Nouman Ali Khan
Summary: 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.
I am really honored and also kind of weirded out that you guys waited this long Alhamdulillah. Jazakumullahu khairun. If I sound a little out of it , that’s probably because I actually am… its eight hours of lectures straight but InshaAllah I will share some very brief thoughts with you about an important matter, something that doesn’t come under much discussion nowadays but it needs our attention. It certainly needs our attention InshaAllah. The thing I want to talk to you about is a culture among young Muslims who go on a certain religious journey especially in Western society. A lot of times, Muslim youth live a life of..lets just say partying..ok..and then they have an epiphany sometimes in life and they turn towards religion. A lot of youth, brothers and sisters, have this change of heart sometime in their life and they become more serious gradually about religion but then what happens is ; when they become more serious about religion over time , they become very SERIOUS about religion, very very serious and they find themselves, a teacher. Sometimes that teacher is a person, sometimes that teacher is a series of Mp3 or lectures, sometimes that teacher is a website, sometimes that teacher is a blog, sometimes that teacher is an anonymous screen name but whatever it is, in the end they find for themselves a source that they associate as ‘THE’ authentic source for taking knowledge and when they do and they become very passionate about it, slowly what starts happening is that they become very rigid, become very tough and they notice that people around them aren’t the same way as they are. . They don’t acknowledge the same teacher that they acknowledge. They are not understanding the deen the way they understand it themselves. So what starts happening is that first they become frustrated with people around them especially their family. So the youth starts changing and the first people they become frustrated with is their own family. “Why don’t you understand?”“ This is the right way to following the religion” and there is more and more friction. This happens even within a Muslim family. Its even more so when you are Muslim and your family is not a Muslim but certainly even within your family when your family is Muslim too but now you are kind of rediscovering religion on your own right. So this friction develops. This is not limited to the family either. What happens is that you have friends and you have always been friends but your friends didn’t take this religious journey that you did and if they did, they didn’t take the SAME journey that you did.. Their understanding is a little different or they are not as rigid about certain things as you are. They are not as tough about it as you are and it becomes harder and harder for you to tolerate that. You start questioning them a lot more and you come in contact with people that don’t see things the way you do, then you make it a point to let them know that they are wrong; that you are right. That this is the way they should do things and that there is no other way to do it etc etc. An attitude develops and especially among youth. There are many reasons for this attitude. The youth himself/herself thinks that what they are doing is called Amr bil ma’ruf wa nahi Anil munkar. They think they are commanding the good and forbidding evil. After all they are telling their brother/ sister a Hadith or an ayat. They are doing the good thing. This is what they should be doing… This is what is going on in their head. What they don’t realize, however, is that there is something more going on, there is something else going on. You know, before you become religious, you maybe the centre of attention among your crew. You are a thug, you are a gang, you are whatever..You are the centre of attention and when you turn to the religion, you no longer have that but you need something still. There is an urge inside you to want to show your domination over others..
This project started towards the end of 2004 when I still in new York, and the idea was to facilitate Arabic education for Muslims across the country and the philosophy really I had was that one of the obligations and real responsibilities of Muslims is to be educated in their Deen, and one of the biggest obstacles of us being properly educated in Islam is really the Arabic language. Because the primary sources of this religion are in Arabic. At the same time as it’s the responsibility collectively. I also believe that Muslims have a right not just responsibility they have the right to quality education that is accessible to every Muslim man, woman and child, and they should have a quality education at least in Arabic language which opens the doors to other areas of learning meet Quran , Sunna and other areas. When I first started learning Arabic for myself it was a very difficult journey from one teacher to another, to another and I didn’t have the luxury to be able to travel abroad or to spend a lot of money to go to a university to do a degree in Arabic and etc. I was very much hand to mouth as a student. So when I went through whatever journey I went through to get to a certain level in Arabic I felt well if I really wanted to learn it this bad and I had to go jump through all of these hoops I am sure there are people that are far more passionate about learning this stuff than I am and they don’t have these opportunities. So something has to be there that creates opportunity, so when I started this project in new York , ALHAMDULILLAH I started it in a masjid I used to live in, in long island at Bay Shore the response was just incredible , and word of mouth spread and requests started coming can you do that, a short Arabic class for the Muslim community in new Jersey , can you do one in Connecticut city, can you do one in Maryland. No advertising, no radio no flyers no nothing, barely a website at that time and just word of mouth kind of started spreading to the point where it got out of control. So Alhamdulillah , that’s where we started and now Alhamdulillah I have a fantastic team of colleagues that are just increasing by the day and I am constantly looking for new talent as well. Myself and my colleagues included must have visited over at least 180 Masajids all over the country, Alhamdulillah all over the US. (then Ustadh Nauman Ali Khan started talking about Arvin as this lecture was delivered at Mosque Arvin) I came here in 2007, some of you might heard of it , I came here with my brother in law , we are both from new York, and when we came here and we were teaching a class upstairs , we had about 80 to 90 students and there was a volleyball tournament going on between the Arvin brothers and between the brothers of, I think, ISAT or central masjid or something. The guys from Arvin(mosque) were getting clobbered, they were getting destroyed, I don’t know, I was just enjoying the fact that there were bleachers back there and people watching the game and my brother in law and I (because we are from new York) we don’t see that kind of activity, we were like what did we miss, is this Eid, what is the party about, so we kind of decided to move. Long story short after all these years of travelling, the idea, the virus, that got planted in my head was, we need to create a serious program , not just something that introduces people to Arabic, but actual proper alternative to travelling abroad to study Arabic over here in the US and by Allah’s grace and really miraculous help from ALLAH and completely unexpected over whelming support from all over the country we were able to set up our own mini campus across what used to be the nokia headquarters . so we have taken up to fifth floor and have started are program Alhamdulillah, and so far so good IA. Question from audience: I have heard some news about next year’s planning, so what is that? Answer by Ustadh Nauman Ali Khan: yeah we have started our ...
Muslim who turned to be an atheist and then back to Islam
Salam alaikum wr wb I wanna start by making a request in the spirit of the subject that we are dealing with. At the end of my speech some of you might feel obligated... even out of a sense of what you've been doing already to applaud. I don't think I'll benefit much from your applaud even though I appreciate the gesture but I think I'll appreciate more if you just make du'a for me & my family. So that would be a favor that you would do for me and up for all of the noble scholars that are here that have presented... and if you've benefited from them then absolutely make du'a for them and also make du'a for their families. I have very little to add to what's already been said in regards to this awesome subject but I do want to divide my conversation with you into two parts. The first of them is something about my personal life something that has to do with du'a that I wanna share with you and it's not really as out of a spirit of boasting or you know exposing... but really I think it's something that many of you probably can relate to and maybe find even encouragement in and that I wanna share with you, my favorite du'a in the Qur'an. Insha'Allahu ta'ala... and those are the only two things that I wanna do with you guys today. I was about almost 20 yrs of age and I "absolutely" "head over heels" fell in love... I went into a masjid in Ramadan. And I heard a remarkable scholar explain the Qur'an I had not read the Qur'an except in translation before that day and I heard him speak about the Qur'an in the form of almost a conversation. And you know the Qur'an is Allah azzawajal speaking to us directly. And it felt like that for me for the first time. And he was doing this every night of Ramadan for about 4 hours every night to go through the entire Qur'an in this fashion. And I attended this entire series with him because I was hooked completely, I was mesmerized by this Book. I was completely 'overwhelmed' that I didn't have any clue..no idea..what this Book was, that was always there and I always thought I have read something from it or some translation or something. I have an idea what it says, I guess I know what it has to say. But when I heard what it "really" had to say for the first time. I felt that there's like this person in... there's this Book that I love so much and I have no relationship with it. And of course the barriers were many including the knowledge of it but of course even the language. I had no idea what the Arabic language was. Not a clue! The only thing that I could do at that time you know what it was? It's to make du'a :) So I just asked Allah something very simple. I didn't even know how to ask it in Arabic or anything. I didn't know any duas by heart. So I just asked Allah: "O Allah! I love Your Book". "I just love Your Book". And I'd love nothing more but to learn it and to teach it! Just make it easy for me to learn it. And make it easy for me to teach it. Because I love Your Book That's all I asked And I swear to you by Allah! I am a terrible student of anything, "terrible" I mean specially languages I am absolutely horrendous. I was not a good student in college. I used to hate studying. You know if anybody If I ever had sleep problems the easiest way for me to catch some sleep was to open up a text book 10 seconds later... I'll have 12-13 hours of solid sleep Because... nothing will knock me out like studying But this teacher who was presenting the Qur'an also happened to be teaching an Arabic class. And when I attended his class, Wallahi! it was like knots opening up. I couldn't stop studying. I couldn't put the books down. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I was doing like conjugations in my sleep.
Objective of Sharia: A Quranic Perspective
17. An Overview of Quranic Work by Late Dr. Israr Ahmad
Isn't it time that you woke up? ARE YOU LIVING A DREAM? ISN’T IT TIME THAT YOU WOKE UP? Guest: Nouman Ali Khan “The Deen Show” with Eddie Eddie: Bismillah. Alhamdulillah. Assalamu alaikum which means peace be unto you. Welcome to another episode of The Deen Show, we try to humbly help you understand Islam and Muslims. Today we’re gonna be talking about the very important topic. This is something now that is on some of the minds of the more serious people; like people who went through some of the things in life, many people go through, parties...being invited to some of the big social gatherings and being around maybe some of the celebrities, and you know what, they still haven’t figured it out what’s the purpose of life. Now they are thinking and contemplating getting a little more serious. They wanna get serious in life but now, there’s one hurdle, there’s so many different ways out there. You got Tom Cruise calling you to Scientology. You got these people calling you to Christianity and Buddhism, and this is a…and that is a... How do you know which is the correct way of religion? The way of life? The system that God Almighty wants you to live? We’re gonna be talking about that when we come back here on The Deen Show, you don’t go nowhere. Eddie: Assalamu alaikum? Nouman: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi. Eddie: How are you doing brother? Nouman: Very good, very good. Eddie: Let me introduce you and I’ll introduce you to another show, so we’re not gonna waste a lot of time there. You are from the Bayyinah Institute. You know the Arabic? That’s the original language that the Quran was revealed. You know what I’m speaking? (Nouman: “I’m a studentof…”) Assalamu alaikum. (Nouman: “Wa alaikum assalam”). Okay you know some Arabic. (Both are laughing). Okay, we’re breaking a little bit of the ice but this is serious. The guy has been to all the clubs. He sees all the girls but he sees there’s something missing. There’s a void. She’s been sold and she is making lot of money. She’s sick of being used and abused and all these stuff; and people are going to get serious. You know what? But there’s a lot of things out there; a lot of confusion for some people. How do they find out what is…there’s a lot of us to know. Look! That there is a Creator. How is it that there are so many different ways? And which is the correct one? Talk to us. Nouman: First, let’s walk through the “Thought Process” of someone who comes to the right conclusions. They already recognized that this world was not created without a purpose; that the intricate creation of even ourselves down to our very fingertips is something that is very profound and amazing. So it couldn’t be that this has been designed without an agenda or a cause or a purpose. They acknowledged that there is a Creator who designed this in such perfection. And any decent human being…one characteristic of decency is gratitude. When somebody does you a favor, it’s human decency that you wanna thank them. It would be very indecent and inappropriate of you…that you had a flat tire, somebody came and helped you out and you just turned the other way and walked away, or drove off. It’s not appropriate. It’s not common decency. Human beings have a sense of common decency across religions and cultures. So when you realized that there is a Creator, you realized that He has created you in such a powerful way and he has given you abilities that He has not given to any other creatures. And He has given you all of these faculties, not just physical faculties which are amazingly enough. None of us paid for our eyes, and none of us bought our hands and you are doing…they were just given to us, and there are so many others that don’t have these things. So one acknowledges, first of all, that these things were given to him or her without having to pay for them. And on top of that, their sustenance – water,
14. Conflict Resolution
Assalam o Alaikum wa Rehmatullahi wa Barakatuhu Insha allah I will only be talking to you about one Ayah – just one ayah that I feel I will share with you. Those of you that are going to try and remember this in sha Allah this is Surah number 39 ayah number 53. So 39:53 is the reference to this ayah, this discussion we are about to have in sha allah. In this ayah, there are two conversations. And both of these conversations are really, really important to understand. By the way, in both conversations Allah is talking to two different audiences. One conversation is between Allah and someone who is trying to preach allah’s message. The other conversation is between Allah and someone who has lived a life of sin and they do so much sin that they have completely lost hope. And they feel as though they are so messed up that at this poihnt they are never going to be able to become a good person again, they feel like they have reached a point of no return. Once again, there are two conversations. One conversation is between Allah and the one who is trying to send the message to people – a Da’ee – someone who’s trying to preach, someone who’s trying to give good advice or council. And the other is Allah talking to someone who is sinful. When we are trying to give the message of Islam to people, who are we emulating after, whos model are we trying to duplicate? It’s the model of the messenger of Allah (S.a.w). When we call people to Allah we try to copy him because he’s the first and the best to call people to Allah. The ayah begins with the word ‘Qul’: say. And its singular. Meaning Allah is saying to one person “say”. That one person is the messenger of Allah (S.a.w). Allah is telling his messenger what to say when he talks to people. So, remember I told you there are two conversations? There are two lessons? The first lesson is Allah is teaching His messenger what to say. And when we learn that carefully what Allah is teaching his messenger to say, if you and I ever do the work of Da’waa and if you and I ever talk to someone engrossed in sin then we should take this ayah carefully because now we are also learning what should we say to people like that. The second conversation Allah tells the messenger to tell these people who are immersed in sin – tell them that I am still willing to talk to them directly. What should we say to them? “My slaves” – those of you that have made violations against your own self, those of you that have gone beyond limits, only harming your own selves – I am using a simplified translation to get the message of the ayah across. The first words are: “My slaves”. Who’s talking? Who says “My slaves”? Does the messenger say “My slaves” or does Allah say “My slaves”? Allah says “My slaves”. So the messenger is supposed to go to people and tell them “look what Allah says to who? Says to you. You know when somebody is really upset with you they don’t talk to you? Right, they refuse to talk to you? So you could say you know, that Allah is not angry at you or that Allah might forgive you but you’re talking about Allah. But in this ayah Allah is not only talking to you He’s giving you: Look, He’s talking to you. So you’re reminding the sinful person: Listen, Allah is directly addressing you. Now, when the one who does a lot of sins you know, in Arabic one of the words for that is “musrif”. Musrif is someone - Allah set a limit – and he went beyond that limit. You know literally, a fence - and you tell the horse to never pass that fence, ypu train the horse. And when it crosses that fence, the horse is called a musrif, right? Allah sets a limit: don’t do this, don’t look at that, don’t do this, don’t do that, remain within these limits. When you cross those limits, then the - what is this person called? A musrif. The ayah doesn’t say, tell the messenger to speak to the people and say “Ya ayyuhal musrifoon : the people who go past the limits, listen up,
Note: 1. Italicized are my suggestions of addition for clarification of the message that Nouman tries to deliver. 2. Highlighted in yellow are parts that I have struggled to transcribed. Mostly Arabic. Some English terms that sound jibberish were also highlighted. Inal hamdulillah… praises and honours with Arabic terms. until the 1st minute Touches two verses of At-Takathur and begins with a dua from sura Taha which Moses a.s. did. 1:44 begins the speech First and foremost I’d like to say that its both a pleasure and an honour to be back at the home community after a long time Alhamdulillah and it’s a great joy to see all of you here. Just to share my expression of joy with you I want to give you a small reminder from the Quran before I get to the Khutba Topic itself. Allah Azzawajal in Suratul Insaan also called Suratul Dahr, He talks about drinks in Jannah, 3 times. Of the many things we enjoy in Paradise Allah also talks about the kinds of things we get to drink. The first time he mentions these drinks in Jannah he says (Al-Insaan 76:5) ….. Before getting into more details about the Ayaah, just Allah AZZAWAJAL mentions – “Theres no doubt that the righteous they will be drinking out of cups…” You know you and I, we throw a gathering for eid or aqeeqah or get together you invite some friends over, you know we don’t have/live in expensive housing so what we do is we can’t afford that much (crockery?) for so many guests so we get paper cups and we spread them out on the table and we pour these drinks in and everybody goes and gets themselves a drink. But there’s a BBQ going on in Jannah, and their drinks being spread and people are going in and drinking themselves (Repeating the verse) A few ayaahs later, the party gets a little better. You know, its one thing to throw a party at your house, but its another to be invited at a catering hall. Or an expensive mansion or something like that. If you’ve ever been to an expensive gathering or an exotic setting, then you don’t just go and drink yourself, the drinks are served to you. And when you get to the table the cups are already there waiting for you. Allah calls that (Al-Ghasyiyah 88:14) in another place “Cups are Already Placed” Right, just like human beings love it now. You go to the exotic invitation, and the cups are already there. And somebody comes in and pours the drink for you, you don’t have to get up and get it. So a few ayaahs later He says: (Al-Insaan 76:17) … “They will be given to drink in Cups..” A few ayaahs before, they were getting the drinks themselves, and now they are being given the drinks, So its gotten a little more exotic. But then you wonder, -how much better can it get-? I mean, it was pretty good already, they were getting drinks in Jannah and then they were being served its even better. But you wonder how much better can it get? And so Allah AZZAWAJAL a few ayaahs later He says: (Al-Insaan 76:21) … “….Their Master, Their Lord will give them to drink.” Allah will give them to drink. Subhanallah. So you know, whenever I see muslims, believers that we haven’t met for a long time, and make dua May Allah give us an opportunity to meet each other again, and if we don’t get this opportunity in this Dunya may Allah make us meet in a place where the drinks are amazing. This is the first thing I wanted to share with you. But really the topic of my Khutba, is the two ayaahs from Sura At-Takathur. Just the first two ayaahs. I recited them and many of you already know them by heart. Allah AZZAWAJAL says: (At-Takathur 102:1-2) That’s it. That’s all I want to share with you today. And the reason I want to share just these two ayaahs with you, is that one of the essential purposes of the khutba, is to make it easy for people to remember Allah,
LESSONS FROM STORY OF MOSES/MUSA (AS) This wont be as long,I promise.I have two things infront of me.One, I really love this crazy thing about stories and my head is full of that.Second, I was supposed to talk about leadership but I just feel like telling you a story.(audience laughs)From the Quran.From the Quran.So everybody wants the story?Ok! Begins: The individual that fascinates my imagination in Quran is Moosa (AS).His narrative is mentioned at many places in Quran and every time it's mind boggling.This particular case that I want to share with you belongs to Surah Taha(Surah no.20).I've discussed the dialogue between Moosa AS and pharoah in some of my earlier lectures but that was from sura no 26.This , today is from surah no 20. Moosa AS is on a journey.He is travelling with his family.Allah says "Hal atta ka hadeesu Moosa?" (Did the news of Moosa AS come to you?") (taha:9). Hadees in arabic means "something new".The story of Moosa AS had been mentioned earlier in the revelation, but now, Allah is going to tell us that part of the story which has not been mentioned before.So Allah says "Did THIS part of the story come to you?".Did you hear about this one? And already the curiosity is raised.Then Allah says "IIdh ra-“a naran faqala li-“ahli-hi “umkuthu” (When he saw a fire and said to his family, "Stay here)."(taha:10) Understand this situation.He is travelling with his family in the middle of night, It's dark, they are out in the desert,no lights anywhere. And he sees a fire on the top of a mountain.Now, if it's dark and there's fire on the top of mountain, who should see it? Everybody! Everybody should see it. But the language of the ayah is "Unkusoo.Inni anastoo naaran (You stay here, I see a fire)."(surah taha:ayah 10) The grammar of the ayah suggests that nobody else could see it.It's only " 'I'can see that fire", and "inna" is used in arabic to convince someone of something .It's used when you are not sure.You say "FOR SURE",When your listener is not sure.So it's almost as though Allah is telling about a conversation between Moosa and his family without going into minor details.Moosa AS probably told his family ,”i see a fire”. And his wife says no no there's no fire so Moosa AS assures her , “no no FOR SURE i see a fire” You know why?Because Allah made that fire such that only Moosa AS could see it.In the middle of the night if everybody sees a fire, they are all gonna show up, but nobody else is supposed to show up. this appointment is only for Moosa AS.So he says no no for sure , i see a fire.inni anastu naaran. And then he says to his family “la-‘alli “ati-kum min-ha bi-qabasin “aw “ajidu ‘ala al-n-nari hudan." (perhaps I can bring you a torch or find at the fire some guidance.) (surah taha:ayah 10) He says this because It's dark,it's late in the night and it's getting cold in the desert environment.So he is in a sense of urgency.The fathers here can relate to this.If you are getting something for your family and your family is left all by themselves.Even if they are at the hotel room or at the airport and you have to go get food.You are in a hurry.You've got to get back.You gotta rush.Moosa (AS) is climbing up the mountain,But what is he worried about?His family.Because they are by themselves in the dark.So he is hurrying his way up and he says "au ajidi alan nari al huda". When I get to the flame, I might be able to get some guidance, some directions, some way to get out of this mess. Now when he talks of guidance, what sort of guidance is he thinking of? Directions! But what sort of guidance does he find? An different kind!Guidance for life. One which he would not have been able to get from anywhere else.So there's a workplay by Allah.Look what he thought he's gonna get and what he actually got. So he climbs the mountain.He sees flames.He's never been there before.
AsSalam o Alaikum Wa RahmatUllah he Wabarkatu! Aa’odu Billah he-minash Shaytannir rajeem Transliteration: SharaAAa lakum mina alddeeni ma wassa bihi noohan waallathee awhayna ilayka wama wassayna bihi ibraheema wamoosa waAAeesa an aqeemoo alddeena wala tatafarraqoo feehi kabura AAala almushrikeena ma tadAAoohum ilayhi Allahu yajtabee ilayhi man yashao wayahdee ilayhi man yuneeb [Surah Ash-Shuaraa, Ayah 13] Translation: He has ordained for you of religion what He enjoined upon Noah and that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what We enjoined upon Abraham and Moses and Jesus - to establish the religion and not be divided therein. Difficult for those who associate others with Allah is that to which you invite them. Allah chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides to Himself whoever turns back [to Him]. [Sahih International] Alhumdulilah he rabbil Aa’lamin, WasSalat o WasSalam u Aa’la Sayidil Anbiya e WalMursaleen wa Aa’laa Ahle he Wa Sahbi he Wa minstanna be Sunnate he ila Yaummid-Deen. Allahuma Ja’alna min hum wa Minalla-dhina aamanu wa Aa’milus Salihat e Wa tawasau bil Haq e Wa tawasau bis Sabr. [Ameen Ya Rubb al Aa’lameen!] When we talk about taking our narrative back, I think we have to divide the conversation into two parts. The conversation has to be taken back from the forces outside of ourselves and the forces within ourselves. And so when we talk about the forces outside of ourselves that are trying to hijack this narrative, the only thing I like to add is a reminder, it is not something new. All Messengers of Allah, Aa’laehi musSalat o WasSalam (ASWS), were faced with a hijacking of their narratives. They were portrayed with something they were not; whether that portrayal started with character assassination; of them being accused of having agendas other than their actual agenda or it being a point of ridicule; that is how could they (the messengers) follow something so not even close to the truth. Whether it was words like magic or sorcery or whether they were accused of being liars. All of this was essentially an attempt to hijack narratives. One of the greatest examples of that, which are repeated in the quran is the discourse between Firoun (Laa’ana hullah) and Musa (AS). It is repeated over and over again in the quran and I want to share with you a couple of really remarkable places in regard to that, before I talk about the challenge within the Ummah itself. [Surah Taha – AYAh 63] “Qaloo in Haadhani Lasahirani”… the narrative given by the leaders of Firoun, the chiefs of Firoun and his ministery, the unanimous press release was that these two are nothing but magicians. Now, who am I talking about; Prophet Musa & Haroon, Firoun said they are nothing but magicians. But he did not just stop there, he said do not get impresses by their tricks, this is just magic, simple, no big deal. He went ahead and says: “Yureedaane un yukhrija kum min ardh-kum be sehri-hima…”, “They intend to get you kicked out of your land by means of their magic”. They (Firoun’s ministers) are going around to the population not only telling them that this guy (Musa AS) is a magician so don’t be impressed, it’s nothing special; on top of that he (Firoun) is saying if you do listen to them (Musa & Haroon AS) watch out they are going to get you out of your land, they are a threat to homeland security – this is what they are. So, I just want to ask you to ponder for a moment, this is the same Firoun who in other places in the Quran says, [Surah Zukhraf – Ayah 51] “ AaLaisa lee Mulku Misra?...”, “Don’t I alone, exclusively own the Dominion of Eygpt”,
An Educationalist and a Freelance Writer In the Holly Quran 10 words have been used for the Friend The literal meanings of a friend-be there for a friend whenever your friend needs you. 1. WALLI (The Protector, The Helper) o A friend who cares for you, when you are in trouble and he guides you. o Another word used for this type of friend is HAMEEM, literal meaning extreme heat. Means a friend with whom you have great intimacy, with her you feel warm & comfortable. Surah Baqrah Ayah # 257. اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُمْ مِنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُمْ مِنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ أُولَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُون “Allah is the walli of those who believe. HE brings them out from darkness into light.But as for those who disbelieve, their Walis are Taghut, they bring them out from light into darkness. Those are the dwellers of the Fire, and they will abide therein forever.” Note : We are required to be a walli and hameem with our siblings, cousins and enemies. We have to tolerate their misbehavior. 2.SADDIQUE from sidq (Truthful) o A genuine friend, who is your friend for your sake, not to get any kind of benefit from you. o The one who never gives up on you when you start making mistakes. o Remains in touch with you even if you establish a distance with them because of their honesty. o Continuously feel pain for you. o Who supports you at every moment (for the good). o Who is your Shafa’ee. Surah An-Nisa, Ayah # 69 ومَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ فَأُولَئِكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنَ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالصِّدِّيقِينَ وَالشُّهَدَاءِ وَالصَّالِحِينَ وَحَسُنَ أُولَئِكَ رَفِيقًا “ And those who obey Allah the Messenger, then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the Siddiqun, the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!” 3. SAHIB (The person sitting next to you) o It’s a casual acquaintance or someone who is looking out for you. o Concerned about you. o Tries to help you to the best of her ability. o The more she spends time with you, the more she knows you and your emotions. Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah # 81 & 82 بَلَى مَنْ كَسَبَ سَيِّئَةً وَأَحَاطَتْ بِهِ خَطِيئَتُهُ فَأُولَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ “ Yes! Whosoever earns evil and his sin has surrounded him, they are dwellers of the fire; they will dwell therein forever.” وَالَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أُولَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ “And those who believe and do righteous good deeds, they are dwellers of Paradise, they will dwell therein forever.” 4.WALEJA comes from the word Walaja (To Penetrate) o A friend who is a partner in your business. o Involved in every matter of your life o It’s a very close type of friendship and is rare. o Extreme trust is involve in this kind of friendship. o Allah سبحانہ و تعالی is our Waleja. HE put us in trials to see what role He has in our lives. o The Prophetصلی اللہ علیہ و آلیہ وسلم is our Waleja according to how much we are acting upon his sunnah. His sunnah must be followed in each and every sphere of our life. o Finally, if you have Allah سبحانہ و تعالی and HIS Messenger صلی اللہ علیہ و آلیہ وسلم as Waleja in your life than Allah سبحانہ و تعالی will let in true believers as waleja in your life. Surah At-Taubah, Ayah # 16, َمْ حَسِبْتُمْ أَنْ تُتْرَكُوا وَلَمَّا يَعْلَمِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا مِنْكُمْ وَلَمْ يَتَّخِذُوا مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ وَلَا رَسُولِهِ وَلَا الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلِيجَةً وَاللَّهُ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ