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What are the things Muslims should be very attentive about? They should be attentive about lawful and unlawful acts, they should love Allah deeply, they should constantly praise Allah, they should constantly keep their hearts with Allah. What would that bring? There is a secret here. Allah says "you will then be at ease."
Religion is very pure and simple. One should have good morals, one should be loving and sincere. Lawful deeds are defined anyway. There are many lawful acts, they are boundless. Unlawful deeds on the other hand are very few. They are defined in the Qur'an as well. One needs to keep away from them and that is it. You would be a good person, a loving person who submits himself to Allah, a person who loves Allah very much. You should not be wooly minded, you should just be honest.
It is very easy to not to go to Hell; you have got to love God, you've got to fear God. God says; "I have given this world to you. Eat, drink, have fun, love, play, dance as ever you like." What does God's saying "I have given this world to you," mean? It is God saying; "This is yours, do whatever you like." There are a handful of forbidden things; they are only a handful.
Religiously unlawful acts put people in distress. It would tear them into pieces. Knowing that something is religiously unlawful, it would not be possible to do it carefree. But because weakness of faith makes a person's body paralyzed, because it makes the flesh rot away, such a person would not be affected by it and would easily do unlawful acts. Actually it is impossible for an alive and fresh mind and body to do something religiously unlawful. A person can only do unlawful things if he is dead inside. A lively person would never be able to do that as it would be an unbearable pain for him. That is not something that a Muslim could ever do.
How could a Muslim ever drink vine with one's eyes open? It would get stuck in his/her throat and he/she wouldn't be able to do it even if he/she wants to. Adultery paralyzes a Muslim. He/she would feel his/her hands and feet tied, he/she wouldn't be able to cope with it. A Muslim wouldn't have the strength to commit a sin knowingly. His/her sight would be lost and he/she cannot bring his/herself to do it, insha'Allah.
When one remains aloof from the Qur'an, the wisdom goes away, that person's attitudes become unwholesome, they no longer pay attention to what is religiously lawful and what is not and they become unstable. But if one abides by the Qur'an, his mind settles, his works go well, an abundance comes upon him, a radiance, a pleasantness, a blessing settles upon him. That is why holding on to the Qur'an tightly is very important.
It is religiously unlawful for two Muslim groups, two groups on the right path, to struggle against each other. It is a religious obligation for all Muslims to try and reconcile them, it is an obligation upon all Muslims. I mean that is not something left to their discretion but a religious obligation upon all of them. They should strive to reconcile them by all means.
A Muslim should be alert against insanity, against running amok; that is a plot of satan. Satan wants to drag people into Hell. It wants to drag people to its side. A Muslim should not accept that because he knows that it is religiously unlawful; he would seek refuge in Almighty God and say, “God is enough for us and the Best of Guardians,” and avoid unlawful conduct.
Radicals have laid such a heavy burden on Muslims; so much so that they have driven Muslims almost mad. They are unable to turn right or left, it is forbidden to laugh, it is forbidden to talk to women. God wants us to laugh; He wants us to be joyous. Why do you hurt them in vain? They are inventing prohibitions on their own. Laugh; laugh as ever you like, wander around as ever you like, put up the pictures you like at your home, put up statues, let young girls put on make up as ever they like, let them be well-groomed; let young men dance and have fun. These are all lawful and permitted according to the Qur'an.
It is religiously unlawful for Turkey to fire a bullet onto ISIL, Taliban or any other Muslim group. That is not acceptable under any circumstances; that would be homicide. We are responsible for preaching Islam with science, knowledge, wisdom and love. We would never be deceived by such an unsavory stratagem.
We do not kill Muslims. We would not lay hands on Muslims; if they are ignorant you simply train them, you approach them with love and compassion. They should show me a command in the Qur'an about killing Muslims. No Islamic scholar would ever give a fatwa to that end, no Muslim could ever give a fatwa to that end. We would never let that happen.
Unbelievers and hypocrites struggle against Muslims. They will cause them [Muslims] pain, they will slander [them], they will play games, they will cause troubles, they will make up stories about them. God says "Do not mind their torments" ; what does “Do not mind" mean? It is a religious obligation. It is a religious obligation not to be affected by those things; if one does mind them, that means he is doing something religiously unlawful. It is a religious obligation not to mind, not to value, not to take seriously the games these impertinent people play.
A Muslim would never kill another Muslim. One who does that would be committing murder. Instigating murder, arbitrating murder are all like committing murder. Beware! ISIS is a Muslim group. They have their mistakes, they have their faults but ISIS consists of Muslim youngsters. Whoever bombs and kills them would be committing murder. And God says "...the reward of this is an eternal life in Hell."
Our Prophet (saas) learned what is unlawful from the Qur'an. There is no unlawful or lawful apart from what is in the Qur'an. The Companions asked our mother Hazrat Aisha (ra) "What is the sunnah of Rasulullah?" And she replied "the Qur'an." So do not invent things. Lawful and unlawful acts are only defined by the Qur'an.
The things demanded by the Qur'an are only a few: Performing prayers is explained very briefly in the Qur'an, fasting is explained very briefly and giving alms is explained very briefly. God commands us to be merciful, compassionate, to avoid telling lies, to be true. He commands us to have good intentions and to love one another, to love God a lot; to be of help to one another and to avoid worldly ambitions for goods because everything belongs to God. The commands in the Qur'an are very few. The rest is all about the foulness of the unbelievers, the impertinent behavior of the unbelievers, of the people of heresy and the responses given to them.
Islam is a religion that could be widespread in a very short period of time, one that the whole world would love. Islam is not spread because of the repulsiveness of radical men and women; they never talk about love. They have sinister faces. They know nothing about arts, about beauty, about aesthetics. However, what God wants is simple: He says, "Live in this world with peace, full of love, being friendly and brotherly, worshiping Me and loving Me, being careful about what is lawful and what is unlawful so that I will give you plentitude and abundance."
All the Prophets and Mahdis that have been sent have increased the number of religiously lawful acts and decreased the unlawful acts. But idolaters have always increased the number of unlawful acts and decreased the number of lawful acts. The fact is, however, the number of lawful acts are very high in the true religion.
Being slack in talking about God is an unlawful act. This is an affliction upon the Muslim world. They do not feel the need to preach religion. They say, "There is the Religious Affairs Directorate and they are doing this anyway. Why should we preach religion?" The fact is, however, preaching religion is a religious duty upon all Muslims.
We cannot search for all those acts that are lawful in the Qur'an. Only the unlawful acts can be searched for in the Qur'an. That is because the number of unlawful acts is very few. When there is a proof in the Qur'an for something being unlawful, there is nothing further to discuss . But if there is no command in the Qur'an proving that something is unlawful, nothing can be banned based on superstitions.
Music is lawful by religion, paintings are lawful, having fun is lawful, sculpture is lawful. I mean, lawful things are innumerable. Things that are forbidden by religion are concisely defined in the Qur'an and they are very few. God says, 'I have deemed everything other than those lawful for you.' How do you come up with all those forbidden acts on your own?
Where is the verse in the Qur'an that deems music unlawful? Where is the verse in the Qur'an that deems paintings unlawful? What gave you that idea? There is no such ban in the Qur'an. Consequently, by doing so, you have created a hell for yourself. You have made lawful things unlawful and you hope that you will be given a beautiful reward in the Hereafter. May God protect you from Hell. Coming up with prohibitions in the name of God means ascribing partners to God.
Why are you pushing for difficulty? There is music in Islam, there are arts. You can laugh and have fun, you can dance as you like and perform your prayers as well. Then you can go travel and swim if you like. Killing every aspect of social life has no place in Islam. You deem all lawful things unlawful. God has given all those to you as blessings, and by wiping out these blessings, you are struggling against the religion of God.
Every time one gets away from Islam, from the Qur'an, from Muslims, every single second is written as a sin against you, every single second. You will answer for every single second. Keeping away from Islam, from the Qur'an, from Muslims is unlawful. You might assume that it is something easy, but you would have to give an account for every such single second in the Hereafter.
Fear of the future is religiously unlawful, a Muslim cannot think that way. God is the One Who creates every single second of our lives. All the precautions you take might come back to you as troubles. For instance, you might think about saving money but that might all end up going for cancer treatment or somehow otherwise be spent. You buy a house and God makes it collapse on top of you. One cannot put his trust in such things, but only in God. Anything other than that would be very wrong and would offend God.
In Islam, it is wrong to be averse to Jews. Surely, one can feel resentment towards those individuals who have committed sins or those who have oppressed people. In that case, those individuals should be held accountable through the legal system. But blaming the entire Israeli people, that is forbidden. It is not Islamic.
Sorrow is another name for rebellion against God: It is unlawful. Sorrow means being dissatisfied with what is given by God. Being upset about what God has done and protesting against it is called sorrow. A man cries only if he is not satisfied with the fate God deemed him worthy of; he grieves, he resents it and he becomes upset.
They think that it is heroic to complicate Islam to the point of being impracticable. They want plenty of things to be rendered unlawful. Yet they don’t even refrain from committing the deeds declared unlawful by themselves. They say, "Otherwise everything would become lawful". That is the way Islam is; everything is lawful. Unlawful deeds are in the few. Such compulsion has no place in Islam. Prayers are quite easy to perform as well. Bigots are devastating the religion by complicating it.
God has created women as pure as divine light, as befitting of human nature. Take women lawfully in marriage. Once you marry a woman, you will be together forever, even in the afterlife. Homosexuality is forever unlawful. Men having homosexual relations with other men instead of pure, beautiful women, is a horrible and disgusting deed.
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