Channel: Yasir Qadhi
Series: Yasir Qadhi - Ask Shaykh YQ
Brother Nelson, from Malaysia, writes that there was a, he writes from a village in Malaysia that recently there was a flood over there. And it damaged many properties in that village. And the village has people of different backgrounds and different fates. And so the masjid and the temples were also damaged. He writes that as a gesture of goodwill, the entire community got together to rebuild the city. And as a part of that, people rebuilt the masjid and they rebuilt the temples as well. But some people objected that the Muslim should not participate in rebuilding the temples. And so he asks me that is it allowed to, for us to come together to rebuild the temples? Is this correct
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First, firstly, I make dua that Allah eases your situation no doubt that a flood is a very traumatic experience. And I'm happy that you and your family were protected. It looks like an hamdulillah Yanni life is much more important in the property as well. hamdulillah neither you know you, you are protected, all of you and your loved ones. And I pray that your affairs are made easy for you. Now there is no question that living in peace and in harmony in civil society is definitely one of the admirable goals of this Shediac and Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us to live lives that we're not constantly bickering and fighting. I love the automall human journey. Amen. Amen. Hope one of the
biggest blessings that Allah gave the people of Makkah is that they don't have civil war where men are human hope. And Allah says in the Quran we're in Jannah only sell me for Jenna haha if they desire peace, you as well desire peace and the treaty have heard they be clearly demonstrates that as the profitsystem said that whatever conditions they want that are allowed in the Shetty, I'm going to give it to them. As long as the Haram as long as the sanctity of Allah is respected, whatever conditions that will bring about some type of peace, I will give it to them. And there is no question as well, that helping one another in general humanitarian causes is definitely allowed
and encouraged especially when we're living together. Especially when there are kith and kin or our relatives are the same society. Allah says in the Quran, Lion How come Allah who I need lead in Alam your call to coffee dini? Welcome your courage acumen, Dr. Calm and table row Moto cassuto la him, that Allah subhanho wa Taala allows you that Allah is not forbidding you against those who they're not hitting you for your religion. They're not stopping you from practicing your faith. Allah says you may be good and kind and you may be just with them. And tab a room and bid is the highest level of kindness, what to constitute them and that you deal with them in justice and Allah loves those
who are kind and those who are more sin. So Allah loves the more sinning and after the Treaty of today be one of the chieftains have nudged was manhandled by the Quraysh. And he promised that he would not send any grain to them. After that he had accepted Islam. And they they mistreated him. So he became angry goes, I'm not going to send any grain to you. So he blocked the grain from the people of courage. This is when the courage and the Muslims were at war with one another. The Quraysh begged the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to intervene and to allow food to come to their children. And the Prophet system wrote to the chieftain, and said to him, allow the caravans
to come. So here again, the process is facilitating the food to go and as well in the seat of a thought if in the cg of a thought if, when the Muslims had surrounded, and this is war, and the Muslims had surrounded the city of a thought if, and they were about to burn the date palms in order to you know, expedite the siege, and the people of thought if begged them for the children that are going to come afterwards. Because when you destroy the date palms, you're talking about another generation to have the dates come again, write the date, pause, once you're there, you can manage them, but if you destroy all of the date palms, you know, for, you know, 20 years, 30 years, you're
not going to have any dates. So the people have life in the war, they begged the Prophet system to look were at war, but at least leave the dates don't don't destroy the cultivation of crops, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam forbade the Muslims to do so. And this is again general humanitarian like you're helping people to eat, to live to live peaceful lives. And Allah says in the Quran, what I will know either ability what Taqwa help one another in piety and in good things what I would want this mode one do not help one another in evil deeds and in translation.
Question. So all of this is to indicate that the generic concept of being kind to everybody, and of helping your neighbors of all faiths, in rebuilding their residences in feeding them in providing shelter and giving food, and supplies and clothing. All of this is not just allowed, it is encouraged, we should. And we are commanded to treat people with kindness and compassion, especially those that are treating us as well. And we're living in a civil society. But let me ask you a question, dear brother, would you help them by providing them beer? And wine? Would you go so far as to say, Okay, well, you know, I'm going to go purchase beer for you. And you know, I want you to
feel comfortable, they should understand. And you should understand that there are limits to cooperation. And these limits should be made clear. And there should not be any harm or harm, you know, any type of discomfort in explaining this, anything that goes against our principles, we have to draw the line there. So we give them water, we don't give them wine, we give them barley, we don't give them beer, it's very simple. You know, we give them that which we think is pure and good. If I think that, you know, drugs is harmful, and I do think so. And they think that drugs is not harmful, and they want drugs, too. Am I going to give them drugs and say, Oh, this is, you know,
being kind and compassionate? No, I think it is harmful for them. I'm going to say no, okay, here's water, here's food, here's bread here, shelter, here's, you know, anything you need were hell, but you see this thing, I can't give you drugs, I can't give you alcohol, I cannot give you that which will harm you. And so we also believe that, you know, temples are that which you know, we don't believe is morally correct to worship other than Allah subhana wa, tada. So we explained to them gently with with wisdom, with kindness, that look, this is your right to have your other places of worship, or to churches or synagogues, all of this is, you know, your your right to do. But
obviously, we, you know, find this that we we don't need to cooperate in this thing. And neither are we asking you to cooperate in the masjid, we understand if you're uncomfortable helping us build our message if they decide to do so that's on them. But you know, you should make it clear that we understand that this is, you know, might be a sensitive matter for some amongst you, and that's fine, we're not expecting you to go beyond that, which is reasonable. Now, I understand that in the world that we live in. Some people find this objectionable. And they will say that, but this is, you know, reciprocity just like they've helped you, we should help them. And for those people, you know,
these are generally the the more woke crowd, the more you know, the crowd who have their own principles and paradigms, I say to them, imagine if somebody who doesn't drink was forced to participate in building a pub building a, you know, a winery? Would that be ethically permissible? Or let me put it in your language, perhaps this is not in your language. Imagine a people who were colonized and their land was plundered by an outside invading force. If in this reciprocity, they were asked to rebuild a statue to honor the colonizer, right? Your paradigm is different than ours, I understand. So I'm speaking to a new paradigm. So if we if we asked, you know, or, or even if we
asked, you know, people who might have been enslaved in or their ancestor might have been enslaved, if you know, the flood damaged, the monuments built to one of the slave owners or the bat in the past, or the house of the slave owner, would you expect the descendants of the slave people enslaved people to then rebuild the memorial of the slave owner? You would say that is so unfair, you will say that's not appropriate. Why should the colonized people, you know, why should they be asked to honor this isn't appropriate, they're being asked to honor the colonizer, they're being asked to develop or to build the statue or the museum, you know of the colonizer. That's not you know, that's
enough volume has happened. So we say, according to our paradigm, that we also think it is verm the greatest verb to worship other than Allah subhana wa Tada. And therefore, we, as Muslims have our red lines. And we are very, very clear that we should be at the forefront, to spread kindness and compassion, and food and drink and you know, shelter and blankets and anything of this nature, build their houses and build anything that needs to be done, and they'll build your houses. But places of worship becomes sensitive. And we should be very clear that we don't need to cooperate over there and neither do we expect it we should also put this look no big deal. You know, we'll help each
other in our community houses, yes, we should no problem there. But houses of worship and temples, we do need to draw the line and say that that is not something that we should do, because that goes against what we consider to be ethical and moral even as they have the right to do so again, just because they have the right doesn't mean we need to be at the forefront and we need to always have that healthy balance that we remain firm to our values without you know, without causing
any tension or problem in society and if we do so, in sha Allah you will find that the person of intelligence and dignity will actually respect you from where you're coming from and understand if you tell and explain in a manner that is conducive inshallah it will be something that they will understand and Allah azza wa jal knows best.
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