Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves on the need to fully comprehend the concept and benefits of being grateful to Allah at all times. He reflects upon Surah Al Ibrahim of the Noble Qur’an.
Allah has reminded us to be conscious of Allah at all times as the blessings of Allah can never be fully enumerated. One of the purposes of our existence is the purpose of being forever grateful to Allah SWT.
This is a lesson Allah gives us in the Surah. Musa AS was taught to give [this lesson] to his people so they could come out of darkness to light. And then this message is so important that Allah put it as a teaching for the Messenger himself. Hence, it is paramount that we become truly, sincerely grateful to Allah SWT. And as a result of our gratitude, Allah will increase us in the good things and in the guidance and in the blessings that we enjoy in this world.
- The Pleasure of Allah will be upon us.
- Allah will lift the punishment from us.
- Allah gives you more if you are thankful to Allah.
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inshallah, in today's brief clip, I'd like to share with you a few reflections from the 14th surah of the Quran. This is salt Ibrahim, and in this surah among many other suitors of the Quran, we learned something very interesting. The nation that offers the most by way of examples for Muslim to learn lessons from is the nation of Musa alayhis salaam 70 plus times passages are dedicated to Musa alayhis salaam and the legacy of his people. And this is not just a case of when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam moved migrated to the city of Medina and had interaction with the Jewish community This is a Mexican surah. So even earlier on he was being served as an example for the
Muslims and his interactions with his people were being served as an example for the Muslims and even for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. This surah begins Kitab on ans Allahu la Caleta Phrygian as we know
it this is a remarkable book. It's a remarkable book that we have sent down to you so you meaning the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam can bring people out of the darkness into light. They're in they're stuck in many different shades of darkness Your job is to bring them out of light by means of this book. That's what your job is. A few hours later what I recited to you the listen to this carefully, Allah azza wa jal says, well look at the Uppsala Mousavi. Ayah Tina, we said Musa with our miraculous signs an average America manabu Mattila know that you should bring your nation out of the shades of darkness into light. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was told this in the
beginning of this surah and now as a case study, he's being told you're not the first one I gave these same instructions to moose on Instagram. So why don't you listen to what he had to say to his people? Why don't you pay attention to that and it will teach you something for your own people. This is a how large of a joke teaches us and even teaches his messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So now of the things because you know the story the history of the Israelites in the Quran is very diverse. We learned so many things about the conversations between Musa alayhis, salaam Moses and the pharaoh Pharaoh and his people before they escaped his people after the escape when they were
wandering in the desert. There are so many epic tales, epic adventures, historical accounts that are all over the Quran. So which one is going to highlight when he talks about bringing them out of darkness into light? what particular focus does he have now? And what why I highlight that for ourselves is because I feel like all Muslims should constantly be worried in terms of coming out of darkness themselves into light. Allah didn't just call it one darkness he called it shades of darkness. Just like a shade a shadow can be very dark and it can be light, right? So Muslims aren't self righteous. We don't think that we're guided we're in the light. We may have some shades of
darkness we have a problem with and we need to create
Constantly pull ourselves out. And one of the most common and dangerous forms of that darkness is going to be highlighted in this passage. So let's see what masayoshi son has to say to his people with color, Mousavi comi here.
As I translate this for you, you and I should be thinking, each of these things that Musa is offering alayhis salam is his way of getting his people from darkness into light. First thing he says make mention of the gifts Allah has given to you the favors of Allah upon you make mention of Allah as favors upon you. And you know, at the time that these words are given, I'll talk to you about the historical context in a little bit. But the Israelites weren't exactly the people that were having a good time. They weren't exactly the people that enjoyed a lot of success, especially not during the career of musasa. Either they're stuck in a situation where a tyrant ruler is about
to annihilate them, and slaughtering babies, not one, but by the 1000s. Or they're in the desert about to dehydrate and die. So they're not exactly in a luxurious situation. And yet the first thing that's told to them isn't the patient. The first thing told to them is make mention of a loss favors on you, instead of focusing all your energies on what is going wrong. Why don't you think about what is going right? What is what is it that you do enjoy it along these lines I want to share with you when the when they crossed the water when Allah rescued them from Finland and they crossed the water and Allah basically provided for them in a situation which otherwise they only deserve death and
nobody can survive in the desert with that huge population. Many women children, there is no shelter, nothing. So Allah provides shelter by means of clouds and provides rain. He provides my nine so as you learned in Sunday school, many of you huh, he provides 197 he provides their food, he provides drink by means of 12 Springs fanfight your admin who's Natasha tarina
12 springs are coming out. So their food, their water, their shelter in an impossible situation has been taken care of. But something very interesting is quoted in the Quran elsewhere. And I want to highlight that and come back to this. After a while they started getting tired of that food. So they asked me they you know, they're sitting around what's what's for lunch? manansala? What's for dinner? Also wineland? Nah, I don't know. There's not not a lot of variety in the food. So you can imagine a couple of the guys sitting around saying, Man, Don't you miss that restaurant back in the day? That Egyptian places pretty good. So they're sitting around and they're making mention of some
vegetables. Right? And they obviously the Quran mentions when they when they went up to Busan, Islam and said, back up
for me, haha, well Gazzaniga, they went to Moses, they went to massage them. And they said some of them said, Why don't you make a prayer to your God to your master? So you can bring out some lentils and garlic and onions? And can we have some fries with that? And you know, it's like a whole menu. That's a whole menu. Then another question arises, when did they learn the name of these items? It's not like they learned the names of those vegetables when they were in the desert. They learned those back in Egypt when they were still under the clutches of garland. So ask yourself this question. When somebody comes out of prison and says, Man, I miss the food I used to get served. And you know,
when I was doing time, when you miss the food from prison, what does that mean? It's like you miss prison itself. You're not appreciating the taste of freedom, you understand? So you can focus on what food we don't have, or you can focus on what we do have now we have the taste of freedom. So Musa alayhis salam is deeply upset and he says to them at this time the new the lady who
you seek to replace the inferior with what would what is with with that, which is better, and he's not talking about food, or not just about food, he's talking about freedom. So you have to focus on the blessings you enjoy in the midst of all of your troubles. What is the easiest most common conversation Muslims find themselves in today among each other? What are our problems man the youth got problems, man politics man, Syria, Philistine Kashmir, man, we got problems at the mustard. Man, this guy's got a problem that board that committee has a problem. This organization has a problem, man, our MSA is just full of problems. All we talk about our problems.
That's all we do. It's entertaining. Some of you have been raised in households where your dad would have his friends come over over Chai or baklava you would discuss the world's problems. That's all you would do. That was your that's your culture you just discussed this is wrong with that one that's wrong with this one this wrong with that one. This one's corrupt. That one's corrupted. That's it. See you next week we'll discuss the same problems again. Right? Allah azza wa jal tells the Israel like the first thing you need to focus on is the fever of Allah with guru near Matala. Here they come. And then he goes further. And he says if you can't think of any Let me remind you
when he rescued you once and for all from the clutches of the feral, you're so moved on.
Sue, and I thought he was humiliating you with the worst form of punishment. You that the owner of NACA, he was slaughtering your children, your sons? Well, yes, that union is our home. And he was allowing your women to live for the purpose of further degradation and humiliation. Well, he ran a company.
And then all of that that was a huge trial for you. You were in great difficulty as a result. Now this conversation is happening when they've already been freed from all of this. And now they're in another difficult life. But allies allies messenger is telling them your first darkness is that you're not grateful enough. That's your first real problem. You always think about your problems you don't think about what's what's good, what's going on good in your life. What are the good things in your life? And I want to before I go on, pay my turn some attention to the family situation in the Muslim households, how many mother in law's are always complaining? How many wives are always
complaining? How many husbands are almost complaining, always complaining? How many daughters and sons are always coming? You don't get me this? You don't get me that? I never get to do this. I never get to do that. Why couldn't you move here? Why did you move there? Why did you take that job? Why did you move out there? Why did you the constant complaints about each other, that's our life that's become our life. People go home and the husband complaints against the wife and wife complaints against the husband, the in laws complaint against each other. That's all it is. That's all your life is turned into at home. That's why you spend more time at the masjid some of you, you
can't deal with the home situation. This lesson is not just for us in a religious setting, we have to learn to focus on positive things. And when you don't you know what happens. And this is not just even religious advice. When you focus on things that are going on in your life, you lead a miserable life, you lead a depressed life. You nothing makes you happy because you're too overwhelmed by things that have already occurred. That you know, and by the way, when you look back, just a remarkable thing to think about what the Israelites have gone through is nothing easy. I mean, when you hear news of a child being killed, even by mistake in a car accident, it's disturbing. This man
is killing children by the 1000s on purpose, that is a trauma for a nation not to easily overcome. So even if they will escape that trauma shouldn't just go away. But Allah says even then focus on the favor of Allah on you focus on the fact that that's been done with it's over. And now you've been rescued from that, you know, he changes their mindset. They're not a people, they're not supposed to be a people of complaint anymore. And he goes on and this is the amazing thing. Where if Rob buco very famous I often it's quoted without the context, what is
roughly translated for you first, when your master your Lord declared that in Shackleton as he the knuckle, if you're just grateful, I will increase you multiple fold. I'm doing a very casual transition so far. Your master declared if you are grateful, I will increase for you multiple folds, whether Inca forthcoming,
then if and if you're ungrateful. If you deny, then my punishment is intense.
But let's go back a second. This is the advantage of bukem. Many of our scholars seem to feel that this declaration is what Guru is venerable can remind yourselves of Israelites, followers of Moses, followers of the Saudis from when Allah addressed you directly. You know, there's an occasion in the history of the sons of Islam in when Mousavi Salaam took them took the leaders of Venezuela into go make Toba to repent to Allah. And he took them and Allah addressed all of them directly. And when he addressed all of them directly, he said many things to them otherwise in for and we read Hulu Latina, can we hold on to what we've given you with all of your might, they were given very stern
advice, hold on to the book, in this passage a lot highlights something else they were told something else they were told and all of it has to do with just being grateful. The Israelites are now being called and the only thing Allah wants them to focus on is be grateful. And But before that, even the word uses is the Adana. You know, in the Arabic language. There are lots of words for declaring something proclaiming something that can be used, you know, what I couldn't be because so many words can be used when it comes from the word open, which means here, and it's the kind of announcement made that rings in your ears, it doesn't let go. Like you think about it all the time.
The strong announcement, you know, you know how sometimes your parents yell at you all the time, but there's one time they yell at you and it rings your head. And you're sitting there quietly, close your eyes and it comes back a flashback from dolphin time. That's the other one. It doesn't let you go. Allah says he basically he's saying to the language, he said in the small stern possible words. He said in the most penetrating forum to you these words, that in Shackleton, if you were just ungrateful, a little bit, Chicago is in the past tense in the Arabic language. And that suggests something rhetorical. I'll put it in simple words for you if you weren't even even grateful. One
If you're just grateful, even once, if you could, for once, show gratitude, if you could do that, for that one act of gratitude, as even nachum, I swear to it, I will increase and increase and increase and increase for you, Allah swears to it three times over in the aisle, linguistically speaking,
he swears that he will increase for you, if you just show gratitude, you just have to be grateful. That's it. That's all I asked for you. I'm not asking for you to be grateful all the time. That's what I will do. If you show gratitude, once you show gratitude once and there's a switch that happens to the present tense, immediately, I will, I am and I will continue to increase you, which implies it's going to happen continuously. The other thing that's really interesting here is that the I began in the third person is
not going to lie didn't say when I decide when I declare to you, when I proclaim to you, he said when your master proclaimed, that's the third person, but immediately he comes close to you. And he says, if you are grateful, I will increase. He doesn't say he will increase the rest of the I should remain he but he says if you are grateful, I will come close to you. You will earn my closeness, just by being great is the greatness of the ayah. So
in the eye itself, a law offers you and me that he will be close to us. All he wants from us is for us to learn to be grateful in Chicago.
And what's more, even more interesting in this ayah from a rhetorical point of view, is when you say Shankara you are always at what are you thankful to? If I say I think you commonly when we talk to each other, we say thank you, we add that you, we thank Allah, He doesn't even say what let him Shackleton Lee, if you are grateful to me, I'll increase you. He said just have the attitude of being grateful. It's not even limited to a large religion, because the Prophet teaches us a lot more. The Quran edition teaches us we're not just supposed to be grateful to Allah, we're supposed to be grateful to our teachers, to our parents, to whoever does any good to us. Because being
grateful when you recognize a favor being done to you, it is an extension of what Allah has given to you. It's a part of your risk. So if you fail to be grateful to your husband, you fail to be grateful to your wife, you fail to be grateful for the blessing of your children. You fail to be grateful for the job you do have as opposed to the job you want. You fail to be grateful for the car you do have as opposed to the car you want. When you fail to be grateful for those things. It's an extension of not being grateful to Allah, then shocker to me in all of its forms. If you are grateful all around to anybody. It's not limited to one thing and if you can learn to do that Allah
will give you and give you and give you and when he swears by it, who can compare? When he's when he gives that guarantee that as he then knuckle? This is the word of Allah azza wa jal, Allah doesn't need to swear for anything. You know, in normal language when a person swears, I swear I didn't do this, I swear I'm going to do this for you. You know when that's done, when somebody doesn't believe you, when you come late to work, you tell your boss, I swear it was a lot of traffic. Because you're afraid he's not going to believe what you're saying. So you're ready to testify and go to court for
swearing is done when the person you're talking to is skeptical. A lot as I was talking to a believing community, he's talking to the Israelites directly. There's no doubt here. But he's still instills in them as though there might be what was that from shikon whispers of the devil later on that you'll forget to be grateful. So I'm reminding you in the strongest possible words, I will give you more. I will take care of you. I will hook you up. Just trust me Be grateful. I'll take care of you.
Now the last thing something I skipped before I move forward. I want to go backwards a little bit again, Alonzo just said or Busan he said I'm said to them.
Right right before this, in that he that he got musasa was given instructions. This is how you bring your people out of darkness into light. Allah said to them with a cute home be a yarmulke remind them of all those days.
One of the instructions given to Moosa This is how you make your people grateful. Remind them of Allah Zidane now what in the world is that? alleged days. There's a pseudo dedicated in the Quran, just alleged days and that sort of era, Salafi found lots of alleged is the deal what created us the day we were brought to this earth. The day the deal took an oath from us that they were going to go back to the day on which he warned nations de Leon which he destroyed nations, but each one of us also has a lot of days. specific days you can recall where Allah did a favor to you that you could not have expected from anywhere else, and he did it for you. And that nation, particularly their day
of Allah was when the Lord rescued them from federal. So let's hold them in the previous told musar. They said in the previous I'll remind them by using the last days and in the next musasa applies the ion says remember the day he saved you from tomorrow. Remember that day
He applies for the lottery. What are we learning we should apply with a lotta remember the day you came out of the hospital. Remember the day the baby came out and everything was normal. Remember that day, those are the days of the law. Nobody gets credit for those days except allows, you know, we have to mark those milestone days in our life that people celebrate, they should be celebrated with gratitude. There's supposed to be opportunities for us to become more and more grateful. You know, how many friends I have there, you know, they had their first child after a lot of attempts and when they had a child born three months premature, and the child's in the ICU for three, four
months, and this is maybe 10 years ago. Now the child is living a normal healthy life. But every year they look at this child grow and the increase in gratitude because it looked impossible. Doctors were shaking their head that no you should just get mentally prepare yourself. We have this counselor on staff ready Do you know console you for the loss of your child everything was ready and said except Allah decided no, this child will live and it will be a source of happiness for his children.
We have to learn to become a grateful people, if he is not even in the midst of all of their complaints are taught this we are no one to complain. And the first teaching is that to Masonic Islam and that's another important lesson. If there is one messenger before so the loss of a longtime who has a right to complain. He's got a right to complain. Not just because he gets hate from the enemy from the disbeliever he gets trouble from his followers. So much so that the words that come out of his mouth, Nima, tofu and honey Why do you continually cause me pain? you believe me? Baka una me Rasulullah hillicon you already know I'm God's Messenger Do you? Why do you cause me
pain? If there's one messenger that has a right to compete complainants, bizarrely Sara, what does the law say at the end of this ayah when he gave his this messenger instructions to pull these people out of darkness into light. He says in Nevada I think liquidly SOP Da Vinci Code, two attributes. He said these, this reminder is going to be good for anybody, any person who can have two qualities. The two the people that will benefit from this the most these kinds of reminder the most other people have two things in them. They are subpar. And they are shackled. Now let me translate those two for you. One is extremely patient continually patient over and over again
exercising their patience. And the second is extremely grateful. These are both hyperbolized nouns. extremely patient, extremely grateful. If you can do those two things, you will benefit from guidance like nobody else. But why these two things together. I'll give you a simple example. I've given this many times before but shamelessly I don't care. You open up the fridge. You see four or five different kinds of drinks. But you see the one drink you don't you wanted it you wanted orange juice you see grape juice you see you know orange mango you see soda, you see water, you see everything you just don't see your oranges.
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instead of being patient,
patient and before even patient your patience is tested because you fail to be grateful for everything you do. And
so you lose your patience when you don't have gratitude.
The first thing a lot of calls for here is suffer because they were in a difficult situation. But what will make your patience easy. Some people ask sometimes How do I become patient brother, I have a temper problem. I get very angry. I get very impatient. You know, what should I do? I have a real but I can't help myself. Yes, you can. Why don't you learn to be grateful.
That's the teaching of the Quran. If you want to fight your impatience, learn to become grateful. Because when you focus on the gifts Allah has given you, your mind will not have the energy left to focus on the things you don't get your way. What you want is your desire, what you have is what Allah wants for you compare the two thing. I'll say that again, what you want is from your heart, I want that car, I want that house, I want my son to do this, I want my daughter to do that. I want you to do this. I want him to do that. But what you do have right now is all because I live inside of it.
So you're comparing what you want with other lives already given. We have to learn to be grateful for what we have. I'm not saying we strive for we don't strive for better and better. We absolutely do. But we do that with patience and with gratitude. And if you do want things to improve the ayah has the solution. Brother, I don't see my family situation improving. I don't see my salary increasing. I don't see my debt going away. I don't see my problem disappearing. Allah has the formula here.
If you're just grateful, I will increase you. I'll give it to you. Where do you think the money comes from? Where do you think the solution to your problem comes from? It comes from Allah azzawajal and he says I've kept it locked until you show some gratitude. You showed it to unlock it for you. What are you waiting for it, learn to be grateful. And then he adds one more thing and I'll end with that when I
can if you choose not to be grateful.
If you want
to just be in denial that these are gifts from a lot to you, you want to focus your life on all your problems and complain all the time to yourself and others. If that's the life you want to live in Nabila needs my punishment is really intense.
What's remarkable about this is, he doesn't even say if, if you are ungrateful, I will punish you. He doesn't say that. He doesn't even mention you. He just says my punishment is intense. Remember when someone shows gratitude you mentioned them not as he then not comb, I will increase you he honored you and me by mentioning us, but the one who is ungrateful doesn't even get deserved to get mentioned by allowance it was enough to after that point, he just says my punishment is intense. You don't even worry, you're not even worthy of mentioned at that point. You don't mention me Why should I mention you? That's what it is.
And you know, the Israelites, specifically the Israelites, they carried an attitude that we today see Muslim sometimes Allah wouldn't do that to us.
We're special. He brought us all the way out of the water now he's gonna punish this Come on.
After all, he brought us all the way this way. And he saved us because we're special. He's not gonna punish us for the Buddha.
With a special man, he wouldn't do that to us. What is the next is a and I'll conclude with it just so we have a reality check. Alonzo just says, what color Moosa moosari sunset station in Turku, Anto
Zhonya if you all become ungrateful, and everyone on the earth for that matter becomes ungrateful for in the law, honey Yun Hamid tantalise, completely free of need, he doesn't need you. Don't you for a second think you're special.
You're not special allies of any. He doesn't need you to praise him. He's already self praise Hamid, he doesn't even say machmood
mean and Kalamata even foreigners in Arabic principle. machmood means someone who is praised, which suggests somebody praising but they're not been mentioned him. He doesn't even allude to somebody else. He's praised in and of himself. Even if nobody else is around, you think he needs you to pray to him? He doesn't. That's only for your benefit, so you can increase for yourselves. This is the lesson Eliza was
taught to give his people so they can come out of darkness to light. And then this message is important enough that a lot put it as a teaching for the messenger himself. This is teaching methodology for civil law from the law.
He was first told you bring your people out of darkness into light. Then he was told here's how Moosa did it. Musa reminded his nation this way. So you remind your nation this way? May Allah azza wa jal bring this out of the very shades of darkness that we have into light. May Allah make us a grateful people. Male lawmakers focus on the good things we enjoy in this life and truly, sincerely become grateful to him. And as a result of our gratitude mail large increases in the good things and in the guidance and the blessings that we enjoy in this world. barakallahu li walakum Hakeem when I finally we're coming out with the Kentucky
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