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Quran: Your Companion On The Day of Judgement
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
hamdulillahi Rabbil alameen. Wa Salatu. Was Salam Allah say the MBI evil mursalin wa ala alihi wa sahbihi HL Billahi min ash shaytani r rajim, Salah, oxy mubi Moroccan and new Joon are in the who la casa de la la buena Avi in the hula Quran en Karim phe kitabi maknoon la Yama soohoo la Mata Harun, Tansy. Lumia from Bill I mean, as Abby has Heidi he and tomasino
published actually so recently Emily looked at me lasagna, Coco Lee, Paloma sabich nangle Moti de la ilaha illallah wa la Miranda Mina Latina Amano Emilio sorry, heart, whatever. So we'll have what was so bizarre, but I mean, there have been I mean, I'd like to first express my shock at the crowd. And my appreciation for all of you coming out tonight, humble, it's good to see you, I don't get the chance to come out to the east coast, not to mention Maryland, Virginia area, this is actually pretty unusual for me. Second time in what two months Alhamdulillah. So recently, I was in Baltimore. So I see some familiar faces here. And I got a chance to come here too. So I'm very happy
that I didn't get a chance. And I, as a matter of personal allergic reactions, don't do MSA programs. So this is an exception, but I'm good. I'm happy I got to come in. I'm appreciative of the MSA and their tireless efforts with my coordinators.
In this program, the title of the program, you're called on your companion on the Day of Judgment, I wanted to take a sort of a step by step approach in addressing this topic. I don't necessarily like topics handed down. I'd rather the Quran itself be the topic and the art themselves be the topic. Those of you that are familiar with one or two videos of mine on YouTube probably know that already.
But what I wanted to start with first is we before we talk about Koran being our companion on Judgement Day, we have to talk about it being our companion here in this life. And this is really what it's about. You know, and and before we even talk about our companionship with the Koran in this life may allow us to just make all of us companions of the Quran in this life.
We have to talk about, you know, what makes over the companion? Why would you want to have a companion in the first place and what qualifies a worthy companion. You know, companionship is a matter of value. It's a matter of love appreciation, like friends, the friends, you spend time with our friends, you like you have some you have something to gain from them and they have something to gain from you. It's a matter of appreciation, it's a matter of understanding your friends a lot of times are people who understand you, you don't talk to your parents much but you talk to your friends because they get you right my parents don't get me and my you know, the mom doesn't
understand. But my friends I can talk to openly. So there's a matter of open communication, a heart to heart that's really important with companionship. That's why the Arabs have a saying or rafiqul couple of pareek they say you pick a companion before you go on the road. Right? Because if you're going to go on a journey and you get stuck with a lousy companion, it's going to be a lousy trip. So you be careful who you pick to be your companion. The same way the interesting parables in the Arabic language like they say a job from a DA you pick your neighbor before you pick the neighborhood. Right? So because that's going to be your companion are going to be stuck with them
for a lot for life. Now we're talking about the Quran as a companion and I want to share with you an example, an image that Allah Himself depicted some time with Allah in the Quran. To help us appreciate what kind of companion the Quran is. Allah azza wa jal at the end of social worker he takes an oath oaths in the Koran are very common. Allah swears by time the sun the moon will also worships while fudger will lie within right whoa whoa whoa so many oats in the Koran even the surahs we heard today follow see movie Oh kiama fellow see movie hadn't but these are also also in the Quran. At the end of certain larki are also lies in Oh, Allah azza wa jal swears takes an oath, I
don't want mean the word swear in the modern sense at all. Okay, so whereas in taking an oath, okay. Now, what I want to tell you about that is a little bit of an introduction. Those of you who don't know, oath in the Quran have a very particular style, they have a very particular function. So you have to kind of be familiar with that before we talk about this particular example of an oath that Allah Allah takes. Generally, in any language we take oaths, you say, I swear, pretty much any any occasion people say that to each other, I swear, man, you better stop. I swear that restaurant will lie is the best thing ever. I swear, whatever, whatever, whatever. Right? people swear casually,
when they're talking to each other. They can be very serious. And this way, they can just talk casually and they can swear. What's the more serious setting you guys can call it out? What's a more serious setting in which people swear? They take an oath and they swear
This way or to whatever court court citizenship anything official, and these official kinds of gatherings, these legal kinds of ceremonies, you have to swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, most of the truth, whatever, so help you God, you know, what you have to you know, so you have to testify and in order for your testimony to have some credibility, you have to take an oath. The point there also is you take an oath, because the audience that you're talking to, is not so sure that what you're saying is reliable. And to add reliability to what you're going to say it is supplemented enforced by your oath. The purpose of you taking a note is it gives credibility to what
you're about to say. And interestingly, people who swear too much lose their credibility. You know, like, you have the friend who said, I swear, man, I swear was traffic, still only reason now, you know, that guy who starts that sentence bait by I swear three or four times, has already lost his credibility, right? So never buy a car from somebody who says I swear, right. But this this particular case, or arms case is something unique. There are a few things happening. The first thing that's happening is alleged talking to different kinds of audiences. He talks to an audience that believes, and he also talks to an audience that doesn't believe a skeptical audience. And so the
benefit of the old to the audience that believes is something else. And the benefit of the old to an audience that doesn't believe is something else, to an audience that doesn't believe it gives credibility. I'm telling you, I'm staking my reputation on this, but I'll see movie market in new job. And interestingly, this particular oath, Allah uses the the first person verb, I swear law, oxymoron. I swear. Now, I want you to think about this carefully before you call the answer out loud, for a disbeliever for a disbeliever at the time of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. When he hears the Koran, he obviously doesn't believe it's the Word of God. So Who does he think
it's the word of?
If he doesn't think it's the Word of God? Whose word is it?
It's the word of this man in front of me Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he doesn't say someone like us, I don't we do. Right. But to him, it's just a word of this man. It's no different than that. It's It's nothing else. There's nothing behind it. There's no source code. There's nothing behind it is what you see is what you get. So the only credibility he has to work with is what credibility? That man, for a believer when Allah swears by something, we pay special attention to it because we're believers. Because when Allah swears whose credibility is he calling on his own? Allah Himself is swearing or less calling on his own credibility, it has even more weight for us as an audience. Now
hold on a second, before I go on, there are people walking up and sitting down, which is extremely interesting, I understand. Which is why a lot of you are looking straight at them. And you will wait until they're finished editing. So let me get that entertainment session finished and then I'll start again. It's okay. It's okay. It's not your fault. It's this thing that happens with people that are in lectures. just haven't wait for a bulb to flicker, watch what happens 300 heads?
Why have I never observed the incredible nature of flickering bones?
It will happen just watch. Okay.
But regardless, what was I saying? Let's see if you remember.
Allah is taking an oath when the disbeliever hears it and he hears I swear, Who does he think is I?
the disbeliever thinks it's the prophecies on the Muslim hears the words I swear from the Quran, Who does he think it is? A lot. So the two different points of view aren't there. To us, it's the credibility of a liar xojo to the disbeliever. He hears he thinks what? It's the Prophet himself putting his credibility on the line. Now the question is did the Prophet himself before he even became a Prophet salallahu alaihe salam for 40 years that he established a credibility with these people. He did. So when he's taking his credibility on the line, it's not like he threw an oath out there. And let's see what happens. Let's let the chips fall where they may. He has an established
credibility already that he's staking his claim on. It's not something set in empty. So there are two different audiences here. The disbelieving audience and the believing audience of course I'm humbled Ah, here we are the believing audience. So one as a believer, we hear the words I swear we believe that to be the word of Allah is origin. Allah is origin. Now what does he swear by? I still haven't made my point about about oath, which is critical here. You see when an oath is taken in old Arabic, this is not done any more. When an oath is taken an old Arabic the point of it is to get your attention. That's the fundamental point of it. I'm supposed to tell you something important.
Guys, listen up. Before I say it. I don't want any of you to be distracted and doing something else. I need your full attention. So before I start telling you what this important thing is, I will say I swear whatever I swear blank, I swear to the mountain. I swear, I swear on your head. I swear I swear by our village. I swear by tomorrow.
That's how the arrows used to talk. They used to swear by something. And whatever it was they swore by is supposed to get your attention. So if a dude walks into the Arab village and says, I swear by tomorrow morning, something bad is going down. Tomorrow morning, we better listen up. I swear by this mountain, you know what that means? Something's going on behind this mountain, we better pay attention must be a state of emergency, you follow what I'm saying? So the oath, the purpose of it was to get the attention of the audience. But the oath itself was never the point. That's not the you don't say to somebody, I swear by the mountain, the whole village gathers up and you walk away,
it doesn't work like that. Now that they're finally there, now you got to tell them why you call them they're the modern, more ineffective way of getting attention is like the guy after the Juma prayer that tries to get your attention after salaat. Brothers and sisters, I have five very important announcements the fundraiser is starting, and that guy
can never get your attention. Yeah, that guy has failed. But the old Arabs had a trick up their sleeve, they used to use the oath. Now the Quran used it for that reason, too, it did get the attention of the audience. So every time you find an oath, you find something that Allah used as an as an object to get your attention for the something that is important, something that's a value, something God is keying, especially to the listener. And at that time, the listener is the Arab in the middle of the desert, that error has to get the, the object itself, the thing that was going to call by has to get his attention. But there's something more something that the Quran did that had
never been done before. You know, before you just get somebody's attention, and then you say something. Now what you have to say may be really stupid. It may not have any purpose, you could just get somebody's attention and say, Oh, nothing like my kids do all the time. Oh, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah, bah. Yeah. What is it? Nothing
happens all the time. Right. So just because you got somebody's attention doesn't mean you have something valuable to say. It's not necessarily the case. What the Koran did, however, is it took the object of the oath, the thing that was used to get your attention, and it used it to teach you something about the point that's about to be made. It used it as a prelude as an introduction to the actual topic. So the oath isn't just there to get your attention is to get your mind ready for what's coming. is to get you oriented for what I was about to say. That's what I want to show to you in this ayah This is the reason I chose this ayah and it has to do with companionship, it really
does. As you'll see inshallah tada the companionship of the Quran. Allah azza wa jal says at the end of this surah, Allah, C, mu b mawatha. And mucho, I swear, no, all of your ideas aside, I swear by the placement of the stars. My wife here in New Joon mo care where the star is placed and situated and doesn't move. waka in Arabic is for something to drop, and it doesn't move from its place. Obviously, we know there's such a thing as shooting stars. But you know, in navigation, there are some stars that the traveler relies on. Right? Whether they traveled by sea, or the sea of the land, which is what what's the sea of the land, the desert, when they travel at night by the desert, what
do they rely on, they don't have GPS back then. Except what the stars, the stars are basically the guiding stars in the journey. And they are stationary, they're in their place. And that's how the Arab knows he can rely on them. If they keep moving from their place, he can't rely on them for direction you follow. So Allah says in this oath, I swear by the placement of the stars. Now already we learned something for these Arabs believing and non, they had a lot of very clear understanding of what it means to call on the placement of the stars. Already what came to mind is not daytime, but what time nighttime because you're talking about the stars. Also, what came to mind is you would
pay extra attention to the stars, not when you're sleeping at home. But when what when you're traveling. So already the Arabs thinking about a journey. And the journey is happening in darkness. And the only source of light is the stars. And he needs those stars because if he doesn't use them properly, he will be what he'll be lost. He won't find his way. All of this is already running in the mind of the listener when he hears and old has been called by the placement of the stars. It must have something to do with a journey. And it also must have something to do with navigating that navigating that journey. Finding the right way through that journey and relying on something that
can't move from its place in that journey. All of this was just the oath. Allah hasn't yet told us why he got her attention. He's just gotten our attention using this oath. Now we're ready to take the lesson in itself. What is that lesson? Allah azza wa jal says
actually before he even goes on and tells us what it is. He does something he doesn't do anywhere in the Quran. He hasn't done this anywhere else in the Quran. He soprano what Allah says we're in a hula Casa mundo de la buena when it if you had any idea this oath I just took a live talking now. He says with this oath. I just
Talk if you had any idea Lota alone had you known rbwm It is incredible. It is huge. It is enormous. In other words alesse still hasn't made his point yet. So how long with Allah in the Quran, and before he even makes it his point he says, The thing I use to get your attention itself is so awesome.
Not even my point yet. My introduction is so awesome if you had any clue what I've actually just told you, you should just be lost in thought about what I just told you. You know, Allah never does that with any other. Oh,
Allah doesn't say what it is. We're in the hula khazamula
questions. We're in the hula Casa Museo de la Mona Lisa. I swear by time what a deep thing just whereby had you any idea? That's an amazing Oh, I'll let him do that. He said I swear by the Day of Judgment, the Day of Resurrection. If you had any idea you that's an amazing Oh, he doesn't do that. He doesn't do that anywhere else in the Quran. Except this one. This one time he swears. And he says before you even go on to my point you better appreciate what I've just taken an oath why you should be lost in thought about this. Okay, we're in the hula khazamula una de, what is the entire subject of this oath? What's the point to which Allah got our attention? It's one phrase in no hula don't
No doubt about it. It is a Quran full of majesty, nobility. Grace. I swear to it. It's a noble Koran. The entire purpose of drawing that picture in our minds was to introduce us to the Quran.
And you know what's really amazing, this is not the first suit of the Quran.
Many of you know what was the one of the first revelations or the first revelation. What was the first revelation Guys, if God Bismillah byculla, the Holocaust the first revelation, you would expect the revelation to be introduced in the first revelation. If Allah wants us to appreciate the magnitude of this revelation, you would expect that kind of grand opening to come in the beginning of the Quran. This is a middle meccan Surah amenia a few years of the Prophet reciting the Quran sallallahu Sallam have already gone by a few years have already gone by. And after these few years now these Arabs have heard the Quran before. But it is as though Ally's saying I think your
understanding has gotten rusty. You need a reorientation, you need a refresher on what this Quran is. And I say this to you fully knowing that you're all sitting men, most of you sitting here are Muslims. You and I need a refresher, we need to get reintroduced to what the Quran is what it means to our life. I need it and you need it. This is so valuable that allowed me to timeless part of his guidance. This is timeless, this, this need for a refresher, and a real appreciation of the Quran is timeless. So let's go back to that picture of a person traveling in the middle of the darkness, like you and me traveling in this life surrounded by darkness, surrounded by darkness. And in that
darkness, we look for direction from anywhere we can get it sometimes we say I'll just follow my friends in this dark journey. I'll just follow what I see some other people going that way. I'll just go that way. Some people will go this way. And some people will go that way and people will take you in different directions. Some people even go backwards. But then there is a person who says no, I need to get to my destination I need to rely on a reliable source of guidance. The only light I will find in the middle of all of this darkness are the stars and like the stars are the art of the Quran, the only source of light in the middle of a dark light
that Allah compares that the IR the revelations of the Quran to the only sources of light you and I are going to have in this dark journey. That's the only thing you can rely on. It's the only anchor that's going to you can hold on to another image in the Quran and in other places within Bukhara soccer this term soccer ball or whatever.
It's like he's held on to an anchor that doesn't budge, you know, in the middle of a storm the ship can go here and there. So they drop the anchor when they're close to land. Right so because the anchor doesn't move, so let's have someone holding on to the Quran is like someone holding on to this anchor. You know the waves can throw you all around but you won't so long as you're holding on you're fine. You'll be alright. This is the image given of the companionship of the Quran. If life is a journey than our navigation is this book is it that's a really powerful way of Allah azza wa jal expressing the role Koran plays in human life and he doesn't stop there. See kitabi maknoon this
incredible are unlike the stars, you know, the Arabs had very few beautiful things to look at. They woke up in the morning and what was it part of their majestic scenery? sand maybe a tree out there somewhere.
So the tree was of particular beauty to the era because there weren't a lot of those out there. You guys have no appreciation of that in Virginia. You complain about the allergies, right? But where I come from in Texas, we appreciate trees. So when I come in I'm just staring at the trees on the higher leg. Wow, this is nice. For God It looks see feels like to live in the East Coast, you know, but can you imagine those those, you know the the
These Arabs in the desert. The tree was something incredible. And of course, the daytime is not a time to travel, obviously, why not?
Yep, they don't have SUVs yet.
And oil hasn't yet been discovered in the world. So there's two good reasons why you can't travel during the day. So the preferred time of travel is night, and the stars don't just provide navigation. The stars or something Arabs write poetry about. When the dude's obsessed with a girl, he compares the stars. You know,
to them, the stars are one of the few things they find in life that are what beautiful, beautiful, they see the star as a decoration of the sky.
To us, the Quran isn't just a means of surviving a journey. The Quran is supposed to be something beautiful, something you gaze out, like you gaze at the stars, and just you're amazed. You're just amazed at how incredible they are. And by the way, something you'll notice about the stars, the more you stare at them, the higher they get.
The more you stare at them, the more you realize, Wow, that's really far. It just goes keeps getting deeper and deeper and deeper. The more you stare at this Koran, the more you pay attention to this Koran. The more you and I reflect on this score on the higher elevated will appreciate it is, the higher the more we'll realize how majestic it is. People who don't pay attention to the Quran don't see its beauty. They don't see its power. The people who look at the Quran with attention and gaze upon its beauty, man, it just never comes to an end it keeps getting deeper and deeper and deeper. Just like that image, that simple image that allows Drew, but the stars out of love. They're so high
above us. And they make us feel so low, don't they? There's such a magnificent creature up in the universe up in the highest skies, and we feel so insignificant before them. That's what the IOD they're supposed to do. They're grander and their greatness is supposed to remind us of a lot of greatness, and therefore remind us of how insignificant we are. It's supposed to be a means of us getting humbled. We're supposed to be humbled by the Quran. We're supposed to be put in our place by the Quran. How many of you have jobs here? I know it's a tough economy. Okay, how many of you been yelled at by your boss, you don't have to raise your hand, you can raise your hand in your heart.
It's okay. Perhaps your boss is sitting with you, or something.
You know, when you get yelled at by an authority, it's like, it's a humble pill. He's got to take it. He's got some many. I don't know if any of you hasn't been yelled at by their parents. It's almost a religious obligation to get yelled at by your parents. And to just stand there and take it is a humble pill you got to take. He's got to take it. Especially when you know you're wrong. And you're getting yelled at, oh, that's the best. It's therapeutic. I tell you.
It's therapeutic. You come out of that, and you're like, I'm never gonna do this again. You know,
it's humiliating. That's what the author is supposed to do. They're supposed to put you and me in their place. We're supposed to stay in this journey, but not speed up too much. Not slow down too much. stay on track. Don't too many turn the internet. Don't take turns. Listen to the instructions. When you veer off the path. You're going to get scolded. Where's the schooling going to come from the Quran? When you lose motivation? You need motivation? Where's the motivation gonna come from the Quran? When you're confused? Where the alleviation of your confusion? Where's it gonna come from? Quran when you're lonely, where's the companionship gonna come from Koran, Allah is going to be your
companion if you let it be. And the more you allow it to be, the more you'll see its benefits. The less you allow it to be the less it shows its benefits to you. It just doesn't show it to you. So you'll find people sitting in the audience saying Yeah, you're saying all that what's the I don't see it. I've never experienced that. Because you never give it a chance. It's not a free treasure that just opens its doors to anybody. You have to be worthy of it. You have to put in the time you and I put in the time and a lot will open those doors. You and I don't put in that time. You will never see what a believer sees. You won't see it. You know, I've met people that that told me in
their previous Machado accent Yeah, I've read the Quran several times.
Well, you haven't dude.
You know, you like my previous Musharraf accent. I could keep that up for hours.
I hope he watches this on YouTube anyway. So a lot goes on and says just because you think you have access, the mccanns have had access to this Koran and they haven't appreciated it. A few years have gone by they haven't appreciated it. Allah says just because you have easy access to it, the prophet is among you. So Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, the Quran from gibreel Isom is coming to you and being recited in your midst. Don't you feel like like you're entitled, like you get to have access to it, you can take it for granted fee kitabi maknoon. The source of this is a hidden treasure the way book. It's not just some trivial message that came to you. These words are expensive. They're high
caliber. They're not just accessible to anybody. So the fact that you get access to them have you appreciate
created what you just have in your hands, what you get to hear with your ears, he kitabi maknoon and it's so high apply and so who in LA Mata Harun? No one but the most purified of the angels get access to touch it? The fact that you even get to listen to Koran should overwhelm you with gratitude. That's what a lead tells the Munchkins Do you think he's telling us any different?
You know, you just put this in perspective guys, I don't want to talk about the veterans in the desert back in the day I want to talk about us right here. You and I are sitting in a car driving over you pick me up from the airport or going somewhere and you're listening to the recitation of the Quran chitchatting at the same time.
Have some respect this word came from the seventh heaven to this earth is not something it's not a $5 CD, what is the word of Allah? That's not a free mp3 you download it, that's the word of Allah Show some respect. Turn it off if you want to talk or if it's being it's being played. Listen to it. First me Allah who was uncIe to the Allah control hormone, listen to it carefully and shut up. literally put ons words unsettle. ansata means when somebody talks you don't talk back. It doesn't just mean you know somata to be silent ansata to be silent in response to listening to somebody Listen, respectfully stay quiet. Allah says when Quran is being recited, you will listen to it
carefully and you will remain silent now under control hormone so that you may be showing mercy.
In other words, if you don't do it, fill in the blanks yourself. I don't have to fill those for you. We're intelligent people. You want to be shown mercy, you better show the score on some respect. You know, these were words even given to nonsense. This was warnings giving to people who don't even believe they were told when cross being resolved you better listen. That's the authority with which Allah spoke. That's the book that we have companionship of that powerful word. The master speaking to the human beings as slaves. He speaks without authority. He doesn't hold back. He doesn't have to, you know, in sometimes your dad's yelling at your mom says take
you know, take it easy on or sometimes your mom gets really angry and your dad says okay, okay, okay, he's had enough.
She's had enough back it up a little right.
The least somebody put you in check. It is a lot of mastered speaking to slaves. He doesn't have to hold back or call us out like it is. He will. But we don't we have to this is the first thing I wanted to share with you and appreciation of what it what is the Quran when we talk about the Quran being our companion is not just a book. It's not just one of the books sitting on the shelf. It's a buzzword. And it's Allah. Allah is where it sends specific specifically catered to each and every human being. So no human being can say I didn't get direct counsel from Allah. Allah His Messenger was sent some a lot of value for them to connect us directly to a buzzword. And to prove that to us,
Allah instituted a, a, an institution, he put an institution in place for every Muslim. When we drop everything, we don't even look around. We stand right in front of a law and we recite the words that are his conversation with us and our conversation with him. That's my second point. First point was appreciating the greatness of the Quran. There are so many I have to do that I picked this passage. The second is to appreciate that the Quran in fact is a conversation. It is two ways. Allah is talking to us and we have now access to the best way of talking to Allah.
The best way of talking to Allah is to recite the Quran.
To listen to listening Tillakaratne is a lot of talking to you. You reciting the Quran is you talking to a lot Fatiha his biggest proof of death or anything else? Is it not the Fatiha w recite er cannot do well, er canister in Idina. We
enslave ourselves only to you.
Does that sound like us talking to a lawyer? No. Guide us? Does that sound like us talking to a lawyer? No. No corren enforces us to talk to Allah. It enforces us to do so. There are people in the audience today that are praying but they're not really praying. They're praying and they're going through the motions, right? They're going through the motions of solid they're making booboo, they're facing the right direction. They're reciting what they're supposed to recite are following along with the man Mmm, but they're not really praying. If you pay attention to the fact the height itself justified, there is no way for you to avoid engaging a lot directly in conversation. What
religion does that what religion does that allows Oh, just began by praising this teaching us how we should praise Him and hamdulillahi Rabbil alameen Rahmani Raheem Maliki omitting enough praise now Now you're ready to talk to him. Once you praise a lie, you talk to him. You tell him where you stand Yeah, I'm trying to worship you know my best yeah cadabra but I'm not doing so well. I need your help. We're gonna Stein
journeys pretty dark. I need some
guidance, some stars Athina a sell off almost nothing. But there's plenty of people that went the wrong took a wrong turn here and they're not their path, please. Hello, every slot is a conversation. If we understand the entire Quran to be that way, our perspective on the Quran will change entirely. And that's I know, I try to be conscious moreso of the audience to whom I'm thinking. I know there's a very diverse audience here, but I'm appreciative of something of the DC, Maryland, Virginia area. It has a history of Islamic Studies. It has a history of institutions, Imams, had a cause classes, courses, seminars, you name it much relatively longer than many other
parts of the country of Hungary law. So generally, even the youth here have a history of either studying or even going abroad and studying and things like that. So generally, there's a higher level of awareness, relatively speaking in this area in this part of the country, and I appreciate that, but it comes with a danger. And the danger is that the Quran becomes an academic exercise. The Quran becomes a set of quotes from Eben cateel Rahim Allah. And of course to be Rahim Allah and appleberry rocklahoma and Ashoka Nila mohalla enzyme, actually, and all of these scholars and their quotes, that's that's what your relationship with the Quran is, it's a bunch of notes that you're
going to regurgitate in a halaqa
that's all knowledge. It's great. But that's all secondary. The first thing caught on to you and me the real test of whether or not you and I know the Quran or not, is whether or not we're using it to engage a lot in conversation in the prayer. If you're failing that test, all of that knowledge is going to waste all of it. Whether you've studied Arabic for years, I've seen for years that we'd for years, you can stand there and tell me which recitation that was and which era that was and who it's narrated by, and that ocula was a little too short, or that you know, mother could be in a little middle a little bit longer, or his light letters weren't that lighter, his heavy letters were too
heavy, all that stuff is no good. If you and I are not in conversation with a lot in prayer, in prayer, that's the real goal in salaat, because that's the institution that unless that's the Quran training program that Allah put in place. That's the one that Allah put in place place. That's the one that guides us in our journey. You know how in every journey there are pitstops you take some rest, and the journey of life a lot plays five stops in a day.
You need to get filled up again, with guidance now go now get filled up against guidance again, and now go again. Okay, now go again, we're supposed to get filled up every slot, every prayer, we're supposed to engage online conversation through this foreign. Now was my second point to make sure we understand that the Quran in fact is a conversation, that one example of that I'll give you other than the party. Hi, now move on quickly in Sham. Okay. The example of that I want to give you there's so many to choose from. But let's just take the example of Adam alayhis. Salam,
at least you know, what was the what was the Sunday school explanation you heard of a police refusing to do prostration before Adam Elisa, what was the reason? He said no.
What was his rationale?
Very good. falaknuma naryn a woman Thielen created me from fire you made it from clay Come on. I'm a citizen. He's an illegal immigrant.
not the same status. You know,
there's a sense of superiority,
not over Allah.
He's not arrogant to Allah.
He's actually arrogant to say otherwise.
So he's perfectly capable and willing, fully willing to do things that are who
to a law. He has no problem doing that. Some variations even tell us that he's been doing that for 1000s of years. No problem.
I just can't handle somebody else having authority over me. Somebody having a higher rank than I do. arrogance, as described in the story is not arrogance against a law. It's arrogance against other people other creation.
Now think about every time we think of shaytaan we think of a criminal against Allah. Immediately our mind goes there. And we shut ourselves off of one of the most important fundamental dangers, that we're supposed to be warned of being arrogant towards other children of Adam alayhis salam,
if he was arrogant to assume we are arrogant to other children of other artists around
you know, Harlem, and it you don't have to be like a liberal or not that you know, progressive or orthodox or, you know, conservative or Hanafi or Shafi to have arrogance, it has no school of thought it embraces all of us equally.
Why does that one have more YouTube heads than I do?
You know, how come he became the MSA president? How come she's the treasurer?
She bought the job. I was looking at that first.
It takes big forms. It takes small forms. But it takes its forms. How come I didn't get the first code by the machine? Why did they give me the second code barn? Why did they give me the third code? How can they invited me to the conference, but they didn't give me a first class hotel room. Code they give the first class hotel room to who's going to be speaking at the main session is that guy I like or that guy the other guy likes who's speaking at the means. These are not forms of arrogance.
You kidding yourself? With a facade of religious activity. All that's going on inside is pushing one's own ego. When we read that story, it's not a story. It's therapy for your ego. That's what it's supposed to be. All the stories of the coroner that way. A lot takes time. I can't help myself. One more example of that. Okay, one more example of that. Musa alayhis salam salam wa Musab is talked about so much in the Quran. I can't get enough of him. And a Salam incredible how much attention Allah gave to masahisa. In Surah Taha Allah did something that he's not done with any other prophet. It's amazing. So Musab gets all the way up to the mountain. He's talking to Allah.
And Allah tells him you know, when you were a kid, your mom put you in a basket. And she lets you go into the river and your sister was walking next to you. And then I got your mom to come back to you.
Allah is reminiscing with Masada, Islam about his childhood, you know, you sit with a child and say you remember you when you were a kid, I did this, this is this. This happened. This happened. This happened to you, Ally's highlighting memories of his childhood that he doesn't even remember because he was a baby. I was doing that for Musashi Salaam, reminding him of what you would think are just one human being out of so many. And his childhood incidents and these favors that Allah did to him. What is what teachers through that? You think Allah doesn't alarm members, the favors he's done to you and me who doesn't remember? We don't and Allah has been doing me favors to you and me. Since
before we can remember, like most artists around since before we can remember, Eli's been doing things for us. And like he can recall them at any time like he did with Musashi Salaam, he remember we forget Allah doesn't know when to rob me while I answer. My master, he doesn't get confused. He doesn't forget. He remembers. We're the ones that forget the favors of Allah xojo he doesn't. The Vicar of Allah, the remembrance of Allah, part of that is remembering what Allah has done for you. What Allah has done for you to try and remind yourself of that. And the parts you can remember, Allah helps you out with that. I was taking care of you when you were in the belly of your mother.
How am I allowed to move on Muhammad Allah office, Allah houfy army, his mother carried him a burden on top of another, and then she fed him for two years. Now you listen to that ayah his mother carried him a burden upon another. And she fed him for a course of two years. At the end of that, who should you be grateful to?
logically speaking, you just heard about the favors of Who? Your mother so you would expect immediately the words would be so be grateful to your mother, listen to the words. He says, I initially when you validate, be grateful to me, and then your parents, because even when your mother was carrying you, she wasn't doing the actual taking care of you. She wasn't feeding you. Yes, her belly was on auto process, but that process was under my control. And when she was feeding you the milk wasn't coming out because she commanded it to I did. Thank me first and then your parents. That's what a lot of teachers are surprised on what are. The second thing that will help us build a
relationship with this Quran is to remember it is in fact, the conversation, all of it, it's a conversation. We have to approach it as such, it's therapy, it's advice. The third thing And the final thing before I give you some advice on how to build this relationship, including myself, all of us need to enhance our relationship with the Quran. None of us can claim that we have a satisfactory relationship with this book. None of us can claim that the third bit of it but a bit of introductory you know attitude that I want myself and all of you to carry is that the Quran is what's called lower a lot lower Eva, Alyssa says Khadija como wherever to Morocco.
What has come to you is hard penetrating counsel.
The kind of advice that gets right to you. You know, sometimes you hear advice from your friends and it just goes one ear out the other. Sometimes you hear a football You don't even know what happened. The guy says in Alhambra de la who was standing
around, like that guy back there. Oh, see. I'm kidding.
But then there's sometimes cuz he was giving a lecture. There's 1000 people in the audience, you're all the way in the back. You can't even see you. But you feel like he's talking just to you.
If you like how do you know? How do you know that? How is he talking to me like that? You feel like he's talking just to you. You know?
Sometimes a friend gives you advice and it hits you right in the heart, it gets right to you other times it doesn't sometimes it does, or on calls itself, the kind of advice that penetrates into the heart, it goes inside. That's what it calls itself. Now, what's the only explanation for the advice being heard and not getting into the heart?
Something is trying to get access, the only possibility is the doors locked.
If the door is open, it can go right in. So there must be the case, it must be the case, either lubaina cloudwatch, maybe the hearts are locked up. They're not allowing the device to enter. So we need to figure out a way to unlock our hearts. Because I tell you in your life, and in my life, we know when we hear advice that we know is true. That makes us want to change who we are and what we've been doing. You can't help but shed a tear. I don't care if that advice comes from your friend, your mother, your wife, your you know your boss, whoever when your advice comes out hits your heart, you can control your eyes, it just doesn't matter how big you are. It doesn't make a
difference. The eyes start shedding a tear. When was the last time you and I heard the recitation of the Quran, and the eyes couldn't help themselves. And if that hasn't happened, there's some indication there's some locks that need unlocking. There's some work needs to be done. That hasn't been done. So panela that's the that's the reality of the matter. All of our knowledge, all of our ibadat all of our accomplishments aside, all the MSA programs aside, guys, that volunteers I really appreciate you guys who put this program together all this work, and you still can't cry and pair prayer, you're still at a loss. And if nobody showed up here today, and you stood before a lie and
said yeah, like I tried to put a program together for your sake. And here's one thing I got out of it today when I prayed and I cried. And it's a success. That's all that matters. Really. That's all that matters. That for us to really truly get connected to Allah that's the demand of the Quran. That's what it came to do. Shiva wouldn't leave office to do a cure for what is in the hearts How can the medicine taken effective is not even let in. It's got to be led in first then it can negative then it can be cured, then it can become a cure. So let's now talk in these few minutes we have together about how to at least practically build that solution. I like to talk you know when we
talk about reminders, we talk about grand things. When we talk about advice I believe in talking about advice from a very practical, even minimalist point of view, things that you can practically do and that's why I don't like to share much personally even though I read them for myself for inspiration. I don't like to share stories of the Tabby members and the Sahaba the companions of the Prophet or the lover on which mine who pray the entire night or reciting the whole Quran in a week or may die and then it started reading those stories. I don't share them you know why? Cuz you know what happens to most of you when you hear that man they were so awesome. I'm so bad. So I'm on a
that's the end of the
hour really cool. I am so going to hell that's it.
Let's start little by little a little a theater from Miami. The Arabs have a saying it says if you it's in many other cultures to the first of the heavy rain is just a drop then it pours right let it build little by little. The first thing you got to do is you have to discipline your life people. I have to do it. You have to do it. You know what it means to discipline your life. Go to sleep early.
Pray Isha and go to sleep. Don't go to the hookah joint until 12:30am. Don't go see a movie. Don't go hang out with your friends. Don't watch Islamic lectures until two in the morning. Do not it is not beneficial for you. Pray Russia and go to sleep and wake up early. Wake up before fudger give yourself 30 minutes. 15 minutes 20 I know it seems impossible. It's only impossible because of Netflix at night. Okay, that's the only reason it's impossible. Give the night life up. Let the night before sleep. At least you're not accumulating sin every night. At least you're not burying your heart under more sun every night. At least you're sleeping at least you're innocent for that
much. At least that much. Then you wake up and you pray at least start with a routine of praying fudger on time.
Start with for john and the guys here at least at least once a week, guys make it to the mustard for Fletcher. At least when I don't ask you every day, just one day a week. Give yourself one day a week and you don't catch the second record right before this alarm.
Right. And then after you finish making it up. You're like oh my gosh, today. It's right.
Like pointing at the right and you wrote that down you got that you got that pleasure.
Get to the machine early. Let me tell you something about furthering the machine.
It has a spiritual impact and only people who go to it will experience it can't be explained in a lecture
When you go to it, when you go to the prayer, and you sit there in the machine quietly, and you wait for the prayer to start, and you sit there and you recite Koran, and you ask a lot of forgive you in those morning hours, and then you stand next to other believers and countless armies of angels, and you stand in you pray in front of a lion that early morning giving up your sleep, which only happened because you gave up your night life. When you do that, even once a week, the joy you will get out of it. You will as you are walking out of the machine, you will wish to yourself you did that every morning. I swear to it. I guarantee you. You're gonna walk out of that machine saying,
Man, I wish I could do this every morning.
You really will. But start with once a week. Start with once a week. Don't make Friday night party night. You just came out of Salatu. Juma Ha. That's why they should have been doing extra heavy advertising for Friday night. That's why movies come out on Friday nights. Because they know they have to ruin one fifth of the world's population say Baba, they just went to Jumeirah. How can we undo jomar? Well, there's a new movie premiere. Right? That same night, let's get it all done with before its effects carry over even the weekend. Right? Make Friday's a good time.
You know, let that be a good time. That's number one thing. The second thing is every single day, I don't ask you to recite a joke. I don't expect that much anymore. one page of one. In Arabic. I don't care how badly you recite. I don't care how badly or if you're embarrassed of your recitation go into a room by yourself. Lock it up. But recite it out loud, not silently, out loud. And before you recite if you don't know any Arabic turn to Alliance, a Yama I'm reciting your word only for you. And you're the only one who can make it easy for me. You're the only one who can make it easy for me to recite it, to memorize it, to understand it, to love it to pray with it. You're the only
one who can do that. For me online, I'm doing this for you. You make it easy for me, this will be your personal time with allows it was an outside of solid 10 minutes is all it takes. But you need to make that make that time. You need to make that time in your life. And as your love for the Quran grows, I won't have to convince you in a lecture to give it 10 minutes, you will be sitting with it 2030 4050 an hour, that time will increase for you. It will increase for you. But it will happen on its own. It will never happen though. Unless you put yourself in a routine. None of these things will benefit your life until they become a routine. You really want to have a relationship with the
Quran. Start with reciting it. Even if you don't understand it, even if I'll say it again, even if you don't understand brother, I don't understand Arabic. I don't get anything out of it. Yes, you do. You don't even know what you get out of it. You're trying to imitate the words of Allah as he revealed them. You don't think there's a benefit in that?
They're absolutely is my teacher. I asked this question when I was done. Not too long ago, I asked my teacher what's the point of reciting Quran you don't even know Arabic? What do you get out of that? He said, Let me tell you a story was my teacher Jacob Dolan in New York. He told us the story.
He said, you know, boy, he goes to the beach. And actually, he asked his dad, the same question might recite for him, but I don't understand it. What's the point of me reciting it. So his dad took him to the beach. And he gave him a dirty bucket
and had holes in it, though. So go fill it up with water. Go fill it up. So boy goes to fill up the water. And he brings it back by the time he brings it back to that what's happened already. And some people go fill it up again. So he sent him like five times back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. He goes dad, there is no point it's empty. He goes Yeah, but you notice a difference? He goes, Yeah, it's clean. Because now you get it. Because Oh.
Now those of you who still don't get it, you're clearly on Facebook too long. Right? your brains have melted.
Right? Spend time reciting Quran. Then the third, just a little bit of practical recommendations for you guys. The sutras that you've already memorized, chances are they are from the 30th, Jos. That true. soon as that you've already memorized, chances are they are from Joe's ama. One of my personal motivations to do an explanation of just ama was just that, that if Muslims don't know the whole Quran, at least I know some things from JSON. I would I don't say this out of my own like to promote our program or anything else. I'm just giving you advice. If you guys can benefit from the recordings that we have of the 30th Joe's, don't listen to the whole thing. You don't have time for
it, it's fine. Just listen to the surahs you've already memorized. Now their translation and explanation of the sutras, you've already memorized the sutras that you're going to be using in prayer anyway. The ones you're going to be using in prayer anyway. So at least those sources that you've been reciting since childhood, now you have a personal relationship and understanding of them. They've enhanced you in some way. Every time you recite them. It's an opportunity for reflection for you. It's an opportunity for you to get closer and closer to Allah 's word. These things we do them in this life.
If you can establish this routine, the last thing I don't have a huge list of things. I'll review them with you too. First thing was fix your routine. Second thing was fine. 10 minutes to do what?
For iron recitation or on recitation. Third thing was listen to lectures if not mine other people's to other scholars there plenty of capacity available now. But listen, instead of in addition to reading, I know you'll do reading but most of you won't do reading. That's why I started with Listen, you download it, you passively listen to it in the car. Okay, you're gonna find time when you start reading, you get through two lines, you'll fall asleep. I know. I've been there. Right? So instead of that might as well you're forced to stay awake, you're driving anyway, pop it in and just listen to it. Okay? It will help you tremendously that that's the second thing. Now the last thing
if you can get this into your routine, then you add the next thing. start memorizing the Quran.
Even if it's one line, half a line, I don't care. Even if it's one I have a whole week I don't care. 20 minutes, 25 minutes, whatever it is full 100% concentrated time on just memorizing the Quran. This is your little secret. It's between you and Allah, the more Quran you're memorizing, you're telling Allah, Allah I took I my heart contains three moral uriarte Allah my heart contains two more of your sutras. It's enhancing your love for Allah, and it's enhancing your love for the Quran. And the more Koran you memorize, then the more Quran you study and the more Quran you're using your prayer, and it's becoming more and more and more of a companion in your life. But it starts small.
It starts with 1020 minutes a day. Nothing more. If you can fix your morning routine, best time to memorize Quran in the morning. Absolutely best time, but don't overdo it in the beginning, if you overdo it, like oh, I heard this lecture from tomorrow I'm doing 100 tonight, gentlemen, we're gonna pray fighter and I'm gonna memorize go on for two hours, that will happen one time this year.
that's why you don't overdo it. Just take it easy, little at a time, it will build Don't rush. Don't rush mentor and Nanana matamanoa whoever takes their time will get to where they want to get to. Just take your time. Be patient with yourself and each other. And especially those of you that are younger, that are amazingly good at wasting your time, especially if you're in college, find friends that you can do this with. So I want to I want to conclude inshallah Allah and I want to give you guys a little assignment. Okay.
A lot of times we attend these lectures and these talks and they're, I don't want to Yeah, no,
There's this now. Okay. So a lot of times I give these lectures and talks and other people come and give lectures and masajid and programs and things like that. I want you to make a commitment to yourself. I told you that Allah describes the greatness of the Quran in which surah
Slovakia I'll give you some numbers, everybody take it down in your phone, because I know you have them
75 to the end of the slot, that's about a half a page of 175 I number 75 to the end of the surah memorize it this week.
memorize it for yourself for yourself.
Okay, so little waqia so law number 56. So number 56, you came to this program with the intention that you and I want to take steps further in becoming companions of the Quran in this world. So we can be Oregon's companions in the ASPCA. So how about we start? How about we start by making a commitment this week that we're going to memorize these iaat and not only that, at the end of this week, we're going to go to the masjid for fudger and when we're praying the Sunnah prayers for fudger we're going to recite these Ayah so we can show a love You mean business. So we can show Lara's origin that we meant it that we do really want to come closer to a large book and will lie
when you make intentions like that. You take small steps like that, the steps that a level take towards you are infinite. The Doors will open for you. You can't even imagine. You can't even imagine the joy Allah will bring into your life through the Quran is indescribable. The peace you will enjoy? Sometimes I'm just sitting there reciting Quran and I just have to just stop and just talk to a lion. I can't even do it in Arabic. I just said y'all was so amazing. This was awesome. Robbie. It's so awesome. Marja haven't khademi Allah. What an amazing thing you just said.
You know, I just can't help myself. Like, I tell you what, I have what happened last week. And I'll end my speech with this one I promise.
yaku subhana wa Taala Eva Allah Abadi I need for India Karim. Allah says when my slave asks you about me. I am near no doubt about it.
I listened to the rough course English translation when myself
slave asks you about me, then I am certainly near. Who's you?
slave asks you about me that I am near who's the word you're referring to?
A prophet. Closer. Okay? So Who's asking? Who?
Who's asking whom? Think about it. Unless leave a believer is asking the prophesies on so who's going to answer if the Prophet asked, we should answer, probably should answer. So if the slave asks the Prophet, about Allah, the prophet should say, Allah is near, yes, he should say, Allah is near.
Look at this, the ayah the expected language of the ayah was either Salah sila, kariba, do I need for Canelo in LA ha Karim.
When my slave asks you about me, then say to him that allies near or say to him that I am here. What happens in the eye in fact is when my slave asks you about me, or the he asked you about me, I'll talk to him directly. I am near.
Allah didn't even give the answer through the prophet sallallahu sallam, the question came through the prophet the answer unless as I am so near to you, I'll talk to you directly
in the Quran, no doubt about it. I'm near. I'm so near I can just talk to you. So hon Allah, just the shift, you know, he moved the prophesize. He said this question, let me answer myself. He usually says when only I don't own the Hong Kong Marina, you tell them you tell them you tell them this time, he says he asked about me, I should answer myself. Panama.
Just when it comes to the law, that's the idea about da. That's the idea about supplicate asking a lot for stuff. Unless as I am near in the academy. Without a doubt, I respond to the call of whoever calls. You know, these English translations, we read them, you missed the entire point. It says I respond to the call of the caller. That's what the translation says. I respond to the call of the caller. You know what that means?
Allah didn't just say here, the call of the believer.
The call of the slave because the I began my slaves asked you about me. So the expected communication continuation would have been, I respond to the call of my sleeves. But he says I respond to the call of the caller, which means anybody who calls a lot, a lot responds, he doesn't look at their credentials.
He doesn't say the only the believer only the high, highly ranking, the ones who are very close to me, I respond to them. He said, whoever calls, I respond. He opened the invitation for dawn. Now who's left not making dawn. And incidentally, when somebody is Allah, someone who a lot of people call on? Sure. I'll give you a comparison so hard.
To get the point across. Sometimes I pick my girls up from school, and they're all talking at the same time in the backseat to me about I want ice cream about I want pizza, I buy one a burger it comes out as
when I am being asked some things at the same time. Do I even understand one of those things? No. And even if I want to, can I respond to all of them at the same time? No. Now imagine that's just me and I want to respond to my girls. I'm a parent, I'm a loving parent, I want to respond to my girls. Now imagine the CEO of a company he's got 500 employees. Right? And each one of those employees ask simple arrays individually is able to respond to each of them individually. No, not individually, you might have yet somebody else to take care of. He might see his employee one to 500 employees you might even know is not even know his name. That employee might say, Hey, I remember I met you at the
conference last year. Is it? Okay? Yeah, sure.
He doesn't know he's insignificant to him, right? What is a lot to do about someone who calls on him. He doesn't say he will die in. He said I'd learn not anyone who calls though one who calls in other words, the one who calls to me is very specific and known. He is special to me. He's not just anybody. Just an NF lamb that the in the IR makes you and me special. Just when we call him a lot. He gives us individual attention. Special Particular attention, and there is no better Dora than the dog that Allah teaches his slaves. You know, Adam, I know this was not supposed to be my last point. But I'm leaving you with companionship of Quran so might as well. Adam alayhis salaam is sent to the
earth he's embarrassed, he's humiliated. He's trying to find the words to apologize to Allah.
Allah taught him the words to say Fatah de Moura vehicle imagine fatale.
Can Allah give brought them into contact with words that he could use to repent to him? He couldn't even find the words the right words.
To say sorry Allah said, Let me teach you the perfect way to say sorry. Here use these words. And when you use them like that, that is still Toba. You know what we learned? The best way to ask Allah is the way Allah teaches you to ask the best doors are the doors of the Quran. The best doors of laws of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, learn those doors. Boy, will you have companionship from the Koran. Will you have companionship? Next time you're those of you that are married, you're standing down, you're reciting robina hublin arminas, wodgina, Tina kurata, our union Sakina. Mr. Man, husband and wife has got into an argument. They're yelling at each other, yelling and screaming and
and a lot of time.
And he goes and starts reciting. And I've been I have learned I mean, as wodgina was Tina kurata, our union, our master give us from our spouses and our children, the coolness of our eyes, the source of our joy.
The fight will be over if he understands what he just asked. It will be over. If he doesn't understand what he just asked the final get worse afterwards. Now that I'm done with selaginella, I'm ready for you.
Now we got all the way until the shabibi.
companionship of the Quran is something very personal. All of us need to work on it myself included, nobody's an exception. And if we don't take care of it in our personal lives, if our children don't see it, in our personal lives, they will see no value in it. And when they see no value in it, they won't even know what they're missing out on. And it will be very hard to convince them later on in life. It's that Sunday school effect, right? If it's so great, well, how come you don't even come into the machine when you pick me up?
Right? It's that effect. The same effect will happen in your home. When the Quran no gets no time from you. It will get no time from your offspring. And when it gets no time from your offspring that liability and the liability of their children and their children and their children and their children that started with your laziness in mind is on our next on judgment day. We will be answering a lot how we sat on this treasure that was given to us and we couldn't make time for it. But time for a movie time for a party time for hanging out with friends. We find plenty of time for those things in our lives that will really make us companions of the Quran. May Allah overlook our
shortcomings in regards to this book all this time? May Allah azza wa jal given our in our hearts a never ending love for the recitation of the Quran for the memorization of the Quran for acting upon the Quran in seeking counsel from the Quran. May Allah azza wa jal bless every one of our prayers with the gift of wushu that our hearts that are that our eyes remain wet because our hearts have become soft by a large zodiacs word large and we don't take the good of the advice that is shared today and entered into my own heart and all of your hearts And may Allah azzawajal remove that which is not a benefit from your hearts and make you a help all of you forgive me for those shortcomings.
barakallahu li walakum or Anil Hakeem when finally we can be it with the clinical team