Monday, April 25, 2011

Weaknesses of Mankind - part 1

The Weaknesses of Mankind
Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
(evening dars 4.25.11)

--The weaknesses of mankind are found in men and women and all the races of the world

1. Showing off
-- men like to do this to impress women, they have to show off with something
-- but women are turned off by men who show off, they like men who are calm, cool
-- and collected and they like men who are assertive
-- people also show off with money, cars, homes, their girlfriends, and even with knowledge

Muhsin Khan’s Translation = We gave him of the treasures, that of which the keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men. When his people said to him: "Do not be glad (with ungratefulness to Allah's Favours). Verily! Allah likes not those who are glad (with ungratefulness to Allah's Favours). (28:76)

Yusuf Ali’s translation = We had bestowed on him that their very keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men, behold, his people said to him: "Exult not, for Allah loveth not those who exult (in riches). (28:76)

--"Shirk of riya" - shirk of showing off
--if you have self respect, you wouldn’t need to show off
--some people even show off with piety!

"Do not seek knowledge to compete with the scholars, nor to argue with the foolish people, nor to gain control of gatherings; for whoever does that - the Fire, the Fire!" (Reported in Bayhaqi)

--when scholars write books with big words/flowery speech and
-- you have to keep consulting a dictionary, you know his intention is not sincere
--it was the Sunnah of the Prophet (saws) and the Sahabahs to keep things simple
--with the intention to sincerely guide the people
--showing off can lead to death, too much energy (ie. testosterone) and no taqwa is a recipe for disaster
--your ibadah should be between you and Allah. those who like to show of with piety
--make the deen a burden on themselves and others
--take a middle path in deen

Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (He wants that you) must complete the same number (of days), and that you must magnify Allah [i.e. to say Takbir (Allahu-Akbar; Allah is the Most Great) on seeing the crescent of the months of Ramadan and Shawwal] for having guided you so that you may be grateful to Him. (2:185)

Ta-Ha We have not sent down the Qur'an unto you (O Muhammad) to cause you distress, But only as a Reminder to those who fear (Allah). A revelation from Him (Allah) Who has created the earth and high heavens. (20:1-4)

--when a man doesn’t have dunya, he uses piety to show off
--hearts change/ keep changing; "Qalb" = from root meaning to "turn over"

Some weakness are found more in men or women as opposed to the other
(ie. men are more inclined to promiscuity/zina according to some people)

The woman and the man guilty of illegal sexual intercourse, flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you in their case, in a punishment prescribed by Allah, if you believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of the believers witness their punishment. (This punishment is for unmarried persons guilty of the above crime but if married persons commit it, the punishment is to stone them to death, according to Allah's Law). (24:2)

**3 reasons are given as to why the woman is mentioned first:
1. She is more inclined to promiscuity; (this doesn’t make sense)
2. It is more shameful for a woman to commit zina;
3. It is more damaging for a woman to commit zina
-- (she can become pregnant and more susceptible to disease)

2. Wastefulness with the bounties of Allah
Lo! the squanderers were ever brothers of the devils, and the devil was ever an ingrate to his Lord. (17:27)
--people waste money clubbing, smoking, and gambling, womanizing
-- and other addictions and also,
--seek help in patience and prayer (not by feeding your addictions)
-- eg. why work hard and then burn it up with cigarettes?
-- they cost one-week salary in places like Bangladesh and smoking is haram because it is suicide
-- if you die a result of your addiction, this is suicide

Smoking is haram not makrooh
--wasting resources is haram
--wasting your time is also haram
--people cannot make hijrah because they are not educated, why not use daar ul harb to get educated and then leave?

3. Borrowing money and not pay it back
--they have no intention to pay it back
--this is common amongst all the races of the world
--in Islam we punish theft (and all crimes) with justice, no matter their social status
--eg. a woman borrowed jewelry and then hid it with no intention to give it back,
-- Rasul (saw) was informed by supernatural means. She was found and her hand chopped off!

Usama approached the Prophet on behalf of a woman (who had committed theft). The Prophet said, "The people before you were destroyed because they used to inflict the legal punishments on the poor and forgive the rich. By Him in Whose Hand my soul is! If Fatima (the daughter of the Prophet) did that (i.e. stole), I would cut off her hand." [Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith Vol 8 Pg 778]

--There is no getting away with theft (or other crimes).
--On the Day of Judgment, you will have to pay back with good deeds.
--This is the only currency accepted on the Day of Judgment!
--In West, like pre-Islamic Arabia; they have corrupt justice system,
-- they only carry out "justice" against the poor. The sytem is rife with corruption / bribes!
--You need to have taqwa to carry out the Sharia properly
--Rasul (saw) said the burden of proof that a person is guilty is on the claimant (the plaintiff)
-- and the one who is blamed (the defendant) has to say "wallahi" to claim his innocence

**4 signs of a munafiqh
1. When he speaks he lies
2. When he makes a promise he breaks it
3. When he is entrusted, he proves to be treacherous, and
4. When he disputes, he is abusive

On the authority of Abdullah ibn ‘Amr (may Allah be pleased with them both) that the Prophet (saws) said: "Four traits whoever possesses them is a hypocrite and whoever possesses some of them has an element of hypocrisy until he leaves it: the one who when he speaks he lies, when he promises he breaks his promise, when he disputes he transgresses and when he makes an agreement he violates it. [Muslim and Bukhari]

4. Laziness (spiritual, physical and intellectual)
--people don’t want to learn about the deen
--they don’t want to work
--they don’t want to work hard when they are in school/university so they can learn
--don’t make excuses for your laziness
--these people occupy a certain places in a city, they are relegated to the ghettoes
--teenage pregnancies, theft, home break-ins, muggings, drugs are rife in these areas
--when a person is lazy, they don’t have an investigative mind; they believe everything they hear

Verily! The worst of (moving) living creatures with Allah are the deaf and the dumb, those who understand not (i.e. the disbelievers). (8:22)
--when a person is lazy, they don’t have an investigative mind, they believe everything they hear
--eg. the claim that Americans went to the moon; this was filmed in Nevada)
--eg. AIDS came from the monkeys in Africa)
--eg. Homosexuality is in your genes)
--eg. the universe came about by "the Big Bang")

O ye who believe! If an evil-liver bring you tidings, verify it, lest ye smite some folk in ignorance and afterward repent of what ye did. (49:6)

--CNN/BBC are the biggest liars
--They sold the story for the case for war against Iraq: the incubator story/ WMDs
--People who are lazy don’t, dig deeper and read between the lines!

5. Begging
--it is haraam to beg
--to refuse to work and then beg is haraam
--charity is for those who really are in need
--eg. professional beggars, they intentionally cut of the hand of their child so they can beg!
--Rasul (saw) said: it is better for you to split fire-wood than to beg

"It is better for any of you to carry a load of firewood on his own back than begging from someone else." [Riyadh-Us-Saleheen, Chapter 59, Hadith 540]

And that man can have nothing but what he does (good or bad) And that his deeds will be seen, (53:39-40)

6. Sexual promiscuity
--promiscuity damages you emotionally/psychologically b/c it makes you a psychopath
--jahiliyiah causes people to come out brain damaged and they are addicted to all sorts of things
--they can’t hold down any relationships; they can’t cope with married life
--they have to go to clinics for rehabilitation for their "sex-addiction"
--because they get high from their "nightly conquests"
--Rasul (saw) said go back to your wife because what she has is better

And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse. Verily, it is a Fahishah [i.e. anything that transgresses its limits (a great sin)], and an evil way (that leads one to Hell unless Allah forgives him). (17:32)

"The Prophet unintentionally looked at a woman and was aroused. He went home and had intercourse with Zainab (one of his pretty wives). He said, 'Woman faces you as Devil. If you are affected by her charm, have intercourse with your wife because she has the same thing as the woman who affected you."' (Tirmzi, Vol. 1, p 428)

--promiscuity results in bastard children (they will carry that stigma)
--Bastard child cannot lead salat (this only applies in Islamic state, not in daar ul harb)

7. Treachery
--they will keep your secret so long as you and they are on good terms
--but as soon as there is a falling out or a quarrel, they will betray your secrets
--this is hypocrisy and Allah does not love the traitors

And if thou fearest treachery from any folk, then throw back to them (their treaty) fairly. Lo! Allah loveth not the treacherous. (8:58)

8. Low self-esteem / inferiority complex
--Many Muslim sisters are afraid to get married because they have low self esteem
-- so they are afraid their husband will leave them
--if you have low self-esteem, you won’t accomplish anything in life
--kuffar like you to have low self esteem so it is easy for them to
--carry out their ideological /psychological / cultural warfare
--low self esteem causes people to apostate

Ye are the best community that hath been raised up for mankind. Ye enjoin right conduct and forbid indecency; and ye believe in Allah. And if the People of the Scripture had believed it had been better for them. Some of them are believers; but most of them are evil-livers. (3:110)

--low self-esteem leads a person to either become withdrawn or too attention-seeking

9. Some people are compulsive liars
--people lie to be accepted
--to make themselves more marketable
--(eg. to their friends or on their jon cvs)
--Rasul(saw) would tell the truth even when joking
--Rasul(saw) said a Muslim will never lie

10. Gluttony (over-eating) or Anorexia
--Rasul (saw) said a big belly is a sign of the munafiqh /hypocrite
--don’t eat like you are human dust-bin (Prader-Willi Syndrome)


Certainly! Allah will admit those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, to Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), while those who disbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as cattle eat, and the Fire will be their abode. (47:12)

--Rasul (saw) said divide your stomach into thirds: 1/3 for food, a 1/3 for water, a 1/3 for air
--Anorexia is a result of the white kuffar mentality where they oppress their woman to adopt their twisted ideal
--Anorexia leads to irregular menstruation, which prevents pregnancy

***Shaikh Faisal's notes are transcribed from his LIVE dars by his students.
Any inconsistencies in spelling are because several different students are taking down the notes.