're coming to destroy them.
Now, the things that they're giving the Muslims may be just as dangerous in a sense.
But the Muslim is not, is not recognized.
not recognizing what is really having a dominant effect on his life.
And if you think about if you think about the common Muslim,
assumed for the time being there's a cone, if you think about the common Muslim,
and you think about the amount of time that he is bombarded with this crucial information
that he is absorbing either either realizing how is absorbing it or not realizing it.
And you think about how much time that same person spends in reading the Quran and studying abroad and learning the Quran
getting the common Muslim
you think the common Muslim gets up a bunch of time he prays while you're in the open the Koran and he starts reading subsea?
Probably not and he's not what I've seen.
Unfortunately, nowadays, they'll finish the slot, till either gets the morning newspaper, turn on the morning news, or turn on the internet.
And, of course, he will give many reasons all we have to be up, you know, in touch with the world and all this stuff, very nice arguments.
Even if those arguments are taken as valid, there's no excuse for
not spending the necessary time and reading.
So we get the generation
and not just the generation in one part of the Muslim world. But as I said, virtually all of the Muslim world now is being exposed to this kind of information and media, even online.
Don't see it even online, it was, you know, virtually closed for many years. Nowadays, they want to open the door for tourism. They're getting all the satellite dishes, almost every area of the Muslim world nowadays, is being exposed to this.
And what are they getting from it?
one thing that they're getting
is maybe some kind of new information science or technology.
Another thing that they're getting
is what we could call pseudoscience.
And he thinks presented as science,
which in reality are not is not knowledge is not science.
But unfortunately, the Muslim absorbs it as being seen as being like fact and then shall give an example.
And the third thing that they're getting,
that seems to me also very, very dangerous, although not many people seem to be talking about it.
But they are getting the
How can I put it to you. Nobody even told you that I can think of how to say
they're they're getting the desire
for entertainment and enjoyment and pleasure.
Not just the desire, but the overriding
desire and wants to be entertained.
From the time that they're young,
they are brought up in this way.
So much so that nowadays, even even the doll was affected.
Even if you want to make dour, this aspect of how people are growing up in such a way that they don't really have to sacrifice. They don't really have to work hard, but mostly they're being entertained. Even if you want to make Tao
you have to be what the calling nowadays infotainment.
You give information but you have to entertain at the same time.
Because if you don't entertain them, people have so many other things that they can do that are more interesting and more entertaining,
that they'll go and do those things and leave even if you have the best and the most important speech you could possibly give.
If you're not entertaining, like shift Allen, for example,
then they're gonna find something else to do.
So I want to
discuss a little bit about
these aspects that are coming to us.
And then remind us of the Quran and how the Quran puts these things in the proper perspective.
And the voice the first thing that I want to mention and perhaps probably really the most important
is that aspect that I already alluded to that when when we have even technology transfer, even transformation transfer of information,
that transfer of information is usually transferred in certain ways or in you know, has to be dressed up in a certain way and given in a certain way.
But the problem really that we are having as Muslims
is that we are not just taking necessarily technology or scientific facts.
But if you look, if you look at our youth, for example, who have been influenced by by this for many years, but even if you look at the previous generation,
you see that also the thoughts, the way of thinking,
and what someone wants to become in his life, his aspirations
the idea of what someone has to be and has to have in order to
what he should consume?
What are his values, his ideas, what is a good life? Actually all of these different kinds of things. All of these things are coming to us as Muslims.
And we are unfortunately absorbing it. And many times we don't even realize how much we're absorbing it and how much it is affecting our lives.
I'll give you one example.
I'm going to mention something that as Muslims, I would hope you know, none of us know about it, but probably every one of us will no one including myself.
And that's MTV. How many of you heard of MTV?
You know, no one's going to raise your hand now first.
Mashallah, Zhi Shan Jaffer, from the old from the old school
is not heard of MTV.
MTV just celebrated its 20th year in existence.
And the last statistics I could find about MTV are kind of holes. And I'm sure that the numbers are much, much bigger than this. But in 1993,
MTV was available on a daily basis to 210 million households in 71 different countries.
That was in 1993. That was before even many of the Arab countries started piling on the satellite dishes.
So the number is obviously much larger nowadays.
especially among our youth. In fact, in one study, discussing MTV by two economists, actually Robert Barnett and john Kevin, they said that MTV may be the most influential educator of young children on five countries.
But if you're familiar with MTV, and how it gets to the people, it doesn't get to them like the standard form of, of advertising.
Even the standard form of advertising, right has some meat has some, you know, little subliminal, subliminal messages that they throw in there, right? Like you want to buy a new car, when they're going to show you the new car, and they're going to show you a beautiful woman next door, right? And what's what's the beautiful woman got to do with the car reality, nothing but well, in reality, maybe something.
You buy that fantastic car, and then there's the woman who goes along with it, you know, you have like an option on the car, you have the standard equipment and then comes off. So the same but what happens in MTV is MTV shows you a set of musical videos.
And these musical videos, when you study them as some people, even non Muslims who study them.
They are as they as they describe them, the performances and the ads merge to create a mood of longing for someone to love, for something exciting to happen, for an end to loneliness for things to buy a record a ticket to a rock concert, a T shirt, a Thunderbird, and the advertising is all the more effective because it has not been acknowledged as such.
People don't see what they're showing.
No, you watch these videos, if anyone has seen any of the videos throughout the years, you see that it is portraying portraying something to the youth. It is showing the youth for example, what is a good life?
You know, when when I think good for the person, when he's sitting by the pool, drinking something and having all these women around him or if it's a woman, you know.
And when I was reading about MTV,
it reminded me of something very important that we see in the Quran, a verse in the Quran
because you have to realize that people will not in general, people will not long for something will not desire something. If they don't see it, and they don't witness it. They don't realize even it's there.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran,
talking about the person among the bunnies royal
from Allah subhanho wa Taala has given many of the things of this life. Allah subhanho wa Taala says 400 Allah for me, he Vz zenity so called levena ureteral, higher the junior year la semana Miss Rama OTF our role in Hulu has been
corollary in oh two way looking over my head on the man and a woman assaulted her
What are you looking for?
Here in this verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala, saying the phone came out to the people with his, with all of his with his adornments.
And when they saw these dormans, those people who did not have a deep knowledge of what this world is about, and what these adornments are about when they got it, they said, Oh Walters, we wish we had like our own.
And those people who had him,
which nowadays those people have him in other words, like those people who read the Quran and understand the Quran, and understand what these things are of this life, they told them, that it's a worldview that the reward with Allah subhanho wa Taala is much better for those people who believe in do good deeds.
And this is actually what advertising is all about.
You keep putting the thing in front of the person
until the person decides or thinks that he needs not only once,
not only wants it, but he needs it.
He needs it for what
he needs to be happy.
And many people if you are not someone, for example, who reads the Koran or a lot, someone who has the knowledge that he has, in His mercy bestowed on us in the Quran,
you will easily be fooled
by this kind of thing that you that you will see.
And unfortunately, as I said, we are at a stage where Unfortunately, our youth in particular.
And I've seen this among many parents, and I always hesitate to talk about parents, because you know, for those who know me, I don't have any children. So it's like, you know, let me just sit back and throw rocks at you people.
But I have seen this among many ghanians, the job of the parents,
the job, the main job, the most important job as a parent, for unpossible.
Save yourself or protect yourself and your family from now fire.
And when the child is still young, the parent has to have the willpower, and the knowledge and the strength to know what is good for the child and what is not good for the child.
And many of our children, unfortunately, there have been there. Some of the parents nowadays are using TV, like a babysitter. How many of you seen them?
Now all the single brothers come to you asking that
especially by the way,
where there's a pressure on the on the mothers to work also. So now you got the parents, the father and the mother coming home tired. The last thing they need is some child bothering them, you know, saying let's play let's do this and dismissed, exhausted.
So just throw video on turn the TV on.
And they entertain themselves. You know, they're finally quiet and they can rest.
But what are they being brought up on?
I know some of those comparisons they trust, for example, the Disney station. You have the Disney station here on your satellite dish.
So the brother answer two questions, right? He has a satellite dish and he has the Disney.
But I'm sure you've all heard of Disney. Right?
So some Muslim parents I've discussed with some Muslim parents. They think you know, Disney is something for children, you know, you go to in fact, you have Muslims, we have Muslims from all over the world spending 1000s of dollars to go to Disney World in Florida or Disneyland you know, they say well, you know, it's for my kids, you know, my kids they need to
when I was a kid, my father would give me you know, like
a branch of a tree and say go to the backyard and play with this and be happy
to spend three $4,000 to bring the children to to Disney World.
So I had a chance to
Disneyworld one time.
And I'll just think it was in a hotel room or something flipping around, seeing what does the media about?
I guess my satellite dish wasn't working that day. No.
So here's here's here's Disney.
They have these young actors, eight 910 1112 years old around that age, and I don't know exactly.
And a little bit older.
And they have them sitting there not as actors but of course, you know, the actors, the kids watch them in the show. So they think oh boy, here's this great guy you know, he's a great He's an actor and all this and they begin to like
these, these people. So
They have the kids sitting there as not as actors, but as individuals, you know as themselves.
And the segments I saw, they are talking about what they're going to do the first time they go on a date, how should they meet the girl? How should they ask the girl out? And this kind of thing.
And this is what your child
if you think you know, you're going to put on somebody and you think is Dave, this is what you're exposing challenges.
I know some parents who are Mashallah very happy that they have no TV in the house.
And then their four year old daughters on the internet all day long, four year old daughter,
you know, they think, okay, no TV, and we have the four year old daughter's on the internet and getting to internet sites, they cannot figure out how they have a daughter.
But that doesn't wait, that doesn't, you know, that doesn't kind of ring a warning bell. They're
looking at the job. I don't know how they did that, oh, Mashallah, I
don't even know what your child is getting into.
And you don't know what kind of effect that these things can have
on the person.
There are some effects that seem, though relatively clear. What is that effect that that I describe
that as they are exposed to these kinds of things.
after kind they begin to be they begin to think that they need them themselves.
But another aspect also,
is that a lot of times the media gives people ideas that they would never have thought of before.
You know, because lots of the loss of the media nowadays is what they call sensationalism.
You know, they need people to watch the show, so they can get advertisers to pay more and so forth. Right? That's the way the TV works, or maybe none.
You can stress that if it doesn't work in Britain.
But in the United States, for example, that's the way they work. In general, that's the way they work. So they kind of sensationalize everything. They look for the strangest things that have occurred, the strangest stories, the weirdest stories, or the most horrible stories, and this is what they present.
And as I said, maybe a person would have never even thought about doing this.
But because of the TV, because the media that he's being exposed to,
he gets his ideas.
And that's actually been the case in the United States with some of the school shootings.
When they talk to some of the kids, the original kid first saw it on a movie. And so he did it at a school. Second kid saw it on the news when he saw the kid doing it. So he did and so forth. You always have complicated murders and complicated things of that nature. And of course, they don't just tell you what happened.
Right? Because they want to get the biggest scoop, right? They tell you what happened, how he did it exactly how he did it, show as many pictures as possible.
And so it presents ideas that maybe the person would have never even thought of before.
However, it also
it also desensitizes the person,
then the person
because, as I said, because of the the exchange between the Muslims and non Muslims is so great nowadays. There are
there was a time in which many Muslim communities were protected from even seeing things of evil.
Not even to think about doing them.
But even in their midst, they were like, you know, what we consider nowadays people who are naive, you know, they can't even conceive of doing those kind of haram things will kind of evil things.
Because they were never exposed to them.
Someone told me a story that once in 15 years back they found a broken record. Everybody was shocked, you know, how did this record get to a person who even in costume as a record player.
Now, of course, they have much more than
that. But what happens is, you become desensitized.
The more you watch, for example,
the more you see women without a job.
The more you see men and women mixing the more you see men and women kissing on TV, the more you see people drinking alcohol, the more you see homosexuals representing themselves, you become desensitized. You begin to accept it as a fact that something horrible
and this is where the heart becomes good.
If the heart becomes is the heart does not recognize America.
As a monster and evil as an evil and the heart is ready to pounce on and try to eradicate then the heart is becoming
And when you see something over and over again, if you went outside right now, for example,
and you saw a British woman, non Muslim woman, kissing a British non Muslim man,
even right here in the midst of our conference, you probably wouldn't think anything of it.
What is even worse than that,
and even more dangerous phenomenon.
And that is that when you become desensitized to something,
and next step can become very, very dangerous.
And that is where you get to the point where you don't see what's wrong with it.
You know, you see your neighbors, for example, you have non Muslim neighbors, you see them drinking every day. They're nice. Do you see the daughters going up with the hijab and going out with the Joneses, you say that, you know, the neighbor, the neighbor's daughter, non Muslim, you know, going out, she's halfway naked, but she's getting straight A's in school and, and she seems to be a good girl, you know, or something of that nature. And then you get to the point where you start asking, well, what's wrong with these things?
You know, just become desensitized. But you can become, you can get to the point where you begin to say, See, or you begin to think yourself that actually, there's nothing wrong with it, you see these things occurring over and over again. And so therefore, you don't feel there's anything wrong with it.
And of course, if you get to that point, then you might do it.
Or your family members might do it, and you won't do anything about it.
Even those things in which there's a text
I personally experienced, for example, with respect to music.
The first argument I hear in defense of music is wildly wrong with
like, you know, logical arguments.
But that's always when When, when, when a person comes to me
and he has in mind that he will he you know, he sing music, there's nothing wrong with it. That's the first thing he's going to say I don't see anything wrong. And even if you tell them that the process tell him
had said that there will be you know, there will certainly be among my people. Or they'll certainly be any people who tried to make permissible Zilla illegal sexual intercourse.
And still can alcohol musical instrument even when you tell them that it's not enough?
Yeah, okay, the promises there. But you know, I don't see. I don't see anything wrong with it. How could someone have gotten to that point?
How could someone have gotten to that point unless he is bombarded with it and sees it and gets to a conclusion that he's seeing it and he's not seeing anything wrong with it.
And as I said,
if we think about ourselves,
and how much of our lives is under the influence of these kinds of things.
However, we are exposed to these kinds of things.
And we compare that to how much of our time we dedicate to the Quran and learning the Quran
we can just ask ourselves really ask ourselves how much of our of our of our being is really a truly Islamic personality?
You want to buy a house everyone wants to buy a house? No.
Looking for every means to buy a house.
Why is it that you want so much to buy houses is natural that you want to buy a natural you have a place to live, this is part of the fitrah there's still certain things that are part of the fitrah.
But sometimes you get to a point you see that it's gotten to a point that whether it is halal or haram, they need that house becomes now a need. All of the laws of brought up applied to the house
becomes a need. How has it become a need?
Maybe because you're living in a society where this is something that is stressed you have to keep up with the Joneses as you say that,
okay, people with the Thompsons maybe I don't know what you would say over here.
And if we go to the Quran, as I said,
and Allah subhanho wa Taala
has really put all of these different aspects that we find among the disbelievers that we find parts of the global culture nowadays
has explained them very well to us and has put them in a perspective that it shall we keep these perspective
seller will lead a very balanced life under the shade of the teachings of the Quran.
One of the things that I mentioned
is, for example, the M or the knowledge that the scientific knowledge,
the technical knowledge,
even this technical knowledge,
and these advancements that they made in all of the physical sciences wasn't
even this technical knowledge should leave them
to some believer, some understanding about his creation. And if it does not lead them to some understanding about this creation, then you know that there's something wrong with them something wrong with their approach, and most likely, there's something wrong in the way that giving you the information and in the way that they're presenting information. As Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran, sunnery him is you know, philofaxy was he and pushing him
away in Allah home and the holy
and Allah subhana wa tada says, that we we shall show them our signs.
And what you could go into further regions of the Earth and in their own souls until becomes manifest to them, that this is the truth.
And it does and that they are getting
should be a clear sign to them. about Allah subhanho wa Taala about the truth of this message.
Yes, it is not. And in fact, Allah subhanho wa Taala has even given us another very clear description of what these people becoming big have become, and what we have to be very careful about because
I listen to what God says about the disbelievers. Yeah, Lomonaco Hera mineral hierarchy, Julia will even walk alone.
I will admit the photography and to see him
he will own the woman avena, whom I love is what we're dealing with.
We're in Kabira Mina Naseby Villa for a capital. Allah subhanho wa Taala says that they know
they have no knowledge of any of the outward aspects are the apparent aspects of this life, but they are hatless
they are heedless about the hereafter.
Do they not contemplate any think about themselves even.
And they have all of this knowledge and they should use it to think about themselves and they should come to the conclusion as Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned that Allah subhana wa tada has not created the heavens and the earth and what is between them, except in truth and for specific specified term. That is what that knowledge
that is what the knowledge should be helping us achieve.
If we are among those people who are taking this worldly knowledge, whether we're taking it from afar, or from Muslims or whatever,
and we can keep taking this worldly knowledge, and we don't feel that it is helping us move any closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala is not awaking anything in us
about the truth of this message about the truth about the creator then we should we should be wondering about ourselves.
How could we be getting all of this knowledge and our attitude towards this knowledge is similar to that attitude of the district's
This is a very sad sign. And as you increase in even computer science or physics or whatever
it is, these this knowledge should actually be something that is helping you come even closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala and think more about Allah subhanho wa Taala and if it does, that, it should drive you to read the Quran even more.
and we are excited all the knowledge that we're getting, that we're bombarded with in all of these forms of media.
Some of it as I said, it is
it is not really known, even though it is presented in the form of knowledge. And we as Muslims, we know there's no noise because it contradicts what Allah subhana wa tada has guided us to and
and many people, again, if we're not turning to the following, if we're not reading the Koran and understanding the Quran, we cannot then really have the knowledge to differentiate between what is really science what is really true, and what is being presented as science or true
Really, it is one of the ways of chiffon.
I'll give you an example, which is very close to a real example. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
You know, you can tell I grew up on TV, okay, I'll tell you that my kids, my father put me from the TV.
As we bought anything before 1976 7778.
As I as I said, nowadays, because of the media, because of the, you know, the global means of communication, you can be in the most remote area of Sudan. And put on your laptop, you know, make sure you charge your batteries up before going to the most remote areas,
and hook on to the internet.
For example, a woman and as I said, this is based on a real story. So um, you know, trying through a Muslim woman, in Oman nowadays, for example.
She now has ISIS with the satellite. This is true, Oprah, you know, Oprah.
Yeah. right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, do you say that over you, Dally back there is knowing what I'm saying.
So the woman puts on the show Oprah, which is, you know, a talk show open, and sometimes they bring, like psychiatry.
So a woman called into the show to talk to the side characters. And she says, You know, I feel unfulfilled, and not respected.
like, so many Western women nowadays.
So she goes on and on, and then you know, the doctor is asking her questions, and then and then the doctor comes to conclusion, that the reason you are unfulfilled, and the reason you feel
unrespected and so forth, is because you are completely financially dependent on your husband.
You have to go out and make a name for yourself, and get yourself financially dependent, go out and find yourself as easy.
And then you will be, you will be happy.
So Muslim woman in Oman hears this
and thinks, you know, maybe she heard the arguments that the woman was making maybe one or two points, kind of clicked with it, for some reason. And then she thinks,
maybe there's some something to that. And this is a psychologist, you know, PhD from whatever University. And then what's even worse, though,
is that if this is backed up
by other women in that same society, who went maybe to Western schools, or had access to the internet before them, and the satellites before them,
or got degrees in these fields, which are so dominated still by Western thought, then they pump up some more, yeah, that's true, you know, he can feel fulfilled in the way that you are, she could have been the most fulfilled woman in the world. But if you poke her up enough that she cannot be fulfilled in the way that she is. Yes, you will become unfulfilled. This is what psychology and brainwashing and advertising is all about.
You can take a person that's perfectly happy to make them depressed. Of course, the job is to take a person who's depressed and make them happy, right, but you can do the opposite.
And then, as I said, this can happen when
the knowledge or the pseudo knowledge is being transmitted to us. And we are not reliant upon our not turning to the Quran and speaking to the Quran and trying to read the Quran to get guidance for everything that is happening in our life.
And much of what this society is much much this world culture now it is.
As I said before, it is about enjoyment. Pleasure
mean really just enjoy yourself Why should you sacrifice Why should you work? You know,
as they used to say, you only go around once in life so grab for all the guests so you can see how many are old enough to see alleys back there just
and in this situation,
then we get to
a situation where there's a stress on enjoying yourself satisfying what's satisfying your desires satisfying your pleasures. Of course, they don't put it in that way.
I put it in the name of freedom of speech or freedom of expression, or arts and culture, right every every people that have culture and art right. So what
When we go back, have our anthropologist go back and find out what was the Culture and the Arts Oh, for example, the people in the Hejaz before and let's try to revive that as part of our culture.
But if we look at the Quran, we realize that there are really two things in life.
There are really two things in life that you can base your life on.
And you have to be careful you have to be you have to be certain as a Muslim that you are basing it on the right one.
You are either living your life on the basis of n.
And it was almost in hand with God as revealed in the front.
And in the sooner the problem
or in reality, you are basing your life on a one on desire.
Allah subhanho wa Taala just juxtaposes the two of them in many places.
I'll just give you one example or two examples.
And in this first example I'll give you is the law of the Jews and the Christians that Allah subhana wa Donnas.
And by the way, all of us, we all know that we make dua to Allah subhana wa tada at least 17 times a day, as you know, lots of hanworth Allah to guide us to the straight path
and to keep us away of the path of goals from Allah subhana wa, tada Ganga with
and those who have gone straight.
And I want to mention this point first, because
we have to keep this in mind in the world today.
Allah subhanho wa Taala describes three kinds of paths.
those whom is blessed, who is guided to the straight path,
the path of those whom is angered with and the path of those who
now obviously, the path of those whom Allah subhanho wa Taala is angered with,
for example, the Jews and those who behave in that manner.
Most Muslims can recognize that these people are evil. And they're trying to take us away from the dean or they have bad intentions. And so therefore, we'll stay away from it.
However, unfortunately, we don't have sometimes that same awareness with those people who have gone astray.
We have a tendency to think for example, if someone has a good intention, you know, I tend to be good artists
that we can take maybe and benefit from them and learn from them.
But also what God has made it very clear for us that at the very least, these people are from the ball in from those people who are misguided.
Can you really expect to get anything from people of that nature that will benefit you in getting closer to Allah subhanaw taala.
If you follow their ways, their behavior, what they have established as a culture
and you should not think that you're going to get anything from people of that nature that will bring you closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala in any positive good way.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala says
when through the uncle who was in the store had the beer led to him
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almost ran without it says that the Jews and the Christians will not be satisfied with you until you follow their way.
Say that the guidance of a law. That is the guidance that is the true guidance.
So now we're bombarded with all of these things.
That all forms of media through this global
globalization that we're seeing are among us. And we always have to keep this
that the true guidance is the guidance of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And you have no excuse to give up that guidance and start turning and living your life like those people who are not living under the shade of the
soulless man what Allah says that if you follow their desires, their ways, their false ways. After this knowledge has come to you talking to the province, I tell him and of course, the lesson for all of us.
If you do this
After this knowledge has come to you after you have the Bron
Bron in my home and I know this from Allah subhanho wa Taala
and I know that it is the guidance that I need, I have no students.
I really have no excuse to be spending 80% or 90% or maybe all of my time ignoring this fraud and getting some other way of life
and living my way me living my life on some principles other than what the Quran
and Allah subhanho wa Taala tend to tell him that if you do that, if you go there ways after this knowledge has come to you, then you will not find in Allah subhanho wa Taala any helper or any protector whatsoever.
Well unless you hand with data
in another verse,
another set of verse I'll take some passages from another set of verses also. And it gives us some guidance which is very important for this day and age.
Allah subhana wa tada says, back Unbeknown Bhima Angela, what is it to be a Hawaiian community?
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for Allah subhanho wa Taala is going to try us, put us to the test with respect to what lesson and what God has given us. How are we going to follow that? I'm going to turn to that and study that and learn that or we're going to turn to their ways and take from their ways and base our life on their ways either knowingly or
unknowingly because we have not turned to the Quran in the way that we are supposed to turn to the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala says what were conveyed on demands a lot what if
Allah subhana wa tada says, again in just between them according to what Allah subhana wa Taala revealed and do not follow their vain desires and be wary of them, that they may be guiding you away from something that Allah subhanho wa Taala has revealed to
you have to be wary of them. As I said either and if you look at who is dominating this culture, or this global culture today, obviously is not the most
it is people who are void of the guidance of Allah subhana wa Tada. And we have to be aware that they may tempt us or they may put us in Scituate. In such a situation that they can deceive us or take us away from something that God has revealed to us in the Quran. And then all of a sudden What are again continues for Hawkman Alia to warn woman acid on an ally hoekman Nepal me open on Allah subhana wa tada says, do they want a ruling
of jelly are the days of jelly are the days in which Allah subhanho wa Taala rule is not being implemented, which is being ignored.
And who can give a better judgment, a better ruling than Allah subhanho wa Taala for those people who are certain.
So actually, in this verse, also unless and what God is telling us
that again, you either have the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala, which is the best way there's no way that anyone can come with a way of life or anything better than what Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us. Or you have the way of genuine
and of course, to understand and to get the way,
from Alyssa, the way the path of Alyssa Hana without and to understand it, and to absorb it into your life. You have to turn to the forest. You have to read and really understand the Quran, so that you will understand what way of life
Allah subhanho wa Taala wants for you to follow in this world.
Well, technically speaking,
I do not have any time left. But
let me just touch on a couple more points well, papers for the questions are being fed.
we have to realize
we're getting mentioned some of the points. So I will not repeat what he what he says.
But I just want to mention some points above the Quran and what it is.
And first and foremost, the Quran is a book of guidance.
guidance, not just with respect to like some rulings,
but guidance of what it means to be a human being, and how you should behave as a human being.
And what should be your goal in life,
especially in this day and age.
When I think about all of the material means and all the wealth that is available to us today,
I'm reminded of two different provinces.
And what have you suppose
the prophet SAW Selim said, in nearly Coolio machine sickness,
in an equally machine fitness, will fit in a true metal man.
The promise I seldom said that every, almost every nation, every people have a specific kind of fitness for them.
And the fitness for my people, as well, and men.
And when you think about that, the fact that this is the last,
this is the last revelation.
So therefore, this
is the one that is going to live through this time in which wealth is so abundant.
In fact, the process
is even in Sabah talking to them directly and of course talking to all
that he feared not poverty for them, but he feared that the earth will be made open for them and expense for them. And they will compete in it like those people competed before, and it will distract them. It'll take them away from their purpose in their goal like it took away the people before. Have you ever seen the dounia the worldly wealth and material means opened up like it is open up today.
You can fit in any part of the world in order anything you want from any other part of the world. And FedEx will get get it in today's
CCL commercials can be thrown into a lecture and you don't even realize it.
Now you're all thinking the next time fitting.
So these things are very relevant to us. This with this Hadith of the Prophet SAW Selim
and so therefore also the message that Allah subhana wa tada one of the very important messages for us in the Quran that I want to emphasize.
Is that our lesson and what God has shown us the real work, the real purpose of this life,
and the real balance that we should have in this life,
and what we should be working for, and every Muslim, every Muslim should be conscious of the fact of what he is working for. What is he living for? The living for this life or the living for the hereafter?
Every Muslim should be conscious of that time.
Is he living through this life? Or is he living for the
cost of living for the hereafter doesn't mean you ignore everything of this life. What it means you use it to help you and to hear.
And as I said, this point has to be very clear in every Muslim Islam, and every Muslim is mine. Is he living through for this life? Or is he living for the house? Because if he's living for this life, then as Allah subhanaw taala has said foreign men can you read the highest Junior was enough to have no feeling him? Mr. Olympia Olympia La
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my God is saying that
whoever is designing the life of this world in this glitter than to them we should pay the price of the geezer and
if you want to try one looks better without it, we'll give it to you.
Not important to all of us. I know what God has. It's like
so if you want this life on the planet, what kind of reward you for your business life and you will not be deprived whatsoever.
But those people who are working for this life, then for them there's nothing in the hereafter but the Hellfire they
Are the designs that they framed in this world and void are the deeds that they do.
On the other hand, Allah subhana wa tada has told us
again expressing both in this in this set of verses expressing both sets of people, men can you read you read the big letter agile OPM and even read some janela who Johanna miasto ha moment.
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Allah subhanho wa Taala says, whoever desires the immediate and in the worldly gratifications we hate him for him from it, what we have what we will, to whom we please,
then we are made for him hell, in which you will burn censored and vanished. But whoever desires to hear
and exerts the upper do to it, while he is a believer, it is those whose efforts will be appreciated.
So the balance in this life,
and especially in this day and age, we have to go to this core on the final revelation for mankind.
That is going to show us how to live in this day and age.
It's going to, it's going to counter all of those things
that we're being bombarded with. It is all in there in the front, all the defenses, all the things that can wake you up
and alert you to all of these things that you've been bombarded with.
It is in the Quran, it is in this final revelation. But you have to turn to it, you have to read it, you have to learn it, you have to apply it. All of these things require sacrifice.
You have to sacrifice your time.
You cannot be sitting here leading things you're going to lead a life of luxury, and just enjoyment and pleasure and never sacrifice.
But you have to sacrifice your time to learn to put on the process, however many ideas we're talking about. And it gives you the impression you have to seek it. You have to put effort out to get it.
And then also to apply before on you're going to have to sacrifice.
Especially when you're new. When you're just starting out just turning back to the dean, just turning to Allah subhanaw taala you may have to sacrifice a lot of the things that you're not once
one of the things of this world for example, that you may not be able to get through Halloween.
You will have to sacrifice for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala and all of that inshallah, to meet your goal that you should always put in front of you. A Muslim should be relentless, with respect to his goal should always be in front of him. You know, you find people who want to go to the Olympics.
They work 18 hours a day, some of them for what
can you just go to the Olympics. And then by the time they're 30, they can't do that anymore. They need to put all that time into a goal of that niche. A Muslim should be even more relentless, and sacrifice even more for his goal. And his goal should be to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala in the proper way in order to earn the pleasure of Allah subhana wa tada in the hereafter and to be entered into his agenda and save from the punishment in the air on that knowledge alarm and lecture open the floor for any comments. Or I guess this question
The first question is, if I've offered my kids the best of knowledge in Islam up to their adulthood, but later in life they were influenced by the Western culture Will I still be held responsible for their deeds?
you're held responsible for what is within your means. So assuming that the question is
the premises correct, you did what you could and then the person chose to follow a different way Well, this is that person's decision you do what you did what you're good but if you laid a good foundation for them shala Don't you know don't give up on them don't think okay is gone it might be just a temporary thing worship on has gotten control over them, but inshallah your foundation will come back as you keep reminding them as you keep giving them time we'll see how inshallah they will they will they will come back. So number one inshallah you fulfill your responsibility, but maybe you have a different responsibility. No
Any any questions that you think might be difficult for me to answer please?
I can't read off with another
question here from Cicero just gonna take them as they come, dearest speaker, why are the Muslims around the world?
Why don't they unite to help the Palestinians? Are they afraid of the West?
First of all, I want topics as close I mean, questions as closely related to the topic. I should have mentioned that earlier. But this is, I think that this question is a reflection of
how we deal with Iran.
First of all, I don't believe
that we will be even in this situation, if there were times that people had strayed from the promise of Allah subhanho wa Taala does not change the condition of a people, which really means he does not take a NEMA a blessing away from them, until they change what is in themselves.
So we, you know, Muslims were very strong at one time in Palestine in many parts of the world.
But as they begin to read the Quran, as they begin to desire things that the Quran showed them, these are not the things you should be designing, then oh, listen, I know a guy that took that away.
And one of the kids say one of the kids definitely, is that we have to return to the way of life that Allah subhana wa, tada has ordered for us.
And that was one of the points of my lecture that we are allowing ourselves to be bombarded with so much stuff, and therefore it is affecting our lives affecting our goals. Maybe even we don't realize that we were becoming a little
What? Give me a give me a word here, please. And
we're becoming let's say, a little Westerner, without even realizing, you know, you ask your son What do you want to become in life? I want to become a basketball player. And this is a Muslim child you know, going through so called Islamic school maybe. Unfortunately, even sometimes Islamic school they don't get what they need. For his ball, he can think of life as he wants to become a basketball player.
Or movie star or rock star.
Back to the brothers questions regarding music, many brothers have musical ringtones on their cell phones. Anyway, words of advice.
And in my advice, rachet Java might disagree this way is already
my what my advice is, you know, whenever you can avoid something which is doubtful even avoid it.
You know what, like, for example, let's take another example. You listen to me.
Take another example. You turn on Windows 9895 2000, whatever Windows you want to do, you have a choice, right? You can turn on suddenly, it can turn on with this Milan or him or it can turn on wisdom, you know, you know, Beethoven's Fifth, right? So one of the options so what do you do?
You don't know. You don't know what effect leaving Beethoven's Fifth will have on you and you don't know maybe what blessings you may get if you intentionally turned it off. So I would say that applies to everything.
From the sister the sometimes my parents want me to switch the TV on which is often has her arm things on it.
Should I disobey them?
Can I switch it on if it isn't something around showing?
And Allah subhana wa Tada.
Scroll down to eligibility with taqwa you should be any helpful one another and things of piety and righteousness if you know that something is wrong, then you shouldn't even if it comes from your parents, they don't have the right to ask. You know that as I said, your parents should be trying to save you from the Hellfire not telling you to do something which
you know they know is maybe haram and you might be involved in it.
I think dances is very clear. Shallow doesn't need much comment.
Any yes or no questions?