Developing A Relationship With The Quran
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Khutbah from 04/06/18, Developing A Relationship With The Quran
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. This is after Nasser Jenga and you're listening to the podcast. The following is a recording of the hood by gave this past Friday about developing a meaningful relationship with the Quran. Before we get started with Hooda, I wanted to share some very exciting news with you. inshallah, this summer, I will be teaching a lumps Arabic intensive here in Dallas, Texas Alhamdulillah. I will be continuing with the tradition that has been established over the last seven years where every summer here in Dallas, Texas, I conduct an intensive in which we cover the fundamentals of Quranic Arabic. And the intensive is accompanied by
lectures on the deceit of the Quran, where we go through the in depth meaning of a surah of the Quran, every single evening. So in sha Allah, I'm very excited. And we're getting ready and gearing up for the Arabic intensive this year in Dallas, Texas, sha Allah, I want to encourage everyone to go to the following website, check out the program for the Arabic intensive and sign up. I look forward to seeing you here in Dallas, where we can take a journey together and understanding the book of Allah and developing a meaningful relationship with the Quran. Now we'll go ahead and get to the hookah just come along later on. But Salaam Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh whoa
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Before I get started with the topic of the Cobra today, and what I want me to talk about and what I want what I'd like to address here today, I wanted to touch very briefly, but at the same time, not for the lack of importance or significance. But I wanted to touch very briefly on the ongoing circumstances that we are dealing with, not only in this country, but all over the world.
There are certain values that the Quran presents as universal values. Now what's meant by that universal values is that there are certain teachings way the hudna mitaka Bunny is Surah la la buena Illallah. Wa Meanwhile in the near Santa, when we will talk about when we are talking about one Masaki. There are certain teachings that were consistent throughout all the teachings of all the prophets, every single prophet to messenger of God that came, there were there was a checklist of certain things that they all covered. And then there were certain unique things
like five prayers in a day, or fasting throughout the entirety of the month of Ramadan. Those are things that are more unique to the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi, wa sallam, oma mohammedia those are things that are more unique in our Sharia
zakaat the way it's executed and the fact that it's two and a half percent and those types of things. There are certain things that are unique from certain teachings and profits from other prophets. However, there are certain things that every single prophet had to address, or my son in law knew he leggy under who La Ilaha Illa Anna,
every single messenger that was sent was given the fundamental message that there is no one worthy of worship except for
Allah, all of them, every single one. Another place in the Quran Allah says that the checklist that every single prophet had to check off was the heat oneness of God. Believe in the day of judgment in the afterlife,
respecting one's parents, fulfilling the rights of your family, taking care of orphans and needy people, people that are struggling in this society, that is something every single prophet addressed. And one of those teachings that every single prophet and messenger of God addressed throughout time
is what could have an IRA him via and an F sub enough's. Allah subhanaw taala talks about the sanctity of life
that we told we mandated upon Bani Israel he upon all the prophets and messengers that came in benissa II.
That Mankato Dennison behaved enough sin forgotten amatola message you may
or may not have forgotten the MA gymea, that someone who violates the sanctity of life, even if it be in regards to one individual wrongfully takes a life, it is as if they have killed all of humanity, because they have violated the sanctity of life.
And if this is not checked, this is not curbed. This is not stopped, it will start a chain reaction that will eventually lead to destruction all over this world.
And whosoever makes an effort to preserve and to protect the sanctity, even if one life, even if one life, it is as if they have safeguarded the sanctity of the life of all of humanity.
And so I wanted to talk about this because we are living in a time where the sanctity of life is gone.
Where you can open up your phone every morning, every afternoon, every evening.
And in this country, you can read about somebody getting shot, getting killed,
not just getting shot, but like having entire rounds and loaded within them.
young black men in this country,
getting butchered and sacrificed by the people that we're supposed to protect them by police officers in this country.
There's one fundamental issue you can argue your politics all day long this member is not to argue politics. And I'm not here to make a political argument.
But the one thing we all have to agree on not that we can agree on, we must agree on, because God said so in the Quran, Allah said it in the revelation, life is sacred. And when life is violated, we cannot tolerate it.
Because otherwise, we are exposing the hypocrisy
that we have allowed to fester within us.
When we yell and scream, at the top of our lungs, from the rooftops, about Syria, or about huzar or about Kashmir or about, you know Central Africa or wherever else it may be. We scream at the top of our lungs, then why is that life not sacred? How can that life be violated, nobody cares.
When we can completely turn our back on it happening in our own backyard. Because it doesn't affect me directly or so we think.
But nobody will be safe from the wave of evil that will come in the wake of such destruction. May Allah protect us all.
I wanted to talk today about our relationship with the Quran and our relationship with the book of Allah.
We are nearing the month of Ramadan. That is something maybe some people are aware of. And a lot of us might not have realized how close we are to the month of Ramadan. We are maybe five weeks away from beginning the month of Ramadan.
And every year, we're gonna start to hear a lot of talks and lectures about Ramadan. I'm going to try to make it specific and pointed enough that hopefully it's a it's a source of benefit. And it's something to reflect upon. But the fact of the matter is every single year we engage in the same cycle, and it really hasn't changed anything up till now. Where we go into the month of Ramadan. We're very excited. We're very elated. We try to get a few things done. We fall short of a lot of what we wanted to get done. And by the time Ramadan ends, we're usually extremely fatigued because we did not have good conditioning, spiritual conditioning going into Ramadan. So we're usually
extremely fatigued. And then Ramadan ends. Obviously we have another celebration. We engage in that celebration and three bye bye
The third day of aid being over, we usually are back to exactly where we were three days before Ramadan started.
When Ramadan is a month of transformation, it's about changing your life for the better. Now how do we take that from a slogan and a cliche and make it a reality? Well, one of the areas of our lives that we have to change that Ramadan specifically comes to facilitate change in regards to is our relationship with the Quran. Our relationship with the book of Allah subhanaw taala Shahada, Ramadan and Lady Zilla feel for the month of Ramadan in which the Quran wasn't done. It was a month of Ramadan in which the revelation first came, it was a month of Ramadan that every single Ramadan, the prophets Allah would sit down and review the entirety of what had been revealed up to that point
with the angel gibreel alayhis salaam, and in the final Ramadan of his life, he did that not once, but he did that twice over as he told his daughter for tomorrow, the Allahu taala on her on his deathbed. They got Fatima I knew that my my end was near because this past Ramadan gibreel reviewed the Quran with me not once but twice.
So Ramadan has a very unique relationship with the book of Allah with the Quran.
But that has to go beyond just a slogan
and a cliche, how do we make it a reality in our lives. So I wanted to talk very briefly about developing a more intimate, a more personal a more meaningful relationship with the Koran, and how we can go about doing so. So the first thing I wanted to talk about is, we understand the significance of reciting the Quran. And my objective here is to not downplay the importance of reciting the Quran. But we're well aware of the importance of that, the significance of that, but what I wanted to talk a little bit today was about putting some effort and making some progress in regards to understanding the Quran, and how we can practically go about and doing so Allah subhanaw
taala calls on us in the Quran, there is a myths that exist in certain communities.
And some folks will understand what I mean by this, but it's beneficial for us all, to really think about this. There's a myth that exists in certain segments and pockets of our community, that understanding the Quran is the job and the responsibility of the scholars do our llama they learn it. They understand the Quran. As peasants, we should just read it, decorate our walls with it, memory, maybe memorize a few sutras of it, and then that's simply it. That's our job. The job of the understanding of the Quran is the job of the scholars to learn it.
But we have to really depart from that we have to come out of that mentality because a lot calls on all of us in the Quran when he says if Allah tala Barun Why do not all of them ponder and reflect and think and understand the Quran? Allah kuruma Fallujah or their hearts completely locked up.
With no kind of integration lady lucky 11 Kathy rock had a pin from someone else other than God, they would have found so many contradictions within it. There are so many powerful realizations there. The Prophet sallallahu aleyhi he was sent them
in a very fascinating Hadees narrated by Abu Dhabi da da Allahu taala. And he says that we were sitting with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the prophets a lot. He was lecturing us. He was talking to us about certain things.
And while he was talking to us, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
he looked up at the sky, he stopped, he became quiet and he looked up at the sky.
So we became very attentive.
What's he doing?
And then when the Prophet salami son looked back down at us, he said, how that uh, why don't
you tell us
that this is ha ha a one with the hablar and that this is the time when knowledge will start to depart. knowledge will leave the people
and there was a young but very intelligent Sahabi of Medina. He was an unsavoury. His name was libido Ziad in the beadalon sorry, so Ziad radi Allahu Allahu, he says to the prophets a lot is him have given you a moment. How will knowledge be taken away from us? What are the Quran Al Quran we have read and learned the Quran
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and we taught it to our children and our children will teach it to their children and we'll pass the Quran on
and as long as we pass on the Quran How can knowledge leave us will always have the dean will always have the knowledge will always have the religion and the profits a lot. He sort of says like he lets go okay as he
he said that, you know, I'm very disappointed in you.
Going to ice Walker Minh of Raja limited Medina. I used to think that you were one of the most intelligent people here in Medina. But it looks like I was mistaken. You really don't understand.
He said that look at the people who came before us. The Christians in the Jewish nations that came before us.
Did they not still have their scripture? Of course, we believe that it's distorted. But do they have the book? Do they have scripture, they still do. It still sits on their shelves.
It's still passed on from generation to generation. They still read from it and recite permit in their weekly congregations. They still had the Scripture,
but they lost the knowledge and the understanding.
And that's when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he told him and he taught all of us the lesson
that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us that the understanding of the book of Allah is what's really important. And this understanding of the book of Allah will continue to depart and leave from the people unless they make an effort to stop it, until the time will come when people will recite very beautifully, and they will gather together in hordes, large numbers, and they'll have congregations and the Quran will be recited beautifully.
But there won't be a single person in the congregation who really understands what is being recited. And there won't be a single person focused within their prayer.
The prophets a lot he said, um, said
lack in Ramadan yesterday the nacimiento way of Hama haka, famiy.
The prophets a lot he said, You should go and dead hula murshida Jamaat, insalata Rafi, Rajan and Harsha. You could go into a machine that is full and not a single person will have focus and concentration there.
So that's what we have to lose. That's what's at stake. Our religion becoming mere ritual and being becoming meaningless, not having the purpose or meaning to it.
So this understanding of the Quran is not a luxury, it is not an exclusive rights of the elite.
It is something that all of us have to engage in. And all of us have to take seriously.
the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
their narrations were a Buddha, the Allahu taala and who he says there are two things everyone needs to learn, he said to *a houfy sooner.
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final Khurana Robbie. He says number one understand the life and times of the prophets allottee. So learn to learn the life of the messenger sallallahu sallam, and number two start to learn some Arabic because the Quran was revealed in Arabic so you can interact with the Quran directly.
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that strengthen your hearts with the understanding of the Quran and strengthen your home's your families through the values that the Quran teaches you. But if we've never understood it, we've never put any time into it. How do we even know what values the Quran is given to us?
So very briefly,
but as I said before,
very seriously, I'd like to suggest a little game plan and action plan
about how we can start to change the dynamic of our relationship with the Quran. Not just our relationship, but even our children and our families and our homes and our entire communities. And here's a very simple, humble
plan that I'd like to suggest. Number one, we have to dedicate time, every single day on a regular basis, whatever that means for someone. But we have to dedicate regular consistent time to reading the translation of the Quran. Now I know there are oftentimes many conversations in our community. The translation is not the Quran. Oh, it's not. translations are not perfect. No, they're not. Of course they're not. Only the Quran is perfect, because it's Columbia Law is the speech of God.
But it is an explanation, a summarized explanation of the meaning of the Quran. And sometimes this is a trap and a trick of shavon It's a ploy that she uses against us. He keeps telling you that there's going to come this magical time in your life
where all of a sudden you will find yourself with three years and nothing to do
You will become completely made free for three years. And then you will go off
to some foreign land, travel halfway across the world, write a camel, learn Arabic become fluent like a Bedouin in Arabic. And then you will understand the Quran for yourself.
I can, I can introduce you to dozens of people that I have known, who have lived with that fantasy the last 2030 years, and are now 4050 years old, and they're still where they were when they were 20 years old.
Versus that, I can also introduce you to vivo, who became Muslim two or three years ago,
but took whatever opportunities and
whatever resources they had in front of them seriously, they started reading the translation of the Quran. And some of the other things I'm going to suggest here, and two or three years later, they've developed a more thorough understanding a more deep understanding of the Quran than that other guy did in 30 years.
And again, it's from the defeat of Allah, yes. But it's also about, you know, Allah subhanaw. taala tells us to really think and figure out what you should do. So we need to start being practical about this, take a translation and start reading from a translation of the Quran, it is better than nothing.
It is in fact, a lot more than nothing, a lot better than nothing. So take that seriously.
Today, our translations decorate our shelves just like the most have decorates our shelves, we just own a translation because it's the thing you're supposed to do. But at the whistle last time you picked up and read from a translation, take it seriously, one page every day is in English, or whatever language to choose, or do or Bangla or Indonesia or Malaysia or whatever your language may be. But start reading the translation of the
number to start learning or onic vocabulary
is very simple. There's a famous list that's online must be probably seen it 80% of the words in the Quran, right? It's a very concise vocabulary list. But start learning one new vocab word a day from the Quran. Today you learn what the word Al Kitab means Al Kitab means the book.
Tomorrow you learn the word melodica. melodica means a
third day you learned the word and the sun means women for they learned the word. So on is a New Zealand New Zealand means to something to be revealed or sent down.
Mostly home mostly home means successful people. That's it. But you see in five days how much progress you've made. Now imagine doing that one word a day for 365 days.
Think about how much of the Quran you would start to understand when you're reading it out. But we don't do that. Because it's not exotic enough. It's not cool enough. I don't have pictures in front of pyramids when I do that. Somebody went to Egypt to learn Arabic but he came back with a picture in front of a pyramid.
If I learned a vocab word every day for three years I learned a lot of Quran but I ain't got a picture in front of me. So it's not exciting enough. But start taking that seriously read the translation. Learn one new vocab word today.
Number three is learn and read about the stories in the Quran. The different stories a lot talks about the Quran the story of Musa story of Adam the story of Ibrahim
and learn lessons from it and tell those stories to your children.
Number four is study some of the themes in the Quran. What is the concept of toccoa God consciousness saga patience debacle, putting your trust and faith in Allah like learn about the themes of the Quran and this is something we can start chipping away and doing every single day starting from now. That way when the month of Ramadan comes and you stand inside are we here on the first night, it won't be a mystery anymore. You'll actually interact with it and then you continue that out throughout the month of Ramadan. By the time the month of Ramadan ends, your relationship with the Quran will be completely transformed inshallah.
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shala. Before I conclude the last bit that I wanted to say about the topic that we spoke about today about building a relationship with the Quran and understanding
On the higher level, there is a higher level, I gave a very basic action item list that I think accommodates most people.
But there is a higher level and there are two things that I will mention in the higher level for the benefit of those people. And for all of us to aspire to that, number one is to start to then seriously learn and study the Arabic language. That should be a goal that we all have in mind somewhere down the road. And don't worry, number one, it's easier than most people realize.
If I teach Arabic to people,
and I am the Arlington born son of bucks, Sunny immigrants, teaching Arabic to people that should tell you anybody can do it. Anybody can do it.
Number one, the Torah, the Allahu taala, who very famously said to Adam will Arabic Fnm Indeed, he could learn air because it will facilitate your religion, the learning in the practice of your religion for you.
And number two, is trying to find opportunities to sit with to listen to, to learn from the explanation that I've seen of the Quran in front of people who have dedicated their entire lives to the study in the teaching of the book of Allah, scholars of this religion.
We are very blessed that our humble lab, one of my teachers, Dr. Massoud hears amongst us that
finding time making time finding opportunities to sit with people like that and to learn the meaning that you see the explanation of the Koran from people who have dedicated their entire lives to this discipline. There's a profound level of benefit in that. So I wanted to mention that here at the conclusion. May Allah subhanaw taala make the Quran the spring of our hearts, may Allah subhanaw taala make the Quran the light that guides us. May Allah subhanaw taala make the Quran a resource to release us from our worries and our concerns. May Allah subhanaw taala make the Quran a companion for us in this life, a companion for us in the grave and an intercessor on our behalf on the Day of
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