Surah Yusuf #66 – V100 B – Looking Back
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of my vision from so long ago. Certainly Allah has already made it materialized it to be true, and to become a reality.
That's what we discussed last time. And so I'm going to translate the rest of this for you, and then we'll discuss it. Well, but aksana be a Hello, Jenny Mina, Sydney, and he has been beautiful and good to me. He has been excellent to me. And he was excellent to me, when he brought me out of the prison, which I'd be criminal By the way, and he brought all of you and he brought all of you from the outskirts
will mean mimbar the anessa shaytaan obey never been a hottie. Even after the devil had caused a provocation between myself and my brothers in our ability, fully Masha, no doubt, my master is subtle, and intricate, in whatever he does, never he whatever he decides to do, or whatever he wills in know who who will. And he will, Hakeem, certainly he is the all knowing, all wise, okay, so that there's a few statements here. And we're going to start with wakad aksana be in Accra, Jenny, Minna, Sydney, and he was good to me when he brought me out of the prison. The thing to note here is, first of all, this is still a continuation of what he's saying to his father. So he's on the throne, the
father and mother are now also on the throne. He turns to his father and said this, you know, Allah has made this dream come true. And then he's continuing to speak to father and he says, Now there's a lot to share. This is the first conversation they're having. After decades of separation, there's so much to catch up on, there's so many tears to cry. And there's so much to lament over. But so many so much time has been lost. But the first words that come out of his mouth are words of gratitude. All the negative that has taken place hasn't been erased. But he understands that all that negative pales in comparison to the fever, Allah has just done to him. This favor is massive to
him. And he now understands that he needs to look back at all of it. And now, instead of focusing on the bad things that happen, and we spent most of the time in this era, discussing the bad things that happened to him, there's plenty of them. Not one of them comes up. He says what could a center be in a region emunah Sydney, and he was good to me. My master was beautiful and good to me. He was excellent towards me. When and he did good by me when he brought me out of the prison. But then the thing is, what did he not mention? What else did he not mention? He didn't say he was good to me when my brothers didn't kill me. He was good to me when he brought brought me out of a well, he was
good to me when we took me out of slavery and at least gave me a safe home to be in. He was good to me when you prove the slander wrong. He was good to me when, you know, I was in prison, but I still had an opportunity to do that, like cetera. There's a mix of good and bad in all of those situations. But there's a lot of things that he skipped he and he didn't mention the years that he spent in jail. Why specifically is he going towards he's good to me when he brought me out of prison. Well, scholars have a few opinions about that the first of them and most glaringly, instead of talking about the well because he's in two dark places in the story, right. He was in the well,
and then he was in the prison. Bringing up the well would bring up an embarrassing part.
The past for the brothers that are now in the audience Yes. And he's already set to them that the three bar on a combo do no harm and no shaming shall come upon you since From this day on, so even bringing up Allah was good to me when I was rescued from the well would be like, Oh my god, he brought up the well. All right. So that never knew about the well now he's gonna ask about the well he didn't even bring up the well because he knew that would embarrass the brothers. And so that's one reason that's been postulated why he didn't bring up you know, the well the the first time he was in a dark place. The addition the additional thing is, Allah was good to me even though I was in
jail. No, because if he brings up him going into jail, then the minister's wife who's also been exonerated who's been who's made though by an all of that's been cleared, unnecessarily digging up that dirt again, unnecessarily bringing that up again. What does he choose to highlight? This is this is where I'm gonna go directly to what I understand to be the most plausible explanation for the things he chose to say because he, what he chose to say is very brief. He's recounting a lost favor on him and he highlighted two things of all the things that have happened. He highlighted two things Listen to this. He says he brought me out of jail a lot pulled me out of prison. And he
brought you know, he's not talking to dad anymore. He's talking to everybody cuz come is you all the plural. So he's talking to his brothers. He's talking to their families, all of them that are in the audience. He says Allah was good to me when you brought me out of jail. And Allah was good to me. My master was good to me when he brought all of you from the from the open desert,
from the wild lands badoo badoo. Like Bedouins, we say in English, it's an incorporated word from the Arabic word bamboo, and bamboo comes from the original verb Budda Budda means to be exposed, people that you know, live out in the wilderness, or they have barely any kind of architecture to protect themselves from the elements, and are mostly herding sheep or their Nomad people, and they're traveling people, they are constantly exposed to the sky. And that environment is called Badu the exposed environment. Right? So the undeveloped part of the world, and the Bedouin lifestyle is actually called buddy. So he's using that word and says he brought you all the way from the
outskirts. The, you know, the boonies. He said, America, he said, the boonies, the you know, the out there, he brought you from the wilderness even, you know, so why would he say, why would he say this particular so we understand, brought me out of prison. But why even connect that to, he brought me out of he brought all of you from the, from the boonies, from the will know, from the village from the backwards, country, etc. Well, this has been, again, lots of discussion about it. And the most common opinion postulated about this is that he's saying, Look at how Allah has done a favor, not only to me and given me all this position, and provided for me now and given me security and given
me an opportunity to do good. In this time of feminine difficulty, he brought all of you and your families out of a situation where you barely had enough food to eat. And he's brought you out of the undeveloped part of the country, or region, and he's brought you to the civilized capital of the world. So he brought you into civilization, because Egypt was the civilized capital of the world, right? So it's quite a, what's called moving on up, right. So they've, there's upward mobility for you, you've got a much better life here now, and that he doesn't even say that as a favor to them. It's interesting, he says, that's a favor to himself alone was good to me when he brought me out of
jail. And Allah was good to me when he brought all of you out of the wilderness into here. In other words, he sees good coming to his family as a favor Allah has done to himself as a larger extension. We, we notice in the Quran, when we talk about gratitude, we don't just think Allah for the good that he's done to us. You know, you saw a little bit out there and he and ash Quran aromatic Allah T and anta, Allah, Allah oualidia. Master, empower me to thank you for the favor you've done to me and to both my parents. In other words, there are places in the Quran, where you have the inspired, da, that the favor to you. The favor to your parents is also a favor to you. Think of it this way. And
we'll just talk about parents for a moment, even though he's not only talking to his parents, he's talking to the extended family. You know, I I, for example, came to the United States with my family. If my father wasn't positioned here to do work here, I would never have come here. If I never came here, I wouldn't have ever had the opportunities that I had here. I would have never studied Arabic The way that I did, I would have never studied the Quran the way that I did, I would have never met the friends that I had that so it had so much influence on my life and shaped the way that I think about my religion. Some of the most remarkable teachers that influenced my life that
none of that would have happened. If my father wasn't working here and he wasn't, you know, working night and day to basically provide for us, you know, in a very expensive part of the world in New York City. We weren't you know, wealthy at all, but
So the favors Allah has done to me, are actually only a continuation of the favors already allotted to my father, giving him the opportunity to do something for his family. And so they can have a better life. Or they can have opportunities that even even he didn't have. Right? So first and foremost, it what Yusuf Ali Salaam is teaching us is that a favor or goodness coming to your family and not just your elders, even your younger siblings, he's talking to his his brothers. He's talking to his sisters in law. He's talking to his nieces and nephews, all of them and good coming to them is good done. To me. This is a mindset change for a lot of people. Because in extended families and
large families, unfortunately, there's a lot of politics. So when good happens to one cousin, they get a promotion, they get a new job, they get they buy a house, they get a new car, all the other cousins are like Oh, yeah, I don't even know why somebody would give them a promotion. You've seen him. you seen her? Like there's a there's a jealousy and there's almost a Why did they move up? Right? They don't see that as a favor done to the family because they still see them as another, their family, but they're not quite family. And there's always this subtle competition, even if you invite people over, not nowadays, but back in the day, right? If you invite somebody over for a
barbecue, man, they did this, this this, we're gonna do a better job. It's like a competition all the time. Why did they have this? And we didn't have that? why did why did their birthday party look better than my kid's birthday party, etc, etc, we get petty and we get competitive. And look at use of La ceram. Sitting in that position. He actually acknowledges a loss favor on all of them, that now all of them don't have to worry about food. All of them don't have to worry about shelter. And you know, what happens right when the economy tanks and there's scarcity of food and supplies. Because remember, the last time the family came, they literally brought used items from the home, to
give to in exchange for food. So they were basically destitute at this point, right. And when that happens in a society, crime goes up. So it's not only that they're starving, they're also not safe. You know, that danger goes up when economies collapse. So he is grateful to Allah that note, not only has Allah made him safe, but he's given all of them safety, too. And also that this gives new flavor to the words that he said first to them with Hulu Misra in sha Allah, who I mean by if Allah wills enter Egypt safely, you will find a kind of safety here that you couldn't have found in the in the veteran, you know, or in the veteran lifestyle, or out in the outskirts. Right. So that's a very
common way, an interpretation of looking at this phrase, and connecting it or actually that they haven't connected it. But they've simply said, this is why he brought up with Jacques amin, Al Badawi, right, so they've moved on up. But there's other ways of looking at this. And by the way, don't think that this is condescending, like, you know, Allah has been so good to me that he brought you out of your rotten, pathetic houses to the palace of Egypt, you know, you've got a much better life now. 100. Like, it's kind of almost condescending, that's not what's being said here. So and, and there's, there's more than that, that I'd like to add here. There is of all the things I keep
saying of all the things you could have mentioned, he mentioned too, so there has to be a logical connection between these two things. So I was pondering over what could connect him coming out of prison and then coming out of the Bedouin, you know, lens that they were in. You see, the the brothers, him coming out of prison is Allah completing his favor on him, right, like completing his favor on him and him now in a position to do good that he wouldn't have been able to do, he's not able to help people against starvation, help an entire nation and do that on a scale that he could never have done. That's useful for the center. So bringing him out of prison is not just relief from
a prison cell, it's actually an opportunity to earn some incredible good deeds in this life. Right, so to do more, obviously, if you're in a prison cell, you can't do much, you don't have the opportunity to do a lot of good deeds other than your own worship, only, like the only opportunity we saw is him talking to a couple of inmates, right, which was a small seed of love turned into a tree. On the flip side, the brothers of Yusuf Ali salam, and by extension, the unfortunate, you know, upbringing they're giving to their families means they're not doing a lot of good deeds. They're even disrespectful to their father, right. But then coming out of that environment,
physically coming out of that environment into this new environment, and then being humbled in the way that they have been, is an opportunity for even them now to do good
for them to do so his he has a chance to do more good. And now they have a chance to do more good. And that's also a favor of allowed him that not only am I in a place where I can do good, my family's doing good. You see when you love someone, you want the best for them. And even if his brothers were bad to him, and you know, whatever else has happened at the end of the day, you don't want anybody burning and hellfire. At the end of the day you still want them to turn a new leaf
And become better, you know, no, no grudges are worth eternity in the afterlife. So he's so happy that they have an opportunity now in this new land away from that environment in which they were so lost in their own power, right? in the, in the Bedouin land, they were the pharaohs, they were their own Pharaohs. But now they're not now they have a chance to start fresh, and to really have a connection with Allah. And that's also an opportunity for them to see themselves as believers in a new light. And to see their their, you know, their future course of action differently. Right. So that's another dimension of, you know, them coming out from the Bedouin lands. But now let's talk
about the connection between these two things. You see,
Yusuf Alayhi, Salam here started with Allah being good to him. There's a few few observations here, a lot being good to me. This is the same wording he used when the minister's wife tried to seduce him. And he said in the hora de Santa, same verb Oksana here, must wire he's provided me beautiful housing. My master has taken. He's done excellent in taking care of my residents. Remember, he had honorable residents in the house. Right? Now, it's interesting that when he was a servant, he was calling on Allah even and saying that Allah has provided me excellent housing. He has much, much more excellent housing now. So the time for him to say, Allah has really hooked me up with some
housing was this right? You would expect use of in the palace to say, while Allah really gave me a beautiful home,
but actually use of Alison's mind is so you know, so profoundly spiritually connected to Allah, that the favor of Allah He sees beyond the material. So even when he was just so long as he was safe, and he had dignity, he called that a favor of a lion. He has excellent housing, he has a roof over his head, he has clothes on his body, he's got food to eat, and, you know, a permissible income to earn in the hood OBS along with wire. Like he doesn't have to have a palace to say that. And when he does make it into the palace, after all of those struggles, What is he thinking a lot for? Well, he's thinking a lot. He's saying Allah was really good to me when he brought me out of prison. Why?
Because that is not something he could have planned at all. So you see, he's the planner for the entire country. He planned the crops for the country, he plans the security for the country, he planned the entire scheme to reunite his family, he is an incredible planner. That's what he is a one thing he couldn't have planned is his relief from life in prison.
He could not have planned for the king to see a dream. He couldn't have planned for that dream to be so disturbing to him that he says it in public. In front of the court, he couldn't have planned that this same guy would remember at that very moment and not before, not after, at the moment of that dream. I think I can get that dream interpreted. He could not have planned him coming and asking that interpretation he could not have planned for the kingdom say, That's not you, I want to know who this was. He could not have planned that the king would be so impressed with him that the case would get reopened. And all none of that was his plan. That was a lie doing his work. That was a
luck implanting a dream into a king's heart in the middle of his sleep in the night and he can't sleep, the guy can't see because Allah has a plan for him. those dreams have a purpose. So he's looking at the way Allah did something without any of his planning. And he says, Allah was so good to me when he brought me out of prison. Basically, fill in the blanks for from no planning of my own. That could not have been planned by me that was entirely done by Allah, you make sense so far. Now look at what happens when a committed job come in a bad way. And he brought you from the veteran, Allah brought you from the Bedouin lands or from the outskirts, or from the wilderness.
Wait a second, hold on a second. But don't unlike the dream of the king, which was done by Allah use of didn't implant the dream. Unlike all of those chain of events, the chain of events that led the family to come to Egypt, were not from the unseen. There was use of putting a cup, you know, calling them back that entire back and forth twice over. That was entirely planned by who by use of are they set up? But he doesn't say that it was his plan that brought that brought them here. What does he call it? A lot of doing that. What does he recognize? Sometimes we plan things and they work out the way we're hoping sometimes we had no plans and things work out the way we were beyond what we were
hoping in either of those cases, we should know. It's not our plan that worked. It's a law that was doing it. It's a law that made it work. In either case, he's not going to take credit. And he's almost as if he's saying now the connection between these two. So So one is divine intervention. Obviously there's no intervention from Yusuf and him coming out of prison and the other was his own intervention. He was taking the planning and the
You know the course of action that led to them coming out of Egypt, or coming out of the, you know, the outskirts.
But now the connection between these two. And the connection between these two is, Allah had a great plan for me to bring me out of prison, it's important enough that I get out of prison that Allah would put that in the dream of a king. This is more important than myself, this is larger than life. This is larger than my own self. It's not just that I should no longer be in jail. There's a higher purpose. And so far, when we were studying the story, what was the higher purpose the higher purpose was, Egypt is going to fall into famine, hundreds of 1000s of people are going to starve. So lives have to be saved. That's the larger plan, right? And we saw that play out. But now Yusuf Ali Salaam
Alhamdulillah Allah has been really good to me when you brought me out of jail, and actually, not only to bring me out of jail, help all these people, it seems a less plan to bring me out of jail was to get you out of the the outskirts into Egypt, meaning Allah just like he had a plan for me to save these people alone must have a plan for you. And something remarkably good that he brought you out of that place into Egypt, the sons of Israel are now in Egypt, by some great divine plan from a lion, just like I didn't know what was happening until it actually happened. I didn't know unless plan and how grand it is, until I saw a piece of it unfold. This, to me is also a piece of Allah's
plan unfolding. And just like him bringing me out of prison was a huge favor of a lot to me, I will no, I will have no doubt that you coming here, you family's coming here is also in some way, a huge favor of a lot to me. And he doesn't even know the level of truth in that statement, because he's just a human being. He doesn't know that this coming of let me just get ahead of myself a little bit and tell you them coming here is them getting settled in the land of Egypt, and then growing as families and tribes. And eventually as they go grow as families and tribes, they're going to become economically very powerful, influential people, generations down the road to the point and then
there's going to be a power structure shift and the governance of Egypt. And they're going to say these people are not originally from here, they have too much power too much money, they need to be taken out, and they are going to be turned into slaves. And when they are turned into slaves, then among them a level raise a bit you'll have a baby be born, that is going to survive drowning in a year where all babies are supposed to be killed. And eventually That baby is going to receive the word of Allah that thought
that same baby is going to not only deliver them from Egypt, he's going to the most important favor to him is going to be he's going to receive the word of Allah. And that word of Allah shall be carried for generation after generation by prophet after prophet after prophet after prophet after prophet and that entire chain of events is because use of came out of jail
because use of came out of jail, he was able to bring his family here. That's a lesson he doesn't even know how this is gonna play out. Let me tell you how, how huge that is. That means use of La salaams deeds are going to give him sadaqa jariya for anyone who will ever recite the Taurat for generations to come that hasn't even come yet. That's part of his other kajaria and now take it a step further. The final and the greatest gift of a lot to humanity is the teaching of the Quran. Yes. Rahman, Allah Al Quran, the the incredibly unimaginably loving and caring he taught the Quran. How much of the Quran is a review of what Allah taught in the Torah, or the prophets of the Torah or
the teachings of the Torah, or the story behind the Torah, which is including what we're looking at now. The Torah is actually a this is the most of the Kalima Vina is a confirmation of what came before. So actually, even though Quran is echoing the legacy of Yusuf Ali Salam in some subtle beautiful way, and what good can a person have? What better good can a person have than they have a share in the Word of Allah spreading throughout generations? You know, thought was the you can call it the
the trailer for the Quran. It was a preview for the Quran. You know, in the Quran, Allah calls their book the Torah, he calls it al Furqan he calls it Kitab Allah in the Quran Allah describes Torah as for karne ki tabula hodan No, these are all descriptions of the Quran itself. Orion is called for on for honesty tabula rasa Quran is nude. What is Eliza which is telling us that the and by the way, the greatest gift comes after the greatest trial? Yes. And use of slife What's the greatest gift that he gets to bring this family together? For a great for much grander purpose? purpose? He doesn't even know yet. He does. But he knows it's coming. He doesn't know what it is, but he knows
it's coming. Because this is not something from
While he recognized that Allah doesn't just do something that Allah doesn't do some good, that's short term, Allah always does a good that is perpetual long term, it may even be long term than my own imagination in my own lifetime, lifetime, and maybe generate my generations won't even be able to see where the how where that good leads down the road, I mean, I'd be able to see. So you, he's got this vision of how Allah has done good. And now he's optimistic about the future. So in that sense, if you look at these two phrases, again, one more time,
when he brought me out of prison is actually him being grateful for everything that happened, even him leading up to going into prison, because if he wasn't in prison, he wouldn't be running the country.
So he looks at the final piece of that puzzle, which made him understand all of the other terrible adventures, to understand he could not have been in this position, if the jail thing didn't happen. And then that's how Allah released him from jail. This is where a lot wanted him. So this is him now looking at the future, or at the past, optimistically. He's looking at the past and understanding its purpose. Now he's going to look at the future. And the future is you've come here, you're just starting your lives here, right? We don't know how things are gonna turn out yet. You're just starting your lives here. And he says, Allah has been alive was good to me, when he ended my trials,
by bringing me out of prison. And I know Allah is good to me, by bringing you all have by having brought all of you here, which is only the beginning of something beautiful.
Right? So it's the past and the future together. It's amazing.
These these two phrases together, married together, like that are so powerful. Another dimension of that is use of it, and look at it from a psychological point of view. And that's more individualistic, that there was the grand big picture. But now let's look at use of Elisa as an individual, an individual who has been lonely and sad, even though according to the Taurat account, he got married by this time, and he had children, so he has a family of his own. But it's, you know, having a wife, having children, having one relationship is not a substitute for other relationship. I never got to experience what it means to have brothers. I never got to experience the love and
care of my father on a daily basis the way I would want to, I never got to serve him. I never got to hear his advice for so many years. There's a void that's there that others can't fill every relationship that Allah created in our life, the spousal relationship, the children relationship, the parental relationship, the sibling relationship, every one of them has its own beauty. Every one of them fulfills its own, you know, a void inside of us. It's it's something remarkable that Allah has given each of us that we have a need for and when it's not there, since many people are yet team, many people's parents abandon them. many people's parents are not on good terms with their
children, many children abandon the parents, there are there are voids left and there are holes left inside of us. We can still function we can go on in life. But there is this, you know, there's something missing. And what does the law say? You know, usually when you when you have news, like you know, a child was kidnapped, you know, my other lemon law protects our children, a child was kidnapped, or a child has disappeared, the missing persons report or whatever, what's the hope that the child will come back to the family, he's turning to a lion saying Yala,
you brought me out of jail to kingdom. And then instead of me returning me to my family, you delivered my family to me?
How, what kind of VIP treatment Have you given me? How good are you to me? That instead of me going back to my family, my family's coming back to me. Look at how this this is the the mirror image of the words of yahoo yahoo ballet Salaam said as a logo, and yet he and he beat him Jimmy Ah, hopefully a lot will bring all of them to me.
Yahoo said hopefully Allah will bring them to me. Allah said no, I'll bring you to them.
I'll bring all of you to him. That's what I'm gonna do. He recognizes my father, my honored father, this family, Allah gave me an opportunity to get them to come to me. He made the events turn in this way. And he feels so special in that Allah has given him that it's also he feels special that now I have someone who never had extended family. Right? Someone who never had cousins and or brothers and nieces and nephews and father and mother. He's missed out on all of that. And now all of a sudden he's got this extended family. They've got kids there they've got you know, sister in laws have got brothers. You've got the dad that he loves so much. Mom has now come Holla Holla till a few months.
He's got this huge family all of a sudden and he recognizes that as a favor of Allah to him. That all
have come together is actually a last favor to me I recognize a lot of favor to me. But we're gonna be in a hurry journeymen a Sydney was a big communal but we. But then he adds mean baggy another shape on beanie will be you know equity even after the devil had caused this discord and the devil had caused a provocation between myself and my brothers.
He didn't say even after what my brothers did
look at the language carefully. He says even after the devil created a provocation between myself and my brothers. If you're talking to somebody and say, Hey, what's wrong chatons created a problem between me and my brothers. When you say that, if you say that to somebody, Siobhan has created a problem between me and my sister, me and my brother, or whoever.
You don't exactly sound like you're blaming your brother or sister. You don't exactly sound like you're blaming yourself. And actually, if you were to take a hit, it almost sounds like you're blaming yourself because you put yourself first shut on cause the problem between me and then. So who's been brought first? Me and that's also another layer of making them feel safe. Look, I'm covering from you, for you. And I'm not talking to you about what you did. I'm letting you know that I remember the lesson my father taught me so many years ago, not to tell you the dream because the devil is a real enemy. And I know after all these years, it wasn't you. It was you when you slipped
into the trap of the devil.
The devil caused tension the devil caused a provocation between me and my brothers. I'm going to read something to you about the meaning of provocation. I keep translating it as such. So let's read a little bit about the etymology the origin of the word nuzzle. And this will ship will walk, what time it's similar to poking or piercing. NASA who thought I know when the hustle who knows who the verb NASA who rather actually means to, to
criticize someone to provoke someone be added by hand meaning to push someone or to bully someone like that, or or, or by a spear to poke someone in the back to make them move to agitate them, or Kalima or to provoke someone by means of words. How do I go who I don't know how to move them just a little bit of manual memory enough soon is safe in button. Oh man really key when it's Tara, it actually means to cause a disturbance or a provocation or an investigation that is physical or emotional, to impact somebody psychologically. A woman who knows aka been robbed of sada wahama bah bah bah nuzzel also means to incite somebody to aggravate somebody and to cause corruption in a
relationship where one starts getting aggressive against the other. For her that does go into reborn with the Sri definition. Lineker, Eva innovated Martha Deen galizia, the facade, Bane and mortality. And this is the kind of encouragement incitement you know working, you know, to say, rile somebody up, work somebody up, stir somebody up. That's what nessa actually means. Those others to stir someone up. So they have a feeling, let's make it worse. Let's agitate it, like you know, if you have a, you know, an irritation, and you scratch it, and it gets worse. That's what chiffon does, you may have a bad feeling, he wants to make it a lot worse than a lot worse than a lot worse.
chiffon did this until it became a serious disorder between me and my brothers. And by the way, now by calling, he didn't say me, and then he said, me and my brothers, me and my brothers and in my brothers is also a kind of acceptance. And it's also looking at all the extended family and saying, look, Chip, I'm trying to do this, but he failed, because look, you're all here even after the devil tried to do this between me and my brothers. In other words, we're not going to harp on and we're not going to dwell on what the devil had already done. We're going to focus on being grateful that Allah has done a great favor to me that he brought all of you here, even after me and my brothers
had a discord because of the Shetland. Now my favorite phrase and desire in Nairobi, Latif, only Masha,
no doubt about it, my master is subtle in whatever he does. Now, this deserves some attention. This is one of the most beautiful Names of Allah in the Quran, his name Latif, okay, and when it comes as a pair, it comes Latif hubby. There are seven instances of this word or this name of Allah in the Quran. And it occurs once as a verb but yet what affiliate Allah, Allah tala toffolo share.
That's the middle word in the Quran suddenly enough, but the word Latif There are six other places in the Quran where Allah describes himself as a thief. I'll run through five of them.
The sixth one, which is a little Azov, I will not run through because that is way too subtle. It would be a lecture by itself. But my one of my aspirations in childhood is when I finish this series one day, sort of use of my aspiration is to inshallah cover the remainder of sort of half that I haven't finished, and then actually maybe turn to social hub, which is just an absolutely profound and different sort of the Quran, but inshallah we'll get there when we get there no rush. So listen to some of the things which Allah talks about himself as the thief. But before we do, let's look at the meaning of the thief from an Arabic origin point of view, who will love which Tama Allah
hortefeux, Phil Phil Latif is someone in whom there are certain combinations the first combination is someone who is very gentle in whatever they do. So someone does something gently whether it will be the masala and as they're doing it, they know that very subtle implications of and the subtle consequences of every step what you slowly ha Illa Allah human quality, and to make sure the effects and the act is done to exactly the one that's that it is intended for. To help you to make this even easier, or actually further, my father, aka Dr. Mahathir in Memphis, and then lo fi This is saharawi elemis simplify that for you. When something penetrates something, when something gets through
something, like for example, when dust that you don't see gets through to you through your clothes, or smoke that's very, very light, can actually get through clothes get through a surface, you know, permeate through a surface, and you don't even realize it. particles that can in you can inhale polluted polluted particles and not realize them for example.
In a sense, for example, we're so worried about the corona virus and the way that it spreads airborne because it is in a sense Latif, it can penetrate without one realizing it. It may be doing its work and damage, and you may not feel a poke or prod until it's too late, you understand. So the idea when something acts in a way that's invisible, that's not that's not noticeable. It's extremely precise. It targets something and he gets it the act takes place without anybody realizing and that's why I keep coming back to the word subtle but it's not just subtle. It's also gentle. Now, the wheel my uses this word, listen to this Allah Allah moment, Hanukkah will have the full hubby
doesn't even know who he created. He is a Latif Al Habib, he is the subtle, the one who has full awareness. Think about even in the physical sense, how intricate and how microscopic are the neurons firing in my brain right now. So I can come up with the syllables to say a single word in this sentence. There's a subtlety in the technology of the human brain. And its connection to the tongue just this much. Right? That is beyond our imagination, this these systems are so intricate, and they're so subtle when somebody has a brain disorder, when somebody has a heart disorder, what kind of extremely precise instruments do we need? What does a surgeon need to go and remove that one tiny
tumor, or that one tiny growth or remove that one swelling, and that finger moves a little bit, half an inch, a 10th of an inch, a centimeter over the wrong way, and it could kill a person or they could permanently damage a person. Right? So when you when you have to do something that's so incredibly precise, Allah says doesn't even know who he created, as if to say every last detail about who I am and what I am and what I go through, and what what events are happening in my life, every last minute of it, every last second of it, every glance to where my eye falls, every sound that my ear hears. Allah is fully aware of what's going inside of you, and what its consequences
are, unless fully aware, aware of what thoughts are happening inside of you, and what its consequences are. That is a law being the thief.
There is a law being the thief and then he says law to recoup absorb. Well, who are you
who are not evil. hubbie eyes cannot conceive him. But he conceives all the views. he conceives all the eyes and he's a thief, and he's fully aware. In other words, he's so subtle. I can I have a hard time seeing things from your point of view, you have a hard time seeing things from my point of view. Allah says I own every point of view. And when I speak it is so delicate and precise because I've taken every point of view into consideration
will not be for hubby. And I'm Tara Angela Angela, Amina sama EMA and for those of you who are
in a lot of different hobbies, didn't you see that our lessons water from the sky and the earth becomes green? Certainly alized leave
the earth becoming green if you ever seen like those setup videos where they keep the camera in one place and the blade of grass comes out.
Are the single blade of grass a single leaf, going through photosynthesis, turning green, its pigmentation turning green. And the process that it goes through is entirely engineered by allows origin. He is the thief over every every ounce of greenery that we see on this planet was single handedly crafted by allies origin. It was exclusively done by allies over there. How subtle is he? That he colored every vein of every leaf? On every tree? how delicate is that? how delicate is that? When you when I was little I was obsessed with drawing trees, but trees are hard to make if you want to make a nice one, and your hand gets tired and the first few leaves come out really good and then
they start getting uglier.
Or you you're really good at if you're a perfectionist with crayons on the crayons start getting thick, you start covering calling over the lines and it gets annoying, right? And kids when they say oh no coloring mechanically when you get them a coloring book and I and three minutes later
Forget it. Like turn to the first page wow work of art second page Did you get Did you to go back to kindergarten? What happened here? You know,
and yet with a lost art with the laws of nature, what he does on the earth with every seed? how subtle is the process of a seed tearing open in a plant coming out? What is happening inside of the earth that we have no knowledge of all we do is put the seed in, put the water that's our part, who's tearing it open? Who's making that precise surgery take place inside of the earth where life can form where this plant can form which can eventually feed in a lot of different hobbies. My favorite one yeah, bunny Yabba Nia
are you putting yourself in intercourse with Carla Herbert in the huddle in the countryside in office? Am I allowed to fail of the activity Allah, my beloved Son, even if there is a seed
of mustard, small seed and that seed is somehow lodged deep inside of a boulder. Use your imagination. A boulder is a giant piece of rock Yes. And deep inside that boulder there is a seed a delicate little seed. Okay.
Oh for some of it or that seed is lost somewhere in the galaxies.
I will fill out the all that seed is hiding somewhere on planet Earth.
Yeah, TV, Allah, Allah will bring it a little bring it back.
Now think about a boulder. And think about a seed inside of a boulder and you're told you have whatever tool you want at your disposal. I want that seed.
And I don't want to damaged I want to I want to recover from this boulder and damaged. The thing is we have powerful tools in the world. We have bulldozers, we have explosive devices, we have cutters, we have all kinds of things that can that can, you know powerfully dismantle even a boulder we can. But the more powerful something is, the less subtle it is.
The more powerful a weapon like a bomb is, the less precise it is. The more precise something is, the less powerful it is. You can't be powerful and subtle at the same time.
If someone is really strong, and you told them to like super muscular he told him to squeeze a toothpick.
Like they're too strong to even be able to squeeze it every time they try to squeeze it and snaps
because they can't control their strength. They're too strong for it.
To be strong means you lose subtlety. You lose precision.
Allah azza wa jal is the thief
lies all powerful
all at the same time. He says in this remarkable Ayah Allahu Latif won't be anybody listen to how this Iranians Allah is subtle when it comes to his sleeves. A lot is almost invisible in the way he plans things out for his sleeves. Allah is very gentle in the way he nudges them in the right direction. For her sleeves, Yasuko Masha he provides whoever he wants. Well welcome realizes and he's the mighty, the ultimate authority. It started with him being subtle, and it ends with him being mighty.
He's being the all powerful he is both at the same time. That's Allah.
Earlier in the sutra you saw in the suit of use of Allah salam, wa la hollyburn Allah am Rahim Allah was dominant over every one of his situations. A law was dominant, overwhelming over his situation, a lot cast a shadow over all of his situations. And now he says, My master has always been subtle and present. Nobody else may I realized that I may not even have seen what he was doing, but he was always there. His presence had always penetrated every situation I was involved and he says then in our ability phone, Lima
If there's something I've come to learn is Allah is very subtle in whatever he wants to do. Allah is not so obvious that this was a lot of doing. He's not he makes it very invisible. You barely notice something's happening. It's actually happening entirely from a loss plan. But he's keeping himself like, like Allah describes himself. Well, who will who will Allah will occur to avoid Wah him well about him, he's the most obvious and he's the most hidden.
He's very hidden, very subtle in what he does. But the verb here so beautiful, he says Niemeyer shall, he is subtle in whatever he wants, or he may want in the future. In other words, I have come to know that Allah is extremely subtle. I am a living example of the subtle plans of Allah that nobody else could have foreseen.
But that's given me confidence that you coming here, and me and my family settling down in the land of Egypt, and trying to do good in this land of Egypt, and hopefully spreading the word of a lie in this land of Egypt. that perhaps there is some subtlety. There's a subtle plan at play with that we cannot sense but I know one thing. Ally's always got a plan. And he's always at work with something
called La Yeoman, who officia and every day he's involved in some important matter, every moment he's involved in some important matter.
So he, when he says this, it's as if he is forecasting that some remarkable things are, that haven't just happened, they will continue to happen. Allah hasn't just been subtle. So far, a lot will continue to be subtle. And boy is that going to come through as we study the Quran and study what's going to happen with the Israelites.
And that's it's, it's as if the rest of the history of the Israelites is captured inside in Nairobi Latif, only nyesha
now go back, when father heard the dream from his boy, so many years ago, the father was, you know, just, you know, jubilate, and he was so overjoyed. He was so happy. And he interpreted that dream to mean that Allah has chosen you remember that, and he will complete his favor on your entire family. And now he's saying my entire family's here.
And then he said, back then, at the end of that ayah, he said, in Arabi, ie mon Hakeem, certainly my master is all knowing wise, and use of a salami at the end of this ayah. So many years later says Allah has been very subtle. He is, in fact, the all knowing, the all wise. He echoes the words of his father, from the first time he heard the dream.
Allah told him, Allah knows and allies wise, whatever Allah does, he knows what he's doing. He knows things we don't know. And whatever he does, he does because it's a wise decision. We may not be able to see its wisdom, but it's always going to be a wise decision.
He's looking back at all the events that have happened. And he says, not only do I look back and realize Allah knew all along, and it was wisdom is being opened in front of my eyes. Now I know to look ahead into the future and always remember, that Allah knows, and Allah is wise.
Sometimes when people ask, where's Allah, how come? He doesn't help? How come? He doesn't change my situation? How come he doesn't do this? And how come he doesn't do that? You must remind yourself of this name of Allah. In our ability when Lima Yeshua, my master is so subtle. He's so gentle in what he wants. He knows he's wise. He's the ultimate he knows, like nobody else the name is kind of creates this, you know, this infinite attribute towards Allah, as if to say he knows like no one else does. He's wise, like no one else is. He makes decisions like nobody else can. Only he can do what he does, he is aligning him and him. You know, so to be this gentle, and to be that gentle,
knowing full well exactly like surgically, exactly what steps need to take place? What two inmates need to be next to him? What time will the food arrive? How much time will we have to have this conversation? Every one of those seconds, every one of those moments, every one of the bytes of that meal? Every one of them calculated to precision with the subtlety of Allah that even the miosha in the who who is calling of Hakeem, every one of them.
Can you imagine they call it the butterfly effect? Right? But can you imagine a conversation that happened in a prison cell change the fate of humanity when it comes to guidance?
Like that conversation that he just had with a couple of guys before lunch came in a prison cell that created a chain of events that eventually leads to the coming of the profit that is most talked about in the Quran. Musan is
all of this
And then not to mention that ally so subtle, he understands something, his mentor whose use of a salons mentor, jacobellis,
He alone is so good to me that he brought all of you here, because if he didn't, if you didn't come in, I know my dad would never come leaving you behind, he feels responsible for his family. So lebra, not just my dad, to me, he brought all of you to me. And now my spiritual mentor, my senior prophet is with me, and he can guide me even better on spiritual matters. And he can maybe even guide me on how to give the beauty of this Deen not just to his children, and their extended family. But now in this new land to these people.
They've Allah has made them prosper for a reason, Allah would want them to have less guidance too. And now I have the support of my father, the mentorship of my father. Allah is so subtle in how he plans things, and not be that he fully miosha also kind of kind of helps you appreciate the role that jacoba Ceylon played in his life, you're going to see that one little conversation that we saw in the beginning, Echo over and over again, in the conversation, the use of ice, I'm just going to have this monologue that he has towards the end, we have
one more I left of the story itself, the sooner as you might know, is 111. And we're going to be ending up. I don't think we can do it in one shot. But we have a number 101, which is the final part of the dialogue, or the monologue, that use of an incident says it's actually a prayer in all of that. So he turned to father, he turned to the family, and the sutra is going to conclude as he turns to Allah, it's really beautiful. There's three conversations, conversation with the Father, conversation with the family, and now there's going to be a conversation with a larger region. So that's actually what's gonna happen next in this this final IRA that we're going to study milazzo
will help us extract every benefit we possibly can from his profound word and realize, oh, Jamaica is grateful and appreciative of his subtle presence, his gentle presence, and everything that's going on in our lives. A lot of baloney. We're looking for the Quranic kingdom, Kim on a fan, you can build it with
which way to go which way to go. Okay, fine. I'll do the standard.
I'll make it more interesting later.
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