Turkish English Tafsir Lesson 243-246
Al-Quran Al-Kareem – Tafsir (Exegesis) Lesson 243
I seek shelter in Allah from the rejected Satan. In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
The religion of Islam has been founded on halal, cleanliness inside and outside. Islam is prosperity of purity and halal in body and soul. It is to be affluent with halals in every matter. For example, our beloved Prophet says the following in a hadith, which is a hadith-i sharif narrated on the authority of Muslim and Abu Dawood: “O, young people! Be chaste.” “Islam is nothing but chastity (namus). And every Muslim is chaste. And every Muslim is chaste. Islam is nothing but light (nūr), and pure. Islam is the embodiment of blissful life. The life-giving light (nūr) is Islam itself. He says, “O, young people! If so, then be chaste, and live married.” Then again, Ibn Asakir and Al-Hakim are among the sources of this narration. Now, Janâb-i Haqq says, “Do not approach zinā (fornication),” in the 32nd verse of Surah al-Isra . See, Allah Ta’ala said that.
Moreover, our beloved Prophet says that those who get married should get married in accordance with the rules of Islam in a hadith narrated by Muslim, Abu Dawood, Al-Tirmidhi, and Ibn Majah. Marriage is the greatest bliss. He says that those who marry should take care of each other and talk because that is better. He says newly married couples should see each other and talk profusely in a legitimate environment of trust, and get to know each other. They should get to know each other’s spiritual worlds and beliefs with regards to belief, actions, and morals and take care of problems if there are any.
They should iron out the problems that they can, and if they can’t, then Islam has taken a belt and braces approach so that there may not be a devastation later and that there may not be separation in the family, because they may have children who may get trapped under the debris of a failing marriage. Islam has always taken every precaution. That is why nikah or marriage is like a state in Islam. The beginning of the source of the greatest bliss begins with nikah which means marriage. The best of all bounties in the world, the best kind of bliss with regards to worldly things is to make a good marriage. A good woman is a representation of Janna (Paradise) for a man. Similarly, a good man represents a complete Janna (Paradise) for a good woman. This love between the two becomes a solid foundation laid on the values and truth of Islam, for Allah, and that represents a complete environment of Janna (Paradise). The atmosphere there is like Janna (Paradise). Their life is like that of Janna (Paradise), and if the opposite of this happens it will turn into Jahannam (Hell). It is impossible to live a hurly-burly life, that is why polytheism (shirk), disbelief (kufr), corruption (nifaq), and ignorance is the source of all evil. Islam came to destroy these wrongs. It is Islam that removes disbelief (kufr), polytheism (shirk), tyranny (zulm), and ignorance. So, what is left when they are removed? There will be faith (iman), knowledge (ilm) and wisdom (irfan), and then there will be an atmosphere filled to the brim with love. Islam itself is a beginningless (azali) and endless (abadi) sea of reality that fills all hearts to the brim with love. That is why all oceans are like a droplet next to Islam. All seas combined is nothing but a droplet compared to the sea of Islam. Compared to the love of Allah in Islam, the absence of other types of love do not stand out at all.
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The foundations such as families and marriages based on love of Allah and Islam incorporate everlasting bliss, and this bliss reflects to Janna (Paradise). The same couples will live in Janna (Paradise) together. In fact, they go to Janna (Paradise) with the whole family. There are statements in the glorious Quran in this matter. A good Muslim family is blissful in the world, and they are together in the Janna (Paradise). Janâb-i Haqq continuously rewards families, individuals, congregations, nations, and states that are in the way of Allah as long as you worship Allah, and acknowledge the truth and reality. That is to know the Quran and the Sunnah which are the source of truth and reality. That is to obey Allah and the Messenger well. Islam as a whole is laws and rules of Allah, and to subject to Muhammad. The one who spread and implemented this is Prophet Muhammad. Do not forget this! Every era has its people like Abu Jahl. Every era has its Pharaohs. Every era has its devils and evil powers and armies, but there are also godly powers against those, which are endless and boundless. Their number is anyone’s guess, nobody except Allah knows that. So, side with Allah and be under Allah’s command, and there won’t be any trouble. For example, what did Abu Jahl and his friends say? Let us see what they said about Muhammad, our beloved Prophet. Let us see what Abu Jahl and his buddies who were filled to the brim with disbelief (kufr) and ignorance said.
They claimed Muhammad was narration foreign stories. They are the evil pharaohs and complete taghuts of that era. See, every era has its taghuts who object to Allah and disacknowledge Allah’s laws and rules such as Islam, the Quran, and Muhammad. In every era they have attacked Allah. I ask you, who can afford standing against Allah? Islam is a divine order. Muslims are sided with Allah, and they work under the command of Allah. If they live, they are ghazis; if they die, they are martyrs. Muslims do not lose anything.
Friends, we are humbly giving certain notes regarding short but to the point discoveries of the verses whose meanings we have given before based on narration (dirayat) and their comprehension (dirayat) based on sources.
Now, what is jurisprudence or fiqh? Let us touch upon that as well. Fiqh is to understand something with its pleasure, cause, and wisdom (hikmat), and to apply it. The sciences of Islam are purely knowledge of fiqh. Al-Imam Al-Azam has a description of fiqh. He says that fiqh is name of knowing all divine decrees in Islam with their sources and proofs whether they are for the better or worse. So, it means that every Muslim is to try to know his religion sufficiently, and take their share of fiqh. Now, much of what we have narrated is exegesis (tafsir), much of them is jurisprudence (fiqh), much of them is utterance (kalam), and much of them is creed (aqidah). That is, nothing is omitted from the lessons of the life-giving light (nūr).
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We try to present to you the entire Al-Quran Al-Karim along with all sciences of Islam and the prescription of the life-giving light (nūr) in a laconical manner, from a to z, in an orderly fashion. May Allah admit us among the servants (qul) whom are treated by Allah with tawfiq al-hidayat (opportunity of guidance), nusrat (victory), rafaqat (companionship), riza (pleasure), and lutf al-karam (blessing and generosity). May Allah grant success to every one of us. We endeavour for us all to be happy. The source of this happiness is only Islam, obedience to Allah, and to follow Prophet Muhammad. See, to follow Muhammad (asw) is to implement all commands of the sharia (law) of Islam one by one. That is, to do what is necessitated by the divine rules. No matter how manifest the truth is, it cannot enter blocked hearts and ears.
Now, who is blocked? That is those who do not give up their disbelief (kufr), polytheism (shirk), ignorance, corruption (nifaq), tyranny (zulm), rant (unearned income) who do not give up bleeding humanity dry. There is a mentality that does not stop exploiting people’s rights and remedies, and no matter how manifest the truth is, it will not enter hearts and ears that are blocked. These are the ones whom Allah has not guided.
Hearing and understanding are abilities that are gifted by Allah. If we are able to listen and understand these, and if we are able to drink from this foundation of truth as much as we want, then this is a blessing (lutf) of Allah. Do not forget that! This is a blessing (lutf) of Allah, which is not because we are special or something.
Beloved friends, that is why hearing and understanding the truth is a gift of Allah. That happens by Allah’s guidance, and Allah knows whom to guide.
Now, one can’t ask for guidance (hidayat) from Allah by denying Allah. One can’t ask for guidance (hidayat) from Allah by ascribing partners to Allah. One can’t ask for guidance (hidayat) from Allah by devouring people’s rights. Repent from all evil, come to faith (iman), and then ask for guidance (hidayat). That said, to be able to hear, understand, and comprehend the truth is an ability that is gifted by Allah. That ability is given by Allah as a grace (lutf). Every success is from Janâb-i Haqq. If the ability has not been completely closed up and it has not been sealed up and become a second nature, then guidance (hidayat) may come one day. If one’s ability to believe has faded away, then woe to him. So, who makes it fade away? He does that himself because he insists so much on disbelief (kufr), thus destroying his ability to believe.
In that case, his acquisition of disbelief (kufr) is stamped on his heart, thus sealing it. This is because he himself has earned disbelief (kufr). The ability to believe has faded away and sealed up, thus it became a second nature. Those whose ability to have faith (iman) has faded away lost this ability due to their use of their innate abilities. Please pay attention to this! This is not how he was created, rather he distorted it himself. Everyone is responsible for their use of their innate abilities. Janâb-i Haqq created everyone with a pure innate nature of Islam. Allah said let everyone upgrade it with Islam and the Quran but some people have done the opposite and distorted their innate nature. They have chosen other things instead of faith (iman), Islam, and the Quran. They used their free-will, choice, and freedom for the other side.
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So, what about his earning on that other side? That disbelief (kufr), polytheism (shirk), and corruption (nifaq) has been stamped on his heart as a seal, and he ruined himself. See, this is a spiritual death, which is the real death, real destruction, but this death is such a death that it will not make you cease to exist because it is a continuous torture. Those people of misguidance (dalalah) whose reality or haqiqa side has died will be tormented in Jahannam (Hell). He has closed himself to reality and opened his entire being to misguidance (dalalah), thus blocking the way for reality. Is this not a pity? Spiritual death is the end of this ability. It destroys the ability to believe. It destroys the ability to receive knowledge (ilm) and wisdom (irfan). It closes all doors and windows that are to open to Islam. It closes all gates that open to the reality of Islam. So, what happens then? Spiritual death begins. What about his ability to believe? See, the person destroys it himself with his gain in evil. The end of the ability to believe is a spiritual death. Their eyes look… The eyes of spiritually dead people look. They move, eat, and drink. Their ears listen, but they will not hear anything new. They look but they do not see. They hear but do not understand. They escape from truth and reality. They run away if you try to show them the truth and reality. They run away and do not want to hear if you tell them about it. Why? Because he has locked all his abilities that lead to the truth along with gates of mercy (rahmat). He has sealed them up with his gains in disbelief (kufr), he caused them to be sealed up. Whatever his innate nature receives from then on will be similar to the decisions he made before. He has placed obstacles which caused his ability to fade away. See, if obstacles are placed in a person’s inner world, then his ability fades away due to divine command and divine will because Janâb-i Haqq knows whose hearts to seal up. This is because a person works and strives for faith (iman) and his good deeds (amal-e-saleh) enlighten his soul while another person uses his ability in denial and polytheism (shirk), and gains everything in the opposite direction. Thus, that disbelief (kufr) invades his heart. Janâb-i Haqq knows whose heart to seal up. Allah does not do wrong. Allah does not inflict cruelty. Allah is free and away from wrongdoings, shortcomings, and imperfections. Allah is free and away from cruelty (zulm), and is ascribed with holy attributes (sifāt). Allah is free and away from all imperfect attributes (sifāt).
Now, humanity has to think that his capital of ajal (specified term) may run out one day. Now, people have a life-time, and that life-time has a specified term which we call ajal. Ajal comes when life-time comes to an end. See, people should think of each breath like it is the last one they get. They should endeavour. Every namāz they perform may be their last namāz. See, people should act by thinking like, “I have performed this namāz, but I may not be able to perform the next,” and never waste a breath.
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Allah is not obligated to give you another because one life is given to you. It is not like you will get another, and another after that. Janâb-i Haqq has placed the laws, you get one life in the world. A life-time has been given to people. What have you done in your life-time, and what have you not? Did you obey or revolt? This is a test field. Life-time is but a test period. Janâb-i Haqq is not compelled to do anything, but implements the laws and rules, and does not break a promise. Al-Quran Al-Karim is a promise of Allah, and Allah does not break a promise. People should earn eternal mercy (rahmat) while there is a chance. Allah Ta’ala says to us servants (qul): “I have mercifully created you with My rahmat al-rahman without there being anyone’s help in the universe. Also, I will give you eternal bounties. I have rahmat al-rahim. I have my Janna (Paradise).” So, we should not miss this opportunity, and earn the eternal rahmat (mercy/blessing) as well. That said, you need faith (iman) and good deeds (amal-e-saleh) to attain that eternal rahmat. You need to be a Muslim who abides by the rules of Islam. So, acknowledge and implement the Islam that Prophet Muhammad implemented, and thus understand Al-Quran Al-Karim the way Prophet Muhammad narrated. Our grand âlims who are the Islamic scholars of Ahlus-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah have preserved that way to this day. So, we should follow that way, that meaning, that knowledge (ilm) and wisdom (irfan), those holy sciences, using knowledge’s own key. We need to obtain authentic and correct knowledge (ilm) and then implement Islam. See, this is the way of attaining eternal bounty (nimat) and blessings (rahmat).
Those who can’t listen to Al-Quran Al-Karim have lost their ability to do so. See, whoever can’t listen to Al-Quran Al-Karim, and cannot understand, listen, or read the authentic works that have been written well, and the things that are correctly narrated about Al-Quran Al-Karim from a to z; these people are those who lost their ability if they have completely disconnected from the Quran. That is, they are those who ruin themselves. Who are they? They are those who say, “These are only stories written by those before Islam.” That is, those who say Al-Quran Al-Karim is nonsense, and it is only stories and novels written by those who came before. Those who call it old tales, story, myth; those who call Al-Quran Al-Karim old tales and see it that way have frazzled brains. They are filled with spiders, snakes, and centipedes. Still, Al-Quran Al-Karim tells them to get those out and understand the truths in the Quran well. See, Allah Ta’ala wants to save them as well. Allah embraces them with mercy and blessing (rahmat). Islam is nothing but mercy and blessing (rahmat). Islam, Al-Quran Al-Karim, and Prophet Muhammad embrace humanity, telling people to renounce their mistakes. Those who can’t listen to the Quran have lost their ability to do so. So, understand the Quran well, discover it well; also discover Prophet Muhammad well. Get to know Allah through the Quran and Muhammad. Those who do not know the subject well say Muhammad is not valid. Muhammad is absolutely valid, with his same vitality and same value.
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Prophets, and those who die in the way of Allah are not dead, they are alive. That is what Al-Quran Al-Karim says. Who can be more steadfast in the way of Allah? That is why Quran means Muhammad. Sunnah means the customs of Muhammad. The commands and rules of Islam are the commands and rules of the religion Muhammad spread, and that is why subjecting to Muhammad mean submitting to Islam and live Islam by knowing all commands and rules of it. Muhammad is not dead; he is alive in ruhaniyah or spirit. There is no death for the eternity to his sharia (law). There is no death for eternity to the Quran. Muhammad is until the Hour (Qiyamah) and until the eternity which Allah ordained. Muhammad is now the last Prophet of the universe, and his prophethood still continues.
Nothing is known without connecting to the past. Now, those who see Al-Quran Al-Karim as old and historic do not know Allah. Can Allah become old? Can there be something like New Allah or Old Allah? Al-Quran Al-Karim is Allah’s book, and it is the last book.
It has renewed the entire past, and witnesses the past. Also, incorporates the documents and signs of the future in itself. That is why those who see Al-Quran Al-Karim from this wrong perspective do not know Allah. Besides, those who disacknowledge Muhammad and the Quran are people who ruin themselves.
Now, Europeans call it mythology, myth, tales etc. They call it mythology, myth, and tales… Therefore, the situation is dire in the West and East when disbelief (kufr) and rebellion becomes a chronic disorder. A terrifying nature will occur when disbelief (kufr) and rebellions become a chronic disorder.
Man’s inner world has been stuck in disbelief (kufr). He acquired the nature of disbelief (kufr). His innate nature (fitrah) of Islam has been corrupted. He corrupted his Islamic nature, which was present in his creation. That said, the commands of rules of Islam came to upgrade mankind so that the person may reach to the summits of perfection by upgrading his creation. See, the person has distorted his innate creation. He has not lived Islam, nor he believed. So, what happened then? It is said that disbelief (kufr) and revolt has become a chronic disorder, and thus his innate nature (fitrah) has been corrupted. This is the greatest evil that a person can do to himself or someone else, and a greater evil is unthinkable.
This is because Allah cannot be denied. Allah’s commands and laws cannot be denied. The person who denies will have ruined himself. His frustration is to see the disappearance of the bounty (nimat). Those who have lost their faith (iman), Islam, and Quran are all in frustration. So, what is frustration? Frustration is that they will see the bounty (nimat) disappearing entirely. All disbelievers (kāfir) in the great gathering (mahshar) are in frustration. Why? This is because kāfirs will see the bounty (nimat) disappearing entirely. They will see every truth disappearing from themselves. They will see they have denied every truth and gained nothing by it. They will witness the beginning of an eternal bankruptcy. See, frustration is when a person witnesses the disappearance of all bounty (nimat). That is what we call frustration.
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Wizr (burden) and wabāl (sin) is to abide by a terrible punishment. If a person fails to walk from this world to the next with his faith (iman) and good deeds (amal-e-saleh), and he cannot bring his faith (iman) and good deeds (amal-e-saleh) to the great gathering (mahshar), then he has come to the great gathering (mahshar) only to abide in the greatest punishment due to his burden (wizr) and sin (wabāl). He had used his intellect, reason, and body for temporary pleasure, but he never used them for the truth (haqiqa). That is a grave sin (wabāl).
The person who has done that has no pity on himself because he has used his intellect, reasoning, body, all his abilities along with all physical and spiritual means for temporary pleasure instead of right and reality. So, what is right and reality? Humans forget very fast; we may forget about the beginning of the conversation as it takes place.
Right and reality is Islam and the Quran which are the truths that Allah and the Messenger have brought forth. So, do not forget this! Now, let us talk about ahlul iman, or people of faith. Now, the hearts and souls of ahlul iman are madly in love with their Rabb (Lord), and they wish to fly to the presence of their Rabb (Lord). So, what is meant here? They are like lovers who long for their beloved who then fly towards them with their souls. They are ahlul iman – people of faith.
When you love Allah with every fibre of your being, this love is equal to a set of wings, and two of them are essential when you fly to Allah using them. One of these wings is love, and the other is fear of the punishment of Allah. These two wings fly you to Allah, and ahlul iman has these wings. Now, please pay attention because it is said that with their hearts and souls, they fly to their beloved with a soul with burning love.
It does not matter for ahlul iman or people of faith whether they live in the world, the afterlife (ākhira), or the grave because he always longs for his Rabb (Lord). He longs for the pleasure (riza) of his Rabb (Lord). That is a true ahlul iman. See, ahlul iman holds the pleasure (riza) and commands of his Rabb (Lord) in high esteem, and worships Allah with pleasure, and takes pleasure as he worships. He takes pleasure as he fulfils the commands of Allah.
Allah is exalted, and so are Allah’s commands. Those commands upgrade and exalt servants (qul) such as ourselves, and transform us into true servants (qul), and take us to the summit. People who are at the command of the Most Exalted are exalted by the command of the Holy One. As for those who worship people slavishly, they go down. It would be a shame. It is not even necessary to write what they are on their foreheads because all forms of idolatry are the same.
We are trying to narrate these words in a way that everyone may understand. If you do not narrate the matters the way people can understand, then it will not be tabligh which means spreading the good word. People need to understand what is narrated. Rhetoric is to calibrate the narration in a way people will understand. We may have some difficulties but there is a great reward for that as well.
Now, they have been invited, but who are they?
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People of faith (ahlul iman) have been invited by Allah. People of faith are placed at a table of divine feast. Janna (Paradise) has been prepared. Their pleasure, felicity, and peace have been prepared. Allah has encompassed them with peace in the world and in the grave. Allah said, “Come to the great gathering (mahshar) as well for I shall throw a beginningless and endless feast for you.” See, that eternal feast is Janna (Paradise) and Jamal (Beauty of the Divine). It is said that they have been invited. That said, Al-Quran Al-Karim invites everyone to Janna (Paradise), and prepares you for a life in Janna (Paradise). It presents to you the life-giving light (nūr). Is there anyone else to blame if you refuse to accept it. Only person to blame is those who do not accept this reality (haqiqa), and there is no need to look for anyone else to blame.
Yes, beloved friends!
Now, the Qiyamah has been called the Hour. It is 1 in 24 sections of a day. As you know a day consists of 24 hours. There are 24 hours in a day. It is said that an hour is 1 in 24 sections of a day.
“The Hour will not overtake you but suddenly.”
Al-Quran Al-Karim said, “s-sāʿati baghtatan” meaning the Hour will come suddenly. What is meant by s-sāʿati here is the Hour. The Hour will come suddenly. In that event, a person has no chance of coming back to his house if he went to the market to buy groceries. It is over when the Hour comes. The worldly life is bottomless and unfounded. It is nothing but a complete darkness, unwariness, and a useless toy.
However, you need to use the world the way Allah has commanded in order to transform it into a beneficial place. The world shall not use you; rather you shall use it in the way of Allah. Then, as the world is but a test field; you shall pass the test in the world. Thus, this will be a means for you to win the afterlife (ākhira), the eternal life. This will become one of the means for it. Besides, Janâb-i Haqq has given a temporary worldly life to us servants (qul). Everyone in the world is temporary. Everyone lives only as much as their lifetimes. There may be a long time until the Hour comes, or a short time maybe. Whether it is too close or too far away, we have a lifetime, and our Hour comes for us when death approaches us.
Then, our Hour has broken loose, and life of barzakh has begun. The greater Hour will break loose when it does, but what is important for you is in your lifetime. Your duty is to make preparations before death comes. That is why the world is unfathomable to those who devote themselves to a worldly life by denying Allah, the Quran, the afterlife (ākhira), and the sunnah (customs). It is nothing but a means of earning Jahannam (Hell) while others earn Janna (Paradise) because they put the world to good use. See, they earned Jahannam (Hell) with their worldly lives, and the world is nothing but a bottomless dark hole, unwariness, and a useless today for them. Eternal enjoyment is in the afterlife (ākhira), in Janna (Paradise). This enjoyment is also present in the world if Islam is practiced, because Islam gives life.
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The source of the life-giving light (nūr) is Islam itself. The only thing that can turn your world, grave, and mahshar to Janna (Paradise) is Islam because Islam has not been brought by this or that. Dearest friends, Allah brought forth Islam. I am a servant (qul) of Allah. Who can I praise but Allah? I can’t leave the Most Exalted and Praised and the order Allah established, and praise anyone else. Who should I worship slavishly, can you tell me? For one thing, Allah is worthy of praise. See the beginning of the Quran, it says, “all praise belongs to – al-ḥamdu”. We say that to Ar-Raḥmān (The Most Gracious) and Ar-Raḥīm (The Most Merciful). See all praise belongs to Allah. Allah has a right to all exaltation and praise. Allah is the Rabb (Lord) of the worlds. Allah is Ar-Raḥmān (The Most Gracious) and Ar-Raḥīm (The Most Merciful). Allah is the Master of the Day of Judgment, the greater court. Allah is also the Unique ruler of the great gathering (mahshar). Allah will bring everyone to book. If I worship someone else by disacknowledging Allah and the laws of Allah, then he will also answer to Allah just like me. Let’s say we both went there with the person whom I worshipped, and we are standing in the presence of Allah. We used to defy Allah’s laws, but we went there. So, what shall we say?
“Those who do not accept Me, let your associates save you… O, those who do not accept Me! Have you not heard about qanun-e esasi (the constitution) in the world? Have you not heard My constitution which is the Quran? Why did you come to my presence without accepting, living, and living my order, without accepting Me in creed, worship, actions, morals, and jurisprudence? Now, who shall save you from My justice?”
What will we say when Allah asks these questions? Let us think, but the truth is out there in the open. Some people wonder if they should think, but the truth is manifest. Do you have enough time to think or not? Accept the truth, affirm it, and be devoted to Allah. O, friend! Do not be devoted to me or anyone else for that matter. Only be devoted to Allah through the Quran, sunnah (customs), and the holy values that Prophet Muhammad brought.
Do not be deceived by those who call to themselves. Do not be deceived by the clergy, rabbis, popes, or priests! Do not fall for false things under the name of Islam that do not suit Islam, the Quran, or knowledge (ilm) and wisdom (irfan). Do not fall for those who call people to worship themselves under the name of Islam without the Quran. Adhere to the truth and reality. Learn about the truth and reality from its source. Allah has no partners, no overseers, no equals. First, know Allah well. Get to know Allah along with all laws and decrees. Learn Prophet Muhammad well. Learn Al-Quran Al-Karim. Learn them from their sources with right (haqq) information.
Stay away from those who call to themselves, rather get along with those who call to Allah, call to the Quran through sunnah (customs), ijma (consensus), and qiyas (analogy). Do not imitate anyone other than a mujtahid and about that; do not imitate the mujtahid himself, rather imitate his knowledge (ilm). Mujtahids are people who deduce provisions from Al-Quran Al-Karim and the sunnah. Besides, many of the provisions are already manifest along with many sunnah. Our faqihs who are experts in jurisprudence or fiqh, have made them more understandable. May Allah bestow much peace upon them all.
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A scholarly table has been prepared for those who do not understand. Do not imitate anyone but a mujtahid. Do not imitate anything other than the truth (haqiqa). Do not be deceived! Save yourself from wrong things, bail out. Do not go into wrong places. Get yourself out of the places of ignorant and unlearned people who call to themselves. Rather, go to the place of the Quran, places of knowledge (ilm) and wisdom (irfan), and come together with Ahlus-Sunnah wa’l-Jama’ah. Stay away from ahlul bid’ah (deviant innovations), dalalah (misguidance), and ignorance.
Al-Quran Al-Karim is more modern than modernity itself. It is more contemporary than the concept of contemporaneity. It is unique and holy. It is the civilization that Allah has established. Some could not discover the Quran, but brought forth historicism. See, those so-called brave fellows who do not understand the Quran set historicism before the Quran. You cannot set anyone before Allah. What does this show? This shows that he does not understand the Quran. This shows his ignorance. And some people speak about reform.
Nobody can make a reform in Islam other than Allah. Only Allah can renew Allah’s law. Allah has renewed the law. Allah has renewed the past completely with Muhammad and the sharia (law) of Islam. Allah brought forth these ageless laws. The gates of human effort or ijtihad are open until the Hour. See the truth, and cherish the mujtahids. Gather all people of knowledge (ilm) and wisdom (irfan) of the world. Gather all mujtahids and scientists. Bring scientists and mujtahids together. Hand over the management of the world to them. Hand the management over to them and science. Hand the management over to people of knowledge (ilm) and wisdom (irfan). Reclaim the world from tyrants, that is what Islam wants. If you keep the mujtahids at bay, and do not cherish them as is due, and declare ignorant and incompetent people who procure unearned income who polish the apple for practically anyone as mujtahids, then there won’t be right (haqq) or reality (haqiqa) anywhere. There won’t be Islam or Quran. There will only the false pretences invented by the apple-polishers in the name of Islam.
At that point the greatest evil and blow against Islam will come from there. You should bring forth Islam and the Quran the way they are, and cut out the middle-man and bring forth the Quran. Raise brave fellows who may narrate the Quran as it is. Call the mujtahids and cherish them as is due. Gather all learned men in the world together and form a consultation (shura). Unity, peace, justice, and tranquillity in the world can be established at once with all scientists and mujtahids of the world. That way social justice will be manifested in the world. However, if you hand over some poor societies to a few tyrants, then those societies will not know what to do because tyrants impose their ways on people.
Some say nobody is better than their master, and there are no other masters in the world. Some claim their leader is the only leader in the world. Some say their pioneer is the only pioneer. Some say there is nothing else in the world but what they see. Some say there are no athletes in the world other than their athletes. These words are nothing but utter nonsense. The truth is manifest. The true values are the ones that Allah (c.c.) brought forth. I am not telling anyone to give ear to my master, my general, me, or my boss or anyone for that matter. I am not under anyone’s command. I only say we should do what Allah, the Quran, the Messenger, the sunnah (customs), science, knowledge (ilm) and wisdom (irfan) says. I say we should do what knowledge (ilm), science, right and reality necessitates in the world.
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That is why the world has to make a decision. You may aggregate all minds (aql) if you get rid of Eastern Block, Western Block, North Block etc. That way you can aggregate all perfect minds (aql-e-saleem). That said, everyone has to come with good intentions. That way you may gather the world around the round table. Only then there will be a world that is at Allah’s command provided that people obey Allah Ta’ala, and value the laws of Allah, science, and sound intellect (aql-e-saleem). That is because the world belongs to Allah. The kingdom (mulk) of the heavens and earth belongs to Allah. There is no ruler other than Allah. That being said, all people are successors (caliphs) of Allah. This means that everyone is obligated to ensure justice in the world. Allah assigns everyone their duties. Islam assigns the duty, and when you have established the predominance of sound intellect (aql-e-saleem) and true justice, then rights and remedies will be manifested. That way nobody can devour the rights of people, everyone will be pleased. There won’t be a single displeased soul. Only the tyrants who bleed humanity dry will be displeased for a period of time, and after that they will change their ways and get used to it.
Friends, that is why the afterlife (ākhira) is an everlasting enjoyment. Ahlul taqwa (pious people) will not make concessions to the uproars of disbelief (kufr). Beware! Now, our gains here and our happiness in the world will reflect on our graves, and we will be happy in the grave. Let the whole world be happy. We will be happy in the great gathering (mahshar). Let everyone enter Janna (Paradise). This is what Islam wants. Islam wants everyone to enter Janna (Paradise), and be saved from wrongs. That is what Islam desires. Islam came for all humanity. However, people who procure unearned income have gathered societies and they procure unearned income through them. These people only pile up the fire of Jahannam (Hell). Their gains and unearned incomes are nothing but fire. Al-Quran Al-Karim expresses these straightforwardly. One cannot go to Janna (Paradise) by devouring people’s rights. That will only ramp up their torment and the scorching fire in Jahannam (Hell).
That is why dearest friends, let us all be happy forever, this is the point. Islam wants everyone to be happy for the eternity. Islam is peace in the world, peace in the hearts; peace in the souls, peace in individuals, congregations, nation, state, and the world. However, if you neglect Islam with your own hand, then you neglect yourself. For your information, you are burning your own hand. For your information, you are cutting the branch you are sitting on.
One cannot object to Allah. Islam is divine, it is right (haqq) and reality (haqiqa), there is no doubt about it. If you doubt, then yours will not be faith (iman) because there is no faith (iman) where there is doubt. See, Allah is not a Being who you can doubt. That is why it is said that, and this is important, eternal enjoyment is in the afterlife (ākhira), and ahlul taqwa (pious people) will not make concessions to the uproars of disbelief (kufr), they will not bow down. People should know this as well. Some may know, others should know too because ahlul taqwa (pious people) are at the command of Allah. They will not abandon the command of Allah and worship someone slavishly. Idols can’t have servants. Taghuts or false deities can’t have servants. One simply can’t worship someone slavishly. They will not worship rocks, earth, planets, or stars.
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They won’t divinize Isa (Jesus), Musa (Moses), Muhammad, or anyone for that matter. They are honourable servants (qul) of Allah, not deities. They are servants (qul) and Messengers of Allah. There is no god but Allah. Al-Quran Al-Karim is light (nūr) and remedy. See, this is the name of our lectures of the life-giving light (nūr). Islam and the Quran give real life to humanity. It is the life-giving light (nūr), and that is why Al-Quran Al-Karim is light (nūr) and remedy. As for kāfirs or disbelievers, they are like corpses. That is, those who do not believe Allah, the Book, the Messenger, and the divine decree are like corpses. They do not hear, they turn away from it; they do not want to listen, they look away.
Al-Wāhidī says the following by referring to the 52nd verse: “It wards off paupers, and calls out bigwigs. See, this is what disbelief (kufr) and tyranny (zulm) does. It oppresses paupers, runs over them, exploits them, uses them as servants, and makes them slaves to bigwigs. The religion of Islam has removed that, and brought the most poverty-stricken people to the most valuable positions. Beware! Umm-Maktum was blind, and Bilal ibn Rabah was a slave. There are so many other examples as well. What happened to them all? They became azīz (servant of the mighty). The religion of Islam came to save people from being slaves or jariya, and to implement social justice in the world, and to save humanity from bigwigs who exploit the world, and it did save the world. Those who live distant from Islam, and those who do not accept it are still pursuing the age of ignorance, which is Jahiliyyah. There were poor people around our Prophet as well. Our Prophet would cherish them like they are the head of the state. He cherished them as if they were generals of the army. See, poor people, outcasts, and orphans were around our Prophet. The wings of mercy of our Prophet were above them. He is the Prophet of Rahmat upon the world. Bigwigs like Abu Jahl who used to bleed humanity dry told our Prophet to disperse poor people because they wanted to be around our Prophet. Janâb-i Haqq did not let that happen. Allah does not cherish the faithless. The faithless are like inedible pigs no matter how fat they are. If you ask which ones, then we are talking about the tyrants who object to Allah, declare war against the Quran, destroy the truth and reality, exploit humanity, and impose tyranny upon people. Allah does not cherish the faithless. The faithless are worthless. It does not matter who they are or which positions or ranks they have. If a faithless person stands against Allah, then he has no value whatsoever. Azrail will take him to the depths of Jahannam (Hell). Is there a brave fellow who will stand against Azrail? Is there such a person? You may even mobilize all armies in the world. Is there a brave fellow who can stand before Azrail?
Dearest friends, let us speak openly, and tell the truths in a friendly manner so that everyone may hear. Then again, one day Abu Jahl was saying the following to our Prophet: “We refute that which you have brought, but you are the trusted one.” See, this is a different kind of heresy.
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He says to our Prophet, “You are the trusted one, you are al-amin. You are trustworthy, but we do not accept the Quran in your hands, we do not accept the religion you brought.” This is a different kind of heresy. Do you know what some people did out of fear of losing their positions? They were resisting in disbelief (kufr) due to fear of losing their position and chair. Friends, real position and chair is in faith (iman), in being a servant (qul) of Allah. Servitude to Allah is a sultanate. Only then you may earn a true position and chair. Nobody shall sleep hungry.
Do you know what happened to Muslims? They were given greater positions, and even slaves were given positions and chairs. See, even slaves were given position, and nobody is promoted to something unjustly in Islam. Nobody is driven from his home unjustly.
Islam is against injustice, and that is why nobody loses in Islam, rather everybody wins. However, the heretics thought otherwise. Do you know what they said? They said, “If we converted, we would lose our positions and chairs.” That is what people like Haris bin Amr and Abu Jahl thought, as well as some disbelievers who did not have much knowledge. Some of them used to say, “Muhammad is truthful in his own heart.”
Now, they said Muhammad is truthful in his heart,” because they have never seen something else from the Prophet. His prophethood is not a deception. However, they claimed he imagined all this and believed. They were saying that belief in the afterlife (ākhira) is not something to believe. They could never believe in the afterlife (ākhira), meaning the heretics could not give up their heresy (kufr). They would say, “He does not deceive anyone, but he has been deceived and thought he was a Prophet.” There are still those who claim this in the West and in the East. Actually, this is wrong regardless of direction. The numbers of those who got stuck in this wrong among the historians of Europe today is surely no less.
Moreover, some historians of Europe and those who say they are philosophers claim this. They say Muhammad (asw) was sure of himself and he passed away believing that.” Do you know who claims that? European historians do. They say Muhammad (asw) was sure of himself, and he passed away believing that, and his faith (iman) did not shake at all, and they claim this is an historical fact.
They have seen only a part of the truth and missed the other part. Had they seen the other part they should have converted to Islam right away because Islam is universal. Islam is the religion of all nations. To say you will not accept Islam is to deny all mankind as well as Allah.
Now, they do not believe in prophethood, this is also a dangerous aspect. He who believes in Allah also has to believe in the Messenger that Allah has sent. Denying the Messenger is equal to denying Allah. Never, never in ever! They do not believe in prophethood. They did not believe that this is something right. They could not believe this is real no matter what. They did not renounce open hostility towards him even though they knew that he was the greatest Prophet of all times. In the end they realized that he is the greatest Prophet of all time but they did not renounce their manifest hostility. The reason for this is the grudge, racism, and fascism in them, and there are also many other reasons for it.
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Regardless of the cause, being deprived of faith (iman) and Islam is equal to throwing yourself into frustration. They know they are outright enemies of themselves as well. That is, there is an unnecessary and unjust enmity towards Islam. They are no prevailing aspect because Islam is the mercy and blessing of Allah that embraces humanity. It is Allah’s social justice and all holy values are present in Islam. There cannot be any just reasons to be hostile towards Islam. These denials are actually oriented towards Allah. Those who disacknowledge Allah and the holy omnipotence (qudrah), the Quran, and the prophethood of Prophet Muhammad say this is work of Muhammad. Saying this is a tradition that only belongs to kāfirs (deniers) and zalims (wrongdoers). Muhammad cannot make anything up by himself, and Janâb-i Haqq says this in Al-Quran Al-Karim in case he did, “If you did not narrate Al-Quran Al-Karim correctly, and added slightest things to it, then We would have ripped off your jugular vein.”
Islam is a reality, and Muhammad is the true Prophet. O, people! Allah’s help is ready and waiting. This word is for all humanity. This is for all humanity: “O, humanity! Allah and Allah’s help is ready and waiting. Nobody can prevail over Allah. Allah prevails over azal and abad. Those who stand against Allah are all losers, they will lose face, they will be destroyed.”
Nobody should destroy himself, that is why we are speaking. That is why we spread Al-Quran Al-Karim. See what Janâb-i Haqq says in the 171st and 173rd verses of Surah al-Saffāt .
Hodja recites the original text of the 173rd verse.
Allah says, “Indeed, they have been rendered victorious.”
Hodja recites the original text of the 173rd verse.
“Indeed, our armies are victorious,” says Janâb-i Haqq.
Allah’s armies do not fail, because glory (izzat) is from Allah, the Messenger, and believers. Janâb-i Haqq says, “Our armies are surely victorious.”
Hodja recites the 21st verse of Surah al-Mujadilah .
Also see the 21st verse of Surah al-Mujadilah : “Allah and the Messengers are victorious.” That is what Janâb-i Haqq has written, and what Allah has written will not be distorted. It is said that you cannot make anyone believe unless Allah wishes, regardless of which miracle you show them. People mentioned here are those who are not guided by Allah. Then again, Al-Zamakhsharī and Ahmad ibn Hanbali’s narration says, “Animals and birds will be gathered, and rightful dues will be paid. Just like hornless sheep and horned rams.” It is said that hornless animals will get their rightful dues from all other animals.
What is meant here is this: In the great gathering (mahshar), in the Day of Judgment (ruz-i ceza), and in the greater court, Allah’s justice will be manifested and every right owner will get his rights.
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Nobody should have any doubt whatsoever. That is why the 179th verse of Surah al-A’raf  says the following about those who object to Allah, object to Allah’s commands, and deny: “They are like cattle; rather they are more astray.” That is said by Allah Ta’ala.
Hodja recites the original text of the aforementioned verse.
Islam endeavours so that nobody may fall into that situation. Islam wants everyone to go up, does not want anyone to go down. That is why one can’t object to Allah, nor can he deny the laws Allah brought forth. Islam is a set of divine laws and a divine order. The universe and its contents have their fundamental creations, and they are all signs of holy omnipotence (qudrah) with their beings and notions. Please pay attention to this! The universe and its contents are one by one signs and poems of the holy omnipotence (qudrah), and they are ayat (signs/verses) of the book of wisdom with their fundamental creation, beings, and notions. Do not forget these!
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Al-Quran Al-Kareem – Tafsir (Exegesis) Lesson 244
I seek shelter in Allah from the rejected Satan. In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Beloved friends, dearest audience, and esteemed listeners!
We continue to present the life lessons of the life-giving light (nūr) to the entire mankind. Islam is the full prescription of the blissful life. Let me repeat this laconical sentence due to its importance. “The universe and its contents,” please pay attention, “and one by one they are all signs and poems of the divine omnipotence (qudrah) and book of wisdom with their innate creation and disposition.”
The Quran has the written ayat (signs/verses), and the cosmos has cosmological ayat (signs). Everything has been written crystal-clear in al-Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Sacred Tablet). Allah has written everything beforehand with all-encompassing knowledge (azali abadi ilm). That is why everything has been written crystal-clear in al-Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Sacred Tablet). This is because Allah knows everything from eternity past to eternity. That is why even though Allah Ta’ala knows everything beforehand, this does not force a person to do anything and this does not limit his freedom. It is just that Allah knows what people will do beforehand, and has written it. People who fail to understand this matter say they do what they do because Allah has written so, and they assume they are under compulsion. Now, let us say astronomy scholars calculated the eclipse of the moon one year in advance. Does that knowledge have an affect on the eclipse of the moon? These are just scholars who know that it will happen. Do the scholars have any affect on whether eclipse of the moon happens or not? That is only a knowledge, they know it will happen. It is not the scholars who cause the eclipse of the moon, they only make calculations about it.
Almighty Allah has known beforehand what everyone will do without affecting anyone’s freedom, liberty, or free-will. This would not be a trial if it wasn’t like that. Freedoms have been given by Janâb-i Haqq. Every new-born is born free. It is mankind who limits people’s freedom in the world. It is either them, or bad administration, imposers, or tyrants. People have been created as free beings.
Islam is a way of freedom. It is a complete way of liberty. It is the way that comes from Allah and leads to Allah. Islam is but a complete way of freedom. We need to thoroughly listen and understand Islam. That is why everything has been written clearly in al-Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Sacred Tablet). Nothing can be hidden from Allah. There is no knowledge hidden from Allah. Eternity past (azal) and eternity (abad) are concepts for our understanding. Allah Ta’ala is free and away from time and space.
Now, there is also first creations, “evvelü mâ halakallahül kalem,” which means, “First creation of Allah is the Pen.” So, see the knowledge (ilm) and wisdom (irfan) of Islam and know. It is said that the first creation of Allah is the Pen. Abu Dawood, al-Tirmidhi, and Ahmad ibn Hanbali are among the sources of this hadith.
Another narration goes, “Gad ceffel kalemü bima hüve kainün,” which means the Pen has written what shall happen.”
See, Janâb-i Haqq commands the Pen to write everything that shall happen, and the Pen writes it. Bukhari Sharif and An-Nasai are among the sources of this narration.
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“True knowledge (ilm) is sent down to hearts through the book.” This is important. “True knowledge (ilm) is sent down to hearts through the Book.” “Law of motion, order of qudrah, and life. Now, please pay attention. Law of motion, order of qudrah, and life. If worldly bounties were given to the one who is rebellious, then it is istidraj (gradual destruction). Now, that man disacknowledged Allah Ta’ala and the principles of Allah. However, he was given many amenities and bounties, it is said that this is istidraj (gradual destruction). Who says that? Well, a narration from Ahmad ibn Hanbali, who is a great Islamic scholar (âlim) and a great mujtahid. He is a mujtahid and a great hadith scholar, and a fiqh scholar. He says if worldly bounty is given to the rebellious, then it is istidraj (gradual destruction). Istidraj (gradual destruction) is like this: If certain amenities and means were given to a person and he does not respect rights and remedies, disacknowledges the truth and reality, then those are istidraj (gradual destruction). These are signs that show he will be raised up and thrown down deep. That is why the truth and reality, which is true knowledge (ilm) is sent down to hearts through the Book. So, what is it? Well, Al-Quran Al-Karim came from al-Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Sacred Tablet). What is sent from the Quran to the hearts is true knowledge (ilm) because the Quran is nothing but right and reality.
Law of motion, order of qudrah, and life. Please pay attention to these. The order of qudrah is the order of Islam. As for law of motion and life, the driving power of everything in the universe, and the life giver is only Allah. You say you wish to live your life but you disacknowledge the life-giver, disacknowledge the order of life, and the life-giving light (nūr). Is there a life without Islam? Islamic life is the order of life that Allah brought forth, so come to your senses! Some wish to live animalistic lives, they are careless. True life is a humane life, and Islamic life is the most blissful life. The order of life that Allah brought forth is life itself. Those who do not accept this say they wish to live animalistic lives, and they are unwary of the true life. Nothing has been omitted from Allah’s omnipotence (qudrah), and al-Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Sacred Tablet). There is no ayat (signs/verses) that aren’t present in Allah’s omnipotence (qudrah) and al-Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Sacred Tablet).
That is why beloved friends, you should understand the laws of cosmos and omnipotence (qudrah). Who created the laws of cosmos? Just take a look at the universe, the Maker of all laws is Allah. Allah has created the laws of cosmos, and made things afloat, and birds fly.
Birds do not fly due to their own merit; Allah has created the laws of physics. Allah laws in the heavens and earth, along with all creation has been created laws that are special to them. This is because Janâb-i Haqq knows all kinds of creation. Looking for other signs and miracles by neglecting all these signs is work of the unwary and blind. See, seeking other signs and miracles shows the deepness of one’s disbelief (kufr), ignorance, and unwariness.
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See, he denies all these signs, neglects them, and looks for other miracles. What does this show? This shows the deepness of his disbelief (kufr), ignorance, and unwariness. May Allah shield us!
Our Prophet would often recite this prayer (dua):
Hodja recites the original text of the aforementioned prayer (dua) of our Prophet.
This is also another prayer (dua) of our Prophet:
Hodja recites the original text of the second mentioned prayer (dua).
He would often pray like these.
Our Prophet would often supplicate and pray to Allah with every fibre of his being by reciting these prayers (duas). See, being a servant (qul) to Allah is a prayer (dua), and every worship is a prayer (dua). This is because we are in eternal need of Allah, and we appreciate Allah because were living in endless and boundless bounty (nimat). Do not deny, you will ruin yourselves!
Hodja recites the original text of another prayer (dua).
Let us see what is meant here. He requests health, physical health, and well-being of his ears and eyes. He requests well-being of his body, and seeks shelter in Allah from disbelief (kufr), poverty, and punishment of the grave. The religion of Islam came to leave nobody poor in the world. Islam came to make all people rich. Things like poorism, which is a poor mentality, are nonsense. True poorism is to be richest among all people and be poor against Allah, that is true poorism. You have to confess that you are in need of Allah non-stop. You are poor against Allah, but you have to be rich against all people because you should never rely on other people. You need to be the giving hand, not the receiving hand, and that is Islam. Islam is the giving hand. Islam is dignity and honour. Islam thinks about everyone’s dignity and honour. Islam does not want anyone to be poor. Equality does not come with talk. Freedom does not came with talk. Justice does not happen with talk. Social justice is not manifested by talking about it. You want to leave a part of the world destitute, but aren’t they servants (qul) of Allah? You do not want to implement justice, and talk about social state… You want to exploit a part of the world, pile up all the goods for yourself, and leave that part of the world hungry, and then call that justice; that is not good.
That is why revered friends, that is why all episodes of life have been written in ummi l-kitāb (Mother Book). What is ummi l-kitāb (Mother Book)? It is the mother book, which is al-Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Sacred Tablet). Where does it come from? It came from Allah’s knowledge (ilm). All episodes of life have been written in ummi l-kitāb (Mother Book). See, that is also where Al-Quran Al-Karim came from. Al-Quran Al-Karim is a Book that came from Allah’s knowledge (ilm), and al-Lawh al-Mahfuz (the Sacred Tablet).
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The truth (haqq) is Allah’s utterance (kalam). That is why utter respect to Al-Quran Al-Karim is necessary. Do not hold it with your hands if you are impure (without ablution). We have certain lazy theologists who consider themselves mujtahids, and they claim the Quran can be read without ablution. Do not be deceived by them, and always show the due respect to Al-Quran Al-Karim, its original text and meaning, along with its provisions. Show respect to the Book itself as well, also its original text because those texts are actually utterances (kalam) of Allah. Yes, they are written with ink, which is something worldly because we use ink in the world, but it was still given to us by Allah. Therefore, its contents are actually utterances (kalam) of Allah with their original text and meaning. So, show respect, and do not hold the Quran below your waist, place it high. The abode of the Quran is hearts, not shelves. So, why preserve the Quran on shelves? That is until it is inscribed on the hearts. So, let Al-Quran Al-Karim in your heart, along with its original text and meaning, along with its life and its soul, and try to receive the light (nūr) it sheds. Enlighten yourselves with its light (nūr), and find life with its life. Al-Quran Al-Karim is life and light (nūr). Al-Quran Al-Karim is also a spirit at the same time, but why is it a spirit? That is because it gives life, because it sheds light (nūr), and because it enlightens. There is no life where Al-Quran Al-Karim is not present.
“Every animal will be given their rightful dues tomorrow in the great gathering (mahshar), in the greater court, in the Day of Judgment, in the Mahkamah al-Kubra.”
See, even every animal will be given their rightful dues.
“Hornless animals will get its rights from the horned ones,” and this is a hadith-i sharif. So, nobody can make someone hear something unless Allah wills it. Allah knows best, and decides who shall hear. That is because Allah gives the requital of everyone’s earnings.
So, nobody can make someone hear something, tell something, or see something unless Allah wills it. Also, nobody can guide anyone. This is about that person’s (qul) evil earnings, and it is because he wanted it. The person (qul) wanted that and earned that, and in the end, he has given the requital of his earnings. An open example of this would be the following: Can you harvest wheat if you have planted thorny plants everywhere? Can one harvest cure if he has planted poison? Can one harvest faith (iman) if he has placed disbelief (kufr) into his heart? See, the requital of disbelief (kufr) is Jahannam (Hell), can he find Janna (Paradise)? See, the reward of faith (iman), good deeds (amal-e-saleh), and obedience is Allah’s Janna (Paradise), and these won’t lead anyone to Jahannam (Hell). There is a promise of Allah. Nobody can lead a person deserving of Janna (Paradise) to Jahannam (Hell), and vice versa. Everyone will get the requital of what they have earned.
Hodja recites the 39th verse of Surah al-Najm .
There is a requital of everyone’s endeavour. You will get the requital of what you have earned, and you are free. Islam does not limit your freedom.
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Al-Quran Al-Kareem – Tafsir (Exegesis) Lesson 245
On the 40th to 45th verses of Surah al-An’am .
I seek shelter in Allah from the rejected Satan. In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Hodja recites the 40th verse of Surah al-An’am .
“Say, ‘Have you ever thought about yourselves? Will you supplicate to someone other than Allah should Allah’s punishment overtake you, or should the Hour overtake you?”
See, Almighty Allah reminds this to the servants (qul).
Janâb-i Haqq says, “Give an answer if you are truthful.”
Hodja recites the 41st verse of Surah al-An’am .
“No, you will only supplicate to Allah. And Allah will remove the trouble
for which you supplicated if Allah wills.. And then you will forget about what you associate with Allah.”
Janâb-i Haqq says, “I have created you, do not worship anyone but Me.”
The hodja recites the 42nd and 43rd verses of Surah al-An’am .
Friends, Almighty Rabb (Lord) says, “Certainly, we have sent Messengers the nations before you. We seized them with adversity and hardship so that they may entreat Us.” “They should have at least entreated Us when our punishment came to them, right? However, their hearts became hardened, and Satan made what they used to do look good to them.”
The hodja recites the 44th and 45th verses of Surah al-An’am .
Almighty Rabb says, “So, when they forgot what they were reminded of, We opened the gates of everything to them. In the end, when they rejoiced in what they were given and delved into pleasure, We seized them with Our punishment suddenly. They fell into hopelessness and were dumbfounded. Thus, the remnant of the people who did wrong was cut off. All praises and thanks be to Allah, Rabb (Lord) of the worlds.”
Dearest friends, Janâb-i Haqq reminds us of what has been done to the people of the past Prophets who objected to Allah, who disacknowledged Allah’s decrees and laws such as Al-Quran Al-Karim, Islam, the Prophet, and the sharia (law) of Islam which has been sent down to the Prophet. Allah tells us that we should not do what they used to do because they befell on them may befall on us as well. We have conveyed core meanings of the 40th to 45th verses of Surah al-An’am , and now we will try to give you discovery notes about them.
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Al-Quran Al-Kareem – Tafsir (Exegesis) Lesson 246
Janâb-i Haqq used the word, “أَرَأَيْتُكُم” as a question and bewilderment. It is said that this word has no similars in Arabic language. It has been predominantly read with tahkîk, and Nafi‘ and Abu Jafar read it is teshil, Al-Kisa’i read it with ıskât. It has also been recited by changing hamzah into alif which is, ahbiruni, and this meant, “inform me,” in accord with changes in the addressee.
Naturally, as Al-Quran Al-Karim is Janâb-i Haqq’s own utterances (kalam), Allah’s fluency and rhetoric has no similars in this world. It is superhuman and supernatural. Muslims became the masters of the world when they appreciated Al-Quran Al-Karim, and established a world empire. They ensured justice for all humanity. In the periods when they did not appreciate Islam and Al-Quran Al-Karim, they were captivated by other nations, which does not behoove Muslims. Nobody can accept abasement when they have glory, and consider slavery freedom by abandoning his true freedom. Janâb-i Haqq said, “We afflicted them with severe poverty, disease, disasters, and hardships.” See what Allah does as people insisted on committing crime? Allah afflicts them with disasters and troubles, which causes moral compass to freeze, and eclipse of reason.
Moral compasses and minds freeze when Allah afflicts people with troubles, and when people themselves deviate and transgress. Right now, there are such circles, societies, and people in the world that their moral compass is so frozen that let alone speaking the word of truth next to them, they would never even pass by a realist person. Their minds are frozen, their reason has become a slave to something else; there are such people. They transgressed non-stop, and they put so many veils over the truth that they completely ruined themselves.
That is why Janâb-i Haqq knows which afflictions will make the servant (qul) derive a lesson and understand. The punishment suits the crime of the servant (qul). Allah does not inflict cruelty, rather punishes the servant (qul) according to his crime. There are punishments for the crimes of individuals, societies, congregations, and states; but there is also grace (lutf), blessings (inayat), and great rewards for their good deeds. Almighty Allah sees the earnings of the servants (qul), for Allah has encompassed us, our deeds, and the entire universe. Allah gives the requital of whatever we earn.
Dearest humanity! O people, get your minds together! Allah is looking at us, and observes us. Allah is closer to us than ourselves. Allah is closer to our hearts than our hearts. That is because Allah created us, sustains us, and gives life to us. The prescription of life Allah created is Al-Quran Al-Karim. If you refuse to implement Allah’s prescription and be in need of others then know that you will be miserable. You should abide by the command of Allah Ta’ala, only then you may go wherever you want, but see that Allah has created the causes as well, and then you may go.
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Adopt a scientific turn of mind, and unite your mind with divine revelation (wahy-i ilahi), only then Allah will bestow bounty, ease, aid, and victory upon you wherever you go, and you will prosper. Abide by Allah, and get your mind together! There is no life in spite of Allah in the world, you will be miserable; you will be in need of many people. You will go to fortune-tellers instead of doctors. You will go to sorcerers instead of doctors, and you will hug a snake thinking it might save yourself. You will find nothing but poison, and sink deeper into holes, and drift along fire, and fall into trouble upon trouble. There is no life in spite of Allah. Be a servant (qul) of Allah, and abide by the Quran, science, and sound intellect (aql-e-saleem). I am not telling you to abide by me or anyone else.
I am conveying Al-Quran Al-Karim that I recite. I am giving you the meaning of Al-Quran Al-Karim. I am obligated to say what my Rabb (Lord) says, which is life, and true happiness is in that. Being a servant (qul) of Allah is a sultanate, and worshipping people slavishly is nothing but inferiority, abasement, and polytheism (shirk). Know that you are worshipping an idol! Can one worship a man slavishly? All servants (qul) worship Allah, and their duty is assigned by Allah and Islam. Every beneficial thing in the world along with all that is good are all Islamic. As for harmful and wrong things, they are all out of Islam. People love each other for Allah. They love and obey each other for Allah. That is, everything should be done for Allah, in a way that suits Allah’s commands. One simply can’t revolt against Allah and obey a servant (qul), that is the point here.
Hodja recites the original text of the following quote: “When something is squashed, it will expand or explode.” However, people have a chance to submit to Janâb-i Haqq without experiencing hardship or trouble, and then they can fulfil Allah’s good commands and find life, and none of that will happen. However, as humanity always drifts along wrongs and drag along each other, and consider what they are doing right, what will happen one day? Their affairs will be squashed, and things expand or explode when they are squashed. Now, let us look at economic crises and economies that have been paralyzed. Let us also look at moral corruption. What is done after each collapse? People try to build something new and endeavour to build something better.
Yes, you should try to build something better but also do not neglect the souls of all people, hearts of all people, and their moral compass. You need to present what is beneficial to everyone in direct proportion to the truth (haqq). That is, you need to do this by obeying Allah’s command. If you try to do it in spite of Allah, then you will think you survived the earthquake but you will be seized by the tsunami, and you may also think you survived that but you will be seized by a hurricane. As long as people do not obey Allah and adopt a real faith (iman) and obedience, they will survive one disaster only to be seized by the next.
Bounties, enjoyments and pleasures were placed at their disposal. There were such people in the past that bounties, abundant pleasures and enjoyments were at their disposal. That is, whatever they ever wanted was present, and they were living in pleasure and enjoyment.
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How did they live? They lived like Allah is non-existent. Never! They lived as if the afterlife (ākhira) and death was non-existent. It is as if they were created without a creator, and they lived in this world only seeking pleasure. They did not accept haram, halal, or rights and remedies. See, what did Janâb-i Haqq do when they were enjoying the most? Allah seized them with punishment suddenly. Janâb-i Haqq said, “We seized them suddenly.” If you check the verses and their meanings from before you will see it. We only bring these forth so that what has been missed in those verses may be remembered. We are also giving you discovery notes, and these are notes from the life-giving light (nūr), which sheds light. Biggest thanks are due for saving the world from tyranny and evil after every trial. This is very important, saving the world from tyranny and evil after each trial necessitates the biggest thanks. So, when you save the world from tyranny, polytheism (shirk), disbelief (kufr), corruption (nifaq), bad morals, exploitation, and transgressions (zulm) of the transgressors; and when you ensure a real civilization in the world with social justice, and when you implement divine justice in the world, the peace of all humanity will be ensured, and thus what happens? This necessitates the biggest thanks. Why? Because tyranny (zulm) has vanished, and so has the transgressors (zalimun), this necessitates the biggest thanks. However, if you remove one tyrant and make a worse tyrant predominant, that is not justice. That is only being caught by the other tyrant. Saving the world from tyranny and evil necessitates the biggest thanks. See, that is why Islam came to the world, so pay attention! Islam came to save the world! Not only Arabs, Turks, East, or West, rather it came to save the entire world from tyranny and justice. And when everyone fulfils the necessity of the divine message of Islam, and when the entire world is saved from tyranny and evil, then that requires biggest thanks. So, what were the last words of the verse?
That is, “Al-ḥamdu l-illāhi rabbi l-ʿālamīn,” which means, “Praise be to Allah, Rabb (Lord) of the worlds.” Therefore, the right to be praise and be praised along with all exaltation and glorifications belong to Allah. Hamidiyat, which means trait of praising; and mahmudiyat, which means (being worthy of reverence) belong completely to Allah. The servant (qul) receives as much praise and reward as he praises his Rabb (Lord). So, what is the wisdom (hikmat) behind Prophet Muhammad being Ahmad, Muhammad, and Mahmud at the same time? That is because Allah praises him, but he worships Allah as well. He served and worshipped Allah with every fibre of his being, and he thanked and praised Allah as well. So, what is thanks and praise? That is to fulfil Allah’s commands in a sincere manner. That is why souls compete in the world of souls, and Prophet Muhammad’s soul surpasses all other souls, and that is why the greatest summit, which is the praised station (Al-Maqam Al-Mahmud) is the station of Hz. Muhammad.
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Praise your Rabb (Lord) well so that you may receive great rewards and stations from your Rabb (Lord); and true promotion is in worshipping Allah. Otherwise, you may live in ivory towers and associate partners with Allah, like those who disacknowledge Allah and delve into the pleasures and enjoyments of the world as if Allah is non-existent. Never! Never in ever! You may live seeking worldly pleasure and enjoyment without accepting halal and haram as if these laws and commands are non-existent; but Allah has seized them suddenly, and sent them where they deserved. Those who plant disbelief (kufr) cannot harvest faith (iman). That is why if a person has earned disbelief (kufr), then he will never enter Janna (Paradise). As for those who lived with faith (iman) and good deeds (amal-e-saleh), they will never enter Jahannam (Hell) because they will enter Janna (Paradise).
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