Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into an in-depth analysis of Surah Al Baqarah.
He begins his lecture with how there was always a Battle of Adam AS on one side and the angels and Shayateen on either side of Adam AS. Also, he delves into the long history of Bani Israel mentioned in Surah Al Baqarah and how they were also given a similar choice as Adam AS to follow Allah or Shayateen and how they did not eventually obey Allah and deviated from the right path. Our essence as Muslims is illustrated in the points below:
- We are a continuation of the battle that began with Adam AS and Shayateen.
- We see ourselves as the practicers of the religion of Ibrahim AS. The five pillars of Islam all trace back to Ibrahim AS.
- We are not the first ones to be chosen as an Ummah to uphold the religion of Islam. The nations before us had been replaced because they have not obeyed the religion of Allah and deviated considerably.
It is mandatory upon us a Muslim Ummah to uphold the religion of Islam and carry it responsibly without showing any traces of anger, ego, and frustrations. The people deserve mercy and we need to follow the footsteps of Ibrahim AS and adopt his way to propagate Islam and bring it to the fore.
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al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu wa salam, O Allah Ashraf al anbiya wa Sallim wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Minister nabeshima t Illa Diem Allah Masha Allah Muhammad Allah Tina Amano, Amina Sani hearts whatever so that Hakata was on the southern me Nana Bella Halloween, some about a cover.
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shallow title, my intention today is to cover as was mentioned, is number 142 to 144 of SoTL Baqarah. And what I'd like to do now is get right into the subject just immediately begin and give you a little bit of an introduction, and why these ions are so important. Certain bacara as a whole Rasulullah saw them described in one place the cliche in Suriname was animal Quran in Baqarah. Everything has a peak and the peak of the Quran is Bukhara. It seems like it has all different kinds of subjects. But actually, if you look at it, look at it carefully. It's building a very powerful argument. And one of the most powerful arguments that sootel dakara makes is the argument of the
identity of the Muslim. So when we talk seriously about the identity we have as a not just as an individual, but as an oma, then this is the first and foremost surah that we have to look at. And so I want to first illustrate that there are three main components as far as history. Before we get to these if and by the way, I'll tell you what these are about in a minute. The first the earliest story mentioned in bacala is the is the story of other Marley's Salaam and the battle between, essentially there are two camps, there's the side of the angels, and there's the side of the shell theme, right? And other mothers Salaam is right in the middle, and the children of Adam will have to
choose whether they will choose the side of the angels, or the child, the side of the shell team, that's what's gonna have to happen. Then the story moves forward. And Allah gives us a very long history of the Jewish people. The blue is for him. And as he mentioned that story, he basically describes how they were given revelation. And they were told how to choose the right side, but ended up following the way of the Sheltie. And also literally in the middle of the passage. What about Oh, my taco shell, Thien, Adam will kill the man, they literally ended up following the ways of shell teen and, and they ended up not appreciating the guidance that Allah had given them. Now it's
important to note that Adam and insulin was chosen over all humanity. And actually over all of creation, the man insulins choice is a choice over all of other creation. And among his children, this family, the children of Islam, he were chosen among all other nations and all other people. So first and foremost, you have the highest choice, Adam, and from within his children, you have the highest choice for him. And the choice of Adam was to demonstrate what it means to obey a law by choice. Angels don't have a choice. shayateen have a choice but they failed. Adam alayhis salam is supposed to have a choice and succeed. He's supposed to demonstrate that to the to all two before
allies origin. As a nation, Vanessa, we're supposed to show all the other nations what it means to obey Allah and get the best of this world and get the best of the next world. The the role of the Israelites, the reason Allah gave them prophet after prophet after Prophet, the reason a lot preferred them is not because they are racially superior. It's not because of their race, it's not because of their language. The reason I chose them is because they were supposed to demonstrate to all the other nations of the world what it means to obey Allah. So all other nations of the world could see that model and be impressed with that model, and come to the way of Allah. So you know how
we have Dawa as an individual, one person talks to a Christian or a Jewish friend or a Hindu friend, or a Buddhist friend and is telling them about Islam, that's Dawa as an individual. But there's also such a thing as that why as a nation, when a nation has the, you know, is built upon the model of Allah teachings, then the existence of that nation itself is Dawa, itself sends a message and if one person can make that one to 1000 people, can you imagine what the Dow of a nation looks like? It can affect the entire world. If that model exists, it will affect the entire world. This was their job, but they failed. And when they failed, a lot reminded them that this job of theirs is not just
because they're children of Israel. They're actually children of your Brahim. So the next story in the surah is not the bonobo that goes back to
Ibraheem alehissalaam because they were supposed to be like their father, Ibrahim. And so here, what I'd like to share with you is another continuation. It's very simple to remember I hope inshallah Allah will keep it in your mind for today's discussion. The first story was which one you tell me?
Adam alayhis. Salam, Adam, Allah He was the medicine was tested yes or no. He was tested by new Israel is the second story right? Where they tested yes or no. They were tested. Ibrahim alayhis. Salam is the third story. Are they tested? Is he tested? Yes or no? Yes. three stories. And in all of them, the main characters are tested. Yes. In the case of Adam and he sat down, did he pass the test? Or did he fail the test?
It's okay, you can say I'm not gonna kick you out. He failed the test. They ate from the tree. But he can make it up later by doing this the far right, he apologized. Because that's that's the way of humanity will sometimes we will fail. And we'll ask a logical, you know, for an apology will make us the club and we can come back, right. That's the first story of a failure, but then you can recover. The second story is the Israelites did they pass the test or they failed the test? They failed the test and they didn't apologize.
There's a difference between Adam and Adam failed, but apologized. The Israelites failed, but they refuse to apologize. Actually, they became even more arrogant. Instead of becoming humble after failing, they became even more arrogant after failing. What's the third story that I mentioned?
Abraham, did he did he pass the test or fail the test? He passed all of them. So you have three scenarios you can fail and make it up. You can fail and become worse. Or you can pass three tests. And then in the surah, the next story is the story of this oma from here on it's talking this surah is talking about this oma us the Muslims. And the question hasn't been answered, did we pass the test? Did we fail the test? Are we going to recover from it? Well, the reason we're mentioned here is because now three case studies are there before us. We hope to be like Ibrahim alayhis salam that we pass the test. In case we fail the test we hope to be like who
are the militia because if in case we fail any test, we should make a step out and fix ourselves. We hope that we never become like who
who pass the test and become arrogant and keep failing or fail the test and become arrogant and keep failing. Now it's our turn to be tested and our first now that we are the chosen nation, by the way,
in were removed from this position. And now that we are supposed to be the children of Ibrahim alayhis salam, we're supposed to carry that responsibility. We are now given that title. We are now being transformed. And in this is we're gonna see the phrase work as alika dynaco. Martin, that is how we made we made you into an oma, you are now the nation. But before I get to that, just these few elements, the first of them. We the Muslims see themselves as the continuation of the same battle that started with our family history. The battle between the side of the angels and the side of the shell team, we are actually the final soldiers in that battle. That's what we are. That's the
that's the thought of a Muslim, then we are supposed to be the people we recognize that we are not the first ones to be chosen.
There was a nation who was chosen before us and what happened with that nation. They were replaced, replaced by who? us if Allah did that once he can do it again in tavano yester del Carmen hydrocone Malaya qu EMTALA calm, if you turn away, if you fail, he will replace you with a nation other than you and they won't be like you. He told that to us. So we don't say Oh, bunnies try their turn is over. And now it's our turn. Yes. Ah. Because if you think you're special and I'm special, and that's it, we have the special label, then we are no different than who when you thrive. That's part of our identity. We realize that we are we are replaceable. We are entirely replaceable. Allah will
take nations today that are Christian, Hindu, Jewish, other nations and they may become the Muslims of tomorrow.
They may do that. And Allah has no problem doing that. And he's done it before. You know, yeah, to be calm and serene. He'll bring another nation in your place. He'll bring other people in your place all together. So the thinking of the Muslim is that we are not irreplaceable. We are not permanent. We don't own Islam. Islam owns us. We don't own it.
The third piece of our identity is that we are actually this is very important. We see ourselves as the practices of the religion of Ibrahim arisa.
This is really important. The name of our religion Islam actually comes from Ibraheem alehissalaam anonymously maynila comienzo Ria Tina omaka muslimah kanak iscala horrible Aslam Kala Islam to the Robin alameen who are some Morocco Muslim in Amman, Commonwealth he has over and over again in Quran you learn that the idea of Islam of complete submission to Allah unconditional, I will obey Allah no matter how difficult the commandment, that is the legacy of our father Ibrahim alayhis salaam. Our religion is actually one of the names of Islam in the Quran is meloetta v comb Ebrahim, the religion of your father, Ibrahim.
This is extremely important.
Actually, even Rasulullah sallallahu is and we say this is the religion of Humberto Rasulullah says and we say that, but even Mohammed has told me that if you follow the religion of Ibrahim, you must follow the religion of Ibrahim. This is not a lecture about that. But in just a couple of minutes, I want to give you a quick, quick, quick picture of how much we are the religion of Ibrahim, how many pillars in Islam
is not a hard question guys. How many pillars in Islam, right? Shahada goes back to Abraham, the law of oneness of Allah. Everybody's clear why that goes back to Abraham Marley's that I'm right.
No confusion by HUD goes back to Abraham Mondays and is anybody confused about that? How do we do at the house built by Ibrahim every ritual is tied to Abraham and then we make sell off what does he do macabre Hema masala suffi Moreover, goes back to Abraham the slaughtering of the animal goes back to heaven on him all of Haji goes back to who? Ibrahim alayhis salam, the Salah who made the drop, which is the murkiness allottee woman Dorothy who made that Abraham la salami Dada, you know, make me the one who establishes the prayer then Okay, then what's left is a god we're also Ibrahim al Islam son is this my colleague, Moodle, Allah hooba Salatu was a karate he used to tell his family
to pray and to give Zakat Where did his smile learn his religion from
from Ibrahim even goes back to Abraham or is only one thing left to start how are you going to do Ramadan and Ibrahim?
Because Ibrahim Alayhi Salam didn't have Ramadan Why do we celebrate Ramadan?
Why? I know it's a hard question but I'll wait for you let it get awkward. It's okay.
Because of Quran, Quran was given to
Rasulullah saw Shall we celebrate Ramadan because Quran came right? Quran came because of the Avi Rahim
Allah whenever I see him Rasul Allah man whom he Maya tikka, Elisa homolka, who is a game master, send a messenger among them who will recite your IR which Koran? he'll teach them the book, which book, Koran. And finally the Tao was answered when who came Rasulullah came and we celebrate the coming of the Quran with what month Ramadan. And actually in Ramadan, we celebrate the answer of Abraham's daughter.
That's what we celebrate five of the pillars go back to Abraham on Islam, or five.
It's this is the religion of Abraham. And that's a very important thing to understand, extremely important to understand. So now what I've given you that, let's take a step forward. Let's Let's not think about this in terms of religion for a second, let's think of it in terms of a new nation, a new nation, a new nation needs Independence Day,
and have a celebration of when the nation was formed. A new nation needs a capital, right? A new nation needs a constitution. A new nation needs a name.
What's the name?
muslimeen. from Islam comes from who? Ibrahim Ali Salaam. What's the constitution?
The Book of Allah the Quran.
Now, this surah has given us the name Omar Ahmed and masaka. We've been given a name and we've given the name been given the name of Sam. Later on in the surah. We're going to be given our independence day or actually independence month. What is that? Ramadan? That's part of us becoming a new nation. We used to fast on the same days as the Jews, but now we're gonna fast on our own days, which is the days of Ramadan, then the capital of faith was considered Jerusalem. But now there's a new capital. What's the new capital? It's NACA. It's the Kaaba. And that's what we're going to learn about today. Because a new nation needs a new capital. So in every sense, we a new nation is being formed that is
separated from the previous nation.
Which was the previous chosen nation, but slightly. Okay. Now as this shift is happening one last thing 1000s of years ago, Ibrahim alayhis salaam in this sort of UI article, he made the US standing next to his son, his Marine, he made a DA woman zawiya Tina met and muslimah 10 lakh out of our future generations at least give us one Omar that is Muslim.
And that da when he made it with his son 1000s of years later, let's hold it on the tongue of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he tells us in these charts, what is alakija Now come on mutton was that's how we made you an oma? As if to say Finally I have answered the DA of Abraham you made He made you into an oma, we sitting here are actually the answer of the law of Ibrahim alayhis salaam, among my children given mother is Muslim. And you know, Muslim Allah Subhana Allah. So this is just a little bit of a history of why these items the change of the Qibla are important. They begin with a very strange phrase, Allah says say akula so far how Dominus fools among the people are
going to say. And this idea of fools let's dig into that a little bit. This is the third time and sort of Bukhara Allah mentions fools.
The first time it was mentioned newcomer Amina Sophia How should we believe like the fools believe?
And the second time it was actually about Ibrahim Ali Salaam woman Yakubu miletti, Brahim in love and Sophie Hannah who, who would turn away from the religion of Ibrahim except somebody who fools himself.
And now Allah says, the fools among the people will say, fools among the people. Well, who are the people, the people around the prophets of Salaam, there are Muslims, there are hypocrites, there are Jews, there are Christians, even by extension, you can say there are Muslim again. And Allah says among all the people, the most foolish among them, the only ones that are less willing to call fools, they are going to say the following what? What in the world are they going to say, Mao Allahu Allah to him? Unless he can?
What turned them away from their Qibla? What turns them away from their direction? So let's understand this history briefly. There are lots of different interpretations. I'll share with you the one that I find the most compelling, easy to understand and convincing, okay. Rasulullah saw Salam according to some narrations, when he originally it wasn't explicitly stated, but his practice was to pray towards Jerusalem.
Even when he lived in Mecca, he used to pray towards Jerusalem whenever possible. As a matter of fact, when he would stand up the Kaaba, some narrations tell us, he would stand in a way that the Kaaba is in front of him, and also Jerusalem is in front of him, he could line them together. And that's how he would pray. Okay. The problem was when he moved to Medina, Medina is almost you could say, in a way in the middle, okay, without getting too technical about the map, it's in the middle. So you cannot pray now, with Jerusalem in front of you and the gobbler in front of you also, that's not possible. When you're going to face Jerusalem, your back will be to the Kaaba, now, that's
what's going to happen. But the prophets I said, I'm still praying towards Jerusalem. Even when he moved to Medina, he prayed towards Jerusalem. Now who prays also towards Jerusalem?
The Jews, they also pray towards us. And it's very clear that in the it's in their public speeches, they don't think Islam is the truth.
publicly, they say Islam is made up, he's not a prophet, he's a liar, all of these things. privately, it seems to be the case that they recognize more and more that he's the alleged prophet.
And it became more and more clear to them that that he is it.
And Koran keeps actually illustrating that they're hiding what they know. They hide the truth like the moon and how Columbia and the moon, they hide the truth and they know so publicly, no, no, no, no, no Islam privately. Oh, my God. Like there's a famous incident I mentioned in the Baccarat series of Omar bin Al Khattab or the Allahu taala on who? He walked into a. You know what they study the Jews that he the rabbi's. They study in a synagogue, you can say he walked in to a synagogue, and he just started talking to them. So why don't you like Islam? What's your problem with the Quran?
He says the you know, they said, he keeps exposing all our secrets.
Like things they've been hiding in their book. cron keeps exposing over and over and over again. But the thing is, at least publicly, they were telling
In the world, this religion is false.
If let's just I want you to understand this scenario, if you think if a Jewish friend of mine thinks that I have the wrong religion, Islam is wrong. Whether I pray towards GABA, or I pray towards Disneyworld, or I pray towards California, why does he doesn't care? It's not his problem. I could pray upwards or downwards or backwards, I can pray on my head. He was no big deal. It's wrong Anyway, why should he care?
When the Prophet size of them decided and Allah revealed to him silently without telling him It seems to start praying towards the Kaaba.
When he starts praying towards the Kaaba, the Jewish community is very offended.
Why don't you pray towards Jerusalem? Why are you changing direction?
If this is not your religion, why do you care?
You're not supposed to care, right? But the fact that they were offended and started making a joke out of, hey, how can they just change their direction? That exposed something it exposed that they know that this is the right religion. And it also exposed that they know that so long as he's praying towards Jerusalem, Allah is still not that angry. And he's angry, but he's still I mean, he's praying in the same direction. He's fasting on the same days, you know?
So we're still kind of the same. It's okay, we can, we've messed with profits before we can mess with this one, no problem.
But when the capital has changed, it's like a lie saying, this is a new nation, you're not part of it. And the only way you can be part of this nation, you have to change your direction.
And they got upset and they what they were hiding all along, came out and they said, ma Allahumma and equivalente himolla t convallaria. What turned him away from the direct direction it was their direction similar to him, the office adjusting Come on, guys, that's that's your direction, do it, do it in Jerusalem, the one that used to be committed to what turned them away from the direction the direction that they used to be committed to, when they said that it foolishly explained and made it public that they were hiding the truth. And thus they are the fools among the people. You understand why they're foolish now, they couldn't hold it in. So who knows? And Allah says, say a
cool meaning they will say, Allah even called it they're going to come and say, and he doesn't say who they are interested fools. He doesn't say Hakuna yahood or say akula Saracen. He doesn't he didn't say that he was a fools will say this. And you could even argue that perhaps Sahaba when they first received these IOD there's no knowledge of who's gonna come and say this man will know him and him and then later on the rabbi's show up and say, Hey, what's going on here? Oh, fools. I see.
You know, a lot told us about you guys. You know, mahalo manageability humility kanmani. You know, for you from philosophy haha whom Allah was
saying, There's no bigger fool than then. That's what it implies. But what Allah says in response is so beautiful. They pay attention to this part. What should you say to them?
Cool Lila and Veronica will
tell them Allah owns the east and the west. Tell them a lot owns the east and the west. You know why that's important. It's important because in number La Habra to limb to Sally Emery he, the only important thing is that you obey Allah. The direction is not important. What is important is that you obey Allah even before these charts. What the law said before is when he left his machinery Kolmogorov when he was talking about Ibrahim alayhis, salam, he said what he learned how much Nicola Muslim, Allah owns the east and the law owns the west for a number two, when loofa sama was Hola, wherever you may turn,
wherever you may turn, wherever you are in the world, that is where the face of Allah is. That wasn't even an ayah, about the Qibla or the Harlem or nothing. Allah said, you will find a love wherever you are.
Why for the Jews, if you're not praying towards Jerusalem, then it's, it's like
for the now return towards the Qibla. And it's how can you allies over there.
And now realizing, actually Allah is not over there. Allah owns the east and the west. Wherever you are, you'll find Allah, wherever you are in the law, see, I mean, Allah is vast knowledge on all knowing, you know, for children, sometimes our kids we talk about the Kaaba, we have pictures of the Kaaba at home. We have little toy cube GABA things, you know, are they have school projects where they make the Kaaba and we call it a law's house now for a child? What do they think
Allah lives in there?
You know, alone, we need one bedroom, he doesn't know extra rooms in the house. You know? Now a kid, a three year old can think like that No problem. But you know, sometimes we don't realize even adult Muslims,
even adult Muslims, Muslims will go to the Kaaba, and they'll go take a scissor and tear out a piece of the bailiff, stick it in there
and then bring it home and put it in their house.
You know? Is that piece of cloth have any value? Is that worthy of worship? Is it sacred? No. You know what sacred the command of a lot of praying that direction. The most sacred part of the Kaaba is dangerous. But yes, the most valuable part of the Kaaba Angelus one
looks at a last word. And he says, I know you're just a rock,
Latin favela. Tada. You don't benefit and you don't harm. And I'm only kissing you because the Prophet kissed you. That's it. But you're just a rock. Like before he kissed the rock. He said, hey, you're just a stone.
Are we that clear about that? It doesn't look like it when you go to Cabo today. It looks like people are obsessed with stone.
People are crazy about a stone.
And the lesson Ally's teaching here is that your loyalty is not to that stone. Your loyalty and your worship is to Allah. Allah has much Nikolas Muslim.
Yeah, demon Yasha illustrata. Most of you understand this point, it's very heavy point. It could be that somebody? This is a controversial thing to say. But I have to say because it must be said it could be that somebody is at the Kaaba and they still don't know what the heaters
it's they still don't know what it means to worship Allah.
But it is what it means to worship Allah. We are not there to worship the Kaaba.
We are there to worship Allah.
That's why Allah says Allah owns the eastern allones the West.
And so yeah, the money shot. This is one of my favorite phrases in the ayah. Yeah, Viva La salata, Mr. Team, he guides whoever he wants to a straight path. Very easy transition. He guides whoever he wants to a straight path. But look at the the deeper meanings inside here. First of all, what is important is guidance. And guidance isn't just which way you pray guidance is. What are you going to do? What are you not going to do? Wait, hold on. That's too. There's too interesting for some of you. So I'll stop.
let them finish.
You guys done.
Okay. Because a lot of people got interested in that. So I thought maybe I'll let you guys get your entertainment
out of your way and then we can continue. Okay. You're with me. Now again, we're back. We're good. Okay. Okay.
So yeah, who knows about the monster theme?
You know, a lot guys, anybody who wants to a straight path. Did you know about Jerusalem, I was doing some research with some of my colleagues into the you know, we pray they used to pray towards Jerusalem. It started the practice allegedly starts with the Temple of Solomon with Solomon and his Salaam and praying in that direction. But he never made it mandatory on the Jewish people. Nor is there any any verses of the Bible or anywhere else, that it mandates that they must pray in that direction. There's a lot of, for example, different denominations of Christianity that no matter where they are in the world, they pray towards the east, different Christian groups, they pray just
towards the east. That's just what they do. Okay? But even for the Jewish people, there's no we call it Ma, right. There's no confusion. Whether you're a Muslim from China, or you're a Muslim from Australia or America, you're going to play towards the Kaaba. And the reason is very clear. Ibrahim alayhis salam built it. And Ibrahim Alayhi Salam at the Center for all people, there's no confusion. It's made very, very straightforward. There is no such straightforward instruction for Mr. doxa.
Even there is not a single Hadith of the prophets. I seldom pray in that direction. There are some narrations that he used to pray in that direction without saying anything. He was just doing it and we assume a lot of revealed to him continue that practice for now. And then I will make it towards the Kaaba. That's that's all we assume. But there is no explicit statements. There is nothing but now Allah has guided to a straight path, which is built on a straight, very clear argument because the previous passage of the sutra is clearly demonstrating Why is the Kaaba the right place to pray. Why is the Kaaba the right direction to pray because of Ibrahim alayhis salaam and how he built it
if you're familiar
with Marine, so that's one of the implications of Salatu was the theme.
The second implication of southminster theme that I'd like to highlight very, it's tough to understand the Muslims were praying towards Jerusalem.
There are two communities of Muslims Mahajan, and one.
Mahajan, and sadhna Mahajan. from Makkah, and when they were in Mecca even before Islam, their loyalty was to accept or their loyalty was to the Kaaba is to the Kaaba because there are people.
Now when they come to Medina, even they have to turn their back towards Mecca the home that they love, the home that they love. On the other hand, the the you know the answer, some of them are of Jewish background, Christian background, their loyalty is towards what
towards Jerusalem. And are what Allah has done has done is is focused everybody's attention back towards what
everybody is now focused back towards Mecca. The Muslims have just escaped Mecca. They were almost killed in Mecca. They finally come to Medina and they can breathe,
relief. But when a lot of turns their direction in prayer towards Makkah, they realize something, we have to go back to Makkah.
We can't stay in Medina because we're praying towards what Mecca Can you imagine praying towards the Kaaba and they're still idols.
The only choice you have is you have to go clean up the mustard.
You can't keep praying in that direction.
And let it be the way it is. Just by changing the Qibla Allah gave the Muslims a mission. And the mission was you will liberate the Kaaba. Is that clear to everybody? Because if this ayah didn't come, the Muslims don't have to worry about Mecca anymore. They can just live their life in Medina and keep praying towards Jerusalem, no problem, let the people of Mecca do what they do, who cares? But now that we have to pray in that direction, we have to purify a law's house. We have to repeat what Allah told Ibrahim, but his job at purify my house. Now we have to purify that house. And that is a mission now that will have to go step by step by step. So if you understand that everything
that the Prophet did sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, after this, after this came everything a prophet in place for them, was part of a mission to clean up the Kaaba again. The agenda the mission became that Salatu was 13
straight path straight road back to Makkah. That's what it became. And so the Muslims are clear that that is their mission now. Yeah, the Manisha illustrata. Must have been, there's one more minor thing that I want to share with you is about many of the Jewish people believed that they are the special people of Allah, nobody can convert to their religion. It's there's and there's only you have to be born into this religion, otherwise you cannot be part of this religion. And Allah says now No, this is the religion of Ibrahim. That's why you face the house built by Ibrahim. And if Rahim was worried about all the nations, the open invitation to whoever he wants Manisha illustrata,
Mr. King, He will guide whoever he wants to a straight path. He made this religion International. He made this religion beyond any ethnicity when he said manga, because this was not the way of the Jewish people. The Jewish people were exclusive. You see, but we are not exclusive. Islam is not a Malay thing.
Islam as a South Indian thing to Islam as a Chinese thing to Islam as an Australian thing to Yeah, it is.
Islam as Islam is across ethnicities. Islam is also for the people who aren't even Muslim yet. It's for them to
it's equal access. We have to ingrain this in our head, because sometimes even for the Muslims, they have been Muslim for a few generations. And they feel like this is our thing. That is their religion. This is our religion, we're too different.
Now, this religion is not inherited. This religion is given by a lion. He gives it to whoever whoever wants and our job is to be the ambassador's of it. Okay. So now, what can vatika Now come on Latin Masada. And that is how we made you into a nation that is kundalika, suggesting karateka casilla might be to Masada, just there's lots of meanings. I'll simplify them. One of them is just like the Jews were made a nation before you now you've been made a nation.
Another meaning is just because now the Kaaba is your direction. That is how you are made and oma because that is your mission.
When that mission is fulfilled and the Kaaba is cleaned up, then you will have fulfilled the mission of Abraham and Islam because if Rahim built that house for the worship of Allah, not for the worship of idols, so you're going to fulfill the mission of your father Ibrahim, that's what you're going to do. This is why I keep calling it the religion of Ibrahim even the mission of Rasulullah Islam is actually tied back to the house built by Ibrahim alayhis salaam, okay.
Valley culture Jalan buddy Gianna con la Jalan Aha. I mean who this in this phenomenal way this is one of the meanings of the ayah in this amazing way we made you into a nation not in any lesser way we the people of this oma, it's incredible. There are people that you will meet at the hang up Muslims you'll meet around the world you'll see somebody praying at an airport somewhere you don't even speak the same language as them. You don't eat the same food as them, you know nothing about them, you'll join them in salon stand next to them.
And you'll go and Riku at the same time and to do that the same time. You are now joined with people just because of La ilaha illAllah you have nothing else in common. Nothing, nothing else in common. And that's enough. That's more than enough. So hon Allah. This is an amazing thing Allah has given us that he has never given any other people in the world. No other people have it like we do. Nobody else. You know, when I go in America, when I lived in New York, there are lots of different churches, of course in New York, and in Texas, of course, there are lots of churches. But especially in New York, there was a Korean church. There was a Chinese church. There was a Filipino church.
There was a Puerto Rican church, there was a Dominican church, there was a Mexican church. There was a, you know, black church. It's not even Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church and Unitarian Church and Catholic Church and Orthodox Church. I didn't mention different schools of thought I mentioned different ethnicities, or churches by ethnicities. But you're not supposed to have a Bangladeshi and Pakistani merci Indian vinyl, you have an Indian Muslim kale. I know much of India, I know.
But it's not just for the Indians. It's just called lush in India because the lots of Indians in the neighborhood, not because they check out the door. Hey, hold on. Let me see your speak sometimes. Oh, no, go, No.
It's open. And then you see the same same city in New York City. You go to a mustard. You go to my Chautauqua in Brooklyn. And you have the Senegalese and you have the Chinese and you have the, you know, people that used to be Jewish became Muslim, and Pakistanis and Indians and all of it, just standing in one row. Subhan Allah. This is, this is how you were made into an oma but the thing I wanted to highlight for you in Sharla is the word that describes this oma, Abraham's word was omitted Muslim, Latin, American, Muslim Latin, but a lot changed it.
Allah said, not just American, Muslim Latin. Now he gave it a new quality. He said, Oh, mutton was often a different word now. So you were expecting the same word again on my Muslim method, because that's what he asked for. But a lot added to the Muslim method. And he added on button was another word was that is actually very important for us to understand. So I'll give you some things about it.
It's first of all sudden London defassa. When is the festival festival here, Menlo Azimi, Milan was an orphan for the ohana here in the feast Kenai and let me just explain what that means in Simple English. But that can mean the middle of something. What is the middle of something?
The thing is what is in the middle of the castle, the most valuable things, the wall on the outside the security guards the gates, you know, and then all the way in the middle is the most valuable thing. Even the way Allah created, the human being right in the middle is the most valuable body part. Right in the middle, you understand. Same way when you have jewelry, the most valuable jewel is where in the middle if you have a necklace, the most valuable jewel goes right in the middle. So in the Arabic language. And by the way, the when I should even give the example of a valley
and the animals graze Gray's graze, but they barely get to the middle. So the middle has the best fruits and best plants and you know best vegetation. So the middle of something became known in Arabic as the best of something, the nicest of something the most valuable of something. So in Arabic culture and in Arabic language middle and the best and the climax and the most amazing are one in the same. When we are told on mutton wasa it's one meaning is a middle nation. But it's also an amazing nation, the most valuable nation, an incredible nation, a beautiful nation. You know, the best of all nations. It's all embedded inside the word was that
what fascinates me even more, this is hard to understand, but I'll try to make it easy pay attention to this part in Sharla. There was a time I might even give you a short break so you can refresh your minds after this. The word was up is what's called an Arabic or Muslim.
You know in English, there's adjectives and there is
ideas. an adjective is like blue or green or big or small these are adjectives. But, you know, small is an adjective but smallness. smallness is not an adjective. It's an idea.
Similarly, high is an adjective but Highness is an idea.
Similarly, middle is an adjective. But middle, this is an idea. The idea of middle
was a fun is actually not motivasi fun. But the word citizen would have meant middle, an adjective. But what certain is an idea. And what that does is it changes the meaning significantly. What it suggests is that these this oma, Allah has made this oma when people don't understand what middle means, what balance means. What beautiful means they don't understand that idea. When they look at this Omar, they get the definition of that idea.
It's like that idea. Because ideas are abstract. They're not they're not easy to quantify. We will become the living example of what it means to be balanced, we will be that or that is the excellent that's the expectation of Allah Subhana. Allah, that is a huge expectation, and we're doing a terrible job.
We're not doing a good job at all.
As I leave you with this first break, I'd like to share with you what what was the fun could imply, what does it mean that we're the most amazing, balanced middle people? What does that mean?
There are nations before us, they were only interested with matters of knowledge.
And their hearts became hard.
There were other nations who cared only about the matter of the heart. And they had no knowledge.
The Jewish people, lots of knowledge, but hearts became hard. The Christian people, lots of hearts, but no knowledge and the online is what
was in between the two.
This book, it opens up our minds and it melts our hearts, doesn't it? This oma is supposed to be spiritual and intellectual at the same time.
And we're supposed to constantly balanced between these two.
There were people before us who were very good in theory, but not good in practice.
There was there was anyone but no ama, or there was Ahmed and now we are supposed to be the people in an Amen balance together. We're right in between. right in between those two extremes. We are people that are there are people who only concern themselves with dunya.
There are people who only concern themselves with Akira. What about the soma?
Do we only care about our Kara? Do we only care about dunya Ravana is enough adonia Hazara will ask him if he has enough we are right in between. All right in between of you, Allah wants us to have the best of this dunya and the rest of the era. right in between, in every sense of the word and by the way, I would even argue this oma is supposed to be there are there are two kinds of knowledge. There is knowledge of Deen and knowledge of dunya.
I'll say that, again, knowledge of Vina knowledge of dunya you have engineers, you have physicians, you have accountants, you have, you know, different professions. These are people that have knowledge of dunya you have detune and fuqaha and Mufasa. rune and, you know, people, people of color and these are knowledge of Deen. We're supposed to be the people in between. Meaning we don't just learn our Deen. We also learn toniann we don't just learn dunya we also learn our Deen. So this is supposed to be the oma where the religious scholars know a lot about the world.
And it's also supposed to be the oma where the scientists and the political scientists and the thinkers and sociologists know a lot about their religion.
They're both they work together. They're not two different worlds. What has happened, you have an Islamic University.
They just study Islam. And then you have a engineering school or a medical school and that's all they study. And there are two different worlds. And people come out of one of them. And they know a lot about this world but they know nothing about that world. And the people in this world know everything here but they know nothing about that side. We're supposed to be the people that are the best of both. There's these are these two worlds are supposed to be in conversation. You see how far we've come from that? When somebody today some young young people come to me and say, I don't want to study science anymore. I want to study my Deen and I say Allah
when you're studying science, that's also your deen
that's also your the Why do you think that's like you're studying shaitan or something? What's wrong with you?
There's nothing wrong with studying science. There's nothing wrong with studying accounting or finance. We are that balanced people in everything that we do.
in everything that we do, it's incredible. You know, I'll mention one or two more examples of the middle. There are nations, you know, like, like, for example, communism, right? ideologies, where they think about the society and they don't think about the individual.
Right? So the individual has been eliminated, and everything is about the greater good. The larger society, then, of course, the opposite is something like consumerism, capitalism, where the only thing that matters is the individual who cares about what society so long as I have what I want, who cares about anybody else? Right? What is this the teachers, you have to care about yourself? And you have to care about the world around you. And you have to balance between both both of them. You have to balance between both of them, in every sense of the word Allah made us on Latin Masada.
And where will you learn that balance? You will learn that balance when you understand the role of Ibrahim alayhis salam in this religion. We keep going back to that one point. Turn back towards this this GABA will remind us of something. It will give us something what gallica Jana como Manasa evitar inshallah, Tada. I'll give you your first break. It'll be about eight minutes long. And then we'll wrap up the stairs barakallahu li walakum wa salaamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. I will, I will just be here or I will take this. This is a nice chair. I'll sit on a nice chair. You can come up and ask me questions. I don't want to do questions on the mic so you can come up we can
chat and then we can reconvene right after the short break. Okay.
Okay. It's okay for me to continue. Okay.
And hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam wa
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Billahi min ash shaytani r Rajim aka Danica Giacomo Mata Mata Nita kulu Shahada, Allah nasware kunafa su alikum shahida rubbish everywhere silly. I'm rewatching Dr. Millis Ania. Coco de I mean, come on. This is the scary part of what I want to share with you today the nature of the responsibility. On the one hand, it sounds like Allah has given us an amazing honor to calling us the middle nation or a nation that represents balance and the best of all things in every way. But it's not that simple. We were not just given this responsibility or this amazing badge, this honor, this metal and that that said congratulations. He says Lita, kulu, Shahada, Alana's so that you may
all be witnesses against humanity. You may be witnesses against humanity. This means a lot of things. So I want to go one by one. What does it mean that we the Muslims are witnesses against humanity, the first of them?
Allah charlatan, Illa Allah Muhammad Shahada, t Javi oma ami ha Shahada tomahto novoline, the meaning of shahidullah home Amano home, we are going to testify against all the non Muslims on Judgement Day.
We will testify against them but what does that mean?
See the prophets Allah Hema salatu salam, all of them Moosa, Isa Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, all of them were sent as a witness, like even our Prophet was told in Akasha, hidden, we sent you as a witness, for a profit to be a witness, two things have to happen.
He has to clearly give a message number one, and he has to clearly live that message number two,
I'll say that again. He has to give the message and why live the message. If you say good things, but you don't do good things.
If I tell my children pray to somebody, you don't pray, why should I pray?
I say good things, but I don't do good things. It has no value.
It has no it has it carries no weight.
I can only say good things and it means something if I do good things. profits were a witness against their people because they didn't just give them the theory. Be kind be just be honest, be truthful. You know, they didn't give those values in words in speeches. But when they look at these, these profits, personal lives, when you go inside their homes, when you see their business dealings, when you see their how they treat their neighbor and how they are in their everyday everything that they do. You could see that they live it first and then they give it
that's when they become a witness.
This oma is supposed to be a witness against all of humanity, which we which means we have to be clear and giving them a message. And we also have to be clear and living the message. So they see us and they see justice. They see us and they see people who have no racism. They see us and they see people that have no classism the wealthy
You're not treated better than the poor.
One race is not treated better than another.
They see us and they don't see any corruption. They see us. They see honesty in every one of our business practices, they see us and they see people who when they give a promise, they fulfill a promise.
We think that one means you hand somebody a brochure that says allies one, you hand somebody a pamphlet, or give them a video or they just get the message. That's just one part of Shahada. If you want a hug on them, they have you you have to give the message and you have to live it to. That's when you become Shahid. When Allah says Nita, kulu Shahada, Allah nurse, you know what that means. That means you must now live the teachings of this book, you must be a living model. Each of you have this book, and then you can preach the message of this book.
I'll tell you one of the scariest things I've ever experienced in my life. One of the most depressing experiences of my life, you'll be surprised. It was hedge.
hedge. And I've only done one hedge.
And it's supposed to be the most joyous occasion of my life. And I was very depressed. Eventually, I was happy. But I was very depressed. You know why I was depressed. Because there were VIP sections.
I was depressed because there were people with a different kind of passport treated differently.
I was depressed because, you know, people were not concerned about each other at all.
If you wanted to take somebody and say if you told somebody Islam, in Islam, everybody's treated equally.
In Islam, the wealthy and the poor, and the black and the white. They're all the same. We are all slaves of Allah. That's the beauty of Islam. That's why Bilal accepted Islam. And he could stand next to Omar and pray.
And I give them all that theory. And I say, let me show you Islam, and I take them to judge
them this. This is your Islam.
Am I maybe I have bad eyesight? Or
maybe this is a different religion or something.
We're in the world am I going to take them and I show them that people are the oma is what it's supposed to be. And we live it.
Until we become models of it. Please listen to this. I know it's controversial. I get in trouble for it. I don't care what this is what I'm convinced of, until we the oma are a model of the of this Deen. We don't get to hate the kuffaar
we don't get to say these kuffaar they're gonna go to China. Who cares about these people worship? What do you what have you shown them? What have I shown them?
You know, talk is half the equation. The Living model is the other half. That's what the prophets were the prophets were not all talk. The prophets were not great speeches. They were living examples, you know, before Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a little soon.
What was he called? by the people?
A saatvik. Enemy? You guys know this, right? True, honest.
Is that the first qualities people know about Muslim woman today?
Think about that. Before the Prophet was even given the responsibility to do Dawa, he proved his credibility.
That is his Shahada. Because that's when when he taught Islam, people said we have to listen. He's an honest man. He's the most truthful man. I know. Obviously, this is the right religion.
You know, today you find those good qualities. non Muslims have them way more than the Muslims have them. It's a shame. It's a shame and we have to be the ambassadors of those qualities. We are too obsessed with preaching Islam and not living it
when we think about dour, and that's, that maybe there are but it's not Shahada otherness, because the Shahada means we're witnessing people saw you people saw what you're like and then they still rejected then you get to say to Allah, Allah, we try to live by your deen we try to stay away from Iran abide by the law. We did justice every every way we could. And then we also gave them the message of Islam and Yama they didn't listen.
Then we have a case. And by the way, think about the opposite.
As mono de Rahim, Allah put it think about the opposite. If we don't do this, if we don't become witnesses over humanity in the way that we're supposed to, and we come in front of a law and judgment a and the neighbors that we had the hint
Do Buddhist, Christian Jewish atheist agnostic neighbors that we had stand in front of a lawn judgment and say y'all love, I had no idea what is Islam? And Allah will say didn't until Kareem next lived next door.
And AbdulKarim says you're right here.
I'm looking, they're saying they didn't know Islam. But you live next door. Yeah, but I own a liquor store and
we used to go to movies together.
They don't know any Islam from you.
They just know don't do business with Uncle Kareem. Because this shady guy
how are they going? I know Islam from you. Because you gave them some star and Ramadan. That's how they know Islam from you. Who's in trouble now?
Is this guy in trouble more this can even trouble.
You understand what's happening here? If this is a huge burden put on this Omar. Now we will be standing trial before Allah azza wa jal
because the people will see Islam as beautiful but not the oma.
Islam is amazing. But how would I know? How in the world would I know? You know, that nittaku Shahada, Allah, nurse and as all people, which means whichever culture we belong to whichever nation we belong to, Islam can be practiced there.
Islam can survive as a minority and the majority, Islam can survive when you're the only Muslim in the village. Islam can survive when you're 1 million people and the other one is one to two people. Islam is not dependent on numbers. It's not, it's not dependent on the environment. You will be witness to humanity, no matter what situation no matter what environment.
Nita kulu Shahada, Allah knows you know what this also taught us? This ayah this ayah taught us we cannot stay among ourselves. We cannot stay Muslim among Muslim only Muslims have to deal with Hindus, they have to deal with Buddhists. They have to deal with people of other religions. They have to interact with them, they have to share concern with them. Because there are people of Ebrahim Ibrahim never stayed in one place that he always dealing with other people. always concerned about other people. You know what? anybody here know what Ibrahim alayhis salaam did with the people of loot? The angels came to Abraham first. And he said Why are you here? They said we are going to
kill everyone in the nation of who nuth Ramos Oh, they're gay. Right? Yeah, kill him.
What did he do?
He argued on their behalf. If it was one of us, was humble enough finally.
Is it going to be nuclear?
And Ibrahim al Islam is huge enough he called me Ruth.
We are military comm Ibrahim. We are supposed to be a mercy and a source of downloads for all people. All people can you imagine how far we've come from? How far away We are from that. So that's the first implication. Then let's listen to this Hadith of the Prophet Solomon side beside you jollibee new Yeoman chiama amazing.
New will be brought on judgment day.
For your cannula help Allah.
He will be asked, Did you deliver the message who was being asked? No. Hello, Sarah. Did you deliver the message for your job? He will say Yes, Master. I did. I did. I delivered the message for two salomo then his nation will be asked how
did the message reach you? For your coluna magic?
They're gonna say No, nobody came warning us.
No, he's saying I did my job. His entire nation says no. What are you talking about? We didn't have any Warner. We didn't have any messenger for your cool Minshew Manchu hudak. Allah will say to you, do you have any witnesses that can prove that you're telling the truth?
Allah is asking who now? No, and no answers or for your kulu Mohammad Anwar Amato.
He says yes, the people that will make defend me will be Mohammed and hazama.
Muhammad and us us on Judgment a we never met no had a salon. But did we recite surah?
Did we recite out of knew that we know that he delivered the message, this Quran we believe it. And so he says,
For you, Joe will be coming back a shadow, then Allah will bring all of you and you will all testify Yes, new delivered the message. We learned that in Quran. Allah made us a witness against the people of New
on the Day of Judgment, even against them. We're not just a witness against the people who live in our time with even a witness against the criminals of all history. And it also means we are witness in favor of all of the believers of the past. I'll give you just one example. Shahada
Elena's as hovorka Have you guys know the famous story writers have been called? If the Quran did not teach us how to graph
these, these young people,
everybody in the world would have believed that these are Christian saints who believed in the worship of Jesus.
That's what the whole world would have believed
that these were saints. There's a church in their name still their churches in their name Jacobite churches.
Nobody came to testify and say that these were believing men. These believers were good men and they didn't do any [???]. They stood by Allah, except Koran. And through Quran this Omar testifies for them.
Were the ones who came to defend them.
This Quran through this Quran, we will testify for all the believers who have ever lived in history, which nobody knows about. And we will be the witnesses, we will be their backup. This is Panama Ramachandran island in the messenger is Allah for all the nations of the world in the future and in the past, even in the past.
Even for people that we've never heard of, you know, people in history that are we don't know where they're buried, but they believe that in the law, we will testify for them. This this woman, so honored supanova. So now, those who say salam says from our Quranic agenda, como matassa, nittaku Shahada, Allah, The Prophet said this hadith about you will testify for the people of New then he recited this I he made you a middle nation, so you can be witness against all of humanity. And then he described was southern Colorado and he said, What Santa means you will be a witness that can be relied upon you are reliable witnesses, your Wi Fi.
When your cooler, Rasulullah Alaykum shahida This is the hardest part.
You were made a balanced nation, so you can testify against all of humanity. And also so that the messenger can testify against you
know, pseudo law, someone can testify against you. This is a very difficult concept.
This is several things. I'll start with the first one. If we I want you to imagine the chord of allies, three parts. The people one side, the oma in the middle, and rasulillah on that side, three sides who is in the middle? We are in a sense we are between the people and the messenger.
How is the messenger supposed to reach the people with who
people in the middle he's gone. The only thing left of him is this oma we are a reflection of Rasulullah saw is on this earth. So in a sense we are worship also because we are in between Rasul Salam on the side, and humanity on that side and on Judgement Day all of them are standing. All of them are there is there the oma is there, humanity is there. And humanity says they didn't do their job. They never taught us. He never showed us and on the other side of the syllabus testifying, they didn't do their job.
We are already in trouble with humanity side. Now we're in extra trouble from which side
Our messenger Elisa to salam, we learned about him that on judgment day he does shafa for the soma,
Almighty Almighty multiple times, multiple times. But that's not the only testimony and judgment. A lot of times the Muslims we highlight. And when I teach ayatul kursi, I highlight the shofar, Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and how he's going to make a case for all of us to enter Gemini and May Allah make us of those that are worthy of the Shabbat of the plea of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu sallam. But that's not the only testimony on the day of judgment from the profit. We have to know all of them.
What's the other one?
For us a
common a common, unhealthy, people are going you know the health of the profits I sell on the river.
When we drink from and goes up, the whole European people Muslims are trying to drink from the hub. They're coming on Judgement Day to drink from the river. And there are angels pushing them away, get away, get away, get away, no access for you. So there's people that are fighting to try to get to the river and they can't get access. So someone says oh my god,
team master this my people let the new Muslims let them come drink. For you call in Nicoletta dreamer.
He will be told you don't know what they did after you were gone.
You don't know what trouble they caused. And what did he say? In the hombre de Lucia yo they replaced? They changed.
They made changes for a whole new socket socket demanded dolla dolla body then
I will say take them far away Take them far away anybody who made changes after I was gone
a second ago he was saying oh my god
a second later as I said, I'm saying Take them away Take them away
because they were not sure that
they changed. This is our identity as an oma. What does it mean to be an oma? It means to be Shahada.
What does it mean to be an oma Rasulullah Alaykum Shaheen
Don't forget that fissa here and the hula mabuchi Rasulullah sallallahu ala calu jasola k Fabien Latina moto. Actually, even though that's later on, I'll tell you that later on. We akuna rasuluh La Cucina, I'd like you to remember that we on the Day of Judgment, there's a there's a I have put on, very difficult to swallow laucala rasuluh yarrabah nakoma takanohana Khurana nigera nasugbu say on that day, this nation of mine they abandon the Quran. they abandon the Quran and Mufasa will say this refers to coresh arratia band in the Quran. But others say no it says in the huddle, huddle Quran Majora
like is it ironic language is they held on to this Koran as something to be left alone. How do you hold on to something
and then leave it alone. The best example of this I can find is in our cultures. We hold on to the Quran. We recite the Quran, we print it in beautiful colorful glossy print, we love you know, calligraphy of the Quran Tajweed of the Quran we love these things, but the message of the Quran
the Quran yes beautiful art of the Quran two thumbs up
but don't don't talk about it by no no no no
don't talk about you know, it's teaching. We'll talk about justice. So don't don't go there No, no, just recite, just recite beautifully. Oh, Mashallah, you're doing
We hold on to it and abandon it at the same time,
of those people. Because when those who lost sorry, someone testifies
who's who's left, who's left.
The day on which nobody gets to speak only Rasulullah speaks on the law.
And if he speaks against you, then there's nothing left.
Then there's nothing left. It's a scary position to you.
Those of us in the oma that are awake. There are two kinds of members of the soma. There's members of this oma that are sleeping and there's members of the soma that are awake. I would argue those of the oma that are awake, they better really wake up. We better really wake up we have a huge responsibility on our shoulders. huge responsibility on our shoulders and we have to carry this responsibility. We don't have a choice
and it will not be carried with anger. I cannot be yelling at the Muslims that are sleeping. I can't even they deserve mercy. There is there is a Rockman that's not how they're gonna wake up. You know, we have to follow the way of Ibrahim Ali Salaam in waking people up with love and mercy and care. This is just a brief analysis of Lita kulu Shahada, Elena's were pulled over Fulani alikum shahida as I go on, well manager at contohnya Elena Allah Jacobi also remain kalevala Aki Bay, so awesome.
And we didn't make the Qibla that you used to be committed to? Meaning Jerusalem. We only be put out there only for one reason to get to know to test who will actually follow the messenger and who will turn back on his heels and go away.
I told you earlier on there are two groups Mahajan, and Anza. Why was your own love? Kava. A lot of the Ansel love Jerusalem
when the Muslims moved to Medina who was being tested the Mahajan because they have to put their back to the Kaaba. When the IR came, you have to pray towards Mecca who's being tested the Maha De Anza who have affiliation to Jerusalem. So in this way both groups got tested.
To Allah testing whether they will obey a law was more important the direction of prayer was less important.
A law could have been the direction of the Kaaba, the mecca from the first layout of the Quran Why did you wait this long?
Why did you wait this long is this so important? Salaam is so important. Okay, masala is so early in the Quran. Why not just tell the Prophet from the beginning pray towards the Kaaba. He waited until he could test both groups of people of Makkah and the people of Medina because the the importance is not the direction of prayer. The importance is the command of Allah. That's what actually matters. So now when he does this
Do you know? Notice By the way, the language is so beautiful. We didn't change the direction of the Qibla except we could see who will actually follow the messenger mainly yet to be oversold.
Russell Sam doesn't even explain himself he prays towards Jerusalem. Nobody comes in us and jasola Why are we praying towards the Kaaba? Or when we're paying towards the Kaaba? He doesn't nobody comes in asking why are we praying towards the Kaaba?
Why aren't we paying towards Jerusalem anymore? The IRS hadn't even come yet. It seems to be the case that the IRS hadn't even come yet. And the Prophet was already praying in towards the Kaaba, then the IRS came.
Because that's why the fools will come and say, Hey, what happened? revolution hasn't even come yet. But the change has already happened. Now, when they turn their heels in my young colleague, Rocky Bay, in Quran, when somebody turns on their heels, it means they turn around and they run away. When you say turned around and run away, it means like run away from the battlefield, right? Quran uses that expression here to describe there are people who will turn around and run away because they don't want to follow the right direction of the Qibla. So it's literally it's playing on the direction of the Qibla. And the idea that they are retreating from Islam. Illa Allah Latina, had
Allah but the only people who will be able to follow this instruction is the ones Allah guided. Allah, Allah, Allah, Xena, and it's going to be too big of a problem and kind of like a viola, and it's going to be too big of a change, except for those who Allah has guided. I would like to as I as I teach these ions, what I'd like to emphasize is how does this apply to you and me today, because Qibla already changed on handling that is not difficult for you to say, Oh, no Jerusalem anymore. I guess I'm going to pray towards Kaaba, that problem is solved for you and me. But what are these? I mean, for you and me today? Here's what they mean. Sometimes you and I are learning about Islam.
Actually, sometimes you and I are not learning about Islam. We hear things, and we follow them since childhood.
And later on in your life, you actually learn that that wasn't as fun.
Later on in your life, you learn that there's something else, you're supposed to do something differently. Does that happen to you? When that happens to you? And you say no, no, I'm not going to do things the old way anymore. I'll do them this because I studied this and I learned this. I'm going to follow this. Everybody in your family says what? Crazy? What happened to you? Why are you becoming so extreme? Always do it this way. Over all wrong. Everybody's wrong. Now. Your grandfather was wrong to his father was wrong to
when you're sitting there going? No. Sorry.
Because now you have to see, do you follow your family? Because they're Muslim?
Or do you follow what you studied, what you learned, is going to get you in big trouble. So people came to the Sahaba. And they said this on actually when the direction was changed some Sahaba came to the prophet and they said this, okay, if I build a Xena motto Musa Luna in an elaboration of this
a lot there were lots of people who used to pray towards Jerusalem and they died.
So they were praying towards the wrong GPS direction.
There's a lot encount
What about him?
And then what about all of our prayers, we were praying in these many years we were praying towards Jerusalem. If that was wrong, none of those prayers counted.
And so when that came, that that distinction came, Allah azzawajal revealed while mark and Allah Who knew the IE Monaco,
Allah will not ever be someone who wastes your email
alone will not waste your email. It's beautiful, isn't it? They said our prayers are wasted. Allah didn't say Allah will not waste your prayer. Unless that alone will not waste your mind. Because prayer is only valuable when you pray with him on the direction was less important. Somebody stuck in the middle of the dark at night in the desert somewhere and they have to pray and their their phone has no service so the app for the Qibla is not working.
You know, they don't have a compass and nothing. They're like Allah What do I do? What do I do what I do? Like Eeny meeny, miney, Kaaba, and they just
and then later on when they you know, when they find out they prey towards Disney World so they did their prayer counter no
to the counter No, you know why counted because they prayed with what a man
the other beautiful thing here is Salah is a man to Allah.
To Allah there is no difference between salah and human that should tell you how important Salah is
because no Salah to Allah is the same as No, man oh man, that's heavy.
That's uh don't use that on your children.
That's for you and for me.
The state of your Salah is the state of
Your Eman when you don't give a lot of value to your Salah you're not giving a lot of value to your Eman.
When you take care of your Salah you're taking care of your mind. No difference between the two. This is why we're makanda la julio de Monaco. Allah will never wish to remind your Eman direction is not dependent on it. In Canada, Viva la la de da de la la la la la julio de Monaco. But what about the people and this is your email the people who asked the question, but they asked a question about people who died a long time ago. But the answer is a level not waste your event. But what about very even so losses in the law have been nasty. Nora Rahim Allah in regards to all people has always been Rahim has always been extremely compassionate, always been loving, always been caring has always
known what they're going through. I take you back to that one example because it's my favorite example the people of the cave. In my studies, I am convinced that a Savile calf had no idea of any profits.
There are no idea about any profits or any book.
All they knew was I know worship is wrong there can only be one God. That's all they knew.
And they made up their prayers.
You guide us you tell us what to do. We don't know what to do.
Was that good enough for a lot too. Yeah, I didn't say what they didn't even make whoo before they asked me
they don't even have a Java interviewee
he didn't care because in the low happiness level for him. Allah is compassionate caring, understanding, loving and merciful to all people across the board.
He Spears them don't think Allah is ready to punish. We have unfortunately for a lot of people in the religion this happened to the people before us the Jews there became very strict and they used to make it look like sound like Allah will punish you at every turn.
Or you did this one punish you you did that all punish you you know
somebody somebody came to the machine after many years they made will do they missed a few drops and you're like, this guy is not gonna count.
So sad. He's gonna burn.
Don't do that.
We this is this is the teaching here. Even if they were praying in the entirely wrong direction in the lab and nasty lotto for him. Finally the Iron Man, I gotta tell you this. You guys know the story of Mossad Islam right? When musala salam spoke with Allah, Allah told him to go to film.
And when he when he told him to go to Pharaoh and he made a list of problems, Musa made a list of problems. He said, you know, India half one yaku and Sabri will Anthony coulissante, for
whom Allah de la Amalia Dumbo and, you know, you can see bulan and yaku they will call me a liar. They're going, my tongue doesn't move, I become frustrated, I can't speak properly. I need backup. I need help. Could you give me how to own they might even kill me before they let me speak. You made a list of problems. And then Allah answered him. what's beautiful about the ayah that we're about to read? Is that Allah is also just like he answered, Musa is going to answer some of them. But look at how he answers them. So LA, Casa de nada, takadanobaba Chica sama, we saw your face turning towards the sky. And your canara suggests that we keep seeing your face turning towards the sky, but also la
solo wouldn't even ask.
He didn't ask. He was just hurting in his heart that his backers towards the house of his father, Ibrahim.
So you just kind of look at the sky.
And the other beautiful thing is the color blue Chicka means your face itself turned. Instead of you turn your face, the face itself turn you know, sometimes you do a body action and you can't even control it.
You hear a sound musical like that. And you didn't even intend to do that. You just reaction. It's suggesting the profits I can't even help himself every now and then you just
you know every time he's about to pray, and he's not facing the Qibla he's just his eyes go into the sky, his face just goes into the sky.
And unless as he noticed,
he noticed that you have that reaction.
So you don't have to ask. Every time you turn your face into the sky. Following the one Liyan Necker cube Latin
then we are We swear to it therefore, that we are absolutely turning you without a doubt without a doubt in your in a direction that makes you happy. that pleases you. This is the ayah it's the only
I have the actual reason for the change of the Qibla.
You have later you know, all around we've learned it was the house built by Ibrahim al Islam. Later on the novel command turn in this direction. But the first reason Allah gave openly
was that the prophet SAW someone was sad.
And now to make him happy, I'm changing the direction in a direction that makes you happy. Salalah what am Nakamura sola sola, the reason we pray towards the Qibla is it pleases Rasul Allah.
So, so beautiful. By the way, the happiness of our Prophet is the same as the happiness of Allah. Because when the gobble was finally cleaned up, it will lead to nothing when Islam Medina, the same verbiage was used, you know, I am pleased with for you as Islam as your religion. Now, the thing that I'd like to highlight here, remember I told you the prophet will testify against us?
Or for us before?
Think about this, a lot of change the Qibla for him, did he even have to ask
Latino Qibla. And on judgment day, he'll actually ask
How heavy is that? How heavy a burden is that we have to know what rasulillah we're dealing with the Messenger of Allah. So it's not a light matter, for when the word hacker will
turn your face then in the direction of adversarial harangue the sanctified machine, the good you know, the sacred mustard. Now the thermal machine haraam was new the Arabs did not use it. They used elbaite and waited it. Kava these are known names, but the Quran used what phrase and Masjid al Haram. And mustard is a verb from the word sajida which means to do such that the place of siesta so the the official name of the GABA is a machinery
Right. And why is that important?
There are lots of things we do at the machine. Aqaba we do tawaf we do ethica we do Salah, but in the word machine, which act is highlighted,
which is the most important act such that because from it comes the word machine, right? And why is such that important? Go back, the first battle. That's the first story that's mentioned in the Quran. Here is a story of Adam, which was a problem of white refusal to do such that we are the final soldiers of that battle. And when do you win that battle against shape on when you fall into place that because when you fall into such that you do the opposite of worshiping did
you do the opposite of worship handed, and now the house that is supposed to be there so that humanity until the Day of Judgment can do such that that's the house that you are now to pray in direction of that is your mission Subhana Allah, so profound by calling it a machine and hold on the sacred place of doing such that the sanctified Please, I'm doing such that why you feel my control. And wherever you may be for Lu Shah who then you should turn your faces in its direction. The first part of it was for a pseudo Lhasa them wherever you must turn towards the Qibla towards Muslim Haram. Then he turns to the online says By the way, you also all of you also turn towards it. We're
in Edina Wu Tang Kitab, Ala Moana and novel Hakuna be him, no doubt about it. Those who are given the book, they know that it is the truth from their master. They also know that this is the right Qibla I'll give you one example of that from the Quran that should be enough. How do Christians and Jews especially the Jews, how do they know that this is the Kaaba for them which was Kaaba had no value which which place had value? Jerusalem? Quran says they know how do we know for the Jews who's the most important prophet you know,
Torah given to Moses, I'll tell you something about Musa Musa accidentally killed a person. He punched somebody and he died. Then he ran away to Egypt, from Egypt to Medina and he ran away from Egypt to where Medina, Medina is Arab.
But DNS Arab land when he when somebody and he got married, you know this right?
When he got married, he married an old man's daughter from Meridian, which means he married an Arab.
It's pretty awesome when I talked to my Jewish friends was like Moses married Arab.
Like his kids are like,
you know, half Arab. And according to some of them, ethnicity comes from the mother.
So I'm like his kids are Arab, according to you.
But anyway, when he did marry in Meridian, you know, his father said, The girl's father said you must work for me for eight years or you can do 10
Eight years or you can do 10 you know how he said it? And that urine is ammonia Hajaj. You will work for me for eight Hajj,
eight Hajj or you could do 10 Hajj, how many how do we do in a year?
One which landed was this Arab land Yes or no? Arab land. And in the Arab land an Arab old man says you will work for me for for 10 Hajj.
When you say the word Hajj, what location Are you making reference to Jerusalem has has ever been done in Jerusalem. Hajj is being done around the caravan since the time of Ibraheem alehissalaam
when he says eight or eight or 10 Hut, he's telling Mussolini's about the Kaaba and Musashi Salaam, himself knows about the Kaaba. And why wouldn't he? He lived among a believer within a believer in the Arab land from the children of Ibrahim al Islam, why wouldn't he know
subhana wa, they know. They know. And Quran gives us hints that they know even though they buried it away, you know, when I was reading me to Dean for his book on what you saw here, the man who was about how much they know about the cowboy? I don't know. He said when they talk because they don't say his name was slaughter. They say his heart was slaughtered, but we say his mind was slaughtered. So they say he took his hat to the valley of Saqqara, between Shiva and moolah, that's what the Jews say, a valley called seca between Shiva and Maura. So they took maca and turned it into what Sokka and Safa and Marwa, what did
she find Maura? Like? There is no Shiva Mora anywhere. There's no soccer anywhere working with this valley. They changed a little bit spelling here and there. And from Makkah became Sokka and Safa became Shiva marva became Moodle. And
so how do they know they know about the Kaaba? They know it was built by their father Abraham. And so you know, so they Allah says, they are the Buddha and that will happen around him. They absolutely no, that is the truth on their master on the lobby laughing and I'm matamanoa and allies not unaware of what they do. Allah knows full well what they do. I'd like to conclude in chalong China with the following there are in western Islamic Studies, there are those who still question the Kaaba.
They say Oh, the Arabs they came up with their own sort of story about Abraham and it has nothing to do with the Bible. Because since it's not in the Bible, it's not authentic. And you know, why would they even pray in that direction? They were better off praying towards Jerusalem. Allah has words become true even today, say a hula sofa hominin us now one human capability haemolytica Nevada. The fools among the people will say why what turned them away from the direction of Jerusalem towards Mecca. The fools will say they still say to this day.
They're still PhDs, professors and universities are still saying the same thing to this day. And Quran is still commenting on them saying sepuluh sofa Menendez, maulana hohman acuminata him unless he can rally. The heart of the lesson here that I wanted to, you know, give across to you in shallow tada is that the change of the Qibla in represents a huge shift in the way that we the Muslim Omar thinks. We are not concerned about ourselves. We're concerned about all of humanity. And that is evidenced in the fact that we are the people of Ibrahim on Islam. So that's the crux of the lesson today. I hope you guys got something beneficial out of it. I would urge you to read these out
yourselves. I'll hope to continue the series this entire passages from 142 to 152 actually, so we ended up to 144 there's a few more very heavy if left and shallow data to cover medical love it Welcome to Quran and Hakeem when I finally when I was in Santa Monica
shouldn't here in Malaysia we have been living side by side with non Muslims for the longest time. The government is mostly Muslim, but the conversion rate of non Muslims to Muslim is negligible. I think we have fallen into Islam is Malay. So what should we do?
In my opinion, the only solution to this kind of thing is education. Like the more we spread the message of the Quran among the online itself, our thinking changes the you know see what the Quran keeps emphasizing is lambda calculus so you can think so you can think learning is not the goal thinking is and the more you learn about Koran the more your thinking gets refined. So a lot of the changes that you're hoping to see they will become natural when when an education of the Quran becomes more commonplace.
We have to redefine what it means to have an education in the Quran. And education in the Quran does not just mean you know how to recycle or you've memorized and education in the Quran means you know how to critically think about the message of the Quran.
You can analytically think about, about what the Quran is saying and what it means in in our time, right? And that that's a responsibility every nation has to bring the oma back to the book of Allah, and the message of the book of Allah. Because if we don't do that, we lose our sense of identity.
Questions. Any questions? I'm good, while you're thinking of asking questions, so, yep.
Thanks. I have two quick issues that I would like to highlight. At this moment, I can see that Muslims in India are suffering a lot. Another thing is that the issue of Muslim and a Shia and Sunni so these two things I want to highlight.
Thank you. Okay, I'm glad you want to highlight them. I don't.
I can't I rather not talk about things that there is no foreseeable solution. And I would like to rather focus my energies on things that we can do.
positives we can do. Right. And I honestly do think an emphasis on the education of the Quran
will de emphasize a lot of this petty nonsense.
Just a moment.
No, don't worry about it. It's okay. Okay, I just like to, since we are focusing on the function or the significance of mocha and magenta Hara, then what is the significance of Alex to the Muslim?
That's a really good question. UCLA has a massive significance. And if I can put it, there's many things that can be said about it. But I'll present to you the Quran. This picture
was also done. saddam is taken in a slot machine, ramita machine and AXA, right. And it signifies something. Our profit is the final profit, culminating the legacy of all of the profits of Busan in
Manila Xi actually represents, in a sense, all of the prophets of the Israelites, all of them. And our reverence for that machine is our way of showing reverence for all of those prophets. And all of their legacies. Actually, they are the majority prophets in the Quran.
They're the majority of profits, and they're the ones that are through them a lot hardest, most of our Deen. Right? Mousavi surah more than 70 times bonus will take up so much space, you know, then second era Salam and yaku Valley Salaam and the list goes on and on and on all the way to Hasani. Right. So that's really the significance is that it shows that we are not a different religion, that we are a continuation of that religion. But I will still argue that the original Kaaba was always Makkah.
The original direction of prayer was always Makkah and temporarily, Allah made the Prophet sighs that I'm in the beginning of this era, pray towards Jerusalem in my own This is my own thinking it could be entirely incorrect. My own thinking is that this was his way of showing the Jewish and Christian people that were there in the region, that this is not a new religion, that this is a continuation of what they have before educating them that I'm going to bring you back to the original.
Any other questions? Yep.
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim, thank you very much for start for your sharing knowledge. Okay, my question is,
what we learned from your talk is, we should be the custodian of this oma and the religion. And we didn't play that role yet, unfortunately. And then we see that there is a big Islamophobia and propaganda is going on against Islam. So what advice you would give to Muslim woman especially Muslims in this time, what we should do in this circumstance where you know, we are not playing that role and then there is a big propaganda against
Yeah, so my advice is two things, right? The first of them is if you if you see the seriousness of what I shared, because I think it's very serious, that we must proliferate this idea, this notion that we carry a big responsibility, then we must embody changes in our personal lives, and in the circles that we have influence. For example, if you're the CEO of or the owner of a small business, at least you can implement proper principles of the dean in your business. And the way you deal with your customers and the way you deal with your partners, your with your vendors, with your employees, etc, etc, right? You can have an Islamic model, you know, a Shahada nurse in your little fruit
store, you see what I'm saying? So that's the first message that we have to embody, because we keep thinking in this oma, our problems are so big, the solutions will come from the top.
They never do. Solutions always, always, always come from the bottom. They rise from among the people. But the people often make an excuse. So society is corrupt, you know, the policies are corrupt, the economic, the economy is corrupt. The propaganda is too much, we can't do anything. So long as the people say that no change will come. You know, so we have to stop being disheartened. And we have to actually believe that we can be people who create change. Now look at think of some of the most amazing changes that happen in the last century, right? In the in the world, some of the most amazing social changes that happen, some of the most amazing political changes that happen,
they go back to one or two individuals each time,
one or two individuals believed that we can make a change, and we can do something about it. Right. And then they mobilized. So if you're Don't underestimate the power of changes made in the community, or in a local level, and things like that, that's the first thing about propaganda. Don't worry about it at all.
Because no matter what we do, it's going to be there.
And no matter what we do, it will only increase. All we can do is fix our own selves.
Right now, my problem with the propaganda is they look at what we do.
We Muslims have done crazy things.
Right? And then they're on film doing crazy things. Now we're seeing Oh, my god, no, not all Muslims are not crazy, right? But that's our problem. Those crazy Muslims are our problem, not their problem, we have to fix our own.
We don't even have to concern ourselves with what America is saying or what England is saying or who cares. They can say whatever they want, they can solve this problem, only the owner can solve the homeless problems. Only we can solve our problems. Even the problem of extremism, that's our problem to solve. Their experts will not solve this problem. You know, so that's my message to us, we have to fix ourselves. And it won't come until we fix our thinking my opinions, attitudes and thinking are the biggest challenge. You know, we have to change the thinking of the
you spoke about how the Muslims are not irreplaceable, that benissa was replaced and we could be replaced.
You know, when we look at when we read the Koran when we look at that heavy, or even the signs of judgement day, we it gives us confidence that I just feel like it talks about us reaching the end of the road and I don't it doesn't help the you know the idea that we could be replaced so how does that even though Allah subhanaw taala said that we thought we could be replaced knowing that you know all these you know, hobbies, whatever gets that out of that you know, it gets it it takes it out of your mind that you know we could be replaced you know what I'm saying?
Like what hobbies like this near Judgement Day those are like you know, you'll as a sound will come down and then we'll pray behind him and I'm happy So yeah, so the thing is, he saw the sun come down, Muslims will pray behind them, well will they be us
will be replaced means like, you know, for example, the the towers are so many other historical, tyrannical anti Muslims, who shed the blood of many Muslims eventually became Muslim themselves.
That happened over and over again in history, right? So they will be Muslim still. There'll be followers of the Quran, but will they be ethnically who we are? Who's to say, you know, so, and that's happened in history, your time and again.
Thank you so much. Last one.
Hello, Monica, Monica legato says, Okay, I want to ask you about what's your opinion about Islam and politics. In our era, we will be asked about us about why we choose that leader, because nature will have a general election. We have two parties one party, defend, and bring Islam psychopaths defend and bring the nation and race in Malaysia. What's your opinion? Well, I don't know anything about Malaysian politics?
No, I do have a lot of opinions about Islam and politics. So I'll share that with you. Okay, because I think it's a serious topic.
You might not like what I say. But that's okay. Because I have a flight soon. Now killing.
In my own studies, when I first in my early studies of the Koran.
I felt like there is a very deep connection between Islam and politics. I no longer believe that. I believe there is a relationship between Islam and politics, but the way that the Muslims talk about it is not very true to the text of the Quran. As a matter of fact, in my understanding in the entire Quran, maybe one ayah one ayah is about governance.
Maybe one and levena imechanica. Homefront, that's the only ayah I don't see any other ayah in which directly governance is talked about common law. Yes, justice. Yes. But then justice was being talked about in I art when at a time when Muslims had no government. As a matter of fact, even the way we think about implementing the Quran, I feel that we don't we oversimplify things. For example, how many times have you heard, if Allah said it, you must do it.
Right? Simple. Allah said it, you must do it. The Art of Hajj came in Medina, in Bukhara, early modern era. All the arts are early before but even some of them the Muslims do have
no, they did hedge many years later, they were reciting the art of Hajj in the monastic. But they weren't doing it. Why aren't they doing what Allah said? It's not time yet.
It's not time. So we have this kind of, I argue, an extreme view and extreme view of how Islam is applied. Okay. As far as citizenship is concerned, I won't comment on your politics or what party and what candidate or who's Islamic and who's not Islamic, I would argue that your responsibility as a citizen, is to look at the the rights of all citizens not just to Muslim citizens, and to look at the candidates that are best for the nation.
what is best for Islam is not the same as what is best for the nation. what is best for Islam is that at a community level and at a larger level, right. But we often assume that's what I was seeing, we think Islam is top down, not bottom up. The vast majority of Islam is bottom up, you can have the most Islamic government and still the most Islamic Society. And that still means nothing to allies. It means nothing. You understand what I'm saying? So I think we've over politicized I feel Islam. And I don't think that's the right place for it in the way that we've used it, at least anyway, I think when it comes to politics, or religion emphasizes basically principles, justice,
transparency, ensuring the rights of others, it's not actually about implementing over going to shut down all the stores in Ramadan. Or we're going to make sure that women that don't have a job or a job or something else, or we're going to burn all the liquor stores. We're when did that happened in Islamic history? Study, study the Islamic empires of Grenada, you know, and the Andalusia and they were multicultural, multi religious, open societies, and they lived by Islam. And they thrived. Some of the greatest civilizations of Islam were like that, right? And if some of the people today to talk about Islam, where there there will be like a suffer loss, that's where a lot of stuff,
you know, that's all they would have been doing. were far more, you know, are some of the people that claim Islam today are far more extreme than any time in our history?
Which is far more extreme, you know, so we need to get a better understanding of our own history. In my opinion, we don't have that. And we have to get a better understanding of what exactly does Islam and politics interplay. We feel like Islam and politics merge at every occasion. They don't. There are many parts of our life where a lot left us to make our choices.
What do you tell me? I live in America, right? And when I vote Obviously, I'm not insane.
But I have to pick between two bad choices.
I have to pick between insane and evil. I don't know which one to go with like
that I'm not going to make that choice as a Muslim, I have to make the choice as a citizen, you understand. And my choice is not the Islamic choice. It's the choice based on my common sense. The same is true of you. You're not making an Islamic or an Islamic choice. You're making a responsible choice as a citizen based on the information that you have. So I feel that Islam is unnecessarily pushed into this space, and it creates a lot of disaster. Because then what happens then is then maybe people are made to feel like if you vote for this one, you are less Islamic. And if you vote for that, one, you are more Islamic, and there are those Muslims. You know, that's just not the
That's my view. Sorry.
Thank you very much.