Ramadan with Allah – Episode #3 – Raja and Khawf – Hope and Fear
Channel: Kamil Ahmad
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In our previous session, we spoke about the importance of developing a love for Allah subhanahu attallah in our hearts
and how this love for Allah drives us.
It motivates us to worship Him.
Such that even if Allah had never commanded us to worship Him,
out of sheer love for Allah, we would still worship Him.
And so what is driving us to worship Allah is not simply that Allah has commanded us to do so. But more than that, that Allah subhana wa Tada, we love him. And so that is why we are motivated to worship him.
But our human nature is very weak.
we tend to usually do things in return for something.
this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala has
not simply he commanded us to do things.
And he expects them, he expects us to do them without anything in return for that.
And so it is because of this, that Allah subhanho wa Taala he commanded us to do things. And on top of that,
certain rewards for those who worship Him.
Likewise, punishment for those who
don't refrain from what Allah has forbidden.
And so it is our hope
in these rewards.
That now pushes us even further, and drives us even more, to want to worship him subhana wa tada and please him.
It's like someone who ventures off into
He says, I'm going to start this business.
Invest all my time in it, invest all my money in it, my effort into this business.
What is the driving factor? What is that driving force that pushes someone to
you don't want to invest in a business.
It's nothing other than profit.
This person he expects to profit out of this business. He expects to see profit reward as a result of his investment.
And this is how Allah subhanho wa Taala describes to us.
Those who worship Him, that they do this
as a business contract between them and Allah, hoping for the profit
in the form of the reward of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
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Surely those who received the book of Allah and establish their salah and donate give from what We have provided for them secretly and publicly.
can hope for a profit that will will never fail.
They can hope for a profit that will never fail or fear who do wrong Why is he
in the Hoover foreign Shaku so that he will reward them in full, and increase them out of His grace. Truly Allah is the all Forgiving, the most appreciative. And so it was this hope
that had driven
the best of generations of Islam,
the generation of the Sahaba,
it was this hope that had driven them to excel in the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And in the worship of Allah,
whenever they would hear,
either Allah or His Messenger,
promising a certain reward for those who do a certain act,
that would be sufficient to drive them, to motivate them
to leave everything behind. Why, just for the sake of that reward,
obviously, besides the fact that they are driven by their love for Allah, besides that.
And so we have so many examples of this, read the lives of the companions.
And look at how when they would hear of a certain reward mentioned for a certain deed and
look at your reaction.
Take the example of
this great companion
who died in the Battle of bedrock.
And so, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam announced to the companions on the day of better
saying, bye, bye him in whose hand my soul is, no one will fight on this day today, and then die, while persevering patiently on the path of, you know, fighting for the sake of Allah, expecting a large reward and not turning away, except that Allah will cause him to enter agenda. His reward is nothing but gender.
we ribbon on him.
When you heard these words,
he looked, he had some data in his hand. And he looked at these dates. And he said,
these dates are coming in between me and that promise of a lot of gentlemen.
Through the dates away, and he went and he fought until he died.
Take the other example, that woman
after the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he would say to the people, to his companions,
do you want to see a woman from the inhabitants of Genoa?
And he pointed towards her.
What was her story?
She was a woman who
was afflicted with a certain illness, she would have seizures.
So she came to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam and said, O Messenger of Allah, I have this problem.
Have these fits the seizures?
So pray to Allah to cure me.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
if you want I can do that.
I could pray to Allah to cure you and you will be cured. But if you want
I will pray to Allah for you to be patient.
And as a reward of your patience, you will be guaranteed with Jenna.
So she had these two choices before her.
What did she choose?
She chose to be patient. Why?
Because of her craving for that reward, have an agenda.
So she said O Messenger of Allah then at least pray to Allah
Don't become exposed, because when she used to have her seizures and her hijab would come off. So she said, at least pray to Allah, that I don't, you know, my hijab does not come off.
When I have these seizures
due to her heart, she said this.
And so what is it that the Sahaba they had, that we don't have?
We hear the rewards of Jenna, and the reward for this and the reward for that.
And yet we are not moved. I think
the difference between us and them is
that they believe with conviction in the reward of Allah, and thus they placed their hopes in him.
What we are lacking is this conviction.
What is lacking is our E man.
We hear the Quran we hear the various IDs, mentioning the various rewards.
For those who do the various good deeds, the various acts of a bad
we get we're not moved.
Because of our lack of our lack of yaqeen of conviction.
If we were certain, if we were 100% certain that this is a reward. For those who do this.
There's no doubt that we would be driven just by that reward.
And so, what Allah subhanahu wa tada wants from us
is to elevate our hope in Him.
to elevate our hope is in the mercy of Allah,
in the forgiveness of Allah,
in the acceptance of our deeds, and in his rewards, these are all things that a believer is supposed to put his hope in.
And now, in the month of Ramadan,
these meanings become even more emphasized.
And so for example, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, When sama Rama born
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whoever fasts the month of Ramadan,
out of a man,
out of conviction out of
faith and belief
that you know, this is obligatory
expecting the reward, hoping for the reward,
all of his previous sins will be forgiven. Likewise, man karma Ramadan, a man and whitey Sabbath, who fear Allah who met
whoever stands in Salah at night in the month of Ramadan
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and emammal Javi, who was one of the early one of the earliest commentators of Sahil Buhari,
he lived in the fourth century of the Hydra emammal hobby, he says, if the sudden means
which is too fast,
in the month of Ramadan, out of motivation for its reward, with a good heart, not feeling burdened by your fast nor feeling that you know what, the days are very long, and I'm getting tired.
And so this is the meaning of fasting the month of Ramadan
Hoping for a last reward.
So the Muslim worships Allah with hope.
And hope is
opposite to despair.
Because Hope it pushes you to do action,
whereas despair, it holds you back.
So hope is something praiseworthy, while despair is not
a person who disappears have a lot of mercy allows forgiveness is one who says I have too many things.
My sins are too great for a lot to forgive me, or I don't deserve the mercy of a lot. This is what we call despair.
this is the opposite to Raja, which is hope for a loss, mercy, hope in a loss forgiveness.
So a believer
no matter how many sins you have,
as long as you sincerely regret your sins, and then place your hope in Allah that He will forgive you. And this is what is required. But
it should be understood here.
this does not mean that the believer only places his hope in Allah, in the mercy of Allah, in the forgiveness of Allah.
Because that would lead him to a false kind of hope.
Which is that no matter what I do,
I am guaranteed a loss of mercy and His forgiveness
and his reward.
Allah is all forgiving allies All Merciful.
So this is what we call a false kind of hope.
And so this is why
the scholars of Islam they say
that a Muslim must balance
in his worship of a law between hope and fear.
Yes, there's something called hope that we have just spoken about. But there's also something else called fear.
The fear of a loss of Hannah who attack the fear of a loss of punishment.
But this doesn't mean that hope is the opposite of fear. Like some people may think,
they think that hope is the opposite of fear.
Rather, we say that hope
is the companion of fear.
These two they go hand in hand, because just like hope, it pushes you
to do actions.
So there's fear.
The difference is only in the way in which each one pushes you.
And so hope pushes you through what we call a raga.
You're pushed to please Allah,
through what Allah has promised, a reward. You know, Allah mentions, this is the reward for those who do this. This is the reward for those who do this, until you're pushed
through, you're hoping that reward.
On the other hand, fear it pushes you to please Allah,
through what we call our Radha.
Allah mentioning a punishment for those who do certain things.
And so, you are pushed to please Allah,
because of your fear for loss, punishment.
And so fear of Allah
is something required.
But notice how fear of a loss of Hannah who went to Hana is different than fear
for anyone else.
Our fear that we have for other people, or other things
in this life
is a fear that makes us to flee
to flee from them.
You know, you you fear, a lion, for example.
If you're in the forest and you know, you come across a lion or a snake, and you flee, you run away,
on the other hand,
are fearful of loss of Hannah who Atlanta does not cause us to run out.
away from him, but rather, causes us to flee to him. So Hannah who were tired,
because what we are fearing,
is actually the punishment of a loss of Hannah who went to hell. And so we flee from the punishment of Allah to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So it is because of this understanding of hope and fear
that Abraham Rahim Allah, He explained, that fear and hope, are two wings
of a bird.
And he adds that the head of the bird is love.
love for Allah subhanahu wa Tada, this is like the head of a bird.
He is directed by his love, the Muslim is directed in this life, in whatever he does, he is driven by his love for Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then each of the two
wings of the bird, one of them is hope, the other is fear
these two wings are leveled and balance,
then the bird will fly
and have no problems in his flight. But
if one of the two wings is deficient and
has a defect,
and what will happen, then the flying will become defective, the board won't be able to fly if one of its wings is defective.
So, the believer balances between hope and fear not putting too much emphasis on one nor on the other.
And this is how Allah subhanho wa Taala described his true servants in the Quran.
And so Allah subhanho wa Taala says For example,
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is the one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing in Salah.
fearing the hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord
is one who does this like one who does not do this?
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Allah says even the closest to to Allah of those who are invoked meaning
those who associate partners with a lot emotionally Kuhn, who call upon you know for example, the angels or IE Salah his Salaam.
Precisely Islam and the angels these are the devout servants of Allah.
Allah says even the closest to Allah, of those who are invoked,
would be seeking a way to their Lord
hoping for his mercy and fearing his punishment, meaning the likes of their anxiety his Salaam
who they worship,
even him, even Rizal Islam is actually seeking a way to Allah, trying to please Allah trying to worship Allah through these two by balancing these two things, your Jew naramata hoping for his mercy, while your harpoon either theory fearing his punishment. And so it is this combination of hope and fear
that we find present
Among, once again, the best of generations, the generation of the Sahaba, and those who came after them,
And so although they worked tirelessly
hoping in a larger reward,
they would still
have this fear in their hearts for a lot. And they would also be fearing
that what might be bad that has not been accepted.
You can't compare our a data to their data. And yet,
even though they would hope out of their habagat, through their data, and their worship, they would hope for a loss of reward. But even then, they would fear
that none of their bad, none of their hard work would be accepted by Allah Subhana, who were to Allah Subhana Allah. And compare that to most of us today.
Where we do all kinds of acts of data that don't come even near to the evaluator of the self.
And then we feel satisfied, oh, why did such a great deed.
that you know what, that's it.
My data has been accepted.
And so this is the meaning of
balancing between hope and fear.
A person who thinks that's it, you know, I've done such a great deed, it's going to be accepted by Allah. This is a person who puts too much emphasis on the wind of hope, forgetting about fearing that you know, what, maybe, maybe my, my deed has not been accepted by a lot.
And so the believer he balances between these two things.
And so work hard and work hard. Now, in the month of Ramadan, the month of Ramadan is an opportunity to work extra hard, and doing acts of worship, good deeds,
So work hard and make your aim to be the pleasure of Allah and the reward of Allah. And don't wait for the reward of your deeds. Don't wait or don't expect to see the reward of your deeds before you reach Allah subhanho wa Taala for the reward,
that is with him subhanho wa Taala meaning
you will never find with anyone else.
If you do this, then you have achieved True Buddha servitude to Allah.
the worship of Allah.
but keep your eyes fixed on the reward that awaits you with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Don't wait for your reward in this dunya
Allah subhanho wa Taala says, one that will continually unfussy can mean how you do
whatever good you put forward for yourself today.
You will find it with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
But that requires a loss of sincerity. And it requires
we devote our entire hearts to Allah Subhana who attacked it in this a bad and it requires that we do it
according to how Allah wants us to do it. According to how the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has taught us how to worship Allah Subhana. Who, what?
And so I asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us this hope that we should have
in the mercy of Allah in the forgiveness of a law and this hope
for the reward of a loss of Hannah who want to add,
we asked a lot to grant us that hope in our hearts so that it pushes us and it motivates us to do good and to worship Allah. Such that we will find the pleasure
of the ibadah in this month of Ramadan
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