Ramadan 2016 – Surat al-Baqarah – Day 10
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delivers an amazing lecture that sheds light on Ayats number 26,27 and 28 of the esteemed Surah Al Baqarah.
In ayah number 26, Allah SWT stated that He does not shy away or hesitate from, giving an example of anything, whether the example involves a significant or an insignificant matter. The mosquito lives as long as it needs food, but when it gets fat, it dies. This is also the example of people whom Allah mentioned in the Qur’an: when they acquire (and collect the delights of) the life of this world, Allah takes it away from them.
Who are the Fasiqeen? The word Fasiqeen means those who aim at transgressing the commandments of Allah. A man who commits a major sin and does not repent, or who insists on committing minor sins and makes it a habit is called a fasiq.
In Ayat number 27, we are acquainted with the characteristics of the disbelievers and they contradict the qualities of the believers. What was the covenant? Listen intently. This Ayat is about the disbelievers and the hypocrites among the People of the Book.
The Quran will guide or misguide people based on their Intentions before reading it. If they are seeking guidance from it, Allah will guide them. If they are seeking criticism for it, Allah will misguide them through it. The Qur’an says that real losers are those who go against Divine commandments. That would be the real loss when compared to the trivial loss of this world which is too small to be given any serious consideration.
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We have a tall order before us today a few that I'd like to try and cover I don't want to rush through any of them. So inshallah, my intention is hopefully we can finish them today. If not, inshallah we tried to wrap them up by tomorrow. Allah azza wa jal continues the subject after the description of Jenna yesterday, back to the Quran, the ayah before was actually about the Quran. Also, an Eliza wouldn't have given the challenge in content to a baby manager. Now Allah Adina had to be similar to me, Miss Lee, if you're in any doubt about what we've sent down on our slave, then produce anything of its like anywhere near remotely of its like, its likeness, with the urrutia
document lunella. Now on the one hand, the challenge was you can't produce anything like the Quran. But just because they couldn't produce anything like it and they couldn't come up with an alternative doesn't mean that they're going to stop attacking the religion. So if you can't, if you can't provide an alternative, the only thing left for you to do is now attack what they have criticized what they have. Yeah, fine, I won't meet the challenge. But come on, it's got so many problems. So actually, you'll find this second tier still existing today. And what's that second tier? Well, we can produce something like the Koran. So let's just keep on criticizing it, finding
things in it, that we can poke fun at? Or say, what is how does this make any sense? How does that make any sense that that mentality still exists to this day? One more thing to say, actually, you know, in recent times, actually, this is how this happened. In my experience, this happened when I was a college student. And I was just learning just starting to learn some Arabic. And I remember this is so old, this is when the internet was new. So this is like back when geo cities pages were popular for some of you who remember, right? And then somebody put some, some university students at Georgetown University, put up a webpage that said, you know, because this Georgetown has an Arabic
program, bachelor's degree in Arabic, a master's in a PhD in Arabic, these were masters level students of the Arabic language. And they said we've as our as our class project, we produced a pseudo like the Quran. And they put it up on geo cities, it was an earth manuscript, everything arrived, it looked like the most have and it read, like almost half of it, you know, and they said, Look, we produce the solar like the Quran, and you know, then there have been other attempts, people have done this and said, Okay, look, you know, I cannot issue the challenge. And here it is my response to the challenge. Here's a solo. And then they have several people come along other
professors, other other colleagues, other students who are their Shahada mendola who say, yeah, it is like the Quran. So Allah said, produce something like the Koran and call your witnesses. So they said, Okay, here's something like the Quran, and we've got our witnesses, so then do you know so that's, that's their idea. Now, the problem is, the Quran did not reduce the challenge to one thing, produce something in Arabic produce something that matches its style, produce something that uniquely matches it in context. The Quran is unmatchable, from so many different angles, all at the same time, that it actually becomes impossible for humanity to replace. I'll give you just one or
two examples of that, before we come come back to this idea of criticism. Why is it that they had to resort to criticism, you see, you have to take the time to study something, and then find something that you can criticize and exhaust your energy actually studying the Quran, so you can come up with criticisms. It's so much easier to just make something better. Right? So why go to this route, you'll only go to this because you can't come up with an alternative. So I'll just give you some points of view that are not commonly discussed. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam declared that he is a messenger. The revelation came to him at the age of 140. And he delivered this mission for
how long? How many
Yours 23 years Okay, so this is a 20 that the Quran is sent down over the course of 23 years in a no name Peninsula in the world where there is no civilization. There's no infrastructure to speak of no Empire no not these are these are like Bedouins that travel in tents and mud homes, and they don't have much going on. And this is where the Koran came, which means if it came here, it shouldn't have had the kind of global impact that it had. Entire continents should not have shifted, because of these words that were uttered by a man without a microphone. You know, sometimes I wonder, like when who last year, Shannon was sitting there with the Sahaba and maca. And he's talking to them about
the promises Allah has made, like the Roman Empire and the Persian Empire shall fall. Right? And the deen of Islam will spread everywhere. And these are young 1819 year old Sahaba sitting there who get beat up if they pray at the Kaaba. So they're sitting on a bunch of rocks in the sun burning. And also Salah was telling them, you know, right now you've been made homeless, you get beat up wherever they see you. And by the way, we're going to be taking over what the Roman Empire the Persian Empire, and these like 18 year olds are sitting there. Yes, of course. What would you think of those kids? Like, these guys are so crazy? What are they talking about? What are they talking, nobody
would believe this right? Now, what I want you to I want you to appreciate not from an academic point of view, or rather, not from a spiritual point of view, but purely from a historical, non judgmental point of view. You look at these 23 years, and you have a people that have a tradition that's been going on for 1000s of years, a religious tradition, a moral tradition. And by the way, cultures, they don't change overnight. If a culture has a certain treatment towards women, for hundreds and hundreds of years, it's going to take a long time before that changes. And you have to usually know when that changes, it changes when there's a lot of foreign influence. So for example,
now the world is modernizing a lot of our grandparents had certain standards, we don't have those standards, the way men and women interacted with each other in Pakistan, or India, or Bangladesh, or Sudan, or Jordan or Egypt, the way men and women talk to each other 80 years ago is not the way they deal with each other today. The world has changed. But you know why that's changed a lot a big factor in that changes how much the outside world is able to influence these isolated places, but also loss isolation is bringing about a change in the society. Is there any outside influence? Or the foreign invasions and new culture coming in and invading? No, it's just this man with an
invisible delivery of the Quran right? Now what happens in these 23 years, there are people that change not just the way they eat, but also the way they sleep, but also the way they wake up, but also the way they clean themselves, but also the way they get married, but also also the way they get divorced, the way they love the way they hate the way they raise their eyes, the way they lower their eyes, the way they lower their voices, the ways they raise their voices. The who their friends are who their enemies, everything changed in 23 years, culturally, socially, spiritually, economically, politically, there is not one facet of human life. For these people who believed in
the prophets, I send them that it didn't change. And in 23 years, this society changes in every imaginable way. These are these people are nothing like they used to be the only thing left of the old times is their language and the pride of their language for centuries upon centuries upon centuries, what was the pride of the Arabs, their poetry, that was their pride. And now, for the next almost century, nobody's recording poetry.
Because the only thing being passed down is what the Quran and the Sunnah of the prophet SAW Islam until actually later in the Sahaba generation, people are realizing we're gonna lose Arabic, because nobody cares about poetry anymore. Everybody's into Quran and Sunnah. But poetry has historical value, it gives us insight into the classical language, and Islam was spreading, there were non Arabs coming into Islam. And when foreigners come into your, your territory, region, your language gets weaker. Right? So Arabic was not as pure as it used to be even within one generation, because so many people were coming into Assam. So an extra effort had to be made that scholars and that are
beyond the Tibet, I mean, they would have to go and leave and go into the Arab villages where it's still there's no outside influence, and learn the ancient usage and old poetry of that time so they could document it.
I mean, are scholars when you learn that they went into the desert and spent 20 years there? Why did they go there? Because the uncontaminated language was still there. This same language that used to be the pride of the Arabs is now nobody cares. You have to go to the most remote areas to find it. Now. This was the very center of their identity. This is what made them Arabs. Now, compare this to any other. I don't like the word revolution, but in a sense, compare this to any revolution over the course of 23 years.
technological revolution. Sure. There's a feminist revolution. Sure it can be a nation can have a political revolution. The Russians had a revolution in the last century, right? There have been the French Revolution a couple of centuries ago, there's been an American Revolution a few centuries ago, there are revolutions in history. But when the revolution is done, first of all, how much blood is spilled, number one, number two, after the blood is spilled, do people still eat the same food and love the same things and hate it roughly pretty much the I mean, the economic system maybe changes, or the political system maybe changes. But overall, by and large, mostly, the religious
views stay the same. The political views may have changed, but the cultural, the cultural still stays the same. You know, the French diet is the same French diet before and after the revolution. There's not much difference, you know, the American psyche is the American psyche, everything else about them is the same, you know, but when Islam comes, you don't ask what changed, you actually have to ask, what didn't change, what didn't change, produce anything, even close to a document words, that can bring about the kind of change in a society that the Quran brought in a matter of 23 years, when people even cite some of the greatest revolutions in history. And of course, for the
modern West, the French Revolution is pivotal, because it's a shift from a religious, religiously controlled society to a secular society, right. And that's the that's the era in which we still live today, a celebration of that original French or European revolution, that Renaissance. Now, that revolution, also, it came at the hands of certain authors, right? Certain philosophical writers who couldn't come out and write openly, they had to write embedded in novel and story and you know, in other philosophical, more abstract literature, and most of these people were literary and philosophers, right. These were not activists, these were not the eyes of their cause. They weren't
ready to die for what they believed. They just wrote, novels, books, and the vast majority of them were long gone and dead before somebody picked up their ideas. And we're ready to create entire movements in their name, you understand? Like Marxists did not see Marx. You see what I'm saying. And also last Iceland receives revelation at the age of 40.
And he calls for a change in society.
And who's on the frontlines fighting for that change in society, he himself never has been the intellectual who produces the ideas of change. If you want to call him a philosopher, we don't call him a prophet. He's given these ideas, he doesn't have these ideas of his own. He's given these ideas. But regardless, anyone carrying the ideas, these intellectuals were always were in the back somewhere, somewhere in the background, and young people were in the front. And here he is on himself leading the charge. He's the intellectual head of this movement. He's a political, social, cultural, spiritual, in every sense, the head of this movement of Assam in these 23 years, that has
never happened before in human history. Show me another another time, I actually asked my history professor, that's my history professor was a pretty cool guy, Italian fellow, I still remember him. And he was political political scientist. And I use a nerdy dude. Like he, like, I only like going to his class because I just like, watching him behave. You know, he just acted weird. In his big thick glasses, he hunched over, he'd walk in first day of class, you know why they call it the executive branch? You know, like, what kind of question because the President can execute people.
This is gonna be an awesome class. I am not dropping out of this calculus goodbye.
I'm taking two semesters in a row, you know.
But, you know, if I asked him, I asked my brother, like, can you? Can you document any, you know, any time in history where over the course of less than three decades, actually short of 25 years, that a change of a magnitude across all human spheres, personal and public, you know, revolution, sometimes their, their, their public, and sometimes their personal like, mobile, the mobile devices changed personal interaction of human beings. It's a personal revolution, right? But a change in economic policy could be a public thing. The Quran and this religion changed people dramatically how publicly and privately, like in their most private of lives, and the way a person even goes to
relieve themselves, which foot should they put into the bathroom? First?
Just think about it, which hands should you eat with first? What should you say? What should you say? When you're getting married? What do you do when you get on a ride? What prayers do you make like there's not a an aspect of human activity that wasn't touched by Islam and revolutionized by Islam really, completely turned around. So in that sense, when local answers produces so you can make a living
Georgetown University congratulations to you. You can make the challenge to the Quran and put it on amazon.com that's fine. But what impact has it had on humanity? What footprint has it left behind? The Quran is one document. It's not even a big document. It's not even a fifth of the Bible size.
And the amount of books that the Quran gave birth to in the world. I shouldn't even say books, the amount of libraries, the Quran gave birth to entire volumes of literature on law, philosophy, theology, history, that are filling shelves around the world are all in the end, the byproduct of one document or Quran Subhana Allah. Show me another document please. As time went on, somebody came along and said, Well, if because you know the argument made by some scholars was this challenge was issued to the Arabs of the time they were not able to meet this challenge. The battle is over. Some came along and said no, why do you say the battle is over? The challenge should still stand we
should still be able to challenge the Koran. You guys say it's a living book. So it should be a living challenge. And I say fine, if you want it to be a living challenge, then meet meet its living standards. The Quran today I even I was talking to somebody you know a while ago about this challenge, and told them look, I mean, let's not talk about anything else. Let's just talk about ulis, Texas. No town known. Even got all of you let's let's keep in South ulus. Okay, just this part, little little corner. And let's say electricity is gone. Let's say internet is gone. Let's say mobile devices, telephone communication, all communication is gone. And all printed books disappear
from us. From this town in the middle of Texas, North Texas. All printed books disappear. There is no Bible there is no United States Constitution. There is no Terran county bylaws nothing. All of its gone. Which document is recovered overnight.
in this town.
How long before the Bible's recovered in ulis? Texas? How long before the Old Testament or the New Testament or the Psalms of David or
how long before Plato's Republic has recovered? How long? Think about how long for the United States Constitution has recovered 1000s of years ago, a few 100? How about this Texas, the Texas constitution? How about that?
So hon Allah and let's do this experiment in Plano.
Let's do it in Irving.
Let's do this experiment in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Let's do this in like, you know, Nassau County, Long Island, not even the entire Long Island.
Over and over again around the world. The Quran lives in the hearts of people. But who is on the unit on fistula Dena please show me another document. Please show me another document that lives in the heart of that many human beings in such a living way that it can be recovered overnight.
me so let me bring something even close to this. I mean from a literary point of view, linguistics point of view, historical point of view, an impact point of view, a memorization point of view. Their points of view are too many. There are too many doctor fathers, Allah has Samurai said it's so beautifully in his book, but tabula Karani. He said when he talked about the language of the Quran and how miraculous it is. He said, It is not the miracle of the Quran. Let me get he given analogy and I want to share that analogy with you. A diver goes into the ocean, reaches the bottom finds a pearl
comes back out, holds the pearl and says this is beautiful. This is what makes the ocean amazing.
Another guy dives in comes out with three more pearls and they're all bigger. And he says no, no, no, excuse me. This is what makes the ocean amazing. They're both wrong. What makes the ocean amazing is far more than what you can discover, isn't it? there's far more endless treasure and far more endless discovery inside of the ocean. Then what is possible for even all of humanity to find out. It's too deep and too much to discover you understand? Allah azza wa jal says about just a words of a light comparison to the ocean. holo candle back Ramadan, luckily, Mati Robbie lenor, fiddleback rucola and 10 fatica li moto Obi Wan Kenobi, Miss Li Ma, that if the oceans were turned
into ink to appreciate for the purpose of the words of my master, if you were to just try to appreciate the words of Allah with ink, that was the worth of oceans, you wouldn't be able to find enough ink and the words of Allah would still remain unappreciated. You wouldn't be able to encompass it. That's the challenge of Quran so it wasn't met and it will not be met that is our human. On the other hand, criticism against the Quran will always be there.
Challenge is one thing it's impossible to meet. Well, if that's impossible, well at least now you're upset.
So when you're upset Of course, you're gonna find something to complain about. Something to pick up. Oh, there are so many contradictions in the Quran doesn't even make sense. This is this and it says that and there's gonna be all this kind of talk, right? And a lot of which will preempt it in the solar. He says in the law hola esta he no doubt about it. It is in fact a lot. He is not ashamed. And the Obama salon Ma. To give an example Arabic students know that the word muscle is Nikita masala. When you add Ma, it actually makes it even more this is my lip Haumea. This is actually making it even more ambiguous, any kind of example whatsoever. whatsoever in Arabic expression back
in the day, and even today, if somebody says, Man, I'm hungry, give me some food.
What do you want to eat? And ma?
Do you mean something, man, anything, I don't care. It's all doesn't matter just to eat. This is law. In other words, Allah says Allah has no embarrassment, he has no hesitation in dropping whatever example in striking an example of any kind whatsoever. This is actually an educational principle in the book of Allah. And from it, we learn educational philosophy. In order to get the point across, you have to go out and get out of your comfort zone and you can't be formal. You when you think about the benefit of the student, you have to talk to the student at a level that the student will understand. You shouldn't just talk in high language with big words and, you know, to
make to impress somebody of how much you know, and how much exhaustive vocabulary you have, and how many books you can quote, that's not teaching. You're just trying to impress someone with how much you know. Teaching is when you talk to people in a way they can actually learn.
Allah azza wa jal let me guarantee you has better vocabulary than all of us. He has a more sophisticated knowledge of science than any scientist, you have more he has more sophisticated, deeper understanding of the nuances of the unseen and the scene and Yvonne than any of us. But a lot chooses subhana wa Taala to talk in language when aka Yes, certain and Koran.
He made the Quran easy. You know, sometimes you read a book on Al Qaeda, or you get into for example, you know, the author coming later, for several hundreds of SMR semester ended up so much less divided as you studied the feel of desire. You read the, you know, the martinis and the majorities, and you remember Ozzy and you Romani, Lucy, and you're reading pages and pages and pages of what does it mean? And it's so abstract, you want to pull your hair out and allow when he speaks? He's so straightforward, simple, no complications, study, a study of philosophy, text, scholars, students have taken philosophy classes before how much fun is it to read a philosophy essay?
you bang your head on and have What is he saying? You know, going around in abstract circles, but Koran, Allah azza wa jal could have made it you know, because you know, what, what they do, by the way, PhD papers, academic scholars, they actually purposely make their papers more difficult, because that's their way of showing off how academic they are, how sophisticated they are, you know, using big vocabulary, even when they don't need to, you know, and this, this notion is actually something shattered in the Quran, Allah is not ashamed to give an example. He doesn't shy away from dropping any example. And I actually internalize that lesson, a long time ago. Like when you're
teaching, think about what example to give, that will help the person understand that's the only thing in front of you as a teacher, what will help the student understand, one of my, one of my, my favorite mentors, in my career as a teacher, was actually a non Muslim woman. When I was I was taking I used to be a chaplain at the university and the perks were, you can take any class you want for free. So you can walk in and out of any class for free. So I took a master's degree course in preschool education.
So cool. This lady was a PhD in early childhood education. All the people in the class are preschool teachers certified. I'm the only one without a preschool teacher. First day in class, she walks in, she walked in with a book, a book about a lion and a mouse
with like, font size 36 she was in a master's degree class at a $25,000 a year university. She walks in with this book, she opens it, and she goes old woman to like 55 years old. Once upon a time there was a lion.
And we're all like,
Where is he?
She was teaching us that when you're when you're teaching. You can't be shy.
You have to animate yourself. You have to express yourself. You have to
Do whatever it takes to teach, to get to make students lose the world they were in and take them into a different world. And I just sat there going, Wow, that was a lie. You know.
That's actually something that's so novela, Leia, Stacie and Yaga Baba Fallon Ma, any example at all He will give, he's not trying to do so whatever will benefit you. But Baraka is translated as mosquito that's actually a common mistake. But his mosquito berupa comes from the Arabic word bag. But I've been some Baraka is actually some small fraction of a mosquito.
And it's also called a baby mosquito, like a little bit of a mosquito, it's a really little tiny, tiny, little, barely visible thing. This was the smallest insect visible to the Arab, I was called about robot, the smallest kind of creature visible to the eye, that was called donalda. If Allah wants he can give an example of Baroda,
we will get you get the point across, that's what he'll do. From our folk Aha, this is a little bit of a tough language that if you don't appreciate the nuance in it, it literally says and whatever may be above it,
the tiniest of insects, the beloved insect, or whatever is above it, meaning it has two meanings, one whatever is even bigger than it in size. So what does the Quran do? It uses the BB in yellow Komodo babouche A and it uses the fly the fly is bigger than the barbed wire, then it uses in the elevator and caboodle uses the spider and then it goes bigger and bigger and bigger. So your your birds are mentioned. But then FOCA in a qualitative sense actually means Allah is not ashamed to give the example of the smallest possible thing you can see and something even more far fetched.
Meaning physically bigger, or actually even more unimaginable. How could you possibly use that as an example. And by using barooga, by the way, which is commonly known in Arabic literature, it's the smallest thing visible to the Arab by that moves is Baroda, Allah azza wa jal is saying that when you do give an example, then you should give an example that at least people can visualize by saying so the principle that's coming from here is when examples are given, a picture should be drawn Actually, we already saw this when Allah xojo gave the example that he'd pay paint a picture. So the more visual your example can be, the more actively you can engage the the imagination of your
audience, the closer you are to the Sunnah of a line teaching. So muscle another over 10 from Africa. But when you give any kind of example for a Mullah Xena Amano for Allah Muna Hakuna bien as for those who believed and who are looking to believe Amina, the pharaoh can also be come sometimes in tolerable fearing, meaning those who believed and those who are looking to believe people who come to the Quran looking for truth, those kinds of people what will be their response for Allah Muna, unknown Hakuna Ravi, then they know for sure themselves, that it is in fact truth from their master. Now truth is a limited translation of Huck. And in this ayah you have to appreciate the full
scope of the meaning of truth. So we'll understand it in a little more nuanced way. The first meaning of Huck is in fact, truth. And Huck also means purpose. Purpose Chanukah, sumati will Alba will help he created the skies in the earth with purpose. This is mean with truth, it means purposefully, there's a reason for which it was created. Now, Huck also means rightful somebody right is also there, Huck. And now Hakuna beam actually means Allah has the right to give this example and it's worthy of giving also means worthiness. This is the right example to give at this time. This example has real purpose. It's not without purpose. This example isn't fact that, you
know, true is actually the least of the meanings here. It's purposefulness, and rightfulness. And appropriateness. That's actually what's implied here. Believers know it's got to have a reason. In other words, the believer will never study any part of the Quran, the part they understand and the part they don't understand. They will always have the same attitude. There is a reason for which Allah said this. I don't, I don't know this yet. Allah hasn't opened the doors of wisdom yet for me. I don't get it yet. Maybe I will. But I know it has a purpose. Nothing Allah ever says is what our purpose. This is the attitude and our reading of the Quran. When you read any other book, you might
skip a passage you don't get and want to think about this, you just move on. Oh, this is repeating I already got this, you move on. You skip. When somebody sends you a long email, you scroll to the bottom. And this is like a little head and sub article.
You know, when you study Quran, you stop and everything, things you understand and things you don't understand. And you leave questions there. your loved one, they opened open the doors of wisdom, open my heart to you. So I see what you're saying here. So I can truly appreciate what you're saying. This is the attitude of a believer, not by him or by the way from their master. In other words, they remain humble in the reading of the book. You know, when you're reading a book or you're listening
You could have saved me more Alimi him from the teacher. mean Allah from Allah called me robbing him from their master. In other words, our study of the Quran must be a study of a slave not a student.
How does a slave learn instructions and how does a student learn instructions? A slave learns because he's only learning to make the master happy. A slave learns with humility, a slave comes to the book without pride. A student can come with an attitude, ah, you know, I can just drop this class, take another class. I don't have to get everything I guess if I get bare minimum I'll pass on okay. What a slave is concerned, humbled before Allah. And that attitude is it needs to permeate in the, you know, in the study of the Quran? Well, I'm a Latina, cafaro. And as for those who have disbelieved, and I believe in the context, the dominant meaning here of cafaro has actually been
confronted Namah the people who are ungrateful, those who have been ungrateful. In other words, they don't appreciate the fact that Allah went out of his way to give an example.
You know, I was studying this and I was just dumbfound one of the most beautiful examples in the Quran is for to know. Allahu Newsome, Allah to Allah for the most beautiful examples in the Quran. And at the end of all that, that entire picture, Allah says, well, drivel, Allahu Allah and in us.
Allah gives examples for the benefit of people.
And then he adds something even more profound. He says, well, only conditionally.
Allah already knows everything.
Allah doesn't need the examples you do.
Allah didn't have to come to your level. And to give you an example that you can understand. That's why Allah says no karate natural no Quran and Arabic in the Quran and Allah, Allah Allah Khun Tachyon him we made this into an Arabic Quran we sent it down as an Arabic Quran so you can understand, he made this book understandable to you. So when Allah goes out of his way to get to reveal the best lesson most suited for your benefit, and you are not even grateful for that. You you learn you read the same lesson and you complain, then who's more ungrateful than you? And that's why I'm a Latina, cafaro those who are ungrateful what's their reaction to this amazing courtesy given
by a lot of giving an example for Hulu? Then they turn around and say, Mother or the law? What does ally intend behalf Motherland by giving this as an example, Arabic students beware. common mistake in translation here, mother or other law hubby has a muscle and translated one is Ally mean by this example? homie, this does not say this example that would have been hostile method. That would have been Sharon Sharon layer button. This system is however, Matalan is different. And it makes a world of a difference, oh my god, everything changes. A student can actually come to the teacher and say, Teacher, what is this example? mean?
That's a legitimate question. That's a completely fair question. And believers can ask actually, mother or other law will be hi Val, method, no problem.
But when you become condescending, and you talk down to your teacher, and you say, what's the point of this as an example? You're going to give this as an example. That's the
that's an attitude problem. Questions are not the problem in our religion. It's the attitude with which you ask them it's the tone with which you ask them. The Quran is very specific, not just about our speech, but the nature of our speech. You can't just say Assalamu alaykum you have to be smiling too. Yes
you can somebody just gave her her lover like hamdulillah like that's not uncommon in law. You can't do that. You know, you can't say Salaam which means I'm at peace with you there's no fight between us we're all good.
And then slammed the door and so like that's not salame you know, attitude and speech go hand in hand. So when somebody comes in asks I don't understand there's a tone and the negative tone is captured in the 10 years here mother around the lobby Haha, my salon. With this as an example. What is the intent? What's the point of this? What's even the point? You will know v Catherine?
He misguides by means of it many the heart could go to many things.
A lot could be he could mean here that you need to build coal. Meaning by this kind of speech. He misguides many, but the dominant view is this example in this Quran. Allah will misguide many, by the means by means of the same Quran lots of people, instead of finding guidance in the Quran, he azido home new fora, it will increase them even more hatred. They'll hate it even more the more than read Koran, the more they'll hate it, why they came with the wrong attitude.
Well, yeah, Devi kathira and he'll guide many, many, many with it by means of the same
unsane Quran is guidance same Quran can be misguidance depends on the lens you put on. Depends on the eyes with which you look so hon Allah. Now we're understanding what it meant when Allah said,
you have to come with the right attitude and that will be guidance. Otherwise No. But if you just read this much he missed guides, many buyers, he guides many buyers a question is created, which 1am I for login if Allah decides that I will be misguided by the Quran, what's the fault of mine? Allah Himself clarifies Who are the people who don't deserve guidance from this book? Who does he best guide even by the Quran? The ultimate guidance then its name is the guide and yet people are getting misguided by who could those unfortunate people be? Allah himself says what am I only Louis lol philosophy? And no, he doesn't misguided by means of it anyone at all in any moment you looby he
had. This is the stuff that is not mentioned here. This is why this forum is open ended. There is not a soul not a human being. No creature will ever ever, ever be misguided by means of this Quran except alpha CP, except those whose corruption comes out fast aka in Arabic actually used it's actually used for fruits that go bad and the peel like an orange or a banana that's gotten very old and parts of the peel has melted away and the inside is going out. That's actually for soccer for soccer news. You know, for soccer tufa fosatu, haha, the apple gets bad when the inside comes out and Hulu Arsenal fiscal courage to come out. Allah says Allah does not misguide by means of it,
except those whose corruption has gotten so bad inside of them, that it even starts what coming out, it just starts it even comes out. Those are the people that Allah will not let guidance happen to. Because their filth was so overwhelming, it couldn't even be contained. And then if that definition wasn't comprehensive enough, the next ayah actually describes who and faceting are now on this point, because we have to compare the Quran and the language of the Quran in the language of the Muslims, it's important to make a distinction in the language of the alcohol, the Muslims. First it can be a singer.
A singer can be fast, but somebody who's regularly missing prayer can be called according to fuqaha fossa. Okay, somebody who's not kind to his mother can also be called faster, somebody who's not you know, like he's delayed giving my house or something to his wife, or he's done something or the other, okay? These kinds of people can be called what
this is in the language of the fuqaha and the culture of the Muslims. But please understand, just because we use that word for each other, and then you read that word in the Quran, you're like, Oh my God,
right here Allah he'll never get guidance from the Quran. Cuz he's totally fasik and no, no, no, no, no, this is high level classic situation here. There's degrees of Fiske there's degrees of corruption. The Quran talks about the ultimate high end facet you understand it's not just anybody who just you know falls under some category of Fiske according to the law now according to the juris Now, let's see what Allah defines the facet as it's amazing. And Lavina young una de la, he may embody Misaki those who violate the promise made with Allah, the promise made binding by Allah and nakaba violate I'm translating it actually means hello Larrocha. It actually means to undo or not,
uh, not takes a lot of work to tie, ask it to ask a third grader. It's a lot of work to tie a knot. But it's very little to what
I'm doing a knot is actually very strong, you can serve a purpose, but it's very easy to undo and when you undo it, it can create disturbance, destruction in Brahm, for example, back in the old days, construction in Arabic was not with cement construction was in the Arab culture, you would take two beams of wood and you would tie them coil it this way. coil it that way. coil it this way, coil it that way, tie it up, that was called Les Brown. Okay, the idea of tying something tight and you can knuckleball Les Brown, which means you just undid the rope and it just all came apart. Okay. That's the idea of jiankou. So the image that's projected by this word, is the idea of you being
tied into something, you being tied into something. So Allah says, Allah, Nina Yun, kabuna, Abdullah, those who untie in a sense the promise made with a law. In other words, the promise you've made is with a lot has tied you to him has connected you to him. Now what is used to tie someone to something?
What is used to tie Tell me
a rope, a rope and in the Quran.
own language what is the Quran itself called? Why don't see movie have Lima
have been heavily used.
But with a rope he's tied the rope itself is the Koran and we are tied to Allah in the promise through what the word of Allah. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam and say we're helping a lot in my team and a summary of the Quran is the extended rope of Allah, extending from the skies all the way to the earth, we are holding one end of it and the other end is with Allah, it directly connects us to Allah, it ties us to Allah, those who untied the promise made with Allah. One of its first meanings is those who undo their relationship with Allah zone words. Those who let go of Allah's words, those who let go of the promises made with Allah. But there's a deeper meaning
here, which I'll get to in ChildLine. The next I hopefully I can get to all of it today and be concise mimbar the Misaki even after it has been deep, strongly tightened up, and without an Arabic to tie something up and tighten it. This is without what's up or why second Arabic is used for confidence. Confidence meaning I'm absolutely sure about something I've tightened it up tight. Allah says that the undo the promise of Allah even after it was tighten tight. In other words, it wasn't a loose tie that they just kind of pull the string and it came apart. It took effort even to untie it. It was a strong thing that they ended they went out of their way. Cuz you know, the corruption was a
little It was so bad that it came out even right in Burundi with Aki, now, on this end, you have to understand so far what I've shared with you is these people have cut their relationship with who, with Allah, they cut the rope, they untied the rope, they disconnected themselves with Allah. Now if you look at the next part of this ayah, wire cutter onomah amatola will be unusable and they cut up first the untie, then they cut notice everything. Here's about disconnecting all the languages about disconnecting, they cut what Allah commanded to keep joined together, they cut what Allah commanded and use Allah that should be joined together, use all that comes from the word setup, which is
connection. And pretty much majority of the professors don't agree and it's very clear from the siac. Also, Allah created the human being with two relationships, one with him,
and one with other human beings starting with our own mother, you would not be on this earth if you did not have a relationship with another human being starting with your own mother. And then the relationship with Allah is injected into you the route that came from a large soldier, they've cut their relationship with Allah. As a result, they also start cutting their relationship with their family, their friends, their community. These are the kinds of people who don't give their parents their rights, their children, their rights, their spouses, their rights, their brothers, their rights, their neighbors, their rights, fellow human beings, their rights, things that were meant
human beings were meant to live together. They were meant to live and it coexist in harmony. These are the people who cut those ties that Allah commanded have to be kept together, especially you know, who are harmed. But
I will not be battling Nikita Bella, the relationships that tie us together to the belly of a mother. Those relationships take priority in our religion. Actually, all humanity, in a sense is connected by a mother. all humanity is the byproduct of Adam, and how was that I'm gonna lay him out. So we're all connected by motherhood, actually, and fatherhood. But even even in your own situation, like there are some relationships, there's actually other relationships is one that's by choice, marriages by choice, right? Pretty much every family relationship you have outside of that is not your choice. You didn't choose your mom, you didn't choose your kids, you didn't choose your
siblings. Those are not choices. That choice was made by who it was made by Allah. And Allah commanded that you be connected to these people. Because that wasn't your choice. That was his. Those are the relationships they can't possibly cut. They couldn't possibly several those relationships, even no matter how much they tried, no matter how much a Pakistani mother gets angry at her son, she can't say about them in a bit. And then you're, you're not my son from Africa today. I don't want to, you're no longer my son, you are as good as that to me, mother. You can say whatever you want. He's still your son, and he's still alive.
He's not dead. He's right there. You know, you can't just call off a relationship. I'm done with you. You're no longer my sibling. He is. She is, you know, you things can get as bad as you want, but the corrupt first, they were able to sever their tie with Allah, and then they severed their ties with their fellow kin. So the two things that bring goodness in humanity is our relationship with Allah. And as a result, our relationship with the rest of humanity,
you know, and they cut both of them. And these are the most corruptive people.
You will see them not just violent and vicious against Allah, you'll see them vicious against two people around them, these are unforeseen. These are the people alive does not give guidance to from his book.
This is the definition of a fascinating how profound you know, well now you need to be a little fussy teen and Latina young kabuna the Misaki wa yocto de la Mora la Javi, a new sod. And as a result, when you've cut yourself from God, and you've cut yourself from people, you don't owe anything to people, you just want to be your own thing. Then what's the only thing left? Well, you've seen NFL and the NBA. Therefore they cause great deals of corruption in the land. Tell me something we have in traditional societies across the world, family systems, people used to take care of their parents in old age, people used to take care of their siblings, people used to be able
to walk into each other's homes, neighbors, are we used to as a neighborhood take care of our children together? Are we living in that same world today? No, those are stories of ancient times, your kid is in the front porch, and you constantly keeping an eye because somebody just what your neighbor just walk around, you're like, I don't know what his intentions are.
We are that paranoid, and what is that individualized now. And then you have parents, or you know, people whose parents are getting older, and those parents are living far, far away. And even when they call, it's annoying. Even when they call, you're like I have to go and busy.
Don't have time for this. You know, young people can't wait to leave home, they can't wait to get out of the house under the annoying shadow of their father in their mother. And they want to go off to college or wherever else. And when they go the first people they send a voicemail or their parents or their siblings, but when a friend calls, especially in a legitimate kind of friend, then immediate response. You know, this is if that's not cutting off, when you cut the people, you're supposed to be connected to a law, first of all, and the people you're supposed to be connected to the only thing that can come out of you as facade. You're not just going to be corrupt, you're going
to cause corruption will you've seen the NFL and they'll cause corruption in the land. Some of the most like, and now when the corruption goes so far, and so out there, then you're going to have philosophies like well, you know, marriage is a pretty artificial construct who needs it? You know,
with the kinds of immorality that is now considered not just normal, but the way humanity should move forward is a result of these cuts, when family ties and the tie with the lowest cut, and what else do you expect? Well, you see, do nothing.
And so and these people think that they're winning, they think that keeping those ties together are somehow you know, it's like a chain, I want to be free. I want to be able to do whatever I want. I want to have whatever relationship I want with as many people as I want whenever I want. I want to eat whatever I want drink whatever I want, consume whatever I want. I want to make money however I want spend it however I want. I don't want to be tied by anything. I don't want to be tied by expectations to a family or to God or anything else. When you are open and free like that you think that you have saved yourself from loss? Like you're not missing out on life and the language of
allowance that was it. He says hula hula Hassan, those people, they're the ultimate losers. They think they're winning. They think they just freed themselves and the world just opened up to them. They're the ultimate losers so hon Allah in one ayah the definition of Fiske soul comprehensive I can't think of another in the Quran of this comprehensive nature. And why wouldn't why would Allah give them the ultimate gift of guidance? When they can question the examples given by Allah guide, the most beautiful of guidance is handed to them, but they they don't want anything to do with this relationship. Now we get to this next I think 12 minutes is enough to get to this ayah inshallah
Tada. very profound philosophical idea. Lots of things have been said about it. I shall share with you what I find the most convincing of the opinions that I found. I'm grateful to the late Dr. Saad eccmid Rahim Allah who had profound insight into this ayah Actually, he had that insight in his 20s and he wrote 20s and 30s. And he wrote a paper on this ayah when he was in 1985 86, he wrote a paper on desire, and it was published, and several earlimart from around Pakistan, and India, Reddit and appreciated his work on this is I'm going to give you a summary of what he had said, because I do think it's a great value
allows him to stay phatak for Nabila, he will continue Martin, how could you How could you possibly be ungrateful to Allah and disbelieve in Allah while you used to be dead, you used to be dead stage one you used to be dead for a year come, then he brought you to life stage two. So maybe you need to come, then he will give you death stage one, three familiar he can then he will bring you back to life. stage four, what was the first stage you used to be dead? The first thing we have to distinguish is being dead and non existence are not the same thing.
being dead and not existing is not the same thing.
thing as a matter of fact, if somebody, somebody janazah they're in the coffin dead, that doesn't mean they don't exist. As a matter of fact, in any language the use of the word dead only applies when they used to have what before then life. So in the eye there seems to be an indication Allah says, How could you this disbelieve in Allah while you used to be dead and by the way in the Quran and the Sunnah of the prophet SAW a sudden death is very close to sleep,
death and sleep are deeply connected and related to each other. As a matter of fact, this week Allahumma Muto will I hear as you go to sleep Alhamdulillah Allah The ohana, ba ma, ma ma, ma, ma ma ma, ma ma Alhamdulillah, the one who gave us life after he had given his death. So death and sleep are very, very close to each other you with me so far? But then, strangely, the ayah doesn't begin, how could you disbelieve in Allah and you were nothing and Allah created you. That's not what he said. He said you used to be dead. That's a very specific phrase. And then what makes it even more pertinent is sort of what min Allah azza wa jal says about this is on the tongue of disbelievers on
judgment day. And they're really they're regressing and they're, you know, disgusted by their behavior. Now they're so disgusted with themselves, they turn to Allah, and they make an appeal to Allah to be given another chance. But the rationale they use is pretty epic. Listen to this, call Ravana. A methane ethane has nothing for
alumina for helina. Hydrogen, min Sabine
Yala, you had given us death twice. You gave us life twice.
And we admit we were wrong. We had made our sense. Could you? I mean, you've done it twice before. Could you just another time, please?
I mean, you didn't do it twice.
The piece that I want your attention on here is the first thing they said was what did I give them twice?
To give death can only happen when you have one life, you can't be given death unless you have life to begin with. So the idea at hand that reads How can you disbelieve in Allah and you used to be dead, suggests that there was actually actually a life even before this one. So that's actually not stage one. This is stage two. Stage One is a life that already existed. Then came this sleep. I'm putting sleep now instead of what death because death and sleep are close to each other. Actually, on Judgement day when we come out of our graves. Some people will say Mumbai ethanolamine, Mark Kadena, who brought us out of our beds, who brought us out of our bed or sleeping places Mark
Kadena. Anyway, the first stage was like a life, then Allah gave us this sleep this death, then there's a life, then there's that let's understand what this journey means. This is the journey of life itself. Okay, the first thing a lot I did, is he created all of us, all of us at the same time.
All of us were created this creation called the rule was created all at the same time. And when we were all together before Allah, there is the rule doesn't have age, it doesn't have gender, it doesn't have any of that stuff. It's beyond those things. But it was actually me. And it was actually it was no man, it was well said if it was under law, you know, it was not it was really all of us existed. And we weren't children or adults or, you know, ancients and new ones. We were all at a high level. And we were in the company of a lot alive and well. And we didn't have a body yet there was no body yet there was just total handler has a creature made of light.
And we used to talk to a lot directly. A lot of us and tell us a lot about those conversations. But he did give us a little tiny little picture of one of those conversations, one day a lot of turns to all those human beings that he's created. And he says to them, and a lot of us to be a beacon, am I not the master of all of you. And we all said but Ah of course you are shahidullah we testify you are, you are. Allah said that because Allah mentions in the same ayah I made you testify like this, so that you don't become unaware of this one day.
That light that rule was in the company of who Allah and it receives its light from who allows origin when a foster female role in that room who created that was there Fine. Then Allah put us in a coma state. It seems we all want to see a kind of death. That is the death being mentioned here. Then our Father impregnates our mother, and our mother is carrying a baby in her womb, and that baby gets old enough. And Allah commands one of those sleeping souls, one of those. He commands the angel take this one and put it inside that baby.
And that same rule travels and it comes inside this baby. And now you're here.
Now you're going to be coming out of your mother in law has given you what life that's, that's now your second life, your first life was in the company of a law, this is your second life and the one that you're going to meet a lot. And of course from here it's obvious, then you're going to die again, you're going to be in the grave again. And when you're in the grave, your soul shall travel, European travel, it will speak it will be questioned and put back in the grave. And then you'll be brought out again and that will be your next and final life you with me now. So my little German, then you will be taken back before Allah. Now this journey is important to know, because I won't go
deeper yet because you know, I don't want to I want to rush through it. But I do want to share one or two things with you. What whose company was the human being in before anybody else's company, a company of Allah and the company so close that not only did the law speak to us directly, we spoke to Allah directly. You know, when you're in good company, you get influenced.
You can't imagine that you're in the company of Allah, and you're not influenced
by can't be.
Allah was impacted every single soul. And that's why Allah says fitflop the law let the photon NASA Allah, the beautiful nature of Allah, the molding of Allah that He molded human beings on. We were in his company, we got molded, our personalities got molded. By the way, human beings have a glimpse of every attribute of a lion somewhere the other
allies are a man of Rahim, do we show mercy?
allies or Hakeem? Do we have some wisdom? allies or semi do we like to listen?
Allah azza wa jal is alhaja. He creates everything do human beings have a desire to create stuff, even from childhood put Legos together, do we have the desire to create stuff, every attribute of a large religion in some little glimpse of it, you find it where inside
inside the human being. And that's when you understand the phrase of the prophets lifestyle and in several a Hadith, which is actually mimicking the Bible. But when you study the biblical version, you find a chicky it's actually a very profound statement in the law either Manasa T. Allah azza wa jal created Adam in his image, not physical image, in the image of those names and attributes that make a lot as it was a beautiful, he made a reflection of them in the human being. Now that human being who was in the company of Allah was put inside a mother. And then he comes out, and he starts growing up. And as he grows up inside this body, he gets preoccupied with his body, but he doesn't
lose sight of the fact that there's something deeper inside him. He was in a company and when you're in the company of a lie, you're certainly going to miss him. Something's gonna be missing in your life. And so as the human being grows, no matter what culture they belong to, all human beings have had a desire for better home. They've had a desire for beauty. They've had a desire for better clothing. Perfection. You why did why do you think you have this urge to move the furniture every few weeks? Well, this looks better here. This color goes better there. I want to try this. I want to try that. We're constantly looking for more and more beautiful RV.
Do birds do that? Do alligators do that? More and more beautiful new monkeys do that? You know, evolution can even explain the human human propensity for art.
They can't. That's never existed, because it's not a necessity for survival. Why do you need art for survival? Why do you need poetry for survival? Why do you need language beyond basic communication app? Ah,
we need more than that. You know,
mothers know the way they talk to their kids. Well,
that's all you need for like 16 years is just
the fact that we have beautiful words we can think in the abstract, we can talk about art, beauty, you know, these things that are inside of us. Why? Because we're constantly seeking perfection, isn't it? In life, that desire to seek perfection, even in the material sense, is actually rooted in the soul? That was in the company of perfection. We were in the company of Allah who is in the law. Hi, Jimmy. lon you help boo, Jamal, finance honey, boo Jamal.
Human beings just look for perfect. And by the way, they think they want to move to a nicer house. They want to get nicer clothes, they want to get a nicer car, they want to look nicer. They want to smell nicer. They want nicer, nicer, nicer, nicer. But is it ever satisfied? No. Because nothing will fill the void of perfection like the company have a lot as origin. And that's why when finally the believer gets to go back where he came from, where did he come from the company of Allah. He's finally satisfied. And when you're satisfied you use the word what my end Allah says. Yeah, I love so much my inner energy
In in rpki, the status is satisfied sold, come back to your master. Why did he say come back? Because you were with him in the beginning. And now in this final stage of life, the first stage of life and the final stage of life are now meeting with each other, because you get to go back to the same Rob, that it was perfect company you worse panela How can you be ungrateful to Allah and you used to be dead and he brought you life inside of your mother's. Then he will give you that again. So my widow, Camille samosa Tanaka. Give you a little bit of time and he'll give you death again. Soon while you're here. Come, then he will bring you back to life again from LA he told john, then
you will be taken back to Him. May Allah azzawajal return us back to our master in the most blessed of ways. barakallahu li walakum and Hakeem when a funny word er coming out with him. salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.