Channel: Saad Tasleem
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are now live for day five of Ramadan 360 With amalgam Institute My name is Hassan once again and I am going to be your host for today in sha Allah you guys are gonna get a chance to see some lovely guest hosts over the next few days. So look forward to that and I see furry hat and Tanya mashallah are already on with their cameras on Zoom. Those of you who are joining us on Zoom, please do change your names and your locations and turn on your camera so that we can connect to you guys a bit more personally and does it look great to everyone who's saying they're slumps in their chats on social media and on Zoom extra ICU, Mustafa Masha Allah when it comes to now want to have a de la Nura from
Toronto. Heba Charlene from the UK so Dejah lovely to have you back Serena and Abraham you guys as well from London message one it was phenomenal. I want to let everyone welcome to day number five very excited for you guys to be with us today in sha Allah and for the topics that we're covering today as well. In shirtless Yes, that is going to be back for our on reflect series and we have with us for the first time for this year. You guys have seen him previously in Ramadan 360 in 2020 and 2021. But we have back with us Sheikh Omar heads Rouge and he's going to be covering the topic start siblings. If you guys are not familiar with Sheikh Omar he is our newest addition to the amalgam
instructor family Alhamdulillah and he's been an amazing addition so far we've had him do a course on faith essentials on the field of Sonic law and mashallah he's been with us for the past year or so doing live sessions bonuses, preparing us for Ramadan for the Ramadan prep series on faith essentials as well. And it's so much more Masha Allah. He is he serves locally as a as a full time youth director at Islamic Center of Naperville in Chicago and that hamdulillah he's with us for Ramadan. 360s and I'm like what happened the last shift Omar How are you doing today? Where are they coming salaam to Lhasa Colossus or Hassan
Al Hamdulillah I'm really, really well. I always I don't think I get mixed up anymore. But I remember it was tough when you first joined you're the third Omer shift Omar and be among your family. So I always have to double check which Omar was speaking to today. But it handled it's lovely to have you back. How has your start to Ramadan been so far your first five days, any kind of things that you've learned or you had to adjust or things that you've been thinking of? As the month has started? From the law? It's been smooth, it feels really good. You know, here in Chicago, it says like the first time and a couple of years where it's we're back at kind of like full capacity.
So that's added that like, you know, that layer that we've missed the past couple years and it's been going by really quick Subhanallah so it's
that's lovely to hear. I know it's a finalized feels like I'm already kind of asking for forgiveness for the time that I've wasted and the opportunities that have been missed, you know that I've passed us by but haven't been allowed. We are still in the first 10 days. And we've been kind of trucking along doing enjoying our series that 30 stories that revealed stories of unnamed in the Koran, so we're very excited to jump in with you. Inshallah, hopefully we had a chance to ask you some questions at the end of this session. But I want to pass it to you so that we can jump right in for today's fifth day of Ramadan. 360s Bismillah sitio Sokoloff Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi
Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala Ashraf an MBO Masovian Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi edge Marin, la Maliki unhemmed, Camilla Malini, Jelani Wilczek when you're on Lamia, siltronic land of Sedona and Alec and tech American Italian AppSec alumina Callaghan had that all of our local Hamdi that will lead and I can handle Mumbai the robo llama eliminare my infernal in front of me my LinkedIn I was there and money audible Alameen Hamdulillah we start, really from as deep down as we can muster, we said hamdulillah for all of these amazing blessings for being able to reach this month of Ramadan for being able to gather together in this way I'm looking at the names in the chat
and I see literally from across the world Subhan Allah Australia and London, not too far in Georgia and Los Angeles, Singapore Subhanallah the blessing of reaching this Ramadan but being able to experience this Ramadan together is such a tremendous blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala and then on top of that, not just together and have a flock together or to share you know our experiences, but to be able to gather together and spend a lot Paris evening while that one stood up, but to be able to gather together and study the book of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada together, which I mean this entire month of Ramadan really is a celebration of the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala and that we
get this chance and this opportunity to delve into some of these stories and just to take a step back and recognize the value in the blessing even of having access to the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala you know, one time one of our teachers he shared a statement of an ambassador I'll be a lover
And that when I heard it for the first time, it really really hit me and it's something that I've tried to carry with me whenever I go to the Quran or whenever I recognize that this is these are the words of Allah subhanho wa taala. With us, he said that I'll be Allah when I'm commenting on the verse where Allah subhanho wa Taala said that he made the Quran easy to digest. He says Robbie Allahu Allah, if Allah azza wa jal did not facilitate it on the tongues of the human being on me and you on our tongues, that it would have been impossible for the creation to be able to speak the words, or understand or engage at any level, the words of the Creator, like look at the difference
between the creator and the creation, it doesn't really make sense that we have access to his words, or that we can engage with his words, it's a pure grace and Norma from Allah subhanho wa taala. So to take that with us, when we go to the book of Allah subhanho wa taala, to make that experience come alive for us, to make us realize, I've been given an opportunity to hear the words of my creator. And this is something that many people maybe experience or spend their entire lives, not realizing, or not ever having the opportunity to access. And so that blessing of Allah subhanaw taala on are on us, and this month is something to always start, you know, any reading or any study
of the book of Allah subhanho wa taala. And then on top of that, this series that's always so beautiful to be a part of the Ramadan 360 series and looking at different elements, different stories of the Quran, and in this segment, looking at the stories of those in the Quran, who are mentioned, but were not named. And this also is so beautiful. Why? Because the way that Allah subhanho wa Taala tells stories in the Quran is the most effective and impactful way, meaning not just what is mentioned, is extremely important, every single word that is selected, and that is placed is done with the greatest knowledge and wisdom and purpose, not just what is mentioned. But
even what is not mentioned in the Quran is purposeful, meaning if Allah subhanho wa Taala chooses to leave a detail outs or to remove, or to not have a name, or a place or a specific detail that is done with purpose as well. And I think and I was reflecting over it, the stories that we have in the Quran, where you have the characters, the people in the stories, but you don't have their names explicitly mentioned. And yes, in some of the books of Tafseer. And in some of you know, the resources, you can kind of look and find their names, sometimes it's definitive, sometimes it's not, but still the fact that Allah subhanho wa Taala chose not to mention names, there is a tremendous
wisdom and benefit in that. And one of those that I was reflecting over is this idea of making the stories of the Quran our own, right, a lot of times if you read a book and it has, you know, characters in it, and you're going through the story and it could be you know, a fiction nonfiction or whatever it may be, that you put yourself in the position of the character, right, you may say something like, if I was in that position, this is what I would have done, right or I relate more to this character like I consider myself team, this person or team that person, right, we put ourselves in the position of these characters and we relate them to ourselves. Allah subhanho wa Taala may be
from the infinite wisdom of him choosing to mention a name or not mention a name, or omit a detail or mention a detail is for that same reason, so that we can make these stories our own. So we don't necessarily have to get caught up in the specific details that may take us away from the ultimate benefits and points and lessons that Allah azza wa jal intended for us to have in these stories, right. And so to be able to do that, to look at these stories, not as historical records, not as these bedtime entertainment stories that we have, which is no problem in Sharla, to use them as ways to engage into and to pique our interest, but to make them personal for us as well, to say, you
know, these names are not mentioned, but qualities and characteristics and actions are mentioned. And I can measure myself up against those who are being mentioned in the stories and see, is this something that I have a part of? Is this something that I'm related to? I'm relating
into is this something where I find myself? Like this character, right? Like I'm doing some of these same actions, and it can be in good or it can be bad, it can be in good and encouraging us and saying, hamdulillah I'm being on the same path as this person or this action. But it can also be a warning for us as well. Am I going down the same dangerous path that Allah subhanho wa Taala is mentioning here. And it could be very well, that Allah subhanho wa taala, maybe is mentioning this, as I'm reading it, so that I can take it as a personal lesson for me, right? And so we make these Quranic stories, and in general, the Quran, but especially stories, because stories grab us, right?
They take us in, they transport us to a different time and a different place, but to be able to put ourselves in those positions and see, what does Allah subhanho wa Taala want me as a person living in 2022 in this place, or that place, in this experience, or that experience? What does Allah subhanaw taala want me to take from these from these stories. And so today in sha Allah, just very briefly, we have glimpses and moments from the best of stories in the Quran. And it's always beautiful, and it's always soothing to the heart and to the soul, to go through the story of Yusuf Alayhi Salam. And in this case, to take a different perspective, to be able to look at the story,
not from the lens of the Prophet Yusuf alayhi salam, which is usually what we do. When we go to this story in particular, right, we see what did you sit on a Islam experience and there's no doubt that you cannot separate the story of use of from use of Allissa being the main character in the story from being the main lessons and the main points of benefit. But to be able to take a different perspective, and look at it from the viewpoint of the brothers of use of our day seven actually, Allah subhanho wa Taala points us to do this. In the Quran itself. He says subhanho wa Taala naka de cana Alaikum fi use of what is what he actually said in in that indeed, in Youssef alayhis. Salam in
his experiences in his story, there are signs but there are also signs fie what he in his brothers, in their experience and their actions in the things that they did, or the things that they did it. And so to be able to take that perspective of these unnamed brothers have Yusuf alayhi salam in this story produces tremendous benefit for the one who seeks it right. And Allah subhanaw taala at the end of this area, he qualifies, he says, Lissa Ilene for those who are asking for those who are pushing themselves to be thoughtful, to reflect to benefit. And so Allah subhanho wa Taala encourages us here again, to take an active role in our relationship with the book of Allah subhanho
wa taala. And in the sutras and in the sutras. And so this perspective of the brothers of Yusuf Ali's Sinha, who are generally when we when we talk about the brothers of Euskadi some, we generally talk about them in a negative light, right. But the interesting thing is that you go through this story. And we'll point out some of these places in sha Allah is that it's not as black and white as a lot of times as we make, it seems, right? That and this, this has a tremendous benefit for us as well, that we realize that humans are very, very complex beings, right? It's not all good, or all evil. Usually, there is this mix, there's this internal and external battle that are happening
within each and every single person and around each and every single person. And it's as if there is a struggle to deal with maybe the insecurities and the fears and the temptations. And sometimes we mess up. And we give in, and we slip up. And sometimes we overcome. And we see through. And we take that level up. And so I think the story of the brothers of Yusuf, in the context of the surah really gives us that message that it's not always, you know, black and white. It's not always pure good and pure evil, but there are a lot of times is that gray area and there's a lot of a lot of times there's that struggle. And that's what we see with the brothers of use of Friday has set up and you
start with the story with us. They're introduced to us in the beginning of the surah if Allah used to who who who have Bula abena Mina, one ethno rasa in Urbana and a few bodalla Mubin
Can you imagine the brothers of use of his son of growing up? Right, and their father is a prophet's and they are a group of 10, eventually 11, who are strong, young men, right? They have this status and position and nobility, but they are struggling with something that a lot of us struggle, a struggle with. Right. And that is, you know, maybe the insecurity, of feeling that someone else is better than me, or someone else has it better than me. Right? Someone else is more beloved, to someone that I love than me. Right? It's a it's a legitimate struggle. It's a legitimate struggle. And so this is where the story starts with, that they recognize that Yusuf alayhi salam, their
youngest brother, is more beloved to their father than them. And they are unable to process this or deal with it in a healthy way. And so what ends up happening instead, is that you build they build amongst themselves, this kind of like distaste, and this ill will towards their brother Yusuf, of no fault of his own, due to no fault of his own, but because he is more beloved by his father, who is a prophet of Allah subhanho wa taala. So it's not like he is mistreating the brothers in favor of use. But there is this extra love that He has for his son use of and we see throughout the story, that that's justified, right, and seeing the difference between use of La Sonoma and his brothers, right.
But that's kind of where the story starts, is in an unhealthy way of dealing with this fear or with these feelings that they have of their father loving their brother more than more than them. And so it's important for us, you know, when maybe we feel these insecurities, when we feel these fears, when we see things, maybe this person gets more attention gets more love from a loved one, that we're able to process it in a healthy and a correct way. Unfortunately, the brothers of use of today's setup, they do not, they're unable to process it in that way. And so this has said, or this envy just continues to take root and to develop until it becomes something that they devise. And
they develop the most evil of plans and plots to throw their own brother in a well, and even before that, to kill to kill their brother SubhanAllah. Think about that. Brothers and sisters, right? This is a young, innocent boy, again, they are sons of a prophets. But when that disease of has said, takes roots, and is unchecked, it can lead to the most disastrous of consequences. Okay. And if you look at this disease as well, what it causes are the consequences that it can have in our lives, we recognize, like we say, how could they have done something like this, right? But if you look at ourselves, maybe what our own insecurities or fears or envy can lead us to, we recognize that the
pathway that could have led to the brothers doing what they did, right, and one of the things that's mentioned is the fact that there's no way this idea could have just come up one day and everyone agrees to it. Right. But these 10 Brothers, what ends up happening is there is this unhealthy echo chamber, right, in which maybe, for example, one of them one day said, you know, we have to do something about this, right? And maybe they start thinking about ideas, and it's unchecked from person to person. And it starts to build up and build up until maybe one of them inspired by shape on or just a moment of that low. That's that comes from that house that says, Why don't we kill him?
Why don't we just get rid of him? Right? And for 10 grown people to be able to agree on that, that must have been something that developed over time. And that must have been something that was caused by being in environments, we said, these unhealthy echo chambers of just hearing that validation of these evil thoughts and these evil ideas. And so an important lesson that we can take is to be aware in our own lives of these type of echo chambers, if everyone around you is maybe enabling you or encouraging you to something that you know, is wrong, it could have these disastrous consequences, right. And so, this is the suggestion that they have or Cthulhu useful use of AI with Rahu
A lot of them are just get rid of him, kill him or get rid of him. But what did they also do that allowed for them to maybe ease some of the guilts right to alleviate some of that burning guilt that comes with plotting the killing of your younger brother. Look what they did. Very interesting. Allah subhanaw taala points this out. He says what's cool gnome embody Tolman Solly him. He says that what they said is we will be righteous people after we do this. They tried to justify it to themselves with like premeditated, tilba premeditated repentance. They said, they can't justify the idea. They said, if we do this, then we will have the attention of our father, which is what they're seeking.
Right? And after we do it, we will be a righteous people. So we're going to ask for forgiveness for what we did. And subhanAllah. This is also a very important point, right? Sometimes we're able to justify to ourselves some of the biggest crimes by saying, You know what, I'll make Toba after. Right? It's like when we when you know, the you guys may have heard it before. Like, I had this conversation with a brother once. And he was like,
you know, like, I want to make hedge, but I'm gonna wait until I reach a certain age. He said, You know why maybe I thought it was financial, you know, saving up money. He's like, No, I want to be able to, and he was being just very open and honest. Right? He said, I want to be able to do all of the things that I you know, want to do from a not okay, perspective. That way, when I go to hedge, it'll clean it all. Right, I'll come back like a newborn. Right? The danger with that mentality is we don't know if we will ever get that opportunity. And again, it allows for us sometimes to justify thoughts or plans or ideas or actions that we otherwise would not have been able to get through. And
so that could be the secret here of how they were able to do such a heinous and such a horrific thing. Right. But at the same time, I want to brothers and sisters, I want to point
the our attention to something that shows us really how dangerous hazards can be how dangerous envy can be. And that is, look what they ended up doing. As a result of this hesed, okay, that they tried to kill their brother, they plotted to kill their brother, then they lied to their father about it. It broke up their family, they're separated as a family that father loses his most beloved son, they cause grief to their father, who is who is a prophet of Allah, subhana, WA, tada. All of this stemmed from this unchecked envy or this unchecked hustle. But on top of that, one of the things that I was thinking about Subhanallah is, look what also they lost out on because of their hazards.
And this is why envy is so dangerous, not just because it is like a person, you know, challenging the decree of Allah subhanaw taala. Right, not just because it eats away our good deeds. I mean, those are things enough, that should be a deterrent for us. But Subhanallah when a person is envious, and it takes over their hearts, and it takes over who they are, what ends up happening, brothers and sisters, they miss out on so much good for themselves as well. Right? Their father is a prophet of Allah subhanho wa taala. They have access, literally direct access in their home to a prophet of Allah subhana wa. They have a righteous, beautiful brother, and His righteousness and His
beauty is evident from the beginning, the beginning of the story, the way that he talks to his father, the way that he interacts with those who are around him. Throughout we see how he deals with his brother later. How much good were they deprived of as a result of this envy? How much good did they have in their lives already, that they were blinded and unable to see because of their hustle. And this is one of the most dangerous side effects are consequences of energy that if we think about will help to purge it from us is that it blinds a person to the good that Allah subhanho wa Taala has already given them. The good that they can cultivate the good that they have around them.
They're unable to see it because they're fixated on someone else. Right. And that's why one of the companions he said something beautiful, he said, I've never seen a volume and oppressor, who appears more to be like mob who appears more as a mob loom than it has who appears more oppressed than an envier. Right? Because ultimately, they're burning themselves from the inside. Ultimately, they're harming themselves more than they're harming whoever they think they're actually harming right
So this disease that can take root in the heart is something that we have to check ourselves. And it's difficult. Like let's just be very open and frank. Right. One of the one of the tambourine asked Hasan Basri, he said, Can Can a believer have Hasson inside of them? And he said, Of course, he said, Look at the brothers of Yusuf. And I think what he was saying here is that look, it can, it's natural for us to to want to be the best for us, maybe, you know, to feel like some sort of wait when others are do do better than us. Right. But as some of the companion or what they said, they said Mahala just said, when he said that there is not a single body that is free of some level
of envy of wanting what someone else has, right? Of maybe feeling, you know, like it hits their necks, when they see someone doing better than them. But they said, how do we respond to it? That's what determines the difference between a believer and, and someone who is wicked, right, or someone who has allowed that hazard to take control of, of their heart. That's why they said, I'll carry your fee. Well let em UbD the generous and noble person, they subdue it, they fight against it, they make dua for that person, instead of instead of, you know, talking bad about them or wanting the good that they've been given by Allah subhanaw taala to be removed, they fight against that urge of
their neffs. Right. And if they're able to do that, then hamdulillah they're able to to quell and subdue this urge that can be destructive. Right, but I let him UbD the wicked person expresses and acts on that feeling. And this is where it can be ends up being something that is destructive. And this is what we see with the brothers of use of Anais salaam, they, as we know, in the story, they throw their brother down the well. And they tried to justify it to their father, and of course, their father at this point. Yeah, Kobani has Salam is patient for sovereign Jamil and he hopes in that Promise of Allah subhanho wa Taala that eventually he will be reunited with his, with his son,
Yusuf Ali has set up, right. One thing also to point out here from the brothers of use of RSM that I thought was very interesting is that when they decided to throw him, when they decided, you know, we're gonna get rid of, and the plan was either Let's kill him, or let's just throw him out somewhere. One of them, one of the brothers, and we don't know which one and there's beauty in this as well, that Allah subhanho wa Taala doesn't expose, which brothers had what like, which brother was the one who said, Let's kill him? Which one was the one who objected to that? Which one was the one who encouraged that? Right? But so so that covering allows for them to for their honor, and for,
you know, just their reputations to be intact, because we know what happens at the end with them, right? But one of them SubhanAllah. And this shows us that even though they're a group, and they decided on it as a group, that they were all the same, okay? One of them, he says, lead up to us, don't kill yourself. While hoo hoo feel reality job. Maybe he feared that if he turned against them, they would do something to him. So what he does is he tries to at least lessen it. Right, he says, Let's at least put him in a well, that way, maybe a caravan will come by and take him. And we'll be able, you know, still to get rid of him, but not to do that level of harm to him that we were
originally saying, right? And you can almost sense a level of hesitation here in his voice in quantum farine. If you're gonna do something, at least do this right. And subhanAllah, one of our teachers mentioned a beautiful point here. He said this brother, this is exactly what they ended up doing. Right? Maybe this brother when he made the suggestion. He didn't think they were going to listen to him. He didn't think that it would have an impact. But that was the suggestion that ended up causing a cascade of events that would happen after that, that lead to where you set out. Islam eventually becomes right and his glory and him being saved and all of these things. And he said, you
know, never underestimate yourself. Right? You don't know. Maybe it's a kind word. Maybe it's a small suggestion here. Maybe it's a sincere advice that you give that you don't think will have an impact, but you have no idea maybe the set of events
that it will put in motion that will allow for some great hair to come from it. And maybe we don't know, maybe this suggestion was part of the reason that they were able even to have Toba at the end of the story, right? So as they said, like it, even if the world around you is fully dark, light, that little candle that you may have, and you don't know the impact of that lights on those who are around you, right. So that's kind of that that first part, and then we get, again, we introduced this as decades later now, that brothers of use of it is to them more towards the middle and the end of the surah from Isaiah 58 onwards.
That's the brothers of Yusuf Alayhi. Salam now are forced to come to Egypt, because of the financial and the social situation that's happening where they are from, and so they reunite with Yusuf Ali Salam, not realizing though, that that's Youssef. Now, as the disease of Mr. As the minister, as this person in this in this position, Yousef, of course, is able to, to recognize them. And we know, you know, can you imagine, like I was thinking about this, this must have stayed with them, though, throughout the years, right, there's no way that you can just forget about this, right, it must have been a stain on their souls on their conscious for this entire time. And we know that actually,
because later on in the story, they do make mention of use of again, when they lose Binyamin, or their youngest brother.
We said his name, but the Quran doesn't mention the name.
When they lose their youngest, but what do they say? Right? My for Rotom. For us, they recall what happened with Yusuf Anisa. So there's no way they forgot about and this is the, you know, one of the consequences, right of, of these type of actions is that they can remain if we don't rectify them and come back from them and seek that forgiveness from them, then they can haunt us for a very, very long time. Right. So after decades and coming face to face with Youssef, we know what happens that, you know, they they trade with him, he takes care of them, he shows, you know Subhanallah immense level of generosity, and he wants them to bring their youngest brother back so he can take care of
them. It seems as if they were harming him, or there was some type of, you know, you know, miss, you know, like there was some type of abuse towards him or just not treating him well, some mistreatment. And so he puts their goods back in their bags, and you know, the story, right. And so when they go back to their, to their father, to convince their Father to send back their brother, the youngest brother with them, which is a difficult task, right? Why? Because they had already broken the trust with their father. And this is something that we know, in our own lives once trust is broken. It's extremely difficult to rebuild. We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf,
right? They were sincere here, trying to get their brother to go back with them so that they could get more, you know, of the grain and more of the food for their family. But they had a hard time convincing their father because of that previous betrayal. Right? Eventually, they're able to convince their father, their father sends them back. And he gives them a command. And this I thought this part was really interesting, right? He tells them don't enter into the city, through one entranceway enter into multiple entrances. Okay, that's not the interesting part that I wanted to focus on here. What I wanted to focus on is what Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the next area,
Allah azza wa jal says wala definitely is 68 Whenever Dafa lumen hate to Amara, whom Abu when they entered from the way that their father had commanded them to enter into, right. Why does Allah subhanahu wa taala mentioned this point, that they obeyed their father when they entered into the way that their father obeyed that their Father commanded them? They meaning they obeyed their father, Allah specifically says this, right?
Why? Because of what we said in the beginning, maybe, right? It's a small but it's an important detail, which is that these brothers of use of RSM were not all bad. It was they weren't pure evil, although we look at their actions and we say what good could they have done, but they were not pure evil. Right? And it goes back to this points that were all complex human beings. We cannot limit someone to one deed and box them into that deed, whether that's a good or a bad deed. Because sometimes if we do that, we don't give people
For an opportunity to come back from that evil that they did, right, we label them with something until they themselves feel like, well, this is who I am. And there's no redemption for me. So Allah subhanaw taala, showing us that they did have good insight of, they were still believers at the end of the day, in spite of the crimes that that they did. Yusuf alayhi salam, of course, at this point is reunited with his youngest brother, right. And he tells him right away who he is, and the scholars here they mentioned, you know, that he reveals himself to his youngest brother, because it was clear that his youngest brother was also feeling the pressure from the brothers. And he was also
experiencing some of the same things that use of had experienced. And so there's that as if you said that Islam was bringing him comfort, like, look, I was the one that they tried to kill. And Allah subhanho wa Taala saved me. So don't worry, Allah subhanho wa Taala will take care of you as well. Right? And just this idea in our communities, of survivor stories, and empathy, of brotherhood and sisterhood, and how that can help us to heal from the pains that we've experienced in our lives, right. And so then, you know, the plan, we know the plan of Yusuf Alayhi salaam to allow for his brother to remain by putting, you know, the cup of the king in his youngest brother's, you know, his
his luggage and his stuff. And so that ends up happening, right? And every time it seems like you think, okay, there is redemption for the brothers. Now, what do they do? Right? What do they say? If he stole you know, when this accusation comes, the brothers say, Well, if he sold and his brother before him stole, and you can imagine use of it. So I'm probably sitting at this point, like, really, after all of this, right? This is what they say, What Subhan Allah, the character, and the mercy and the horror of use of how the s&m is so vast, and his ability to forgive and his ability to rise above and this SN that he shows.
And now when they lose even their youngest brother, now you start to see kind of they they're, they're being humbled in a way that is going to take them or push them to finally make amends. Right. And so one of them, you know, they gathered together and one of them says, Look, I'm not going to go back until Allah subhana wa, tada opens up a path for me. He says, Go back to your father and tell them what happened. I'm going to stay right here. Right? And they know that they've already dried up all of their excuses. They've dried up all of their credibility, but they have no other choice.
They go back, and now they finally they or they go back to you. Somebody has some right. And they enter into him on his in his gathering. And they say yeah, you realize this, Miss Santa Elena. Oh, Aziz, right. We've been afflicted by hardship us in our family. Right And subhanAllah look at the different look how they were humbles. Look how Allah subhanho wa Taala turns the tables here, the same hands that through use of Alayhis Salam down the well. We're now the same hands that were outstretched, begging and hoping for any help from us if it is set up. Subhanallah April, Josie Rahimullah. He says something beautiful here. He says whoever deeply considers the humiliation of
usurps brothers will realize the negative impact of evil doings. Right. They thought that their plans and their plots would allow for them to, you know, get to their father, it would get their brother out of the picture. But Allah subhanahu wa did the exact opposite. Right. And this is something that we have to recognize that has said are that evil in general, it will not benefit us. It will not elevate us, but rather it will do the exact opposite. But it's in this moment. Subhan Allah that Yusuf Ali salaam reveals himself to his brothers. And now they finally realized like when they say in verse 91, they say follow Allah, He
Allahu Elena or incandela, halting and they finally realize Yusuf Ali Salam was not just near and dear to their father, but Yusuf Ali Salam was near and dear to Allah subhanaw taala. It took them decades, but sometimes people need decades to come to terms with basic truths and basic realities. Right. But what the brothers of use of iclm the what they show us here is that we can never lose hope in any living person being able to turn over a new leaf and start fresh, because at this moment, they are regretted they are repentant and they are regret
form they admit their mistakes were in COULDNA the heart in we were definitely mistaken. And what does use of RSM do of course we know that a fever and a common Yom you have a fear Allah who like him, he tells them he says there's no blame on you, Allah will forgive you. And He is the Most Merciful of those who are merciful. And Yusuf Ali is Salam. I know the focus is on the brothers, but we have to look at how Yusuf alayhi salam facilitates this repentance for his brothers. He Number one, he gives them an excuse, right? He says, Do you remember what you did to Yousef and his brother in Entomb? Jaggu when you were ignorance, right, he's giving them an excuse, not justifying what
they did, but allowing them to at least feel there's a way back. Yeah, we were ignorant. We were, we didn't know any better. So he gives them an excuse, right? But at the same time, he shows them and this is the greatest thing, Allah subhanahu Attalus merse. They needed help to be able to see past their crimes. Sometimes people are not doubtful of the Mercy of Allah. But they're, they can't even forgive themselves. And so they can't see past their own crimes, to see the vastness of the Mercy of Allah subhana wa. He allows for them here. Well, who are our hammer Rafi. He's the Most Merciful of all those who have who show mercy. And then at the end, what he does is so beautiful when the
families are finally reunited. And he has this final like, you know, beautiful, beautiful speech, and he says is nessa che thought Albania, Albania? What's he, when he's making mention of the favours of Allah on him and what happened? He says when shaytaan caused this tension, and this friction between me and my brothers, he does something beautiful here, which is he doesn't remind them of their sin, or make them a prisoner of their past. Right. And then the final thing that he does out of his setup, is he gives them the tools to be able to write their wrongs, they had the shirt of use of to show the Father, that use of it, Sam was eaten by a wolf. Now in this case, use
of ideas, Sam gives them his shirt, and says, go and fix what you did with your own heads. And so you said Allah, Islam gives them the same tool that they use to commit the crime now, to give them a path to redemption. And this is what we need to do for ourselves and those who are around us, is give people a path to redemption. And this is what we see then with brothers abusive, then they go back to their father. And they ask their father for forgiveness as well. And their father prays for their forgiveness. And this shows us here that we will make mistakes all the time, people around us will make mistakes all the time, no matter how big those mistakes are. One mistake or many mistakes
does not seal the fate of a person. Right? It does not seal the fate of a person. Yes, when it involves the rights of others, we have to deal with those repercussions and consequences. But it never seals the fate of a person with Allah subhanho wa Taala complete, right? And so in this story, you know, and with this Subhanallah the overwhelming theme that we see here is that there is this redemption, even for the brothers of use, they were complex, like we're complex, it wasn't black and white, like our lives are not black and white, but we see overriding and all of this the Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala and it was the plan of Allah to allow for all of this to happen. Maybe
because this happened in this way that the brothers were able to see the evil of their actions and ask Allah for forgiveness. So Allah saved Youssef from them, but then saved them through him. Subhan Allah, right. That's the Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he elevated Youssef and Jacoba him Salam, but he gave these brothers a chance to seek forgiveness, right. And so that this, these are the stars siblings. These are those who Allah subhanaw taala mentions their story in tandem with His Prophet Yusuf Ali is set up. And so we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to allow us to benefit from this to allow us to remove any of the that evil of headset and envy from our hearts, that Allah subhanaw
taala allows us always to want good for others, and that as a result of that, that we get good for ourselves and this is the Pac's panela
and we ask Allah to forgive us and to guide us does that come along?
Does that come along fair Subhanallah shift over that was mind blowing in that. So it was almost like an emotionally intelligent kind of analysis of the story of Yusuf Islam and their relationship with his siblings have had a lot I'm I'm still mind boggled. I have a lot of great gems and those are written down. I hope that you guys also have done the same and I hope that you guys add that to
Our telegram group insha Allah as well as well as a Padlet that we have for Ramadan 360 Does that focus your homework usually at this point I get to be excited because we get to invite you back but I just double triple check the schedule and we don't have you back here for Ramadan 360s So this is a sport a short and sweet and very beneficial and thought provoking lecture does not go out there for for enlightening us with that and in fact Allah we get a chance is there anything that we can catch you on or stalk you on through Ramadan online that you're involved in tick Homer?
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I hope that you guys enjoy that I was scrambling to catch all of the notes at the very end there especially as well Subhanallah there was such good points there. I hope that everyone caught it and if anyone is taking good notes Marshall, I know some of you guys have shared some already please do share them for this lecture, especially in the Ramadan 360 telegram group and let us all benefit from them. Just some of the concepts were really blowing my mind that you know, the unhealthy echo chambers, the roles of trust and in relationships, you know, everyone having a path to redemption Subhanallah so many strong lessons from that one top that I hope that you guys all benefited and
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stepped away Dr. Gina as well mashallah always loyal brother Osama from Ottawa, and shipside added his to his location as well from Maryland. Michela Santa Monica, welcome to last year. How you doing today? All right, can we set off the line? Well, 100 Now how are you? I'm great. Thank you chef. You don't we're gonna hold you this. It looks nice on screen we need to we need to have Maryland representing I don't think we have Marylanders showing up for Milan 360 just yet. So now you know you have one of your own onscreen chef. We are excited to jump into Subhanallah day number five of our Quranic reflection circles. What are we covering today for daytime we're in Saudi tell my divers
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah who are early will be my water. Aloha Mala Illumina in limp tena in lumen Hakeem along with ylim Nama and pharaoh now when firing me Martin London I was in our Illuma era but I mean Allah whom I didn't have a headquarters alternativa worrying about the law about it not what is the nice thing about cinematic and what the law what to do if you're following along Hyundai, we are in just number six today. April 6, and Joe's number six so that's pretty cool. That actually I don't know why I didn't notice this before just today. I was going through my notes and stuff. I was like, wait a minute, the date lines up? Not on my mind.
Well, you know, it's the night of the
it's the night one night Are we in today? So it's the night of the sixth the fifth today and Night of the seventh? It's not the seventh right? Am I off? Six? Six? Yes, yes. hamdulillah six, okay.
Okay, so, so sorry, Jews number six, is made up of to Surah Surah Nisa, from verses 148 until the end of swords and Lisa and Sultan Merida from the beginning verse number one until verse number 81. So the verse that I picked for today is certain that verse number eight
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I see a couple hands? I didn't see.
Someone that I recognized that we haven't heard from yet. So can we try a new hand? I see some people who are ready Sure sure. I saw it handy from Minnesota raise your hand first so handy. We would love to hear your recite and Charlotte please pull up the verse and start start us off inshallah.
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people or a dislike of a people need you to not be just or to be in just do lust as be just who are Acropolis Taqwa. It is nearer to taqwa, God consciousness or righteousness or piety. We'll talk about that in sha Allah. And then Allah says what? duckula have the Taqwa of Allah be mindful of Allah or
be conscious of Allah. You know, have taqwa in the lobby, don't be my time be my damn unknown. Surely Allah is a be it Allah is all aware of what you do. Now, let's break this down a little bit. Insha Allah, Allah. First of all, Allah who's playing with data says Yeah, you heard the deen
and one of the one of the principles of reflection that we've been talking about. And I pretty much use it every single day that I've been here and that is personalizing the message. And there is no more direct personalization than when Allah subhanaw taala says, Yeah, you Hello, Adina and all believers so it is directly addressing us even Maseru there'll be a lot that our annual amount he said that when you hear Allah say Yeah, you heard that enough. I'm gonna turn your attention and listen very carefully because this is a NIDA it's a call from Allah directly to you. Alright, so this is
You know, as we said, we always want to personalize the message of the Quran. But this is in a very literal sense. Allah is addressing us personally Oh you who believe Oh believers, and also
what Allah has hunted to Allah says all believers, we understand that our faith is tied into the message that is about to come. And, and our faith is, will be affected by the message that is about to come. So if you remember, I believe yesterday we mentioned the the Hadith of the prophets that I send them, in which he said men cannot, you know, Billa, he will Yeoman Hill failure coherent, Alia, smart, whoever believes in Allah and the final day should say that which is good or remain silent. And it's a very similar theme here, that the President said, If you believe whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, meaning your faith is very important, in number one, it's important that
your faith will be affected by now what you're going to say. So say that which is good or remain silent, going against that affects your faith in a negative way, following this hadith following this guidance affects our faith or Eman in a positive way. And so it is it is directly related. So, so when the last time I mentioned our iman and you know, and also in carrying out the message, our faith is important. So the stronger our faith is, the more we will be able to carry out this message. And so if you know, that hadith that we're talking about, say that which is good to remain silent, the stronger our faith is, the stronger our iman is, the more we will be able to
follow up the command or the instruction of that hadith. So likewise, the parallel here is the instructions that Allah is planning to Allah is about to give. It is very important. First of all, that we understand that our iman is tied into it, right, actually, we can say three things. Number one, as I said, Allah is speaking to the people of Eman directly. And so we want to identify as people of Eman so we say this is us, Allah is speaking to us. That's number one. Number two, that the message or the command that is about to be given is directly related to our faith, meaning it will impact our faith. If we carry out the command, then obviously it affects our faith in a
positive way, increase our faith and strengthen our faith. And if we go against this command that this will negatively affect our faith. And then third, we can say that the source of our strength in carrying out the message or the command the instruction is our Eman is our relationship with Allah who's paddling to Allah. So once again, you know, I was trying to add and this is why we should always be very, very careful what Allah says, Yeah, you live in Amman, oh believers, and one of my teachers, I remember till today Subhanallah, studying to see one of my classes in Medina, my teacher, he, he started the class by saying by calling out to one of the students and obviously the
classes in Medina, they're taught in Arabic. And so it's it's normal to say yeah, so and so. Right. So if you know, my teacher came into class, and he began the lesson by saying, your arm or your arm and there's our mother in class, he said, No, I'm sure. Now I'm not. I'm like, yes, yes. What can I do for you? Like, what do you need? Right? And he got a little bit scared. Like, why does it shift now calling me directly and said, This is how you should feel. This is an inkling of how this is a small amount of how you should feel what Allah says, Yeah, you hadn't really the avenue because now whatever is happening in your life, whatever is going on, whatever you hear, and you're like, wait,
what? So imagine to Pamela in a in a crowded
in a crowded place. You hear someone saying, hey, so and so. Right. Hey, Ibrahim, I see it but a human on screen here. Hey, Ibrahim, right. And Ibrahim especially I don't know where you like I don't I can't see your your city or state or country. I'm not sure where you live.
Where do you live? By the way? Where are you?
Brahim In summary, London, London. Okay. In London, imagine you're in
downtown London. No, downtown London is their central London. Right central London. You're about to get on the tube. Right? And there's a lot of people. Okay, you're in Eastland. House, you're about to get on the tube from East London. Right? All I know about East London is a lot of a lot of bases, right? As far as I know. As far as I know, it started my understanding is so
you're about to get on the tube. And so it says Ibrahim, yo, Ibrahim, Ibrahim, right? Immediately, you'd be like wait, who is this? Like? First of all, it's probably not that normal to hear your name. There's a lot of Muslims there. And not that normal to hear someone say Ibrahim but you hear that you immediately want to know you'd be curious if you take it very seriously, especially in a in a crowded place like that. So that's a small bit of how we should feel when Allah who's kind of like the artist says yeah, you hadn't ADINA, so whatever is going on in our life, whatever. Okay,
As we're dealing with whatever's happening, we hear Yeah, you had an amen. And we're like, Okay, this is a very, very important message like this is for me, right? This is this message is directed towards me. And so that is the mindset we want to get into. And so Allah says, yeah you Halina Amanu Kuno be right. And B is not really the direct translation, but that's the best way I could really put into English. It's a command from Allah. Kurokawa Amin be
Kunal Wamena, Linda, right, they'll be those who stand firm for Allah so so it is, it is when Allah says cool new A Well, I mean, it's, it's, it's we want to put ourselves in that position. And we want to put ourselves in that position in a in a in a persistent way. Right? That Allah is it's like a command from Allah. So once again, taking Abraham's example, if we were to say to Ibrahim, hey, Ibrahim, stand up, right? So or Ibrahim be amongst those who are standing or stand with the other people, whatever, right? So this is now a command. So here's his name, right? And he was like, Okay, what now? What do I gotta do I you have my attention. Now, what do I gotta do? Now here the command
comes ALLAH SubhanA. Allah says Guna, a Wamena, Illa shahada shahada request, so called Local warming, right? So a warm mean, is from the yum and yum, as we know, hopefully, we're praying for you I'm relating this month, right or trying to or working up to it in sha Allah. But Yam is standing right and, and, and our mean is like, it is like Miranda here, right? So it is be amongst those or be those who are standing firm rights. And our scholars say that a woman is actually plural here. It's either two things, it's either plural, meaning be amongst those who are standing. And that gives us the the implication. And remember, we spoke about being curious about the word choice,
right? Allah could have said, come right, but Allah said Kuno, A WA mean. So number one, if it's plural, that means that we need to join with others we need to be with those who are standing firm, or a woman is like extra emphasis, right? Allah has emphasizing this word here. So stand firm, a woman but don't just stand firm, right? Stand firm, a woman and the law stand firm for a law. And you know, we can and will will will see that Allah has pantalla say Hakuna Wamena, a woman and Allah shahada, right?
Those who testify, or those who bear witness in truth or injustice, this now tells us that the intention is very, very important. Because if Allah who has power to Allah is instructing us to to be amongst those or to be that person who testifies with the truth who gives true testimony gives accurate testimony who bears witness with the truth. There's many reasons why someone would want to do that, right? They could just be like, hey, I want justice on Earth, right? Or even Subhanallah a person could do it.
Because they want to be praised by people they want. They want to be, they want to, they want other people to say, You know that guy, he's, he's so fair. He's He's, he's so truthful. And, you know, even though he didn't have anything to gain from it, he actually had something to lose from it, or she hasn't removed from it lose from it. They, they were truthful in their testimony. And so this is what Allah has wanted to add is saying, be a beep be stand as a firm witness stand firmly for Allah.
So stand firmly ye for the sake of Allah who has a lot of data. And then Allah says Shuhada, right, so be firm, stand firm for Allah for the sake of Allah. And now we're putting ourselves in the mindset of everything that I'm about to do now is for the sake of Allah shahada, right shahada is the plural of Shaheed or Shahid, basically someone who bears testimony or someone who is a witness been placed with justice, right, in truth, bear witness or bait bear true testimony, right. And this tells us that testimony doesn't is not always in truth. Someone can testify, someone can say I saw this happen or this person did this or didn't do this, or whatever it is, it can be in truth or it
can be in in falsehood as well. And that is a decision that we have to make and hopefully that decision is dictated by our intention, and that we're doing it for the sake of Allah whose power went to Allah. So Allah says, she had been kissed that bear, bear true witness or or witness, be witnesses injustice or bear true testimony.
And so what that means is, as we said, justice, another word for that in Arabic is an adult, right justice as the prophesy Salam. He said, Hadith mentioned Sahih Muslim. He said that those who are just a nuclear Boon those who basically are just are
Are those who act in a just way, they will be seated Ala Moana Bill manure, they will be seated on
pulpits of light beside Allah who's paranoid Allah azza wa jal, right on the right side of Allah whose panel data and imagine, on the Day of Judgment, a person who was truthful in their testimony, they're seated beside Allah who's kind of like the Isla, on members of light, right. And this is this hadith is authentic, Hadith managed Sahih Muslim, this really emphasizes the the importance, and the honor of doing this matter even even if in this life, we may not find honor, because sometimes when you testify, you may testify against someone and that brings you to cannula, it brings you blame from people, because maybe you're testifying at someone that people likes, that
people, someone that people like this person is liked by people, and then you're very teddy bear testimony against this person. But that is what is true. And you may be blamed and you may be cast aside, you may be ostracized, so on and so forth. And you may not find honor and rank and so on and so forth in this life. But to be just and to be fair, is once again our intention is we're doing it for the sake of Allah and that reward, ultimate reward is with Allah who's Palawan to Allah. And then Allah tells us of an example or a situation where we may go wrong. And so Allah who's Panhellenic to Allah says, Allah Yejide mana, Shanna Coleman, Allah, Allah tidy, know, that don't
let the hatred of a people
lead you to be not just or lead you to injustice, and Allah whose talents outta here said comb, and comb in Arabic and as mentioned in the Quran, can be a single person, or it can be a people. And it can, it can be male, it can be female, it can be any, and what this means is any people, anyone, right, and any any type of person, and so the example that Allah gave is a person that
we may hate someone or have a dislike for someone, and then we are we bear, we are in jest And subhanAllah being an American living in America,
you know, especially post 2016, that I don't really want to get into any politics here. But and I'm not gonna doesn't like it when I get into politics. But you know, I do a little bit you shot a lot, right?
You know, living in a world where, you know, America, and I think a lot of the most of the world is similar in the sense, but America is a very good example of this very polarized, right, there's groups, right, the right and the left, liberals and conservatives speaking politically, right. And there is a tendency for us to see commonality with a particular group. And obviously, with the right and the conservatives, and you know, the the Islamophobia, and so on and so forth, there's a tendency to take a stand against the right. And as a Muslim, our identity actually shouldn't be confined to political parties, and so on and so forth. Right, we should always stand for the truth,
as this verse mentions, we should bear testimony to that which is correct, right. So that means that a group may be a group that, you know, a lot of what they do is wrong. A lot of what they do is, goes against Islam, or they hate Muslims, or they, whatever it may be, but at the same time, our hatred for them should not lead us to become
unjust. And a very, you know, you know, a very clear example I see of this is basically, you know, something we see all the time, people making fun of like Trump, and Trump supporters and conservatives and so on and so forth, mocking them and putting them down and belittling them, and so on and so forth. And look, and I've said this publicly before, regardless of how you feel about, you know, Trump, and you know, people who support Trump and all that kind of stuff, the racism in this type of phobia, and all that kind of stuff.
As a Muslim, we don't mock people, and we don't make fun of people. We don't belittle people, yes, we stand up for the truth. And we see something wrong. We say this is wrong. We see, you know, injustice taking place, and we call out that and just say, you know, this is wrong. But at the same time, we don't cross the line of mocking them, making fun of them, and also, being truthful and standing up for the truth means when we see people doing that to them, they will say, You know what, this is not right. And also, sometimes sometimes, Trump can say something, which is actually true and correct. Right. And conservative, especially conservatives, and I think most of us have, you
know, some commonality with conservatives. And actually, there's a lot of there's a lot of commonality, not everything, but there is a great deal of time.
I'm now just like with the, with the liberals and the left, there's a lot that we don't have in common with them. And we do have in common with them as well. Right? And so a Muslim believer who stands up for the truth and stands up for justice. Right? So put some times in quotes. And look, I guess I don't want to really get into politics, you know, we can dissect, you know, the Republicans of the Democrats. And there's, there's plenty of stuff that that's wrong. Just and I'm just gonna say that right. Someone said, I live in Florida, I deal with a lot. Yeah, I visited Florida a couple of months ago. SubhanAllah. And it's very interesting, very, very, because I hadn't traveled to
Florida, since before the pandemic and all that, and it's very interesting to see, like, you see, because now it's kind of like it's become a visual thing, right? So even like, the mask has become politicized. So almost, you know, by like somebody's face, may Allah protect us from judging others, right. But you know, from someone's face, like how they feel about the mask, and that mean, that may mean how they feel about vaccines and how they feel about, you know, Democrats, and it's just this whole thing's we've had a lot, right, but we don't want to go down that rabbit hole.
But the point is, right, that we don't want to put people in this group and say, you know, I don't like this group. And because I don't like them, they don't do anything, right. And this happens outside of Islam, right. But it also happens inside Muslims as well. You know, sectarianism is something that happens within Islam, there may be a certain group, you know, and you know, groups and parties amongst Muslims, that we may, we may belong to a certain group or whatever, and I don't want to, I don't want to take names, right?
Certain groups and whatever, right. But we may be raised upon, you know, those people, their interpretation of Islam is wrong, right. And even if you believe that, that we cannot recognize the goodness in them is a problem, or that we cannot say that you know, what this is this thing that they do is good. And this thing that they do is something that I actually agree with, because of our hatred. This is one of the things that we can draw a parallel with these verses, or this verse that Allah has pointed out, I speaking about that, do not let your hatred of a people lead you to become unjust, right? And so as we said, Allah subhana, Allah mentioned home here that refers to to
everybody. So we got to think about we've got it, you know, personalizing this message, right, personalizing the text, once again, we think about our lives are the people that we don't like, right? And this is not something you have to answer publicly. But think about it, I'm sure there are people that you're like, you know, I don't like those people, I don't like this person or, and on an individual level, it doesn't have to be, you know, as we said, home can be individual or it can be people, there may be a person that you have an issue with, right? There may be a person that you don't like, maybe they did something you don't like them, whatever. But does that is that a cause
for us to be to to ignore the truth, when the truth is coming from them, or when they do something, which is right. And that is where our Eman once again, becomes so paramount that we really focus on our emails, say, you know, what, is it about this person? Or is it about my relationship with Allah who's panel a dialogue? And this goes in both ways, testifying for people, and also testifying against people. What do I mean by that? Well, testifying for someone who you don't like, right? So that that means is, once again, this message is don't Don't, don't be, don't be unjust, because you don't like this person, or testifying against someone who you like. Right? That you know, so being
just mean, sometimes we have to testify against those people who we like. And in both sets of Hala, we have to be just and you know, we all know the Hadith that I sent, I mentioned it on sort of a hawk volumen can Oh Maluma that helped your brother, whether they are oppressed, or they're the oppressor and they asked process and
we understand the person who is oppressed, like we know how to help them. How do we help someone who is the oppressor, and the person send them said that you stop them from the oppression? Right? And this is what we're talking about here. Right? That be just right. And being just means that sometimes you have to take a stand against the people that do like, right and that's not that's not always easy. And so this is what that verse is talking about. And then so Allah has pointed out and then says, Hua, Acropolis Taqwa that is closer to taqwa. What is that that that Allah is referring to in this verse Bismillah can raise your hand and shall hopefully you're following along. So once
again, Allah tridentata says, Yeah, you handed Adina M N O believers, Kurokawa Amin and Allah shahada test acquisto believers stand firm for Allah and bear true testimony when I entered the medina Commissioner an omen Allah and do Do not let the hatred of a people lead you to injustice.
Do Allah Allah Allah Sorry, I missed that point. The emphasis once again Allah is saying
be just right. Yeah, do so don't be a lesson that Allah I do that I do that
should not lead you to be unjust. And then Allah is emphasized. So the importance here of being just right this emphasis Allah Allah says do so once again a direct command be just who then Allah says it is who Acropolis taqwa. What is the Hua here referring to what is closer to Taqwa? Bismillah?
was the answer.
I see two hands that shot up mashallah, let's first Amir from 2020 to 2021 Mashallah, let's hear from you. And then we'll take a cartoon and Suhaila from Minnesota.
To be truthful or
to be saw sodic
Yes, absolutely. That is correct. 100 points for our brother.
Imaginary points have been Yes. What is the who were referring to here? It is the being just right. So here Allah who's pannacotta says who Acropolis Taqwa meaning to be just is closer to Taqwa. Now, principle of reflection. Be curious. Ask questions. Why did Allah say it is closer to taqwa and not that it is taqwa? Isn't being just Taqwa is not TEPCO. Right. Why did Allah say who? Taqwa it is, taqwa. Allah said Who? Acropolis taco it is closer to Taco what is the significance of saying that it is closer to Taqwa? Bismillah? Raise your hand. Let's see.
Okay, let's hear from far Tennessee. Hello at this time in sha Allah
you guys are welcome. Send me
it goes back to a letter ideally, right? Like being unjust. So being jest which is Dillo is closer than tabula than being unjust. That's my understanding.
So then why okay, I'm with you. But then why didn't Allah say it is taqwa? Why is it Why did Allah say who Acropolis it is closer to Taqwa?
That's the question
now we can ask someone else to set it up
all right, let's hear from Wilfred half from Chicago
okay, I was thinking it is similar to Taco
it is something similar it is similar Yeah, we can I guess look at better translation when I don't think similar is a is a is a is a good translation. Closer nearer is a better translation than similar because similar could have other meanings right so put put similar aside right oh closer mirror
okay no problem
similar we got someone else
not just yet oh I see for here mashallah Minnesota in the house today. I see a lot of Minnesota in the this is what helps with having you guys your locations on but mashallah half half of 360 Today it's Minnesota. Yeah. So once said what is stuck with me my apologies for not translating taco taco is we're saying God consciousness piety, righteousness, right. So you would need to know that to answer the question. Exactly. Luckily, Nadine in Texas, for asking that. Yes. My bad. I just shouldn't have assumed everybody knows what TEPCO means. Taqwa.
God, consciousness piety, righteousness, right? So that's what we mean by by Taqwa. Exactly. Okay, go ahead. Sorry.
That was so for what was next for here you get you can unmute Inshallah, let's hear from me.
Hi, I'm sorry. Can you repeat the question I was praying for I may have been
late to the whole conversation. The question is, Why did Allah say that it is nearer to piety or God consciousness and not that it is God consciousness or it is piety? It is taqwa.
Why, why nearer? What is the significance? If you think about it, what is the significance of saying mirror rather than it is? Okay, let's hear I Shutts reflection of you first of all, first of all, first of all, let me just ask this question. First of all, isn't justice Tekoa? Isn't it part of Taqwa we can say?
Yes, No. Should be a resounding yes. Right now. Yes. Yes. Everybody should be popping those yeses in the chat, right? Yes, absolutely. Absolutely. Right, being justice from our Tequila, so that's established, but the wording here is who Acropolis Taqwa is nearer are closer to Taqwa. That's the question. Why
do we have Polycom?
I think maybe because like it's a means
To attain like taqwa, like in terms of like,
being just is not, that is not the only cup component of tequila. But it's closer because when you do when you're doing this, that means you're just like you said, God consciousness. So it's like a means to attain like Pepco. Essentially, that's kind of what I can deduce from that. Absolutely. That's that's one of the answers, that when you say something is closer or farther, or you know, far away, you automatically think of a path. Right? If I say, Let's see who's here.
Osama, Osama, from Ottawa, right? I say Saba, I'm close to your house. I call Osama. I don't really I don't think I know Osama. But, you know, let's say I say I said, I'm like Osama this inside this name. Hey, I'm, I'm on my way to your house. I'm close. I'm close to your house, automatically would think okay, he's on his way he's on a path is that he's coming to me. Right? And he's close. So we think of distance we think of traveling right? So one of the reflections here is that when when loss is inevitable, it means it means that the more the more justice the more other the more justice we have, the nearer we get to Allah has kind of died. The less we have, the more far away we get from
piety and God consciousness. Very good.
What else? Is there another reason? Can we think of another reason?
Osama in sha Allah because he's
I didn't get a chance to see it. But I think a lot of people wrote in the chat what I wanted to say, I guess you can't translate translate directly to anyone can be righteous, whether or not they have piety in their heart. So there are people who are not on the Dean bar otter but are just and they uphold the law and are just but but it doesn't mean that they're that they're automatically righteous now. Very good. Very good. That is that's that's that's literally what I put down in my notes. I've had a lot of reflecting upon this, right? That you can be one can be just for the sake of Allah and not for the sake of Allah. Something I alluded to earlier, I kind of dropped in hint
in. I guess I didn't really look at a chap, I guess a bunch of you have picked up on that 100 That you're paying attention. Easter eggs, right? Alright, nevermind, don't worry about that. But I dropped the hint, right? So someone can be just for the sake of Allah. Or they can do it for other reasons, as well as, as I mentioned earlier, maybe they want to be praised or liked and so on and so forth. When you do it for the sake of Allah, then it is dukkha. Right. Then it gets us to telkwa. Right. Very good. Excellent. Excellent, excellent point. Do we have any other any other reflections? I'm curious. I'm curious. I saw I saw Perth, Australia, but they took their hand down. So I wanted
to hear from Shazia from London and Shala she has always hear from you.
I was just thinking maybe when you are testifying,
it might be with a good intention. But it might not necessarily be correct. Because you don't know everything, the whole truth. So your is because it was based on your intention. So that that was gaining Taqwa. But then it's not necessarily because it was correct, because you don't know if it's correct or not. But you did the right thing, because you thought it was the right thing to do.
Well, I mean, that actually leads us into a whole nother issue of, which is a separate issue is Pamela of when a person should should testify. Right? And and how how, how certain do we need to be before we give testimony?
I'm curious, is there anyone here from chronic vibes or any chronic vibe students? Because you spoke about this in the Quran? I'm very curious if we're having a chronic vibe students, and if they remember, two things that we spoke about when it comes to relaying information giving testimony, does anyone remember?
Sometimes, man, I know you were there. I saw you, man. I saw you. Do you remember by any chance?
See, I was so busy hosting that, you know?
Okay, okay, no problem. Call us. We'll let you off the hook. Does anyone else remember anyone else? Do we have any other?
In jail, confessor can be number in the yellow, right? Remember, that if a sinful person comes to you with the news, then W and we said, you know, that means to be you in December to that when when the news comes to you that we should verify, sorry, clarify and verify. Right? So sometimes we can witness something and see something, but it's not clear. And so in that if it's not clear to us, we wouldn't go and now give this testimony. Right. We wouldn't say You know, this is what I saw this what happened or this, this is what the news is, and I often say the exam
Like is, you know, you see someone says, you know, your code car double parked outside the Masjid. Right. We have to first clarify like, Okay, what do you mean by double parked? Like is your understanding of double park same as my understand is somebody actually blocked? Number two like what car are we talking about before we go to someone and say, Hey, your car is double parked outside, you know you're blocking people from getting into the masjid or leaving the mission? Like, do you have the correct information like clear like what exactly do you mean? And then verify, right? So you may hear from someone okay, you know what somebody's car double parked? What verify
means you go look at okay, is this actually true? can this information be verified? Right. So those are two of the things that we do before we go and give testimony. So a little bit of a side issue, but other than that on that so Wait, do we have anything else? I think one more hand insha Allah
Bismillah someone new I can't handle we've heard from everyone so far. Actually. Now we've heard for everyone. So let's hear from Miriam Haley from Sri Lanka inshallah. Go ahead and are you
looking at the eye,
no accountability Taqwa. When Allah says that it is
closer to taqwa and looking looking at it from another perspective. We would also think that being just will, it's better for you. It's closer to the
vet that is being unjust is going to take you away from Taqwa.
Yeah, the other way around. Yes, very good, very good Santi. So, one big lesson we learned from this verse, when you really think about it, is that from our deeds, there are those things that those things are those matters that bring us closer to Taqwa. And those things that take us away from Declan. Right, once again near far. That's very and so that's, that's an excellent, excellent point that would benefit from here.
That, you know, you know, I, you know, there's a question I get all the time, right, like, how do I increase my Eman? Like, what do I do to increase my Eman? And a very simple answer to that is and it's not always as simple as that. But you know, at least the nuts and bolts of it theoretically, right? The more you do have those actions that are beloved to Allah pleasing to Allah. The more Eman goes up, right and likewise, Taqwa. And here we see, you know, tech wise, we mentioned here, the more our God consciousness, right, our piety goes up, the more good deeds we do. And then the more we disobey Allah, may Allah protect us. The farther away we get from the Taqwa of Allah, who's
Pamela Donna? Also, not all deeds are the same. Right? Some deeds are, have more of the more power and more ability to bring us closer to Allah. Right, and some deeds, less, less. So obviously, the most important deeds are the obligations, right? We start with those and then those are the most important deeds and those have the most power to bring us closer to Allah. That's why someone who's struggling with it, amen. When the first thing that tell them is, look, whatever you do, don't leave your Salah. Don't leave your prayer. Right? That is your link with Allah. No matter how low you think your Eman is, no matter how much you think you're disconnected from Allah and you're just not
feeling it or whatever, or you're having doubts or whatever. Don't leave the prayer. Because the prayer within of itself, it's a it's just, it's, it's, it has an innate ability, because it's just an act. It's a pure act of worship, to bring us closer to Allah. Sometimes we don't even realize it but our our our Salah is bringing us closer to Allah. Excellent, excellent, excellent point. 100 in that very, very good. I'm so happy to hear that. Some amazing, amazing reflections on that. Okay, let's finish this this verse insha, Allah, we're almost there. So Allah has found it to ALLAH says who a caribou. Taqwa it is near to Tekoa. And then Allah emphasizes once again, or Allah emphasize
what Allah and there's a beautiful harmony here in this verse, visually and even just listening to it. Allah was founded to Allah first says, When I entered him in a commotion at home and I do, do not let the hatred of people lead you to be unjust. Then I do. Allah then gives the command I do and then Allah says, well, I could only Taqwa what? duckula right. And then Allah gives us the command if there's any doubt here, right? If there's any doubt Allah who's kind of like to Allah says, Have the Taqwa of Allah have the code of Allah. And you know, the question once again. So how do you how do how do we? How do we get ourselves to be just have the Taqwa of Allah? Right? Get closer to Allah
get and get nearer to be more God conscious and that will help you have be more just and then Allah says in Allah hubiera on the matter I'm alone Allah surely Allah is all aware of what you do. What does Allah being aware of
What we have to do have to do with being just and bearing true testimony, because this is the end of the verse here now and there's, as we said, every word has significance, right? And we and it's really about being curious and asking ourselves why Allah said this, and what is the significance of it here? So when Allah says in the law, I mean, don't be MetalMan be more detrimental? Surely Allah is all aware of what you do. What does that have to do with justice? And being just Bismillah? Let's see some hands.
Okay, so there's a few hands on him that Allah led us here from
Masada from South Africa, go right ahead, inshallah.
Now, Marty, come over to God's
love the Catholic
Bismillah. So I want to add on from what I said earlier, and then continue on with what was asked, right. So just to just to wrap up, what I've understood is that our natural fitrah as a person, is that our experiences mold our perceptions, right. And it helps not more, not necessarily in a good or correct way, but it tends to help us so subconsciously, our interactions with people, either we've had a bad interaction or a good interaction, and if it's a bad one, subconsciously tries to protect us from those people. So we already have this preconceived notion of who this person is, whether it be positive or negative. So they actions could be in the right and because we have this
preconceived notion of them being being wrong, automatically, we will, like be against them. So for you to be just and, and then obviously, you know, try to in that moment, irrespective of how you feel, be just towards this person, irrespective of your feelings, they Allah is aware of it. So this is now where you are closer to Allah subhanho, wa, taala, and era to Dhaka, where you are conscious of your actions. And then if you're taking a look at a greater scheme of Allah being a view, rather been aware that Allah is Aware of your actions, you think of you when you were a child, and you were aware that your mother was watching you, or your father was watching you, you wouldn't dare step a
foot out of life. And it tends to really rein in your behavior and your character. Because as adults, we don't have that it's as if we uncivilised all the time. So when you have that idea in the concept of Allah watching you, or Allah is aware of what you do, and it stays with you all the time, you become more conscious of what you do and how it actually affects yourself, your deeds, but specifically other people as well. Absolutely. Ashley, exactly. Excellent, excellent, excellent reflection. One thing I want to mention here, as you were saying that, when we say Allah is all aware of, you know, here's that moment what you do, when we're talking about what Allah knows, it's
not just actions, it is also our intentions, right? And that, that that can can really reinforce the idea of being just right, because you can do the right thing for the wrong reason or the wrong thing for the for the right reason. And we don't want to fall into either, right? So we want to do the right thing for the right reason. That is basically our deeds as believers right doing the right thing for the right reason, and this is why we have to check both right so we have to check our intentions and we have to check what we're doing. And that's one of the reasons why in the law club you don't be one time alone is so significant. Very good. Is that good luck. And who else do we have
Who else let's grab actually brother of this man would let's hear from you in sha Allah. Now that you remember and you want to contribute let's hear from him Cena
shade that's um, that's some shade right there. I don't know.
picking favorites, Jeff. You know, there's not as in sha Allah.
Allah, you can have your favorite hosts back.
Oh, no, we lost him.
easier, easier. It's got to warm up right got to warm up. So no, I think that's often when we hear the sort of ayat in the lock of you don't even have time I don't. We often think of, you know, it's not untrue, right? It is a means of keeping us honest and making sure we know that we're always being watched. And it's a matter of discipline. At the same time, sometimes we do certain good deeds, but we almost feel like no one notices it. And that struggle to be just that struggle to in a moment where you really dislike someone but you do the right thing anyway, sometimes those moments, it's easy to forget, like why am I even doing this? And this, this sort of phrasing at the end that
Allah is Habib. He is so aware of all the subtleties of what we're doing inside and out. It reminds us that you know what, I will be rewarded Allah subhanaw taala does recognize the how difficult this is he does recognize that it's not always easy to be just in certain situations and
And he'll take care of me even if I don't like the person I'm being just to because sometimes, as you mentioned, those people on the other side of the political aisle are those those people who don't who hate us.
You're just to them and they come right back with more hatred, sometimes it doesn't always, you know, bear the fruit in the moment. So it's very important for us to remember that even in those moments, even if it doesn't feel rewarded in the moment, in that particular time, Allah subhanaw taala will absolutely reward us and appreciate what we did. Whether you see that here, or whether we see in the next day 100, Allah and Allah, and, you know, one of the reflections that I that I had just adding on to a brother of mine mentioned, is that law, actually, you know, it's very, it's very interesting that Allah that actually cares about our feelings, right? And I know, like, there's this
whole issue of like, you know, feelings and this and that whenever you got a man up, it's not always about feeling well, about an hour, Dean very much instructs us to care about people's feelings, right? Because it was fun to add a knows that we may stand up for the truth, we may, we may testify and in truth, and we won't be appreciated. And not only we will not be appreciate when we blamed and so on and so forth. And to and to,
I don't wanna say placate us, but to help us feel good about ourselves, right? Allah reminds us that Allah knows, right? That don't worry about it, how you know, you're feeling bad, and it's natural, people are condemning you, and so on and so forth. And people are criticizing you, this is not whatever, And subhanAllah this actually applies to anything that we do anything that we do in life that we do for the sake of Allah, to Allah, we do what is right for the sake of Allah, who has panel a dialogue, there will people who will criticize us, people will condemn us, or people who, and I often say this panel of people who cannot criticize our actions, they'll start criticizing our
intentions, are you doing it for the wrong reason? Right? Because that is not something they have access to. And it's easy to criticize someone's intention, because there's no, there's no way to prove anything. Right? Oh, you're just doing it for I don't know, for the attention. You're just doing it for this or that whatever. Right? And that can be very hurtful. SubhanAllah. Because how do you prove to someone that my intentions are good, you can't do that. You can prove someone your actions are good. How do you prove to someone your intentions are good? You say well, Allah, Allah at it, no, nobody cares, right? Especially on the internet, no one cares, say whatever you want. And
so here this is comfort from Allah, who's Panama to Allah that Allah knows right? Handed, beautiful, beautiful. I think that's a good place to stop inshallah Donna, I don't want to go go over our time on it yesterday, we went way over, but I think that's I see, I think we have like five hands raised hands. I'm actually very happy to see that people are engaged and people want to contribute. You know, I know people have been sharing in the chat, I encourage you to keep sharing in the chat, even if I don't get to see it because the chat moves sometimes very fast. But the rest of everyone here I know people read the chat and they benefit from them. So thank you to everyone who contributed there
and thank you for everyone. Thank you to everyone who did reflect it and did share on screen as well as knucklehead I will love to add an item Subhanak Allah whom I will be handing a shadow in stock Furukawa to be like,
well, there's just sad for that amazing. fifth day of Quranic reflections have had a lot and honestly, mashallah, some of the points that you guys did bring up in the chat, I'm still struggling to reach up and to read them and to note them down fast enough. So please do keep sharing them and add them to the Padlet and the telegram group because you guys are blowing our minds. And also keep in mind, this is the purpose of us doing Quranic reflections. The reason why we started this inspired by the course Jessa taught in the past year with Quranic vibes was because, you know, we wanted this we wanted the community to also contribute and to benefit each other and to start
getting into that habit of engaging with the Quran, to open it and to actually read it and, and read it with like, with intention, and keep going through this process. This is not just something that we're doing with one verse at a time, this is a skill that you want to hone by the end of this month, so that when you interact with God and when you do that you're on to the number that you're excited by it you're looking into details, you're looking into the wording and the placement of words and, and why Allah chose this instead of something else. And this is this is a skill you want to hone in shall by the end of month, so keep engaging, keep attending, even if you don't get a
chance to pick up every single person. I know mashallah, there's so much you guys have to contribute. Make sure that you're noting down your own reflections. And you're making this a habit outside of these sessions as well. Yes, as Dr. Dean, sorry, I don't want to cut you off. But I just want to say real quick. Is there a place where we're someone's writing all these reflections down? We have a Padlet. So a few people have shared some what's in Padlet?
I mean, yeah, of course. I know what every single course you've taught virtually with for the past year. Robin, what's a Padlet?
Jump word. It's like a place where people can kind of just drop down a simple kind of summaries and points. Okay, okay. So it's available to everybody online. Is it like a link or something? I get that link. Can I can I see this link? Okay, it's right here. Okay, I'm gonna I'm gonna click on this right now. All right. Hamdulillah. Um, but I think it would be really awesome since we're doing this all month handed down. There's so many amazing things that are being said. If someone could take the responsibility or someone could have the honor of
I've kind of combining these in one place, you know, and I try to write down you know, even when when someone shares something, I try to put in my notes real quick. I don't always get a chance to share the put out every single reflection. But I'm telling you, some of these reflections are amazing. And we don't realize how
how much how far can go to help our Eman and strengthen our faith and really the Quran is the place we go to strengthen our Eman. So hopefully we had a place where we can maybe put these together even maybe publish it, you know, perhaps for people who you know, it's like a post Ramadan, boom, this is what we did in Quran reflect 2022 That'd be great.
Actually, so if anyone's interested in that, please do I see some people messaging me if you can message me on telegram and we'll see if we can organize something because it's early days yet we're still on day five, we have 25 days to go inshallah so we have plenty of time to make sure this is more of a concentrated and your right shift like it really inspires it boosts your own mind, it makes it you know, so much more personal and Hamdulillah. So let's make that effort as a community and we'll we'll come up with something she will report back to you tomorrow. Like
I said, I want to go off with the law. Just a couple of quick reminders once again, as I've been mentioning throughout the session, and especially as we're trying to once again build positive habits and stay consistent. Please do make sure that you're staying consistent in your support of our amazing friends at HH rd in the US Islamic Relief in Canada and forgotten women in the UK tomorrow in sha Allah we have two amazing surprises one is that we have one of our beloved instructors back with us for Ramadan 360 Inshallah, you guys are gonna get to experience shift yes herbage is one of our senior instructors and one of the most profound kind of martial law speakers
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