Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
This khutbah was given on April 22 2016 at Al-Islam Masjid.
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In today's clip, I'd like to share with you that the purpose of these few minutes that I have with you is to try and share some lessons about one single prayer that Allah teaches us in the Quran and of the ayah that I recited from the 17th, surah SoTL. Israel that was the last of them, of course would be Anthony mozzarella, silken, well, Oscar is the most versatile said can get some fun, and it's a very powerful and beautiful prayer that can benefit believers throughout their lives. But the purpose of this combines to get to that prayer by the end, I want to give you some background and some history that you can appreciate where this prayer came from, and how it benefited first and
foremost, Our Messengers a lot more to us than them. And by extension, it benefits all of us. Because the first thing that Muslims understand believers understand is the purpose of prayer is that they connect with their master and their master helps them through their prayer, all of our prayers in one way or the other, every single supplication that we have, in one way or the other benefits us in our life in some way. It helps us in some way. So I want to begin with this surah at the beginning of this surah. The surah starts with a very unique incident in the life of our Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam, where he was taken by the angel from the city of Mecca, through a divine
journey all the way to Jerusalem. And then he will he prayed there and then he was taken up a journey the seventh heavens, and was brought back to Makkah all in the course of what we consider in the worldly, in a worldly sense, not even a matter of a second. But what took any elaborate amount of time for him because time the way it works in this world is not the way it works in the unseen. So when this journey was told about when the Prophet slice on them described to the companions that he had gone on this night journey, the Arabic word for a night journey being a surah. And that's the first is of Hannah lady, a salami, IV Laden, the how perfect is the one who took his slave in the
middle of the night for that journey. That's how the story begins. So when he describes this journey, of course, believers like a robot kind of set the bar immediately confirming that that is what happened. As unbelievable as it sounds, that in the middle of the night, this man traveled from here from Mecca to Jerusalem, up the seventh heavens and then back and met all of these previous prophets and prayed with them and saw all the scenes of the afterlife and then came back. All of it sounded so unbelievable. It became a joke to those who disbelieved, it actually became something to mock and to make fun of across Macau for everybody else, they would even come to the Muslims and say
you really believe in it that you seriously believe you traveled on some, some flying horse and went all the way to Jerusalem? And then he went up up the skies and did intergalactic travel. You really honestly believe that this man but he even says that unbelievers would say Yes, we do.
They wouldn't have any doubt about it. Their faith unshaken, why because the foundation of this faith, this is not the foundation of their faith, the foundation of their faith was already laid. They had already been convinced that this Koran is the word of God, it's the word of Allah. And this is the Messenger of Allah. And once they believe that they understood what allies capable of and when Allah can do something for you know, for us, what he will do for us in our afterlife is much more remarkable, when he will resurrect all human beings from their graves. So what is how hard is it for them to believe that Allah will take his messenger on a journey like that one. In any case,
this is also a sutra. Around the time when things were getting very difficult for the prophet and for the companions. Not only were they being ridiculed by this time now, things were getting physical. So Muslims were now starting to get tortured beat threatened, there were even plans to either kill the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam, or at the very least expel him from Mecca. We're in calculus that is una camino de Luca region come in, you come in, so they can kick you out of the land. They want to terrorize. You instill fear in you. This is what lies commenting on this surah as well. So in light of these things, what I wanted to share with you is that when the Lord took his
messenger to Jerusalem, and he said himself, Ninja Warrior, human i atina, so we could show him our miraculous signs. Allah wants him to ponder over the history of Jerusalem. But our Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam is not a historian of Jewish history, he doesn't know a lot about their tradition. He doesn't know a lot about that region, except for a level reveal to him. So what does the Lord revealed to him in this surah, he tells him that they used to be this used to be the house of Allah, the masjid. And this was actually violated a couple of times, and the people were expelled, and they were taken as slaves. And this is talked about in the very beginning. This is important for the
prophet to learn at this time, so a lot more news to them, because he's also on the verge of being expelled from Mecca. So now he's going to learn about the history of people that were expelled from the house of worship, and the machine was even destroyed, and how good another combo was not destroyed, but it was certainly violated. It was politically, you know, surrounded by idols, and its legacy was certainly tarnished. And then the prophesize of him is being told on this journey, that this journey first of all should tell you that what you're going through is not something new. This has happened before. This is a legacy of the law of profits.
And you're supposed to be a part of that legacy. So don't be saddened by what is about to come. This is the first thing that connects these two legacies together. The second is when you travel from this earth to all the way the seventh heaven, then leaving the city of Mecca to travel to the city of Medina is not going to be a big deal anymore.
It's gonna be easy for you to handle that this is not a long journey. We can we can do this a lot. If a lot can guard me and safeguard me through that incredible journey than this other journey that's on the horizon is not going to be a big deal. So now Allah azza wa jal says, and even if they did kick you out, even if the people of Mecca did expel you, what is Li L, una Ilaha, illa kalila. Even if they didn't get you out, they're not going to stay behind you and stay in power for much longer. In other words, even if I let you go, even if you leave the city of Mecca, it's pretty soon that you're going to be coming back. It's pretty soon that you're gonna get victory again, which was
completely unimaginable for Muslims who had no authority, no control, absolutely no respect in that society. They were the object of ridicule everywhere they turned, they themselves are taking the beatings. And now they're being told, Oh, don't worry, if you get kicked out of MCI, you'll be coming back because they're not going to last. These Americans that are in control, they're not going to last. So Panama. This is the picture that's painted for our profits a lot harder for them. But then in the middle of all of this, the subject changes. And this is where things get really interesting. The subject almost becomes a completely different one. How do you prepare for a
journey? How do you prepare for a different transition? This is the most difficult one of the most difficult moments in the Prophet's life. So a lot of artists and despite the counsel that Allah has given him, our messenger had a lot of love for the Kaaba. He had a lot of love for the government, because it was built by his father, Ibrahim, Abraham. And he knew he recognized that. So his affinity to that house was much stronger than you know, for anybody to leave their home and leave their homeland. And the place of their birth is difficult. But for our profit, there were these this linear reasons of lineage, but also spiritual reasons for him not to want to leave. And so even
before, a lot of people don't know this, but even before we were commanded to pray in the direction of the Kaaba, the Muslims were actually instructed to pray in the direction of Jerusalem, we were supposed to pray towards axon. So what the Prophet used to do while he resided in Makkah, is he used to because you could go any way any direction you want around the cover. So used to align himself in a way, so he's praying with the camera in front of him, and Jerusalem is lined up. So he would be able to do that. So he didn't be able to show respect to the house that his father Abraham built, and also an incident and also be able to abide by the regulations of prayer, that still haven't
changed, we still prayed in the direction of Jerusalem, right. Which by the way, also teaches you and mean the importance of the Prophet going to that machine, because that was the original Qibla. So he's actually going you could say, in a sense, it's the Ramadan that was assigned by Allah, for him to do because that's the original Qibla you know, before this one, at least in the seal of the profits.
Now the profits gonna migrate to Medina. But when he migrates to Medina, and if you want because he has to face Jerusalem again to pray, with this time, if he's going to face Jerusalem, his back is going to be too much.
He can't line both of them up together, because Medina is on the way to Jerusalem. So you're if you're going to face it, you're going to give your back is going to have to be towards Okay, and that hurts his feelings. Even the fact that there are narrations about the prophets, I saw them turning to the carpet and crying and talking to it as he's leaving, like a mother, like a mother that he's parting from sallallahu wasallam. This is a very painful journey for the Prophet. But you know, and not only is it a painful journey, you should all know that this is also a dangerous journey. There are scouts from Africa that are ready to date whose only assignment is to trace his
steps find him and kill him. That's their job. They know that there's a he's planning and escape, or this is the night that's come or they're thinking he might have escaped, and they're gonna scout him out and find him and kill him. And it got to the point where they were almost killed. That's going to be described much later on in the Koran and Soto Toba, that was revealed much later, when the scouts were virtually at their feet, and they're literally in a ditch in the ground, it's nighttime. So it's just a matter of these guys looking down, if they look down, they'll find the prophet and abubaker hiring, they can see them. And that's the point where the Prophet was, you know, given
revelation and wickedness that deep was worried. And he said, the prophet turned diamonds had not axon in Allah hermana. Don't be sad, Allah is with us. It's amazing that even at that point, he didn't say don't be afraid of lies with us. He said, Don't be sad allies with us. And we'll work I wasn't afraid. He was just sad that if this happens, the truth will die here, the truth will no longer spread. That was a sadness that was killing him, not the fear of them. So there's no reason to say laptop in Omaha, but rather that accent in Alabama, you know, don't be saddled with this. But in any case, this journey is going to be an extremely difficult one. It's an extremely sad one. It's
an extremely painful
For one, and in considering all of that, now ally is going to give the province
the proper provisions How are you supposed to prepare for this journey? You know this is something that led us all the time when you prepare for a difficult journey he gives instruction for example, when we go to Hajj Allah says what as a widow for Highlands in the high desert.
When you're going to go to HUD, which is a tough journey, Allah says make sure you take precautions. Make sure you pack properly, make sure you have your passport in order. Make sure you have enough savings. Make sure you take a safe road. Make sure you don't talk to strangers all of that's captured inside as a way to find a high result upon the best of all provisions you can have as your consciousness of Allah and caution when you travel. Be careful when you travel. This is what Allah says when you travel. So how is the law going to prepare the prophets on them for this journey? What does he say? You'd be surprised he says after Miss salani De Luca shamcey la la la vaca Pugin, he
says, establish the prayer from the time the sun comes up to the time the night becomes really deep and dark, and especially the Koran of fudger, the Koran of the fudger prayer, you want to prepare for this journey, pray, you want to prepare for this journey to end the prophets already committed to prayer. It's not like this ayah came and now he started praying. It's now he's being told, in order to be now you're going to be disconnected from your people. You're going to be disconnected from your motherland. What the hell on behalf and Belen, this land that you're going to be leaving which you know what one connection will remain. And that connection has to be strengthened like
never before. That's the connection with a lot. And that ultimate connection. By the way, the Arabic word for connection is solid from Salem, Salah, which is prayer itself. And so Ally's telling him no matter how much you get severed from this place, you will never get severed from Allah. And of all those prayers, those five prayers, the one that will truly connect you to a lot is going to be the Quran of budget. He didn't even call it the prayer of budget. Notice he called it the Quran of federal court or an agent. Actually Quran is not made in law for Arabic students. It's not making law other than to to infigen It's incredible. The word Quran in the Quran is never connected to
anything in it the way it is to the word Elijah. It's an it's a remarkable thing. So Allah is telling our messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, especially that break of dawn, when when darkness ends and light begins at that time, that is the time to recite the Quran. Why is that significant? For many reasons in this football, I'll share a couple of them with you. You know, the era between the departure of Jesus and rissalah Islam and the coming of our Prophet salallahu alaihe salam is this long period of darkness. It's like a night.
And then finally the light of revelation came which is like the morning. That's like the morning. The Quran recited at fudger is actually it symbolizes the end of the age of darkness and the beginning of Revelation. The prophet of Islam is being told even if you're going through the most darkest of times, though humanity was in much darker times, and this Quran King, so don't worry, when you commit to the Quran and fudger time no matter what dark times you're going through what to light is on the horizon, just like the light of the sun comes out. It is the light of revelation that will write in your in the rest of your life, the rest of your day will go on and what an
incredible statement for the Prophet alayhi salatu salam Don't be depressed, brighter days are ahead brightnesses ahead. And the best way to prepare is what he says in the Quran and Angelica Masuda, the Quran a virgin is has always been witnessed.
The question is who's witnessing it. Ghana Masuda has always been witnessed in this edition of rune which suggests that there are those that are witnessing it but the witnesses aren't mentioned. You know what that means? Allah is especially witness to the Quran recited at Fudgie. He's also mentioning that there are angels whose only task is to witness the Quran recited So Mr. murase would go on to say but in this ayah there's also an indication that believers should encourage each other to pray together so they can witness each other. So they can be you know, each of you becomes Massoud. For the rest, you become shipwatch I hate anyone.
That's what happens. So this idea of the Quran, preparing you at first and preparing you for the migration that's coming. And then he says for the Prophet himself, particularly Salalah wamena, Lady Fatah, jadwin, nephila, Turlock and from in the middle of the night, some part of the night, make sure that you particularly make the 100 additional night prayers, additional for you nothing better luck telling the Prophet why because when his followers would hear that they might think that this is mandatory on them. So let me be clear immediately No, no nafi letter like it's additional for you. An extra thing for you, not for them.
I've given you an extra half. So some would even extrapolate from this that the night prayer, the additional prayer but after Isha and before fudger is actually mandatory for the prophet and additional responsibility on him, not on us, we're encouraged to do so. But he's obligated to do so. Why? And the light tells us why he says I saw a bad Sakura boo Karma Karma makhmudov. Perhaps my your your master is going to raise you and elevate you to a place a station that is praised mahkamah mahmudul I have a few minutes left but I gotta get this out to you somehow. The Prophet alayhi salatu salam is being told that if you pray in the middle of the night, there's a there's an
optimistic chance that you are going to be placed on a praiseworthy station mahkamah mahmudul This is not an accidental term. What does it mean a praiseworthy station, the prophet himself would describe an uncommon machmood the place that is praised, it is a reference to something that will happen on the Day of Judgment. On the day of judgment, all humanity will be gathered Yeoman and rucola wanna sing be me him no accident that is also in this era. When we call all people by their leaders and this oma these Muslims are going to be called by their leader, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, nobody will be speaking on that de Lyonne una in them and
nobody will say a word except the one who Allah gives him the man gives permission to Allah gives permission to and the only one he gives permission to on Judgement Day is the Prophet slicin of humanity, all of it the sea of humanities in one field, and one man starts elevating above the rest, and how everybody can see this one man rising, and then he's given permission to speak. And then he says, I will praise Allah with words of praise that I don't even know yet that Allah will give me then that no one's ever heard before. And that's how the prophet will start speaking to a lot of judgment day that is the station worthy of praise, but of the things he will say on that day I
wanted to share this with you in particular for you Who is the prophet will say like bake was Saturday. You know the bake here I am and how happy I am to see you wash shampoo Lisa, AIG and no evil can be attributed to you when Matthew when had eight and the one you've guided truly has been guided well I'm Luke Albania they can your slave is right here before us talking about himself what become and he's only here because of you what he like and he was always headed towards you anyway, when our manager our manager minca in a can there is no place to hide no no ditch to find refuge in and no refuge and no rescue from you except to you debabrata What are later how blessed you are? How
high and and secret you are. So how Annika how perfect you are. And the last part of this really gets me out of bed late. He calls me instead of calling him master he says master of the house. He calls him master of the house. Where is the Prophet gonna leave? He's gonna be leaving Makkah which is the house of Allah. And Allah says pray for your time and then pray in the middle of the night and maybe Allah will raise you to this high praise worthy place. And when he's raised on that high where the place he will turn to a lot and call him the master of the house. But when he calls him the master of the house, they're no longer at the Kaaba.
They're no longer at Aqaba, allies. rumble bait here is a reference to the outer shell of Allah. It's the throne of the love. It's the it's the grand you know, Kingdom of Allah in the heavens that is above the karma. What a lie is saying is you're worried about departing from this house of Allah to Medina, I am preparing you to see me by my oddish rumble Bay. Don't worry about this journey. I've got a much bigger journey for you ready, prepared for that one instead. And this one will become easy. What an incredible thing to say so proud of love. This is what the messenger Salah was given as a preparation and then the prayer that was the point of this karma. The Prayer is well
good. And say now that you prepare yourself now ask Allah asked me at the end with Hannah said you can master enter me, allow me to enter put me in Montana seeking a place to enter truthfully, is a difficult thing to express. I'll try to communicate some of its meanings to you guys. Everybody move up in Sharma means to ask you to move up. Mahalo Simkin suggests yeah Allah wherever you make me enter made sure I don't let go the truth.
Make sure the truth is by my side. Say that in Arabic also is the opposite. Not just of cave of lie, but also of soup of evil. Yeah. You make me enter whatever you put me in, put me in in a way that is good.
That's good for me. Put me around people that accept my truth. Make me truthful to others to be truthful to others and allow others to be truthful to me. motala said can surround me with sincerity.
Yala entered me there, mahalo said can reach me and take me out. Maharaja Simpkin. kick me out from wherever you're going to take me out. But take me out while I can hold on to goodness, and be true and be sincere. Now it's interesting that this entire scene was about the Prophet not entering somewhere, but leaving somewhere. He was leaving Makkah, he was leaving Mecca. So you were expecting I was expecting a lot of say, well, Colombia, originally Maharaja said Kim, Yama, get me out of here in a way that's true. You know, I can hold on to the truth. And in a way that's good for me. But instead of talking about him exiting, a lot talks about him entering first. What Ally's teaching us
in this ayah is profound scholars, like when I started trying to understand how people have in the past have contemplated over this prayer and what they thought about this prayer, I was baffled. I was absolutely baffled, said this prayer, get you know, enter me into a truthful place is Medina get me out of a place truthfully, that's my cup.
That's one interpret another group said no, no, no, actually get me out of a truth or enter me into a place is actually is returning to Makkah, is returning to Makkah, and then get me out, truthfully, is his departure from this world. Some said alchemy enter me into the grave with so that I'm a truthful person, I became the authentic uncovering, who
was recently middle cover, most Roger said can get me out of the gray. And all of these interpretations hold true. But you know why you have so many interpretations, because a lot does not limit this prayer to the migration of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and that's the wisdom of Allah, every one of you and every one of myself, my family, you your families, every human being is either in a situation or getting out of a situation. We are in the middle of something, and we're hoping to get out of something. Or we're, you know, and an ally is always in is telling us something remarkable in this prayer. If you want to get out in a way that you can hold on to the truth and get
out in a way that's good for you. Then, first of all, hold on to your prayers, hold on to your prayers, and especially take care of further prayer. And if you really want to end up in a place that's praiseworthy, add the night prayer. That's an extra thing. But then when you do then what Allah will do for any anything you find your any trouble you find yourself in, you don't worry about a lot getting you out of trouble. It's actually a law saying, I'm going to get you into something good.
into something I hope I can communicate this clearly to you as I in my code. But the beauty of this law, when a human being is in trouble. When you and I are in trouble, all we can think about is when is it going to end? When am I going to get out of this mess. That's all we can think about. A law let in his wisdom is giving us a prayer that doesn't just get us out of the mess. Before he makes you worry about giving us a mess. Elias saying, pray that I put you in something good first. And by the way, gets you out of the mess. At the hill, the Buddha said came first. Originally Maharaja said can second because it could be that you get out of this mess into a much bigger mess. That's what we
do with our lives. So before you worry about getting out of this trouble, Allah is asking you to beg him to put you in something that is good for you. That is that you can hold on to your sincerity and your truth. And now we're learning in no matter what situation we find ourselves in. No matter what difficulty we find ourselves in. The thing to ask a lot is that our character, our integrity, our truthfulness is not compromised. So long as that is not compromised, whatever consensus is fine. And so the last part of this prayer, which I leave in the dune, casselton and na Sierra, and put in a furnish for me, provide for me something that especially comes from you and can only come from human
that don't come and it can only come from your special volts. This is
something that can only only come from a lot. And it's particularly catered for you it's not meant for anybody else. What is this thing? soltana nasima is an ad authority. Now what does that mean? That actually means Yala gives me confidence in what I do. So far and Arabic could mean authority power, give me the strength to be able to deal with from one situation to another that will aid me all sorts of fun means evidence in everybody, Lisa Laconia, who sold on me and say Tara, on the one hand, so porno movies are unclear. berhanu movie, movie, clear evidence. Yeah, I love whatever I do. Give me clarity. Give me clarity that will help me make me think clearly through things. So when I
do things, I don't do them haphazardly. You know why that's so wise. Because we are in a state of desperation. When human beings are in trouble. Then they make decisions without thinking through things. They think they don't think they just act on emotion and then they regret their decision later.
So you pray to Allah first of all, don't compromise my integrity no matter what the situation and second of all your love whatever I do, please furnish me the ability to take authoritative, well thought out decisions that will only go that are only going to aid me which I'm the man.
And so you appreciate what Allah says. The next is I conclude, well, Pooja and Huck was
in a melting pot, and just declared after that, that the truth has arrived, and falsehood has dissipated, it's withered away. When you can do that, then don't worry about any falsehood that comes into your life. Anybody who gives you trouble, all of that will disappear. If you can commit yourself to Allah, Allah azza wa jal make us of those who can truly hold on to him.
All of us falter, all of the all of us have weaknesses, some of my some very bad sleep habits. We don't get up for fudger or we barely get up for pleasure or even on the praying pleasure, we're still sleeping, that happens to you know, may Allah make us of those who can better our sleeping habits and take advantage of local function that can be witnessed, that can become our aid, and then one day we can additionally even stand in the middle of the night before Allah so you can take us out of whatever situation we're in and put us in a mode where you can put us in a place that is that is good for us. It's true for us, and it strengthens our own truthfulness. Monica Lavinia, welcome
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