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Power Of Knowledge Series – Episode 05

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rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen or salat wa salam ala Sayidina Muhammad Muhammad Ali he was

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a beloved brothers and sisters in Islam salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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operation to Allah subhanho wa Taala the Most Merciful the most kinda Chateau La Ilaha Illa live a witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah. We send out greetings and salutations to our beloved levy Mohammed sal Allahu Allah will send them to this pious and pure family to his companions, and all those who follow his soon until the end of time. We ask Allah subhana wa Taala to grant us to be on the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, we ask Allah subhana wa tada to forgive our shortcomings to put Baraka in this act of Juma mela here I will do ask that we make in this walk and answer them, may Allah subhanho wa Taala assist us in this drought. May Allah granted

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the rains return, Allah grant us to forgive us for the sins that we do. That brings about Allah Subhana dissatisfaction of Allah please don't cut us off of you from your mercy and from your kindness. We return to Allah subhanho wa Taala and we ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us better inshallah, at the end of the session inshallah me Will hamdulillah we continue our series inshallah, on the power of knowledge. And we said so many times over and over that knowledge is the basis and the beginning of our religion, our Deen began with ekra. And the change in the world that we'd like to see begins with Accra, and that our oma is where it is. One of the reasons is that we have walked

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away and we have not, we have turned our backs on the institution of learning, and exploring and discovering and empowering ourselves. And we say that the greatest asset, the most,

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most highly regarded characteristic in the sight of a lot of things that Allah loves the most of the man, the man is the beast. The second thing is knowledge, wealth, and power and beauty means nothing in the sight of Allah. But knowledge. Knowledge is that one blessing that Allah subhana wa Taala elevates one creation above the other knowledge in the sight of Allah knowledge is what counts. And we spoke about how this Deen emphasizes knowledge. In fact, if you search in the Quran, knowledge or Elmo, anything related to knowledge or learning hundreds of times over 1000 times, it's mentioned in the Quran. And a number of Allah's names, these attributes, the names that Allah chosen for him, the

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all knowing,

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Al Hakim, the one who has wisdom, these are divine attributes, the quality of learning the quality of acquiring more knowledge, this is something that is of Allah subhanho wa Taala, you know, the knowledge is divine from Allah subhanaw taala. And therefore, it is something that we should empower ourselves, Allah takes honor in himself, but the knowledge that he has, so for us, we elevate ourselves through knowledge. But then we spoke about the challenges. And we spoke last week about the legacy that we had in terms of secular and we shouldn't have this distinction. But we talk about the dunia sciences, we've seen how far behind we are currently as an oma how far behind we are. The

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Muslim world is with regards to knowledge, the dounia knowledge and the threat that poses to us our lands are being subjugated, being enslaved economically, militarily. Why? Because we are hundreds of years behind the rest of the world. While other countries are sending rockets into space, sending vehicles 50 years ago, they were able to send satellites well beyond the solar system. We are still unable, many of our Muslim lands are still unable to do basic, you know, the basic technology. And this is why we are where we are. And it's a promise from Allah subhanho wa Taala, that the one who learns will always be superior, and have mastery over the one that does not learn. And we said it

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said Why? Because there was a time when we were in the lead. We were leading the world in terms of science and technology. We were the ones that were coming up with cures. We were the ones that were inventing the new things people didn't look at, you know, the the Europeans or the Asians for the Far East, China and Russia for technology. They looked at us, we came up with problems when the kings of different lands and an engineering problem, they sent letters to the halifa seen as one of your scientists to fix it. Because the Muslims had the answers. What happened to us is

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why did we stop? How did we go behind so far behind that everything from the food that we eat, the water we drink, the energy we use to power our electricity, our cause? The cures for diseases? We are dependent on the western world for these things? When you're so dependent on others, what is it what do you think is going to happen? You won't only get the technology, you're going to get the ideology as well. You're going to get the way of life because you're dependent on them.

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And that's our problem, one of our problems. So we spoke at length last week about the great legacy that we once had. And it's not something that we just talked about and feel bad about it can we can get, again, as Allah says, This is how things fluctuate. Sometimes one nation rises up and then another one rises up. And as we sit, and we concluded last week, that we Alhamdulillah are not at zero, ground, zero, we're not at zero, but Sahaba began at zero below below zero, the Sahaba knew nothing about anything swannanoa they didn't even live like human beings, before Islam, yet a loss of knowledge and learning, they elevated themselves. So at Hamdulillah, we still have I mean, just

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in this Masjid, they are doctors and lawyers and accountants and engineers, highly intelligent, highly skilled people. And there's a whole oma over a billion people with skills and abilities, but it must be harnessed and utilized correctly. So Alhamdulillah, there's a lot going for the oma and about the challenges are big, we spoke about that.

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Today in sha Allah, even more, one of the, you know, the challenges, more so than in other dunia sciences, the challenges more that threatens us is not just the academic knowledge. But even more dangerous, is the the the dangers to our Islamic knowledge of Islamic learning.

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So from a secular side, from a junior side, we know there's a problem. And it's for us to catch up with the rest of the world. That's one discussion. But we know there's another science of learning the Islamic sciences, but Islamic sciences and even in regards to our Islamic knowledge, which is the more important one, we are behind. And we are very in a very dangerous position. Because we are the biller, if we lose out on the dunya, we fall behind, we are

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ignorant with regards to the dounia sciences, bad for the dounia. But in sha Allah won't affect the aphylla. But if you are behind ignorant with regards to Islamic knowledge, that puts you at risk that puts you at risk and understand we living in a very unique time, the last 100 years, 150 years. It's a very unique time globally.

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And the threat that we have to our Islamic ideology or Islamic thinking, never before was that we face these kind of challenges.

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The biggest street that you have the biggest danger to us, it's not the armies and the wall, or the colonization of our lands, or our bodies, but our minds, the subjugation of our minds, the unlearning of Islam and being replaced with new philosophies. They always they were always philosophies and ideologies and religions, different to Islam. There's always Christianity and Judaism, and children, all these different kinds of thoughts. But never before was Islam, Islamic learning Islamic knowledge, so under threat as it is today.

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And just we need to look at the history. Why? Because we live in a new age a secular world. Never before in the history of humanity, from the beginning of time until Until recently, when this is the first time we really have a secular world. What do I mean? So let's look at the evolution of time in the past. Whether you go back 1000 years, 100,000 years, the communities were central around what was for the what the society's highly regarded was the religion. God was the center of the society. And the religious people of the society were, they were the ones that were elevated. Whether you look at the ancient Egyptians, you can see around, it was about religion, you find the afterlife,

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they discuss God and theology, when you look at the African cultural religions, the man the sangoma, the religious man, the Allium the mowlana, the shape of the community is on top of society, whether it's the aborigines or the South Americans, meaning what religion was a very focal point of society, the study of God, whether it was correct or incorrect, just the fact that you were learning religion was central to society. And the people of the time of the past have different cultures. The focus was on

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the afterlife more than this life, they were thinking about life after death, and they focused on the soul rather than the body. So in the past, society, and thinking was structured around religion, and God was around the afterlife, was around the soul, and not the body. And this was the case for most of humanity. Then about three 400 years ago, Europe was just going through a dark age, Europe was the same. The church was the center of power. The clergy, the priests, the Snowbird, ama of religious knowledge, they were in control, and they told people don't study secular knowledge. Don't focus on the universe around you focus on God. Focus on your soul. Focus on the afterlife don't

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focus on this life and they kept secret knowledge

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behind. But Europe fought back, the people fought back against the church. And so Europe went through what we call the Renaissance. Renaissance means the rebirth. They need both the society all over, they basically threw out the clergy and the church, they looked and realized that they basically got fed up with religion, and society when through a revolution, a secular revolution, we they said, No longer will we focus on God, and the afterlife, and the soul. We're going to focus on this universe, the world around us, the oceans and the mountains, we're not going to focus on the soul, we're going to focus on the body, we're not going to focus on the afterlife, we're going to

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focus on this life. Why? Because we spent centuries thinking about God thinking about religion, what did it bring us, we're backwards, we can't cure diseases, we haven't gone forward. Now that we studying the stars and the planets and the earth and the animals, we finding discoveries, our life is getting better. And therefore,

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they realized in the conclusion, religion, and the study of religious Sciences is basically backwards, and it keeps society backwards. And they fought a war was waged, even a physical war, it became physical, a war was waged against religion, because of what happened in Europe, because the alama of the of the church were corrupt. So the people rebelled against them. They didn't only throw the LM out, they threw religion out altogether, Christianity first, and they said, basically, every way on Earth, we go, we'll do the same. We will take religion when we find it. And we'll banish it. Religion basically, has now become for the rest in all societies. It is now something private,

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personal, you don't discuss it. It's not something you do publicly. It is basically a cultural ceremonial thing. We are not going to focus on a lot and a hero. And the soul, we're going to focus on here and now and all our focus is going to be on the dounia. And as I said,

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the fact that they made progress through that the fact that once they change the thinking, from a religious outlook to a secular outlook, and they started advancing, and they started discovering new things, and they started becoming powerful. It said, well, it's paying off, why would we go back? Why would we go back, and this thing has continued for about 300 years. So for the first time in human history, we living in an age in a society with religion has been relegated as becoming low lists and lists and lists the challenge for us as Muslims, our ideology or Islamic identity. We're not under threat by other religions, Christianity, or Judaism, or even six within Islam. These are

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not the big challenges, our biggest threat to our young people to our minds is secular, the secular religion, a world that tells you religion is not important. In fact, it might go even further to say, there is no such thing as a religion. It's as as the communists would say, it's the opium of the masses. It is just some tool used by some, some committee to keep the rest of you humble. When we tell you you obey and that's it you sheep. That's what religion is. And once you liberate yourself from religion, you move forward. I mean, Spano, this was the communist view, communism, which was like dominated off the world a few decades ago, half the world was atheist, basically,

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under the control. This was the ideology and the other office secular that says, fine, you can be religious, but it's only ceremonial. Any other big decisions we make no religion involved. Don't bring your religion when it comes to government, or politics or economics, even the law, even the law, religion displays No, no role in that. And this is the world that we live in today. So the biggest challenge, and we argue a lot of things, we argue about shears and selfies and Sufi sanwa, and Christians and all those isms. Yes, they have traits and things. But the biggest threat to us, the biggest threat to our ideology, is secular thinking. A world is lifestyle, where it makes no

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longer seems to be religious. Now kids might see this, the people that are going to learn at universities, the most educated, highly skilled people on earth are atheists. The smartest people in the world tells you there's no such thing as God. It's like believing in Santa Cruz. unicorns make believe fairy tales come you need to wake up now. Now when the people that dominate the world and the smartest people on earth, and the people winning Nobel prizes are telling you this, what's going to happen naturally, to our to our creed, our thinking.

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So we have a new world that we're living in, we find ourselves in this time, a society that is absence of religion is taken out of it. And then many arguments against religion, many times you find and I don't say you should go and search for these things and go into debates.

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You find many of the mean swannanoa. The atheist movement at the moment is sort of like the tablet

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of the making of the religion, right? They are actually crystallizing, as we say they're giving power towards atheism that the

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making an argument they want you they want people to give up religion, you give up a lot altogether. Why? Because they are convinced, and they teaching us and they are trying to convince us that we are a better world without religion. And they will say this very simple argument. Look at the most religious societies on earth countries that are very religious, usually it's the Muslim countries, and perhaps the South American countries are deeply religious in the Catholic thinking. And compare that to secular Western countries, which countries are richer? Which countries have lower crime rates? Which countries have more technology, just based it like put forward to you like that? So now

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which society would you want to live? You're trying to leave your your Islamic lands, people are trying to flee from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, to get to Western countries. If religion was so great, then why is your society so upside down? And they will tell you, for example, how many wars how many people were killed Muslims killing Christians, Muslims Sudanese killing, she wouldn't have religion who would have all this violence and all this fighting, we would have been much better. a better world is a lie.

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If we look at the last 100 years, it's probably the most violent 100 years in this 100 years when World War One World War Two but religion was fought because of World War One World War Two, not religion, secularism, different ideologies.

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What was the religion between Muslims and Christians? And she has no it was secular societies fighting one another for resources and power. Religion isn't a problem, people's the problem.

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When you look at our society, so this is the this is the message that we get our kids are getting this is the message you're getting. This is the message you are being fed. How do you defend yourself against that? How do we answer that for most of us? The answer is, I just don't ask the question. I just close my eyes. I come to the masjid I'm extra. And when I I put off my two hats, you know, we live this schizophrenic lifestyle. I'm a Muslim, I put my coffee and that's in the masjid. That's when I make my beakers I'm extra. I take it off religion I put in the cupboard and now I live in the secular world. The best I do is I don't mix the two because it doesn't make sense.

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There is no Islam in this world. And if I were to either I throw Islam away altogether, or I just you know, I can't join the they're not compatible. That's when we find ourselves in sadly, and so on Allah we Alhamdulillah I say you're in South Africa, perhaps it's easier a little bit easier to live a balanced life is a lot more difficult for Muslims in other countries, even in Muslim countries.

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So religion has become purely ceremonial for many, many people. And even as if we say truly how much of our decisions we make is about religion. Religion is only associate Friday in the masjid of five Salas Ramadan time, we force nikka Time janazah Time that's when religion it's just it's like a cultural identity. It's like how different cultures when they have when they have a wedding. Now the way the African traditional garments, and the

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the way they laid the traditional clothing, but that's not what they live by. So that's religion no longer seems to make sense in this world.

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No place in government no place in law in economics. And therefore the conclusion you get to the conclusion, they will tell you, it doesn't make sense that some stories or fables, some guidance that was given 2000 years ago, 1400 years ago can tell us bitter about the world in 2018 there is no such thing as divine. No, there's no such thing as universal truth. Why is this important? If we no longer believe that the something which is divine is from God is from it is 100% true and will be always true from the beginning till the end? Well, then morality and very deep stuff I'm talking here, morality is relative. What do I mean by that? There is no such thing as a right and wrong.

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What's okay 100 years ago might not be okay, today, what was wrong 100 years ago for that society, we will be okay with.

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And if we just look at, for example, things like sexuality, relationships, the race, the roles of men and women, it has changed so much in the last 50 years. Why? Because we live in a society that tells you there is no such thing as ultimate truth. There is no such thing as divine law. Whatever society feels is correct is correct. If tomorrow we all decide that it's okay to walk naked in the street, then it's okay. So long as we all we all agree on that. If we all agree that, you know, the sky is pink, then we all agree on that it's been that's because there's no universal truth. Why? Because there's no divine truth. So So what does that say about morality? It says that basically

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society, as Allah says, they were following our Hawa. They Allah says, a people, we repeat the types of people they worship, they may give a ILA. The Huawei desires they

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The intellect and the minds and the desires. This is what God is today. Today what is the idol that she is always going to be the, whether it is worshipping an idol, worshipping a star, worshiping the sun, worshiping a person worshiping a grave today, the sheer keys, we worshiping our desires, our whatever I feel is good for me. I do. And we live in a society that is liberal, that tells you, yes, whatever you want to do, do it.

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There's no restrictions on who you can have relationships with, and how you can race and how you can interact and what use freedom of speech Say what you want. So the society is moving towards this, and our kids. Maybe as we get more mature, we realize, look, this doesn't make sense. But for our kids, it says why why should I live in a religion? Why should I live in a society that tells me I can't do this like that? I can't eat this. I can't drink that I can't earn income like this. I can't get married to this one. Why doesn't make sense?

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How do we answer these kind of questions, you understand the attack on our theology and our thinking is very dangerous time we living in.

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So Islamic values seem to be out of stick with reality. And if you look at it to panela, many of you might feel this. You look at the AMA, our scholars, and you think our scholars don't make sense in the real world. They only make sense in the masjid. When only when they talk about taqwa and afra. And but when he talks about this world, they can offer solutions. So even our our scholars, we have our our secular scholars, our scientists are entrepreneurs that we look at as leaders, and we've got our Imams and scholars we moving further away from them and says, look, Imam chef, we respect you, but you just stick to talking about Dean and Sala and talk about the world. Because you don't know

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anything about the world, we find the split happening. We even look at our scholars, perhaps with a bit of disrespect, we feel perhaps we are superior, more intellectual, more academically inclined than them. That's a problem. So the point i'm saying is, as Muslims, we are struggling between two worlds, for most of us, we just live with us. Do you do lifestyle, I'm a Muslim. And I'm I live in the secular world. I don't, I can't reconcile them, but I live with him. For our kids as it gets. As things get tougher and tougher and tougher. It's just easier to say, you know what, let me just liberate myself and I sit in quotation marks from my Islamic shackles, which is leave it altogether.

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Especially if you're a youngster, and this is, in my experience, who has been through, you know, a school with friends of different orientation and different thinking. They didn't have a strong Islamic background to begin with in the house. madressa knowledge the parents never gave it, you know, a priority learning Islamic values are important to them. So the Islamic basis the Islamic campus was never established to begin with. And so now this person is a blank piece of paper. And the first things that are filled in the is Western secular lifestyle, principles and ideology. What drinking What's so bad about drinking, having a good time? What Why should I wait? Why should I

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dress this way? What's wrong with homosexuality is a very good people, they're best friends? Why should Why should mean a fool why all these kind of questions, these questions are they and that's filling up the vacuum. As they get older and have to make choices for themselves. It's so much easier just to say you know what, in reality, my mind is secure. It's not Islamic, and purely just out of family pressure. If I were to ask us truly, if our parents didn't throw a foot, our parents wouldn't kick us out of the house, how many of us would remain in our Islamic culture, or Islamic identity? And how many of us just practice because it's easy to practice? These are the kind of

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questions that we are faced with. These are the challenges that we faced with. There is an onslaught against our ideology. Some of it is deliberate, and others just the natural progression of time, and the only way to counter that. The only way to counter that is to strengthen our Islamic values, to stand toe to toe with other other theologies, and say, we understand our religion makes sense. It makes sense in the 20 21st century, it makes sense in the time that we live in.

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So some of the big questions and I hinted at this yesterday or last week, some of the big questions that we struggle with today

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is reconciling faith. Is the Quran through

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is the Quran, do we really believe 2000 1500 years later, that I can still get guidance from this book? But if I can open it again and solve the world's problems, I really believe that is it that I look at the crisis in the world, the drought here in Cape Town, that the Quran will have a solution for that the war that we have would provide me a solution for that? Or is that in conflict with science and truth? Is the Quran true for

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You perhaps and I see a mature crowd here, of course, you're handing out the fact that you'd say yes. But do your kids agree with you on that? Do kids agree with you on that? And can they answer that question when they are not challenged, but it's going to be posed to them? How do you know Islamic Relief through? How do you know? How do you know this is one big one big, you know, Ponzi scheme. You've been duped. Take your money, make you pay put money in the towel? What am I in charge? What how do we not know? How do they know all the answers that you're not going through Europe was going through 100 500 years ago? Same Dark Ages, we are in essence, how do we answer that

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question? So gender issues, very big topic today is gender issues. Our sisters, that are all of a man, the role of a woman society is telling you now, what a woman should be should look like should raise how she should act, how a man should dress what's Okay, what's not okay. And that's out of step with Islam, we know islamically there's a question here. Are we able to answer that we're able to respond to that sexuality, which is a big one who you can marry con marry. It's just something to think about, just to show you how our campuses are slowly being changed. You see, a woman walked in full face covered everything. And you see next to her a woman that's not dressed correctly. What is

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stranger for you now, what looks out of place, what in your mind tells you this is odd. You see a man walking with two wives hand in hand. And you see two youngsters who are not married, walking hand in hand. What is odd for you which picture is looks out of place. Now the minute you start, the minute that internal compass in our hearts, becomes corrupted, becomes shifted, becomes deviated, as Allah says they are. The heart becomes deviated. We can't differentiate between truth and falsehood anymore. We can't choose any more between the right and wrong. What seems right to us is wrong. And what seems wrong? What seems odd and strange? Seems backwards. Sounds irrelevant. That might be

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true. We can't anymore see the light recognize it even this is the danger.

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Sharia law, for example, is a hot topic, a big topic in perhaps more than other countries. Does it make sense for us to, you know, execute people, stone people cut off their hands? How do we answer these questions? Is this backwards? How do we respond to these very challenging, we have basically lifted and said, You know what? We can't answer the questions. We too scared to even explore those things. So we just keep quiet and shield ourselves, in our magazines in our homes. Practice our Islam. And that's it. So today, we live in a secular, liberal, materialistic, self centered world, a world which is all about yourself. Get as much as you can for now and enjoy as much as you can for

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now. And look for the now because there's no tomorrow YOLO you only live once. Enjoy yourselves.

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That's the world you're living in. That's the messages that your TV and Facebook and everything is telling you forget about the era. You don't even know this era. Enjoy yourself now. Why think about someone else? What you Facebook selfie, what is thought about before you should take pictures of other people and other things. Now we take pictures of ourselves. It's a very, it's a very, you know, self centered lifestyle. This is what the world is pushing you towards what you think, or what you want to put up on Facebook and WhatsApp and message whether it's right or wrong. Doesn't matter. If you feel you want to say that it's okay.

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Truth is if there's no such thing as absolute truth, and right and wrong, what you feel is good. That's true to you. That's the world we live in. That's a dangerous world that we live in.

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Nowadays, it doesn't help that the world that promotes this countries that promotes this theology, this thinking is progressing, and is forward in terms of materialism, and in power and our countries that are still Islamic, in name, or backwards. This is a difficult time that we live in.

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So as a result,

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with all now we look at this this world we live in, we live in a time where we can go to the distant parts of the of the solar system.

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We can harness the energy of the atom. We can do so many amazing things. But we live in a society that is godless. It doesn't speak about the soul anymore. It's focused on the now there is no differentiation between right and wrong. What are we doing today? 50 years from now our kids might look at us and say how backwards we were and they will have new kinds of norms. We face has no place anymore. But still with all our advancements with all our thinking. Look at the world that we live in.

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It has wars more than any other time. the secular world. The secular world has more violence in it then in India.

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Other time before more people are dying now because of war than ever before. If we're so enlightened, and we're so advanced, this wouldn't be the case.

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It's the society that tells you, you are the best, what you want is right. And that's why we see the rise of racism. One culture saying that they're better than the other one. You have man made crisis, people are dying, because Allah isn't sending the rain, lots of the feminine, the world is manmade. We've as I said many times before, for the first time in our history, we have the technology to feed every person on earth. But yet, millions die of starvation, why manmade, our technology can kill the beast of diseases, but we using it to bomb each other.

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Our wealth can be shade and uplift everyone out of poverty. But instead we have people who are ridiculous, Lee wealthy and half you find 1% controls half the world economy, the other 94 99% shares. The other half is the world we living in. This is what our secular society, the result of it. And as that you have this competition for the now because all of us needs to do the now we work ourselves kill ourselves and in our work, so we can have enough money to have a wonderful holiday away from work. And that's, that's how we live our lives. The society's pushing us for that. And we have crime and corruption. Why? Because it's about getting as much as you can for the now.

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And therefore, in spite of the learning in spite of the technology. In spite of our advancements in terms of knowledge, our society actually resembles the Jay Z a society of free Islam

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generally is ignorance. Now we could say how could we be gently How could we be in jail Ilia when we have the most advanced technology ever,

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that knowledge has not translated to a society that is free from that we are we are now living in an age of Jamelia. With all our knowledge and all our power is being used for wrong

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panela no difference between the Arab who was abusing Bilbao because he was black. Same, no difference between a group of people that monopolized wealth they had while the rest of slaves were dying of starvation, where people killed one another over animals and capital now they kill over oil and whatever it might be same. Just the methods have become more sophisticated. The person hasn't become more sophisticated. The methods of harm and who's Evil has become more sophisticated. So this is the Jamelia that we live in. And Savonarola you know in Surah calf and this is the kind of Tafseer is an outbreak kind of pseudo calf is about fitna.

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So the calf is about fitness prediction for the great fitna which is the gel and our season. So to recap in the beginning, were you there already Nicola de la whatever I've seen the surah to warn people say Allah is taking a son, and the religion which most represents that is Christianity. I was telling him 600 years ago, oh, Christians are worried about the Christians stop your oppression of the people, because you are going to put in place a society that will bring forward the advent of the gel.

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So the secular world, religious a godless society that we live in the first time in history is really the paving stones for when the gel was to come. And this is a direct result of the aroma of the church are placing its people. They overthrew the church. And they realize, well, this whole religious thing is a bit of hogwash. And now the three and they've exposed to this religion, why Could you take the technology, you take the machinery, you take the energy? Why aren't you going to take the theology as well? The ideology as well, the identity, you dress in the clothing? You look like them? You watch them, so naturally, they lifestyle? Why don't you take it as well. That's just

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the next step. You just have to jump that little bridge and say, You know what, I no longer identify with Islam, dangerous times that we live in.

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And that's why the prophet SAW Selim says, Islam started over something strange and odd. sort of weird. Islam didn't make sense to a lot of people in the sight of that came in. And it will go back to being strange. The Muslim will look out of place. When you practice your religion, the world will change so much that you look like an alien. It won't be normal anymore. So promises glad tidings I give glad tidings, the one who is the stranger? Who's the one that is the odd man out? Camera. We're not there yet. We're not there yet. But we moving towards this. Now as Martin Luther King. You know, he said this powerful was he says, What's the point basically, of having guided missiles when you

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have misguided leaders? What's the point? What's the point in having all this technology, when you have no humanity?

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You have the most beautiful outwardly, your body is perfect, but inside is nothing.

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And that's what's been lost in the last one to 300 years. We've lost the rule. A lot has become not just our lands, it's globally. You know, Islam is the last real religion that is flying.

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The flag for religion,

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the religious people, they're not finding comfort in any other faith to really withstand this avalanche of secularism. So they come to Islam. Islam still is some semblance you still leaving of your jobs and hamdulillah and coming to the masjid imagine you had church on a Friday in the middle of the working day, mess. If it wasn't on a Sunday morning, how many of those churches would be fold? fulfilled? hamdulillah you know, it's not legit, you know, we, we need to make it look like this. I mean, but at least we still we still coming. So Islam is still flying that flag for religion. Overall, it's still showing that there is a place for God in this world, that we are

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better off with Dean, that will be the people that we can still our religion can still answer the problems of the modern world, and even better, and we and you know what goes what we have in our favor, we say we have a track record follow up for 600 years, 1000 years, we did that

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our Islam was up there. And we will also the base in terms of this world, we can have it both for dunya will Akira the dunya and the afterlife.

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So the challenge that this woman is facing now

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is we need to return back to those basic principles of God. Because the risk is very, very real. And the challenges that our kids are facing is very, very real.

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So inshallah from Next week, we'll talk more about that I want to display the bleak picture. We are backwards islamically we backwards, a singularity. So what are we going to do? We just make the Africa Yama No. inshallah we'll discuss how do we move forward step by step, how do we make changes so inshallah, how do we address the fitna that we living in, in terms of knowledge inshallah, that will be next week, and we'll conclude with a series. I mean, we have a few announcements. Of course, as we said, once again, the water restrictions only 50 litres per day, only 50 litres per person per day,

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is what you should be using. And it's a good chance, good time to take literally a dry run. Maybe one day in the week, put the water off and use a jug of collect water, the springs, the springs, see how much you use, how much you need to use. This is the best way of learning actually how much we need to use and handle at the at the water springs. It's very nice to see that a lot of the people the Muslims Alhamdulillah that the Muslim community and we know we have you on water because we're taking we do when we were selling and we doing all that we have you on water. We are making that effort. I will show 100 once again, we can be fully practicing Muslims and we can take the perfect

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we do the perfect puzzle, but we will also use the least in which the least that's what our room is about. That's what we are about. And we all need to make this to offer our last panel data to grant that the rain comes back in my love will give us

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some sad news last week we made the awful brother I should have fundraising was quite ill in hospital, sadly has passed away young man only 40 years old.

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He leaves behind the young kids we make to Allah subhanho wa Taala accepts him in his Rama ma Allah subhanho wa Taala granted is about to be a garden from the gardens of Jenna, Allah subhanho wa Taala wash him with you know purify him and cleansing of all these mistakes. If you need any sense of my love, forgive him for that. May Allah grant him happiness in the afterlife and the afra Milan suffer in the hearts of his family. I'll take care of his kids and his wife from Allah. bless all of us who have mercy on all of us. Allah heal all those of us who are sick and have relatives that are ill many close people told me that you know, they don't kill them of all the illnesses and have mercy on

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those who have passed away.

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Also an announcement in Austin announced that Dr. Bilal Philips, one of the one of the leading thinkers of Islamic of our time.

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his PhD is the head of one of the biggest Islamic online university. He's the Dean of that unit, the Chancellor of the University, you'll be coming to South Africa. I wonder if this is his first trip to South Africa. his very first trip to South Africa second time he's coming to Africa, but it'll be spending time in Cape Town. He's got a full itinerary and you know everyone is welcome, you will be giving the Juma 23rd of fib at the Islamia Masjid for Pon when he will be giving a lecture of the Muslim on on that Friday on exorcism in fact his PhD and his his doctorate is on exorcism and Gene and these kind of things. And in a number of groups the poster will be updated and most of these

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events are free of charge. So it's open to the public to to attend. So inshallah we would like to attend can get more information sokola cinematic marakele obrigado