Foundations of Islam
Channel: Mohammed Faqih
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It is reported on the authority of Omar
Abdul Fatah, may Allah be pleased with him one of the companions, one of the lead companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him,
about another companions witness, an extraordinary event or moment, they had this very interesting experience with the Prophet peace be upon him and M are related that to us. So he says.
And Amara, the Allahu Anhu call, bein a man of New Jerusalem during the Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
that Aom and allow me to do parallel translation. So Omar says that, while we were sitting one day, in the presence or with the messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him.
And I want you as we go on with his story, I want you to just to kind of tried to visualize what happened here and try to live this experience through
the eyes or the way the narrator of this hadith of this particular report tells us. So he said, we were sitting with a messenger of God, may God's peace and blessings be upon him, that to him one day.
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So he said that all of a sudden,
a man appeared, or a man arrived
with extremely clean white garments,
and stark, dark hair.
No traces of travel, were visible on him. And none of us knew him. No one was able to recognize him.
And I just want you to imagine at this moment, that he caught everybody's attention.
We're talking about a community, a few 1000 people, people who lived in very close neighborhoods,
and everyone knew everyone else.
But no one was able to recognize him. Nor is he that guest of any of them.
And at the same time, it doesn't appear like he was traveling. Because he comes clean clothes, nothing. And in those days, and even now, when someone travels, you would see as soon as they arrive, that there are signs that this person was just traveling that had a rough journey. But this particular man, this figure had none of that on him. So it was very strange. It caught their attention. And furthermore, this man actually walks up to the Prophet so he says,
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So he said, The man walked up to the Messenger of God, and sat down in a way where his own knees the man's knees, were touching the knees of the blessed messenger of God.
And the Prophet didn't do anything as if he knew him.
over our cafe here at alpha TV, and he places
All hands on his, on his thighs
or lap as if just to say I'm here to listen to you. This is an Eastern cultures a respectful way to sit,
especially in front of a teacher.
Right? So he sits and then he started asking him questions. Very interesting questions. So he said to him, yeah, Muhammad, Akbar me, Islam, Allah La Jolla, Mohammed Afghani al Islam. He said to him, all Mohammed, tell me about Islam.
What is Islam?
So the messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, said to him, he started basically relating to him, the pillars of Islam that we know the actions, what a Muslim is supposed to practice what a Muslim is supposed to do, and instead of telling him, giving him a technical definition for the word Islam, he told him how Islam is manifested through the acts of a Muslim. What makes a Muslim is doing the following things.
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So the messenger of God said to him, Islam is doing the following things,
to bear witness that there is no God worthy to be worshipped except Allah.
And to bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.
This is one, number two, to establish the prayers to pray.
And everyone, of course, knew what establishing the prayer means the basic form of establishing the prayer, the least, is that every Muslim is expected to pray five times a day,
on certain during certain periods of the day.
What is the Ka and to give the cat if you have wealth that is liable to the cat, then you have to give depending on what kind of wealth it is anywhere from 2.5% to 10%
of that particular wealth or prop property that is beyond your basic necessities. And then he said what assume Ramadan, and to observe fasting during the month of Ramadan, which is the ninth lunar month for those of us for our guests who are here
to, you know, visiting us to learn about Islam and Muslims and what we do.
And then he said, What are gel bait and the fifth pillar of Islam is to perform pilgrimage to the house to the Sacred House of Abraham in Makkah. In the sapatos La Serena, if you're able to do so, physically and financially, so he told her the five pillars of Islam.
The man said to him, Allah so that
you're called Omar Sergiev Nana, Who is Allah Who was
the man said to him, you spoke the truth, Muhammad. Last true. So he affirms what the Prophet said, almost said that we were dumbfounded. We were puzzled by this. He asks a question and then he actually affirms it. Like as if he knew the answer. Why was he asked him in the first place? Now he got he has their total like they're totally attentive. They have full attention. This is a very interesting conversation taking place between the messenger of God and this very mysterious man. Then He further said he asked him another question he said to him, filofax Verni annual Iman, tell me about Iman.
And Eman has a technical definition. According to Muslims, the theologians that Eman is basically a conviction in the heart to believe in your heart, right? And you affirm that through your verbal expressions, and you act upon your faith. It is something that increases it's something in the heart but it's actually increases when you do good and it could actually diminish if you do evil. This is just a technical definition of the word Eman. Eman in of itself. It means faith to believe in something out of knowledge and the differences
but it's not faith that is based on just,
you know, feelings, or emotional attachment, but rather faith that is founded upon knowledge upon certainty. But the Prophet didn't define the word Eman for him. And instead the messenger of God actually what he did. He related to him the primary articles of faith, again, what a true believer should believe him.
So the first set of
articles or elements that he mentioned to him, were actions, outwardly things. Now we're going into the heart. What defines a believer?
The actions, the five pillars of Islam that we talked about, what kind of a person is supposed to be practicing these things?
In order for them to be really count and to really, you know, contribute to your growth, your spiritual growth, what kind of faith? What kind of faith are you supposed to have? And the messenger of God tells him about the articles of faith. And this is what defines a believer in Islam. He said to him the following quarter and taught me the biller formula at work, which will be he will Rosalie he will yo mil F here, what does that mean? I will further inquiry he was sorry. He said to him, it is to believe in God.
And in the angels,
and in the Scriptures, the divine Scriptures, and the prophets and messengers, and to believe in the last day,
right, in the last day, the day of judgment, Day of Resurrection and everything that is related to it, and to believe in kadar. And I intentionally say padar, sometimes translated as destiny or decree to believe in other hiree he was sharing the good and the evil, to believe in these articles of faith and to accept them.
Then he said to him again, so that
you spoke the truth, or he affirms the validity of this answer.
Then Omar continues to say the man asked another question, he said, for Bernie, and Sam, tell me about yourself. And again, very hard to translate this word because again, literally it means to beautify or to do good, or to excel, all of these meanings are embedded in the word iStan, which means to do virtue or good and beautified at the highest level of excellence, to perform good. So he says, Tell me about SN.
The Messenger of God gives him
this following profound and powerful answer. He said to him, Paola and terrible de la haka, Anna Katara.
And that would Allah can Nicotra it is to worship God,
as if you see him
to worship God, as if you see him
for inlanta, Contura, who faina Hirak. And though you can't see him, you know for sure that he sees you. And that's what matters. So it is to be in a state of awareness. 24/7. Right, constantly, that whatever you do,
for God, whatever you do for yourself, whatever you do, for or to other people, is being monitored and watched by your Creator.
And you start doing things
for the sake of this creator
at the highest level of excellence.
So he said to him,
first Bernie aniseh. So he said to him, tell me about the hour. And the hour here is a reference to the the end of this world or life and the beginning of the day of judgment. When is that going to come? So the messenger of God said to him, out of Albania, and he said at the parliament Masuda unhappy and Mr. Mina said, so he said to him, Well, the person being questioned, meaning him, the Messenger of God
knows no more than the questioner.
So in other words, he's telling him I don't know more about it, then, you know.
So in other words, we don't know. Only God knows.
Then he said to him, Mr. RT Ha, so tell me about its signs, the precursors that what is going to happen, the events leading
to it, and the messenger of God chose to tell him two sides, both of which are the way they're worded. They're kind of mysterious.
Right? The Messenger of God and the scholars tried to basically explain what they mean. And tonight we're going to elaborate on that and talk about it in detail. So join us for tonight's session. Paula and Telly dilemma to a better ha.
He said that
a slave woman
will give birth to her mistress, a time will come where
the slave woman is going to give birth to her mistress.
And, again, as I said, scholars have different interpretations. Right as to what this means? Is it a metaphor of some kind, and we'll talk about that tonight. 1/3 who felt a little rattle elettaria che UTapao Aluna Phil Bonilla, he said, And you shall see the barefooted, naked.
Shepherds, shepherds, keepers of sheep and cattles
competing in building high rise buildings and skyscrapers. I mean, he didn't say skyscrapers, but he said high rise buildings.
And many scholars, especially contemporary scholars, they said, We have seen this and we're seeing it and it continues to happen.
So monk Pollock, Omar says, Then this man got up and he left. He disappeared.
Fell abyss to Maria and he said, I waited for some time, or we waited some time. Scholars differ as to how long it was.
You know, I'm gonna said and there was a pause or there was a period how long was it? Was it in the same setting? Or was it a few hours later or a few days later? Only Allah knows. There are different narrations. And Omar said from Nepal, the Messenger of God said to me Yama, I said to the minister, or Omar, do you know who the person who was asking these questions? What was the you know who the questioner was?
I'm gonna set the call to Allahu wa rasuluh on him. I said to him, God and messenger God and His Messenger know best, I don't know.
He said for Inna, who Gibreel that was none other than Gibreel Gabriel, the angel, the Archangel attack coming up Lemo come, Dina come, he came to teach you your religion. And this is precisely what that why this hadith is considered to be foundational. In Islam. scholars consider this to be one of the most if not the most important. narrations narrated to us and witnessed by many of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam many of us want to over this hadith when we were young. Some of us memorize it. I don't even remember how old I was when I memorized it.
But this hadith is something that we need to reflect upon and study.
And we continue to do this at different stages because as you age and you mature and you progress in life, you realize how relevant many aspects of this particular narration
are? I ask Allah azza wa jal to make you an eye of those who listen and follow the best of where they listen to Akula The poll was some fear Allah Allah confessor ferrovia Fila come in the HoH Allah for Rahim.
Al hamdu Lillahi wa salatu salam ala everybody letting him suffer, Praise be to Allah made his peace and blessings be upon His Prophet and his messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Many of us 20 years ago
the events of 911 around this time.
But yet we have a lot of people who were not part of that history, many of our young went out there and don't realize
what it was like and did not have to experience what it was like to be Muslim. In the post 911
There were some bad experiences but there was a lot of good that also came out of that.
And I don't intend to talk about this in detail. I just want to say that now. We have an opportunity
with generations of Muslims and non Muslims that did not live that whose lives were not necessarily shaped by
I are affected by the tragic events of that day.
And now we have an opportunity to talk about Islam, and who we are as Muslims. And as a community of American Muslims living here,
we have an opportunity
the teachings of our religion and action.
And one of these outcomes of of some of these events that happened was that the Muslim community and our non Muslim neighbors or
friends and came closer started to see the necessary that the need to get to know one another. And one of these projects and I wasn't part of this community when this started, but back in California, where I came from, we had
these events taking place for more than 15 years of Hamdulillah. And they were very successful and the community was very responsive, and I just want to take seize the opportunity to really thank those of you who responded to our animal blood drive, right?
We are a loss of data and the Quran tells us that in the Scripture, Allah subhanaw taala says that whoever saves a life
whoever saves a life, human life is as if it is equal. It's equivalent to saving humanity. maniacally daddy hackers have been out of any straw ILA and no hormone cutter and Olufsen believe it enough see if I can know my patella NASA Jamia woman Ah ha ha I can never hear NASA Jamia, we have written upon the children of Israel it says in the Quran, that whoever takes an innocent soul and innocent life, it is as if it is equivalent to
to wasting the lives of humanity wiping everyone.
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they saved humanity.
Each human life in the eyes of God is sacred and valuable.
this this, this event shouldn't just be a regular annual activity, it should be really a commitment should be something that we do. Right? Asking for Allah Subhana Allah is blessings. So Docomo Phelan, I heard that the registration is closed for our blood drive on Sunday, the 12th of September. It is a joint event that we do with our friends at the heart song, church community. So if you haven't registered this time, maybe next time in sha Allah dollar or you can actually go and do it on your own somewhere, but it's something that we should actually be part of. And it's, it's something that is that is a source of great reward and I urge everyone Inshallah, to respond to
these kinds of initiatives will enlighten May Allah subhanaw taala bless our community, may Allah subhanaw taala bless our brothers and sisters who may be suffering of any illness. We have some of our community members who tested positive to quote to COVID some of them are actually suffering with you know, they're dealing with some severe, mild to severe symptoms. Please remember them in your prayers. May Allah subhanaw taala give them speedy and full recovery. Allahu Mishima Dona Madeline was Simeon Allahu Madhava and who invest Alohomora, the nurse and humanoid robots which for him she found no wider Osaka Manuela anima Allah who may notice that looking out for Lafayette if you do.
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