Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into Ayats 40 to 42 of the magnificent Surah Al Baqarah that marks the start of a very lengthy discussion about the children of Israel. Ayats 40 – 121 of Surah Al Baqarah are dedicated to this very purpose.
Allah SWT reminds the Children of Israel that He did favor them, but they were ungrateful. The favors that Allah SWT has bestowed upon the children of Israel are numerous:
- The selection of Messengers from among them.
- The revelation of the Holy Books.
- Saving them from the agonies of Firaun and his people.
So Allah SWT ordered them to remember what He has bestowed upon their forefathers and not to forget His favors. This Ayah contains encouragement, followed by a warning. Allah SWT first called the Children of Israel, using encouragement. Then He warned them so that they might return to the Truth, follow the Messenger ﷺ, follow the prohibitions and commands and believe in its content of the Noble Quran.
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to remind all of you, and to maybe help share some insights with you about the placement of this long narrative that is actually not even in chronological order. What that means is lots of things happen with the children of Israel, ILA level mentioned some of them that happened later, earlier, and some of the things that happened earlier later. So it's not actually in a chronological kind of order. The goal behind the narrative is something else. It's not just a telling of Jewish history, but rather something else. So the first thing that I want to share with you is just taking a step back, Allah azzawajal gave Adam alayhis salam, a special favor that he had not given any other
creation, on this earth rather, not on this earth rather within all of creation. When he says in our Amana, like he mentioned, this fertilizer, we we handed over the trust, the responsibility. This responsibility was so huge, as we saw in the story of Adam and Islam along with the angels, that even the angels were skeptical if he's going to be able to carry this responsibility. But after being demonstrated that he is capable of it, he was given that honor of even ranking above the angels and was to do the item, the commandment was given. Now, Allah azza wa jal has given this human being something that has never been given to a creature, you know, creature, and he's been
empowered with things that have never been empowered before us. We learned about knowledge ally xojo gave me some knowledge. And on that note, one thing I didn't highlight to you is something extremely, extremely critical. And that will if only if you understand that, well, this makes sense. Then, there were two kinds of knowledge that were spoken about with other artists around. First of all, we saw a llama, Adama smart Aquila, he taught Adam the names of all kinds of things. And from it, we extrapolated that, you know, in this world, every science, every field of human inquiry boils down to definitions. And those definitions were built upon the definitions that came for the
intellectuals and thinkers from the generation before to the generation before to the generation before, meaning every field of human inquiry today, every science that exists today, every subject that exists today, boils down to definitions that are built upon the past. And they all go back to that first set of definitions that was given to them and Islam, you could summarize all of that as knowledge of this world, knowledge of this world. But then as other animals coming on this earth, Allah gave him a second warning other a second bit of instruction and said, For in my second mini hodan, then if ever knowledge comes to you, from me, and all it can only come from me, and that's
the one that will keep you from fear and grief, we talked about that quite exhaustively. So you can say there is knowledge of this world worldly knowledge that Adam alayhis salaam has been given and we're all beneficiaries of that knowledge. And on the other hand, he was given revealed knowledge, he was given revealed knowledge. So now there's two kinds of knowledge, knowledge that human beings can inquire, search, seek study in a university, explore figure things out in a laboratory, that's the kind of knowledge that is the extension of worldly knowledge, acquired knowledge, you can even call it acquired knowledge, because it keeps on building it acquired, you know, the acquisition of
it keeps on compounding on what came before right. So, the science of today would not be possible if the science of yesterday did not exist, right, it can only move forward in this way, okay. But on the other hand, there is a kind of knowledge that is not researched. You can you can ponder and research and acquire it. It can only come from the heavens, it can only come from Allah azzawajal delivered through angels. It cannot be detected from a microscope, you're not going to be able to find it. You know, after doing a lot of pondering and thinking on your own.
And it can only come from Allah azza wa jal, and that's revealed knowledge and revealed knowledge. And you know, you know, acquire knowledge there are two different branches of knowledge. And they're actually in some sense very distinctly different from each other. Because in acquire knowledge, for example, there's room for correction. Right, so what as human beings explore something, they postulate based on it, for example, in the field of science, and they come up with a theory. And we think this is the dominant theory and how, you know, physics works. But then as the field of physics advances, new scientific discovery, you know, leads to a different conclusion. And we say, you know,
that was the best that we could have reached before. But now we know better. Now we're going to revisit what was said before, right. So when when Newton was around, matter can neither be created nor destroyed became the dominant thinking of the scientific community, that matter is, in a sense, eternal, it can neither be created nor destroyed, but then comes along Einstein, you know, quite a bit later. And now the dominant theories matter can be converted into energy, that matter is, in fact, something that can be created and is, in fact, something that can be destroyed. So I mean, the world of physics completely changed. The world of science completely transformed, acquired knowledge
goes through changes. And human beings expect that the more we learn, the more it's going to get updated, the field of medicine will get updated, the field of telecommunications will get updated, right? That all of these fields will advance in one way or the other as the years go by as human research goes by. But then on the other side, there's a kind of knowledge that doesn't need updating, because it's already timeless, it comes from a timeless source, it comes from Allah. And for example, the Quran, the Quran doesn't need an update. You know, your your iOS needs an update, technology needs an update, programming code needs an update, architectural standards might need an
update. But revelation doesn't need an update on what happens to the modern mind. The modern mind says, if you put it to me this way, then revealed knowledge seems kind of stagnant. It seems kind of set in its place. It belonged back then 14 1500 years ago, when it was revealed it was relevant for that time. But as time evolved, human beings have evolved in which kind of knowledge acquired knowledge. But you guys are still back there. 1400 years ago, this hasn't updated. So I'd rather live in the modern world, I don't want to believe in this pre art, you know, this archaic, pre modern, ancient religious text that doesn't even see any updates. It's not even according to the
times, this idea can only be perpetuated or someone can only be convinced of this idea. If they don't understand the difference between these two kinds of knowledge, when someone in the back of their mind actually thinks that the Koran is the product of the mind of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam that he came up with it. he devised he authored the Quran, these are his words, this is the this is a man named Mohammed we say sallallahu, Alayhi. Salaam, they don't. Those are his words. If you say that, or if there's something in the back of your mind that thinks that, then you're absolutely right, it should be updated. Because human the best of human minds, whatever they
produce, as humanity moves forward, every knowledge, every science, every wisdom updates, so they should be updated to. But if you've accepted that this comes from an eternal God, and it comes from the creator of the skies in the earth, and it comes from the one who knows the past, just as much as he knows the future. Then you have it accepted that this book is actually timelessly applicable. It doesn't get outdated. It doesn't get archived, it doesn't get archaic. And there's a very important thing to understand about revelation. The Quran was it's it's several things at the same time the Quran was revealed, you know, this Millennium and a half ago, in the middle of a desert, there was
no advanced technology, then you couldn't talk about airplanes back then you couldn't talk about, you know, wireless communication, you couldn't talk about data, the way we talk about data or archiving data, you couldn't talk about these things back then, it was revealed to people as a matter of fact, of all the people a lot could have chosen in the world, it was revealed to people that were probably in terms of science, technology, infrastructure architecture, more backwards than anybody else. It was revealed in that region, right. So even in terms of abstract philosophy, science, in any sense of the word, these people were behind everyone else on the planet, and yet
Allah revealed his words to them. And you revealed it in a way that they can understand that they can understand and Allah gave examples that they can relate with. As a matter of fact, a lot of expressions in the Quran. A lot of Arabic in the Quran. A lot of the images in the Quran, are they they kind of bring about the imagery of the ancient desert, which is another problem for them.
Modern person if the Quran is timeless, it should have been talking about things that I can relate with right now. Why is it giving me a little gem alpha male Hayat until the cat we like the Quran we have saying something is impossible is until the camel passes through the eye of a needle. Right? That's the Quran his way of saying it. But what does that relate with? Who can relate to that? You know, we can relate to that the Arabs back in the day, because they used to say, that ain't never gonna happen, I'm gonna see a camel pass through the eye of a needle before I see this guy get up and do some work or something. This was their way of saying absolutely impossible for on uses
something that they could what they can relate with, right. But then the criticism comes? Well, they could relate with it, that doesn't mean that I can relate with it. I have never seen a camel. I don't even know I have a needle that doesn't that require stitching, I don't do stitching. I think my grandma used to do it or something. I can relate with it. So how do we reconcile that? I'll put it simply for all of you in sha Allah tala as best I can. And these are some of my own thoughts over the years, just thinking about the relevance of the Quran and the timeless nature of the Quran. You know, let me give you an example from science first. In the field of science, you have something
called standards. Okay. So for example, measurements are done with standards like a centimeter is a standard or here with the British system for which reason we the Americans hold the British system, I don't know. But we do. We don't follow the metric system. So we have inches and feet, and yards, etc, etc. Right and inches, a standard inch, a centimeter or a meter is a standard length. And what they do is they actually have an I believe it's an Austria, if I'm not mistaken, they have the original meter with broken up centimeters, and it's kept in a museum, like all rulers in the world must meet the standard of that one. That is the standard for all else you understand. And that thing
there is timeless, it was made a long time ago. It's archaic, but it is timeless. The thing is, that's the that's the language of science and math. It's very specific and you know, quantitative. But what about language? Let's think about language for a second was the English of the 80s different than the English of today?
Just in the 80s. In America, let's not even talk about it well, in America was English in the 80s different from how English is today? Sure, it's still English. But those same exact words have either become irrelevant. Or if you use them, people will know how old you are.
Right? Because you made a reference to something that just, that's way too retro for you to be making that reference right now. It's the same language, but it experienced what change some of you speak not English, maybe some of you are from an Arab background. Some of you are from a Persian background, some of you are from a Bahasa Malay background. So you're too old to speaking background, the the language of your grandmother, is it the same as the language of your parents, and then your own language? The way in which they spoke Urdu, for example, and you've heard your grandmother speak or do your grandfather's speak, will do? Is that the same way you and your friends
speak or do in school? It's the same language, but has it changed? It has. So some of the words may still be the same, but the way they used to think about it is different. And the way you think about it is completely different. Is that true or no? You know what that means? If the Koran if the Quran language was kept, like the words are exactly what we had from 1400 years ago, it's impossible to think as society changes as the world around us changes, that language will not experience change, at least the way we process the words will not experience change. They will change the way we think about them will be different. You know, when somebody for I'll give you an easy example, because
we're on the subject, if 300 years ago, somebody said Islam in 300 years ago to a Muslim, somebody said Israel, certain ideas would come in their head 300 years later today, in 2016. When I say Israel, there's some ideas that come in your head that probably have to do with the news. They have to do with a geopolitical conflict. They have to do with the state. They have to do with you know, horrific experiences, they other images come in your mind. But 300 years ago, that same exact word is surreal when you when a Muslim heard it,
that never came in their mind. Actually all that came in their mind is a prophet whose name is Yaqoob. And his other name is Islam. That's all that came in their mind. So as time changes, the way we even think about a single word changes, isn't that true? Now, of all the languages in the world, Allah azza wa jal chose to reveal his Quran, in the Arabic language in the Arabic of the desert, in the Arabic of a society that goes through very little change.
You see, like there's not a lot of foreigners coming to the Arab lands because it's not exactly a tourist hotspot. You don't exactly come there for good business. A lot of people got caught go to the shore cities. A lot of people go to, you know, places that have great irrigation. Why? Because
The crop is sold because trade is done. And different cultures meet each other, and languages are influenced by each other. Right? I don't want to go too far into a discussion on linguistics, but you will find, for example, fascinating. In Malaysia, the Bahasa language is it has no tense there is no past tense or present tense or future tense. So there's no you know, went and goes and will go. There aren't three, it's just one word. It just does the job. And they have little to no prepositions. It's just if you know the words, you can make a sentence and it's perfectly forceful. It's like eloquent Bahasa, it's not complicated, like in Arabic, you have to have the hardaker,
right, and you have to have the Matata and the harbor and the metallic and the jar and the material and modafinil. Oh my god.
In English, you have to have the ears and the words and the will be and the tenses and the passive and the active, you have all this stuff, none of this complication. It's just now and smack them together, you got yourself a sentence. So good. And the conjugations don't change, you know how, for example, we say I go, but we say he goes, when you say he, you can say he go, you can say that. But in Bahasa you can just say no changes. And I wondered why that wasn't. I asked a few professors of the language why that was, he says, because this is a port nation. They're right at the ocean, traders used to come all the time. And when you do business a lot, you have to just get the deal
done. And so the language actually was simplified over time as a result of continuous trade. So it's actually a very base, simple, non complicated language. On the flip end of it, the less you interact with people what's going to happen, the more complex and intricate your language is going to become. And that's actually Case in point the Arabs of the desert for 1000s of yours. They're isolated people, a lot chose a very intricate language. And then by Allah, by Allah will what happened over time, we preserved not just the Quran, this is something Sahaba recognized, so genius. We didn't just preserve the language of the Quran, like the words Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim, Al hamdu,
lillahi Rabbil aalameen. That wasn't the only thing that was necessary to preserve. What was also necessary to preserve is how did they use to think about these words back in the desert, before Islam became huge, because once Islam becomes huge, it's not an isolated language anymore. Now the Persians are coming in the Abyss Indians are coming in, the Europeans are coming in, the Chinese are coming in, they're all coming in, and they're all going to mix in with the language of Arabic, it's not going to be that pure, untouched language that it used to be in the past. So there was a necessity to preserve the language of the Quran. Also, why am I saying this to you, because this
language was preserved in a way that pretty much no language that's 1500 years old, is preserved in history. And it was only preserved because of the Quran, because it was part of the preservation of the Quran. So when I read, for example, right now, for a boon, or a hub in Arabic means fear. But hope also means fear. What's the difference? Well, I'm going to go back to the lexicons of the Arabic language, ignorant photos, you know, I'm gonna go to the sun and Arabic battle, Mohit, I'm gonna go to these sources. And they're going to tell me back in the day, 1000s of years ago, the people in the desert use this word this way.
I'm not interested in how the guy in a car Hara says it today. I don't care. Because this has gone through time. I want to know travel through time and know how are they using this word back then. Because this book is a timeless standard, revealed in a timed language, that the language itself is not timeless, because language is used by who it's used by people. So you have to go back to the ancient language. When people don't understand the difference between this, here's what happens. And I'm gonna summarize it for you. Before I tell you what happens, the language of it is ancient.
But the lessons of it and the teachings of it and the wisdom of it, and the guidance of it is what
is timeless. In order to understand the timeless lessons, you do have to go back to the ancient, you have to understand how how this was understood then. And once you're able to understand it in its original context, like, you know, like that standard meter that's preserved in the museum. That's the language of Arabic, the ancient language of Arabic, it's preserved, and you have to go back to it so that the standard never changes. Imagine if that wasn't there. are words used differently in Arab countries?
Yeah, I mean, it's one word, same exact word is being used in Egypt a certain way in Algeria certain other way in Morocco another way, completely different meaning. You know, I read for example, I came to learn the hard way. The word the word Walia in, in classical Arabic is actually a beautiful word. It's well he is for a male and well he is for a female, but if a lady's
like kind of promiscuous or shady character, then the Egyptians call Alia.
That's not the original meaning of the word, but that's what they came up with. You understand? So the words could have I mean, you when you say she's Walia to LA, you're saying something beautiful about,
you know, she's spiritual, she's connected to God and here you have a culture that thinks she's Yeah, I'd stay away. You know, she's really Oh God, you know. So how the law so language will change anyway, two kinds of knowledge were elite and what revealed were elite and revealed and if you want to understand the timeless nature of revealed, you have to go back to the standard, the standard itself is timeless, that's what's preserved the language. Just because the language is ancient, doesn't mean the lessons are ancient. Now, let's come to the modern world and understand something. Humanity today is excelled in which kind of knowledge
acquired, we have better science now than we've ever had, we have better standards of living than we ever had. We have better trade now than we ever had. We have better understanding of human psychology, perhaps, physiology, medicine, what field of life that we haven't touched, you know, we are able to eat foods from around the world without a problem. We're living, we're used to luxuries that people couldn't even dream of people could not even be we just think put this in perspective for a second, you're 45 minutes late on a flight that they didn't take off. And when they take off, they made that announcement. I'm sorry, because of the weather, we're not going to have Wi Fi on
this flight for another extra 30 minutes. And everybody's like, oh,
put this in your in a piece of metal flying through the sky. 1000s of you know, 1000s of like, or several miles 1000s of feet above in the air from one continent to the other. And you're still able to connect to everyone on the planet while you're flying higher than birds. And the guy says 30 minutes late sorry. You're like, ah, God, I hate this airplane. The cushions are just not cushiony enough. Or, you know,
where my peanuts are, you know, put this in perspective, like what were human beings doing a couple of 100 years ago? How are they traveling? What was their life? Like? They couldn't even imagine the kinds of luxuries we have today. Right? So, so acquire knowledge has gone really far. And you know what's happened as a result. It's gotten so far, it's come so far and so far and so far, that a lot of people on in the world have begun to say, this is all the knowledge I need.
All my needs are met through acquired knowledge. I mean, what is this reveal knowledge going to add to my life? I already have a big screen TV. I already have a couch. I already have a PlayStation. I already have a controller. What else is there to life?
I mean, why? Why should I need this guidance? And it seems like this acquired this reveal knowledge keeps asking me to do things or asking me not to do things. Why? Because I'll have a better life. No, thanks. I already have a better life. I already have everything I want. So I don't really see the benefit of following this reveal knowledge. So for a lot of people, they're not necessarily against religion. They're not against it. They just don't see the point. What is it going to give me? What is it going to give me that the mall won't that the movie theater won't. That the fast food restaurant vote every gratification I've ever wanted has been made available to me
a lot as I was told Adam alayhis salam, you will make your life better basically, by acquired knowledge allama Adama Allah.
But there are two things that will never let go of you no matter how much acquired knowledge you get
from Antalya, who Daya follow how for Allah him What a home Yes or No,
there is not going to be any fear or any grief, fear and grief will not go away because you have a nice car. Fear and grief will not go away because you have a good salary. Fear and grief will not remove be removed from you. The fear that you know your your spouse doesn't love you. The fear that your money is going to run out the fear for your safety, the fear that all of your work will be going to waste the sadness that you lost something, these emotions that human beings experience. You know, there are this I have to go back to the statistics because when I looked at these statistics, it was the late 90s. In the late 90s, the highest suicide rate in America was in the richest five
I couldn't wrap my head around it. How are these people who have everything imaginable? These people have the kinds of
have homes that when you drive by, you just have to pull over and pull. That is nice. That's what you have to do. How are they with the highest suicide rates in the world, they can't escape their grief. They can escape. And you know, there were there were there were musicians that went platinum and like they were in the billions, not even the millions. They were like, rich beyond imagination, right. And they were afraid of the fact that they'd be number two on the charts. And they'd lose their number one spot and they lose sleep over it. There are documentaries made about actors and musicians, entertainers that you would think have the best life and they're constantly on drugs are
constantly overdosing on alcohol, because they can't deal with reality. They hate it. They're miserable, miserable, how there's, there's a hole inside the human being that can only be filled by revealed knowledge cannot be filled by anything else. familiarity and knuckle minneota. Now, here's the thing. If you have revealed knowledge, then you know what's going to happen. Basically, you'll find a balance between both of these, you'll about you'll find a balance between the best of this world and the best of the next, the guidance right? put it to you this way. Let's say you love chocolate, like I do.
And it's just a third time you start downing chocolate upon chocolate upon chocolate, one chocolate, if you eat too much chocolate, is it going to be good for you, health wise, no, but actually stomach wise also. And pretty soon you might even throw up if you keep if you don't stop. It's not there's a certain amount that's good for you. Beyond that, even what you love is bad for you.
What is the purpose of guidance, guidance teaches us acquire in this world consuming this world here are some things that are not good for you. And even the things that are good for you, here's the amount that you'll keep, you'll stay happy. If you try to go over this, you're gonna end up hurting yourself for somebody else. The only breaks that can be put on the human being are from revealed knowledge. Otherwise, we don't know where to stop. We keep on going and consuming until we even hurt ourselves. These two work hand in hand now this was the balance that was taught to other medicinal now.
I'm Elisa Lam came tried to live by that balance, then much after elimination is the next major messenger in the history of the world, new hallahan salaam came, tried to teach that same balance. He didn't have a long list of prohibitions he just tried to get get people to live a good life here and prepare for even a better life there if they can just follow less guidance. And messengers after messengers after messengers came. How many people accepted the call of those messengers? Very, very few. For every messenger, very few people, and the majority of the people didn't accept and even when the nations were destroyed, and I told you yesterday, why nations were destroyed once the
nations were destroyed, and a new new these few people that have survived. Now they're trying to live by guidance, right? The problem was, even they after a few generations deteriorated again, things went south again. And then again and then and this kept on happening. So Allah azza wa jal decided that not only should there be individuals that are role models, one person a messenger being a role model is not enough. It is time that humanity has a much bigger role model and entire nation.
A whole nation should be a role model, we should show the world because you know, every time the majority believer minority belief, the minority belief and the minority cannot set an example for the majority because they're not visible to the entire majority. Allah wanted a society where the majority believes and they live by guidance, and they show how you can have the best of the acquired knowledge and the best of reveal knowledge. So you can have the best of this life for dunya hacer la velocidad de hacer una that's what he wanted to show. And so of all the nations he chose from the from the descendants of Ibrahim alayhis salaam, his son, his heart, and his son Yaqoob Yahuwah
Salaam, his other name is Islam he, Allah azza wa jal gave a special favor to Yaqoob and his children, that among his children, every generation would have a prophet so that they can cultivate and build and build and build and have a nation that can show the world the model of what it means to live by guidance. And for the first time, a lot. Well, you could say he suspended a rule. The rule was when a nation disobeys a prophet, or rebels, what happens to that nation? They get destroyed. But the Israelites Allah said, No, I'm gonna let them make mistakes, but I'll send another prophet and another and another until they reformed themselves, and they remain in place I
will not destroy them, even if they disbelieve in a prophet, even if they disregard a prophet. I will keep giving them prophet after prophet after prophet and they kept on coming and as a matter of fact, so tobacco tell us they even killed profits leaving and still a loss and and profits. No, I'm gonna give them a chance. I'm going to give them a you know what
Bigger favor from Allah Do you want that he gave you a prophet number one, that's a huge favor already. And you killed that Prophet, and he still gave you another prophet. And then you killed that Prophet, and he's still give you another prophet. If that were to happen with any other nation,
they'd be done.
So now what is the role of the Israelites, that original teaching to Adam acquired knowledge, revealed knowledge, you will be live the balance of those two things. Then as history passed, the one nation that was chosen to be a model for all other nations, they will show the world how they can live the best life in this world, while still abiding by Allah's guidance and not going near what Allah has forbidden. That was supposed to be the Israelites, the chosen people that was supposed to be done them from the from the descendants of Abraham at a center. So now we're going from the from Adam and Islam to the next major chapter in human history. The Israelites were it's
not just a person, it's an entire nation that you represent God. But inside children of Israel in Israel, by the way, the word Israel, it comes from the it's close to the word in Arabic, see if it's a Hebrew term for slave, it's like it means slave of Allah is the Hebrew term for God. So you'll see Jabra is in Mecca. In these l at the end, they represent Allah from the Hebrew origin. Okay, so it's been a delight in a sense, and iacobelli silabs nickname is Abdullah, his nickname is Sora. He is like he, by the way, is a noble term. It's a beautiful term. So now Allah is going to from here on talk to the Israelites directly, I want you to notice something in the flow of the art. The last
Ayah was Allah was talking to Adam leaving Jana, for MIT and local minima and Samantha philosopher.
And so let's talking to Adam, and he includes his children, and the very next time he's talking to the Israelites in this, it's like in the same conversation, he fast forward through. Sorry, it didn't come. Okay. So it fast forwards through history, and go straight to the children of Israel. And Allah azza wa jal says, Yeah, when he saw the sons of Israel with guru Nero Murthy and let Iran make mention of the favorite that I've done upon you, at least acknowledge the favor that I've done to you. What is the I just mentioned to you if ever he did to them? I did. I Allah hasn't even mentioned the crimes. I mentioned the crimes. They killed profits, they disregarded the guidance,
but the fever allotted to them he had not done to anyone. As a matter of fact, that's the next biggest favor that was done after other Elisa Elisa was chosen above all the all the other creation, to represent the laws will freely and to live by Olazabal freely. And then after that this nation was chosen to represent you are the next step. You're the fulfillment of the legacy of automatic Islam. You're supposed to be that nation. So other nations will come and see you and say, Wow, we want to live like this. You guys have peace, harmony, tranquility, brotherhood justice in your society that we've never seen before. We want to be just like you. That was the point. This is why
you were chosen. Now, as I say this, the last the last couple of introductory points before we get into the passage, probably get into the passage tomorrow. But this is absolutely critical.
The Israel the Jews of Medina, were 1000s of years after Mossad Islam.
The use of Masada back in the day, many many many 1000s of years ago. And then now you have 1000s of years later some Jews living in Medina that the prophets I said I'm season meets with right when the IRS has Yamani for children of Israel.
Who's he talking to?
Obviously, the people listening to him are the Jews of who, of Medina.
And he's gonna say to them later on, he's gonna say to them, I parted the sea for you. I put a cloud over you. I provided you Monday and salad I provided you food in the middle of the desert. I made 12 Springs come out for you in the in from the rock. when Moosa hit the little rock. He says, you, you, you, you I did this for you this for you this for you this and you change the book, and you didn't listen.
When he says that the question arrives. It wasn't them. They didn't do it.
It was some ancestors of theirs from 1000s of years ago. Do Muslims believe in original sin? Are we held accountable for the sins of our fathers? If we did, we'd be like the Christian people who believe humanity's to be held
100 dry for the sins of their father Adam, were born into sin. We're not but we don't believe we're born into sin. Then why is it that you find some Muslims when they talk about the Jews of even our time or the Jews of the time of Medina? And they say, you know, these people look at what they did with Musashi ceram. Like, do you all of a sudden believe in Original Sin
Are you honestly holding them responsible for what their ancestors did with Masada? Salaam? Can you barely do that and say that and not believe in original sin? We have a double standard. For some people, their hatred of the Jewish people go so far. They say, Why shouldn't I hate them? Look at how much they hate us. Thank you. So your attitudes and your emotions, if they're determined by your reaction to other people, then what's the point of this guidance, our emotions, our attitudes are supposed to submit to the word of Allah.
They cannot be determined by your frustrations or your anger as angry as you are your anger must submit to revelations. And if it doesn't, then this is the wrong religion for you. It is not it is not the right religion for you. What is it like? What is the law teaching us by talking to them as though they are the ones? Why? Why do that? Then the question arises, see what happens is I'll talk about the Muslims because really, this conversation is about the Muslims. It's not about the Jews.
Name some things, some things you remember from Islamic history. When we talk about Islamic history, we talk about Allah for the long run. We talk deep Salahuddin, right so the end comes to mind. We talk about Andalus and the renaissance of Islam, the famous Islamic philosophers and scientists, and the great golden age of Islam. You probably if you don't know a lot about Islamic history, you've at least heard these few things. How awesome we were.
If you look at Islamic history, it's been a it's about 1500 years now. Is it all awesome?
Are there embarrassing times in Islamic history where we were the furthest from the teachings of a lion is messenger, salallahu alaihe salam? Are there moments in history that are truly humiliating and humbling for us? Yes. But when we talk about our history, what do we like to talk about?
The Golden Era, and we don't say they were amazing. We say we were amazing. we conquered. We challenged the Romans and we challenged the Persians and when we went into the about we really we
that wasn't us. That was them till call Martin Todd. Those are people that are long gone Dude, that will you were in a no battlefield. But we are one on one with them a child? You're one on one with them. I see.
Are you also one among the people who conspired with the non believers to kill hundreds? If not 1000s of Muslims in Islamic history? Are you also one with those who killed each other Muslims who killed and fight each other? That's not even ancient history that's even happening now? Does anybody like to quote where Muslims are spilling each other's blood and say we kill each other?
We have destroyed masajid.
Is that a part of our history too? It is. But you know what happens to people that are self righteous. They like to erase parts of their history that are embarrassing, that they should learn from that they should not do so they don't repeat those mistakes. And they only like to highlight parts of their history that make them feel better about themselves.
Because that way, they can say we were pretty awesome.
This was actually the disease of the Israelites. They used to speak of their noble lineage were the people of Abraham and Isaac and you know, Jacob, and Joseph and all of these incredible prophets and Revelation, and God has favored us and he's done so much for us. And look at how he dealt with the pharaoh in our favorite. We celebrate this noble and it is a noble history. It In fact, is a noble history. But the only problem with this is you like to say oui oui oui, oui, oui, unless that's fine. I'll say you. You wanna you want to put yourself together with them? I will. But when I will tell you history. I'll tell you the chapters you like to skip?
And then I'll say that's you too, isn't it then?
If you want to take ownership of the glorious parts of your history, and associate yourself with it, delusionally then then take take ownership of the embarrassing parts of your history too. And that is why he addresses them directly. He says, if you're so proud of the favor that was done to your ancestors, as though it's a favorite unto you, then why don't you demonstrate what you what your reaction should be? Then you should be like those who the favor was done to you should live up to that model. And through doing this, Allah is teaching us are very Muslims. He's teaching us a very important part of our psyche. We cannot blindly lean on history and say that we have a glorious
past. If only we were in the times of Omar radi Allahu anhu. Oh, haha, listen, if you were at the time of our times wouldn't have been as good because you were there.
You would have been just as useless. Their excess baggage that you
we are to learn from our history, not just the good parts, but the bad parts, the bad parts. This is an important acknowledgement that the Muslims have to make. We're constantly shifting blame on others. We're constantly only highlighting that which helps our already low self esteem. Anything that will put the other down we will use you know, but anything that will actually reflect the mirror. We can't take it. Sometimes I give called buzz about the corruption within the oma.
I get a lot of emails, especially from Muslim countries, Brother, why do you highlight things that are bad about us, you make us feel bad about ourselves. You should highlight things that are making us feel good about ourselves. Like I give a lot of feel good about yourself with us too. But you know, you really don't like looking in the mirror Do you really don't like it? But brother Don't say those things to non Muslims are listening, they will know that we do these bad things.
Your if you're that embarrassed, don't do them.
Don't do them. The fact that we have we have no good a model to show. That is actually what Allah highlighted. You cannot be proud of your legacy and then not represent any of its teachings. That's how Allah addressed the Israelites. The other beautiful thing that's happened here, I told you from the beginning, in the Latina cafaro sobre la him Mira nassima yaku Amma Nabila he will be Leo will be meaning I told you there was an element of the Jewish community that was hardcore disbeliever there was an element of them that would come and say we do believe. But they weren't really believers. I called him out. And now allies saying, okay, it's enough. I tried to keep you mean and
nasty meanness I kept the general, it's time to tell you directly I'm talking about you. I'm talking his children of Israel, with guru Mati make mentioned acknowledge the favor and let em to alikum that I have favored you with. And this was important to mention to the Jewish people for another reason, they had this strange dichotomy inside them. There was this almost schizophrenia inside their mind. On the one hand, they believe that they were the chosen people by God. On the other hand, they had this aggression towards God, why did he put us through this? Why did he put us in exile? Why did he take us out of Israel? Why is he cursed us? Why is he punishing us? Why are we
humiliated? Why can't we have the glory days back again. So on the one hand, they were proud of proud of being Jewish. And the other hand, they were really like complaining towards God that he's forgotten us or something.
This I didn't realize, and I don't blame the people of today, the Jewish people of today for these things, allies, commenting on what happened before, maybe some of this exists today. But it's not for us to judge. I was on a flight one time with a couple old Jewish couple. And I was this was a flight to Las Vegas. I swear it was a crime conference. But it was a they really have one. So so I was going there on this flight. And this Jewish couple is next to me. And they were actually doing some prayers before the flight. Now I know why I'm going to Vegas. And I just really curious why these very observing, you know, old couple, why are they going to Vegas? I said, so what are you
going to do in Vegas? Well, of course, gamble. And I said, so I just felt curious. I'm just going to say, hey, so is your religious teaching? Is there something against gambling in your face? When I noticed that you guys were praying? So I'm just curious, and I had my most heartfelt I was reciting at the time. I said, like, so what do you what are you reading? I was like, God, oh, we have we believe in a book as well. And they were just trying to, you know, break the ice. And so is your Is there any teaching against gambling in your faith? Oh, yes, of course. There is. No.
There there is. Yes, there is. But you guys are. I don't mean to pry. But you guys, well, where was God when the Holocaust happened? And where was he went? And they just went off on God.
For like, 20 minutes, they just went off on God.
And then they came back and said, we we love our faith. I was like, there's a real like, I don't know which side of a coin you flip, you turn into somebody else. For a second you love God, and the next minute you hate God, because he messed you guys up and where was he? He didn't he wasn't there for us. And the first one I asked you, why are you going gambling? So where was God when we needed him? That's your answer for why you're going gambling. The Holocaust is the
Why? But this dichotomy exists. And you know what, this is a sickness. That's not a Jewish sickness. This is a sickness in the minds of those who don't internalize faith, any faith. This is a sickness that can afflict the Muslim. They can openly disobey Allah. On the one hand, they can say they love Allah, beloved, as they celebrate Islam. We love aid. And when it comes to the commandments, then other another side of you comes out, almost like you're not even Muslim. The
kinds of criticisms you're ready to make the kinds of things you're willing to say about a lot in his book and His Messenger. You wouldn't even expect those from anonymous and it's a split inside of a person. This is what's called cognitive dissidence inside of a person. That's what existed inside them. So light decides to call them out, be grateful old guru, Murthy. And let em to alikum. make mention of the favorite that I've showered you with. Now what the ultimate favor, I tell you the biggest of all the favors for the for the Jews of Medina, specifically, because the audience is who? The Jews of Medina, you know what the biggest favorite was that our art was actually entirely
erased. It was destroyed completely. And it was restored from memory. And from the Jewish history, certain profits help restore the Torah. Imagine the entire Quran being raised, and it was restored, it's much easier for us because Rocco file we have performed among us, but they didn't have that. And it was brought back into writing the Torah was brought back into writing. And parts of it mentioned the coming of the last messenger by name Muhammad by name.
And that was restored.
And they had it
the greatest favor of all, that you get to be the first to recognize Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam, not based on some new evidence that he will show you, you already have all the evidence you need.
You're hiding the evidence that I've given you make mention of the favor I've given you that I allowed you to retain evidence of the final messenger sallallahu Sallam that you read about him in your turret and you can recognize him, like you see the words manifest. You know, like we read about a lot creating mountains, and you look at a mountain in front of you. A mountain is the seed of the idea. They will read about Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and they see lasala right in front of them. That is the favor of Allah.
And then since they didn't, what was the what was there? What was the promise of Allah took for them from them that when they would find that messenger, what would they do? They immediately believe in him. So Allah says, 104, bi d, fulfill my promise, fulfill my promise, it's time he's in front of you. oofy viaticum, I will fulfill my promise to you. My promise to you was when the final messenger comes, Allah will guarantee him victory. And so if you're with him, you will be part of what the victory and that victory by the way is. Allah He will fight it came, that victory was guaranteed. And the Jewish people were actually suppressed. They were dispersed, they were oppressed, and they
were waiting for the days of victory to come. Unless as my promise to you that you know, the dispersed people of Israel and people of the diaspora. My promise to you the time to fulfill my promise to the Israeli people has come, this messenger is here, follow him and I shall fulfill my promise to you. This is the same promise they made reference to time and time again in their Bible, and allows me to just tell him directly, it's time let's go the victory is here for you. And I will say later on in certain wakawaka nomon capoue your stuff to de la la de la cafaro. They used to fight with the other tribes and they used to lose in battle. And when they would lose in battle they
would say, you know, all of our rabbis have been giving sermons. The last messenger is almost here. And when he comes we're gonna believe in him. And you know what, God has guaranteed victory. So you got you guys want this time, but you watch it's coming. All the signs are here. Every every Saturday hold buys about it.
Because they don't have Friday.
Right? And they were waiting desperately unless Here it is. Here it is.
And so at the end of it when they don't listen to this final messenger, when they don't accept this final messenger, allows origin concludes the ayah by saying what he Aya for a boon.
be terrified, be a be, you know, overwhelmed in fear. only and only and only of me.
The EIR for Habu need the knee is twice its funds he once he is then near the end. And Robin and Robin actually also in Arabic means to lose interest in worldly things.
Be lose interest in all things only because of me. What is Allah commenting on? You are not accepting him because of some worldly reasons. There's a word there's a material reason why you're not accepting him. You need to come back and secure your, you know, secure your relationship with me first and foremost. It's very beautiful, that Allah is telling them to accept the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But he's saying the problem isn't that you find him unconvincing. The problem is, you're not interested enough in Allah. You're not close enough to Allah, your heart is still in the world and you're still too many
material. So what is that material gain? That's what I'm going to conclude with now? What is that material gain? that's keeping them from accepting the final messenger? Why would Allah say what if
we only afraid of me be only terrified of me and be lose interest in the world because of me? What interest in the world that they have? The Jewish people are religious people, and a religious people usually have a religious hierarchy. So there are people that are like priests, rabbis, we have more of these Imams, 50s, etc, the religious leadership, yeah, the religious leadership is a place of great influence. Okay, so when a team speaks, when you know, and they're in here, we have a couple of 100 people, but in the Muslim world, and a hottie was giving a hug, but there could be 10s of 1000s of people, sometimes hundreds of 1000s of people in one gathering, right? So what he says, has
a lot of influence on a lot of people. And it's also happened, that if they want to ignite a fire from the member, if they say something, there could be a riot after July, it's possible, they have that kind of influence over people. So you have to understand religious leaders don't just have religious influence. They also have social influence and political influence. Because whenever you have a large sum of people interested in what you have to say, and your comments, then you yield a lot of power. whether you realize it or not, you're in a social and political place of responsibility. Okay, so you have to say your words very carefully. Now, when you're in that
position of responsibility, that first of all, it's a it's a kind of power. And the thing is, is hard to give a power. Power is quite a drug. You don't feel when people have more money they can ever spend when they become billionaires, you know what they become interested in?
power, Donald Trump, I mean,
what's he gonna get out of the salary of a president is nothing compared to what he has. There's nothing. Why is he interested in power? Because money's already done. Now it's time for power. That's the next thing is power. It's an addiction. For people who don't have money, they don't even have that drug here. Like, I want power. No, no, you don't just want money. But once you have more money than you can ever spend, then you become interested in what, and then you get interested in power. And that's the next stage. These people, the rabbi's, they were actually the wealthiest class two, they fed off of the people too. And then on top of that, they were in a position of great
political power. If they were to accept the Messenger of Allah, sallAllahu, Alayhi, wasallam.
Then all of a sudden, their leadership, their pulpit, their audience, everything disappears. And so does their power, their control, their influence, their respect. They go from being teachers, to the community, to being students of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu sallam, and actually not just students, freshmen,
new students, so back on the line, you get to say, you know, you're, you're the one who knows the least, and workers, Sadiq knows the most
up knows the most, you guys are new, you have to work your way up. Who's gonna give that up?
Who's gonna give that up? You know, the and this is not again, this is not a commentary on the Jewish people. It's religious psychology. It's hard for a Grand Mufti,
for a great Island, for a season teacher, to sit in the lecture of another scholar,
at hertz. And even when they said, you know what they're thinking,
I would have done better.
And he quoted three hours, I would have called it like, five.
Oh, he totally missed that point.
And he led the prayer, but his touch readers is off.
You're not sitting as a student, you're sitting as a critic,
because you're too used to being in that chair. Right. So you don't, you can't stand that chair on the floor. He can't stand it. They were too addicted to that position of leadership, couldn't let it go.
That's why they couldn't accept the prophesies of them. And the law comments that you're serving the religion, not for God, you're serving the religion for yourselves.
You're only serving it for yourself, your pride, your ego, your personal well being, your self importance is furthered through the sticker the label of religion, but you're not in service to Allah, you need to come back to Allah first. Well, he is.
And then he says, what will be my answer to most of the Kalima Mark Marco, and believe what I've sent what I've sent down, confirming what is with you, you already have it with you.
I know you I kept it preserved in your books, I know you have it, and you read it and it's confirming what's right in front of you the Quran, and you're still hiding it. You shouldn't believe it because you're terrified of me and you've lost interest in the world. And the only reason you won't is because your your to do nearly you're still lost in this dunya Subhana Allah it's such a scheme
Direct criticism of the rabbi class and you would think this is anti semitic, this is wrong. He shouldn't be doing this. How can the Quran speak like this? They are the you know, this is unacceptable, politically incorrect. Let me tell you this kind of language mimics the language of Jesus in the Bible, when he spoke to the rabbi's actually is much softer. Jesus is much more harsh.
He's hardly some whatever is recorded of him in the Bible, when he spoke to the rabbis Oh, man, he did not hold back. his speeches were probably gets censored if they were on TV today.
The way he spoke to the rabbis in the Bible, whatever is recorded, have it down in the New Testament. The Koran tape picks up from the same because you rejected a silent Salaam, the final messenger that was sent to you, that was specifically for you. Now you lost it. You know, if I told you yesterday, that there is guidance and miracles, remember that
when he saw he always had guidance, constantly had guidance. You know, new nations are given miracles, you don't need to give a Muslim nation miracle, they already have guidance, they just want guidance. The last messenger sent to them was a solid Islam, who from the beginning of his life, to the time he's taken up into the heavens is miracle after miracle after miracle after miracle, once you have miracles, there's no excuse for you not to accept not to accept. Now, I told you yesterday, when miracles come and they're not accepted, what happens to that nation? Yeah, but Allah didn't destroy bunnies, right? He did he,
even though they rejected who, recently some after seeing the miracles, they should have been destroyed. Allah did them a favor and didn't destroy them still, he still didn't destroy.
And then he allowed them to survive centuries to the point where the final messenger has come the very least what he will do, you have denied the messenger with so many miracles especially sent to you, no more messengers to you. Now it's time to fulfill the promise of Israel. And Ibrahim, Now, again, get a messenger from this line, Muhammad Rasulullah saw them, and you better accept him.
No more for you, because I gave you everything that could have been given all the messengers that you could have been given you didn't appreciate why should I give you another, you shouldn't get any more. Now on the other side, and yet the same pride captain, a captain, they couldn't do it. So Allah says, Well, I mean, you'll be mountains to believe in what I have sent down in shallow Tada, I'm highlighting this to all of you, because later on as we as we travel through the sutra, now we're going to pick up the pace a little bit, because this the criticism of the Israelites, there are some lessons to be drawn from them. But I believe in this study, you really only appreciate it,
if you see the flow. And you see one thing connect to the next to the next to the next, we're gonna get to a point where we're going to ask the question, you know, well, a lot of does say that everybody will go to China, in the denominator, Latina hardward nassarawa sabihin, when I'm gonna be La Jolla, Mullah Mohammed Ali Han February famous, I have Baqarah those who believe those who are Jewish, those who are Christian sabians, whoever believed in God and the last day, so long as they did good deeds, believed in did good deeds. There's no fear, no grief for them, they can be they can go agenda to write. And some people have used that I have to say, Well, you see what i'm saying
everybody's okay. You don't have to become Muslim. Khurana saying Jewish Jews are fine Christians are fine, Sapiens are fine. You know, it didn't say you have to believe in the Quran. We'll explore that claim as we go. The first call made to the Israelites is believed in this final revelation. You should be the first, you should be the first Why should you be the first? Because you already have you're already waiting for it. And you already have evidence for it in your book. Nobody else had it like you did. So you should have been first in line. And that's why I level say, we're not a guru, or Willa caffeine MBE, which is the half point in this ayah that I'll leave you with larger kulu
availa caffeine MBE Don't be the first to disbelieve in it, how you should have been the first to why believe it You're the best in position to believe in it. Don't be first in line to disbelief. You shouldn't be the opposite of what you were meant to be. So panela that is a lot calling on them for the favor that you did to them. We are larger, which will make us appreciate his book and really honestly make us appreciate what a gift it is that we believe in the Quran. Because it wasn't easy for so many people to believe in this book, this gift that Allah has given us if the Israelites were told make mention of the favor I've done to you. Just because they were going to be ready to accept
a Quran how much more of a mention of the favor of Allah should we be doing? Because we have this Quran because of lies giving it to us because we were so many of us were born in Muslim families with this Quran. You know, we have to really renew our relationship with this book. If you don't, if we don't do that in this month, then there's no hope. Honestly, there's no hope my intention in this series my hope in this series. Why are we doing these videos before tarawih? Why? My hope in this series is by the time you get hit with a dose of the Quran 30 days in a row. Something happens inside you that says I have to have a relationship with this book. This book gives me something that
nothing else can give me. That's not me. It's not because I'm giving
It's something in the Quran, guys, is something in the Quran that you will not get anything, nothing else will fill that gap. Nothing else. The heavens were stopped so the Quran could come down. This is not a small thing. This is not just any book. This is the word final word of Allah. The only major event left is the day of judgment. This is the greatest thing that happened in all of humanity's history. And the only great thing left is the world coming to an end. appreciate what you have what I have realized which make us love this book, like it deserves to be loved and may make us grateful for this call. I'm like we should be barakallahu li walakum wa salaamu alaikum