Comfort in Times of Crisis #25

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a Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah what Allah Allah He was happy a Jemaine my brothers and sisters, if Allah has taken something away from you, it's not a sign that he is upset with you. And if Allah has given you something, it is not necessarily a sign that he is pleased with you. Allah subhanho wa Taala sometimes takes away things from us because He loves us. And sometimes he gives us certain things as a test for us. Sometimes it is just before the punishment comes that Allah gives someone so much and they become confused, thinking Allah is happy with me. My brothers and sisters, what we need to know

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is, it all depends on your relationship with Allah. If you are trying your best, if you're seeking forgiveness, Allah says I will never punish you while you are seeking forgiveness. So one of the ways of diverting punishment is to seek the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In that case, he says he will not punish those who are seeking His forgiveness while they are seeking forgiveness. They're engaging in such a great act of worship, that the punishment of Allah stops. But remember, if you are developing your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala, you are trying and you have tried to fulfill your obligations, stay away from the prohibitions. Then if allow, were to take

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something away from you, it is a blessing. And if Allah were to give you something, it is a blessing as well, because your relationship with him is good. You're trying. It's all about trying, my brothers and sisters, none of us will achieve perfection. We were created as human beings, and we're not perfect. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him was perfect. The messengers of Allah Subhana, Allah to Allah May peace be upon them, we're on a different level. But you and I, we are just ordinary human beings Subhana Allah, we will not be able to achieve that perfection. Our duty is to keep trying. That's it. If you are trying, you will achieve the pleasure of Allah. When you are

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trying with Allah, you must be confident that anything that happens in your direction that comes in your direction that happens to you, while you are trying can never be a punishment of Allah. It is only a test. Sometimes. It is a blessing that you don't recognize right now. But you will in the near future. It's Allah's way of touching our lives. But when a person is far from Allah, not bothered about Allah turned away from Allah, never trying anything, nothing makes them regret. In that case, Allah says when we've given them, it may just be the prelude to the punishment, when we've taken away from them, it may just be a punishment. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all.

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My brothers and sisters, Allah explains this beautifully, in verse number 44, of surah, two lanahan when he says those who forgot us completely, we opened all the doors of materialism. For them, every materialistic door there was, was flung open for them. And they were confused, because when they were so happy, drowning in materialism in a way that they forgot us even further, we suddenly punished them. They were confused. Why the confusion, because they were thinking that Allah is happy with us because he's given us. Allah says No way. There were people much better than you, whom we did not give as much as we've given you. We were pleased with them far more than we would ever be

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pleased with you, but we didn't give them as much.

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Because giving does not necessarily depict the pleasure of Allah. The pleasure of Allah is in the worship of Allah. When you are trying to develop a good relationship with Allah, He gives you the comfort, he gives you the contentment, he takes you out of the crisis. He makes you believe that whatever has happened is only good. If it's coming my direction, and I know that I've got a good relationship with Allah cannot be bad. Take it in your stride patience. Allah wants you to be a patience. Isn't patience, an act of worship, that is rewarded as Allah says in your force.

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sabi Runa Jorah home bhiwani ASAP Allah definitely gives those who bear patients their recompense with out a limit unlimited. Your reward is unlimited with Allah when you bear patients, so Allah wants you to bear this beautiful patience.

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Allah says, phenom Anna Suma de que bien de la him about werbach Konishi. When they forgot whatever they were reminded about, we opened the doors of everything material for them had either very habima or two when they were happy with what they got. And they were excited, drowning in whatever they got. You know, sometimes when people have a lot of wealth, they only think of doing the wrong things with that wealth. They forget about doing the right things, preparing for the hereafter being charitable, being humble. They do all the opposite. So Allah says, a cousin, Bogota, we suddenly punished them. We took them we swipe them suddenly, for either, who Mobley soon they were confused.

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What Why is Allah doing this? Weren't we among the chosen ones from Allah? Didn't he actually give us so much? Now you're talking Subhan? Allah, Allah says, You forgot us completely. Don't be confused. So my brothers and sisters, this is a very, very interesting piece of advice. When Allah taken something away from you, it is not necessarily a sign of his anger. Nor is it his punishment. No. If your relationship with him is good, it was a good thing. And the opposite is true. If Allah has given you something, it's not necessarily a sign of his pleasure. So don't be confused. Are you from among those who's developed a good relationship with Allah when you've got things? If the

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answer is yes, then you're a good person. Allah loves you. You're on the right page in your relationship with Allah. But if all your blessings and your wealth and your power and your looks and whatever else Allah has given you, has made you proud, arrogant, haughty, deceptive turned away from Allah no longer worshiping Allah forgetting Allah doing as you please immorality and everything prevailing. And that's not a good thing. It's not a sign of the happiness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that whenever you hear people in a meeting in a gathering, whenever you hear people, bless, FIM Allah speak bad

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about Allah say nasty, dirty, ugly things about Allah or even about others. Allah says, turn away from them. don't participate in that meeting that discussion, don't be a part of it, until they change the topic to something good. So this is also goodness that Allah subhanho wa Taala is teaching us in verse number 68 of sudo to the Nam, where Allah tells us what either a Latina una de la Tina for Bon

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talking bad about our signs, making a mockery of our signs or being evil mouthed about our own signs about that about Allah and His messengers, His signs, etc. Allah says, turn away from them until they change the topic or they speak about something else and so on. This verse is showing us not to participate in bad

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if there is a group of people, and they are doing good, be a part of them, it will bring about a lot of comfort. If there is a group of people and they are doing bad or saying bad things, or pressing others doing wrong, making a mockery of goodness, don't be a part of that. abstain, stay away until they change the topic or they change their ways. So what we're learning here is when you want comfort, and if you want comfort, make sure that you don't participate in a crisis. Make sure you don't participate in negativity, only participate in that which is positive, that which is good, that which is filled with goodness blessings and reaching out to people in a positive way. That is

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the message that Allah subhanho wa Taala has for us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us also in a beautiful way that never be judgmental when it comes to people who greet you, people who are good, even if they come across poor, didn't we learn a few minutes ago that when Allah has given you it's not necessarily a sign that he's happy with you, when he's taken away from you. It's not necessarily a sign that he is upset with you. Sometimes he takes away from you because he loves you. So Allah says when you see the believers who don't have much, and there is a reason of revelation of this verse, verse number 54 of Solon, Han there is a reasonable

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Revelation, but without going too deeply into it, when you see those who don't have much the poor, the downtrodden when you see them as believers, they're believers in a lot. You know, you walk into the masjid, you walk into some place you see someone, they're looking like good believers, but perhaps they might be poor. They might not have much. They might look like they're downtrodden. Their clothes may be tatty in ruins, etc. They may be homeless. Allah says you know what, give them importance. Amazing. Give them importance, the weakness of men. We tend to give importance to people who are similar to us or more powerful or they look higher than us in terms of worldly things, and

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allows warning us to say don't be that way. Reach out to those who who are not on your level as well materially because they may be on a higher level in the relationship with Allah. It should bring tears to our eyes. Imagine a friend of Allah in the masjid in tattered clothes or homeless he could still be a friend of Allah you ignored him. You treated him badly a beggar. Allah says what a messiah elf Allah tell her when a person is begging, don't ever rebuke them. They might just be a friend of Allah, you plunge yourself into a crisis simply because you melt treated someone whom Allah loves so much, just because they didn't have something material that you had Allahu Akbar.

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Learn to greet people learn to respect people, no matter who they are. The poorest from amongst us, the homeless from amongst us, those who come across like they have absolutely nothing from this worldly material provision. Sometimes they are the closest to Allah. Allah says

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what either again, letting me know nebia Tina popoola salam alaikum kita Babu Milan FC here Rama. When the people come to you who believe in our verses say to them Salaam Alaikum. Peace be upon you. Allah has written for himself. Mercy. Allah is the Most Merciful he will have mercy and he will forgive those who have wronged when they turn back to him. My brothers and sisters beautiful lessons to take heed upou leukomalacia or sallallahu wasallam or Baraka ala nabina. Muhammad

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