Why is the Qur’an so Special?
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topic of what makes the Quran so special. Why is the Quran so special? And I want to begin by going over something that's very familiar with us. But I want us to think about this and analyze this from a slightly different point. I want to take us back to the story of the beginning of Revelation, the beginning of Islam. And we're all familiar with the story because it's something that we've heard many times it's something which is repeated many times. How the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam in the cave of Hira first received the revelation of the Quran. And what I really want us to focus on and think about is the part of the narration that speaks about how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi
wa sallam initially reacted to receiving this revelation. We all know from the story that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam after receiving the revelation of those first verses of the Koran, the beginning of verses of surah to Allah, Acropolis Mirabella, the Hala read in the name of your Lord who created when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam received that revelation, that initial encounter with Jubilee Valley ceram. He returned back to his wife Khadija, or the loved one. And he was in a state of terror in a state of being afraid, in a state of not understanding what he had just experienced. This initial encounter with the Koran shows that the Quran at times is
something which is awe inspiring. It's something which, if it's understood correctly, and if it is contemplated and pondered over it is something which is extremely powerful. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam meant from that state in that initial encounter of having a sense of fear, a sense of trepidation, a sense of worry concerning this encounter. But if you continue to read the material, you find that within a couple of years, when revelation ceased for an amount of time, so revelation came and then revelation stopped a number of times it's occurred each of those occasions when revelation will stop and the first of them in his said was, even after their initial encounter.
There was a number of days or weeks before the next revelation came from Allah subhana wa Tada. And what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
is described as being during that state of not receiving revelation is that he was saddened. He went into a state of being worried as to why there was no more foreign. He was longing for more revelation. He wanted revelation to come from Allah subhana wa Tada. And so if you look at just those two incidents, which are more or less next to one another, at the first the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is afraid he doesn't understand what's going on doesn't understand what this encounter was. And then within a few weeks now that there's no more revelation, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam becomes extremely upset and worried that it will never happen again. And
that shows you the power and the beauty of the number one its power. And its beauty in terms of when you understand and contemplate the Koran, but also the way that we should be when we don't understand the Quran. When we can't connect to the Quran, when we're unable to contemplate and ponder over the Quran, it should take us into a sense of being almost depressed, almost not understanding why we're continuing to exist if we can't connect to the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is how a large religion describes the Quran as being in the Quran. When he says women are unlikely for in Allahu marisha tanca whosoever turns away from the remembrance of Allah will
live a wretched life. The greatest form of the remembrance of Allah is the Quran. If we're unable to understand and connect with the Quran, if we're unable to contemplate the Quran, then we can't really understand what makes it so special. We don't understand the beauty in the power of the Quran, when we're unable to connect with the Quran. So when we look throughout the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, there are countless encounters, in which the Prophet son alone while he was silom showed us and demonstrated to us how he himself number one, used to be connected used to connect with the Quran. And now he used to be touched by the Koran, and how he used to
ponder and contemplate over the Quran, and the physical manifestations that the Quran had upon him and his body. And then we have many other narrations and encounters, in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is using the Quran to cast a similar effect upon others. Sometimes Muslims sometimes his own companions and followers and many a time non Muslims. The pagans have
ration the disbelievers of Arabia that would come to him. Sometimes they would come just simply to listen to the Quran. And other times they would come in a confrontational manner, coming to challenge the Koran and to challenge the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as being a prophet of Allah. And in many of those encounters, you find that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam use the Quran. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to be touched by the Quran himself, he would enjoy reciting the Quran and he would recite it to such an extent that he wouldn't even realize the length of the Quran that he was reciting. And that is a level of connection with the Quran that very
few of us can ever hope to reach. That we are so lost in the in the Quran, and its beauty and its recitation that I was will pass by, and we wouldn't realize and we would have noticed it's something which takes a lot of work and a lot of effort I
used to love to listen to the Quran being recited, as is in the hadith of Abdullah bin muzzleloader of the Allah one. When the Prophet said to him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam one day with the Quran to me, and the prophet and ribbon Miss rhodiola when we prayed and he said, O Messenger of Allah, shall I recite the Quran to you and upon you it was revealed. The Prophet replied, Aryans salatu salam, I love to listen to its recitation also goes to show that it's not always about you reciting the Quran, but it is also from the Sunnah to listen to the Quran being recited to you, whether that be in the Salah, outside of the Salah, to listen to its recitation. So even though the Allahu and began
with the Surah Nisa Surah Nisa, he recited and recited a number of verses until he reached the verse of the Quran for key for either genomen Coolio matambi Shaheed wodgina be Kerala hula shahida which Alonso JAL says then how will it be one of the Day of Judgment? Allah subhanaw taala will draw from every single nation a witness meaning to bear testimony over their own people, or because Allah, Allah shahida new meaning the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you will be made a witness over those witnesses. His testimony will be a witness against those testimonies. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when even Miss Rose recited this verse, He said to him has spoke enough. Even Mr.
Rhodes said, I raised my eyes because the companions especially the older, the Senior Companions, never used to stare in the face of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they would lower their gaze. That's why the majority of the Hadith that speak about the description of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. They either come from family members, or they come from the younger companions. You don't really get the older companions, giving those How do you think would lower his gaze that doesn't mean they didn't know what it looked like? They were oblivious to his features, but out of respect for him, they would lower his gaze, their gaze. Even Masood raised his eyes and
he saw that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was praying. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was crying, because he understands the responsibility that a large surgeon is placing upon his shoulders on the Day of Judgment, that he will bear testimony against all of the children of other all of the different nations that have come. This is just one example. And not only is it an example of how the profits on a lower level seems to connect with the foreign, but it is an example of how he would move him to tears how he would physically affect the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam the prophets on the lower eyelid he will sell them in a another Hadith. And the famous
Hadith and I gave up on this hadith a number of months ago. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the hadith of Abu Bakar of the Aloha. When Abubakar came to Monday and he said to him ship to rasulillah messenger of Allah, you've gone owned, meaning your hair's gone gray, you're getting old. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied she you Bethany Voodoo noir to her. It is Surah Hood in the Quran. And it's just a sort of meaning similar sort of to it, that have made me grow old. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to physically change his appearance would change because of the Quran. his mannerisms, his characteristics, his demeanor would change because of the Quran. This
is how much the poor and impacted him in the very short of the long run which is connected to this Hadith of the prophets of Salaam growing old. She says that when in Medina, the rain cloud would come. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would become agitated, perturbed, and the prophets are lower and he will send them would get up and he would sit down and he walked inside of his house and outside of his house until those rain clouds either gave them rain or they passed over Medina and they continued, anxious about the long run. I said, O Messenger of Allah. When the rain clouds come people rejoice, right living in the desert in Arabia, people rejoice when they see wind clouds, but
when you see them you become agitated. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied For indeed there were people who came before us who were punished because of the simple
The rain clouds that they thought were bringing rain is referring to the people of who that Alec is Sarah, the people of Earth as I mentioned in the Quran, their punishment and a law placed upon them was drought and famine. And the the taunting of the prophet who that he sent him was that a large religion wouldn't punish them. A drought and famine came upon them and it was severe until they saw rain clouds approaching when they saw those rain clouds they came to hood and they said, You said that a law would punish us You promised punishment for us. But instead we have rain coming meaning that our drought our famine, is going to be lifted allow mentions is no for another Tirana. They
said about the clouds. These are rain clouds bringing rain. Allah says Bahama struggle to be the one fee horizontally, rather it is that which you are hastening. It is a painful, an extremely severe wind in which there is a painful punishment to the miracle lashay in BMD robbia, it will destroy everything by the commander of its rod, false Pecola Euro in law, Mr. kinome and nothing remain, nothing would be seen except for their buildings, the rowboats all of those people would destroy except for the believers of who the artist is Sarah. The profits on a loan while he was selling when he's reading the story in the Quran is reading their punishment. He's fearful that something similar
may come upon his own people. So when he sees rain, clouds, his whole demeanor, his whole state of being changes, because he's afraid of something that he recited in the Quran. This is how much the prophets on the lower alley will sell them used to connect with the Quran. The hadith of pray for the Allah one in Sahih Muslim, it's a very oft quoted howdy to show generally normally speaking how long the 100 preamble leader of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was, how long he would stand in prayer for in the habit of prayer day four, he says that on one occasion, I came and I prayed with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam during the night.
And he began by reciting Surah Baqarah. And I thought to myself as he was reciting the Quran that he will read 100 verses and then he will go into record. As you know, sort of Rebecca has 286 verses, I thought he would read 100 and he would go into record this is a single record, but he continued after 100 so I thought to myself, he will read 200 and go into record, but he continued after the 200 mark as well. So he says that I thought to myself, that he will finish sort of Baccarat and then he will go into record.
And he continued after surah baqarah and he started Surah Nisa and then I thought to myself, you will finish and Nisa and going to the core. But then he finished Surah Nisa, and then he went back to earlier Imran and he read all of Ellery Moran and then he went in to record. Those are the three longest soldiers of the Quran, Baqarah, alleman, and Nisa are the three longest soldiers of the Quran. Together they make up almost a sixth of the Quran. And this is a single record without record without, you know, without like a break for 1015 minutes in between this is a single record of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, in some narrations of this hadith says that it was so long that
I thought to myself, I will just leave and he can pray by himself. And this is for the for the loved one who as you know, is a famous illustrious Senior Companion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam scholar is so long the single record that I thought that I would leave and in the duration, so he must've even describes his recitation, you will think that it is reciting nearly six joules of the iron five joules of the Quran, it's going to be a very fast recitation is going to be literally whizzing through those verses of the Quran to recite so much. But actually what he says is that his recitation was slow. And every time he passed by a verse in which Allah is praised, he would stop,
and he would praise Allah. And every time he passed by a verse in which there was a need for reward or for gender, he would stop and he will make a dua, and every time he came across a verse in which allows refuges sought for punishment, he would stop and he will seek a loss protection from his punishment. And this is how we recited that night, everyone else, and there are other Hadith, especially of the AMA lane, which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to recite. And sometimes his prayer was so lengthy and so long, that the companions were praying behind him, they would say we would lean on one another, we would support one another by leaning on each other to
help us get through the length of that standing. And as we know, his record was normally equal to length as you're standing. And as sujood was normally equal to that same length. This is an exceptionally long prayer. It is more or less hours of prayer and this is a single record to record.
reading his two records sometimes would be a third of the night or more sallallahu alayhi wasallam. This is how the prophets on a low while he was telling me the companions despite the man despite the level of taqwa and everything else, even they they would feel the effects of the length of that prayer. But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself can stand and pray and stand and pray. And that is because of how much the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam loved the Quran, how much he connected with the Quran
and the hadith of Arusha, radi Allahu Allah is collected in the Sahaba even though he been one of the tab you're in, he came to Arizona and he said to her, mother of the believers, what is one of the most amazing things that you saw from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam? And what he meant by this question is that he should have been the wife of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam, she saw things privately that no one else saw things that he did at home that no one saw in public, Abubakar, Mr. rathman it all of those companions that would see him in public that would travel with him. They would see him in the masjid. They would sit with him eat with him. They saw a portion of
his life. But there was another portion that was reserved, it was private. And very few people saw that but one of those people who saw a great deal of that was fresh out of the alohar. Now, what did you see? That amazed you about the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?
Then Rita says that she went quiet, and she began to think. And then she spoke and she said, that one night the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came to me and he said, Oh, Alisha, leave me alone this night to worship My Lord. So I responded, and I said, I love that which you love or messenger of Allah. And this is strange or different in the sense that every night the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would worship Allah. Every night he would stand up and he would play the huddle. He wouldn't Mr. Rajan is not peculiar for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to stand up in prayer in a night. So why on this night, is he saying to her, don't disturb me? Something which she does
every night. She says, So I said to him, that I love that which you love or messenger of Allah. She said, The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then began to pray. And she said, he began to pray and his prayer was extremely long. And as he was standing and reciting the Quran, he began to cry until his cheeks became wet with tears. And then he continued to recite, to learn, and continue to cry, until his beard became wet with his tears. And then he continued to cry. And the whole night long, he just recited the Koran, and cried and cried and cried. And then eventually he went into record and he cried, and he came out of record and cried and he went into surgery and cried, and he cried
so much that she said that the ground became wet and moist with his tears. They lived on hard ground, they lived on, on sand, and they had rugs and so on, but the ground and the and the area around his his face became moist, with his tears on a lower level seller. She said that he continued like that, until just before the time of fudger. He stopped and he finished his dollar. And just as he finished below the law, one came and he knocks and he sought permission to enter and he entered, meaning he came into court, the processor professional, tell him that it's nearly time for event. This was the practice he would come and say it's nearly time for event, and then he would go and
make the event. Without the alarm rang came and he saw the situation of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he saw the tears on the ground, he saw the tears in his beard, he saw how much he had been crying profusely. So he said, O Messenger of Allah, do you do this to yourself? When a large village will forgive you for all of your sins, your past and future sins? And the prophets on a low while he will send them repay that very famous statement? a fella a corner abdon Shakira, should I not be a grateful slave to Allah subhana wa Tada. The original band he continues and he says, indeed, tonight there was a verse revealed to me is slights of which has never been revealed
before. In a few helpers somehow it will all be Bhakti Rafi lady wanna hurry.
Odin Al Bab la Vina Corona la Yama, Waka odawara, Elijah moonbeam. Karuna Mati will,
subhana wa Kakinada now, indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and alternation of the day and the night, there are signs for the people of understanding those who remember Allah, once the stand, and once they sit, and once they lie down, and they think and they ponder over the creation of the heavens and the earth, and they come to that conclusion and they say, oh, our Lord, indeed, you didn't create this in futility, without reason. Glory be to save us from the punishment of the Fire. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam received the revelation of these verses, and he's this
Truly remembering Allah and crying,
as is mentioned in the verse standing, sitting down in frustration in all different positions, he's remembering Allah subhana wa Tada. And this was the state of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And the examples of this are numerous within the Quran within the cinema and the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, how much he would be attached to the Quran. And it's something which he instilled within his companions. We know for example, that abubaker the Allah one was a man who when he recited the Quran would cry profusely. He would cry so much of the companions would say behind him, that we can understand his recitation of the Quran because of how much is quite in the
final illness of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as you all know, when our shadow the Allahu anhu was told about the Prophet selam Go and tell abubaker to leave the people in prayer. She said, O Messenger of Allah, He is a soft hearted man, when he reads the Quran, he cries, that's just the normal way that he is. Amara, the Allahu angwin he would lead the companions in prayer. He would cry so much at times, that the people behind him they said that we would cry just because of his crane. They would cry because of the way he was crying his crying would make them cry. And there were certain verses of the Quran he was known for Amara Viola one read recited these verses, he will just
fall into crying, like the verse in Surah use of yaku when jacobellis Salama la social mentions his statement parlor in Moscow, Buffy where Hosni Illallah, overlying complaint of my grief and sorrow only to you, this would always make him cry. And the companions knew whenever he recited this verse, you would lead him to cry. This was the state of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, something which they learned the prophets on a lower level wa sallam one of his most effective downward tools. One of the greatest ways that he gave our to the coloration to the general, the wider population of Arabs, the non Muslims, was by reciting the Quran, the countless
Hadith that we have when the police would come to him or someone would come to him, and they would ask about Islam, and all he would do was recite the Quran. But don't go into a lecture wouldn't open up a debate wasn't a discussion, he would simply read to them the Quran and on many occasions, it was enough. If it wasn't enough to bring them into Islam, it was enough to stop the anger or to stop the antagonizing of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam even if just for that period, unbelievable mahira it is mentioned in the Muslim rock of Manhattan and Woody who was one of the leaders of many Muslim one of the chieftains of Quraysh. He was like an uncle to Abuja, very old and
senior in age one of the respected leaders of courage at the beginning of Islam and the prophets on a low while he was seldom was preaching Islam. And when he moved here, according to this narration, the durations differ, but according to this duration, he came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam one day and entered upon him. And he asked him to recite from for him the Quran. So he recited the Quran. And then what he did know mahira was visibly touched. He was visibly moved by the recitation of the Quran.
So the Quraysh the other leaders when they saw that he's being affected by the Quran, they met with one another and he said that I will lead a meaningful lead. He has been become entrenched, entrenched with the recitation of the Quran. He is someone who's been impressed by the recitation of the Quran. And if he falls into Islam, then all of the police will follow him. Because he's the leader. A Buddha has said, I will go and speak to him. So Buddha Han went to unbelievable mahira. And he said to him, oh, my uncle, all of Quraysh are complaining about you. They're complaining so much that they've all decided that they will bring together all of their wealth and gather it and
give it to you. He said, I don't need their money. Why would they give me all of their wealth? He said, stop you going and listening to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they will pay you to stay away from him. He replied, and he said, Do they not know that I am the most wealthy man from amongst them? I don't need the money. I'm already wealthier than all of them.
So you said to him in that case, why do you go and listen to the Quran? If you don't want money, you know, more power? What is it that makes you go? He said trouble Shall I go and I listened to the Quran, because I have heard the poetry of the Arabs. And I've heard this speech and I've heard all of the stuff that we have. And what he has and what he brings, is something which is greater and more unique, more eloquent than anything that I've heard before. And when he recited to me, I intend to respond to tell him that it's wrong or that there's a mistake or something. But his powerful speech is so amazing that I find that
I am succumb, I am the one who succumbs to it. I can't find an answer. I don't know how to respond. Abu Jamal said, If you continue on this way, your people will take away from you leadership. They won't be happy. So you must choose either between this or between your people. So he said, Let me think about this. Let me think. So he left.
And so he was trying to think what it is that he could say what it is that he could possibly say, to combat the speech of the profession because he didn't want to lose his position, and his fame and his power amongst the operation. So after a few days, he came out and he said, Indeed, this is magic. It is magic, that he is reciting. And this was when this propaganda began, that the Quran is magical. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a sorcerer and a magician. And this is what a large religion refers to in the Quran in surah madatha when he says the thorny woman Hala to wahida was a woman mm Duda Nina shuhada Maha Shula Houghton hida from Morocco Marina z Kela inaho camellia
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in her Illa, total Basha, these verses of the Quran if you go back and you look at the translation, a lot of zildjian is saying leave me with the one who I created as an individual alone. It is referring to unbelievable mahira that Allah says he gave him off and he gave him children and he gave him all of these blessings. And then he still turned away from the verses of the Quran. And Allah azza wa jal even says, In the hufa caravaca he said, Let me think, let me ponder meaning when he said 12, which I'll give me time, let me come up with a way to combat the Quran. And then he came up with this idea that it is or should be called sorcery and magic. A lot of soldier is referring to
this in the Quran. But this is how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would often speak to the Quran, she would just recite to them Koran, and even those of the Orisha continued disbelief, and they rejected the Quran and so on and so forth. Even they acknowledged at some deeper level, that the Quran was something that they couldn't live, that the Quran was so eloquent and so amazing. And its verses were so powerful and so beautiful, that it was something that they had never come across before. In another generation. And as mentioned in the books of Sierra, the books of history of abundance happened even he Sherman others, that at the beginning of Islam, the Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam used to come night by the Kaaba, and he would pray. You will offer Sala night by the Kaaba and he would pray and he will recite the Quran out loud.
And as he was doing so the orange had made a pact amongst themselves. They had said that no one should go and listen to the Quran. No one should go up to the professor and listen to his recitation, you should stay away from him. But as the professor Solomon's doing this at night, on one occasion about general Abu sufian, and a third leader by the name of a lochness, each one of them secretly alone individually, they left their homes and they came to different sides of the car, but they hid themselves conceal themselves. And they were listening to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his recitation of the Quran.
And they stayed there for more or less the whole night, listening to the Quran. And just before the process animals going to finish his Salah, they left going back home for a larger withdrawal decree that as they were going back home, the three of them should bump into one another, they should meet one another on the way home. And when they did so, the lifestyle of McLean those days is like a village. No one's night without good reason. There's no light man in life. There's no electricity, there's no streetlights, no one goes out at night, unless they have a real good reason to do. So. When the three of them met one another, they quickly discovered what the other one had been doing.
And each of these are the leaders, the nobles, the chiefs of courage. If the other people find out that this is what the leadership is doing, what their noble people are doing, then they too will think why can't we listen to the Quran? They tell us to stop and stay away but they themselves go, why can't we listen to the Quran. So they made an oath and a pact with one another that they will never do this again. A promise that they will never repeat this again. The second night as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was playing by the Kaaba reciting the Quran out loud. Each one of them now thinking that because of the promise, no one else is going to come out. They go out
again. They hide by the karma. They conceal themselves. They listen to recitation. And just before the professor Selim finishes his Salah again, they leave and go home. And again a lot decrees that they meet one another. And now they know that they made an oath and a promise and they broke it but
They renew that promise. Again, a third time. Let's make this promise. Don't do it again. So they agree and they go home. The third night again, the professor silom comes out and he's, he's praying, reading the Quran out loud. And again, each one of them comes out to listen to the Koran. Each one of them can't stay away. These are the people who during the day are saying, he's a magician. He's a sorcerer. This speech is magic. It's it's the ramblings of a madman, it's poetry, all of these different allegations that they had to install around in the process of them. But during the nighttime when they're alone, when they think no one's watching, they can't stay away. On the third
time of meeting on the way home and they meet one another, they realized that despite their promises, despite their old despite all of these attempts, they simply can't stay away. The following morning, busulfan he went to the house of a loveless and he said to him, tell me honestly, truthfully, what do you think of the recitation that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gives a lot of said by Allah, I have heard the recitation of the poetry of the Arabs and the non Arabs. And I've heard the most eloquent of speech, but I've never had anything similar to this. It is something which is unrivaled. so beautiful, so amazing. So eloquent, is not something which
I've come across before. It's not poetry, and it's not madness. I know that much. But what it is, I don't know. So severe and such. And so why are we fighting? Even if we agree, I agree. You agree? That is not crazy. This isn't poetry. It's something amazing, something which we haven't come across before. Why are we fighting it? Allah Allah said, it is not me that you have to convince it is a Buddha. He's the one in charge of suffering and nothingness. They both went to the house of Abuja, hell, they knocked on his door and they asked him the same thing about jail. What do you actually think about what you had? Now Buddha has said the same thing, it's amazing. I can't stay away. So
eloquent. It's not like any poetry I've heard anything else, it is unique. So Sophia, and citrus are which I have done, why do we fight him? Why are we going against him? Why all of this turmoil and issue and problem why are we fighting him? So I will, john responded, and he said, By Allah, my clan and the clan of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, bellomo, Hassan and Banu Hashim. We have always been rivals to one another. When they began to give water to the pilgrims, we began to give water to the pilgrims. When they began to feed the pilgrims, we began to feed the pilgrims, anything that they did, we did and we did it better. But now they claim that there is a man from amongst
them, who receives revelation from the heavens from Allah. How can we possibly rival this, there's no competition, there's no scope for me to come and do better. By Allah, I will never accept his religion. This was the reasoning for boudjellal to stay away from Islam. And as we know it was a fan late one would become a companion who would accept Islam he would become a companion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam shows you the power of the Quran that even the likes of Abu Jamal, Al Waleed Abu sufian, at the beginning of his life, all of these people despite the enmity towards Islam, it was either enmity based upon tribalism, enmity based upon power, or fame or wealth or some
other dunya materialistic issue or reason they had really was it because they didn't actually accept the premise of the Quran, or they didn't think that it was eloquent or they didn't think that it was something amazing in its nature. Even about Sophia, they will attest to this. On another occasion, also towards the beginning of Islam in the early years of Islam in Mecca, the there was a man by the name of Abu Talib, one of the noble men of Polish, who one day came upon the koresh leadership, their chieftains as they were sitting by the Kaaba, and they were debating the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they said that this man has come and he split our communities and his customer
gods. And he split husbands from wives and parents from children and his caused our slaves to rebel against us, caused issues within our community. And everything we do to stop him, only increases him in number. Every time we torture them, we oppress them, we do something, they come back and they're stronger. There's more of them, not less. Abu Walid came into this conversation, and he said to him, has anyone actually spoken to him? Has anyone asked him what he wants? Maybe what he wants is like some money or something, he must have a motive, right? What is his motive? So they said, Why don't you go and find out, you go bullied, and anything he wants, give it to him, so long as he stops
preaching Islam. So when when he went with this mandate, all of the leadership of orange is saying give him whatever he wants. About Waleed came and he came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he said to him, oh, Muhammad, are you better than your father Abdullah? Are you better than your grandfather are
muttalib are you better than your great grandfather Hashem the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam women quite didn't answer, because it will really it was a intelligent man is trying to say to him, that if you're better if you if the process of Salaam wa the respondent says I'm better than them, then the Arabs would have ridiculed him for not respecting his elders and his parents. And if he had said, our respect for them, that they were better than me, then he would have said, well, they worship our gods and they worshipped our idols, what's your issue? They're better than me. So sometimes the best response is to stay quiet, remain silent. And that's what the prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam did didn't say anything. And were able when he realized that there was no response forthcoming, he said to him, oh, Mohammed, you split apart our communities, you cursed our gods, you split husband, from wife, parents from children, you caused our slaves to rebalance instance, every issue that could possibly harm or issue bought. So why don't you just tell me what it is that you want?
The officer send them said, What do you mean? He said, If you want money, the Quraysh leadership have agree that we will all bring our wealth together and make you the single wealthiest man in Makkah. And if it's wives that you want, you want to be married, you can choose from any woman in Mecca that you want. And if it's power and leadership that you crave, then we've all agreed that whatever decision we make will not be final until you give your approval. You must approve or disapprove. And if there's some illness within you some problem, we'll find you the best physician in all of Arabia will find you someone to come and teach you, whatever it is, just tell us but stop
this. stop preaching Islam. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to him,
Are you done? Have you finished? He said yes. And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam responded by reciting the Quran. didn't speak to him, didn't debate him, didn't argue with him. Just started reciting the Quran. from Surah Surah, Tamim. 10 zero Minar Rahmani Raheem Kitab on facilita to earn an Arabic omiana Moon bashira, one of the era federal doctoral home for homeless man and he continued to recite the opening passage of Surah facilite. Tamim. This is a revelation from the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, a book that we have made it versus manifest in clear and Arabic. And for people who know it gives glad tidings and it warns of punishment, but the vast majority of
people turn away as if they cannot hear. And he continued to recite these opening verses of the Quran. And after the opening passage after a large soldier speaks about the beauty of the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala then speaks about the people of Adam for most of the prophets, who then saw the Halima Salim Arden for mode or tribes amongst the Arabs, even though they had perished and been destroyed. They were Arab tribes, and the Arabs within the lineage had heard of, other than thermo, they were familiar with these tribes. They were Arabs. So large so Joel says for in Urdu
I'm sorry, pata mitla sorry, Katya de masamune. And say to them that if they turn away from the Quran, then I want them have the same punishment that was given to Adam for more vulnerable. Well, he'd heard this. He said, I asked you by Allah don't read anymore. So the profits are low while he was seldom stopped, and he was visibly afraid. He was visibly afraid. And he got up and he left and even back to koresh. The leaders of orange waiting for him by the Kaaba. When they saw him approaching, Lee said, something's happened to
his face. his demeanor has changed, something's gone wrong. And he came to them and he said, Oh my gosh, our leadership of orange. I don't know who this man is what he brings, but what I do know is that the speech he recited to me I have never heard anything like it before. So my advice is, leave him be. If he is truthful, he will be the leader of the Arabs on the non Arabs and you too, will be leaders with him if you leave him be. And if he is an imposter, a liar, a you know a charlatan, then someone else will take care of him sooner or later. Sooner or later, someone will take care of him either way, leave him alone. They said to him or bullied, you have been bewitched as well. The Quran
that you read, it's bewitched. You've gone crazy, and they rejected his advice. But it shows you again how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will simply read the Quran. And there are many examples of this. The Companions many of them accepted Islam, because they heard the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam reading and reciting the Quran. Armando de la Juan is the famous example. He heard the recitation of surah baja and it caused him to accept Islam. There was another companion who
was imprisoned he was a prisoner of war at the Battle of Bhutan.
And he didn't accept Islam for many years. He accepted Islam many years after the Battle of Buddha. But when he's relaying his story, he says that Islam entered my heart on the day that I became a prisoner of war at the Battle of butter I was captured. He says that as we the prisoners were sitting together at birth or in the battlefield, the officer cilium had sent word to arrange to ransom their prisoners. So he was waiting for the people of police to send forth their ransoms, and he would free them. So as they were waiting, the time of martyrdom came in, and he said that the prophet will send them lead the Salah, and he recited surah toto and he read within Surah 222 verses
that when he read them Islam entered my heart. Even though he didn't accept Islam for a number of years later, he said, but that was the moment that Islam entered my heart. I'm holding amin, Rishi in am human called upon am Hala po samovar tea with Bella European where they created from nothing, or are they themselves the creators? Did they create the heavens and the earth, rather, they have no certain knowledge. He said, I had these two verses, and Islam entered my heart. And later on, he would go on and he would become a Muslim. Likewise, another companion by the name of autophagy, muhammara dosi rhodiola. And to feed him Rama was the leader of his tribe, but widows, and he came
to Mecca in the early days of Islam. And he was a Muslim, courageous, not from matters from a faraway tribe is powerful. And he's his people on Business and Commerce. And he used to trade with the Mexicans. He came to Mecca, and the orange came and they greeted him and they welcomed him. And then they want him. And he said that today or in these days in Mecca, there's a man who's crazy, a man who's a sorcerer, a man who's extremely dangerous. Anyone who listens to him becomes bewitched. Anyone that goes near him, becomes entranced with his speech, and then they follow him. So be aware. He says in the duration, his relaying his own story, he says that I became so afraid, so scared that
I took cotton wool and put it into my ears. I was afraid that I would walk literally walking in the streets of McCann, all of a sudden, the President will read the Quran and something would happen. I was so afraid. They made me so afraid that I took cotton wool and put it into my ears. And then I was going to run my business. He said, as I was walking in the streets of Macau, and he's the only one with cotton wool in his ears. He said, I looked around and I thought to myself, I must be the most stupid person in Mecca. I must look like a fool. I am the only person walking around with cotton one. And these leaders of course, are making fun of me. I am an intelligent man. I'm the
leader of my tribe. I'm a poet in my own right. I've heard the rumblings of madmen before and people with their poetry. It's never affected me before. And now here I am in this foreign land walking around with cotton wool. So he says that surely, I can differentiate between the ramblings of a madman and the speech of something else. So he says not only did I take out the cotton wool from my ears, but I went around asking where is Mohammed? Who is this man? until I found him by the Kaaba. So I came to him and I said to him, oh, Mohammed, your people have warned me against you. And all I want to know from you, is what you have. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam just read Quran
to him. That's the beauty of the Quran. When you understand and you contemplate you ponder, you don't need anything else. The Prophet sent him never used to go into a long introduction or try to convince or logical or nothing, he will just recite the Quran. And that's all he did, recited the Quran. To feed him. Number one, he says that Islam immediately entered my heart. And I was so moved by his recitation that I accepted Islam straightaway, became Muslim. And then I went back to those same needles of polish. And I said to them, that indeed, I have accepted the religion of this man that you warned me against sallallahu alayhi wasallam. This is how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam used to not only connect with the Koran, but he used to spread the word of the Quran as well.
these stories and these incidents, these moments from the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, they show something which is missing from our lives. Because when you read these stories, and we read how the process animals, how the companions were, how even the Muslims the Irish, who despite all of their paganism, and the enmity towards Islam and the hatred for the Quran, for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, even they were moved towards the Koran, and towards this beauty and excellence and eloquence. It shows that there is a gap that there is a problem between us and our relationship with the Quran.
One of the things that we need to do and it is one of the greatest challenges that we face as Muslims across the world
Even Arabs, even those who understand the language of the Quran, they speak Arabic, the flute in Arabic, it is a challenge that they face. But more so for us for non Arabic speakers. For people who don't have that first hand ability to connect with the Quran, one of the greatest challenges we face is how to connect make a connection with the book of Allah subhana wa Tada. And it is something which takes time. And it's something which takes discipline. And it's something which takes effort. But more than all of that it takes a desire and a willingness from us a real firm conviction that we actually want to connect with the Quran. There's rarely a Muslim that you will come across except
they will say to you, they love the Quran. And they honor the Quran and they respect the Quran. And I don't doubt the sincerity of any of those people. But at the same time, when we take those words and those sentiments and that intention, and then we look at the action that accompanies that, the efforts that we're willing to go to how much we've done in terms of actually studying the Quran. And one of the problems is that we feel that we can't have a connection with the Quran. And that is also a gap within our English
sphere of knowledge, the Islamic knowledge that we have available to us in the English language, no one has really done an in depth study of the Quran. No one's done a full and complete Tafseer of the Quran, we have some songs, we have even the Tafseer of even kefir, which is an abridged translation. But it's not sufficient because the serum kefir is not something which was meant for us to connect with an academic work. It is something which the scholars use as a guidance and a reference point. How do we connect with the Quran, the easiest one of the best ways to do so would be to learn the Arabic language. But just say we can't learn the Arabic language or we don't know that article until
we learn in the Arabic language, but that's going to take a number of years, we need to find a mechanism and a way of connecting with the Quran. Number one, we need to understand the Quran in terms of what it is that it's trying to do. The Quran is unlike any other book, The Quran isn't a novel. It's not a biography. It's not a history book. It's not an encyclopedia, it's nothing that we're familiar with. When we read a book, when we buy a book from a shop when we go to wh Smith, Waterstones any bookshop, when on Amazon and you're reading the blurb, it will tell you the category that books in it's a biography, it's a thriller, it's a horror, whatever it may be. And our mind
automatically has a framework, we understand the genre or the category that this book fits into. The Quran doesn't fit into any of those categories. So most of us when we come to read the Quran, we already lost, we have no open the Quran, and we're already lost, because we don't know which framework to put the plan into. So it starts we start with sort of Bukhara and it starts with, for example, a story. And so we think, Okay, this is a story, but then a few verses in Allah Subhana Allah changes and he started speaking about marriage. Okay, so now it's a book about marriage. And then after a few verses, no, now it's something about all battles that took place hundreds of years
ago. And the Quran does this often other than within the very short surahs of the poem that only deal with a single topic. The bigger larger soldiers of the plan will jump from topic to topic from topic to topic. And that always creates confusion with people. Why is it that the Quran splits the stories over so many different souls? Why not mention the story of Musashi Sam in one place, and being finished from beginning to end? It's done. Why repeated so many times? Why spread it over so many different verses and passages, a snippet here and a snippet there. In fact, other than the story of use of it cinnamon is where to find the whole story of a prophet mentioned in one place.
Most of the stories aren't even complete stories, the stories of hood and silencer, they only give us a few details here and there. They don't give us life stories. So it's not a book of Babel. What is it then. And that is something we also need to learn how to engage with the Quran, study the Quran to understand the way that the Iron Works. The Koran is a manuscript for our life. It is something that everything that we would need as Muslims is contained within the Quran. So if you're a leader, you're a politician, you're a ruler. The Quran tells you how to rule for a parent for a husband or a wife or a child. The Quran has something for you it is a life manuscript It is
something which brings together everything for everyone. And that is why the Quran is different to every other book that we read. The Quran has longevity and is something which is until your piano. So it's not also something which is specific to a certain time, or a certain people or a certain place. So it speaks in principles, rarely in detail, because those principles can be applied in any situation. Whereas details are only specific to that story at that time doesn't relate to anyone else specific to that period of time and that place principles transcend those types of details. This is the first thing
We need to do to take some time to understand the Quran and how it is that we connect with the Quran. Number two, we need to get into that mode of engaging more with the translation of the Quran. The translations that we have, even though perhaps none of them are ideal, but even so, there are still a stepping stone towards understanding the Quran.
It can't be right that we have memorized certain sources of the Quran for many, many years. That today until now, we still don't know what the mean, current makes sense that we have this problem that a large soldier tells us is our salvation for this life in the next is our guidance is Mercy is the cure for us, tells us all of these virtues of the Quran. And then we read the Quran, but we don't understand it. We've read for example, so let's look at every single fight in a minute still familiar with even the overarching principles or the general stories contained within that surah the sutras that we recite in our Salah, we're not familiar with them and what they mean when a large
soldier these verses of the Quran that we often hear will or the earth adopt it as reflected all those inshallah, what are they referring to? We don't even know where to begin. And so then what happens is it becomes a circle. So when our children come to us, your 4567 year old and they say, Oh, what is this surah? About? We already stumped. What is this sort of speaking about? We don't know. And it's embarrassing for us. But it also shows to them that they don't need to bother either. And so that cycle continues and it continues. Number three, we need to get into the mode of reading and learning to seal. The seal is the explanation of the Quran. The translation of the Quran will
only take the Arabic and it will give you a general meaning of the verse doesn't give you the scope, the context, the breath doesn't give you all of the different stories and the narrations doesn't give you the place in the course of Revelation, that is all done intersil. But the fear is not so simple as to take a single book and read Tafseer there are principles and a methodology of learning tafsir tafsir is something which is best done when it's studied with someone. And again, this is a big gap that that's the English language. But there are still many lectures that have been done on Tafseer, especially the surah of the Quran that we need to connect with the sources that we've
memorized ayatul kursi Surah Fatiha, these passages of the Quran. Many lectures on tafsir are done. The benefit of the lecture of Tafseer or a solid giving you the FCM is that he will have done the hard work for you, that you will have gone through all of the sources, all of the references as many as they can, that you will have gathered that information together, and they'll present it to you, rather than you going to each one of those seals individually. These simple things that we need to get into a habit of doing are extremely important. And not only for us, but for our families, we as families should have time with our wives, with our husbands with our children, that we study the
Quran together, even if it means just a single verse of the Quran, that you're going to take some time, some effort to study to learn to understand its meanings and then to apply as well. There are so many small sources of the Quran, that can be implemented interaction when you're reading, for example, a sort of the Quran like Sora tomorrow, and it's telling you about the rights of the poor, and loving the needy, and the rights of the elders and the rights of the sick. Put them into action. Show your family and show your children that the Quran is something that you need to implement. It's something that you live under Sharia law one as we know, when she was asked to describe the process
of selling she said he was the
he was a walking speaking living for us meaning what that he embodied and applied all of the teachings of the Quran. When we're reading verses that tell us to go and visit the elderly and the sick, why not put that into action. We're told give charity Why not give some charity. It shows our families that we need to put the plan into action. These are simple things that we need to do. But until we do them, it will be very difficult for us to reach that next level of contemplation of pondering and understanding the Quran and that is what a large religion wants us to do. Allah Subhana Allah, often in the Quran, he tells us what we need to aim for doesn't tell us the minimum
because that minimum is something that we should be doing anyway. And when a large soldier tells us what the Quran was revealed, for, he says that it was revealed for contemplation. Its understanding its implementation is recitation that something which is a given something which is why gyps obligatory upon you. What we should be aiming for is the next level. But you can't contemplate the Quran if you don't understand the Quran. You can't contemplate the Quran if you haven't read or studied the seal of the Quran. If you haven't heard a lecture about the sort of the Quran that explains it to you can't contemplate it. Allah subhanaw taala says, fly at the balloon and
Do they not contemplate on? Or are their hearts sealed and locked? Meaning that it's not just simply enough to read the Quran, or to even understand its meanings. But we need to go to that level of contemplation and pondering. contemplation means that when you read the Koran with its understanding, you've heard the Quran. Now you stop and think about it. What is it that a large soldier is saying to me, to my family? What is it that I need to do? What are the principles that I can extrapolate from this verse of the Quran and apply it within my situation. And the scholars of Islam dedicated their lives to show to us that there's not a single problem that we're facing today,
not a single situation that we're going through, whether personal, or whether it's a community or family or society, as a global oma accepted, the plan has the answers to it. That's why the profits on a long while he was selling them was given those same verses, the officer send them, much of the kuranda was given to him are also the stories of the Prophet and so on. What did he take from those stories, he took those principles, he took those lessons, and he applied them with his companions. But on the other hand,
this is something that we need to do. It's something that we all need to spend more time focusing on. The Quran isn't just something that we should focus on in the month of Ramadan, but it's something that we need to renew every single day and our connection with every single day. And it's something that we should always be ready to sacrifice more for, to show our love and our willingness to sacrifice for the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala because the Prophet Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in that famous Hadith Indeed, Allah in the delay, Alina feel or indeed a large soldier has special people upon this earth. They said, O Messenger of Allah, Who are they? He said,
Allah, you will hustle. They are the people of the Koran. Those are the special people that a lot of soldier has chosen as colossal panel data that it gives us an understanding of the Quran, that it makes us from the people of the Quran, the demyx the Quran, a light for us, and the guidance for us and a Messianic Jew for us and our families under a large cultural mix for most those people who say the Koran and live up to his teachings, and he doesn't make us from home schools, people who neglect and abandoned or an Subhanallah manasi phone was Salam Ala Moana serene hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salam ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa Salaam, WA more