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Distinctions and Responsibilities of Muslim Ummah
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan shares with us a couple of reminders from the middle of Surah al Baqarah. In these Ayahs, the Sahabas get inaugurated and congratulated from Allah that they have become a distinct nation, a distinct Ummah and now they also have a unique identity,
We must pray that Allah makes us the people of the Quran like the Messenger ﷺ envisioned us to be. Also, we must make Dua to Allah that we understand the beautiful legacy of Messenger ﷺ and make us appreciate the unthinkable gift, the un-imaginable gift of whose value can not be placed -the gift of Qur’an so that Allah helps us become ‘Ummatan Wasatan’.
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I'd like to share with you a couple of reminders from the middle of
and these are of particular interest to me and I believe to all those things because they inaugurate us to congratulate us from Allah, that we have become a distinct nation, the distinctive aroma.
congratulate says that we are not by ourselves a nation by ourselves with a unique identity. I want to share with you what happens before this desired outcome
leads up to this argument or this inauguration. Before this, there's a lot of conversation in this beautiful school.
The main conversation before this is a long track record of
all the sons of Israel is white in the sense of it's really called him out.
He started by saying,
make mention of the white paper on you. And I had given preference over all other nations of the world.
And if you're forgetting that paper, how can I remind you and so my dedicates several messages, several messages.
Reminding me is realized what he had done for them time and time and time and time again, data stuff, and I help them out, they messed up again.
And again, and again, even messed up with their messenger, they will start insulting their messenger, they will start questioning the instructions of
space. They even said the most obnoxious things like
you won't believe anything you have to say you will accept any of your demands. It's obviously face to face. If I can say that messenger.
Today was further later on.
Then, when the words were given to them directly among the leaders of a site were taken and they heard the word of Allah and they were told directly
mountain above them and hold them hold them hold on to whatever we have given you with great white with all the shapes you have, hold on to the instructions that allow
We are giving you
and then the lunches the app right after that they forgot. And they turned around and they disobeyed. So make a list of crimes, a list of mistakes that you made.
Then after all of that, Allah starts talking about it.
After a huge list of their errors he starts talking about
the question arises Why?
You know, one of the main reasons that the use of the dinar except the prophet will serve as a final messenger is because he was not from the children.
He wasn't from abundance
and abundance, the argument? Yes, he is because he will your Father is also a son.
And he takes us back to the common origin.
He takes us back to the common beginning. Because if you argue he started from the family or your friends or family or SOC, so let's take them back to the board
that allows our dimensions what Ibrahim alayhis salaam has told his son is
okay. And he says, What is
his children? Man?
What are you going to worship after I'm gone? What are you going to be obeying after I'm gone? And they said that
they said when he was nine,
were being asked
He was asking his sons, what are you going to worship after I'm gone. And his son, by the way, we call them we call the use of census it. These are the originals. They aren't even branches.
And they say, you know what, we're gonna be worshipping a lot himself, just like Ibrahim did. And as
So why is telling the Jews your own father's honor this My God? How can you?
How can you consider his children a legitimate legacy. So he makes that argument, he makes it clear, because he calls their fathers directly, first,
himself to make the common lineage clear to the Muslims.
So this becomes clear.
After all of that, there is a sudden change.
And 247 change happens unless there's something really interesting that I want to bring to my attention to your
event, she has this amazing concert.
That's already gone.
have wherever they are.
And you're gonna have whatever you're gonna earn.
Don't reminisce about the past and say, oh, man, we belong to the legacy of the prophets. They were so awesome. We're not okay word. And maybe just because we say they're so awesome. We should just kind of slide into it and ourselves. No, no, no, you can't go into the past and reminisce about the past. And be proud of your past and say, because of that pride, where you feel like
they earned what they earned, that
you are not going to be interrogated about what they used to do.
You're not going to be asked, even though we should know the story.
You should know the story. But I'm not gonna ask you what they did. First, I'm gonna ask you what you did. First, I'm gonna ask you what you are up to.
So you know, this brings me to a very important point. There are two kinds of nations, nations that move forward and nations that just go backwards as a nation that move forward to the future. And
we take pride in their past and they don't think anything about the future. And the Muslims are becoming more and more like that.
All we think about is our best. Oh man is
so awesome. That's great.
How would you bring your hands back?
your gear down?
We have to learn from that past but we have to work towards our future. We have to think ahead.
does two things he was talking about. He already
gave you guys preference. I have given you preference over all of them.
And one of the partners that they had was that they had a capital of Islam to them.
There are any believer would pray they would pray the direction of
the Messenger of Allah. Allow us to pray.
The direction of upside when he was living in Mecca, the Prophet used to pray that direction.
But the interesting thing was in Mecca, there's a house built by Allah. And Allah still kept the instructions, because you know, until, unless as otherwise, what was revealed to Busan is still valid. Our book confirms previous revelation doesn't contradict it, it confirms it. So unless Allah says you have to do differently,
but the Prophet did not want to push back to the karma. So he used to pray in a way that he would be making signs that are in the direction of the Kaaba, and at the same time.
What happened then is that
he moved to Berlin.
And when he moved to Medina, he still has to
this time, if you face towards Jerusalem is that is going to be tough, aka,
before you combine both of them up, now he can fit in between both of them. So he has to literally pull his back to my car if he wants to
do so. And just
because you do that is the house built by his father.
That's my father, he uses and it hurt his feelings, and he has to turn his back towards that. He didn't do
it. I'll tell you what he did where it's coming with this is incredible. It really is.
But when the book eventually did change the instructions and said no, no, no longer takes words, upside, phrase, words, I've got the new capital of
the old capital has been eliminated. The old capital has been suspended. You know, when you suspend the capital, when you move the presidential concerns to somewhere else, you need something else to center that is a kind of humiliation.
So when he's really upset,
the full throngs of people, a lot of the fools here. He's a spokeswoman that people will say, what's wrong with these people? What turns out from used to print in the same direction that we did, and all of a sudden now
it can be used to be committed to
you know, this is something we should think about. The Jews of Medina did not recognize the Prophet as a messenger, right? They didn't accept it.
So if the if the Muslims are deviant, if the Muslims are,
right, north, south, east west, what do you hear?
Why should you care?
He's a true messenger. Anyway, the fact that they got offended, was already proved that they knew that he is the messenger of love. Because they didn't want that attention of the messenger of a lesson.
And a lot of benefits to turn from an upset to
you, for example, Christians decide they're
sitting in backwards or forwards for the Christians. They don't care, it's a different religion, whatever you want, I don't care. Why would you care? I would even be so offended, because they knew deep down inside the messenger. They knew deep down inside of us paper, and unless it was in our same direction, we're still okay.
Come on, they're praying like we do. They even
know the properties to pass on the same day.
Used to pass on the same data. So first thing is, you create a different direction now, the way things are changing,
things are changing. And you didn't just change the direction of prayer. What else did you do a couple of hours later, you know, what you passed on different days?
not not as the same as us anymore.
he was making us distinct from the Jews. He said,
it is guidance for all people. What is the Jews believe at the time?
They believe that this is only for their nation? Allah says no, this is for everyone.
And he didn't just say you were a different one. He said you made a different one because the Quran is revealed in that one. This is the revelation now Matthew.
What I'm trying to tell you is the changing of the character, and the month of Ramadan. Both of those things are a way by which Allah made us a unique nation. A lot of it is different from the previous nation. He made us a separate identity. And when you meet this big change of changing prayer of status, look at that because
congratulations. We have now
Therefore, and that is how we have made you a middle nation. You guys, you guys have now become a nation of your own, a middle nation. The word middle is a deep discussion what I mean by the middle nation. You know, there was a nation before us that worried so much about their spirituality, that they even started doing things that don't even make sense, because of their spirituality. And there was an issue before us that was so intellectual that their hearts could be hard.
They were all intellectual, no spirituality. On the other side, there was a group that was entirely spiritual, and they even denied their intellect. As I became one of three,
we were the nation in the middle, where additional intellectual and maintains our spirituality. This is one of the benefits of the middle nation, one of the many benefits
you know, when you're congratulated or something you feel good about yourself.
But the moment graduates as he puts a huge responsibility on our shoulders.
And that is really the crux of I want to share with you today, not just as a distinct nation. But the moment he gave us this title, it was like a job. He gave us almost like a job. So the limit, you're given the title, you're given your job description, this is what you have to do.
So that all of you may be witnesses against humanity.
All of you have to bear witness against mankind. In other words, all of mankind is heading away from the theme. They're heading away from Islam. You have been made in oma so you can bear witness show the people what Islam is. And when they see Islam in your life, what they see see some in your tongue, when they see some your understanding, when they see some of your character, and your personality, and your business dealings. And the kind of student you are in college, the kind of high school students you are the kind of family you raise the kind of neighbor you are, when they see something like that, and they still turn away from the snow, then
you saw the beauty of Islam and you still didn't come to Islam.
You're supposed to be a witness against all mankind by becoming people of the middle.
This is what you are supposed to be.
But you and I have to ask ourselves a really scary question. Are we representing Islam in a way that anybody sees it and says, This is amazing.
These guys are awesome. They're so honest. They always tell the truth. This guy doesn't even get on in girls. He's in college.
He doesn't go party. He doesn't use the word ever comes out of his mouth. He's so respectful. This teacher is incredibly respectful experience. She's so modest in time and
how they do that.
Is that our character when people work with us at our office places, this guy's always on time. Whenever he says he's gonna finish the project, finishes the project. He's so incredibly honest, this grocery store owner is so insanely honest. If he gives me one grand more or less of rice. He asked me down in the parking lot.
at point 01 grams less, I don't want to answer a lot. Is that the kind of Muslim we are?
Is that the kind of witness against humanity we've become?
So how, how far we've come. I travel a lot. And I've you know, I graduated from business school a long time ago. And you know, I've had my share of experience doing business with Muslims, non Muslims, etc. And if somebody actually live in New York City, a very interesting place to meet all kinds of people. Right?
People come to me it's a brother, starting a business opening a restaurant, there's a Muslim brother,
or partner with a runaway
I have seen maybe 200 massages, I think, almost one of our customers. And if I talk about honesty, some Brother, brother, you're right. There was his brother. I met he was so religious. He is so much fun to look up to him. But when we got into business, he took my money, man.
how many stories
and then people say are these people that act really religious? They look really religious, but they're not honest people. They're not decent people. They're cheaters their standards are this net. And you know what, even Muslims, the vast majority of Muslims aren't even that religious. Forget attracting non Muslims to stop most Muslims are turned away from style when they see religious people people
are all fake.
All these guys appear so find out what they really like. always
forget attracting non Muslims to Islam being witness against them where you will become a witness against Muslims.
I know what they're like.
I don't look, I'd like
to stab you in the back. No. Perfect country, though.
You know what, they'll stab you in the back anyway.
this is what you become an ally, warned us about a nation that came before that looked religious, that look knowledgeable, that used to pretend to be very pious, and yet their feelings and their business dealings in the behind the back of it the fact that
before a lot of holders were honored
direction of the legacy.
This is what you shouldn't be, guys, this is what you should not be. Now you're going over
and look at the state of Oregon.
Don't even look across the Atlantic don't even look at what's happening in the world, or the corruption that's there. Let's look at our own
conscious, what kind of people are what kind of
what kind of schools and organizations?
What kind of businesses? Do we? How do we deal with our families? How would you like?
How can you?
How can you use your business partner? How can you pay your employees?
You know, these are ask ourselves these really hard questions, because we have to be witnesses against humanity. But Allah didn't stop there. He said,
so that the messenger
could be a witness against you. I'll say it again. So the messenger
to be a witness for you.
against you, against you. He was
different like all the other messengers, you know,
if you read some of the
did you say that people take a lot of TV and my mother is gone?
You wonder why?
You know why? Because the Christians who lived their entire life hoping that when did the Jew doesn't come to save us. Jesus will save us
if you can deal with God.
so he's getting scolded in front of all of those who have their hopes with
What's gonna happen? They're all their hopes are shattered.
He's shattering the hopes of those who share those words, our
the messenger have a lot
of beautiful voice, asked him to recite for him. And he said, I'm going to recite for you messenger, oma, and I love to listen to it. So he starts
And he just did the iOS
How will it look, when we bring a witness against every nation,
and we will bring you as a witness against these people? This is a super I attend with any
money story? How can I use these not those will I can use those far away? How can I use these radio these Muslims? How does it work, but I bring you a messenger of Allah, Allah, I will make you testify against them, testify against your own nation, testify against the Muslims. What does that mean? And by the way, when the messenger credit, he was in tears is that in the Sahabi hospital has WhatsApp I can listen to you. I can't take him. I have to do that. I have to bear witness against my own nation, my own.
Hello, make him testify. He will make him testify what the testimony will make you have a day when the messenger edition was done. So
he turns to the entire why is it that I do my job? Basically,
my job do I fulfill this mission deliver the message to you and the entire matters? Yes, you delivered it. You gave the data
Now that he testified to that this woman testified to that. That means his job is done. Now the responsibility is ours. So when it comes to human judgment, so did you do your job?
Yes, the reason I did my job, so the only one left to do a job is
this the last thing I want to share with you guys. It is so happy with it just appreciating This gives the Muslim a sense of responsibility like nothing else.
Before I tell you what it is, I want to compare two things.
I have given the Messenger of Allah Masonic setup, before
giving them permission, also,
I want to lie I've given him permission on the mountain of food, the conversation between the Saudis
have given him permission, and without a sudden immediately made a whole list of problems.
Let us mission really hard.
They have an arrest warrant out for me when
they have a prime minister against me accidentally killed the guy. So even if I try to go talk to him, because I'll let him know that.
He says, flowers
in the backyard somewhere where is he sitting in the palace? You have to go to Egypt through the guards into the central callkit Palace in the getting inside the court into the
criminal society? How do you even get there? He says My son
will do something I get frustrated easily.
Can you send
a list of problems?
He makes another list of problems.
And so he says all these problems? And then a lot of answers even says yeah, I'll take care of Don't worry about all done. All of your requests. Agree agree. I'll take care of it.
I told you used to pay the direction.
And now my back was two words.
And they used to hurt his feelings. He didn't even ask him. He didn't ask for a loss as
we saw your face turning to the sky, we already saw
whether or not
there is we swear to it, there's no doubt about it whatsoever. We are changing it for you.
Pick a direction that makes you happy.
This woman has into identity and Allah describes the reason the
And you didn't even ask, so he just did what turned to the sky and look at the sky. That's all he did analyze it, we're gonna change the direction for billions of people on this planet, the way they're going to change because this man
will look at the sky. He didn't even say a word yet. He didn't even say a word. And that's important he is to a world. That is how much he matters to above that he doesn't even ask and this happens. And now imagine that same message
when he is brought on judgmental,
and he is made to speak against someone
when he's made a complaint against someone.
Do you think anybody can come as a defense attorney now?
Anybody can be saved from that now if he's
against somebody, so a lot of our use of them, what are we going to do?
What are they going to do?
the messenger will say, Master, this nation of mine, they took this on an abandoned, they left it event they didn't care about
in the coma.
This is a testimony of a messenger against his own people who don't give his this book, this book that we have printed beautiful covers in glossy print, sitting in every single mistake. This book took 20 years of the messenger struggles.
How much blood was shed, how much blood was spilled? How many insults did the Messenger of Allah take? So
how many times was the peak? How many times was he hurt? How many times? Because how many times have you passed out in battles?
How many times he has a star in his life. So when they beat you recite this book, what are we doing to this book?
it's too hard. I get bored and I need
to do it.
Like I said,
before, it's too much.
We even realize
how it got to us. Who made the struggles to get this book to us?
whose words these are. And so I want to leave you with these like two minutes. I want to leave you. I told you what, let's talk a lot.
And how they messed up. And then they told us about us being a coma. I want to leave you with just what
was the most shocking things I've ever witnessed. powerful things are never
are people they don't even know how to meet. They don't even know.
It except wish to pass.
All we know is wishful thoughts. In other words, they don't know what the book says. They think they know it says they think they know what it says. I have no idea what it says. You
know, it says, I think the Quran talks about this. For sure. Is there something
people they don't know the book except their own wish?
Nothing but very confident assumptions.
One is very confident. If you're you know, you're making it up, but you're really confident when you talk about it.
Like you're a car salesman or something. Right.
And so what is what is
my say about this?
gave him an understanding of the
other side. Describe how is it that they don't do that?
He says he's
He says what the law says there is all they do is they memorize some of it, and they recite some of them.
They have no ideas, and
they're very happy that should be recited to them. Otherwise,
don't even understand what it says.
If you go around the educated, well, well established up and coming Muslim community in the United States, some of the smartest Muslims in the world live in the United States. Some of the wealthiest Muslims in the world live in the United States, some of the brightest minds of Pakistan and India and Egypt and Algeria and Morocco, in India, in the United States, from all over the Muslim world, people come here and do their higher studies. Some of the smartest people we have some community and ask the question, finally, a group of people that are recyclable, they like to memorize a book. They like it when it's recycled, but most of them have no idea what it says. Can you find me a nation
like that? Can you? Is that? Is that?
A scary question to ask?
If your boss was not describing the Muslims? He was not describing those he was describing basically baseline.
But you read the description, you standard, you said, How are we going to stand in front of the testimony? When the laws messenger says we abandoned this, but he says this nation abandoned
because of the people who have been, you know, I don't just want to scare you and myself has been is full of hope. It is full of hope it is never too late for anyone.
who's working so hard.
What do I do? Just sit just think of one thing. I'll let you go one thing. Don't listen to me. anybody else's
believes this word.
We have made this for God, no doubt about it. We have made it really easy.
I didn't say that. As your teacher is not going to say that.
Only for a condition. It's not easy for everyone. It's not easy for me. He said
only for people who want to remember.
If you want to remember Allah, Allah gives a guarantee. He's meeting us again.
anybody out there. Remember,
Guru means hello.
remember to remember me? Because I made it easy.
Now are the challenge Are we the people who want to remember a lot or not? That's really the challenge. Let me let me get the people to envision this to be a lot because understand the legacy of the messenger
editable gift, the unimaginable units of gift whose value cannot be placed that got the gift of
us, our families, our children, or our men or women or over young. All of us appreciate this powerful and beautiful gifts
becomes too much