Divine Parables – #15 The Extraordinary Light Of God 24-35

Mohammad Elshinawy

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AI: Summary © The title of the Quran provides a way to see the world and bring it to the point of being a believer. The importance of the light is discussed, including its protection by glass and the best oil. The benefits of the fruit oil, seen as a universal source of light, are also discussed, including its purest and most beautiful oil. The oil is seen as a universal source of light and is a result of the revelation of Allah.
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So with this being our final,

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reflection

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on the parables of the Quran,

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allow me to begin where I ended this

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morning

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with the eclipse prayer. Allah azza wa Jal,

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he said,

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Allah does not shy away from striking an

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example

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using a mosquito

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or anything greater than a mosquito.

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And we said, this was answering those who

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were dismissive of the parables. Like, why is

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God talking about a mosquito and a fly

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and a spider web and all of these

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things?

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And so they missed the whole point which

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is that Allah a zawajal was giving them

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a world view

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using things that were very familiar to them.

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Giving them

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aspects of the seen world,

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truths about the seen world

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so that they can

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refine their perception, their perspective,

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their belief, their viewpoint regarding the more important

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world,

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the unseen realities.

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Right?

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And so that is the ultimate objective of

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the series and before I share with you

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the final and as I said my favorite

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of all parables in the Quran,

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Just I wanted to lock that in so

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that we don't get chased off the mic

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by time.

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Allah says,

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how many signs does there have to be

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in the heavens and in the earth, and

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they just walk past them while negligent, while

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oblivious.

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That is the objective of those these reflections.

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We don't wanna be those people. Allah says,

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Don't they roam the earth and have hearts?

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Not eyes. You see it with your eyes,

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but what's that bringing you to? They have

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hearts with which they may reason.

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And so bringing it to the final parable

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now,

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Allah

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speaks about

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an aspect,

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not a trivial aspect,

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but rather

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one of the most important aspects of the

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seeing world,

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rather

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what makes seeing possible. What is it that

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makes it possible for our eyes to see?

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Light.

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Without light, you can't see.

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Allah a zawajal says in the chapter of

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light, surat al Nur. And this was called

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the chapter of light because the centerpiece of

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this surah is aya tanur, the verse of

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light.

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This verse contains a parable

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regarding the light of guidance Allah casts into

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the hearts.

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The light of guidance.

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But he begins how

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remember the formula.

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Allah

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is the one behind

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the creator and source of all of your

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light in the heavens and the earth. The

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seen world, you see the world because of

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light, and you see the light in the

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world, the light we get out of a

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candle, the light we get out of the

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sun, where does that come from? From him.

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He created all light.

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Then he transitions

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to the most important light, the light that's

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not a physical light. The metaphysical, the the

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light of guidance, and that's why the parable

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I'm gonna jump to the end now before

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I give it to you. It says,

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Allah guides to his light whoever he wishes.

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Who has the most perfect share of the

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light of guidance?

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Tell me quickly.

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The prophet

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And that is why some scholars said, and

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this is attributed to Ibn Abbas though he

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said both, that this is the light of

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guidance we're about to talk about in the

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heart of the believer.

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And other times he said, this is the

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light of guidance in the heart of Muhammad

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and

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it's he is the standard to which we

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reach. He is the ultimate believer. He is

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the ideal. He is the gold standard.

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Now Allah is the light of the heavens

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and the earth. The example of his light,

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meaning of guidance. Now that he guides people

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to,

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is like the example

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of a You know, the the the is

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that little indent in the wall, you know,

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in olden architecture.

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They have this little where you place the

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candle or the lamp inside, that little niche.

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It is the niche. And you know the

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purpose of this, this is there's a reason

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why they made the light bulb round, because

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it sends the light farther when it's round.

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So before the light bulb, they would make

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the niche curve to send the light farther.

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And they said this is the example of

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the chest of the prophet alaihis salatu wassalam,

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his blessed chest or the chest of the

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believer by extension. It sends light to the

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world, but to send light farther to the

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world, it has it has to contain the

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perfect light inside.

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So this is a niche, the

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In this niche is a lantern. Like a

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glass lantern with a little wick, that fabric,

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the wick dipping into the oil, and then

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you light it from up top. It has

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a lantern.

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And so this is the heart of the

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believer now, the lantern. Yes.

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That lantern is encased with glass

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because the believer is soft hearted but strong

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hearted.

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The disbeliever is hard hearted but weak hearted.

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You get it? Some think like, oh, the

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the soft heart. Soft but not weak. And

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the glass glass, especially in pre modern times,

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they wouldn't make very thin glass. Glass represented

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strength.

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Right? Glass held think think of a diamond,

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basically. Right? Or a strong crystal.

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So this light is protected

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by the strong glass around it.

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It is a strong heart.

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The flame will not flicker with the wind

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and it will not break easily,

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Though it is very soft, of course, and

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tender and sensitive.

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So this niche contains a lantern. This lantern

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is encased in glass.

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This illuminated lantern

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is like a remarkable star. It's like a

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light from a different world,

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and indeed the light of guidance is different.

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It's unlike any other light.

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But this lantern is

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fueled

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from a blessed olive tree.

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That is neither eastern nor western.

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You know those who know, and I don't

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know until I read it in the books.

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The the the best olive best olive oil

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you can make you can have,

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and in the blessed lands of Palestine it

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is known. Right?

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All that extra extra extra extra virgin you

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see on the shelf, you throw all those

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extras in the garbage,

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and if they ever bring you this, if

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you have Palestinian friends, you know. It glows

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on its own. It looks like I don't

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wanna say kryptonite, but it looks like an

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asteroid. It really does. It looks like it's

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it is lit.

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It illuminates in the dark. It really is

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interesting.

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So but they say the best of the

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best of our olive oil is what? The

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one that comes from a tree at a

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hilltop.

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Why? Because if it's on the eastern side,

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it only gets half a day of light,

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the eastern half.

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And if it's on the west side of

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the hill, it'll only get half a day

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of light.

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But the one that's up top gets what?

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Lights all day long, the sun all day

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long, so it produces the best oil. So

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Allah says the heart of the believer

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at its base is the purest oil

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that it can be found eastern or western

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as if to say the fitrah of the

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human being, the pure nature of the human

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being. And of course the purest of all

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natures is the prophet alaihis salatu wasalam.

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You know we just heard zudas sharha when

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it speaks about Allah opening his chest and

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removing that black dot. That black dot is

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not the disease of his heart. He never

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had any diseases alayhis salatu wa sallam. For

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sure. This was his susceptibility

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to future disease. He was even

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cleared of that.

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But all of us in principle, we have

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this pure fitra.

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We have a fitra that originally is pure

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and it's not from this world,

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and it seeks something greater than this world.

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It is not from the east, it is

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not from the west. It is from God

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And it seeks to connect with God. Azawajal

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subhanahu wa ta'ala.

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So oil, the fitrah are pure natures neither

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eastern nor western.

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The oil almost gives off its own light

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even if no fire touches it. Even before

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you spark it, it looks like it has

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its own light. And likewise with the fitra,

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you can almost know good and evil, morality

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and immorality

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from your fitra even before the revelation comes,

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and that is why Islam is such a

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natural religion

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because it matches what you know deep down

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inside in general. Right.

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General moral principles. General goodness.

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So it almost gives off its light

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even before you kindle it. So what happens

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when you kindle it?

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The very next verse the words in the

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verse say what?

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It becomes light upon light. It becomes the

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most extraordinary light. When that oil, that purity

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gets kindled with what?

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Revelation. It becomes the light of guidance. The

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revelation from above down. At your core, Allah

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gave you this fitra as a human being

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and from the heavens he extended to you

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this heavenly spark called the revelation.

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It says, And Allah guides to his light

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whomever he wishes.

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And he strikes these examples for people so

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they may understand.

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And then the verses after it, go and

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I'm out of time. Into finding this light

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where? In the houses of Allah.

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Don't drift from the masjid after Ramadan when

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shaitan blitzes you. And it's all about keeping

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your glass polished. He said, sallallahu alaihi wasallam

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about keeping up the fight. He said,

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whenever a servant commits a sin,

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a black dot is stained onto him.

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And if he pulls out and seeks forgiveness

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and repents, meaning never stop doing that, no

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matter how many times.

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Every time he seeks forgiveness, pulls out and

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reforms,

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He actually said his heart is polished. He

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used the word sukhin. His heart is polished.

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But if he continues to drift, continues to

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commit,

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it continues to spread. The stain until it

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overwhelms his heart. May Allah protect us and

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perfect for us and You our light in

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grave and the hereafter.

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grave and the hereafter.