Tafseer Surah Baqarah: Fatal Attraction
By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
(morning dars: 5.17.11)
By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal
(morning dars: 5.17.11)
The story of FATAL ATTRACTION:
--what does “fatal attraction” mean:
--“I love you, I'm crazy about you and I'm prepared to kill to get you”
--“no one else is allowed to have you, except me”
--it's a type of mental illness because it's rejecting qadr law:
--you're saying that you're going against what is qadr (what Allah 'tala predestined)
THE TIME OF THE STORY:
--the story took place during the time of Musa ....
--in the time of Prophet Yahya, a girl was in love w/ her uncle
--she was bent on having him, regardless who opposed the marriage
--she was a professional dancer and her uncle said, "Dance for me"
--she asked, "What will you give me?" – the uncle replied, “Anything"
--her request was the head of the Prophet Yahya on a silver platter
--because Yahya opposed their marriage
--the uncle was a Jew and a king
--he chopped off the head of Yahya and did as she requested
**If you want someone physically, intimately (married or not), you do:
--whatever you have to do to get it
--you remove all obstacles, you say:
--"when I want someone, I'll just go after it to fulfill my own lust"
--this is what is meant by “fatal attraction”
Another story of FATAL ATTRACTION
--a boy fell in love w/ his cousin and asked his uncle to marry her
--in Shariah, you're not prohibited to marry your 1st cousin
--if you're single, looking for marriage and have a 1st cousin who is pious:
--you can marry them [in Shariah) [in Muslim countries, this is not uncommon]
--there are no deformities in these countries because of this type of marriage,
--but in the west, STDs cause children of 1st cousin marriages to have deformities
--it is halal in Islam to marry a 1st cousin....
So the boy was in love w/ his 1st cousin and her father was wealthy
--but the uncle turned down the nephew’s proposal because the boy was a loser (no skills)
--his pride was hurt when he was turned down
--yes! Men get hurt but the male ego doesn't allow them to show it!
**Not everyone is capable of coping w/ rejection**
--during the time of Muhammad (saws), when Bilal proposed and the girl said yes
--he would say ALHUMDULILLAH and if she refused, he would say ALLAHU AKBAR
--we should say Allahu Akbar because sometimes in life, a thing that is bad for us
--so Bilal accepted qadr (so should we)
Warfare is ordained for you, though it is hateful unto you; but it may happen that ye hate a thing which is good for you, and it may happen that ye love a thing which is bad for you. Allah knoweth, ye know not. (2:216)
**Not every man is capable of coping w/ rejection**
--the uncle said no to the marriage because the boy was a loser
--the boy didn't want anyone else to have his cousin if he couldn't!
--so he said he'd use 1 stone to kill 4 birds:
1) kill my uncle to get him out of the way
2) am gonna marry his daughter
3) am going to inherit his property as his survivor!
4) am going to plant the dead body of my uncle on the doorstep of my neighbor,
….accuse them of the murder and collect the dia (blood money)
Now, there was big fitnah in the Jewish community over who killed the older man / uncle
--the people questioned why Musa said that Allah tala said to slaughter a yellow cow
--Musa said he would seek refuge in Allah tala from their jahil ways of questioning Allah tala
--if you are in the company of Prophet Musa and you're sure he is a REAL prophet
--you would obey what he said!
--you would say, "we hear and we obey"
--this is how to believe in tawheed hakimiyya
--but if you are not a firm believer, you will argue w/ Allah tala's commands
Example of the Sahabahs:
--the question of girls inheriting the property of the men was strange for the Arabs but
--the Sahabahs said: it's strange for us but .... we hear and we obey !!
--we don't argue w/ Allah 'tala but the Jews argued
--when they were told to fight, they said “YOU AND YOUR LORD GO AND FIGHT
--we'll sit and wait for you”
--the Sahabahs didn't say @ the Battle of Badr "you and your Lord go and fight"
--they said NEVER WILL WE SPEAK TO YOU THE WAY THE JEWS SPOKE:
--we will fight shoulder to shoulder
You [true believers in Islamic Monotheism, and real followers of Prophet Muhammad and his Sunnah (legal ways, etc.)] are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma'ruf (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
The ummah of Muhammad (saws) is the best ummah because:
--they commanded good and forbade evil and believed in Allah tala properly
…back to the story: the boy who killed his uncle to marry his cousin:
--not all men can cope w/ rejection
--some commit suicide if they get NO for an answer
--but if you're a strong believer, like Bilal who said alhumdulillah or Allahu akbar (he accepted qadr)
--he coped w/ rejection because he was not a munafiqh
--but if your eeman is weak you can go into manic depression
--so the boy killed his uncle, as he planned
--but the Jews were trying to decide who did the murder
--Prophet Musa said: your Lord, Allah, commanded you to slaughter a cow
--they questioned Allah tala: why should we slaughter a cow - how will this help us find the murderer?
--how can you have a problem w/ the commandment: if you believe in Musa, you believe in him wholly
Musa said pick a cow but there are 2 conditions
1. the age of the cow (not too old or too young)
2. make a supplication to Allah tala as to what color the cow should be
--Allah said to pick a yellow cow, bright and pleasing to those who look at it
--yellow cows are rare so this would be a mesmerizing cow
--after they were told the color, they still kept asking "what color?"
--they weren't convinced about what Allah said (they were being difficult, "messing about")
--Muhammad saws said had they sacrificed ANY cow, Allah tala would have accepted it
--Allah tala gave them enough rope to "hang themselves"
...so they were told the age and color of the cow: AND STILL WERE RELUCTANT AND RECALCITRANT
--the farmer w/ the rare cow can ask any price for the cow because he is the only one w/ a yellow cow!
--when demand increases, the price increases / when the demand decreases, the price decreases
--so the farmer can name any price, since he has no competition
--the farmer demanded a ton of gold (which was difficult for the Jews to pay)
--if you "take a mickey” w/ Allah - He will make it difficult for you
On the authority of Abu Hurairah ‘Abd-ur-Rahmaan ibn Sakhr (radi allahu ‘anhu1) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayi wa sallam) say: “What I have forbidden for you, avoid. What I have ordered you [to do], do as much of it as you can. For verily, it was only the excessive questioning and their disagreeing with their Prophets that destroyed [the nations] who were before you” (Agreed Upon) Hadith No. 9 from 40 Hadith
Further instructions: take a piece of meat from the dead cow, put it on the dead man
--then the man would come back to life and reveal who kill him (his assailant)
LESSONS from the story of FATAL ATTRACTION:
1. Jews are rebellious to Allah (swt) commands (tawheed hakimiyya)
2. To marry your cousin was permissible in the Shariah of Musa and Muhammad (saws)
3. Not every man is capable of coping w/ rejection (male ego doesn't permit this)
4. "fatal attraction" is very dangerous (it causes people to kill to get what they want)
5. The ummah of Muhammad (saws) was more submissive than the ummah of Prophet Musa
--because the Jews were rebellious (questioning Allah ‘tala)
6 When you become difficult w/ Allah (swt), He becomes difficult w/ you
--He (swt) would have accepted any sacrifice but not their difficulties and "messing about"
7. People kill for sex (ie s-x)
--for any type of s-x (whether they are married or not): they kill for s-x
--some kill because spouse had an affair, some kill family for 'honor killing'
--so for any type of s-x, people kill
--1st murder was when Cain killed Abel: they were supposed to swap their twin sisters
--but Abel refused so Cain’s selfishness caused him to kill Abel
--it was all about s-x
WHY DID THE BOY KILL HIS UNCLE?
--he had "fatal attraction" for his cousin
--so people do kill for s-x (past and present)
8. Allah tala brought the man back to life to testify / establish the hujjah
--because people disputed as to who was the murderer
--the boy planned to get the cousin for marriage, kill the uncle to accomplish this
--and get the "blood money" from the neighbor
--the man said: "my own nephew murdered me"
--the man was able to name his assailant
9. When you have weak eeman, you have a problem w/ tawheed hakimiyya
--if the Jews were so convinced that Prophet Musa was a sincere prophet
--why would the Jews question his revelations from Allah (swt)?
**WHY CAN'T YOU SURRENDER TO THE LAW-GIVER?**