Why bother about Halaal?

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Episode Notes

This is a roughly twenty minute talk by the knowledgeable Sheikh. Here he reminds the dire need for muslims to focus on the halal all the time and to abhor the Haram as did the companions of the Prophet s.a.w.

Know that every king has limits and Allah’s limit are those things He has made haram. Because the energy that you derive is Haram and a single morsel of haram has an impact on your whole body and future. If you are prepared to transgress Allah’s limit then you will not hesitate to go beyond.  

We are living in trying times where everything has become commercial. Bear in mind that Syaitan comes to you bit by bit and makes you reduce the value of haram so that in your eyes so that you start justifying something that is clearly haram because you used to justify that which was doubtful.

If you are not bothered with halal and haram then you will not be bothered with transgressing the limits of Allah. Thus stay away from the doubtful so you do not go beyond Allah’s limits. Become halal lovers for the sake of loving Allah.

Episode Transcript

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa Salatu was Salam ala Abdullah Abdullah he was truly Muhammad Allah Allah He was happy as

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we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his companions, his household We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless them to bless us, and to grant us goodness.

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My brothers and sisters, the Sahaba of their loved one home with the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and Allah subhanho wa Taala chose them because they were the best of hearts after the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we know that in the ranking, the status commences by that of Abu Bakr Siddiq of the Allahu anhu. and thereafter, Omar Allahu was man made fun of your loved one, and

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your loved one. And thereafter, a lot of the other companions, some of them were told that you are from Jenna. Some of them were not given that good news in their lifetimes, but they were definitely chosen by Allah because when we hear the names of any one of them, we are supposed to say to your loved one, may Allah be pleased with them. And may Allah be pleased with every one of us.

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This evening, I'd like to go through a very important aspect of the lives of the Sahaba Allah and whom all of them and it is encapsulated in one Hadith although there are many other Hadith that have spoken of this characteristic. They were the furthest away from Haram. And they were the furthest away from anything they doubted. The minute they had adult they considered it Haram.

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The reason why they considered it Haram, even if it was doubtful to them is they did not want to risk their lives. They did not want to risk their link with Allah by involving in something that could be Helen and could be Haram. So they stayed away. Because if there is something that is debated, that this is halal, and this is haram, people are arguing a person who truly fears Allah. If he has the doubt in his heart, he will say, let me stay away. No one can tell me I'm wrong. The minute I fell into it, there is a chance if I'm ready to take the chance. That challenge is going to become bigger and bigger as the time passes until a day comes when I won't mind that this is haram.

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I'll say no, it's okay. I'm sure someone somewhere says that it's fine. Now, when we hear of the Sahaba Viola and it's not very common, that we are told about a nominee niboshi Allah when he was a great companion. One of the narrations that he is known for was the narration about halal and haram. His name was Norman and Norman iidabashi. robiola one. So he says that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said clearly in nl Allah Allah Benin al haram Ah, you know what? Bettina, Houma, Moon Masha, Bihar omata shabbiha He says, The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said halaal is very clear, and Haram is very clear. Those two categories are certain because in the eyes of Allah,

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something is either halal or haram. Allah knows it. In the eyes of Allah, there's no third category. But Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept the third category for you and I who may not have complete knowledge, for example, you see, and you know, when we speak of halal or haram, there are many aspects, not only food, but the food might be helpful. The money that you use to buy it might not be halal. So halaal is food and drink as well as your income as well as your relationships. You have a halal relationship, you have a harem relationship. For example, a person wants to marry someone, and they find out that this person has been breastfed in the correct way by the same person that

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breastfed them. And some are arguing about it. Some are saying no, it's not right. I don't think it's the case. And the others are saying we are telling you it's the case. So the best thing to do in the eyes of Allah, Allah knows exactly what happened. But because our knowledge is limited, we might not know exactly what has happened. The best thing to do stay away. Just say look, I'll marry someone else. So even in your relationships, they can be halal and haram and I've just given you an example. Now when it comes to a relationship that is based on something evil

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It is a harm relationship. For example, I develop a relationship with a man in order to make him do something Haram, that relationship is haram.

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We need to ask Allah protection from this because shaitaan is trapping us. shaitaan traps us by being so good to a person knowing that this person is evil, because we want something that person should do for us, that is also evil. And this is why one of the signs of tiama that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us and the Sahaba della Han carried to us is a very interesting Hadith. He says there will come a time when a person will be honored, not because he deserves honor, but because we fear his backlash, and eukroma Raja Lu Maha Fattah Sherry, which means close to kiama people will respect someone not because he deserves respect, because they are worried if I don't

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respect him, he can harm me, he can attack me he can cause a problem for me. So that type of relationship is also based on that which is wrong. May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us from that. Now halal and haram. Very interestingly, when we hear the word, the first thing that comes to the mind is food, food. Now in the eyes of Allah when it comes to food itself, Allah knows that this is this piece of meat is halal. And this piece of piece of meat is haram. Haram in two ways. One is it could either be from an animal that cannot be held such as a pig, such as a dog, for example.

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Or a monkey some people actually consume these animals.

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Or it can be from an animal that would otherwise be halali. If it was slotted correctly, but it was not slaughtered correctly. So it renders it Haram. We didn't cut it the proper way. But it's Haram. So when you see a piece of meat, you either have knowledge that this is halon. So you consume it, or you don't have the knowledge.

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So Han Allah, what do you do when you don't have the knowledge? You either have the knowledge, this is hella so you consume it or this is haram. So you stay away. But sometimes you might not know.

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This is where the Sahaba of the long lives come in. Very interesting. What would they do? What did they do? They just stayed away. They said I cannot risk. Why did they stay away? And this is where normally when you have a loved one who's heartbeat comes in? Why did they stay away? I mean, it's important today, let's be honest, a lot of us are looking for two things. We're looking for something cheap, and something tasty. Let's be honest. If it's tasty or cheap, we are ready to come. We are ready to risk anything and everything. May Allah forgive us. Sometimes we've gone to the degree that we are ready to do a haram deal in business just because we think that you know what,

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it's okay in our lives forgiving and this is a big deal. Let's just go for it, take it consume it, the way that it is interest whether it is something else. Now, why did the Sahaba stay away? Listen to the reason it is so powerful, that if we were to think about it, we would never want to touch that which is doubtful. Again, whether it is a relationship, whether it is consumption of the food, or whether it is the income, may Allah protect us all. We are indeed living in trying times, because the commercialization of everything has made it attractive, and sometimes innocent people, unsuspecting people, ignorant people sometimes for whatever reason, they happen to falter. And

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sometimes we become evil and we don't even know that we have become evil. So this hadith says by in Houma mode between the halal and haram there are certain things that are not so clear. It's a gray area for who not for Allah, Allah knows that it's not great for Allah This is either halal or haram is knowledge is superior, it is supreme, but for everyone else, and those people are of categories that's why Allah says Allah Allah Muna Cathy roominess, many people might not know what's the ruling on this. So if it is to do with halal and haram and you don't know specifically, you should stay away because the Hadith continues to say for money Dhaka shabu hottie Fatah this led me to be the

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Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says who ever stayed away from that which was doubtful. They have protected themselves without a doubt. No one can tell them that what you did was wrong. And they have protected them honor their dignity, their Eman their heart and everything that follows. Protected it. Woman worker of Chabot ha de Vaca feel haram whoever was prepared to go into that which was doubtful is prepared to go straight into harm, because they know that there is a possibility. If I'm ready to do it, knowing that there's a chance that this could be broke, what would happen? It means I'm ready to compromise myself.

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I'm just taking a risk, it's a chance and you know that we're not allowed to take such chances as muslimeen. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us, whoever stays away, has protected himself his Deen and his honor and whoever has fallen has fallen into harm. What makes it How did he fall into haram? Simple, I explained it, he was ready to risk it. So the fact that you're ready to risk it tomorrow you will risk Maria and you will say now it's okay. Shaytan comes to you bit by bit and makes you reduce the value of Haram in your eyes so that you start justifying something which is totally absolutely clearly around at a point because you used to justify that which was doubtful. It's a

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matter of time. It's a sign of the hour. So now, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam gives a beautiful example of a shepherd karate. Hema Yoshiko and yet a fee, a fee, similar to a shepherd, who has a flock of sheep that needs to graze on his land, but he takes that flock right to the border with his neighbor, D, a border that is not demarcated. SubhanAllah if you were an honest man, you would say I'm not taking near the border, because I don't want this sheep to feed on that which is haram. This is so powerful, that when the sheep has consumed something that is haram, not only is the sin upon the person who is the shepherd, but in fact it has an impact on that meat as well. So Allah you and

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I might consume it. This is why the meat is supposed to be known as two things halaal and per year, but it means pure. Sometimes something is halal, but it's not pure. Why? Because before it was slaughtered, it was treated so badly that it was unacceptable for a human being to treat a chicken like that, to treat the cow like that to treat the sheep like that. They treated it so in humanely and you want to consume it, they could have slaughtered it With the name of Allah 100 times, but what they did before that was also to be considered what did they feed it? How did they keep it? It's supposed to be something halaal the Sahaba the Allahu anhu had rules and regulations laid down

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by Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, they were worried does this animal see the other animal? Will it even seeing the animal was a problem? Subhan Allah, what do we do? May Allah forgive us? Now Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. This is one aspect it's only about the meat because of this example that we're giving. But it's very interesting to see how deep Islam goes. So we say this is halal, but is it a is it pure? If it is not, it might be okay, okay to consume it, but it's not the best of meats, it will have some form of a negative impact on you if you knew it, and you still continued, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us this is why all those who slaughter all those who who are

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involved in this entire industry, we need to make sure that the standard is extremely high by the for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah help us to be kind to the animals? May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to be kind to the animals even upon the slaughter. It's a hadith that says Allah has written goodness upon everything.

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So when you are sacrificing for the sake of Allah, make sure that you do it with kindness and goodness. Then the Hadith says this shepherd who was ready to actually graze the sheep right on the border, knowing that I don't know this is demarcated had he feared Allah he would have stayed in the center right in the middle where no one can argue whose land it is and whose grass the sheep is grazing from Suppan Allah. Then the Hadith says Allah were inadequately medic in Hema, Allah, Allah Hema honeymoon.

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This is a hadith speaking of halal and haram, but Allah says, Behold, every king has limits

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and allows limits are that that are those things that he has made haram don't cross them.

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Now, what's the connection? Let me tell you when you are not bothered about halal and haram, you won't be bothered about whether what you are doing is within the limit of Allah or not. Because the energy that you derived was from what from a heroin source? Do you really think that the Haram source is going to give you energy that is going to empower you to do that which pleases Allah or displeases Allah. That's why the Sahaba of the Levant who was so concerned that if they were to put one more so known as a lukeman, of food that was Haram in their mouth, they would be worried as to what impact it's going to have on your thinking. You're seeing your energy, everything else your

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relationships, your whatever else. here Allah is talking in the same narration through the blessing glyphs of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam telling us that you got to be so careful about halal and haram and you have to start

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Stay away from that which is doubtful because if you don't, then you are going to go beyond the limits of Allah in everything else. And every king has limits and Allah has set limits what are the Mahara? Mo that means that which Allah has made Haram, it's a limit who would dare do that which Allah has made haram without batting an eyelid. Those who are consuming Haram, whether it is interest, whether it is haram meat, whether it is that which was stolen and pinched through deception, whatever other way, but Allah says it's going to have an impact on you, you are going to cross the limits. And remember the limits of Allah is that we just had, um, there comes a time Allah

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gives you a chance, he gives you a further chance. He has a rope tied tightly on our necks, it gives us a moment he releases the rope, he releases the rope until a time comes when he knows it's getting too much. He pulls that entire open suddenly, everything is gone. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. May Allah protect us. So my brothers and sisters, let's end this Hadith, because like I said, the most powerful part is right at the end. The Hadith says Allah behold, we want to tell you something else. In the field Jessa de la maga indeed in the body, there is an organ, you know the term muda what it means. It is actually a piece of flesh, a piece of flesh that has a shape it's

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known as magua, as though it was

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chewed. Piece of flesh. So the Hadith says Behold, in the body there is a piece of flesh. This is speaking about halal and haram, same Hadith, a sentence or two down, Allah is telling us through the lips of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, hey, there is definitely an organ in the body. Either solid, solid,

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solid, faster than just a Dooku. If it is pure, clean, good. Then the whole body is pure, clean, good. If you were concerned about halaal your thinking is going to be hella Your eyes are going to be hella your speech is going to be beautiful. You will want to do the dhikr of Allah you won't be lazy for Salah you won't be lazy for ibadah you are going to go in the right direction you are going to have closeness to Allah, you will be pure, you will be good you will have good thoughts of people you will want to help people you will want to do so much of goodness why because what you are consuming is halal and it is pure.

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It has Salah hot, Sahaja kulu. If that organ is pure, clean, the whole body is pure, clean everything to do with the body pure and clean. But if that organ is corrupt because of haram consumption, because of

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not even worrying to being worried about going into that which is totally doubtful what will happen, that organ becomes corrupted. And as a result,

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the whole body is corrupt. Your thinking is bad. You can't think straight. No matter how much someone explains to you one plus one is two, you say no, it's five. It's five. And you are wondering, this might be a simple example but in a spiritual aspect is correct. Someone will tell you Brother, what are you doing? You say What's wrong? You cannot see what's wrong. You can't why because we are blind blind because of what your consumption is haram what's your food what's your earning what what you are eating, be careful rather eat the vegetables that you grow in your own yard Subhanallah than to go into something Haram.

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So we should not become food lovers for the sake of loving the food, but rather we should become halal lovers for the sake of loving Allah. That's what it should be. Whenever I see a sign saying food lovers I say I say to myself, those who want to consume haram they can use this statement here to bypass Allah. I love food. It tastes nice and it's cheap. Two things. I told you people love taste, and they love price. This is cheap. So Han Allah. May Allah forgive us. I remember a few weeks ago, someone actually told me you know, these elephants, they're they're selling meat now. It's nice. It's white. It's soft. It tastes like cotton wool. Is it Hello? I said stop brother. You

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already tasted it. What do you want me to ask you to say? You already tasted it? What do you want me to say? You already told me it tastes like cotton wool. Now you're telling me is it halal? Which means you are coming to rubber stamp what you already were doing. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. This is one example that comes to my mind. But my brothers and sisters look at what Allah is telling us. Be careful because it will impact your whole body. Then Allah says to and when I say through the blessing lips of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. I mean, it's the Hadith of the Prophet SAW Selim. But it's definitely from Allah ultimately. So, so we are told our heel, behold,

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that organ is the heart, the heart. Now you know the heart. What happens with the heart.

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You are known by the heart all your illnesses and sicknesses are known through the heart. Anyone who gets physical disease, they have a blood test. It's told where does the blood pump from the heart Subhanallah physical sickness through the heart and through the blood, you are told this is a problem. Another thing

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Spiritual ailments, the heart becomes dead. No Vicar of Allah. No Go on when the Quran is brought forth you feel lazy, very lazy time of Salah there is no scope May Allah protect us. May Allah protect us its effect the Sahaba of the luevano they were worried if they felt for a moment that there was something trying to hold them back from Salah they would defy it and still read their Salah because they knew the only way to tackle shaytan is to fight him. defy him. When you really don't want to get up that is the moment you get up shaitan lost the battle is gone. So panela when you really feel that you don't want to do stuff. That's the moment you pick it up and you read even

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if it's for five minutes, what do you do you prove to someone else today we want to prove a point to every Tom Dick and Harry No, we are proving to shape on that. You know what you are dude Malarone, you are cursed and I am not going to follow you. I'm going to do what is right.

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This is the beauty. So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us protection. Look at the Sahaba of the law. Their thinking was absolutely immaculate. They could understand immediately. This is right, this is wrong. Why? income was halaal the consumption was the minute someone's income is haram. They won't understand right from wrong. They won't see good from evil. They won't understand who is actually calling them towards goodness. And who is calling them towards destruction. Yeah.

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Elohim oh you who believe. If you are going to have Taqwa and piety and consciousness of Allah, He will give you the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. He's going to give you the strength to know what is good and what is bad. Subhan Allah, Allah come for Conan and he will forgive your sins thereafter. Whatever you did in the past, in the past, let's start a fresh let's start a new leaf and we will earn the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala that's why Allah says Allah virtue is great. Allah will give you you don't need to go to haram to earn your morsel your sustenance is written, when you chose the Haram way it still came to you when you chose the halaal

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way it still came to the difference is you missed your heart in the process or you protected it and your link with Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us more conscious. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to understand what is right from wrong, may we May Allah forgive us for what has passed for Indeed, we may have made mistakes, may this serve as an encouragement so that on the day of the AMA, we are resurrected with the same Sahaba of the Allahu anhu, who narrated not only this Hadith, but we showed us how it's done. a coup de hada sallallahu wasallam Obara, kala Nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah handy Subhana Allah Houma behenic Allah Allah Allah, Allah to Buddha