Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
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Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen or salat wa salam O Allah Shanna freedom ba ba mousseline mas Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
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From abajo mighty abundant sisters, since November 2019 we have been in the grip of COVID-19
all those who answered the question
Where do you see yourself five years from now? We're wrong.
Nobody foresaw COVID-19
one little virus about which we are not even sure, if it is a living thing as we know life turned our world upside down.
All our wealth, military power, authority and influence came to nothing.
In this situation, we have seen three things which are typical of people facing calamity, fear of annihilation,
disruption and confusion
and despair and depression,
which sometimes can have extreme consequences.
The famous or the word mythos, Abdullah family,
wrote this couplet about one of the most brutal periods of Indian history which he lived through the first war of independence fought against the depredations of this Indian company. In 1857.
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Raja, see Holger Hua insert on midata Ranch, run, just say se Ogawa insam, to metadata herranz Mushkil, a muchbetter party et de casa movie.
It means when a person becomes used to sorrow when he becomes accustomed to grief, many becomes used to sorrow, sorrow is wiped out.
So many difficulties fell upon me that everything became easy.
It is good to read history, because it helps us to put the events of our lives in perspective
and not become depressed with the difficulties that we face.
We realize that compared to what others like us faced in the past, what we are facing today is like a Sunday school picnic.
We thank Allah subhanaw taala for giving us a religion where we recognize him jealous
and return towards him, which is the ease that comes with difficulty.
For to turn towards the one who can relieve the difficulty is the best comfort.
There has been a huge amount of research in the field of psychology about how people deal with stress, especially that which arises out of kilometers events like wars and epidemics, and natural disasters and man made catastrophes.
What comes through is there are those who have resilience, cope with the loss far better and come out of it without psychological damage.
compared to others, we don't invite calamities, but if we must deal with them, then it is good to know what to do and how are Eman and tawakkol and Allah subhanaw taala is the best resource.
Research with survivors of great calamities, wars and concentration camps shows that there are three critical attitudes, three critical attributes.
Three things they have or they do, which differentiates the survivors from the victims of those great tragedies.
What are the three things number one, they face the brutal facts, they don't sugarcoat them, they don't look at them through rose tinted glasses, they face the brutal facts. Number two, they never lose hope in eventual success. This sounds paradoxical. But that's critical. Face the brutal facts, but never lose hope in eventual success. And the third one is they find a way to make out to make up make a strategy to get out of the mess. They make a way out of the mess.
Now what is the nature of the calamity that we are facing today?
I say to you that COVID-19 is the least of our problems.
That may sound strange to you, but please bear with me.
As I explained against COVID-19, we have a vaccine
against the other thing which we are facing, there is no vaccine
COVID-19 only accelerated change that was coming, and which we have been ignoring for years for many years. But now it is before us. Therefore, there are four things about which I will speak to in more detail over the coming weeks. But here's a preview, I request you to listen, do your own research, reflect and chart out a path to change your life.
We need this very badly.
The year ahead is full of unknowns. It is essential to understand what is happening and chart out a course that will lead to safety and success for everyone.
The four things are number one, disruptive technology and artificial intelligence. Number two, poverty and income disparity, number three, toxic politics. And number four, global warming.
Let me try to give you a thumbnail peek into each of these.
One of the most visible signs of AI of artificial intelligence is self driving cars, soon to be self driving trucks. That means the 16 wheelers that make America run will be driverless.
This is sold to us as a revolution, which will cut down turnaround time eliminate accidents, increase margins and profits, boost efficiencies. And we just be so cool.
Now stop for a second and ask what will happen to the 5 million truck drivers whose livelihood depends on those trucks. Multiply that by five, and you have families 25 million people who school V's medical insurance, mortgages, food and utility bills.
what would happen to them when you cut off their Lifeline?
For those who are still unaware, the pandemic was not bad for everyone. Some people became humongously rich, thanks to the pandemic.
There are many other ways in which disruptive technology and AI will affect us. But this is enough for now, for you to think about. Number two, poverty in society is like cancer in the body.
It's not an option, but a critical need to eliminate it.
The strongest economies are not those with huge income disparities with the super rich and those living on food stamps and worse, living in the same country. The strongest economies are the ones in which the majority of the population has surplus income for discretionary spending. That is how economies function where producers of goods and services can compete in the market for attention of buyers who can buy
poor people also Aspire, but do not have the means to achieve their aspirations that gives rise to crime and violence and drugs. And all the evils that we see in our society today.
Societies which trumpet from the rooftops about the GDP, that, incidentally is the worst measurement of the health of an economy.
If someone challenged you and asked you and said can you create an economy an economic system in which eight men, specifically, eight men will collectively have more wealth than 50% of the world's population that is eight men, their collective wealth will be more than what is owned by three and a half billion people. Can you create such a system, you would have called them insane, but that's exactly what we have today. As I speak, we achieved the impossible.
Number three, about toxic politics. I don't think I need to talk to you in any detail. It seems that there is a push towards fascism all over the world. demonization of sections of the population in most cases today that is Muslims, by national leaders to distract the attention of the masses to push through increasingly restrictive invasive and oppressive laws in the name of safeguarding public health.
COVID was a gift for such leaders and they took full advantage of it.
When the smoke clears, people will be able to see the shackles on their tongues and the colors around their necks. But it will be too late.
Not all times are equal. Today, we are at a crossroad in history.
When the foundations of the structures of society are shaken, and for a short time, it is given into the hands of ordinary people to change the path of destiny. Once that moment passes, new structures will take the place of old and the moment of change would have passed, not to return for decades, or centuries.
To bring about change, to change the path of destiny.
We need vision. We need destiny. We need dedication.
We need commitment. And we need courage.
If we succeed, we will write our own history.
If we fail to rise to the challenge, we will be relegated to the trash heap of statistics.
It's our call your night.
Finally, the biggest calamity that faces us is global warming.
The biggest problem is that most people don't understand what it means or the danger. It represents. Apart from the fact that we have had mild winters for the past few years.
Why global warming is a problem and more importantly, what we as individuals can do to stop it, or even reverse it is something that we are unaware of.
It's a difficult situation of what is called the boiled frog syndrome, where we don't realize the danger of something until it is too late.
These are the brutal facts without any sugarcoating. As I mentioned to you, those who believe in a want to believe in magic
and believe that we will be saved without our effort, they will perish. It is essential to face facts, yet not lose hope and to create a winning strategy. Let us come to hope. It is it is in this scenario that we take refuge in the grace of the glory of Allah subhanaw taala
who said czar on pasado filbur rebel Buhari Bhima Casa de nasi lose it on bathala de la la homayoun. Allah subhanaw taala said
evil and sins and disobedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala have spread on the land and on the sea. Because of what the hands of men have earned by their oppression and by their evil deeds, that Allah subhanaw taala may make them taste a part of that which they have done
in order that they may return by the fire on top of repenting to Allah and begging his pardon. And then Allah said, Call zero fill out the one zero k for Ghana occupant to love him and cover carnac for whom machinery key and let's run it and I said go and traveling the land and see what the end of those before you was. Most of them were idolatrous. And they were was taking
over the sisters. Allah subhanaw taala told us why calamities and difficulties happen
and why he allows them to happen.
And in that is reflected the great mercy of our object literal. He said while I was economical as I will Atlanta doula will Aqua de la la jolla Joe
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And verily we will make them taste of the near Trabant, which is disasters and calamities in this life, prior to the Supreme drama which is the other in the era, the punishment of Allah in the in the Hereafter, in order that they merit repent and return to Allah
and then as well
Sir who does more wrong, who is a bigger salad than he who is reminded of the Ayat of Allah, the evidence of the signs and revelations of Allah
of Islam. Yet, then he turns aside, he refuses. Very we will extract retribution from the majority mean from the criminals, we ask Allah to save us from his retribution.
I find myself a new that the calamity is not a punishment.
The calamity is not a punishment, it is a consequence of our actions and a mercy from Allah, that he allows us to taste it so that we get a chance to return to Allah subhanho wa Taala to the obedience of Allah, and to save ourselves from the real punishment of the afra.
The beauty of the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the teachings of his messenger Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam is that with every problem, it also shows us the solution. To have hope, it is enormously useful to understand why something happens only if we understand the reasons can we create strategies to reverse the negative impact or loss of our data tells us what to do when we are in the grip of a calamity. Allah subhanaw taala said what another one Lacombe shaman AlkaViva jewelry when oxymetholone verde Willem Fujiwara our series are very alive in either a sabaton Tomasi baton kalu in Narita here in LA Roger Oh, la, la him salvato, mira beam Rama Willa eco hamal, Mata
dawn, Allah Zed and certainly we shall test you with something of fear and hunger and loss of wealth and lives and summarize your fruits meaning meaning the earnings that you have aren't lost in all of these things in yourself, meaning your health in your lives and Samaras also means your children, your your families, and then another OSHA savarin. But give glad tidings
to a submarine people who have suffered to a patient who went afflicted with calamity they say truly to Allah subhanho wa Taala we belong and truly to him, we shall return there are those on whom are the Salawat the blessings of Allah subhana wa tada Salawat Merapi blessings from the rub
they are blessed and they are under inshallah they will be forgiven
and they are those who receive His mercy.
It is they who are the and Allah said and they are the ones who
receive with mercy and it is they who are the rightly guided ones
my brother's sisters that are five matters in this ayah to Karima which I want to point out to you.
Let us take a look at each of them. And see what is it that we learn and understand from this. The first one is Allah subhanaw taala said that he promised wala number one, surely you will be tested. So Allah had done a promise to test us. So when the test comes, we know that it is from Ronald Rahim. And therefore, in it can only be so this is a very important thing to understand that if the test is coming from Allah, and Allah is run over here for the new Electra, then there cannot be anything evil in this test this just as good no matter even though we may or may not always see it like that, but it is good. And I think COVID is a is a classic example I've done a series of
football on this job when you listen to them.
COVID is a classic example of something which on the face of it appears to be so evil and bad, but if you if you reflect on it, it also came with a lot of goodness.
Number two, Allah subhanaw taala gave good news and glad tidings
to those who have summer. Now what is our summer is to act, to troubleshoot, to find solutions to the problem, to take action to protect ourselves and others to help each other. And to have a positive outlook. Server is not simply to sit passively and do nothing. It's very important to understand that because sometimes we get mistaken in this was our is not simply to sit passively. It is to act to the
of our ability to help ourselves and others. Number three, Allah subhanaw taala then described what these savarin do when they're faced with loss. They say in Allah He finally Rajon to allow we belong and to Him is our return. They accept that situation with equanimity and dignity and grace and they do not complain ridable cada is the highest stage of Eman and Taku. Number four, a lot rather than door does what he does with such people. He said on them our blessings from Allah.
salvato moromi from there up and his mercy and unless mercy will be on these people, now what does that mean? What do you think will happen to the one on home? is Allah blessing and mercy on the day of judgment?
How can somebody who Allah has blessed and on and who last covered is mercy? How can that person go into that?
So hamdulillah This is a guarantee inshallah, option. And number five, Allah America announced that such people are rightly guided the purpose of life is to be rightly guided. These people have achieved that. And Allah subhanho wa Taala is their witness. What is people who in the face of difficulty, they don't compare? They don't complain, they have summer. And they say in Allah when Allah Allah you
let me end by reminding myself and you about the doors that Rosaura Sallam taught us to protect us from all evil.
He told us to resign adequacy and answer to the class and the more they which is sort of the sort of American version on us in the morning and evening. So this part of our morning and evening us cup, when we wake up, and before we go to sleep or you can do it after another after another moment,
as well. I mean, I've been on Delano reported that as well as an asylum. So this is a second part second one. So one is the more detailed and deep
the second thing is that was born with a father Otto, he reported that Rasul Salaam said, He who resides three times every morning and evening, this will lie the lie otherwise means they will fill out the survey even more similarly, this person will be protected from harm nothing will harm this person and this is in a without TV. The door means Bismillah Hello the Allah though is Villa de la hora is mission filler. The last survivor was a Marine, In the name of Allah, with whose name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heavens. And he is the all hearing and all knowing. And the third law that we should make is, how do we kalavati law Tamati Vinci
which means I seek refuge in the perfect words of Allah subhanho wa Taala from the evil of whatever he created, and this isn't so he Muslim, ask Allah subhanaw taala
to be pleased with you, and never to be displeased ask Allah subhanaw taala to help you in every way and to
to provide for you and to protect you from all harm was Allah Allah will Karim Allah Allah He was abused by Mohammed Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa