Tafseer Surah Mulk: (9 reasons why people don’t take Shahadah)
Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
(evening dars 4.23.11)
1. Blessed is He in Whose Hand is the dominion, and He is Able to do all things.
--Allah’s 2 hands - has 2 hands but does not resemble our 2 hands
Say (O Muhammad SAW): "(But) the things that my Lord has indeed forbidden are Al-Fawâhish (great evil sins, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse,) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners (in worship) with Allâh for which He has given no authority, and saying things about Allâh of which you have no knowledge." (7:33)
--Where is the evidence for what other people say? (ex: it is Allah's 2 powers) -- There is no evidence for what they say---- they have shirk in their heart, they cant accept the ayat as it has been revealed
--If your heart was clean and pure, you would believe that Allah has 2 hands but not like our 2 hands -- nothing resembles Allah swt
--The shias believe that the atoms themselves submit to their imams (they have a god complex)
--they elevate themselves above the level that they deserve, they even claim that their imams are above the prophets and messengers and angels
--Even though ALLAH can do all things, there are things that are haraam for ALLAH to do (haram for ALLAH swt to oppress people or to tell a lie)
And certainly, Allah is never unjust to (His) slaves. (3:182)
Shias say: “Certainly, the Imam commands a noble station and lofty position; a creative vicegerency to whose rule and power submit the very atoms of all creation. And an essential tenet of our Shi’ite sect is that the Imams have a position which is reached neither by the angels [in the highest heaven] nor by any commissioned messenger of God. ” (Khomeini, Al-Hukoomat ul-lslamiyyah, pp. 52-53)
Shias are jokers in the pack, they are the laughing stock of Islam
--ALLAH has the ability to do all things, but its compulsory for you to believe that ALLAH has things that are haraam for Him to do
--it is haraam for ALLAH to break his promises (The Quran is promised to be protected, so it shall always be)
Verily We: It is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur'ân) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption (15:9)
--it is haraam for ALLAH to beget
He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth. How can He have children when He has no wife? He created all things and He is the All-Knower of everything (6:101)
Christians say ALLAH has the power to do all things, so why cant he beget a son? --- it is haraam for ALLAH to beget, as it is haraam for ALLAH to lie/opress
2. Who has created death and life, that He may test you which of you is best in deed. And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving
--ALLAH refers to death as yaqeen, a thing that is certain and something we cannot escape
"If you reach the evening then do not expect to reach the morning, and if you reach the morning then do not expect to reach the evening. Take from your health before your sickness, and from your life before your death." - [Reported by al-Bukhârî]
"What has caused you to enter Hell?" They will say: "We were not of those who used to offer the Salât (prayers) "Nor we used to feed Al-Miskin (the poor); "And we used to talk falsehood (all that which Allâh hated) with vain talkers "And we used to belie the Day of Recompense "Until there came to us (the death) that is certain." (74:42-47)
--death of a person is painful if that person was young, less so if that person was elderly nevertheless you are not allowed to blame ALLAH for the death and you have to behave like a Muslim. You are not to live forever, so why insult Allah when someone dies. 'every soul shall have a taste of death’ [3:185]
Everyone shall taste death. And only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your wages in full. And whoever is removed away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing). (3:185)
--if you had a child that died before puberty, you should not fret too much over it--- that child will intercede for you on the day of judgement, when you need it most
--and when you wail and mourn over the dead, the dead is punished in the grave because of your bad behavior over his death
--its best if you have Sabr
--unfortunately, many people do not behave properly at the time of death
--some people even pay professional mourners to come and mourn at the grave/funeral!
--only a righteous person is allowed to wash a body of the dead (When Fatima died, it was Ali who washed her body, therefore its our madhab that we can wash the dead body of our wife)
--Hanbali madhab -- The Rasul PBUH prayed over some of his sahabas in the masjid therefore we do as well
--The Rasul(saw) said 'i used to prevent you from going to visit the graves, you may now visit the graves because it reminds you of your own demise, your own death'
--The Rasul(saw) said 'ALLAH curses women who visit the graveyard' (When Aishas brother died, she went to the graveyard--> so how do we reconcile what Aisha did and what the prophet said?
--if a woman visits the graveyard not habitually, then this is okay = reconciliation of what Aisha did and what the prophet PBUH said and Aisha said 'had i see how he died (her brother), i could never visit his grave'
Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Whoever wants to visit a graveyard, let him do so, because it reminds us of the Hereafter.''[Muslim]
--Allah created life/death to see who is best in conduct
--don’t harm others if you do you will have to payback
--The only currency that ALLAH will accept on judgement day is good deeds
Life has its ups and downs , and you find many people call themselves 'Iam a muslim, but iam a non practicing muslim'
--Why does he call himself this?
--Because the temptation of life have proven too much for him or her
--he/she cant resist the alcohol, nightclub, girls/boys, gambling, etc.
--therefore that person says 'I am a muslim, but I am a non practicing muslim'
--This in Islam does not exist, if you’re not practicing then you’re a kaafir
--Shaitan coined the phrase 'non practicing muslim' so you apostate and feel comfortable in your apostasy
But if they repent, perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) and give Zakat, then they are your brethren in religion. (In this way) We explain the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) in detail for a people who know. (9:11)
Verily, We have created man in toil (90:4)
--Allah created you to struggle
--when ALLAH created paradise, he told Gabriel to look at it, and Gabriel said 'anyone who hears of this will want to be in paradise'---- then Gabriel was shown the obstacles to get to paradise (intoxicants, fornication, etc) Gabriel said 'i fear no one can get to paradise'
Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “When Allah created Paradise and Hellfire, He sent Gabriel to Paradise, saying, ‘look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’ So Gabriel went to it and looked at it and at what Allah had prepared therein for its inhabitants. Then Gabriel returned it Allah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one hears of it without entering it.’ So Allah ordered that it be encompassed by forms of hardship, and He said, ‘Return to it and look at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants! So, Gabriel returned to it and found that it was encompassed by forms of hardship. Then he returned to Allah and said, ‘By Your glory, I fear that no one will enter it, Allah said, ‘Go to Hellfire and look at it and at what I have prepared therein for its inhabitants.’ Gabriel found that it was in layers, one above the other. Then Gabriel returned to Allah and said, ‘By Your glory, no one who hears of it will enter it.’ So Allah ordered that it be encompassed by lusts. Then He said, ‘Return to it and Gabriel returned to it and said, ‘By Your glory, I am frightened that no one will escape from entering it.’ [At-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i]
--some claim Islam is too restrictive and they say 'what do you guys do for fun', they say 'shall we believe as the fools believe?' -- - in fact, they are the real fools
they are addicted to prozac (anti depressants), they have sleeping problems, they live thier lives in therapy, their madhouses are packed, they are suffering from aids and adhd and other mental diseases--- so are they having fun?
And when it is said to them (hypocrites): "Believe as the people (followers of Muhammad Peace be upon him , Al-Ansar and Al-Muhajirun) have believed," they say: "Shall we believe as the fools have believed?" Verily, they are the fools, but they know not (2:13)
And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Sabirin (the patient ones, etc.). Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: "Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return." (2:155-156)
--How you cope with the trials of life, it proves to us if you’re a true believer or not-
--When ALLAH tests people, its not for ALLAH to know who is the true believers because he already knows who are true or not
--but he tests them to expose the fake people to the ummah
Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: "We believe," and will not be tested. And We indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make (it) known (the truth of) those who are true, and will certainly make (it) known (the falsehood of) those who are liars, (although Allah knows all that before putting them to test). (29:1-3)
Verily, the hyprocrites will be in the lowest depths (grade) of the Fire; no helper will you find for them. (4:145)-
3. Who has created the seven heavens one above another, you can see no fault in the creations of the Most Beneficent. Then look again: "Can you see any rifts?"
4. Then look again and yet again, your sight will return to you in a state of humiliation and worn out.
5. And indeed We have adorned the nearest heaven with lamps, and We have made such lamps (as) missiles to drive away the Shayâtin (devils), and have prepared for them the torment of the blazing Fire
--Allah creation is a perfect creation. When we say it is a perfect creation in that it has no flaws, it was intelligently designed.
--Only Allah is perfect
--No matter how hard you try, you will not find a single fault!
--Allah has adorned the skies with stars; the shooting stars are missiles as wards against shaitans
--it is haram for you to go to palm readers, fortune tellers, etc. = this is all SHIRK
--Allah created the stars for 3 reasons: to beautify the heavens, to burn the devils as they try to steal information, to guide you at night when you are traveling
the Rasul(saw) said 'my ummah will never give up 4 things of jahiliyya* that my ummah will never give up: to look down on other tribes/races, to brag about ancestors, to rely on the stars for rain, and to wail and mourn over the dead
Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. one of the Muttaqun (pious - see V.2:2)]. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (49:13)
6. And for those who disbelieve in their Lord (Allah) is the torment of Hell, and worst indeed is that destination.
7. When they are cast therein, they will hear the (terrible) drawing in of its breath as it blazes forth.
8. It almost bursts up with fury. Every time a group is cast therein, its keeper will ask: "Did no warner come to you?"
-- ALLAH says on judgement day, when all the kuffar are flung into the fire, the keeper of the Fire, the Angel will be shocked and will say 'Did not a warner come to you?' (hindus, Sikhs, jews, Christians ,etc)
Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. (3:19)
--The keeper of the Fire (An angel) will say 'DId not a warner come to you?’ why is your state to pathetic and appalling? You’re being flung into the fire to abide in their forever! A warner did indeed come to them
--but Allah tells you in 'the majority of people will not believe [12:103]
And most of mankind will not believe even if you desire it eagerly (12-103)
The reasons people dont take shahada:
1. Pride (this was the plight of the Pharoh, Abu Lahab, and Abu Jahl)
2. The BLIND following of their ancestors (this was the plight of Abu Talib)
--they dont want to swell the ranks of the muslims
4. They are addicted to their evil and corrupted desires
Have you seen him who takes his own lust (vain desires) as his ilah (god)and Allah knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight. Who then will guide him after Allah? Will you not then remember? (45:23)
5. social pressure (they dont want to go against the status quo)
6. They belong to satanic organizations (free masons, illuminati)
--they cant take shahada, they’ve already sold their souls to Iblees for a miserable price
7. They dont want to be disinherited, they dont want to lose their familiy
9. They are loyal to a fault
--they show their loyalty to their family,tribe,nationality, to the religion of their nation) If you want to be loyal, be loyal to the haqq - not falsehood
Those to whom We gave the Scripture (Jews and Christians) recognise him (Muhammad or the Ka'bah at Makkah) as they recongise their sons. But verily, a party of them conceal the truth while they know it - [i.e. the qualities of Muhammad which are written in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)].(2:146)
--the worst kaafir (jews) know that Muhammad PBUH is a prophet, yet they still dont embrace Islam b/c he is an arab ---- this is racism
--the one who chooses Hellfire over Paradise in the name of asabiyyah (racism) is the biggest racist and the first racist was Ibless himself
--No Muslim will be in Hell forever --- it is the kuffar who shall abide therein forever
9. They will say: "Yes indeed; a warner did come to us, but we belied him and said: 'Allah never sent down anything (of revelation), you are only in great error.'"
10. And they will say: "Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!"
--A warner did indeed come to the Christians and the Buddhists and indeed a warner came to the Hindus
--The kuffar will reply to the angel 'Yes, a warner did come to us'
--A Muslim met them in college/university, etc…
--You use your aql to understand the reality. Only mad people cannot be held accountable and are not expected to use their aql
--A madman cannot get married, do salah, fast in ramadan, zakat, jihad, etc. ---- he cannot make the intention
--The Rasul(saw) said 'Actions are by intention' --- if you stand up to pray a certain salah, but if you did not make intention for that salah, then your salat is batil
“The actions are Innama (only, certainty) tied to the intentions"[Related by Saheeh al-Bukhari, and Muslim]
--so the kuffar who will be questioned , they will say ' IF only we had listened to the warner and what they said, and only IF we used our aql, our intelligence ...then we would not have ended up in the Blazing Fire'
--Your aql tells you that you were created by ALLAH , it tells you that you were intelligently designed
--Your aql tells you that Jesus cannot ever be God, because God cannot come from the belly of a woman
--Your aql tells you that there is only ONE God= tauheed
--It is only man who creates fitna/confusion
Had there been therein (in the heavens and the earth) gods besides Allah, then verily both would have been ruined. Glorified be Allah, the Lord of the Throne, (High is He) above what they attribute to Him! (21:22)
QUESTIONS and ANSWERS after the dars:
Q1: Why does ALLAH use Angels to carry out his Will?
ANSWER 1 - We cannot see Allah directly so Allah uses His angels to communicate with us
Q2: Will there be Jews and Christians in paradise before Muhammad(saw) came with Islam?
ANSWER 2 - jews and christians who singled out Allah for ibadah before islam will go to paradise, but after islam they will go to hell
"By Him (Allah) in Whose Hand Muhammad's soul is, there is none from amongst the Jews and the Christians (of these present nations) who hears about me and then dies without believing in the Message with which I have been sent (i.e. tawheed), but he will be from the dwellers of the (Hell) Fire." [Saheeh Muslim, vol. 1, no. 284]
Q3: are alcohol containing perfumes permissible?
Q4: what is the ruling on talking to ghair mahram on internet?
ANSWER 4 - keep conversation islamic
Q5: do wonem have to wear jilbab wen they pray?
ANSWER 5 - if they don’t wear hijab, the prayer is bautil
Q6: we are 7 here; 1 is Qadiyani; he said isa is death and we refute him and now decide to ask
ANSWER 6 – They believe Mirza Ghulam Ahmed . Qadiyanis are outside the fold of Islam. Muhamed saw (last prophet hujjat)
Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the last (end) of the Prophets. And Allah is Ever All-Aware of everything (33:40)
"My position in relation to the prophets who came before me can be explained by the following example: A man erected a building and adorned this edifice with great beauty, but he left an empty niche in the corner where just one brick was missing. People looked around the building and marveled at its beauty, but wondered why a brick was missing from that niche. I am like unto that one missing brick and I am the last in the line of the Prophets". [Bukhari, Muslim, Musnad Ahmad, Tirmizi, Musnad Abu Dawud]
Q7: how to perform istikhara?
ANSWER 7 - you pray 2 rakat and mention the thing and say if it is good for me give it to me and if not keep it away from me
Q8: shaikh is there any specific evidence for the definitions of darb ul islam, darb ul kufr and darb ul harb and what books of fiqh on this issue are there? also is there also darb ul salam or any other darbs or just three types of darb?
daar ul islam- where sharia is implemented (ie. madinah at time of prophet)
daar ul harb- where there is no sharia and the infidels are killing/ persecuting muslims (ie, makkah at the time of the prophet)
daar ul kuf- where there is no sharia and they are not killiing muslims (ie. ethiopia at the time of the prophet)
Q9: is it permissible to eat foods that contain alcohol as an ingredient on the label, such as soy sauce ?
ANSWER 9 - not allowed to eat food with alcohol or pork in it
Q10: Is it Mukroo to sit with the bottoms of your feet facing the Kaba or towards Imam while in the Masjid or is it just considered bad manners? is it haram also to sleep with you feet in direction of kaba?
ANSWER 10 – it haram outside a building, ok even if toilet faces the kabbah so long as is inside the building. bad adab to point feet towards a person when sitting;
Q11: shaikh my fone was stolen yesterday and i felt like hitting the kid who stole my fone he was under 10, wud i have been sinful if i hit him?
ANSWER 11 - not allowed to hit a person more than 10 strokes and the child was under puberty so u hasve to be gentle when disciplining (pen is lifted from 3 ppl: child, sleeping man, and madman)
The Messenger of Allah said: “The Pen is lifted from three (i.e., their deeds are not recorded):1. a child until he reaches puberty;2.an insane man until he comes to his senses;3.one who is asleep until he wakes up.”[Recorded in Abu Dawud 4403, and Ibn Majah 2041]
Q12: can you feed your cat cat-food that is made from non-zabiha/halal meat?
ANSWER 12 – Yes
Q13: my question was that he said that jesus is dead (qadiyani) thats wat we want to talk about plz
ANSWER 13 - Jesus is not dead, he was taken up and he is in heaven (not paradise) because no one is allowed to enter paradise before Muhammad(saw) He will return: to kill swine, break the cross, kill gog and magog, kill the the dajjal and abolish the jizzya
And he ['Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)] shall be a known sign for (the coming of) the Hour (Day of Resurrection) [i.e. 'Iesa's (Jesus) descent on the earth] . Therefore have no doubt concerning it (43:61)
Q14: some muslims say that the way forward is the ballot, and that democracy is from Islam, and i heard an imam that the prophet (saws) and the sahabas were the most democratic people on the face of the earth, i.e. equating shura with democracy.
and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). (3:159)
ANSWER 14 - Allah tala has told us to establish Shura, not democracy. but before we condemn something we need to define the thing
Democracy- "govt of the people, by the people for the people" they bare saying Allah is unimportant/irrelevant; we believe in theocracy- "govt of Allah by Allah for Allah" – zindeeq/heretic equates Shura and democracy
Allah did noit ask us to establish democracy, Allah asked us to establish shura democracy= majoritarianism
Q15: is it permissable to lie to the parents if they dont let you go to islamic talk and demostration and u belive u it is an obligation to enjoin the munkar
ANSWER 15 - dont have to tell your parents everything if you are an adult
Q16: what is the correct opinion regarding covenents in dar-ul-harb (such as the opinion of abu basir al tartusi) who claims that muslims in dar ul harb are held by a covenent and if it was dar ul harb we can't have mosques or study here.
ANSWER 16- He studied under Al-Bani (an extreme Murji). If you make a covenant to institutions in Daar al-harb you dont have to abide by it except covenants to individuals because they may be sympathizers to Islam
Q17: The Imam and the Majlis Ads-shura are recruiting Muslims to vote in the mayoral election in Philadelphia. They have their own huklm for doing this, what should I do?
ANSWER 17 - better for you to concentrate on making hijrah rather than living in the west
Q18: should muslims make takfir on such people who promote civil democratic islam after the hujjah has been presented and yet still remain in their beliefs of democracy
ANSWER 18 - make takfir after the hujjah is established because muslims are jahil in regards to tawheed
Q19: whats the difference between heaven n paradise.?
ANSWER 19 - When you are in paradise you will be there forever and Iblees has no influence there (unlike heaven) and no one has seen it. no one is allowed to enter paradise before Muhammad; there are people in paradise (the women in paradise) but no one from dunya
Q20: What abt the shaheeds? their souls are there b4 muhammad(saw)?
ANSWER 20 – Yes, but no one will enter in body/soul b4 Muhammad
Q21: aslaam alikum sheik feisal. these days you see alot of sheiks on tv and internet giving lectors. can muslim student listening to these sheiks or more carefull? What shaikhs are you listening to on the internet?
ANSWER 21 - if he is sincere, you can listen to them (Al-Maqdisi and Awlaki) - Not allowed to listen to shaikhs who dont believe in sharia/jihad, khilfah/tawheed hakimmiyah and al wala wal bara
Q22: Am i allowed to listen to shaikh feiz?
ANSWER 22 - conflicting news about shaikh feiz, he hasnt taken a clear stance
Q23: am i allowed to take the interest from the bank and give it as charity to poor Muslims?
ANSWER 23 – yes, that is the only thing you can do with it
Q24: Is it allowed to vote in a Muslim country if you have to parties and one of the parties are secularists who hate Islam and the other party is sympathetic to Muslims?
ANSWER 24 – voting is shirk