Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
In the first five ayat of Surah Al-Inshiqaq Allah paints one of the most powerful pictures of nature in the entire Quran. Ustadh Nouman explains in depth the scene on the Day of Judgment when the sky tears open and the earth can no longer bear the burden of everything inside it. The idea that nature is this wild beast that Allah has held back is a recurring theme in the Quran and here, Allah describes how nature will react once He it hears Allah’s permission.
2017-06-02 – Ramadan 2017
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One of the most powerful is describing nature and describing the reality of the sky that you find anywhere in the Quran. Allah azza wa jal says what Athena clear of Bihar wahaca. And this is a very difficult ayah. to process. Let's go through it a little bit, little by little, the word Athena in Arabic can mean two things, the none is none. And as none are otherland even means permission, and other means to listen, like Odin is the year right. So as you know, to be one of its meanings is that the sky is actually going to pay a close ear, pay close attention and listen carefully to its master, Athena tilapia, implied within the meaning Why is it different from semiotic Leela, Bihar
also listens to its master, right? Or
obeys the master, even also, because it has kind of the texture of permission. It says, though, just to make this easy to understand, sometimes I give somebody a student an instruction to do something, and they don't want to do it. Right. But then there's a student that has been asking me, hey, I want you to do an extra credit project, you promised you give me an assignment. And I don't give it to him. And then I don't give it to him. And finally, I give it to them. In other words, when I gave the instruction they were already eager to follow. They've been waiting to hear the permission to do what they've been asked wanting to do. You understand? simpler example would be children asking for
recess, or a break. Can we have a break now Give me a break. Now. Remember it now. And finally, when the permission is given, they listen to the words of permission, and they can do what they want. It is as though the sky tearing open, is actually what the sky has been wanting to do. And it's been holding itself back because it didn't hear the words of permission from Allah. Allah didn't say not yet. Allah kept saying Not yet Not yet Not and it's just desperately waiting for those words to come from Allah, as in a theorem. So very scary thing to think about this theme in the Quran that nature, as we know, it is actually a wild beast that wants to just tear things apart. And the only reason
it's being held back is because Allah hasn't given it permission yet. The earth actually doesn't want to stay calm. The sky doesn't want to stay intact. It wants to tear open, what article described for example, when someone says Allah has taken a sun, the cover somewhat fatahna the skies are about to tear open because they hear somebody saying Allah has a sun. The skies can tolerate that kind of disobedient word to Allah. The heavens are shaking, but they are held together because Allah will let them tear open, similar to all other creations of Allah, they can only tolerate obedience. And this idea why is it that it's waiting to be torn open? Why is it want to destroy
itself so badly? You have to understand something, you know, when you experience trauma, like I'm reminded of the example of Miriam Salama, anyhow, when she gave birth, and she wished that she was dead. Yeah, they turned him into Kabbalah Haha, I wish I was dead before this happened when you when you see traumatic experience a traumatic thing, and you're going to be accused and humiliated, etc, etc. You'd wish for death over that. The obedient to Allah, the skies that are in the speech of Allah subhanaw taala for some odd woman of all things in the skies and the earth declare a lot of perfection when the sky watches us because the sky is a witness over us when it watches our evil
deeds, our sins. And Arshad can argue for that it actually reacts and it wants to react. Sometimes Allah lets the earth react just a little bit.
So Allah says varel pasado Philbert evil Buhari Mikasa. But he knows that corruption came out in the land and in the sea, because of some of the things that people have earned. Not all of them. If all of them were earned, then the Day of Judgment would begin. But the earth can't hold. It can't hold it can't tolerate it can tolerate it, and it has some eruption, because of the sins of people on the earth. Right. And just to qualify that, that doesn't mean if there's an earthquake that happened in Pakistan, it's because of the sins of people in Pakistan. That's not what that means. The earth reacts anywhere, because of the sins that are happening anywhere. We don't make a correlation
between those things, or they had a flood because they were really bad people. We don't do that. The days of, you know, natural disasters will be called natural disasters now being a punishment on a Golem or a nation, those days are over, because that was only in the times of profits. You cannot make that statement now about any any disaster that happens. These are all tests from Allah, but calling them as odd as a mistake. That is not the same as calling them that that is a mistake. A lot less book doesn't allow this anyway. So I think that we are on behalf, it seeks the permission of its master. And when it says that, then I'll add something and he says well help cut. You know, how
can laka and de la carta in Arabic, it is only right for you to do this. Well, I hope that means as it should. It's been waiting to be torn open, as it should as it was always meant to. You know when we think about
Something that is designed like a watch or a car or a house, we expect that it will stay intact, right? We want it to last as long as possible. And you always buy the kinds of products that you find two things in them. They're better than the last longer, right? That's what you're looking for with any product that you buy. There are some things that are designed by design, they are meant to come to an end. By Design, they're scheduled, that they're going to be destroyed. And it's actually when they are destroyed is when they have met their ultimate purpose. It is as though alive saying this beautiful sky was created. But it was purposeless until it tears open on that day. That's
actually when it needs its complete purpose. Well, I hope God, it's rightfully so it actually fulfilled, it's right. There was only written or write on it. It's the passive form, right? It was only the rightful thing upon it to be able to do that to be able to be to destroy itself. So with a smile on shortcut where there'll be one or the other last thing I'll say about in Chicago in Chicago, the invalid form of the verb in the Arabic language is something that impacts oneself. Like if I say, COO, coo coo, see, the chair was broken, that I'm trying to say that somebody broke it. But if I say in Gasol Kersey actually means the chair fell apart. Nobody was there. And it just kind
of collapsed on its own. When you say in Chicago, it's not like it was made to tear open, it tore open on its own. If it was it was made to tear open, it would have been either semi cut, it would have been shortcut. But this is in shapcott, meaning on its own, it fell apart. It wanted to it was designed to do so it's not some external force that made it fall apart. It's actually the external force Allah as origin that was holding it together, had it not been allowed holding it together would have fallen apart. So it's actually doing what it was meant to do all along. Then he says what isn't out of the woods that and when the earth is going to get stretched. The middle of you know,
this, this idea that the highs and the lows of the earth are all going to become flat. Think of it like I mean, actually, this law, he would describe this ayah he would say like, you know, when you have a sheet, and it's crumpled up, and some parts of it are low, and some parts of it are high and somebody pulls the sheet, or pulls the leather stretches or leather or something like that. Everything that was up and down becomes what flat. So there's no you know, all the graves inside. And the mountains above are all the older we're getting stretched and evened out the earth is becoming the entire planet is becoming a playing field. What is an auto mode that and by the way,
the idea of stretching something or being stretched, is the idea of someone having the power to manipulate a material. Somebody is holding a piece of leather and they're stretching it somebody and this is the passive form by the way. So the earth is not doing this on its own. The next part is going to do on its own this part it's being made to do meaning alive, stretching it alive is pulling the earth open and making it into a plain stretch. Then he says one cuts mafia. And as he as he stretches it open. He says he will, it will throw out Alka. It will throw out whatever has been inside MFI has been a woman or woman. They will treasures inside of this earth people have been
trying to find for ages, all those treasures are coming up and nobody cares on that day. There are people that have been lying inside this earth, there are sinful and righteous people that have been inside of the earth for a very, very long time. It's time that it can no longer bear their burden. They all have to come out now it's no longer their home. The secrets of the earth are all going to come out entire nations that were buried that were walking over today, we don't even know because there's so many 1000s of years old, we don't even know there's remains of entire towns 20 feet underground. That happens all the time. Right. So now they're all coming out, and nothing is left
within the earth. Well, I look at Murphy's Law. And when he says that he adds something so powerful to it. He says, Well, I'll cut my finger with 100 hollow in the Arabic language collected data, let alone your coffee I had, you know, when there's a Hawaiian Arabic means solitude when nothing is left somewhere. halia is used for honeybees hive, like because there's a dent in there, it's empty. Those empty slots are also called Kalia. The Hala, which is the verb used here is the faraja to be emptied of something completely to be relieved of something to be thought of something. When I talk to my fee how to handle a min home where I'm home for here, lambda Colorado, it can no longer be a
place for them. By the way, the handler is also used for a winner when a woman gives birth and is finally relieved.
So the earth has been pregnant with all these people that it's holding inside, and he can't take it anymore. And finally Allah gives it permission when it stretches. And also notice the idea of stretching when a mother gives birth, her organs are stretched, her skin is stretched, her body is stretched to its maximum so the child can come out. And now the earth is being stretched, and it's throwing out whatever it had inside so it can finally be relieved. well as in Bihar, and Allah then explains again, and this is actually it's seeking its permission waiting for that instruction from Islam to be able to stretch to be able to come out
What I got and it's only rightful that I do so it's a right becoming honored that this should happen. This is another The sky is a witness. The earth is even a bigger witness the sins of humanity. Every step they took every word they uttered every everything they did in terms of sin happened on the surface of this earth and the earth itself was a witness to Ally's disobedience. And it didn't want to tolerate a lot of disobedience. But a lot of told her to remain calm. And every now and then he lets it go a little like he says because of the sins of people but that day, he'll let it go for everything. And that's why all of it will get stretched and nobody will be let inside.