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Remembering, Forgetting, and Remembering Again
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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today's brief coda is going to be dedicated to the last portion of Surah Baha, the 20th Surah of the Quran. And at the end of the Surah, Allah mentions one of the
stories in the Quran that is repeated multiple times. The story of Adam Alayhis Salam, those of you I mean, pretty much I think all of you will be familiar, the Quran repeats stories in itself. So the story of Adam alayhis salaam is referred to seven times in the Quran, the story of Musa alayhis salaam, several dozen times in the Quran, etc.
But what's the purpose of this repetition? In fact, every Surah, and every time Allah refers or reminds us of a story, it has a different purpose, it's not the same purpose as the last time. Every Surah has a goal. Every Surah has a lesson to teach. And part of that lesson, just like when you're studying in the university, I see some young play spaces here. So you have university students, your professor will give you an example while teaching you a concept, right and help me there might be one or two or three case studies. So you can understand that concept better. It's similar what happens in the Quran, the surah is teaching a lesson. And in order to get that lesson across, some
part of the story is going to be quoted some part of the story that is relevant to the lesson at hand. So unlike the biblical account, and in the Bible, you find that this you know, from Genesis and onwards, you find one story. And then the complete story is mentioned, with lots and lots of lots of historical detail, then the next story then the next story, and it goes in chronological order. That's how the stories in the Bible are structured. But the stories in the Quran are not like that. If somebody is curious about Islam, and they go pick up a copy of the Quran and they get a translation from the library and they start reading it, they get confused, like what's going on,
that was already talked about, why is it being talked about? Again, it's being repeated again, right? So even Muslims can read that and say, I wonder why it's like this? Well, the point, one of the things that I want to briefly share with you is that the purpose of the story is actually to reinforce something that Allah is already teaching in that surah. And it's actually reinforcing that many times. That's the reason why that's happening. So this is one of the several times in fact, one of the seven times Allah is going to tell us about the story of Adam, Adam is Adam, but he's going to tell it in a very unique, different way than any of the others. And this also is an important
thing for every Muslim, every reader of the Quran. Everyone who wants to connect with the Quran should understand the purpose of the Quran is not to deliver information, you know, not to get the data across. Because it's the point is just to deliver information, here's our them, here's his wife, they made a mistake, they ended up on Earth, etc. Here's the information, the information can be delivered in 10 seconds. And now you have the facts of the story. So the next time you hear you're, you could say I already have this information. I already know this, but that's not the purpose of the Quran. The the purpose of the Quran is to use that information in unique ways to
teach something new every time. It's the same set of information, but the way that it's put together, teach us something new. It's actually really quite powerful. And this is something that is part embedded in the wisdom of the Quran, what Allah azza wa jal calls a vicar reminder. So getting right to what I wanted to share with you before Allah talks about the story of other Monday, salam, Allah says what Karateka Quran in Arabic, and that is how we sent down to you in Arabic recital and Arabic Quran was so rough Nafi he'd been worried. And we created a lot of variation in the way that warnings are given in it. So Allah doesn't warn humanity one way, Allah doesn't threaten criminals
one way, Allah doesn't warn me, don't go down this road, it's going to be bad for you in one way, he keeps changing the way in which he gives us advice. Sarraf Nafi hymnal worried? And then he says, Why does he do that? Why does he keep alternating or changing the ways in which he communicates the same message? He says that Allah homea tycoon first purpose hopefully, and for the goal that they might become conscious. So now Allah is telling us that human beings are not all the same. And in fact, even one human being isn't the same as the years go by, you're not the same. If you're in your 40s Now, you're not the same as you were when you were in your 20s you're not the same as when you
when you were a teenager, maybe you're not even the same person as you were last year. You and I go through transformation. So there's variety within human beings. And there's also a great deal of variety within myself. So in I have the Quran that I heard last year, and it really affected me, I can hear that I again, and it doesn't affect me the same way. And another idea that didn't affect me at all. Last time I heard it, I liked it, but I moved on. And today I hear it and it changes my entire life because I'm in a different place in my life. So the top three full is the changing of the ayat so we can find awareness and consciousness is because we keep going through changes. So
Allah for as Rama to us as a mercy to us. He speaks to us in different ways. Even if he's telling us the same thing. He tells it to us in different ways. This is the right amount of Allah
I want you to appreciate why that's an act of love from Allah. Because Allah is the master, he doesn't have to tell me in five different ways, a police officer tells you to slow down. First, he announces slow down. And then you keep going. And he says, Maybe I should try a nicer way to say, Hey, could you please slow down, it's going to endanger other people on the road, he really wants you to be sick, he's not going to do that. He said, I said, slow down. That's it. That's enough. And the next time you don't listen, you're getting arrested or even getting shot at or whatever is happening. Right? So when you're in a position of authority, you just lay down the law, and you
don't have to explain yourself, you don't have to repeat over and over again, forget the example of a police officer, you can go to a classroom, and a teacher teaches a lesson, and a student doesn't get it. When he does the homework assignment. He doesn't get it. And the teacher gets angry here. I explained this to you already. Why don't you understand? What do you want me to repeat the whole thing over for you again, another way, another way, teachers don't have that kind of patience only the best teachers do, right? And some of those teachers that were patient with you that explained things in multiple ways until you got it. Let me try another example. Let me try another example.
Those are the teachers that shape your entire personality. They impact you for life, because they were patient with your mistakes, and your inability to learn one way, right? And Allah is saying out of love for us that he does that in the Quran teaches one way, another way, another way, another way. But I also at the same time, want to give you a parallel example. This is gonna sound silly, but there's a point.
When you go to a car dealer to buy a car, the salespeople they figure out who's going to be the hawk that captures this rabbit, right? They look at you and they figure out which, whose victim this is going to be. So the sales guy comes up to me, how are you doing? How's it going, can I help you today? And then then for the next three hours, you cannot escape? Because he's not going to let you if you're trying to leave, hey, well, I got something more for you. I got something more for you. And he's going to keep trying to convince you to sit in for a second. Let's take it for a spin. And he's trying to convince you and convince you one way, another way, another word until you find the
contract. Right? He's good. He's because he's desperate for you. The point I'm trying to make is sometimes when someone tries to explain something to you, or convince you in multiple ways, that's actually because they're Yes.
Okay, that's actually because they're desperate, you're the customer, you've got the money, and they want your money. So they're going to do everything they can to win your business. So when someone is going out of their way to repeat themselves and explain themselves and repeat themselves, you might think that you're somehow in a position of authority, you're the customer, and the one who's explaining Himself over and over again, is in a position of desperation. So you might wrongly get that idea about the Quran because the Quran is repeating itself explaining itself explaining itself again, alternating the explanation you might say, Hey, I'm I must be really special because Allah is
just keep keep trying to convince me and I'm not I'm just not in the mood right now. I'll talk to you in Ramadan. Like I'm a little busy right now like, you get you get the attitude what by the way, we'll see in the next aisle, Fatah. Allahumma, liquid hug. Remarkable. Allah says Allah is the all high, the ultimate King, the ultimate reality. That is to put two things together, one, Allah goes out of his way to explain things in the Most Merciful loving way. But don't you ever confuse that with Allah being desperate for you? He's all high and mighty, and you're nothing wouldn't know your place. So for the Adela, who could help is in the very next dire. Now, even the prophet of allah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to get worried that people aren't listening. Maybe Allah gave another Surah. Maybe if he gave another ayah they will listen. Maybe they didn't like this. This example didn't convince them, they made fun of it. Maybe Allah will reveal another example. And that will be that will be better convincing for them. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam is wishing that more Quran would come because he's thinking if more Quran came, then somehow these people will get convinced. And in that very next time, Allah says what will Qurani been probably a newbie like you don't rush to the Quran before the revelation has been decreed of it. Until the decision has
come that this surah will come don't wish for it ahead of time because you're wishing for it because you're starting to become desperate for these people because you're worried about them. But no, you are Allah's Messenger. You don't get to be desperate. You don't get to be there and more more places, multiple places in the Quran. Allah tells His messenger and he will help Kibera be confidential and human. I'm gonna
tell them the truth comes from your master. Whoever wants they can believe whoever wants this they can disbelieve but that's Allah
He speaks like the master. But the messenger himself was so worried for the people that even Allah had to tell him multiple times that I look at us too. I'm not here enough second Allah study him. Are you gonna kill yourself? We worry over these people, they're not listening. Why are you becoming so desperate over them? These aren't just lessons to learn about our Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. You and I sometimes have people in our life we care about and we're trying to advise them or we're trying to set change their course a little bit. There are fathers here that are struggling with their sons or their daughters, their wives that are struggling with their husbands siblings,
and you're not able to see a change in them and you're getting desperate. But I can guarantee you the love you have for them cannot compare with the love. Allah's Messenger had sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for the OMA and even that love cannot compare with the love Allah has for all of his creation. It's a different kind of love with Allah Rahman loves and he gave this Quran as an act of His love. So now the getting to the story of Adam, I gotta work quick now because I want to finish exactly on time.
Allah azza wa jal says at the end of that is the previous ayah. He said, Oh, you need to love him. Vichara really interesting words.
Yeah, and yeah, who do vicar onion you interfere with Vic? Like they may Allah gave this Quran. And he made multiple different kinds of ways of explaining the same warnings, so they can become conscious on your token. Or another reason is that the reminder might happen for them. The reminder might occur for them. It's really interesting language. Allah could have just said so that they remember Lila homea karoun. The Aloha Miata cone? Oh, yes. karoun. He says La La homea takuna? Are you this will LA home, the cross your unique language? So what does this language mean?
It is as if Among its many lessons, Allah is telling us, that reminder isn't just me saying something to you. Like, I'm reminding you, hey, Salah is at 130 or 115. Or I'm reminding you, hey, you have an appointment. That's just a reminder. But the reminder doesn't always have an effect does it? You can give somebody a reminder and doesn't have an effect. In fact, many people give reminders and it has the opposite effect. I keep telling my son to pray, I keep telling him pray, pray, pray, and he just keeps getting more and more annoyed.
You know, I keep telling my child to behave, I keep yelling at him to behave and he keeps on misbehaving. It's the opposite effect. You're saying one thing and the effect is the opposite. When the when the vicar when the reminder actually happens? It actually happens for a person, it causes a person to to internalize it. That is something that can only happen through the Quran. Oh, you're the hula hoop Decra. But what does all of this have to do with the story of Adam Alayhis Salam in the next few minutes? Let's try and understand what that has to do with the other valets. Now, like I said, Allah is going to talk about ultimately some in different ways and solar power. This is
different from other places. So what do we what do we read about him? We read whether cuz I hate them. I mean,
we had taken a promise from Adam a long time ago. The promise was don't go near this tree. You guys all know that promise? We taken a promise from him a long time ago. Fantasy. So he forgot.
So either he said I forgot.
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So Allah says, We took a promise from Adam or the SAM and he forgot for NESEA.
Now, before we go any further, the whole point was just a couple of nights ago, Allah said the purpose of the Quran is that the reminder might happen for them. And what's the opposite of remembering, forgetting? Allah tells us the story of Adam and the first thing he tells us about him is I took a promise from Adam, and he forgot
where he should have won without saying it just Can I Can I say something without saying he forgot where he should have remembered. Now let's think about other Malisa for a couple of minutes on just this one note. The Quran is 114 surah. Ramadan is coming soon. There's going to be a few hours we're gonna stand behind the Imam and listen to the entire Quran being reminded. That's not one reminder, that's 1000s of reminders in you know, 1000s of ayat that we're going to listen to right. But what reminder was given to Adam and Islam, how much Sharia was given to him? What was the optional fix? What was the what were the what was the word you bought? What was the there's a long list of things
you learn. In fact, there's a long list of things you learn and there's exhaustive instruction
If there's one instruction in the entire cookbook, the one instruction in the entire evolution does that tree stay away. I said, there's no other reminder. There's nothing else just one reminder, everything called comes back to one thing. It's not multiple instructions. It's one instruction you guys ever hear. When you when you tell your kid, I told you just this one thing and you couldn't do that? It's not like I gave you 20 instructions. I told you one thing. Allah azza wa jal says, we took a promise from Adam, and he was for God. And the Quran is purposes that you should want. Remember, but then
he wasn't even given a reminder from Satya.
He wasn't given a reminder from a YouTube video. He was given a reminder directly from Allah Himself, like Allah told him to remember, might even through a prophet or through future generations that believe in a prophet like we have
is directly from Allah. Allah speaks to him directly points at the tree directly and says that Aqaba
this tree don't go near this one. It's not even Oh, I was confused. I didn't know what tree No, it was a tree was pointed out to that was made abundantly clear. So you know what I'm trying to tell you. This was the kind of reminder where you kind of don't have any excuse.
You have zero excuse? Like, who better to remind you then Allah himself?
Who better what is what's easier to remember than one thing? Just one?
And then if that wasn't enough, the reminder itself. Allah says to him, yeah, Adam and Heather, I do will aqueles Odjick. Adam, by the way, this is your enemy and for your spouse, he introduced him to please, this is your enemy, you and your spouse. And then he says to him, Follow up Jana, co mominul. Jana, don't let him get both of you kicked out of Jana, for Tasha, you will be miserable. Allah is telling other mothers, Allah is telling other mothers in America.
listen, what you have right now in this agenda is you don't have to experience hunger. You don't have to experience nakedness. We're in Nikola Tesla when
you don't have to feel thirst. You don't have to feel the burning blazing sun.
And then he goes he Salah goes out of his way to say not just don't go near this tree, the one guy that wants to make you go near this tree will ruin your life. And once you once that life gets ruined, you're gonna get hungry, you're gonna experience the blazing sun, you're gonna experience misery, which is what this life is this world. I'm warning you This is serious. I bet even that entire warning boils down to one instruction. But we learned about other Nursia well in Nigeria who asthma and Allah even then says we didn't find a lot of commitment and what have you words to hear about them? And they said, We love him revere them. But we have to recite these words Allah said to
We didn't find a lot of commitment in him.
So now how do we understand this? We understand this because time is literally a minute left. I just want you to contemplate this with me and I as an assignment. I want all of you to read the end of silica on your own. When you go home after work. Whenever you get home tonight just read the end of supply and contemplate what Allah azza wa jal is saying. So now let's let's listen to this ending.
He says about Adam and he said
that he when he did
make this mistake, and he was sent down to the earth as
a whole for our other malaise salaam disobeyed his master and he was deviated. He went off the path. But in the next I watch this so much about hora, boo, Futaba alayhi, WA, then his master chose him.
Then he accepted his repentance, and he guided him. The entire point of this exercise in this whole bar was one thing.
Sometimes you look at someone else and say, how could they?
They had the best reminder. They had the best Serbia, they had the best opportunity and they still messed up. How could they do that? This person, no good. This person. I mean, come on. They have no excuse for that behavior. All of the things that you're saying. Actually, you could be saying all of those things about other Malays because Allah left no excuse. And yet Allah says that even after he made that mistake, that he repented, Allah chose him for just about horrible. When you make a mistake, you don't get reject.
when you make a mistake people reject. When you make a mistake Allah doesn't reject Allah does he?
In fact in the eye of the beholder, who would?
Like Doughboys mentioned later it's divine as mentioned verse, Allah chose him first and he mentioned that he made Toba, you will take no first he repented, then Allah chose him. No, Allah didn't abandon someone because they made a mistake. That's the difference between Adam and Eve bliss IBLEES abandoned Allah. Allah did not abandon it bliss. But other Ali salaam, Allah never abandons he chose him.
But the other important reminder for you and me, and this is quite a reminder is that it doesn't matter how powerful a reminder is, you and I can mess up. It'll happen.
And people around you can mess up. Doesn't even if the reminder is directly from Allah, even if there's all these infinite reasons to do the right thing. And only one reason to do the wrong thing. But Jana again, Jana has everything. What is so great about that tree, any desire you have, you get anything you want to eat, you can eat, anywhere you want to go, you can go back without
wherever you want to go, and agenda. But you know what, at least his job is to make you slip one way or the other, to slip one way or the other. But the one who comes back and feels bad. Yeah, Rob, you reminded me, but I forgot. You reminded me but I disobeyed you reminded me but I ignored temporarily I slipped up and you come back to your rub. It doesn't matter what people say or do.
It's actually Allah who says, if you turn back to Me, I still choose you. And you can come back to me for just about horrible. As
you'll see in the Surah This is the part I won't share with you because it's time and this is something you'll enjoy doing yourself, inshallah reading the end of silica, right after this, there's going to be one more conversation in the Surah.
That conversation is not between Allah and Adam. That conversation is between you and me and Allah.
There's a future conversation that human beings are going to have with Allah, because they didn't learn about this conversation. They didn't pay attention to this conversation. And this conversation was about Yes, the mother's love forgot, but he picked himself back up. But when you and I forget, just like people dismiss us and say, Oh, you're, you're written off. You start considering yourself written off. You start telling yourself what's the point now? It's too late for me. I already messed up. I'm too far gone. You know, I was way up there. Now I'm way down here. Nobody can experience way up and way down. Like being in Jannah. And and being on earth that's either malice.
But Allah even chose him. Allah even elevated him so it doesn't matter how hard you think you fell, or how low you fell. You can't fall like that. You can't find like that's You can't compare. And if that can be elevated and Allah still chose our father optimally Salam, then you and I can never have an excuse to be to be without hope. Allah azza wa jal allow us to be merciful to ourselves, not allow us to lie to ourselves that Allah is no longer choosing us. Allah has himself rejected us and may Allah not make us think of others as those that have been rejected by Allah and rejected by us. BarakAllahu li Walakum filled Quran is working on a funny way of what they could have
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