Comfort in Times of Crisis #2

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a Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah, he was happy here Jemaine, my beloved brothers and sisters, the first instruction that Allah subhanho wa Taala has in the Koran is actually to all mankind. It is not only to the believers, listen to what he says, it is verse number 21 of Surah Al Baqarah

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ambu bag como la de Hanako como la vena cava Lee Kula Alico ku, KU, oh people worship you're up. For your information, Rob actually means the Sustainer, the nourish the cherisher, the provided the protector, the one in absolute control of every aspect of existence. That is the meaning of the term robber. So Allah is saying, oh, people worship your Rob, who created you and those before you, in order that you can develop taqwa. If you recall, I had said in the previous episode, that taqwa is developing the correct relationship with Allah. Some say fear Allah, some say the consciousness of Allah. And many people have different aspects of taqwa that they've included in the meaning. It

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actually means to create a barrier between you and the Wrath of Allah. So Allah is telling us develop a correct relationship with me. And Allah is telling all of mankind, worship your Lord, the one who made you, surely he who made you is the one you're going to return to. So, interestingly, if you look at the first verses, that we have already spoken about, where Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that this book indeed, no doubt there is guidance for those who have Taqwa. Now Allah is telling us if you want the taqwa, you need to worship me alone. I created you, I created those before you and it's important that you worship me in order to develop that relationship. Similarly, Allah

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subhanho wa Taala tells us about those who are rightly guided Allah, Allah who, robbing him more una, he can move me whoa on. Indeed, those are the ones who are upon guidance from their Lord and those are the successful ones. We would only be able to achieve comfort in times of crisis if we developed the correct relationship with Allah. And this is why Allah says in verse number 26,

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robot, Fatima fuqaha. Allah is not ashamed of giving an example of the similitude of a mosquito, or even a fly or anything beyond that he gives these examples as for the believers, they know that the truth is from our Lord. But Subhana Allah, if you look at the crisis we're facing right now across the globe, it is the crisis of a virus that has overtaken humanity. Everyone is struggling, some form of anxiety, some form of concern, some form of change, or some form of worry, my brothers and sisters, it is Allah who is showing us His power, the helplessness of man. And this is why if you take a look at mankind, no matter what we have, it is always nothing compared to what Allah subhanho

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wa Taala owns. He owns not only us, but whatever we own is also owned by Allah. It's amazing. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is reminding us to turn to him by saying, I've given so many examples, the mosquito such a small insect, it's an example. It would actually make those who are huge, worried, worried about what certain things disease and so on. But if you have a connection with Allah, you would understand it is the Almighty, it's his plan. Let's not despair. Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us the story of a part of the story of Adam, the first of our species in these verses of Surah Al Baqarah, right at the beginning, and Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us how Adam alayhis salam and his

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wife Eve, or hawala has salatu wa sallam, how they

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actually turned to him. When there was only one thing that he had asked him not to do and they fell. So if you look, Allah says what? Guna Yeah, that was

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that was ojochal

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wakulla min ha ha then hi sushi Toma wala taco raba Hi the Chateau de takuna Amina Lani, meaning. We told Adam Adam dwell there in yourself and your spouse in this paradise and eat whatever you wish but do not come close to this particular tree or you will be from among the wrongdoers. And you know what? shaytan the devil came to him, and unfortunately, made him slip. He felt human nature. He faulted. Don't we all falter. When Allah subhanho wa Taala taught him some words. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala heard him say those words, those were the words of repentance. And that's why Allah says Fatah lie in hoo hoo. Rahim. Allah forgave him. For Indeed Allah is a worship and Rahim.

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These two qualities again, bringing about comfort, in times of crisis. This was a crisis for Adam alayhis salam, he just made a huge mistake. He did something so bad. It was the only thing Allah told him not to do. It was major for him. Allah told him personally that you know what, don't do this. And that's exactly what he fell in. Allah warned him about the devil. Don't we get warnings? Aren't we from among those who are told time and again, not to do something and we still do exactly the same thing we were told not to do. Look at how weak man is. So Allah says you're in crisis because you did something you were not supposed to do? Well, right at the beginning of Surah Al

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Baqarah. Here verse number 35 of the surah. Allah says, we were going to show you what the first of your species did your greatest forefather and we are going to show you how we forgave him and how everything was okay, how he achieved comfort. In the time of his crisis. What was the crisis? he sinned against Allah, what type of a sin It was a major sin? It was the only sin and he sinned, he transgressed. What did he do? He was ashamed of himself. He was very embarrassed. him and his wife, both of them extremely embarrassed. So they called out to Allah

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robina volumn for Santa was in Dauphin, Lana,

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Lana, coonan mean alpha CD in our Lord, we have wronged ourselves. And if you don't forgive us and have mercy on us, we will be from among the losers. So Allah says, We forgive him. Do you know why? Allah calls himself at a job? That doesn't mean one who forgives? No, it means one who keeps on forgiving. He forgives again and again, and so on. So this is a last quality he doesn't just forgive one time. Never lose hope in the mercy of Allah, you will feel the comfort, you will feel the comfort in the time of the crisis that you're in, that you've actually plunged into with the doings of your own hands. But my brothers and sisters it's not too late and to Allah. remember Allah is at

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awaba He is the oft forgiving, or Rahim the Especially Merciful, he has a special mercy Subhana Allah, so don't ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah. The story of Adam alayhis salam.

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Allah chose to mention this part of it right at the beginning of the Koran in order for those who actually start reading it to achieve comfort. Imagine we know as humankind we've done wrong. People want to turn to Allah, they start praying. What about

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my previous life is a lot going to forgive me. Yes, he will. And yes, he has. And yes he shall. And yes, he did. Subhana Allah, don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah. Remember, these good words seeking the forgiveness of Allah. The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam sought the forgiveness of Allah more than 100 times more than 100 times. One duration says more than 71 duration says up to 100 and some take it even beyond. So remember Allah subhanho wa Taala is very, very merciful. He loves us and indeed he will definitely forgive us. My brothers and sisters, We are all searching for comfort. These are difficult times but we must know that when we tend to Allah in

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forgiveness and we repent to Allah, He will open the doors of mercy for all of us, you know

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Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us,

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Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us about his mercy. And he says, to seek forgiveness is actually the key to the door of the goodness that Allah has kept for you, in so many places in the Quran, and we will get to see this, where the people sought forgiveness and they were offered relief, they were given comfort immediately. So much so that if the punishment of the Almighty was descending upon a nation, when they started seeking the forgiveness of Allah, that punishment would be withheld. Now, my brothers and sisters, when a crisis comes in our direction, we should never be quick to say this is a punishment, because anything that drew you closer to Allah can never ever be a punishment. It

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is a times of blessing. It is Allah's mercy. Allah subhanho wa Taala granted you His favor, by tapping you in a nice way to say, tend to me, if it made you turn to him, it was only a reminder, it was only a lesson, a tapping on your shoulder, part of the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. People are quick to say, this is a punishment. No, if that has brought you closer to Allah, it was never a punishment. But those things that drew you further away from Allah, even if they appeared positive, we're definitely not positive at all. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us protection. A lot of the times people look at material items, worldly matters, and say, Well, if I've been blessed

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with that which is worldly, then I'm blessed by Allah. That's not necessarily true. If you're closer to Allah in your relationship, then it was a blessing. But if it took you away from Allah, even if it was the millions in the billions, it was never the blessing of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and the best of this world and the next And may Allah subhanho wa Taala favor us may we be from among those who can repent. For indeed it is through repentance that we will achieve comfort akula Kali hada was on Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad

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