Channel: Bilal Assad
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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi. As you my my brothers and sisters in Australia and all around the world as salam aleikum, may Allah bandanas. Peace be with you. What about the law he Roberto khairthal and His mercy and His blessings upon you, your families, your friends.
Today in sha Allah with one path network, I'm delivering a very important topic, a topic which we are so much in need of it right now with hundreds.
Especially in these trying times. The topic is How do I come back to Allah? Before I talk about how do I come back to Allah?
I want to talk about how we need Allah first of all, what does Allah subhanaw taala do in our lives? To remind us that we need him to remind us to return? Why does he remind us? Allah subhana wa Taala does not need us for the sisters, we need him. Allah Subhana Allah does not need our worship, Allah does not need our dog, Allah subhanaw taala Believe it or not, he just wants the best for us. He wants us to value ourselves and the way we value ourselves and lift ourselves on foot and have the honor which Allah subhanaw taala bestowed upon us is to connect with him. Brothers and sisters in this life, people find their self esteem and their value in different things. Without finding
something that you attach yourself with to give you value. Then people feel that they're empty, and nobody's, where do they belong? And I told him the truth. Think about it. It doesn't matter what religion you are, what you follow, you can have no religion at all. You can be an atheist, you can be a Muslim or not, is something instinctive within ourselves, and that is, as human beings in our life, you need to find a purpose. To find a purpose. You need to attach yourself to something that something will help you give you value. Some people make it up. Some people convince themselves some people go towards things that are just useless and senseless, but to them, they will convince
themselves that that's valuable to them because they feel important through it. But as Allah subhana wa Jai Allah says, We'll hang on a bit Oh Campbell of Serena Amen. Should I tell you about those? Who are the biggest losers in relation to their efforts in this life? They do all these deeds. Then Allah Subhana Allah says, and the deen of Allah say you have inherited dunya they are the ones whose purpose in life and their goals in life went astray. They chose the wrong paths, they Trongs chose the wrong places to find their valuing. It wasn't really their value, rather than the mice. Well home. Yes, I bought a home yesterday morning. While they assumed that they were actually doing
something enormously good.
My brothers and sisters, let us look, I want to begin with a few stories just to illustrate this concept, this principle.
the first one is that a few weeks ago,
about three weeks ago, we had an earthquake here in Victoria.
And this earthquake was a magnitude of 5.8. around 115 kilometers stretch
around the world. This is something very normal and simple, probably. But in Australia, it was a huge deal.
This, my dear brothers and sisters was the first of its kind that we have felt the trimmer was amazing to us. And the loss of Hannah wheter Isla, he tells us in the Quran,
that he sends signs to us every now and then, in order to put a little bit of
fear inside of us. This fear is not a type of fear, which Allah is trying to use or manipulate in us. He's not afraid of us to make us afraid. But you see, human beings are emotional beings. We learn different things from the different emotions that we go through. When we fear something, we think we think in different ways. When a person is complacent and sitting there with almost everything they think is coming to them. They get the wrong idea. They get the wrong impression. They lose their ways. In fact, I heard some people say that if the people who have had their business successful or they have a lot of wealth, or they seem to get what they want in life, they
start to assume that maybe Allah loves them. Have you heard that before? They say well, you've got an amazing car. You've got a lot of money. Got a good family. You have kids, you have big house Allama
Love you. How did we know that? My brothers and sisters, Allah subhanaw taala does not love people, or show his love to people by how much wealth he has given them or how many blessings God has given them. My brothers and sisters, the blessing is really inside. It's in our soul, it's in our heart, the true happiness and peace in this life, the paradise in this life is that it doesn't matter in what situation you're in, up or down difficult or easy. You still find peace in your heart. That's what people are trying to buy. That's why some people they give up their wealth, and they go any other way. Because they don't find the happiness then, of course, poverty is not something that's
good. An extreme wealth that leads to miserliness is also not good. But our mindset and our approach lies in the peace that lies inside of our hearts. And that requires us to be honest, my brothers and sisters, we've gone through two years of a COVID virus, a pandemic, which has truly brought out different things in different people. Some people got closer to Allah through it, some people resorted to argumentation and insults against one another. Some people even disconnected their family ties in their friends, because of what opinion they follow. Some people even brought the virus to include the creator, the religious beliefs themselves. I don't know how this has resorted
to such a last word Subhanallah How is a virus or a vaccine connected to our belief system, our creator the belief in Allah and His messenger? This has never been before in the history of Islam. Certainly it wasn't like that in a plague at the time of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam it for the first time somehow, we managed to even call each other disbelievers are hypocrites based on religion, that we connect it to the virus. My brothers and sisters, this is a test for us. This is also a trial and in sha Allah, it will be lifted, there is no calamity, there is no disease, there is no virus that stays Allah Spangler always lifted. And then comes another trial. What did we learn
from it, I will not tell you, each person has to reflect upon himself and herself. Allah says in the Quran,
that on a day of judgment, people's deeds and work will be taken out from inside their hearts and their minds nothing will be hidden, the inner, the inner honesty, the inner feelings of a person which they hid in this life and tried to justify on the outside in front of people. Allah will release that and reveal it and Allah will say, but in no NFC bouncing era, when
the Allah says on the Day of Judgment, each person is actually a witness against their own selves, your own body, your mind, your heart is a witness against you. That's the witness for you or against you. Welcome idea. It doesn't matter how many justifications or excuses they drop, a little card means they drop. And when you use the word alcohol in, in the Quran, or in Arabic, it means it's insignificant, you drop it, it doesn't mean anything you can say all of that it will not work on that day. So my brother and sisters, first and foremost, we need to be honest with ourselves. We can say that we love Islam, we can say we love Allah, we love His messenger, we can talk so much about
our dean, how Dean is already honorable in itself. It doesn't need anybody to prove how amazing it is. But I can tell you something. You and I, you and I are the ones who are being tested with this Dean, how much do we adhere to it? How much are we actually honest with it? You know, the bliss, the bliss, the great Satan, the story in the Quran. In the three Abrahamic religions, the three great religions in the world Christianity, Judaism and Islam. We share this very, very deeply and very, almost almost identical with some differences and that is the bliss. He was among the ranks of the angels. He knew God better than you and me. But there was something in his heart that was brought
out when he was tested with jealousy and competition and pride. Allah subhana data tells us that he rebelled against the last pinata Allah when he was challenged with something that he cannot handle. pride and arrogance got to him. So he started to invent justifications, to make himself confirm his bias. What is that bias? That he is better? He knows more. Who is this man Adam who is made out of soil, I am better than him. And the last part that I told him, you're an outcast. He left Subhanallah my brothers and sisters in Islam.
No matter what belief a human has.
Subhanallah there is an instinct inside of us. That when things happen in our life, we turn to Allah subhanaw taala we turn to God, we want this higher power.
I told you when the earthquake happened, my mother had COVID and she was hunted unless she was cured. Now be in the lentil.
I'm getting better very slowly. But she when she was in hospital, the earthquake happened the entire hospital shook. And there was an atheist nurse, my mother told me about she became a friend. And this nurse said to my mother for the first time she asked her, What do you say in your religion? When earthquakes happen?
My mother just replied, we say oh Allah keep us safe. And Oh ALLAH forgive my sin. Obviously, my mother has broken English, but she said it in that meaning, forgive my sin of Allah save us. The point of that is how the nurse who does not believe in God suddenly asked my mother about a religious question. That question would have not come up if it wasn't for the earthquake. You see, brothers and sisters, there's something instinctive inside of each and every one of us. It's called the fitrah. We are born with it. As the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said Kulu, the Nullah to Alexandria. Every newborn is born with this natural instinct disinclination to do what to feel and
sense and turn to Allah to God, the Creator, our origin, but some of us distract ourselves. He said, Sal, Allahu alayhi wa sallam, but their parents, and some scholars said, like the community and society, they turned them, they turned them into another religion or another belief or faith such as Christian, or Jew, or Meijin, fire worshiper,
my brothers and sisters, we, when you take away all the other beliefs, all the other preconceived notions that you've developed along your life, and you face absolute truth in front of you, you find yourself turning to God.
A non Muslim man, I remember, at the mosque, I was at the mosque. This happened a few years ago, a non Muslim man entered the mosque one time, and he looked quite distraught. I still remember his face SubhanAllah. He was in between mid 30s to 40s. He looked quite affluent. And he was very well spoken. He came up to me and said, Can I pray in your mosque your way?
I said, Well, do you believe in my way? Do you believe in Islam says No, I've never been taught anything. But I just want to pray your way. Because I'm in a lot of trouble. They don't want to talk about his problem. But he wanted to go to any god, any god, that is the truth. I would presume that he would have gone to different other places as well, other places of worship, but he also came to the mosque, searching for the true God to ask him to help him in his problem. You know, what did it if he came up to me and said, I want to pray exactly as you pray. You pray next to me, I'm gonna copy you. So he did exactly as my movements. And then after that, he said, Can you ask God in the
way that you asked him? To help me and save me and guide me? And I said the words and He repeated it after me. The man hugged me. Now, you know, Aussies, in Australia, I'm not used to just hugging strangers. But he hugged me. So the guy was quite distraught. He was so much in need. And he had, it's as if he had lost all avenues didn't know which way to go. So he turned to God. It was instinctive since he was born as a baby, he left and I thought to myself Subhanallah
this is exactly in the verse of the Quran, where Allah subhanaw taala says in chapter 31 verse, verse 13, last Medina says, I'm
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Shaku Do you not see that ships sail in the sea By Allah's grace? That he may show you some of his signs? Surely there are signs in this for everyone who was steadfast and thankful then Allah subhana wa Taala says or either one she I'm
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which means when waves engulf them, so they're in the ship and then waves engulf them in the sea, like canopies like mountains like hills. They call upon Allah. sacredly declare their faith solely to him, but when he delivers them to safety to land, some of them become lukewarm, you know, indifferent half half
Word, enthusiasm dies out, they forget, none denies our signs, except the deceitful, the treacherous and the untrustworthy. See where they were before, and how much they needed Allah. And in some people when they're saved from their calamity, how quick they returned back to being ungrateful to Allah and Allah calls and treacherous meaning. First you call upon me sincerely, as it should be, and you connect yourself with me, and I save you. And then you betray your own self SubhanAllah. See, Allah did not say that he you betrayed him, Allah doesn't need that. He betrayed yourself. And Allah is always wanting you to straighten yourself up before you return to Him.
Subhanallah This reminded me briefly, of an incident with a cable guy.
There was an American dude who came to my house wants to fix some cables. This was before the Wi Fi and all that. And we had a good time. And when we went out, he was about to leave. And he decided to stay with me a little bit longer. He says, Look, man, you're a good guy. I haven't, you know, I made some people who are dishonest and whatever. And I want to talk to you a little bit. So we started talking from here to there. We've got to the topic of religion. And he was so anxious, and over protective, he was defensive, didn't want to talk about religion at all, even though he's the one who opened it up. And so he'd open it up, I'd say something, then he'd say, Okay, stop. I don't I
don't want to hear it. And so it's a bit funny. And then he said, Look, I've looked through all religions, I used to be, particularly I used to be Christian and I was lifted and saw other religions. And every time it betrayed me, right, I've had things in my life. Religion didn't do anything for me. So he became an atheist. And Allah the only religion didn't look into his Islam, the only book he didn't read his Quran. So I tried to introduce to him to look around and Islam. He said, No, I, you know, in his American accent, I give up i don't i don't want. Um, so maybe some brothers from USA listening. So I'm not going to date put on the American accent. And he says to me,
I don't want to hear any of that it's too torturous on went through too much pain, leave me at peace as I am. So I left him. And then he sort of paused for a minute and wallah, he brothers and sisters will lie. This is what he said to me to be you know, what? I feel that sometimes I imagine I've been in see before I'm been in the sea before on ships. And he says, I can't help but imagine myself in the middle of the ocean. And I feel that when the waves hit really high, you get this fear and this aura, and you feel that you're lonely and the ground is empty. It is, you feel that you're empty on the inside, there's no ground beneath you, and that you're just, you're just an insignificant speck,
that could just perish like that so easily with no power at all, or authority. And he said, why? He's asking me, Why. Why do I feel like at that time, when I think about it, that I need to turn to someone up there. You know, like, like, God, even I'm an atheist. But I mean, we just had a conversation I want to talk about religion is trying to stop me. But then he pokes me again, and Wallahi he said, this exact story is Allah is my witness. And I turned to him saying, the Quran speaks exactly about your image. And that is the verse that I just recited before. In chapter 31, verse 32, I'm sorry.
He took that shook my hand and left, Allahu Allah, what happened to him after that, but again, brothers sisters, just wanted to illustrate one of many examples. It doesn't matter what religion you want. There is an instinctive nature within us. Yeah, people can type a lot of things on the internet, they can post a lot of words and maybe sarcasm and laughing emojis or whatever they want. But that does not change the truth that does not change the inner instinct of each person. My brothers and sisters
the young man
I remember a young man, probably 20 between 20 and 25. Once came and knocked on my door, at home at about 2am
I opened the door. I knew who he was from some friends.
And he rushed into my house saying, Please help me.
He was crying. I was sweating, shaking, pale.
I took him into the room.
And he said to me, Well, he asked me a question. He asked if a person takes drugs and dies of an overdose, not meaning to kill themself. Is that suicide?
And if that's suicide, am I going to hellfire forever?
Because I heard
that if you commit suicide, you're not getting out of hellfire.
Obviously, I had to be gentle with him because something had gone really wrong.
And he was quite emotionally distraught. I sat him down and said, Look, I'm all ears if you want to talk to me talk, cutting the story short.
He was Ramadan, and he's a Muslim. He says, I've never tried drugs before.
But I like girls, I like women. And that's my weakness.
There was some Muslim girls
who knew him from another friend. They called him or his friend called him says, let's go and meet up and have some fun. After Tara we are during Tara, we're sorry. So it's night, says where are you to meet me at the mosque? Subhanallah I'm gonna have some fun at the mosque in that way. sounds contradictory. So he went to the masjid. Do you know how young people go about doing it, they say to their parents, I'm going to the masjid Tada, we have some of them. They wait until the prayer starts and leave. Because the shaytaan may play with their minds and they make mistakes. And they come back towards the end of taraweeh as if they pray to
our brothers and sisters. Allah subhanaw taala wants you to wake up and be honest with yourself. And that's where it starts. Your parents cannot save you, your brothers and sisters cannot your friends will run away from you on the Day of Judgment. And even in this life, the only person who suffers the consequence and feels the pain is you. So this brother met with
these two young ladies in the car behind the masjid because it was the best hiding spot. And the best excuse to give their parents when they come back.
And these people had some drugs, which they gave him. They challenged him and he felt a bit like a coward because these girls were challenging him and he thought, well, you know, I can't look like I'm scared. So he tried to pill. And obviously when you first try drugs, you really feel its effects until you become addicted to it. And later on Allahu Allah and what happens many people do die from it.
He felt something strange. He said I had I started shivering. I don't know what happened to me.
I don't want to go into too much about the reactions. But these pills are available in the streets. They're cheap, and they're easy to purchase. They even look like candies. That's how
the evil people attract you and I and other people to things like this by making it look harmless. Funny. And smiley, fun. Subhan Allah, as Allah says in the Quran, was a young fella who was shaytani R. mela home for sada Hemani study. Allah says the shaitan decorates the actions of people and deludes them off the straight path.
He ran to me shivering all the way, sweating all the way. He said, I felt like abusing women, because of the amount of hormonal reaction and I don't know what happened to me.
So he writes to me,
and hamdulillah if Allah Subhana Allah send someone to you, my brother and sister, maybe they've never spoken to you all their life. But Allah subhanaw taala sometimes saves people by sending them to you. Don't ever look at this is something negative, as though to say, Well, you've never talked to me in your life, or someone ticular has never spoken to you never asked about you. But now you come for help. No, no. When everybody else is no longer is all when everything is darkness around this person and they find no one else but you. Allah has made you the only light and the door for that person. So be grateful that Allah chooses you. He comes in and I said to him, Okay,
stand up. Pray with me.
As we were praying night prayer, I decided to recite loudly and as soon as he heard the citation he burst into tears crying like a baby Subhan Allah.
And I remembered the ayah in the Quran where Allah says in me no no Lavina either don't get along on Janet's point or boom want you that when he at him? Yeah.
Amen. No, I know don't be him yet work.
Allah says the true believers of those who when Allah's name is mentioned their hearts quake, and when His Verses are recited to them, their faith grows
And who put their trust in their Lord? chapter eight verse two. So this brother of course, after feeling everything had failed him. He had no one else to turn to but Allah, He has Allah's words and what do Allah's words do to you? They give you goosebumps, they wake you up, they come to comfort you. That is why the Quran is with us. There is no no one can change it. It is the word of Allah. My brothers and sisters after the celeb, we lifted our hands up. And I said to him, let's make dua. So he made go out for Allah's mentor to guide him, protect him, save him, forgive him. And subhanAllah after that, he felt at ease is one thing that he felt and I feel that a lot of people we've all been
through it when we repent to Allah and return back to him. We feel empowered. We feel strong, we feel like we've been renewed, we feel that we have learned something new and we've got new skills and a new.
We've got a new beginning Subhanallah that's what happens to you. Because you've connected yourself to someone beyond this universe. A lot of people connect themselves to other things that distract themselves with maybe movies, drugs, more drugs, alcohol, maybe more more harmful and risky things abusive things to themselves. Some people they run out of ways of numbing their pain, or finding the justifications because everything materialistic is very temporary.
And this is one of the causes of what brings people to mental illnesses as well, when they run out of things to
but even religious people can get mentally ill.
Nevertheless, the avenue that Allah subhanaw taala tells us is keep your connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala because in sha Allah, you have a better chance of staying strong, getting through it. And in sha Allah growing out of it. For Allah subhanho wa Taala he tells us that he never leaves us. Allah says in the Quran, Kalia I bear the living in Israel for Allah and who see him say oh my servants, who have
who have gone to extremes against themselves. They blind themselves put themselves through so much suffering. And they find that there's no avenue for them out. They feel low self esteem, they feel themselves that they don't belong they feel themselves that they've lost everything. Allah says that talked about when the Rahmatullah just don't despair. Don't give up from something which is Allah's mercy. In Allah who wrote the Nova Jamia, Allah hides and covers up all your sins in Allah will have a full Rahim Allah is Most forgiving, most merciful, forgiving your sins and covering them my brothers and sisters, it means that he helps you gain yourself. Lift your self esteem once again,
feel your value once again, give you hope once again in this life, and in the hereafter in sha Allah, you see the rewards.
and anonymous and anonymous young lady. Why don't know till today.
She wants private message me with the concern.
I've done shameful things in my past.
And they hooked me every day. I lost myself and I lost my Lord. I didn't know any better.
I feel cheap. I feel like I've sold myself.
So I reminded her of Allah's pantallas same verse, do not disappear from Allah's mercy. But then she said to me, but as a result of developed a contagious disease, it's not a deadly one. But it's contagious, and makes your life miserable, as a result of doing shameful or indecent acts.
It's not curable.
And she was concerned. Will I ever get married?
Will a man take me this way?
What if I get pregnant? Can I ever have children? Will my child get can? Will I pass on this disease to my children I mean, and she kept on looking down upon herself to the point where she thought that she's got no more reason
in his life and purpose.
we go in the wrong way. And we have to suffer some consequences.
But it's not the end for ALLAH SubhanA wa Allah says, if you change and repent, returned back to a loss partner with that Allah then Allah will assist you and then exercise decoy Aqua means to change your ways and prevent yourself from falling back into these things. Allah says why me? Don't leave
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all, so Allah says, and whoever fears Allah, meaning protects themselves from the things which Allah subhanaw taala had forbidden as much as they can, Allah will open up for them other avenues and other doors in life, from the places they never expected. From the places they never extend expected,
and he will provide you and bless you with things from ways that you never imagined.
Allah says, You see, Allah has occurred, there is destiny which Allah has placed and plans which Allah has made for you. He can take you out of your miseries and out of your problems, and channel those problems to serve you and be of your benefit. Or he can channel them to be your device, Allah can do anything. So within Allah says, he reaches his plan, always, and it never mistakes
he has made for everything a pre measurement, and an estimation. You don't worry about that. Stick with Allah, and watch what guidance comes to you.
My Brothers and Sisters in Islam, and Hamdulillah, she eventually did find a man or a man found her or Allah sent that man to her or sent them together. And hamdulillah she explained to her problem to him, he actually helped her and found a treatment and handed it to her. But I'm not sure if she ever had a baby or not. We cut off connection from her. But the point of the matter is, my dear brothers and sisters, we need a lot and he calls us to him. And when we fall, Allah subhanaw taala picks us up. But here's the condition. Yes, Allah is there. Allah never leaves you ever. He's always there. And he's always ready to accept you. But who is the one that needs to make? Take the steps, who is
one has to make the move. It's us My dear brothers and sisters. Don't ever say to yourself, Allah is not making move towards me. He doesn't want me or he's not there. It's always you or I interpret it any way you want. Allah subhana wa Allah says in the Quran, were either
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Allah says and if my servants asked you about me, I'm close. I will respond to the person who calls upon me when they respond. He wants us to to call us when they call allows us to call all the time. Then Allah says for yesterday bully, let them respond to Me. Let them come to me. What do you mean OB let them first let them make their faith and their trust in me firm inside their hearts. Don't move away from it.
Let alone your show doing so they may find their way out of it. My Brothers and Sisters in Islam.
When a person begins to drift away from Allah subhanho wa taala.
From God from Allah, or not even that,
to help us stay on the right path. Allah subhanho wa Taala calls us in four stages, four ways. Remember them? How does the law call us all the time. And when I say us, I don't mean just Muslim. I mean, everybody, all humans, Allah subhanaw taala first of all starts off by showing you and clarifying to you, while your health is good. While you're at peace, while you have no significant problems in your life, while things are going normal and good for you. Allah subhanho wa Taala in that time, gives you simple reminders, the things around you His signs up in the heavens and earth, in your life, you may get watch a lecture or listen to a talk or read something of benefit or go to
the masjid, these types of things in your normal life. It is called the call of showing you and clarifying. So Allah does Dawa enlightened Allah has the power to you, he calls you and the first one he calls it as I said, by showing and clarifying.
If the person does not return if the person does not wake up, or if the person is not learning much, or if Allah subhanaw taala wants more good in that person. All of these people, Allah subhanaw taala shows them a second stage.
And that is called the calling by nurturing and disciplining
even the prophets go through it. And this is what Allah subhanaw taala said, when a below what when a blue conditionality will hurry fitna. We will test you and try you will make
could go through different trials in life. Nothing ever stays the same. We'll keep flip flopping you from one situation to another, we're going to keep changing things in your life and subjecting you to new things that you didn't have before. Why? Allah says, through things that you look as bad as it will seem to you as bad as for things which seem as good to you. For one reason,
Allah says fitnah, to cleanse you to take out some things from within you for wake them up, to make you aware, to sift you to differentiate, make you realize who you really are, and what you need to do, to wake you up, or to give you new skills, to teach you new lessons to come out as a person with greater purpose, greater value, and greater outlook in life. So my brothers and sisters, that's the second stage. Why only for your own good. Allah subhanho wa Taala did say to the companions in one of the battles in which they had a massacre, and they thought that Allah subhanaw taala was going to give them victory. But unfortunately, Allah realized in our last night that a new insight of their
hearts that were secretly saying to each other is the companions for the battle of Otto. They said, sorry, the Battle of hunk of the Battle of her name, they sit among each other, learn no Hullabaloo, I mean, clearly.
They whisper to each other Oh, today, we will not lose this battle. Because we are a small amount no today, because there were a large amount there are many of their soldiers. They've never seen that amount of soldiers among the Muslim army before. So they kind of forgot a little bit about mentioning and remembering that it is a law who gives you victory and looked at their amount and their numbers. And they said well, we will be victorious because of our numbers. But unfortunately, they lost the beginning of the battle. They got some of them got killed, and they started running away and guess what Muhammad Sallallahu it he was sending them was among them. Um, so I sent them
back aroma it was man all of the great Sahaba Barbados with them, but they still lost that battle in the beginning. Why? Because Allah subhana dialer says in the Quran.
Will you believe me? And I mean, who Bella and Hasina.
That's for the battle of the name, the Battle of her name. Allah subhanaw taala wants to try you and make you go through changes that you don't expect, in order to teach you in a good way to bring out good in you. So things may seem bad to us. But actually, Allah says it's Hassan. There is no bed that comes from Allah and liquid. It is only us to interpret things personally, in good or bad. My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
in Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us sometimes problems and they seem as I said, good or bad. But Allah subhanaw taala calls it a goodly trial. So Insha Allah, follow the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu it says us in abundance,
think well of Allah subhanaw taala no matter what happens to you, you lose a member of your family, you lose wealth, you lose the loved one, someone among your family or loved ones become sick or ill you fear and you don't know if they're going to live or die, uncertain uncertainties. The uncertainties that we live in today we don't know which way we're heading. What's therefore tomorrow. Allah Subhan Allah says one thing don't do and that is do not assume negatively about Allah Spanner with that. That's the first step to insha Allah being productive and positive, and inshallah achieving and working together for the greater for good Insha Allah, my brothers and
sisters, a car cannot travel a centimeter without burning fuel. Isn't that right? And you and I cannot advance without also being tested with problems that we learn from. That was the second stage, if a person does not return to Allah, or if a person does not learn from it, Allah gives you a third stage even harder. And that is called the compelling stage, the one where he compels you, it puts you in a situation where you have no other option, or maybe you do, but you either decide to accept it in this way. Or maybe you want to rebel and resort to the wrong ways. So Allah subhanho wa Taala gives you a taste of suffering, or a taste of what we call punishment. It's not the punishment
that you get in the hereafter. But Allah subhanaw taala does say in the Quran, well I know the common mean, either we add in dune and neither been Bernie now.
Allah says, We shall let them taste a little bit of the hardship and sufferings in this life. They call that either Bill Edna, the lower the lower punishment or
of the lower hardship, or the lower pain and suffering, meaning in this world, doing another bill Akbar, instead of the enormous punishment and pain which is in the hereafter Landerholm yours your own, Allah says in the hope that they may return, then we return back to Allah, then they fix themselves. Maybe they will learn from it, maybe they need that. And you know what brothers and sisters, if you think about your parents, your mother, people who love you, sometimes they need to resort to such measures, if they want to protect you, when they see you about to put yourself in a dangerous risk, is that correct? So not all things that you are compelled to do, especially by loved
ones, it means that it's bad for you, but rather, it could be a protection for you. I'm sure some of you have been in that situation where you had to do that for a friend or a loved one. Or maybe you're a parent to do that for your children, or anyway, any other way. You may have compelled people because you wanted good for them, or because you needed to save them. Well, Allah subhanaw taala is more merciful and compassionate than our mothers to us. My brothers and sisters,
if that doesn't work, and you don't return, and you don't fix yourself, Allah subhanaw taala then brings that person to the last stage. He lets you go.
He lets you go.
That part when he lets you go, a lot of people misunderstand it.
What does it mean to let you go,
it means Allah leaves you to yourself, and to the dunya you go and find your own way. As for Allah support, even though he may want to help you, you will not be able to feel it anymore.
You know, sort of the hash of ALLAH SubhanA wa Taala says,
an amazing verse, Allah says, When the goon or Gan Levine and as long
law says do not be like those who forgot about a lot. They forgot Allah. So Allah caused them to forget who they are. If you get yourself no longer know what you're here for, and your entire life goes into every everything ever knew the purpose of your lab comes into an amnesia. And then you go into just swimming in the materialism of this world, and Allah leaves you to it. Allah says those are the people who have truly corrupted themselves.
These types of people could possibly become wealthy, they could possibly come poor, successful in worldly things or loss.
You probably can get what you want after that, or maybe not get what you want, and so on. It doesn't really matter after that. It's a person who has lost a lot
and has no other purpose, but their desires and worldly gain. It is their desires that channel them their values, they may come up their discipline or their principles. Well, they just choose whatever they want. Allah says afara eight the lady that de la Hawa, have you ever heard a messenger of God about the person who makes their own desires, and makes their own self they got the thing which they worship? Well, this is a person who forgot Allah, and so that forgotten themselves. But as Muslims and Hamdulillah, we have a firm belief in the following words, in nearly law, we're in a legal regime, to Allah we all belong unto Him, we will all return. What does that mean? It means that your
body and my body,
my wealth, and your wealth, our possessions, our entire life, everything.
It actually belongs to Allah,
meaning, the one who has the right to tell us what to do with it.
Is Allah subhana wa Dawn, because he made it, he created it. So what is our purpose? Our purpose is that it is a trust. We have to look after it. We have to look after it. First and foremost, by the way, our Creator advised us and guided us. And we're allowed to enjoy our desires. We're allowed to be happy and entertain ourselves, but in a way which Allah subhanho wa Taala is pleased with and not displeased with my brothers and sisters. What is the value of temptation? You know, temptation desires, a lot of people look at temptation in a negative way. Temptation is not necessarily negative. It depends on how you use it. What is the value of temptation?
If you don't use it in the right way, listen to this. What is the value
have hormones that make you get attracted to the opposite, you know, to a person who you want to do haram with.
you don't stop yourself from that temptation, that temptation rises, you raises you why? Because when you go against that temptation, you rise, you become stronger, you become more valuable, and you use it in the halal way. That's what saved you. And that's what makes you higher in the eyes of Allah SubhanAllah. Without Island, without that temptation, you have nothing as a challenge, you have nothing to climb with, you have nothing to oppose, in a good way. So Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us the good and the bad, it puts the temptation in there for a wisdom that only Allah subhanaw taala knows in depth, and its value is known when you are able to use it in the right way. And avoid
using it in the wrong way. That's what makes us different. The person who lets that temptation take him in whatever direction they allow it to, that makes differentiates you from other people.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
Some people will get blessings and wealth and whatever.
And they say God must love me, because I have all of this. This is merely an illusion. As I said before, it simply means that Allah subhanaw taala has left you to it.
in a broken relationship where a partner, for example, no longer cares about the other spouse.
And they just don't want that relationship anymore.
They fallen out of love. They don't care any more about what happened in the past, even the pain that just they're over it.
This type of a spouse, you can never get them back because they have reached a point called indifference.
You see, we don't want to get to a point
where Allah subhana wa Taala looks at you or me as indifferent in an indifferent way. In you to Allah belongs the highest examples and I'm not saying that Allah subhanaw taala is like his creation. But Allah subhanaw taala does give us that example. In some parts of the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala uses the example of how he forgets you, and leaves you the Prophet sallallahu Sallam did tell us whoever wants Allah, Allah will be there for them. But with wants this dunya Allah will leave them to it, and whatever is in it, but when you returned back to Allah, there is nothing left in the hereafter for you nothing in store.
So we want Allah subhanaw taala in our life, and the only way is to return. How do we return? Very simply, my dear brothers and sisters, Allah does not expect perfection. Allah does not expect you to always be obeying him, Allah knows that you're going to fall Allah subhanaw taala wants you sometimes to go through those challenges, but he wants you to come out a better person insha Allah. So how do I return back to Allah subhanaw taala take it step by step. Start with the major things or the minor things which everyone you're able to but make a change. The first and foremost is regret. We must regret the bad actions and bad ways that we are aware of. without regret, it means this
insincerity you're going to, it means that you haven't really repented. So the first thing is that you really got to regret that action. You got to realize how bad it is. You got to realize that there is a punishment for from Allah, you got to realize that you're missing out on great rewards, you gotta realize what it's doing to you and wake up. That's where it starts. That's up to you. The regret comes in, and then you turn to Allah. Either way you are, you don't have to make enough to make it doesn't have to do anything, just where you are. Lift your hands up to Allah subhanho wa Taala and say to him, Oh Allah, I have wronged myself. I have done this and cried to him if you can,
if you don't want to cry, that's fine, but at least say Oh Allah, I have done this all my life. I seek your forgiveness and guidance and protection. And you make a promise to Allah, that you're going to make a change. If that is sincere, and you really do regret, Allah subhanaw taala will give you a gift. What is that gift I recited it in the beginning of circle and Fern. Allah says and when they hear Allah's name, or remember him or his verses, they find that their Eman rises. And that's the first sign.
Your Eman rises after that. And you have a feeling of peace. Your repentance is accepted. What if you return back to it afterwards? Doesn't matter. sincerely repent again and again. And again 1000 times 1000 times so long as each time you mean it, and you're sincere. How do you know that you meant it? Well, you
Find yourself hating what you did. Can you say, I hate myself for it? Well, you don't really hate yourself in that sense, but I hate myself being in that action.
So, that is one of the greatest signs of humbling, so long as you haven't died, and so long as the sun has not risen from where it sits as processed and then said, The End of Time, your repentance is always accepted. Some people say to me, what if it [???]? What if I'd made partners with a lot in my life? I heard that Allah doesn't forgive that I've had this question asked to me so many times. Well, yes, Allah subhanaw taala does not forgive schicke but not while you're alive. While you're alive. Allah forgives anything and everything so long as you make a true and sincere repentance and you change your life. So Allah does forgive ship if you return back to him. But if you die with
shirk, there is no hope. My dear brothers and sisters, some people, they say, Well, isn't that simple? What about if you owed something someone? What if you've wronged people when you've taken their rights? And you know, with social media these days, we've taken lots of rights of other people.
A lot of people are not careful and cautious what they write and what they post. They don't know if they've harmed people, they don't know what effect what they post did. You know a lot of people now we're basically the mainstream media, each and every one of us, you and I, and when we type something that has an effect on people. So make sure that before you post something before you type something before you do an action, what benefit will it give, if it's not going to give a benefit? It's not a sin to do it, so long as it doesn't harm anyone. But to be a better Muslim, the prophets Allah sent them said, mankind I don't mean Obaidullah, he will yami the earth, for the UK will hire
and only asked whoever believes in Allah and the hereafter, he or she will choose to say something that's beneficial, or they'd rather remain silent. Now, if it harms people, you got to think about it for the Prophet sallallahu wasallam also said that Obama in Yetta, catla, mobile Kalama layer, you will create a Habad that will be he said in a hurry from futari. Johanna, it could be that a person may utter a word, not caring, what consequences it has been careless with it. And usually this is emotionally driven. Or maybe the person has an agenda or some kind of trick under their hands or some personal goal that and I don't care what does to people, a lot of props Allah said I'm
said, it may be a word that causes that person to fall into hellfire, the distance of what it would take 70 seasons to pass 70 seasons.
My dear brothers and sisters, that's a very important point. So if I harm people, and I want to repent to Allah subhanaw taala What do I do? Well, I need to try and find a way to fix what I've done wrong. The rights of people, brothers and sisters are different to the rights of Allah subhanaw taala. And I remember one, I'll give you an example. I remember one friend back to them this probably 20 years ago, he was about 25 and wanted to repent to Allah after living a bit of a, you know, a sinful life. He said, when he was about 16, he stole a pair of jeans, Levi's jeans from one of the stores here and in one of the streets here in Melbourne. He said that was seven, eight years
ago. And he says, I don't know what to do. I want to repent to Allah. And this is their right this this shop owner wasn't even Muslim. But Allah subhanaw taala does not forgive even the rights that we take away from doesn't matter what religion now. So, last time, what did I say to him? I said, Okay, you gotta find a way to fix it. Because Allah does not forget these things. There's still written. So what should I do? I said, Can you go to that person and pay him? If he still owns the shop, pay him for the pair of jeans. So if I do that, I might get in trouble. I don't know how he's going to react. So very well, if trying to fix something is going to cause more of a problem, you
got to find another way. So I said to him, Well, how about you put, do you remember how much it was about 70 bucks, put the $70 inside of an envelope, write a little letter to him and say, and anonymously. Long time ago, I stole a pair of jeans, and this is the money for it. He said that will work. So he went when the shop was closed, and he whacked it under the door and hamdulillah it solved it. Now there may be other ways other things that you and I have done wrong. Maybe I can go back and fix it. Maybe I can raise a post that I put them may have caused harm. Maybe I can retract a word that I wrote or something that I said about someone. One person once called me up and said, I
feel bad because I've spoken about, you know, someone I love, what am I going to do and he was crying deeply. You know, it broke my heart. I said to him, okay, you don't have to tell that person but give us sadaqa on their behalf, make dua on their behalf and go back to where you you know, slandered them or talked about them and try to fix it. And the person said, I can't do that. I feel like I have to tell that love person. I said okay, well then go
Go ahead and tell them that choose your words insha Allah and get through 100 legwork. Sometimes you're not able to get to that person, or you're not able to give that right sometimes you forget, sometimes you don't even know what it was, maybe it was a long time ago. Well, this is what you can do. If you can't find them, if you're going there will make it worse than you've got to go back to the people or to the place, order the place where you corrupted this about that person, and try to talk good. So examples backbiting or gossiping, try to talk good about that person. If you can't do that, then give a charity on behalf of that person. Make your heart for that person. And every time
you have an opportunity, their name comes up, speak good about that person. And if you didn't make them one day, try and do something good for them. Even if you don't have to mention what you did wrong. And if they do know what you did wrong, you must apologize to them. You must seek their forgiveness, you must try to make it up. And if they don't forgive you, that's their choice. They don't have to forgive you. But at least you've done something that on the Day of Judgment, you can use and Allah subhanaw taala can use that and say, Look, this is what they've done. And how about the other person, the victim? How about I give you such and such as a reward? And they'll say yes,
what do I need to do and Allah will say this is actually an authentic hadith, you'll say to them,
its price is to forgive that person. In fact, I have to correct myself. The hadith is a little is weak, but it has other Hadees which support it which the scholars have accepted as something that its meaning is correct that Allah subhanaw taala will compensate even the victim if he knows that the person the perpetrator has repented and tried to do good about it. There is always a way out my dear brothers and sisters, always Lastly, I say this since Allah subhanaw taala forgive sins in two ways. There are minor sins and major sins for a Muslim with minor sins. There are things that we do on a daily basis. All right, I'm not going to go into the minuses but a little hint about that is
that we're the Quran and Hadith don't mention punishments to them, right? They don't talk about them in a very strong way. Very tough way. You looked at something haram you said a word that was you know a lie or you swore or you might have gotten angry and said something you might have had a little fight with someone and inshallah we fixed it something minor.
When I say fight, I mean there's minor fights and there's big fights, right? So it's the minor ones. So minus things that people do on a daily basis. These things they go away so long as you continue to do good deeds, so long as you're praying your five daily prayers so long as you are doing charity so long as you are speaking well songs you're making die as long as you're in in court as long as you do good unto others, right? As Allah says in the Quran, a claim of Salah Talofa in a hurry was ALLAH Femina lay in Al Hassan atta you hipness, a yet continue praying your days and also in your nights and do good actions of good deed for good deeds wipe away bad deeds, in fact, the process and
I'm set to my eyes yeah, my eyes
to be able to say at the last Anathem for her whenever you do something wrong, followed up with a good date, any good date, and it will erase the bad date. So follow it up, don't just let it they're accumulating practices and so that's for the minuses they go by doing good deeds automatically. Then there are the major sins right? They're the ones that have a punishment to them in the Quran or in Hadith, right, such as usury if you you know, such as Xena person makes adultery or sleeps around for example, cheats, you know, on their spouse, for example, Xena stiffed all these things. These, there are many major sins and these major sins have to be done through sincere repentance as I
mentioned before, true regret, repentance to ALLAH ask him to forgive you change your life, promise him never to return to them. And that way insha Allah and then you got to follow up with good deeds got to follow up with changing your life. If you don't make a change. There's no point. So my brothers and sisters, ALLAH SubhanA wa Taala is afforded Rahim he wants you to return to Him and those who follow the temptations, they want to turn you away from him. The Shaitan gives you false promises. And only and he only promises you to delude you. On the day of judgment. He will say I'm innocent from you. I'm merely invited you and you responded. So my dear brothers and sisters monitor
your emotions, monitor your temptations. Monitor your intentions, especially on screen. Monitor your eyes, monitor your ears, your mouth, and your fingers. Think before you type. Think before you act, will it please Allah subhanaw taala if you can do that, then you'll find yourself soon becoming a new character, a new person with new habits and insha Allah Who dialer on your way to meeting Allah with a peaceful heart
peaceful end, and great rewards in which there will be no more pain, no more suffering, and more tests no more worship forever and ever in paradise. May Allah subhanho wa Taala cure the sick. May Allah subhanaw taala heal the pain of all those who are suffering, may Allah Subhana Allah forgive our sins. Now Allah have mercy upon those who have passed away among our loved ones, and amount and among our friends and among our community. My dear brothers and sisters, may Allah Subhana Allah reward you please do not forget us in your DUA. Thank you for listening was salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh