Trials Or Blessings
Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
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Allah says, in Surah Al Baqarah.
And we shall test you try you with some of fear
and a loss in souls,
meaning death, and a loss and
scarcity of food, fruits and blessings.
And give glad tidings to those who are patients, those who are patient in the face of all of this loss and all of these trials and calamities. This is a promise from Allah subhanaw taala.
That humanity we humans shall go through these kinds of trials, tests,
lack of resources and blessings. But Allah promises also glad tidings and good news to those who remain patient in the face of these trials and hardships.
And Allah explains further, the inner workings of these people, Allah says, because these people, when the trials when hardships come to them, they resort to an understanding to have faith, a firm belief, to a very powerful foundation within them and that is, in in truth we belong to Allah.
We are Allah us, we're Allah's property, we belong to Him. Meaning, we don't even own ourselves. We don't belong to ourselves. We don't have an existence, an independent existence of our own. We belong to Allah. He owns us as Allah says, Allah describes himself as many kin NAS, the owner, the king of humanity, he owns us, we belong to Him.
And the owner has the right to do whatever he wants with his property. So Allah has the right to do with us whatever he wants
And we don't have a right to question or ask.
And also, in the realization that we are the property of Allah that we don't even have an existence, independent existence of ourselves, there is a relief and it's an escape from the grip of pain and the hardship of trials, when we realize that our existence is not intrinsic, it's not independent. That is actually dependent on Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, meaning we have this kind of temporary existence.
And also the pain that we go through the trials that we suffer, are also temporary.
And this lessens the pain of the trials. In Adela Carlo in alila, he were in a in a urology room. And not only that, they also say the inner workings is that we are going to return to Allah. Eventually, this shall pass as they say, this will be over. And it's not going to last forever. And we are going to return to Allah subhanaw taala. So this is a transitory state, this is an ephemeral experience is not going to stay here forever. It's temporary, and just the realization that is temporary brings about a lot of relief. And the realization that eventually we're going to return to Allah. When every all the records will be set straight, everything will be fixed. That's even a
greater source of relief.
And these are not just statements that believers, people who trust in Allah, these are not only statements that they say, at the time of hardship and trials, but this statement is a reflection of the state of their heart. That's how they see the world. That's how they understand themselves. And this is where ease comes about. And this is a reflection of the meaning where Allah some of the Divine statement of Allah subhanaw taala, where he says, For in grocery use a lot in the manosphere. So indeed, with every hardship there is is this is the ease it's an inner experience. It's in the grasping of the truth of our existence, and pain grows exponentially.
When the person is self centered.
When people grow extremely sensitive and prone to pain,
when they magnify
their own existence, and they think it is the center of the world. They think they are the center of the world, their pain grows. So humans do a great disservice to themselves, when they think life is about them,
when they think life is supposed to treat them as kings, and honor them and fulfill their wishes. When humans think this way, life becomes extremely painful and full of suffering.
And subhanAllah in the diminishment of one's sense of self, there is freedom and relief, whereas in the emphasis
of one's own centrality in the universe, and the importance of oneself.
Humans incur a lot of pain, unnecessary pain and suffering.
Allah subhanaw taala advises the believers
in the face of one of the most difficult experiences humans could ever go on. That's the prospect of death of being murdered and killed. In the battlefield, Allah says, instructs the believers to say and this is again when Allah subhanaw taala praises or instructs the believers. He instructs them with saying something or praises them for saying a certain thing. It's not about this statement, this statement is an expression of something that is in their hearts that is at the core of their being. Calais, Yossi BANA Elana Kitab, Allah, Allah,
say nothing will be for us but what Allah wrote for us this realization that things come from Allah, and that is not about us. It's about Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, This lessens the pain. Allah also speaks to the believers about the suffering that they undergo as they are in their struggle against the forces of evil in the world. Allah says intercolonial to Allah mourn for inna homie, Allah, Mauna Kea, Mata Alam on what are Jun Amin Allah He mana
if you are experiencing pain, they are also experiencing pain similarly. But the difference is,
you live in hope for something from Allah that they have
nothing similar to. They have no similar experience of hope. So although you are going through pain that they are going through a similar pain, you have another acid that could actually remove your pain completely sometimes and that's you have hope in Allah subhanaw taala you were expecting something from Allah
They do not expect and that sometimes renders your pain almost non existence non existent.
And humans commit this grave mistake of thinking that
is a symbol of honor
of goodness unconditionally and this is wrong. And Allah points to that. Allah says in the Quran for 1,000,007 or either Mottola horombo, who for Colombia who went to Mo Farah who will be a common what a man either Italia who falcoda rally here is for your code or be Han.
Allah says man, humans, when Allah tries them, tests them
Humans assume that Allah has dignified us and ordered us, treated us well.
And when Allah tries humans
with lack and hardship,
the man says that Allah has disgraced me that Allah says no, that's not true.
That's not true. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam also clarifies in Allah europei duniya demon your head, what even die your head that Allah gives this dunya to those that he loves, and those that he doesn't love
while you're playing a man in learning manual, and he only gives a man and faith to those that he loves. So when someone is given plenty and abundance in this world, it doesn't mean that Allah loves them. It doesn't mean that Allah has honored them. This dunya is not worth the wing of a mosquito. It's an insignificant thing.
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if this life was worth the weight of a wing of a mosquito in the sight of Allah, he wouldn't have given a disbeliever even a sip of water from it.
But it's worth nothing.
This Well, this word, the life in all of its details. And its intricacies is just a tool, an instrument to elicit
the reality of human beings what's inside of every human being. That's the reality of this life. And its value is in fulfilling this purpose. That's it, but it has no intrinsic value of its own. And this is why when it fulfills the purpose behind its design, it will collapse.
It will disappear. It will cease to exist. Because its value and its existence is conditional on the purpose for which it was created. And when that purpose is fulfilled. There is no need for it to be here.
So it is annihilated completely.
Actually the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam goes further. And he says,
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If Allah loves a servant, a human being,
meaning takes from them, meaning Allah befalls them with some loss, with some pain, with some hardship with a trial with inconvenience. And sometimes it's even
and the level and the degree of the pain of the predicament of the trial of the of the pain and the lack it's actually actually proportionate to the level of faith and Eman.
The messenger SallAllahu Sallam says in another authentic hadith
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the messenger salatu salam says the people who receive the severest trials and tests are the prophets because these are the pinna
Call of faith the highest level of Amen and faith.
Then those who are nearby in a man the closest to them in faith, the highest ranking believers, those who are high in their email
a man or a person will be tried in accordance or proportionately to the level of faith and Eman. So if there is strength and solidity in their faith, their trial and their test will be severe.
But if there is weakness in their Eban there is fragility in their Eman, then they will be tried accordingly.
So the general uncommon notion
that ease in life is a sign is a good sign from Allah subhanaw. Taala is completely nullified and refuted in Islam. It's not true. It's, it's a false impression.
It's a false impression.
And if, as we reflect on the Quran,
the humans throughout human history, who experienced the most challenging trials where the prophets and the Quran is full of their stories, from the time of Adam and his salaam, he's tried with his own weakness in Jannah. First, then he's tried with being taken out of paradise, which is an extremely painful transition, and placed here on Earth. And then afterwards,
that took place at the hands of one of his his own sons, one of his sons, kills his own brother.
And then, prophets and messengers afterwards, in order Halevi, salaam,
then all of the subsequent prophets and messengers that were challenged, they had to go through extreme trials and pain and opposition by their people. They never led an easier life. Many of them were killed,
were executed, for the sake of the truth.
So an easy life, or life of luxury, and abundance,
is not a sign or a symbol of Allah's acceptance, or of an honoring from Allah subhanaw taala.
It's not indicative of that. It's only indicative of a test. And Allah tries us with ease and hardship
with good and evil and we know that nothing comes from Allah but a good Allah says in the Quran, describing himself be a deacon how you
that good is in your hands. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, was shovel Lisa Lake he praises Allah and he says, An evil can never be ascribed to you can never be ascribed to you. Evil doesn't come from Allah subhanho wa taala.
Cannot be ascribed to Allah subhanho wa taala. Although in the creation of Allah, there is a resultant evil.
There is a result of evil, but it's not ascribed to Allah what comes from Allah is good.
Allah the Prophet SAW Selim describes Allah subhanaw taala. And he says in Allah Hapa, you Bondi Akbar in Napa Yeva, that Allah is good, and he only accepts that which is good.
So what we describe as evil is a matter of perspective.
It's from our notes, small and narrow perspective from the window through which we look at the huge creation of Allah that we call existence.
It's incomplete, it's a perspective.
It's a standpoint, it's a viewpoint. And it's incomplete. And it's relative to ourselves, and we are okay. It's all right for us to describe something as good or evil as it pertains to us as it relates to us that's just normal.
That's just normal.
But for us to ascribe evil to Allah is inappropriate and injustice and completely untrue.
Because Allah subhanaw taala, the way he creates the way he provides is good, but in the details in the way the creation of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah is aligned in reality, especially when there is interference of human choice.
There is evil, the fact that Allah Subhana Allah gives humans physical capacity ability, that Allah subhanaw taala guided humans for example, to be able to manufacture and knife let's say sharp objects. That's good. The fact that Allah gave humans this will
and freedom of choice. And the sense of volition and autonomy is good.
The fact that Allah subhanaw taala created the human body in a way that is adaptable, that is changing.
And that keeps growing and that's organic is good.
But when you put all of that together and someone uses one of those,
in the wrong fashion, a murderer killing an innocent person, unjustly, that's where evil comes from.
It's in the choice of humans.
It's in the choice of humans. So we have to be careful not to ascribe evil to Allah subhanaw taala, although Allah creates everything, but it's the window of choice that Allah gave humans.
This is the source of some of the experiences that we call evil.
But eventually, in the grand scheme of things, Allah subhanaw taala will make even that evil, that situation or evil, Allah will make it amount to something that is a greater good.
And that's part of the wisdom and the might, of Allah subhanho wa taala.
And any kind of evil in the world is a matter of perspective. It doesn't mean it's not real, it's real. But again, it's an evil because it works. It's it works against our desires, and against our health and against what we want against what we what we feel is or what we think is optimal for ourselves. So it's important and the reason I'm bringing all of this is about because
you can see social media and conversations are full of Muslims describing this past Gregorian year 2020, as evil the worst year in their life. And we are glad that it's over as if 2020 is a creator,
as it is responsible for what happened in it.
And a Muslim attaches their heart to Allah subhanaw taala.
And they see goodness from Allah, and they know there is evil in the world, that it is the consequences of human choice and action.
And if there is some evil, that doesn't seem to be the product, or the direct product of human action and choice, then it is something that brings about greater good. And if there is some kind of harm or pain in it, it's insignificant compared to the good that Allah brings about through it. That's how we see the world.
And sometimes humans have this naive approach with the naive expectation about life. They think life is supposed to be perfect. We humans are supposed to be perfect conditions are supposed to be perfect. In reality, and again, this is a perspective because in reality, this world is perfect. It is perfect. It's perfect for the purpose that Allah created it for.
Allah created this world to test us. And that's what it does perfectly. But perfection from our selfish perspective. As humans, we want the world to serve us.
We want the world to give us our wishes.
So we describe it as imperfect because it does not serve our own selfish, self centered
But this whole perspective is off.
Because this is not why the world came about. It's not meant to be paradise for you.
So it's not wise to expect this world to be perfect in the sense that it should be identical to Paradise because it was not meant for that in the first place. And this puts our hearts as the world is just perfect at doing and serving the purpose for which it originated by Allah, and in this sense is perfect.
And this human yearning for perfection in sense of circumstances and blessings, is a genuine one, but it's misplaced.
It should not be attached to this worldly life because it was not meant to be that
this is our yearning for Paradise.
And this got this kind of you this kind of your next yearning should be the motivational drive. that keep us loyal to Allah keep us obedient to Allah and Allah keeps us patience through this transitional life that we aren't going through a whole lot of stuff from the Hollywood stuff.
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as we live this life, we have to realize it's a gift from Allah.
It's an honor to be chosen to be brought into this world to be given this Amana and this trust and to go through that this this life with all of its ups and downs and to have access to knowing Allah subhanaw taala, to have access to loving Allah,
to have access to being able to stand in His presence, and connect to him and wish for his meeting.
And to live in devotion to Him. It's a great opportunity.
And it's a grave ingratitude from humans to live completely negligent of this
wishing for the swell to treat them as gods or as kings.
And by the way, most of the pain in life comes from this kind of
There's a lot of unnecessary pain in this world.
And a lot of the injustice and the oppression that takes place in the world
actually comes from people who are obsessed
an impossible view of the world that they want, they want it to serve them and, and treat them as as lords.
Whereas they miss out on the opportunity, the great opportunity to know Allah to advance on the journey to Allah subhana wa Tada
and to go through the trials and the hardships and to surmount all of the obstacles on the way to Allah subhanaw taala were a believer on the Day of Judgment, when they are given the results when they are given their book in the right hand. This person cries out in joy and happiness. And they say how Omokoroa Okay, Tabea he turns to all of humans, they say, Hey, all of you look at my book. That's it. That's the ultimate success. There is no pain after that. There is no suffering after that moment.
There is no disappointment after that. You're going to transition off to that to the world that was created for perfection. Where there is no evil, no pain, no downside at all. Everything is perfect, complete and good. And that's what Allah created humanity but Allah wanted them to choose to be there.
As opposed to the rest of the creation, where Allah subhanaw taala did not give them choice. Allah chose for them to serve a purpose but Allah gave humans and Jin the choice to enter Paradise by choice to love Allah by choice.
And that's why Allah subhanaw taala does not force people to believe.
Allah says in the Quran, Allah Masha rabuka m and m in front of the coulomb Jamia of Antetokounmpo NASA Colombo minute. If your Lord so willed, He would have guided everyone on Earth. But that's not the point of this creation.
So sometimes as people who strive to, to hold on to our Eman we're frustrated as people as they express their disbelief.
But that's the choice Allah gave. When we see that we should admire the fact that Allah guided us that Allah allowed us to even struggle and strive to hold on to him and try our best. Despite our weaknesses, despite our shortcomings, and our proclivity for evil. We should be thankful that Allah subhanaw taala allows us to go through this life with his divine support and guidance.
And we should not take that for granted.
And we should stop trying to judge what happens in our lives. Everything in this world is designed to help you come to Allah, if you see it, if you interpret it through the right perspective. Everything starts to work for you,
to bring you to Allah meaning
because that's what for you means. So we ask Allah subhanaw taala to help us
align our hearts with His wisdom and to be to humble ourselves before His Majesty and before His divine will and to help us appreciate his gifts. The ones that are apparent and the ones that are having alarm, the ones that are hidden along with aluminum you know and want me now to misdemeanor one Muslim at
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