Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
In this episode of Sheikh Nouman, he talks about Surah At-Tawba, one of the last surahs of the Quran. This is the only surah that does not begin with Bismillah and this surah gives the impression of the harshness of Islam. This Surah also appears as if it does not come with the mercy of Allah.
Truly the message of this surah is the absolute opposite of the above-mentioned. To discover what this surah is truly about, its purpose and messages please listen to our beloved Sheikh’s talk.
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hamdulillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu wa salam O Allah say the lemmya he will mousseline. He was he was minister Nebuchadnezzar he
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about our messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is described in the Quran with remarkable words. And some of them are well Mauser naka de la, la la la mean that we didn't send you except as an act of love and care for all nations and all people.
But you know that in our times, a lot of people read the literature of Islam and make criticism about Islam and criticism about the Quran and even criticism about our messenger sallallahu sallam. And one of the most popular criticisms of the Quran is one that the last surah to be revealed, or one of the last solos to be revealed in the Quran. In the order of the Quran is the ninth Surah Surah Toba.
And it's the only sort of the Quran that doesn't begin with Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim.
And this surah is very harsh from the beginning. It is a surah about the punishment of Allah azza wa jal and you know the non Muslims love quoting parts of this what I kill them wherever you find them, and you know, all the things that you think are politically incorrect about Islam are all in this one. Surah.
And on top of that, it doesn't even begin with Rama. It doesn't begin with the mercy of Allah azza wa jal. And on top of all of that, it's one of the last suitors revealed so it gives the impression that Okay, fine you you people say your messenger was this merci we say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they don't say, your messenger was this mercy. But how come the last sutra that was given to him is so violent? This seems to be the final policy of Islam. Just fight and kill and fight and kill? That's what it seems like and how do you even respond to that? So a lot of times Muslims who have love and reverence for the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam don't know how to respond
to these kinds of things. And I want to dedicate a few minutes we have today to help you understand this surah of the Quran some things about this surah and how this surah is actually an explanation of the love and mercy of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So I started by saying that this is what I came without the Bismillah there is no Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim and that's very clear and indication from Allah that this surah will not have a lot of mercy in it. This is what I will not have a love, you know, kindness and softness and gentleness and in every other sort of doctrine does. As a matter of fact, the Allahu anhu said about this surah this surah came, you
know how the swords have a cover the sheave this soldier came with the sword out of the sheath. That's what he used to say about the sutra. So now, let's take a step back. Allah azzawajal didn't just talk about Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Quran he's talked about many prophets. And Allah says that the way he sent prophet after prophet after Prophet, they all had the same message. Please like sudo to sha Allah will describe prophets that came a different centuries, in different nations. They spoke different languages, but their message was exactly word for word the same for the law of the origin, have Taqwa of Allah and follow me. Sonny said the same thing no
1000s of years ago before him said the same thing. Sure. I've said the same thing honey, salaam masala Islam said the same thing. They all they were in different nations different times different languages, but they're all saying exactly the same thing and allows them to tell as in the Koran, whether intentionally or not Allah, Allah, you will not find the change in the way Allah does things. Like we say the Prophet has a Sunnah, so the longer they use them, Allah says even Allah has a Sunnah. Even Allah has a way of doing things. And Allah does not change the way he does things. Like it's you know, how you have a judge, sometimes he judges one way but next day, he's in a
different mood, he gives a different kind of verdict. It's not like that with a look, the way Allah deals with all people is exactly the same. There's no new policies or special policies. So why am I bringing all of this up? Because profits used to come. And when profits came, majority of the nations that they came to the majority of those nations, they rejected the profits. Most of the time, this is what happened they rejected the messengers of Allah. And when they rejected the messengers, they even sometimes tried to kill those messengers. To not only ridicule them and mock them, but also even try to kill them. But even if they didn't try to kill them, it came to the point
that their corruption became so huge, and they were refusing to accept the message of Allah that Allah will tell people like who the other is Salam Saleh Ali Salam Shriver, Allah, he said, um, you know, Luther, they said, it's time to go. These people are beyond hope, they Dawa has been given to them. The message has been explained in the best possible way to them. Every opportunity for them to understand in theory and in practice has been made clear and they still want to reject Allah knows what is inside the hearts. Allah tells the prophets these people have no possibility of it.
cepting Islam in their hearts left. And at that point, Allah decides that those nations because they have no good left in them, they should be destroyed. So you find in the Quran, the nation of new gets destroyed, the nation of Luth gets destroyed, the nation of sila gets destroyed, the nation of Sharif gets destroyed, fit our own gets destroyed the nation that Musa alayhis salam came to gets destroyed, nation after nation after nation when they reject the Messenger of Allah who is among them. When they do that beyond the point of no return. Then the only thing that Allah does with them not only punishment in the next life, Allah gives them punishment in this life before the next life.
That's that's the Sunnah of Allah. The final messenger of Allah is Mohammed Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he first and foremost came to a town in Arabia, Makkah to a people whose name is koresh. And those people he gave them every possible way of accepting the message. And the best message ever the best version of the message ever revealed by Allah the Quran was given to the most ranking messenger of Allah Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so they had the best teacher ever get ever sent. And they had the best curriculum ever sent the best message ever sent. And he was also from among them in unfussy calm he was from within you, meaning he wasn't some
foreigner that they can understand. He was someone they could relate to they understood, they respected, so they had every opportunity to accept a loss message. And Allah gave them one sutra and another sutra and another, and another surah and they rejected and they rejected and rejected and they rejected. And then Allah finally told his messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that these people are beyond hope,
you must leave to Medina.
So the messenger sallallahu Sallam leaves the people of Quraysh. And then Allah makes them taste small punishments. This is also a son novela. Well, I knew the anomala double adna dunlea double Akbar, we will make them say taste the smallest punishments before we make them taste the big punishment. So Allah made them taste but he gave them some taste and he made them taste. When the prophet SAW Selim, battled with the people of Makkah, that was actually a less punishment on them also, one after the other after the other. But still, even after these small signs, they still didn't humble themselves, they still did not believe. And finally, Allah azza wa jal gave the
Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam victory over college. But now let's compare this is the important part. Now. This is where you understand the mercy of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu wasallam. You know, when new alayhis salam used to tell his people, a flood is coming, I'm building this Ark, I'm building this giant boat, the ship, you better get on board. If you believe in Allah. That's why I'm building it. They made fun of him.
They would come and they would bring their children to laugh at him. And he's putting these planks and these pieces of wood together for months and years, and they would come and they would ridicule him. Then it started raining, they're still laughing at him. This man thinks this rain is gonna turn into an ocean. Silly man. Believers get on the ark. They're still not taking him seriously. But as the water starts rising, then they say this ship isn't gonna work. This old man built this ship. It'll be called him in a salon. They didn't respect him. You know, Quran describes how much they insulted him, actually. So when they made fun of him, they said this boat, this Ark isn't going to
survive. We'll just climb up on the mountains. The mountains are way safer than the ship of his. It's going to be it's gonna sink. And that's actually what his son said to are we eligible? Yeah, Simoni minalima. I'll go find refuge in the mountain. It'll protect me from the water. I'm not getting on this boat for you. But then the water keeps rising and rising and rising until even the mountains are flooding. Even the mountains are going under the water. And the water reaches right here, right here. And at that point, Allah did not press the pause button and say, now you want to take Islam Seriously?
No, once the water reaches here, it keeps on going, doesn't it? And at that point when the water reaches here, people say okay, okay, fine, fine. Fine. I'll accept. I'll believe this is exactly what Darwin did. When fit on followed moose on a Salaam in the water, and his army drowned first. The old man he was an old man, his entire army drowned and he was the only one left and as the water starts getting does throat he says amen to boliviana de Bono's shrine and be known eila Hi, lovey. I'm gonna be I believe in the same one. These people of Israel believe in Fine.
Fine, fine. And Alyssa is on now. What could I say to him? Just now you were disobeying a second ago what that what came to you? We just wants to save his neck and at that point a lead does not stop. You see what the point I'm trying to make is once the punishment has been the issue, the order has been issued by a law that
This nation will be punished, then there is still far and the opportunity give me some more time. Let me think about it one more day that's done. When they turn around, it will come to them all of a sudden, and they will have no clue. That's the way Allah does things with all of the profits, read the stories of all of the punishments. Once it starts, it doesn't stop.
But the punishment that was coming to crush because they did the same thing the people have no they didn't they, they did the same thing that surrounded, they did the same thing that the nation of who then follow it and sure I even looked at this obey laws messenger. And as a matter of fact, they even went further they tried to kill as messenger. So they should be punished more than anybody else. Allah did not give Croatia flood Did he? Allah did not give them an earthquake. Allah did not send fire from the sky. That's what he used to do with all the previous nations. So how did Allah fulfill his Sunnah on the Quran? How did Allah give these people punishment? The point that I'm
trying to make before we get there, I remind you, a lot only destroys nations, when a messenger is living among them, and they reject Him.
Allah destroys nations when the messenger is among them, not when he's gone, when he's among them, and if they still reject Him, then no good. This is why Allah azza wa jal told the Quran the Quran because they were trying to kill him and get rid of him. Allah says we're not gonna love him or hate him. Allah won't destroy them until you so long as you're still among them. The only reason one of the reasons Allah hasn't destroyed them is you're still there. You're still Allah. They think he's the problem. He's the only reason they were alive. He was the reason they were alive. Anyway, now Allah gave Makkah in the hands of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, you know, 100,000 have now conquered
Makkah. There's not even a word they give up like how are they gonna fight this many people who come for Hajj. And now the worst enemies of the Prophet sallallahu narissa the people who tried to kill him, the people who really killed him, the people who tortured him the people who tortured the believers. Now they are sitting on their knees, and the swords of the Sahaba around their neck,
the source of the Sahaba and then this is time for punishment to begin yes or no. This Allah says you as the Buddha whom Allah will be a deacon this time instead of a flood, instead of an earthquake, instead of fire from the sky, Allah will punish punish by your hands meaning the Sahaba the Sahaba became a must punishment on them. And now by the way, when the sword reaches here, I told you when the water reaches here, does it stop? know when the soul reaches here? Should it stop? No, but Allah says no. Stop, stop. First, fulfill the Arvada asuran Nakamoto marches in La
Jolla, Hamas l Catherine. Okay, now that the water has reached here and then sword is here, now you know that Allah has overpowered you. Now how about you take four months?
Take four months. Think about it.
And if you want to accept Islam, fine. If you don't want to accept Islam, leave and no harm will come to you. And after four months if you want to face the sword that's up to you. You want to fight Go ahead. But Allah Allah give how much was anybody was no Haile salam, the people the water reached here, or the fire came from the sky, or the earthquake started in a couple of homes got destroyed. And then it paused and the angel said had enough ready to listen to the profit side. They're ready to listen to show Are you ready to listen to No, no? How about you take four months I'll be back. That never happened. The only messenger that was given a pause before a loss punishment would be
executed as a pseudo loss on the law to sell them. And on top of all of that, you know, when you have a village you have a town some people hear their message. Other people are busy in their own life that only they don't know anything going on outside like some of you that are addicted to video games. You don't know what's happening outside in the world. You're on your PlayStation.
You know, sometimes somebody came to the robot for lunch and said, I didn't know you were giving Dawa in Macau. I was sleeping at home for 23 years.
But what happened or what happened? Hazara had no idea. Now I hear that we have four months what's going on four months for what? You know. So they would come like that to the province and say I've no idea what you're talking about. And the law says about them in this sort of what I had a minute Minami sneakiness taraka Jr, who had pious Mala Mala from Houma mana. If one of these wishes came come to you and say I really don't know what you're talking about. I want to know more. Allah says give him protection until he gets to hear Allah speech of Allah speech, and then take him to a place where he feels safe.
Take him so he doesn't feel pressure.
He doesn't feel pressure. This is the surah of the punishment of Allah on the nation of who kadesh. Now listen, Allah has punished nation nations before yes or no. Yes. And Allah punished punished by this surah by the Sora of these four months, this four months of time period, and so many of them accepted Islam within that time, some of them ran away. Some of them even tried to fight all of that happened. All of that happened. But you know what? What's amazing about this is this is the last time actually before I finished that sentence, let me take a step back knew Halesowen when Allah was giving the message to the people, Allah was giving them with love and mercy. But when the flood
started, the mercy of Allah was paused.
Yes, it was paused because of time for punishment. When slightly holy Salaam or who Dalai Lama showed a ballet Salah, they were given the message from Allah is love and mercy. But when the punishment begins, the mercy has been paused. You can't have mercy and punishment at the same time.
The Quran gave us one surah for these four months, even after these four months, the mercy of Allah will be paused. For who? for fresh, but that is actually one of the greatest mercies to humanity, allows mercy allows love and allows care will never pause again for humanity. No nation will ever be destroyed after this. Even the last one to be destroyed was given for months. And after this, the mercy of allies forever open. So the missing bismil lions who lived through the Toba is actually an indication of how that was the last time a lot because it's the last messenger that is the last time a nation should get the direct punishment of a lot in this life. And from here on, every nation gets
to survive. No nation gets wiped off the face of the earth because they disobeyed Allah. That will not happen again. That is a Rama that is an act of love and an act of care that Allah granted as an award to Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, no other messenger received this. And then finally, the surah did not begin with Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim. Yes. And I recited to you and I, uh, that belongs to the conclusion of this surah
the Khadija Kumara Soloman unfussy come a messenger has come to you from within your own cells. As he's on either Hema and etom. Anything that harms you, he finds it very difficult for himself. He has so much empathy for you a lot as I just described in his Quran, that even when he came back, Allah wants to punish them after four months, yes, but also to lock him back sallallahu Sallam and said not a three by a chameleon. No harm will come on you today. He wanted to forgive Allah wants to punish and complete his Sunnah. And Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says anything that harms you is difficult for him. How do you wanna come? He wants to hold on to you and protect
you at all cost. He was protective of his people, even the ones that tried to kill him. Even the ones that tried to kill him, you know, just a few years before then when he was at put a br from Allahu alayhi wa sallam to try to make Hajj no weapons, no more intention for war. The Quran sent at people with masks on their faces to try to kill the Messenger of Allah sallallahu earlier, some AD AD assassins, and the Muslims were able to defeat those ad assassins, disarm them, not kill any of them. They disarmed them, took their weapons, and then took their masks off. And now we know who they are. They were from kadesh and then with the messenger lusatia, Allah sent them back. He sent
them back. And he said, what's what's wrong with garage? Why are they so obsessed with war?
rasulillah after three wars with them, this is what our society thinks of Quraysh this is what he thinks of them. And so Allah says, Listen to this bill macmini in a row for him. When it comes to those who come to the faith, especially the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is compassionate, empathetic, he knows how they feel. He sympathizes with them, he empathizes with them, he and he is loving and caring for him to them. The surah that did not begin with the Rama of Allah ends with dorama Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Can you imagine? Can you imagine this? We know people don't study Quran people don't content affiliates who are on one of the contemplate the Quran. You
know, as a shallow read when people just say Oh, it doesn't even begin with filler. There's so much war in the Quran. There's so much fighting in the Quran. You don't even know what you're talking about. This is a surah novellas punishment actually. But this is the surah of the forever mercy and love and care of Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam that was given as a gift to humanity. May Allah azza wa jal help us appreciate the love and care of our Navy is not to celeb for all of humanity. And may Allah make us real ambassadors of his book to all of humanity barakallahu li walakum wa salaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato