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Lessons from the Earthquake
Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
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And he does so with wisdom and kindness and mercy and justice. So we praise him when we gain and we praise him when we lose. We praise them when we're happy and we praise them when we sad to ask Allah for that I mean, to have mercy upon those who are afflicted.
May Allah azza wa jal accept them.
May Allah azza wa jal forgive them.
And may Allah do the same for us.
And we witness in the recent events,
despite how horrendous CMHC
and the heavy casualties that we have witnessed, we witnessing that as well. The role of Allah as origin
when he or he Salatu was Salam said in the Almighty had the Ummah to nor Houma, either who have duniya and will feature new world cattle was an as
he said, Alayhi Salatu was Salam My Ummah is an OMA whom Allah is merciful when
its punishment is in the dunya fitten the discord that happens between people at least the dispute, Phaeton and being killed and earthquakes.
So he led his salatu salam notices and points out, that when you receive what you receive in the dunya, from Allah subhanho wa taala, it is better than that being delayed to the hereafter,
an earthquake, as devastating as it could be. He said, Alayhi Salatu was Salam that that is a sign of Allah's mercy.
And though we never asked for these type of things to happen, we witness in them the wisdom of Allah subhanho wa taala. And his reminders that this is an area
this is an if there's a sign, it's a message, it's a communication from him, Subhanahu wa to Allah, and we must understand that communication. And people want the type of these things happen, are split into two, those who witness Allah's wisdom, and they heed his messages and the change because of that, and those who do not. Those who attribute what has happened to chance to science, to biology, to whatever other cause and ignore the fact that Allah azza wa jal is behind all of this, the fact that you can understand the mechanics of something happening
biologically, geologically, the fact that you can understand the how does not tell you the why
does it you understand how it works, but it does not tell you why Allah created it this way. Why is it that Allah causes eclipses to happen? Why is Allah causes volcanoes to erupt and the earth to shake?
Why is it that Allah has even put it exactly in that same in that particular area? For this particular person, but not the other to be affected?
The Y can only be explained by Allah azza wa jal. So understanding how does not exclude or negate the why. And the why is that this is a reminder from Allah subhanho wa taala, speaking to His servants, reminding them extracting from them mercy and servitude and seeing how they react to all of this.
Some people don't these type of things happen, whether it's collectively or to their own selves, as the famous question that keeps repeating. Am I being tested or punished?
Is this a test or a punch?
instrument. And there are a couple of things that we should note about that type of question. First is that this is the wrong question to ask.
And when you ask the wrong question, you're not going to get the right answers and you will be stuck in an area that you're supposed to move to move on. From
the question that you're asking, Is this a punishment or a test? is like, first of all, you're asking about Allah's intent.
What is Allah's intent behind this?
And rather than focus on the rape, you should focus on how you reacted to this calamity.
Because that is the key in the answer that you're asking.
If that calamity causes you to repent and ask for forgiveness, to revisit your own life and correct it, to come back to Allah azza wa jal and become more righteous than that calamity that affliction when it comes to you was not really an affliction or a calamity, was something good that has visited you.
But if the thing causes you to rebel and be angry and stray away from Allah azza wa jal, then that was not good for you. And it is a calamity. But It all depended on how you reacted to it. So rather than focus on What did Allah want from this focus on how we react to it, and that is in your hands, if you ask Allah for assistance and patience and insight,
that is the first thing that should be noted, don't be stuck with this, but move on to that. The other thing is, is that that question is this punishment or a test
assumes that the two are separate. And in fact, a punishment could be at the same time as sine of the Mercy of Allah azza wa jal.
You see how
you see the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam where he said, either or the Allahu be at the Hydra. I Jenna the whole Kuba for dunya.
He says sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says if Allah wants the good for his servant, he hastens his punishment in the dunya.
And if not, he holds back until he meets Allah azza wa jal with his sins in full.
So I want you to hear to think about what Muhammad Ali who sada towards salaam was telling each one of us. And that is going to answer your question, you say is it punishment? And the prophets of Allah Azza wa sallam said that receiving punishment is the dunya is Allah wanting good for you? So it's punishment, by itself bad?
No, it is simply that Allah azza wa jal wants us to feel some some of the consequences of the bad that we have done so that we would stop and become better people. And that is Rama from Allah has voted Allah wanting the best from for you and from you. But if Allah spares you, despite your and my sense, and you don't see anything bad happening to you, that is the real calamity because then you will stray and no one will remind you.
They're not separate.
And in the beginning, the first Hadith that we've mentioned, where he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Allah shows mercy to this ummah by afflicting it,
you will understand that they go hand in hand affliction and Rama they go hand in hand, because that the consequence of this is bringing you closer to Allah azza wa jal.
What are you really asked when you ask this question? Is it is it that Allah hates me? Because of this? What does he love me? That's the real question. Not the punishment, or the test.
Is it that this is happening because Allah hates me? Or because he loves me. And to that we also said, what He Allah is Salatu was Salam said, My URI de la Hui he hire a user admin. If Allah Who wants the good for you, he flicks you.
That's the answer to the question. If you see yourself being tested.
That's not a sign of Allah's Anger.
That's a sign of Allah's mercy with you, if Allah was truly angry with you, He will wipe you out completely.
But Allah wants to bring you back. At the same time, we have to understand that these things when they happen, they are reminders and they are reminders of some of the sins that we have that we should quit. And we're not saying here that if such a thing happened, an earthquake in that particular location if it happens to them, that means that they are worse off than us.
or they are more sinful than us. That's not the understanding that we should have. It could be the opposite that Allah wanted the best for them and not us. Right?
And it's a reminder for everybody those who had went through it and those who witnessed it, meaning all of us.
So when you see something like that happening, and in fact it keep can keep happening or repeating an affliction after another, you need first of all to revisit yourself and say, I need to repent. I need to be better. I need to ask Allah for forgiveness. Well, McCann Allahu wa de bajo homea stuff you don't Allah will not punish them, while they're asking Allah for his stuffer. When something bad happens, you understand as a consequence of what my in your sins, and we have not reached the level
of self righteousness that we should say, this is not happening to me because of my sins.
If we are sinless people, if we hardly sin, maybe you can start thinking like that, but for sending day and night, who among us can say this is not happening to me because of my sins?
So we need to revisit ourselves as an unmap. And as an individual, and we say, we need to repent and ask Allah azza wa jal for his forgiveness, to be righteous, to be able to do what he pleases and stay away from the Haram because if not, then Allah's reminders will keep coming one after the other one after the other. And if we do not pay attention, then a greater calamity can come and visit. Now I reminded of something that is attributed to Aisha Radi Allahu anha. When somebody came and he asked her about the calamities that people witness and she said that of the Allahu anha she said that these are reminders that Allah has sending to people so that they understand that they need to
quit their sins. And if they do not stop Allah will demolish them. So that person asked he says, oh, Aisha Oh, Malmo meaning is this other, a punishment from Allah azza wa jal. She said, What are the Allahu anha it will be Rama and motori. The for the believers and a punishment for the Kufa is that there will be mercy and a reminder for the believers and a punishment for the kuffar. So even the same thing could be two different things for different individuals.
So when we witnessed that we nearly add need to ask ourselves How is my sada?
How was my Zika? How was my Ramadan? What are my plans for Hajj if I did not go? How am I with the haram? How am I with Allah's obligations? Because here Allah is telling you that the most secure thing that you have in your life, the land that you step on, that's not secure. He tells you that the things that you can trust in your life you cannot trust. So how are you with Allah azza wa jal before your soul departs?
This is what Allah has. zoton is asking you.
They interviewed one of the survivors.
And he said, I used to pray only on Fridays. He says from now I'll pray every day. That's the question that we should ask ourselves in my in your personal only prays on Fridays, and thinks that this is enough. What if you were under the debrief?
What would you say? What do you do you promise Allah azza wa jal?
What if your son and your child was killed? How would you react to it? What do you have the patience and the Iman to say in lillahi? wa inna Allah here on your own? Or will you rebel against Allah azza wa jal?
That's the image that you start need to cultivate now to be able to deal with calamities or fitness later, where is your iman and mine? Where is your repentance in mind? Where is your DUA in mind?
So that is definitely a reminder from Allah Zildjian. And when we see this, we have to ask Him for His forgiveness, and we have to walk the straight path.
Another benefit from witnessing such a thing
is that it also extracts from us the self righteousness that we have,
whether we are self righteous, or we admire the dunya also our self righteous and we admire our religious deeds.
Sometimes when you're religious, you think I've got it all. I've memorized the Quran I've done this and I've done that and you do not witness that you have hidden neglected sins in your life and mind.
You have hidden sins in your
Heart in mind, you have cable you have hesed you have to have one. You have envy you have this and you have that.
You neglect certain duties of Allah azza wa jal because no one sees you, and you excel at certain duties because they are public.
You don't notice the mistakes that you have until Allah forces you to look again at your life and say, You're not as good as you think. You're not as good as you think. Humble yourself before Allah azza wa jal and know that without Allah, you're a batter will be nothing and your righteousness is nothing and it is he who blesses you with that path, not you. You're not righteous because of you. You're righteous because of Allah has his origin, so attributed all to him. And Allah azza wa jal also wants you not to depend on rely on the dunya
Imagine yourself again, trapped under the Bri. And no one can assist you except whom
Allah azza wa jal
at that moment, you realize that nothing else matters except him.
That no one can assist, no one can hear you.
Except him subhanho wa taala. And you start pleading with him. And you start asking him and he's not even making promises, that if you just make me survive this, if I can go beyond this, I will be such and such a person.
Well, here's the opportunity for every single one of us to plead with Allah zoldan. Today as if we are under the debris and sia Allah, I know that I cannot trust my money. If you cannot trust the earth underneath your feet, how can you trust your money, I cannot trust people around me, I cannot trust my own strength. I cannot trust my own plans. They can in his blink of an eye they could all
fall apart. And at that point, you realize nothing is stable, except him SubhanaHu wa to Allah. So Allah azza wa jal when he shows you all of this, to those who witnessed that, and to those who live with
Allah who wants to extract from your heart, the love of the dunya
see how trivial and small the dunya is, see how quickly it can collapse. See how everything that you own can turn into dust.
Now understand that the only thing that remains is your iman Allah for Allah azza wa jal and understand that rather than focus on this dunya this world spending for it, living for it, worrying about it, and ultimately it's going to perish. Allah azza wa jal wants to pull you away from that, and into the akhira.
That's the thing that lasts. And that's the thing that matters. And that is the thing that deserves most of your attention, and most of your money, and most of your time, spend time on the dunya. But understand that everything that you're working for are all you building, if this dunya ultimately will collapse. So you want Allah azza wa jal to guide you to the hereafter. So think about what you have seen. And think about a person who's pleading with Allah azza wa jal and be that person before you're actually physically that person who'd only had our stuff in Allah and he would have.
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen Hamden, Kathy and Anthony even move out I can see he will suddenly Whoa, sending Rasool e Muhammad, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa salam. Some of us when we watch, when we witness these images, and see these videos, we become so saddened by them,
that some, especially with weak hearts, begin to ask the question of why is it that people have to go through this? And why is it that Allah is doing this to them? And why is it these children and they need to be trapped, and now they're orphans and these people are widowed and etc, etc. Why is it that Allah is doing all of this, and I understand that all of us are doing this out of questioning the Almighty subhanho wa taala. But sometimes these thoughts creep into our minds, especially if we are very emotional, and the person who's asking these questions. It's like a person who has read the first part of a book the first half of the book, but stopped before ending and
reaching the conclusion. You cannot understand the intent of the author. You cannot understand what the book is about. If you read for only the first few chapters, and you don't follow the plot.
You don't follow the book until you read and understand the conclusion itself and what happens at the end and only then would you understand the entire book and the entire intent of the author. So, when you see somebody die or see somebody suffering, and that is the only thing they can think of, or the only thing that you can see and imagine, of course, you will be sad and of course, you will be destroyed. But if you understand that a person who dies in a manner like that is a Shaheed in the sight of Allah azza wa jal, then the story is very different.
He said Alayhi Salatu was Salam, a Shuhada or Hamsa. And not only will not do well, he will so he will help me with shahidul visa vie, Linda, he said, Allah you Salatu was Salam. He says martyrs are five, the one who dies because of the plague, the one who dies because of an illness in his stomach, the one who dies because he has drowned, the one who dies under the debris and the one who dies in as a martyr. feasable Illa for the sake of Allah has diverted meaning in battle.
So a person who dies like that.
But allah sallallahu sallam said these are shaheed
and generally that's what it is. So I want you to imagine would be somebody sitting peacefully at their home, all of a sudden this happens, and they die.
And they are in gender now.
Are they going to be sad?
Are they going to be regretful, you will be crying, but they will be happy with Allah has did you do not see the whole story? When you see what is happening on this earth? That's why at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu Alia was in them when some of those Sahaba were killed. And the Sahaba were so sad because of it. And those Sahaba they spoke to Allah azza wa jal, those who passed away they spoke to Allah azza wa jal, and they said, Let our people know that we have met you and you are happy with us and we are happy with you. Let them know that we are happy, so that they are not sad anymore. So the sadness is not the sadness for the dead, if they are martyrs with Allah azza wa jal,
and the sadness is sadness for the living, who have not yet achieved this who are being tempted by the dunya who may not reach that level. Every one of us wants to be a Shaheed is if Allah chooses you if he selects you to be a Shahid is that a cause for sadness?
Of course, right? You feel sad for those who are left behind? And that is where you and I have to intervene? It's a why do these things happen? Because Allah wants to extract mercy from you and me. He wants to see what are you going to do? And what I am going to do?
Are we going to sit behind and do nothing?
And Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said to me, you will move to California and you should do Babu Baba, the believer to the believers like a building they support each other culture said, it's like the single body. If one part is hurting, the other part aches for it, it moves for it. It tries to save it.
Well, Lo Fi I wanted I'd love to hear only a theme Allah will continue to assist you. As long as you continue to assist your brothers who Allah wants to see now that you are shed some tears over this child that they've just rescued. And this family that this does die, and this part of our family that has that is homeless, what will you do? Will you extract some money, despite the love of money and say here the law here as well, because I can change maybe perhaps the life of a single person, you and I may not have a lot of money, but if you give one blanket to a person and you make him feel warm, you made a difference. If you give one meal to the person to a child, you made a difference.
If you can give them a home or a school, you made a difference. So Allah wants to see well Hola Hola, honey, Allah has all the wealth. He doesn't need it from us. He just simply needs us to move so that we are better. So these are your brothers and sisters who have passed away had preceded you into Jana and we asked Allah azza wa jal for that to be true. If we have preceded you into Jana, don't be left behind and do take care of their children who are left behind and their widows who are left behind and build them back the homes and the schools that they need. Allah Allah Allah did see from you that this thing when it happened, it really changed you.
And it really reminded you
and go back ultimately, also, individually and collectively if we can but individually to your own self and see yourself
this was truly a reminder also for you. What are the things that you're doing that are bad? Yeah, Allah helped me to avoid them. What are the things that you should do but we're not doing yet Allah helped me to do that.
it and promise Allah azza wa jal Don't be a person who only prays on Friday. I don't know who among us today does this. Your only regular on Friday but the rest you're not praying or you miss some of the Salah Don't be such a person. When you meet Allah zoton The first thing that he'll ask you about as your Salah. So don't miss out on your solder. Don't sacrifice your Salah. And I want you also to be in sha Allah generous because don't donations will be selected collected after the hotbar after the Salah be generous. And I also want to include in this in sha Allah, the young among us. This is not simply an address to the adults, I want you if you are listening to this and you can understand
it, it does not matter how young you are, I want you to feel that I have to help as well. Because there are children as young as you who are suffering, I want you to feel that they are your brothers and your sisters. So I want you if you have an allowance, or if your parent is right next to you, I want you as a parent to give them some money and say go and give this I want you to teach them to give sadaqa to feel connected to the rest of the Ummah and to do this for the sake of Allah azza wa jal you're part of one body. So I want you if you're young and you have some money, sacrifice and donate and give to Allah azza wa jal if you don't have it now, make an intention of doing it live.
So ask Allah Allah, Allah, Allah mean or hamara hai mean to forgive those who have passed away. May Allah forgive those who had passed away. Well ALLAH forgive those who had passed away and the Allah be merciful with those who are injured and those who are homeless, be Merciful of those who had been widowed and those who have been orphan makers of those who assist them the honorable al Amin, and make us of those who are crushed to their assistance the honorable al Amin make us of those who rushed to the resistance era balala mean, You Allah make us of those who heed your reminders make us of those who heed your reminders and change for the best Dr. hamre Amin grant this era BL al Amin as
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