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Published on February 20th, 2019 | by Eaalim Institute | Views: 146

Road to Change | Nouman Ali Khan | illustrated – Subtitled

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Script

The 1st thing I want to talk about is: this concluding towards the end of Surah Nahl

Allah Azzawajal says: [udu’u ila sabeeli rabbik]
(Quran 16:125)

which is commonly translated: “invite to the way of your Lord”

that’s how it’s translated typically

“invite to the way of your Lord”

[bil-hikmah] meaning “using wisdom”

or “invite to the way of your Lord wisely”

but let’s think about this a little more deeply

when you invite someone

inviting someone is an act of friendship

it’s an act of kindness

and it’s an act of love

you don’t invite someone that you hate

and inviting someone can not happen when you’re angry

in other words, you don’t go over to someone, inviting them to dinner to your house and say “hey!”

“come to my house!”

you don’t do that because that is the guaranteed way of your invitation not being accepted

what I’m trying to get at

is that the idea of Dawah

the idea of spreading or inviting people to Islam

the idea of Dawah itself is an act of love and courtesy and respect

for the person you’re giving Dawah to

it cannot be filled with a message of hate

it cannot be filled with a message of judgment

it it cannot be a condescending message

where you come across as better than the one you’re talking to

it cannot do any of those things

because if it is, it’s just not an invitation

it’s just not an invitation

now, that’s the first word that Allah uses: [udu’u]

and then He says: [ila sabeeli rabbik]

“call to the path of your Master”

now, I want you to think about this – there’s lots to talk about in classical tafseer

but I want to make it very simple for our audience today

it’s really easy to understand

when I invite someone

I invite them to my house, yes?

I invite them to a conference

I invite them to a retreat

I invite them to this program

I invite them to a restaurant

meaning what I’m trying to say

is you invite people to a destination

what you do is – you invite people to a destination

but you don’t call someone and say “hey!”

“I want to invite you to Highway 95”

that doesn’t make any sense

you don’t invite people to a path

you invite people to a – what?

a destination

that’s what makes sense

now think about what Allah said

[udu’u ila sabeeli rabbik]

invite people to – what?

the path

of your Master

the road

of your Master

He’s not

the invitation is not to the destination

The invitation is to the road

which is unlike any other invitation

when someone – now let me help you understand why that is?

because this is profound wisdom in the Quran

profound wisdom in the Quran

when you invite someone to your house – which is the destination

and they don’t show up

they don’t show up – they’re 2 hours late

or like me – for Jummah today – I was an hour late

so if you’re late

then people are upset with you because – what? – you did not make it to the

destination

but if you

were invited to the path

then it doesn’t matter if you’ve traveled a 1000 miles

and it doesn’t matter if you’ve only traveled 10 feet

you have already met your goal, because you are – where?

on the road

you’re on the road

in other words

Allah Azzawajal has given us a profound gift

to help us understand what Dawah means

you’re not asking people to reach the destination of perfection

you’re not asking people

we’re not expecting from anyone – not from me – not from you

no one is expected to be in absolute, complete, perfect submission to Allah

without any mistakes – no no no !

and people aren’t even expected to be at the same level – no!

because this is a path

some people will make progress faster than others

some people are going to be way ahead

some people are going to be behind

some people are going to move really slowly

and some people are going to move super fast

some people are just getting started

and their progress is literally an inch a day

almost feels like they’re not making any progress at all

feels like that, but you know what?

all of that

all of that is a success

and if any of those people die

if any of them died on the road

meaning – it feels like – they were just traveling and they didn’t even make it to their destination

and their journey came to an end

they died

they are acceptable with Allah

because they were on the road

the entire religion of Islam is described as a road

[Ihdina alssirata almustaqeem] – think about that

the entire life you spend

is a road that you’re traveling on

and the point of a road is to make progress

But Allah did not define for us

how fast

and how quick

and how much progress quantitatively you’re supposed to make

because every human being is different

by the way – the journey to Islam

we say some people take their time coming to Islam

but it’s not any different even after Islam – your progress even after coming into Islam

takes time

it doesn’t happen overnight

there are some Sahaba who go from

absolutely against Islam to completely in Allah’s submission for Islam

and then there are some other companions of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) who struggled

they struggled

it was hard

it wasn’t easy for them

It wasn’t

not every Sahabi was Abu Bakr Siddiq (R.A.)

Not everyone was Umar (R.A.) – they weren’t

people were at different levels

why do you think the best generation

the best of all generations

when the Ayat came about alcohol

when the Ayat came about alcohol – they came one time or in stages?

they came in stages

can you imagine – these are the best people – the best believers of all the other generations that will ever come

and the best of all generations

Allah did not impose a drastic change on them

collectively – immediately

He didn’t expect that it would disappear all of a sudden

even though

even though

in the Final Revelation that has to do with [Khamr]

that has to do with alcohol and wine consumption

Allah Azzawajal describes it

as [rijsum min amali ash-Shaitan]

“an abomination – an evil”

“from the work of the Devil”

now I want you to think about this

if alcohol has always been the work of the Devil

even when Allah said

he didn’t say it was haram yet

even then it was evil

even then

even when he said: at least don’t be drunk when you – what?

when you pray

even then it was still the work of – who?

the Devil, but Allah didn’t say it yet

it was too much to handle for some people

so Allah was merciful to the believers

even around the Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wasallam)

and He allowed them to develop

to mature

and eventually gave them the final verdict: “this is evil”

“this is an abomination – you need to stop altogether”

what I’m trying to tell you is

nowadays you give Dawah to someone

and you expect them to turn around and turn into a Sahabi

If not a Sahabi (companion) at least a Tabi’ee (follower)

within 24 hours

“bro, I told you it’s haram yesterday, why are you still doing it bro?”

“Astaghfirullah al-Azeem! these people don’t even change man!”

“I already give them Dawah – they didn’t change”

“I already told them – I gave a whole 20 minute Khutbah”

“and look! nothing changed”

man, can you like go read something about Nuh (A.S.) or something dude?

he has a right to say people don’t change

you don’t have a right to say that

and by the way, it is not your words or my words that change people

is not our words that change people

it is Allah that changes people

I start from here because this talk is supposed to be a balance between Dunya and Akhirah

and the first thing I want to share with you is sometimes in our Dawah

we kill the hopes of people – we expect too much from them too quickly

as a matter of fact – when you give someone Dawah – even as a muslim

who is in disobedience to Allah

a lot of young guys came to me today and said: my friends in college – they drink – Muslim friends

they drink – they do drugs – and they do worse

and I’m trying to give them advice -what do I do?

I don’t know what to do with these guys

they don’t want to come with me to Jummah

they don’t want to come with me to the Masjid

I try to make them watch a YouTube video, they don’t want to hear it

I don’t know what to do with them

And you know what I say?

you just need to be patient with them

and keep giving them a reminder

and don’t give up on them because you don’t know

which of your words are going to be planted inside their heart like a seed

and you don’t know when that seed – Allah will grow it

you don’t know

maybe it’ll happen a year from now that the words you said to them click

maybe it’ll happen 10 years from now – maybe it’ll happen overnight – that is not up to us

which is why in the very same Ayah

when Allah towards the end – in this Ayah of Dawah – what does He tell us?

He tells us: [inna rabbaka huwa alam] – “Allah knows better”
who’s guided and whose misguided

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