Tom Facchine – 4 Pathways To The Hellfire

Tom Facchine
AI: Summary © In Surah chapter 11, the speaker discusses the importance of belief in the afterlife and the belief that fearing the afterlife is not sufficient to achieve morality. The speaker emphasizes that belief in the afterlife is crucial to living a righteous life and that there is no way to avoid the consequences of actions. The speaker also mentions that belief in the afterlife is fundamental to morality and that there is no way to avoid the consequences of actions.
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Surah Al Mudethir is a really, really amazing

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Surah, and there's a lot of, interesting points

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to highlight. One of them is that Allah

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shows us 4 pathways that lead us to

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the hellfire

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and punishment and paint.

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And so, there's this kind of, you know,

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hypothetical but future conversation that's going to happen.

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What's what is it that landed you in

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hellfire?

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And then the people of the hellfire are

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gonna respond, lam nekum minam musalin, that we

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weren't praying. We didn't used to pray.

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And we didn't used to feed the poor.

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Right? And

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we used to

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play around or be idle with those who

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were doing the same thing,

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And we used to deny,

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the

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reckoning, you know, the last day.

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And so every

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believing person has to check themselves against these

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four things. Right?

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If you're safe from every single one of

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them, then congratulations. You're doing a great job.

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But usually

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usually,

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we have some sort of shortcoming or deficiency.

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Right? Can we really oh, okay. Many of

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us, we take care of our prayers, alhamdulillah.

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But are we feeding the poor? Okay. Most

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of us, probably not.

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Are we

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basically having a sort of allegiance to truth

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that we're not even going to spend time

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with the people of falsehood or we're going

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to sort of take it and make it

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into that public sort of unapologetic

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way.

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And are we living our lives?

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Right? Think about don't think about belief in

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the sense of, like, propositions that you agree

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with, but think about it.

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If somebody looked at me,

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would they

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say that, oh, this person, they fear the

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afterlife.

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They fear the day of judgment.

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Or do your actions reflect actually that you

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are belaying the day of judgment? Your actions

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show that you

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your belief, it might be an idea that

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you think is true,

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but hasn't become internalized in part of your

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your actions. That's an entire an entirely other

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thing. This belief in the afterlife is something

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that's so central and so foundational

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to faith

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that you can't have morality

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without it. And that actually

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almost all kufr, you know, and and denial

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is rooted

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in specifically the denial of the afterlife.

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Right? And so that's why just shortly after

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in the in the Surah, Allah Subhanahu Wa

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Ta'ala calls out people

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that claim

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that they would like their own personal revelation,

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right? It's kind of they want to play

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they want to be the boss. They want

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to control. They want to have their own

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criteria.

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Well, Allah should send me my own personal

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revelation. That's what Allah says.

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Is that every one of them, they they

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they wish that they could have their own

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revelation.

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But then when does Allah say,

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No. What's really at the bottom of this

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is that they don't feel fear the afterlife.

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Because if you fear the afterlife, you feel,

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excuse me, you fear recompense, you're afraid of

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the consequences of your actions in the afterlife.

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If anything

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that's like guidance comes to you, you're gonna

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take it seriously. You're gonna look at it

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as like, oh, no. Is this something that

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I need to be following? Is this something

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that I need to,

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use to improve myself or to get close

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to my Creator?

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Right?

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But the opposite is true. If you don't

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fear the afterlife, if you have no sense

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that your time is limited and the consequences

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are eternal,

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then even if the perfect proof and the

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perfect guidance comes to you, you're gonna be

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like, you know, whatever. What's this? Why should

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I need to follow it? I can get

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away with it. It's not gonna affect me.

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Why would I

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make things more difficult for myself by restricting

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myself, disciplining myself in this life when I

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could just be having a good time? I

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could just be enjoying myself.

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So belief in the afterlife is absolutely fundamental

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to to morality,

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to doing the right thing,

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to living a righteous life. And without belief

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in the afterlife,

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there's none of that. It's not possible. And

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so Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala says that this

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is something that

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even people's excuses for not believing at the

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base of it, underneath of it all is

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that they're not afraid of what's to come.

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