This World Is Like Rain

share this pageShare Page
Ismail Kamdar

Channel: Ismail Kamdar

Episode Notes

Episode Transcript

© No part of this transcript may be copied or referenced or transmitted in any way whatsoever. Transcripts are auto-generated and thus will be be inaccurate. We are working on a system to allow volunteers to edit transcripts in a controlled system.


00:00:00--> 00:00:04

He was set out to was salam ala mon learn to be about the Ummah bad

00:00:05--> 00:00:26

forgot call Allah who don't call Allahu Allah the Quran Majeed bada od La Mina shaytani R rajim. Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem, what do you love masala HYAH dunya Kumar in Angela Homina sama ivacaftor Teletubby. He's about to leave us Bashar Shimon does Roho RIA waka and Allahu Allah coalition in Macedonia.

00:00:28--> 00:01:14

It's important that whenever something happens in this world, we take it as an opportunity to reflect on our own Iman on our own religion and our own relationship with Allah subhanho wa taala. And we find that many of the events of this world, Allah has given parables of these events in the Quran. And one of those things that is consistently mentioned throughout the Quran, as a parable is Rain, rain, water, floods, these are mentioned many, many times as a recurring theme throughout the Quran. Actually, I want us to to do something double some reflection on one of these verses about rain, from which we can extract great lessons for our lives, they can really transform our

00:01:14--> 00:01:25

relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala and with the way we interact with this world, so this verse is in surah, Al Kahf, right into verse 4045. And

00:01:26--> 00:02:12

it comes immediately after the story of the man with two gardens. So I'm very briefly going to recap that story because the verse is very closely linked to the story. If you don't know the story, you might miss out some of the lessons from this verse. So the story is, it's a long story, and inshallah you know, maybe another day we'll go into details into a full Tafseer of that story, but just to give the summary of it so we can understand this verse. In surah Algarve, Allah subhanho wa Taala reads to us four stories. One of them is a parable of a man who had to God that's a farmer, who was very wealthy. So this farmer, he had two farms that were doing very well, the robots flow

00:02:12--> 00:02:45

through them, the rain was always right. And his crops were always growing well, and he grew very wealthy from these farms. And because of this wealth, because of this continuous success, it eventually got to his head, and he began to think that he's successful because of his own intelligence because of his own hard work. He began to stop attributes his success to Allah subhanho wa taala, he began to boast about his wealth, he began to boast about his farm, he began to put down his neighbors who were less wealthy than him, he began to boast to their faces and tell them directly that I'm better than you. I'm wealthier than you. And one of his neighbors tried to do Dawa

00:02:45--> 00:02:57

to him try to give him some Naseeha this neighbor told him that he should attribute his success to Allah. This neighbor told him he should say Masha Allah, his neighbor told him that if you keep boasting, if you keep

00:02:58--> 00:03:35

attributing success to yourself, Allah could take your wealth away from you. And the story ends with Allah subhanaw taala see that he destroyed whatever the man had overnight, and that man was repentant in the morning. Now, what's interesting is Allah doesn't tell us how he destroyed it. Because it doesn't matter. Right? Whether it was a flood, whether it was a fire, whether it was a tornado, it doesn't matter. This man was arrogant about what he had in this world. And overnight, Allah took it away from him. Now, what I want us to focus on today is the next verse after the story. Because after the story, Allah summarizes the lessons of the story in another parable, right?

00:03:35--> 00:04:17

The story is a parable. And it's followed by another parable that summarize its lessons. And this parable compares this world to rain. It compares this dunya to rain. So Allah azza wa jal tells us in this parable, He says, what the Buddha who muscle higher the dunya karma in unzila humulus Sama, give them the parable of this worldly life. It is like the rain that falls from the sky Fidella the business is about to outlive us about her achievement through Korea, and it is absorbed by the crops of this world. But eventually it dries up and it is scattered by the wind. What can Allahu Allah coolish a Makita era and Allah is in control of everything Allah has called her over everything. Now

00:04:17--> 00:04:59

in this parable ALLAH SubhanA wa Taala is telling us that this worldly life is like rain, rain comes it causes things to grow and eventually everything dies and throughout the entire process Allah remains in control. Now this parable is repeated inshallah Yunus in more details going into more details about how this world is like rain Allah subhanaw taala this inshallah Yunus in neuromuscular HYAH dunya karma in Angela Homina semi factor at the beginning the bank will already be my Aquila natural and arm Hector is our digital was the unit was called in when I lay her. I tell her I'm gonna lay low on the Hara. Allah says that the parable of this worldly life is like rain that falls

00:05:00--> 00:05:14

In the sky, and it mixes with the crops of this earth, and from this is produced things that humans and animals eat and enjoy, and in the earth grow so beautiful, and it produces so much fruit that people begin to think they have mastered this earth

00:05:16--> 00:05:56

was at that point, when people begin to think that they're mastered this earth, Allah says a DA Morona de la luna Hara at that point, during the day or night or punishment will come. What you're gonna see then Gollum, Dr. Bill amps, and you will leave everything ruined as if it never existed the day before. Because Alexander fasudil Yachty they call me Utapau karoun. In this way, we make our science clear for those who ponder and reflect. So, today Inshallah, I want us to take these two verses, and to do some of the double and some difficult some pondering and some reflection on these verses. Allah says, After this parable that in this assigns for people who reflect, so we should

00:05:56--> 00:06:34

reflect, because we just experienced heavy rains. And more than ever, the parables and the end, the lessons from this verse are clearer, when we have seen with our own eyes, the effects of heavier they have the heavy rain around us. At this time, when you listen to that to the Tafseer of this verse, And you visualize it, it is easier to understand what Allah is trying to convey to us in these parables, when we have just lived through it. So let's break this down bit by bit Allah subhanaw taala says, give them the example of the world the life it is like the rain or the water that falls from the sky. And the exact same words are used in both verses. Right, hi, Maslow's

00:06:34--> 00:07:05

hierarchy dunya the parable of the word the life is like water that falls from the sky, meaning this words is like rain. How is this world like rain? There are many, many different ways mentioned in the books of Tafseer. Today I'm going to focus on five right that's gonna make up the bulk of today's presentation five ways in which this world is like rain, but we'll come to that later. Just for now keep that in mind. The parable. Allah is comparing his entire dunya to rain is comparing the entire dunya to water the falls from the sky.

00:07:06--> 00:07:45

Allah didn't tell us the benefit of this water. Allah says rain falls from the sky, it mixes with the crop right and in inshallah units, he goes into more detail. He says it mixes it causes the crops to grow from this produce things that humans eat, and animals eat, and it causes the land to become beautiful. Think about it. When there is a drought, what happens, everything becomes dry, everything becomes you know, you know it loses its beauty loses its color. But when the right amount of rain, everything is luscious. Everything is green, everything is beautiful, right? And so Allah is saying that rain has its benefits. Rain causes things to grow, rain causes our food to grow. Rain

00:07:45--> 00:08:26

causes this world to be beautiful. But Allah then says that after that, everything ends. after that. It ends, the rain ends, but the world also ends, everything else. Nothing lasts forever. And this is the this is the key. The key lesson of the story of the two men in the garden is that nothing's going to last forever. You've seen that story, the man boasted, he said I think my wells going to last forever. These were his words. I think my world is going to last forever. And even if the Day of Judgment, I'm going to get you there as well. extreme arrogance, extreme arrogance, Allah saying is not going to last forever. Rain comes ring goes dunya comes dunya goes we come and we go. And

00:08:26--> 00:08:58

what's interesting through a Yun is Allah explains to us when does the punishment come? When does Allah take our dunya away from us? When does he take it away from us? It goes back to the story whether Allah See, he says was Rhonda aloha and the home for the Runa Aloha. When people begin to think they are mastered yet when people begin to think that they are the masters of this dunya when people begin to think they are at a special Alesia at that moment, at Aha, I'm Runa Laila on the Hara. At that moment when you begin to think you act when you begin to think you're special when you begin to take your successes from you. Allah's punishment can come day or night. Now the scholars

00:08:58--> 00:09:03

say Why did Allah say Leila on the heart or night or day? What does this mean? It means at any moment.

00:09:04--> 00:09:40

It means at any moment that things can change overnight, it can change suddenly, someone can be rich one day and they can be poor. The next day someone can be poor one day they can be reached the next day, someone can be alive one day and they can be gone the next day. It can happen anytime of the day or night. So Allah is drawing our attention about these verses to the fact that this world is temporary, and we are temporary and our wealth is temporary and everything is temporary. Nothing is going to last forever. And then he explains to us what happens when everything is dried up. And he ends it with two different statements. In Soraka. He draws our attention to his color, he draws our

00:09:40--> 00:10:00

attention to his code and he says we're gonna Allahu Allah accumulation in Moqtada Allah that Allah has called her over all things Allah has power over all things meaning all of this is called the Rolla right when things go your way it is called the Rola when there is a Musa when there is a test it is called the Rolla everything is called a ruler and you have to understand it with this

00:10:00--> 00:10:30

in debt, and it's interesting when the man's gardens were successful, what did his neighbor tell him? He said, Why don't you see Masha Allah? La Quwata illa biLlah? Why don't you attribute your success to Allah and to the goddess of Allah. You see, we don't just attribute the test of life to the color of Allah, we also have to attribute our own success to the coder of Allah. God Allah, Allah only che McDaniel, Allah has called her over everything, the good and the bad. And in the other words, he ends by by telling us to do difficult to reflect on these lessons.

00:10:31--> 00:11:12

So what is the main lessons that this verse is trying to draw to us, Allah is Seeing this world is like rain, rain comes, rain goes, we see the benefits of rain, and sometimes we see destruction caused by the rain, what is the lesson here. So the scholars have said that there are many, many ways in which this world is like rain, but we will look at five of them today, the most important one, this is the most important way in which this world is like rain. Think about this rain. Without Rain, we will die. Without Rain, life cannot be sustained. There is no life without rain. out water, there is no life, there are droughts, the animals cannot love plants cannot love humans cannot look,

00:11:12--> 00:11:38

if we have no rain for years on end, life comes to an end, it is necessary. Rain is a necessity of life. It is that it is true which Allah sustains all of us. At the same time, what happens when there is too much of rain? We've seen it right, we've seen it when there's too much of rain, that same thing that's a necessity of life, the same thing you cannot survive without can be the cause of destruction.

00:11:40--> 00:12:14

The same thing that's the necessity of life can be the cause of destruction. And the scholars say this is the dunya This is the dunya that it is necessary. It is necessary you need a job, you need money, you need a home you need family, you need these things, these things in the Sharia called the rule yard and heart yard. They are called necessities and needs because you cannot live without them. You cannot function without them. You need dunya you can't just go sit in a cave and sit there and say Allah is going to provide for me, you need to be part of the dunya you need to work you need to earn you need to build up your savings, you need to purchase a home you need to take care of your

00:12:14--> 00:12:59

kids pay for the education, you need dunya right. So dunya is like rain, you need it. But it's also like rain, in that when it becomes too much when it becomes your primary obsession. When you become materialistic, when it becomes all you care about. It becomes destructive for you. Just like how too much of rain can destroy our dunya. It can destroy homes, it can destroy lives, it can destroy property, too much of dunya too much of this world in our hearts can destroy our spirituality. It can destroy our souls, it can destroy our akhira. And that's the lesson from the story that this man allowed his worldly success to interfere with his academic success, that he stopped thinking about

00:12:59--> 00:13:11

his success being from Allah. And he said, attributing it to himself. And he destroyed his Archaea in pursuit of dystonia. You see that they linked both parables, I think that's why one comes after the other in the Quran. So in this world,

00:13:13--> 00:13:53

you will find that everything in this dunya can be beneficial, or it can be harmful. And generally, the things that this dunya the nature of things of this dunya is anything in moderation is beneficial. Anything in excess is harmful. We see this evil with something as simple as food. That eating is a necessity of life. And eating in moderation is good for everyone. But what happens when you overeat consistently every day for your life, you get sick. Right? So this applies to every aspect of dunya whether it's food, whether it's sleep, singing happens to oversleeping sleeping is in essence a necessity of life. you oversleep, it's bad for your health. And it applies to

00:13:53--> 00:14:29

everything applies to wealth, it applies to anything of this world, excess of this dunya just like excess of water can be destructive. The difference is the water the destruction is in dunya. But when it comes to the effects of excess in this world is the destruction is on your soul, it is on your spirituality. The second lesson. The second way in which this world is like water is that you cannot enter water without getting wet. You cannot enter water without getting wet. Likewise, you cannot live in this world without being tested.

00:14:30--> 00:15:00

You cannot live in this world without being tested. Just like you cannot go through an ocean without getting wet. You cannot go to dunya without facing trials. Some people want their life to be only ease they want things to only be good times they want things to only be success upon success. And some people now will be allowed to get angry with Allah when trials come they get angry with Allah they say I'm a good Muslim Why are you testing me to this? Now that's not the attitude if you're a good Muslim you'll not have the attitude Allah test you. You will have stubborn because you know life is a test. You cannot go to this without being tested. Think about it.

00:15:00--> 00:15:35

Think about nobody can live in this world without seeing a loved one passed away. Unless you die. The only way to go through life while experiencing the pain of a loved one passing away is if you die young. That's that's the nature of this world, you're gonna be tested with these with the loss of life or the loss of wealth or the loss of property, or whether it should sickness or whether whatever it is, you know, we've had the pandemic, we've had the riots and looting we've had the floods, we've been tested over and over again, this is the world this is dunya test will come. But tests don't always see. And that's the third lesson. The third way in which this world is like rain,

00:15:35--> 00:16:11

rain doesn't last forever. Eventually, you're going to get clear skies, eventually, things are going to dry up the dunya is the same, right? The dunya is not going to last forever. And this is a lesson that is consistent throughout Surah Al Kahf. Right from the very beginning of the surah. Allah says, We made this world beautiful to test which of you are best in deeds. And soon we will make the entire world triad of meanings and I was going to and from the very beginning of the Surah, Allah is telling us this world was created to test you, which if you are best in deeds, and this world is going to end, and then the same lesson comes in his parables, and in the same lesson comes in the

00:16:11--> 00:16:51

next verse, as well. So Allah subhanaw taala, is telling us in the Surah, in this parable, that just as rain comes and goes, just as water comes and goes, it is the same with this dunya that this world comes and goes, think about everything in this world is temporary, there is nothing that lasts forever, you buy a new car, it doesn't stay new forever, your children are not going to live forever, you are not going to live forever, your business is not going to last forever. It may be you know, you you created a product that's making millions where every product has a life cycle, nothing lasts forever. Whatever is the latest phone today, it's gonna be obsolete in two years time.

00:16:51--> 00:17:28

Whatever is the hottest product today, no one's going to remember it in a few years time. Why? Because everything is temporary, nothing lasts forever. You buy a new car, today, five years time you're trying to sell it and you can't get good value for it. Why? Because everything ends, everything starts to go out to disappear. And nothing lasts forever. And this is something important to keep in mind throughout our lives. Because one of the lessons from the story of demand to Gardens is that when his wild grew to a level where every single year, year upon year, he just had success upon success, he began to think this is going to last forever. This is a delusion of the world. And

00:17:28--> 00:18:09

this is why Allah sends us difficulties. Because when we only have success upon success, we may begin to think this is going to last forever. But it's not everything in this world is temporary. Number four. The fourth way in which this world is like water, is that water doesn't just have one state, it changes from state to state and this world is the same. It's interesting when you teach our children science, and you want to teach them how method changes states. What's the example we give them? Water, right that if you freeze it, it becomes ice and if you heat it up, it becomes a gas right? It evaporates. So what is the example of how this dunya is that this dunya is constantly

00:18:09--> 00:18:49

changing. We know water changes when things get too hot or too cold. This dunya is always changing. It is always here. What does this mean? It means that you are going to go through cycles in life, just like the water has its water cycle, this dunya has its cycles, you have your good times, you have your bad times, you have your trials, you have your periods of ease, you have your time to prosperity, you have your time when things are tight. This is the nature of this world, that you will constantly go into cycles, just like how water goes through its cycles. And finally, the final lesson we can take from this verse about how water this dunya is like water is that water does not

00:18:49--> 00:19:24

stay in one place permanently. Water is always on the go, right? It's either flowing or evaporating and the clouds are moving somewhere else and he's falling in a different place. Water doesn't stay somewhere. The water you take from your tap today it ends up in a different country in a few months time. It's always on the go. And they say this is how the world is as well. That the world is constantly changing hands. Today someone is rich tomorrow they may or may not be wealthy anymore. Today someone is poor. Tomorrow they may strike is rich, right? This dunya is always changing hands. And the lesson goes back to the story that man taught his wealth is going to last forever. No, no

00:19:24--> 00:19:59

one's wealth class forever. At the very least, you're going to pass away. Even if the wealth stays with you till you pass away. You're going to pass through and then what remains? What remains that takes us to the next verse. We close off with this verse, that after Allah brings it all together, he tells us the story of the man who became everything about his world. Then he tells us that this world is like rain and that it is temporary and it's beneficial, but it's also destructive. And he brings it all together with the most important lesson of all and he says I'll Malou while by noon Xena to hayati dunya. That yes, wealth and children. They are what makes life beautiful. Right? But

00:19:59--> 00:19:59

Allah says

00:20:00--> 00:20:36

Well back here to solve you how to zero in the replica, that it is everlasting good deeds that are more beloved to Allah, the Everlasting good deeds meaning in this world, we will enjoy wealth, right? Or we will enjoy children. These are things you find joy in that if you have children, if you have that you do find joy in them. But don't let that distract you from what's more important. Some people have it, some people don't. But what's more important, what is something everybody can have that's more important than then the joys of this world. Allah says children and wealth are the joys of this world. What's more important than the joys of this world back here to solve the heart, good

00:20:36--> 00:21:11

deeds that lost good deeds that last, good deeds are going to be there for you on the Day of Judgment, good deeds are going to carry you into Jannah good deeds are going to be the cause of your sins been forgiven? And so our priority in this world should always be our deeds. What are we preparing for tomorrow? What are we preparing for the afterlife, and ministry all these verses work together to give us a recipe for success that we treat this world the way we treat the rain that we take what is beneficial from it and we ask Allah to protect us from what is destructive of it. And we don't ever allow it to consume our hearts in a way that you distract that it distracts us from

00:21:11--> 00:21:21

what is more important, and that is to do back here to solve your heart for the pleasure of Allah Subhana Allah Allah subhana kohlrabi Robbie is a monsoon was salam ala mousseline Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen.

00:21:27--> 00:22:05

Hamdulillah he was there was salat wa salam ala Mala and the Ummah bud call the Huda Fico animoji But that would be La Mina shaytani R rajim Bismillah AR Rahman AR Rahim yah you hola Xena minister. I'm gonna be Sabri was Salah in Aloha Saberi. We've given this foot by many times and honestly we probably going to give it many, many more times because life is a test. But you know, every time something happens, people panic and ask why Allah allowing this to happen, why these bad things happening to us. We have to understand Allah has promised us in the Quran, whether or not blue one can be Shamia hope he will God will knock Seminole Anwar he will unfussy with some road that we will

00:22:05--> 00:22:44

definitely test you would feel with hunger, with loss of wealth with loss of lives with loss of efforts Wabasha disobedience, so give good news to those who have suffered. Allah has promised that this life is going to be a life of caste. And if you want to get to Jana, we have to have sober when the tests come our way. So very quickly, I want to go over seven things to do whenever you face a testing life, seven things to do whenever you face a test the night and I gave it more detail about this in the past. But this is just a brief reminder. So we can do these things when we face difficulties. Now life number one is to realize that life is a test. If you realize life is a test,

00:22:44--> 00:23:21

then you have a more realistic expectations of this world. But if you think life is fun and games and only good things are going to happen to you, you're going to be disappointed over and over again. So number one, have the right mindset. Accept that life is a test. Number two, we started to be sober he was salah, seek Allah's assistance to sober and salah, be consistent in your Salah, have patience at the time of difficulty when the bad things happen have sober. I put your trust in Allah and accept that this is, you know, something that is tried and we have to have several times I've tried number three except your cuddle, except that this is called the Rola that whatever happens to

00:23:21--> 00:23:55

you is called the Rola whether it's a loved one passing away whether it's losing your job, whether it's a flood, whether it's a pandemic, whether it's being sick, whether it really is a chronic illness, whatever it is accepted as God or Allah, Allah knows what is best for us. And everything happens as per the quarter of Allah. When you accept things as cadoola You don't fall into the trap of us of saying if only if only I was in there if only I wasn't driving that day, if only I was in the neighborhood that day, if only had picked that person up No, avoid those thoughts and except for the Rolla, number four have Woosnam one Billa thing good about Allah, think good about Allah, that

00:23:55--> 00:24:29

whatever happens to me is best for me. And you will find the heart think about that in your current situation. Then look at the stories of the prophets, Yusuf alayhi salam, whatever happened to him, what's best for him, even though at the moment they look like trials Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam whatever happened to him was best for him, even though at the moment they look like trials. Likewise, whatever happens to us, we must have Bushnell's one biller we must think good about Allah, that whatever happens to us in the long run, inshallah it is best for us. And you will find if you have that mindset, very often the calamities you are in today, five years time we look back and

00:24:29--> 00:24:59

realize that was the best thing to ever happen to you because he pushed you in the right direction and help you to grow into a better person. Number five, always look for something to be grateful for. If you don't look for things to be grateful for it is very easy to fall into dark thoughts. It's very easy to fall into despair into depression and to be consumed by the by the difficulties of this world. Always look for the silver lining always look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Always look for something to be grateful for the righteous

00:25:00--> 00:25:32

The past whenever a child with a freedom they will look for something to be grateful for. They'll even be grateful that okay, this child happened at least something worse didn't happen. Okay, try to happen in my dunya. At least that will affect my Eman. Look for something, anything to be grateful for the fact that you are still a Muslim, even just that and say Alhamdulillah at least I'm still a believer. And then number five number five introspect into the far right when things happen in this world, you know, some people have this bad habit of seeing it's all punishment is all punishments not all punishment, right for each person is different. For example, the flood can hit. And yes, for

00:25:32--> 00:26:03

someone whose life is sin and evil, and have no chance of repenting, the flood could be a punishment for that person. But for somebody else, that flood could be a martyrdom for them, and it may take him safety agenda. And for somebody else, that flood may be what wakes them up and makes them make Toba and change their life around in that case may be the best thing to ever happen to them. So we don't say it's a punishment. It's what you make it to be. It's how you handle it. And one of the things we can do to ensure that we handle the difficulties of life in the right way is that we take a step back and we think, okay, how am I living my life? Am I living a life that is pleasing to

00:26:03--> 00:26:37

Allah, are the things that I'm doing the need to repent from the things that are doing I need to make a stick far from and we must then engage in seeking Allah's forgiveness and seeking repentance from Allah, because we want to always be on the right side of Allah subhanho wa taala. And we don't ever want to be from those who are worthy of his punishment. And finally, the last thing you should do whenever the trials of life come is to keep moving forward, don't dwell on the past. Don't say if only I did this and that don't say I wish to go back to those days. I wish I could look back in 2019, before the pandemic happened, don't say things like that now. Keep moving forward. No matter

00:26:37--> 00:27:09

what goes wrong, keep moving forward. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa salam in the year of sorrow, he lost a volume. He lost Satya Nadella and how he lost so much. But he didn't keep looking back and see if only I was living back in time and they were alive. If only things were still the same. He kept moving forward, they kept looking for a solution. And eventually Allah opened the doors for him. Eventually Allah gave him the unsolved and gave him the hijra, and gave him the Islamic civilization that grew from there. But it only comes when you keep moving forward. So when the child's of life come, keep moving forward, don't dwell on the past. And if you do that you will

00:27:09--> 00:27:41

continue to grow from success to success. No matter what happens in this dunya We ask Allah to protect us We ask Allah to grant us suffer and to grant us is the karma. You ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us from those who are righteous in all situations who are steadfast in all situations, we ask Allah to relieve the calamities for all those who have faced it to make things easy for all those who have lost their while to have lost their homes who have lost their family members. And to make this a means of guidance for all in the means of bringing people closer to him and guiding people to the straight path. Robin Artina for dunya Hasina will fill up with the Huseynov Wakita

00:27:41--> 00:27:55

Banagher Roberta Hubdoc I mean, as far as you know, Zulu yatta yatta you know, generally muda Kenai mama Allah machina Behala economical organism definitely commands you work Subhanak aerobic aerobic is a tendency foon was salam de la mousseline with hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen Optimus salah.