Tasks of our Messenger
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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So now we're ready now that I've given you a recap of these four names, the kings of pure the authority and the whys. Now I'd like to talk to you about my second discussion, which is about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the four tasks Allah gave him. I want to share first of all the IRA with you, and then we'll we'll discuss it in some detail and I'll briefly translate it for you to who will let the basophil Amina Rasool Amin home yet new Allah him it will use a key him while you're Ali Mohammed Al Kitab Ah, well, hikma were encountered woman Campanula Vitola movie. He is the One Who appointed among the unlettered A messenger from within them Minh home, yet Lu Allah
him iOttie who recites onto them who narrates onto them, His miracles, His Ayat, his revelations are miracles you can call the ayat will use a key him and he purifies them. When you Ali Mohammed Al Kitab. And he teaches them It says the book but you can understand that as the law the term Kitab in the Quran, many places is used for the law. So he teaches them the law. While hikma and the wisdom, once again, I'm summarizing the translation and I will conclude it. He's the one who appointed among the unlettered a messenger among them, who does four things. Here's what they are. He teaches them he recites the ayat onto them he he narrates onto them or introduces them to the miracles. He
purifies them, he teaches them the law, and the wisdom. That's the fourth thing. We're in Councilman Abdullah Mubin, even though for much before they had been immersed in obvious misguidance, these people were lost for many, many centuries. Many, many generations, obviously lost, worshipping all kinds of false gods and pagan idols. Right. So that's the commentary made in this idea. Here, once again, for tasks have been highlighted, reciting the ayat purification, the messenger purifies when you Alim human Kitabi teaches them the law, and it teaches them wisdom. In order to understand these four tests, the first thing I want to share with you is the fact that the prophet of allah
sallallahu alayhi, Salam among all of the other prophets carries a unique burden. Being the last messenger isn't just the fact that you're last on the list, it means you have the heaviest load that has ever been given. No other prophet is coming to guide humanity. So what he has been given, and what he must deliver in those 23 years, isn't just Ness. It's not isn't just necessarily that it transforms his immediate audience, he has to be given something that is going to continue to transform humanity until the Day of Judgment, the way prophets used to transform people. The job that was done previously by prophets must now be done by this one prophet for every nation, every
ethnicity, every generation, every society to come until Judgment Day. That's the burden on our messenger, sallallahu alayhi, Salam. And on top of all of that, you know, messengers used to be given the this, this, this miracles, in Grand miracles to be able to bring about their changes to be able to convince people like Musa and the staff, he's only going to be given the Quran, he's not going to be given anything else. But in order to understand the beauty of these and the flow of these four tasks, and depth, I'd like to start this discussion with an analogy. And I think it ties in some of the key concepts that are being communicated here in these ayat.
Imagine that there's a town that's kind of backwards is a village, not very civilized people live there, they kind of live they they don't have much in the way of law or infrastructure refinement. And one day, they see an entourage of horses, you know, back in the day, horses decked out soldiers in uniforms, and an ambassador coming with them. And the ambassador is dressed in clothes they've never seen before. Clearly, these people are not from around here. And he opens up this grand scroll and starts reading them a message from a king who would like to annex their village, he'd like to take over their village and offer them the benefits of being part of their kingdom and, you know,
starts giving them all of this, this message from this king. And these people look at him and say, first of all, it's obvious you're not from here. But how do we know you're actually here from a king? What proof do you have? So he shows them, you know, coins, he shows them treasures that can only possibly belong to a king. He gives them some kind of indication that he represents royalty. If they're convinced, they say, You know what, we'll hear him out. We'll want to hear what this king has to say. You know, we're kind of impressed with the entourage and everything he brought and the proofs of his his grand royalty. We're gonna give them a shot. Well, if you're gonna go to that
company of that King, you're gonna go meet him, then you're gonna have to dress your best. You're gonna have to dress for the occasion and observe proper protocol, you're gonna have to refine yourself you're gonna have to purify yourself keeping track, keep keep in mind what we're talking about in the IRT at large MIT where he was a key him. You go meet this king and the king says if you want to be part of my kingdom here the laws you have to follow you
To the regulations, you must now adapt, this will become your constitution. And he overtime develops these people. And they implement more and more of the laws of the kingdom until they themselves become a very refined, well developed, well well established, sophisticated society. And only as they develop and grow, do they start learning the advantages of becoming a more sophisticated nation, they didn't see the wisdom in some of that law before. But now they start seeing that wisdom, they went through this process of refinement. I wanted to give you that analogy, because it's kind of like what the messenger did salsa, but there are some differences. And the commonality,
however, is that those people that the Prophet came to have not had a message from their king. For many, many generations were encountered when coupled with a few bodily moving. The first thing, what did the messenger do? He recited Allah has Ayat yet Lo, Allah him iOttie people heard the message of the Quran and he's claiming that this is from God, it's from Allah. They said, How do you know it's from Allah? How do we know? What proof do you have that this is from Allah, the words of Allah are so powerful. We're so grant, we're so inimitable, you couldn't produce something like them. You were so overwhelmed by them, that the audience that would hear it would know immediately that those words
don't belong to a human being. They were experiencing the miracle of Allah's words directly. And that alone was humbling them. There were instances where people came to debate with the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, and he would recite ayat and he would get to an IRA where Allah commands everyone fall into soja disbelievers the entire congregation of them would fall in frustration that happened. The Quran, Quran words overpower them. And that's the first thing the Prophet did introduce people to the miraculous power of the Quran, yet Lu alayhi, Marathi, he's introducing them. And while he's introducing them, they are in awe, that this this does not belong to this human
being. This is coming from a much more grand, much more royal, much more powerful source. Then some people were in so much of that word that they wanted to accept that word and recognize that they want to now become purified. These were the people that then accompanied the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, they became they came all around him, they hovered around him, they formed a society around him. And he would give them constant reminder for the kid interactive vichara reminder, reminder has any benefit for in cratenbarrel, meaning continuous reminder is going to benefit believers, the prophesy Salam would continuously give them a reminder through the word of
Allah. And through that reminder, two things happens. Their hearts start being purified of greed, of jealousy of materialism, of want and worry about worldly things. Their hearts start becoming more and more connected to Allah and less and less connected to material things. They start seeing things in a more refined and beautiful way. But their minds start getting refined to their thought process starts changing. They start criticizing things they previously didn't criticize. They started appreciating things previously they didn't appreciate a purification is happening because of their constant exposure to Revelation. This Quran is transforming them with this regular exposure. This is
why use a key him his purifying them. And when they reached the point of purification, their hearts and minds were completely submitted before Allah after they were in awe of Allah's miracles already, these became the strongest of people, people that were willing to leave everything behind and when Allah gave them laws, finally when Allah started giving them laws, when he started telling them that certain foods that you've been eating your whole life, you can no longer eat certain drinks that are addictive in nature, wine and alcohol addictive in nature, that you've been enjoying your entire life. Today's the day you stopped drinking, that's it. Certain clothing, or you know, women that
loved beautifying themselves and dressing up and going out in social gatherings and doing all of that. And then Quran comes and says no, from today on, you're going to dress like this and gave them laws. When Allah gave those laws, these people are immediately ready to implement those laws. Why did that happen? Because two things had already happened over a long period of time, yet Louella him it. They were in awe of Allah's miracle. They were humbled by Allah's words, and they were constantly being purified by reminder. And then finally they were ready to learn the law. I'm reminded I always repeated because it's such epic words by Aisha Radi Allahu anha Well, am I Naza
Lebanon Qurani la she will hammer la colina Allah he learned that through Cal hombre Abaddon. She says if the first thing ever revealed in the Quran was don't drink alcohol, we would have said well Allah He we will never stop the consumption of alcohol ever. We will never give it up. Because we weren't purified. Yeah, that's the point that she's making, you know. So here, we have to obey Him. It is a very powerful actually when you only Muhammad Kitab teaches them the book is a very, very powerful reminder that we have to internalize that laws. The regulations of Islam aren't just taught just like that. Do this. Don't do this. This is what we do with our children nowadays. This is
haram. This is haram. This is haram. If you really want them to transform, then they have to go through the same process.
The Quran identified here, you know. Now, finally, is the endless journey while hikma and he teaches them the wisdom. Why do I call that the endless journey? See, laws are a finite set of regulations. It's a number of rules. This is prohibited. This is prohibited. This is prohibited. This is a mandatory requirement. This is what you must do. You must pray five times a day if you can afford to, you must go to HUD, you must fast in the month of Ramadan. Laws are finite and regular regulated. There's not an infinite number of laws in Islam. But wisdom is an entirely different entity. Wisdom is an endless lifelong pursuit. The Quran didn't just come here to give us laws. The
Quran came to give us endless lifelong wisdom, my entire life will be spent exploring the wisdom of the Quran, and I will leave this world having only captured a few drops. That's the nature of wisdom. And so Allah azza wa jal says that finally he teaches them the wisdom. He teaches them a way to engage with this book and draw more and more and more treasures from it. And this is done by means of reflection and contemplation of Allah Tada Brunel Quran, don't they ponder deeply upon the Quran. You know, this is the process that was given. By the way, one more thing about about wisdom is that wisdom also starts teaching you the wisdom behind the laws. It starts actually showing you
that Islam isn't just a bunch of regulations. It's actually a moral code. It's a spiritual code. These laws have a spiritual benefit or moral benefit. You know, that's wisdom behind the laws that starts becoming manifest as you study. These are the four steps of transformation that the prophets Isilon was given. Now we get to one of my favorite parts in this presentation.
And that is how these four parts that I just shared with you were able to transform that society that had been lost for many, many, many generations. Allah is telling us that the Quran cannot be underestimated. The Quran cannot. It's not just a book that you read. The Quran is a book that you use to be completely transformed. These four tasks of the Prophet I remind you again, he recites the ayat. He purifies them, he teaches them the law, he teaches them the wisdom are actually perfectly superimposed on the four names of Allah that I started this discussion with. This is one of my favorite parts of this presentation.
You know, Allah azza wa jal will say by and remind you of those four names, the King,
the purer, the authority, the wise, go back to the king.
The king is known by when people came and saw this ambassador, they were skeptical, are you really from a king? What did you have to show them proof?
What are the ayat when the messenger recites the ayat onto the people, when he shows them the miracles? What is he actually doing? He's now showing them the proof that this can only be from Allah through the ayat they get to know their king. Notice also even in the introduction to the Quran, one of the first introductions to Allah Al hamdu, Lillahi Rabbil Alameen or Ramana Rahim, Maliki Amity. Now, this closeness and Ramana Rahim. And then there's this grandeur, the King, the kingdom of Allah, the kingdom of or the king of the Day of Judgment, the master and the Owner of the Day of Judgment. Now,
the king is known by his signs so yet literally he Marathi that's how people will be in awe of Allah, when they're introduced to the miracle of the Quran. The second name of Allah was Al kudos. Al conduce means what the pure, think about what is the second task of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, and the second I will use a key him and he purifies them. The pure is the name of Allah, and inspired by that name. This is what your messenger does. He purifies people by bringing them closer to the pure. This name and this task of the prophets, like Selim, are corresponding to each other. This is what the prophet is doing. He's bringing these four names of Allah into people's hearts.
He's, he's instilling them into people's hearts. If you look at the third name, or the third name of Allah was Allah as is the ultimate authority, the authority that should be respected, and what is an authority if not the lawgiver, and authority is the lawgiver. The messenger sigh salaam then teaches the law, the law on behalf of who on behalf of the authority, whose authority should be respected until you develop an honor and respect for that authority. Until you don't realize that everything that authority does is there to purify you, you will not be able to implement that law, you will not be able to live by that law that you're supposed the way you're supposed to. So because he's alive,
he is the messenger fulfills that that there is of Allah by teaching the people the law of Allah z's, the Constitution of that authority. Then finally, Allah's last name in the first iOS, Al Hakim, the wise and what is the name of Allah, that Al Hakim corresponding to in the activity of the prophets? I said, I'm the task of the prophets. I said them, he says Subhana wa taala. Were you Ali Mohammed Kitab Ah, well, I
Hikmah he teaches them wisdom IT is Allah The ultimately Wise, who will now teach His Messenger to inspire wisdom into his followers into his into the subjects those who will accept this call and accept his faith Subhan Allah for names of Allah directly superimposed on the four tasks given to the messenger of allah sallallahu alayhi wa salam