Be Like The Bee
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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In this beautiful lecture, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan provides an interesting viewpoint from which to look at the bee.
We are constantly people of thought, and what makes us think is Aayat. We think deeply about the Aayat, then reflect on the Aayat, and the Aayat not just of the Quran but the Aayat of the creation all around us. The purpose of the Aayat:
– La allakum yatafakkarun
– Li qoumin yaqi loon
– La allakum taqiloon
– Li yaddabaru aayati
Allah SWT wants us to think about what He wants us to really reflect on, and this is the difference between when we read the Quran just at the surface level and we just move on. We do not stop to think about what actually Allah SWT is saying. He says in the following remarkable Aayah -“wa aoha rabbuka ilal nahl”, Allah SWT in this particular Aayah says that He is talking about the bee, the honey bee. Our Master, the same Master who revealed the Quran to us is the One who revealed something to the honey bee.
Allah has given it advice so everything it does has to do with Wahi, it’s inspired by Wahi, and it has lessons to learn. There is a Hadith of our Messenger ﷺ – Wallazi bi nafsi hilazi. Inna mahalal mumin ka masalil na’ala -“I swear by the one who has my life in his hand. The example of the believer is just like the example of the bee.”
How are we going to be like the bee? What can a bee teach us about my Emaan? About how are we going to live as a believer?
Listen intently to unravel some awe-inspiring details.
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the way a Muslim thinks is different from everybody else.
And the reason for that is the Kabbalah. It shapes the way that we think.
As a matter of fact, what I want to start with is and I have seen where people are entering into Hellfire, and the crime for which they are entering is being asked of them as they enter. And so they respond with low openness, marrow knocking mokona feels very famous if
I say if we, you know, if we had only been people that listened. Let's stop there for a second listening to what listening to the revelation, listening to the message, listening to the reminder listening to advice
that everybody knows, but it doesn't say 100 people in the eye it says lol napkin? No good No, no smile. Oh, and the word
no means or Have you listened to or have you thought? Or have you thought and the implication there is have we listened or at least have we thought
the purpose of putting things in this way is very powerful. On the one hand, the Muslim will learn something when he or she listened. We listened to a lot of listen to a reminder we listen to a lecture, you read something even and you will learn and you will take heat from that you'll take advice from that and maybe change yourself for the better at least you should because listening good advice and not changing is one of the reasons these people end up where they end up. They just refuse to listen actually listening has two dimensions on the one hand is just something going in your ear and on the other is actually applying listen and actually complying with it. This is
actually true of the Arabic language and also true of English. You know when you say to somebody I tried to tell him, I tried to give him advice but he didn't listen to me
But it doesn't just mean he didn't hear me, it means he didn't obey what I was saying didn't comply with me. Right. So listening has this duality. But the latter is what I want to highlight gore had me only thought Have you only applied our intellect. In other words, a lie is telling us that I have many ions outside of that, that the Muslim is supposed to be constantly thinking. And he has plenty of reasons to think, even if they're not sitting there and listening to a shave, teach them something. We're constantly.
And so what makes us think, are is the purpose of VI,
D, so they can think deeply about the IR so they can reflect on the IR, and the IR, not just of the Quran, but the art of creation all around us. When you look at the sky outside, you're supposed to think about something. When you look at a tree outside, you are supposed to think this person does we think differently, about the same thing everybody else sees. They all see it too, and we see it. But when we see it, we see something else, we see an opportunity to think, to reflect. And so today's homebuyer is actually about one thing that gets overlooked, that allows us to think about what he wants us to really reflect on. And this is the difference between when we read the for
artists at a surface level, we just read them on and we just move on. Or we stop and think about actually one last
thing. He says in this remarkable Iowa, Ohio,
Allah revealed your master revealed, when you say
your master revealed. Now when those who hears my master revealed his thinking he revealed, he revealed evolution to him, isn't it. But this particular is I'm not talking about what he told you. I'm talking about what needs to be the honeybee. I will reveal your man your master, the same master reveals to you, it's the one who revealed something to the honeybee. Let's think about that for a second. Have you been something insignificant to most of us? It's not something you see every day. Even if you do you get scared of it, shoo it away. You know, when you live in a city, which means that you're more than usual, more than normal, disconnected from nature anyway, all around you is
pour concrete and grime that there is the natural creation of a large origin, right? Even the one region you can escape as the sky was always there. But you know, most people that live in a busy city, they have no time they look up, they just look around and look and go into to take the bus or they don't even look up at the sky. So what are we going to reflect on right, we don't get time to think even for ourselves, or for what a lot of us think about. So in this particular case, something that we would overlook entirely. I'll be at Highland, first of all, the Allies told his messenger
that there is a kind of one that I didn't give to you that I gave to the beat.
So I want you to think about the Wii.
And we're gonna have to think about this fee because it's obviously not telling us this everything. It tells us if we're honest for our guidance. So now I am a believer, as a Muslim, I have no respect for the small creature. Because Allah described it to something as something I received was what
I wanted to say that about the cow. He didn't say that about the camel. He didn't say that about the bird, he mentions those animals. He does. He mentioned lots of animals in the Quran, lots of other creation in the Quran. But this way thing it really captured you like there's something special about this creature that alone wants me to pay attention to. And this is a matter of thought. As a matter of fact, I'll tell you, and this is not going to be the subject of today's football. But I'll tell you personally, when I when I studied this, a few months ago,
I watched maybe five or six documentaries on bees,
just because a lot of ancestor appreciate this creature was given and so everything it does, has to do with lightning. It's inspired by lightning, and it has lessons to learn and I didn't know enough about bees. So I wanted to study and I consider that studying Islam that is studying or watching a documentary and I'm taking notes on what a bee does. That for me is studying allez Deen, because that's what Lois has to think about. You see, we have to have a broad perspective on how our system approach knowledge and wisdom, what he revealed to us his grand book. In any case, in this ayah Allah says,
He revealed to the VI, that it should be COVID that directly via a command directly
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that it should take homes it should make its home in the mountains, women
make a home in the tree.
And they can also make up a home in what people build for it, meaning people make beehives, don't they? There's been farming. So what people build, it can make a home in there too. Now we learn in this ayah. First of all, that Allah make it a point to mention that he directly commands the bee, he speaks to indirectly if Ahmed is using the second person, Allah directly communicates to the beat of where it should build this home. And one of the other incredible benefits of this is if you've ever had any any byproduct of honey, which is a massive industry in the world, as a matter of fact, it's not just honey, most of the farming, for example, in California is the biggest omen for farms in the
world. You know that all the Allman growth is supplies the 90% of the world's supply. And all of it comes from honey bees that actually extract the pollen from certain kinds of plants. So they farmed them, they're now alive to it, you can make your home in the mountains, and you can make your home in the tree. But if Allah did not mention woman by that issue, and you will only find honey bees working in trees and mountains, we will never be able to find them. But he said will be my ambition. So when you will enjoy the supply of honey is because of the login needed permission and giving an allowance to build this home. So that we can
just think about that. It makes you reflect on the fact that all of what we enjoy from allows creation is because of life's lucidly command and creation in this particular case, to be, you know, to be at our service, so that when people build yummy food,
when they build, you take it up as a home. You use that as a home.
But really what I wanted to talk to you about is some guidance from this small teacher. Not just an appreciation of this feature, but some guidance. And I found something so incredible, I'm still baffled by it. I found that
a lot more considered.
I swear by the one who has my life in his hand.
Allegedly messenger he could have said anything without swearing, but he swears by a lot first.
Because what he's about to say must be really incredible. And he says in the method of movement.
The example of the believer is just like the example of the B.
I'm sitting there going to Panama. First of all, I told us that he reveals to the V. Now the pseudo law says
that if you want to be a woman, you should be just like
what am I going to be like to be how am I going to be? What is it began to teach me about my mind about how to lose a believer. Apparently this is so serious, that the messenger of a loss of a loved swore by a law first and then said that must be something really serious.
So he told us, he told us some things we should pay attention to and there are many more, I want you to look at what
he says I can apply even if it's well.
It is good and pure when a B goes to a better flowers. It doesn't take the flower that's in mature, it doesn't take the flower that's gone bad. It doesn't even go to a flower that it can smell somebody else has already gotten some other meat from another hive has already sat on it, it does not go to that flower. It goes to a fresh, clean pure flower. It only goes to that
the first aspect of our event highlighted here is the physical we pursue not just the food we eat, but the this we pursue the job you're going to go get the business you're going to go start you know the money you're gonna make, and the food you're gonna eat. Look for the pure thing.
Look for the thing that's pure look for the best.
And you know the VA doesn't settle for less than looks. It keeps looking until it finds the very best. So you know what we're supposed to be high achievers. This is part of the the attitude of a woman for Ukraine. Oh, he shouldn't be he should perfect it. If
you know every every one
of you when you do something you should perfect it It should be the best. And that's what the B does. It goes for the best. That's the first thing that he says well what
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but it also sits on the flower the weed sits down is really nice. It's good and pure. And you have to study that a little more what that means you won't know until you study a B.
When you learn about bees you find out that they take pollen
Which flowers need,
they're going to eat from the flower, but they never go to eat from the flower until they will, they will give the flower a lot more than they will take.
They will give it life, they will give it pollen.
So if you're an All of us have relationships, it's like a bee has a relationship with a flower, every one of us is in relationships. And in every single one of my relationships, and every single one of your relationships, you get something and you give something.
In your marriage, you give something and you get something with your parents, you give something and you get something with your teachers, you give us something and you've got something with your employer, or your employees, you give something and you get something, there's always a give and take. But a B gives a lot more than it takes.
It gives a lot more than it takes. And what it gives makes the life of the recipient better.
And what it takes doesn't harm the recipient, what it takes doesn't harm the flower. Well, play even delete says it's very nice. And by the way, it has to sit right on the most delicate part of a flower. And the wheat is actually a heavy creature relatively speaking to a flower. So if it puts its entire weight on the flower, the pedal or the piece that it's sitting on, where it's gonna put extract from, it can actually break. So it keeps hovering, so it doesn't pull its entire weight on it. Its wings keep flipping so it doesn't put its whole weight on it. What are we learning, you have a relationship, but you keep demanding and demanding and demanding and demanding and demanding until
the people you love you, your friends, your co your employees and your your spouse they break.
You want something shorter, but don't take too much. Take it easy. Don't put so much pressure that the break. And if you want something, give more bring something first and then demand and when you demand demand very little, just enough, just enough. So what are
the messengers? Okay, since Well, they find the good place to sit on it each well. The other benefit of that is when another beat from another hive is passing by, and it sees a beating from a flower. It doesn't even say let me wait and let me just go mess everything up. Because you know, if the two different hives, they go to the same flower, the flower gets messed up, he cannot pollinate that flower is going to die.
So the bee recognizes that this flower has already got a relationship with that hive, I shouldn't come to it, it comes close, it smells it and senses it and it goes to another flower that hasn't been touched yet. So you know what we do, right? Somebody opens up a shop, good business, I should open up the same exact shop right across the street from him and take all of his customers
as soon as a customer is about to walk into history.
Once we do that, there's plenty of other places I can go.
I don't have to take his history.
On my way. This is what we do, right?
There are people who they're so stingy, that the Muslim professional better making good money. There are no doctors, they make good money. And then they have a med student, somebody who's looking for an internship in the hospital and they don't recommend it. Because maybe five years down the line they'll make more money than me 10 years down the line. I wouldn't want that we don't even like helping each other out.
Though. believer in his book, this one's very
I should put this somewhere else I shouldn't you know cut. It's not a controlled attitude like in corporate society is not controlled. You're not there to take somebody else's money will make your money. You know, I all I care about.
So he says, Well, what are the tax
incentives but it doesn't break. It puts demands, it takes but it doesn't read. It takes him the best way. What a great way to eat, what a great way to live. And this is not just about money. It's also about relationships, as I was trying to say before, in every one of our relationships, what we're learning that if we're like a believer, if we truly understand the lesson of the B that there was
so much emphasis for us to understand that we have to learn. Am I putting too much pressure on my children?
Am I demanding too much from my parents? Am I asking too much from my husband? Am I asking too much from my wife?
am asking too much from my friends. Am I too hard on my employees? Am I too hard on my teachers?
You have to ask those questions. Because we want to be like to be
and then this isn't the end for them to say
doesn't break the flower, and it doesn't cause corruption.
And one of the most remarkable things about these is they're the flowers they go to are very far from where they themselves are, their hives are far and the flowers are much further away. So they will go at a distance of sometimes many miles. And then when they come back, they come back to their hive and their hive is not, it's not just their own home, they have a big neighborhood, everybody lives in that hive. So they tend to do a particular dance, the hover in the air a certain way, which actually tells the rest of the bees, the coordinates of the other flowers. Look, I just made some of this for myself, but you guys will benefit from this, I will point you to it. And it actually gives
them navigation. It's called the B dance and, you know, popular term uses the V days, it doesn't afford the other v so they can all get an institute, they can all go into, and they can build their community together, they can build the hive together. So it recognizes that when you benefit someone else's competition, when you benefit someone else, we're all getting benefit. We're all benefiting. I can build a hive by myself, the bee recognizes all of us has to have to do well. What happens in the Muslim community, when we don't have in mind when somebody is doing well, we get jealous.
And if you're doing well, you want to make sure you don't tell anybody else how you got there. So where do you get your supplies? I don't know, I forgot. So where did you apply for a job, I lost the file.
You don't want to help anybody else. Because really this competition I want to help competition
on the table,
we can have that everybody's gonna look out for themselves. And those who
recognizes the endless wisdom that will come from learning from this beat, because a mind himself told him Look at the way that comes to the beat, well, oh,
down to the path, it takes a lot of calls in
the past, if you see him, he goes around in circles and wiggles and you can tell a clear flight path. And the law says every turn it takes is the pathway of its master.
It's the pathway of love it needed to be to take and a lot of calls including that and also the heart and the eye.
And little known suggests that it moves with humility. Allah describes the be moving with humility, it's got a job is counted important function is on a mission. But just because you found a mission doesn't mean that it's arrogant. You know, when people become busy, they become arrogant. I'm too busy for you. And no time for you.
You know, to call me later. So some of you have a good job and you don't have time to call your mother back. Right? This is Buddha he whenever he's going to do work that moves with humility. So probably.
So finally, in this like two minutes that I have left, and one of the one last thing about these, there's many things to talk about. But just one last thing.
Allah made this creature incredible. And he made to do this, this work is earning its livelihood, you can think of these lessons as this V has relationships, it's benefiting itself. And it's benefiting the community, the environment around it. But above and beyond that, if enough of them do that they create a hive and in that hive, you get
the benefits way beyond those be speaking she found in us. There is a there is a cure and healing for humanity.
From that, from that little effort. So Pamela, what are we learning from that if you weren't if you were to become a believing community, and we learn to benefit each other, and we learn to live alongside each other and take our lives in moderation and not put too much pressure in our relationships. What we become doesn't just benefit us, humanity needs healing.
What a community or bees can heal the world. So many so many ailments are healed through honey.
prophetic medicines is honey. And it does not happen until a community of bees learn to live with each other and learn to work with each other. Then this oma if it's supposed to be like the beast, if we learn to work with each other and live with each other and create our own community, that we don't just benefit each other. We become a healing for mankind, because mankind has gotten meaning. Mankind is eating everybody wants something for themselves looking out for number one, they call it
we're eating. We're eating this planet alive. And by the way, it's still irony that has 15 increases in this world. One of the great tragedies of this world is that the honeybee honeybees of the world are disappearing. One of the great joys of it was disappearing.
the way it eats it produces more life when the beach and produces more life, the way manufacturing works today. The way businesses work today, the way you and I consume today. We don't produce
Life on the earth but we manufacture by the by the exponential amount is more depth, we create more pollution on the earth, we create more intoxicants on the earth, we create more social waste and economic waste, not just physical waste on the earth, we create facade. And he says, learn to consume like to be so you don't create facade.
You make the world better. You can have yours, but doesn't mean it has to cost the world something. It doesn't mean has to cost the next generation something so problema milazzo is going to help us appreciate and maybe some people have thought, and this is profound religion that has been given to us. Well, I hate this religion. If you think about it, it is something else. And if you've been following this religion and you've never given it any thought it is something else entirely. A lot of people have thought of people of reflection and people that can truly reflect on the article and the profound words of his messengers of the law.
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Lima allama sundiata Mohammed Mohammed
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