From Being Hopeless to Building Hope
Channel: Mansoor Danish
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Around the world we find people resorting to physical harm, random behaviours simply to overcome their stress and depression. From visits to doctors to fake healers, we try them all!
How about trusting God and understanding the good in His Decision.
The bridge between the state of hopelessness and state of hope is Trust in God!
In this address, Mansoor Danish touches upon this crucial matter from the Islamic perspective.
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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim in the name of God, Most Merciful, especially merciful. I welcome all of you with the greetings of peace from Almighty God upon each one of you. In this short session of mine, I will be speaking to you on the subject of hope. And what is the concept of hope in Islam?
It is interesting to note that when we go through the history of Islam, and we see the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, we shall notice many incidents where the prophet of Islam Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was tested.
He was tested when he lost his beloved wife, hadiza. He was tested when he lost his most beloved Uncle hunza. He lost all his sons and daughters in his life, except one Fatima, through whom the progeny of Prophet Muhammad is still continuing to this day. But he lost all his other daughters. He lost all his son.
And it's all of these challenges, trials, tribulations we find something unique about the character of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. We find that in never in any of these situations, did the Prophet peace be upon him turn around and question God.
He is a messenger of God. God has sent him upon the face of this earth. He is a man who's tying stones to his stomach because he's hungry. He has no food to eat. He used to tie stones to the stomach. He was a man who was losing all his children in his life. He is the messenger of God. He can just turn around and tell God, oh God, why are you taking away my child? Oh god, why don't I have food to eat? I'm your messenger.
But never do we find a single incident where the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, turn around and question God. And this is because there is a very, very important concept in Islam of hope. And that is found where Allah says in the Quran, tawakkol Allah, to put your trust in Allah. And we find this mentioning in several places in the Quran, the Holy Book of the Muslims, we find this mentioned in many of the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, the stress is on putting your trust in Almighty God. Look, my respected brothers and sisters, we will be tested. We will be tested through money. We will be tested through health, we will be tested
through wealth, we will be tested through our children. We will be tested through a lot of trials which is happening around us. But in all of these situations, and in all of these circumstances, we are not expected to lose hope Almighty God, we need to hold on to Almighty God firmly the moment we lose hope, the moment we lose the trust in Almighty God, there is where the problem starts. So once again, we are revisiting these incidents in the life of the Prophet Mohammed, and revisiting the verses in the Quran in order to identify these verses and these incidents which actually helped us develop hope.
Many a time, many of us will be challenged through health. Some of us may be having congenital defects. Some of us may be born with certain diseases, right from the time we were born. Some of us may acquire diseases. Some of us may become often at a very early age, we may lose both our parents are one of our parents at a very early age. Some of us may lose our siblings, our brothers and sisters at a very early age, we may lose a companion at a very early age. But amidst all of this, there is a very, very clear verse in the Quran where Allah says he will test us through the wealth he has given us. He will test us through the children that He has given us. Why? Why is there a
test? Why would God want to test us? The reason why he wants to test us is because each of us are formed, that we believe in God and our belief
is not shaken when good
incidents happen around us. When success comes to us. When we find things happening positively in our life, we never question God. We say yes, we believe in God. And that is why, look, I have become such a famous person. Look, I have so much of money. Look, I have become successful, I believe in God. But the moment, Almighty God will put you through the test, through the trials, there are chances that we may lose that trust, there are chances that we may question God or God, why have you put me through this test? And you must have seen many of your friends, turn around and question god, oh god, why me?
But Almighty God 1400 years back, reveal that in the Holy Scripture, that he will test us, we belong to Him. The Quran says, The Holy Book of the Muslim says, where Almighty God says, in the law, he was in a law he Raji own, that to Allah to Almighty God we belong, and to who, to him We shall return. So when we belong to God, God has every right to put us through test. God has every right to put us through trials and tribulation, but there is hope. There is hope. The hope is that Almighty God says in Allah Hamas, be read, most certainly I am with those who are patient, I am with those who persevere, are with those who have the quality of suburb suburb is an Arabic word which means
patience. You can't afford to lose patience. God is with those who are patient.
God is with those who put their trust in God, that I will not lose hope. anything happens as the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said that strange other ways of the believers in God, people who believe in God, strange other ways, what is so strange about them? The Prophet said, that when something good happens into him, he turns to God and says, Alhamdulillah, all praises to God. Thank you, God, for the good that has happened. And then the Prophet said, and when something untoward happens, when some calamity befalls, he still turns to God and says, Alhamdulillah Allah,
all praises due to God, in all circumstances.
Whether it is a trial, or tribulation, we always turn back to God. And the time came in all our circumstances.
Another verse in the Quran, where Almighty God gives us hope is when he tells us that he will not put us to a test, which is beyond our means.
Many of us feel I can't take in any more God, I wish I could die right now, many of us say that. We say it in ignorance. ignorance of the fact that Almighty God has in fact said in the Quran, he will not put us in a test beyond our means. Which means, if he's putting you through a test, God knows what your mettle is. God knows what you're made up of. He knows you're strong. So my respected brothers and sisters, my advice to each one of you is, do not lose hope in God. Do not lose your hope and God, hold firm to him.
Remember, whenever he is putting you through a test, a trial or tribulation, he is only putting it to you be within your means. He will not put you to a test which is beyond your means. So never lose hope.
Don't try to harm yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually, don't try to harm yourself. Put your faith firm in God, he is not going to test you beyond your means. With that, I'm going to conclude right now. If you have any questions for me, you can inshallah get in touch. My YouTube video will be also posted. Once you have seen this video. I'm going to share it on YouTube publicly for other viewers as well. With that, I would like to conclude the Almighty God make us amongst those who worship Him alone. Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh