Nouman Ali Khan is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah and serves as a lead instructor for several programs including Dream, traveling seminars and Bayyinah TV. His serious Arabic training began in the U.S. in 1999 under Dr. Abdus-Samie, founder and former principal of Quran College in Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Nouman served as a professor of Arabic at Nassau Community College until 2006 when he decided to take Bayyinah on as a full-time project. Since then he has taught more than 10,000 students through traveling seminars and programs. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is focusing on teaching his students, developing Arabic curricula and filming material for Bayyinah TV.
The first episode in what will be a series of discussions pertaining to Ayahs 1-18 of the Qur'an's Surah 12 and their corresponding section from the story of Joseph starting from Chapter 37 of Genesis in the Old Testament.
Ustadz Nouman Ali Khan’s ‘Who Dares’ has as its premise verse 32 of Surah Al-Aaraaf i.e. Quran - 7: 32 Say, "Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah which He has produced for His servants and the good [lawful] things of provision?" Say, "They are for those who believe during the worldly life [but] exclusively for them on the Day of Resurrection. Thus do We detail the verses for a people who know."
قُلْ مَنْ حَرَّمَ زِينَةَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّتِىٓ أَخْرَجَ لِعِبَادِهِۦ وَٱلطَّيِّبَٰتِ مِنَ ٱلرِّزْقِۚ قُلْ هِىَ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ فِى ٱلْحَيَوٰةِ ٱلدُّنْيَا خَالِصَةً يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَٰمَةِۗ كَذَٰلِكَ نُفَصِّلُ ٱلْءَايَٰتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَعْلَمُونَ https://englishquran.app/surah/7#7:32
Now let us approach this ayah from the human perspective :- Animals care not for beauty. They care not if their nest or burrow is the best in the tree or field. They care not if their mate is the most beautiful cat of all the cats in the neighbourhood. But not humans. Allah created us to love beauty. We visit Niagara Falls to witness the splendour of plunging water; travel thousands of miles thorough biting cold simply to gaze upon the Northern Lights.
However this ayah is not referring to these things of beauty. Rather Allah is informing us that that which Allah made halal is in itself a manifestation of Allah’s Beauty. The fact that He gave us halal marriage, halal food, halal income are in themselves Allah’s Beauty and when we live in accordance with His halal then it beautifies our life. Thus Allah’s Beauty exists within that which has been made permissible for us.
Next, the verse goes on to say that these beauteous things are gifts from Allah for His servants that shall be made purely for them in Paradise. Allah is giving us a peek into what He will gift us in Jannah. And on Resurrection Day these gifts shall be ours without the trials endured in the dunya. Therefore when a believer stays inside the halal that act itself is an act of gratitude to Allah for which we shall be rewarded on Judgment Day.
Lastly, what is the lesson of this ayah? While your day may be quite full, it is important for you set aside that half hour with Muslim Central to follow this khutbah to its conclusion which will illuminate your understanding of the love your Creator has for you.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan divulges details on some Sunnahs that are easy to practice and are the small Sunnahs. But some are difficult to follow and one such Sunnah is talked about in Surah Ale Imran that has Ayahs that depicted the situation after the Battle of Uhud. In the face of an anticipated and assured victory, the Sahabas who were guarding the Uhud Mountain began to walk downwards which gave the opportunity for the enemy army to attack and this is how the Prophet ﷺ got injured as his tooth fell off. The imminent victory was squashed just because the Sahabas didn't obey their leader - Prophet Muhammad ﷺ even as he requested them multiple times.
Special love and care from Allah made the Prophet ﷺ soft, sweet and kind to the Sahabas despite their mistake. Allah says that if you were to make them uncomfortable and difficult, then the situation would have been difficult to anticipate given the gravity of their mistake.
Listen intently as Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan unravels the different qualities of a leader.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan talks about how Allah made us into different kinds of people and diverse tribes so that we can recognize each other and learn about other cultures and societal norms. This would help better our practices and imbibe goodness from different people and cultures. Allah has designed it all in this manner.
Whether Muslim or not, the problems arise when some practices within a culture become unfair. Our Deen came into being to correct that which is corrupt, unfair and unjust.
Some practices show the clear contradiction between Islam and culture adopted by many cultures. We need to understand that when Allah has shown the way, we are no one to stand in the way and make our own rules and norms and regulations that contradict Islam and then we wonder where the Mercy of Allah vanishes. We are to blame because we have violated the basics of Deen and have disobeyed Alla and invited His wrath upon us!
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan communicates to us some of the sensitive lessons in the Qur'an.
He begins by divulging details about the Day of Judgement. It makes for a very engaging listen.
Also described at length is the sickness of Arab minds regarding women and their perceived weakness of women. Allah speaks about their fate on the Day of Judgement - those who were tortured because of their weakness and inability to fight back. This is also true in the case of children who are tormented, beaten, abused and what not. This leads to horrible repercussions which is talked about in the lecture.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan sheds ample light on the positive attributes of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ even in the face of immense pressure and adversities.
Muslims will always continue to be in pressure at any age and what we believe is going to be offensive to other people from other religions and other walks of life.
While the Prophet ﷺ was called Sadiq and Ameen before the advent of Islam, but with the Message of Allah being delivered by the Prophet ﷺ came names such as liar being given to him. Allah tells us to always be afraid of Allah and not of His creations. We should be steadfast in our quest for Islam if we want to stand comfortably on the Day of Judgement.
In this khutbah our learned Sheikh touches on the four verses from Surah Mujadilah that Allah sent down in answer to a woman's lament to the Prophet SAW.
Rather than Allah reprimanding the woman for debating with His Messenger Allah actually gives space to someone who is hurting. Allah scolds not the woman but the man who utters unacceptable speech that offended Allah Who named the womb with His own name - Ar-Rahman.
This is an important passage for the ummah of Muhammad SAW. Hold your tongue. Verbal abuse in families is not light. Remember Allah heard the conversation within those walls and Allah will hold to account verbal abuse in family relationships.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan divulges details when after the Day of Judgement when some are in Hell and others are in Heaven.
From the perspective of a Heaven dweller, an insight is drawn asking about each other and it makes for an engaging listen. One of the Heaven dwellers remembers a friend from his life on earth whom we call as a Qareen.
What were the conversations between the Qareen and himself? And what was the repercussion of that conversation?
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan gives a final lecture on taking lessons from the story of Haroon AS who is the brother of Musa AS.
Doing Israf, spending luxuriously and showing off are acts that are detested beyond measure in Islam as it sets a false standard for people to follow who may not be well off or financially stable. This sets forth into motion a conundrum of problems such as debts, Riba, etc, which sends us into a turmoil and from which there is no return.
We need to be authentic people and delete all fake influences and supposedly good standards of happiness. Listen intently to discover how we can stay away from these false facades and make us content with what we have and be a source of happiness and contentment for others.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan continues his lecture on the topic of fighting the Qaroon within us and provides us with reminders and reflections on the topic of Qaroon.
One should not be overjoyed in one’s lifetime. Whatever Allah has given you in this life should be used to build up your next life. What benefits me in this life should also benefit me in the Akhirah - that should be the motto of one’s life. Don't forget to take care of the portion which is your present life; it is our foremost responsibility - we should take care of our health, our bodies, etc. Allah wants us to have the best of this life and the Hereafter.
Allah has also asked us to be good with our tongues, speak kindly and not be a source of misery and trouble for others.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan divulges some details on a person who was from the nation of Musa AS by the name Qaroon. He was the cousin or distant relative of Musa AS. He was the slave of the Israelites but sort of a spy for the government of the time.
He was immensely rich due to his profession and had huge vaults to carry his riches. His people who meant well for him advised him not to get sucked in this facade and to stop being delusional. They wanted him to stay away from false luxuries and see through it and not to turn to fake happiness.
We should pursue the next life with whatever is given in this life. What does this encrypted statement mean? Listen intently to unravel the mystery.
Nouman Ali Khan delves into the topic of disputes between spouses which is sort of the norm these days.
Allah gave guidance to mankind and is unbiased in His approach. In this Ayah below, Allah has illustrated the responsibilities of men and women alike without any bias.
“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”
Surah An Nisa, Verse 34
Men have been designated as the caretakers and the ones who strive and undergo labor to fulfill the needs of their wives in all manners - financially, emotionally and physically. On the other hand, women are expected to be good to their husbands, meaning that they should be the ones who should be a source of peace, calm, reconciliation, a voice of reason and reform. The husband should always look up to his wife to be a source of ending conflicts. They should also be the ones who should demonstrate an eagerness to do such acts that show their will to obey Allah SWT.
Nouman Ali Khan provides an elaborate explanation on the topic of Cain and Abel.
Surah Al Ma'idah is the 5th Surah of the Qur'an and is one of the last Surahs to be revealed in the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
This Surah shows us how the behavior of the Muslims should be with Christian people and Jewish people and the relation with them in the face of good things and bad things. Allah gave many stories in this Surah and one of them is the story of the two sons of Adam AS - Haabil and Qabil or Cain and Abel.
One of the sacrifices made by Habil and Qabil was not accepted by Allah. The sacrifice by Qabil was not accepted and a recognition issue surfaced. He wanted to kill his own brother to avoid making him look bad.
What ensues next? Listen intently to unravel details.
Nouman Ali Khan discusses the two great celebrations since the time of our Prophet ﷺ, especially Eid Ul Adha traces back to our father - Ibrahim AS.
One of the names of our religion is called the Religion of Ibrahim. We have an added admiration, love and connection to Ibrahim AS. The more we know about our father, the more we become loyal to that heritage.
Allah sent numerous trials and tribulations on Prophet Ibrahim AS which he faced with a smile because of his undying faith in Allah and being subservient to Allah SWT. Allah continued to guide Ibrahim AS throughout the rest of his life.
We must also try to imbibe and inculcate this key characteristic from the life of Ibrahim AS which is to stay firm and steadfast in our pursuit of Deen and not surrender to the external deviations and distractions.
Nouman Ali Khan delves into an explicit explanation for the Dua for the Ummah.
Abu Hurairah RA that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: "Verily Allah the Exalted is pure. He does not accept but that which is pure. Allah commands the believers with what He commanded the Messengers. Allah the Almighty has said: "O you Messengers! Eat of the good things and act righteously" [23:51-53]. And Allah the Almighty also said: "O you who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided you with" [2:167-172]. Then he (the Prophet) mentioned (the case of) the man who, having journeyed far, is disheveled and dusty and who stretches out his hands to the sky (saying): "O Lord! O Lord!" (while) his food was unlawful, his drink was unlawful, his clothing was unlawful, and he is nourished with unlawful things, so how can he be answered?"
This Hadith has very profound meanings. Firstly, Allah has all the attributes of perfection and completeness, free from any kind of shortcomings, weaknesses or needs. Allah commanded the Believers (Mu'minin) in an identical manner as He commanded the Messengers. Another point to be extracted from this Hadith is that Sadaqah is only accepted by Allah if it is from Halal sources. This is based on the principle that "Allah is pure and only accepts what is pure".
If we adhere to these points, In Sha Allah, it will lead us to be better Muslims with a profound level of Iman. Then our deeds will be described as 'at-tayyib'. We will then be the 'tayyibun', that is, pure and blessed by Allah.
Nouman Ali Khan provides an elaborate lecture on Halal and Haram.
Allah has put many things in this world for us to use and consume and yet we remain thankless and show ingratitude. Good things are Halal and impure and filthy things are made Haram for us. The Halal things are actually a preview of sorts of what we shall attain in Jannah.
Halal is that which means permitted, allowed, lawful, or legal. Haram is that which is forbidden and unlawful. Determining what is halal and haram was a major issue before the advent of Islam and hence, many items were permitted that were impure and harmful and many things were forbidden that was good and pure.
What happens when we knowingly or unknowingly forbid something for ourselves or for others but it is Halal from Allah? The answers are provided in the most simple and explicit manner.
Every difficulty we go through comes WITH ease. In fact the manner in which the language of the Quran phrases it the ease is a certainty. And Allah's design is that with difficulty comes ease. But you cannot sit and wait for the ease.
Take time during your busy day to turn on this khutbah while you're driving or are caught in a jam and expand your knowledge of this verse of the Quran wherein our Lord promises times of ease with every trouble.
And when you find yourself free exhaust yourself of your responsibility. The believer will busy himself with something constantly. Learn to fight through difficulties find the strength to overcome our trials and be of use to others.
Nouman Ali Khan delves into the meaning of the following Ayah from the Qur'an:
“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you - when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.”
Surah Ale Imran, verse 103
Our attention and focus deviate from being Muslims first to fragmenting ourselves into groups and sects. Do not be obsessed with criticizing other groups for their choice of thought regarding the Shariah, but instead focus on being obedient to Allah, earning His Happiness and being good and respectful to humanity. Otherwise, we will be heading for a Fitnah of sorts and do not make this fragmentation a point of contention amongst each other.
Nouman Ali Khan delves into the topic of the Musrifeen - the people who go into excess.
The word Israaf means to go what is beyond necessary. Israaf brings a lot of negative consequences into one’s life. Allah does not love those who indulge in Israaf. The following Ayah from the Qur'an delves into the aspect of Israaf:
“And when affliction touches man, he calls upon Us, whether lying on his side or sitting or standing; but when We remove from him his affliction, he continues [in disobedience] as if he had never called upon Us to [remove] an affliction that touched him. Thus is made pleasing to the transgressors that which they have been doing.”
[Surah Yunus, verse 12]
"Our Lord, forgive us our sins and the excess [committed] in our affairs and plant firmly our feet and give us victory over the disbelieving people."
[Surah Ale Imran, verse 147]
When we fall into stressful times, we need to contemplate on what we were neglecting and what we were doing in excess. This is the principal part of our Deen. We need to bring deep reflections into our lives on our problems with Israaf and constantly strive to live in the middle path.
Nouman Ali Khan acquaints us with some of the important lessons with reference to Surah An Nur.
“Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth; a likeness of His light is as a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, (and) the glass is as it were a brightly shining star, lit from a blessed olive-tree, neither eastern nor western, the oil whereof almost gives light though fire touch it not – light upon light – Allah guides to His Light whom He pleases, and Allah sets forth parables for men, and Allah is Cognizant of all things.”
- Surah An Nur, verse 35
Light is a symbol of knowledge, enlightenment, and reflection while darkness is a symbol of ignorance. Allah is the light or the reflection of the skies and the earth which implies that everything in the Universe bears the signature of the Creator and Allah’s design is seen in everything in the Universe. The believers are able to perceive this light in the niche. For them, this light and wisdom is the example of a lamp which is a source of light. The fuel of this light-bearing lamp is their faith, which is the example of a blessed olive tree. They see the light through the parable of bright glass, though not directly exposed to it. The faith leads to the light of Wisdom. Allah increases the light of Wisdom for those who strive to see this light and keeps on increasing it for their guidance.
Nouman Ali Khan delves into the topic of intercession of Nabi ﷺ on the Day of Judgement.
Hellfire is described in the Qur'an -
“And if [as much as] a whiff of the punishment of your Lord should touch them, they would surely say, "O woe to us! Indeed, we have been wrongdoers."-
Surah Al Anbiya, verse 46
One of the events on Judgement Day is that the people will look to those who are of high status to intercede for them with Allah SWT so that He might relieve them of this distress that they are suffering. So they will go to Adam AS, but he will excuse himself; then they will go to Nuh AS, but he will excuse himself; then they will come to Ibraaheem AS, but he will excuse himself; then they will come to Moosa AS, but he will excuse himself; then they will come to ‘Isa AS, but he will excuse himself. Then they will come to our Prophet ﷺ and he will say, “I am fit for that.” So he will intercede for the people in the place of gathering, so that judgement may be passed.
Nouman Ali Khan delves into Name of Allah - Al Qawiyy. It is referenced in Surah al-Hajj - 22:73 -
“O people, an example is presented, so listen to it. Indeed, those you invoke besides Allah will never create [as much as] a fly, even if they gathered together for that purpose. And if the fly should steal away from them a [tiny] thing, they could not recover it from him. Weak are the pursuer and pursued.”
Allah is The Supremely Strong, the One with Inexhaustible Strength. Allah is the One whose strength is supreme, the One who possesses unlimited strength and endurance, the One whose vigor and strength prevail over all of creation, the One who is beyond all weakness and The One whose strength is inexhaustible.
“Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth is exalting Allah, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. It is He who has sent among the unlettered a Messenger from themselves reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom - although they were before in clear error.”
- Surah Al Jumuah, verses 1 and 2
Nouman Ali Khan delves deep into the meaning of these verses and which is aimed at the Noble Prophet ﷺ.
This verse begins with four of the Names of Allah - Al Malik, Al Quddoos, Al Azeez and Al Hakeem. After describing His attributes, He goes on to elaborate that He has appointed Muhammad ﷺ who is unlettered but he has to recite His Verses unto them and purify them, teach them the law (what is allowed and what is not) and then teach them the wisdom.
What is the proof that Allah had sent the Noble Prophet of the Islamic faith ﷺ? The validation is the Qur'an which gives proof of this.
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ recorded a testimony on the Day of Judgement - the Qur'an was abandoned. What does this mean? The Qur'an which came for the purposes mentioned above and we as an Ummah have failed to adapt or abide by any of these purposes.
Nouman Ali Khan delivers an enlightening lecture on the Name of Allah - Ash Shakoor.
Allah calls Himself Ash-Shakoor which means He is the Most-Appreciative, the Most Grateful, the Rewarder of Good Works. He is the One who gives abundantly in response to little and appreciates the smallest deeds with an unlimited appreciation.
Allah says - “That He may give them in full their rewards and increase for them of His bounty. Indeed, He is Forgiving and Appreciative.
[Surah Fatir, verse 30]
We can derive benefits from this name to imbibe and inculcate the attributes in our lives by doing the following:
Don’t expect anything in return from others for whatever you have done to make their life easier.
Do good deeds no matter how small or trivial they seem at the time.
Be patient and sincere.
Call upon Ash-Shakoor and He will surely respond to us.
Allah instructs Prophet SAW to 'lower his wing' - to have care and heightened sensitivity for the believers. Nouman Ali Khan explains that if Rasul SAW was instructed to have care and sensitivity to the believers in his interactions and communication then what about us? We should take care in the way that we deal with people.
Instilling love for Allah in our children.
Allah is al-Lateef , The Gentle - The subtly kind. Allah is always present but we do not always notice. Allah is always doing something for us e.g providing us with the air that we breathe
Allah is al-Khabeer, The All-aware, well experienced. Allah has direct knowledge of us.
In this episode of Sheikh Nouman, he talks about Surah At-Tawba, one of the last surahs of the Quran. This is the only surah that does not begin with Bismillah and this surah gives the impression of the harshness of Islam. This Surah also appears as if it does not come with the mercy of Allah.
Truly the message of this surah is the absolute opposite of the above-mentioned. To discover what this surah is truly about, its purpose and messages please listen to our beloved Sheikh's talk.
Nouman Ali Khan gives a beautiful lecture on the power of Dua and how it is the weapon of the believer. Dua is the means that one uses to achieve the desired goals that one has.
And your Lord says, "Call upon Me; I will respond to you."
[Surah Al Hud, verse 60]
When we turn to Allah in humility and submissiveness and advocating complete Tawakkul in Him by making Dua to him in continuity, we invoke the pleasure of Allah. No matter how difficult the road ahead is and no matter the number of challenges, the solution lies within us which is to call onto Allah and hope in complete positivity that Allah will surely answer our prayers.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan gives an interesting analysis in today's session on the Prophet SAW and how his relationship is with us and the kind of love and care he has for his Ummah.
Surah Ale Imran demonstrates the happenings of the Battle of Uhud. the main point of interest is centered around the neglect made by the Sahabas in the Battle of Uhud which caused an injury and wounding of the Prophet ﷺ. What was the Prophet ﷺ stance on this and how was his behavior towards them in the wake of this blunder committed by them?
We say we follow the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ because of the love and kindness he depicted towards one and all. This has been bestowed upon him by Allah SWT Himself.
Nouman Ali Khan delivers a beautiful lecture on the essential topic of Istighfar.
The lecture begins with a comparison between Adam AS and Iblees. Adam AS and Iblees violated the commandments of Allah. But what differentiates them is what transpires after the sin has been committed? What were the key points of differentiation between the two?
How do we attain forgiveness of our sins? Nobody is perfect and everyone commits sins. So, we should take respite in the fact that Allah says that the best of the sinners are those who repent and seek the Mercy of Allah SWT. Allah loves the repentance of the sinner. If were to compile a list of the Names of Allah, the majority of the Attributes of Allah demonstrates the Mercy of Allah. Allah tells us to never be disheartened by our sins, as Allah says that He forgives all sins regardless of their nature. Assuming that Allah cannot forgive you is possibly the biggest sin that one can commit. We are in fact challenging Allah that He might not encompass you in His Infinite Mercy, Astaghfirullah. How can we then give up hope of forgiveness of Allah?
Nouman Ali Khan delves on the importance and stature of our Noble Prophet ﷺ in the life of a Muslim and the benefits we can derive from the recitation of Durood on him.
Every time we are performing a good deed, we are elevating the status of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Iman is prevalent within us when we love, respect and honor our beloved Prophet ﷺ.
“Indeed, Allah confers blessings upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace.”
[Surah Al Ahzab, Verse 56]
In this lecture, we can see a discussion on the following topics:
Blessings and meanings of sending Salat upon Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
What does it mean when Allah sends His Salat upon Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
What are the occasions on which we are to send Salat on the Prophet ﷺ.
Allah Salat on the Rasulullah ﷺ has the following meanings:
To mention the name of Rasulullah ﷺ to exalt his honor in front of the angels.
The Mercy of Allah.
To raise his ranks higher and higher in Jannah.
Nouman Ali Khan delves into the topic of reciting Alhamdulillah which is a way of remembering Allah. He implores us to fully comprehend the concept and benefits of being grateful to Allah at all times.
Allah has reminded us to be conscious of Allah at all times as the blessings of Allah can never be fully enumerated. One of the purposes of our existence is the purpose of being forever grateful to Allah SWT.
Being grateful to Allah invokes the Pleasure of Allah upon us. Allah will lift the punishment from us. Allah gives you more if you are thankful to Allah.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan shares with us the legacy of Ibrahim AS to give us an overview of the importance of this matter and towards the end, he shares something from his experience too.
The legacy of Ibrahim AS has been encompassed with many enormous feats that he has accomplished in his lifetime. And when he accomplished all those incredible things at the end of all of them, Allah gave him a certificate. And there is an Ayah in Surah Al Baqarah which is about the certificate. Allah acknowledges that He tested Ibrahim AS thoroughly and at the end of all those tests he completed all of them and at the end of passing all those tests, Allah says to Ibrahim AS, that He was installing him as the Imam over people. Allah was making him a leader over people and a role model for humanity. This is the ultimate certificate and honor and the medal of honor that is being given to Ibrahim AS after he went through some very difficult tests. What a victory! Can anything be bigger in magnitude and stature than when Allah bestows honor upon someone!
Ibrahim AS is tested with his child Ismail AS, his wife and by the people of his time but he emerges unscathed in the wake of numerous adversities. This could be achieved only due to his unwavering belief in Allah and His Deen.
We pray that Allah makes all of sincere in our efforts and reward us for whatever little we have done. May Allah protect us and especially our youth and our future generations that they may become the ambassadors of this Deen throughout the world.
In this concise Ramadhan talk our respected Sheikh talks about the Prophet s.a.w.
In order to appreciate our beloved Prophet s.a.w. we need to go back a bit history to Prophet Ibrahim a.s. because the legacy of our Messenger is tied to the legacy of prophet Ibrahim a.s.
One after the other he was given trials after trials after trials. When he finished all his trials Allah told him he was making him a leader over all people. When this happened the prophet Ibrahim a.s. said “ what about my children”?. The children here he meant were the future ummah.
Allah told him His guarantee was only for those who did good meaning Allah turned him down.
When Ibrahim a.s. and Ismail a.s. built Kaa'ba, Ibrahim a.s. made another Dua. Was this Dua accepted? What was this Dua? Listen to the rest of this talk to discover the answer to this question and thus increase your understanding of Allah and His messengers.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan gives a comprehensive lecture on the Names of Allah - Ar Rahman and Ar Raheem. They are from the same root or etymology - Rahma. The Name of Allah, Ar-Rahman occurs 57 times and the Name of Allah - Ar-Raheem occurs 114 times in the Qur'an. Some differences between Ar-Rahman and Ar-Raheem are as follows:
Ar-Rahman (Mercy) is for all of His creation, while Ar-Raheem (mercy) is only for the Muslims.
Ar-Rahman's mercy is comprehensive, while Ar-Raheem’s Mercy reaches only those whom He wants to reach.
Ar-Rahman is in this world, while Ar-Raheem is in the Hereafter.
Ar-Rahman describes the nature of Allah, Ar-Raheem describes His actions.
Ar-Rahman and Ar Raheem are those names of Allah that resonate with a profound status, both linked, and are the only two names that are the first verses in the Surahs in the Qur'an.
The Prophet ﷺ says,’The most beloved names to Allah are Abdullah and Abd-ArRahman.’
The Prophet ﷺ said - 'When Allah created the creation, He divided his mercy into 100 parts. 1 has been revealed to this world and because of it, people are merciful to each other. He has saved 99 parts of His Mercy and it will be used on the Day of Judgment.’
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan elaborates in this beautiful lecture about the name of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
No creation of Allah thanks Allah more than Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He was given a way to praise Allah like no one before. Muhammad means the one who is appreciated and thanked continuously.
The name Muhammad is mentioned 5 times in the Holy Qur'an. But how is the Prophet ﷺ addressed in the Qur'an? The name of the Prophet ﷺ is always succeeded by the word - Rasool.
Allah has declared Muhammad ﷺ not only as the Messenger of Allah but also as the Messenger of character to the Muslim Ummah. No one can belittle the status of the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and it is incumbent upon us to follow his teachings even when an Ayah of the Qur'an is not being recited.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delivers a mesmerizing lecture on Allah SWT and His Messenger ﷺ.
Remembering Allah is the crux of our existence and Allah has told us to remember Allah the way He has guided us to do. Allah has described Himself in ways which is unimaginable to us given our limited knowledge and imagination.
The next point of discussion is the explanation of the magnificent word - Bismillah. The difference between Aoozobillah and Bismillah is also beautifully explained. Why is the letter 'Ba' so important in the Arabic language? Nouman Ali Khan elaborates.
The next word that we are acquainted with in a new light is ‘Ism'. The Names of Allah are magnificent, praiseworthy and are reminiscent of the sacredness of Allah.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan gives an interesting lecture when Allah asks a loan from us twice in the Qur'an which is impossible to comprehend. The basic understanding is that a loan is needed for someone in need, which is definitely not the case with Allah SWT. How do u give someone who has everything? Hence, it is essential that we understand the language of the Qur'an.
Allah appeals to our intellect but more so, our hearts. How so? Listen intently and unravel the mystery behind the concept of the loan mystery.
Nouman Ali Khan reminds us about something which Allah has reminded us in different parts of the Qur'an.
He begins with a detailed analysis and comprehension of the word - SubhanAllah. When is this blessed word uttered? Numerous examples are illustrated by which we decipher aptly its exact meaning.
The concept of the worship of the sun, the moon and stars in the Pre Islamic era is demonstrated. But Prophet Ibrahim AS asked the people of the time how they could worship something that is temporary. The purpose of this was to draw the attention of the people of his time about who is not temporary, and that is Allah SWT.
The next point of discussion is that of how the concept of sunrise and sunset is closely reminiscent is of our state of mind and our heart and different phases of our life.
“By the morning brightness. And [by] the night when it covers with darkness, Your Lord has not taken leave of you, [O Muhammad], nor has He detested [you]. And the Hereafter is better for you than the first [life].”
- Surah Ad Duha, verses 1 - 4
Light and darkness are about our relationship with Allah and He makes us experience different emotional and physical trials, turmoils and tribulations so that we maintain patience and not be despaired, but be hopeful of the Mercy of Allah always.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan dedicates this lecture to our loved ones and imploring us to seek guidance for them.
We are not in control or in charge of anyone no matter how beloved they are to us. We feel we are responsible for them. Imagine then the responsibility of Prophet ﷺ towards his Ummah and how concerned he was towards us. but Allah reminds him that his only job is to remind the Ummah time and time again about the message of Islam.
Our environment around us need not necessarily dictate our outcome of us being good or bad. It is Allah who decides what is going to be our outcome. We may be good or bad depending on whether we want to be under Allah’s guidance or not.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves and contemplates the meanings of the verses of Surah Al-Asr and what profound implications it has in our own lives.
The Prophet ﷺ was most compassionate, loving, kind and caring. Yet, when he is advising people on the path of truth, he faced a lot of criticism simply because the truth hurts. It becomes truly uncomfortable. But we should firmly believe that nobody can truly commit to the truth unless one is a firm believer. We have to be tolerant and perseverent or exercise Sabr once we are on the path of truth because it is a hard path to tread upon.
How do we contemplate the truth? By simply turning to the Qur'an and being an ardent student of Islam.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan ponders and reflects on some of the Ayahs from Surah Al Isra.
These particular set of ayahs starts with knowledge and ends with extreme emotions. This is because these two opposite things are crucial to us.
This can be elucidated by saying that if one has a lot of knowledge but if he is not able to control his emotions, then that knowledge means nothing and even if we have a little bit of knowledge but we are able to control our emotions and are able to hold back and be able to acknowledge our incomplete information, then we are of the intelligent people who are also able to refrain from passing judgment.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan describes in this lecture a scenario what the Prophet ﷺ was facing in his life - Magic.
When he was delivering the message of Islam in Mecca, he was tortured, humiliated, ridiculed and made miserable by the political bigwigs and super influential people of Mecca.
In Surah Al 'Araaf, Allah says He is always present and is the constant Companion and Protector of Prophet ﷺ no matter the situation and also no matter the people surrounding the Prophet ﷺ to threaten him.
Another important facet that we need to ponder on is that the minute we start looking at protection from things, we begin to lose our connection from the idea that Allah Himself is the One who protects us from everything. We also have this wrong belief that if harm comes from unseen beings, then magic has been done on me.
Listen intently as Ustadh dissects this herd mentality as an aftermath of imbibing various things from other religions and also find out the practical approach one should have towards it.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into the magnitude of different relationships in our daily lives in the light of Islam.
When we have a relationship with Allah, we need to understand that our life doesn't become any easier or struggle free and merry. That is a totally different dimension. Wen we believe in Allah, we get the strength to face any problem or adversity and ride through the storm unscathed.
Fear and sadness are the heaviest burdens we encounter in our life. Fear is about the future and sadness is about the past. Feeling sad is not an indication of one’s faith in Allah.
An extreme case of overwhelming fear and sadness depicted in the history of Islam is that of the mother of Musa AS. this story is described at length for us to fully fathom the emotions of fear and sadness and what is the stance of a believer in the wake of this extreme adversity.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan divulges numerous details relating to the slander of Aisha RA specifically referring to verses 15, 16 and 17 revealed with reference to Aisha RA.
The end to these false rumors and the horrendous slander of Aisha RA came in the form of Allah’s intervention through verses and revelation to the Prophet ﷺ. The first section of Surah Nur is a firm declaration on the punishment that shall be meted out for slandering.
This story reasserts the honorable and high stature of Aisha RA. She is the mother of the believers and is pure, the daughter of the pure, and she is the wife of the Prophet ﷺ. Her purity and dignity has been verified by Allah SWT and one who does not uphold this is not from among the Muslims.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves into Ayats revealed on dignity and honor.
There exist two kinds of people - evil people who say things directly and indirectly and the second is careless people who don't care about the consequences of their vile talk.
The thoughts are being criticized in these Ayats as opposed to the actual talk and the benefit of the doubt should always be given when it comes to the character of a person because this is a sign of Iman. if one indulges in this wrong behavior, then we have not humiliated that person but in reality, we have humiliated ourselves.
Listen intently and be mesmerized by this amazing lecture so that one can imbibe and inculcate valuable lessons to better oneself.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan provides valuable insights into verses 83 to 85 of Surah Al Isra of the Noble Qur'an.
“And when We bestow favor upon the disbeliever, he turns away and distances himself; and when evil touches him, he is ever despairing. Say, "Each works according to his manner, but your Lord is most knowing of who is best guided in the way. And they ask you, [O Muhammad], about the soul. Say, "The soul is of the affair of my Lord. And mankind has not been given of knowledge except a little."
What do these verses mean?
Allah says in the Qur'an that when He bestows His blessings on man, we turn a blind eye to them. Man is not grateful for the blessings that came his way when he was in need of them and for which he had prayed to Allah. He alienates himself from Allah and becomes the embodiment of arrogance and egotism. But when calamities and trials begin to resurface, he loses his patience and becomes desperate and again turns to Allah for help.
The Lord is observant of the state of everyone and knows which path is better and which mode of guidance will prove more fruitful. the reality of the ‘spirit’ or the Ruh is beyond the comprehension of mankind and it is that which lies as one of the innumerable secrets of Allah SWT. The knowledge and understanding of mankind are trivial, limited and very minimal when attempted to compare with Allah SWT.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan talks about and emphasizes on the meaning of the word - Qawlan Sadeedah [The Right Words].
The power of words is the quintessential power bestowed upon man and is a gift from Allah. When we speak, we communicate with Allah and hence, we should be vigilant on how we use them in our daily lives.
The word Saddah means filling a hole or a gap. Regarding speech, Sadd “سد” in Arabic means to fill in something. Our conversations should be such that it doesn’t create any further problems, if some already exist, rather fill that void. one should be thoughtful of his tone/voice/statements.
‘Sud’ also means a dam that separates and mountain (a reference to Surah Yasin and Kahf) it encourages us to speak with knowledge or don’t speak anything. We should only speak if we have something positive to contribute to a conversation. We should also take care to speak straight/clearly so listeners can tell where it began and where it ended, unlike tangled cables or ropes where no one can tell where starts and where it ends. Say what you want others to hear, thus, leaving no room for ambiguity. Lastly, we should speak with “purpose”.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delivers a Khutbah in which he attempts to introduce the meanings, teachings, and lessons that can be imbibed from verses 69 - 72 of Surah Al Ahzab.
Interpersonal communication within the family, partners, and friends should be aimed at bettering relations and not as a means to cause humiliation. Our Deen is not about embarrassing others but about upholding the Deen and saying that which is right and meaningful.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delivers a great Khutbah regarding the character and then relates it to our relationship with the immediate family members and bringing them back on the path of Allah through our patience and Husne Akhlaq.
What is profound is that good character and morals is not obtained only from the revelation of Allah through the Qur'an. The Prophet ﷺ did not have any revelations till the age of 40 yet his character was exemplary and topnotch in every magnitude.
How do we ensure we try to emulate and be as close as one can be to the character of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ? Listen intently so that we can imbibe the advice meted out to us in all sincerity.
Nouman Ali Khan delves into the final dialogue of Iblees. Shaytan is the ultimate enemy we have and is a relentless and pertinent one we have till the end of time. How is the devil going to come at us and pull us under his wing?
Some of the origins of the word Shukr are illustrated and how some of us have Shukr cultivated within us and is displayed.
Shaytan is angry at being admonished for being arrogant to Allah and swears that he will make mankind even more arrogant than him and even ungrateful. so, arrogance is a lack of manifestation of gratitude. Shaytan comes from four directions at us and he wants to prove our ingratitude from our hearts and diminish our optimistic relation with Allah. We should fight the temptations and let not greed get the better of us because we should firmly believe that Allah will never abandon us in moments of crises.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan elaborates on how Satan attacks us from the left side.
The basic idea that is postulated by the scholars is that right is associated with the good and left is for that which is bad which means it makes us lazy, delaying doing good things, etc. What keeps us connected to Allah is the acts of worship, remembrance of Allah, our desire to seek forgiveness from Allah for our sins.
Shaytan attacks from the left by:
* Removing your motivation to engage in beneficial acts by slowing your ability to do good things. This way he has room to fill up your heart with bad things.
* Eliminating the remembrance of Allah from your life so that you are not alarmed in Haram situations and to then fill your heart with despair.
* By beautifying sins for you and pulling you towards his direction (the left). Ultimately deviating you from the path of Allah.
* To convince us that you have no respect, that you are filthy and invaluable in the eyes of Allah.
* Greed and Wanting more than just the blessings of Allah.
* Once he gets you evolved in sin, he’ll keep you thereby convincing you that you need it.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan elaborates explicitly on how the Devil attacks us from the right direction.
The Shaytan attacks from the right by:
* Convincing you that you own your guidance. So you start to pity others, deviating away from your own guidance and focusing on theirs. Ultimately believing you are the source of guidance and take part in others’ personal journey to Allah.
* Using the word of Allah for evil purposes (Having a personal agenda above the word of Allah)
* Resetting the priorities of Islam
* Defining your own idea of a ‘good character’
* Misjudging people based on their presentation. Focusing on the difference in insignificant worshipping styles
How the devil pulls us back
In his previous talk the venerated Sheikh talked about how the syaitan attacks us from the front. In this talk he tells us how the syaitan attacks us from the back.
One of the easiest ways syaitan achieves this is by his whispers. We may think that it's our thoughts emanating from us but the reality is it's coming from the accursed one, the one that promised Al Khaliq he would lead the children of Adam astray from every angle.
One of the things that syaitan wants us to be is in the same of constant doubt, always asking ourselves 'why did this happen to me?’. He plays a psychological game with humans. If we are obsessed with the our past acts, we cannot go forward to better ourselves. Syaitan wants you to remain in that state of hopelessness that syaitan himself is in.
These difficult times you went through are not proof that Allah hates you, doesn't care about you, does not love you. This is not the case because some of the best persons that ever lived went through extremely trying times. Our beloved prophet himself lost his parents as a child, moved from home to home, lost his children, lost his wife, whose cause led his tribe to suffer for almost three years. So you are not alone in your suffering.
This is why the content of this talk is crucial to us. It gives us the inside information of Syaitan's weapons of attack. So take some time today to listen to this short but supremely important talk.
Khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan
Our beloved Sheikh in this khutbah talks about one of the attacks of Iblis stated in Surah 7.
Iblis here swore he will absolutely come at us from in front of us and behind us.
Which basically means he's attacking head on- literally in front of us, the literal meaning being iblis will use things directly in front of us against us. Eg: whatever you want to look at is physically in front of the screens of iPhone, laptop screen etc. Iblis doesn't want us to think of the consequences of our action. He whispers to us that consequences don't matter.
The second prong of this frontal attack is when iblis directs our focus by whispering about the physical elements of life - obsessing us with things that we can see - that branded outfit or the house in that particular neighborhood.
In Surah An-Nas - the Quran says “iblis whispers into the chest” which carries the meaning that Iblis uses the emotions in our chest and manipulates them to work against our aqidah, our deen. He'll use our anger to mess us up; use our happiness to mess us up. Devil whispers - “I won't give you what you want but something lesser but I'll give it to you now”.
He attacks you from right in front of you and blinds you. Syaitan blocks your view ahead of your meeting with Allah using that latest car, that awesome holiday.
To achieve the vision you have for your future you need direction, you need a goal. Iblis wants you to not have goals. Iblis makes the future invisible by blinding your view with his frontal materialistic attack.
The Devil fills us with pessimism so we will let go of our expectations of Allah that which is the essential aspect of our relationship with Allah. Iblis wants to take material things and convert it to our goals, so we're immersed and obsessed with those things and thus we lose sight of our goals.
And his next frontal attack is his attack on Time. He makes us believe we have Time to achieve our goals. He wants us to have no expect for our time and throw it away frivolously.
So now we are aware that he will launch a multi latered frontal attack, we need to know how to fight it. We need to know that we have no control of the future. It's not in our hands but Allah's. Thus how do you fight this frontal attack? Listen to this talk till the very end to discover how to defend our Iman and our deen from these obvious and sworn attacks of the cursed Iblis.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan makes us get goosebumps just by listening to his lecture on the Devil's Motive.
In this talk, we comprehend how Shaytaan is sitting to attack us! How ungrateful he is and wants us to be the same. We need to realize that we must always be grateful for the organs, food, shelter, parents, and Alhamdulillah for making us Muslims, and His guidance that Allah has provided us with. Alhamdulillah, there are so many things to be grateful for.
Insha Allah, with the constant remembrance of Allah we will be able to defeat the devil. May Allah protect us from his whispers and make us among those for whom Allah has chosen this path to be easy. Aameen.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delivers an amazing lecture that deals with the Devil’s obsession with comparison.
Lessons from this lecture:
* Iblees said that he is better than Adam (AS) since he is made from fire and Adam (AS) from clay, which led to Shirk. As it is Allah who decides who is better than anyone among us and we don't have any basis of comparison.
* Don't compare yourself with anyone in this dunya as this is not your job to do, your sustenance is in Allah's hands and you won't get anything more or less as what is decided.
* Comparing in materialistic items as those of clothes, income, cars, home, etc will lead to arrogance which will lead to jealousy and thus this is what Iblees wants from all of us to fight and holds grudges among ourselves.
* You are not superior when compared with anyone else.
* If Allah gave you knowledge, fame, money, power, etc, don't consider it as a sign that Allah loves you more than anyone else.
* If you have thoughts like "Why someone else is happy", "Why he earns more than me", "How can he be successful and I am not", then seek refuge from shaytan and read and recite Surah Al-Falaq and ask Allah for help.
May Allah protect us from jealousy and hasad and ask for the success for all people in this dunya and akhirah as well.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delves in elaborate detail on Surah Araf verse 11.
Iblees's status was elevated more than the angels because of how much effort and work Iblis put in. Iblis and all the angels were commanded to bow down to the creation of Adam. However, Iblis objected and said - "What's so awesome about him? I'm created from fire and Allah created him from clay "You didn't have everyone bow for me?" Allah exposed Iblis's motive of worshiping Allah all along which was only for recognition and not to please Allah.
A point of interest is that though both Adam and Iblis disobeyed Allah, Iblis tried to justify it, while Adam didn't try to justify it. The first human being that could've asked that question is Adam, but yet he didn't, in humility. Whereas Iblis tried to offer a logical excuse. Adam's response was humility, he was embarrassed that no matter how logical I think I am, I can't be more logical than Allah and when I make a mistake I will take ownership instead of blaming Allah.
Prophet ﷺ said that all children of Adam make mistakes.but the believers own up to the mistakes and repent. The Prophet ﷺ also said, "By the One in whose hand is my soul, if you did not commit sin, Allah would replace you with people who would commit sin then pray for forgiveness." Prophet ﷺ says " Every son of Adam sins and the best of those who sin are those who repent."
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan delivers a thought-provoking Khutbah on Prophet Ibrahim AS. He talks about his ability to stand on his commitment to stand for the truth even if an entire society was going against him and the fact that he was a young impressionable man.
This lecture aims to reinforce the fact that even though some of us may be going through struggles in our lives, we must realize that we're not alone and many are also having far bigger predicaments in their lives. If Allah wishes, He could have erased the troubles of Ibrahim AS, but he had to deal with the adversities.
So we just have to learn to deal with these situations and develop the guidance and the strength to be able to cope with them in a healthy way. We should cultivate the ability to extract guidance correctly from the Noble Book and to live by that guidance. Thus, we hope to get the reward for the patience that we showed towards one another and forgive the mistakes that we make, especially those towards Allah and those towards each other.
This khutbah is period appropriate wherein globally the wielding of power is shifting. Malaysia, Pakistan, indonesIn and soon in the US and UK too.
But our beloved Sheikh brings this element of power back to us in this khutbah. The power to move from point A to point B, the power to hold a pen between our fingers and the power to choose the right person to rule a natuon.
Surah Al Imran verse 26 addresses this element and our beloved Sheikh breaks it down for us to understand and comprehend.
It is necessary to know the levels that exist within power - power over a dominion coupled with 'izza i.e. respect and authority like our beloved prophet s.a.w. and Sulayman a.s., power only without 'izza like the pharoah and nimrud, respect and authority without power like Yusuf a.s. and Ibrahim a.s.
Therefore it is necessary for us to educate ourselves with the extent of power and its relevance to us and thereafter to bear in mind that all Power, the Giver of power, the Owner of Power is Allah the Creator of Power.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan talks about Prophet Musa AS and his stature and who is the most talked-about Prophet in the entire Qur'an.
Surah Al Kahf mentions 4 stories and the third one is about the story of Musa AS. This story is different from the rest of the happenings of his life where he usually was at the forefront. This story has him in the role of a student and on the orders of Allah, he is asked to learn from someone else. But given his learnedness, he seemed to be a daunting task. How was this going to happen?
The Tafsir of the story is given in immense detail and warrants an intent listen.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan provides an elaborate explanation of what happens when a person truly establishes prayer in his life. The prayer should be seen as a seed and without it, we will not attain the end which is much more profound.
In Surah Al Luqman where the father is advising his son and is so important that it became The advice to be given till the Day of Judgement. What does he advise? He says to his son to establish prayer and once it is accomplished, one should advise others to do the right thing.
Praise and gratitude have to be the focus of our mindset and pour actions when we think of Allah and prayer is the best way to go about doing that. This should be the first step that one needs to take when he seeks to establish a firm, steady and rock-solid relationship with Allah that has been laid on the foundation of unwavering Iman and Taqwa.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan gives the final lecture in this series on Ramadan 2018 and highlights some of the benefits of these last two verses, according to the narrations from the Prophet ﷺ himself, and inspires us to take these verses as a companion in our daily life.
ءَ“The Messenger bbelieves in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. (They say,) “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers ـ and they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).”
Allah never burdens a person beyond his scope. He gets the reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. “Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error, our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us; our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have the strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Mawla (Patron, Supporter, and Protector) and give us victory over the disbelieving people.”
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan implores us in this lecture to get closer to our religion in order to actually comprehend the beauty of Islam and abide by it to the fullest.
When the heart cannot feel anything, it implies that it is getting deviated and we are losing ourselves and distancing ourselves from the religion of Islam and the Noble Quran. What is the solution to this predicament? How do we adhere to our beautiful Deen?
The answer lies in engaging with the Book of Allah to make the heartbeat again. When the heart is dying, it means that the source of oxygen (Al Quran) is far from it. Henceforth, we need to replant the trees back so that you can breathe again.
Let Allah talk to you. That's the medicine that we really need.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan highlights the passage from Surah Al Hijr which forms the heart of this Khutbah.
"Do not place in our hearts any Ghil for those who believe."
What is Ghill? The Ustadh provides an elaborate and explicit explanation for the same in the context of the Arabic language and also in light of our Deen.
The forgiveness of Allah cannot be matched or even be compared to the forgiveness of humans. Why do we indulge in Ghill? It is because we cannot let go of the depth of the problem and hence, do not want to let our guard down and be exposed to another attack. This baggage that we carry with us may make us bitter people which is not a pleasant scenario.
What is the solution to this predicament? How do we get rid of the ill feelings and grudges that we harbor in our lives endlessly? Listen intently to get enlightened so that we are the dwellers of Paradise.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan implores us to tread on the path to repentance in order for us to savor the fruits of Jannah wholly.
Who are we to judge the sinners and carry on labeling them all of our life? This is all the more true when they have repented to Allah. The truth of the matter is that we are human beings, we are weak and we are sinners and most importantly we seek the Almighty’s constant Astaghfar.
It is our ultimate duty to turn to Allah with sincere repentance as we will have no excuse or escape without turning into sincere repentance. With our mere excuses and manipulations, we are in reality only cheating ourselves and everyone else, not Allah. We are so weak emotionally, spiritually, psychologically and with that Tawbah, we hope to better ourselves for Allah.
We should pray to Allah that He gives us the strength to make sincere tawbah at any cost. May Allah accept our repentance and forgive us for our misdeeds, Aameen.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan centers his lecture around the 135th Ayah of Surah Al Nisa that deals with the subject of justice. One of the fruits that grow from the perfection of Iman is justice.
‘O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted.”
Dealing with family can be really testing especially when we are shut down every time we speak up. Speaking the truth should not be a slave of seniority and stature. The truth is the truth no matter how bitter it is and how unpleasant it may be.
Justice in Islam, doing your best to avoid injustice, testifying for the love of Allah, sacrifice your feelings for what is right. These are acts that are hard to follow if one is attached incessantly to this dunya. Once we are sure that we want to be on the road to Akhirah and that the reward is Jannah, justice will be easy to handle . It helps us focus on what's wrong and stand up for justice.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan centers his lecture around what is the benefit of learning about Firaun given his tyrannical and powerful nature, although he is old and weak.
We find that disbelievers are mentioned throughout the Qur'an but one among them who is the closest to Shaytan in terms of evil is Firaun. He is a special phenomenon that is mentioned repeatedly in the Qur'an. His heinous crimes were against Allah and humanity.
The meaning of the word - Estakhfaaf - is elaborated upon explicitly and how it is important in the context of the atrocities meted out by Firaun on his people so much so that they failed to retaliate in any manner even though their baby boys were being slaughtered in front of their eyes.
The focus of this talk is to delve within ourselves and fathom whether or not we have something of Firaun inside us and how we should be careful if we have such traits within us.
Why do we start doubting our religion and why are our youth misguided? Why is it absolutely necessary to start afresh? Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan explicitly delves into this topic to achieve immense clarity for all of us in these matters.
Points of interest include:
Accepting that Allah gives us guidance in the Qur'an.
Acknowledge that Allah is going to heal us through the Qur'an.
The realization that Allah doesn't want to punish us and judge us.
It (the guidance) is mercy that enables us to see Allah's love, how much He cares, how much Allah is involved in our personal life, by the means of His words.
Let's gather the treasures in the Quran into our heart and be happy and overjoyed with it.