As Dr. Umar Faruq Abd Allah explains in this talk, good cultural conventions have the power of law. They are given the same priority that law has, as long as they do not actually contradict Islamic law. Unfortunately, this is an idea that we have lost over the past 200 years.
This does not, of course, mean that we begin to drink alcohol if we come to a culture in which alcohol is prevalent. This only applies to cultural practices which agree with the rules we follow as Muslims. What this means is that Muslims are never aliens, no matter where they go. This was the way Muslims lived for a thousand years. This is why scholars called Islam a crystal clear river; because it is pure and clear, reflecting the color of the bedrock.
Therefore, if the culture was Chinese, Islam would look Chinese. If the culture was Indian, Islam would look Indian. If it goes to Europe, Islam would look European–such as Bosnian culture, which was a beautiful European Muslim culture, destroyed during the genocide.
Muslims are not cultural predators, and Islam has not come to destroy culture. The governing concept was, “unity in diversity.” Today, cultures are being destroyed through the global mono-culture, which is not a culture. Because of this, usually the way we dress doesn’t carry a specific message of our identity.
This talk was delivered at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on Friday, April 6, 2018.
“My Ummah will divide into seventy-three sects all of which except one will go to the Fire, and they (i.e. the Saved Sect) are those who are upon what I and My Companions are upon” ~ Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam)
One of the most oft-commented tradition of our Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that is echoed from the mimbars of every Masjid & the focus point of many conversations of our over-zealous youth. Yet many questions arise. Are the majority of the Ummah misguided?! And is every ‘deviation’ automatically bound to the Fire of Hell? And which group is the Saved Sect?
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi answers these crucial questions, and more, in his latest lecture.
The Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Among Allah’s servants are people who are neither Prophets nor martyrs, but whom the Prophets and martyrs will deem fortunate because of their high status with Allah.”
They asked: “O Messenger of Allah inform us of who they are.”
He said: “They are people who loved each other for Allah’s sake, without being related to one another or being tied to one another by the exchange of wealth. By Allah, their faces will be luminous and they will be upon light. They will feel no fear when the people will be feeling fear and they will feel no grief when the people will be grieving.” ~ (Sunan Abu Dawud)
Allah will ask on the Day of Judgement: ‘Where are those who loved each other for the sake of My glory? Today, (on a day when there is no shade but mine) I shall shade them with My shade.” ~ (Sahih Muslim)
The Islam brotherhood transcends cast, colour, race & nationality it is a permanent bond based on belief & acceptance of Allah as our deity & Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) as His final Messenger.
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi’s powerful talk from his trip to Trinidad on ‘Unity in the Muslim Ummah & the Islamic Brotherhood’
A talk for every Muslim, Recorded on 3rd January 2014
Shaykh Hasan Ali discusses how we should be in the middle path and that we should work together for the common good instead of looking at our differences among Muslims from various different ideologies and backgrounds.