Seeking Knowledge & Education
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Qatar Lecture Tour 2012 – Mufti Ismail Ibn Musa Menk – Sat, 26 May 2012
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by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala beloved brothers and sisters this evening we are speaking about knowledge and education.
And there are several aspects from which we can tackle this subject.
And I have chosen inshallah, to speak on the subject. In a specific manner, I pray that Allah subhanahu wa taala make whatever I'm about to say come from the heart to the heart. And I pray that he protects us from making errors and mistakes would indeed when we make mistakes and errors, it's from shapen. And when we have achieved it is definitely from Allah subhanho wa Taala and his help. So we asked him his health, we start by saying Allahumma, alumna and founder, Mr. lantana Allahumma Inanna, who became an 8 million woman,
woman in the US now.
We seek Allah subhanho wa Taala to help
to grant us knowledge that will be beneficial and to benefit us from the knowledge that he has granted us.
And we seek protection from knowledge that is not made use of and from an AI that will not cry for his sake.
And from a heart that will not tremble in his ear.
And from a stomach that will not be content or food. And from a prayer that we make that is not answered.
Really, if we were to look at the first verses that were revealed to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam we would come to understand something amazing surah Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, if
that is the opening word, what does it mean? It means read.
And this term or this instruction was being made to an unlimited men, as Allah subhanho wa Taala
describes Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by saying, who Allah the
home, it is he who has sent amongst the unlimited a messenger from amongst them, which means the bulk of the people at the time were unlimited. And Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was one of them. And one of the reasons why Allah subhanho wa Taala chose for him already to have been unlettered is so that he cannot be accused of having read it somewhere.
They accused him of having come about with fairy tales of the past which he had got written from those before him, but how could he have got them if he was unlimited?
And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says again in the Quran
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amazing verse of the Quran, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, prior to this, you'd never ever read a book and you couldn't even write
With your hand, lest they accuse you of being from amongst those who came with a fabrication, they would not be able to accuse because he was underrated.
But he was the most highly educated, lower
level expert unless it but the most highly educated, he brought about knowledge of linguistics, that to this day, we use the Quran in order to determine the correctness of the Arabic language not the other way around.
imagined and we have secrets or in fact they are not actually secrets but beautiful deep words with so much meaning that Allah says,
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help co speaking about the correctness of the Quran and the fact that it is the truth Allah says, We will show them signs in the horizons and within themselves up to a point when they will be without doubt, knowing for certain that this is the truth. What is the truth the Quran that he has come with is indeed the truth. And for this reason, there are scientific discoveries on a daily basis
that are proving conformity to the Quran, which was revealed more than 1400 years ago to an unlimited man who changed the world law abiding by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So never be mistaken. Sometimes people can read and write, but they are not highly educated in the sense that they have benefited from the fact that they can read and write. And sometimes you have old people who cannot read and write, they are so wise, they can teach you a page or two from that which will result in your success in this world in the next. Amazing. And this is why we tell the youngsters don't get too excited when you have a PhD. Don't get too excited when you have a degree. What happens sometimes, a degree if you are not careful, comes to you with arrogance. Sometimes you say I'm a PhD older, so I cannot sit with everybody else. I need a separate seat. I cannot work like
everybody else I need to work some other job. I can't do this because I am a holder of a PhD my brother, my sister, the more you know, the more humble you should be a sign of correct knowledge is a person humbling himself. The more he knows the more humble he is level of Kabbalah. Allah subhanho wa Taala grants us humility.
So that is how we look at the opening. This is another thing look at the honesty of this man. He was known as a surgical I mean, from the very beginning, from the young days, he was known as the truthful, the honest, the trustworthy. And this is why when he was told if luck about what happened, he was honest enough to say, Man,
I can't read I'm not a reader. Imagine if any one of us were to be given an Android phone. Someone says Do you know something about this? Yeah. And even if we don't know about it, we start flicking and seeing and then you know, we make an error. we delete this and that we don't like to admit we don't know something, am I right? But look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he taught us such a great lesson. What a powerful messenger, the top the greatest of the messengers.
And he's honest enough to say, I don't read. So he was asked again, if he says I'm not
sorry. He was asked a third time when you know, the verses were revealed and I'm sure most of us would know it by heart ikara Bismillah beacon levy color for read in the name of your rubber Who has created
so anything in my life in your life, that seems impossible, by the help of your Creator, it will be possible love was
one of the points really anything that seems impossible by the help of Europe will be possible.
And then the issue of the pin is made mentioned off and the issue of knowledge is made mention of the issue of the start of men is made mention of Allah.
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column read your load is indeed Hello Ivana. He will grant you He is the one who taught by the end he taught by the pen
So these verses are very, very strongly connected to education. One might ask how come the first verses to be revealed were connected to education, because you cannot be a Muslim. If you don't know what Islam is all about. There are some things in the Arabic language we say, lumen Minna de Nicola, certain things you need to know, it is impossible for you to claim to be a Muslim as not to know that polytheism is disallowed. Purity is disallowed. If a person says I'm a Muslim, but they're worshipping a stone, Allah protect us, it cannot happen.
You need to know what Islam is all about. It is submission submission to what submission to the will of your maker to his instruction. That's what it is. And if you submit What do you achieve, you achieve peace. And this is why the term Islam has the connotations or the translations of both peace as well as submission. The idea is, the more you submit, the more readily you submit, the greater the peace or the more peace you will have in your life as well as in the hereafter.
So remember, an effort is required. If you look at another verse, where Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is being instructed to get up and to warn the people a warning is part of educating when a teacher stands up and teaches you mathematics from a board they will tell you one plus one is not to be careful, if you put sorry, is not three.
One plus one is not three, it's two. If you put three what will happen
you will be marked wrong, totally wrong. You will be told this is absolutely incorrect you will fail your examination. So there is a warning with it. You are taught what is right and you are warned about what is wrong.
So we should realize and understand Allah is
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that to get up requires an effort.
It's different from saying just one Why did Allah say get up and one love about some of the Syrian has spoken about how standing has a greater impact than sitting when you were talking.
And not only that, some of them have spoken about how an effort is required to deliver as well as to receive Today we are seated here Mashallah full auditorium by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If you did not make an effort to be here, and I did not make an effort to be here, we would not be able to benefit from one another.
But an effort is required. Life is not all about lazing and life is not all about just going out to to be able to have enough money to live the next few years in the most luxurious way. know, life is all about preparation for something that is to come that is eternal. If you take a look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam one day after.
And this narration is Mustafa Ali, where he was seated and he asked his and his companions a beautiful question.
Do you know
what day is this? What time is this?
100 years from today. Nobody on the face of the earth today shall be living.
That's what he said. From that day. So this was a miracle and the prophecy of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, From that day, just after Salah Felicia, nobody who is living today shall be here. 100 years from today, not one that was a miracle. sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
And we take heed. And if we think for a moment that the messenger is saying that everyone is going to go, you are not going to live here forever. They were people who lived very long. What is very long.
There were people who lived 900 years, 1000 years, the nations the previous nations, but they have been gone for longer than 900 years and longer than 1000 years. There are others close by who lived for 70 years, 80 years, but they have already died and 700 years have passed. So it shows you that the time lapse after death. In the cases of those who've gone is far longer. What about the life after death? Meaning what about the afterlife itself the Hereafter, we need to prepare for that. And without knowledge of it you won't be able to prepare because knowledge, especially religious knowledge, is not beneficial if you don't have belief together with the
It's important for us to know that as we learn, we need to first Li make sure that what we learn is authentic, authentic meaning is this really what was brought to us, and given by Allah subhanho wa Taala. We need to constantly ask ourselves, because there are, there are a lot of people out there who claim to be spiritual, and they give us Satanism rather than spirituality. And this is why the messenger peace be upon him says, again, in an authentic narration, that you will find in most books of Hadith. He says, I have left with you two things, for as long as you hold fast upon them, you will not be led astray, my book,
and my traditions.
Or should I say the book of Allah and my traditions, the book that he came with the Quran, and the traditions, whatever anyone tells you, you need to make sure that you cast it to the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala, or the traditions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. If it conforms to it, or is found in it, we will take it. If not, we don't need it discarded. It's not worth our while. It's a waste. Sometimes people come and say, brother,
can I worship Allah subhanho wa Taala in this particular way? And I tell them, You know what, if it's something wrong, you say, brother, would you be able to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala by keeping your right leg up, and you say, this is my act of worship, I love Allah so much, in order to please Him, I'm going to keep my right leg up. And I will stand for three hours and I will put it down and I say thank you, Allah accept my act of wishing, that is foolish. Why? Because you and I know that this is something that is silly. Nobody has come about with this in terms of Revelation and our pious predecessors have not come about with it. So why should we engage in something that is
wrong. And if there is a dispute about it, a lot of the times you will find that if you are to engage in something, there is no dispute about, you won't have time to go into territory that is disputed.
You won't have time to go into territory that is disputed because your life is spent in a manner that you have prioritized correctly. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us priority, even when it comes to what we practice.
If you look at the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, it was full of knowledge and education. He was granted it by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And as the verses came down, he gave them and as he gave them, they've memorized them, they put them into practice, they surrendered immediately. And they were such
that they lived with him to the degree that they were known as companions. They were known as Sahaba, of the love Island companions. And this is why we are taught that companionship will teach you much more than merely coming into a classroom for a little while and departing, although sometimes we have no option but to do that.
If we look at the other verses of the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of the virtue of those who carry knowledge. Because there are three elements one is the one who is carrying it, the one who is going to be given it. And the third element is the knowledge itself. Sometimes you have one who is carrying a lot of knowledge, but he's not practicing upon it, people know a lot, but they are not practicing upon it. So they might be able to give it to you. But what you do with it depends on whether it will be acceptable or not. In fact, when you know something, and you are going against it, it is a greater sin than when you do not know something and you might be engaged in the same
And this is brought about or the reason I mentioning it is because many of us know what is right and wrong, but we don't want to follow
and this is why the Quran speaks about. When is it you want to turn when is it you are going to turn? Listen to the verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala says he asked a question. In fact, he makes mention of a strong encouragement.
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Jacques Cousteau Ooh, boom lady Killa e woman have a beautiful long verse where Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying, as the time not come, for the believers to soften their hearts
towards the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala. When are you going to soften your heart? I am posing the question to myself and yourself. What more do you want? When are you going to soften your heart you know and you know quite
But when are you going to put it into practice? How long are you going to continue not dressing appropriately or continue engaging in bad activity, cheating, stealing, deceiving, gossiping, backbiting, engaging in different types of activities that will displease our maker, sometimes engaging in polytheism in a way, that is really unacceptable, that's worse than anything else we could ever do.
So the question is, when are we going to soften our hearts towards the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And when is it that we are going to turn to the revelation was truthfulness, we really need to be truthful, and it is the truth.
The truth has been revealed. It's about time we learn it. I had made mention of in the previous talk that I had had at this venue,
the importance of the Arabic language and the fact that we definitely need to learn the Arabic language as muslimeen, we must make an effort. And we should not try and justify to say, No, you know what, it's very difficult, it's very hard, we can learn the translations and so on. Yes, in the interim, you can, and you must, but make an effort really had we had to do that, for worldly purposes. Had we had to do it for worldly purposes, we would have learned it.
If someone told you Brother, you know what, you learn the Arabic language, I give you 2 million variants. I think by tomorrow morning, we'd know half and the following day with no the other half will actually begged for a little chip to be invented, where you plug it into your ear. And next thing you have all the knowledge.
You know, nowadays, you have small little flash sticks with 2032 gigabytes of space in it. And if we could make use of that, and technically put it into our bloodstream, it would be so much easy.
But that's not going to happen. I don't think so
much in our lives. So we need to make an effort to learn. Look at how people learn the English language and look at how people learn other languages when they travel to other lands. How can we travel to a land of this nature in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula
and go back without knowing the Arabic language.
It is the root of Islamic education.
We need to really I see some of the brothers smiling at me. I hope inshallah we are doing something about it. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala strengtheners Where there is a will there is a way
and it's not difficult to memorize. But we need to know a few pointers if you'd like to memorize if you look at what the Nam Shafi had stated in a famous couple of of his that he had complained to one of his students were killed in July last peace and blessings be upon them all. He says I complained to the fact that my memory was weak and he told me
leave sins because indeed, the knowledge is the life
and a lot of us does not give that to a person who is sinful because the person who is sinful as we all know, sinful sin is actually darkness. So how can light and darkness come together? It is either light or it's either dark, it can be light and dark at the same time. Chico Isla Joaquin su for all shed any Oh sunny Illa turkey mouse Ewok Allah Allah, Allah no one Oh la la la la si.
According to one of the narrations of that couplet, you should know that the knowledge is no ill here we speak of ill you know something very amazing. When we speak of Islamic knowledge.
We normally use the word knowledge instead of referring to it as education. Have you ever noticed that? We normally say knowledge if I were to say this man has a lot of knowledge?
in our context, as Muslims, we are speaking about Islamic knowledge or some something spiritual. And when we want to refer to the knowledge of secular knowledge, we perhaps would say this man is highly educated. Have you noticed that level? Perhaps, you can be highly educated.
But the way people look at it,
Spiritual Education, or spiritual knowledge, and secular education has been separated completely but why Islam has come with teachings on either side, and it has come with a balance of it. And we need to know we need Muslim accountants. We need Muslim doctors. We need Muslim professionals. So you are a Muslim, but you are a professional. What is the point of a man who is a top accountant, he is a top brain. He is a top doctor, but he lacks in spirituality. So the time comes of Salah. He knows how to Mashallah, you know, as a surgeon, he would know how to operate and perhaps have an open
heart surgery, and perhaps you may have saved by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala or Allah subhanho wa Taala sage, but he may have been used to save the lives of so many people, but he hasn't saved his own life.
Like a top accountant may have saved people millions of dollars, but he hasn't saved himself from from becoming bankrupt. And what is bankruptcy bankruptcy is a person who comes with deeds on the Day of Judgment, but he has wronged this one. He has eaten the wealth of that one. And he has engaged in activity that is unbecoming. He has usurped the rights of one and have someone else a fellow human being. So his good deeds are all taken out a banker person, he could do the accounts of everyone else, but he couldn't do his own account.
And this is why as we sit in the Juma talk about the Allahu anhu he used to say how simple and
beautiful thing take account of your deeds before they are taken account of. So Oh, you are top accountants, not only should you be adding up the dollars in the years, but you should also be adding up your deeds. And you should be looking at how you are faring with the taxman May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us.
And if you take a look at the top professionals in any field, you will find that those who have been in there who have religion in them who have spirituality in them, they are far more content, they are leading a far happier life because they know they have married the knowledge, the knowledge of this world and the knowledge of the hereafter. So you find the man was very content, from time for Salah, everything stops and he's fulfilling his Salah, he knows that if I were to die, this is what's going to help me. And yes, if I'm a believer
with firm belief,
and I understand my link with my maker, then even the job I'm doing becomes an act of worship. Because when the doctor is serving in his field,
you should know that if he's doing it diligently within the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala with the correct intentions, it becomes a huge act of worship. In fact, anyone doing anything for that matter. If we do it with the correct intentions, it becomes an act of worship we are rewarded for and this we will only know through knowledge and one of the a hadith that are mentioned right at the beginning of a lot of the books of ideas, including Sahih Bukhari is the enamel, Rubin Miyajima. In American liberty in Managua.
I'm sure a lot of us would know that it would read you know, he is, indeed all actions are judged by their underlying intentions and for everyone, for everyone shall be rewarded according to their particular intention for that particular duty.
So we ask the almighty to grant us sincerity. And for your information sincerity is something that is required when it comes to the knowledge of Islam, sincerely for the pleasure of Allah. Whoever as the hottie says whoever seeks knowledge in order to debate with the knowledgeable or to show off to boast to those who don't have knowledge, they will not receive even the sense of heaven. And heaven can be smelled for many years, for many years away. When we say years. It's amazing how. And this is also part of knowledge. You see when
distance is measured, it is measured by centimeters, inches, meters, and you perhaps kilometers and miles. and thereafter, what happens that Heidi says no, some Senior Airman or comes to me at the army, you know, 50 years or 500 years come science years down the line. They also use the term years. They say one light year, what's one light year
when light travels for one whole year, and the distance covered by it, that is called one light years. Allah look at how the Hadith has spoken about it more than 1400 years ago. And today we are coming and saying oh one light year But hang on. The messenger already used the word year to refer to distance and not to time Allahu Akbar.
Amazing. This is knowledge and this is why we say he might have been Unlimited, but he brought to us something that nobody would ever be able to come up with up to the end of time. It's the miracle of this particular oma and yet we have read so many books, we haven't yet read the Quran.
We haven't yet read the Quran.
So much so, Allah, Allah, I have heard people may Allah say, if God who have said, don't read the translation of the Quran, you will be led astray. I also believe that I've actually heard people say that. Don't read the translation, you will be led astray. But to be honest with you, you can read it
Right, there were people who could not read and write. They heard a few verses. It shook them woke them up. And it resulted in that guidance. Take a look at
how many verses did he read, he was an enemy of Islam, he came out to attack the source of Islam. And what happened is,
when he was introduced to a few verses of the Quran, he immediately trembled. And he asked to be driven to the messenger. And he went out and declared his Shahada. What did it need? It needed a little bit of sincerity, and then even a single verse motivated level.
But if you read the whole Quran with no sincerity, it will not motivate we call it hotma. A person has completed once, twice, you know, in the month of Ramadan, we complete the Quran. And we completed once, twice, three times, five times 10 times, but our lives have not changed even one inch because there is no sincere look at the judge. What happened to him? The nuggets of Virginia,
he heard a few verses.
And his tears are mentioned in the Quran. And he turned May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us turning. So remember, shame upon us, who cannot change a bad habit that is sticking to us. Yet we read the Quran, page after page and we continue
completing it one completion after the other utterance and we haven't changed and then you have people who say don't even try to read the language that you understand No, to be honest with you. There are three types of verses in the Quran.
verses that are easy for everybody to understand completely. And that's the bulk, very simple. You have the stories and the lessons of the past. Remember the lessons of the past. Why are they in the Quran, they are in the Quran for you to apply in your life and to learn what happened in the past. This is why Allah says after he makes mention of the stories of the messengers, the other canovee causing him Ebola, Tony Odin.
The visitors who are used to Allah subhanho wa Taala says indeed, in the stories of the previous messengers, there are lessons for those with sound, intellect, love.
So those are the bulk of the verses where you find very easy to understand the story of Noah alayhis salam, Noah May peace be upon him, the story of Jesus May peace be upon him and so on. Amazing, amazing Subhanallah nobody can say, No, don't read this, because everybody understands those type of verses, then
you will come across certain verses that you may not understand immediately, a question shall be posed by yourself in your own mind to say, I wonder what this means? Those types of verses. You need to seek knowledge from someone who is qualified to answer the question for you.
So the downfall of some people is they might sit and start thinking of their own answers. And this is why our pious predecessors used to say whosoever makes mention of their own opinions when it comes to the Quran, they are wrong even if they are right. You know, that means that means even if at the end of the day what you said was right, but the fact that you took it out of your pocket makes you wrong.
You need to learn if if there is a question posed by yourself and it happens if you have read the Quran, I'm sure it's happened to you where you pick it up and something you don't really understand. And you ask yourself, I wonder what this means.
jot it down.
Make an effort to visit foreigner here or the alum or the Lama whom you trust in your midst someone who has the knowledge to answer your question and pose it to them and say, You know what, I was reading the Koran. I came across this verse, please explain it to me, they will explain it. So that's the second type of this the knowledgeable will be able to answer
and the third type of verse none knows the meaning of besides Allah subhanho wa Taala. So nobody will be able to tell you they know the meaning of Elif
we have to say Allah alone knows exactly what that means. We stopped it.
Yes, there was some benefit. Someone might be a little bit, you know, surprised as to how can there be verses in the Quran that nobody knows the meaning of? Well, these were for roofing. They were letters which were more separated letters, and they had lots of benefits at the time. Of course, if you study the Quran carefully, you will find that all the sutras that start with these separated letters were revealed in Makkah, besides two of them the first two.
All of them are reviewed in MK and if you take a look at the elephants in Mecca, it was unmatched. And if you take a look at the people in locker how they treated the Quran, they treated it in a
Way, Allah says McAllen, levena cabo la mamounia De Luca Ronnie, de la let him Tony Boone. That's just one verse where Allah subhanho wa Taala says the disbelievers used to say, Do not listen to this go on and continue making noise while it is being recited so that you can be successful and you can be the winners and you can overpower and overcome. But May Allah subhanho wa Taala in another place in the Quran says they used to put their fingers into their ears when the Quran was recited because they didn't want to hear it. So now, when the verse comes, if you notice, the visitors revealed in muckety muck column, a lot of them were sharp, and short,
sharp and short visitors. And when they heard Alif Lam Meem, they were shocked, shocked completely. And they had to untie and think what is this, we are the most eloquent of people, we are the most highly educated. And here comes a man with something that really doesn't sound like it is foolish, but we are sure that there is something in it for us. So it immediately made them think so this was one of the benefits of this type of business.
And one of the benefits of the business being very short and sharp,
very interesting benefits.
You know, if someone starts talking and you want to block you, your ears, you lift your fingers up, and you put them in, it takes you a while to lift your finger up and put it in. So now, as you are lifting it and putting it in, the verse is over, it's finished. So when you close your ears, it gives you time to think you're thinking over the verse, and then you put your fingers down again. And when the next verse starts, by the time you bring it up, it's already over. So it gives you time to think again, amazing. One of the benefits of these short versus short, powerful versus dealing with different topics. So the point being raised is the third type of verses in the Quran. Allah
alone knows now how can we say don't read the meaning of the Quran, when the Quran is the source of all education, all knowledge, the source of it is the Quran. And then you have the sutra of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And then you have the findings of men later on when it comes to secular education and when it comes to the experiences of men regarding how to live life, and so on, which as I said, when you have the correct intentions and you have it within conformity to that what the Quran has taught and the sooner has brought, then you will be rewarded for it.
For example, someone might tell me, you know, this particular knowledge of how to drive a car is not in the Quran, and it's not in the sooner well my beloved brother, my beloved sister, how we look at it is we see if it is not contradicting the Quran and the Sunnah, then you may use it either to your benefit or to your detriment. So it depends on how you use it. If you are using your skill of driving a vehicle to take you to a place that will result in destruction and to commit sin, then you are responsible and you will pay the price. And if you are using that skill or the ability of driving a vehicle to take you to the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala or even to take you to your
workplace because you'd like to earn some living and you will pay the cost of it and you will spend on your family and so on within permissible means that you will be rewarded.
This is knowledge you need to know. And remember one thing at
a 45 minute talk will not make you a very knowledgeable person, the only thing it can do for you is motivate you to learn more.
And this is why Mashallah We are so fortunate we have an institution like this, we make use of it. How regularly do we attend the lessons here? Or do we just wait for someone to come from outside or someone else to come? You know, and then we say no, today we will go but it's been a year since you will ask here. But this place has so much knowledge beaming from it. Why don't you make use of it.
Now last subhanho wa Taala governs us benefit of all the lessons that are taking place in homage to Allah He will be asked you know, this is something we firmly believe Allah subhanho wa Taala is going to ask us
that there were lessons around you.
People who are teaching this and teaching that Allah subhanho wa Taala will ask you how did you benefit from the masjid in your area? How did you benefit from the institutions within reach? How did you benefit from the knowledgeable around you? And to be honest with you, we are so lucky. I normally speak about education and knowledge and you know what I say?
as men has become lazy to read, the Almighty has facilitated education through means besides reading
what is that? Well now Mashallah you can put in a CD and now Mashallah you can sit with your favorite chair, based somewhere in Mecca or Medina or wherever else you want, and you can just click and you can sit and watch amazing
But we still don't do that. So Allah has made it so easy for us to learn because we've become lazier as time passes. Our forefathers had the patience to sit and read. And before that they had the power of memory where they do the year it once and it was over.
One of my own tutors yet Mohammed was stylish and pleasing Allah subhanho wa Taala grant him a long and healthy life and may he be used to serve the deen. He speaks of how the Mattoon, Mattoon meaning
define scripts of the books was memorized as the lecturer or as the tutor spoke.
And when he completed his speech speaking, half of the students would know exactly what he said they would be able to repeat it for you, as that you just spoke. Today, if I were to give you a phone number, you won't memorize it. But what like 10 years ago, or 15 years ago, you knew 20 to 50 phone numbers of by heart.
Why? Because technology has made us lazy.
When we get the phone call, or should I say the latest phones, all the phone numbers are in it.
So the day the phone is lost, we are stuck. Whereas there was a time when we knew so many numbers. We could go to any little table and put it in without the book and you would know at least 20 numbers I think I can comfortably say I knew perhaps more than that, but 20 I can jot them down.
But Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us a gift that as we become lazy technology is progressing. So you do not have an excuse.
A few days ago one brother was asking me when I was here. He said, you know, we'd like to know some people are saying that the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you know, you should discount it and put it aside because the first I had these were only recorded hundreds of years after the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam. I said what
he said should meaning the brother was only questioning why or questioning what other people are saying. It wasn't his own belief. But he was he wanted to learn he wanted to know. I told him brother,
if I told you 50 years ago, or if I say now, why wasn't the Quran recorded on a CD?
You told me that technology was not there at the time, that time they used to, or you would say for example, that you know, we've got it written in books. So as technology progresses, we are beginning to use it. So now you find or on on a little phone, you find a heartbeat I have on my phone, what is called the Motorola Moto annex cyclopedia of Hades, which has in its so many books have added a click of a search and you know exactly where the addict is and what's wrong with it. All the narrators and so on. And it's so easy on the phone. Imagine. So I can't say why didn't this happen? 500 years ago, I'm not accepting it. I can't say that.
The point I'm making is at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. they relied on memory. They knew the lineage of the cattle dating back to 10 generations.
They knew the lineage of the cows. So now you want to tell me that look. Why didn't they write it? Well, they were unlettered that's why it wasn't recorded as it was recorded later on. And the day that people started relying on that which was written they started writing it, so don't blame them to say, Why wasn't it written? Because I will tell you why is this particular book not? For example, on a little microchip that came out yesterday? Well, now they will put it on the microchip,
love. And this is why you find the same colon is now being put into different
forms mean the 10s that put into different pieces of technology in order to be made use of.
Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us knowledge, to be honest, the
via de casa de la la la vida Salaam, those who reject it cannot call themselves Muslim mean. How can we say we surrender?
Because the bulk of the deen is taken from the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And it's important for us to learn this, how we fulfill our Salah is not in the Quran. How many prayers a day it's not in the Quran, and we cannot argue about it is taught from the lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the Quran itself will lead us to the sooner Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
So, the point that was being raised was, let's make use of technology. Let's make use of what we have. as lazy as we are sometimes to read the book. Believe me when you're going to work or coming back, like I said the other day, you can put in instead of listening to something that is wrong, something unacceptable, with love.
Put in a disk where we have a lecture, or we have some beneficial talk, you have a series of lectures when I was a student.
They had in Medina to munawwara, some of the machines and the scholars who were there who had taught previously before our time, and they had cassettes. So they were libraries of cassettes up to this day, if you go to the Harlem in Mecca or Medina, you can actually get copies on discs of lectures that took place 20 years ago, they have an encyclopedia of it. So imagine you can learn from a scholar who is no longer from a scholar who has already passed on. And all you do is you purchase it. It has a disk, and the lessons are there. So if you have a 20 minute lesson, and it takes you 30 minutes to go to work. So behind Allah, you can have a lesson a day from a scholar who is very, very
highly educated, well recognized in the Muslim Ummah, and all you had to do was just make use of the 20 minutes while going to work and coming back. But the sad reality is, we don't think of it sometimes, because shavonne leads us astray. So rather than putting something beneficial, we rather have classical music, or we rather have some hip hop of someone, or we turn on the news, the news, it's okay, it's going to happen, you can hear the news once a day. And even that a little bit, I would prefer perhaps, to just check the internet and see what's happening on the globe. If you really have to
make use of your time, I hope I've encouraged you in a very strong way to make use of your time. Because you know, time is ticking. If you cannot attend a lesson, go to the institutions and ask them for books, books, perhaps, which might not be in the form of
a booklet in writing, but in the form of a disc, or in the form of something electronic. They call them ebooks. In fact, nowadays, they in a lot of schools, they are replacing the textbooks with a little iPad, sort of a device. And anything you want, you just click you could imagine we have it also for Islamic subjects. You can learn today, what is called elearning over the neck, you can attend the lesson today,
anywhere on the globe.
On most subjects that are available. A lot of subjects, you can choose from even Islamic subjects. And you can attend a lesson from an institution of your choice in a lot of cases, and it's just online. But you need the time you need the effort. You need the energy you need the sincerity.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors.
Then we have the issue of arrogance and pride. And when a person is arrogant, believe me they will not learn anything.
As we made mention of the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wherein he says whosoever learns the knowledge, whosoever is trying to learn knowledge in order to debate and argue, and in order to show up with that knowledge, they won't even have the sense of heaven. They won't even have the center of heaven. Because when we learn we are learning in order to enhance ourselves in order to improve our link with our maker. That's the intention. You learn the Quran. You know, a point of
reminder to us who are professionals here or who are a School of Arts at universities? How many books do you read?
In order to qualify?
Let's take a child primary level he comes back with homework every day. He's covered five, six books a year. And as you progress High School, you cover perhaps 5060 books a year. And when you get to varsity, perhaps you cover 100 books a year or more. And how do you study when you are to be tested? How do you study?
In our colloquial language, we say this man is sweating, sweating, meaning he's learning so hard. And he's actually all night people are awake, because they're learning tomorrow we have an examination. What's the subject? Well, you know, I'm becoming a doctor, and it's very difficult.
So the question I posed to you, question I posed to you,
if you could spend so much time, so much time, so much effort, so much dedication, to read 100 books, 200 books a year? Have you ever read the book that will save you
for the entire life after death? Have you yet read the
question? Have you read
the sea of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his life and have you read
the Ahadi? His blessed words that came out of the mouth of the messenger whom we came to follow? May Allah make us true followers.
It's about time we did something about it. I have done my own little, you know, quiet research and sometimes even with the children of my own friends, you said Hey, how you doing? You're like, come here. What books have you read?
He tells you, Harry Potter, certainly Harry Potter, what's Harry Potter? You know? What's that? This isn't you don't know what that what world you live in?
That's a question that they asked you what world you live in Harry Potter. You know, this Harry Potter one is two asleep this fall and there is a firewall. So, so then you say how big is the book? It's a big book, big book.
And then you say, Have you read the Quran?
I can't read
it. That's an answer. We get tried to teach the children.
have you covered it? Have you understood it? I can't understand it. But you understood Harry Potter.
Harry Potter is not going to teach you to heaven, believe me? Not at all.
If anything, all these magic tricks might take you in the other direction.
Allah protect us.
So what we're saying is,
let's have a bit of shame. inshallah. Let's try and equate dependency. In fact, it's supposed to be much more when it comes to religion. And you know what, today Alhamdulillah, just take a look at the Islamic bookstores. Take a peek, you will get books that people have come about with that are religiously, meaning teaching you a religious lesson. for all ages, from the beginning to the end, it's only that you need to purchase it. And it's only that you need to show the importance in the home of it. And you will have the stories of the prophets illustrated beautifully. You will have the rules of Islam illustrated beautifully. You have so many people who have worked on so many
syllabuses that it's amazing. If you were to adopt it within your home, you would become highly educated in such a short span of time.
Lo and behold, we don't understand why we say I'll do that tomorrow. We'll see when I go to market. There are a lot of bookstores, they don't wait for that. You can now google it online, you can find bookstores, you can purchase books. If we had to purchase something material today, a spare part for a vehicle or something we were quick to go online and look for it to check for the bargains on eBay and this other day and that day and so on, and quickly get it posted to us and sent to us Why? Because I need to survive. My car cannot start the ignition is not clicking. Now. What about your spiritual ignition not clicking, then what happens? Then sorted out sometimes don't worry, Friday
comes? Now I want to actually pose another question. How many of us
feel this way differently? How much Islamic knowledge new? When I say new? I mean, something renewed to us something we may not have known. How much new Islamic knowledge? Do we gain? earn or learn on a weekly basis? That's a question that will tell you how close or far we are a lot of us can I tell you what the answer would be? Well you know what on a Friday I go to the masjid and we hear a talk which is about half an hour.
Well, if that's what your religion is all about, every Friday, you just go and take a dose and that's it and you're gone. Perhaps you'll be reminded because as the Quran says whether killed in logic or somehow meaning you should remind for definitely reminding will benefit those who believe so yes, you will have a reminder, but you need solid knowledge you need to increase your knowledge base do something about it today you have evening lessons, you have afternoon lessons you have so many you know if our child is weak in a subject we have what they call remedial lessons, extra lessons, they want to go for extra lessons when I was young extra lessons was only for those who
were considered sick.
Today Mashallah. Every child extra lessons. So what are they doing at school? I don't know.
You want to have extra they come back to their learning more than when they were at school? So what did they do? We are paying so much 1000s we are paying to get them educated and I need to get someone coming home and still giving them coaching. remedial. Okay, that's okay. It's not bad. But did you equate it with something religious? If your child was equally weak in reading the Quran? Would you do the same? If your child did not know forget about the child if you did not know something? Regarding the deen, would you do the same? In a lot of cases? The answer would be well, you know, and stop there.
Now Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, I encourage yourself, yourselves and myself, to do more,
to learn to educate ourselves. And in no way am I saying that secular education is not important. No, it's very important but it will only help you for a few years.
If you take a look at
a certificate you have from the university How long will it help you for when you graduated? You were 25. That's more than 25 it will help you for another 35 years, then they will retire you they will retire you which means I've got a certificate now it's just framed at home. That's it but are you allowed
To practice this, you know, if not 3545 years if you're lucky. And after that you are retired. So that certificate helps you for 35 years or 45 years,
we still don't have a certificate that will take us beyond that. From there, it needs to carry us. And it needs to take us into the life after death, and help us forever and ever. So we were ready to spend so many years studying in order to get a certificate that would help us for 35 or 45 years, but we couldn't even spend one 10th of that time to help us to earn a certificate that would take us into the life after death, which is eternal.
Allah subhanho wa Taala opened our doors and grant us goodness, I hope what I said this evening has motivated us in terms of education and knowledge for ourselves as well as our children. And remember, an effort is required, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to open our doors and grant us goodness. And it was really an honor to be here with you for a few days in this beautiful country of Qatar and in the city of Doha. And at the same time I'd like to thank the civil Lankan modulus and finance as well Mashallah for a beautiful setup and very, very hospitable Mashallah, people and at the same time, I hope and pray that whatever we have said can be taken inshallah, in a serious
manner, wherever we have that which may have been an error, it's from us and from Allah forgive us. And whatever we've added that is beneficial, it's definitely by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Until we need to get inshallah, in this beautiful city. Agree to think
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