Surah Baqarah, 42
وَلَا تَلۡبِسُواْ ٱلۡحَقَّ بِٱلۡبَـٰطِلِ وَتَكۡتُمُواْ ٱلۡحَقَّ وَأَنتُمۡ تَعۡلَمُونَ
And mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth [i.e. Muhammad Peace be upon him is Allâh’s Messenger and his qualities are written in your Scriptures, the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] while you know (the truth) 
- In the middle of addressing Bani Isra’eel
- This is a very powerful phrase, intricate, deep words used
- Talbis – from word of libaas – root means to mix one thing with another. Clothing = libaas because it is imagery – when you wear clothing, you cover up your body, mix the image of your body. To distort something.
- Haqq – that which is constant, solid. That which is fundamentally sound. (ex name of Allah: AlHaqq)
- Refers to our deen. Islam, belief in Allah, Eman, is Haqq.
- Baatil is the polar opposite of haqq – shaky, temporary, fleeting, extremely weak, no leg to stand on.
- Scholars of Tafsir say Allah is saying here not to distort Islam with other religions – keep your deen pure.
- Ibn ‘Abbas said even though this is revealed specifically about the Yahood, it still applies to the believers, the Ummah.
- Allah has given us Islam – the purest, truest way of life but we are surrounded by so many other things.
- At the community level, practices from other faiths make their way into our deen. It distorts the practice of Islam.
- This is happened to nations before us and it happens to us.
- Ex when a person dies, so many people do things that the Prophet, Sahaba, Taabi’een, never did.
- Prophet (S) said don’t do with him what nations of the past did with their prophets.
- When you try to correct these practices, you get singled out as the one causing fitnah or destruction in the community.
- Don’t hide the truth when you know what is right.
- We know what is right but we still hide the truth and do what we want to.
- Ignorance of the religion is not a valid excuse near Allah. You have to go learn. But the one who knows what is right and ignores it and does what they want, this person is a greater criminal.
- Ramadan is to better ourselves – taraweeh, fasting is to better ourselves. So let’s apply this to ourselves. How many things do we do that are wrong? Let’s get rid of these things.
- We also distort and present excuses – we need to make sure we follow the haqq and stay away from the haram.
- Even in ‘Eid and other specific days, we have incorporated random things.
- For example, we know that Laylatul Qadr is any night of the last odd nights in the last 10 days. We still insist that it is the 27th night – everyone will be in the masjid all night long.
- Eventually we will leave this world and will have to answer to Allah on the Day of Judgement about what we do.
- Your feet cannot move on DOJ until you answer 4 questions, of one which is how much of the ‘ilm you had you acted on.
- Assess yourself – what does the deen tell you and what do you do?
- Allah is pure, this deen is pure so practice your deen in the purest of manners so that Allah makes you of the purest people inshaAllah.
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