Ramadan 2016 – Surat al-Baqarah – Day 19
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into Ayat 41 and 42 of the esteemed Surah Al Baqarah.
When the Prophet ﷺ informed the people that he was the Messenger of Allah SWT and that his description also appears in the previous Scriptures, the people went to the Jewish Rabbis to confirm if this was indeed true. The Rabbis, instead of telling the truth, made statements that confused the people. They could not distinguish what is right and what is incorrect. They could not ascertain whether they are to follow Prophet Muhammad ﷺ or not. Allah SWT warns the Children of Israel and after them all of us to not conceal the truth. Whatever knowledge of the Deen that we have must be shared with other people for their betterment and progress in the light of Deen.
We are in a serious need to reprimand ourselves as to how we are not bothered. People are in need of being guided or they would lose their path and end up in the Hellfire.
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about once again everyone said Mr. Li Kumamoto, ma what a carto. I was actually after my study of that first iron which Allah told the Israelites that he they should make mention of the favor that Allah did to them. I was looking at Ignacio mamarazzi ultrasharp look at several more fasudil and what they thought about what that blessing was, and I talked to you about that before. My own my own self, my heart wasn't entirely settled. Because Allah does mention near MIT as a singular in that ayah and Damien be made a long list of blessings that the Israelites received and inspired by that reading. I did share with you a long list of those blessings. But I do feel very strongly after
taking a second look at it and actually reading some things from middle Deen Farahi Rahim, Allah and others that the NEMA in that is the blessing and that is actually first and foremost guidance itself. Its revelation and guidance itself. And that's already indicative in the most recent usage of the word NEMA, which is in the Fatiha, we ask Allah for guidance, and immediately Who are the people whose paths that we should follow in order to have guidance so Latina, Latina and anti lay him, so the arm of Allah the giving of the blessing from Allah is actually directly associated with guidance. Then the other thing that led me down that path more even is that the word NEMA in Arabic,
which we translate typically as blessing comes from the Arabic word neuroma, which means softness, comfort, relaxation, ease, these are the implications of the word Nirvana. And of course, when you think about comfort and ease, you're thinking about the opposite of fear and sadness and distress. That's the opposite end of it. And so you have in the eye are also kind of at the feet of the concept of nirma. When Allah says from Entebbe, alhuda, Fela, hopefully la him, well known Yanis, a akula. Name, that they're, they're not going to have any fear on them, nor are they going to be in any kind of sadness, which suggests that they're going to enjoy Nirvana, that's actually the concept
of Nirvana itself, again, associated with the guidance given by Allah. And of course, the Israelites, unfortunately, their tragedy was that Allah had blessed them and he had favored them over all other nations. The thing that favored them was not their genetics, not who their father was not who, you know who they were as a species, like they were some kind of superior human beings, and everybody else all the Gentiles are goyim everybody else in the world is less human than they are, which is unfortunately, what is found in some of their literature, that God made them somehow superior creation. This is a this is their misunderstanding. Allah only gave them the preference in
terms of what the gift to them was the guidance. That's what sets them apart is a lot allow them opportunities to learn from his guidance and live by his guidance more than any other nation. They were offered chance after chance after chance. That is what sets them apart. So when they abandon the guidance, then they abandon the one thing that gives them their superior position. And that still holds true for the Muslims Allah has chosen this oma We are honored to be in this oma but now since Bhanu. is so ill and that's the other thing right? They were called, because Allah azza wa jal after after knew and Rahim Allah him salam, Allah azza wa jal like secluded guidance to the family
of Abraham, meaning Allah would send messengers, particularly major revelations would come within the family of Ibrahim alayhi salam. So the Israelites are from within that family. And then the final revelation through the children of is married Ali Salam ala rasulillah salam is also within that family but because this is the last of them, this is no longer a family matter. That's why we're calling you Latina. I mean, when I made reference to that before, but as you know, looking at different parts of the Quran and understanding like kind of trying to internalize, what is it that Allah is inviting these Israelites to is talking to them directly? It is a unique place in the
Quran, where Allah just says, Yeah, Bani Israel, just like that directly, right. And he will do it three times in the surah. So it got me thinking about other places that we should be looking at a little more carefully. And though we did look at this idea before from solara, I want to give you a quick background that I think will help you appreciate some very powerful insights about the nature of this promise and this favor that Allah had done to them because there are two things I wanted to repeat. One was the meaning of the blessing, the ultimate blessing, which in fact is guidance. And by the way, one more comment about that is that you
know, if you have guidance, then everything around you becomes a blessing.
And if you don't have guidance, you can have everything else in the world around you. It's still a curse. If you don't have if you have guidance, you could have no food, maybe one one small seed to eat, and it's still a blessing. You could be in difficulty and it's still a blessing, you could be an easy, it's still a blessing, you can be in sickness, and it's still a blessing, you could be in health, and it's still a blessing. But if you don't have guidance, you could have all of the good things in this life. But none of them are a blessing. None of them mean anything. So the one thing upon which all the other blessings turn and can convert into something else is actually the gift of
guidance. And that's why it should be looked at as the first and foremost. And that is, of course, what they're being called to, to believe in this final guidance. Now, what happened with the Israelites is a long history. Here's a short piece of it. They when they crossed the debt when they crossed the water and they escaped from the Pharaoh, they were out in the middle of the desert along with masala Salaam. And they were not the most grateful people because they started asking Musa alayhis salam have all kinds of food that they used to eat back then when they were in Egypt. Now in the desert, they're not getting all that kind of food, and they were ungrateful about it. So there
are multiple occasions in which masala Sam gets upset with them. And at one point actually Allah azza wa jal call and the law hasn't been revealed yet. This is important to know the Torah was not given to Musa yet and Islam. So Allah calls musala salaam to reveal the Torah to him. So Musa left his people in the custody of his younger brother or actually older brother, some argue Aaron Harun, he left him with them. And he went up to the mountain to receive revelation. While he was gone in the back behind him. They unfortunately went back to some of their pagan practices and started worshipping a gold they carved a golden calf. They took all the jewelry and whatever they had molded
and melted and turned it into the shape of a baby cow basically a calf and started worshipping and develop this pagan ritual around it. Right. And this is in the absence of masala Salaam musala salam comes back, he's he's infuriated when he sees this practice. And there's some very severe punishment revealed by Allah azza wa jal. So those who initiated their practice, Allah revealed that they shouldn't be given the death penalty for too long for sakumo read about a little bit later, but I'm jumping through that history quickly. So now the Toba was one the criminals who engaged in this crime must be executed. And to the the, you know, there's a group of the leadership of the
Israelites because you know, when when a family messes up, you hold responsible the head of the household, right? So the 1000s and 1000s of Israelites that were there, a group of them was to be held responsible 70 leaders of the Israelites were to be taken back up the mountain so they can apologize to Allah directly. The 70 of their leaders were going to now accompany Busan, Islam and be taken back directly to Allah to apologize. So now what's Tara Musa como Sabina rajala this is not from Baccarat. This is from an IRA. It's already been revealed. Baccarat is a later revelation. Okay, so a thorough Masako Maha Sabina Rajan, Lima cartina masala Islam chose 70 men to accompany
him for our meeting for the appointed time of a meeting fellow mahatama refer to or below she left her home when the when the explosion took a hold of them the loud sound took a hold of them meaning when they met they came before Allah was enraged with them. And actually they all basically were stunned and pretty much they died and later on the level see he raised them back from the dead these 70 and when they came in, in the presence of allarakha musala salaam said master had you wanted you would have killed them Min COVID from what much before what he I knew could have killed us called me killed me to Laguna be my father sufa Amina, are you destroying us on account of what the fools
among us have done? You know in here Illa fit network today looby Harmon Tasha, Tasha this is nothing but a trial that you're putting us through. This is a test this is a very difficult test. And by means of this test, you will mislead many, and you will guide many unto our Luna fulfill in our Hubner will antihero offering, you are our only protective friend, and you must cover for our sins and show us love and mercy because you are the best of those who can cover work to be done if he had the hit dunya Hashanah. And now Lord, now that you've forgiven us, we beg you because they came for forgiveness, right and now he's talking on behalf of these 70 leaders, and he's telling a
law, dark yellow write down for us, which means guaranteed for us good in this life. Well, Phil acara and in the afterlife to when do you say this when you're the closest in conversation with a lot what do you say Robin attina for dunia Hashanah or filati Hassan you know when we say that when we go to Hajj that's our main home in Yoku robina attina Antonia Hassan,
Hassan that's a sunnah of Allah, when you're in the closest possible place you can be to Allah which before the Kaaba, what was that place? It was to. So when they're there, they're making the same statement that we make when we go to the Kaaba. You know, the parallels are remarkable. In a whodunit like we have turned in guidance towards you color izombie Now Allah speaks either B or C will be human Asha my punishment I will strike with
whoever I want water smutty was cooler, shy, and my loving mercy. In fact, it has overcome, it has expanded to all things facade to her, then I shall write my mercy. Now this is God speaking, when the 70 leaders of the Israelites are terrified, they're there to ask for forgiveness. And at this moment God spoke to them, which means this is one of the most epic moments in the history of the Israelites, you understand this? Like this is a very, like a milestone moment in their history. Allah spoke to all of them. And now first he said, I will strike with my punishment, whoever I want, but my mercy extends to all things, but I will guarantee My Mercy are guaranteed My Mercy and now
their ears must be like who's he gonna guarantee His mercy to? So listen to this to her? That I'm going to guarantee it, Linda, Xena Taku and for the people who have Taqwa Do you see a correlation with the Quran itself? radical kita bollore by fi houden takim people of taqwa but he doesn't stop there. He says, Well, you tuna sakata. And they give the cat saliva something they had. The cap was a once in a while thing for them. Where which book keeps saying pray and zeca prey is constantly combining them together.
He is telling them at the mound, I will guarantee this mercy for people of taqwa who gives their cards will Athena humby iottie. Now union and those who will believe in our revelations and our miracles, and levena. Now these this is not enough of a description. Who are these people who will have duck Wah, who will be God conscious, who will give us a car who will believe in my miracles and Latina Tabby, una Rasulullah, Nabeel me, those who are going to follow the messenger, the prophet, the unlettered one, I love the edgy Duna, who Mark Cuban Mark Cuban and the Humphrey turati. Well, in Chile, the ones who are the one that they will find documented among them in the Torah, and in
the Injeel, the authors and the NGOs By the way, where is this conversation happening? up on the mountain has indeed even come yet? No. ngl is the last of the books to be given to bunnies for aid. That's the book given to a silent Salam. In this one statement. Allah is already mentioning, by the way, I am talking about those who will follow the unlettered Prophet, who will actually you will find mentioned in both our art and indeed and in doing so what a lie saying is this is not about Jesus. Because if this was about Jesus, then you wouldn't find confer confirmation about Jesus in the book that was given to Jesus in jail. It's actually both thought and in jail, are going to be
talking about a messenger who is unlettered. And by the way, he certainly said, I'm extremely well read, he used to challenge the rabbi's. The unlettered prophet that is documented in direct energy, then he doesn't stop there. He says, Yeah, Moodle, humble maroof. He'll command them to do decent things. He'll known the well known decent things while you're in her home and in one car, and he will prohibit them from unknown evil acts when you hit Lula homotopy bad and he will make permissible for them good and pure things. Notice that as I finished this for you, however, the more I lay him will haba if and he will prohibit them from filthy dirty things. What was mentioned First,
the messenger first came to make her arm or make Helen
to make hello you help him you help you Hello, I laid him up, but Sania tell you how to remove him alibis. The messenger came to open the door for good impure things for them, to unleash them to make permissible those things. And then to prohibit things that are filthy by their nature. This is actually a quality of our messenger sallallahu sallam, but he doesn't stop there. If this wasn't beautiful enough, by the way, all of this in a sense Sermon on the Mount. This is actually God's sermon to the Israelites, their leadership, as they were seeking God's forgiveness for having disobeyed him directly because they had already justified Musa alayhis salam. And Allah is saying
this is a pretty bad crime. You just worshiped a calf. This is a pretty bad crime. But I will punish those who there's a much bigger opportunity for you to earn forgiveness and guarantee yourself safety. That's if you believe in this messenger that's coming. That's what he told him then. And so listen to this, why not run home israa home and he will remove from them their burdens. That what does that mean? He will remove from them their burdens. No the Israelites what they had done is they had created fatawa on top of fatwa on top of fatwa on top of fatwa making the list of haram things very, very long for themselves. And they had made the religion very difficult to learn. If you want
to understand the religion, you better study these books and then maybe you'll begin to understand. So the deed itself became a huge burden. And as a result, they felt very restricted within the religion. Notice the first thing described about the Prophet sallallahu wasallam you Hello
homotopy but he opens the doors, he makes things easy. And then only the filthy dirty things he prohibits. But as a result of their strict, overly overly ambitious academic nature, they have actually turned their religion into something very difficult. Allah says this measure messenger will come to Lahore on insulin, and he will remove their burdens, well as Alan that he cannot lie him, and the chains and the feathers like the feathers of a prisoner that used to be on them. And then he adds, this is the last part is not just about believing in the messenger, listen for Latina, I'm an OBE than the ones who believe in Him, meaning Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam, whoo hoo.
And they honor Him and aid him that zeal in Arabic is actually not just to respect someone. But to help someone out of respect. Like for example, if you have a lot of respect for your parents, and your parents just came, they just pulled their car over up in front of your house. You don't wait for them to get out of the car, open the trunk, take out their suitcase, roll it up, drag it up to your door, you're gonna run out and do it for them. This is out of what respect? Well, that's Desi, you help someone and you go out of their way to assist them out of respect for them. That's the idea, not just respect, like us. And Mr. Aiko, so good to see you. You still have two more bags. Oh,
I hope you get them quickly. You know, there's flies coming into the house.
That's not dazeem. So the idea of Jazeera is those who believe in him and go out of their way to respect and help him. Why is this important? Because a lot Virgil already knew that when the final messenger comes, the one of the worst people to insult him are going to be which people
and instead of helping him, they're going to be hurting him. And as a matter of fact, they'll make fun of the fact that he's only that he's unlettered cuz we're the scholars were the red ones. He's not even read. Look at him. He's just an ami. And the word omy was actually put for them by Allah directly when they stood before Allah. Be ready for this? And so we don't want to slow him whenever he can follow him follow Xena among Obi Wan Nasir who and they aid him in battle? No, Salah is actually not just any help aid. It's like massive aid. They aid him no matter what it takes. What about our neurology? unzila who and they follow precisely and they follow diligently the light that
was sent down with him What is that a reference to Quran? I mean, you will Ah, he was really he will Nutella De Anza de la eco homophone. Those are the ultimately successful. That's the promise that was taken from them. They wanted a less forgiveness, and they wanted a lot of promise them a lot you know, Musab asked for them ask them what are they gonna attina Fredonia hacer una Wolfie la Sierra and give us an Arthur also he says fine, that's my rational you. That's what you want my Rama in this life and in the next life that's guaranteed for the people of taqwa, who gives a cart who believe in are those who believe in the final messenger who will aid him no matter what the one they
find written about in this book and the book that will come to the Saudis. And by the way, in this passage, the Jews are already being told you better believe in Isa, why how do we know that? You better believe in an ISA because which book is mentioned in gene and they didn't just disbelieve in also the last Allah Larson they also denied in gene. So they've already strike one and this is strike two, actually. This is strike two. And then a sorry, Lisa, um, comes back later on that strike three, you know, so now I want to share something with you about this promise that's mentioned in Deuteronomy. And it's really remarkable. It's it's something that Hamilton Farrar he
made reference to in his amazing amazing book right usaha Freeman who was the bee, and recently I came across it again. I will inshallah eventually learn Hebrew and then read this to you in Hebrew. So like you can see the wording here the similarity to the Quran, whatever is left of it, but this is the New Living Translation or the English Standard translation I'll read to you, I will raise up from them. He's God speaks to Moses. And he says, I will raise up from them a prophet like you are raising from them a prophet like you know, at this point, anybody can argue with all the prophets that came after him or like Moses, right? Solomon came Zechariah came there's so many prophets in
the Hebrew Hebrew Bible and even in the Quran, that are from buddy sorry. So they're all like Musa, but let's hold on a prophet like you. If you take this from the Muslim perspective, no one is closer to Musa alayhis salaam, then Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam why musasa was given a lot. No Prophet of the Israelites after Moses was given law. They were only given a confirmation of what was already given to Moosa. They weren't given a lot Rasulullah saw Selim is the only one after Mousavi son that's been given a lot of Sharia, Musa alayhis salam. Not only is he given a law, he's actually someone who had to migrate in the middle of his lifetime. He had to make $1 has dropped from where
Egypt into the desert, and it was a miraculous Angela and rasulillah salam has to make hinted also from where from Mecca to Medina Musa
Salaam had two audiences. The first audience was the pharaohs and their people, the Egyptian people. And the second audience was his own people.
Rasulullah sallallahu also has two audiences. He has the people of Quraysh the who disbelieved and then he has his own people and we're in Medina. masala is from among his people. They were hypocrites who gave him a hard time he had to say Lima to loony. Why are you causing me pain? Why are you causing me pain? And on the other side was hula Islam within the Muslim community have to deal with who? hypocrites who caused him pain? If some Christians say no, Moses is just like Jesus. Well, Jesus is first of all born of a virgin birth musala Islam irregular birth, Russell selama regular birth Messiah recently Sam is taken up in the heavens. He doesn't he hasn't even experienced
death yet. And also Solomon masala Salaam died natural death. Right? The commonalities between the civil law system and and musalla Some are uncanny. Now listen to the rest of this verse. Okay. From from the Bible. This is Deuteronomy 1818. Okay, I will raise up a prophet from among, no, no, I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren. That's the rest of the verse now from among their brethren. Well, you know, there's a difference between choosing from among them,
and from among their brethren. If you say from among them, it's from the Israelites, who are the brothers of the Israelites? The Arabs, because it's Huck Isaac, the father, his brothers with a smile, so their cousins, their brethren, are the Arabs, I will give them one a prophet By the way, it says I will raise up from them a prophet. If you say this is referring to the prophets of the Israelites did they get one prophet or many prophets, but they're rather and only got one prophet. And that's Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So even even within the language, it's confirmed that on top of that, and I will put my words in his mouth. That's the Bible's words. I
will put my words in his mouth and he shall speak to them all that I come at
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then we would cut his throat. You know, la Katana minha T. That's what I love. It says about the revelation. Now why is specifically mentioned I will put my words in his mouth, Musa alayhis salam is very similar to sudo la sala saddam, but Musa alayhis. Salam was given the Torah to read. words were not put in his mouth, he was given the tablets the other way. And he was to read from them. So revelation was physically given to him Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the difference between him and musala, Sam had to be made clear, even in the Bible, there is there is going to be a difference. Unlike you, I will put my words not on a tablet for him. But we're really put the words
in his mouth because he can't read. So they'll have to come directly from his mouth. Well, my anticolonial house so he and then he says he shall speak to them all that I commend him, he'll speak to the people what I have heard a lot what an amazing, amazing verse, even to this day found in the Bible. You know. So now coming back to sootel bacara. This is these are two things I wanted to highlight one about the blessing, and the other about the favor or rather the promise, but hopefully it will be easier for everyone. Now, yesterday, by the end, we were talking about well attached to Ruby iottie feminine kalila don't sell my art for a small price or don't purchase by giving up my
art using my artist currency. And somebody actually emailed me and asked a very interesting question. And I want to add that discussion to our orders today. And that is you mentioned that, you know, I mentioned that this is what their alumni their scholars used to do, right? They used to sell the fatawa and they used to hide things from the book conveniently and that's how they sold out basically the book of God for just whatever game political gain financial gain whatever game there may be. And somebody asked is that only for scholars or can regular people do that too. And the fact of the matter is, the regular people can do that too. And I'll tell you this is a very important
distinction between the Muslim Ummah and the nation that came before us. Unfortunately, some of the bad habits of the people before us be felt as too late the night Allah Almighty Masha Allah Bunny, also la Salaam says the same things will happen to my nation my people that fell upon bunnies saw the same effective exact events will occur, which actually even suggested in one Hadith the parable given is if they were to go into a lizard hole, let that be under sunanda levy Roman Catholic home, you're gonna follow the ways of those who came before you. If they were to jump into a little lizards hole. You jump into one too, right? But the idea of that is we're mindlessly gonna
Previous mistakes. Now one of those mistakes is that total rot, they kept it special for one group of people, the scholars, if you want to know what the Torah says, then you have to go to them and they will tell you what it says. You should not be reading it and even if you do read it read it without understanding. Like hypno Abbas comments on the Israelites he says chakra una who have been with Kira attend Bella fam la luna mafia, they retook they read their book, they memorize some parts of it, and they recite it beautifully, but they have no idea what it's actually saying. Okay, that's that's a disease of the Israelites. Now, when that that is not supposed to be the case of the
Muslims. What happened at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he gave the speech. I want you to think about this. There is a massive gathering of Muslims. By the time Islam is victorious and little suicide Salaam is done with this mission is one of the farewell addresses of Rasulullah sallallahu. There's 1000s upon 1000s of Muslims in front of him. And he's telling them Burnley who Annie what famous words communicate on my behalf even if it's what a single ayah Did he say what we you might misunderstand. First, make sure you get into Java and read. And then make sure that you've at least studied 16th of a seal. And then make sure that your natural and your sarf and
your Bulava and your knowledge of the Quran, art and your knowledge of Hadith and Fiqh and Sharia and all of the room and make sure that you're akitas you know, you've gone at least through five or six different texts, and then maybe communicate an idea.
Or did he just say ballyhoo Omni wire, and who's in front of him are all the people in front of him scholars are all the people in front of him students of our solar system for many, many years. These are hundreds, if not 1000s, upon 1000s of people. Some of them just became Muslim that day. Some of them are Muslim for a week. Some of them have like such bad they don't even know the Fatiha. They don't know nothing. They just know Laila heilala. That's it. Some of them actually, you know why they became Muslim? Because the prophet SAW Selim took over the Kaaba and they believe whoever takes over the Kaaba must be right. The Qureshi used to be right, but see, clearly God is with this one.
Now, let's just follow his religion. Some of them became Muslim, because their tribe leader became Muslim. You know, when you're in a tribal society, when your tribe leader becomes Muslim, or does anything else, you do it too. I actually know some tribal communities even though in America, there's a tribal community I met.
I won't say which ethnicity they were in a state. And when they all came, they came as refugees, right? And the tribe leader, he said, Okay, I'm gonna get my entire community, his cell phones. So he calls like at&t and Verizon, whatever. He says, Look, I have 500 families,
you will give me 70% discount. And I'll give you 500 sales. Because when I tell my tribe to sign up with at&t, they will.
And you will put a cell phone tower on our building, and you're going to pay us royalty.
And he got it.
He got it. The idea is there. In a tribal mindset. When your leader says something, what do you do? everybody follows. So when the tribe leader becomes Muslim, you don't say Well, what do you What's your delete? How did you become explained to me how you became known as he's Muslim? Alright, let's do it.
What do you think hundreds upon 1000s of people became Christian, when the Roman emperors became Christian. It's a tribal mindset. When the king does something, you do it to everybody convert at the same time, no problem. So the idea here that I'm trying to get at is, you know, when people are just blind followers, they don't even think through what's being told to them, they just follow their, you know, their leaders. This is a quality that you have to be careful about as a person in a position of religious leadership. You know, when Allah says, Well, our touchstone will be iottie feminine kalila don't sell my art for a small price, those that religious leadership is actually
able to sway huge population behind them. There's they won't even question what they say. They're gonna do it. The Jews are described in the Quran with two populations, one population, immune ly and nominal kita. People that don't know the book at all other people that are very scholarly in the book, the Muslims were supposed to be different. We were supposed to be our minimum education in the oma is Quran.
There are specializations. I'm not denying it. There. There's a specialization in recitation of Quran. There's a specialization in deceit. There's a specialization Hadeeth there's a specialization in arcade, these are sciences, each of them, each of them are like 10 PhDs on their own. People could be studying any one of these for 30 years and still not scratch the surface. That's true. Okay. But there is a minimum education that everybody's supposed to have look in any society, in any civil society. By the time children reach a certain age, they have a general knowledge of certain things. Like for example, in American society, you have a general idea of what the Constitution is
You've done some study, you know, you're not, you're not gonna take a high school graduate, because he did high school level, you know, American history or, you know, political science or whatever, and put him on the Supreme Court bench, you're not going to do that. But at the very least, he understands certain basics about the Constitution of the United States, you understand, there's supposed to be a certain basic level of religious education, that isn't meant for a special group of people. It's actually meant for everybody, it's meant for everybody. And when you don't have that anymore, extremism is born, cults are born, then religious groups are born that say, we will tell
you what the religion actually is, because you don't know anything. When you have at least a minimal knowledge, it's hard to take advantage of you. But when you don't, then it's very easy to take advantage of you. This this is the culture that actually the the role of scholars, the role of scholars is not to communicate further and further, Follow me Follow me Follow me, the role of scholars is to empower people, the role of scholars is actually to be a resource for the rest of the community. So we can learn to engage and ask intelligent questions, that's supposed to be the role of scholars to lift everybody up. So we all rise together at the same time, so that by the time the
next generation comes around, they're much more educated at the same age that you and I are now. So our hope is, by the time your children are in their 30s they know much more about the Quran than you do. So the questions they ask of their scholars are much more intelligent questions, and they live much more of an aware life, they don't have to become orlimar for that, but the minimal level has to rise. When that doesn't happen, then you get what you know, latesh that will be it feminine Allah
Subhana Allah will tell you this will have come about now a very scathing criticism of that class, that second class of people so one class of people don't know much about the religion. By the way, the reality right now for the oma is not much different from the Jews. Most Jews had no idea what the Torah was, most Muslims today don't know don't have any idea what what the Quran is they don't know. I mean, their parents made them memorize a couple of sutras. They may be like, recited the whole thing to a shake ones when they were kids. And the moment they did you know, a lot of us we Sufi Serena's mila genetti, oneness that said, this book, I don't have to deal with anymore, I have
graduated out of the Quran, and I can do the rest of my life now. Right? I don't have to deal with the Quran anymore. The Quran was just a ritual that you pass through, and then you move on with your life. That's, and it's not their fault. That's just the culture that developed. Our job is not to cry about that culture. But it's to do something about that culture is to help that culture and lovingly raise that culture. But here's what happens. The other class of people, the people, this is massive, most people don't know the book. But that means there's a small group of people that have done some Arabic study, they've done some softened nahu, they've done some serious study, they may
have even gone to get a degree in Islamic studies is that the majority of the Omar the minority, the minority of people know something about Islam. They know, some know a lot, some no little. But if you put all of them together in one group, that there's still a very small population of the oma, right? The problem is this small population of the oma is actually now in a very dangerous position.
Because they are leading basically the blind.
They're leading the blind, and they can whatever they say, people say, Well, I follow him. Whatever he does, whatever he says, people come up to me all the time. Hey, what do you think about Islamic banking? And I said, I don't think about Islamic banking.
No, no, but what do you do? I see that's for me to do.
No, but just what's your thought on it? I was like, I have a lot of thoughts on it sometimes. But I'm not gonna tell you.
What, no, no, I'm not saying I'm not asking you for a fatwa. I was like, yeah, cuz I wouldn't give you one anyway. I'm just saying, What's your preference? You see, you're asking me for my preference, because you feel that my preference must be based on some exhaustive religious learning. And therefore if I tell you my preference, that'll be good enough for you. That's why you're asking me which is basically a fatwa
does because you're asking my religious judgment for myself, it was good enough for me, it must be good enough for you. The problem with that is, that's not my area of specialization that is a matter of Islamic law, and a very complex piece of Islamic law, something that I'm certainly not qualified to delve into if I have a question about it. I'll go to certain scholars in ask them, I can point you to them. I can tell you, here's the scholar, I would ask, here's the person I'd have a discussion with, you know, but you're gonna have to have your own discussion. You're gonna have to learn that yourself for yourself. If I started just openly saying my opinion about anything.
There are people who say i don't i and I've met those unfortunate people. I love them, but I also feel sorry for them. I just listened to them only 100 Anybody else?
What is your problem?
Listen to everybody else. Please. Don't This is this religion first of all is way too big for one person. It's way too big. And I don't even teach the entirety of Islam I teach a very, very specific piece of our Deen. I try to learn it and try to teach whatever I can have it the book of Allah. Like there are people that I go to to study Hadith. When I have a question about Hadith, I don't comment on Hadith much because I don't feel qualified. It's not my I learn it, I study it. I sit with Allah with it, but I wouldn't teach it because that requires way it requires the kind of brain capacity that I just don't possess. That's extremely intelligent people that are qualified to teach that
subject, I wouldn't count myself among them. I'll actually made the Quran easy, yes or no Quran, especially to give reminder that the network's role was. So your job in my job is to be that more educated class. Now if we don't have that, then now this criticism that we're about to read is of the knowledgable class of people. So myself included, those of you that are learners of Islam, those of you that are learning Arabic to see your Quran, Hadith, Sharia whether you're in an Islamic University, or you're getting ijazah from a shave, or you're doing like the Holocaust, or you're studying and you've done it for a couple of years. These are the iottie about us allies talking to
the Jews, but he's never just talking to the Jews. He's always talking to us through them. This is the Madison trial now. When I tell people Huckleberry Finn, don't dress and disguise the truth using falsehood. This is actually the word Huck means four things. But I'll start with one of the meanings truth. Allah is describing a very particular strategy. Something is true.
The Torah is true. You're gonna disguise it with falsehood. And the word for disguise that will be Sue comes from the word libous. I think everybody here knows what the word gibbous means what is the best mean? clothing, clothing, don't put the garment the clothing of falsehood on the truth. When you put clothing on, some parts are hidden and some parts are exposed. The face is exposed, but the body is hidden. For example, right now my hands are exposed, my arms are hidden. This is libous. Don't keep some parts of the truth. So your conversation, your evidence, your discussion is still convincing. And then mix in with it your corruption. It's very easy for people who are knowledgeable
in religion, to quote half the text. Or to quote one idea, or one idea to make their point and not talk about how there's another idea and another Hadith that balances this point.
There's an entirely other set of principles that you conveniently didn't mention. And you used good evidence, but you disguised it with false, you understand? It's very clever, but it can be done. For example, about the Quran we already read. You Lupica firenza Db Kashi, Allah misguides by means of this book, many any misguides the corrupt, right, we read this before, it is very easy for me to say the Quran hates women.
Let me tell you why. And I could quote like, 40, if
I could do it, if I wanted to, I could do it.
And because I've been studying hold on for a long time. So if enough was was attended to my head, I would totally do it.
And then on the other hand, I have given a lecture and say, the Quran loves women, let me tell you why.
I record another 40. If
I could do that, I'll be very convincing to let me tell you,
I'll give like all power in my head, like, give a really emphatic speech and people will take a clip of it on YouTube and throw it up and say See, the Quran says we will curse
But you know what, as convincing as that is, I would be manipulating the text, I would have to keep some parts out. Skip some things. The only people who notice that I'm doing that or who?
Other scholars people who have knowledge, most people will realize it or no, nope. And when other scholars try to correct what I say, then the most people say oh, you're just jealous.
Right? It's an impossible. There are people I've recently met or debated Now a couple years back actually, who basically said Islam declares war on all non Muslims. And they had 40 hours in their lecture I after I after I am very powerful. And I'm listening to the speech and I'm going Wait, you're not quoting the next part. You know, you're missing that what what are you doing? But if an 18 year old is listening to this, or the Allahu taala can work on work on work on by the end of the speech, like Allah says, We hate non Muslims. I totally hate non Muslims.
And he got like, he got so much delille man. He got so many is he quoted Yeah, you could quote.
But when you don't give the text justice, you can disguise the truth with what also you have to let the Quran
speak for itself. You can selectively quote, If you selectively quote and you skip other parts or conveniently ignore other parts, then this is actually the ultimate crime against the Quran. And that's why you'll appreciate the next part. What television hackable Belton, what tech tomalak. It's not what television hackable. Well, why law? tech? tomalak? There is no the law doesn't occur twice. In English, we say, Don't disguise the truth with falsehood, nor hide the truth. But the word nor is not there. There is no second law. So it's not neither nor neither disguise it nor hide it, the word nor is missing. Why is it missing? Because now this becomes beyond by numa sabak, which means don't
disguise the truth with falsehood by hiding the truth. The ultimate way to disguise is to actually conveniently skip certain things, to not mention certain things to overlook certain things. And this is actually a very serious disease in the oma today. Very serious. You know, there are, I won't blame groups of people. So I like to keep things as general as I can. I am a student very much, but I am an annoying student. I'll tell you that much about myself. I'm sure you find me an annoying teacher, I'm much more annoying student when I learned with a teacher and a teacher says no, Quran never says this, or never says that I immediately contradict them. So what about this? What about
this? What about this? What about that?
Okay, fine. Let's talk about something else.
I don't take things blindly from my teachers. I don't, even if I respect them, and I respect them to death. But when they say something, I and it doesn't make sense to me, I tell them flat out right then and there. I don't say, Oh, I should have some respect. I should stay quiet. Man, angels were not quiet in front of a lot. Are you really gonna put him on the earth? He's gonna cause corruption and spill blood. If angels can talk to a lot like that.
You're on him. I love you. Well, I'm going to talk to you like that. I'm going to say, this don't make sense. I don't get what this is. How can you make this conclusion? How do we draw this conclusion of that conclusion? So what's happened is I'm very blunt. Right? And I don't do this openly, of course, ever. It's in private settings. Right? So I'm sitting with a scholar learning from him, or her. And then they'll say something, and I'll ask them, and I'll ask until I'm satisfied. And a lot of times my blind questions I get put in my place most of the time anyway. Right. So what happened, though, one time I want to share a story, and I'll keep the details so
ambiguous, so that you don't get to wonder and blame who it might have been? Because I'm going to keep it as general as I possibly can. So I'm at this gathering of scholars. I'm the only non scholar there. And I look like, okay, I don't even know what I'm doing there. But I brought up the idea about hitting women. I had just said he did that morning with another scholar, because I had questions about that. And I was convinced what it's about. And this is not a HELOC about that. But anyway, I was convinced of what that is about, and how it's not actually an open license to hit women are anything even close to that. And I studied it carefully with this other scholar and I sat
with this group of mine, I just wanted to see if I could stir some trouble because I was bored. I was like, Yeah, I was studying this iron today
and learn certain things.
And here's what I learned. And they're all like, so what did you learn? I said, Well, it means this, this and this, and it doesn't actually mean that you can just hit women. You know, it's not, that's not what it's saying.
And to my surprise, this group of scholars said, Yeah, of course. That's not what I'm saying at all. And I said, at that point, I couldn't hold it. I was like, but if that's not what it's saying, and you're agreeing with me, How come you've never said that before?
Because I've heard you guys and your larger group, say things to the opposite effect.
Why don't you ever share this conclusion with anybody? And the answer was, well, the people aren't ready to hear that yet.
people aren't ready for the Quran.
From scholars, what in the world does that mean?
Well, you know, people are accustomed to doing things a certain way. If they hear these things, they might take it out of context, and they might, you know, women might get out of hand. Oh, thank you. I'm gonna leave now before I throw up, you know,
hiding the truth, because you don't think it's suitable. Because you don't think it's socially acceptable because your group doesn't like to think this way. Or you might end up disagreeing with the rest of your clergy. There are people who graduate from a certain school, a madrasa, some, whether it's in Egypt or in Pakistan or Bangladesh, or India or in, you know, in Georgia, it doesn't matter. Somebody graduated got a degree in shediac from their school. They did their latest studies, and they decided that some of the things they learned from their school, they don't agree with anymore. They don't agree with their knowledge.
in agreement with this fatwa or that fatwa of their school of thought they still won't say anything.
Your job as a scholar is loyalty to your school or loyalty to your deen.
loyalty to what you learn the truth, the evidence, the Word of God, the words of your prophets, Elijah them, or your school of thought, What are you here to defend? What are you standing up for? Well, I wouldn't want to, you know, because our elders wouldn't let your elders who's more elder to you? Who has more seniority to you? Where's the McDonald law? When it comes to this? Our loyalty is to the word of Allah. Some young guys came to me they're studying traditionally, and I envy them. If Allah has opened the doors for you to study the tradition, please do. But while I love him, don't forget one thing, as much as you love your teacher, as much as you love your shave, as much as you
love the one you're getting your jazza from, and you have loyalty to them. disagreeing with them is okay. So long as you are absolutely convinced, and if you're not convinced of what they're saying to you, in light of what you've learned, your loyalties must remain with the truth. Don't become what I tell this will have come about in what Dr. Malak don't bring that into this oma. It will only bring about destruction. Because then what will happen is you will mindlessly defend your school of thought, and they will mindlessly defend there's How do you disagree with my share? How do you disagree with very much if everybody's defending their school, nobody's defending the deen of Allah.
That's what will happen. That's what will happen. And that's the sad tragedy of it is the very orlimar that they claim loyalty to the senior or Lama of most of these modalities, you will find they're far more open, far more intellectual, far more like, you know, permissive and broaden their thinking and their students down the trickle become more and more rigid. That's crazy. The higher up you go, you don't get more rigid, you get more open. You get more like more courteous. There are people I met in one group, for example, I can I don't name groups, so I don't use your imagination.
People are mad at one group the first time they met me, you know, the way you dress your dress like taco for, you know, you, you have no knowledge of this, you have that you have the like, just they just trashed me. You should never even speak I was like, thank you, luck, lokalen I'm gonna go finish my salon. Oh, I prayed behind them actually that I was at an airport, then that later that month, one of the most senior orlimar of that group, worldwide known. I ran into him at the airport. And he said, He's sitting next to me. And he goes, You look familiar. I said, a lot of people tell me that
loses weight. My daughter watches your Koran things on her iPad.
And I said maybe.
And she said, I listened to it too. Sometimes it's very good. And we started talking about Iran for like an hour at the airport. And they said come to my mother's house on time. And I got really scared because I had done met people from that school, who told me I'm pretty much I got here.
And now the head of that school is saying, hey, come sometime, maybe you can give a dose of Quran to our students. I
think that's a great idea. When
can I hide behind you and
what you learn is people at the top are actually merciful wise people, but they're surrounded by like this lumps. We'll talk a bit about that. It's so sad. You know, it's really tragic that we've become this way. But this is something that was passed down from the Israelites we were not supposed to follow this, this unfortunate legacy. Now, this is a letter Bishop COVID button the meaning of truth. The second meaning is purpose. Help also means purpose. Don't disguise purpose with purposelessness. In other words, this oma always had a purpose. This Deen always had a purpose. We are not Muslim just for ourselves. We are here to make Shahada. Allah knows we're supposed to be a
testimony to all of mankind, the rest of mankind is supposed to see how beautiful the revelation of God is, because of our existence. That is our purpose in existence. You see, when you do more thicker, and you do more Ababa, and you do more worship, and You do fasting, and you recite Quran, who are you benefiting? yourself, you're like that seed that gets the water and it gets the sun and it gets the nutrients it gets in it removes the weeds, but that seed is supposed to turn into a plant. And that plant is supposed to turn into a tree and a tree doesn't benefit itself. It benefits. Others we're supposed to be a benefit to others. We don't keep this to ourselves. That is
our purpose. Our purpose is not self service. Our purpose is not self service. It's the biggest tragedy to me, that we in the United States, for example, have massages across America, and our neighbors hate our guts because all they know is we park on their properties. And all they know is that we jammed there, you know, we recreate create ruckus in their community or make late night noise and keep them up and none of them knows goodness from us. And this is from a religion in which the prophets lie Selim tells you about your 40 neighbors to your right and your left. How did that happen?
You know, we're we have a purpose, we have the purpose of sharing the beauty of this religion, with our neighbors opening our doors to them, letting them know, you know, the police chief of ulis was here a couple of nights ago, they thought I had to start with him. And we just sat and chatted. And I talked to him about how our religion is all about Abraham. I had no idea and like, I'm learning some really cool stuff. And he invited me to work out with him. I might go, he looks really buff, though. I don't know what I'm gonna do.
When I open your doors to these people, this is your purpose. Don't hide it. And they're being told the Israelites are being told because they started believing this religion is only for them. They're special. The only reason you were special is because you were supposed to model God's faith to all other nations. That's why you were special. What Dr. Malak will enter into and you're the ones who know well Kamal salata artistica have
established the salah and give the Zakah is not something we're told all the time. But he's right is being told to establish the salon gives us a car, wouldn't you think that's the first thing that should be told?
Not to the alum class. The the alum class of people, the knowledgeable people, they actually already pray. They already prayed. Their biggest problem is not doing justice to their knowledge.
If you actually tell them to pray, they're the religious ones. They're actually pretty regular with their prayers. That actually got mentioned later.
The first thing that I mentioned was you're disguising the truth. You don't tell the full meanings. You hide this, you're always at the mercy that's fine, but you need to get your act together. And then establish the prayer and it's almost as though a blessing and that's when you're able to establish the prayer. Now establish the prayer. Don't tell me that you've established a prayer and you fulfill the rights of the religion for the rest of the oma for the alarm for the liar Lomonaco tabula Amani the most people find you guys establish the prayer for the aroma of the oma for the knowledgeable of the oma, they better fix their relationship with their knowledge and the sense of
responsibility and not hiding it and not self serving. If they fix that, then they are in a position to establish the prayer. Because when they establish the prayer, obviously the most knowledgeable are the ones that lead the prayer. And when you lead the prayer, then you're in a position of responsibility. The owner of the room, I used to lead the prayer, this is not a small place, you know, Alhamdulillah now we want to encourage our children, and we get them to leave the Salawat for us, just you know, to give them courage and to you know, listen to their recitations, and, you know, also enjoy when they forget, and all that, right. But Originally, the position of leading the prayer
is actually leading the community. That's actually what it's for. When did Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam asked us to do to lead the prayer. He asked him to leave the prayer when it was symbolizing that he's going to be leading the oma. Even if four or five of you are there, and somebody who's leading the prayer, they should understand they're in a position of responsibility. It's a heavy thing. It's not a light thing, you know? So now akima salata is now is because now be in a position of leadership, now be in a position of leadership. And then the words were out to the car really got me gives the car give charity. It's so basic, why even tell them that you remember the commandment
that when Allah spoke to them on the mountain, he says, I'm guaranteeing My mercy for rich people. Those who gives a god Remember that? You know what happens to this class, the corrupt religious class, not all religious scholars are corrupt. Please don't take that for my speech. But those that are you know what happens to them. They're very good at fundraising for themselves.
But they're not very good at giving.
They feel like their existence itself is a charity to God. So they're entitled to all kinds of goodness for themselves. People should give them and keep on giving and keep on giving and keep on giving. But they don't feel the need to give.
They don't feel the need to give, there's something very wrong. When you have a scholar like this.
There's something very wrong.
That's not a good thing. You know, this idea that you need to lead the way and giving charity, you need to be the most charitable. You need to demonstrate not just how you know how to lead, but you know how to give what are to the car.
But if a key masala and Otto Sokka is already mentioned, what's the point of saying what una Araki I mean, that's how the I ns make ruku with those who make ruku Rahu is one part of the prayer when you're halfway valid. Yeah.
Isn't that part of Salah.
Our Lord, He said that he was allowed to Sokka so why say to them? What karma came? What's the point of this conclusion? This is very powerful. The act of ruku First of all, if you study the Jewish prayer, they used to have studies I actually found diagram diagrams, the Jewish Encyclopedia, I you would swear that Muslims if you didn't know you would swear there. That's Muslims.
Whether you look at the bottom Jewish encyclopedia article, that's them. Exact same Salah exact same posture of siza they'll record now they don't go all the way. They go here halfway.
Not all the way.
Who goes all the way?
This is what if what have you learned even when since you were a kid, when you do this what is your mom do? What does your dad do? What does your mom do?
That's what they do what they're supposed to do is
right? This is Roku, who is doing that recover at the time of the prophecies around? The Muslims are the Muslims are doing that.
And you know what? When you say a female Salah, the rabbi's of the Israelites might say I'll come No, sir. We have our Salah Thank you.
Well, artistic Okay, we'll give something up fine. No, no, no, I don't think you understand what Carl. maracas in make record with those who make record.
By the way, what are the kind of
the fundamental parts of solo piano ruku everything else is interim. Basically, it's key I'm standing ruku halfway subdued all the way right.
Roku has the middle part.
pm is the first part when you say optimal salad includes the pm
what was mentioned about Emily's
such that what's left
Roku, a conversation about salaries actually being completed in pieces.
So is that was already mentioned, the thing left is Roku. And actually By comparison, in a literary sense what the what the Israelites were being told,
at least refused to do such that you're not even doing record
his problems he's nice all the way.
I didn't ask the angels for Riku I asked them for such that you're not even doing your work on Morocco.
And actually actually suggest Humble yourselves along those who have humbled themselves along with those who have humbled themselves. Don't think of yourselves as superior that this is the last two minute discussion that less left I try to tell you some significance of why Roku as mentioned here, but what is this Moroccan
Okay, masala waters aka workato
establishment prayer give us a call and make record.
Why with those who make record, when you say with those who make record you have to send in the same line as them are in front of them or behind them What do you have to do? Same line when you stand in the same line What does that symbolize? You are equal to them and they are equal to you. You are not better than them and they are not better than you. The rabbi's believe because of their knowledge and their superior their their their credentials that they are better than other people. They're higher. No you need to demonstrate that you are one with the oma no matter what you know, you are a servant of this Deen whether you're an alum of the highest caliber, or a guy who works in the
sanitation department. So long as you say la ilaha illa Allah Allah has honored all of you. Allah is on and the only thing that makes one better than the other is taqwa. And taqwa is not a function of N. There are people who have no animal but they have a lot of taqwa. And there are people who have a lot of fun but they have no taqwa. And they're not worthy much to Allah. So and since the acquire something only ally can judge we are standing equal in our so forth. You know the Sahaba we say they are ranks among them. But it's not like a worker of mine, oma first row, please.
I was in second row, third row, sound like that. It's not like that. It's one row. And by the way, the munafo new sustained in the same row.
In the same row, what girl Moroccan is suggesting that the people who teach religion, the scholarly class, the dark, the dark, the speaker, these people are supposed to humble themselves along everybody else who humbles themselves. I leave you with a story that personally touched me a lot, because it gave me an opportunity to think I went to the way and I had a long drive with a fellow. He was from Pakistan. He's been living in Dubai, he sends all of his money back home to his family. It's the story of a lot of people, right? So he drives this car and he's driving me to the hotel or whatever, and we just start talking. And he goes, I think I seen you somewhere we'll do he told me,
you know, awkward the cab LA. And we just started talking. He had seen me on TV. There was some older stuff I had done, and he'd seen me we start talking goes, You know, I just I just do this limo driving cab driving thing. You're so fortunate you get to study or on teach put on you should make draw for me, you know, you know, I just do this dunia stuff I was like Listen, I've also lost a limb since and Cassie boo habibollah the one who earns a decent living is the Beloved of Allah is a Beloved of Allah. You know and when co de la luna Malika Shaheed The one who was killed, protecting his his wealth is actually a Shaheed when you earn as Allah commanded
do to earn every minute you spend here and the money you're spending on your family that you're giving, you know, constantly in an activity bother. You're constantly in worship. Just because I'm sitting in the back here, you're driving in the front here. We don't know who Allah loves more and who is more worthy to Allah, that is not a function of that. There could be the guy giving the hotbar and the giant machine in the Muslim land is full of hundreds of 1000s of people. And there's one janitor killing, you know, cleaning the wooded area, and maybe the guy cleaning the will do areas more beloved to Allah than the city. That's very possible. That's the beauty of our religion.
We're not better or worse than each other. We in our karma are rocking. we humble ourselves along with everybody else who humbles themselves. Do not create this class society within the oma on the one hand, we are going to continue to respect our teachers and our scholars like we do our parents will like the gift they give us of knowledge is a priceless gift. But at the same time, we will not allow that to turn into a class society. Because when that happens, then the same downfall that came to the Israelites will come upon us malarkey, which will protect us from that barakallahu li walakum from Coronel Hakeem.