Inquisitive Minds

Yasir Qadhi


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Alhamdulillah we praise Allah Subhana Allah to Allah for He alone is worthy of praise. And we thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for having guided us to this religion in this faith. And indeed if Allah had not guided us we would not be guided. And we ask Allah subhana wa Taala for the good of this world and the good of the next and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our souls and the consequences of our actions. Whomever Allah subhana wa tada guides non convinced guide and whomever he chooses to miss guide, none can guide him to the straight path. I bear witness and I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship other than Allah Subhana Horta, Allah, and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi

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wa sallam is this final prophet and his most perfect worshipper as to what follows Allah subhana wa tada has commanded us to be conscious of him and to submit until we die for he says in the Quran, you Hello Dina armano Allah azza wa jal Mouton. illa Anta Muslim moon dear Muslims, today's Holtzberg is a unique and different one. It is a hotspot that is meant for inquiring an inquisitive minds. It is a hotbed that is catered to our next generation, a generation that is witnessing new challenges and new threats, the likes of which are completely unprecedented in human history. The advancements in technology and our understandings of science have allowed the spread of new

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new understandings new questions that perhaps our ancestors never even thought of. It is now Vogue to reject religion in totality. It is the norm amongst many in the scientific community to doubt the very existence of God, something that was unheard of for almost the entirety of human existence. So it is not surprising that when we live in such a new time, unprecedented time that questions ask are asked that even our own fathers and ancestors would not even have thought of. I get bombarded with emails and even people coming to my office verbalizing questions that I fully understand some of you elders would even not want to hear the question much less begin with the answer. But with my utmost

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respect to the elders, you're ignoring the question will not make the questions go away. And we need to be frank and address the challenges given the times that we have today. Now one Hooda can only do so much but I want to begin the discussion and inshallah spark the intellectual dialogue and inshallah I'm here for anybody that wants to follow up with other questions or concerns. We began with the very basic premise, how do we even know there is a creator and a god. And if we look at the Quran, we find quite interestingly, that the Koran does not engage with this notion of atheism, the way that we understand it. The Quran takes the existence of God as a given. The Quran does not give

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complex multifaceted proofs in order to prove the existence of God. On the contrary, the Quran assumes that the existence of God is self evident, our existence is enough evidence of his existence. And in fact, this is the logical and rational understanding of the world around us. Descartes famously remarked, I think, therefore I am, he doubted his own existence, we as Muslims will add to that, I think, therefore, he is the very fact that I exist, and the very fact that I have consciousness, and the very fact that I am thinking, it is enough of a proof, it is enough of a realization that He exists, I would not be here if he were not here. And I would not be able to be

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conscious and think if he did not imbibe in me, the faculties to be conscious and to be inquisitive. And in fact, dear Muslims, we are just beginning to understand the complexity of life around us the amount of information that is stored in our DNA. Our supercomputers of today have challenges to unpack the complex circuitry of ourselves. We continually make discoveries in every single discipline, in biology, in physics, in astronomy, that continue to astound us, and these disciplines that we studied, these disciplines that we specialize in, you can only specialize in one you cannot be a cutting edge physicist and a cutting edge biologists at the same time, we can only specialize

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in one but the reality is that the world around us these specializations and these disciplines do not exist separately from one another. In reality, the laws of physics and biology and chemistry and astronomy all interplay together, they simultaneously exist in ourselves and within our bodies. And the seamless working together have all of this around us is enough of an indication that there is a designer out there of supreme power and supreme knowledge and that is why Allah subhana wa Taala challenges in the Quran. Look at the creation Do you find a flaw? Look again and keep on looking candidate Allah says in the Quran for gl basato Rahman photo. So Mara Jerry dasara karate young

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kirribilli kabasele Rojas in WA has seen you will become tired, your mind will become fatigued you will not find a flaw in this perfect all perfect design, the strength and the power and the perfection and the beauty of the creation is an indication of the strength and the power and the knowledge of the Creator. Allah subhana wa tada says in the Quran explicitly in the end of surah tada go read it. Allah explicitly says that he has created the creation litella Moon so that you may know and Allah Allah coalition Kadir one Allah for the health of the coalition, that Allah is all powerful and all knowledgeable. Notice Allah is powerful and knowledgeable. The creation itself will

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tell you forget the existence of the Creator that is a given. It will tell you the attributes of the Creator. He will tell you the names of the Creator, the creator of this creation must be all powerful, must be all knowledgeable must be aware of it.

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Everything and that is why Allah subhanho wa Taala links these two attributes in particular to the existence of the creation. In fact the Quran the Quran does not even challenge the Quran does not even address atheists, the way that it addresses pagans and the way that it addresses idolaters. If you were to say there are verses in the Quran about atheists, perhaps you can extract only one verse in the entire Koran, and that is in Surah tour when Allah subhana wa tada says, I'm Julio Coleman, Heidi Shea in a Mormon Holly own, did they create the word they created from nothing? Or did they create themselves? Where did they come from? Were they created from nothing? This is the most

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explicit verse in the Quran that talks about the phenomenon of atheism. And even then Allah does not address it directly. He addresses it as a rhetorical question. Do you really think all of this came out of nothing? Can anybody actually say this? And Subhanallah brothers and sisters, the Koran constantly challenges us to think about the creation to affirm the Creator. So many verses don't they see themselves? Don't they see the camel don't they see the stars don't they see within themselves so many verses? But here's the point. Here's the catch. None of those verses is directed to atheists. All of them are directed to polytheists. Those who worship multiple gods, Allah

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subhanho wa Taala gives more credit to polytheism than he gives to atheism. He actually engages with polytheists intellectually he engages with them and says, How can you believe in a multiple of Gods when the harmony around us indicates there is but one god so the verses of the Koran that are about to * or that are about examining the creation they are addressed to those who are who believed in multiple gods and Allah subhana wa tada says, if there were multiple Gods this harmony would not exist. Hello canopy Hema Ali Hassan in the law who the fossa data. If there were other gods besides Allah, this creation would become chaotic. It will have nothing but facade in Surah Menon, Allah

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subhanho wa Taala says that if there were other gods besides Allah, that that have akula him, every God would take its own creation away from the other gods. What about Oklahoma, and the gods would be fighting one another, you would not have the perfect harmony, harmony, the symmetry, you would not have this entire universe working in unison and cooperating for a common goal if there were multiple gods. So the purpose of all of these verses is to prove monotheism. And that's where all of these verses come into play. As for agnosticism, as for atheism, the fact of the matter is that denying a God does not stem from rational evidence. It stems from a spiritual arrogance. It stems from an

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arrogance of not wanting to believe because the evidences for the existence of a creator are too numerous to count. The very fact that you are looking for evidence, the very fact that you exist, and you have a rationality to hunt for evidence is enough of an evidence that He exists. So how can somebody who denies the existence of God be given any proof when he himself is the existence of God, he is not even willing to look at himself, and he wants external proof. So the Oran does not give them too much weight. And the Quran dismisses it as a spiritual arrogance. You cannot argue for the two The one who is already arrogant in his mind, but you can argue and debate with the one who has a

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rational fault. And that is why the Quran gives more credit to the allocator, and even to the polytheist than it does to those who reject the concept of a god. So as we said, the concept of a god is a given. And in fact, the Quran affirms monotheism via the perfection of the creation around us. But then the next question arises, some people say, yes, there might be there might be a god, I believe that, but I don't believe in organized religion. And this is very common 32% of the people of this land, and 60 to 70% of some of the lands in Europe. They tick the box that says spiritual but not religious 30% of our nation, one out of every three, they believe in some being, but they

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don't believe in religion, spiritual, I believe there's something but not religious. I don't affiliate with a particular religion. And this philosophy, it's called deism or theism, that you believe there is a God but you don't believe in religion, and this to the Quran challenges directly and the Quran refutes this concept as being inconsistent, intellectually inconsistent. Allah says in the Quran, that is I will insert a new trucker sudah did man think that we would be left after being created without being given guidance? Did man think he would be left without any guidance? In other words, the perfection of the Creator

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indicates that the Creator is active in our lives. He's not a passive God who created us and left the world know, the way that he created this world indicates he is an active god he participates he takes care of he answers. So how could such a God take care of our physical needs and ignore our spiritual ones? How can the world be created so perfectly such that every single atom of creation is in harmony and perfection? every aspect of our physical lives is taken care of, and yet the spiritual question, the question of why we are here, what is the purpose of life? what is right and wrong? What will happen after death? How can those be ignored? In fact, it would make more sense to

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ignore the physical and concentrate on the spiritual but Allah has ignored neither and Allah has neglected neither Allah has taken care of our physical and of our spiritual and intellectual well beings. And that is why Allah sends the prophets and the messengers to communicate with us. We believe as Muslims that a true God would not just abandon his creation, what type of God is it that creates and then leaves? No, Allah says in the Quran did man think recreated or for no reason? Boulton as a just Allah says, I don't play games. This is the Quran. I don't play games, I don't do something for no reason. So the fact that we exist in such perfection is an indication that there is

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a reason for existence. Now, how do we know that reason, Allah must tell us and he tells us via prophets and via messengers, and that is why we as Muslims firmly believe that if you believe in a God, you must believe in religion as well. To believe in a God without religion is to not believe in a real God. This is an imaginary God, a god, by definition, will be involved in the spiritual well being of his creation. And that is why religion is a necessary part of life. It informs us of the purpose of life. It tells us why we are here. It teaches us morality without religion, by the way, and study your philosophy. without religion, there is no ultimate morality, any action, any

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lifestyle, any deed can be justified intellectually, if you remove God from the picture only with God and only with faith, do you have morality? Do you have civil society? Do you have identity and community if you reject religion, the alternative is a complete free for all. Every person becomes a religion, and a theology and a morality unto himself. And frankly, we are already seeing the beginnings of this in the current world that we live in where everything goes, and every person follows his own desires. This is not the sign of a true God. The True God communicates with his creation and tells his creation right from wrong. So we believe in Allah azza wa jal, we believe in

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a god I should say, right now we believe in faith. But then the question arises, what faith? That's the next question, how do we know my faith is the correct faith because an outside critic will come to you at some point in your life, and He will say to you, you're just a Muslim, because your parents are Muslim, you're just a Muslim, because you were born in a Muslim household and your neighbor is a Christian because his parents are Christian and your other neighbors a Jew, because his parents are a Jew. And this will bring an element of doubt, because statistically, that is pretty much correct. The majority of people have one faith happened to be born into that faith. So

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the external critic comes along, and he challenges you, he says, You really are just a born Muslim. We're talking here to those who were born in the faith. As for the conference, they have 100 they passed the test. As for us who are born, the external critic will come and plant that seed of doubt. He's gonna say you haven't done your research, you haven't done all the fates and studied them to come to the logical conclusion that Islam and only Islam is true. And this will cause a question to come. How do I know my faith is true? Okay, we've shown there's a God we've shown that God is one we've shown monotheism, we've shown that God must reveal their religion, but then how do we know

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which religion now this is a very again, all of these are very lengthy questions. I'll give three simple responses. How do we know Islam is true? Three simple responses. Firstly, an external evidence, secondly, an internal evidence to the faith. And thirdly, an internal evidence in our souls, external, internal to the faith internal to our souls. As for the external evidence that Islam is true, the number one miracle that gives us yaqeen beyond the shadow of a doubt, is that of the Quran. Whenever in doubt, read the Quran. Whenever a Westwater comes, the doubt comes to you listen to the Quran. The Quran is the ultimate miracle that any prophet has ever been given. It is

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the miracle of miracles. No prophet has been given a miracle that even comes close to that of the Quran. It is the eternal, the living the tangible miracle. It is the miracle that every single one here in this audience and across the globe, that

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As to the Quran knows it to be true for an unlettered prophet without any formal education in the desert of the seventh century of Arabia to produce a recitation whose very words move men to tears who sounds produce spiritual awakenings. Even amongst those who don't understand it, their emotions removed, whose teachings transcend any time and place whose preservation is beyond question. The Quran is the ultimate miracle of miracles. And all one needs to do is to listen and to read and to recite the very fact that this is a lived book, A memorized book that a non Arab who doesn't understand the word of Arabic can memorize the entire Quran cover to cover and line by line. Every

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half of the Quran is a walking miracle. What other book forget holy, what other book is there that can be memorized in this fashion other than the Koran and Allah mentions in the Quran, bell Who? Tom bhajana john fields who do the lead in the Quran is clear our yard in the chests of the people of knowledge. It's mentioned in the Koran that the Quran is going to be preserved in the chests of men as we see it today. So this is the first proof it's external, the Koran. The second mechanism is internal to the faith and that is the teachings of Islam. Look at what Islam teaches no other religion is as logical as Islam no other religion is that simple. So by process of elimination

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polytheism does not make any sense Trinity nobody understands that the God is the son the Father What is this? The notion that the the ethnicity of one group is only good which is not our religion or other religion says one religion one races the chosen race doesn't make any sense. Islams theology is simple, it is logical, even a child can understand one God, one purpose, one mankind worship him live moral lives, there is life after death in that life after that, you will find the wisdom of suffering and pain, infinite justice, because one of the biggest problems of these atheists is to explain evil and to explain justice, why is there evil? Why is there pain? Why is

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there suffering? We answer all of this with the IRA. There is infinite justice, but not in this world, every pain, every suffering, you will be rewarded. But in the next world, we bring in the concept of the hero to understand some of the problems of this world. So the simple theology of Islam to hear that he saw that after Europe, we believe in one God, he sent a series of prophets with the same message and we believe in life after death, there is no other faith that is as simple and as rational and as logical and answers the big questions. It explains life and death, pain and suffering, infinite justice, all is explained in the simple theology of na ilaha illAllah Muhammad

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Rasulullah. The third mechanism of knowing that our faith is true, we said the first was external, the Quran. The second was internal to the faith, theology and teachings. The third is internal to us in our own souls, and that is a miracle of creation. Allah subhanho wa Taala created us not just with the faculties of hearing and seeing and speaking and the faculty of intelligence, there is another faculty. And this faculty is one of intuition, spiritual intuition. The Arabic term is fifth row, fifth row. And fifth row is a spiritual faculty. It's embedded not in our brains, but in our soul group. Because of the fifth row, because of this embedded inherent faculty, all of mankind has

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an intrinsic understanding of right and wrong. When we do something good, we feel good. When we do something bad, we feel guilty. When we worship Allah, we feel a sense of purpose. There is an intuition within all of us. We are born with it. It's not acquired, we are born with it. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, every single child is born with the fitrah. Then his parents, corrupt him, his parents change him to this faith or that faith. He did not say his parents make him a Muslim. No, his parents make him this faith or that faith. But the fedora and Islam are compatible. How do we know Islam is true? Because to the very core of our being to the very depths

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of our being, our intuition is in harmony with the theology of Islam with the teachings of Islam. We know internally that Islam makes sense. We don't have to research every one of the 500 religions on Earth. We don't have to read the holy books of every other scripture, intuitively, our soul, our psyche, our rule is in harmony with our faith. And the fact of the matter is every other faith tradition, their soul is not in harmony with their faith. And that explains By the way, why people convert to Islam, and why hardly anybody in the history of Islam has hardly anybody. In fact, we do not know of any scholar any half of the Quran we do not have any researcher who after researching

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all the religions have left Islam and then embrace

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To another faith, you do find people who are never really Muslim in the first place, then they accept another faith but in reality as we're all aware people convert to our faith in every community across this country and across the globe, you will find converts to Islam. Why? Because the fifth rock is in harmony with Islam. So a person of a pure soul, a person of a pure fifth rock will be attracted to Islam. By the way, the fifth row also explains many other phenomenons, for example religiosity why is it that Muslim lands across the globe belief in God belief in morality, belief in the Hereafter is very high. Gallup survey did a poll about who believes in God in the

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world, you can see a huge difference between Muslim countries 90% 95% I think the highest or the lowest was like 78 79% versus Western countries 3540 50% in many countries 20% Why is this market difference between Muslim lions and others because when a man settles in the heart, when faith comes in the heart, the fitrah and the faith are going to be cooperating together, they stick together. This is the reality we see another manifestation of the fifth rock very interesting. Wherever Muslim civilization went, Islam remained even if the civilization left wherever Muslim empires came, the religion remained even when the Empires left. However, anytime an empire came of another faith, they

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left and their faith left and their culture left. Alexander the Great conquered more than half of the world. Where is his kingdom? Where is his faith? Where is his paganism? Cengiz, Han conquered most of the world of his time, where are the people who follow his ideology, nowhere to be found, wherever the Muslims went, even if the powers went, the Kings went, the dynasty went, Islam remained amongst the people. And it remained with pride. It remained as their main heritage from the borders of China, all the way to Africa, Islam, wherever it went and spread, it settled in the people's heart, unless they were politically persecuted like an undiluted in Spain. Otherwise, this is a sign

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of a true faith, that where it goes, the people embrace it, and they keep it even after the conquerors leave, they still retain the faith, because the faith and the faith are in harmony together. So dear Muslims, I have spoken very briefly about the fact that it is obvious that there is a God it is obvious that God is one it is obvious that that God is all powerful, all knowledgeable, it is obvious that that God would send a religion and that religion will be for all of mankind, and communicate with us. And then we have to affirm our faith tradition. And we affirm that via a number of things, other things can also be mentioned, but I mentioned three of them. And

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with that, we come to the conclusion of every rational mind that Islam is true and Allah is true and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam is true, and the Quran is true, much more can be said but with these basic truths, I want you to start thinking about other issues and we'll continue in the second hole but as well May Allah subhana wa tada bless me and you within to the Quran. And may He make us of those who is versus they understand and apply his head and head on throughout our lifespan as scholars forgiveness us will ask him for his liver food and the ramen.

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Alhamdulillah Allah praise is due to Allah, the One and the unique. It is He alone that we worship, and it is His blessings that we seek. He is the Lord of the week, and he answers the call of the oppressed. Dear Muslim, one of the other issues that needs to be discussed in time is very limited, is the very complex and difficult question, which is actually another genre of questions. A lot of people come in, they say, I don't understand this ruling of Islam, how could adjust Lord have allowed this? Why did Allah make this? How long? Why did Allah allow this for the profitsystem? And he asks a very, very specific question about an issue of morality, an issue of a commandment a

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ruling, it's an ethical dilemma. So this brother, this sister, they say, you know, I agree with a lot of things you're saying, but I don't understand this one ruling of Islam. And my mind finds it problematic that Allah would allow this or obligated or what not. So this is a whole other topic time is very limited, but we have to simply answer in a very generic manner. First and foremost, you have to ask yourself, how do you decide the truth of a faith? Is it decided based upon whether you understand every single ruling, or is it decided based upon the bigger questions? You see if Allah allowed or didn't allow some issue, some commandments, some ruling, some filk? These are smaller

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issues. The bigger issue is that of theology of a man of the era. And that's how we decide the truth of a religion. We do not decide the truth of a religion on the secondary issues. We decide on the big issues who created me. What's the

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purpose of life what's gonna happen after death? And only Islam solves all of these answers. Now you come to an ethical dilemma. The Origin might allow x the Quran might forbid y. And you don't understand why that is the case, we say you do not decide the validity of a ruling simply because you do not understand it. The first person to reject the worship of Allah because he didn't understand ruling was beliefs. When Allah said to beliefs bow down to Adam, a belief thought I am better his mind told him I'm better. Why should I follow Allah zoa john, I should be the one the angels should bow down to be very careful and put the mind in its proper place. Secondly, dear

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Muslim, when it comes to these ethical issues, we have to differentiate between what might have been allowed in the past versus what is obligated in the present. And this is a very deep topic. And please don't misunderstand me, Islam came for all times in places. And therefore, there's a lot of laxity in the Shetty are in the revelation about certain things that may be in our timezone no longer done. And just because it was allowed in the past does not mean it needs to be replicated in our time. And it is up to the roadmap trained are the MA and juris to decide for every time for every culture, for every place, a simple example is the age of marriage, once upon a time, younger

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people got married very young, and that was the norm, we might problematize that. And we don't have to follow that ruling that was there for the past nothing wrong with them doing that. But we do have the right and the field Council and others have raised the age of marriages. And you know, in our time in place, a young boy or young girl should not get married, we should raise that too, which is a sensible age. This is something that the Sharia has to cater to the entire globe for all of eternity for all of mankind. So the fact that the Sharia is silent, does not mean we have to take that ruling and apply it in our age. So we have to be very careful, most of the ethical issues that

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our young men and women bring, it can be said, you know, different times different places, and the fact that it was permissible in the past, we now have the right for example, across the globe, slavery has now been finished and banned. And the owner of this religion 100 years ago, also did this that across the globe, there's no more middle kameen and whatnot. So this is something we can think about. We'll leave it to the roadmap to do and thirdly, if it is something that Allah azza wa jal obligated, Allah made how long because the second category is mobile has neutral, the third category, what if Allah said it is how long or Allah said you must do it? In this case, we have to

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understand our fragile and imperfect minds here we have to understand that perhaps our ethical standards, our moral compass might be corrupted by the society we live in the origin of the past. They found the Quranic prohibition of racism, highly problematic. They said, Why is racism bad? The Arabs are better than non Arabs, everybody believed that back then they firmly believed in a hierarchy of races, and some of them rejected Islam, because Islam said all races are equal. We have to be careful of trying to replicate that mindset. If all of society doesn't evil, and we are born in that society, don't be surprised that we might see that evil as good. We have to be brave enough

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to acknowledge the fragility of our own minds and our own intellects. And if it is a secondary issue of ethics of sexuality of something with gender or something of this nature, and the Shetty eye is clear. This is how long this is hell and then even if we don't understand there's an element of I submit to Allah, there must be a leap of faith because the biggest questions have been answered by Islam. We know Allah is true. We know the Prophet system is true. We know the Quran is true. Now the Koran comes and says this is out on and there's no ambiguity, even if I don't understand why. This is where faith comes in, Oh Allah, I must trust you because I know you are my Creator. Subhan Allah

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dear Muslims, Allah says about alcohol, everybody would drink alcohol back then even those who converted to Islam, the first batch of Muslims, the Sahaba in Mecca, many of them would drink alcohol back then right before it was wrong. Allah revealed in the Quran, alcohol, they're asking you about home or about wine, there is some benefit, but there is much harm and the harm is more than the benefit. Now I asked you, do you think an alcoholic would understand that the harm is more than the benefit? Of course not. In his mind he sees the good is more than the evil How can you expect the one involved to understand so there must be an element of trust that Allah subhana wa

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tada knows, and I do not know. So these are the three simple ways that we do this, to understand these complex issues. And of course, every one of these issues can be elaborated on in more detail. To conclude, dear Muslims, I want to just remind me and you have some very basic things First and foremost, when in doubt, turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala in Serato, must stop him always make dua to Allah Subhana

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Know what to Allah, we firmly believe anybody who is sincere will never be misguided. Allah does not misguide this sincere turn to Allah subhana wa Tada. Secondly, fill your life up with elements of spirituality with elements of practice because sometimes the problem is not in the mind it is in the soul. So make sure you're feeding the soul. read the Quran, do your car, pray your prayers, as you ask Allah for guidance. Thirdly, ask the people of knowledge now I fully understand that sometimes your elders and some of the elders of the community will not be able to respond in ways that you appreciate I understand these are difficult questions, cut them some slack. Nobody's asked these

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questions until your generation but you will find answers do your research. If I'm here to help you inshallah. I'm here. Others can also there's online many people are answering where there's a will there's a way turn to Allah make dua to Allah subhana wa Tada. fill your life with spiritual, meaningful aspects and then ask the people of knowledge. And then lastly, do your Muslims understand that your mind is not the ultimate criterion of good and evil, there might be things you don't understand. Understand that there might be things you don't understand. And there's nothing wrong with admitting you're a fallible human being Allah knows best and that knowledge of a law knows best

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should be enough for you to accept all of the revelation as it is May Allah subhana wa tada guide all of us to the truth. I'm making the choice to say I mean after me, Allah we ask that you leave not leave any sin of ours here, accept the job overlook them, or will law Do not leave any sick amongst us except that you have healed them. Allah Do not leave any diseased amongst the scepter except that you have forgiven them. Allah Do not leave it misguided amongst us except that you have guided them. Our Lord Do not leave any depth of ours except that you have repaid them. Our Lord Do not leave any problem of ours except that you have blessed us to overcome them, yada yada yada him,

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Oh Allah, we beg from you to lift from us this plague in this disease and to bless us with a life of comfort and ease. You are the we and the Aziz our love of this dunya we ask you it's best and on Judgement day that we pass the test and of the after that you make us amongst the bless Oh Allah bless Islam and its people and the oma make it safe and peaceful and protected against those who just desire for it evil or Muslims. Allah subhana wa tada has commanded you with a command that he began with himself and he seconded with the angels, and He then told all of us to follow for he says in the Quran, in Nola woman Aikido soluna nebby you alladhina amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam with a

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