Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
The story the backstory is, I'm not completely convinced of the backstory. But anyway, the story is that masala Sarah made a statement about how knowledgeable he is on the earth. Like he, he's perhaps the most knowledgeable human being on the earth. And unless there's someone who knows more than you, and you need to go learn from him, and he's, he will meet him where the two oceans meet. So he gets determined to learn now, and you know, grabs this assistant, and they go out to sea to find this person that Allah has instructed him to meet. Okay? Yeah.
Say that again?
Yeah, it's Hawaii.
It's closer to New Jersey.
Thank God, we don't know where this place is.
Thank Allah, we don't know where this place is, you know, what would happen if we knew where this place is? workplaces? There'll be a bunch of Pakistani IDs
out there looking for him.
And then just, you know, punk over my child or, you know, or something.
Thank Allah, that we don't know where this place is. Okay.
There's a reason some things are kept a mystery. Like, for example, the wall.
For God's sake, it's not the Wall of China.
We don't know and that's okay. It's okay. And by the way, I should remind you of something that perhaps you weren't, this wasn't your year, when I started talking to cops, I should remind you of this. The first story in the surah
is the people of the cave.
And the Greek crime committed with that story is that people asked irrelevant questions. How long did they stay? How many were they? Who cares? That's not the point.
You shouldn't learn to say hello, don't be Colombia, Allah. Allahu Allah will be my libido. Allah knows better. Allah knows better. Allah knows better. He hammered that in in the first story. And then he tested you and me with three more stories in this surah. In all of them, you have to ask me, when did this happen? Who, what? Where? What location? What year? Who's this young man? You're gonna ask questions about local name. same kinds of questions. You're gonna ask questions about Busan couldn't even do two gardens? Where are these gardens? Who are they? Are they at the time of the prophet or like Allah first taught you? Here's how I want you to learn stories. Learn to not ask too
many questions, by the way. In the story. The teacher is going to say What?
Don't be accent too many questions.
And I'm not going to tell you the whole story. Had this fella come in who they cry until I mentioned a little bit to you. Think about the little bit I tell you don't worry about anything else. It's actually Ella's way of telling the story. It's not just the story itself. Right, which is why the outside, this is the background. This is where they went did they go by land or sea?
Excellent question. How do we draw the line between seeking knowledge because that's what we're trying to do and asking too many questions. You can ask as many questions as you want. Learn to ask the right questions, and you can ask as many questions as you want. The thing The thing is not you don't have the right to ask questions. The thing is, what is the thought process that leads you to your question, you're learning the story of use of Hey, what's the minister his wife's name?
I mean, scandalous lady, what's her name?
You know? Well, so your question didn't arise from something Allah made you curious about?
What Allah emphasizes, you ask about what Allah de emphasizes, you learn to de emphasize You see, I love the bonobo. See the way he taught this to me even though I've taught this in the beginning of the paragraph, I'll repeat it for you guys because it's important for you guys.
There's the saying in Arabic I don't know if you guys learned what Michel Falak did you learn that one?
Okay, take what's in front of you. Just take what's in front of you. If you trust your teacher, then you focus on what he's giving you not what he's not giving you
what happens is
instead of others teaching you one day well a long time ago about what's up with often with someone today. But are there some cases
I know you're teaching me this right now what are there exceptions that you haven't told us about that? Perhaps clearly, in your experience, it isn't the time to discuss but I feel that you really should because I have curiosities beyond what you're telling me.
So check logic doubles. He gave this epic story man so good, because there's this guy. He's like successful in business.
Right, and he's made hundreds of millions. And he decides, after making all this money that he just wants to teach young people, entrepreneurship, he's going to teach business. He's not going into the teaching profession, because he needs the money. He just wants to do it as a benefit to young people the next generation. So he goes to business school and teaches, by the way, if you haven't Professor like that, take his class. If you have a guy that's been a business professor for 30 years, as opposed to a guy that left the business world and can be a professor, go to the guy that's left business, the business world and come and be a professor, because they give you real world
knowledge, right? Non textbook knowledge.
So he goes and teaches this class, and he wants to teach students by way of example. So he says, you know, guys, if there's this young, this man wants to start a business. First, he did a lot of research into his product, and the location where he wants to open his retail establishment. He did a lot of research about pricing and rent versus buying. He looked at the tax strategy. He looked at the location, he looked at the kind of, you know, advertising and branding and the colors that he should be looking at. He looked at, you know, inventory, and income versus expenses, how much should be spent, he's spending in the first quarter, the second quarter, what were his projections for the
first year, he made this whole story up about this guy who's starting his business, and he put it in the form of a story. Why? Because then students can remember it easier if you make a list of things, right? That it's harder to remember, if you put it in a story, like the, you know, words are upset or feminine.
And just easier to remember. Right?
So he makes this amazing story. And he tells it in class, and everybody's like taking notes. And one student raises his hand and says, so what color shirt does he wear every day?
And the professor's is looking at him.
You really just asked me this.
And another student raises his hand. Yeah, I was not I was less curious about the shirt, but his socks really concern me.
What what kind of socks does he wear?
And the professor is baffled. And he goes home and he's so upset. And his wife asked him what happened.
And he says, you know that story I wrote, he goes, Yeah, how'd it go? Well, I did a great job. But here are the questions that came forward.
Can you believe what they were arguing about? How
idiotic and again,
and secretive tells the story and then he says now read, say una thalassa tone Ravi.
is Amina lukaku.
I was like,
I was so offended by the stupidity of this argument that he records the whole thing. Can you believe what they're arguing about? What I just told you and what you're discussing?
That's what I mean by asking the right questions. Allah wants you to think about certain things. We want to think about all the things he doesn't want us to think about.
What are the other brothers names in the story of use?
Why Allah didn't tell you. What about his mom?
I didn't read anything about his mom, I want to know why. Yes, I'm sure you want to know about his mom.
But Allah wants you to think about his dad.
Can you just pay attention? Just worry about the dad.
If you want to worry about the mom read the story.
You can worry about the mom and dad.
Is that clear? Like as one of the one of the most beneficial things you'll learn in the study of Quran
is what kinds of questions to ask what to how to think. Not every curiosity is healthy.
You know, guy, the Quran, it keeps asking you to think think think his thought process gives you direction. Without thought process, you don't have direction your questions go in every direction. You know, and unfortunately, this is the unfortunate thing. You must maintain commitment to your thought process. When you study Islam. You have to be committed. You know why? Because you're going to read a lot of books. And you can read a lot of seers
where they're not committed to the same thought process. So there's going to be six pages on what color the dog was in the story of the cave
in classical tafsir and did he have spots or not? And what his name was,
and it's gonna be a classical text and you're gonna say I'm reading the secret of Aladdin Fulani been forgotten. I have just read it. Yes, you do. That's great. You can read a lot of stuff. But you have to maintain your thought process. And you have to identify what's critical and what's not. You see, that's not going to be done for you. Unfortunately, you have to develop
yourself, you know, and to me, the best way to develop it is commitment to commitment to the primary texts, the more you you ponder over code, and you look at how Allah speaks and what he emphasizes, it just teaches you what to emphasize and what to learn.