Akhlaaq of the Ummati #42 – Why doesn’t God do something?
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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Shafi Don't be able mousseline
Muhammad Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi, wa aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.
This live on Kaziranga zerafa mavado. My dear brothers and sisters,
we are on our lesson on
luck of the Almighty is over our life.
And then I want to
address one very important question that I get that always gets asked.
And that question is
a question which people ask very often they say,
Why? You know, they see something, something bad. They see, for example, they see,
you know, say, for example, they see
sickness and poverty, and
pain and suffering,
and all that kind of stuff and people, obviously, they're there, they're hurt, they're, they feel bad about it, they see it, and they, you know, they don't like what they see naturally. And usually, the reaction is,
if there is God, Why doesn't God do something?
Now, I get this, I get asked this question quite often. And I thought, let me and I mean, I have a very clear answer to that. And I thought, let me share that with you, because one of the important things, as far as this whole UCLA business is concerned, the whole issue of manners and so on so forth,
is the fact that this is what we need, in order to live in this world in a way which is positive, which is dignified, which is safe, which is healthy.
Not only for ourselves, but for everyone around us,
irrespective of who they are.
No consideration for religion, or politics or race or color or creed or anything. No consideration also for whether you are human or not human, everyone
must benefit, and nobody should be harmed. This is the whole purpose in the essence of Islam. And this is the whole purpose and essence of trying to learn about the Aflac offer also relies on the seller in order that we may implement them in our lives.
So the first and most important thing to keep in mind and understand is that all of what we are
teaching and learning is not for the sake of teaching and learning is not for the sake of memorizing is not for the sake of getting some interesting anecdotes and so on and so forth. It is for implementing in our lives.
If we do not practice, then there is
there is no way of,
of benefiting from whatever we learn.
Our benefit is only as good as we practice. And that's the reason why we need we are learning this so I to come back to where I was, which is people ask this question when they see any kind of, you know, difficulty suffering as well as ever, Why doesn't God do something?
Whenever I'm asked this question,
for example, you see,
you know, a small little child begging, or you see a homeless person or you see, whatever kind of suffering, you see the world. And then somebody asked me this question, Why doesn't God do something I say to them, God did something already. He created you. He created me. Allah subhanaw taala did something already and that is that he created you and he created me.
Other than sisters, I want you to understand this.
I don't even know why I have to explain this. But you know that let's go with
this basic principle in life which is what the Quran beautifully says. Last Ramadan I said is sort of
what our laserline said.
that for the human being, there is nothing more or other than what he or she strives for works for
the result depends on the action. Now
we're looking at this issue of saying, Why doesn't God do something, why doesn't Allah do something and I'm submitting to you that Allah has already done something which is that he created. Let's, let's let's look at this, Allah Subhana, Allah delillo created this world, he created his own ticket, though he created the whole universe, but we are talking about our planet. So he created this earth.
Now, when he created this earth, and he populated this earth with with all his creatures, Allah subhanaw taala created a set of laws to govern this planet.
Some of those laws, we call them natural laws, we call them the laws of physics.
We call you know, different kinds of for example, one of the most, you know, basic and
interesting most fundamental laws is that of gravity.
Now, because of the gravitational force, the gravitational force is an extremely, extremely beneficial law, because of which
we will remain on the planet because this planet is spinning at a speed of 1000 rpm.
And, if there was no gravitational force, if there wasn't anything to hold us to the earth, then just with the centrifugal force that is created, we would have
gone flying into space right,
we will not be able to stay on the earth itself.
Similarly, Allah subhanaw taala created a system whereby our carbon emissions carbon dioxide is created, and this carbon or carbon dioxide forms a blanket
on the earth, in the atmosphere, which regulates temperature. So, because of this carbon blanket, the earth does not become too cold,
otherwise, the Earth would have completely become become frigid, and nothing could have existed on it. But because of this, it warms the earth. And it gives it
keeps it keeps it warm at a temperature which is where life can be sustained.
Now, let's stick with this tool. And there are many of you I can name for you will whole list of blog, but that's that's not required to illustrate my point, these two are enough.
So take gravity now. So Allah created is gravity, Allah Subhana Allah brought us gave us the knowledge of what the gravitational force is, Allah subhanaw taala taught us to appreciate the gravitational force.
having understood all of this, I know what is gravity, I know that any free falling object will be attracted to the earth and will travel through the space that it from where it is to the surface of the Earth at a constant acceleration of 32 feet per second per second.
And then it will hit the surface of the earth
the force of which will be the is the momentum of the object, which is the mass multiplied by the accelerations. So, I know all of this.
if I take myself up to the 20th floor of a building
and I jumped from there,
right if I jump from there,
what will happen to me
I will have a concrete experience,
I will come to earth.
And obviously, I will not live to tell the tale. Because I will smash myself and I would be dead.
Now so avoiding when I
if somebody sees that
and somebody says, you know, how tragic is this?
I mean, if there is a God, why does he do something?
What would you say to
you would say to that person that God did something, which is that first of all, he created a force which was beneficial, which is the gravitational force without which we couldn't have existed. And secondly, he taught Mr. Jamar Baig about the gravitational force.
So, this gentleman knows what the gravitational force is all about, he knows how it works, how it operates, he also knows what is going to happen if he jumps from a 20th floor
on the 20th floor in a building
if you still dumps we still decides to take a flying leap
What do you want God to do?
You want God to you know come flying and save him
I spoke about
blanket of carbon dioxide.
Again Allah subhanaw taala created this as a positive force again, without that, we could not survive.
So, what does that do in very, you know,
very clear and simple terms, it heats or allows the earth to retain its heat
right, it allows the earth will retain its heat.
the issue is,
we take that
and now we accelerate it the
rate at which we produce carbon dioxide.
Now, carbon dioxide
produced by by by volcanic
by volcanic eruptions.
But what human beings today produce is several times the total carbon dioxide produced by all volcanic eruptions in the whole world.
So we have this
thing which is a positive thing, which is the carbon the carbon dioxide blanket.
And we because of the amount of carbon dioxide that we are producing,
we are making this blanket thicker and thicker and thicker.
So what's going to happen it's like jacking up the the the the heating in your house.
So your heating is set at a you know in Fahrenheit 65 degrees, right. And it's nice and cozy.
But you jack up this heating now, to 80 degrees, you jack up the heating to 100 degrees, you jack up the heating 250 degrees,
what will happen
your house will catch fire I mean you will not be able to breathe in that house you will not be able to survive, because the heating now is so enormous,
that what was really meant for you to live comfortably you have converted that into something which is hazardous to your life.
So whose fault is it?
Whose fault is it?
created these laws and laws rather also created
other laws. And these are the laws of human relations. These are the laws of economics. These are the laws of governance.
Now if we follow those laws,
what are the what are those laws designed to do? They're designed to do exactly what the law of gravity is designed to do, or what the law of the carbon blanket is designed to do.
A word the earth's magnetic shield is designed to do what the ozone layer is designed to do which is positive. These laws are designed to support life to protect life to nourish life.
So also, Allah subhanaw taala laws of human relations. What are those laws?
In the Jewish tradition,
it is called,
do not do unto somebody what you do not want to be done to yourself.
In the Christian tradition,
it is called Do unto others what you want them to do unto you.
In our religion, our tradition in Islam, what is it called? So Russell SLM said in his hobbies, your Eman is not complete, until you want for your brother or sister what you want for yourself,
what is called the Golden Rule.
Right? This is the law of Allah, the laws of human relations.
Now, if you live your life like that, if I live my life like that,
what will happen?
What will I do? Anytime I see a person
who is in need, and I have the means to fulfill that need?
What will happen?
Will I walk past or drive past and say Why doesn't God do something? Or will I do something?
Because I can.
Maybe I cannot give that homeless man a house. But I can give him some money to buy himself a meal. I can buy the meal and give it to him. This I can do.
Maybe I cannot take every
child off the street into a school but I can do it for one child. Maybe I cannot feed 100 people but I can feed one.
When will I do that? If I live my life according to the golden rule, which is
your demand is not complete until you want for somebody else what you want for yourself. And also the Muslim is it for your brother
for your brother, brother in Islam, brother in humanity.
But what did we do?
accumulation of wealth. We glorified cornering of resources.
The glorified oppression we glorified greed.
You might say well,
let me ask you a question.
name for me.
greatest people in the world today
ask this question randomly. I mean, maybe you guys are you know educated. So you will probably get
you will probably outguess me. But
anyone and tell them name for me three greatest people. They will tell you, Jeff Bezos,
and take a toss between Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
Nine times out of 10 or 10 times out of 10 they will name for you three billionaires.
I can probably tell you with complete certainty
that the person who will name a scholar who will name a great physician, who will name a great surgeon who will name a great architect who will name a great artist.
That person probably does not exist. And one of the great reasons is if I ask you the same question another way and say name for me three great physicians in the world today. name for me three great artists, contemporary artists are not talking about you know,
in the medieval times or or something Michelangelo or somebody else I'm saying today's artists, you I mean, frankly speaking if I even if I asked you that name for v3 impressionists, I don't know if you would do that. But the point is that today's by three artists.
I don't mean Bollywood's, right.
I don't know how many of you can name that. Because the whole mind everything is focused towards making money, irrespective of how it is done in what way it is done. is not to say that Jeff Bezos and the others are doing it illegally or something or that they're doing it legitimately
But the point is, how is it ask yourself this question and say, how is it that we have created a world in which eight people and all of them are men, eight men
have more money and more resources than 50% of the rest of the world, which is three and a half to 4 billion people. eight men have more than 4 billion people. How did we end up like this?
If you if I ask you that question, what is it?
What would you say?
You'd happen because we just glorified accumulation of wealth.
Take Alexander, for example, Alexander the Great. What is great about Alexander
the fact that he developed
the Greek phalanx
which was people with bikes
to a point where it became almost invisible, invincible.
he took them from Macedonia,
all the way to the Indus Valley,
the border of India actually into India,
building great hospitals, great universities, all the, you know, the the Greek wisdom and Greek knowledge and Greek medicine that we talked about today, Alexander spread that in the world, from Macedonia, from Greece, all the way to India. And this is a string of beautiful hospitals and universities and parks and, and and, you know,
did you do that?
Already rape and burn and pillage is way destroying society after society.
So why is he great?
Why do you call him great?
Right? Your teachers teach you that in school. You don't have the sense to ask them. They don't have the sense to think about it and say, why are we calling this man great, great for what? What did you do?
So now, Allah created a law. We said, Take care of each other, be compassionate, be kind. If resource if you have resources, share them. Your resources are not meant for you alone. They are meant for you to share. They're meant for you to help each other.
Today, as I speak to you, Walmart refuses to raise its $11 minimum wage, they tried to get it to $50 per hour.
In the United States for the last 20 plus years, the wages not minimum wage has not been raised.
So they try and do that. So Walmart refuses to that
refuses to increase his wage from $11. Whereas Alice Walton,
who is the family member, has no problem. purchasing a 500 million private, private million dollar private art collection, buying a 25,000,002 floor Park Avenue condo with 52 windows and acquiring a 22 million for 1000s 400 acre Texas ranch.
Right? So the lady is doing all of that 500 million
apartment condo in Park Avenue
and $22 million for a 4400 acre ranch in Texas.
But they will not
minimum wage of people who are working so hard
so that she can actually make the money to do to do all this.
And you want to ask the question, Why doesn't God do something?
Where does God come into this? Tell me
I told you about governance Allah
this world and he gave some people authority over others.
For the levada, hawala bad
and unless Matera gave some people responsibility, or gave, you know, not some people as in named individuals, but a lot rantala created this situation where some people can own responsibility to look after the welfare of others. So what is governance supposed to be governance is supposed to be where people at the top the rulers, so to speak,
are people who, whose primary concern is the welfare of their subjects welfare of the people who they rule
when this law was practiced, you had people like Mr. Malhotra who said that if a donkey stumbles on a road,
which is under my control,
meaning in the lands that I govern,
if a donkey stumbles on a road because there is a hole or something, he said, I fear that Allah subhanaw taala will question me about it.
They say that said Robert, from the time he became Colliver to the time he died, he did not sleep lying down.
He would go standing, sometimes he would go just sitting. He did not lie down to sleep in all of those years.
He would spend the night
most nights walking the streets to check on the welfare of people.
We know the famous story, where he found his van,
who was sitting outside his tent on the outskirts of Madeira.
And there was the sound of a woman in pain coming from inside the tent that his band was sitting outside the tent. He looked completely at a loss, totally confused and worried.
said Mr. Khurana went up to him. He said what is happening what Who is this woman? What's his sound? The ones are going Who are you?
What did you do? Go?
Tell her what are the larger? No, I would like to help you asking. Can I help you if there's a problem? The man said I am an agile Ruby. I'm a stranger here. I have no help. I have no family. I've noticed sources nothing.
My wife is in labor. And obviously she's having difficulty delivering the baby. And I have no clue what to do.
So that's why he
said that I want to get out of left from there. You rushed to his home.
He asked his wife or my cool phone.
When daddy monometallic.
He asked her he said do you want to Angelina?
She said yes of course. I will. Tell me what is it?
He said this is a situation. Here is a woman who is in labor.
Can you help us? She said yes. So she took apart they took some water. Seven O'Meara galarneau took some flour to make bread. They took some other food and
Omegle. sobre la I've been been Oliver Italia galana rasulillah. She took whatever she needed. And to the husband or the wife who was this ruler of the Muslim world and his wife.
They both went to that this. The lady went inside the tent.
So then Omar lighted a fire he boiled the water he passed the water inside.
Then he put another thing on it another another pot on the on the fire and he's cooking the food.
When from inside the tent, they hear the sound of a child. newborn baby crying.
I know microtome Rahmatullah Leah. She called out and said, I will go married. Tell your friend that he has his son Alhamdulillah.
That is when the man realized who it is he was talking to. He said you are the army. You are the halifa
Think about this said Rama. Rama was not short of help.
He could have delegated this he could have told he could have sent somebody to do this thing themselves. He didn't have do it.
You're talking about governance. Why doesn't God do something? This is what God did. This is what Allah subhanho wa Taala did Allah subhanho wa Taala created the rules.
And when people followed those rules, they had rulers like Omar Abdel Fattah galarneau, and they had people in those days who live lives, which 1400 years later told tale Today we speak about it. And we point to it as an ideal situation to be in
the predecessor of over Katara delana
Holly Votto Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallam
when he passed away,
say that Amara della was always in search of
incidents relating to say that Abu Bakar should know so that he could emulate him or try to exceed him in goodness.
So somebody came and said to him that Abu Bakar the Allahu anhu, every morning.
First thing very early.
They pointed out to him, there was a crema there was a small camp with a tent, little fenced off area.
So somebody said to him that I was gonna say, No, every single morning without fail would go into that place. And he would
be there for some time, and then he would come back.
So Sarah went to check.
And when he went there, the following morning, he found that in this tent, was a very old woman who was blind.
She was there on her bed.
And there was, there was one or two goats,
which were there. So Sarah realized that, okay, here's this woman who's needs to be taken care of.
So he cleaned the whole tent and so on. He administered to the lady, whatever she needed, who made those gods. Then he cooked, there was some barley, so he cooked some barley bread and so on. And then he put it in a plate, and he handed it to the woman.
The woman said, You are not the same person who comes here every day.
To set an hour There was absolutely astonished.
He said, How do you know? You're blind? You can't see.
He said, I know she said, I know because that man knew that I have no teeth.
So before giving me this food, he would soften it.
He would make it very soft, like a man like a mash. And then he would give it to me. He just gave me the Bretton Woods thing. And I can't eat because I have no I have no teeth. jazzanova started weeping. And he said what a standard has Abubakar Rolando set for us?
Why doesn't God do something?
today as I speak to you in America.
There are at least some people said three but let's be conservative. There are at least two houses.
For every homeless person in this country who is on the street for every homeless person who is huddling in this cord in this damp weather, either in a homeless shelter or in in a galley somewhere or in the in the under the shed the eaves of a of a shop.
All his worldly possessions in a in a shopping cart.
For every person like that there are at least two empty houses foreclosed by the banks.
their owners, also thrown on the streets
because of the interest based finance system
if every single Oh
homeless person is given one house each, you will still have as many homes as many houses as homeless people still empty.
My brothers and sisters today, poverty is not a natural phenomena, poverty is created by us.
Poverty is created by us.
And poverty can be eliminated like that, in the snap of a finger,
we are willing to implement the laws that Allah subhanaw taala made in instead of moaning and groaning.
Tell me if you have economies which are based on the manufacture and sale of weapons of mass destruction.
What can you hope for more war or peace?
We are intelligent, right? Let's use that intelligence. Stop acting stupid.
If you have an economy, which is based on the manufacture and sale of weapons of mass destruction,
this means that you will make money when you sell weapons of mass destruction.
What do you think the people who are buying those weapons are going to use it for
when you have countries where their spend on armies on weapons
is not just more but my more in multiples, not percentages, is more than their spend their combined spend on public health and education.
That I want to see more educated people or less educated people, I want to see more healthy people or more sick people.
When you have people who talk about and complain and say, why is it that we have such lousy leaders?
I want to quote for you
something from Thurgood Marshall,
Supreme Courts, American Supreme Courts first black justice
who served from 1967 to 1991.
He said, where you see a wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out. Because this is your country.
This is your democracy, make it protected, and pass it on.
So those who sit and complain about how bad a government is,
are the same people who cannot even get out of their homes
and go and vote
on voting day.
And believe me, democracy is not about going one day to cast a vote once in four or five years.
Democracy is a lot more than that.
It is to participate. It is to be a citizen.
It is to participate in citizenship, which is not a piece of card it's not a social security number. It's not your passport. It is your behavior as a citizen of the nation.
To take responsibility for yourself and others for their and your welfare knowing that these the two are interlinked.
How do you get bad governments? Not because they the bad leaders came down with the red.
You get bad government because you make bad government because you create bad government because you elect bad people.
And you elect bad people by voting for bad people and for not voting and by not voting for good people are not voting at all.
How many times have we had these completely insane conversations like totally idiotic debates and arguments about whether whether voting is halal or haram? Or whether Muslims must participate in voting or not?
Don't do it.
Nor do we
remain slaves. slaves are necessary right? We need them.
If that is how you want to divide yourself, then please do me a favor. Stop saying Why doesn't God do something? Don't blame Allah subhanaw taala for this.
Allah subhanho wa Taala created the world and he created the laws to make this world
JANA right here,
to make it the most beautiful place
with the most beautiful people with the most beautiful relationships
within with economies which are functioning which are healthy, which are strong
Something you read about in history books, very
caring concern for each other compassion, peace, harmony, no violence, no wars knows, no no sickness comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala about not being neglected when you are sick.
All of this is possible. If you follow the laws that Allah subhanaw taala agreed
to if somebody asks you Why doesn't God do something? Tell them what I tell them which is
God did. Allah did. He created you
know you do what you were created for?
And what were we created for? Allah said condom Hara Martin overjet, Linda's leanness You are the best of people and you have been created for the people.
So if you have been greater for the people, go work for the people
that has built our clock in such a way that we become
the spring, the source of all goodness for everyone in our purview.
Or sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sahbihi
wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.