Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
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after praising Allah azza wa jal, as he deserves all praise and we testify that no one is worthy of our worship and our devotion, but a lot a lot loan without any partners and that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was his prophet and Servant and Messenger. And after reminding myself and you that's Acquavella being conscious and dutiful to Allah, as best as you can for as long as your life on this earth remains. And after welcoming my brothers and sisters to the house of Allah azza wa jal, a lot about akella to Allah says,
through mudgil NACA Allah Shariati meenal m refect via Walla Wa La Vina Allah Allah moon
and after this meaning after the verses mentioned, the previous prophets and the laws they received, that were partially forgotten. Something remained of those laws but not all of it. That's important to remember was partially forgotten. Allah says Phil majali neck How did we fix things that we sent you after that? Allah Shetty it minute
upon a Shetty from our commandment, factor bhairahawa. And so follow it closely carefully follow this Jedi. Well tabea levina Allah Allah moon, and do not give in do not follow the desires the biases, the prejudice, the short sightedness of those who don't know any better.
One of the most misunderstood words or unappreciated words
in Islam is the word [???]tier. What is shady I mean, the Arabs used to come to the path that leads to water and call it the shediac the Shetty, I was the most important thing to have knowledge about. Because in the desert life, finding water means survival. Finding water means finding people finding water means prosperity in every way. And so the most valued of sciences, if you will, a fact of skills is the ability to know the path to the water.
And so Allah azza wa jal is saying the previous prophets had messages, those messages were corrupted, they were distorted, and then we put you back on the right track. And a love borrowed that word. And he made it as an Islamic term, a religious term, which is our path, our teachings, the Sharia of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was called the Sharia so that we may understand that this is what allows us to come back to the actual good that the previous prophets had the actual good that always existed in our laws, revelations. Why do I say that to follow up to build on what we started in our last hope, but two weeks ago,
we said Why is religion important? We said because there's no way for you to know good, there's no way for you to know good without Allah telling you Subhana Allah tala, you can't know it on your own. And we gave the example of us being unaware of the dangers of Riba of interest because it's normalized. Now, though, they're so easily explainable if we gave them more thought you can to no good without Allah. That's why you need religion. But now we want to take it a step further. Another reason why you need religion and Islam in particular, what's the difference between Islam and the other religions? You see the other religions have many of the same teachings as Islam, for example,
you can find in their books that you shouldn't be eating pork, you can find in their books that family is important. And Xena haram relationships are home are forbidden. You can find in their books that usury interest is also
abomination and evil think. But what did the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam bring, he brought us a system to show us how to actually benefit from that how to arrive at this healthy state where we're abiding by all of this good.
Because knowledge of it or knowledge of some of it is not enough. That's what I want to highlight here.
Because think about it, even without religions, don't people nowadays believe that having relationships outside of marriage is probably not a good idea. It's not a matter of not knowing we all know this, we should be able to see it. The troubled children, the early incarcerated youth, right, the loneliness in middle age, the deserting of the elders, the sexually transmitted diseases, the aborting especially of late term pregnancies, killing infants, all of this combined, it makes it pretty obvious. But how do you get yourself to a place where you will not get sucked into that world, the world of Xena, that's what Islam offered us. You know, it's very interesting that we can
sometimes be seen as Muslims as too uptight when it comes to gender relations. And this is just sheer insanity. You know, Muslims should ever listen to this. Because it's not like the person criticizing you is offering a better system is not offering a better system. sale is too much. You're not alone with a foreign woman, you don't touch at all. You have to lower your gaze even what are we animals, and they criticize this as if their version which loosens the valves between the genders can stop the slippery slope from happening can stop the destructive practices of Xena from taking place.
Alcohol, all of us should pretty much know it's not a fact. It's not a matter of fact that we're arguing is alcohol that,
you know, five to 6 million people die from alcohol related diseases every single year on the globe.
So it's not an issue of whether alcohol is evil or good. It's how do you get yourself to a place where you can actually purge this from your life. Only the Shetty either path drawn out the full system brought to the world through the prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that's ever been able to do it.
You know, he came to us, for example, with a system that purifies us from within, that's extremely important.
That is the bedrock of it all. And then he gave us regulators. You know, when you look up statistics about what is out why is alcohol so dangerous? And how do we get past this, this worldwide epidemic of alcohol usage and harmful alcohol usage? They tell you we need tougher regulators on marketing alcohol, among many other things. tougher Meaning what? It is clearly established that the more you see it marketing, the more you want it. And then you go back to the Shetty of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who said to us don't sit at a table where alcohol is being circulated. Don't put yourself that close to it close to the eyes close to the heart. It's tempting.
And so that whole system is there and it begins with the necessity people think oh, it's no big deal that's not necessary, which is faith to be unconscious of Allah and driven by the day you have to stand accountable in front of him. That is the only system that has ever worked. You know, I shout out the Allahu anhu she said
can Oh Whoo, man as well. I mean for an SU Armenian mufa. Son. The first thing to come down from the Quran were chapters that were short, more forceful, catarratto infosol baina. Home right, the short chapters one after another, meaning those last chapters in the hold on, or sets of chapters. She said what was the common theme of these chapters? The first thing how the individual the psyche was built, she said she has the crew agenda to and now that contains a lot of mentioned about paradise and the hell fire it centralizes in their minds in their hearts. She said for them fab and nursery and Islam. Allah Allah will haraam and then when people became inclined to Islam, fond of Islam
driven by Islam, and its belief system, then the do's and the don'ts, the halal and haram came down. She said, What Oh, can and listen. Oh, well, Amanda said let us know. Let us trouble hum la kalu Lana de Houma Abba and of the first thing to come down from the Quran was don't for indicate how long relationships I just spoke about. Don't drink wine, the alcohol is I just spoke about the people would have said we can never give these up. Meaning just the laws won't do it. And it's so interesting that even here in the United States about 100
years ago, when they tried to prohibit alcohol because they saw it to damages. The law by itself didn't work. The alcohol industry went underground. And it was a lose lose. So they remove the law and they said, Okay, let's figure out a way to like, come to a middle negotiation, a compromise, drink responsibly drink at a certain age, so on and so forth. And they're continuing to tweak the system in a way that doesn't work. Again, the Sharia is how do you get there to that beautiful place, even when we can recognize what is beautiful and what is ugly? Getting there is a whole nother story
that our Dean came with, you know, very interestingly, I'll never forget, there was in 1996
there was this big news story about the challenges that American British tobacco that's the name of a major company American British tobacco had in Bangladesh, because its religious authorities its clerics issue it scholars, were such an impediment, such an obstacle to increasing their sales in those parts of the world. That's why many times people are critical of your religion, because your religion has such a strong command on your life.
And what is the difference between your religion other religions, it is a full fledged system, you pray five times a day for example. So you remember so many things you remember Allah azza wa jal, you you stop on a dime from making money you are connected with the heavens even by way of the fibula that you look at some of the scholars said, You are connected with the rest of the oma, you are connected with modest because you have to cover a certain amount of your the whole system ties together just so beautifully. Without the system, you will not be able to get to those desired objectives. And so the Sharia is the proven path of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I want
you to recognize that we all agree that racism is bad. We all agree that domestic violence is bad. We all agree that, you know, abusing animals without just cause or hurting animals. Without any vet, these types of things are bad, who was able to actually create the society? We're in this these things, these values actually existed? Who was able to bring them there?
You know, I remember in Makati, the prophets of the Sahaba the Allahu anhu him say that one of us in the time of the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam with the Quran coming down, was afraid I was afraid to speak to his wife comfortably out of fear that some ads would come down of the Quran talking about us. Nobody wanted to be that person that you stand for salah and the idea that she has reciting or actually about you.
Because these I did come down there are verses in the Quran about that but semi hollow colicky to God Luca fiso. Jia, your Lord has heard Allah said the one who complained to you or Muhammad about her husband, meaning rightfully, can you imagine praying behind the prophet SAW Selim here and him reciting those ayat and everybody hears it? She he said, and then when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam died in busselton, we took a bit of ease not into Haram, of course, but meaning we knew all the limits, we knew all the don'ts. And so we were a little more comfortable having this exchange. Can you imagine this happening in society? Can you imagine a place where racism actually
doesn't exist? Can you imagine an army like the army of the prophet SAW Selim taking a journey? And then our beloved Mr. Rude saying he stepped aside at least slept with them to relieve himself or something of that sort. And then he came back and he saw a bird at a nest panicking because we took away the hatchlings we took away the babies. And so he said something Allahu alayhi wa sallam men, Frederick are happy feasts are very happy. Who scared this bird made it panic regarding its babies.
All of that was produced in one generation. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam even said to them, let that take you to the web by Karachi. Do not use your riding animals as seats meaning Allah created them to carry you transportation fine. When you get there, get off. It's not a couch. Can you imagine this degree of consideration was
instilled into a whole people.
That's why I would da da da da da da da and who?
He said when he was dying to his camel as the people hearing Oh, camel, you are going to have to testify for me in front of Allah that I never made you carry something too heavy for you.
That was a generation he produced with that Sherry Ali salatu salam. We all know that government is supposed to be honest and government is supposed to be righteous. How do you get there are Obama Mohammed one of the grandchildren of the Sahaba when he was at
pointed as the governor of Yemen, he walked out and there are endless examples of this to the people upon arrival and he said, Oh people of Yemen, this is my camel means all I own. This is my car. This is all I own. If I exit your city, with anything more than this full transparency, this is what I'm going in with. If I exit with anything more than this, then I am a thief. And he answered,
that is the Sharia of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that is the proven path to get people to actually live up to the truth that they discover a portfolio of stuff a lot of money.
Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Luna, Viva La La ilaha illAllah de la sharika Harsha Donna Mohammedan Abba who want to be your hora sudo
I wish to say two things before I close the first of them, I we need to be honest. And it is very hard for any of us to convince any of us that our Dean has the proven path through microphone. Unless we actually see the fruits of this path, this full fledged system.
People are not going to be impressed by it, people are not going to subscribe to it. Unless our homes are different unless our manners are different. And if our financial ethics are different, unless that happens, citing history has its value, but it's an incomplete appeal.
Yes, we see that even though the commitment of the Muslims today is not as good as it was in the early generations, we still see the benefit on some level, like the Muslim majority countries have the least alcohol consumption, according to non Muslim sources. According to the World Health Organization, they have less harm, suffering from these harms than other nations for sure. And that's without a full fledged bona fide commitment the way it was in the past. But that doesn't mean we have a whole lot of work to do. Because the weakness of our commitment to Islam has made it that much more difficult for people to notice this about us that we're different. We have a system that
actually works, that is proven and can reproduce these results wherever it's applied. That's the first point. The second point, and this last minute, is that you can tell by the examples I gave, that we were meant as Muslims to be reformers, to be a betterment to our society to be a factor wherever we go.
You know, I know many of you think that there's no point in being at all involved in the outside world because we have our own problems.
And I don't just mean the elections. And if you insist on not voting between bad and worse in the presidential elections, those are not the only elections. There are other candidates there. There are other positions in these elections that are very relevant to us. Right. You know, there are people out there that are pushing personalities in Congress and elsewhere, pushing them to do what
to finalize our last step, as one of our brothers was saying that would allow them to try to shut down 40% of the massages in America overnight,
by saying they are linked to this organization, and this link organization is linked to a terrorist organization overseas called whatever. This is real. But what I want to say is, and there's no more time to say it is that even if we were not the targets, imagine when we are, even if we were not the targets, we are still obligated by a lot to show people the better alternative to broken homes and financial inequity and oppression left and right locally and abroad. We have to be a part of this. You know, someone told me I have nothing to do with politics or civic engagement because it's also corrupt. If you if you give me a cup of pure alcohol and a cup of 50% alcohol, I'm not gonna pick
50% I'm gonna say I'm not gonna drink.
That's a decent example. But it doesn't apply. You already you're already in it. You have no choice. If you don't do something that is also doing something that is becoming a non factor. Allah subhanho wa Taala said, Ben only saw he was cursed. laietana Whoa, now I'm getting falou for not stopping each other from evils that were happening. Lavazza. makanda falloon Allah said What a horrible thing they did. What did they do? They did nothing. That was what they did. That is what was so wrong that got them that curse. And so we have to be factors we have to be involved. civically locally. Elections are a part of that, but they are not the everything. We need to embody what our prophet
SAW Selim showed the world
The proven path to the well being of humanity. May Allah make that possible. If you are going to participate in the elections today's probably one of the last days you can register if you're not, and don't ever settle for just some elections May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us a full force all year round for good and a full force against evil through the teachings of our Deen allama Freeland ohana la vida Latina Elena mapa de la dee da Silva cebelia robina Allahu Allah.
Allah, Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala Nita
Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik ala
Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Jain