Wael Ibrahim – The Quran & Music – Light Upon Light – Leeds

Wael Ibrahim
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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, or RB shortly Saudi us silly Emory law Cadet Amelie Sani of how Kali super Hanukkah Lai Milena Ilana lantana in NACA and Talia Mahaki my brothers my Sisters in Islam may Allah subhanho wa Taala accept from one and all and may Allah subhanaw taala make every minute that you have spent and use be spending with us in sha Allah Allah in the scale of your good deeds. Amina brahminy. The topic that I have selected in Sharla for you tonight is the Quran and music.

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How many of you here by show of hands Inshallah, how many of you here are still listening to music? Raise up your hand honestly, inshallah Mufti mink is not around yet. Don't worry.

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All right, my Salam o Allah protect the soya. Now the reason why. The reason why I picked this topic, and I want to give you a context to it, is that I myself was a musician, before coming to the fold of Islam. And I used to play music professionally, I used to sing. I used to actually earn a lot of money through this channel. So I'm not here to tell you music is halal or haram, I'm not going to use the filthy perspectives and all this, I'm just going to share with you that personal part of my life with you, and then move on to comparison between the beauty of the Quran and whatever is music industry is offering us and then you, my brothers, my sisters in Islam, we'll be

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making your own decisions in shallow tile. So growing up in Egypt, I had no passion whatsoever in my entire life growing up, other than becoming musician, nothing else will make me happy. But listening, playing instruments and singing those musical songs. Nothing whatsoever. Even I used to fight with my parents in order for me to pursue that career. Fast forward, I moved to Hong Kong city, I got married to a Catholic lady. Now you may wonder why she why May the Catholic greedy I myself wasn't practicing Islam at the time.

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But in Hong Kong, I formed the band. And I pursued the same career music, singing, dancing and whatever else you can imagine in that industry, may Allah protect us all.

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And there was one singer

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in Hong Kong, who was known to be the biggest the Asian biggest superstar. His name was Leslie Cheung.

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And this man was so popular to a point that I wanted to achieve whatever he had achieved.

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I looked up to him, I tried to reach his production company, I tried to compete with him. Until one day, all of a sudden, he threw himself off one of the hotels in Hong Kong to death, he killed himself. He committed suicide. And that was a turning point, my brothers and sisters in Islam and you may ask yourself now, why someone like him? Who Allah Subhana Allah blessed with so much money, so much fame, good looking movies, people will come from all across Asia just to attend these concerts. Why would such a person in his own life in that fashion and that was the wake up call. During that very period, I had a singer friend who I was discussing with and he told me, you know,

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man, if I had the opportunity, I would quit music immediately and do something else to earn money. I know what we're doing is haram, but we don't know anything else. And as he was walking in his apartment, I was reflecting over what he was saying. He started reciting one of the ayat of the Quran, and I wanted to recite to you that I am my brothers and sisters because every time I recited up until this day, I recited it in I decided in the same tone that I heard it the first time from this friend. He said he decided the following I pulled

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Rahim tell them all Muhammad, those who have transgressed against themselves, those who have sin day and night, tell them Despair not from the Mercy of Allah Subhana Allah for Allah forgive all sins, minor or major. Why is that so because Allah's quality is mercy and forgiveness.

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This idea, my brothers and sisters in Islam in particular, had left an impact on me up until this day, this was the day that I decided that the Quran is the path to peace and security and not music. How many of us after listening to a new song, you will be excited about the melody you'll be excited about the lyrics, but after a few weeks, you're bored to listen to that song again. Not so with the Quran, my brothers and sisters. Not so with the Quran. So I'm gonna run to you run with you in sha Allah, Allah the points that are prepared for you a comparison between the beauty of the Quran and what the music industry is offering us and you decide whether what you're listening to is halal or

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haram. You be the judge. Sometimes we're allowing my brothers and sisters in Islam we do not need scholars to tell us what's halal and what's haram. You know it just like the brother who was arguing with me one day, telling me Don't tell me smoking is haram.

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He started the conversation like this. Do not tell me cigarettes or smoking is haram.

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So what do you want me to tell you?

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What do you want me to tell you brother? Because it's my crew.

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I see. Okay, if you don't consider it haram Can you lit a cigarette right now? Can you take a cigarette and lit it up? So you took the cigarette and I told him but before you let it you say Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim.

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So the brother looked at me like you can we can we do that brother? Why not? Man we were taught in Islam. Before we begin any action we say what

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shall that be brothers? Please insist this Bismillah Why don't you say Bismillah before smoking. And after you finish the Alhamdulillah

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who burned my lungs you know?

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Look at this. We don't need we will Allah sometimes there are actions. We do not need scholars to tell us we know deep inside we know it's wrong. It's haram. But just we can't find a way to get rid of it. May Allah protect us all.

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One of the things that

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I love so much about the Quran is the origin. The origin of the Quran.

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Whenever you read the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala is testifying that it is his word, Otter. Rockman I LOVE

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IT is Allah subhanho wa Taala the Most Merciful is the one who told the Quran that's the origin it's from high it's from your Creator, who knows what is good and what's bad for you.

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That's the Quran in an afternoon at Santa Rosa in

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Allah Hafiz own indeed it is us who have revealed that they kill the Quran and it is us who will guard it from any corruption.

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What's the origin of music my brothers and sisters in Stan. It's created by faulty human beings who are full of desires. And Islam. My brothers my sisters, is not based on what you think what you feel and what you believe. It is based on the knowledge revealed by Allah in the Quran and your level of submission to Allah subhanaw taala and his command that's why Allah and another I said, forget our Arabic Allah gala your minimum, no by your Lord, they are not considered fully believers had your hotkey Mooka female Shudra by now, until the make you Oh Muhammad, the ultimate judge

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about that which they have differed over

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and they should not find within themselves any shame to practice and to accept that judgment. Why use a limo to sleep

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and be sued submit to this judgment completely.

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Without any objection, that's Islam my brothers and sisters Stan and music does not offer that let's talk about some of the themes that are found in the Quran and music. And I'm having I have with me some samples for you in sha Allah.

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The Quran revolves around two concepts basically there are many other themes but these are the two main concepts that will hate the Oneness of Allah subhanaw taala and a bada which is your main purpose of why you are creative, while ma Jin Jinnah well insert in laelia Balloon I have not created gin nor mankind except to worship me to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned the Quran multiple times one of them in nanny Allah La ilaha IL NFR Bodine will actually miss Salah tell evictory It is I Allah there is no God worthy of worship except me. Therefore worship Me and establish the salah for my remembrance. This is the Quran, my brothers and

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sisters it is there to help you fulfill that purpose. Because without it in Allah he were in LA Rajang and that's why 17 times we are reminded at least why when we are praying our daily prayers during Surah Fatiha to say a Ghana boo ganas dying, you are alone your Allah we worship and You alone we ask for help.

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But music on the other hand, look at what themes in one of the sample that I brought for you here. And I'm not sure if you recognize any of these songs. But here we go. One of the songs that I came across, listen to the words very carefully. Let's go all the way tonight.

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in Lehi, we're in LA Hey, Ron, John, let's go all the way tonight. No regrets.

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Yeah, just love.

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So you sit together all night. I love you. I love you too. I love you three I love you for I love you forever and ever. That's all we're gonna do tonight. That's it.

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Just love and then they said I think the singer is a female. Say we can dance until we die.

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It's like I feel like somebody in the background say that be they're gonna die Allahu Akbar. You know, can you imagine the prophets Allah Allah Allah Azza wa sallam said what Mata Allah che invoice Ali, whosoever died upon any action will be resurrected upon the same action. Can you imagine you're dancing in LA? And then the Angel of Death comes? Look at this. Look at what we are listening to my brothers my Sisters in Islam, you and I will be young forever I don't know how after the die

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they will be young I don't know. So if you guys can can solve that riddle let me know inshallah. The benefits of the Quran let's talk about the benefit. Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned in multiple locations that the Quran is a healing is source of protection, alight a guidance throughout the Quran Allah subhanaw taala said in the huddle Quran, yeah, the Lottie here archiwum this court this Quran guides to that which is most appropriate. My Brothers and Sisters in Islam we wanted our brothers and sisters in the desert in full steam to be free.

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We wanted to bring a message along so back to the rightful owners how could we bring full steam back if we are drowned in those addictive behaviors of music and movies and sitcom and whatnot? Over the photography Allah Anwar bow when he received the keys of Jerusalem

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his legs were full of mud from the trouble of Obi that ninja rock came to him and told him 30 bishops or 33 bishops are waiting for you. Is this how you're going to you know, come and meet them. So over the top said the following and I hope and I pray that we will take this as a lesson in life be the light Allah He said, Ya Obeida all over the national Coleman as an Allah joven Islam. We are people who were dignified and honor through Islam through through this beautiful religion, thing and diagonalize that ability as a LAN Allah if we were to seek honor through any other means Allah will humiliate us.

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And then he said to him, that they respect us

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those bishops last year are waiting for us. They respect us not because of our clothes and garments and status, they respect us because of our values and principles because of Islam. So let us stick to Islam as much as possible to the best of our ability.

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But music What benefit do we get?

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I want anyone in the room inshallah to tell me what is the benefit of the following song. I believe I can fly

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he's so convinced. You see, I believe I can fly I believe I can touch the sky. This guy either a liar or a jinn

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only Jane can touch the sky according to the Quran.

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And then he's saying what I'm thinking about it every night and day. Like he left everything has no work nothing's thinking about how to fly. These are the songs that were listening to my brother I know that these quiet all these songs are quite old, but I hope that you're getting the gist of it. content wise the Quran Allah Allahu Akbar.

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A roadmap to success a roadmap to Janna

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the content of the Quran Allah subhanho wa Taala also it is a means of directing you to that which is right and prohibiting you from doing that which is haram which is illegal which is wrong, which is harmful to you.

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An example Allah subhanaw taala sin in the Quran. Yeah. Are you are levena Lemma tanto Luna then find rune Gabor amato 10 Nine the love here in Toronto no man falloon All you who believe.

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And here's an exercise for you my brothers and sisters them anytime you pass by a verse in the Quran that starts by Yeah. Are you a Latina man? Oh, all you who believe whatever comes after it. It is either a prohibition to stay away from or a command for you to follow.

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In the case of the ayah that they just recited, Allah is reminding us all you who believe why do you say that which you don't act upon? Why do you say something that you don't do? Indeed, it is one of the gravest sins to say something that you don't act upon.

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This is some of the content of the Quran warning against what is what is wrong, what is haram what is harmful, and always a direction to that which is beneficial that which will lead you inshallah to Allah to the ultimate success of Jana. But music in Allah he were in Isla he Rajon look at this song. I don't know where I found it. But it says only I think about him on the weekdays and weekends.

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I don't know if you recognize I don't know Allah. I didn't listen to it. I saw the lyrics.

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Only in the morning and the evening only. Yeah. Only when I wake up or sleeping only. And then the song goes on. And then the last part is my favorite. I'd go to * and back.

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I'd go to * and back if I could go there with you. And then at the end, what do I do? Well, you said you gotta go to *. So you're gonna go *? She said you're gonna go to * and back. I don't know how would she managed to do that go to * and come back Subhanallah I look at this. Look at the rubbish that sometimes we give our ears and hearts to and I want to see something and I want to make a statement. As I mentioned, I came from that background and I know how addictive music is. And songs. Wallah you my brothers and sisters and stuff. This is my own statement. And I'm sure if there are any musicians out there Muslim musicians out there can confirm what I'm saying. But I

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say that the only thing that can compete with the Quran with the words of ALLAH is music.

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The only thing that can take your heart away from the Quran, and Vic the vicar of Allah is music and songs.

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And I want people later after the lecture to meet me outside and confirm or deny this statement

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what Allah subhanaw taala is calling us in the Quran.

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The beauty of the message the beauty of the call of Allah subhanaw taala Yeah, you are Latina man who studied Ebola he was well your lawsuit or you who believe again another heir that starts with ya you are Latina man who Allah

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As addressing you and I, my brothers and sisters in Islam, respond,

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respond to the call of Allah and His messenger. Respond to that which will give you life. Allah subhanaw taala said, This is the true life. I had a mentor a shade of mine back in the days used to say, Are you are you living? Or are you alive? He used to give us that quiz sometimes during the classes are you living? Or are you alive? Some people will say we are living some people will say we're alive. And then he will call this I say every believer should be alive in this dunya and alive in the hereafter alive here by obeying Allah subhanaw taala and his commands even if it goes against your own will, that's that's life. That's true life, you're fulfilling the very purpose of why you

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came to this dunya

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but living there are many other creatures who are living with us. But Allah subhanaw taala elevated your status and gave you a brain to think and differentiate between variety of options, evil and good and so on. Lack of the Hala canal in Santa Fe us and he thought cwieme Allah created you in the best shape ever. So use that Otherwise Allah will bring you to judgment May Allah protect us all the honorable Alameen but what is the calling?

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When does these songs are calling our children to now this song I'm sure everybody knows it. I am not me but the song. I am a Barbie Girl

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in LA. I know some people will cut this video and make something

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I'm a Barbie Girl. In a Barbie world. Life is live is worth. Anyone remember?

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Life is a plastic Allahu Akbar. Look at this. It's fantastic. Yeah.

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The part that I hate the most. You can brush my hair. undress me everywhere. These are the words that sometimes we buy and gift our own children. Now they say brother but Barbie is a doll not anymore.

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If you're following the news, Barbie is no longer a doll right?

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Barbie now is a famous actress, real life actress.

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And when our children get these lyrics and the imagine how Barbie is going to look like in alila who are in Ilayaraja. And this is the invitation.

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And then we blame them later on when they can't stand reading the Quran because they are drowned with this addictive behavior to these imagery to cartoon and these songs. May Allah subhanaw taala grant us the right understanding.

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I want to end because the time is running out. I want to end with something else. Aside from the music because it's all related. The movies that we watched the TV series and sitcom that we watch.

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And I will never forget the impact of one specific movie on my own grandmother, may Allah Subhana Allah have mercy upon her soul. And forgive us all. I mean, me, but this movie was like that the girl in the movie, she planned to run away with her boyfriend in LA LA who are in La La Joan, I think in every culture, there is a movie like that. Wherever you come from, I'm talking about the Egyptian version. All right.

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And she decided to steal her father's car key from his room. And he was asleep. So she opened the door and you know the suspense sometimes the door would be like

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she entered she opened the cupboard. The father was disturbed a little bit. Like as if he got a little bit annoyed. And all of a sudden out of nowhere my granny sitting next to me she made that though.

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She's watching a movie for God's sake is unreal is not real. She made a thought ya.

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Ya Allah don't let the father wake up, please.

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Mike granny was praying for the Zener to happen in alila.

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In alila, one, how many of you guys have watched those movies of bank robbery? Hollywood banker? Raise your hand? Let me see your hands. MultiMix is not yet here. Don't worry. He's not going to judge you. How many? I mean, it hasn't been and keep your hands up. Okay. How many of you honestly, were hoping

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that those bank robbers will get away with the crime? Raise your hand Allah Look at this.

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The impact

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the impact of visuals, the impact of what we hear will impact our behavior sooner or later. May Allah protect us all Europe. I have 10 seconds and

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I wanted to do one thing inshallah. And if you could just shout back at me or whatever I say, Can you shout back at me? Can we agree on this? Can we agree? Allahu Akbar, Free Free Palestine.

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Free Free Palestine.

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Free Free Palestine.

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Just like my brothers, my sisters Islam please include our brothers and sisters and Reza and Faustin that may Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant them victory. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah have mercy upon the martyrs that may Allah subhanaw taala return and miserable answer to those who deserve it. I mean, I mean, I mean I pull up all the hard stuff for the law Hollywood icon as Salaam Alaikum Warahmatullahi over again

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