Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen
wa salatu salam ala l mursaleen.
Allah Allah He was happy I mean
my brothers and sisters
inshallah we will continue with the series of lectures related to Ramadan.
And today I'm beginning as a part of that series called reflect on the Quran.
We begin by
praising Allah subhanho wa Taala
and by glorifying him
as it is his right
to be praised and glorified.
We do that with the understanding that we are not capable of fulfilling that right.
But we do our best and we ask Allah Subhana Allah to
cover our mistakes and faults
fulfill the deficiencies and to accept our prayers for him
in a way that pleases Him.
And Allah subhanaw taala said our will
rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim Alhamdulillah Allah
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And he said, Allah, Allah La Ilaha Illa Hi, yo, yo,
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Allah subhana wa tada described
himself. In his words, he praised himself in his words, he glorified himself in his words, and to praise Allah subhanho wa Taala there are no words which are better than that.
There is no harm there is no machine which can be written by anyone which is better than the way in which Allah subhanho wa Taala praised himself, because no one knows Allah better than Allah knows himself.
And no one has the power of Kalam, the way Allah subhanho wa Taala has the power of color.
So as the call hevc kita guava, the most truthful speech is the book of Allah. Allah Jamal hevc Gita Baba, the most beautiful speech is the Kitab of Allah. Akbar Allah hevc Kitab Allah, the glorious and the best and the greatest of speech is the Kitab of Allah.
Essential Hadees the Kitab Allah and the best and most beautiful of speeches is the Kitab of Allah.
I remind myself when you to get connected with the book of Allah subhanaw taala.
About this month of Ramadan al Karim Allah subhanho wa Jalla Jalla Jalla who said shahara Madonna lady de la v Hill hora
immunol houda for ca.
In Surah Al Baqarah Allah subhanaw taala said this month of Ramadan is the month in which was revealed
Or an a guidance for all of mankind, who then leanness
and clear proofs for this guidance, it's not mythology it's not blind belief. It is belief with evidence.
And it is the criterion between right and wrong.
My brothers and sisters I want to remind you that we have a universal religion. Our religion is the only religion which is universal.
Our app the one we worship is not rubber muslimeen is Rabbul aalameen.
The Kitab is sent is not hudl muslimeen it is hudl leanness
and it is hudl mata cane for anyone who has taqwa
and the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with whom he sent his book
did not come for these people. He didn't come only for Muslims he didn't come as Rama muslimeen he came as Rama told me
we have a religion which is truly universal.
If only we understand
if Allah tala
since it is this month of Ramadan, we listen to the column of Allah subhanho wa Taala in taraweeh and read more of it than we normally do.
But let us ask ourselves, how much we reflect on what Allah subhanaw taala said to us? How much do we take away? How much it changes us, as it undoubtedly has the power to do? how tragic if we approach the Quran and get nothing more than the sound of its recitation, and sometimes not even that
tragic is that the only thing you go away is with the sound of the recitation
and sometimes not even that.
Allah Subhana Allah Allah Allah Allah who mentioned and he said of Allah tada barbudan Quran, Allah khudobin aka, in Surah, Mohammed Allah subhanaw taala said, Do they not reflect on the Quran? Or are their hearts locked up? do their hearts kofu Do they have locks on them?
But what is the Quran?
My brothers and sisters, 14 centuries ago, a window opened in the heavens, and God spoke to man.
Allah subhanho wa Taala began the revelation of His message to his messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
This revelation continued for 23 years from that day, and ended when Rasul Allah Azza wa sallam passed away, never to be resumed, until the end of time.
It was not the first time that this had happened. But it was to be the last.
So it contained information, which was not only new, but which was also what humanity would need to live, to prosper and to flourish, as long as the earth exists.
It also contained in it information which no amount of scientific development can ever bring us information about a world whose existence mankind always suspected, but could never know for sure.
A world that they saw everyone going into,
but nobody returning to tell others what there was
a world we enter through a door called Death,
an entry that we have no control over, but which we know we have to make.
The Quran not only told us about that, but told us about what would happen to us thereafter.
And how, very importantly, and how we could control that at will.
Allah subhanaw taala gave it into our hands to write our own destiny with respect to gender or Johanna.
Whoever goes to Jana goes because he chose to go to gender. Whoever goes to Johanna goes because he chose to go to Johanna.
Allah does not force anyone into Jenna or into Johanna.
The Quran is the actual speech of Allah, Allah, Allah Allah.
It is not the meaning of what he said. It is not Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam, his understanding of what Allah said, it is the actual speech of Allah. But the big question is, are we listening? My brothers and sisters I want to remind you and myself that listening is different from hearing
Because listening is the result of understanding, not merely registering sound.
So do we understand what we hear?
The Quran is the spoken word, it came as the spoken word. It did not come as a piece of paper with something written on it.
And that's why listening to it is the most powerful way of approaching it. The Quran enters first the heart, then the mind. First it connects the spirit, then then the intellect. First, it wakes us up, and then tells us what we need to hear.
So let us ask if we are still asleep after listening to the Quran for the last 10 days of Ramadan, or if we are awake.
And you know where the answer will come from.
Our hard hearts will tell us our dry eyes will tell us our fearless lives of disobedience will tell us our hurtling towards our own destruction while reciting the recipe for rescue will tell us so let us ask ourselves, for there is none so destitute as the one who looked upon a treasure, but returned empty handed?
Allah subhanaw taala said
about the power of his column
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la la semana de taala said, had we sent this Koran on a mountain,
you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rendering and rendering asunder by the fear of Allah. Such other parables and the examples which we put forward to mankind that they may reflect.
And then in those favorites, I wish we all know Allah subhanho wa Taala introduced himself and he said, Who Allahu
Allah Allah call
me mean oh hey man, oh la z.
suba Han Allah.
Who Allahu Allah?
Yo, sup Verona hola
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wahala Xiao Hai Ki
Allah subhanho wa Taala said about the effect of his column on the hearts of the believers.
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to Leah talay Hema to Hosea tomiyama manna
be him alone.
He said in zero colon file. The believers are only those listen and listen carefully people because Allah subhanaw taala is establishing a criterion. He's establishing a standard. He's showing us a mirror and saying here is a picture. Look at it. Is it yours?
Allah subhanaw taala said the believers are only those who when Allah subhanho wa Taala is mentioned. They fear they feel a fear in their hearts, their hearts shiver with the all and majesty of Allah. Allah kulu and when this when he is if we're truly at Allah He Maya. And when he says if the Quran is recited unto them, they these ayat, increase their faith. That to me, Mara, the demand increases will Allah be him You gotta walk alone
and they put their trust and debacle in the rub. Allah subhanho wa Taala jelajah
we have been shown the picture.
Let us see whether it is our picture
or whether it's a picture that looks completely
different from what we are.
I ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us the mistake of these ads
and to make us those about whom desire to a sense
and to make us those that when this criterion is applied, that we will not be found wanting.
Let us ask
if any of this happens to us. And if it doesn't, then is it a matter of concern? Abu huraira radi Allahu anhu, one of the personal and favorite students of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who dedicated his entire life only to learning from him. sallallahu wasallam said, the dryness of the eyes is a sign of the hardness of the heart.
In another Hadith, Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam said, Allah Subhana, Allah has made the fire of jahannam haram on two kinds of eyes, the eye that weeps for the glory and magnificence of Allah, and the eye that stays awake for the protection of the Muslims. Let us ask, if we fit, if our eyes fit, if our hearts fit, if our lives fit?
is it that our eyes weep, listening to poetry, listening to a husband,
listening to urges and sad music, but the Kalam of Allah leaves us untouched.
Yet, we find nothing strange in that.
And that's why Allah subhanaw taala called the ignorant cattle. And he said they are worse than cattle.
Do we reflect on the fact that we are listening to the actual speech of Allah revealed to Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, from the Creator, to the best of his creation? Do we reflect on the fact that we are listening what we are listening to are the exact words that were revealed to Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and which the world heard for the very first time? In his voice? Salah Larissa,
do we reflect on the fact that his message contains information that is critical and crucial to our success in this world and the next? And are we eager to know?
Are we aware as we recite that Allah is listening to us in real time on his own, and is mentioning us by name? To those who are around him?
Are you overwhelmed by this knowledge?
Do we fall in sujood? in gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala that he listened, that he chose to respond?
Are we aware that what we are reciting and hearing in Salah is what Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi, Salam recited, and the Sahaba who are witness to that revelation, were listening to it in the voice of the best car that ever lived, because he was the one to whom it was revealed.
And are we excited by that?
Or are we those who occurs can transform
if somebody curses us, it brings about physiological changes in us. It raises our blood pressure.
It increases our heart rate. It changes the color of our face. We format the mouth, our behavior changes, our language changes. We forget who we are, we enter a temporary state of madness and insanity. But the caliber of Allah subhanaw taala leaves us completely unmoved, completely untouched, completely untransformed.
Do we reflect on the fact that this word is the most truthful word that can ever exist? That it is protected in its exactness in its meaning? And in its application by the one who spoke it? Do we reflect on the fact that this Koran changed the people who were despised in the world and made them into role models? Who were looked up to? Do we reflect on the fact that this Koran transformed people and change their destination from jahannam to gender? And don't and then do we ask, what was it What is it doing for me?
Do we ask, what is it doing for me?
Do we reflect on the fact that Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned us in the Koran and also mentioned what will happen to each of us depending on the qualities that he mentioned.
And then as is the demand
Have intelligence? Do we search for ourselves in the Quran?
Do we reflect on the fact that the Quran is Shiva, a cure for illnesses both of the body, and much more importantly, a cure for the most serious of illnesses, the illness have an effect of hypocrisy.
And then do we seek that cure before it is too late?
Do we reflect on the fact that the Quran teaches us how to ask Allah? And then do we ask Allah as he told us to ask and see the result of our door being accepted?
Do we reflect on the fact that the Quran gives solace to the bereaved, comfort to the aggrieved? Safety from danger? takes away our fears and anxieties? And then do we seek these things from the Quran? before we run to anyone else for help?
Do we learn to read the Quran properly according to its rules?
And do we teach our children ourselves?
Are you the shell of your son or daughter?
Are you the star of your son and daughter?
And if you are not, at least, are you ashamed about that?
At least Are you ashamed that you are not the teacher of your own child?
In Allahu la Elijah.
Do we teach our children ourselves? Or do we hire a poor Imam for a pittance and leave it to him to teach our children while ourselves not even having the knowledge to judge if that Imam is doing the job correctly or not?
Do we take pride in the course of study that our child is doing in a worldly sense? Do we tell our the people that my son or my daughter is a lawyer or a doctor or an engineer or this or that.
Yet we feel no sense of shame whatsoever. That our child cannot read the Quran properly, cannot lead to rocket of Salah. And when we die, that child will not be able to lead our own Salah to genocide.
And we are not even ashamed of this. It is not even a matter of concern for us, and we call ourselves Muslim.
My brothers and sisters asked you this question. Do our children listen to us reciting the Quran at home? Or is that not a part of their memory at all? How many people are here who never heard the Quran recited in the voice of their father or their mother.
Don't raise your hand. I don't want to humiliate you or your parents. But you know, and I know that there are people sitting in this very much, who never heard the Kalam of Allah recited by their own parents.
And you know, and I know
that many of you are sitting here alive, who have never recited the caliber of Allah allowed in your voice, which your children can take away as anybody.
Who do you want to blame for that?
Who do you want to blame for that?
How many homes are there? How many of our homes are palaces outwardly?
The palaces outwardly Italian marble on the floor.
Swarovski chandeliers hanging from the from the ceiling. Persian carpets covering the Italian marble.
Drape draperies have brockett
furniture from all over the place.
gadgets and appliances like you won't believe.
but idiotic people,
because those draperies and those chandeliers and those carpets and those walls
will recall and remember and bear witness to the rustle parties that you used to have
to the songstresses that used to call and listen to them singing homina haram voice
and those draperies and those walls, and every brick in that wall will bear witness to the fact that all its existence. It yearned to listen to the column of Allah, but that you've never granted it
You deprived it of that.
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How many of our homes are bereft of the sound of the column of Allah? Our voices reciting his column are not a part of the memories of our children. They will remember us for many reasons, some good, some bad, but never because they used to hear us reciting the column of Allah in the dead of the night, when the world was asleep.
My brothers and sisters listen and listen carefully, how many of us have children who come to us and say to us,
make dua for me.
Because I difficult.
Make dua for me because I am in difficulty. And I know your connection with Allah. So ask him for me,
him for me?
how many of us out there
who can then look at the heavens?
And raise their hands? and say, oh, Allah gave because I'm asking,
give, because I am asking,
give because you only can give.
And I will not leave you on to give
in the delay.
My brothers and sisters, so how can we change this? And how can we make this Salah this therapy?
This way of listening to the column of Allah subhanaw taala.
A matter of great joy,
a matter of rejuvenating the spirits, a matter of strengthening the heart and connecting us to the only one who has the power to change our lives and to make us winners in both worlds.
We can do this by praying deliberately, not mechanically.
Please reflect on the importance of Nia in Salah. Why is it necessary to make Nia?
Who are we making the Nia for?
does Allah not know what we are doing?
The Nia is so that we remind ourselves of what we are about to do. And to do it deliberately, consciously, thankfully, with a sense of awe and gratitude to be able to stand in the presence of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
reflect on what you are doing where you are sitting, where shortly you will be standing before whom you will be standing before whom you will speak to and the fact that he is listening and the fact that he is responding.
cannot possibly overemphasize the importance of connecting to Allah.
The Salah is the tool to do that. But sadly, even in Salah, our attention wanders, and we have made Salah a mechanical thing to be performed.
Allah use the term established. Allah says a comet is Salah, a key musala Allah did not say performs Allah. He didn't say read Salah. He didn't say read namaz.
He didn't say MCs Allah. Allah said established Salah, but we perform Salah
we insist on performing and that's why it's a performance and the vicar of Allah, and obedience to Him is never established in our life. Although although we pray all our lives.
So let us see how we can change the situation. So that Salah becomes a tool to solve all our problems in this life and becomes an intercessor for us in our graves. And on the Day of Judgment. We can only collect connect to Allah subhanaw taala by responding to his column. How can we connect if you are dead to the speech of Allah if we don't respond
Allah subhanaw taala mentioned the effect of his Gollum on a mountain. If it was sent down on it, please reflect. As I mentioned, we respond even to a curse, but we don't respond to the word of Allah. What does that say? What does that say about the state of our hearts it's only if we reflect on the Quran that we can reach a stage where we are responsive to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
My brothers and sisters,
to begin with, I thought I would take as a pointer,
the surah which we recite most often, the surah we recite in every Salah in every rocket, and without which the Salah is not complete and not accepted. The pseudo Fatah, the Koran,
the opening chapter of the Quran, the introduction to the Quran.
The Crown the jewel in the crown that was given to debase Allah, Allah us Abu Salah, the seven most repeated Ayah
let us reflect on what we say when we recite this glorious surah so that we can remember this when we recite it. And we can remember this when we listen to its recitation. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to enable us to connect with him by means of the surah of the Quran.
Let us reflect on the hadiza kotse
which is narrated Babel hora de la and recorded by Muslim inessa Hey,
we're on the authority of Abu huraira Rasul Allah
vilano who narrated Francois Allah He sallallahu wasallam, who said
Allah subhanho wa Taala said I have divided Salah I have divided prayer in this case, this means sort of Fatah I have divided prayer between myself and my slave into two halves into two parts.
And my slave shall have what he asked for.
Listen to the service very carefully and keep this in mind when we read when we stand for Juma inshallah
I will decide for you the whole surah first and then very quickly we will go as per the service Abba inshallah
Allah subhanaw taala said
Ma Li ke o d
la mala dog
the amin is from us. And the reason why Salim said that when the slave says amin and America say I mean Allah subhanaw taala forgives all the sins.
In the Hadith
Allah subhanho wa Taala said I have divided the Salah between myself and my slave into two halves. And my slave shall have what he asked for. When the slave says al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen Allah subhanho wa Taala says hamadani Abdi, my slave has praised me.
There is a conversation, there is a response. Allah says my slave has praised me hamadani Abdi
and when the slave says, rock man, he
Allah subhanaw taala says is Nally Abdi
my slave has extolled me he has glorified me.
And when the slave says Maliki omit the
Allah subhanaw taala says, My God,
my slave has glorified me and then the slave says he cannot
Although I cannot stay in
Allah Savannah does is at this point the slave says yeah can Abuja gonna stay? Allah only you, I worship
and only you, I asked for help
Allah Subhana Allah says has benei babina de Wali Abdi masan
Allah says this from now is between me and my slave. And whatever he asked me, I will give him
How did we grow up? No one told us all this
mechanical, mechanical, we're like robots.
We are like robots is your champion wheel was round and round around until the battery runs out and that's it finished in Delhi live in La Jolla.
Here we are talking to Allah and Allah subhanho wa Taala is responding. And Allah is saying, What is closer? What is more
of a gesture than other saying now this is between me and you. Whatever you ask, I will give you
what is the value of that?
And then the slave says Irina co author, Mr. Karim sirata la Vina
del mundo de la him Allah
and Allah subhanaw taala says
benei babina de Wailea de mas and
this is between me and my slave. And whatever he asked me, I will give him
It is for this reason, that in deference to the response of Allah subhanho wa Taala
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam used to recite the surah I by he did not recite the surah continuously he recited it, I have I my brothers and sisters are not even going to begin the surah today inshallah we'll do this over the next few months. But I want to end by reminding myself when you let us reflect simply on two things.
Let us reflect simply on two things that Allah subhanho wa Taala is actually listening and responding in real time to us when we pray and recite Surah Fatiha
and that Allah subhanho wa Taala use the term Abdi
has a beanie ouabain Abdi. Allah says use the term Abdi my slave.
Allah subhanaw taala could have used a term which was more distant.
Allah did not use a term which was more distant. Allah subhanaw taala used that term which is the closest to him. Who is the one who Allah subhanho wa Taala applied this term to first who, who did Allah subhanaw taala said say Abba de about Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
So Hannah does he Asara br Abu de Laila Minar Merci de l'homme Isla Merci de la sala de Vaca. Hola, hola. Norio Minaya Tina, in the who, who was Samuel Vasil sir Bani Israel, Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned the issue of our marriage, where Allah gave him the gift of Salah, and thanks to him, we got this gift of Salah. The ability to directly connect with Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah called us, he mentioned the person praying Abdi, my slave, my brothers sisters, that way of address alone is enough to send the one who understand what he is doing, and who reflects on this hadith into a state of ecstatic joy
into ruptures of delights.
into what just
to connect with Allah subhanho wa Taala
that he worships a living God
who is real and who listens to him and responds to him and responds to him in such an affectionate and personal manner.
I asked you what more can you ask?
For Salalah Alana will carry him while he was happy he made me two requests for da one request for the majority of our work.
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