[English Transcript] Whatever In The Sky And The Earth Is In Need of Him – Nouman Ali Khan


(يَسْـَٔلُهُۥ مَن فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۚ)

(كُلَّ يَوْمٍ هُوَ فِى شَأْنٍۢ) (QS. Ar-Rahman: 29)

“Everyone in the skies and the earth is asking Him.”

Let’s first understand that. (سُؤَال) in the Arabic language, asking, is two kinds. And before I tell you what that means, let me tell you the confusion about this ayah.

Allah says everybody is asking Him. The angels are asking Him, the animals are asking Him, we are asking Him. But somebody comes and says, “I know an atheist friend, he doesn’t ask Allah.”

“I know a friend who’s not religious, he never asks Allah.”

“And my Philosophy professor, he never asks Allah.”

“What do you mean everything is asking Him?”

That’s when you need to understand, there are two meanings of the word “asking” in the Arabic language. One is consciously asking, the other is needing.

(سُؤَال) is also needing.

So for example, (وَأَمَّا ٱلسَّآئِلَ فَلَا تَنْهَرْ) (QS. Ad-Duha: 10)

“The one who asks, don’t shrug them.”

Also means, “The one who needs, don’t shrug them”.

There are people that come with it,

they’re needy but they don’t beg.

You need to know that they’re in need.

And before they get to ask,

you should still give them.

The meaning of the ayah is,

“Everyone in the skies

and everyone on the earth is in need”.

And they keep needing from Him.

There’s a disbeliever, there’s a rebellious Muslim.

There’s someone who knows

they’re doing something wrong,

and they shouldn’t be doing it,

they do it and defy Allah anyway.

Allah gives them, and gives them, and gives them too.

The one who prays among you five times a day,

and the one who doesn’t pray at all,

and the one who’s here for the first time this year.

All of you Allah gives,

like it’s not any of you Allah doesn’t give.

All of our lungs Allah fills with air.

All of our heart Allah keeps beating.

The heart of mine that is beating inside,

every next beat before it beats,

it sends a dua’ to Allah, “Ya Allah can I beat again?”

And He give His permission.

Every vein in my body needs,

it needs from Allah.

Without the permission of Allah.

(وَمَا تَسْقُطُ مِن وَرَقَةٍ) (QS. Al-An’am: 59)

“Not a leaf will fall until He gives permission.”

Not a leaf will fall of a tree,

not a cell in my body will move

without His permission.

I can rebel Allah,

Allah gave my soul the opportunity

to forget about Allah, do whatever I want,

talk how I want, earn money how I want,

whatever relationship I want,

spend my Friday night however I want.

Friday day time alhamdulillah you did

what is due to Allah.

Friday night now give to shaitan, right?

For a lot of people?

Make the weekend complete?

Balance the equation out?

But Allah doesn’t strike you with lightning.

Allah doesn’t drag you back into the masjid.

He could, if He wanted to.

He sets nations straight before.

He doesn’t do that to you and me.

When the hand steals, it doesn’t become paralyzed.

When a person does zina, they don’t get a heart attack.

When somebody eats haram,

they don’t get like stomach cancer.

He doesn’t do that.

They keep eating and they keep smiling.

Everyone of them needs,

(يَسْـَٔلُهُۥ مَن فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۚ).

And then He says to you and me,

(كُلَّ يَوْمٍ هُوَ فِى شَأْنٍۢ).

Every single moment, every single day.

(يوم) here is actually a (مصطلح لجميع ألاكواد).

Like it’s all times, all hours,

every single day, all the time,

He is involved in something that only He can do.

And this is actually not a warning in this surah,

it’s actually a beautiful thing

that I wanted to conclude with.

(يَسْـَٔلُهُۥ مَن فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۚ)

(كُلَّ يَوْمٍ هُوَ فِى شَأْنٍۢ).

You see, me in the capacity of a teacher,

when I am teaching, let’s say 50 students,

one of them ask me a question,

one of them need some extra help,

one of them says they have a problem,

one of them says they have a confusion.

I give one of them five minutes,

I give another one five minutes,

I give another one five minutes.

If I give all of them five minutes, it’s 250 minutes.

I’m almost dead.

I can’t address all of their concerns.

And even if I did,

even if I give each of them five minutes,

all of them will complain, “I only got five minutes.”

Isn’t that the case?

I can’t keep track of all of their requests.

I can’t even answer all of their questions.

Some of their questions are beyond me.

Some of their request or need, I cannot fulfill.

Somebody will come and say to me,

“I need about three hours of your time.”

I’ll say, “I’m sorry,

I don’t have three hours of my time to give you.”

“I wish I did, I have other obligations.”

When people are demanding from you,

you’ll know what it means

when too many people are asking you too many things.

You know what happens to a person?

They cracked and they say, “I need a brake.”

“I’m just gonna take a vacation,

I can’t handle this anymore.”

Like the manager of a store after Christmas sale,

like they just don’t wanna deal with anybody.

People snap when you keep making request of them,

and asking them, and asking them, and…

The head of a household can lose it often.

Cause the demands are coming at them all the time

from every direction.

They’re being pressured all the time.

And in that position, you know

some people will be heard,

and some people will not be heard.

And the people that are more important

or priority will be heard.

People that are less important

will not be heard.

Look at who Allah (عز وجل) is.

Everybody is asking Him.

The believers are asking Him,

the disbelievers are asking Him.

The most rebellious of the Muslims,

forget the non-Muslims for a second.

The most rebellious of the Muslims,

the ones who openly, proudly do haram,

who utter wild things from their mouth,

who do wrong things toward one another.

They do all of that openly,

but even their heart begs for the next beat,

and Allah gives.

Even they, Allah sends angels and guards their car

as they drive to the club on Friday night.

Even they…

Allah (عز وجل) protects and gives all of them,

and He says, “I give,

what Allah provides, only He can provide.”

This is (شَأْن, شَأْن) is an amr, (يختص بأحد).

It can only be done by a person,

like some of you that run businesses,

there’s some things only you can do,

if you hire somebody else to do it,

they’ll mess it up.

And you’ve tried it before,

you left them at the cash register,

something messed up.

So only you can do it.

This called (شَأْن).

There are things that Allah does,

that only Allah can do,

nobody else can do it.

Nobody else can do it.

And when you realized

that is what Allah is doing for you all the time,

you will forget one silly question,

that shaitan brings into your heart

and brings into mine.

“Where was Allah when I needed Him?”

“Where was Allah when I was having this problem?”

“Why didn’t He helped me at this?”

People ask this question, don’t they?

This question even comes in your head sometimes.

“Where was Allah?”

And Allah’s answer is, “I’ve always been there.”

“And I’m taking care of your tongue,

as you get to say that.”

How do you think the voice comes out of your voice box?

How’s the air come out of your mouth

so you question Allah?

He give you the strength to do that… hehehe…

This is (كُلَّ يَوْمٍ هُوَ فِى شَأْنٍۢ).

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