is the Purpose of our Life?
information which is to be shared, may seem to be bit extensive
but when you consider the capacity of the human brain and the amount
of information that it can store and that it can decipher, then
a few pages of information tonight, I’m sure won’t overburden you.
of you have an equal responsibility and that responsibility is to
listen with an open heart and an open mind.
a world full of prejudice and cultural conditioning, it is very
hard to find people that are able to take a moment to think about
life objectively. And
try to arrive at the truth about this world and the real purpose
of our life. Unfortunately,
when you ask most people the question what is the purpose of our
life, such a fundamental and important question, they will not tell
you what they have concluded through observation or analytical reasoning.
Rather, in most cases, they will simply tell you what someone
else said. Or they
will tell you what is commonly presumed by others; what my father
says the purpose of life is, what the minister of my Church says
the purpose of life is, what my teachers says, what my friends says
etc. If I ask anyone about the purpose of eating, why do we eat?
Everyone will say in one word or another, its for nutrition because
it sustains life. If
I ask anyone why they work, they will say because it’s a necessity
in order to support themselves and to provide the needs of the family.
If I ask anyone why they sleep, why they wash etc.
They will answer this is a common necessity for all human
beings. We can follow
this line of questioning with 100 questions and get same or similar
answer from anyone in any language in any place in the world.
I ask you the question, why is it, that when we ask the question,
what is the goal and the purpose of life, that we get so many different
answers? That’s because
people are confused, they don’t really know. They are stumbling
in the dark. And rather than to say I don’t know, they just fall for any
answer that they have been programmed to answer. Well think about it tonight!
our purpose in this world simply to eat, sleep, dress, work, acquire
some materials things and enjoy ourselves? Is this our purpose?
Why are we born? What is the object of our existence? And what is
the wisdom behind the creation of men and this tremendous universe?
Think about that question.
persons argue that there is no prove of any divine origin, there
is no prove that there is a God, there is no proves that this universe
has come about for any divine purpose; there are people who argue
this way. And they
say that perhaps this world came about by chance. A big bang and
this whole great world, with all its orchestration just came together.
And they argue that life does not have any definite purpose
and that there is nothing that can be proven through by the logic
or science that there is a God or purpose or any divine reason behind
the Qur’an it’s mentioned:
To Allah belongs the dominion
of the heavens and the earth and Allah has power over everything.
Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth and
the alternation of the night and the day, there are indeed signs
for men of understanding, men who celebrates the praises of Allah
standing, sitting and lying down on their side and they contemplate
the wonders of the creation in the heavens and the earth with the
thought, “Our Lord, not for any foolish purpose has thou created
all of these. Glory
be to thee, give us salvation from the penalty of the hellfire.
here in these verses, Allah has mentioned very clearly to us by
first drawing our attention to the creation of ourselves, the different
postures of the human body, the different attitude of the human
psychology. He draws our attention to the heaven, the alternation of the
night and the day, the firmament, the stars, the constellation and
then He says to us, “He has not created all of these for any foolish
purpose”. Because when
you see the design of it, you know it that the design of it is very
powerful and very precise.
And something very powerful and very precise that is beyond
your own calculation and imagination, it cannot foolish.
It cannot be just thrown together.
you took 10 marbles and number them 1 to 10 and all of them with
different colours and you put them inside of a bag and shook the
bag and then closing your eyes reached inside that bag, and I told
you, pull out marble number 1 and then marble number 2 and then
pull out marble number 3 in order.
What’s the chance of your pulling out of these 10 marbles
in order? Do you know
the chances are? Its 26 millions to 1.
So what’s the chance of the heavens and the earth being thrown
in a big bang and orchestrated like they are.
What’s the chance of that?
dear respected fellow humans we have to ask ourselves a further
question. When you
see a bridge, a building or an automobile, you automatically consider
the person or the company that constructed it.
When you see a plane or a rocket, a satellite or a large
ship, you also think about how incredible of a vehicle that it is.
When you see a nuclear plant in orbiting space stations or
a super international airport, you have to thoroughly impressed
with the engineering dynamics that are involved.
these are just things that are manufactured by human beings. Then
what about the human body; with its massive and intricate control
system? Think about
about the brains; how it thinks, how it functions, how it analysis,
sort information, retrieves information, distinguishes and categorizes
information in a millionth of a second! And does it constantly. Think about the brain for a moment. This is the brain that made the automobile, the rocket.
Think about the brain and who made that.
Think about the heart how it pumps continuously for 60 or
70 years, in taking and discharging blood throughout the body and
maintaining that steady precision throughout the life of that person.
Think about it.
about the kidney and what kind of functions that they carry – the
purifying instrument of the body, which performs hundreds of chemicals
analysis simultaneously and also controls the levels of toxicity
in the content of the body.
And it does this automatically.
about your eye – The human camera that adjust, focus, interpret,
evaluate, and applies colour automatically; the natural inspective
and adjustment to light and distance.
All automatic, think about it!
created that? Who has mastered that? Who plans that? And who regulates
that? Human beings themselves? No of course not.
about this universe? Think about this. This earth is ONE planet
in our solar system. And
our solar system is one of the systems in the Milky Way.
And the Milky Way is one of the constellations in this galaxy.
And there are millions of galaxies like the Milky Way.
Think about that and they are all in order.
They are all precise.
They are not colliding with each other.
They are not conflicting with each other and they are swimming
along in an orbit that has been SET for them.
Have human beings set that into motions? And are those human
beings maintaining that precision? No of course NOT!
about the ocean, the fish, the insects, the birds, the plants, bacteria,
and the chemical elements that have not been discovered and cannot
be defected even with the most sophisticated instruments.
Yet each one of them has a law that they follow.
all of these sequence, balance, harmony, variation, design, maintenance,
operation and infinite numeration, did this happen by chance? And
also do these things functions perpetually and perfectly by chance? And do they reproducing themselves and maintaining themselves
also by chance? No of course not.
would be totally illogical and foolish to think and in the least,
it will indicate that however it came to be, it is totally outside
of the realm of human capability.
We will all agree to that.
being, the all mighty power, God, the creator who has the knowledge
to design, to proportion, who has created all of these and is responsible
for maintaining all of these, is the only one that is deserving
our praise and gratitude.
I gave each one of you a $100 for no reasons, you would at least
say thank you. What
about your eyes, your kidney, your brain, your life, your birth,
your children – what about that? Who gave you that? Is He not worthy
of praise and thanks? Is He not worthy of your worship and recognition?
in a nutshell is the purpose and the goal of this life.
the all mighty said to us in the Qur’an: “I
have not created the Jinn
(the spirit) nor the human beings for any other purpose except
to worship me”. This what the almighty says.
So our purpose of this life is to recognize the creator,
to be grateful to the creator, to worship the creator, to surrender
ourselves to the creator and to obey the laws that He decided for
a nutshell it means worship.
This is our purpose on this life.
And whatever we do in the course of that worship, that system,
the eating, the drinking, the dressing, the working; all of these
are just consequential but we have been created to worship.
the purpose of our life. I
don’t think that anyone who is scientific or analytical, they won’t
have much argument with that purpose.
They may have some other purpose within themselves.
But that’s something they have to deal with between themselves
and all mighty God.
Introduction to Islam
do you know about Islam? Not what you HEARD about Islam, not what
you seen in the action of some Muslims. Because there is a difference
between Islam and Muslim.
There is a difference between a man and a father.
A man who has children is a father.
But father is a responsibility.
If a man who does not fulfil those responsibility, he is
not necessarily a good father.
Islam is a rule and an order.
If a Muslims does not fulfil those rules and orders, he is
not a good Muslim. So
you can not compare Islam by Muslims.
hear the term “Islam” and “Muslim” quite often. And we read about Islam and Muslims in the periodical textbooks
of colleges and universities.
We hear and we see a lot of inaccurate, misleading and purposeful
misinformation through the media.
And I have to admit that some of these misinformation and
misrepresentation has been perpetuated by Muslims themselves.
Yet one out of every 5 persons in this world of some 5 billion
people is a Muslim. This
is the statistics that you can verify in the encyclopaedia.
How is it that 1 out of every 5 people in this world is a
Muslim and that we don’t know something about Islam? The facts about
I told you 1 out of every 5 people in this world were Chinese, which
is a fact cause there are 1 billion Chinese in the world. We know the geographical, social, economical, political, philosophical
and historical facts about China and the Chinese.
Then how come we don’t know Islam?
is it that joins all these nations (around 35 Muslim nations) and
this universal configuration into a common entity?
What makes a brother in Saudi Arabia a brother to an American?
What makes a brother from China a brother to an Egyptian? What makes
a brother from Australia a brother to a Pakistani?
An African is my brother, another one from Thailand is my
brother, a Bosnian is my brother, the other one from Canada is my
brother. From Spain, Russia, India, Germany and so forth. What makes
them my brother?
have that different cultural, psychological background.
What is it about Islam that automatically embraces us and
joins us together as a brotherhood?
What are the accurate characteristics of this misunderstood way
of life that are followed by a great part of humanity?
will try to provide you with some facts, but in addition to this
as I mentioned to you before, it is necessary for you to be open
minded and open hearted. Because
if a turned a glass upside down and poured water on it, I will never
get a glass of water. It
has to be right side up.
alone do not lead to understanding, but rather a combination of
tolerant, ambition and the ability to appreciate and accept the
truth when you hear it.
word Islam means surrender, submission and obedience to the law
of almighty God. You
can say “Allah”, you can say the creator, you can say the supreme
God, the supreme force, the all wise – all of those are his names.
We say “Allah”, because in Arabic, there are no other expressions. This expression “Allah” cannot be applied to any created things.
Other words we use for almighty – can be applied for created things
like “the almighty
Dollar” or he is the “greatest” etc.
But the word “Allah” can only be applied to the one who has
created all of these that we have previously described.
word “Islam” is derived from the root “salama”, it means to be at
peace or to have security.
Therefore, a Muslim is a person that surrenders, submits
and obeys the laws of almighty God and through this submission;
attains peace and security for themselves.
can immediately see that by such definition, the Arabia word “Islam”
describe the same manner and the behaviour of all the well known
and respected prophets and messengers of almighty God.
Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Isaac, Ishmael,
Jacob, John the Baptist, Sulaiman, Jesus the son of Mary and Mohammad
(peace be on all of them). All of these prophets and messengers
came from the same almighty God with the same message with the same
chain of transmission and they said ONE thing – obey God.
Worship the almighty God and fulfil the purpose of life and
do good actions and you will be rewarded with another life.
That’s all they said.
Don’t make it more than that.
That’s all they said regardless of what language and what
time and whom they came to.
If you read the scriptures carefully without your own interpretations
and somebody else’s addition or fabrication, you will find that
this was the simple message of all those prophets whom confirmed
one another. Not one
of those prophets ever said “I am God, worship me”.
You don’t have to think cause you won’t find it in any books
that you have. Not
the Bible, not the Torah, not the Old and the New Testaments, not
the Psalms of David. You won’t find it in any book or in any speeches by the prophets.
So where did it come from? That something else that you have
to investigate yourself.
can immediately see that by such a definition, the Arabic word “Islam”
describes what all the prophets did.
They call came and submitted themselves to God, surrendered
themselves to God, called the people to God, and asked the people,
and insisted upon the people to do deeds of righteousness.
The Ten Commandments of Moses, what was that? The speech
of Abraham, what was that?
The Psalms of David, what was that? The proverbs of Solomon,
what did he say? The Gospel of Jesus Christ, what did he say? What
did John the Baptist say? What did Isaac and Ishmael say? What did
Muhammad say? Worship one
God, nothing more than that.
says in the Qur’an: <
And they were ordered nothing except, to worship Allah, being
sincere towards him and this was the straight way.
was the original message.
By the same token, it will also be appropriate here to consider
those prophets and messengers as Muslims.
think about the Arabic terminology, don’t think about how we are
dressed, don’t think about Mecca or Saudi Arabia or Egypt etc.
about the word “Muslims” means he who surrenders themselves to almighty
God, and obeys the laws of almighty God.
Everything that surrenders to the law of almighty God is
a Muslim. So when a
child comes out of the womb of its mother at the time God had ordered,
what is it? It’s a Muslim. When the sun goes around in its orbit,
what is it? It’s a Muslim. When a moon goes around the sun, what
is it? It’s a Muslim. The
law of gravity, what is it? It’s a Muslim law.
Everything that submits to the almighty God is a Muslim.
Therefore, when we obey almighty God, we are Muslims.
Christ was a Muslim. His
blessed mother was a Muslim.
Abraham was a Muslim.
Moses was a Muslim.
All the prophets were Muslims.
came to their people and spoke different languages. The prophet Muhammad spoke the language of Arabic. And so in
the Arabic language submit and surrender is Muslim. The one who submits and surrenders is a Muslim.
Every prophets and messengers of almighty God brought the
very same and fundamental message – worship almighty God and be sincere towards him.
we examine the message of each of the well-known prophets, we can
easily conclude this side.
Where there is a conflict, it is a result of false expression,
fabrication, exaggeration, personalized interpretations of alleged
writers, historians, scholars and individuals.
instance, how come throughout the Old Testament, God is always referred
to as one, the master, the lord and king of the universe. And that in the 1st commandment given to Moses,
he did not allow anybody to worship any graven images. All the prophets said he was one and that he was the almighty
God. Throughout the
Old Testament, it’s completely repeated.
Then all of a sudden, we get four testimonials.
The four Gospel called Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew who? Mark who? Luke who? John who? Four different gospels
that were written 48 years apart, and none of these men, who did
not collaborate with each other, none of them wrote their last name.
If I gave you a check for your pay this month, and I wrote
my first name on the check and tell you to take it to the bank,
would you accept that check? No you wouldn’t. If a policeman stopped you and asked for your license and you
only had your first name, would it be acceptable to him? Could you
get a passport with your first name? Did your parents give you only
one name? Where in the history of men, is one name accepted as documentation?
Nowhere except in the Bible.
And how could you base your faith upon four gospels that
are written by four men who didn’t seem to know their last name.
after those four gospels, there are fifteen more books, written
by a man, who was an apostate, who killed Christians, tortured Christians
and then said that he in a vision saw Jesus and he was commissioned
as an apostle of Jesus.
I told you, that Hitler after he killed all the Jews, then he himself
decided that he wanted to be a saints and he meet Christ or Moses
on the path and he became a Jew and he wrote fifteen books and added
them to the Torah. Would
that be acceptable to the Jews? No they wouldn’t accept that.
So how can four books without a last name and fifteen other
books that’s written by another man – and this is the first time
that God is called a man and the first time that God is called three,
and the first time God is given a son, then how would be acceptable
to the Christians? How? Think about it.
We won’t argue that point, I have just given you something
to think about.
of Prophet Muhammad
advent of Prophet Muhammad did not bring a new religion or a new
way of life as some people claim.
On the contrary, the prophet Muhammad confirmed the life
and message of all the previous prophets and messengers, both through
his personal conducts, and through the divine revelation that he
received from the almighty.
The sacred scripture that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) brought
is called Al-Qur’an. It
means that which is recited because Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
did not write the Qur’an.
He did not author the Qur’an.
Nobody came and helped him to write it and nobody collaborated
with him to help. But
the angel Gabriel recited to him and almighty God made his heart
a receptacle of that. Just
like a satellite dish, is a receptive of waves and gives you the
TV image. The prophet
Muhammad’s heart was a receptacle of revelations and we have this
Qur’an that has been preserved for fifteen hundred years without
a change of a dot.
there any other book in the world that you know of that has been
preserved as it was revealed without a changing even a dot? No book!
Only the Qur’an. Don’t take my world for it.
Go to the library and read what the encyclopaedia Britannica
or any other universal encyclopaedia of the world that has not been
written by a Muslim – read what is says about Islam, the Qur’an
and Muhammad. Read
what non Muslims said about the Qur’an, Islam and Muhammad.
Then you will accept that what I am saying is universally
documented and clear. That
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the most profound individual in
the history of humanity. Profound
why? Read what they say.
the Qur’an is the most incredible, the most profound piece of literature
in the annals of history.
Read what they say.
is Islamic way of life, is categorized and so precise and dynamic,
it has never changed. Read
what they say.
sacred scripture that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) received is called
the Qur’an. And each
of the prophets and messengers, they also received a scripture.
And in the Qur’an, these prophets, their scripture, their
stories, the principles of their mission, is mentioned with profound
details. Did Muhammad
(Peace be upon him) meet them and eat with them and talk with them
and collaborate with them to write their biographies? No of course
he didn’t. In the Qur’an
Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is referred to as the messenger of
almighty God and the seal of the previous prophets which is the
limit of his role as a human being.
Muslims do not worship Muhammad.
We are not Mohammedans.
We do not have the right to take the name of Muhammad to
say we are Mohammedans. People
who followed Moses were not Moseians.
People who followed Jacob were not Jacobites.
People who followed Abraham were not Abrahamians.
People who followed David were not Davidians.
how the people call themselves Christians?
Christ did not call himself a Christians.
Christ said that whatever he received from almighty God and
the order of God and what he heard and this is what he said and
this is what he did. So
how we call ourselves Christians? We have to be Christ-like.
And what was Christ like? He was a servant of almighty God
so you should be servants of almighty God.
as the final scripture and divine revelation, Qur’an makes it very
clear and concise statement: <
This day I have perfected your religion and completed my favour upon you and chosen Islam as a complete way of life. >
So through the Qur’an the word “Islam” came.
As a word “Islam”, it came in the Qur’an. Because when the building is completed, you call it a house.
When the car is on the assembly line, it is not an automobile.
It is in the process of assembly.
When it has been completed, it has been certified, it has
been test-driven, it is now an automobile.
Islam was completed as a revelation as a book, as an example through
the prophet Muhammad, it then became Islam.
It became a complete way of life.
So it is the word that was new but not the practice, not
the prophets, not the order from God. Not a new God, not a new revelation
but only the name Islam.
distinction to keep in mind is that, Muhammad unlike his predecessors,
did not come to the Arab or to this own people exclusively. Therefore Islam is not a religion of the Arabs, it is not for
the Arabs. Yes Muhammad
the son of Abdullah was born in Mecca, a city in the Arabian Peninsula. And certainly he was an Arab by verse.
of his birth was the choice of the almighty.
Additionally the Qur’an was revealed in the Arabic language
to protect it, to make it pure and clear and precise.
Yet the Qur’an dispelled any information that the message
of Muhammad was limited or meant for the Arab exclusively.
Allah says: < you
have not been sent O Muhammad, except to the whole of humanity as
a warner, as the one bringing glad tidings.
And most of the human beings, they simply don’t know. >
As such, Muhammad is the finality of the great prophets
and messengers before him.
is the “Qur’an”?
some background information regarding the Qur’an. First of all, the Qur’an makes a claim that it is a divine
revelation – that is, it was sent down from the almighty God to
Muhammad through inspiration.
And Allah says: <
Muhammad, he is not speaking from himself, his own ideas or his
own ambitions or his own emotions and feelings.
But this is a revelation
(Qur’an) which has been revealed to him.
if we are to convince you or anyone else of the authenticity of
the Qur’an, we must prove 1) that it was impossible for Muhammad
to manufacture such a book 2) we must prove that it was equally
impossible for any human agency to have created it.
us think about this. The
Qur’an makes the statement: And we created the human beings from
a hanging clot that was clinging to the wall of the womb.
How did the prophet Muhammad know that the embryo started
out as a clot hanging and clinging to the wall of the uterus of
the mother? Did he have a telescope? Did he have a microscope? Did
he have some kind of X-ray vision? How did he receive this knowledge
when this was discovered 47 years ago? How did he know that the
ocean have a barrier between them to separate the salt and the fresh
water? How did he know that? How did he know that the sun and the
moon and the planets are all swimming in an orbit that has been
ordered for them? How did he know them when these things just been
discovered 25 or 30 years ago?
Technology and science, the sophistication of which you and
I well know, have just discovered these things.
How did Muhammad know them fifteen hundred years ago? An
uneducated shepherd who could not read or write, a man raised in
the desert, how could he say something like this? How could he produce
something like this? How
could anyone else living with him before and after, produce something
that has been discovered recently? Impossible.
How could a man who never left the Arabian Peninsula, a man
who never sailed on a ship make such clear and astounding descriptions
that were recently discovered in this half of the 20th century? Also if this is not enough, let me mention to you that
the Qur’an has 114 chapters, over 6000 verses and there were hundreds
of people in the time of the prophet Muhammad who memorized this
book entirely. Was
he come kind of genius? How
did that happen? Did anyone memorize any of the gospels?
Did anyone memorize the Torah? The Psalms? The Old and the
New Testament? Nobody, not even the pope himself.
But there are millions of Muslims today, who has memorized
the entire book. This
is the ambition of every Muslims.
Not some but every Muslims.
How many Christians have you meet in your life that as memorized
the Bible? You have never meet any Christians that memorized the
Bible because you have never meet a Christian who even knew what
word the whole Bible. Because
the Christians themselves have over 700 different denominations
and there are around 39 different versions of the Bible with different
books and different versions, with different amount of verses and
different amount of chapters and they don’t agree to that.
So how could they even memorize what they don’t agree about?
this book, Qur’an, has been universally preserved without the slightest
alternation of any kind in fifteen centuries.
all of these are true, and if it is all true, would you agree that
this book is quite profound and unique to say the least? Would you
be honest enough to say that? Of course you would if you are honest.
The Basic things in the Qur’an
us now turn to another subject matter – The Basic things in the
talks about the supreme oneness of almighty God which includes his
names, attributes, the relationships between the almighty and his
creatures and how man should maintain that relationships.
It also talks about the continuity of the prophets and their
lives, their messages and their overall mission.
It insists upon following the final and universal example
Muhammad, the seal of the prophets and messengers.
reminds the human beings of the shortness of this life and calling
them towards the eternity of the life hereafter.
After you leave this place, you are going somewhere.
After you die, you are also going somewhere whether you accept
it or know about it. You are going there and you are responsible because you are
told even if you have rejected it.
The object of this life is not for you to sit here and do
nothing without an effect.
Every cause has en effect.
And you came into this life for a cause and a purpose and
it must have an effect. You
don’t go to school to stay there.
You don’t go to work not to get paid.
You don’t build a house and don’t move into it.
You don’t get a suit made and don’t wear it.
You don’t grow up as a child and don’t become an adult.
You don’t work without expecting a reward.
You can not live without expecting to die.
You can not die without the expectancy of the grave and you
can not expect that the grave is the end.
Because that would mean God has created you for a foolish
purpose. And you have not gone to school or worked or chose a wife for
a foolish purpose. How
can you assign to God something less than yourself?
an attempt to capture and convince the imagination and faculties
of reasoning, the Qur’an goes through great length and beauty to
expound upon the oceans and rivers, the trees and plants, the birds
and insects, the wild and the domestic animals, the mountains and
the valleys, the expansion of the heavens, the celestial bodies
and the universe, the fishes and the aquatic lives, the human anatomy
and biology, the human civilization and history, the description
of paradise and hell, the evolution of the human embryo, the mission
of all the prophets and the purpose of life on earth.
could a man born in the desert who could not read – could expound
upon things which he was never exposed to? The most unique aspect
of the Qur’an however, is that it confirms the previously revealed
scriptures, and that if you should decide to become a Muslim, you
do not have to consider yourself changing your religion.
you lost some weight and you had a suit and you really liked that
suit; you don’t have to throw that $500 suit away.
Do you? No. You
go to the tailor and tell them to make it smaller for you.
belief, your honour, your virtue, your love of Jesus Christ, you
attachment to God, your worship, your truthfulness and your dedication
to almighty God – you don’t change that and throw it away.
You hold onto that but you make alteration where you know
that the truth have been revealed to you.
You just have to be honest enough to know that you have lost
some weight, and you need to make some adjustment.
is simple my dear Brothers and Sisters.
Bear witness that there is none to be worshipped except almighty
God. If I ask any of you to bear witness that your father is your
father, how many of you would say yes my father is my father?
My son is my son – my wife is my wife – I am who I am- then
how is it that you hesitate to bear witness that almighty God is
One and almighty God is the only and almighty God is your lord and
your creator? Why? Are you arrogant?
Do you possess something that God does not possess? Do you
have some secret that you want to share with us? Or are you confused?
That’s the question that you have to ask yourself.
If you thought that you would die tonight and in front of
you was paradise and the back of you is hellfire – and you had the
chance to put this straight with God, and ask God to accept the
best of your deeds – if you had that chance to do that before you
die, then you would not hesitate to bear witness that there is only
one God. You would
not hesitate to bear witness that Muhammad is a messenger of God.
You would not hesitate to bear witness that you are one of
those who would like to be written down in the book of God as those
would not hesitate. But you think you are going to live a little
while. You want to
enjoy some more. You want to drink a little bit more scotch.
You want to lay down with few more girls.
You want to wear few more fancy suits.
You want to dance a little bit more.
You want to sing a little bit more.
And of course, you are not ready to pray everyday.
That’s cause you think you are going to live a little while.
But how much is a while? Some of us have baldhead.
How much is a little while? How long was it that you had
a full head of hair? How long was it when you had all black hair?
You got aches and pains in your knees and elbows and another
places. How long ago
was it when you were just a child?
How long was it? It was yesterday.
And you are going to die tomorrow.
Then how long you want to wait?
is to bear witness that almighty God is God, the only God, the only
One without any partners.
Islam is to acknowledge the existence of the angels, who
were sent with the duty of revealing the revelation to the prophets
– carrying the message to the prophets, controlling the winds, the
oceans and the mountains and taking the lives of those whom God
ordered to die. Islam
is to acknowledge that all the prophets and messengers were righteous
men and they were all sent by the almighty God.
Acknowledging the fact that there will be a final day of
judgment for all creatures.
Acknowledging that all good and evil has been proportioned
by the almighty God. Acknowledging
that there will definitely be a resurrection after death.
Fundamental duties of a Muslim
fundamental duties incumbent upon every Muslims is simple – the
is like a big house. And
every house has to be built with pillars and a foundation.
And you have to build a house with some rules. The pillars are the rules.
And when you build a house, you must follow all the rules.
The five rules of Islam are:
1) To uphold the code of strict monotheism – not to accept any partners
with God, not to worship anything along with God, not to say anything
about God that you have no right to say, not to say he has a father
or son or daughter or mother or uncle. And to bear witness that Muhammad is a messenger of the almighty
2) To observe the prescribed prayers.
3) To pay the prescribed charity.
4) To fast during the month of Ramadan.
5) To perform the pilgrimage.
may ask the question – isn’t that difficult?
my friend, it is not. Not
to those who opens their mind and open their heart and accept the
put the matter before you – and you sentence yourself.
You take the sentence that you want.
You sentence yourself to peace and paradise or you sentence
yourself to confusion, frustration and hellfire and punishment.
the bounties that Allah has bestowed upon you.
Allah guide us, may Allah help us. Amen
More on the 5 pillars of Islam
has 5 pillars.
Bearing witness that there is none to be worshipped except Allah
and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
The performance of the prayer – praying 5 times a day – based on
the order of the almighty Allah.
Somebody might say, why do we have to 5 times a day? Well,
if I said to you, listen – I got a job for you and we pay 5 times
a day. You wash yourself, line up and get paid.
Would you have any problems with it? No you wouldn’t. When
the bell rings, you will be the 1st one to wash yourself,
line up and get paid. Because
you know the benefits of it.
The prophet Muhammad told us: if any of you had a house with
a stream in front of you – if you went into that stream and washed
5 times a day, would there be any dirt on you?
purpose of the prayer is to keep you pure, clean and to remind you
about Allah. And how
long does a prayer take? It only takes less than 10 minutes.
It takes you longer than that to smoke a cigarette, it takes
you longer than that to call your wife, it takes you longer than
that to drink some juice, it takes you longer than that to talk
some foolishness on the street.
mean the one whom you worship, the one who created the heavens and
earth, the one who gives you paradise, the one whom you believe
in, you are not willing to stop what you are doing 5 times a day
and just ask him? Praise him for forgiveness? Worship him? Be grateful
towards him for 10 minutes? Of course you are.
This is what the prayer for.
So the idea is to keep you pure, clean, honest, keep you
reminded, keep you knowing that you are a Muslim, keep you reminded
all the time that Allah is your Allah.
why you tell your sons and daughters when they are young, be in
this house at 8:00 o’clock.
You don’t think at 8:15 they are going to become a pumpkin.
But you want them to get accustomed to respect that house
and coming at 8:00. So
it is the same thing with the prayer.
Allah wants you to get accustomed to remember him.
Allah does not need your prayer.
You need it. But
he ordered for us prayer as a blessing.
That’s why a Muslim have such a great blessing because these
5 prayers a day acts upon his minds, his psychology, his physiology
and his social posture. Every
thing in his life revolves around this prayer.
Zakat (charity) – the word “zakat” mean to grow, to prosper, to
benefit. When you give
something from your saved up wealth (i.e. money that you are not
using, piling up in the bank) to the poor – Allah purifies your
those people who are less fortunate – don’t they deserve a portion
of your wealth? And if Allah did not order us to give it, would
we give it? No we wouldn’t.
So Zakat is for the poor and it purifies your wealth.
Fasting – Fasting in the month of Ramadan, is for discipline.
It’s to learn self-control.
If you can’t fast from sunrise to sunset – if you can’t control
your tongue – if you can’t stay away from the desire of your wife
– if you can’t stop thinking lustful thoughts – if you can’t control
your anger – if you can’t keep away from food – if you can’t keep
away from those for 12-14 hours, then what kind of a person are
you? How powerful are you?
after that fasting period, you can eat, go unto your wife etc. And
from that fasting hours, you kind of get an idea how those people
are feeling in Somalia, Ethiopia, India – other parts of the world,
who are fasting involuntarily – everyday!
fasting, you get an idea how they feel.
You become more humble, you do more righteous deeds, you
become aware of your responsibility as a Muslim, you think more
about the almighty God – and as a result of that, you elevate yourself
Hajj- (The Pilgrimage) – It’s the journey to the Ka’aba (house located
in Mecca and was built by Abraham and his son Ishmael to commemorate
the worship of one God). As
a Muslim, you can go to Mecca and visit Ka’aba and make the lesser
pilgrimage called “Umrah”.
And then when the Hajj times come, you make that pilgrimage
and that is when you are going to see the power of this Islamic
will never see, never witness it, never sense it and never know
it, unless you make this pilgrimage.
X said in one of his letter: “"Never have I witnessed such
sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood
as is practiced by people of all colours and races here in this
ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other
Prophets of the Holy Scriptures. For the past week, I have been
utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed
all around me by people of all colours.