Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Series: Nouman Ali Khan - Surah Yusuf
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we're suddenly Emery, Nakata melissani koko de la salat wa salam O Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sahbihi ah Marina Marburg once again everybody Samadhi Kumara Mercado, I am trying to cover today in our fifth discussion regarding the last If so, let us have some observations about Odin, Martin and maybe even the last phrase they call me noon wanted to give you guys a heads up that I've discussed some issues pertaining to this ayah with my dear colleague sohaib. And we agreed that probably it's best to have a discussion about it together. So tomorrow, probably my afternoon time, which is his evening times around four o'clock or so I'm gonna do another live cast where he and I are going to
sit and talk about some of the issues surrounding the interpretation of the Quran, and maybe even issues pertaining to Makkah Mata mata shabbiha. And if you don't know what that means, you'll find out tomorrow. But I think all of that is relevant to the discussion of calling the Quran guidance. Now yesterday, I spoke to you about four of the five prerequisites that I mean, after this law he outlines for contemplating the Koran or really getting benefit of guidance from the Quran. So I won't review those over again, but I will mention the fifth one that I skipped yesterday, or we didn't get enough time for. And that is that Allah demands that the pathway to actually getting
guidance from the Quran. That pathway that road leads only through to the board to the board means deep contemplation, like you cannot engage in not thinking not consciously and deeply focused. Thinking about the Quran and what Allah is saying, and expect to get guidance, it will not make itself apparent to you with a shallow exposure. Now, sometimes you know what happens, you're just and I'm not saying that you have to be a scholar. So please understand the difference between contemplating the word of Allah, and interpreting or researching and studying the Word of Allah, there's a, those are two different things. You know, the gins were passing by, when the prophet SAW
Selim was reciting the Quran, right? And this Hold on, hold on what's going on. And they started deeply thinking about what was being said. Right, that act of thinking, and maybe you didn't understand everything you thought thought about, but it it raised serious questions for you. It made you think, and it made you want to ask what is what is this about and look further and look deeper? That act itself is to double actually, so they stopped and they started listening yesterday? Oh, no, come on, fella. You know Odia follow mahalo calm and sudo su de la Casa La says, when they came into the presence of the Quran being recited, it's pretty amazing. Quran is not a place Quran is sounds,
right? And Allah describes it the jinn that were passing by, when they came into its presence. As if the Quran sounds are like a presence you are in the presence of royalty, when you are hearing the words of the Quran, so when they found themselves in its presence called NC two, they said, Stop talking and listen, stop talking and pay attention, honestly, to, which is again incredible because when you come into presence of royalty, all the talking style or the King Is Here, or the court, the judge walked into the court, right? And every all the talking stops. And so this idea of being in all of royalty, and no distractions possible, everything that's coming out is as a royal decree, we
better pay full attention and our well being depends on it. That attitude was demonstrated by the jinn who didn't even know what the Quran was the moment they heard even a little bit of it unsettled. fella cobia, well, will will accompany him on D when it was done, then they went back to their nation started warning them. It's an incredible description of what it means to contemplate the Quran actually. Now these gems are not scholars, they're not like Vaseline. They're not they're none of these things. But they just heard even a little bit of the word of Allah, but they gave it full attention. So one dimension of contemplating the word of Allah is not allowing yourself to be
distracted. While the Quran is calling for something more fundamental, which is contemplation. Now, there are ways in which people are distracted meaning they don't even think about the Quran, they don't have time for it, etc. But even people that have Quran in their life, this came up in previous discussion, but I'll repeat it here because it's relevant here. People that have Quran in their life
have reduced the Quran to sounds. Many of them have just reduced the Quran to secret sounds. memorization memorization is incredible, but its purpose is to help you contemplate. That's its purpose. It's, that was a means to a goal. This this memorization was never the means. And it's so tragic that today around the world we tell our we tell ourselves, oh my children's learning my child's learning Quran. No, they're not learning Quran they're learning memorization. Learning Quran means to learn and learn to contemplate the word of Allah. That's actually learning. Learning to read is not learning Quran is learning something that will lead to learning Quran. Learning,
memorization is not learning Quran, it will lead to learning Quran, these are all so what we did was we took these steps, and we made them the goal. So congratulations, you finished memorizing which is an amazing thing. But if you stop there, they're not congratulations. It's a tragedy. That's actually a tragedy. So it deserves content, deep contemplation. And then for those who are not memorizing the Quran, Ramadan has become the month of the Quran. What does that mean? I'm gonna finish reciting it in the month of Ramadan. Right? I'm just gonna finish reciting it. Okay, you're gonna finish reciting it because every Hanukkah will give you or every salary letter will give you
every helpful give you 10 good deeds wonderful. But have you read the Quran about people who read a book and don't think about it? Isn't it ironic that you're reading the words of Allah Taki? Don't, don't you then think, don't you then contemplate and you're not contemplating? Isn't it ironic that you're reciting the words of the Buddha Khurana? Amala kulu. vena cava and moving forward? Don't even contemplate the Quran are their hearts do their hearts have their own locks on them?
And the Himalayas, maroon gondola and the moon, they hear the word of a lion. They never do what I
love when they throw it behind their backs as if they don't even know.
Right? They were we're engaged in this act of devotion by reciting a last word. But we forget that the recitation of Allah's word where that habit come from where did that tradition come from? It came from the companions of the Prophet slice Adam, who used to recite the Quran day and night. But guess what, they never recited it mindlessly. So we took one portion of their culture, which is to recite the Quran continuously. And we abandoned another part of their culture, which is to think about it as they are reciting that contemplation. So deep thinking about the Quran, spending time and actually engaging with the word of Allah is one of its rights. So that doesn't mean that you
shouldn't memorize a surah until you contemplated the whole soul. That's not what I'm saying. But I am saying, just like we give time to bettering our reading our time to maybe just reciting the Quran for benefit, or for review of memorization, just like that. There's a time that needs to be dedicated for the goal of it all, which is to contemplate the word of Allah. And you should definitely start with the solos you've already memorized. If you already memorized Fatiha Al Hamdulillah Baqarah on bebida, memorable conical hula had in our clinical COVID you memorize the solos, go read about those solos, go listen to lectures on the so I don't care whose lectures mind
somebody else's if they if you find something beneficial, listen to it, learn about it. So that stuff that's already inside you the short sutras that are already inside, you. Don't just say oh, I read the translation. So I know what it means. Is translation the same as contemplating, you're again, you're content with the surface. And you don't think there's anything deeper going on? That's again under undervaluing the Quran, which is another prerequisite already talked about right? You assume that you already know what it means. It has no more richness to offer, it has no more depth to offer. The translation covered everything I had to know. Right, there's no more deeper, deeper
involvement necessary from me. So who is actually its true benefit, its true.
purpose, because through it, the heart gets unlocked. Through it one finds their conviction in the Word of Allah. through it, the man is rejuvenated through it, they really see their own flaws through it, they find strength through it, they find hope, though, the things we're looking for in the Quran will come through the act of to the board and ultimately that will be Allah's guidance.
What I wanted to also talk to you about today, a little bit is the etymology, the origin of the word guidance. Holden, and in Arabic, it's interesting that the word hada and its its derivatives were used for the neck of an animal, four legged animals, like sheep, etc. their necks are also related to the word hada. And I and the reason they're called That is, if the animal's neck is a certain way, you know, it's heading in that direction. So unlike human beings, you know, we could be standing still but if the the neck of an animal is actually telling you that the direction which is pointing the place in which it's heading, so the imagery associated with hedaya and hudy is heading
forward towards something or leading towards something and the idea of guidance is
Seeing someone leading you down a certain path in a particular direction, to point in a particular direction, and to put something forward. And that's why actually even you know, is actually a tougher or a tougher rather to give a gift to put forward a gift is the word howdy in Arabic. From it we learn that the word Buddha in the Quran is generally being used to describe Allah showing you the way
let's let's put it in that sense showing you the way here's the good way here's the wrong way.
When a light guide someone more often the not in the Quran. What's Allah saying, Allah has shown them the way to go. That's it. Whether or not they decide to take that that step is up to them. In Naha, Dana who sebelah in Masha, Kiran maka, flora, we guided them to the path, what it's up to them if they want to be grateful, or they want to be ungrateful. They're both choices I've guided you to, well had a now one nice thing, we guided him to both pathways I showed you this is the path to destruction, this is the path to saving yourself, I've guided you to see me to be able to see what each of them leads to. I've guided you to be able to visualize Heaven, I've guided you to be able to
Now it's up to you. The doors have been shown to you. So guidance from Allah is actually essentially opening your eyes, here's what reality is. And you know what, just like in life, if if one of your kids or yourself even are slacking, right? Or you're messing up, or you're not fulfilling some responsibility, and somebody in the family says we need to talk, you already know what the talk is gonna be about. You've been missing your homeworks or you haven't been doing some responsibilities, or you've been messing up on something right, and you know, the talk is coming. And when they talk, somebody who's gonna be real with you is going to lay out, hey, this is what you need to be doing.
And I know that you're not doing this, this and this, or you did this, this and this. And nobody likes to be in that position, second, ugly situation to be in, you want to run from it. You don't want to face a position where things are being pointed out. Right? This is what you're doing wrong. This is what you're saying wrong. This is what you're not fulfilling. These are the obligations you're overlooking. And we'd rather not face or confront ugly reality, right? But people who truly love you will actually show you what's what, and have you give you the chance to think about it and not let you escape that conversation.
Like there will be an intervention, there'll be a confrontation, where you can even call tough love. But it's not out of hate, it's out of love for you. Sometimes you need to face a reality. Sometimes you need to have a harsh conversation that's necessary. And that's part of guidance too. Sometimes Allah has very harsh conversations with us, but we need it.
Sometimes Allah gives us a look in the mirror and it's not a good look.
What we need it, it's a reality check. So it's not a feel good book. It's not a the Quran is not just giving you guidance that makes you you know, you know, takes you in a field of flowers and butterflies and rainbows. It's not like that. It's not a bed of roses, sometimes it is sometimes a level of fill up, fill me with hope. And he will give me He will make me optimistic. Other times he will actually, I'll feel humiliated by by reading a last word. Because in some, in some cases, the slave being humiliated before his club is necessary. humbled and humiliated is actually necessary. There's a whole book, there's a powerlessness, there's a musketeer before Allah, there's a crying
and begging before Allah. We're not we're not supposed to be humiliated and vulnerable before any other human being, are humbled before another human being in the way that we are before a lot. We're not supposed to be confessing all of our flaws to anybody else. And coming to him and expressing how wrong we've been and how we want to make things right and humble ourselves. Like no one else, we have to do that with a lot. And so Allah will open that door for us to be able to do that. It's therapeutic Actually, it's kind of a spiritual therapy in the Quran, that conversation that you and I have with Allah. Today, I want to talk to you about Rama. Allah says, Well done, what I have met
and that this speech is of the final thing I mentioned that this Koran is Rama, the speech of Allah is Allah. Now, let's take in a few things into account. Allah one of his most powerful and overwhelming names is a man, the exceedingly loving and caring one. Okay? So they translate that as merciful. I've said often that I have, I have contention with the word mercy. Basically, the word rackmount comes from RAM, which is the womb of a mother. So when she's carrying a baby, the womb is called the RAM. And what that means is the child is in complete protection from the mom. And if there is any difficulty to be born, it will be absorbed by the mom. And while that's happening, the
child is completely oblivious, has no recognition of the mother has no acknowledgement of them.
Mother has no gratitude towards the mother has no reason to give the mother nothing back. It only takes it doesn't give back. And yet the mother with every passing day only gives more love, more care, more protection, more concern, right. And that relationship, which is basically a massively one way relationship, where the one that's being cared for is causing more and more pain by the day, to the point where he's almost going to kill her. That's the point he's going to reach with home is going to kill her. Right? And with each passing day, her love and care for that baby inside the boy or the girl is only increasing, is not decreasing. And from it comes the word on one of the names of
Allah Rahim. Or even right or the Rama, even another description of Allah. What does that mean that Allah has us enveloped in his loving care. And most of the time, we are completely oblivious of how much love and how much care he's giving us. We have no way of recognizing how much is going into just keeping us alive. How much care from a life is going into every breath that we're taking every organ that we have functioning, every opportunity that we have in our lives, everything around our home that's being saved. There are car accidents in the city you live in right now. And you're not in them. That's all I know from Allah. There are places that have earthquakes and you're not there.
And there are places where there are earthquakes, and it hasn't hit you.
There. There are diseases around you that many are inflicted with and you're not inflicted with and that's sort of from Allah. And there is an even those who have been afflicted with the disease, there are those that could be in a much more difficult position. And still you're in a runoff from Allah, whether we understand it or not. We're constantly being bombarded with the loving care from Allah. We're completely wrapped up in it. We live we live and breathe it our existence is inside it. It's inside. It's not Allah is kind to us our lives, you know, loving towards us, or Allah is
caring towards us. We live inside less love and care. It's from the imagery of our home, we're enveloped by it, like you can't escape the oxygen, right? You're enveloped by it, you're surrounded by it. We're surrounded by the loving care of Allah we exist only in it, only in it and Allah azza wa jal has described this concept in the Quran, when the seal of the ayah Allah Mara hemara bukovel is alcohol alcohol is, he says, except for those who shows love and care, too, and that's why he made them, meaning he only made them so he can show them loving care.
Like he did, the existence of the human being is an act of love loving care.
That's what it manifests as Now, the thing, folks is that, for you and me normal life, we recognize a lot of love and allows care when something good happens. We're just human. A baby's born, we're happy. Allah has been merciful. allies, loving allies caring, our problem gets solved, less loving and caring. Right? Some thing we're hoping works out works out allies loving and caring. So whenever there's good news, we recognize that allies loving and caring, whenever a difficulty is lifted, we recognize that allies loving and caring so we associate the loving care of Allah with blessings around us. A relief around us this is what we associate Doc mavala with. But the Quran is asking us
to think about something more alive. In a sense a lie is telling us that every human being believer, disbeliever, hypocrite, atheist, agnostic, Hindu, Christian, Jew, you Buddha, you name it, whatever religion or no religion, or Muslim or just Muslim by name, or conservative or liberal or whatever else. He job or no job beard or no beard salon? No. So it doesn't matter. Every single human being is being cared for right now. Every one of them. Allies are common to all of them. They're all eating too. They're all breathing too. They all have good things in their life, too. They have risk too. They have protection too. They have angels guarding over them too. They have all of it. They
have all of it, just like we do. But there's something you have an opportunity to get that nobody else gets. So there's LACMA that we're already enveloped in, but then there's an extra. Now Allah already sends a letter from the sky, the Rama of provision that is the law of our protection. Right? He sends that from the sky anyway. But then he went out of his way to send a different law that is above and beyond all of the other kinds of law that he's ever given us. And that's the fraud. And where am I getting this idea from? That the Quran the speech of Allah, talking to you and me, is Allah showing us love and care more than anything else that he does?
For us, he says sudo man, man, I love Al Quran holla Collinson, Allah mahoba. He says, Man, he taught the Quran, he created the human being. Now wait a second, you think are a man, he created the human being he taught the Quran, the order is we were created first and then we were taught the Quran, but the order and sutra man is not about the order of chronology. Obviously, you know, what is the order of the order of what is the bigger act of a loving man.
The even when Allah says He created us, then every blessing we enjoy comes under the umbrella of He created us, our entire life, all of our experiences, all the things we we consume, all the people we meet all of that is under He created us. All the good you have in your life is under Hanukkah, Hanukkah, linssen. But all of that combined is number two. And number one is allemaal. Quran he taught the Quran, he taught he taught his own word.
So what that means for you and me is there is no greater act of Allah's love. And if someone wants to know how much Allah loves them, and how much I love cares for them, then they will not experience how much love and how much care Allah has for them, like they will when they come to us book,
Now this is confusing,
because lochranza always doesn't sound like it's loving and caring all the time does it?
He's talking about nations being destroyed. I remember telling you a story about a young woman who came to me and Massachusetts when I was done with the lecture. And she told me that she you used to be a Muslim?
And why are you not a Muslim? Because, you know, the way Allah talks about hell is too graphic. Why would a God that loves so much and care so much? Why is he grabbing people by having people grabbed by the forehead and being tossed into fires? Why are they being roasted? Why are they being fed pus? And why are they you know, why is copper being pulled pour down their mouths, etc, etc? Right? Why is that? That doesn't sound like loving care at all. I was like you got a point?
How is that loving care? Well, here's how
I started by saying Allah has given us guidance. Yep.
I started by saying there's such a thing as called as tough love. punishing a human being? is one thing, warning a human being is something else. Allah is warning us. Yes. He warned us. And the fact that Allah warned us is actually the biggest evidence that he doesn't want us to be punished.
We have we don't recognize the tough love from Eliza. Look, there's a storm coming.
If I care about you, I'll tell you get out of the city. There's a storm coming, right?
And then you say How could you? How could you do this to me? How could you tell me there's a storm coming? I thought you gave me good news and made me feel better.
Now the reality is that I expect some higher things from you. And when you do the wrong, there are consequences. But I don't want you to suffer the consequences. I just want you to do the right thing. So I'm letting you know the storms coming. And here's my way of here's the way out and the way out. I will support you every step of it.
But if you want to go the wrong way, I won't stop you. You want to head towards destruction. I won't stop you. But if you want to go the right way, there will be challenges and at every moment of every challenge I will be by your side. That's almost promise will love you nyjah hadoo Finola, Nadia gnome Sula, those who struggle in our path, we will absolutely guide them along every one of our every, every one of our pathways. What am I saying to you that Allah is loving care is not separated from a less guidance. Right? It's one thing to love somebody on their own terms. So let's talk about that for a moment. So you understand these two words together.
Somebody could say, If you love me, you will do this, this this for me, right? But what they want you to do is harmful. Does that ever happen? Can a child out of love asked to eat something that's harmful for them? Can someone can can a loved one out of there to prove your love to them, they want you to do something that's wrong.
And it will hurt them and it will hurt you. Or either you or them or both. And you know that it's wrong. In other words, that love has demands that are misguided, does not happen. Love that has misguided demands.
A lot of gives us love a lot gives us care, but allows loving care is always going to be based on reality, the truth and guidance it will always be guided love. In fact, it's so beautiful that in the surah previously we saw the use of brother that carried misguided love. You saw zeliha the minister's wife carried misguided love and Allah describing his own words for us says this word this this book for you is guidance and loving care.
Guided love. Those two things go hand in hand. So Allah azza wa jal will steer us in the right
direction, even if it's painful. And even when you're going through that pain, Allah is telling you to go through that pain, out of love for you, he gains nothing from it. I, you know, he, when he wants me to go through a change and a transition, that's going to hurt. That's because he loves me.
That's actually because he loves me, even if he puts me through a difficult situation is because he loves me.
But sometimes I don't understand how can this be love?
How can you love me so much? Why is it Why am I hurting so much? And it is in those moments that every other human being will wonder? Where do I get the answer that? How can God love me if you if this is what I'm going through, when you will have the word of Allah, and the word of Allah will make clear how He loves you.
Look at what he did in the surah. Look at the placement of this phrasing.
Did you not go through a story of a young boy who goes through things? And you can question how can God love someone and do this to them? And did you not see throughout the story, how much Allah loves him,
and how that love manifests in its complete form. In the end, it was always hidden all along, nobody else could see it. But Allah is not the fully Masha. Allah was preparing him for something big, and a lot more than anything else. It wasn't just about his life, a lot. Every experience that he had a law was building him to prepare him and to make him wealthy not in this life. But actually every one of those experiences were making him wealthier and wealthier in the next life closer and closer to the one he loves most alive himself.
He was actually getting him ready for himself.
It wasn't you, you think you said was being prepared prepared for kingdom. He was being prepared to save Egypt, more than any of those things he was being prepared to meet as Rob. That's what because Allah loves him the most. All those experiences, were there to climb through those experiences and to find a stronger and stronger faith in a lot and be with the one that he loves, in the end with a lie soldier himself.
So this notion of you know,
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think about those words, the last words of use of in the story. You are my protective friend in this life and the next
the whole story was about this life. Yes. And how Alas, protected him in this life. But he even he knows this was just a step to the real step. The next one, well, ah, so funny Muslim man. Well, his name is Salim, take me as someone who surrenders and join me among good people.
Join me with good people that that's the final company Allah wants you to keep
even user friendly. Some recognizes that when Allah says that this is you who's gonna have that long term vision, the long view you know, when you are at the bottom of a mountain you can see far the higher up you go, the farther you can see, right? So your vision is blocked because you're too low. What does the Quran do? Quran elevates you, your Fila Hola, Dena, mahnomen como La Nina, Alma de Raja, Allah will elevate those among you who have faith and those who have been given knowledge given knowledge of why his own word, he will raise them in ranks, the higher up they go, the better their view becomes. So what they saw as a problem, they realize was actually a step in the journey
to something beautiful. They can see a lesson,
just like user friendly, so I've never lost sight of a lesson. But he happened to be a prophet who revelation was given to so he could never lose sight of Allah dharma. What do you have? What do I have that Yusuf Alayhi Salam got from Allah directly? Well, we're not prophets. But Allah, give us his timeless word directly also, come back to this word and you will find
you will find guidance and you will find Rama, you won't just find guidance. That's the other beautiful thing. Quran is not just to tell you, the or to tell you do this, don't do this, do this, don't do this. It's not just guidance. It's guidance. And it will always with that guidance, show you how much he loves you and how much he cares for you.
And so beautiful. He didn't have to do that. Allah is the ultimate authority. You can just tell us do it. I don't do it. And that's it. He doesn't have to give us his loving care for us, for him to have his authority over us. His Word is decisive anyway.
But he says no, I know you. You lose hope. You fall into the trap of Shetland.
You seek love in the wrong places, then you think that you can care for yourself better than I can. You start assuming that my love and care is not enough. You got to take care of your own business. So when I guide you, I guide you and I demonstrate my loving care to you and for people who will develop a deep relationship with the Quran. They will see that come to life over and over again. That's not something you will study. That's something you will live. You'll live those words. You'll find
In the last words, and so he says hold on Ramadan. The call this my favorite part of this phrasing the Coleman union.
It is a guidance and an act of loving care for a group of people for any group of people Coleman can mean any group of people which is amazing right?
Because Allah didn't say which group
and he didn't say little coal mill meaning for the believing group. He didn't say that he certainly coalmine for any group of people now look at the language meaning what happens in grammar this this is why Arabic grammar study is so important because it'll just make you stop in your tracks and then read the deficit and you'll find an affirmation of what you're studying in Arabic, Omen is Nikita it's common. And when you mean una the present tense the modality is used with it. What happens in Arabic is the melodic can be used as a sci fi as an adjective. So you could say easily Nicolle min meaning if the Assam firewall was used, it would be the transition would be for a believing people
for a believing people. But the noun wasn't used here. The Islam firewall was not used bombing me, Nina, that would be an easy Mosul sofa. This is a complex most Lucifer, Coleman umina What does that do that what the Madonna does when it comes after a Nikita like this is it becomes its adjective. So, which is weird in English, we don't think of a verb. As an adjective, we think of an adjective as an adjective. But when you put a verb as an adjective in Arabic, what it does, because verbs are considered by definition, something that have a tense past tense or present tense or future tense. So verbs by their nature in language are incomplete, because they are partial in time. They're not
constants, right? So they are incomplete concepts. And actually correctly and very appropriately in English grammar. The present tense is called the imperfect verb, the imperfect verb, that's what they call the present tense. Why? Because it's not done. If I say, for example, I'm eating or I'm talking, that means it's not done yet. So there's an imperfection to it. Right? Now, what does that mean, linguistically? What that simply means is not a nation that believes, or a believing nation, that would be the adjective, but by using it as a verb, what that means is a nation or any group of people that is trying to get faith that is struggling to have faith is not perfect. It's a work in
progress. Allah says, This book will have guidance, and it will show its loving care for somebody who feels like they have very little faith, and they're not that great. And they're in the darkness of despair. Or they're they've been in disobedience to a law for a long time. What are they supposed to do, and even a person who feels like they're so far away from Allah, when they open up this book, they won't just find guidance, they will see that Allah still loves them. And even as they are, they're not perfect in their faith. They're journeying towards their faith, they're struggling to have their faith or their faith was higher before then it fell apart, they fell off the wagon a
little bit, they messed up, and now they're trying to get back up. And they just disappointed a lot. And they're trying to get back up there. There's an imperfection in the word root meaning they're trying you can look at you noon as the group of people that want to have faith that are trying to hold on to their faith, that are struggling with their faith, that are not quite complete in their faith, that are on their way to having faith. All of those implications are inside the word united, so powerful and beautiful, that this word isn't in this final is actually an invitation. Almost like the two prisoners in the story in the in the president of use of a salon, like an invitation. Allah
is giving you an invitation if you're looking to find faith inside you. And even look at the word I keep saying faith, faith, faith, faith, it's usually known, which is Armando we knew he man and from the foul family. The origin of this word is almond. Almond actually means peace, safety and security. And what we call Amina to believe is actually by extension, the original meaning of armineh, which is also found in one of the names of Allah and movement is to give safety
MR. GIBBS safety, no one feels more secure than someone who has faith someone looking to feel safe. Someone looking to find common side them is actually within the meanings of you know, this is why Ibrahim alayhis salaam says for a unified ad hoc COVID Omni incontinent Allah Muna Latina amanu, while Amil Basu
which of the two groups is more deserving of peace and safety and calm, if you have any idea, those who have emaan so I'm an amanu came in the same I like that to illustrate that, that there's a peace inside of you that if you're looking for it, you will find it when Allah gives you guidance. And that guidance may may be difficult for you, but it will become easier as you internalize how much Allah loves you and cares for you. And as you live them, that's the other side of this. There's the understanding of it, right? I understand Ally's loving. I understand the license.
caring. But there's another side of it. When I started living by this guidance, when I started trying to hold on to my faith not being perfect trying, making an attempt to take the right steps, making an attempt to get away from the ways of shape on making an attempt to get away from disobedience to Allah, making an attempt to leave evil company behind evil habits behind making an attempt to do something good. Or to undo something bad that I did, when I make those attempts, then I will see, Allah is guiding me to more and more opportunities, and allies showing me more and more loving care all because I'm committing myself to his words, not gonna sit down, go back and just
read that again, Makana Hadeeth. And you've thought it's absolutely not any just sort of made up frivolous speech, do you know what you're dealing with here, you're dealing with the most valuable treasure you can possibly have in your possession. Nothing will bring you the kind of safety, the kind of calm and the kind of peace the Quran will give you, which leads me leads me to another point.
Another discussion, people say I just want to be happy.
You can't, I can't be happy. If I'm not at peace.
I just can't be, I can't be happy if I don't feel safe.
I need internal peace, calm and safety in order to be what happy. And when I don't have those things, then I can play video games, that I can watch a movie, then I can take a trip that I can, you know, go out and eat and I can hang out with friends and go to a party. And all of it will be me masking and faking and pretending that there's a deep seated dissatisfaction, a lack of tranquility, a lack of peace, a lack of safety and insecurity and anxiety that's keeping is deep inside. I just want to bury it with parties. I want to bury it with food, I want to bury it with pizza, I want to bury it with video games on the bed with movies on a very with Netflix or whatever. I want to bury
it, bury it, bury it, because I can't deal with it. Because when I don't have those things to distract me from what I really feel inside, then it's a really dark place that I'm in.
And so people say I just need to go get a drive. I need to go take a walk, I need to go do something. You know why? Because something inside is not letting you go. You don't have an inside. You don't have that peace inside that safety deep inside. Everybody wants it. But we say we all want to be happy. So what do we say we're not going to take care of our internal peace and our safety. We're just going to run after some kind of what happiness and every attempt to find your happiness. When you don't have the inside. It keeps falling apart. So you keep looking for a new a new a new high. Maybe for a moment you watch the comedy and you laughed and you confuse that laughter with
happiness. That's not happiness. That's just a knee jerk reaction. You're still deeply sad. You're still deeply troubled inside. What does the law say about that? He said, describing the same core ancajas at como Arigato mera become. He said, what has come to you for sure what has come to you is
how do I describe more his law. It's advice that goes inside your heart. That's more
powerful advice that goes deep inside your heart has come to you. That's the first description of the Quran in that
second description where she fell in love.
And it heals what's inside the chest.
It's a healing for what is inside the chest.
Koran is not just stories. It's not just beautiful sounds. There's something inside me That hurts. And Allah says I can heal it.
I've given you words that heal it, because I know what you're feeling. No one knows your heart like Allah does. And no one can heal it like Allah does. So he sent out of his loving care his Rama shefali maphis to do the healing for what goes inside the chest.
Then he said, Well hold on and guidance. When your heart starts feeling healed. You don't want it to get hurt again, do you?
Because when you're recovering, you don't want to go back into the sixth state. So Allah says now that you felt felt some of that healing. I'll guide you through university trip up again. And then he says what am I done the same way? He says here? What am I done? And an act of loving mercy, all of those descriptions of the Quran, but you know what he says right after that? Because Because if you're healed inside the chest, you're safe. You have him on.
He says olfa visa Lecavalier.
Tell them because of that. They should then feel real joy.
Think about Allah is the only place Allah talks about being happy.
Only present Oh god. I wonder all the time. How come Allah doesn't talk about happiness so much.
He talks about calm tranquility, peace.
He talks about trusting Allah. He talks about fearing Allah, he talks about guidance.
He doesn't talk about happiness. And then I realized something in the in just my thoughts about this ayah today, I realized this.
It is only when Allah fills the void of lack of safety and lack of peace inside your heart and my heart with his words, then you can experience happiness.
Then after that you can add true experience true joy
for bizarrely California for him. And then he adds even heavier comedies as well. Hi, Roman marriage, Marlon. It is better than everything they're gathering.
And people are collecting and collecting and collecting, what are they collecting, they're collecting distractions, they think that will make them happy.
They're collecting money that think they think will make them happy collecting clothes, collecting shoes, collecting persons, collecting gadgets and toys, collecting friends, collecting views on social media. You know,
that's what you're collecting. You think that's gonna make you happy? It's gonna fill some kind of void. Because it's interesting. Because it's fun.
If you deep down inside, ask yourself, where you stand, and how jittery you become without those distractions. How unhinged, unhinged, like how unstable almost without those distractions, because when you're when you don't have those distractions, you have to face your real dissatisfied, you know, scared, vulnerable self. That's what you have to face. Because those are just drugs. When you when somebody's on drugs, they're not there, they're not in their conscious state. So we've created alternatives to drugs to the not just illicit chemical drugs that we induce into our bodies are injected into our bodies. Now we have virtual drugs, right? We have drugs of different kinds of
habits that are just as strong an opiate as any, to distract us from what's really going on inside of us. This idea is so powerful. It's so beautiful. Because every other way every other place I turn, and listen to a story. It's there to distract me from my life.
I watch a movie cuz I don't want to think about what's going on with me.
I just wanna have a good time. Check out for a few minute few hours. for an hour and a half. You're watching stuff get blown up your fault watching a fight, you're watching this that Action, Drama or whatever, you're crying or you're feeling their fake emotions, but you're not thinking about your life for those 90 minutes. You shut yourself off, your life didn't exist. You're vicariously living through these characters on the screen. That's what you're doing. And here you have the Quran telling you a story.
Just like a movie tells you a story. Just like a novel tells you a story. It's like a video online tells you a story. Like a video game tells you a story. Their stories, aren't they. But this story instead of you reading it and checking out from your life, and being immersed in these characters in this fiction, and what's going to happen in the next season. Every word in this story is a commentary about them.
And yet at the same time, it is a commentary about me.
It's actually making me look at my life. And then look make me look at my life again. This is not like any other story.
Other Stories are actually literally made up for the purpose of distracting and entertaining you
Makana Hadith and you've Torah.
When I can sleep under the bed in a day he
was such a beautiful realization about desire is when in the beginning of this has led Ghana he also see him libratone in their story. In their narrative, there is a powerful profound lesson. Lil Alba for the people of this of sound minds. We talked about sound minds before people free of distraction. Remember that? And at the end, he says there's a secondly, so the first leavers noodle album, and the Secondly is Lee Coleman, you know, for the people of sound minds for people that are seeking to have faith for people that are struggling with their faith. You know what they're wanting the same or less showing us two sides of the same coin. The people of the soundness minds are people
that are seeking to find that peace inside them. Even if they they're not even close to it yet. They've just taken one step in 1000 mile journey. That's okay. There's still a little Bob. They'll see it, they'll get there. So you know, when in the beginning, you felt like this is talking about people that already have a level of spiritual and intellectual maturity, lol Bob. And by the end, the lesson is no, no, no, this word is for anyone who wants to get to little Bob, because they're struggling to actually find that inner peace inside of them. That tranquility and that emotion and that safety inside them. So who then was Martin Lee Coleman you may know.
This is the this is an ayah which not only sheds light on the entire story that we've
study showed users but it sheds light on how we are to approach the Quran altogether.
The Quran is a labor of love is a journey of love is me discovering not just a less guidance, but Allah for me.
Think about that. The same one who gave me my, my parents, my children, the same one who gave me my limbs. The one who has so much love for me in everything that he's done for me, I can see his love for me on my body, I can see it on the, on the clothes on my back, I can see it in the car that I'm gonna sit in, I can see it in the workplace that I go to, I can see it and everything around me is an act of love, love because without allows love and him caring, I couldn't have had what I have any of it, any of it.
And that one went out of his way. After everything he's done for me. He said no, but I want to give you my words to
I want to talk to you too, and my words will protect you. And my words will give you strength and my words will remind you of how much I love you. And my words will envelop you in my Rama like nothing else will.
You're already in my Rama. But there's above and beyond that, that's the Quran.
So we're like in rocna squared. The believer.
We're in a state that why would anybody want to walk away from that? Why would anybody want to get not give it as time? Not give it it's Do
I'm terrified of that. I will Allah describes as messenger Salallahu alaihe salam on Judgement Day. And he says, Yeah, Robin COVID Tohoku hodel. Khurana Majora, my master this nation of mine took the Koran as something to be abandoned.
They consider the Quran something worthy of being left behind.
Maduro is some of something left behind something he dies down from.
It doesn't belong in our time. It's just No no, it's not relevant for the situation. Now I'm going to a real problem. Don't tell me about what I'm going through a real problem right now.
Nothing is more real than the solution Allah will give. Give it a shot. Open the word of Allah. ask Allah for guidance. ask Allah for his loving care.
His guarantee is he'll give it
his guarantee, absolute guarantees that he will give it
Allah destroyed previous nations, one after the other that defied their messengers. And in sort of karma I'll leave you with this thought and so to kamar
he talks about the destruction of one nation and he says well aka Dr. Sol Quran Allah decree file min with the can we made the Quran easy?
Is there anyone who will put an effort to remember then he talks about another nation destroyed? Then he says well aka the arsenal Quran Allah decree firemen with the care that another nation destroyed well aka the arsenal coronella decree for hermeneutical whatever the Sudoku analytically for we made the Quran easy. We made the Quran nation destroyed. We made the Quran easy another nation destroyed we made the Quran easy another nation destroyed we made the Quran is he What is he saying?
Why is he talking like that?
He's saying I know how to set people straight. And I've done it before.
I've set people straight by what when they define me What did I do with them? I wrecked them. When they crossed a certain line. There was no trace of them left.
But for you
instead of destroying you I decided to talk to you
more and more and you defy me more and I talk to you more you crash you insult my messenger I could destroy you like I destroyed the people of No.
I could destroy you like the like phenomenon I've just tried much worse. You think you're a big and bad.
I've taken out the pharaohs.
Allah azza wa jal makes that list and says By the way, and what did I do for you? I didn't just give you the Quran I made the Quran easy.
I made it easy for anybody who wants to remember
that's the slot that comes right before sort of
why because the last thing you know, like a teacher, like you know where I come from Buxton, you can some of you know this, all too well.
When a student is not behaving, what can the teacher do in Pakistan that they can't do in America?
Apparently, I found that in some southern states, they even do, they have teachers can whip the student
give him a, you know, Spanx. They could, I mean, not in New York, you go to jail. But in Buxton, that's like,
you know, it's like considered good for the child. sinesses. I'm not I'd never condone hitting children, by the way, but it was something I've experienced, even as a kid.
When, if you're accused of talking during class, it's coming. your sinuses are about to be cleared a big ol smack on the back of your head.
Now, a teacher can discipline by way of talking and the teacher can discipline by way of what
luck and discipline those who defy him. Anyway he wants anyway he wants. And he decided to the worst of people that were the worst of the Prophet's life setup. They were the worst to him. He decides to just give them cron
and give them more crime. And they get worse. He warns them more warns them, warns them warns that even in the harshest warnings, there's love
because there's other things I can do
candy. And he says, I've done it before, plenty of times. Why are you acting like those people?
I'm not doing that to you. I'm talking to you.
That's even in the most negative circumstances Allah showing us His loving care. Now for someone who's seeking to believe someone who's seeking to come to Allah allows Elijah will open this this this book for them, He'll open their mind. A lot will make the path of guidance easy. Allah will give you his loving care when you say y'all I want to learn your word. Because I want your guidance. I want to feel your word inside my heart. I want that tranquility inside. I want that what the provinces have described who Allah helmeted minister, Milan, is the extended rope of Allah from the sky to the earth. That's the that's the Quran. Like what Allah calls wattleseed will be hamdulillah
Hmm, Jamia, hold on to Allah zero when you make that decision? Who's going to make it easy? Who's going to make the alphabet easy, who's going to make Arabic studies is he's going to make your studies easy. Who's going to make contemplating the Quran easy, who's going to make making the time for the Quran? Easy, who's going to be easy?
That's gonna be a lot. He loves you so much, that not only did he give you this and say, Now put the work in. As you're putting the work in. Allah says, I'll keep making it easy for you to that's not love.
That's not love. We should struggle to come up to the standard of Allah's word. And Allah says, No, I'll make it easier for you.
I'll interject, I'll have divine interjection and I'll open your mind and I'll open your heart and make things easier for you. That's a less promise. So when Eliza within concludes this ayah with what of silicone lotion, or Holden warahmatullah Khomeini common you know, those who already believe those who are struggling with their faith, those who feel like they've drifted too far away, an invitation is given to all of them, to come back to a less loving word to all of them. May Allah azzawajal help us accept our invitation, and truly be able to benefit from that the acceptance of that invitation inside of our hearts. This is not something that you and I can
explain to anyone else. This is something that in the end, no matter how much I talk about it, this this is something that can only be experienced.
It cannot be we can talk about it in theory. But in the end of the day, at the end of the day, this is something you as an individual must experience for yourself. And I pray that you're able to do that barakallahu li walakum fille, Quranic Hakim, when finally we are coming at with the clocking
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