Channel: Siraj Wahhaj
In this episode of The Deen Show Imam Siraj Wahhaj discusses the Islamic outlook about the worldly pleasures & distractions.
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah Salaam Alaikum Welcome back to another episode of the deen show. We're here every week, same time, same channel. You can visit the deen show calm to see our show times or you can view us as people do from all around the globe at the deen show calm. Today, we're gonna be let you get involved in this show. You've seen it last time. It's back again. Dunya dunya. We're going to let you get involved, your family, we're going to read out some of the different questions and we're going to let our next guest when we come back, let us know. This is Jr. Jr. Dunya does it qualify under there and the non Muslims we want you to get involved too. So if you see a Muslim
doing something that's not according to Islam, you can nicely smile at him and say dunya dunya and this maybe you help him get his act together. So then we can all live in peace because if we're doing things the way our Creator wants us to do it, that's how we're gonna become when we come back, sir Roger Hodge, helping us tackle
Jesus was his messenger
Why did that maybe maybe it's just a break the ice Assalamualaikum when it comes to the heading, peace be unto you, peace be upon you. How are you doing, doing great things. bitola How you doing? Thank you very much people have, they can see you have your own section at the deen show. So they can go there. See some of the shows that we've done in the past. And we're really thankful that you out of your busy schedule you find a time to, to be with us. So I want to thank you know, not only on behalf of myself, on behalf of all your guests,
you know, we have an opportunity people have an opportunity even myself, I watch your show hamdulillah to the goal and see some of your guests that you've had is very educational, very informative, and, and also entertaining.
Hello, entertainment. Hello entertainment. Yes. And that's what we try to do we tried to give the non Muslims is a better picture about Islam to eradicate some of the false fears and clear up some of the misconceptions and also to help educate the Muslims with people who are qualified to talk about this beautiful way of life. Yes, it is Islam, the way of life of all the messages of God. Absolutely. Now, just a little bit about yourself. You are actually the first Muslim to open up in Congress. Is that true that will be offered by our guest chaplain, Vietnam Shiraz was a member of the American Muslim council washington dc Suraj Maharaja of Brooklyn, New York. He's the first
Muslim leader to work in cooperation with the New York City Police Department. And he is nationally known for his leadership in establishing a drug free zone in the drug gladden neighborhood. His neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant in New York, and the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. praise belong to the alone, oh God, the Lord in charge of all the world's praise belongs to the who shaped us and colored us in the wombs of our mothers, colored as black and white, brown, red and yellow. Praise belong to the who created us from males and females and made us into nations and tribes, that we may know one another, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, all knowing all wise just got
messed up the Day of Judgment, the alone we worship. And from the alone, we seek help guide the leaders of this nation who have been given a great responsibility and worldly affairs, guide them And grant them righteousness and wisdom, guide them and us on the straight path. The path of those whom thou has bestowed by favors the path of you inspired servants, the path of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, guide them and us and not on the path of the disobedient ones. Yes. Talk about this for a second. It is interesting that most people don't realize that Congress never opens up a session without an invocation from some clergy. Usually it's done by some Jewish rabbi or
Christian minister. So for the first time in the history of the United States of America and Imam, a Muslim leader actually did an invocation opened up the session of Congress. I think it was 1993 of my mistaken I think we're seeing that now. I think they're seeing this right now. This is you is that a
little bit younger than, you know, still looking good? Looking good. So I think that's that's important. I think what happened I found out that
That day and the next day, Saudi Arabia, almost every five minutes that played, because it was important. It was important for the Muslims around the world 1,500,000,000 Muslims, for them to see that Muslims in America are part of America when we are American citizens, and we're part of this nation. And so to acknowledge that presence, to have a Muslim Imam opened up, a session of Congress was huge. Let me tell how big it was was so big that everybody wasn't for it.
I I forgot his name on
700 Club. He said he was angry that a Muslim opened up a session of Comic Con was he's got this says, He says, What next? You'll have witches doing it? So he was he was very upset. Pretty childish. Rachel. Rachel's you know, as if that as if the Muslims are not legitimate. Yeah. Religious people. Yeah. I mean, you're talking about, again, 1400 years old, the old 1400 years ago, that plan was revealed. And you talk about all of these followers all over the world. And for him to get upset that this will open up a session of Congress. Yeah. Surprising. This is not how you work towards peace. I mean, this man that you mentioned, I hope we pray that God Almighty guides him.
Yes. Because if we have people working towards, you know, harmony, and peace, we won't talk. I think that people like you have done the job of explaining Islam, bringing Muslim personalities and scholars to talk about Islam, and let the people see and have conversations we ought to have dialogue and discussions. So people have misconceptions about Islam. Then Then it need to be clarified. Yeah, he needs to watch the show. Yeah. And then maybe we'll get a copy of the tape and we can talk with them. You know, dialogue. We have nothing to hide. I think Pat Rama said his name if I'm not mistaken. Yeah, yes. So you have nothing to hide, of course. Exactly. Tell us now also,
before we go into dunya dunya. You've also gotten a lot of rewards from the community. You've done some great community work you have clean up some of the drug infested areas crime now one of the areas one of the areas on where I'm the Imam mentioned taqwa. Yeah, we first open up that measure to 1978 according to the
the captain of the 79 priests in the area, the captain is the main police. Yeah, he said that it was it was one of the worst in the city. But after hamdulillah the Muslims, we had our anti drug patrol in about 1988. Allah blessed us to close down 15 crack houses on the block of the masjid don't Wow, dope, dope houses, crack houses, and, and ran the drug dealers and the drugs out of our community. And if you look at the area, now, you compare it to 1978 to now it was an area blight, abandoned buildings. You know, when you went there in 1978, there was not one Muslim business. You go there now. You know, buildings, no abandoned buildings, no crack houses, and over 50 Muslim businesses in
that area of the masjid alone, and non Muslims can come into your mind to talk to you and you didn't know about. They don't. And they do not only people in the area, we have
law enforcement. We have political people. We have religious people. Yeah, coming into the masjid and having dialogue and conversation with the Muslim that's how we get to know each other so we get so we can live in peace, love and peace. We all want the same, or more peace. When we come back. Get ready for dunya dunya here on the deen show.
So if you find yourself Your mind is going down, check yourself.
That is not a way to be worship except Allah alone. You got some CDs and music in the car, bobbing your head to 50 cents or?
No, it's common sense. Don't do things that can hurt people.
Lady Gaga, boo boo and all that other nonsense.
Is haraam backbiting, slandering. And sets up to syntax smoking,
say to 18 inch biceps. We'll see what happens to Eddie on the deen show.
And we hold it down on his show early. Make sure y'all tune in comes to you the truth and the attribute of the one who created you that he's one and alone, running this universe that he doesn't become born, he doesn't die. He doesn't eat and go to the bathroom. This is not God. problems here. Yeah, this This doesn't make sense. Who was Jesus worshipping? recorded in the Gospels and despite all of the other issues about the Gospels, you put those aside we'll just say it's mentioned there that Jesus worship God
Back here with a mom Suraj and the deen show dunya dunya. Now get ready. And if you see that now, you can take this to your local Imam, to your scholar and ask them say, Does this really qualify for dunya? dunya? And then you actually define what do we mean, before we do? What do we mean when we say dunya? What does this mean? Is it really? It's a great question. Yeah. When you talk about doing your everything in his life is is doing it. Yeah, right. The food we eat is dunya clothing, we wear television programs. Even your television program is not linear. I mean, don't you? I mean, you know, it's not the Hereafter, this life here. And everything in the doing is not bad. Yeah. But
sometimes it has a negative connotation. And when we say, Oh, that's the dunya that's, it's implying that there's something that's not good that you don't take in, you know, taking consideration the afterlife, you know, you want to do things that's going to be beneficial in this life, as well as the hereafter. So sometimes Muslims say, you know, that's the dunya that's what they do in the dunya. You know, so it's a negative connotation. Yeah. So we want to balance it out. So we have to be in this world. You haven't been like the Prophet peace be upon us should be like a traveler. Hmm. There you go. Yeah. Now tell us when Friday Juma rolls around the brother rather be downtown. Yeah,
talk about this now. donia he weighs say to get away very deep. And don't you don't
know elaborate on this, the importance of Juma and why this qualifies for dunya dunya. Can you realize that the Lord of the worlds is telling us something, you can go do what you want to do. But Friday, at a certain time, is time for us to go to the masjid for congregational prayer. That's the house of the house of worship, the house of worship is called beta law, the house of God. Yeah, it's, you know, if we were Christians, it would be the church if we choose to be the synagogue. Yeah, it's the masjid is the mosque is the place where Muslims go to pray to God. And, and, and we required on Fridays, at a certain time to congregate ourselves together, and go to the masjid, and
those who would not go to the masjid, to go do something else, whatever they're doing is done you unless it has something to do with the health, hospital, so forth and so on. We're told that when when that day comes, we should leave off all trade and business and hastens to the remembrance of Allah the Almighty, after all, after all, He created us and gave us even the dunya that we have, the dunya card that we have done, your clothing that we have everything he gave us, the brain, the brains that we have the body that we have the jobs that we have. And he's saying, okay, for about one hour, a weak, stop all of that. Yeah, income. And remember me, that's not too hard for the one
that has given you everything, everything's very easy, you haven't, stop. You can't stop for a moment, to go to the masjid to worship the God who gives you the air that you that you that you breathe, the water that you drink, the beautiful wife that you have, and the children that you have the parents that you have. You mean to tell me you can spend some time glorifying him? You probably heard it all. I mean, you are the as I say, the old G.
The original Imam. So tell us some of the some of the excuses that you know, you sit down, you hear it and you're just, you know, in your head, you say, Man, talk to us, give us share some examples, some stories about some excuses. And then maybe the after some good, you know, advice, you know, talking to these people that maybe they turned around or what happened. You know, you have every excuse now, you know, from what I got to make my money, money, the dollar. Good old dollar, I got to make money. And I'm saying that the God knows that you need to make money. And he'll test you. Yeah, I mean, and I know, you know, Muslim witnesses who who make a sacrifice. Yeah. And maybe that one
hour, perhaps they lost some sales. But in the end, you really win by Allah. And you get more from Allah because you are in obedience with him. Yeah. So you may lose money. And you may not Yeah, there are some people who actually make more money so God knows best. So they want to spend time with their girlfriends, which there's no such thing as girlfriends and Islam. No, you know, so they want to do anything they want to go to the movies they want to go.
I've heard every kind of excuse but really simply there is no excuse in the worship of God the Almighty. And again, you can you know, some of the things you want to do. You can do them but after Allah says an afternoon
After the prayer, then go, you go back, you go back to your business, go back to your doing your business go back to making money. You can do it. But there should be a time that you shouldn't. Same thing with the Jews. Yeah, Jews will give it a commandment about the Sabbath, that on that day, they had to stop. They couldn't work. Yeah, you know, so it's not something that's just unique to the Muslims. But all religious people, many Christians, they they close down the businesses on Sunday. Yeah, so they go to the church on Sunday, Jews go to the synagogue on Saturday, Muslim, go to the masjid on Friday, and all of them in the process of doing what? Remember remembering their their
Creator, and then you got people don't want to do it. Okay, fine, do what you want to do. He's not gonna make you do it.
Then there's no compulsion in religion, but there's a price that you're gonna have to pay, you'll die, you're gonna die. And he may even give you a long life. Yeah, that's not even the issue. But in the in the end, you know, you got to be held accountable, we got to be held accountable for what we did and what we didn't do. He asked us to do a simple thing. And again, by the way, when you go to Juma prayer, and congregational prayer on Friday, who benefits you can't you can't benefit God. That's the thing that people have to understand. You can't benefit him. If If no body in creation worships Him, that doesn't take anything away from his kingdom, and everybody in the universe,
worship God together all day long, then add to him, it doesn't add to his power or anything like that. He doesn't need us, we need him. And so when we, every, every every week, on a Friday, and we give him one hour, and we remember him, it's good for us. It's good to get out of the dunya Yeah, for a while, you know, the rat race, to get to get involved and in remembrance of him. And then you'd be shocked. You go to the masjid, you listen to the sermon, the Imam gives us a football or a sermon, and he says something that will change your life, even help you in your dunya they'll help you and you're helping your business. Yeah, that's the point. And you know, you get so much edger in
so much reward from Allah, the Almighty for doing what He commands us to do. Your life is more blessed. More more, much more blessed. Yeah, absolutely. We're gonna be right back with another question. And let you decide during your junior or not, we'll be right back onto the show.
Coming to the truth requires two things. It requires deep thinking that you've already done but it requires another step. And that's courage. If you have the truth, but you don't have courage, you won't stand up for the truth. And that's as good as standing up for falsehood.
I would say this thing that you just told me, it's not in the Scripture, and they would say a marginal note added by a scribe. Yeah, okay. We know that. And I'd be thinking, if you know, this is not the Bible. Why are you preaching it as if it's gospel truth?
Back here on the deen show, with a man sir Roger Hodge, on this episode dunya dunya.
Let's read off the next one. And then we'll see if this qualifies for dunya dunya. Now, you'd be ready to and everybody collaborate. And if something you have some doubts, take it to your local EMR, take it to your scholar and see if he'll agree with us to the domain thing is that we're sincere and that we want to change for the better doing things how the creator wants us to do it, then nothing less than paradise. Is that right? Absolutely. All right. When the Muslim convenience store owner has been advised, and talked to many times about selling alcohol, lotto tickets in the inner cities, and all he has to say in response is this is America brother, this is America. What do
we have to say? Don't you don't Yeah.
Big don't yet that's a big g Apple to
Apple. Let me say this. I think it's important that the beautiful thing about our religion, the Prophet peace and blessings be upon one said in the halala the union in the Union, being a human on Moodle, Muscovy hot on the moon cathedra mentalness. That which is permissible is is plain.
It's clear clear that
Which is not permissible is clear. But in between them are doubtful matters not many people know about. Yeah. Right. So So there are some issues that are very, very clear. This issue here selling alcohol. I don't care where you are. It's not permitted. It's Haram. There's no ambiguity. ambiguity is not like, Well, you know, I'm not really sure. Really it could No, no, it is absolutely prohibited now. Now, I know for a fact that the people who sell alcohol lotto tickets and and all those other things, but got a lot of tickets bought about that. Is that clear? That's under gambling. So the gambling Yeah, it's clear again, it's not there's no ambiguity there. And don't
these things destroy people's lives? It does. It also destroys life. You know, you have a basketball player recently for the for the Washington Wizards. I
think his name is arenas
got in trouble. He lost. You know, he has a contract with over $100,000. But he was gambling with another person on it on his own as his own a team. And somebody didn't pay the debt. Right. They were gambling in the court and talks about it brings enmity alcohol and gambling when you do take out a gun. Wow. They pull guns on each other, huh? Put guns on each other. Wow. And now he's suspended from the from the NBA because they heard about it. Uh huh. Right. So you have gambling is a serious addiction. You have you have one of the great baseball players. Pete Rose. Now, who, you know, is a Hall of Famer, a baseball player, one of the best best ever, but he can't get into the
Hall of Fame because he used to gamble. And he used to gamble. in baseball. Yes, that's a no, no. You have people that have lost millions of dollars gambling. When the great basketball plays, Michael Jordan had a game gambling problem. Charles Barkley great basketball player has an has a gambling addiction emitted gambling addiction. Yeah. So these things are clear. Now you're Muslim. Now you are supposed to be a good example for the people in America. Yeah, people I should call it the people in New York, the people Philadelphia is supposed to be a good example. Now here, you making money, you making money off the people. But the people don't even know that you're not
supposed to be selling those things. You're not supposed to be selling alcohol. Alcohol is is been implicated in I think one third of the accidents that have fatal accidents in this country, attributed to alcohol.
One third of the people who commit suicide are attributed attributed to alcohol. You talk about murder, no. alcohol. So how can you a Muslim? Say that you want the good for the people? You they're making a lot of money off of the people, but God told you don't. Don't eat the profits that you can't God don't allow you to sell the alcohol. Not only don't drink it, but don't sell it. So So no, it is Don't you have the worst time? Yeah. And I'm saying to any Muslim. If you want to be a successful businessman, then do what God tell you to do. I know some Muslims. I'm very proud of them. I used to go talk to them. They sold alcohol. I remember once going into a Muslim store was a
Sunday, right? Yeah. And I got excited. I saw a sign and it says that.
No alcohol. So here Nice.
oh, after three o'clock.
So the rest of the time it's there at sea. And I first saw no alcohol sold here. I got excited, excited, but something some stipulation now. Then I looked and that's all on Sundays. So but Muslim is like, Okay, this Listen, Mr. Mr. Jones comes into the store and I want some I want some bear on Mr. Jones. I don't have beer. Well, let me go somewhere else. But before you go, let me tell you something. You asked me why I'm not selling that. Because I know the beer is not good for you and our opportunity. wonderful opportunity. And I know it's not good for you. I'm not going to sell it for you. Even though I don't make money from you. But I'm not going to sell it to you because I
don't want to hurt you. That's what you that's what we want to be about inviting the good. It's about helping the people to stay away from those evil things. Exactly. destroy your lives. Anyway. We'll be right back with more dunya dunya You be the judge you decide here on the deen show.
I believe in Jesus you have stepped outside of Islam. You cannot be a Muslim as a tenant our faith to believe in and love Jesus Christ by he is the Why is it then when it comes to one of the most important decisions in life? Literally abuse ourselves. It's not that
The main thing we're looking for us to see what type of money he has so that he can treat my daughter like a princess. It's not about that.
Back on the deen show, so tell us Imam Quran non Muslims brothers in humanity, because they're our brothers in humanities is right. Absolutely. We wanted to be our brother. I want to be clear about the answers. In many places. Yeah, you had
all mankind. So God is talking to all of us. Yeah. So tell us our brothers in humanity, the non Muslims after they see now they know dunya dunya. And they walk up into this convenience store and they see the big Kaaba, and they see all the alcohol and they say, okay, that must be a Muslim. Can they tell them the non Muslim to the Muslim now that they know that they shouldn't be selling alcohol? I tell them,
I want them to say I want them to tell them I want them to say, Yeah, I want them to remind them. I want them to embarrass them. And sometimes you'd be surprised at that if a non Muslim it says to Muslim You know what? bad enough that I'm not I'm not a Muslim. I'm not I don't I don't practice Islam. When you should know better you're Muslim. You're supposed to be an example. You study the Quran and you believe in Prophet Muhammad. And, and in people I want them to do that. I want them to call us to an account. And it's sometime By the way, sometimes they'll do that. Yeah, you're supposed to be a Muslim.
Yeah, love it. I love it. We need to call him to account I you know, I want one of the plans that I had from New York City.
Was my objective to get every Muslim store in New York City to stop selling alcohol? Yeah, and I'm gonna do it one day but God's permission You know, I'm gonna try to get rid of the the girlie magazines. Yeah, you know what I mean? But yeah, magazines, the porno and Naga Fie. Get rid of alcohol get rid of the gambling Yeah, and all of that and I think that if we will do that, we will send a strong message to the people of America that you know what those Muslims are, they're serious and therefore real. Otherwise, you know, you know what they're gonna say? You just like everybody else. Yeah, and you worse you know why you worse because you're a hypocrite. Because at least at
least they'll say we this is what we do. But you you you you're going against your own terms. So hopefully those Muslims who are doing that now you can use this episode along with your calling them advising them in the nicest ways to stop this hopefully something a lot do the rest and they'll stop and those liquor stores or those places will turn into maybe some bread stores or some other
how about those people who watch the show make a copy of this tape? yeah give it to the Muslims that's a great idea and those don't make a copy give it to them they listen to the the Muslims who are selling alcohol and the non Muslims can also help out and participate they tell them don't you do that last one is now the person that's always concerned about smelling good and looking nice. Qualified under Junior Junior No, no no no no like sweet smelling the Prophet love those No, this is good as a good thing. Smells good. But you can always be careful. Okay, but the women Yeah, so what happened once I was on on a plane right. And I and I was walking down the aisle and all of a sudden
my head turn
is as if someone pulled my head and I turned and I found myself looking in the direction of what do you have a whiplash after that almost just just just just about but in and you know, what did it smell? Yeah, it was so attractive that I was just like, I found it and I think the person knew that Yeah, so women, the Muslim women and the women have to be a little bit careful. Yeah, they don't want to make the scent too strong. Yeah, it should be very you know, you know, very mild Yeah. As opposed to being strong in grab the tension so that some men can start looking at Yeah, so this attention should be sought after her husband. It should definitely be sought after husband Yeah, so
she can I mean, put whatever she wants to wear because the dress code and everything is again how the Creator has put it down but what about the the men Now also, how is he he can be nice and not wrinkled? And have a nice you know attire on where he is a part of Islam so you don't have to look like a bum Okay, I don't mean you pious because you look like nice clothes is good nice clothes is fine. Yeah, you know according to a person's ability person can afford it but we should avoid for men silk fences. Yeah, gold. Yeah, but but other than that, we should have nice clothes in in neat and clear. Now we're going to bring it all home. It goes back to acknowledging that there is one who
gave you life will give you depth talk about this because these things he
wants us to be in paradise. He wants what's best for us. So if we look at it from a different perspective, not just a bunch of rules, as I think it'll make more sense, please. But that's the point that I'm trying to drive home. Eddie, is that, that God wants us good. Yeah. And the thing we can you know, as much as we love this world, I mean, we try to stay as long as we can, you know, a few people try to kill themselves. Yeah, most people, they want to live right. And when what is close to death, they say, Oh, God, don't let me die.
But he's got something better than this world. Yeah, as good as it is to us. There's something better. For instance, I mentioned earlier in another segment, every soldier tastes of death. Not in hereafter. in paradise. There is no death. Yeah, you know, there's no sickness. You don't even have to go to the bathroom. Yeah. And guess what? You don't even go to sleep. you imagine? In a world of peace and tranquility, no wars, no fighting. None of that stuff was nothing but peace. And anything that you want? Yeah. No, you could have it. Yeah. In the in the paradise. Yeah. And God wants us to have that. But the price we have to pay is give up the dunya give up the dunya dunya dunya. Thank
you very much. Thank you. We started with peace we end with peace. Thank you. May God Almighty Allah reward you. Thank you. We need to have you back again. When you go to town. It's confirmed. Everybody's heard all the bells.
And all these people confirm back again next time with us. Mr. Raja Hodge look out for that. You can visit him at the deen show calm he has his own section. Thank you for being with us. On the deen show. We want peace. The owner peace is the one who created us and we need to live life according to how he wants us to live. And then there's nothing less than paradise as the mom had talked about at the end. We hope that you come back here every week on the deen show. So we can all benefit from this beautiful knowledge that most of these guests who come on they share with us.
We'll see you next time on the D show until then, peace beyond to you the DVDs for Tao as Allah has said in the Quran and suta now 16 125 Voodoo Illa Sabir lira bookable hypnotic, invite all to the way of your Lord with wisdom beautiful preaching and reason with them in ways that are best and this is a great opportunity for you to take up the obligation take up the call as Allah has told you to do and share this beautiful message with the world Islam submission to the One God see what everyone's talking about. You find one contradiction it can't be from God
but the rational idea the rational explanation is you do your best to give up worshiping God is one I will never give up spreading this hope that you take the necessary steps you don't know if you can live till tomorrow
so you got to find that urgency to do the right thing right now.
If you say that you do not believe in Jesus you have stepped outside of this nine you cannot be a Muslim is a 10 in our face to
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