Quran Tafsir - Surah Al-Kawthar (108)

Assalaam alaykum my dear brothers and sisters. Let's continue with our tafsir of the Holy Qur'an looking at Surah 108, Surat ul-Kawthar. We were introduced to Abu Sufiyan in the previous Surah and the evil of Abu Sufiyan. Now, welcome to the evil of Al-Aas bin Wa'el. And when I say evil, I mean evil, and it really doesn't surprise me that the apple does not fall far from the tree when we go to look on to who could possibly be some people related to him.

Probably the most evil thing you could ever do or amongst the most evil things you could ever do to any human being, is make fun of them when they've just lost the child. Do you agree? Have you ever met a human being who makes fun of another human whose wife, for example, has just miscarried? I haven't met anyone, I must admit, Alhamdulillah.

I think we've lived in quite a civilized environment, barring certain moments where I could safely say that as soon as you hear that someone has lost the child, you straight away say 'Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon'. May Allah, Subhana Wa Ta'ala, give you sabr in this period. You will recite a particular Surah of the Holy Qur'an for them. If the child is of a certain age, you will ensure that certain burial rites are performed.

You've got to be evil for you to mock somebody when they've just lost a kid. It's unheard of. You can show me some human beings in this world who you might classify as being immoral. They might have, for example, stolen from a certain house. But when they hear their friend's wife has just lost the child, wouldn't they even feel a sense of solace or a sense of remorse? Imagine how evil Al-Aas bin Wa'el was that when the Prophet, peace be upon him and his family, had just lost his son by the name of Abdullah. When he lost his son, Abdullah, Al-Aas bin Wa'el and Hakam Ibn Al-Aas, wanted to dig it in. You know, when you dig the knife in, you want him to feel it, and those two were the ones who made him feel it.

And that's why I always say two important points. Islamophobia is not something new. It begun in the time of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him and his family. That the first man who was the victim of Islamophobia was the Holy Prophet, peace be upon his family. Because he had people mocking him in the streets who had prejudice and bigotry towards him.

And he has been called a number of names and the Holy Qu'ran, which brings me to my second point, just because he is Ma'soom doesn't mean he has no feelings. Many times when we depict our Ma'someen, you'd think we're talking about a robot, not a human being. The way we talk about the Ma'someen, the Ma'soom is put on a pedestal, rightly, because he is one purified by the Lord and the one who has been given a position by the Lord. But that Ma'soom feels every jab, they feel, every arrow, they feel every insult.

If you bought me a robot that Apple has just made, I would say to you that that particular device will not have emotions. Your satnav in the car or Siri on your phone, you can say all sorts. You're not going to turn around and say you know, you've really hurt my feelings by asking that question. But when you got a human being who's Ma'soom, it doesn't mean they don't have also difficulties in their life where emotionally they are hurt.

So when we come to Surat ul-Kawthar, it's a Surah which is just made up of three ayaahs. But the meaning psychologically is profound. And that meaning psychologically is what we need to take that when we are the victims of attacks, insults, jabs, certain people throwing digs at us. Look at the amount of digs that the Prophet, peace be upon him and his family, received.

Let me give you the context of what's going on. He has lost his newborn son. As we know, the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him and his family, had a couple of sons that had died in infancy, and it's difficult for any mother to lose those children. Sayyida Khadija, alayha assalam, lost two and another wife of the Prophet lost one, which other wife gave him a son?

So Sayyida Khadija, alayha assalam, gave him two sons. Let's say, where you hear in the Hadith literature, normally three names. You hear Abdullah with the title Qasim and you hear Tahir. But there's another wife of the Prophet who gave him a son, who's the other wife? Mariya Al-Qibtiyya - Mary the Coptic. The Copts of Egypt, in Egypt here's a huge Christian community made up of very humble, good people who in many cases have been sadly oppressed. You find Mariya Al-Qibtiyya gave him Ibrahim.

But even though he's the Prophet of God, Allah still tests him. So don't complain when you're being tested. How many of us complain? Why me? Why do I have to go through this? He is the Habib of Allah, Subhana Wa Ta'ala, and he is still being tested. Surely Allah, Subhana Wa Ta'ala, could have turned around and said 'Well, you know what? Muhammad, sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi, is an exception.' No exception.

Each of us will have to go through the law: "wa la nabluwannakum bi shayin min al-khawf wa al-ju'" (2:155). We are all going to have to go through those difficulties of fear, sometimes difficulties of hunger, sometimes loss of life. There is a naqs in the amwaal and naqs in the thamaraat, and naqs in the anfus, wa bashir as-sabireen. "Alladhina idha asabathum musibah, qalu inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon"(2:156).

So the Holy Prophet, peace be upon on him and his family, loses his children, his sons. Now this this is important on two fronts. On one front for an Arab man, have you ever seen a nation that is more concerned with making sure they have a son in the family than Arabs?

Even when you tell them there's a daughter 'dhalla wajhu muswaddan.'(16:58) Yes, no daughter? OK, I suppose the everyone's saying it's good news when deep down, as an Arab man, you're like, I want a boy, I want a boy. And what's important in I want a boy at this moment is who is going to continue your words, your lineage? Where's the lineage going to go? If you keep losing sons, where's the lineage going to go? They used to come to Imam Al-Ridha, alayhi assalam. Iman Al-Ridha as you know, virtually, according to many narrations, only had Imam Al-Jawad, alayhi assalam, and he had Imam Al-Jawad at an old age.

And they keep asking, where's the son? Where's the son? Where's the son?Where's the son? So you can imagine already on the one side, you got the pressure where everyone's like, how are you going to have your lineage continue? Your boys keep dying. Qasim died, Tahir died, Ibrahim died. How is your lineage going to continue? And the one who was sticking it deep was an Al-Aas bin Wa'el. Al-Aas bin Wa'el was not letting go. He was on him and he insulted him with a particular term.

What I sometimes do when I do tafsir of Surat ul-Kawthar, I begin from the last ayah. So if you all look at the last ayah, 'Inna shaniaka huwa al-abtar' (3:108). Now when we look at the last ayah of 'Inna shaniaka huwa al-abtar' (3:108), we get the understanding of the context. 'Abtar' is what Al-Aas bin Wa'el was using to make fun of the Holy Prophet, peace be upon him and his family. Al-Mabtoor or Al-Abtar is the tail that is cut. If you got an animal and its tail is cut, you would say that this animal is an animal whose tail is 'mabtoor', it's cut.

OK, so when we're looking at what he's trying to say is that listen. And so you keep losing boys, your tails cut, who is going to continue your lineage? And so every boy that comes to you dies. Can you imagine you've just lost a boy and that's the type of jabs you get.

And honestly, how difficult must it be that you're telling your wife, Khadija, don't worry, it's OK, Allah, Subhana Wa Ta'ala, will bless us. Allah will give us abundance I'm sure. He has always been kind to me. And whether He gives or He doesn't give, there's no issue. But Al-Aas bin Wa'el would say 'I despise Muhammad, I hate him'. And therefore, he would keep calling him 'abtar, abtar' every time he walks past. If someone makes fun of me once when I'm walking past, I think about myself throwing a right hook, true? You would think about it. Someone's just taken the mick out of you, you do it.

But there's one thing unique about Rasul Allah (sallalahu alihi wa alayh). Never once in his life does he respond to jabs and it's something miraculous. Honestly, because you've heard the story of the Jewish lady who used to throw rubbish at him when he walks past the house. If someone threw rubbish at us walking past now, what would you say? Shut off! This is my honour! This is Ashaar! I'm going to get families involved! Relax you're not an Arab Bedouin. You're now a human. You're not of the A'raab. The A'raab, I can understand, the bedouin, I can understand. Any second they just want to do a punch up and probably the Prophet's biggest headache in life and if not a headache for many of us until today.

But when you come to the Prophet peace be upon him and his family, the Prophet, peace be upon him and his family, doesn't go by this idea of 'Do you know who I am?'. No, no, no, no. You keep calling me 'abtar.' People are 'Ya Rasul Allah, he keeps making fun of you, he says that your lines cut off, your lines cut off'. What did Rasul Allah, sallalhu alayhi wa alayh, always have deep inside him? He always had this belief that my obedience to Allah is my biggest treasure and whatever Allah wants to give me, Alhamdulillah Rabb al-'alameen.

And that's what seen from the beginning of the Surah, 'Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim, Inna- We'. How many Gods do we believe in Islam? One. So why is it saying 'We'? Is there two Gods? 'Inna a't'aynaka al-kawthar' - 'We', baba where is the 'We'? I thought we believed in one God? 'Inna anzalnaahu fee lailat il-qadr.' Hold on a minute, I thought there's one guy who is...? 'Inna nahnu nazzal', Inna nahnu is even more. 'Inna nahnu', 'nahnu'- you all talking in the plural, you talk in singular. 'Inna anzalnahu', you told me from a young age to believe in one God, 'Inna anzalnahu' is more than one.

That is called the royal 'We.' The 'We' of Glory. When the queen sits there, she's giving you an address and she is like, 'We would like to thank the nation'. She is just sitting there, one, but she's majestic. And if a normal Malik or normal Malika can talk so majestically, then how about Mailk Al-Malook?

So whenever you see 'Inna' doesn't mean there's more than one God, it's majestic. 'Inna a't'aynaka' we have given you. Remember what's happening here? 'Abtar, abtar, abtar'. 'Look abtar's gone past, look abta, abtar, abtar'. OK cool. Relax. Relax, no problem.

'Inna a't'aynaka', let him keep making fun of you. 'Inna a't'aynaka.' A't'aynaka' is a different form of giving to aataynaka. Something which in the Qur'an, you see, aataynaka always has a responsibility with it. We give you a Mulk, aataynah ul-Mulk. And also with aataynaka, can be taken away from you. Then ultimately, who is the Malik. For if I say aataynakah ul-Mulk, I can still take it off you can't I? Because ultimately I'm the king. A't'aynaka is different from aataynaka.

Having said 'Inna aataynaka al-kawthar', it would mean that whatever we're giving to you has got responsibilities attached to it. There are conditions. And secondly, we could take it off you. A't'aynaka is something we're going to give you, you keep. We don't take it back off you. And there's no responsibility with the gift we're giving you. And number three a't'aynaka is a reward, which is unexpected.

He didn't expect that Allah would reveal this ayah because someone was taking the mick out of him and hurting him. When you are given a't'aynaka, different from aataynaka. Aataynaka, you might expect that that Kingdom or that Kingship will be given to you. A't'aynaka came unexpectedly. Fourthly a't'aynaka, look is one word. And how many years have we recited this Surah? Would you ever imagine you can breakdown this Surah in this many pieces?

A't'aynaka is after obedience. A't'aynaka doesn't have to be given. Something doesn't have to be given to you off to obedience, but a't'aynaka it's normally after obedience. 'Inna a't'ayna ka al-kawthar'. This guy is making fun of you for having no sons, that's what he's making fun of you about. Firstly, I'm promising you a river, that this guy can't even dream of seeing. Or a pool, sometimes they call it the Hawdh. This river is known as the pool of Kawthar, this river, when do we normally encounter the pool of Kawthar? In Shaa Allah, when we encounter the pool of Kawthar, who will quench our thirst from that pool? Rasul Allah, sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi, and Imam Ali, alayhi assalam. They are the ones who hand out from this water, from this pool.

This pool, by the way, if you look at narrations, if you're drinking from it, you've passed the day of judgment. It's one thing to drink from that water. Imagine you're the one who gives from that water. He's telling you that you have no sons? Tell him does he own a river which goes from San'aa all the way to Basra? Because they say that's the length of the pool of Kawthar.

Secondly, on the Day of Judgment, what is he? Whereas you are the one who will serve people on that Day of Judgment. And if you come to that pool of Kawthar. And when you come to that pool of Kawthar, if you're being quenched on that day, then what better feeling is there? Number one I see Rasul Allah, sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, and Imam Ali, alayhi assalam, isn't that true? That's the best feeling.

What if I look around and I see my companions going one way when I'm at the pool of Kawthar? And I ask, why are my companions going that way? And the reply is, you don't know what they did after to you. Go to the Sahaah of other schools in Islam. They will always say to us that you Shia do not respect the companions. My bro, in your book it says, that when we come to this gift Allah has given called Kawthar, Rasul Allah, sallahu alayhi wa alayh, will quench our thirst In Shaa Allah with Imam Ali, alayhi assalam. The Holy Prophet looks at companions going one way and says where are they going? It says you don't know what they did after you.

'Bo'adan bo'ada- Go', go. When I have a particular scale on the Companions, it's not that I woke up one morning, I was like, you know what let me wake up. You know what give me a box of roses, if you don't mind. I just want to pick out names of people I don't like. Have you ever seen a human being do that? Where you just think, you know what in the last 1000 years of history I'm just going to pick out names I don't like. Give me a bowl and I'm gonna.... Habibi, I know when I look in the Qur'an, I look in Ahadith.

In the Qu'ran, I realize that there are 'Munafiqoon' around the Holy Prophet peace be upon him and his family. There's a whole Surah called Munafiqoon. So you can't tell me every single person close with the Holy Prophet is a good guy. You cannot tell me that. Secondly, in the Qur'an, I realize that there are certain personalities, they are laying down their lives for the Prophet, peace be upon and his family, and there are others who run away from battlefields. So I cannot put everyone on the same scale.

Thirdly, in the hadith of the pool of Kawthar 'Inna a't'aynaka al-kawthar'. In the hadith, go today, type 'The pool of Kawthar, Companions of the Prophet' Where are my companions going? You do not know what they did after you. Because I could be great with the Prophet, peace be upon and his family, I could be a really good person, but sometimes dunya overtakes me after he dies. And then I start fighting with the various Sahaba who are my friends. Khalid ibn Al-Waleed, Umar ibn Al-Khattab, not only related to each other after the Prophet died, both have a problem with each other. I defy anyone to tell me they didn't have a problem with each other. Yes, someone might say they patched up, but they had problems, especially on the issue of Malik bin Nuwayra.

Therefore, on the pool of Kawthar, I think it's the litmus test. Zuwwar Al-Husayn, alayhi assalam, are among the ones who the pool of Kawthar awaits them. When Imam As-Sadiq, alayhi assalam, says to Muawiyyah, the son of Wahhab. He gives him the dua that he recite for zuwwar Al-Husayn, alayhi assalam. And then Imam As-Sadiq, at the end says 'Allahumma inni asta'udika tilka al-amfus wa tilka al-abdaan', 'These zuwwar of Husayn, I leave them in your hands'. 'Hatta turawiyahum min al-hauwdhi yawm ul-atash', 'Until you, Oh Allah quench their thirst from the pool of Kawthar on the day when they are thirsty.' Look at the benefits of the Ziyarat Al-Husayn, alayhi assalam.

A person goes on Ziyarat Al-Husayn, what does he drink from? Why someone says, Sayyidna just because I've gone to Ziyarat Al-Husayn? You go Ziyarat Al-Husayn, you knew there was a chance a suicide bomber would take you out, but you went. You knew that that money could have been spent on a holiday resort miles away from religion but you went to Ziyarat Al-Husayn. You also wanted to put a smile on the face of Rasul Allah, sallalahu alayhi wa alayh. So why wouldn't you have Rasul Allah pour to you from the pool of Kawthar? Therefore, the first meaning of 'Inna a't'aynaka al-kawthar' is what? Is the pool of Kawthar.

The second meaning is more in line with the insult. I've just said to you, bro inta abtar, mabtoor, you've got no line. 'Inna a't'aynaka al-kawthar' means they're saying to you, you have no line? Don't worry, I'm going to give you a line that's so abundant, people will be in disbelief that Muhammad has so many great, great, great, great grandchildren around the world. And it will be through one lady, Fatimah Az-Zahra, alayha assalam.

That's why many times you'll hear that the ta'weel not the tafsir. I don't think you'll find many books of tafaseer that will say Kawthar is Fatimah, but Kawthar, Kuthra or a great amount of khayr. Where did the greatest khayr of Muhammad, sallal-lahu alayhi wa alihi wa sallam, come through except Fatimah and Ali's marriage? Do you agree? Go anywhere in the world today, won't you find a Sayyid from the line of Fatimah Az-Zahra, alayha assalam?

'Inna a't'aynaka al-kawthar' means they're making fun of you, that you have no son? Don't worry, we'll give you a daughter. From her, you'll have millions of sons. I go to Pakistan I see Sadat, I go to Iran I see Sadat, I go to Lebanon I see Sadat. I go to Iraq I see Sadat, I go to many parts of the world, even the Moroccan royal family are Sadat. The king of Morocco is Sayyid. And the king of Jordan is Sayyid. They're both Sayyids. They're from, let's say, from the line of Imam Al-Hassan, alayhi assalam, but they're still Sadat. And you know why this is extraordinary, this promise, 'Inna a't'aynaka al-kawthar'?That don't worry. You're going to have a lot of people continue, maybe not for a son but form a daughter, you know why? Because how many times did they try and remove Bani Fatimah from the Earth?

In your own life span, I ask all of you a question. In your own life span, how many times you remember Shia are being killed because of their Hawiyya? Forget, we haven't seen Umayyah and Abbas. How many stories do you remember where a person was told show me your Hawiyya? If his name was Ali, he'd be beheaded. And that's in my own lifetime simply because he's the son of Ali and Fatimah.

Of course, those who are related to Al-Aas bin Wa'el are still alive. Let's not deny that, not necessarily directly, because I'm going to prove to you why not directly. But indirectly there are Al-Aas bin Wa'els everywhere and they look for Muhammed's progeny everywhere. They said 'You are'abtar' metaphorically.

These got a sword and said you are 'abtar' literally. What's your daughter's name? Fatimah, kill. What's your son's name? Ali, kill. Bani Umayyah, Bani Abbas, not just them. I wish it stopped there. Generations in the period of the Fatimids, in the period of Saljuks. Even when the Wahhabis were not even Wahabis in Saudi Arabia, when it was they hadn't reached power because the Ottoman caliphate was still in power, they were going into places like Karbala, massacring people, simply because you are from the line of Fatima. I ask you with all of that, isn't it a miracle we're still Sadat here?

Among us here, how many Sadat are sitting? Maybe half of the guys over here are Sadat. With all of that, when Allah said 'Inna a't'aynaka al-kawthar.' Don't worry, in the Day of Judgment, I'm going to give you so much of people, you're going to quench their thirst into Jannah. And here, wherever you look, you'll find that your progeny has continued. You take me now to Holland or take Paul Mustafa to Norway or you take others to every Husayniyah you will find, Sayyid fulaan is in the Husayniyah. Either he is Imam of the mosque or he's serving.

Therefore 'Inna a't'aynaka al-kawthar' means there is a great amount of abundance of blessings, not from what they're trying to do. "They plan and I plan"(3:54), they thought that the line goes through the son, I gave you Fatimah. Look how many sons Fatimah has. And did we look after Fatimah's sons? Did the ummah look after Fatimah's sons? Go to all tafaseer on YouTube from non-Shia, they don't talk about anything related to the history, only Rasul Allah, sallalahu alayi's time, after that there's nothing to be proud of. Whereas for us, Bani Fatimah at Karbala, Bani Fatimah at other places, the way they held it up. 'Inna a't'aynaka al-kawthar'(1:108)

'Fa salli li rabbika wa anhar' (2:108). What's going on here? Probably the ayah in the Qur'an nobody has ever understood what it's doing in the middle of the first and third ayah. Because the third ayah we can all understand "Inna shani'aka huwa al-abtar" (3:108). The first one, 'Inna a't'ayna...' What's 'Fa salli li rabbika wa anhar''? We've given you an abundance of good, these people make fun of you. Let your salah be the strength for you in the midst of their hate.

In life, there is no gift Allah has given us like salah, if we know how to use it. 'Fa salli li rabbika wa anhar.' In certain schools of Islam, wa anhar and nahar, the throat. So they said that 'Pray to your Lord to go and make a dhabihah'- a sacrifice, which by the way, I don't think is the crazy tafsir. I think there is there's a possibility that that tafsir could be true. Meaning that whenever you have been blessed with something, when Naas ja'a yasdu, people are envious of you, one of the best ways to come back is talk to me in Salah. And also do a dhabihah so that ayn is removed from you.

Sometimes we do a walima when it comes to a child being born. You know when you go to a haqiqa ceremony, don't you? Or sometimes you do walima when you're getting hitched, isn't that true? And so what happens is that, one interpretation of 'Fa salli li rabbika wa anhar'. One interpretation is that, pray to your Lord that something that will give you strength. How many of you being in a time of difficulty, you sat on the musallah, somewhere and you feel relaxed? Marrat (sometimes) as-sajjada is a gift from Allah that we can sit there and just open our hearts. And when it said 'Fa salli li rabbika wa anhar.'

Normally the idea is that when you're standing up for salah, chest out, facing upright, face their accusations and their hate upright. Your salah is your weapon. It is the silah (weapon) of the mu'min. Like du'a is the silah of the mu'min, salah is also a silah, which we have to use. So when the Qur'an said 'Inna a't'aynakaka al-kawthar', we have given you what? Abundance of good. 'Fa salli li rabbika wa anhar', when you've realized you've been given good in life always, thank Allah through salah.

Face upright, don't let their words affect you. Final ayah: "Inna shani'aka huwa al-abtar" (3:108). 'Shani' is your worst enemy. Imam Zain ul-Abideen, alayhi assalam in dua Makarim ul Akhlaaq says: "wa abdilni min bughdati ahle shana'an il-mahabba", 'Oh Allah, change the hate or the evil of, say, my family members into love for me.' You know, sometimes got wicked family members, evil. They are called Shani', shan'aan, evil.

'Inna shaniaka huwa al-abtar'. Oh oh, now we go into dangerous mode. This dangerous mode which we go into is not for the faint hearted, so if there are any viewers who, you know, sometimes they say graphic scenes, be careful, this is when we're going to get pretty dangerous. Al-Aas bin Wa'el said to the Prophet that 'You got no progeny'. Allah told them na na na na na na, we've given him Kawthar, you've got no progeny.

That means anyone associated with you is not your son. Anyone associated with you is what, not your son. That means Amr ibn Al-Aas is in big trouble. Al-Aas bin Wa'el said 'You are abtar, you ain't got no children, no lineage'. Allah said 'No, you ain't got no lineage'. Amr is the son of Al-Aas bin Wa'el. If Allah said 'inna shani'aka huwa al-abtar', that means that's not Daddy. If it's not daddy, then who was? Do you know how Amr was associated to Al-Aas bin Wa'el? Because someone's going to be like Sayyidna, hold on. Then why is he called Amr ibn Al-Aas? His mom, who Imam Ali, by the way, mentions in Nahjul Balagha, he doesn't mention the dad. And if Ali ibn Abu Talib calls you by your mum, that means he's saying 'listen the guy you think is your pops is not him'.

Abu Sufiyan, Waleed ibn Al-Mughira, Uthman ibn al-Harith, Nadhar ibn Al-Harith and there was one more. There was one more. Al-Aas bin Wa'el, of course, how can I forget him? He has got to be a candidate. All of them used to sleep with his mum. With Al-Aaf. Amr, his mom, she had a particular job. A job which welcomes people probably every half an hour, an hour. In those days, they never had electricity, so it was only a red flag outside. If they had electricity that would be a bulb. So in Mecca, if you wanted to go and visit those types of ladies, those ladies used to have a flag that was red. Today because of technology we have red lights. They call it the red light district. If we never had technology, we'd call it the red flag district. Do you agree?

When I say all of this, someone says, but Sayyidna, are you sure about this? It's the Imams who said it. Imams are the ones who said it. Imam Al-Hassan, alayhi assalam is normally not associated as being ferocious. He has a conversation where he replies back to Amr ibn Al-Aas and everyone, one by one, there's a group of them who are all in front of him. And one of the replies was, 'Five or six different people claim to be your dad'. OK, so how do we find out? National Lottery live in Mecca! National Lottery! I swear they put the names in a bowl and they picked out a name. It said, Al-Aas bin Wa'el, they called him Amr son of Al-Aas.

Because the Qur'an said 'Inna shani'aka' the one who makes fun of you, the evil man, he doesn't have a line. So when you see that, you're like, hold on a minute. Are you telling me that Al-Aas bin Wa'el? But I'm sure Al-Aas bin Wa'el had had a son. No, sir. No, no, no. I passed the Jerry Springer DNA test. I am called Al-Aas Abu Amr. No, sir! His mom would go to Abad Qais. This is a hadith in our literature, by the way. Amr ibn Al-Aas's mum used to go to Abad Qais, sleep with him while she's in her monthly cycle, while travelling and in the open air. Therefore, this Amr, in my opinion, always knew that wasn't his dad, and you know what the problem is in life? When you feel everyone else has a dad they know, when you don't.

Some people ask me, Sayyidna, the son of zina, why do we look down at them? I say son of zina can even become a Mujtahid, but cannot become a Marja. Every Marja is a Mujtahid, but not every Mujtahid is a Marja. The son of zina can become a Mujtahid, but cannot become a Marja. Why?

I ask you if Ayatollah Sistani, may Allah lengthen his life, if there's one black dot you have on him, wouldn't every Iraqi bring it up? Wouldn't every single person in the community bring it up? Samah sh Sayyid Sistani sh-gal? (did you hear what Sayyid Sistani said?), Samah Sayyid Sistani wean safar? (did you hear where Sayyid Sistani travelled?), Samah Sayyid Sistani she ishtara? (did you hear what Sayyid Sistani did buy?), who wouldn't?

If somebody had even that knowledge of a particular person who reaches the level of Marja'iya, that he is from the son of zina, that person has not done anything wrong by the way, it's a child. What's a child done wrong? But socially, that position, they already are looking to pick things. Imagine they start telling you son of, son of, son of, son of, bil akhir t't-qabbal (at the end he would become crazy), its true.

Son of zina can be in the highest level of Jannah, higher than me and you. Can be having more knowledge than me and you. But any son of zina, any son of adultery can also take out his hate of dunya on you. And that's why I believe Amr ibn Al-Aas hated Imam Ali with the venom he hated him. What do you think? Muawiyyah reached, what Muawiyyah reached? Wa Allah I tell you, if it wasn't for Amr ibn Al-Aas being on his side, there's no Muawiyyah.

In Arabic, there are people with Hilm and there are certain people called Du'at Da'ah. They have this forbearance and they have this cunningness that Imam Ali says if it wasn't for Taqwa, they wouldn't be more cunning than me. But they have no Taqwa, and if you have no consciousness of Allah, there's no limit to what you do politically to destroy another person.

And that's why the same Amr ibn Al-Aas, because of him knowing, that you know what I was born from a national lottery. Ali ibn Abi-Talib was born in the Kaaba. This is just evil. I don't like this. He takes it out on Imam Ali. Every battle, every rumour, every hate. I tell you there are there are five or six in particular, Muawiyah, Amr ibn Al-Aas, Ziyad bin Abeeh, Abu Musa Al-Ashari, Saed ibn Al-Aas. You want to see the meaning of evil? It's those. This is an our hadith books, by the way, that the six worst of the latter.

There's one whose name I haven't mentioned or there was a question mark on it. Muawiyah ibn Abu Sufiyan, Amr ibn Al-Aas, Ziyad bin Abeeh, Saed ibn Al-Aas, Abu Musa Al-Ashari. These, the amount of hate they showed Ameer ul-Mu'mineen is unreal, unreal, unreal. One of them is called Ziyad, son of his dad. I beg you in school, if the school register was going on! What's your name? I'm Ali son Muhammad. What's your name? I don't know. Mukesh, son of Patel. What's your name? John, son of Smith. What's your name? Ziyad, son of my dad. Because Abu Sufiyan had slept with his mum while his mum was hitched, so they couldn't. You can't say Ziyad son of Abu Sufiyan, because not meant to be proud that someone's committed zina, you're born from it. Ziyad son of his dad. Who's this son? Ziyad, son of his dad, who's his son? Tell me. Karbala, Kufa, army against Imam Husayn. Who's his son, Ziyad? Ubaidallah son of...

Al-Aas bin Wa'el was kicked out of Mecca, Uthman brought the family of Al-Aas back. Habibi you are the khalifa, I can understand, you're the third khalifa, you rule the religion of Islam, you bring all of these guys back? The one who called my Prophet 'abtar,' you bring him back? You bring Marwan Ibn Al-Hakam back? Hakam ibn Al-Aas and Al-Aas ibn Wa'el were people who were kicked out.

By the time Uthman came back, their sons had Islam in their hands. The sons of adultery ended up leading this religion. And they tried every which way possible to destroy this religion. Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, bestowed Kawthar and a Kuthra to ensure that the righteous continued.

But when you therefore look at this final ayah, what does it show you? It shows you that sometimes you plan by calling our Prophet 'abtar' and we plan by giving him Fatimah. "And surely We are the best of planners" (8:30). In Shaa Allah will continue next week, my dear brother and sisters, don't forget us in your du'a.

Wa assalamu alaykum, wa Rahmatullah, wa barakatuh.