Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
In this lecture, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses three things about an Ayah from Surah Al Baqarah. One of them is the placement of this Ayah. The story begins with the beginning of Surah Al Baqarah and reaches a point when Ramadan is given to the Ummah – how Allah SWT builds the argument and finally reveals to us this incredible gift. He also shares certain insights about the Ayah itself and also acquaints us with a clue that Allah gave us on how to make the most advantage of Ramadan.
“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.”
Surah Al Baqarah, Verse 185
Surah Baqarah is basically divided into two halves. The first half overwhelmingly deals with Bani Israel and the second half overwhelmingly deals with the Muslim Ummah. Quran is a guidance for people, the conversation no more about Ramadan it’s about Quran. The Quran is so important in this Ayah that the subject of the month of Ramadan is stopped and the conversation began about the Quran itself – What Allah says about Quran in this Ayah.
Did the Muslims fast before Ramadan came? Yes, and Allah gave some rules. What were those rules? Listen intently to unravel the details.
Taqwa means consciousness and also ‘protection’. So, when we were given fasting, we were expected to get Taqwa. One can develop Taqwa hopefully by the act of fasting. What is the connection between one not drinking and eating and developing Taqwa? Not drinking and eating is something physical and we feel the effects of it physically. But Taqwa is something spiritual. Allah says to do something physical and then, Allah will help us attain spirituality.
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once again a salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. inshallah tada I was I was given the topic of Ramadan in the Quran. And there's actually only one of Ramadan in the Quran. And it's situated as all of you probably know in salt Bukhara. In our regular series of the voluson Sutra Baccarat. I've spent quite some time on this ayah and discussed some of the background behind it. But this session inshallah I hope to do three things. Some of it is review from previous gurus. But I do hope to do three things. One, I hope to share with you the placement of this ayah. This ayah is in the latter, the second half of Bukhara. And there's a logical progression. The story begins from the beginning
of Baccarat. And we reach this point when Ramadan is given to the oma. So I want to share with you how we get to this point. And this sort of how allies always have builds the argument and finally reveals to us this incredible gift. And then the second thing I'd like to do with you is share with you certain insights about the idea itself. And then the third thing I'd like to share with you is a tip, essentially a clue Allah gave us of how to take the most advantage of Ramadan. And that's the that will be the third thing I'd like to share with you. So let's begin at the top. So total dakara is basically divided into two halves. The first half overwhelmingly deals with benissa II.
And the second half overwhelmingly deals with the Muslim oma.
And the first the point of it all, is that one nation has been its crimes have been listed. And allies though don't give us very convincing reasons for why they no longer deserve the status of being the highest among the chosen oma. And once he gives those reasons then he justifies why there is a need for a new nation to be a role model for humanity. And that is how we are the Muslim oma is inaugurated. But before this transition happens, so Allah azza wa jal talks about benissa eat actually he began first saying all human beings were honored because the first human being is mentioned that his mother his Salaam, in some sense, he was chosen over all other creation, then
within his children, a nation was chosen over all other nations. That is, when you slide into the column, that speech begins about when he is writing, and it goes on for some time. And allies are also lists in between the lines, as they say, in Arabic in the Lebanon hrtf home, in between the lines, they say that the reason for which they don't accept Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is because he's not from the children of Islam.
He's not from the children of that line. He's from the children of his family, and it's the other line. So he's not from us, how can profit come down? to him? We have a copyright. We have a trademark on Prophethood. So it can't come outside our family. So what Allah does with Allah by the end of that conversation, he says, Okay, well, he's not from your family. Is Ibrahim from your family? He basically poses that question to them. So a conversation begins about Ibrahim alayhis salam. And within the Rahim Allah asylums conversation really awesome. Something really awesome happens within his children, the child that they believe in the most, the one that they take pride
in the most is jacoba. Hassan, the Jews, they take the most pride in jacoba and I'm the reason for that is the other name of yaku is Israel. That's the name they have for their entire nation. They call themselves the children of Israel. I mean, you could say they call they should call themselves the children of Ibrahim, but they don't they call themselves the children of Israel in so what specifically Allah mentions about Eveleigh Hema is saddam is a couple of things. One thing you mentioned Cyndi Lauper, Mike. Okay. All right. So one thing he mentioned, now, this is a lot better.
Is that yagoona his salon was reaching his deathbed. He was about to die. And he gathered all of his children. How many children is jacoba? The salon have 12. So he gathers all of his kids and he's had his deathbed. And what asked the question, I'm going to Shahada in Havana Cuba mode, where you witness when death presented itself to Jacobi
That came to your home is colony Benihana. tabuteau Lombardi when he said to his children, who are you going to be worshipping after me? You might be thinking this talk is supposed to be about Ramadan. What does this have to do with Ramadan? Just wait and see. Just wait and see. It's all connected.
So Jaco whose other name is what again. He was talking to his children and saying I am about to die. What will you do after I'm gone? So his children say Kowloon Abu ilaha illa Baraka Ibrahima wa.
A smile Ito his own children said we will be on the same religion as your father's Ibrahim and is married. In other words, Jews accused
of being someone we don't take from his mother love, even call him the illegitimate child. That's what they said about him. His own children. It's like his own children said we will follow the legacy of Ibrahim and is married and his heart before they even mentioned their own grandfather. They mentioned their grandfather's brother is married or they said
they mentioned him first. in Ottawa, Hayden is only going to be this that's all one God is not different religions is one enter, but they added something very interesting. Now I want you to keep in mind when we say the children of Islam, we think of a nation. But the people around the bed of Yahuwah Salaam are the actual children of Islam in these are his sons. When we use money slightly now we're talking about their children's children's children's children as shown in the next several lines down. But these are the original sons of Islam.
What words came out of their mouth, they said when a new Allahu Muslim moon, we are going to be Muslim only for Allah. The sons of Israel in said that we are going to be Muslims. The word Islam came out of their mouth. Allah reminds the Jews that Islam is not something Why are you saying this is new to you? Your own father, you say you will follow the legacy of your father's fine. Your father said that they will follow the legacy of his married also, actually they mentioned this married before they even mentioned his heart. And they said that they're going to be Muslims. So what's the holdup? What's the problem now? When the moon
so first they're introduced to Ibrahim alayhis salam in this way. So they understand that their criticism that
is not from our family, Allah says Yes, he is from your families from Islam. He's always married. And if your thinking is married is not worth much what your children thought your own father thought he was worth a lot. They honored him first. Now, another point. Allah didn't just tell us about that. Allah went on and told us something else very critical about Ibrahim Ali Salaam in this conversation. He told us what if you're finally able to he will cover it I mean, and Beatty is married, or Barack Obama in Simi Valley. when Abraham and Islam was raising the foundations of the house along with his married what house was he building? the Kaaba.
So now the Jews even recognize that Abraham built a house. Even they recognize and they're being told this house was built with not with the help of his heart, but with the help of his family. Now it's married, obviously went to the Arab land. So they know that if he built it with a smiley, that can't be somewhere else it has to be in Arabia, the house has to be in Arabia. And then after that, it is that Eliza which reveals so hello Sofia, how
allottee can the idiots the fools are going to say how can they change their Qibla Muslim used to pray before GABA, which which direction we did, we used to pray in lochsa, which means we accepted the capital of the Jews as our capital.
They that is their capital. That's what they thought of it as the catalyzer capital. So we prayed in that direction. So we accepted their capital as our capital. But when Allah change the Kabbalah, he didn't just change it. First. He said, Abraham built it. And then he revealed the ayah to change the Qibla. And so now the Muslims are praying in a different direction. When the Muslim started praying in a different direction, what we learned in the seat of the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam is that the members of the Jewish community was really angry. They were very offended. They actually started complaining. Now we'll know what turned them around. Why don't we turn the other way? And
cumulative, and from there.
Latina what turned them away from our Qibla they said what turned them away from their Qibla two guys is yours. You know that you know what that tells us? Deep down inside, they knew the profit is true.
And you and they knew if this direction changes, all of a sudden Allah has decided to honor the sons of his married because the sons of his Hawk have lost it. The way they messed up way too much. So they couldn't accept that. To make this point a little clearer. I'll review something I've shared with you before.
A non Muslim sees you praying at the airport. If you if a non Muslim sees you praying at the airport, whether you're praying northeast Southwest, you're praying
Left, right, you know, the guys praying in three different directions? Do they have a problem with that?
They don't care. Like there's Muslims. You know? Why is this guy praying to a chair? I don't understand.
Now what do you face the window, the chair the wall, it doesn't matter to them. They wouldn't be offended by your change of direction. Why? Because that's not your religion. That's not a religion. That's not there is no there is this. The fact that the Jews of Medina were so offended that the Qibla changed? What does that tell you? They knew this is the right religion. They knew it.
And they got very upset about it. And by being upset, they show their own foolishness. So unless I say a hole, so haha.
He didn't say the Jews said he said the fools said because they gave it up. Why did they turn their direction? Then Allah says fully
tell them a lot on the east in the West, he guides whoever he wants to a straight path wonderful. Allah guides Allah tells him Allah does what he wants, he has the authority to change the capital. Now, you know when a nation is formed, learn nation is freed, then they declare a capital. And when they declare a capital, they are then you know, the flag is raised and they are officially declared a new country. Right? You can't have a country until you have a what? A capital. So this capital is now declared the new capital of Islam is Makkah, which means now officially, we are a new nation. So it's very logical that the next IOD in the surah are Waka danika dynaco, mata masaba. That is how we
made you a middle nation. Congratulations, you are a new nation. Ally. xojo gave us that honor. He made us a new nation.
Now that we are a new nation, the question arises, is it only the Qibla that makes us a new nation? Or is it something deeper? Is there something else Salatu was there before. So that was there before as a matter of fact, fasting was there before two Jews had fasting also, they had a lot also, they had a lot also. But something is new about this nation. They have been given the final message of Allah.
And I'll ask you a simple question. You don't you all know the answer to it. What month was the final book of Allah revealed?
Ramadan, the Jews accept it or not. They refuse to accept the Quran. This is a new nation. And the reason it's a new nation is it has the final book. So that month in which it was revealed should be the month of celebration
to celebrate us as a new nation. And the reason for which you should celebrate this new month is because this is the month of the Quran the month that made you a new nation. So the first thing that makes us a new nation is the change of Qibla. The second thing that makes us a new nation is we should we should officially inaugurate a commemoration setup ceremony of the Quran and Allah declares that to be Ramadan.
So now we finally get to these ions. We get to these ions. The point of these ions in their history was to put things in perspective. You people are a new nation and you should celebrate being the honored nation of Allah and that celebrations name is Ramadan. We when we think of celebration, nowadays, we think of eighth right? And it is another celebration. Actually before that celebration. The true celebration is actually Ramadan itself for a lot of Muslims today because our understanding of the religion has deteriorated so much. Ramadan is like the first three days or celebration, then it's exhaustion. And then in Chow is coming Okay, okay. couple more days. It's overall it's almost
over, you know,
but Ramadan itself is supposed to be the celebration. Now, as we get into the IR before Allah gave us Ramadan, and the I told you this one I have Ramadan in the Quran, when I have Ramadan and fasting or the month of Ramadan, but there's an ayah fasting before to you Hello, Dina Amano kuchibhotla camassia kamakoti.
Those those two are about fasting also. But they are about fasting by most scholars opinions that don't have to do with Ramadan itself. Unless as you
can see on Kama quotevalet.
Casting is made mandatory on you just like it was on those who came before you just like it was mandated on those who came before you. In other words, your days of fasting and the Jews days of fasting are the same days. Originally, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to fast the same days as the Jews used to fast come up with the bar.
Just like that, the format of the fasting was the same. But now you have to have an
new month so the new month was in the next ayah no no no not like them anymore The next ayah comes and says no, it's not going to be I do that a few days I do that in Arabic means it's called general kingdom is less than 10 days. There are about nine days they used to fast right? That's it was less. But um you know, Ramadan is how many days of fasting it's 30 days. So let's say Shahada Ramadan next I shadow Ramadan the month of Ramadan. Before I go further, all of us have hamdulillah we've experienced the month of Ramadan in our life multiple times was the first thing that comes into the mind of the average Muslim when they think of Ramadan fasting, actually, no not fasting. So who
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is gonna be good.
That's what comes to our mind.
You know, what is what is the first thing Allah wanted us to know about Ramadan? Sha,
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The first thing he told us about the ayah the month of Ramadan is the one in which the Koran was sent down.
There's no mention of what yet pastor
there's no mention of as the only thing this is a month the Quran came down at it. So now the Muslim knows the thing that makes us different. That Quran that incredible gift of Allah that was revealed this month this month is better than every other month, automatically. This book is better than all previous revelation. It's the ultimate revelation. The final revelation of alaric xojo this month must be the best month of all. There's no fasting he knows about it yet. The Muslim hasn't even heard about the fasting yet but he knows this is the best month.
Now maybe the next words are going to tell us about fasting Chateau Rama bond under the Koran holiness
are under the guidance for people
the conversation is no longer about Ramadan the conversation is about the Quran. The Quran is so important in this ayah that the subject of the month of Ramadan is stopped shallow Ramadan is the month is a discussion about Ramadan stopped and a conversation began about the Quran itself you should get reintroduced to the Quran. And let me tell you what Allah says about the Quran in this ayah number one he says woodenness It's a guidance for people do Muslims already know that? Yes, well the United mean Allahu Allah, Allah has multiple proofs and multiple clear teachings that come from guidance. Do Muslims already know that? Wonderful con and it makes it this distinction between
right and wrong.
It criteria dictates the criteria a standard between right and wrong Muslims already know that. Yes.
Everything Allah said about the Quran in this is something that Muslims already knew or didn't know. They already knew. What is Allah telling us? When this month comes, it's almost as though you are getting reintroduced to the Quran. It's like you're coming to the Quran for the first time all over again. Every time you should feel like you just became a new Muslim oma. Every Muslim should feel like he just became a Muslim. You know, when somebody just becomes a Muslim, they really want to read the Quran.
What does it say? What does God say to me? There's a curiosity, right? Allah wants us to have that fresh take on the Quran every single month, every single month of Ramadan. We have to gear up not for just the fasting, not just to get to foods, most of us end up gaining weight and losing weight. You know, we have to gear up for our appetite for the Quran itself. This year I will be introduced to the Quran like I've never been introduced before. I will recite the Quran like I've never recited it before. I will read the same way out like I've never read them before.
This is the beauty of these ions. The Jews believe that their book was guidance for all of mankind.
No, they believe that the Torah was guidance only for them. Allah says
Odin does not this time, you new nation, you don't get to keep it for yourself. This will be a guidance for everyone. So you know what those words mean? I didn't just say who that is guidance for you people. He's telling us. You know what that means. This month, I will learn the Koran. I will reintroduce myself to it but I know for a fact this book will not walk itself over to the people who will have to give it to the people. You and I will because it is guidance not just for you and me it is guidance for the people the month of Ramadan is a reminder that we have to share Quran with humanity.
Just in the words of endedness.
When you share the Quran with humanity, they ask for proof.
They ask why do you believe this is the word of God? What's your
Proof what's your evidence? Give me something. Don't say that. Allah says in the next words very logical obey, you know, Tim Buddha, but you're not means proofs clear evidences that come from guidance. Not only does it guide people it proves to them that this is the guidance to you don't have to come up with some outside evidence, the evidence is inside the Quran. Anybody with decency, human decency is going to see that they're going to come to this book with the right intention, and they will find guidance and they'll proofs that this is guidance and validated for them.
And once they accept those proofs, it will tell them which way is wrong and which way is right one for con. It'll separate right and wrong for them.
So it started with a guide and invitation for people guidance for people. It will prove itself to them and once it proves itself to them, they will pick the right way from the wrong way because it'll draw a line for them. Don't do this and do this live this way and don't live this way. So Pinilla
This is the awesome power of the Quran. But the ayah did not begin with the Quran. The Ayah began with the month of Ramadan. Now Allah says Okay, now let's go back to the one
after this introduction is okay, let's go let's talk about the month of Ramadan again, Furman shahida, bien como Shara, then whoever among you witnesses the month whoever is around lives to see the month is very beautiful. He didn't say for Sumo.
For Sumo then fast in it. He said whoever witnessed the month you know the people who become a Muslim you know what they're called. When they when they take their when they accept Islam was they called taking what? Shahada Shahada. When the believer is when the followers of Esau they believed in Him, they may die they asked him ask Allah Namah Shaheen
Lita kulu, Shahada, Alana's so you should be witnesses against people. The idea of witnessing the truth, when somebody takes Shahada, it's like they're a new Muslim, they just became Muslim. Allah says you will be witnesses to the month, the month itself will be your Shahada. You will be testifying to the month. So
what that means for us is and the other thing here is, if you live to see the month from unshare, hidden income, what it means is if you live to see the month if you're around, in other words, you know how sometimes the Imam makes Allahumma Ramadan, Allah give us in our provision in our list, give us the month of Ramadan, the month of Ramadan is not cheap, you have to earn it. And maybe that'll lead us if you don't get this month of Ramadan, I don't get this month of Ramadan and our day comes before we even get there. So if you are lucky enough, you are gifted enough by Allah that you got to see the month of Ramadan, then you should celebrate. You should celebrate you should be
so happy that you got to see another Ramadan. And here's how you celebrate five years from then you should faster than Allah has declared declaration of celebration is fasting.
As fasting. Did you know that all profits before they received revelation they fasted, Allah called them too fast.
And we are supposed to as now we are the guardians of that revelation. If we really want to internalize that revelation, we also have to what fast there's a relationship between taking the Koran in your heart and fasting, Allah made that connection himself.
There will something will happen if you come to the month of Ramadan in order to get closer to the Quran. And of course, you're fasting at the same time, there will be a connection created, your body will starve and your soul will feed. It's gonna be awesome. Usually we feed our body and we starve our souls. Right? But this month, we're going to starve the body and we're going to feed the soul so it's going to be balanced the 11 months of imbalance will be balanced again.
This is this is the opportunity we've been given failure.
Now did we fast before Ramadan came? Did the Muslims fast before Ramadan came? Yes.
And Allah gave some rules. Allah said if you are sick, this is before Ramadan if you get sick, then you can make up the days for that Amina Yemen.
But maybe you're not sick. And you don't want to make it up. You can pay some video. For video. Don't bother looking at Punahou videos on Thomas King, the one who has the power to fast,
doesn't want to fast but he can afford it. He can just give them a skin some food. He can feed him his skin and he can pay for his fasting that way. This was the rule before Ramadan.
So you have two ways of making up a fast what are the two ways of making up a fast
one. Now what's the first way you make it up? First way you make it up second way you get for the and how many days that we used to fast nine.
So there were three things that were easy about fasting before Ramadan. You can make it up you can
Good video. And it's just nine days.
Ramadan came. Ramadan has its own rules. Allah says financial freedom and commercial
whoever witnesses the man should fast it not fast in it. If I say I fast in Ramadan it means I've had some days of Ramadan if I say I fast Ramadan What does that mean? The whole Ramadan so now it's not nine days it's how many 30 days or give or take 30 days so it's harder easier now. Number one, it's harder. Number one, it's harder. If you miss a fastball, how many options Did you have originally, you had two options over the two options. Who remembers make it up or pay video? Nola says woman cannot even afford the tomiyama or
whoever was sick or was traveling he has to make it up in other days.
And the Muslims are thinking,
Oh, no, no, no more. And the one who wants to afford it, give some other guy and get out of it. No, no, that option is not there anymore. Now it's more days. And if you miss it, you have to make it up. Is it easier or harder? Ah, so it's it got harder in multiple ways. It's more days. They're all together. They're all together and you have to make them up. If you miss, there's no option. There's no other option also, man.
When he made it harder, somebody might be listening to that and go man, Ramadan is gonna be hard. The Muslims of that time might be that somebody might be thinking, I don't know, this was easier before and I've got harder. Allah says you need a lot. How
he how beautiful he knows what we're thinking before we even say it. He says a low one sees for you. A low just because you start you might start thinking it's gonna be hard. He says a low once is for you whether you need to become an officer, and he doesn't want difficulty for you. He doesn't want difficulty for you. And by the way,
if I say to my child, I want ease for you. I want things to be easy for you. That I don't have to say and I don't want things to be difficult for you.
Because if I just say I want ease for you, that means the same thing. But if my child is really worried, and I want to give him a lot of encouragement, I say I want things to be easy for you. I don't want them to be hard for you at all. I say it like it's like I said it twice. It's like I said it twice. That's what I did in Oman. It's gonna be Allah wants things to be easy for you. He doesn't want things to be hard for you. He doesn't want things to be hard for you. But here is where we're gonna talk about some really important stuff inshallah. Tada, hopefully I can wrap it up rather quickly. I know you've had a 10 hour marathon, so, but there's some really important things I'd like
to highlight for you. inshallah.
You all know what that quote means. Yes.
What does that mean? Please don't say fear of God.
we acquire the original word require means protection. dakwah actually means to protect yourself.
Protect yourself. If you're if you're wearing a bulletproof vest, you're engaged in an act of taqwa.
If you pack your bags properly before you go on a journey by Xavi, a taqwa that's also taqwa. Like you took your passport and you make sure you had enough money for the journey, etc, etc. That's also a form of, well, why because you're protecting yourself from landing into trouble.
taqwa with a lie is I'm going to protect myself from doing sins from looking in the wrong direction from saying the wrong thing. From wasting my time. This is also duck.
Duck was mentioned a couple of 100 times in the Quran.
A couple of 100 times Allah talks about taqwa. If Allah talks about duck was that many times, actually let me not finish that sentence. How many people here have teenage kids? teenage kids, okay. Hello, john Irving is about to erupt. Give it five years, all these little, little monkeys we got running around. They're all going to be teenagers. Those are scary times. Those are scary times my kids and your kids. The average age here is very young. But give it five years. Oh my goodness. Then they're going to be teenagers. And people are when I say how many people have teenagers, there's going to be people crying.
How many times you got attempt to tell your teenager to do the homework?
Oh my god.
Do your homework, do your homework, do your homework. Did you do your homework? You do homework? You're going to do it? Right. Okay? Just a Hey, by the way, do it.
Why do you have to tell so many times?
If you tell them if I came over at your house as a guest and you keep telling your child do homework, I stopped and I said why you tell him so many times? And you say what do you say?
Cuz he doesn't do it. He doesn't listen.
And then I have to say you know what? You're the Father. You're the mother. You know, I'm better
You don't have better so the fact that you're repeating so much you must know what you're doing.
A law repeats duck law a couple of 100 times in the Quran does that tell you something?
Who's he talking to? You and me.
It took a lighter lighter colada Anaconda Tokunaga tahune Fatah who keeps saying he keeps saying he keeps saying it What does that mean logically?
We don't really do it.
If we did it how many times you have to mention it.
Done. Let me give you a proof unless as fast in Ramadan, one time.
One time Muslims fast generally are no. Oh man. He didn't have to tell us 100 times faster Ramadan, fasting Ramadan. Ramadan is done. Finish.
Don't do. He says have Taqwa hundreds of times. So which one is harder faster than normal? Donald
Duck was hard. That was hard. Now, I told you there are two if there's there is about Ramadan, Ramadan itself. But there is an ayah before about fasting.
There's an ayah before about fasting. So before I finished the ayah about Ramadan, I want to tell you something about fasting itself. Unless esclusiva Kumasi Anca, makuti Baba, Medina and
Tata when you are given fasting so you can get. Basically the premise of that is you can develop fasting, hopefully you can develop taqwa, hopefully by the act of fasting.
What is the what's the connection between me not drinking and eating and developing taqwa? not drinking and eating is something physical? Yes. You feel the effects of it physically or spiritually, physically, but acquire something physical or spiritual. So Allah says, do something physical and you will have spiritual effects. Isn't that what he's saying? So we have to understand how can this be? We have to figure this out? Listen,
if you fasted before, and now all of you have, it's a hot day,
you know, with your coworker. And he's gulping like Goo Goo Goo Goo next to you.
And looking at him drink and your throat is begging. Your throat is screaming at you just take some water.
you're starving. you're starving and you're you know, right before if our time right before you're sitting at the table, you can hear the fries crying.
You know, and the fruit chart is being put on the table. You're looking at it actually you're looking at that in the clock and looking at that in the clock. It's like the playoffs. The last few seconds. That's what you're doing. It's tiring. It's in your hand is here. It's time right it's tiring. It's tiring.
Oh no, the clock is off. Oh God, I hate that.
But you know what you're in anticipation.
But your stomach is hungry before the bell rings are know.
Your stomach says I want I want food Give me your throat says I want drink give me but your heart says a throat Shut up.
Your stomach says I want food and you tell you in your heart that fears a lot more. That heart becomes stronger and learns to tell the belly a no, not until
there's a fight going on inside you. For 30 days there's a fight going on inside me. And for 30 days my heart wins. For 30 days I beat my stomach and I beat my throat and I beat my eyes
and I beat my ears. I beat them the beer says come on a couple of songs
just one movie the eye says no it's not
even those of you that are like addicted to movies it cut it down to Ramadan. No rose Ramadan, bro. Okay, do
you guys some of you guys go to parties and stuff. Not allowed kind
of those kind but in Ramadan, you cut it down your feet, say Come on, let's go. Your hand gets jittery with the car keys is announced from the heart says no Ramadan, we're off. We're off duty this month.
Not going to do it. There's a battle going on inside you. And for 30 days. Allah gives you the power to win for 30 days. You know and if anybody's ever joined a workout program, lose weight in 30 days, get ripped in 45 days, you know, become a monster and 80 days whatever. You know,
whatever it may be what happens to most people
before they watch the first episode, come on, stay with me. Stay with me.
I need a doughnut.
They're done after one day.
Do Muslims quit fasting after one day? No. They stay 30 days.
If they just understood why they're fasting because I, my belief is most Muslims don't understand why they're fasting, they forgot that they're fasting in order to build dakhla. If they remembered that, if they understood that, if I remember that, then my heart has been trained for 30 days to defeat the rest of my, my temptations.
All of them, I have my heart. But the taqwa of Allah has one for 30 days. That's what you call a training program.
That's a training program. And in during training, you know, fire departments have training, police departments have training, military has training. And during training, they will pretend like the buildings on fire, and you have to go in there or whatever. Or they'll have like these fake, like, you know, fake criminals pointing guns at you, and you have to shoot at them or whatever. But during training, they don't actually put you in front of a criminal shooting at you.
During training, it's easier for you. Yes. So the real challenges are not given to you, you're given similar situations, but it's made easier for you. Because even though firefighters not actually fighting a fire simulation, simulation, the pilot is flying the plane on software before he goes up in the air, you understand. Now he
does a lot, he can make something easy for us. So this fight is a little easier this month. So we can develop this muscle before it's crushed.
What does he do a chip on
a maximum of 30 days. So that you know this training is without distractions. It's easy, you can build this on your own. And now that you're done, go, go 11 months deal which I thought
and after 11 months of a war is going on between me and Stefan, actually between to my heart who's already been trained by shavon, who's already been listening to check on for a long time. Only about one month training, then he's back on the battlefield for 11 months is he going to be is the heart going to be injured in 11 months.
So you need to come back for more training. For more healing.
You know, the hearts are allowed to heal in Ramadan. For 30 days. It's our 30 day ship on vacation.
That's what that is. It's It's beautiful. It's so brilliant. That allows always gave us that the connection between fasting and building taqwa you understand this? So let me just finish the IR about the Quran. And I'll share with you the hint kind of like gave us okay.
allows the widow says
you need to learn how to become a user, whether you need to become what Lee took me to Linda.
And I gave you this month so that you may complete the count. Leave them as they call it is the answer to the question Why? Why did you tell us the whole month so you may complete the full training period in the full 30 days? How many of you are in a work that requires some kind of certification?
Right? Do you have to have a 30 day training or 20 day training whatever. If you leave after 10 days you don't get your certificate? There's not enough you're not ready. If you want to get that certificate that your heart is strong enough, then you have to finish the full 30 days and by the way, whenever one of you earns a certificate Do you celebrate or no?
I just got Cisco certified back in the day I got MC ASE certified remember that some of you techies right? I just learned cold fusion cold fusion is cold and dead now. Right?
I learned this language or that language. I got certified in this and I got certified that there's a celebration, isn't it? celebrations have happens before you finish your training or after you finish your training.
First, finish your training.
Once you finish your training you should celebrate when Muslims celebrate what do they scream?
Somebody gets their diploma, what do you hear?
Allah says we need to come to LA calm so that you may declare the greatness of Allah which is the Quranic expression for celebrate out loud.
What happens in eight What are we reciting as we're walking to them as Allah? Allah, Allah. Allah is beautiful. We're celebrating that we finished our training.
It's not a time to be sad. You would think oh, Ramadan is over. We should be sad. Allah tells us No. We should be happy. Have an upbeat attitude. What do you
have based on how he guided you? I will even teach you how to celebrate
what that some scholars say what that means is you know how we're supposed to take a different road to the prayer and we're supposed to you know what we're supposed to do when we wake up. We're supposed to eat sweets and particularly, you know, and we're supposed to do these Kabir and recite them out loud. This is the guidance of Allah even taught you how to celebrate not just how to party but how to party.
But at the end of it all he as well
and hopefully, maybe
As a result so that all of you will become grateful. The last con, the second last conversation, I'll be honest with you guys, the second last conversation I want to have with you is, why does Allah say at the end of this is so that you should be grateful.
And the word lambda is more comprehensive, it captures, maybe you'll be grateful. Hopefully you'll become grateful also means so that you become grateful. You know what that means? That means even if you fast the entire month, it doesn't guarantee that you will become grateful. But the hope is there. The hope is there. The best case scenario is this. Does everybody who go through who goes through an entire program graduate don't answer that question certain students.
Somebody goes through an entire program, it's not guaranteed that they graduate. Yes. So there are the eventual outcome of Ramadan is that you should be grateful. The question is, like Shekar Sharma, he says, a shoe Kuru Kala Nana.
Sugar is exists when you respond to a favor. You don't think anyone unless something good has done to you?
The question then is what are we thinking a lot for at the end of Ramadan? There's a few things what was the first gift, Shahada, Milan and then even Xena Fie.
We learned to be grateful for the Quran. The point of this whole exercises this month should be so full of Quran you have such a new taste for the Quran in this month, that at the end of this month, you say I thank Allah for giving me the gift of the Quran.
I'm so grateful for the Quran.
The second gift I think a love for giving me a month free of shape. And so I can recite the Quran piece
We live in a time when you recycle and seek refuge of a lot from the shape on
this month you get free access to the Quran
distraction free access to the Quran. So you should be grateful for that. You should be grateful that allow allowed you to witness the entire month admin take you before them.
So these are the gifts that I look into. Now the last part of my talk with you, I don't think I should take more than 10 minutes for this. And that is the gift of Allah to the Muslims for Ramadan. In addition to this, something Allah gave us as a bonus.
You know, sometimes you complete your training and you give kinds of gifts,
in addition to your diploma.
This is the gift, Allah and the next ayah doesn't talk to us. He doesn't talk to us. He talks to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
with a body
when his slave when my slave, my slaves asked you about me?
First of all, I didn't say if they asked you about me, Allah said when they ask you about me.
In other words, always waiting for us to ask. You know, a father who's hoping his son comes back. He doesn't say if my son comes back.
He says, When my son comes back, a father whose son is in the military on a mission, he's gone. He says in three months when my son comes back in sha Allah, He doesn't say if my son comes back, he understand in the word when there's hope in the word if there is actually kind of hopelessness.
Allah says, When my sleeve asks you about me. In other words, Allah is waiting in this ayah for you to ask about him.
Allah is waiting that his slave should ask about him.
And they come and ask the Prophet sallallahu Sallam will Allah forgive me, will only accept my daughter. What does Allah What does Allah want from me? The Sahaba come and ask the prophets.
Now what should you tell them?
Allah said no know who was talking to in the aisle. What did I say? Who is
the professor Listen, in Arabic eugenics expect what either Sila kariba, de nieve akula home in the corrib.
If my slaves asked you about me, then tell them I am near. That's what you should tell them. Who should tell them.
They came and asked for profit. So the profit should tell them some sort of is not true.
What does Allah do something incredible. When my slaves asked you about me, I'll talk to them directly I am near.
Allah didn't even ask the prophet to tell them Allah tells us himself. He in the middle of that conversation. It says though he was waiting for the time that you would ask about him and when you would ask about Him He will talk to you directly and tell you directly in the Quran. I am Here I am so near you don't even have to talk through the prophets. I said I'll talk to you directly in
the prophets I didn't mention anymore. And don't have any doubt about it. Because as mentioned, as though you might think really unless gonna talk to me, I am I am here.
Now, let me give you some examples so you appreciate what's happening here.
I know we're in Irving so a lot of texts. techies here your work.
In a big corporation By any chance, a big corporation, okay? You have a CEO, he's got 500 employees 1000 employees, chances are you'll never meet him. high likelihood you will never meet the CEO of the company. And if you meet him, maybe you run into him. He's taking a tour of your campus or your office, and you kind of shake hands with him or talk to him, how long is that conversation going to be?
Five seconds, maybe five seconds, you can Can I take a picture? That's what you're gonna do. You know.
But you don't get much time with somebody who's very important. And somebody who's responsible for a lot of people, the more they're responsible for you, they're not close to you.
What's the lowest job in the world, the lowest job, like if you have the employer up here, I'll tell you, the lowest job is slave.
So the biggest distance between the employer and an employee, the biggest distance is what master and slave master will talk to the manager, he'll talk to the clerk he'll talk to the regional director. At the bottom, the last person you might ever talk to would be the slave ally is the highest that can ever be. And we as bad as slaves are the lowest we can ever be, logically speaking, that is the greatest distance and the less as whenever this lowest one asks about the highest one telemon near
tell him you are not fine.
Now tell me this, when you talk to somebody important. You have to get an appointment.
I don't like something Obama said in his speech, I should send him a message I should call him.
Am I gonna get through? No,
no, or not?
When somebody is important, you can get through a man, you know, one of my children, I wanted to take them to a specialist. And they're specialists you know they have because they're one or two of them in Dallas. They there's a waiting list. So I can't just walk into the office, I have to get an appointment and they give you an appointment three months later. And if you miss it by 10 minutes, another three months. Because they're busy. That's not on my schedule that is on their schedule. The more important someone is, the more busy their schedule is, and I have to make time for them. They don't make time for me. They don't make time for me. It would be really ridiculous of me that if I
was if I met a great scholar, one of the world's great scholars. Like for example, I had the chance to meet chef Maulana Hassan Akram nadwi. mela, protect him. In London, it was a really honor to meet him one of the great scholars of the great mohabbatein of the world. I'm not gonna go to him and say, Hey, by the way, you know, if you want to schedule an appointment to talk to me, here's my number.
It's ridiculous. What are you thinking? Somebody's gonna meet the president and tell him Hey, you know what, if you just give me a call, just leave a message. I'll get back to you when I can.
It doesn't make any sense. It doesn't make any sense. Who should make the appointment the master or the slave?
The slave should make the appointment. Allah says Luigi Buddha, I respond to the call. That was very evident whenever he calls me, I'll answer.
Whenever he calls me, I will answer the I began, I'm waiting for you to ask about me.
Now I'm not even waiting for you to talk to me. I'm waiting for you to ask about me talk about me. I'm here. And then he goes on to say you doesn't matter when you call me? I'll answer.
So Carla, how who's going to be more important than them? And who's going to have a lower status than you and me and yet Allah says I'm waiting for you anytime,
anytime. And I will respond immediately by the way StG rule but the excellent work done.
As the G will respond over time.
Would you follow on immediately will immediately respond immediately I will respond when he calls me. But there's something that happens in the middle that I want to share with you and I'm done in this particular This is the gift. This is the gift this ayah Allah says Big Buddha was a die.
I respond to the call. The call of the caller
there's a difference between saying I respond to the call of any color as opposed to saying I respond to the call of the caller.
When you say any color a color is the color known or not known.
Not Know when you say the color is the color known or not known. known a lot. How many people calling him ah
so many. He has the you know if anybody else if all of you are asking a question I would say a person asked
because I got a written question. I don't know where it came from. One of the students asked it's anonymous, unless has none of you are anonymous. All of you are not
As a You are a
You are a particularly I will respond to your call individually he's actually asleep from Texas called me
know that one that one right there he calls he made that dog is very particular that because of the die because of a die
then Allah didn't say
this is the is called a Muslim with a tomato tomahto they call it an Arabic grammar.
I will call even if this guy is not even used to making Dorough once in a blue moon out of some crazy thing that happened in his life he decided to make the out of by accident.
even die even if he called me one time da da da da can be regular. That was one time even if he called me one time I will answer him. So none of us can say well I don't even pray. I'm so messed up. Allah is not gonna answer my door unless as you just try once.
Just try me once I'm waiting,
where are you?
And then Allah here Subhana Allah Look at this. Unless I respond to the call of the
acceleration should translate retranslate I respond to the single call of the
caller Tell me when you say caller Hey Yala B caller does that mean the caller is a certain standard could a caller be a good person or a bad person? Sure. Colors the color? A color could be anybody 11 say I respond to the call of the righteous one. The worshiping one the good one
the knowledgeable one. He didn't put any conditions on the caller except that he is a caller
so it doesn't matter what station what position you have. It doesn't matter how messed up or how good you heard this invitation is open. So long as you are a caller and to Allah you are not a caller You are the caller even if that's all you ever did, you never made a single activity but in your life you just decided to turn to a loved one he's still respond with our tech guy.
So he has either done whenever he calls me. Whenever the whenever he doesn't. It's up to him.
This ayah is one of the most beautiful eye out in the Quran about duality when finished with the I can't
but this is one of the most beautiful parts of dying the Quran. Where is it mentioned in the conversation about Ramadan?
The conversation about Ramadan is not yet over the next I are also about Ramadan. or sixth about Ramadan or fasting generally, in the middle of that let's change the subject and made the subject
what is that telling? Tell what is it like telling us?
We're gonna get into Shara coffee.
What is telling us make a lot of da in Oman
make a lot of dough and Ramadan.
First thing so read the Quran fast. And now that you're doing that as Allah, ask Allah ask Allah, keep asking, keep asking,
might as well share a little bit with you about what happens next, in the same item. This is our last side. In every relationship there are two sides there is master and there is slave so far, Allah said this is what I'm willing to do for you.
This is what I want to do for you. So now the next half of the I will be what are you willing to do for me?
Because I want a relationship.
Fight yesterday Bulli, then
they should at least try to respond to me.
I won't use the word Fuji boo for himself. I respond immediately. He didn't say finally Yuji Bulli. He says fine. Yes, the GMO Li then they should at least try it.
we should at least try they should at least one Tanaka Tanaka. Derek is wondering if
they should at least try to respond to me. Allah is not asking you to be perfect. Allah says at least try man. Just try. I am giving you so much All I'm asking for you is try that's it wanted. Do you want this one to respond to a law responding to a law means what I'm asking you for a couple of things. I'm just asking you for very little.
just respond. And I already told us and you might say or what Allah wants for me. It's too hard. It's too difficult. That's already taken care of UD the law will be gone.
Nuts already done. Just take the call already.
Let it run out of stock
Too religious to stick your hand in your pocket. Don't be that guy. That guy who's like slot is going on his phone's ringing. He's got like 50 cent on the on the ringtone, but he's way too religious to stick his hand in his pocket and turn it off. Because he's hoping hope maybe they'll blame the guy next to me. Maybe they'll blame the guy next to me. So the woman slot is done, he'll give some innocent person a dirty look like
Don't be that guy. Just turn it off. Please turn it off.
Even if you just pick it up. I'm in a lecture right now.
You know, some people are amazing. Some people pick it up first row. First of all, they pick it up and they start talking.
In classes, like 800 people guy in the front row gets a phone call.
I stopped the lecture. I'm just looking at him.
And he's like,
you win. I can't beat that.
I can't beat that one.
And yesterday, God when you mean we'll be out
for yesterday Budi Will you be they should try to respond to me. And they should continue to believe in believe that I'm listening to this da you know, a person gets depressed they start thinking I was not listening to my talk. I keep making dry nothing's changing. At the end of the aisle, Doha puts what we really need just believe in me. No one listening immediately believe this. I believe what I was telling you that I love a mission and if you can really believe in that, you will be living a straight life so that they may be set straight, you will have a guided life you will stay away from trouble in your life. Allah azza wa jal said fasting gives Taka Ramadan gives gratitude and sets you
three three connections made fasting gives one
Ramadan and wonders what
makes you grateful that I like home school
and da da do
the straight direction if you if you feel like you don't have guidance in life. You know what you're missing? The missing girl in life realize those of us that people have dog before and especially during Ramadan. And after Ramadan. Eliza will make this truly a month of Quran for all of us. May Allah azza wa jal forgive our shortcomings in previous months of fasting and Allah will give us the strength, the energy, the concentration, to listen to the beautiful recitation of the Quran the entire month of Ramadan. Give us give us patience with each other and not allow little things to distract us from what we're really here to do in the house of a lot. A lot of calamity welcome.
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