ALLAH’S GUIDANCE THROUGH A FLY | Nouman Ali Khan | Surah Al Hajj – Thematic Overview
“O people, an example is presented, so listen to it. Indeed, those you invoke besides Allah will never create [as much as] a fly, even if they gathered together for that purpose. And if the fly should steal away from them a [tiny] thing, they could not recover it from him. Weak are the pursuer and pursued.” (Sahih International)
🔷 Evaluate communication: main ingredients (contents) vs. extra ingredients (appearance, humor, venue, dialect, etc.)
🔷 When we see the speaker, we allow their outward appearance to shape our receptiveness to their message
🔷 مثل ضرب” : you’re about to get hit with this example…an example has been struck” – instead of “Allah struck an example…” because if you mention the ayah is from Allah, some people will stop being receptive to the rest of the message . In this way, Allah captures the attention of the Mushriks because they don’t know this is from Allah.
🔷 The Arabs were Idol worshippers, so they used to offer food to their gods… so Allah specifically mentioned the example of the fly because when food a fly eats the food that was offered to the “holy gods”, the people wouldn’t be able to retrieve the food from the fly, and the idols couldn’t even create a fly if they wanted too.
🔷 Fly saliva is acidic, so when the fly eats food, its saliva decomposes the food on contact…so if you managed to catch the fly somehow, you still wouldn’t be able to retrieve the food…so all false gods are disqualified by a fly!
🔷 “The seeker and the sought are inherently weak”
🔷 Ex. seeker = student, sought = degree
🔷 Allah says both the seeker and the sought were designed to be weak.
🔷 Ex. seeking wealth. Wealth is not permanent and you are not permanent…we will all decay. When we want something and it’s taken away it reveals how weak we are.
🔷 Ex. if your phone was taken away from you by your parents, you freak out
🔷 راجعون اليه انا و هلل انا” : Allah owns everything, and to Him we return”…this teaches
us we own NOTHING, which allows us to deal with loss, even it is a loved one
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