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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salam aleikum 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 tabs 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 gonna 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. Is this dunya dunya does it qualify under that 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
when we come we come back Suraj
helping us tackle dunya dunya
Jesus was his messenger
Why did that maybe maybe it's just a break the ice. A salaam aleikum, when it comes to the heading, peace be unto you Peace be upon you, how you doing? Doing great things Mutola 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 build for 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 want you to show how I'm doing 100 right now to the goal and see some of your guests that you've had is very educational, very informative, and, and also entertaining.
Allow entertainment, allow entertainment. Yes. And that's what we try to do. We tried to give the non Muslims a better picture about Islam to them, 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. Is Islam the way of life of all the messages of God? Absolutely. Now, just a little bit about yourself. You actually the first Muslim to open up in Congress is that true care will be offered by our guest chaplain. The mom Shiraz was a member of the American Muslim Council of washington dc Suraj Maharaja of Brooklyn, New York. He is 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 and church of all the world's praise belongs to the who shaped us and colored us in the wounds of our mother's colors black and white, brown, red and yellow. Praise belong to the who created us for males and females and made us into nations and tribes, that we may know one another, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, on 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 on doubt 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 invocation open up the session of Congress. I think it was 1993 of non 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 Uh huh. 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, open up, a session of Congress was huge. And so 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. It's 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 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 needs 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 for that mistake. 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 cleaned up some of the drug infested areas crime now one of the areas one of the areas on where I'm the measure the top one, yeah, we first open up that measure to 1978 according to the
the captain of the 79th precinct was the area the captain like 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 we went there in 1978, there was not one Muslim business. You go there now. You no 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 get to know about them. 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 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.
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that is none worthy to be worship except Allah alone. You got some CDs and music in the car, bobbing your head the 50 cents or?
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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 is Jesus worshipping? recorded in the Gospels and despite all of the other issues about the Gospels, we put those aside we'll just say it's mentioned there that Jesus worship God well
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 this life is is doing Yeah, right. The food we eat is dunya clothing. We were 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 we say, Oh, that's the dunya as 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 to be like a traveler. Hmm, there you go. Yeah. Now tell us when Friday Juma rolls around the brother rather be downtown.
Talk about this now. dunia he weighs very deep and don't you don't
now 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, but 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 doing is done yet, 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 in hastens to the remembrance of Allah, the Almighty, after all, after all, He created us and gave us even the dunion that we have, the junior card that we have, during 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, in Come in, remember me, that's not too hard for the
one that has given you everything, everything's very easy. You have to 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 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've probably heard it all. I mean, you are the as I say, the old G, the O, the O II, the original Imam. So tell us some of the some of the excuses that you know, you sit in there and you hear it and you're just, you know, in your head, you say, Man, talk to us, give it share it 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, 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's 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 and Allah says and after this
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 can't work. Yeah, you know, so it's not something that's just unique to the Muslims. But all of religious people, many Christians, they they close down their 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 what? Remember remembering the 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. And
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 nobody 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 that 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, is 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 it says something that will change your life. even help you in your knowing you 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 and more, much more blessed. Yeah, absolutely. We're gonna be right back with another question and let you decide during your junior or not
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I'm not afraid.
I'm not afraid.
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 Imam Suraj 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 that the main 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 Don't Yeah.
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Apple. Let me say this. I think it's important that the beautiful thing about our religion, the Prophet peace and blessings be upon No one said in them hallelujah. You know, we're in the drama you know, what being a woman on Moodle Muscovy hat on the moon Cathedral, is that which is permissible is is plain.
It's clear, clear
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 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. What 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. Last You know, he has a contract with over $100,000 but he was gambling with another person on it on his own as is on the team. And somebody didn't pay the debt. Right. They were gambling in the court and talks about a brings enmity alcohol and gambling when he do take out a gun. Wow. They pull guns on each other. Hmm. Put guns on each other. Wow. And now he's suspended from the from the NBA cuz 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's 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 should call 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 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 out. But 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 sold here. Nice, huh?
Oh, after three o'clock.
So the rest of the time it's there. I see. And I first saw the episode here. I got excited, excited, but something some stipulation now.
on Sundays. So but Muslim is like, Okay, this Listen, Mr. Mr. Jones comes into the store and I want some I want some beer. On Mr. Jones. I don't have beer. Well, let me go somewhere else. But before you go on, let me tell you something. You asked me why I'm not selling that. Because I know the beer is not good for you with 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 your 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.
You say that you're not believe in Jesus, you have stepped outside of this line. You cannot be a Muslim in that tenant, our faith to believe in and love Jesus Christ by 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 their
back on the deen show. So tell us Imam Quran non Muslims brothers in humanity, because they're our brothers in humanities. Right? Absolutely. We wanted to be our brother. We want to be clear about the Quran says, 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 or happen 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. But 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 sometime By the way, sometimes I 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 by God's permission. You know, I'm gonna try to get rid of the the girlie magazines. Yeah, no, I mean, but yeah, magazines, the porno. And yeah, nog, Rafi, get rid of the 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 they for 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 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, 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 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. This is good as a good thing. Smells good. But you can always be careful. Okay, but the women Yeah, so what happened was 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 Did 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 followed 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 set 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 sort of the 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 man now also, how is he he can be nice and not wrinkled? And have a nice you know attire on where he was supportive of Islam so you don't have to look like a bum Okay, this is don't mean you pious because you look like nice clothes is good nice clothes is fine yeah you know according to the person's ability person can afford it but we should avoid for men silk for instance. Yeah. Oh god. 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. I think it'll make more sense, please. 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. 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. Imagine in a world of peace and tranquility, no wars, no fighting. None of that stuff, but nothing but peace. And anything that you want. Yeah. Now 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 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 because everybody's heard all the bells. I'm saying all these people confirm back again next time with first Mrs. 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 be unto you. The DVDs for Dawa as Allah has said in the Quran in surah now 16 125 Voodoo Illa severely replicable 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 allies 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 why I will never give up spreading this message. 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 Islam you cannot be a Muslim in our face to
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