Reflect on the Qur’an #30
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
Series: Mirza Yawar Baig - Reflect On The Quran
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Bismillah Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala Shafi Lumbee even sullied Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sahbihi wa seldom does leave and cathedra and cathedra.
On Mavado, my dear brothers and sisters in our lesson on reflect on the Quran, we are coming to the close of my book by this name called reflect on the Quran.
Inshallah, from next from after we complete this, maybe this session or the next one, then I'm planning to do a series on raising children, raising a Muslim child, this is for you to plan in advance if you would like to attend those classes. Now.
Just think about this.
Imagine that you
get a letter
from somebody that you consider to be
extremely important or critical in your life.
Right? Say, for example, that you are waiting for a visa
to some country that you want to go to. And you get a letter from the immigration department.
But this letter is written in the language of that country. So for example, if you're waiting for a Hajj
to go to Hajj,
and you applied for a visa,
excuse me, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and you get a letter,
which is in Arabic.
What will you do?
What would you do? Will you say, Well, I don't know Arabic. So what can I do?
Or will you say, Well, let me I know the script because I am although speaking it is the same script. So I'm going to just read that letter. And every day in the morning, I will read this letter. Maybe I'll read this letter 10 times in a day because it's only one page.
Think about this sounds stupid, right?
This sounds completely stupid. And you are saying to yourself, Okay, as an example, but obviously, we never do that.
Why would you never do that?
Because, you know, firstly, that this letter came to you, it is addressed to you.
And secondly, this letter concerns a matter which is important for you.
And therefore, it is absolutely critical and essential for you to know what is in this letter
to understand that
in order to take appropriate action.
So three stages, number one, be interested in knowing what is in that letter.
It begins with that if I have no interest, then the rest of it won't happen. So I'm really first interested what is this letter
is to then understand what it is.
And if the letter is in me in a language that I don't understand that I take the letter to somebody who does understand it, I find some means of translating it.
So, I must understand what is in the letter
and why must I do that? Because after understanding what is in the letter, I know that I will have to act I will have to take some action to do something
in order to achieve my goal and unless I do something my goal is not going to be achieved. So I am focused on that action, read the letter understanding and say okay now what should I do?
Now, imagine and apply this to the column of Allah subhanaw taala
the Kitab of Allah subhanaw taala is a letter
and this letter came to us
it came to all of humanity
and especially it came to the Muslims.
It came to us through
the blessed agency of Muhammad Rasul Allah subhana Haile Joosten.
when the letter came to us, what is it that we do with it?
We have different things we do with it. We have of course, some of us and may Allah bless them and give them and be pleased with them and reward them and give them more strength in what they do. They actually read the letter and they seek to understand the letter and then they live their lives according to what is in that letter. So I'm the law.
But the vast majority of us what do we do?
One thing which we do is, we read the letter
B focus on how to read that letter in the most beautiful way in how to recite it in how to ensure that we pronounce every letter exactly as it is to be pronounced.
Right, all our focus is on the reading and recitation of the letter.
Now, there are others who focus on memorizing this letter.
So we memorize the whole thing. And as you know, it is the wrong thing. So embrace the whole thing, we
check ourselves. And we pride ourselves on being able to remember every single line of this letter, anybody can start that letter from anywhere randomly, and we are able to complete that line.
Right, all of the things that we do in our craft, and his competitions,
there are others who focus on the understand the meaning. And they focus on the miracle of the letter itself. The way that prose is written,
the intricacies of Arabic grammar, the the the intricacy and the marveling marvelous way in which individual words have been used,
some in preference to others,
right, all different aspects of it.
There are still others,
who spend a lot of time writing and expounding on an explanation of this whole thing.
So one is the translation, and the other one is the explanation of all of it.
Now, none of the things that I have said to you are wrong in themselves. There is nothing wrong in learning how to recite this letter well, because there is no glory in reciting it badly.
There is nothing wrong in memorizing it, or Hamdulillah. Both of these learning to do well and learning to recite it are full of reward from Allah subhanaw taala. And we ask Allah to give you the full benefit and full reward inshallah
there's nothing wrong in
writing detailed explanations of this or or giving lectures on the detailed explanations of this hamdulillah insha Allah may that be a means of hedaya and guidance for those who listen,
there is nothing wrong in
marveling at and expounding on the intricacies of the grammar and the language and so on and so forth. hamdulillah these are, these are miracles in themselves.
But the question to ask is,
are any of these the purpose why this letter was sent?
Go back to the example of the immigration letter.
Did the Immigration Department send the letter to you so that you can read it properly?
Did they send the letter to you so that you can memorize it?
Did they send the letter to you so that you can marvel at their command of the language? And how beautifully This letter has been written?
Did they send a letter to you so that you could understand it? And then you could write a book
about this letter? Or did they send the letter to you, which really has instructions on the next steps forward? For you to get your visa and go into much?
What is the purpose?
And that is the question that you and I need to ask with regard to the purpose of the Quran. This is where we began this whole series of lectures and classes on reflecting on the Quran, which is what is the purpose of the revelation? Why did Allah subhanho wa Taala della della who sent this color? Why did he speak? Why did he send this book of instructions?
The very purpose why did he do that?
The answer is a no brainer. I mean, it's an absolutely straightforward answer which and there can be no other answer. And that is so that we follow it so that we live according to it. So that we use that as the criterion of judgment for all our decisions in life.
That's the purpose.
The maksud of the Newzoo of the kids
Allah subhanho wa Taala
is for us to implement it in our lives
for us to do Amell on it.
And that is the question that I asked myself and you
Where are we visa V?
The purpose of the revelation
no matter what else we are doing
with respect to implementing the, the
keytab in our lives. Where are we?
That is why, as you know, Simon Joseph Abdullah said pseudos Avada is Toba. The kalam of Allah begins with
a reminder for us to make Easter far and
So the Fatiha is
the one who recites it with understanding will constantly make is still far from the first idea, which is Bismillah Alhamdulillah Rahim to the last idea, which is kind of do really well dolly
to another Latina, and I'm telling him to do really well on Dolly, which is the last day of the seven I had, from the first one to the seventh one, the person will continuously make Easter far and Toba because it draws attention to where we are and where we need to be.
And this is the point that I want to remind myself and you
and so therefore let us think and ask
how much we need to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala
we can never do it
to the extent that it should be done.
And we ask Allah to forgive us and forgive our shortcoming that we are unable to thank him to the extent in the way that it should be done.
But at least we need to make the effort
and what is the effort of thanking Allah subhanaw taala with respect to the Quran, it is to implement the Quran in our lives. It's not simply to stand there and say thank you.
It is to implement the Quran in our lives.
You know, think about somebody if you give a gift to somebody,
you expect that person to use the gift.
It makes you happy when you see them using that gift if somebody gives you gives you a shirt or something. And when they when they wear that shirt and you see them wearing the shirt that you give them you feel happy is all good. They're using what I've given them
to deliver. I mean the nice of them they even draw your attention to that even if you have forgotten this uh you know the shirt like the shirt is easy. Yes, this is what you get.
Now, Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah subhanaw taala is beyond any examples that we give.
But think about is Allah subhanaw taala gave us a gift.
A gift which not only will ensure that we live in this world in the best possible manner, prosperous, influential.
People who have is a well respected, highly respected beloved of everyone around us and inshallah who will get genital for those on the Day of Judgment.
This is what the Quran is designed to do.
This is what it can do for us.
This is the beauty of Islam. Islam does not tell us to reject this world to live a life which is painful and miserable and hard and harsh. So that we can get Jana
Alassane Ouattara taught us a way in which we can live this life very beautifully,
very beautifully without any problems and get them
if you think of all the troubles that we find ourselves in,
these are because we disobey Allah subhanaw taala in this world in this life,
the Quran for example, in terms of judo also and so on the Quran promotes personal hygiene and cleanliness.
Vast majority of our problems are because of lack of personal hygiene and cleanliness. The one prohibits
alcohol for example,
and all intoxicants
vast majority of our problems because our because of systems abuse
because of substance abuse
The Quran promotes justice
without any consideration of anything else.
Justice irrespective of personal relationship, whether the person is a father or son or whatever, irrespective of relay relay being related according to race or color or gender or nationality or anything, Justice irrespective whether off whether the person is rich or poor,
whether the person is strong or weak.
absolute justice is what the Quran promotes. Thank you. So the items organiser, which we all like to talk about
the Quran promotes charity
being concerned, not only for yourself, but for your neighbors. For those you know, and those who wrote for the Muslims and non Muslims.
The Quran promotes that the Quran makes it as a pillar of Islam the Quran makes it far makes it compulsory, obligatory.
The Quran promotes
to people, starting with your immediate circle, which is your immediate family, parents, children, spouses and so on. And then extending in circles of influence going outwards meaning then to your neighbors and then to society at large and to so on and so forth through the whole word, being good to everybody, giving everybody that you giving everybody their rights.
And then Ehsaan
in the La Jolla Moreau, Bill addley Wallace, and really a lot about Allah has commanded you to do justice, and then Assad to do justice and then give more.
The Quran promotes forgiveness, forgiveness, to the extent that if somebody murders
then even though in Islam, it is permitted.
And capital punishment is there.
A life or a life is there.
So it is the right of the heirs of the person who was murdered, to demand that this person should be executed. It is their right if they insist on it, then they are not wrong.
However, Islam promotes two things, as if one Islam says instead of his life, let him pay you some money. Take the money as the or take the money as the compensation for the life of your loved one, and let the person go. Don't take his life.
Because he also has family, whatnot, whatnot, don't take it away.
Even though it is your right. This is the I'm sorry, what is Allah say? Allah say, If you forgive, now, take the money. And then even more than that,
Allah if you forgive, that is better for you.
Meaning, don't even take the money.
He murdered, she murdered.
After do investigation and process of law they have been brought to the court.
In justice, they should be hanged, or killed in whichever way
you had the right to take money and let them go. But Allah says if you leave them just like that, even without taking the money, this is beautiful.
Magic Hamdulillah. It's a wonderful thing to know that there are people in this world even today who have done these things. I know a case of a doctor in in the UK.
I think his Bangladeshi doctor in UK, who lost his entire family. He lost his wife and all his children at one goal because somebody burned down his house, there's some hate crime. And they he was away he was traveling. And he got his message. And when he came back he found his house had been burned to the ground and all his family had been destroyed. This whole entire family had died in that fire.
And the police caught the culprit.
They brought him to court.
And in the court this doctor said I forgive you.
I forgive him
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hold on he's gone.
He's alone in the world.
Please forgive this man. Let him go.
I don't know whether they will
Going out because British law is different from Islamic law, Islamic law is the one which gets all the bad rap.
But in British law, you cannot just let somebody go like that.
So I don't know what they did to him, to the man who killed all these people. But the point I'm saying is that this doctor said that him
rather than just as really think about this and say that what is it that this column of Allah subhanaw taala?
What is it that the Quran is teaching us? What is it that it came to teach us? And that's why I mentioned this to you. And I said, Look, if we live our lives like this,
then what would happen?
What just look around you and say, in this world today, given whatever we have the same, you know, standards of ethics and morals and values.
How does the world look at somebody who is truthful, who is compassionate?
Who is forgiving,
who is highly charitable,
who is easygoing, flexible.
So as a result of that, in one Hadith, Allah says that if a person is easygoing and flexible, and and cooperative and you know,
helps people and good things, then Allah has made the buyer of Johanna marajuana.
Just good manners.
So if you're a person like this, who's
honest, high integrity, hardworking delivers quality always, which is all aspects of justice
easygoing, beautiful speech, good manners,
very charitable, always helpful, compassionate, I mean, think about if you find a person like in this world today, somebody like this is he or she respected or not respected is he or she influential around influence is he or she
loved or not loved, irrespective of whether they're Muslim or non Muslim.
This is what the Quran came to teach. So now think about is that if a Muslim does all this, in this world, he or she is assured of having a beautiful place in society. But in addition to that, they inshallah they are also should have done.
Right, it's a win win situation. Anyway, you look at it. And this is the beauty of Islam.
Islam came to teach us
to live our lives in a way which is beneficial to everybody in this life. And for that Allah will give us
Allah does not say you will benefit everyone. So you got the reward of that in the world itself, which is the fact which we will get the reward in the world is Allah does not restrict with that. And so, now I will also give you them.
And we have the living example of this, which is the life of Rasulullah sallallahu himself, and the life of the of his Sahaba, Rizal layer image man
who lived like this.
And who were the most beloved, the most influential, the most powerful, not because of the sword or any force, but because of their club because of their manner because of the purity of their souls.
They were the most beloved people of the time.
So it is not we are not preaching a pie in the sky, which cannot be achieved is doing something which was achieved and as soon as I sell them is the witness.
We have to see whether we want him to be a witness for us or against us.
Because we do not live our life like this. We don't make any attempt to do that.
We cannot go before Allah and say I'm sorry, the standard was impossible to achieve. It's not my fault. The standard was beyond a nobody could have lived like this. They could not say that. We cannot say that because Allah subhanaw taala sent his Nabi SallAllahu Sallam as an example, who lived by that standard, and who demonstrated it
and he's as happy with one the hearing was mine. His companions lived by that standard and they demonstrated
so before we go anywhere with the Quran,
when we are reflecting on the Quran, let us reflect on this and say that here is this manual of instruction.
Here is the proof that Allah has sent. Do I want this proof in my favor? Or do I want this proof against
the proof is the Kitab is the book of Allah and the implementation of that book of Allah, which is the Sunnah of Russell
Allah did not simply send us the word. He sent us the word and you sent us somebody to live by that word and to show and prove that it can be done.
And that is why Allah subhanaw taala told us
in Soto call it Allah wa to rasool Allah for in our low for in Mr. Ali MA from Mila Wiley Kumar Minto. When to to who that did,
we will follows him will be guided Omar Lazuli Illa Albula would be Allah subhanaw taala said which means, say to them, or Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, obey Allah and obey the messenger alayhi salam, but if you turn away, if you refuse, he
the messenger Muhammad, Salah Salem is only responsible for the duty placed on him, which is to call towards Allah subhanaw taala.
And you for that which is placed on you, which is to follow him. So he did his duty, he called you, but did you follow him or not? If you obey Him, you will be on the right guidance.
We're into to that.
If you obey Him, you will be on the right guidance. The messengers duty is only to convey the message in a clear way.
Ma Allah Masoli Illa, Allah will move in it is not on the soul to do anything other than convey in the message.
Allah subhanaw taala did not
send us one as a salon to force us to obey Allah in him.
Now, he's never forced anybody.
He presented the message. And those whose hearts were pure, those who are genuine and sincere, they took the message. And they followed the message. And those whose hearts were impure, those who had whose hearts were those who are worshipping their own desires.
They try to find loopholes and this and that and they tried to argue and they try to, you know, they made all kinds of excuses and statements, none of which hold any water before Allah Subhana.
Allah knows the truth, we also know the truth.
There's nothing that is hidden
of our actions, either from ourselves or from Allah. So
the world does not know the people, even the people closest to you. They do not know our intentions.
So I may be doing a lot of good things. But my intention may be such that it nullifies all those good things. So the people looking at me, my might say, Oh, fantastic, what a wonderful person, how many good things he's doing and so on. But those good things will not benefit me. If I have no glass in my ear, if I have no sincerity, in my intention. And if I'm not doing those things to please Allah, if I'm bringing those things to please the people to draw the attention of people towards me, to make money to become influential to become liked and whatnot, then those deeds are mine, even though in themselves they are good deeds, even though they benefit materially, many people, they
will have no benefit for me when I go for Allah, it will be a clean slate, we ask Allah to protect us from this.
So we don't have we do not know what is the intention of the person.
Allah subhanaw taala gives the rewards based on the intention in our lives beneath.
So we need to know and that's why I'm saying we know ourselves people don't know people people are misguided.
We know ourselves.
In my work that I do with a lot of young people, one of the things which I'm constantly
surprised and amazed and very in a very beautiful way
is when people come to accept Islam young people come to accept Islam. And when they when you ask them how did you get to Islam who invited you to Islam?
who impressed you?
I have seen them show me
their friends, Muslim friends.
And so Allah if I look at that boy or that girl I just vallah How on earth did this one guide somebody else to Islam
How did this I mean this this that that that person not that they're evil, but you know in the in the sense of the modern liberal fancy hairstyle they will peculiar clothes and you know there
by looking at them you will never have the time you know, can you recognize their Muslim or not?
Even if you know they are Muslim and you might think oh my god look at this he's gone he conversations always you know he never talks about Allah and and also that is not in my hearing he's talking about whatever football game this they're about not
they're not evil at all I mean that will lead me as the good but you know this is one kid this is a you know teenager or something is God knows in
involved in all sorts of only worldly things constantly the faces and the phone whatnot
and this person becomes the means of guiding somebody was not a Muslim to Islam Subhan Allah
so obviously there is something beautiful and good in that person which somebody like me can't see.
And always always and I always say the 100 Allah Allah has put this deen and this the future of this deer in good hands because this young generation which we have is a beautiful generation so they're very strong Mashallah.
So, let us be
reflect on this and say, Where am I?
Forget the rest of the world? I know. And Allah knows.
I know knows.
So where am I?
one of the servers.
What is the height of piety? What is the mark? What is the metric by which I know if I'm pious?
The best of luck but what is the height of that? He said suppose you take everything that's inside you and put it on a plate and walk around with this plate in the marketplace, meaning people can see all this
and there is nothing in that that you need to hide.
That is the level of pride.
Allah subhanaw taala enabled us to reach that may Allah subhanaw taala give us a trophy to struggle towards it to work towards it. And may Allah subhanaw taala give it put Baraka in that so that it becomes easy for us and that we reach it. And by if we don't reach it before we die, they may Allah excuse that and use this effort we made as the means and the excuse for forgiving us. So Allah Allah will kill him while he was named