Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delivers an excellent lecture highlighting the meaning of Ayat number 129 of Surah Al Baqarah. This Ayat captures the way Prophet Ibrahim AS plans to secure the future of his coming generation.
“Our Lord! and raise up in them an Apostle from among themselves who shall recite to them Your communications and teach them the Book and wisdom, and purify them; surely You are the Mighty, the Wise.”
Today we are an ethnically oriented society, age oriented society, etc., all sharing a common Deen – Islam. Hence, it is of paramount importance that we among ourselves appoint the carriers of the Message of Allah for each of these different fragments of society so that no one is left out from the beauty of Islam.
Humility is something we should cultivate from within us and it cannot be gauged from the outside. Wisdom mentioned in the Quran includes the belief and morals we need to inculcate within us. Morals and laws coexist and should go hand in hand.
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Allah azzawajal in this remarkable quotation of Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam captures how he plans to secure the future of His coming generations. The Prayer is Robin our I see him Rasulullah Minh home master and additionally, from within their ranks from among them in their midst, actually, I would translate a point and raise a messenger who is from them. Now there's that before I go any further, there are two prepositional phrases here fee him and min home. And they both play a distinct role. The fee him suggests that the messenger that Allah is that Ibrahim is asking for is someone who is deeply embedded in that society. He understands their culture, he understands their language, he
understands their business practices, their family dealings, their social norms, their mannerisms, he's from within them. And so that's the fee him part. But even if somebody is from within a society doesn't mean he's actually from them. In other words, his origin isn't from them. Those are two different things. Like, for instance, I've lived in the United States, or let's say I lived in a Spanish neighborhood for 20 years, right. And I understand the Puerto Rican culture, I understand the language I understand their their, you know, their cuisine, their family practices, and rituals and things like that I understand a lot the religious doctrines, but that doesn't mean I'm from
them. Right, I can be embedded, but I'm still seeing to some extent as an outsider, right, that's always going to be there. There are people for example, Indian families that have lived in Bahrain or Kuwait, or Serbia for eight years. They're still not seen as what locals there within the understand the culture really well. And they're part of that culture, but they're not seen as from within. So the same way. First of all, this first part of his genius, genius, prayer is a messenger needs to be someone who deeply and intricately understands that society
and understands them very, very well everything about them. So he's fee him, that's, that's the fee him part of it. And he's not living in some separate bubble where he's cut off from what's going on in the rest of that society. We, by the way, like ornamental hotdog called us and out of Sulu, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam, I am the messenger of the Messenger of Allah. So in a sense, the mission of Rasulullah, Islam is carried further through us. And it's really problematic, we forgotten this part of who we are. Because when, for example, Muslims move to the United States or move to Canada or move to England, there are Muslim neighborhoods that are so isolated, that they
have nothing to do with the rest like you, you can walk into certain neighborhoods. And you're in Dhaka, and you're in Lahore, and you're in, you know, Hezbollah, and then you come back out into Chicago, the rest of it, you know, like, it's, we're so isolated from the larger society, and we're not connected to them in any meaningful way. Similarly, our massage and our massage, and sometimes there are neighbors that don't know what this place is, for 2030 years. They don't even know what it is, you know, this is not this is the negation of fee him, you have to be embedded within that society. And as soon as I saw them, practically knew everybody, and everybody knew him. Business
wise, family wise, friendships wise, you know, that he was involved in the political scene of before being a messenger even. And that's part of the answering of Ibrahim law, by the way, that even those 40 years where he's not a prophet, so I saw them, he's fee him. Like, he wasn't just from somewhere else. And then he came into this patch of land, he lived among them, he did business with them, he did dealings with them, then he became a messenger, actually, that's what qualified him to be a messenger, actually, for those people, because they can't just shoo him away as an outsider. That's sort of whenever I see him rosulip I would argue that in any land today, that if Islam is really
going to take hold, and stay and become part of the fabric of that society and bring light to that society, generations from now, that the you know, it has to be something that is deeply embedded in that society, then it doesn't cut itself off from that society. You know, and as a result of our Islam, we're not farther away from other people, from people of other religions, people of other worldviews. We're actually just as connected to them. They get to see Islam close. You
No, we're so afraid of protecting, you know, this whole thing we have to, but we have to provide an Islamic environment so our children will be safe, and they'll grow up as better Muslims. I think we don't have the right definition of what it means to have an Islamic environment. We don't have the right definition. The thing that protects our children is not its environment is secondary. You know, what's primary is a worldview. It's not a sub. It's it's how you develop their thinking, how you purify them, and that's coming.
You know, because Ibrahim alayhis salaam didn't. By the way, all of this stems from Ibrahim Malaysia, Ibrahim al Islam is the first example of someone who had a no good environment ever.
No good environment, raised in the house of an idol worshipper, surrounded by shock all the time surrounded by COVID all the time, or isolated, no support outside, and we are the religion of Ibrahim al Islam. And when we say we want to preserve Islam, the first thing we run towards is environment. That's the answer. There are plenty of places in the Muslim world where there's a lot of very religious environment, a lot of messed up things are happening.
We clearly don't understand what it means to save a song for the next generations. It's not some hollow answer, like in what environment plays a role. Yes, I would argue it's secondary or even tertiary. It's not primary in our religion. It's not and if you want to really want to understand what environment means in the in the Quranic sense, in the prophetic sense, you know what it is, I will not Allah, Dini Khalili for younger lucuma New Holland. Salam says, a person depends on the religion of their friend, who are our friends, who are our children's friends, that's actually going to determine everything. And you can have the worst friends in the best environment, or the best
friends in the worst environment.
That's that's just what it is. So anyway, that's sort of Sula. Now the main home in home means is from among them, he's one from among them, I would actually argue in my view of like, the vision of how the Quran spreads, goodness, Ibraheem alehissalaam saw ya leftist society is going to survive, it's going to need its own hero, it's going to need its own carrier of the faith, that he's from these people. And if that's going to be extended, then I would argue that carriers of the message of the Prophet slice on them, carriers of the Quran, carriers have this, this final word that Allah gave to humanity, its carriers are going to have to belong to every fragment of every society.
Like, think of the way I think of it, maybe I'm entirely wrong about this, but the way I think of it is, today, we are a very, you know, very ethnically oriented, culturally oriented, and sometimes even age oriented societies. Right. So even within a Muslim community, like a Masjid, the elder women have their own society. It's not like back in the day, everybody sat together, it's not like that anymore, right? So women have their own society, the men have their own society, young people have their own society, a certain ethnicity, have their own society, they're all sharing a machine, but they're all these mini mini societies. And that's okay.
And if that's the case, instead of forcing everybody to become one, because they can't, you actually have to have carriers of the message of Allah for each of these societies.
To reach out to them to be able to cater to them, sometimes massage, they asked me for recommendations, and they get some unexpected kinds of recommendations.
Like I would argue, in Russia, like I think you guys need to have like this community, I can see the ethnicities here, you guys need to have like regular programs, social programs in Somali. And you need to have regular programs in order and regular programs in Arabic. And I'm not talking about lectures, town halls, listened to, don't talk to people, let them talk to you.
Let them talk, just let people, you know, call out what their concerns are, what they're worried about, and have discussions with them, open it up to them. You know, you can have doodles and halaqaat and all this other stuff, too. But nowhere in America, we have to do this in English. Yeah, English is probably for the younger generation, and we need to have that. But there are other populations in our community and they're not being served at all.
What are they gonna get anything from, and they're a part of these families to the idea of men home is very broad. For every group, you have to identify who can be from among them that can carry faith, you know, the faith to them.
There are you know, what I do, for instance, connects with some people, but it completely doesn't put some other people because I'm not from them. And then somebody will have to be from them to do this work. in that circle, you understand, that I will have never had any access to. Anyway, that's the application of some of the application of this phrase. So they make the out of whenever I see him Rasulullah made him notice how many messengers did they ask for your love point master our master a point from among them or raise from within their midst a messenger from them a messenger one message
This is actually a pretty powerful indication that it's a reference to the School of Law. So I sent him because he's the only one who came from a smiles line.
From the other line from his heart. There are lots and lots of messengers. So if this was about them, it would have been useful and main home, not azulon not one, but many. But this is just one. And so what I what I said this is the spirit of all of Islam. It's what this messenger will do.
How will this messenger preserve generation after generation after generation, you notice Ibrahim alayhis salaam is making this door be after being very, very clear that his future generations will have wrongdoers in them. And he wants to protect his future generations from becoming entirely wrongdoers, so he's out. So I would expect him to ask for a messenger every generation.
You want to prevent them from going the wrong way you should ask for every generation why is it that in the genius of Abraham at a salon, he asks for just one, just one. But then when he asked for that one, he gives that one these qualities? Yeah, like not just any messenger, I want a messenger with these qualities. Because if these qualities are there, their future generations will be fine. They'll be alright. This is why this is so powerful. This is the genius of Ibrahim alayhis salam, and from it comes a response from Allah three times in the Quran. But let's understand his prayer. First, he says this messenger who will do what yet Lu la him Aya tikka, who will read on to them and
recite onto them and narrate onto them, your miraculous signs, your revelations, and messenger who will read on to them and recite onto them your revelations. That's the first thing he'll do. The second is will you will you only Mohamed Al Kitab. And He will teach them the law.
And I'm translating keytab data's book but as what law Okay, so please take note of that. He will teach them the law. Well, hikma and he'll teach them the wisdom.
So I'll start over, he will narrate your revelations and your miracles onto them. he'll teach them the law and wisdom will use a key Him and He will purify them.
In Naka, intellijel, Hakeem, no doubt it is you In fact, you are the ultimate authority, the all wise, for things have been mentioned, you have to do it he my article, he'll recite your eye out on your eye onto them. he'll teach them the law, he'll teach them the wisdom, and you'll purify them. I would like to share with you here that some of the meanings of
the word IR comes from
the idea. And the word IR has several meanings in Arabic, one of them is to actually assign which is commonly translated assign, right? I also mean something valuable.
So how does how can we iottie him the group left with everything valuable that they had? Every ayah is valuable, every ayah is assign every ayah is a reminder and is also a reminder, it's a llama also. And is also its origin originates from the meaning of a which means meaning every Ayah has some meaning, some purpose,
actually means to have a direction, every Ayah gives you a sense of direction, I'll put all of this together a sign that gives you direction that is meaningful and valuable.
This is what makes up. And you know why is important because the the the term is in the Quran, if you study it carefully, it is the one term that's used to describe everything.
It's really hard to to actually explain to anybody what is not an ayah.
Because according to the Quran, there's an ayah in me, there's an ayah in the sky. There's an ayah in history. There's an ayah in the animal, there's an eye on the rock and the tree in the bird. There's an iron revelation.
Everything around us is what an iron history is. And if the future is an iron revelation is an eye I have an eye or you're an eye
everything is out.
So how are we supposed to process this? You know, this the reason Allah gave us that
the revelation itself is called iaat.
Because through it, everything else starts making sense. All the other reality history starts making sense the future starts making sense the burden the tree start making sense. Everything now has a purpose and a meaning and a direction. Without revelation. None of these were out on their own.
Like they were and you didn't know where they lead, in Luffy haka, sama, de la la la la la, la la ayat in
the skies in the earth. All of these are signs signs lead somewhere, right? Sign the point of sciences and lead you somewhere. revelation comes and says, Here's where they lead. Here's where they lead. So they're like in mamarazzi
There are two kinds of IR there's a lot of creation and Revelation.
And they're actually they read each other, the art of creation will make you think about the art of Revelation. And the revelation will give you more meaning and give you clarity about the art of creation. They go hand in hand with each other. This is the world will have created a world in which we have to be spiritual and we have to be engaged in the world because they're both Iraq. You know what, in a profound I'm going on a tangent a little bit on the word Iran, but I'll just share one last thing with you. Some people come and say, I don't want to study I want to study Deen, I don't want to study dunya.
So, what are you talking about?
When somebody is studying accounting?
Studying accounting? are they sending leaner don't you?
Those are out
there studying out. If you're if you're not convinced, go to the end of dakara. Allah talks about the loans. And some people can't they don't even know how to read and write. You have to find somebody who can write the loan contract the financial contract, you know what he says about them? For you have to have them Allah Allah, he should write from what Allah taught him.
A lot. I taught him how to write the financial contract.
That guy who has a degree in accounting from back in the day is actually someone a lot of law says. And when a law teaches you, it's sacred, isn't it?
So now my knowledge of accounting was sacred. In the Quran,
it's not just knowledge of accounting. human knowledge is given by Allah. Whether you're studying physics or chemistry here, accounting or history or political science or sociology or anthropology and psychology, you're studying if
you're studying at all of it will become Dean, once you have revelation.
If you have revelation, then study all this stuff. Actually, it would be a crime not to study it. It'd be a crime not to study it. There's no such thing as am I studying the nordonia
there's no such thing not in this religion. That's it. That's a huge like,
what do you call a scam? Honestly a scam. And it's ruined the oma. Now you have people that only study revelation and they study nothing about the world.
Nothing and they skip half the IRS
because these revelations not the only art but he is coming along and saying Abraham is coming along and saying listen, I Salaam he will give revelations miraculous revelations and recite them onto the people by saying I art. He's saying something else too. He's saying he will. He will give people direction. Every time he recites them.
He will give people meaning and purpose every time we recite them. Meaning every time people hear the Koran, something will happen to them, they'll experience something. And then the next thing he mentioned is the two things he mentioned are the summary of our entire Legion. He says what your ultimate home al Qaeda will take while teach them the law and wisdom.
Our religion is basically two things, study the Quran study these two terms, when they come together, you arrive at something. I'd like to explain that to you.
Kitab are the laws Allah revealed? Kitab Allah here they come like inheritance law, like the laws regarding fasting, like the laws regarding what you can eat and what you cannot eat. Yeah, like the laws of how you deal with certain crimes. These are laws.
And then there is the wisdom behind the law.
Why should we follow this law? Why does this law Make sense? What's the point of this law? Is it sometimes people pass a government passes a law and then people question why is this live in fear happens, right?
So not only do you have to have law, but you must have the wisdom behind it. Look at the phrase again, you are living human Kitab al hikma the law and wisdom, what they call in English. Now the letter of the law and the spirit of the law.
The letter of the law and the spirit of the law. A law won't just teach us the law. he'll teach us the spirit behind us behind it to what was the great tragedy of the Israelites. They held on to law, some form of it. They played with that too. You know why it became easy for them to play with the law? Because they forgot the word of it.
The spirit of the Hickman was gone. some form of Kitab remain and hikma was gone when hikma is gone, you start messing with GitHub. That's what happens. Now let's dig into hikma a little more. This is actually one of my favorite topics because it has many many implications for how Muslim how Islamic education should look like inshallah for generations to come.
hikma can be further broken up into two things. GitHub is law and law can be broken up to but I won't do that yet. But hikma I would like to break up into two things. hikma is our beliefs,
why you know, Allah and who he is our life after this, what it looks like, Revelation and what it is all the beliefs.
of the unseen are part of wisdom, wisdom, we could not have known. This is higher knowledge we could not have known. Okay, that's one part of hikma. How many parts of Heckman Did I say, two parts. One of them is are among all the things related to our human. That's part of hikma. There's That's why, for example, you have woollacott artina lukeman and hikma. anish kondalilla is called lokmanya ooyala. To fix your Eman don't do shake. That's part of Hickman. The other part of hikma it has what you can call what you can call morals, ethics, character, okay? morals or ethics or character not law.
I need everybody here to understand the difference between law and morals. Huge difference. Law is tangible. It's black and white.
Okay, it's quantitative. Either you cut the red light or you didn't cut the red light. Either you're gonna get a ticket or you're not gonna get a ticket. But morals are not black and white.
morals are qualitative. For example, it was immoral in Islam is walk with humility.
Well, Adam Schiff will have the Maha walk with humility on the earth.
Can you check if somebody walking with humility? Can you like assign the police department and say, Hey, here's your humility, meter.
You can't. Somebody could be walking, you know, as they walk, and that's normal to them. Because humilities inside, you can gauge it from the outside. It's not something you can measure.
Similarly, Allah says that be the best to your parents, for example, that's actually not a law. What is that?
That's a moral. In one culture, being the best is something else to your parents. In another culture, being the best of your parents is something else, isn't it?
The expectations between parents and children are all the same in every society, or No, they're not.
So morals and how they apply. It varies. There's a variation. There's some room. But the agenda, there are general guidelines, morals are general guidelines. But the thing is, the morals are far more they come always first, and the law is always all the way at the end.
morals include things like the rights of your neighbor, the way you speak to each other. You know, the morals of Islam are things like not backbiting against one that's not law, that's morals. behaving like a decent person that's morals, being charitable, being caring, being considerate, these are morals. Allah says he taught the book and the Wisdom and the wisdom includes our beliefs and our morals. Or this this prophet will teach all of these things. Now some people interpreted hikma to mean, the Sunnah of the Prophet sizer,
which in some sense is true. I mean, it's it's one extrapolation. It's not in some attribute that quote Imam Shafi Rahim Allah, others to others.
And that opinion is very popular. So everybody said, kick my mean. So now, my contention with that is hikma can mean so not because actually, the profit socialism, his entire life is in Nikola Tesla, Hulu and Avi, we are committed to a great moral character. So in that sense, hikma is the Sunnah of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, but I want you to understand that the larger meaning here between the law and the spirit of the law, or this Iman and and morals that come with it, see what happens is, sometimes you have people in the world that are very, they follow the law, but they have no morals.
They follow the law, they have no morals, they'll give us a cot. They're gonna stay away from home food. They're gonna they're gonna check the ingredients for every gummy bear they ever eat.
Okay, they're gonna do that.
But boy, are they mean to their neighbor?
Boy are they like they're scary when they walk into a party.
Like, they're not nice.
They, you know, there's a there's an intimidation, forget humility, there's intimidation, but they're very strict about the haraam. Me stuff.
The law is all there what's missing. morals are just not there. They're just not there. A messenger comes in, he'll teach the law and he'll teach the morals when you leave home. This is the foresight of Ibrahim al Islam, that these two things will have to go hand in hand. You'll have to be like, you know, one of the worst examples of it that I found, I thought that it hurts me to this day. That's why I keep talking about it is when I went to hudge
go to Hajj people are abiding by the law login. These are the guidelines, the rituals, you have to follow for the Hajj. spend this time in Mr. leafa. spend this time in alpha do this, do this do this. And you're sitting in sacred land, animals Delica and somebody praying and you're just like,
room for me.
And then you just drink your water, plastic
borrow and check it like it's Have you seen those elephant in the morning?
You can take two steps without stopping and trash.
Like it looks like a dump site for like a garbage disposal. People don't do that near the Washington Monument man.
Like people have more respect for the Lincoln Memorial
than for the sacred land of Metallica.
The law is being abided by. There's no rule that says you can't check a water bottle
or diapers or whatever else is there?
You can't. But is there a moral at the heart to this fully man? Like our cleanliness is half of our faith.
morals are gone.
If you're gonna punch people to get into hedgerows when?
I don't want to kiss it.
I don't want to kiss because that's, that's not our religion.
How is this a villain, meaning they are so humble and powerless in dealing with other believers, but Ron says this, you push pull yank, get into the first row. And then listen to the Latin meaning.
Somehow Allah, He will recite IOD onto people, He will teach them to the law, the wisdom and my favorite part he'll purify them. This is the climax of it all. And in doing these three things, reciting the revelations, and teaching the lion the wisdom By the way, there's a real connection here between these three, two, because when you recite the revelations, which revelation is this other about? Koran? And what does Quran do? Koran marries law and wisdom,
doesn't it? It doesn't let you it's not a fifth book. It's not a book of law. It's not a book just of wisdom, just a V man and just some morals. It's got law in it. It's got a man in it. It's got a clock in it. It's all three together, isn't it? So it's in a sense, explaining, he will recite your revelations. And by doing so he'll be teaching them the law and the wisdom altogether. And when that is happening, he will be doing what?
He'll be purifying them.
He'll be purifying now what does it mean to purify? This is what I spent want to spend most of my time on in shallow Tada, there are five kinds of purification, this is my own thinking on the subject, you are completely free to disagree. This is my entirely my own analysis on the subject matter of purification. Okay, whatever I've been able to read of the subject and understanding our literature. Here's how I, I try to kind of make mental maps for myself on how this stuff works. And I sometimes look at what other people have said, but I look at it critically, I don't just copy what they say and say, This is what shape so and so said, I'm going to call it I take what they say I
critically analyze it, and I arrive at my own conclusions. They don't have to be correct, clearly. But I'd like to share them with you. So there are five.
Islam gave us certain guidelines in our law to purify our bodies.
Right? How do you how do you keep your body clean and pure in terms of clothing, in terms of, you know, will do and hosel and things like that physically physical purity?
If you look at the other laws of Islam, they have to do with a lot has to do with food, doesn't it? have very clear guidelines about food and the kinds of food that is made Haram is literally called Herbalife filthy. In other words, the food you consume is supposed to be pure. So I've mentioned body and I've mentioned food, yes. And both of them, the primary theme is purification, you notice that the food has to be pure, and the body has to be pure. The third Allah, you know, if I'll go in different order, his character,
your character has to be refined and purified. Meaning there are certain behaviors towards family members, others, how you deal with each other, right? That needs to be purified, refined, cleansed. That's what you can call this, like, ethics, morals. You know, this is where the more morality comes in, in Islam or LDS about the purification of a person's character towards others, you know, so you don't run into things you don't like greed, or anger or jealousy. These impurities have to be cleansed, or kept in check. And every time they're getting out of hand, you fix them again, you fix them again, you fix them again. That's what Quran does on multiple occasions. It will take these
impurities like in gratitude or arrogance or greed or, you know, jealousy, and it'll it'll, it'll purify these with his words. Okay, so so far I've mentioned body. I've mentioned food and I've mentioned character, right. I'll go in strange order, another purification. kuranda is through it. Some of its laws, not all of them some of the laws
is a purification of society.
So this is the only one that's not individual. It's societal. So for example, harsh laws of Islam like kisses, or harsh laws in Islam like flogging the Zani, you know that the 100 lashes that's actually a purification not of a person but a purification of society. Why? Because if Zina is happening out in the open, where four people can see it, that society is becoming dirty, that needs to be stopped, and the Quran will come and say if that's happening in public flog them 100 times, and that will lead to what some kind of purification. Okay, so the society won't become like, polluted with this kind of filth. Okay, so all the heart of the collective laws of Assam, their
purpose is to keep society at large, pure. So far we've we've got the body being cleansed, the food, there'll be consumed. By the way, when I mentioned food, it wasn't just about halal and haram, but it's how you earn also, as well, you give us a cut so that the food you earn is also pure. That's literally why it's called Zakat to then there's the cleansing of our character, then I talked about the cleansing of society. And there's the last one and that's the cleansing of our our knifes, our inner selves. Okay, and this is the one that I really want to highlight to you. Okay, by the way, everything, you think of any anything in Islam, so far, any practical teaching in Islam, it goes
back to a purification of one kind or the other, either it's purifying your body or your character or your food, you know, or society, isn't it? purification, purification, purification, purification, the last one is a purification of what your inner self
inside of you. Now that purification, if you can map this in your head, that purification of yourself is two things. Always remember, it's two things. It's the purification of your mind, and the purification of your heart.
Okay. So if I say I want to be purified, I want to purify myself. Those are two kinds of purification the mind and what the heart?
What does it mean to purify the mind? It means to be clear, why are you alive? Who is your God? What does he want from you?
What is the purpose for which you exist?
You're clear about that. You're clear about direction. You're clear about how to think as a Muslim, how do you think about halal and haram? How do you think about other people? What are your thoughts on what's happening in the world? What are your thoughts on what's happening in your family or what's happening in your life? Revelation will come and clear your thinking I like Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky,
noon, so you can think clearly, you know, you may you know, la la comunidad, Allah clarifies the IR when something is clear, the impurities are gone.
And you become a refined thinker, Islam, the Quran wants you to be a clear thinker. That is a kind of purification. Are there people today who don't have clarity in their thinking about Islam, Muslims? They're not clear on how to think as Muslims, how are they supposed to react to certain things? We're not even some something some incident happens in the world. We don't we don't have the thought of how to respond.
Does the Quran give us that far? It does. It teaches us how to think. Right? But that's that's the purification of the mind. What's the other side of the purification? Oh,
by the way, the purification of the mind also includes Why am I even Muslim?
Why should I even follow Islam? Why is Islam superior to everything else? Why should I give up all of these temptations and follow these guidelines? That nobody around me is following nobody in my high school? Nobody on my campus? Why am I so convinced of this, that you have to be convinced of in your mind? First, your mind has to be clear why you're Muslim. A lot of college youth Muslims are Muslim because their parents are Muslim. And when they go to college, and they see other people doing other stuff, they're like, Why can I do this?
And there was no purification of mind ever offered. Why are you Muslim? Why's Quran the truth? Why should you Why is this a superior way of living? Why should you feel sorry for the people who are doing the things that you're tempted by?
Why? Why should you be calling them to something higher instead of you going to something lower? They don't have the clarity for it. They're not convinced. They're literally not convinced. ask them why you're a Muslim. Why? Oh, no, my parents are.
There's no purification of minds.
And when they bring these problems to their parents, and they say, I mean,
I want to go out with this guy.
I want to go out with this girl.
I want to go to the club.
This is stuff you can hold on.
And then they'll say, why is it wrong? What does that mean?
Why do you have to believe in this Hocus Pocus?
I mean, it's your thing. Religion is your thing, but it's not my thing. Mom.
And millions of parents are having these conversations with their kids. And then those millions of parents are coming and saying, watch a no monitor Han video.
And a lot of youth hate my guts because their parents have used me
to slap them across the face.
And they literally curse me How? Because I hate that guy's voice. My mom is always shoving him down my throat.
That is not the solution. That isn't the solution. And a lot of times parents are gonna say, which dog can I make? Which liquor can i do when they're sleeping? Can I over their head or something?
Because they're thinking this is a problem of their heart.
This is some kind of impurity in their heart. shaitaan gets to your heart. Right? He used to be a good boy when he was little. Yeah, he was he's still a good boy. He just has questions, man.
There may be other things going on. But he asked questions. So there is sometimes an intellectual problem, and we're trying to solve it with a spiritual solution.
You know, he's a key him, their minds have to be cleansed. And their hearts have to be cleansed. What does the Quran do? What is it cleanse,
like nothing has ever done in human history.
Same exact book, and you're studying it and you're pondering it, and your mind is just blown away by how it gives clarity, how it convinces you. And that same exact book, you're standing in Salah, and you're crying your heart out, and those heart those tears are directly coming from your heart.
Same book is intellectual, the same Lucas spiritual that's use a key him to purify them. It's incredible.
It'll give you why you believe.
Why are you Muslim?
Why do you want to refine yourself. And even once you have it, you're going to keep wanting to refine yourself even more, and you're spiritually going to grow. These are both both necessary things. Since I'm on this subject, one more important consideration here. for everybody to understand. I saw I told you there are two kinds of purification of the self. There's the mind and the heart. Remember,
the purification of the mind is a one time deal.
At the base, once you know why you're Muslim, you're set. You're good. Now come what may questions, criticisms, doubts, whatever, it'll all just fall off like bugs, you can shoot them away, and like bugs hitting the windshield, nothing's gonna happen.
It won't even impact you. It's a one time thing. Either you have it or you don't. And it's cron builds it. And it gets you to a certain point where you have that ironclad confidence. As long as the truth.
The spiritual purification, the heart purification is not a one time thing.
Some days are pretty good. Some days are pretty bad.
Some days you're up, make it to the much different fighter. make lots of dough afterwards, tears coming rolling down your eyes. Other days you watch the movie until three in the morning.
Woke up for Lord, maybe
that happens, right? In other words, these two one of them is actually a lot will bring you to a point, and you'll be fine. But that doesn't mean that you're a good Muslim. Now, you're convinced of Islam now. But now that you're convinced, if you have no doubts left, then it's the other purification, you need the purification of the heart. Some people need first and foremost a purification of their minds. Others need a purification of their hearts. And the right dosage of both all the time is a large book, make a large book accessible to people and watch it work. Watch it do the work. Nothing else will do this work like that.
And the problem is, I can't expect the world to listen to my lectures, Lucky even anybody listens to them. The thing is, though this word this this revelation that Allah gave that does this, because this was Abraham's prayer at least 1000s of years ago, and I like think about what he just asked about this man.
You know, if we use modern languages, sounds offensive, he converted.
Like he was born in a Muslim society, seeking out Allah, isn't he with no environment around him and he came to this conclusion. And then he found a lot. Then Allah granted him revelation and all of this started right and he he starts from a very different journey.
And when he starts from that different journey, he is looking ahead and thinking, I went through this journey. My kids are gonna go through this journey.
1000 years ago, 1000 years later, somebody else will go through this journey.
How do I make sure I ask Allah for something that will make their journey easy?
That's what this book was for. That's what his prayer was for. This is what Quran was supposed to do. Make people's journey easy. What have we done with the same Quran, I would argue the most translated book in the world, the most recited book in the world, the most read book in the world, and yet the most misunderstood and inaccessible book in the world today still,
we don't make understanding the Quran easy for people.
To read, the way we explain it is good for a certain group of people.
But for others, they just don't get it. And if they're going to go ask, what are they going to ask? And if they get answers, they get answers that are too old, too hard and too technical. Well, academia suddenly or analytically, record easy for remembrance. Color has to be facilitated in every society in the world. So this process can begin yet learning it. When you really want to get out well, hekla music team and you can begin to purify them, you can cleanse them. This is by the way that the ultimate goal of Islam is cleansing, cleansing, cleansing, cleansing and cleansing.
That's all Islam asks for. That's what the messengers look at. Look at even when you get in the end, the ending of his mission, He cleansed the garba
that's what he did. So now if you
pay attention to this, this last bit, inshallah, that I'd like to share with you, this is probably, to me one of the most important considerations of our time, we are living in an age now where morality is relative, you realized that
I mean, second course in philosophy in college first course in philosophy, morals are all over the place.
There is no such thing as the perfect law.
law should constantly go through what amendments and changes. There is actually no such thing as one worldview.
I mean, we have Eman under hikma, we have human, like Maya is like, we believe in Allah and Allah gives us morality. Right? a different definition between right and wrong. But we're living in an age where
it's all relative. Your right and wrong is not the same as my right and wrong. And religions. Yeah, they've got some good in it, but they've got a lot of mistakes.
And yeah, you can believe in God, you don't have to believe in God, who cares.
It's all over the place, isn't it? I'd like to read something to you. This is actually by
Gk Chesterton on orthodoxy. It's really beautifully written. But the new rebel is a skeptic, and will not entirely trust anything. He has no loyalty, therefore, he can never really be a revolutionist. Who's if what's the fight like? What are people fighting for today? Right? How can you fight for something if you believe in nothing?
Right. So this is what he's commenting on. And the fact that he doubts everything really gets in his way when he wants to denounce anything, for all denunciations imply a moral doctrine of some kind, and the modern revolutionist doubts not only the institutions he denounces, but the doctrine by which he denounces it. As a politician, he will cry out that war is a waste of life, and then, as a philosopher, that all life is a waste of time.
A Russian pessimist will denounce the policeman for killing a peasant, and then prove by the highest philosophical principles, that the peasant ought to have killed himself. The man of his of this school first goes first to a political meeting, where he complains that savages are treated as if they were beasts.
And then he takes his hat and umbrella and goes on to a scientific meeting, where he proves that they are all practically bese. In short, the modern revolutionist being an infinite skeptic is always engaged in undermining his own minds. And in his book on politics, he attacks men for trampling on morality, and his book on ethics. He attacks morality funds for trampling on men.
Therefore, modern men in revolt has become practically useless for all purposes of revolt, by rebelling against everything, he has lost his right to rebel against anything.
That's the age we live in.
And that age, when you read a clue it him It gives meaning and purpose,
gives direction. He teaches a law.
He teaches wisdom,
and he purifies it carries a whole new meaning.
And just the need of the hour.
You understand what I'm saying? Because none of these four are now of any meaning to so many people.
There are no ion to them. There is no sense of direction. Life is an accident.
It's just a random set of collisions that brought us here.
There is no right and wrong
There's just existence on this planet. That said, there is no truth there is no purpose, there is no meaning. And once you have this, what happens? You know, people assume that religious people are fanatical, or, you know, fundamentalist or whatever. You know what this does when you have purification,
then all of life becomes good. Without purification of body, I listed it body character, mind and heart society, these are the purifications, right? Look, the human mind is an incredible thing, we're still going to produce amazing science.
I mean, millions of people are able to watch what I do because of science because of technology. But when the purification process isn't there, then human beings will use the same technology to destroy themselves, to kill each other, to corrupt, their greed will ruin bring ruin, it will bring luxury to some and entertainment to some at the expense of blood and fire to others.
And will, it'll be easy to turn a blind eye. You know, you'll have pharmaceutical companies that do the most incredible research they have some of the smartest minds on the planet working in pharma, pharmaceutical companies, but because those pharmaceutical companies are polluted with greed, they're going to use factories and you know, manufacturing plants, where they're producing things with for pennies or fractions of a penny and selling it for $500 to people who don't even have health insurance.
Right, that's what they're gonna do. Because there's no purification left.
That's when we don't have purification.
This place becomes ugly man. This place becomes ugly. That is the the revolution really that was brought vital, vital soul loss is the fulfillment of the dahabiya hemolysin of our religion is so much more than we give it credit for it's not just a bunch of rules of halal and haram and don't eat gelatin.
This this this fit this faith is deep, and it has it has a real solution for the problems of the world. This is what our messenger came to bring, you know to, to this to humanity. And so as I leave you with desire in NACA until as usual, Hakeem, no doubt you, you at the end of the day are the ultimate authority. Allah azza wa jal is the ultimate authority he could have imposed his authority on people and made them do what he wants.
He is the all wise anyway.
But in his wisdom, he decided to not impose his authority to send a messenger and let pure let people become purified and figure it out themselves.
If Allah wanted he could have Machado mutton why the economy grew into one nation, nobody has to decide, hey, you know, don't no revenue, no, no, no rebellion against Allah. But no. Allah wants people to come to the right way on their own, on their own. This is something that we must now internalize and we must give I would argue first to the Muslim Ummah, before anybody else, we must begin the process of yet learning him It will get about hikmah we use a key him in ontological hockey. I'm just baffled at how Ibraheem alehissalaam like
what wisdom this man had 1000s of years ago, he just makes this prayer and it has it answers the toughest problems of our time, and literally answers the toughest problems of our time. And how in such a short phrase, he's captured the spirit of an entire civilization. handlebar, mela xojo make us real followers of the middle of Ibrahim alayhi salam, and give us the the insight the wisdom and the sincerity to not only to understand the book of Allah, but to be able to live by it and to be able to share its teachings and its beauty with humanity about a calamity when it comes to them article what
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