Surat Al-Baqarah – Part 59
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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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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After a large Xhosa describes and mentally prepares the mother to have to persevere and they're going to be tested with all kinds of things, you know, be shaped you may not have any kind of fear with you or any kind of hunger when oxymetholone wild will enforce with them or you're going to experience loss of money. Loss of fruits, which means children or investments, you know, and people you're going to lose people and people. Loss of people means people will die also means people will leave. People will have ended. There'll be people you were depending on and they're no longer there. So you're going to have all kinds of trials, but if you have somebody will be fine. After doing that
allows I would have said something remarkable. He said that people who can have suffered even though things will become difficult for you for those people who like I lay him salvato, murabaha Marama those are the people on whom Allah Himself sends Salawat Allah prayers and salutations descend on those people. These are incredibly honored people that ally himself in a sense salutes and those are the people committed to guidance now after this discussion of of patience and persevering and remembering trial by the way, the last of those IOD is actually enough of our time in sha Allah Safa and Marwa are from the great symbols of Allah, the great reminders of God. Why did he bring up safa
and marwah? You know what, suffian miroir about right? The struggle of our mother hospital running from one hill to the other, that's actually reminding us the trial of hunger, fear, loss of a child, remember, he told him listen, you're gonna have trials. And then he says, just so you never forget that you will have trials. I have created an exercise that will always remind you that you're going to have trials and Allah will take care of you. What's that exercise? So fine Marwan so it's actually there at the end of it to remind us that this is why every ritual you do in Islam, every practice you do, it actually goes back to a teaching. It goes back to a principle that you have to
bring into your life. So safa and marwah isn't just, you know, the cardiovascular exercise. And you're like, was it was that the third one? Or the fourth one? Oh, God, the green light, I gotta, I gotta raise my cousin again. You know, that's all we're thinking about what you and I are supposed to be thinking about. At that time is that woman and her struggle, and how you and I have struggled in life and allies reminding us through us running around how Allah will take care of us soprano Matata, incidentally, one thing I will even though our dance doesn't begin there, I do want to remind myself and you have one thing, and that is that you're going to replace it. Okay, sure.
So I wanted to remind yourself and myself of one thing here, about Safa and Marwa Allah helped her with miraculous water, yes, water came miraculously in the middle of a desert and it's still coming out.
But Allah did not give it to her until she ran around. She ran up and down hills seven times pointlessly you could argue because the water didn't come on the hills water came we're
right in the middle and she's looking out maybe I can see some caravan coming. Maybe I could see something in the distance I didn't see before maybe somebody's passing by and they didn't notice maybe I can wave flag them down. So she's desperately looking for a solution running around not once but seven times and then a lot open the well and I'm not gonna open the well before her running around or you know before that, but Ally's teaching us something very important. Allows help does not descend until you show that you made every single effort. You don't sit and wait for a lot of come in help.
He doesn't say the Yala I believe there's a desert here we're gonna die just need to send some water. She made whatever efforts she could and
Then Allah helped her. You know what we do today's we have a sickness, there are people who think the only thing that will bring results is their effort. And there are other people who think that just because they make Dora think should be solved, I made all this door and nothing happened. This brother came to me and said, I fail, I keep failing my entrance exam. I'm trying to become, you know, a certified technician, I've taken the exam four times, I fail every time and I keep making dollar every time and I still feel I was like, you need to get a tutor and not draw.
Don't blame da bro, you, you're looking in the wrong place? Have you done your running around? And I said, Did you get a tutor? Did you get somebody to help you? You know, I was like, Did I make dua for you that you get a tutor, then
that's what you actually need. So even suffer, right? It's not that we passively just wait for a lot of change things. And it's not that we believe that our running around is going to produce results. But when Allah sees us running around, and Allah sees that we're making effort, then he intervenes with his miracles, then he intervenes and brings help as you couldn't expect. So our view is so balanced, we don't get we don't get good things coming to us in life. Because we made the effort. We get them because Allah helped. But Allah never helps until you make the effort. You see, there's this beautiful balance between both of those things. And again, there are people who are either side
of the imbalance, one group of people you might feel yourself one of them or you know people like that. They think the only time good things will come is when you make effort from your own effort. alone has nothing to do with it. It's I was the one who studied I was the one who passed. On the other hand, there are people who refuse to make any effort. Everything they said was hands, if there are problems, blame Allah, if it happened, it's a bonus from Allah. It's all good. I'm just sitting here in na hoona cardoon we're just sitting here chillin, you know, and we have the dean teaches us balanced paths the perilous path in the middle. Now the passage that's scary. It seems as though
Allah is talking about the Jews and the Christians again, it's particularly the Jews, because these are as I will read them to you The first of them in Allah Xena to Muna and Salam in Albania to Al Huda. mimbar. diva Hola, Nancy. Phil Kitab. Allah, Allah, Allah whom Allah we allow to whom Allah known. Here's an easy translation, no doubt those who hide what we have sent down meaning what Allah has sent down, that contains in it clear proofs and guidance. So what Allah sent down has clear proofs and guidance. Well, you're not well hold on to things mean by the MOBA. Now who knows if we'll Kitab so those who hide down what we've sent down, that contains clear proofs and guidance,
even after we clarified it for all the people who love Phil Kitab. In the book itself, we clarified it for all the people in the book, law, aka animal law, those are the people that Allah curses. Well, I know whom Allah is known, and there are those created just to curse who curse them. The summary of the ayah is people who hide revelation or cursed. That's the summary, right? People who hide what Allah sent down and keep it hidden and don't show it to people to benefit people. They are the people that are cursed. Now this seems to be talking about, you know, that I told you earlier on in this surah. There's a long section dedicated to the Israelites. And they had a lot of things in
Torah that they were hiding. When the Prophet came sallallahu wasallam and was reciting Quran a lot of the rabbi's said, Hey, we have IR just like that in Toronto, but they wouldn't tell their people because if they told their people that accept Islam, so they kept it to themselves. But we already finished that discussion, didn't we? That entire discussion of the Israelites came and went, now we're in a section of the surah that's talking to the Muslims. And not only is it talking to the Muslims, the discussion right before this was about patience and trials. And here a lot brings up the thing about hiding revelation again. So classically, a lot of us, you know, and said, this is
about hiding revelation by the people of the book, the Jews and the Christians, particularly the Jews actually who had revelation. So Allah is repeating that subject from before. But I would argue here, there's a matter of if there's a matter of nothing like allies making a certain point, he's already addressing this or Muslim Muslims, and he's telling us something very important. Your trials are going to be with children, your trials are going to be with money. Your trials are going to be with people. But there's another kind of trial, the worst of all trials. And the worst of all trials is your trial will be people will question you, and criticize you and put you in a difficult
position because of your revelation.
Because of what you believe. And then you'll feel the pressure to hide what you believe.
Because if you share what you believe it's politically incorrect, nobody wants to hear what you believe. Nobody likes your book. So you're gonna conveniently pretend that some parts of your book aren't there, or no, no, that was for a different time or you're going to come up with some kind of glossed over flowery interpretation, hiding what a law really, really says. And in doing so, you're going to try to save yourself from trouble. And Allah says if you do that, because the people before you did that, right. If you do that,
Well the formula of allies, those who hide whatever we sent down Martin's Allah, He didn't say Torah. He said whatever we sent down, which means it includes the Quran to anybody who hides revelation and the revelation is made up of two things. albena Well, Huda clear proofs and guidance even after it's been made clear, allama himself made it clear for all all people mimbar diva Hola, Nancy, Phil kita. After we've clarified it for all of humanity in the book itself. Those are the people Allah curses, my goodness, the cursing, that allows origin is mentioning we'll go into more detail soon, was something we thought was about the Israelites and they hit the Torah is not limited
to them, that crime can be committed again. And we could be the criminals against that crime that are held against that crime. Those are pretty serious statement alleges made. But now as we dig deeper, I want you to understand also Allah didn't say those who hid what we sent down, he used the robotic form, which is the present and the future, those who hide it right now, and those who will hide it in the future, which means it could be us to, it does is no reason to exclude us. Allah azza wa jal has already told us previously, that the promise taken was with Allahu mitaka levena otoki tabla to bayona holiness. Well, I'd like to know the people of the work the Israelites, the Jews
were told with a lot of took a contract from them a covenant from them a promise from them, you will absolutely clarify this revelation for all people, and you're not gonna hide any of it. For anybody who are avoiding him. They threw that promise behind their backs, watch that will be feminine karela they sold out, they sold it out. Basically, they became sellouts for a small price for a small gain from it some ironstone What a horrible thing they bought. Now, what I wanted to highlight as I go on, is the two parts of revelation that Allah said, it's really important for Muslims to internalize this because Allah is now describing the contents of the Quran. Like you know, if you look at the
Quran itself, it has a lot of things, but Allah and this is kind of summarizing what revelation is made up of. It's made up of two things in this ayah Albanian as well. Hooda. It's made up of two things called an Arabic albena. Well, Hoda, I've called them in a rough translation, clear proofs, and guidance. That's what I call them clear proofs and what guidance so let's understand the difference between those two things. If you think about the rods, that also had a bayonet, when who died had those two things to the bayonet, for them were proofs that a new messenger is coming. They hit those proofs now that they hit those proofs that people that were following them could no longer
find guidance. The point is before let's say somebody is a non a non Muslim, if they're going to come to Islam, they need to see proof. Isn't that true? The first thing you need is what proof if you accept the proof, and now you're ready to turn to accept that this is the truth. Now you are ready to accept the instructions, the guidance, so it's a one to process first come to approves, then comes the guidance, you see. So Allah says Lv not well. Hooda. Now in Quran, there are proofs for those who ponder and reflect hetalia tambien Allah Hoon, and now will help it will become absolutely clear to them that this is absolutely the truth. What kind of an en de la la vida de
Landa doofy enough and Kathy Allah, Allah says if they ponder deeply on the Quran, and had they done so they would realize that if it was from other than Allah, there would have been contradictions in it. The more you ponder over the Quran, the more it will prove itself, it will become absolutely clear, this can only be divine, it can only be from God Himself. Now that that's internalized. Now you're ready to follow the guidance. Now, let me tell you why this is absolutely important. Because this is the formula, the principle for Islamic education for every generation. For everything the same way a person becomes Muslim, is the same way we actually keep our Islam. You tell your children
makes a lot. Why should I make Salah? Because I said so. Why did you say because Allah said, so why did Allah say so? But the reasons are?
If you asked for proof, you're in trouble. You can our kids, they want to know why. Why are we doing this? Why do we worship like this? Why don't we pray like this? They want by you not? We want them to have Buddha. We want them to have the guidance. And we're like, oh, sozomen mom, my kids not following the guidance. And I'm like, do they have the vaginas? And they're like, what's that?
Because we you know, a lot of us we were raised in Muslim families. We didn't need to be you know, to be convinced we were just raised in that way. Our children are now exposed to all kinds of things that put them in doubt and make them question
Before you expect them to commit themselves to guidance, they need to have clear, self evident proof. They need to be convinced that this is in fact revelation. They need to be convinced. In fact, there is a God that there is such a thing as as a prophet, there is such a thing as a perfect book. And they need to come to that conclusion for themselves. They can't just accept what my mom said. So I do it. They can't do that anymore. You can't afford to at the La La Jolla, la Sierra 10. I call to allow the eyes open. You know, it's not a not a week goes by that I don't have a conversation after Juma with a parent or two at least who come and tell me my child is no longer
convinced of Islam. Not a week goes by. This is no longer even a shock for me. And they're they're like devastated and they're in tears. They can't believe this happened. They put their kid in Islamic school, they even memorize the Quran. They did this they did everything they could and your child is no longer, you know, a believer in Islam, or they're not sure anymore. And it's not always just a pawn. You have to understand there's a there's a deep flaw in the way that we teach our Deen you have to build conviction from the ground up. We have more focused all of our Islamic education on the what
and the and the How to things what and how. What is Islam? What is what is eemaan? What is the Hara? You know, what do we believe? How do you pray? How do you make will do how do you clean yourself from the bathroom? What surah? Should I recite? What should I make what and how, what and how, what and how there's only one question missing. Why?
How come and you know what our Deen begins with Which one? why that's missing. We don't even teach that. We assume automatically our children were born in a Muslim household, the Y should already be there. It's not there. Don't assume that it's there. And just because there it was there when they were seven or eight or nine years old. And you're crying and telling me when he was little used to pray all the time, used to love reciting he was even in cron competitions. Yeah. Because that was all about the how and the what, as children get older. As human beings get older, they begin to question what they ask what question, why, why and we have to have those answers ready for them. As
this education is built. This is actually why the study of the Quran is so important. Koran doesn't just teach you what and doesn't just teach you how most of the Quran teaches you why. That's why we study Quran. And the problem is, the last thing we study now is Quran. When it comes to studying Islam, we study everything around the Quran, the Quran itself, you have kids that have memorized the entire Quran, they've they've learned to read perfectly, you've got people that are studying and they're like, they know everything about what what ingredients are Haram in the grocery store. But they don't know Sula, Talia Emraan they don't know anything about like Soto Nava, or Al qiyamah, or
anything else, they don't know why they let me give you these pseudos it's already done with it can sit on the shelf, you know, Allah says those who hide what we have sent down from the bayonet and the hood at this point clear, Hoda will come when the value not are there. And then who that will become something person. By the way, when you are convinced of something. When you're amazed by something, when you're an author of something, and then you start benefiting from it. Your love of it increases even more and more and more. And the more Hurrah you get, the more the vague enough become clear, and your conviction becomes more burning and deeper. And when that happens, then you
know, my, my yaku miracle, you're silly with alcohol. What comes out of the heart goes into other hearts. Your kid is so convinced other kids around him are convinced because of him and becomes infected, this conviction becomes infectious. They become a source of demand for others. That's the formula has given and that's something we must must absolutely go back to. Allah says Why did he give this to us? member the malba. Now holiness, he after we have clarified it for the people, Allah says he clarified the Quran for who? The people who are the people? Are they just the Muslims? No, and not actually means all Jews, Christians, atheists, Hindus, not agnostic, everybody.
Allah says he clarified it for all of people. But the beginning of the iOS people are hiding the middle of the IRS allies clarifying There seems to be a contradiction. How can people hide what Allah Himself clarified? ally himself did it. I just told you. There are two things, though, in the story of Safa and Marwa, it's a lot of help, but Allah help doesn't come until what
you make the effort, the effort to clarify the effort to teach the effort to show other people that this is actually the Dean of truth. That's the effort that was the responsibility was given to who? The Soma.
When we don't carry this responsibility, then people don't receive this book.
How are they going to receive this book when we don't have it ourselves? When our relationship with this is artificial to begin with? So as I mentioned here, the NASS, this was something given for the benefit of all humanity, fill kita which was mandated in the book itself. In other words, inside of the book, there are things that are not just for Muslims. They are for all non Muslims. That's why when I after Juma, I said, we're gonna come and do these rules here. I said, invite your non Muslim friends and family. Let them come in here what we have to say it's okay. Our responsibility is to share this book and each chance you get you share it. We're not trying to convert anybody, but we
our job is to clarify the book to people. By the way, we are living in special times, the Quran is under discussion all over the world in academic institutions that are not even Muslim.
It's under discussion in the media. It's under discussion in political circles in academic circles and literature departments and universities, the Quran is being discussed. And the one group of people that has the job of clarifying This is sitting quiet.
We're not in those discussions. We're not participating. They're talking about our religion more than we are.
Isn't that a shame? So less has been better than they are now. Holy, Nancy, Phil Kitab. Then comes the part. Willa, aka animal law, the scary part. Those are the people that are law curses, and those who have been created just to curse curse them. Now, why is that so important? I actually mentioned this to you before, people who have suffered, no matter what Allah sends his Salawat on them, you remember that? We like I lay him Sona Watanabe him. Now it's the opposite. Instead of Allah sending Salawat Allah sending What? A curse. And that's not enough. That's not enough that Allah Himself is sending the curse like Allah know whom Allah, Allah says he created certain angels whose only job is
There, you know there are angels whose only job is to do tests we have Allah, there are angels whose only job is to do a stefarr. There is angels that are whose only job is to guard us. only job is to pray for us there are angels like that. And then there are groups of angels whose only job is to curse people who hide a lesser revelation, can you imagine? And by the way, that curse that is mentioned in the present tense would like to Humala suggests that that curse, the effects of it are not only going to be in the orchestra, that the effects of it are also going to be in this dunya in this world also, may Allah protect us from that curse and lifted from us. Now, the thing is here,
one more important piece to highlight about Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allahu Allah, you know, why would Allah curse such people?
Allah azza wa jal gave the greatest gift to humanity, the final revelation, his book, has the biggest gift, Allah has given us all kinds of gifts, this is the biggest one of all of them.
And he gave this gift to a few people, the members of this oma and said Your job is to share it with the rest of humanity. Whether they accept it or not, is not your problem. But they should know what it says. Your job is to make sure everybody's clear, nobody's confused about what this book is. Then they decide whether they believe or they don't believe, when we sit on this treasure, like a snake sitting on top of a treasure chest. Nope, not letting anybody near.
We're not benefiting. We're not gonna let anybody else benefit either. When we do that, then we have deprived people haven't we? Which is why even on judgment day, there are going to be people that will say I was hungry, I was thirsty. I was looking for this. You used to work next to me, you live next to me. You people were around me, you didn't even share anything. You didn't give me a single like, Kay, here's a copy. If you're ever curious about Islam, just want to know what we're about. Here's not a thing. Why would you do this to me? And there are people who on Judgment here are going to be angry at us and they're captured inside a law, you know, and also, they're going to be
cursing, they're going to be saying, why did you do this to us? We are actually supposed to be witnesses to all of humanity, that we delivered the profits mission to them. We gave we made it clear to them. And when we don't then they stand trial against us. They testify against us Milla note makers from them. I told you these if they have a duality, on the one hand, the Muslims thinking about their own book, but the Jews were also thinking about their book because they were hiding which book to rot. And Allah says here that he curses them, but does He say what kind of curse?
He doesn't say what kind of curse? This is actually the Quran beauty. You would say this is so harsh man. Unless talking about like cursing and stuff, and God curses them and curses curse then there's a lot of cursing in the Quran.
But actually, this is a this is a manifestation in the Quran of Allah's mercy. Allah says he tells the Israelites, but it was like a lot of the crimes they committed. But then he says Why? Yah hoo, I'm Kathy. And a lot of really terrible things. He's not even spelling it out. Let me give you an analogy before I share with you what I mean.
If I'm, if I know what my child did, I know that they broke you know, mom's face.
jar, mom's favorite jug or whatever it is. I know what they did. But I say, hey, you're in trouble. And mom's watching right there. You're in trouble for what you did.
Sorry, I just don't see anything more. Please
don't spell it out. by me not spelling it out. I'm showing mercy to my child right. Now listen, this is from the Bible. This is from Deuteronomy 28 to 30. However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all of his commands and decrees, I am giving you today all these curses will come on you and overtake you. You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country, your basket on your kneading, truck traffic will be cursed. The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flock. You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out. The Lord will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke
in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to a certain ruin. Because of the evil you have done in forsaking him. The Lord will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you and destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. The Lord will strike you with Wasting Disease with fever and inflammation with scorching heat and drought with blight and milk this four pages long.
I'm not going to go on because it gets pretty explicit if you're interested in Deuteronomy 28 to 30. Enjoy the read.
Someone said the Quran is harsh Koran says Allah will curse them. Now what did the Bible do?
Let me drop it on you what kind of curses these are going to be.
And there's just a long list of really, really bad ones. And at the end of it all, those are the curses if you'd like to escape and follow God's law.
But it's it's that I mean, I'm still flipping pages and my goodness, my goodness, there will be last of these in the in the biblical account that I'm one of you will say when when it's when it's daytime, you will say if only it were evening and in the evening, if only it were not morning because of the terror that you will find fill your hearts and the sight that your eyes will see. The Lord will send you back and ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There will there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves but no one will buy you
and gets like horrible. Now the thing is we don't have that in Quran but they have that interact.
When Allah said in the Quran, if you hide what you have a level what curse you
they say and they go back and read their own white Torah now every time they read the Torah they're reminded of a lesson in the Quran.
Now they remember they reminded that they're actually cursing themselves as they read you see what Allah did against them. So the these are they have two directions and direction towards the online the direction towards the Israelites and both have to you have to be mindful of both. Now how do you come out of this curse? Now that a serious curse has been described? How do you come out come out of it. Ellen Latina taboo was a slur who obiano fula aka to bully him? Well. annato Rahim with the exception of those, they did three things. they repented taboo, was a slur who they corrected. You can also say they reformed they fixed. Well, they you know, and they clarified I'll say those three
things again, they repented, they reformed they clarified, then those are the people that will ekata to bother him. Those are the people who stole by whose repentance I will accept, I will turn back to them lovingly also, well after World War him, and I am someone who continuously accepts Toba and I am someone who always shows loving care and mercy. So the previous ayah was about a curse and an angry God. And immediately Allah says, I'm ready to forgive you. And I want to give you a lot of love. But you need to do three things to qualify for that love, and that forgiveness and that repentance to be accepted. What are those three things, you repent? You reform? And you clarify. Now
let's understand these three things. If I don't want to pass that judgment on anybody else, I want to think about myself. And you should think about yourselves, if you feel that we as a people have not done our job in sharing the revelation. If we as a people have not done our job and even understanding our own revelation, not much to share it with somebody else. Then perhaps we need to understand that the bad things that are happening to us in this life, not just as individuals but even as nation as an Omar. Maybe they have to do with a curse. Because the curse mentioned in Quran isn't just in the Arcana, it's also in this dunya. And if you want that curse to be lifted, three
things must happen. What are those three things? First of all, you need to admit you did something wrong, because if you don't you can't make Toba. Toba is only done when you admit there was a problem. And Toba necessarily means you won't repeat the same mistake again. So now in the context of these IOD my Toba is, I will go back and learn my book.
I will go back and no longer hide my book. That's number one, I'll go back and learn it. Second was law who they reform. As you learn your book, you realize you live your life in a way that's contradictory with the book. And you will start fixing yourself, you'll start making changes, you won't become angels. But you will try to make changes in your life. And by the way, when you do that, there are people that are around you that are going to walk away from you. They're going to think you'll become you'll become weird.
Because you're, you've gotten all religious now, there are people that we're going to invite you to the bachelors party, or the bachelorette party, they were going to invite you to the nearest party, they didn't even send you the invite, because you've gotten all all hardcore on them.
That's going to happen. And by the way, that's one of the big reasons people don't turn to Allah, because they don't want to feel abandoned by people. Right there, their attachments to people are so strong, they can't let those go. And so they just let go of Allah. You know. And so Allah says, you'll have to fix yourselves, you'll have to turn back to Allah. Turning back means everybody's going this way. You went back that way, which means you're going to be alone, because they're still going, and you turned around. And then you fixed yourself while slow. And once you fixed yourself, now your job the game became became what? Well, they, you know, you started clarifying to you
started actually sharing what you've come to learn. People say I'm not a scholar, how am I going to share anything? Okay, why did the Prophet say ballyhoo? I need a low iron, communicate on my behalf, even if it's one ayah? That's what the prophet says, so long where I used to know, who did he say to he said it to the biggest gathering of Muslims. Some of those people became Muslim that day. Some of those people were of Sahaba that were with the Prophet since the beginning. Some of those people were not even Arab. And for all of them the same instruction, which is what communicate on my behalf, even if it's one, one eye, and today we come along and say, unless you're an island with 80
charts, you shouldn't share anything about Islam. Especially not the Quran. The Quran is only for Allah. Really, that sounds a lot like the Israelites who used to hide revelation. That doesn't sound like our religion, because our religion says you learn this Koran diligently you learn it from people of knowledge, and to the best of what you've understood the good of it, you share it with others, you share it with humanity. And so now this is the way we're going to have to lift the curse from ourselves and honestly, I I genuinely genuinely believe if we can proliferate as an agenda I'm not even talking in theory if we can create an agenda of restoring education of the Quran to the oma
just the oma not even humanity at large just the oma our young our old in English in Bangla in Punjabi in Urdu in Farsi in in Bahasa, you know in Somali doesn't even matter in every language, but we can connect people back the oma back to this book, and help them appreciate this book yet again, the oma will look different in 10 years. I absolutely believe in all it all it requires is we have to reconnect with our book, because that's the first step Toba and when when people genuinely connect with the last book, they start changing themselves with a flow. And when they do that, they'll become ambassadors of this book whereby you know, and then Alice Toba will descend. May
Allah make us all qualified for that job. In Allah Xena cafaro Amato. By the way, I just wanted to share with you I could sit in a studio and do this too. And I don't actually have to do this. I this is not what I do for a living. Why am I doing I'm doing this because of my art like these. I feel compelled. I'll feel like we haven't done our job share and there are people that know much more than I do. I swear I've met people when I sit and study Quran with them. I feel like I haven't even I don't know anything. I don't know anything. Then why am I even opening my mouth? Because a lot of mouths need to be open right now. We just need to clarify right now. We just need to share this book
as much as we can. And I'm really I'm very proud and happy that all of you are here. You know it's not easy to make a commitment like this one even for one night forget all 10 nights. I don't know how many of you here tomorrow. I don't know. But like, it's not an easy commitment to make. But you know what, this this effort right here, this is us reversing occurs. This is us making our way back to October and I'll get to that Hadith also inshallah tada in the next ayah Now Allah says another Xena cafaro one motto hongkou far, no doubt those of you those who disbelieved and died while they were disbelievers, whose which group is Allah talking about? Easy enough to understand which group
disbelievers Thank you You can call it out. It's not Juma. Your good deeds are not taken away. If I asked you a question, you call it out. Okay. So the group is talking about is who again,
but he wasn't talking about disbelievers was he, he was talking about believers, and then those who hide revelation, and all of a sudden he's talking about disbelievers. And then he says about this believers who were just believers died as this
believers will Nika la semana de la one one Menaka oneness, eh Marin, those are the people are lost curses on them, the angels curses on them and the people all together all of their curses on them to this disbelievers are totally curse people.
What is this I are doing here?
There are so many orlimar that said this is all of a sudden about the machine of Makkah.
They said this is about the mistreatment of Makkah. I have a I mean, I respect these opinions. I share them with you I also share with you when I when I respectfully disagree. I respectfully disagree. Why because he's the author Madani and the audience before the these I art is the Muslim community and the Jewish community. And all of the IOD before we're talking to who the Muslim community, Allah azza wa jal is describing another reality here. When people hide revelation.
The word for hiding in Arabic, is kitzman. gets mad katama to hide something. The word Guevara you know what that's translated as to disbelieve, right? Go far go gopher. But Kapha actually literally also means to bury a seed,
to cover also to hide something.
This belief is of many kinds. And one kind of disbelief is you have the truth and you still want to hide it. That is the context of these are those who denied revelation hidden, buried in a way they knew the truth and didn't share it. And they died in that state. Those are the people that Allah curses and the curse of allies on them this time. It's the Ismir form. grammatically they say it's the it's the nominal form. What that means is it's the permanent curse of Allah, and of the angels, and of people all together. Here's the question that arises. Some none if this is about any non Muslim, who dies, why would all of humanity Kherson
was nigahiga Cabrera?
What did he ever do to anybody that people are coming in cursory, cursory look after?
He hasn't done anything to anybody. He harmed himself, perhaps, but not humanity, but somebody who had the truth that was supposed to serve humanity, and they hid that truth and they died hiding that truth. Then allies angry at them, the angels who Allah assigned to deliver that truth, because that truth was given for a purpose or angry at them, and all of humanity that was waiting for that truth are also all angry at them. That's the point that's being made here a scary reality. This scary reality is in a sense, in this dunya somebody can think that they're a believer. Please listen to this carefully is one of the scariest things in the Quran about believers in this world. I consider
you Muslim, you consider me Muslim? Yes. There is a scenario on Judgement day where people get up in front of Allah.
And they think they're Muslim.
But they're standing in a category of non Muslims go far.
And they're like, we belong over there. What are we doing here? And a wall has dropped between them and the believers SoTL Hadid
and so to him, yeah, you have Latina, cafaro Latino young. All of a sudden even those who thought they were believers are being told disbelievers Don't make excuses today.
Whoa, why are they being called disbelievers all of a sudden? They're being called disbelievers because they thought they were believers but they did everything that disbelievers do.
They treated the book just like just believers would. Why should they be considered any different?
Allah will not look at our last names allama not look at what's on our tongues Allah would look at what's in our hearts. If the heart didn't have him on then you and I are in trouble. May Allah keep us keep the mind and our hearts preserved.
Now Allah says, Holly Dena fee ha, they will remain in that curse, meaning it's referring to the afterlife law you have for for animals, what are the punishment will not be lightened from them, nor will they be given any chance to explain themselves, nor will they be looked at umaru Nevada means we will never be let me explain, you know, like a criminal is in court and they're being hauled into jail. And as they're being hauled. You judge judge Wait, Wait just a second. Let me say let me just one more thing, just please consider. Allah says these people, the torture will not be made any lighter, and they will not be given a chance to kind of explain themselves. The question is, why
wouldn't they even be given a chance to explain themselves? Why not give them a second and let them talk it over? Why? Because the people being talked about know the truth more than anybody else. Somebody else can plead ignorance. I didn't know I'm sorry. They can make that excuse. The people being talked about here are not people who don't know these are people who are who do know and knowingly they hide the truth and why should they be given any time off? Why should they be given any excuse? Now you have one who will either Well,
they will not be looked at by the way in this ayah they will not be in punishment rather law says they will remain in the curse.
Meaning what we owe humanity and what we owe Allah is so heavy that that is what
We're going to be paying for in the Arcana. This is what I wanted to share with you here. You know when when are classically there's different opinions about these ions. They say, well, this ayah is referring to when the disbelievers are going to lose in the Battle of butter. I'm like, I don't know about that because they don't remain in the curse of the Battle of butter.
That's not the case. And also here, Allah azza wa jal isn't talking about too much deikun of Makkah. So even though these classical opinions are there, I'm sharing with you what I find the most compelling and you're free to do your own research. Here. What I want to share with you is a beautiful thing of the prophets I send them to help you understand this subject as we move forward.
And be who write a takala Kala Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. This is narrated by Abu huraira with the Allahu taala on how much Tamara Coleman fever at Minwoo Tila. There is never a single group of people who ever gathered in any house out of any of us houses, like the house of Allah we're in right now.
Yet Luna Kitab Allah he were to Dada Suna lubaina home, they are reading the book of Allah together, and they are studying it and reviewing it and going over it and trying to understand it among each other. It never happens that there's any house from any of us houses, where there's a group of people getting together to study a large book in la de la de la hemos Sakina except what always happens is tranquility Sakina in will do this a sukoon comes down on them. Ilana de la hemos Sakina well, Garcia tomar Rama and mercy covers them. Well have fun homegirl melodica and the angel start going all around them hovering around them so that you can't see them in the parking lot right now.
But there there will have far too many melodica was that Cara Humala who FEMA ENDA, who? And Allah mentions them in the angels that are in his company. Alliance, we're talking about Allah. And right now Ally's talking about us. I wanted to share this with you because we just heard about AI opt in which people who hide revelation or what cursed, cursed also by the angels, what is the opposite of that? When they come together and clarify the IR to each other? When they get together and they study the book of Allah, then the angels common those same angels are now giving them Sakina those same angels are praying for them the same age on allies mentioning them Subhana Allah, that's that's
what we want to become. We want to reverse this trend. You know, it's so crazy that you know, you and I are sitting here today, we didn't have to be here. We didn't have to have this discussion. And for many of you, you may have never read these ions.
And if you never had these, these thoughts would have never occurred to you. You wouldn't even know is this something valuable to know? Is this something that impacts the way you think your life? your priorities? So Pamela, what what an impact even a single study of a single ayah of Quran has, and this is what this I shared this hadith with you to help you understand. Why is the Why are the angels cursing? Why does humanity curse they're cursing because the opposite was supposed to be the case you didn't you deprive yourself of that. Then the only thing that left that's left is the opposite. This is my favorite. I have this passage. Well, Allahu Camila Houma La Ilaha Illa Hua
Rahmani Raheem. Your God is one single God. No one is to be worshipped or obeyed in any way shape or form except him meaning Allah. Ar Rahman Al Rahim de exceedingly overwhelmingly loving, caring and Merciful, the always loving, caring and merciful. This one is about how loving Elias tears and how he's only one, but the thing is alive is talking to the Muslims. And I'm pretty sure the Muslims already know Allah is one and I'm pretty sure Muslims already know allies out of mana Rahim. They say that in every Fatiha
so why is this ayah here? Again, it baffled a lot of the commentators and they said this is about the machete cone, because they're the profile they're being told a lie is one like, no, there's many suitors for that monkeys rules for that. What's this ayah particularly doing here? All of this scary stuff about Allah.
And there are two statements made in this ayah
Tuesday are actually three statements. One of them is your God is one in the same.
I want you to I want to help you understand why that's important.
The first big group of people who Allah gave the book to and they didn't deliver the book, they hit the book, which was that group of people, Israelites? Did they mess up yes or no? They messed up and when they messed up Allah curse came on them. The second group of people that have been given a book and given the same responsibilities who, us if we don't do this, a lot cars will be on us. Now allies telling us I've already told you about the Jews. Now I'm telling you what you what will happen to you. It's not like you have a different grading system. Your God is one in the same Allahu comilla
is not a different god that's dealing with you. When you heard it. You write about the God that dealt with the Israelites. It's not another goddess, the same Allah who dealt with them. And now it's your turn. So don't be
confused. What happened with them is that Oh, they were the curse people. They weren't special enough. That's never gonna happen to us. Excuse me. You have the same teacher, the same Lord, the same guy, the same judge, you know who? Camila. Hahaha, get your act together, you understand that? Like don't think you're special or different and it's so beautiful the placement of this ayah when you don't understand the placement of the ayah This is about goddess one. You know, Camila. Allah is one. Yeah, I know Allah is one. But why is he one over here? He's one in the same from before. La Ilaha Illa, who are no one has to be worshipped, obeyed in any way, shape or form except he make
your priorities exclusive to him. Don't fear anybody else but him. And then at the end of it all, he says, I'm not here to curse you. Just because they ended up getting cursed. I'm not here to curse you. I want to give you my rahama I'm mine over him. So by the end of it, it's the love of Allah that transcends of how the lights so beautiful. What I wanted to share with you here is some meanings of the word Illa. We say la ilaha illAllah. And often we don't actually think about what that means we just translated as your God is one God. Right? La ilaha illa Allah there is no God, except Allah or be sometimes translated as there's no one worthy of worship except Allah. So I
wanted to dig a little deeper into the word Allah and help you appreciate what is inside of it. So every time you say la ilaha illAllah or Allahu Camila Han warhead, these meanings come in your mind. The first of them Allah higher Allahu la vida. They say so first thing I want to share with you is that it's technical, but I'll make it easy. I promise. The word Illa is an infinitive. Now, that's a big word. I know I'll make it simple. an infinitive is an idea. For example, education is an idea. Okay, worship is an idea. submission is an idea. ideas in English usually have a tion at the end, like submission or education or, you know, replication etc, etc. Or an IMG at the end. Okay, like
eating or sleeping or drinking these IMG words are also ideas. Also you can have in English ideas are captured with the word to like to eat or to sleep or to drink or to think these are called infinitives ideas. The word Illa is actually not a noun for a person. It's originally an idea. In other words, to worship. It actually literally means to worship worship itself. Now, it's a bit abstract, but again, by examples, things will be understood easier.
If I say to somebody, man, that teacher,
that guy is just knowledge, man, that guy is knowledge. I didn't say that guy is knowledgeable. I said what that guy is. That's grammatically incorrect. I shouldn't be saying that guy is knowledge. I shouldn't be saying that guy is what? knowledgeable, but what I'm trying to say to you is when I think of knowledge itself, the infinite idea of knowledge itself, his picture comes to mind. You understand? When I say about Allah, Allah is mercy. Instead of saying, Allah is merciful, I say Allah is mercy. merciful is a is a being. But Mercy is an idea. And now I'm describing a law with an idea Allah has mercy itself. What does that mean? That means whenever I think of mercy, I think of
Allah, like the idea of mercy, which is so broad, is personified in this one being.
When I say Allah, it's actually worship itself, worship itself. And so La ilaha illAllah. It's not just object of worship or the one worthy of worship. Allah is saying, There's no such thing as worship other than Allah Himself. You can't even think of worship outside of Allah. The idea itself, is actually manifest only truly in Allah. And if you haven't done it to Allah, you don't even know what worship means. You've never experienced it. And that's actually one of the reasons why a Koran is called Quran. Quran doesn't mean something that is recited. Koran actually means recitation. Koran means one recitation, not a recited book, but recitation itself as if Allah is saying, if you
haven't recited this, you don't know what recitation means. You haven't even experienced it. That's the first meaning of Allah. The second anyhow, Allah Fulani, a bully RB o faza. La e to find peace and someone to turn to somebody when you're desperate. When like a panic happens, the first person you call not Ghostbusters, but I'm saying like when something happens and you immediately want to talk to somebody. When a crisis happens when good news happens, anything overwhelming happens. You grab your phone and you want to share that with someone that first someone is actually any law of some kind in the Arabic language. In other words, though, he you went to them in times of desperate
demotion, the first one you wanted to share your trouble with the first one you wanted to share your joy with? This is what and by the way, you don't do that except with someone you deeply love and trust, isn't it? And there are people who when good news happens, you're thinking about calling them and telling them, I'll mess it up. They'll put another on me. And so I tell them, and even if I tell somebody else I'll tell them don't tell her. You know? Isn't that what happened with yaku Bala Salaam and use of use have told us data dream and he said, don't tell who don't tell your brothers. You know. So there are people who genuinely love you want to share everything with them. That's one
of the meanings of the word Allah like it when good happens. You just want to go to Allah. When bad happens, we just want to go to Allah Subhana Allah, then they say, le ha the man at the high era.
When you're amazed by someone, when you're an author of someone, when you're just overwhelmed by someone, you know, that's part of the meaning of the law. We're just mesmerized by God by Allah. That's what lies to us when we say la ilaha illa Allah who have Yahuwah and Yahoo. Allah who also means he Illa contains the meaning of protection and rescue. La ilaha illAllah also means there is no protection other than Allah. There is no one to rescue you other than Allah. You turn to Him in love, and you turn to him for protection and you turn to Him in worships all in La ilaha illa Allah and then my favorite one, it comes some argue that the Hamza is actually Moodle Bill, Bill. Wow.
Well, he has yellow, and voila, well mooloolah in Arabic, actually. So let me describe this to you. It's one of the Arabic words for love. So when Allah can actually go back to one of the Arabic words for love, but loving Arabic has 10 degrees, there are 10 you can say levels of love. And the 10th level is called him I'm gonna give you all 10 You don't need to write these down, like I'm getting married. So I need to write these down. None of them chill out, okay, so
that the 10th level is called him and he actually means you done went crazy in love. You went nuts. You don't eat anymore, you don't sleep anymore. You're wandering like a crazy person like literally Majnoon. That's why it's used for camels that are lost in the desert looking for water, how much you could leave and so I kind of love that is revenue the revenue man and made you suicidal? That's called him. So you don't want that kind of love because we don't want love that suicidal. The one above that, meaning the one that's not fatal, not destructive, but has all the good but none of the bad. That's why
and that's from the one which which is from the where the word a lot comes from.
And one of the origins of the word Allah and what does that mean? It's a kind of love the way they describe this, this Wella for Allah is it's a kind of love that when you have it, pain doesn't feel painful.
When you have it pain doesn't feel painful. Hunger doesn't feel hungry. thirst doesn't feel thirsty.
It removes your pain because you have that love. You know, I'm reminded of the song when we're hungry love will keep us alive. You know?
But the idea that's actually what lies you know, when Christians come and tell you our God is love. What about your God?
Where's the love in the Quran?
is right there bro? Allah
La ilaha illa Allah we start with love baby. We just you know,
Allah azza wa jal, his name has worship in it. It has protection in it. It has rescue in it. It has you turning in desperation and trust towards him in it. And it has the sweetest kind of love in it.
Isla hukum Illa who then read Allahu Camila Anwar your loving caring protecting rescuing God is still one in the same No one deserves that. There's that except him. He's
so powerful, isn't it? It just changes every like a little bit of this study. And it just changes everything you guys doing. Okay, so far. Okay. Okay. So now now this is man I'm gonna get a little philosophical with you guys. But it's okay. If you if you don't understand it in La La La La Jolla. It's okay. It's okay don't worry about it.
So the next is seems completely unrelated but it's not enough the Hulk SMRT will have the wasthe laughing lately when the Hardy will full killer t totally fail battery be my own foreign NASA mama Angela la homina sama ma ma
ma ke ha Baba Sufi having colada button what a sleeper via he was a habit was acquired by a sama he will have the the Ayatollah Khomeini Aki Lune what an ayah he says no doubt in the creation of the skies and the earth and the contrast between the night and the day and the ships that sail with in the in the oceans with what benefits people and what Allah sent down from the sky. That water that is that gives life
To the earth after it was dead, and the spread and he spread on this earth, all kinds of beasts, all kinds of animals that you get to see, and the changing of the winds, the alternating of the winds, and the and the clouds that sails stuck between the skies and the earth. In all of those things, no doubt there are miraculous signs for those who apply their intellect. That's what he says. Now, the question is, what is that doing here? First of all, here we weren't talking about don't hide revelation, here we were talking about you need to make though by and clarify the revelation, then he told us your God is the one loving God. And now all of a sudden, this ayah Why? Because now you
need to understand that you will get to know Allah, not only through revelation, you will get to know Allah, you want to understand how is he or Ramana Rahim? Allah just told me that he's gonna curse and throw into hell and stay in there forever. How is he merciful and loving and caring? Allah says, Let me show you how I think about it. Think just look outside. Don't I make the night and day everyday for you? And look, look at what he did in each of these pieces, the night and the day or the form of risk? Are they a gift to humanity, night and day, if it was night, the entire time if it was day, the entire time Wouldn't that become a curse? That's a gift from Allah as an act of love
for you Yes or no? Go to the next part. He says the ships that sail
is that a gift from Allah. That is that is subdued the oceans that ships get to sell so much of what you eat and dressing. So much of our provision comes from ships that sell the majority cargo travel in the world today is still by sea. With it with the advent of the airplane with the advent of you know, advanced train systems and all of it still the majority of the world's trade takes place by the sea. That is a reality, human human commerce would not survive without commerce by sea. So panela
Well, full killer, the and by the way, there are islands like I went to Bermuda one time, not the triangle, but I went there. And they don't they don't have bread, they don't have eggs. There are milk, cows on the island, they get all that by by ship. Most people will starve without there wouldn't be nobody inhabiting the island if it wasn't being delivered constantly. That's why a loaf of bread there is like eight bucks, but whatever, you know, because that's a rare commodity to them. In any case, he says buy ships and I'll come into detail into each of these later, I just want to highlight one thing for you how each of these things is risk. A lot didn't just say random things.
Each of them benefit you night and day benefits you the ships benefit you and what benefits people Allah says what he sent down from the sky water is that risk is that provision. And then he says for a heavy Hill mot Ha. And he gave life to the earth after the earth was that is that provision? Sure. Well by Sophie having kalida button and he spread all kinds of animals on this earth is that provision. My goodness, what does leaf area and the winds that that move from here to there, these winds bring pollen with them, pollen germinates, the plants, life comes on the earth because of this, and the winds bring the clouds and the clouds bring the rain. Without the flowing winds, there
would be no life on this earth with us leaf area. And then we're sahab in masaka in the clouds that hang between the skies and the earth. subdued and subdued literally means they don't they don't hurricane you every time they come. They give you like gentle rain just enough for water and life. Between the skies and the earth and all of that there are enough signs there truly are Signs for people who apply their intellect, signs of what signs of how merciful Allah is signs of how loving Allah is not just that there is a God, but that God is loving and merciful and cares for me. So by the time you get to those I have warnings, and you're scared of Allah, and then Allah tells you No,
no, no, I'm a man over him. And you wonder how are you are Ramana Rahim? Allah says Look around you. Just look around you and think. Isn't it beautiful? the continuity of these ayat likoma Yaki rune, now I want to share something with you, those of you that are students of literature will really appreciate this, the style of the Quran is actually mind blowing. It's something there's something in the Quran that Western scholars now call ring composition. Ring composition means that Allah will actually structure some of his arguments in a symmetrical way. So something complicated that Allah says, or long that Allah says he makes symmetry out of it. So let me share some of that with you
inside of this ayah there was a long list of things I'll quickly go through them again, the skies in the earth, night and day sky and sky and earth, ships sailing, rain, plants, animals, winds, clouds sailing, and then between the skies and the earth. That was the list right? Now if you notice there was skies in the earth.
Right and that's where you get night and day sky in the earth. And at the end of the day has been a summer you will have sky and earth again. So it began with sky and earth and it also ends with sky under the second item mentioned was ships that sail
Remember those. And the second last item is clouds that sail.
And the third item was rain. And the third last item is winds.
Which, by the way, go hand in hand first you feel the breeze then comes the rain and in the middle are plants and animals. Plants and animals are the byproduct. We would not have plants and animals if it weren't for night and day and the ceiling of the shapes and you know, none of that would actually come to fruition, if it wasn't for that, and that's the ultimate risk for us are the plants and the animals that help us survive. That's right in the middle. By the way, a couple of hours later. Allah is going to talk about halal and haram.
That's tomorrow. Whatever halal haram we can talk about McDonald's and stuff and no or not. Maybe Okay, so.
But you know, it's so beautiful that Allah first describes how he is a Razak. And now he's telling you the common Yaki loan. In other words, you know, a lot of times we say over simplistically, the Quran talks about the signs of nature.
And the signs of nature should prove to you that there's a God. I argue that's an oversimplification of the Quran. The signs of nature at different places in the Quran are highlighting different things about God. Here, they're highlighting a last provision, how merciful alleged to you or how much he cares for you how much he took care of you. Now, what I want to share with you next is just some things about each of these, the night and the day, he says St. Laffy layli, when the heart is the laugh is commonly translated as contrast, but it actually means three things. The first thing, if the love means is alternation, meaning night changes, and today, the changes into night, that's the
first meaning. The second meaning actually is over the course of a year, days become longer, nights become shorter, than nights become longer and days become shorter. The fact that seasons change is the mercy of Allah inside of the La Villa and even the hub. In one statement. Allah didn't just talk about one night and one day, he actually by use of the word love, as opposed to the tub de la la when the hub, he actually talked about the seasons changing, isn't it a mercy of Allah that there's such a thing as spring and winter, and fall and summer, you know. And then the the third meaning of it is how they differ from each other, meaning Knight has his own purpose day has its own purpose
was Elena labasa, which Allah hora Maharaja, he made the day a certain purpose and by the nighttime animals needs sleep, plants need rest. Plants need to do certain processes at night that they cannot do during the day. And then the sunlight comes in their processes change. And animals do other things, human beings, our activity revolves around the night and they just like the entire world of nature, its activities revolve around the night and day. So each of them having their own purpose, or in itself a mercy SubhanAllah. Then the second thing he mentioned was willful killer to actually be my unfairness I love this. A lot of talks in these are not just about what he does.
Obviously, night and day, we have no control over it. We I mean, we try to change daylight savings time, but other than that we have no control over night and day. But when he says the ships that sailed, it's actually a partnership between man and God.
Why? Who built the ship?
We did, who come the sea down. A lot of
who built the equipment that can go dive deep into the ocean, human beings did, who provided the pearls, the fish, the the race that's underneath their allotted.
You couldn't have gotten what Allah made until you manufactured some things yourself, isn't it?
Every time in this passage, there seems to be an indication that if you want the mercy of Allah, you have to make effort yourself.
Allah then says he sends rain from the sky. And by the way, I did mention one thing about BMI and found that the mark could be for those of you that are Arabic students, Mark could be Muslim, or masuleh. What does that mean? It could mean the ships that sail for the benefit of people. That's one translation, the ships that sail for the benefit of people. And the other meaning is the ships that sail including what benefits people? Now what is that? What difference does it make? It's pretty cool. One meaning is the ships that sail with cargo that benefits people, because obviously the cargo will benefit people close, you know, electronics, merchandise, cars, food, whatever it is.
But when it says the ships that sail for the benefit of people, it's including not only material good, but travel, does travel benefit people. Does it open up their perspective? Does it broaden their horizon? does it allow them to meet other people and change their view of things and give them an opportunity to reflect and think or whatever? So ally is actually mentioning all kinds of benefits, even intellectual benefits of travel in BMI and found us Now look, well, my fellow la hamina sama, what he sent down from the sky. What does he send down rain
He says all kinds of vegetation comes out. But wait a second, does vegetation come out on its own? Or do we have to plant the seeds?
human beings, human civilization cannot survive without agriculture. And agriculture means you have to prepare the soil, plant the seed, get everything ready and then hope for the rain isn't it? Again, a partnership between the effort of men and the intervention from God from Allah Xhosa. Once again, allows mercy will come but you have to do your part. Ally's teaching you something here in everything Allah does, he does, if he doesn't send the rain doesn't matter how well you prepare the soil, you're dead.
If he doesn't come to see down no matter how good your ship is, it's gonna sink.
So you will have to make your effort but Allah will make them miraculously things convenient for you. That is the relationship we have with Allah. That is the same relationship you will have with the revelation of Allah, Allah, his book will not just open itself to you, you will have to make the effort. You know, people come and say to me all the time, the Quran, why isn't it simple? And why isn't it in every language? Because if it was before, everybody should have been made made easy for everybody. I'm like, yeah, you
are lucky one day in San Juan.
You know, it's hard to translate that one. I won't translate that one.
Do you say well, why is there a college education? Why doesn't it come to me? Why do I have to go to school?
Why does my paycheck come to me? Why do I have to go to work?
You don't complain about anything else that is valuable that you have to earn. But a large revelation should come to you on a silver platter. Because you earn it.
Because you're that that high class that Allah should come to you and say would you like some fries with this soda? You know?
You don't need any effort. Why do I have to learn it? Why doesn't it just become easy for me? I'm sorry, I didn't realize how entitled you are. You know, I'll send a fax to US dollar right away for you on behind your behalf.
Except fax I did it myself anyway.
Well, my ns Allah homina sama remember, in fact,
he gives life to the earth after it was dead. What does three feria What if you haven't? kalida? Okay, he spread all kinds of beasts on the earth. But those beasts that are less spread? Do you have to hunt them?
Do you have to domesticate them? Do you have to milk them or they just come on you're on your own and say, here's some milk.
There's again a partnership, a horse has to be tamed, it doesn't tame on its own. You see that the and the bird has to be hunted before you can eat it.
So Alonzo, tell me things that necessarily you will go and seek visitors. You will go and seek it and put effort see that beautiful relationship between those two things. Then my one of my favorites was the de familia. What does this mean? It means the variation in the winds direction. Sometimes it's blowing this way. Sometimes it's going that way. And if it didn't blow in different directions, ships could not travel where they need to go. Then on top of that, the change of strength, sometimes very light breeze, sometimes very strong wind. Sometimes it's very hard. Sometimes it's cold, sometimes it's just right. You know, sometimes you go outside Texans are not used to cold weather.
So there was a hole. I'm gonna go back inside. I'm gonna cover myself in a jacket and then come out. You know, I'm from New York, I think this is nice weather actually.
It's kind of crazy. But what I saw is yesterday, I said cancel the program. These are Texans little, I do not want them on the road.
But the sleeve and change it change in fertility. Now some wings only bring dust. Some rings bring pollen with them, and food and literally sustenance with them. Clouds with them. These changes in the wind are also from Allah. But you know, the word Soph would have meant that Allah could have said about South Korea, and it would have meant the same thing. But he said with a serif area, this is for daddy, or Daddy. Daddy in Arabic means ally sing. I'm making them turn.
Like literally inside your house, you have an air conditioner, fan on off cool, hot temperature setting auto full blast. You know, as soon as dad leaves the house because he always keeps it off. Right? So
literally, Allah has the entire or the entire Earth on air conditioning. And he decides where should the fan be turned on a little extra? Where do you drop the temperature? Where do you increase it? And he's actually control and that's what's captured inside the word asleep. He's making it move. Every every breeze of wind, I feel feel is an act of love directly. What does it feel? Yeah. And then he says what's the habit masaharu and the cloud had hanging between the sky and the earth. When somebody will attend Nicole mania alone. There are miraculous signs for people that truly apply their intellect. I want to share with you a couple of minutes that will give you a quick break. Is
it okay if I give you breaks in the middle and get your mind fresh again. I'll take five more minutes. I'll give you a break. Okay.
And then we'll wrap up.
I want to share something with you about two words in the Arabic language. One of them is iaat. And probably the second one after the break.
But I thought First, the word is in the Arabic language very strange word, it means several things, it gives the meaning is related to the root origin of the word A, which actually literally means meaning, meaning itself.
Another meaning of ayah is alhama is there is a sign a symbol of something like a sign on the highway that says, you know, Frisco six miles or something, that's an ayah. Also, an ayah is also considered from a yada yada yada yada yada, to have direction to actually had an a particular direction. That's also coming from the same meaning of the word ayah. I also means valuable goods. valuable things. They say in Arabic and old Arabic, hello, jellico movie it him. You know, old Arabs used to travel in the desert, set up a tent, stay overnight, do a barbecue outside, make a little fire. And then in the morning, they pack everything up. But do they pack up the ashes. They leave
the ashes, right, the burn stuff and the bones and things. And so when somebody else comes along and sees this remainder, he says collagen calm will be it him the group left with all of their valuables only left his junk behind. And what they left with is their iaat. everything of value. When a lock call something an IRA, it is a value.
When a law called something an IRA, it has a meaning when a law called something and if it's pointing you in a certain direction. When a law calls something and if it is a sign of something, a sign is never a destination, a sign leads you to a destination isn't it?
Every one of these things Allah made arhuaco I art I art means they will lead you somewhere.
They will lead you somewhere. This is amazing to think about from a philosophical point of view. This is actually the worldview of Islam. Every human experience, every human experience is an ayah.
History is an iron,
the physical universe around you is made up of what is revelation itself is what if there is not a single human experience that is not an ayah which actually means to Muslims. Everything has meaning purpose and direction. And all the IOD point back to Allah subhana wa Tada, I just want to make this philosophical concept simple. For you. This is the unifying term of reality in Islam, if you understand the term ayah you understand the Psalms worldview, because everything you experience is encapsulated in this one phrase, Ira, and this 111 single word, by the way, but it doesn't say the mountain is an ayah. The Quran says there's an ayah inside the mountain.
In it, there's an ayah he doesn't say it is an ayah. It says in it, there's an ayah Allah doesn't say the sky is an ayah. He says in the sky, there's an ayah.
Now if I told you this is valuable,
this is different from saying inside this there's something valuable. When I say inside this, there's something valuable to get to the valuable What do you have to do?
You have to dig inside, you have to open it up. You have to see what's behind it. What a lot of could have said the skies in Iowa, but instead of seeing the skies Now what did he say the sky, the eye is where inside the sky, there's something behind it, you have to think about what's behind it. Like you know, nowadays you have an app, the app is awesome. But behind the app, there is some amazing source code.
Allah wants you to not just see the app, he wants you to see the what the source code. So look at this, when Muslims made art.
If you look at Islamic art all over the world, you'll notice one common thread thread.
We make things symmetrically geometric patterns, perfect curve here perfect curve their lines, even our calligraphy is very symmetrical, you know, and mathematical like order. You know why that is? art is supposed to be an expression of what human beings experience. For a believer, when they see a mountain in a tree and a bird and behind it, they see order. They see perfection. They see system that allows them to put in place, everything has a purpose. So their art was always what symmetrical mathematical compared to this to like, you know, European art from a couple of centuries ago. They see a mountain they paint a mountain, they see a bird they paint a bird, a barn, a horse, a lady
stitching something is not what they paint. They see reality for what it is. We saw reality for what is the source code behind it. And it's even manifest in our art. Even and by the way, what's happened to modern art. We Europeans saw reality for what
It is not reality to them has no source code. There's nothing behind it. And when there's nothing behind it, then this starts looking uglier. So art necessarily started getting uglier.
And so they would paint pictures of people with the eye over here and the lips over here. This is how I see reality
is now What happened? abstract art expressionism.
And then thereafter, I don't see any purpose. So you go to a modern postmodern, you know, Art Gallery, and there's a canvas, and voila, LLVM there's nothing on it. There's nothing on it. And you're looking at life.
And the guy's like, this is what I feel about the universe. Like, you're right, you're right. There's a nothingness. It's an experience. And then of course, you've seen art that looks like you know, a monkey was left in the room with a paint bucket, like,
you know what I'm talking about, right.
And that's an expression of what how, you know, art is an expression of how you see reality. I art, the point that these are ions we see behind what Allah created. And behind all of these things is alerus origin himself. So every time you see one of these things, every time you experienced a sign, it keeps taking you back to Allah in one way or the other in one way or the other. And the beauty of the Quran is, it doesn't take you back to a lie in the same way in these particular IOP. I kept highlighting, it takes you back to a lot in a way to remind you that he's your provider, that he's caring for you.
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