Sunday, May 29, 2011

-50- Natural Instincts (Al-Fitrah)

“Al-Fitrah” (Natural Instincts)
By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal

"Al-Fitrah" ("Natural Instincts") Conference LIVE from Jamaica, 5.30.11

Al-Fitrah means: those inborn natural characteristics given to man by Allah ‘tala in order to enable him to carry out his role as a Khilafah properly and effectively.


--we are Allah's representatives on earth

--mankind is divided into three categories (2 extremes and a middle path)

1st category:

People who’ve acknowledged these ‘natural instincts’ but are totally helpless in controlling them

Shaikh in South Africa:
--the AIDS virus kills 1,000 people per day but there's no outcry from the people
--the people don't admit it
--the South Africans are unable to control their natural instincts
--when you're unable, you're like cattle

Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle; nay, they are even farther astray from the Path. (i.e. even worst than cattle) Al-Furqan 25:44

2nd category:

People who discover their ‘natural instincts’ but try to ignore them
--these are typically celibate priests and nuns and popes, etc
--these stay away from s-x but it's not natural
--the gigolo is the other extreme
--priest abstains from s-x but the gigolo has all the s-x he can
--why abstain for what Allah 'tala made permissible for you (you'll become pedophiles)

But the monasticism which they invented for themselves, We did not prescribe for them, but (they sought it) only to please Allâh therewith, but they did not observe it with the right observance. So We gave those among them who believed, their (due) reward, but many of them are Fâsiqûn (rebellious, disobedient to Allâh) (Al Hadid 57:27)

3rd category:
--people who are Muslims who don’t allow natural instincts to control us;
--we acknowledge them and control them w/ Allah’s Divine guidance
--the Muslim is in the middle path (we do nikah: marriage)

Anas reported that some of the companions of Allah’s Messenger (saw) asked his wives about what he performed in private. Someone among them said, “I will not marry women, someone else said, “I will not eat meat” another one said, “I will not lie down in bed” He, the prophet (saw) Praised Allah and Glorified Him and said: “What has happened to these people that they say so and so, whereas I observe prayer and I sleep too, I observe fast and I suspend observing them, I marry women also, and he who turns away from my Sunnah, he has no relation with me.” (Sahih al Bukhari (Arabic/English) Vol.7 pg No.1. Sahih-Muslim, English translation Vol 2 pg 703 N0.3236)


OUR 17 NATURAL INSTINCTS:


Al-Baqara - And perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), and give Zakât, and bow down (or submit yourselves with obedience to Allâh) along with Ar¬Raki'ûn. (43)

1. INSTINCT TO LOVE LIFE AND FEAR DEATH [SURVIVOR INSTINCT]

--the shaitan (devil) studies our natural instincts and uses it against us

--the kaafir does it, too (they use it against us)
--if you want to control a person, understand their psyche
--the shaitan gives us an offer we can't refuse
--when shaitan told Adam he would live forever (he swore by Allah 'tala)
--but Adam should have known better because Allah 'tala taught him the words: life and death
--just like the word: Khilafah (means life go on over and over again)
--hypocrites will say "wallahi" (swearing by Allah 'tala) to convince you of wrong

The Holy Prophet (saw) said: “Whoever commits suicide with a piece of iron will be punished with the same piece of iron in the hell fire” Narrated by Jundab: The Prophet (saw) said: “A man was inflicted with wounds and he committed suicide and so Allah said: “My salve has caused death on himself hurriedly so, I forbid paradise for him” (Sahih Bukhari Arabic/English) vol.2, pg.251 No.335)


--those who love life the most will be the Jews
--pharmaceutical companies make more than people who sell oil
--because people are afraid to die
--they have a tablet for every ailment we have!

If you're a mujahid and you slept the hour or two before a battle, that's a good sign:

--means you have confidence in victory
--the Sahabahs slept before the Battle of Badr
--wherever Shaikh visits, there's 24/7 societies because people can't sleep!

And verily, you will find them (the Jews) the greediest of mankind for life and (even greedier) than those who ascribe partners to Allâh (and do not believe in Resurrection - Majus, pagans, and idolaters). Everyone of them wishes that he could be given a life of a thousand years. But the grant of such life will not save him even a little from (due) punishment. And Allâh is All-Seer of what they do. (Al-Baqara 2:96)

2. INSTINCT TO ACCEPT MONOTHEISM OVER POLYTHEISM
--it is a natural instinct of ours to worship ONE God
--pride prevents people from accepting the haqq (truth)
--Abu Jahl said, "There's competition between my clan and Muhammad's can, so I won't embrace Islam"
--this is tribalism

And they belied them (those Ayât) wrongfully and arrogantly, though their ownselves were convinced thereof [i.e. those (Ayât) are from Allâh, and Mûsa (Moses) is the Messenger of Allâh in truth, but they disliked to obey Mûsa (Moses), and hated to believe in his Message of Monotheism]. So see what was the end of the Mufsidûn (disbelievers, disobedient to Allâh, evil-doers, liars (Al-Naml 27:14)

--the Jews know Muhammad (saws) was the Prophet and they used the excuse that
--he turned out to be an Arab but they expected him as a Jew so
--they , too, chose Hellfire, in the name racism

Al-Baqara - Those to whom We gave the Scripture (Jews and Christians) recognise him (Muhammad SAW 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 SAW which are written in the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] (146)


--Asabiya: to love one’s country [nationalism, tribalism, racism, partisanship, and clannishness
--monotheism (worship one gone) and polytheism (worship many gods)
--we don't see one wife having three husbands!
--men are possessive but women are jealous (said possessive is worse)

ALLAH TALA REVEALED THE QUR'AN TO COINCIDE W/ OUR NATURAL INSTINCTS

--don't apologize for what He (tala) revealed
--the kuffar allow adultery and criticize marriage
--they allow men to marry each other and call them "sir"
--the homosexuals were killed during the time of Lut (Sodom and Gomorrah)
--we can't apologize for one thing in the Qur'an
--the moment you apologize, you've lost your faith

THERE ARE NO REAL ATHEISTS IN THE WORLD

--there is hope for Islam in Jamaica!
--99.9% of Jamaicans believe in God!

The Quershi in Makkah had hope though they ascribed partners to God (Allah subhan'watala)

--some just need to alter their belief a little (same as the atheists)
--some believe Jesus is God

John 5:37 - - New International Version ... “And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form.”


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! Al-Anbiya 21:22

Al-Jabbar = dictator
--dictators in the world are trying to take away from Allah tala his right to be al-Jabbar:
--THE dictator (Allah tala is THE dictator)
--in Saudi Arabia, Shaikh was not taught all the Goofi Soofi beliefs
--"Snake Nazam" said he has the mobile number for the Rasool (saws)

SHAIKH'S REVERSION TO ISLAM
--Shaikh was 16 years old when he realized it was wrong to worship Jesus

And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their loins, their seed (or from Adam's loin his offspring) and made them testify as to themselves (saying): "Am I not your Lord?" They said: "Yes! We testify," lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: "Verily, we have been unaware of this." Al-Araf 7:172


Or lest you should say: "It was only our fathers afortime who took others as partners in worship along with Allah, and we were (merely their) descendants after them; will You then destroy us because of the deeds of men who practised Al-Batil (i.e. polytheism and committing crimes and sins, invoking and worshipping others besides Allah)?" (Tafsir At-Tabari) Al-Araf 7:173

--if you don't think, you lost your status of being a man
--we're not to use our parents as an excuse on Judgment Day:
--we must accept Islam on our own ~ we have our own aql (intellect)

Verily! The worst of (moving) living creatures with Allah are the deaf and the dumb, those who understand not (i.e. the disbelievers). Al-Anfal 8:22

3. INSTINCT TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
--the truth from falsehood or good from corrupted
--whether Jew or Christian, you know to help a blind man cross the street,
--you know it's a good deed
--when Yusuf was in prison in Egypt (w/ pagans), the men he was with had a dream
--they needed it to be interpreted and
--they went to Yusuf not their pagan because they knew who was a good person

And by Nafs (Adam or a person or a soul, etc.), and Him Who perfected him in proportion;

Ash-Shams 91:7

--you don't need to be Muslim to know right from wrong

Then He showed him what is wrong for him and what is right for him; Ash-Shams 91:8


4. INSTINCT TO LOVE ONE’S COUNTRY
Adolph Hitler and Germany:
--he was hyped w/ nationalism
--if we're not careful, the shaitan will use it to destroy us
--not only did Adam suffer but us, his progeny, suffered
--Musa asked him, "are you who caused this to happen to us"
--Asabiya = to love one’s country
--this is [nationalism, tribalism, racism, partisanship, and clannishness
--don't go to the battlefield and fight unless it's legitimate
--55 million died in World War 2:
--because of the desires of Adolph Hitler thinking he could control the world

5. INSTINCT TO LOVE HONOR, POWER AND PRESTIGE

--Nimrod said he could give and take life "Adam and Musa held a disputation.
--but he killed innocents and freed the guilty .. why? he loved power

Musa said: 'You are Adam whom Allah created with His Hand, into whom He breathed by His Spirit, to whom He made the Angels prostrate, and whom He taught the names of everything, so why have you expelled us and yourself from Al-Jannah(the Paradise)?' Adam replied, 'And you are Musa whom Allah favored with His Message and His Words, have you not found that it had been written on me before I was created?' He (Musa) said: 'Yes, indeed"' Then he (Rasool Allah SAAWS) said: "So Adam got the better of Musa in the argument."

3 things that are intoxicating: Money, power and women

Rasool (saws) said women are the biggest fitnah

--if you don't have taqwa, you will abuse power

Saying: "I am your lord, most high" (Al-Naziat 79:24)


--when a man loves power, he will do anything to get it, even kill for it

--in the time of Musa, he was born the year the boys were to be killed but
--his brother, Haroon was born the year they could live
--Musa's mum went against her natural instinct (she was inspired by Allah tala)
--the basket w/ Musa ended up in Pharaoh's palace
--he killed 1,000's to hold on to power
--Allahu akbar: He used Musa to destroy Pharaoh’s kingdom
--men kill for power
--Jews use their missiles to bomb children in Gaza
--men kill for power

ATHEISTS
--they told Shaikh that religion causes bloodshed (but they scored an 'own goal')
--Pablo Escobar, famous soccer player in south America, scored a goal against his own team
--another atheist, Mao Tse-Tung: killed millions of people in China
--Pol Pot of Cambodia killed millions of people, Atheists leaders kill the most people

6. INSTINCT TO BE ATTRACTED TO THE OPPOSITE SEX

--we have this instinct so we're not homosexual or lesbian
--when Abu Bakr met a homosexual, he stoned him, burned them
--and not allowed to have prayers over them
--you are MUSLIM 1st and last
--you can't be confused about your sexuality
--if you are attracted to the SAME sex, you are contaminated w/ haraam lusts

2 TYPES OF LUST:

1) the type when you are attracted to the same sex: haraam lust
--there's no such thing as same-sex marriage in Islam
--people will try to change Islam to accommodate their lifestyle

2) the type of lust you have for your spouse: halal lust


7. INSTINCT OF WANTING TO BE LOVED

--do not deprive your children of love

DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOVE:

1) emotional (family)
2) physical (love someone you're going to marry)
3) spiritual (you love for the sake of Allah)
4) divine love (the type Allah tala has for us)
5) unconditional love (this is haraam)

8. INSTINCT OF WANTING TO IMITATE ONE’S PARENTS

--your political and religious decisions come from how your parents are
--even when they are on falsehood
--Abu Talib: he wanted to be like his parents so he died outside the fold of Islam
--he said he dies on the religion of his parents

9. INSTINCT TO LOVE CHILDREN

--marry women who can give birth
--our children are our future

The Prophet said: “Marry women who are loving and affectionate. Woman who are able to have children because it is by these women that my followers will supersede the followers of the other prophets in number on the Day of Judgment”. (Sunnan Abu Dawud English trans. Vol.2 pg. 545 No. 2046)

10. INSTINCT TO BE INQUISITIVE AND LOVE KNOWLEDGE


11. INSTINCT OF GHAIRAH (JEALOUSY)

--be jealous over your wives and daughters

Is one who is obedient to Allah, prostrating himself or standing (in prayer) during the hours of the night, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the Mercy of his Lord (like one who disbelieves)? Say: "Are those who know equal to those who know not?" It is only men of understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allah's Signs and Verses). Az-Zumar 39:9


12. INSTINCT OF WANTING TO DEFEND ONESELF

13. INSTINCT TO LOVE WEALTH AND HATE DEATH
--any Shaikh who preaches poverty among the Muslims is a bad Shaikh

So they routed them by Allah's Leave and Dawud (David) killed Jalut (Goliath), and Allah gave him [Dawud (David)] the kingdom [after the death of Talut (Saul) and Samuel] and Al-Hikmah (Prophethood), and taught him of that which He willed. And if Allah did not check one set of people by means of another, the earth would indeed be full of mischief. But Allah is full of Bounty to the 'Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists). Al-Baqarah 2:251


But seek, with that (wealth) which Allah has bestowed on you, the home of the Hereafter, and forget not your portion of legal enjoyment in this world, and do good as Allah has been good to you, and seek not mischief in the land. Verily, Allah likes not the Mufsidun (those who commit great crimes and sins, oppressors, tyrants, mischief-makers, corrupts). Al-Qasas 28:77

14. INSTINCT TO LOVE DELICIOUS FOODS AND DRINKS
--we fast in Ramadan to control this instinct so we don't become obese
--obesity is pandemic in the US
--we're not permitted to eat until we become fat
--eat where you have 1/3 for food, 1/3 for water and 1/3 for breathing

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. Muhammad 47:12


15. INSTINCT TO WANT TO TAKE REVENGE

16. INSTINCT TO CLOTH OUR-SELF FROM NAKEDNESS


17. INSTINCT TO LOVE AND HATE FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH TALA

--we don't practice unconditional love


Recapping our 17 Natural Instincts (Al-Fitrah):

1. INSTINCT TO LOVE LIFE AND FEAR DEATH [SURVIVOR INSTINCT]
2. INSTINCT TO ACCEPT MONOTHEISM OVER POLYTHEISM
3. INSTINCT TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL
4. INSTINCT TO LOVE ONE’S COUNTRY
5. INSTINCT TO LOVE HONOR, POWER AND PRESTIGE
6. INSTINCT TO BE ATTRACTED TO THE OPPOSITE SEX
7. INSTINCT OF WANTING TO BE LOVED
8. INSTINCT OF WANTING TO IMITATE ONE’S PARENTS
9. INSTINCT TO LOVE CHILDREN
10. INSTINCT TO BE INQUISITIVE AND LOVE KNOWLEDGE
11. INSTINCT OF GHAIRAH (JEALOUSY)
12. INSTINCT OF WANTING TO DEFEND ONE-SELF
13. INSTINCT TO LOVE WEALTH AND HATE DEATH
14. INSTINCT TO LOVE DELICIOUS FOODS AND DRINKS
15. INSTINCT TO WANT TO TAKE REVENGE
16. INSTINCT TO CLOTH OUR-SELF FROM NAKEDNESS
17. INSTINCT TO LOVE AND HATE FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH TALA