Ramadan 2016 – Surat al-Baqarah – Day 16
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into Ayats from Surah Al Baqarah that shed light on the ending of the story of Adam AS.
“But those who refuse to accept this (guidance) and reject Our Signs as false are destined for the Fire where they shall abide forever.”
“But those who disbelieve and believe” means those who deny the Ayat of Allah SWT and beliefs of Allah SWT Messengers.
“Our Ayat” implies Allah’s proofs and evidence of His Lordship and Monotheism and what the Messengers have come with on the face of this earth. Those who disbelieve and believe the Ayat have ibn promised to be the inhabitants of the Hellfire forever and they will not come out of it.
Also included in this lecture is an overview of the story of Adam AS or a synopsis of sorts where we are acquainted with some aspects of the story that may have been overlooked or may have been missed before. It makes for a very interesting and engaging listen.
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I'm live. Like, there's 1000s of people watching this stuff right now.
So if there's like a sign right here, I can like, try to.
Anyway, so I'm really gonna have to leverage data, I'm not starting the talk yet, I just wanted to make a public service announcement yet again.
So, I'd like to repeat that we are in July in this community. And when we come for salon lectures and doodles, we're going to try to abide by a higher discipline, in Sharla. And part of that is that we correct each other. And we do so in a respectful, you know, courteous kind of way, this walkway over here on the side should be kept empty at all times, both from the men and the women. And I'm actually not so worried about the the older gentlemen, it's the teenage boys that come later on and chill there. So they can make a quick escape. That are a problem. You know, the reason for this entire thing is that people can get around it and get to the prayer comfortably. But when you know,
guys are sitting there kind of blocking the path, then, yeah, exactly. That's what Yeah, yeah. So
sorry, totally sorry, then they have to do all kinds of maneuvers through the rope thingamajig. The other thing is, you know, you guys know here that hamdulillah we don't have a partition in the machine. So the men, the men and women space is actually combined. And so as an added courtesy to our sisters, it's better that you don't sit against the wall. It's better for everybody, unless you're like way up front over here, something that you don't sit against the wall, especially if you see one of the younger guys sitting against the wall, gently kind of just
do that. Or sisters, if you see them, and they're looking that way, you can just literally point to them and say that, and they'll move. And if I see them, the worst case scenario is I'll call them out and move but I don't want to embarrass them. I don't want to embarrass anybody but it's better, you know, the, you know, on the one hand, I do want sisters to not be behind a barrier. On the other hand, we do have to respect that we should be facing this way. But you know, the especially the younger men are among us we'll be facing this way. So it's better not to sit against the wall not to sit against the wall that is the public service announcement and I won't be making it again. So
you're gonna if you see somebody doing so they're quietly going to go gently saying the year staff wants to leave the hallway empty kind of thing and move them out of the way Okay, so that's how we're gonna help each other out and Charla, even for the sisters and when somebody walks in from the main entrance, that space is for them to walk through and if you're sitting there then they're gonna have to jump over you or do other things that we probably wouldn't want them to risk their life with. So yeah, we're good to go.
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hopefully wrap up with iron number 39 as well over the course of this half hour. And then I want to share with you a really beautiful overview. Like we're going to take a step back and look at the entire story once again. And we're going to notice things that we didn't see before in Sharla hotel and kind of wrap up the entire story before we move forward with the narrative and sort of Bukhara so the idea that we were discussing I number 38 alesco libido. monogamy is what we talked about yesterday, we said come down from here altogether for MIT and nagamine Holden, that if and when at all, any guidance whatsoever comes to you that is especially for me and can only be from me, then
whoever were to follow it from Entebbe alhuda Fela hopefully him alone, then there is no fear on them, nor are they the ones that are going to be grieving. I want to start today with this benefit at the end. A lot. So what you'll notice in the next hour, you'll see will it cause happiness What does that mean? I think you can guess would make us happy now. Those are the people love fire. So fire is which is hell is typically contrasted with what in the Koran with Jenna, right. But there is no like cows herbal agenda when we have Holly Dune. And then like cows have been our home for holidays. That's not what happens in these two IOD. In fact, what happens in these authors, whoever
follows my guidance, the benefit at the end, instead of saying gender, Allah said something else. Allah said the benefit is what's in Arabic, la hoefflin la himolla. Home yes or no. And the consequence of the opposite, instead of saying anything else is how will not home for you hopefully don't, those are the people of fire in which they will remain. So there's an interesting contrast, instead of talking about heaven, instead of talking about gender, a lot talked about actually one of the most powerful qualities of gender. And one that actually in saying the way he said it, extended it to this world and to the next, there's a little glimpse of gender that you can even experience
while you're alive here, you can get a taste of it here, not just in the fruits in the foods that I talked about before. But even within yourself, the tranquility, that you'll feel within yourself, there are some things that Allah will relieve you from, even in this life. And that's what's being alluded to in these ayat in the phrase, love, hopefully him, whatever. So now that translation once again, a shallow translation of this benefit, those who follow us guidance in any way, shape or form, and May Allah make us of those yet to be our own aksana who they follow the rest of it, then follow them and to the best of their ability, right so that we pray to Allah that were of those
people, but the mercy of a lion this ayah is whoever follows even a glimpse of it. I will start showering them with benefits like Elijah's eager bonus after bonus for just showing him some loyalty. Just take some step towards his way, you know, so let's as well as Elijah How do phenol Anna Deanna home, so moulana those who make struggles in our path, we open up multiple pathways for them. So hon Allah, there's someone trying to find their way to Allah, they make some struggle towards Allah. Allah says, I will absolutely absolutely absolutely guide them tell multiple ways. Like they'll have multiple choices in front of them multiple pathways in life and all of them I will
make them lead back to me, how Allah, that's the gift of a lot of those who show him even a little bit of eagerness to seek and pursue his guidance. Anyway, this phrase that I'm going to translate in a shallow sort of way. First of all, it doesn't even sound like good English, when you translate it literally. It says, There is no fear on them. Nor is it they that shall grieve. There is no fear on them. Nor is it a that she'll grieve. We'll take a step by step approach. The first thing is that there are two emotions mentioned here fear and then grief, fear and sadness, you can make it easy fear and sadness, okay? And Allah made a priority out of fear by mentioning it first, and that he
mentioned sadness. And this is important because human beings are always looking to the future. I'm worried about being late here. I'm worried about preparation for tomorrow. You're worried about what you're going to eat for a thought. There's always something we're thinking about in the future, right. And the future is what is associated with human fears. My fear is things will not work out the way I want them to. My fears are always not about the past, but always about the future and the future is constantly in front of you and me. It's constantly staring at us in the face. We constantly have to deal with it. As a matter of fact, most of our lives bigger
Small we're dealing with fears. When you wake up, you're afraid of missing a prayer, you're afraid of being late to work you're afraid of, Oh, did I, you know, did I forget something? You know, there's small fears, then there are big fears. Am I going to pass the test? Am I going to do well on the interview? Is there is her family going to like me? You know, there's those kinds of big giant fears. You know, there's all kinds of fears in life. There are fears we have for our children, their education, their future, you know, there are fears about you know, your husband's late from from work, there are fears, where is he? What would what have happened to him, until you get better news,
there's all these thoughts of what's going to happen and people start playing an entire drama in their heads, you know, of how things are gonna play out. So fear is constantly associated with the future. The other emotion that was mentioned was sadness. And sadness is not associated with the future guys, don't sit against the wall upfront. Nobody has the wall. Thank you guys. So what was I saying something about Islam or something?
sadness, yeah, said, Okay, so. So sadness is not associated with the future. Rather, sadness is associated with what happened in the past, right? You're sad over the test, you failed, you said, you're sad over how you got yelled at by mom or something, or your sound over a friend that you got into an argument with your sound over, you know, some opportunity that you missed, man, I should have been there and I would have gotten the job and I didn't even go and you know, that kind of thing. Those that's those are moments of sadness. Now the thing is, sadness only comes when you remember what what happened. A lot of times you go to therapy or friends tell Yeah, forget about
what happened. And let's move on with your life. Think about your future. And there are people who can actually roll with the punches, they get hit a lot, they go, they go through a lot of tough things in life, and they're able to just put it behind them and keep moving on. But then sometimes every once in a while you're reminded of something sad in the past, and it moves you to tears. What I'm trying to get at the reason I brought up this anecdotal discussion is as follows. Fear is a constant. Fear is a constant, sadness comes and goes. Because sadness is associated with what the past and it only hits you, when you remember it. When you think about it, when you're not thinking
about it, you're thinking about the future. It's not fear that's bothering you, or it's not sadness, it's bothering you. It's fear that's bothering you. Now, this is remarkable, because if you notice from the very base analysis of this phrase, now, hopefully him will actually learn the word how that allow us, there's no fear on them, he used a noun, for fear. And a noun is considered permanent, timeless, constant. So Allah used grammatically, the constant version of a word for fear, just like fear itself is constant, the noun is constant. And when he talks about sadness, which comes and goes, he used the verb, which is actually corresponds to the human sentiment of sadness, because
we're not always sad. We, it hits us, and it goes away, and it hits us and it goes away. But fears are actually literally they are there are fears that are conscious and subconscious that are constantly driving your actions, everything from going to work and pursuing your education. You know, there are fears that are driving a lot of these decisions, right? So Allah azza wa jal accurately describes what's going on inside the heart in the mind of a human being, what is the constant and what takes priority. And what comes in goes, that's the first observation. The second is actually specifically about fear. The strange language that I translate is, there is no fear on
them. There is no fear on them, or there won't be any fear on them. That's not very clear English. And I do that on purpose. Because Allah says less often. And there's no fear, literally, there's no fear on them. I want you to understand, from an English point of view, I won't get into Arabic linguistics. But from an English point of view, there's a big difference between they're not afraid. And there's no fear on them. There's actually a huge difference. Okay, I'm talking about something that happens in Arabic, but I'm going to try to explain it to you in Simple English. The two things I'm going to compare are, they're not afraid. That's one phrase. And the other phrases, there is no
fear on them. I'll give you an example. There's a little girl, she loves playing with toys. Her favorite kind of toy is toy snakes. Now, most people are freaked out by that kind of thing. But this girl is you know, she's got her thing. And one day she's actually playing, she doesn't even know it's not a toy snake. It's what? It's a real snake. And she's just having fun, it's tickling her neck. It's doing all kinds of she is not. If you cannot actually say about her, she's laughing and giggling that she is afraid. She's not afraid. But there's certainly a fear on her. Meaning the parents have a fear for her that she or she is going to get hurt. There's a fear on someone actually
means they're in danger and somebody else's feeling concerned for you. Like if a parent says to a child or to you know, a young man or whatever, you know, I'm afraid for you. That's the closest thing in English. I'm afraid for you that you're gonna get into an accident. If you keep driving this way. You know, there's a real concern over you. There's a fear over you, on you for you. The idea here would be that somebody else is worried about you. You get it
And they're worried about some real danger. Whether you feel afraid or not, doesn't matter. You're still playing with a snake kid. You can get bitten, you're actually in danger. feeling afraid is may not be a bad thing actually, Allah describes believers. Johar. fula Yeoman they're afraid of a day and a half Homer rabina, Yeoman Agusan company law we are afraid of a day that is full of great sadness. You have una yo winter Taka la woofie. Hello kulu loves are they afraid of a day we're hearts and minds, our hearts and eyes are going to be flipped over. So Eliza describes feeling afraid is actually a good thing. But I'm lying. This is not talking about you feeling afraid? As a
matter of fact, on the day of judgment, can you imagine we are walking? We're not there in heaven yet, sort of terrain will describe sort of Hadid will describe believers are walking. Allah has given them light that comes out of their chest and light that comes out with their right hand. They're using this light to see the old through all the darkness and they're making their way into agenda. And as they're walking, do you think they're afraid even a little bit? Yeah. Because they're not we're yet. They're not injured. And there's nervously begging a lot. I've been at midlaner neurona. Master, please complete our light. Well, cendana and forgive us now they have light and
they're making progress towards heaven. But when would someone say please forgive us? Please make make sure the light goes all the way through? Obviously they are what they're afraid. But then how does? How do we reconcile Allah says those who follow my guidance, there's not going to be any fear on them. Allah is actually saying even if they will be feeling afraid, and they will be, they will be feeling afraid. There is no real danger on them.
There is no real danger on that. Let me give you the contrasting picture. So you can put this visual in your mind. That same little girl somehow you got rid of the snake. And you sat here child play with the teddy bear instead. And she's terrified.
She's crying, she can look at this thing. Its eyes bulging out at her. She's horrified by the teddy bear. He's totally okay with the snake. And she's terrified of the teddy bear. This time, she's afraid, but there's actually no fear on her, you understand? What's more important? To deny that you won't feel afraid? Or to make sure there's no fear on you? What do you think is a bigger priority? Make sure there's no fear on you actually means make sure you're not in any kind of danger. That is the relief Allah offers us in the first phrase, there is no fear on them. You know, that's why there's no this is La, la hoffen la home. If it was long we would have been they have no fear.
That's even worse. How? Why would believers have no fear, they're supposed to have fear. That's one of our most beautiful qualities. So reading the Quran, cross language carefully becomes very, very important. Then some argue Why isn't it La La him? Whoa, you know, you could even change the order of words in the Arabic language, La La himself, I won't go again, I won't go into the grammar. But I will tell you what it means in English, it would actually mean they're not the ones on whom there is fear. There's some other people that have fear on them. That would be a terrible meaning, by the way, because that would mean there's no concern for these people, but rather a less concern for some
That's not the intent. And if you even if you like mess with the sequence of this phrase a little bit, it's perfection is lost. I'm getting a lot of this from a real inspiration to myself. Dr. Father, Sally has Samurai in one of his shows lumos Albania, he does a show where people you know he's a linguist. And people ask him questions. How come Allah says this this way? How can we sense it that way? And he just kind of answers from a linguistic point of view, right? And one day, instead of taking other people's questions, the host asked him,
sir, Professor, samurai, you wanted to talk about an IRA. You mentioned, there was an IRA that you were thinking about for a couple of years. And he's uh, yeah, there's an I have been thinking about for about two years. And he says, What is it and he said, LA, hopefully La Jolla.
And the host of the show was like, Muscovy, how the sad, what's the big deal? And this is what's the where's the difficulty? And then he starts explaining if you were to move anything over, in any way, how the perfection of this phrase would be lost, and he was just mesmerized by how long multiple times in the Quran says la wholefood, la himolla, homie. So now, I want to go on the other side. You know, there's such a thing called consistency in Quranic language. You could say La hopefully Allah him, Allah has no name. They have no fear on them. They have no sadness on them. That would have been kind of the same phrase twice over. Allah didn't say that. But what it mean what would it mean
that they have no sadness on them? Well, if somebody is thrown into jail and their families crying, there's a crying help.
No. Even if some if somebody is being thrown into Hellfire, and there are other people crying, oh, no, please don't barbecue. Like if that's happening. How is that helping your cause?
It doesn't actually if Allah Salallahu alaihe wouldn't help you any. It wouldn't help you. Any sadness is it doesn't help you if other people
Feeling sad for you. If other people are afraid for you, and they're concerned about you, they'll do something. But if they're sad for you, it's already too late. That's already too late. So what is being what relief is the believer being given? They're not the ones that are going to feel sadness actually, feeling sadness is the ultimate pain. As opposed to feeling fear, feeling fear can even be healthy. But feeling sadness is a very painful thing. It's a very powerful, difficult experience in life. As a matter of fact, that can even rival or surpass physical pain. That's how bad sadness can become. And so Allah azza wa jal says, they're not going to be the ones that are going to experience
sadness. Notice Allah says la home yeah, saloon. And if back to Allah Hadith find another technical Arabic principle. Instead of saying, lions, No, they won't be sad. No, no, no, they're not the ones that are going to be sad, almost saying in parentheses, there are others that are going to be sad. Not then they're they're going to actually experience joy. But there are others who are going to be experiencing sadness. This is a little bit about LA, hopefully la hiwula homea. Soon, I want to wrap this discussion up with just one one reminder to you once again, Allah azza wa jal did not deny that fear won't happen ever. Although I didn't deny that all Allah denied is that there won't be ever any
real danger on the believer, they will be their deeds, their relationship with Allah, their guidance will be kept safe so long as they show loyalty to Allah and they will be relieved from true sadness. You know, I I give this as a sincere bit of advice to everybody in the room, Allah azza wa jal created human beings in difficulty, human in this life, there will be some kind of difficulty, some of you are going to go through financial difficulty, some of you are going going to go through physical health difficulty, some of you are going to go through emotional difficulty, that difficulty will come from people around you, your loved ones, your friends, your siblings, your
spouse, your your children, your parents, your grandparents, your uncle, there's going to be people in your life that are very close to you. And there's no escape from those people, because they're a part of your life. And they're going to bring you a lot of grief. And they have before and they continue to some of some of them. And there are certain problems in your life that have stuck with you for a very long time. There are people in the room that have been looking for a job for years can't find there are people in the room that are being buried under debt, like they've just load after load after load, they're crushed under debt, and it eats away at them. There are people in the
room that have a health condition, or are taking care of somebody in their family who has a health condition. These are not small things to deal with. This is a very difficult thing to trauma to experience. But when the law says law, homie afternoon, Allah is saying something about his guidance. Remember, yesterday, I told you how he takes the most sad experiences and turns them into moments of joy. A lion has cried when he says she felt really Murphy's to do it is healing for what lies inside of the chest. A lie is telling us that one of the most powerful ways You and I are going to be able to cope with our sadness, our sadness may not disappear, well, we're going to be able to
cope with it, we're gonna be able to deal with it, we're going to be able to get past it. And we're not going to allow it to paralyze us. And what is going to help us is the word of Allah, the guidance of Allah, the guidance of Allah actually strengthens the heart of a believer, the guidance of Allah actually gives you the emotional strength to be able to go through difficult times, which other people who don't have this guidance, they choose to just download an entire bottle of aspirin and end it, you know, or they choose to just get drunk and get on the highway and end it or jump off a bridge and end it. But when people have human, they're in a different category. I love telling the
story of a friend of mine, who in Louisiana, I'll be brief about it, because some of you may have heard me talk about it before. It's such an inspiration. This family in Louisiana, they lived in Baton Rouge, and they and New Orleans actually. And they had car dealerships. And their car dealership was right on the water, beautiful luxury cars, you know, and then Hurricane Katrina came back into the remember Katrina. And they and they this was like a religious family, no bank loans, no interest, no nothing. Everything was cash. And the waters rise, and all of the cars are gone. And just overnight, they're done. The only car left was a Lexus LS 400. I think it was 450 or something
still in the car left. And that's the one that escaped him. You know, and when I went to visit them a year later, he used to deliver pizza in that car. Like Dad, Mom, everybody was just working in a pizza place. You know, and these are people that were living in LA, they were making, like, half a million dollars of sales. Easy, a month. Easy. And from there, they like working at a pizza. They don't own the pizza. They're working at the pizza place. The whole family, you know, and, you know if anybody else went through that, like from millions to nothing, what happens to them, you know what happens to them, right? Hey, they're willing to commit suicide or they get institutionalized.
They can't take the loss. This is too much to bear. And yet the whole family I've never seen like brighter smiles.
I've just never seen brighter smiles. And I even asked one of them What is it? Why are you guys so happy? Yes, went through all this like stuff.
Like, you know, when we when when business was good, it was good. But this client calls this deliveries late this shipment is coming taxes are due payroll this that the other I never had time to go to the mission.
And now we just have work and we can easily add on we go pray, there's still a roof over our head, there's still food on the table. Life is much more peaceful and hamdulillah.
Like, you can't have that if you don't have guidance, you can't have that there are people who will just cry and lament they'll drive by the drowned dealership every day.
Like that's what they'll do, you know,
they just moved on and not just moved on. They're grateful to allow forgiving them for still giving them it is and giving them HoloLens that's the man that's actually you're you're being saved from a kind of sadness that for other people will kill them will destroy them. They won't even be able to stand up anymore. And yet here you are. This is you know, from Entebbe, Allah de la hopefully.
Then on the contrast what I want to share with you something very powerful, first of all, translate the ayah when Latina cafardo wakasa will be iottie na da equals Hubble Nadia Humphrey, Holly Dune, and those who disbelieved and called our miracles, ally, those are the companions of the Fire, those are the people of the fire in which they will remain, they are going to remain only and that fire permanently, Humphrey Holly don't. So it seems on the one hand, whoever follows the guidance is saved from fear, danger, and sadness. And on the other hand, there are people who do two crimes, they disbelieved and call the miracles a lie, if there will be it and they called our miracles a
lie, and considered them all lies, then those are the people that are going to be you know, people of the fire in which they will remain. The first contrast that you'll notice here, which is very important to notice is that when Allah spoke about God guidance, it says though, I want you to think about two gates, visually, two gates, one gate is for the ayah, that offers guidance. The other gate is for the ayah that talks about people who reject the guidance. The gate for the people who are offered guidance is way big. And the gate for the people who reject the guidance is very small. It's narrow. Where am I? Where am I getting this from? The first thing you'll notice is one ayah. begins,
man, men, Toby alhuda, man means open ended, whoever, whoever, when you say whoever is that a limited invitation or open invitation is a big wide open invitation. But when you say when levena cafaro wakasa will be as opposed to Mancha Farah wakaba. He didn't say man again, if he said manga, whoever it is believed, then that would be a big wide open invitation again, rather he changes the word a different is a muscle, the more specific narrow, targeted is a muscle. Well, the Zener cafaro, and particularly those who have disbelieved, as though those who disbelieved are actually a narrow, targeted group of people. He's not saying Oh, just anybody. And it's not just those who've
just believed or been ungrateful. Add to that, what can double cafaro Why can double and they didn't just stop at disbelieving, they went out of their way to call the miracles we sent them a lie. Now notice, there are two things that come from Allah. First, in the previous ayah. It was Hooda it was guidance in this ayah Buddha, it's ayah. Tina, you would expect those who accept the guidance, those who reject the guidance, so the same word who that should be used. So it should be well levena cafaro work as the boo boo Daya our bill Hooda or be he even because what I was already mentioned, but he doesn't say houda he says i Athena, there is a difference. What is guidance and unless had
any guidance, right? In my opinion, the company couldn't any guidance. any guidance is like Yusuf Ali Salaam is sitting in prison. There's a couple of prisoners sitting with him. They're like, Hey, we heard you're pretty good at interpreting dreams. He says, Yeah, I want to tell you about the dream. But let me tell you something, I have decided to worship just one God, because that's the legacy of my father and his father and his father. He didn't give them a long lecture, it was just like, two minutes, one minute, you think lots of gods are better or just one. That's who then it's not an entire book. It's not the entire Torah that he recited on to them. You know, it hasn't even
come yet. You know, it's not it's not exhaustive guidance. It's just some snippet. Look, just worship one God, don't worship multiple Gods simple, small thing. But when you say I odd when you say if you're not just talking about advice or counsel or guidance, you're talking about miracles, miracles, and Allah doesn't just send miracles right away. Allah gives guidance and guidance and guidance and guidance and guidance and people rejected and rejected and rejected and rejected and finally to convince the people as the final case to be made a lot also sends miracles. And then when he sends miracles, if people still reject the guidance, then he punishes them. This son of a
law you guys have to nail it into your heads is has to be so understood. Why and when does Allah destroy nations? Because if you don't understand this, you might think oh legends loves destroying nations every time I read a story. Here's the story of Nohara Islam. The kid at Sunday school goes, wait a second. And let me tell you what happened. He preached, they didn't listen, he destroyed them. Okay, fine. Let me tell you the story of salia they can go Hold on a second. He preached the people didn't listen, let me get Wait, wait, it's coming. It's coming. He destroyed them.
Seems like a lot just sends messengers to what?
Destroy nations. This is when you don't understand. You don't have the right thought process. You don't realize what's going on? Allah azza wa jal sent messengers to nations. Think of it like a building that is about to fall, nations that were so evil, they were about to fall. And as they were about to fall, Allah decides No, I will not let them fall, I will send them someone who can try to what, straighten it up. So he would send them messengers, these messengers would come and say, listen, straighten out your act, you guys are headed for what? You're headed for destruction. Don't destroy yourselves. I'm here to try to save you. I'm here to try to help you. And he would try to
help them and try to help them. And Allah would not destroy the nation. And so long as the messenger is there, he's the only one trying to help them. And they're so hell bent. They even tried to kill Who? That messenger, they insult him, they ridicule them, they don't listen to him, and now they're trying to kill him too. That's what they did in many cases. And what Allah does, before they even tried to kill some of them they tried to kill. But while others is fine, if you're not going to listen to this advice, let me show you something so convincing, that once you see it, there's no argument left that I'm trying to tell you for your own good that you need to listen, those were
miracles. miracles were only handed as the last resort, before you guys are just a lost cause. So when a lot of sense, a miracle, that actually means these people have reached the final stage of cancer.
That's the last resort. If Allah shows these people a miracle, whether it's the miracle of Salahuddin salam, or it's the nine signs of Musa alayhis, salam, whatever America will love shows, once a love shows a miracle, and they still reject. And this is actually the second thing they rejected, not the first, what's the first thing they rejected the guidance. The second thing they reject is what the miracle you with me so far, if they reject the miracle, they have proven that they are a lost cause.
At this point, Allah says fine, you will head down the path, you want it to go all along, I will let you go. And that's when that nation is what destroyed. Okay? Now, here's the thing. Here's the crazy thing. The profit side sort of, preached the Quran.
The Quran said, Come on, show us a miracle.
Show us a miracle.
And they kept saying show something landing from the sky. Why don't you turn this mountain into gold? I'll be convinced. Why don't you bring my dead grandfather back to life? And he can tell me that Yep, there is a life after death and he can die again, then I'll be good. I'm so believer in the afterlife, then. The prophets I send them kept saying to them, they're they're rushing to bring a miracle and the luck, you know how Allah describes it. Yesterday, Luna will either be
there or rushing you to bring about punishment. Allah doesn't say they're rushing you to bring about the miracle, unless as they're rushing you to bring about the point. Why? Because once you bring the miracle What if people don't historically, did the miracle help? Most people are no, no. So Cara Thomas Haruna banana coma spoon. When people saw the most amazing things. They said, our eyes must be drunk. Like can't be real. No, no, no, you needed some kind of magic. They still reject it. And if you're still going to reject it, then your punishment is guaranteed. In this ayah Allah is not just talking about the rejection of guidance. That's phase one. He's talking about the people not
only who disbelieve, but they and they call the guidance and lie. They call the miracles of Allah Li COVID wb IR Tina?
Is this much more specific? Isn't it compare this to what Allah said about guidance, whoever follows it. Whoever follows in whatever capacity didn't even specify what following here disbelieved, call the miracles ally, those who love us, however, now, we like is a very particular pointer. If you say a homeless hub or not, that's a pronoun, a pronoun means they. Now again, sensitivity the language, you know, in the English language, you say they and we can say those, they and those, the word they, they could be here that could be anywhere. But when I say those guys, those are pointing word. When you point at someone, there's a very targeted specific group that towards you who you're pointing.
If Allah said homeless have one knob, that's actually anything, but he has a cassava. Now, he's pointing at a very particular group of people. What I'm trying to show you is the door to guidance
is wider and wider and wider open. And the gates to hell are narrow and narrow and narrow and narrow and no crime, soul beautiful like us have in our home, we have Holly Dune in which they will remain. You know, on this note, this is the last comment I'll share with you, then we'll go into the data should be ready to follow, we're gonna go into the slide soon.
Notice also when I said when the people good people were being talked about in the previous ayah. Allah said, there's no fear and no grief. Remember that? Is that, that Allah say, there is no fear and grief in this world or in the next world or he didn't specify.
He didn't specify, which means it can apply here and it can apply there. If he doesn't say it's open ended. But when it came to the disbelievers, did he specify? Or did he say I'll punish them here and there? He said, Would it cause Habu and not another is here or there? It's over there. So even the punishment is restricted. even give them this clear. He'll provide them for furnish them here, the disbeliever he'll furnish him here, he'll give them here too. This is the Rama of Allah, when it came to guidance and benefits of guidance, dunya and akhira, when it came to punishment, specifically Ashura. So beautiful, beautiful crime that we believe in. It's so so beautiful. So I
was going to share with you from Soto Zola and then we'll go to those slides and Sharla
so to zomer Allah describes groups of people that are entering heaven and groups of people that are entering hell.
And you know, Helen haven't have gates, okay. Helen have both have gates. So Allah describes as large contingents of people approach the gates of heaven. He says, while foot he had had that, Elijah, whoo ha, wah wah for the hearts haute-savoie Baja, which translates at the very moment until the very moment they approach it, while its gates were open. While its gates were open, you know what that means, right? I came to this house while the gate Well, the door was open. What does that mean? The door was already it's been open.
It's been open. And when does the door get left open when the host is waiting for the guests eagerly to show up, and he doesn't want the guest to even wait a little bit.
So the door is kept wide open. And by the way, the Shahada, the people who are martyred in this for the sake of Allah, the people who are in a halal living, multilateral family, someone who earns a decent fair living, you know, permissible living in there killed or mugged and they're killed. They're also considered a Shaheed and the Shaheed goes straight into Jenna, how did they get access into Ghana because the doors always held open with the Hatton lahoma Baba coo panatela doors that are being held wide open already.
Contrast this with hell. He says they approached the gates of hell Hata ooh Ha. Foot he had.
He had a Baba. He says until they reach the gates,
then the doors are opened.
He doesn't say while the doors were opened, the wall was missing.
describing that the gates of hell are kept What? closed until the people get there, then he'll open them. Like the prison whose gates are kept closed until the inmate shows up then.
And he's wearing and
that's it. What a contrast between heaven and hell in the Quran, from every little word, and these are the kinds of things sometimes, you know, I read in translation, and it just like almost like, Look, where is what there's a why there's just no way you're gonna get the same. And then people say, I love this translation, man, is the best translate how's it it's Ramadan, not gonna say anything. You know, which translation do you recommend? I can't, I have a hard time. Because when things like this are overlooked, there's a big problem. It gives a different picture of the Quran, you know, so now inshallah, now that we reached the conclusion of this story, other malayalam is
being told, whoever follows my guidance will have the benefits of no fear and grief. And you know, if you're on the mend, no grief, and those who reject it and lie against our miracles, Allah is already telling us, Allah will just give us guidance, he will also give us miracles. By the way, the Quran is one of these two things,
guidance, and miracles, his guidance, and it's the first time both of them were made together. Yeah. Both of them are put together. So both of those are separated in those two. Now that the story comes to an end, I'd like you to show the slide and Sharla if you guys can look at the screen. I will walk you through the entire story. It's some funny colors. Can you see it yet? Guys?
Okay, you can see that, okay. So listen to me as you look at this, don't try to figure it out yourself. Just listen. What is color abou Khalil mela karate ninja. I don't have the halifa when the angel Allah said to the angels, I'm going to put what on the earth? leaf on the earth. Okay. And they said you're going to put someone who's going to do what you remember, is going to cause corruption. He's going to spill
Blood and Allah said to them in the Aloma Allah tala moon, that's the next part that says I know what you don't know in our little meta level. Then Allah says Allah, Allah, Allah. Allah taught Adam the names, all kinds of names of people of things. And then he presented those people before and those things before the angels and what did you say to the angels? Tell me these names. If you're telling them Saudi clean if you telling the truth, what did they say? callooh Subhana, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah know how perfect you are. We have no knowledge whatsoever except whatever you've taught us. I've summarized that here, as we know absolutely nothing you see right in the middle.
Then you go on wakulla awesome, and be home be as smart as him. Tell them Adam, tell them the names of these things. That's the next time you go in there with the subject. And when he tells told them the names of those things a lot turn back to the angels and said, I don't know good luck, Romania, Alibaba Mattila? Didn't I tell you, I know the secrets, the unseen of the skies and the earth. And I know what you show and what you expose. And then finally, Allah said to the angels with Buddha Lama, like it was totally awesome. We said to the angels, make sense that to Adam, and what did they do? They made such that all of them with the exception of Emily's, right? So that's the first half of
the story, you'll notice something. The first thing Allah said was angels, I'm going to put a halifa on the earth, and what was their reaction?
What was their reaction when you said, I'm going to put a Khalifa not a good idea? We have an issue, we have two issues facade on the earth and spilling blood. Remember that? By the end of the same story, he told the angels again, this time, he didn't just say I'm putting a halifa What did he say? make sense. But this time, instead of having an issue, what did they do? They made such that immediately. So the subject is actually completed. The first time they were addressed, the last time they were addressed in the beginning and the end of this half of the story. The second subject was, I know what you don't in the mulata Moon and towards if you work backwards, Allah says, didn't I
tell you I know. You see how the same subject is repeating itself. It corresponds perfectly then the third thing was a lot of thought Adam and Islam all the names. And then the third last thing was Adam, why don't you tell them how you know all the names.
And right in the middle, the heart of the story, this is the first half of the story. Right in the middle. What is it the principle that all people must remember so Hanukkah, how perfect you are? in Medina, a llama lantana we have absolutely no knowledge whatsoever, except what you've taught us in NACA under animal Hakeem, you're the only one that is the ultimately knowing the ultimate owner of all wisdom. That is the heart of the story. Notice how this half of the story is perfectly symmetrical, you see it. Now we move on to the second half of the story, listen to as I speak, pasado de la balise. They all made such they accept at least about what stuck about our condominial
caffeine he refused, and he was arrogant, he was full of pride. He saw greatness for himself and he was of those who delight denied then the lessons jadam was gone and towers ojochal Jana, Adam, settle down yourself, your spouse in heaven all throughout heaven, and don't go near what not Aqaba don't go near this tree for takuna novoline then Allah says as Allah Houma Shay Paulo and her shaitaan made them slip and then the command came what what command came when they slipped, able to descend? But then I'll do you're gonna be enemies to each other and you're gonna have a temporary place to stay in the world and some time to enjoy. Then Allah says yesterday we talked about it but
Allah Cardamom Arabic Allah, Martin Fatah, Allah He, then Adam came into contact with words from his master through those words, what did he do? He repented and ally accepted his repentance in the who who? Rahim. Then Allah says again Khulna Vito minha Jamia? He says to them descend from here all together, whenever guidance comes to you, there's no fear on them. They won't be the ones grieving that's what we just did today. No fear and no grief, you see it right there. And then finally, unless as well as in a co workers that will be it now, when I asked how not only how Holly don't those who just believe and you know, call our miracles ally, those are the people of fire, in which
they will remain. Now notice this half of the story. It began with shaytan rebelling, and it ends with people who deserve Hellfire because they follow who, because they follow shaitan It began with Adam alayhis salaam being in a place where there's no fear and no sadness. Where was he? in Jannah, and it ends with a blessing. If you follow my guidance, you'll get a glimpse of genda no fear and no sadness. And then the third issue I'd like to say to them was come down from here, you'll be enemies to each other. And on the flip side, he told them come down again, but follow my guidance. So come down was mentioned twice. And right in the middle is the heart of this passage. When a human being
makes mistakes. What should they do? They should make they should find the words from Allah and make Toba. So the heart of the first half is we have to accept we don't know everything. And the heart of the second half is we have to make Toba
How beautiful is that? Now what I what you've what I've shown you thus far is that the story is two halves. One half you can say, Adam and the angels. The second half is Adam and at least my two perfect halves, and each of them are perfectly symmetrical. Before I even go any further, do you notice a remarkable level of organization of ideas in the Quran, like symmetrical structuring in the Quran, when you and I teach something, when we do it, like, like I'm doing a lecture, I've talked about like, a lot of things. And I'm not doing it off, like I have some IR in front of me, but I don't have I'm gonna say this sentence first, then I'm gonna say this sentence, and of the five
sentences number one and number five will correspond and number two, and number four will correspond and three will be right in the middle and three is the heart of what I want to get it. I don't possess the mental capacity to speak in that way. I don't. The Quran continuously speaks in this way to a messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who does not know how to read or write.
And then these people have the audacity to say the Quran doesn't seem organized.
The like, have you been Faraj? He said the one who organized every tip of your fingers. He organized every bone in your body didn't organize his own book.
What do you What are you thinking? You're the ones who don't recognize the organization you didn't reflect? But when you reflect the level of organization in the Quran is absolutely mind boggling. If you could take them to the next slide please. I want to show you guys something. This You won't understand right away. Let me explain it to you. Okay, you see five boxes there. There's two blue boxes on the left side. There's two black boxes on the right side and there's a white box in the middle that much is clear. I hope you're not colorblind if that you are in a lie. I apologize for my insensitivity. Okay. Now, the sutra began the article kuttabul ra Buffy houden Lael, Mata Ki Latina
you mean una. una sala. The first blue box represents the first subject of this surah which was white believers. The next was in the levena cafaro and Mr. Hamby meaning those who disbelieve and those who aren't truly believers, they just pretend to be the believers and the disbelievers and the hypocrites they're all bunched together. That's your first black box You with me? Then the third passage was your or you have now become people worship your master, the one who made this earth for you as a bed in the sky as a canopy. That was our third section. That's the white one in the middle. Then started the story of Adam alayhis salaam, which I just told you is broken up into how many
parts? Two parts? What are the two parts? Adam, Emily's Adam and Eve Lee. So you'll notice the two things on the left are what believers and angels, believers and angels because they're both believers, and one of the two things on the right,
since believers and the devil because they're both disbelievers, they're already corresponding this side to this side that side to that side. Then we go a step further, you will notice that on this on the on the left side where you have, you know, an Elisa Lam and the angels. Allah began the Quran by saying this book has absolutely no what good, this book has absolutely no doubt. Now let me take you to the story of Adam alayhis, Salaam Alaikum Salaam was created. Allah azzawajal brought him before the angels. And the angels said we're not so sure we have some doubts. We have some doubts, we think he's gonna spill blood, we think he's gonna be corrupt, and alash provided them evidence. He showed
them that the human being is far beyond what they imagined. And so their doubts were removed. And they fell into such that this is the parallel with Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam. There could be people living in Medina who are who don't know the profit slice of them, they hear the man claims to be a messenger. And obviously when you hear somebody claims to be a prophet, and their book is the book of God, your first reaction is you will have what you will have doubts, and then you will explore and once you are furnished with the evidence, you will have no choice but to fall into such that there are multiple places in the Quran, where you find believers people who came from different
religions, they heard the word of Allah, you have Runa Lila Connie soldiered on, they fell on their faces and such that their reaction was such that when they realized the evidence of the Quran, so the the just like the angels needed evidence so they could fully submit to this commandment, it's the same thing there are going to be people, people of the book, non Muslims, agnostics seekers, when they're provided that evidence, their reaction will actually be similar to that of the angels. They will have questions just like the angels have questions. But this book will remove all of those doubts, and they will fall into such that and they're going to come so panela so that's that
parallel on this side. Now, if you look on the other side, what did Allah say about Iblees? Did he have evidence? He did. He had the same evidence that was given to everybody. But somehow his heart was filled.
With what? pride so much pride, that he wasn't even willing to listen to the direct command of Allah. direct command of Allah was what got me on caffeine. And if you look at the parable of the hypocrites and the disbelievers, Allah said, Allah sealed their hearts, and they're hearing, and their eyes No matter what they see, no matter what evidence they see, no matter what commandment, they hear, their hearts are so filled with pride, they won't accept any of it. So a parallel is made between the devil and his reaction to the co founder of Makkah, and then the the leadership, the intellectual leadership of the Jewish community in Medina, who refuse the prophecies of them, even
after knowing the truth. They're being parallel together. So panela the additional parallel is, if you study other places in Quran, do you know what the problem of release was? Why didn't you want to accept the prophets? Why didn't you want to accept all the money saddam conduct and even naryn wahaca? who maintain You made me from fire?
You made him from clay, you made him from dirt?
Interesting. If Allah says why What kept you from doing such de?
Which means you have a problem with him.
You don't want to acknowledge Him, you should begin with you made him from dirt. He didn't. He started with himself. He said You made me from fire. homie, why are you starting with yourself? We all know what you're made of. Why did you begin with yourself he felt overlooked.
He's like, not only is he made of dirt, that's a secondary issue. That big problem here's I made a fire. And I got overlooked.
Obsessed with himself. This is this given. This is his cube. And that's why you'll find for disbelievers as one of the great punishment because they think of themselves is great. Anyway, the Israelites of Medina, the Jewish community, the rabbis, in particular of Medina, what was the basis for them? You know, not accepting the prophets. I saw them. He's not of the Jewish people. He's not an Israelite. He's a Gentile. Moreover, he's from the cursed lineage of Ishmael. He's an Arab, how can we accept an Arab as a prophet, those are barely human, were supposed to accept him as a prophet is is exactly the same problem as who it believes, who says I made a fire. He's unmade of a superior
material. I have superior genetics. Therefore, I cannot accept him. It is exactly the same problem. And so in the structure of the surah, these two things are parallel. Now what's left is right in the heart of it right in the middle. What is in the middle? Yeah, you Hannah Samudra, back home, people enslave yourselves to your master. And notice in the beginning, and so this I'm talking about the white box style, okay, that white box began with a law reminding us that he made this the earth and the skies. And it also ended by reminding us that he made the earth and the skies, which is amazing, because the first the top two boxes are what went on on the earth. And the bottom two boxes are a
story of what happened where and the skies? And Allah says worship the master who made the skies and the earth. And then what he would what he put right in the middle of it. See, if you understand this, then what is the central passage so far? What is the middle of the entire narrative so far? people worship pyramid, that passage? Yeah. Then the question becomes, what is the middle of that passage? What is the middle of the middle? The middle of the middle is war by shooting Latina amanu. I mean, oh, sorry, heart, Hart. anila. Home Janet and Judy mentality, Helena. congratulate the believers, that those who believe and do good deeds that they're going to have gardens, the bottoms
of which rivers are going to be flowing, every time they're given a fruit, they're going to say this is kind of like what we used to be given before, it will look similar to them, and they'll have purified spouses, and they'll stay in it forever. That long. ayah is a description of what
of Jenna. Now, what is gender? Why is gender in the middle? You were being given guidance, so you can come back to Allah, people who rejected guidance whose hearts were sealed and less about them for home lawyer god, they're not going to come back, come back. We're to their original home. What's their original home? gender, gender, then you find why would that be your original home? Yeah, because you started there. And that's why the rest of the story is actually what took place in Ghana. Everything so far, the call is for humanity to make their way back to heaven. That's the call Subhana Allah. So so beautiful. Do you know that in certain would be known? Allah describes gender
as follows Willa ecomo very soon, and Latina URI Sunil for those homefree Holly don't, those people are the inheritors. Those who will inherit the highest levels of heaven in which they will remain. Heaven is called
inheritance, when is an inheritance given?
When it belonged to your father, and it's passed down to you,
you see why it's called inheritance. Our father was there. And we are now we are inheritors of that heaven, we have to qualify ourselves back to claim the property that Allah named for the father and his lineage, and all of them. So part of law. That is this kind of a structural overview of the surah thus far, and from here in sha Allah, we begin what seems like a completely unrelated subject, the Israelites. That's what we're going to go into tomorrow in the law. But as as you probably already guessed, it's not unrelated. It seems that way. It's profoundly related. But we'll talk about that the law tomorrow, it's we're going to start with a very interesting question tomorrow. Is
there such a thing as inherited sin?
In Islam? Is there such a thing as your father is committed a sin therefore you're held responsible? And if there isn't such a thing, then why do we hate the Jews so much? So so many of us, because when we when we express our disgust with the Jewish people, so Muslims, then they actually sight look at the Quran and what it said about them when they did this, this this this, but what you're quoting is what not they did, but what their ancestors did 1000s of years ago, and now you're using that to justify your anger towards your Jewish neighbor, and your you know, the Jewish people altogether. We're gonna address that issue directly in Charlottetown. How does the Quran does the
Quran blamed even the Jews of Medina, the Jews of Medina are not the Jews of Busan. What they did and what these people did are two different things. So how do we reconcile that? How do we understand that properly? Because I do believe this is one of the sicknesses that is affecting and like a virus infecting the minds of Muslims today. They don't know how to think about non Muslims. We don't understand how the Quran wants us to think about non Muslims, particularly the Jewish people and by extension others. May Allah azza wa jal give us clear understanding in light of his book and remove our biases and the only bias we want within our hearts is the bias of Allah His Word
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