Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Part 6/12 – The Story of a Man
This episode enlightens ayah numbered 20 from Surah Ya-Sin comprehensively. The explanation includes the story of a man who came running to the town and spoke the truth at a time when the messengers of Allah were being disbelieved and threatened, the way Allah talks about his speech in this surah and the challenges of the Prophets with the toughest audiences of the town.
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smilo salatu salam ala rasulillah Allahi wa sahbihi wa salam alaikum everyone.
So we're at number 20. So far we are in the middle of section two where we're learning the lesson from history. Three messengers have come to the same nation and there's a debate that's gone on and clearly, these people are stubborn, and they're not going to budge from their position. And they're going to come up with the silliest excuses that have no truth to them to be able to defend their position like calling them cursed. This is actually a practical case of the fetter or the color on the neck and the wall in front and behind. And you know, the covering on top of lies telling basically promises around You're not the first person to deal with a tough group. These kinds of
groups have existed in history. But now unless as well john, I mean, absolutely. Medina theologian. Yes are from the far end of the city, a man comes running on a Acoma Tiburon, tibial mursaleen. He said, My people follow the ones that have been sent. How many messengers are there? Three and now there is another man who's coming from the far end of the city. I want you to observe a few things about this statement. The first thing I want you to observe is that he's one single man, just one man.
Three messengers are preaching and how many sales did they make? One man?
Is this an idea that was already taught? You're gonna try to preach to a large group but maybe one you'll get?
Did it in Mattoon, zero Manitoba as decra Ohashi
who we must be rockin watching Kareem you're only going to be able to warn any someone who followed the reminder and feared the Iraq minefield incredibly Merciful, the loving in the unseen congratulate that single person of forgiveness and noble reward the prophets I said I was told most of them will not follow remember that. Now even in this study, what are we learning three messengers came preaching to an entire nation and how many followers did they get? One one. That's the first thing to learn here to note here that this is reinforcing the idea that you should not be looking for numbers. Unless help does not come through numbers. Allows help is even in one person. That's
the first observation the second observation may accent Medina from the farthest end of the city. He came but wait a second. The Arabic word for town is an Korea was Libya Hamas Allen as hobble Korean American Baba blah, Hamas Havana's Javier Medina, he didn't say, Medina, he said, Korea, this was these were the people of the town. But now there's another city to another word, if it was the same word than it would have been the same town. He uses the word Medina and the other end of it, Medina.
In other words, these three messengers, these men are delivering the message conveying to preaching to people night and day in the same town over and over, and somebody overhears the message. And somebody else over here is the message until the word reaches and even another city possibly. And in that city on the far outskirts of that city, somebody heard it and decided that this is the right thing. And from there, he came traveling all the way he was so moved by this message, one of the great scholars I admire from the last century actually passed away in the 70s when I showed him a whole lot. Commenting on this idea. He said that actually, it's been the case in human history, that
people that live in busy cities, they go away from religion, and people that live on the outskirts, they actually have more time to reflect and to think and to engage in nature. And so they are more thoughtful people. And so they are more spiritual people.
And people in the middle of cities, they're too busy hustle and bustle all the time, business rent, more expensive life, etc, etc. So they tend to have less spiritual lives. And so you will find even in this ayah Allah highlights this guy who hasn't even seen the province. He's from the other end of the city. And he was ready to accept and the people that are preaching to are not ready to accept the it's also important to note that even though that so it seems to be that the toughest audience is going to be what Which one?
city, let me tell you something from personal experience. You try to talk about Islam in Midtown.
In New York City. Try talking about Islam on Silicon Valley.
Try talking about it. And then try talking about a song in like Waco, Texas, at a church. You'll find a captive audience
that might kill you afterwards. What do they listen?
They will listen.
There are actually several churches across the south that invite Muslim speakers regularly
to speak just about Jesus just about God from the Islamic perspective.
They're not all haters.
You don't find that sort of invitation in big cities. You just don't. That's just that's even a reality within the United States, even within the United States, by the way, some of the worst social evils that are plaguing our society, some of the worst of them, where do you find them? In cities and the cities. And it's incredible that Allah instead of sending messengers, to a place where they would find easy customers, people that are already spiritual, thoughtful in touch with nature, etc, etc. Go send them there, no, Allah would always send the messengers to city centers, and lessons Musa alayhis salaam to the greatest city center of his time.
You know, of all the region of Arabia, the city center was
the worst social evils were in Makkah. Medina is actually much nicer to people.
Even today, it's crazy.
It's crazy. You want to see nice people don't go to Macau.
You know, even the cabbies are, like mean,
But then again, this man comes for running from the far end of the city have we talked about how it's from the far end, meaning it's so unlikely, you know, what we're learning. Don't underestimate when you share a good word.
They didn't have Facebook, back then they didn't have cell phone, they didn't have a website, they didn't have news broadcasts or radio or television. They're just talking to their people. But word got out and got out and got out. And one man from the other end, figured that this is the right message. And his coming to Islam is so significant, that they are going to be more iaat about him in the Quran than the three messengers combined.
Allah will talk more about him than he does about three messengers.
It's not insignificant. If it was it wouldn't be such a big deal in the Quran, where every ayah is perfectly placed.
That's pretty powerful. That's really powerful. Even one person transforming you don't know who it's going to be. That's the message that was given to the prophets. I saw them in the beginning of the surah and is now being reinforced. Then there is a statement I found come in more than 10 out of the majority. How many people must there be that are completely unknown in the world, and how famous they are in the sky.
There are people nobody knows them. And nobody knows them. And they are just known in the sky.
You know, this person who is a celebrity Dallas Rogen, his name is Rajan.
Where's this man from? He's so awesome. He's a pseudo yacine. from the far end of the city, which city, the city?
Do we know his name? Nope. Do we know his address? Do we know what age he lived in? yet? Without knowing any of those things? His memory is immortalized in the Quran until the day of judgment.
He is being the man whose name we don't even know is being celebrated, you know? And by the way, what are his credentials? Where did he graduate from? How much money did he make? Where did he get his ijazah? From?
You know, which orlimar did he study under? Nothing. Nothing, some guy who just happened to hear that there's one God and he has messengers and it all made sense to him. And now he's a hero in Islam. You know what I'm trying to tell you? What I'm trying to tell you is we're too obsessed with credentials, and not nearly as obsessed with sincerity.
And the Quran is preaching the opposite.
Quran is telling you No one's insignificant. What does the law say about this man, though? He says A man came from the far end of the city. Yes. Running. He came running. When does a person run?
When there is urgency. Now the question arises, what is his urgency? His urgency is he comes running and by the way, is he near or far? far? So he comes running all this way? Just to say one thing first? Yeah. COVID tiberian. Mostly my people follow those who have been sent. Just follow those who have been sent
him, seeing the heedlessness, and the rampant evil of his society was a state of emergency to him. So much so that he ran but by the way, that evil has that been around for a long time? Have people been doing the same bad things for a long time and in society? Yes. But once he came to Islam, he saw this as a state of emergency. So he ran. He didn't get used to evil. He didn't get used to defiance and say, well, that's what people do. You know, oh, by the way, they have three messengers don't need me.
I mean, what am I going to say that messengers haven't already said, Who am I compared to the messengers?
He went anyway, I'd like to tell you something ahead of time, I'll come back to it. comparing a believer to the messenger is like comparing the sun to the moon.
What's significantly brighter
and the sun is actually something that gives the moon it's light. Believers faith is only it only shines because of their inspiration by who? A messenger and the moon. The sun doesn't have phases.
The sun is a constant. But the moon has one phase like messengers are constant. But believers have phases. Yes. So there's really no comparison. But you know what the sun has its place, and the moon has its place. Even if messengers are doing their job, that doesn't mean you're off the hook for your job. He came running from the far end of the city because he saw it his obligation. These are his people. He cares about them. So the first thing he said is my people, he said, My people you don't say your you have kuffaar, mousseline you follow the messengers, you care for non Muslims.
He didn't say that. He said, my people.
The Quran is telling you that when people make fun of messengers, did they make fun of messengers? Did they consider them a curse? They threaten messengers. At this point, we should call them kuffar.
Any believer should we have so much love for the messengers that they should go to them and up for you make fun of messengers you should be killed.
But he goes, and the first words that come out of his mouth are what? My people
because he understands that is the son of prophets, Allah Hema Salatu was salam, people oppose them, and they don't lose love for their people. How many people when they give that what they think of the person they're talking to as my people
That's a sign of the Quran that is lost. This entire story is being told to three groups, the prophet, the believer, and the kuffaar. And the believers nowadays don't want to hear it.
They don't want to hear. We'd like to label a label. Everybody saw him.
Leave him alone.
How far from Columbia come even in the way we think about non Muslims, our attitudes towards them, you come running out of concern for them. Now.
The other matter that I want to bring to your attention is he came running
care, at least, you know, a rental.
seems as though when he transferred all the way from that into the city to come here to speak to his people. He has zero resources. Yes.
So this incredible Daddy, who did so much work, that Allah decided to immortalize his speech in the Quran, and how many resources?
Zero all he had was his legs. He ran over.
Stop complaining about the lack of resources.
That is not what gives victory.
Resources are not the means to change the world.
That's not what I'm about cares about. Allah wants to see your effort.
How much salary did you make?
While he lived in sunny la Masada was my football yesterday. The human being has nothing for himself except whatever efforts he made. It's all you get. So our juniors are now called Acoma. tibial. mousseline I love this part. Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, follow the messengers. All he has to say is follow the ones that have been sent. Man that is a lesson we got to relearn in this oma, just follow the messengers. It's simple. This religion is so beautiful. Allah gave us the legacy of the prophets. Allah hemos salatu salam in the Quran. That legacy is supposed to inspire Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam himself, the messenger gets inspired when he hears about Musa he gets inspired
when he hears about Yusuf so we're supposed to get inspired by them. getting inspired by these prophets is a sin now, Allah Salallahu alaihe salam, I'll tell you a little story. I don't mean to insult anyone. I just want to be I have to speak to my conscience. Okay. And something some experiences in my life I feel like I should share because they can be can help you. I gave a talk in Kuwait. I finished my talk big security thing. You can't talk to people. They don't let you talk to people. So I snuck around the other side of the machine and talk to people on the street.
Right. And this lady came up to me and said, Hey, you need to tell people he she had a book, you need to tell people that they have to learn the correct aqidah and this is the book of the correct aqidah and you need to teach this book. So people have the right Lulu here and rubia and a small sofa because people do a lot of shifts because they don't have the right What
was that? Thank you. What is this Quran? This is Surah No, no, this is a book of this, this this chapters and these these these deviations that people have and you know what people consider, you know, shared condition that in the other end protects people from making these kinds of mistakes. I was like, this is really complicated. I'm trying to study Islam. I'm scared right now.
I feel like I might be able to shake.
Shake. I see. This is really important. You don't know this stuff. I was like, no.
Don't you want to notice it? No. I don't want to know anything.
Don't you want to have the perfect the right arcada I was like Yeah, I do.
So maybe I should find out where Allah talks about Nikita and the Quran.
Let me find the ayah of Akita.
There isn't one, because the word Aki doesn't exist in the Quran.
That word was that important. It would be where? So I have this really deviant idea. I'll tell you it's a really crazy idea. I think the things Allah talks about are more important.
I know that sounds blasphemous.
And then I also think something else I think prophets were the best teachers.
I don't know if that's just crazy, I know is really messed up. I think nobody taught him on nakida because he does not using the Quran was using the Quran.
Nobody taught him on better than Ibrahim alayhis Salam anusara is around and he's on Instagram.
I think they were pretty. I think they're better than any scholar at teaching Yvonne.
And I think before people learn something from a scholar, they should learn something from who
prophets, my nation follow the prompts, the ones who've been sent. And I when I study, Ibraheem alehissalaam he just says the sun can't be God, the moon can't be God, the star can't be God, I turned my face towards the one who made everything
doesn't seem so complicated. What you told me about these categories and these subheadings. And that was really hard. But when the prophets talk in their greatest and I also think there is no better book than the Quran. Like if people should know a book, if there was one book they should know, it should be the Quran. I know that sounds crazy.
But I think it has a supreme author.
And in that book, when he decides to teach you about faith, he doesn't get philosophical. He doesn't get abstract. He doesn't discuss deviant concepts he doesn't discuss. He's not interested in any of it. He just says, straightforward. Something that a poet can understand something a philosopher can understand something a farmer can understand something of, you know, a programmer can understand something me I can understand it's easy. Something any human being can understand. Why do we have to complicate this terminology? Why do we have to complicate this conversation? When Allah as messengers, all of them, one of their great sunnen, one of the great legacies, is Al Bara.
Nick, they communicate in a way that gets to your heart, and they just separate truth from falsehood. That's all they do. It's simple. It's not complicated.
You know what we've done, right? We've turned the conversation about Islam into conversations about books written by people about Islam.
Those books have become Islam. And the only book that doesn't get its attention anymore, is what it's called on.
That's kind of a tragedy. I'm not saying those books aren't important. But there's a difference between primary and secondary, you understand? And now that we've done a real the Shetlands done this one, this is so good at this. I'm impressed straight on.
nobody's done those books you should read. A law's book is for the scholars.
read the books of the scholars, but don't read the book of Allah because that is for the scholars because when it says within leanness, what it really means is within lynnderella
because it's complicated Quran is very complicated. You can add yarn, you Helen's Han, Allah, the Quran is complicated. Koran is complicated.
Genes here Quran and become Muslim,
but passing by the Quran and they become Muslim, and then they speak because they were so inspired. And Allah puts that in the Quran and the Quran is complicated. Where did they get their degree before they speak about Quran
where they graduate from these gym, they can comment on the Quran is tougher, a lot of them what kind of shaytaan is a jade Natasha
and then we're reading their speeches. We love distancing people from the word of Allah. Yes, I acknowledge there's the possibility of you misinterpreting or coming to the wrong conclusion. But the journey of learning so long as it sincere, and you go to people who know better than you
as people who do more remembrance than you do, who try to memorize or try to study if you yourself don't know, that is the journey every human being.
Why block access for people? There's no reason to do that.
Which I'm in Medina theological vinyasa in this messenger. This man should have said there are prophets speaking I should keep my mouth shut.
The biggest earner mouth this among our prophets. There's three of them. What is my role to speak but he understands I have to speak because messengers are being rejected. Maybe they'll listen to me because I'm not a messenger.
Maybe I if I don't
come from the official position, maybe I'll come from a different angle. Maybe Allah will accept that he's not coming as competition to messengers.
So the other thing
that I love about this ayah Allah says he said, Follow the messengers, or follow those that have been sent follow. Has the word follow occurred before in the sutra.
think think think you can only warn someone who followed the reminder. In number 10 zero Monica vichara felonio subhana wa tada it can be almost an insane word. It's not an accident.
Unless it's somewhere out there. There might be a believer and he might become Muslim. He has in his heart some changes happening inside him. You don't even know what changes are happening slowly inside him. You keep on warning, don't give up. Maybe one day he'll come out and become a believer. Yes. Just like this guy. You think he became believer overnight or he thought about it over time.
He must have thought about it process that came to this conclusion and then came out right. But look at what's happening. In the first case, you had a believer who's becoming a believer all in secret. But in the second time following as mentioned, he's not secret anymore. He's so brave. He ran across towns to come and talk to the people and openly say you need to follow the messengers he actually became a significant contributor didn't need.
So in the previous passage, you had the one who follows changing internally. And now you have someone who's changed internally and now wants to contribute.
So there's the internal and there's the external and the both have to go together one leads to the other. So now
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