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“Doubts in faith”
him assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. We are here once again live and hamdulillah I will be waiting for just a few moments before
we will connect to chef Adnan inshallah. So the topic today will basically be on belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala. And how people begin to doubt their faith in omble is that you will gel and they make the one who made them in the first place. A lot of people have been asking me questions as to why Allah subhanho wa Taala tests them etc. So inshallah we will try and address a few of these issues with Shannon with melody Taylor. I've just seen that his joined I'll try and request him to join today.
So the topic today will be doubts in belief and faith in Allah subhana wa.
salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
hamdulillah How are you? I hope you well and I hope everybody else was following up world well, Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah I'm very well and the same goes I hope you all doing okay. Mashallah. So, so today's topic is based on basically a personal experience where people have been asking me, Why me? Why has Allah subhanho wa Taala chosen to test me? Why am I going through these problems? And ultimately, they are certain people who then say that I'm beginning to doubt Allah subhanho wa Taala? Why has he, you know, placed me in this type of situation, when he is able to remove me from it and deliver me from it. So what would you have to say to such a person who's beginning to
question their very belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala, because they've been tested again, and again, and again. And again.
I think as we've spoken and discussed in private before, this is a long topic. And there's a lot of different ways to look at it. So when it comes to a person, obviously, anything in life, whatever you do in life, let's take a step back from religion. Whatever you do in life, you are not going to have it the way you want. It's not going to be completely easy. And look at your day to day life, whatever you want. Does it happen the way you want it to happen? No, it doesn't. So if you accept that, in your day to day life, in your job, at home with your family, not every day, days go up and days go down. Some days are for you. Some days, you could say against you, if you could accept that
way, and you say it's part of life. What about the test of Allah? Can't you understand or don't you? Can't you accept that that's also part of your test.
So how to let you know, for me I find there's a lot of solace and peace in the
way Allah subhanho wa Taala was created in sand and he says with Carlos who can email a teenager in order to have different effects. He told them, that I am making a successor on Earth. Guru utter januvia you you've seen up her ways he could demand Are you placing on Earth, those who will cause a lot of corruption and spill blood? So Allah subhanho wa Taala, his response is profound, and in that lies the faith of a believer. He says, in our level, military level, I know that which you don't know. So yes, Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us the reasons that we were created for and that is for his worship, and for his Alibaba 100% if they are any reasons beyond that, which I feel is
highlighted in this ayah. And you may correct me if I may be wrong, that either momenta alone, I know why, that would you don't know. So our minds are too small to fathom fully, the reasons that allow us to kind of what Allah created us beyond those which he gave to us. So in that is the submission of a believer to his maker.
Adding to what you've said, maybe I would word it a little bit differently to say yes, Allah subhanho wa Taala. He created us and he mentioned the reason why He created us he told us what we need to know. I've created you it's a test. Allah, Allah Allah Mota will hire tele abou Akuma you can ask Allah Who has the best worship Allahu wa suable has mentioned in the Tafseer those who are most sincere when they are doing the acts of worship, they do it for Allah alone. And number two, they do it according to the sun according to what was taught by the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So as you mentioned, that when one realizes this, when one realizes that I have not been
An Earth permanently. I'm here I have a mission, and it will eventually come to an end, my life will come to an end. Surely you've got to be thinking, all those people who pass before me, all those people who I know and who will pass, pass away in roughly the same time those who will come after me. If somebody is doubting, start thinking about these people, what happened to them? Is they really was they really something that they needed to do. You know, when you search and you ask yourself, you ask yourself that question, especially one who has doubt, you slowly start realizing that there's something bigger to life, you realize that you've been sent here on a mission?
Yes, and when we look at the perfection of the earth, and how Allah subhanho wa Taala, perfected not only Earth, but in Sun as well, we come to realize that there is a maker out there, and he's in his infinite wisdom, he's created the earth, and he's made checks and balances, and ultimately he gave us free will. So in that free will, a human being finds that he then decides to pick up a sward or to pick up a weapon and harm another human being cause destruction on Earth. So it is ultimately that free will, that led him to do what he wants to do. So a person from an shefali me, woman shaliach, for the one who wants to, he will be the one who doesn't want to he will just believe in
Allah subhanho wa Taala. So we know and this is what I find a lot of, you know, solace in as well is that we ultimately headed towards death. And that is a fact that has been, nobody can deny. So your soul leaves the body? What happens to the soul? Where does it go? science doesn't answer that for us. That's where your faith and your belief in your maker comes in. He's told you that you're returning to me. And this period that you've been on earth is a testing period. And this only this is the only logical answer to a person who sits and thinks about it rationally as well. Because if you look at all of the theories out there, they don't make sense. They ultimately they have been
defeated in the past not only by faith, but people of logic and sense as well. So those who claim that it started from a big bang, how did that the matter that was there, they say that there was some matter? How did that start in the first place? You know, where did that come from? They don't have the answers to that. So, something cannot come out of nothing. Allah subhanho wa Taala is the only one who eljay them in Aladdin, he creates from nothing. So there is a beginning to that actual matter, Allah subhanho wa Taala is the one who originates it, he places it into existence.
You know, you mentioned a very interesting point about the soul, Alice kind of analysis of an West aluna Canyon Road or Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam they asking you about the soul pool, you're roaming. amblyomma v 182 minute Illa. Allah basically the soul is from Allah, the knowledge we've been given is very limited. When it comes to doubts when it comes to this disbelief. A lot of people who have it, it's because they are looking at the advances that have been made when it comes to science. As you mentioned, let them try and explain the soul. They've got no real answer what happens to it? In fact, they've got no answer. The question that you should ask yourself is for
somebody who has doubts, if science has progressed so far, why can't they bring people back from those who have died? Why can't they bring them back? Why can't they resurrect them? Why can't they prevent people from dying, even though they claim to have gone so far? For me when looking in the forum, especially the last Jews, a 30th, Jews of the Quran, I found that in every surah, whether directly or indirectly, death is mentioned. It's like allies preparing you Do you know what there's a day is going to come and it's going to happen. There's no way to run away from it you can't run away from so you might as well prepare for it. As for those who have doubts, well show us somebody
who's been able to live all these years. Where is the cure, always the medicine, they've got nothing and they will never be able to have it because Allah subhanho wa Taala says that giving life and taking away life is from his from his powers. Basically, he's the one who ultimately decides. So hon Allah subhanaw taala. So basically, even death is something that will test is something that they didn't cure and they will not be able to cure. So someone will not be able to live forever. Why Why haven't they
Why haven't? Why aren't they able to do this. And the same goes for this pandemic that has spread out there,
you find that it's a virus, that the naked eye cannot see a normal microscope microscope cannot see. And at the same time, so you cannot see through a normal microscope. And at the same time, because of the effects of it, they believe that the virus exists. So the same goes, you see the effects of the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the creatures that he has made, you see the mountains, the rivers, the systems, the cardiovascular system within you, the respiratory system, how they work in conjunction with each other. And we have a scene that that points to a maker of all of this, and they will say, No, no, we can't see him. So we don't believe in it. But then why do you believe in
the virus, it also has effects, you can't see it, but you believe in it.
You know, adding to what you've mentioned, there's no excuse for somebody to look away from the signs of Allah. The other day I was reading the verse in the second Jews were last panel, what Allah says in the Help Center was at one of the basically a lot of speaking about the creation of the heavens and the earth and what's underneath, and what's in the air and what's on the seat. If you look at that verse, and others which are similar, it's as though allies saying that wherever you look, you want to look up, you want to look down, you want to look around you, there is a sign for you to contemplate. He then goes on to say in another verse, Wolfie and forsaken, fly to the zoo,
and also in yourself, as you mentioned, the cardiovascular system, if you just take one organ, and you try to study it, how intricate it is, how Allah subhana wa Jalla made it, they is,
you know, I can't put it into words, you can't do anything except submit, you know, that there's somebody who created this is a being who is all powerful, he is one and he deserves to be worshipped.
Ultimately, he did create us and we owe worship to him. It's amazing. It's good to have these discussions was, as I was saying, you know, previously, it wasn't addressed. A lot of people didn't talk about these things. But the problem is that many many, many people actually are questioning a lot of a lot more than before questioning so it needs to come to the forefront. We need to speak about these issues. You know, I'd like to ask you a question about the ayah. Perhaps if you if you have a bit more knowledge on it, you could enlighten us with the ambia it says hotair, hula rasuluh alladhina Amman, Omar until the messenger and those who believed with him.
Montana sort of law they had to follow a pseudo Latina maternal sort of law, which is the help of Allah subhana wa tada and Allah some kind of what Allah says Allah in masala curry, indeed the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala is near. So
Can Can you define near to us? What Allah subhanho wa Taala means by India
we must remember that the way things happen is not in our time preference or our timeframe. It's mentioned that when Musa alayhis salam, as we know he was in a beat, he was a prophet of Allah, when he made do up against your own imagine he is making his brother Harun who is also a Prophet he is saying amin and it is though he is making dua and Allah subhana wa Taala says in the very next ayah colocado ji, but there were two come I accepted your job. Some of them facili mentioned. You know, let's ponder over sometimes we hasty and abies making dua, another Nabis saying I mean, on top of it, Allah says, and I've accepted your door. Some of them have Assyrian say that when did moose on
her own see the actual destruction of fear around, some of them say after 40 years for zero, not one for 40 years. And he and Abby is making dua. And another Nabis saying I mean, and Allah says he accepted that you are so sometimes we are impatient. Another thing, we have to look at the bright side or the better side, you know, sometimes things happen in your life. And you don't realize that Allah subhanho wa Taala is teaching you something or preparing you for something bigger, which you may only look back on your life 234 years later and realize that
Yeah, absolutely. Someone wants to, uh, once had a very interesting take on life. And all the men we were sitting together and he says to me that you know, you cannot connect the dots going forward. You have to connect them going backwards. It's only when you've been through so many years of life that you sit back and see a lot took me from here to there to there today. And this is why it happened it It didn't usually make sense to a person that
This is how my life has gone. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala did X, Y and Z, that's when you begin to understand
what's going on in your life in reality, so sometimes we see something as bad, yet it is good for us. And this is what Allah subhana wa tada says, I sat and took O'Shea. And if you're lucky, you may despise something yet it is good for you.
A Practical explanation of this or, you know, a practical example of this was a man who was telling me that he was once traveling on the road, and he was moving at a reasonably high speed. And he says, a chicken darted across the road and I braked sharply and slowed down and he says, voila, he as I came around the corner, there was a cow there. Had I been speeding really fast, and going into that cow, perhaps old have died, I don't know what would have happened. So Allah subhanho wa Taala sent the chicken for him to slow down at the time you see it as something bad, you may have knocked that chicken, something may have happened to it, you see it as something bad, but in the grand
scheme of things, Allah subhanho wa Taala knows better and he knows best.
Adding to what you've said, Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran assay Vanessa, yusaku Apolo Amana one life to know the people think that basically it's enough to just say I believe I believe and they won't be tested. In some of the headings are Salas Allahu alayhi wa sallam mentions that those who are tested the most with an MBR basically those who are closest to Allah, the best of the best. And then those who are closer to them, those who are better, those who are better have more difficult tests. Also, what's important to mention is that there's many virtues and rewards mentioned for those who go through these difficult times. In the Hadith. Way. Rasulullah sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam said, even if a phone had to prick a believer, and his patient, he knows this from Allah, basically, he'll be rewarded for that, or some of his sins will be forgiven. So wherever you look, you are always in a win win situation, something good happens Alhamdulillah something bad happens. Again, Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah, Allah, Allah, it could have been worse. And also, Allah subhanho wa Taala, he may be testing you because he knows there is a position in general that is for you. And if you were left with your own deeds to try and get it, you will not reach so Allah subhanho wa Taala he tests you and tries you in ways so your rank is elevated?
Yes, so Han Allah and I also find that, you know, if a child were to come to us or a person were to come to us and say, I know engineering, I know architecture, let me build this building for you. Let me design it for you. We tell them you're mad you need to go through the tests. We need to see your certificates. What's happening, man, he says no, but I haven't been through school. But I know would you trust that person? No. So at this in the same breath, why are you then saying that? You know, I believe it I don't want the tests. Allah subhana wa tada will test you has given us What
do they think that they will be left and your guru amendment will be left alone that we believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala yet we will not be just so Allah subhanho wa Taala is testing you. And based on whether you pass or fail that test, you will ultimately succeed or fail.
You know, something interesting, it's mentioned that Imam Shafi Rahim Allah was asked, Is it better for a person to be tested? Or is it better for him, you know, just to get to the top immediately, you know, he's got to say he's heard everything's going his way. He says, law you met? Can you tell us basically you won't get to wherever you want to reach, you won't get to a good position or you want to achieve something in life. You won't get there until you've been tested. It's part of the process. So even when you look at the stories of the NBA Musa alayhis, salam, Hamas Allah alayhi wa sallam, they were all tested before last panel what Allah gave them more. Yep, they were the closest
to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Absolutely. It's been a lovely session she had none. may have been slightly short. But Alhamdulillah the sessions but please go ahead. Go ahead. When you had mentioned earlier about sometimes people feel that I haven't been given a choice. Why would Allah subhanho wa Taala create somebody if he knew that he was going to paradise or he was not going to paradise? One of the answers is, it's completely logical. If you believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala. You believe that he is Able to do all things and he knows everything. So by him giving you a choice does not contradict the fact that he is all knowledgeable
He knows how you will use that choice. To hear there's two different things. There's your choice, whether you want to go here you want to eat this meal you want to eat at this restaurant or that restaurant, the choice is there. But Allah subhanho wa Taala because he is all knowing he knows what you will do. So there is no contradiction. You have not been forced to do anything here.
Yes, that choice, I find that one of the biggest evidences for me is that we feel it something that is clearly tangible. You want to raise your hand you raise it, you can you want to do something, you can do it. You want to eat, you want to walk you can. Allah subhanho wa Taala gave you that choice. If If a person says that they were forced, then in that case, laws don't make sense. So why would we punish a person who has committed murder because he was forced? So why don't you use the same argument? In other instances, you know, you're only using it when it comes to belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala. So I think only a person with you know, very literal sense would say that they
don't have free will and choice. Yes, and added to that is Islam has a lot of belief in the unseen what happens after death. What Allah Subhana what Allah decreed, etc. The very first sci fi the very first quality of the believers mentioned in the Quran are those who are living a human life those who believe in the unseen Yes, you have a free will. Yes, Allah subhana wa Jalla is all knowledgeable he knows what you will do. And on top of it, you will not be able to escape that cutter or decree of Allah Subhana Allah Masha Allah, Allah insha Allah, Allah, Allah mean, basically, you have to submit this a lot of submission when it comes to Islam and a lot of people
don't realize this. Yes, this submission and not everything should be questioned. So the how of something shouldn't always be questioned. There are certain things you can question and there's others when it comes to the unseen where you can't say how will this happen? Or how will that happen happen? Because Allah hasn't given us that knowledge and it's unseen for that very reason like, unseen you don't know you don't see what's the point of believing in something that you've already seen. Because now when you see it, you know it exists. So Allah subhanho wa Taala lifted unseen. Also in that is a test for a human being.
As you mentioned, also in a Hadith of the amasa assigns of the hour, one of the signs as we know is the sun will rise from the west in the heady dimensions once the people all see that when they will believe they all realize that you know what this happened and this was true, but it will be too late.
Yeah, just take a look here. I think we've had a good session, anything you'd like to add before we sign off inshallah?
That's about it. Unless there's any questions that are mentioned in the comments. Otherwise, desert como la halen is perhaps let's give them a few moments. And let's just go through a few of these comments, Mashallah a lot of people saying Salam aleikum wa Alaykum wa Salaam wa loca to to all of you.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala reward you as well for joining us. It's been lovely coming online with you guys and perhaps inshallah, one of the days we have a session with Shannon we we can just take questions in Sharla
one says how are you guys preparing for Amada maybe if you could ask answer that first.
So basically what I was saying is a little bit differently and say that how should a Muslim prepare for Ramadan especially considering the circumstances we are in?
I have I've just been basically strengthening my relationship with Arnold trying to do so. So I can answer that personally as well and I think that's what the people of the past will do is they focus on the power and as the Ramadan near came here and then in Ramadan as well. They'd also just recite the Quran read it, ponder it, try and practice upon it as much as possible. So I've just been trying to do that Alhamdulillah and I hope that leads me left that can grant me a more faithful and you know, belief based Ramadan it shall
mean and exactly what you mentioned. Some sometimes people think that you know what, when Ramadan comes, that's when I'll go all out. And I'll be able to read one Jews or three Jews or how many images I do so many times etc. What they don't realize that it's not you know, you don't just get the you have to begin before that. It's like when you want to play professional sport or you want to do something this practice involved. You have to get into the routine, you have to get used to it and you may
simply have to get a feel for it. So sometimes people become disheartened. They think that Oh, Ramadan has come the first three days they've read and they've achieved their goals. After that they fizzle out. So with a few days still remaining, as you mentioned, what the Quran, try and start from now. And you know, you build up slowly, slowly, you know, I started to dive here. But one interesting point is I was watching somebody when it comes to, they play professional sports. One of the things they mentioned was, we practice, practice, practice, and we want to peek at a certain event, so we can win. So luckily, practicing slowly, slowly, slowly and eventually they peak. So let
this practice will begin from now so be even in luck, you can peak in Ramadan in Ramadan, whoa. And in that is a practical example from the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam where he would first the most in Charmin because obviously, this was leading up to Ramadan, which was going to be a month of fasting, although we know that he wouldn't fast a whole month consecutively, except in a month. So Subhan Allah that just fits in with exactly what you were saying. And I think that's absolutely important. So any other questions we can take? Perhaps one more be Neela has been signed out?
Can you spot an issue?
I think somebody was speaking about Cuba, I think they talking about way they have a lot of missed asks. they've missed quite a few. Basically, that's a long topic. And if let's say you've got about two weeks left, and you're able to fast, you've got a few facets left, you can fit them in start from now. There's no point in saying now that you know, if you've got 30, faster lift, for example. And there's only 15 days left. There's no point in saying stuff with khobar first for 30 days, and then No, what you do is do whatever you're able to do now. And then when Ramadan comes you fast Ramadan, then after Ramadan, you look at the other fasts, you must.
Yes, yes, yes. Hello, there's another very good question, but I don't know if we want to take it. Can a Muslim donate the organs after death? with the intention of saving another life? I leave that to you to answer perhaps we can give them refer them or maybe we could refer them to the local
committees, etc. I think that would be better. And also you must remember donating organs when people are still alive when people have passed away when it comes to the organs themselves. The scholars have we're not talking about selling organs, I think it's first we must mention that when it comes to selling organs. We are not talking about that. Because what happens if somebody is poor and you know, he sees his young son and then he tries to take an organ and Saturday and said No, we are not talking about that. Let's say somebody is donating their organs. The scholars when looking at it, obviously there's a lot of detail that's been mentioned, they look at the actual organ, is it
something that grows again, like a liver or that sort? So that's when it comes to donating when you are still alive? Then they also speak about what happens after death, etc, etc, etc. Do you own your body? Do you not own it? Again, ask your local Iftar committee there's a lot of detail that's been mentioned in this Masonic
He had done and does not belong here to the viewers. It's been lovely having you on once again and inshallah we'll meet on Tuesday. Again.
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a Monday Monday sorry.
So basically, if we get confused with the days we are every alternate day in Sharla Yes, very often. Yes, every old Shanti Sharma
Hi, Ron. Again, somebody is mentioning about organs. I think it's best to go to your Iftar committee. There's a lot of detail that's been mentioned and they will guide you accordingly be vanilla
balaka level ficam. Salam or Aleikum till next time.
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