9 Keys to Better Connect with the Quran
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Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah Allah Allah He was so happy as you Marian would begin the name of Allah All Praise and Glory be to Allah. And mais find his peace and blessings be upon His messenger Muhammad and his family and his companions and all those who adhere to his guidance. We ask Allah to make us among the best of those who adhere to his guidance. Allahumma Amin, may Allah write us among the people of the Quran, that have a distinct loyalty and connection and benefit from his great book and may Allah allow us to reach the month of Quran the month of Ramadan and safety and an Iman Allahumma Amin.
So welcome back everyone. We in sha Allah azza wa jal will dedicate the next two sessions on
that very theme of better connecting with the Quran.
You know, the book of Allah azza wa jal is replete with blessings. It's blessing beyond measure, beyond calculation, Allah azza wa jal says Kitab Boone and Zelner who in a camo Barak, a book that we sent down upon you that is bless it, but it being blessed it and the one reciting it receiving blessings, all of that comes with the package. But that is not the primary objective for why Allah sent down the Quran simply for blessings.
That is just one of its qualities keytab wound a book we sent down upon you mobile rock that is blessing but then he says the purpose Liad de barro Arrietty, so that they may deeply reflect on its Ayat on its signs or its verses, well yet avec Cara Ahlul Al Bab, and so that the people of understanding may recall may be reminded, so who are the people of understanding the ones who are reminded? That is the idea.
And so, the true power of the Quran, the transformative power of the Quran,
is found in deeply reflecting on its meanings. In other words, you know, the reward of reciting a verse and you get 10 good deeds for every single letter in every single word of that verse, and the reward of memorizing a verse that you get a level in Jannah for every verse that you memorize this whole concept, it could be argued that this is all ultimately to bring you closer and closer to the Quran, so that you may be ultimately transformed by your reflection of it. That is the idea. And even you know, when Allah azza wa jal told us that one of the complaints of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on the Day of Judgment, Allah will have him complain.
We find it suitable for con that Allah terracotta Allah said Wirkkala rasuluh Robbie in CO Mita, who have Khurana Jura and the messenger says, Oh my Lord, My people have forsaken this book have taken this Quran as something not worth being treasured, worth being ignored, being abandoned. What does that mean? Who is he complaining of in the aquarium Rahim? Allah, He says in his book and that yeah, for sure he's speaking about the disbelievers that have outright rejected the Quran. Of course then first, he said but the abandonment of the Quran that places you at the opposite end of the courtroom on the Day of Judgment with the Prophet alayhi salatu salam happens on many levels. He mentions five
of them and there are more in his book alpha eight, he says one of them is that when you approach the Quran, while not seeking from it, the Mercy it has awaiting you and the cure that it has for your diseases, your illnesses, your infections. He said because Allah azza wa jal said in the Quran about the Quran, when Nunes Zilla Amina Al Quran II ma Hua shifa Anwar Rama tondi Meaning we
sent down out of this Quran that which is actually fat that which is a cure, not just that there were a medicine because the medicine may or may not have efficacy may or may not work right. But he fat meaning any effective cure and a Rama and a mercy for those who believe in it. So for so for someone to say I believe in it, but they're not seeking to tap into its mercy and its cure. That's not your approach to the Quran.
I'm just gonna recite some verses here, or I'm just gonna hang it there, right? You're not seeking from it, what will cure you and grant you access to Allah's mercy. He says that's a lesser form of May Allah forbid abandoning the Quran, you're not coming to it seeking Allah's light from it for your life, you're not trying to enlighten yourself with it. You're not seeking directions on how you should live. You're not seeking motivation for how you already know you should live. Right? These are of the forms of abandoning the Quran memorializing it or tokenizing it in this way.
And you know
there is a beautiful story I will mention it quickly that when the Muslims conquered my dad in
which was the the capital of the Sassanid Persian Empire sad the nebula Castro the Allahu Allah from his, you know, intelligence and wisdom, he placed the former Persian as the governor of a mundane Salman al Pharisee Salman the Persian and when he did that, the people all would flock to Salman because, you know, we always like imagine Salmela Pharisee or the lioness on young man. Yeah, because his his story started as a young man who had a great zeal for the truth, and you know, chose the true religion. But you know, if you do the math, he was likely older than the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam. By the time he met the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa sallam, he was on a journey for a
lifetime seeking the truth, right? And so, the Prophet alayhi salatu salam meets him in Medina about 10 years later he dies Allah he's Salatu was Salam Abu Bakr is the Khalifa Omar Khalifa muda in his conquered under Omar then said man, he might be 90 years old at this point, okay. And he has been collecting wisdom for the for those 90 years, they used to call him Sayed or how al kita vain I will say refrain that he is like the master scholar of the two books, because he collected whatever remains of the books of Christianity per se, right, until he finally found the Prophet SAW Selim and then he became a master scholar of the Quran. So
So when he would enter the masjid, people would flock around him and would not be able, you know, to wait the for the gems, he would drop essentially. So one time, he wanted to teach them a lesson about the potency of the Quran, above all else above human wisdom. And so the people all gathered around and he sat down, and he refused to speak until more and more and more and more people came, the crowd built. And after it built, the narrator says there was about 1000 people there. And then
he begins to recite to them sort of the use of just straightforward, no commentary, nothing. And if Allah Hamra.
The whole surah is on the way, they realize it's not stopping. He's not sort of like gonna tell them a reflection or anything. They begin to trickle away from the gathering. The narrator says till there was about maybe 10 or 10% of them left meaning of the 1000 became like 100 900 people left. And then he sort of showed his face like his actual intent. He the anger surfaced on his face, and he said to them, as the head of mineral only Rotom Phil Makara to Aleikum keytab Allah He for the habit zone. You know, you are waiting for me to say some fancy words right? You are waiting for me to in modern language drop the Mic, mic drop moment right like something so profound you've never
heard before. And then I recite to you the book of Allah earning all we all know Quran, you keep it moving. He tell him That's your problem. You think you know the Quran? If you knew the Quran, if you had a deep relationship with the Quran, you would realize there is no superior wisdom. Even if you're on the earth for 90 years like me, there is no superior wisdom to the wisdom of Allah azza wa jal revealed for you in this book. And so coming to the Quran, as that seeking from A to that transformative wisdom, the direction the light, the cure, the motivation, the inspiration, that is how you should be coming to Allah Xeljanz book. I'm gonna give you like nine tips, okay.
To help you reflect on the Quran, the first of them is a very short one very straightforward. It's called are with the bIllahi min ash shaytani R rajim. Right. You know, the scholars even mentioned that in some cases it is mandatory to say before you start reciting our will do bIllahi min ash shaytani R rajim. Because Allah azza wa jal said in the Quran for either Cara del Quran Fs thereof, when you recite Quran, meaning you're about to recite Quran, then seek refuge ask Allah to protect you from shaitan that's already a huge reminder to what we
What does it remind you of? When you're saying I was a bIllahi min ash shaytaan agin before you start
why are we told they are the blemish? Tanaji
at Quran right? It's not like you know, you're about to commit a sin you say Oath of Allegiance Thanos your love for taking shape on right? He's suggesting something bad you're about to recite Quran, why is it necessary for you say our oath of Allah Ministry of Energy
because shaitan works hard to misguide you, to distract you from taking a deep dive into the Quran. Because shaytaan knows the power he's done, if you're able to perform to the bar, if you're able to reflect deeply, he's finished.
And so he mobilizes when you're about to read the Quran, and that is why Allah is telling you, I'll take care of him for you, I will but you say this arrow, the villa. So the arrow the villa is not just there, you know, to protect you, but also to remind you that shaytaan knows the power of what you're about to do. And that is why I'm telling you seek my protection. So you can access that power. That's number one, okay.
And this could also be you know,
supplemented with the idea of you know, making will do before you hold the most half and preparing yourself inside and out and but we can come back to that Inshallah, towards the end. The second thing second key or like base on our treasure map Inshallah, to you know, unlock to the boat unlock deep reflection, is when you recite the Quran, even in English, by the way, even in translation, this this advice still works in sha Allah, all of it, reflect on your own needs, because the same idea could benefit different people in different ways based on how they subject themselves or the state they're in when they subject themselves to that Daya.
The simple example
when you say Maliki Oh, me, Dean, Owner of the Day of Judgment,
if you are saying that,
recognising your need for strength, you will be strengthened by this if you're feeling weak at the moment.
Allah is the Owner of the greatest day. So why do I feel right now sort of, bullied by my boss are threatened by my partner or, you know, overwhelmed by my circumstance. If Allah is the Owner of the greatest day, then he's also the owner of every lesser day, right?
And on the flip side, if you're feeling a little full of yourself, feeling a little pompous, and you read Maliki OMA Deen, and you're looking to cure yourself, Allah azza wa jal may cure you from that, right?
And remind you that, hey, Allah is the Owner of the greatest day. That means for sure, he's the owner of today as well. We don't own anything, we don't even own our next breath. What are we getting all you know, big in the head for? What are we getting all diluted for?
Or here's another one, you know, as Dr. Allen Fifi very beautifully extracted, he said, so many people
are in need of being cured from the illness of judging a book by its cover.
You see how someone's dressed, you automatically pass a judgement, a value judgment on them simply by sort of the value the monetary value of the clothes they're wearing, right?
He said, but look at this was an on his reflections in his book on use of value system. He says look at use of Alayhis Salam, he is caught outside the door or at the door
with his shirt ripped off.
At that moment, his shirt was ripped. Why? Because of his chastity, his dignity. So sometimes people may be wearing clothing that is beneath what you would wear, because they have more dignity than you right or wrong. They may be sort of in in, you know, a compromised condition. Dressed subpar because sometimes they're more virtuous than you. They're not trying to, they were rushing to catch up, or they don't want to live on more than their means. They didn't want to sort of getting involved in in interest based borrowing or whatever it may be right or wrong. He says so if you're coming, sincerely saying I have a need for this book, Allah will open up for you so many angles in this
in sort of use of because us as a community, you guys may remember that we went through sort of the use of week by week and so it has a special place in many of our hearts now.
When they came to use valet Salem
and they said to him, you know, we're stuck. We need a meaning for this dream. He told them this dream means it's about to be a famine in Egypt. It's about to get real nasty for the next seven, seven years.
Or for seven years straight, they asked him for what for a solution. What do we do? This is a man in prison, right? He gives them unconditional advice. He doesn't stipulate that they acquit him. That was later when they wanted to hire him and said, No, prove my innocence first, but when people's lives are on the line, he didn't say you forgot about me in prison. He didn't say I was wrongly, I was framed, I didn't do any of this. You guys need my help. This is my help. Unconditional advice. Many of us have a need to sort of trim down on our egos a little bit that the world does not revolve around us. If you come to the Quran, seeking out your needs, even if you have not quite identified
them yet, you may be able to identify them through the Quran through your to the book. Is that clear. So that's the first thing
the disclosures will happen as you explore. The second thing I want to tell you,
or the third now, so we said it's the other, you know, come with your try to have your needs in mind. The third thing is try to and we've already done this a little bit, always draw parallels, draw parallels between the story in front of you and your own personal story.
You know, they say that belief in the Quran requires that you believe that every area has a lesson for every person. It's your job to find it. Every single area has a lesson for you personally. Now, go get it, go retrieve it.
And so if I were to go back to the story of use of Ali's salon, for example, we discussed together how there was a parallel almost like a symmetry in the beginning of the story and the end of the story in the beginning of the story when he told his father the dream, right. I saw on a dream 11 Sun and the Moon 11 stars prostrating to me. He said your Lord is going to really distinguish you and don't you know, tell your brothers and all of this. And he said to him that's how your Lord wishes to elevate you. In Nara Becca Lee Moon, Hakeem your Lord is knowing wise. And then he's abducted and sold and imprisoned and
in with, you know, a high office and the government and and then the reunion happens. He says to his father what? This was my dream.
Allah who made it a reality. Indeed my Lord is Alim Hakeem, he says back to his dad, those same two names of Allah, Allah is knowing wise. So when you if you pay attention, and you look for parallels, you look for patterns, you look for matching, you say all Subhanallah you know, it's as if his father carving in him in his personality and his psyche and his heart. Those two names of Allah, that's what got him to survive that 40 year journey, right? Look for parallels there are huge secrets in them.
You know, one of the scholars he mentions that
you find an entire surah the longest surah in the Quran, named after the incident of
what? The cow right
Surah named after a cow, some people first glance you introduced to the Quran. Why is the Quran talk about the cows in the class talking about the honeybee and right
life lessons, you see, because Benu is Surah eel, it was like, Can I call it a watershed moment? Benu is surah in were so stubborn about not slaughtering this cow, right?
They were trying to loophole and deflect and sort of argue and find any reason not to slaughter the cow.
And Ben, who is ill are the people who nationalized their religion, and they say we are the bloodline of who?
And if you look, Abraham was the one that was willing to slaughter his son, not a cow, right or wrong. How dare you attribute yourself to Abraham? And that's why the Quran says in the next surah in that hola Naseby Ibrahim Al Lavina terbaru. The people that have the truest claim to Abraham are the ones who follow his footsteps. Right. And so you have a slaughter and a slaughter. One of them is a cow. The other one is your own son. He complies and they don't comply. Right or wrong. And so you look for these sorts of patterns to help
you work through these meanings
the fourth, you know, tip or key to tafseer or like to dabble in general understanding meanings of the Quran is that when you read any surah you try to identify the overall theme or major themes of the surah. Okay?
Every Surah has a theme or themes that are paramount that are most obvious about it. In fact, they say that's why it was called a surah. You know the word Surah with a sin surah is the image surah the Quran every chapter is called a surah. Surah comes from the word Zoo. So means what?
What the zoo?
A fence or a gate, right?
And so Allah called his chapters sewer why? They said Perhaps he is calling our attention to the fact that I very deliberately fenced off this set of verses from that set of verses you get it? Why couldn't the Quran be a salient stream of it? 6000 Plus verses? Why is this surah separated from that? Surah there's a secret there. Because there are themes that are bundled packaged within each Surah
Does that make sense? Is that clear? And I'll give you an example. How this can open up meanings for you. Sorta ramen.
It begins with what? A ramen, the Most Merciful?
The name of Allah azza wa jal.
And then it ends with what what's the very last verse? This is an easy exercise to about I guess more a big blessing is the name of your Lord, which name
Rama and when it began with right, and that means you see these two poles. Everything within this surah Now should be read. In light of Allah's name, or Rahman, the Most Merciful. You say wait a minute, but so far Rahman has mentioned of Allah's hellfire.
There are secrets there.
Allah's Hellfire being his punishment, and a manifestation of His anger. There are several dimensions of mercy in the hellfire.
The believers will be grateful when they see their seats in their Hellfire not occupied. Right?
The believers will be grateful when they see that the vengeance and the justice they were not allotted in this world, from the tyrants and oppressors. They see themselves eventually, right? That's a blessing and a mercy isn't it?
alongside other manifestations of Allah's mercy, we know
from elsewhere in the Quran, and so once you identify the theme of the Surah, you start reading the Surah, with a different
lens, if you will. So try to keep a bird's eye view from the surah.
To capture what's happening,
you know, if I were to just jump back to school with use of very quickly, you know, the scholars mentioned that use of Ali salaam, there's a theme of the different types of tests, Allah azza wa jal puts people through in his life in their life, in order of difficulty.
Like the first test use of Ali Salam went through was the test of Qatar, the test of like destined hardships, you can't do anything about it. If you're wise, you'll just accept it, whether you're Muslim or not, because it's not going to change anything. Right? To just kill yourself over spilt milk, right? And so that's, in a sense, the simplest of tests, okay. Then you move on. And then he gets tested by the wife of Allah Aziz, who tries to seduce him. And that was a more difficult test.
Why is it a more difficult test?
Because voluntary, right. The first one I got thrown in the well, I got thrown in the well, it's over. Might as well accept,
or else I'll just frustrate myself, and I'll end up accepting anyway down the line
against my will. But with the wife of Al Aziz, when he says prison is more beloved to me than what they call me to. This is a superior act of patience with that test perseverance. I chose it. I chose the path of righteousness, right.
It's obligatory but still, it's a very
voluntary act to align yourself with Allah's obligation. Right?
You move on now, his brothers come back.
And they they do more than throw shade. They even accused him again, without knowing he's yourself they do so much, right? And he suppresses all of that. And then when finally the climax of the story happens, he actually forgives them. That's a very difficult test. Right? That's a harder, even harder test. In a sense, it could be argued to be more difficult, because you don't have to forgive people.
It's obligatory to not commit Zina, is it obligatory to, you know, let someone go Who hurt you know, you can request the justice, fair justice in this world. You can request that your rights be vindicated in this dunya. It's superior sometimes if someone's remorseful to forgive them, but not obligatory. So that's like a step up now. Right. And then there's a fourth test that most people not just overlook, in the story of use of Ali Salam, but they overlook in their own lives as well. Actually say it's cool too, but I know Allah, he mentions it beautifully and Lila, in his commentary in prison, Subhan Allah on the shade of the Quran, right?
What's that final test?
There's one more test. It's actually very hard to notice.
The test of prosperity.
That's the one everybody fails.
Right? We're all close to Allah azza wa jal, between a rock and a hard place. We're all close to Allah, you know, when we're stuck, but at the very end at the happy ending, if I recall correctly, say, Rahim, Allah, he says, he says, and before he was very visual, and you know, the imagery in his writing is always beautiful, he says, but before the curtains of the story fall, for the last time, there was one more test that was essentially snuck in front of us valets Salaam. And that was the test of ease. See, the test of patience?
Could be tough. But what suffer is the test of ease where you have to be grateful. That's a much harder test. Far more people fail that test the test of health without the test of riches, the test of power, don't we say you know absolute power corrupts absolutely. Then we say that in English, so when he had power now, that is when you fail more than any other scenario. But right as soon as it happened, what did he do? The ISs use valet Sam essentially turns to the side, this is implied. And he says Rob Be my Lord. Because at a 20 minute mark, you granted me kingdom. Well, I am turning him into a we did a hadith and you taught me how to interpret events or dreams of events that will
faculty are similar to a lot of you are the Originator of the heavens and the earth. We were we weren't even thought you brought us all into existence to begin with. Before these great blessings you even created me to begin with and everything around me faltered or somehow it will add up. Then he says enter or leave it Dunia will, era. You are my true guardian. You are my master in this world and the next, you know, he's even saying this in front of his father. Like at that moment you reunion with your dad, your dad is your Islamic guardian, by the way, jet like he is your elite. And he's your ally and he's your ever he says Oh Allah, You're my guardian
above all else in this world and the next telephony Muslim man while How can you be slightly ahead now allow me to pass this final test to basically allow me He says to die as a muslim and allow me to catch up with the righteous.
So when when you try to step back and say what what is happening bird's eye view in the Surah here the progress of the surah that the linear progression of the surah the themes of the surah sometimes the symmetry in the Surah it gives you many doors to reflect even in translation. All right.
So that was number four bird's eye view number five,
try to finish quickly
is just keep a measured pace. You know when Allah azza wa jal says we're not till Khurana Tila
and recite the Quran in measured
measured breaths right in a slow measure
you know, even Ramadan is coming we get sucked in sometimes to the the chase to end the page. Forget that. You know, the early Muslims used to have like two sets of like weird like
To get through make sure I don't forget the Quran, I'm reviewing it. So they're going through the Quran once a week, maybe less, maybe more, but basically once a week so many of the early Muslims itself used to do that. But they would have another hutzpah, another read through of the Quran. They didn't time. Right? It wasn't about solidifying their memory. It was about getting into the meanings. If that's one hokhmah took them 24 years 25 They don't care. It's not the point.
And no one can say that this customer is any less worse any less worth the 1520 30 Hunters they made 50 admins they made each year
at a fast pace, because the point is to get to the meanings
number six, make time make time to snap out of
you know just the mundanity is like the downfall of, of human enjoyment. When you just something becomes regular something becomes mundane. If you don't shift, you just you do it unconsciously. And to become unconscious to be distracted to be not mindful. This is the killer of any act of worship.
You know, Allah says about Hajj, one of the greatest acts of worship. It's not the blood that you're sacrificing is gonna get to Allah. But what's gonna get to Allah is what the taqwa the consciousness of your heart, right? The fast thing Lala canta taco and so you may become better conscious of Allah azza wa jal Zakka. Allah says to Tahoe Matsuzaki him beha it is about purifying you there. Right? The Salah is there Lee Vickery. So you may become mindful of Allah. So that is like the Epi Center of where you want to be in an act of worship. You want to be circling around with Quran it's pretty straightforward, right? That's the whole point of the Quran, we need you to be thinking. And so to
reset, to reset, and to tell yourself, these are the words of Allah. I'm not just reading just anything.
And that may require you know,
what's the word mental safeguards? Because if you if you read the Quran at times of fatigue, or a times of distraction, that you know you're full on your stomach or the phone is ringing in with messages while you're trying to read your code on your phone. It's not going to work. You're just going to be so superficial in the recitation. Malik Medina, Rahim Allah when some of his students would be reciting to him, he would sometimes just stop them in their tracks, almost interrupt them in their recitation and say Is tomorrow, Eli may Akoto, saw the common folk Dr. O'Shea. Listen, listen to what the truthful one is saying from on top of his throne, because you know, when the
weight of that hits you or hits you and you you refresh, oh, yeah, this is Allah speaking from above the sky, it's different. So to help yourself help each other reset that realization that these are Allah's words, you know, if not best Radi Allahu Anhu may also
has a beautiful statement. When Allah says Allah cardia Cerna Al Quran Allah vicar, we made the Quran easy to be remembered. Or Yeah remembered. He said, commenting on this idea. Listen, he says Lola and your Sarah hula who Alison and Adam a yin, Had Allah not facilitated the recitation of the Quran on the tongues of the human beings, the children of Adam Adam in no one of the creatures would have been able to utter the words of God.
Right? Because how does that even make sense? How can a created being have the ability to repeat the words of the Creator Himself? Should that even be expected?
You guys are staring at me like, Look, guys, if
if a peregrine falcon we have some peregrine falcons back here. So I'm just gonna, like throw a curveball at you. If a peregrine falcon flew in. Okay, and snatch the microphone from me and gave the rest of my lecture. What would you guys think?
Besides the fact that you're under the influence,
what else would you think? It's a miracle? Why is it a miracle?
Because Falcons don't speak finale. I said, falcons don't speak human right or wrong. Now, how does human speak the word of God?
Because the distance between us and God is far greater than the distance between us and Falcon. Right or wrong.
For an animal to speak human is unthinkable. So how can you think it's normal? It's one of my best trying to tell you. How can you ever think get desensitized? It's normal that I get to say God's words
So you reset that realization that oh man, this is, you know, this is a privilege, Allah sort of just facilitated it as a gift we haven't earned, we shouldn't have expected it, but it's just the gift taken as such. I was number six, reset the realization figured out ways to do that.
Obviously, changing up the suitors as well changing up your posture when you're sleepy as well, whatever it's going to be, right. It's a refresh your,
your mindset. Number seven, you obviously need a reliable translation.
I mean, this one sort of goes without saying, but I'm gonna say it anyway. Right? You're not going to be reflecting on the sounds. You know,
I heard one time that like one brother, like when he wants to, like, I don't know, spiritually amplify himself. He gets like he has this playlist of the event from so many different reciters
fine, okay. Do you know the words of them what they mean? No, I don't. Right. But
there is a big gap here. There's a gaping hole. There's a huge canyon, you know, a mammoth Baba Rahim Allah, Allah used to say, That's a mouthful, but he's a famous FCF scholar, one of the first ever in Islamic history. He says I'm amazed at how someone can enjoy the Quran without studying its meanings.
Of course, a baba, baba, he knows don't misunderstand, don't be hyperbolic. As they say. He doesn't mean that there's no enjoyment whatsoever in simply the recitation of the Quran. Even if you don't understand Arabic, you see this on YouTube is famous reciters, you go into the top comment. It's people saying I'm not even Muslim. But this is how I go to sleep. Now it gives me so much peace. And he gets that too. He understands that. But he's saying compared to what is available of the light in understanding God's messages to you, there's almost no enjoyment at all. It doesn't compare
the simple enjoyment of the recitation, as beautiful as you may think it is, wait till you discover the meanings. So does that mean I haven't like enrolled in a course for FCM? No, you don't. That'd be great. You should. But you don't have to. Every translation of the Quran is already have seen already a commentary because the translator is understanding and then relaying to you his understanding and another language, right? And so it is understanding.
But there's a few things.
The deeper you go, the more you get. Right. It's by effort. You know, sometimes it's not even like deeper meaning reading, more and more commentaries are getting more and more knowledgeable per se. Sometimes your dedication, just spending time on this, what exactly does this mean? I don't get it. And you spend more and more and more time I say, oh, man, it's so simple. How how did I get it before you begin to realize that oh, I just hadn't deserved it yet. Right? It's not about like how good you are. It's about how how bad you want it how much you're trying.
You know, they they say the Quran is messages about a good friend. But the good even a good friend will not just tell you everything on the first day, after a while then they start disclosing the secrets to you. And another one of the scholars used to say the Quran will not give you a part of it a gem a nugget until you give it all of yourself, right. And so try to give the Quran your whole attention and try to exert an effort. Treble yourself a little bit.
But if you wish to go wider and not just deeper, right go wider, I actually am very happy to discover that FC is one of the best FSC that I consult and I enjoy that have seen of the late Sheikh Abdul Rahman a Saudi Arabian Allah has finally been translated into English. So if you don't have access to Arabic IPH slot International Islamic publishing house has translated in their translations are very good quality. Translation, the language is very accessible. It's not clunky translation. It's very nice. So if Sita Sadie is available, you can buy it, you can read through some of it with yourself with your family, in preparation and during Ramadan. That's definitely
something I would recommend.
But then there's also Sera, that's the last thing I'll say about you know, consulting, the meanings, the Quran, if you read the Quran, and you're paying attention, the Quran presumes that you know, some background information.
easiest example, there 60 Is that in Surah, Dalia Emraan, straight about the Battle of boyhood, they make no mention of it whatsoever, meaning the word the term.
So the Quran expects of you to know some context to know what it's about and just general background information. It expects that of you. And so if you don't have that, you need to develop it. You need to develop it. And that is why Muhammad the son of Saudi Arabia will also like a son of the companion of the Prophet Valley in South Sudan, used to say that they used to teach us
The battles and of course his life. So much of it was Subhanallah
riddled with Jihad and war, failure and otherwise. So battles means biography a lot of times, right? We were taught the battles of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, the same way we were taught a surah from the Quran. That's how the early Muslims did it, it was hand in hand because they sort of tell of each other, they speak of each other
number one number we have to
Oh, mashallah someone's actually counting. I love it. So number seven was consult yourself on the consult the meanings, brief yourself on the meanings number eight. I already sort of dipped in and out of this subject, which is when you're reading you give the Quran your undivided attention I said airplane mode. I said you know not when you're too tired, find quiet time, find peaceful time. Find focus time you know, when the Quran speaks, encouraging people to recite Quran at night in pm late in the night prayers what does it say? What's the justification
in an ashy atta laid the depths of the night as shed the water and is better for concurrence water I mean to step. So like, basically, it's how the the
the stride synchronizes, right, meaning what, it's when your tongue concurs with your heart. Right? Well and means concurrence happens, what you're saying with your tongue is actually being said with your heart or heard by your heart or reflected on by your heart. So the night because of just the calmness of the night becomes more helpful for concurrence. That's what you're looking for. You're looking for concurrence. You're trying to line it up? Is that clear?
Because you know, not every believer gets to have access to this.
That doesn't Allah say and sort of cough
in the fever Lika Vicara in this is a great reminder. Vichara Li Min can Allah who called for whoever's heart is alive. So that's like the believers in general will elke summer our hula Shaheed, or is giving it an ear while they're attentive.
Right? Because in other words, maybe your heart is dead. That's why you're not being reminded by it. For the believers, that's not the case and hamdulillah or the other one.
Elke summer, he is giving it his ear well who has Shaheed while he is or she is present minded? And that is also why some of the scholars said Allah azza wa jal called his book as is a mighty book.
For several reasons, one of the reasons the book itself is mighty, can't be dominated can't be changed, right can't be falsified. It's a formidable book. But they said I Z is also an ICS does mean this in the Arabic language, I Z's implies pride. When say someone has a disease, it means he has a sense of pride. They're proud.
Black can be positive or negative, right? There's different kinds of pride. So the Quran is a proud book meaning what?
It refuses to have the leftovers of your attention. You give it just like the the leftovers, it will not give you much it's as ease you either give it or it's not going to reveal its secrets with you. The ninth and last one.
is your spiritual health.
In detoxing this for eligibility when you're reciting the Quran, you know, for instance, when Allah azza wa jal says
so sorry for an IRC, I will divert from my signs they won't notice them. And Lavina it's I kept Morona fell out of the belated hack those who are arrogant on this earth without having any right to do so and nobody has a right to do so. Or when Allah azza wa jal says about this Quran, you know, the verse we started with it has a mercy and a cure for the believers. Allah said, Well, I see the volley Mina Illa fissara And it doesn't increase the wrongdoers accepting loss. So to the extent that you are a wrongdoer, you lose out on benefiting from this Quran.
You know, a third anecdote or a third evidence for this point of the importance of, you know, performing Toba and asking Allah to forgive you and ask Allah to open for you the gates of His mercy asking Allah to benefit you with his book. Even the Tamia has a
really cool sort of connection he makes on this issue. He says, The Prophet alayhi salatu salam said to us, and say this in Bukhari and Muslim said
was in Milan Ekata letter to Kobe 10. He he saw Ratan wala killed. The angels don't enter a house in which there is an image or a dog. If you had images hung up, you got a dog in the house angels went into that house. He said, If the teammate says Check this out, he's not the only one. But this was reported by about, you know, a little cloudy and and others. So, he said an angel is a creative being
doesn't enter the house, when there's images and dogs. So how can knowing Allah deeply and importing the sweetness of faith? And you know, enjoying his book ever enter a heart that is filled with the images of worldly attachment? You're obsessed with this world? Right? That's of the disease of the heart, right, infatuated with this world. He says the images of worldly attachments, he says and the dogs of desires. Like if you always have your lust and your appetites barking at you, you can't ignore them. They always have you on your heels they always have you there you're on divided then how will you ever enjoy the Quran? If your heart is infested with these things? There was a nice
analogy he struck there. And you know, email Buhari and others, they pulled it from the IEA where Allah says above the Quran
in now who lucky to have him Kareem fique. Now who the Quran carry and it is a honorable book thekey Tabby Maknoon in a Preserved Tablet so meaning the original Quran is protected in the heavens inscribed in the heavens, thickets, ly Ms. su Il Mata Haroon.
None touches it except the purified ones, the ones that got purified. So almost all the scholars say who are the purified ones here?
The angels, they're the purified ones. So they're able to have access and come in contact with the original Quran, right the master copy that's in a local mifold that's in the heavens. But Why did Allah tell us this?
The majority of scholars said it is an indirect it's not the only proof you need for this ruling. But it's of the indirect ways Allah is telling you purify yourself before you hold the book. Imam Bukhari took it on a different angle. He didn't say that he's not disagreeing with this, but he added a layer to it. He said and perhaps Allah is telling us the same way only the purest angels can are allowed to come in contact with this Quran.
Only the purest parts
can have access to the reality of the Quran. can get deep into this book.
And so you know, again, renew your repentance seek make us the far seek forgiveness from Allah before you sit down with his book, ask him appeal to him that he opened up for you His gates, as the Prophet alayhi salatu salam did now close with that didn t say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
servant is plagued with worry or grief. And then he says the following. I'm gonna say for you the die in a second supplication, except that ALLAH who will replace his grief, with peace and replace his anxiety or worries with reassurance. They said Yeah, Rasul Allah, should we learn this dua? He said, Everyone who hears this dua should learn it. What is the dua? It is?
Allah who made the video club no IBD club no ametek Oh Allah I am your servant and the son of Your servant and the son of your female servant, meaning mom, dad, grandparents beyond all of us are all in a chain. No exceptions. We are all your subjects. Oh Allah. We are all powerless servants before you will have no emetic. Now see a TV addict. My forelock is in your hands.
Meaning you can direct me however you wish now see a TV edek Mauldin fee Pocomoke God Dylan fee acaba Oke. Your judgment on me is always carried out. Your verdict about me is always fair. Here it comes now as alcovy policemen who are like I asked you by every name that is yours, some Mater big enough SEC that you've named yourself with Ellen's Delta who vikita Big or you've sent it down to one of your scriptures or Atlanta who had them in Caltech or you've taught it to one of your creation. I always thought it'd be if your element of Abia InDeck or you've kept it reserved in the knowledge of the Unseen that is with you. And Ted Jalil or Anna Robbia Calvi that I'm asking you by
all this, that you make the Quran, the spring of my heart, the water that irrigates my heart, the spring of my heart.
probably will be one or asadi and the light of my chest where Gela Hosni and the removal of my sadness, where the hair behind me and the departure of my anxieties or my worries, ask Allah for this. This is a beautiful way to do it. Do it that way, the way he taught us ally his salatu salam. So those are nine
and next session inshallah we have very special guests next Friday, but the session after that, we will talk about why the Quran tells stories the way it does the unique storytelling style of the Quran in particular, and how to appreciate it in sha Allah azza wa jal does that glow quedarnos Salallahu Salam barakaatuh b&m Muhammad Ali, he was so happy he married