The Right Approach To Duaa

Nouman Ali Khan

Channel: Nouman Ali Khan

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Jumuah Khutbah at the Bayyinah Institute on May 26, 2017.

The power of duaa can’t be overstated. The profound supplication Musa (AS) made at one of the weakest moments of his life is an inspiring example of this, as Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan reminds us in this khutbah.

After growing up in Pharaoh’s court, Musa suddenly finds himself a fugitive from the law and roams the desert until he reaches Madian. Desperate, he asks his creator for help and vows to take anything He provides. But that’s not all. He also hopes for forgiveness for the sin he committed by doing as much good as he can in the world. At that very moment the entire course of his life changes.

The lesson learnt is that we must understand the way duaa works and know that the sincerity of our duaa is measured according to how far we accept what Allah provides with gratitude, no matter how little it seems, and to always help others more desperate than us.

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from Michelle, silly Emily Waterloo Dr. melissani of Coco Li Paloma Sabina and del monte de la ilaha illallah wa ala homage and Amina alladhina, amanu, Aminu, salekhard, whatever. So we'll have whatever so the sub mineable Allah mean about today's football is about a very beautiful prayer that was made by Musa alayhis salam at a very critical juncture in his life. Many of you know that the Quran is full of many stories of prophets. And in all of those stories of the prophets, you find a consistent feature. At one point or another, these prophets make dawn. And a lot of these prayers are mentioned at very critical junctures that have a moment of great desperation, or great

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difficulty. When no other option is there, they turn to a line they make.

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Those of you I mean, all of you here are familiar with the idea of storytelling, and how stories move from one major scene to the next major scene to the next major scene, how things progress in a story. Actually, the Quran stories aren't just stories, their actual history, but you learn something about drugs in the Quran. things move from one major event to the next major event. And the bridge between them is a draw. In other words, the door to some kind of ease would not have opened up if a door out wasn't there in between. This is the sort of thing that happens with Musa alayhis salam at one point in his life and, and you know also that the life of Musa alayhis salaam

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is something that's sporadic all over the Quran. And there are so many events of his life that are captured more than any other prophet in the Quran actually is, in a sense, the most mentioned Prophet and the most celebrated Prophet of the Quran, because he's also a an example for Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, in that he has a very similar career to the Messenger of Allah. I'll just make a couple of quick comments about that. Musa alayhis salam had two major audiences. The first major audience he had was found in his people, basically the disbelievers and then once he migrated out of Egypt, his primary audience was his own people. And these people, many of them were

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hypocrites. And they gave him a hard time, even though they believed in him. They didn't believe in him. There was a confusion between those two things. This is very similar total pseudolus Allahu alayhi salam because his primary audience was the Quran, the disbelievers just like Musa his audience, Elisa Lam, was found. And just like Musashi Salaam, pardoned and departed from Egypt rasuu salam also along with the believers left Makkah, and they move to Medina, the kinds of challenges the Prophet faced in Medina, were from people who already believed one afternoon, even among among the Muslims, but also hypocrites among the People of the Book, who already believed also. And so we

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have the challenge of Musa alayhis salaam and his audience, parallel with the challenge of little solo salon and his life in Medina. So there are many and that's why the Quran mentions him so much. There's so much of his life that will become serve as an example, as a case study for our messenger AlLahi salatu salam, and the struggles that are that the Muslims are going through, whether they were in Makkah, or they were in Medina. Regardless, there are some events of his life that Allah particularly highlights. And you should also know that I was talking to a rabbi not too long ago, about the life of Moses. And you know how big of a deal is the seal of Musa alayhis salam in Jewish

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Studies, and four of the five major books of the Hebrew Bible are actually dedicated to his life. The majority of them are just covering the life of moose on Islam. So he's a very fundamental figure also, of course, it's called Talat moochie in their tradition that a lot of Muslims, that's what they call it on their own anyway. But regardless, this prayer that I wanted to get to, is something that happened before Masada, Colombia became a prophet. He becomes a messenger of Allah when Allah calls him to the mountain and reveals himself to him, speaks to him directly, and tells him that he's been chosen to customarily by you, I'm the one that has chosen you, Allah told him by the

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burning bush. So listen to what's being revealed to you. Right? That story is mentioned in the Bible. It's of course also mentioned in the Quran. But many years before then, what happened with musala salaam was he was living his life in Egypt. And he was actually raised in the in the Palace of the Pharaoh. And as this life of kind of a prince, you know, that's where the Disney film borrows its name, the Prince of Egypt, right? Because he was in fact raised as a prince. Something happened. He used to go out into the city to volunteer even though he was very well off. You can argue a millionaire, very strong. Quran mentions how strong he was as a young man, you know, Paloma Bella

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Asha, who was stowa he was extremely knowledgeable and well, sensible young men. They know who hockman were element. He was actually someone who had good judgment even though young people don't have good judgment normally. And on top of that, he was wealthy when are wealthy young people really don't have good judgment. And on top of that, he was very intellectual knowledgeable where element Allah gave him knowledge.

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Also, and then he gave him a spiritual connection to himself, a young man who's wealthy, spiritual, knowledgeable, wise, I mean, he's got and strong. He's got all these incredible qualities as a young man. And Allah describes him as a person of his son, what can that he cannot say what sin that is how we compensate the people of your son. In other words, he's got a deep, profound connection with a law. So So he goes into city to volunteer, because you know, you know that he was from Israel, even though he was treated as royalty. He's from the Israelites to slave people in Egypt. And it was illegal for him to help them. He couldn't just go into the city and help those people. So he used to

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go in the middle of the afternoon, which is when the time the Spanish call it the siesta, you might be familiar, Tallulah the Arabs call it there's a time in the day where everybody's asleep. Nobody's awake, they thought the sun is too hot. So they don't even make their slaves do the work. So this would be the time that he would go and help the people and volunteer and finish some of their jobs because he won't get caught. Because you can't help the slave while you helping them. So he would go he and as I've let him in earlier Quran will describe at a time where everybody's knocked out the city, nobody's around. So he goes at this time in the city, the streets are empty, and he sees two

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people that are fighting each other. I won't I'm not here to tell you that part of the story. But short, the short version of it is when he gets closer he finds one of them is from his own people, the Israelites and the other one is from the ruling class. Well may not have I mean, I do wish he could answer this one's from his enemy people. So he got upset that they're beating up my Muslim brother. And he goes and he throws a punch at the soldier whoever was beating him up. And when he throws one punch the guy for workers are who Mustafa de la Musashi Salaam punched him and he was dead on the spot. The guy died on the spot now you've killed what you can call you killed a police

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officer. You know, when a murder happens in a city of course the cops are alerted if a cop is killed. Then the cops go crazy. Now they're gonna hunt somebody down one of their own. That's that's a different story. musallam In a sense, you can argue is killed a cop. He didn't intend to, but that's what's happened. Now they're looking for him. They're just there's a blank and they don't know who did it. But actually, it came out the guy who he actually helped ratted him out and said, He's the one who did it. Now everybody's looking for Moosa, and he escapes Egypt, barely surviving with his life. Okay. The entire city is on a hunt for him. He's the most wanted man in the land, and

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he escapes into the desert. Obviously, no, no one in their right mind would think about escaping into the desert. It's death anyway. It's there's no shelter, there's no water, you're going to, you're going to survive one or two days and you're going to be dead. But he goes into the into the desert and he asks Allah for guidance, as he walked into the desert. I saw A, B, D and E so as to be maybe my master will guide me to the straightest path. And that's what Allah did. Allah gave him a like a divine GPS. You know, in a desert, if you're walking, you can walk in a circle you won't even know. Well, musala salam, he walks straight tilaka Ahmadi and he walks straight in the direction of

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Medina and somewhere he's never been before. And Medina was a place where there was water, there's a there's a township, and this is Arab land now. Okay, so he gets there directly. And just just about when he's about to be dehydrated and die of thirst, he gets there and he sees water. And he starts sipping on the water. And he's, you know, destitute, desperate, homeless, fugitive from the law. And he's sipping on this water, barely surviving, and he sees two women.

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You know, he's two women, and Allah says about them to Sudan, they're, to put it mildly, they're playing tug of war with their animals, meaning they're holding their animals back from drinking the water. Now, obviously, in the desert was a few places where you have water, so everybody brings their animals to feed them there. And these girls are holding their animals back, not let him drink. So he gets confused. What's going on with you to Mahatma Kumar, he goes to them and ask What's wrong with you? What's your situation? So they said, let us see what are you still on the Buddha from cabin, we can't feed our animals until this entire flock, everybody, all the men are done. Because

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these men down there basically what they're saying is those men are perverts. When we go down there and serve our animals, they start whistling at us, howling at us, hitting on us or whatever, making inappropriate comments. We don't want to deal with any of that nonsense. So we let all these men finish giving their animals their drink, and leave, then we go feed our animals. And until then we have to keep pulling on our animals because our animals don't understand that. They just see the water and they want to go. And the reason we're working so hard. And the reason we're out here, and we're not down there, why don't you have a man in the family, they explained what a blue national

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one Kabira dad is an old man. He's not capable of working anymore. Even though that's not the subject of my whole book. The subject of my football is actually the drama that comes. But what I wanted to highlight to you is a lie, in fact mentions a very strange situation. Typically, you would imagine that the head of the house

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Hold are the male in the household is going to earn the income, they're gonna make the money. But Allah mentions a situation where these two girls have to go in a hostile environment. It's not a friendly environment. These are men that are not friendly towards women, not respectful towards women. That's why they have to hold back. And they don't have a choice because their father is too old, he can't do it. There are situations in families where, you know, it's not the ideal situation, but it happens. Women sometimes have to work, they have to go seek an education, they're the only one that can they can take care of the family that happens. There's nothing Islamic about that.

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That's just what it is. That's life. And there's a reason that I mentioned these things because these situations occur. It's not right for us to look at some family situations they all look their daughter works, oh look, his wife work, etc. And it's not right for you. And I had to make those judgments. We don't know what their family situation is. In any case, these young girls say that we can't, you know, we can't go down there. masala Salam I mentioned to you was a strong man. He just grabbed their animals went down there, move the other people around like their flies, fed their animals, brought them back and then didn't say any Not a word to them and went back to Allah Allah

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will then he went back towards the shade. And that's where he made this draw. So this man who's barely barely alive himself, saw these two women that needed help help them out and then went back didn't ask for money, didn't ask for things didn't say his name nothing. went back into the shade and said look be in nee Lima and CELTA Li em and hide in

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masks Master, there's no doubt about it that I in regards to whatever you send my way. Whatever you send from above, towards me, any good you want min Hairston award any good you want to send me, I could totally use it. I'm bankrupt faqeer. In Arabic, soccer literally means for the back to be broken. Okay, when you have so much burden on your back, that you can't take anymore and your back snaps, like some of you work out if you're squatting, if you put too much weight on the machine on the rack, you could sense I can't take any more. That's actually when you're about to experience fucker, your back is about to snap. He's basically saying I am disabled at this point. I can use

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I'll take any good you give me. I'm in this desperate situation. He turns to Allah and he makes this profound, profound. Ah, this has two meanings. The first meaning is your law. I don't have a home. I don't have family anymore. I'm by myself. I know nobody. I got nothing. I all I the only shelter I have is the shade of this tree. That's all I got

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anything any risk at this point, I'm not going to be picky. Whatever you send my way, because by the way, he was raised as royalty. When you raise the royalty, you eat expensive food, you sit in comfortable housing, your ride is nice. Everything is kind of a certain class, right? And there are certain things you're not so comfortable with, like you know, if you're, for example, if you make a certain amount of money, then you're like you're gonna go book a hotel in some other town, you're not going to go get a one star half star motel, you're gonna get at least three stars, aren't you? You have some standards. There's some kind of or if you're going to rent a car, you're not gonna

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rent like some us dinky Hyundai or something. You're gonna say hey, what's what's the upgrade? You have certain standards musala salaam has actually been raised, you could argue with a silver spoon. He's been raised in pretty elite standards. But he's in this desperate situation right now. And he's not picky. He's saying y'all love whatever you give me. I will take whatever have any kind of good You decide. And I know that it will come only from you. It can only come from you because I got no worldly resources left. That's why anxiety is mentioned. I'll be in Lima and delta 11. In Turkey, it can only come from the heavens now. I will totally take it I'm bankrupt. I'm not gonna I'm not gonna

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be whiny or picky. This, by the way, by extension is somebody lost a job. They used to have a high paying tech job. They were making six figures. Now they don't have that job anymore. They've been looking for a new job a year goes by two years go by three years go by the savings have run out. There's no money left. They can't even pay the rent anymore. Somebody offers them a job to drive a truck. Somebody offers them a job to work at a grocery store. Somebody offers them a job to drive a cab and he says Look, man, I'm a programmer. I can't do this. This is beneath me. Yes, it is beneath you. But at this point, it's been three years. You need to be realistic, whatever you can get you

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take and Cassie bo habibollah the one who earns and works hard and earns an income is beloved to Allah. It's not humiliating. What hard work is never humiliating. Just on that side note, I go out of my way, especially when I traveled to the Muslim world. I go out of my way if I take a cab or a limo or anything else, to make sure I get to know the driver and to make sure I get to like remind them that what

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They do is very honorable and noble

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because this is actually a Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam to remind people that do hard work, that they are honored by Allah. You know what's happened in many of our cultures, the driver, the waiter, the cleaner, you know these people, they're treated like trash like they have no respect in society. The opposite is true in our Deen masala Salaam is kissing whatever job you get me whatever permission you provide me, I'm not going to be picky. That's a gift from Allah. This is a gift from Allah, a job is a gift from Allah. So now, this is why it's our Deen is so beautiful, the guy who collects the trash, the guy was cleaning up the bathrooms. All of these people are

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dignified people. Because they work hard to provide for their families. They are in fact gossip and therefore they are habibollah their beloved to Allah. And how can they be beloved to a lion despised by us? How can we look down on someone who Allah loves. That's the first meaning of this talk. But there's another meaning. The other meaning of this door is that the word higher can also not just mean worldly goods, your love, whatever food you give me, whatever shelter you give me, whatever job you give me, I'll take it higher, you can also mean good deeds.

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It also means good deeds. He's also saying Yala, I know I made a mistake. I didn't intend to kill this man. But I did it. And now I've as a result, I am in this desperate situation. But I know because I have a sin in my past. That is haunting me. Because you when you make a mistake like that, you think about the mistake you've made. And you if you really have a good heart towards Allah, then you want to make it up to a lot, don't you? Like how do I make sure Allah forgave me? And how do I make sure that this debit in my account is credited with some good deeds? Yeah, Allah, I was desperate, I am dying, I'm dehydrated. But these two women needed help. I immediately helped them.

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Yeah, left, there's any other opportunity to do any other good. Let me know, I could use it. I know I need to fill my account with more good deeds. So even though he's desperate himself, he's dehydrated himself. He's not surviving. He's barely surviving himself. He's also starving for more good deeds to help people to do something good. And hear the hype that he did was not more worship or fasting or ibadah. His where his good deed was helping somebody who needed help. You know, he's in a situation where he needs help, isn't he? Actually he's far more in need that those two women, but there's something even in his desperate situation he could help with? What are we learning here,

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you may have a difficult situation, I may have a difficult situation. But even though we have difficulty from one end, we're still very capable of helping others in other ways. Where the capab Allah has given us maybe were debilitated, incapacitated from one side, but very capable from other sides. And you can still provide help. This is the desperation a slave should have that I whatever you give me I'll take, I will accept. And so from here, what happens in this remarkable story is a fat fire john de Houma. Tom clst. Here are on summarizes the story. These girls received help. So they went back home. When they go back home, their father says, Why did you come back home so early?

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You usually wait until all the men are done. Right? How are you home four hours early? They said, well, there was this man, he helped us out. Well, what did what did he say to you? Did he ask for money? Did he ask for any? They said No, he didn't. He just went look like he was making doll or something. So the father says go get him. What a great guy. I mean, this is a society of terrible men, right? That's already been indicated. So he's a great human being we should meet him we should get to know this person. So one of them comes back and then says my dad's calling you he wants to pay you in via DeLuca Lee aka a drama subtitle Anna, he My dad is calling you to compensate you for

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the service. You provided us the animals that you fed for us. Now here's the thing. Ask yourself, did Musa alayhis salam volunteer to help those those women for money? Did he want to get paid? No. He did it because it's a good deed. He did it you could say for the sake of Allah, isn't it? And now these this one of these girls is coming back and saying my dad wants to pay you.

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If you and I were there, we would have been like No sister does not allow hate and this was for the FISA vilella I cannot take anything from this dunya because I did it for Allah and Allah will provide for me I actually made a vow to Allah that He will send something from the sky. So I'm waiting for that you go home.

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Thank you. But and thanks for No thanks. I expect my reward from Allah. Musashi Salaam is much smarter than we are. He understands I just asked Allah for help and this girl showed up.

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And that's why the Quran says he may draw, therefore this girl showed up.

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In other words, that girl offering from her father's behalf but he wants to compensate you is actually the help of Allah.

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That's the help of a lot. You don't turn that away. He went right away for a job, you know, for law, when he got to him, he went to him and his life completely changed because he took that opportunity. What I'm trying to get at here is that you and I have something called second law. We have something called a little bit of hesitation, or when somebody is offering you help. No, no, no, no, no, I know. You're looking for a job. You're looking for maybe maybe a loan, maybe you're looking for some financial help with some kind of help. And people are coming in, Hey, I heard that you're in some situation, I'd like to help Nokia McHale hamdulillah you're not okay, dude.

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You didn't go begging? Somebody came to you? They offered you help. That is how a lot what did you expect a level send an angel to you.

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And he's gonna come with, you know, golden currency for you from the sky. And then new problems will be solved. This is how Allah helps. This is how large of a job helps. You know, this is they say in in Arabic is an old saying his origin is no one in us. the dignity of a man is that he doesn't need other people. Nobody likes to be in need. I don't want to be in a situation where somebody says, Hey, here's $20. I don't want to be in that situation. No, no, as part of our dignity, we want to be independent, we want to be able to provide for ourselves. It's embarrassing. It's humiliating. I agree with that. And that's something that is an axiom across any dignified society. But at the same

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time, when help is offered to you, not when you went begging for help, when help is offered to you, then understand that that may be from the risk of Allah, then you don't turn it away. Then you actually consider it. And you actually consider it. People turn away all kinds of risk. People are coming, you have daughters, they're not getting married. You don't know anybody. Somebody says, hey, there's a proposal. We can say no, no. 100 an hour. Okay? What do you remember? Okay.

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What did you you're not okay. If you were okay, your goals would have been married already. You complain about that every day. Now somebody comes forward and you're too embarrassed to accept the help or accept a recommendation. This is us not understanding how it works. We turn to Allah in desperate times and do two things. We ask a lot, we let a lot No, we're not going to be picky. Whatever he gives us, we're going to take, we're going to accept we're going to be grateful for and two, we're going to be desperate to do good things. Because the more good things you do, the more Allah opens the door to risk. That's actually the lesson here also, may Allah azzawajal make us

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truly understand the spirit of the dogs that are captured in the Quran, and help bring the risk in our life that Allah wants to bring by means of sincere to him barakallahu li walakum Khurana Hakeem whenever anyone can be king

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