[English Transcript] Reconnect with Quran – Nouman Ali Khan

Reconnect With Qur’an – Nouman Ali Khan

MC: Ladies and gentlemen, who are blessed by Allah, let us first give our thanks and gratitude to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. And we give our prayers and greetings, to our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ‬. Alhamdulillah, today we’re still given the favor of Islam, to be able to gather in the event to welcoming Ramadan: “Reconnect with Al-Qur’an”, with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan.

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, we will enter soon the month of Ramadan. And maybe not all of us have the opportunity to get Ramadan every year. As we all know, the month of Ramadan is a month full of blessings, a month full of grace. We all hope, we can meet Ramadan this year. And we can pray and worship with sincere heart, so we can really get the victory of Ramadan. And on this occasion, before we start, in this event, I would like to invite you ladies and gentlemen, all of whom were present, to first read the basmalah. Bismillaahirrahmaanirrahiim.

Ladies and gentlemen, brothers and sisters, all of fellow Muslims, I will first read the arrangement of our event on this occasion. The event will begin with the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, which will be read by Ustadh Agus Al-Husna. And then we will listen to public lecture, with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, with the topic: “Reconnect with Al-Qur’an”

The lecture will be divided into two sessions. First session, will be start now until before Ashar prayer. And after Ashar prayer, we will continue to the second session. So I’m asking you for help, because of the time shift, there is a interlude during the Ashar prayer, I’m asking you to come back, to attend the second session. And after that, we’ll go to the closing part.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, all of fellow Muslims, now we go to our first part, which is the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, it will be recite by Ustadh Agus Al-Husna, from Sahabat Al-Qur’an. To Ustadh Agus Al-Husna, please welcome.

//Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
//(Recitation of QS. Al-Baqarah verses 185-186)
//(Translation of QS. Al-Baqarah verses 185-186)

//Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
//Wa ‘alaikumussalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
//Thank you, Ustadh Agus Al-Husna.

MC: Just now we’ve listened to the recitation of the Holy verse of Surah Al-Baqarah verses 185-186. Where with these verses we’re reminded of, one of the virtue of the month of Ramadan, and why are we fasting in the month of Ramadan, is because of the came down of the Qur’an. Al-Qur’an as “Al-Huda”, and also as Al-Furqan (the Criterion). So, here is also explained, about us, if we have difficulties, we pray to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. For truly Allah is close to us.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, whom are blessed by Allah, after we’ve listened to the recitation of the Holy Qur’an, we will go to our main event, the lecture by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, with the topic: “Reconnect with Qur’an”. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan. Takbir! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!

MC: Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh Ustadh.

Ustadh Nouman: Wa ‘alaikumsalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

MC: Ustadh, with the topic today, Reconnect with Qur’an, before you start your lecture, maybe I would like to ask you a question, Is it okay?

Ustadh Nouman: Yeah.

MC: Okay, first, why is it very important to reconnect with Qur’an? Maybe considering that some of us in here, the audiences, they already read Qur’an everyday.

Ustadh Nouman: Yeah.

MC: What’s the true meaning of it? Is there any… more, much more… wide meaning of it? Or there is a beyond meaning about it?

Ustadh Nouman: Bismillahirrahmaanirrahiim. Alhamdulillah, washalatu wassalamu ‘alla Rassulillah wa ‘ala alihi washahbihi ajma’in. This is a very difficult question, for all Muslims. Because all of us have love of Qur’an. Every Muslim that says, “Laa ilaaha illallah”, every Muslim that says, “Muhammad Rasulullah” Shalallahu ‘alaihi wa salam, believes in the Qur’an, respects the Qur’an, loves the Qur’an, even recites the Qur’an. Many of you… Masya Allah, are hufadz of the Qur’an. Or you listen to the recitation of the Qur’an everyday. Some of you even study the Qur’an, meaning study the tafseer of the Qur’an, the meanings of the Qur’an. Some of you have copies of translation in your homes, and you go through that everyday. And all of this we do is to try to stay connected with the Qur’an, but, what I’m hoping to do in today’s lecture is to look at it from a different point of view. It’s to maybe, revisit what is that mean to connect to Allah’s words.

//And, I don’t know if you want me to start now?
//Please, please you can start now.
//OK.

Biidznillah, so… First of all, I’d like to say that I’m very honored, that I’m here in Jakarta for the first time. And just being in a land of Muslims makes me very happy. And Allah has blessed this country with laa ilaha illallah, and as I come here, it’s a very short trip, I’ll be leaving soon, but, I will be making a lot of dua for you that Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ makes this country an example, for the entire Ummah, and an example for the entire world of what Islam, what the beauty of Islam truly is.

What I want to share with you today about connecting with the Qur’an begins with… what you will think it’s a different topic. But, by the end Insha Allahu Ta’ala, I hope that you will see that everything is connected.

The Story of Ibrahim ‘Alaihisalam

And I want to start with Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam. We gonna start today with Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam. I know that I have two sessions today, this session is about 40 minutes, then we have a break for salah, and then we come back again, and the second session is what I’m going to try to do to complete what I start in this session, so… This is, the first session is going to be half the story, and then the next of it will be the complete story, Insha Allahu Ta’ala.

Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam as you all know, lived in a society where he was the only one who had guidance. Nobody else had guidance. His father did not believe, some say, that was his uncle, he did not believe, actually he was the one who built the idols. Everybody around him worshiped idols.

//You want me to hold this? Yes?
//OK, I hold this.

Everybody around him worshiped idols. So, he was the only one, who accepted the faith in Allah. And when he did that, and he stood by that faith, he got into a lot of trouble with his own family. And he had to even declare, (QS. 60: 4) إِنَّا بُرَآءُ مِنكُمْ the few people who believed in him, Qur’an tells us, he said, “I have nothing to do with any of you.” (QS. 60: 4) Basically in today’s language: you let go of your citizenship. I’m no longer a citizen of this place. I’m leaving.

When he does this, as he is leaving, he speaks to Allah. He gives his speech to Allah. Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam in the Qur’an… is very different from the other Prophets. Because you find more dua from him than any other Prophets. You find a lot of dua coming from Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam. This is important because Islam… has many names. And one of the names of Islam is millati Ibrahim, (meaning) the religion of Ibrahim, the legacy of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam. And that religion, at the heart of it, is making a lot of dua.

Anyway, so he makes this dua, he makes his statement to Allah: He said

(QS. 26: 78) – الَّذِي خَلَقَنِي فَهُوَ يَهْدِينِ
“The One who made me, and then He guides me.”

He’s the one who guides me. Two parts. He made me. And He guides me. Allah created all of us, but for a lot of people,

(QS. 23: 115) – أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَاكُمْ عَبَثًا وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لَا تُرْجَعُونَ
“Did you think we just made you without any purpose and you can do whatever you want? And you’re not going to come back to us?”

Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam understood, Allah didn’t just make me. He didn’t just make my hands, my eyes, my feet, my body. He didn’t just give me the ability to speak. He also gave guidance. He told me how to live. He’s giving me instructions. Imagine he’s the only one who says this, nobody else around him believes this. So he says, “Not only did Allah make me, but He also continues to guide me.” فَهُوَ يَهْدِينِ

then he says,

(QS. 26: 79) – وَالَّذِي هُوَ يُطْعِمُنِي وَيَسْقِينِ
“He’s the one who gives me food to eat and He gives me drink for drink.”

Subhanallah! He first mentions guidance, then he mentions food, and he mentions drink. Allah gives all of us food and drink. He understand after being created, your number one need is guidance. And that need is more important than food… and is more important than drink.

And you know, food and drink, you don’t need it all the time. You need food, you eat food. You’re okay for a few hours, then you need to eat again, then you okay for a little bit. Some of you have a problem, you need every five minutes. But for the rest of you, you take a break before you eat again. And then same thing with drink. You know, the more difficult the weather, the more you have to drink. The more heated it is, the more you have to drink.

He actually puts guidance before all of them, almost to say, “You need regular guidance more, more regularly than you need food, and more regularly than you need to drink.” And Allah gives me that most essential need first, and then He fulfills my need for eating and my need for drinking.

I want you to think about this also, we eat everyday, we just eat today. And sometimes we say… you look at an apple in front of you, an orange in front of you, a glass of water, you know, something you eat, and you just say, “Bismillahirrahmanirrahim”, you eat. But we ever stop and think, this banana, or this apple, where did they come from? This was a seed. This was a seed, this was nothing. And from that nothing Allah sent water from the sky. And He allowed that seed to start turning into a plant, which eventually turn into a tree. It took many years. And after all of those years it gave a fruit. And that fruit was picked by a farmer, and put in the basket, and then it was sold in the market. And then from that market, it went to the store where you got it, and you picked it up. And it came all the way to your house, and now you get to eat it. That delivery… from where it started to where it’s in front of you.

(QS. 80: 24) فَلْيَنظُرِ الْإِنسَانُ إِلَىٰ طَعَامِهِ
“Human being should look at their food.”

When you have a plate of food in front of you, with tomato, and rice, and garlic, and all this ingredients. Each of those ingredients came from a different place in the world. And it came all the way to make it to your plate, to all the way to reach you, just so you can eat. We don’t think about this all the time. We just think, “Aargh, only banana?! No orange?” “What kind of iftaar is this?”

(QS. 26: 79) – وَالَّذِي هُوَ يُطْعِمُنِي وَيَسْقِينِ

He’s thinking constantly, “Allah is the one feeding me, Allah is the one giving me drink.” “Without Him giving me food and drink I would have starved.” This is a sense of gratitude Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam puts in himself.

You know, you would think, I want you to understand what’s happening. He is being kicked out of the house. He has no home. He’s being expelled from his country. He has no village. He has no country. He has no people. He has no family. At that time you would think, “Where am I going to eat?” “Where am I gonna drink?” “What am I gonna do? Where am I going to go?” “How am I going to live?”

He says, فَهُوَ يَهْدِينِ (QS. 26: 79) وَالَّذِي هُوَ يُطْعِمُنِي وَيَسْقِينِ

“He’s the one who will guide me where to go.” “I have His guidance. Good enough, I’m fine!” “And He’s the one who will give me food.” He has no home, where is he gonna get food? He has no drink, where is he gonna get drink? This is the time where you start worrying about things. This is the time where you think, “How am I going to survive?”

And this is the time that he shows, this is the time that he turns to Allah and said, “I’m okay because I have Allah.” This is his speech. It’s not just this words. You used to read this word in the translation, you forget what was happening to him when he said this words. This is very powerful.

When you and I are having a problem, you lose your job, you get sick, you know, sometimes in the family, the person who makes all the money in the family dies. “How are we gonna pay the rent?” “Where’s the money going to come from?” These are the thought in our head. It is when those thoughts are happening, when you and I can say,

(QS. 26: 78) الَّذِي خَلَقَنِي فَهُوَ يَهْدِينِ
“(Allah) The One who made me, and then He guides me.”

(QS. 26: 79) وَالَّذِي هُوَ يُطْعِمُنِي وَيَسْقِينِ
“He’s the one who gives me food to eat and He gives me drink for drink.”

That’s the religion of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam. That’s when you know you’re following the deen of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam. It’s in those moments, then you can turn to the reminder and legacy left by him. (QS. 3: 95) – فَاتَّبِعُوا مِلَّةَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ حَنِيفًا

But I go on, “He made me. He guided me.” “He guides me, gives me food, and He gives drink.” And then he says,

(QS. 26: 81) – وَالَّذِي يُمِيتُنِي ثُمَّ يُحْيِينِ
“He’s going to give me death and he’ll bring me to life back again.”

This is very important. Maybe you don’t find enough food then you die. It’s possible. But that death also was a command of who? Whose also the command of Allah, if I live it’s because Allah wants me to. If I die it’s because Allah wants me to. And even when I die, that’s not the end. I’m not afraid of death, because my life did not end.

ثُمَّ يُحْيِينِ
“He will bring me back to life.”

It’s like you go to sleep and you wake up again. He’s very clear that even when I die, I’m not finished. That’s only one stop. And the next stop is being brought again. And he’s very clear about that. He reminds himself and everybody around him when he’s leaving,

(QS. 26: 81) – وَالَّذِي يُمِيتُنِي ثُمَّ يُحْيِينِ
“He’s going to give me death and he’ll bring me to life back again.”

But when Allah brings of that to life back again, then He does not just give you rizq like this time, if you’re born and you’re raised, maybe you’re raised an Atheis, or a Muslim, or a Mushrik, a Buddhist, a Hindu, whatever, we all get oxygen. We all get food. We all get drink and we all have a chance for guidance. Every human being, Allah gives a chance for guidance. But the second time, He wakes us up, the second life, no more guidance. You don’t have a chance anymore. Not everybody gets rizq the second time.

The second time, what is your most important need? In the first time, your most important need was guidance, you remember? The second time, he said,

(QS. 26: 82) – وَالَّذِي أَطْمَعُ أَن يَغْفِرَ لِي خَطِيئَتِي يَوْمَ الدِّينِ
“And The One I hope (meaning Allah), I hope He will forgive my mistakes, when the Day of Judgements begins.”

The most important thing on his mind is: “Ya Allah, forgive my mistakes.”

Now, think about this for a second. I told you when did he say this, when he was leaving, when he was leaving. When he was leaving, he got kick out of his house, the people hated him, people did wrong to him, people had done wrong to him.

You should be thinking when Judgement Day comes, Allah will give me justice against you. “You see what you did to me?” “Allah will take care of you on Judgement Day!” Our focus is always on who did wrong to us, and we’re hoping on Judgement Day we get our justices.

Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam they did wrong to him, and he’s leaving, and his focuses still who? Himself. “I hope Allah forgives my mistakes.” “I hope Allah forgives me.” Because he understand something. On Judgement Day you’re not interested in judging anybody else. You don’t worry about anybody else. Even the victims of Fir’aun are not gonna worry about Fir’aun. They only going to worry about themselves.

All of the Prophets of Allah, ‘alaihimusshalatu wassalaam. So much injustice was done to all of the Prophets. No one of them say, “Ya Allah this is the Quraysh, punish them!” “Ya Allah these are the kuffar of Nuh ‘alaihissalam punish them.” They did not have to say anything. All of them are saying, “Nafsiy, nafsiy, nafsiy.” “Myself, myself, myself.”

Our thinking about Judgement Day. Even when you and I today we think about Judgement Day we don’t think about ourselves. We think about this ‘dzalim’ will get justice, this person, this criminal will get justice. “I hope you get justice. I hope my cousin gets justice. I hope my mother in law gets justice.” We don’t think about all of our mistakes, more too focus on everybody else.

Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam understands something, that on that Day nothing will matter except my mistakes. “I hope Allah forgives them.” And what mistakes did Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam make? You can’t even think of any mistakes that he made. Why is he? What he done?

يَغْفِرَ لِي خَطِيئَتِي

Because human beings, we don’t even know when we make a mistake. And we don’t remember when we make a mistake. Even when you make a mistake, somebody tells you, “Hey you made a mistake or not?” “I don’t remember.” “Me? Mistake?” “You must be mistaken!”

This is the first part of his speech. Now listen! Now he’s leaving. He turns to Allah,

(QS. 26: 83) – رَبِّ هَبْ لِي حُكْمًا
“My Rabb, give me strong decision making power.”
“Give me the ability to make the right decision when it’s very hard.”

‘Hukm’ means give me decision making power. He already said Allah guides him, yes? Guidance is the part one. Just because you have guidance, that’s mean you know what to do. But if you know what to do, but you don’t have the will power, and you don’t have the strength, “I know this is the right thing, but I can’t do it.” “I’m not strong enough to do it.”

When he says, رَبِّ هَبْ لِي حُكْمًا He’s asking Allah the strength to make the right decision. When Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ reveals to him, “Slaughter your own son!” you have to have a lot of strength to put a knife there. When he’s being thrown into a fire, you have to have a lot of strength, to come down and just jump into a fire. When he’s being told, “Leave your family in the middle of the desert.” You have to have a lot of strength. You can’t, “Yes I know Allah said it, but umm, seriously?” “The baby is cry, there’s no water.” “I mean just, right there?” “Just leave?” “Yeah, leave!”

That required ‘hukm’. This is something you and I need. Yes or no? We know sometimes what Allah wants us to do. We know you need to tell the truth. You know you need to quit this job, this is haram. You know you need to stop texting her. You know! “But I can’t do it.” “I just can’t stop.”

رَبِّ هَبْ لِي حُكْمًا
“Master give me firm-strong decision making power.”

And then he says,

(QS. 26: 83) – وَأَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ
“And join me with good people.”

Easy translation: Join me with good people. He’s leaving. He’s all alone. And now he needs new company. Even Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam knows human beings needs other human beings for support. You can not hold on to your Iman all alone. You need other people for support. And he makes dua to Allah, “Ya Allah give me company of good people.”

You have to ask yourself. You and I are the religion of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam. The month of Ramadan is coming. Who is our company? Who are your friends? What kind of things do your friends talk about? Where did they want you to go? What did they want you to do? What are they like? What are they hate? Do they make you a better person? Did they bring you closer to Allah? Are they the one when you see them you remember guidance? Or when you see them you forget guidance? And when you even bring out guidance, they get annoyed with you, “Can we talk about something else?”

أَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ
“Give me the company of good people.”

This is the desperate dua of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam. This means if Ibrahim need this, we definitely need this. If he needs it, then we are much more in need of أَلْحِقْنِي بِالصَّالِحِينَ

So he says, “Give me strong making decision.” By the way, you need strong decision making power to leave bad friends. Yes or no? When you have bad friends, it’s hard to leave. You gonna miss them. You need that strength and then you’ll get more strength, when you have good people supporting you. May Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ gives all of us the company of shalihin, and make us among them ourselves.

Rasulullah and Quran are the answers of Ibrahim Dua

Then he said a strange… This is his dua keeps going. He says a strange dua, he says,

(QS. 26: 84) – وَاجْعَل لِّي لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ فِي الْآخِرِينَ

It’s so beautiful. It’s one of the most amazing things I ever read about Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam is this ayah. It’s difficult to translate. He says, “Provide for me, give me, someone who will speak the truth about me, in the last generation.”

He’s alone. He is alone in the desert. Nobody knows him. He’s not a King. He’s not a Historian. He’s not gonna write a book, “This is a history of Ibrahim son of Azar.” He’s not gonna do that. There is no recording devices. There is nobody interested of what happened to him. When people write history, they write a history of Kings, and of Generals, or of Rulers, or of Scholars, or a people that can build big buildings and monuments. That is history.

And he says to Allah, “Ya Allah, You put me through a lot of tests.” Basically, he is saying you put me through a lot of tests. And people should learn about those tests. Because it will make their Iman strong. But when I die, alone, and nobody would remember, nobody would know my name, nobody would remember the tests you gave me, then they would not be able to get this guidance.

He asks Allah, “Ya Allah make me an example that someone in the later time, will tell the truth about me.”

لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ فِي الْآخِرِينَ

Subhanallah! Thousands of years later, you get the Rasul of Allah, Rasulullah ﷺ‬. And Allah gives him the Qur’an. And then in the Qur’an we learn the truth about Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam.

And now forever we know that truth. We will never forget. No Historian had it, even the Bible didn’t have it, nobody else had it. Allah gave it to Rasulullah ﷺ‬ after those thousands of years. Can you imagine when Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam made that dua?

(QS. 26: 84) – وَاجْعَل لِّي لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ فِي الْآخِرِينَ

When he made that dua, nobody is around. He’s alone by himself in the desert. Nobody heard it. This thing I said, it died. And he died. And a hundred years went by, two hundred years went by, four hundred years went by, for thousand years went by, and Allah still has the recording of that dua, and He repeated that dua and made it part of the Qur’an. This in the Qur’an from those thousands of years ago, can you imagine? This is actually the Qur’an itself. And when the Qur’an tell the story of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalaam, it is actually answering the dua of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam.

(QS. 26: 84) – وَاجْعَل لِّي لِسَانَ صِدْقٍ فِي الْآخِرِينَ

(QS. 26: 85) – وَاجْعَلْنِي مِن وَرَثَةِ جَنَّةِ النَّعِيمِ
“Ya Allah make me from people who inherit Jannah.”

You know what inheritance is? Inheritance happen when somebody what? Somebody dies. A son will inherit from who? The father. But Ibrahim just left his father. He doesn’t wants his father inheritance. That inheritance is syirik. He doesn’t want to insult, then he says to Allah, “Ya Allah give me the inheritance of Jannah” “I don’t want the inheritance of my family.” “I want the inheritance of Jannah.” So he says,

(QS. 26: 85) – وَاجْعَلْنِي مِن وَرَثَةِ جَنَّةِ النَّعِيمِ
(QS. 26: 86) – وَاغْفِرْ لِأَبِي

End up. Now it makes sense. “Forgive my father.” “I don’t want his inheritance, because his inheritance is a crime against You.” “Forgive my father.”

(QS. 26: 86) – إِنَّهُ كَانَ مِنَ الضَّالِّينَ
“He had been from those that are lost.”

Now, this is the last part. I know you were supposed to learn about connecting the Qur’an, it is all connected believe me. Just trust me. Just listen.

(QS. 26: 87) – وَلَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ يُبْعَثُونَ
“My Rabb, do not humiliate me the Day on which they will all be raised.”
“Don’t humiliate me on the Day on which all of them will be raised.”

In other words, he is saying, that in my family there are people who do shrik. First of all, “Ya Allah forgive them.” And he asked Allah that maybe they get guidance. But if he dies, and he doesn’t get guidance. That on Judgement Day, you don’t want to stand, you know, in this life, when your son commits murder, or your husband is in jail, It’s embarrassing, yes? “Oh you’re… that guys wife?” “He is in the jail, right?” You don’t come out in the house, hide your face. If your son is known as a criminal, it’s humiliating for you.

On Judgement Day, in front of all humanity, “That’s your father?” “Oh, who build idols, that’s your father?” Is that embarrassing? He says, “Ya Allah don’t humiliate me on that Day.”

(QS. 26: 87) – وَلَا تُخْزِنِي يَوْمَ يُبْعَثُونَ

(QS. 26: 88) -يَوْمَ لَا يَنفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ
He says, “The Day on which money and children will be no good.”

Listen this carefully. He says, “The Day on which money and children will be no good.” His father had money. He is making money. No good. Who was his child? Ibrahim. Ibrahim is pretty good. Not good enough. You have to be good yourself, your children will not get you into Jannah. You have to have your own clean hearts.

You know what happens nowadays? “I’m going to make my son hafidz of Qur’an, and then I do whatever I want, because I already have my ticket to Jannah. My son will take care of it.” Azar’s son is Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam and that’s not good enough. That’s not good enough. And also he understand that he… even he one day will have children, he was a young man at this time, but later on he’s going to have children. And he says right now, “There’s a Day coming, there will be no point. Money will be no good. Children will be no good.” Qur’an later on describe it,

(QS. 80: 34) – يَوْمَ يَفِرُّ الْمَرْءُ مِنْ أَخِيهِ (QS. 80: 35) – وَأُمِّهِ وَأَبِيهِ (QS. 80: 36) – وَصَاحِبَتِهِ وَبَنِيهِ
“The Day will come and people will run away from their brother, their mother, their father, their children, their siblings.”

They runaway from everybody. Nobody benefits you. You don’t care about anybody else.

(QS. 22: 2) – يَوْمَ تَرَوْنَهَا تَذْهَلُ كُلُّ مُرْضِعَةٍ عَمَّا أَرْضَعَتْ
“Every mother who feeds a baby will throw her baby away.”

She doesn’t care on Judgement Day. It’s gone. It’s beyond imagination. He understand that and he says,

(QS. 26: 88) – يَوْمَ لَا يَنفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ

But then he says something, which is why I said all of this. He says,

(QS. 26: 89) – إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ
“Except whoever comes in front of Allah with healthy or save heart.”

There’s only one thing, that is any value on Judgement Day. And that is what’s Qur’an calls ‘qalbun salim’, a save-sound-healthy heart. That’s it. That’s all that counts. Nothing else means anything. The only thing that value will be ‘qalb salim’. This is all Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam is worried about, which is why later on,

(QS. 37: 84) – إِذْ جَاءَ رَبَّهُ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ

Allah describes him: “He came to Allah with a good heart.” (Allah says) Himself. He (Ibrahim) came to Allah with a good heart.

We have to connect to Allah in Ramadan, you know what that’s means? We have to get a good heart. If you have a good heart, everything else is okay. If you don’t get a good heart, nothing else means anything, none of it matters, none of it has any value.

Now listen carefully. This is towards my conclusion of this section, so we can have a discussion about connecting with the Qur’an properly in the next session. Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam many years later had a child. And then another child. But his first child, Ismail ‘alaihissalam, Allah told him to build the Ka’bah. When they were building the Ka’bah, Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam made a dua, and the dua was:

(QS. 2: 129) – رَبَّنَا وَابْعَثْ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًا مِّنْهُمْ يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِكَ وَيُعَلِّمُهُمُ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَيُزَكِّيهِمْ

First he made dua for his children. He said,

(QS. 2: 128) – وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِنَا أُمَّةً مُّسْلِمَةً لَّكَ
“From our children, give us Muslim children, an Ummah that is Muslim.”

Now, didn’t Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam himself say children are no benefit? He just said it,

(QS. 26: 88) – يَوْمَ لَا يَنفَعُ مَالٌ وَلَا بَنُونَ

He said, “Children will be of no benefit.” Now he’s making dua for children. You see the difference? Why is he making this dua for children? He needs ‘the kind’ of children that that are of benefit.

What of the kind of children that have benefit? If you have a good heart and they also have a good heart, then they will benefit to you. So he wants an Ummah that is Muslim. But how were they going to have a good heart? How in the world would they have a good heart? How do you make sure of that? So he tells Allah, he asks Allah:

(QS. 2: 129) – رَبَّنَا وَابْعَثْ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًا مِّنْهُمْ

“My Rabb…” He was standing with Ismail ‘alaihissalaam, thousands of years ago, He said, “Give them a Messenger, raise a Messenger from among them.”

يَتْلُو عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتِكَ
“He will recite Your ayats, he will teach them the Book, he will teach them the wisdom, and he will purify them.”

Now, let me give you a history lesson before I conclude. You have to understand this part so we can understand the next part. Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam two of his famous sons is Ismail and who? Ismail and who? Ishaq. Ishaq, his son is Ya’qub. Ya’qub, his son include Yusuf, and his other sons are the 12 sons of Israil (other name of Ya’qub). And from the 12 sons of Israil you get many many many many many Prophets.

كُلَّمَا هَلَكَ نَبِيٌّ خَلَفَهُ نَبِيٌّ
“Every time a Prophet died, another one would come.” (HR. Bukhari 3455)

Continuously Prophets, Prophets, Prophets, Prophets, Prophets.

(QS. 57: 27) – قَفَّيْنَا عَلَىٰ آثَارِهِم بِرُسُلِنَا
Allah says, “We continued them, reinforced them. One Prophet, then another Prophet, then another Prophet, then another Prophet.”

You understand? In this dua of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam, how many Prophets did he ask for?

(QS. 2: 129) – رَبَّنَا وَابْعَثْ فِيهِمْ رَسُولًا

One Rasul. Some people say this dua should be for Ishaq. Ibrahim did not… the chosen child is Ishaq, the final Prophet will come from Ishaq. If it’s coming from Ishaq ‘alaihissalaam, why would he make dua for one Prophet? From Isma’il ‘alaihissalam, thousands of years, no Prophet, no Prophet, no Prophet, no Prophet. At the same times, in those thousands of years, Prophet after Prophet after Prophet on the other side, all the way until Isa ‘alaihissalam.

On this side only one Prophet. Which Prophet? Muhammad Rasulullah ﷺ‬.

Now understand this. Thousands of years ago that man made the dua. “Send them someone who will recite your ayats.” But he already told us, the only thing that is value is what?

A good what? A good heart. What is the purpose of the ayat? To give you a good heart. “Qalbun Salim”. That’s why the ayat are there. Allah described the Qur’an, He says,

(QS. 50: 37) – إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَذِكْرَىٰ لِمَن كَانَ لَهُ قَلْبٌ
“This is a reminder for people who actually still have a heart.”

This is meant for our hearts.

Now, thousands of years ago he made that dua, and thousands of years later, Allah sent Jibril ‘alaihissalam to Rasulullah ﷺ‬, and that was the answer to the dua of Ibrahim. That was the answer to the dua of Ibrahim.

The month of Ramadan, 30 days, we are celebrating that Allah accepting the dua of Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam. That’s actually what we’re celebrating. You can not understand what it means to connect with Qur’an, if you don’t understand what it means to connect with your father Ibrahim. Those two things are connected. You understand the connection between those two things? We would not have Qur’an, if who did not make dua? Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam.

Qalbun Salim

And Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam gave us the purpose of the Qur’an. The purpose of the Qur’an was that our hearts will be save.

(QS. 26:89) – إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ

In our next session, I know I only have a few minutes left, but in our next session I’ll going to this in more detail, but I’ll give you one thing: We recite the Qur’an, yes or no? We recite the Qur’an. We read the translation of the Qur’an. We memorize the Qur’an. We listen to the recitation of the Qur’an. We have so many, we have arts of the Qur’an. Art of the Qur’an up there. It’s beautiful! But all of that, it can be on your tongue, it could be on your mind, it could be in your ear. But the Qur’an is meant number one for what? For the heart.

Is it possible that somebody knows a lot about the Qur’an up here (brain)? But there’s no connection here (heart). That’s possible. This (brain) is easy. You can study tafsir, you can get a lot of knowledge of Qur’an. You can study tajwid, you can recite Qur’an perfectly. You can memorize the Qur’an. Qur’an on your tongue, Qur’an in your brain, Qur’an in your ear, easy, easy, easy. Qur’an in your heart, very difficult. That’s very difficult.

What it means to connect to the Qur’an, is to allow your heart to connect to the Qur’an. This is not an easy thing. It’s not cheap. You can’t just get it without a price. A price has to be paid.

Ibrahim ‘alaihissalam went through so much trouble to finally make this dua. You know, he made this dua when he was building the Ka’bah. I told you that. When he was building the Ka’bah, all of his tests were finished. From a young man who had to challenge his own father, to when he had to leave his family to the knife on the child’s neck, all of those tests, one after the other after the other.

After all of those tests, finally you graduate. When you graduate you get a special gift. What’s the gift? Ask what do you want. After all of those tests. And the ask, the dua, the request from Allah, this is what I want, is this dua. The dua that one day, you and I will have the Qur’an. You and I will have the Qur’an. This dua was not cheap. You don’t just sit there and make this dua. You have to go through a lot of tests to qualify to ask for Qur’an. If that’s the tests, then you and I will not have an easy connection with the Qur’an, without any effort.

(QS. 54: 22) – فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِرٍ
“Is there anybody who will put an effort to remember the Qur’an the way it deserved to be remember?”

This is the key that we need to now explore. This is what we have to figure out. What are we going to do in the month of Ramadan? And even before then that we will be connect to the Qur’an the way we’re suppose to be.

Listen to me very carefully. Some of you don’t know how to recite Qur’an. That’s okay. Some of you haven’t memorize, you only know Al-Fatihah and, Al-Falaq and An-Naas, and that’s every salat. That’s okay. It’s okay. Some of you took shahada maybe one month ago, you know no arabic. Nothing. That’s okay. Some of you are hufadz of the Qur’an. Very nice. Some of you are ‘Ulama. Some of you are more much knowledgeable than I am. But let me tell you something. All of us has the same problem. All of us. The ones who know a lot, and the ones who know nothing has the same problem. There is a distance between our heart and the Qur’an. There is a distance.

For all of us. Even the ‘Ulama among us. I’m included. You’re included. Everybody’s included. We need to put an effort to connect ourselves to the Qur’an. It doesn’t matter if you read it every day. It doesn’t matter if you studied all of it. It doesn’t matter if you read the whole translation. That doesn’t mean you’re connected to it. It doesn’t mean you’re connected to it.

So as I leave you with the first session, I’ll just give you one example. Sometimes, somebody tells you something you already know. But it hits you really hard. Sometimes, for example, You had an argument with your mother. Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un. You had an argument with your mother. And you left the house. Angry. And your friend, sat down next to you, you told them what happen. And your friend grab your shoulder, and he goes, “That’s your mother!” That’s what he says. Now, is that new information? He don’t say, “Oh… really?” “That’s what?” You already know that is your mother. But at that time when he said, “That’s your mom, man!” What happens to you? “Oh… you are right.” “I’m gonna go say sorry.” You start crying, you sitting there crying.

Did you learn something new? No. But sometimes, when you hear some words, they don’t go here (brain), where did they go? They go here (heart). And you need those words. Even though you already know them, you need them again. And you need them again. That is Qur’an. That’s Qur’an. Words that come, they don’t hit you here (brain), they hit you here (heart). They hit you here, they make you cry. You need it to hear that.

That is an exercise that we are going to… I’ll give you something you can do to connect your heart to the Qur’an, and I’ll try to do to myself to connect my heart to the Qur’an. So that’s would be my conclusion for the first session. Barakallahu li wa lakum. Assalamu ‘alaikum Warahmatullahi ta’ala Wabarakatuh.

MC: Thank you for… the lecture, for the first session. Just now, we have listened from the lecture, that what’s important is how we can connect ourselves to the Qur’an, with our hearts.

And just now it was said that it’s important for us to be able to interpret the meaning of the devotion to Allah, as taught by Prophet Ibrahim. Firm. So when we listen to Allah’s commands in the Qur’an, we have to obey Him, and we’re not choosing of what we want. Later in the second session we will ask him, how to do it. It was explained earlier, that in fact we often read the Qur’an, we recite Qur’an everyday, we hear Qur’an everyday, we hear, we see, but it’s not connected with us. We didn’t connect with the Qur’an. How to do it? Later we will continue in the second session, with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan.

//And now I’m asking you, ladies and gentlemen, we will pause briefly for Ashar prayer. So we ask you, we ask your compliant to tidy up the line, We ask for help from the committee members, to help arrange the shaf. Also, ladies and gentlemen, we will return after Ashar prayer, with the next session. Insha Allah, at 5 p.m, 5.30 p.m we will finish. So we ask you once again, after Ashar prayer immediately we’ll gather again here, to continue the lecture of how we connect or reconnect with the Qur’an. How… what should we do to reconnect with Qur’an, of course with Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan. Thank you very much Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan. And I hope you can be here after shalat Ashar. Thank you. We will come back again. Wabillahi taufik walhidayah. Wassalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

//Subtitle: NAK Indonesia

Indonesian Transcript: https://nakindonesia.wordpress.com/2018/09/19/terhubung-kembali-dengan-quran

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