Hope, Not Despair
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Examples from the Quran
Okay, I will let him initiate on regime. So learn how to handle the human hamdulillah salat wa salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was how he was a bishop. He says he was the only one who looked at the Mediterranean who called Europe and it Neff adonia has an outfit after that he has an empanada nap. Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu.
These are unprecedented times for many of us. We read about these times in books of history, you know, when we study history in university or college or high school, about how people lived in the Great Depression, how there was,
you know, shortages of food shortages of medicine.
You know, it's, it's really, really strange to live it. And really strange to see the pace of which we're descending into this. It really is remarkable. And Allah says about this phenomena and the Quran, he says, and suddenly him it will fit or if he unfussy him, had died away in a home and novel
Allah said, he is going to show us the signs, I add is
used in the Quran, signs for both words of Allah that are in the Quran. And we consider those to be miraculous. The use for the creation of a law that is orderly, that came from a normal process of creation, or a follows a normal procedure, right. So for example, the sun and the moon, and the, you know, the solar system, Allah calls them I mean, it he Laila Hiroshima will cover his signs are the sun and the moon, the date the day, for example. But they follow like an orderly procedure, it's not unexpected, what they do, but also allows describes his signs as things that are extraordinary, something that has a normal procedure, but is almost unprecedented for the people who are
experiencing it. And that is in the middle of what we are experiencing one of the signs of a Lost Planet Allah. And the idea here isn't, excuse me, to
to take this as an opportunity to gloat the rest of the world about, you know, our weakness or as humans, right, our weakness as humans, that's not the opportunity. The opportunity is for us to reflect personally, that how weak are we as individuals as humans as a genius, that a virus can just completely shut down our lives and it is something that we have the best defense we have against a stay at home and wash our hands.
And just hope you don't catch it. It should tell us about ourselves, it should tell us about our humble origins. It should remind us It should be a dose in humility for us. And this is as I said, this is like an individual assessment and individual reflection more than anything else. The Quran does is a lot of sparkler references
us in the Quran as humans and he says for young doulas in Sonoma hooligan sauropod it he says human beings should look at
what they were created from. Okay, who is coming man in the fit is huge human is created from in a
water that's running essentially this is referring to the
sperm of the father of this of this person. And then the whole human being the sundiata is one this person is conceived. And after the many months in the womb, the delivery process the labor of this baby is excruciating, but also it's humbling you know you are being delivered in this manner, the way you are pushed out and the way you come out helpless in the world.
That is the origin that's the start of all of us. So unless has
Think about where you started. If you ever forget who I am, so panorama, and that more than anything else is something for us to think about in these times and reflect and,
and and then take stock
and that's what this opportunity should be for us to take stock of ourselves our lives, our families and and make a lot of do our take our measures of precaution and also really
connect with our Lord at the best way that we can. inshallah tada
I want to share with you all today, an eye of the Quran that I think really speaks to like it really speaks to me right now. I think it will speak to you as well. I really like you know, just hits a chord. This is number 214 in sort of locked up in which allows pantless as I'll display the IRA to you inshallah, tada
Allah says, I'm semitone and the hulan Janata
while I'm my Tikka Masala Vina Holloman publikum masa toma de la was zero had Daya Pula. Rasulullah Dena amanu Mara, who Madonna su LA,
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do you think that you will enter Paradise without having suffered like those who passed away before you?
affliction and hardship befell them? And so shaken were they that the messenger and the believers with him would exclaim, when will God's help come? Surely the help of God is there.
This is a translation of a hadith. And there's many other good translations of the Quran. This is the one that I'm using for the time being. This ayah is in a circle vasara. This ayah has a very beautiful context. I'll explain some points on this ayah it actually is in the middle of a conversation
about the rulings of Islam implementing Islam in your life living Islam. Okay, before that Allah spoke about some of the important
shahriar of Islam markers of Islam that were, for example, the shadow of Ramadan and Hajj, okay. And he spoke briefly briefly about defending ourselves. When an enemy transgressors us these are hard things to do, but Allah speaks about it. And then He will speak again about the very difficult task of fighting in defense, you know, spending resources to do that. And this conversation will continue for a while in this pseudo
and overall in this surah in total dakara. Allah positions us as Muslims, as Escada, okay, vanliga, jalna, como moto Masato, we have made you a balanced nation game, as people who will learn from the mistakes of the generations before, particularly from the mistakes of bunnies that are in and also as people who will try to emulate the example of our father Ibrahim alayhis. Salam, we're not supposed to have the excellence of Ibrahim, no, we're not supposed to. Like Allah says in Surah Baqarah.
What is the with Allah era hemara boo, we can imagine for Adama, Han.
Allah tested Ibrahim, with words with tests. And he completed every single one of those tests he perfected. He got straight A pluses, Allah He said that
we're not expected to be at that level, we're expected to aspire to be like him. We're not expected either to be on the other side of the spectrum like bunnies or eel who kept making mistakes and then we'll learn from their mistakes despite having Moosa and Harun in their myths, despite having other prophets in their myths, like the story of balut that will come in this in the sutra and the story of download, that also is referenced in the sutra. So in the middle of all of these conversations that Allah has, it's a very beautiful, very,
very powerful, you know, instruction for us. He says this one statement right in the middle of it, he says, I'm a victim and that whole region, do you think that you will enter Paradise without having suffered like those who passed away before you
and this is something that is
He said to us, to remind us that as humans and as believers, we are going to go through difficulties, individually and communal, individual difficulties that we will face.
You know, in our personal lives and our families, and as a community things that we will go through
individual calamities that we will face are referenced in a very famous Ayat of Surah Baqarah as well. That goes as follows.
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We shall certainly test you with fear and hunger and loss of property, lives and crops give good news to those who endure with fortitude. Those who are patient bashira saw it in
the idea of subway is to be able to hold ourselves to be able to not say something when we're emotional. Okay.
One of the most difficult things to do, by the way, to not say something when we're angry, it's not something that we when we are riled up and it's just sweating to get something off your chest. Okay, well, let's just solve it in those who are able to control themselves in those moments. Give them good news, because they have done really well. If these are the ones who alladhina either a Salva Tomasi, but those who say when afflicted with a calamity,
living in a sober Tomas Eva, or Lou in Allah here in Iran, Iran, but something bad happens to them. They say we belong to a lot. And we will return to Him. Allah Allah him Salatu mirabai him, Rama, la comunidad when they are the ones who will have the blessings and mercy of their Lord of the Lord. It is they who are on the right path. This is like a personal test.
A personal test, I have a I'm afraid I'm tested with some fear, loss of a loss of my job loss and income loss and family. Loss of luxury thammarat is actually a reference to something that is a luxury item, not just basic food items, basic
food that is staple food, but more of something that is eating for pleasure along with nutrition. Okay, so I'm experiencing these very various types of losses. But I that that's a personal thing, okay. And in that situation of a personal loss, the thing that we can't do, and the thing that we should do, are both highlighted, can't do is say something out of anger or emotion, out of frustration that we regret, like the Prophet said that the condemned McCallum in the room and who hadn't don't say something today that you have to apologize for tomorrow. So panela, how amazing. I wish we could all live up to that. And number two, what we should say is in the law here, we're in a
laundry room, we belong to Allah and we shall return to Him. That is what we say, anytime you face a difficulty, not just when someone passes away, also when someone passes away, because that's a difficult thing. But particularly when we face a difficult circumstance, that is where our mind and our tongues go, that's the frame of mind that we're in. That is how we feel. Because that's what comes out on our tongues.
That's a personal thing, but this
is more of a communal thing. What happens to us as a community um, has symptom and that whole janitor, do you think you will enter Paradise without having suffered like those who passed away before you?
What is the context of this ayah and what is the point of this ayah number one I am makes the point that it might be hard to see now but relief is close. Allah in numbness or life at a loss help is close. It's difficult to see at this point in time, it seems like this thing is going to drag on forever. And it doesn't seem like it's going to end anytime soon. But don't you worry, Allah help is very close. And this thing will end before you know it. Okay, this is not meant to say don't take precautions. That's the wrong thing to do. That's not about
In the law in any way, shape or form, okay? That is being irresponsible, that someone being negligent
Well, that's the thing is that do what you have to do, be patient, hold on, but know that inshallah in the very short while very close by
relief is coming and that gives us hope that gives us hope that there is the light at the end of the tunnel, it's right there we you know we can see it. That's how we have to look at it. As we go through and we grapple with COVID-19 in our countries around the world, you know, as we face difficulties as a as a as the whole world actually on us as a community as the world.
I live in a sama hickory hard to see now but relief is close, there is light at the end of the tunnel, this is going to pass.
That is what the AI is telling us. That's what the Quran is telling us. Take our precautions. Err kill her with a look at our law, tie it and then put your trust in Allah, like the Prophet said to the to the companion, Tiger camel, that's your call. And then trust in Allah and that stock code meaning control what you control,
leave what you can't, in the hands of a law, that is what trusting Allah means. relief is close. That's what this is. That's the message of this ayah This is the message of the surah that difficult times are going to come
but be patient, say good saying Allah when Allah Rajaram don't say don't be negative, don't say things that are going to make things matters worse, will not improve those things. And no, soon inshallah things will get better. No, that's a message of hope. That's a message of uplifting that the Quran gives. And if you believe in the Word of Allah, we believe in the Word of Allah. That's what we should believe that this is a fact. It's a fact. And that should give us you know, this positivity, this optimism, this new spirit to continue going through and getting through this
difficulty. It's hard for people to be just holed up in their homes. It's not a normal, I was just outside yesterday or day of residence getting something from, you know, the the post office the post by and is this. I told my wife, it's such a beautiful day, sun is out and isn't barely any cars on the street and strange sight. It's not normal to see that. It's a strange thing to be just constantly at home. For those of us who have the habit of going to the mosque to pray for not being able to go to the mosque. It's please on a person's nerves, too to be in an unfamiliar situation. It makes us anxious and makes us nervous. That's our normal reaction. There's nothing wrong with that.
The Quran is not saying don't be nervous, the players aren't telling us suppress your anxiety is our the same. It says don't say something right in anila here in LA Roger, be patient in not seeing something that is out of frustration. That is way to add to the negativity for example, but see what will help. See in alila he were in the middle of June. No, Allah in Nasrallah hickory relief is close. It's coming, believe in that 100%
that's what the message of the eyes this ayah and number 214 if you're tuning in right now, so little Bukhara
it is the idea that the scholars of the year like a tamale mentioned that it was revealed
at the time of the Battle of the trench, desolate Yama 100 kina lufia Muna moloko mentioned that in jute
it was a real the time of the Battle of the trench. One of the most difficult battles of prophecy fight, where the real possibility of the Muslims being wiped off the face of the earth was there. It wasn't like a it was a very, very real possibility that if the army of the trench entered Medina, they would slaughter and mass the Muslims of Medina.
And so that was a very difficult time. It was cold. They ran out of resources. The People's morale was not extremely high. All the things were there.
Like the process lava lava Taku will Harajuku the hearts had reached the throats, it's like you could barely breathe.
That's like what the effect was. The feeling was that you were being constricted and suffocated and slowly squeezed into lifelessness. That's how this harbor feeling.
Maybe we feel something similar right now, we're not at war on the law. But that's kind of, I think, how people feel when the whole community is put under siege.
So last month, I reminded them that don't think that you are going to enter Paradise, without as a community going through difficulties, I don't think that's going to happen is going to happen. Apa says, as he quotes him says that this also was something that happened when the prophets Islam and the Muslims left Mecca, I went to Medina, and the sacrifices they made
was that they had to go to Medina without their money, without their possessions, their homes, and
the all the wealth that had accumulated that leave behind and start from zero in Medina.
And at that point, because when you have nothing monetarily, it's easy to get pressurized by different factions. So they were getting pressurized by people who were pretending to be Muslims that were not born into doing things that were against the interests of the Muslims that were against the commands of the Polish some very tough things to think about the Sahaba had to go through this. But a lot have a reminds them with this either Look, you're going to go through this. That's how people in the past went through, that's what's going to happen to you as well. So that was some context for this ayah. The Ayah begins with the word um, I will show you this. on my screen
It begins with the word.
And this word, as you see in the translation, he translates it as do to ask a question. In reality, the word M is to ask a connected question, right? Are you going to have coffee? Or are you going to have tea? The order there would be good, that's how the word is used in the Quran, and in classical Arabic, but sometimes a lot of hansala and in all Arabic, they would use
not to connect to quote choices. But just to start the question, right. So that is one thing that
that's one point or that one aspect of is this something to ask a question. But other aspect of it is mentioned by
He says bell has a button. It says here, according to the scholars of
um, refers to statement, it's like a declaration, it's not a question.
It's not asking a question, do you think it's going to happen? It's a rhetorical question. But then it's also like a declaration. In fact, you thought, you are going to go to Paradise, without any communal tests. That's what you were thinking.
But in reality, you are going to go through communal tests, you are going to suffer as a community, you will face shortages of food and water, you will face insecurity as a community. And that's before you enter Paradise. So it's a it's a very beautiful way the ayah is very powerful. Either it's asking a rhetorical question, which is strong, and in Ohio carries a punch, or it's stating a declaration of how we thought things will be and in reality, a lot of us thought that really we're just gonna cruise through life. That's kind of how we saw life. He didn't really think see it as any any other way. Sure, we would have moments of up and down personally here and there. We practice the
token sugar and sobor you'd say those things. But, you know, here is something that really has shook us
really has something that has us cornered.
That's what unless you thought that it was just going to be fine. Right? But in fact, that's not the way it works.
has ever done and that whole agenda What am I Tikka Masala Latina Holloman publikum without having suffered like those who passed away before you this part without having suffered like those who passed away before you very important in the Quran, the using history looking at history to understand the present this is what the Quran does frequently known as, you know stories of the prophets known as many other things, but reality is a lot harder will take historical precedence what happened in the past to try to explain patterns of the future and the present. Okay. So, for example, this applies to if, how, in the Quran Allah mentions the story of Adam and SLM. Okay,
But then he after he mentioned the story of Adam alayhis, salaam and sort of are off, he then has a tour number seven, four times he says, Yeah, bunny Adam. Four times he says all children of Adam, and he is giving us lessons explicitly from the story of Adam. One of them, for example, is left in an Akuma shape on gamma away communal Jenna, don't let the devil deceive you and trip you. Like he caused the exit of your parents from Paradise, using history to give us a lesson for the present. Okay. That's quite often what a law spa does. Oftentimes, he when he speaks about rulings, he speaks about that this is something you have to do. But people before you did it as well. katiba ecomuseum,
Yamaguchi, well, Allah levina min publikum. Fasting is something that we have to do. And it was something that communities before us, people who are believers before us, they had to do as well.
This is how Allah, Allah explains many things, by using history, as an example, to explain to us the present the reasonings, the lessons, he uses history, to help us lessen our anxiety, to help us increase our resolve, lessen the anxiety, you know, this is, you're not the only one who went through this, others went through it,
they were fine, inshallah, you'll be fine as well, that should help lessen our anxiety, that should help strengthen our resolve.
That's what a lot of hava does in the Quran. And that's what we should be doing.
We should look at history, we look at our, you know, recent history in the world, where we suffered from situations similar to COVID-19, or situations that are similar economically.
That shouldn't necessarily panic us.
But it should give us an idea. Look, this is how this is the timeline that played out.
This is the timeline that happened in recent history. That's going to be the timeline similar for us as well.
And then we prep ourselves for these difficult uncertain times. That's what looking at history does for us. The example in the Quran for this is usually Islam. Usually Islam is asked by the king and by the way, this king is Muslim. He asked him what do you predict about this dream that I have seen? Usually Islam says Paulo Tesla owner sobre, Su Nina, Abba, you are going to have lots of access for seven years. But then after that, there's going to be seven tough years
of famine. Okay, and then there's the 15th year where things will get easy. Okay, so he said, Let's build a timeline for enduring those seven tough years of the famine.
Meaning right now we have access you save you're ready, and then use that to get ready for the next seven years of famine.
The studying recent history or studying patterns of how things will work useful Assam obviously had real he explained the dream and it was, you know, it beautiful explanation from him. But the idea of looking at studying patterns and trying to predict how long we should prepare for a communal difficulty. That's a Quranic principle. We learned that from the Quran. So we look at
Different things that happened, for example, recessions that have happened recently, or going back all the way to the Great Depression, for example, how do you prepare economically for that? What measures can you take?
You know, that's something that we should think about not panicking, not, you know, losing sleep over, but more in a strategy way. Let's plan for something like this. If you look at strategically how
other outbreaks pandemics have happened in the recent past, or in the ancient past, we look at it not only in the worst case scenarios, but all the different types of scenarios that could take place. And that helps us to plan that helps us to prepare, that helps us to give an idea of this will be went through. And this is what we're going through now. If we went through it before we can go through and inshallah
it can't, brothers and sisters in any way, turn into something that heightens panic, that should not be the case. We live in times of social media, and breaking news by the minute through WhatsApp through Twitter through like, all sorts of avenues. And
I think we should be careful about how we consume this information. Because in reality, oftentimes, it just adds the panic in reality and increases the pace of, of how things change.
We have to understand that these are tough times change happens really fast now, maybe faster than ever in history. But still, that said, we take our past, we study it, we find patterns from it. And those parents help us get through the tough times we go through today. That's what the ISS methodology in Holloman publico, looking at what's happened in the past to help us prepare for today to lessen the anxiety for today to help us prep for tomorrow. The idea of difficulty in this ayah is not just one type of difficulty. It's not just
you know, a loss of
of money it's not just an economic
loss must set homolka wrong like the ISS must set him aside Oh what Bara
affliction and hardship befell them was Zulu, Zulu, and they were so shaken. Three things here. But so, the raw Zulu
three words here in the Arabic in the translation, affliction, hardship, and shaken. You know, literally the Quran is saying these people were shocked.
What are these words these are near synonyms. And this is a beautiful Quranic style using near synonyms. Not exactly a synonym, meaning two words that mean the same, but near synonyms are words that would mean the same if they're used independently. But when they're used together, they have subtle differences that Allah is highlighting between the words, okay, the best case example of this is Rahmani Raheem. When used independently, they both mean essentially the same thing. Allahu is exceedingly merciful, exceedingly loving.
That is a last part, but when they're used together, it's highlighting a specific type of love of Allah or Mercy of Allah, specific type for the people of the world and the specific type for the people of the next world or for people who are going to receive that mercy in the next world. So, that is the idea of near synonyms.
But Sandara or near synonyms, according to poverty, for example, he says, should that will hajah will fall and he says the RA is lll will also
he says, Sir, this word that is translated as affliction, it says that is
a extreme need and famine and hunger. Okay. And the raw is diseases.
So, shortage of food and resources is the raw is widespread, a widespread disease, similar to that we have even our boss commenting, he says, as
Nikita mentions, it says is poverty and the raw is a supplement. It's a disease that extends for a while goes on for a while.
Same idea. What's the idea? It is a shortage of food. But widespread disease, the raw bazzara is from the root or it's from the same word as bus. And bus is also a word that's used for war. But it's useful war. Because in wartime usually there's a shortage of food and resources. So but so is that communal situation where there is a shortage of food people are buying toilet paper, like there is no tomorrow.
Not necessarily food, but you get the idea. It's resources you need for your day to day life. There's a shortage of that.
And the raw is in the Quran used as the opposite of good, prosperous times, good time for your healthy things are normal. The opposite of that is the raw in the Quran, for example.
That volks is what a blessing.
We are going to go through hardships as a community of various types. There's going to be a squeeze when it comes to food and resources shortages. Okay, we got to prepare for that. Not get paranoid not panic, not hoard. That's not the center, but just preparing that this is how the reality is going to be
and getting getting ready for it.
And also, there is widespread disease Coronavirus. COVID-19 is like the perfect example of this, how fast it spreads, how infectious it is. It's exactly the opposite of good prosperous times where things are normal and healthy. So we got to be understanding this is how it's gonna happen. This is what has happened in the past to people before us. So how is what's happening right now? In the past when it happened, Allah says was Zulu. These people who experienced it, they were shook.
Zuzu Zelda is a quick okay. Zulu Zulu is a person
shaken like they've experienced an earthquake. That's kind of how a lot of us would be feeling at the moment actually, like as if we've experienced an earthquake, because things are metaphorically falling around, around us. Metaphorically around us, things are falling apart. That is, the feeling of being shocked. Is not that you're literally experiencing an earthquake, but you are feeling as if thing around you are collapsing. That is how Allah says these people were feeling.
And this kept on happening, hot day of cooler, Rasulullah Latina Armando Mara who matana through LA, this shortage of food and resources, this spread of disease and difficulty, this feeling of being shaken
and just completely bewildered, continued for a period that was long enough that the believers and the Prophet the two together in this whole experience experiencing this together would say Madonna's robot when is the help of a lot coming?
Huh? Not this is our soul here, like a quarter He says his engines and he references people that can be who says he has a very cool euro suit in Murrieta in Amati. He This is talking about, you know, generally about profits, not specifically a profit or the profits or salary. It's talking about just like generally the word profit.
Imagine a scenario where a prophet of Allah, along with his followers are tested as a community with a shortage of food resources, diseases, and they're shook until they are saying when is the help of law coming? Matanuska law meaning This lasted for a while. It wasn't like a few days, few weeks few months. It went on for a while. And like a court we mentioned that the messenger doesn't say this
mencoder Rasul Allah tala will stay agile. Oh Allah tala V is the agenda NASA law Allah shakin what they are, this is the messenger that's referenced here is saying this as asking Allah help to come quickly. Okay, not seeing this questioning whether Allah has helped us coming or not. There is no question it's coming. Okay.
But he is asking this messenger and the people with him are saying Oh Allah
Then your help fast. That's what we got to do. Oh Allah send your help fast, send your relief fast. We can ask for that in our in our doors, there's nothing wrong with that. We shouldn't become
hasty when it comes to results, but we can be hasty in Doha because they will not please help us out fast in this situation, or Allah ring your rodef fast to help us in the situation.
Apollo is the agenda NASA that's fine. La shakin was asking for help fast is good. But not thinking that there is help coming whether it exists or not, never thinking that because Allah says Allah in Nasrallah he received, the help of Allah is close, Allah's promises close.
It's difficult to see now, but relief is close. That's what Allah says.
This tells us brothers and sisters, this example that Allah gives of this prophet, and this ayah that people, as a community would go through difficulties before us, they went through it before us they suffered.
And we are suffering similarly.
And their suffering was long enough that Allah quotes the Prophet that was among them, and the believers that were there as seeking the help of a law fast because this went on for a while. So that is what happened in the past.
We should use the past, to understand our present and
understand our current reality that might happen to us as well, is that Allah says, do you think you're going to go to Paradise without experiencing this? No, you are going to experience it. And that will become a means to paradise. The patience we learn from this, the gratitude we learn from this, the taking stock of our lives that we end up doing because of this that will help accelerate our path to paradise for sure.
But understand the relief of Allah, Allah in natural law he Karim that is what we have to believe in. That's the optimistic message the hopeful message of the Quran everything that last promise is not there on everything a loss relief is far believe that it is close, close in time close in place close in the sense of loss care for us. Allah in Nasrallah hickory
that's the message of desire, things change fast and inshallah when they change and we look back at this we look back at it as a tough time but as fast as a deteriorates inshallah just as fast it will improve as well.
You know, this this idea of things changing fast the Quran references that in Soto room, you know, a lot pantalla references people who are in a situation of drought haven't had rain for a while.
He says these people when rain falls either whom your submission they're so happy they're just overjoyed by the relief that has come to them. Okay, because that relief of Allah means normal life can resume and we pray to a lot that allows our normal lives resume but alas has only very interesting in the next hour he says we're in Canada when Albany in New Jersey law lay him in public in a movie scene. Just before it came. They were extremely almost in a situation of despair. like as if they had lost all hope.
Thunder ella asafetida k for your Hill Avada Mota look at the the blessing of Allah
how the the effects of the blessing of Allah how it gives life to the earth after it's dead idea being don't
like this rain was going to come
Don't lose hope before it comes. That's what I was saying the relief for us situation will come Don't lose hope before it comes. When can mentality and universal early him when probably the movie scene Don't be of those people.
We should a couple of things I've mentioned and wrap it up. We should cut out negativity at this time. In these difficult times. We should cut out negativity from our lives. What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is
you know WhatsApp forwards that are meant to incite panic, you know
Doomsday predictions that are
meant to incite anxiety.
You know, it's it's unfortunately now, it's easy to get access to this stuff, especially when we're at home and reality. Most of the times we're on our phones.
You got to cut out that negativity doesn't mean that we become oblivious. We should be aware of what's happening around us, but not to the point where the negative affects us. The negativity affects us.
That is very, very important for us. Look at the example musasa musallam is leading his people
from the pharaoh rescuing these people that have been enslaved for generations. He's leading them to their freedom. But then they reach the sea and they can cross for that matter of algea man like a lot of scribes in Surah Surah Surah 26 when the two of these people but he said are you Musab Islam are at the sea and behind them you know not too far away is the pharaoh leaving his army to come and attack and kill them. For that matter Ah man, now the two groups have seen each other from afar.
Okay. They can see the army of for our own approaching and with it certain depth.
All of us have Moosa in lahmacun the people of Musa those who are with masala Salaam.
They said, we're done. We're caught. It's over.
The shift. assadi says about this. All of us have a Moosa as shatkin and imusa wall has been said the people who were doubtful of what Moosa was saying, and those who had this idea of negativity and like leaning towards sadness, like these are pessimistic, negative people. They said to Moosa, the Greek prophet of Allah that said, we're done we're toast, basically saying what you told us is not true. Right? Think about the audacity that color Moosa color in America Robbie color color in America, Robbie said in Musa al Islam said to them
Kela Absolutely not. My Lord is with me. And he is going to guide me he's going to make a way for me, when you think always are closed. And of course Allah, Allah miraculously split to see for them. The point here is musalla, as I'm saying, in the face of people telling him it's all over buddy, telling him you know, just negative, pessimistic people doubting him as he's leaning them to his, their freedom, in like the most difficult moment that they're facing. These negative people are, you know, still clawing away at him. Moses like Caleb, he's like, No, none of that. He cuts out the negativity. He focuses on what he knows 100% in them irbc Dean, my Lord is with me. He's gonna guide
me. That's what we have to do, we cut out the negativity and you focus on Allah in Nasrallah, here clip, the help of Allah is, is close, the promise of Allah is close to relief of Allah is close, that is the focus for us. Just like Buddha Islam was, so we remove that from our lives, and we look towards the good
as well. We should be seeking Allah Subhana Allah, we should really at this point be making dua
dua that is heartfelt, is one of the most liberating feelings that you could feel
one of the most amazing ways of being connected to Allah.
At this point, brothers and sisters door is critical for our for our personal situations, for protection of our families, if somebody is suffering in our family protection
for those who are doing an incredible service, to the community, those who are in the hospitals, those who are working, and facing and providing cure to those who are ill, and die in general for the world, to allow brings,
or return returns back to normal lives.
This is the time to beseech Allah, one of the best things to do. It's as if a burden has been lifted off your shoulders as if you have been cleansed
and you feel pure and blessed.
That's what one does. When a person makes it from their heart. We look at the example of a you by a Salaam. And this is the last thing I'll mention Sharla in aneema Sonny adore, we're under our hammer rahimian, who was
paralyzed, he was healthy and wealthy. And he lost his wealth and lost his health, paralyzed for an extended period of time. But in the extended period of time, he says to a lot as he's losing basically everything, his family, his wealth, his health is lost, essentially everything.
Over person who stuck around with him is his wife. He says to Allah, not complaining, but asking for his help. He says aneema son, your daughter, harm has touched me.
harm has touched me it's not that all I'm complaining about things that are bad, but you know, I'm in a situation where I am suffering and harm has come in this touched me here. We'll enter our hammer I mean, and you are the Most Merciful of those who show mercy
chefs and he says he says for those Salah Illa he will if you are the hard enough see.
Well I know who Bella mean Hakuna Matata he says number one, he asked for Allah's help tawassul seeking the help of Allah seeking Allah He said number one, he did this by telling a lot about his state and how he is in a difficult situation. Okay, and we can do that and make it all I am in a tough situation. Please help me
number one and number two
will be Ross Martin obiora Mattila de la casa allama. Foster Zavala, hello.
And the second thing that he does is he seeks Allah's help and our soul
by mentioning the mercy of Allah spot on. So we say although we are weak,
we are in in tough times, you are the one who is strong. You are the one who provides relief, provide us with belief. That is the teaching Allah that is making dua to Allah through our soul. seeking out Allah through the way that the prophets of Salaam taught us from the Sunnah, through what the Quran teaches us from the examples the prophets before, not complaining about our situation. Not saying Oh, why this happened to me. Please fix it or something. No, no, I say although we are in a tough situation, and you are the Most Merciful, we are weak, you are the one who is the most powerful. We are Your servants and You are our Lord. That's the seating. Our last
point on. That is what the Quran teaches us on how to make dua, especially in times where we're in a tight spot
when we were in a tight spot, so brothers and sisters, at this time,
of unprecedented for many of us circumstances, we should really, truly reach out and beseech Allah, Allah
express our weakness to him. He knows our weakness, but we express it. And that's humbling. And that's expressing humility.
Asking for his help through his power through His mercy through His grace.
We cut out the negativity at this time Kela in Amaya Robbie? Absolutely not. My Lord is with me. Can you know
none of that.
that the people before us
went through tough times.
Tough times. That led to a shortage of food for the community shortage of resources and food, widespread disease. They were shocked mazoon Zoo.
like as if they had experienced an earthquake.
Completely, maybe bewildered by the situation and the last four and solutions and answers.
That's how these people were in the past. And even though they had a profit amongst them, they still experienced a pro long period of suffering losses that's going to happen to the people in the past that happened. It's going to happen to you as well. I'm hesitant and that whole region, don't think that you're going to enter paradise.
without going through the things that happened to the people in the past, but as we go through these things now today,
and possibly the future, we should always, always remember Allah in a sort of lahia Karim. Allah says help is near.
Hard to see now but relief of Allah is close. We ask Allah, Allah to bring us his relief, ask us to help those in need. We ask Allah to have mercy on us for because we are weak. We ask law to remove this difficulty from us, because he is the one who is powerful. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to take care of those who are ill to provide them with a Shiva, Shiva and Nevada to supplement or take care of those who are especially vulnerable, like the elderly. Ola specific specifically, give Shiva to the father of our dear chef doubt. Have you the whole lot, who is in a who's
having some medical problems? We asked a lot to cure him, and to keep him healthy and retrimmed his family amicable mean and to all and for all people. This applies for all who are suffering or sick. May Allah protect them, or give them the shifa, that is his May Allah give them a cure that completely wipes out all the illnesses. I mean, I mean, Zack will offend everybody so long Amina Muhammad Ali, he was happy to be Solomonic