Channel: Bilal Assad
Series: Bilal Assad - Qada and Qadr
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hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah. Brothers and sisters as salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Al Hamdulillah, we've begun a new series called cobalt and copper, which literally means in English predestination, fate and destiny, the belief in fate and destiny in accordance with the Islamic teachings. And we mentioned last week, many lessons for those of you who were here last week,
and Hamdulillah, you'll understand the continuation today, you'll be more familiar with it. And as for those who've just come and joined us, this is our second class, our second episode on this topic.
I can't go through the whole lesson last week. I'll try to summarize in a couple of minutes what we covered last week. But whoever would like to understand it further and get the introduction, right. You can go back to the recordings that are on the Preston mosque website or the Facebook page. It's recorded there in sha Allah, the date is there. The caption is there you'll know in sha Allah who died at the introduction to al Qaeda will cover last week and today in sha Allah will continue. But just very quickly, what we talked about last week, we answered a few of the questions that confuse a lot of people about Islamic belief in predestiny and fate, I began by talking about how we know that
Allah subhanahu wa ala God exists. And then if he exists, then he must have created everything. And if He created everything, he is the beginning of everything, he cannot be created, and he is the beginning and the end. If He created everything from non existence to existence, then he must have full control over what he has created. He is the one who manages it. He is the one who predestined it, he is the one who is in control of it. Then we spoke about the arguments for it. Then we answered the question about how Allah subhanho wa Taala has predestined everything. And we mentioned for character characteristics of an Islamic belief in pre destiny and fate. We said that when God
created or before He created everything, before He created everything he knew, every single thing went, what will exist, where will it go? How it will be his knowledge, cat has no bounds. Allah has knowledge has no bounds, and it is infinite. We mentioned a few verses of the Quran about Allah's knowledge. And there are many of them in the Quran. One of the verses we mentioned, is the vastness of Allah's knowledge, so much so that he knows the hidden and the manifest, he knows what's inside your hearts, and what's outside, he knows about the crawling and on, on a black rock in the middle of the dark night in the middle of a desert. He knows each leaf where it falls and when it will fall
and how it will fall and why it will fall. Nothing, nothing is beyond his knowledge. And then we talked about that Allah knows the past, present and future. And for us, as human beings, we are limited in our knowledge, we cannot get full closure over what happens in our life, or sometimes with things we have control over some things we don't have control over. How do we approach it? So number one, Allah knows everything. And he knew everything. And he created the pen. We don't know what the it's not like the pen that we use. He created the pen, a writing thing, a recording thing. It's it's it's its features, and its description is known to Allah. And he said it said to it right,
and the pen said, What should I write my Lord and he said, Write everything that will be till the end of time. And this happened before the creation of this universe. By 50,000 years before the creation of everything, even paradise and hellfire by 50,000 years. Allah knew way before that and infinitely he wrote it 50,000 years before the creation. Third thing Allah subhanho wa Taala then willed for everything to be so after he knew what will be, he wrote what will be and then he willed what will be the difference is that when you're when Allah wills something, it means he allows that He permits it. He lets it be He gives permission I think can happen without his permission. And
fourthly, after he willed it, ALLAH SubhanA wa Taala created it. Everything that you see unfolding before your eyes, or you cannot see it, everything that unfolds in this universe, whether it was billions and billions of years of you
ago billions and billions of light years ago, and to the billions of years in the future, Allah creates it to unfold and happen as time goes on. We said that Allah is the creator of time, therefore he is not bound by time, he is not bound by space, therefore to Allah, there is no past, future and present, so Allah knows it all, but to us we know because of the motion of time, we also said that Allah subhanahu wa Allah, He gave us some will, in certain things, and he did not give us will in other things, we have free will, in certain things, everything else we have no free will in it. What are the things that we have free will in, they are all the things which ALLAH SubhanA wa
Taala created us to do. And because of that, he sent to us a Quran and revelations and prophets to tell us commands and prohibitions. He showed us the guidance, he told us about cause and effect. He said that you have control over your actions, and you are responsible for the consequences of your deliberate actions. So anything God told us to do or not to? Do we have control over that.
Now, we answered the question, if Allah subhanaw taala had willed everything, how is it that I have control since it is only in God's control? He is the one who wills that he wrote it. We answered the question of God read everything upon me. How is it that I still have choice? We answered the question by saying, when Allah wrote what you will do, he didn't write it to make you do it. He wrote it on the basis that he knows what you're going to do. And we gave some examples about a child and a little fire. And we gave examples about digging a hole. And we gave samples about driving a car, we gave many examples about, we gave an example about the teacher, we gave examples about going
into the future and coming backwards and writing what's in the future. It's not your fault, but it's, you know what's going to happen. So humans do things that they have control over. And Allah will hold you accountable for the things which you have free will over. But the things which you don't have free will over, Allah will not hold you accountable for them, you're born, there are certain things which are absolutely outside of our control, such as the family, you were born into the gender, you're a male or a female, that's not your choice. How long you will live, when you will, when you will, when you will be born, when you will die, how much sustenance you're going to
get in this world, the opportunities that will be given to you in this world. All these are things which you have no control over the sun setting and the sun rising, the universe, the solar system, all of that stuff is not in our control, and therefore we will not be asked about it.
We will not be asked about it. We also spoke about we answered the question, if How do I? How do I deal with suffering and consequences in my life? How do I deal with things that have happened, which Allah had willed and they happened, whether they were my choice, or whether they were outside of my choice. And I mentioned four ways to think about it. Islam teaches us four ways to deal with suffering and things out of your control and within your control, when they have happened. Number one always think that God could have a plan for you, or he has a plan for something else through this. So it doesn't happen for no reason there is a plan, or Allah has made it to test you. It's one
of your tests in life for your hereafter. If you pass that test, you will benefit both in this world and in the next, you will get stronger, you will gain more things in this life and in the hereafter. Also, you have earned it. Number three, it could be that Allah subhanho wa Taala is going to bring good out of this suffering or out of this thing. Maybe this has to happen in order for something better to come out in the future. Who knows? Allah knows, we don't know. And lastly, it could have been your own mistake your own bad choices. And what do we do with that? We learn from them. Allah gave us free will with choices and he gave us weaknesses. We make mistakes. Why did Allah make us
make mistakes? What Allah Subhana Allah allow us to make mistakes, because we are a learning human being Allah wants us to learn and to understand, and we spoke about the purpose of life. Allah subhanaw taala told us that through mistakes, you learn good things. Allah did not create the bad except so you can know the good, evil, you know the good if there was no evil, you won't know the good from the evil. If there was no mistakes, then people will not learn things like empathy, forgiveness, mercy, goodness, they wouldn't appreciate what they have is not correct.
Everything will just be haphazard and without a choice and without sorry, without any purpose. And we spoke that Allah subhanaw taala made us successes in this life. And he told the angels and took pride in front of them of this human being you and me, that we are successes we are entrusted with this world. Allah wants us to learn about his creation, about him about ourselves about this world that surrounds us about our relationship with Him, He created us, and we are able to make through our choices, great choices to rise in our piety and our righteousness even above the angels. Or we can make bad choices deliberately, and make yourself sink way below even the animals and lesser than
the animals. And some animals are even better than humans. So my brothers and sisters, we have complete control over our choices of whether we want to obey or disobey, do good or do evil lie or be honest, and all that stuff.
We answered many questions and insha Allah We continue today, very quickly. Predestination means where things have already been decided a long time ago, where they will end up and they will not go anywhere else, no matter what you do. They are decided by Allah
godog and Cadore are two words we use. We said godog means God's knowledge of everything that will be and Kadar means Allah's Will to create and make what he knows will be to come into reality.
No one can change that. Because if you were to be able to change that, then God doesn't know everything. That's what you're saying. Where does Allah subhana wa Taala create a record all this knowledge we learned in the Quran, Allah tells us there is something called a low Halima falls, the preserve tablet to the book of decree, up with Allah subhanho wa taala. We don't know what it looks like what it is, but it contains the knowledge and the records of every thing that will ever be and where it will go.
That knowledge is only to Allah. We mentioned some Quran verses last week about Allah saying no one knows what is in it, except he and whomever he wills to show. So he shows his angels some of these things that are in his book of decree. Why does he show his angels because Allah created the angels to carry out certain duties in life. Allah does not need the angels, but he created them to manifest his his His royalty and his power, and also to show us that we are so important that the angels are also there for us. And there's something about us as humans, when we learn God has angels. It's kinda like a connection, a closeness between us and Allah more to know who he is more to know about
him. Subhanahu wata isla. It's not just an empty world, there are angels and Allah made these angels they come to your house, sometimes they make supplications for you, some of them, they whisper good things for you. Some of them they write good and bad deeds for you. The whole world of the angels is another topic, all unsewn
so some things Allah reveals to the angels to carry out and some things he hides from them. I want you to remember that part because today we're going to talk about that, that the angels, God shows them and gives them orders from that book of decree, the place where we had all the records, and then they take it to carry it out.
We're going to come back to that.
So in sha Allah today, I will now go through the questions that cause people confusions about God, law and kadar. And it is compulsory for every Muslim to believe in that everything is in God's will. Allah has knowledge, he recorded everything, all the good and all the bad, although it is just good and bad in our perception, but to Allah subhanho wa Taala everything is good.
But in our perception, Allah made us see good from bad so that we can run our lives in accordance with the way of righteousness and goodness. And so that there are two types, the ones who are deserve righteousness and rewards and those who don't. It's up to us, Allah Subhana Allah gave us the path. My brothers and sisters, I want to answer one question that someone brought up to me and usually young people living in the West asked me this question. I don't know if it's because of social media or people are constantly in search.
I take it lightheartedly from the Muslims themselves they should know. But unfortunately, knowledge these days is not
how many there's a lot of knowledge but a lot of people don't understand that knowledge need to ask. So there is a question about karma and luck. How does that fall in line with Kado? That's our first question for today. Do Muslims believe in karma? Do we believe in luck? And here is the answer in sha Allah. First, you need to understand what karma is. It's a Buddhist term Buddhists are the ones who
believe in karma, maybe even Hindus, and luck is just luck. Everybody hears about luck.
We have Kadar, that's all we have, we don't have karma and luck. We call it kadar. Because it gives the full meaning. But karma, I'm not going to go into a whole lecture about it. Basically, it is the Buddhist belief that there is no God. No, God controls anything. In fact, they hate the idea of God. They don't like the idea that God commands you and tells you what to do.
Instead, you humans are the ones who make yourself and you are in complete control of yourself and your actions. There is no one who has predestined anything for you.
You were just here.
Don't know how you've got control. Don't know how you had control. And there are laws in this world don't know where these laws came from. But they're here. And they have five laws. They call it the laws of karma. And
they call it
let me just quickly
remember the name?
Okay, where did I write it?
So anyway, the word Karma means action. And I know that a lot of you think that it means what goes around comes around. And I'm going to answer that question as well. Is what goes around comes around comes around true. And is karma true. So karma is basically laws.
And we'll just call them laws, I forgot the name that they use. They say there are five laws in this universe, the law that governs the solar system, the galaxies, gravity, things like that. The laws that govern action and consequences, you do this, this will happen cause and effect the laws that govern that. There are the laws that govern our genetics and our biology and how the process of growth happens. Biology,
perception instinct, how do birds know where to go in their migration? How does the salmon know where to go? The fish how to human beings grow to love their parents is called perception and instinct. They say these are the laws there. They have the laws of
what they call
the law of the many laws, but one of them is which is very interesting is called Dharma Niyama, which is the law of mysterious, non egotistic processes, mysterious stuff. So they give you all these laws, and have one law, which is they go to mysterious, nobody can explain it.
And then they tell you, but you are in control, and you can rise and reincarnate until you become you become the enlightened one. Like Buddha. Buddha means the enlightened one. So basically, you're kinda like semi gods, yourselves.
Buddhists fail to answer the question. Where did these laws come from? How? How is it that these laws govern all these things? Who put these laws into motion the way they are?
Who put our genetics and biologist to run the way it does? Who put actions and consequences? Who put cause and effect who put these physical laws? And who put these emotions in these from which we derive our ethics right and wrong? Who put these laws into place? Where did they come from? What about those mysterious things that happen? An earthquake? Why we don't know you were there at the wrong time. They say it's bad luck. That's the best they come up with other people or they say it's karma.
See, in Islam, in Qatar, all of these are fine. Yes, there are laws that govern all these. But who is the one who set these laws in motion, and precisely measured them to do the things they do like that?
Someone is behind,
not you and me. We didn't just pop out here and near their
God, Allah, the Creator of everything, put these laws into motion, even in science,
the scientists who believe in evolution, evolution is a process. If all of it is true, again, there is no problem for Muslims.
If it is true, and there is evolution, that's how the world processes and grows, who is the one that put the process of evolution into motion? God, Allah.
And there is nothing random. We don't believe in randomness. We believe that Allah put everything into motion. But you see, the problem with people is
They compared God to creation, we always think about God that he thinks like us. Allah is outside of all time, space and creation. How can even conceive this creator god?
I remember once, at Latrobe University, back in my days when I was about 2021, I see a group of Christian brothers and sisters, we say brothers and sisters in humanity, by the way, so we can be brothers, sisters in humanity. And they're talking about the Bible and their version of the Bible, they had something called Born again. So, and they adapted, and sort of brought a new kind of way of thinking, cutting the story short, I ended up in a debate with them for about three hours. Three hour debate was my friend's faults. They go, come on, take them on. I said, this is not about a wrestling match, guys, because we want to learn. Anyway, I was young, myself younger. And they got
me and I got hyped up, started a debate with him.
By the will of Allah, he wasn't me. It's the truth. But when you know the truth, you can say it better. Well, he there was about seven of them. Just simple questions.
I won't go into detail. But there was this guy sitting with them.
Or standing with him who's an atheist. And they're trying to convince him that Jesus is the Son of God, and that he died on the cross for our sins to be
forgiven and all that.
And this guy wasn't buying any of it.
Back and forth, back and forth, and I'm watching. Then I come in, this is how it started. And I started with the atheist. So Brother, what's your name? He said, I forgot his name Michael or something. I said, Well, what's so hard about believing in the Creator God, he said, You guys are telling me he thought I was Christian. So you guys are telling me that this magnificent God has a son, and that this son died on the cross. If God had a son, he'd be a second God. And then he says, a second God died, God dies. And God needs a son. I mean, if he's going to be God, it's going to be nothing like us. As simple as that. We have children, he doesn't have children. Otherwise, he is
limited like us. He has needs and emotions and desires.
And I said, Alright, so I gave him some analogy. I said, if an archaeologist finds a pot in the desert, and that archaeologist and his team or her team, they come up and I tell you about a civilization that lived here 4000 years ago, and they've never seen them, they've never met them, just from that pop. They can tell you what language they spoke, how they dressed, their social systems, their beliefs, everything, isn't it? Right? It even though they never met them from a pot. He goes true. I said, All right. So look around you, you got the tree, you got the leaves, you got the sun, you got the clouds, the moon yourself, your fingerprints? Doesn't isn't this the pot of an
archaeologist to show you who made it? And who put it here? Surely it tells you something with your intelligence. And you know, he said, I can I can. That makes sense to me. But I can't understand this magnificent God who's like this still has a son.
So I whispered to my God, I'm Muslim. We say there is only one God worthy of worship. He has no son, no father, no partner, no wife, nothing can exist. Nothing like him. And then he Wallahi he got so happy. You said that makes a lot of sense to me. He was giving us some pamphlets to talk him and started giving them out himself. So we turned around to these Christians. And they said to me, how did you convince him? I said, well just spoke the truth.
I said, so you guys are telling me as a son, and I mean, that's your belief. But is it right? Or is it wrong? So we're having an intellectual discussion.
But my brothers and sisters hamdulillah by the end of it, the truth, I don't want to brag about it, but hamdulillah it was really good that day and you know, 300 people about about 300 people were listening. Some of them converted, some of the Muslims came up I never knew they were Muslims. They didn't even look like Muslims. That's all very sad you know, like when I say don't look like Muslims in there look like anything but Muslim.
Not that there is a particular Muslim look, but you know, there is a look that tells you
you know, that that's, that's really far from what Islam says. And they're like, hyped up hamdulillah hope Insha Allah, it was a way to learn about their Deen.
So brothers and sisters, we have Alhamdulillah the belief of Allah in the most balanced
way that fits with our instinct, and our minds and our hearts. Okay, what about luck?
We can say good luck. We can say bad luck. We say, you know, lucky, but that's just the figure of speech. Because Allah says in the Quran, Allah EULA Cora Illa, who have been Alvim no one receives the goodness of paradise except he who is fortunate
And, and also in Arabic can be translated as luck. But it depends what you mean. If luck is in itself an entity, it just does what it does, like it's a god or something, then no, this is disbelief in God. But if you say luck is just something that we cannot understand it just happened. You know how they say, in common words, it is what it is? Why it is what it is, it happens, such as life. That's how we kind of say it right? Because we don't know more than that. But all that is controlled by Allah. We just call it luck, because we don't know what it is. But as a Muslim few Psylocke always said, it's better not to say it. But if you want to say say fortune or misfortune,
but you want to say luck, say in the meaning of that Allah is in control of something that I cannot comprehend and understand.
But I'm going to accept it and move forward because Allah only does good and wise things.
do we believe in what goes around comes around?
You know that if you do something, sooner or later, it's going to do a ripple effect is going to come back at you. It's going to come back, or we see this on YouTube. Somebody does this. I don't want to say the name to say Karma is a this or that. Right? Karma came back.
Again, karma in itself
is not a god. It has no intelligence, no ability, nothing. It's just the process of laws, you do this, that will happen. You put your hand in the fire, it will get burnt. Okay? If you mean like that karma, then okay, fine.
But what goes around comes around in Islam, part of it is true. And part of it is not. Yes. It's not fixed and unchangeable, though. So for example, if you do something sinful.
Some people say, be careful, because Allah will bring it back into your family.
If you do that, if you abuse that girl,
then karma will bring back
for someone to abuse your sister.
Do we believe in that? No, we don't. Because when you say that, it's as if you're saying God is unjust and unfair. He punishes your sister because you went and did something wrong to another girl.
You are the criminal. And she is the victim, Allah will not get an innocent as the making the victim.
There's nothing like that.
And punishment is not really in this life, it's in the hereafter. But there are consequences to our actions which Allah has placed last to. Now if you've got up in front of your family, and you started to influence them to do wrong things, and you kept on saying it and saying that he influenced them, then yes, they're going to probably share in some of the consequences. But that's still your action. But we don't believe that what goes around comes around unnecessarily. Some things Allah stops them and they don't come back around. Such as if you repented to Allah, such as if you changed your way.
It doesn't mean that necessarily God's gonna get you one day.
It doesn't happen. Allah is merciful. We all make mistakes. That means we're all doomed here. There's nothing left. Everybody makes mistakes. That and that you accidentally stepped on a delivery stepped on you, you're finished because of that end. But Allah subhanho wa taala, He forgives, you may do some other work that takes care of this work.
And Allah Santana is watching all things. And inshallah we're going to talk about some things that look like they're changing Kadota they're changing predestiny. So we're going to talk about that.
Another question of confusion that comes to mind is, if Allah knows what we were going to do, why did He create us? I get this question all the time. Well, if Allah knew we were going to end up and we were going to go, Why create us? Well, it depends what you mean by that question. Last week, we addressed it, if you mean to say by that question, if you mean, why, what was the motive of God himself to create us when he knew where we're gonna go? The answer to that is not given to us. Allah says, let us know and che in our home use alone. Allah cannot be questioned about what he does. You can't comprehend what he does. You can't and we gave the analogy of the baby going to the fire and
you're trying to explain to the baby and then the baby questioning you the baby will never understand why you prevent them from going to the fire. Same with Allah, there is a wisdom but if you mean by that question,
Why did Allah create us on earth here
and not just create us dead and in the hereafter and put us in paradise and hellfire and not make us go through this whole world since he knows? Then there is an answer to that.
hamdulillah in the Quran and Sunnah.
Why did Allah put us in the earth, and not just put us straight into Jannah or Hellfire since he knows it's not for him, he put us here for us. One of God's name is that he is the fear and just, he will not just give you a consequence of reward or punishment, without allowing you to fully understand and have the opportunity to live through it first. Why? Because on the Day of Judgment, when the records are given out, and your destiny is called out to you, based on what you've done in the past, you will not be able to say, Oh Allah, but I didn't do anything. And Allah will allow you to talk. And there is a Hadith of the Prophet Allah said that I just forgot where the source of it
was authentic, where he says, nobody will enter Hellfire until they are convinced they deserve it. Allah will not put you until a messenger comes to you. And you know, so it's a two way thing. But if he doesn't create you in this world, and you end up they're gonna say, but why Allah didn't do anything. I'll give you an example. I'm a teacher. And sometimes when we give exams, I give them this, okay? Not sometimes we give exams. And if I told a student if your teacher told you
listen, so and so you don't need to do the test. You don't need to do the exam. And they say why? So because look, I'm just going to fail you because I already know you're going to fail.
I'm your teacher, I've been watching you for years, you're going to fail? What are you going to say?
What's your natural response? As a student?
I didn't get a chance. Come on, sir.
So if he's a fair and kind teacher, he'll say, okay, sit the exam. You finished the exam, guess what?
Did the teacher make you fail? No, he knew that you were going to fail, right?
So, but now the difference is, when he tells you or she tells you, you failed? What can you say?
Fair enough. I understand.
Now you know your teacher is fair and good. And same with Allah subhanaw taala. Allah will not let you pass through everything until he gives you the opportunity. Because as humans we need it is fair for us to see even in court in law, before they sentenced you to anything they read out.
They read out what the accusation is what he convicted of, they make it very clear, do you understand? So it's fair for you to understand what's going on?
Understand now. So we go through it. My brothers and sisters, next question of confusion comes up now. We said last week, that it is up to us to choose the guidance Allah
has given us or not. You can choose to obey God or disobey God, right or wrong.
Allah told you be honest, you lied. Allah said to you
Don't lie. You obeyed Allah. Samantha says don't steal. You stole Allah that said, Don't steal, you chose not to steal, you obeyed Allah, and so on. Treat your wife good. You treated your wife good. Or you abused or you treated your husband good or you abused him. It goes both ways, by the way are unfair. Brothers and sisters and the list goes on. Yeah, you're good to your parents. Allah says Be good to your parents ended up being bad. The parents Allah says Be you are entrusted with your children. Either they fulfilled it or they abused their children. We have choice correct.
And we said
okay, then, if that's the case, then how do we explain the verse in the Quran where Allah subhanaw taala say Allah will show
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Kuno many meaning of the verse is and if your Lord willed it, if your Lord willed it, all of the people on the earth would have believed and obeyed. If Allah willed it, all of the people on earth would have believed and obeyed.
Oh you Muhammad?
Are you responsible to force people to be believers? You're not a force. If Allah willed, He would have made them all believers. What's the meaning of this verse? It's quite clear, but some people still confuse it. It means if Allah wanted to, he would have made everyone believers by force without their choice. But Did Allah will that? No, he didn't.
Out of His mercy and justice, he did not will that he will the opposite. He will that everyone can make their own choice if they want to believe or not. And that's why he said, Oh, Muhammad, you haven't been sent a force or upon them, you don't oblige them. It's up to them.
Do you understand that part?
So Allah could have forced you into it. And then we would say, well, then there's no purpose in living God just made us to live out whatever he wrote for us. And that's it. We got no choice. We're just robots. But no, that's not the case. You have a choice? If Allah will did, he would have not given your choice. But the opposite is true. Is that question answered? Is that clear? But if that is clear, I'm going to bring up another verse of the Quran that can cause confusion to this, Allah says, Yeah, D me
or your brain or me.
It is he who wills for who is going to be guided, and that is he who wills who is going to be misguided.
We just said before, if Allah wills that he would have made everybody believers. Now the verse seems like it's contradicting. It says, if Allah wills, He would have guided you. Sorry, Allah says, He guides whoever He wills, and he miss guides, whoever He wills.
That seems like a contradiction, we've returned back to the same origin, it means we are forced, we're robots. What is the answer to that? Again, it's a misunderstanding what it means. It says, Allah gives the guidance for them to see and gives the misguidance for whom ever he wants to see.
Then the choice afterwards is this. You either take the guidance, Allah showed you clearly or you take the misguidance that Allah showed you, clearly, he willed to show you guidance, and he will show you miss guidance. And he showed to some people more guidance than others. And he showed to some people miss guidance more than others as he sees fit. The choice afterwards is yours, but you cannot outsmart Allah nor can you outdo him in wisdom and fairness. So he is fair and wise in the way and ALLAH SubhanA. Allah has given everybody the guidance and misguidance really
and when he gives you guidance, it means he will for you to have the guidance, or he will for you to see the misguidance all depending on how he sees you, who is fit to see this match, who is fit to see that much. Do you understand? Now we have another problem. Allah says him ever Allah guides, no one can misguide and deliver Allah misguides no one can guide. What is the answer to that question. It means him ever Allah shows the guidance to which is everybody and whoever Allah shows the misguidance to which is everybody.
If you choose to take that guidance, and you keep going down that line, no one can mislead you after that. Because you're going down the guidance of God. If you continue that way, nothing can misguide you. If you take the misguidance, which Allah said, Don't go, and you keep going down that path, and you keep going and going and going. Well, if that's your choice, then nothing's gonna guide you.
Understood. It's similar to the Hadith of the Prophet SAW Selim, where he said,
Whoever has no shame, do whatever you want.
can convince you otherwise you have no shame.
There's no shame.
It's like a person who says So what if we walk around nude? What's the big deal? You have no shame.
So what if I steal I'm just taking property everybody else steals You have no shame.
So what if everybody sleeps with everyone and we get abortions and we have no shame. You have no dignity you, you are not a human. You your humanity is empty. They are not dignified. These are just words. And Allah says okay, if you keep going down that line, what's going to guide you?
Again, it's your choice, my brothers and sisters, your choice.
Finally, there are those whom Allah seals their hearts
and blinds their spiritual vision.
If he knows, they have been given every chance, but they choose one thing. They choose arrogance over sincerity.
Who has the choice of being arrogant or sincere you are Allah.
So you have your actions and you have your heart. Some people. I'll give you an example. We're giving a class right now. Alhamdulillah about cobalt and copper. Some people, you you have chosen to come here today, you chose to come here today,
you have entered this class. Oh, good. But there's something inside your heart. I don't know. Only Allah knows. If you entered from that door to sit here with an arrogant heart.
So if you've come in here, let's say someone came in here, just to hear what I say in order to respond.
In order to put doubts, in order to take it away and confuse people with it.
That's an arrogant person, Allah is not going to show him the guidance. Because he or she has chosen not to accept the guidance, Allah will not force the guidance on that person.
But if you entered this room with an open heart, and you're sincere, and you want to give yourself a chance to learn,
Allah will open the guidance for you to see because you've made the choice to want it.
You made the choice to want to,
you may see at night and lift your arms up to Allah when no one is around. And you say My Lord, on last. Oh Allah guide me. On condition you ask the one true God. You don't ask Buddha you don't ask.
You don't ask Jesus. You don't ask Moses, you don't ask the angels. You don't ask Muhammad. You don't ask the idols. You don't ask Jupiter. Right? You don't ask the zodiac signs.
You don't ask Nisha, you don't ask all those other people. You ask Allah. And you really want guidance, Allah will open the doors for you. Anyone who asks Allah for guidance and see that Allah will guide them.
Anyone who doesn't want it misled. Remember the story of bliss, the shaitan the only reason Allah took him out of the rank, which he had, he was a believer. But Allah told us that in his heart, there was a stick bar is stuck. He became arrogant, so he could not see the light anymore. Instead, he became more evil. And he blamed God for it.
Adam, Adam and Hawa
they also they also made a mistake. They were forbidden from eating from the tree in paradise, but he forgot he forgot that it was forbidden. He's a human and he ate from it forget fully when he made the mistake. He didn't blame God. He said, Oh Allah forgive us we have made a mistake. Allah was an angry with them. But look at the difference that bliss arrogance could not see the light, even though he was with the rank of the angels forever.
Sanam was only in Paris for about a few years, decades. He was just being born just been created. Yet his heart was not arrogant. And so he saw the other side.
And now we come to the question, okay, there's this answer the question of the Hadith where Allah says, the hearts of all of the children of Adam, all our hearts are between two fingers of my Lord, he flip flops them in any direction he wills. Now when we say the two fingers this is we're not describing Allah as having two fingers like a human. The prophesy Salam said this. But what it means is that Allah is set promises me saying that Allah has control over our hearts, He can make them go in the right direction on the wrong direction. What is the answer to that? We say, when you want the guidance, Allah leans your heart towards the guidance. When you want the misguidance Allah leans
your heart towards the misguidance. Have you ever been in a situation where in the beginning you didn't want to do bad things? You did then you your friends influenced you then you saw? I'll do one? You did that one you thought, Oh, I didn't get a lightning strike. God didn't give me a lightning bolt bolt. I'll do a second one. Oh, I got a bit of attention. I enjoyed it. The third 1/4 One. Now you start liking the sin. What's happening to the heart. Allah is allowing it to lean towards the Haram now. Then you change around. You repent to Allah and then you start. Firstly don't want to come to the masjid first you don't want to pray then you start doing it. Then you say I'm
going to do it. I've made the decision. First time second time then suddenly your heart begins to love it.
So this is what it means that Allah Subhana Allah when you want the guidance, Allah helps you by making your heart lean towards the guidance. When you don't want the guidance. Allah makes your heart lean towards them His guidance, but you still have a conscience can always wake up
toward my brothers and sisters.
There is a question now that the Companions asked the Prophet peace for you
already, they said, O Messenger of Allah,
everything God wrote and willed.
Is it definite?
Absolute, unchangeable and gone in the past? Or is there some of it, that God will write in the future? That's not written yet?
He responded, Allah has already written everything and everything is precisely measured and done till the end of time. Already gone. So then they came with the question
then Oh messenger of God, what's the point of doing anything? Why work? Why pray? Why fast? Why do good? Just sit there and wait until whatever God has written comes?
But the Prophet SAW Selim replied, and I think I've already answered it but this will just reinforce it. He said a man who NO NO NO NO NO NO, you have to act you have to do why for couldn't He said
yeah Malou for couldn't learn more Yes, sir. On lemme holy corner.
Lusardi for you, for you. Yes, sir. One le amellia Allyssa shakar? What if a yes sir only Amelie Alicia Kawa. He said, act and do. It's not like that. For if Allah I'll just give you the interpretation. For if Allah knows already, that you are going to choose and work towards paradise in your life, he will ease the pathway to it, he will create the means for you because you've already made the decision. And if he knows that you are going to work and choose the pathway of hellfire, he will also ease the pathway for you.
It is up to you. So Allah wrote what he knows you will choose. And then he created the means for you to go.
completely your choice. That's why some people they say, Well, why is it that all these people are doing all this bad this bad this bed and their businesses are going so well? Bad, bad, bad, and looks like their marriage has gone so well. Bed bed bed and education is so well or the wealth is so well. And I don't know when the driving great car? No. Yeah, you know, we don't measure it like that. How do you know? Maybe this person has made the decision to the pathway of hellfire. So Allah said, I will ease whatever you want. But everything you do is on your way to the fire.
And what's going to happen to all that business and wealth. Allah says good iluminar let you have fun, everything upon it is going but just in case on a day of judgment, here's a little bit of kindness to you, since you chose this pathway. I let you enjoy the worthless life. You got what you wanted. Because I don't oppress anyone. That's what Allah says in the Quran. rabuka with Allah may Allah but Allah does not oppress anyone.
Do you understand? Same a person is doing good, good, good, good. And all you see is having misery in life, meaning, what we see, we think that his marriage is not going well. We think that the cause not nice, their wealth is not neither business is not going well. How do you know? That person could be very happy and content inside that you can never ever dream of, and no matter how much money you have, but their pathway, even with all these struggles, God knows why they're going through that struggle. There is a reason. Perhaps if he gave him, maybe he'll lose it. Maybe he lose the way God knows. It's on his way. But at the end, he's on the right path. He's gonna He's working towards
paradise. And that's why the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam was sitting in his house one time, and his house was very, very humble.
Oh my god, Allahu Anhu enters. He sits from Salem, let him enter. He sits down smiling. Then after about five minutes he looks around start crying. Ahmad is crying.
So now you have kicker you're all mad what's making you cry? Oh man. He said yeah rasool Allah.
The kings of Persia are reclining on silk and pearls and gold and eating from the most exquisite meals. The kings of Rome.
The kings of Egypt and New York rasool Allah, the best of creation. Look at your state.
Bit of barley that hasn't been prepared
a bowl I don't know what's in it. A little Lenten have to light up your your light, you've got no fuel in your bed. It's a thin tiny layer of mattress.
It's not even a mattress, it's straw. And your pillow was caused. I can see the marks of the straw on your body are Rasul Allah. And you are the legalese
from Selim said Don't say that. Yeah. Omar. And are you Rodica and Allah Holman, Anna Lena Jana wala Hamid
and allow you to DECA and Allahu dunya. When Allah is not enough for you, that they all they're going to get his this world and we get the hereafter doesn't matter.
And by the way, it probably wasn't poor because he chose to be poor. He was poor because his wealth was always given.
He gave it. He didn't say, we don't have to live like that, of course gonna live in luxury if you want but don't forget, and don't let your heart be misguided. Be very careful with that.
I'll do two more problems and then we'll end in sha Allah Huhtala.
answered this one
What if someone brings up the authentic hadith that says,
the Prophet peace be upon him said,
I swear by the Almighty Allah, the One who possesses my soul in his hands.
be spending your entire life working in goodness and righteousness. Until if you died at that moment, there will be only a palm links between you and Paradise you're about to get there. And then before your death, you change around and you end up among the people of the fire.
And it could be that you're doing the opposite. You do bad all your life until there is a palm link between you and hellfire. And then before your death, you change and you do the acts of the actions of the people of paradise and you end up in paradise. How is that fair? How is that fair, the guy lived all his life in sin ends up in paradise, the other one lives His love doing all that good ends up in hellfire.
This is explained with another Hadith. You can't just take one Hadith explained another Hadith Rosa Salam says In another Hadith with a with a word added, he or she does good.
To what appears to you is good.
But what is in secret which you don't know about them. They've always been doing the acts of the people of the fire.
But in front of you, you don't see it. Perhaps it's in their heart, maybe not in their bedroom at home, perhaps it's in their heart, you don't know.
And the person who's doing sins all their life, you don't know their secrets either.
Perhaps there is some secret act they're doing that you don't know about. But Allah because of that He's forgiving. Perhaps in their heart, they're just confused. They're struggling. They've got a mental illness. They've suffered, they've been abused. They haven't had someone to guide them. They haven't been able to receive knowledge they wanted, but their hearts are good.
And then Allah, finally they see the guidance, they take it and they go for it and end up people have agenda. But what we see what we see.
You see, they say you don't know a person until you test them. You know a person until you deal with them in money. You don't know a person to go into business partnership with them. You don't know a person until you go on to travel with them. Is that right? Until you live with them? It's not correct to us. We're all beautiful. But what do we know about each other that Allah knows that person who was sitting he could be every night sitting yob crying? When are you going to take away this wall? That is between me and knew?
When is this gonna end the Arab but aegyo guidance? How do you know?
So my brothers and sisters, Allah is our hammer Rahimi and he knows more than us. I think I mentioned this last week.
I'll answer this one insha. Allah, I got this question asked the other day.
Are the outcomes of things, the outcomes, you do something and there's an outcome?
Is that outcome?
Also in our choice?
This is a very good question. I'll tell you why.
You're driving and you decided to speed.
You hit a car, God forbid.
That had several people in there.
One of them died. One of them was severely injured. And one of them nothing happened to him or her.
Are you responsible?
You're responsible? Are you accountable? You're accountable. How much are you accountable? That's another question. In the law with the judge, that's one thing and with Allah, it's another. Allah knows, maybe you forgot. Maybe you didn't mean it. Maybe we're not negligent.
Maybe you were negligent depends Allah is fair, but you are responsible. How question here is the outcome?
It was your choice.
Would you choose that outcome? No. But it happened Correct.
You are responsible for the action you did.
You are very aware of the possible consequence of speeding.
Is that correct? If you were holding your phone, you are aware of the possible danger that can happen as a result of looking at your phone? Are you aware or not aware?
You are aware?
Did you speed or not speed? Were you negligent or not? Okay.
The outcome is not in your hands. That is in Allah's hands.
You might ask, but it's not my fault they died. It is.
It's just that Allah subhanaw taala allowed them to die. And for you to be responsible for at that moment.
Perhaps Allah spent that I made them die for other reasons as well. The point of the matter is,
You are the cause and your cause was because of your own choice. And your choice was based on pure knowledge. Your choice was based on knowing the dangers.
The degree of how much it's your fault is another answer. Allahu Allah. It's another question. It could be a lot could be a little bit. But the point is you hold accountability. But the outcome is always Allah's? Have you seen accidents that look like everybody would have been completely disintegrated. But they come at walking, like nothing happened to them? Who chose that outcome? Allah also chose that outcome, but we kind of focus on the bad rather than a good.
We focus on the bad one, as soon as bad as why, why, why? But do you know how many millions of times this bad could have happened but Allah prevented it? Why don't we count all the good as well? Because that's the nature of humans.
And Allah tells us, you know, I know you do not know, what do we do in that case? Perhaps Allah had a plan. Perhaps it was a test for your hereafter, perhaps good is going to come out and perhaps you're going to learn from your choice, a big lesson. Perhaps? Had this not happened? Something greater was going to happen. Perhaps perhaps, perhaps
Subhanallah the other day? I had to do a marriage up in Sydney. Someone called me can you please come and do so Brother please. It's going to cost you a lot of money. The aeroplane the hotel the fee that is that? Come on. Just get a share from there. I want you to do it. Okay, my pleasure. Book me a ticket. Another person had another marriage here in Melbourne. A little few hours before them. Zero. I'll do it.
Suddenly, outside of my control. The flight was brought forward. It was canceled brought for you now it's happening at the moment. Now I had to cancel the marriage here. I
called him up. I called the first celebrant. He's busy called the second celebrant. It was his risk. It was his
he went and did it. I couldn't do it. Got an aeroplane on my way to Sydney Wallahi. They said for that I've traveled over Allah and maybe 100 times. They said we have an engineering fault in the plane. The door something's wrong with it.
We disembarked was a big problem. Flight canceled.
Called the brother up let's see another flight lets it know. All the other flights are too late.
Called up another celebrant in Sydney. It was his risk. He went and did it.
And I paid $36 for the taxi
I called up my nephew to pick me up. He's asleep called up my second nephew to pick me up Wallahi says Oh, come on more. Comes has an accident.
How do we explain that?
There is because not mine.
I tried. But it's out of my hands. The accident my nephew didn't know had he known he wouldn't come that way.
hollows in these situations. We don't know. It's a mystery. You do what you can. The outcome is Allah's however.
What was my intention? What was my objective? Remember, we talked about it last week?
Allah rewards you based on your intention and objective right there and then I changed my intention. And I said Alhamdulillah I'm happy for paying for the taxi. I made the
aren't for the celebrant who took that one and died for the celebrant debt one and Allah here, I was genuinely happy for them after that.in every sense of that I felt amazing like I had earned $50,000 from this. Why did I say 50,000? What can I say 100,000 $100,000
Brothers and sisters, in these circumstances, Ming is patient and gives in says hamdulillah Allah subhanaw taala good and bad. There's always something good will come out in sha Allah Allahu Allah, those 300 200 passengers on what each of their fate was going to be by being counseled. It's not just me in this life, Allah who are them, you understand my brothers and sisters.
The outcome isn't Allah's hands, the choice and the objective and the intention is yours. What comes out in the end,
you accept and say Alhamdulillah good or bad, keep moving forward and I recited the verse here and I'll finish it with that in the Salah. Tonatiuh Allah says in surah Al Hadid vehicle ala Mo Farah team Milan rugby come Majan rice each other
to forgiveness from your Lord and the paradise Armando has gone on this
it's vastness is like all the skies and all the earths and all the planets everything
where it does nothing. Man.
He was only has been prepared for those who believe and put their trust in Allah and His messengers.
Further on Allah subhanaw taala says next verse he says he led some wild
turkey Boom Why Allah? Allahu Bhima
Do not despair over the things that passed you and you didn't get
don't despair, over the things that passed you and you didn't get the fortune. And do not rejoice too much. Don't sit there not rejoice don't feel proud. Over the things that you did get.
Well, Allahu Allah, your head bucola McTernan. Allah doesn't like every person who flip flops between acts of hypocrisy. One minute he loves me one minute he doesn't want me he's grateful one minute he doesn't depend on what I give him what I don't for hood, so as boastful things he he deserves everything. Don't be one of those people. And this verse really lets us come down. You went to the auction? You bid on the car
you didn't get it? Far man and he just sit there for hours some people they even fight Yeah, he wasn't yours.
Forever Can you help me out? You get another brother? Once I went to buy a house a long time ago.
There's there's 40 people there. How many? About 40 people? One other Muslim?
Me and another Muslim? The rest non Muslims 40
this Muslim so now what else? Except me to come and try to manipulate me not to buy the house? What about the other 38 people? It's amazing.
Look at that house over there. There's trouble over there. You tried to put me off we're gonna hold on? How do you even know even going to you know what Wallahi we went even a drop next to what other people offered. But this May Allah forgive this brother. He earned a sin by saying that and we went even Allah wasn't even written at all nowhere near it.
And he went, you know, 400 times more than what we could afford. So my brothers and sisters
Yanni Subhan Allah
make your choices right? Remember you will be questioned or do the right thing by Allah subhanho wa Taala and what you get out of Alhamdulillah take cause and effect work with conditions. You know, you don't just sit there saying whatever Allah right now work, you have to keep going. You have to do what you can you have to plan but when things don't go your way, say Don't say if only I had done so and so this and that would have happened. How do you know?
How can you possibly know?
Forget about the past.
Learn from any mistakes you made. Now move forward. That's what Allah says. This is not something to learn from experts on YouTube brothers and sisters, this is in the Quran. Move forward. But keep Allah by your side. That's the only difference. Be optimistic. Be positive. Try again. Keep going.
Soon we'll all go back to Allah. My brother and sisters. May Allah Spinetta reward you and benefit you and us with this knowledge next week in sha Allah
I think the two more lessons on this and I'll have finished all the questions I have. I have more questions that I haven't talked about today Insha Allah, and
I'll give you five minutes if you want anyone who needs to leave. I'm sorry your backs have broken some of you probably can't feel your feet anymore. What can I say to you first I'm sorry. And secondly, God not Allah will Masha Allah Allah, Allah will do what He wills he does, you'll get better in sha Allah. It's all for sebelah how's that?
Any questions brothers and sisters? Brother is asking actually a question which I was going to talk about today. But now I have to I was gonna leave it till next class, but doesn't matter Brother is asking, how do you reconcile between Kado and Kadar and the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam which says nothing repels Kadar except for dua.
If you do do
the prophesy, Sam said it can repel a predestination.
The hadith majority of scholars say it's authentic. Some say it's weak. But there are other habits that are authentic, that mean the same thing, such as the one where perhaps Allah sallam said, Whoever connects the family ties
and is good to his or her parents.
So it says Whoever wants the sustenance to increase their profit and their life span to be longer,
then connect your family ties and be good to your parents.
And then he said,
and nothing changes color except for dua. The answer is very simple.
The fact that you were good to your parents, and you chose to connect your family ties, and you made dua was already in the cupboard. Allah knew that you were gonna make the DUA that will change and already Ocado, but that doesn't answer everything.
I'll tell you how it works. Remember, in the beginning, when I told you, there is a book of decree, everything is in it, nothing changes. And then there are angels who take the orders from that book of decree bit by bit when it's about to be passed down. So for example, someone will be born. Now's the time Allah sends that angel, someone will die hasn't happened yet. He sends the angel with that order. That Kadar, which the angels have is some of it is absolute. And some of it is called more Halak, which means conditional.
So there are two versions, there are two colors. The one in the book of decrees absolute, and the angels have a conditional color, the angels don't know it. And Allah Samantha likes to manifest the beauty of His servants, to his angels as well.
So the angel is going to take your life, let's say, at the age of 60.
That's what the angel of death knows. Then Allah sends a decree and says, stop,
stop, you would probably have had an accident, let's say God forbid, you're going to die from it. The angel says, Stop, you have the accident. You don't die, you survive. Allah had changed what the angel thought was going to happen. And Allah will say, The Book of decree overcomes the decree I gave you. It's already written, but it just wasn't released. Until that person does that good deed. Allah says, That person lived a life where his parents
were pleased with him or her.
And he was good to them. And he was patient. Even with their harshness, he was patient.
Angel of Death, I've extended his life who was already written another 40 years.
And I'm going to give him sustenance, his Superannuation is gonna be better.
Do you understand? So this is called Agile Moloch and agile Mokum a decree that is final and a decree that is conditional. Same with the dot
Allah and you're going to make dua. Do I have evidence for this? Yes, I have evidence. Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran yam hula hula Yasha what? Oh, explain it em hula hula Mallya SHA, Allah can raise anything he wants, any decree that was supposed to happen. While youth bid and he can make firm what decree he wants. Why. Then model keytab and with him is the book of all books, the decree the origin, the source, what does that mean? Dynamat said it
means some decree is about to happen, the angels think it's going to happen. Then Allah Subhana Allah says the book of decree already knew this, it's changed. The book of decree said it was going to change. Allah knew you were going to make dua. Allah knew you were going to do that. So then this was gonna happen and it was changed. Why does Allah do that? Because he wants us to be motivated. He wants us to make this the opposite of why we say it's already written, I should, why should I do it? No, so that you can make dua See, this motivates you? Don't ask me how it's so complicated and complex beyond our perceiver mind, it's beyond us. That everything's in its place perfectly. And
Allah knows that's it.
So when you make dua, for example, in the morning, you wake up.
And the Prophet SAW said, I'm taught a DA of the morning, get the book, brothers and sisters read the DA of the mornings. That's beautiful, for example, that's what's awesome is to say, Oh Allah, I asked you of the goodness of this day, and I seek refuge in You from the badness of this day. The fact that you made that diet could be the reason that if something bad was going to happen, Allah subhanaw taala will do one of three things. You're ready for it? This I'm literally saying the Hadith
which is in Sahih, Muslim, the Prophet SAW Salem, he told us, that when you make a DUA,
the DUA goes up into the heavens, to be responded to, at the time that it was supposed to be responded to. Why was it with another color was with the angels because the dot hasn't been made yet.
The order was already given. Then the dog comes.
But also asylum said and the decree is coming down
and they meet halfway.
He says for your persona, and they begin to wrestle your DUA, and the bed decree they wrestle.
If your DUA was stronger, came out really strong from you.
It fights off the entire quarter until nothing is left of it.
If your DUA was weaker, the coder comes down but with a new coder, weaker than the old one. Some of it happens. For example, you were destined to cross the road to school and get run over by a car caught forbid
you were supposed to break two legs
and have a damaged kidney.
But because of your Doha,
the car just nipped you. You didn't break anything. You just got a little bit of bruises.
That's a dua that was not stronger than the other completely with the cut but it weakened the color.
Or the source as I've said it equals the color of fire Dasara and Isla Yeoman. They keep wrestling till the till the Day of Judgment. Neither this happens nor that.
My brothers and sisters, that is why Allah process LM said Mala Miss alila Ubud Bali
whoever does not ask Allah make dua to Allah Allah gets angry with you.
The same only time I loved the anger of God.
Ask him talk to him. Otherwise Allah will be angry with you. Why aren't you talking to Allah? Opposite of humans? We'll talk about that next week in sha Allah and continue from here. Or SallAllahu Anabaena Muhammad while early or SOFIA Germaine was Salam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh