Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Series: Nouman Ali Khan - Surah Yusuf
Some Thoughts About The First Half
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Once again everybody salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. As I was mentioning, yesterday, we have reached halfway through the events of use of Elisa Lam's account, you can tell that because there are several scenes in which tension is building up, and we've reached the climax of that of him being imprisoned. And from here until the end of the surah, it's going to be all of these scenes in which so much tension was built up. And so much negativity was hurled towards him. And it's going to start getting resolved. Right. So that's, that's where we're headed. Now, it's kind of like, there was this uphill climb and the first half of this war. And now there's going to be this
downhill climb resolution and you know, resolve for so many of the issues that were brought up. So I thought it was a good time to take pause and note down some things that I wanted to share with you about the first half and what Allah has told us so far about his remarkable career and how he's told the story. And you know, pick up on some themes that I didn't maybe didn't elaborate so much. Some of these things I may have said before, but I think because we've talked about each eye on so much detail, I think it's good to maybe revisit some of these things and give them a closer look. But I think from what I can tell, the majority of what I'm going to be sharing with you right now is at
least it wasn't organized in this way. before. So the first thing that I'd like to share is a comment about us, no us us. Allah said in the beginning of the story that he's telling us the best of all stories, or another way of reading accidental causes, is it's the best way of telling the story. And that's now coming out. And you know, it's not just the best way of telling the story. He told the Prophet sallallahu sallam, we're in good time in Kabbalah, he let me know how you're feeling, even though and it's certainly the case that you were from those who were unaware before this. So there's a connection made between this story being the very best, and someone being
unaware. And one of the things that I wanted to highlight to you is, without it without this story, there are many realities. And there are many, you know, gems of wisdom. And there are many aspects of divine counsel that we would remain unaware of. Right, so the Quran has guidance in every place in every ayah in every surah. But there are some unique droplets, there are some unique gifts of guidance in the surah. That without it without the story being told in this beautiful way, we wouldn't have access to and I think if you look back at what I've been sharing with you and what I've been trying to share with you, from the beginning of the slide, that becomes very clear. I've
been trying to study Quran for a couple of decades now. And the way that this sutra teaches certain lessons truly is unique. There are other places where lessons are reinforced, or something is taught and Allah says work early can only fool if we alternate the meaning the lesson may be the same, and the wisdom may be the same, but a different dimension of the same wisdom. But there are aspects of the human condition there are aspects of our emotional states or aspects of family life are aspects of the Quran take on psychology even and a non trial that come up in this sutra like no other place and we would truly be unaware of so much of that beauty has not given us that. So when quantum in
Kabbalah, he let me know our feeling. Now, what I want to do is pick up on one theme in the first half one or two themes. And the first theme I want to pick up on his use of holiday, Sam told his father the dream and one difference between the way we look at the story and the biblical version of the story that I think is really important is that in the Bible's version, it's the dream him seeing the dream, and him telling what the dream means is that is what started all his troubles. So the reason his life had so much difficulty is because he saw the dream.
That's the Bible's version. The Quran tells a very different story. And the Quran is saying he saw a dream and the dream was letting him know about the good news that's coming eventually. And trials are on his way. The dream has nothing to do with the reason for him being in trouble.
Right. So in the Bible's version, he saw the dream and his he told his brothers the dream, his brothers hated him as a result, and that's why they wanted to cast him off, throw him in a well, and do all of that. That's terrible stuff to him is because of the dream. So it's interesting that it's the, in the Bible's account, the revelation is the reason for his troubles. And in the Quran, the counter revelation is the reason for his relief. He knows even when he's being thrown in the well, Revelation is being given to him that you'll tell them one day about what they do to you, even then some, you know constellation is being given them, some relief is being given them. And that's part
of a larger theme in the Quran of revelation itself, you have the fine comb, Allah wants to lighten your burden. Like the purpose of Revelation is to give you relief not to give you trouble. It's similar to what the prophet was told sallallahu alayhi wasallam You know, when he was told that you before the Quran, your life was good, and now you receive this word, this apparently the Word of God and you talk about it. And now we call you crazy. We hurl insults at you, we don't treat you the same way anymore. Your life became miserable because of Koran. If it hadn't been for Quran, you wouldn't have had such a miserable life. And a lot of response in the Quran by telling the prophets
I send them not einzelner alayka or Anna Lee, Tasha, we didn't send the Quran down to you. So you could be miserable. Right, so a lot of response to that false allegation. And other places Valley Valley, California for who, and because of the Quran alone, they should be filled with joy. So even Yusuf Ali Salman, his dream, if you don't look at that carefully, you're like, man, he saw this dream and his trouble started knowing his dream was telling him troubles already coming. troubles already coming. The dream is a favor from a love for him to know that even though you'll have this trouble, there's an end to that there's a light at the end of the tunnel. And there will be a
reunion at the end and they will be humbled and they'll realize this was their mistake, etc. All of that's already been told him. So that's one big thing that I wanted to point out. But also, I think that one of the ways that you can study this story, and of course, there's lots of ways you can look at this. But one of the ways that I think is very compelling, is that his father's advice to him is something that you can almost look at it as a lens by which you will see the rest of the events. So as father's advice to him as a child is so pivotal, that actually everything else that's coming, you can see behind it. Dad's advice echoing Jaco Jaco Alison's advice in the source code behind it, so I
wanted to highlight a little bit of that to you. One of the pieces of advice that jacobellis sam gave to him is initiate honor Lillian, Sania do moving that the devil definitely is an obvious enemy to you. Okay, so you right now immediately, it's your brothers don't tell them, and they might scheme against you. But you notice that people scheming against him as a theme in his life?
And when it comes to scheming who's the who's the real enemy? The devil is the real enemy. So what I wanted to do first in today's discussion with you is take each of the characters that we've been introduced to, and then figure out how was the devil How was the devil using them? or How was the devil an enemy to them because the devil is not just an enemy of use of the devil is an enemy of jacobellis around the devil is an enemy of use of the devil as an enemy of his brothers. The devil is an enemy of the Minister and the ministers wife and the king, the devil is an enemy to who, to all human beings, right? So the way that he's an enemy to use of our time is very clear. But jacoba,
Islam's advice was pretty broad. He said, that the devil is an enemy to who, to all human beings. So let's start going through the the people that we got introduced to in the surah. And maybe take note of some ways in which the devil was in fact, an enemy to them. So let's start with the brothers and I won't cite the IR because we've done enough deeper look study of the IOD, for your own curiosity, the points that I make here, you can look up Oh, no one was talking about this, that must be referring to this IR that I and that's that's a good homework export exploration for you to do. And I encourage you to not just be passive readers and listeners of the study of the Quran, I want you
to open the most half and ponder yourself and engage with the book have a line that's something that's an act of worship, that I would you know what, I want that for you. So anyway, let's start with the brothers. The first way that devil gets to them is the jealousy. Same the same disease, he has himself, right? Allah loves other more than he loves me.
What does that turn into?
Our dad loves use of more than he loves us. I made a I made of fire. He's made a claim. We're a big band. We're so much better than you. So why is he love him? What's so good about him? Right. The second is the twisting of the love of the Father. Of course, the devil himself apparently wanted to impress a law and impressing the law should be a great thing.
Being in service to a lush would be a great thing. But when you turn when you twist that around, it just turns into a competition with some other creation is no longer about Allah. So even though they think they're doing this out of love of their
Father, it's not about the father at all. It's about themselves, and the devil can manipulate your emotions. The third is the rationalizing of great evil. Like they did something so horrible to a child. But in their minds, it was completely justified. It was okay. And they even told themselves rationalizations like oh, some caravan ghetto, right? It's not that bad. So what is the shutdown do in life, he makes you do something terrible. But in your mind, it's not that bad. Or even worse, Xena lahoma chef Anwar Milan, the devil will make you think it's not it's actually a good thing. What you're doing is a good thing. And then the to the. And when once the devil makes one bad thing
not seem so bad, then you're capable of things you would never have done in the past. Like, for example, the way they were. This is the next point I made here the to face sadness that they show to their father. And they showed their two faces a couple of times, one time they came to him, come on, let him come with us. He'll play he'll run around, he'll eat as Phil, he never goes anywhere. And they're so concerned about use of and he should have a good life and what a fake show they put on, they acted it out. And that's not their intention, and they're completely insincere. And where they were trying to win the love of their father, the one they love, they want to lie to so badly. Right?
So here you are thinking that you're doing something for someone or for your love of someone, and they're the one you're deceiving. How does that work, but the devil can convince you to do some crazy things once you fall into this trap. And then of course, the fact that they're engaging in cruelty to a child cruelty to someone who can help themselves. And not the love put inside of a human being an aspect of Rama Have mercy of love and care, human beings have compassion. We can even stop at our car and we see an injured animal and see if we can do something, right. Or if you see an old lady just pulled up on the side of the road. And she's kind of leaned back in her car, you might
just want to just say Are you okay? Is everything all right? You know, because that's, that's human compassion. And here, you're their own baby brother, their own little brother, and they're demonstrating such cruelty to him. shaitan can actually make you deny the goodness you have inside you and have his darkness takeover, where even your human instincts not even your believer instincts. We're not even talking about believer instincts, we're talking about human instincts. He can even have you deny those, even though you're someone who believes in Allah. Right. So forget losing your faith, you can even get to the point where you lose your humanity. And that's one of the
tricks of the devil. And then, you know, the the I've already talked about the faking of emotions, like you know, when they came back, they came crying, you remember, Joe Obama and your goon, that you can become so inhumane, that you know that other people feel emotions, when I act this way, I don't actually feel them. But I'll act this way. So that I can influence their emotions. So I can act in a certain way to draw their pity out, I can act a certain way to draw their mercy out for me, or to make me more believable to them, I can draw up their anger. In other words, emotional manipulation is another tactic of the devil. That's what he teaches people he incites people to
influence other people's emotions that by the way, that's what the devil wants directly himself. But he does less of a job when he's got some people on remote control, right? They'll do they'll do the job for him. And so these are some ways, some ways in which the brothers have fallen trapped to the devil. Let's talk about the sellers, you know, the ones who the worried the guy who caught him from the well and wanted to sell them off, while the devil got to him in interesting ways. He treated him like a commodity, like, he didn't see a child, he saw dollar signs, right? When So one of the ways that shavonne can corrupt humanity is that we stopped seeing each other as people, we see each other
as something that can benefit us in some way, a thing and object so a doctor no longer sees a patient, they just see money coming in through the insurance. So if there's lots of patients in the, in the in the waiting room, the doctors kind of happy, because that's a lot more money coming in, which is the exact opposite of what a doctor should be. When the doctor should see less patients, he should be happier that the community is healthy. Right? Because the whole purpose of getting into that profession is you want to care for human beings. But when those patients turn into dollar signs and bigger paychecks, then your mentality reverses. a public servant, a police officer, you know,
their their job, their responsibility is to maintain order to make sure the community safe. But if they're if their salaries or their commissions are there some some metrics put on this is how many tickets you have to issue. This is how many cases you have to do this is how many incidents you have to report or you're not getting any incidents what's going on. And now in order to fulfill reports, they don't see people they just see a promotion. That's all they see.
Right. So what can happen in any profession, you know, even in the teaching profession, there was a big scandal in New York City A long time ago, I don't I'm sure it's still very corrupt the education system, there were kids that were going to low income schools, public schools, where they were not being taught properly, right. And so many kids who are failing, failing, failing, and they're not graduating from high school. And because they're not graduating from high school, those schools are on the verge of shutting down, or teachers are going to get bad report cards, because not only do kids get report cards, if most of your classes failing, you're not doing your job as a teacher. So
what do they start doing, they start passing kids that don't deserve to be passed. So you've got kids that have graduated high school that are at a third grade reading level, because the teacher wants to hold on to this job, he no longer sees a child that deserves a good education, he just sees a way to secure as his job when human beings just turn into commodities, right? That's, so there's one way to you know, be inhumane, like his brothers were, but the sellers, they didn't even see a child, they just saw quick money. That's all they saw. Right. And that's one way that shavonne can get terrible evil accomplished in the world. Because many industries, you know, the pharmaceutical
industry, for example, can actually treat millions of, you know, patients that are suffering from something and hold on to the vaccine, or hold on to medicine, or bump the price up four or 500 times because they can, because they'll still find someone who will pay for it, or someone will sell their house and get medicine for their mother. Right? Because that's no longer looking at human beings as human beings. So that's a little bit we learn from the sellers, and how the devil gets, you know, to human beings, by way of trade, by way of greed. When it comes to the Minister, the next character that we're going to introduce and a bunch them together with the politicians that are implicitly
mentioned later on in the story.
What you find is they are kind on the outside. I mean, he did provide him housing, right. So he's, he's kind, he's providing some benefits. And at the same time, when it came to anything that might damage his reputation,
you see a completely different side of him. It's like someone who stabs you with a smile on his face.
It's really at the end of the day, the minister who allows for use have to be thrown in jail. But it's the same minister who did a lot of good to you, the devil can get you to do good for someone. But even when you do good for someone, you're doing it for an ulterior motive. Even in the beginning, he didn't pick yourself up and say, we should take care of this child is a good boy. He's a good kid. It's an innocent child. I don't even know how he ended up in slavery. It was none of these human compassionate reasons for which he picked up use of money. Some, he said, I saw a young foreigner first words, maybe it could be of some use to us. And who knows, maybe we'll even take him
as our own kid, if he grows, to impress us enough serve our purpose enough that he can graduate to be even taken as our own. But that's again, self serving and not know asking, what was your family? Where did you come from? Is there anyone that you know, how did you end up in slavery? None of those questions are of concern, because I'm my good, my well being is under concern. And when the scandal was about to head of course, the true colors come out. Then, another way that the devil got to the this politician, is that something so sacred, because Islam didn't come and make marriage sacred, like marriage is a sacred institution since the time of Adam alayhis salam, right. And this is one
of the most fundamental relationships that carries humanity forward. Right. And part of that sacred relationship is the loyalty that a husband is supposed to have to the wife and the wife is supposed to have to the husband, but you can see he knows what his wife is, like, he knows that there's a young man working in the house but he's totally totally okay with that and working and it's not even about questioning the character of use of reason. If any of you men are married and you have somebody an employee of yours working for you, even if it's a good employee, would you want him alone in the house around your wife? Would you want that would does that make any sense? It doesn't
make any sense. But he doesn't see a problem with it. He doesn't see a problem with the senior the setup that's that's happened in the house and on top of that, because because Siobhan can make you say well, it's no big deal. Okay, and it's not like oh, but I trust us of well and shutdowns like yeah, you can trust you so he's pretty trustworthy. I get you I get your wife though.
He feels secure from one side gentleman comes from the other side isn't it
and now on the other on the flip side when he does find out that his wife is engaging in infidelity
even then what's the right thing to do the right thing to do is first of all mend the situation. Okay. If you think this is beyond repair for most men, I don't know if they found something like that out. It's the end of the relationship.
well and good.
But what does he do? First concern cover this up. Use of added another use of just ignore this. First, he's he's first married to his reputation.
shaitaan will make you concerned with your image, more than your morals, more than your character more than your dignity. The impression of your dignity isn't the reality of it that this man is incredibly humiliated because of what his wife does, because a man's wife has his honors in it. But the impression of his honor on the outside, that's more important to him than his actual honor than his actual honor. So what can you get on do, he can make you live in a facade, where you worship your image,
where it's not, you can do undignified things. And undignified things can be done to you. So long as people don't find out, it's okay.
So long as people don't talk about it, I can be humiliated, it's fine. In other words, your sense of dignity is no longer coming from within you is no longer coming from Allah is only coming from what impression do people have? What impression to people that's actually the marker or whether or not you have respect, right. And that's one of the other things shavon does for you to make you live in relation to other creation, meaning your entire world worth of yourself comes from someone else? In this case, reputation. Right. And that's, that's a
horrible trick of the shutdown. And by the way, shaitaan himself suffers from this, because he couldn't see his value because he was comparing himself to other malissa. Right, so the obsession with someone else and how they see you, and how you are compared to them. That's actually the game here. That the devil even plays with even the most sophisticated politicians, then
the idea that when he even find finds out about what she's done wrong, because he's the head of the household, he has certain responsibilities. What does he do? Does he change the use of no longer should you work in this house? I don't want you around her anymore. You We need to talk. Does any of that happen? No. It's exactly the same situation continued.
She's still in the house, he's still in the house. She's actually still calling the shots for him telling him to go there, sir. Because when the women came, and she's not gotten better, she's actually gotten worse. And the only one who could put her in check is who? Her husband. That's why her husband wasn't just called Bella ha, or xojo. Ha, he was called seda. her. Her leader, then says use for Chief, or leader, or an old English master our Sire, the old English, right? But translation say husband fine, nowadays, we use the word husband, but there's lots of options for husband. What Ally's telling us there is that a husband actually had responsibilities, because when you have
leadership, then you have to control when people under your leadership are getting out of hand. He doesn't care. And that's another scheme of shaytaan. For you to absolve yourself from things that you are made responsible for. Sometimes you are responsible for other people, and you have to take charge. And he didn't take charge, there's plenty of things he could have done to avoid further harm, at the very least. But he doesn't do that. And that's how Chevron gets them. Because some sometimes you can be in a position of leadership, you can be in a place where you have responsibility, and you don't care. Because you care about other things, right? That shape and now
we come to the turn to the wife, obviously, giving into temptation is an obvious way that chepang got to her scheming is another way that chatime got to her define a lesser remembrance use of his telling her directly about a law, but she's so blinded by her emotions at the time, but she doesn't want to She doesn't even hear it. Then her forget about a law even her place as a wife, how could you forget that she's actually married. Right. And if you really want to be with someone else, or no longer want to be with your husband, because the most vital thing is you want to be with your husband and with someone else. But the obvious is, you don't want to be with your husband anymore.
You want to be with someone else, at least let your husband know and end it. At least do that. There's plenty of ways that you can do this that are not they don't head down chiffons path your feelings can change. Maybe you're feeling maybe you don't feel love, you know, love for your husband anymore. Maybe you're not happy anymore. I didn't stop you from and morality didn't stop you from saying I'm stuck for Allah. How can you say you're not happy? Allah has commanded you to be happy. Nobody commanded you to be happy.
Nobody can see it's that's okay. What's not okay is keeping this facade going. And then doing this evil at the same time, which comes back to the same trick. shaitaan got the devil, the minister to worship has reputation. She's also holding on to this broken marriage for what? For money for the status that comes with for the position it comes with. Right? So it doesn't fulfill me emotionally. Okay, I'll find other ways to fulfill myself. I'll find some other outlet for that. But I mean, I'm getting there's six checkboxes for them. Check out
Check, check, check check in this marriage, I'll hold on to this marriage. And the two that don't check out I'll find somewhere else. Okay? Right, because again, another recurring theme, treat human beings like a commodity. She's actually in a sense, treating her husband like a commodity, and user friendly sound like a commodity someone, some people to use for whatever you want to use them for. And that's again, going back to a trick of shape. And then,
you know, another recurring theme, another way that schatten got to her is the same way he got to the brothers. He made her fake her emotions didn't. So when she got to the door, she started crying, and she started yelling and screaming, you should be jailed. You should you be tortured. You're the one going crazy. In a split second, you flip the script, right, which is exactly what the brothers did before to the shutdown can teach people to become very good actors. Then another way to shut on God to her is slander. That slander itself is a major satanic evil thing that she engaged in. Another way that Shannon got to her is she wanted to protect the image of her innocence. Right,
because she wasn't scheming to get him thrown in jail. She wasn't scheming to get him in trouble. It's that they stumbled on the owner of the house at the door when he ran for the door. Right. So when he gets to the door, she's thinking the best defense is offense. Right? So it's actually her trying to preserve her the impression of her innocence. And it doesn't matter so long as my impression My my, my image can be maintained, and I can still be seen as innocent. I don't care who I throw under the bus.
Right? So it's not so much vengefulness against use of, it's actually listen, I need to look out for number one. So you got to get thrown under the bus. That's what that was. And that's for sure. Tom will make you do listen, if you want to be good for you, if you want to take care of yourself. He's got to go. Isn't that exactly what he did with the brothers too? If you want to be loved, he's got to go. And now she's saying, If you want your husband and I'll kill you right now, he's got to go. You got to put this on him. You know, is different ways of killing us, but it's still killing you. So at a salon.
Then what's interesting about the way Shetland got to her is, okay, so she got embarrassed, she got caught up the door. When you get caught with something terrible and embarrassing. What should happen to you? You should feel bad about what you did. Maybe you didn't realize it. I'll give you an example. There's some kid who gets into the habit of pilferage like you know, stealing a little bit of candy from the grocery store. like nobody's watching mom's at the aisle and he just puts a little gum in his pocket.
Nobody found out. First time nobody found a super scared his heart's racing reaches his throat. Looking around. And mom check. Did anybody check? Nobody found out I got gum. Second time. I could do this. Third time. I think I could fill both pockets. Four times the store manager catches him, grabs his arm, pulls them onto the side. Ma'am, can you check his pockets?
And then there's this hugely other customers are in the store. Everybody's around. And this kid is now pulling his pockets out. And there's gum and chocolates coming out of there. And they said we have secure and he's a no, no, no. First first. What's he gonna do? No, I already have these. Actually, you're on security footage.
Now you're caught right. Now when you're caught, it can be the first defenses. No, no, no. But the second defense is, it's possible from the point of view of the child because child's not evil, right? They just become heedless. They don't they don't realize how bad something is if they can get away with it. Right? But if they if they realize that at that time, just the look on mom's face. The embarrassment of everybody else watching having to see that video, that embarrassment alone can wake someone up and realize, man, I was really messed up. And they can genuinely at that not faking. They can genuinely say sorry, at that time, I'm really sorry. And then they can start crying. That can
happen. Right? So they're not just crying and saying sorry, because they want to get out of trouble. But maybe it just dawned on them how bad they actually were you understand? At that moment, it dawned on them. And they promised themselves they'll never do that again. Because they got caught. In other words, sometimes getting caught is the best thing that could have happened to you.
Because then you're a part of your conscience woke up. Right? And it wouldn't have woken up if you didn't get caught. No, she got caught. Yes. And that's a really good opportunity for your conscience to wake up. Or the devil can come at that point. And say, you know,
all you wanted to do was love him and look at how he got You humiliated.
And instead of blaming herself, and introspection, and I gotta change my ways. Now she's got to find ways to get back at user.
So the shaitan can take
that opportunity which could have been, could have been a turning point in your life. For some people getting arrested for the first time was a turning point in their life. Everything about their life changed. For some students failing the test for the first time was a turning point in their life. Everything changed for the better.
For some people getting yelled at by a parent or the other, or being put in that embarrassing position was a turning point. And everything changed after that you understand? But the devil can come to you and say, No, no, no, that wasn't bad. It was him. That was bad. Now I'll show you bad.
So what does she do? She puts hurt the what she did before was evil and manipulated emotions. You can go that far. But now it's going to get cranked up. Now she invited other women and put this entire scheme together. And then what's the worst part of it? How did the devil get her? She when you when you not only do evil, but you're proud of
when you pronounce it? Yeah, I wanted him and he turned himself away. He protected himself. But if he doesn't do what I want, or he's going to jail,
or and he will be humiliated, he thinks he can humiliate me. Oh, he's gonna get it. You see what she taught me to do.
Now her her sin that should have made her humbled is the sin that made her into the gave her the arrogance of Shetland who can defy a lie himself.
And give her this new arrogance that I will see him destroyed. I will see him humiliated because he humiliated me. chatline can actually make one mistake, be the gateway to a much bigger mistake. Using your pride, to the point where you become proud of your sin.
Yeah, I do that.
And you you wear it like a badge.
You know, when shaitan really gets to certain people, they take pride in how many people they've killed.
There could be a dirty cop who's proud of how many people he you know, tortured, how many people he tased serve and protect right?
There could be a criminal gang member who's proud of how many people he shot. There's a pride with that. You know, so evil things becomes something you talk about as if it's a it's an you know, it's something to be in awe of, and she in front of those women just openly proudly said it that shirt on at work that shirt on beautifying an evil thing to you.
the shirt on, you know, in a more subtle way to make an enemy of someone who meant you know, harm. What am I referring to the use of Elisa never mean her any harm. But she's on a mission to rip him apart.
to rip him apart. What the way he made me feel he's gonna pay, he needs to burn. He needs to get destroyed. I need to see him suffer. I need to see him humiliated.
This to make an enemy out of someone, which is basically the same as the brothers of use of Harley, Sam and chalon. His job is to make human beings enemies to each other. He's our enemy. And his greatest success is get us fighting with each other. Then the use or the urge to dominate and control you see a human being understands what profits were given. If anybody if any human being had authority over other human beings, it should be a prophet.
A prophet has the call for ethical law well to your own have Taqwa of Allah obey me. Yeah. And once you have faith, we understand that a prophets instructions are beyond question. We absolutely LISTEN and OBEY after you have chemo coffee machines obey No, none of you have faith until you make the they make you meaning the prophets. Listen, I'm the decision maker over every issue that happens between them. So a human being should understand, other than in the case of a prophet, we understand that they have this absolute authority. But even the prophets would say what I can't control anything for you.
Let's say that you're not in charge of them. Ultimately, I'm Nicola gandharan, voila, I can't control whether you're harmed or benefited. I don't possess that control. much at all. Don wants to convince human beings that they have the power to harm and benefit someone else.
That harm and benefit doesn't come from a law, harm and benefit comes from me. And if I want to harm someone, then I can harm someone. And if I want to benefit someone, I can benefit someone. And what does that harm and benefit go back to control?
I can control someone. And if they don't want to if so long as they're under my control, I'll let them benefit.
And if they don't want to be under my control, then they will suffer my What harm human, a human beings desire to control another human being.
To control somebody else's emotions to control somebody else's speech, to control somebody else's thoughts. You know, and that's what she's basically
Doing she wants to control him. She wants to get him to do what she whatever she want mahmudul who let me know if he doesn't do whatever I tell him to do. Now she's even more is no longer hater, like, it's whatever, and I'm gonna make him do some humiliating things now, now that I'm mad, you know, and if he doesn't, then he'll see what kind of control I can exert.
And so this is a satanic thing, the desire to control somebody else, the urge to humiliate and torture, you know, until somebody gives up give surrenders to your wishes, the urge to find pleasure in somebody else's suffering is hit on
that shed on at work with her. Let's turn to the women, the women that she invited, yeah, the first way the shutdown got to them is through gossip, isn't it?
They became interested in this wife's this woman's personal life for whatever reason, I discussed those reasons in detail with you before. But the point is, gossip itself is an evil, satanic thing. In our con, passing on other people's, you know, the comments about other people's private life and what's happening in their marriage and who's had an affair and who lost the baby and who did this or who got divorced and, you know, or their their engagement broke off. Or this one didn't graduate or that one lost their job. And they're doing really bad financially and they're in debt. What Why is this subject for you to talk about somebody else? You don't have enough food on your plate that you
have to eat somebody else's dead flesh? Because that's literally what a law calls it. Right? There's not enough muscle on your plate.
Some human to it.
So gossip is the first we got to them. self righteousness and judgment is a second way he got to them. In Atlanta, la fievel Alamo been, we see her so lost, because we're not right.
Like you're in a position to gauge the morality of someone else because you are on top of this moral cliff, where they look down like insects to you at the bottom. And you can comment on them. Lao Tzu and forsaken Quran says don't declare yourselves righteous.
Where you can come pass judgment on something.
He knows better. Who's pure or less taqwa? So, when shaitan makes you self righteous, what is the benefit? What is the goal of shaitan I no longer have to concern myself with what I'm doing wrong. Because I'm already good. It's these other people that have a problem.
It's these other folks that have an issue. It's everybody else that has, you know, I'm reminded actually, when I had the full time dream program here, I had a couple of young students that, you know, they studied Arabic with me and stuff, and they wanted to give Haha, right? And I said, Okay, so, before I give you the opportunity to reflect on Kevin, why don't you practice?
Right? And practice? Well, young man give a really fiery, practical by and all the other students were like,
really Islamic? Right? And can I get some feedback? I was like, You sure you?
Sure. Yeah. Okay. Well, the thing is, that you you kept saying some people, some people, some people, you know, or, you know, some Muslims do this, or some, etc. And, of course, you have to talk about that at some level. But if you stop using words like you, and we, you and i, you and i better watch out for Chevron, as opposed to some those people better watch out for Chevron, you understand? What does that turn into over time? Everybody else has the problem. I have the solution.
Because I'm the one with the mic in front of me. Therefore I have the solution. all y'all got the problem. So here you have, even in non Muslim circles, this is a non Muslim circle, the idea that we don't have the issue, they have an issue. She has an issue. And then what it turns out is they had exactly she had they had a much worse issue actually, the way things played out. Another way that the devil got to them is curiosity into somebody else's personal life, isn't it? Because when she invited them, Why do they want to go?
First of all, they're talking about her she's a lost cause? None? None of that all have been? That's how they're talking about it. Why would they go to her invitation? Because they're curious, they want to know. And Siobhan wants exactly the opposite of what a Prophet would teach. The Prophet says, I'm told us lads at a bar or at a Muslim, don't become obsessed and follow, look into the private matters of other Muslims. Right? So as a basis of our community, but what happens in certain communities, man, they're inviting, I wonder what that servant looks like. Let's go he invited us. Let's go. cause an opportunity to, and here you are eating, eating the food of the one who's
honoring you as a guest, even though she has her own motive, but this is a person you stab in the back when you go outside with your tongues. Right. So it's really ugly hypocrisy, that shaytan ends in you know, infuses into people.
shadowline got to them is a very awkward scene, you know, when they cut their hands and they were all over Yusuf Ali Salaam, and they're all being shameless. And, you know, he says, Robbie says you have William amiodarone. Ella, he, you would think these are dignified women of aristocratic class. But the thing is, when you're in a certain kind of environment where everybody else is acting shamelessly, then it becomes a lot easier for you to act shamelessly to.
There are some places, it could be a nightclub, it could be a bar, right? It could be, for example, you would never dress a woman would never think about dressing provocatively anywhere. But she's at a beach and she sees another 100 women dressed provocatively and what does she feel all of a sudden, this is normal.
So when you're in an evil environment, then evil doesn't look evil anymore, it becomes normal. It's in psychology, they'll call this the diffusion of responsibility. Right? collectively, we because everybody's doing it, it can't be that bad. Right? So these women, maybe on their own would not have acted that crazy. But if one of them, two of them, three of them are acting this way, then guess what it became okay with everybody. So you'll find young people going to a party or going to an environment. Normally, they wouldn't act that way. But when they're in that scene, they'll do things they never thought they would do.
They'll try things, do things, consume things, inject themselves with things engage in Acts that they never thought they would ever engage in, because they put themselves in that environment. shaitaan wants to create environments that make evil easy,
that you see around you evil, and then it becomes easier for you to do it too.
Okay, so then, so that's, that's another worshiping God to them, and that we should learn from
that, of course, add on God to them, because after so much terrible Evil has happened, and they know Yusef has done nothing wrong, and he's been thrown in jail. Any one of them could have said it was wrong what we did.
That wasn't okay.
silence when you see oppression happen, and you could have said something about it is also an evil.
something evil happened. And you could have helped someone, you could have saved someone and you chose not to, you chose to let him suffer because your own reputation was at stake. Or your own impression was at stake or your friends may not like it, if you say something, you might lose a friend or two, they might unfriend you. That's why you let him rot.
It's incredible HUD, society can do what peer pressure can do, right. And so schatten can make you fear people more than fearing the right you're listening to your conscience and put your conscience to sleep. Let's turn to the inmates.
They ignore a last reminder after they were reminded of a lot, at least one of them did. Then, you know, looking out for number one Alyssa and sahoo shaitan de chatons explicitly mentioned here someone helped you out interpreted a dream for you ask for his help. He gave you such beautiful advice. And you ignored and dismissed him like he didn't even exist. And by the way, years later, when time came to remember him because literally it wasn't you remembering him? It was the king reminding you of him.
You were supposed to remind the king of him, the king reminded you of him. That's how a lot planned it. And even then what do you do you want to take credit for something you didn't do?
Or you don't have knowledge you don't have? I'll tell? I'll tell you what it means. I just send for me, I'll get the answer for you. Instead of mentioning user friendly salon, the shirt line can make you forget the good that people have done for you. The shutdown can convince you that it's okay to not do right by other people
to not think about their rights, totally think about yourself.
Then lying by omission shutdown can convince you to wiggle out of situations by not telling the whole truth by pretending that you never knew all along by playing innocent by pretending innocent use of ussd
to manipulate other people's emotions. Could you tell us about this dream about these seven cows and the stalks of grass or green? Because the community needs it? The online needs the world needs it. You need it for your promotion. That's
they don't they don't need it. But you're you're playing on somebody else's goodness, the chef on can make you and me use somebody else's goodness to our advantage.
Right. So we take advantage of their good intentions. We take advantage of their good character. We take advantage of the fact that they're programmed to give benefit of the doubt. And we will we can manipulate that. That's another way shaitaan can use human beings. Let's turn to the Kings advisors. How does the shutdown get to them? Well, they deflect the inability of the fact they reflect their own inability when they're told Can you tell me what this means? They could have just said we don't know.
But they said, No, what you saw was nonsense. In other words, you criticize the task, instead of admitting you can't do it.
Right? You've been given a task, the honest thing is I can't do this task, as opposed to saying this task is stupid, or this task doesn't make any sense. And that's actually a way of someone not fulfilling the responsibilities they've been given. But there's another way the devil got to them.
You see the dream, the what the king asked them for was the interpretation of a dream. And we know you and I, as believers know that that dream could only be have been interpreted by revelation, right.
But what did the dream was one of the kings say to them, in quantum, you know, what does it really really mean? Ba, ba, ba Ba, I mean, if you happen to know or you are knowledgeable of the interpretation of dreams. So these soothsayers, priests, monks, these guys claim that they know what dream means? You and I know the truth? Do they know what dream means? And dream means? No, is it Hocus Pocus they come up with and then claim that they know it. Yeah. It's all superstition. Because any the only one who can tell you what a dream actually means, especially an obscure dream like that. One is who is alarmed so that they can the answer can only come from Revelation. So they claim
knowledge of the unseen, don't they?
And they're part of the reason they're in the king's court is he says, Can you tell me what this means? Because you guys are the ones who interpret dreams, right?
So they part of the reason they got the job is they made claims to knowledge that no one can lay claim on.
How does the headline get to so much so many human beings, there are many religions around the world, and even some within the Muslim religion, that claim to have knowledge of the unseen, I have spoken to the jinn. And they have told me that you need to eat more carrots.
I'm going to make hold on second coming to you, you can have a son, hold my hand, and I'm gonna do their enemy. And now wrap this thing around your arm. And now make sure you eat two kitkats and one Snickers every day for the next four days, and you're gonna have twins.
And you have people, people sometimes write to me, I saw a dream, could you tell me what it means? Could you do is to hot off for me. Like as if some people are spiritually elevated to the point where they can solve your problems for you. Yeah, Allah gave us the example of that for profits,
profits, because the interpretation of dream is a revelation thing, especially these kinds of dreams. But some people claim that they have access to that kind of knowledge. You understand? I've even seen, you know, in some countries, they have TV shows live TV shows, where a Muslim claiming to have such saintly knowledge will get on the phone, live 800 number people are calling in and somebody says yeah, my husband does that hold on a second.
solved. Next call.
They're, they're solving your spiritual crisis, your family crisis, your financial crisis, and they'll give you prescriptions to,
you know, say, say this name of a lot this many times in the morning, and then do the hokey pokey, do turn, turn turning circles and do the five jumping jacks. And you will see that the cancer is gone. And people sign up for this stuff.
So how did the devil get to them, they sell superstition as fact.
How many people in the world sell superstition as fact.
And people buy into it, they buy into it, they buy into it. Here we have a situation where even a king is buying into it isn't? Even the king is buying into it. But there's a larger that the one is, you know, selling superstition is fact the other is when the devil can can make you deceive others, by passing yourself off as someone who knows something that you don't actually know. So the devil can make you lie on your resume. And say I've got six years of experience even though it was six days before you got fired.
The devil can make you write references of fake company names and your best friend.
composer and when you get a call like this, just say, you know, say this company name and pretend that you're a reference.
They can convince you to deceive others, so you can move ahead. Isn't that what they're doing? That's, that's that's the devil at work. jacobellis. I'm told Lucifer is the devil is clearly an enemy to all human beings. He didn't say just believers at all. He wants chaos in humanity. So it's not like Oh, those are some people say, Oh, those are cool. farshad ons aren't even concerned with them. Yes, he is.
Because he's like they could be doing a lot more evil.
He's concerned with all he has every what you call a coffin is a potential believer. Isn't he?
Make sure he stays on the misguided path. The shutdowns got that that project too. He's not skipping anybody. He doesn't want to skip anybody. So that's a few, you know, of the characters that we've met so far. And how the how the devil has used them, by the way, the devil even use the king,
or the W's, the king, because when the when the king has a dream, who does he turn to people of superstition? Right?
Isn't that shut down? Also shaitaan would want you to go to places to find answers that are full of Jamelia that are full of ignorance.
instead of actually asking yourself, how could these people even know?
Why would they have knowledge of that?
But you accept superstition is for what it is. So the shaitaan gets to the one who sells the superstition. And the shaitaan gets to the one who buys the superstition, you get it? He gets the both of them. And now we turn to just some observations about use of a cylinder I thought I think are I I didn't say them at the time. And I'm just going to run through them with you guys. The first of them is about temptation.
Usually, you find in the Quran that we fight against evil. We stand in the face of injustice, we stand in the face of evil, we call out a lie for being a lie. In other words, there's a confrontational, you know, imagery when it comes to wrongdoing. Yeah.
But when it came to shamelessness, temptation, personal temptation, the right thing to do was not to face it. The right thing to do was to run was debacle, Bob,
when it comes to temptation, then a lot of teaching a prophetic teaching is not to face it. No, no chef has done nothing to get me I'm gonna give, I'm gonna stand right in front of it. And then and then and then I'm gonna what run, I'm gonna run.
And the remarkable thing is you can run from temptation. But temptation won't just say, Oh my God, he's running away as he got away from me. Ah, you're gonna run from temptation. And temptation is going to what? Run after you. And it won't just run after you. it'll catch you by the shirt and rip it off.
temptation is not a small thing to run away from, you got to run for your life. Even if there's a locked door, just run for it. And temptation does not let go easy. It comes after you and it can injure you in the process. It'll rip you. So it's not some small kind of evil. It's a very powerful evil. Any other evil man I was about to get away from there. Okay, now you can't steal because you're in the middle of the park. What are you gonna steal grass, no temptation to work like that you can run away still in your head are still running after you. Even if you physically got away from it, maybe you mentally didn't get away from it, isn't it, you got to run away from it in your
head to in your heart to in your free time to it's running after you on your phone with notifications
is running after you. It's constantly coming for you. And you got to run for that door. What's sakalava
It's remarkable. Allah says they both raised for the door.
He says there I go. And she goes there you know, you don't know you don't. That's the that's the remarkable thing. The powerful evil of temptation has to be understood. And then the next observation here is your shirt might get torn, which is a pretty humiliating thing of your clothes to be torn. And then on top of that you got accused, right. So it's not a it's not a good experience. Nobody wants to have that experience. But your shirt might get torn in the process of you running. You might get hurt, embarrassed, falsely accused, because you are running away from temptation. But remember one thing no matter what happens to you because you are running away,
it's never a bad thing. In fact, his shirt being torn was a good thing.
That was in fact a good thing. And ended up being the reason he's proven innocent.
It also ended up in the larger scheme of things as I'll explain why you might not see how it's a good thing right now. But it will become clear why it's a good thing a little bit later. Maybe allows a bigger plan for you. So don't become see the people of temptation. They want things now, the people who run from temptation, see the benefit that won't come now the benefit will come much later. So you have to if you're not a long term thinker, you don't see things like that, then you can't fight temptation. That's why I said what hanabi he saw the clear proof of his master because he knows no matter what I do now, no matter where I am in life, now, if I run the wrong way or the
right way, one thing is true. I am marching towards my master whether I like it or not the long term conclusion well in a lot of because you're going to end up with your master. That's that's where you're gonna end up
So then the thing that I think we didn't appreciate about how difficult things became for use of honey said, I'm okay, that crazy incident happened, the shark got ripped and all of that. But does that mean he's no longer in that house? And from the story we can tell, not only is he still in that house, not only is the husband still absent, but she's gotten even crazier.
She's gotten worse. She's not he didn't get better, she got worse. And between that incident and the invitation of those women, there may be a few weeks. There may be a couple of weeks. How awkward are those couple of weeks for use of Elisa, you think the temptation got easier? Now a man a young man knows that a beautiful woman is attracted to him. Shelton's not gonna come to a young man and say, I mean, the thought doesn't, you never knew she liked you.
They still thought you didn't say anything, you're not gonna do anything. Let's get on can't try to manipulate a young man.
He never knew. And then she might try to dress even more provocatively now around the house. I'm not doing anything, oh, could you do this or that, or, you know, because they have no shame.
So she might start changing in front of and do other things in front of you could do all kinds of indecency in front of him. And he has to just protect himself constantly, isn't it? So we think of the great moment of the trial of use of was when she tried to go for him, and he ran for the door.
But there's a lot of slow and painful avoidance of that temptation that he has to go through the entire time.
That's the entire process. And then it culminates in that invitation and all of that, which happens, you know, and this is why you, you can also appreciate faster summer, he held on, he just kept holding on instead assignments, not for a moment. So it's like it was a continuous thing. And by the way, the Bible suggests that he she tries to seduce him continuously.
And there's the Quran doesn't refute that necessarily, you know. So there's that portion of it, which means that Allah is teaching us that you might find yourself in a situation where you have to fight the devil's thoughts over and over and over and over and over again.
And you can't avoid that situation. Maybe it's a workplace situation. And use of Alison's case. It's not exactly like he chose this employment, he's a slave. So you can't just quit and leave, go to another job. Some of you might be working in a place where there's an environment like that, and you're providing for your family, there's nowhere else you can get a job. And you have to face that kind of temptation, and that kind of fracture every single day, and avoid thoughts. And he's, he's asking you out to a coffee, or she's asking if you want to go get lunch together, or whatever else.
And you have to face that every single day. You have to deal with it every single day, and you're a human being you might find somebody attractive, because you're human. Just because you're a believer, doesn't mean you don't find people attractive, doesn't mean a thought doesn't come to you. We're not immune. We're not checked on immune, there is no, you know, vitamin, vitamin E for him. And you can take and let's say I don't, I don't have a problem, no more. We're all human beings. You have to fight this fight continuously. You have to keep running, and it keeps running after you. That's why that image is important. There's no way that you went for a sprint, I got locked away
behind as good.
Don't work like that. It doesn't work that way. And so May Allah protect all of us, you know. And the final thing about this, this portion of what I wanted to, I took a lot of notes. Anyway, the
last piece is part of this page, not the talk this page. It's the next ones last page, I promise, the good thing for you is you're on the internet. So unlike if you were sitting in the audience in front of me and one of you got bored, you have to find like a justifiable excuse to slip away without me noticing. Or if you're dozing off, then you have to be behind a column or a pillar, or you have to look like you're paying real close attention. So you have to do this like,
like your mind is going up as you're listening. But what you're actually doing is you're in a coma, you know, like that. But the thing is, you can just turn the phone off or go back to whatever you were playing or something. So that's okay. But anyway, so I'm gonna keep going, y'all keep doing what you're doing. I'm gonna keep doing what I'm doing.
By the way, Shannon will come to you and say, you can watch it later.
And you know, you're not gonna.
Okay, so gossip, and it's the attention we give to gossip only exists. Please listen to this one carefully. gossip and the attention we give to it only exists when there is a vacuum of purpose. Vacuum means when a person doesn't have a real purpose in their life, then their only purpose becomes other people in their lives.
You have to ask yourself, what is the purpose that you are serving and I am serving in my life, and how much of our day is obsessing over what somebody else thinks
what somebody else said, what were somebody else's comments? What were somebody else's what was somebody else's feedback or somebody else's trolling or somebody else's views on whatever I posted, if your concern is somebody else, somebody else, somebody else, and you're, then there's a real purpose missing in your life or my life, because our purpose is not to concern ourselves with what other people are doing, especially what they're doing with their private life. That will not help you or me in any way, shape or form. Though it might be interesting for some people that find that their life is miserable. They vicariously live through someone else. Or some people, they find
themselves in misery, they find some joy in watching other people in miserable news.
They become a sadistic thing. But you know what that just means that you and I have to get serious and ask ourselves, the faculties that Allah has given me the talent, the goodness that a lot put inside every human being? How can I put that to use to actually do some good and have purpose? How much of my day was spent talking about people?
Sometimes, you know, in your home, because you know, notice we're home a lot, right? We're basically only home. So when you're at home, and you set a policy, hey, we're not going to talk about people, okay? For the next seven days,
we're not going to talk about what somebody else is doing. We're just going to talk about productive, what we're learning what we can do how we can, if we're going to talk about people, we're gonna talk about how we can help them. But we're not going to make comments about others, no comments allowed. See how long that lasts at home.
See how long you can go without having such conversations. And if you're not having such conversations, then congratulations to you. Because you've been saved from a great evil. That means you actually have a purposeful existence. There are other more important meaningful things keeping you busy, that you don't have the time to do this. You see these housewives, their husbands are politicians, they're rich, they don't have to earn a living, they got lots of free time.
So when they got that kind of time, they got time to talk. They got time to you know, pass comments, they got time to scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll. Man, somebody made a comment, I better respond.
You don't have to, it will not change the purpose of your existence in any way, shape, or form, these comments will come and go and the earth will move on.
The sun will rise in the sun.
You know, so we give these things value when real purpose and real value doesn't exist in our lives. Okay.
I think I should be brought up that someone has great as Yusuf Ali Salaam, became the center of unwanted attention and the center of unwanted controversy and the center of unwanted oppression. He was recipient of unwanted oppression. And if you suffer, the salon can't save himself from that. And that's part of a less plan for him, then you and I shouldn't be aware that sometimes we will get unwanted attention coming our way. Sometimes we will have people that are too face towards us. Some sometimes we are going to get to find ourselves in the middle of being oppressed, when we may have not done anything wrong. Just make sure that you're not on the other end of that. You're not the one
And even if you are if you find yourself in these unfair situations, then do what usages Elisa Lam he knows that people can try to harm me all they want. My only protection is Allah. So the only way I can secure a loss protection is because Allah can assume mazzini I will do my very best. And when I do my very best as a servant of Allah, and I try to do good, whatever opportunity I get a loss protection will keep on coming, no matter how bad the situation gets. Even if it gets bad, I know a lot will see me through even if it's jail.
Even if it's really even if my shirt, my clothes are being torn off of me. Even if I'm being dropped in a well, I'll be okay. Because I'm doing my I'm not doing anything wrong. The thing is, when people do us wrong, when people put us in the middle of such situations, either return we get tempted ourselves to slip because we're human.
Or we become jaded and say, Well, people that did us wrong. Now we're going to do wrong right back on, we're no longer going to do good for anybody else. Right? So don't allow that to happen to you take the advice of or take the character of use of Islam as advice.
It's also interesting that you note the use of Islam over and over again people are talking to him.
People are dealing with him and he's dealing with Allah. It's really interesting. It's like before he deals with people, even though it's a people situation, he's dealing with a lot. We think of it in our life. Like when we pray, it's time to deal with a lot. But it's business, it's time to deal with people. When you're having an argument with a family member. It's time to deal with people later on. It's time to deal with Allah. There's Koran time, there's a time there's a lot of time and then there's people time. What you find with Yusuf Ali Salaam is he's talking to people or people are talking to him and all of a sudden, my other line the hora biasanya Messiah
garlic me my allamani Robbie
What my master taught me when he's talking to the two guys in jail, you you find him actually not allowing himself to be mentally and emotionally absent, allowing a lot to be absent from his conscience, he doesn't allow that for himself. That's a remarkable quality as even when he's dealing with people. And that actually changes the way in which he deals with people. And maybe that's what we need. Maybe our interactions with people get ugly, because we keep a lot of the conversation for ourselves, not to lecture them, a lot of love for ourselves wears a lot in our consciousness, when we're in the middle of a difficult exchange. And if ally is there, then maybe the way we act and
react, maybe the words we choose to say are going to change. Because now, as part of that conversation, for us, at least a large part of that conversation, the person you're talking to, may not have a large part of their conversation. That's okay.
You don't have to say, I tried to be Islamic, but you since you want to still fellowship on I guess I'll know you're you're not trying to preach to nobody you're doing, you're bringing up a love for yourself. And doesn't mean you have to say a last name. But even if you rehearse a lesbian name in your heart, and you think about what would Allah want me to say here? Well, how would you want me to act here, if you can just have that presence of a lot in those human interaction situations, then we're learning something timeless and really incredible from use a funny setup,
almost on a promise that I save what I think is the most, for me the most inspirational for that for last. But the second last is prison, which is a pretty horrible place to be, can constrain one physically.
But it can't constrain a person's mind, or their soul, or their relationship with a law
or their hope.
You can find yourself in an incredibly hopeless situation. And you're still who you were, you're still helping others. You're still you didn't you didn't allow your situation to define you.
You define your situation. It's incredible. It's the I give the example often of a believer being a lamp, right? The lamp defines how we see the room.
The room doesn't define how we see the lamp, society and the people around you. And the situation you find yourself in should not impact you to the point it starts changing you. You should be the one changing it. You should be the one coloring it. You know. And that's a remarkable quality of use of Islam, especially in the depths of prison. Finally, so this was all by the way. So in the beginning, I told you how chatango to different people, right. And I told you some just some observations about Yusuf Ali Salaam, I'm going to end with what Allah said about Yahoo valleys.
And what he said about Yahoo based on what he would Yahoo told his son use of his work adeleke is to be Carabobo. That is how it was chosen you I'm going to take two phrases, not the whole two phrases, Allah has selected you because he sees you qualified. That's the first phrase, because each device is to select based on qualification. So I'll repeat that Allah has selected you because he sees you qualified. That's phase number one, phase number two, Allah will complete his favor on you.
So I'm holding on to those two brief phrases, he selected you because you're the right one for the job. And he will want to complete his favor on so now let's hold on to those two ideas.
What did Allah choose him qualify him for? You're the right kind of kid qualified to be thrown in a well.
You're the right kind of kid that that's qualified to be, you know, thrown into slavery, and taught, pushed around and beaten, and insulted and slapped, and dressed and practically nothing. You're the right kind of kid that should be severed from his father and taken to a different land where nobody believes in Allah, and be turned into a slave into a minister's house. You're the right kind of young man that should be thrown in the middle of temptation, where you did not deserve to be treated the way that you were treated. You're the right kind of man that should be betrayed, and then thrown into jail for nothing you've done wrong. You're the right kind of man to meet two inmates and help
one of them and they don't help you back in return.
You're the right one for this job. That sounds pretty bad, doesn't it?
But you know what?
No one else would have gone through these experiences. And hold on to the goodness that Yusuf Alayhi Salam held on to the way he could have, Allah made this story for you. You serve. Allah made you go through these horrible experiences, because the your goodness will only come out in these horrible environments.
And ally has chosen you because now we're coming to the redeeming part of the story. Because if he didn't put you in a well, if Allah didn't put you in a well then you would have never been turned in.
To a slave. And if you were never turned into a slave, then you wouldn't have never been in the minister's house. And if you were never in the minister's house, the scandal would have never happened, neither would have ever happened, you would have never met two men that asked you for what their dream means. And if that never happened, one of them would have never mentioned you or tried to get take advantage of you, when he heard his King's dream, and you would have never come out of jail, you would have still been back in Canada with your family, right? You wouldn't have been here. But that dream would have happened. Seven good years would have happened, seven years of what drop
would have happened, and hundreds of 1000s of people would have been killed by hunger, starvation, crime, chaos, implosion of society, all of that would have happened. But Allah chose you for a greater good. And that greater good means you have to go through these rough experiences.
But nobody was strong enough to go through these rough experiences, and then do the kind of good that you did at the end. You had to do that. Why am I spelling it out like that for you? Because like, I used that word for you and me, when you said, who watched the back home, he selected all of you.
Because he sees something in you. He selected you for the story of your life. He selected you for the horrible things that happened to you. He selected you for those experiences. The question is if he selected user for such horrible experiences, you ask why Why? Why the answer is B and Watson find a way to do good based on what you've experienced. And you've met your purpose.
Now, it could be Yusuf Ali Salaam, we're learning from his story. He's in horrible experiences, but he learns from each of each of them. And he makes the most of each of them are what we do. When we're in horrible experiences, we collapse. We don't see it as an opportunity to do something good. Or to learn from it, or to rise from it.
That's that's going to be the difference. And so he selected and what was the second phrase? I told you, he will complete his favor. Yeah, complete his favor. Now, in the sense of the story, quite literally, a lot completed his favor when the family was reunited. Yes.
You know, it's incredible.
Each one of these horrible experiences don't seem positive.
But I'll use the word complete the favor if I told you complete a building and every brick that's added is heading towards the completion of the building. Every one of these horrible experiences is part of Allah completing his favor. Completing a last favor listen to this carefully now completing the last favorite doesn't mean one favor followed by another favor followed by another favor followed by another favor and finally the favor is complete. Completing a less favorite can mean one trial and the good that came from it another trial and good came from that another trial a good came for and that's how Allah will eventually complete his favor. That's all a complete favor. It's not a
linear level. You know, feed me this and give me this comfort and give me this ease and give me this relaxation. And finally, whoa, complete my favorite This is dunya agenda. The near the favorites from a lark come through trials. What did his father tell him as I leave you? He said Allah will complete his favor on you just like he did on on your father's Ibrahima ebrahimian his hub how they look complete his fingers on Ibrahim Ali. So
every favor that will give to Abraham Elisa, by the way, a lot of favor the ultimate favorite Abraham or Islam. He said I'm making you a leader over all of humanity after he passed all of his tests that greatest favor to him that he is the he gets the sadaqa jariya for everybody after him who believes in Allah Yeah, so he becomes our father.
But what Allah say about that when he completed his favor on Ibrahim, Ali Salaam and how to build a car but before that, what do you what do you say to him? It did with Li Rahim Allah boo boo Kalimantan when has mastered tested him thoroughly with different instructions. Slaughter your son jumping to a fire leave your family in the middle of a desert and you name it. Leave your question your father it'd be kicked out of your home be abandoned, be alone be starving.
Question a king who's ready to kill you, hoof
analyst is completed favor. Right? And that the jacoba Islam is telling you Stephanie Salaam, Allah will complete his fever on you, which means you're going to go through a lot of trials and the purpose of those trials will be to complete the favor on you. We should see our lives as allows the widow completing the favor on us because this you could say no, no, but this phrase to complete the favor on you is used only for profits. No eudaemonia metabolic maalaala compatible for your metabolic coolala so he can complete his favor on you and so you can remain committed to God
Since he said that to all of us, he said that we are larger which will make us of those whose favor is completed on them. And that we're able to live up to the choice, the selection that Allah has made for us for the opportunities and the trials that he has brought along our path. And may Allah help us pass through all of them. barakallahu li walakum wa salaamu alaikum I know it's wrong long sorry. Not that sorry, though. Bye.