Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into the 78th Ayah of Surah Al-Hajj that addresses the Ummah and gives a mandate of struggle.
When we pray do we pray and do it the way Allah deserves? Do we obey and respect as He is worthy? So how is that by giving us an impossible task, how does Allah make it successful? Why have we then been chosen for this task? The answer lies in the Ayat that says that the efforts and struggles one makes in the way of Islam with the constant motive to please Allah will definitely bear fruit and will garner a reward from Allah.
The commandments of our Deen should be followed only for the sake of Allah for it to have a lasting and fruitful impact in Dunya and Akhirah.
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today's clip is dedicated to the last ayah of pseudocode, which for those of you who would like to read this on your own, it's the 22nd surah of the Quran, and it's the 78th is all the way at the end. And in this ayah, Allah azza wa jal addresses the oma and gives them a mandate to struggle. And he's done this on many different occasions. But in order for you to understand some of the depth and some of the power of what Allah says here, when he says, What can he do for LA haka jihad, he, I'd like to begin this hook by with an analogy.
You know, many of you have jobs and you remember going for a job interview. And oftentimes you apply for a job hoping that you will get the job even though your resume is not very impressive. And you go in for the interview, and they start describing to you what the job requires, you have to have knowledge of accounting or management, or maybe it's a tech job. So you have to know this programming language, and that one, or this protocol, etc, etc, etc. and they start listing all of these requirements that you know, and you're sitting there the interview going, I don't know if they got the wrong resume, because the only technical requirement technical skills I put in as Google.
And now they're telling me, I have to know this programming language and that one, and that one, and this much coding experience and management experience. And as the guy is telling you, all these job descriptions, you're sitting there embarrassed, like maybe he should just let me go now, instead of humiliating me further, you know. And after he's done describing all of this, and you're clearly not qualified, he turns to you and says, congratulations, you start tomorrow. And your first reaction is shocked. How, how did I get picked for this job, I'm not nearly qualified. But the second part of this is, even if I did did get picked, even if I am selected for this job, it's no congratulations
at all. Tomorrow, when I show up for work, I'm not gonna know what to do. They're gonna know that I'm completely and utterly not suitable for this job. It's gonna be humiliating, there's no way I'm going to learn any of this. So a lot elegent. In the beginning of this, I didn't just see what Yahoo fella struggle for, you know, with with no goal before you, and struggle for no other reason than Allah Himself, make efforts towards Islam. But that wasn't that wasn't enough. He said, he had he, as is worthy of Him. So let's understand that phrase, as is worthy of that struggle, or the struggle that is made for him. Think about this when you and I pray, when we pray, do we pray in the way that
Allah deserves? Or when we think a lot do we think a lot to the amount that Allah deserves to be thanked, or when we obey Allah or remember Allah, to be remember a lot of the way he deserves to be remembered, as a matter of fact, no matter how much we do, we can never qualify to do justice to his rights. We're always going to fall short. My Salah is never going to be worthy of Allah. Actually, at the end of it all, it's going to have lots of errors. It's going to have lots of shortcomings, my mind will wander, you know, and then Allah azzawajal only knows if it's good enough. And so we have to beg him at the end of our prayer
ministry except from us, whatever hodgepodge we were able to put together hopefully, that's good enough. But there's no way you and I can ever do something that's worthy of Allah Himself. And it's impossible. So how is the law giving us an impossible job description which I do for law, he, he has he struggle with no intention except a law alone, like he desert like the struggle is worthy of Him. doing justice to that struggle, there's no way to do justice to that struggle, that is utterly impossible. But now after I described that, it's utterly impossible. There's one more phrase here before I go on that needs special attention, unless as filler filler, which is without getting into
a lengthy conversation essentially suggest that when you make efforts for Islam, when you try to leave for example, disobedience of Allah, you want to get away from hot no matter how tempting it is, no matter how strong that pole is, maybe you're making a lot of money, but it's money from not huddle sources. And it's really a
Hard to quit because you have a house to pay for children's education. There's so many things tied to it. So it's so tempting to hold on. Maybe one of these young men or women are in a relationship, and they're tempted. And they're being pulled into that relationship cost and they can't get out of it, that they're struggling to get out of it and coming back into the obedience of allies are very difficult, very difficult struggle for them. Because your thought is constantly pulling up them constantly pulling away at them. And even if they get away momentarily, the struggle comes back again. You know, it is it is important to note when these kinds of struggles happen, that the
pressure your family will put on you, or somebody will come and try to give you a reminder, don't do this, or somebody else will try to say Hey, man, I'm your friend, I mean, well for you, you shouldn't be doing this. But when we try to put pressure on each other to do the right thing, none of that pressure is going to be good enough. It's not going to be good enough. When a human being is going to fall before the US was out of shape on when a human being is going to stop struggling for Allah, then the only thing that can save them is their relationship with Allah. That's the only thing. You cannot become a better Muslim for your parents. You can become a better person because of
your community. You can't, they can help. But until you decide that you're doing this only and only and only for Allah, that struggle will not last. It's impossible. It has to be sincere, the only way to know that is inside of yourself inside of myself. outside of ourselves, we can show to each other what we are, but the reality inside only Allah knows. Which I hate to say La haka jihadi, once he describes that we are utterly unqualified, obviously, because of this impossible job description. He then gives the explanation of why we've been chosen. He says, Who wants to back home, the easy translation of Where's the bathroom is, in fact, he's the one he has selected you. He has chosen
you. But the Arabic word here for choosing or HD bar, that the word that's selected here by Allah is very special. If you say the word str, which is also a word for choice, then it comes from the website, meaning you prefer something or something is you make a better choice. That's as
you can see, it's the stuff up, or it's default, in the Arabic language, which comes from software purity, when you make a choice, you don't have to explain anybody to anybody else. Why you made that choice. For example, when you go shopping, and you buy like a blue shirt, you don't owe somebody a scientific explanation. Why did you pick the blue shirt? Why didn't you get the white shirt does this defies purely your choice. There's no rationale necessary. But when you say HD Ba, which is the word of law chose here, when he described that he chose you and me to be Muslim. That word actually comes from gebouw. Example in Arabic, in old Arabic actually get the verb used to be used for tax
collection. Back in the day, the people who made enough money owed taxes, obviously, even now, you have to be above a certain level minimum income, before you're qualified to be to be selected for tax collection, it's the bar actually means to make a choice based on qualifications. So in other words, you know, when you get hired for a job, or if you're fixing your car, or you're you're tightening a screw or something, and you pick the right tool for that job, you just did each diva, because if you pick any other tool, it doesn't do the job. When you make the right choice for the right job that is called HTML. In other words, what I'm trying to tell you and what I'm trying to
remind myself of, is that what Allah honored you and me to be Muslim, the fact that you and I say that ilaha illAllah, the fact that you have the gift of saying Mohammed Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is actually a very precise choice from Allah, of you and me, there were plenty of other human beings available before Allah, on this planet. And Allah chose precisely you and me to be Muslim for a task that he has. Because he has done for a particular purpose for a task. So now you are we aren't just chosen to be Muslim. We're chosen to be Muslim because we have a mission in front of us. And that mission he already describes, is you have to struggle for Allah as is worthy of the
struggle that should be made for him. who watched who won and then he then he adds, finally, now that I realize I've been chosen, even though I've been chosen I I'm still thinking this is too hard of a job. How am I going to do this? Fine. A lot of see something in me I don't even see it in myself. I don't even see what's so special about me. Why did I get chosen? You know, there's so many other people out there. But alas, this is too hard. Anyway, Psalm is way too hard. But what it was asking of me is too much. I can't do it. And one of the next words from Allah Himself, what am I really mean? How much he did not place for you in the religion, any difficulty any discomfort, any
tightness whatsoever. In other words, this is a lie himself telling you relax. I'll make it
Don't you worry about that you are the right man for the job. You're the right woman for the job. You were the one chosen for this time this day and this age. You know, when you look around now, you see that Muslims are were the target of media attention, political craziness, I traveled to England all the time. But this last time I traveled, I got exhaustively questioned. What are you doing here?
I got a question. Like, why are you here that's never happened before. So most things are becoming tougher and tougher for Muslims. They are in many, many ways. But that's okay. You know what a lot chose you and me to be born in this generation in this day and age, knowing full well, these are the trials we're going to have. And the best people qualified to struggle in these trials are the Muslims alive today. That's the choice of the law. That's why here, that's why you and I are taking a breath right now, if we didn't have a purpose for us, because he only creates for purpose. Kanaka, sumati.
Masako, he created the skies in the earth with precise purpose and molded you. So he molded you and me and put us in this position, because we have a purpose to serve. And then even though that's a challenging purpose, Allah Himself gives the orientation and says, I'm not going to make it any hard for you. It's not going to be difficult at all. I'll take you back to the analogy I gave you in the beginning, there's a job interview, and the guy gave you an impossible job description. And you're sitting there thinking there's no way I'll get hired. And then he hires you.
And your first thought is, I'm not qualified. And he says, relax, I know what I'm doing. I've been hiring for a long time, I see something in you even if you don't think you know, you'll learn pretty quickly. You know, I know talent when I see it. So he's encouraging you. And he's acknowledging you in a way that you didn't even think you saw in yourself. The other thing that's happening here is every Muslim is supposed to see value in themselves. No believer can think that they're useless before Allah, that they're pointless that they are meaningless before. They're worthless. They are worthy of Allah. They're worthy because Allah made a special choice of them, a special choice of
them. And it's not going to be hard whatsoever. So now I take a breath of relief. Okay.
It's not gonna be hard. He says, relax. And let me tell you something. You're not the first one to have this job when you have been given this job before you. So he makes reference to the fact that this religion isn't just a new religion, it's a legacy. And whose legacy does he mentioned? In that same as the IRA continues? What are they considered him in homage? militar Avi, come Ebrahim. You are the continuation of the legacy of your father Ibrahim. He reminds us of which Prophet Ibrahim alayhis salam. If you think about Ibrahim alayhi salam, the last thing that comes on your mind is easy. He has to leave his family in the middle of a desert and walk away. That's not easy. Before
that, as a young man, he has to challenge his father and the entire community. That's not easy. He has to be thrown into a hurry.
To burn him alive. He has to be thrown into a fire because he believes in Islam. That doesn't sound like easy. When he gets finally gets older. And now his son is old enough that he can run around but
he gets old enough to run around with his son. He sees a dream that he slaughtering his son. over and over and over again. He gets trials and challenges that no human being has ever faced, alone has never asked a human being to abandon their family. Allies never asked a human being to jump into a fire Alliance never asked a human being to slaughter their own child. He's been asked to do things that nobody was ever asked. The hardest test you can think of. This is even described in the Quran. Allah Ibrahim aku. Whenever Ibrahim was especially Ibrahim was tested, like nobody else by his master assassin, they're like Ibrahim alayhis. Salam had the hardest, hardest hardest tests and
align this ayah when he told you and me by the way, relax. It's going to be easy. Islam's going to be no problem. By the way, you're on the same track as your father and Ibrahim. That's not very comforting.
Because that man did not have easy tests. So how am I supposed to relax now for a second he told me things are gonna be easy. Now he's kind of telling me and things are gonna be difficult again. But actually, he's not. He's giving the example of Ibrahim alayhis salaam for a very beautiful reason. He's giving that example because a lot of saying if Allah can make jumping into a fire easy, if a lot can make leaving their family in the middle of a desert easy. If Allah can make you the only young man who stands up not only to his father, but to an entire community easy. If I can make you stand up to the mood and challenge him directly easy. If I'm lucky and make you take a knife
Put it on your child's neck before because Allah commanded it for luck and make that easy for him. Then what is he asking you? He didn't ask that from you. He asked much less from you. You know, it's actually all he asked you was to stay away from filthy things and made the good impure things fell out for you and mandated a few solid hearts. Just do the few good things and stay away from these few bad things that say that's all he asked. So we are being told by the legacy of Ibrahim alayhis salam. No matter what difficulty you have, you will never be able to compare your difficulty to the difficulty Ibrahim was put in his salon, and even a lot can make that easy. So you have no reason to
wonder or ever a question that a lot will make ease for you. Mendota amico Brahim. And he is the one who has a Mako muslimeen. And then he gave us the secret ingredient in me, he is the one who named you, Muslims Mufasa who have looked at this ayah two ways Maybe it's
named as Muslims, which is an indication of God, or Allah Himself named us Muslim. Either way, it makes sense because if I him as a messenger of Allah, so even if he named, it's actually on behalf of Eliza himself, regardless, what is the word Muslim mean? The one who gives up the one who just accepts, it comes from selima, to be to be at peace, to be at ease and calm. And when you say us, lamotta submit actually means to submit calmly, you're you're okay with it. When Allah tells you to do something, you're not agitated about it, you're not like, fine, I'll do it. You're not like that. You're at ease on the inside. And you just willingly submit yourself, if it's a law saying it must
be good for me, no matter what my mind says, no matter what my family says, no matter what my friends say, no matter what society says, when a lot told me this is better for me, I am at ease. If you can do that, if you can get to that point, then you are the legacy of Ibrahim alayhis salam, calling yourself and myself Muslim is easy. being Muslim is not a it's a different thing altogether. And it's not even about behavior. It's about something very deep internally, I am completely satisfied with what Allah and His Messenger command. I'm uncomfortable with it. And I'm at ease with it. And I'm at peace with the fact that I'm obeying the law. I'm not thinking that if I obey Allah,
I'm going to miss out on something. Because, you know, he's asking me to stay away from these pleasures, or these opportunities, because because they're wrong. And if I stay away from them, I'll be the one that lost. No, I'm at ease that there is no way anybody ever obeys a law and they're at loss. That is never a thought that crosses my mind. That is he named you people, Muslims, the ones who submit completely before love, the ones who are at ease, the one who come with comfort before a lot. That's the comfort you and I want to find before Allah. And I sincerely pray that especially our young generation finds that comfort with a lot that they're not. They're not agitated by the
commandments of our Deen that our young young girls when they're thinking about getting a job, they're not annoyed by it. You know? Why do I have to wear this? All our young men aren't agitated by the idea that they have to pray early in the morning. I have to get up at this time. We have to just pray leader, you're so annoying.
This this attitude is actually the antithesis of Islam itself. You can't have that attitude and Islam. So it means you gave it up, you gave up. You accepted it completely. And so Allah says for a female salata at Osaka, watashi, WA, this is all one ayah from where I started, all of this is just one ayah the last day of sorts of Hajj. He says establish the prayer, and gives
establish the prayer and gives that God is actually a beautiful expression in local on for many things, not just the establishment of prayer, like we're doing in middle accept our prayer. But actually, they're connected to each other. When the prayer and in many ways, I'll just highlight one thing. When you establish the prayer that means you pray together. That's what that means. And when you pray together, you get to know each other. And when you get to know each other, you find the ones among you who have needs you figure out who's in need and who's not doing well and who's sick and who's you know, unwell and who's you know, having difficulty in life. And then you find out who
should you close the gap to, that can connected to each other established prayer and gives a cut, because establishing prayer builds the hearts closer to each other, before Allah and then you purify your wealth by taking care of those in need among you. Fatimah salatu wa watashi moving on, hold on to allow that amazing phrase at the end hold on to Allah is the last thing I'll explain it I'm done. When Allah says hold on to Allah. to Psalm actually means to hold on to something that if you let go, you'll die. Hold on tight for asthma, asthma means protection. If the psalmist to hold on for protection, like imagine if you fell off of a boat or a ship or something, and the only thing you're
holding on to is the rope or the anchor. If you let go of it, you're done. Unless there's hold on to a law for dear life.
You know what that means, right? That means if the people around me abandoned me, if the people that were around you that you were practicing being because your friends were religious, and you were in a good environment, now you're in college, and you're the only Muslim there. You're like, man, my friends aren't there anymore. So I don't feel so inclined towards Islam anymore. I don't really feel like crying anymore. I don't really feel like you know, I don't have that connection anymore. No, no, no, whether people hold on to you or not, whether the support system is there or not. This is why we're the legacy of Ibrahim alayhis. Salaam. He hoped he that young men held on to his religion,
and he was the only one holding on to his religion, there was no support around him. His family didn't support him, and society didn't support him. He's a one man nation. That's why Locke calls him an oma by himself, a nation by himself, and we are His following. You know what that means that we don't make the excuse that the environment around us is bad. And that's why we don't submit to Allah, that our friends are messed up. And that's why we're messed up. That man, you don't know what my crowd is, like, Who cares what your crowd is like? You're the legacy of Ibrahim alayhis salam, you're the only light in the middle of all the darkness. You don't make the excuses, you're there to
get rid of darkness not to be part of it. That's the good, that's your function. And so you hold on to Allah, because everything else will come and go. Everything else will come and go. What else you move in law, who am Allah come, he is your protective friend. He is your security. He is the one that's gonna guard you know,
what an incredible protection he is, what an amazing protective Guardian he is. And what an amazing aid he is. Now, the last last word of this, even though I told you that's the last thing this is the last thing I promise. It's determinacy. And that's the end of the surah and the end of the ayah. The word on the scene Allah describes what an amazing helper he is. But the word and the seed comes from the Arabic word Muslim, some of you are familiar with.
The word mustard in the Arabic language isn't just help. It's actually massive aid. If I help you outside because you have a flat tire, I don't say that sort of took ISIS I took a I helped you. Muslim is like an aid package. Billions of dollars are being given to some country in aid. That's a huge army came to help a country that's been invaded. That's no sir. No, sir, is not a small kind of help. Its massive legions of help. It's like when a love will send armies of angels. That's called Muslim. That's Muslim. That's the aid of Allah, the massive aid of Allah, Allah saying he received the inform actually means how amazing is a lot that he's always there ready to aid you in the most
massive ways. When you have held on to Allah, you've held on to the strongest possible support you could have that is constant for nierman. Mona, when you receive, you have nothing left to worry about. This is the mentality of someone who accepts the legacy of the religion of their father Ibrahim alayhi salam, and when you accept that, then struggling for a lot becomes easy. Then he opens up those doors. What do you do fella? Allah says, Well, does he know how to phenol
Alana, those who struggle in our path, we open up our pathways for them, we guide them to our multiple pathways, absolutely a level making our way out for you. This struggle that I keep referring to is different from each for each one of you. Some of you have struggles inside the family. Some of you have struggles at work, or it has nothing to do with money. Some of you are struggling with your health. Some of you are struggling with your religion itself, barely holding on to your religion itself, barely holding on to Allah Himself. Some of you are struggling to get away from how long only Allah knows your secrets. I'm not here to know your secrets. But know one thing
when you decide to struggle away from the way of shaitaan and towards Allah. Allah has helped us constantly there, he does not abandon you. We think he abandons us. shaitaan comes and tells us You're so messed up Allah, Allah doesn't like you, he's gonna burn you in hell, etc, etc. He wants you to lose connection with Allah. And Allah comes along and says no allies there when you turn to him. He's going to be there and he's going to constantly be there to provide a support. May Allah azza wa jal never let us lose hope in our master and May Allah azza wa jal make our personal struggles in our Deen easy for all of us and make us of those for whom Allah is near and that moda
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recognize that our mothers and our daughters don't get a chance to ask questions, as well as easily as the men of the community do so I'll make myself accessible by the stairs if our mothers daughters have any questions and shout out I'll make myself available for the next 15 to 20 minutes and then I'll meet with the brothers if they'd like to barakallahu li walakum salaam article for like ricotta