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|Purpose of Life|
|07/29/02 at 16:12:02|
|What is the purpose of our life?|
by Khalid Yaseen
The 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.
All of you have an equal responsibility and that responsibility is to listen
with an open heart and an open mind.
In 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 phis 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. Simple!
Then 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
Is 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.
Some 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 this world.
In the Quran 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 thoughp, "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
Now 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
If you took 10 marbles and number them 1 to 10 and all of them with
different colors 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?
My dear respected Brothers and Sisters, 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.
Yet, these are just things that are manufactured by human beings. Then what
about the human body; with its massive and intricate control system? Think
Think 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.
Think 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.
Think about your eye - The human camera that adjust, focus, interpret,
evaluate, and applies color automatically; the natural inspective and
adjustment to light and distance. All automatic, think about it!
Who created that? Who has mastered that? Who plans that? And who regulates
that? Human beings themselves? No of course not.
What 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
Think 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.
Did 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
That 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.
The 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
If 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?
That in a nutshell is the purpose and the goal of this life.
Allah the all mighty said to us in the Quran: "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 us.
In 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.
That's 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
What 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 fulfill those responsibility, he is not necessarily a good father.
Islam is a rule and an order. If a Muslims does not fulfill those rules and
orders, he is not a good Muslim. So you can not compare Islam by Muslims.
We 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
encyclopedia. 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 Islam?
If 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?
What 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?
We 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?
I 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.
Facts 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.
The 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
The word "Islam"
The 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.
We can immediately see that by such definition, the Arabia word "Islam"
describe the same manner and the behavior 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
prkphets 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 fulfill 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.
We 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.
Allah says in the Quran: < And they were ordered nothing except, to worship
Allah, being sincere towards him and this was the straight way. > This
was the original message. By the same token, it will also be appropriate
here to consider those prophets and messengers as Muslims.
Don't think about the Arabic terminology, don't think about how we are
dressed, don't think about Mecca or Saudi Arabia or Egypt etc.
The Word "Muslim"
Think 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
Jesus Christ was a Muslim. His blessed mother was a Muslim. Abraham was a
Muslim. Moses was a Muslim. All the prophets were Muslims.
They 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.
If 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.
For 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.
Then 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.
If 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.
Advent of Prophet Muhammad
The 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-Quran. It means that which is recited
because Muhammad (Peace be upon him) did not write the Quran. He did not
author the Quran. 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 Quran that
has been preserved for fifteen hundred years without a change of a dot.
Is 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 Quran. Don't take my world for it. Go to the library and read what the
encyclopedia Britannica or any other universal encyclopedia of the world
that has not been written by a Muslim - read what is says about Islam, the
Quran and Muhammad. Read what non Muslims said about the Quran, 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
That the Quran is the most incredible, the most profound piece of literature
in the annals of history. Read what they say.
That is Islamic way of life, is categorized and so precise and dynamic, it
has never changed. Read what they say.
The sacred scripture that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) received is called
the Quran. And each of the prophets and messengers, they also received a
scripture. And in the Quran, 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 Quran 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
So 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.
And as the final scripture and divine revelation, Quran makes it very clear
and concise statement: < This day I have perfected your religion and
completed my favor upon you and chosen Islam as a complete way of life. >
So through the Quran the word "Islam" came. As a word "Islam", it came in
the Quran. 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.
When 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.
Another 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.
Consequences of his birth was the choice of the almighty. Additionally the
Quran was revealed in the Arabic language to protect it, to make it pure and
clear and precise. Yet the Quran 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.
|Re: Purpose of Life|
|07/29/02 at 16:12:28|
|What is the "Quran"?|
Now some background information regarding the Quran. First of all, the
Quran 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
(Quran) which has been revealed to him. >
Therefore, if we are to convince you or anyone else of the authenticity of
the Quran, 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.
Let us think about this. The Quran 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 Quran 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?
Finally, this book, Quran, has been universally preserved without the
slightest alternation of any kind in fifteen centuries.
If 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 Quran
Let us now turn to another subject matter - The Basic things in the Quran
It 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.
It 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?
In an attempt to capture and convince the imagination and faculties of
reasoning, the Quran 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.
How 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 Quran
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.
If 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.
Your belief, your honor, 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.
Islam 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 who submit.
You 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?
Islam 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
Fundamental duties of a Muslim
The fundamental duties incumbent upon every Muslims is simple - the five
Islam 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
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.
One may ask the question - isn't that difficult?
No my friend, it is not. Not to those who opens their mind and open their
heart and accept the truth.
I 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.
Enjoy the bounties that Allah has bestowed upon you.
May Allah guide us, may Allah help us. Ammen
More on the 5 pillars of Islam
Islam has 5 pillars.
1) Bearing witness that there is none to be worshipped except Allah and
Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
2) 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?
The 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.
You 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.
That's 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.
3) 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 wealth.
Don't 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.
4) 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?
And 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!
Through 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 spiritually.
5) 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 brotherhood.
You will never see, never witness it, never sense it and never know it,
unless you make this pilgrimage.
Malcolm 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.
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