Surat Al-Baqarah – Part 54
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into an explicit explanation of verse number 142 from the esteemed Surah Al Baqarah.
سَيَقُوۡلُ السُّفَهَآءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ مَا وَلّٰٮهُمۡ عَنۡ قِبۡلَتِهِمُ الَّتِىۡ كَانُوۡا عَلَيۡهَا ؕ قُل لِّلّٰهِ الۡمَشۡرِقُ وَالۡمَغۡرِبُ ؕ يَهۡدِىۡ مَنۡ يَّشَآءُ اِلٰى صِراطٍ مُّسۡتَقِيۡمٍ
‘So now the foolish people will say, “What has turned the Muslims away from the qiblah (prayer direction) which they formerly observed?”; proclaim, “To Allah only belong the East and the West; He guides whomever He wills upon the Straight Path.”
After his migration to Madina the Prophet ﷺ continued to pray in the direction of Jerusalem for between sixteen and seventeen months. Subsequently, he received the order to pray in the direction of the Ka’bah. This reinstates a point in the narrow minds of the ignorant people and those with limited vision that lend undue attachment to formalities such as the direction and location of Prayer. They presumably conceived Allah to be confined to a particular direction.
In reply to their absurd objection the first thing which was explained was that all directions belong to Allah. Fixing any particular direction for Prayer does not mean that Allah is confined to that direction. All those who have been favored with the true guidance of Allah SWT rise above these conformities and look at the wider aspect of our Deen – Worship of Allah SWT and following the message sent to us through His beloved Prophet ﷺ.
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as a whole. Also the last item described in one place the coalition salat wa salam, O, Allah in Bukhara. Everything has a peak and the peak of the Quran is Baccarat. It seems like it has all different kinds of subjects. But actually, if you look at it, look at it carefully. It's building a very powerful argument. And one of the most powerful arguments that Soto dakara makes is the argument of the identity of the Muslim. So when we talk seriously about the identity we have as a not just as an individual, but as an Ummah, then this is the first and foremost surah that we have to look at. And so I want to first illustrate that there are three main components as far as
history. Before we get to these if and by the way, I'll tell you what these are about in a minute. The first the earliest story mentioned in Bukhara is the is the story of other mothers set up. And the battle between essentially there are two camps, there's the side of the angels, and there's the side of the shell team, right. And other other his Salam is right in the middle. And the children of Adam will have to choose whether they will choose the side of the angels, or the child, the side of the shell team, that's what's going to have to happen, then the story moves forward. And Allah gives us a very long history of the Jewish people who saw him. And as he mentioned that story, he
basically describes how they were given revelation. And they were told how to choose the right side, but ended up following the way of the shelter and also literally in the middle of the passage. What about mitoku Shelton Adam Solomon, they literally ended up following the ways of shell team. And, and they ended up not appreciating the guidance that Allah had given them. Now it's important to note that Adam and his Salaam was chosen over all humanity. And actually over all of creation, the magnificent choice is a choice over all other creation. And among his children, this family, the children of Israel, were chosen among all other nations and all other people. So first and foremost,
you have the highest choice, Adam, and from within his children, you have the highest choice for him. And the choice of Adam was to demonstrate what it means to obey a law by choice. Angels don't have a choice, shall teen have a choice, but they failed. Adam alayhis salam is supposed to have a choice and succeed. He's supposed to demonstrate that to the to all two before allies origin. As a nation of Israel, we're supposed to show all the other nations what it means to obey Allah and get the best of this world and get the best of the next world. The role of the Israelites, the reason Allah gave them prophet after prophet after Prophet, the reason a lot preferred them is not because
they are racially superior. It's not because of their race, it's not because of their language. The reason that I chose them is because they were supposed to demonstrate to all the other nations of the world what it means to obey Allah. So all other nations of the world could see that model and be impressed with that model and come to the way of Allah. So you know how we have Dawa as an individual, one person talks to a Christian or Jewish friend or a new friend, or a Buddhist friend and is telling them about Islam that's Dawa as an individual. But there's also such a thing as that one as a nation, when a nation has the, you know, is built upon the model of Allah's teachings, that
the existence of that nation itself is that one itself sends a message. And if one person can make Dawa to 1000 people, can you imagine what the Tao of a nation looks like? It can affect the entire world. If that model exists, it will affect the entire world. This was their job, but they failed. And when they failed, Allah reminded them that this job of theirs is not just because they're children of Israelite Eve. They're actually children that people are him. So the next story in the surah is not the bonobo, it goes back to Ibrahim alayhis salam, because they were supposed to be like their father, Ibrahim. And so here what I'd like to share with you is another continuation.
It's very simple to remember I hope in shallow tally, you keep it in your mind for today's discussion. The first story was which one you tell me.
Adam and his son, Adam and his family son was tested Yes or no? He was tested. Blue is right in is the second story right? Where they tested yes or no. They were tested. Ibrahim alayhis salaam is the third story. Are they tested? Is he tested? Yes or no? Yes. three stories. And in all of them, the main characters are tested. Yes. In the case of Adam and his Salaam did he pass the test or did he fail the test?
Hmm. It's okay. You can say I'm not gonna kick you out.
He failed the test they ate from the tree. But he can make it up later by doing this too far. Right? He apologized. Because that's that's the way of humanity will sometimes we will fail. And we'll ask a lot to, you know, for an apology will make us the club and we can come back, right? That's the first story of a failure, but then you can recover. The second story is the Israelites did they pass the test or they failed the test? They fail the test, and we didn't apologize.
There's a difference between other members, right, Adam failed, but apologize. The Israelites failed, but they refuse to apologize. Actually, they became even more arrogant. Instead of becoming humble after failing, they became even more arrogant after failing. What's the third story that I mentioned?
Abraham, did he did he pass the test or fail the test? He passed all of them. So you have three scenarios, you can fail and make it up. You can fail and become worse, or you can pass three tests. And then in the surah, the next story is the story of this oma from here on it's talking this surah is talking about this oma us, the Muslims. And the question hasn't been answered, did we pass the test? Did we fail the test? Are we going to recover from it? Well, the reason we're mentioned here is because now three case studies are there before us. We hope to be like Ibrahim alayhis salam that we pass the test. In case we fail the test we hope to be like who are demanding his Salah, because
in case we fail any test, we should make a step up and fix ourselves. We hope that we never become like who,
who passed the test and become arrogant and keep failing or fail the testing, become arrogant and keep failing. Now it's our turn to be tested and our first now that we are the chosen nation, by the way, blue is far removed from this position. And now that we are supposed to be the children of Ibrahim alayhis salam, we're supposed to carry that responsibility. We are now given that title. We are now being transformed. And in these ayat, we're going to see the phrase, what karateka jalna cometan. That is how we made we made you into an oma, you are now the nation. But before I get to that, just these few elements, the first of them. We the Muslims see themselves as the continuation
of the same battle that started with other molecules around the battle between the side of the angels and the side of the shouting. We are actually the final soldiers in that battle. That's what we are. That's the that's the thought of us. Then, we are supposed to be the people we recognize that we are not the first ones to be chosen.
There was a nation who was chosen before us and what happened with that nation. They were replaced, replaced by who? us if Allah did that once he can do it again in tavano yesterday then Kamen Rider con Malaya Kudo. ontonagon If you turn away if you fail, he will replace you with a nation other than you and they won't be like you. He told that to us. So we don't say Oh, Bani Israel, their turn is over. Now it's our turn. Yes. Ah. Because if you think you're special, and I'm special, and that's it, we have the special label, then we are no different than who, when you assign that's part of our identity, we realize that we are, we are replaceable. We are entirely replaceable. Allah will
take nations today that are Christian, Hindu, Jewish, other nations, and they may become the Muslims of tomorrow.
They may do that. And Allah has no problem doing that. And he's done it before. You know, you have to be calm and serene, he'll bring another nation in your place, will bring another people in your place altogether. So the thinking of the Muslim is that we are not irreplaceable. We are not permanent. We don't own Islam. Islam owns us. We don't own it. The third piece of our identity is that we are actually this is very important. We see ourselves as the practices of the religion of Ibrahim alayhis salaam.
This is really important. The name of our religion Islam actually comes from Ibrahim alayhis salam anonymously. maynila comienzo via Tina Amata Muslim metallic, if Kala hora boo Aslam Kala Islam to the Robben Island mean who are some markable Muslim in america he has over and over again in the Koran you learn that the idea of Islam of complete submission to Allah unconditional, I will obey the law no matter how difficult the commandment that is the legacy of our father Ibrahim alayhis salam. Our religion is actually one of the names of Islam in the Quran is meloetta abiko Ebrahim, the religion of your father Ibrahim.
actually, even Rasulullah sallallahu is and we say this is the religion of Muhammad Rasul Allah says, and we say that, but even Mohammed has told me that I am rahima Hanif and you follow the religion of Ibrahim, you must follow the religion of Ibrahim. This is not a lecture about that, but in just a couple of minutes I want to give you a quick, quick quick picture of how much we are the religion of Ibrahim, how many pillars in Islam?
There's not a hard question guys, how many pillars in Islam
Shahada goes back to Abraham, the law oneness of Allah. Everybody's clear why that goes back to Abraham on Instagram, right?
no confusion why hodzic goes back to Abraham Mondays and is anybody confused about that? How do we do at the house built by Ibrahim? Every ritual is tied to Ibrahim alayhi salam, then we make Salah what the hell up macabre Hema masala safa and marwah goes back to Abraham the slaughtering of the animal goes back to Abraham all of Haji goes back to who? Ibrahim alayhi salam, the Salah, who made the Da Zhi Li mukhi masala tea woman, Daria t who made that da Abraham la salami, dada, you know, make me the one who establishes the prayer then Okay, then what's left is zakat. We're also Ibrahim alayhis salaam son is a smile in Canada. Salatu was the karate he used to tell his family to pray
and to give Zakat Where did his smile learn his religion from
from Ibrahim even Zakat goes back to Abraham Odessa only one thing left to start are you going to do Ramadan and Ibrahim
Ibrahim Alayhi Salam didn't have Ramadan Why do we celebrate Ramadan?
Why? I know it's a hard question but I'll wait for you let it get awkward. It's okay.
Because of Quran, Quran was given to
masuleh so we celebrate Ramadan because Quran came right. Koran came because of the da ba ba
ba ba ba ba see him Rasulullah minha Maya Attica Li Mo monkey who is a game master Send a messenger among them who will recite your IR which is Koran. he'll teach them the book which book Koran. And finally the Tao was answered when who came Rasulullah came and we celebrate the coming of the Quran with what month Ramadan, in actually in Ramadan, we celebrate the answer of Abraham's dawn. That's what we celebrate five of the pillars go back to Abraham on all five.
It's this is the religion. And that's a very important thing to understand, extremely important to understand. So now that I've given you that, let's take a step forward. Let's Let's not think about this in terms of religion for a second, let's think of it in terms of a new nation, a new nation, a new nation needs Independence Day
and have a celebration of when the nation was formed. A new nation needs a capital, right? A new nation needs a constitution. A new nation needs a name.
What's the name?
muslimeen from Islam comes from who? Ibrahim alayhis salam, what's the constitution?
The Book of Allah the Quran.
Now, this surah has given us the name Omar, Omar and Masada. We've been given a name and we've given the name been given the name. Then later on in the surah. We're going to be given our independence day or actually independence month. What is that? Ramadan, that's part of us becoming a new nation. We used to fast on the same days as the Jews. But now we're gonna fast on our own days, which is the days of Ramadan, then the capital of faith was considered Jerusalem. But now there's a new capital. What's the new capital? It's mica. It's the Kaaba. And that's what we're going to learn about today. Because a new nation needs a new capital. So in every sense, we are new nation is being formed, that
is separated from the previous nation, which was the previous chosen nation, but aside, okay, now, as this shift is happening, one last thing 1000s of years ago, Ibrahim alayhis salam in this sort of UI article, he made a dog standing next to his son is smiling. He made a blonde woman into reality now meten Muslim attend luck, out of our future generations, at least give us one Omar that is Muslim.
And that there are when he made it with his son 1000s of years later, a lot of told it on the tongue of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. He tells us in these charts, what Cagayan de caja nakumatt moombahton was. That's how we made you Aloma as if to say Finally, I have answered the door of Abraham you made He made you in
Adama we sitting here are actually the answer of the draw of Ibrahim Alayhi Salam among my children give an oma that is Muslim. And and you know omaka Muslim at Allah Subhana Allah. So this is just a little bit of a history of why these items a change of the law are important. They begin with a very strange phrase, Allah says, say akula sofa how many
fools among the people are going to say, and this idea of fools let's dig into that a little bit. This is the third time and Silikal Baccarat Allah mentions fools.
The first time it was mentioned newcomer Amina Sophia How should we believe like the fools believe?
And the second time, it was actually about Ibrahim Ali said I'm a military Ebrahim in them and Sophia nafsa. Who, who would turn away from the religion of Ibrahim except somebody who fools himself.
And now Allah says, the fools among the people will say, fools among the people, well, who are the people, the people around the prophets of Salaam, they're Muslims, there are hypocrites, there are Jews, there are Christians, even by extension, you can say there are mushrikeen and Allah says among all the people, the most foolish among them, the only ones Allah is willing to call fools, they are going to say the following what? What in the world are they going to say? Now we're not home? I'm equivalente allottee Kannada, what turned them away from their catalogue? What turned them away from their direction. So let's understand this history briefly. There are lots of different
interpretations. I'll share with you the one that I find the most compelling, easy to understand and convincing, okay. Rasulullah saw them according to some narrations. When he originally it wasn't explicitly stated, but his practice was to pray towards Jerusalem.
Even when he lived in Makkah, he used to pray towards Jerusalem whenever possible. As a matter of fact, when he would stand up the Kaaba, some narrations tell us, he would stand in a way that the Kaaba is in front of him, and also Jerusalem is in front of him, he could line them together. And that's how he would prayer. Okay. The problem was when he moved to Medina, Medina is almost you could say, in a way in the middle, okay, without getting too technical about the map, it's in the middle. So you cannot pray now, with Jerusalem in front of you and the camera in front of you also, that's not possible. When you're going to face Jerusalem, your back will be to the Kaaba, now,
that's what's going to happen. But the prophets I said, I'm still prayed towards Jerusalem. Even when he moved to Medina, he prayed towards Jerusalem. Now who prays also towards Jerusalem?
The Jews, they also pray towards Jerusalem. And it's very clear that it's in their public speeches. They don't think Islam is the truth.
publicly, they say Islam is made up, he's not a prophet, he's a liar, all of these things. privately, it seems to be the case that they recognize more and more that he's the alleged prophet.
And it became more and more clear to them that that he is it.
And Quran keeps actually illustrating that they're hiding what they know. They hide the truth leg to moon and help to go home. Yeah, and the moon. They hide the truth and they know so publicly, no, no, no, no, no Islam privately. Oh my god. Like there's a famous incident I mentioned in the book or a series of Omar bin Al Khattab of the Allahu taala on who he walked into a, you know, where they study the Jews that he the the rabbis they study, in a synagogue, you can say he walked in to a synagogue, and he just started talking to them. So why don't you like a song? What's your problem with the Quran?
He says the you know, they said, he keeps exposing all our secrets.
Like things they've been hiding in their book, Quran keeps exposing over and over and over again. But the thing is, at least publicly, they were telling the world this religion is false.
If let's just I want you to understand this scenario. If you think if a Jewish friend of mine thinks that I have the wrong religion, Islam is wrong. Whether I pray towards GABA, or I pray towards Disneyworld, or I pray towards California, why does he doesn't care? It's not his problem. I could pray upwards or downwards or backwards. I can pray on my head. He was no big deal. It's wrong anyway. Why should he care?
When the prophet SAW you sometimes decided and Allah revealed to him silently without telling him It seems to start praying towards the Kaaba.
When you start spraying towards the Kaaba, the Jewish community is very offended.
Oui oui oui oui, wha? Why don't you pray to Jerusalem? Why are you changing?
If this is not your religion, why do you care?
You're not supposed to care. Right? But the fact that they were offended and started making a joke out of, hey, how can they just change their direction? That exposed something unexposed, that they know that this is the right religion. And it also exposed that they know that so long as he's praying towards Jerusalem, Allah is still not that angry. I mean, he's angry, but he's still I mean, he's praying in the same direction. He's fasting on the same days, you know?
So we're still kind of the same. It's okay, we can we've messed with profits before we can mess with this. Well, no problem.
But when the capital has changed, it's like a lysing. This is a new nation, you're not part of it. And the only way you can be part of this nation, you have to change your direction too. And they got upset and they what they were hiding all along, came out and they said Mama lahoma and Kamala t him on the T Kannada. What turned him away from the direct direction it was their direction could let him the buffer suggesting, Come on, guys, that's that's your direction do do it in Jerusalem, the one that used to be committed to what turns them away from the direction, their direction that they used to be committed to, when they said that it foolishly explained and made it public that they
were hiding the truth. And thus they are the fools among the people. You understand why they're foolish now, they couldn't hold it in St. Louis. And Allah says sanghoon, meaning they will say Allah even called it they're going to come and say and he doesn't say who they are. He just says fools. He doesn't say a Kunal Yahoo or say a coolness or or sepuluh Chico he doesn't he didn't say that he was a fools will say this. And you could even argue that perhaps Sahaba when they first received these IR there's no knowledge of who's going to come and say this man will love him and accumulate him and then later on the rabbis show up and say, Hey, what's going on here? Oh, fools. I
You know, Allah told us about you guys. You know, Mahalo to humanity. Canada. You know, for you from Anna hula Sufi Hydra whom Allah, Allah. Allah is saying there's no bigger fool than them. That's what it implies. But what unless hasn't responses so beautiful play pay attention to this part? What should you say they're
called call Linda and machico.
Tell them Allah owns the east and the west. Tell them a lot owns the east and the west. You know why that's important. It's important because in Ramallah Abra to limit Italia Omri he, the only important thing is that you obey Allah.
The direction is not important. What is important is that you obey Allah even before these iocked what Allah said before is when Allah Hill Mashallah Kolmogorov, when he was talking about Ibrahim Alayhi, salam, he said, when he learned how much Nicola Muslim, Allah owns the east and Allah owns the West, for a number two, when lufa thermowood Hola. Wherever you may turn, wherever you may turn, wherever you are in the world, that is where the face of Allah is. That wasn't even an ayah, about the Qibla or the Haram or nothing. Allah said, you will find a lot wherever you are.
Why for the Jews, if you're not praying towards Jerusalem, then it's, it's like,
for now we turn towards the Qibla. And it's how can you avoid over there?
And now lasing actually, Allah is not over there. Allah owns the east and the west. Wherever you are, you'll find Allah, wherever you are, in the law. See, Allah his vast knowledge on all knowing, you know, for children, sometimes our kids we talk about the Kaaba, we have pictures of the car buyer at home, we have little toy, cute garba things, you know, or they have school projects where they make the karma and we call it a law's house. Now for a child, what do they think?
A lot lives in there.
You know, I'll only need one bedroom. There's no extra rooms in the house. You know? Now a kid, a three year old can think like that No problem. But you know, sometimes we don't realize even adult Muslims,
even adult Muslims. Muslims will go to the Kaaba, and they'll go take a scissor and tear out a piece of the elaphe stick it in there from and and bring it home and put it in their house.
You know, is that piece of cloth have any value? Is that not worthy of worship? Is it sacred? No. You know what sacred the command of a lot of praying that direction. The most sacred part of the Kaaba is hedgerows. What is the most valuable part of the Kaaba Angela Smith
hakab looks at history.
Last one. And he says, I know you're just a rock,
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you don't benefit and you don't harm. And I'm only kissing you because the Prophet kissed you. That's it. But you're just a rock. Like before he kissed the rock. He said, hey, you're just a stone.
Are we that clear about that? It doesn't look like it when you go to kharkom botany. It looks like people are obsessed with stone.
People are crazy about a stone. And the lesson of life teaching here is that your loyalty is not to that stone. Your loyalty and your worship is to a lot they learn.
A lot and Mr. Team you understand this point is very heavy point. It could be that somebody at this is a controversial thing to say. But I have to say because it must be said it could be that somebody is at the Kaaba and they still don't know what the heat is.
It's they still don't know what it means to worship Allah.
What it is what it means to worship Allah. We are not there to worship the karma.
We are there to worship Allah.
That's why Allah says Allah owns the eastern Allah owns the West.
And so yeah, demon Yasha. This is one of my favorite phrases in the ayah. Yeah, demon, Yasha Salatin, Mr. Team, he guides whoever he wants to a straight path. Very easy transition. He guides whoever he wants to a straight path. But look at the deeper meanings inside here. First of all, what is important is guidance.
And guidance isn't just which way you pray guidance is, what are you going to do? What are you not going to do? Wait, hold on. That's too. There's too interesting for some of you. So I'll stop.
you guys done.
Okay. Because a lot of people got interested in that. So I thought maybe I'll let you guys get your entertainment
out of your way, and then we can continue. Okay. You're with me. Now again, we're back. We're good. Okay. Okay.
So yeah, give it a shot. So it must have been, you know, a lot guys, anybody who wants to a straight path. Did you know about Jerusalem, I was doing some research with some of my colleagues into the you know, we pray the use to pray towards Jerusalem. It started the practice allegedly starts with the Temple of Solomon with Solomon and his Salaam and praying in that direction. But he never made it mandatory on the Jewish people, nor is there any, any verses of the Bible or anywhere else, that it mandates that they must pray in that direction. There's a lot of, for example, different denominations of Christianity that no matter where they are in the world, they pray towards the
east, different Christian groups, they pray just towards the east. That's just what they do. Okay? But even for the Jewish people, there's no we call it Ma, right. There's no confusion. Whether you're a Muslim from China, or you're Muslim from Australia or America, you're gonna play towards the Kaaba. And the reason is very clear. Ibrahim alayhis salam built it. And Ibrahim Alayhi Salam made it a center for all people, there's no confusion, it's made very, very straightforward. There is no such straightforward instruction for Muslim.
Even there's not a single Hadith of the Prophet Alayhi Salaam, pray in that direction. There's some narrations that he used to pray in that direction without saying anything. He was just doing it and we assume Allah revealed to him continue that practice for now. And then I will make it towards the Kaaba. That's, that's all we assumed, but there is no explicit statements. There is nothing but now Allah has guided to a straight path, which is built on a straight, very clear argument because the previous passage of the sutra is clearly demonstrating Why is the Kaaba the right place to pray? Why is the karma the right direction to pray because of Ibrahim alayhis salaam and how he built it, he
was married. So that's one of the implications of serratos 13.
The second implication of developments the theme that I'd like to highlight very, it's tough to understand the Muslims were praying towards Jerusalem.
There are two communities of Muslims Mahajan, and one
module one and answer now module from Makkah. And when they were in Mecca, even before Islam, their loyalty was to AXA or their loyalty was to the Kaaba is to the Kaaba, because there are people of Mecca. Now, when they come to Medina, even they have to turn their back towards NACA, the home that they love, the home that they love. On the other hand, the the you know the answer, some of them are of Jewish background, Christian background, their loyalty is towards what?
towards Jerusalem. And now what a lot of us are within has done is focused everybody's attention back towards what maca. Everybody is now focused back towards Makkah. The Muslims have just escaped Makkah. They were almost killed in Macau.
They finally come to Medina and they can breathe,
relief. But when a lot turns their direction in prayer towards Makkah, they realize something. We have to go back to Makkah.
We can't stay in Medina because we're praying towards what can you imagine praying towards the Kaaba and they're still idols.
The only choice you have is you have to go clean up the machine.
You can't keep praying in that direction.
And let it be the way it is. Just by changing the Qibla Allah gave the Muslims a mission. And the mission was you will liberate the Kaaba. Is that clear to everybody? Because if this ayah didn't come, the Muslims don't have to worry about Mark anymore. They can just live their life in Medina and keep praying towards Jerusalem, no problem, let the people of Morocco do what they do, who cares? But now that we have to pray in that direction, we have to purify a law's house. We have to repeat what Allah told Ibrahim but Hera at purify my house, now we have to purify the house. And that is a mission now that will have to go step by step by step. So if you understand that
everything that the Prophet did, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, after this, after this came, everything the Prophet had placed on him, was part of a mission to clean up the Kaaba again. The agenda, the mission became that service, Mr. Team, straight path straight road back to Makkah. That's what it became. And so the Muslims are clear that that is their mission now. Yes, demon, Yasha, illustrata Muslim, there's one more minor thing that I want to share with you is about minissha. The Jewish people believed that they are the special people of Allah, nobody can convert to their religion, it's theirs. And there's only you have to be born into this religion, otherwise,
you cannot be part of this religion. And Allah says now, no, this is the religion of Ibrahim. That's why you face the house built by Ibrahim. And Ibrahim was worried about all the nations the open invitation to whoever he wants may or SHA illustrata muster team, He will guide whoever he wants to a straight path. He made this religion International. He made this religion beyond any ethnicity when he said manga, because this was not the way of the Jewish people. The Jewish people were exclusive. You see, but we are not exclusive. Islam is not a Malay thing.
Islam as a South Indian thing to Islam is a Chinese thing to Islam is an Australian thing to Yeah, it is.
Islam as Islam is across ethnicities. Islam is also for the people who aren't even Muslim yet. It's for them to
it's equal access. We have to ingrain this in our head, because sometimes even for the Muslims, there have been Muslim for a few generations, and they feel like this is our thing. That is their religion. This is our religion, we're too different.
Now, this religion is not inherited. This religion is given by a lion. He gives it to whoever whoever wants and our job is to be the ambassador's of it. Okay. So now what can radica Jana Come on mutton Masada and that is how we made you into a nation that is kundalika suggesting karateka casilla Morocco to be had to be to MOBA just there's lots of meanings. I'll simplify them. One of them is just like the Jews were made a nation before you now you've been made a nation.
Another meaning is just because now the Kaaba is your direction. That is how you are made an oma because that is your mission.
When that mission is fulfilled and the Kaaba is cleaned up, then you will have fulfilled the mission of Ibrahim alayhis salaam because Ibrahim built that house for the worship of Allah not for the worship of idols. So you're gonna fulfill the mission of your father Ibrahim, that's what you're gonna do. This is why I keep calling it the religion of Abraham, even the mission of Rasulullah Islam is actually tied back to the house built by Ibrahim Mondays. Okay? Now vaniqa Gentlemen, buddy, la comme la jolla. Aha and I mean, who this in this phenomenal way, this is one of the meanings of the IRA in this amazing way we made you into a nation not in any lesser way. We the
people of this oma, it's incredible. There are people you will meet at the harem up Muslims, you'll meet around the world, you'll see somebody praying at an airport somewhere you don't even speak the same language as them. You don't eat the same food as them, you know nothing about them. You'll join them in salah and stand next to them.
And you'll go and Riku at the same time and so do that the same time. You are now joined with people just because of that in Ohio law, you have nothing else in common. Nothing, nothing else in common. And that's enough. That's more than enough. So Panama This is an amazing
Thing Allah has given us that he has never given any other people in the world. No other people have it like we do. Nobody else. You know, when I go in America, when I lived in New York, there are lots of different churches, of course in New York and in Texas, of course, there are lots of churches. But especially in New York, there was a Korean church. There was a Chinese church. There was a Filipino church. There was a Puerto Rican church, there was a Dominican church, there was a Mexican church. There was a, you know, black church. It's not even Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church and Unitarian Church and Catholic Church and Orthodox Church. I didn't mention different schools of
thought I mentioned different ethnicities, or churches by ethnicities. But you're not supposed to have a Bangladeshi and Pakistani and Indian I know you have an Indian mushroom kale, I know much in India, I know.
But it's not just for the Indians. It's just called mush in India, because the lots of Indians in the neighborhood, not because they check out the door. Hey, hold on. Let me see your speak sometime. I'll now go.
It's open. And then you see the same same city in New York City, you go to a machine.
You go to my Chautauqua in Brooklyn, you have the Senegalese and you have the Chinese and you have the you know, people that used to be Jewish became Muslim, and Pakistanis and Indians and all of that, just standing in one row. So hon Allah. This is, this is how you were made into an oma but the thing I wanted to highlight for you in Sharma is the word that describes this Omar, Abraham's word was on my 10 Muslim attack, or mutton, Muslim mutton, but Allah changed it.
Allah said not just a matter Muslim man. Now he gave it a new quality. He said, Oh, mutton was a
different word now. So you were expecting the same word again on modern Muslim Latin, because that's what he asked for. But a lot added to omitted Muslim Latin and he added on button was at another word was that is actually very important for us to understand. So I'll give you some things about it.
It's First of all, sadananda defassa when I first saw when I saw well here, Mila was me man. And was that orphan four o'clock ohaneze here in the feast Can I attend? Let me just explain what that means in Simple English. WhatsApp can mean the middle of something, Whatsapp is the middle of something.
The thing is what is in the middle of the castle, the most valuable things, the wall on the outside the security guards the gates, you know, and then all the way in the middle is the most valuable thing. Even the way Allah created the human being right in the middle is the most valuable body part. Right in the middle, you understand. Same way when you have jewelry, the most valuable jewelers were in the middle you have a necklace the most valuable jewel goes right in the middle. So in the Arabic language. And by the way, they would even give the example of a valley and the animals graze greatest graze but they barely get to the middle. So the middle has the best fruits and best
plants and you know best vegetation. So the middle of something became known in Arabic as the best of something the nicest of something the most valuable of something. So in Arabic culture and in Arabic language middle and the best and the climax and the most amazing are one in the same. When we are told on button wasa it's one meaning is a metal nation. But it's also an amazing nation, the most valuable nation an incredible nation, a beautiful nation. You know, the best of all nations. It's all embedded inside the word Watson's. What fascinates me even more, this is hard to understand, but I'll try to make it easy pay attention to this part in Sharla there was a time I
might even give you a short break so you can refresh your minds after this. The word was up is what's called an Arabic or Muslim.
You know in English, there's adjectives and there's ideas and adjectives like blue or green or big or small these are adjectives. But you know, small is an adjective but smallness. Small list is not an adjective. It's an idea.
Similarly, high is an adjective but Highness is an idea. Similarly, middle is an adjective. But middle ness is an idea. The idea of middle was a time is actually not motivasi time. But there was a certain word meant middle an adjective, but what certain is an idea and what that does is it changes the meaning significantly. What it suggests is that these this oma Allah has made this oma when people don't understand what middle means, what balance means.
What beautiful means they don't understand that idea. When they look at this oma, they get the definition of that idea.
It's like that idea. Because ideas are abstract. They're not, they're not easy to quantify, we will become the living example of what it means to be balanced, we will be that, or that is the expert. That's the expectation of Allah Subhana. Allah, that is a huge expectation, and we're doing a terrible job.
We're not doing a good job at all.
As I leave you with this first break, I'd like to share with you what what was the time could imply, what does it mean that we're the most amazing, balanced middle people? What does that mean?
There are nations before us, they were only interested with matters of knowledge. And their hearts became hard.
There were other nations who cared only about the matter of the heart. And they had no knowledge.
The Jewish people, lots of knowledge, but hearts became hard. The Christian people, lots of hearts, but no knowledge and the oma is what
was that? It's in between the two.
This book, it opens up our minds and it melts our hearts, doesn't it? This woman is supposed to be spiritual and intellectual at the same time.
And we're supposed to constantly balanced between these two.
They were people before us who were very good in theory, but not good in practice.
There was anyone but no ama, or there was Ahmed and no, we are supposed to be the people of an Amen. Balance together. We're right in between, right in between those two extremes. We are people that are there are people who only concern themselves with dunya.
There are people who only concern themselves with Ashura. What about the soma?
Do we only care about oscura? Do we only care about dunya robina atina afrik dunya Hazara of Alaska Dotty Hashanah, we are right in between, or right in between. Allah wants us to have the best of this dunya and the best of the era. right in between, in every sense of the word and by the way, I would even argue this oma is supposed to be there are there are two kinds of knowledge. There is knowledge of Deen and knowledge of dunya.
I'll say that again, knowledge of Dena knowledge of dunya. You have engineers, you have physicians, you have accountants, you have, you know, different professions. These are people that have knowledge of dunya you have Mojave soon and fuqaha and Mufasa Ronin, you know, people of color and these are knowledge of the we're supposed to be the people in between, meaning we don't just learn our Deen. We also learn dunya and we don't just learn dunya we also learn our Deen. So this is supposed to be the oma where the religious scholars know a lot about the world.
And it's also supposed to be the oma where the scientists and the political scientists and the thinkers and sociologists know a lot about their religion.
They're both they work together, they're not two different worlds, what has happened, you have an Islamic University.
They just study Islam. And then you have a engineering school or a medical school. And that's all they study. And there are two different worlds. And people come out of one of them. And they know a lot about this world, but they know nothing about that world. And the people in this world know everything here, but they know nothing about that side. We're supposed to be the people that are the best of both. There's these are these two worlds are supposed to be in conversation. You see how far we've come from that? When somebody today some young young people come to me and say, I don't want to study science anymore. I want to study my Deen. I say Allah.
When you're studying science, that's also your lien.
That's also your the Why do you think that's like you're studying shaitan or something? What's wrong with you?
There's nothing wrong with studying science. There's nothing wrong with studying like accounting, or finance. We are that balanced people in everything that we do. in everything that we do. It's incredible. You know, I'll mention one or two more examples of the middle. There are nations, you know, like, like, for example, communism, right ideologies, when they think about the society and they don't think about the individual.
Right? So the individual has been eliminated, and everything is about the greater good. The larger society, then, of course, the opposite is something like consumerism, capitalism, where the only thing that matters is the individual who cares about what society so long as I have what I want, who cares about anybody else? Right. What is this Dean teachers, you have to care about yourself, and you have to care about the world around you and you have to balance between both both of them. You have to balance between both of them in every sense of
The word Allah made us omitted was
and where will you learn that balance? You will learn that balance when you understand the role of Ibrahim alayhis salam in this religion. We keep going back to that one point. Turn back towards this this garba will remind us of something. It will give us something. Look at Arnica Jana como matassa barakallahu li walakum wa salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
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