The Significance of Surah Al Kawther
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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Ashraf al Anbiya even with Celine rather early he also he is very infantile and my bad we let him initiate I know rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim in our in our co author facade Lily Rebecca one held in Nashua new aka who will utter rubbish actually solder us silly Emery work New York data melissani of Coco Lee amenable Alameen. So everybody I'm gonna share with you first of all some matters of approach when it comes to explaining lessons from the Quran or tafsir studies, I think this is a good opportunity for me to talk to you about, you know, the way I approach my own research and my own study, and the kinds of lectures that
I do, and different kinds of lectures that I do even on the same subject matter. So, you know, I've been a student for nearly 15 years
that we don't actually have a systematic approach.
To analyzing in contemporary times, we have the tafsir literature, there's a lot of scholars in our history that wrote about the Quran and wrote analysis of every single ayah. But even that material is all over the place, right? So I personally come from an IT background and from a from a corporate background, and I like things to be systematic and organized. And I found in this ocean that it was actually kind of all over the place. This this, this study is all over the place. And the first thing I tried to do was study Arabic. And Arabic is Actually I was fortunate to find a really ingenious teacher who took a really complex subject like Arabic, but turned it into the study of
mathematics. Like it's almost like scientific how you study it. And it's really like formulaic and you can, you can get to a result very, very quickly and efficiently. Right. So we're studying something ancient, I studied something ancient, but I studied it in a modern method, right. And I tried to bring that approach to Quranic studies, we're studying something ancient, we're studying the tradition of Islam. We're studying the text of the Quran, the lucha de linguistics and all of it, but I'm gonna try to study it in a way that I can actually present in easy language. Inshallah. So the this has been a pretty interesting journey, the hardest part of my job is not the research, I
actually have now a research team, there's I don't do the research alone anymore, it's way too much to do for one person. So we'll go through maybe 20, Tafseer, several lexicons every is maybe 20 pages of notes on one IR, right, and we have all this information collected, but that's never going to be something I lecture about. It's never going to be that because that's not going to make sense to any of you. It barely makes sense to me. You have to take all that information. And then you have to spend twice that amount of time trying to make sense of that information. And thinking about how do you tell this to someone and they just get it? Right, and you have to sift through the
information that really matters. And the information that's kind of it's cool that it's there. But it's not necessarily something you need to talk about. So you have to you have to, you know, decide what is priority and what is not priority. And that's probably the hardest part of my job. Some of you are in the audience. Some of you do Halla calls and talks and lectures and hot baths and things like that in some small circle. My advice to you guys is don't just regurgitate what you learn. When you read something in the tuxedo, or even Kathy Rahimullah, or when you read something in a Sierra book or something else, don't just repeat it, understand it for yourself, make sense of it for
yourself, it's less important that I quote 1000 names to you share so and so said this, this one said this, that one said this, this one said this, when you get flooded with quotes, what do you remember?
Tell me what you remember. Nothing. You don't remember anything. The purpose of a lecture or a talk or a discussion is not that you are you appreciate how many names I can quote. That's not the point. The point is there are some very valuable lessons and ideas and wisdom that is captured in this work. And any check the ideas are far more important than the formalities of the names you understand. My own criticism of what I heard as growing up and trying to learn about Islam is a lot of times what I heard in lectures were lots of names and lots of quotes, and I couldn't make sense of them. It was just way too much information. And it wasn't being presented in a way that I could
say, okay, I get that. Okay, I understand it. Now. I understand it enough that I can even talk to somebody else about it. You know, and that's the approach that I'm going to be taking with Sultan Costa. It's not going to be this like exhaustive, elaborate tafsir study where I compare what Imam Razi and you know, the machete says, you know, or what even cathedra himolla and Caribbean poverty Angela lane and they've been assured and the list is pretty long, and what they all have to say and what the standard says about this word and what you know Albatron Mohit says you don't have to know these names and I'm not trying to show off or anything, but I am telling you it can be pretty
overwhelming if you take that approach. And you're not going to know in some sisters have the genetic disorder they write everything down. So they write everything down and they like what did I just write down? You know?
So guys don't have that problem, obviously, you know.
So anyway, so I'm going to break this down and shallow Tada as though this is
means teaching so little closer at Sunday school to 12 year olds. You're much smarter than that. But I'm going to pretend that that's what I'm doing. Okay? So Susan Costa is the shortest surah in the Quran. But one of the most powerful messages given to the Prophets of salaam at a time where he was in one of the most painful moments of his life, his child had just passed away. His son has just passed away. And I need you to understand how life used to look like at the time of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam some things about it. Back in the day, you know, you had these homes which had very small rooms. And instead of having a front porch, like people have a front porch and a lawn
kind of thing that overlooks the street that was fenced off. So it was like a big wall in front. So your front porch has a wall in front of it, right. And that's part that's considered part of your home. So a lot of the cooking and talking and relaxing used to happen under the sky, because you had this space in front of your house, which was under the sky, okay. And it's kind of like your living room, but it doesn't have a roof. Okay, so your bedroom has a roof and your other other rooms have a roof, but your living room doesn't have a roof. And it's touching your neighbor's house, which is designed the same way. So they have a front porch, which is basically their living room. Now what
that does is your neighbor better be someone you can trust because when you're talking in your living room who can hear it, your neighbor can hear everything, there's just one wall separating both sides, right. So now the Prophet saw them has this horrible, horrible event in his life. His His beloved Son passes away a newborn right, he passes away, and there's crying in the house and there's sadness in the house. And the next door neighbor wall over is a Buddha hub. Okay, so a Buddha who happens to be his uncle, okay? And a Buddha have he the goddess nickname not just from the redness of his hair, that means in a red flame. He didn't just get the name as a nickname
because he was a redhead and a red beard. But also because he had an inflated temper like he the guy used to lose his cool a lot. And he used to inflame literally in getting gulped in flames. So he had a pretty ravaged, pretty insane temper and really harsh with his words, it could burn you with his words. Right? So that's kind of like how he got his nickname. In any case, the news travels over, obviously, because it's only a wall separating the two that the child has passed away. Now, Abu Lahab on good terms with the prophet or No, no, not with the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, but still, he's families and he, he's still an uncle. He's still an uncle. Now, I know you guys don't
watch movies and stuff. But there are movies where enemies go to battle against each other in ancient times, right, and then the king on the one hand, and the general on the other hand, the general gets the news that the enemy's King lost their child. So even they come out and send a letter of condolence and say, we are enemies on the battlefield. But today you have lost a child, there will be no fighting today, I will give you a day of mourning. And I feel your pain, like there was this nobility among enemies kind of thing, you know, honor among enemies, even that they would acknowledge something as personal as a child dying, you know, and they wouldn't say, I'm glad your
child died or things like that, they wouldn't do that. Now what happens with Ebola, even though they're enemies because of Islam, because he hates the message of Islam, and he thinks it's ruining the tribe and all of these things.
But he's still family. I mean, your uncle could be a Buddha, but he's still your uncle. You know, and a baby just died. So maybe this is the time for you to show some softness, you know.
And what you can hear from the other side of the wall isn't isn't is an angry man happy for the first time, you can hear a Buddha have elated, overjoyed, laughing at the top of his lungs and saying baton on Muhammad, but Allah Muhammad Muhammad's name is finally going to be discontinued. Finally, no one left to carry his name, haha.
And that's what he and that's what his family what the prophet can hear what the family can hear. And then he comes out of the house and we'll have comes out of the house. And he's walking around on the streets, declaring with joy that the baby has died.
And that's what they can. That's what this family can hear. Now, if that came from your enemy, it would be painful. This is coming from your own family. This is coming from your own family. So I want you to understand people can hurt you. But no one can hurt you like your family.
Nobody can cause you pain like your own. They are closer to you. You have less walls between you and them both both physically and you know, emotionally speaking, there are less barriers when somebody else from the outside speaks ill of you who cares? Who cares about them anyway, I don't have to listen to this. But when your own uncle your own cousin, your own brother, your own mother, your own father, your own child, when they speak in hurtful language when they say hurtful words. Oh boy, it hurts. And this is more than just hurtful words. He's celebrating the death of a child at the most at the weakest moment when people need to hear a consolation right? This is a time where you want to
just hear words of comfort.
If you can't say anything comfortable at least just leave me alone. Just don't say anything. Just don't hurt me. But he does this he sees it as as an opportunity to stab the prophets of Allah and his family in their moment of pain. And he takes it, he takes those shots. I mean, this guy, there's a reason that of all the enemies of Islam there's so many enemies of Assam aren't the
only one enemy of Assam is named by name in the Quran. So there's no confusion which member of Hell is being talked about? Allah will say I Lavina Cafaro al kuffaar. And in son, sometimes he will use all these different kinds of words. You know, Yahoo. Nolan Sonoma is in
our ITIL Levita Allah did you see the one who turned away and Sahaba will wonder is that will even Mojito who turned away? Is he talking about Abuja, who turned away? Is he talking about Who's he talking about when he says he turned away and every Sahabi has their own opinion, but when Allah says that, but yeah, da Vila Hubin, whatever, they ain't no confusion was that about Abuja, Han? Or was that about a Buddha was? No, it's clear as day that this is specifically about Abu Lahab. So Allah has, Allah has anger on Abu Lahab. Like he has anger on nobody else, like nobody else on this particular man. And you have to understand that this has caused the prophets lights on and pain in
ways that nobody else has caused him and some of the harshest pain that he's caused to the prophets lie. Selim is not by his hand, not because he hit him or he tortured him. But because of the words. Because of him being abusive as a member of family. What is the first lesson that we need to extrapolate before we even begin talking about the surah is that we have to be careful about the words we use with our family that Allah does not take lightly.
Allah does not take that matter lightly. People think that within their family, they can say whatever they want.
You know, when you're outside when you're meeting with your friends, when you go at the masjid or when you're at work or when your school you're the nicest person. Everything is the nicest guy. Wow, Sharif, he's a great guy. Ask his wife
and same thing with her. She's the nicest person she's so kind. She's so soft. You should see her at home.
You know, she makes the Hulk look calm. So,
so that happens, people are the worst to their family sometimes. This is why the prophets lie Selim in his incredible sunnah, you know attempted to reverse that trend, hydrocodone, hydrocodone, Lian, Li, the best of you are the best to their families. You know, it doesn't mean anything. If you come to me and say you've impacted me so much in my life. And I love your videos that I've seen somebody that can have a picture.
That doesn't mean much. But if my if my mom is disappointed with me, if my spouse is disappointed with me, if my children think I mean, then all of this meaningless, none of this matters. What matters is your family, how you are with them and how they are with you. Right? So that's, that's the first thing I want to bring to your attention now.
Allah azza wa jal is going to respond to a Buddha and this situation and the pain that the prophets of Allah Allah is experiencing at the loss of a child I for one, you know, we want to we want to try to empathize and to try to feel what the Prophet salallahu Salam felt, and I know that I met some people who lost children in the audience. I met a you know, a couple who lost their baby when they were two days old. May Allah azza wa jal continue to give them some but it's their one year anniversary now that we lost the baby. And may Allah azza wa jal you reunite them in Jannah. You know, but, you know, for those of us that have children, I have I have six and a half kids seven,
one on the way, you know, Hamdulillah, so
six and a quarter anyway.
So, you know, to just even think about losing a child, I can't do it. I'm not capable of even thinking it. I have nightmares. Maybe once in a year, I might have a nightmare where one of my kids got hurt, and I wake up crying like a baby. I literally wake up crying like a baby. yesterday. She thought this thing was talking about when he hears his baby cry. And he could tell it's the baby babies cry. I cannot.
I can't. I can tell my babies from the smell of the diaper.
Yeah, that's one of ours. Hold me back.
But anyway, there Yeah, so that's gross. I know. But you learn to like it over time. You learn to just Yeah, okay, bananas, okay. You know, like, it just it comes. It comes.
You know, but it's not something we can even imagine. And that that pain, that suffering that somebody goes through is a it's probably one of the most difficult experiences somebody can have in their life. You know? And he's going through that experience and Allah azza wa jal is going to give him constellation. He's going to talk to him, and he's going to make him feel better. And that's soon
All culture, it's Allah consoling the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that's what certain culture is about. At the end of the day, that's all it is. Our messenger has a job to do it sotto salaam, he's got the biggest mission ever given in humanity, he only has limited number of years to do it, he has to deliver a word to these people who are in the middle of the Arabian Desert. And that word is going to like a ripple in a pond. It's going to ripple out of there. And it's going to shake the Roman and the Persian and you know, the empires, it's going to reach China, there's going to be millions of Muslims one day in China, there's going to be people in India and Africa, they're
going to be Muslims in Europe, and they're all going to be a result of this word that is coming down to him. So he needs to be in an emotionally healthy state. And even the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam can get overwhelmed can get can feel overly depressed and sad as he did when this incident happened. He's a human being at the end of the day. So every human being needs consolation. And we need to be emotionally healthy to be able to do our job even within the religion and the greatest man sallallahu alayhi wasallam with the greatest job also needed consolation, his consolation and his comfort, his comforting words, his counseling words, were the words of Allah were the Quran.
That's why Allah gave him the Quran on many occasions. Just sometimes the Quran came not to give any Dawa. Sometimes the Quran didn't come tell the kuffar does tell the coloration is tell the people of the book does tell the Jews this No, no, no, it only came to calm the Prophet down at least, to make him feel better. That's a very powerful thing that is word that is irrelevant until the Day of Judgment, one of its functions is to make you feel better. One of its fundamental purposes is to give you calm, is to help you and your moments of sadness, that Allah acknowledges that Subhanallah that is this is a big deal. You know, the battles are not the battles are not the only big deal, but
that I know how to resolve aren't the only thing even though we've reduced our entire history to the battles this we've done. But the battle that happens inside of someone the emotional turmoil, the earthquakes that rattle somebody on the inside, they are also a very, very big deal, then you appreciate that Allah azza wa jal, instead of giving him long, exhaustive, you know, counsel and sessions where he could, you know, make him feel better gave him the shortest surah in the entire Quran.
You will think if somebody is going through a hard time, you should sit with them for a couple of hours, maybe reveal something as long as Bacara or something, you know, so they feel better? What are we learning, people don't want to you want to console people, but you don't want to overdo it. You want to give them something that can make them feel better, and you need to leave them give, give them time to be you understand. That's why sometimes people that are going through a tough time, you want to be there for them, but you also want to be able to give them their space. They need their space to they need time to work things out themselves. Now let's begin this remarkable,
remarkable. surah Allah says in NA I'll tell you now Kolkata inna means no doubt we in as used in Arabic, Lee is Allah to shuck to remove any possibility of doubt, as if to say what I'm about to say is going to be hard to believe.
You know, first, when you start your statement by saying there's no doubt at all, it is almost assuming that you're going to have doubts about what I say. Okay, so the function needs to be understood. And it is we in fact, in na na na, this what is called an Arabic this is you know, those of you familiar with some grammar is that Joomla is meow. But the way this is done with the hover as a fatal I know I'm getting too technical, but I can't help myself I'll simplify in a second is if battley RADLE file. What that means is no doubt it is we in fact, and no one else it is we in fact that have given you,
no one else has given you it is us that has given you Now why is that important? What has happened to him is he's just lost a child. Yes, he's lost a child. And instead of Allah saying, we have taken from you, he's saying we have given you wait, this is about taking or giving? I'm not sure now. And he says nobody else has given you I have. So you need to stop thinking about what's been taken and need to start thinking about what's been given the profit side hustlers mentality is being shifted entirely towards the positive. When you are going through a crisis, your mind the Quran forces your mind to think about what you have, not what you've lost. It's forcing the Prophet slice on them to
think about what he's been given. And it's been only been given by Allah. And by the way, the word to give in Arabic is eita. To give someone but when you say, ah, tah
tah it's actually a substitute of two letters in the word atta. You hear an NF, in our TA you hear iron? Yes. And the iron and the LF are close to each other. This is why when people learn Arabic, they think everything has an aim. So they say Alhamdulillah Salam.
Like they think if they, if they own everything, it's Arabic. Like my sister makes fun of me because I teach Arabic. She goes, she calls me and she doesn't know anything about Arabic. So I said, Nah, man, how are you? Why are you? Why are you Why don't I have lunch?
So what is this I hated it.
So obviously I hated it, it must be good Arabic.
But the point is it is hard to pronounce right? So the NF in this verb has been replaced with the aim. And the TA has been replaced with a ba, ba. So two letters that are tougher, grander, more difficult, have been replaced with two letters that are easier. This is rhetorically done in Arabic, because these are synonyms to give and to give. It means to give up on means to give. But after is actually when you give something grand and something big, something that's not a just a casual thing. I took a condom and I gave you a pen, you don't say I'll tell you he took our common I granted you a pen. Like how big is this pen that you gave me the
world's biggest pen? Or something? You know? That would be Aha, so what the prophet is about to be told sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then is that what he's about what he has been given? is no small thing is though if it was just given, and I don't imagine this, usually Allah when he talks about the previous revelations, are they now human? Kitab we gave them the book, not outta you now who will? Kitab Artina we gave them previous revelations Artina what the prophets about to be told at NACA, We have granted you no small thing. Now what is it that he has granted him? He says I'm closer and closer and this is really the heart of the surah we understand our culture inshallah everything
will start making sense.
The word of Goethe comes from the word Keturah in Arabic, which means to be much to become plenty. Okay? Now, the the the master form, what's called the infinitive form is kufra, cleanliness, cleanliness, or the speaker's cassoulet you because let's say bad Cartier, that sort of thing. Okay, let's let's go through what it comes from Cateura in Arabic. Now, the word for much is LKC al Cathey. So if you say we have given you much in Athena kalithea And Athena aka LKC, okay, we've given you a whole lot of much. I know that's not good English, but still, that would have been enough in our culture through for all. That's not what Allah chose to say either. He used a pattern
of Arabic that is used highly unusually for what is called in total, meaning we have given you much that can't even be compared to the plenty Enos of anything else, nothing else in its plenteous can be compared to what I have given you.
Now, you know, when, for example, you fill a glass with water, if you fill it all the way to that Chanukah, he'd
have to concede if you fill it over and start spilling over other food, it's way too much, way too much. But Goethe means you filled it in a way that never nothing ever has been filled like this before. So the prophets being told salAllahu alayhi salam, I have given you so much and so much and so much and so much and so much that you can't even compare to anything else.
The Prophet of Islam is being made to feel overwhelmed in gratitude at a time where he's supposed to be thinking about sadness.
I have given you so so so so so so much in it nachliel Kota.
And I've already given it to you.
The prophesy Salamina narration will describe that within cosa not the only meaning of cosa within the meanings of cosa is I'll hold the fifth Jana the you know the pond and Jana, the river and Jana that we're going to be drinking from that the prophesy Salam has been given, you must have heard this before, right? That's the meaning of goes out, but it's within the meaning of Goethe, not the only meaning of Goethe. Now we have to think about what the Prophet SAW Selim has been given
what he SallAllahu wasallam has been given I wish I had a mic to walk around with this like, alien tripod thing. I can't move around. But anyway,
I'll tell you, we have to take take this a step back.
Oh, our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came with a mission. And I need you to understand according to the Quran, what is the summary of that mission? The summary of the mission of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam is to fulfill or to complete what Ibrahim started. I'll say that again. The mission of the prophets I seldom is to complete what Ibraheem Alehissalaam started, Ibraheem Alehissalaam left, everything at the command of Allah made the most incredible sacrifices for the sake of Allah left and Allah is inspired him to go in the middle of a desert mucca mucca by the way, not a pretty place. And at the time that Ibrahim goes they're not even a city.
Black Rock because of the heat, intense desert environment, no human being should be out there, not on their own accord anyway. And He's taken his wife and his baby out in the middle of the desert. You know the story. You tell me if it's not for the Kaaba,
if it's not for the Kaaba, and that hideous satanic looking tower
What is the reason for you to go to Makkah?
Why would anybody say I think I'm gonna go on a vacation
because seems like the right spot
because of the great weather none of us because the great people
why would you go to Makkah there's no reason for a human being to go there. The only reason the only reason that please in the world is even a city is because of what you
say Rahim Allah insulin bins builds this foundation he makes a dua that one day everybody from all corners of the world will come here. People will save their money and not go to Hawaii. People will save their money and not go to some vacation. People will save and cry and beg Allah that I don't want to see waterfalls. I don't want to see the you know, the famous cities in the world. I don't want to see the tallest mountain. I just want to see the side of the house that was built by Ibrahim Ali Salaam. I just want to see that people will beg they'll they'll, they'll save up their whole lives to be able to go. You know there are people from Afghanistan from Pakistan from Bangladesh.
Some people actually go on foot to this day. On today's day, I met an uncle who came on on a bicycle from Oshawa
to hutch, he left six months before
what a gangster I mean, he was amazing. I was like,
that's serious business right there. But what who put that that love inside the believer from all over the world to be able to go there? You know, there was one time there was this story of a scholar who was travelling towards Hajj and he saw a man who didn't have legs and he was dragging his body with his hands. And he said, What are you doing? Do you need a ride? He says no, I don't need a ride. I just want to do this on my own. And he said, What are you doing? Where are you going? He goes, I'm going to hedge the college. We're in Syria. When you expect to get there, it's going to take you years to this you might even down the road. He goes on bail board for you currently boohoo
as for the distance, my love of seeing that house will make it near.
That's good enough for me. I'm going Allah put something in our hearts man towards the Kaaba. And you know who started it. It was the dog Ibrahima. They sit on that one da he made that $1 He made that we should have a soft corner in our hearts for the Kaaba is still alive. The prophets job sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was to liberate that same house that Ibrahim built at least Sudan to restore it to its original purpose. That was His mission. Is that clear to everybody? Okay, now you will understand that our entire religion is actually one of its names is militare Abiko Rahim, the religion of your father Abraham. We another name of Islam is the religion of Ibrahim. Why is that?
Now if you think about the pillars of Islam, if you think about the pillars of Islam, the shahada, which is so hate is clearly directed to Ibrahim alayhis salam. When you think of fasting, you think of the journey of Ibrahim alayhi salam when he demonstrated the silliness of people who worship the sun in the moon, and he said loughhead will ATHLEAN I don't love those who settled when he talked about the sun settling. I don't love those who settle. Yes. So you'll notice that the prayers are directly associated with the position of the sun moving from one place to the other. It's actually a fulfillment of that statement of Ibraheem Alehissalaam we acknowledge the weakness and the flailing
the moving nature of the sun, because every time it changes its position, we remember that it is Allah in charge that the sun Subhanallah and as a matter of fact, when the sun goes all the way down, our loud prayers begin acknowledging that only Allah is supreme, when even the sun is gone. Right so the loud prayers are Maghrib Isha and Fajr all of them taking place in the dark. Even the prayers are directly going back to who? Ibrahim Ali so by the way, he's got our rubbish I need Mookie masala tea women do Reethi make me the one who establishes the prayer and out of my offspring to even that goes back to Ibrahim or they sit on Hajj well, before Hajj fasting. Somebody could
argue how does fasting connect to Ibrahim on Instagram? It does. Ibrahim Ali said I made a prayer he said yet to Allah He Marathi he will use eye Attica will use IKEA well you only Mohammed Kitab I will take my visa key him Allah send a prophet among them who will read your book to them. Who will read your IR to them. He made a dua that among the children of his smile. There should be someone who gets revelation who was the fulfillment of Dada
the prophets I said on the end the prophets I said I'm started reciting Allah as Ayat just like Ibrahim asked and what are these ayat the Quran? Yes. When did the Quran come down? When the Quran come down a little harder? Yes, there is a quarter belongs the month of Ramadan and Allah is so Allah wants us to be so grateful for that one night when revelation began that celebrating it one night just wasn't enough he turned their celebration into an entire month. That's why Allah says shahada, Ramadan and Laguna de la vie hilkhot
On the month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down was actually sent out in one night But one night just won't cut it. It has to be turned into 30 days of celebration. The entire month of Ramadan is a celebration that Quran came and Quran coming is at the Olive. Ibraheem Alehissalaam that's
okay, that takes care of one read. What about the other eight? When do we do that?
Hedge hedge has nothing to do with the boy Wait, hold on a second.
Everything you do it has to do with Ibraheem Alehissalaam you go to the Kaaba because of Ibrahim alayhis salam, you do the Jamal Raj because of Ibrahim alayhi salam, you sacrifice the animal because of Ibrahim alayhi salam, everything you do goes back to who Ibrahim Ali said and then there's the cat that's the only thing left and God when he made the art to the to Allah azza wa jal that these people should eat all kinds of fruit and they should enjoy all kinds of provision. Allah wanted to make sure that the provision they enjoy is not a curse against them, but a favor for them. So he made sure he gave them something that can make the things we enjoy an actual blessing, not a
curse. How do you make your this your provision a blessing for yourself. You give zakat, every ritual of Islam goes back to Abraham it said, now you need to know why did I say that? The prophesy said I was told I have given you the most incredible good. You know what the most incredible good is that you get to fulfill the legacy of your father, Ibrahim Hassan, I have given you that you may have lost your child. But I have connected you to your father.
I have connected you to your father. And you need to be happy for that. And you may have lost a child. But you will have people that will love you more than any child could ever love the Father.
You will have an OMA and they will grow and they will grow and they will grow and the only thing you can describe that with is the word closer
you will have the ayat of the Quran, and each IR will have so many gems and so much wisdom and so much guidance, it will transform so many lives that this one IR keeps giving and giving and giving that every IR can only be described as cosa.
You will have a legacy you will have companions these companions will be people that will satiate the inspiration for generations to come no matter where they live, what language they speak, they will all know the name of Abu Bakr Siddiq are the Allahu Taala and who they will know who ignore Abbas was they will know who Ali was there, the Allahu Allah was and those Sahaba themselves and their legacy will be part of your Alcocer.
There will be people all over the world, whenever they hear your name, they will say sallallahu alayhi wasallam, which will increase your rank and it will keep on increasing and increasing, like no human being has ever been increased. That is the code that I have given you.
When you tell someone you've given them an amazing favor. And that's all they're immersed in this all they're thinking about is the favor that Allah has given them. Then you think about how do I become thankful to Allah, isn't it? So what is the second idea of the surah Pharsalia because 100 Think about that. Pray, pray before your master and sacrifice by the way, prayer and sacrifice are directly the legacy of Ibrahim alayhi salam auntie.
Both of those things are supposed to be a fulfillment when he fulfilled all of his tests. When they brought him or they said and passed all of his tests, then he was to sacrifice an animal.
Now you are have been granted the ultimate good so you can celebrate just like your father one day celebrated.
You should you should pray and you should sacrifice for selenia Rebecca 100 By the way, prayer and sacrifice go together on the day of Eid. Yes, you pray and then you sacrifice. So this is actually the Quran is way of describing in a day of celebration. The day of the prophets greatest morning is now being described by the Quran as a day of great celebration for selenium a big one have be overjoyed by the good that Allah has given you. What are we being told in this remarkable short speech she says three ayat, it's an incredible short speech. And in the in the second is what we're being told is what will bring Muslims optimism in an age of pessimism.
In an age when everything seems to be going wrong,
where everything seems to be heading in the wrong direction, for suddenly Rebecca Blanca.
Then you do that you think about what Allah has given you. He has made you and me part of Alcocer we are part of the gift to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam every believer is every believer is someone that prophets I seldom is grateful for every one of them. Every one of them he testifies for on judgement day including ourselves. So we have to be grateful now as by proxy. We have to pray and we have to sacrifice you know, for Sally Rebecca one half by the way, when you sacrifice what do you do with the meat other than making burgers?
What do you do?
You give it away? You
You make it a source of other people's joy? Yes or no.
Not only should you be overjoyed,
but your joy should spread to others. Not only should you be optimistic, you should be a source of optimism for others.
If you understand saluto cosa, Muslims, the believer who is inspired by the Surah, not only is the only positive one in a negative time, they are the they are the source of positivity for others in a negative time. Unlike our current situation, where we are the only negative people even if there's something positive happening.
We are incredible at pessimism. We are amazing at it.
So when you have anything good happen, you think about what could be possibly wrong with this.
Brother that was like, like people like to, like, highlight the things that are not there. Bro, there's so many people came to this convention. But what about all the people who didn't come?
So hard to talk to you negative uncle
is so hard. Are you always negative? You know, even if the high old wife makes a delicious meal. Yeah, it's good today. But tomorrow, you're probably not even going to cook.
Why? Why do this? You know,
there are husbands and wives that are in a perpetual state of pessimism. One day, they had a good day. They went out to dinner, they chatted, they talked for a change. It's such a good day. I wish every day could be like this, but I know it's not going to be so might as well just go back to normal.
Just on the drive back from the restaurant, you just shut it down. Like no, we're not. We're not into happiness. You know, people we're now perpetually inclined towards the state of pessimism are just negative all the time. We're expecting bad things to happen. We're actually expecting people to hurt our feelings. We're expecting people to disappoint us. We're expecting to be a disappointment to other people. Allah azza wa jal is now describing something that's one of the most powerful notions in our religion. If you internalize this, you will have a happy life, you'll have a peaceful life. If you don't internalize this, in Allah, he won't say Hello, John, really.
So many people, their happiness and their emotional state depends on other people.
Your happiness depends on other people.
Let me tell you about other people doesn't matter if it's your parents, or your children or your spouse, it doesn't matter if it's your best friend or your teacher. It doesn't matter. But anybody Naseeha tundla Tow Truck, making people happy is a canyon that has no bottom, my friend, you will never get there. Nobody will ever be happy with you. You're always going to be a disappointment in some way or the other. Even if they're happy with you, it's going to be temporary.
It's going to be temporary. And so long as you feel like you have to make this person happy or they have to make you happy, you will live a miserable life. You will be miserable your entire life because your happiness is pegged on another human being. As a matter of fact, in this remarkable ayah the prophets happiness, Allah Allahu alayhi wa sallam could not even be pegged to this beautiful baby who passed away, your happiness cannot even depend on this baby.
It can't. Your your positivity will come from appreciating all the good that Allah has given you. And when you appreciate that you will turn your attention back to Allah for suddenly Arabic. And when you sacrifice for the sake of Allah, you will give other people whether they give you or not. You don't care pass out the meat to the uncle who's nice to you and the cousin you like you pass it on to everybody yes or no. In other words, you will be a giver, even if other people are not givers to you. If other people don't fulfill you emotionally they leave you bankrupt inside they leave you feeling empty inside you will be a source of giving anyway. In Argentina can co author for suddenly
Rebecca 100 But what about the person who's hurting your feelings? Because you know, you could say just like the prophet could say, that's all great. Thanks for the speech about positivity, but my uncle still hates me. And he still says mean things. And my cousin still doesn't like me. And my older brother is always cruel to me. And my mom keeps saying the meanest things and sometimes, you know, I I've given lots of lectures on the rights of parents I have promised you they're on YouTube it they are on YouTube don't get mad afterwards. But there are lots of parents who are abusive. Lots of parents who are abusive, and they're abusive in the name of Islam. Like parents have absolute
rights in Islam. They my friends do not have absolute rights. In Assam, they have responsibilities and rights like everybody else. The only one who has absolute rights in Islam is Allah and His messenger. Allah hemocytes was salam we obey them no matter what.
We have no problem no matter what. Parents cannot be abusive. They cannot be mean you cannot continue to call your
daughter fat are ugly, and nobody's gonna marry you, and you're too old. And you're such a disappointment, you cannot continue to call your son a loser. Even if he is.
You can't do that.
You have an obligation to your children to be a source of support. You cannot be a constant nag. You cannot.
Now the people who are hurting you and I'm not giving this, your parents are not going to change and you're not going to change. Maybe, you know, but you know what, and some people won't change no matter if there was one person who was capable of changing someone, it was the profit slice on him, and he can't even change his uncle who lives next door. I mean, the one who has the most human contact with possible outside of his family is his next door neighbor, uncle, and he happens to be the worst enemy of all, what is that teaching you and me we cannot change people. We can't change people. And people come to me and say, brother, my cousin, my wife, my husband, we have a problem
telling me something I can say to them that will change them. And I say ALLAH gave the Prophets I said I'm Quran and it couldn't change Abu Lahab What do you want me to say?
Sometimes you can't change people but what you can do is change yourself. Change how you think change what your attitudes are, connect your your hopes and your aspirations and your joy back to Allah azza wa jal because he gives any takes, and sometimes when he takes even that is a form of giving.
The child is gone. But a comfort has been given a dose that has been given Subhanallah and when that's been given, what does he say in Nashua, Annie, aka whoever avatar, your enemy, the one who has shanann towards you? shanann in Arabic means animosity, hatred, the one who has shown you hate and animosity, he's the one who is ultimately the most discontinued. Don't you worry about that. I'll take care of him. I got this. You worry about prayer and sacrifice. I'll worry about your enemy. So what are we learning? Stop worrying about the people who hurt you. Worry about Allah and let Allah worry about the people who hurt you. You understand? This is a it's a shift in mentality
in this remarkable remarkable short surah in the octane, aka the coast out for selenium, Pika 100, in the shiny alcohol up there, as if to say because the only thing the prophets lism could hear imagine the scene as a Buddha was walking out laughing out on the top of his lungs at the top of his lungs, that baby's dead. Finally, no one to carry his name. The house is ringing with these painful poisonous words. The walls are shaking with these words and the prophets. I was told, don't you worry, that ain't nothing. That's a shiny, aka who will opt out that's not your problem. You just start praying. And he might even be praying while he's hearing those words.
While those words are going in his ear, and they have no effect. We are being taught to grow a thick skin. People will say painful things. And Allah will give you the strength to be able to hear them and not be impacted by them.
I'm not asking you to think that your husband is Abu Lahab.
Okay, or I'm the hub over here something else. That's not what I'm asking you to think. But the prophets I said I'm in the Quran what the Quran does, it gives us the most extreme situation. And you compare your situation to that situation and you realize mine is a lot easier. Right? That's why the hardest situation is described, because because when you compare yours to it, I compare mine to it, you realize our situation is way, way easier. So if this was good enough for the hardest situation, it must be good enough for us. You understand? That's the that's the rationale. That's the thought process behind these remarkable surahs. So at the end of the day, this surah is about
being positive. This surah is about thinking changing. You know what you're focused on. What you think about all day is it drives your emotions, it drives your behavior, it drives your personality. Listen to what I'm saying what you think about all day,
it transforms your personality. If you're thinking about how angry or you are with your wife, or how angry you are with your husband, it'll impact your personality your whole personality will be colored by those thoughts. Allah azza wa jal wants to transform our thoughts. He wants our thoughts to be dictated by his kind of comforting words. That's what he wants. The more Quran you take in every day, not quote quantitatively qualitatively, the more Quran you listen to. The more explanation of Quran you listen to, the more the words of Allah you think about. It will make dealing with everyday life easier. It will make the challenges of your life easier, because every
time you're feeling discomfort, you will find comfort in the word of Allah. Every time you need to hide away and find some refuge you will find refuge in the word of Allah. It will be your motherhood as the Quran calls it a place to hide out. It will be a you can hide in Allah's words. They'll just cover you wrap you up like a blanket and they'll give you comfort. You
This is the relationship Muslims were supposed to have with the Quran. You know, as I end this talk what I want to share with you is that people give lectures like guilt trip lectures about our relationship with the Quran. Like you don't even know Arabic You don't even know what's being recited in the Salah. How can you have kosher and your prayer? You know, you should know the people who for example, used to be drunk. Allah said hasta la Mata who don't, don't don't come near the prayer while you're drunk later. Carabas salata, Juan Sakara Don't come near the prayer if you're drunk, until you know what you're saying and unfortunate hamdulillah we're not drunk, but we still
don't know what we're saying. Right? So people, you know, people, and I've done this too in the past, I make you feel guilty about not knowing Quran because I'm frustrated as a young stupid man and I give talks about how you should feel guilty. But you know what I talked about now, when I say you and I should be building a relationship with the Quran, man, we need counseling. We need somebody's comforting words. We need somebody to come along and say you know it's gonna be alright.
And nobody will give us that other than Quran not like Quran it will give you more comfort than you ever experienced in your life ever. What Allah can tell you nobody else can tell you nobody else can tell you you just got to look for it. You gotta look for it. You don't think it's there you think all that stairs technical information or stories of profits or history or law or this or that know what's in the Quran called the ethical Mo, rugby calm, where she found only methods to do or who then what I mean?
You know, it's what has come to you is more a law, a kind of advice that goes deep inside the heart, the heart
of Arabic in Arabic actually means words that penetrate the heart. So powerful word that goes deep inside the heart. Where are most of our problems in our hearts. There's anger in the heart frustration in the heart, guilt in the heart, shame in the heart. There's regret in the heart resentment in the heart hatred towards someone in the heart, the desire for revenge is inside the heart. Jealousy is in the heart. Greed is in the heart, temptations in the heart. It's all in the heart. And he says I'm going to give you some words that don't go deep inside where your heart. But even if they go inside, what are they going to do? Well, once you put get inside and needs to start
healing, so the next words are where she fall only mouth has to do and it's going to start healing whatever lies in the chest. He doesn't say she found the muffled Kulu because it will not only heal your heart, it'll actually start healing everything around your heart to it like it'll take over your chest. That's why I love national Nikka Sadhak. And then he says, Well, who doesn't matter what.
So then on top of that, it's guidance. On top of that, there's instructions on how to keep your heart healthy. And it's an act of love and mercy and care from Allah that He gave you these words that he gave you this Quran you're just missing out? How many people email me call me talk to me and say I need to talk to someone. I need to talk to someone I was like, Yeah, you do.
And he really wants to talk to you.
And he sent you a pretty long message.
He sent you a really beautiful message for you for you. Fee the crew come in is your story. Allah literally says about the Quran. In it is your mention is talking about you, not someone else, not some historical figures, develop that emotional bond with the book of Allah and your life is going to transform it really will. This is what it did for the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam What a way to deal with that crisis. Don't worry about it, your enemy will be taken care of. They'll just be taken care of. For suddenly I'll be covering her in the shiny alcohol after that thing I really like you to remember from this talk in sha Allah is the connection between Ibraheem Alehissalaam and
Rasul Allah Azza wa sallam with that light. When you study the Quran, a lot of things started becoming clearer. A lot of things start becoming clearer. You know, there are people who try to sell to you that the mission of the prophesy salaam was to establish a government
to establish a state to establish empire to establish this system and they make these political claims about the Quran. Study the Quran, and what you're gonna find is the mission of the prophesy Saddam was to complete the legacy of Ibrahim Al Islam, it's irrefutable. It is irrefutable. And that's what we have to internalize. Ibrahim alayhi salam was willing to leave everything for Allah. We was willing to leave everything for Allah. We're not asked to leave everything. I'm not asked to put a knife to my child's neck. I'm not asked to leave my family in the middle of a desert. I am I am asked much, much, much, much less, much less than was when Abraham was asked. So if I'm part of
that legacy, because of his dua, he made things easier for his children, not harder. We're grateful to our father Ibrahim alayhis salam and his son Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that we have the most beautiful, beautiful religion of hope. People keep telling you, you're you're evil, you're wrong. People keep telling you you can't even feel bad some people they Why are you crying that your child died? You should have suffered shame on you telling somebody that they should be able to cry
They should be able to cry. They're entitled to cry. That has nothing to do with Southern. The prophets. I saw them cry.
You know how they sang cried over his son as he was drowning. He cried out, he screamed.
You know, he even begged Allah. How are you going to say you shouldn't feel bad or shouldn't feel sad? People are entitled to feel sorry Allah didn't send angels on the earth. He said human beings and they have emotions. And Allah respects and acknowledges those emotions in the Quran. This is why it's guidance that goes inside the heart because Allah knows what you're feeling. Allah acknowledges your emotions, people are entitled to their feelings. If you're feeling angry inside you have a right to feel angry but Let's heal it.
If you're feeling jealous inside you have that it came from somewhere. I can make you feel bad about feeling jealous, but let's try to heal it with the word of Allah. Let's try to help it. Stop trying to make people feel guilty because they're not walking around angels. You're no angel either. You're not. May Allah azza wa jal keep us from being judgmental of others. And may Allah azza wa jal help every single one of us deal with the difficulties that we're going through in our families in our personal lives while among our friends and may Allah azza wa jal make us that people have Alcocer BarakAllahu li Walakum wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.