Final Boost 31 – Allah Will Never Forsake You
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah, Allah, Allah, he was happy as mine.
My beloved brothers and sisters, the best news is Allah has given us an extra day.
The reason I say it is usually there is the Divine Wisdom where Allah wants us to score a goal.
and it's a pity I have to give this example. But it's something that you will understand. Whenever we have not yet scored a goal in any sporting match, what happens at the end, they give you a little bit of extra time, so that someone can win.
You and I know that we have engaged in approximately 1200 extra soju in Ramadan.
For those who actually have done
the 20 units with 40 Raka with 40 sujood. For every turn away, those who did 10 it's half of that those who did less than that it's even less. But the idea here is the worship of Allah with great quality. So Allah decides, you know what, I'm going to give them an extra day and he knew it all along. It was us who said 21 our moon, five degrees from the horizon, and we've become a gonna see it somewhere, whether it is local or regional, and the debate and every online knew that you know what, I'm going to give them an extra day and the topic is closed.
So thank Allah and use this day wisely. Tonight. Use it wisely. Do you know there is a huge difference between someone who passes away on a day like this, and someone who passed away had the moon been cited?
very big difference, one got Ramadan, and one didn't get Ramadan? Well, one might argue, well, that's the night of eat. Look, if you die when Allah is pleased with you, no matter when you die, you have succeeded. And if you die in the displeasure of Allah, even if you die in the holiest month, in the most blessed of days and the places it's not necessarily a sign of the pleasure of Allah. So what do I need to do? Allah is giving me a few more hours to make peace with him. That's what Allah is doing. A few more hours to make peace with Allah subhanho wa Taala. You ready to take it Ma sha Allah, may Allah grant us ease. If you have a contract with some company that is expiring,
and they give you an extra little moment to say no problem. We do a few more quick deals. Before we close down you will be excited, you will make sure in that extra time you pack away as much business as you can so that you can quickly gain right. This is Allah.
I know there was excitement. I was excited to look we are human at the end of the day. We wanted the EAD. And we were quite, you know, looking forward to it with a lot of what can I say?
And I had a feeling I told brother Shiraz, I said, you know what the world fields is not going to be cited. I feel it's in the hands of Allah, it probably would be cited.
The first part of my statement is right, the second part was wrong.
It's in the hands of Allah indeed. But it wasn't cited and we are excited about it. we fulfill salata. tarawih we get up for Soho, we fulfill the fast we will engage in an extra if bar with equal enthusiasm, if not even more, and the good thing is now you've got a bit of time to prepare for it.
And another good thing is, you got the whole weekend ahead of you after that.
So there is a lot of goodness Allah has chosen and decided never be upset. Never think that you know what, oh, there's something wrong. We must have been there. You know, I'm sure tomorrow is not today. Sometimes some people have that problem where they start thinking a little bit too much. Look, the moon wasn't cited. It's over. We did that away and that's it we carry on. We enjoy the extra ibadah and we move on Allah Kamara, but tonight I want to share with you something of greater importance than that.
Who was the most noble of all prophets of Allah? Muhammad Salah Salah, who was the greatest of creation masala sauce Allah? What did Allah choose for him? Prophethood not just any simple ordinary Prophethood not to say that prophet to this ordinary but not unlike the other prophets. He was chosen to be the final. He was chosen to be the highest in status and rank. He was chosen to come and bring a revelation from Allah subhanho wa Taala that would last until the end. He was chosen to be that of the last nation and
The last nation is us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala favored him in so many ways, countless ways. Perfect, Allah created him in a way that the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu they comment about how when they looked at him, they really felt that there is nothing that Allah has created more beautiful than the face of the Prophet Russell.
What you who who can know who to come up?
His face was like it was a piece of the moon. That's how it used to shine.
May Allah grant us goodness.
So what did he used to do? He looked at the people of Mecca, and he saw them doing a lot of bad things, to word it lightly.
And he started pondering over how unacceptable all of this was. And he started going to a cave known as Gar Hera, which means the Cave of here.
And he used to meditate there
searching for solutions for what the people used to do.
Lo and behold, the day came when Allah granted him more than what he was searching for.
He was searching for the guidance, he got Prophethood he was always a prophet from the very beginning. It was activated at the age of 14.
And that's why Allah protected him from the very beginning. His birth had many miracles surrounding it. That was Rasulullah suasana. We get excited when we hear about him we want to hear we should hear we should be getting excited, but it should not stop only at an excitement we should continue to be true to that excitement by being proper followers of the Prophet Muhammad Rasul Allah.
So there was a time when revelation had started, you know the first words that were revealed.
We read them tonight in tarawih. A Cora B smear on beacon Kala ko amazing versus reading the name of your Lord who has created
and the Prophet Muhammad Salam
came down to his wife Khadija, or the Allahu Allah informed her and asked to be covered and hugged Mashallah a tight hug Subhana Allah how many of us when we have little, you know, issues we go to our wives and give me a tight hug. I'm feeling a little bit you know, Subhan Allah here have been al amin, men would look at it as a weakness, never ever. It's not. It's not a weakness. It's a good sign, sign of strength. You need that comfort. Lita score no lie. Watch
Allah speaks of the reason why he created spouses for us.
And it's what to achieve that comfort that solace from one another to achieve mercy and calmness. I hope that's happening in our homes. Mashallah calmness. You enter the home and suddenly all the hustle bustle is over. And you look at the beautiful serenity in the house, Mashallah, I see all the cackling happening here. Meaning here in Sandton is the other way around.
Allah grant us goodness, my brothers and sisters in sha Allah, it's good in sha Allah, we should work on it. That's it. But getting back to the point, they came a time when revelation stopped for a moment. It stopped for some time and the prophets of Salaam got worried because on one hand, he he was given Revelation it started and then suddenly it stopped. Now when Allah has blessed you with anything, and suddenly it stops, you need to be worried you ought to be worried something you need to search within yourself, is Allah upset with me?
When something terrible happens in your life, you will talk to the scholars and your friends and those who know and those who have a bit of knowledge. What will they tell you? They'll tell you don't worry, make sabar. It's okay, by patience. It's just Allah testing you. You know what they have to say that because of your frame of mind at the time, but in reality, it could well be a punishment of Allah. How do I know? Ask yourself have I drifted away from Allah, if I have, it's a punishment.
Sometimes it's the mercy of Allah because you trying to be a good person. And Allah tests you with more and more. So Allah subhanho wa Taala wants you to become closer to him. There is a test when something bad happens to you. In actual fact,
there is a test how to look at it, how to know
are you content with what Allah chose for you? If the answer is yes, it's not a punishment can never be a punishment. If you're not content with what Allah has chosen for you, even in what you might perceive as blessing is the punishment of Allah. You are so uneasy, you want to break off your link with Allah, you're angry with
Allah you want to question Allah those are no go areas for a true believer
So at that juncture the prophets Allah was worried he was thinking is Allah upset with me? Has Allah forsaken me as he left me what has happened here? So Allah revealed verses we also read those verses here this evening, one of my favorite sutras of the Quran
because Allah has reassured us Ramadan is a month of reassurance where Allah is reassuring us to say you did bad wipe it out in Ramadan start a new leaf The moon is cited for it you won't go back to your bad ways that's a sign of an accepted Ramallah
and if you have cited the moon and immediately started your sins that you left off before Ramadan you know what it's a sign that there is a major disaster a
major disaster. What Ramadan was that we sell comb Lai abu allah Illa theorem oven, what a bad nation who only worshippers worships Allah during Ramadan. The same applies for Sha one.
So when you cite the moon, there's good news and bad news. You know that isn't it? The good news is
the bad news is Chopin is released.
Chopin is released he comes and finds you exactly where he put you.
takes off from Bay say we were in quarantine. Don't worry, I'm back.
Allah grant us goodness and protect us from Cheyenne. So
the good thing is Allah gives you a resetting of relationship, work on your Salah. We engaged I said moments ago 1200 sujood. Perhaps Do you know what? Can't you do a little bit 1/10 of it on an ordinary day.
Subhan Allah Subhana Allah here have been
my brothers and sisters, Allah responds to the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and his concern was addressed. And Allah starts of the Surah Surah Taha, Allah starts it off by
taking a custom by swearing an oath.
Incidentally The name of this Masjid is Masjid of Baja as well. My right. Yes, one more ha one lelee either as two promises Oh ALLAH is making.
Allah is taking to customs, what are they? By the daybreak and the night, the night when it is dark. And the daybreak Allah says, I swear by the daybreak and by the night in its darkness, Allah is swearing why we are not allowed to swear by creatures of Allah, mankind, Holly and polyalkylene Billa. Whoever wants to take an oath from amongst us, we can only take an oath, In the name of Allah. We can't take an oath from the creatures or by the creatures of Allah, only Allah can do that, for certain reasons, and He is the Creator, in order to highlight something to us, perhaps the greatness of something.
Do you know when you are worried at night, you're worried even more than during the daytime? If you have stress, what happens? You can't sleep at night, because you're thinking of the following morning.
And in the morning, you can't eat properly because you're thinking of your worry. So Allah takes a custom by the day and by the night. And then he says, ma da cannot book our mercola straight answer to your concern. Oh Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. Allah says, Allah has not forsaken you. He didn't leave you and he's not upset with you.
So I want to stop there for a moment in your life in mind. Today we are facing this pandemic. We're facing the loss of lives. We're facing sickness. We're facing people who have not recovered properly. We are facing people who have lost jobs, people who've lost so much we are facing so much of hardship was look at what's going on in Palestine. May Allah grant us goodness, may Allah protect the holy sites.
My brothers and sisters, these are times that are troubling.
If you are steadfast and if you are a person who's trying to earn the pleasure of Allah, remember, keep going. Allah has not forsaken you know Is he angry with you and upset with you? If you are content with the condition Allah has you in Allah is pleased with you by his will and mercy in sha Allah, Allah wants you to try, he knows you're a human he knows you will falter he knows you're not perfect. So all you need to do is keep trying and keep trying until the day you die. You must try
Subhan Allah and sick
forgivness I've said before, and I want to say it again, a point of comfort for me, is Adam alayhis salam did exactly what Allah told him not to do the only thing that he was told not to do, he did it. For me that's a point of comfort. Why? Because then Allah forgave him.
Allah forgave him. For us, there's not just one instruction not to do the list of haram things is quite long. It's quite long.
And Allah knows sometimes as a human, you might fall, be strong, get up.
Repent, regret, turn to Allah, Allah will open your doors.
Did you know and I've been saying this in this month of Ramadan, when you do a bad deed. The angels don't write it instantly. They wait for a while they're told to hold on, perhaps this person will repent. Did you ever know that?
the process. lm tells us when you are doing a good deed you it's already written just by your intention.
And if you do it, it's multiplied.
When you planning to do a bad deed, nothing is written still is only a plan.
When you don't do it, it's written as a good deed because you didn't do something bad that you were planning to do.
And if you did it, Allah writes it against your name after giving you a period of time to repent. You have a few hours, the angels are instructed by Allah Hold on, perhaps my worshiper is going to repent. That's why when you commit a sin, and your heart feels the regret, it's a sign that you believe in Allah because if you didn't, there would be no accountability. Therefore you wouldn't bat an eyelid. You'd be excited about singing again.
Why do you regret when you sin? Because you love Allah, what else? Because you're concerned about the accounts. What else? Why would you regret if you did something wrong?
Because you really believe that this was wrong. That's right. And who made it wrong Allah?
May Allah protect us. So if you are heading in the right direction and you are trying your best with Allah, Allah will not forsake you, nor will he be upset with you. For me. It's a beautiful verse, ma one
book your Lord has not forsaken you wanna know? Is he upset with you?
dakara Allah Subhana Allah
kameena Oh, all you need to know that your Hereafter is going to be better for you than this life. All of us who believe.
I had a young man come to me and asked me a similar question to what was asked but at the time of the prompts are seldom when they asked him all messenger, are we not on the straight path? Yes, we are. Well then why are we suffering? It's a good question, isn't it? Are we not on the straight path? Yes, we are. Well, then why are we suffering?
Some Han Allah. So the young man comes and says, You know what we do Salah we do Ramadan. We do a bad that we worship Allah, we try our best we repent to Allah, why are we struggling? Why are they struggling in our life?
So I repeated the verse Allah has created you to test you
has even as a otaku, Ayako No, man, ah, hula, you've done Oh,
do people think that it's going to be enough for them to say we are believers and then they're not tested losses. We're going to test all of you just like we tested those before you in order to distinguish between those who are truthful, those who are liars.
liars in their belief, they lie. Man lawmakers truthful. So Allah has to test you. So I told the young boy, I said, you know you're tested by Allah. And Allah tells you what type of test is gonna test you when he says, while Annabella one we will definitely indeed most definitely test every single one of you. That's what Allah said Surah Baqarah with what we should aim for a while Do you wanna pursue worldly well
thammarat five different matters.
That's just a summary. Allah says
Well, number one, wish a mental health a little bit of fear, anxiety, stress, while doing some hunger for whatever reason being medical beat loss of you know sustenance whatever else it may be.
When axing mentally unwell, loss of wealth, you have to suffer a loss
You can't have a profit every day. While unforce people have to die around you your loved ones look at them appreciate them while they're alive they have to go all you have to go before them or you go together.
May Allah Unitas in general with the professor Salah
what thammarat Allah says lots of produce, you have your business you have whatever, it's always suddenly it's burnt. Or suddenly there's a flood and it's gone.
Allah says, take it in your stride Bashir.
In times like those give good news to a certain category of people who are the best shinbashi means give good news to two who are sobbing, those who are patients, those who are patient, that's part of your test. Allah is giving you the questions he is going to ask you in your examination. And he's telling you the answer. It's up to you to now put pen to paper and to live by it. So I told a young boy, I said, you go to school, he says yes. So do they test you? Yes. Why? So that I can graduate to the next level? Simple.
Does the college you go to ever stand at the gate and pick out random people walking on the street and say, Come Come, we want to test you? He said no, that's foolish. In the same way, Allah tests those who have said their Shahada and entered the fold into Islam.
You're not in the school? How can you expect tests? That's why Allah says, lie. I will run Kanu Bula vinaka fufill. Beloved, don't ever let it deceive you that the disbelievers are not being tested on Earth.
Don't let it they're not even in the college. What does that take and again, they're not in the school.
You can only write the exam when you enrolled for it right? You haven't even enrolled don't expect them to be tested unless it Don't let it deceive you the fact that they've got everything we gave them the dunia the Akira is not theirs. It's yours. It's a first towards the end of the surah Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us at the end of Allah Amman, Mata
Connie they will enjoy for a little while let them have it. Some of them are really good in character conduct. Allah says in the dunya we gave them whatever we thought they deserved in the Akira they never even believed in the ark era. They didn't even believe
so Han Allah, we believe. So Allah says well, Fira to hire Allah come in and Allah then Allah says, while so far you're a
robot, indeed, soon Allah will give you so much until you are happy, you know that far, some people translated as so you are happy far in the Arabic language has many translations, even the wow it's not only end it has many meanings. And one of these is until little Riah Allah will give you an continue to give you until a point that you are very, very delighted and happy Allah will give you well so for your three corrupt buka fatawa then Allah is reminding the prophets are seldom of the favors of Allah upon him. But the lesson is for all of us lemmya GDK ottima
did we not give you that
comfort, that security that dwelling that living when you were an orphan,
he was an orphan he was born, his father pre deceased him sallallahu alayhi wasallam he was the most loved by Allah. He lost his mother at a young age yet he was the most loved by Allah, you've lost your parents. It's no sign that Allah doesn't love you. He loves you might have lost one or two, Allah loves you. You might lose someone else Allah loves you.
So Allah says, once you an orphan and look what we did for you, we gave you that
protection, that comfort, that sustenance, that dwelling and so on. We took care of you, basically. Then Allah says, wha wha Giada Koba. Hello Fahad,
the people of Makkah, what were they doing? They were engaged in ignorance. Allah says you are amongst those who are totally astray. You were searching for that guidance and we guided you.
Allah knew Didn't I say at the beginning that he was going to the cave in order to search for something Allah gave it to him.
And Allah says, and the people of Makkah, what did they have? They didn't have much in terms of wealth. What what? Elan for Africa.
When you didn't have much we made you independent. There came a time when the Muslims were so wealthy Allah gave them so if you're going through struggles, remember Allah will give you a patient's remain
steadfast for millennia, tema falada, Aha. Now there are two factors mentioned in this, in this, these verses this surah. So Allah is now advising us. As for the orphan, don't be harsh on the orphan. Look after the orphans on our caffine at makaha technical Jana, myself in the one who takes care of the orphans will be like these two fingers in genda together because he was an orphan. You look out you look after the orphans for you is paradise. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
being Mattila being Kapha
Allah says the one who comes asking you for anything. Don't rebuke him. Don't disrespect him, and don't abuse him.
When someone comes to ask you for anything, firstly, thank Allah, they came to you.
If you can help, help, Allah will help you.
If you cannot help release them with utmost respect. That's a test for you. You say brother, may Allah reward you May Allah give you may Allah open your doors. May Allah create ease for you. Unfortunately, I won't be able to give you something. But I asked Allah to open your doors and you walk away wasn't that respectful? But you say you
How can you be asking me Look at your body? Aren't you ashamed? You've got you've got a healthy body. Why don't you find a job? Uncle Give me the job. So panela I just asked you for five rounds. Allah was watching you could have said
even that much was okay. Although it's not so respectful. But it's not demeaning either.
But don't demean someone. You know why? Because Allah says, We will provide, we brought them to you to test you not about them.
When a beggar comes to you, it's not about him. It's about you. When a street kid begs when someone at the traffic light begs, it's not about them, it's about you. They may be criminals we know sometimes, but you need to be respectful, criminal or not. Be respectful.
Remember, there was an armed robbery at someone's house in the year 2000. And the old lady in the house, these armed robbers came in with guns and she kept saying, brother say Subhan Allah
And I'm thinking how innocent is his old lady, she said, if they were gonna kill me, I was gonna go.
I'm thinking imagine this generation, the previous generation, how we think is pretty different is they've seen it all ready to go.
May Allah grant us ease? How? How much of respect? Is that brother say Subhana. Allah, come on.
And with us, when someone is crossing the street, check, He's a thief. I know he's a thief. Well, what grounds? Are you saying that you can protect yourself no harm, you must protect yourself, you must make sure that you have actually
got your gate locked, perhaps in whatever else normal security in this country, for example, or in your locality, and respectfully deal with the person if you need to deal with them. Because you never know who on earth that is. It could be someone very close to Allah.
I've seen in one of the Middle Eastern countries,
a guy who used to be at a parking lot looking after vehicles, you know, you get a little tip every time you stand there and so on.
And it was Ramadan, and he was reading Quran.
And someone had this melodious voice and they saw this brother from Uganda. And he's reading Quran, and they took a short video of it. And they posted it on YouTube. And it went viral. Subhan Allah. Do you know what happened to that young man?
They made him any mom in one of the mysteries.
Look at the result that Allah gives you. When people think this man Allah has forsaken him. Look at this, never. Never. Allah is about to open your door. It starts off like that. I know one of the wealthiest people where I come from years back, he started selling vegetables from the vegetable market in a wheelbarrow. He became a multimillionaire, a few years later.
That was Allah, you didn't give up. Right? You started you went on and you kept on going. This is Allah telling you ma at the caribou. kawamata Allah Allah is not upset with you. He is not forsaken you your struggles and your struggles might continue because that's what life is all about. You will struggle and continue but you must enjoy it and keep going. is Allah not with you? Are you not fulfilling your Salah? Are you not able to give charity or you're not eating? Are you not close? Are you not okay? You we have power
Cats in this part of the world, hang on, hang on, come to my part of the world, then you know what's a power cut.
its effect, but you enjoy it when we were young. And the first time we started witnessing these power cuts, we used to stop everything we're doing and used to get a bit depressed. Now you're giving a speech, the lights go, you keep on going, nothing stops. It's like, you know, normal Subhana Allah.
That's the gift of Allah. It's all about how you look at it. If you want to look at a small being as a threat, you'll call it a terrorist.
And if you want to look at it, this thing can provide Honey, let's try and check out best we can extract that Honey, it's going to become a source of goodness for you, man. Subhana Allah, it's all about perspective. How do you look at things, not everything is negative. For men, it's always good. And that's why I chose to speak about the surah because for me, it brings about a lot of comfort Allah will give you soon he will give you if not in the dunya in the Athena, will la he is not going to let you down. You're a believer, you haven't given up, Allah will never give up.
Don't give up. No, but I got a lot of problems. You're not the only one. We all have a lot of problems. It's just that some people don't talk about it.
It's a fact. But I have a problem, my income, all our incomes are affected. But I have a problem at home at home. We all have some problem. But I have an issue. We all have issues. But in the community there's we all have communities where there's a bit of an issue. It's okay, that's life. Allah says we're going to test you and guess what, when you have many, many questions in your exam paper, you need to be excited because the more difficult the exam, the greater the certificate, you need to know that.
You get primary schools you get matric after that you go to do your degree and then you go beyond beyond that, then you get your PhD and what else it becomes more and more difficult. Have you ever seen these big university exams? Where they start off by saying, What's one plus one?
They can't they know that's a minor thing that you're supposed to have been tested about it long back. Now it's going to become more difficult won this question you got to read it, you got to understand it, you got to apply your mind, you start sweating, then you start checking the news make do and then what happens you start answering it slowly but surely. And then the two hours that you have to respond to it are almost over and you say Bismillah Allah put your pen down and and the paper c'est la vie.
That's life. It really that shows you what our life is all about. It will be a test one after the other after another after the third, you might fail some of them. But in the eyes of Allah, you must remember one thing. Your Eman must always become stronger and stronger your faith your conviction, you must know that Allah will not let you down. That's the point that I want to drive home today. So here we have one beautiful day extra of the month of Ramadan. I've spoken for 30 minutes. And I think
I want to end by saying let's make dua for our brothers and sisters in Palestine.
And let's make dua for our brothers and sisters. In all other countries. There are so many suffering across the globe. And there is a lot that's happening. And I promise you don't underestimate the supplication but together with that, let us as an oma change, change in two ways. Our relationship with Allah needs to become better, I promise you. The Quran tells you that you want to start solving problems of the oma, the individuals need to start rectifying themselves, you become solid pure mean, then you can contribute towards solving problems. Otherwise, you're going to sit on tik tok, you're going to sit on Instagram, you're going to sit on Twitter, tweeting and you're going to think
I just read Palestine why I tweeted 30 tweets, Palestine is free.
That's what they think. Really.
Someone says I made a video Well, the whole world is made to be making videos for the last 70 years. If anything, that method is getting worse.
So as much as it is important to conscient eyes, the globe.
But that's not the solution to the problem we have the solution is way deeper.
I said we develop our relationship with Allah And secondly, let's learn to respect each other because we have little Palestine all over the show. Every Masjid has its little Palestine because there's a war going on with two three parties among the muscles and the others and the committee's and whatever else. We are fighting each other. We hate each other. We don't want to talk to each other within our own families and we want to solve the problems of the whole when you and your brother are not speaking for 20 years. Come on, come on.
wipe that out these minor issues, they are the obstacle, clean them then you'll see what will happen when we all connect up and then you're going to see the solution to the oma
Do we really need an enemy to destroy us when we ourselves are our own worst enemies inside the circle of those who c'est la ilaha illAllah, Muhammad Rasulullah
we've divided ourselves so much, and there will be differences. We need to be mature enough to respect each other with the differences.
That's when we will solve the matter.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, too much is happening. And too many people have too many ideas for too many solutions and none of them have worked yet.
So the only way to solve it is to go back to what the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu used and the teachings of Allah and His Messenger, May Allah forgive all of us. Really, we need to cry tonight seek forgiveness of Allah. We need to cleanse our hearts make dua for ourselves for the Maha mean, those who are seeking Ill make dua for the for like I said, For the third of the haramain and make dua for all those who are struggling and suffering across the globe. We are so fortunate to be sitting in this Masjid in such a beautiful way we have cozy jackets and lovely clothing. There are people our brothers and sisters who are closer to Allah than us and they have very very little
compared to us. Do we reach out to them? Do you pray for them? Oh Allah, you know those we don't know. help them create ease for them. That do our you're going to make will help you because the angels make do out for a person who's making to offer others
may Allah grant us goodness akula Kali hava was Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah humblebee Hamdi a shadow Allah