How we talk

One of the things I am always grateful for is that Allah has guided me into the path I am choosing now, learning and teaching English, a subject that used to be my nightmares during high school. As I have learnt this language, I feel like I can broaden my horizon and being capable of understanding new things, Nouman Ali Khan speech too is one of the light.

One of the striking khutbahs spoken by him is about how people should control their talk in their daily life. It might look nothing special about it, or maybe people think nothing is wrong in the words uttered (as sarcasm has been becoming a trend nowadays). Yet, through this episode, he has reminded me that such unconscous words with such tones, word choices, and discourses can probably hurt or somehow belittle my interlocutors if I don’t carefully think about their feelings or the situations they are in.

Another part of this episode that has made me fall in lies in the opening. The talk about that the Quran in our life is not only for information but something to ponder, to hold on, to be the core source of life’s needs and guidance has really enlighten me. Have I really read it or have I related it into my life? Have the words of Allah knocked my heart and led my path closer to Allah? How far has Quran been in me? I begin to ponder.

“Quran is not just information. The Quran is actually something that is supposed to plant itself inside our heart. So, its lessons and its teachings just like a plant that has to seed, has to go in the soil, then it needs water, it needs sun, it needs nourishment to be able to grow. The soil needs to be right for it to take life. So, it’s not just information you and I hear, or you and I read, and we move along. We have to take time to ponder it, internelize it, and really think about how it is going to take root in our heart and how it is going to change our thinking, our emotion, our behavior even.”
— Nouman Ali Khan

These series of episode are basically from the Surah Al Ahzab ayah 69 -71 and they mainly discussed about the human talk. With clear and contextual examples given in the episode also make them easily understood. I highly recommend his khutbahs and his channel as well for the depth of Quran. May Allah SWT always bless him and his dakwah. Amin.

“O you who have believed, be not like those who abused Moses; then Allah cleared him of what they said. And he, in the sight of Allah, was distinguished. O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of appropriate justice.He will [then] amend for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly attained a great attainment.”

Surah Al Ahzab Ayah 69-71

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The Meeting

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Blowing wind in the midst of my solitude

alludes to one title that never have I met

Such a sinful soul needs assurances

upon the worthiness of me before Him

“Know Him by His names, O you who believe..

if you hope to meet Him when the time comes” prophet said.

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This poem is basically my thought to the last surah of surah Al Kahf. At the last surah it is stated that if those believers want to meet Allah afterlife, they have to prostate to Allah only, do not relate in the worship of Allah anyone, and keep doing righteous deeds.

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِثْلُكُمْ يُوحَىٰ إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَٰهُكُمْ إِلَٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ ۖ فَمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاءَ رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا

Say, “I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.”

Al Kahf – 110