A Thematic Commentary On The Quran #14
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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim hamdulillah hillbrow Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Sayidina, Muhammad
Ali, he was heavy and you may in.
we're in just number two. And this is the third
class on this, just so that means we are halfway through juice number two.
And we have five pages to cover in Sharla this week. So we reached the verse number two or three in salt and Buchla, two or three, and salts and Bacara insha Allah will carry on from here.
Just one note about so we are going over these things and if you notice.
So in this class, we are covering some information.
so there is some primary things we principals were mentioning, these are the most important things, maybe two or three points that you can take away from the class, these are the most important. These are the most important. And in this case, they would be simply
what is the central theme of the surah we're talking about, we'll repeat it every time.
And number two, these five pages, there is some times 2345 maximum. Other themes that support the central theme. If you just get to connect these in your mind and have some idea of what main topics the surah covers. That's enough. The rest of it is details. Sometimes the story comes up sometime, we digress, we talk about something on the side here. And we elaborate on some some some point, these are of secondary importance, the most important thing is the central theme of the surah and the sub themes that support it in the segment that we are talking about today. And if you hear it once, by the way information, when generally speaking, there's a lot of research has been done on
how much we really learn when we read something or when we hear something. So this is called passive learning. Especially when you're listening, when you're listening to something a lecture or an audio, or whatever the region really learn from five, like a few weeks later, what remains with us is from 7% to 15%, of what we had. And that's very little, that's very little.
But if you can walk away from this class with 7%, that would be what's the central theme in the Surah. And how the sub themes and the five pages we're talking about every time connect to that.
Let it be this. But there are ways where the information could stay with us longer. And we could learn more than just seven to 15%. And that's basically just by retrieving that.
Basically, it's more like exercise. If you exercise a muscle. If you work it out once
you're not going to gain any significant muscle growth. You exercise it twice, you're not going to get that still growth. But if you start exercising it regularly, you will start to notice some growth. The same thing with what we learn if we rehearse if what we learned will retrieve it
sticks longer and deeper stays with us. So what I would say for those who are attending the class here or those who watch us online, that all you need to do just focus on the central theme of the surah
And the sub themes that support it. So every class, you move away with about five points, that's it five points, rehearse them. As you today, you're going back home, it's like half an hour or an hour after this class. Just remind yourself, what are the central the central points in that halacha. Today, the things that really stuck out for me today,
as you're driving back home, or you're walking back home, just run those through your mind, just run those through your mind. And if you can, tomorrow morning, if you can mention them to another person, so don't look at new notes, just retrieve them from your memory. If you go back to like your wife, your kids, your sibling, just say let me tell you what today's class was about. Play it as a game. Tell them the class was about 123. Just give them these three to five points. Tomorrow do the same.
And you will be surprised how much sticks to your mind just by doing that.
Because you've just rehearsed it, you've just exercised it. Okay? So again, this western sort of the Bacara. And the central theme is Surah Al Baqarah, appears in verse number.
that shows there's no retrieval, right? No retrieval, okay? Because it comes in through this year then departs through the other ear. Why there's no retrieval, it's verse number 21
Verse number 21, which says, Yeah, you Hannah. So, or abodo como la de halacha como la nina in public, la contactable, oh, humanity, Allah is addressing humans, all of them. worship your Lord, Who created you and those before you so that you may attain sample, it's a universal call, it's verse number 21. Even if you hear it 10 times, you know what, let me share with you this. So they made the research where they got some people to read a book, and then they would test them on the book.
These are misconceptions about how we learn and this is recent research in the last three years.
So they got two groups of people to read the same book.
And they tested them on comprehension how much they've learned from the book.
Then they got the second group to read the book again, a second time, the whole book.
We generally assume if you read the book twice, you pick up a lot more, right? Then they tested them. And they figured out the level of comprehension increased by one to 2%, only.
Second time, there's almost no extra learning from the first time.
And that 2%
After a week disappeared, that difference, the comprehension came back to almost the same level.
So if I just repeat information, you don't necessarily learn it.
Active engagement gets you to learn active engagement, if you're not doing something, if you're not pulling that from memory,
retrieval, okay, you're not getting engaged in actively engaged in this learning process. So you're learning is at a minimum,
you're not doing you're not learning a lot. Okay, so, so when we can see an evidence now, I just asked the question, how many times in this class have I mentioned source in the book? Where does the central theme appear more than 10 times? More than 10 times? And only one person? Got it right? As far as I can see from the answers, okay.
So the central theme is sort of Bukhara is a call to humanity to worship the Lord alone so that they may attain Taekwon. We saw throughout these different segments that we had how all how all of the other themes in the Surah actually support this and connect to this
last week to do some kind of retrieval, that's for me as well to sort of dig or drill this this stuff. Deeper.
It was about
it mentioned, mainly three acts of worship, sort of the pillars of Islam. I mentioned the prayer, when
it talked about the direction of the fibula. Then it mentioned a CRM last night last week, we had a cm fasting, and we hadn't had all of those are what acts of worship. So they, they connect to the central theme which is worship your Lord alone, these are acts of worship. These are the primary acts of worship now, and
in this part in the five five pages of today, there's actually some kind of shifts in the topics being treated. Allah subhanaw taala here clarifies
what what I would, I could, like confidently call it the psychology of
An aspect of the psychology of belief and disbelief. That's what Allah starts with. So we're going to take an overview now. And then Allah subhanaw taala exposes again, the people of the book,
hide the truth and make a pretense.
They pretend that they are righteous, that they are sincere, but they're actually hiding the truth. So Allah reveals that that's part of their psychology as well and part of them. And Allah treats the believers, Allah shows the believers how to handle this type of people. This is again passive aggressive, when a person pretends that they are good, and they seek the truth, but they are actually working against you. They're trying to traumatize you. They're trying to attack you as a person. And this is passive aggressive, and this is one of the most difficult people to deal with. These people will give you a smile and they stab you stab you in the back.
And you get confused. How do I deal with these people? Because they give you it seems that there's so good but at the same time, they seem to be very bad. It's very confusing. How do you deal with these people? It's really confusing. So the people of the book specifically the Jewish tribes, in Medina, this is how they were treating the Muslims and Allah still, Allah taught the Muslims how to deal with them and Allah is going to teach the Muslims more now how to deal with them in other aspects.
Then Allah subhanaw taala here takes us to,
to marital issues,
issues of marriage,
issues of divorce, issues of marital dispute, and how to handle this. How does this relate to the central theme in Surah Al Baqarah
that shows that every aspect of our lives is connected to our worship. Life cannot be compartmentalized. How you conduct marriage, how you carry yourself and your marital life. Rights, obligations, fair treatments, empathy, generosity, and kindness and understanding and accommodation. All of these are not separate from the concept of worship. The prophets, Allah Salam says to show who are the best people in terms of their worship, how Eurocom Jairo calmly, actually, the best among you are the best to their spouses.
The best approximate saying the best, what is the criteria? About what about worship? Because what is good in Islam? When a person is good in Islam is about are they true to Allah or not? Are they have they achieved worship or not? Did they fulfill the purpose of their creation or not? So the prophecy isn't me saying the best among you. And that means the people who are achieving a high level of worship are the ones that are best to their spouses.
So it's not separate from all humanity, worship your Lord as part of it. We worship our Lord in the way we treat our wives, and the way the wives treat their husbands, and the way parents treat their children and the way children treat their parents. This is part of worship. You cannot say, Oh, I worship Allah. But you know, I'm not good to my spouse. That doesn't work. It just doesn't work. It shows there's something wrong with with your worship of Allah.
Something wrong. And you human nature cannot be compartmentalized in the sense where I'm good with Allah but I'm bad with the creation. No, that shows your there's something wrong with your essence. Because if your essence is good, it leaks into all of the other areas. How do you how you deal with Allah and how we deal with people? You can't be good with Allah and bad people. It just doesn't make sense. This is humanly impossible. But if you are you going to find people who are seemingly good with Allah and bad with people? Yes, absolutely. But that's on the surface.
Because, you know, let me give you this example.
If you squeeze an orange, what do you get out of it?
What can apple juice
grapefruit juice. What do you get from the orange if you squeeze it? You get orange juice, right? You get orange juice. Why? Because an orange. Same thing. We when we go through life who are squeezed, marital problems, marital responsibilities. Were being squeezed. What comes out of us is what we have in our essence.
How we deal with Allah, Allah tests us through hardship, through ease, through obligations and commitments. This is all an act of skill.
wheezing. So whatever is inside will come out, whatever is inside, it will come out. So, so if humans are good to Allah does they that's coming from a good essence that should show as well, in every aspect of their life. Do we have some weakness? Yes, we might have one weakness, but a whole area of like how a person treats their families bad and they are a righteous person. Impossible. Impossible. Okay.
So there's a lot here about the whole concept of marriage, then how to deal with disputes and divorce. And then even the issue of the children.
In the case of divorce, when there is an infant that being nursed by the mother, how how to deal with that, that goes into the details. And then about
when one of the spouses dies, husband dies or wife dies, what to do.
What to do afterwards, what are the rulings pertaining to this
because all of that is part of how we worship Allah subhanaw taala we're going to see is when we come to the issues of how like when a person like a husband dies and leaves a wife behind how Allah
places some demands, and those demands have to be met. And then Allah concludes the verse with names and attributes of Allah to show that the way we handle these obligations shows how much we are true to Allah. How whether we are truly worshiping Allah subhanaw taala or not
and finally, Allah subhanaw taala closes this these five pages with which is
Gotcha. That's the fourth that's that's the fourth. Yeah, this is these are the last five pages in my hope I'm not going too fast.
On I'm just getting ahead of myself. So I'm getting ahead of myself. So yeah.
So yeah, it's just about the law starts here with marriage and divorce. The other things the whole thing, whole issue of nursing, and
what happens to a widow after husband passes away and so on and so forth. This will be for next week, inshallah. Tada, okay. So that's an overview. Let's start going into
these verses. So from verse 203,
to verse 207, Allah Subhana Allah exposes the psychology of the passive aggressive disbelievers or people who fake their nicety and their truthfulness. But inside they are full of
deception, hate and evil. Allah subhanaw taala says Wamena Nursey mejor Jubu Kaku Phil hieratic duniya well you should Allah Allah Murphy couldn't be he were who were to lose his arm. Were either a total loss of daily UFC the fee how were you when he can help our nursing? Hola Hola. You have good facade? Well either update Allahu Allah, other tool is to build the husband will Jahannam will have it send me he's all by the word profound, very profound verses wouldn't be the translation.
we'll explain. Allah says there are some hypocrites, okay, hypocrites. In addition from the translator here, there are some who impress you with their views regarding worldly affairs, and openly call upon Allah to witness what is in their hearts, yet they are your worst adversaries.
So these are the people who pretend to be on the truth, people who pretend to care for you.
And they make a public display and proclamation about their faith. They say Allah is a witness about how much I care for you. Allah is a witness about how much faith I have. And this is why by the way,
public display of religiosity is very, very, very risky. I'm not saying it's wrong, because part of Islam is actually a public display of religiosity. There are certain things you have to meet and they are done in public, personal etiquettes they are supposed to observe and they are done in public. But the problem but these are a huge test because if you just hold them to them with their without their essence, without the depth and the back end behind them, you are playing a very risky, very risky game. And what you will find about some personalities who seem to be role models, people look up to them, and people follow them.
sample and sometimes this example is crushed.
It shows that there was an
undue emphasis on public display of religiosity on the right of these people.
So this is why, generally speaking, unless public display of religiosity is an obligation
or necessary obligation, like you have to pray you pray in congregation, that's a public display.
And in terms of men
having a beard.
That's a public display, but it's an obligation.
Unless it's an obligation,
if you don't have the depth of faith and commitment and the sincerity to back it up.
It's very risky.
It's very risky. I'm not saying don't do things that are public aspects of Islam. But obviously, besides, it's, you know, the obligations are a given, we're not talking about them. Beyond the obligations, I'm not saying, don't practice them what I'm saying, Have enough to back them up, have enough insight to back them up. So you are up to that level.
So it's a sign of hypocrisy, that people will make a public display and public proclamation about their faith and about this insecurity, and about how much they care for you.
These are the people you have to watch for, I'm not saying I'm not, I'm not saying write them off. But when you see this, just be extra careful. Be extra careful, I'll tell you how this plays out as well in the lives of some people.
These are people who will use the religion of Islam to beat other people down.
So when they say Miss, when they see a mistake from someone,
they would publicly challenge it. And they would
display that righteousness from their side.
And you don't see care in their eyes for the, for the person that they are trying to give advice to. On the contrary, you see that these people will use the religion fear Allah, you're working against the religion, you're, you're not obeying Allah subhanaw taala. That's not righteousness.
And they sort of claim for themselves that position at that position of righteous, they claim the upper the upper moral ground.
That's very risky. You have to watch when you see things like that, you have to watch for that. You have to watch for that. It's often narrated from many people from a cell from the early generations that they would say, Allah He man Arvato era had immunity by the law in a to whom hyaluron mini
that's very common from especially from a tablet in there was a lot of statements from the famous ones, they would say something to the effect that I've never seen a person except that I would automatically assume they are better than me in the sight of Allah, that they are more righteous than me.
So, so the people who follow this kind of example, is they don't have to say for example, okay? I believe in Allah, there's so much faith in Allah and Allah as my witness, maybe they will make it that publicly. But you would find these people are very careful about external display and public display of religiosity. Whereas they're very aggressive and critical of everyone, they point them out. And they try to do to that as publicly as possible.
That's another version of doing that. So what does Allah say about this type of people? So he says, among there are those among people who will impress you with what they say about their life, what they know about life, they have beautiful, they can make beautiful quotes. They have, they're beautiful in their speech, they're sweet talkers.
And they would make Allah witness over what's the beauty in the heart or the truth in the heart, whereas in reality,
they are your worst enemies, your worst, they have so much hate towards you. And Allah says, And when they leave you like they are not in your presence.
They strive throughout the land to spread mischief in it and destroy crops and cattle. This is a figure of speech and the Arabic language basically, these people they strive to bring about corruption, mainly what
social corruption, different types of corruption. So these people are actually working hard towards something. So with their
with their words and their publicity,
they say something but their actions say something wrong, something something the opposite. They say the opposite.
And Allah does not love corruption and mischief, then he says, and if the truth is brought, if these people are put in their place in the sense it is said to them, fear Allah that what you're doing is wrong. This is
what you are trying, you know, what you are spreading is doesn't please Allah subhanaw taala if you said to them, Fear Allah, it took Allah
when he said to them, Fear Allah, pride carries them off to sin,
hell will be their proper place.
And will an evil place to rest.
So again, these are the passive aggressive ones, the ones who make good display of whatever like they make, claim about their righteousness, about their purity about their goodness, and they might give you some sweet words. But in reality, when you look at their actions, they're actually doing the opposite. They're causing you harm they bringing about corruption, they claim religiosity, and they claim
goodness, but their actions bring about harm, and bring about damage and bring about corruption.
So and when these people are confronted with the truth of their actions, and their attitude,
okay, they show pride without needing to hook in, to listen to beneath them, they are taken by the pride upon falsehood upon sin.
Allah says for those will be the hellfire, those who will be the author, Allah gives a contrast. So that's actually a psychological description about the discrepancy between what a public display a person does and what is the reality of what's in the heart because that shows through their actions.
Hola I'm gonna contrast this with the opposite woman a Nassima. Usually enough so hope the RA modeled it Hola. Hola. Hola. All formability bad. And there are those who would dedicate their lives to Allah's pleasure and Allah is Ever gracious to His servants. So that's a contrast between people who worship Allah subhanaw taala truly, and people who claim that they worship Allah, people who claim that they worship Allah subhanaw taala. And that shows that tells you
basically fulfilling the commands of Allah subhanaw taala just makes us better.
It makes us better human beings worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala is not just like
it's not like
you started workout I'm going to the gym.
Because it's one aspect of your life you just okay adopted a new lifestyle with regards to your physical activity. You go to the gym every day you work out every day. That's not going to make you a better person.
It's one aspect of your life that you put in good shape, and it might leak into other areas of your life. Yes.
But it's not so central as the concept of worship, worshiping Allah when we fulfill the Command of Allah subhanaw taala. And we do our best, and we are sincere as much as possible to worship Allah subhanaw taala and fulfill this purpose. This leaks into every area of our lives, it enhances our morality. It beautifies our behavior, it makes us better human beings. It transforms our minds, our intentions, it change transforms us as human beings. So Allah shows that a person who's truly dedicated who truly dedicates themselves to Allah, meaning they worship Allah subhanaw taala. These people, you're gonna find them the best, they won't have this kind of duplicity, and that shows that
there is a contradiction, complete inconsistency between faith between taqwa and worship, and duplicity or hypocrisy.
They can't meet. A true believer cannot be someone who plays games who has two phases. It just doesn't go hand in hand. If someone shows any signs of hypocrisy, even behavioral hypocrisy, necessarily religious hypocrisy. That's a sign of a weakness there's a weakness in their faith and that's why they have this because what worship does, worship is an act of truth.
And we said that previously many times worship is an act of truth, you are being truthful to who you are. You are bringing out your true nature. You're not changing the nature and the design that Allah created you upon you're being true to that.
So you're honest, you're honest to Allah, you're, you're honest to yourself to your creation.
You are being truthful. You are being truthful. And when you do that, it becomes extremely hard for you to tell a lie. By the way, it just comes hard. Why? Because your nature now is about being true.
You don't have a pattern inside of you of departing from the truth. So when you want to say something that's not true, you'll find it extremely difficult. You're going against the whole rhythm of your being. Does that make sense? And there's a difference between being truthful and being factual.
A suit in Arabic is both truthful and factual. You can be factual you can state facts to people about what happened.
But truthful is much deeper than that. To being true, the truth is about as I said, Being true to your nature to the how Allah designed you how Allah created you, you are true to Allah.
You are true to Allah. If you don't worship Allah, you're not true to him.
And it's an act of life. Anyone who lives a life other than be true to Allah, they are telling a lie through their life, through the lifestyle.
They betrayed themselves. If people are not true to Allah, they are betraying themselves because they are going against their own nature. They are going against the nature and that hurts and it's painful.
so Allah Samantha is showing us again, it takes tape is taking us into the mindset of people of the hypocrites, especially hear from the people of the book, and then Allah can trust it to people who are true to Allah Subhan Allah to Allah, that Allah is going to explain a little bit more here he says
and this is a principle in Islam this verse which is number
208 Yeah, you are Latina man or the Hulu Have you seen me? For a while at a TV? Oh, what a shame on him. Now Hulu, one movie and we said we want highlight all the verses. But this is a very important verse. Allah says all believers into into Islam wholeheartedly and do not follow Satan's footsteps. Surely He is your, your sworn enemy.
So Allah says enter into Islam in its entirety. Don't pick and choose you can't cherry pick in Islam.
You can't cherry pick.
But does that mean I have to practice all of Islam on this spot? Well, the Prophet saw most of them says,
Allah Subhan Allah says in the Quran, Allah Mr. Biotone. For tequila, Mr. Title, entering into Islam does not happen overnight. practicing Islam cannot happen overnight. It's a journey.
As long as you do your best and you strive that's all is required of you. The problem said either a model two can be Amarin fair to them in Houma stiletto, if I give you a command, then follow it to the best of your ability, what your capacity allows,
and that can be enhanced every day.
So Allah Subhan Allah saying, you can't cherry pick when it comes for Islam that I'll choose this, but I don't like that. I don't feel like doing this. That's cherry picking. Allah is saying, you know, enter into Islam wholeheartedly in its entirety. Everything whatever you can do it you do it. Whatever you can adhere to adhere to what you can't now you are working towards it.
You are working towards it. And Allah says do not follow. And this is in contrast to the People of the Book, who said no, we believe in the Scripture, but we don't believe in the part that prophesizes Mohammed Salah is and
this is where Allah sponsored revealed this verse, it was about this. Then Allah says do not follow the footsteps of shape and
so Shavon and this basically is a general principle about how Chopin treats us humans. She Alana is very smart.
It does not say to you
go and drink alcohol. But what she would do, he would beautify certain friends to you and these people drink
with beautify look how much fun they have. Look at how these people enjoy their time. They you know, they go out and they they seem to be carefree. And these people like they enjoy themselves. Why don't you just be with them, learn from them, pick up something from them, right? Don't don't drink like them. When they go to drink. Don't join them. Just you know whatever. They're just doing the daily things, normal things you can just be with them.
Then, okay, you start befriending those people, you start hanging around with them. And what happens? Obviously, you become part of them, and part of their lifestyle is drinking.
So, first time they have a drinking party, you won't go.
Right? Because you still have these standards. But the more you know, the closer you become to them, the more of a friend you become to them, they start telling you, you know, why don't you just try it, man, take a sip don't get drunk. Just give it a try. How can you say no to something? You haven't even tried it? You don't even know what it is? Give it a try. And then okay, if you say no, fine, at least, you found out for yourself what it is at least you making a decision based on conviction.
Then you start doubting yourself. Then you say, you know, I'll be there, but I won't drink.
So you go on, you see them, they're drinking, etc, than having fun than you feel though. Like the the weird person because they're all going crazy. And you're the only intelligent person in the room. The only sane person in the room, right? But it doesn't feel good. It doesn't feel good. So over time, your standards go down. So you say you know what?
There are some people who say, you know,
you can drink and as long as you don't get drunk, what's Haram is getting drunk. Right? So yeah, let me just take a sip, see how it tastes, then you tasted disgusting, right?
But when you see these people are drinking it over and over again.
You start actually lowing lowering your standards, to the point where you drink, okay, you take a small cup, and take a bigger cup.
Then when you start feeling the buzz, you want more, right? The new drink, then you get drunk, then you get drunk, you get hooked. You're now addicted.
You're part of the group, it's hard to pull out of that now.
These are the steps of shaper.
These are the steps or shoot on the prophets Allah mentioned as well some stories from people from the previous nations, how there was a hermit worshipping Allah subhanaw taala. He was righteous and he used to get on top of his
whatever tower etc, etc. And he would see this lady right next door and
his eyes would get attached to her. She's beautiful. That's the first thing first step by she thought he now he gets more attached to her. He starts observing her more. Another story, there was something similar. But basically, she was a sister, and she had three brothers. And they were traveling. And they thought, Okay, this is a righteous person. He's a monk, he doesn't bother about women. All right, we can entrust him to look after our, you know, Sister keeping checking on her in case in an emergency. He like he's there. So they're traveling and they say, you know, this is also to just take care of her make sure that everything's alright. It's fine. Then he sees her from a
distance. And she along comes to him and he says, this innocent girl, why didn't you? Why are you not paying even attention to her? Maybe she needs something and She's so shy to ask of you. So why don't you go and check in and ask her if she needs anything. Right? Show him. So he goes. And then she says, Thank you like, I don't want anything. She says to him. Maybe she's just too shy. You need to be a little bit more pushy. Right? And maybe she's lonely go and spend some time with her.
That's actually seems good. Right? Seems good. Spend some time with her. She's lonely. Her brothers are not here. And they entrusted you with that do a better job. He started having a conversation with him and so on and so forth until he ended up
committing Zina. Right, these are hollow watershape on this album comes to us. So this is why it's important for us human beings to keep ourselves in check. And most of the time, we fail to do that. Because we have blind a lot of blind spots. So what's the best way? That's why it's important to have brothers and sisters around so brothers have brothers sisters have sisters around them who remind them of Allah keep them in check. Keep them in check. And that's why the Prophet SAW Selim says in MA Kulu, the mineral Hannah middle Cassia that a wolf when it comes to a herd of sheep, the wolf picks the one that stands apart from the herd. It's easier to catch. So it's very good to have
good people around you who would remind you of Allah when you start drifting. Very important. It might be harsh, sometimes might very uncomfortable. But it's better that someone you know wakes you up.
with discomfort than let you drift and you get carried away with Shayla. So because this is how she upon works
then Allah subhanaw taala describes some of the dynamics of faith here.
And this conference, the believers, as we said, the believers in Medina, now they have these people of the Book People of the Scripture in Medina, who are casting doubt on them first, it started with changing the direction of the Qibla. Right and denying what dimension of the Prophet salallahu Salam in their books. Now Allah subhanaw taala showed the Muslims how to handle those but Allah is going to show the Muslims something else as well that will help them handle this kind of hurdle. It psychologically helps the Muslims put those people where they truly belong. So whatever they say whatever they do, does not harm the faith of the believers. And this is going to how does this How
does this tie in with the concept of worship? Because how people treat you how, how much doubt people cost on your faith, that affects how much worship you're going to achieve. And it applies to in our days, whatever is being said about Islam in the media, it affects us and we feel it, how other people treat us as Muslims, it affects us how many young sisters they they find it hard to wear the hijab, why? Because they are targeted in school. They are ridiculed. They're picked on on the and some younger brothers as well, because they pray or because they're Muslim or because their name is Mohammed or Omar. Right. So they try to hide their identity. So this affects, you know, the
level of our worship.
It does affect the level of our worship.
And it hurts when when people start when people start having suspicions about you because they're misinformed. They're ill informed about Islam, and they know you're Muslim, they stopped trusting you. Because they have they have taken all this stuff in about Islam, all these lies in about Islam, and it hurts. It hurts when people show distrust towards you. So the effects sometimes we start having this inner inner dialogue, you know, maybe I should maybe I'm just pushing it too hard with my practice of religion, maybe. Maybe, then it might get to the point where maybe there's something wrong with my faith. And it happens with some of the youth, that social pressure, peer pressure, and
sometimes gets really tremendous to a point that it shakes the person from inside who you know, who can put up on a daily basis, especially the younger ones with not being safe. With being ostracized, being looked down upon not being trusted.
It's painful, right? These are challenges so Allah Subhan Allah Tiana is helping the Muslims as they were going through something similar and this is why as Muslims we need to develop the tools sometimes they're just
how do we frame this how do we frame what's happening so that it does not get to us it does not shake our faith. So Allah says to the
Allah says to the believers here to the Muslims
Sal Benny is salam ala Tina home in a it's in beginner one may you but they never met Allah He invited the manager at over in Allah How should you do a club losses to the believers asked Bani Israel, how many gifts them you have given them how many blessings that we have offered them especially when it comes to guidance of the revelation? And want to see how we translated this
and whoever trades Allah's favor after receiving it for disbelief, should know that Allah is indeed severe punishment. Oh my You bet didn't matter Allah him back DiMaggio. Allah has ready to rip up and whoever basically does not appreciate the gifts that Allah does not take care of the gifts that Allah has given them, or meets them with disbelief and denial, then Allah's punishment is severe. So that shows that guidance when it comes to you revelation when it comes to you, if you don't act upon it.
You are trading it with disbelief. You are ungrateful. When you are ungrateful. You don't follow the guidance that comes to you and you're ungrateful to it will be taken away with the knowledge bucola In Shackleton as he then we're in our fourth time in the shed, and Allah subhanaw taala declared that if you are thankful to Allah's blessings, this is not just blessings, material blessings, like our site,
physical, you know, blessings from Allah, that's not only that, even guidance and that's a greater blessing from Allah Subhan Allah if we do not observe it, if we do not stay truthful to it, if we do not strive to act upon it and live by it,
we're going to lose some of it. Allah will take away some of those blessings because we're not acting upon them. We're not being thankful to them.
That's why when Allah subhanaw taala gives someone guidance. Allah gives you a moment of guidance and awakening and your cover. You should seize it
Do not let go of it. You should utilize it Allah gives you a moment of kosher and your Salah, use it pray. If you have a night you're feeling so close to Allah pray increase in prayer or in that night. Why you just you're appreciating Allah's gift to you don't say later later use this because this might be taken away like I am explained
sweetness of Eman. He said sweetness of iman starts as Illawarra as the lightning. How does it lightning is like less, it's a 10th of a second right? You can hardly even see it. It's like it goes in the blink of an eye. This is how sweetness of a man comes. Then he says if you seize that and you take care of it.
It starts to last longer. So it becomes a when you start to experience it as a state for a certain period of time it lasts longer. And if you take care of him or care of these states a while it turns into AMACOM it becomes a station where you become position and you become very well established there so you could access these beautiful moments of sweetness of Eman
sometimes on demand for long periods of time.
So that's it. So when the children of Israel did not stay truthful to the guidance Allah Subhana Allah gave them Allah says the punishment is severe punishment in this world by being deprived of faith. By being deprived of guidance and in the hereafter there is the ultimate punishment. Then Allah says look at our ALLAH SubhanA conference the believers Allah says zucchini, a little lady in a cafe will hire to dunya when his Harun Amina Lavina
will Latina taco Volca homeo Melba Yama, Allah we are assuming your shirt will be lady she's up. This is enough to put the believers hearts at peace.
Because sometimes we go through moments of subjugation, weakness, right, we see injustice, we're unable to do anything about it. Sometimes we are wronged and we can't do anything about it.
So Allah subhanaw taala says,
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this worldly life or the life of this world has been made appealing to the disbelievers as has been beautified for the disbelievers and they mock the believers
they mock they make fun of the believers. You guys pray five times a day.
You wake up five o'clock in the morning to pray.
Right? You have to leave work come to the to the masjid for Juma for Friday. You can't drink you can't party.
Right? You can't eat any type of meat.
So they make fun you dressed up this way. Why do you cover your hair?
Right? It's too hot
or you covered like this issues like that Right? Or they even say you know more derogatory words about how a woman is dressed up.
And then so last one that says, this worldly life has been beautified for those people and they make fun of the believers.
Then Allah says, Will Lavina taco volta home Yeoman clear, but on the on the Day of Judgment, the believers will be above them.
The believers will be above them and Allah
gives or Allah provides whomever whomever he wills without limits. This is something similar something echoes This is a Surah tomato Fifi in Alladhina Jomo can Amin Alladhina hum and we'll tackle those criminals they used to laugh at the believers were either not Ruby him yet or Rama zone and if they pass by them they make fun of them. They pointed them and they laugh at them they mock the mock them
were even callable callable move again they turn back these guys when they go home like they're happy about themselves again Life is beautiful to them they think they are the smart ones. They think they are the intelligence
we're gonna call a boiler calabasa Keihin what either Oh whom call in Ha ha hola hola balloon when they see the believers they see these people are lost the last like you're wasting your life with this stuff. You worshipping a God that doesn't exist. Why are you making life hard for yourself? Right? You're misguided you're lost you don't know what you're doing? You're just brainwashed. That's what they tell you.
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Allah says philleo Mill livina hermano Middelkoop Ferial today, the judgment today, the believers are laughing at those who used to mock them. The disbelievers
for the Omen livina Herman Amina local fatty Allah, Allah Allah aka young Varun. They are laying on their beautiful you know
mattresses that Allah and seats the Allah prepared for them healthier we will call pharma can with the disbelievers get what they truly deserve.
So, this conference, the believers, yes, somebody might laugh at you, somebody might mock you, somebody might make fun of you, somebody might say something nasty to you, somebody might insult you, somebody might spit at you. Somebody might even physically attack you.
It's painful, it's harmful. But put that in perspective. Put that in perspective. In all cases, your winning, in all cases is going to work for you.
That's the thing of faith. You can't lose with faith. That's the point where you can't lose, no matter what happens you. You can't lose you just, it's impossible because faith no one can get to faith unless you you give it you give it give it up or give it away. No one can get as long as you will. Because whatever happens in this life is nothing is a shadow is really nothing is insignificant. I mean, you don't have to wait till the day of judgment to really look at all the suffering in the in this life. It's nothing is like a passing moment, right? You don't have to wait till the Day of Judgment. Just look at the things. There are things that you used to worry about so
much in your life, even think that you were going to die if you don't get those things. Or if something like this happens to you are going to die, your life will be miserable. And these things happened.
And it was painful. But
just a couple of years later, you look back at it. It's gone.
It's gone. It's like as if it's never happened.
So put this life where it really belongs. So this is a very powerful exercise. And what is the what is what this could mean is expand your perspective. That's what it means. When there's something painful, something unpleasant, something is inconvenient. Where you can do is expand your perspective. Extend your view of your timeline, don't get stuck just in the present moment here.
You realize this shall pass. You remember him on loan to Allah He said Mantella Mahela Sophia Han at Le Hema Otto to sub. He says whoever could see safety and delivery in the horizon. patient becomes easy for them in the present moment. put things in perspective, expand your perspective in that sense.
Then Allah subhanaw taala here establishes a very powerful forum point that connects to the whole concept of worship. Allah puts all of these disputes in perspective,
all of these disputes in perspective, and this by the way, this is very helpful. This verse, which is number
213 is extremely helpful today. extremely helpful today.
Because often times people say, you know you people have religion, Everyone claims to be the truth. Muslims claim to be upon the truth. Christians claim to be upon the truth. Jews claim to be upon the truth. Buddhists claim to be upon the truth. You know, Hindus believe they claim to be upon the truth, this see, believe they're upon the truth. Any kind of religion, everyone believes they're upon the truth, and everyone is fighting to prove that they are on the truth.
So you got everyone's just claiming the truth to themselves, so just playing the same game.
But that's not the way to look at things. Because that ignores every, every the whole context of things. You can't just take a sketch, you know, take a screenshot of a movie and say that's the movie. Now there's so many things here. There's history to this, Allah gives us a perspective. Look at what Allah says. Allah says, Can a nurse or amat and we're here for bath Allah on Nebby yin and we'll be shooting you know on one video and Xlm at home will Kitab unhappily Colombina nurse etmf tele movie one after another he in the Latina who to whom embody manager at home will be unique to bubbly and Boehner home for her the lone Latina and minority matter level V human and happy isn't
it? Allah Who Yeah, have you made your show? Oh, he does. A lot of most of this puts all of humanity the history of religion in one sentence. Look at what Allah says.
Translation, humanity had one spin one community of believers before they lost faith.
That's the history of humanity. Humans were believed
goes all of them. So when someone comes and says, Hey, you're just like every other religion claiming the truth do is to themselves and then trying to kill everyone else in order to prove themselves right.
that, that just cancels the whole story. Allah is Seeing humans all of humanity had one spin one community of believers before they lost faith and say Buhari, had been I bustle the Allah who I know he says
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Of for 10 generations, there were upon the truth.
They were upon the truth upon upon Islam, to lead worship, the worship Oneness of Allah subhanaw taala. That's the nature of humans. That's the only religion that Allah gave to humans. That's how he designed them, and they were upon that. That's the history of humans. That's the original state of humans. That's our history. All of the humans were just upon this,
but then finish Tyla, Tomas shayateen. Then the devils gradually push them and got them to drift away from that path. So Allah sent no Elisa
as the first prophet. So Allah says, Allah talks about this year, he says, then Allah raised prophets as delivers of good news and Warner's and revealed to them the scripture in truth to judge among people regarding their disputes.
So humanity was upon the truth when when humanity swerved from the path of the truth of the worship of Allah Subhan Allah to Allah, Allah sent prophets and messengers to bring them back.
And all prophets and messengers were sent with one religion, one way of life, and that's submission to Allah, which we call Islam.
Then Allah says, One teletherapy
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and no one disputed the scriptures except the very people who receive them off to clear proofs had come to them out of jealousy.
So the truth came from Allah to bring humans back to to hate, but some of those who received it started interpreting it
based on their own whims and desires, changing the meanings. And when you change the meanings, you change the meaning your way this person changed the meaning their way, you will have different other ways and thus people get in disputes.
People get in disputes. And that's why differences that's why fights that's why issues but the reality the truth is one has always been one.
That Allah subhanaw taala says, So what do we do with all these disputes? How do we find the truth? Allah says
for her, the Allahu Lilina, Herman, oedema, telephone few human had helped me be in the law says and then Allah by His grace has guided the believers to the truth regarding those disputes.
And Allah guides whoever He wills to the straight path.
So in the midst of differences, how do we know the truth?
In the midst of all these claims, even look within the strands of Islam,
where do we find the truth?
Where do we find the truth?
You of yourself can never find the truth.
If you never, if Allah doesn't guide you, If Allah doesn't guide you, you will not be guided.
And that's the thing about the about humans. When humans make a choice about something they see it as the truth. That's what we just said, We beautify this world and Allah says another verse, Can daddy because a yen nearly equally all met in another home. Thus we have beautified for every nation their actions meaning their choices, the actions of the heart actions of their body.
humans find themselves always we always fancy we always love what we choose. So we find ourselves upon the truth. We're blind to that.
That's one of our blind spots. So So
who guides Allah? So if you how do you find how do you find guidance?
How do you find guidance?
By being smart?
You have to study you have to research fine, but how do you find guidance
surrender to Allah. Turn to Allah cry out to Him or Allah guide me
and be sincere in your quest. And ask Allah to guide you that you're that you're going to pull yourself out of making arbitrary choices based on your culture based on your desires based on your, you know, preferences. Open up to the truth as much as you can be as sincere as you can and turn to Allah sincere and say, Allah guide me, Allah will definitely guide you will definitely guide you.
Because guidance comes from Allah.
God is comes from Allah and you need to search for guidance.
Where it is expected to be. You don't go to sorceress searching for guidance.
You don't go read Shakespeare to find guidance.
you don't see guidance about the reality of this world in this life through science, because science does not even make it its business to find out what this life is about.
Okay, so this, this is the story. So it's not like all religions, or, you know, a number of religions are just fighting among each other. That's not the truth. The truth is humans were upon Islam. That's the name that's this is how it started off, is how humans are. They were upon the truth. But then they started moving away, then Allah brought them back through the messengers, and he gave them scriptures for what happened. People even found ways to swerve from the truth, even in the presence of those scriptures. What, how by changing them, by misinterpreting them, and so on and so forth.
Okay, now there is a shift. There's your shift starts in verse number 219. Again, how does this relate to worship? Again, this is this has, this is about the essence of worship. This is about the truth. Now Allah here shifts, makes you makes a shift in Surah Baqarah verse 219.
Allah talks about four key rulings now.
Sol, sol Sol. Ara is an encyclopedia of what worship means. So there is
straightforward arguments about to hate about the worship itself, and why it's the only way life makes sense and why it's the truth, then about the history of Adam, and how this whole thing of worship started, then the whole thing about gender and being brought to this earth, the whole thing about previous nations and examples of them, then the whole thing about, you know, how
to follow the guidance of Allah subhanaw taala in the presence of other influences, and so on and so forth. And then there is how to handle you know, these disputes and political issues with people of the Scripture on how to discern the truth from all of this.
All of that is about worship. But here Allah also instructs us with regards to acts of worship or even dealings, Allah says, is Aluna candle hungry will amaze you will feed him if mancave kebenaran woman Afia holiness, they asked you about intoxicants and gambling was in the early stages, say there is great evil in both, as well as some benefit for people. But the evil outweighs the benefit. And we said that previously.
In Islam, the question is not pure good and pure evil, because because
most things don't fall at either ends of the spectrum, pure good or pure evil, by the way, things that you'll find in the world are usually a mix a mixture of good and evil.
The question is,
there is a threshold there's a turning point. When when the
and the balance between good and evil when something becomes halal, or becomes however,
if the benefit is so great, Allah will make something an obligation like the prayer like fasting, like Zika, like good manners, Allah makes it an obligation if the benefit
outweighs the harm greatly. A lot of these things are recommended and then slowly, slowly they get into the borders of permissible and there is a point
where there is a level of good and evil where there is things these are things Allah left's, these are pros and said, Wait a second and a sheer lack of let me know when
there are issues where the good and evil are almost equal.
So it's a very, like, gray area with these things, usually Allah did not say anything about these things, he left it at them that he left them there.
But then when the evil outweighs the benefit, these are the things that become haram. And some of the things in the gray areas actually the majority of the macro are disliked in Islam, some of them are just, you know, not spoken about
when the evil is just so great these things have become the major since the Great harms.
So sometimes no you will find people say you know, about something haram, you know, but science found out there's some benefit in it. Right? Yeah, we don't deny this. It's not about black and white, there could be benefit. But as long as it's haram be sure the harm outweighs the benefit. And sometimes in ways we don't know.
So Allah is saying here, gambling has benefits in it.
It has some benefits it intoxicants alcohol Hummer.
Allah saying there are some benefits in it is Allah doesn't even say there is a benefit. Allah says my woman if you're willing nurse and benefits for the people. There are benefits like many benefits, but Allah says but the harm outweighs the benefit.
Up until this point, intoxicants were not haram yet.
in this section, Allah subhanaw taala is going to start talking about filthy rulings jurisprudence. How does this relate to the central theme of Surah Al Baqarah. You can't just worship Allah in your heart and live your life as a daydreamer, right. You can't just be this, you know, spiritual person living in a state of high all the time and say, I just worship Allah.
And that's it. No, Allah systemized it. Allah put a structure Allah put a system that we are supposed to follow. Why? Because we have this physical aspect to it to us. And this physical aspect has to be disciplined, according to the spiritual aspect to the heart aspect, it has to.
So Islam What does Islam consist of Islam consists of this spirit,
which is the worship the concept of worship, loving Allah obedience, fear of Allah, connection to Allah.
yearning to Allah subhanaw taala and, and seeking Allah subhanaw taala. And this has to be translated in a very specific way in terms of worship. So we have the prayers, we have fast, we have hedge, we have soccer, we have dress code, we have principles and guidelines for transactions and social dealings and business. And we have limitations. And we have lots of potential. And there are other areas that are open for you, where you can improvise.
So there has a complete system, a perfect system, we can't say, Hey, I just want to take the hot stuff. But I don't want to take the other, you know, discipline stuff. We just read the verse, or the whole of his cellmate have entered into into Islam wholeheartedly. Take it in its entirety, you can't cherry pick, take the whole thing, because these go hand in hand. Because if you pick only the heart and skip the discipline, the external discipline, soon what you have in the heart will, will break loose
and will lose its essence.
Allah designed to this way and he gave us and he designed Islam according to what we really need according to what fixes us. So part of worshipping Allah subhanaw taala is this physical structure and
code of law that we are supposed to follow that will help us worship Allah because without it, our worship is going to start seeping out of our hearts to the point that we lose it, there will be a leak in it to the point that we would lose it. So Allah sort of gives us a vessel to contain that essence. And it is the only way to go about. So Allah teaches us.
He starts with an alcohol, intoxicants and gambling, and then Allah moves on to talk about how to
how should you donate, how should you spend? Allah Subhan Allah gives guidance, then is a question about
orphans, how do we deal with orphans people have lost one of their parents or both of them? How do we treat them? And they have, they might have some inheritance. Right? And we take care of them. How should we handle that is a prescription in Islam. There's a system for that and Islam, then starts here with the whole concept of marriage. Well, thank you, Holly. Mashallah, Kathy, what do you mean? Well, amateur movie not on final name, check it in. Law says, do not marry polytheistic women, until meaning non Muslim, do not marry non Muslim Mushrikeen covers everything that's non Muslim.
Do not marry polytheistic women until they believe for a believing slave woman is better than a free polytheist. So in the past, when there was slavery, there was a choice could marry a free woman or you could marry a slave woman.
So marrying a slave woman comes with a lot of restrictions, because she's owned by someone else.
And Allah subhanaw taala saying, do not marry disbelieving women do not marry them.
And it's better that you actually marry
a slave woman who's a Muslim than to marry a free woman who was not a Muslim.
Why? Because so many there were so many consequences. So many consequences, the people that you mix with your family has a big impact on you, and on your children, and on so many things as well.
What are Tunki how much you have a cane or what you mean whatever.
And even the females in your family, do not marry them off to
polytheists so says, And do not marry your women to polytheistic men until they believe for a believing slave man is better than a free polytheist even though he may look pleasant to you.
Or she might look unpleasant to you. So Allah is setting up the criteria for marriage because marriage is not about
attraction. It's part of it.
physical attraction is definitely part of it. But it's a whole context and you have to take, you have to give everything it's you have to factor in all of those aspects. Otherwise, your marriage is not going to be good for your worship,
for how things will turn out to be for you. On the on the Day of Judgment that Allah Allah explains he says, What's the logic behind this? Willa, aka the owner in and now? Allahu Yeto IlJin that you will not feel it be evening law says they invite you to the fire, where Allah invites you to paradise and forgiveness by His grace.
That's the reason. Now there's an exception. So basically, that's the general rule. This is an app this is either this is the law here.
A Muslim man cannot marry a non Muslim woman.
And a Muslim woman cannot marry a non Muslim man.
There's no prejudice here. There's no racism. This is about preserving faith. It's about preserving faith.
That's the general rule in Islam.
And there is one exception.
What's the exception? The exception isn't soulful. Matt either. Allah says to the believers.
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Jews and Christians what they slaughter the meat and they slaughter it their own way is halal for you.
And your food is halal for them, meaning you can feed them as well.
Well, Masana terminal in one minute and the chaste, decent woman from among the believers, the Muslims, and the chaste, decent woman from among the People of the Scripture. This is an exception from the general rule.
It's an exception from the general rule. The general rule is not Muslims can marry Muslim men can marry women or ladies from the People of the Scripture. No, that's not the general rule. That's an exception from the general rule that Muslim men are not supposed to marry or cannot marry outside of Islam, and Muslim women cannot marry outside of Islam. That's the general rule. So it really amazes me today how some
some people are saying there's no proof in the Quran that says Muslim ladies cannot marry a non Muslim man.
I'll come back when the rule is clear.
Okay say so similarly Muslim men are able to marry chaste woman from the People of the Scripture, then Muslim women are should be able to marry chase people from the chase men from the People of the Scripture, we shall no this exception was not made. The exception was only made for the male. Simple as that. Is this about equality, no Allah Samantha is designing these rules for the sake of the preserving of faith, preserving the faith, that's the point.
That's the point. So turning them into an issue of equality, equal rights, etc. That's just being fussy with even the whole issue of rights.
Okay, so Allah has given us all of why, because all of this is consequential to the whole concept of worship.
Then Allah subhanaw taala even goes into details with regards to the relationship between husband and wife. Allah talks about the Ben says that a husband should not approach his wife when she is in her men says
these are details but they are consequential for how we worship Allah.
So Allah talks about the relationship between husband and wife.
And even Allah talks about
a practice that what is the time that a man would stay away from his wife? Without saying without saying she's divorced without anything he just stays away from his wife is what's called isla. Isla.
Okay, husband stays away from his wife, and she's like, she's not divorced. But he's not acting as if she's married to him.
This is called ILA people used to do it for years,
leave their wife for years, ignore her.
Allah subhanaw taala. Put a limit to this.
The Lilina Wiluna monism. In the same terrible Sabathia show, a man can stay away from his wife like that, for four months after that they have to decide to either divorce her or you get back to her normal as a husband and wife
for the preservation of her rights, as well.
And then Allah talks about divorce, that
divorced women are supposed to wait for a period of three periods, three cycles. And if they are turned out to be pregnant, they should not hide that, because the father has a right to the child as well. And if the husband wants to get them back during their waiting period, they have this right they have this priority.
Then Allah talks about divorce first, second, third divorce, how, what's the differences? That's fifth, but all of this has to has to do with with our worship, and as we said, you can't be good to Allah, if you are not good.
To others, it's your essence is going to show essence is going to show on this. Everything about divorce. By the way, if you look at any divorce, or almost any divorce in the world that ends up in bad shape, right? Somebody wants to take more rights of the other. One person, one spouse wants to destroy the life of the other, right? Financially in terms of custody, everything like the wife wants to ruin her ex husband, the husband wants to make his ex wife miserable, right?
turns into a fight. If you look at the whole law of divorce, marriage and divorce in Islam, it's all about Bill Monroe of
the sand in the best way possible in the most soft manner.
Even Allah subhanaw taala instructs people to be compromising when it comes to some of their rights to make the whole thing go smoothly. Because with divorce you know a person is ruined emotionally it's very painful. Divorce is divorce is extremely painful for everyone involved by the way unless someone is a psychopath that's another thing but for a normal human being so you know divorces ruins a person from inside it breaks you from inside emotionally it's tough.
So why even make it tougher with the measures? Why even make it tougher with you know, ruining someone financially or socially or even emotionally?
So divorce in Islam is designed to to minimize the suffering and maximize the rights of everyone in this in this but again, people who want to abuse the system they can abuse the system this
Why in Islam, by the way, a judicial system Islam like the judge in Islam, the formal judge in Islam, they have a right. If someone is abusing the rights in this law, like a husband is abusing, like they're abusing the wife, they're keeping the wife hanging, they're not giving her divorce or etc. And they're keeping the hair hanging there. The the the, the judge can override the right of the husband to bring justice to the wife.
Because that kind of abuse is called an Islamic attack, so forth his family, abusing one's rights in that system.
So the judge can step in, when someone is abusing when the wife is abusing her husband, or her ex husband in the process, a judge can override that system and make sure justice is done.
So Allah talks about what happens after the second divorce after the third divorce, how to deal with this issue, can they come back together, et cetera?
That Allah says when the wife or when you when your divorce see has come to the limit, they're finished, they're waiting period and that's it.
They're free to go. Allah says for example, do not hold them in wait in order to cause harm to them.
You can't do that.
This verse number 231.
I actually want to read it just to see that although this seems to be like dry law to some people jurisprudence do don't these are the procedures this that seems to be very dry. Look how it connects us to Allah Subhan Allah to Allah. Allah says, And when you divorce women and they have almost reached the end of their waiting period, either retain them honorably, or let them go honorably. But do not retain them only to harm them or to take advantage of them. Whoever does that surely wrongs his own soul. Do not take Allah's revelation lightly. Remember, Allah's favor upon you as well as the book and wisdom. He has sent down for your guidance. Be mindful of Allah and know that Allah has
perfect knowledge of all things. See our Aarthi that ties in with our it's all the same. We worship Allah. You worship Allah by applying this law because this law is not just random. This law follows from the names and attributes of Allah subhanho wa taala. And our adherence to the law is a reflection of our belief and our faith in those names and attributes.
Okay, then Allah subhanaw taala concludes this with a talking about salah haffi, which is verse number 238. Have you though Allah Salatu was Salam ala Gustavo, upon it in 2015 for region and rural cabana? Okay. The whole issue of Salah even at times of travel or times of even war time,
how to how to pray. Okay, then Allah subhanaw taala concludes
these five pages that we're talking about today with a story from Bani Israel.
story from Benny slay the whole story here. And I go to the main story
is that these were people after Musa alayhis salam after Prophet Musa alayhis salam at the time of dellwood.
They were taken in captivity, right? Probably that's the Babylonian captivity.
And some of the women and children were taken as captives and concubines.
So they were subjugated.
they came to their Prophet, and they said, that Allah send a king for us a military commander to be a king and a military commander leader for us, so that we get our families and our children back we fight for our rights
then their prophet because he experienced the dishonesty from them before he said, Hello, I say to him equity Valley como que todo Allah to party to
what if Allah commands you to fight and then you pull out of that? You decline you decide not to follow through?
On a whim Allah Allah no party, Luffy sebelah, who originated in Dr. In our webinar, they said, How come we're going to do this? When we have been kicked out of our lands, and our families our children have been taken away from us.
Then when Allah wrote upon them,
they ran away, except for a few from a month
So the Prophet said to them in the lucha de bathala con da luta medica. Allah sent to you by Loot as a king. As a military leader follow TOS thinking the Bible is called Soul.
They said, How come it shows you their defined nature again, lack of surrender to Allah, lack of obedience to Allah. They said, how come he is the leader, when we have more right to this position than he does, he is not a rich person.
And he doesn't have a status, social status that we have. He said, Allah favored him upon you, with knowledge, and with physical strength.
And Allah, Allah chosen him over you, and Allah gives
Dominion or power to whoever he was.
And then Allah subhanaw taala, sent a sign to prove or to support soil or Islands, which is the coffin from the time of Musa alayhis salam that had some of the treasures of the people of Israel at the time.
When they saw that they agreed, but they did not like fully agree but they just had to
comply with that.
he took them out from where they were to go and free their families and their children, to fight against their enemy, to get back their families and their children.
And on the way, he had to take on the the,
the true ones, the ones who are going to be obedient, the disciplined ones, so they had to go through a test. So Allah tested them with what with so they were traveling through the desert for a long period of time without water, and they were getting thirsty.
That's testing them. That's exactly like Navy SEAL kind of tests that they have to go through a lot of hardship they go sometimes four days, with small portions of food and water. And through extreme physical conditions, why you want to see who's physically able, the ones who don't pass these tests are sent back home, by the way, you're not going to join, like the Navy.
Same process was there and this is, this is probably symbolic, but obviously there was more to it. Allah subhanaw taala test them with a flowing river or
Their leader says to them,
Do not drink from it, except for one hand for just one handful.
Don't drink from it, if you come across it. So when they reach they could not hold themselves lack of patience. That means if you can't even put up with the discomfort and the pain of thirst, how are you going to put up in the face of an army when you're overwhelmed by it? When you face death? Not first, death itself? Again, it's a test. So most of them drank beyond the allowance.
And what happened there was sent back you could not join the army. Somebody might say you just too extreme right? No. Now he this was a leader, a military leader that was chosen by Allah he had the knowledge he knew what he was doing. And this was supported by the Divine guidance through the prophet, though that he said
so then when they came out of that test, there were a small group of people
when they saw their enemy which was a dilute I think it's Goliath in English
for the merger was a war where Latina Amman, Omar who are all
those small group they said, We're not enough to face the army of Goliath were greatly outnumbered by the Ladino of unknown unknown moolah Allah He came in
Thank you for your time behaving Allah Allah whom I saw a bit in how often a small group managed to defeat a larger group with the help of Allah obey the permission of Allah and Allah is with the patient once law is with the patient ones because he just did them.
A test of patience.
Allah Houma Siberian, why does Allah mentioned the story? It's for the believers now it has to do with faith how much faith you have, and because Allah is going to talk from Allah is going to, or actually Allah referred to previously we mentioned that