Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Today we examine Surah Al-Kahf. Just as Musa (Alayhi as-salaam) had to learn from Khidr the etiquette of seeking knowledge, students need to take lessons to have ambition and display effort, accept that things may not work out, accept consequences with grace and not expect the organization or institute to bend their policies.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Everyone, welcome to a means by the Koran a series in which I like sharing with you things I find amazing about the Quran. And in my capacity as a teacher and also more than a teacher, as a student, I find inspiration in one of the passages of sorts of guff, particularly pertaining to the attitude of a student. And that has to do with Musa alayhis salam in his role as a student, before I talk about him, and what really fascinates me about him. I want to share with you certain experiences, I've had anecdotal experiences, really with students that, you know, join and study under me, you'll have somebody who says, I want to learn Arabic so
badly, I want to study I want to say I'll do anything, I'll make any sacrifices necessary. I just want to be part of this program, I'm going to join it right. And then they, they join, and when they join, they mess up a little bit, right, they don't finish an assignment on time, or they were given instructions, and they don't follow these instructions or whatever. And they're super duper apologetic, I'm so sorry, I'll never, it'll never happen again. I swear, I swear, I swear, just give me another chance, etc, etc. And then not too much later, they mess up again. And when they mess up, again, they're called into the office and what's going on? You said, this is not going to happen
again. And to say, you know what, you're right. You're absolutely right. I didn't make a commitment. If you even expelled me from this program, I will not hold you accountable. I'm the one that's responsible. I'm the one who should have taken responsibility, and all of it is about me. And so you come in, not guns blazing. But rather you come in admitting your own guilt and saying, It's my fault. It's my fault. It's my fault. Then come step three. Step three is the same student messes up again, a third time. And of course, they've already said that you're going to get expelled, so they get expelled. But once they get expelled, they, as a matter of fact, say, you know what, they're so
harsh. Their policies are so unfair, I did everything. You know how hard I worked to get into the school, you know, how much work I put in, and they just overlooked all of it. And they didn't want to hear anything. It wasn't even really my fault is so unfair what they did to me, that same student who was in the teacher's office in the dean's office or whatever, begging and pleading and confessing all of it. All of a sudden, that same student when the actual axe is dropped, turns around and becomes the victim and says it wasn't my fault. And this is something I wanted to highlight in the story of Masada. Sarah, there's this incredible commitment that he wants to learn,
you know, he says, blah, blah, blah hamaji. Maharani only acaba, I am not I'm gonna keep on going until I find the two places where the two oceans meet. Or if I have to spend aeons ages and ages and ages looking for this place, I will go because I'm gonna, he's committed to learning. The lies told him that he has to learn. And this is the only place he's gonna find to acquire his education. So he's committed. When he gets there, it's very difficult for him to gain admission because the teacher that he's about to take on says Linda Sati, Amaya, Sabra, you're not going to be able to hold, keep up, you're not going to be able to be patient with me. And he makes a guarantee that I'm
going to be here inshallah, you'll find me patient, and I'm not going to disobey you. Not too much later, he sees a scene where he ends up in disobedience, he actually couldn't, couldn't take it, when the ship was damaged. And he spoke out because the instruction was you're not going to speak out, you're just going to quietly observe. And so when he was criticized for violating the policy to his teacher, he said, you know, not
only US law, you know, so you know, just, can you not make it so hard on me just go a little bit easy on me. I completely forgot. Not too much later, there's the incident of a child being killed in front of him, and he can't stand the sight of what just happened. And he speaks out again, which is completely natural, understandable. And yet, the teacher tells him a llama cola and Nikola Tesla, to my surprise, and I tell you, you're not gonna be able to be patient. And he says, you know, color inside the car, and she embodied her philosophy. If I was to ask you anything else after this, then don't, don't accompany me. Like he declared himself look, I will deserve being, you know, moved
away. I'll deserve being expelled if I violate this policy again. And as a matter of fact, the third time around, he did speak out, he couldn't handle injustice happening with these this wall that they had to build for not a very hospitable town. And so when he spoke out again, and the axe was dropped, have that fear Albania obey, Nick. This is where you and I part ways. This is the partition between you and myself. And I will explain to you what happened. You'll notice that Moosa doesn't speak out again, he doesn't complain, he doesn't say, Come on, just just take it easy. Just give me another chance. There's no pleading or begging. Why, because he's a man of integrity. The other
thing here that I really wanted to highlight that I find absolutely incredible, is on the one hand, one can have the most incredible resolve to want to learn, like Mozart is an incredible commitment to wanna learn to travel in the oceans to try to find a teacher, you know, and then, at the same time that you have that resolve that desire to get that education, it may be that it's not going to come to fruition.
It may be that you don't have the wherewithal to keep up with what you're about to be taught you just all those intentions, all the sacrifice, all the journey, all the travel, all of it may not pan out the way you expected it to. And when things don't work out the way we want them to, after putting a lot of effort in ourselves, and also on because of things we've done, we don't like to accept that we're the ones at fault, because we invested way too much into it. So we like to blame others. And that's the part of the that's part of the decency of masayoshi son, and he realizes that it's actually he, he's the one himself that's at fault. He's the one who broke the rules. He's the
one who didn't keep up with the guidelines that were clearly set out for him. So he does try to negotiate in the beginning, you know, but once, once he violates it again, he realizes, you know what, it's not fair to my teacher, it's not fair to the institution that I'm learning from, that I'm imposing my personal desire to learn to try to get them to bend their rules. It just isn't fair. So he tells his teacher, you know, what, if I break this again, that's just on me, don't don't accompany me. So he's balancing his passion for learning and his respect for his teacher and the institution from which he's learning at the same time. And this is the healthy attitude every
student needs to develop. This doesn't just happen in Islamic learning. It happens in university settings in school settings, how many times is somebody getting in trouble at school and they turn around and blame the teacher instead? or blame the school instead? You know, our parents come, you know, yelling and screaming at teachers because they can't handle that their student had to their child had to face disciplinary action. So So Pamela, the attitude of a student, as a student, and one that on the one hand balances passion for learning, and on the other hand, a respect for the institution and an acknowledgement of one's own shortcoming. This is the healthy way moving forward
in one's journey into learning. barakallahu li walakum wa salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah. If you enjoyed this video, please do share it with friends and family. If you want to see more videos from this series, click on the box at the top. If you want to see other videos, click on the box at the bottom. And don't forget to hit the subscribe button. Thanks