Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
What is it that we celebrate in Ramadan? In this inspiring khutbah on the eve of the Holy Month, Ustadh Nouman takes us back to the story of Adam (AS) who was so dignified by Allah that He spoke to him directly. But even though Allah dismissed Adam from janna, He promised to give him a way back up through repeated guidance. Allah promised those who follow this guidance that they will know no fear or sadness in this life. The last time this promise was fulfilled was when Allah sent his final message, the Quran. In Ramadan Allah revealed his extended rope from the sky to the earth to teach us that there is hope, no matter how lost we feel or how far we have fallen. Ramadan is the opportunity Allah gave us to celebrate our connection with Him.
2017-06-02 – Ramadan 2017
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in today's clip, I'd like to share with you a little history of this incredible month that we are all hopeful of witnessing. I want to start by praying to Allah azza wa jal that Allah allows all of us to benefit as much as we possibly can from this coming month. And that he makes it a means for our continued guidance, our forgiveness is a means by which our hearts are softer and not just towards Allah, but also towards one another.
What I wanted to share with you is actually something from the sutra that the only sutra that actually talks about Ramadan, so total Bukhara.
And where this ayah is mentioned, or the iottie, about Ramadan are mentioned, are actually a progression that was mentioned something much, much, much before then this discussion actually begins with Adam alayhis salam himself, Adam alayhis salam, this incredible creature that Allah made, that he even commanded the angels because of his creation to make such that this incredible creation was given Jenna, the place that we eventually want to go back home and which is this is important to know because about gender, Allah describes believers as what he thought like a human body throne and Latina URI Kunal filozofia hari doon, that people that will go back to heaven are
actually gaining heaven agenda as inheritance. Inheritance means your ancestors owned it. That's what that means. And that was a that was the home given to our father, or the mother his Salaam. And that's where humanity began. And which is why when we go back to Jenna, we're actually what we're actually inheriting what was already meant it meant for us, you know, there are some treasures, some some monies in life that you have to earn by the work of your hand. And there are some that are yours because the family passed it down to you, you know, there's a property that was passed down money that was passed down, a car that was passed down, and it's yours or jewelry that was passed
down. Jenna is a is a bit of both, it is meant for us because it was given to our father. And we cannot get it without work. It's kind of both things at the same time. But in any case, Allah gave this amazing gift to other mothers allowing us to speak to other family Salaam directly. He gave him advice directly he gave told him to eat freely, you know, and you know, good. He told our mother and our father, both of them, that they can have whatever they want in the agenda. You all know the story except for this one tree.
You know, and when he gave all of this advice, one thing that I want your attention on is that Allah azza wa jal addressed, Adam alayhis salam directly was going into was ojochal. Jenna, he talked to them directly. And you can imagine Jenna, what Allah Himself describes, is there in the central Atlanta, it's our agenda. Our agenda is very high up that the earth is this worldly life is called dunya, dunya. And Arabic comes from the word adenitis, the feminine form of low and it's actually means the lowest possible life you can have. You can only get higher from here and the higher is actually Jenna. It's the highest it's right under the ultra light when I am describing sort of the
najem. It's right in that proximity. So what I'm trying to get at is no, not only is I'm adding some speaking with a line ally speaking with him, he's very close to Allah. The one of the great marvels of gender isn't just the trees and the food and the but but actually the closeness to Allah Himself. So
that's a remarkable gift of Jana. And yet, Adam alayhis salam made a fatal mistake. The Wasp associaton was successful, his whisper was successful. And the mistake took place and a lot of people misunderstand and think that as a result of the murder, his Salaam was punished. And the punishment was that he will be sent all the way down to this planet Earth. That's how life here began for human beings, the Merlin Salaam was sent here as a punishment. When you study the surah in the Quran carefully you discover that actually are them are they Salam was not sent here as a punishment. That's actually a common Christian view. That you know, this life is a curse man was is
paying for the original sin and all of that. We're not we actually believe kulu malu then you look at every human being is born on a predisposed goodness. And as a matter of fact, even describing this earth within the context of the story of Adam, Allah azza wa jal says about this life on this earth, He says, watch another comfy hammer Irish kalila mata Sharon, he put a lot of things here for you to make sure you can live really well. Your soul so little that you're grateful like
Allah didn't describe this earth as a punishment. He described this earth as something marvelous and beautiful. As a matter of fact, the more you study for it, the more you appreciate the creation around you. He'll describe the beauty of the with which he, you know, made a camel or the mountain or the sky or the tree, or the food that you eat, or even the wrappings of the food when naklua Lachman. In other words, Allah did not make this world ugly, he made this world beautiful. And he made this world a means of sustenance for us so that we could become grateful as in many places in the Quran, you learn that a lot of the gifts of this world, one of their purposes is to remind you
if this is so beautiful, I imagine what the original home was like. Like, it's supposed to remind you of the original meaning gender, it's a preview, even though gender is beyond our imagination, but there are some things in common, isn't it a lot, we'll talk about trees in general, how would you and I know what a tree is, if we let him give us trees in this earth, he'll talk about rivers, he'll talk about milk, he'll talk about honey, he will talk about, you know, the flesh of birds. You know, he'll talk about these things, you would never appreciate those things if you didn't have some taste of it here. So it's because he made the agenda in this world. He made it in a sense, a preview
of what is coming next. But regardless, let me get back to my point. The point is Adam or the Salaam used to be very close to Allah.
And now as a result of that slip up, Li sending him down to the earth. Again, you and I know it's not a punishment. But it feels like it. Because you just left Jenna, and you've been brought down here, agenda agenda to hold, you don't get old, you don't get sick, you have nothing to fear. You have no sadness. When you come down here, the panhandle in Santa Fe cupboard, human beings are going to be you know, drowning in toil in labor, they're going to be hungry, they're going to be sick, they're gonna get weak, they're gonna have to work. They can't just be fed without any problems that you know, this world is just full of problems. That's what it comes with. As beautiful as it is.
It's not easy. Every one of us has struggles in life. And so Allah azzawajal put us on this earth. And it's one of the worst things about it that you can imagine our demand insulin fields, is that he used to be so close to a law and now he's so so so far from Allah. He was so highly ranked and you know, dignified that even the angels were commanded to do such that, and now he's being sent down and by the way, in the IRA, in which he has been sent down a bitumen, hi, Jamie, and it's him, our mother Hawa, and he believes all of them are being sent down. Meaning now I have to share this place. I used to be above the rank of angels and now have to share this place even when it leaves in
his lineage. This is what I've been brought down to, It's humiliating. That's it's a humiliation and he feels very distanced from Allah azzawajal.
And but as Allah was sending him down, Allah gave him an opportunity and reminded him by the way, there will be a way that you and your children and their children and their children will be able to make their way back up. You've been sent down but you will have a way to come back up. And so he says to him for in my tn knuckle mini houden from Entebbe, Allahu Daya, Fela Hoffmann la Mola
come down from here, meaning the sent from heaven come down on this earth on this planet. But he says, If and when guidance comes to you, any guidance comes to you from me, too. And that means the plural, not just Adam to guidance to Adam but to his children. At any point in history, when I decide to send you guidance, whoever decides to follow my guidance, there is not going to be any fear for them. They're not going to be scared of anything. And that's not just a reference to what's going to happen in this life actually. lacco finale himolla homea saloon in its truest sense, to have no fear left and to have no sadness left is actually one of the greatest gifts of Gemini
itself. It is as though Ally's telling him follow this guidance and watch you can come and get upgraded. Once again, you can elevate once back again to the original home. That was the promise made to our family system, fine. History goes through centuries past millennia past profits after profits after profits, each one of them fulfilling little by little the promise that was made to Adam guidance will come if you follow it, then there's not going to be any fear sadness for those who follow it. That promise kept getting fulfilled and some just some of those prophets. Allah mentions in the Quran woman whom belemnites Alec nazionale there are among them we didn't even tell
you about there are so many more profits that we don't even know about. So this promise of a lot of guidance coming kept being fulfilled. Until that finest the promise reaches its climax. The last time that that promise was fulfilled, was when a law decided to send his final message to all of us to his final messenger because there is no more messengers coming and that is what Ramadan Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and that is the Quran.
One of the things about the Quran is really beautiful. The Prophet himself would describe it as well who are hablo la helma teen minister
It is an extended rope of Allah from the sky to the earth. The Quran is a rope of Allah from the sky to the earth the Quran will say, what does the movie habla hegemon. Hold on to Allah is rope altogether and allows rope as many of the companions commented is actually the Quran. Hold on to the Quran. I told you before we've been sent down there has to be a way that we can go back up and now we're learning there's a rope was given. And this rope lanphier sama Allah ha it cannot crack like a chain that link would be broken, it will not snap, it will remain and it will remain extended. Until humanity comes to an end generations will come and go but this rope of Allah that final rope of
Allah that has been given will never be cut. Once again, the teachings that were given the guidance that was given to Musa alayhis salaam to Saleh Elisa Eva la sala to pray to do, those guidances that they were given a time came where people forgot them and they were lost, or people change them and they couldn't find the truth anymore. But now Allah gave this guidance that will forever remain a means by which people can make their way back to Allah again. And that is the word of Allah that is the Quran. And that Quran meaning that final episode of the promise of Allah given to other mothers Salaam in the beginning of Bukhara, that promise of Allah reaches its climax when Allah says Yahoo
Ramadan, Allah the unzila female Quran, the month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down. This is the ultimate gift of Allah to all of humanity, so they can make their way back to the home that was meant for them because it was given as a gift to their father. So we can make it back all the way to the closeness of Allah again.
This is actually as just an introductory just a notion what is it that we're celebrating? We're celebrating the fulfillment of a lost promise for the promise of hope. And understand there are there are people sitting in this audience. And people that might watch this recording. That felt like at some point, they were close to a lot that some feel like I used to be a good person. Or there was a time where I was much better than where I am and you fell, you slipped and you slipped really far.
And you feel like you're so far away from Atlanta. There's no hope for you. You've been listening to shade on and you are now just lost. Gone. And it is I can tell you as far as you think you and I are from Allah, I don't think we can compare to someone who used to be in Jeddah and was put down demoted into the earth. That's a pretty low that's a that's a pretty serious demotion, you know, to someone who was so close to Allah that Allah will speak to him directly.
And then Allah says to him, No, no, no, no more will I speak to you directly. Now I will speak to you through revelation. He's that distance and even he has hope. He has hope in what revelation will come and it will reconnect me to my Arab. The Quran is not there to condemn you to hell. Quran is not there to let you know that you have no hope. The Quran is a lost promise that you and I no matter what mistakes we've made, no matter how far we fall it no matter how lost we feel we are, we are going to be like our Father, we are not going to be like at least Iblees and of Lhasa as a verb even in the Arabic languages means to lose hope. One of the meanings of nibblies is to lose hope. We
will not become hopeless. We are going to maintain hope, first and foremost in ourselves. When you start telling yourself you're a lost cause I'm just a bad person. What can I do? When you start saying that about yourself? Then you have actually followed the Sunnah of a police he's accepted about himself that he's evil.
But human beings have been given the opportunity you will make mistakes khulumani Adam suppa own all children of Adam are going to make mistakes repeatedly. I thought we would actually is different from Hearthstone, even the Prophet ourselves have some sense they'll keep making mistakes. It's not even that you make a mistake once you're like addicted to making mistakes. I'm addicted to making mistakes. And yet those who keep on making mistakes the best of them are the ones who keep coming back to a line keep coming back to a line keep coming back to Allah. This is the month that was given this month is celebrating that opportunity to come back to Allah because this is when a lot
through through his rope down his Koran down his words down that can keep us always and always connected to him. You know, when you really miss someone you want to call them. You want to hear their voice. If somebody passed away and you miss them, what do you do you play a recording of them.
And you just you know, watch this child laugh or this parent talk to you or whatever. When people reminisce or want to connect with someone, it's necessary that they feel like they're engaged in conversation with them. When we feel far away from Allah, we need to be in conversation with him. We want to hear his words and that's what Allah gave us his words. That's what he gave us a plan on what tada
The month this is an opportunity of a lifetime. It's something so, so beautiful that allies always gave to us that he was the one who caused Adam alayhis salam to slip. He changed him up. In this month, he puts him on the side so you will not be distracted again. You there will be nothing between you and allows word you will be connected to it so patola and so as I conclude this goodbye I want to share with you one of the gifts of this month. There are several mentioned in the art of Ramadan. I just want to leave you with one that I really hope that you and I can take full advantage of Allah azza wa jal says what he does Allah everybody, Anita in a curry. When my slave asks you
about me, then certainly I am near. Allah did not say if my slave asks he says when my slave asks because he expects that absolutely, it will happen.
He's optimistic about you, you may not be optimistic about yourself. Allah is optimistic about you. He tells us Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when they asked you about me? Our expectation was that Allah would tell him when they asked you, you tell them that I'm close. But no, when they ask you, Allah stops talking to his messenger and talks to you and me directly, and says, I am close for sure. Halfway through that ayah the conversation is no longer with the Messenger of Allah sallallahu our lucidum the conversation is between you and Allah directly. You will haven't talked to a line a long time. You feel like when you don't talk to someone you feel like they don't want to talk to
you. Where were you all this time? You want to go through somebody else? Is he still mad at me?
You know, you don't want to deal with them directly. But Allah azza wa jal breaks that wall, he comes to you directly and says I am most certainly near for iniquity.
And then you feel like you've been so far away? Why would he answer my prayers? And he says, oh, gee, boo, that what Adar I immediately respond to the single Dora, of the one who makes
the single prayer the single request the single call of the one who made the call. In other words, in this beautiful ayah. Allah isn't even talking about the one who makes hours and hours of law.
He's talking about someone who turned to Allah just one time, even one time, Allah doesn't say, oh, okay, all this time you party. And now you need something and you come to me for $1 get lost? No, no, no, no, no, I will immediately respond even to that person at that one time that they made the door, and what are his qualifications, you know, we feel like if you're going to be able to address someone important, you should have prerequisites. As is always the case, and even spiritually speaking, people might, you know, feel, well, if you're going to make dua to Allah, then you better be dressed properly, you better be in the mustard, it's the best place to make noise, the harem, or
the cowboy, or especially the Nepali, or you have better, you know, have stopped singing, and then you should make dark cetera. And all of those things are true. But in this ayah of hope, Allah says the only qualification I need from you is that you're ready to make the door that's it. You could be in the lowest and the pits of darkness, just turn back to Allah, nobody else you're not doing this to show anybody else how religious you are, or to impress anybody else. Or you're not concerned about the judgment of anybody else, people around you and me, will think much, they either think much better than who we are, or much worse than who we are.
people around you think you're a really good person. And you know what you are, or people around you think you're a horrible human being? Yeah, there's no goodness in you. And neither of them know. Allah knows. Allah knows. And you know, you don't let the judgment of people fool you. You don't let yourself do that you don't even know where you stand only Allah truly knows. So you leave all of those judgments behind doesn't matter what people say about you, good or bad. It doesn't matter what they say about you. You just turn to a lion, you asked him, you forgot about the noise, all the other noise. And whenever you make that door, either done, I will respond to the one who makes the
call. I will always respond immediately whenever he makes the call. This is in the context of the month of Ramadan, especially in the month of Ramadan, because Allah has extended his rope, call on Allah. ask Allah for things, speak with Allah. Speak with a low when you're alone. Speak with alone when you're in the car. You don't have to speak to Lyon Arabic, it's okay. You can speak to him in Punjabi, it's fine. You can speak to him in Bangla. You can speak to him in English, it's completely fine. You can speak to you have to speak to him and force how you can speak them in Armenia. It's cool. Alonzo just taught all languages. If you don't know the language of the Scripture, it's fine.
You but but the thing Allah wants from you is to connect to him directly, first and foremost, to speak with him to call on him. To call on Him, how many people actually call on Allah. Talk to Allah back before Allah cry before Allah, the more you will talk to him, you know, we we we feel awkward. Somebody might see me talking to him talking to myself in the car. You know, maybe
I've got a psychological problem.
And this is what's called the Manville rave, you truly believe in the answer. If you feel awkward, then you feel like he's not really listening. If you truly believe that he's listening, talk to him.
Who cares what anybody else thinks that's just between you and him? And so he makes a request of you. He gave you an offer, I will answer your prayers when you call Whenever you call, I will answer. But on the flip side of it, he made a request from you. He says For You mean, failure study, Bulli, then at the very least, they should at least try to respond to me.
You're talking to Allah and Allah says, I will respond to you.
But now Allah says you should respond to me to or at least try to respond to me to he didn't say respond, because that would mean you have to be perfect. He said, try to respond is the Java, at least show me the desire to respond. But if you want to respond to someone, you have to hear them first. It's impossible to respond to somebody unless you listen to them. If there was no request made, there's no response. If there's no questions asked, there's no response. So the fact that Allah is asking for a response means he's asking you to listen to him first. But how do you listen to Allah? Oh, wait, that's what the word of Allah is. When you're reciting the word of Allah, when
you're listening to the word of Allah, when you're thinking about the word of Allah, you're listening to things that require a response. That's a lot of talking to you. So he says, It's time you're speaking to me, let me speak to you, too. You want me to respond? Why don't you just try and respond to me too, this is telling us that the Quran, at its core is actually a conversation between the slave and the master. The art is when we speak to Allah, or artists when Allah speaks to us. So beautiful. That's what that's how a conversation becomes complete, isn't it? It can't just be one way. It has to be both ways. We have to listen to Allah. And then Allah will listen to us also, will
you know be and continue to believe in me that I love him, your children. So they may be such straight, we are now learning the essential ingredients for how to fix our life, how to fit How do I fix my life? How do you fix your life, it's actually to truly be in conversation with Allah, I will speak with him. And he will speak with me, I will speak with him with my dog with my request with my supplication with my confessions to him with my admissions to him about where I stand what I need, what my mistakes are, how sorry, I am, what I you know, what I hoped to accomplish? What could better myself how I stand, how I'm hopeful when I when I meet him, that I don't disappoint him, that
he forgives me for the mistakes that I made. All of those are my conversations to him. And now when he speaks to me, when he gives speaks to me, it's not just he's, by the way, he's not just telling you what to do. And he speaks to you. When he speaks to you. He's giving you hope. He's making you grateful. He's making you conscious and aware. He's making you you know, aware of the people around you and how you treat them. He's opening your eyes to reality. This, this conversation will set you straight. You there are some people you know, when you have a problem, you just need to talk to somebody. These are out there telling you these 30 days or days to talk to a lot. This is the
conversation we have to have with a lot. If you can accomplish that. Some of you are working at nighttime, you can't make it to tarawih prayer. Some of you are you know you're gonna have a hard time coming into the machine and you can't listen to lectures or gurus or whatever. Some of you have exams or you know you're taking extra courses in the summer you have a busy Ramadan, it's not going to be an easy time for some of you. It's going to be very, very busy. Those of you that can make the time for extra ABA, wonderful. Those of you who can't understand this fundamental and your Ramadan will be beautiful. It's not just about fasting, it's about reconnecting and re engaging Allah azza
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