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Human Nature in the Light of Divine Revelation
Channel: Mohammed Faqih
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okay, I guess we should begin with shala spielern hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
found on fine iv manlam 10 I was in alma jameela Dena semi colon. una sala la mina said okay,
what is complete? Well, I'm an amateur cabela Allah we asked you for.
We asked we asked me for a beneficial knowledge and we seek refuge in You from a knowledge that doesn't benefit us and make us of those who benefit from whatever they learn. I mean
I want to talk about man or human beings in the human being or man in the Quran, what does Allah subhanaw taala say about human nature in the Quran
and of course, when we say man, we're not being gender specific man, we mean the
the human being human being without you know, irrespective of
and speaking of gender,
what we find very interesting in the Quran and the divine revelation is that the divine revelation addresses the soul
it does speak of course, it does take into consideration the soul orientation, male, female, you know, and various and it does of course, you know, for instance addresses it does addresses the rich, the rich or the poor, the believers and non believers all these categories, but at the end of the day, right, the core or the the, the essence of the human being is what we find the core and focusing on and that is the neffs right the soul, you as you know, that part that that really, really defines you, right? And of course, that part will be
limited or bound by or influenced, right. And it will of course, have its influence on the other components of your, of your person, body, gender, race, you name it, whatever it is, but at the end of the day in the eyes of a loss of Hana data, your enough's.
That's what you are. So just you know when we whenever we hear things like whenever I hear something like empowerment, empowerment or this empowerment of that, so how, again, you know, maybe we'll we'll discuss this topic in the future inshallah, but I feel like the Quran focuses on the, you know, very basic component or ingredient, you add a very basic level as enough's. That's what you are in the eyes.
Allah subhanho wa Taala you know, your your enough surah Sol, you know the Prophet peace be upon him.
These You know, one time he told us a How about the companions to stand up for for agenda as there was a funeral procession. And the Prophet said stand up to stand to it. So, so one of the companions, he said, it's, it's the janazah of a Jewish man.
You know, so are we paying respect? So it's said that the Prophet said, when he said, Neff sin, isn't it a neffs, at the end of the day is a life is enough, right.
So when you take everything, when you remove everything, all the other elements that identify us, right, and make us unique as individuals, at the end of the day that one basic component is is is enough, you're enough in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the reason I'm saying this is because sometimes we get caught up on
on these other important elements of our, of our person that, you know, aspects of our, our being that identify us, or make us unique as individuals, but we get so caught up and we forget the core.
Forget, you know,
so if I, if I always am, like focused or obsessed with masculinity, or you know, my gender, that's all I see life from, you know, through the eyes of my gender, and I, I deprived myself from other things, because, you know, that's not the only thing that defines me. Or let's say, it's my height that I'm very obsessed with. Right, so I categorize myself as, you know, six
feet, you know, three, and that's all I talk about. And that's what really obsessive, you know, that's, that's really the focus of my life. You know, why and why aren't buildings or chairs in airplanes, seats and airplanes? Why aren't they made to accommodate people like myself, my kind, and I feel discriminated against, and I feel like I need to empower myself and my people, you know, because, you know, the world discriminates against tall people. And that becomes the focus of my life. Right? I may be depriving myself from
other components, or other, you know, but I think the worst part is if someone gets caught up with a side issue, they focus on one aspect, and then they forget the core, they forget that at the end of the day, you are a neffs, you are a human being.
Right? So tonight, I wanted to talk about what does the Quran say about human nature?
Right, let's start at that basic level.
Perhaps it will help us understand ourselves, but also will definitely help us as we explore, you know, the complexity of this being this creation called man or human being. Right. Right, which we are part of, as we discover that we realize that Wait, you know, there's this nature that the Quran talks about,
that I want you to send me that not only it may be influencing me and affecting me, but it's also influencing and affecting other people is human nature is their human nature that is doing, you know, that could be responsible for what they're what they're doing. And again, this is not to relieve a person from their own personal responsibility, because we're going to see that you still have to control your human nature, you should not have it control you. Right. So but some people are able to and some people fail, some people are trying to deal with their human nature.
Right, they're trying to manage their human nature. And,
and, of course, I personally am, I must make this disclaimer, believe that nothing is capable of taming and
enhancing and cleansing and sanctifying and beautifying human nature, like divine revelation.
divine revelation. Right? So so that's why so let's see at the basic level, we will we won't be able to talk about all the descriptions that were given or all the various qualities or the human nature, as mentioned in the Quran. So let's just begin so
so we begin the journey
before we came,
the Quran says
Hello, lol in sunny hainault, mina darina Miyako, she met Cora in a surah. That is, interestingly, titled, an insane,
man or human, the human. Right? So Allah says in that surah in the very first verse, a rhetorical question is asked, hello, Alan in Sani, hainault melodem yakushi m f Cora has their come upon man. Again, man here means human human being, be it male, has there come up upon
human human beings and that nature, a time when he or she
was not a thing, even to be mentioned or remembered? Right. So, the first part of our nature is that we were
non existent. We were not here, because sometimes we behave like we feel like, we've been around forever.
Right? We fit and we behave like we own this place.
we behave like this place belongs to us. Right?
We, what I mean by this place, I'm talking about, like, we believe that, you know, we behave like the moment belongs to us, we behave like the place the space belongs source, we believe we behave like the country belongs to us, the land belongs to us. It doesn't belong to us.
Right? So, so this is a very shocking,
right, Revelation. Laws remind reminding us? And the answer, by the way, is not given.
The question is a rhetorical question is asked in this verse, but no answer. Because the obvious answer, no matter who you are, and what kind of religion you follow, right? The answer is, yes, there has come a time on men as as a species, right? When we're not existent. We weren't around Earth was there before us. And then we came, right? Or you specifically, there was a time where you weren't around, and you're nothing, you're not, you know, you're you're basically, and the plan doesn't say you were, you know, you are nothing to be remembered or to be mentioned. In other words, you could have existed somewhere, but you were yourself, we're not aware of it, nor was anyone aware
of it, you are not mentioned, and then also the now there is a mentioning of you,
right, so we're like, somewhere, right? And, and in the in the past, right. And then when our time comes, we we come for a short period of time, when that window begins, we arrive, and then we're there. And when that window opens, so it's like a window that has opened, that was open for us in in time and space, we come into it, and then when that window closes, we just we just we depart.
Right? But this time, when we depart, we may physically depart or disappear. But guess what, depending on what we do in this window, now we are something to be remembered. Or we're not.
Or we may be remembered for the right thing, or we could be remembered for the wrong thing. But we let we leave an impression. But the point here is that we were not we were non existent. Right. So this is the first part of our nature that we have to acknowledge. And we have to remember, as human beings, you are not around forever. Right? You're not around here. And sometimes also, we need to remember this, especially when we're dealing with people who were who who have been around in a way before us. And you know, sometimes we behave with them like Oh, they know nothing.
When when they remember a time when we weren't around you like you weren't even here when I graduated from high school. And now you all of a sudden you want to teach me how to live life anyways. It's just it's very humbling revelation. Right? And the following verse, a lot of eels something else about human nature, right. And this is not
necessarily the default state but this is something that is given it you know, some human being is equipped with something and the following verse, Allah says
in the Falconer insane I mean, no 13 am judging inevitably if a john knows me, I'm basura
Loss of data of course, reveals something about our nature our our physical nature. He says we created man from a sperm drop mixture. Again, this is in reference to the embryo and the core and when talking about man and what man was created off
the court and gives us multiple
One, we are reminded that we are told in the plan that we were created from water. So part of the steps, you know, of one of the components, the original components we were created from is water, another
substance is what?
to rob to rob soil or dirt, right. So, we were created from dirt.
The So, so we were created from water, dirt, right. So what were we created from this or that from both? So first water, then dirt, then the dirt and the water were mixed, right? And then that mixture in and of itself went through different stages and the poor Andrew you know talks about them, maybe we will address this at a later time inshallah. So Jen, so Allah subhanaw taala says,
clean the lazyboy right, very, very
soft. Clay, right, then Allah Subhana Allah describes it as
hammer, Miss known, darkened, thicker, you know, thickened like when it you know, and then eventually, Allah Subhana Allah says, min so sorlin min hammer, Emma Stone, Sol Sol, it hardens. And, you know, then we were made into flesh. Right? So lots of Hamlet, Allah talks about that. So that's part of what that is, is reminding us of the substance of which we were created our origin where we came from physically even like the physical aspect, right? So don't forget that. Don't forget where you came from. You weren't, you know, you're not always like this.
You know, you're not always like this, you went through different stages. So remember that, but then a law says, and for Jana who sent me, Amber Sierra, we made him hearing and seeing a lot equips you with that. And again, this is of course, as we say, you know, the default generally speaking, of course, someone might come and say, but there are people who don't, who can hear or, you know, from birth. Yeah, I'm also talking about the, the, the normal general default setting. Of course, there are always exceptions, right? So generally speaking, Allah Subhana, Allah equipped us, we do not have this.
I don't want to call it natural ability, we are not self healing, self seeing. In other words, we're not we're not we have not generated that ourselves. That's why Allah says fragile enough to be equipped. Right? And the equipment has to work, right. And the process has to, you know, there's there is an entire process, everything has to go according to the, to the to a will, in order for it to function otherwise, you could have the equipment and it may not function properly, when either so loss of habitat here asserts that he's the one that made us that this is one part of human nature, let's go back see, Allah subhanaw taala gave us the ability to do that, right. So, this is that you
know what, you know, What is man or human being like, he man was something not mentioned unknown, you weren't you know, Social Security, you have things to identify you right. And now you have you have you have you have a name all of this is now you know, get they do have an identity Right.
So, so that the name is just to, you know, to help identify you.
Right, and to your name is not your body is not your race, all of these things is just are given sometimes, by the way, there is nothing they mean they may not be anything unique about your name, because your your date of birth, and your height and your fingerprint and your DNA, as you know, elements to help identify not only your name but identify who you are they going to have an effect on you. Sure, right. So, another part of your nature or human nature is palette Allah says in the Quran, a lot of deals of falling into us. Allah says la pada holla canal in
or human being into hardship?
Yep. involved in your creation physically and emotionally forget what, what Trump was trying to say, today. I don't know if you saw, of course, he's not what he was trying to say instead of saying, a baby is born out of is born out of his mother's
womb in nine months. So like, what's wrong with that, but full term babies
have to be premature something
that's the smartest guy in the world, Mashallah. They're into hardship. In another surah, Allah says, Yeah, you have insane in
indeed, you are laboring toward your Lord for but from just the little reading that that I did, anyone can do, or just, I'm not a physician, maybe we can bring someone to talk to us the time of conception until birth, and then from after birth, you know, it's hardship.
Right. And I hate to use the word oversmart.
It's very hard, you know, actually, from even before strength to push to make it through each stage, but it's very, very, one sperm has to beat a lot of odds to make it and they still make it through, they continue to fight their way through hardship, and then point where actually, the womb or the body is trying to reject this object, or this new, new thing. But it survives all of that, because, right, and then, and some people have very tough, some, you know, pregnancies, some children have, and some people are, you know, again, born prematurely, but this is a struggle.
And, you know, getting rid of all out comes after being squeezed after you know, the survive, and then, you know, the hardship of trying to breathe that taking that first breath. And then and then you know, going from one stage to another, and then the immune system, feeding and, and, and all of that the whole process of you know, brain is still growing, the body is growing, just from one stage to another Mashallah healthy child and all of that, and then the next day the child was like, I'm like, What's wrong, he's like, to come out, you know, you go through through, you know, it's a miserable experience, right to Amazing, right? Our ability just to go from one stage to another, the
Quranic COVID, hardship is part of your life.
You know, you think that we need to understand about ourselves and how it may actually how this could, for instance, you know, out there, you know, when a child, they're agitated, they're crying, they're agitated, we kind of understand, right? Right, this is now helping us understand, you know, the hardship of they're going through a bad day, because they have a migraine.
Right. So, you know, shape our personality, but it can also affect our personality, it can affect communication, it affects how, how other people proceed, Allah says, indeed, we have created man into hardship, another or human being, the loss of heart, Allah created him with the ability to express himself.
Allah says, Allah, Allah Subhana, Allah will ban God created man, and one doesn't know, you know how to say something, sometimes they can use sign language speech, taught him the ability to express himself, even if something right intelligence is something that that that grows, somehow you see old baby climb out of a crib, so they can play together. So someone sent me a video of a toddler who was trying to help his one year old, the parents did not show him how to do that.
But he figured it elegance and, and the and the part of the intelligence that Allah Subhana Allah
right, to express ourselves, or to express how we feel
you need is something and you needed to get it. And you I remember, at some point, you know, one of my children
he can't express himself the same way.
So he had to learn, right? So so they use other other techniques. Right, they grab it, but you can understand what they're saying. They think they're saying it right in their head. They're saying it just like everybody, right? So I don't know. So they find a way to somehow you know, make you understand what they want. So Pamela, that's from a loss of Hannah Montana, the ability to insert a llama hole ban,
or our feelings known, right.
Speaking of which, by the way, we have the ability to express ourselves just in case someone comes in and says
Maybe they're being honest, when they say, I don't know how to say, you know, but or, you know, tell me and they're like, I don't know, I don't know how to say it, we have the ability to do that. And emotional intelligence is, is is a very neat one of the worst things that we can do to ourselves.
And even worse than that is when we then by the way, because we do have the need and a loss of what Allah gave us equipped us with that express themselves,
or to express their emotions, wanna cry?
Why the person has a need to cry.
Right. Can you tell me why you're crying? As the scholars say, an internal copy the necessity to learn and to a written form, like, has the ability to to learn and expose us lots of health Allah says, Olivia, Allah middle column, a lot, man that wish he knew not
even people who don't go to school due to, if they find Oh, they, you know, they find an object, you know, creating diagrams and creating shapes and, and doing things you know, you find us you know, even children are very, very early stage. They like to, to to write things on the wall. And sometimes it's made, it doesn't make sense to us something they're expressing something just the way they see it. Right. So possibly panatela says that he is the one that brought you out of the wombs of your mother's lap. Tyler Maura, Shay Uppsala, Viva, La Jolla, Camembert, Tonio mahadji, come latter, right. So you and tell you the capacity to learn if you want it, right, we have the ability
to learn, I don't know how to do that well learn.
You have, I don't know, you know, sometimes people come in, they say, I don't know how to do this, I don't know how to solve, you know, how to pursue God, I don't know, learn, you have the capacity.
You know, who told you that you can't? Who told you you can, I was little, I should have studied Arabic When I was, I know people that have started after 40. And after 15, they mastered they, I mean, consider this. So they had to learn Quran from scratch. And they had to learn, you know, the, the non Muslims, they accepted Islam.
And they became the most knowledgeable of the time we put into it. Who was it that said,
Tony Robbins or something every night
of anyone around you on that subject.
Just one page.
And you see over over after month service, you see how this person that couldn't read a word is now done. And you don't have to do it. Like, you know, you don't have to do hours every day. So you have the capacity to learn. One of the amazing stories that I learned was about to someone to another town to learn. But every time he goes right to this great scholar, he attends his his lecture, he takes one masala he takes it, he keeps repeating it, he goes home,
people telling me you know, it's
right. In fact, just one point that is, that means it's like taking one note, imagine attending and then all you do is you take one note from that lecture and you go home, and you review that. And he kept doing that.
Right? for two decades or something like overwhelm myself and I want to master each point each mehsana and then the chef, master chef of that of that town passed away. And none of his students, you know, was able to take his spot
to take his spot and teach was that man because all he did is consistently every single day. He took one month and he just kept adding and reviewing adding and reviewing reviewing.
So this is
now and challenged. Why? Because the last two panels are rushing in gela but mapstone to dispute and challenge. Allah says in the Quran, while Apple diversified in this quarter and for the people from every kind of us learning these lessons taking heed and understanding is another aspect I need to come come to terms with but we need to also struggle with like to talk back we like to dispute. We don't we're not humble where
Allah Subhana Allah in the paralysis when a muralist
continues to argue. We live
a loss of habitat a sense that man is just
Hello, this starts early on. I mean, again, you know, children are good revelator You did it, you're happy I just saw, you know, I didn't do that it wasn't me. And sometimes what? That doesn't justify it, but we just have to argue for the sake of arguing because the reason could be to avert or avoid, Tu Tu, Tu, Tu, Tu or to just talk back? Sometimes we do it for no reason was so negative aspects of our nature that we need to be aware of. Because, you know, one of my favorite one of my favorites.
I don't want to say for me, they say, Well, I don't like to argue. But
What is that supposed to mean? I or sometimes people put it the other way around. Is everything okay? Say when he's, what do you say? I don't like to argue. But I argue but
right. About one nature, and that we have to control we have to control because sometimes it affects our religion that sometimes in many cases, it even affects our relationship with a law very clear lessons very clear, you know, directives and very clear, you know, positive written nature of ours kicks in, and we're like, oh, no, how do I know? Right? You're not humble enough. You're, you're you're being immature. So understand this, this aspect of our nature or loss of how to Allah says that you that will cost you more, right?
ends Allah subhanaw taala. Also in the Quran reveals another aspect of our nature, you know, sometimes we what could be the reason why do we are you?
Is it Are we trying to? Do we feel vulnerable? Are we weak? Do we, the Quran reveals reveals something, it may not be directly tied to it, but
it could be amusing. Yeah.
There's another aspect of our nature, Allah Subhana. Allah says, We're wholly insane or we're tender, you know?
Physically, very fragile.
We're very, very tender. We're very tender.
Much in we're not as hard as we think we are. Where were we? Sometimes we can't Well, not sometimes. We we can't portent aspects of our nature, that we have to come to terms with an acknowledge otherwise we can hurt ourselves and hurt now I know this is not the kind of talk some some people like to hear. People like to hear about empowerment, you're strong. Nothing is you know, gets in your way. You're bigger than us. Allah subhanaw taala says, you read the law, you have to find a law, it's important for us to be realistic. And for us to be honest with ourselves. And it's being very honest with all the Sharia wants to lighten your burdens. Why we're wholly innocent, you get
persuaded easily you get you get upset easily, you get depressed easily, you get a little tough. It's part of our love week, from very early on, you know, appreciated you'd like to fit. All of this is part old what to do. We're used to being, you know, to having someone looking at I'm just saying generally speaking, some people might say, well, I never got that. I mean, I mean, psychologically psychological emotional aspect, which is unconditional love, right? And then they come to the real world, or they get married, whichever comes first. Well, them as well as their parents, and doesn't really, you know, honestly, speaking doesn't expect the same thing. Unconditional Love and
unconditional support. And when we don't
when we become angry, you know, that's part of our life or where we're vulnerable. We we get mad and we get angry, right? blowhard he was solemn.
In it, he used to make dua to a loss of Hannah with Yahoo in a cul de sac, Guwahati, your law to you I complain, right? So it's important for us to acknowledge this online, I need your help. And
it's amazing how we are so being weak.
Right? It's just
so of our nature, that is even, that we need to be aware of. When we have a strength.
When we have we're not when we feel invincible. When we feel that we're strong, what we look for, or what we write, when that when we will assess color, in an insane layout or else man transgressors when he sees himself to be becomes resourceful when we become knowledgeable when we become rich. Right? Our arrogance kicks in and we start stepping over other we need to be very careful as we ask Allah subhanaw taala for strings or for wealth.
regionalised origin and that's why by the way the Prophet teaches us that whenever we have ask Allah for what is best in it whatever is best and we should seek refuge in a law firm or anything, you should always realize that there is potential right? Okay. So one last inshallah, there is more to be said, another aspect of our nature is that we need to be aware of right, and this is a greed is part of our nature.
Allah subhanaw taala and
in our motto be evil.
Verse 100, Allah Subhana, Allah says, that, if you
possess, if you have access to the treasures
the depositories or the treasures of the mending
and ever has man even a stingy not only with our own Allah here is saying that if Allah if if we were to have you ever heard someone say things like, I hope God will, will never always right.
You know, one time I asked someone wants to forgive someone, so
whom I really had a lot of anger offense. If a law was to forgive that person, would it bother me?
Right? I asked someone, and that person said, yes, it would bother me.
It's our nature.
why do these people have more than these few? Not? sometimes not even about us, please, we see, you know.
And of course, needless to say, It bothers us because we have greed in us. We as human beings, we have we don't control if we're not aware of this. Sometimes people say things like, Well, I'm not greedy. I'm not a symbol, our greed. If, first of all, in order for us to control it, we have to acknowledge it, it can get us in a lot of trouble. And sometimes that trouble might be with a loss of Hannah Montana, because we and I'm not talking about only in the financial sense, you know, the financial is what really without emotions, sometimes we were greeted with our with our time will agree with our attention guilty of it myself, how many times have we ignored someone that needed our
attention or our time or our acknowledgement?
We take that away from them.
We recognition, Obama, I know you're there. But instead, right said we're watching a stupid
that we have watched or read multiple times.
Because some somehow we're just addicted to it or right at the expense of this is this is part of our nature. And that's why being aware of our nature is
what can insano cateura. So but for the sake of when we're dealing with someone, you know, you know, sometimes when when someone can give me something
that go, I don't have time. Okay.
I just remember, let's say I tell someone, can I talk to you for a couple of minutes? And they're like, Oh, no, no, really, I got it. And of course, you know, the worst thing is when you when that person tells you Yeah, I don't have time
standing there for two hours talking to somebody else, you know. So and this is, as I said, in the past, when someone says I don't have time, that man was someone a little more interesting than you
think just trying to, you know, it's amazing how the current panel law addresses human nature and talks about us and about our nature. Now, again, the idea was not to condemn us, but
what kind of insanity?
What candidate insane are after talking about this and understanding our nature, he talks about the remedy, or hula? Right. In the book, The chef, you know, have a little interest to to know this this general.
You know, discipline might say, Well, some of the
issues that you mentioned, I don't I don't know, you may have a difficulty in one of them. Right.
We didn't even get to in an incentive Haleakala either Mr. Bashara with control. Right. It's for your own survival. Right. So the anxiety anxiety actually is something good, right? If it doesn't give us you know, various, you know,
get it in, you know, commitments, relationships, talks about Colleen talks about their Salah, but it also talks about their relationships will let you know, there is consistency, when it comes to personality between. They're serious about that and they maintain their commitment, you know, somehow was very interesting. So we'll have to
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