In The Eyes Of Allah
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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In this khutabah Ustadh Nouman recounts the story behind Surah âAbasa, a Mekki surah that was revealed as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was speaking to one of the elites of Quraish. On this rare occasion when one of the tribal leaders was actually listening to the Prophet, a blind distant relative of the Prophet rushed to him, interrupting the conversation to ask for guidance and inspiration. Even though the Prophetâs reaction was muted – he only slightly frowned and looked away – Allah revealed these ayat to draw the attention of the Prophet and the rest of us, that in the eyes of Allah, this blind man who sought the Prophet out with all his senses, is more worthy than those with hardened hearts no matter what their status in society.
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Today's football starts with recalling an incident in the life of our messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that is of unique importance and importance enough that the first passage of a very profound soul of the Quran is dedicated to that incident, to help us better understand that incident. And this involves the profits, let alone trying to deliver the message of Islam to the leaders of koresh, this is something he was struggling to do for a very long time. It's important to note that Allah sent all of his messengers to different towns across the world across history. But one of the goals that they all had was to actually speak to the very top of the society, like Musa alayhis,
Salam was told first and foremost, to go speak to the pharaoh to find out, and then the rest of the nation. And there is a reason for that, because the people have the highest influence. If they were to accept Islam, then that would have a ripple effect, a lot of more people would be influenced by their decision, and it would actually spread Islam much, much faster. This is the same reason why Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to make dua for either automobile hottub or ama, which is a Buddha has to accept Islam, because these are people have influence. This is even true today. When you find out somebody, some celebrity wore a hijab, or held or Koran, or, you know, the rumor
that somebody's president, people love the rumor that, you know, Barack Obama's president or whatever, He always was Muslim. Now, you know, so when people hear these things, they feel like you know what, now we've got a big deal on, you know, big gun on our side, somebody who's going to help, you know, better the image of Islam, etc. I mean, even just think in our contemporary life, about the kind of impact that a personality like Muhammad Ali had, you know, and his Islam had, and what how many people found confidence in their faith, rallying behind such a personality. So this is, in a sense, natural. But the thing is with the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, most of his career, the
leaders of Quraysh, were adamantly against anything he had to say. And the Quran will describe through the example of other prophets and other struggles, that one of the reasons they didn't want to hear anything the Prophet had to say. Even though note that the Prophet alayhi salatu, Salam he himself is from an elite family. He's from the family of Hashem. So he actually is a member of the elite in that sense, even though he's an orphan. And he doesn't have the kind of wealth and background but from a tribal point of view, he does belong to a higher status family. Even then, what the Quran will describe is different reasons why the higher ups in society, whether they're
politically influential, financially influential, socially influential, the reason they don't want to hear anything the prophets have to say, one of them is they see that people around the profits are very poor. They've got slaves around them, they've got youth that don't have any serious influence around them, they've got the impoverished around them. And they say, I don't want to come and talk to you, in this poor neighborhood, and hang around these people, if you want to speak to me, let me just come to my place or come to some elite setting where I don't have to see this scum of society, because they feel that this is beneath them, right? Like, if some governor or some, some
Mayor today or some billionaire gave you time of day, it's probably you're gonna go to his office, he's not gonna come to the corner coffee shop near your neighborhood, you know, that's not gonna happen. So they want to, they want you to come on their terms. And so but the profits, all of them spoke to all of society, they did not develop a class system, even though the you know, the prophets were to address the elite, that doesn't mean that they didn't care about everybody else. They give the message equally to everyone. So on one rare occasion, what happens is one of the leaders of kadesh and it's interesting to note, we're not sure who it is different Sahaba have different
opinions about who it is it could have been occupied could have been a Buddha, it could have been any number of them. Okay, so lots of opinions are found about who that might have been, or was it a number of them where they send it to college? Well, there are a number of the leaders that he was talking to. Anyway, at one occasion, instead of making fun of the prophet or risotto Salaam or debating with him or dismissing him, it's one of those rare cases where they're actually listening to him. So he's speaking with them outside, and they're actually listening. And they're engaged in this conversation. And while they're engaged in this conversation, one of the relatives of the
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, whose name is Abdullah Ibn Al Maktoum, you can remember him for short as Abdullah, that'll be easy for you to remember right? He's related to the prophet SAW Selim by marriage so he's cousins with Khadija the Allahu Allah and he's very easily
Poor man. And he's one of the earliest people to accept Islam. This is all happening in Mecca he happened to be passing by. And an important thing about Abdullah is that he's blind. So he's he doesn't, he can't see. And he's passing by. And he, of course, when people are blind, and they have much higher sensitive hearing, their other senses are sharpened even more. So from kind of a distance, he hears the voice of the Prophet salallahu alaihe salam, there's no other way for him to know where the Prophet is, except by his voice. And as I told you, the prophet is at this time, so I said, I'm engaged in a rare opportunity. He's talking to the leaders of kadesh. And they're actually
listening for a change. And so he's in the middle of this conversation, and he comes rushing over to the messenger, sallallahu alayhi wasallam, who happens to be his cousin also. And it's interesting in one direction, he says, yo, Muhammad, kidney, Muhammad, give me some guidance. Tell me something good, you know, and he didn't say yeah, Rasulullah said, Yeah, Mohammed. And that may be the case because their family and it's still early on in the legacy of the Prophet, slice alum, and other instructions, like you don't address him that way. You call him Rasulullah. Those are later instructions, right? So anyway, he comes to him in one direction and says, I have a kidney Just give
me some guidance. in another direction. He says I literally Mima, Allah, Allah, teach me something that a lot hot you teach me out of the many things Allah has taught you give me something good. Now this is analyze what he's saying. He's not saying that I have an emergency, and I need help right away. He's not saying that I have a situation I need your urgent advice. He just happened to hear the prophets voice. He got excited. He's, you know, rushed over to the Prophet. And so can you tell me something good, please. Because I just really want to hear something motivating something spiritual. That's that's what he's saying. But the profit slice on him is right now engaged in
another conversation. He's already talking to somebody who he may never get a chance to talk to again. And even if he does, that opportunity may not be the same because for a change, they're actually listening. So now the Prophet aristata salaam is stuck. He doesn't want to break Abdullah's heart and say, could you hold on a second, let me finish this conversation. And he doesn't want to lose the chance of speaking to this leader also. So what the prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam does is something completely ingenious. He as he is in this tension, he turned slightly to the leader that he was speaking to. And he says to him, hello, Tara Bhima kulu Batson. Do you see any problem
in what I've been sharing with you? So he didn't really respond to Abdullah yet? He talked to the leader of coalition said, Hey, so I've been talking to you for a while. Anything I've said so far. Do you have any problem with it? Basically. Now, why did he do that? One, it solves the problem for Abdullah Abdullah realizes Wait, I'm interrupting a conversation. I didn't realize I wasn't interrupting a conversation. And at that point, I'm the last reaction is supposed to be. Sula. I didn't realize you're talking to somebody else. I just got excited. Why don't you just finish your conversation? I'll ask you later. My thing is not urgent, it can wait. So the Prophet wouldn't have
to tell him, you need to wait. Just give me a couple of seconds because that might be hurtful to him. But he tried to tell him in a very indirect and polite way. At the same time, he's trying to get to the leader of Croatian saying, Listen, I'm not dismissing you, so don't go anywhere.
You know, so he's kind of trying to mitigate both of these situations. The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi salam. Now the other thing I want to share with you is scholars I can quote to be mamarazzi others when they talk about this this incident, they at length described what the lion Maktoum did wrong. Like I said, if he's blind, certainly it's an indication in the story that he's got very sharp hearing. And if he's got sharp hearing, not only did he hear the Prophet slice on them, he also heard the other that was speaking. And the other that was speaking, whoever it was definitely was a famous person in Makkah, it's a it's a leader. It's a millionaire, it's somebody
big deal, which means I'm delivering high chances are also recognized who that was. But he still didn't regard that it's just because it to him the prophets I saw them is not only the messenger, it's also his relative. And he just got excited and interrupted the conversation. So the first wrong that was done was actually done by the library. No McCune, like if two of you are talking. And I interrupt the conversation and say Salaam to one of you and pretend the other one doesn't even exist, and just started talking. That's rude. I've done something rude. I should at the very least apologize I'm sorry for the interruption. Can I just borrow you for one second something say
acknowledge both, at the very least acknowledge both. Also, when the elite sees that he hasn't been acknowledged. Right, the prophet got acknowledged, but the other guy in the conversation was not acknowledged. He's going to be offended like he's used to being acknowledged. He's a big deal. And and that diminishes the chances of him now listening more attentively, or that that golden opportunity to give him something good is now slipping away. But on the other hand, also understand something else. Understand that people like to live in omak doom are very excited and truly, truly motivated to learn something beneficial. You may not see it as a state of emergency, but for them
learning anything of benefit.
It is they're so eager to learn it and they're so excited about it. When he hears the prophets voice sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he's so excited that he forgets everything else. He forgets what other sounds he hears, He forgets everything else that's going on. He just really wants to learn something of benefit. And this is an incredible, incredible sentiment that Allah put inside the heart of a believer that they're so excited and eager to learn something of benefit, you know. So yes, it was socially awkward. Yes, it was something that's not quite polite. But actually, from another point of view, you have to understand the emotion and the excitement from which he is speaking. This is the
example of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi. Salam, and he has the highest example. But I do want to share with you so you can, you can appreciate, you know, to some extent how this stuff even happens today. Sometimes I'm traveling to a conference somewhere. And you know, marking through the bazaar, trying to find something to buy from my kids or something, and somebody recognizes me, and they start talking to me, now we're having a conversation and they say I have this serious problem I wanted to talk to you about I wonder if you can give me some advice, and we're having a conversation. And in the middle of the conversation, I get grabbed and hugged. Somehow you come I've
seen so many of your videos.
And now they're talking to me. And what's happened is the first person I was speaking to feels like I completely dismissed them. Like they don't exist anymore. And this person didn't say Salaam to both he just said Salaam to me. Now on the one hand, you could think they're being rude, but let me tell you, they're just excited. They may have heard 1000 hours of me talking to them that they feel like they know me. Like I I play in their head before they go to sleep for a lot of people, you know. So they feel like they have a personal connection with me. I may not know them, but I have to at least be sensitive to their excitement. But that still doesn't mean that the other person who
feels dismissed, it's okay for them to feel that way. It's a difficult situation to be in. Either way, I'm in trouble. Either way, if I told this one person, could you just wait one second? I'm gonna finish this conversation, then I'll come right back to you. If I said that much. This guy will say I listened to him for 1000 hours. I give so many so many Sleep, sleep Sleep nights to him. And the first thing he ever says to me is Wait a second. You know, I'm never I'm never listening to him again. What a rude person. This is a it's a sensitive situation. It's a delicate situation. So the profits are slim in this tense moment. Here's what he did. He try to figure out what's going on. The
verb for it is Airbus Airbus amines, kapa babina, I need to show a bulge between both eyes like this much like justice bows between the eyes. If it goes a little further, if you start showing lines on the forehead and your teeth start grinding, like you're frustrated, that's called color.
And if you're so frustrated that you do something obnoxious on top of that, that's actually called bizarre with a scene like a bizarre bizarre, right? The least demonstration of being tense, being frustrated on your face is abasa. The surah begins abasa what Allah He found, and he turned away. The prophet SAW Selim showed that frustration on his face, and he turned away. Now the question arises, who did he frown at? He didn't frown at anyone. He found that a situation. That's why Allah doesn't even mention that he found at a person. That's not the reason. And that's the rationale is coming a little later. But the other thing is, if you are watching this, just imagine for a second
there's a governor that the Prophet is talking to everybody knows the governor. And there's some blind guy
who's the who's the one that everybody recognizes the governor. And if you saw the Prophet turning towards the governor, the journalists would write down, he turned towards the governor, nobody's going to write down he turned away from the blind guy.
In other words, by saying the words Alba Tawana, a lot actually acknowledged the blind one and completely dismissed. The governor. Like to a lot of VIP is the other one
is not this one. Because you know, it would be news if the Prophet turned away so tell me if musasa turned away from the Pharaoh. He turned away from the king. How did how did you do that? he defied the king like that. He made a face at the king. But Allah azza wa jal is describing the prophets frustration and his even slightest of turning to words, this leader of Qureshi and records it and even more incredible thing is when Quran is revealed to the prophets, I saw them because they say final Salat at the very moment where the Prophet said, Do you see a problem with what I've shared with you so far? At the very moment, these ayat were revealed to the Prophet slice of them. And when
the author revealed to the prophet or Santo Salaam, he doesn't keep them to himself. He what? he recites them out loud. So there's two people in front of him this blind person and this leader, and in front of both of them, the Prophet is saying he frowned and he turned away
like he's critiquing himself in front of them is an incredible moment. And then Allah says
that a blind one had come to him.
The blind when it comes to him now a lot could have made
them. And some might say you calling this guy Hey blind guy, that means it's an insult, right? That's condescending to call somebody blind blind, or to call somebody deaf, deaf, you know? And so why did you call him the blind one? The way to look at this is Allah azzawajal is acknowledging that this man has a visual impairment, he's disabled. And despite being disabled, he sought you out. He should get extra courtesy from you. Other people who are in perfectly good health, and even have wealth, you're running after them. And they don't give you time of day. And this one, it's so much harder for him to make the effort to even reach you. And he comes all the way to you despite the
fact that he's blind. This his blindness actually became kind of a gold medal for him. Like a light acknowledging the effort and the struggle that it took for him to come to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and Yahoo dharma.
There's something else here through the through acknowledging the struggle of this blind individual to live in homak tomb, Allah is actually acknowledging the additional struggle all people with any disability have to make when they try to learn this Deen or when they go about in life, they don't have the same access as everybody else. The person sitting in a wheelchair is all the way in the back of Juma and everybody gets to run over to the mom or the hottie even ask their question and he can't roll over people. He's sitting in the back.
Somebody who's blind, somebody who has his heart of hearing, they have less access than everybody else. They have special side accommodations, if any than anybody else. Children with Special Needs the same thing. So the people that have disabilities, they get dismissed easily. They get forgotten easily. They're considered less important easily. As a matter of fact, if you saw this, if this got recorded, and it's on YouTube, or whatever, and it says a football for the disabled, most people won't even click it.
Why not? It's not for me.
Maybe I'll forward it to somebody who is disabled because that's not my problem. You see, they're not we don't acknowledge these people, we dismiss them quite easily. We don't talk about them and we don't consider them. And who am I alone Allah acknowledging the one with disability, and actually telling those who love Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that even the slightest bit of what he wasn't even dismissing him yet, but the standards are so high. This is how sensitive you're supposed to be as the Messenger of Allah to set the example of how careful you must be around these VIPs of Allah. These are very important people to let you know, I have not even done with the story yet. But
I'll tell you what, I'll fast forward to one part of this story. Later on in the life of the messenger Elisa to Salaam, every time of the light came by every time this man came by marhaba Mojave Mojave monotony Allahu Avi congratulate you know, I welcome the one I got in trouble with a love because of you. I gotta be extra careful with you. And he was saying it he was saying that jokingly, every time he came, he would actually stop everything he was doing some alehissalaam and he would say, you know how it can be harder? Do you have any need at all? Anything you need at all? Can I get you anything? Any anything at all and you'd like go out of his way to ask him and as he
would leave a gathering he do that again? Ask him again. Everything okay? Everything okay? Everything okay? Why? Because by the end of this passage, you know what Allah said? Allah said to the messenger for Enter, and huhtala and you messenger of Allah, you get to be distracted from him. How did you get distracted from him? And this is actually something that messenger lived his entire life. He was never distracted from the living room look to him again. And he gathering he came to give him special time and attention, because a lot went out of his way to save for Antara and huhtala. You know, those of you that study Arabic, Allah Han, who are actually that Allahu anhu. But
this is a creamier, anta and who, Tana ha Allah even saying, Are you even the least bit distracted from him, you're not even allowed that much. And then what Allah does in this passage, what a few favorite things about this passage is there were two individuals in front of the Prophet, a governor, a leader, and this individual. Allah started the sutra by saying this individual is so elite in his status, that when the Prophet Alayhi Salam does not give him the proper courtesy that is required to him by Allah standards by the prophet standards, he did nothing wrong. Understand that, even if the Prophet was frustrated, just a little bit, and there was a frown on his face, can
a blind person see a frown?
Even if the Prophet turned his face this way and talk to the leader of courage can the can the blind person see him turning his face? He can't, he didn't hurt his feelings. But by a law standards, even That's too much. Because somebody watching from a distance, somebody seeing this incident from 100 feet away might think, oh, the prophet thinks that the governor is more important, and the blind was less important. You can even afford to give that impression. Not only must you treat him special, you can't even give that impression to anybody else. Whether he found offense in it or not.
You should and by the way, this is this is teaching us you treat him
Like you would treat anybody else this would be, it's not wrong to frown. But if you it's wrong to frown in front of someone who can see you, it's just as wrong to found in front of someone who can't see you. And
you can't be making fun of just people and say, Oh, it's okay. They don't hear it. They can't hear me. It's okay. They don't mind. It's not like they heard it. You can't do that.
So now after this acknowledgement of the live in omak tune, by the way, what an incredible passage to acknowledge his I mean, before this day, when somebody called him blind, it would be an insult. And now it's become an accolade for him. Something that makes him noble, Allah took the most noble human being the busiest human being, and the human being with the most important mission ever given Salallahu alaihe salam, and said, You should have special care for him.
Can you imagine this entire Omaha special consideration for Rasulullah and also the lovely Selim is told to have special consideration from the Lebanon Look, don't look at that, just on account of the effort he made. But on the other side, you know, when when somebody this is this is true about a lot of people that suffer from disability, or have that kind of a life, they don't have access in society that they're like the rest of us. So they don't, they're not part of social gatherings like the rest of us. They're not in part of normal conversations, people act strange around them, they don't talk normally around them, people who know them do, but if they're in a new gathering, people
keep staring at their, you know, their missing hand, or their skin disorder, or their eyes going the other way, or whatever, people kind of look at them funny, you know. And therefore, they're not able to have normal social interactions like other people do. These people actually go have to go out of their way to struggle to get the attention that they deserve.
And a lot of times people like that you might consider them socially awkward, like a blind person may be unusually loud, it may happen. There's just unusually loud because they need to make their presence known and they don't, they don't know how else. When the prophets lie, Selim is speaking to the leader of Quraysh. And he's being interrupted by his cousin. He could tell his cousin, listen, we're family, you have access to me, you can come any other time. And he's not saying that either. But at least he might even be thinking you and I might even be thinking, you know, you could just wait a little bit. I mean, I know you can't see, but you can hear you know him in different
conversation. But a lot of it just says, you have to acknowledge his excitement. Well, my Eureka Allah who has dakka dakka, dakka dakka. What clue Do you have, you have no way of knowing maybe he came to you, because he really wants to become a better person. He wants to cleanse himself. And if he's not ready to transform himself right away, at the very least what you tell him will be a reminder. And that reminder might benefit him down the road. Maybe he doesn't change right away, or we have the Kuru, for 10 for the camera.
Maybe he'll take the reminder now and maybe later on he'll benefit from it.
And this this is his side like alert comes to his defense. You don't know Maybe he came for good intentions overlook the rudeness. overlook the obnoxiousness overlooked the dismissal of the other, just be extra courteous to him anyway, that's what a lie is telling the Prophet. Now what about the leader? What about him? Because if you're gonna give him the benefit of the doubt you shouldn't give the leader benefit of the doubt. Allah says a man is Davina
as though as for the one who in his heart feels like he has no need for your message
is different it is a it is an analysis of what goes inside a person estate and is not on the outside is still not the Arabic word is on the inside. The man who feels like he has no need.
How would the Prophet know the man has no need, he was paying attention to the Prophet he was actually having a conversation with him. Allah says let me diagnose as hard for you.
He's got nothing going on in there. He has no care for your message. He's just stringing you along. Fine tele hota sada and for him, you are going to keep going back and back back to him and back to him and back to him and relentlessly pursuing him. Don't do that he doesn't deserve it.
Now Allah spoke about two individuals in need. He spoke about the law and he spoke about that leader. And when he spoke about Abdullah he called him an AMA the blind one like Allah knows him. And the leader, Allah said someone man istana as far as somebody who acts like they don't, they don't they don't care. You know, like Allah made him and nobody, Allah made the governor nobody.
And even though Allah has already mentioned Abdullah, he mentioned him again. How did he do so? Well, Imam and jack is Allah wa who are yaksha for Anton junta.
And as for the one who came to you running, he came to you running and he's full of fear while he comes to you running. The fact that he came from a long distance. The fact that it took him a lot of effort to get there got acknowledged by Allah.
There's an effort involved and in an ally acknowledges the efforts of all those who tried to learn something about the deen especially those that struggle despite their disability to learn something about their Deen those who go through extra difficulty to even get out of bed to make it to a Friday prayer. You know, those those
They're going through pain, internal pain, physical pain, you know, bodily defects, whatever they're going through. And yet despite all of that, they're trying to learn a lesson. Those people have been acknowledged and and Giacosa. And then Allah stamps the approval of what goes on inside his heart and says, Well who are yaksha and he in fact is the one that's fearful. The last thing I want to share with you here is yet again, an accolade given to this, this individual in the surah before this one, this is sort of the Vasa in the surah. Before this one, Allah described, Musa went to the Pharaoh, Musab interferon, and Pharaoh was he the tooth he was asked for one thing, while I do a lot
of deca, Tasha, I might guide you to your master, maybe you will be afraid, maybe you'll become a person of course, yeah. But instead of becoming a person, of course she is. And later on, he started running the other way he planned against the prophets of Prophet Musa turned his back and made efforts against the deen. So there are two verbs there, he was supposed to be fearful. And tragically, he made efforts against the dean.
And the opposite of that is I'm the library no Maktoum, who runs towards the profit slice of them and yes, yada, yada, yada, yada, and he's fearful. In other words, one of the most powerful political leaders in human history found is a nobody to Allah. And the success story to realize this blind man who came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. This is I wanted to share this with you because in our community, maybe even in our families, sometimes people with disability are the object of ridicule. They are the object of a very mean commentary. They are put down a lot they're told nobody's gonna marry you. Oh my god, what did I do that a lot punished me with you. Why did I
have this disabled child but I have this this or that or the other. There are these kinds of things that are heard by people with disabilities and the rest of us even treat them like oh Savannah lights a test from a lights okay have suffered, like we make them feel like something is wrong with them all the time. Or on is teaching a completely different picture going on is teaching us that these are VIPs of Allah.
These are important people to Allah. And those of them that are believers that are struggling to learn, even if they may become socially awkward airtable that may be the case overlook all of that if your messenger is told to overlook all of it, then who are you and I? And who in the world are you and I mean, Allah azza wa jal gives us the kind of sensitivity we're supposed to carry that allows book teachers and truly make us live the legacy of our dear messenger alayhi salatu salam barakallahu li walakum filco Anil Hakeem. When Finally we are coming out when the Quran Hakeem
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