Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
In his exhaustive study of Surat Al-Baqarah, Nouman Ali Khan reflects on the second and longest chapter of the Quran. He explores how Allah, in his own words, answers some of the most compelling questions being asked about Islam today by both Muslims and non-Muslims.
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Allah he was suffering, or minister Nebuchadnezzar, he illuma Dean, Allah Medina midhope, comida, Latina ama, Nova middle Saudi had, whatever, so we'll have quarters of the Southern Armenia but it means that, once again, everyone to sit down while they come when I go to LA here with a capital, one of the things I will say about certain dakara is that it provides a very powerful overview on Muslim thinking, like our thoughts about ourselves, our thoughts about the world, how we're supposed to see the world around us. Our worldview is best shaped by an exhaustive study of certain rights if there's a reason it's placed right after the fact the way that it is, because it does really
represent the the overview and the worldview of the Muslims, as expressed by the Quran itself. Now we are here in 145, almost in the middle of sorts of Bukhara. And in that middle section of SoTL, Bukhara, Allah mentions this unique subject of the change of the Qibla. The Muslims used to pray in the direction of aleksa. And now they are praying in the direction of the Kaaba. And those I began previously say akula Sophia, how Amina nassima, Allah, human antibiotic haemolytica, because the Jewish community used to see the profits of the lung, it was Helen praying the same direction towards Jerusalem the same as they did, all of a sudden the Muslims have changed their direction.
And there was this big controversy in Medina over this issue. And so there's a conflict now between the Jewish people and the Muslims. And it's the only background that you need for today is that the Jewish people believed inside Allah mentions this in Baqarah itself. You already highlighted this, that the especially the knowledgeable among the hood, the knowledgeable of the Jews of Medina, the rabbi's. They actually were very convinced already that he is Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he is the one that is promised in their books. He is the one that Allah azzawajal gave them all the signs that he's coming and now he has come, what can you have in common with your
stuff, the hoonah Allah Latina cafaro, they used to impose they used to be proud of the fact that the final messenger is coming. When I'm home, Morocco cafaro V, when finally what they already knew came when that messenger came that they recognized all along, they just believed in it. To give you an example of that within the world of Islam, because those were, by the way, the Jews of Medina were the Muslim community of that time. They were the Muslim community. And they used to get prophet after prophet after prophet that was the history of Israel. But for a long time, they haven't received a prophet and now they're waiting for the last one. And this is the last one that has come
to them. They're they're very fortunate of all the Jews of the world, the Jews of Medina are very fortunate that they get to see the Taurat fulfilled, because the Jews were scattered all over the world. But they didn't get to see that art fulfilled the way that the Jews of Medina did most of the calima in a minute. All right, that's it for this time, and also even for a pseudo last item that is confirming what is before him in Torah. Now,
about the Kaaba. There can be there's a lot that can be said. But because we're in the middle of this passage, I'll just share one thing with you. The Jewish people actually it's in the Quran argues that the Jewish people knew that the Kaaba is the house built by Ibrahim alayhis salam, at least in their scholarship they should have known and there are hints Quran is a very direct about this subject, but there are hints and I'll just share one of those hints with you. You know, the Torah that was given to which messenger
musasa that's why the Jews call it Torah moochie. That's how they pronounce it or out of Moosa.
Now, Musa alayhis salam when he was in Egypt, he accidentally killed somebody he punched someone and he died and he ran away from their rabina Genie middle COVID Bali me Master rescue me from the wrongdoing nation. He ran away from Egypt. He went into Meridian, the meridian is Arab territory. Medina is a land of the errors. So now Musa alayhis salam who has been to Israel is in Arab land. In Arab land he made he meets a couple of girls that are struggling to feed their animals. He helps them long story short, he marries one of them.
Eventually, it didn't happen that quickly guys relax, okay. So, but he, he marries one of them, but when he marries one of them by the way, so the the woman that he married she's a what origin
she's from so when you slide in his messenger married an Arab woman, think about that. That's pretty awesome. But anyway, so so he marries her, but the condition for marriage was Ronnie samanya, a judge.
The girl's father said you will have to work for me for eight
yours. You could do 10 What? dashlane familiar Indic if you could do 10 years, it's up to you. Eight years or 10 years now, why am I bringing this up? I'm bringing this up because the Arabic word for a year is center. You could say the money center word. You could say Amanita Quran doesn't say Sunnah. Quran doesn't say the Quran says that the father said to Musashi Salaam you will work for me eight years Somalia, hey, judge the money that a judge Hey, Judge comes from the word hedge hedges done where
only and only and only at Aqaba. He's an Arab land and has done how many times a year,
once a year. So 100 is one year. So he says you work for me eight hudge which is basically saying you work for me eight years. But the way they count yours is by the Kaaba and the ritual of hedge. And who's saying this to musasa. If you're going to talk to Musashi Salaam and talk to him about hedge, then clearly Musa alayhis salam knows about what the Kaaba, by implication he knows about the Kaaba, first of all, he's an Arab land, then they're even counting time by the ritual of hedge. You know. So the idea that there's interesting indications hints in the Quran that even from the very beginning, from even the messenger who received the rod, they knew about the color, but they of
course, acted like they don't know anything. And this is not the house that is supposed to be the center of worship, which is why before these Iok Allah azza wa jal described how Ibrahim himself their father, Ibrahim, is the one who built the scale but then we come to these ions. Now they are stubborn and they're not listening. And Allah says this is the ayah that we're starting with, whether in a Tater Latina Wu Tang kita Bobby Cooley it even if you meaning Ally's talking total su de la sala la Mora names of them, and says, even if you were to come to them with every single ayah, which means every single proof, every single revelation, it could also mean every single evidence
from Toronto, because Toronto might have indication to, even if you bring them things from tourists, it could also mean a miracle, even if you bring them a miracle, any miracle at all, not a miracle attack, they are not going to follow your Qibla now, you're not going to follow it. They're not going to follow your Qibla they have a problem with you changing your direction from AXA to Makkah.
And now until you go back to AXA, they have a problem with you. They don't want to hear any evidence now what every time I shared the IOD I tried to pull back and try to draw a lesson for you and me. Sometimes you will be in argument with people who are not interested in evidence. They're not interested in proof. They're not interested in what is the Quran say? What is the Sunnah of the Prophet? sallallahu alayhi wasallam. What does history say? They don't want to hear it. We're gonna do it this way. But why are you doing it this way? Koran says no, as you keep that to yourself, what do you share?
And they don't want to hear any arguments. Who are you to talk? Who are you to say anything? And they don't mind. A lot of messengers being told back because the you know, the rabbi's believe that they're very highly educated. They're very knowledgeable. They're bar and rasulillah salam ala rasulillah. Under below me is the unlettered prophet. Who are you to tell us which way we should pray? No matter what evidence you bring them? They'll say Who are you? What qualification? What ages? Are you have? What Sharia Have you studied? You see? So there's going to be what happens in in the dialogue of Dean's sometimes there are people who will make us feel like we don't know anything.
What are your qualifications? In the modern world? You could even say that people that study religion,
they are the laughingstock, people in the university laugh at them, the sociologists and political scientists, the philosopher, the evolutionary biologist, they'll look at the elements, what does he know? He doesn't know anything. And when, because today's science is considered a superior form of knowledge. And religion is for backwards people. So when the scientific community makes fun of the religious, then we've we feel shattered in our confidence. Like, yeah, maybe we're not we don't know much at all. And that time, the people of knowledge were the Jewish rabbis. And the people who were considered don't know anything or people of Morocco, among them, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam. So there is this intimidation. You know, like we if you present the argument, you're already invalidated, no matter what you say is not good enough because you don't have a PhD from our university. You didn't come from our university, you didn't graduate the way we do. You don't have the credentials that we have. Your arguments don't count. They're invalid. Allah says Wilma and Tomita being in trouble at home and you're not going to be following their Qibla that chapter is closed, you will no longer turn back towards
Jerusalem. I also want you to understand this from yet another point of view.
The Muslims of Makkah, when they came to Medina, they saw that these are people who believe in Torah, the Jewish community believe in Torah, they believe in prophets of the past and so many of those profits have been talked about in the Quran. So we have common ground with them. We have much more in common with them than the most economical, economic I don't know anything about the profits. Except maybe Ibrahim on insulin but everyone in between, it's the it's the Jews will know about use of Elisa, it's the Jews will know about Mousavi, samosa, Korea, the summer, all the others. So then we're hopeful that these people will be easy to convince, because they already have common ground.
They're already standing on common ground. But they learned very quickly that there and you know, what happens then is when you're trying to convince them, you're trying to share with them, Look, we have this the same, this is the same, this is the same. And so you can bring their hearts closer because you're talking about common ground. But now those efforts are going the other way. Because they were coming closer. We were even praying in the same direction. We have so much in common. We used to fast on the same days as they did, you know Ashura and all of it, we used to fast on the same days, and all of a sudden, Allah ruin the Dharma of karma common ground, and we're praying the
Right. And there's a tendency among some of you, you may not feel it because you're a majority Muslim society. But when you're a minority Muslim society, you know, like Muslims living in America or in Europe or somewhere else, and they're doing dela, they're trying to find common ground. And when you make a move, that's politically incorrect. And every the larger society says, What is this, you Muslims are crazy? And we want to say, no, we're not crazy. We're just like you. Allah says, No, you're not going to turn back again. You don't need to make them happy. Well, my MTB tablet, encrypt data home you're not going to be turning back in their direction again, this is done. This is
whether they like it or not. Whether they're happy about it or not. The dharwad to Islam is to an extent about softening hearts but it's not about PR. It's not about making the truth is the truth. That's it will happen Arabic as it's coming for that takuna minimum 13. So Allah azza wa jal says you're not going to be following the Qibla either. And then he says one ba, ba, boom, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, and they don't even follow each other staebler.
In other words, the Jews have their own Qibla. The Christians, many of them don't have a Qibla. And if they do, they say they face East because of some theology with a nice, nice around, so they don't even follow each other. So don't worry about that. Don't make that into a big deal. Don't let that be Oh, no, they're never gonna listen, because we pray towards Makkah, and they have their loyalties towards us along, we're never going to be able to make download to them. Don't worry about that. This is not a big problem, though, you know, let it go. But then Allah says the key to the problem, whether it's a hummingbird images coming in, if you were at all to follow their wishes, their whims,
their empty desires, even after knowledge has come to you. There's a few things out here that are very important allies. Now seeing real knowledge belongs with rasulillah salam, no matter how much how big a scholar of the rabbi's, you are. No longer do you have real knowledge. This is the person who receives real knowledge. That's number one. And number two, here when Allah says Allah, Allah, Allah is saying, they follow what they follow based on Allah,
based on whim, there's no real actual, you know, a solid evidence for why they do what they do. And ally is saying you don't follow people that don't have a basis. Our religion is one that demands from the Muslims that they become critical thinkers, please listen to this carefully. Every even if we have been Muslim for 14 centuries, even if Islam has been in the land for 500 years, 800 years, we are not Muslim, because our father is Muslim, or our mother is Muslim, or our neighborhood is Muslim. We are Muslim, other Basilica, and we come to Islam with eyes open. what you learn in your religion as you go, you need to know why you believe what you believe?
Why do you have confidence in your faith? This is very hard to do for a Muslim society. Because in a Muslim society, your next generation, Islam is automatic. I don't know I was raised in a Muslim family, what's the big deal? But no, you can follow just Aqua even because eventually what it becomes izawa then you don't when you don't verify what is in your religion. Over time, things get added to that religion. And you don't question any of it, because that's just how we do things. What's the difference between you and me and the guy who follows whatever their ancestors left behind. We are a people of education. We are a people of constant seeking and learning. And that's
not that doesn't mean everybody has to become an island. But everybody becomes has to become a pilot. Right? You don't all have to become a scholar. But all of us have to be seekers little or more. You learn a little bit you learn a lot what's easy for you What's not easy for you, we're not going to learn all at the same level, but a journey of learning. That's everybody. Everybody has to learn little by little by little in NACA either lemina. Valley mean, Allah says something very harsh, tell us a little slice of them. He says if you were to
Follow this if you follow there is that you will be considered you might even be considered from the wrongdoers unless someone telling this to His Messenger somebody likes him now why would he say that to him? The word volley mean here is actually referring to burning inside and unless saying if you follow them you'll become like them Don't be like them because they follow whatever comes and they don't look at what Allah revealed itself they just follow we've been doing things this way we're always gonna do them this way. That's it That's good enough for us. Don't become like them. Our commentary here then I'd like to read for you. When suderman Kitab in the beta zero oma the point of
talking to the Prophet light that is to warn the oma well he either or an picoliter leading him. Leah kunafa been the BBC and the BBC Gallic the leighlin Allah Andaman, McAfee mithali come in and omaka Hakata de Cali metadata that Allah speaks to the messenger hoarsely like this, if you follow them, you will become vitally mean to send a message to the oma, if Allah is so tough with Rasulullah What about us? Don't take this issue lightly. This is not a small thing. This makes you wonder why is something so simple? We prayed this way now we pray that way. Why is this such a big deal? Quran is making it into a very, very big deal. And as this dose continues, hopefully I'd like
to explain to you why the change of the Qibla and why us praying towards the Kaaba is so important. It's at the heart of the religion itself at the heart of Islam itself that this was part of the great gift of a law total so it'll last a little longer. I said I'm in by extension this online. We're in a hurry coming home late tonight. So Allah says
a Latina Latina woman Kitab una cama de una AB Now listen to this carefully now those who we gave the book to those who we gave the book to referring to Talat, those who we are given Torah to
recognize him like they recognize their own children. You are the funa who can una Amina.
Now in the Quran, there are two phrases one free says we gave them the book. The other phrase says they were given the book Lavina O'Toole kita. They were given the book and there's a difference between these two. When Allah says they were given the people that were given the book and Latina Atal Kitab he's referring to the entire Jewish Christian community. But when he says livina artina, whom will Kitab those who we gave the book to? Just like he says, artina who IR Tina or Athena lokmanya. Hickman, the same verb is used over and over. We gave we gave we gave. This is a reference to people who Allah didn't just make them Jews and Christians are recipients of the book. They know
about the book. They're knowledgeable, they're educated in the book. You see everybody here in this audience, and all the Muslims in the world are part of a Latina auto Quran, those who are given the Quran, all of us the ones who know and the ones who don't know all of us are in Medina, Quran but the ones who are level say we gave them Koran, and Athena Athena hobo Quran, Allah civilian Hassan, these are people that have knowledge of Quran, who will give knowledge of the ion. So now Ally's referring to the the rabbis among them the knowledgeable among them. And Allah says about them when they study their book. And then they look at the Prophet. It is so easy for them to recognize the
prophet SAW them, as the one talked about in their book. And then he he do now who are
the ones who the one who he they find written about in their book, in the Torah, like they will recognize their own child. You're sitting in a crowd, there's a bunch of children, you can spot your child immediately. They can spot he's the Messenger of Allah without a doubt. So the first thing of lysing is making the conversation interesting thing, right? The conversation wasn't about the Prophet, the conversation was about the Qibla. About karma unlacing there's no difference. Once you accept the messenger, you will accept everything the messenger does. When you have a problem with the GABA, you actually have a problem with who the who the loss is on. And that's why you're not
accepting the karma. You're making claims. Oh, we wish to pray this way. Why we're praying that way. The real problem isn't the karma. The real problem is you are denying the messenger and the truth is, you know, the messenger is the messenger like you would know your own children. Yeah, the hula hoop.
We're in the ferry coming over like terminal, hakomi Alamo. And a group among them is deliberately hiding the truth. While they vary. They're the ones who know. So now I was saying they are recognizing it. And then a group among them who is most knowledgeable hides what they know. They deliberately purposely don't tell you what they know. This is a laws way of teaching us a very horrible phenomenon in religious societies. There is such a thing as corrupt scholarship. And what corrupt scholarship does is corrupt solid scholarship knows certain things and purposely hides it.
People can't handle it.
If we if they know about this and we'll have to make certain changes. Why didn't they share? Why didn't they open up and say, Yes, he is the one mentioned in our books. What's the big problem? If they mentioned that, then everybody will follow Rasulullah saw them, then when the rabbi gives a hug, but nobody's coming.
He lost all of his audience when he gives a fatwa. Nobody cares, because they're all interested in who now wants to love them. So when you're in a position of religious leadership, and you say, No, no, the real item, the real one to follow is that one, go follow Him, then you're gonna lose your market share.
You don't want to lose your customers. So you don't want to acknowledge the other one. This is actually a religious jealousy. By the way, I love Mufti mink. Go listen it I listened to him, go listen.
You know, I listened to it all the time. I love these scholars. I've learned a lot from them. And I encourage you to learn from there's no competition.
And that's what becomes sometimes within the world of religion. That Some think that if you give acknowledgement to somebody else, it will take away from them.
What I earn, what they earn, what our island earns what a daddy earns, what a rabbit bunny inside would earn. What we earn is not an audience. What we earn is
what you earn is hikma, what you earn as service I mean you're you're thinking you came here for me Actually I'm thinking I came here for you, I'm at your service. It's an honor that I get to share something with you may Allah reward me And may Allah reward you. That's the attitude that we're supposed to develop inside this oma you know, some brother came up to me and said, Brother, I want to give you some suggestion. I'm nothing compared to you and I say this stuff a little light on the How are you gonna say that? cuando COVID Deen. We're all brothers. And in Islam, we're just brothers. So So what if I have a mic on? So what? This is a corruption of our religion, that the
people who teach somehow become people that think of themselves or we think of themselves as superior, or we think of themselves as beyond criticism, or they start thinking of themselves as No, we are supposed to hold our audience and make sure they don't go anywhere else. This is the same disease that led them to even disbelieve in Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam and today this disease because you know, you could have all the knowledge of the deen. But if this corruption is there, it'll make you say things about somebody else. Oh, this person is good. But he's got a lot of mistakes. Don't listen to him. Don't do this don't under bashing other groups and criticizing and
this is all their energy spent on the learn some instead of wasting your energy learning about somebody else's mistakes, how about you learn the party? Hi, instead? How about you learn something, something actually worth learning? You know, what is going to ask you? How many mistakes Did you catch on this one
is nobody's going to ask you
is there isn't nothing more worthy of your time, were worthy of your learning that is in front of you.
That is in front of me. We all make mistakes, all of us all make mistakes, others other people make mistakes. That's life, we're not profits. So what we make is we make stefarr for those who made mistakes, we don't overlook the missed, you know, you and I I mean, just because some of us are public, as some of them are, you know, unfortunately, they get criticized a lot and talked about a lot and things like that. Look at all the good that they do.
And the fact that they made a mistake is only proof that the messenger the institution of risala is done, which means everybody else will make mistakes. What a surprise. You know, so don't become obsessed with that. And that's actually one of the diseases of when we're sloppy. We're in a hurry, coming home late afternoon and hakomi alone, that our group among them hides deliberately hides the truth. And when one dimension of that I'd like to share with you is the applying to our oma, we are interested in the truth.
We're not interested in personalities actually, we're interested in truth.
rabbis tried to dismiss the sort of loss of the Lahore audience and them even though some parts of what he was saying even their followers knew this is absolutely true. But they have to dismiss everything they have to say all of it is wrong. Don't listen to any of it.
What you can do you can say at least this much I agree this much is true. This much I disagree with this watch, I don't understand. You know you and I will I will have disagreements with my teachers on some interpretation of Quran meaning of a word Hadees and how it applies, etc, etc. I'll have a disagreement. Does that mean I stopped learning from them? No. disagreements doesn't mean that you stop your journey of learning nor does it mean that they are misguided and you are guided doesn't mean that who knows where right and I'm wrong or I'm right and they're wrong along the nose. We have to try to the best of our ability but we don't dismiss entirely this is what they did. They
dismissed the messengers a lot more so than even though their own people were coming back to him and saying this messenger this Mohammed said this. It's an art or art you told us this last Saturday?
Because they don't have Friday on the Saturday.
No, no, no, no, no. Don't want to hear any and so on.
lessons on Hakuna Arabic Don't worry about it if they don't acknowledge you if they dismiss you if they say you don't know what you're talking about Don't be Don't lose your confidence truth comes from your heart and have gum arabic for you you don't have to see get validation because the great Rabbi agreed with you, you know what we do today? The Muslims Oh, you know Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam is amazing because you know, in a book the 100 most influential men he was listed as number one.
Now we know he's good now I finally have confidence in law civil law so if that book was never written
if these these quotes were never given by non Muslims would it take away from the fact that was who was also lost? I said, I'm gonna take away from your confidence that he's the Messenger of Allah. Now we've become so weak in our confidence and faith that we look for these validations from the outside look at what Gandhi said about Islam Whoa, yeah, now Islam is
Islam was already awesome without those quotes that really appreciate the good things that non Muslims have said about our Deen it's fine. But now we've become so dependent on them.
So dependent on them. This is not supposed to be the case our mentality is supposed to be a lacuna Robic our validation our confidence comes from the fact that the truth is from your rub. The truth has come to you in Quran that's it that's good enough for you. Follow takuna middle butare, then don't you become Don't you dare become from those who fall into doubt. You know, I was challenged with this when I was in college. I still remember when I started. I did my degree in computer information systems. And I switched over to psychology. When I started studying psychology, starting with Freud, and you know, you know, and they're on behavioral psychology and other kinds of
psychology. Of course, they're looking at the human being very differently than what Islam suggests. There are some parallels, but there are some things that are very directly contradictory, right? And sometimes they'll give arguments and you might even find some of those arguments compelling and when you start finding those arguments compelling you start having doubts about what but we in Islam, we learned something else. And that's when you have to go back and you have to revisit a Hakuna topic filata coonan nominal motorin the truth comes from your master Don't you dare fall into doubt. Don't you dare fall into don't do false you know false way into false arguments. In the law. The word use
which I'm translating as doubt comes from the word media. The Quran uses many words for adult rape and shuck. You know, don't do this also use the now media is being used here. Media actually means you are arguing with someone and they gave you an argument and it confused you. And you started kind of getting shaky because of the argument they made and you didn't know how to respond.
They might come with art or art and photography from their mother promises and has no idea of these things. But don't get intimidated by the random quotes in their big words. Don't do that. You already have the hug you already have Quran and Hakuna Arabic Allah takuna nominal butare
Now, the other interesting thing that I wanted to share with you by comparison is in salt Alia and Milan in the next surah Allah says again Hakuna Arabica fella taco three, for the takamiya he says lacuna namirial montani. He said latoken, minimum three? What's the difference in translation? They probably say the same thing. But there is a difference. The difference is on the one hand, don't you dare become confused with doubt. That's one of them. The other one is don't become confused with talent. So one is stronger than the other one.
When the one and not the common one, three, don't become confused with doubt. This one that we're learning right now, don't you dare not takuna? Don't you dare become confused with doubt. So this one is a stronger, don't. Why? Because that one was with the Christians. And the Christian said he sadly Salam is the son of Allah. That's not an academic argument is not very confusing. That's an easy thing to not be confused about, By comparison, arguing about the history of the Kaaba and quoting their scholarly texts about whether or not this is the right direction of prayer. That's a more academic subject. And they might try to intimidate you with the knowledge that they haven't
sold us a lacuna. Don't you dare fall into this trap. Now tahunan nominal, momentary. This by the way, in the in the realm of Tao, especially that will with the other people of faith, the Christians and the Jews, you'll notice they go in all different directions. When they make their arguments, they go in all different directions. And Koran just keeps you focused straight. And so you have to learn to navigate an argument not you know, I don't urge you to get into debates with Jews and Christians but those of you that are in the downward field, you will notice how the Quran navigates these arguments. It keeps the profit focus on the long run you set them on the task at hand. Don't
get sidetracked when he couldn't in which hat on this is actually the heart of the dish that I wanted to share with you. Very beautiful phrase Allah says so
When the Qibla is there, you don't have to fall into doubt this is the right direction. Then Allah says, Well, he couldn't, which hadn't Who am Allah? What an amazing phrase of the Quran is several meanings here, I'll start with one of them. Every person has a direction that they face. That's the phrase sounds like a simple thing to say. Every person has a direction that they face that they turn towards what is the same in one sense of life saying for every group, now, the Jews have their direction, the Muslims have their direction, it's become clear. Don't worry about whether they'll follow you or not. It's okay. If they want to be stubborn, it's okay. Don't be depressed that they
won't accept your religion. Allah saying himself, the truth has become clear. Now it's their choice. You don't have to lose sleep over it. You didn't convince them or they didn't listen, everybody has their own direction, they're going to face it. That's one meaning. Of course, this could be about the direction of prayer, but unlimited open ended. In other words, the way the direction you face is also an expression for lifestyle. I'll translate again, every person has their own lifestyle. Every person has their own worldview, a direction the things for some people, the most important thing in life is having fun.
Everything that you do now, is going to work towards that goal. Having fun, for some people in life, the ultimate goal is going to be making money. Everything they do, what school they go to which city they move in, when they get married, if they get married, all the decisions in their life will be under submit under one goal. And what's that one goal money. For somebody else, a goal becomes education for somebody else a goal becomes I have to make my father proud. Or my mother proud. For somebody else, their goal becomes I have to be better than my brother I hate.
I just have to crush him. If I could just do that. I uh, you know, you can have a high goal or a low goal, your goal could be your religion, your goal could be other things in life, they become your ritual, they become something you face, something you turn towards all the time, something you're focused on all the time. That's all you ever think about the golden witch hunt one. And then Allah says Hua Hua li ha, it is in the direction in which they turn, it's interesting the language use, it's not only that they turn towards it, that would have just been with only four answers, one, li ha, which means not only do they turn towards it, they turn everything in their life and other
people towards it, too. In other words, if you are always obsessed with a party, you just want to go out with your friends late at night, every night, every night, every night, that's your life. Your younger sister, your younger brother, when they become the same age, what are they going to do?
They're going to do the same. Why? Because you didn't just turn in that direction. You actually inspired other people to turn in that direction. When you were messed up in your youth, and then you tell your younger siblings, hey, don't make the mistakes I made as well, you got to do it.
Or my turn. Now I have to be well, why didn't you give yourself that advice when you were my age?
what I'm saying is every one of us, whatever lifestyle we choose, we don't just turn everything in our life towards it. We don't just turn our schedule towards that we don't just turn our, our finances towards that our career goals towards it, we actually turn other people towards it to other people are inspired and move to go in that direction too. And in the most literal sense, it's a lot of time, it's our time, and you're in the mall. And there you can't find a soda, which is impossible. You can always find this.
But you're in a mall in America and you can't find a place to pray and you just go into a corner you start praying that just you turn towards the Qibla. Right. That's what you alone, but somebody else is walking by shopping, and they haven't prayed for two years. And they see you pray and something happens in their heart and say, Man,
I should pray. And that day they've started praying. And when they start praying, what did you do? You didn't even know that you gave them power. You didn't even know that you turn them but when you turn, you inspire others to also turn. What we're saying is you know, nowadays for young people, they have this notion, it's my life, I can do whatever I want. I'm not hurting anybody else.
I can go where I want I can eat what I want. What's the big deal. I'm free to do what I want what is grant saying? What you're doing doesn't just affect you.
It creates momentum that other people now have to follow exactly what what you are a victim of. When your mother says don't go out don't go over there. You see everybody goes Why can I go see they turned and you made you turn.
You see and now you're part of that.
So we liquid in which is a religious worldview. Whatever gold we decide is going to dictate everything else. And in the most literal in the most immediate sense of the word. The Muslims have been turned towards what the Kaaba and because they've been to
Towards the cover. Everything else that will happen in the car from now on is focused on what the cover because understand this came early in Medina, the Muslims are praying towards the Kaaba and the Kaaba is still surrounded by idols.
so painful to mix a lot towards the Kaaba and the Kaaba is surrounded by idols. Every single Muslim who prays every single time is thinking, when will we get rid of those idols so I can feel better about my salon. When they were praying towards Jerusalem, there is no idle problem when they're praying towards the Kaaba now and this is like, it can be argued desire even before bother.
So it's early early in Medina first six months, they're already praying towards the Kaaba. They're constantly thinking everything we do now must be towards one mission to clean up the karma. Like was given to Abraham and he said, I'm gonna have a theory if he will Aquafina water can do to purify my house, that house needs to be purified. The Muslims are in Medina, they just escaped Makkah. The problem is the finally we're safe. But then Allah says no, you're not gonna face the Kaaba again.
Which is escape from there? No, you got to go back and clean it up.
We barely escaped, didn't we? And now less has no everything you do is focus back towards that mission. So Panama, liquidity in which
people hire and by the way, when you face that karma, then therefore compete and doing good things. In other words, let the Jews pray towards Jerusalem. It's okay. Let them do what they do. Don't worry about convincing them. The only thing you should do now is compete and doing all kinds of good things. Allah is teaching us something about our facing of the Kaaba, I'll come to that as we conclude all of this will get tied up. All of this will connect. Allah is seeing a very beautiful phrase, are facing of the Kaaba makes us compete in doing many good things.
These two ideas you don't connect them to each other. How are you how are you facing the grabber praying, making putting you in competition to do good things has to be a lot but Allah says you know the colon which I don't normally have faster equals higher compete and doing good deeds. This is the explanation I'll give you as we go. How is it that our Salah is making this competitive in good deeds? What is our Salah have to do with being in competition in doing good deeds? Okay, so that's that's what we're going to look at. But notice that let's have a rod, all kinds of goodies. It's not one kind of good deal. It's all kinds of good deeds. This is another important lesson for the oma,
you are capable of doing some good that nobody else is capable of. Allah has given you an opportunity to lead didn't give anybody else. Allah gave me an opportunity you didn't give anybody else. There are people in your life that are not in my life. You can do good to them that I cannot do and I can do good to people that you cannot do.
Every one of us has different capabilities. Every one of us has different opportunities and within those capabilities and opportunities we have to try to do good there's not one standard good everybody has to do the same exact thing. No it's okay right and compete within your own circles be the best among your own circles to get to the you know doing the best that you can foster be cool. Hi rod aina Taku Jacobi como la Jamia Allah, wherever you may be, Allah will gather you all together. This conversation was about the garba not about the alpha. All of a sudden it's about the alpha. Why? Because the Kaaba, what's the biggest ritual around the Kaaba? Do you know what's the
biggest worship around the karma? Hajj, how is a rehearsal of humanity gathering in front of Allah.
Just as facing the Qibla reminding us of the Kaaba is reminding us one day we will face Allah Himself. Justice gathering together in JAMA and praying is reminding us that we will one day have a jamaa in front of Allah. A nama Takuya TB como la gymea. Wherever you may find yourselves Allah will bring all of you together all together. Subhana Allah, just us facing the Qibla is us reminding us just like you're facing the garba today, you'll be facing alone one day,
we'll be standing in front of alone day, every salon is a rehearsal for Resurrection Day. Every salon is a reminder of it no matter who you become along with me. In the LA Galicia included, no doubt Allah is completely in control over all things and of course that will become more clear on the Day of Judgment than any other day. Today. You tell somebody Allah is in complete control. You're like I know he's in complete control, but I still have diabetes.
I don't see his control right now. I know he has control but i don't i don't get I didn't get a promotion. You don't see a lot of power you start doubting it because it's not benefiting you so you start doubting it. I know allies all powerful but look at what's happening with the oma
you know so many I got so many calls from the Arab world and so many emails and things, young people losing their faith. If where's the law?
How can you let this happen to us? questioning unless power Allah says, Allah squadra unless power is behind the curtain, but when you stand in front of a law in judgment, the curtain will be lifted in the law condition.
Now look at what the prophet is told woman how you look around, and wherever you may come out, whichever direction you may go out, for one leverage hacker Shatta Wale machine will haraam Turn your face in direction of emotional harm. That seems like a lie saying to the prophets I said I'm whenever it's time for prayer, which way do you face GABA? nakina who will suddenly shuttle magical heroin? He didn't tell the Prophet pray in the direction of Iran. He said wherever you are face that direction. Why? Why wherever you are, face that direction. Whichever campaign you go to you meet with this tribe or that tribe you make progress this way or that way. Never forget your goal is what
goal cleaning up the Kaabah.
face that way, don't get distracted. You have one mission and one mission alone. That is what you have to fulfill. For one leverage hacker Shatta Wale machine para rasulillah. Salam could have been Think about it. They move to Medina. They're safe now. Mkhize problem is finished. They don't have to focus on MCI anymore. They could now do that. What are all the other tribes they could go towards Yemen, they could go go towards other directions. And maybe the people of work I didn't accept Islam, other tribes will accept Islam. Maybe we'll find another Medina. We'll find another another place that will accept Islam readily. But no less has no No, no, no, no, that's not your campaign.
Your first campaign is that house. You keep facing al Masjid al haram over and over and over again. That's what you must do.
And he says we're in now hulan, Hakuna Arabic. And that certainly is the truth from your master. The word health is translated here as truth but I'll tell you how interestingly in Arabic also means purpose goal
holla Casa Mata will Allah will have a created the skies in the earth with purpose. In other words, facing that direction. Not only is the truth, the right thing to do, it's also giving you purpose and mission, that your mission on the law will be lawful and i'm not i'm alone. And I was not aware of what the rest of you are doing, meaning the oma the followers of those who lost a son and look he's focused on the Kaaba, which means you have to be focused on the Kaaba Dr. Maha Joon, who are from Mecca, it's easy for them to say we want to free our homeland. But the answer there from Medina they have nothing to do with Makkah. That's not their problem. That's why even when the Battle of
weather happened, those who lost myself didn't ask the answer to help. He didn't say you should join the battle. He basically hinted. He hinted until they spoken volunteered themselves. But Allah is giving the direction to them look, the prophet is focused on the Kaaba you need to be also well Mullah will be offered in our matamanoa woman how you through college the now it's all about to tie in together women hate to college differently when Shaka shuttle Mashallah, once again wherever you may be, turn your direction towards a machine.
Well, how are you going to do would you have come shadow and wherever the rest of you may be the Muslims, you must turn in its direction also, all of you must be focused towards it's also why the Li akula nasty alikum puja so people will no longer have a case to make against you. This is the concept that I want to teach you today in child life. I can do justice to that I'm done for the day or the night.
And you can get even better sleep than you're getting right now. Okay, just this
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Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the descendant of Ibrahim who built the Kaaba
and the Cabo was given to Abraham Ali Salaam, after many, many, many trials. The completion of Allah's favor on Ibraheem alehissalaam was the giving up the Kaaba.
A lot as our gel gave this Kaabah as a hajah for all humanity a case for all humanity. This is the proof when this GABA is liberated, this sila incident of the you know, those who lost time eventually overpowering the whorish. And he will he will eliminate their the enemy and he will destroy all the idols and Macau will become clean again. That's the goal, right? That's going to happen. They don't know this is going to come with less promise it's going to come.
This will become a loss proof to all humanity until the day of judgment that Islam is the truth. And that judgment is coming. Let me tell you why.
When Seurat when America was conquered, suta Toba was given so Toba is the punishment on the on the on the final judgment of Allah in the CLR.
The Quraysh you must kill them wherever you find them. The people of the book you you humiliate them, you take jizya from them. The people who didn't know anything about Islam, you give them a chance. You give them a chance. What's going to happen on Judgement Day, who gets the
Just like in the end of this era, who gets the harshest punishment,
who's humiliated on judgment day, even by their profits like a silent salon. And there, they thought they were right, but they're proven that they're wrong. That's the People of the Book. Then just like here, there are people who didn't know and they're trying to make an excuse there are tabula rasa.
There's the perfect judgment of Allah and judgment a, and a preview of the perfect judgment of Allah was the victory of Islam.
That actually happened. Allah gave a case to the world. This is not just a philosopher. This is not just a preacher. This is the Messenger of Allah, and Allah will not just give him a message, he will give him victory on this earth, and he will prove a lot of justice on this earth, and he did when the Hajj was established.
When this by the way, that opening won't but this is why I love calls it well it's Mung to LA ku Nirmal, he tells the woman now I've completed my favor upon you. the liberation of the Kaaba, every single year when we do the Hajj. We are actually reviewing not only the justice that was given by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. We are reviewing the justice that is coming from Allah and judgment day. That's why it's called Hodge Hodgkinson Pooja Pooja means the ultimate case, the ultimate proof. That's what it actually means. Allah says you will do this he tells the Muslims you will do this. Li Li akuna nasi Aleikum composure, so people no longer have a case against you. You
have a case against them. They don't have a case against you. Our ultimate proof of Islam is the Hajj itself, the Kaaba itself? Elena, Xena. Voila moving on, except those who do wrong among them for Natasha. Don't be afraid of them. Be afraid of me.
Will you take money or methodical the completion of a last favor? allies telling them assumes that Allah will complete his favor on you only when the Kaaba is liberated. That's why you must focus towards it. The mission of the Prophet became the Kaaba. From here on, there are two missions, there's the mission for each individual. For each individual the mission The goal is agenda for the amount of the time the goal became karma that's what their goal became. Okay.
So now come on are Salafi Kumara Suleiman calm yet Laura Kumar Tina will use a key como una de mucho Kitab al hikmah limo Kamala Taku tala moon, just as we sent a messenger among you, who recites our miraculous signs, meaning Allah sent the final messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he purifies you and he recites the book, he teaches the book and the Wisdom to you and he teaches you what you couldn't have known this ayah is a repetition it's it came before on the tongue of Abraham and Abraham, he made the offer a messenger that will do all of these things. Look at what Allah has done. Who made this door? Ibrahim alayhi salam, when did he make this door after he finished the
making of the Kaaba? He built the Kaaba and he made the offer the final messenger now unless has focused on that Kaabah because that's the messenger that Abraham prayed for. So he tied those two things together. You are the fulfillment of the avec Rahim Allah Hassan. So he did see just like I should, just like the favor of the of Abraham Allison has been finally fulfilled. After 1000s of years, it's finally been fulfilled. And this messenger has come just like that that house that Ibrahim Alayhi Salaam built must also be purified. So these two things go hand in hand both of these favors have been completed upon you, the house of Allah has been restored, and the final messenger
of Alliance comm both of those things are tied together. This is very important to understand because philosophically speaking, the goal of the prophets I'm alone with them was not to conquer and conquer and conquer like some people think. The goal of Islam was not to conquer. The goal of Islam was to liberate the house built by Ibrahim alayhi salam, that was the mission of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam as a matter of fact, about conquering land, unless as okra
okra, una Sloman Allah, secondary goal, some land that you haven't acquired, in some people's mind, the goal of Islam is more and more and more land. The goal of Islam was to restore the legacy of Ibrahim alayhis salam, that was the fulfillment of alas fever. And so he says just like in other words, you can one of the ways to look at the statement come out of Salafi Congress hola men como la comida Tina will use Akiko when you are Lima como Kitab al hikmah. Another way of looking at it is just like I fulfilled this door of Abraham.
I'm fulfilling that goal of Abraham is built house
and then the other is the other fdmr love this ayah is you connected to the next ayah just like I have sent you this message or in light of the fact that I have sent you this messenger who taught you what you could never have known when you are
limoux Cumberland Taku tala mon he is teaching you what you could never have known such a beautiful phrase, we would never have known about the Kaaba, we would never have known about the dog.
We would never have known that that house was there for the tawheed of all humanity, all humanity.
They're all going to face in that we could never have done that if it didn't come through this messenger slice. I love this phrase. It's such a humbling phrase when you only mukamal otaku tala moon, he teaches you what you could never have known. Think about it for a second, the entire world was learning. The entire world was moving in some the Romans had an empire. The Persians the Greeks have philosophy The Chinese have had their literature, the Indians have been a people of philosophy and religion and literature. The Persians have had their poetry and their documentation, the Arabs had nothing.
They had the sand.
What building did they build? What infrastructure did they build? What philosophy did they discover? What mathematics did they have? What engineering did they have? What trade did they have? They had nothing. This was the most backwards place on the planet.
The most backwards place on the planet, it's called the age of janelia. for a reason. That's all they were hurting animals. They were so unappealing to the rest of the world. The Romans and the Persians and the abyssinians did not even care to invade them, what are we gonna do after invading them?
They left them alone, no, not worth it. There's no oil yet.
In the middle in the darkest place in the world, literally the darkest place in the world. Allah sent a messenger with knowledge that knows humanity would ever have
your le mukamal on Taku tala and look at what Allah did in history, like there are no more libraries in the world are filled with books inspired by the revelation given to the civil laws than anything else.
This book gave birth to entire intellectual civilizations.
It actually transformed entire civilizations who already had a history. This book came to India, and the Indians had a history and it transformed that history and made it into an Islamic one. This came this book came to Persia, and they had their own history and philosophy, and it gave it a texture of Islam and a new intellectual tradition altogether. This book came to Europe this week into Southeast Asia, wherever this book came, you I live with Kamala Taku, Nutella moon, all started from nada University, not a prize author. Not a great empire in the middle of the desert. It transformed the map of the world. It completely changed the map of the world. I want you to think about that.
Because today, we assume that until Muslims have power, they cannot bring change.
Until we have power, we cannot bring change until the enemies of Islam or non Muslims have government and power and resources we are helpless. Tell me what government and what resources
what power did he what billions did he have? What is his assets? What is the treasury of the Muslims at the time of resource isolation, compared to the treasury of the Roman Empire?
All they had was called on all they had you only mukamal and that was enough. And that is what gave them the trans transformation of the world. We have to come back to this Hold on. We have to restore the role of this court on you Andy mukamal Kitab al hikma yet la la cama de la cama. Tina will use a Cuckoo Cuckoo Kitab hikmah can be restored this role, the world will change once again.
We have to transform ourselves, we have to transform ourselves in the shape of this book, then you see what happens with the world. So he says and because I have given this to you first gurunath God come remember me, I'll remember you.
Therefore remember me and I'll remember you. This is the wish guru and he would be grateful to me, don't be ungrateful. What I want to share with you now as in my conclusion is just a summary of what's been shared here. When we stand in Salah.
We remind ourselves of the favor of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and how he got to fulfill the legacy of Ibrahim alayhis salam. Every single Salah in a sense is a reminder of that huge favor of Allah that took place, that huge Anja, have a lot on us that took place. We are constantly reconnected to the seal of the messenger some a lot more ideas for them. And the promise of Allah is victory over liberating that house grateful that Allah gave us that honor that we get to be among the people who face that we get to be among the people that ever Rahim Allah Islam prayed for. We get to be among the people equally in which
we get to be among them every time we stand in Salah.
And therefore, therefore, we are directly connected to the legacy of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. So what is that legacy? that legacy isn't just facing the Kaaba? There's two things here is the little school and the Kaaba. Look at look at the Kaaba for a second who built it? Ibrahim Ali Salaam. Why the hell did he build it for? Did he build it for the Muslims?
In January beta Mesaba 10, the Muslim ILA,
jangle beta masaba 10, the nasci for all humanity. Ibrahim Alayhi Salam he was in one nation or he went around to different nations, concerned about other people to angels are coming to kill the people of loot and who's worried about them? Ibrahima this time he doesn't say oh, that's not my problem. Good problem. You go do your thing. You charge Luna fee. Call me loose. He is arguing about the nature of loot.
We follow the religion of Abraham.
Every time we face the Kaaba, we learn that we are the religion of Abraham Elisa, you know what that means? We have to be concerned about Ibrahim alayhis salam for all not just our nation, all nations because that's the religion of Abraham.
He was concerned about all people.
He's worried about all of them. He built that house for all of them. So when they they can all find a loan. That's what he built it for. Then come tell us a little less a little longer. And what does he do rasuna law prepares and oma they can do the work of Ibrahim Allison.
How does he prepare them? yet? louella Kumar Tina will use Akiko Are you our limo kawakita hikmah he recites the IR tante. He purifies you. He teaches you the law. He teaches you the wisdom. I've explained these in other lectures in the series what these four things mean. But here I just want to highlight one thing. Also Los Alamos sallallahu Sallam is now because he's the last messenger, the work of Ibrahim alayhis salam, the Dogra hemolysin will now not only be fulfilled by those who love them, now it has to be fulfilled by who, by us. But if it's going to be fulfilled by us, we have to be prepared. How is he going to prepare us with this method? That method was what he did in his own
lifetime. And because he left the Koran behind, that method is still alive and well. We can still recite the Quran among ourselves. We can still find purification of our hearts and our minds through the study of the Quran. We must still learn the law and learn the wisdom and teachings of the Quran. And once we learn those things, we will embody the full full scope of the DA of Ibrahim alayhis salam, welcome in you know, Allah says what means Maria Tina omata Muslim metalock out of my children in the future at least give me one Muslim Omar. That's whatever I came at least I'm saying he was talking about us. He was talking about us. That is why when the Garbo was completely
liberated and the deen of Allah was complete, that's when Allah said to the oma at mundo, equanimity I have completed my favorite upon you. I have now completed my favorite upon you. What was the what's the messengers job? What is the messenger job? A messenger job is to be witness over his people.
I delivered the message that says john, the messenger is now gone. Guess what? He passed that responsibility to this oma? Now we are Lita kulu Shahada, Allah knows.
So much so we can be witnesses over people. We can show people what what a beautiful religion This is. May Allah azza wa jal really keep us in line with the spirit of this religion. I tell you practically.
If you think about this, you realize we have turned Islam into an ethnic reality. Pakistani Muslims are they think Islam is like a Pakistani thing.
And there are Christians in Pakistan, even if they convert, they look down on them.
They're not real Muslim. They're I mean, they're I mean, they're really Christian. Islam is something passed down. They themselves forget seven, eight generations, nine generations ago they were Buddhists and Hindus.
They don't own Islam. The Malays don't own Islam.
They don't they don't all Islamism Malaysia you know, it's not just like it's not a Pakistani thing, just like it's not an Arab thing.
It's not we don't own it, it owns us.
Islam owns us. We have across the world we have become like every other religion obsessed with ourselves. We are the religion of Ibrahim which means we are concerned with the rest of humanity. Unlike any other religion. We want to hire for them. We want good for them.
And we can never lose sight of that. We are the most international Omar that's why these two messengers look at them. Ibrahim alayhis salaam not never sticking in one place and our messenger Ramadan lol What did what did it mean? All nations all peoples, all groups. For God's sake, how far away from the Arab land are we sitting and having this conversation? How many countries are sitting in that inside this hall right now?
All of it because I'm not allowed. I mean, how can we
Forget that. How can you forget that that bond of brotherhood that brings us together is not so we stick with each other. So we share this message with the rest of humanity. The Psychology needs to change later on in the sudo Docker are coming I'll just make one comment about them. When Ramadan happens Muslims become obsessed with worship.
Right? recycle on fast about Vicar. Isn't that what we do?
When Allah introduced Ramadan to us, he says shahidullah Malanga, lithiums Zilla Quran hudl muslimeen meaning about
the site you mean, what do you say? Shahada, Ramadan, Allah, Allah, Odin, Dinas
Ramadan is the month to remind you the Quran came for all people. And Ramadan is the one time you forget about everybody else. All we think about is ourselves.
Quran is for ourselves. You do more Cara you do more recitation. This was the one month that reminded you of this mission. This call is for everybody. disseminate learn this Koran teach this Quran Bundy who is spread on my behalf even if one ayah how are we going to spread it if we don't learn it ourselves? Become students of this book in a little bit or a lot. You know, if I found was the column, little lightly or heavily full time, part time 10 minutes a day, 10 minutes a week. I don't care but make some progress with this Brian. This is not a small gift is not a small gift that Allah gave us. And once we do that allows Anja will show the Baraka to this oma and will show the
light of this Dean to all of humanity vilazodone keep this oma connected to the message of the Quran to the words of Allah azza wa jal May Allah azzawajal help us fulfill the spirit of the religion of Ibrahim alayhis salam, just like he told his own messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for the betterment of rahima hanifa you also follow the religion of Ibrahim hanifah kind of shaking his head and for listening. I'm very, very honored to be here. I'm very, very happy to be here. Welcome for listening. salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
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