Sunday, April 10, 2011

Notes: How to Be Sincere to the Holy Qur'an - Shaikh Faisal

Tafseer Baqarah: (How to be Sincere to the Holy Quran)
by Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
(morning dars 4.10.11)

Surah Baqarah
1. Alif-Lam-Mim. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur'an and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings]
2. This is the Book (the Qur'an), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]
3. Tho believe in the Ghaib and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and spend out of what we have provided for them [i.e. give Zakat , spend on themselves, their parents, their children, their wives, etc., and also give charity to the poor and also in Allah's Cause - Jihad, etc.]


10 Conditions to be Sincere to the Holy Qur’an

1. Believe that the Qur’an is Qalamullah
--it is not created
--it is the speech of ALLAH (swt)
--it is Allah's knowledge and Allah’s knowledge is not created
--anyone who believes that the Qur’an is created is a kaafir
--all of it is from Allah with no input from anyone else

2. You need to contemplate on its meaning
--when you read it, you need to ponder and contemplate on its meanings otherwize you are like a bird or parrot who just hears, imitates and copies
--you need to consider the Qur'an carefully:
Will they then not meditate on the Qur'an, or are there locks on the hearts? (47:24)
Had it been from other than Allah (swt) they would surely have found therein many a contradiction. (4:82)
The Bible contains scientific errors: ie the rabbit chews its cud

3. You need to recite the Quran properly
--it is haraam to pray behind an Imam who is unable to recite Surah Al-Fatiha properly and haram if they don’t recite in Arabic (Fatiha is fard, the following surah that is recited is sunnah)
O you wrapped in garments (i.e. Prophet Muhammad)! Stand (to pray) all night, except a little. Half of it, or a little less than that, Or a little more; and recite the Qur'an (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and) style. (73:1-4)
Tajweed (Recitation) is best when done with Tarteel (medium paced)

4. Give proper Tafsir/ go to gatherings of scholars who give the Qur’an its proper Tafsir
--best Tafsir is Tafsir Ibn Kathir
--best Tafsir for fiqh is Tafsir Qurtubi
--best tafsir for grammar of Arabic is Tafsir Zamakhshari
(you can take fiqh from them but not aqeedah from them, not every scholar is suitable to take aqeedah from)

Don’t go into the company of those who ridicule Qur’an and Sunnah
He hath already revealed unto you in the Scripture that, when ye hear the revelations of Allah rejected and derided, (ye) sit not with them (who disbelieve and mock) until they engage in some other conversation. Lo! in that case (if ye stayed) ye would be like unto them. Lo! Allah will gather hypocrites and disbelievers, all together, into hell; (4:140)
And when you (Muhammad) see those who engage in a false conversation about Our Verses (of the Qur'an) by mocking at them, stay away from them till they turn to another topic. And if Shaitan (Satan) causes you to forget, then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.). (6:68)
--The Bible causes millions of people to become atheists due to its scientific errors whereas people come to Islam because of the scientific miracle of the Quran!
--The Shias elevate their imams over the prophets, angels and even ALLAH ‘tala

Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves. Thou (O Muhammad) seest them bowing and falling prostrate (in worship), seeking bounty from Allah and (His) acceptance. The mark of them is on their foreheads from the traces of prostration. Such is their likeness in the Torah and their likeness in the Gospel - like as sown corn that sendeth forth its shoot and strengtheneth it and riseth firm upon its stalk, delighting the sowers - that He may enrage the disbelievers with (the sight of) them. Allah hath promised, unto such of them as believe and do good works, forgiveness and immense reward. (48:29)

And if ye fear a breach between them twain (the man and wife), appoint an arbiter from his folk and an arbiter from her folk. If they desire amendment Allah will make them of one mind. Lo! Allah is ever Knower, Aware. (4:35)
--Ali sent Ibn Abbas to debate with the Khawarij (you cannot use a man to judge) using the proper tafsir- those who came back to the proper aqeedah, Ali spared their lives - those who did not, Ali massacred them.  
--You need to shun the aqeedah of the wicked scholars - rationalist, secularist, Shia, Madkhalis, etc.  All these groups are inviting the ummah to the gates of Hellfire

(The Prophet) frowned and turned away,Because there came to him the blind man (i.e. 'Abdullah bin Umm-Maktum, who came to the Prophet while he was preaching to one or some of the Quraish chiefs) (80:1-2)
And verily, you (O Muhammad) are on an exalted standard of character. (68:4)

The Shias say that the Quran gives evidence of their Imams having knowledge of everything:
Verily, We give life to the dead, and We record that which they send before (them), and their traces [their footsteps and walking on the earth with their legs to the mosques for the five compulsory congregational prayers, Jihad (holy fighting in Allah's Cause) and all other good and evil they did, and that which they leave behind], and all things We have recorded with numbers (as a record) in a Clear Book (36:12)

A zindeeq (heretic) is a person who makes up his own Islam, he puts his own spin on the ayahs (Taw’eel).  Don’t take your knowledge from those who say ALLAH ‘tala is everywhere or who say Allah’s hands are his two powers
He said: O Iblis! What hindereth thee from falling prostrate before that which I have created with both My hands? Art thou too proud or art thou of the high exalted? (38:75)
The correct belief: ALLAH is on his arsh above 7 heavens and has 2 hands but they are not like our 2 hands because nothing in creation resembles ALLAH
When you read Qur’an, you should: READ IT – BELIEVE IT – LEAVE IT
When you read the attributes of ALLAH, you must have the same stance of Muhammad PBUH and the Sahabahs

Say: My Lord forbiddeth only indecencies, such of them as are apparent and such as are within, and sin and wrongful oppression, and that ye associate with Allah that for which no warrant hath been revealed, and that ye tell concerning Allah that which ye know not. (7:33)
--Do not speak without knowledge.  There is no hadith, neither strong nor weak, that says Allah’s two hands are his two powers.  People who still have this belief are cursed
--To make tafkir is fard when the kufr is clear; for you to just doubt the kufr, you become a kaafir

5. You need to implement the Qur’an on an individual level
--you need to be a walking Qur’an like the Rasul(saw)
--it took only 23 years for Muhammad PBUH to bring the entire Arabian peninsula under his sway because he practiced what he preached
--Rasool(saw) conquered the entire Arabian Peninsula in only 23 years because He saws was the walking Qur'an

6. Qur'an needs to be implemented on the state level (implementing Shariah)
--[Hadith: Allah swt curses 10 people re: alcohol]
--[Hadith: charge riba us like fornicaing with your mother in the kaabah]
Speak about the problems and also the solution (Sharia) and speak straighyforwardly against those apostate regimes!
***Every kaafir is a hypocrite and every hypocrite is a kaafir ***
O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth. He will direct you to do righteous good deeds and will forgive you your sins. And whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger () he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. he will be saved from the Hell-fire and made to enter Paradise) (33:70-71).

7. Implement all of it, not some of it.
And if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphan-girls, then marry (other) women of your choice, two or three, or four but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one or (the captives and the slaves) that your right hands possess. That is nearer to prevent you from doing injustice (4:3)
--Opprtunistic/Lazy Muslims believe in polygamy/zakat but not jihad
--They take extra wives and ask other Muslims to support them
--Some Muslims live BY the deen and some who live OFF the deen: WHAT CAN ISLAM DO FOR ME?

O you who believe! Enter perfectly in Islam (by obeying all the rules and regulations of the Islamic religion) and follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). Verily! He is to you a plain enemy.Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except disgrace in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be consigned to the most grievous torment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do (2:85)

8. You need to believe the Qur'an is free from human interference
--Shia say: “present Quran is in an altered, corrupted and distorted form.. (Fatuhat-e-Shia, p. 129)
Verily We: It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur'an) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption) (15:9)

9. You need to believe it is the last revelation from Allah (swt)
--We followed the Shariah of Muhammad(saw) and not abrogated history
O you who believe! When believing women come to you as emigrants, examine them, Allah knows best as to their Faith, then if you ascertain that they are true believers, send them not back to the disbelievers, they are not lawful (wives) for the disbelievers nor are the disbelievers lawful (husbands) for them. (60:10)

10. Finish the Qur'an once in your lifetime - read it from cover to cover