Preparing for Ramadan 2024
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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I pray that all of you are doing well. And that you are your families are in the best of health and best of Eman. And I also pray that we make the most of this Ramadan and it's the best Ramadan of our lives.
Typically, before Ramadan, we have you know, these welcome Ramadan type programs and we give almost identical kinds of reminders about how we need to mentally prepare ourselves and make the most of this month that's this is not going to be one of those talks. So, what I decided to do there, you know, when it comes to the concept of Ischia, I have a certain view on the concept of dusky it does get an Arabic, the simple English meaning would be purification. And of course, the month of Ramadan is an attempt for us to purify our hearts and purify our connection with Allah. Right. But there are two kinds of purification, there is spiritual purification, the purification of the heart. And
there's also the purification of our understanding the purification of the mind. Right. And I think that you are going to hear a lot and benefit a lot from reminders that already talked about the purification of our hearts, and the kind of Ibadat to kind of step far, the kind of the kind of, you know, good deeds that we're going to do that help towards does get on Kulu. But the session that I want to have with you today, is actually more focused on does get a little cool. It's focused on the cleansing of our thoughts, and our understanding of what it is that we're about to celebrate in the month of Ramadan. I'll also say that I've talked about this, I, you know, I've been giving lectures
on the Quran for over 20 years. And I think I've given a lecture about Ramadan, every year for 20 years. So there's plenty of this out there. But I don't think I've taken this approach that I'm about to take tonight in any of the last 20 years. So it's, it's something that I've been thinking about more recently. And I think it's absolutely necessary for especially young Muslims but even older, like, but especially young Muslims, to have some of this education as part of their core education. So I pray Allah gives me clarity and speech, and you're able to take something meaningful with you that you can keep for yourselves and also share with family and friends. Okay. Having said
all of that, it is my absolute conviction that the Quran from Fatiha to NAS like Fatiha surah number one, Baqarah is surah. Number two at Enron is surah. Number three, we all know that it was not revealed in this order. Right? So this, the question then is why is it in this order? And it is without making a lecture about that? I've given entire courses about that. But I just want to share with you what I believe about that, because that will impact how I talk about today's subject. What I believe about that is this is Allah's design. This is not a human design. This is Allah's design, Allah decided, in the end that Fatiha will be one Bacara will be two, and then Ron would be three
Nyssa, it would be for me that would be five. And the Sahaba only agreed to this order. Because they understood this to be order unanimously from the prophets of Allah, who are they who said them? And there are lots and lots of reasons to argue in favor of that view, that it's not just some people, you know, some companions eventually decided this should be the order. This was always supposed to be the order. And this is as clear as even when I say Alhamdulillah Bill Alameen goes first and the Rama and Rahim goes second, just like the ayat go in a certain order, the sutras go in a certain order. Now what is the benefit of that? There's lots of them, but I'm going to focus on Bacara
because Allah talks about Ramadan in certain Bukhara.
And the thing is that just like every bone in my body has a certain place like this bone in my finger. Allah didn't put it in my foot, and he didn't put it in my ribcage and he didn't put it in my ear. He put it here. It's a certain size. It's a certain configuration, and it fits here, right? Allah doesn't put anything anywhere accidentally. Allah is you know, Allah Allah
Whether it is the Rhema, calm, he puts things in the most appropriate places he put the sun exactly where it belongs the moon exactly where it belongs, he put my eyes in my face exactly where they belong. He put every cell in my body exactly where it belongs, the same way he put the Ayat of his final revelation, exactly where they belong. And so he put the Ayat of Ramadan, exactly where they belong, which is where in Surah Al Baqarah. So it's nice to go through the Ayat of Allah of Ramadan, and say, Hey, I learned something. But the question then arises, there could have been Allah has given short Surah as to right, so Terrassa is very short. There could have been a surah Ramadan, and
it could have been just the Ayat of Ramadan done a little sooner by itself. But he didn't do that he put it here. And well, Allah situate something somewhere, there has to be a reason. So this, if you will, if the subject of Ramadan is a brick, or it's a wall, it belongs to a building. And that building is Salat Al Baqarah. So the approach I'm going to take today with you is why is this here? Why are why is the conversation about Ramadan here and not anywhere else? And where in the Surah does it occur? And that will help us understand what the intention of Allah is the greater intention of Allah and what He wants us to understand about this amazing month that we celebrate for since the
since the birth of Islam since the hedger of the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam. Since the revelation of these ayat, we've been celebrating Ramadan, so and the Muslims were supposed to contemplate this from the very beginning. So let's take a little bit of a step back. I'll just say one quick thing about Bukhara as a whole and then we'll get into the subject matter and that is that
the when the Prophet alayhi salatu salam was delivering his message, you all know that he was delivering his message in Makkah and then in Medina, right, and situations would come up. And every time a situation would come up, Allah would reveal an IRA or a surah, or a bunch of IR to address that situation. Right? So Allah says what Quran and Farah Karna who Lita Cara who Allah Nessie Allah Mukhin when is the NA Hooton? Zeeland certainly slices we Quran, we broke it up, so you can keep reading it to the people at the right occasion. at the perfect moment, somebody came and asked a question, I came down answering that question, a situation came up Allah comments on that situation,
so people can understand, understand that situation properly. So the question, the question was, well, why? Why did the Ayat came in a certain order, but the final design was a different order, right? Because the mission of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi, wasallam was a for a limited period of time, it was for 23 years. And in that mission, things progressed a certain way. And the revelation was according to the mission.
But at the end of that mission, the mission mission accomplished. Mission accomplished. Now, we are an online now we are a civilization. And now right and NASA Toluna 15 ilahi of water. So now you're going to have generations of people from now until the end, born Muslim, they're not going to come and, you know, be here, the Dawa of Islam and then finally accept Islam. Yes, young people will come. But we are now a nation by ourselves. We're not a newly forming we're not birthing as a nation. And so from here on out there was the Quran will play a different role. The Quran was playing the role for guiding a mission when it was being revealed. And the Quran is then playing the
role of most among other things guiding a nation. It's now guiding a nation and things have changed. Now we're a nation. And it's as if Allah sees fit in his wisdom, that from the end of the mission onwards, anybody who will ever pick up a copy of the Quran, a Muslim especially will pick up a copy of the Quran recite and ask Allah for guidance in the Fatiha and the first guidance, Allah will give him this little Bacara. That's Allah's design.
And I think about that from an education perspective. I've been involved in children's education, college education for a long time. And I think about what different countries do with children's education. You know, one of the things that every country does in elementary school education, is they teach you national history.
They teach you, you know, the founding fathers, they'll teach you, you know, how the country came to be, what revolutions were fought, what wars were fought, how they won. You know, if you if you go to a Muslim country, you might see when the Muslim the Constitution was ratified, who the great heroes were, who were, you know, in Buxton, I did a couple of years of schooling in Blackstone to they will highlight the wars we have had with India, and who the great Shahadat were the pilots who died in war, except they would do that, but it's why are they doing that? Why are they doing why are they teaching you national? Why are kids learning about Abraham Lincoln? Or John Adams? Or you know, what
why are they learning about these people in our textbooks? You know, why? Because they
The idea is a nation wants to build a sense of identity. And if you know about how the nation came to be, you will have a sense of attachment and your sense of belonging. Oh, this is where we come from. This is why we're number one. This is what makes us a great nation. These are our heroes. Right? So, history education is a kind of indoctrination actually. Right? And it's there to make people loyal to the country, loyal to the state, loyal to the government. That's why governments have a lot of say in what goes into the curriculum. Right? Now we have a loyalty to Allah. And Allah knew that Muslims are going to belong to every corner of this earth. You know, I one of the most
fascinating experiences in my life was I went to an island in Malaysia, called Kota Kinabalu. I know, it's fun to say.
And I left Kuala Lumpur, we got on a flight and we're flying. It's an island. So you're flying over, and you're going to reach that island, right? And I'm flying. And I'm thinking it was like a two, three hour flight. And I'm sitting in the plane looking outside at the ocean. And I'm like, La ilaha illallah reached here.
And like when I got to that island, I'm taking a car. It's like a village, almost most of it right? And if you've ever been to LA, I may Allah forgive you. But if you've been if you've been to, if you've been to LA you seen the Hollywood sign, right? They were so there was a mountain and there was a lawful July law, there was a big giant word allah on the mouth, I was like, wow, that is so cool. You know, Islam was meant to spread everywhere. And it wasn't always under the shade of an empire. But Allah knew every Muslim will be a citizen loyal to Allah Himself.
Our Kanima makes us loyal to Allah and then loyal to Allah's Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So he, in his in his perfect wisdom, saw it fit that the first thing we should get is a history education.
The first thing we should get his there's just like every country does that. Right? But Allah does his version of that the divine version of that you and I should get a history education. And where does that history education begin? It begins with Surah Al Baqarah.
And so, again, Abeka is 286 out that's not going to happen tonight. Right? So, but I do want to give you some key pointers to get to the ayat of Ramadan.
The first story that will be mentioned will be the story of our democracy.
It will soon be followed. And actually, I should say something before that. Before that we're going to see Allah will talk about three kinds of people, believers, disbelievers and hypocrites. We're going to come back to that believers, disbelievers and hypocrites. Then he's going to talk about the story of the medicinal the first story of humanity. And he's gonna give us a version of that a glimpse of that story. Then as soon as that ends, he's going to talk to us about the children of Israel. And he's going to talk to us about them for a long time. There's my 89 dir is dedicated to the Israelites and what they did. I thought it's our history. Wait, I thought this was the Islamic
history. We're supposed to be the ones that are becoming loyal citizens of the Ummah loyal citizens to Allah and His messenger. Why is he giving us Jewish history? In this book in the beginning, and then after that, he will talk to us about Ibrahim alayhis salam let's see if you remember what was the first story
of the militia, then
the Israelites then Abraham then he says and by the way, now you're in Omar
Modelica Allah come on Mutton Masala we made you know that the fourth story, if you will, is my story in your story. And in that comes Ramadan. Part of that is Ramadan, by the way, and I've said this in other lectures, but you guys know, nations celebrate their independence. So they have an Independence Day. Nation celebrate the day on which their Constitution was signed. Right? So they have a Constitution Day and independent day, you know, Freedom Day, whatever day right?
Our Constitution is the Quran is it not? And it was revealed when in Ramadan, so we don't have an Independence Day. We have a revelation month.
You understand the concept. It's because we're actually a civilization a nation and a nation needs to remember its origins. And our origin is the our origin story is the revelation of the Quran. So we celebrate it as an entire month, every single year, an entire month dedicated to that celebration. But now let's go back. I said there are three groups of people Allah mentions before the stories begin with three groups that you mention.
Okay, now put your mind at the time of the Prophet sighs I'm imagine you're there. When he hears when you hear about believers, you're hearing about the Sahaba around you. When you're hearing about disbelievers who are you hearing about?
You're in Medina. You're in Medina. There's Muslims around you. Those are the good
levers when Allah says about the disbelievers doesn't matter if you warn them or not, they're not gonna believe they're stubborn, etc, etc. Who are these people?
The people you left behind in what city?
in Makkah, Kufa, it's about them. But then there's a third group of people. What did I say? What the third group of people this hypocrites, and if you look at the openings of the opening of the Surah, the way Allah described believers very straightforward, the way Allah described disbelievers very straightforward, the way Allah described hypocrites, very complicated.
The most detail went into hypocrites. You know why? Because they're this weird mix between believer and disbeliever believer on the outside kind of disbeliever on the inside. It's a mix between the two, it's contaminating black and white. So it's different shades of grey, different shades of hypocrisy. It's kind of twisted. So and it's hard to hard to discover. It's hard to admit. And it started getting people worried. Am I one of them? Like, am I is this talking about me? I need to worry about that. How can I just be self confident and No, no, I'm not from that group. Well, let's see right. Now, the reason I'm bringing that up, is that Allah spoke about hypocrites in some more
And then we're going to switch over I'll connect other Muslim in a second. What I'm going to show you today is iron number eight, to iron number 16. That's my agenda. I have number eight to iron number 16. That is describing some things about hypocrites.
And I'll show you something special about that. I'll give away the mystery from now. Everything Allah described about the hypocrites in eight to 16 He repeated it or explained it in some way when he was talking about the Israelites.
So he repeated it, not as hypocrites but as Israelites. And the importance should be clear to everyone we know what the importance is. Okay? I don't know if I'm a hypocrite or not. But there were people before me who did certain behaviors that Allah labeled those people lost their position with Allah, they were the Muslims before us. They were the carriers of Allah's word before us. They were the followers of the prophet before us. They were the followers of the Sharia before us, they were the Ombud OMA 10 Muslim and before us, that's what they were. And Allah gave them celebrations like he gave us they had days of fasting, we have days of fasting, they had a Qibla we have a Qibla
but after showing that they didn't do their job, Allah changed the capital of Islam from Jerusalem and he changed it to where Makkah so we got our own capital, new capital, and we got our own, you know, national celebration. Right? So we're, that's your new nation, right? Which means they got removed from that position, and we got placed in that position. That's what happens in total Bukhara. Okay, now,
all of this, but I skipped the story of the medicina. Won't we won't talk about Adam in detail, Alison today. I'll talk about him tomorrow, though. It's story night. But I'll tell you one thing about him. Of all the people in the all the creations of Allah, Allah made one special creation that shocked the angels. Like of all the creatures you could make, that would be above everything else that deserves the Sajida from all the angels, which means it's a by the way, such that happens when something is incredible. So this creation is so incredible that that some angels, Gulu, whom I admire own every single angel in existence. And by the way, there's way more angels than human
beings. Right? All of them across the seven skies have to perform an act of such that to acknowledge that Allah has made the most remarkable creation of all, and who's that?
some super special creation of God. Right. And then Adam
made a mistake.
He made it he made a mistake, even though he's so awesome. He made a mistake. And then he repented from that mistake.
But fast forward, he's on Earth. We're on earth. Now the Children of Adam are on earth. Now. The whole story started, we were chosen above every other creation. That's how it started.
When enough of the children of Adam spread, Allah does and we when enough children happened about denialism over 1000s of years, then now we're not just children, we're actually entire different nations. So just like from all the creations, he chose one creation, that's just like that from all the nations he chose one nation. So the first special selection was Adam. But when the children of Adam spread enough, another special selection was made, and that was the children of Australia. They were especially chosen. They were especially chosen by Allah. Now with that back so the selection and selection going on, isn't it? Okay. Again, this part I have said in previous lectures, but I'll
repeat it for you. I said there are four stories I'm I'm
No You forgot what are the four stories in Bukhara
the Israelites Ibrahim s are this is really cool. Either Malay Salam was tested,
and he failed. But he repented, which teaches us you can fail, but you can redeem yourself. Just like at school, you can fail the test and take a makeup exam or something, or makeup assignment or something right, you could do that there's there's a comeback possible. There's a comeback possible, okay? That's one, the Israelites were tested. And they also want succeeded or failed. They failed. And not only did they fail, they refuse to repent.
So the difference between other he made a mistake the Israelites they also made mistakes, but one of them made a mistake and repented Robin alumna and for Santa's mistake you
can imagine Fattah but Allah He made a mistake. And he asked for forgiveness when they were told, you know, ask Allah for forgiveness. Who knew hit Putana fella come kata Jaco. We don't want to ask for an apology. We're not sorry. They weren't sorry. So now Allah shows us two situations. Sometimes you're tested and you fail, but you can get you can redeem. And sometimes you're tested and you fail, and you don't want to redeem yourself. You're defined. The third story was Who
is he also tested? Hmm, test test. Ibrahim Ali Salam is tested harder than the the first to Kelly Martin. And what does he do with all of his tests? He passes all of them. So now you got three scenarios. Adam scenario, but he's right in scenario and Ibrahim scenario, and who's the fourth one?
And Allah says about us well, another one that can we will test you.
What's Allah telling us? By the way, you needed those three stories? Because let's see which one of those three you fit in? Are you going to pass your test? Like who? Ibraheem Alehissalaam? Are you going to fail your tests and be defiant, like who? But Israel? Or are you going to sometimes fail and then make us default, like who ultimately set up some of our tests will pass immediately. Sometimes we might mess up and some people don't don't want to fix their ways. And guess what? Those who don't want to fix their ways? They were called what in the beginning of the surah. Hypocrites. Those were the evidence, you understand the framework here. Okay, now, with that framework in mind,
we're going to read what is number did I tell you
at 16 We're going to stop at each one my, my approach will be, I'll tell you what the IRS says. And then we'll look at what Allah says about the Israelites along the same lines. Okay, so the first I will I'll read number eight, again, is about the hypocrites in Medina. It's about the hypocrites Wamena Nassima Yeah, Pulu Amma nebula he will Yeoman. He will know whom the meaning among people are those who say we believe in Allah. We believe in the last day but they are not believers at all. In reality. They don't actually believe it all. They're saying it but they don't really mean it. That's what Allah is saying. Okay, let's see what Allah says about the Israelites. This is going to be ayah
number 9191 92. Without Kilala whom I mean, who demands Allah Allah when the Israelites are told in Medina, there were Israelites there too. When they were told believe in what Allah sent down. Kowloon movie mountain Zilla, Elena, they said, we already believe what what was given to us. No thanks. I mean, you want us to believe in Quran we have the Torah already. We don't need yours. We already got our own, we're good. And Allah says work for Runa be Morocco and the fact is they don't even believe in what they have. They just believe in what is behind them. Well, who will hug como de Cali mama home and it is the truth confirming what is in front of them or with them. In other words,
they are denying the parts of their own revelation that is confirming that Quran is the final word of Allah.
They have it they know it. In fact, they should look this up online. There are actually a few rabbis nowadays on Facebook, that are scholars of Hadith also rabbis, rabbis, scholars of Hadith, and they've been asked public questions Hey, do you believe Muhammad is a prophet they say absolutely.
Straight up on Facebook. Not even you have to moon straight up Hey, yes, he's a prophet according to our you know, our understanding he is a prophet of God. Why don't you become Muslim? While he's just not for us? He's for everybody else.
It's really cool that he's a prophet, but we are in we're in business class is the economy class ticket. You know, we already have a ticket with we don't need this revelation. We already have our own. That's their opening about saying it so they say yeah, nope, we will be more on Zillow Elena, we're gonna be Morocco. And the way Allah answered them, I just this is not the subject but I gotta tell you that when Allah when Allah gives a burn, right?
Listen to this. So they said we already believe right? Here's how Allah responds. Listen to this.
He says Fatima talk to Luna and via Allah and contribute money. So why did you kill so many Israelite prophets if you're actually believers?
You believe in what you have. And in your own book, you admit that you killed many what? Prophecy is an interesting kind of iman killing province. But Allah didn't stop there. Okay, okay prophets maybe that you didn't think of them as too high because they're just, you know later prophets, but your ultimate Prophet, your Savior from the Pharaoh, who's your Savior from the Pharaoh Musa well the next time welcome Jaakko Musa unit. So Mata has terminologies that mean body Quantum. And by the way, forget about other prophets your own your Savior.
Musa came to you with clear evidences and you ended up worshiping a golden calf.
did you just say you believe already in what you have? This is what Eman looks like. Interesting you man. Okay, okay, you know what, okay, Musa is just human right? So it's okay. Let's take it. Let's take it up a notch. Let's take your iman to the test upon what Allah say next. What is that? Husna Mitaka calm what a fat now for Kakimoto huduma Artina can be cool. wetin was Maru. Calusa marianella acela. And the next day, Allah says, Oh, by the way, there was a time when Allah Himself raised a mountain above you, and told you himself, hold on to the revelation I've given you with all your might. And you said, we here and we disobey.
So you killed prophets. You divide Musa What's that? Forget define Musa you even defied who?
Allah Himself, Allah Himself. And then he said that Allah says, The semi Moroccan behemoth and continued meaning. Wow, some pretty horrible things your faith tells you to do if in fact, you're faithful at some faith you got there.
What did the hypocrites say when they were told? Believe? They said, they actually say we believe in Allah. And what was sent down and Allah says they don't actually believe. Do you see that being echoed with the Israelites? Right 1000s of years before them. Now the next one. This is the ninth hire now the second description of the hypocrites you have your own Hola Hola. Hola, Dena Avenue. When is the owner Illa and fossa home when
they're trying to deceive Allah and those who believe and they're only successful at deceiving who?
themselves and they don't even know. They think they're doing something wrong to Allah and those who believe they're only deceiving themselves talking about the Israelites later on and if 57 Allah says, well novela Munna well I can count one for some of you. They weren't doing any harm to us any wrong to us they were only harming and wronging. themselves. He echoes the the attitude of the hypocrites with the Israelites in the 10 sci fi movie him martyrdom, facade, the hula hula mandala. Listen to the words carefully in the hip, in the hip in the hearts of the hypocrites. There's a disease. And then Allah says Allah made the disease increase. The virus got worse. The disease
intensified. Right. So there's talking about a disease not only there's a disease, it gets worse. Talking about the Israelites Allah says Fatima Cassatt Kulu buco member the dialect for here Calico Jarrah, oh,
Asha, do casa. He says your hearts became hard like stone talking to the Israelites. They became like stone or even harder than stone.
Just like he said to the hypocrites, there's a disease it increases stone even harder than stone. Do you see a parallel happening
in the 11 saya whether Kilala Homelight have sudo fill out CalU in demand I know mostly when they're told don't cause facade don't cause corruption in the in the region in the land. Don't do that. And then Allah says Allah in the home home will not see them. They're the ones causing corruption. That was the hypocrites. What did Musa alayhis salam tell them about the Allah even tell them what to fulfill or the mousseline don't go around in the world causing corruption. And in the very next idea, after Allah Musa told them, Don't go around causing corruption in the next day about the Israelites. Allah says what is up Tamiya Musala nostre Allah, I'm in Hua Hin. We can't just have one
kind of food, give us all these other kinds of food. And then at the end of it, Allah says Daddy can be unknown. Can we ask for Luna vi Atilla where you have to learn the behavioral hack? The Lika Bhima. So what can we tell don't listen to what the Israelites used to do. They were told don't cause corruption. And the next I have what did they do? They used to kill the prophets of Allah. They used to deny it. They denied the revelations of Allah and they used to disobey Allah and cross all kinds of make all kinds of haram halal for themselves. That's what they used to do. Isn't that the definition of causing corruption?
By the way, they caused that corruption but considered themselves what we already saw. What did they consider themselves? Believers? And the hypocrites were told don't cause corruption. They say no, no, we're the ones making things right. What are the good ones here?
were the heroes here.
Now look at Iron number that was 11 and 12. Now let's look at Iron number 13.
When the when hypocrites are told why don't you believe the way other people believe that Ketola Home Army Nukem I'm Anna NAS Carlu and Minakami Amana sofa
Why don't you believe like others believe? Why don't you the hypocrites are told why can't you believe like Abu Bakar beliefs? Why can't you believe like Armada believes? Why can't you believe like earthbound beliefs? Why can you believe like Zubaydah believes there's so many examples around you. They're following what the prophet is teaching. Why are you having such a hard time? You have plenty of good examples around you a support system around you. And they say now, you want you want us to be like these fools, Abu Bakar really, he used to have such a good business and Maka Look at him. He's a homeless. They're refugees now you want us to be refugees like them. I'm gonna sofa This
is how we will talk about the Sahaba these are your good examples. Can you give me some better good examples, please? So they call them so far? And what does Allah say to the Israelites, just like they were told, be like others who believe the Israelites were told in the Quran workout over our rocky I mean, why don't you make record the way all the others are making record. And when the Qibla was changed, when the Qibla was changed? They were the idiots Allah says they were they were the fools who said now allow him and credulity him, what turned them away from their Qibla. In other words, they're like, now we have to change. We have to be like them if we want to stay on the same
religion. This is a subtle thing, but I'm going to kind of take a minute to explain it to you. The Rasul of Allah salAllahu alayhi salam, before the instruction to pray towards the Kaaba was revealed. He used to pray towards y
towards Jerusalem. Okay. And but when he was in Makkah, some narrations tell us that he had such a love for the Kaaba, because he knew it's the house built by Ibrahim Ali Salam. He used to pray behind the Kaaba. So he could face Jerusalem and GABA at the same time, you understand? But when he moved to Medina, salAllahu alayhi wasallam. Then, in order to face Jerusalem, he had to put his back to the Kaaba, because now he's in between the Kaaba and Jerusalem he's in between, so you can only face one of them now. And so because he was still not told he can pray towards the garba he was still praying towards Jerusalem. And this used to hurt the prophets feelings. Salallahu Alaihe Salam
now, we'll leave that aside for a moment. Just another thing, the Israelites, even now on Facebook will tell you he's a prophet of Allah. Guess what Allah tells us about the the Israelites who were living in Medina, did they recognize that he's the Prophet of Allah? Yes, yes. But when they saw him pray towards Jerusalem, it felt kind of good, okay. We're not accepting him. But he's still. I mean, he's accepting our capital. So we're still kind of kind of legit still.
Right? We're not going to openly accept him. But Allah ain't that mad because he's still praying towards Jerusalem. And then Allah reveals what
pray towards the Kaaba. Now the thing is if the Israelites don't believe in Islam, don't believe in this prophet they think this prophet is a liar. They shouldn't care
whether he prays towards the east the West, the South or the North What do you care it's not your religion. Whether he even prays at all why does it bother you? And in total Bukhara they come around say a Kulu sofa or when an asthma lung and kidney team and latika and Marlena, they come out get offended, they get hurt they say what made them turn the direction they used to pray in that they used to keep praying with how come they're turning direction What's this?
And in doing this they gave away that they were actually accepting of the Prophet internally.
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your friends? Okay, so let's Father of the Year over here. Okay. Okay, good. She's so cute Masha. Allah Allah protector.
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Yeah, I believe my kids gonna do that soon. He's a little small in the corner over there. But yeah, Mashallah. Mashallah, okay. What was I saying something about Islam
the subject changed direction, right.
So now, another parallel between the hypocrites and the Israelites, then we're almost done with either Hola. Hola, Vina Amanu This is the 14th tire now talking about the hypocrites. Way down the Kula Lena Amanu call Amanda Weida Hello hola che Ltd him call you in America in America.
stanchion, when they meet believers they say we believe just like you guys do. But when they have their own secret meetings, they say we were just kidding. We were just joking around. We're not really with them. So they have double loyalties, right Allah Allah calls them out for their secret hangouts and says, you know, Allah doesn't need security cameras. Allah sees everything. So he makes their secret hangout public. What do we find among the Israelites? If I talk to my owner and you knew like him? What kind of value coming home Yes, my owner Callum Hola, familia Harvey funa home embodiment, aka Lu Hua Hua anda moon. Well, Darla kala Dina Manu Kalu Amman, whether Hala Babu Mila
Kahlua to help the funeral home Bhima Fattah Allahu Allah calmly you heard you can be here and that will become of Allah. Allah says, when they meet the Israelites, the Israelites meet with you and say, Hey, you talk about Adam, do we have Adam to where you talk about? You're talking about, you know, Moses without without Moses, were the same words, let's have an interfaith discount, we're basically the same. What do we have the same thing, we don't need to convert? We're already pretty much the same thing. You know, and then some of them would hear the Quran and they'd say, hey, last Saturday when I was at, you know, at the synagogue, I heard some of this stuff, and it's very
similar. You guys are telling us things we didn't even know about our profit, but it's, I think we should talk more. And then they'd go back to their own policy. And they say, What did you say? Did you go tell them you have things in common with them? Don't give up internal secrets. These are company secrets. They're gonna use that against you later. When you talk to the Muslims. Don't open your mouth about what you know. If you hear something familiar from your book,
to Hadith winner home Mr. Fattah Allahu Alikum. Listen, if you talk to them about this stuff on Judgement Day, they might use it against you and say hey, they knew
you had you can be here and not a big one.
So they got told
your Lovering Claire, okay. They God told you need to keep your mouth shut. But when you meet them, Allah says when they meet them, they say we believe just like you who said that already in Medina, the hypocrite said, Allah said about the Africans when they meet the believers, they say we also believe, echoing the same exact attitude. Allah Who Yes, yes, that has it will be him while you're moved to Humphrey to hear him Yama Hoon? Allah says Allah is mocking the hypocrites, and he lets them go further and further in their disobedience. Listen to this one carefully. One of the punishments of Allah is He lets hypocrites keep going further and further and further in their
You guys familiar with the story of the cow? And so Takara
when when Musashi Sam commanded them in Allaha Morocco and Taco dakara Allah is telling you to slaughter a cow what was the first reaction they had? You know what they had? They said a turkey Duna Hua What did the hypocrite say? That No. Musa zoom Allah who says it will be him and What did Allah do with the Israelites who said oh what kind of cow what color cow did hola stop it or Allah kept giving kept them going
you know what that is? That's a tough seat of your motorhome fetal Yanni him Yeah, Mahan. That's what he did with them. He showed the hypocrites are doing this. But Allah already showed us his story, what we're how that plays out what that looks like. And that's the story of the cow. And so finally, when you can let the national Bala lettable Huda thermal Robbie hottie Jarrah, to whom woman Academy motoring, about the hypocrites Allah says those are the people who sold guidance in exchange for misguidance they were they sold out the religion that was given to them the truth that was given to them in exchange for anything else that was misguidance and that sale that business
deal did not produce any profit for them. What does Allah say about the Israelites? He says Allah it can Lavina Shara will hire to dunya will ask Euro fella you Hoffa for anomala wala homeand sorrow and they they sold off their their salvation in the next life for this life.
They made a sale, the hypocrites made a sale, the Israelites made a sale. And by the way, when the Israelites were described as making the sale, it was about them killing each other. They would call themselves 109 still kill each other. And then Allah said, look how they sold their religion. Look at how they sold their afterlife for this life. Now, why did I share all of this with you? All of this to show you that the hypocrites are actually being compared with the example of the Israelites. And if you look at the entire record of the Israelites in Surah Al Baqarah you come away with a few things. You come away with a few lessons. The most important lesson is that they detach themselves
they had no original connection with their book.
They had no direct connection with their book woman homie Yuna Lai Allah monarchy taba in the Amani what
in Himalaya of unknown, the vast majority of them are uneducated people uneducated in the religion, they don't know the book, except their own assumptions, their own wishful thoughts. They only make assumptions in Himalaya well known. So they have no real knowledge of the revelation that was given to them. Commenting on this attitude, meaning they had a they had a very, okay, they believe in the book, they recite the book, they celebrate the book, they listen to it, they chant it, but they don't actually think about it. They don't think about what's being said. And if they thought about it, they would know this is the prophet of Allah, and they should change their ways, right? That
would be the case. And Allah is basically warning that there's what happened before where people call themselves believers, but they had an artificial relationship with Allah's Revelation. Now, let me ask you again, what was the first story?
Adam, insulin was told, by the way, I'm sending you to the earth for MIT and Nico mini houden, from Entebbe alHuda, for the whole family, you know, listen, I'm sending you on the earth. If and when any guidance comes from me, whoever follows it will have no fear on them, nor shall be be the ones in depression in grief.
Allah told them I need some guidance will be coming. And who received full on guidance, the Israelites. And then they took that guidance, and instead of following it, they made their relationship with that guidance artificial. Let me just tell you what an artificial relationship looks like. Imagine there's a sign that says, you know, Maryland is 250 miles that way, there's a sign.
What's the purpose of that sign? It if you're going to Maryland, that helps you and you can go,
right? Some of you look at that sign and say, Wait, I need to analyze what color is that?
What material did they make the sign with? What's the font is that Helvetica?
and you're, you're, you're standing there, you're staring at the sign discussing all these details about the sign.
Guess what? You're missing?
The point. What was the point?
Is that way?
The sign says danger. Do not enter.
Right. Like wow, that's cool. Looks really cool.
What site let me let me trace that. I want to take a picture of it. You're standing in such danger keep away and you're right in its face, like wow.
Now you have a really deep relationship with that sign.
But it's kind of you have a senseless a mindless relationship with the message of the sign you understand? You understand what I'm getting at.
Allah gave them a book and the book became used for ceremonies for weddings, for birthdays for for for funerals. The book got used for special occasions the book got used on special religious seasons. The book was recited beautifully met some parts of it were memorized parties were thrown when you memorized it. That was that was the book but the nation openly was violating left right and center what the book was actually saying.
Openly while saying we love this book, man, the way it sounds is so beautiful. I memorized like half of it. Wow. Shala human rights. That's amazing. Now, am I am I really talking about the Israelites?
Sounds scary, huh?
Allah is telling us this is what they did and their hearts became hard. And then he gave us the month of Ramadan and said about the month of Ramadan on Zillow fee Hill Quran. Who the Linares a human being middle who that will work on by the way, when he talked about fasting. It's interesting, he connected fasting to the Israelites. Did you know that? He said katiba Alec museum comma cultiva. Allah Dinham incognito fasting was mandated on you just like it was for the people before you they used to have fast too. So whenever we're thinking about our religion, in the backdrop, in the backdrop is actually the people who came before us.
And sootel Baqarah made sure that we think like that. That was one of the objectives of sootel Bacara. So now we're made a new nation are capitalized. And by the way, the third test was who
the third is Adams test Israelite test. And then what's the third test? Good Ibraheem Alehissalaam says, And Ibrahim Ali sounds interesting, he passes all those tests. And then he's got the special status with Allah because he passed all these tests. And then he makes a DUA, and he makes the DUA that yeah, Allah with my son is smiling. From his descendants, there should be one messenger that comes who reads you
revelations who teaches them the book who teaches them wisdom and he purifies them
from the line of Ismail who came.
Muhammad Rasul Allah came sai Salam and when he was given a clue either he Marathi he went did that which month did that beginning?
So actually Ramadan is a celebration of the answer to the daughter of Ibrahim Ali Salaam.
Ramadan is finally when Allah answered the dua of Ibrahim Ali Salam. And what does Ibrahim alayhi salam remind you of when it comes to tests?
don't feel pass with flying colors. Right? Atom Mahana uttama Hoonah the words are really cool. Allah tested him and he perfected completed all the tests in the patella Ibrahim Rama hooby Kalimantan for atom now and guess where uttama comes again? Allah is talking about Ramadan, he says,
What's the IR well, he took me on
the the synonym for complete the count of the months, complete the counts. And Ibrahim Ali Salam declared, you know, in his in his story, if you know the story of Ibrahim alayhi salam, he was showing people how dumb it is to worship the sun in the moon. And he would say how that would be how the Aqua and what do we do at the end of Ramadan Leto Kabir Allah Allah Maha darken, now you do the career.
You do the career.
We are celebrating something that started with Adam. We are being warned not to turn the celebration into what who turned it into the Israelites. And we are being reminded to keep the spirit of Ibrahim Alayhi salaam alive in the month of Ramadan. The only way we can do that is we develop a genuine relationship with this book, every single individual develops a genuine relationship with this book. So the last few minutes that I'm going to share with you. I'll talk to you about what some of the components of that what does that look like.
The thing is, you cannot think now about the Quran without thinking about Ibrahim Ali Salam.
It's impossible. And you can't actually think even I'll take it a step further. You can't think about the Sita of the Prophet salallahu alayhi salam without always who's in the background always. Ibrahim Allison, the entire fight in Makkah is about destroying the idols. Why?
What why not have this fight somewhere in you know, in the Philippines where they have Buddhist temples, why is this fight happening in Makkah in the middle of a desert? What is the significance of this place? This was originally a masjid. This was not a temple. This was a mustard. Mustard built by who?
Ibrahim alayhis salam Rasulillah Salam is being kicked out of Makkah because he's trying to restore the legacy of Ibrahim alayhi salam was also set up goes to Medina and his heart is bleeding because he's not facing the Kaaba. And when he's facing the Kaaba, just think about that when he was facing the Kaaba and the sahaba. Were now facing the Kaaba, is it? Would it hurt you to know today that you're facing the Kaaba but around the Kaaba, there are idols
when it hurts you to know that.
Wouldn't you want every Salah wouldn't it be a reminder that I exist to one day destroy those idols? Wouldn't that be a reminder
when the Sahaba were making Salah towards the Kaaba, were their idols still there.
Every Salah was a reminder that mission not yet accomplished.
Because what's the mission?
To compete Allah Allah Maha Darko. And then sootel Bukhara, which is early Madani Allah even revealed a Tim will hija will Amara Tallulah complete Hajj
you don't do hodgin Medina Where do you do Hajj in Mecca and Makkah is in the control of the enemy. The Maca is in control of the idol worshippers. When Allah says Complete hudge he's actually clearly telling the Muslims Listen, you're gonna finish what Ibrahim Ali Salam started. And by the way, when we complete hudge we sacrifice the animal whose sunnah is it to sacrifice the animal? Right? Everything goes back to Ibrahim Alayhi. Salam, this entire that's why it's called military equilibrium, the religion of your father Ibrahim. That's why his test is at the center, the one who passed all the tests. That's why that's there. So what does that mean for all of us one thing about
Ibrahim Ali Salam, Al highlight, Ibrahim alayhi salam followed the truth no matter who didn't like it. When he was a young man, his dad didn't like it. When he was a little bit older. His society didn't like it. And he stood by the truth no matter if everybody in the world hated him, and we're okay with throwing him into a fire. That's okay. I'm not letting go what I believe I stand by what I am not afraid of my culture. I'm not afraid of my peers. I'm not afraid of people that are more powerful than me. I'm not afraid of my family. I will stand against anyone in my loyalty to Allah
What is the loyalty to Allah look like today? The loyalty to Allah. Now that the Quran came is loyalty to the book of Allah.
Why? Allah himself describes it. You've all heard the phrase. Well, I don't seem to be humble Elijah Mian right, hold on to Allah's robe. You know what the synonym for that phrases in the Quran were tosi mobila
and the Homer che, as though they're one thing hold on to Allah and hold on to the rope of Allah. What's the rope of Allah? Quran is one thing, like Ibraheem Alehissalaam was loyal to his rub. We can only show loyalty to our rub by being loyal to what? No Quran now we don't have idol worshippers to fight like Ibrahim alayhi salam and nobody thrown us in a fire. But let me give you a reality check.
Allah says Lata KHUDOBIN Amala combina Camilla bolted, right by the way right after the Ayat of Ramadan Allah says don't eat each other don't consume each other's money using Lies
don't use a lawyer don't use a lawyer to win a case which you know you stole the money but you got a good lawyer and got away with it.
Don't do that
don't be biased when it comes to distributing the inheritance so you can get more of the shares and you know you don't deserve it. That's coming right after Ramadan there are financial instructions right after
Allah says Eat whatever you know whatever is on the earth halal and labor there is such a long list I if you if you search right now hello al in this area
if I'm allow the extra Hello extras that we have. We even recite all of Surah Baqarah on our chicken before we slaughter it, etc. So super Hello. When we think of Halal what do we think of? How was it slaughtered? That's what we think of? Is anybody thinking about how do you make the money
you bought? Really Hello chicken will really haram money
is that Hello.
You know what we've done? We have partial loyalty to the book of Allah.
When it comes when it comes to money matters, partial loyalty to the book of Allah, when it comes to cultural matters, partial loyalty to the book of Allah.
And then we say that we are the OMA of Muhammad Salah when you mindfully when I mindfully read the Quran, and I look at myself, I look at my family, I look at my culture, I say, whoa, whoa, something is off. Something is way off what's going on here? What is going on here? Like Allah, for example, will talk about taking care of the orphans. For example, the only orphans we take care of are the ones that show up on a brochure.
The only orphans we take care of is in a crisis video somewhere far away on. Do you know the orphans in your neighborhood? You know, the orphans in this question. You know, how when was the last time you spoke to the orphans in your own family, there are some orphans in your family. Some kids lost their parents. When was the last time you connected with them?
You think when the Sahaba were reading the ayat about orphans, they were looking up Buddhists who to save 1000s of miles away first or in their immediate vicinity?
When when ALLAH is talking, this was recent because it's in my mind because I was just teaching people to to lock it, Instituto Allah. Allah says when you divorce a woman
do not kick her out of her house.
For three months or three cycles, you cannot expel her from the house. The most, the most populated part of the Muslim world. The most the most Muslims in the world are between South Asia and Southeast Asia. That's the most dense population of human beings and also the most dense population of Muslims in the world.
When a woman gets divorced, typically in that region, the husband calls the lady's father and says, Hey, come take your daughter, I'm done.
Allah says now to read Johanna
DeLuca Hola. Those are limits set by Allah. And no, no, but I have here I'm done with her. I said, come take your daughter. Or the woman says, I'm not going to put up with this. I'm out.
Allah says La Johanna and they shouldn't leave. Allah says to the women, they shouldn't leave.
When I say we have to have a genuine relationship with the book of Allah, we have to have loyalty to the book of Allah because Ibrahim Al Islam, so short loyalty to Allah, what I'm saying is our loyalty to Allah is our loyalty to the book of Allah. How are you going to be loyal to this book? You don't even know what it talks about?
How are you going to do that?
It has no excuse doesn't matter. If you weren't raised learning it. It doesn't matter that you just never didn't have a chance. It doesn't matter if you're a surgeon or you're in medical school. You're a cab driver, you're running an Uber, you're running a restaurant, you're busy, you're busy, you're busy, nobody too busy to nourish themselves with water. I have too busy I didn't drink for three days. Nobody was too busy for that because it's
nourishment. Your body needs nourishment. You never say you're too busy. You will rule your club needs nourishment. How can you say you're too busy? How can I say I'm too busy? Ramadan is a time to remind ourselves that the body can wait.
That can wait. It's time to reconnect with the word of Allah. Reconnect, so Yes, Dad wouldn't we're gonna recite the Quran. But man, can you restore the legacy of Ibraheem Alehissalaam and the original purpose of Ramadan and not have an artificial relationship and let that begin even from now and take it into hyperdrive during Ramadan? Every one of you should have a goal that you're gonna read the Quran mindfully, I don't care which translation we're not gonna, I'm not gonna do a QA with which translation to read the worst translation on the planet. I don't care. Read the Quran, ask questions about the Quran. What does Allah mean here? What's he talking about here? I don't get
this. I don't get this have a whole notebook about your conversation with God. And what is he saying? I want to know more about what he's saying. You are so people hear a press release.
People hear election news. And then they want to hear somebody explained. What was that? What does that mean? What does that mean for the economy? What does that mean for interest rates? What does that mean for house prices? What does that mean for this? They want to get the full scope. Here. God himself is speaking here. Like there's no desperation. What does that mean? I want to know what this means. I need to understand this better. Develop that thirst, develop that thirst I want to redevelop that thirst for myself this Ramadan, I want you to have that thirst is Ramadan. Yes, it's a month of fasting. Yes, it's a month of very bad. Yes, it's a month of tahajjud Yes, it's a month
of DHA. But all of that stuff is actually there to reinforce the core the heart of the matter. And the heart of the matter is, this book came as a guidance and this month, so seek guidance in this book all over again. Every year renew your connection to Allah renew your connection to the Quran. That's what it was supposed to be. That was the objective. So let's put everything else as secondary and this as primary. This is I'm not saying you have to complete the entire Quran in Ramadan and understand everything but even if you tell yourself this year, but this Ramadan dakara this Ramadan book and even if you got through 20 out of Al Baqarah and all of Ramadan no problem I got until next
Ramadan to finish
take your time. Take your time with Bukhara take a whole year no problem. This time well spent, time spent with the word of Allah is time well spent. And then next year, take on Surah or Emraan. And then the year after that, let's get let's get started with a nice up. Why follow this order because this is Allah's order. This is Allah was designed as a curricular design. So let him coach you through the whole thing. Let him coach you through his guidance, let him coach you through his speech. So this is just the message that I wanted to share with you and put things in perspective. And with this background in mind, I tell you, I can promise you, if you spend the next couple of
weeks even just reading Susan Baqarah with some of the background pointers that I've shared with you, you will see things I didn't even mention. You'll notice things that I didn't talk about, and they'll pop out at you and it will give you insight and appreciation and to what Allah azza wa jal is saying, May Allah azza wa jal make this month, a month in which we are reconnected to his words like we've never been before in our entire lives. May Allah azza wa jal make this a month that he turns our hearts and our minds towards Him in sincerity and clarifies our understanding of this deen and gives us the courage to stand up against our own selves, stand up against our cultural practices
stand up against anything that is not loyal to the word of Allah. May Allah make us truly loyal to his word like he told the Israelites Oh phobia the goofy biotic it can fulfill my fulfill the promise I'm taking from you. I'll make my promise to you complete to do your part I'll do my part. That's what Allah told the Israelites. It's through them Allah is telling us that. So may Allah azza wa jal make us of those who fulfill our the our part of the agreement and Allah fulfills his promise and gives us the victory that we so badly want BarakAllahu li Walakum filled Quran is a game on a funny way er can be it was it was salam or aleikum wa rahmatullah.
Hey, so instead of a, here's my philosophy on QA sessions, there's so deflating. Okay, let's you end on a high note. And then you have a que is I have a question. What do you say about nail polish? Like, come on?
Come on. So I don't like the QA sessions like that. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to hang around here for about 2030 minutes, I'll give about because the the ladies are in the back. So I'll just be in the middle. And I'll just have as many conversations as I can with as many of you before I go, I gotta check on the status of my baby too, because he was in here and it was pretty sweaty. So I gotta check on that too. But thank you so very much for attending. I'll just be right here in the middle.
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