Stories in the Quran – Musa (AS) and Al Khidr
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Smilla Al hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah who Allah Allah He was IB or Salam Loma Linda may info now and finally my LinkedIn hours IDNA Illman on herbal Alameen escalada Bill Alameen or hamara Hamid to make us of those who are blessed with beneficial knowledge, those who seek knowledge and pursue it for the benefit of the earth here on the benefit of the dunya and may Allah azza wa jal
fix and correct our intention and grant us the success of this life and the success of the Hereafter Amin yell at me May Allah azza wa jal grant us an Eman and fear of him Subhan Allah to Allah privately and publicly so that would be pleasing to Him subhanho wa Taala in all conditions and in all of hairs. So the story, though will begin today with is the story of Musa and Al Hibbert or Musa Anil hodder.
And this is a story that you will find in Surah LKF. And Allah azza wa jal
had placed it in Surah till Geff understanding that, or if we understand that Surah Al calf is something that we repeat weekly recommended that we repeat weekly, you understand that the stories in Surah till calf, are subject to weekly contemplation. Because something that you read every single week, is something that affords you the opportunity to revisit the story every single week. And when you visit something every single week, you're supposed to take lessons from it. And the more that you read, and the more that you think the more that you discover, or at least the more that you are reminded of the basic facts that that story holds. And one of them as you will see, is
the limitation of human knowledge. Compared to divine knowledge, and the trust that someone anyone should have in Allah azza wa jal far and beyond what they see, and they experience and they think, or they feel so it's far beyond emotions far beyond observation, find beyond entail far, far beyond intellect, you understand that this is how we understand the world around us. You understand that through your intellect, right? You understand that through your emotions, you understand that through your experience. So if Allah has knowledge is far beyond all of that you learn through the story, to submit to Him Subhana who are to Allah, and the story begins in Surah Alkaff without an
intro, Allah azza wa jal immediately says, with hola Musa de Fatah, Hola, Ibrahim, Abu Hamid Juma al Bara Ania on the alphabet, and if anyone is interested, right, because we're gonna go through these ideas if you have your must have with you and you want to follow up with you're welcome to do this if you want to do this or you could just take notes. So Allah says and remember when Musa said to His servant,
I will continue to travel.
I will continue my journey until I reach Metromile Bahrain the meaning of the two seas or travel indefinitely.
That's how the story begins. We don't understand what happened before and one Musa is making this declaration, but you understand from the Sunnah of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam the background, that's why it's important that you would take the Sunnah, the authentic sound sunnah to understand the stories of the Quran, because they give you relevant and important background. So what is the story
of Moses journey and A salaam, so Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that once upon a day Musa alayhis salaam stood karma healthy by stood delivering a message a hotbar among the Israelites when we saw eel and it was an emotional hot weather people started crying.
And after he finished it Alayhis Salam one approached him and he said, man, Allah Mohammed, who is the most knowledgeable on Earth.
So Musa alayhis salam said Anna, he said, I am right. So he said, Who is the most knowledgeable on Earth?
So Musa said I am? So the Hadith says Fattah Allahu alayhi economia. Karolina II says Allah azza wa jal blamed him for that answer, that he did not refer that knowledge back to Allah azza wa jal
right, but he did not say Allahu Alem but he said I am another raishin He says, When are you rica he says, How do you know? There is such and such a person in such as
Such a land, who knows more than you
hear you begin to see the contours of this story right?
At it is about how much you know and how much you think you know,
compared to others and then compared to Allah azza wa jal.
So Musa alayhis salam, he said, How can I reach him?
He said, a match in the Sunnah. He said you carry with you a dead fish and you travel. And when that dead fish comes back to life, that's where you will find him. Right? So he travels, and that's where the Quran picks up. And he says subhanho wa taala. He tells his servant
and his servant is his disciple as well which is Joshua, you SHA, Allah He Sadam who later is to become a prophet among Benwick Surah Al and lead the Israelites into Jerusalem.
So he tells him, I will continue to travel until I reach that destination that Allah told me about or I will travel indefinitely Hueco by meaning long periods of time, the question to ask yourself, first of all, is what makes Musa alayhis salam so determined to meet that person?
Okay, so the Ask yourself first that question, what makes Musa alayhis salam so determined to meet that person? So what if he knew that there is someone on Earth? Who knows more than he does? So what does that mean?
He wanted to learn from him right?
So why is it that he wanted to learn from him?
Because everything that you learn,
that pleases Allah azza wa jal, primary religious knowledge brings you closer to him.
So if you have never thought about it, Musa alayhis salam, he said, I will travel forever.
Because if I get that knowledge, it brings me closer to Allah azza wa jal, so I want that. So I'm seeking it. So this is a journey in seeking knowledge. Fifth, Allah will tell him this is regular. You know, like in Google Hadith, they talk about relative futala Belen journey to seek knowledge. They talk about that. They traveled from Baghdad to Damascus, they traveled to Egypt, they traveled to Mecca seeking a hadith of Rasul Allah is Allah alayhi salam, this is a journey to seek knowledge. But not just to write it, not just to get promoted to learn something that brings you closer to Allah subhanho wa taala. That's the resolve. So what's the first lesson that if you wish to learn
anything today, the first lesson that you could learn is that virtue,
that virtue of any effort that you put to learn, you travel to the masjid, you travel to another city, you travel overseas, you go online, you listen to a lecture, you take notes, you buy a book, you spend money to buy books, you buy so many books, you don't know where to keep them, right? All of this is jihad.
All of this is jihad.
And we are privileged today because our jihad is comfortable.
Right? But the jihad of Musa alayhis salam there in seeking knowledge, do you think that this was an easy travel?
Right. So if asked people previously it says this is a journey to please Allah azza wa jal name me a travel that we do today to please Allah.
So there are there is travel. Where you seek sin. There is travel that is permissible. Right? Vacations Namie a travel where do you please Allah xuejun What is that?
You're allowed to answer right away.
Oh, Ma, I heard Omar I did somebody say I'm gonna good and also Hajj right. Those are the ones but today these are really comfortable travel compared to the past right. And when we travel we don't only travel really for Umrah and Hajj, we travel also for the dunya so we do this a baddha and we get to have a vacation and we get to shop and we get to see new things. So it's a mix. Here. Musa alayhis salam when he travels to please Allah azza wa jal does he travel for fun or luxury or for vacation or to see something? This is hardship.
This is hardship.
hard when you want to wake up when you sleep. Where do you eat? Where do you find your food? away from family and for how long? And how far? We don't know. They speculate Majima old Bahara in the meeting of the two seas, where is it?
The easy answer is we don't know.
If you want to guess some of the guesses you will find in the books if see if they say Morocco
right Punja Tangier that they cross into Spain
or Armenia in the east. Why would say this is useful not to pinpoint the location but to tell you that that possibly could be how long have you far he traveled
on foot. So remember this. So Allah azza wa jal continues and he says for the Marbella, Madrid Albania Humana sia Jota, home Africa, there's a below fill Buhari saba. It says when they reached the meeting of those of the two C's.
They forgot about their fish.
For Taha de la fille Buhari Saba Xotic Allah for DACA sabe lo fill Buhari salva saga that he swam, he came back to life or it came back to life and it's swam into the sea creating a tunnel like path.
So Solid I mean, it's like a tunnel. So when the fish touch the water, the water around it solidified. To create a tunnel, a trace. This is what the setup is. Why is it creating a trace because that's what Musa alayhis salam and his companion Oregon a need to trace it back to reach another so it left a mark. So it came back to life and they say that's a fish that they used to eat from Walla Hua olam or it's a salted fish, but at least it's dead.
Hull of Halima Amin Allah says Fila Mojo was Califa who at Nevada and Allah had locked in I mean Serena Harada nasaga.
So when they passed that point, and they do not know
that it is the point
and by the way, you sha Allah He said, I'm Joshua was awake, and Musa was asleep. When the fish came back to life.
You share site. He said, come back to life. And he said, I will not wake Musa. But when he wakes up, I'll let him know.
But when Musa woke up, he forgot.
He forgot. So when Allah says when they passed that point, he said to his servant, bring us our lunch. lahad Latina, minceur Farina Ha, the NASA indeed, I've become or we've become tired due to this travel of us of ours. Meaning this last last leg of our travel, exhausted us really. And it is. So it says in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, he only got tired, when he got past that point. That along the way, he didn't get tired. But when he passed that particular point that he is supposed to
meet, I'll holler at he got tired. And they say that there is a benefit here. That is either America Allah who will be a Marine Akali if Allah commands you to do something, he supports you.
He gives you physical and emotional psychological support to do it. But once he passes, even though he doesn't know but he passes it, he misses it. Now, that's not Allah support is not there anymore.
You're with me?
So I say this to anybody who says, What if Allah had flicked me with this or with or that? How can I handle it?
Right? What if Allah takes this away from me? Which you really shouldn't engage in these types of thoughts? Because they are negative. And they open the door for the whispers of the shaytaan. But if an in case, what if Allah takes that away from me? What if what happens to them happens to me? Will I be able to take it I think I'll collapse.
You say, maybe at this particular moment, you can't take it. But if Allah afflicts you is something he supports you so that you can handle it. Right? So keep that in mind as also an additional lesson from this story.
So his servant says Allah or it the Awakener Illa Sahara Tifa. In Nina SeaTools wrote, he says, You should see the amazing thing that happened to me.
And my translation is translation of tafsir is not word for word. Right? So don't tell me what did you bring this from? Right? Because it's a Tafseer, because our our Atia right, indicates that it's like could use quit if you could see what happened to me or eight or if you could look at me then. So it says, Do you see what had happened to me the amazing thing that happened to me that one
We slept or rested next to the rock. I forgot about that fish and only the shaytaan made me forget about him. And he miraculously took its and became back to life and swam into the sea. Another benefit that you can take from this woman and Sandy who in the shaytaan on Earth, Cora, only the shaytaan made me forget about him is that the shaytaan will stand in your path.
And the shaytaan could be responsible for your forgetfulness. So here for the forgetfulness of USIA. Alayhis Salam, because Musa when he asked him to join him, he said to him, and it's in the Hadith, Heil Allah who can live who can be che in Illa, to be Ronnie BMD. Semoga he says, I will do not charge you with anything. Meaning I don't want anything from you. Except one thing to tell me when it comes back to life.
Carla can lift a shadow. It says you didn't ask me for much. Right? Is it a lot? No, this is this the only thing I want you to do. But he couldn't to tell you that. Allah azza wa jal is above everybody's power you could plan but Allah azza wa jal may decide otherwise. Submit to Allah's decision. He did his best, but he couldn't and Musa didn't blame him. Right? It had to happen this way. So it had to happen this way.
But the Shavon could stand in your way and then in the case of Lucia,
the shaytaan could distract him.
Bring this to his mind, bring that to his mind, so that he would simply forget about it. So forgetfulness could come from the shaytaan. So if forgetfulness could come from the shaytaan, how do you combat that?
How do you work against it? By doing what?
By remembering whom? Allah azza wa jal so if you forget, remember ALLAH,
if you forget, remember Allah as origin, right? And then you will remember Nila as origin. So Musa alayhis salam he said Carla, Danica couldn't anybody further the other authority, Hema Kasasa they said this is what we wanted. So they came trace back their footsteps
and Allah azza wa jal Cisco to their abdomen, a birdie Nivea found a servant of ours that we have given him mercy from ours. And we taught him from us a knowledge, we taught him knowledge that is from us.
And it is based on this idea that a lot of scholars, not this, but also the incidents that a lot of scholars will see that they'll have the rally his Salam is a prophet, because they said we gave him mercy from Us, and also the other incidents, they will he would not have access to such knowledge, simply by ill ham, meaning just inspiration that an average individual could receive, he will not have access to such knowledge unless Allah reveals it to him. Right, we will see we will make a quick comment about that when we reach that story. So the he found a hugger.
And Allah said what we gave him knowledge from us and this is what knowledge that Allah gives that you do not acquire.
You do not experience but Allah teaches you and it's a privilege it when you're taught that knowledge. So it's a special knowledge that the prophets of Allah will be taught. So Musa asked him he said hellotoby Ocala and to Olympia Olympia Russia, it says Can I follow you? And so that you can teach me of the righteous knowledge that you have. So do you can teach me have the knowledge that you have, that will take me to a rushed
to be guided.
So first see the edip of Musa alayhis salam even though if you were to ask you who's better Musa oral
Musa So Musa is more knowledgeable and better, but because he wants to learn from me he says, can I follow you? Would you permit me to follow you so that you can teach me knowledge from what you have been taught, but it's also rushed? Meaning it leads to a rushed, so not just teach me anything? No, there is teach me something. But I want that something to take me to a rushed and that should be your objective. If you're learning something if you're reading a book if you're listening to a lecture, you could do it simply because it's fascinates you because you're interested in it. And that is a reason to learn. But there's also a reason to learn because this benefits me in the era
and when you ever you make that your guide, then you will seek the most beneficial of knowledge and you will leave or downgrade less beneficial knowledge. So prioritize the most beneficial
Based on what Musa alayhis salam said,
and in the Sunnah tells us that he had a Salam, when he found a little huddle was lying down on his back. He had a cloth or something like a blanket that had covered his entire body and he was lying on his back. musei said a Sidamo, a comb. And Hunter said,
where do you find Salam in this land? Where do you find such a greeting in this land? Who are you?
He said, Musa, it said Musa ibn who is Surah Eid, what brought you here? He says, I've came here so that you would teach me he said, Isn't it enough that you have a Torah and whatever Allah had taught you? He said, I want to learn from you. He says, I have knowledge that I know that you do not know and you have knowledge that you know that I do not know. But Musa insisted, but take also from that encounter, is that we'll have other saw Musa but he didn't know him.
Right? Because some people think that if you are a Willie, you know everything. Right? Like if I'm a Willie, if I see you not only do I know your name, I know everything about you.
So I'll have other is the highest when it comes to the earlier right or he's a prophet. And Musa alayhis salam is a prophet if a wali was gonna recognize anyone it would be harder recognizing Musa but he said, Who are you?
Right? So it doesn't mean that you if you are a value of Allah azza wa jal or a prophet of Allah, that you have access to knowledge, your human being.
So how do you set what you cannot be patient with me? And how can you be patient with something that you have no full knowledge of?
Meaning Allah that is saying, what? It's impossible that you be patient with me, even that you are Musa.
And I want you when you read this story to understand that Musa alayhis salam is from honor as one of the people of highest determination and virtue among the messengers of Allah azza wa jal, he is the one who with the help of Allah stood up to Pharaoh and brought him down with Allah's help. So you cannot question mooses patience, he's at the top level of patience. And yet he said, what you can be patient with this. Why? Because you see what you cannot understand. How can you be patient with that, but Musa alayhis salam,
he said, you will find me in sha Allah patient and I will not disobey you. So I'll have that said, if you're going to follow me, and this is just for the sake of time simply translating. If you're going to follow me that asked me about nothing that you will say, don't object to it, don't comment until I'd be the one who mentioned it to you. So if you see something you don't understand, leave it
And this is to test his patience and to teach him and us something about Allah's knowledge. Right. So Fantana cars, so they've set forth the warped and they boarded the ship, and they gave another a free ride. Just because we recognize them as a good man. He says, Okay, you're it's free for for you. So they gave him the owners of that ship or boat, they gave him a ride from one shore to the other from one bank to the other. And while he's on it, he damages the side of the ship by removing one of its blanks. Musa sees this and he says what he says, Did you damage it so that you would cause its people to drown? Rhetorical Allah indeed you've done something evil.
So how that reminded him? Did I not tell you that you will not be able to be patient with me? So Musa alayhis salam said, he said, Don't overburden me and hold me responsible because I forgot. Okay, don't hold me responsible because I forgot and don't overburden me meaning like, overlook this place right?
So they continue to walk
it says hit the the locker Yeah, hula man Farhatullah he says then when they he met a young boy he killed him. Now the sooner gives you hear a little bit more. They come upon a village or a city. They find some kids playing this is a olam you can think that he's nine or 10 something like that. He is not
read did not reach adulthood puberty yet. Right.
And he's playing with other kids and they said what can I will do? He was beautiful, handsome. This is a cute
playing harder without introduction goes to him. Fact Allah Allah so he plucks his head out of his body.
Okay, now I want you to imagine that scene. And if you would be able to
Be patient, if you see that
the shock of it because there's no introduction, the shock of it to a kid. That's why he said, I've gotten 10 of cinza Kitamura you the nurse, you've killed a pure soul without a deserving death. He didn't do anything to deserve it. Indeed you've come or you've done something that is heinous. So how do you said? Did I not tell you? There is an addition here of you? Did I not tell Allama halacha? Did I not tell you that you're not going to be able to patient with me? He said, Musa if I asked you about something after this, then don't keep my company Indeed.
Indeed, I have no excuse anymore. But Bella Tamela duniya Udraw. Alright, you've reached the limit of any excuses I could offer you that is if the third one fails. The third one is the end.
Allah from Tala calm. So they set forth Hasta La Jolla 10. They came to a Korea Korea could be a city or a village and the acids people for food
for about a year for whom I they refuse to give them food.
Right. Now there's a benefit here, which is what
the first is why did they ask for food?
Because they had a lot of it.
They had none. So they had to eat. Now that you've reached the level, where motional color they had to eat, meaning they had no food at all. So I want you to think about it that the material most honorable people on the face of this earth at that moment, were poor enough that they did not have enough food that they had to ask people for it. Just so you know, that the Dunya doesn't mean anything for Allah azza wa jal. Otherwise, these would be kings. So in the sight of Allah, the dunya is nothing. The best of people had nothing with them. That's one second, some people think because the story of a herder always is mixed with Wilaya. And then well, he somehow could bring out food
out of nowhere.
Right? Oh, you want food. It's a Just out of nowhere out of thin air here is food here. If a hunter could do this, he could not ask.
If he had the ability to do this, he would not be allowed to ask. But he asked because he had no ability to stress us bring out food out of nowhere. And Allah gives no person that ability. Right?
So they asked for people to host them. And it's an obligation on you know, a city to host its guests there but they refused because they were stingy and unwelcoming. So they were not great people. That's the type of people living in that city voted if you had you data, you read a young Colbert he found a wall that wanted to collapse. And he straightened it and he fixed it. It says in the hadith is simply wiped over it and it came back
standing. That said that's all that it needed from so that's miraculous. But that's in the Sunnah. Now Musa says a few wished we could have asked for a payment in return because they refused at least we could have used that money to eat. So more era how the rally is tsunami said that sit between us. That said between us based on what Moses said that if the third thing happens, then we have to stop. He said this is it between us. Let me tell you about what you couldn't be patient with. And Rasulullah Salallahu Salam said in the Hadith, he said we wish that Musa alayhis salam would have been patient, he indeed would have been so he would have seen wonders.
If more Musa was patient, more patient, he would have seen wonders in his journey with ill health. So
I'll have le his Salam. And I'm saying Alayhis Salam based on that assumption that he is a prophet of Allah azza wa jal. So, he says as for that ship, it belonged to poor people who used to use it for income and there is a king that confiscates illegally every ship that he sees, so I wanted to damage it, so that he would leave it alone.
Musa could not have known this, but once you know this, you understand that alojado committed the lesser evil to prove the prevent the bigger evil.
And in that what looks like aggression is mercy.
You see the difference in perspective based on how much you know, right? That's just present knowledge, or present plus near future knowledge. But if you know it, your perspective will be 100% different. But that is the bet the benefit of alien
religious knowledge will enhance will allow you to see things that others cannot.
So these this is this is the first one. And as for that young boy so he says his parents were believers, and he says we were afraid that he will overburden them with rebellion and disbelief in the Sunnah. In the Hadith, the Prophet sallahu wa salam said that that boy will grow up to be a disbeliever. And this overpower meant that the Quran talks about that either he would be such a pain, there will be so much trouble for his parents or that his disbelief will cause their disbelief.
Because that could happen in a family. As and as parents influence their children. Sometimes the children influence their parents, so sad they he, when he grows up as a disbeliever, he could cause the disbelief of his parents.
So again, what looks like aggression is what?
Rama and protection for the believing parents who may not see or not know that losing their child is a gift from Allah azza wa jal, but Allah azza wa jal sent them that gift anyway.
So here, if you don't have access to other knows, what should you do?
You should trust Allah Azusa,
right. Trust that he has done this for a reason. I do not know it. But Allah knows it. But I base it on the fact of a story like this. And the fact that Allah azza wa jal always acts in the best of ways and with the greatest of wisdom, there's always a reason of why he does what he does. So you can stop and blame, right? But rather trust and believe and praise Allah subhanaw taala for it. And this is the incident that a lot of scholars will say that he needed to be a prophet for him to have done that. How do you know that such a kid will grow up to be
Based on an impression, based on a feeling that you had even if you're a well you have Allah azza wa jal and you have this overwhelming sensation, this person will grow to be a disbeliever This is not certain knowledge. And this is not protected knowledge, just like a dream, right? If you see a dream, are all your dreams protected, some from Allah xojo Some are from whom?
The neffs and some from the shaytaan. So dreams are not protected and are what do you have Allah azza wa jal if he gets what they call a cache of okay, they call it ill ham. This is not
protected and infallible. Only Allah's revelation to his prophets is That's why they say so he said, We want Allah azza wa jal to replace them with another child, who will be kinder to them, and will have Iman
and the third one, he says, As for that wall, it belong to two orphans in the city, and their father was righteous. And he left that
treasure, there's a treasure underneath it underneath that wall. And it belonged to those orphans and their father was righteous. So Allah wanted them to reach maturity, and extract their own treasure.
So Allah azza wa jal wanted to save that for them to take care of those two Earth orphans, in a city that was greedy and stingy. It was if it were to be exposed, they will take it and leave nothing for them. So Allah azza wa jal wanted that to stay for them, because they are orphans, and they are in need. And also because of a very important fact, which is that a woman was what
slyly had their father was righteous. So the righteousness of the Father extended to a protection to the children.
So if someone anyone has children, and by the way, you have to do your best to raise them. But in that gap where you say, I've done all that I can but what if I die? And after my death, or when I'm not there, and and and who takes care of them?
Are your righteousness if you are righteous and pleasing to Allah azza wa jal could extend to them, you will do
so this man is dead.
This man has no one who knows about this treasure except Allah has xuejun But he sends Musa and he says, and he says you do this for them? So Allah azza wa jal, if he wants to take care of your children, or anything else that you're worried about, he can send people to take care of it. I'm not saying just rely on that. No, you have to do your best. That's what the what the man did.
He did bury the treasure, right?
But you do your best but Allah azza wa jal takes care of that gap of where you can't anymore. Allah bridges it. Alright. So, at the end he says Wilma fall to an emery, he says, I did not do this on my own, based on my own judgment, the allocator will know madam foster Allahi sobre This is the interpretation of what you could not be patient with. After the explanation of ill health, it's easy to see and easy to understand. But Allah Allah azza wa jal wants to do here among the many things that Allah has said and wants to teach us is when you ever you read the surah is to continuously trust Allah, Allah azza wa jal throughout what you face in life, and that Allah azza wa jal
sometimes will give you insights and wisdom to be able to understand what is happening to you. And sometimes, and maybe for some of us, in critical moments, he will not give you much, and you will stand bewildered what is happening and why it's happening and whoa, me or I may.
But Allah Azza doesn't want you to panic.
And he wants you to kind of to settle down and to trust him. subhanho wa Taala and realize that there's always a plan. And if you are righteous, there's always an exit. And if there's righteousness, there's always ease. And there's always always a reason from him. subhanho wa Taala if you can see it now. You'll see it a week from now, or a month from now or a year from now, or when you meet Allah azza wa jal, but at one point you will see it. But then trust him SubhanaHu wa to Allah, so that you will be able to reap the benefits of those tests.
And that is the difference between those who believe in the unseen and believe in Allah azza wa jal and trust Him and those who say I will not follow until I understand
and I will not follow until all the details are available. This is not trust, trusting Allah azza wa jal once you decide that Allah should be trusted.
Okay, if you're not sure about this, be sure should you trust Allah or not be sure, but once you decide that he should be trusted, then you learn to trust him Subhanahu wa Taala and he will test that trust and he will test that Eman to see how much of it do you have and if you do actually believe your email will skyrocket. They will Iman will be elevated will reach heights it could not without the tests of Allah subhanahu wa taala. So when you are reading this story, think about these lessons and about any other lesson that jumps at you as you are reading this story. So that our reading of Surah Alkaff becomes a reading insha Allah with to the board with understanding and with
benefit. Of course we want the baraka of Surah telegraph, but also you will have an additional an added Baraka as you learn from it, as you read it. So this is it Insha Allah, as Allah, Allah, Allah mean or hamara hai mean to bless us all and make us of those who have patients in this life.