Why Such Chaos in the World – 08.07.2020
Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
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All Praise and Glory be to Allah Who we thank him and we seek His help and his guidance and his pleasure and his forgiveness. And we testify that no one is worthy of our worship and our devotion and our love and obedience in the absolute sense but Allah and Allah alone, without any partners, the true supreme King subhanho wa Taala and we were witnesses the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was His Prophet and his servant and His messenger and the best of his creation and the seal of his revelation and the most beloved of the slaves of Allah to Allah. O servants of Allah who have believed in Allah keep hold to the Taqwa of Allah as best as you can, for as long as you
possibly can throughout your days and your nights. Until our days and our nights in this world have concluded and we collect the reward of taqwa, which is the company of Allah and His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the true life, the life to come
to begin after welcoming my brothers and sisters to the house of Allah azza wa jal
not just with the tragic events this week in Beirut, but just week in and week out, and the fact that bad news sells and information technology has accelerated the circulation of news, more and more people are becoming very, very frustrated by the amount of chaos, the amount of evil
that they feel is ever increasing in the world, to the point that many of them cannot even get themselves to notice that there's any good left in the world. There's any order left in the world, there's any hope left in the world.
And they work thinking, Why is the world all messed up? Why is there so much chaos.
And interestingly, this sentiment has been growing, even before mass media, even before social media.
You know, atheists who disbelieve in God altogether, especially in the Western world, the most common reason for many leading atheists, they call it their main and sole reason for not believing in God is the fact that there's evil in the world.
And in a recent study, they asked swaths of Americans from all different backgrounds, if you could ask God, one question, and you knew that you would get an answer? What would that question be? And the number one question was, why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?
It has obstructed their ability to see the world through any other lens, this dominant sentiment
that the world is just so messed up? Why did God if there is a God, let it happen this way?
First and foremost, we need to say is the world entirely messed up? Is it all messed up?
I mean, if there was, no God, then it would be expected first of all, for the world to be messed up. But what do we see the world as? In reality, if we were to sit there and analyze carefully, objectively think for ourselves? What is more common for a person to go through health in their life? Or to go through sickness? The vast majority of humanity today and forever have been healthier for longer than they've been sick?
How many moments do your arteries flow freely compared to the moment that they clogged? Right? What is the percentage of fully functional human beings compared to human beings that are impaired in one way or another?
Even if you look at vacation, what is the percentage of nations that thrive and enjoy peace and enjoy prosperity versus for example, a meteorite strike that ends them all or a volcanic eruption that by the way resets and restores the ecosystem for the greater good anyway. And so if you are to think fairly, and honestly, there is far more good in the world and there is evil,
first and foremost.
And that's how
Just two very important things. One of them, we just said that there must be a God. You know, Interestingly though, the hook was not usually the best place for this. They call this in physics. The second rule of thermodynamics, the rule of entropy. Basically, scientists say that when there is a system, any system, and the parts inside this system, this isolated system are just interacting randomly. There's a random system, which is what atheists claim the world is the product of just a random explosion, right? Physics wise, any random system will continue falling into greater and greater chaos irreversibly, you can't stop it.
So the fact that our world does not fall apart, it is still fully functional, hugely functional, life is sustainable in this universe means what? What's happening is not random. There is someone outside the system that is all powerful, that is all wise that with great wisdom manages our system. subhanho wa taala, that is of the greatest proof that there must be a Creator subhanho wa taala, a wide agent just look all around you. What keeps it this way.
That's the first benefit you get from realizing that there is more good than evil, good is the norm. The first thing you get from that is the question why is there more good? How could there be more good, just randomly like this? Why don't things spiral out of control the way they would if nothing was controlling them? The way physics proves time and time again, when they're left to themselves.
The second benefit you get from realizing that they're greater good than there is evil in the world, is the fact that you understanding good as the norm as the prevalent norm.
Once you decided this is the majority of matters, it is good, it is stable, it is productive, it is life sustaining, then you move on and say okay, now how am I supposed to understand the exception? How can these fewer things are not going very well. Unless you understand what is the norm, you cannot begin to grasp the exception. And I'll give you a very simplistic example, if you were to enter some high tech Palace, some high tech mention
of one of the wealthiest people on Earth. And you saw in there luxuries, you could not understand.
Right? couches that mechanically move in a certain way. And screens and hologram that do certain things you've never seen before. Every single room of the 1000s of rooms in this mansion are impressive to you. You can't even understand the systems that are involved here. You become certain one room after another that the engineer that the technologists that the people behind this palace are people that are truly sophisticated people truly why.
And so then when you find a room that looks like it's in a ruin.
You say, Wait a minute, there's something off here. You don't say that the engineer is a lunatic, the engineer is uneducated. What do you say? There's something I'm missing here. Because look at the whole room. Look at the whole house. Look at the whole mansion. There must be a wisdom considering all of the wisdom involved everywhere else, there must be a wisdom to the exception.
Maybe he ran out of money and the engineer didn't do this room. He quit his job. Maybe he wanted to remember that as a child. He wasn't this rich and you wanted to have a little room that look like his old village. Right mud in the sand may be made but it definitely not the fact that there is no sophistication here. Likewise, we see the world and are reflecting on Allah's creation. we're commanded to do that. So we understand Allah must be wise. subhanho wa taala.
And so if there's an exception to the prevalent good, there must be a wisdom behind it. Because Allah for sure is behind this all.
Why do you think we have to read surah to the calf?
Every single Friday, or at least we're encouraged to do so as Muslims.
Because the stories we find among the reason the stories we find in political gaffe
are the stories that are repeated throughout human history. And so we take from them what we need to engage life.
The same way life and the events of life repeat themselves. Thus we are to repeat sort of like these so that we never lose sight of the proper frame of reference, the proper perspective. And one of the four major stories and so to recap, is the story of Musa alayhis salam and ohada Musa alayhis salam kept objecting to what he saw were evil, and realized later, there was a bigger factor at play here. There was a bigger wisdom behind me here. Why are you ruining the ship? It's x
Sleep for the greater good of the owners of the shift that it doesn't get abducted by those who are looking for good shifts. So temp a temporary harm and sustainable for the greater good.
Why did you allow to kill that young boy?
Now that the greater good is an actively killing an innocent child, but because it was a command from God for a child to die, there was greater good in that child, not growing up to disbelieve in Allah and there was greater good for his parents through that pain, they were able to retain their relationship with Allah. So Allah azza wa jal gave us examples here, so that we can use from what we know that which would give us confidence to rest assured about the 1000 other incidents of apparent evil that we don't know. This is not to say evil doesn't exist. One of the wisdoms that we will perhaps if Allah allows next week discuss some of the wisdoms Allah gave us to help us navigate
life's difficulties, life's chaos, the wisdoms for evil existing we are told the primary wisdoms
but we need to realize that resigning to Allah's wisdom when we see evil to see it, that it's relative to see it that it's for the greater good, that there's no such thing as pure, only reckless, only destructive, unwise, pointless, evil does not exist in Allah universe.
How to convince yourself of that is a huge project. It's a big deal. Allah gave us helpers to do that. But at the end of the day, it's part of the test of our faith.
To realize that I just, I just can't tell. Because if Allah is testing us in this life, what test is there when you already given the answers the explanations to the exam questions, there have to be things that are unclear or off house did a test.
As one of the scholars said, It is a huge task to fight off shaitan it's a lifelong task, and to accept to be the end on the carpet. Have you ever imagined an ant walking on a carpet a carpet that's designed very nice, but many of your rugs
if an ant is on the carpet, it sees chaos. It sees a blue strands going this way and a gold strands going that way, it has no idea what's going on. It's just walking because it's so close. It's so involved in the mess. So this jungle of colors looks like chaos.
But if it the ends, were able to step up and step back, it will see a masterpiece. It will see a work of art.
So to except for yourself that you compare to God or less than an N compared to a carpet maker. That's the real test here.
Allah azza wa jal said subhanho wa Taala Amina Nassima. Yeah, Abdullah, Allah, how
among humanity are those who worship God on edge meaning conditionally, if good happens to them, they are reassured by that. And if evil happens to them, they turn their back and call about Allah when she has zero dunya will ask him he turns away, he objects to God. That is the reality people are not actually able to produce an intellectual argument to say evil equals God doesn't exist. Those have nothing to do with each other.
Evil could exist alongside God because God is wise.
And that's the end of this, but to accept that God is wiser than you. And to not feel that you have the right
to have the explanation to everything that is part of the test. Aren't we put in this world to be tested? And well, I'm your Solly had to believe and work the test is not just a test of your behavior. The test is also a test of your faith.
And then Allah tells us subhanho wa Taala in the Quran, that the angels who are the most intellectual creatures
felt and accepted and found it satisfying when they asked about evil for Allah to tell them
I know and you don't that's enough of an answer. But to have the humility to do that, that is the accomplishment
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For that to be enough of an answer
is only for the believer.
May Allah azza wa jal grunts I'll send you faith and belief that is true Allah Hammami?
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If Allah azza wa jal permits for us the length of life we will inshallah speak about the five main reasons Allah tells us about in the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam of why evil may exist why what we perceive as evil what what frustrates and bothers us, in our in our lifespans
would exist. But what you need to remember as we close the hotbar now,
that your job your fight, is the fight to retain recognition that Allah is the most wise Subhanallah Don, and that him being the most wise means that he would never allow something to exist in his creation, without there being a wisdom behind it. subhanho wa Taala
and that also means
that He created you to examine you. And so he cannot tell you the specific wisdoms and answer for you all the questions on wisdom while the examination is still taking place.
And then to know that Allah gave you enough pointers, enough broad strokes, on the main reasons, the main wisdom for why these exists, because he is the most wise and he knows you need that he knows you need that help. He knows out of His mercy also, that you need to be given something to keep you patient and to satisfy your curiosity on one level, and to remind you that you are not a God. And so you only see the pixel you can't see the picture and that you by your nature will always have blind spots. And so you are given closure in that. May Allah azza wa jal grant us knowledge that will benefit us and grant us vision and insight to see through the child of this world. May Allah azza wa
jal have mercy on all those who have been killed this week in Beirut and elsewhere. May Allah azza wa jal be with all of those who are struggling due to COVID or otherwise. May Allah azza wa jal give have mercy on our dead may Allah Tabata Kota ALLAH forgive our parents, may Allah azza wa jal elevate them because of us. May Allah azza wa jal guide for us our children from every illness, be it physical or mental or spiritual. Allahumma Amin
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