Reflections from the Quran
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into the reflections one can obtain from the Blessed Qur’an.
The message of Islam is not to impress people though that is what is generally expected and satisfies one’s intellectual curiosity. But it is actually the other way around.
If one looks at the Qur’an from the point of anything else other than the point of revelation, then there can be some disadvantages such as:
- One starts from Bani Israel.
- The Prophet ﷺ did not know how to read and write. So how could he pass on knowledge of the religion of Allah to us?
Islam has answers to all our questions, the condition being that we search for them. Our character as a Muslim is defined by the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ.
Listen intently to unravel the answers to many doubts and queries one may have had about our Shariah.
This is an AI passage that I want to share something with you about, from the end of syllogism.
And a little bit of a background about Sophia so much of the sooner as you probably already know deals with the story of use of AI data set out. And in the historical background of the surah. The prophets on the one where it was set up was asked a question
of a historical nature, something kind of academic. He was asked how did the Jews end up in Egypt? And if jacoba is Allah himself, his other name is Islam. He was in charge. Who's in Syria? How can he ended up in Egypt? And another difficult question he was asked, of course, you wouldn't know the answer until you know something about human history.
And the other question he was asked was, how did they end up leaving leaving Egypt? How did they get into Egypt? And how did they leave Egypt?
Essentially, the story of use of police around the conclusion of it describes how the family of Yahoo
ended up in Egypt. So it answers that very academic question that was asked in very great detail, meaning the entire events from the beginning of the dream of a child eventually leads to an entire family moving to Egypt, and then that legacy of the knees.
Now the reason for asking an academic question in the minds of some of them, and
the reason they asked that question was it was an attempt to stump the messenger asked him really hard questions, you won't be able to answer them. And then you can just say you got one on him. You just went up to him? You say, Ah, so you don't know the answer? Hmm. Too bad for you. We thought you were a messenger. It wasn't that it was an attempt at undermining the message of Islam. That's what it was essentially.
But you know, what, sometimes you will think that when the answer is given, they asked a really hard question. And the answer is given Well, the net conclusion of that should be they should become Muslim.
Now that the really hard question, and here's a really, really elaborate answer, an answer in the in the most beautiful fashion.
It's been given in such a beautiful way that really, you should have no doubt left at that point. But you notice something, even at the end of having such a convincing answer.
Nothing change, nothing changes. We learned something very powerful about from this
is dumb, and the message of Islam. Our purpose is not to impress people.
We're not there to give them an answer. And people will always expect to be impressed. They'll say, give me something that I can impress me. What makes you believe in a song? How come? What is your boy?
And you better give me an answer that satisfies my intellectual curiosity. Because Islam needs to meet my standards, I don't need to come to Islam, Islam needs to come to me, like the religion of submission has to submit to me,
not be submitted to it, it's the other way around. And we get caught up in this trap, sometimes in the way in which we present this stuff.
The Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam. If you don't look at it, from the point of view of Revelation, if you look at it from a disbelievers point of view, has a few disadvantages. The first disadvantages is not from a nice slide. So he doesn't know much about the history. Except Well, let me give him the second he doesn't know how to read and write a lot to be immediate.
You know, you weren't reading something.
You know, when
you were reading nothing before this, and you weren't writing anything by your hand.
In case any of those that are putting you into doubt, or another find your message, in case they're wondering, you have no access to reading or writing.
And that is something already considered beneath them, because they're the academics. They're the scholars, their allies, which gives them the word of Bob comes from heaven. Heaven in Arabic means a
translation is translated as scholars, but it's really describing scholars that write so much that their hands are colored with ink. They're dipped in ink themselves. So these are research scholars, and they write some very heavy questions. And as far as ally is concerned, the answer is satisfactory and beyond satisfactory, so you don't need to go beyond the last walk in finance. So the only thing now you have to do on messenger so a lot of our audience is what this is said at the end of the story. Here's what your attitude needs to be. Tell them. How do you say meaning this is my path.
This is the path
chosen, I don't need to make sure that you like it before I choose it. This is my path.
I'm not going to discuss any more academics with you know, more historical, you know, analysis or nothing that's all been done. Allah has already exhausted that answer, I'm going to go back to the basics. My job as a messenger is not to impress you. My job as a messenger is to call to Allah. I call people to Allah, Allah He, and then he adds something very powerful. Every messenger called to Allah didn't they didn't he? But he adds, the messenger was given something to add to the statement is very, very powerful as the routine on Monday,
I call to a lot of translate literally. First, I call to Allah with eyes open.
I call him a lot based on pure insight on insight on conviction.
Basilan is literally the Arabic word for the ability to see.
I'm calling to someone who's in the unseen, isn't it a legend the unseen.
But my path, and the proofs for my path are as obvious to someone who opens their eyes. If they have the insight, they use their intellect. It's as obvious as someone who's using their eyes. I'm not blind in my face. You know, the phrase blind faith, I believe because it was passed down to me, the messenger is being told to love our audience. And then your declaration is I call people with this faith with eyes open, not eyes close. I want them to think I want them to reflect I have the evidence I have the groups. I'm not calling this something with eyes closed. And if you those that have those academic scholarly background, will scoff at these proofs, it will take nothing away from
their validity. It doesn't it doesn't have to meet your snobby standards for time makes sense. It already makes sense on its own merits. Andrew,
I am just waiting on you because you might think on the messenger some a lot more. I think he's the one who sees the angel don't see the angel he sees him.
He's the one who got who went on a trip of mineralogy, it's all things we will never be able to see in this life. We will see some of that after we leave this world and go into the world of VNC. But as long as we are here, we're not going to see the things that the Prophet was shown some of them are they have said that
he sees he greets the Sahaba, that Shahid and he lowers his eyes because he sees his wives coming to greet him. He has to lower his eyes, he sees things I don't see you don't see.
You know, he sees.
So he sees the gym sometimes. And he'll tell us.
So you can say, well, this applies specifically to the profits on the long running salon, when he has conviction with open eyes that specifically for him, a lot of says no, tell them no one money to buy it. I and whoever follows me.
Whoever follows me and also has their eyes open, they don't have blind faith. They're clear about their faith to what opens our eyes to this theme. You know, for most religions in the world, if you ask most people that follow a religion, why are you Why are you Hindu? Why are you Christian? Why are you Muslim? Maybe the first response will be because it's the truth. But if you dig a little deeper, and they'll say, well, because I was born in a Muslim family,
because I was born in a Christian family.
I opened my eyes in this household. That's how I that's how I was raised. That's it. We're told Our Messengers told my people, they followed the beam, because they saw everything else. And they see that this is the only straight way to go. They're convinced that we have vasila.
This basilar is at the heart of what convinces a believer.
What convinces a believer our Eman is based on insight and clarity on proof on evidence. I want to share something with you I've shared several times before you probably even have heard me talk about it before. But I feel it's so important to be repeated endless amounts of times. My parents generation, many of you that are sitting here that are listening or born into Muslim families, your parents generation. My father never asked his grandfather, why are you Muslim?
He never asked.
He never asked him how can we believe God is the word of Allah?
And if he did ask me, you probably got a good beating.
Because you don't ask those questions in the Muslim world. You just don't want us. It's obvious. We're all Muslim. What else would we be anyway? You don't question that. You just take it as a guaranteed something that's always there and you've won the life.
But now we're living in the US of A
and I see parents all the time that come to me and say brother, my son, he's becoming You know, I've had him memorized for on he went to Islamic school his whole life. He's a good kid. He's very obedient and respectful and he went to college and
Recently, I noticed he started getting late for salon, that I noticed he started missing prayers. And I've been trying to talk to him and he doesn't listen. But one day he sat down and he said, I'm not so sure if Islam is the real religion, or the Quran is the example. And that was revealed to the Prophet himself, or I'm not so sure if it is protected, and I'm not so sure if we have to pray, I'm not so sure what you know, what about all those other religions? What about all my teachers and all my friends in college, you think all of them are going to help? I have all these questions, mom.
And mom never asked those questions herself. So she asks that, and that says, Well, my dad taught me a solution over here.
But I don't think that'll work here.
So we have to find another solution. So we have to go maybe talk to the mom and say, my kids asking these really weird questions. I never heard this before. What should we do? And the mom says, sometimes some moms, maybe the child has presents?
Does he have
to maybe use possess? I don't know. Maybe.
Maybe, you know,
it doesn't go away the child, the chef tells him
this was possible go away, then they go to another chance. And
then eventually, I don't know what to do. And all I can do is go out now.
And it's almost as though I know, it's because the parents don't have the answer to that question. Or maybe one champ didn't want to answer that question. You assume that Islam doesn't have an answer to those questions. As long as answers to our questions, we just have to look for them.
We just never looked for them. Because we never felt the need to.
We weren't raised in an environment where our religion was being questioned. A lot of us, for us, our religion was never been questioned. Now we're in a time where everything about our religion is up to debate, everything.
You know, I've had Muslims who debate about the hollowness of alcohol.
They'll sit there and talk to the intellectual debate with you. And they'll tell you what's wrong with it. I've been Muslim youth in certain states, California,
will argue they'll argue about me being hunted.
These are the kids I grew up
there one of the MSA. And they'll argue with you about me being everything about our religions up for debate, every every, this is the environment in which we are being children are being raised.
And we have to understand the root problem. And that's that's really why I wanted to share this talk with you a root problem.
Even if you answer all of those academic, intellectual, philosophical questions,
isn't there a certain personality that even if all those questions are answered, nothing changes?
Why instead of using ask some very academic questions, were those questions answered in the best possible way? Did it change anything? No. Something else in addition is a problem. First of all, do we have to furnish eminences?
of teachers? Yes, we do. Because when they asked very thorough for evidence was furnished, very thorough arguments were given very logical, very sound very solid, rational arguments were given by local and we have to furnish evidence that takes care of the intellectual problem.
But there's another problem.
There's a spiritual problem. There's a psychological problem.
Not only do I know, I don't want to pray, because I'm not so sure if it's valid. But there's a second problem. I don't want to pray, because I'm lazy.
Because I just don't feel like
that's not an academic problem. It's a psychological problem. That's a spiritual problem. The Quran was revealed to us as a remedy of our intellectual problems. And it was also revealed to us as a remedy of our spiritual problems. It was revealed as a complete remedy for our problems. I want to have this talk especially at an Islamic school. Because we are at a crossroads in this country.
We are a lot of a lot of us have, I hope this institution isn't like that, but many of them are. And it worries me. We've confused Islamic knowledge with Islamic thought.
Just because you have a lot of Islamic knowledge, you have knowledge of abroad, you have knowledge of money, you have knowledge about people, you have knowledge how to make a lot. It does not mean you think like Allah wants you to think
it doesn't mean you have the attitude that Allah wants you to have.
Knowledge and attitudes, knowledge and thought process are two different things.
Our personality is influenced by knowledge, but more importantly, it's influenced by our attitudes.
are young people's attitudes toward prayer? What are their attitudes towards prayer? What are their attitudes towards the Quran? For that matter? What are our attitudes towards the Quran? You understand what I'm saying? Dr. Iman just came to come to give us knowledge,
to shape our attitudes, the way we think the way we view the world is really a way by which you develop a worldview. My teacher used to say, you know, when you're wearing sunglasses, and they're tinted in a certain color, everything you see gets tinted, right? The Quran is like that, once you once you start internalizing it, and you start thinking through it, the whole world, you start seeing it in a different way.
And can you see through the lens of
it shapes your worldview, it shapes your thought process. So the question we have to ask ourselves is, how do we make the Koran
a part of our thought process? How do we think the word of God wants us to think we don't just teach its knowledge? We become extinct thinkers?
After all, so we don't ask the question.
You know, why don't you think, why don't you apply your intellect wants us to, Allah wants us to think deeper. This is a very, very critical problem. And before I talk about solutions, I want to talk to you a little bit about one one example short example of how this manifests itself.
I've met plenty of children that I've memorized.
Some of these kids are younger 1213, some of them are older 17 1820 kids that have memorized,
I actually have one like that in my family, memorize the one on an early age. And now he hates going to the machine. He hates going to the machine, he can't stand it.
You know, I can't stand. All he knows about TOEFL on is there was a teacher, he was really mean, if I didn't finish memorizing my page, I got smacked on the back of my head.
I was taken away from my family, I had to be in this credit area. And I have to study this for on day in and day out. And I hated it. And at the end of it all, I was turned into a trophy, or my parents would take me around and say my kid is a hobbyist and people would look at me and assume that I'm all kinds of things. And you know, and I had no idea what's in it. Nobody even cared to tell me what's in this book.
This kids memorize his knowledge of the dream, may even gone to Sunday school and learned a thing or two, he has no emotional relationship, no attachment. And in the last book, I don't know if I don't know of a bigger tragedy than that.
Or don't make it.
Right, the darkest part is under right under the candle.
Right, you have access to this amazing light and you have no benefit from it. You know,
and this is a very, very common common problem. Our children are getting an Islamic education without developing Islamic attitudes
are not developing. So the question is, how do you shape attitudes? What is the solution? How do you build attitudes? attitudes are a product of a couple of things. And the most important of those things is environment.
attitudes are shaped by environment.
Knowledge and knowledge and attitudes can become completely different. Sometimes a child a young man learns that smoking is bad.
He goes to health class, he sees pictures of lungs that you know, of smoking attic, and he knows smoking is bad. But he's in an environment have friends that smoke? Guess what? Even though he knows smoking is bad, is he going to smoke or what
is going to smoke?
Knowledge only goes so far. You have to have the right environment, especially when you're impressionable. When you're younger, you mold according to your environment. You start talking like the people around you, you start dressing like the people around you, you start liking the things they like, you start eating the things they eat, you just want to be like everybody else, your your kids will come home and say I want I look back, I want the shoes, I want that shirt. I want that toy. And guess what it's not they wanted, somebody else has it. And they need to feel like they're just like them they need to fit in. So they wanted to these are the effects of environment.
The first the environment that a child is most exposed to is which environment
that's really spending a night it's really spending a good time his entire summer. That's the that's the first environment that we have to worry about is the environment and home. One that that as soon as you go into that atmosphere, it feels like it has a moronic attitude
in this household, so loss is the most important thing. And odd is a big deal. understanding it, reciting it, memorizing it, being appreciating its beauty is a big deal. Not just for the
Children but for the adults for mom or dad for grandpa for Grandma, grandma, everybody loves the frog. Everybody loves this book in the house. It's such a huge deal. And we celebrate this book baby daddy Kappa yaku Allah says, because of this book, you should be overjoyed you should celebrate, you know how we celebrate birthdays. And people celebrate, you know, graduation ceremony, and they celebrate all kinds of things. You got a job you celebrate, you celebrate you finished memorizing a soda, or you just finished learning the tuxedo sutra. And you're celebrating as a family suppiler love, my child just started learning to recite,
or my mom just finished memorizing so to celebrate even from my mom or from my grandmother. Everything about this will be celebrated. This is a matter of building attitudes inside the household. When that starts happening, you'll notice the knowledge that they're learning in school will actually benefit them.
Because the attitude is there. Now, the environment is there. That's the first thing that helps environment. The second thing that helps environments. The second thing, the first was the home environment, right. The second thing that helps our attitudes, the attitudes our children, is good role models. The first of all models are obviously the parents. The next role models are teachers,
making sure our children have good teachers, because children don't just learn knowledge when teachers, children learn attitudes, behavior, mannerisms, from teachers.
The third is friends. And as they get older, and more and more important.
Study, for instance, parents, and there's teachers worrying about what school they're going to go to what kinds of things are they exposed to at school, this is important. And then the third is what kind of friends do they have? I give this advice all the time. I don't get tired of it. All of your children have friends. Do you know what their full names are?
The full names of your kids friends, do you know who their parents are? Have you ever invited those kids and their parents to your homes? Have you ever done that yet, if you have a new battery, I don't care if your kids in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade 10th grade a senior in high school, it doesn't matter. You need to know who their friends are and who their friends families are.
This is absolutely critical. It will save you and save your children. If you have to have a protective environment where all of us know each other very, very well. And we share our thoughts together. You know, when families come together that are like minded, and they spend time together, then the adults are growing together and the children are growing together, they protect each other, they help each other. This is a really important phase that we have to, you know, our strategy that we have to embody, especially in the Muslim community, where the population is very small. There's a lot of you here in the hall today. But this is still a very small population. It's a very small
community. And we have to really get to know one another. For the sake of protecting our own families. It's really, really important that we do that.
And then of course, finally,
I want to share with you that in my experience, one of the things that are the thing that helped me change my attitudes towards the for I was the master
of program, special program. This is a prime program at the masjid, I went to it I listened to some explanation of go for it by my teacher. And my attitudes towards the Orion's team since that time, is back in New York like 12 years ago, I heard that the seat of the line. And I just felt like I was talking to them. I never felt like that before I thought of it as a book. I never thought of it as a conversation. It became something very personal all of a sudden. And from that point on it's just I just wanted to learn more and more about this book. Why cuz So how am I How did I not know about this all this time? How do I not know what was talking to me personally? How did I miss out on that
I just thought it was this important book that you know the body recite centered and beautiful voice and you're supposed to pray throughout the year and then finish it and you know, some definitive faster than others. And that's pretty much what I'm that's all been honest to me that my attitude towards change.
And then after my attitude changes, then I wanted to seek knowledge. But it started with a powerful program, at least for me. So my one of the things I feel compelled to do myself and my colleagues is to offer more and more programs that help people change their attitude towards the facade. Something I feel I benefited from myself, and I'd like to help others benefit from to see the relevance of them for it to see the power of the plant, appreciate something maybe they didn't appreciate before. And that's actually the reason I came to you today I wanted to share some of this advice and remind myself as a parent, and all of you have some of these things. But also I wanted to invite all of you
to Dallas for the 30th of June and
on the 30th of June Venus putting together its first
conference. Some of you know about that already. It's called amazed by local, I'm amazed by the Quran and it's just put a.com at the end of the website for the program amazed by the koran.com. And what we're trying to do is it's going to be myself, Sheikh Hamza, Nasim. And amongst
the three of us who are going to be the presenters of the program, each of us are going to have two sessions each, we're going to just share some of our favorite passages from the Koran, and what we find amazing in them. And the whole point of that, for me and my agenda, the reason I put this program together was not to panopticon. have people come and learn something about us? No, it's not education. Because I believe before education comes my
attitude, I just want people to appreciate,
have a change of attitude towards the product, we in some respect in some kind of art in regards to something that they that they never thought to put on processes, something about his beauty, something about his collar, you know, And that, to me is priceless. Because when attitudes change lives change.
When somebody's attitude changes everything, everything about their life changes. So I'm really really hoping that we have a strong showing from from Texas all around in Telangana FM program, the registrations, we put them as online only. So I'm encouraging you to sign up online, if you can make the time to come. It's Saturday, the 30th of June. And it's an all day program. It's a one day program. So you could probably even make a one day trip, like just go in the morning and come back my evening.
So I hope to see all of you and your families there at the program. And if humbler you guys can help pass those flyers out to children and get something to sister side. Also, I won't take to take more of your time. But I'd like to hear from you. And hear some of your questions. If I'm able to answer them. I will, please don't ask the questions. Marriage questions.
Yeah. So those two are important. And don't ask me questions that have nothing to do with anything.
Because I get a lot of
requesting that you don't ask those kind of questions. But if I can, if I can answer, I'll do my best to do that. Yeah.
I can share more about that.
So basically, I had somewhat of a curiosity towards the on. When somebody gave it to me as a gift, somebody gave me the use of money translation as a gift. And before that time, obviously, I was raised in a Muslim family, but my relationship with the Koran was pretty much an average Muslims relationship with the Quran, you recite it when you're especially for bible study. You recite it when you're a kid. And when you're done reciting it, there's a little party and they make the cake. And they give it to you. And your obligations to this book are done for life, you are finished. You don't need to do any more. Now you're done. Move on. I already read it when I was a kid. And not
that doesn't mean read the translation or advocacy just I read it, like with a potty. And that was it. I'm done. The only other time as in my culture, you pick up the four iron again, for the vast majority of Muslims in my culture is when somebody gets really sick, or somebody dies, or when somebody is getting married.
Somebody is getting married, or having a lot in there. Okay, these are the occasions where you see the phoronix come out, you know, before the wedding ceremony, the party will come on, or you'll hold the Muslim over the girls had issues walking into the limo, you know, because lightning might strike, especially after all that was going on in time with the DJ and all that other stuff. So they need some kind of security measures. beyond that. I mean, this is in my personal life to local. When did we see the crime, we saw the phenomenon he bought a new car.
He just you know, you either hang some IR from the rearview mirror or you stick a copy of the foil in the dashboard because you don't have dual side airbags you need to you know, need some security. So that's that's that was our attitude towards the front. It was nothing more than that. It was nothing more. So when I was given the project. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a translation. I didn't know this at the time I was in high school. I started trying to read it as I started going to college. I think the same way to college. I was reading it on the way the use of it translation. I didn't get past 200 ions. I couldn't do it. It was too hard. The English was so
archaic and so biblical American a lot of the wording is eloquent English. Just not for a high schooler from Queens.
I just I didn't get it I didn't process it. Top of the English being difficult it was another problem for unstructured like nothing else. You know the subjects change very quickly. And there's a lot of there's a lot of details missing. You know what?
Wait, what was something must have happened in between. We just go from he became a king and he became a great
oh my goodness, all this happened in one sentence. You know? So it's not like other literature that we're used to reading about London, Duluth, and all of a sudden we start reading about, you know,
interest, usually, like, what does that have to do with our
and it switches and as a, as a reader, maybe maybe they're right, maybe normal people can't understand the products only for the scholars, you know the shape types. Those are the scary looking weird. They're the ones that are not normal people. So I left it. And then there was a program in Milan, it was happening in the Muslim center in Queens, where they announced that, you know, there's going to be two sets of the lobby. Now this is really deviant guys, there are three floors in the question. The first floor is for women. And
the second floor, we have the women section 734 was also coming
together. And the second floor, they would make 20 salami, and in the third floor, they would pray for a counselor, then they would do he does.
Our election lecture on the floor every aisle they recite, then they will do for another lecture on every floor.
And they would go until 230 in the morning. And when
I heard the announcement.
I decided to go just from Oregon.
I got there
was an old Lucy's but the teacher, Dr. Amir was my Arabic teacher who I didn't know at the time,
he starts talking about the Quran. And I felt like he's not even. He's not reading, he's just talking.
He's just talking. And he makes you it makes you feel like a conversation. Like after a while of listening, you didn't even realize there's a speaker in front of you just felt like the legends talking. He's just telling you what to do, what not to do is giving you advice, personal advice. And he purposely avoided any technical terminology. He first purposely avoided any like fancy quotes and citations from books and things like that. It's like you're sitting at a restaurant table talking to a friend. That's what it felt like when I was listening to him.
And I started hearing things from the advice that I never thought was there. And it's not, you know, advice is awesome. But advice as directly applies to my life personal
It sounds like
it knows how
he feels. But
I felt that before I felt like
I never realized and it just that first night, he went through the first job. I was so intrigued like, Whoa, I never I had no idea. I had read the translation. But I still never saw what he just showed, you know. And it exposed me to this idea that the eyes is actually originally meant to be experienced as a conversation. Because originally when it was revealed, it was revealed not in print form, or in written form, when it was originally experienced by the people it was experienced, actually, as a conversation as something that you hear and experience. And suppose there's something different about listening to something and reading something, it's just something different.
Sometimes you're really amazing.
But if you read it, it's not going to have the same effect. It just won't. There's something powerful about listening. And then on top of that, if you're listening to something powerful to begin with, and that's what was to me, so I started listening to more and more of it, and wanting to learn more and more of it. And then I realize I'm in sync to all this new translation, English translation English explanation of everyone experiences for myself.
Can this conversation happened between me? And without anybody in between? Is that possible? Right. And that's what got me really seriously interested in Arabic.
The reason I wanted to study the Arabic language is because I wanted a direct relationship with the bomb. By the way, even if you study Arabic, the need for scholars and teachers never goes away.
It brings a new joy to your life when you're standing there.
And you know every word that was just reciting, and you will the context behind those words. And you know, the lesson does the advice that I was giving you at the very second. It has
nothing, no sweetness and light compared to that. Nothing. I still remember the first time I took my Arabic class it was four days to every class and we have just learned about
the for the first time. We don't know what that is. So we don't know what that is okay.
I'm standing in salons and in the
movie and I said in my head
and then he
went on, you know
You know what I was so happy
I figured something out was what was being recited. I was thinking about something other than the carpet. You know, it was so awesome.
And really that's Was it my mentality towards the
very moment of change. And it's been evolving, since that's a fundamental idea that are supposed to be experienced as a conversation in Neverland.
It never went away. There is one thing I'd like to add about
the four on two levels. There's someone who wants to know more and more and more about
more and more about the problems. But why would they want to learn? Why would they want to know more and work at least I was exposed a little bit at first, right, and then kind of created a an appetite in me to want to do more, had I not been exposed the first time around, I would not even have known what I'm missing, I wouldn't have known, there was no way for me to know, you have to be exposed a little bit at first. And if that exposure is powerful, then you can guide the rest of your journey. We also have so much confidence that if we truly want to get guided by law as elegant, a level open the doors will open the opportunities for us to learn more to understand better, and we don't have
to worry about that we just have to worry about making the right intention. And so that's kind of the motivation behind the purpose of the talk and even in the conference. Is that foot in the door? Oh, wow.
I want to learn more. I want to figure more out for myself. I want to pick up a copy of the seat I want to pick up something and start reading it start listening to Marcelo Tada. And hopefully benefit will come to Muslims through that and even even anonymous learning, even open inviting non Muslims to the program to the point because they need to know what's what all the propaganda is about. Why are these Muslims so extremist? You know?
Perhaps we can take one more question. Yeah.
It really resonated with me.
Oh, man, the best Arabic words that was corresponds to attitude. Well, I mean, there's, there's
there's different words they use, like mush.
But I mean, I think of it as
the point of view perspective for the Quranic term I don't know after day
we this question
what do you do if I'm the only one in the family interested in understanding the Quran? Hey, you're like me? The rest of them pray on the Hey, how do I get the whole family to get involved you don't get the whole family together? Well just worry about yourself for now.
Don't worry about anybody else. You don't have a contract for them yet just worry about yourself. And if your character sees improvement, and they'll notice it and cello tada through your goods, for example, they'll come closer I have arguments about hey,
my friend has been feels that it's not necessary to know the translation as long as you have good you're a good human being. Okay, let him feel that that
you can't help feelings until it's replaced with another feeling arguments won't change that. He again if he experienced
feelings, okay? he just he just never knew, you know, like the gym. The gym, they didn't know what the
first time they heard it. They didn't just say oh, we just learned something new.
was amazing. Oh my God, I've never heard an appointment. It's just completely took them off, like the off guard didn't even exist. People who say things like this, they just haven't been exposed yet. That's all it is. Find some non confrontational way of exposing these people to
some non confrontational, some non argumentative way and let allow someone to do the rest because he's the one that changes the hearts.
On translations and books for knowledge do you recommend a lot of them but to be brief, I do recommend the English translation of Professor of urban planning by Oxford University Press. And from London I had the chance to meet him in London a couple of months ago. Really, really brilliant scholar. I don't agree with all of the translation, but
it's more direct and easier language and truer to the expression of the other transitions that I've seen. So I do recommend
an Oxford Oxford University Press. He's a graduate from like the 50s and
has been studying for over the last 60 years. is pretty amazing.
When we have sorry for spelling it that way.
When will we have been here in Austin?
inshallah, so I just I get to travel very little amount, because of my obligations at home and with the campus and family. So I know, I know you guys are close by, but it's just been very, very difficult for me to leave. And I'm actually even cutting down my travel more next year. So, but I hope to do hope to set some things up in the local, like larger Texas area, if not myself directly, some of my colleagues in Toronto, Canada, hopefully, we can come back and do something.
How does someone help guide in unison,
slow and steady and use the resources that were available to us call wise.
Get tips from them on how to help you listen to them, they have their experience in this field, Uranus will deal with people that have experienced doing this, you should take advantage of that. How can I improve my relationship with others and non Arabic speaker in a practical manner, I can't spend months in a program or class to do the work and family obligations. So what can I do, I never spent months doing that just a lot of time, as little as a time. And you know, you'll learn some more about that when you guys come to the conference on the 30th of June. But I want to share with you guys that
I'm working on something to help people learn Arabic at home, inshallah.
And hopefully, I'll have that released by October, September, October time, and you can just to hold 1015 minutes a day, and just develop a relationship practically with the language and at the same time and understanding the problem. So I mean, that's kind of the mission, we have to help people get closer to the goal and make Arabic language studies easier for them. That's our mission. So we're trying to work on something that we haven't really publicly announced yet. But in September, October, you'll see some cool things in
the role of PCB guidance
for you to buy more stuff to buy a smartphone from. Right, that's awesome. resources. I don't know what you're gonna question.
opinion on scout.
user, we are awesome, awesome resources, and you should take advantage of PCB and his other great TV shows and actually having those on the wall is good for your kids to to get exposed to good things in Charlottetown.
Do you know when the rest of the seed of silica scene will be [email protected]? The answer to that is no.
One can what can we do and family does not keep times you keep you busy, anointed. You call anyone you leave a text message anyway. If family doesn't want to talk to you don't say fine. They don't want to talk to you. You can't do that. Because the law says we have
to keep together. We can be of those people. We have to keep religions together, even if it's tough, even if so.
I know generalizing but it's really there's no other way of looking at it. You have to keep
you're aware that is going on best when they are younger. Yes. How can we encourage them to memorize? Even if they feel forced or compelled? They definitely don't want them to
memorize it yourself. Celebrating every little success constant encouragement, you're doing such an awesome job. He was like what you learned today. Oh my God, that's amazing. Let's go get some ice cream. Don't be Pakistani parents. And your kids will love memorizing. Don't be depressing parents that are constantly yelling constantly. If you're not doing it out, do your homework.
All the negative to positive. That's really, really depressing. It's really depressing. And it's no way to teach your child to associate all that negative energy with the facade, not with you.
You know, you shouldn't do that we'd be very, very encouraging at home. If a child needs a break, give them a break. It's okay. You know what, take a deal. It's alright. It's alright. Let them relax. Let them know that you're their friend.
conversation in the car? Well, first of all,
sometimes I have conversations with people about religion and I just end up sounding.
For example, discussion on creationism versus evolution. How, what do we what do you suggest we say to that?
Well, first of all, learn the topic yourself. And you don't you don't have to discuss everything assumption somebody wants
To bring out you don't have to do that as long as not about debates. It's all about proving evolution is wrong or breach of theory. And these are just tangents. The first thing people need to see from you is your character, how you're different, how you don't use foul language, how you didn't go to see the Avengers.
Why you didn't?
why you do
what you know why you don't do something everybody else does. It's about character first. And that's the easiest thing to talk about. Because it's so visible, especially if you're in high school, your characters that listen to stick out like a sore thumb.
You'll make eye contact, you know, in a condescending way you're respectful, but no matter who you speak to some people's ignorance and we respond to patients. You don't have, you know, you don't worry about the swagger in your walk.
You have your respectful, mindful, courteous your teachers to your peers, you know, it just stands out. Those are the conversations we have.
You know, the Persians are philosophers, right? Historically, the Persians are philosophical people.
And the Persians when they would come and meet the Prophet.
He doesn't have a single philosophical conversation, they were just mesmerized by how he carried himself.
So he got Rumi, for instance, didn't come in. These are the Romans, right? And the Romans and the Greeks have a whole long philosophical background. But you don't hear him having these like long winded philosophical conversations. You don't
you just know that he, you know, just came up with something beautiful about the character. We don't know why no character like I already have that you don't have that. It's something that needs work. You know?
delay, right, mom?
No, no son.
Your mother, your mom just wrote that.
Last one, okay.
I'm a language arts teacher and in an Islamic school, and I would like to as soon as they'll find the critical thinking and analytical literary skills to the point that I want them to see that they should think about the selections of the words that satirize they do what do you have any suggestions for a short time to do this kind of lesson? Well,
that requires a lot of background in Arabic. And I don't know if it seems like your language arts teachers in the English point of view. The closest research that I can I can talk to you about is probably Michael cells, the early revelations is a good book to go through. And it presents a literary angle. If you can find whatever papers you can find from the sensor mere Professor with sensor Mir. And some of his papers are available on Islamic hyphen awareness.org.
He's written some some aspects of the literature or literary aspects. And they can be good High School reading. They're good high school level reading. If you'd like to read it and see them, go for it, and then discuss literary issues, I will probably have to recommend pondering on window for unbiased Swati
because he takes a literary approach to a literary structural approach to the text. So that would be good resources. But if you're just going to open up a translation and start reading it, you're going to be talking about what's called canon pilot. It's not it has no basis because you're talking about the English word, which we're not even sure is an accurate reflection of the Arabic word and then you're talking about the choice of the English word and it just it just you're building on top of fluff. It's not really some foundation there, you know, so take advantage of some of these literary resources. What What does that program again, I forgot
what is that?
What's the website
by the quran.com amaze.com.com
and you're coming with
friends, families, foreign enemies, and see all of you there to sign up sign up online tonight. If you can, please leave very encouraging. and chill and I hope to see you guys soon probably sometime after Ramadan. If I cannot make the trip inshallah.
Thank you so much for coming out. I really, really appreciate it.
to me, easier for me
pondering over the price for available, it's easy reading.
See, but it's not a good translation that I've seen is good. But the English is a
you know, it's like a DC in
Ahmad is on by the Malaysians they are impeccable with English. Really, really good. You know so so that I recommend that as a good procedure to begin with. And if the transcendence is too good.
Which one is better?
Which one is better dynamic or in my native language first of all?
Second of all, because I'm pretty sure related language. So that's
the second is, is there is a benefit to knowing the gods in Arabic. But your dog's cola should not be limited to the dogs.
So it's not this or that it's this. And
are the first of all, they have the benefit of being on buzzwords, they're already powerful. No matter what words, I think they will not be as powerful as Allah's own words, you know, I'm running said I made a mistake. And he wanted to apologize. But I might give him the best possible apology. So electonic, what to say.
So the phrases
are given my alleged launder money around, because this was the best way to say sorry, right. So from that angle, what a lot of citizens to say is the best thing to say number one. But that does not mean that that's the only thing you can ask for you can speak to a line your language, and you can ask you in your language, and that's fine. But it should never be added to this for that. That shouldn't be the case. And by the way, whatever Arabic laws you memorize, you should study them, you should know what they mean. So even they become a direct communication. And
that's it. No, no, no.
Where can we find for Alec evidence for a proper job male, female for a new Muslim?
I didn't know there was proper job for a man
holding Yes, Java.
Cover your head.
Yeah, and literally moves this barrier. barrier is a social phenomenon. Before it is a piece of cloth. There are certain barriers in the interaction between men and women, there are certain barriers to the view of men, for women, for men, or women as men, it is first and foremost a means of protection. It is protecting society from you and you from society. That is the concept of
the thing on your head that covers your hair and all of God's the term for that is
the term for that is came up.
So number 24. So number 24. The reinforcer for clothing restrictions to other places, probably the most important one, so
the beginning of
the passage on the subject.
So I mean, but I gotta say something about this, I can't just leave it alone.
If you just hold on and hand them to someone and say, Here's why you should work the job.
You're assuming that people aren't like robots?
just like when somebody is really angry. I hate
that like anger. Oh, okay. In that case, I will not like it's not gonna happen.
It's not gonna happen. You don't use ion like that, to just directly like that. There's actually a process of counsel, which is why the most I said the most important passages which of these
is the most important message
its counsel about clothing, why the woman wants you to dress this way. Not just what he wants you to do. Why does he want you to do it? Why does he want us to dress modestly? what's the what's the benefit in that? That sermon vitalizes.
Then you selenia
came much later. But the the advice from a law that I have given you the gift of cloning, and here's the reason I give you the gift of cloning, that conversation is
it's a very powerful proposition that that two very, very powerful conversation. And I don't know when people
go straight to the job, or the IRS came out in the isagen Vivek cetera.
He goes first always, because that's where the conversation begins. Then you go to sign up.
Sanatana so that was the last question I was gonna take. We have a long journey animus myself and my students have agreed to try her early inshallah Tada. It was a real pleasure having all of you
here but that's okay. And Hello darling, we have plenty of time to pull off outside. It's 100 degrees, so it's good.
And you will stick it out because I think dinners coming here and I
hope to see all of you soon. Thank you so very much. I hope to see all of you with friends and family on the 30th of June.