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Benefits Of Tribulations
Channel: Hamza Yusuf
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sallam. Diem, Allahu Allah and Medina Illa Allah.
Allah Allah Allah.
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Allah Hamza arena.
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I wanted to inshallah go over a booklet that was written by
a man known as Sultana Rama, the Sultan of the scholars is as the Dean of disease,
a tsunami, and he died in 660. He lived in Egypt. And he's was known also to have mastered the two methods, which is rare
in the history of Islam. In fact, I think he's the only person that really has that Malcolm, he wrote this book.
And he called it a fictional world, but I will man Barasa will forward it to the better one when the book of calamities, tribulations, hardships, and disasters
are the benefits of tribulation, and tests. And he wrote it actually to point out all the tests, the benefits that come from having tribulation in your life, and one of the aspects of the prophets of the law, and they were early was send them to SEMA. One of the most extraordinary aspects of the prophets Allison's life is that he never allowed tribulations to disquiet him. In other words, he never allowed any difficulties that he faced or hardships to perturb him to put him in a state of turbulence. And the word in Arabic for somebody who has forbearances called haleem. And the word haleem is a word that the prophets Eliza Adam was described as what kind of lemon ness he had more
forbearance than anybody else. That's a description. Now the word for intellect is him. That's one of the words for intellect is him. One of the things they accuse the prophets allies of was yousefi, who lamina he causes us to lose our intellects or to make us look like fools. Because Sophia is opposite of haleem. So the man of intellect is somebody who has him. And the man without intellect is somebody who has sofa and sofa is they say they call him telecon. It's sofa is a lightness.
There's no stability, because what intellect should do is it should stabilize you. And that's why the haleem is somebody who does not get disquieted, he doesn't get perturbed in life. Now, what's interesting about disquietude is that the word for dreamer is Harlem.
The word for a person who's dreaming is Harlem.
Right now, why do you think the word for somebody who does not get perturbed is haleem. And the word for a dreamer is hallym.
Alam is intellect but it's also dreams of Baba, hula, hula and so that use of the dreams were called empty dreams.
Why do you think there's a connection between him and dream and intellect?
Yeah, that you it's hard to dream when somebody is agitating you dreams need a state of quietude? In order for you to sleep. Now, the word for nipple is haleema. And a child when they're at the nipple, what happens to their state? What does the mother do when the child is in a perturb state the infant? She gives it the breast which is called haleema. And what happens to the child it goes into a state of complete quietude and relaxation. Now, isn't it interesting that milk
Knowledge are from the same source. And that's why when Sen. Omar in the sound Hadith saw a dream in which the Prophet milk was coming out of his fingers, and say that Omar was drinking it, and the prophets, the license said in
its knowledge, it's knowledge.
So isn't it interesting that Noah, which means to go astray means the inability to digest milk. In Arabic, you can look these up in Arabic dictionary, Hawaii, which is to go astray. The root of it means the inability to digest milk.
Because our first stage is to get through the two years, and in in western developmental psychology, they call it that first crisis is trust versus mistrust.
That that's what the child needs to realize is that they are in a safe environment. And if they're not given milk, they're neglected by their mother, if they're mistreated, they don't get through that first developmental stage. And then every stage after that is a disaster. According to Erickson, I mean, this is a theory in developmental psychology. But my point of bringing that up is that trust versus mistrust is related to whether or not the mother removes the disquietude of the child
or not. Because that's the key thing that the mother has to do is recognize that the cry of the baby, there's a reason babies cry. And if you grew up in this country, in the 60s, there was a character named Dr. Spock. And they're always giving new theories about how to raise children. But one of the theories in the 50s was mothers should ignore the cry of the child and regulate the milk according to fixed times.
Which is complete insanity. But that's what they did. And now look at the
society out there. So the haleem, the person who's haleem, is a person who in the face of tribulation, whether it's a person or whether it's a circumstance, they do not lose their cool, they do not become perturbed. And this is the hallmark of the prophets a lot is to them in terms of his behavior, with people and with circumstances is that for instance, he is described whenever people would speak ill to him he would return with infallibility here acid
it's that ability here acid.
The Quran says give a bad turn, repay it with a good turn. The prophets Allah Allah idea it was send them on the when he was migrating from Mecca to Medina, he actually salado and it was sent them according to the narration abubaker was very perturbed, he was he was troubled. And he would look at the Prophet and the prophet SAW them even though Soraka even medic was right behind them. And abubaker was was worried not about himself, he was worried about the messenger about law. So he was inactivity bad. But the prophets Eliza was in a state of tranquility. And he was reciting the Quran unperturbed when they were in the cave, and I will Booker was very nervous because right outside
where the Quraysh literally outside of the cave, and the prophets Eliza them was in a complete unperturbed state.
In battles, they said that the prophets allies and used to hide behind him some of the people when it got very difficult what they call math in America. So the famous story of the Jew that came to the prophets a lot, it was send them and purposely upset him in order to elicit a response. And it was Omar who got very angry and the Prophet was completely unperturbed, even though he was insulted by this man.
And the man said that he had seen all of the characters of prophecy except for one, him and he needed to test that. And so he purposely evoked a negative response but didn't get it from the province allies and so he knew that he had him or forbearance. So, one of the things about people that are disconnected from Allah subhana wa Adana, is that they get completely disquieted. Whenever things get difficult, and it's a sign of weak Amen.
People whose mind is weak when they lose the slightest thing
You see them disquieted perturbed. One of the things that we are increasingly becoming incapable of is listening to each other, just talk human beings without getting disquieted. So people can have civil arguments, they can have discussions, because once we start talking, I get heated, you elicit a response from me. Like the there was a physician in India who used to treat people with Rukia. And one of these modern physicians thought he was completely insane. And when you start arguing with him about this, and he's he said, how do you how do you think words can affect anything, you need to give people antibiotics, and you need to give them things that will change their state. And so the
other physician who believed in the rakia called him a donkey,
and he got really angry. And then he called him a pig, and he was about to kill him. And he said, two words, I said to you, and look at how they've changed your state,
your red and ready to kill me because of two words.
So words have the power to elicit responses from us. And so what hilmi is, is the ability to not allow your buttons to be pushed. And it really is one of the gifts of Islam. If people take it seriously, it's hard to do, and we're all working on it. At some degree, people get better at it than others. But it takes a great deal of effort, and it doesn't stop. It gets finer and finer. But removing resentment from the heart is a really difficult thing.
has said all these diseases of the heart. So this book he wrote, as a way of helping people to understand what tribulations really are because one of the reasons we get disquieted about difficulties is we don't understand what the wisdom of the difficulty is from Allah Subhana Allah to Anna, that's one of the real problems. So when Allah subhana wa tada gives you a difficult situation. If you believe in Allah, the difference between you and somebody who does not believe in Allah is that you will derive benefit from that condition. Now one of the beauties of the creation and for me, one of the greatest proofs of the existence of God is that if you do not believe in God,
you will live in a world that is godless.
And I really think that that is a proof for the existence of God. Because if you believe in God, you will live in a world filled with God. But if you disbelieve in God, you will constantly be reaffirmed in your disbelief.
And that's why atheists can't understand people that believe in God and people that believe in God can understand atheists, because both of them are seeing a proof for their belief.
They really are. And that's one of the meanings I think of the Hadith and I end up on the IMDb fairly I'm gonna be a Masha I am in the opinion of my servant. So if my a servant thinks I'm nothing, that's what he finds.
Allah is in the understanding of the believer. So if you believe I was with you, aligns with you. If you don't believe he's with you, he's not with you. And that's why despair is how Rahman every Abrahamic tradition.
It's how ROM and in Catholicism it's the unforgiving unpardonable sin, in Catholicism to despair from the mercy of God is actually the one thing they say is not forgiven. And that's a Billy's a blessa. You know, that's his disease. He despaired. And so he wants everybody else to despair. So part of the, the game that's being played in the world is to make everybody think that it's all horrible. And whenever you've talked to people that don't believe in God, or people in this age in particular, that's what what do they say to you? Look around you, how can you believe in God? Well, that's my whole point. I'm looking around How can I not believe in God?
So where's the problem? The problem is in what they call evil. And this is ultimately what every argument against the existence of God rests upon. It rests upon what they call the problem of evil. And that is why if somebody tells you they don't believe in God, what you should ask them to do is explain to me what your definition of God is because we might not believe in that same thing. In other words, I might agree with you
that I don't believe in that thing because one of the things that they've done is that they're trapped in a Christian Manichaean worldview, which is where good and evil are separate entities, whereas we believe Good and Evil are both creations of Allah.
See the Christian
Can't explain evil because they say God is all good. And God is all powerful. Well, if God's all good and all powerful, how do we explain evil in the world? Because if he's all good, he wouldn't create evil. And if he's all powerful, he would remove it from the world. This is I mean, this is the what they call the problem of evil in philosophy. That's the argument. So that is ultimately what atheists have a problem with. So one of the benefits of this is that we had scholars that looked at tribulations and said,
Never think something is evil, because you don't know.
Now on the one hand, we have a shediac that says killing is evil, right. So if somebody kills another person on justly, that's evil, and you have to the person should be punished or forgiven or whatever is done, but it's a wrong that needs to be redressed. So shedding is, is something that we have to live with. The law that allows given us just like here in this society, we have laws, many of them are congruent with our system of law. And that's what Rob is behind. He calls Adele and mcpa, which is shared by Muslims or non Muslims. And then you have what's called an Adele and mocha, which relates to the Shetty or the sacred law that a specific prophet has brought. And that Adela
can actually change, you can actually change but at that law, it's wrong to take somebody else's property. Everybody agrees on that. And that's the basis of entering into transactions with non Muslims. And that's why Muslims can transact with non Muslims because if we didn't have a shared understanding of justice, there's we couldn't communicate. But every non Muslim who's got any brains at all will agree with us on many basic points. And this is how it's capable for Muslims and non Muslims to live together. Based on these shared things, there are other things where we disagree and then the Shetty has ways of dealing with that. In a Muslim society, even non Muslims are allowed to
do things that Muslims aren't allowed to do.
So he begins his book Bismillah Ar Rahman Rahim In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate, every Muslim, traditionally began their book with either Bismillah or Alhamdulillah. And that was because the prophets Allah I sent him said that anything that begins without Bismillah is cut off from Baraka. And so it's a way of maintaining Baraka wa salam. O Allah says no Mohammed Ali, he was sent him to Lima partnership with Imam hydrazide Islam martoma did an Abu Mohammed Abdul Aziz even in the event of an awesome a tsunami, a chef de novo Allah will be here muslimeen will offer on the Navajo what is yummy, meaning that the the chef and chef in Arabic has several
meanings. One of them is simply just an old man shy issue. He gets gray hairs and and share also means the head of a tribe. That can be somebody who has wealth can mean a dignified person. But here it's used to signify somebody who has wisdom. And because usually wisdom comes with old age, so a chef and then Mm hmm. As a paragon, somebody that embodies something amazing Omar means to intend something or to move towards something. And oma is a group of people that are moving towards the same object.
That's what it is. It's a people that are bound together by the same goal. And that's why the oma of the prophets Allah Islam has the same goal to get to paradise.
And then the mother is obviously she is the the ohm, which is related to the same root word, her jutted Islam, her Jia is approved and that was a level a degree that certain scholars reach where they actually become like a moment of Azadi, who is the famous herget citizen becomes a proof for the existence of for the truth of Islam that that person has become, the fact that they exist is a proof that Islam is true.
martoma that and I'm the one that all of the creatures depend upon. And Anam generally means the things that sleep but it also means the incident of gin.
And imamo poverty says about the
world and out of the little nm that he placed the earth for the nm that it means all the living creatures, things that sleep and also the odema are a benefit to the creatures because they they defend their rights, creatures have rights, trees have rights, all these this a modern argument in the West, whether creation has legal standing or not. And that's an argument that environmentalist lawyers have brought up whereas the Muslims dealt with these things that they they they are to be protected. So and then it
His name is Mohammed Abdul Aziz Ibrahim this saddam and he was chef
but he also mastered the the Maliki method. And then he says nothing Allah will be hidden muslimeen May Allah benefit the Muslims by him and see even today 800 years after he wrote this book we're here in California benefiting by his words
and so the do I was answered
May we benefit by this email?
what uh what do you mean ultimate meaning and all the believers refer Atlanta well what is Jimmy meaning May Allah forgive us and him and all the believers Lin Masai be well met anyway, Bella Rosa, For ye dutiful bacteria, Euro Tobin s. calamities and tests and tribulations and disasters have different benefits based upon the different ranks of people. Now, this is an important idea. rutabaga is a rank, it's used in modern Arabic in military rank.
The rota are the ranks that people are in in relation to Allah. So just as you have in the military, because at one I am a junior, Junior to illa Huwa
Do you know that a bigger illa Huwa. Nobody knows the armies of your Lord except Allah. So Allah has Jude. Now, people have different ranks. You have generals, you have colonels, and then even within that you have ranks. And then you have majors and captains and lieutenants and sergeants and corporals, people ranks now in the people of the VA hair, actually wear uniforms to let them know what their ranks are.
In Islam, those ranks are hidden.
You don't know the stations of people with Allah. It's something Allah has hidden. One of the owner said that Allah hid three things, that as if he said that he hid three things in three things. He hid his renovar fee upon it, he hid his contentment in his obedience. So in other words, you never know what Allah will accept from you. Allah might not accept a great thing you did. That was an act of obedience, but he might accept a small thing, like the prostitute who was forgiven for giving a dog water.
That's the reason that she was forgiven for giving a dog water.
So Allah has hidden his contentment in his
obedience. What Sahaba Whoa, female sia T. And he hid his wrath in disobedience. So the woman who locked up the cat, and went to hell for locking up a cat, that was the thing, she obviously that's an indication of her state, she was obviously a cruel woman, because we don't have compassion with animals. It's an it's a sign of cruelty and in our society, we know that children that are abusive to animals, and torture animals, when they're young
often end up becoming very abusive when they're old. So there's a relationship between kindness towards animals and kindness towards humans. And that is why one of the reasons why every prophet was a shepherd
because they learned to be gentle to animals, because that is a transitional phase and to being gentle too, because if you're kind to animals, you should certainly seem that you would be kind to humans, which are at that were the highest on that chain. hierarchy of being so
I mean, people say you wouldn't treat a dog like that.
You know, like, why are you treating me like that?
You know, well, because dogs are faithful and you are unfaithful.
So, he says benefits are based on the differences of the ranks of people. So for some people, a tribulation removes wrongs. Mr. Mallika Zadie are on the line who said that there are wrongs in this world that are only removed by depression?
That, you know, if you're wondering why people get depressed people get depressed from the newb.
I mean, they and also the soul. You see, I don't care what anybody says about alternative lifestyles and all these people out there doing people I guarantee you people have trouble in their soul. You cannot
You can preoccupy yourself. You can entertain yourself. You can do all these things to not deal with the souls anguish, but you cannot remove the anguish of the soul.
There is it's not possible.
Which is why, you know, Mark said, religion is the opiate of the masses and of the Hakim winter said, but opium is is the religion of the masses.
That's the idol
is an escape from reality. That's what they're worshiping. Because they'll do anything for that idol.
And all they're trying to do is numb that the pain of existence, but the existence is painful, because you are not fulfilling your function. And when you don't fulfill your function, there's always trouble. And and anytime anything in the body is not fulfilling its function, what is the first sign to let you know that you should go to a doctor
pain, there's some type of disquietude in the body.
To let you know, it's not fulfilling its function. So suddenly you've got this pain in your liver.
And you go and he says, You've got hepatitis.
That pain was to let you know, the function has been disrupted. The same is true for the soul. If you're not fulfilling your function, which is to worship Allah Subhana, Allah to Allah,
testify to his unity, and to behave accordingly. Then you will be in pain and suffering until you come into accordance. And that's a gift from Allah in the same way that pain signs and symptoms are gifts for people so that they can go to a physician and get well if there weren't signs and symptoms. That's why hypertension is such a dangerous disease. Because people can walk around and not feel any discomfort from hypertension, and they can die from it. So pain in the soul is there. But people will do things and that's what people do see what Cooper is essentially is covering up. Now if you get a headache, and you go and take Tylenol, you're not getting rid of the headache.
You're suppressing the symptom. So if you are sick in your soul from your Kufa and you go and you do things, in order to remove the pain of the Kufa,
you're just covering up more. And that's why it's Moodle mat, full peduto mat, it's darknesses over covering darknesses.
And you just keep covering up more and more and more until that person is so diseased that it's all it's a hopeless case unless Allah subhanaw taala intervenes. But that's what happens to people. And so the ranks of people different now, the prophets upon them all the peace, the prophets have tribulation not to remove their wrongs. But to elevate them in rank.
It's not to remove their wrongs. And that's the case of some of the slides as well it actually becomes
an artifact of adara yet, they're moving up in degrees. And a shadow Nassif Tierra and the people of the greatest tribulation are the prophets, and then those closest to them, and then those closest to them, and those closest to them. It's like that. Now obviously, you can see people in the world and you look at them, and you see tribulations like there's non Muslims, and you see the tribulations that they're in. And you wonder about that.
Well, according to even a bass out of the lawn, that
he said that there's no tribulation, that doesn't have a tribulation that could be worse than it.
And so it's difficult to assess what really is happening when you look at people but this is one of the problems in religion is suffering in the world and the different degrees of tribulation out there. And this is the way that we view tribulation for the believer, for people outside of Islam. There's a whole other set of rules working because when you know things, you have an accountability that is not included when you do not know things. And one of the things that said that Amato did not understand that he noticed about Islam is that when they entered into Islam, and they would do something wrong, they would see an immediate effect of that whereas they never
Assad in the jelenia.
And now it was because of their macom with Allah. So there was a once the prophesizing was walking and there was a young man who saw a woman and he was looking at the woman and he ran into the wall. And the prophets, Allah I sent him said that that was his removal of the wrong, that it happened immediately. And so that actually was a blessing to have that wrong removed. Now there's another Hadith where the prophets lies and went to a man who was completely devastated. He was dying. He was in his bed, flesh and bone, and completely wasted. And he said, What did you ask a law, he said, I asked him to purify me of all my sins.
And he said, Don't ask a law for that, because you can't take it.
But ask him for alfia for well being. Don't ask him for that. Because you don't want that. You don't want Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to purify your sins in this world, you want him to remove your sins by forgiveness.
That's what we want. And that's why a sincere Toba is what we need. We need a sincere Toba to Allah, we don't want to have to do all these things. And then get the these things happening to us.
Because of the wrongs that we're doing, but that's what happens. And don't think that it gets any easier. But what happens with the people the solid machine is that they get to a point where they're content
with what's happening. It's no longer painful. Because they're in such a state, a woman, one of the Saudi hats, was walking, and she stumbled and hurt her leg. And she began to laugh. And somebody thought she was crazy and said, you know, are you miss Nuna? And she said, No, but I fell. And then the when the pain came, I remembered the Hades in which the prophets realize that him said that a believer doesn't get us a show. a thorn in his foot, except it removes wrongs and the sweetness of my wrongs being removed overwhelmed my pain. That was actually
that's a man. Those are spiritual endorphins kicking in.
There are spiritual endorphins. All those things are mythos, they're just what you see in the world is just a metaphor for the unseen world. They have opium, there's spiritual opium.
And there's things that can put out your pain. When when one of the Sahaba had an arrow. They said, wait till he goes into prayer to remove it. This you think these are stories? You think these are like things people made up and like fairy tales and things like that? Seriously, these were these are not made up stories. These are things people witnessed with their own eyes. And they removed the arrow during his prayer because he couldn't feel it.
And don't think I mean, there's I I broke this arm severely, I had a colleague's fracture, it's one of the worst kinds you can get on your wrist. And they gave me something called fentanyl. They could have broken my leg, I wouldn't have cared
because of that drug and it only lasts for it's a very short lasting drug. The Half Life is very quick. And it's used it's it's a morphine derivative. But once they gave me the fentanyl, he could have done anything. He took it and pulled it down and reset it. I didn't feel anything. I was in complete bliss
from a drug
and that's just a chemical reaction happening in the brain.
It's all it is.
So don't think that those are stored those things are real people go into those states with Allah subhana wa Adana, where they do not feel pain, they actually feel delight.
And that's not something that you should ask Allah for, you know, let me delight in my calamities. You should ask a lot for alfia but you should recognize that when the calamities come,
they come for a deep wisdom. So he says I had to have Meriva to be at work haha. The first benefit is that you realize the power of lordship over you.
You realize that Allah is a rub, and you are Mahboob and the nature of Lord
ship is that lordship Lords over you. And this is why when tribulations come to you learn how local water in LA Vila in LA Li, la Raji, Rouen, they should remind you, this is beyond, there's things you can control. In my environment here, there's things I can control, I'm thirsty, I have a cup, Allah has given me Will
Bismillah I can drink, I can quench my thirst, Allah has given me that but he can take it away.
Allah Subhana Allah Potter, Allah can not only remove the power of motion, gamma ray, has anybody ever seen a person with gamma ray?
The virus where they have to be on ventilators, they can't move healthy young people in their 20s get afflicted with this disease. And one of the miracles of that is sometimes they actually recover and get back their, their motion. So it's like this period where Allah removes it all from them, and then gives it back. But then there's other times they don't get it back. And that's when they see what the reality because this is the illusion. The illusion is I'm free, I'm independent, I can do whatever I want.
I mean, we've got 6 billion people walking around on this planet under that delusion. But when the calamity comes, suddenly that delusion is taken away.
And that's why lee atwater if anybody does anybody remember that name, lee atwater. He was the the Republican, the head of the election committee. He basically destroyed do caucuses.
When Dukakis ran for democratic president, lee atwater wrote an extraordinary and it's worth reading. It's a confessional that he wrote right before he died, because at the age of 39, and this was a man who by dunya standards in this society had it all. That's what they said about he was young, handsome, wealthy, powerful, he had it all. He was a Machiavellian politician that basically destroyed people's lives. He said that he based his life on Machiavelli's book, The prince, that was his Bible. And then at the age of 39, he got a tumor in the brain.
And all he wanted to do was ask forgiveness of all the people that he had destroyed. And he wrote it, it's it's really worth reading what he wrote because he said, suddenly, he realized, and that's what it takes for some people. That's what it takes to learn that lesson. So learning that Allah is Lord and He is a heroin phulkari baddie
that he overpowers His servants. The second benefit is Meriva to the letter O Budi at work has he ha. That you realize your abject servant servanthood
and your complete state of resignation and brokenness, before the will and power of Allah? What la ishara to be a Cody heater Allah and to this, the words of God indicate when he said alladhina either al Sabah Tomasi, baton carlu in Manila, he was in LA Raja own those who went and affliction strikes them they say, surely, to God, we belong. And to him, we return
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Maluku what Abby do, they finally admit that they are in the dominion. They admit in this when the calamity comes, they admit we are the dominion of God. In nearly life, we belong to God. In other words, if I take something if I take this if I owned it, and I took it and threw it out, and you say, you can't do that, why can't I do that this is mine. I own it, I can do whatever I want with it. That's the nature of property. property is the property is that the one who owns it has the right to do what He wills with it as the nature property. If you don't have that quality of possession, then it's not really your property. Now, because the dunya is not our property. We can't
do whatever we want with it can wait, but we understand the concept of property.
The This world is the dominion of God and therefore God can do whatever he wants
with it now, the nature of you see if I have a book and I burn it and you say to me, you can't do that it's against my book and I want to burn it. You shouldn't burn books I maybe I shouldn't but I can and you can't stop me by law.
So then if the person asks you why did you burn the book because there's mistakes in it. Oh, I didn't realize. Now I've explained myself and now you make sense to you. This is Moosa nl header, right? in that story of a cuff, which is the story of the problem of evil. That story solves the problem of evil, because Moses looking with the eye of the outward and everything he sees is wrong. But when it's explained to him by a servant who was given knowledge of Allah Subhana, WA Adana, suddenly the servant, the Moosa is saying, I didn't realize, now I have an explanation. Well, what happens on Yom Okayama? Allah tells us in the Quran, he explains it all to us. And then everybody
now it makes sense. The difference between the believer and the carrier is in this world, we're saying, we know it makes sense. And we're willing to wait until the day of judgment to have it explained.
Because we trust our law. They're saying no, it's wrong.
How do you know you don't have all the information? You cannot make a judgment about a thing unless you completely understand that thing and I hope more attache and photo answer so what he to judge a thing is only one aspect of conceptualizing the entirety of that thing. It's a principle in logic.
And that's why a judge has to know all the facts.
If you if you prejudge, it's called prejudice.
And and it's it's considered to be a moral vise to be prejudiced.
So we cannot prejudge God.
We don't have that right to do that. We cannot prejudge Allah subhana wa Adana, because Allah subhana wa Adana is the one who knows all things. Well, now, OT two minute and mi la kalila. And as for you, you have only been given a small amount of knowledge.
So how can you judge it on the way here we were, I was talking with a physician in the car. And one of the things that he said was, he was talking with a nephrologist, or one of his anatomy professors said, We don't even know how we urinate. We don't really understand it.
We can explain to you what we know why it's happening, how this whole thing is working, how the kidneys are doing all this? We don't really understand it well, and I responded to him by saying he mama says that he was once asked by a man Where is God, I know Allah. And Mr. Rosati wrote a poem back to him and in the poem, he said, You don't even know how you drink water and then how you urinate it
what's happening in between. You don't know your coordinates in the universe? How can you ask where God is? I mean, I love these maps in astronomy books where they show our galaxy and they say you are here.
They put this little I'm serious they do in astronomy books, they have the Milky Way. And then they say you are here, give me those coordinates.
I seriously you know coordinates are based on
coordinate system. XYZ yet, right? You have to have a system you have to have like here we have what are called cardinal points, which don't even exist in reality because cardinal points are experiential. It's all flat earth card employees are all based on pre Copernican theories about the universe. But that's all we've got.
So if you ask for my coordinates here in California, it's based on arbitrary points of reference, like Greenwich, who chose Greenwich. The English happened to be the most powerful people at the time. So it was Greenwich. It could have been assemble.
It's arbitrary. You don't know where you are in the universe. How do you know where God is?
But this is the ignorance of man.
Because man is in a delusional state.
And the problem with delusions This is the most troubling thing for me.
As a person that understands this intellectually, the problem with delusion is nobody who is deluded sees their delusion.
That is the the problem of delusion is you do not understand that you're deluded. arrogant people are often completely oblivious to their arrogance.
They don't realize that they're being arrogant.
But they see themselves as better than you. And that's where the arrogance comes from and to see themselves as better than you is a delusional state because in reality they do not know whether or not they're better than you. They might be. But they don't know.
See, you didn't ask me what were the other things that he there was one thing I left out
of the three things.
Haha. That just reminded me of that.
Oh, Leah Oh, Phoebe baddie he he's hidden his only amongst his servants. And and the frightening thing about this is, it might even be a non Muslim.
That's the amazing thing about it. Because Mr. McCourt, we said that St. Omar was beloved to God when he was in Mecca prostrating to idols
so you don't even know you could meet a person and he could be better than you. And that's why heavy bomber told one of the students that was in Yemen, when you go to America, he said if you want to call Americans to Islam, never call anybody talk to them about Islam, except that you assume that he's better than you.
Not that he's lower than you that he's actually better than you. And that methodology is what spread Islam all over the world.
Because he what he said was is that you now know the truth and so any disobedience you do you have no excuse for whereas as long as he's in a state of ignorance, it might be an excuse with his Lord until the message comes to him.
Because we believe that people that haven't been given a message are forgiven.
So then he says that they admit that they are his dominion and his servants were unknown Roger on either hook me he wanted to be it he and ultimately they must return to his judgment and decree to his
planning and management in them. What he added to his fate, what type of deity and to his measuring out lemma for Allah human who they have no place of refuge
from him what I'm afraid that oh man, whoa, and no way out. The third benefit of calamities is a colossal lie to Anna is llamada Jaffe differentia illa LA. The third is sincerity to a law because one has no place of return in putting off or defending against the calamities except to him. So it makes you sincere because the modulus is the one that calls on God without any shirk. So if you realize you have no other place lemenager a man who in that era they realized that they had no place of refuge from him except to him that that state is a great gift from Allah subhana wa tada because it puts you in a state of loss. And one of the Obama said that a moments of loss in this world is
enough to save a person
just to be in that state of if lost without loss handler to Anna.
So that is a great gift. Well, what am I attempted Fie cache in NA NA and there's no source to depend upon in removal of that calamity except upon Allah subhana wa Tada. Allah says, We're indium siska. We're indium siska. La who will run Fela Kashi beddoe illa. Who, if Allah afflicts you with some harm, there's no remover of that harm, except Allah subhana wa tada accept him. Without a keyboard, full key. There are llamada Sina, who then when they get on a boat, and then there's turbulence and waves, suddenly they're calling a loss sincerely. These are people that are not they're in a bad state, but Allah saying in that state their money soon, because when the calamities
come, so that is a benefit of calamities, is that they make and how many times will lie you ask yourselves, every one of you right now you ask yourself, How many times has a calamity afflicted you? And it led to that state? Where where you really felt You're the only one that can help me in this.
That's how I became Muslim. Well, I, I mean, I remember very clearly, when I was 17 years ago, I had an incredible tribulation. And I remember the night
I remember the night I was in a car. I'll never forget that night, where I know that I called on a lot with absolute sincerity.
I remember it very clearly. And that prayer got answered.
And that's the beauty because as Malala if you call on law, that is this Malala The Greatest Name is the name that has no partnership with it.
The fourth benefit of inaptitude alights Anna will if the battle it was either Miss sitting Santa Rhonda out of bahaman, even la that he returns to Allah subhana wa tada and suddenly his fervent in his desire of his Lord.
So that's a benefit.
Allah says when a harm afflicts the human, he calls on his Lord returning back to him, to his Lord.
The fifth one a homicide to a toddler,
that it leads to humble, a humbled state before God and prayers that you're calling on Allah subhana wa tada for either Miss sit in Santa Rhonda Anna, when the harm of flicks a person he calls on us, Diana. So one of the things that I love and there's a hadith that Allah afflicts people he loves, just to hear them call on him. Subhan Allah, it's only a very short time. I mean, that's the thing, if you just keep it in perspective, it's just like the dentist, he said, This only gonna hurt for a second, but he's doing it for your benefit. And that's why you let him do it. And it's true or not true. You know, somebody when they're pulling out the sliver, you know, this just gonna hurt for a
second just, Okay, go ahead. Oh, it's over. That's what you say when they you know, you do something to the child get a sliver out, it's just for a second, and then they're crying and crying cry, it's over, it's over, and then you hug them and everything's alright. And that's the thing about dunya, it's just, we're getting the tooth pulled out, it's 70 years at maximum. But if you relate it to, to infinity, to infinity, it's canceled out. So stop complaining.
Really just sit back and relax. You know what it's like, I really, I've seen this with my own child.
And you could do this, take the child, don't do this, take the time don't want to be responsible. It's America, they sue you if
if you take a child and you throw the child up, there's a point where where you see this,
they go into this state of complete panic.
And then when they come back to your arms, they're laughing. That is dunya. I guarantee you that moment. That is your life. You came from God. And you're going back to God. And there's just a moment where you're in a complete state of panic. But just relax. You're in good hands.
You're in good hands.
So just relax the Moroccan say right? Yeah. baddeck with animacy Baja, relax the mind and learn to swim.
Seriously, relax the mind. Do you remember when you first learned to swim? I remember. I'll never forget it. I got placed on my back. And the person told me relax completely.
I was scared to death. relax completely. What are you talking about? I'm gonna drown. No, you're not you're gonna float.
Relax, and it was frightening in the beginning. But once you learn to relax, suddenly you were floating and and everything was fine. And that's dunya you just have to relax. We're in the ocean of dunya and we need to just float just keep afloat don't drown. They're all drowning out there. Because it's you know the person who drowned that come up and they're, they're in a state of pet if they would just relax. They wouldn't drown but the panic is causing them to drown. And that's what's happening with all these people out there. It's the panic. In in Santa Julio aka Hulu. Human beings are created in a state of anxiety, either Mr. Who shall roll Jesu when any harm afflicts them, they
panic where either Mr. Will hero maneuver, and when good comes to them, they withhold they don't want to share it with anybody Elon mousseline, except that people have prayer. They're in a different state.
And that's the people we want to be from from the most stefaniuk the people that are exempted from that other state, because that trust in a law is what saves you. So that's the fifth is to Dora Allah subhana wa Donna also says Ben Yehuda, the owner, they actually promoted the owner in a in Sha they call to him
Rather to him May your call be and allow for he formatted the owner in a inshallah he will remove what you're calling him for to remove the calamity if he desires inshallah so that's one of the benefits. All men unit D come in little metal battery one battery to the owner who tadagra mafia say who will save you from the darknesses of the land and the sea when you call on him a based and humble in fear and in concealment. The six benefit el hillmorton man satara tan Hoon masiva the sixth one is that your forbearing toward the one who has afflicted you.
And Hinman among satara tan who Elmo Seba, Allah subhana wa tada Anna says in the poor an in Ibrahim Allah Allahu Halim. Ibrahim was somebody who had compassion for other people yet Oh, what?
He felt compassion.
Some of the animals said that's the a word.
And then haleem is the gentleness. So, for Bashar now Hobi, woolum and haleem we gave them good tidings of a lamb haleem is Marielle Elisa Lam, the young boy of forbearing boy, and then the province of lysozyme said in Africa hustle attain your boom Allahu Allah cinema will enter. You have two qualities that are law loves, forbearance and deliberation.
What are 34 murottal hilmi bacteria and masa EBV sillery however kubity her for him more and the algorithm will most likely be after Roman kuliah him. And there is a difference in the rankings of forbearance based upon the differences of the calamities in their enormities and in their severity, whether they're great or small. So a forbearance shown when there's great calamities is much greater than any other type of forbearance. So that's one of the great blessings is the ability to show forbearance because it's a gift from Allah subhanho to Ana, the seventh one a sabya to allow for and ganja that you can actually forgive them. So it's not just having forbearance, but you actually
forgive them. And you get one of the greatest rewards is forgiving people that that have actually done, you're wrong. Allah subhanho wa Taala says well as Athena and Ines those who forgive people,
Allah loves those people. woman will also have a daughter who Anna law that the one who pardons and who rectifies his reward is with Allah subhana wa tada when I've one of me of bottlemen Coolio. And when you forgive people for great calamities, it's better than any other forgiveness. See, if you have family members that cause you problems, you have to forgive them for the sake of Allah. Don't do it for them.
Do it for Allah subhana wa Tada. See, one of the things people do if you get angry, and you leave, you run out of the room, and then you don't talk to that person, the more you delay that time, the deeper that it festers, it's like a boil. If you immediate because that's a Java, if you immediately go seriously, I got upset with somebody. I literally went, took a shower, and then just went and asked for forgiveness. And I was not the wrongdoer. The thing can be healed. If you don't do that. It becomes more and more difficult. As time goes on. It becomes more and more difficult, it festers. And then it's pride comes in cheban saying it's not your fault. You didn't do it. He should be the
one asking forgiveness of you. Who does he think he is?
Don't worry about who he thinks he is worried about who you think you are.
That's the problem. The problem with the world is who we think we are. So asking forgiveness of people is is a great blessing from Allah subhana wa tada a thermea to a sobre la ha is the eighth one is to be patient during the tribulation because in the lama sabreen.
Allah is with patient one. So when you show patience, it's a great blessing. And
antiviral therapy is one of the greatest acts of rabada is to actually just wait for an opening from Allah. And there's Muslims. You see, there's Muslims, if you tell them, you know, Muslims need to be patient. How long are we going to be patient? There's this kind of thing like it's like we've been patient. That is not patience, that you cannot call a donkey patient in Arabic. You don't say Mr. Sauber.
It doesn't work because patience is based on understanding.
You can bear things to XML che you know, you just that's what it is some little bottle you know they just bear it. But patience is different patience has what's called T sub, which is where you actually reckon with your Lord a reward. You're believing there's a reward coming from from being patient. Well who are mucho? mucho Mahabharata, Allah to Allah wa katha v. This brings on the habit of Allah, the love of Allah and also the abundant reward from Allah subhana wa tada voila, who you are HIPAA savarin Allah loves the patient ones. So by being patient, you're actually incurring the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala Anna, engendering the love of Allah subhana wa tada in us, wasabi
Runa adara, whom bill at
the sabi rune are given their rewards without any reckoning, some rewards you get it's reckoned already, whereas patience, it's without reckoning. Well my loyalty I don't alpha and higher on OSA, I'm gonna suffer. No one was given a blessing better and more vast than patience.
The ninth one and Federico Bihari as if our idea is to actually be happy, glad about what's happening because of those benefits. Bharatiya salatu salam ala Deen fcbd in Canada for Hanna Barbera Kamata raha the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said in a hadith that Imam Ahmed relates about the peoples that went before they used to be as happy during calamities and tribulations as you are during times of abundance. Well, are economists rude and radi Allahu Allah and who have better than mclanahan at moto one *er.
How wondrous those two distasteful things death and poverty. Because in the asherah poverty in this world is a blessing because you're sad as much less if you're poor. And that's what in my mind, he said about wealth. He said halala He said, Well,
what's halau from it is a reckoning and what's prohibited from it is a punishment. And that's why the zoo had are called Nunez. The most intelligent people are the people observed, because they give up things because they don't want the problems that go with things. We're in number three, who Bihar is Allah, Leisha dity ha amaravati happiness, which era maratea was a data that they were happy with it, not because they happened, but rather because of the rewards and the fruits that came from those tribulations Kumbaya for a whole man album at Eduardo Bishop Edward Herrmann has imitator, mata rahila maratea. So just as somebody who is happy, who has great diseases, when he drinks that bitter
cure, that will remove the disease, he's drinking it and he's happy about it, because he's thinking not about the bitterness and the difficulty of the remedy, but he's thinking about the benefits that will come from taking the bitter remedy. And so this is the way people are of Allah with the tribulations and the 10th that I shared to a sugar Oh Allah How to Be grateful for it.
Lima, Toba Mina to metaphor at her command escort and Mario Tabby, Bahati atrophy and many other Whoa, man chahatein he, he might walk off either he came in and he was Shiva, just like because of what are contained in there of the benefits as a sick person would be grateful to the doctor who is severing one of his limbs or preventing him from his desires. Because he believes in that is a cure for him. You go to the surgeon, what's the surgeon cut your hand off because there's gangrene What did they say to the surgeon afterwards? Thank you so much, doctor. You know, I really I can't tell you how much I'm he just cut your hand off. Why are you thanking him? Because you realize that he
was doing you a benefit, even though outwardly he harmed you. And so in the same way, those people who have tribulation from Allah subhanho wa Taala know that Allah only does these things to benefit them to make them grow and so they actually sell hamdulillah was karela at hayashibara the the 11th one to pays for Khalid the newbie would have Ayah the purification
That these calamities have towards their wrongs and their sins. Allah subhana wa tada says, Well, masaba come in mercy but in America but a deacon Well, you have one Kathir that anything that afflicts you is from what your own hands have wrought. And he pardons much of what you have done. In other words, what you're being afflicted with is actually much less than what you deserve. And in that one of the things that he mom ethnicity, or the law says in his Tafseer of this, and his Tafseer is it's it's a beautiful Tafseer. But one of the things he says in that he said, If you reflect on the meaning of that, you will show gratitude for your calamities, because you will
realize that it's a blessing that they're much less than they are that that's the secret of that.
Well, yeah, for Anthea, that's why I love follow that up that you're afflicted with your wrong actions. You can feel bad about that. But then when you realize that he's pardoned so much, it actually makes you feel grateful that Allah has overlooked so much of your shortcomings. What are you see what Mina was about what and also bonehead tell him? Who was shoka you shaka laka. Farah be here and say as he that the believer is not afflicted with any difficulty, any exhaustion, fatigue, anxiety that concerns him, or even a thorn that punctures him, except that Allah removes with it, that he steps on a throne that he steps on, except that allow removes with it, his wrong actions. So
those are all blessings. So no disease, no exhaustion, fatigue, anything like that It all comes as removal of wrong actions.
The stanny eyeshadow primer to lol Bella, Casa de tomar Alibaba home. The 12th blessing is the compassion that ally enables you to show to people that are in tribulation, and to help them because magnificent mean, whoever relieves a quarterback, one of the calamities of this world for a believer Allah will relieve a calamity for him on the oma piano. So people in tribulation become an opportunity. And one of the things that Eamon Mohammed has done, have a little love one of the things he says in his commentary on the Matata, he said, there's two conditions that people have. One is where you have the alfia you have well being in yourself in your family, but you get problems
of other people. And the other is that you have those problems. And he said that if you don't help people that have problems than Allah will give you those problems. That's the nature of the world. This it, Leah blucon is to test you. So you're either tested in yourself or with others, but you have to respond appropriately. So avoiding those things is a danger and that's why the tribulations of others are actually a blessing. If they come to you for help or something that's an opportunity to earn some closeness to Allah subhana wa to Anna and anessa more often home of tele for a hammer and ballet was Kuru LA and an idea. In the water. The mathematic inside a cinema was reported to
have said people are of two types, people of well being and people of tribulation. So have compassion for the people of tribulation, and show gratitude for well being. That's why if you're in good shape, don't complain.
Tell somebody to punch you every time you complain or something because you don't want if you complain, and you don't have anything to complain about. Allah will give you things to complain about. And then you will think about how good things were men who used to complain about that. What were we thinking? There's people that say that when real calamities hit them they think, what was I complaining about before? Well, the truth is stop complaining now because it could get worse.
That's the whole point. It's it could get worse. And one of the poets said we're in the mayor hammer who shot him and Ashoka The only people that really feel sorry for the people in passionate love are people who who have been in passionate love.
So when you see people of tribulation you should remember, I've been there I remember what that was like, and show compassion to them. arrabiata Shara the 14th one, the 30th Ashura margaretha to pedrini amateur afia tribulations give you the blessing of having true knowledge of the extent of the blessing of well being.
So when tribulations come you really appreciate what well being
is, so it's better to appreciate it when you've got it with sugar one and a half in an MLA or for metadata in
the nature of blessings is that nobody realizes the extent of them until they've lost them.
That's human being.
While Omen kuffaar is just oppressive to himself and constantly denying the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala arrabiata Shara, the 14th man at the low Taran Anna Hadid, For ye demons, however, are herati arrested Avi maratea, what Allah has prepared from the blessings of the reward of the Hara, based on these varying ranks. So this is also a blessing that Allah Subhana Allah has prepared rewards for the calamities that you bear patiently or with contentment. Based on the different ranks there are people that are content, they'll have a higher station in paradise than people that were simply patient. and patience is the lowest macom
in the gamut of the Toba is actually the first one.
Aloha Missa, Shara Murphy, Hammond alpha, il hevea, what is hidden inside the folds of these calamities of blessings, that's another benefit for us and to crochet and with Allah houfy, hiren kathira, maybe you dislike a thing, and Allah will put in it much good.
So you don't know there's things hidden and blessing. So I'll give you an example. I missed a flight once and hamdulillah I've never been upset about missing a flight. I guarantee because I always think if the plane goes down, I'm gonna feel like such a fool for having run to catch the plane or something like that. So I just relax. Never want to be on a plane that you ran to catch. And then it goes down. What it What was I running for.
So if you miss it, you miss it. But I missed a plane
then ended up giving me like $500 back because they had to reroute the ticket and things like that. And the difference was nothing in time and things like that. There's always benefits that are hidden in what you think is the trouble. And the thing about the world is that if you enter into a state with your experience of the world in which whenever these things happen, you just accept them. You always find the benefits you'll see them always allows you you'll know there's a benefit equally to hirahara. In every delay, there's God's choice in it, that Allah and that's part of what the moment does, he submits to it. And the 16th one is that tribulations prevent you from arrogance, and from
evil and from pride, and from tyranny and doing all these things like nim wrote, he says, had Nimrod Nimrod been a poor, sickly person, deaf and dumb, he would have never done all those horrible things that he did. The same with the tyrants of the world, and they've been born in pauvres. And this and that, but it's it's those things that make them arrogant. And then the 17th one is contentment, or Riva and Mooji boo, they are at one Ilaha Tada, the inland masa, Eva 10, zero bit Barbary will further because tribulations afflict the good and evil. And so whoever doesn't like it, then it's just on him. And he's lost the dunya and the alpha and whoever is pleased with it, he's pleased
because he knows that Paradise is better than anything in this world. And if those tribulations are what it takes to get him into paradise,
then he's content with it. So these are the blessings that some of the blessings I mean, there's many blessing, but these are the ones that soltana are
enumerated, and they're good to remember in these times, but I will end this by saying, read history. These are not bad times. Muslim shouldn't be so negative, there's been much worse times. I mean, there's aspects that are bad about this time. And certainly one of the greatest calamities of the time is that we don't have a lot of people of knowledge anymore and we and we don't have levels of Dean and things like this, but just in terms of outward dunya calamities. This period is nothing if you read history is nothing. The real calamities of this age are spiritual calamities. They're not worldly calamities. So what we should be if we're going to weep over the calamities of the age
we should be weeping about the loss of a man about the lack of religion, about the lack of spirituality. We
Shouldn't be weeping about all this stuff we see out there because it's just not that bad. I'm sorry. And if you think it is you haven't read history
things have been much worse. I mean read about earlier wars and what how many people died and, and plagues that afflicted people and wiped out a third of Europe was wiped out by the black plague. But there's too many blessings we've got the blessing we have is just it's overwhelming. That's why Sharla will just all ask a lot of put us in a state of gratitude with our lawmakers from the checkering you know, really make it from the check it in and just not complain. complain. Even the thing about complainers even complainers don't like complainers.
they want to complain, but they don't want to listen to anybody complain.
So Sharla will all stop whining. It's the mahkum of the toughen, is to whine. So what I always tell my boys nobody likes a whiner even a whiner and they laugh, because they know it's true.
So whining is a mcbomb. It's the mahkum of the fun.
That's what a wiener is. And the regional and the regional is a it's a in happier, it's doesn't mean a male. The rajul is male and female. It's the one who has reached the macom of the adult. It's the mature one. That's what it means. The mature one rulez maturity. So inshallah Allah make us all mature. Zakouma la Heron, very nice to see everybody. And we have great blessing as you know the people here share
the DAP kobish exilic It's a real blessing. I mean, the level of knowledge is immense and sha Allah May Allah make us worthy containers for what's being
poured into us.