The Laws Letter and Spirit – Changing the Qibla

Yasir Qadhi


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Second Jews has around four pages dedicated to a very interesting topic. And that is the change in the direction of the Qibla. The change from Jerusalem from basil muck this to Makkah and Allah subhanaw taala mentions in the Quran or the NeuroTracker, Luba wotja, HIQA fetzima. We have seen your face looking up to the heavens, we've seen you wanting to change the direction of the Qibla. And so from now on, we're going to face you, we're going to send you in a direction that you love for Well, Lee, would you hook a shot or al Masjid Al haram? Go ahead and turn your face towards mestu that haram in Makkah, and this is a very, very significant significant juncture in the Sierra.

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Why? Because for 13 years, the Muslims would face baichwal Mock this, they would face the Qibla of Jews and Christians, they would face the table of the fates before them and that is Jerusalem, then. And of course, the Prophet says and we know from this era, that he would, of course, use the camera as a middle that he would face the Kaaba and then he would only pray towards the wall that was the opposite of Jerusalem. So it's as if he has two birds with one stone. He's facing the Kaaba, and he's facing Jerusalem. However, when you go to Medina, Jerusalem is up north and the Kaaba is down south. So you have to turn your back to Mecca, and then you're facing Jerusalem. And our Prophet

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says, And he wanted to face the original Qibla he wanted to face the privilege of Ibrahim alayhis salam, and he would make dua to Allah subhanho wa taala. And so for two and a half pages, ALLAH is talking about this issue of the change of Qibla. And it is a very significant, significant moment of this era. Why? Because by the announcement of changing the tabler Islam is coming to age, Islam is now being given its independence. Yes, the roots of Islam or Judaism and Christianity meaning the line of Prophets. Yes, the roots of the theology of Islam, they go back all the way to Jerusalem, there is a continuity and a Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is coming at the end of a long line

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of many, many biblical prophets. There has been no prophet since Jesus until our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and Jesus is at the end of many dozens of prophets that came from the time of Moses up until Jesus nonstop continuously. There had been a whole series of Prophets that the Old Testament talks about, and the New Testament references and then our Prophet sallallahu wasallam comes and he is proclaiming the message of those prophets. And he is saying, I am following their footsteps. But even as he's following their footsteps, the faith is not Judaism, nor is it Christianity, it has to come to its own and that is why Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying so now

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turn your face away. It is not just a symbolic move. It is not just a move that is demonstrating that Islam is coming to its own fruition but it is also demonstrating a very beautiful point and that is listen to this carefully. Islam is breaking away the original Qibla for before the coming of the process was Jerusalem but the original before Jerusalem was maca. Maca was the bass before is how can you call established Jerusalem? Their grandfather, their father Ibrahim established Makkah and so Islam is indeed continuous Yes, but Islam is the original Islam is the real deal. Islam is the orthodoxy that all the other faiths really seek. And so Allah subhanaw taala is saying, go ahead

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now and turn your face towards the Qibla wait for a nama Quinton wherever you are in the world than face Makkah. And that is why Makkah has become the global symbol of the Ummah wherever they are, they turn and they face towards Mecca. But Allah azza wa jal also reminds us in the section of verses verse 177, verse 177, Allah subhanaw taala says, in all of this after two pages, three pages of telling us face Makkah, wherever you go, face Maccha then Allah says, Lay cell Vera and to a Ludo, Cleveland mesh material Mercury don't get so involved in the legal issues of which direction is Mecca, east and west for a nama to aloof with Emma which Allah whichever direction you are in,

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you will find Allah subhanho wa Taala true righteousness is not just in observing the outer law. It's not just in following the letter of the law. There is something beyond this. Yes, the letter of the law is important. Yes, if Allah says X, we do X but there's always a higher purpose. There's always something more than this. Do not just implement the law and neglect all other things as well because that is a type of fanaticism, that ultra literalism where people only worry about what the text says without understanding the implications. That is a problem. So Allah says in verse 177, righteousness

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It is not it does not consist of turning your face, east or west. No true righteousness is what is he who believes in Allah and the Last Day and the angels and the scriptures and the prophets, he who gives his money even though he loves it, to the relatives, to the near to the orphans, to the needy, to the homeless, to the beggars, for the freeing of the slaves, he who offers the prayers gives us a cap, he who fulfills His promise, whenever he promises, he who is patient in the face of perseverance of persecution of hardship, in the time of conflict, those people Allah says, are the real sincere people, and those people are the ones who are pious. This is a powerful verse, yes,

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indeed, we have to live up to what the law says. But let us not lose the religion in the law. The law is a part of the religion, but the religion is more than just the laws. And so Allah is saying, Don't become just obsessed with which direction is the cable? And then that is it. The Qibla is one aspect, go ahead and face the gab. But then Islam is more than just that. So you know, there's this suppose it conflict between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. For Muslims, we emphasize both, and if any group amongst us emphasizes one, to the laxity of the other emphasizes one while ignoring the other. And by the way, we do have these extremist strands in our faith

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tradition, where sometimes people emphasize the law and they forget the spirit. And then we have the other group that they emphasize the spirituality and they neglect the law. And both of these are wrong, and the Quran is very clear in this regard.

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