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Qur’an Convos #3 – Reflecting on the Qur’an, Allah’s Word
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Dr. Mustafa Khattab
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah while earning he or savvy woman wala a Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah to our brothers and sisters from around the world. Welcome to Quran Convos This is a Podcast where we explore the many ways you can connect with the Quran. In this first season we are covering the theme of taboo or to reflect deeply on the Quran in the hopes of getting closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala we are focused on the 10 inward acts for the Quran three citation proposed by Imam Al Ghazali Rama hula
today Alhamdulillah I'm excited that we have our dear beloved brother and our guest and a scholar, the one who is known as well for his translation of the Quran, my preferred translation and the one I utilize in all of my courses Alhamdulillah it is the clear Quran we have with us and handler Dr. Mustafa football welcome chef Mustafa to Quran Convos how're you doing today Shia hamdulillah Salaam Alaikum just like a lot here for having me.
That a coffee come chef dessert more hidden chef before we get started? You know before we get into the topic itself and the advice of the mammal of azalea law, I wanted to ask you a personal question we like to begin with, with all of our guests. Is there a time in which you felt when you were reading the Quran or listening to the Quran? A particular emotional reaction based on something specific that was happening? I know it's a very personal question. So feel free to share within your limits of comfort but is there something you can share in terms of what were you listening to? What were you hearing at the time what happened? What was it related to if you could share to motivate
our listeners inshallah Tata
Mala hamdulillah Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah my back.
I think Surah Yusuf is one of the favorite sources in the Quran. All the sources are favorite, of course, and Hamdulillah. But Surah Yusuf has a special place in everyone's heart. And in this surah there is this particular area to is actually one of the beginning and one at the end. And they are related. So the one at the beginning says wash Allahu be so many embarks the Rahima do that. So they sold their own brother use about a synonym for very cheap for a few worthless coins. And at the end of the surah they came begging for food, his own brothers, they came begging for food and they didn't know who use of us because we look different. He's now older. He looks like a prince. And
they say when they were begging him for food and then on the surah Where do you enter the bill bought him was gelatin for our Villanelle Kayla, what are some of the Colleen they're begging him? They are on their knees and they are offering him a few worthless coins. So when they sold him for very cheap at the beginning, they stopped them in the back they sold him into slavery. Every time I come across this I will learn how I feel like some of the drivers who go on appreciated by their communities and use a valet Salam is not the only prophet in the Quran, who is not appreciated by his own people. For example, in in Surah for other places in the Quran where the mashallah Khun of
Makkah, they talk about the Prophet SAW salah they say lowland Zilla the Quran, Allah Allah liminal title Hari Athenia Avi Mukesh, this Quran was revealed to someone who is important, like Subhanallah and Farah own who was the master of you know, this psychological warfare is using those propaganda techniques against Mussolini CERAM he's saying, I'm gonna hire women have a levy who are my hand is nobody is worthless. So Subhanallah these prophets, they came for the guidance of their own people, they are putting their lives you know, on the front line, they're sacrificing their time, their effort, everything and all they got from their own people is, you know, attacks or assaults they're
not appreciated. And I think this is something that a lot of the art can can relate to. I think this one this is touched me the when I come across this idea, the beginning of solar use, not a coffee come, that's almost like mocking it's a really good example of how oftentimes we're reading ions of the Quran and we're making personal connections as well as or we're thinking about our experiences in society today or our families depending on the is that we are reading Zach Moffat and Chef, Dr. Mustafa in the first two episodes, we established what it means for the Quran to be the speech of Allah subhanho wa Taala and how to fight the distractions of the heart with those covered now we're
ready to explore a moment of Azad ease third inward act for the Quran three citation and it is to the boat so maybe
Just to get us started, how would we define to the board for our listeners? Well, linguistically the word that number comes from Deborah which means the bottom or the back of something. Right? Like dubara salah, we're at the bar sujood in the Quran, Falah to a room at the bar, don't give them your backs right? So the technical meaning is to read the Quran with proper understanding and to connect with the book of Allah subhanaw taala on a personal level. So
the meaning of the double in this case means to get to the bottom of something we said the data means the bottom or the back of something to get to the bottom of the eye to scratch beyond the surface to dig deep into the IR to understand them. Just like the back of your hand, remember back and bottom to get to the bottom of something like the back of your hand to understand it and to have a personal connection with it. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says that the main reason for revealing the Quran is to do to the poor on the Quran kita boon and so now we lay come about aku Leah that borrow it. This is the main purpose for relieving releasing or revealing the Quran is to do to
double and he says My job is to do have
in unison Nicaragua in Hola Hola, have you done I will take care of the Quran it will be preserved I will take care of it. But many of us say no, no, no. You do that to the bar we will do the health right. So
again, our connection with the Quran should be number one reading it you have to read the Quran and number two, understand it because what is the point if you read it without understanding number three doing a double on the Quran Tada understanding a deeply reflecting on its meanings and extracting the gems, those gems from the Quran and of course, memorizing the Quran is a great honor. So I'm not trying to put down those who do have but again your relationship with the phone does not end with memorizing the Quran. It begins with memorizing the Quran. And we know from a hadith that Allah will honor the person who memorizes the Quran and Yama, Yama and their parents and so on and
so forth. The next level is to live your life according to the Quran. Live your life according to the Quran, halal and haram. And I think this is one of the things that make this a harvest stand out is because they live according to the Quran every time and I was revealed. Do this. Don't do this. They took it personally.
It's talking to me. This is halal haram I'm going to avoid it. This is halal or this is fun. I have to do it in many of us Subhanallah when they listen to the idea to the Quran, halal and haram do this don't do this. He is talking to my cousin he's talking to my uncle. He's talking to my neighbor he's not talking to me. Right? So living your life according to the Quran and teaching it you know russula is awesome says hi Rocco mandala Khurana Allah those who study the Quran, they learn the Quran and they teach it and I think this is part of our duty towards the Quran. hamdulillah the Zachman fellowship medical curriculum, so many gems from what you just shared amongst them is for
those who are memorizing or the many parents mashallah have a high standard and they want their children to memorize the Quran. Don't lower that standard. That's a good standard to have, as you heard from Sheikh Mustafa, but in addition, the objective of the Quran is guidance. The objective is reflection, the objective is to act upon it and to establish goodness in this world and goodness in our lives. And so if we just memorize or tell our children memorize, memorize, memorize, and there is no high standard for reflection, we may be limiting them from their potential in what the objective of the Quran is. So Allah subhanaw taala tells us he had done but who is it is to reflect
on it why when you reflect deeply, you're able to move forward in terms of progress, your heart could be purified, you may make the right decisions in life, it might help guide you with some decision. And it's really important for us to emphasize as well, that what are you reflecting on all of the passages of the Quran are called a x ray and Ira is for you to reflect on ASR in different forms signs of Allah subhana data, sometimes signs are in nature, you know, the trees and the rain and the leaves and the green of sand and every beat of your heart and every breath that you take. And also as well here there's a deadbolt and generally to * What is very comprehensive on the
signs of the ayat themselves the Ayat of Allah subhana wa Tada Dr. Mustafa, perhaps a very practical question that many people will ask since now they understand Tata Motors to reflect deeply on the let's say the end result or consequence the the deeper parts of the ayat of the Quran and
what's next? How do we advise people when it comes to the practical steps to engage in to the Buddha? So number one, we need to understand that the Quran is the speech speech of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah talks to you when you recite the Quran. Of course we know that famous Hadith in Bukhari, where Celeste assalam says, when you read the Fatiha it's a dialogue between you and Allah. When you say Alhamdulillah Allah Allah mean Allah will say Hamadani Abdi, when you say all praise due to Allah, Allah was saying, My servant has praised me. When you say Allah man, Allah him Allah will respond Magetta Ania Abdi My servant has glorified me so it's, it's a dialogue. So once you
understand that Allah subhanaw taala is talking to you, you will appreciate those words in the Quran. So now imagine if your mom and dad tells you that there's someone on the phone who wants to talk to you and this is maybe prison Obama or you know, this purse this important or the Queen of England? Or this president or that King? Can you tell her no I'm gonna talk to him later or tomorrow. The Ask him to call back it doesn't make any sense. So Subhan Allah Allah subhanho wa Taala is talking to you. So this is number one. Once you appreciate the fact that the Quran is the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala you will give it the respect and the the importance the significance
in deserts. Number two, this story that we read passingly in the Sierra but sometimes we don't reflect on it. It shows you how important the Quran Allah subhanaw taala will Mohan masala is is telling us to call her my mother after my mother.
And so Pamela when the prophesies and and passed away, oh my God, Allah Bobak Allah on whether he passed by Wuhan and she was crying and they said Are you crying because Rasul Allah is awful and passed away? She said no, I'm not crying because of this because everyone knew that Rasul Allah was going to die because it says in the Quran in nakoma 18 Why now my YouTube you Mohamed Salah Salem are going to die and everybody else is going to die. But she says f ki added washi loving cotta. I'm crying because of this door of revelation that has been closed comments for them. So imagine this revelation that has been coming down from Allah subhanaw taala from the time of Adam Allison and
pausing by other prophets like new Han Musa and Isa A by all the product for 1000s of years revelations were coming down and with the passing of Rasul Allah as I said, Let this door has been sealed it has been closed. So the Quran is the last and final revelation that came from Allah subhanaw taala no more revelations, no more sources will be coming from Allah subhanaw taala this shows you another aspect of the significance of the Quran number three, to really appreciate the Quran. You have to look at the fact that the Quran is a healing of Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran, Shiva and those who study the Quran they do to the Quran, the Quran, they know the difference
between Shiva and Realash. So Shiva is healing, Allah calls it healing. He didn't call it a large because medicine at large.
Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't work. Sometimes it will heal something but it will give you many other side effects. But as for the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala calls it Shiva healing for sure, healing to the individual. Whatever feelings they have, whatever struggles they're going through, they will always find solutions in the Quran. If if you have been married for so many years and you don't have kids, you can always relate to the story of South Korea and the story of Ibrahim Malema Sinha.
If you have been mistreated by family members, you can relate to the story of Yusuf Ali insula. If you have been received with injustice, even though you care about your own people, to give not say hi to the people, but they don't appreciate you, you can always relate to the story of Muhammad Salah Musa alayhis, Salam and use of Allison and the stories we mentioned
at the beginning,
you can relate to the Quran as a family as a society as a country, you will always find solutions to all the problems that peoples and families and societies have. Whether we're talking about the economy, politics, social life, and so on and so forth. If you want to learn about politics and political corruption and propaganda techniques, read the story of Musa and film. If you want to learn about family dynamics, siblings rivalry,
social aspects of life, read the story of use of Ali's if you want to learn about
A financial corruption lead the story of Schreib allihies Sinha. If you want to learn about morality in society and so on and so forth, you can read the story of Lutheranism. Like there are so many things and all these prophets, the 25 of them among themselves, they cover every aspect of our life that we need to live a life of dignity in this world. And I hope this will give a flavour to our viewers on the importance and the significance of the Quran. The Quran is a book of healing. The Quran gives you meaning and purpose in life. The Quran will solve all your problems, the Quran will give you a map, just like you're lost in the desert. And you find a map that shows you where you can
eat where you can survive, what to do and what not to do. Look at the Quran this way. When you look at the Quran next time in sha Allah, think about the manufacturer's manual that comes with your phone or with your laptop with your car. It tells you how to maximize the benefit from this product. If like Allah subhanaw taala He created us and He sent us this manual on how to live our lives the proper way of life with dignity and a life of respect. So he says this is good for you do it, this is bad for you avoid it. So I think once you look at the Quran this way, you will appreciate the Quran even more, inshallah
does that MacKinnon Zachman has so many different gems that you shared.
When it comes to to the bone, let's say a 32nd opportunity that someone has a two minute opportunity between the two breaks or two things that are happening. And this person decides to open the most half or their Quran up on their devices and they want to read one I have the Quran, what would it look like in a very practical way? Because we may have some viewers who want to understand the most basic sense possible. We may have Hamlet, many new Muslims or some non Muslims watching as well. What does it mean for someone to take one verse of the Quran and to engage in Tibet, but what does that look like? Well, it would be great if the person can speak or understand Arabic. But to be
practical here, more than 85% of Muslims don't speak or understand the Arabic language. So I always say that the difference between reading the Quran in Arabic and reading the Quran in translation is like eating fresh and canned foods. So reading the Quran in Arabic is like eating fresh food and eating the Quran. reading the Quran in translation is like eating canned food. It gives you a flavor of the food but it is not the same thing. The Arabic language is very rich. We can talk about this for a whole week. But for the sake of our viewers who don't speak the Arabic language, try to get yourself a good decent translation of the Quran. I recommend that Helene recommend
Dr. Musharraf crusade. And I'm not here to promote the clear prom, but it's a decent translation, other translations that were done in the past, even though we appreciate them, but English is evolving and some of the translations are all and so on and so forth. And no translation is perfect. We know this much no translation is perfect. No translation will ever take the place of the Arabic language. Translation basically is a humble, imperfect human effort to explain the perfect word of Allah put it this way Subhan Allah, but again, I know of a lot of people who accepted Islam by just reading a good translation of the Quran, Allah because even in translation, you still get some of
the beauty, maybe 1% You will get some of the flavor of the Quran. So get yourself a good translation if you can read it in Arabic Alhamdulillah if you want to study the Arabic language,
maybe I can recommend the clear prawn dictionary which will help you understand the Quran in Arabic in just four to six months the Quran is is made up of 2000 root words 2000 root words this is a very small number. So once you mastered those 2000 words, you will be able to understand the Quran in Arabic and believe it or not, I also have a 2000 root words you already know 100 of them because they are used in the English language without you knowing that those English words came actually from the Quran. I'll give you a few examples. Maharaja behind the LTM I made a list of the beginning of the clicker on dictionary of those 100 words manager. We have the word in English merge. Merge,
they mean the same thing they sound the same calf and cave if and fake solid and solid fatica Hosoda
or even words like, inherit, net if, and so on and so forth. Subhanallah it's very, it's very interesting. So my next advice would be, you need to think and reflect and free your mind and read the ayah before and after to get the full picture. And it's also important to read the writings of some of our greatest minds in Islamic history who put so much time and understand the Quran. In r&b. They studied nashwan surfen Bella, they studied to have seen a normal Quran as Babel knows also they studied so many sciences so they can reflect on the Quran and give us those gems. You have people like Al fuctional la-z, you have people like XMF Shetty and Kashia, who was a genius of the Arabic
language. You have people like al Badawi Al and we see
here with 10 We're tired now sure, these are giants of tetherball if you don't have the time to do to WCF you can learn from the gems of those colors And subhanAllah the scholars of Islam from the time of Abu Leidner best from the time of Rasulullah cyfle until Yamo piano, they will always read the Quran and find a lot of gems in the Quran. And this is one of the unique features of the Quran. Like if you read a book, let's say a story or a novel or whatever story you read, you read it once colors you are done with it. But the Quran the more you read it, the more gems you will discover, the sweeter the Quran becomes. And Ali said generations after generations till the yelman piano,
every time scholar or generation reads the Quran, they will always find gems that were not discovered by the previous generation. And you can never find this with anything except the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala so I hope this will help inshallah there are so many other tips, but I hope this will help Inshallah, Thailand by the clock. Dr. Mustapha, and of course, that was a very humble push by for those who are listening, there's no doubt whatsoever and I say this very generally, that the clear Quran is one of the best translations that we have right now at Hamdulillah. Mashallah, and the clear Quran dictionary is extremely useful for all of those who want to meet the maybe
expedite or perhaps Yeah, maybe expedite your your learning of the language of the Quran, it will help you immensely as well as the floorplan for kids. I want to give an example vertical of equal for all your efforts and the entire team. I want to give an example of to the board in one of the narrations that the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam was reciting an ayah and repeating it and reciting it and repeating it over and over and over. And oftentimes you don't keep repeating the idea over and over and over unless there's some kind of emotional connection. There's a deep thought and contemplation. There's something that's being invoked. And in this particular report, I believe
it was the interactive and phenomenally bad look, what Intel Philadelphia in Atlanta, lousy to Hakeem,
translated as and we have Dr. Mustafa here, so I should never be doing translation while he's with us. Loosely translated as if you forgive them. They are If you punish them, they are Your servants, Oh Allah, if you punish them, they are Your servants. And if you decide to forgive them or to have mercy on them, then you are the Almighty, you are Lazarus, you're in control. You have the decision, you have the power for independent analysis. And Hakeem and you're the all wise meaning based on your wisdom, you know, who deserves to be punished and who deserves to be forgiven. And this was in the context of sudo tonight and the drought and the Saudi Sudan, but think about how Prophet
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in a way was engaged in this deep contemplation. And obviously as a messenger of mercy He wants all people to be guided the prophets Allah license constantly concerned, even with those who abused him and attacked him. Even with the Islamophobes of today and the bigots of tomorrow, Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam wanted people to be guided and would constantly try and try and try even if they would reject the message numerous times you will keep trying to give them the means the signs the ayat, until some of them are ready to finally accept the truth and others did not. But think about how he felt some Allahu alayhi wa sallam with many
examples, all of us from our lived experiences have a day or a time in which perhaps you were going through something or you were experiencing something in life in which you needed a reminder. And because of your daily connection to the Quran, you ended up resigning and I and you thought about it and you just reflected and you said you know what, this isn't what I needed today. The more you connect with the Quran, the more likely you are to experience those kinds of beautiful reminders and moments in which we are in need of motivation, resilience, comfort, healing, guidance, and so on and so forth. She felt when Lima is so loaded
As a healing for what is in the hearts, we are in need of it. May Allah subhanaw taala keep us consistent, so to them when it comes in different forms in terms of the practice, but at the end of the day, it's for you to take your time with it, to reflect deeply on it to reflect on the names of Allah mentioned in certain ayat, to reflect on the pairings of some of the names of Allah subhanaw taala that are always or frequently together to reflect on, as Dr. Mustafa said, the ideas that came before the if that are coming after, and some of the lessons that you will find, and if you feel like you're struggling to do so it helps to begin listening to video series on the Quran from
scholars and people of knowledge to have seen is not easy, by the way. And translation is not easy, by the way. So anyone who's taken on that journey of translating the Quran or the tip seat of the Quran, a lot of knowledge was required for that and immense amount of effort was required for that. May Allah subhanaw taala put better in the efforts of all of our brothers and sisters who put forth these gems so that we can benefit from them from their efforts. But I would recommend utilizing some of the common you know, video series from trustworthy scholars and organizations so that you are able to take the end product Oh, this is a point of reflection I had not considered amongst the
means the organizational culture and reflect they're doing a wonderful job with basically with Tibco. And this is a way for you to practice and shout out to Adam Schiff. Now, I wanted to ask this question because it's on a lot of people's minds. Today, in the era of technology and social media and very short attention spans as a number of studies have found and many people are anecdotally reporting that they have short attention spans, they can't focus for long because different types of technologies or social media apps, or bombarding people with quick messages and clips and trying to grab their attention as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, so many people today are feeling like
they are distracted, always distracted when reading the Quran. This applies to many other things but let's talk about the Quran. Last week we were exploring basically this topic of focusing when we when we're engaging with the speech of Allah subhanho wa Taala what are some advices? Or what's an advice you could share about how to overcome the mental distractions that for many people make it more difficult or very difficult to reflect deeply on the Quran? What can they do when they sit down to actually read the Quran in a very practical sense? My advice to people who want to do tap on the Quran, connect with the Quran on a personal level and give time to the Quran. give time to the
Quran. Like if you say that I want to do to that board, but I don't have time for the Quran. This is just like someone who says I want to die in such data, but they don't even pray. Right. So basically, you need to give it time just like anything in our lives. If you want your marriage to succeed, you have to give it time. If you want to learn a new language you have to give it time. You know what, there is this brother. His name is Nasir. He is Chinese but he's Muslim. He came to Jordan to learn the Arabic language and he came across this Jordanian lady her name is her de la I believe they have a video on YouTube that talks about their their life together and they got married
and because of his love for his wife had the Nasser learn the Arabic language now he speaks fluently mashallah because of his love for his wife. Now if you really love Allah subhanho wa Taala you have to give more time and more effort to learn the Quran, the Quran the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala and I always find a lot of motivation in the story of Nelson and headin you know, he was motivated by love. And I think we can do the same thing with the Quran even though it deserves more from us. But if you love the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala you will give it the time and the attention that it deserves. Read the Quran and as I said, the Quran is the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala the
Quran can transform your life in a positive way the Quran can solve all of your problems. You talk to ALLAH SubhanA without I spoke earlier, but she thought and I forgot to give an example. And this is a true story. I heard from one of the Shijo he's my friend, he lives in the UK. I have to tell you this story. I know. Solomon would like the story. So he says that he had a relative in Egypt many years ago, we're talking about the 1970s and his relative had an ear infection. So he went to the doctor, he checked him yes, you have an ear infection and he gave him tablets. And he says every six eight hours take one. One pill take one tablet and I want to see you after three days. However,
the patient didn't wait for three days. He came first thing in the morning and he said to the doctor, I took the first tablet I was in pain. I took the second
on tablets, I was crying. I took the third one I couldn't sleep at night and this is why I came. So the doctor said Subhanallah let me check you and he examined his ear and to his surprise, he found that the tablets stuffed inside his ear. So the medication was correct, but the way of applying or using it was not the right way. So I think once you understand whose speech the Quran is, why Allah Subhana Allah sent the Quran and your job in this world as to Allah subhanho wa Taala you live your life according to this book, and you have to connect with it. So once you understand this relationship and your duty towards the Quran, it will be easy for you to do to the book. If you
don't have time for the Quran. I'm sure you can make the time just like you make time for a lot of unnecessary activities in our lives. I'm sure you can find and make the time for the Quran insha Allah and Wallahi some of the Roma shares Imitate me, mache Neil coffee machine for those people they spend a lot a big portion of their life studying the Quran and reading the Quran basically did other things like fatwa on the side
a lot of things like see it on the side and before they died, they seem to agree you know based on the things that they said they said i i wish i dedicated more time to the Quran. I wish I gave all my life to the Quran. And these people were spent many years studying the Quran but they wish they spent they dedicated their whole lives studying the Quran and I think this is something that we can we can learn from inshallah.
Does that McKenna chef baclofen, your beautiful example and very funny story. I've never heard that before Subhan Allah
I, I like the emphasis by many academics and researchers, many psychologists who are trying to kind of raise the alarm. I know this seems like a like a side point a tangent here. For those who feel like they're they have no focus whatsoever, because of their own habits because of their own choices because of the apps that they use. Although the advice here is not just about the Quran, it's very general advice. A lot of the recommendations are for you to cut down on the things that prevent you from focusing more. So if you find yourself always distracted, you have like a million different apps 20 different apps, always notifying you notifying you or giving you notifications always
interrupting your work your studies your Quran session, then you need to decrease these things by choice. And it is a choice that you have to make, even if it's not an easy one. Because eventually these bad habits will cause us to take in a lot of what's called intellectual junk. And it's not beneficial. And it affects your relationship with a friend as much as as well will affect your relationship with focusing on other tasks in life. But you have a limited amount of time in this world, you have limited capacity in your day, you have unlimited capacity in your mind as well mentally, that you are taking in certain things that will affect you in different ways. So you want
to take in that which is beneficial while also trying to improve your daily relationship with the Quran. I know seems like a side point. But it is related because it's more of a lifestyle more of a habit that many people have today where they're taking in a lot of harmful things. And then they say, Well, I can't focus or they take in a lot of, for example, actually, a lot of people say they don't have time. And you realize when you do like one on one session with them or talk to them or you help them out, they actually spend even though these apps are 20/32 video, they actually spend two to three hours a day on some of these social media apps and other things and video games. And so
let's be honest with ourselves as well. If you want to connect with the Quran deeply, it's important to have a specific time a habit of a specific time rather than just waiting until you're free because you have to free up the time for the Quran because it's a priority. In other words, if you don't prioritize it, you're not going to get much out of it. And if you're looking for the healing and the blessings of the Quran, read the Quran in proportion to how much happiness you want. Engage with the Quran in proportion to how much she felt you want. Engage with tetherball in proportion to how much tranquility and peace you desire. The more you put in out of gratitude to Allah and
recognition of what the Quran is. And you cut off distractions you have your own time maybe your own space, you have a countdown timer and everything else is ignored at that time you flip your phone you put it away whatever it may be, focus on the Quran during that time, it's between you and Allah subhanaw taala. And of course, if you are a part of a family you want to we want to teach our children as well our families or communities, the importance of connecting to the Quran as a family to show them rather than just to tell them because many youth are telling us their parents told them due to the boy to learn tough see and read the translation of doctrinal stuff, blah, blah. But then
the parents themselves are not showing the children how it's done, and so encouraged
To the parents out there as well to engage with, to the board with your family as a family. And this is perhaps, you know, a beautiful blessing gathering for a family to have. And as you sit down, repetition is beneficial. If you don't understand, read the Tafseer read the translation as well. And remember this one of the traps of shape one, if you are very dedicated to doing your Quran every single day, and I pray that we are, then the next step is not for you to cut it off, but rather to be interrupted by a righteous deed something good, but it's of a lower priority than what you're doing right now. So one of the tricks of Shavon is actually after a certain point, to distract
someone from good with another type of good focus on what you need to get done prioritize it. And as one of the brothers said, when I was talking to him about making this, like really important in his life, he said, I realized from all the things that you said about timber, and a relationship with the Quran, the thing that helped me most was to think of the Quran not as a side task, or a side goal, or aside anything rather it is one of the main aspects of my life. When you make it a part of your life mission. The same way you have to eat in the same way more importantly, you have to pray your five prayers. So the Quran is like that. For me. When I started to think of it like that to the
board, it became easier for me, we ask Allah subhanaw taala to purify our hearts and to make us receptive to his speech. Aloma Amin, Dr. Mustapha desert, Mohit and for your time for your efforts as we wrap up the episode May Allah subhanaw taala accept from you and your family for all that you're doing.
If I may ask Dr. Mustafa is there a particular book or project or translation that you're working on right now or the team is working on now that we can look forward to inshallah in coming months Shala I've retired from the Imam job after working as an imam for 17 years so I can focus on the second half of the Quran for kids and I will also Inshallah, in the future be teaching they click on dictionary and will be soon releasing an app. Inshallah on the clear prawn dictionary in sha Allah with time. I want to try one one thing if you allow me a few seconds Inshallah, because I didn't give examples from like personal tab war on the Quran. Do we have time?
Yeah. So Subhanallah I said that till the MLK ama the Day of Judgment that Allah Matt would find gems in the Quran. Let me share two quick examples. Inshallah. Number one, when I was young, I used to think a lot about this idea in Surah Hood Surah 11 is 71.
One to Karima to fava, haga, Toba, Shanna hobbies help. So the wife of Abraham, Allison and Sarah were standing there she smiled. When the ancients were talking to when the angels were talking to him, but to him Allison and when she smiled, the angels give her the good news of the birth of a child whose name would be is hug. And I said what is the connection between her smiley and getting the news of a child by the name of his hug Subhanallah I came across a book that was written it was released in 1993 by an Egyptian scholar his name was Abdullah woof I will say he listed all the non Arabic names in the Quran like because Abraham is my is how all these names come from a non Arab
background. And now they are used in the Quran. So they have been terabytes. He proved in his book two volumes, that every single non Arabic name in the Quran has a meaning in its original language. And this meaning in the original language has been incorporated in the verse without you knowing you without you knowing the meaning every single name of them. I'll give you a couple of examples is Huck Minato kalima to further hecka chi smiled we gave her the news of the birth of a child whose name would be The smiling one because it's hot in Hebrew, like it's hot in Araby, smiling One, one minhwa is happier hoop and after is happier poop and Yaqoob in Hebrew also means the one who comes
back and behind Suleiman what has led to my Suleiman in the book is a Suleiman means the one who asked lemma teslim Aslam to masala Eman I submitted with the one who submits Musa in the ancient Egyptian language. Musa means Waleed little boy alumna Rebecca fina well either did we not raise you as a little boy? Figure out in the ancient Egyptian language of hieroglyphics it means the big tower poker ground yeah hi man nilly sir hang around means Sarhan and so on. So forth every single name. So this is a beautiful to double that all the meanings are given in the Quran without you knowing the meaning of Subhanallah the meaning is given based on the ancient language Hebrew, Aramaic,
ancient Egyptian and so on and so forth. One last point inshallah.
This is the person of the duck what I did a long time ago.
because I'm always interested in the stories that are mentioned in every single surah. So one of the challenging, you know, examples is Surah Yunus. So Subhanallah I noticed that the store of New Orleans and Musa Ali salaam Yunus, Ali Salam are mentioned in this Surah no other stories. And I used to ask myself, why are these three particular stories, then I realized that Subhanallah this surah focuses so much on water and rain, water and rain. There are about seven examples of
of rain and water being mentioned in this sort of legend nothing teslim in title and have a number method has dunya camera in and the Nauvoo minister met like the rain we send them to the sky, who will love us a unicorn Phil berry while back, he talks about the punishment of the wicked in Johanna that they will be drinking this boiling water. So water Water Day in water. And I realized that Subhanallah these three stories are probably the only stories in the Quran that end with water. The story of Noah ended with the flood. The story of Musa alayhis salam ended with the drowning of Pharaoh and the store of Eunice la Salam ended with Eunice Ali Salam being in the belly of the whale
in water. So there is a lots of Hala but you need to give it the time and you need to give it the attention that it deserves to come to these conclusions at hamdulillah sorry for taking so much time this is my passion. Does that McKenna Dr. Mustapha? No apologies. That's beautiful, beautiful reflection. We're always in need of more of these reflections. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to accept from all of us and to guide us and to elevate our ranks and to keep us connected to the Quran and to grant us beneficial knowledge like the knowledge that was discussed over the course of this episode. hamdulillah Zack Moffat and Dr. Mustapha, thank you for your time. May Allah subhanaw taala accept
from you and bless you and reward you for all of our brothers and sisters who are listening this podcast and Convo has come to an end. But we invite you to join us for the upcoming episodes in sha Allah Allah and we invite you as well to start your own habit if you have not yet already your own habit of connecting with the Quran on a daily basis. Start today and engage with it with a high level of tempo to contemplate, reflect on what you are reading. We will see you next time in sha Allah wa salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh