Quranic Reflections Shaykh Abdurraheem McCarthy #4
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah Salam aleikum, wa Rahmatullah in shallow Tala. Hopefully inshallah those who attended yesterday they did their homework for the question that we asked. And that was the relationship between taqwa and between
the fasting of Ramadan. When Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned the verse in Surah Baqarah.
That fasting was prescribed for us as it was prescribed for the nations before he said Allah come to tune. And the objective mentioned of fasting was
Taqwa. And the main objective that we're going to gain from our past is many things that we gain from fasting Hamdulillah. But the main thing and the only thing mentioned in this verse was the issue of obtaining the taqwa. So what is the relationship? What is the connection between fasting Ramadan, and between obtaining Teflon? This is what we left in last in yesterday's episode. And if you were to reflect on this, perhaps it will come to you right away.
What you're doing during the day, you're fasting. Now, the brothers just in the UK, they're fasting, we just broke our fats, but I'm not gonna drink in front of you. But I have here, a glass of water in front of me. Okay. If I were to drink that when I was fasting, who's going to know?
I could go into my room right now and come out. Everybody here in this matches where I am today. Everyone is fasting. And we'll talk about fasting how difficult it is like everyone's like, We're thirsty. Like, yeah, yeah, maybe you're right. And it's, and I just had a big cup of water in the other room. Who's gonna know that? Only? Allah subhana wa Tada.
So why am I not drinking that cup of water?
When I'm fasting, why am I refraining when no one else knows? It's because Allah subhanaw taala knows. And this is the reality of the taqwa to have that consciousness of Allah and your life. And this is why it's so important to have the correct definition of what a Taqwa is.
A lot of times we translate the taqwa as
the fear of a law.
And that, Terry for that definition is not complete. It is yes, it is part of Tuckwell having a fear. But the reality of Taqwa is the consciousness of Allah that anything we do in our actions, it's because of ALLAH SubhanA, WA, tada, we do it for a law, the good that we do, we do it for law, the things that we leave, we leave it for Allah.
And that's why when you look at the issue of fasting, you see we leave,
doing certain things and we're fasting during the day, we refrain from these things, all because of Allah subhanho wa taala.
Even when it comes, you know, from the Hadith as the Prophet alayhi salam taught us about foul speech, about saying things that are haram, about saying things that are haram, that these
that we leave all of this during the month of Ramadan, and this is the reality of tequila, we need to be all the time. So you see the relationship and this is the double what we want. Why did Allah mentioned the tequila? That's the first thing we'll make the Doubront.
And after that, we're going to ask ourselves, what is the connection between the fast in between this is the double knot just to understanding because understanding is something that Tafseer is something that if series is a miftah Yes, helps us to get into the double. But like we said, we given the example from the beginning of this series, that even if you're an English speaker, you can still hamdulillah understand and have some forms of to deburr if you come to this verse, you're gonna be able to understand and won't give you several examples of this series messy. Because then what she thought and wants us to believe is that we can't make the devil we can't reflect on the
Quran if we don't understand Arabic. Yes, you should take out the time to study Tafseer Yes, you should take out the time to learn Arabic but if you don't have it, then you with what you have and Hamdulillah you can still do some some understanding, it's important that you might go back to the tip see and understand the if. So let's say if I stopped it is at the same question. How about this verse, verse 183, and similar to Bacara year Are you healthy in Amman? No Koulibaly como Sam Okemah cootie Bala cinnamon publikum laleham Taco, this diverse and has been the fasting has been prescribed to you just as it was prescribed for the past nations, perhaps that you will obtain
If I might go back to tip seven, Kathy, we have an English, I might go back to the tips that have been Saudi, for example, and I read these two Tip series that we have from the translated English language, I understand that meaning, and now I want to sit and I'll make to double I want to reflect, when we have a gathering. Maybe it's with our family, maybe we're having some tea with some with some brothers a cup of coffee. And we
sit down we ask ourselves why? Why is the tequila mentioned? Why is it the main objective? What is the connection, this how you make the double? And then we go into the next verse, when Allah subhanaw taala or the verse after 185 Allah subhanaw taala and very interesting, just so you know that the fasting is only mentioned in these verses in the Quran. And it's one section of Quran from verse 183 to 187 and there's something that comes in the middle and 186 Which seems like it's, it's, it's not in its place, it's and it came in the middle of it why and we're gonna reflect that in a minute and Chautala but these are the only verses in the Quran which talk about the CML fasting. So
we look at verse 185, what does Allah subhanaw taala say in verse 185?
He tells us any first of all shahada Ramadan Shah who Ramadan Allah, the own Zilla fi feel Quran, the month of Ramadan, that the Quran was sent down. This was the month that the Quran was revealed. And this shows us one of the reasons why the Muslims focus on the Quran so much in Ramadan why Ramadan is the month of the Quran why because this was the month of the Quran was revealed in this is one of the reasons
Allah then described the Quran
who then Linus were bayonet in mineral who that will work on that it's a form of guidance for the people and bayonet clear proofs clear evidence from the Huda from the guidance and from the for con. This is the definition of the Quran, that is who that there is guidance. And it's for con. It differentiates between the Huck in the Balkan differentiates between that which is truth and that which is falsehood. And when I reflect on this also I'm going to stop
the Quran is a source of guidance.
This is why the Quran was revealed as a source of guidance, the same message that Allah told us as soon as we open up the Quran on the second page after sort of the Fatiha the first page of Surah Al Baqarah. What did Allah say Alif Lam Meem. Valley Kalki Taboola, Ray Buffy who the little machete that this is the book that there's no doubt about it, a source of who that as source of guidance for the Motoki. This is the book that we're reading. This is the book of Allah subhanho wa taala. Its with its guidance for the MacDuffie and that Allah mentioned some of the characteristics of the multiline. So when I read something like this, I stop and reflect and contemplate, where do I where
am I from these from these characteristics? Do I have these characteristics in my life or not?
It's who they're for the machete and it's a source of guidance for con. It differentiates between the hack between truth, the truth and between the battle between falsehood where am I from falling the Huck.
And where am I from falling following the bulk of the falsehood.
This is where I need to stop and to reflect something very beautiful, very beautiful to Deb. But if we go to the end, or throughout verse 185, but we're gonna focus on the end, but in the middle as well because something beautiful is mentioned when Allah mentions the ruling of fasting when someone is traveling or someone is sick.
When someone is sick, or when someone is traveling from when Allah said mankind or Marie Obon Oh, Allah is suffering, whoever is sick, or he's traveling, because if you travel, or you're sick, it's gonna be very difficult to fast. So what do you do? For the two men I am in Ohio, so you mix it up from another set of ham The Lord wants ease for us fasting is easy. hamdulillah and that's to put into our mindset that it's not something that's difficult. If you can't do it during this time, because of your current situation, you're traveling you're sick, and you make it up from other other days. It's not it's no problem. The law has given you the permission to break your fast during this.
And that's what Allah mentioned at the end of the verse and it's very important because it is challenging when we fast especially the first couple of days we're having the the coffee headaches and we're used to eating and drinking we can't drink. So we're challenged during these days, no doubt, no doubt about that. But
what does a lot and they tell us in this verse, you read Allahu be como Yusra while you read will be compulsory that Allah wants ease for you. He doesn't want difficult for you. He doesn't want difficulty for you. To make it clear, and then if you look into the verse, What does Allah say La La come to school. And this is the death the objectives from the A Baghdad from the worship and Islam. If you look at a similar verse when you go to the beginning of Surah telemetry that in verse six the eye of Google
It's a rather big idea when Allah subhanaw taala mentions or long iron but Allah mentions the different fora Ayub the things that are made compulsory of the world or the four things that are mentioned and the AI. What does the law say at the end of the verse?
MA You really do. Allahu anugerah lemma you read Allahu Lea JAL Alikum minha Raj ma you read Allahu Allah doesn't want Leah jalahalli common heritage to put difficulty upon you so what is the objective of this that we have to make will do every time you want to pray? Sometimes wake up in the morning it's cold it's difficult like someplace like we're traveling you know here in Turkey you will find that the police will do it's outside it's like still like it for us to be primitive right? Where's the inside will where's the heated water they're hardcore the Turks man they're making although and when it's cold outside, you know, it's it's like snow on the ground and people are
making will still will do like this. But you know, if they can do it, then we can do we say Bismillah we have to go in there. And there had a phase on top of that. So they even wash their feet. They're not wiping their socks like us. So it's it it's challenging, right? So here you have
these type of challenges that come wake up in the cold early morning you know, and you have to go make will do
what does Allah want to what is the objective of this five times a day?
I have to stop and have to make well do I have to if I if I need to make will do for the salah Allah said he doesn't want to but how does what difficulty for you? Well, I can you really do Leotta Eurocom but all wants to purify you.
What do you attend the net metal who alikoum and to complete his favor upon you. So here I might have Debow now I'm going to stop and reflect.
Allah wants to purify and what does this mean?
Is it just a purifying of my limbs?
When I make wood also, they're not dirty. Obviously, the places that we're making will go from our face, or hands or arms. We're wiping over our heads. And coming back. This is obviously when you're outside you're working is going to have a whole bar and dust and things like this. So yes, anyway, we're purifying our limbs. But is this really what's meant by the eye up? Or do we need to reflect a bit deeper and to see what's meant by the idea here is to purify what purify our hearts. This is the objective of this a bad debt
to purify the hearts to gloob not necessarily the limbs. Yes, that's one of the wisdoms Yes. But it's not the main objective. The true objective of these, a badass of these acts of worship, is to purify what's in our hearts, to purify what's in our hearts. We're worshiping a loss of power, just like now we're doing this now wiping away our sins and shallow Tana as he came in the Hadith, we're purifying ourselves to be in a pure state where we stand in front of Allah subhanaw taala. So Allah can purify our hearts through this solid and through the Quran that we're reciting and through the DUA that we're making to Allah subhanho wa Taala to this far, to ask Allah to forgive us, Warren
sudo we're begging on Allah, all of this is having an impact on our hearts.
And this is the double that we want to reach. We look into it and something very interesting.
At the end of this verse in Surah
Elma ADA, the ending is the same as the verse we just mentioned, from Surah Baqarah 185.
Who remembers what it was?
What did I say what it was what did well I mentioned at the end of the locum teach Quran, that so you can be thankful so that you can be grateful. Allah has given us these a bad debt for us to worship. He doesn't want to make difficulty for us, but He wants us to be from those Ishiguro knows who are thankful those who are grateful and the same Indian comes in in a certain way to hear that Allah competition Quran. This is from the Hickman, you think and he Subhan Allah, Allah is commanding us
to do these types of a badass these types of worship.
So we can have sugar, low competition Quran that perhaps you will have
gratitude, perhaps you will be thankful Subhanallah
Thank you Allah subhanho wa Taala for his many blessings, when we attach ourselves to Allah to this a Baghdad through our salah, to our fasting. It reminds us of the neon the blessings that Allah subhanho wa Taala has granted us that Allah has blessed us blessed us with and this attaches more to Allah and it makes us more thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala for all the blessings that he's blessed us with it hamdulillah the greatest blessing is that he has guided us to Islam, that he has taken us from the blue mat to the north. He's taken us from the darkness to the light.
Allah has given us the WHO that has given us the guidance. He gave us the Quran as it was mentioned in the verse, as we've talked about, that it's begin at that it's clear
proofs from the hood and from the for con, which differentiated between the hub and the bubble handler. Allah has blessed us with the Quran, sale hamdulillah for this blessed month of Ramadan and hamdulillah for the blessings,
the blessings of fasting, the blessings of the prayer, the blessing of the Quran, where the Prophet alayhi salatu salam told us that if we hold firm to it, will never go astray after him to book of Allah to hold firm to it, you will never go astray. Allah told us to hold firm to the rope of Allah. This is the rope of Allah subhanaw taala the Quran. And after that, in verse 186, comes the DUA that the verse that it seems like it's it's not in the same place to the other eye or to the fasting, but there's a hikma there's a reason why it was put it there, and that's the verse of dua. Why was that put there? What are some of the Hitman's that it teaches us what are the some of the things we gain
from this? This is going to be our to duck boat in tomorrow's episode, inshallah we have another to the boat which is going to be very, very beautiful as well in tomorrow's episode as well. About true happiness and where true happiness comes from and shantala that will be tomorrow and shantala so hope to see all of you then. Until then Allah knows best Allahu Allah. Wa salatu wa sallim wa barik ala Nabina Muhammad, which is Aquila Haman Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh