Surah Al-Jāthiyah – A Warning Against Following Our Desires

Another no-holds-barred lecture speaking to the pervasive practice of following our own desires, using Islam to seek validation before whatever our target audience may be. This is relevant to the likes of ISIS that follows its own misguided representation of an Islamic khilaafah, as well as to proponents of Muslim gay rights. The talk primarily revolves around verse 23 of Al-Jāthiyah:

أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ وَأَضَلَّهُ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ عِلْمٍ وَخَتَمَ عَلَىٰ سَمْعِهِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَجَعَلَ عَلَىٰ بَصَرِهِ غِشَاوَةً فَمَنْ يَهْدِيهِ مِنْ بَعْدِ اللَّهِ ۚ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ

Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah ? Then will you not be reminded? [45:23]



Quotes from this lecture

Sometimes people say, “I don’t care what the fiqh says.” That’s worshipping your hawa, that’s worshipping your desire. Because you’re not really in it to please Allah, you’re in it for validation.

If you’re not worshipping Allah (S), you’re worshipping something else.

You have made the legal classification of sin in a certain country, something that is haraam, as a criterion for right or wrong….”Allah misguides them despite their knowledge” because their god is their passion.

You can’t get enough of Islam. Even the sinner wants to be validated by Islam.

How do we experience the doors of hell being shut? There should be no sin, because sins open the doors of hell.

One man and one woman will make a difference. You (as an individual) make a difference because of your existence on the planet… Ibrahim as one man was an ummah.