Ramadan 2022 – The Religion of Your Father #27

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“I’m sick”, said Ibrahim (AS)

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I will go below him in a show you call him budeme if orderly EBI he will call me Hema Tambu goon if can early Hetton do when Allah He to the do female one nukunonu Bureau bill I mean, first of all Anna Ratan Finn Uju color in nice happy feta well one whom will they be? Rubbish? Ah, sorry, we are silly Emery Loksatta melissani of Coco Lee hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam o Allah rasool Allah, Allah Allah, he was RPh pain. My bad once again, everyone. So Malik kumara tonight, I know Ricardo

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insha Allah and last few days of Ramadan, let's try to make the most of them. Those of you that have been lazy the rest of this month, stop being lazy, spend some time recite some more Quran. Just don't think about what you've missed out on. Just think about what's left, you positive start somewhere, don't feel like oh my god, how am I going to finish reciting the entire Quran in the next five days? How are three days, four days, whatever it is, stop thinking about that. Just make the quality over quantity. Just think that way and just inshallah make the most of it, I pray, all of us are able to take advantage of these beautiful days and beautiful nights. Okay, so we were talking

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about the passage pertaining to Ibrahim Ali Salam. And so to solve that, or we got to the point where I was talking to you a little bit about if Java will be called bin Salim when he came to his master with a sound heart. And we talked about some of the things associated with that sound heart. Now he's going to turn to his nation again and question them again. And we've seen We've seen different flavors of that questioning. We've seen how he put rhetorical questions before them. We saw his rage also at one point, right when he said that he's going to make a scheme against the idols when they didn't take him seriously. Now we're going to see another dimension. He says, Allah

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says, if Kali Abhi, he will call me he mad at our boon, when he said to his father, and he said to his people, what is it that all of you people are worshipping? This is?

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A stiff hum, Allah submitted in car. What this is, in many languages, of course, in English, also, I would imagine probably in all languages, sometimes you ask a question, but it's a way of criticizing someone. So it's not really a question. Like, you know, when you see your kid making a mess, you're like, What are you doing?

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That actually doesn't mean that you're asking for a detailed extra Oh, actually, I was taking the stew and pouring it over on the carpet, and wanted to see what kind of color range I can get, as I spread it out with my hand like, that's not, you weren't asking for an explanation. You were saying? How dare you do this? What is wrong with you? Right? Actually, even that's a question. But the idea is, sometimes you ask a question to be critical. You ask a question to make someone say, How could you do such a thing? Or what a terrible thing you're doing? Right? So questions aren't always questions. Oh, the thing is, some people think they're, you know, really smart. And they ask

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critical questions. They, those questions are meant to insinuate and insult, they're meant to be condescending, they're meant to make you feel stupid, whatever the goal is. And then when you say, What did you just say? I'm just asking a question. You know, so you just hide behind the, the rhetorical just asking your question, but that everybody knows, that's not really a question, right? And you see a lot of that rhetorical usage in the language of Ibrahim Ali CERAM. Previously, he said, you know, as the big one, right as the big one that they have, he was witness to all of it. He's an all seeing God of yours, right? So he must have seen it. So go ask him. And what he's saying

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behind that is, you know, as well as I do, that's just a piece of metal or it's just a piece of wood. It's not going to do anything, or it's just stone. So the same way here when he says mad at our moon, what is it that you're worshiping?

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Like, wow, look at this. What are you doing? Like he's not asking, What do you worship? Explain this to me. He's done that before. But this now is condescending. He's actually like,

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seriously, what is it that you're engaged in this, this, you know, devotion in front of, and if can Lehighton do not Allah He to return? Is it is crooked deviations, God's the other than Allah that you people want. Now the word is really important here, because it's one of the words in the Arabic language for lies. So So Kathy, is a lie. Right? And then if is also a lie, but there's a subtle difference. So if it's actually literally a deviation, and when you're telling someone the truth, and you mix, just a little bit of falsehood in it

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That would be called an F. And the thing about that is, when you when you do that it continues and continues and continues until it departs a long way deviates a far path away from the truth. Right? So if it's also used in case of slander, so for example, you know, you just throw something out there, that's half true. And you let somebody fill in the rest of the gaps with their imagination, and they can create deviations from it, like, Oh, I saw those two together.

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That's all you say, I saw those two together.

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Now, you're what you're trying to insinuate is something is wrong with them to being together, something is going on, and you let people fill in that imagination, that would be if, like, you just threw a pebble in the let the ripples, you know, spread the way they may, right. So what Ibraheem Alehissalaam is telling us is something really insightful about how mythologies of different gods get created, there may be some element of truth in them. Maybe this started off with the teachings of northern Sudan, maybe they started off with someone saying something good, and then it turns into something else down the road. So you know, in especially in South Asia, you see this phenomenon

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quite a bit. You have people that were, you know, worshipped, Allah gave Dawa, you know, tried to tell people about the heat and things like that. And then they did what they could to bring, you know, an awareness of Allah and that society, and then they died. And when they died, people were acknowledged that these were good, righteous people. Right. So they, you know, they wanted to kind of make a memorial of this person's passing, that used to be a source of good advice. So they, you know, they put a marking on their grave or something, they put a flag on their grave or something, some kind of way of just remembering them by this is similar to what you find in South Africa have

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that hidden I lay him Masjid out, right, the young people of the cave were discovered it was a miracle of God. So they wanted to remember that. So they wanted to build a masjid over it as a monument as a memory to Allah's miracle. So people would do that with you know, good people in the past, they would just kind of put a memory a marker on their grave something to just remember them by and that just perhaps passing by, would remind them of the good advice they used to give, etc. But the next generation comes in, says, My dad, he used to stop by this grave all the time. And I saw him do some kind of prayer when he would stop. Maybe the dad was passing by just making the

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offer the person who passed and then he would go, right. But the kid looks at that and says, Yeah, I think this grave is special. I'm going to make my kids come here to pray. Because apparently, if you pass by here and pray, it's got a special meaning. Before you know it in a couple of different generations, there's an entire like, temple built around that grave. People are coming here to pray for getting twins or to get their motorcycle transmission fixed or whatever, whatever issue you got, you just go there and you pray. And then people sit around there and say, Yeah, I know how the prayer here works. Give me like a $5 entrance fee and then I'll get your prayer answered and it

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creates an entire industry of share what started with some small thing and it deviates and deviates and deviates and before you know it it's an entire alternative religion. Right? Entire shrines entire mythologies get created from it. The same way is interesting, the pharaohs

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something something remarkable about them. They believe themselves to be God like Quran describes for example, for our own use to say my island Tula comin Allah Henry, but they know they're not gods, they're just, you know, old men that have that lien on a cane, but they will love you look me like, they're just old men, but you know, what they will do when they when there will be a battle somewhere and they won. Right, some some skirmish and they won. You know, there's something called propaganda in the media, right? So what they would do is, they would, they would tell their historians to write the record of the battle, but write it like this that the king stepped in, and

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he picked up his sword, and he swung the sword once, and 1000 soldiers all died at once. And they're putting this in the official record, right. And then that's being put on like hieroglyphics on walls, and it's being taught to kids and they're now they're creating a deity, because this will help promote the unquestioned authority of the king. Right? So it starts with an actual battle that happened, and then you just kind of turn it into something else. Ibrahim alayhi salam sees this, this this way that people are turned into sheep down, you know, with the passage of time, so he questions it with the word if if can only hurt and do not allow you to be doing is it these

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deviations? These are the gods these gods all they are in the end are just these deviations that's all they are. Other than actual Allah? Is it that is it this that you all want? For my one new computer behind me? Then literal translation? What are your thoughts? What you know, what is your thinking? What is your conviction about the master, the actual master of all people in all nations? That what is what is your thinking is also a rhetorical question.

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What do you even think about Allah? Even think?

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Like Where's where's your where's your brain? Like he's so angry in the way he says from our Neucopia noble Allah mean? And he's in his frustration. It's remarkable. Allah captures his frustration in the Quran. He says, for Nevada Nevada rotten Finn, no job. He just looked up at the sky. He just stared into the stars for Nevada, another rotten, new jewel. I mean, the closest thing to this in the Quran is Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. When the Qibla was changed, Allah said an errata Calabogie HIQA. For summer II, we saw your face turning towards the sky. Right and the only other figure that I can see in the time that Allah describes them turning just staring into the sky

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staring into the stars is Ibrahim Ali Salam. So I want to read something to you about this phrase that he he just started staring into the sky while caribou taco live into FATCA never often know doom the ancient Arabs when they talked about someone who's lost in thought, who's thinking deeply they will say he's looking into the stars

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Yanni and the WHO Nevada Illa summer emotiva. Kira and FEMA you will hear him be like he's just looking at the sky. How are these people soul loss? How are they so distracted? What is it you know what a person is just like so frustrated they just look up? That's the CAPTCHA that Allah has given us in this ayah feat of Cyril quarter by quarter with the originally it Africa fish a new the bureau who would never have been new June I don't know who knows I live in New Jersey Mimi Majora mudgeeraba Selfie therapy relative key in moto moto Faqir year far wa sallahu Illa sama el la Estelle Hulu yella esta Hilah Bill Murray iati for Yahoo be fake rehabilitator bar that a

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really religious phone. Okay, so, so the so he would a person would look up into the sky because they don't want to look at anything around them and be be undistracted and just stare into the sky and look for an answer. Other scholars noted that he didn't say whenever when other or phenethyl Another one he said no rotten, fit no jewel. There's a Tamil buta another rotten, this is called the master Mara something that happens one time. So it is as if he had a particular thought when he looked into the sky, and from it, some others have extrapolated, that is actually when he looked into the sky, that Allah guided him to take a certain course of action, Allah revealed to him to

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take certain steps and, you know, even though I shoot it's actually correct to point out that this is not something spelled out that Allah revealed to him do this, this this, because it's obvious. So, you know,

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what, Lisa, Phil Qurani? Well Fs unity biannually hallelujah, no honeymoon annual ban, like Quran and Sunnah don't say Allah revealed to him now tell the people this, this this and go break their idols because you don't have to say Allah said, it's enough when he just looked into the sky. Elsewhere, Allah said, you know, Allah, Allah attina, Ibrahim Mirage, the human Kabul, that Ibrahim Ali son was given the guidance on what to do much before. So it's as if when he looked towards the sky, Allah just gave him a solution. And what is that solution? Now watch? For Kala, therefore, after looking into the sky, he looks down, he looks around at the people and says, in the scheme,

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I'm feeling sick. I'm feeling sick, I no doubt I'm sick, I'm not doing well. Now this has a duality and meaning. Obviously, if you if you talk to someone and say, I'm feeling sick, they're gonna think you have a stomachache, you have a headache, you're in a fever, whatever, right? But he's not just talking about being sick, physically. He's sick of the ship that's happening around him, he's spiritually feeling disgusting, from the environment that's around him. The worship of false gods, let me just give you an idea of, you know, this feeling. I've had an opportunity to go to different kinds of religious temples in the past, right, just to visit to talk to people, etc, right? And I

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can tell you, even though I go there for you know, good conversation, etc. When I'm around the idols and whatever, there's a feeling there's a darkness that just takes over it. Like you just got to get away. You just you can't wait to get away, like there's shake in the air. So you're inhaling it. And you can you can feel it and you know, if you if you talk to friends that are that used to be Christian, right? And then they found out hey, they found Allah azza wa jal, when they go back to a church and they just look at a statue of Mary or they look at a statue of Jesus, if they walk back into a Catholic church, you can they'll testify to this, that there's a sickness that they feel and

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just want to get away from this thing. The scene, you know, Ibrahim alayhi salam is actually expressing his spiritual discomfort with this environment. But actually, how are they processing that oh, he's sick. Why is that important? Because they're about to

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Go to their at their festival, where they're all going to celebrate whatever. And he's sick so he can't go. So he's got an excuse. Right? So him saying he's sick works both ways. So he says it needs a team. No, no, no, I'm definitely say. So in those also, you know, it's it's for Omotola did Phil hokum? So what that means is there were a nice use when somebody, you're talking to somebody who's not sure, as if the people came to him and said, Hey, are you doing okay? What's what's going on? And then he says in neasa team, he doesn't just say anassa team, he says in neasa team. So this inner is actually a little melodic filco, meaning the one listening to you is unsure what's going on

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with you. So it's as if his discomfort actually looked like physical discomfort. That's what it looked like after he was done contemplating into the sky. And so he says, he says in this team for our low and humid reading, so they turned their backs from him. And they left him alone, meaning they went to their party, they went to their festival, and now he's by himself in the Holy Temple, you know, and it's just him and these gods, and there's a scene of just him and these these false gods, right. And Ferrara, Illa, Allah to him, so he rushed towards their gods, or you think he's sick, he wants to get away from that place. No, he rushed back into the temple, this grand temple,

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the statues are all standing there, and it's just him in them. Now we know in the previous account of the story, it was more brief, right? He just smashed them. Right. But now watch for color, a lotta Kulu you're not going to eat? Aren't you? Aren't you going to eat because people come and they put you know, food and you know, candles and incense in front of you. And they sacrifice animals before you when they put whatever they got, they got a KitKat they got a Snickers, whatever they got, they put in front of you. And they even take the wrapper off. So you could you know, and you're not you're not eating any of it. You're not eating anything. This is social hedge, which again,

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interestingly, he goes back to who Ibrahim Ali Salam. And so the large at the end, Allah mentions Ibrahima ism. And he mentioned something remarkable about this notion. When when people worship idols in different parts of the world, there's this weird ritual of putting food in front of the idol, or dedicating food or flowers or whatever, in front of the idol, right? And if you went to the temple, first of all, you got to climb up 1000 steps to get to the top right, so you're exhausted and you're you're hungry. And then you see a Snickers bar just looking at you like hey, this is you know, but if you try to touch the bar, what are the temple monks gonna do?

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You know, it's for the big, smiling golden guy. Right? That it's not for you. And then what happens? Allah says, you know, in a Latina to their own Hamdulillahi linea gluco Baba and Allah which the marula who those who you call other than Allah, they couldn't create a single fly even if they all got together for that purpose to create a single fly. Were in your Slum houmas Do Babu che and, and if the fly was to take something away from them, less than kedo women who they couldn't take it back from it. Right, so what happens in the temple, the temple, these guys were worshipping, they're doing whatever they're doing their dance, they got their candles lit up. And in a sacrilegious fly

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shows up. You know, this blasphemous fly shows up and sits right on top of the chocolate milk that was left for the Greek god of you know, thunder or war or whatever, and it takes a few sips and flies off. Are there any consequences for that fly? Can they capture it back? Should the entire congregation of the temple go after that fly to discover that you know, recover the sacred sip of chocolate milk that was, you know, stolen from this God? Like the foundations of their their false doctrine are destroyed by a little fly in front of their eyes? Right? And so that is later on and so little hedge here, what is Allah do? Allah just says, Abraham, as I've looked at them and says, so

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you're not going to eat a lotta cologne.

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So, it says this is Ray Maluku, not on the moon. What's wrong with you? We can talk. I mean, I'm here asking you questions. I'm being pretty blasphemous you can eat or you can talk either Ferraioli him bourbon video mean? Then he rushed to strike them with his right hand what this could also mean as he slapped on to the idols it could also mean that he took the axe and went to town but it's apparently it starts with just like a stupid I don't like he just he did this thing for all Allah him Durbanville Yameen so this is the scene that Allah azza wa jal wanted to capture in the Quran. Because I wonder when you know what Allah puts inside the Quran for us? Why is he putting this here

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there's clearly a passionate detest for false gods in the in the psyche of Ibrahim Ali salaam, right

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He has this disgust for false gods. And at the same time he has this love for all people. We saw that in the beginning of the story, right? Like the story is connected. And we saw previously also in the in the last portion. In his later age, he was pleading for the people of Luth.

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Right. So there's two kinds of, there's a love and there's a hate at the same time. There's a hate for falsehood is an absolute despise uncompromising, offensive hate for falsehood. And then there is this incredibly soft, you know, corner for people.

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Right? So, this is actually the dichotomy that Muslim has to develop. And we easily fall in one of two extremes. One extreme is we hate falsehoods so much we hate everybody who has falsehood.

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We hate the bottle and the tailbone. We hate both of them. We had cover and the cover, we hate shake, and then we're gonna burn them all. Right, on the other. The other extreme becomes what? Oh, they're human. They're just like us. They're, you know, Allah created them to we should have mercy on them, we should be courteous to them, and in our love and courtesy for them, we should also have courtesy for their shake.

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We should have kindness towards their comfort also, towards their fascia also, we should go easy on the evil ideas. No, I can actually be respectful to a human being, while having no regard for their beliefs.

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Like I absolutely believe here to be completely wrong and offense to God Himself. Right, and at the same time, be be merciful towards them. This is the perfect dichotomy demonstrated by rasool Allah Himself. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he carries the legacy of Ibrahim Ali Salam so incredibly beautifully. I refer back to it all the time. On the one hand, he's invited the Christians of neuron to stay in Masjid WV, and they're praying to their Christian God in Allah in Masjid Nabawi. And yet the some of the toughest Ayat dealing with their creed will reveal that the time to engage them in debate. Because when it comes to engagement in the context of ideas of truth, then there's no

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courtesy The truth is not supposed to be the truth is the truth. What's wrong is wrong. What's right is right what's good for discover what shaker shake, there's no way around it and if there if Allah is angry at something, you should know Allah is angry at that. Okay? I can't coddle your feelings and then make the word of Allah more fluffy for you. So you could feel better about yourself? No, that's I can make you feel better. I can be more hospitable I can be more kind, but I can't compromise Allah's words in that process. Right? So he's got this, he Allah azza wa jal has really emphasized, really brought home those two concepts together. The idea the the aggressive stance the

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believer has towards falsehood, and yet the concern the believer has for all of humanity, contemplated or omitted, or collegiate Lynas type Morona, believe arrow 100 and Monica, what are we gonna build? It's actually remarkable all of those things come together and that I have ally and, Ron to, you're the best of people that have been brought out for the service of humanity. So we're supposed to be there for humanity. At the same time, you're that model that will come out of your commanding and joining advising to that which is good, and you're stopping against that which is evil, and you're doing so for the benefit of humanity, but took me to Nabila while having your faith

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in Allah. May Allah not make us afraid of the people and compromise what we believe. And at the same time, Allah azza wa jal not allow our rage towards people, or towards ideas be falsely turned into rage against people BarakAllahu li Walakum filled Quran Al Hakim on a funny way er can build IoT with the cloud