6. Youth’s attitude towards Quran
Channel: Nouman Ali Khan
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in the record, but today, as you all know, it's the final farewell Friday sermon of the month of Ramadan, the month of the Quran, I figured it would be appropriate to share some realities in regards to the book of Allah, and our times, and the attitudes that Muslims and non Muslims have towards a less book and what needs to be done about it.
First and foremost, I want to share with you something you already know we live in a religiously pluralistic society, a society in which many different people follow many, many different religions, you have people of different faiths that your work, people of different faiths, at your school, at your college at your university in your neighborhood, pretty much everybody else's. It's a diversified society in terms of religions. And when people live in such a society, there are certain ideas that aren't even said. But they, they creep into the thought process of the people. And this is something that creeps into the thought process of the Christian, the Jew, the Hindu, the
agnostic, whoever, and even sometimes the Muslim. And this idea of you know, part of getting along with everybody. And part of sort of respecting everybody else. One of the ideas that's pumped into a pluralistic society is that all these religions, people follow these different religions, because they come from different backgrounds. They come from different cultures, you're from Morocco, and you're from Spain, you're from you're from Egypt, or you're from, you know, Bangladesh or something. That's why you're Muslim. And, you know, I'm from the Philippines, or I'm from Sri Lanka, or wherever else and I that's why I'm a Buddhist. So that's why I'm Hindu, or that's why I'm a
Catholic, or that's why I'm a Protestant, etc, etc. So really, we're just learn to accept religious differences almost as long as these are cultural differences, right? So there's all these ideas presented that religious differences, there's no distinction between them. It's just you can think of it like another cultural difference. So the fact that you fast in the month of Ramadan, and your neighbors know that you fast, they think was such such such a cool thing to do in their culture. The first thing that comes in their mind isn't religion, the first thing that comes to their mind is these Eastern people, these brown people, these yellow people, these colored people, they fast it's
a thing they do out there, right? That's what it is. And you know, sometimes the Muslim themselves, especially the youth start thinking like that, yeah, we're Muslim because we were born in a Muslim family. Over that's, that's our heritage. That's how we are. That's these are the kinds of things we do because we come from that background. And the idea and the conviction that we are Muslim because it is the truth. It has nothing to do with where we come from, or what our parents are the fact that the deen of Allah, Islam is the truth. That idea becomes diluted. It gets reduced to just a culture gets reduced to just a religious heritage. That's all it is. And when you lose sight of the fact
that this is the truth, then you feel you don't feel the urgency to want to share the truth with others. You're okay with the fact that somebody else is whatever other religion and you are this really
It's just traditional differences. You know, these are differences of heritage. But when you're convinced this is the truth. And then when you're convinced of that, and you know, everybody else, what they have is false hood, then you feel a sense of urgency to want to share the truth with others. If there's a building on fire, and you're the only one who knows it's on fire, it's only decency that you would want to let other people know listen, we need to get out of here. It's on fire. And so there's a sense of urgency that creeps up into you. But the sense of urgency is gone. It's gone because we don't associate the Dean of the law, the Book of Allah, the legacy of His
Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as being the ultimate truth that demands to be shared with humanity. That's one problem, a change of attitude needs to take place. Here's another change of attitude that I want to talk to you about.
Those of us who do work in the field of Dawa, or organizations, groups, writers, websites, etc, etc, dedicated to spreading and, you know, enlightening people with the message of Islam in whatever capacity, my help all the efforts of that one big and small, local, international, May Allah help all of them and put Baraka in their work and accept the work from them. And may Allah make all of us contributors to the work of Dawa in all lengths, including this one. Now, having said all of that, the work of Dawa of sharing the message of Islam with the larger society, let's just talk about it in the American context, briefly, this work has a few obstacles in front of it. And this work has
right now been reorganized, and it's been shaped not according to our liking, or according to the principles of our book in our legacy, but according to a different agenda. And this is what I wanted to bring before you, you know, in the prophets times on the left where it was seldom, the Quran was the main vehicle of Dawa the messenger in southwestern I was commanded with Luma Oh, here in a camino Gita, read what has been read to you what has been revealed to you from the book, read it onto the people recited onto them, what record will
remind by means of the Quran makansutra. Right, who are you reminding by Koran, whoever few fears the promise, even if a disbeliever has some fear of the promise, there'll be reminded by the Quran, the Quran was a means by which the message of the law was delivered to people.
But and you know, when this message was delivered, some people didn't want to hear it. Some people wanted to distract this conversation. They didn't want to have this conversation. That is the central message of the book. So they started this tactic, you can call it irrelevant questions. They started asking the messenger, some a lot more, I think you send them questions that are almost tangents so that he would be so busy answering those questions. He never gets to talk about what he wants to talk about. So they would say to him, we will believe in what you have to say. But just answer this. Who sends you revelation? Which angel? What's his name? If you just tell us that
So the IRS come down and he answers properly? He says you believe and they say, well, we don't like him, actually. Let's ask you another question. How about this? Who were the people of the cave? If you just answered that we're gonna believe
the Quran answers How will, right? We recite this and so?
So now when the answer is given? Well, no, we have another question, actually. What is the rule? What is it come from? Whose book or nay?
Are these central questions, you have to understand the central idea was believing this messenger, the central concept was that
the central concept was don't change with your tongue, the book that Allah had revealed to you don't hide what Allah has sent to you, that was the message. They don't want to accept that message. So what's the easiest tactic? change the conversation by changing the questions? It's a very clever tactic. It's very clever. And you know, it's even used today. You go on a TV is a TV interview. And the host, the guy who's hosting the show, and there's an expert, some scholar, whatever, area, maybe it's a historian, maybe it's a political scientist, whatever. That historian will never get to say what he wants to say, because the host keeps changing the questions. He controls the entire
conversation. What I'm trying to get across is whoever controls the questions controls the conversation. This is truly media. This is true in Dallas. This is true in discourse in general. whoever controls the questions controls the conversation. The thing in the con is Allah did address some of their questions. Then he stopped. Then Allah started asking questions himself, because Allah azza wa jal himself takes control of the conversation.
Why don't you think, right?
Do you have a book that you study from? bring it forward? How to asking questions and making demands on the people who disbelieve
but now we're living in times where we are not the ones the Muslims are not the ones that are either not the ones asking the questions. Questions are being asked of us. Hey, how can Islam condones terrorism? How can you be
hate women so much. How can you do this? How can you do that? And you're, we're put in a position where we're constantly telling people No, no, no, Islam is not this. No Islam is not that no, it's not is not that either. And it's not this either. And no, this is not what the Quran actually says. And this is not this and that so we're so busy telling people what Islam is not. We never get a chance to tell them what Islam is. We never get a chance to speak because the questions are not in our control. We have to understand this the I recited before you can be a very powerful, very powerful ayah Allah azza wa jal in this ayah. He depicts the message of this Deen in the book of
Allah. And this truth, this man in the law, this Mohammed Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that is running in our blood, this this truth, Allah gives it an image. Sometimes in the Quran, a lesson is taught by means of drawing a picture in your mind. A lot
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Wee sphered, the truth against the false the image being drawn is that truth, or Islam is like a sphere. It's like a weapon. This truth. Truth is like a weapon. And it's being rolled. It's been launched against false so it was a guy running away from a sphere, obviously. So who's on the offensive? The spear and who's running away? Let's also compare that to our times, who's actually running after Louis like the guy who's he's running after the spirit steals play around. We're on the run. We're not answering. We're not the one that asked him the questions. The tables have been turned. Then Allah describes pyoderma, who then the spear bashes the skull of falsehood in a very
graphic image in the very graphic image. It's not Allah doesn't just say truth defeats falsehood. Truth kills false. It bashes it sculling, its brains get bashed up. In other words, what we're learning is, truth has no tolerance has no tolerance for false.
Islam has no tolerance for ideas that are contrary to the truth. We're not saying we're intolerant of non Muslims. That's not what we're saying. We are saying truth cannot stand false. Truth has no tolerance, no, it cannot stand next to it, and be okay. If it sees it hasn't bashatt sculling. That's what it has to do. That's what it has to that's what it must do by definition. In other words, truth is incredibly offended by the existence of false is offended by the existence of false. And we are in a time now where falsehood is offended by the existence of Islam is offended by the existence of the truth. This is one problem I wanted to share with you. But add to this one more
thing. The elders among us, those of us that come from different from the Muslim world, especially, maybe they were attending halaqaat when they were younger, they were in the company of scholars, when they were younger. They were they built this love and affection for the dean as they were growing up. So they have this Leela for Islam, they have this you know, this, this, this chivalry towards Islam, they have courage, and they have this this confidence in the mean, but that confidence today does not exist among their own children. It does not exist among our youth. Our youth are only a commercial because we drag them here. They're only at Sunday school because you
left without them.
There. They're not here. They're not at the Holocaust, the Holocaust are filled with people with gray beards, and white beard. They're not being attended by the 16 year olds and the 14 year olds. And you know what, when they go to school, they are learning that Islam worships the moon God, that's what they're learning in public school. I was listening to preacher you know, I live in Texas. And there's a lot of you know, Christian talk radio a lot. And now they're actually talk radio shows dedicated to the Muslim audience. They want to talk to Muslims want to bring them from darkness to light, bring them to Jesus. They're talking to Muslims on talk radio, inviting them to
call in. And these they have a supposedly for an expert on the radio show. We want to share our faith with you we understand you think, you know that believing that Jesus is the Son of God is shared. And they know these terminologies and they quote out of the Koran, they're actually out there to give the message of Christianity to Muslims. Right? And I'm listening and their evidences are almost laughable. They are laughable. But you know, I also got very scared when I was listening. I called in just to see what happens anyway, they hung up on me, but, you know, but I want I was very scared. You know, why? What's the biggest weapon these people have? What's the biggest weapon?
Those who call to falsehood? And instead of also being on the run, now it's attacking the truth, right? What's the biggest weapon they have? The biggest weapon they have? Is the ignorance of the Muslim.
The biggest weapon they have is that we don't know our Deen. Our kids don't know, they mean, they don't have the confidence that this is the truth. Instead, this is the point I want to actually try to conclude with because this is the heart of the matter what I want to share with you. I don't know
Want to bring the problem before you I want to share with you how do we get to a solution? How do we start fixing things to look in our times? If you want to learn something about the Quran, of course you ask the ultimate chef Google, right you put in put on or whatever, and you want to learn something about the Quran and a bunch of hits come up, you know, on the internet, or in the media, on YouTube, whatever else, there is far more literature and media and content available against the Quran, attacking the Quran, this far more available against the Koran, and very, very little in comparison, available in defense of the Quran, or pro The Book of Allah. The criticisms far outweigh
the appreciation of the book of Allah. I want to share something else with you. For a millennium and a half this oma and its scholars that spanned every continent, every continent, they have been obsessed with the miraculous power of this book, they have been obsessed with the Quran, the incredible majesty, and how how it kept it can't possibly be the word of a human being 1000s upon 1000s of scholars have given their entire lives studying the miracle of the Quran, in the Muslim tradition. And then for the last three 400 years, the Christian tradition move up in sha Allah tala, the crowd is filling up. So move as much as you can. In the Christian world. And in the European
world. The Quran started being studied formally. About 400 years ago, they started studying Islam. Why did they start studying Islam so they could defeat the new enemies? That was the idea. Right? So they have been writing critical works against the Koran for about 400 years now. In the in the Christian world, basically. Okay. If you try to say for the, we're not even talking about the non Muslim, let's just talk about the Muslim. If the Muslim wants to learn something about the Koran, do they have today more access to what has been written by our own scholars about the Quran? Or do they have easier access to what is the attacks on the Quran? They have easier access to the attacks on
the Quran. Even the Muslim today says how come this ayah says one day is equal to 50,000? And that is one day is equal to 1000? How can he says over here this? How can we says over here that the Muslim is asking these questions, the Muslim is saying how come this doesn't make any sense about the Quran? We have reached that point. We are reached that point here. We were supposed to post questions to others, and now our own are asking questions about their own book. That is the reality in which we live. How do we counter this reality? How do we produce youth, especially youth, young men and women that we are so scared of we become defensive, right? This is one of the things before
I conclude this football is the impact of this mentality, this mentality that we have to constantly answer and defend ourselves. Right? Instead of Islam being on the ideological offensive, it's on the defensive constantly. What is the consequence of that? We have the idea we have to protect our children from the fitness of the outside world. Right? This is what I'm and that's how I'm and we have to, you know, how are we going to raise our children too scared, we're scared to death, about what's going to happen to our kids. Isn't that the case? You know, if we were really producing children of Islam, if you were producing members of this ummah, carriers of this message, then the
entire high school would be scared. When my kids, their Christianity is going to go away. Because there's a Muslim kid in that school, we would have that kind of confidence. We wouldn't shake because of what's around us. Everything around us would shake because we're there. That's the kind of confidence Islam puts in someone when they understand what they believe. When they have the book of ally empowering. I know of a case of a brother. I know actually, when he was in high school he had memorized for under four he had studied his Deen and he went into public school. And his parents were told don't put him in public school put him in, you know, Islamic school or keeping in keeping
the madrasa this and that. He said, No, I want to go to public school, ask him why he wants to go to public school. Those people need the message. That's what he said, this 15 year old kid. And he goes by the time he graduates from high school 18 kids have become Muslim into high school.
This is confidence in your deen. This is what we're supposed to produce. We're supposed that we're not doing sports. This is the best defensive offense. Right? The best preservation of our youth is the production of diamonds. you produce people that carry this message and deliver this message and our content with this message. And I deeply, deeply confident with this message, you produce that and you don't have to worry about them, you know, they're not going to end up at the nightclub, and they're not going to do alcohol, and they're not going to have a grill, they're not going to worry about these things because they have a higher mission in life, then you've empowered them in
something greater. When there's a void of a higher purpose in life, then you have these problems, then they look for other things to fulfill that void. But our Dean gives us purpose for life. It empowers youth. It puts them on a different scale. It puts them on a different platform than everybody else. And you know, we don't
We become a people that want to protect ourselves cut ourselves off from the rest of society. The only justification what I might have told you this for decades now, there's no I'm not the first one to tell you this. The only real justification for Muslims living in this land is Dawa. That's the only real justification. So for all the hiding away, and saying, Oh my God, if we're like that, then there's a serious problem. If we don't know how to handle somebody who walks into the machine, a Jehovah's Witness, right, or a preacher, or a guy with tattoos all over his body walks into the machine, and we don't know how to handle it. That's our problem, not his problem. That's our
problem. We don't know how to deal with them. We don't know how to deal with the larger society. And we were here to deliver this message to carry its message in our in our speech and our actions. In the in the four or five minutes that I have left. I want to share with you a couple of things that are hopefully food for thought for you and your family. inshallah. Tada. First and foremost, there are two things about, about the Quran that at least two Quranic studies, a lot larger Islamic Studies, that all families should be aware of this, this book is something we should understand. But it's at the same time, something we should appreciate. For is not just something to be understood,
it's also something to be appreciated. What does that mean? We have to appreciate the fact that this is actually from Allah, we have to appreciate the fact that a human being couldn't possibly produce this. It couldn't possibly be from a human, it's impossible. That cannot be that how do you come to that appreciation until you become a student of its power and its majesty, until even for the English speaker, you know, the vast majority of Muslims today are not errors, or Arabic speakers, the vast majority of Muslims. But when you ask him, if you ask the question, what is the amazing power of the Quran? What makes it so perfect? What's what makes it so flawless? What makes it so
immutable, it can't be reproduced? The answer will always be its pristine Arabic. is Arabic is so perfect, that it can't be reproduced that the answer you always get. Now, for the majority of Muslims who don't know Arabic, are they ever going to benefit from that answer? No. So do we stop there and say, well, the Nazi moudgil Muslim comes in says, I want to know why the Quran is a miracle. And the chef tells him because it's got amazing Arabic, it couldn't be by the human being the poet's couldn't come up with anything like, and he says, Well, I want to know how that works. That's not enough for me. How's it better than Shakespeare? How is it better than any other
literature? I want to know more? Well, you have to know Arabic.
I don't have time to learn Arabic, Well, too bad for you.
You can't do that. We can't do that. Just because we're living in a time. This is not what this this miracle is beauty of this book. What? Yes, all of the law of the Quran cannot be shared with people in any other language, what a lot of it can be a lot of the beauty and the power and the majesty of this book can be shared, a lot of the questions can be answered. You know, when when the average Muslim is even asking how can the Quran repeats itself so much? How can we say the same thing over and over and over again? How can a little bit of the story here a little bit here? A little bit there a little bit here? And why are they placed so sporadically, right? Muslims are asking these
questions. Well, my emotions are asking this question. How come for example, in the Quran? There's a monkey,
the monkey so it's all chronologically all over the place? How come?
The first revelation is not in the beginning? It's all the way at the end? Right? All these kinds of questions Muslims are asking today and they have answers. We have to sit and seek them to sit and actually explore this. And when you do explore this, you will come to a conclusion, you will come to the conclusion that this book, this book is superior in terms of its beauty. If you appreciate it, it's superior than any literature ever known to man. You will come to that conclusion yourself. And when you come to that conclusion yourself, then you have the confidence in this being that cannot be shaken. You have to have confidence in this book. First. I wanted to share with you in the beginning
of I'll do this in the in the conclusion now. The IRS consultant Anka booth workato Lola Newsela I don't
know the Rockefeller said How come no miracle comes to him. How can we
how can you know the sky doesn't crack open? Water you know coming out of the you know, the ground, or maybe pond or gold being delivered from the sand some miracle chose something. The previous prophets, you know, that guy came back to life. A river parted, some pretty cool stuff happened. Why don't How come he doesn't show us a miraculous sign. Unless as intimate as we're in the law. We're in NEMA and under the movie Allah tells the messenger to say the miraculous signs belong to Allah. And I am only here to clearly warn I'm a clear Warner to you. That's it. The next is our lm
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Isn't it enough for them that we have sent the book to be read to them. We have sent the book on to you too.
read to them. They asked for a miracle. And Alaska isn't the book enough. alasa isn't a book enough, right? They want it to be convinced they wanted to see something supernatural. They wanted to see something that couldn't be human. And a law said, Isn't the book enough? If alasa isn't the book enough, then that it's true. Even now, the book is still enough. We're not. We're not spending the time. We are not appreciating this miracle, the book is still enough. Oxygen, Enza, Malika.
It's such a powerful message of this book. It's such an empowering message. But we have to stop becoming apologetic, we have to stop becoming defensive. We have to learn to equip ourselves with that spear, that sphere of knowledge of this deed of confidence in this deed of really standing up and saying, Yes, we have the truth. We're not just another religion, just please accept us as another acceptable religion and society. You know, they're okay with Chinese Muslim or Chinese Americans and they're okay with, you know, Sir lunken Americans and they're okay with whatever other Hispanic Americans, they should be okay with Muslim Americans, they should be. But we're here for
more than that. We're not just here. So people are okay with us.
We're not just here for that. We're here for a higher purpose. We're here to deliver a message. And when any, you know, in the history of the prophets, whenever a messenger got up to deliver a message, they got in trouble.
They they suffered, because they delivered a message every one of them, every one of them. So if you are You and I are thinking we should be okay here.
I think again, if we're going to do that, and if we don't do that, well unless punishment will come. If we don't do our job unless punishment will come and if we do our job, then the local testers definitely, he will definitely test us. Now Eliza was unique is capable and strong to withstand that test. May Allah make us an Omega carries the message of Mohammed Salalah alayhi wa sallam with confidence. May Allah azza wa jal infuse into our youth, especially the ones that are surrounded by and surrounded by ship and surrounded by doubt. They're surrounded by those things. May Allah make them carriers of this message with with great confidence. May Allah is always infused into ourselves
and our families, a love of the Sunnah of the messenger sallallahu sallam, and in love of learning and recite