Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Notes: The Road to Taqwa- Shaikh Faisal

Tafseer Surah Baqarah: (The Road to Taqwa)
by Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
(morning dars 4.12.11)

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]
This is the Book (the Qur'an), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are 2. 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.]

Why we spent so much time on Surah Baqarah?
Because you need to know what are the pre-requisites for being sincere to the Quran, Why the Quran is a wise book
What are the things you are not allowed to doubt
(Because your shahada has conditions and one of the conditions of shahada is yaqeen (certainty). One of the conditions of Shahadah is to not doubt in the Qur’an. If you doubt you are no longer in the fold of Islam)

In their hearts is a disease, and Allah increaseth their disease. A painful doom is theirs because they lie. (2:10)

You are not allowed to doubt the existence of ALLAH (swt)
You are not allowed to doubt that Muhammad PBUH is a prophet
You are not allowed to doubt the existence of Paradise or Hellfire
***If you deny any aspect of the deen, if you ridicule an aspect of the deen, if you doubt an aspect of the deen: you are a KAAFIR***

If you ask them (about this), they declare: "We were only talking idly and joking." Say: "Was it at Allâh, and His Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger (SAW) that you were mocking?"  Make no excuse; you have disbelieved after you had believed. If We pardon some of you, We will punish others amongst you because they were Mujrimûn (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners, criminals, etc.). (9:65-66)

2 Types of Hidaaya:
Irshad- A man guiding another man to Islam
Tawfeeq- Allah (swt) guides you to Islam.  Divine guidance is only from ALLAH ‘tala - only He can give it to you

Taqwah: To place between yourself and the wrath of Allah a barrier by doing what is fard and abstaining from what is haraam

The Road to Taqwa:

1) Keep up your prayers
Sufis/shia say: ‘Dhikr is the greatest’ so if they do Dhikr they don’t have to do Salat; this is wrong ageedah
Recite (O Muhammad) what has been revealed to you of the Book (the Qur'an), and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat). Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha' (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed, etc.) and the remembering (praising, etc.) of (you by) Allah (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising, etc.) Allah in prayers, etc.]. And Allah knows what you do. (29:45)

2. Do Dhikr (Remembrance of ALLAH)
3. Keep company with sincere Muslims
-You heart needs to be charged like your mobile phone
Stay away from the kaafirs, the apostates and the hypocrites
O you who believe! Be afraid of Allâh, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds). (9:119)

Everything in the dunya is cursed except 3 things:
1. Remembering Allah ‘tala (dhikr)
2. Scholar of Islam
3. Student of that scholar

People who are "westernized" are stuck in their enjoyment of deception
They believe that the WEST offers fun and freedom, But those who chill out in the dunya, they are going to thaw out in the HELLFIRE

4. Find yourself a good masjid where the Imam delivers a Khutbah that touches you (even if you have to travel far)
***It's Sunnah to travel far for knowledge***

Muhammad PBUH said that its haraam for the hellfire to burn 2 sets of eyes:
1. Eyes of the muraabit - the one who watches over the Islamic state
2. Eyes that cry out of the ear of ALLAH (swt)
When last did YOU cry for Islam? ALLAH does not like people who are hard hearted
Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness. And indeed, there are stones out of which rivers gush forth, and indeed, there are of them (stones) which split asunder so that water flows from them, and indeed, there are of them (stones) which fall down for fear of Allâh. And Allâh is not unaware of what you do. (2:74)

Be in the company of the righteous ones - stay away from those who mock your deen
And when you (Muhammad SAW) see those who engage in a false conversation about Our Verses (of the Qur'ân) by mocking at them, stay away from them till they turn to another topic. And if Shaitân (Satan) causes you to forget, then after the remembrance sit not you in the company of those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong­doers, etc.). (6:68)

And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Qur'ân) that when you hear the Verses of Allâh being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them. Surely, Allâh will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell, (4:140)

--This is very important because there are many Muslims who visit chat-rooms of the  kuffar, hypocrites, or apostates where the deen is ridiculed.  It is haraam to sit with them while they mock.  
--Do not go to rooms of the secularists (the deen should be only in the masjid), the liberals and modernist (who uses his own fallible rationale instead of Quran), or The MADkhalis ("hold the leader by the hand" referring to Ghadaffi/King Abdullah)
--> This Hadith refers to the ruler ruling with Shariah
--Ali sent Ibn Abbas to debate with the Khawarij (Ibn Abbas knew the Tafsir of the Quran and the correct interpretation). Those who came back to the correct aqeedah, Ali spared their lives. Those who refused after the hujjat was established, Ali massacred them.
--Debating is a good thing - it exposes falsehood and establishes the haqq
--The Sunnah of the rightly guided Caliphs was to send a scholar to debate/refute those with dodgy aqeedah and establish haqq with hujjat
--Stay away from the heretic, the kaafir, and the hypocrite - they will not fail to corrupt you

5. Own a library of Islamic materials/Turn your home into a place for knowledge
--Have Islamic Books, CDS, DVDs
--Use the technology that you have to advance your Islamic knowledge
--Stay away from wicked scholars.  When some Muslims hear the word "shaikh" they automatically think that it’s a good thing but ALLAH (swt) refers to some shaikhs as donkeys.  
--Some shaikhs believe in democracy! They are lying to the ummah
and consult them in the affairs. Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allâh, certainly, Allâh loves those who put their trust (in Him). (3:159)
--Many Muslims are naive, they don’t think for themselves
Verily! The worst of (moving) living creatures with Allâh are the deaf and the dumb, those who understand not (i.e. the disbelievers). (8:22)
There are Muslims who pray 5x a day yet they have the audacity to steal, On the Day of Judgment they will have to pay back with hs good deeds (salat, zakat, etc).The only currency that will be accepted on the Day of Judgment is deeds