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4 Types of Ignorance - Nouman Ali Khan

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4 Types of Ignorance


Salam alaikum warahmatullahi Brocato al

hamdu lillahi rabbil alameen wa sallahu

wa salamu ala al anbiya wa l-mursalin wa

ala aalihi wa sahbihi ajma'in from madad

in Jolla lady naka 4o v hulu Behe

Mahamaya immediatel jahiliya rubbish

wizardry wizard liamri wala dr. Millis

ani of coca-cola emini rabbul aalameen

today i want to talk to you about this

word a very common word in islamic

conversations al jahiliyya

jahiliyyah comes from the word jihad

jihad is two things it's the opposite of

two things in arabic it can be

considered the opposite of a realm and

it could be the opposite of a local what

that means is jihad could mean ignorance

ignorance and it could also mean

mindlessness now let's first understand

what those two things are ahead to Shia

could mean I had no idea about something

I had no knowledge of it so you being

jahil could not necessarily be a bad

thing in that context just golem not a

fool for jahiliya who you just didn't

know it

okay so that's one meaning but the other

meaning is far worse and the other

meaning is someone who thinks is a

knockin and someone who makes a decision

without thinking is a jagged a giant is

not just someone who doesn't know but

also someone who doesn't think this

leads me to just comment just briefly

about the difference between thinking

and knowing and these seem like abstract

things but they're pretty important to

understand the Quran for example

complains about I mentioned this to you

in passing before it complains about

people who don't think not necessarily

about people who don't know and as a

matter of fact the Quran talks about

people who know things very well and do

the wrong thing right so knowledge and

knowledge and thinking are actually some

things that are not necessarily

dependent on each other they have a

relationship but not not a very

necessary one

you can have someone who does not have a

lot of knowledge but it very clear in

their thinking you can have someone who

has a lot of knowledge but they're still

not clear and they're thinking I'm

reminded of the old expression of Arabic

of the of the Bedouins you know the

desert traveler one time this guy who

had spent time in Greece among the

philosophers he came in to the Arab

lands and he saw a Bedouin traveler so

this guy is like philosopher and

abstract thinker and that guy is a camel

jockey you know and they're having a

conversation is how do you know there's

a god how do you know that you know

there is there's another life and all

this other stuff but basically how can

you believe there's a god and the camel

traveler you know the Bedouin you know

he just looked at some camel droppings

there was some you know poo esthetical

barrel Barilla and walked away

he says the camel left some poo and

walked away that was his answer you know

why that was his answer the fact that I

see these droppings means there must

have been a camel the fact that I see

this world around me there has to be a

creator simple I'm walking away now like

he didn't have to have some complex

philosophical response and disgust

disgust abstracts he had a very clear

way of thinking you see

so sometimes knowledge and thinking or

not mutually they don't go hand in hand

sometimes another easy example for you

to understand is there are people who

are PhDs and you know very intellectual

and they read all the time but when you

have a simple conversation with them you

get confused and as a matter of fact a

lot of times even if you ask them what

did you just say they can't even tell

you well hey you know this over dose of

knowledge and your loss lose clarity and

thinking now the opposite of that of

course is al jahiliyyah

rail monocle and the opposite is a

hideous acharya someone Aegina someone

who doesn't

and also someone on top of that who

doesn't think I mean at least if you

didn't know at least you should be

capable of what thinking like every

human being is not a not knowledgeable

but every human being is capable of

thinking the worst of it all is agile

someone who speaks without knowledge

acts without knowledge and on top of

that without even thinking without

thinking it's okay to not know something

but be concerned look I shouldn't say

something about this because I just

don't know there are consequences for

speaking out of ignorance

now this jahiliya this term is used of

course in by the quran and then by the

muslims after that as the term to

describe the era before the prophets i

saw time came so the time the the

jahiliyya period you've heard this

before the era of jahiliyyah Astral

jahiliyyah what what does that mean it

means before their age of revelation

because revelation did two things

it destroyed jahiliyya from both fronts

it brought knowledge which ends

jahiliyya it brought clear-thinking

which ends jahiliya so before this

revelation there may have been knowledge

but not clear thinking or there may have

been people with thinking clear thinking

but they didn't have the right knowledge

and it ended all forms of jahiliya by

coming and ending that problem now what

I want to highlight quickly is four

kinds of jahiliyyah the Quran talks

about the Quran makes mentioned to four

kinds of jahiliyyah interestingly now

that your students of Arabic I can tell

you this jahiliya in the Quran is always

a mobile fillet it's always it's four

times four times it's a mobile fillet

it's it's cool jahiliya v'l jahiliya

Tabares al jahiliya came--it l jahiliya

all four are Madhava da fillet so let me

tell you the first one how cool jahiliya

means the rule of algae heylia the rule

the governance of algae Helia the first

thing a lot criticizes is a faux pas

jahiliya t-bone are they looking to pass

verdicts and decisions are they looking

for wisdom of jahiliya in other words

when you don't have restraint on

yourself and that's the other thing I

should have mentioned uncle in Arabic is

not just thinking uncle is also


Markel also means self-control tying

yourself up holding yourself back

jahiliya actually then means a lack of


you know this helps you understand what

musa alayhis salam said when vanilla eel

were talking about what color cow you

know he said bubala he an akuna minal ja

he leaned I seek Allah's refuge I might

be come from the jaw he leaned he's not

worried that he might become one of

those idiots who are asking stupid

questions he's not worried about that

he's worried about losing control

because when he lost control some time

ago in his life he threw a punch so when

you lose control you also become Jaylin

when you maintain control you become

what Alcon allah criticizes hook Musa

Helia entire governance decisions made

based on a lack of control whim just an

emotion came and you acted you acted out

of jihad

this is why people who say whatever

comes out of their mouth they have no

restraint they just whatever comes out

of their mouth they say they're also

called jahil is why allah says wahdahu

debajo well jaha loon Colusa lama when

the giles speak to them what does that

mean they have no restraint in what they

say leaves whatever language they feel

like now let me tell you what it means

decision-making based on jahiliyyah that

allah criticized let me give you some

modern examples of that um you have for

example stock markets and experts on

stock markets who say I have a feeling

that oil prices are going to go down

because of this is this what does he

have a feeling and because of his

feeling entire stocks and companies and

exchanges are going to shift billions of

dollars people are going to shift people

that are in the stock exchange people

that are in the investment life you know

how much if there's an expert who just

has a what a feeling my gut tells me

entire markets move you can crash entire

markets if you just go on a feeling you

could and it's been done before it's

been done before and that feeling who

does it impact that what

decision you could just say oh just a

stock market brokers and they're just

sitting in some some firm somewhere

pressing buttons of trade and spy and

sell it doesn't affect anyone it affects

things like oil prices when oil prices

are affected grocery prices are except

it affected delivery prices are affected

construction costs are affected somebody

was able to purchase a home they're not

able to purchase a home anymore somebody

was looking for rent now the credit

market has crunched nobody's giving you

a place for rent anymore

millions of lives have been affected by

some guys what feeling this is an

example of hope well jahiliyyah is that

what they're pursuing that's what

they're pursuing just make big decisions

based on a whim based on nothing but

whim subhanAllah what kind of damage you

can do in society then of course you

have in the world of in what's happening

in the United States is the scariest

thing you know

now now counselors are being told that

if you if a young person comes to you

and says I think I'm homosexual the

you're not supposed to tell them there

may be something wrong with that

you're not allowed you can lose your

counseling license so if you want to be

a psychiatrist a therapist etc you have

to say you're entitled to your feelings

if you're having that feeling that must

be a good thing you should live by those

feelings and that's the only way you'll

ever get happiness is you do whatever

you feel because of course our

Constitution and our way of thinking is

life liberty and the pursuit of what the

pursuit of happiness you should be able

to do what you want I would argue really

you should be able to do what you want

and people have feelings all the time I

feel like slapping people all the time

you know how many crazy thoughts go

through a teenage boy's mind how many

feelings go through his mind you're

saying he has a right to act on all of

his feelings there are no restraints

isn't that the most insane worldview you

should be able to do whatever you feel

like if everybody started doing that

what will we be left with would we left

with utter chaos

the entire idea of alcalá is what

restraint there are some things you have

to hold back

you might have a feeling but it's not a

good idea to act on it it's not good for

you and it's not good for someone else

there has to be some restraint that's

the idea of Oakville jahiliya the rule

decision-making a thought process that

is based on no restraints just feeling

and by the way that is the kind of

thinking that has been glorified in our

day and age like the most advanced kind

of thinking is Rockwell jahiliyyah what

the Quran calls her puja hylia Subhan

Allah and why is it that you know why

that is

it's so beautiful the reason they say

hope will jahiliyyah

you know do whatever you feel like is so

powerful because we cherish the idea of

freedom because when you do whatever you

feel like that means you're truly what

free look at how Allah comments in one

ayah on this idea of a whole jahiliyyah

t a brunoise who Aslam event facility

allowed done are they seeking the

governance the rule the decision-making

of jahiliyya while Allah to him everyone

and everything submits the idea of

submission is the exact opposite idea of


if you've submitted to someone that

means you're not free if you're under if

you're completely not under any

submission of any pressure of any kind

that means you're free Allah says did

they forget that they're in submission

in their very existence they seek manja

hylia if Allah would to give them

freedom do whatever you want exist then

Allah doesn't have to take care of them

they are we and you and I are dependent

on the rain that Allah sends on the air

that Allah sends we are our bodies are

submitted to the nature Allah made of

them our bones are bent the way Allah

wanted them to then the joints work the

way Allah on the our entire bodies are

in submission to Allah you want to be


follow let's this creation go it doesn't

stand a chance it doesn't exist on its

own subhanAllah so that's the first kind

of jowly I'll go quickly now v'l

jahiliya vano jahiliya vanunu b la

havana hylia Tahiti right al haq in

surat al-imran when things get bad for

weak believers

this is the second category when things

get bad for weak believers and they

think that holding on to Islam will ruin

their life is Lomb is the thing that is

ruining their life it's making things

difficult for them if they didn't have

Islam things would have been so much


they were munna fiyaquun' and some some

who weren't even gonna fit they were

weak in Iran in the Battle of woe hood

when things got really bad and bad in

the Battle of our hood one no jahiliya

came in their minds the new jack we've

been destroyed we should have stayed

home this Islam thing has destroyed us

it's ruined us in other words the new

jahiliyyah allah describes when somebody

makes sacrifices for the sake of allah

and they look back and say I shouldn't

have made those sacrifices I should have

done I should have done other things

with my life instead of making these

decisions for Allah you know I missed

out the people who didn't make the same

sacrifices look at them they have a

better career now they have a better

business now they have a better dis or

that or the other now and I was left

behind in dunya well you know what when

you make us decision a sacrifice for the

sake of Allah like I'll tell you a real

example I met somebody not too long ago

in another country who ran a business

and very successful business he had a

restaurant business all of his bought

all of his restaurants had a liquor all

of them had a liquor and of course he's

selling his Muslim but he's telling he

says you know he used to tell himself

well most of my customers are not Muslim

anyway so it doesn't matter as you find

some way of justifying it to yourself so

you know one day out of the blue Allah

put something in his heart something

happens in Ramadan and he says I want to

get rid of everything I want to start

everything new and I want to start it

totally halal by the way a totally halal

restaurant will not do nearly as well as

a semi Haram restaurant ok semi Haram is

good money it's good money

your customers are way more and the

Muslims don't seem to mind either

so you just broadened your base you know

but he says I'm gonna go strict the

families against and partners are

against him

you know everybody around him is saying

what are you doing the only one left

that's telling him he's doing the right

thing is himself and he sells all the

businesses puts - all the money in like

a good thing and starts new and not even

making 1/10 of what he used to make

before you know and he says himself did

I really make the right decision man I

had to sell the car we can't even afford

that house anymore all those luxuries

are gone now I'm living like this kids

aren't happy wife isn't happy he says

why can't be moved back to the old

neighborhood why can't we just you know

take out a loan or something else

I made my life so hard when those

thoughts start creeping in your mind

that's a decision you made clearly for

allah was a bad idea that basically is

what vandal jahiliyyah is the London Eye

you you're not thinking clearly you

don't know what you're saying that's

Julia the third kind of jahiliyyah is

actually directed at women

it's tabat rajul jahiliyya it's a

beautifying yourself the beautification

of jahiliyya don't decorate yourself

don't dress yourself up dressing up of

algae heylia now let's go back to the

meaning of a jahiliya not knowing and

not thinking yeah you don't know the

impact of the way you're dressed

on yourself and you know know the impact

of the way you're dressed on other

people a young girl who's 10 years old

has an older sister the older sister

decides that she wants to get a belly

ring and show it off she wears these

t-shirts that expose her stomach she

wears tight jeans or whatever she wears

and she's going out Muslim girl the

young girl who's 10 years old is

memorizing Quran and studying and all

this stuff and wants to be a good girl

her role model whether you like it or

not who's her role model her older

sister the decision this older girl made

isn't just for herself she's leaving an

impact on a child she's making an impact

on a child you know forget about you

know the men will look at her and all

just forget all that stuff talk about

within the family what has she done for

child what is she done you know she has

an impact on these things then of course

you know if he's living in the United

States or living in Canada or maybe

she's in some other university somewhere

and around her are non-muslims

non-muslims and she's a Muslim when

she's dressed inappropriately or she's

exposing herself you know and she feels

like this is her freedom because you

know when you question it what's the

first question that comes up I'm free to

do whatever I want you can't tell me

what to do

the discussion is always about freedom

isn't it and jahiliya what is that at

the end doing whatever you want that's

the glorifying that idea now the thing

about this I want to do our dress or you

know look however I want the truth of it

and sometimes I got myself in a lot of

trouble I was a sister um she came to me

and she was stressed I had to look away

and she said you know I know you think

I'm a bad person I said I don't think

that that's where a lot to decide that's

not for me to decide you know well you

know the way I'm dressed and stuff I was

like okay well that's your decision I

don't I would not let my family dress

that way you know and I don't think

that's an appropriate way to dress but

it's you made that decision I didn't

call it inappropriate you called it

inappropriate why did you call it

inappropriate like if you even think

it's wrong why are you wearing it so I

asked her that and you know you you

don't want to ask the straightest

questions like that you get in trouble

but I you know I'm addicted to trouble

so I why do you dress like that I just

ask if you don't if you don't think it's

right why do you dress like that and the

answer she gave me was very strange I

don't think this is the answer for all

women by the way I don't but the answer

she gave me just left me stunned she

said I just I just want to feel

beautiful because my boyfriend keeps

telling me I'm ugly that's it that was

it that was it there's nothing else just

and she see yours I asked her follow-up

question so you're not dressing like

this for yourself because you feel good

because you like it's because other

people should tell you you look


that's why she said yeah you know so

holla how just that one want wanting to

feel beautiful

just that can drive someone to that

point you know this is w gel jahiliyyah

you're not thinking clearly what makes a

person beautiful what makes a woman

beautiful will not come from other

people's words it won't come from their

words and will come from the way they

stare at you you know there are women

who dress like that and they get

whistled at commented ad they get hit on

and they still feel ugly you ask them

what do you think you look beautiful no

I think I'm pretty ugly like somebody

whistles at them they feel kind of maybe

mission accomplished for a few seconds

and then go back to depression what do

you think the makeup industry is doing

so well or the surgery the plastic

surgery industry and the transform

yourself and stretch your skin in ways

you couldn't imagine before industry hmm

put yourself to that kind of pain

why that's actually taboo gel jahiliyyah

now I want to balance that equation is

beautifying oneself encouraged in our

Deen yes yes did Allah put in the nature

of a woman that she should want to

beautify herself absolutely that does

not come from a corrupt coffered

feminist society that comes from the

nature of a woman how do I know that for

sure how do I know that am onion Shahi

Hale yet in the one Allah talks about

the baby girl who used to be buried

alive you remember that Julia he says

the one the baby who was raised in

jewelry even when she was a baby she had

love of what jewelry a girl is supposed

to have love of beauty that's part of

her nature Allah

what that inner like Allah even

describes the baby girl with the one who

was raised up with jewelry mahalia

actually doesn't just mean jewelry in

his beautification decoration

she loves decorating things she loves

decorating her notebook she'll draw

flowers all around her notes you know

she'll color coordinate her pillows

she'll you know she'll be the boy go

you'll get Legos and she'll take all the

pretty color Legos and make something

and you know draw patterns and flowers

and there's this love of beauty boys

have love of you know blood and monsters

and you know our girls are obsessed with

Beauty even the girls that look you know

to act like boys like tough girls like a

couple of my girls are like basically

boys you know like they're just really

tough because they have two brothers

older and you know you wanna like but

when she dresses up and I say oh you

look so beautiful

he you know but then and that that

beauty is supposed to be acknowledged by


it's supposed to be acknowledged by the


it's supposed to be acknowledged by the

husband they're supposed to acknowledge

the beauty of their daughters and their

their lives they're supposed to do that

and when they don't do that then it

becomes WL jahiliyyah then it goes in

the wrong direction

subhanAllah just for the husband to not

complement the beauty of his wife is

encouraging her to do table Rajaji idea

you know that just that just that much

is encouraging her while I II don't get

his attention I must be ugly but you

know by nature a woman does not want to

be or feel ugly that nature will find

some unnatural course to fulfill itself

it's supposed to be fulfilled by the

husband it's supposed to be fulfilled by

the family then don't go yelling at

women that are dressing up or wearing

makeup or this or that or whether we're

a job but look at how the rest of them

is dressed and what they do wait hold on

there's something deeper going on here

that we haven't addressed and we have to

especially do this for our younger girls

give them the right kind of self-esteem

so they don't look for that attention

anywhere else because double jahiliyyah

is huge now you know in America we're

really happy we came here by the way

because we bought a lot of clothes for

the girls because when you go to America

and buy clothes at Target or you know

some other store and the girls section

the shirts are getting shorter and


we literally have to go to the boys

section to find something they can wear

it's ridiculous

you know it's they're making younger and

younger kids dress provocatively you

know because the stubble jahiliya is

spreading this beautification of

jahiliyya of decoration of jahiliyyah is

spreading vitaweight a barrage have some

porridge porridge which is tower and

tower is something that's prominent it

sticks out the butter which is not just

beauty it's not Jam elect a jumbled

jumbled beautification does a UN would

be beautiful Xena is also beauty or a

stubborn rich highlight the barrage

highlights when beautification is done

in order to get attention because a

tower gets your what it's prominent it

gets your attention

Tabata Rachelle jahiliya is your only

decorating yourself in order to garner

attention that's when you do that's

that's literally double jahiliyyah

Subhan Allah so that's the third one so

I did coke Mujahid il bagno jahiliyyah

and Tabata jahiliyyah and then the

fourth and last one is actually a Mia

tell jahiliya Tamia Tamia to jahiliya is

basically strong emotions anger

excitement you know that is based on

Julia when you feel strongly about

something but the thing you feel

strongly about is not worthy of you

feeling strongly about it let me give

you an example people can get into

fights about Chelsea versus you know

Barcelona fine I don't even know they

can get into fights about it they're

ready to kill their mob break outs cars

are being burned because they lost a

match people are so aggravated

emotionally why

that's called hamato Julia

excited emotions that are rooted in

nothing that are rooted in nothing

Hamato jahiliyya nowadays is also racism

commented before about the attitudes

towards immigrants for example in many

countries these people look at what

they've done

you sit at home and drink beer all day

and yell at these people who go to work

but you did they don't deserve and you

deserve this is Hamato jahiliya it takes

many forms but in any any kind of

emotional attachment that you have that

is not based on reality

by the way Muslims are capable of Hamato

jahiliyyah too for Islam it's crazy and

sounds crazy

you could have Hamato jahiliyyah you

could have excited emotions for the sake

of Islam and it's still ignorant it's

still ignorant we love our prophet slice

on them when our Prophet SAW Salam is

insulted it makes us angry absolutely it

does but when that anger makes us act in

a way that has no restraint and our

entire religion is restrained and that

anger makes us act that is completely

devoid of the actual knowledge of how

you should act you just want to act

that's called Hamato jahiliyyah that's

the quality of disbelievers they have

you have to have control over your

emotions so ho cool jahiliya the

decision-making based on ignorance

decision-making based on no restraints

then there's vandal jahiliyyah

assumptions made about whether or not

you did your sacrifices were worth


then tomorrow gel jahiliyyah

beautification done for just absolutely

ignorant reasons no good reasons and

then finally hammy atoll jahiliya

loyalties emotions aggravated emotions

for things that don't deserve it for

things that don't deserve it subhanAllah

Tamiya is a good thing happier to

jahiliya is a bad thing one is a good


Vlad no jahiliyyah is a bad thing how

good is a good thing Musa Helia is a bad

thing the barrage is actually a good


taberu gel jahiliyya is a bad thing me

Elijah will not make us people of

jahiliyyah and give us a better

understanding of his book barakallahu li

walakum wa-salaamu alaikum wa barakato

thanks for watching guys I hope you

benefited I'd like to encourage you to

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