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Living Islam – Aqeeda of Ahlus Sunnah #12
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We live in a showdown regime. Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim
Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Shara Filum, BIA even mousseline Muhammad Rasul Allah is Allah Allah Haile he write it he was saying he was seldom does Lehmann cathedra cathedra.
For my brother, my brothers and sisters, we come to the next section of our series of lectures on the PISA, which is the man in Destiny or the color of Allah subhanho wa taala.
The belief in Destiny consists of four, four things, number one,
that Allah subhanaw taala knows
everything which has happened and will happen,
because for Allah subhanaw taala, there is no past and present. So Allah subhanaw taala knows everything that has happened and now will not know Allah knows everything which will happen number, that's number one. Number two, that Allah subhanaw taala has written everything.
Number three, that Allah subhanaw taala, as will and His
power is being continuously implemented, it does, it hasn't. It didn't happen once and stopped it, it is continuously being implemented. And number four, that Allah subhana direct created all things and all conditions highly hopefully, Cooley assured while he is the creator of all things, and all conditions.
Now the fundamental part of this is that Allah knows everything but Allah does not compel or force anyone to do anything.
The importance of or the difference of Islamic belief in Qatar is that we do not believe in the two extremes, we do not believe in absolute control over everything, that we have absolute control over everything, and we do not believe that we are completely helpless. Right? Both of these are unrealistic. And both of these are unreal. And both of these are false, that if somebody believes that they control everything, that everything is in their control, all happiness, sadness, success, failure, is totally dependent only on what I do as my effort, if I believe that that belief is false.
Similarly, if I believe that
I have nothing is in my control, that everything is fate, and what is to happen will happen.
That kind of fatalistic belief that none of my actions have any effect and none of my actions as has any value. This belief is also false. Islamic belief in Qatar is in the middle,
which is the belief that we have limited choice, we have choice over certain things. And when we make those choices, certain other things happen as a result of that choice, which are part of that choice.
The things that come out of the choice are not something that we created or we are or that they are dependent on our effort, those are things which come with that choice. So that comes with a that comes in the package, right. Now, let me try to explain that in the easiest possible way. Imagine that you are driving and you come to a fork in the road, right there is a
dividing the two, two roads.
If you take the road on the right, if you take the right fork,
that will take you
out of the city into the countryside.
If you take the left fork, it will take you back into the city center.
So now, when you are at this fork, you have choice, nobody compels you. Nobody can compel you, nobody can force you to do this or that.
You're free, either to take the right fork, or to take the left fork. But once you take the right fork,
and then you say, Well, how is it that I'm in all these fields and forests and so on and where are the skyscrapers and where is the city center? It's not there, because the right four takes you out of the city into the countryside. So, whatever is in the countryside is not in your control your control your choice, which was in your control was do you want to take the right fork or the left fork? Right. Please understand, this is very simple to understand, but you must understand this. So we have the responsibility of making the choice. We
What comes after the choice is part of that choice. So if I take the right fork, if I take the right fork in this, in this
on this road, then it will take me into the countryside.
If I take the left fork, it brings me into the city center into the skyscrapers into the malls and so on and so forth office buildings. And if I'm driving through that, and I say, How come there is no, there are no fields here and there is no,
you know, there's no forests. And so, it is not that because
this left fork took me into the city center.
This is our Islamic belief, in Qatar, in fate in Destiny, that we have limited choice of whether we want to take which fork in the road, figuratively speaking, let me give you a few more examples, which shows how this is a very natural and very illogical way of thinking of life. Say for example,
I have diabetes, for example, right? Now I find this fabulous.
Triple Chocolate Sundae ice cream, somebody presents it to me, which has a million calories in it. Right? It is full of sugar. Is this absolutely fabulous. And it is sitting there in front of me. Now what is the choice I have? The choice I have is, do I want to eat it? Or I don't want to eat it? And what guides or what should guide my choice? What should guide my choices, my knowledge? What is my knowledge, by analogy is about myself that I have diabetes, and my knowledge is what eating a lot of sugar will do to somebody who has diabetes. Now I don't have diabetes. For those of you who are listening to this thing, feel free to offer me sweets, but my point is, I'm giving you an example.
So supposing therefore, if my analogy, the two boys one is what is the effect of somebody who has diabetes? What is the effect of eating a lot of sugar on that person? And secondly, the knowledge that I do have diabetes right now, with this knowledge, what do I do? What should I do? I should say thank you very much very kind of you Inshallah, I will eat this in Ghana. I don't want to eat this right now and go to Ghana. So you can give this right, this is what I should do. But supposing I don't do that. Supposing I given to my own desire, that I'm going to eat this. And even if this is the, you know, this is like somebody said, what were the people who refused dessert? On the Titanic?
What were they thinking? When the Titanic sank? So if I if I have that mindset, and I say, Well, you know, it doesn't matter if I die or not, I would eat this chocolate sundae then probably I will die. So now if I
when I make this choice of eating, so but what is my choice? My choice is, do I want eat it? Or do I need it? But once I eat it, then do I have the choice to say that I'm going to eat this but it will not have me? No, I don't have it we'll do whatever is written for for me, and it will do whatever it is supposed to do. My choice was derived Should I have eaten it or not eat it right now take this applied anywhere in life, to our relationships, to our efforts in life. Whatever we are, at every point in life, every decision point in life, we are standing at a fork
we make a choice and what comes with that choice comes with that choice. Now this is where knowledge is so important.
Because if for example if I don't have knowledge of diabetes, or I don't even know if I have diabetes or not, I'm still choosing whether to eat the chocolate sundae or not. But by choice is purely based on my desire or I liked I love to eat it I eat it and then I fall dead or i fall i fall into a you know diabetic coma or something and I have to be hospitalized Am I die or might not die now all of this is happening because I ate the thing and then when I if I don't die if people break me I didn't you know you had that No, I didn't I did not know I died I just discovered that right? People discovered it for me. So the benefit of knowledge this is also why it is so important for us
to study this D and the beautiful thing of ours. So we know the what are the consequences of actions. So now again, we come back to the choice we have a limited choice. We believe in color which is limited choice. The limited choice is whether to do something or not to do something which option to choose when I'm faced with two options, which is the better option which is the worst option that comes from knowledge and therefore Allah subhanaw taala centers this Kitabi Shudras Quran Al Karim his book Allah subhanaw taala centers his Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sahbihi wa sallam to teach us and to give us this knowledge
And Allah subhanaw taala gave us the knowledge of the consequences of choices. So Islamic belief on Islamic belief on Qatar is, we are free to choose, but every choice has a consequence. Now, you can see how beautifully logical and sensible This belief is and how, in keeping with nature with our with our own experience in life, this belief is right every single thing you take any matter of choice any matter where we have to choose between one or the other option and you will find the same thing which is that I have the freedom to choose. But what comes with the choice comes with the choice that is part of the packet. If I do not want those consequences, then I have the option not
to make the choice. But if I make the choice, that I cannot complain about the consequences because that is the price of the choice. We are free to choose but every choice has a price tag. So I want you to please understand this. And that is why
we believe that Allah subhanho wa Taala
decreed for us that which is best, and Allah subhanaw taala della developer who
also gave us the knowledge to choose that which is the best. And despite this, if we do not choose the best, then it is our fault. For example, one choice we have is whether we want to pray or not. I'm a Muslim, Lila illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah, I have a choice whether I want to pray, I want to do salah or not. I have a choice whether I want to do this Salah in Gemma in the mosque or not.
Now what is the knowledge telling me my knowledge is telling me that if I choose not to pray consciously, I say I will not pray, then I have exited Islam, I have left Islam. And if I die in that state, then I will go into the hellfire. If I do pray, but I make the choice that I will pray on my own I will not go to the masjid I will not pray by Jehovah even though I could do that, then I My prayer is still valid. But at the same time, I am losing hugely in terms of the reward of that prayer. If I had gone to the masjid, I would have gotten 27 times the reward of praying alone. Now, you see that the issue of choices. Now obviously you will say who is insane enough that after being
a Muslim, he is he or she says I will not pray? There there are people like this May Allah protect us and keep us away from such people and not make us people of the of that kind. Second thing is to say well, despite being able to go to the masjid, despite that being convenient, despite the fact that the Muslims is near my house or whatever, I still choose not to go to the masjid. Well, you are making a choice, right? You're making a choice and on the day of jaaneman where one single good deed is the difference between Jana and Jana? We will understand the value of going to the masjid or not going to the masjid. Right. So this is something to keep in mind a good to keep in mind now part of
the belief and other they believe in the low wall color, the tablet and the pen,
the name actual nature, what is the tablet? What is the pen? What kind of pen? What kind of we don't know this. And as I said right in the beginning, these are not questions, questions that we ask. Because these are not questions that can be answered by anyone today if Allah subhanaw taala wanted to wanted us to know specifically, what is the law? What is the tablet?
What is the kalam what is the bent? You know, the nature actual nature of it as one Allah would have told us if that was so important for us to know unless Martin would have told us Allah did not tell us Allah simply named the law and the Kalam. So what is our belief? Do we believe that there is a pen? Do we believe that there is a tablet? Yes, we believe it. And what is the nature of that? We don't know. And we do not ask because nobody can answer that. It's not a question of asking is not a sin. But there's no sense in asking something which cannot be answered. The problem with asking questions which cannot be answered is that people sometimes feel compelled to now start guessing and
start philosophizing and they start talking
in terms they start talking about things about which they have no knowledge, and this is one of the most dangerous and worst things that one can do with respect to Allah subhanaw taala and his promises and his attributes and things that he created and kept him alive in the unperceivable. That is something we do not do.
We do not speculate, we do not philosophize, we do not be do not theorize, we believe as much as we have been informed.
We also believe that all that is to happen has been written by the kalam in a low hole my foes, in the in the protected tablet, that Allah's, whatever has to happen Allah subhanaw taala has
written it for us, we believe this and we believe in the truth of that.
We also believe that if all of creation came together, to try to make something happen, which Allah subhanaw taala has not written they will fail. And if they all came together to stop something that Allah subhanaw taala has written they would fail.
And that is where as well as, as Adam said, Whatever happened to you was going to happen to you, and whatever did not happen to you was not going to happen to you, and all of creation together could not have made it happen or or could not have stopped it. And he said, therefore, if only is the door of shatter. They will see this in many cases, especially where there are calamities where there are difficulties and accident happens, something happens. And people will say things like, oh, you know, this is the thing, if this person was driving a cheap car, if they had been driving a Mercedes, this would not have happened. If they hadn't been wearing a seatbelt, it wouldn't have happened. If they
had been wearing a mask. And if they're washed their hands, they wouldn't have got COVID Now I am not against any of the safety features. I am strong, I strongly recommend you wear seatbelts, I always do. I strongly recommend that. Of course. Now Angela looks like the danger is past. But when there was danger, yes, I strongly recommended wearing masks and, and social distancing and washing hands and so on and so forth. But never with the belief that this is what will save us from COVID auto accidents or whatever, no, this is something we do because Allah subhanaw taala told us to take precautions, where precautions are necessary
from the angle of the as bad from the angle of the means of something.
So we have been asked and we have been permitted to take recourse to the ASVAB to the means in order to have a good
result of whatever we are doing. But the means cannot
insulate us from the Musab people as bad as BB are not more powerful than the Musa the Buddhists bad. Right? The creator of the means, the creator of the means is superior to the means whatever those means. So we don't for example, sit and say if Allah wants to feed me, Allah will feed me because he is a result was over till Mateen of course Allah can feed me, Allah can feed you and only Allah feeds you and me, right nobody else.
But Allah subhanaw taala told us to make the effort to earn our risk and do it in a halal way. Now we go to the other extreme where we make the effort to earn our risk as if there is no Allah. So we go into haram means and we say oh but you know if I don't work, how will I eat?
This is where the this is where the belief in God comes where what Allah has written for me will come to me and Allah only taught me the choice the fork in the road, pick what is Allah leave what is haram? And what is halal is what is what the amount is written for you. Your choice is where do you want it from from the halal meat source or the Haram source. So it is very important for us to understand that. So that is why we accept the color of Allah, all the aspects of it, and we are pleased with it. And we thank Allah subhana wa Taala for it Ryda bill, Kedah
I know it's very difficult, it's not easy to understand this. It is not easy to it's easy to understand. It's not easy to accept it. Especially because a lot of especially when not a lot, but especially when some of this hurts, right. So reliable cover is good where it is all hunky dory, everything i i want is happening to me. But if something is happening, which I don't like then is the issue.
Second issue also is this belief and color is such a huge, huge, huge asset and frees us from all forms of stress. Right? Because it puts things in perspective in the perspective of the reality now
What is the reality? The reality is that Allah subhanaw taala has written for us, what he Jalla Jalla who decreed for us right Allah subhanaw taala has
written for us what he has what he wishes for us. And if you understand this that what Allah has written for me I will get no matter what it takes away all of my stress. Now all that I need to do is to choose the right option. Allah has decreed for me
how much wealth I will have in this life.
What I need to check to choose is what is the source of that where do I want this well from a halal source or a haram source?
Allah has written for me the duration of my life, how many days I will live?
What I have to do this, how will I leave those days in obedience to Him or it disobedience to jealousy?
The easiest way to understand this is just look at the questions on the Day of Judgment, what will we be questioned for? Or questioned about?
Those are the things which show us where we have choice, we will be questioned about Allah Allah, the question we have, we will be asked is What did you do with the life that I gave you with the time that I give?
Right? So what does it tell me? It really tells me that I have the choice to prolong my life or to shorten my life, no, suicide is haram. And so is the belief that some by some treatment, my life is going to get prolonged, no.
Question is, how did you live that life?
How did you live that night?
That is the question I need to keep in mind. That is the choice I have how to live my life not How long will you? Second question that I will be asked is, How did you live? Or use your youth?
So that is the thing to give, keep to keep in mind. I have strength and power and so on and energy and whatnot? How do I choose to spend it? Third question? How did you? What did you do with the knowledge that was given to you?
Allah subhanaw has decreed how much knowledge I will have.
I make the effort to try to get more and more knowledge but what at the end of the day, what Allah decreed for me, Allah decreed for me my choices, what will I do with that knowledge?
Will I keep it to myself with a user's knowledge for two to device?
You know, things which are, which are harmful and evil? Or will I use this knowledge to help myself and to help others? And to spread goodness around me? Will I share this knowledge? Will I teach will I help people who who need that knowledge?
And the fourth question is,
what how did you earn your wealth? And where did you spend it? Allah will not ask how much wealth? Did you become a billionaire? No.
Whatever it was, whether you were a daily wage earner and you were spending your you're earning, you know, $1 a day or whether you rely on musk and you are earning a billion dollars a day, it makes no difference unless America is not asking about that. That's why they will ask, how did you Where did you earn it from? And where do you spend it?
So if I'm earning a lot of money from haram sources,
from buying and selling haram from interest based dealings
from all of those things,
then I will have to answer for that. Allah Allah, Allah is not asking me why did you not make so much money? Let's say what was the source? Where did you earn it from? And where do you spend it? This money which I which I earned, did I spend this money in good things to help people and so on or did I spend it in doing evil
that this is a very, very important thing for us to remember to understand this. Let me give you a quick example. And that is, say for example.
Imagine a warehouse, a huge massive warehouse.
And his warehouse has a glass front. So you can see whatever is in this warehouse.
Now, this warehouse has every single thing that you are going to have in this life. So when you look through the glass window of this warehouse, the glass round, you are going to see all your money, all your family, all your children, your spouse, you're going to see
All the knowledge that you are going to gain you're going to see your health, health and happiness and every single conceivable thing that comes with your life saver is our Allah subhanaw taala has made visible for you your entire cover all your destiny is in this warehouse. Now
this warehouse has two doors on either side and the doors have photovoltaic cells which are which have retina scanners, right? Not photovoltaic cells but it has original scatters. So now when you stand in front of the door,
the door looks at your eye and this is unique to you. Nobody else can come and stand in front of the door nothing will happen. But when the scanner recognizes your Edina magnet right recognizes the original print, then the door opens for you. And this door opens only for you right. So now imagine that you are standing in front of the door. These are two doors on either side of this glass fronted warehouse, one door has a side big sign on it which is haram. The other door has a big sign on it which has
both doors have the scatters both of them will open if you stand in front of it.
So imagine that you are standing in front of this God called haram and the door has opened for you because you are standing there
just as you are about to enter the door
and take whatever is in that warehouse because it belongs to you. It is yours.
Your friend caller says hold on a second.
They say what
he's a lizard. Go around to this door which is Mark halal. And enter from this side it is the same warehouse. It is the same things nothing has changed. Just don't enter from this site, which is the site which is marked haram.
So you'll say to yourself, Okay, this makes sense. Why not. And you turn around. Now as you turn around the door shuts because you are not visible anymore.
Now who panic.
And you set your vent on Hola Hola. Hola. This is not just about Xhosa.
And that door is already shut.
Because you're starting here that will that will open
just like this will open. But that to you when you're standing on the side is a matter of faith.
You believe it will happen?
Your friend says Look, don't panic. Is the same technology the same thing just go around yours down in front of the door it will open for you. These are no no no, no, no, no, no, no, I am not gonna do that.
You say to your friend, no, you open that door first.
You open the door first. And then I will come. Your friend will say I can't help you because that door will not open for anyone other than you that sell the photo the camera there recognizes only your retina.
It cannot be opened by anyone other than what is in this warehouse is yours.
So have faith in what I'm saying just come around, stand here it will open you will have exactly the same things nothing will change.
But don't enter through this.
This is the nature of our life.
Who is his friend who's telling you that that is Muhammad Rasool Allah is Allah is Allah.
He is telling you based on his revelation, the revelation that he received from Allah subhanaw taala don't enter through this door come around, enter through this door.
The question is do we believe Rasul allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or not?
It is as simple as that.
Right? There's no need to agonize over all this. What has been written for us has been written for us.
What has not been written for us has not been written for us, no one can give us what has not been written for us. And no one can take away what has been proposed.
So this is the
the the in I've tried to make it make it as simple as possible. This is what our cover is, I want you to think and reflect on this. And then look at what you are doing in your lives.
Let us all together myself and you let us look at what we are doing in our lives and change our lives before it is too late. We believe therefore we believe in the Father of Allah subhanaw taala we but we don't ask too many questions. We don't say why and how and so on because nobody can answer those questions. We do not ask why people sometimes say why me? Why did this happen to me? No, nobody can answer that question. And if somebody asked that question, we don't try to make explanations for those decisions. Only Allah knows why.
i And Alhamdulillah Allah subhanho wa Taala has a reasons why he does something, many times
something happens which appears to be negative, but behind that is a huge amount of positivity. There are any number of examples of that we have examples of that in Surah, two use of about the whole life of Yusuf Ali salaam, we have examples of that and sort of the look of the conversation between the experience of Musa al Qaeda and the Musella and so on. It is for us to understand this and it is for us to believe in what Allah subhanaw taala della Diletto has told us, and
Allah subhanaw taala has
and to believe that we have to understand this now, final point is that Allah subhanaw taala, as I mentioned before, Allah knows but Allah does not compel at the fork. You are on your own but not helpless, you're on your own with the knowledge that Allah subhanaw taala gave us which is his Kitab which is our Quran Al Karim and the beautiful guidance of Muhammad Rasool Allah He SallAllahu sallam, we don't ask too many questions because the where he has stopped, the relation has stopped. The only person who could have who we could have asked and and who could have answered is Rasulillah Salam is not with us anymore. He does not answer questions anymore. And Allah subhanaw taala does
not answer questions. So in this situation, we don't ask why and so on and so forth. We accept reach Alhamdulillah this whole life is an instant the happiness is an instant the sadness is an instant. The wealth is an instant the poverty that instant the health is an instant sickness is an instant success is an instant failure is an insert the sunshine is that instant darkness is that instant shade shade is an instant, everything is an instant, one day it will and the life to come is for is for ever. That does not add.
Happiness is permanent. Sadness is permanent, Secretary is permanent, failure is permanent. Relief is permanent, pleasure is permanent. Pain is permanent. Ask Allah subhanaw taala for that permanent success. And for that Allah said, well, Foreman Giuliani naughty Whoa, tequila Jana difficult for us. And that's the one who has been freed from the hellfire and entered into Jannah only this person is successful. I remind myself a new the belief that color is the Hellfire is the Hellfire the Jana is Jana, these have been written. We don't write that we don't change the composition of either. But Allah gave us the choice whether we want to choose hellfire, or we want to to chant, the one who
chose Islam, the one who chose to follow Muhammad Rasool Allah Azza wa sallam, the one who chose to follow the Quran without altering without trying to play a game with it. In sha Allah will be the one who does the opposite, which tries to do more the dean and to cut and chop and change for his own will and we wish none of that can be done, but he will try to do that that person has chosen. Johanna, we ask Allah subhanaw intelligently the Lord will keep us among those who choose Jana and to save us from being among those who choose to Hana are some of the early he was IBM members.