Worshipper or Slave of God? | Surah Al Kafiroun illustrated lesson | Subtitled


I want you to understand the word ‘Ibadah’ in Arabic or ‘Uboodiyyah’ the Masdar. It includes two things: If I translate them as one of those two things it’s incomplete, it’s a limitation of English as opposed to classical arabic. Classical arabic combines many concepts at the same time, and so if we just look at a partial translation or partial meaning of the concept, there’s confusion left in the mind. The two terms that completely or comprehensively cover all aspects of ‘Ibadah’ or ‘Uboodiyyah’ are two things. Those are worship and slavery. There are two terms: worship and slavery. A lot of times we either take worship or we take slavery but there are two separate things in English, but they’re combined in Arabic into the word ‘Ibadah’ and ‘Uboodiyyah’. لَآ أَعۡبُدُ مَا تَعۡبُدُونَ So when the messenger says He does’t just mean I will not worship also I will not be enslaved to, I will not become a slave of. Very briefly I’ll remind you of the difference between worship and slavery. When Maghrib happened, we worshipped Allah, when Isya comes up, we will worship Allah, but in between the prayes, what are we? Slaves of Allah. When you’re sleeping you are not worshipping, but you are still a slave. When you wake up, when you’re driving to work, brushing your teeth, eating your breakfast, you know, parking your car Even if you’re not reciting Quran or you’re not doing an act of worship, but you are still what? A slave. In other words: Worship is specific acts. The act of fasting, the act of praying, the act of making Hajj, the act of reciting Quran, the act of giving Sadaqa – These are acts of worship. But a slave is a slave all the time – whether he does those acts or not. This concept is very powerful. It means we are to live according to what Allah- how Allah wants us to live not just in Jummah during the Khutbah, and when the Salah is going on we are enslaved to Allah in between the prayers, too. Be guardians of your prayers, and of the midmost prayer, and stand up with devotion to Allah. ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ ٱلۡوُسۡطَىٰ some commentary says it’s between the prayers – be connected to Allah, too. You know what happens a lot of times? People worship Allah, but they still don’t act like his slave. Somebody owns a liquor store, comes to the Salah for five times. He worships Allah, but he’s clearly not acting like what? A slave. He is not obeying Allah. And sometimes because we have these partial English definitions, you know what happens? We feel, we think to ourselves ‘Hey, at least I worship Him.’ ‘At least I worship Him, so my job is done.’ No! You worshipped him, but you are still not a عبد of Allah. Worship is one part, slavery is the other – Ibadah includes both. Now the Arabs, they had two problems. There are two problems. They refuse to worship Allah But you know what the bigger problem is? They refuse to be Allahs slaves. There are two problems in this Surah. We have to make those problems distinct. The problem: When they refuse to bow down only to Allah and get rid of all the idols What is that a problem of? Worship or slavery? That’s a problem of worship. But when they refuse to give the orphan, when they refuse to not kill the baby girl, when they refuse to not feed the poor, when they refuse to not give justice, when they refuse to kill without having right to do so, when they abuse the slave, when they do all of these things, what are they refusing to do? They’re refusing to act like Allahs slaves. Being Allahs slave includes you worship him and you act like a slave. Two things. So know understand the Ayah. لَآ أَعۡبُدُ مَا تَعۡبُدُونَ لَآ أَعۡبُدُ – I will not be enslaved to and I will not worship what you have been worshipping. Now we have to understand, Allah – In this Ayah the messenger is being told to talk about what they worship and what they are slaves of. So what is it that they worship? And what is it that they’re slaves of? They are worshippers of idols, false gods. And they are slaves of their own desires. 2 things – they worship the idols and they are slaves of their own selves, their own Hawaa, their own Nafs. And the messenger says I refuse to worship your idols, and I refuse to be enslaved to my own desires. I refuse both of those things. I Am not, I’m never going to. Now, they, the Mushrikoon, say he’s been rejecting our religion for a decade now almost Let’s give him a compromise. Maybe the future – Makkah has become pretty tense. You know, always this confrontation between the muslims and the Kuffar. Let’ make a compromise. Life will become better. Well, we’re willing to accept your religion for a year and you accept our religion the next year And then we’ll come back to yours the next year and we’ll all share. You know, in other words We all share Islam for a season the we will all share Shirk for a season. And if we compromise, things will get better There won’t be any tension in Makkah anymore. So our future will be better. لَآ أَعۡبُدُ according to most grammarians the ‘La’ on the Mudariq actually – More than present, illustrates the future. In other words the messenger says don’t have your hopes up. I am not going to, it’s never going to happen. I will never – if you’re thinking the future is going to be softer on you I will never worship and I will refuse to be enslaved to whatever you worship and you are enslaved to. That is never going to happen. Get that out of your head.

50 Comments

  1. Palestinian Skeptic said:

    Unsurprisingly amazing.

    August 5, 2013
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  2. Zero Gravity said:

    Abu Sa’id (Ra) said that Rasullallah (Peace be upon him) said, “Whoever says:

    Radeetu billahi rabban, Wa bil-Islaami deenan, Wa bi-Muhammadin rasoolan

    Jannah becomes obligatory for him (to enter). (Abu-Dawud)

    – Best said in Morning and Evening with "Nabiyan wa rasoolan"

    August 5, 2013
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  3. Zero Gravity said:

    It was narrated that Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said: Whoever reads Tabarakallahi Biyadihil Mulk [i.e. Surah al-Mulk] every night, Allah will protect him from the torment of the grave. At the time of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) we used to call it al-mani’ah (that which protects). In the Book of Allah it is a surah which, whoever recites it every night has done very well. (an-Nasa’i)

    August 5, 2013
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  4. SuperBallashotcalla said:

    hate to be 'that guy' but always ticks me off how bad guys are portrayed with beards. noticed this even in muslim productions. great message tho didnt detract anything overall. jazak Allah khayran

    August 5, 2013
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  5. Hydham Abdul Rahman said:

    Amazing work !! You people are really blessed. Jazakumullahu Khairan!!

    August 5, 2013
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  6. Azhar Kamar said:

    The artist is awesome.

    August 5, 2013
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  7. Lawstidentity said:

    SUPER AMAZING EXPLANATION SUBHANAALLAH. I AM BAFFLED! JazakaAllahu khairan brother Nojman Ali Khan u have made this so easy on us. May Allah forgive ur sins and make this mission more easy for you so we can benefit

    August 5, 2013
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  8. Y said:

    But a slave is such a bad word? how can God love u and he sees u as a slave? anyone advice plz?

    August 5, 2013
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  9. Faisal Afzal said:

    I love those illustrations so refreshing may Allah accept me as his slave

    August 5, 2013
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  10. Mohammad Khan said:

    Jack Bauer – Its not logical for God to see you as equal or master. So its abdullah (slave of Allah or obedient to Allah. We have an allergic reaction to word slave because of contemporary association with human trafficking and domination which is no doubt bad.

    August 5, 2013
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  11. RealDeal said:

    Incredible masha'Allah.

    August 5, 2013
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  12. Muhammad 123 said:

    subahn'Allah … amazingly explained <3 may Allah bless y0ur wh0le team … appreciate y0ur w0rk!

    August 6, 2013
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  13. bornwarrior07 said:

    I can understand u, bcoz b4 somehow I too thought the way u r thinking now.
    Think for a moment u created a robot by giving ur best hard afford. Now automatically u will love tht thing and never want to get harm to it. Bcoz u r the creator and master of tht creation. Every creator is the Master of its creation. Similarly God is the creator and Master of Mankind. So we hv to admit ourself as slave bcoz we are the creation of our Master.

    August 6, 2013
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  14. Fairuz Ahmed said:

    Amaaaaaazing mashaAllah

    August 6, 2013
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  15. MsValkyri said:

    why is the cartoon guy giving sadaqah so evilly, and the earth is so shocked about it 😛
    Wonderful video, MashaaAllah!

    August 6, 2013
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  16. Y said:

    Thx brother

    August 7, 2013
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  17. Mz Nurú said:

    It should say With the name of Allah, not in the name of Allah in the description box!

    August 7, 2013
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  18. Fattabiouni Germany said:

    Beautiful videos mashAllah. Which tool do you use to make this videos?

    August 9, 2013
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    August 10, 2013
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  20. Naureen S said:

    JazaakAllah explained brilliantly

    August 10, 2013
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  21. MsReader111 said:

    SubhanAllah so much depth in just one word.

    August 11, 2013
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  22. bornwarrior07 said:

    You are most Welcome….. if u have any other question please dont hesitate to ask…… It would be my pleasure to help u answer as much as I can. 🙂

    August 12, 2013
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  23. RabiaW 393 said:

    subhanAllah

    August 15, 2013
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  24. purple rose said:

    just love all your illustrated lessons!..it makes learning so much fun and things become clearer..ma sha Allah..always looking fwd to these types of lessons of yours 😉 jazakAllah khair Ustdh Nouman & team..keep them coming..

    August 18, 2013
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  25. Camila_Benouali said:

    alhadmulillah what a great message and great illustration!

    August 20, 2013
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  26. Max Berg said:

    Allahu Akbar!!

    August 24, 2013
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  27. TheMumzilla said:

    What can I say except – Mashaa'Allaah

    August 25, 2013
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  28. Amun Riaz said:

    is it haram to stay up til fajr pray salah then sleep ??

    August 28, 2013
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  29. Venice BS said:

    why would that be haram if you are still praying?…its not healthy tho

    September 5, 2013
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  30. dahnishhusssain said:

    no its not

    October 29, 2013
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  31. ISA ISHAQ ISRAR said:

    Jazak Allahu Khair, I have not undernstand these surah any way better in my life before than these animated series……..May Allah Grant you the Jannah for spreading the message of Allah === Ameen…..and keep you in firm faith till the last breath only for HIS Sake —- ameen.

    November 8, 2013
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  32. Most Wanted said:

    I admire his Islamic knowledges! Subhanallah…

    May 4, 2014
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  33. Usman Anayet said:

    Excellent explananation .. masha Allah

    August 9, 2014
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  34. Joyce Bess said:

    😊😊😊

    August 9, 2014
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  35. فاتيا شانيل Fatia Channel said:

    _Excellent masha Allah.

    November 4, 2014
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  36. Dua said:

    Can u tell me the program ?

    November 9, 2014
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  37. Sibghat Niazi said:

    mashallah

    February 3, 2016
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  38. Mohammed Aman said:

    SubhhanAllah wa bi hamdihi

    May 26, 2016
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  39. Nana said:

    One of my favorite surah beautifully explained. Jazakallah khair!

    July 15, 2016
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  40. Alamgeer Alamgeer said:

    superb explanation Ma Sha Allah💖

    April 13, 2017
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  41. Mohamed Hajji said:

    !!!!! La ilaha illa Allah !!!!!

    April 19, 2017
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  42. abdul hye said:

    shame to the12 people who disliked

    July 6, 2017
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  43. MagnumRoland said:

    This is amazing

    July 22, 2017
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  44. Moulid Hussein said:

    mash Allah

    August 6, 2017
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  45. Hmmmn Vid's said:

    Did he just say the arbs do not worship Allah and do not feed the orphans ? ! How dose he know that. I think you went to far don't get big headed from the reading you do just calm down

    August 23, 2017
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  46. Hmmmn Vid's said:

    You guys do not need to listen to people like this open the kur2n and read and do your translation. At the end of the day they will always get emotional and put their own personal feelings in the videos

    August 23, 2017
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  47. GLOBALONE TRANSCRIPTION said:

    awsome

    February 13, 2018
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  48. s3 savage said:

    Brother Nouman Ali Khan I ❤️ u for the sake of Allah SWT…!!! JazzakAllah Khair ❤️

    April 17, 2019
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  49. Syed Farzan said:

    the act of giving sadqah is kind of shady😂😂
    subhanallah

    October 21, 2019
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  50. SAFAA Ekhtibar said:

    ما شاء اللّه♥️ .. إبداع كما عودتونا ♥️♥️♥️♥️

    November 13, 2019
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