Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Series: Nouman Ali Khan - Surah Yusuf
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I'm going to try to talk about the the first phrase and the conclusion of the first phrase from the final idea of syllogism. So the emphasis today will be on the phrase legal Bob, I recall having given pretty detailed lecture, or actually a series of lectures on the concept of Bob, when
we talked about one of the most pivotal passages in the Quran that deals with the subject, and that's at the end of sort of an Iran in the ayah. That starts with the IMF, you hope is somehow it will be it was de la familia, de la Bob. It's a pretty powerful notion in the Quran, this phrase that I'm going to translate for you in a bit, but the Prophet himself so I said I'm had a very close relationship with that particular passage. That one that I'm talking about when it was revealed to him in Medina, I shall do a lot more on how narrates that when she was when he was revealed. That passage when it was given to him, he was lying with her in bed, and he asked her permission to leave
the bed, and to pray. And when he started praying, and that passage started coming down, he was reciting it. And he kept repeating those until his entire beard was soaked in tears. And then when he went to such that there was a puddle where he made siesta. And he wouldn't get up from such that until below came and it was getting late for fudger, to actually get him up to lead the prayer. And he, you know, he was so overwhelmed by those ions that began with in a few 100 sumati will out of the leveleleven, the harder I attend to the lab. So I think for those of you that are interested in this subject, I think it would be worth a look, because I don't think I'll be going into that
direction. Here I will be talking about some other things, some recap from what I've talked about before. But some other things that were not talked about previously will be brought up here. So the first thing I want to do is just kind of give you a rough translation for people of pure minds. People of sound minds meaning in their in their narrow in their narrative in their story. There's a profound lesson for the people of or the possessors of sound minds. That's a common translation or you know, pure minds would be a common translation. But I wanted to dig into the etymology, the origin of this word and kind of show you where it comes from. Because it's obviously different from
the word open, which means intellect. The Koran uses a number of words for the intellect, and they highlight different things. So Apple highlights restraint.
or less has a new heart for people of intellect, people of prevention, so highlights the feature of the intellect that it prevents you from stupidity prevents you from doing evil prevents you from being controlled by your emotions. When you have when you're a person of intellect, you control your emotions, your emotions don't control you. Right, so that's all they know her.
And then he says Alfie Delica khazamula, the hedgehog, hedgehog, meaning of Boulder, or rock, people that have a steady way of thinking, their thoughts aren't turbulent, and there aren't going all over the place, their intellect is compared to a boulder, or rock, right? So the idea that they are steady and strong in their thought process and their thoughts are not wavered by their feelings. Right? Because you know, it can happen sometimes that you know what the right thing is, but you don't want to accept it because your feelings are your you. If you accept that, then you have to let some feelings some of your feelings go. Right or your impulses want one thing from you, but your
brain is telling you something else, right? For some people, their minds are strong enough that they stay on course with what they know to be the truth, regardless of what pressures internally or externally hit them. And that would highlight that would be highlighted in the word hedger among other things. So each of the phrases for the intellect in the Quran highlights different things. So there's the word loop. And it's actually probably one of the highest one of the most beautiful expressions for the intellect. And it's kind of like the most special term for the intellect tickets. Not everybody can have lobe, you know, as we will see, so let's first go into the origin of
the word lobe and the plural of it that's being used here Al Bab possessors of Al Bab lubu Josie willows when a Houma Murphy jiofi the lobe of the heart or the lobe of inhibin and almonds
Is what is all the way inside it what's in the depth of something or the inside of something the center of something. What gallica look Bukola, shainman, aasimar, dahulu, lfu, Kahlua utra, Harajuku
and so the lobe of any kind of fruit in Arabic, it's the inside of a fruit, the part that's eaten is called the lobe of it and appeal and the stuff that's thrown away the, you know, the fibers and the other stuff that's kind of thrown tossed out that's not edible, or edible, rather, that's not part of the lobe. So the the, the juicy part is the lobe, the inside of it, and the most important part of it, what gives it its value, that would be the loop.
Well, Luba will come when ahuka hora de Kiku Hollis, and the low BB same origin of wheat is what is the most fine inside of it, the pure element of it. While lambda was at a southern woman, her and loved by is also used for the center of the chest or the throat, the neck over here, like the where the juggler is, right? So the center give the idea of something Central, something pivotal, something most important keeps coming up over and over. Right? Like without it, the thing isn't what it was the from an abstract point of view, you can say the essence of something, the core of something, the essence of something that would be the word love the love of it, right? Actually in,
in speech, you can say, look, we'll Kalam, like what's the essence of your speech? You talked for an hour, but what's the fundamental point? What's the essence of it? Right? So that would be the word love now.
By the way, this is the dictionary. That's my favorite quote on dictionary at the moment. And there are projects I have in my head that I want to be able to accomplish, but I need like, you know, a minion army of volunteers and people that have gotten to a certain level of Arabic that I hoped have actually developed to a certain level of every one of those tasks. And one of those tasks is actually to juice this translate this dictionary of the Quran, and I'll explain what juicing means to my Arabic students eventually, how do you juice a book and then make it available for the public like a really well documented Dictionary of the Quran, that is taken from multiple sources and gets
to the lobe of each meaning, the essence of each meaning because the etymology studies from different dictionaries can become pretty cumbersome, and it can be streamlined and it can really help people that are trying to study the Quran in a you know, in a more efficient way and deep way. But anyway, this this dictionary is called an margem lH tfrp l masala Kalamata Quran, and the author is Hassan, Hassan jobin. For those of you that are familiar with Arabic, it's a must have for Quran students, in my opinion, it's really profound work and excellent resource. Anyway. So Amanda mihari the overall you know, thematic meaning of this, these three letters la lamba, and ba is Lou mushy
jofa. She was at E, B tamako. moominvalley Kanaka. Oulu licona Hema Horton mouthful maffulli This is the important piece. So the overall meaning is the essence of something the heart of something, something that is lodged deep in the middle, secure in the middle, and from this idea of being in the middle and came the associated meaning of it being pure. Why because the fruit inside is pure, because the dirt and everything else is on the outside hitting the peel. Right, but the inside is clean. Once you peel the fruit, you don't have to clean the banana, it's already clean, it's already pure, because all of the impurities were on the outside. Now some in the fruits where you don't peel
it like a grape, you don't peel the grape, I mean, if you would, please send me a video. But you don't feel it, you have to watch those fruits, you have to watch a strawberry, right, but you don't watch an orange you just peel it and eat it because the inside of it is already pure. So the idea from it that developed as a figurative idea in language was that the loop of something is the most pure part of it, not just the eternal part of it, but the most pure part of it. It's also interesting that the inside of something usually tends to be the soft part of it. And the outside tends to be the hard shell, right? It's easy to think of in terms of fruit or even the middle of the
chest The heart is a soft well you know, the you know, Oregon, surrounded by the hard shell of the rib cage, right and surrounded by the heart chest, the chest cavity, the bones. So the inside of it is the most pure part of it. And the inside of it is a soft part of it. Those two kind of ideas are the emanate from the theme of this word. So why is that important? Because actually in Arabic the old Arabs started calling a person lab. So loop is the word but from it they came up with an ad you know an adjective for a person. So they say okay, my water for sharks B and the hula boon they would describe a person as a lub will fit with the Fatah is a kind of Latif and corrib Amina nasty if this
person was very gentle and close to people like soft in there in the
Did in their demeanor, then they would call this person a lab. Like these so nicely so sweet like the inside of a fruit kind of thing, right so that that became a term to describe a person, woman has a lab lava or Risperdal wellard. And from it came the word lava lava which actually means to show gentleness to a child to show love to which is where our soft is to a baby, right? Or to a small child will love love but a shout out to Allah wa t Ha. And they say that the sheep was you know, doing lullaby to her baby. When law he said Who? Allah tala he, when when you know that you see animals that lick their babies, and then they're kind of cuddling them and licking them. That
act is called love blah blah. Meaning is being very soft and gentle with the baby. So the point of that reading was to kind of give you the etymological the origin of this word has to do with the core of something the most pure part of something and the softness or gentle part of something right those three things what that means then what does that mean for how this word started getting used for the intellect because we started this conversation with Koran with God has different words for the intellect, right? Here's what I am allowable is for honey who's got another remarkable Dictionary of the muffler that herbal Quran. For those of you don't read Arabic and can read or do,
it's actually been translated into Urdu also. So it's available. It's called monferrato Quran in Urdu. Anyway, so this dictionary was slew and look at Hollis minashi from Lika Allah, Masha kameena. Luckily, most of this carefully
the essence of lobe is the pure part of something we already read that we see where that came from the inside of the fruit. So mostly Carla Zuckerman and amasa come in and then it started getting used for the what is the sound or the most pure thought process a person can have an uncorrupted, unfiltered mind is a person that has lobe their thoughts are not corrupted by misinformation, their thoughts are not corrupted by bias or anger. their thoughts are not corrupted by misguidance is their thoughts are not corrupted by you know isms, right tribalism, or nationalism, or whatever other ism has not corrupted their thought process. So when that when the mind can function without
those corruptions, then that mind is set to be a lobe. This person possesses a lobe, they have an uncorrupted, unbiased pure mind. That's how the word sight it's also interesting that the skull is a hard cavity. Right? And then the squishy thing inside is the brain. Right? And they've been able to keep what's inside decontaminated from what's outside. Right. So it's an interesting kind of extension of that idea. For kulu lucban aklan, Elisa, kulu, rocklyn, lucban, and every intellect
every lobe, every pure mind is definitely in it an intellect but not every intellect can be loaded. Not every intellect is pure is it? Right now to remind is pure, but every pure mind is definitely a mind is a sound mind.
We'll call a halo head in the lobe who olark lumut Lacan was Samia bizarrely canacona he Hi Lisa marfil in sanman Kumar who will emulate an enlargement So, others have also said that this word refers to the intellect exclusively because it's one of the unique qualities or powers of the human being, that purely human beings possess this mind like no other creature possesses. By extension, I love it.
Kool Moe Barbara at anilao Hammond Nashua and if you will, his actually this is something I already said. The people have people of sound minds or pure minds little Bob have been designed described as people have the kinds of intellect that are free from you know,
from Wim, they are free from superstition. They are free from false kinds of love, and overwhelming feelings and sensitivities that corrupt the way that they're thinking. So this is the essence of the meaning of love. Now let's turn to why that's important to discuss. First of all, every human being possesses an intellect doesn't matter what religion you come from, what culture you come from, what education you possess. A lobe is something that or an intellectual something everybody has him before we are corrupted by whatever tendencies there are internally and externally. All of us have a pure mind which means all of us are people well Bob, all of us are people of sound minds. But then
just like the Hadith says that a baby is born pure on fitrah
What about who you are we Danny he Are you not Ceylon he oh geez honey, he the parents can convert the child into Christian Jewish or magic or whatever else right? The same way.
Our minds can be pure to begin with and over time they start getting corrupted. They
started getting contaminated, they start putting pollutants on them. And the Quran will describe a very deep relationship between the heart and the mind. Right. And you are all constantly exposed to the notion of purification of the heart, purify your heart, purify your heart, purify your heart, actually, a close reading of the Quran will illustrate that Koran is calling for a purification of the heart and actually of the mind. And they are related to one another. They're actually two sides of the same coin, they are two distinct things. Absolutely. purifying the heart is one thing, purifying the mind is another thing, let me just kind of briefly tell you why those two things are
different. The, you know, a person who has a lot of anger, for example, or a person that has a short kind of threshold for patience, that is a matter of the heart, or a person that gets resorts to complaining very quickly. That's a, that's a heart that's missing gratitude. Right? So there's a that exercise of purifying that heart, exercising, that purifying that person has to do with purifying what's going on inside of their heart, there are certain unaddressed feelings, there are certain feelings that they need to exercise more like the feeling of remembering a lie and being grateful and all of those things, right. So that is a perfect, one kind of purification of the
heart, and what they can do towards that, right. On the flip side, you've got somebody who's extremely generous, extremely sincere, extremely kind, extremely fair. As far as their you see, you meet this person, you interact with this person, you say, this person has a good what, they have a good heart, they have a good heart, and you just you the there, it just kind of oozes out of them the goodness of their heart, right. But this is the same person who can believe that you know, you can make dua to angels.
Or you can this is the same person who can believe that a messenger is the Son of God.
Like their heart is pure, very, very beautiful human being. But something in their thought process has been corrupted,
you understand? So the heart can be pure, while the mind can become corrupted. On the flip side, you can have people that understand the truth perfectly. They know though he can write a book on their mind when it comes to understanding the truth. Even spiritual truth is on point.
But what's the problem? The hardest corrupted so you can have one or the other? No, no, that is actually a phrase, arguably, that is a merger of both of those things.
So when a person possesses lobe, they've been able to cleanse their heart and cleanse their mind. They've been able to keep all both of those things secure. And the the conclusion that includes both of those things. That's something I talked about in detail in alien Ron, why is it both of those things? I even drew it kind of out for you. Right? But here now coming back to this
what is the relation? What is this term doing? inside of this phrase? Yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time talking to you guys about look at canopy processing. There are some outstanding things there that I wanted to highlight. One, from a grammatical point of view, the word kinda means was right, simply speaking, it means was and that's the kind of the tragedy of oversimplifying Arabic and batalha of the Quran. That today kinda just means was, but Ghana had a diversification of uses in classical Arabic. That because we don't understand because we want the quick fix Arabic study, right? Just tell me everything. I know what everything means quickly. I got a I got a, you know,
most common words used in the Quran dictionary. So I figured everything out. No, you did it. This is a language that was developed and its sophisticated uses were evolved over 1000s of years. And then Allah chose it to be the language of his final revelation. It's rich. So that same word can have lots of rich meanings. The word ganache can be used to actually re re m reiterate the konia of something the existence of something. In other words, if I say I'm, I'm in the mustard, Anna fellowship on normanville machine, no man is in the mustard. That's a fact. I'm stating a matter of fact, right or reality. But if I say kinda not landfill mustard in classical Arabic, kinda not mono
filled mustard. If I add a cabinet, that's a bit mykita kind of statement. It doesn't just mean no mine was in the masjid. It actually means as a matter of fact, Norman is in the machine.
So it's not even about the past tense anymore. It's about establishing something that actually exists. And that statement, nukkad, kind of Cosima bra is actually establishing that konia it's gone.
For the purpose of Tokido, meaning, the fact of the matter is in their collective narrative, and in the way that it has been told there is a profound lesson there is that the fact of it, is there the lesson to be drawn is there, that it's there. See, the it's what To me, it's what's amazing about this ayah? Is not that a lie saying those stories are true.
That's elsewhere. Is it true or not? That's elsewhere. Like that's already been established in this passage, when Allah says, Valley coming in, hi, we know he like this is from the news of the unseen that we're revealing to you. So the fact that this is News, and these are these are actual as a matter of fact, events that's been established. It's not the events that are being highlighted now. It's that these events have something in them, in fact, not just information about what happened. What they have in them is a blob is a powerful lesson that moves you to tears. It is something that helps you cross over multiple circumstances in your life, all the stuff I talked about yesterday,
that is what allows establishing as a matter of fact,
then, what's even more beautiful. Somebody actually asked me by email today, and I realized I didn't talk about it. Ghana is the masculine form, the feminine form would be Chi net, and his mukana is a baritone, which is all the way at the end of the phrase.
So Karina, fipa, so see him libratone
this phrasing is a contrast between the masculine kinda form and the feminine is mukana. So Gannet fi causes him to correct grammar too. But kind of ecosystem amplitude is what allows us now what you can say this, you can call this a small fire element fossil, the essence of or is mecanim on fossil, the ISM of Ghana is farther apart. And when the noun is farther apart, then you can have a contrast in gender, meaning you can use the masculine, even if the SM kinda is feminine. That's for later studies. For those of you who know about what I'm talking about hamdulillah for those of you who don't in alella, who were in La La Jolla, it's coming eventually, we're all of this will make sense,
inshallah. But anyway, what's the what's the rhetorical benefit of Ghana as opposed to cannot hear? Well, the masculine form can be argued to be inclusive. In other words, their story has a BA in it, it has a profound lesson that will help you deal with things in life in it. But that's not all it has. That's definitely in it. A lesson is definitely in their narrative. But guidance is also in their narrative warning is also in their narrative. Miracles are also in their narrative, proof of the truth of the crown is also in their narrative.
Right. So there are other things in their narrative, not just a bra. It's not reduced to a bra. And there's an implication as if a bra is the starting point. Like it's one of the fundamentals. And beyond that, you'll see other things. You'll see some incredible things in their story. Like, you know, when we were studying their story, we learned some profound things about how the Quran interacts with the biblical account. We discovered things about that that's not part of empathy, necessarily, but it's certainly something I consider mortgages and they'll quote on something miraculous in the Quran, something humbling in the Quran, right? So there is, but what is it? What
is Allah doing in this ayah he's doing something so beautiful. He's letting you and me know that the first thing I want you to focus on is what is a lesson for you personally?
That's that's the core of Gaddafi reprocessing because no one ever makes it a personally drawn lesson for you and me individually. This is what I speaking to me it's speaking to you. The closest to this ayah
in the beginning of the surah
is looking at Ghana for use of our equity he IR to decide in in use of and his brother brothers there are IOD there are Signs for those who ask, right. Now, let's compare there, he said signs here, he said a bra. And there's a beautiful imagery that I want to quickly highlight signs or what you see that help you go on your way. So the sign is telling you which way to go right? signs point you in the right direction. That's the purpose of assign a market.
And APRA is the verb or the word for crossing over to reach your destination. Do you see a relationship Allah says in the story, there are signs that point you in the right direction. And now Allah says in the story all together, just like the story reached crossover to a conclusion. In each of those signs. There's a way by which you don't just say you're not just headed towards the right direction. It'll lead you to a good conclusion. The eye as the starting point that implies the conclusion. This is kind of and one came in the starting point of the school and the other came at the conclusion of the salon. It's also remarkable that now
We talked about in the beginning unless had their eye out for who, for people who ask questions, right?
And here he didn't say there are there's a lot for people who ask questions. He said there's an envelope for people who possess sound minds and hearts. Now I'm adding minds and hearts together, right? Because I said they're together. So there's a parallel that should be drawn between people who ask questions from the beginning. And people of sound minds at the end, sound minds and hearts at the end, you know, we're learning, we're learning, what kind of person would ask questions anyway? A person whose heart is seeking answers from Allah,
what kind of person would even think about these things? A person whose mind is not preoccupied with other things that don't, that don't add to the purity of their mind. This leads us to a very important conversation. So the questioner and the person of sound mind are related to each other, as if Allah is saying, Well, what kind of people ask those questions anyway? What kind of people seek this anyway? Why do people are eager to say what is this ayah telling me, and those are the people of sound minds and hearts, as if your desire to learn more and more, and to seek lessons for yourself for myself, not for you to tell someone else for myself, when I have the urge to want to
know this for myself to enrich my heart to feed my mind, then that urge to ask is actually me going on the road of cleansing my heart in mind, because a clean heart, and a clean mind wants to feed itself from clean sources. Just like a clean stomach is eating clean food. So a clean heart and a clean mind wants to be fed, clean nutrition, nutrition, clean, spiritual nutrition, clean intellectual nutrition, isn't that.
What that tells us then, is that there are people that are interested stories are the most powerful device of human communication in history.
I mean, stories are the way nations define themselves. Stories, there's a story behind the national flag of every nation. There's a story, the when somebody joins their love their country, they join their military, and when they join the military, because they learn something about the story of their nation, and the story of the wars and the story of their independence. Stories define people. Well, Harrison says Who am I they want to know the story of their father and their grandfather and their great grandfather, and their ancestry. All of that is what stories and then children who can be distracted by any number of things. Once you start telling them a story, sit down and listen.
Try to tell the math.
Try to do something else. Okay, guys, time tell you a story.
What is it about stories that draws the human mind and the heart and compels it? What is every movie? What is every TV show? Right? What is it? What are the short films that you want? And what are the news do nowadays to keep you engaged, they presented in the form of a story. They presented in the form of a short film. They even call it a news story. Right? A breaking story. That's what they call it now. Why? Because that is a lot designed the story to capture the heart and mind of the human being. It's a unique form of communication. Now, of course stories are using the Quran. But that's not the only stories we're exposed to are there.
And now you know, what I'm trying to get at.
We our hearts and minds are in a battle to find the stories that will feed them purity,
as opposed to being exposed to stories that will feed them corruption.
And just like I cannot consume healthy food and poison and think well though healthy food will weed out or undo the effects of the poison. So it's okay. I'll be fine because I ate a banana. So I can eat all the junk. But I'm okay because I also ate a banana.
it doesn't work that way does it? The same way when you are exposing your heart and your mind to content. Let's just call it what it is. Nowadays. Let's use words that we understand today. When you expose it to content, that is not the same as us. That does not give you a bra. It takes you in a different direction. Think about what that does to your heart for a moment. And this is not me saying movies are hot on cartoons are hot on video games are hot on Instagram is hot on Snapchat is hot on Facebook is on Facebook. Facebook is hot on YouTube is hot on the internet.
I remember this one guy giving a lecture. I was in Florida one time and he was giving a lecture. It was a youth night and a bunch of youth were spending the night in the machine. And he's like, I'm here to tell you that YouTube is absolutely wrong. And it was pretty cool because somebody was recording him.
uploading it on YouTube
shows you how to do it. And I had to speak after the guy, but I couldn't stop laughing like this, this was bad. I had to go like somewhere private. So the receipts be like chuckling. But
the point is this
when you're watching, when you're when you're exposed to certain kinds of let's just say a TV show, right. And that TV show, especially for younger minds, they're exposed to something that says that shows that there's, you know, there's cartoons in which the child is always right. And the parents are always wrong.
Right? Or they're exposed to this idea that, you know, you have to prove yourself by defeating someone constantly.
You're constantly in contact with someone else.
Or you're exposed to the idea that the angrier you get, the more powerful you become,
the angrier you get your superpowers enhance, like the Hulk or something, right? So anger is a glorified, like a thing, right? Or you get this idea that villains are evil. supervillains, for example, are usually ones that want some kind of galactic order, and they want everything under their control. So any entity that wants control from above or lays its law down, and those entities usually speak about, you know, harmony, and justice and honor and, you know, get rid of chaos, those are all evil entities, and human beings have to fight for their freedom against these oppressive higher powers. certain ideas are being embedded inside your mind, the idea that any higher power is
evil, any authority is evil, right? Because it's, it takes away from your freedom, freedom is glorified. Anger is glorified. You know,
you know, proving yourself to others is the most important thing, not even to yourself to others is the most important values. It's not just what you're watching, there's a value system behind it. Right? And it's now starting to affect the way you think about yourself and the way you think about others. Isn't it true, those of you that you know, your kids, your kids and yourselves, you watch TV shows, and whatever else, and pretty soon, some of the phrases and things that those characters as you start seeing them, you start emulating some of their speech, they become part of your vernacular, you know, and they become part of your speech. Similarly, there's a lot of, you know,
kids programming, especially, that is so immersive now, it's so immersive, like, like the world of Marvel, right? Or
anime or whatever else. Like, it's, there's so many characters and so much such rich plot. And so, you know, so many mythologies, and its storylines. And you're so immersed in all of that, and so much of that has to do with resurrection, and, you know, demonic powers, and, you know, coming back from our or, you know, giving life to someone or divine creatures, and all this stuff, right, and you don't believe any of it. But you're constantly thinking about that stuff. And then somebody who's writing Oh, there's a, there's a sneak peek at the next season. And this happens, and this happens. And in the mind of a kid who's just listening to this over and over and again, all the time
all the time all the time, right. That's all that's running in their mind. They any chance they have to have a conversation, they'll talk about that.
Their mind is actually not free to stop and look at the sky and think about what a legends did up there.
Or to look at a tree and think about the seed that Allah turned into that tree. That's no longer incredible. But the new episode that's coming out is incredible.
So what overexposure to fluff media, this content, those stories, what overexposure to that is done is it's made us wowed by what doesn't exist.
What it's wearing, we live in the world of Wow, of the imaginary
and what is in front of our eyes, the reality in front of our eyes, is actually something we don't want it because it's too boring.
You know, like a kid can say, My phone's my life. Don't take my phone. It's my life.
not your life is your life. And there's life all around you. And the only thing dead is this piece of dividers device with silicon and metal
and the battery charge that doesn't have life start life. But we were caught up in it. We're caught up in on the screen.
And it's keep what the whole point is. It's keeping us from being people of sound hearts and minds because our hearts and our minds are preoccupied with stuff. And it's not just about those of you that are addicted to watching TV shows, you get addicted to watching the news, man.
If you're following every tweet, Trump comes out with,
you know, if you're just constantly following what's the, what's the latest with the pandemic, in what country?
And you're just, well, how's that affecting, you know, sometimes you should keep up and no, but in every five minutes, you're checking, checking, check, oh, this happened, oh, this happened, oh, this happened. And then some of you are really interested, you guys follow like, social media accounts of terrible news. Like, exploits. Oh, this child got murdered over here, or this serial killer did this over here or this, you know, this guy ran over this, you know, with a bus, he ran over these people and look at what this cashier did. And you're like, oh, you're just constantly watching that stuff, and then sharing it with other people and saying, Oh, my God, right? You What is your heart filled
that? Like, did you need to discover that human beings have evil tendencies.
Or the people can be stupid that you need to expose yourself to that you haven't had enough of that in your life.
But you, we we are drawn, we're naturally drawn to stories anyway. But now we're drawn to stories that have nothing behind them.
And if they do have something behind them, it's an evil value. It's a value that's taking us in a different in the wrong direction. And there are some things that have good value to you can't discount that, right.
But if we don't,
if we don't provide ourselves some degree of censorship, some degree of prevention ourselves, because the fact of it is, now we live in an age where the idea of censorship is dead.
What used to be is you couldn't see some things on TV, what used to be, if you don't want to watch that kind of movie, don't buy the DVD, don't buy the VHS tape. If you don't want certain words to be heard, then don't watch a movie rated this, that or the other. But we live in an age where everything is searchable. Everything is visible, there is no censorship, no matter how many barriers to entry you put in place. Everything is the worst of it is accessible, the best of it is accessible, and they're all accessible on the same platform.
The same platform, Facebook, we're using now can be used to spread something about the Word of Allah. And the same thing can be used to spread the ugliest forms of filth, it can be, and it is being used predominantly for that purpose.
So the notion of censorship coming from an outside source is dead. The only censorship now is why you keep the shell on the outside of the fruit, and you let the fruit on the inside keep it from being run from rotting. You have to become a person of wide lobe. But if you don't become a person of love, then the lessons to be drawn in the store and the story of all the profits. That which will move you to tears shall not happen for you, because you're not a person of love. And you'll look at the same story and they will do nothing for you.
Because Allah says look at Ghana, for me, I brought on leoline and Bob, it's for these people that there are lessons that move them to tears. It's for these people that lead them to solutions for their problems gives them relief. It's for these people. And if they're not these people, then they'll here's a story. They'll listen to the story. They'll read about the story, but it won't change anything.
Because they let they let the mind and the heart be contaminated.
This is not something I can do for you or you can do for me. We've got to engage in this exercise for ourselves. We've got to go into a detox.
That's what this is a spiritual and an intellectual detox. What did Allah say about the Quran? When the prophet SAW Allah was given the Quran? He said yes to Allah him it was a key him. He reads the eye onto them. And by way of the IRT purifies them,
we're in a battle.
And the battle is you see, the one way I thought about it when I used to teach the story of other monies that I'm going to please, that's worthy of reminding myself of here.
There is never a silent moment for your mind.
Whether you're there's noise outside, or not, whether you're watching something or not, your mind is constantly spinning. Your mind in my mind are constantly engrossed in some thought or another, good or bad, but the engine doesn't turn off.
The engine is constantly running. And your heart has an ear, not this year. But your heart has its own ears and its own eyes. You understand
Those ears and eyes are constantly running. They're constantly running. And whenever you're not exposing them to something good
then shavon without any effort from you will constantly expose them to something bad.
You don't even have to put the work in to have bad thoughts. Because they don't even have to come from you. They shed on is constantly doing whisper whispers lsusb Sophie's will do the NASS so there is no such thing as I'm doing nothing.
Because when you're doing nothing, Chevron's active
so the point is that the reason I'm bringing that up is inside this lobe, there is a constant effort from the devil to get through the peel and get to the fruit and poison it. Get to this inside and poison it. And the way he can poison it is by exposing him to his thoughts, his whispers to it over and over and over again. And our job he will do that if you're passive, he's doing it anyway.
You The only remedy for that is we actively have to remember Allah.
Actively remembering a lot. detox is the heart from the whisper of shippon. detox is the mind from bad thoughts. detox is the mind. So it's capable of contemplation, detox, it's capable of asking the right kinds of questions.
We want to get to a point where we're not asking when is the next episode coming out? We want to get to the point where we're asking the question, when are we going to get to the next idea?
When am I going to learn about that I like the longing is for the good.
The heart is now developed a new kind of longing. Right? And that's a profound transformation inside of a person. Whether the world outside experiences a revolution or not, governmental systems change or not the economy changes or not the pandemic changes or not, the economic crisis changes or not, there's a crisis inside my lobe. Inside my article, that crisis is being fought. And there's the The world may not be becoming a better place but the world inside me is becoming a better place. That's the old lol Bob. And Allah says I can get you there. By way of these stories, first learn to ask the questions.
Look at Ghana, ecosim, a baritone.
All of us can become that.
Then the other observation and we conclude with with that with with the phrase Lila Bob, as if Allah is saying
that people that do have sound minds, people that are asking the right questions, people that are seeking answers from Allah.
These stories are meant for you.
I gave these and I put all of these treasures here the title of today's lecture, I was thinking, how am I going to title this? There's a loaded stuff. I titled it, who will discover the treasure. Right?
And it's additionally who is it meant for? There are some people that Allah has uniquely positioned
to be able to think like this uniquely positioned that Allah didn't expose them to the corruption of the mind and the heart, as opposed to others, they had less of a challenge
uniquely positioned that they were able to learn like others weren't able to learn.
Those people actually have a responsibility to themselves and to others around them, that they must engage in this inquiry. And they must draw from this and then give it What did use of RSM do with the gift he was given. He's a person of lobe
and he's surrounded by Hocus Pocus in ancient Egypt. He doesn't just interpret a dream with the gift he's given.
He then helps society with it.
It was meant for him the skill and the luck created that dream in the mind of the king meant for use of so he can save Egypt from starvation. Yes. Well, the point I'm trying to make is, Allah has given these stories and these accounts and the lesson to be drawn for them for people of sound minds. In other words is there for you so you can put yourself to work?
You have worked your you think you are given this incredible gift of a sound mind just for you.
Just for you. You think when a light turns on, because this is described as a lamp, when a light turns on, it's it only affects the lamp.
When the light turns on, the lamp affects the entire room, doesn't it?
What's the point of a lamp that turns on and it's covered up?
That is, by the way, might as well be off.
You have a job to do. You have the light to share with others. You have to help them see. I have to help them see what maybe they were looking for and they didn't find yet. And maybe they have a sound heart, but their mind is looking in the wrong direction.
Or maybe they have a sound mind, but their heart needed some help. And they needed to hear something that will help their heart.
How will you how Allah did not
give this ability to draw lessons, and to think about them and to spend time learning about them and to contemplate that he didn't give that ability to everybody.
But the few people who have that ability, the few people who have that opportunity,
then a huge responsibility falls on them. So the legal Bob also becomes a kind of responsibility, even if I don't claim to be a person of love. Even if I'm on the way to it, I understand that Allah xojo does not give us these IOD, like the Prophet himself says, Hello, Shalom, ballyhoo and even though I attend, communicate on my behalf, even if a single ayah communicate on my behalf.
This is actually a way of, you know, there's so many places in the Quran that are like transformative expressions. This is one of those places that transforms the way we see stories, what we get from the stories, and how it doesn't just transform us from the inside, it transforms our environment, it transforms, the world around us starts getting transformed, because we are so immersed in prophetic stories. You know, I want to get to a point I make the offer a point. We're in our families, in our social gatherings. When we're talking to each other, and you know, man, that's just like, and then you say, Man does this like and you reference some character from a movie, or
you reference some episode from some show, or you reference some athlete and what they did, or you reference a meme, or you reference it, you know what I'm saying? these references come to your mind because you're exposed to them all the time. So you draw from them in your daily conversations. I want to get to a point where in our gatherings man,
you know, that reminded me of it reminds me like what Abraham Ellison said, like, yeah, that was awesome. Now let's keep eating our shower.
he was just talking to me, like,
the other day, I was thinking, we're playing basketball. And we finished and I was really tired. Remember, we got lost, and our phones died. And we know where GPS was. I was like, how is massage? I'm going through the desert man.
You know, I saw Dr. De Niro be so as to be maybe a level guide me to the right way.
We got we got nervous because we were in a shady neighborhood. He was in the desert with Cobras and snakes and stuff.
That just you start drawing and thinking about their narrative
as you're going through yours.
That's Lila Alba.
That's when you're drawing from the story you're living, then you're loving these stories, they're become a part of you. And you're not artificially quoting them to give somebody a lecture, you just kind of remember what happened to them and go Oh, yeah. Yeah.
You know, you have those moments of connection with the prophets and what Allah said about them, because every one of them will help you cross over a circumstance in your life, cross over a confusion in your life in mind, cross over a hurdle in your life in mind. And that's what I wanted to highlight honest with a session by itself on just noodle and bobbing this, I think it's so profoundly important. The w understand that, that we, we see the stories in the Quran in a very different light. We see them as healing and therapy and counseling. We see them as a living text, not just a story told about ancient times. And when we do that, perhaps through that our
relationship with profits, our relationship with revelation, and really at the end of the day, our relationship with Allah completely transforms.
It completely changes and I pray that all of us experienced that change. And we continue to experience that change and are able to enable our loved ones to experience that change along with us. barakallahu li Welcome to corral Hakeem. When a funny way I can build it what do
you think is the same right? You think is the same?
It's not the same.
Ended already what do you do?