Channel: Yasir Qadhi
Shaykh Yasir Qadhi elaborates on the purpose, benefits and wisdom behind stories in the Qur’an.
It is said in the books of Tafseer that one third of the Quran is Theology, one third is stories and one third is laws. Why so? It is verbatim, it has happened in reality, good stories and there are morals and wisdom in these stories. It also strengthens the Iman of mankind. It has warnings for the one who rejects Iman. Of the wisdoms of Quranic stories is that we can derive practical manifestations from the stories of Islamic principles that we can apply in our daily lives.
Surah Al-A’raaf primarily focuses on nothing but stories and comprises stories of 8 Prophets.
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smilla smell al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah he will be here woman while we are doing sorted out off and sorted out off is a unique surah in that it is perhaps in fact it is the longest surah in the Quran, whose primary focus is nothing but stories more than eight prophets are mentioned in explicit detail their stories one after the other beginning with Prophet Adam alayhis salaam, going through no and sure even all of them until Prophet Musa and the bulk of the story is about Prophet Musa alayhis salaam. So today's short, hotter I'm going to remind myself and all of you have the wisdom of the Quranic stories. Some of our scholars have said that one third of the
Quran is theology, one third is stories and one third is laws. One third is theology Allah and the angels in heaven and hell, one third is stories of the past. And one third is laws. It's a bit of an exaggeration. Nonetheless, it is something that is mentioned in our books of Tafseer. So if one third of the Quran is about stories, then the question arises, why, and what is the purpose and wisdom of these stories? The holonic term for story is Bissau. And Chris are means from the word costs from the word casa, which means to retrace your steps steps means to go back and cover the ground you've already covered. So when we say a crystal, it's as if we're going back and doing the
events all over again. And therefore there's a wisdom for us to retrace the history of the previous generations. And Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions many adjectives about Quranic stories of them. Allah says the Quranic stories are accidental costs, the best of all stories. So every story in the Quran is the best story of them is that Allah subhana wa tada says, in the heart, Allah who will cost us will help. These are the true stories. So every story in the Quran is verbatim it is true. Now obviously, by verbatim we don't mean when Allah says Adam says he's speaking Arabic or musetti speaking Arabic, but it means that happened. And you can tell a story by meaning you don't have to
tell a story about quoting the exact words and this explains why sometimes the same incident has different wordings. Adam says this here and Adam says that there but the gist or the meaning is the same. So Allah says in the huddle of all apostles will have every story is true. Allah subhana wa tada also says that the Hotronix stories Nakata can have your kasasa him Ebola in the Quranic stories, there is a bra and a bra means morals wisdoms lessons. So these are some of the adjectives that Allah subhana wa tada uses to describe stories. Stories, by the way, are something that are intrinsically things that humans love. What do we tell our children all the time stories? In fact,
what are the entertainment the people that watch dramas in Hollywood and books? What is it other than stories and every good speaker you take any speaking class, they will say have a story in your lecture stories or something Allah created us to love we pay attention to stories, so it's not surprising that a lot chooses the best of all stories, and a lot chooses true stories and a lot of chooses the stories that have morals and wisdoms in them and of the wisdoms of why there are so many stories in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions in the Quran wakulla nakasu alikum Mr. Russo, the man with a b2b for other and we will tell you all of the stories of the previous prophets so
that your chest or your heart meaning your Eman will be strengthened. Now, this ayah is addressed directly to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam Allah speaking to him in the singular. I'm going to tell you these stories to make your Eman stronger. So if the man of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is intended to become stronger through these Quranic stories, how about us? How should it affect us? And so one of the main wisdoms of these stories is to strengthen our Eman by showing us universal laws across every culture, society, time and place. These universal laws a law calls them sooner and Allah or soon not allow him to be healthy. There are universal historical laws
of them. People who speak the truth will be mocked and rejected of them. The powerful and elite will always want to reject the message of submission to a lot of them is that in the beginning, the rejection will be there. But in the end, always the righteous will be the winners, the crown and the Pharaonic followers will always fail in the long run. So these are of the wisdoms of the Quranic stories that we extract universal laws that transcend any one time and you
One place and one civilization of the universal laws as well is warning signs for those who reject a lot and the worship of Allah subhana wa Tada. We benefit as well from the truthfulness of the prophetic message. Every Prophet came with the same message. every prophet was ridiculed and rejected. And eventually it was the Prophet and his followers who were successful of the wisdoms as well of Quranic stories and with this inshallah, we will conclude on this long point of the wisdoms of Quranic stories, especially for us is that every story, we can derive practical manifestations of Islamic principles that we apply in our lives. It is one thing to read about the blessings of
patience, great. Then we read the story of Prophet a tube, and we see how Allah tested prophet au. And all of a sudden patience takes on a new meaning. We see the Prophet yaku, and how Allah tested Yaqoob. and patience takes on a new meaning. It's one thing to read about jealousy. It's another thing to see the effects of jealousy in the brothers of Yusuf and how blinded made them that they were almost willing to kill their blood brother, and these are overall righteous people. In the end, Allah forgives them. So if jealousy can drive even a semi righteous person so mad, that they're gonna kill somebody, how about me and you how much more cautious we have to be. So it's one thing to
read jealousy. It's another thing to read the story of use of and understand jealousy, forgiveness as well. Forgiveness of allies origin and of others use of alayhis salaam, how he forgives his brothers at the end. Once again, it's one thing to read stories, to read the blessings of forgiveness, it's another thing to see its manifestation. And it is not a coincidence, therefore, that when the profitsystem conquers, makup and he is at the most powerful stage of his life, and his enemies, his enemies who persecuted him are literally groveling for their lives. At that point in time. It's not a coincidence. He quotes them the story of use of alayhis salam, and he plucks the
very idea from the Quran. And he quotes what use have said to his brothers, that la de la chameleon, there's not even going to be criticism from now on, forget forgiveness. It's not even going to be a criticism, I have wiped the slate the slate clean, so panela the impact of the story of use of even on our profits alone. How about us then, when we study these stories, look as well at for example, arrogance. Look at the arrogance of at least the ayat we recited in the beginning of today's section of the Quran, the ayat where it believes is so arrogant. He blames a law for his own misguidance caught up the bema attorney. Oh my lord, you're the one who misguided me the height of arrogance.
And look at Adam. When he commits a sin. He also committed a sin. What did Adam say? Robin of alumna and fusina. It's my fault or law I'm sorry, I made a mistake. When we read these stories, how can we not be impacted by the difference in beliefs on the one hand and other on the other and examples can go on and on and on. The point is brothers and sisters, these are authentic stories. They are not just fables, they are not just assault, you don't have one in there. They are not just legends. They are true. And they are meant for a reason. And Allah azzawajal wants us to think about the stories now how they kind of feel able to live above in these stories is able to what is it April, April
comes from the Arabic word Bara which means to go further to go over to go further. It's as if the morals from the stories will help you proceed more in life. There are a bra helps you go further in your life. So the stories in the Quran will give you the motivational tools that you will need to go further in your life. naka de Cana kasasa maryborough to Alba Allah tells us to think about these stories to reflect upon these stories and to benefit from them. May Allah subhana wa tada make us of those who ponder over the Quran the way that it deserves to be pondered over May Allah make us of those who benefit from these stories and who implement the lessons in our daily lives was sent out
to LA he wabarakatuh