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Ramadan 2022 – The Religion of Your Father #05
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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Today we explore one of most powerful benefits of Iman as per the declaration of Ibrahim (AS)
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that they made are recorded in other places in the Quran, and Inshallah, when we want to give each passage it's due. So a lot of times in in Tafseer studies and explaining one part of the Quran we quickly jump to another part of the Quran, which is beneficial, but the problem with that is, then you're not giving the enough attention to the portion you're in. So I want to stay on this passage, give this some do and then inshallah go to other passages, where that is highlighted more what arguments that they make, how did they respond? How did his father respond that's captured in other places not in Soto. Here, Allah focuses on his response. He says, to her Junie villa, he were to
hire Junie Villa Heba. Danny, are you going to be our debating with me about Allah, while the cases that he's already guided me, and this is actually a philosophical, really powerful teaching in the Quran about finding from Nina to, like, you know, when I was in university, agnosticism was a big thing, right? So, I'm not sure you know, I'm not I'm not saying I'm an atheist. And I'm not saying I'm a theist, I'm saying, I don't know, right, so I'm not sure. And that's like the, you know, the pinnacle of agnosticism, I just don't know any better, right. And that's, it's this disconnected approach to reality, because you can just take the safe route and say, I don't know, the, and the
problem was that we, you know, when you study philosophy, all you get are rational arguments for, for or against the existence of God. And this is kind of this philosophical back and forth, then steps in new Atheism, and especially in the university scene, right. And intellectuals that are making the argument for the lack of existence of God or no evidence for it, found on the basis of science, that became the new thing. And it's become become a pretty dominant theme in many university environments. And actually, by Western academics, there are some responses to that. It's not just that the West is entirely atheist, there are actually some pretty powerful responses from
intellectuals in Western society in American society, Canadian society, European society that respond to that. It's also important to note that the earliest scientists in European Renaissance were actually strong believers in God. Like they, they, some of their most remarkable work was about science. And other work that they did was about God like Newton, about 150,000 pages written about God, for example, you know, so Einstein, a strong believer in God. So there are, you know, early people, even in Western academia and in, in their intellectual history, that, you know, Muslims tend to assume that they're just about cover, but it's not that simple, right. But one thing that really
struck me and I art like these hit a chord with me when I was in university was that
you know, we're trying to define human beings either as just like computers rational, right, so your computers or calculators or devices, they can
Calculate and compute an answer. Right? And you're given you give the evidence and here's the answer black and white, right? Human beings aren't entirely rational.
And that's just a fact, like I was telling you yesterday, or you could have a,
you know, a dietician who has a bad diet, you could have a lung cancer specialist who's a smoker. Right? So you there, there, it's not a rational thing. There are people that aren't they know what they're doing is self destructive, and they're doing it anyway. So there's another component to human beings, which is what the Quran Calls the Heart nowadays, they mask that conversation with emotional health, or, you know, psychological, the psychological component. And they're trying to define it in different ways. The Quran actually offered a really beautiful, comprehensive picture of what that is. And Ibrahim alayhis. Salam is alluding to that the first part of his arguments were
rational, that's up here. But beyond the rational, there's something about being grateful to Allah notice, he said, Now hibel are feeling like he's talking about the existence of his Creator, and you shouldn't worship one more than one, you should only worship one. But then he starts talking about loving him. And love is not a rational thing. It's an it's an emotional thing. And what that is, is it's a it's a combination of both sides of our of our existence. There's the intellectual side, the occult side, and there's the spiritual and emotional side, which is the color side, and they're both fused together any man. And the Quran is remarkable in that it appeals to the intellect. And it also
appeals to emotion. Somebody asked me some time ago, you know, the Quran repeats itself a lot. Right? It repeats itself a lot. And I don't understand why it does that. If it needs to tell me something, it could just say it once and move on. Right? We're not understanding the two sides of the way the Quran communicates. It's not a science textbook. It's not a math textbook. It's not a history textbook. You know, what nobody asks, for example, when somebody released a new song, and it's because it becomes like, you know, super popular hundreds of millions of views on YouTube or whatever else, right? And there's a chorus in the song and the chorus repeats itself, right? And
millions of people really smart people are bobbing their head and repeating the words over and over again. Nobody says man, the dude already said it. Why is he saying it again. And then he said it again, like 15, he said, like 15 times on the same song was, the issue is, when somebody does that they're not appealing to your intellect, they're appealing to your emotions, it caught on to you something about it influenced you, it impacted you, and the repetition has an effect on you, that is beyond the rational. Right? So there is an music, art, these are things that appeal to the emotions of a human being, sometimes connect with this at a spiritual level to, right, that's what poetry
does. So the Quran, the way the Quran communicates, is highly rational and philosophical. And at the same time, it's extremely spiritual. And it's repetition has that effect. Now what, Ibrahim? Let's come back to Abraham on Islam, so he says to them, are you going to argue with me? While Allah has already guided me? We're called hedonic, which actually doesn't just mean that I'm settled on the intellectual conclusions, but my heart is not at unrest. I'm a total ease. Allah has given me this guidance, and I'm settled in my heart. I'm not disturbed anymore. I'm not looking for an answer. And I'm not looking to debate this anymore. It's a conclusion that's, that's given now. I'm okay with
it. You know, this was an interesting thing that I had a conversation with one of my colleagues, he, he and I went to a Quran studies forum at a university. And most of the people that were attending were like, you know, Orientalist. Right. And they, they study the Quran, they're doing their PhDs in the Quran, from a university in Israel, or in Chicago, or in Australia, or in Harvard, or an Oxford or they're all from all over the world, and there are a majority of them non Muslims, right? And they're studying the Quran as an interesting body of literature. They're not studying it as believers, right? And we're attending this thing to see what what kinds of research are they doing?
What are they talking about that kind of thing? And I was completely comfortable declaring I you know, because they say we approach the texts without a bias. Right? So we're unbiased as we're approaching the text. And I say openly, actually, you do have a bias and so do I, you have a cultural bias. And I have anyone bias and I'm okay with that. I'm coming. I'm perfectly comfortable. And accepting the premise that Quran is the word of Allah, I've already reached that conclusion. Now what you say can't put cracks in that anymore. I'm settled on that I can build on top of it. Right, I've already arrived at that. So what they have is that anything is possible from their point of
view, anything is possible, except one thing, this cannot be revelation from God. That's the only thing that's not possible. Every other possible theory we can accept. Right? So that's clearly a gopher bias, right? So if you can have a go for bias and call it neutral, well, I'm going to call mine any mind bias and call that neutral.
Right, so he's Ibrahim Ali. Sam is coming to them and saying you want to debate with me. While he's already guided me. You're free to debate. It's not gonna shake me. Welcome to Adani. And then they take the next step. And what's that next step? Without Ahafo? manjushree una bella and Yasha Robbie. I don't afraid, I don't fear anything that you put next to Allah except for what Allah wills. And what's that except for what my rug wills, except from what my master was, what would he be afraid of? You see, they have these false gods. Right? And they say, Well, if you I was reading the other day about Greek mythology, and different gods in Greek mythology, and you know what they used to do,
different gods cast different curses on you if you made them angry. Right. So some god, Clint came to a woman and tried to have his way with her. She refused him, he cursed her. And now her hair's made of snakes, you know, and anybody who looks at her is going to turn into stone, another one cast a curse, nobody will ever believe her. And she tried to warn people about the Trojan horse and I think nobody believed her and they got destroyed. And she's, you know, nobody ever. So these gods are just constantly issuing curses. So when Ibrahim are they some refuse the idols, I'm pretty sure they came and said, Don't mess with that one, oh, my God, you will, you will lose all your hair, or
this one, you're never going to walk again. And this one, you're never going to have children, or you're going to have deformed children, or you're going to be miserable the rest of your life, there are different curses for different God, God's don't mess with them. Right? And he's like, that's that stuff does escape these myths, these fantasies you have, they don't scare me. You know, this stuff is not scary. But there is another part that is, in fact tangible and scary. Because part of what they believed in their ship is they gave divine authorities to certain people that can cause harm, like fit our own was given divine authority, right? He claimed he's a god. And if you defy for
our own, he can kill you. The idol, the idol is not going to come and kill you. But Frauen can. And the villagers because of their ship can take Ibrahim alayhis salam and mob him to death. So there are some things that are humanly scary about this defiant so he includes that exception when he says Illa and Yasha Arabi was the Akula shy Ilma My master has encompassed everything in his knowledge, in terms of knowledge, I find out that the Quran and why is it that you people make no effort to try and remember another very deep thing that Ibrahim Ali says, I'm going to take eight extra minutes to the will bear with me. So he says here, why don't you make an effort to remember now the thing is,
if he's introducing them to the concept of God, and the concept of when God, then he's giving them supposedly new information, then why is he saying Why don't you remember? Why don't you make an effort to remember, you see, the word remembrance is used? When I don't know when I knew something, and I forgot about it. And then I'm reminding you, and you say, Hey, how come you don't remember? Right? When you're when I'm informing you of something new? I don't say how come you don't remember. So that word, that phrase by Ibrahim Ali Sam is also very telling. He's telling his people that deep inside your conscience, when Allah created your your souls, he put eemaan of himself in you, and he
had questioned you about his existence before you even came on this earth is to be robbed become Kalu, Bella Shahidullah and Solara, which is coming in the next day? It's like it's answering this question. Right? How am I not your master, we all all of humanity replied to Allah. In fact, you are our hub. And then we came on this earth and something inside us is seeking that truth constantly. And so whatever AHIMA they said, I was telling his people is, if you truly try to go into the depths of your own soul, into the depths of your own heart, you will remember something that's there that you are ignoring when you do the schicke. There's something in it's not new information. It's
reinforcement of existing information. And this is by way of a parable. What Allah describes as pseudo to know when he says neuron is no light on top of light, the light of revelation on top of the light that already exists inside of a person inside the heart of a person, right? So that's why he says I Falletta karoun But now the heavy part, which inshallah we'll spend some more time on tomorrow, but I definitely want to introduce you to it today. And that is he says, Workiva Hafele. National Octo? How can I be afraid of something that you create partners with Allah with the shift that you've done? The false gods that you've given divinity to? How can I be afraid of them? What
are the how funa and nakoma shirt on biller? And while you people aren't afraid that you've actually done * with Allah? I should be afraid of your false gods while you're not afraid of the true God. Okay for half homage Octomore en la Coolatta Hakuna Nakamura from Billa melamine university here and they come Sultana and these mythologies you've created. These are the kinds of shifts you've created that Allah Himself revealed no authority for you to do. This is also telling us something mythologies, like Greek mythology or Norse mythology or Hindu mythology and in some cases, even Christian and other kinds of Jewish mythologies, different kinds of mythologies. They are based on
very elaborate storytelling, very immersive
Storytelling. And when you listen to a story, read a story long enough, you enter this alternative reality, or give you a contemporary example. Some kids are really into our young people, even adults nowadays, they're into anime. Right? If you're watching an animation show long enough, man that you you're immersed in that universe, you're trying to, like, you know, do a fireball out of your hands in your head, or like you're seeing.
So depends on what show you're, it's your, your, your perception of reality. And the the, the imaginary world blurs. Because you're spending so many hours in it all the time. I remember this is way back in the day, yeah, two minutes each other. Way back in the day, I used to teach at an Islamic school, some kid was really into Pokemon cards, right? He was spending hours and hours on these cards. Back in the day, I think they're still around. This is an ancient thing, but they're still around. So he got into a fight with another kid at school. I kid you not he took out a card and threw it at him.
And he was like, ah.
And as funny as it was, it's terrifying, because it's made such an impact on his psyche, that the line between the real and the imaginary has blurred, right. So as silly as that story is, it's also very telling what you expose yourself to over and over again, can can impact your perception of reality, right. And so what he's saying is you can have really deep convictions about this alternative world in which these these gods exist and their stories and you're immersing yourself in them all the time. But my love units will be soltana, bionic and fatahna. The truth of it is if you investigate them, you'll find no basis for them. It's just entirely figment figments of the
imagination. And this, this is actually my intention was to talk to you about this today. But this will have to wait till tomorrow for a unified Yukine hackable Omni incontournable Then which of the two groups look at this way, seemingly unrelated conclusion, he says Then which of the two groups is more deserving of safety and peace? If you have any idea? So the conversation was about the right belief. But now the conversation is about what who deserves peace? Who deserves peace? You know, one of the biggest conversations in the world, as the world has more towards conflict. Everywhere you turn, there's conflict. And revival video you watch is some kind of conflict between people and
cops, or between a guy and a girl or between countries or conflict, conflict conflict, right. And there are people that are talking about how you can achieve inner harmony. And there are apps to calm you down now with flowing water and you just close your eyes and you can be harmonious for a few minutes, and then you can go back to the world of chaos. There's conflict in the world, workplace conflict in the family, conflict in nations conflict, political conflict, social conflict, economic all kinds of conflict all the time. Right. And Ibrahim alayhi salam is pointing at something 1000s of years ago that the Quran recorded, that is the answer to conflict. He says which
of the two groups is more deserving of having peace and safety? Oh, what's he going to tell us? That we have to really contemplate that is the answer to the end of conflict within ourselves and the end of conflict in the world that's around us. Right? So we're going to try and explore that in China in some depth tomorrow. BarakAllahu li Walakum. Quran Al Hakim when a family er can be it particular Kim Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatullah.