Who Are You? (Your Identity)
by Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
(evening dars 4.04.11)
Who are YOU? You are someone who needs to be sure about your identity
--You’re Muslim, first and last!
--Allah ‘tala labeled you one label in the Qur’an: Muslim!
And strive for Allah with the endeavor which is His right. He hath chosen you and hath not laid upon you in religion any hardship; the faith of your father Abraham (is yours). He hath named you Muslims of old time and in this (Scripture), that the messenger may be a witness against you, and that ye may be witnesses against mankind (22:78)
--So if Allah has given you one label, then why are there so many others? The Prophet (pbuh) said in his Hadith: there will be 73 sects, all in hellfire except 1:
The Saved Sect.
Rasul(saw) was asked: who will be the saved sect? He said: Those who practice Islam as it was practiced by me and my companions
Who are you? YOU are the witnesses of Allah ‘tala on earth
The Prophet (pbuh) was with his Sahabahs and a dead body passed by; the Sahabahs said, “What a good man he was,” the Prophet (saws) said, “So shall it be, so shall it be..” Then another dead body passed, the Sahabahs said, “What a wrenched man he was,” the Prophet (saws) said, “So shall it be, so shall it be..”
Rasul (saw): Whatsoever the Muslims see as good, Allah sees as good
Whatsoever the Muslims see as evil, Allah sees as evil. You are the witnesses of Allah on earth.
Who are YOU? You are here to judge.
--Some ppl say we are not here to judge:
If you fear a breach between them twain (the man and his wife), appoint (two) arbitrators, one from his family and the other from her's; if they both wish for peace, Allah will cause their reconciliation. Indeed Allah is Ever All-Knower, Well-Acquainted with all things (4:35)
Who are you? YOU are a Muslim
--A Muslim is the person who submits to Quran and Sunnah
He is Allah thanWhom there is La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) the King, the Holy, the One Free from all defects, the Giver of security, the Watcher over His creatures, the All-Mighty, the Compeller, the Supreme. Glory be to Allah! (High is He) above all that they associate as partners with Him. Surah al-Hashr (59:23)
--Allah called himself al-Mu’min. Allah ‘tala is the only one who gives Imaan
Verily! You (O Muhammad) guide not whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He knows best those who are the guided. (28:56)
"And our duty is only to convey plainly (the Message)." (38:17)
They say: "Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower." (3:8)
--This dua' should be recited continuously, as everyone’s heart changes (ex. Umar)
The Rasul(saw) said: one of the signs of the day is a man will go to bed as a Muslim, but wakes up as a kaafir, selling his deen for the pomp and glitter of this world
Who are you? “YOU are the best Ummah raised up for Mankind.”
But only if 3 conditions are met:
1. Enjoin the right
2. Forbid the wrong and
3. Believe in Allah 'tala the proper way
You (true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad SAW and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Maroof (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allah. (3:110)
They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah (by obeying them in things which they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without being ordered by Allah), and (they also took as their Lord) Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary), while they (Jews and Christians) were commanded [in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)) to worship none but One Ilah (God - Allah) La ilaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He) . Praise and glory be to Him, (far above is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him)." (9:31)
Who are you? YOU are the Ummah of Muhammad
--Half the people of Jannah will be from the Ummah of Prophet (pbuh).
--When Musa heard about Ummah of Muhammad, he begged Allah, “Can I join them?” Allah (swt) did not accept his Dua.
--When Jesus begged Allah to join Muhammad's Ummah, Allah accepted his Dua.
--You are not allowed to doubt the return of Jesus.
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 (i.e. the Day of Resurrection). And follow Me (Allah) (i.e. be obedient to Allah and do what He orders you to do, O mankind)! This is the Straight Path (of Islamic Monotheism, leading to Allah and to His Paradise). (43:61)
Mission of Jesus: to kill the swine, break the cross, kill the gog/magog, kill the dajjal (false god), and abolish the jizya (Make sure you accept Islam before Jesus returns because no jizya will be accepted then)
Who are you? YOU are the Balanced Nation
Thus We have made you [true Muslims - real believers of Islamic Monotheism, true followers of Prophet Muhammad and his Sunnah (legal ways), a Wasat (just) (and the best) nation, that you be witnesses over mankind and the Messenger (Muhammad) be a witness over you. (2:143)
1) Who are YOU? In the middle between the Jews and the Christians (one insults Jesus/ other worships Jesus)
-- Jews believe Jesus mother was a prostitute and he was a false Prophet; they insult Jesus to the maximum
--Christians are the opposite of Jew, elevated Jesuss to God Himself at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD
2) Who are YOU? In the middle between the materialist/spiritualist (one spends all his time in the masjid/ one spends all his time in the shop making money)
--Muslims are in the middle: because we spend time both in the deen and the dunya
3) Who are YOU? In the middle between the priest and gigalo
-when we marry, we perform nikah not live like a gigolo who does promiscuity
Rasul(saw) said: Whoever abstains from my sunnah is not of me
4) Who are YOU? Muslims are in the middle between the Khawarij & the Murji.
between the khwarij(puritan who takes away all hope)/ murji(liberal who gives complete hope)
--One believes every sin is kufr/other believes that nothing can eject u from islam (Actins are not part of eeman)
--Khawarij are puritans who make takfeer when do any haraam/ no forgiveness (take away all hope)
--Murji are liberals who thinks to go to Jannat no matter what he does so long as he says the Shahadah (Murji says: action is not a part of Imaan/ gives too much hope)
Khawarij says every sin is kufr, but doesn’t realize that there is major and minor kufr
The only kufr that can take you outside the fold of Islam is Major Kufr not a minor Kufr
>>Black magic (2:102)
>>Insulting any aspect of Islam
The hypocrites fear lest a Surah (chapter of the Qur'an) should be revealed about them, showing them what is in their hearts. Say: "(Go ahead and) mock! But certainly Allah will bring to light all that you fear."If you ask them (about this), they declare: "We were only talking idly and joking." Say: "Was it at Allah and His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger that you were mocking?" (9:65-66)
And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Qur'an) that when you hear the Verses of Allah 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, Allah will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell, (4:140)
>>Making takfeer on the Sahabahs
>>Spying for kuffar
>>Believe the aqeedah of the kuffar is accurate
Surely, they have disbelieved who say: "Allah is the Messiah ['Iesa (Jesus)], son of Maryam (Mary)." But the Messiah ['Iesa (Jesus)] said: "O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord." Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, then Allah has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode . And for the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers) there are no helpers. Surely, disbelievers are those who said: "Allah is the third of the three (in a Trinity)." But there is no ilah (god) (none who has the right to be worshipped) but One Ilah (God -Allah). And if they cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall the disbelievers among them. (5:72-73)
>>believing in democracy: establish the hujjat b4 to make takfeer on those who vote and believe in democracy. But if afterwards they deny, then we make takfeer
Surely, the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allah only. And those who take Auliya (protectors and helpers) besides Him (say): "We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allah." Verily, Allah will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Truly, Allah guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever. (39:3)
>>praying to the inhabitants of the grave
You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).
Surah al-Fatiha (1:5)
--> We ASWJ (Ahlus Sunnah wal Jammat) do not make takfeer on minor kufr - anyone who follows another aqeedah is not ASWJ (Betw/ Khwarij and Murji)
Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with him in worship, but He
forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases, and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin (4:48)
5) Who are YOU? You are in the middle between the Qadariyya and the Jabriyya.
Qadariyya = deny destiny (qadr)/ Jabriyya = fatalist
--Jabriyya preach that Man cannot escape Fate (blame Allah for their sins)
--Qadariyya say that Allah did not pre-destine anything.
--Ibn Abbas made takfeer on Jabriyya although he was the most soft of the Sahabah.
Because by denying opposing Prophet (pbuh) & Gibreel (one of the 6 pillars of eeman)
Jabriyya - When Umar was the Caliph, a man stole. Umar asked why? The Man said, because what I did was fixed/predestined. Umar said, it is also predestined for us to chop off your hand. Umar said, give him 30 lashes & then chop off his hand. They asked why 30 lashes? Umar said because he lied on Allah ‘tala
--People blame Allah for their haraam.
But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission. (4:65)
It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a
matter that they should have any option in their decision. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, he has indeed strayed in a plain error (33:36)
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. (2:208)
--Shaytaan is the clear enemy, so if something is haraam, accept it !
--One of the 7 conditions of Shahadah is to surrender to Qur’an & Sunnah
--Therefore, you cannot have one foot in Islam & one is Jahiliyya.