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Alhamdulillah ilaria da da da da da da da da da da da da da da da, Wash,

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sallallahu wasallam Allah,

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my brothers and sisters, it is indeed, a moment to be reminded of the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala for those who are conscious of their maker shall indeed be successful.

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We ask the almighty to grant us the ability to be conscious of him in a way that it makes us increase the good deeds we engage in and decrease that which will displease our maker brothers and sisters, every single one of us in life would like to achieve so many things, some of these, Allah subhanho wa Taala allows us to achieve whilst other things he does not allow us to achieve. And in the process, we are tested through and through in so many different ways, sometimes, through our health, and sometimes through our wealth, sometimes through our social relations, sometimes family members, various other issues some we can do a little bit about and others we cannot really do much

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about besides calling out to Allah Subhana Allah for help.

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Brothers and sisters, this is in line with the declaration of Allah subhanho wa Taala says, while

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indeed I will test every single one of you indeed I will test you. And this test in so many ways, he says, while another one.

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Indeed, I will just every single one of you with some of hunger, some of fear, with loss of life with lack of produce so many things mentioned in different places in the barn. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, good news to those who are forbearance. Those who bear what is known as supple, supple does not just translate as the term patience, but it includes forbearance as well. It also includes restraints, so good news to those who restrain themselves to those who are compared to those who bear some of those who utter the term we indeed belong to Allah and unto him is our ultimate return. Because no matter what difficulty you and I will go through, and we will definitely go through

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difficulties, there is not a single one of us in existence that can comfortably say that I have had no problems or issues in my entire life. But it all depends on how we handle these issues with the help of Allah Subhana Allah. So remember, Allah says good news to those who are preparing those who realize that they are ultimately going to return to Allah and this life itself is very limited. So even if I have the biggest problems in the whole world, I need to know that life itself is so limited after which I will return to my maker who created me in the first place. And the mere fact that I'm conscious of this should help me tag along every single day with hoping the mercy of Allah

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subhanho wa Taala. My brothers and sisters, it is the plan of Allah to test us and one of the reasons why he tests us in so many different ways is for us to get closer to him. And this is why it works.

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mean a believer who believes in Allah subhanho wa Taala. The minute he has an issue and the problem, he raises his hands to Allah perhaps he would conclude some Salah as the Hadith says when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was overtaken by any form of concern, immediately he rushed to Salam.

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Allah, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam example is so powerful. We should be achieving coolness and calmness by linking ourselves more with our maker when we have an issue. And this is why sometimes the weakness of men is such that when everything is moving smoothly, according to our own whims and fancies, at times it does happen for a moment, we tend to forget Allah subhanho wa Taala how many of us are guilty of when we had a problem we used to be regular with Salah We left our students we made our Toba the minute the problem was sorted out May Allah protect us. We allow children to dilly dally with us once again. Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. So because of

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that, when you have an issue, consider yourself fortunate to be turning to Allah. So many of us we would get up for solitude. But that was only when we had an issue. So wouldn't it be a gift of Allah to keep us in that particular condition so that we can continue to get up for Salah thereby achieving closeness to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, we would like on one hand to be alleviated of the suffering we're going through. And on the other hand, we are reading sola which might just stop the minute that suffering is gone. This is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in the law either I have bad me but Allah, when Allah loves someone, that is when he tests the person,

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these tests draw people even closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Imagine when I have a difficulty of any nature and like I just said, some of these problems or financial matters, I'm sure a lot of us might be having some form of pressure of a different level, depending on what we've done with ourselves. And sometimes it's a social matter perhaps I've managed to issue perhaps without children, bad parents and relatives, perhaps our workplace, whatever else it is, these are tests from Allah and sometimes it's a health matter May Allah grant cure to all those who are struggling in any way. Sometimes it is the taking away of the life of those who are close to us. These are

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tests of Allah subhanho wa Taala imagined them wall tears that roll down the cheeks when we have this type of difficulty, don't you think it's a blessing of Allah subhanahu adalja where sometimes the hairs will stand when we listen to some recitation because the heart is softened by certain problems. So consider a problem of gift of Allah not always isn't a punishment. But for a believer, it is actually a means of earning greater closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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And this is why another narration says that

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the greater reward is with the greater test.

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So remember, when your test is greater, it is a great opportunity for you and I, to become closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to bless us all in every single way. Brothers and sisters, it is impossible for us to lead a life where whatever we want to happen, will happen. That is impossible. The whole reason why paradise has been promised to the believers

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is because in Paradise, we will get what we want. But in the studio, in this world, that is impossible, it is not going to happen. It has not happened. Remember,

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when tests come in your direction,

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rise to the occasion to get closer to your maker. That is the time to get closer to your maker. Yes, we pray for all those who are struggling across the globe. And I'm sure they are praying for us when we go through struggles as well. But at the same time, a person who allows the difficulty to make him depressed to the degree that he becomes more distant from Allah subhanho wa Taala is the person loss. Don't allow that to happen. Don't worry. After every night, there is a day that shall follow. When the darkest hour of the night is now in place. You should know that Daybreak is very near your problem cannot last up to the end of time. No, it will definitely come to an end. These are the

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tests and this is why if you take a look across the globe, you will find those who believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala it seems like they have bigger issues but in reality, they are content they have a certain contentment that they believe in Allah keeps them going whereas a person who does not have believed

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in Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, even the smallest own creature

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His finger would make him so uneasy and restless, that he would not be able to even say the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala because of how angry he has become. And this is why as soon as something happens we are taught to related to Allah.

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You've been informed of something said something that did not go your way. Two things you remember. One is, Allah has given every single one of us a different capacity to deal with whatever comes in our direction.

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But that is from Allah, the brain I have and you have, where did it come from? It came from Allah, the physical capacity and capability I have the ability to speak and I have the finance that I might have, it's come from Allah.

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So Allah subhanho wa Taala requires us to use whatever he has given us to try our best to protect ourselves from the suffering and to help others. So we reach out to people, that is all within what Allah has given us. Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us the means we use it, but they will come a stage and the point beyond which you and I can do nothing, absolutely nothing. And Allah subhanho wa Taala goodness. In that case, the thing we could do is do our which means call out to Allah to handle whatever it is for us, because it's beyond my capacity. So many things are occurring on the globe that you and I have no option but to pray about. Or perhaps we might be able to reach out in a

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beautiful way. But that's about it. Sometimes things happen within our own home. Sometimes we have marital turbulence, sometimes we would like to get married and we cannot these are typical examples that affect our brothers and sisters on the globe. Let's remember, even if you are trying your best, do not take your application out of the equation, because that is what will grant us the correct use of the capacity that Allah has given us. Let me give you an example.

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If from amongst us there is someone who would like to get married, and Mashallah, it happens a lot to the sister seeing that they may be greater in number than the brothers. And sometimes they happen to just sit home and relax and just make to add to alarm. In that particular case. It is an insult to Allah subhanho wa Taala to call out to Him alone without using the capacity he has given you to do something permissible about it. So I cannot just sit at home and say Allah I need 1000 pounds and you're looking at the ceiling and imagining that just now is going to drop from the air conditioning unit. That is an insult to Allah subhanho wa Taala

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but what you do you make a lot I need 1000 pounds, yeah, Allah I need to get married. And you make an effort based on the amount of energy Allah has given you to do something about it so that you can now try to achieve with the capacity that allows and then you say Allah, help me to use the faculties you've given me, help me to use the energy you've given me Help me to use the blessings you blessed me with in the direction that will be beneficial for me in the dunya as well as in the archaea. So there are so many doors that are mentioned in the Quran as well that will help the suffering of a human being in different ways. Some people are depressed because they're becoming old

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and they're not yet married. Some people are depressed because perhaps years down the line they still haven't paid the debts that they owe May Allah make it easy for us for those in depth Allah grant you alleviation. Those who are not married Allah grant you ease and grant you spouses will be the coolness of your eyes. I mean, my brothers and sisters, if you look at the pond, and the sooner Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you will find so many applications, even the application of marriage for example, we Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of it in such a beautiful way of banner, when levena

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Allah speaks about the two worshipers of among those who call out to Him constantly saying Oh Allah grant us from our spouses, our family members, those who will be the coolness of our eyes, and make us the leaders of the righteous. You take a careful look at this, even though you might be in a happy condition. remember Allah because your test is coming

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to protect us and make it easy. If you think you're not going to be tested. You have not understood the plan of Allah. This world is a world of testing. And this is why

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I have not created mankind No, Jim kinda

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said that they worship Me, which means they work according to my plan. part of the plan of Allah and we've heard about it slightly earlier is that this place here, this dunya this world we are in right now is a world full of Chase. And once we graduate from here and go into the life after death, we will be able to achieve the results of this particular examination. mela make it easy for us. So importantly, for us to call out to Allah, whether you have the capacity or not, we still call out to Allah because ultimately, the amount of acceptance and the amount of goodness and the amount of profit that we will achieve is in the hands of Allah, although our duty is to utilize the energy

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that Allah has blessed us with in the process. And this is why we say on both occasions, we make dua whether you have the capacity or you don't have the capacity, sometimes you will not have the ability except to make one and the other times we have the ability to do something about your situation and condition and still make. So we ask Allah Subhana Allah to bless us through the trials and tribulations in this particular dunya what is of utmost importance my brothers and sisters, remember those who are struggling more than you and I across the globe. What we are going through today is nothing compared to what they may be going through, remember them the bare minimum is great

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for them. So many people are struggling, so many homeless, so many do not have meals. So many have lost family members. And sometimes they don't even know where they are. Their loss of Hannah what Allah the Savior, may Allah Subhana Allah protect us so many things happening yet we Alhamdulillah the favor of Allah upon us, we are sitting in peace breathing much air handler, food is so much that our leftovers would feed all those who don't have food across the globe. That's how much food we have. yet. We sit sometimes thinking that my life is coming to an end, I really don't know what's going on. My brother Your problem is small, in order of solutions, just call out to Him. Just remain

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with the link with him and strengthen that link and you find how easy things become. Brothers and sisters do not become depressed by the few difficulties you have in the world. No matter what it is. I don't know the particular issues each one of us is going through but I tell you, Allah knows your issue. Allah knows what you're going through. Allah knows the difficulty you are facing who is harassing you or what is happening to you. He knows it very well. And he knows you personally even better than you know yourself. And he knows why you're going through it all you need to do understand his plan, turn to him call out to Him become closer to him in the process by the will of

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Allah this would have been such a big blessing in disguise. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us May he make us from those who realize that every opportunity we get became closeness to Allah. Every opportunity we get we become closer to our maker whom we shall return to the day we return to Him imagine recognizing us he calls out He calls us over and grants us a special shave that he has made mention of the law that is the day we will really have been successful. My brothers and sisters I end by saying May Allah subhana wa tada can at ease for every single one of you. And may II create ease for every single one of those on the globe who are going through difficulty and they really

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become from amongst those who are closer and closer to Allah as the days pass may protect us from becoming further away.