Ramadan 2023 Appeal
Steps to dealing with doubts
Channel: Ali Hammuda
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You have a heart, which by its nature is always changing.
We have an environment or an era cultures that are always changing. We are hearing people who are saying things are always changing fitna is presented to the human heart which is always changing and salvation is anchored upon presenting Allah with a heart that is free from change SubhanAllah.
Alhamdulillah wa wa salatu salam ala Mallanna be Raja who are early he was so happy here, my dear brothers and sisters.
Perhaps it's common knowledge that there isn't anything in life that is more prone to change and alteration from state to state than the human heart.
One day you are a Muslim. And another day you may be something else
in the morning, you may feel your Eman is high. And just a few hours later you feel that the world of Eman has just flipped upside down. This is the nature of the human heart and perhaps that's why it was given this name this term column because it is something that engages in the color of meaning changing from site to site Masumi al Insano. In liveliness, he was
the poet he says man was given the title in son because he forgets in San Lucia and he forgets and all he said was given the term called because it constantly changes from site to site.
And our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has reiterated this meaning the hearts hearts change. He said in the Hadith which even Omar generates on your authority of Abu Musa, he said Messiah Luna and we cannot say the Orisha to be Fela to condemn him or her. The analogy
of the human heart is likely example of a feather that's being blown about on a very windy day, where you have no idea on what side it shall land. That is the nature of the heart. Now, this is one level of complexity, the heart constantly changes. There is another element that only compounds the issue makes it more sophisticated and that is fitna trials test to be tribulations impermissible desires. They are presented primarily to the heart. Although you may use your eyes to access them or your hands or your ears or any other parts of your body.
The primary target of this fitna is the human heart that is the resting place for the fitna.
And that is why the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in the Hadith which Muslim narrates on the authority of Hadith that he said to orrible feet Anwar al Kenobi we can hustle URI older and older.
He said fitna trials, they are presented to the hunt
fit by fitna, he said one after the other the same way you make your read mat stick by stick till it becomes complete. So the heart is changing. fitna is presented to the heart, wait, there is another thing that makes the matter even more challenging. Take note of point number three, we are also living in an era of change, opinions are changing. isms are evolving beliefs are alternating the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
so yeah, cool off, he actually met the owners and you had the thought and I can remind them to smell and to one
He said, towards the later generations of Muslims,
there will be people who will say things that you and your forefathers have never heard of before. So you and them should take caution. SubhanAllah hinami
There is a fourth element now that makes the matter even more challenging, which is what? On the Day of Judgment, my salvation, your salvation, our success is pending upon a heart that is free from change.
And that is why Prophet Ibrahim, he would say in his Doha Wallah to Cassini Yama, you muslim. My Lord, don't humiliate me on the day of resurrection. Yo Mala young
Follow marathon while by noon on the day when wealth and children do not benefit people in learning at Allah Have you called means any except a person who comes to Allah with a heart? That is sound.
So, let's put all of the different pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together. Now, all of the information we just heard put it in one sentence, you have a heart, which by its nature is always changing.
We have an environment or an era cultures that are always changing. We are hearing people who are saying things are always changing fitna is presented to the human heart, which is always changing. And salvation is anchored upon presenting Allah with a heart that is free from change. SubhanAllah.
So in conclusion, anytime you hear a brother or sister speaking about the heart,
she will had doubtful matters. Illnesses of the heart, give it so much attention because the matter is challenging their brother, their sister. This is what we are looking today in these next few minutes that we have together.
The heart brothers and sisters, as you know, is affected by two broad categories of illnesses. Every spiritual illness falls under one of those two categories. Mr. Bynum for him he said,
well call boo yah caribou Mara Barney Yatta, yatta Lara Daniela Lee either scanner fee he can Halakhah who am I to who? The heart is afflicted by two illnesses. If they managed to get hold of any person's heart, they will throw him into devastation and destruction. What are they? He said the illness is of Shaohua the subtle desires.
Number two, the illness is of Shewhart the doubtful matters. Think carefully. Dear brother, the sister
shallot, disease desires, the carnal matters, the desire for the opposite gender, the desire to eat and drink, the desire to make money and to get rich quick, all of these are desires and sometimes they can be in the impermissible so they can be harmful.
And then you have the second type, and this is the menacing one. This is the really dangerous one. And that is the Shewhart the doubtful matters.
Why is this one more dangerous than that one? Doubtful matters that may affect your Eman. Change your beliefs alter the way you see the religion of God Almighty affect your relationship with him cause you to doubt the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam demotivate you from the correct Islamic hijab change your opinion about the messenger Alayhi salaatu wa salaam that's the dangerous one. Why? Because it is a shoe Baja. We translate that into a doubtful matter but Shubha it's actually in reference to something that resembles something else.
That's what makes it so dangerous. Because it resembles the truth. It looks like the truth. So the person who's doing it may not feel that he or she is doing anything wrong. In fact, they may argue a case for it. That's why imagine him he says describing Shewhart he said we're in Ghana Soumya to Chabahar to superheater nifty bank in Hackney Bilbao two if you have the inner ha tell me so so Valhalla just mean minibar when he said Shubha doubtful matters were given this name because it resembles to should be who resembles to be who? The truth. So he said in essence, a doubtful matter is a body of falsehood that is wearing clothes of truth. It's a wolf.
It's a predator, pretending to be an angel. That is what a shuba is. So you may speak to a brother or a sister we are all this person who has fallen prey to a shower a desire you speak to them, my dear brother my dear sister unless it this messenger sighs and I've said this paradise is real death is real. The Hellfire is real. Quickly you see their hearts with the hand Allah shuddering. And you see their ears, their eyes tearing, and they begin to think about change, right? Even if they don't do it now, but there is a regret. The guy however, who is affected with a shoot behalf a doubtful matter. We cannot say the same.
He or she will argue for his case. They don't believe it to be wrong. They see we've actually got evidence to support this, or you heard this presentation on this platform saying it's not how I thought it was. So Shubha is far more dangerous brothers and sisters. Therefore with this introduction, I
We'd like to offer you and I
a few milestones a few suggested steps to deal with Shewhart before they arrive, and after they arrive doubtful matters that may rock the boat of your Eman and cause you to doubt and change your opinion. Four steps before the Shabbat arrives, if you feel safe, there are still four steps needed. So Allah keeps you on eyesafe
If however you are struggling with something now, there is an element of doubt in your heart you read something you've seen something you've heard something and you've never been the same again, I say don't worry, there are also four steps for you to how to help evicted flushed out of your system. And believe me, before we begin,
the only people who will understand the importance of these eight points that we're going to go through are those who are suffering with a Shabbat at this moment in time,
they will see we need this help us with the medicine because my salah has not been the same, my fasting has not been the same. My desire to give in charity has not been the same. My desire to attend the Halacha lecture has not been the same. I've changed since it has latched on to my heart I need it out. So take note of these four points. And the second set of four points. I gather for you today if you are suffering with it, or either for a family member who you know is suffering with it or either for your own protection at some point in the future if Allah decrees that you and I will suffer from it. So let us begin before the Shubha arrived, so So now you say hamdulillah I'm a
solid, strong Muslim, I have no doubts. I am certain that Allah is true and death is true and paradise and hell are true. There is no problems. I say to you, I think Kareem Abdul Karim four steps nevertheless. The first
couldn't be aware, be vigilant.
Be cautious. Be aware that there is something called Shewhart that require attention. Be alert, be on the lookout. Don't ever drop your guard. This is the first step. So Allah keeps you on eyesafe Be alert of this concept that we are speaking about called Shubo hat.
And that is why Allah subhanaw taala he said speaking about some of the children of Israel, what has Cebu alert Hakuna fitna tunefab Who are some more they thought that there will be no test so they went blind and deaf. Notice they thought that there will be no test they were not alert in other words. So they were they went blind and they went Deaf, Deaf. So one of the key ways of protecting yourself from a Shubra that may come your way in the future is to be aware that there is this thing called Shubo hat and show Allah that you're scared of it. Ie you are scared for the well being of your Eman. Don't take it for granted that you're a Muslim today, praying and fasting and dressing
nicely as a believer that could change every one of us. And that is why Ibnu IBM alayka who met so many companions? What did he say?
He said a direct Rotella phenom in Sohar but you're Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who know whom you're half who Neva kala NFC or you met no less than 30 companions of the Prophet Saracen.
And each and every one of them was afraid that he would become a hypocrite one day Subhan Allah.
We make dua, right, we make dua, when was the last time you asked Allah to give you protection from hypocrisy, or idol worship, or any one of the 21st century isms that are sweeping through. This is point number one, to be aware to be alert and to not allow your guard to drop for one moment. That is point number one, point number two.
Don't give any Shubha an attentive ear.
Don't sit in those gatherings. Don't read the forums. Don't go through the videos, the Netflix series that may be coming out try to avoid it if you know the content is going to be one of Shubo hat that may shake your Eman. Stay well away from it. Not because the Shiva itself is strong or that the religion can be doubted No, but because Ali's heart Our hearts are weak.
This was the way of the people before us. They didn't risk it. They close their ears guarding their Eman.
And I remember here a incident that happened with a man called ignitor was one of our predecessors when a man called Silas came into a room like this and he began to speak about Kadar divine decree in a doubtful way.
He's trying to cast aspersions about Islamic belief. So even though Tao was he put his fingers in his ears, and he said to his son to kill us, labia if you own a carwash do the Elohim Walters mom in combination and in Cordoba, he said quickly put up
fingers in your ears
and hold them there tightly. Don't take them out and don't listen to a word he has to say because hearts are weak he said hearts are weak.
Imam was the hobby he commented on this incident with amazing words. He said what inmate is Salafi Isla de Luca? diveagar, you're wrong. And Kulu Baba, you thought shuba haha. He said the majority of the Imams of Islam or upon this advice, they would say hearts week and Shubo hat can snatch those hearts away Allahu Akbar. So don't don't put it past yourself. We could change it could affect you. It may be just one statement that you hear because you put yourself in that environment. And it latches on to your heart like a parasite sucking out Eman to the day you meet Allah who can afford that? Who wants that? Keep away dear brother, dear sister. This actually is prophetic advice.
Who will come on the day of judgment or before the day of judgment with the biggest trouble hat what is his nickname?
lmsc at the jail the Antichrist right? He will come with me just Shewhart as you know, to make people doubt Allah.
What was the advice of our beloved sallallahu alayhi wa sallam? Man semi Arabic the jungle phalion
for inner radula Yeah, do you
mean for yet who who? Me Maria bath Mina Shewhart. He said whoever have you? He is the JAL the Antichrist has appeared.
What did he say? Go check him out, take an audit, take a selfie with him. Whoever hears that the gel has arrived. He said, go very far away from me.
Keep your distance from him. He said. He said because I swear by Allah, there will be certain Muslims who think that their faith is strong and they will go and speak with him and they will end up believing that He is God Almighty because of the Shewhart that he will show.
Step number one, be cautious, be alert. Step number two, don't give it an attentive ear. Step number three your friends dear Rhonda, dear sister yesterday in London, we were speaking about this.
We were discussing with some brothers and sisters that sometimes all it takes is a good crowd to be around for a few years to handle or maybe just a few moments even. And you feel that your certainty becomes so strong.
And it could be a gathering of bad people that you spend time with and your emaan your building of Eman comes crashing down. People we are so heavily influenced by people. Common knowledge, right? It's not just human beings that influences by the way. We are influenced by the weather. We're grumpy when it's raining happy when the sun is out. We are influenced by land whether it is a hilly land or flatland, it influences our mood and behavior and temperament right. We are also influenced as even Khaldoon. He said the oldest sociologist, he said, we are also influenced by animals. Those who take care of camels are different to those who take care of sheep right here in Wales, we will
know all about that. They're very different peoples of Hanalei.
What then do you make over the influence of therefore, of another human being on you and I? The answer to this question is as the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, I'll Morrow, identically the human will follow the way of his, the religion of his friend,
man will follow the religion of law of his friend.
And maybe you have you heard of a man called Mr. Tan. I'm randomly Hatton used to be a righteous man. That's before he got married. That is, this is a sad story of marriage. He came to marry a cousin of his who was from the deviant sect known as the Hari dites. The coloriage will have many erroneous views they're very lacks when it comes to killing and the rest of their innovations. She was from that sect. They said, careful, this woman is from the SEC, he said, Don't worry, inshallah I will change her.
He married her what happened? always happens, right? She changed him. And he became from the SEC as well. And he became one of the theorists and the leaders of the sector's well
see, brothers and sisters, the reality of the matter resistance, be honest. Facts, is not all what matters to you and I information truth. Accuracy is not what we're just about. There's more we want from life. We want to belong. We want to be part of a community. We want to be part of a tribe, a social circle. We want friends, a community to feel loved. And sometimes these two things they come head to head, that desire for truth and the desire for belonging. Sometimes they are in harmony. Alhamdulillah you are blessing if you are that person, sometimes they come head to head they lock horns with one another and most people during that time when there is a con
Look between truth and friendship, nine times out of 10. In my observation, at least, social belonging will be given preference over the desire for the truth.
And that's how the human mind works as Steven Pinker, who sets psychologist in Harvard University, he said, the brain sometimes pushes a person to accept a belief, even though it may be factually incorrect, but it is socially correct.
You know it to be wrong, it may be a shabiha. It's an erroneous matter that maybe a few people have said it as part of the religion but that's your circle of influence. And you and I, we don't want to be outcast. And here is the importance of this point number three friendship who are your friends take care of your image just as you take care of your of your body Dear brothers and sisters.
The last of the four points before we speak about the four points for a person who was actively struggling with trouble heart. The fourth point here is their brother, their sister make a plan to study the religion of Islam. And don't get caught off guard and say, My God, I have a ship What do I do with it? How can I flush it out? No, you and I let us start a plan to a structured plan of studying the religion from today.
See the human body. And scientists are seeing this more and more today. Not only has the ability to deal with certain level of cancer cells, the immune system can treat it and not just that they are seeing every second of the day, most people's bodies are actively destroying cancer cells the body can do that evening.
However, they say when we let go of our diet, we eat in an unhealthy way we don't train we don't run we don't take care of our sleeping patterns. The immune system is suppressed it becomes weak and therefore the cancer cells are able to overcome and multiply.
This happens in some cases, and the same can be said about Islam. The shuba the doubtful Nutter is only able to find a place in our hearts and multiply till it eats our Eman when we let go of our knowledge. We don't give that the attention it deserves you don't allow yourself to reach your full potential of information and worship. Therefore any Shubha may rock my boat or rock your boat of Eman whilst the same Shubha may be laughed at by another student of knowledge brother or sister because they say it is absurd and we see straight through it. What is the difference? Knowledge. So this is point number four. You and I are brothers and sisters and it's make a structured plan for
the study of Islam.
These four points with them aside now. Now we want to speak about a brother or sister of ours who is going through the battle this moment in time, he may see he may say
a victim of Shewhart I have read something or heard something or seen something it has never truly left me since that day.
Maybe it was an ideology I had in the past but remnants I can feel it they're still in my heart. They are affecting me in Salah and Quran and so on What do I do? If that person is not you? Maybe you know someone who is suffering with this. So take note of these four points you don't know when you will need them.
What we I say what will you say to this person who is struggling with a doubt. Here are another four very for a very quick four points. Number one.
Stop the thought in its track.
Before it develops and becomes a shabiha doubtful matter stopped the thought in its tracks. It's still a Westwater Don't worry, it's just a whispering from Shavon Don't worry.
And this was the advice of the messenger SallAllahu he was
he said yet he said you know I had
a Allahu halacha worker the worker the worker, the fireman, Karla carob book, The either Bella Vida Lika failure stallion Billahi. When the end
he said shaytaan will come to one of us.
And He will say to him, you know God created such and such, and he created such and such so who created God?
Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Therefore if any of you feels this whispering let him do two things. What are they let him seek refuge in Allah from Shaytaan say our bIllahi min ash shaytani R rajim. And number two, let him the cyst. In other words, stop the thought in his track.
Don't think don't dwell on it anymore. Leave it cut the chain of thoughts before it begins to develop into a Shubha which then requires a different medicine altogether. At that moment in time, don't convince yourself that you're a bad Muslim. And you were about to leave the religion of Islam as I remember it.
Rohan Allah one couple who came into the Sharia Council, the brother, he says, I need to renew my marriage with my wife. We said what happened bro? He said, I left the religion of Islam. Allah, how did you leave the religion of Islam? He said I was just at home and I just thought of something that pertains to disbelief. So it seems that I have left the religion and I would like to reenter the religion and marry my wife again. It's not that simple. It's not that easy. No, it's just a whispering of Shavon. And the fact that you are afraid of it indicates that your Eman is strong as the messengers that I send them said to the Companions who were scared of these whisperings. He said
that kasari on EMA and that is the manifest reality of faith. That is the truest part of faith, because you're scared of it. It's not a Shubha yet, don't worry, this is step number one, stop the thought in its track.
Step number two brothers and sisters, this point here is so important. Develop a critical way of thinking. Here in the West, particularly we are taught to think analytically, critically don't take things for granted for Givens. Why don't we apply this now?
And I'm amazed sometimes I see a brother or sister who come to us, and they've just crumbled to pieces. How come I read something? I've sold something? I've heard something. My email is devastated. I'm ruined. I am so scared. Why are you crumbling to pieces? Why do you take these matters to your brother, your sister to these extremes? Allah does not want this from you and I weep, be composed. Relax, breathe for a moment. Think critically about what has just come your way? Does it even make sense? Or is the absurdity clear from its outset? Think about it.
And don't make my brother my sister advice for us. Don't make your heart like a sponge. It just absorbs all of the information that comes to it, critique it, break it apart, break it down, think analytically.
And this was the advice would shake what Islami Potamia gave to his student Mr. bignum claim it will claim he said what Kajal to Odle era data and
I was asking my teacher so many questions about these doubtful matters one after the other.
So my teacher, even Taymiyah he said to me, listen, ignore him. Don't make your heart like a sponge that just absorbs all of the downfall arguments that come its way.
Rather make your heart like crystal clear glass, which is solid enough to repel the Chabahar when it passes over it, but it is transparent enough to see straight through the Shabbat. Allahu Akbar
emailed him he said I don't know in my life of any advice that has benefited me in resisting these doubtful thoughts than the words of my teacher even with anemia Subhanallah hindlimb. So think critically about everything that comes your way and don't take it for granted. But this is step number what this is step number two.
Here is step number three, no less important than the ones before it, find a specialist and consult him consult her. And what I mean by a specialist is not necessarily your local Imam with all due respect to our Imams and our mashallah sometimes not always, sometimes his only qualification is a beautiful, melodious voice.
But then you go to him and you think that he has the answer to all of the problems of life.
And you let down once and twice and thrice and because he doesn't give you an answer, you think there must be no answer, but the principle is clear.
The principle is I Damona Amy Lisa de Lille and Allah Allah Adam in Adana, Amy Lisa Deleon Isla Alain de la Adam, meaning the absence of knowledge does not mean that knowledge is absent. The absence of knowledge does not equate to the absence of knowledge meaning that that knowledge is absent meaning just because it doesn't have an answer. It doesn't mean that an answer does not exist. Find a specialist for your property. Go and ask him go and ask her and say this is my issue. And this is what the Quran recommends find a specialist.
And that was why Allah He said well I want to do in the Rasul Allah only Amerindian home now only man who never you know your stem beautiful now who meno had they referred their matter to the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
and those people in authority over them, then those people have correct investigation would have understood its deduction Allah said,
find a specialist and consult him consult her and then they will show us and unpack the Shubha in front of us and dismember it and dismantle it and it will become apparent that it was absurd all along, but I just didn't have the tools to unpack it myself. Find a specialist. This is number one. Number three, the last point I wanted to share with you my dear brother, my dear sister,
And perhaps this is the most important of all.
Make dua that Allah safe God's your iman.
A quick survey of how many people that has made dua for a righteous spouse, I think all of the hands will come firing up including myself and Hamdulillah, who has made dua for a house, which does not involve a interest based mortgage. I think maybe some of us have made it or will make it sooner or later, or have made too out for a car that doesn't need mot is all of the time and tires that keep busting children who don't need too much tuition and Subhanallah Hill, I mean, we've all made to ask for these types of things. Health Recovery, somebody who is suffering in the family. Yes, thank God because the door is open for all of these things. But don't forget the most important of all, and
that is the safeguarding of your Eman.
When was the last time you raised your hands and you said the words of Prophet Ibrahim want you to be New Albany and Buddha and Asana protect me and my children? Oh ALLAH from frustrating to items. Wow, would you have thought that Imam like Prophet Abraham would make a dua like this? He fears it for himself. Yes, he does.
Allah Dina said autonomous the team guide us to the straight path to say it with the fullness of your heart and see how your Salah will become a new experience Doha, Doha
and our mother I Isha. She wants to hurt her husband Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
introducing his night prayer when everyone is asleep. What was he saying? His dua he said Allahu Akbar.
And then she heard him say these following words memorize them.
Allah humara Baba e la musica e la Salafi Oh Allah You are the Lord of angels, Jabra eel and mica II and Israa feel
far clearer, somewhat, you will argue are the creator of the heavens and the earth Alima Libby was shahada, you are the knower of the seen and the unseen
and Kumada in a bad DECA female Ken ofI he has telephone you are the one who will judge between people regarding those matters that they differ in and then he said it didn't really matter to differ for him in and Huckabee ethnic guide me Oh Allah to the correct opinion in those matters that people are quarreling over.
In naka de mentorship de la serata, the most takim after all, it is only you who guides people to the straight path.
The man who was connected to the heavens via Angel Jibreel through revelation is saying, My Lord, guide me to the correct opinion when people are differing.
Have you made this dua to your brother, the sister and watch how Allah will fortify your iman. These are four steps before the shoot arrives, and four steps to deal with it if it has already arrived. Finally, as a farewell message brothers and sisters,
create a vision for your life.
Identify your skills and work for a project that will bring about the maximum return in terms of reward on the Day of Judgment, a project that will continue to feed good deeds into your grave when you are six feet under and you have died. A project that will help extend your short life that will outlive your short life. Create a vision Dear brothers and sisters.
You may say wow, that's random. How does this feed into what you are speaking about steps to dealing with Shewhart doubtful matters, what is the relationship between this and that type of conclusion, the relationship perhaps you have discovered it is clear.
Many times the reason why we doubt part of the religion is because of excessive free time, nothing else. But because we are bad people. And it may not be because we are ignorant, or because a man is weak. It simply could be because we just have too much free time.
So shaytan he finds a open ground to throw his seeds and to give you all sorts of wacko ideas.
And there was one of our contemporaries, a specialist in this field field. She said
I heard him recently say there was a sister who used to come to me with questions with these Shewhart these doubtful matters, and I would answer her questions time and time again. But there was just no stop do that. No sooner would I have answered the first question. She has another question. It was just a torrent of doubts. I didn't know how to deal with it.
And then I discovered the problem. I said to her sister, by the way. Yeah, I've
got some lectures that I really need you to help transcribe for me. Do you have some free time to help me out with this budget sit? Yeah, I can do it in Sharla. So he gave her the mp3 or the recordings and she began to transcribe them he said Subhanallah the moment
She began doing this. Her questions came to a stop. She never asked me a doubtful matter ever again.
Which shows you that the key issue in many of our lives is simply excessive time. Therefore, find a project for your hereafter dedicate the best portion of your life for it today and watch how not only will it fortify you from doubtful matters today, it will also guide you and I to the highest grades of paradise in the hereafter. I asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to allow us all to enjoy the sweetness of Iman and to clothe us with the clothing of Yaqeen certainty in the religion and to forgive us and our mothers and our fathers and our children, while still allowing intervener Muhammad