Channel: Omar Suleiman
The Light of Sincerity, and the Fire of Hypocrisy
alomost Oliva cinematical AB de kado, silica Mohammed and Salawat Heidi was alone. While Ernie he also can be with Olympus even cathedra says Pamela in the midst of everything that's going on. And in the midst of feeling the departure of Rama bond, we have an entire month in sha Allah tala, where we're going to now be connecting or reconnecting with the poor and in the nighttime in a way that hopefully will give us a greater appreciation for it a greater connection to our recitation, and allow us to connect to different elements of the poem. So this is the first episode of Quranic parables, the things that are in the Quran. And the way that this is going to work in Charlottetown,
is that every week, we're going to take one method, one of the parables, and we're going to speak about it from three aspects. One is the historical context. The other The second thing we're going to talk about is the parable itself. And the third thing are some of the practical elements that we can derive in our day to day from this parable, and inshallah tada the three of us, doctor if non standard tasneem and myself will be rotating what we talked about in regards to the parable every week, inshallah tada and tomorrow, we'll have Quranic miracles. And if you look at the schedule below, you'll see that every night we have something but I do want you to pay attention to tomorrow
and specific which is going to be the miracles of the poor and that's going to be exclusively on Europeans platform, so same time, but make sure that you're watching on your teens platforms and charlatans out there so either through Europeans Facebook or YouTube, and inshallah it'll be uploaded to all other European platforms and then Wednesday night inshallah Tata will continue and will will move to the next to the next aspect of the poor and that we are covering so without further ado, inshallah Tata. I want to hand it off to Dr. earthman. Emerging shot lots of talk about the historical context of the method of the parable that we're going to cover today.
Several therapists will osato semiregular blog earlier he was a happy human. So Allah subhanho wa Taala he presents a number of parables and the poor and that are meant to make us think and reflect as Allah says, Welcome to another bahala naskila Lumia effect group. The whole purpose is to create these analogies that make us think deeply about the Quran in our lives. The very first parable want to speak about today comes in Susan Bukhara, and Allah subhanaw taala he begins with a Baccarat I get by giving us
the situation in Medina and the Prophet Mohammed Islam has given instructions about the three types of people that he will encounter in Medina, and their characteristics and their attributes. And the first of those is the believers. The second is the disbelievers and the third are the hypocrites and hypocrites again, are unique because there were no hypocrites in Mecca because there was no benefit in being an undercover Muslim during that time. It was a very difficult time. But when Islam began to flourish in Medina, hypocrites began to arise. So Allah subhanho wa Taala insulted Bukhara right when it begins, he quickly gives us a snapshot into who are the believers, Allah tells us alladhina
immunoblot up Mona salado remarked upon our community Poon believers are those who number one believe in that which is beyond human perception. They are those who establish their prayers and there are those who give from that which Allah has given them. And then Allah Subhana Allah gives us a very quick insight into the disbelievers. And Allah says in the photo so out when I lay him under the home to their home law, you know, what am Allahu Allah pulumi him while I sent him water beside me shower, what am I audible? oddly, so let us very quickly about those who have been given the message but just they don't care to listen whatsoever. Their hearts are sealed, their eyes are
sealed, their ears are sealed. Allah says they will not believe no matter what. And so these two descriptions of believers and disbelievers are rather straightforward, and their characteristics are rather obvious. But when Allah subhanaw taala then wants to tell us about the nature of hypocrisy, and the subtleness of hypocrisy and the dangers of hypocrisy. He elaborates over a numerous ayat. And then he finishes that entire conversation about hypocrisy with the first and one of the most beautiful parables in the Quran, which is what she Homer will speak about in the next few minutes. And what I find beautiful about this parable is that it actually gives us a foundation for the
language of the poor and how Allah Subhana Allah will actually use specific terminology regarding belief regarding disbelief, and regarding hypocrisy, so I'll pass it off to Omar to discuss that parable in more detail. Exactly.
Exactly. warfare, sir. So the parable is actually the first method in the Quran is the first parable and you could look through the wonderful job that the creative team may have been has done in turning these into animated gifts and shots. So please do look at it as well to really get an understanding for how deep it is. And the imagery that's been given to us. A loss of hindsight says and this is verse 17, of sorts of abakada method homecare method under the so called an era funnel
A ball holder whoa they have a law homie naughty him What's our common fee of automatic variable speed on someone Bookman Romeo on film now yours your own I was hunter says the example of them for the example is like one who Kindles a fire. But once it illuminates all that is around him a lot took away the light and left them in darkness so that they could not see. So again, the example is like a person who Kindles a fire, the fire illuminates everything around it, it brings light a lot takes away the light and leaves them in darkness so that they can no longer see. There's so much to speak about here in terms of what we take from this life, what we intend to commit to in regards to
what we believe pertaining the hereafter and salvation, and then the consequences of that belief. And one of the things about the hypocrites as Dr. Rothman said they jumped on board, they jumped on the bandwagon only in Medina when there was a benefit to being a believer. And so they wanted to claim the benefits of being Muslims, but not necessarily undergo the trials of being Muslim. So anytime a commitment came forward anytime there was anything that required hardship, without benefits, then they'd find an excuse and they find a way to pull back. So whether that was going out in battle, to defend the borders of Medina at that time, the community in Medina, whether that was
going to the prayers where they would not be seen, so they wouldn't even bother going to fidget Anisha you might have heard the Hadith of the Prophet slicin, where he said the most difficult prayers on the hypocrites are fidget and airasia. Now it's not just because fidget is hard to wake up for. And Aisha is, you know, late in the night, it's because if you went to the masjid at Federer or Isha at that time, without artificial lighting, you weren't going to be seen. So you wouldn't claim the benefits, the public benefits of being a Muslim? Because you you would not be noticed in the first place. So why would the hypocrites bother going to fudge in Asia, if they weren't going to
get the credit in the community of going out to salon, so they only went to the Salawat where they would be seen they made their their presence, obnoxiously known when they were there. And they pulled back and they found excuses when there was any hardship. And so again, they sought the benefits of belief. But at the same time, they did not want to undertake the consequences or suffer the consequences of belief. And it's not necessarily the suffering, the consequences. It's the natural commitment. And what comes with a natural commitment to faith, they did not want to commit themselves to anything that entailed hardship, they just wanted to benefit. The believers are people
who will believe in Allah subhanaw taala, purely because they believe in Allah. And they will commit themselves to believe because it's truth. And they will do what is asked of them, because they believe that success lies and following the commandments of Allah and the messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and sometimes that's going to have a lot of pain and hardship. You know, entailed are embedded within that commitment. And so there are different levels of pain, there's the hardship of just waking up and going to sell out the budget what no one would see you there's the hardship, of going to battle alongside the Prophet sallallahu wasallam and not fleeing from his side. There.
There's the hardship of being ostracized or stigmatized. When you find yourself once again, in a Mexican climate, there's so many different things that they have to undergo. But the point is about these believers is that they're willing to undergo the consequences of belief in this life. And they don't necessarily need worldly benefits in order to commit themselves and believe and that's how you know if you're sincere or not, you know, when Allah subhana wa, tada takes away the benefit of your belief in this life, do you still commit to it? You know, when you talk about the floss when you talk about sincerity? When people aren't watching you anymore? Are you still doing the deed? And are
you doing it with the same level of commitment and sincerity and humility that you would do if there were eyes on you from others? If you're being ostracized and stigmatized? Are you still going to commit to your faith? Are you only going to do it where it's comfortable? Do you act Muslim in some contexts and not another context? So the point is, is that these are people that
that want to benefit only in this life from Deen, but don't really even believe in the hereafter in the first place or not, are certainly not acting towards the hereafter. So Allah says they're like a people that Kindle this fire, and it lights up everything around them. The light refers to the benefits that allow us to assess phenomena Allah, Allah who the hub allow me know to him that a lot takes away the light. And this is referring to death now where they can no longer benefit from that belief or that claim of being believers in any societal sense or in any personal sense in this world anymore. The light has been
Taken away, ie they have died. But they have not faced the consequences of belief in this life while they were claiming its benefits, so lost contact us.
Below be naughty him, what taraka home fievel Rue mountain LA, you will see Ron and a last chance I left them in darkness where they could not even see any more. No quick Mr. himolla has a very powerful explanation of this. He says notice that a lot did not take away the fire. He didn't take away the burning a lot only took away the lights. He took away the lights at the cloud at home and how but they remain in with the fire with the pain. Why? Because the fire the burning part of the pain part now is in the hereafter where their hypocrisy is unveiled. And they have to deal with the consequences of their hypocrisy not in the hereafter where you can't hide anything or falsely claim
any benefits anymore. So the new one has been taken away from them, but the burning remains. Now I want you to move with me to suited and headed, which is Surah 57 verse 13. And Allah subhanaw taala gives us this image of the hypocrites and the believers together once again. Now the hypocrites in the believers when they're together in this life are in the same space the same physical space you can't tell the difference between them there are signs but ultimately they're all Muslims. They're all in the same space. They're all outwardly professing the same things, but on the Day of Judgment now Alonzo Joe is talking about that community being sorted. And Allah says yo Mayor corner and
whenever you porno and whenever you're part to the Latina armano on Luna Nakata basement naughty come to learn to walk on felt me soon order for Laurie verbena home be sued in LA who Bab valtellina houfy hawaiiana while our hero who in Kibera healer I got that last contest says the day that the hypocrite men and the hypocrite women say to the believing men and believing women as they're going ahead as they're starting to walk further. They're saying on the road that knuckle tubus minority can wait wait, we want to benefit from your lights. You have light we don't have light we want to benefit. It's dark over here. We're afraid we want to have your light and those believers will turn
to them and say oh well I can go back and go back here means go back to the life of that world if you can, felt me sooner and Kindle your light they're like we did that and and that will benefit you today. And then the last Pattaya says up a barrier erected between them.
inside of that barrier. His mercy outside of it is punishment and torment. So outside of it is the punishment the consequences inside now is the mercy for those believers. You know doing a home lm knuckle American carlu Bella will Akina confer tantrum and for a second, what are our best tomorrow? saboten Bharat cumin unani heterodimer la la la la, la la la road, the hypocrites call out to them and say where we not with you? And they will say yes the believers will respond but you afflicted yourselves you awaited you hesitated, you doubted and wishful thinking diluted you until the command of Allah subhanaw taala came to you and the deceiver deceived you concerning Allah. So the believers
have gone forward with the light they they burned with faith in this life, meaning in this life, they they felt pain and consequence and hardship for being sincere believers. But now Allah has removed the pain and all they have is the light in the hereafter stretching forth from there right and from in front of them. The hypocrites only have the burning. Lastly, if you go to hell a source did to him a loss of power What's
his source? Surah 66 verse eight, Allah says yeah, you Allah Dena Armando tubal Illa he told us and also as Rob bukem and you can feel uncomfy article when you defeat a congenital antigen even tactical and how, yo mela yakezie Allahu nebby. Well Edina Hama Nomura Nora home. Yes, I have been a de Mogi Imani him yaku and I've been at Mims, Anna norrona Wofford Lana in the Kerala coalition Cody. Allah says that, oh you believe repent to Allah with sincere repentance. Perhaps your Lord will remove from you your misdeeds, at admit you into gardens beneath which rivers flow on the day when Allah will not disgrace the Prophet, nor those who believe with him, their light will proceed
before them and on their right. And what are they asking for now as they've gone forward, and they've left the hypocrites behind? They're saying God I've been a Milena norrona Oh Allah maintain this light for us perfect this light for us was for Lana And forgive us. And verily you are upon all things powerful and competent. So Subhana Allah, it's the image from the beginning of the hypocrites kindling the fire and benefiting from the light only while not dealing with the hardship of belief to the end of this which is given throughout the portal and the end result of this which is the believers going forward with only the light and the hip
crits being left behind with only the fire. And we asked the last panel to make us amongst the sincere believers that carry the light forward on the Day of Judgment along with me.
And really to add to that, so like everyone, thank you for that both the introduction to the parable. And one thing that I wanted to focus is to sort of bring, bring that home in the sense of what does that mean for us today. But before that, I want to talk about, you know, at least my understanding of the parable and the implications that it holds, and hopefully how that can shape our understanding. But as your mentor was mentioning, that you have this idea, this notion of light, there's different types of light, you have a law, which is referring to, to this general light versus newer, and newer is all is used throughout the Quran constantly to refer to, of course, the
newer, specifically the light, but also in in as, as a word for guidance. It's always in contrast to you know, a bullet or a little mat, this darkness that this this misguidance. So nude is not simply just light, but it's this, this light that involves us through the guidance of, of being Muslims of having this, you know, Islam, to guide us guide our way. So the point being is that you have this contrast so that what the parable is is essentially saying is that they're lighting this fire. And despite the fight, the fact that this light is coming up, you have this what we would perceive as light, it's now you can see, you have these, these hypocrites have this light, but they don't have
the nude. So there's this contrast. And so despite the fact that they can see, they're not actually guided, and I bring this up to connect it to some of my absolute favorite verses in the Quran. And it's from sorts of causes, which is chapter 28, verses 71 to 72. Well, last time data says that, could you imagine a tongue in jar of Mahatma later sermon and either Yokoyama, can you imagine this, this notion, this this fact that I can make it nighttime all the time, until the Day of Judgment forever? It's always going to be dark.
Many what who else other than Allah Subhana Allah would you call upon to be able to change this reality that I can make it we can just tomorrow comes around, there's the sun doesn't rise and forever, it's dark until the day of judgment was fantastic can do that. And he's telling us this in the Quran, that's going to always be dark. And unless pantai that what's incredible about this is that he ends the ayah by saying ffs Marilyn, can you not hear?
And I'll get back to this. But the next very next day I was asked the same question. Have you ever thought about the fact that I can make it white, I can make it daytime and hot all the time until that day of judgment, that it will always be light, there will never be darkness there will never, you know many definitely lucky to be laid into spoon FET. Who knows pantalla would bring you nighttime that you can rest other than Allah. Tada. And he ends this hour by saying flf too soon, can you not see? And I was I talked about this animal dawn. But I that what always was fascinating to me about this is that i would i would mix up the endings, right? So let's add that at first says
it's always going to be nighttime, it's always going to be dark out. Your sense of hearing is naturally increase in the darkness, that when there's no light, you can hear more those who are who don't have a sense of sight. Their their
capacity to hear is much stronger than us. And so naturally, you would think that most hodeida would say, okay, it's dark all the time. FNS obviously don't Can you not see? What does he say? Can you not hear that despite the fact that your sense of hearing is now at its highest? Can you still not hear? And likewise, almost my daughter says, you know, I'm going to make a daytime, I'm going to make this I'm going to have this light all the time. Can you still not see despite the fact that it's light all the time. And really the connection between these these verses which are so powerful, the fact that most heart that says listen, I can make it daytime all the time, you can still not see
you can't see what's in front of you still, it'll be dark all the time. You can hear your best, but you still can't hear. And that in this eye in this parable and sort of the buckler that what's happening is that they're lighting a fire. A fire in the darkness, a fire at night is going to light up everything around you. But what you still can't see that nude is still not available to you that that that what around you can be lit up. We can have a daytime all the time, but we can't see what's in front of us. that that that that sense of true sight. That sense of true guidance is still we're still deprived of that. And and I think the most relevant aspect of this is the fact that today, we
often think that we know exactly what we're talking about that we know you know, we're so confident in what we're saying. We're so confident
What we hear that you know, we a lot of times we just reiterate, we retweet we do whatever it is, when we see what we see. And we think that no, all the proof is right in front of us, we have all the facts. We have all the Quranic verses, we have all of these arguments, these debates on social media in person, we know exactly what we're talking about, we're so confident in the way we talk about things that we were, in what we see and what we hear. And, you know, and sometimes hypocrisy is we associate it with this, you know, massive spin this this site, the state in front of us, that's so terrible. But a lot of times these minor aspects of hypocrisy are so prevalent within us
that because we think of them as minor, it's something that we, you know, don't really consider in depth, right. And so now you have this, this, this very prominent aspect of democracy, where you're seeing things you think you're seeing things, but you're not actually seeing them. And so this, this, and, you know, the various conversations about this within the Quran is a reminder to really sort of question sometimes the things that you do, and Chairman mentioned, specifically, this, this idea of like, bandwagoning, that, you know, something comes up, a trend comes up, you know, things change so quickly our sense of morality, sometimes we question that, how can I possibly say this?
How can the prophet SAW Selim, possibly have done this? And it this is a reminder to sort of pause and to think to ourselves, yes, we some of the things that we do today, we see the world as it is today, but is this true sites, right, and we have we in from this is sort of this questioning of, you know, everything that we see in here, that is very much based off of our limited context, really the bubbles that we're living in. And it's a reminder to to really be humble in terms of our sources of knowledge and our pursuit of knowledge. And the way we engage with others knowing that there's always room for mistake that there's always room for, you know, not having that true that true
guidance. And most of all, it's an important reminder to battle also had to hide it for that note, you don't want just light in your life, you want know what you want that light in, you know, filled with guidance from Allah spawn Tada. And so hopefully, this serves as a reminder to, to really just be aware of your surroundings and an apple as part of a true sight and for true hearing.
For fun, yeah, one of the things fun, there's so many angles, as I'm hearing both of you speak this, these parables have infinite amount of lessons. One of the things that I thought about is that if there's so much imagery in this, and so I was thinking spawn of losses, imagine a parable of people who light a fire. And I'm like, imagining I love to go camping, and people like to go out in the middle of the darkness in the forest, if it's pitch black, and you light a fire, I mean, that fire makes you feel warm. That fire allows you to see where you could go. And of course, if you're not careful, you could fall into and burn yourself. And so Allah is giving us this deep parable to make
us hate hypocrisy that look, if you if Allah were all in darkness, right? What would you go bowling for her that we all were lost at some point in our life, it was because of Islam, that we're able to have the newer to see the reality of this life. And that's sustain us brought this point, you know, ultimately, and consequently about Allah allow us to see the truth as the truth. So we can follow it. And I think sometimes we think something's a truth when it's not because we're getting wrong information. But going back to the parable that a lot when he lights this fire, that has warmth, it has no It has everything we want from it, if we choose not to act upon the guidance, then Allah will
snatch away the note of that. And he tells us the hypocrites are left with this. There's still a fire, but it's got no light at all. So I want us to think about when you're camping, imagine if you lit a fire. And now you were like, Okay, I know exactly where to go to the bathroom or on the trail, and then all of a sudden the fire, it disappears in terms of the light, but it's still burning. And how would that feel to have to walk around a campsite, or walk around a place where there was a burning fire, but you could not see it, you would be scared out of your mind. And I believe this is an insight into the psychology of a hypocrite, that deep down, there is this conflict because they
know they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing. And they're feeling this anguish behind it. And that is what I was describing to us you know, that state of psychological torture that you knew what was right, you didn't follow it. And now here's the consequence of not following the guidance that you have been given. So May Allah make us amongst those who always follow the news of Islam so that way our hearts may be illuminated. So handle a lot and there's also something about control right? Like you think you control the reward you think you control the process and the hypocrite thinks they kind of got to figure it out. And you know, we were talking about this on the
Friday webinar about little Milan blues woman out on the cliff and then he sits on lancha when I should be on camera Tiana that whoever turns away from my room
And then they have a constricted life and then they they arise on the Day of Judgment blind. And they say, Lima How shall Tony out and I will put quintuple zero. That's something very powerful that it's lost sometimes in the toughest theater that reflections on that verse, that that person on the Day of Judgment says to a lot, why did you make me blind and I used to be able to see. So they attributed sight to themselves the ability to see to themselves, but attributed the taking away of the sight, the blindness to allow when it's supposed to be like the opposite, right? And hydroquinone will be at a crucial role. They say like that goodness comes from you evils from
myself. But it's like, you got to turn around, you got to flipped upside down, wait a minute, I could see its entitlement I could see and you took away my sight. Whereas the believer somehow on their humility, even in the moments where they've gone ahead, and they've got the light, you know, extending from their, their hands in front of them. They're saying, Rob, that's a lot perfect this light for us, we can't do it on our own. We're deficient. We're not in control. All up perfect this life for us, oh, luck, keep this light for us. Because the believer understands that guidance is such a gift, that somehow with all of its consequences, and hardships and trials in this life, it's
so worth it. It's so worth what it comes with in terms of hardship in this life, and we're so blessed if Allah gives it to us. And, you know, it's not something we did. It's, it's, it's the blessing of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this great blessing of guidance and being able to appreciate guidance and being able to act on guidance, right. So it's like, you know, the hypocrite is, thinks they got to figure it out. They're trying to control it, channel it here, there. And then eventually, they burn themselves, right? They it catches up with them, the plot fails. And they never really got fulfillment in this life, because the world that they were pursuing using something
so valuable and precious, that could have given them comprehensive happiness, that this world is not giving them happiness, so life was constricting. So it wasn't really light. And I think that was a beautiful distinction that stood the test name gave between, you know, a lot and newer, you know, just this pure light it was it had issues. And then on the Day of Judgment is taken away, and it's just burning. So how law so here it's disappointment. On the day of judgment, it's burning. For the believer, here is fulfillment. And on the Day of Judgment, his reward is light and reward. Right? So here's fulfillment that even if I'm struggling, it's worth it. And, you know, it's for the sight of
Allah and then on the Day of Judgment, the reward is from Allah and I'm okay with that. Let's make it very interesting.
You know, Subhana, Allah, the psychology I think, what you spoke about the psychology of the hypocrite here and what that speaks to. So like, what's the most practical thing I think, you know, maybe all of us can just give like a really quick like, what's the most practical thing you take from this like an Islamic work and worship? Like, right now we're all quarantines are kind of quarantined, depending on what state you're in.
You know, and, and so we're having to learn to do these acts of worship on our own right. So what's the most practical like just one thing that you take from this that just shouts out to you?
What comes to my mind immediately is that Hadith the Prophet Muhammad says that, um, you know, hypocrisy has many flavors, there's the total hypocrite, and there's the one who is doing acts of hypocrisy, and for us to be just so cautious about even doing the littlest acts that are tangentially related to being hypocrites. So when we speak, do we ever lie? Right? When we're entrusted with something, do we ever break that promise. And if we do that, again, the consequence is not to a lot is not get harmed in any way, shape, or form by the things that we do. But the consequences that alone remove the norm from our lives. And that is the most dangerous thing that
could happen to want to think about that, by me telling the silly lie, by me spilling the secret I was entrusted with that Allah is going to remove my ability to see things for what they really are to hear things and benefit from them. So that's what I think about like was whatever just being cautious but falling under any act that would possibly brand me as associated with a hypocrite, love on him.
I think something specifically in the context now that we're
away from each other physically, that we're more on social media, and that's just a deep hole that really can can suck you in. It's a place that we can easily fall victim to this, you know, a lot of false information or just a lot of information that might be hard to connect the dots. And one thing that I'm very, very particular about is, number one, being open to criticism, accepting the fact that the way you perceive information the way you you connected, the dots might not be entirely correct. But also being wary of that type of information that's going around and to really protect your heart and soul when you're constantly reading different things out of context. And so hopefully
that's a you know, something that you
You can relate to because there's a lot that's it's very overwhelming when you see all this information. And again, not to say oh don't pursue knowledge or you know, don't trust anything but again just it's really just a reminder for humility that you can always be wrong and the others can also always be wrong but ask the most out of begging him as Dr. Rothman mentioned that the draw a lot of marine halka have been consulted argue that that was panda show us truth as it is and grant us the ability to follow that truth. That is something that we should always make
the Hanif sadhaka to serve fulfill blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, that a secret charity extinguishes the anger of your Lord. Right, it's still sort of falls within that same imagery, right. And so, South Dakota sit as a secret charity, but I think the greatest takeaway we can take from this is what are your secret good deeds? Right? The hypocrites have bad secrets that come out on the Day of Judgment. What are the secrets of the sincere believers that come out on the day of judgment? And do we have enough of those secrets? To make up our light on the day of judgment and I pray that Eliza doesn't make us amongst them is that a lot of hate on to both of you for for your beautiful
reflections and thoughts in sha Allah Tada. So, we'll be on next week talking about planning parables, but again, you can look below and you'll see all of the programs that we have throughout the week inshallah. Tomorrow in sha Allah tala, you can tune into miracles of the Quran, which are now interested in on Hani who have both written wonderful papers on the miracles of the plan. And that's going to be on the happines platforms inshallah Tada, so make sure that you tune in and we'll continue to be with you every night in sha Allah tada for the week nights throughout this month, and we pray that Eliza did allow us to develop a love and a deeper connection to the poor and and then
Allah protect us from hypocrisy and fill our hearts with guidance and fill our actions with, with with with its complete pleasure in sha Allah tada that we meet Eliza Jevon, we have that light together on the Day of Judgment, selection all silence all of you so that he can walk into a healer council