Quranic Reflections – Aleppo
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And it has the answers to the questions that go through our minds in these times.
When the Muslims are being tried and being tortured and being killed and being humiliated, or being chased out of their lands, what is happening in Aleppo and Halab is not new.
The Muslim Omar has been going through this. For the last 100 years, this has been happening regularly. And every time we'll be we've been crying, our hearts and our eyes out. And things have been happening over and over again. And we seem to get so much emotional when these things are happening. But once it's over, we go back to our old ways. And we forget the lessons that we are meant to learn from these events. And this is why such events and such atrocities are bound to happen over and over and over and over and over and over again. Until we learn the lessons and we turn back to Allah subhana wa Tada.
There's nothing that nothing happens in this universe in this world, randomly.
We live in a world in a universe where there are no muss, no mistakes. And this surah gives us the answers. Allah subhanaw taala starts by making an oath and swearing by some of his magnificent creation. And these are the positions and the arcs of the stars, where the stars are positioned. Allah is directing our attention to the greater universe, to the bigger universe. So when you are taken over by such a hardship and such atrocities, turn to the magnificent and profound and great creation of Allah where you feel yourself like nothing compared to this humongous and and profound creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala was somehow either till borouge. And if you think this is the
whole story, Allah subhanaw taala is saying, whether you're a woman, Mount Ruth and the promise day, Allah is saying this is not the end. This is not the whole story. This is just one page in this small chapter in the bigger book of life. So don't be sucked in completely by the atrocities that are taking you over by these crimes that are happening. Don't let them suck you in and make you lose perspective about the reality of life and why Allah puts you on this earth here. And why Allah is allowing these things to happen.
This story is not over yet.
Allah Subhana Allah says in surah Lanka both were in a Darrell Akeeba tele he'll hire one. And indeed the real life is the life of the hereafter. Because this life is just like a dream. It's just like a mirage. And Allah subhana wa Tada describes this life
as a mirage and a delusion.
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and a witness and the witness. Allah subhanaw taala is making clear that everything is witnessed. Everything has been recorded. over everything there is a witness and these accounts and these atrocities and these events and these crimes and these wars will be brought back on the day of judgment and will be played out in front of everyone to see and Allah subhanho wa Taala says in ko Nana's tendency Huma constantan alone, we have a copy. We were making a real copy the exact copy of what you did will be played out in front of you on the Day of Judgment. So everything is witnessed
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And Allah here is referring to an incident that happened to the early believers who followed a subnormal, yam, Jesus, the son of Mary May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him who remained upon the true message of and mercy Alayhis Salam, upon the true message of Jesus peace be upon him, they remain truthful tip when it has been changed.
And the people who changed it had power, and had they had the whole empire behind them. So they decided to annihilate the believers and wipe them out of the face of earth. So they dug out the trench, a huge, massive trench, and they lit a huge massive fire. And then they started throwing the believers into it so they could taste the the heat of the fire before they die. They didn't even choose a merciful death for them, a painless death for them. It's a death that takes time where the body burns slowly until the soul leaves that body and who was thrown into it.
believing men and women and children, they were thrown into it. And the reason for that is Allah states in the Surah that they believe in Allah Alone. subhanho wa Taala they believe in the truth that came from Allah subhanaw taala Butina us horrible dude and Nari that will work with the fire that they lit with so much fuel and wood.
It home and they have called when they sat on it and they witnessed it. And they conducted that crime and that atrocity. Allah is a witness over all of this. And Allah keeps that in a record and will not go in vain.
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will whom Allah if I don't have any more meaning and as you would, and they were witnessing what they were doing. And Allah subhanaw taala was witnessing the crimes they committed against the believers, how they threw them into the fire.
And this is why the Prophet SAW Selim says in the authentic hadith about these people who were thrown into the trench, when they were burnt into the fire,
they're willfully submitted to their fates. Why, because they knew that was the time it was the time to meet Allah subhanaw taala. And this was the end of their pain, the end of their suffering, so they could see beyond their affliction, they could see beyond their pain, they could see beyond that fire, and except for one woman who had her little child, her infant baby in her hands, and she was so fearful of allowing herself to be pushed into the hellfire. So see, she hesitated. So Allah subhanho wa Taala caused the little baby to speak out. And he said, Yeah, I'm in Nichia al Haq. He said, Oh, Mother, You are upon the truth. You are upon the truth. Was Allah witnessing that? Was
Allah seeing that? Did Allah hear all of this? Yes, indeed.
Is an Allah merciful, beyond our imagination, beyond our expectation, is in Allah subhanho to Allah, the Almighty, the all powerful. Couldn't he put an end to that? Yes. But his knowledge, his mercy, his wisdom
stipulated that this thing happens, so that Allah subhanaw taala takes people and elevate them into paradise, because probably in their life, they have not done anything significant. Probably in their life. They have done so many sins, they have transgressed the limits of Allah, they've lived their life negligent of Allah, or maybe they tried their best, but they haven't done enough to reach a high state in paradise. And Allah subhanaw taala was good for them in the eternal life. So he makes them suffer for a couple of years, for a number of years, a couple of days, a few weeks, or maybe for a lifetime. What is it 70 years compared to eternity, an endless number of years. So Allah
causes them to suffer for little while for this parenthesis in eternity. Allah causes them to suffer, why? To give them happiness, ultimate happiness in the eternal life where they can enjoy the nearness to Allah subhanaw taala and his blessings in paradise that will not be interrupted by fear, or pain, or sadness or any negative feeling.
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and burn them and demolish the buildings on top of their heads.
The only reason was that they believed in Allah subhanho wa Taala and the message, why do you think the whole world has left the people of Syria, the people of Burma? And the people of Iraq and the people of Egypt, and the Muslims in different parts of the world? Why do you think the people hadn't have left them for the faith for the fates? Why do you think people are fighting for animal rights when the human beings have no rights in these lands? Why?
It's their belief is their belief. But we don't need the whole world. When Allah is on our side. We don't need anyone for that matter. When Allah is in our side, the people will go through hardship and they fall in despair. And sometimes they commit suicide and life becomes unbearable. It's that's because these people have no faith. But with the people of faith, whatever happens, we have Allah, whatever happens, we know that Allah will make it work for us, even if it's overwhelmingly overwhelmingly painful and atrocious. So we see beyond our calamity, we see beyond the fire, we see beyond the atrocity.
Then Allah subhanaw taala says, in Allah the inevitable meaning in our community for millennia, tubo, those who have tried those who have committed crimes and atrocities against those who have believed in males and females, and Allah subhanaw taala mentions here specifically in males and the females, because it's usually the weaker ones that are taken advantage of the weaker ones that are being tortured and killed in these wars, mainly the women and the children and the old men.
And then these people who commit these atrocities against the believers, and they do not repent to Allah and they do not regret their crimes and turn back to Allah subhanaw taala and fix what they have corrupted. These people Allah subhana wa to Allah warns them and Allah promises a severe punishment for them further home either Bucha Hanham for them will be the torment and the chastisement of the Hellfire while at home, I thought about how they unfold them will be the burning fire that will stretch them and burn them forever, forever. Non stop there will be no end for that.
Then Allah subhanaw taala says, if you are completely overwhelmed by this calamity, and the death of these innocent people, Allah subhanaw taala saying to you look beyond that in Alladhina, Armin or hamilo, sila Hertie, la hyung Jin Atlanta Dream, and Tatiana and
those who have believed in Allah and they have done righteous deeds. For these people, there will be guardians of paradise beneath which rivers flow,
that liquid flows will kill you. That's the biggest victory. That's the biggest win. That's the ultimate achievement.
So you you feel sad, and you're rightly rightly so feel sad for them, feel the pain, feel this suffering, and you're justified in that.
But you should not neglect the fact that these people
will be recompensed by Allah subhanaw taala and when they turn to the Lord, when they return to Allah subhanho wa Taala you don't have to worry about these people because Allah subhanaw taala will not let down anyone who believes in Him. Allah will not let down anyone who trusted him, anyone who held on to their faith.
Then Allah subhana wa Tada turns our attention to something very important because oftentimes we get caught up by the we are caught up by the immediate reality by what happens to us by what happens to our brothers and sisters. What happens to other people, weak people all over the globe. And throughout history, Allah subhanaw taala turns our attention to probably the most pressing and most important fact yet most of humanity seem to forget it and seem to neglect it. And that's the most important element in existence.
And this is what we will explain shortly shortly Apollo polyhedra was ducted Allah he will include elements stuff.
And hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala see then I'm Medina. He was the Jemaine Allah subhanaw taala then says in about a shout out big gala Shaheed, indeed the punishment and the power of your Lord is so magnificent and powerful and overwhelmed.
Think. So don't doubt the power of Allah.
Some people get caught up in what is happening to the negligence of the mind and the power and the wisdom and the knowledge of Allah. And they start questioning the decree of Allah, they start questioning the wisdom of Allah, they start questioning the Mercy of Allah. And Allah subhanaw taala is warning us against that. And we said previously in a previous hope, but it's important that we should not we should not get caught up completely in the immediate circumstances. Because what happens, and what you what your eyes can capture, and what your what your ears can hear is not the full truth is not the full reality is only a fraction. It's only a tiny bit of the whole spectrum of
reality. There are other things that are happening. There is the world of the unseen and it's all connected and you should not neglect that because this is consequential. This is constant consequential, so you should be mindful of the power and the punishment of Allah. So a few questions, Allah's mercy or Allah's wisdom. Well, unless power, oh, Allah supported the believers, then you have fooled yourself. You have fooled yourself and you know that you have to recalibrate. You have to refocus. You have to adjust yourself back to see the ideal view of reality that Allah subhanaw taala since he is in charge, and he is allowing these things to happen, he must be doing
this for the sake of these own people.
And Allah subhanaw taala speaks to the believers after the Battle of God when the Muslims have been injured. 70 of the best companions have been have been killed and have been martyred and Allah subhanaw taala says
our mass orbit come mostly but it's up to me if they happen to
win a calamity has hit you that double of it has hit the ones or your enemies before you say Where is this from? Well Who am in India MDM for cecum. Say it's from you. It's from your own selves from your own shortcomings, your own weaknesses. And in a previous verse in the same surah Allah subhanaw taala says
when he LM Allahu Allah Dena ermine away a decade, I mean, come Shahada. Allah wants to take martyrs, to elevate them in paradise to put them in high positions in paradise. How are they going to reach those levels, if they are not martyred for the sake of Allah.
And the Prophet SAW Selim said in a famous Hadith, that Allah subhanaw taala points a high place a high station for someone in paradise and this person doesn't do enough to qualify to that level. So Allah subhanaw taala tries them and since hardship their way so that they achieve that high level, yes, they will go through pain. Yes, they will go through so much torture and persecution.
But Allah will always be in charge in about shall be color shaded, in Who who are you? Who are you eight, he's the one who begins life. And he's the one who ends it. And he's the one who starts it again on the Day of Judgment. So don't think this life is the whole story. Be mindful of the akhira that's only one chapter. And Allah will make everything turn in the side of the believers. So see the whole, the whole story, see the whole thing together?
In now, who are you when you're eight? Well, one of the photo but it is the one who's forgiving, and who is loving and merciful. To the believers, dude, there is so much love and compassion in this verse. Compassion to who to the believers, the ones that are tortured? Yes. The ones that are being humiliated. Yes. The ones that are being pushed out of their land. Yes, the ones who are starving Yes.
And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam explains in the hadith is that I have Billa, who had done ASABE I mean, who, if Allah subhanaw taala loves the servant, Allah will try him. Allah will take some of what he has, or what she has. An Allah will make sometimes life hard for them. Why? Because Allah wants to protect them from this dunya
so it doesn't engulf them, and it doesn't suck them in.
Well, who will have a for all we're doing? Sheila Majeed, he's the owner and the master of the great throne. Allah is in charge. Allah is the Almighty, never lose hope in Allah and never question the power and might of Allah never question the Mercy of Allah and the wisdom of Allah and never questioned the decree of Allah. So what he causes to happen is the best scenario ever. Any other possibility would be negative and the other possibility would be counterproductive. And the other possibility would be against the believers. So
Allah always chooses the best for the believers, even though we can't see it, even though they are going through heart, through pain and through hardship, and through torture, and through all of these sufferings.
Then Allah Subhana Allah
confirms that and he says, If you question this, listen to what Allah says about himself, don't Lima, you read Allah does what he wants. Allah does what he wants. So don't think that these things are happening against the will of Allah. Don't ever think that these things are happening. And Allah doesn't want them.
Allah through His wisdom and knowledge and mercy and love for the believers, allows these things to happen, creates them and allows them to come into existence. Why? Because there is something beyond this.
There is something far greater, there's a greater reality beyond this. And if you hold on to your faith, if you hold on to your Eman, if you hold on to your trust with Allah subhanho wa taala, you will be able to get that recompense afterwards. And that's the beauty of the challenge of this life. And that's the test of this life. That you have to believe in something that your heart knows, but you can't see it. You're going through the pain but you're experiencing the Mercy of Allah at the same moment. You can feel it, even though you are going through the torture and the pain and the hardship for an only man you read then Allah Subhana Allah says, if you question and attack a hadith
will generally have you seen those who came before phenomena with a mood for their own and for more than these people who have dominated over the earth and there was so proud and arrogant and they fought against the believers, where are they what happened to them? So don't be short sighted. Allah is always in charge. Allah is always in control.
But a lady in a casserole for you to greet those who have disbelieved are disbelieving in Allah, they are rejecting the truth from Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, Allahu Allah to him or hate, Allah has them in control. If you think Bashar Al Assad is not in control, you're mistaken. Allah allows him to stay in that place to do what he's doing, because there's a greater benefit for the believers that cannot be achieved otherwise. And that's why Allah is keeping him there.
There are people that Allah wants to raise high in paradise, there are believers that Allah wants to awaken. There are believers that Allah wants to bring together, there are believers that Allah wants them to open their eyes to see the blessings of Allah upon them.
And the only way to get them to do that is through that trigger, through that tyrants, through that criminal, and all of those who are with him. And when the whole world lets the believers and lets the Muslims and lets these innocent people down and gives up upon them. And not only that, but conspires even against them. Allah subhanaw taala wants to teach us a lesson
that you should only care about Allah, no one will help you but Allah, your hearts should be attached to Allah.
Not to Russia, not to Iran,
not to Hezbollah, but not to Russia, not to America, not to the UK, not to Europe, not to me, not to the United Nations, not to anyone, the only one who can save you is Allah and when your hearts truly connect to Allah, this is when everything starts to change, the whole dynamics of the universe will change.
And there are lessons in what's happening. For our brothers and our sisters. When we feel the pain, we should feel their pain. And we should feel their pain and should this should awaken us throughout. So we learn the lessons. And we take the umbrella that we make sure we don't end up in a similar position. Because who knows what's gonna happen, we should learn the lesson that Muslims should unite together, stop this kind of sectarianism among Muslims, this kind of hate among Muslims, this kind of division among Muslims, we should stop this. Stop taking the back seat and start doing some real work. Real work in a bad and real work in real life. Start doing something
take the lesson, take the precaution. So what is happening does not happen to you when what was happening in Iraq, which is exactly what's happening in what's happening now in Syria and probably sometimes even worse. The people of Syria five six years ago, we're living in relatively some kind of luxury and peace. By things change with a Yamanaka we will have a nurse Allah subhanaw taala changes the states of this world and of these days. So we ask Allah subhana wa Tada
to relieve the plight and the predicament of our brothers and sisters all over the globe, in who asked Allah subhanaw taala to give a safe escape to all brothers and
Sisters in help and to protect their souls and protect their deen and we ask Allah subhanaw taala to bring away out from this whole predicament of what's happening in the Muslim world in Syria and Iraq and Egypt, in Yemen and Libya and all the other Muslim countries. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to bring back peace and justice into this world through his true servants, the ones who truly believe in him Allahumma Philomena wouldn't mean to honestly mean honestly Mandela Haman and what and what Allah meconium so I mean, it's equally makan Allah Madame shahada, Allah Who Muhammad shahada Muhammad Taco Bell him for Salah Hain Allah me motor home wife Olam, Allah who managed to him and I
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