Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into an explicit and elaborated explanation on the Ayats 135 -141 of Surah Al Baqarah.
And they say: ‘Be Jews or Christians, you will be rightly guided” Say: “Nay! (we follow) the religion of Ibrahim, the upright one, and he was not of the polytheist” (135).
Say: “We believe in Allah and (in) that which has been revealed to us, and (in) that which was revealed to Ibrahim and Isma’il and Ishaq and Ya’qub and the tribes, and (in) that which was given to Musa and Isa, and (in) that which was given to the prophets from their Lord, we do not make any distinction between any of them, and to Him do we submit” (136).
If then they believe in like of what you believe in, they are indeed on the right course, and if they turn back, then they are only in great dissension; so Allah will suffice you against them, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing (137).
(We have received) the dyeing of Allah, and who is better than Allah in dyeing? and Him do we worship (138).
Say: “Do you dispute with us about Allah? and He is our Lord and your Lord, and for us our deeds and for you are your deeds; and we are sincere to Him (139).
Or, do you say that Ibrahim and Isma’il and Ya’qiib and the tribes were Jews or Christians?” Say: “Are you better knowing or Allah? And who is more unjust than he who conceals a testimony that he has from Allah? And Allah is not at all heedless of what you do” (140).
This is a people that have passed away; they shall have what they earned and you shall have what you earn, and you shall not be called upon to answer for what they did (141).
We need to understand that in comparison to Islam, both Judaism and Christianity came much later. Hence, if man’s guidance depends on following Judaism or Christianity, how can Ibrahim AS and other Prophets who are accepted as having been rightly-guided even by the Jews and Christians be considered so when they were born several centuries before the birth of Judaism and Christianity? If they were rightly-guided from whom did they receive their guidance? The answer lies in this thought-provoking lecture and deserves a fair listen.
All the Prophets sent by Allah invited mankind to the Message of Allah and hence, for anyone who is really a lover of Deen, it is necessary that he should recognize all of them to be its bearers and not just believe in one single Prophet.
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let him initiate line or Jean Lacan okuno who then owner songwriter Dodo Bell minetta Ibrahima honey from America and Amina mushy keen. Rubbish Elisa recently Emery melissani of cocoa leaf Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Rasool Allah, Allah Allah He was a marine. So once again everyone salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. We are going to now transition into this passage of six sciart. That goes from the remarkable history of Ibrahim alayhi salam to the current state of affairs of the Jewish primarily, and by extension, the Christian community of Medina and how they how far they've come from that original legacy and how off they are when they make their claims now
that the actual history has been explained in a passage in a very succinct way unless there's a look at the audacity will call you Guna Madonna una sala Tata Do they have the audacity to say and they said be Jewish or Christian, you will be considered committed to guidance This is actually called the data is missing a missing a known data donor. And this is called jawaban amor
sauce. This is actually response to be Jewish Christian and if you become Jewish and Christian, then and only then you will be considered guided. So they made another claim claim to exclusivity. This is actually echoing something that has come before which was the the claim linear hola Janna Levin karna houden au dasara nobody's going into agenda except whoever has been Jewish or Christian. Now Ally's going, taking that even further and saying they said, if you want to be committed to guidance, then you have to be Jewish or Christian goal respond to them by the military, Ibrahim instead, does the religion the Legacy The following of Ibrahim, the word meloetta. Ibrahim has been
served as a Fatah uninvent Lata Ibrahim, that leads our allama to discuss that there's a verb behind it that's missing or that's invisible. So Bella Tebow military to military Rahim. But no, or they say no kulu military Brahim, we will be the religion of Ibrahim we will follow the religion of Ibrahim. I argue that I personally in my own studies of Arabic and more inclined to not go to the concept of have has actually means that there's a verb missing and you have to imagine what it is right. We did in Florida law among others, were of the view that you avoid have as much as possible. Like let the language speak for itself. What am I saying you look at the obvious and you know,
extrapolate. One of the advantages of the Nussle form mill attack, the America at the end is called a naspo. Era. And what that does is it's kind of the equivalent in English, double or triple exclamation marks. Like if I were to say, you know about the word military, Ibrahim in translation, I would say the religion I've ever heard him. Like it's not a normal thing to say. They say be Jewish and Christian, you'll be committed to guidance. Tell them instead. Actually, the religion of Ibrahim Is that normal speech, and the lack of it being normal is from meloetta. And then the word hanifin hana, actually in Arabic, Emmylou, fee mushy and it pedicle monitored with alika mudhoney.
Ebrahim Hana actually means when you divert from the road, everybody else takes half an Arabic there are two words Jennifer and Hannah jennife means to be to be biased, or to lean, and have means to lean, except jennife means when you are biased towards what you want, and what everybody else wants. Have means when you deviate away from what everybody wants, and you deviate away from everybody else's path. And this is a description of Ibrahim Alayhi Salam halifa. He walked away from the path that all the pressure was on him to stay on that path. He deviates away from it and he finds the way to a larger within. This is hanifin. So he and this is a hollow Ibrahim al Islam, as if and that's
the other thing about, you know, the grammar of the Arabic language you can you can look up the meaning of the word hanifin dictionary, fine. And you could say that this is a description of Ibrahim alayhis salam? Technically, it's not a description of Ibrahim Elisa. Why? Because it's not al Hanif. If it was an adjective for him, it would have been mulata Ibrahim al Hanafi. That's how it would have been it's honey Fund, which makes it hard question is then it's kind of what it's actually one of the religion. Now what does that mean in English? what it means in English is this religion has the living power to deviate you away from every everybody else's way. Society is going
this way. And when you follow the religion of Ibrahim To this day, it will empower you to walk away from social pressure and do what do what he did.
To follow the right thing, regardless of what people say, this is the use of the word hanifin. It's so beautiful and so powerful. That's what a highlight is. How does an active state, you know, like, for example, if I say, a wise man, that's an adjective that's not an active state, a wise man be sleeping is that wise right now just possesses the quality of wisdom, even if it's not being acted out right now. But if I say a man being wise, that's Hard. Hard means he's actually executing that wisdom. It's manifest. It's living. Hanif one turning away. It's not described as an adjective, like the religion has the power to turn you away that way. No, no, not the potential, not something
dormant living inside it. Rather, the religion is actively the religion of Ibrahim Ali Salaam, and this Miller is actively turning you away from the pressures of society and turning you towards Allah. It's making you you know, solely focused on Allah. So beautiful. That's actually the, at the heart of what the heat is. Though he does not just we don't worship idols.
Because idols are made of stone and rock and marble or whatever they're made of, or other idols. The other idols are societal pressure. The other idols are fake standards. The other people literally worship, they can't, they submit themselves to them, and they can't snap out of them. The other idols are consumerism, I have to have the newest phone, I have to watch this movie, I have to download this game, I have to, I have to finish all seven episodes or whatever are seasons of whatever. If I don't, then I'm missing something. And then you literally feel like a force making you submit.
Right, and you have to break free from that pressure, because I don't want to be the only one at the office, or among my friends, or among my peers who missed that episode. Who didn't watch that show? Who hasn't heard that song? Who didn't get that outfit or whatever. You know, that's and these become idols. These literally become like, nothing can get in its way this is it. And Hanif also kind of
actually comes in the meaning of turkeys also you're focused on something.
And so when the when you get to the last words here will maca and I mean machine again. And he wasn't from those who that check. We think of everybody else in his village worshipped idols, he broke all the idols, those aren't the only idols he broke. Those are not the only idols he broke, he broke the idol of even the the love of his own son.
He broke the idol of the love of his own body. When he was throwing itself into the fire. He broke a lot of idols. Well, now Academy the machine he was not from those who committed check. The Jews and Christians are being told having a label does not make you from the people of Ibrahim. I would by extension, say, just because you call yourself Muslim doesn't mean that you get to enjoy millet, a vehicle and Rahim, this is something else. It's a living thing. It's an experiential thing. It's honey fun, when I can't remember she can and he was not of those who committed shift at all whatsoever. And another occasion in Sharla. When we get there, I will describe to you that whenever
he Melissa went on that spiritual journey that is described as a spiritual journey, when he saw the sign when he saw the star and the moon and things like that, that actually he didn't believe any of that.
He didn't. And it's evident from the language. And it's also evident from the context.
In the context, he says about the sun, this must be God, how that'll be how dark but this is bigger. And when the sun sets is allowable, I fill in I don't love those, etc. Did he not know that the sun will set for the smartest men that ever lived, doesn't know that the sun is going to set he knows he's making a point. He's demonstrating the silliness of these beliefs to the people around him. He's not actually believing any of them. So don't lie saying he was never a mistake. Mark and I made a mistake in my eyes actually laughed. No, you're wrong. He never was he never worshipped idols. He never declared those things that you know, his gods.
So that's a little bit about that beginning part. Now the other thing is, I'd like you to understand the use of the word coil here corlew donousa coil burmilla type rahima hanifin coil is singular referring to the Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And why that's important is because this passage is going to switch between cold and cold, cold and cold, cold cold cold means you Rasulullah saw them you should say
and then the owner will be told all of you should say meaning the Muslims you should say there's a difference.
In this in the previous passage, the core idea that has been like fortified is that this is the religion of Ibrahim.
And now the idea that will be fortified is the actual ambassador of the religion.
Ibrahim is Rasulullah salasar who better to say no actually the religion of Ibrahim then also Lula Sonam he's the heir of that legacy. He's the actual heir of that legacy. So let makes him say oil and will not have rahima hanifin or macadamia mushy, no, no, my father's religion. Now Judaism or Christianity. That doesn't even make sense well Muslims Elijah Toronto Valentina, we love him, but he,
and everyone will say, he didn't even come much until much later. How are you supposed to think that the religion of Ibrahim is Judaism or Christianity, the religion everywhere him is Islam? That's the religion of my father Ibrahim. So Bell military Rahim. hanifa Omar Khan Amina machine, of course, also insane. So because the conversation is not with Muslim punakha.
It's with the Jews and the Christians. They're being told what you're doing right now is Schick?
How are they doing? shift? Even a lot of Christians still believed in one God. A lot of Jews believe in one God, how are they doing shift? I thought share customer worship multiple gods. In this passage, their shake is their pride. They put their pride greater than their submission to a lesbian.
The only reason they're not coming to Islam is their pride won't let them their stubbornness won't let them. So there's an idol in front of them that they worship instead of a lot. What is that idol, their pride, their stubbornness, and that chick? So he says, Oh my god, I mean, he wasn't from the machine. kulu then he turns to this on all of us. And he says, Now you all as a nation speak and that's beautiful. First, imagine the scene. There's this community, us. And there's our leader, salallahu alaihe. Salam, Allah tells him you, you talk. And he talks and then he turns to all of us and say, now you speak.
And why is that important? Because it says though, Allah teaches us how to take responsibility. The messenger will not always speak on your behalf, you must speak out to you must become ambassadors of this faith. Now, the mantle is being passed even from the word quality of kulu. And that's what's happening here. kulu Ahmed Nabila he tell them we believe in Allah declare, invite kulu is broad. It's not just say, to declare, invite announce. We've come to believe in Allah, Allah, Elena, and whatever has been revealed to us. This is beautiful. Because
in these in these IR, there's a belief in Allah immediately belief in Revelation,
which means to us now it is clear that believing in God is no longer possible without believing in Revelation. And we'll start with the revelation that was given to us. But just because we were given a revelation we're not going to deny what came before. Well, mountains Isla Ibrahima was Mariela was haka we are guba well as Bharti and we also believe in kind in what was sent to Ibrahim and it's my email and his hog and yaku which whose other name is a slightly well as not what's a spot and a smarter under the hood Cal Cobra in the Arab. A spot is the term for tribes many many families subte also means hair, meaning as many as hair on their head as many children right so and branches of a
tree can also be called sub. So how many that came after meaning the countless profits that came after
all the countless generations that followed the right religion thereafter, meaning you guys also have a guided history you weren't always misguided. You followed Islam to and we believe in all of it. kulu Amma Nabila here mountain Zilla, Elena, Allah Allah Ibrahim was married was Hockley aku Mama butea. Musa Moosa and especially what was given to Moosa singled out because he's included in the US, Bob, but he's pulled out of the US vault and then mentioned in particular, especially the great milestone in your legacy, what was given to Moosa, where Isa, and then the beginning of that legacy, Torah and the combination of the Torah, which is the Injeel, where Isa, so the beginning and
end of the law of the Israelites, right Musashi Lisa, we believe in that too. Well now at nw nanobeam. And it's not just the legacy of the Israelites, we believe in what was given to all profits from their master meaning the profits of the Arabs to like shea butter sila, or pre Israel like new honey salam, or you know, at least at least I'm excetera. So you have this broad statement being made now about our belief in all prophets. The thing that I'd like to highlight here is the reverse argument. You people say, well, newbie Mountain zilara, Lina, you people say no, no thanks. We don't need to believe in your Quran we already have our book.
We're gonna say our belief in Allah makes us submit to the religious revelation that Allah gave us, but we will not deny that revelation was given before. We're not exclusivist. Like that. We're gonna say those those revelations also of of the profits we know and even the ones we don't know what never you will never be him. Now I know for me kobina hadn't been home. We will not make a distinction between any one of them.
This is actually them saying that actually, if you will truly in submission, you will have regard for every revelation of Allah, not just the one that was given exclusively to you.
Like we believe in the revelation given to multiracialism. We believe we it wasn't given to us, but we believe in it. We believe in the revelation given to us and that's not us. off, we believe in it, we have emerged in it, we will not be will not be selective because that's a lack of submission. Because when you submit before your master, whatever your Master says, you follow.
And whoever he says it to, you still believe it's from your master, you people are not submitting to the word of Allah, which means you're not actually in submission. Here we he says we don't make a separation between any one of them. Some people are confused about this ayah because they believe the IRS saying that how can you not separate between profits, some were better than others, Allah even says, isn't the Prophet of Allah, the greatest of messengers, so he led all the other ones in prayer, he has certain qualities that the others didn't have. And this preferences, even though Quran says tell karasuno da da da, da da. These messengers we gave some preference over others. So
how can the Quran say we don't make a distinction between any one of them? Who's speaking here we are. When Allah says he gave preference, who's giving preference? allies? And here are we Is it a lot for us? It's us. It's a big difference. When Allah speaks, when the ROB speaks and speaks is a big difference. Plus, this has nothing to do with preference. This has to do it is not of the is to freak. The freak means we don't separate them.
Not we don't rank them. We don't separate them. In other words, we don't say these messengers, these Nah,
we don't do that. We don't we're not selective about who we accept or not accept as valid messengers of Allah. That's the meaning of nanofibrillar kobina hadn't been home. We don't cause a separation between anyone from among them, regardless of their lineage. Look is mine as mentioned in that line is harkers mentioned yaku is mentioned. Just because you're hitting on the Arab messengers. We're not going to react and hate on the Israelite messengers. Nope. They're all messengers to us honored before us, when a new Lahore Muslim moon and to Him alone. We are in fact in submission, which is kind of a jab that you're not being in submission. The religion of Ibrahim is to be in submission
when I'm alone was given by the way the words national Allahu Muslim moon are an echo. They have been repeated now. Who said it before them this Naboo ilaha illa Allah Baraka Rahim was married was hace la Hagen, wanna la Muslim, this is the second time those words are occurring. It's so amazing the use of these words, the first time they were used whereby the sons of Israel, they said we are Muslim only before Allah. And now they're being used by the Muslims of Medina. We are Muslims only before Allah, meaning the Jews are being told we are closer to the original sons of Israel than you are.
We are more loyal to your ancestry than you are. We're repeating their words you're not. So hon Allah, the way the argument is made the way like what they held on to so tight ancestry has been ripped out of their hands and handed over to the Muslims because you're also in submission, they were in submission. So this this, the way la SoTL takes ethnic pride away is something amazing, you know, and replaces it with pride and faith.
So now the idea of shared faith that's also important, we believe in what was sent to us and what was sent to all those but there seems to be a contradiction in what was given to us and what was given to those. And through it the argument argument is made there is no contradiction. It was always the same message it was always the same core Abrahamic faith these changes were brought by you not by those profits don't don't accuse those profits of bringing anything different. And so our Quran is the more Haman meaning the Guardian over the original teachings given to all of them will not know lahoma soon for in armano be Miss Lima I want to be this was quite an interesting debate in
our history. If they were to believe exactly in the likes of what you believe
now listen to the translation carefully. If they believe not if they believe what you believe
in m n o p momentum B if they believe what you believe if they believe like what you believe
though the light created a problem like So are you saying they don't have to exactly believe what we believe they can be kinda like it and it's good enough.
Why is the word missile there you take the word missile out they have to believe exactly what you believe.
I actually argued that the word missile here and some as a result of this confusion said or missile here in the Quran is extra. It's not intended. It's kind of a rhetorically stated, but it doesn't really don't dive too deep into it. It's okay. I argue Allah knows how to speak much better than human beings. And when he wants to say missile, he will say Mithen and there's no extra and Quran. Like if he said
says that he means it. And we're gonna, we're gonna interpret the Quran with the idea that notion Kali Mata La Jolla, the word of Allah rests in the supreme position, we cannot impose on it what is extra or beneficial or not beneficial? Because everything Allah says is beneficial.
So here's how I like to look at the use of missiles in desire, if they believe a missile can also mean equivalent or exactly like something, if they believe exactly like what you believed. The thing is, let me give you a scenario. Somebody believes in the Bible.
And they believe in Torah. And they say, Koran is also revelation.
Quran is also revelation, I accept I'm not accepting Islam. But I believe your book too. I think it's from God to
Is it true that while they will believe in our book, they won't let go of some of the deviations and corruptions that are still in their book. Like they don't see our book necessarily as a correction of their book. They don't see that they just see they can coexist. And it's okay, I'll take from your book, but I'll take from my book, too. And will they still hold on to certain very corrupt ideas from their book? Yeah.
So it's possible for someone to believe in Torah and Angie and Quran and be still very wrong.
And so yeah, they're all and if they, if they don't reconcile with each other, it's okay, what's the big deal? And that there are people like that, that I've met people like that.
Allies saying, nope, not only should they accept this book, they should believe exactly like you do.
They need to believe exactly, because if they believe like you do, they're gonna have to let go of some of those corruptions and deviations. They can't just add this on
and keep what they had. This is violence has made it odunsi harder to hide I mean, how honestly how we've already abrogated canceled all previous revelations, and whatever good of it was there we maintained it already. God, you believe in Koran is you believing the purest parts of the rotten engine anyway.
So whatever was good are worth keeping authority and engine of what is left is already in Quran.
And so they will have to believe exactly like you believe that's the word missing here. And if they are to do that,
then in fact, they have committed themselves to guidance. This is Allah sharply responding to what they said, What did they say kuno houden en assata to be Jew or Christian, you'll be you'll be guided unless you know unless they believe exactly like you do.
They and only then Then and only then will they be considered committed to guidance, find our low and if they were to turn away for a number of home Fisher COC then the only thing that can be said about them. The only reason they're still the way they are is because they are a broken up a cracked away effects faction. shock. Shock in Arabic is a tear. This is ironic language in the Quran. They were arguing the Muslims are a tear from original revelation. The Muslims are a new faction, a new deviation, a new cult. Allah says actually, if they don't come to you, they're the cult. They're the outlier. They're the ones tearing away from the truth. He changes the standard, like the new cover
is the standard and the old guard is actually the outlier. That's what he doesn't this I have a number Humphrey Shekhar shikaka in Arabic also
means extreme divergence, extreme like fringes like they're extremists. And they are immersed in extremism and their extremism once again is their pride. Now there are two scenarios if they believe just like you do, then they're committed to guidance. If they don't, then the reason for which they're not, is there they are stubborn, and they've torn themselves away from the truth. When he says all of this, he makes one last concluding statement. First iraq figa. Home Allah, Allah is enough for you against them.
Allah is enough for you against them. What does that mean? That means some of them will believe some of them will remain stubborn. Not your problem. Don't you don't worry about that. Therefore, now that I've given you that some of them will come, some of them won't come. You don't have to concern yourself with what conspiracies they're making, and how they're trying to undermine your religion. All of it. You don't have to do that. la hora de la casa Cabo de La Villa. Hidaka photoville. Beloved,
the disbelievers and them running around making their schemes shouldn't bother you don't don't let that get to you. You do what you got to do. Don't worry about that. Like in the beginning in North Dakota. I've already given you coastal Why are you worried about your shiny, shiny alcohol after who cares about him? He's gonna be I'll take care of him. I'll take care of him. You know. Similarly here for say a FICO. Humala, by the way when unless a lot is enough for you to deal with them. Doesn't that make them like the enemy like, I'll deal with that myself. So this is kind of like this nth degree of warning to the Israelites that now Ally's talking to his messenger
And letting him know, I won't let you be bothered by them. I'll take care of them if they get in your way, well, who was semi on him? And he is the ultimately hearing, all knowing and all wise here. The other interesting comment that some have made is don't worry about their numbers. Because they were actually in Medina, they were still the majority Muslims were not the majority Muslims were the authority, but not the majority. And don't you worry about their numbers, Allah will give you an alert enough for you. And Allah hears everything knows everything, then is the ayah that like Subhan, Allah this ayah is a subject of a lot of interesting conversation because of how it begins,
simple cotton law, translated the dye or the colored dye is in D ye right dye or color, or our tint of Allah color of Allah. What in the world does that mean? And it's also on soup. So it's like exclamatory, like it's the dye of Allah laws dye.
This is two things at the same time.
We saw before this, the last exclamation was build a type Rahim. The religion of Abraham.
And this is actually an explanation of the religion of Abraham and the same grammatical tone similar to Allah. He and the military, Ibrahim, or Milla to Ibrahim, he has similar to Allah. They're explaining each other. The religion of a Rahim is the color the dye of Allah. In other words, someone has immersed themselves in color. They've dipped themselves in ink, they've dipped themselves in water, and they're completely drenched in wet. And that actually is the notion on the second hand of a baptism. For the Christian and Jewish people washing ritual washing was a part of a major part of their religion, kind of like we have will do and also but much more than that, for
them for Christians, for example, to begin their new Christian life, right, the child comes into the world, they're baptized, they're dipped in water and things like that it represents a new pure life, a Christian goes astray, goes into a life of sin forgets about Jesus, all of that. They bring him back by doing what a baptism, and they'll drench them. And this is them now being wholly submitted to their new faith. This is similar to certain Jewish practices, Allah is actually taking that imagery and saying, you know, this idea of baptism and a new start, and all your sins are forgiven. And that's if you want to have a baptism, have it not in the name of Jesus and not having the name
of the actual one is the religion of Ibrahim, that's the actual baptism. So he's changing the notion of baptism for them, because for the idea of baptism was purification, of all of your previous sins. And what is Islam when you accept it?
It purifies all of your previous sins, so that that image is used to call on them. Listen, what you had was in baptism. This is baptism. The religion of Ibrahim that's your actual baptism. That's your actual purification from all previous and Avinash gentlemen Allah is similar. And who could have better than then who better than Allah to give a color
and what better color to adopt, and the color of Allah color of Alemany the color Allah wants you to drench yourself in. By the way, when somebody is dipped in color, or dipped in ink or dipped in dye, then their entire being is that color, isn't it?
We're being told that your entire personality embodies your religion of Ibrahim Ali Salaam. It just oozes out of you. We are visibly Muslim, when we're praying. We are the eyes arguing we're visibly Muslim, when we're doing business. The way we're walking, the way we're dealing with customers, the way we are a customer, the way we're driving. We're we're constantly in this color. It's distinct from everyone else around us, when you know, who are we doing. And we in fact, are the ones in worship only and only to him. And now the idea has been mentioned that, you know, we have since we've adopted the religion of Islam, nothing else concerns us. The only thing that matters to us is
worship to Allah xojo. This is a kind of a jab at the Christian and Jewish peoples of Medina, in that the Jewish people were now so much more concerned with their status than they were with the worship of Allah. And the Christian people of course, out of out of ignorance had taken other than a lot to worship. And so both of them are being mentioned talked about if you really want to be baptized, then your relationship is pure and pure entirely to Allah zildjian. This idea of this being tied to baptism, baptism
is actually mentioned in some of us here also, we're in kind of a monochrome household and be similar to Casey's for emanuela be similar sybella
if your Eman comes when the church you know and the priest baptizes You are the mind comes when we we are baptized by the color of a light self our submission to Allah itself. So there's a parallel drawn between those two rituals.
My favorite idea in all of this passage is this one. Now notice before it was kulu
kulu and now we come back to coal.
Oil to hard junella who speaks when the police said not the entire Omar only the leader speaks the Prophet speaks to them. Say
to hire Junior nephila, are you actually going to debate us about Allah?
But they didn't debate about Allah. They debated about Torah, Quran, they debated about Injeel and cron deliveries, Elisa didn't debate about Allah.
And Allah, you know, previously said, we believe in Allah and therefore we believe in what was sent down before to us. Meaning believing in a line believing in Revelation has been made inseparable.
When they argue about revelation, who are they actually arguing about? Allah? You are, in that sense, no different than the idol worshipers of Makkah who argued about Allah.
And now you're arguing about his revelations, which is still arguing about Allah. They argued about worship to a lot you're arguing about authority of Allah.
Because he revealed his authority and you're questioning it. There's still an argument about Allah. I love that the Prophet is singled out here. And the verb that's used here, because in it, there's a very, it's just,
beauty beyond words will lie like
I keep, I can't say this enough times the religion of Abraham, the religion of the brain, the religion of the brain. And how the prophets lie Selim is the air the Act, the final heir to that religion, and he's the actual representative of the original teachings of Abraham Madison. That's what our Islam is.
Notice other places in the Quran. This is about Ibrahim not about our messenger. Well, ha Jo como, who has his his nation argued with him. Carla, he responded to her junie Villa Nakata. Dani, are you going to debate me about a lot and he has already guided me? So who said are you going to argue with me about Allah? Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam and now who's saying are you arguing with me about Allah? Rasool Allah. So I said, I'm sorry. Salaam is echoing reverberating the words exactly of his father from 1000s of years ago of Ibrahim alayhis salam. This is the Quran stylistic way of saying he represents his father's legacy. That's why Cole is there. In the beginning, you see, you say just
like your father said, to ha Joon enough.
And you're you're having a debate with people who claim to be with Ibrahim, while they're doing exactly what the enemies of Ibrahim had done. Ibrahim Ali Hassan was talking to idol worshippers, you're gonna argue with me about Allah. And now the suicide salon, ironically, is speaking to the Jews and Christians who claim Ibrahim and say you're gonna argue with me about Allah. Buddha, boom, he's our master and yours.
There's an which is why this is actually part of the argument international makes it so simple. Sometimes the simplest things are so beautiful. He's our Robin yours. So why do you think that he would send you revelation and not to us?
Why is he favoring you over us? And then the second argument is whether or not our maluna Welcome Norma lucam. If you were favored due to your deeds, why can't we be favored due to our deeds?
Because ethnicity has been taken out of the question. But it's really about deeds. If you have yours, why can't we have ours? Why can always benefit us? We're not going to lahoma soon. And by the way, we are the ones that are
truly sincere to him sincere in the sense that we didn't reject your revelation. Because it hurt our pride. We accepted all the previous revelations, you're the ones being insincere and not accepting our evolution. That's one way of looking at it. Another beautiful way of looking at this, that I find there's this universal lesson in here for us is the eye the eye art when they began with drenching yourself in the color of Allah. Allah mentioned the hula hoop.
And when the I mentioned argument, the I ended the hula hoop mock lesson. The difference
between a hula hoop
or a worshiper is completely changed his identity as the master wants.
He's colored in the colors that the master wants. I'll be doing Fitts law.
Someone who argues if you and I had an argument leaving forget about Muslims and Jews having an argument if Muslims had an argument among each other. If you were arguing with me, this hadith is authentic. This is not authentic. This is how you understand this or you don't understand we're having a discussion. And I counter some things you said, I refute certain things you said.
Or you refute that make it more interesting, you refute certain things I said.
Look, officially we're supposed to be having a discussion because we're trying to arrive at the truth.
That's not how it works all the time, though. When you're having a discussion when somebody is disagreeing with you, and they completely dismantle and deconstruct your argument and prove you wrong, it hurts the pride
and hurts the ego.
And when it hurts the ego you want to counter and argue back and defend your position not because it's true, but because you don't like losing because you saw this has a match now, right? a debate or an argument should happen because both parties are interested in arriving at the truth. But a lot of times, debate happens because one party is interested in proving
And the others interested in proving their point. They want to bring a hedge against each other a case that cannot be refuted against one another. And of course, the losing party is going to feel defeated in terms of my defeat, not. So they didn't come with loyalty to the truth so much as they came with loyalty to their pride, their their love of winning the argument.
At the end of the day, sometimes we have debates or arguments about Islam, with non Muslims or even among ourselves. And without realizing it, pride has entered into the equation.
It's really important to mention whenever an argument or a debate is happening,
that I'm not there to defend my notion, I'm there to present what I'm convinced of, and I'm open to being convinced otherwise.
That is at the very core of what it means to be sincere when I do the whole lesson, because when you don't have that, and you enter into a debate, then there's no way you can keep your ego out of it.
There's no way.
And that's even I would argue, before we even talk about this kind of humility, before we speak with people of other faiths. This is a problem within this is a problem within I'm going to go speak with someone I'm, I'm deeply in disagreement with what they said, I'd like to talk to them about it. You've written this in your article, you wrote this in your book, or you said this in your speech, I have strong disagreement with you. Here's why I disagree. Well, here's why I said it. I see your point, or I don't see your point. And we're going back and forth. But this is not about crushing me or crushing you this is about arriving at truth. And maybe we won't arrive at a conclusion that's
okay to maybe it's okay. But if we are if we arrive at a conclusion for the wrong reasons,
you know, that's and even if you lose the argument and in your heart, there's not going to talk to that guy again. That was too embarrassing.
The class has gone
on, so pointed, I we are we are in submission or we are in sincerity only before Allah azza wa jal I'm Taku Luna and then then Allah pointed out okay, fine, you have your way we have ours you have your God seems like you're stubborn and set in your ways. By Nova home fishhawk. They are stuck in their ways and they've torn themselves off. They want to be occult. Allah says before you go though, I'd like to ask a question. Um, Taku Luna and Deborah Hema, which Marina? Where's haka? We are Cuba? Well, that's better. Are you actually saying? Are you actually implying that Ibrahim is married is Haku. And all the tribes that came after all the families that came after? were Jewish or Christian?
Is that what you're because you're saying, Be Jewish or Christian, and you'll be guided? Isn't that what you said? coup de una hora de todo, which would mean in order to be guided, you have to be either Jewish or Christian. So are you saying Abraham was Jewish or Christian? Are you saying it's my ad hoc Yaqoob? And all those who follow way before the revelation of Torah? orangey, before the term Jewish or Christian, they were Jewish or Christian? Is that what you're saying? Is that the argument? because historically, that makes no sense whatsoever. And when you make that argument, then they will go around in circles and say, Yeah,
they are. How the Christian will come up with will actually Abraham is a good man in the Bible, but he's not gonna go to heaven.
Or cha. Abrahamic going to heaven. Yeah, cuz he didn't go through Jesus.
But Jesus came much later. So all the people before Jesus is going to hell, actually, no, they're, they're stuck in an elevator.
And then Jesus is gonna come in, he's gonna say, hey, I want to believe me. And then they'll say, yeah, and then they can go. But they can go without that. It's like, where'd you get this from? Well, I got it from because I really want the Jesus argument to win.
Not because it's anywhere in the revelation not because it's
now that you can make claims about how aka will work because they, they're chicag they just can't let go of the idea. So they have to reconstruct their entire theology to make it fit.
Just can't look at the reality staring at them in the face.
The Jewish faith, how is this the Jew? How's Abraham? Abraham was a Jew? How
helped me understand you there came much later.
Israel came much later. He's pretty all of that. So how is he well in spirit, his you really. So then all of his children should be
because he had lots of kids.
You know, it just it stops it started the argument starts crumbling
amela tell them are you more knowledgeable or God?
Do you know more or Ladas? Why did Allah say that because they make stuff up about how Allah will do things to hold on to these ideas, even though the conflicting
History is staring at them in the face. Or an we'll say Wilma
Valentino in London, Bertie.
How can you you know, how can you have any claim to Brahim torajan Indians came after him.
He was a man of Islam. And so now Allah says, then the truth comes out woman of the moon women katama Shahada, tanunda hoomin Allah, Who could be worse than a person who could be more of a wrongdoer. And someone who hides a testimony that he has in his possession of evidence that he has in his possession from Allah. In other words, you're taught artists telling you otherwise and you're still hiding it. You're ingenious telling you otherwise and you're still hiding it. There are verses of your Bible verses of your Hebrew Bible that are acknowledging what the Quran is saying, and are refuting what you're saying your own book is refuting you, but you hide those parts away.
This is not just about the heart of the Bible that are seeing the profit is will probably Bahamas is not about that. It's your own ideas are refuted in your own book and you deny those parts of your own book. Who can be more wrong than that? They just want to win the argument at all costs, you know, what the law will be often and I'm not alone. And a lot is not at all unaware of what you're up to. Allies. You may you know, you may think that the Muslims are not they don't know what you're doing. You're doing this with your books, and No, they don't have any access to what you're hiding. They don't know Hebrew. They don't know your books. Allah says I'm not unaware. Allah is not unaware
of what what it is that you're up to. And so the concluding Ayah here, which will leave with Tim Martin kottelat, that is a nation long gone. It's the first time this is coming a second time. The second time is that first time it came now it's exactly the same, if not a change of a single word. That is a nation that has long gone, they earned what they earned the hamaca Sabbath welcome Marcus Upton, you will have what you earn with Luna Korean balloon, you're not going to be asked about what they used to do. Why is this hi repeating itself. You see the ayat of the Quran when they repeat themselves, they repeat themselves in a particular context. And that changes their flavor, the
meaning, the impact, I are not studied in isolation, if this ayah means what it means it doesn't have to be repeated.
Because then you just that's already said,
there's no reason to study this. It came at a certain place. These are kinds of places in Quran, where you kind of read, you don't have a choice, but to look at context.
Look at these two passages side by side. One passage is Abraham's actual legacy, the reality of who Abraham was and what his history was. And at the end of that, learning that history, be proud of that history. But that pride shouldn't make you passive and say, I'm so proud of it. That'll save me No, no, no. Be proud of that history and live by it. live by it. And that's the only way you'll be able to answer a lot because he won't ask you are you proud of that history or not?
The next passage is delusions about that history. This passage is be Jewish or Christian. Abraham was a Christian. Are you people saying that all these were Christians and Jews? But now that I've clarified history, how can you hold on to these delusions?
And at the end of that, like clarifying all of these delusions and criticizing them for these, like obnoxious claims, allies, telling them, Listen, Jews are Christian labels, affiliations, that's not what can get you what's gonna get you into heaven. Even if you want to affiliate with those people, they made it to where they made it because of their actions. They earned what they earned and they're gone. So you claiming anything about them, ownership of them is not going to save you. Even if you I let you have that. Even if I let you have that you What have you earned local Microsoft Oh, you're gonna have what you're gonna earn, you're not going to be asked about what they used to do.
You're so hung up on who gets to claim them, you're forgetting that this discussion is actually about what you're going to do. It's not some interesting historical conversation. That's not all this is. So a lot brings the matter back to reality. And that's the beauty of Quran. It doesn't keep things in the academic realm, or the historical realm or the theological realm, and brings it back to reality. What are you doing? What are you doing? You know, and this is something that I like to remind myself of, and remind students of Khurana sometimes we study things in the Quran that are very subtle, and like deep and philosophical, even and easily we lose sight of the fact that the
goal of Quran is to make a transformation in yourself. The deep reflections in the Quran are profound because they make us more humbled for Allah. And when you become more humble before Allah, you're a better slave. Even the profound insights into the Quran have a much simpler goal. So you enjoy yourself more.
you know, the greatest thing you can do in the Quran is to write the deepest you can get with hold on is that about reflection deep contemplation, and unless has what effect is that about half, you would think that it will make your mind broad, it will expand You understand?
He says Allah Allah Leuven,
Leuven. Akala. T ponder deeply endocrinol are the hearts locked up at the end of all that reflection, what should happen?
The heart should melt. The heart is what should connect with Allah. And that's what the Israelites are essentially being told, those nations are gone, what are you earning, you're not going to be asked about what they did. milazzo did not make us like the Israelites not make us like those who forgot what they were actually given this responsibility for.
Violence against slavery. I'd like to give you a structural overview of these IR that we just covered. This is part two of that same passage that began with Abraham on Islam. So once again, there are two passages that are conjoined together, they're all about the legacy everybody on this one was the actual history. And the second was the delusions about that history. That's how they're there to be connected. This passage is also made up of seven parts. And the first interesting thing about it is the last idea of the previous passage also constitutes the first idea of this passage. So those seven parts are as follows. That nation is gone, they earned what they earned, because
that's the first thing that's been said, those are gone, you're responsible for what you do. The second is the delusion, they said, be Jewish or Christian, you can still be considered guided. And unless there's no incorrect side, the third argument that's made here is we have we believe in the same profits as you do. In addition to our own revolution, there's a list of all the profits made, and yet they're still stubborn.
Enough, right. So I'll summarize the first thing was that the old nation is gone. The second is be Jewish or Christian. That's what they said. The third is we said, we believe in the same profits, why are you people stubborn? Okay, then you have the fourth, which would be at the heart of this whole thing. We have adopted the color of a law, similar law, and we are actual worship to him. We've immersed ourselves entirely and purified ourselves by entering into slavery to a lot. And that's at the center here. That's the fourth passage, then of course there is, why are you arguing with us? He's aren't on yours. We have already done yours. Were the ones sincere to him. Remember
that? That's the fourth meaning we have the same we believe in the same God. And then finally, for two more, the ancient prophets were the Jewish or Christian, is that what you're saying? Are you saying Ibrahim is mine is hot, but it was the Jewish or Christian, what are you talking about? It's criticizing them. And of course, it ends with that nation is long gone. Right? So these seven parts that I ran through rather quickly, if you notice, the first of them is that nation is long gone. And the last of them is also that nation is long gone. It's mirroring this the exact the second subject was be Jewish, and Christian, and you will be guided. The second last subject is are you saying that
previous prophets were Jewish or Christian?
So you see the mirroring that's happening here. The third subject was, we believe in the same prophets, and yet you're stubborn.
And then the third last subject is we believe in the same God, and yet you're stubborn, why are you arguing with us? And the heart of it is we have taken on the color of Allah, say, what a lot of us so there's this structural symmetry, yet again. And this passage passage after passage after passage, he repeats some kind of structure that goes back, and there's a linear kind of coherence, like, all these seven are connected to each other in order also, and then when you look at them, there's this there's this parallels that are there also, this structural analysis is important I feel because in chalong, Tyler, when this is done in its completion, and there's a visual map of how
the passages of the Quran are organized, then enter in the future, inshallah other generations will come other thinkers, scholars will come, and they will actually see how the, these two IR together give us profound insights. And without this analysis, perhaps we didn't see which IOD are looking, or being completed by which other ions, you see, because the facility explains the if one by the other. And sometimes there are profound connections, and we don't we simply miss them, because we didn't see how they were organized. So this this helps in shallow data with the answer by itself. It will give it a new dimension, inshallah Tada, and I pray that it's a benefit to the oma. And also
one of the things that it really to me highlights is how unbelievably organized is for an oral tradition like, this is one of its jobs to me without a doubt, one of the miracles of the Quran to me, is how it speeches organized, how this was never elaborated historically. And yet, the more you start to do the structural analysis, literally in every subject matter, you find some kind of organization that is just
it's beyond words. I couldn't sit there and write a paragraph like this if I wanted to.
And this isn't speech. And that to speech that's revealed piecemeal, it's
it's absolutely mind boggling. And that allows them to give us an appreciation of the of the perfection of this column.
Give us a better and better understanding.
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