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Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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- Even before Prophethood, he was seen as a man of noble character by the Quraysh, which would make accepting what he had to say easier for them.
- He was given the Quran. He delivered a perfect message ( predrafted by Allah swt Himself ) at perfect instants to the people.
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inshallah, and today's Hooda, I'd like to share with you some reflections, and some parts of three IR that belong to sort of assura. This is the 42nd, short sort of the facade.
And in these three IR there are many, many lessons, but I want to focus on one particular strain one particular line of thought, that is critical for all Muslims today, especially in light of what's recently been happening, I don't think anyone in the audience today is unaware of what's going on in the Muslim world, and the recent events that have taken place, and I'm sure you've had discussions in this Masjid hobas, across the country, and even across the world, addressing this issue. But I wanted to actually address it from a different angle and really address something entirely separate. And that is the attitude of a Muslim.
The Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam had a very difficult mission.
And in the audience that he was conversing with, he has certain advantages. One of those advantages was they knew him 40 years before he even opened his mouth as a messenger. These people knew the Messenger of Allah Salallahu alaihe, salam, at a personal level, at a professional level. They knew him in his business dealings, they knew him in his family, they knew his tribe, they knew his character, they've seen him as one of their own young come up. So they know him very, very personally. And of course, when you know somebody personally, that already breaks certain, you know, certain barriers of communication, you can talk to somebody a lot easier when you know them, as
opposed to when you don't. And it's a lot easier to listen to somebody who you have a good opinion of, as opposed to listening to someone you don't have a good opinion of. A lot already went on to tell us and actually are not caught on. But sila books already go on to tell us that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam enjoyed a very high reputation among the market napkins before even declaring that he's a messenger before receiving revelation of sodic. Well, I mean, the Arabs of that time, especially the mccanns, were not really known for giving compliments. They were actually much more known for throwing insults. For them to give a compliment is not a small thing. It's a
pretty big deal that they were getting had given these compliments to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So that's obviously one of the great advantages of the prophets. I saw them when he has to deliver this message. Another really good advantage he has is that Allah has given him a miraculous gift the Quran, so the message he has to deliver, you know, when a speaker has to get up and speak, he has to think well, what should I say first and what should I say second? How's the best way? What's the best possible way I can deliver this
idea to somebody else. And depending on who I'm talking to, I might have to change the way I organize my thoughts or how I put my sentences together. So speakers have to go through drafts and re drafts and re drafts and re drafts, but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when he's delivering the speech, the message of Allah subhanaw taala doesn't have that problem. his speeches are pre drafted by Allah Himself. It's the solos of the Quran that he's reciting. Well, my uncle and in Hawaii in Hawaii loa nuha. He's not speaking on his own way. He's not making stuff up. He's actually being given the perfect speech for the perfect occasion. And it's not like the Messenger of
Allah or they sought to a Salam would choose the time when sooner which Sula should be recited. Well, Quran and farakka who Lita Cara who Allah nasty alimak thin when de la hutan de la SOTA. This law tells us the Quran, Allah Himself separated it. So you can recite it onto the people at the right occasion, when the right time comes, the sutra will come and you can recite it onto them. So the perfect speech for the perfect time coming from an individual whose reputation is already respected. I say all of this in the beginning of my football, because there's a lot of reasons for which the mccanns who are listening to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, especially those
that are closest to him personally, there are a lot of reasons for them to accept this message. There are a ton of reasons there's a very good ingredients to coming together, that if they come together this perfect storm of guidance, you know, there's all the reasons to accept this message. But nearly a decade goes by and not much has changed. Not much has changed, most of his family's not become Muslim. Actually, they become more and more antagonistic towards Islam. And all of those things that work to the prophets advantage. sallallahu, Alayhi, wasallam don't seem like they're enough. They just don't seem to be enough. They're not budging from their position. And if you've
been trying to talk to somebody for a long time, you've been trying to change somebody's attitude for a long time. You talk to them once, twice, three times, four times, a year, two years, in this case, 10 years, almost now, you've been talking to the same group of people for a very long time. And somebody comes to you and says, Listen, these guys are a lost cause. Why do you even bother? I mean, if they haven't listened to you for the last nine years, for the last 10 years, why would they listen to you now? Don't you get it? They're not going to listen, it's too difficult for them. When somebody comes and talks to you in this way to try to discourage you and say, You know what, look
you tried. Thanks for trying, but these guys are bad. last case, their terminal case they're at a point of no return. Don't even bother with them. Well, any normal human being would be discouraged. They would be discouraged. They would say, You know what? You're right. These people maybe these people aren't worth it. But you know, what, what if Allah azza wa jal himself, himself says to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the ayah I recited before you, caboodle lol mushy kina matted room in a
it is a big deal for the people of Schick for the people that are making partners with a lot of the idol worshippers. These machete Kula maka, particularly, it is too big a deal for them, to accept what you're inviting them to. It's too much for them. It's not just anybody coming and giving the Prophet these words. It's Allah Himself saying it's way too big a deal for them. And if the prophets mission, on the one hand, something Allahu alayhi wa sallam is to deliver this message to them. And who gave him the admission Allah himself did. And on the other hand, Allah Himself is telling the prophets I send them these people, it's too big, too hard for them. Wouldn't that be demoralizing?
Why would Allah azzawajal tell his prophet alayhi salatu salam Look, you've got a really tough customer base. These guys are just hard headed. I know you're the best possible messenger ever humanity's ever seen. This is the best possible message humanity has ever received. But even though that's the case, and even though this message has been delivered, specifically in their language, the perfect speech at the perfect time, 10 years of it, nothing has changed. It's too hard for them to accept. There's too much the demands you're placing on them with Islam are too much.
The prophets lie Selim is told all of this not so he can quit. He's not told this so he can quit. It's he's told this so he can be clear.
The reason he's told that it's too hard for the machine to accept Islam is not so he gets depressed, and says if Allah says it, then what's the point? What's the point of bothering with these people? The very next words in the IR in the IR are the words of clarity. Allahu alayhi wa Yasha. de la humane you need a lie, in fact, is the one he selects towards himself. He drafts literally the word judge that he's close to the word draft. He drafts for himself.
Whoever he wants, and he brings back how he guides towards himself, the people who turn towards him, my unique, whoever is going to turn back. In other words, you can do the best job you can possibly do. But guiding somebody is not your responsibility.
Your responsibility is to deliver a message to even this impossible audience. I will in the end pick who I will pick. Allah says send it to the messenger always AutoSum the selection is not yours, it's mine. I get to make the choices. So the same speech will be heard by an entire crowd, but one kid and he will raise his hand and say a shadow Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allahu Allah, right? He's gonna say, Boy shadow Mohammed and they're all listening to the same speech. But Allah chooses one. Then Allah chooses another that Allah chooses another. All the rabbis of Bernice la Elian Medina heard the message of Islam. They all heard it. But you have Abdullah bin Salaam, accepting Islam,
you have one of them accepting Allah chooses. Allah doesn't just pick anybody he chooses. There were two great leaders elite at the machico looked up to Roma. Allah chooses one of them. The prophet SAW Selim is inviting both of them equally. And it's so amazing that in the Quran
in Cana Buddha, Allah even talks about the potential of a Buddha he could have been awesome.
Did you see if he had been commanded he if he had been committed to guidance in kind of Buddha, Amara taqwa or if he had commanded to taqwa he would have been awesome. A Buddha has potential that the prophet SAW sallallahu that's why he made the offer him right, that may give me one of the two armor.
The reason he made that there is the prophet SAW potential in some of them. And it's not just the Prophet Quran also acknowledges if that guy became Muslim, it would have been amazing. Even chroniclers declares that but at the end of the day, the prophets efforts are on one hand, the ones who will come to guidance are on the other. That is not the prophets concern, laser alayka Huda home when I came to La Jolla de Sha, Allah tells his messengers, you're not responsible for guiding them, Allah guides to him whoever he wants. But regardless, the point the first point I wanted to make before all of you is that Allah Himself said, the people you are talking to this is a very hard
sale. They're not easy customers. kabu dilution is too big a deal for them. It's heavy on them, it's huge for them to accept what you're saying. But if that's the case, and the Muslims also hear that, that the machinery cooler maka, well, why wouldn't they listen? So some thoughts might come in your mind, you might say, well, the machine of Makkah, they don't, they're not Christians, and they're not Jews. And they're not people that believe in profits from before. And they're not people that have an understanding of the afterlife or so he they are a pagan, idol worshipping culture for them something like revelation, angels, though he the oneness of God, the uniqueness of Allah, you know,
previous revelations, previous scripture, all of this stuff is new to them. So if that's the case, maybe the Muslims become more optimistic about the situation in Medina, because in Medina who lives there, Jews and Christian lived there at Christians lived there at the time. Well, those people know a book, don't they? That's why they're called Get out there. People have a book, and they know revelation. So maybe when they hear this Koran it will resonate with them. They'll say, Okay, this is what we believe in. As a matter of fact, some people who heard this message from the people of the book, when am I you know what?
I'm gonna be in our Hakuna rabina, inoculum and cuddly muslimeen. When they hear this message, they're like, we believe in it. This is absolutely the truth that came from our master. We were already in submission even before we heard this. In other words, even though I hadn't come into contact with the Quran, my heart was already Muslim. This is completely confirming what I had in my heart. So the Muslims are thinking maybe when we go to Medina, our job will be a lot easier there that group the Jews and the Christians are going to be way more willing to listen.
Keep in mind the sutra I'm sharing with you today. This small passage I'm sharing with you today is not a Lebanese passage. It's a murky passage. So the Muslims actually don't yet know what's going to happen in Medina. They don't know that yet. What does Allah say about the people of the book in the next ayah? Allah azza wa jal says, well, Martha Fonterra who in lambing by de magia, went belly up.
They didn't fall into disagreement until after knowledge came to them out of rebellion and out of an urge of ego and domination that they wanted one to dominate the other. That's the only urge that let them argue among each other and be in Division, despite having knowledge after they had knowledge. So the thing is machinery Kuhn did not accept Islam because they don't have previous knowledge. Muslims are hoping Christians and Jews will accept them because they have previous knowledge. And Allah says in the next I actually they've been fighting each other, and they fell into disagreement, not because they didn't have knowledge.
But even though they had knowledge, even after they had knowledge, because they have too much pride among each other bohemian baina home, they want to have one group dominate over the other, this urge to rebel within them keeps the urge to dominate within them, keeps even their knowledge from benefiting them. So panela On the one hand, the prophet has told them, we should ignore a tough sale. On the other hand there he's told that the Jews and Christians of Medina, the vast majority of them, even if they have knowledge is not going to make much of a difference. Actually, even after knowledge, they disagree. All and by the way, who are the prophets audience sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam, there's only three, there's only two audiences really, there's on the one hand that people have shake. On the other hand, the people of the book, that's it. So the two audiences of the prophet Isaiah wasallam, in the in his lifetime, and both of them in this passage has been told most of them aren't very easy. You know, they're not easily turning to Islam was not going to happen. And their knowledge is not even going to help. All the reasons given why the prophets job some Allah who it is impossible, he's not going to see much results. He's just not going to work out. And after he's told all of this, maybe he's thinking, Okay, these guys, they're older, they're knowledgeable,
and they become arrogant in their religion, maybe their next generation, maybe their children will become better than them. You remember how the Prophet alayhi salatu salam made made had hope in the children of five?
When the angel comes and makes the offer, should I take them out? He says, No, no, no, maybe their children will say la ilaha illAllah one day, so he has hope in the future. What does Allah say about the people of the book, we're in Allah, Xena, udy, full Kitab of embody him, Allah Fisher came in Hungary, and no doubt about it. Those who are given the book and inheritance after them are also in doubt. They've got Chuck, they've got doubts about it, too. So the original generation is lost in argument and the arrogance that people have shed, it gets too hard for them to accept, and the new generation is lost in what they're lost in doubt. They're lost in doubt. So your message is not
going to resonate with any of these. They're all lost causes. And when the Prophet hears this, Allahu alayhi wa sallam the logical assumption you and I should have is that he should give up. Why even bother than if they're not going to listen? Why am I even talking? I mean, imagine you're talking to somebody, and people are getting up and walking away. What would any normal speaker do? Why am I even talking? Now everybody's walking away? I should just stop. But what does the law say to the messenger either his thoughts around these words and the wisdom in the following words are very small words. But they and it's very hard to explain their wisdom. And I pray to ally that he
gives me clarity in speech that I can communicate to you the depth of what is being said in the next words, because it's life changing. It really is, to me at least it's life changing. Allah azza wa jal would have said, Would he didn't say this, what I'm about to say he didn't say this, he would have said, Look, you've got all these reasons, all these problems, all these obstacles, despite them further, we'll keep on inviting the word despite I want to pay attention to a little bit. I'm expecting to hear either Rockman could leave Alec further ruined. Despite all of these problems, you keep doing what you're doing. I know you have all these issues, and I've list I myself Allah himself
has listed those issues for you. But despite them keep on working. That's not what Allah said. Allah said fair Lee danika not Allah Rock me when valic Elisa Anika, it's very small words. For that reason, I'm going to translate now and hopefully I can explain clearly, for that reason, you should invite
for that reason you should invite Now think about that. All the the entire passage before were reasons why the Prophet shouldn't even bother.
And Allah says, look, you have an impossible audience. Number one, the most liquid of Mecca, you have an impossible audience. Number two, the People of the Book who have knowledge and still argue, you have an impossible audience. Number three, the children next generation of them that are lost in doubt. And because you have three very difficult, very impossible audiences. That's why you should invite because you are the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you because you have such a high status have very high obstacles in front of you. Those are the reasons that's the reason you've been chosen. It's your job to deal with these problems because no other human being on the
face of this earth can deal with these. I don't let him see anybody else qualified to deal with those problems like our messenger sallallahu wasallam. What I'm trying to get across to you if I can be clear, is the colossal the monumental nature of the problems. Allah highlighted them to let the messenger know, these problems exist. And that's
why I chose you.
These problems exist not to depress you, but actually you were sent to, to address these problems. I will guide who I guide, but your job is to invite and keep on working, even if they don't accept what you're saying you stay added, what stuff can come out and stay firm and stay on target, stay straight, just like you've been commanded. What's the theme come out of mytha. These are incredible words. And the reason I'm bringing up this passage in particular, and this conversation between a lion His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in particular, is for a reason. There's one there are many awesome Muslim habits nowadays. And one of them you and I know very, very well. We love sitting
together and talking about the problems of the oma, the problems of the Muslims, man, the government have this and this and this, oh, man, the Muslims are doing this and this and this, man, the kofod do this and this and this against us. Oh, God, we're so ignorant. There's so much you know, corruption in the oma. There's so much, you know, corruption in the politics of the oma and we don't have any knowledge and our This is corrupt, and that's corrupt. And this is going wrong. And that's going wrong. We love sitting together, having some Chai, having some biscuits, having some dark lava and talking about how things are going wrong. However, everything is falling apart. We love doing
it's entertainment for us. Other people watch sports and complain about how their teams aren't doing well. We talk about the old mine, how ruined it is, how hopeless it is. It's a lost cause these people are, you know, people sit there talk about Pakistan, these people then forget about it. There's a lost cause. People talk about the youth, people's every every aspect of the Muslim community who just love it. We're obsessed with it. You know, there are corporations in this country, multi million dollar billion dollar corporations that have a set budget, just on fixing attitudes of managers and executives, because they understand the power of a positive attitude, and
how it affects their bottom line. They're not doing it because they like everybody to be happy. They're doing it because they know what affects their profits when employees aren't positive. Even in the dunia sense, they believe in the power of optimism. For a Muslim, it's not even dunya optimism is part of our mind. being optimistic that things are going to get better is part of our Eman. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is told all the reasons to be negative to be pessimistic. But he's told actually you should be optimistic because you have Quran
you've been given the message to deliver your job is to address these impossible problems not complained about him, not complain about them. We look at the state of the oma today and we get depressed we really do. We watch the news every day. And we get more and more and more depressed. And I argue you and me, the further we become from the Koran, the more depressed we're going to be. Because we're not seeing those problems as our mission. We're not seeing those problems as the reason Allah chose you and me to live in this age. If you and I have been given breath in this time, in 2012, and you and I have been given that ilaha illAllah on our tongue. If we have been given that
then we are of the people a lie expects something from them. When they see the problems around them. They should say funny Radhika Drew. That's why I should open my mouth. That's why I should do something. That's why I love put me in the time that he put me in. We have to be the force of positive change. We have to be the people that Oh, invite people just talk just say something. Don't say nothing changes people. Brother, there are hotbars there are talks, nothing ever changes. You don't decide what changes and doesn't change. That's up to Allah. Even Allah told his messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that he's not in charge of changing anything. He's not in charge of
guiding anybody. That's a law's responsibility. So it is not becoming of you. It's inappropriate of you and me to sit around and say, Oh, brother, nothing's gonna change. Don't say that. Because that's a problem of human. We don't think like that. But it affected our attitudes. Things change is in the hands of Allah so long as we do our part to have help of Allah will come. We don't do our part. We can't complain about the help of a law not coming. Funny danika federal was the Kim comma omerta, voila.
So you keep on inviting, stay firm as you've been commanded, and don't fall into their desires don't fall into their whims. In these last five minutes. I want to share something with you. In one of the main lessons of this passage, these few words is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is commanded to stay on target, stay focused. And you know when you tell somebody to stay focused is when there are a lot of distractions available. Hmm. When there are a lot of distractions.
You have to give instructions to stay focused, you just stay firm on what you've been told, and you keep on inviting and don't follow their desires and their desires actually doesn't mean well, then dunya because we know the Prophet wouldn't follow any of that don't give in to their distractions, actually, what they really want is for you to talk about something else. They want to change the subject. They want listen to this carefully, folks, they want to change the subject. They don't want you to stay focused. This Omar has a focus to call themselves each other and the world back to Allah, to call the world to justice to call the world of fame, to you know, to fairness. That's the
job of this oma. But then these people will throw in distractions. And we will be distracted by them and forget what we're here for. So how, how easily we get distracted? How easily one of the thinkers in the Arab world actually describes Muslim youth today, like the bull in a bull fight, you know, the red cape, you just wave it a little bit and the ball goes. There's no there's no intellectual winner. This guy's playing with me again. Last time I got injured because this guy No, no, no, no, no. You just have to wave the red flag and the herd will come out. We don't have to think about anything. We can run by emotions. We don't even understand what our own agenda is. What our own what
Muslims have an agenda, we have a purpose. We have a mission. What is it? And how are we so easily taken off our agenda? How is it so easily we get distracted? These things are just distractions. At the end of the day, that's all they are. If you and I are offended, and we should be that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is being insulted. We should be offended that the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam is being mocked and he's being made fun of but you know you don't we have to remember that the Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam left you and me with a responsibility for you? Well, the Russia head alive, then the one who's here better deliver the message to the one
who's not here. And when you and I are not part of the solution of spreading the word of Allah in our own family even I don't even talk about going to on the radio station and talk about a song. How would you even teaching our own family? How much does your next door neighbor you live with him for 10 years? How much does he even know about Islam? Does he even he hasn't even heard the word love before, has even heard that before from you. has even known what the prophet is like some of them from your mouth. If we haven't even done that, then who is offending the prophets legacy? Some Allahu alayhi wa sallam, the prophets like Selim put us in charge of delivering his message. And the
Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam is not hurt by the kuffar and what they say that he can't be hurt by that. He can't, they can't hurt Islam. But you know what, the disappointing behavior of the oma
the lack of direction for the oma, now there's something you should be worried about. There's something we should protest, there's something we should really be offended by deeply concerned by how far we come from the prophets way. alayhi salatu was salam, you know, these kinds of things, you can look at them these kinds of incidents, and this is not going to be the last of them. It's not going to be the last of them, you can see them as something negative or you can find an opportunity in every challenge a lot puts our way is an opportunity, I see it as an opportunity. It's an opportunity for one fifth of the of the world's population, the Muslim population of the planet, one
fifth of it, to engage in a capacitive conversation about our profits in the long run Islam. It's an opportunity now, hey, you've been following the news. Let me tell you something about our Prophet, I want to sit down and introduce him to you. You know, we can actually now use this as a means to do more data than ever before. What is supposed to be an attempt to hurt the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and hurt Islam can be turned into an opportunity to share the message of Islam like never before.
We have to learn to take these things like opportunities, use the weapons that are thrown at us and turn them right back around and not be distracted from our purpose. I leave you with this. It's already 250 I leave you with this. Musa alayhis salam when he spoke to Pharaoh was insulted multiple times.
Around called him a magician. phenomenon finally called him a magician. Before that. He called him crazy. He called him a liar. He called him a bunch of names in one conversation. He insulted him over and over and over and over again. And you know what's amazing about Musa alayhis salam in the Quran? in that entire conversation, read it yourself. 26 Surah Surah number 26. Read the conversation. Not once did Mousavi Salam respond to any of the insults?
All he kept saying in response is on a boil mashariki Well, Mojave Rama Rama
Rama Kumara Baba ecomondo willing,
Prabhu sumati one
He would say he's crazy. It's a no actually my master is the master of the skies in the earth. My Allah is the master of the skies in the earth. He'd say he's a liar. Actually, let me tell you something more. He's not only the master of the skies in the earth, He owns both the east and both the West. So he's a magician. This is my master, he owns you, all of you and your ancestors he's only talking about
it all is talking about Musa Musa is talking about Allah xojo Allah put that in the Quran for a reason people. Allah put that in the Quran for a reason. He's teaching us how musala Islam wouldn't be distracted. He wouldn't get distracted. We should stay on target. We should learn not to get distracted. May Allah azzawajal really make us a people of the Quran and the Sunnah of His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah azzawajal teach this woman not to be reactionary, but to draw from the guidance of his book and to apply it in the best possible way in this life for the benefit of themselves and the benefit of the rest of humanity. barakallahu li walakum
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