[English Transcript] Bound by a Prayer – Amazed by the Quran w/ Nouman Ali Khan


0:00:01.82 – 0:00:29.00: Muqaddimah

بِسْمِ ٱللهِ وَالصَّلاةُ وَالسَّلاَمُ عَلَى رَسُـوْلِ الله
وَعَلٰى اٰلِهٖ وَصَحْبِهٖ اَجْمَعِيْنَ

Welcome to Amazed by the Quran, a series in which I love sharing with you things I find amazing about the Quran. Today I wanna share with you something that’s… again, very sentimental actually. Again, small phrases in the Quran that just tell us absolutely incredible things.

0:00:29.00 – 0:01:14.72: The Anger of Musa (عليه السلام)

Musa (عليه السلام) was… he comes back after meeting with Allah. And when he comes back, he notices that people were worshiping the golden calf.

And he gets angry at his brother, “I left you in charge, what did you do?”

And they had overpowered him. He doesn’t have the strong personality that Musa (عليه السلام) has. So Musa (عليه السلام) grabs him by the beard and by his head, and he yanks at him, and he gets really really really upset.

And he has to literally call out, as he is being grabbed and manhandled.

يَا ابْنَ أُمَّ (QS Taha: 94)

“Son of my mother, come on!”

Just kind of calling on mom, cause mom soft corner, you know. It kinds of chills him up a little bit, relaxes him. But of course, his brother knows, Harun knows, (عليه السلام), that Musa is really really upset.

0:01:14.72 – 0:02:03.54: Du’a for Forgiveness

And right at the moment of being so so angry at him, here are the next words.

قَالَ رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِأَخِي (QS Al-A’raf: 151)

“Master… My Master…”

“Forgive me and my brother.”

And when he said those words, forgive me and my brother, who can hear him? Harun can hear him. Harun was just grabbed, yelled at, got in so much trouble.

“My brother hates me right now, he’s just, so he doesn’t want to see my face.”

That’s what you would feel like, and yet immediately he gives him relief by knowing that when prays to Allah for forgiveness, he included his brother.

رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِأَخِي (QS Al-A’raf: 151)

But still, there’s another way of saying it. You could just say, “Forgive us.”

But he separated, “Me and my brother.”

0:02:03.54 – 0:02:34.68: There’s Still a Language Gap

So from a language perspective, there’s still a gap. You still didn’t put them in one word cause if he put them in one word, it’s like a kind of unity.

And if you put them in two words, it’s kinda still like separation.

Like, “Forgive me and also forgive my brother, he really messed up.”

Kind of separating; “I need forgiveness, but he really needs forgiveness.”

It’s like two different levels of forgiveness cause they’ve been separated. But then what is he saying in the very next words? He’s still mad, so you can tell that he separated them, even though there’s some relief in these words.

0:02:34.68 – 0:03:13.14: Musa’ Anger (عليه السلام) Coming Down

The next words are,

وَأَدْخِلْنَا فِي رَحْمَتِكَ (QS Al-A’raf: 151)

“Enter both of us into Your Mercy and Your Love.”

Now when he says, “Enter us.”

He doesn’t say, “Enter me and my brother.”

He just says, “Enter us.”

So you can see Musa (عليه السلام)’s anger coming down, and his love for his brother’s returning, and his brother can hear it in his prayer. He can hear that he is okay with him now because he’s ready to ask Allah the same way he would ask for himself.

He’s gonna combine himself with Harun (-ed) in even the pronoun. The fact that he prayed for him, to begin with, was already the beginning of mercy and love.

0:03:13.14 – 0:04:09.60: Why is Important to Mention?

Why is this important to mention? Because when you pray for those that have upset you. Sometimes it’s okay to pray for those that have upset you in front of them.

Your child, make du’a for them in front of them. Make du’a for your brother in front of him. Make du’a for your sister, your spouse, in front of them.

When they hear you praying for them, it removes some of the pain of the anger that was demonstrated.

Yes, there was something that was worthy of being upset, yes, there was. But you shouldn’t create permanent scars in the relationship. It’s too valuable.

The love that you have for your loved ones, and the good that is in a relationship is far too valuable for that anger to be carried over.

And what more beautiful way to get rid of that anger, but to have them hear you genuinely pray to Allah for them, as you would pray for yourself.

That’s what happens in this incredible incredible du’a.

بَارَكَ اللهُ لِيْ وَلَكُمْ
اَلسَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

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