The following video is from a khutbah delivered at the Islamic Center of Inland Empire. In it, I discuss some of the in’s and out’s of guidance. “I’m a good person – that’s all that counts, right?” “If God wants me to do good, then I will. If not, then….” I also discuss whether or not guidance is something immutable or changeable, and if so, what is our role in it.
قُلْ يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَكُمُ الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ ۖ فَمَنِ اهْتَدَىٰ فَإِنَّمَا يَهْتَدِي لِنَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَنْ ضَلَّ فَإِنَّمَا يَضِلُّ عَلَيْهَا ۖ وَمَا أَنَا عَلَيْكُمْ بِوَكِيلٍ
“Say [Prophet Muhammad]: ‘Mankind!, the truth has come to you from your Lord. Whoever is guided is only guided for his own sake. And whoever is misguided is misguided to his detriment. I have not been set over you as a guardian’.” [Qur’an, 10: 108]