10 Day Quran Challenge #08
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Hello everyone, welcome once again to day number eight of the 10 day grand challenge within them with Sam Sharif, this has been 10 days of interactive lessons on the recitation of the Quran with our first class instructor of the grand Imam was Sam Sharif, who is the leader and the founder of revolution. We've been going through key principles of re citation getting a deeper understanding of our favorite service and we've hopefully been utilizing those tools as well to take our salon game to the next level in this lesson, and hamdulillah if you're not yet registered, someone just told me here in the chat on zoom that they just registered for the challenge if you haven't registered for
it to get the portal access to get the telegram group support and to be part of here in the Zoom community. Make sure you head over to Grand revolution.com forward slash challenge and be part of that community as well. And if this is an amazing experience for you if you if you're feeling sad about it leaving just like I am anyway, continue to
think a little bit how do you come through and if you're sad about leaving the street and you want to continue your time with the Qur'an and this experience in this community, I highly encourage you guys to register for her on revolution that has opened for registration and make that part of your Ramadan goals your posts Ramadan goals and sha Allah. Today is day number eight of the challenge so we zoomed through there's only a couple a couple of days left after today in sha Allah and we are going to be covering so within this drop verse number 76 are with our guests for their their command wood and a man was Sam and with that being said, I know a man was Sam is here. Ready on screen s&m?
Well, I am one on one with the line man with Sam, how are you doing today? Well, I was stood out Marama de la I am doing fantastic. Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah enlightened, and I'm sure I'm gonna get a second to answer but feeling fantastic alarmed. Oh, the love.
That's amazing. Amazing to hear. You're still in
Where are you now? I am in Nashua, New
Nashua, New Hampshire, New Hampshire. Mashallah, last night and I have to say, nine years ago I finished Asha Rajgira a 36 month course on recitation, we would meet four month long recitation bouts, and the masjid where we ended up for the last bout of recitation. I have said we read Quran six to seven hours a day, every day. And this is as adults like we were in our 20s
that Masjid became our Hogwarts of Quran because we were reciting the word Dooku has nine variations and I was gonna fail but one of the wonderful status of Quran revolution was started Tasneem she lives there, she she was there with me, my classmate. And so imagine organic chemistry right before pre med, the one class you're good enough, you feel like you're gonna fail. And that one friend, and really grand companion who gets you through that. So not only went to her that community, but I got to speak there nine years later. And it just it felt like going back in time. Subhan Allah, that's amazing. Honestly, you can never underestimate the benefit or the the impact of Quranic companions
in your life. Subhan Allah and I feel like that's one of the best things I know he's a community community community a lot. But honestly, that's what helps me with with QoQ are one of the things that keeps me coming back is the fact that there's so many people excited to embrace you and, and be happy with you and enjoy this experience of getting close to the book of Alaska, Canada that that's there's nothing else that can rival that or that can encourage you more than that. Subhanallah so with that being said, Sorry, go ahead. Oh, I see one word on that almost fantasy to fruition. Have sir. And I'm saying it because I went back to the core of the mothership have said, there's a Quran
revolution year one and the year two, we're talking about three and four for memorization. I want a grand revolution is officially 2023. I'm saying it out loud. We will be doing a shout out. When a student gets to that level. Why did I go through my program? Why did I get certified? Why did I study it, if not one half to teach others. So Grom revolution will be developing. It's called variant vibrations, that 10 styles of recitation, historical critical analysis also on who these people were and then finally teaching you how to recite in the 10 styles. I that was fully inspired last night. So Hannah, you heard it here first make the ad to help us make this a reality. Insha
Allah in the next I don't know what the timeline is, but inshallah as soon as we possibly can. That will be a dream come true. It's not like this is the time
To make those guys Dr. Jean so people are asking to sign up like already
All right, Mrs. Miller, I'm with them. I know I'll let you do the honors but I know our next guest is a big deal and the mug world I'm just learning how big of a deal mashallah he is in the Quran, revolution world, masha Allah, it's my envy to have you mashallah interview him and to host him in shot live. So with that being said, I want to bring on brother up there man would Bismillah as our guest for it today. Arklow fickle alarm the LAO Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah very excited to have every one of them from the UK As Salam aleikum to you and salons around the world. As brother of the man would joins us. I would ask for us to bring up our Ayat for today Surah 41 If I am correct, I
number 30 to 32 if around the boat or whatever's on your screen I will
I think that's Dana and I have sir is Robert 76 I could blind 36 was was yesterday oh six with Maria that could be today. Today could be I feel like Surah 41 In Alladhina Kalu Rob buena Allah
and as other man gets settled in, I would like to say a few words. Friends, please on day eight join me as a recycler join me lip synchronize. We've all done it at a traffic light in in the 80s We've all heard something and we've been 102 No we did work the single we have little Did we skip something? I will read whatever hops up puts on the screen. And we will find a fantastic that we bless it. It's day eight friends. But I do have a list. I do have a list if you'd like to
order bIllahi min ash shaytani R rajim. Let us all take out our device
on the PDF it is 30 to 32
hours of online industry energy. How's that? It's a good problem to have the we got an agenda we recite today. Right? Which which supercar do I drive today? Which of my mega yachts do I take out? Okay, so I think we're all okay. I do believe sewer. Firstly, let me there we go in the livina. Now this to me
have said this to me is the climax of all the 10 passages that I picked. I know someone might say oh who Allah will let the tomorrow's brother Adam, or the very last passage that sister Sarah from Canada doing I'm excited to have both of them. This to me is the climax of everything
will be the climax of everything. So if it is today or if it is tomorrow, I would like to pick Surah facilite 30 to 32 is an eemaan Climax for me. And I am reading SR Hafsa. I'm reading from the notes right now just to make sure because I know we as Muslims we love our ft. Love. So Adam, Adam would Surah facilite 30 to 32.
Adam would have their
I've never mind. Are you going to let me go on that one out there of mine today you and I will be reciting Surah facilite. Tomorrow, Adam will be reciting Surah hasher and the last day for the person who said we were skipping. only place I skip is in a park. Is i A 102 103 Surah Ali Imran Yes, yes, I was a biller. So if you're ready to go friends are older we live in a shaytani regime. I recognize sister Huff's up why we moved Ali Imran to the end because that it was three Ali Imran passages in a row. We wanted to kind of spice it up. And here we are at my climax of 10
Although we'll be lucky Minashi for on your Raji.
I promise you can synchronize your lips if you just follow the E to
E perfect. Although we love him, you know che che Borneo Raji. Today we want to address one thing. As soon as a brother starts reciting you get this drop
And then as a reciter, you female or male might feel like you need to do this to, like you don't deer. So the idea is to find a Bayes net Sema 100% with your friend, and I could almost hear your feminine brain going. Thank you, Wissam, you've excluded like 90% of us so would you find the base the base of your voice so your spoken although bIllahi min ash shaytani R Rajim consciously keeping my voice all of us think it has to do with some Sinatra voice as opposed to pattern so
in the now call who rob buena long can you say it at that speed at all? In levy now call who? follow God who? Rob buena log Woods
master calm or zero if you catch yourself on some must acabo did you not pucker your lips? Very good chance. So maths. So do you see how much emotional sound there is in
the room as well? Or who data if you're not hitting the same exact data knows that
the blue data is who that is the blue or the E moding.
I would like you to l i f t Am I pushing or lay him or I lay he will
so just that phrase and if you could look at if you put your mouse or your finger on Tatiana's Lu ie Mala Mala you get to Yeah. Can anyone master that phrase first? That is the new data centers data analysts do that.
Let me see the vibration on the zap that ANA Laura and he he Moon AHA RIA he Moon Mala e eager to earn
Delcom for a lot the harmful wala zarnu let the air that you're holding let it go completely Orla zone. Oh, and bounce it like hydraulics or she who was she will be jab, jab, naughty lefty go to door go
oh my god.
Whatever she will build Jannetty Lottie, can you it's like a jingle which is like a jingle. It's like a radio spot come to paradise great reviews, while she Ruby.
The lead the goal to to do.
If there are four words be Jannetty look at that those first two are E E. And then what is good to door do the whole melody is made up of gemas going to do do if you miss the pucker of your lips. You missed the promise of your Lord. Is anyone receiving this verse for the first time in their grant a big book. I'll take a 30 in the chatbox as this verse revealed itself upon me as a 19 year old and never stopped, never stopped doing the same thing. We move to that second verse, And then I'd love to bring in our guest for today. Oui. If you looked at basic translation of the first verse 30
You will understand that these angels who are saying what other she Ruby Jannetty Lottie Kuntum do or dune are they saying this
To that the person who said Indeed Allah is my Lord. And they stood fast. They stuck their feet in the ground and they became stubborn. They got stuck
in the best way possible. Did the angels tell them Jana? Is your destination in the hereafter? Or where did they tell them that?
Let's find out.
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who feel Hi, dee doo
one of six words that's an exception in the whole Quran dunya so in one clean one, and we'll talk about it later. So can you dig it the tongue in after puckering your lips and saying, feel hayati noon Do you?
After you touch the noon? Can you come to the middle of your mouth? Everyone had said dunya was ki Cha chi ki Dottie dunya No thank you. That's the word or somebody's name. I want you to say do Nia feel
euro euro the euro will feel the the it's very
crisp. So it's it's still awesome but very crisp. So can you say Feel free?
To do me well feel
while ACOEM wala
fie wala fie.
The he if I asked for a single description and a verb what does that
sound like? What is my dish that he
Walla echo be
Okay, like a bursting there's a specific word what's happening to the sound in wala fie
dash there he there the shimmer. Absolutely Adam there is a blow this day look at the climax yes that deja K W
it she said it friends look at the job What did she write echo that there is a shatter MOBA Shara bring it it's a spread of the sound effect she can you say? And is anyone else here while go? Well go
Do you hear that and so there to hear? I want to hear that alarm raise its clarity just more than all the other letters. So lamb Fatah lambs rubber is the law Allah Allah Allah Allah is the apex of all of your Mahato edge welcome fee
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also comb while
while our V have the room to
stop choking please lift it and then pucker your lips Susie, that there?
That the roll, hard pause.
I want to bring most of their money in but the next verse is just one word could just look at that one word.
So can you answer are the angels telling you as a matter of fact it brother up there man. I would ask you up there man from your reading and understanding of what our teachers have told us and what the Quran is saying.
Are these angels giving the people Glad Tidings in the hereafter or here on the earth.
Salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Who am I sad and everyone? Let's jump right into a lot. Yes, this these is another was a group from among the, the tabby own, or the students of the companions who mentioned that this incident has been described is at the time of death, that when the soul is leaving the body, that at that moment the angels are giving this good news. In fact, there's there's a beautiful narration where the angels are explaining to the soul you know what
Come come out also, Isla ro Rohan What I had to a to rest and to provision what up viral hot ban and to a lord that is not angry with you and how they explained these they explained these ayat that allows part to Allah is are the angels are telling the the believer to not latter half who will that has no, don't be afraid. Because the first thing that when the person dies and they see the situation they are afraid of what's coming, what's ahead of them. And so the angels are saying latter half we don't worry, don't be afraid of what's ahead. And and so once you are at ease about what's ahead, what's the first thing the believer is going to do is think about my family? What
about when I left behind? And so the angels come right back? Walter has no and don't worry about what you left behind. So you're okay in both regards, that you're what's coming is okay. And we'll take care of what you left in the world. So now, there's no worry, there's no fear. And then it's time for what whatever Sheetal now, good news, that garden that you were promised that you were making the app for? That garden is coming and so I'll let you continue in Sharla.
And those exactly, you will enter the Garden and I'm taking your exact words here I don't mind why like Muslim to you. You enter the Garden, and then Cue the music. Then cue the dancers then cue the small creatures of light who are presenting you goblets of wine, and that the music, the lights, the ambiance is new zone
is the entertainment of your Lord. So if you could all just hold one word of what do you guys do for fun? What do you guys do for fun? We do things Muslims we do a bunch of things. But there will be nothing more fun entertaining nothing greater. Nothing that will captivate and Marvel our senses and eyes greater than any story book than any story ever told. New zulum main love foodie Rahim and just that word, you know before he But up there man both of us could take our time with the word before and Rahim right because entertainment could have been any word. But when you see the entertainment you're gonna get red in the face. And you'll be like Allah
I like this. This is amazing. This looks like an amazing scene from something in duniya Yeah, I love all my friends are here. And I know when you say when you say pool party or something it conjures something up. But I'm thinking mansion with rivers and and waterfalls coming from the sky. So when I say aquatics, friends think paradise level aquatics where the whales are saying Komodo let's go for a ride. And as you're experiencing Be our guest. The opening number from Beauty and the Beast of Be our guest is what the creatures of paradise are going to wait to do. Just that moment of you're here. The forks and spoons and the trees will say and then when they say Tada I want us all to say
Newzoo the members of Eve, Oh Allah, it is just like you told me but better. So other man a wonderful way to introduce you into today's conversation. May we all tawaf, Faina Bill Iman. May we all today in the smack middle of Ramadan, may we leave this world in the highest state of Eman. May we leave this world in the state of Islam, where we leave this world on Kelly Mattila Ilaha illa Allah, and for Abdul Rahman Maria Massoud Adam sister Saara have Serbia because she's on her track and I'm not going to let anyone go everyone who's here to memorize the entire Quran. May we die with the Taffy of the entire Quran? I don't necessarily care of the mind if they call me half live in
this world, but may half of the raw mon be buried as a memorizer Retainer of the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala may some of us be buried Hafez and nobody knows that it's not a public thing their family knows their teachers.
No, it's not a public thing on the Day of Judgment. May we be amongst those who are constantly in the pursuit of getting to memorization or dying trying, Oh Allah, may I memorized the entire Quran and die in a state of retention or die in a state of retaining the Quran, Allah, Huma, Amin Allahumma, Amin, and with that, friends I'd like to introduce of the Rockman would a brother who has studied with Quran revolution, and in the beginning, I didn't know I was like, Oh, that's really nice brother. He reads nice. And as I got to know of the rock, man, the bark Allah, I didn't know anything else about a brother of mine. I just knew he was. I did up there, man, please, this is my
real introduction for you. I don't know a lot of positive people. So when I meet other positive people, I'm wary.
Because I'm like, What's wrong with him? I know what's wrong with me. But what's wrong with him? But then you're good and happy all the time. So he went through our first year and Al Hamdulillah. Man, you did a great job in our first year. And then updraft man not only started coming to our year, two classes and the kind of the cats out of the bag. Year two is pre med. It's pre memorization, you learn how to memorize abdominal hamdulillah is not only year two student, and Alhamdulillah completed his year two, but I now rely heavily anytime I need someone to carry the torch. It is up there man would for how to retain the philosophy of what the five steps really mean. The idea of
understanding no one really knows what the second semester of year two is about. It's about everything. It's about grammar, vocabulary, it's about work. It's about a whole mess of things. And at the end of the day, it's all meant to feed into how do I memorize better? Like you could take grammar and study until you were blue but I just need enough help me memorize better vocabulary helped me memorize better even roof. If you notice brother Assam stops randomly what seems randomly in the Quran, but other month fully absorbed that understood tone and from the law. I am very proud to announce or invite brother Abdul Rahman would a emir of the amount of Kabila where he was and
very active in his community. Brother Abdullah Minh Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
What are your calls Salam wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Amen, we, Sam, and thank you for the kind introduction. And it's my honor to be a part of the immigrant family to be part of the Quran revolution family, I see a lot of fellow students and familiar faces here with us in the zoom. And it's always a pleasure to be in your presence. And always excited, I've had a chance to spend some time with you before in a previous 10 Day Challenge, and it's amazing to be back here, past the halfway point in the month of Ramadan. hamdulillah as we continue on, your personality is such that I knew before the intro before anything I could pull you in to talk about the verses and you
Subhanallah like, really race, I felt like I gave you the baton, and you took off the varkala and I'm very happy. As you can tell these verses are very powerful the moment of death, and Alhamdulillah I want to jump right back into say, have there been a moment with the Quran? Was it hearing it as a kid? Was it translation? Was it one day waking up and reciting well? What was your moment with the Quran?
Yeah, that's an amazing question. So as, as some people here know, I actually, I wasn't born as a Muslim. You know, I was born into a Christian family. I started studying Islam at the age of 14 and became Muslim at the age of 17 Hamdulillah.
So, yes, I was 17 when I accepted Islam and hamdulillah and mashallah, there were many, many moments, many, some, many of them in translation in the beginning, just because I didn't have the access to the Arabic language at the time. One of the ayat that's really was foundational in attracting me to Islam was the idea in sort of Herat. Yeah, you had NAS in Kalapana. Coming back to the ones that write the IOER. Allah spawn to Allah declares to humanity, that he created humanity from male and female and made us into nations and tribes. So
that we can know one another, the two out of four in common come into life apart from this I have for me. And without going into all my background, but I come from a multi racial background, we had a lot of racism we faced growing up. And that idea that Islam really had this standard for why we're different. And it's not by accident, it is intentional, and that there is a beauty. There's an intention that we do know and appreciate and recognize one another. That was something that was very special to me. And it was one of the catalysts that caused me to investigate the faith further. I do want to share though, I would say my first Quranic the moment in Arabic language that struck me, it
was almost vicariously, right, so I was in a Muslim Student Association meeting at Ohio State University. And there was a brother with us who was reciting from Surah Noor. And so he's reciting beautifully. The Muslims are appreciating the recitation. Certainly no one seemed to be emotional, though. You know, we're just appreciating like they would start every meeting with the Quran recitation. And so we're listening respectfully as we as we do.
A man walks into the meeting. He's a custodian of the university, not a Muslim, walks in, he doesn't know we have no signs, there's no indication for what's going on. He walks in the meeting, almost interrupts the meeting or Wait, he waits till the Quran recitation is concluded. He says, I'll never forget this. He looks at the room. He says, I don't know what I just heard. But I know that was from God.
I'll never I get goosebumps just repeating it and just the energy in the room at that moment. And, and just as Muslims realizing, like, wow, like there's power in this book, even that sometimes Allah opens the heart of someone who doesn't even understand elec bat tab. And that was one of the things I was like, you know, I need to understand what's going on with this, you know, that the recitation is beautiful, but I want to go even deeper. And that's really one of the things that informed my desire to study the Quran and to recite, like that, that beautiful brother that was able to have that effect through Allah spawn to Anna's facilitation. Subhan Allah HEBO behind the Subhan Allah
Allah the that is
no matter how many times you hear the same thing, because as a kid, you just believe it's the word of Allah and inside me, I know it's Allah's.
But the little kid inside me also knows my imaginary friend was very real, too. So when you hear the external validation of something you felt as a kid, like, oh, this cartoon superhero has a power. I believe that but I believe ALLAH is real more. And there was as a child, I could but every time I hear a story like this, or Abdurrahman every time I recite, and then somebody says, that's from God. I'm like, Uh huh. It just, it is that feeling? So Subhanallah I just think of the one. You said you painted a very beautiful picture, though. We are born into it. We hear it, or we will respect Oh, someone's reciting Quran. And then we we respect it. But I think and please tell me from your
perspective, most folks think the Quran is telling you to do something. So if I let the Quran affect me, I got to wear hijab and do Salah and do a whole bunch of other stuff. Or we're over we're desensitized, or I'm not sure. But to me, it feels like every time I ask someone, oh, did he recite great, and everyone who's detached? Feels like well, if I say he recited really good, that was good, then like the rest of Islam becomes real. Do you feel a connection to that at all? Do you feel like folks think the Quran says you have to do stuff?
Yeah, I think so. I think that the you know, the Quran is an experience and it is, as as we're familiar with in sort of Bacara we're making the offer guidance and sorted Fatiha. And the response is that legal keytab will arrive a fee who then need more testing it is a guidance for those people who are striving to attain Taqwa or mindfulness of Allah subhanaw taala. Right. So the there's something to be said for
that Quranic moment really comes from the longing for Allah. And as we are longing for him and for that connection with him, then the Quran is the answer to the one who wants that relationship wants to be from the team. I'll give you another story. Please, please PRAYING IN us in Saltado we're very early on in my Islam me and there was another brother, who was in
I'm also a convert very recent convert to Islam or revert whatever term you like. And so we're standing in Tada, we, and you know, he's somewhat emotional and the brother leading the Salah, the Imam starts to make dua, and it's an emotional die. People are crying. And I'm like, you know, just quietly, you know, I don't understand what's being said, but I mean, I mean, I mean, in my friend, my American friend starts bawling, like crying. And I'm thinking, like, you know, I'm focusing on this law, but I'm also noticing that my friend is very emotional. And so afterwards, I turned to him I said, Brother, mashallah, like, you know, what happened? What, what was what was that connection?
Like, were you? He looked at me, he said, he said up there, man, he said, the people around us, they were crying because they know what Allah was saying to me. He said, I started crying, because I didn't know what Allah said.
I want to know what Allah said, right? And, and again, that was another there's a few moments like that I had where I was like, You're right, like, let's figure this out. Let's figure out what Allah saying let's let's dive into this thing. But to your point, the the emotion wasn't necessarily Yes, it can be from understanding the eye and the Tafseer. And, and it hitting you and that certainly is a beautiful thing. But sometimes it's simply that longing for Allah longing for that relationship before and is the answer. It is the divine response to Idina set up almost there clean, oh, Allah guide us to that straight path. That is, this is the response. This is the book that we have in
front of us that we take for granted.
I want to tell I'll hold it, I'll hold it. I know about timing shall know. I want you to tell I was going to ask you Did you have a moment where you felt like the grunt spoke to you? Keep going, don't keep going, please? Sure. Sure. Sure. So fast forward a bit. So I'm studying overseas, and there's a group of Imams that came with me in this program, these Imams they were, they were some old school American Imams, so all of them had reverted at some point in their lives. But these were Imams who were in New York in the 60s and 70s. So so so many Imams, when at a time when Islam in general, any form of it was rare in the US, but we often think of the Nation of Islam, we think of African
American Muslims, whereas these were Muslims who had a more, you know, Orthodox understanding. So I'm sitting with them, and they're telling me stories about you know, back in the days, and just give me this perspective. And one of the things that really struck me was was a story about one of their communities, and they said, their man and in our community, we had one Quran
for the community, like one one copy of the Quran with with English and Arabic. And this is for the youngsters out there. This is before you know, there was no cell phone, there was no computer, no internet, right? This is way back. So they actually had a system where the Qur'an would be passed from home to home. Oh,
this was your week, your family's weak with the Quran.
And so, and I thought about that, can you imagine if you knew you were on a rotation, and you only could access this book on a certain time what what would that time look like on our calendar? Right? What how much would we interact with the Quran? If we knew I'll have to turn it back in? I'm not going to have it for a little bit longer right? Oh love the the appreciation of having instant access, as have some mentioned in the chat that I can pull up 20 translations on my phone right now I have multiple copies here and downstairs and everywhere.
That moment in the show will get specific eyes but for me just that appreciation of the fact that it's not a given that I can access this book so easily. And people came before us in this very country who did not take for granted. One moment they had with with the book of Allah
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because of their money, it's real. It's it's real. I mean
yeah, i Excuse me. I am taking in the idea of it takes 15 seconds to scroll a video and I know how many seconds it takes me to walk read a page.
Tunnel loss of like, there's so many things. How would we treat the Quran? How would we read it?
and under Amman only so I can make some coherent sense I'll go back to a under Amanda Blackstone is from Heaven MACOM Ibrahim, the thing that Abraham flew around to put the stones, ZamZam also from the wings of an angel, Safa Marwah. I give you this the point to say, What's the difference with the Quran? How is it any different I was any less miraculous? I'm, I'm sorry, Blackstone, we love you. But how was the Quran is so much more powerful and dynamic and remove all your sins guide you the Quran is legitimately a tangible miracle from our Lord.
You said it and every guest has said it in their own form. You asked for guidance and God said I talked to you forever in this one book. And Can God not speak forever? Like he spoke once? And can that he's got his speeches forever. So I thank you for when you drew that picture was important because you you carved out a very small subset we all think nation Islam and they converted. But
re Imam Suraj there were Sunni Imams who held who who ate bean pie, and held to if there wasn't allow me they didn't need me. They like they held to their cultural traditions. And but they
those are the people who hung on to Islam with their molars. They hung. There's a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam and saying that there will be a time the Sunnah would be taken away and hold on to the Sunnah with your molars. So other man, that's all I can say is that, yes, that miracle was worth
exploring. I want to hear more stories. So I want to tack on one question. I'm sure you can get us there. I heard about a travel up there man sure grinds miracle. I fully believe that jazz hands and all of that one. How do you get from there to there?
How did we go from? Hey, I want to understand because you're reciting recitation. Like, where did it come from? There's some components that made it up.
But if you can tack that on to any other stories, we are all ears for any other experiences you want to share? Sure, sure. Sure. Yes. So so from the recitation perspective, yeah, humble, I was able to get a bit of a foundation, I spent some time in Mecca, there was a teacher who came and, and visited us here in Columbus. And this was back in the late 90s. So dating myself a bit, right. But back before he could watch videos, and things like that, and in many of the masajid in North America, at least, the Imams were volunteers who happen to have other professions, they had some background from from school, but certainly this wasn't a full time vocation. So engineers, doctors, things of that
nature. But, you know, we're stepping in leading salah, and that was our situation here. And so this was a proper Imam that had trained a scholar that had come over. And the way he talked about the book of Allah, the way he talked about the Quran, I just never heard anyone approach it from a scholarly perspective. There were certain ideas when I was, you know, leading up to my acceptance of Islam where I was, like, I'm gonna come back to that I'm not quite sure what that saying, or, you know, I'm gonna put an asterisk there. And I'll ask you about it later. And, and that sort of thing. And so that Imam, that scholar humbler, he invited me to come do a program for over a couple years.
And so I was able to get some background, and I really enjoyed that opportunity. In terms of the recitation, they did focus a lot on that, even though there were some tough seals and things like that. But it was made very clear that, you know, whether you were born a Muslim or whether you came in as I did, at that point, less than two years, they said, Listen, we have the ability to read this book, the same way that the angel Jibreel read it to the Prophet Muhammad, Salah syndrome. And the same way that Allah, Allah man, I limit or Andrei, Allah subhanaw taala, the most merciful, he taught the Quran, this is directly from him and one of one of our miracles, as you mentioned, we
still have access, we still have the ability to, to read in that way. And, you know, for a long time, I was between, you know, studying it, but also kind of questioning that, you know, I'm not Arab. I'm not, they see I don't have that, you know, can I really do this? And there were moments of doubt for sure. There are moments of, you know, from a cultural perspective, is it something really is this a mantle I can take on
And I will say that even though hamdulillah had done some study that Quran revolution, this program really did instill in me the fact that, yes, why not? Why not, you know, here, here are the steps in the end, here's here's some some refining and clarifying into your point. I have a lot of great feedback coming in. But also, hey, here's where you can take it to this level. And now here, let's go to another level. And that's the journey I'm still on. But you know, huge props to revolution.
opposed to it, or someone is not a student, and you want to be on that journey. Believe me, and there are people that have come in
with us on this zoom who started with that tag, and hamdulillah whatever level you think you're at, there's, I think there's something for you. Thank you so much. But I personally am interested of that month, because
you know, before you do the running back flip cartwheel, the four in a row, you have to go for it one time to get sure you do the cartwheel everything individually, but to nail the tap, tap pass who I've got to go for it once I've done Armand you had to have Well, I understand the mucca teacher that gives you the environment. But there was one point where 14 year old have their mind morphed into the guy who was at the cliff, and then you went for it. What, what what was that moment when, because of that, man, we got to let some folks listen to you recite first because now we're all in the abstract. But other than that, man, you're reciting you're not reading Quran. I know, I do it to
you. The plane hits 86 miles per hour make fly Marty McFly and you take off, you take off. And then we just join you at 33,000 feet. And and it's it's a flow. I understand there's an evolution. I get it, bro, when did you take the jump? Like, do you recall a time where you're like, I'm gonna recite Quran today? Was there a moment like this?
So, I think so if I had to pinpoint it. It's really it's really interesting. So there were back in the days when he would walk out of Jamar Lee Juma prayer. There'll be brothers who had a big thing of cassette tapes. Yes. And they would be now in this in my community. Sometimes if you if you were fortunate, they'd be in English. And you can listen to an English lesson. And these brothers Machelle mass produced these cassette tapes and just pass them out for Dawa. So people had something to listen to some access, because again, stuff wasn't, you know, on demand back then you had to go out and get it. And so, this particular occasion, on multiple occasions, actually, these were Arabic
tapes. And so the entire lesson was an Arabic, everything was an Arabic and I didn't at that point. I hadn't studied. I studied some Arabic at Ohio State, but hadn't done that even yet. So didn't have any background.
So I put this tape in, right. And
back then they had the automatic the introduction for the tape.
Yes, yeah. That's exactly versa when they went so they dropped the introduction, you know, so the guy with the amazing Arabic radio voice, and then they would play you know, you'd hear like some birds chirping, and here's some thunder slapping, then you'd hear someone reciting emotionally. And they would bring these ayat and they're just be a reciter. Weeping as they're reading the related idea. And so I would hear that.
And I'm thinking, why are they crying? Because at that time, I didn't have a reference point for crying in the Quran. I didn't have a reference point in Christianity at all, for someone crying and reading the Bible like that. There was nothing like that in our church experience. Right? So hearing these people in tears reciting. And I was like, that's really powerful.
Why in whites in what does that look like? And so for me, just that the power of the recitation at that time in the fact that there was this emotional component, and the fact that it is filling this void because when I became Muslim, I had a stack this big of my CDs, my r&b and rap and everything else, and I took a I took a baseball bat, I was kind of extremely, I was like, nah, this is gone. So I just like I broke it all up and threw in the trash like, I'm done with that life. Like I don't want any part of it anymore.
But I still have, you know, a love for depreciation for a tone and melody and those sorts of things. And so now I'm like, Well, where can I get that? And so I'm hearing this I'm like, Oh, wow, like this is, you know, this is very new.
Leaving. And so that really planted the seed I would say that okay, I'm going to when I recite, I want to be like those guys, I want to be able to, you know be impactful I want to have that same sort of experience with the court and like those people had long luck but I need to focus the camera on just for a moment of their mind a lot of us have had to break the CD, or there's a whole bunch of friends who are like I threw my DVD collection away. I think a lot of friends right now. Just anyone in one officer anyone can help us to put it there's no metaphor for this up there, man. The next generation doesn't have a way to break away from sin, right? It's I'm gonna cancel my Netflix okay,
you can reconnect it tomorrow, but there's no way to break it. So up there man the picture was was so vivid and what you're describing you know of their mind when they make YouTube videos and they put the best part right at the beginning what that audio was doing
so friends if you can connect the dots here
they there is wow to the brothers doing that dollar though. The hours of editing to get the cut together.
And I know what you're talking about friends what up their mind and I both connected on was at the beginning of of the audio cassette, basically the hype man, like the hype man would start you out and you would hear his voice but a yo yo. And then sometimes they would say, and the great reciters like it's all in Arabic. I've just lost it. I'm just someone. I'm delighted. And then you're like, Oh, my God, and then out of nowhere like a Michelle with all the wind. You mean and she bought a new Raji. So that A and then be up there, man. You said the words that everyone's saw, but the reptilian brain, but I'm not Arab. And I'm not brown enough. And I'm not from an African country. And maybe
it's just not for me. Like that's the that's the one thing that I want to highlight, I heard you say, there is a question, Will I ever be Arab enough? And if this guy if I had to ask that question, then what about someone who, who didn't have like you brought us to the third point that I really heard a previous reference point to crying? I'm like, Why is he crying? And it's and he's keep reading like if it hurts, he's just stopped reading but he keeps
doing this to himself. Up the mountain one word does come and that's from you. Or from it's from your Lord. Allah made you curious. Allah made you curious of their mind. And that curiosity brought you to where you are. Now the Flashpoint Yes. Quran revolution benefited from you. And we and you benefited from us absolutely in every way. But today, it I don't think it's about reading. Today wasn't about reading but I'm doing my request. Now. If you could take
these two verses,
if you feel appropriate. But can I pause everyone? Can I please have an AJ in the chat box? If you benefited and adjusted your perspective?
You adjusted your binoculars and you were like Maria, who? What happened? What was the first day Today's the first day of Quran challenge Okay, so you go Islam yourself right now. And you just take a moment here everybody, because whether it was my mom or below who made the videos, I think we're pulling the camera really far out here and saying, Hey, children, there wasn't always a Quran the string puppet man. Right there wasn't always a Jay Z Katy Perry referencing Quran teacher. There were teachers who couldn't speak your language you just heard them
adjust up there man you in the X ray world we have to recalibrate the X ray machine, which is shooting a ray that nobody knows what it is. We have to adjust the I don't know gun. And when you adjust it of the man the clarity, you can see through people, you can shoot better X ray. Friends, I would like you to adjust your eyes focused and focus them on.
I really want to have this release
shipped with you Allah and the only place to have it is in here. I do want to pull the focus to one thing before after that man reads friends. It is natural for the guy with some white hair and his beard to say all you get ourselves boiled and bad. No. Please hear me. If a dyslexic ill child as a child, I was very ill can grow up and learn to recite Quran and somebody who I'd never met when he was 14 and find his Harry Potter journey. Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam journey and he can recite like, Yo I have whatever influence I have a new update money. It came at the end, I got to dress the cake. You but you baked it. And I got to dress it friends. I am saying that Allah
subhanaw taala is waiting to answer your DUA.
If you could ask your Lord and conclude my point for me, adjust your perspective on the Quran and be able to say I will be able to recite the book of Allah subhanaw taala
what's going on revolution will revolution. We will find out very soon under man I request the recitation of Surah
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I'll text you, I'll figure it out. I would love to have you so we can really consider the conversation. May Allah Spano Tala bless you, sister Hafsa. As as our time has a few moments left of the month. I'd like to give you a chance if you have a single supplication, a word, a word anything that you could say. I want to give you a little bit of space and if you want to plug anything you're working on this floor is yours friend, this camera this camera that camera
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allows someone to either say nano Alia or Conville HYAH dunya will fill Acura. The angels are being quoted as saying we were your supporters in worldly life and in the hereafter. Sometimes this journey can feel lonely. Sometimes when we're seeking Quran. Your family may not be on board as I've experienced, and even some born Muslims experience. It can feel like there's no one that's supporting you. And sometimes in Islamic discourse, we talk about whispers and suggestions and we only think of
upon is the one who whispers and suggests, we don't realize that actually angels can suggest to an Angels can can be with us as well. And this is the scholars said explicitly, these angels are saying, Listen, we were supporting you even back then, when you were alive and you are down about your journey, we were right there with you. We were encouraging you, we were making to offer you that this group of angels that knows you, right from the time you were living there, they're when you die, say, Listen, we were with you on this journey, we saw you striving, we saw you struggling, were with you. Now, the rest of the way those same angels imagine are supportive. In that regard. I
think sometimes we just forget that because this world is distracting. And then Allah spawn to Allah, what does he say after that? Well, our comfy Hi my Testa he and also come, you're going to have whatever you want, whatever you desire, what a comfy helmets had their own, you're going to have whatever you ask for. Everyone connect with me on this, okay? Allah saying, whatever you want, and whatever you ask, what's the next New Zealand New Zealand means? This is your introduction. Sometimes I've heard people say this, when I get bored agenda, what would it be like? You know, it's just do whatever you want. Having whatever you desire. And getting whatever you ask, is the
introduction. That's Allah's welcomed agenda. That's not even, you know, the big substance that's Oh, welcome. You can have whatever you want, and get whatever you ask for. Subhanallah right. So it's my dawn on this day of Ramadan, that Allah has been to Allah make us recipients of his of his welcome in this life in the He make us recipients of his welcome in the Hereafter, as well. And I pray that all of us that we look back on this moment right now, and on this program in this experience, and that we smile, and that we see it as a time that Allah was pleased with us, and we were pleased with Allah. And perhaps it's a change in trajectory for some of us, let's easy for
Allah to do that. So that's my dog for all of us. May Allah make us recipients of His grace and His mercy in this life. And in the next, the only plug I have actually the mother of related plug, if anyone is in vicinity of Columbus, Ohio, we are bringing it back our first class after COVID called Breaking bread, the fifth food and drink wishes, Omar headrow gets an amazing course about the fifth and ethics of what we consume, how we consume it, as the man we sell, I'm sure will tell you and he's I know he's very big email with some you're very big about what we consume and that impact and what it has on our energy and everything else. And we're going to get into a lot of that sort of
content. So if you want to make a trip out to the beautiful city of Columbus, Ohio, May 19 20th and 21st You can go to Al maghrib.org/bread and register there and we would love to meet some of you in person. We have some people flying out already they've contacted me from around the country. And everyone's welcome in Sharla we'd love to have you here and to host you. Does that go a little higher? I'd love her sister Hafsa we turn it over to you Subhanallah we got a winner is that yeah, my phone was salam ala and more serene. But Hamdu lillahi rabbil aalameen Sara Malika sister have some fun I Want to Hold on I don't even want to take it back. This is the problem. People in the
chat are like we could do another hour I to be honest. was we started at 11 We have no I know you have inside I know I'm sure
does as well just come up there honestly see I can't prepare you for these folks Masha Allah that was mind blowing that was such a great reminder I was like I have to wait more from you brother out there man. This is this is not enough. I'm just saying that it hadn't been Allah you saw it here first and shall I keep an eye out for that name of their command would inshallah you're going to see it a lot more online in the community mid like set from you. And just like a military for sharing your journey you're beginning you're starting from the bottom now we're here through QR Alhamdulillah. And I hope that you guys take that as inspiration once again, the ground revolution
journey, the community is one of the best parts and this kind of breaking down and reconnecting with your relationship with the Quran is it's an indescribable, it's, I can't even I can't even encapsulate it so go on revolution.com I hope to see some of these bases and some of these amazing personalities. Part of that experience inshallah as we start the semester in May, if you have questions you can ask us and throughout these experiences in the telegram group or you can reach out to us Inshallah, over the chat. But does that mean look if you're joining us that was day number eight of the 10 day care and challenge two days remaining. Please join us live tomorrow we're going
to be back to our regularly scheduled time of 1pm PST and ended the challenge strong inshallah. The telegram link should be in your portal. I'll make sure it's sent in your reminder email as well tomorrow for those who don't have it. For now. Everyone, please take care Stay happy, stay healthy, stay safe. And a Sonoma alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh