Channel: Yahya Ibrahim
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Always we begin with the praise of Allah. We send our prayers of peace upon our Nabina Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we testify that none is worthy of worship of Allah, and that our Nebia sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is worshiping slave and final messenger. I continue to remind myself in you have Taqwa Allah azza wa jal. And I pray that Allah Subhana Allah to Allah makes you an eye from those who love him more, fear him more, and have greater hope in His mercy in this life and into the next Allah whom I mean.
Last week I spoke about three important things that many of us as Muslims, at times we forget, I spoke about the importance of sanctifying the masjid in the house of worship of Allah subhana wa Taala about the importance of being of those who honor the place of sujood both in our physical and in our spiritual attempts and coming closer to Allah azza wa jal. Today I wish to make a reminder for those of us who have forgotten
in case you have forgotten, the Quran is not a textbook.
The Quran is not a storybook of fables in mythology. The Quran is not a book that's in a foreign language that does not require your attention of understanding its intricate meaning.
The Quran is the spoken word of Allah subhanahu wa Tada
that was revealed upon our Nabina Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as a light and a guidance as a separator between falsehood and truth, as one that removes from Miss guidance to the singular source of light and protection of true faith, of submission and surrender to Allah subhana wa Tada. The Quran is the row and the lifeline, that is stretch between Allah the Almighty Subhana Allah to Allah Hi above, and mankind who find ourself in this lonely worldly life,
where we keep sinking further and further away from that which is the Mercy of Allah. If we do not hold on to his book, His scripture and his words, the Quran is not a book that can be altered. And it's not a book that can be forgotten. It's also not a book that is easily mastered or reciting, without effort. And the one who does not dedicate their whole life towards coming closer and closer to the Quran, sadly, finds that their whole life at the sum of it, at the end of it is nothing more than a waste of deceptive enjoyment, and frivolity that keeps them away from the true happiness of the AF era. And genital Fidel's.
One of the things that is saddening to them
is where students at times not just in our school but students of the Quran all over the world seek to perfect the parroting of the Quran and I like to use that word. All of us have seen that image you know of a parrot. A bird can be taught to say things. A bird can be taught to say, Paulie wants a cracker. So whenever it sees its owner, it's been taught that if you want a cracker just say Polly wants to cry, and you get that cracker. But if you ask the bird, do you know what you're asking? Do you understand? The answer? Of course, it's known.
And one of the disconnect between the OMA of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And the message of the Quran is that we've emphasized more the art of pronouncing, reading and memorizing, rather than entailing the spirit and the practice of it internally, and seeking to show it in our day to like day to day life externally. And I don't want you to get me wrong, I'm not encouraging you not to learn the words of Allah, not to commit them to memory, every single one of you in our musalla today, in our gym today, whether you're in year three or year 11, and 12, heading out into the real world soon, every single one of you should make the knee and the lifelong intention that you want to
commit the whole Quran to memory. And if all you memorize is one idea, a day,
one verse a day, and you've said that me that even if you were to return to Allah, if your death was to come before you've completed it, Allah in His Generosity would give you the reward of the one who has memorized the Quran, even if you have not mastered it in its entirety.
But in the same breath that I encourage you to learn the words of Allah and to practice in stitch weed, and to make the NIA to committed to memory, I must say to you that it must be in your heart, and your dreams, and your desire to learn more about what Allah wants from you, and what Allah expects of you, and what the message of the Quran seeks to bring into your life as a light in the darkness, more so than just parroting the sound of the Quran. I know when we declare the winners of our Quran competition that we had yesterday, some people are going to be surprised with those who were ranked first, rather than those who sounded nicest with the Quran. Because the Quran it's not a
singsong book, it's meant to be one that's precisely recited in the way that the Prophet left us with it sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
The letter ha and the letter has are two different letters. The letter seen and the letter saw are two different letters. And the letter tab and the letter puff, are two different letters. And as you begin to perfect those words and letters, I wish in sha Allah that we can continue also the journey of understanding the context.
In case you forgot, the Quran is a book, the word of Allah that requires you to study it. And if you're going to stand behind me today, and I raised my hands and I say Allah Allahu Akbar, and begin reciting Surah Al Fatiha and you are not intimately aware of what every word and every verse of that Surah means, then know that your Salah is deficient. And the problem is not that the Quran was revealed in Arabic, but the problem is that you did not care enough to know its meaning.
And as a school and as one of your teachers in our Islamic Studies Department, I promise to commit myself to helping you understand more of the Quran, more of its meaning and how to fit it into your life. In case you forgot, give the Quran more of your attention.
In case you forgot,
the Dhikr of Allah is life changing.
And the word vicar whether we make it after our prayer, or something that you whisper to yourself in a
moments of fear, or something that you make as an opening prayer when you wake up in your bed, or something that you end your long busy day with, as you've reclined and are about to close your eyes, the Dhikr of Allah the remembrance of Allah is more than just what the heart says and the tongue speaks, but it's meant to be something that is a spiritual change within you.
The word Subhan Allah
will be handing. Recite it 100 times in your day. wipes clean your sins, even if your sins were plentiful enough to cover an ocean.
The word La Ilaha illa Allah
is the key to the agenda.
The word lair how Walla Walla Quwata illa villa
is one of the ways that you can give strength to your body and get your mind refocused when you become slumped and lazy.
The Sala upon the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, which was one of the things I mentioned as a something we forget its importance is one of the most important if not the most important Vic on the night of Juma Thursday night and Friday. It gives strength to the body healing. It helps you remember what you have forgotten, and it gives you a greater connection and increases your love. For the one who you pray will remember you on the Day of Judgment in his Chifa asking Allah for your forgiveness,
in case you forgot, keep your tongue regularly moving with the mention of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah in a meaningful sense, masha Allah one of the things we're really good at as Muslims is saying the word insha Allah or saying, masha Allah. And every time we see something good, we say Mashallah. And every time we are hoping to get something, or to do something, we say in sha Allah, but we do it at times without thinking about its context. And I want to share with you the lesson that was taught to the prophets, I send them my year 10 students, you will remember this from our Tafseer tooten Calf classes.
As the Prophet was sitting, some of them who should be keen came in, they said, tell us about the young men who hid in a cave. And tell us about what the soul is. And tell us about a man who had power over two generations.
The prophets I send them had never heard of the stories they were foreign to the people of Arabia. So he said to Neva, come back tomorrow and I'll tell you, surely Allah is gonna let me know. And the prophets Allah, Allah, who it was, send them forgot to say in sha Allah.
And when the machete King came, the unbelievers came in questioned him. And they said, Tell us, He said, Let at 320 hada. I don't know. I don't have any news for you. Come back again tomorrow. And once again, forgot to say in sha Allah. Now these questions were very precise questions that these Mushrikeen had received from some of the scholars of the Bible, who were saying, You're Mohamed, if he's a true prophet, he won't know about these young men who in a different part of the world in a different generation, who were a part of our tradition, our books, we know their story, but unless he knows it, he's not a true messenger of God. When the Prophet said, Let it be, I don't know. Come
back to morrow. Everybody who disbelieved in him, was so elated, so happy, we proven him to be a liar. SallAllahu How do you sell them the truth for one?
And for five days, 10 days in summary, why a 15 days? The prophets I send them continued to forget to say in sha Allah as a lesson from Allah to you and I through the example of our Prophet Muhammad, Allah, Allah, Allah usnm. And Allah then says in Surah Al katha, which we read every Friday, when at Poulan, Alicia, in Neva, daddy cavada Illa SHA, Allah, don't ever not for a moment, say that you will do something tomorrow, unless you say and make the DUA in sha Allah
Allah, Allah wills it for me, Allah allows me to accomplish it.
Make that as a part of your life. And in case you forgot the words you say, matter to the things that surround you in life, some of the things that you can achieve in life, you may be restricted from them just because you did not make the vicar of Allah, some of the illness that could leave you earlier than staying longer with you, could depart from you if you just moved your tongue with dua to Allah. Some of your financial problems or your worries or stress could be lifted from you. If you were just to remember Allah, with your heart, with your tongue, and your very being and soul. And in case you forgot,
the Dhikr of Allah is life changing. I pray that Allah subhanahu wa to Allah allows us to come closer to the word of Allah, to practice its meaning as much as we seek to practice its reading. Then Allah subhana wa into Allah makes us of those whose hearts are thankful to him, and that our tongues are wet with his remembrance of la ilaha illallah wa de who luxury color la hula cola who were who are an air conditioning Kadir, Mustang federal law Hello, Avi went to LA
Alhamdulillah Hamza share Karim.
Wa Salatu was Salam ala cu Mursaleen. So you know, whenever you know Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
in case you forgot.
Money, and well, is not ever guaranteed.
And what you have been blessed with Allah subhanho wa Taala with as young students here with a through your parents, is not always something that is meant to remain with you and eternally. And each and every year. I know that many of our families here at our school and in our community go through various financial difficulties. For some people, adding more than one item on the uniform list becomes a burden. For some people that have to decide how many of the book list items need to be bought. For many of our families, it's not always easy to have everything that one wishes for being provided for them. And I want you to know that our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam used to make dua for those who had needs that Allah did not fulfill for them in this life, but that they continue to worship him well, so that Allah will give them greater than in the next. One of the dua of the prophets I send them is that he would say, Oh Allah, I ask you on the Day of Judgment, to gather me with the Fukuhara with those who had needs in my OMA that their needs exceeded their wealth and their income. I want you Yeah, Allah to enter this drive that I can be gathered with those who haven't been blessed with all of the things that I've been blessed with. And I know as I say this to you, I'm saying it to those who have been blessed and privileged. Some of
you know that one of my great passions in life is fulfilling charitable projects for those who are most disadvantaged in many places around the world. And in Hamdulillah, in our school, we have a history until now, from 2014, nearly six, seven years ago, there's a water wells that have been dedicated in the heartland of Africa, that until now people are pumping water, to cook their food with to drink when to wet bathe with to make will do with that many of you and your families and hamdulillah contributed to now I want you to remember in case you forgot that the best way to bless your life is not to make more but to have more baraka and blessing in what you are being given by
Allah. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he used to say, Alina, Rena neffs being truly wealthy being truly without need is that your soul has contentment with Allah
And it broke my heart Wallah hearing from some of our parents in the last couple of weeks, asking about different kinds of things that they needed to help their children with in terms of uniforms in terms of booklets and things of that nature.
And I want you to know that sometimes when you ask of your parents something that they're unable to provide, and they provided for you, that this is done out of love for you and out of seeking for you the best that at times, they were not able to have themselves. And in case you forgot, your parents work hard for everything that they provide for you. And if there's one thing that you can do, to bring happiness to their heart, is to show just even a moment of appreciation that when your mom has set food for you on the table, or your father has come home with groceries after a long day's work, or that you requested a shiny new bike or pair of shoes, or there's something that you need that
they took you out and purchase for you, that the very least you can do is to say Alhamdulillah be thankful to Allah and make dua Jazak Allah Who Hira May Allah reward you, my father, my mother, for that which you have done for me that Allah may not have favored others we've in case you forget, even when times are difficult, you are in the top 1% of human beings who live on the earth today.
I want you to know that there are nearly half a million young Muslim oil Gore people, we're people, or your people or the ethnic Muslim Chinese people 500,000 had been taken from their families and distributed to orphanages across Mainland China.
So that they don't have what you and I are privileged with today, what we're talking about today, the ability to study and learn the Quran, their ability to connect with their families and learn the vicar of Allah, the ability to be raised with their parents who can lead them in a happy life.
There are hundreds of 1000s of young children
on the borders of Turkey, of Lebanon, of an era whose parents were massacred over the years of war.
In the heartbreaking saga of the people of Syria.
There are hundreds of 1000s of young Muslim children who are living on the streets.
In places like Mumbai, in countries like Bangladesh, in countries like Pakistan and Egypt, where many of us come from, there are hundreds of 1000s of young children who are in refugee settlement camps, waiting for a place where they can come to be able to sit in an air conditioned space, uncomfortable, thick carpet, to be able just to learn not just the word of Allah, but anything that they can, that they've never had an opportunity for, in case you forgot, you are from those who are privileged, and be thankful to Allah subhanahu wa to Allah. I pray that Allah Subhana Allah to Allah continues to bless my home and your homes, our families, in our community, that Allah Subhana Allah
to Allah leads us towards responsibility towards those who don't have what we've been blessed with. That Allah allows you to be appreciative of your parents, of your older siblings and guardians, that Allah Subhana Allah to Allah grant to light in your heart and in your homes. I pray that Allah Subhana Allah to Allah makes the message of the Quran a part of your life for the rest of your life, that not only do you learn to protect its reading, but also its practice. I pray that Allah protects our staff and our students, our parents and our teachers, that Allah leads our board and administrators in principle to that which is pleasing to Him. That Allah Subhana Allah to ALLAH
turns us all away from that which is sinful and harmful. Allahumma Amin, I pray that Allah subhana wa Taala increases our love for one another and makes us from those who practice the deen of Allah as it was intended. Through the life of the prophets. I send
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