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The Legacy of Dr Muhammad Muhsin Khan
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Alhamdulillah. All praise is due to Allah, the One and the unique. It is He alone that we worship, and it is His blessings that we seek. He is the Lord of the oppressed, and he answers the call of the week. Dear Muslims, one of the matters that many of us have noticed. And it is one of the signs of the Day of Judgment is the frequent news that we receive of the death of our odema and our senior respectable people of this woman, especially during this last year. And especially during this COVID crisis. It is as if we are seeing them one by one go. And this last week as well. Multiple deaths occurred in the global Muslim community of Roma that were respected across the world. And in the
English speaking world as well. Multiple scholars have been taken away from us in the last few weeks and months, and especially in the last year. And this is something that is causing distress to everybody who understands the implications of this, because dear Muslims, our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the scholars are the inheritors of the prophets collectively ulama take on the role of the prophets collectively there is no prophet amongst us, our Prophet sallallahu either he was sent them has left back to his Lord, but collectively the ruler ma step up partially and they guide the oma and they instruct the oma and they inspire the oma and they are the ones through them.
Allah teaches the Quran and Sunnah through that Rama when the rules are taken away what will be left and that is why it is a very terrifying sign dear Muslims and I remind myself and all of you to take advantage of our odema to associate with them to learn from them before they are taken away. It is so true that a person an oma does not recognize the status of its aroma until they are taken away and it is too late. So appreciate the realm that exists in all civilizations and cultures and languages. In every language that you speak you will find people of knowledge appreciate them make do offer them benefit from them. And in particular dear Muslims try your best to associate as one of
the great scholars of the past said I love knowledge even though I am not a scholar. So I hope a lot raises me with the people of knowledge even though I don't deserve that title. So be with him because inspires you ism is the foundation that allows us to be where we are. And in particular doable slums. I wanted to mention the story of one person he is not even an alum in the technical sense and yet it is something that I find very inspiring to mention his story and it is somebody who I will not claim he is a teacher of mine. He's not a teacher, but I had the opportunity to interact with him a few times and he just passed away and he was buried yesterday in Buckley I live in Medina
he was janazah was afterthought and fragile and he was buried in Berkeley or in Medina and it is a name that most of you are aware of Dr. Mohammed Mohsin Khan he passed away at the age of 97 after living a century amongst us, and his story is very inspiring, because it gives hope to those who are not even roadmap it you don't have to have him to benefit the oma. You don't have to have traveled, traveled and studied isn't just to benefit the oma, you can benefit the oma no matter what your field is Dr. Mohammed Watson Han he is the person who first translated cytosol Buhari into the English language and he translated the Quran and other books into the English language when no such
translation existed. But his story is very interesting. And Allah blessed me to interact with him and hear this story personally from him more than one time when I was a student in the blessing city of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Dr. Marston Han was born in an Avalon family in of course, pre partition India, and born in the 1920s. And he was of the first batches to study abroad overseas. In the West, he studied in England, and he got his MBBS which is his degree in medicine. And then he pursued a speciality of heart and chest diseases. This is in the 1950s when hardly any Muslim was living in the West, much less studying in the West. So he became top notch in his field.
And then an offer came to him from King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia to come and be in charge of the speciality unit of heart and chest diseases in the military hospitals are very prestigious, very well paying. He said this to me directly. He said, I was not a religious person. And I did not choose the job to go to Saudi Arabia to go to Mecca and Medina. I chose the job because it paid well he said this to me directly. I chose the job because it paid well I left England and I went to the city of authority, which was a
The military hospital was this is in the late 50s. And he stayed there and he established his credentials. Then in 1961, the Islamic University of Medina where I studied for 10 years, it opened up in 1961. They needed a hospital for the students and faculty and staff and I have visited that hospital a few times. So they needed a doctor, excuse me, but it's 1961. And back then there are no qualified Muslim doctors, you have to be a Muslim tilba Medina, so by Royal Decree, not that he wanted it, Dr. Morrison Han was transferred to become the chief doctor for the University of Medina, as a doctor, not as an ATM, not as a chef. And he entered Medina as a doctor because of the salary
how many amongst us would love to live there because of the religion and he told me this directly, I went there because of the job and because the king forced me I didn't want to go to Medina because he had a good position and power, but he went to Medina. And he said, within a few weeks, I saw the Prophet salallahu it he was selling in a dream. And it's a very long dream. And at the one portrait portion of the dream, the process was sweating. And he, Dr. Marcel Han, he took that sweat and he drank it. He woke up and he was shocked. What does this dream mean? He went to the rector of the university, his chef in bars, the famous the Grand Mufti at the time, this is 1960, something, he
went to chef Ben bars and he said, Chef, you know, I'm the doctor of your hospital. I saw this dream. What does it mean? The chef said to him, this means you're going to benefit the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu. Either he was.
Dr. Marsden told us. I was shocked. I am a medical doctor. I'm not a Shere Khan alum. I don't know anything about Islam. I'm not even that religious back in that day, but Allah had plans for him. Allah had plans for him that even he did not know. He was shocked. He goes, What can I do that can benefit the sooner? So he said, I began asking around because he knew that this is a dream, he asked to do something. And he discovered this is 1960 something that these famous and important books had not been translated. Nobody spoke fluent Arabic and fluent English at the time. And he realized that he spoke fluent English because he's trained in England for so many years. He spoke fluent English.
So he said, the idea then came to me that perhaps Allah xojo is showing me to translate these books for the oma, but he didn't have any. So he went to Chef pinbar chef members assigned him another great scholar, Dr. de la. He was a Moroccan scholar, who back in the 1930s, went to Germany when Nazis were ruling and they needed his PhD in Islamic Studies. So he spoke French and German and English and Arabic, multilingual scholar. So he was assigned Dr. Tokyo Dean and Dr. Marston Honda two of them in the 1960s. When there was no authentic translation of the Quran done by Muslims back then it was done by non Muslims. And no book of Hadith had been translated by this point in time.
And the two of them sat together, he gave up his job, and they translated Mashallah diabolical, the entirety of his body and a commentary of the Quran. One of them is multivolume and the other one is one volume. Now, it is true to say when we look back at it, we can find errors and methodological problems, but Subhanallah hindsight is 2020. Rather than picking and nitpicking their errors, we should look at them as paving the way for the rest of us opening the doors for the rest of us. Yes, it's not a perfect translation. But the point is, they raised the bar when there was no bar. And they allowed later people like us to come and say, Okay, this is incorrect, we can make it better so
we can build from what they left us. Now, why am I telling you this story? Because for me, it's such an inspiring story that you can benefit the oma in a global scale. I am positive that 95% of you know Dr. Marston hard but you don't know his story. You have his translation at home, but you don't know anything about him. Do you know he's not a chef. He's not an alum. He didn't study full time Islamic Studies. He himself was shocked. How can I help the oma? But Allah azza wa jal had a plan for him. So with a Clos under the guidance of Allah Ma and with sincerity, and with humility and humbleness and will like I met him a number of times, you would not even think that this is a
medical doctor from England with prestigious degrees and money you would not even know this such a humble and simple person, he would be lost in the crowd. You would not know him if you didn't know who he was. And yet what he did literally impacted the English speaking world in its entirety.
What is the takeaway message dear Muslims, very simple. You too can benefit the oma in your own way. Don't let barriers that you put in your head like he himself said, I haven't studied anything okay, but I have something else I can do. I have another talent that Allah has given me. Every one of you sitting here without a question. Without a doubt. You will have something to contribute that is unique to you, no one other than you can do what you can do. So think what can I do? And then do it and Allah will open up doors and how do you know what do you know maybe the door that opens up in front of you will be a door
That will benefit the entirety of the oma and will leave a sadhaka Giardia, the likes of which you cannot even imagine where did he began his journey? Where was he in the middle in England and where did he end up being buried in Medina in the in the cover of Bhagavad after living 50 years in the Blessed Holy City of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he did not attended, but Allah intended it and when Allah intends good for somebody, all of these doors open up so dear Muslims, ask yourself, What is your talent? What can you do for the oma? How can you benefit? Maybe it is in mentoring some young children, maybe it is in teaching Sunday school, maybe it is being operating in
a charity doing something that you have a passion and a skill that nobody else does. And through that, Allah azzawajal might change people's hearts and bring sadhaka Giardia that will benefit you not just till the day you die, but more importantly after you're gone, and that sort of kajaria remains. So here is my challenge to you and to me, and the question is, what can I do to benefit the oma? That's the question that should be on your mind morning and evening and then work to do that We ask Allah subhana wa tada for tooth Dr. Fiona philos Allahumma inni Darian for a mineral, Allah we ask that you not leave any sin of ours here, except that you have overlooked them and not any sick
amongst us except that you have healed them and any diseased amongst us except except that you have forgiven them and any misguided amongst us except that you have guided them and any debt of ours except that you have repaid them and any problem of ours except that you have blessed us and allowed us to overcome them. You are Rahmani r Rahim. Allah, we ask that you live from us this plague and this disease and that you blessed us with a life of comfort and ease of Allah of this dunya we ask you the best and on Judgement Day We asked that we pass the test and of the our Hara that you make us amongst the blessed for you are the Rahman and Rahim Allah bless the oma and its people and Allah
make it safe and peaceful and protected against those who desire for it evil with your strength. Yakubu Aziz, oh people know that Allah subhana wa tada has commanded you with a command that he began with himself. And then he sent seconded it with the angels themselves. And then he asked you to follow it with your own actions for he said as an accordion edema, in Nola woman I could use for Luna nebby you already know amanu sallu alayhi wa sallam with us Nima Allah masala was telling me about the quality of the Costa Rica Mohammed Ali. He was a big marine rebuilds a law in the law to either your mobile adley Well, yesterday we tried a portable wireless
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