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.
Inspirational True Story
Khutbah delivered on 04-11-2014
An excerpt from "Muslim Family Life" lecture given at Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) Collins Musallah
Nouman Ali Khan addresses the sheep-minded attitude of human beings, more specifically the (Muslims) and how the Muslims will follow the legacy of the people before them (Christians & Jews)...This lecture is based on a famous hadith of the Prophet (pbuh)
There are many lessons to learn from the story of Prophet Musa (AS) and his confrontation with Pharaoh as recounted in Surah Taha. When Allah charged Musa to face Pharaoh and free the Israelites, says Nouman Ali Khan, Pharaoh had already launched a propaganda campaign against him. His counter message was that Musa and his brother Harun were magicians who wanted to drive you out of your land and that you must defend our way of life because it is the best and doesnât need any improvement. In short he sold the people an artificial patriotism that only benefitted him and his small clique. Yet despite the odds and despite his fear, Musa confronts Pharaoh and overcomes him. This is a reminder that propaganda has always existed and that politicians instilling fear of an imaginary enemy is nothing new. The Quran has taught us about that so we would be mentally prepared. Donât feel intimidated and know that this is a test of your eman.
In this final episode br. Nouman explains to us about The Use Of Allah's Proper Name.
Quranic examples of parent-child relationships shed light on many issues that plight Muslim families all over the world today, says Nouman Ali Khan. While the story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS), whose father built idols that he destroyed, reminds us that imaan is not only influenced by the environment in which we are raised, that of Nuh (AS) and his son teaches us that even if you are a Prophet, you may end up with a child who refuses to accept Allahâs message. Although we have a responsibility towards our children, we have no control over the results. Allah has endowed all human beings with the ability to think for themselves which means that once your child reaches adulthood, he/she will have to make their own choices. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) famously told his daughter Fahemah that she should fear Allah because she will have to stand before Him at her own merits, for even he cannot intervene on her behalf. Risking our spiritual and emotional relationship with our children can be avoided if we take a cue from Luqman (AS) who waited for the right circumstances to lecture his son about religion. And to sons and daughters, beware because the crimes you commit against your parents will only lead to perpetual loss and agony both in this life and the next.
When hardship befalls you, how do you figure out if it's a test or punishment from Allah? Punishments versus tests Reference: Surah-e-Aal-e-Imran Aayah no. 165 Aaudhu billahi Minash-Shaitaun-nir-rajeem Awa lamma asawbatkum museebatun qad asawbtum mithlaiha, Qultum Anna hatha. Qul huwa min indi anfusikum. Innallahha ala kulli shai-in qadeer. Translation: What! When a misfortune befell you and you had certainly afflicted (the unbelievers) with twice as much, you began to say, whence is this? Say, it is from you; surely Allah has power over all things. Rabbish-rawh-li-sawdri, wa yassir li amri, wahlul-uqdatam-millisani-yafqahu qowli. Falhamdulillah, wassalatu, wassalmu ala Rasulillah, wa-ala aalihi wa ashabihi ajmaeen. Assalamualaikum Quraan Weekly I wanted to share this one Aayah with you for a very particular purpose, Aayah no 165-Surah-e-Aal-e-Imran. A lot of people ask questions about, why Allah s.wt. put them through difficulty and it is a very difficult question. They wonder, what did they do to deserve this difficulty, is it something they did bad or this is just Allah’s decree to put them through a certain test, how do they know which one is it. Some people, whenever something bad happens to them, they blame themselves, thinking they must have done something, been bad to their parents or missed a prayer, that’s why they have met an accident for e.g., they correlate things from unseen to the seen realm. These are some of the aayahs which help us understand, so on the one hand Allah says like in this aayah “Awa lamma Asawbatkum Museebatun Qad Asabtum Mithlaiha”, when at the Battle of Uhud, when Muslim had difficulty and the calamity had hit you, the likes of which you had already dished out to the enemy before “Qad Asawbtum Mithlaiha” twice that you did that damage to the enemy the year before “Qultum Anna Hadha” You said how could this happen “Qul huwa min indi anfusikum” tell them this is because what you have within yourselves, this happened specifically because of you, it’s your fault exclusively “InnAllah ha Ala kulli shai-in Qadeer”, indeed Allah is capable of everything. if He hadn’t wanted it to happen, He would have stopped it but He let it happen because it was the result of your actions exclusively. In Qura’an at other places, Allah says “Ma’a Asawba bilmuseebatin Illa bi-idhnillah ( no calamity hits you or strikes you except for Allah’s permission). So how do you reconcile two things, on the one hand it’s your fault and on the other hand, everything is by Allah’s permission. I want to share this concept very briefly so that it becomes clear to all. So for e.g. when you drive a car over the speed limit and swerving b/w the lanes and then you get into a car accident, you don’t get to say in this situation that it was bound to happen because Allah wanted me to have met this accident, it’s the qadr of Allah, whenever He wants us to meet a calamity, it will happen, you don’t get to say that in this situation, because this was clearly a result of your shortcoming or negligence, so you can’t blame the decree of Allah s.w.t in this case. On the other hand, there are things which are clearly and entirely out of your control, e.g. some issues related to your health might be completely out of your control or issues related to death in a family, even a car accident may not be because of your negligence, it might be someone else’s fault or you losing your job, or your business failing might not be because you did something wrong, or a natural disaster in which you or your loved one got stuck in. These are some of the examples in which there is no one to blame here. The things which go wrong in which you have no control or contribution, you can believe that this is a test from Allah s.w.t., it’s not a punishment. In this world, when Allah s.w.t gives punishments, He gives them when the prophets come and He destroys nations ...
Jumuah Khutbah at the Irving Masjid in 2016 رَّبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا فِي نُفُوسِكُمْ ۚ إِن تَكُونُوا صَالِحِينَ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ لِلْأَوَّابِينَ غَفُورًا ٘ 17.25. جو کچھ تمہارے دلوں میں ہے اسے تمہارا رب بخوبی جانتا ہے اگر تم نیک ہو تو وہ رجوع کرنے والوں کو بخشنے والا ہے۔ 17.26. وَآتِ ذَا الْقُرْبَىٰ حَقَّهُ وَالْمِسْكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا ٘ 17.26. اور رشتے داروں کا اور مسکینوں اور مسافروں کا حق ادا کرتے رہو (١) اور اسراف اور بے جا خرچ سے بچو 17.27. إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ ۖ وَكَانَ الشَّيْطَانُ لِرَبِّهِ كَفُورًا ٘ 17.27. بے جا خرچ کرنے والے شیطانوں کے بھائی ہیں اور شیطان اپنے پروردگار کا بڑا ہی ناشکرا ہے ( These are handful of ayahs Allah gives us guidance on how we shd think about shopping and spending about our money. Ayah 25 yr Master is more knowledgeable, more aware of in regards to what y have inside yrself. In other words i will not be able to check you, correct y directly vice versa.. this is something we have to figure out for ourselves ...it is a matter of personal conscience , personal morality... so someone who does not watch over themselves carefully .. does muhasiba of themselves ,they are not going to vie by the instructions of that are about to be given and that have already been given in this surah.... So Allah says رَّبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا فِي نُفُوسِكُمْ If in fact y are good, righteous then Allah will know that better فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ لِلْأَوَّابِينَ غَفُورًا Those who keep coming back to Allah in repentance.. like we have the word 'tau waab' we have the word 'au waab'.. people who come back to Allah sincerely and feel bad about what they did and keep recognizing they made a mistake and keep coming back .. for those Allah is exceedingly forgiving ... inside the word 'au waab ' is the idea that we are never going to stop making mistakes ... there is always going to be something we could have done better and we have to recognize that in ourselves and then we have to keep making istagfar to Allah for the shortcomings that we have... we have to be constantly aware of our own flaws instead of waiting for somebody else to point out what is wrong with me I should be the first one to point out what is wrong with myself and constantly keep coming back to Allah which is a beautiful thing ... it is the perfection of Allah ... the only one perfect... it means all of us have some flaws... and we are always going to have flaws we are never going to be done with our mistakes... so that fact that we recognize our mistakes and that we ask Allah to cover our mistakes .. If we see a crack in the floor you cover it with some cement this is literally the idea of magfira .. that we do this is an acknowledgement that we are imperfect and also the acknowledgement that only Allah is perfect and people that who seize to recognize that in themselves .. may Allah not make us one of them... people who dong actually think of what is wrong with themselves ... and what they could make better about themselves have forgotten the perfection of Allah . Now Allah gives us advice on how to spend our money .. He says . وَآتِ ذَا الْقُرْبَىٰ حَقَّهُ وَالْمِسْكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ And give to the one who possesses closeness ..give the one relative his right ...Allah is not making us think of all our relatives at the same time ذَا الْقُرْبَىٰ It is as if Allah is saying consider each one of them individual .. a lot of families .. y have some fight .. some uncle y don't life .. some cousin y don't get along with ... and somebody needs help .. and y think of helping those y get along with and don't think of people y had a fight with ... y skip them .. I will give my zakat in that place my sadaqa to that relative but my chacha forget about him.. So Allah is telling us the people that are connected to y by the womb of the mother ..
Time, Love, Praise And Encouragement In Relationships ICNA Convention 2010
The lecture was given on May 18, 2012, in San Antonio,TX. Lecture begins with insights from Surah Kahf, relating the downfall of a previous nation and comparing it to the mistakes Muslims make today. Continues and concludes with re-establishing our relationship with the Quran, realising it is a conversation between Allah and us, and practical tips to strengthen that connection. Our Relationship with the Quran by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan Assalam o Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu. I want to start by saying that I am extremely happy and very excited to be here, Alhamdulillah. It’s always good to meet new Muslims and see new faces, Alhamdulillah. We (myself and students travelling with me) make lots of dua that Allah blesses this Masjid with unity, more and more successful programs, and that you have something to offer to the women of this community, and youth of this community, and children of this community, the elders of this community, and that Allah brings the light of Islam to the greater area in this region through the House of Allah. I wanted to use this opportunity to talk to you about a surah that I’ve been meaning to talk about for some time and share some blessings with you from the beginning of Surah Kahf. I’ll also share some insights that some great scholars of the past have had with this remarkable surah. Obviously, this is a great occasion to talk about Surah Kahf. A lot of scholars have talked about this surah and it’s particularly relevant on Friday – anyone know why? Why specifically Friday’s a good day to talk about this surah? It’s part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) and part of it is tradition, where different ahadith have mentioned reading either part of Surah Kahf, or all of it, before the Friday prayer (Jum’a). Of those various instructions and teachings of the Prophet (PBUH), is the idea that this surah has to do with protecting us from the fitna of Dajjal. So it has something to do with protecting us from future troubles and difficulties. When you study those ahadith, on an overview you do learn of some great trial, great war, great trouble that is coming the way of humanity. You also learn of the great clash to come between the forces of good and forces of evil before the world itself comes to an end and the entire saga of humanity is finished. If those are the greatest wars to ever fall against humanity and the greatest troubles to ever come to humanity, this surah offers somehow protection and counsel and preparedness to deal with some of those greater struggles. The idea is that if you can prepare for those greater struggles, you can deal with the troubles you are facing now too, before that time. In the very beginning of this surah, Allah offers a really interesting warning. After describing the greatness of the Quran, which we’ll talk about in a second, Allah gives us one of the reasons for which this Book was sent: -to warn those that say Allah has taken a son. It’s very interesting as a chronology in the Quran that Surah Israa, also called Surah Bani Israel, is the one right before this Surah. In the previous surah, Allah talks in some length about Jewish history and the history of the previous nation that was Muslim. From the ahadith of the Prophet (pbuh), we learn that this Surah has something to do with the future of these Muslims - in other words, the past of the former Muslims, and then the future of the current Muslims. It’s like a timeline that’s been created in these two surahs together. Now, in this surah specifically, Allah warns those who say that He has taken a son. He says One of the functions of this Book is to warn those who say Allah has taken a son. These are the
In The Footsteps Of Abraham: "Islam As The Religion Of Abraham" Nouman Ali Khan takes us through Abraham's story, the Hajj, and why Abraham is such a pivotal figure in Islam. In the footsteps of Abraham/Islam as the Religion of Abraham -Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan Host: Welcome back. Millions of pilgrims are now returning home after journeying to Makkah for the Hajj pilgrimage. The Hajj commemorates events in the life of Prophet Abraham. Why do Muslims consider Abraham to be such an important figure? Recently Ilyas Ally sat down with Nouman Ali Khan at the Islamic center of Canada to talk about Abraham’s legacy. Take a look. Ilyas Ally: Prophet Abraham(peace be upon him), is a pivotal figure in three major world religions –Judaism, Christianity and Islam. What makes Abraham so unique? and why is he considered so important to Muslims in particular. To discuss these Questions, we have with us Nouman Ali Khan. He is the founder and CEO of Bayyinah Institute in Texas and a frequently sort after lecturer all around the world. Brother Nouman, we are very pleased to have you. Thank you for joining us. Nouman Ali Khan: Very happy to be here. Thank You. IA: We know that Prophet Abraham is...is... is widely revered in Christianity and Judaism but many people might not know that he is also a central figure in Islam NAK: Yeah, very central. IA: And …and for Muslims, uh…they really…uh…we really... you know, umm. Have a particular affection for him. Can you tell us yourself personally how you relate to the Prophet Abraham? NAK: Yeah, sure…umm. I mean, growing up we learned the story of Abraham and it’s very…something very close to our hearts our daily prayers include Abraham in them as we send peace and blessings upon our own messenger. We associate those peace and blessings to Abraham and say send them upon our messenger as you sent them upon Abraham. Ah But I really felt a personal connection to…to Abraham in a way like never before when I got to make the pilgrimage, the Hajj pilgrimage which is obligatory upon Muslims that are capable once in their lifetime this year. So I went with my wife and it was probably the most exhilarating experience of my life to go to this incredible gathering of millions of people at least 2, some estimate, say even up to 4 million of people in one place dressed entirely the same way you know performing this ultimate ritual of Islam in the city of Makkah and as you go you realize how pretty much every ritual you perform is directly tied to the legacy of Abraham that the entire pilgrimage itself is actually a celebration of the Abrahamic legacy and as I started doing that , I realized how closely we are supposed to be affiliated emotionally, spiritually, intellectually to the legacy of Abraham and so it’s such a central part of our faith and hopefully we can have some discussion about that in this conversation. IL: yea so it seems that you know whenever a Muslim goes there to fulfill this…this obligation that they require to do they…they trace the steps of Abraham (NAK: yeah) and his family and so they really get that sense of a connection (NAK: yeah, so you know), so what are the rituals that they actually perform there? NAK: From the very get go, the idea of leaving your family and going out there, right, for no other sake and…sake, but no other purpose but for the sake of god is itself is a commemoration of the Abrahamic legacy as he left his family for the sake of god. He was expelled from his home for the sake of god. So we expel ourselves in a sense and go on this pilgrimage for the sake of god. The other is that you know, Abraham build this house in our creed for the worship of one god alone in Makkah, you know, millennia ago and made prayer as he was building this house with his son. He prayed,
A Litmus Test - Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan - Are You Humble Or Arrogant? Are You Humble or Arrogant? A Litmus Test - Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan Allah (Azzawajal) honoured all children of Adam (AS): Wa laqad karamna bani Adam We honored all children of Adam. Who are you to look down at other human beings? Allah (Azzawajal) says the people that are special to Allah (Azzawajal); they have humility when they walk: Yamshoona AAala al-ardi hawna (Surat al-Furqan: 63) But then how do you know if you are humble? How can you check? Is there a litmus test? Yes, there is a test. And Allah (Azzawajal) gives us the test in the Ayah. If you are asking yourself, and I am asking myself: “Am I humble, or am I arrogant?” How would I know? Well here is the test: Wa Iza Khataba humul jahiloona, qaloo salaman When people who have no control over their emotions talk to them, when idiots talk to them; when obnoxious people talk to them; when arrogant people talk to them; when ignorant people talk to them; when angry people talk to them; when insulting people, disrespectful people talk to them…when somebody insults you, it hurts. When somebody talks to you badly, it hurts. But Allah (Azzawajal) calls all those people Jahiloon. Jahil actually in Arabic means the opposite of Akhil. Jahil means someone who has no control over their emotions. A bad word comes into their mind and it comes out of their mouths. They don’t think about it. So you are driving in the streets of Qatar, and some guy cuts you off, and you honk your horn, and he stops his car. And he gets out of his car and he “….” at you! And you are like, “Oh yeah? I’m going to show you.” And you start responding back… But wait…wait…wait! Wa Iza Khataba humul jahiloona, qaloo salama “Hey Salaam man. Assalaam u Alaikum! Okay, sorry! You are right; I’m wrong. Go. Go” You have to learn to do that. And if you can’t do that, then you are disqualified from category number one. If you want to be in category in number one and you will. Allah (Azzawajal) does not say, if you see ignorant people talking to you, or if obnoxious people address you. Allah (Azzawajal) says when. I talked to you about the difference between if and when yesterday. When means it will happen; if means it might happen. Allah says that there is no possibility or percentage it might happen to you or it might not happen to you. It will happen to you. It happens to me all the time. I was at a masjid - not over here in America. I was at a masjid talking to some board members about a program I wanted to do. A brother walked in and heard I wanted to teach Arabic (he was an Arab fellow or Egyptian fellow, and he heard I wanted to teach Arabic). And he’s like, “You, teach Arabic?” I was like, “Yeah, a little bit.” And he said, “Where are you from?” I said, “Pakistan.” And he said “Oh Yeah… “ And he took out a napkin and said, ”Write the alphabet for me.” So I wrote down the English alphabet for him. And he said “You see! You don’t know Arabic.” I was like “Yeah, you are right; I’m sorry.” And then he started teaching me the alphabet for thirty minutes. I sat there and learned the alphabet with him. And then he had to go and left. And that night, at the same masjid, they asked me to give a lecture on “The Importance of Learning Arabic.” If you go on YouTube and search ”How to learn Arabic” and “Why learn Arabic”/Why Study Arabic?” That lecture was at that Masjid and that guy was in the first row smiling at me the whole time. But he comes to me and says “You Pakistani, you are going to teach Arabic?”
A Believers Response To Quran Burning 03
A believer’s response to Burning of the Quran Nouman Ali Khan Lecture 2 When we come across such stupidity and idiocy what should be our reaction We need to have clarity and consistency across our community First of all these tactics are done in a very calculated and precise way to get a reaction out of Muslims and the expected reaction is that will go crazy and become overly emotional and perhaps there will be some riots like for instance in the Danish cartoon controversy there were street riots, cars were being burned down and protests were being held and shops were been torn down and they think Muslims have to show themselves as barbaric, mindless, Muslim don’t know even how to be civil… First and foremost if we react in a certain way, we are playing right into their game. We are falling right into their trap and doing exactly what they want us to do. And they do these things over and over just to see how we respond and we have to understand the language of response. We have to see that this is not the first time that these kinds of inciting attacks – there are two kinds of attacks, you can have a physical, military kind of attack or you can have a psychological, ideological attacks. And these are psychological, ideological attacks. But we need to know that Allah’s Messenger Sal. suffered both of these kinds of attacks in his own lifetime. And the Book of Allah faced both these kinds of attacks in the life time of the Messenger sal. This is not the first time. And so when things are horrendous and outrageous things are being said about Allah’s Messenger sal. or His Book, this is something that’s a continuation of the tradition of Quraysh. This is not something new and Allah addressed it in His Book. If you watch the CNN clip of that weird looking pastor saying “we believe the Quran is from the devil blah blah blah” and you are gonna say how can he say that. This is very shocking language. And yet you find in the Quran Allah makes us understand “Wallahu bi qauli shaythanir rajeem” this is not the word of a devil because this was an accusation made already. The accusations that Allah has talked about in the Quran, they are not coming up with anything new. It’s the same old thing. It’s the same old game. And Allah has given us guidance on how to respond to it. So when the Messenger was faced with the worst kind of ignorance then he was commanded Fasbir Sabrun Jameela – be patient in the most beautiful form. Show your restraint over your emotions. When we response we should respond intellectually. I want to address some of the comments even though they were full of ignorance at least for the younger Muslims who get fired up easily or get depressed about these things Firstly there’s no such as burning the Quran. There’s no such thing. Allah revealed this book from Lawhul Mahfooz “Bal huwa Quranun majeed fee lawhin mahfooz kithaabun maknoon”. Allah talks about it as guarded and protected in the 7th Heaven. And when Allah gave His messenger the mission to deliver the message that people wouldn’t take it seriously they would disregard the Quran What did Allah tell His Messenger sal.? this is a powerful reminder whoever wants they can make mention of it whoever wants they can benefit from the reminder and they can and even if they don’t this is from a very high place. This is not some journal or from a magazine So the fact that you even get to have contact with it, that you get to hear these words is an honour for you and if you don’t want to take benefit from it, that’s your loss. Trying to insult Allah’s Book or harm Allah’s Book is as useless as trying to spit at the sun. its gonna come back on your own face. Its pointless. The first thing I want to share with you is what they are burning is ink and paper.