The DreamWorldwide program has started الحمد لله. Our brilliant student body in Copenhagen is working hard and their engaging questions and participation! I’m so grateful to the students who’ve come from all over the world with their illuminating spirits and heart warming stories not to mention our enthusiastic local student body. Thanks also to the countless social media followers for their prayers and shared dreams of doing this with us one day soon!
Our Father - Khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan
Striking a balance between humility and ambition... The last two posts that I composed were really about humility. But how does that play out with our higher ambitions? Speaking personally I ambitiously dream (pun intended) to revolutionize Quran education for children and adults around the world. I want to put in place resources and solutions that help the average person regardless of their previous knowledge level be able to appreciate not just the meanings of revelation but the beauty, the timeless relevance, the divine power, the spiritual & emotional healing, the wisdom and the love infused in it. I want to do that in a way people can connect with regardless of their mother tongue. I believe that the majority of us haven’t really been exposed to what the Quran really is and if that were to be facilitated, our connection to God would be transformed. I dream of doing this by trying to simplify and elaborate as much of that endless treasure that I discover with my team but also by making its original language more accessible to more people in the world than ever before. I dream of seeing a globalized movement to standardize best practices for the teaching of this language to children and adults so within a generation we put a serious dent in the overall gap that lies between us and the direct words of Allah. I want to see schools, universities, local institutions, private tutors, synchronized and collaborating from around the world. Ambitious, I know but I think a lot can be done within a decade and a dream, even as big as this one, can become a reality. Can you imagine our teenagers having come out of their middle and high school years having been equipped with the language of the Quran and with its lessons most relevant to the trial years that lie ahead of them? That they can be in a college campus surrounded by opportunities of all kinds of companionship but will have the ability to access the companionship of Allah’s words on their own? Can you imagine kids from around the world that have memorized the Quran having an understanding of what they’ve memorized and becoming life long students of its wisdom too? Can you imagine our young generation of doctors, lawyers, engineers, social workers, counselors, therapists, teachers, entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists, farmers, home makers and laborers, drawing inspiration and strength from revelation every time they recite it? Ambitious. I know. But you know what? The same words that teach us humility are the exact same words that teach us the highest ambition. These two are not a contradiction in terms but rather two sides of the same coin. وأنتم الأعلون إن كنتم مؤمنين You will be supremely victorious if you truly are of faith. Well then that’s it. We just have to know that results lie in His hands and that He controls all outcomes. We just have to desire His acceptance of our efforts and acknowledges that grand visions and dreams aside, none of them have any weight save His permission. Drill that into your soul and watch amazing things happen all around you. In other words, let go of wanting to see results and you will see the most unprecedented results. Hold on to pleasing just Him and watch Him submit reality to your service. This is the same Allah who will tell a knife to not cut, a fire to not burn, a sun to not beam on sleepers in a cave, a water to part like mountains. All it took was faith. And that’s not history. That’s a universal truth. With the roots of our faith we will see this tree grow high and mighty أصلها ثابت وفرعها في السماء “It’s roots are firm and it’s branches extended into the sky” وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته O. K. B. Y. E.
My two sons attending DreamWorldwide Dallas. Proud of these monkeys and the other young kids in my class. You guys are doing great and I’m really proud of you!
DreamWorldwide in Copenhagen has left students with an Arabic grammar geek sense of humor...
The Test of Power - Khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan
DreamWorldwide Dallas edition! Our Bayyinah campus is hosting the second stop of Dream worldwide after Denmark. Wonderful enthusiastic students and I can already see how well they will collaborate with their European peers إن شاء الله. What excites me most about this venture is the prospects of creating a worldwide network of eager Quran learners benefitting from each other connected by the same curriculum and teacher! I love what’s happening here and I pray that the vision to translate this work into other languages with the help of a collaborative community of students is materialized soon!
One might think of faith as an intangible thing; perhaps a set of ideas and beliefs that can influence a persons feelings, perspective and even behavior. Regardless of its power, it is something that resides in the conscience and it isn’t considered something you can touch or feel with the five senses. When someone asks you what you’ve accomplished, you’re expected to be able to point to something tangible. You’re supposed to be able to say that you graduated and earned a degree or you bought a house or got a job or won the match or earned x amount of money etc. These and other accomplishments become ones measure of value and success and much of our world revolves around them. Understandably so. Now to the point. The faithful of Madina lost and lost badly. Uhud was demoralizing militarily, economically, strategically, socially and psychologically. It is occasions like these that Allah teaches us something only He can. That your tangible, measurable and very much felt losses pale in comparison to what you’ve gained...a credential that the world around you may not see any value in but the truth is, all else only has value through it. You have passed the test of faith. While the only place ones heart and mind goes to is defeat and tragedy, and that is so because that’s all you can tangibly gauge, Allah tells you of a gain greater than any other. Iman. My current obsession is the DreamWorldwide project. I want to see it succeed. I’ll be talking about ambition in my next post but before I do, I wish to couch those thoughts and root them in a humbling reality. Our project at Bayyinah , or for that matter any efforts of any Muslims anywhere, shall be gauged by two standards; people’s and Allah’s. People will measure success and failure by statistics and opinions. Allah has declared that the only gauge for its value will be whether or not faith, or iman, remained fortified regardless of the outwardly outcome. Did the slave remain humble like a slave should in face of outwardly success? Did the slave remain grateful and hopeful as the slave should in face of outwardly disappointment. Did the slave remain focused on his or her own pursuit of the Master’s favor and forgiveness or did the service that was supposedly being provided as a dedication to the Master become a distraction from the Master? It is the right answers to these questions that mean our work was successful. May Allah grant our project true success and never let us lose sight of it. May Allah grant all good and sincere efforts of the faithful the same. Ok bye Oh yes and السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Meeting with some of the DreamWorldwide students for some casual conversation. Extremely proud of this batch!
I pray that the leadership of Pakistan carries itself with dignity and honor. That it recognizes and never loses sight of the great blessing Allah has chosen to test them with by having people place their trust in them to lead them to peace, justice, prosperity and a better future for their children. I pray that Allah guides the country’s leadership to be upright, that He remove personal ambitions from their hearts if they have any and replaces them with an undying sincere desire to serve the people that have handed them this trust. I pray that the one who changes hearts changes the hearts of those among them that are infected with corruption. I pray He gives the Pakistani people the same sense of justice in their personal lives that they expect from their leaders in the public sphere. I pray our ummah abandons cruelty, injustice, oppression, corruption and deception in their homes, jobs and businesses just as they want those things eradicated from their governments. I pray that Allah protect Pakistan’s new leadership from harm and evil that may come to them from outside and from within themselves. I pray that the people are inspired to become agents of change in their immediate circles as they expect new leadership to bring change to their country. May Allah protect and bless Pakistan and allow it to overcome its many challenges. May Allah empower its youth to realize their potential and rise above the smog of hopelessness and corruption.
Nouman Ali Khan is a Muslim speaker and the CEO and founder of Bayyinah Institute, an Arabic studies, educational institution in the United States. His early education in Arabic started in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and continued in Pakistan. His serious Arabic training began in 1999 in the United States. He has been teaching Modern Standard and Classical Arabic at various venues for several years with over 10,000 students nationwide.qur'anic arabic family friends photoshop design muslims islam
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