I pray that the leadership of Pakistan carries itself with dignity and honor. That it recognizes and never loses sight of the great blessing Allah has chosen to test them with by having people place their trust in them to lead them to peace, justice, prosperity and a better future for their children. I pray that Allah guides the country’s leadership to be upright, that He remove personal ambitions from their hearts if they have any and replaces them with an undying sincere desire to serve the people that have handed them this trust. I pray that the one who changes hearts changes the hearts of those among them that are infected with corruption. I pray He gives the Pakistani people the same sense of justice in their personal lives that they expect from their leaders in the public sphere. I pray our ummah abandons cruelty, injustice, oppression, corruption and deception in their homes, jobs and businesses just as they want those things eradicated from their governments. I pray that Allah protect Pakistan’s new leadership from harm and evil that may come to them from outside and from within themselves. I pray that the people are inspired to become agents of change in their immediate circles as they expect new leadership to bring change to their country. May Allah protect and bless Pakistan and allow it to overcome its many challenges. May Allah empower its youth to realize their potential and rise above the smog of hopelessness and corruption.
DreamWorldwide Dallas edition! Our Bayyinah campus is hosting the second stop of Dream worldwide after Denmark. Wonderful enthusiastic students and I can already see how well they will collaborate with their European peers إن شاء الله. What excites me most about this venture is the prospects of creating a worldwide network of eager Quran learners benefitting from each other connected by the same curriculum and teacher! I love what’s happening here and I pray that the vision to translate this work into other languages with the help of a collaborative community of students is materialized soon!
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Meeting with some of the DreamWorldwide students for some casual conversation. Extremely proud of this batch!
Kabad Part 3 of 5...I think لا أقسم بهذا البلد وأنت حل بهذا البلد ووالد وما ولد لقد خلقنا الإنسان في كبد “No! I swear by this town! And yet YOU are fair game in this town! And I swear by an incredible father and what amazing offspring he had!”. Truly, We created the human being immersed in ‘kabad’ “ Above is one possible way of translating the opening of surah 90 of the Quran. I’m choosing this strand of meaning to get something across to you. Qur’anic wisdom is about connections. How is one idea flowing into another. Understanding that begins to unlock the internal logic of the Quran. When Allah swears by something, someone, or some place, it can serve the purpose of being used as evidence for a truth that is about to be declared. That ‘truth’ in these ayaat is the creation of the human being in Kabad. So how is what preceded it evidence for it? This city that in its landscape and harsh lifestyle represents the embodiment of kabad is in and of itself a proof to its residents. Moreover, this city is considered Haram which means it is a place of no crime or violence because of its sacred value that even the pagans recognized. Yet, even though it is Al Masjid Al Haram, you, the prophet (ص) have been made a Halal target in this of all lands? You more than anyone else experiences this kabad. And how fitting that your father who founded this city, Ibrahim AS, was given the honor of establishing it after having gone through the most painful, kabad loaded tasks. So believer or not, on the right path or not, all human beings must experience the intensity of kabad. Some will experience it because they’re doing the right thing. Others will experience it because they’re doing the wrong thing. Is there a difference though? We shall see when we connect these ayaat to what follows in the rest of the surah. Don’t worry, it’s a short surah. O. K. Y. O. U. K. N. O. W.
DreamWorldwide in Copenhagen has left students with an Arabic grammar geek sense of humor...
Kabad part 2 Makkah is a place that should remind me of my helplessness before my Master. The sacred garb I wear reminds me of my mortalit. I reminds me of my utter loss of all that is material & worldly when I come back resurrected. The surrounding climate reminds me of how the most overlooked of blessings like shade, greenery, water and a cool breeze to name a few, are not my birthright. They are priceless grants that I can never possibly pay for because their value is beyond anything i will ever own. The fact that this barren, lifeless, smoldering valley was founded as a city as a result of the divine trials and then the divinely guided prayer given to my father Ibrahim (AS) reminds me that surrender and prayer themselves are sustenance regardless of what you see around you. After all, what is this place without the legacy of Ibrahim AS? I know I know Kabad.... I’ll get you there. One step at a time. Maybe. إن شاء الله. Maybe. O. K. B. Y. E.
My two sons attending DreamWorldwide Dallas. Proud of these monkeys and the other young kids in my class. You guys are doing great and I’m really proud of you!
KABAD Part 1 A Life Full of Troubles... I want to start by telling you about a word in the Quran in today’s reflection. It’s kabad كبد and occurs in surat al Balad (90). You know the pinch in your ribs you feel sometimes when you’re totally out of breath from running or exhaustion? When it becomes hard to inhale and exhale because every on of those becomes a strain? Well that’s what the ancient Arabs called kabad. They also used it for liver pains. When someone was overcome with pain, debilitated by exhaustion, whereby the muscles would just become so sore that the mind wants the body to do and it won’t even respond except with pain, yeah that’s kabad. It’s a terrible state of being when your mind can’t think about anything but the pain and just wants relief. لقد خلقنا الإنسان في كبد Allah says He certainly created the human being drowned in kabad. Ibn Ashur, (famous, epic commentator on the Quran) commented on the ayah saying that it isn’t a reference only to the physical toil of labor but rather even an emotional and mental human condition. Kabad is all around you. I don’t have to convince you if that. You live it. You’re in it as He Himself puts it. You experience it from loved ones, from friends, from people you thought were loved ones and friends, from people who despise you, from the world of your own negative thoughts about the past, present and future. Kabad can take the form of financial strain, sickness, injury, regret...the list is endless it seems. This is the same God that wants us to be grateful, to be optimistic, to be hopeful, to be mindful of His blessings but how can someone do that with their mind overrun with pain and negativity? The surah in which He informed us that we were created immersed in kabad He tells us a few other startling things. He follows the statement up immediately by describing someone who blows through money frivolously under the assumption that there is no accountability. What’s the connection to kabad? A number of things can be said here but I’ll just share one. When a person wants to surround himself or herself with luxury, entertainment, fine foods etc to make themselves feel like they’ve erased the negative effects of kabad in their life, they’ve only fooled themselves. Throwing money and distraction at this problem won’t make it disappear. Well then how do you deal with the problem of kabad? Notice I said “deal with”, not “solve”. The Quran didn’t come to eliminate the negative. It didn’t come to make life in this world free of problems. It came to guide humanity so they can deal with their challenges. More on the Qurans response to kabad in my next post. وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته O. k. b. y. e.
Nouman Ali Khan is a Muslim speaker and the CEO and founder of Bayyinah Institute, an Arabic studies, educational institution in the United States. His early education in Arabic started in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and continued in Pakistan. His serious Arabic training began in 1999 in the United States. He has been teaching Modern Standard and Classical Arabic at various venues for several years with over 10,000 students nationwide.qur'anic arabic family friends photoshop design muslims islam
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