Global Uncertainty Pakistan Faith Conference 2023
Channel: Assim Al-Hakeem
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So in this session will, he'll share his insights on how we as believers can navigate global uncertainty with faith and resilience and how we can play a positive role in shaping the future of our world. So without further ado, let's welcome Sheikh ask him to the stage and listen to what he has to say about the global uncertainty and our role as Muslims in making sense of the world around us and shaping a better future for ourselves and for the world.
So, Rahim, hamdulillah Hillenburg Alameen wa sallahu wa salam O Allah Allah,
Allah Alameen nabina Mohamed, Anwar Ali, he was a woman and today we heard you was telling me soon that he either your MIDI a MOBA do a Salam or Aleikum, wa rahmatullahi wa barakato.
Two points I would like to
address before beginning this session.
I'm not a doctor. I don't know why everyone insists on calling me Doctor awesome.
I do not have a doctorate. I never pursued one. And I do not like the title is just awesome. Secondly,
it is not befitting to describe someone as devoted himself to the spreading of devoted watershed. Give me a break. I'm here on vacation.
I come they say come you have biryani you have good meal, you stay in a five star hotel and you give a lecture or two okay? We do not know what's the meaning of devoting yourself to Allah azza wa jal CC and let's be serious. So don't inflate people more than their actual size. They're here to give a lecture give a talk Zack Allah here. But when you say he they devoted themselves to Allah, and I think me. Wow. So these two points I just wanted to address briefly so that we put people in their
actual size instead of giving them more than what they deserve. Now, the title is scary. What is the title? global uncertainty. I'm a simple, humble person, I don't know be these big words and politics and global changes and global warming and the likes. So my talk to you is going to be as simple as you and I. Because this is best than big, giving big words and big
topics that do not relate to us.
So a big been a big loaf of bread. This is the old ad they had in the 70s for Wendy's cheeseburgers. Three old women tall, medium short, and they come to the cheeseburger shop, they find this big cheeseburger, the big the tallest older woman says a big loaf of bread.
The medium sized woman says a big big loaf of bread.
And the shortest one, which is the grumpiest and oldest of all lifts up the top of the sandwich. She says big loaf of bread, but where's the beef?
It's a big cheeseburger. But where's the beef? So big words don't mean anything. We want something that relates to us we want something that we can implement in our lives. So, let us start with the beginning.
This life we are in? What is it?
It is merely a test. Allah azza wa jal has created us on Earth to test us didn't Allah say in Surah Al molk Surah Tabarak
a surah of 30 IRA. Each and every individual of us, I hope recites it before going to bed. we memorize it by heart every Muslim memorizes it by heart. Why? Because the Prophet alayhi salatu salam told us that whoever memorize it will not be tormented in the grave.
Your Allah 30 is three zero very simple Tabata Khalili big hill MOLKO who Allah every single night you and I read it definitely. So I n number two Allah says Allah the Hala Kalamata while Hayata Leah Balu accom
mela and we ponder upon Allah's beautiful
words, what does it say? Because it's addressed to us. Allah is not talking to animals. Allah is not talking to fish or birds, ALLAH is talking to you and me. So what is he telling us? He's telling us who has created death and life, that he may test you which of you is best in deed,
who among you is best in what they do? So all what you see in life and death is a test. However, we all deep down in our sub conscience, think and believe that testing cannot be except with calamities. Allah is testing if is with disasters, with illnesses with poverty, but this is not true. Allah says in the Quran, we shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to us you will return. So Allah is testing us not only with poverty, but with wealth, not only by diseases and illnesses, but with health, not only by insecurity, but by stability and security as well. All of these are tests from Allah so don't think that you will save them. Even Ibis may Allah be pleased
with him, explains this is when a blue Combi Cherie will hide the fitna. He says, Allah
tests us with
hardship and prosperity with health and illness with wealth and poverty, with halal and haram, with obedience and with disobedience with guidance. And with misguidance. All of these are Allah's tests. And Allah says to us is not like our teachers testing, we can cheat.
Or we can get a tip. Or we can buy the questions before the test day. And
why is Allah testing us?
First of all, we have to know that tests are inevitable. Every single person on earth is being tested. And this is a well universal fact. But these tests very, Allah may tests us to erase the many sins we have, and we have a backlog. We have plenty of sins, or Allah may love us and tests us to elevate our levels in Jannah. So instead of being in the first floor, Allah puts us in the penthouse May Allah make you and I among those who are in the penthouse Fijian Nuttall Ferdowsi be in the La Jolla as a Virgil, Allah says in the Quran, and whatever of misfortune befalls you. It is because of what your hands have earned, and He pardons a lot. And the Prophet said Allah His salat
wa salam, no misfortune, or disease befalls a Muslim, no worry or grief, or harm or distress, not even a thorn that pricks him, but Allah who will expiate for some of his sins because of that.
And anything that befalls upon you, what do you say?
I'm not hearing
or Alhamdulillah first of all, in Allah, Allah, Allah you know this is true, but everything that befalls upon you, you say Alhamdulillah there is good in it that I may not see. Sal, so who does Allah test? Well, calamities and testing is a sign of Allah's love to you.
Man, I can hear someone says
I don't want to be tested. And maybe I don't want Allah to love me. Just I'd like to be safe. No, the Prophet said Allah He salatu salam.
When he was asked or messenger of Allah, which of the people are most sorely tested? So the Prophet said Allah so Sadam?
the prophets they
are the most sorely tested the prophets of Allah azza wa jal, then, the next best and the next best a man will be tested in accordance with his level of religious commitment. If his religious commitment is strong, he will be tested more severely. And if his religious commitment is weak, he will be tested in accordance with his religious commitment. Calamity will keep falling out a calamity will keep befalling a person until he walks on earth without a single sin on him, Allah who would eradicate and erase all sins because of these calamities that had struck him.
And each and every one of us has his own tailored made calamity.
And everyone looks at other people's calamity in think that they're better than him. So not a soul on earth, walks without a calamity or being tested. This man lost his job. Another one, divorced his wife, a third has a disease, a fourth lost his house or lost his car or lost his business, therefore, the happiest of all people.
Although they're all tested, the happiest of all people who has content in his heart for whatever Allah has decreed upon him. And this is done by looking at other people's calamities. The best of people are the prophets are you better than the prophets? So
if you lost your house, in the recent crisis, by floods, by earthquakes, by financial crisis to a bank, if you lost your house, this is a calamity. But look at what's happened to Prophet Adam. He ate from the Forbidden truth from the forbidden tree, the forbidden fruit, what happened to him? Not only he lost his house, he lost Jana.
He was descended from Janna to Earth, and this is why we're all here. So how do you think he feels? Yes, Allah has forgiven him. Allah has pardoned him. But at what price? If your son is disobedient? If your spouse and I wouldn't say wife so that the women wouldn't hate me, but they hate me both ways. So what the heck, if your wife is nagging and complaining and always whining?
And you fit think that you're the worst of all people being tested by Allah azza wa jal? How do you think Prophet no fields? May Allah peace and blessings be upon him? 950 years he gives power to his people. What happened at the end? He loses his wife and his own son, who refuse to believe and follow and they drown in the flood. How do you think he feels?
And have you lost your job? Among Us, many people who are jobless, they're striving, they're looking for a job, and they feel that Allah hates them. They feel that they're being make, they're doing DUA and Allah doesn't answer them. Why is Allah not answering me? What have I done to them? They're complaining and they're wrong. Look at Prophet Musa, one of the strong willed messengers Subhanallah No, Ebrahim. Moosa Isha and Mohammed Ali Salam, the best of all. Messengers, Musa did he live lose his job. He was deprived from being with his mom since birth.
And he was raised in the house and the mansion of his own enemy. And he goes, once he reaches youth, and adulthood, he goes into the city, he finds one of his clan fighting with another, he tries to help, he just pushes the other and he dies. He flees the country, and becomes an expat for 10 years working as a shepherd to just find food and a decent wife.
So how do you think he feels that he say Allah is not giving me? He trusted Allah azza wa jal and look what Allah
did to him and look at profit use of.
He is the son of a prophet, the son of a prophet, the son of Ibrahim, the messenger of Prophet of Allah for profits in a row, who can be more honorable than use of peace be upon him. Nevertheless, as a child, was abandoned and thrown by his own flesh and blood by his own siblings, stabbed in the back and thrown into a well
caught by passers by, to be sold as a slave, raised in the mansion of Aziz of Egypt, only to be seduced by a beautiful shockingly woman.
And he refuses to bargain on his chastity as he fears Allah to be punished and thrown in jail for a number of years losing the most beautiful years of his life. Any one of us if we're if we're to be invited, my place or yours, I would answer immediately. Your sieve did not do that he rather was thrown in jail, rather than to respond to such filth and sin. Did he give up? If you were in jail for 10 years? What didn't you feel deprived of Allah's mercy? Why Allah is doing this to me, never gave up? Never mistrust Allah, never feel alone.
He's always positive. What did he do? He started giving Dawa to the inmates in jail and they all accepted Islam. And they all return to Allah. He's always positive. And this is what a Muslim really is blessed wherever he is. This is a Muslim. He's blessed at work. He's blessed at school. He's blessed at home. He's blessed in his neighborhood. He's less than the Masjid. Even when he goes to the gym. He's blessed. Okay, you're wearing a necklace. This is haram. Okay, you are not praying. It's prayer time come, okay. Your aura is exposed. Okay, you're doing this you're doing that. And with diplomacy and with kindness and with compassion, everybody would love you and you will be
blessed like all the messengers of Allah azza wa jal. Finally, we look at Prophet Ibrahim. Ibrahim requires a separate session of his own because it's mind blowing this is why in Salah we say Allahu Allah Allah Muhammad Ali Mohamed Salah to Allah, it why Ibrahim? Why not know why not Musa Ibrahim is something else. The Brahim peace be upon him a teenager giving Dawa destroying the idols being punished by his people by building a huge fire and being thrown in it.
did not even blink
Gibreel comes Do you need some things from you know, Allah azza wa jal
Gibreel sit down on Allah is sufficient for me. And Allah says to the fire, be coolness and safety to Abraham. So he walks out.
Allah azza wa jal did not give him a child until he was over 80. And his wife was barren. And he thought that Halloween, this is Allah's Kedah, this is Allah's Will, only to be blessed with a smile when he was over 80 So imagine when your child is 14 years of age, and you feel that he is there for you to take care of you when you're old.
When you are not able to walk, you need the support, you need someone to back you up. Allah gives you this boy, and just when he was there for you, the command comes the test comes what slaughter him. It comes to you in a dream. But you know as a messenger that dreams of the messengers are revelations, you have no choice but to comply. What does he do?
He puts him on the ground and says, Son, Allah tells me to slaughter you.
Can you do this?
Can you comply with such test? What does the sun say?
bother, do whatever you ordered. I'll be among the patient. Don't worry.
Just as he puts him down and he wants to slaughter him, Allah sacrifices him with a big RAM from the heaven and says to him, you have complied. These tests are not random.
But why does Allah test us? Isn't Allah Most forgiving, Most Merciful? Couldn't Allah azza wa jal just sent us to Jana? Couldn't Allah azza wa jal make life isn't rosy and pink and multicolor? Why is Allah doing this to us? Isn't he capable?
You have to be careful when asking such questions. really careful. Number one, Allah is not your CEO and the company who you can question. Allah is not a permanent parliament member who you can question Allah He is not your neighbor. Allah is the Owner of this whole universe. So no one has the right to question Allah because Allah says in the Quran, la use aloo Amaya fall, we're home. Use alone. He is not questioned about whatever he does, but they, each and every individual will be questioned. So you don't ask Allah azza wa jal. These creations are his. If he wills it, he will toss them all in hellfire, and no one can object and no one can question him and no one can refuse.
No one has the right to hold Allah to account. If he takes us to Jana, this is his favor upon us. And if he throws us in hell, this is his justice upon us, and we are between his favor and his justice. Secondly, it goes without questioning and each and every individual. If you have this slightest doubt, you can be a Muslim.
Doubt in what? That Allah azza wa jal is fair. And just so you do not have the slightest doubt that Allah is fully fair and just a no one is wronged. At the sight of Allah. This makes you believe that whatever Allah preordained upon you is good for you. Whatever Allah decrees upon you, is good for you. I lost my child. It's good for you. I am sick, it's good for you. My mother died. It's good for you. Because you believe that Allah azza wa jal is the Most Merciful, the most knowledgeable, the fair that just
thirdly, these tests erase your sins. The Prophet says, Are they salatu salam trails will continue to befall the believing man or woman in himself in his child in his wealth, until he meets Allah with no sin on him.
This is the Hadith of the Prophet as a surgeon who knows what's happening.
And fourthly, these calamities and tests are a chance to contemplate, to reflect, to revise our lives. We live our daily routines unchanged. And we keep on thinking that life is good. Life is great. Wow, I have more money. I have more business. I have more success. I have more children. I have no problems. Look at everyone else. They are falling like flies and I am thriving.
What is happening? You get a wake up call. A slam on the face, a hit on the head from Allah azza wa jal. Why? To get you back on track to get you to Allah. So many of us was so negligent and ignorant with a simple calamity. We all started doing tahajjud we started to pray on time. We started making dua reading Quran asking Allah for forgiveness. Isn't this calamity better than a million dollars? Yes, indeed. This calamity made me come back to Allah made me know Allah made me reflect on my life and be appreciative of whatever Allah has given me. So it has woken me up from my sleep fifthly calamities revealed or
A true identity.
We to the people are good people. Only calamities expose us and shows do we walk the talk?
We all mashallah say good words Islam we have to defend Islam we have to preach Islam we have to fear Allah azza wa jal but when you test me on my risk when my income is threatened when I get a very hefty big fat check just to compromise the chair, I divorced my wife 75 times and I would like to get back to her said Harami should be three times is enough and the rest is a bonus. And what is this are you ak 47 crash look off Tata Tata Tata Tata Tata Tata, this is divorced, what is this? You're you're playing with Allah zip, check, I was love my wife. And this is a check of $500,000. Just in case. Well, this is a difference of opinion of scholars. We will talk let's go for dinner.
Watch out. This is where Allah exposes you how many of us were exposed, when business transaction was at risk, and we had to give bribes or we have to take bribes or we had to cheat we had to lie we had to do this and that.
Allah says in the Quran, do people and this isn't the beginning of soret Alenka Bucha the spider? Do people think that they will be left alone, because they say we believe and will not be tested? And we indeed tested those who were before them. And Allah will certainly make it known the truth of those who are true, and will certainly make it known the falsehood of those who are liars. Allah exposes us in this life.
With such calamities, the question that everyone may be asking himself, how do I become patient? When Allah tests me? How do I not break? How do I pass the test? First of all, you have to acknowledge that the tests are from Allah, the why is Allah the Merciful? Allah did not send this test to annihilate an era and kill you, or destroy you. Allah azza wa jal, and this I've heard many times in my counseling sessions, people come to me and they start to vent and complain, why Allah is doing this. While I have prayed to Allah five years, and he did not respond to me. Why is he doing this? Is this appropriate to stop to talk about Allah? Why is he doing this?
If someone was dressed like this, or addressed a king or someone of influence, they will crush him on the spot? How about Allah azza wa jal when you speak about him like this, when Allah deprive you, from what you had asked him, he did not deprive you because he's poor. Allah owns everything in this universe. And when he deprives you, he did not deprive you because he's stingy. Allah is the most generous, yeah, look at billionaires, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and the likes, they have billions and billions who gave it to them, their intellect, their power Allah and Allah can strip them from it in a heartbeat. So when Allah deprives you of something Wallah, he and
I'm sweating. He did this for your goodness, in this life and the hereafter, but the problem is that you refuse to concede and believe. And this means that you have failed your test. How to Be patient, when you look at your calamity, and compare it to other favors and blessings of Allah that has he that he has given you. A man once came to a scholar and said, scholar, Allah has tested me with poverty, and I'm poor. He said, I'll give you 100,000 for one of your eyes, set forth not I'll give you 100,000 For your arm, or give you 100,000 For your leg and the guy says you're crazy. I'm not going to give you any of those so mashallah, you have billions. You have millions of on you and you
complain that Allah has testing you with poverty. Allah has given you so much and most of the people unfortunately show their ingratitude.
I'm not thirsty by the way.
I always ask people describe this glass, some say, half full, some say half empty. It's the same glass Correct. Those who say half full are the appreciative people. They always say, Oh Allah, Allah can help. You gave me half full glass. I know people who have no water in their glasses. I know people who don't have glasses to begin with. So they're always content and happy, like those who go to and visit in poorer areas. Salaam aleikum Miko, Sam, how are you? Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah gave gave us everything gave you what? You're paralyzed, you're blind. You don't have a roof on your head. You don't have food on the table. So yes, but Allah gave me so much. This is weird. And those
who say it's half empty. They're always bitching and whining excuse my French.
They're always complaining. Why? Why not full? I know brothers who have six or seven glasses, they have bottles. They have tanks. Why me? Why this empty. So they're never appreciative to what Allah has given them. When you compare what you have. With those deprived, you're always be on top and be grateful. And be thankful.
Always say Alhamdulillah. For what? For what Allah has given you. If your calamity is in your wealth, say Alhamdulillah is not in your body share. I have lost my business. Okay? Would you like to give you back your business but lose the ability to walk to be paralyzed? No shake? How would I do this? No, no, I'd rather be poor, but be able to walk, be able to see be able to eat. If you're calamity is in your health. Praise Allah azza wa jal that it is not in your religion. The worst of all calamities is in that in people's religion Wallahi from Allah He for more Allah to lose every single penny in your pocket, to lose your wife and your children. To lose everything you possess,
but to maintain on Islam is better than to keep it and lose your Islam. Why? Because at the end of the day, you're dead. We are all walking dead. When are we going to die? How old are you uncle? He says I'm 90. So how long do you think you're gonna live? I've heard of No, he lived 950 years. So I think I have another 860
Come on, you're dying. Everybody thinks that I still have some overtime. I have spare time, maybe another 10 years, over 20 years. At the end of the day, what will happen? You're dead. So when you manage to understand that the best and most valuable asset is your religion, whatever you lose is okay. And Hamdulillah I pray five times a day I pray Fudger on time I pray with you. I fast I give charity and I'm content with whatever Allah azza wa jal decrees, you are in Jannah in sha Allah.
When you look and compare
these calamities and see how it materializes into good deeds and Hassan ad, then you will be happy. Because when you come on the Day of Judgment, you will find mountains and mountains of good deeds. Who is this shores? I think I'm in the wrong chamber. I didn't do all of this. Yes, you did. You were tested. And you were patient. And all of this is yours because your of your patience.
And what helps you tolerate calamities, as we have a little time is that if you tolerate a calamity, then you will be rewarded. But the calamity will remain.
And if you don't tolerate it, you will be sinful and the calamity will be the same. A man loses his son.
He's one of two. Either he is going to be patient or not. Those who are patient would say in
in LA Rajguru Allah homogeneity mercy but you are full of nuclear minha and he's content. Oh, okay. You lost your son.
hamdulillah Aren't you sad? Well, I am set and I'm weeping, but I am content. Allah chose the best for him and Hamdulillah he did not make many sins so inshallah he will await for me in Jannah and Allah who will substitute me with something better and this is Allah's decree and
or attainment. So I'm happy with that.
Is his son going to come back to life? No, but he's rewarded. The other one starts banging his head against the wall, tears his clothes, slaps his face complains objects, why me? Why my son, why not my neighbors? Why not? My friends? What did he do to you? What did I do to you? And he keeps on complaining and objecting for a whole month. What happens after one month, he comes down, he forgets business as usual. He goes to the gym, he eats he drinks he enjoys life, as nothing has happened. Is his son coming back to life? No, but he's sinful, and he will be punished for his
way of behavior. And among the greatest of all favors and blessings of Allah upon us that calamities do not continue. They must end.
Imagine how many calamities have passed by you in your life. And you remember all in that year, this happened, I lost my job, I lost my wealth. One of the business partners cheated me and took off my money. It was afflicted by this I was incarcerated. Now hamdulillah everything is fine. calamities do not continue they must come to an end. And this is why Allah says in the Quran, that in grocery use raw in grocery use raw, so verily with hardship, there is relief. Verily with hardship there is relief to reliefs with one hardship. So definitely you will win if you are patient. And finally, to those who say why do I ask and make dua Allah does not answer. This is not true.
Allah answers every single dollar you make
you beg to differ. I have been calling Allah azza wa jal for so many years. And he did not answer could this be yes or no?
Who those who say yes, raise your hand. Could this be that you're calling Allah for so many years? And he doesn't answer raise your hand? Yes. One two. Okay. Let's see the opposite. No.
Oh, okay. That's good. Masha Allah everybody says, No, this is impossible. When you make dua, Allah answers ya Allah grant me a million dollars
I know it's going to happen.
The problem is the Prophet told us how it's going to happen. Number one, oh Allah grant me a million dollars. Boom. My uncle in Brazil dies. He happens to be a multimillionaire. I'm the only heir. So I inherited a million dollars. Masha Allah gift from Allah Hamdulillah. Allah answered my prayer. Number two, this is the Prophet saying, the ways of Allah is answering, oh Allah grant via million dollars. Nothing happens. The Prophet says, Allah deflects harm that was predestined to happen to you equivalent to this. So my business was supposed to receive a shock. That makes me lose a million dollars. One way or the other, Allah makes it happen. And Allah has the best of planners and and
Hamdulillah I avoid this loss, but I don't see it. Like, your Allah gave me 1000 $1,000 And it doesn't come and while I'm driving, all of a sudden a car jumps in front of me. I managed to the last second avoided, otherwise I could have crashed into it. Edit Code would have costed me $1,000. But Allah saved me. What do I do? Yeah, I'm a good driver, Michael Schumacher, Formula One.
This is what we do. We see calamities that we have escaped to be our own strength and power are never attributed to Allah azza wa jal by saying and hamdulillah Allah saved me. Number three, y'all Allah grant me $1 million.
He doesn't give it to me here. He does not deflect harm that was coming to me equivalent to a million dollars, but he saves it to me on the day of judgment. I come on the day of judgment and I see mountains and mountains of good deeds. I didn't
Do this angel saying, this is your DUA. So never despair. Never doubt Allah make as many do as you want and Allah will give you Rama, may Allah be pleased with him said, oh prophet of Allah, then we make a lack of Torah. If this is the case, I will make six hours of God. I'm a winner both ways. The Prophet said, Allah has more.
You make dua, Allah has more do you think Allah azza wa jal needs you? Or his poor? How many and I will conclude by that how many times he died. This is to say this statement, this is the third time third this a charmer. Insha. Allah will conclude with that, how many humans are on earth, 7 billion, give or take maybe 8 billion who provides for each individual? Imagine once I was in my high riser in Kuala Lumpur to attend the conference devoted for doubt. And I was there enjoying my five star hotel, looking at the people at the rush hour like ants in their motorcycles in their cars in the hundreds of 1000s. And I'm thinking yeah, Allah each and every one has a problem has a debt has a
sick person has needs, has desires, Allah is giving each and every one without a doubt.
Every single individual on Earth Allah has provided for only humans, even the jinn in their billions. Even the animals how many animals in Africa and Asia and elsewhere? How many fish underneath the oceans and the rivers trillions. How many birds how many insects Allah takes care of all of them but Allah only gives Jana to you. You want Jana? Comply with Allah with Allah's decree and be satisfied her the way Allahu Allah when he spotted at midday Islam or SallAllahu wasallam Baraka Nabina Muhammad