Channel: Ismail Kamdar
Women in the Qur’an: Hawa, Umm Musa and Aasiya
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu
al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was salam wa rahmatullah is Eileen woman who believes and either you begin to begin by creating lots of a Hana with Allah and asking him to send these Peace and blessings upon the final prophet Mohammed bin Abdullah sola lo are the key word was alone and all those who follow his way with righteousness under the loveseat
inshallah, today we will be beginning a new series, and the topic chosen was one suggested by some of the attendees, that being stories of women in the Quran.
And this is a very important topic because there is misunderstanding amongst many Muslims, that besides the stoning of Maria, Molly Hassan, there aren't any stories of woman in the Quran, who aren't enough to talk about it because Manu Ali Hassan, she's the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran. And so because she's the only one mentioned by name, some people think she's the only one mentioned. But the reality is when you read the Quran, you find the Quran talks about how
her Jill Stein, Sara de mundo, who's Elisa, the sister of Mousavi, salon, the wife of
the sister in law, who sadly Islam is mentioned as well, is the story of Hannah the mother of
dystonia of archaea, the word COVID own there are many women whose stories are found in the Koran. And these stories are very significant, because Allah subhanho wa Taala has only chosen the best of people. to narrate the stories in the Quran. We need electrical handler has taken the story of a certain woman and chosen to narrate to us in His Word and that means she is among the best or the worst of what
to do if a woman is mentioned in the Quran. Her story is mentioned in the Quran, she's among the best or the worst. There was a woman for example, the Quran speaks about Allah housewife, or the wife of Ludo the wife of numerous believers as the best of woman like Maria Garcia.
So inshallah, what we're going to do is over the next three weeks, this week and the following two, we are going to look at some of the most important stories of women in the Quran and extract lessons from them. Today inshallah, we want to begin by looking at the story of how Elisa Lam very briefly, and the mother of Musa al Salaam, and the story of ASEAN. That's what I want to focus on today inshallah, if we have enough time. Next week, I'd like to focus on the story of Sarah and her job the wives of Ibrahim Ali Salaam, and the lessons we can take from their lives. And inshallah in the third week, we will look at the story of Maria Ali Hassan and her mother,
her mother being Hannah Alex, right, so these are the woman whose lives I want to get over the next few weeks. Before we actually look at it, it is very important for us to understand the concept of Quranic florals, what is a Quranic story? And how is it different from the stories which we are accustomed to, because there's something we need to understand and think about that the Quran does not read stories the way people do. Like for example, when we did the life of of Ayesha rajala. In the life of eyeshadow and how we know the name of a mother or father, we know our entire genealogy, we know what date certain events took place, we know in which city took place, we know the names of
all the people involved. Why because these stories are extracted from our history books. When something is extracted from a history books, there are a lot of details, because this is how humans read history. The Quran is not a book written by any human, the Quran is colorable law. The Quran is the speech of Allah subhana wa tada it is the composition of Allah with us. And so it is not in the form of human speech. It is very unique in style. And part of the uniqueness of the style of the Quran is that it changes from one style of literature to another. Usually, if you buy a book, the book will either be a argument in favor of a certain topic, or it might be a storybook, or it might
be a metaphor. Each book has its own theme. When we look at the Quran, the Quran actually has all of us and sometimes the Quran is talking in metaphors. It jumps into an argument it jumps into a story to the Quran is a variety of different themes in a speech form. And one of the most common themes you find in the Quran is stories that he saw the stories of the Quran and this is therefore good
Any important reason, because we as human beings, we love stories, we love stories for the stories of the Quran are so unique, because number one, the details are missing. There's no details, it's very, very sparsely told stories, it's like almost no details.
And number two, the stories are scattered
or repeated throughout the code in one place. So, this is a very unique style not known to human being because this is the style of Allah and Allah subhanaw taala not telling us a story, the details is therefore, this currency, there is no detail of a story, which is left out from the Quran and Hadees unless there is a benefit in leaving it out, or they will no benefit in writing it. And there's not a single detail which is mentioned, except that there's something in it. So if anything is mentioned in the story, it's meant to be analyzed and understood as you take lessons from and so allows you to handle data tells us one or eight stories, at the end of pseudo use of a binary
through a use of is the most beautiful story in the Quran. To do it in one place. And again, lots of data tells us that we also see him.
In the stories in the stories are evil lessons and reflections for for people who think for people of intelligence, meaning the stories of the Quran, were not meant to be written as stories they were meant to be taught over and reflected over so we can take lessons from them for our own lives. This is what the stories of the Quran are all about. And so we need to mention this because when we do the stories of a woman in the Quran, don't expect details. Don't expect to know everybody's names, who they marry to enter the law, what era in which city, the details are available. All that today is what is important, right? And that's what we're going to focus on what is important, how it
relates to our life and what lessons we can take from it. So I want to start by very briefly before we actually go into the verse during the briefing anyone explained to me why is Muslim is the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran.
And you can see the Quran has many stories of woman, but only mudumalai has Salam is mentioned by name. Why would this be the case?
Okay, generally the answer given by the Vaseline is that
Allah subhanho wa Taala wanted to give you a special status in a special status for and so by making earning the only name mentioned in the Quran of woman and giving an entire surah named after her, it gave her this unique status. It does not in any way, take away from the greatness of the other woman mentioned in the Quran. Right? Because the woman agenda
mentioned in the Quran
and you know the scroll and see that in many cases mentioning the name was not even important, right? Because you already know the name right? Let me give you an example. So first one you go to look at right now, right? What does what can we learn from how are these around? Now, the name How is not mentioned in the Quran.
The Quran speaks about Adam and his wife. And it's interestingly that the scholars have to see to see that the name, however, is not mentioned in the Quran. Why? Because everybody knows it. You can ask any Muslim, any Jew, any Christian, any atheist, anybody who has Adam's wife, and everybody knows the story, Adam and Eve are in Arabic adamant how the name is popular, they will no need to mention the name is for example, you're allowed to enter a contest in the Quran about the Companion of the whale.
Who is the companion of the Prophet Yunus? Enough to mention the name because everyone knows it. The Jews and Christians also know it. So sometimes the name is not mentioned because they are too popular. So the name of admonition wife did not need to be mentioned because we all know who she was. Right? How are the hustler wants to handle data? The story of Adam he mentioned it very often. And this is like after the story of Musa de Sala the story of Adam and Islam is the most tool stone in the entire Quran. It comes over and over again. And just to give the nutshell of the story and the part that relate to how are these Allah? Basically Allah subhanho wa Taala he created humanity
and he said the species halifa is representatives on earth and the angels asked why you can eating beans that can cause bloodshed and cause chaos. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala told him that he knows what we don't know. Right? We Allah has some wisdom behind creating human beings that the angel
Understand, right? So
we know the incident that
he believes refused to bow to Adam and Eve. Right. And in a lot of these other bodies that engender and engender, he created from the realm of other, his wife.
And he lived in Ghana together with only one condition, don't eat from the southern tree. And then she doesn't trick them. She then told them that that tree if you eat from it, you will get eternal life and you will become like an angel. And so this was enough to seduce them and make him forget, as you make them eat from the tree, and he returned to Earth. And they repented from this mistake. Allah accepted independence, and they are amongst the people of gentlemen, right now to really short story from their point of view. But the lessons are really important.
Firstly, we have to have a handle on eliminating other monies around even before sending them to this world. He created how his companion his wife, right? Do we have a listen? That Allah subhanho wa Taala has entered this world with a natural order. companionship between men and women knowledge is part of the fitrah is part of, of nature. It's part of the natural order with which Allah has been in this world. We live in a time when people are trying to breach natural order. Right, right. by promoting other lifestyles, which go against the concept of evil woman. And this has caused the breakdown of society, the breakdown of families, it has caused children growing up not knowing who
the fathers are people growing up without parents, it has caused problems. But when you look historically receded, the very first illustrator he did was a man and his wife. Right from the beginning. This is how the humanity was meant to function. This is how families are meant to function. People, men and women complementing each other and working together to raise children so they can grow up and be productive individuals. So this is a lesson. But what I really want to focus on the story of how on a tsunami the really controversial point in our times, the Hadees, about how are being created from the rubble of Adam, is the Hadees, which a lot of people shy away from today,
because of because it's been misinterpreted by many Muslims, and the non Muslim usually to cast Islam in a bad light. And reasonably the Hadees is found in Sahih Muslim and history, the Babel Marina or deulofeu, that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said
that, Allah subhana wa Allah created woman from the room of men, right. And so if you love her the way she is, if you enjoy the way she is, then you will enjoy your relationship with her. But if you try to straighten her, you will break up. Right? So be gentle with them. Now, of course, this Hadees has been very grossly misinterpreted in our times. And Firstly, the Elise is definitely authentic, right? It's in Sahih Muslim, it's authentic. So those Muslims will try to deny it just to shy away from controversy. This is wrong. This is definitely an authentic Hadees. But there needs to be universal, interpreted by many Muslims to mean that woman, there's something wrong with the brains,
right? This is the interpretation, right? We find that some of the Muslim communities, they say this, that a woman is like a painter. So she's made something wrong with her and I use it to put down over this is a complete misunderstanding of that is, right. Basically, what this is saying, if you're understanding in context,
Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam is addressing men.
And he's telling men, that the woman are not like men.
Right? Women are not like men, the way a woman takes away a man thinks is differently. So if you try to straighten up, meaning if you try to make her like a man, if you try to make her think like a man, you will bring
meaning you will literally bring out confidence, you will bring her down emotionally, you will destroy to destroy her personality, because you're not letting her be herself. You're trying to change it to somebody else. So be gentle with her. Right? So when you look at it from that perspective, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that is its advice to men that don't try to make a woman like a man except the oceans, love of oceans, and you will enjoy the company. But if you try to make a command, this will destroy home. So we shouldn't be shy of these.
Stay away from them or regard them as controversial because there are very clear explanations if you think about it and reflect on it. Right. So this is how Alisha she was created from the room of Adam.
And there's absolutely nothing to shy away from from seeing that.
Point to the executor with the life of how
is that, if you look at the Christian version of the story is very different from the Muslim version.
And this is interesting, because in the Bible in the Christian version of the story,
he or however, is portrayed as the problem, right? She's portrayed as the one who seduces Adam in eating the apple. And because of that, women were punished with pregnancy and menstruation and things like this, which means in a Christian perspective, he is not looked upon as the good person. And women are looked upon as inferior to men. While the Islamic version of the exact same study has no such thing. There's absolutely nothing in the Islamic books blaming Eve rather, the Quran says that other money some University and he repented to Allah, there is no blaming of the woman involved. Islam does not look at the menstruation or the pregnancy or the labor pains as something
which is a punishment. No, this is something in which Islam liberated woman from in that time, imagine living 100 years ago, when the Christian which was the most, you know, the most common
interpretation of any proffers religion at that time. You know, imagine being a woman coming from a Christian background even today, and you're learning the Islamic version of the story. This is a very good PowerPoint, right? You know that you see Islam the novel, presumably rather, the opposite. Christianity is blaming the woman is not missing know, the man made the mistake, I don't think so this is a very important point to take from the life of our audience. And I'm, as I said, there's not much details raging about her life. We know she's the first woman and we know that the angel of the tree and the repentant, Allah forgive them. And of course that entered into gender after they
passed away. And those are some lessons that we can take from what is narrated about how alayhis salaam
a second woman which we find in the Quran, is another woman whose name we don't know. And they are some names mentioned the history books, but they come from Jewish or Christian sources. So I'm not going to go through the names because the Malaysians are doubtful. We'll just call her, a mimosa
Surah Allah subhanho wa Taala reads to us the details of the life of Musa Salah, and he begins from the very beginning, when Allah was still a baby. And he talks about his mother and
tells us near the beginning of surah cosas, about the mother of husar. Lisa, well, oh hanaa you know, who moves out and already, we sent what he will reveal to the mother of Musa to breastfeed him. Right? This put this in context of the Saudi Musa alayhis salam.
He was born at a time when the pharaoh ruler of Egypt was having every baby born of the Israelites mother. Anytime a boy was born to an Israeli family, the boy was murdered by the Pharaoh. And now in this situation, this woman gives birth to her baby.
And she is worried what do I do with my baby? Because as soon as the soldiers find out about him, they're going to kill him. So in this context, Allah Subhana Allah says, We're old enough. So we revealed to the mother who sort of inspired the mother to to breastfeed you feed your baby, don't worry, what is a 50 D for D video, but if you become fearful
if you want me to go in to kill him, then put him in the river.
And don't feel right. Don't worry about it.
Well, that doesn't know me sad. Don't be sad about putting your child in law.
Because I will return him to watch our middle horse and eat and I will make him a messenger one of the messages. Now is a very interesting person because Allah subhanaw taala. You know, he mentioned here that we're all hanaa elomi Musab revealed to the mother of Musa and this actually becomes the point of controversy about early Muslim scholars, because one of the early Muslim scholars even has them from Spain. He took this verse as evidence that the mother in law was a prophet.
He believed that the mother of the female Prophet, I believe even has me He followed Islam very literally, and literally the word which is or hailer. We sent revelation to the mother of Musa so therefore, on the definition that anybody who receives revelation is a prophet. He declared the prophet and they will follow him in this view as well. But the majority of Muslim scholars said that no owning the men can be crossed.
woods, this is a different type of way. Right? This is not the working of prophethood. This is a different type of what he like when the angels work to Mario. Right? And something's not doing what he needs inspiration, Allah inspiring eternally to put a child in the river. Right? So this is actually a point of difference that they actually were scholars in the past who believe that
the mother of Islam was the Prophet because she's received this inspiration. Now, Allah subhanho wa Taala. Imagine this, imagine you are a mother of a newborn baby. And you are told to save your newborn baby, you must put them in a basket.
No. I mean, how many people actually do this? How many people will actually put a baby in a basket to the river and see, let's say especially a newborn, you're talking about a two year old or a one year old with a newborn baby. So Allah tells you to put the baby in the river while at the forefront. Don't feel Don't be sad about it. Right? Why? Why should she be sad? a baby's going down the river. Why? Because in our DVD, because we will return it to you.
And it we see the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The when you ask someone to do something difficult, he promises them success at the same time for a mother to put a baby in a river, very difficult. But if Allah is promising hurdle, if you put the baby in another and you do not fear, and you do not remove it, we will return it to you, and we will make him a messenger.
This now gives you the confidence. This is a good thing. Allah is promising me that in my childhood demeanor ever, not only will he return him to me, but he will make him a messenger. So how Allah fulfill the promise to the mother, who's Alexandra, she put the baby in the river, the baby floats down to the house of the pharaoh himself, and who picks the baby up the wife of the battle acid, and she falls in love with this baby and she adopts the baby And Pharaoh can have this baby. But this baby refuses to drink milk from any woman.
And all this time, the daughter of Akuma Mousavi, the sister who's an ISA, she's following this box. She's watching what you know where the baby's going. She's seeing what's happening with the wife of family picking up the baby. And as a woman, what the baby doesn't accept both of any of the woman she brings the mother who Sally's around, you know, under the pretext of ledges being a deciding whether or not the real mother and immediately Mussolini's allows a drinking book from her. Which means the mother of Busan is allowed is now employed by the pharaoh itself, the enemy of Islam himself to feed her own baby in his palace. So she still gets to see her baby and
Allah, Allah fulfilling his promise to the mother was Elisa, she still gets to see her baby every day. But now he's safe. And he's growing up in the home of his enemy, but under the loving care of us, yeah, the wife of the Pharaoh. And so this is the story of the mother of Musashi Salaam. And the main lesson we take from this story is that it will not test us with something very difficult in our lives. There is a solution. It always helps Allah. Allah will test us and He will help us through the test. And if we believe and if we are sincere, if we are patient, Allah will help us through the test as to the mother was Elisa, Allah help the Judas test. And he gave her more than she asked for
more than she imagined. Because she just wanted a baby to be safe. Not just make a baby safe, brought a baby up in the richest home around and made him the Messenger of Allah and one of the five greatest messenger of Allah.
So this is also known as vivo, fulfilling his promise to us. He won't just give you what you asked for in difficult times, but more than that, and this is how we have the mother who's arisa. And who raised Musa alayhis salam. He was raised in the house of Pharaoh, by the way for fellow who is ASEAN.
ASEAN if you just know how gracias
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi Salaam says that the woman who attained affection the man with for
us el barrio Khadija
these are the four women who attain perfection in the mind, Camille perfect, right meaning they were many women throughout history who had high Eman. Were very righteous. Were very pious, when it comes to being perfect in the email. No wavering.
No, no weakness in the perfect believer. These are the four role models amongst a woman, one of them being RCR
wives have the power.
And the story of Asya is actually only mentioned in one line in one verse in the Quran. And that one verse is enough to give you the full story and one of the most powerful stories in the Quran. And that verse is found in Surah.
But to understand the verse properly, you must understand the context of divorce. The context of the verse is that this verse is revealed about is revealed in Swati, which was revealed about the wives of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi, wasallam Surah danneel. Basically, what happened was, according to some of the
regulations, there was a bit of jealousy between some of the wives of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and it led to him making something haram on himself. So Allah subhanho revealed the verses saying, oh, Prophet, Allah, why have you been around? Well, I mean, hello to you just to please your wives. And then the rest of the surah. Right. He, he dresses, the wives of NASA, specifically, and women in general. And he talks about repentance from making mistakes, it talks about examples of women who were evil, and will also wipe your profits interestingly. Right? You see the context here. And he talks about the description of the righteous woman and he talks about how to save your family from
the Hellfire right it's all about the family. It's all about
that the true believer amongst the woman out those who are Muslim I mean, it only that that American army daddy salahaddin see body
is the true believing woman, a Muslim act? They are submitters they are those who have submitted Allah subhana wa Tada. Right, the minute they are true believers in Allah Subhana Allah.
They truly believe
that they are obedient to Allah. Right? That divides the dependent meaning, you know, the fact that Allah calls the Jews to repentance means they're gonna make mistakes. Reasonable Accommodations are gonna make mistakes. But the true believer is the one who repent from the mistakes and repent from distance. Right? The true believers are perfect, but they are repetitive army that the worshipers of Allah sir you had the fasting people and interestingly Allah engine by seeing that the true believers see by
previously malleable and virgins, meaning whether you get married or not, who you married to, if you're divorced, if you're widowed, this has no bearing on whether you are a true believer, righteous woman or not. It doesn't affect it at all. Right? our societies make this a criteria for you know, a woman's worth in the sight of Allah, this is not important. What's important is if she's a submissive, believing obedient, Allah depends on sticks. With us, she is sivasagar that is not important. Either way you can be a righteous believer. And so in the surah, the Vaseline have mentioned the scholars of the field have mentioned that Allah brings lead on in this era, the
perfect example of woman who fitted this description as the wife of the Bible. And her story comes just after the story of the wives of new and not new Elisa Lam elute Elisa Lam, David the prophets of Allah, but their wives with disbelievers amongst the worst of women.
And they are not balanced out by telling us of the opposite. The Pharaoh was the worst human being to walk the face of this earth. And his wife Asya was one of the most perfect believers to ever walk the face of desert. And so Allah subhanaw taala summarizes the story of ASEAN in one verse, and he tells us what dada dada would love
to do in Raja
Allah gives the example for the true believers in the wife of the travel
is all that Rob bibiani Lee in Dhaka beaten Ville Jana, when she said, My Lord, built for me the house next to you in January,
when that Genie came in,
and protect me from from Pharaoh, and whatever he does, Onegin, even our homie, lolly me and protect me from these oppressive and erratic people. This is all that region of a story, one verse, verse 11.
But the more details are mentioned in the books of IDs, and we go to the police of Rasulullah Islam understand the full story.
Our CEO was the wife of the parent, meaning she was rich. She was beautiful. She was famous. She has everything a person could ask.
In this world, if it comes to materialism, and people who had whatever you want materialistically, Allah has given you doing this work. Nobody hadn't heard in their favour and his wife, right? So she has everything in this world. But Allah did not give her children
for very specific purpose. When Musa alayhis salam arrived at her doorstep, she fell in love with his baby. And she adopted this policy that if she had children, she might not have had the same level of love for seeing this abandoned baby. So this was to cuando se la. And so Musa Elisa grew up in her home, under her loving care. As soon he became a messenger. She was one of the first people to believe in him. But she's married to the title, the Federal, and federal. He's killing children, and torturing people, and raping women, for believing in Islam. So as he or she keeps an email to keep the secret. Now, as he is living the life of the value and the secret believer, and she's not
the only one doing this, because tsunami tells us of another man in this house, was also believer. Right. And there's another story of other people working in his house will be leaving. So there are people in the house of the pharaoh who are accepting the message of Mousavi Salah, but they are doing it secretly to protect the lives.
And what happened, according to one of the generations is that one of these people, the Islam was exposed. Right? The hairdresser of the daughter of Pharaoh,
that once she mentioned the name of Allah, right, and the daughter, Pharaoh heard it, and she told her father, and this expose this woman to being a believer. And so the pharaoh tortured this woman and her children and kill them all. You know, she tortured him and said that.
Basically what he did is he killed each of her children one by one, and said that unless you accept me as your what, I'm not going to stop, and he killed all of our children, and he killed her as well. Now Asya is losing all of this. And she begins to deal with this woman and her children. They sacrifice their lives for love, and security of ego. So that's when she decided to let go to secrecy. She let go the secrecy, she stood up to her husband. And she declared herself you know, a believer. She believes in Allah subhanho wa Taala and a follower of moose, Alexandre, hold on a second. So can you imagine doing this? Can you imagine nowadays, we feel so scared to stand up to
our spouses or parents on smaller issues, you know, what Yo, we have someone who knows her husband is the worst human being alive or not. She knows what he does to be reverse, how he tortures them, and how we know you will use them. And she knows he's gonna do the same thing to her. But she still openly declares that he might not think of it from his perspective. Imagine today, if the most Islamophobic King or president today, if his wife becomes a Muslim,
he will be all over Facebook. It will be all over Twitter, it will be world views, it will be embarrassment for him.
It was the same for power. They may not about Facebook and Twitter. But he will leave arrows between your ears killing believers and his own widely accepted a message. He was full of anger and full of rage. And so he designed given the worst possible torture and punishment you could think of.
And so as he or she was tortured by develop, severely tortured, someone who has mentioned that even occlusion is stripped over and she was brought in front of the people naked. I imagine a woman being raised in luxury. You know, being a queen, you know, and suddenly she finds herself in a situation where she is stripped of her clothing. She's tortured, she's dragged in the desert sun, she's been beaten, and nobody has been.
What can the average person do in this situation?
What did she do?
She made it. She made the situation. And before she made the do up federal tool, the soldiers to take a giant boulder and drop it on her Crusher.
And now she is in the desert being tortured in the heat. And
the Heidi says that the angels were shaving off of the heat on the house, the believers, the angels machining upon the heat. And in this stage, where she's being tortured by her husband, and there's nobody on earth around who can help her. She looks up to the sky and she makes to her and she asked Allah subhana wa Tada, Robbie believe, probably in Dhaka could be the future
crop immunity in the current and future.
Bill for me, news to you a lousy job. Onegin.
In order to protect me from Filoni, all of these evil things that you're doing, when the GDPR is on me to protect me from these types of people.
After making this,
she looks up at the sky, and she sees her policy.
She sees Alice in general, and she begins to laugh. And the people think that you were mad at her soul leaves the body before the body comes back.
And she's in a palace agenda. As an evil Allah subhanho wa Taala.
This is the woman who reached perfection. You know, we talk about having high Eman Rasulullah some described her as Camila
perfect in her mind. This is perfection. This is the height of the mind. This is the way a person addressed everything that she had, for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. And they have so many lessons we can take from the story. And that's what I want to focus on for the remainder of today's program, the lessons we can take from
the story of us. Yeah, it's a very short story. It's a very powerful and beautiful and sad story. And it's a story where there's so much benefit. So first thing that comes to my mind is this is a reminder to us about the purpose of life. Why are we on earth?
Why did Allah subhanaw taala make us we are to worship Allah, to serve his religion to promote his religion. And today we are we are so scared to make the smaller sacrifices in serving others need
be so scared of what people are going to say about us if we do this or that we choose to
do this or that, you know, when Spirit God of making sacrifices for the sake of Allah, to realize the purpose in life, she understood that what is money she had was nothing. If she did not submit to Allah subhana wa Taala if she did not take a stand for justice, you know, and stand up to the Pharaoh. And so
we see in the life of ASEAN divided into us to focus on the purpose of life, we will talk about, well, that should take priority over everything else in our life.
And what's amazing to me about the two other apps to me, is one of them really appealing to me, because generally even a strong believer in a situation like that I will do our normally is Oh Allah helped me out in a situation. Oh Allah give me victory. Oh Allah bring me is after this hardship.
The first thing to come out of her mouth was, Oh, well, good for me our house next to each other.
Meaning it doesn't matter with a victory. So what I want is to be next to you in general. I want Jana and I want the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Do you realize what this verse is telling us what it means, to us your entire focus was Allah agenda. That's all that matters.
When it comes to the Quran, the order of the words always have a meaning. So unless I see a person or law booth from your house next to you in general. And then she said, After that she said, and save me from funeral. Meaning in our to Asya. Having a house in Jana was more important to being saved from zero. This is the order, right? This is her priority, whether she seed from your own in this world or not. That's not as important as getting the agenda as the pleasure of Allah. That is what is important. And that is one of the key lessons you take from this story. What is important to us? What are we willing to risk and to sacrifice for gender, to our pleasure?
This is what's important. This is what we need to think about. Are we willing to take sacrifices and make arrests and do things which may be taboo, or maybe against cultural norms? Or maybe different what our parents expect from us of what our spouse expects from us, just to please Allah subhanho wa Taala These are small sacrifices compared to what arsia and the mother who's Elisa mean, right. But these are the issues for us today.
Another lesson we take from the story of ASEAN is one which Rasulullah Sosa told us in the Hadees Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam has told us in authentic ideas, that the most severely tested people on this earth are the prophets and then those closest to them in piety and then those close to them in piety, meaning, the more righteous you become, the more closer you become to Allah subhanho wa Taala the more tests you must be ready to face in your life.
So why the largest Asya with being tortured by the Federal industry and then test other people in the same way, because she was close to Allah volunteers when she was coming here. So her test was going to be on a higher level. Right this we will see, for example, next week with the story of Hadrian. And the week after with a study of volume, Allah tested these women in ways which relative to the average person so you know,
Many times the people ask this question I love you asked, before I started practicing Islam, everything was going my way, you know, as a life business as a nice house, a nice family, suddenly I stopped practicing Islam, everything's gone wrong. And people say Why? Why is this happening to me? Shouldn't more good things be coming my way? Because I'm loving Allah? And the answer is no. Alex has promised us
he has told us that has nothing to
do people actually think you'll be left upon seeing we believe I'll be Justin. No, we will definitely definitely be testing a double emphasis here, we will definitely definitely just them, like how we just did those before them, just so that we can show the truthful and the liars. What this means is brothers and sisters in this world, we must expect to be tested by Allah subhanho wa Taala, every single moment of our lives the test. And by the way, it's not just a hardship test the test, the ease is also a test. Think about it as life, the real test for her for the average person, her situation would be
giving up that materialistic life of the life of a queen for the sake of Allah. That's what the real test, because the average person will say, you know what, I've got everything. I'm the queen, I will all the money, I will all the power. Actually, this is my life, you know. So the tests of wealth, the test of power, the test of luxury, this is a test, don't only think of hardships as a test, I wants to handle that tells us is Raghav in Java, z net, and I have Nina blue Amala, I have made whatever is on this beautiful to test which of you obviously needs meaning the beautiful things in this world are a test to see what the verse means. So we are tested every moment of our lives.
Sometimes we are tested with hardship, adversity, sometimes we are tested with luxuria. materialism. afcea was tested with both. And she passed both tests. She was the wife of the queen, she was the queen, the wife of the Federal. And she passed a test even after she was younger, she didn't venture adversity through torture, and through management in the hands of Pharaoh. And she passed that test as well. She understands the dynamics of the world, this world is a testing zone for us. It's not our final abode, we were created for Jana, let's see, we were created for gender, we are not needed for this earth, this earth was created for us. But we will create the project. Now. The good in this
world was created for us to enjoy and benefit from, but we were created for gender. And so if we want to get to gender, we have to be willing to go to the test of life, we have to be willing to do what it takes. We have to be willing to make the sacrifices and to understand that even when things seem to be going our way it is a test. because more people fail the test of luxury. And the test of wealth is the test of hardship. Because when you go into hardship, we don't have much options. You can be patient, or you can be suicidal, or there's not a lot you can do. But when you go into luxury, you have other options. You can this will be online and you feel like there's no
consequences, or at least no immediate consequences. Right? So you begin to forget Allah, and you begin to become heedless as you that's the test that most people fail.
If you compare our situation to Arceus, the test that most of us fail is not the torture but but the living the life of me in part, because that's what we want. We want to live the life of the king or queen, we want that, well, we want that money. So that becomes a test. Are you going to let go of Allah wants you to let go of it? No, are you going to use it for good? Why'd you have it? Are you willing to sacrifice in the COVID? Your Honor, wants to sacrifice in a COVID? Or is that going to become your God? Is that going to be what controls you? And what controls your thoughts? What controls your life? So this is something very important to understand. arsia Ali Hassan, she is our
role model when it comes to this to dealing with the test of life.
And we also learned from that, from the same point, that our definition of success is what?
Growing up in the modern world. We think being successful in having certain degrees, having a fancy car, having a fancy house. This is what we call success. to the believers in our success. to the believers success in this world is benefiting Omar, leaving behind a beneficent legacy, making a difference in the world. This is success in this world. Success in our era is earning us pleasure forgiveness entrance into paradise, and it will go together. Because Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam said that the best of you are most beneficial to humanity. Right? So benefiting the oma is the way to enter Paradise. So our success is not measured in materialistic terms. If it was the end
Your own was more successful than muscle Islam because he had everything in his union. But we don't look at it. That's not the criteria or the Day of Judgment. Allah is not gonna ask us how much money we had. Interesting to ask you how much money you have? What's he going to ask you? He's gonna ask you, how did you earn that money? And how can you be specific? Meaning whether you had just enough to get by, or even a millionaire or a billionaire, just irrelevant? How did you earn it? And how did you spend it?
So we need to redefine success. We really need to redefine success in our lives. Don't think of success in terms of getting the perfect spouse the perfect card, the perfect house. And that's it you can live happily ever after. It doesn't work like that we are going to be tested to the day we die success is he living a beneficial life beneficial to you and the oma and to another's pleasure and to enter into paradise, that is success. That is what we must work towards.
I'd like to end this with one last point that we can take for the stories.
And this is related to modern phenomena. There's a thing at the oma
in the past 50 years, the Western world of the modern world has gone towards the direction that men and women need to be equal in everything. Right, wherever Amanda the woman needs to do. And this mindset has gotten into the Muslim community as well. And so now we have a woman who wanted to be the mom in front of demand, you know, why was the heavy job and he must be he Java, you know, all of these things are coming up. And while I didn't really have any practices in our community, which are not from Quran and Sunnah, oppressing the woman, on the other hand, we can go to the other extreme and deny the actual differences between men and women, which are mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah.
Right? So we need to understand that in Islam, Allah has given men and women distinct and different roles to play in his work, but but in the sight of Allah, when it comes to reward and punishment, when it comes to good and evil, when it comes to paradigms and how men and women equal data, they will think it is equal to men are not superior to women. Women are not inferior to men, there's no such thing because there is no manual it will get into the status of Ico or money.
or bottom alpha, there's no matter lighting status, right? Why? Because Allah does not look at your gender. He looks at your deeds, he has given me the woman certain deeds to do different from each other. Right? So for example, the woman has to wear the hijab, the man has his response is financially responsible for the family. These are differences, right? A woman does not have financial responsibilities the man does in general, right? The a woman has to cover more parts of money than the men these differences are there they are part of the Sharia, we cannot change the Sharia because the times are telling us to change it. But we need to understand that these
differences does not mean that one is better than the other brother, if everyone is trying to obey Allah and fulfill the duties that Allah has given them, and love the role that Allah has chosen for them, then you have an equal chance of enjoying paradise and earning a high level in paradise. And with that, inshallah, we will close off for today, we will stop the dystonia lusardi salon, there is another portion of the story where women come in, and that is what he means his future wife. Very interesting story. Mussa, Lisa meets
his future wife, and
the future sister in law, and how we need to actually before getting married. So that's the stone you're going to start off with next week. And also next week, we look at the story of her job and the story of Sarah the two wives of property Bradley Islam who to whom we tested very differently, and Buddha who showed it to my passengers. So those are the stories we will look at next week. For that we will close off for today. Unless there any questions?
Okay, I need a question for you.
Okay, okay. The daughter of Pharaoh, who was a mother, Pharaoh had other wives as well probably and concubines as well. He's the king right? And we know drug history the king does not just have one way, right? So most of the historian see that this daughter was from a different wife or concubine or someone else it wasn't us. Yes, doctor. Right.
Any other questions?
Okay, so we close off with that and inshallah we will continue next week, which is Aquila Farren Walker, da da, da de la la bella alameen, wa salam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh