Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
In this intense and thought-provoking lecture, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan shares an important reminder for ourselves and that which is often taken for granted.
He tells us that in the Qur’an, after Allah telling us that we as a Muslim Ummah are brothers and behave sensibly so, the first instruction given to us succeeding that is that we as Muslims of one class and section of people should not make fun of the other section of the community. There are many dimensions of making fun and Ustadh deals with each of them perfectly.
When we make fun of someone thinking someone is your subordinate to you or make someone feel inferior, we are deviating from Islam and invite the wrath of Allah. One of the places that this behavior comes from is our notion of earning far superiorly than the rest.
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reconciliation between ourselves the first instruction after that was Yeah, you have Latina Amanullah is a woman calm. Those of you who believe Don't let one group of one group make fun of any other group, one nation make fun of any other nation, one class of people, not make fun of any other class of people calm back in the Arab times also used to be about the tribes so that people were one tribe and they would think that their tribe is the best and they'd make fun of the other tribe. Those of you that come from, you know, you know, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, whatever the Pakistanis will make the you know, the boxers will make fun of the Bangladeshis, or the Punjabi will
make fun of the Ordo speaking or the Moroccan might make fun of the Algerian or whatever else, you know, this, this is one meaning of the item. But that's actually not the subject that I want to share with you today. There are many dimensions of this making fun of another group. And so first thing I want to do is describe something about the meaning of the word Sofia, or cicada which is the verb used here is called como min calm. There are multiple words in Arabic to make fun or to make a joke. But this particular word has two dimensions. One of them is you're making fun of someone you're laughing at someone Of course, you can laugh at someone, if something is funny, something
looks funny, something someone acts funny, something slips and falls or whatever, you can make fun of those things. But this word also gives us the implications of this here, which is the act of lead describes for when we subjugate animals, or how Allah has, how he has subjugated or overpowered the clouds, he is humbled the clouds, what I'm trying to get at is when you make fun of someone, assuming that they are less than you, that they are below you, that they are in somehow somehow subordinate to you. And with that mentality, you think of someone or you make someone feel inferior. That's also actually Coleman Coleman. In other words, one of the implications of this phrase in the
Quran, this ayah is that believers should not make any group of them should not make any other group feel like they are less feel like they are worth less than they are, you know, inferior to themselves. that feeling again, it can come from tribe, it can come from race, but there are other places it can come from. And so I wanted to highlight one of those places that it comes from that we have to be watchful of particularly and I want to start actually
With a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Ma,
Mo Li, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says nobody ever eats a single bite of food that is better than the food they eat after having earned the money for that food with their own hand. When you earn money with your own hand, and you eat meal, whatever meal, a single bite of it even, that's the best meal you've ever eaten. Whether that meal was three days old pizza, or it was just a piece of old, stale potato chip or something, that's all you could afford. It doesn't matter the fact that you earned with your own hand for that piece of food to go into your mouth, there is nothing better you could possibly have eaten. And that to add to that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam made
a statement about an example. And the example he gave was what and then maybe the other Islam the Prophet though alayhis salaam kanaya coolamon amellia he used to eat from the work of his own hand. If you know something about those other his Salaam he was one of the greatest rulers in the history of humanity. Allah azzawajal he himself said imagine Naka Khalifa and fill out.
a knock on effect and Phil Dowd we are making you actually find the land. From Jewish historical accounts. his empire was so big, there was no part of the known world that was not under his control. You can think of it as the one of the greatest rulers humanity has ever experienced, was at a salon. As a matter of fact, even when all of the children of Adam alayhis salaam were shown to him. all of humanity was shown to Adam alayhis salaam in the beginning, though darlin, Salaam stockout, and he asked about Islam, a special prophet of Allah. And what is Allah's Messenger say about this great king and ruler and prophet? He says he used to eat every meal that he ate based on
the work he did with his own hand. What does the Quran describe about that without a Salaam, instead of describing to us the expanse of his government, how he used to render his armies, how many battles he fought, what what descriptions do we find out are they said, I'll just share one of them with you. He says, Well,
we gave out alehissalaam, a special favor that comes only from us, unless as a special favor was given to him. And a few of those things are uniquely miraculous to him, for example, yoji Valley
mountains sing along with him when he makes the praise of Allah, the mountains with sing along with him, what played and the birds too, but then he says, What Alan Allahu Hadid. And he
said, he says, No, and then we we made Iren, or metal, we made it soft for him. In other words, he learned how to melt and mold metal. And then Allah said, and then I instructed him directly work on the armor and make the links in the chain and make sure they're properly calculated. In other words, a lot showed him the engineering for the kind of work he was going to do the workmanship he was going to do with metal. Now we all have these images about delta and a certain tie together, going up into the mountains to find the materials he's going to use. And he sees the birds there that are singing the praises of Allah with him. And he brings those materials back. And he's burning those
metals and fusing them and working on them like a, you know, an iron Smith, a worksman. These are the kinds of people that have you think back even back in the days of a village, the lowest jobs, they're working with metals and burning them, it smells bad, you know, people don't want to be near them or around them. They're covered in smoke, they're covered in this black dust that comes from the work that they do. That's the work they do all day in it is not a job you do for five minutes or 10 minutes and you're done. You spend your waking day just working, working, working, exhausting yourself physically. This is a very labor, you know, physical labor, blue collar job, a factory job,
you could say that doubt alayhis salam used to do. This is the example the Prophet gave me his Salatu was Salam. And this is the example that Allah started with that Allah gave this person a special favor, and he made him work like this. What I'm trying to get at is that by giving this example the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has dignified through Allah Himself, every job. When you are driving a taxi, when you're standing at a cash register, when you're delivering pizzas, when you're, you know, you're working as a janitor at the airport, cleaning the bathrooms. When you're a security guard. There may be people around you say what do you do and
you're embarrassed to say that's your job. You feel like you know, you have a degree, you're an accountant, you have an office, you're a programmer, you're a doctor, you're an engineer, or I'm just a taxi driver. I'm just, I just work at the grocery store. I just drive a truck. You know, you feel like you're less worthy because you do this kind of work. Allah azza wa jal honored all had all work. And he said, there is no better meal you can eat than the one you earn with your own hand. That's that's the wave.
by which a lot of dignified it and He even gave the example of a prophet Alayhi Salaam Salaam that used to do physical labor. Another beautiful Hadith of the Prophet sighs and I was so inspired by this in my in the huka. In Canada, yes, Allah Allah he had enough for houfy Sabina, if there is a person who makes efforts to provide for his parents, your parents have gotten old, they can't afford anything for themselves, you have to do extra overtime because your regular job you have enough to pay for yourself. But now you have to support your parents do your parents got sick or they're old, and now you need to support them too. So now all of your extra time is going into doing more work.
So when someone makes these extra efforts to support both of their parents or even one of them, then that was the prop what is the profit call it for who if he civilly law then that is in the path of Allah, that person is struggling in the path of Allah. That's, that's noble, before I let you know, if this person might feel bad, I don't get to come to the machine. As often as I'd like to, I don't get to recycle. As much as I'd like to. I used to learn so much more. I don't get to learn as much because I'm always working now. Because I'm supporting my family. I feel like I'm giving all my time to dounia. And I used to give so much more time to Alice Dean, the Messenger of Allah comes to you
and tells you No, that is also a piece of Ebola. And then he says there are people who are so desperate, they're buried, they work so hard, whatever work they can find they do, but they barely make enough to survive themselves. They're barely surviving themselves hand to mouth, what you call, what does he say about them? What in Canada is Island FC for Wolfie Sevilla. And he's making effort only to barely suffice for himself that is also in the path of Allah. That is also dignified. This is the beauty of our religion, Allah honors people, what we do is we look down upon them. We make someone feel inferior I started with is a common common, don't make someone feel diminished. On one
group from compared to another group, you are a bunch of friends, all of you graduated from college, one of your friends couldn't graduate, one of your friends had financial difficulty, or his parents business failed or whatever he dropped out of school work, work at the gas station. The rest of you graduated, the rest of you are hanging out and talking about what jobs you're doing. And you keep reminding him of how he's the dropout. This is like a Coleman Coleman. Even him standing at that gas station even in pumping that gas is actually something noble and dignified by Allah. That's something Allah azza wa jal honored him with. This is the reminder that Allah gives us when he talks
about us earning our income, you know, how Allah describes earning income in the Quran. When you have whatever job you have, whether you do business, whether you're working at an office, whether you work at a hospital, whether you do physical labor, it doesn't matter what kind of job you do, all of it within the realm of halaal has one name. And especially on the day of Friday, what does he say, for either who the artist
was to whom and from the law.
He says, when the prayer is done, go spread out everywhere in the land go everywhere, you have to go and pursue out of a less favor. That earning whatever earning you do, Allah describes it as a laws favor on you. That's a lost favor on you. And when the law favor someone, he has honored them. There is no dishonor when someone has favored Allah, there cannot be those two things cannot exist coexist. And so let's bring this concept closer to home. This notion that for some reason, because you have a better job than somebody else, and by the way, we don't just do this among strangers. We do this within our families. There's a young man that says I don't I don't want to be a doctor, I
want to be a pharmacist and his family's like you're a loser. You know, you you could have been something you're just gonna be a pharmacist. Yeah, it's better hours, I get to do other things that I meant to do with my life. I don't know if I want to spend another five years or six years continuing education, etc, etc. So I've decided I want to be a pharmacist. Oh, worse yet, that's suicide from any parent's son or daughter decides to become a nurse in that Leilani we're in a lady, my god. This is why you studied biology to become a nurse. You know, even worse, some of these young people decide they're going to study history. And then if their parents are yelling at them, what
are you gonna what job are you gonna get studying history? Well, I love history. And I think it's important to learn, and I think I'm gonna teach afterwards. I want you want to be a teacher.
get a real job, a teacher, people who can't do teach, you know, go these go to law school and become a lawyer or something. Why can't you get a real job? We even within our families, we make certain lines of work, certain contributions, we make them feel diminished. Or worse yet, if a young man or woman decides they're going to study psychology or going to counseling, because they feel the Muslim community needs a lot of counselors, our women need counsel, our parents need counsel, our teenagers need counsel. Our young children need counsel and we don't have anybody to get counsel from
We have to end up in the in the, in the care of non Muslims, because we don't have enough professionals in the space. So somebody decides to go into counseling and everybody else makes fun of this one that decided to do a major in counseling. You know, because what are you gonna do with that? How do you get a career out of that? making people feel inferior for the work that Allah gave them talent in the work of life inspires them to do, I'm not saying you shouldn't aspire for better and better careers, but don't make people inferior, and feel that people feel inferior for the work that they do. There are some young men in the audience today that are no good at college, they're
just not no matter how much you try to make them study, they cannot but they're really good at fixing cars. They just made natural, natural born mechanics, that could be the best mechanic in the nation. I don't make him feel horrible, because he didn't finish his degree because he couldn't, he tried, he couldn't do it. But when he put his hand in this work, he was excellent at it. And now he's gonna run three, four or five garages of his own. And then he's gonna hire the accountant that graduated from one of the schools he failed out of. That's what's gonna happen and there are people like that, not everybody has to take the same path. We feel like the the pathways that society has
delineated for us, they are the only way to get respect in society. If you get a degree from a college, then you get disrespect. If you have a job in an office, then you get respect. If you do this, this and this, then you get respect. But if you're a farmer, you get no respect. If you're a taxi driver, you get no respect. If you're a mechanic, you get no respect. If you work at a store, you get no respect who decided this? The line is messenger give us this standard. There's a reason we stand in one row, we don't check what your job is. First. We don't check how much you make first before you stand in a row and salon in a chroma key in the law here at koco. The most noble among
you are the ones that are closest to a law, the ones that are most cautious of a law. And so in that remarkable Ayah which I'll conclude with but before I go to that I again about that incident, because the end of it is just absolutely incredible. Before I do that, one more I on the side that I want to share with you from Soto casas. Allah says DeLuca, Donald ophira, Naja, aloha Latina, LA, you do not know one of the one of a sudden, that final home, meaning genda
we have reserved it, Allah says, We have reserved it for people who don't want to gain a superiority in this earth.
They don't want to feel superior to others in this life. They don't want to make other people feel inferior in this life. That is not what their life is about. law you do not know and fill out the and by the way, when you create a culture and a society in which some people feel inferior, some people are made to feel superior. And this culture perpetuates, you know what happens, then everybody at the bottom is always trying to be like everybody at the top. You have people that are not making any money, they're poor, and they're living in subpar housing, or whatever, and their dreams of living in a mansion. And you know, the kind of car and the kind of fancy ride or whatever,
this is facade, that class society that's created where one group is constantly vying for the dignity of another group. That is facade. That is exactly what happened in the case of qarun. That's why this ayah comes at the end of the story of qarun when Carmen had all of his wealth, and everybody else in the Israelite community was poor, they said, Yeah, later
on, if only we had what Cardona has, we'd be doing great if I had what he had man. So sweet. I wish what he had, I wish I had what he had this is this is corruption at its core. This is corruption inside of the hearts. And it makes people want to earn money by any means possible, then they no longer care about what's hot, and what's hot on them. They just say so long as it's a good job, I'll do it. So long as it makes good money, I'll do it. That the distinction about the good earning that halaal earning, though the the legitimate earning with the work of your own hand goes away. And so now as I conclude, I want to share with you the final part of that ayah in which those are the sama
spoke to him and told him to work on the iron and to make sure he perfected his craft. First of all, in that I highlighted specifics that you didn't have to you could have just said to the elder law could have just told us about the incident to work on the metal to craft but he even goes cut their facility made sure every single link in the chain that you make is perfectly calculated. When you do a job do it perfectly. That's what he told him in telling him that and by the way, it's not just about those around the I ns man who sadly has in Nabi Mata, Anna Luna vaci. All of you be good, do good. I'm watching what all of you do halfway through the story of Donald
positions, he doesn't what's called an Intifada, he transitions. And he talks to you and me and says, By the way, I'm not just telling you the story of the road, you better be great at your jobs too. And you better do right by our jobs too. It doesn't matter if you're a high power executive, it doesn't matter if you're a janitor, it doesn't matter if you're a clerk somewhere, doesn't matter what your job is, you better be the best at it. And you better be earning every penny that you're given, you got to not be the one sleeping on your job. Your work should be defined by someone, you know, there are people who have jobs who hate their job,
they hate their job, the only reason they're in their job is because of the paycheck. That's it, you know, and they said, like, you know, there are people I've seen like that in the not to pick on the people in the post office. But a lot of times, there are people sitting there with the Department of Motor Vehicles, you know, the guy just doesn't want to help you. They're just, they're not interested, they just they're looking at the when's lunch, you know, I want to see more people are walking in their life.
You know, they're so depressed to see you. If you whatever job you have, whatever job you have, you must now feel that you have to bring a sound to it, you have to bring excellence to it, your very best to it. Just because this is a favor from a lot of you. If this job wasn't there, if that work wasn't there, you would be asking people, you will be asking to borrow money from them, to take a favor from them to pay the electricity bill to pay for the groceries at home to pay your children's food. We don't want to ever be in that position where we have to ask somebody else is not over. And in us the dignity of a person is that they don't feel me in need of other people. I the fact that
I'm independent, that I can drive my own car that I can live in my own, you know, housing, that I can pay for my own clothes, and my own food, that's part of my dignity, having to ask someone is humiliating and embarrassing. So whatever job you have you and I can have complaints about our jobs, that's fine. That's fine. But if we forget that every single job you and I have is actually a puddle of Allah is actually a favor of Allah, by means of which he allowed us to provide us, for ourselves to give to us to our families. And that because it's a favor of a love, you have to take care of that favor, we have to do right by our jobs, we can't be sleeping on the job. We can't be just
getting by because our managers not watching us 24 seven, you can't just walk into late, late into your office or into your job anytime you feel like it, because there's nobody checking on you.
Alive, still checking on you, you still owe him that. That's part of the sound that we bring, you know, Larissa will tell us a little bit awkward, fulfill all contracts fulfill covenants, when you make an agreement, and there's an expectation, you fulfill that expectation to the very best of your ability. And so it can do right, this is what I conclude with now.
Not only must we earn Helen, but we must do good with the work that we do, we must make sure that the jobs that we have are a means by which good is produced in the world. We cannot be part of corrupt industries, we cannot be part of a machinery or corporate machinery that creates more corruption in the world. We have to you can't just earn your keep your your money and not worry about what this is a part of, you know, you can't. This is why you can't just go get a job at a brewery that makes beer, you know, are a weapons manufacturer or something. These people produce evil in the world. Because destruction and death in the world. We have to know we have to be morally
conscious that what we're doing is going to do good in the world. It's going to serve some better purpose in the world. And so we have to be conscious about that in the workplace and the thing that we're contributing towards it.
And then finally, Allah says, Whatever you do, I'm carefully watching your boss may not be watching, nobody else may be watching, but Allah certainly is May Allah make us conscious of our work and May Allah give all of us the ability to earn holidays and to spend it in the best possible way. May Allah azza wa jal continue to favour us with his father, for ourselves and our families and give us the best of this in dystonia, and in the era barakallahu li walakum Hakeem when a funny word er can build it with Hakim
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Swamy from October, how many people here have teenagers, kids that are teenagers, this is a message for you guys. And also for those that have college students, this kids,
many of you know about the dream program, I want to tell you something very briefly about it. And that is that when I was in high school, and I graduated out of high school and then went to college, it only took one semester for me to lose Islam. It only took one semester, and that was back in the 90s. That was not when the media was constantly attacking Islam. That was not when we were constantly being criticized in every return. That was not the case. But a couple of philosophy courses, one or two courses in evolution, and you're done. You feel like the religion has no value. This is all just stories that your parents tell you. That's what happens to our youth, it is very
critical that we take our high school kids, and before they go into college, that we provide them a solid education in their religion. That's actually the focus of the dream program to connect students, young students directly to the Quran. By the way, it's not limited to high school kids, but I want to especially emphasize young men and women that are graduating out of high school that before they start their college career, let us borrow them for nine months. We teach them the Arabic language so they can understand the Quran directly. We do a core core onyx studies program. So they begin to understand what this book is actually about and intellectually start engaging this book. So
by the time they go to college, they are not being attacked with that doubt. They're the ones that are a reason for other people to start believing. They become a source of guidance for others. And that's the that's the ultimate battlefield today is our young people. So I'm urging you to consider sending your high school graduates those of you that are in college take a semester or two off in previous years, there have been people that left their jobs and careers moved over here to Irving to attend the program. Now it's handled that's being offered in the ulis campus. Those of you in the audience that are graduates of the dream program from here, please stand up so people may speak with
you also. And there's going to be a booth outside so you can get more information about the program inshallah Tada This is again open for both men and women. The last thing I want to share with you is this evening from this evening on I'm starting a series of gurus of the Quran called reflections nights of reflection. I'm going to be here after motive and it's going to go from negative till after Isha. It's open to our brothers and sisters and it's also open to your non Muslim friends and family inshallah Allah so I hope to see you this evening is Akuma located in Santa Monica