Stories from the Qur’an #01

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The speakers discuss the importance of learning from the examples of the Prophets and their impact on our lives. They stress the importance of learning from the examples of the Prophets and their impact on our lives, as it highlights the truthfulness and motivation of their story. They also emphasize the importance of learning from the examples of the Prophets and their ability to benefit our lives.

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Alhamdulillah he Hendon cathedra run by uban mobile rockin fi mill Assa T we're mill early. We're mill Masha, I'm in che embargo. All praise is for Allah in abundance, pure and blessed Praise, praise that fills the heavens and fills the earth and fills whatever else he wills after that,

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by the Grace of Allah and His Sophia today Alhamdulillah we begin a new series of stories from the Quran.

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The noble Quran is the book of Allah, which was revealed in the month of Ramadan and it has been sent for our guidance. Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran, that shahada Ramadan, a lady on Zillow V Hill Quran, who the only NAS the month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was revealed, and the Quran is guidance for all people. And this is the reason why we have begun the the series in order to gain guidance from the book of Allah.

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The book of Allah the Quran brings us out of darkness into light. It leads us on to the straight path, the straight path of slaughter, Aziz and Hamid of Allah be exalted, who is Almighty Who is praiseworthy. The Quran is a book that is filled with wisdom. Allah subhanaw taala calls it Al Quran Al Hakim, the book the Quran, that is wise. And this Quran is clear guidance for all those who seek that guidance. Allah subhanaw taala says in Hua Illa, the Quran were called Animal bean. This is not but a reminder and a clear Quran. And it is a reminder for all people, women who were in love the crow Lilla aalameen It is not but a reminder for all the world's

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since the Quran is an instruction for all people, it guides reminds and offers wisdom in a number of different ways.

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Sometimes, the Quran offers encouragement, through promises of reward, and the mention of paradise. Sometimes, the Quran offers warning through the threat of punishment, and the mention of hell. Sometimes the Quran asks us questions in order to awaken our minds and hearts. Sometimes, the verses of the Quran bring us conviction through their miraculous nature. Sometimes, the Quran gives us examples in order to make us reason in order to make us reflect and in order to learn different lessons.

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And we also see in the Quran that Allah subhanaw taala gives us admonition and instruction through the stories that he relates in them.

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Storytelling is an incredibly effective way of teaching lessons.

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It gives reminders. And through storytelling, you are able to transform people's hearts. Because stories make a deep impact on people's hearts. And the thing about stories is that everyone finds them interesting. Right? Young people find them interesting. Children find them interesting. Even older people find stories interesting men and women, everyone finds stories interesting. Even if these stories are made up, people still have an interest in listening to them. Imagine then, if there are stories that are true, that are completely factual, and stories that are related by Allah or Zoa. John, how much would there be in these stories for us to learn and how much we can enjoy

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them and how how much we can benefit from them. Allahu Akbar. Now Casa some Quran the stories of the Quran, which inshallah is the topic of the series. First of all, let's talk about what causes and Quran actually means the word puzzles, which is also pronounced as Piscis. Both are correct pronunciations are sauce and pieces. It is actually the plural of the word pizza and kissa means a story. And Linguistically the word pizza is from the verb. Assa, yakusoku, which means to follow after someone's track, to follow after someone's footsteps, ye in an effort to track them in an effort to find them. And you follow those footsteps. You follow that track, and you get closer to

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them by degrees. Right. As you follow each step, you get closer to the person whose footsteps you are going in whom you are trying to track, who whom you're trying to trace. Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran, we're called to the oak tree here to see the mother of Musa alayhis salam said to the sister of Musa Lisanna that see he could see he doesn't follow him. When she put moosari Salam in the box and put the box in the, in the river. She told his sister that follow him, meaning go in his track. He makes sure that he does not get lost, see where he goes. And you also go there. In the Quran, Allah Subhana Allah Allah mentions about mozarella his sin that foetida Allah 30 Hema

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Kasasa that they returned on their footsteps retracing them, so cosas Casa Casa means to follow someone's tracks in order to trace them down and in order to get closer to them by degrees. And in the Quran, the word Messiah cusu has been used in a number of different ways. For example, first of all, it is used to mean to narrate a story to relate a story. So Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran national nakasu rla cannibal a home Bill held that we relate to you their story in truth then the word Casa also also means to make mention of someone so for example or or something so for example,

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your Cobra Hassan told his son use of earliest salaam that led the Kosovo IACA or Allah aquatic do not relate your dream to your brother's meaning do not mention it to them, Do not inform them do not tell them. Then the word Paseo por su also means to clarify and explain in detail. So Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran that in a huddle Khurana, your co Sorella Bani Israel Isla Akhtar, a lady who feel telefoon that this Quran relates to the Bani Israel eel in a lot of detail explains to them much of what they used to differ in. So it gives explanation and clarification on account of which differences are result. And then Allah subhanaw taala also says about Musa alayhis salam that when

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he came to the man in Meridian Waqqas Zaarly, he will cause us he related to him in detail his entire story. So Casa Cousteau is to relate to make mention of something or to mention something to explain something in detail. And this is basically what's happening. When you're telling a story. You are narrating an event. You are mentioning different people, different incidents, some in more detail than others. So also means to relate it

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Use of news, or information, or dream, or an event of the past, or a story in its proper manner, I love what he he. And he it is to relate the story, the news, the dream, the event, how, in its proper manner, how it happened in in a sequence, one piece of information after another. So for example, when you're reading a story than what happens, you read it in parts, part one, part two, part three, there is a sequence, one event leads to another, you know, there's different episodes. Now, why are stories called costs in Arabic? Because in a story, what is the narrator doing the narrative takes you on a journey, right, step by step,

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as if you are following the main character, as if you are following each part of the story, until you reach the end, the final ending. So it is as though the storyteller is himself following the traces, right the track of the person he is narrating about, and he's also taking you on that journey.

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So this is the reason why stories are called bissa that you are able to follow along. As it says if you can see what's happening, you can imagine in your mind what's happening, and you are taken on a journey step by step. And you get to spend time with the One who is not only narrating the story, but also the one about whom the story is being narrative.

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Now what exactly are the colossal Quran, the stories of the Quran? The thing is that in the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala has related many stories. These stories are of past historical events. And they're also you know, stories that give us details of different past nations, different kings, even different cities. So the causes of Quran are stories which Allah has related in the Quran, through His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for us to take lesson from.

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The purpose of the stories of the Quran is not to record history,

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or to inform us of every piece of information that relates to a past event. No, if that was the objective, then the stories in the Quran will be very long, they will be very boring, and they would be really of no benefit. The objective of the stories in the Quran is to teach us a lesson. It is to give us a bra. And that is really the focus in all of the stories. Now the stories in the Quran, we see that they're not just of the prophets, they are of different individuals, and different communities. And we see that some stories in the Quran are longer than others, and some stories are in more detail than others.

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When we look at the different stories in the Quran, we see that they are basically of three kinds. All right. The first type of stories in the Quran are those which are of prophets and messengers.

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And these stories, Casasola Gambia are stories that give us insight into some incidents that occurred in the lives of the prophets, and what happened between them and those who believed in them and those who disbelieved in them.

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In the Quran, there are 27 prophets that have been mentioned by name.

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But the stories of every of every one of these prophets is actually not given in the Quran. All right, Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran will also learn Kottakkal sosna Houma la comm in Cabrillo we're also Lal lum Naxos, Homer Lake, that there are messengers about whom we have related to you meaning their stories. And there are other messengers about whom we have not related to you any any of their stories. This is mentioned two times in the Quran. In surah Taha fit Allah's Palatinus as well as oral cell now who Solomon kundalika Min Humann co sosna alayka woman Han malum Naxos or lake, that certainly we sent messengers before you and among these messengers are those

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about whom we have related to you their stories, and among them are those about whom we have not related to you their stories. So there are 27 prophets that are mentioned in the call

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On, but all of them end. But but but all of them are not mentioned in detail as in their stories are not mentioned in detail. There are some prophets whose stories are mentioned in great detail like for example, the story of use of Erna husana, right the life of use of early cinema has been mentioned in a lot of detail. The majority of the of the Surah Surah. Yusuf is dedicated to the story of use of early cinema. Likewise, we see the story of Musa Allison and different parts of his life. All right there are mentioned in different places in the Quran, the story of Adam alayhis. Salam also is mentioned in a lot of detail. But then there are other prophets like little Kiefel,

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right, only his name is mentioned. We don't know his story. So there are stories of the prophets that are mentioned in the Quran, some in more detail than others. And some, some of these stories are longer than others. The second type of stories that are mentioned in the Quran are stories of other people, meaning people other than the prophets. And these are stories of individuals and communities,

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which Allah subhanaw taala has mentioned for us. Why in order to teach us important lessons. So for example, the story of Madame Ernie Hassan was mentioned in a lot of detail in the Quran more than once, why? So that we can learn from her example. Likewise, the story of Look, man, some of his his sayings are mentioned in the Quran. Then there's also the story of the man who passed by a town that was in ruins, and Allah caused him to die and then resurrected him and showed that men his donkey come back to life before his eyes. Right? Why has that story been mentioned in the Quran? In order for us to take lesson from the Incarnation, his story is mentioned in the Quran. Why for us to take

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lesson from the story of us hobbled curve, the people of the cave who went and took shelter in the cave, and they ended up sleeping there last pantherella caused them to sleep over there for a very long time. Right? Again, there's lesson for us in their story, the story of us horrible dude, the people who believed and were persecuted by their king, and trenches were dug filled with fire, and they were thrown in those trenches. So in that story is also a lesson for us. And among these stories are not just stories of the righteous, but also stories of the non righteous of those who disbelieved of those who were arrogant, those who follow the follow the footsteps of shaitan, like

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the story of PowToon, and the story of the people of the elephant. So these are the second type of stories in the Quran, stories of other people, of different individuals and communities of people other than the prophets, and other than the people to whom the prophets were directly sent to. And in these stories, again, is a lesson for us. The third type of stories are actually stories of Revelation, meaning these are stories of the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when the Quran was being revealed, so, as these incidents occurred in the lifetime of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam Allah subhanaw taala revealed verses regarding those incidents in order to teach us

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important lessons. So for example, in the Quran, details regarding the Battle of better are mentioned the Battle of oho are mentioned the Battle of a hijab, the Battle of of Bani Cordova been in the lead any different battles that the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam participated in any their details are mentioned in the Quran. Why? In order for us to learn lesson from likewise the incident of if the slander against eyeshadow de la horn her the marriage and divorce of Zaid Radi Allahu Anhu the incident insert the Hareem between the wives of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the mudra de la the woman who came and disputed with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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demanding her rights. So, these stories are are also mentioned in the Quran stories of revelation and among these are also incidents referring to the non righteous such as a Bula herb or details regarding the hypocrites. So these are basically the three kinds of assassin Quran. In this series inshallah we'll be focusing on the first kind of Castle Quran which are the stories of the prophets of Allah

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Now also Quran are incredibly important. Any typically when you think about studying the Quran people think about you know, studying about what is halal, what is haram? What are the laws that are given in the Quran? What does Allah subhanaw taala say regarding, you know, concepts which are very important to us, right themes which are very important to us. That is what we want to focus on.

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When it comes to studying stories in the Quran, people might think that this is something frivolous or something that is not that beneficial any why focus on stories, and this is a very wrong way to think about the stories of the Quran. Because the stories in the Quran are not like stories which are related by people, that they are completely different. First of all, we see that Allah azza wa jal says that he is the one who relates stories to us in surah Taha, Allah subhanaw taala tells us that Cadair Lika, now, also Aleykum in umber, II Murcott Subak. That does, do we relate to you of the news of what occurred before.

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And He, Allah subhanaw taala himself is the one who is narrating who is relating these stories to us. And when Allah subhanaw taala describes storytelling as his action, as his farewell nakasu alayka in it, this is something that Allah does storytelling than this is no insignificant thing. Storytelling is part of Revelation. And Allah Himself narrates these stories to us. And when Allah Himself narrates these stories to us, what does that mean? That means that first of all, these stories are completely factual, they're reliable, we can 100% believe them, because there is no fiction here. There is no error here. Right? There's no made up detail over here. In fact, the

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stories which Allah subhanaw taala relates in the Quran, actually inform us of the matters of the unseen, which is the past, the past is hidden from us, we do not have a time machine, we cannot go back into the past and verify whether something happened or not whether someone existed or not, we don't have that ability. So how do we know information of the past? We know it through Revelation, we know it through the stories of the past that Allah subhanaw taala has informed us off, as related to us off. And this is, this is necessary to know, right?

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Because the stories in the Quran, tell us about human history. Right, they tell us about actual historical facts. And other sources of history are not necessarily reliable. If you learn historical facts from let's say,

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you know, what, what people have collected of their knowledge, based on their observation or based on what they have learned from from one another. And he, of course, there could be a lot of errors. Right? If it's human records, what people have recorded, again, there could be many errors, right? Secondly, since these stories are related by Allah, not only are they factual, they are also very interesting and actually enjoyable. You see, when you study history, or when you read, you know about past events, at times, they're filled with details that become very dry, and very boring, and sometimes actually very burdensome. Right? A lot of people do not enjoy studying history, because

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studying history means what? Learning about different dates, and learning about different people, different nations, different empires, etc, different wars. And all of those details become very boring, right? They become very burdensome, because you don't necessarily apply all of that information. We see, for example, in the Bible, there are many stories, many, many stories that have been related. But they mentioned too many names of individuals, too many names of cities in too many numbers of years of people, their ages, the number of things etc. And the stories in the Bible are also very, very lengthy, because they have been recorded by people. And then all that detail. You

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missed the main point, it's difficult to even find a theme.

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So when Allah subhanaw taala himself relates stories to us. What does that mean? That means that these stories will be

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100% factual, these stories will be very interesting, the stories will actually be enjoyable. And the stories will be such that we can relate to them, we can understand them, we can learn from them.

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Then we see that Allah subhanaw taala also tells his messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to relate these stories to us, Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran furcal Susil Kasasa La La homeopathic karoun So relate the stories in order that people may reflect. So there is immense benefit in relating stories, la Lomita, for karoun, so that people reflect. The thing is, that when we reflect, we are able to use our God given gift of this intellect, right that we have, with which Allah subhanaw taala has favored us over the rest of the creatures over many, many creatures. When we reflect we are able to not only use this gift that Allah has given us, but we're able to understand

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so many things we're able to feel we're able to internalize things that we otherwise could not. Allah Subhana Allah mentions in the Quran, the people who

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who are all Al Bab, people who have deep understanding, and they are people who remember Allah Allah Medina your Quran, Allah pm and welcome rude Anwar Allah, you know, be him. There who there are people who remember Allah while standing while sitting while laying down. And there are also people who reflect, where the fact Karuna if you help us somehow what you will, they reflect on the creation of the skies and the earth.

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So, we learned that the people who reflect and the people who remember Allah are actually people of deep understanding.

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So we should have the habit of vicar and also off the *er. We should have the habit of remembering Allah and also of reflecting upon the signs in the creation upon the verses of the Quran and also upon the stories that Allah subhanaw taala has related in the Quran. And many people neglect the *er. The four chord is actually an arriba it is actually an act of worship when you reflect on on the creation when you reflect on the verses of the Quran. When you reflect on the stories that Allah subhanaw taala has related in the Quran, you are actually engaged in an act of worship. Worship is not just something that you do with your limbs. Worship is also something that

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you do with your heart with your thoughts with your mind. And sometimes, the action of the heart of the mind is more beneficial than the action of the limbs alone. A Buddha that said that the * guru Sarah Heilmann PME, Leila, that reflecting for an hour can be better than standing in prayer all night long. You need the faith, the conviction, the increase in faith, that reflection will bring you sometimes praying and praying all night will not bring you that level of faith and conviction.

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So it doesn't mean that praying in the night is not important. No, it is important. What he's telling us is that the *er reflection is also very, very important. And people who do not reflect on the stories that Allah's Pantheon is related in the Quran or on the verses of the Quran, on the creation of Allah, they are falling in heedlessness, this is LeFleur. This is which is actually very detrimental because Allah subhanaw taala says long colobus lie of Kahuna BIA, they have hearts by which they do not understand. So if a person does not reason does not pay attention does not reflect they're not using their heart. And it is the characteristic of the believers that they reflect Allah

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Subhana Allah says in Surah Furqan regarding the believers that will Lavina etha Dookie will be if you're a beam, let me actually have some men who are omiana that there are those who when they are reminded of the verses of their Lord, they do not fall deaf and blind. No, they listen, they pay attention, they think they consider they remember they reflect.

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So the reason why we are studying the stories of the Quran is not just to increase in our information of you know what happened with the prophets or just to pass our time or just to, you know, find some good Hallel entertainment. No, that is not the purpose over here. The purpose over here is to reflect upon the stories in order to learn a lesson from them

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And in order to worship Allah subhanaw taala by using our hearts

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in our own set, that reflection removes heedlessness. Reflection produces the fear of Allah in the heart, just as water irrigates land and prepares it for growing something

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before you grow before you sell something in the ground, or when you do so something in the ground, you must water the ground in order to soften it. Right. Once the ground is softened, and then you saw the seed in it, then again you give water, then something will grow. And just like that reflection softens the heart. It prepares the heart for growth.

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When you reflect on the verses of the Quran, when you reflect on the stories that Allah subhanaw taala has related in the Quran, you will find yourself stronger in your Eman. You will find in yourself, the softness of heart to worship Allah to turn to Allah, you will find in yourself the motivation to make Daraa you will find in your heart, the ability to break down before Allah and to seek forgiveness from Allah, you will find in your heart a willingness to put your faith you have to put your trust in Allah.

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So the stories in the Quran, they're not just for the purpose of information or for entertainment. No, they are for the purpose of reflection. They are for the purpose of softening our hearts preparing our hearts for ibadah.

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Even our own set contemplation enlightened the heart like nothing else does.

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The thing is that there are many things that we come across, right that we read, For example, we hear and we don't understand them right away, or we don't understand them easily. So what is needed at that time is reflection. You know, for example, when you read the stories in the Quran, sometimes you find yourself wondering, well, why did so and so say this? And then what happened to so and so. Right? You find yourself wondering, when you find yourself wondering, this is the time to reflect. And this is the time when you ask Allah subhanaw taala to give you the ability to reflect deeper so you can get to the core of the matter. You can get to the main crux you can you can remember and you

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can understand what is being said, Make dua for yourself that Oh Allah, give me the ability to understand this verse. Give me the ability to understand this concept.

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You know, when?

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When even Taymiyah when he had difficulty understanding something, especially in the Quran, he would busy himself in their art. He would busy himself in vicar. Instead of studying more and discussing more. He would actually busy himself in draw he would say oh teacher of Ibrahim teach me Yeah, more Ultima Ibrahima Alemany. We are morpher Hema, Sulaymaniyah for him knee, or one who gave understanding Philemon Give me understanding as well.

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Because when Allah subhanaw taala teaches you something, when he gives you the ability to understand to grasp something, then you truly understand it. And no person and no book can do that for you. Sometimes what we do is that when we're struggling with something, we think the solution isn't working harder. Yes, you have to work harder, but work alone. study alone. Research alone, cannot get you to your destination cannot bring you the solutions that you're seeking. Because books do not contain everything. You cannot find answers to everything in what people have written. Google and chat GBT cannot answer every question of yours. No, it is Allah who gives knowledge it is Allah who

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gives understanding. So we should ask Allah subhanaw taala to increase us in our ability to reflect

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and Allah subhanaw taala has related the stories in the Quran. Why? So that we reflect

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and when we reflect when we're able to understand

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then we are able to apply the concepts that are being taught, then we are able to remember them and retain them. So we see that in the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala himself relate stories. And he also tells his messenger sallallahu alayhi salam to relate stories.

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And we see in the Quran that the prophets before also related story

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Is to their people in order to give them warning in order to motivate them in order to encourage them. So for example, Allah Subhana Allah mentions regarding sharib Earlier he said that he said to his people, that we are Comilla drymen Nakayoshi coffee and you see becometh Luma Asaba co Menuhin Okoma, who then Oh co masala Welcome Hello to min Combi buried him, he mentioned to them, he reminded them of the past nations and their stories, why in order to encourage them to believe to take his message seriously.

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Now, the stories of the Quran

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they are for the purpose of teaching us lesson, right for the purpose of making us reflect and learn and remember important lessons and apply them in our lives. Right and all of this effort is actually an ibadah. Now, one thing we should understand is that the stories in the Quran are not like stories that are related by people. Okay, they are unlike any other story. Okay, and they have some unique characteristics. First of all, we see that the stories in the Quran are actually the best stories. Why because they are related in the best way. So introduce of Allah subhanaw taala mentions that na na na casa Laker Arsenal Casa de Bhima. Ohana Ilica huddle Quran

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that we relate to you the best of stories,

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the only the best storytelling, accidental puzzles, doesn't mean that the story is the best. What it means is that the manner in which the story has been related is the best, the manner of storytelling is the best. So how is it that the stories in the Quran are best? Yes, in terms of their content, because they're factual, but also in terms of their style, in terms of the way that they have been related,

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they are the best because, first of all, like I mentioned, they are factual. Right, and what is true has a very different impact. Because Allah subhanaw taala is the one who has related these stories, they are factual, and as a result of that have a very different impact on our hearts. You know, sometimes you learn about a story, and it's so beautiful, it's so heart and heart moving, you know, heartwarming, and then you find out that it's actually not true, it's fictional. When you find out that it was fictional, I mean, it is disappointing, at the end of the day, you wish that the story was real, you do wish that that story was true. And when you find a story that is enjoyable, that is

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really good, you know, it really affects you, you really like it, and you also find out that it's actually true, it has a very different impact on your heart,

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then we see that the stories in the Quran are,

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are are the best because Allah subhanaw taala has related them in the Arabic language, which is the best of all languages most powerful, and also very moving.

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And Arabic is a very rich language, the way that Arabic words can be strung together, can, you know you can convey an ocean of meaning in very few words.

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And, and those words, the way that they're strung together, he, they have a very profound effect, just, you know, by listening to them, you know, the wording itself can be so moving. The wording itself can have a very profound effect on your heart.

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And then we see that the stories in the Quran are any free of any, any unnecessary details. And he even if some, some of the stories are longer compared to others, they're not lengthy. They may be longer but they're not lengthy. He they're not such that you begin a story and you're wondering when is it going to end? No, because there are no unnecessary details. They are long, yet precise to the point. And then we see that the stories in the Quran are not just nice stories. Rather, they are beneficial stories. They are relatable. And, you know, every detail that Allah subhanaw taala gives in these stories serves a purpose. So when we learn these stories in the Quran, and when we reflect

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on them in sha Allah, I hope that you will

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Find this entire process very, very beneficial, because this entire process is supposed to be entirely beneficial. There is no waste of time here, there is only benefit here.

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By learning these stories inshallah we will learn to reflect, we will gain guidance from them, we will gain instruction and good advice. Learning them will bring a light into our lives, and inshallah our lives will improve. Because as people we find it easiest to relate with other people. Right? It's so easy to learn lessons from stories, you're able to learn and change easily. And there's so many lessons to take.

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Now let's talk a little bit about the objective. The purpose of the stories in the Quran. Why does Allah subhanaw taala tell us different stories in the Quran? First of all, Allah subhanaw taala tells us different stories, ye in order to teach us lessons in order to give us important instruction. As Allah Subhana Allah says in Surah Yusuf is 111 that Lakota can feel Kasasa him or Broto li lil Al Bab. There is certainly in their stories a lesson for those of understanding. Maracana Hadith in Utah. The Quran is not a narration that is invented that is fabricated. No one can test the color the binary a day, what obscene a cliche, wha hoo, don't worry, mata likoma You

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mean own. Rather, the Quran is a confirmation of what was before it, and a detailed explanation of all things. And the Quran is guidance and mercy for people who believe. So these stories don't just teach us lessons, many that we can understand we can comprehend, cognitively. No, these stories are also a healing for us. They are a guidance and mercy. For people who believe these stories can be transformational.

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Then we see that the Stories of the Prophets

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especially bring firmness and strength to the heart.

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Because when you read about the stories, when you learn about the stories of the prophets and how they struggled, you know that you are not the first one to struggle. You are not the first and the only one to face hardship in life. And this was especially important for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, because through the stories in the Quran, he learned that the prophets before him, also faced hardship.

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And when he learned when Allah subhanaw taala told him about different prophets and the hardships that they faced, as a result of that, the heart of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam became firm. And when he became firm and steadfast, when he had courage, then the believers with him also became firm and steadfast. They too had courage.

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Think about it, if a leader is strong

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and courageous, then what happens the people around that leader, right, they also become courageous. But if the leader becomes weak, and begins to cry, and begins to,

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you know, show begins to panic, then of course the people around him will also will will actually become even more weak. Right? So the Stories of the Prophets that are mentioned in the Quran, they bring firmness and strength and steadfastness to the heart, Allah Subhana Allah says in surah told I 120 that will coulomb nakasu rla come in amber, it Rosalie man with a b2b full adder. And each story we relate to you from the news of the messengers is that by which we make firm your heart, Allahu Akbar, why is it that we have related the stories of the of the messengers to you in order to make your heart firm, and their has come to you in this the truth and an instruction and a reminder for

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the believers.

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Second, thirdly, another reason why stories are mentioned in the Quran.

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Is because stories in the Quran offer us encouragement and motivation.

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They give us the encouragement and motivation to remain firm on our faith, and to increase in our faith, to increase in our righteous actions to strive in the way of Allah. Because the stories in the Quran basically prove to us that

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people before us believed in Allah. They put their faith in Allah. And Allah subhanaw taala was underside Allah subhanaw taala helped them. Allah subhanaw taala granted them success. Allah subhanaw taala rescued them. So for example, the story of Yunus early his center, Allah subhanaw taala tells us that faster Jebin Allahu wa Jai now Homina l'homme waka Valley Cannondale meaning we responded to him, and we rescued him, and thus do We rescue the believers.

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So when you learn the story of Yunus or to his sunnah, it brings you encouragement and motivation, that just as Allah rescued him, he can also rescue you. Just as Allah subhanaw taala helped his prophets, Allah subhanaw taala will also help you what kind of help can Elena and Hassan what meaning

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they bring you encouragement and motivation, that Allah will help you he will not abandon you.

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Then another reason is another benefit is that the stories of the Quran give us the conviction that the Truth always wins. And this is a very important thing. You see, when when you see for example, the state of the Muslims, right in different parts of the world. And you wonder, why are Muslims struggling so much? Right? And a basic any a very simplistic explanation could be or or simplistic reasoning could be that, oh, perhaps Muslims are not upon the truth. Right? And many people think like that, that if if people are successful in this life, then they must be doing something right. And if people are struggling in this life, they must be doing something wrong. They're not on the

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truth. And this is a very simplistic, very superficial way of looking at the world. When you read the stories in the Quran, what do you see? You see that? Yes, the believers before also struggled. They endured great hardship

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for a very, very long time. But what happened eventually, the truth, one, as Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran in Neverland, unsolo Rosalina, well, leadin Amanu, Phil higher to dunya. Well, we are all assured that we will, indeed surely help our messengers, and those who believe in worldly life, and also on the day that the witnesses will stand meaning on the Day of Judgment. So when you read the stories in the Quran, the story of Musa alayhis salam, for example, you develop the conviction that the Truth always wins. And it's very important to have that conviction, because then you will stick to the truth, no matter how hard it is.

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Then another benefit is another reason why stories are given in the Quran, is because stories also show us the favours that Allah subhanaw taala has bestowed on his righteous slaves. He stories for example of the prophets are not just stories of struggle, of patience. No, there are also stories of Prophets, for example, who were blessed by Allah, who, at whom Allah subhanaw taala bestow different favors on at different times of their lives. So for example, you learn about today Manna and his sunnah. And you're amazed by how much Allah favored him with how much Allah gave him. And he, he was smart, he was intelligent. He was a very good judge Subhanallah he was wealthy, he had so much

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power, he had so much knowledge, he knew so many languages, he was able to communicate with the birds even he was able to understand what the ant communicated Subhan Allah.

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So, when you learn the Stories of the Prophets, you realize how vast Allah subhanaw taala his treasures are

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and how huge his favorites are, and how much Allah subhanaw taala bestows on his slaves.

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You see, how are you burning his salon? Yes, he suffered for a very long time. But Allah subhanaw taala healed him and ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. blessed him with more family and more wealth than he had before his illness.

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You learn about Madame, how Allah subhanaw taala gave her sustenance that even the courier alayhi salam wondered he asked her where do you get this from? He would be shocked he will be surprised. You learn about the courier lesson on how in his old age he prayed and Allah subhanaw taala gave him a child. Allahu Akbar. So when you read the stories in the Quran, they fill you with hope. They they build in you a

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Are the conviction the realization that Allah's treasures are vast His favours are huge. So then you are more willing to call upon Allah, you are more hopeful in in the favors of Allah

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then we see that the stories of the Quran also serve as a warning. And this is very important because sometimes we need hope in our lives. And there are other times when we actually need to fix ourselves. So we need some kind of warning. So when we read the stories in the Quran, and we see how, for example, God Woon when he was so arrogant, and Allah subhanaw taala caused the earth to swallow karoun and swallow all of the wealth of Barun. Honey, this humble to you. The story serves as a warning

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that the stories of the Quran also remind us of Allah subhanaw taala is justice. We see a las pantallas justice, right? How for example, in the story of use of La Silla, the brothers of use of Ernie salaam committed injustice against him, right. But Allah subhanaw taala is just and he brought the brothers of use of our listener to a point where they were weak, and they admitted their mistake. And they apologized. They asked Allah subhanaw taala for forgiveness.

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Right? We see for example, how fit our own was such a tyrant and how Allah subhanaw taala established His justice, and and and gave it our own what for our own deserved.

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You need just the beginning of that, even in the world, anyhow, Allah subhanaw taala destroyed his entire

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you know, the kingdom of Iran. Right? Then we see that the stories of the Quran also prove the truthfulness of the Quran.

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And they also prove the truthfulness of the prophethood of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was not there. When, you know, when, when, when the incident of Madame happened when her mother brought her and the people began casting lots in order to decide who would be the caretaker who who would be the guardian of Madame Allah's pantheon. I mentioned that in the Quran.

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That Womack Quintella de him, Idiocracy, Moon, you were not present with them when they were disputing among themselves about the story of Musa Musa alayhis salam Allah subhanaw taala says they'll come in under Elohim

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any other the story of Musa al Islam Allah subhanaw taala says that you were not the resident of the people of Medina and right, well, my Quinta 1000 feet, early meridian, any you were not there to witness this this incident?

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So, how do you know are these incidents in so much detail? And how can you relate them in so much detail because it has been revealed to you because this Quran is truly the word of Allah.

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Then we see that the stories of the Quran also teach us the fact they they they remind us and they strengthen in us the conviction that Allah is one all right, there is only one God, there is only one religion, there is only one OMA from the beginning. When you learn the story of Noah, he said and the first messenger right, you see that he called people to Allah, one and only true God. Right? He taught that same one religion, which was brought, which was taught by the prophets after him, the messengers after him.

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And then we see that the stories of the Quran also teach us important historical facts, that remove doubts and fill in fill the gaps in our collective knowledge. He, there are many things of human history that people just from their records, and just from their observation, and just from their research cannot know, right? There are still many gaps. And these gaps oftentimes are filled by what by the details that are given in the Quran.

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So why should we learn the Stories of the Prophets? Why? Because when we learn the Stories of the Prophets, first of all, we learn about those individuals whom Allah subhanaw taala chose. Imagine, out of all people, all the people on the surface of the earth, Allah subhanaw taala chose know Allah has set out to be his messenger. Right? Out of all the creatures that Allah subhanaw taala has created Allah subhanaw taala chose

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that Adam should be the Khalifa on the earth. Right? So who are these individuals who Allah subhanaw taala chose? Do we not read about successful people? Do we not read about, you know, the lives of famous people? Write people who have wealth, people who have royalty, people who have, you know, different different types of things in their lives by which we measure success. Why do we read about them? Why do we learn about them? Because we want to know, what is special about them? What What have they done? What did they do, so that we can also apply that in our lives in order to find similar success?

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So, the prophets of Allah are the best of humanity. They're the ones chosen by Allah. When we study their stories when we reflect upon their stories, how much can we learn from them, that will not only benefit us in this life, but will benefit us for eternity? Allah Subhana Allah says about his messengers that were in a home or in dinner laminal Mustafa in Korea, that indeed they are to us, among the chosen an outstanding

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and he they are outstanding, they are the best of humanity.

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Allah will your Sufi middle Mala Cthulhu Sulan Wamena NAS Allah is the one who chooses messengers from among the angels and also from people. So these are people whom ALLAH chose.

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When we learn the Stories of the Prophets, we also learn about Alladhina and Antara lay him about the people who Allah subhanaw taala bestowed His favor on

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think about it in every salah. We recite total Fatiha and we make dua, we ask Allah Athina Serato musta came guide us to the straight path, what is the straight path? It is slit Alton leadin a neuron 30 him, it is the path of those on whom you bestowed favor.

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So who are these people who are granted success by Allah, who Allah subhanaw taala bestowed His favor upon they are first and foremost the prophets of Allah.

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And when we learn their stories, we find a practical example in their lives that we can apply. Because the thing is that we cannot be what we cannot see.

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As human beings we learn by example, we learn by observation. Now, yes, we are not in the company of the prophets right now. But Allah subhanaw taala has given us glimpses of that. Allah subhanaw taala has blessed us with the company of the prophets, by telling us about their stories. So when we read their stories, we reflect upon them it is as if we can see them it is as if we we are with them, we can learn from their example, we can learn by by the things they said by how they responded in different situations.

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Another reason why we should study we should reflect on the Stories of the Prophets is because we have actually been commanded to follow the prophets. Right? And if we do not know their stories, if we do not if we do not know the details of their lives, then how how exactly are we supposed to follow them, if we don't even know them? If we don't even know about what they did in different situations. Allah subhanaw taala tells us about his prophets, that Furby who there who Mahkota day that those are the ones whom Allah has guided. So from their guidance, take an example.

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Meaning, follow their example, follow their footsteps do what they did.

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And at the end of the day, the Stories of the Prophets any, we should all reflect on them, no matter who we are, no matter how our lives are, no matter how our you know how much we know, or we don't know, no matter how happy we are, or, or we're not with our lives, and no matter what our circumstances are. Each one of us deserves to reflect on the Stories of the Prophets, because in these stories are great benefits for for us. One of the scholars said that in these stories, there is a great lesson to take.

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You need the Stories of the Prophets and the believers before us. There is a great lesson in the stories for us to take. And that lesson is that the believers

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You will most certainly be tested.

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This is the main lesson that the believers will most certainly be tested. And the fact is that no matter who you are, no matter how your life is, you are going to be tested in different ways. tests don't only come in the form of hardship, they also come in the form of wealth, they also come in the form of health.

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So this is the main lesson that the believers will most certainly be tested. And when they are tested, they should not despair. Because they should know that those better than them were also tested. And they ultimately had a good end.

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And if you think about it, the prophets where they tested absolutely every single story that is mentioned in the Quran, of any prophet, you see in that story, how that prophet was tested with something, something of fear, something of, you know, pain, something of hardship, of, you know, opposition from their people, hurtful words, or wealth, power. Every single story shows us that prophets of Allah were tested. But ultimately, the prophets had a good end.

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So when we reflect on the stories, what do we learn, that we too will be tested? And in our tests, we should not despair? So the one who is in doubt, should develop conviction, the one who is in sin should repent, the one who believes should grow strong in faith. And by doing this, you are following the way of the prophets Subhan Allah, Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran

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Allah Iike Lavina Anam Allahu Allah you him manana be Yean Mindu RIA T Adam women harmala Amara no woman the reality Ibrahim was so ill woman man her day now why did the Vayner Allahu Akbar those are the ones upon who Allah bestowed favor from among the prophets. Honey bees are people whom Allah subhanaw taala bestowed Favre on, and they are of the descendants of Adam, they're children of Adam, they're human beings just like you.

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So when you see that the prophets of Allah were tested,

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and they are the chosen ones, and they're the ones who ultimately had a good end, then you have an excellent example to follow.

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And this is why we see that the stories of the, of the Quran, the stories of the prophets in the Quran, and not just the Stories of the Prophets, but in general the stories that are in the Quran are off are different kinds, right, different themes. So you have stories of the wealthy, and the grateful King Prophet saw a man early his salaam you have the story of a just king, little Canadian. You have the story of, of beautiful patients of Dr. Coburn his center, you have the story of the patience of a YouTube early his sternum Subhanallah you have the story of use of an s&m ne where he was tested over and over again and he remained chaste.

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Then we see that

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the stories in the Quran are related in different ways. Some stories are mentioned only once. And there are other stories in the Quran which are mentioned more than once they have been repeated. But this repetition is not mere repetition. Now there is reason behind that. Repetition of stories means that in one place in the Quran, a story is given in more detail in another place in the Quran. That same story is given in lesser detail. Right it's it's it's mentioned in a brief way, okay? Sometimes there's repetition of stories, because you see that in one place the story is mentioned in very strong and powerful way. Okay, any something and the style of that story is that it fills you with

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fear. It fills you with you know it gives warning.

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And then you see another time another place where that same story is mentioned but it is mentioned in a very soft way as if it is a balm to your heart, and it's so calming, it is so refreshing. It is so healing.

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So the repetition

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Session is not just repetition of content, no, it is repetition, but there is difference in style, in length, and also in style. Sometimes certain details are given in one place. And then in another place where that same story as mentioned, other details have been given. Like for example, the story of Ibrahim Al Islam has mentioned different places in the Quran. But in each passage where his story is mentioned, different details are given.

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Right, and different lessons are taught the story of Musa alayhis salam is mentioned in many parts of the Quran. And again, in each passage that talks about the story of Musa Aeneas and um different details are given the style is different. So it has a different impact on your heart. Right.

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So, what is the summary then? What is the main lesson then from today's session, we see that Allah subhanaw taala has revealed the Quran in order to guide us in order to give us important instruction in order to give us different lessons that we need. In the Quran. Allah subhanaw taala has mentioned stories of his prophets and stories of past nations stories of different people in different communities. Why so that we learn from them. And all of the details that Allah subhanaw taala has given in the Quran, are filled with truth, and they are excellent in their manner, and they are beneficial in their effect. And the stories offer us encouragement and warning and lessons that we

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can take. And I ask Allah subhanaw taala to enable us to reflect deeply on these stories, to learn important lessons for our lives, in order to strengthen our faith, strengthen our heart, in order to make us better worshipers and better human beings. I mean, Inshallah, we'll see you tomorrow, and we will begin the story of Adam Alayhis Salam, Baraka lofi calm Subhanak Allah humo behenic A shadow a La ilaha illa Anta Astell Furukawa to booty Lake wa salaam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh