Scholar EnglishNouman Ali Khan

What Does Wisdom Look Like

Wisdom is a very situation by situation decision, what this Ayah means for me these ayat, be the best to my parents, my close relatives, my finances, what it means for me is completely different for what it means for you completely different the ayat are the same, but the situation is entirely different.

give those who can’t help themselves, give people who are traveling, give them their rights, meaning don’t just deny people help and deny people favors because you don’t like them, and it’s it’s much easier to like strangers, it’s much easier to give qurbani Meat to an orphanage in a country, and build a well in some Village you’ll never go to that’s much harder to give a little bit of your zakat money to your niece or your distant cousin because you hate their guts.

that’s harder Allah started with close family and then went further then he says

وَلَا تُبَذِّرْ تَبْذِيرًا

don’t waste money don’t feel like you have whatever money you can spend it however you want whenever you want be responsible and Frugal with your money

إِنَّ الْمُبَذِّرِينَ كَانُوا إِخْوَانَ الشَّيَاطِينِ

then he says and don’t be completely don’t be miserly, meaning don’t be like you go groceries and your kids say we need bread, you don’t need that much bread. we have once life one slice left break it up into four pieces and you’ll that’ll be enough you need it you need to lose weight anyway all right

this is my that’s one extreme The Other Extreme is Sprint whatever you want then Allah teaches you

أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَبْسُطُ الرِّزْقَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ وَيَقْدِرُ

what an amazing wisdom, first Allah says don’t be too cheap, then he says don’t spend too much, then he says Allah controls is sometimes he gives more sometimes he gives less, why is this what’s the connection.

if you’re being cheap you think if you’re being cheap you’ll be able to hold on to more what, more money Allah says even if you think you’re holding on to more money Allah can take that away too, you’re not the one increasing your risk Allah is, and if you’re spending and spending and spending and you think oh it’s okay I got more I got more Allah can contract it whenever he wants, and he can expand whatever he wants.

So don’t think because of you that’s happening be balanced in the way you use your money that’s by the way is money decisions law or wisdom what do you think?
so you’re starting to get it laws can be Quantified, wisdom is a very situation by situation decision and Allah is basically teaching us that human beings are capable of figuring out how to apply wisdom in their situation.

What this Ayah means for me these ayat be the best to my parents my close relatives my finances what it means for me is completely different for what it means for you completely different the ayat are the same, but the situation is entirely different.

So the application is entirely different so you cannot use these ayat and say this is what I do and then some people do that you know this Ayah alhamdulillah I live by this Ayah.
So humbly that I talk about it with all of my family and extended and you should do the same as I do, because I have I have figured out hikmah the rest of you need to get on this train, yeah that’s not what this is it’s individualized, no Allah says

وَأَوْفُوا الْكَيْلَ إِذَا كِلْتُمْ وَزِنُوا بِالْقِسْطَاسِ الْمُسْتَقِيمِ

You know give full weight and when you weigh way with a balance scale, what is that referring to back in the days referring to people that used to sell rice and bananas and coconuts or whatever they sold and there there’s a weight on one side and there’s the items on the other side right.

So make sure you give exactly what you paid for or what you’re being paid for, now you could look at this and say well I don’t work in a grocery store, uh I’m a programmer, I’m an accountant.

So alhamdulillah I don’t have a scale to deal with yes you do, tell me this means if you got contracted to do a certain amount of work in a certain amount of hours don’t lie about it don’t cheat don’t steal, is this again something that situation by situation you have to figure out what this means for you and your career, yeah and by the way who’s the most qualified to figure out what the right thing to do is going to be a hard question to answer you.

Allah put you in that situation he made you capable of finding the answer, he made you capable of inquiring and discovering and then abiding by these principles of wisdom, then he says don’t kill your children because of poverty this is talking about abortion now in the middle of it there’s actually even a law okay .

So don’t don’t cause your children’s death because you think you’re not going to be able to provide for them and then he says don’t commit adultery don’t even go near It, Don’t Go Near Zina, now don’t do Zena as a law, don’t do Zina that’s Allah but don’t go near it is what wisdom, because going near it, somebody’s going near it you can’t really catch that you know if somebody stopped guarding their eyes or they had a little bit of a conversation then they met a little bit more of a conversation than they knew we got together at a coffee shop or whatever step by step by step right and when that happens you can’t stop that at one point and say this is where the Haram began no no it’s nothing I just I’m just writing an email, it’s just you know it’s just a smiley face smiley faces hold on.

So what this Allah is teaching us Don’t Go Near it and then finally just a few others a murderer retribution I actually skipped uh so uh you know don’t kill an innocent person that’s again now it’s mixing law and wisdom together, isn’t it and we’re gonna see that law and wisdom actually get conformed bunched together then he says orphan care, you know make sure you don’t take the money of the orphan, because when people one parent somebody’s parents died they left behind money, and now the kids are too young to manage that money, so you’re managing the money for them but that doesn’t mean it’s your money it’s actually that child’s money, and when they’re old enough you’re gonna pass it on to them then so business ethics pursued without knowledge and finally Allah mentions arrogance,

وَلَا تَمْشِ فِي الْأَرْضِ مَرَحًا

don’t walk on the earth with arrogance.

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