Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves on an explicit explanation of the two Ayats from Surah At-Takathur. The purpose behind this is to make it easy for people to remember Allah, even after a Dars is done. The Ustadh hopes that if one can recite those Ayahs and enjoy something Allah SWT calls Khushoo’, concentration, humility in the prayer, then the end to the means has been achieved.
The word ILHA in the Arabic Language translates it as “DISTRACTION” actually comes from the word LAHU which originally in Arabic means 2 things. It means:
- An entertainment.
- Something that preoccupies you or gets all of your attention and keeps you from doing something that was much more important. It got so much of your attention that nothing else could get your attention while you were engaged in it.
AT TAKATHUR in it has 3 essential things:
- This word first and foremost means “THE WANT”, the desire to have more. It comes from “Kathra”- plentiness, plentifulness. The desire to have more. In other words, we are constantly worried about not what we have, but what we don’t have. We are always worried about getting more.
- The second meaning of AT TAKATHUR is the “STRUGGLE FOR MORE”. Not just the want but to put effort into it and to exhaust yourself in getting that more.
- The third meaning which is critical includes people who will say “We have more than you.” In other words, we have this urge to show off to each other how we have more than they do.
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first and foremost, I'd like to say that it's both a pleasure and an honor to be back at the home community after a long time 100
and it's a great joy to see all of you here.
Just to share my expression of joy with you. I want to give you a small reminder from the Quran before I get to the topic itself.
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He talks about drinks in general. He talks about drinks in general three times. Of the many things we enjoy in paradise Allah also talks about the kinds of things we get to drink.
The first time he mentioned these drinks agenda, he says in Rajesh Lagoon, I mean, get
Before getting into more details about the I just allows inventions, there is no doubt that the righteous they will be drinking drinking out of cups. You know you and I, we throw a gathering for aid or you know a peak or get together, you invite some friends over. You know, we don't have we don't we don't live in expensive housing. So what we do is we can't afford that much crockery for so many guests. So we get paper cups, and we spread them out on the table and we pour this being said, Everybody goes and gets themselves a drink. But there's a barbecue going on in general. And there are drinks being spread and people are going and drinking themselves just
a few hours later, the party gets a little better.
You know, there's one thing to throw a party at your house, but it's another to be invited at a catering Hall, or an expensive, you know, mansion or something like that. If you ever been to an expensive gathering, or an exotic setting, then you don't just go and drink yourself, you get the drinks are served to you. And when you get to the table, the cups already there waiting for you. A lot of cars that are in another place cups already placed. Right just like human beings love it. Now, you go to the exotic, you know, invitation and the cups already there. And somebody comes in towards the dream for you. You'd have to go get up and get it. So a few hours later, he says Will
you stone, he haircuts and they will be given to drink in comes a few awards. They were getting the drink themselves and now they are being given the drink. So it's gotten a little more exotic.
But then you wonder how much better Can he get?
I mean, it was pretty good already they were getting drinks and then they were being served it's even better. But you wonder how much better can it get.
And so a few hours later he says what's up offer a boom shot.
Their master their Lord will give them to drink
a lot we'll give them to drink.
So I you know, whenever I see Muslims, believers that we haven't met for a long time, I may god May Allah give us an opportunity to meet meet each other again. And if we don't get this opportunity, this is an email make us meet in a place where the drinks are amazing.
This is the first thing I wanted to share with you. But really, the topic of my football is the two ions from suta castle, just the first two ions, I recited them and many of you already know them by heart a lot. So it just says
hats off to Wilma. That's it. That's all I want to share with you today. And the reason I want to share just these two with you is that one of the essential purposes of the formula
is to make it easy for people to remember a lot even after the football is done.
So if I tell you tons and tons and tons of things about places in the Quran are in the center that you haven't memorized that aren't easy for you to remember, then this reminder will stay with you only as long as this clip by less and a few hours later it will start to wither and disappear. But the idea is inshallah tada if you and I can remind ourselves of just some lessons from the Quran, especially as the author either you've already memorized or very easy for you to memorize. Then the next time you stand in slot, you can recite those out and enjoy something a lot resolution calls for sure. Concentration, humility in the prayer. And this is something that is important for all of us.
We shouldn't have reduced the prayer to just cardiovascular exercise. It's something more so the attempt inshallah tada is to make it easy for me and for all of you to remember some powerful lessons in these few words. And these are very few words. But the power in them is incredible.
Just the first is made up of two essential words and half a minute or two words. Fitzalan, Finland sorry. And there's a little let's say, a verb and a subject.
The word in her in Arabic, by the way, rough translation, the want of plenty distracted you that's the easy translation. And how can we cancel the want of plenty distracted you. But there's a lot more going on here. The word in her in the Arabic language, which right now translated as distraction actually comes from the word level, which originally in Arabic means two things it means entertainment. One of the meanings of it is entertainment. And the second meaning is something that preoccupies you are getting all of your attention and keeps you from doing something that was much more important.
It got so much of your attention that nothing else could get your attention while you were engaged in it. Think for example of the new video game you just want. The younger people here, when you're engrossed in it
doesn't matter when the sun comes up and when the sun goes down, or whether your parents are calling you or the house is on fire. It doesn't matter. You haven't reached the same point yet. Or you haven't beat that boss yet. The same thing happens when you're watching a movie when you're watching a movie you can't pause it's like breaking your for sure. So you're engrossed in it and you can't be disturbed. You are completely distracted from things that are more important. This is in her but in this ayah Allah calls the culprits something else, not a movie, not a video game, not a song. Something else is the
culprit that distracted you that preoccupied you that kept you from doing something or worrying about something far more important. What is it that distracted that preoccupied that took over the lines and the hearts? Allah which will cause this culprit for
a cancer in it has three essential things. This word first and foremost means the want the desire to have more comes from plenty, this plentifulness the desire to have more. In other words, you and I are constantly worried about not what we have, but what we don't have. You're always worried about getting more if you're living in a one bedroom, you're always thinking, How do I get into a two bedroom? If you're if you got a car? That's 2008? You're always worried how do I get the 2009? If you got yourself furniture, you say how do I get myself even better furniture? If you bought yourself clothes, it's the next item of clothing. It's always something more is not what you have.
It's only what you don't have, I need more and more and more. If you just got your job. Immediately you start thinking about promotions, and the bonus, what you don't have, it's always on your mind that desire for more. And the human being is never satiated. He's never full. He or she you know, it's very difficult aspects, except for the true slave of Allah azza wa jal to be satisfied with what Allah has given them. Usually the human beings first it doesn't let him quench, you know, it's always there. What What more can I have? How more can I accomplish? This is the first meaning of a counselor and it preoccupies us, it takes over our minds. The second meaning of a castle is the
struggle for more, not just the want, it's one thing to want it, it's another struggle for it, it's a fee, to put effort into it, and to exhaust yourself in getting that more. So there are people who there are some people who just want more they don't do anything about it is keep daydreaming. And then there are those who want it. And there you call them go getters, right? They go out there, and they exhaust themselves. And they'll put their 45 5060 hours of work a week to get that promotion to get ahead in the world to save up that money to get that house, whatever it may be, they exhaust themselves. And when they do so you can't talk to them about anything else, they are engrossed in
this struggle. They're engrossed in getting that to that goal that they've been desiring for. And you know what, when they get to that goal, they're still not happy, because there's something else that just came up, you could see the experiment with your children. Now, if not, if not, even among yourselves, your children will beg you, they will beg you to get you to get them a ps3, or to buy them that new video game that just came out, I think Warcraft two just came out, right? They'll beg you to get it for them. And if they say if you just give me this game, let me know Salatin right, when we come from the righteous, if you just get this one video gift for you get it for them. And
they will be engrossed in it for a couple of days. And after a couple of days, when they're done beating that game, you will find the CD that you bought for 7080 bucks under your feet. And you'll ask your kid, what's this? I just bought this for you. And you'll see Yeah, there's more out now I finished this already. I'm done with this. I don't need this anymore. So you struggle for it. But then as soon as you acquire whatever it was you want more, you go on further. This is the second meaning of a castle. And the third Vini which is critical is it includes yes min fee.
there are people who will say we have more than you. In other words, you have this urge to show off to each other how you have more than they do. You want to get stuff not just for you. But just to show people what you have. The car is really important to you not because you like it, because you don't need to show people people's heads should turn when the car goes by.
You have youth that are obsessed, for example with you know, certain kinds of rims or fog lights or whatever hookups on their car, which can be fun. But you know, when you're driving your car, you can't see those things. Who's it for? You don't look out your window.
Don't do that. You know, it's for other people to see. It's for others to see. And this happens in more subtle ways in for example, your education. You finish your degree and you're talking to someone and they didn't even ask you But you say yeah, I graduated from Hofstra. They don't even ask you you have this urge to show them. You have the urge to tell them that you've accomplished something. And it preoccupies you How can I show the world? How can I prove to the world that I am great, I am above I'm more. This can happen with your urge to prove yourself to your parents, to your community, to your co workers. And this kind of thought overwhelms me. It takes over you these
three things Allah azza wa jal in these two words, he says, I'll help you with a cathode. These things have invaded your mind and they have preoccupied you. And interestingly, he used the past tense and the past tense is used for something final. Meaning This is definitely the case. And the proof of it is in your life. Look back in your life. You don't have to look ahead, look back, look back. Were you distracted by this your entire life or not? And the lies origin is pretty definitively saying the answer seems to be yes. You have been distracted for a long time. And then Eliza was
When he makes this categorical statement I'll have
the question that's the clearly pops in your mind is, you know how I said the definition of it is to be distracted by something that keeps you from something more important. Well, I didn't mention what is that more important thing?
an Asian ha, what did he distract you from? The answer lies elsewhere in the Quran. Allah azza wa jal says to us, He warns us in certain places, the surah, dedicated for hypocrites. He says in that surah Yeah, you handed in a lot when he came home, one day comb and the creme de
la, don't allow your money, your assets, your wealth, and your children, to distract you to preoccupy you to take over your mind and keep you from what the remembrance of Allah and decree law. So that's one thing that we get distracted from, we're supposed to remember a lot, but we're remembering how much there's in the bank. We're remembering how much we don't have, we're remembering how much more we need to buy this or that or the other. All of that we remember about remembering the last thought on our mind
remembers hasn't penetrated our hearts. That's one problem. But even beyond that, the fact that he didn't mention even the kid here.
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the fact that he didn't shave. Like, you know, Ashoka says, UCLA, he made it absolute. In other words, what that means in simple languages, it distracted you from every good thing, and distracting you from SMA it distracted me from obeying the law and distracting you from raising your children properly. It's distracting you from becoming a valuable member to a community, any good thing that you could have done, you were not able to do because you were distracted by this staccato. It took over everything good that you every good potential that you had. But then this is the first I have wanted to share with you this the second Allah says,
makabe. Amazing. Amazing. He says you were distracted until and the languages if you translate it literally, you visited the grave sites
in Arabic, his grave, not
his grave sites. graveyards, if you will. And by using that word, Eliza just illustrates location he's highlighting not just the grave itself, but a location. And one of the benefits of doing that is you are preoccupied with one home, until you end up in the other home, you're moving to another neighborhood. It's called a graveyard and you have you and I have to move there. That is a transfer we have to make, there is no one that will escape that moving. You know how you hate moving, you have to pack all the furniture and get rid of you know all your assets and sell stuff and low things. Don't worry about it, it'll be done for you. This this movement, you won't have to lift a
finger you will be lifted yourself. You'll be taking yourself to this is one thing that's in this ayah this they're amazing things Yeah, let's go toe
to toe, you entered the graves No, you visited you visited and the words era in Arabic is to go somewhere for a little while and then come back. That's what it means to go somewhere for a little while, and then come back. What we're learning by you using that word is we're not gonna be in our graves for very long. Even that is not a permanent home. Even from there, you have to come out. But you know, there are people who have been in their grave for centuries, there are people who have been great in their day for 1000s of yours. And even then a man says that is just era. So compare that to how much time we are spending in this world why we are still alive when we're above the
ground, not underneath it. If that is the era, if that's just a visit. If that's done a long time, then how much shorter is this time? How much time do we have left here on the earth?
What is comparing that time with the time we have now and imagine that? How much time do you have and I have to get our act together to not be distracted. You know what's amazing, the very next ayah tells us we don't have much time when the very next one immediately starts talking about how much time we have left. He swears by time that's dripping away.
this was the first thing I wanted to share with you. The other thing is about the Allahu anhu used to say that people are asleep. The people are asleep. You know unnecessarily Yeah, they're asleep. He says that when they wake when they die, when they go into their graves, then they wake up. They were distracted their whole life. And then they finally woke up and said Oh my God, I've been working for the wrong thing.
I've been working for the wrong currency, this currency has no value. You know how they say invest in the right you know, invest in gold or invest in this because the currency is gonna go up or the value is gonna go up. Well, you and I will invest in something more out of luck that will have no value. We better get our
act together and realize that now's problem.
But the final thing I mentioned in particular, is so amazing. And this is something that's like, it's scary. This, the calculator includes one more thing.
It includes the urge to show off, whatever, whether it's wealth, or its status, or its nation, or its tribe, or its nationality, nationality, ethnicity, it's to show off your superiority against any other in any way. We're stronger than you were a better nation than you, we speak better than you were richer than you were a better civilization than you, etc, etc, etc. It may be anything that you show off. And the reason he ties it together with COVID, he gives us an answer from the Sahaba. You see, it's narrated that sometimes among the in the times of the kuffaar, they would show off against each other one tribe would say to the other, we have more than you, the other would say, No, we have
more, and then go off on this, like rant about who has more who's on top, who's number one, basically. And then they would take this debate to the graveyard. And they would point at their dead and say, we had this guy in our tribe, that legend warrior, who do you have in your graveyard.
In other words, they would even show off in their dead,
the one place where you're supposed to wake up and realize this world is gonna come to an end, I better not be distracted, they even went to that place where even the most often person, the person who doesn't make salon, the person who doesn't remember a lot, the person does all kinds of harm, even when they go visit a funeral in the graveyard. Even they wake up, man, I better get my act together. And these people will go even at the graveyard
even go to the graveyard and still they're competing and fighting against each other about who has bought even your destruction didn't even leave you at the graveyard carnamah This is a state that this could fall had had reached mela. So it'll protect us from that kind of distraction.
So now the last thing I want to share with you and leave you in shutdown, just in very, very basic and important advice.
One of the most important,
by the way, move up there are a lot of people standing in the back and it's cold Allah, Allah, I become more sensitive to the cold since I moved to Texas, so move up as much as you can.
One of the most essential pieces of advice that I have for you, for your family more than you as individuals for your family.
There's an exercise, there is a regiment, there's a routine that we have to have inside the home, that will not be provided to you inside the machine enough, you have to have it inside your home. And that is the exercise of remembering a law. That is the exercise of remembering a lot. And if you don't have that exercise, in other words, you get your children together, you get the spouse together, you sit at the dinner table you eat together, a lot of you you don't eat together with your family, everybody eats at different times, so you don't even see each other. You go home to go to sleep the kids already sleep you go to sleep and you don't see each other You barely see each
other on weekends. It that has to change. First of all, you have to spend time with each other at home. And second of all, when you are spending time with each other at home, you have to use those opportunities to remind yourself in them about what life is really about. Because if you don't do that, if you don't do that, that your homes will not be a place where allies remembered fi boo ting in homes in which allies call this is the massage and also the homes of the believers, as in Allahu Allah is called, that his name be elevated. That will not be our homes. And if that's not our homes that are monies, and our homes and our children, all of that will not be a means to remember Allah
that will become a means to forget Allah subhana wa tada and nobody can do that for you know, a mom knows what to eat no speaker, nobody's gonna come in your home and do that. You have to take that responsibility. Allah azza wa jal before anything else will ask you about your family. Nobody else. A lot asked me about how many football games? Or how many talks or lectures No, what did I do with my children? What did I do with my spouse? What the hell did I do with my parents, we have to take care of business at home, we have to make the home a place to remember Allah. If your homes have become a place where video games are being played. Movies are being watched. Music is being blasted.
All the world's entertainment is at home except for remembrance of Allah, then you are doing a disservice to your family, not anybody else. You are harming your family, you're not hurting anyone else. And if that becomes the case, then you have not been someone who loves their family. Actually, you become an enemy to your family, because they became a fitna for you and you became a fitna for them, allowing all of this to happen. And understand when you try to bring remembrance and reminder to your family. It's not always taken with warm reception.
You know, it's easy for me to talk to you because you don't know me and I don't know you that well. We're not family. If you were family, you probably already be asleep while I was speaking. Oh, it's just him.
You know, the easiest people to ignore are your own family. So when you try to give reminders
To your family, it will take a lot more patience than it does to talk to a stranger, which is why a lot. So again, he doesn't even say what more
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have extreme perseverance when you tell your people, your family to make prayer, because you're gonna be met with a lot of resistance, it's not gonna be easy. But you have to be patient, you have to be extremely patient and loving with your family and help them grow. You nobody knows your family better than you do. So nobody knows what kind of advice will benefit them more than you, you know, what kinds of words will make them more aggravated, and what kinds of words will make them softer? You know that better than anybody else, you are the psychotherapist of your family members, you know them, they know you and you know them. So you have to use that to your advantage. Instead of using
the remembrance of Allah to become a means of argument and debate inside the home. Be smart about it. Be casual about be subtle about it. If you don't want to hear from you put a tape on, put a CD on, put an mp3 on, maybe they they hear it in passing, and maybe it doesn't affect them right away. But three weeks later, they start making solid cuz it eventually clicked. Don't think it has to click right away. Just be patient. And it takes time. Look how much for many of us. We were completely distracted from the remembrance of Allah for years and years and years. And then something changed in our hearts. It didn't happen overnight. It took time. So give your family time.
Don't be frustrated with them. If they're not taking your advice seriously. First of all, give them counsel, take counsel yourself and give them counsel and when they don't take your counsel learn to be patient. Learn to you know, persevere. Because this is what your family needs. The last bit of advice I want to share with you I know you went all over the place in this football but really the two things I wanted you to remember, I will happen with the castle and hatter's Ottoman macabre, this is what I wanted you to remember. But the last thing I want to share with you just on this matter of not becoming not letting go home become the center of distraction. Making the home the
center of remembrance. on that issue I want to share with you famous IOD from sort of techniques that are quoted all the time, you've probably heard them tons of times. Yeah, you know, who emphasize.
Save yourselves homelessness to believers, you save yourselves and your families from fire. First of all, Allah didn't talk to under the NACA photo, he talked to Allah Dena, among those who believe. And this, in itself is conclusive proof that just because you're believers, you're not safe from fire. Because Allah says, believers, get yourself free, save yourself from fire. If you were safe from it, he wouldn't have to tell you to watch yourself. So just because you're believers is not a free ticket. Number one. And just because your families will send out a free ticket and you got to go and try to save them. And you know what happens is journey inside this if you try to give your
family a reminder. They don't listen to you. You come back to this ayah Allah says rakudo hana. So
it's few are people and stones. People and stones are being melted together in this fire. You hear the severe reminder in the Quran. You say I don't want my family in there, you go back and you remind them again, and they don't listen to you and you get frustrated you come back to the same ayah he says I lay him Allah Econ, li da Vinci da, upon this Guardian, guardians of this Hellfire are angels that are tough, severe, and they're very harsh. And you say I really don't want my family in there. You go back to your family again. Then you say maybe the angels will be a little loose on that. Maybe they'll let you know, let it slide a little.
Over and over again. In this I have five six descriptions of hellfire. So you never lose sight of the fact I don't want my family there. I don't want them there. You know, when you leave your family and somewhere uncomfortable if they're in a bad neighborhood and you forgot to pick them up. Right? Even in a nice place if you left them at the airport, even though New York airports aren't that nice, but if you left them at the airport, and you're stuck in traffic, how many calls you get, you get worried or not your cell phone died, man, where are they? Are they sitting? Are they are they? Are they getting cold? Did they get their luggage? Are they getting a hard time? Are they getting
locked? All these questions pop in your mind? Because you say I don't want them by themselves in the airport or at the mall? Or they were left by themselves at this person's house or whatever you get worried? Now imagine leaving having to leave your family in the Hellfire? How much more worried should we be? What kind of change of attitude would that have? So let's have school and full circle Save yourselves and your families from Hellfire and make the home a place to do so until the home becomes a place to do so. We're lucky we're lucky the Islamic school the machine the Sunday school, the halaqaat none of this will benefit until the home changes. We have to change our homes. May
Allah azza wa jal make our homes a place where a lies remembered. May Allah azza wa jal make it make our homes a place where we can we can raise children that are carriers of this Deen and our torchbearers our means by which the light of this Deen is not only spread among the Muslims, but among the among the non Muslims of this land as well. May Allah azza wa jal forgive our shortcomings in regards to our own obligations to a lot
their responsibilities we owe to our families may Allah azza wa jal unite all of the Muslims despite whatever petty differences they may have on this one agenda of saving themselves and their families from the Hellfire because all the shared that that concern should overwhelm all the other concerns. May Allah azza wa jal put unity in our hearts and protect us from all the fittings that surround us, especially me a lot as will protect our youth, our youth, our young men and women that are losing their Deen in practice and unbelief every single day. May Allah protect them against the storm and make them strong and hold on to this Deen with all of their minds. barakallahu li walakum Hakim
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