Desperately Seeking Help

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Jumuah Lecture from masjid Al Falaah Harare, Zimbabwe.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala Shah Colombia, you will mousseline Nabina Muhammad Ali he was happy here Gemini woman tambien BSN in Isla de Nueva. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household all his companions May Allah bless them all and bless every single one of us. I mean, my brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept it such that every one of us has needs and for these needs, we call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And from the opening of source of the Quran you find similar to Fatiha, where Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it quite clear

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that Allah is the one who will assist and when we seek assistance we should seek from Allah subhanho wa Taala so we all know the verse The yeah cannot go do ye yeah can I study you alone, we worship Allah and you alone we seek help from all you are the one who we ask for help you alone. So this shows that Allah subhanho wa Taala has already guided us that the needs that we have kept within you are in order for you to worship us to call out to us and to turn back to us had Allah wanted he would have made each one of us so independent, that we would not have needed anyone or anything. But it is such that for example, even if I were to ask you say for example for a little bit of money,

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may Allah subhanahu wa Jalla protect us and May He grant the sustenance I need to seek from Allah subhanho wa Taala and then I would ask you only that which I can clearly see with my eyes that you actually have and you have the capacity to give it to me. If I do not know about it, or I cannot see it with my eyes. It would be wrong for me to ask you for things that you don't own for example, good fortune, if we ask Allah subhana wa tada Oh Allah right for me or decree for me that which is good. I'm asking for goodness, I cannot come to you or you cannot come to me because we do not own degree. It's Allah subhanho wa Taala. Who owns this? So if I'm to ask for example, Oh Allah, Grant me

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happiness. That is correct, because Allah is the owner of happiness, but I cannot come to another human being or any other creature of Allah subhanho wa Taala to say, Grant me happiness, because the owner of happiness is only an only Allah. But if it is something that you do have, say, for example, I come to you and say, Please, can you assist me? Give me a lift into town for example, I know that Allah has given you the vehicle, Allah has given you the means. I would not be asking you that question if Allah if I did not know that, that Allah has blessed you with the means or I know that Allah has not blessed you with the means. May Allah Subhana Allah, Allah help us and guide us. So

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from this, we learn that ultimately it is Allah, even if we were to ask one another for what we do have, we should know that it's only Allah, who will put it in the heart and who will continue to give the person the ability to grow to grant what we are asking, for example, if I were to say the same example I used moments ago, please can you give me a lift to town, whether or not you are going to give me a lift is actually in the hands of Allah, Allah can block it and stop it, as powerful as you think you may be, the vehicle might get stuck, sometimes you might not end up you know, in the city itself, you might have to stop somewhere else, whatever can happen. So ultimately, it is Allah

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and Allah alone, this is the meaning of iya cannot go do what he can to stay, we will worship none other than Allah, we will seek assistance from none other than Allah. And for as long as it does not go against the instruction of Allah subhana wa Jalla, we're heading in the right direction. So my brothers and sisters, they are certain needs of ours that are that we would like to be fulfilled in a much more desperate, should I say fashion, much more desperate nature of needs. For example, if the rain has stopped, or the rainy season has started, and it has not yet come, it's delaying. And we know we'd like the plants we'd like the water and so on. There is a type of assistance that I'm

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asking from Allah, but it is in the condition of desperation. So the difference is, one is I'm not so desperate, I'm asking esteana to seek the help. And perhaps if it happened, Alhamdulillah if it did not happen Alhamdulillah but something I'm so desperate for that if it did not happen, it would really affect me to the degree that it would make life difficult for me. And this is known as Alice irata to seek the help of Allah at a time of desperation and at the time of need. The difference one is esteana and one is devata is Deanna is to ask a lot help. And irata is to ask his help at the time of desperation. So this is what

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Rain is referred to as a race against when someone says a lahoma retina, or Allah help us in. At this time when we are so desperate, we're actually talking about the rain. So Pamela, so it is owned by Allah. And it is so unique. It is a gift of a law that none can do without water panel and none of us can do without it. It's a gift of Allah at the same time. If too much of it falls, it's a problem. If too little of it falls, it's a problem. If it falls in the wrong places, it's a problem. So let's take a look in the next few moments at some of the some of these callings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. When it came to rain, he also asked for him. He went out to engage in

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something known as Alice despite his discard, meaning to seek rain, and in that

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his discard or at the time when he was asking for him. He stood up he delivered a sermon everyone was softened he asked him to engage in Toba and so on why Toba? Why Toba Nova is because sometimes a person calls out to Allah and they continue calling out to Allah so sincerely. Their hearts are softened, but they are not on the right page. They are on the wrong page. It's like when you're dialing the wrong number. You can have the best network the best phone with a lot of money in your phone, you know, prepaid but you Sorry, there's one small thing that you dialing. That's wrong. Something the whole number made of 10 digits or nine digits, everything is okay besides the last

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one, instead of a zero, you're dialing a one. So Pamela The difference is small but you didn't get through. This happens without as well. Why? Because the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam explains quite clearly that they are you know, a man who comes out to call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala yet his clothing his Hara, his food is haram. His drink is haram. He has actually been you know the nutrition that he he's consumption has been totally heroin. How does he expect a lot to respond to him? Now Allah forgive us. So firstly, we need to be on the right page. And how will we do that by asking Allah forgiveness? Oh ALLAH forgive me. And this is a beautiful way of starting to

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ask or love Forgive me or live round. If there are particular items of a major nature you asked for a specific job or law I did this I'm wrong. I regret it. I will not do it again and inshallah you will be forgiven. But that's the way to start your

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Imagine if we did not have needs. Why would people feel the need to make Toba? Why would people feel the need to develop a link with Allah subhanho wa Taala if we didn't have a need, and this is why sometimes when we've been blessed with so much in the world, Allah subhana wa Taala decides, you know what, if this person's forgotten me, one of the best ways of making him remember me once again, is to remind him that I own what he's got. Let me take a little bit of that away when Allah subhanho wa Taala not test us with tests that are too difficult for us to pass. May He make us from those who are with him, even during days of ease so that he can be with us. During our days of difficulty. He

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said he will definitely test us. May Allah make it easy for us. So it's important for us to engage in Toba when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam if we take a look at what he said something amazing. He uses the term Allah who Marina or Allah we ask your faith, or Allah grant has raised the vase referring to rain, but also connected to the meaning of it which means we are seeking your help at this time of desperation, desperate need, please help us Oh Allah, Allah Marina and the drama continues, Allah grant us beautiful rain that will be beneficial that will result in produce that will be you know, a blessing to us not the reign of punishment. Allahu masuk Dr. Martin la suka.

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Allah grant us rain that is the rain of mercy, not the rain that is the rain of punishment. Sometimes people get happy they see clouds and they say oh, Mashallah the rains are coming. It's so hard and you have hailstones, the size of golf balls Subhanallah, they are falling in such a way that they damaged our property, our vehicles and so on. That would be difficult for us to digest. So it's important to ask Allah Allah Yes, the nirala we are asking you, but we are asking you for the best of it. We want it in the right place. And this is why when the rain begins, the sooner the prophets are allowed to sell. I'm used to also teach the doula and he used to say the doula which is

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an automatic teaching. How Elena voila, Elena, oh, Allah, let this rain fall at the in the right places, not necessarily upon us directly. For example, if the farming land is 20 kilometers away from here, what's the point of the rain coming and falling on my rooftop and I say Mashallah, it rained and what happened in the farms, there's no rain. And sometimes you would notice and I'm sure we've all noticed, you know, you cross from a suburb to another, and you see, but yeah, it was pouring. And here, it's totally dry. All you know, the difference between the two was just a few meters and that's it. That's Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala is so powerful, that every droplet of

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rain has specific coordinates, which it has been instructed with to drop exactly on that spot. So panela

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Opposite of rain. So he's not going to fall by mistake anywhere else. The rain doesn't make a mistake. It's just a creature of Allah that obeys and Subhanallah they are angels that are made in charge of the rain to ensure that it falls exactly where it is supposed to. And this is why amazingly look at the two hours of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, you know, sometimes people are so weak and people have engaged in so much that they should not have been engaging in and when they ask Allah for rain, one of the draws of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is Oh Allah grant rainfall to the animals Yala. Why would this be? This would be for a few reasons. One is the animals obviously they

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are part and parcel of the property of men. And you know men has so much of benefit from animals, cattle and goats and sheep and everything else. So obviously Allah granted rain so that they can also be looked after and so on. They can grow and it can be a means of economic growth is well for us all. But at the same time, if we don't deserve the rain, or like least the animals deserve rain, luck. Luck. Well, that's the point that some do not consider if we don't deserve the rain. Yeah, the animals the other creatures of yours Yella, they deserve rain. Imagine we are asking Allah subhanho wa Taala was so much of humility and humbleness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala accept us And may Allah

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subhanahu wa taala grant us beneficial rain, we've started off the season but as you know, the rain is not as it is supposed to be. It's either too much you know, which which means something similar to a flash flood, or it has been delayed and so on. May Allah subhanho wa Taala rectify that for us, really, we cry for Allah and we asked him for him, I promise you if we all were to turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala, to repent to Allah and to ask him for the rainfall before we leave this place, it would start raining. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant has beneficial rain. It has happened. It is reported in one of the Israeli led wire in one of the innovations have been in that musalla his

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salatu salam, he once came out to call for him a very important lesson that we learned from this, and he gathered all the people and he said we calling out for him. And he was informed that you know what? We are holding back the rain because of a certain man in your midst who has not repented. So panela certain man who has not repented? So he made an announcement. He was an open man, you know, he didn't really fear here. He said, Look, the rain is coming. But we're asking Allah forgiveness. One man amongst us is not genuine, who are you? Can you identify yourself and perhaps leave so that we can be blessed with the rain? So what happened is a little while later, the man knew who he was.

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And and he thought to himself now if I identify myself what the big exposure, I'm going to expose myself, and it's going to be an embarrassment for me. And it's going to be something really big in my life that's negative. And at the same time, he says Well, I can ask Allah for forgiveness. So he asked Allah forgiveness and he sought allows forgiveness in a sincere way. Or Allah, I will never go back to my bad ways. Yeah, Allah, Allah forgive me, grant us rain. And suddenly the clouds started coming. And suddenly when the clouds came in the rain began, Musa alayhis salam is busy thinking, but nobody's identified themselves and the rain has started. So he asked, he says, so the rain has

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started, but the man has not identified himself. He was told that yes, you have now been granted rain because of the action of the same man whom we were holding the rain back because of because he did something. He asked for forgiveness and now the rain is coming. So Messiah is Salam was so excited. He says, Is it possible for us to know who this man is? Is it possible obviously, we don't want to know who he is for the right reasons basically, that this man here, Allah bless the people with rain because of what this man did. So he was told no, if we have covered him, if we have covered him while he was sinning, we will not expose him now that he has turned to us. So panel,

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look at this. And this is a point of lesson for us all. One is to seek genuine forgiveness. You know, as an entire community as an own man to seek forgiveness of Allah is something great, every one of us should be asking Allah forgiveness on a daily basis. But at the same time, what we need to know is a point of consolation. If you've turned to Allah, don't worry, Allah will ensure that what's happened in the past, he will take care of it. You think he's going to expose you now that you're a decent person to dig up all your past and so on. And it is better for you that that happens. Sometimes it may, but it's only if it works better for you, Allahu Akbar. Whatever Allah

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does is always better for us, even though we may not understand it. This is Allah and this is Allah system and plan. Men doesn't understand the tests of Allah. But sometimes Allah subhanho wa Taala tests us in such a unique way that we become so close to him thereafter, had we not had those issues in our lives, we perhaps would have been far away from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this is all these are some of the duels of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa

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And this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam took the issue of rain very, very seriously. He did not take it lightly. It was a matter where the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu used to be gathered slightly outside, you know, in one of the big fields on the outskirts of Al Madina, munawwara at the time, there is a message today, perhaps it is still there, known as much as Alabama. And that's where the profits are seldom used to go out for eat. And some narration say that he used to go out to a similar place when it came to his discard. When it came to asking Allah for him, in order to show that Oh Allah, we are totally dependent on you. It's you and you alone you Allah. If you do not

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give us this rain, there is nobody who can give it to us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us beneficial rain and may He make us from amongst those who learn a lesson.

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My brothers and sisters these two hours of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that he made, it's important for us to go through them, it's important for us to see what he has said because being a messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. One of the main reasons that he would use these words would be to teach us the lesson and to ensure that we learn the wording and we learn how to call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala it would be considered a point of, should I say negativity if we were not taught how to call out to Allah by the messenger sallallahu wasallam. But he called out every day and he taught us how to call. Like I said, the first thing we do ask Allah forgiveness, then we are

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taught to send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, then we are taught to praise Allah. Praise Allah and express how weak we are and how powerful Allah is. And then you ask Allah what you want. So Pamela, and when you are completed with that, you send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad Salallahu Salam once again, and you end your day, with your heart having been softened. Allah subhana wa Taala is not such that, you know, we only worship him during times of the day that suit us. No, we worship Allah and we are supposed to be worshiping him throughout our lives. The whole day is supposed to be within the obedience of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, not

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just a few times when it suits us, we will do it when it doesn't suit us. We don't mind you know, and people actually say, don't worry man, Allah foto Rahim you might have heard that Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. We've learned that 1000 times go do what you want son, and it's already sorted out later with Allah. It's not that type of relationship we're supposed to be having no, it's a test from Allah. That might be your last moment you don't treat Allah that way. Look at Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam throughout the day there was still fire when he did not need it.

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It really fascinates me. It amazes me to look at the two hours of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam when he did not have certain weaknesses. And he's asking Allah Allah save me from this and save me from them. I give you an example. Allahumma inni to becoming an HMI well, who isn't? Oh Allah I asked you to protect me from you know, perhaps we could call it stress and sadness.

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Today, a lot of people are stressed. Did you know that the process of them had this draft Oh Allah safeguard me from stress and from sadness to becoming a juvenile boom. Oh Allah protect me from laziness. Protect me from miserliness. Allahu Akbar. Oh, Allah Betty Dania, regional, the Hadid says overlaps safeguard me from debt overtaking me and from men overcoming me, you know, the enemy overcoming me. What did?

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What laziness, what stress are you talking about? It was a lesson for us all. How many of us can learn from the sooner Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and ask Allah to protect us from stress and from sadness and from all forms of difficulty from laziness from stinginess, miserliness, la Akbar, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. And May He grant us gentlemen, may he make us from amongst those who then in the dunya as well as in the alpha, but the point of encouragement today is let us look at the drama of Mohamed Salah Salah, let us ask Allah for our needs, it has asked him and him alone. Let us ask Allah forgiveness. And let us go through these beautiful two hours. There are so

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many booklets which record the two hours of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam let us take a keen interest in look at them while our heads about time we took a keen interest in the deen. So many people are actually overtaking us in the interest that they have. If you visit any community across the globe, perhaps you would find that they are so keen in learning the foreign the Kenyan attending lessons and lectures they have created environments that would encourage people to go and listen to a good talk to go and benefit from anything that is beneficial in terms of religion and to excel. What about us? Why are we lagging behind? May Allah safeguard us? May we be protected from the devil? May

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we be protected from the evil of our own souls? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness or sallallahu wasallam ala nabina Muhammad