We Will Always be Attracted to Shirk
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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They got across the water. It's been some time. They're doing okay. They pass by a town. When they pass by a town those people were not Muslim, they had their own religion. And they had temples and they had big statues and, you know, a monuments and stuff. And they saw people praying in front of them, begging to them bowing to them, putting making a nice temple around all that they saw that stuff. And they had seen some of those things and Quran because they're Canaanites and they had seen some of those things in Egypt, and they saw those things again.
And after everything Musa alayhis salam did for them, you know what they said to me, Asante sana.
Allah Allah, Karim, Allah whom Allah could could could you make us a God like these people like they have such a? They have such nice colorful gods? Can we have one?
Now listen, like, if you put yourself in Musa alayhis salam shoes for a moment after everything he's done for them.
After fleeing Egypt, coming back, standing up to the Pharaoh 10 years of struggle against the Pharaoh nine years or more of struggle against the Pharaoh crossing the water with them. And they cry and they've seen so many miracles of Allah, after everything we've been through, you turn around to your prophet, and what do you say, hey, this, you know, I think if we had a statue, it would help me concentrate a lot more. It's like a visual aid. You know? Like, if we had like a god statue, then I think these people look like they're doing pretty good spiritually. Look at them. They sit there for hours. They have so much better who you are than us. I pray for two seconds. And my mind goes
towards it because they are samosa today. I can't remember. My mind goes all over the place. You know, it's for Muslims, who you are. It's very hard, isn't it? Staying focused in your prayers, not easy. But then you look at other religions, and those people are just sitting there. And they're sitting in front of the statue, or they're sitting on top of a mountain and they're sitting for six hours and they don't budge how they get there. Kind of Sure. That's because shutdowns like oh, you're already doing my job, I don't need to distract you.
He's interested in you pro. He doesn't want you to have concentration with Allah. If they don't, if they have concentration on anything else. He goes, I don't even have to work on these people. They're already doing my work. I can put my full concentration on ruing the guy who's making salah. Right? We have nothing to be jealous of from it. But these people came and said, Well, maybe maybe we could have that. Now the real question before we go on, the real question is why would they say that?
Why would they ask that after seeing all those miracles and following a prophet? Why would they even ask that? And these aren't just pagans, these are children of Ibrahim alayhis salam, and they've had Prophets for so many generations is how the yaku you know, there's prophets of old that they know that legacy and Musa alayhis salam is part of that legacy. So it's not like the Israelites converted to Islam because of Musa alayhis salam, they were already Muslim. That how come this happened. And this is why I want to this is where I want to remind you that the stories in the Quran, they're not just stories about ancient people, Allah told us every one of those stories, because it will be
applicable to Muslims today. And every generation, Allah will never tell us a story in the Quran because it's interesting information. Because it's Fun Facts from history. Nope, it's always some living problem that will come back again, like a virus that will come back again and again and again, in every generation. It's not like something that existed a long time ago. So I need you to know something about the Israelites today. These people went through many different cultures like like Anon, and in Ghana on people used to consider the bull. The bull is the strongest animal on the farm, because compared to the sheep, or the cow or anything else, the bull is the strong animal and
it pulls all the way does all the work right. So the bowl became a symbol of strength and over time and Canaanite religions and Sumerian variations, the bowl became an object of worship. They used to worship the bull. In fact, they even used to look at the moon when the moon is weaker. And they looked at it and said, It's the horns of a bull and the bull is pulling the sky. That's what they believed about the stars are about the about the moon in the sky, right? And from it then became the sacredness of the cow. And that wasn't so much in Egypt, but it did exist among the people of Ghana. And the Israelites had a lot of genetic, you know, mixing with the people of Ghana on this face
despite many think of it this way Muslims living alongside Hindus for hundreds and hundreds of years. For example, right are Muslims living alongside boo
This for hundreds and hundreds of years. I'll tell you an interesting thing that I saw in Indonesia, Indonesia, many Buddhists live there. Yeah. And Hindus also. So Muslims when Islam came there, they noticed that when they call people to the temple, they have you ever seen those giant, like dongs, and they go to,
you know, those like those martial arts movies that you don't watch because your Islamic don't, right? They do that. So they will, they will strike it, and they strike it again and strike it again and strike it faster, faster, faster, faster, I don't know. And that's their way of saying it's time for you know, it's temple time, or whatever. And the Muslims were so smart to call people to Allah. You know what one of the things they did because they people had never heard the Athan before. So you know what they did? They started doing the Doom, Doom, Doom, Doom, Doom, Doom. And then they do the plan.
And hundreds of 1000s of people started coming to the masjid because they heard the thing and I went to the masjid in Indonesia, and I heard the thing go off.
Am I in the right house of worship? What's going on? No, no, this is a tradition from before. And it commemorates something that brought millions of people to Islam, the most populated Muslim country in the world. SubhanAllah. But I wanted to give you this example, because what happens when different religions live side by side, you take something and you take something and there's some exchange happening, like in South Asia, many of us are from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, etc, right? The way that the girl is dressed for the wedding, and the colors that she wears, or the way that they dress, the bride and the groom. That's not Muslim tradition. Where did that come from? That's
Hinduism. That comes from Hindu tradition. We have many values and many parts of our tradition that are actually borrowed from Hindu culture. So we know that some borrowing happens. Now borrowing in masala is okay. Borrowing in outfits is okay. No problem. You understand borrowing in architecture? No problem. Where do we not borrow?
In our religion? In our religion, we don't borrow our religion has already period, Allah has given us guidance already. And Allah told the Israelites, I have taken a promise from you from the side of the mountain. Hold on to this, don't let this go. And then they go to Musa and they say, could you get us a God like that? I mean, there shouldn't be some room for each jihad, you know, we're still Muslim, we're still Muslim. So we do a little bit of this stuff. And guess what happened in countries like Muslim countries that are that are closely related are in proximity to other religions. Muslims started developing their versions of Hindu shrines, their versions of alternative
houses of worship that are not misogyny. There are versions of worship that looks just like Hindu worship, just like Buddhist worship, it looks just like it. But they're, they're still Muslim. And they say it's not a big deal. I mean, they have that we, we can have a little bit of that here and there. And those of you that are from Pakistan, India, but you already know what I'm talking about. You already know what I'm talking about. So many rituals, so much paganism made its way into Islam. And the thing is, Allah is teaching us something really powerful,
that human beings will always be drawn towards Sheikh and they have to go through a lot of training, a lot of training, to let go of that desire. In fact, even if they are living with a prophet, which Prophet are we talking about? Musa alayhis salam, they live with a prophet, they saw the prophets miracles with their own eyes, but the culture has affected them for so many hundreds of years, that even though they're living with a prophet, they have the audacity to ask that Prophet What's so bad about some extra? You know, can you make us a visual God? How's that? How's that a bad thing? Subhan Allah, it's crazy.
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