Personal Mission And Accountability
Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
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From love from the evils of ourselves and the evil consequences of our own actions, whomsoever Allah guides, none can lead astray and whomsoever Allah needs to go astray, none can guide, a bear witness that there is none worthy of worship, except Allah, the Almighty alone. And I bear witness that will have some light already, he will hurt he will send his his servant and His messenger.
We have in the Quran beautiful lessons, and one of them is the story of Prophet Jonah, you want to study Sudan,
proof of use for unit studies. So that was mentioned four times in the binding, and two times by reference. And it's a beautiful story. And the Quran doesn't give us so many details. Even the Hadith of the prophets of Allah Salam doesn't give us a lot of details. But again, the stories of the Quran are profound human experiences that we can draw on to benefit ourselves to improve ourselves. And they equip us with with a lot of knowledge and skills to handle life as we deal with it today. So the summary of the story of Prophet USRA cinemas, most of you, I believe, now is that Allah sent him to
a city in Iraq city of Nainoa. And they were just above 100,000 People in population and that shows that that the, in ancient history, they were actually cosmopolitan, major cities, so you're talking about more than 100,000 That's not a small number. So he approaches them and he advises them he they were from Bani Israel because you want to study Salam comes from the lineage of prophets Iacobelli salaam bunnies slightly, so he invites them to worship Allah alone.
And they receive him with a typical response to prophets and messengers, and that's
enmity, rejection, and ridicule. And eventually, after some time, you will know Sally Sam grows upset with his people. He's upset with the response can he step without guidance from Allah, without a command from ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada we see the Prophet salallahu Salam in Mecca. 13 years of extreme hardship. His companions are persecuted he is being slandered. He's being attacked, ridiculed. His dignity has been challenged. His whole life sort of lifestyle filled in disruption. Yet the profits are seldom does not make a move without the permission of all without the commander.
And he waited in Mecca. He did not leave let go until Allah subhanaw taala instructed him
and he showed him in a dream the city of Medina yesterday about the time that they were supposed to start migrating to Prophet Yunus, Allah He Salam, he gets really upset and impatient to the point that he thinks that he has fulfilled his mission. And it has come to an end, the people just responded negatively. So he decides to leave the city
with so much
pain, frustration and anger at the same time. So he writes this see he goes on a ship.
And in the middle of the ocean, there's a storm and the ship is about to sink. And the captain of the ship or the crew of the ship, they realize now the Quran doesn't tell us the any details, or even the Sunnah. He doesn't tell us tell us any details. But we have historical narrations. And we have also narrations from the People of the Book, the people love this scripture that the Muslim scholars have used.
So the crew of the ship, they decided, hey, we need to get rid of some some of the burden and some of the goods that we have, but it got to a point where the only thing that they could get rid of was human beings. Now, there wasn't, that was the only thing on the ship at the moment. And some of the ratios indicate that they said, No, that seems to be there is a person who has committed a sin violation. And that's why the storm is not going. And we don't know who this person is no one is telling on themselves. So let's figure out by costing the lots.
So eventually, they cost the lots and the points on profit, new owner salaries.
And some of the reasons indicate that they felt shy that it's Jonas is a person of high character and high caliber, you know, and he's a guest we're not going to just let him go that's cost the locks again and the cost the loss a few times every time he points to you on a salary system and eventually takes responsibility. And he says it seems that I am the one meant with all I'm the one intended in all of this. So he jumps off the ship at exactly the same moment. Allah inspires a well to devour Prophet Yunus allihies Salam but keep him safe, keep him intact.
And that's a miracle from Allah because no one can survive the
bite of a whale or to live in the, in the belly of the whale. But that's that's that's something against the will that that is that is a that's an exception to the natural rules that we know. But it is done by the one who put these rules in place in the first place. So
Jonas has some spent some time and again, we don't know how long some some say it was just one night, some say it was three, some say was more. But eventually Allah instructs the whale to throw him and we'll throw throws him onto the shore. And then Allah causes some kind of plant to grow where he could eat from it and gain back his strength.
And Allah subhanaw taala blamed him he'd have his message and they decide, give it a second thought. And they they accepted the message at that time they repented, they regretted their response to every response to Prophet you want to say salam had he just been patient. And there's a lesson here for all of us that we don't know how our cuddle how our dust Destiny unfolds, we don't know about that. It's all in the hands of Allah. We only have a small peek into this and which is what we call, you know, the material reality, the perceptual reality that we can see and we can hear. But that's only a tiny fraction of what we have the full spectrum of reality. And that's why in Islam, we have
item label Allah shahada, we have the world of the scene, which is which we have access to, but we have the wealth of the unseen. And that's something we don't have access to. But it's just as real as the one that we see, but actually sometimes more real, because the only access we have to the unseen world with all this dynamics, and its causal chains, is through Revelation. So we know when Allah tells us about something we don't see, we know it's true. And it is exactly as Allah told us about woman, Astok woman, Allah Hadith who is more truthful than ALLAH SubhanA wa sallam, but the material reality that we see, is susceptible to optical illusion, to mistakes and interpretation, we
don't see the physical world or the material world as it is we are very biased as humans, we have a lot of bias. So our view of the world is open to our bias. It's open to our own interpretation. Our culture affects how we see things. And what we see is well it affects what we see and what we don't see. It affects what our minds intentionally skipped and ignore to the point we don't realize that these things actually exist. And also, our emotional state
has a lot of stake on how we see and how we proceed things. So Prophet, you want to say he said,
Mr. He just depended on the immediate reality that he could perceive. And that obviously led him to arrive at the wrong conclusion. And it led him eventually to do something he was not given permission to do.
And Allah subhanaw taala sent him back to speak, they had believed at the time, and Allah refers to the number one fanola cannot call it an AMA that's Vanessa Eman WA, il
dunya materna Almeida hain. there any people who have faith had benefited them. It was the people of euros and people of Prophet Jonah Ali's, when they believed we have removed the punishment away from them. We have stopped or halted the punishment that was on its way to them. And we have given them time to live and enjoy life until the time to leave when had arrived or arrived.
So Prophet Yunus ASAM had the mission, the prophets of Allah subhanaw, taala, all of them, they come into this world with a mission, a specific mission, to receive revelation, to live by it and convey it to the people. That's the mission. But similarly, all of us come into this world with a mission, we all come into this world, we come with a destiny, all of us.
And it's not like that of the Prophet spot. Every one of us we're supposed to figure out our mission, our destiny, there's nothing random or what no one lives.
And yes, there is a there is there is a there's a framework, a general framework that that covers all of us and all of us are supposed to function within its boundaries. And that's what Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran. Women have children now and insert in that era who don't I have created the jinn, the spirits and mankind to worship me, that's the guide. These are the guidelines. But within this framework, there's a lot of peculiarity. There's a lot of individuality. There is a lot of unique circumstances and individual paths and lanes. And you are supposed, I mean, it's not enough to take that at face value and say, Oh, my mission is in life is to worship Allah. The thing
is worshiping Allah Samantha is such a dynamic concept that you need to figure it out into high resolution picture that is unique to you in terms of your physical composition, your mental composition, your emotional makeup.
and even your circumstances and your culture and your place in the world, and the time that you live in, so that you can make it more meaningful. Because most of the most of the generalised missions in life are actually a matter of escape, or a matter of hiding, they are a bluff just to just to show off some kind of, of an ideal orientation, but it's an escape from reality, because you have your unique circumstances and how your ideals and how your mission informs you to handle a specific situation or relationship, or a challenge or, or a moment of difficult choice that you have to make. That's what you have to figure out. And unless you do the inner work to figure out who you are, what
Allah put inside of you, what else Allah Subhanallah placed into your life, and what is so special about you, and you see how your moral principles translate into your unique circumstances, you won't be able to make informed decisions, they won't be moral, they won't be moral. So we have to do the inner work. That's our mission. That's our responsibility.
So there is no way we can go through this through this life on autopilot.
We don't have that choice. Because at the moment, if you make that choice, you can, you can walk blindly in this life, you are going to work on, on on obvious apparent impressions that are not necessarily true or in line with the ideals that you claim to embrace. You have to do that work, you have to figure out who you are, what's your place in the world? What is unique about you? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What are you evil tendencies and know how to handle them and manage them, utilize the good aspect of them, and then neutralize the evil in them, then the good things about you see how you can capitalize of them, capitalize on them, magnify them, utilize
them, put you through them to your advantage, where you create a coherent life story that is relevant to your time, and to your culture and to the place that you live in the world that you live in. So your presence in the world can be a value to yourself, and the people around you. That's, that's what real life is. Otherwise, you just take in life at a very low resolution. And you're walking around like a person who has issue with their sight and you don't know where you're heading.
And you make these judgments. That's your mission. And that's part of who we are. And that that's part of how we're supposed to carry ourselves.
So that's one thing we learned from the messages or the Stories of the Prophets and messengers that we have in the Quran, the Prophet, you want to say Salaam is an example. And it shows that he should have as a prophet, Allah subhanaw taala. So we're not in a position to judge a prophet, because we have far more mistakes. But the thing is that we can learn from that he should have made a bit of judgment as Allah indicates, upon and with careful thought, and realizing how our weaknesses forced us to make choices that are not optimal in our lives, that will help us be in a budget position to make the right choices, we would have already had the worst of the.
Money which mean about one point that I think it's worth mentioning, that it's a pleasant thing to see Muslims, mashallah coming back to the masjid, and that we are coming in an orderly fashion. It's really it's a scene to behold, it is something to really admire, that we are able to, to practice this aspect of Islam, that Islam is so responsive to conditions and realities. And this is something we need to be proud of. And something to learn from as well. And to try to embody in other aspects as we see this kind of behavior. And this kind of handling of such a complex and challenging situation, is something really to admire. And it's something is really to, to uphold, and give
to people for. So we say Alhamdulillah halapio, el Amin, and I hope this comes from a good place. And each one of us needs to see this as actually a practice of the principles of Islam. That is very responsive. The the the jurisprudence system in Islam is very, very responsive. It's very organic in its relationship with reality, but it's not chaotic. It has its own character in its own identity, and it responds according to coherent, consistent principles. And so it enables enables us to deal with any situation without losing that identity, and that coherence and that consistency, So alhamdulillah it's a blessing from Allah Subhana Allah we ask her boss mortality help us draw on
that and take it even more to the next level and expand it to other areas of our lives.
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