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Navigating the Current Pandemic

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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah, he was happy he Jemaine, my beloved brothers and sisters, welcome to this beautiful, beautiful light upon light online convention conference entitled The best 10 days. And indeed, they are the best 10 days, the first 10 days of the month of the ledger, which is the last month of the Islamic calendar. And I do know that it pains us that we are going through challenging times, and inshallah speaker after speaker will be discussing different aspects of this particular title. And I pray that we all benefit from it. The subject that I've been given to deal

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with today, is navigating through this pandemic. And we all know that we are believers, we believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala. And indeed, We are fortunate to be from among those who utter what is known as the Shahada. Shahada means the declaration, I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah, my maker.

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And I bear witness that Muhammad peace be upon him is his final messenger and prophet. So when we say that we understand that he who made us is Allah subhanho wa Taala. He sent messengers to us in order to tell us why he made us what to expect on earth. And if we were to read carefully what those messages came with, in terms of Revelation, we would find that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam left us with two main things. And he says, I've left you with two things for as long as you hold fast upon them, you will never be led astray, that is the Quran and my sooner, which means the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, his life, his life, and his teachings. So the

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Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam recited for us the verses that were revealed to him by Allah subhanho wa Taala. If we look at Surah Al Baqarah, there is something that Allah says to us, when you're young, you may not understand it. But as you grow older, you begin to understand the plan of Allah.

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As you apply your mind and you realize why exactly you are on Earth, it is precisely what Allah says. So in Surah, Al Baqarah, Allah says, while annaba no one can, we will definitely test every single one of you. So I'm on earth here, one of the reasons is to be tested so hard Allah, like I would go to school to be tested so that when I pass the exam, I move on to the next level where the test will be even harder, but the qualification will be greater. So this is why the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam says, in the law, either a hubbub, Allah, when Allah loves his worshiper, he tests him so that he can actually graduate to a new level. And the certificate he gets at the end, or the

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book that he receives, will be filled with a very, very high qualification. Look at Ibrahim alayhis salam, the prophet Abraham May peace be upon him. He was tested one after the other, look at the Prophet a job or job May peace be upon him. Allah says, We tested him. We tested him so much and we found him to be patient in our Jana masabi, our neat mellado in who

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we found him to be very patient What a great worshipper of ours. He was often returning to us in repentance, in gratitude, in praise and in every other way. So Allah praised you obey His Salam. So Allah says, I will test every one of you. So I know that one of the reasons why on earth is to be tested, I will face challenges, difficulties, hardship, in fact, in order to learn Kabuto Allah says that is how he distinguishes the believers from those who are liars. Those who don't really believe right at the beginning, he says has even a Roku Roku

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learning Amina kabini him Fela, lemon along with Nadine Asada poo, wala lemon, Alka dB, this man thinks that it will be sufficient for him to say that I believe, and then he is not tested. Indeed, we have tested all those before you. In other words, we will test you as well. Just like we tested all those before you in order to distinguish those who are truthful from those who are liars. May Allah make us from among those who are truthful, and may He never test us, us with tests that will be too difficult for us to pass. I mean, so let's go back to the verse so tillbaka

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Allah says, Well, no one come indeed we will test every single one of you. We spoke about that already. With what what will he test us with? What do I need to expect? So before I continue in life, we get attached to things and we don't realize when we came into this world, we were alone. Prior to coming into this world we were where Allah wanted us, but we came alone. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, when we go we will go alone. And we will meet Allah alone. And we will answer to our questions or accountability will happen a noon. Why not? odg una hora de la cama call upon

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On that day, Allah will say, and you have come to us, just like we have created you alone, you came to us alone, just like when we created you, you were alone. So had Allah and then Allah says, You left behind everything that gave you company on Earth. What gave you company on earth? Your family members, your wealth, the good things that you considered good on Earth, all that was with you? The stuff you owned the properties, man, Allah, Allah says all of that, where is it? It's not there, you've just come yourself, and guess what your deeds, so do good deeds, you need to earn points, you need to earn marks in this world, how do I earn marks? Well, when I pass the challenges, the tests

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that Allah has placed in my path, I need to fulfill obligations and stay away from prohibitions. And I need to know that the things that I will become acquainted with and attached to, at some point, Allah will detach me from them for as long as they are material items of this world, things that are very, very connected to this world and this world alone. So Allah says, we will test you with what now I'll explain bishi in meenal, how v one.

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The first two things he says, I'll test you with a little bit of fear, uncertainty, anxiety, and some hunger. So don't get too attached to things. The comfort zone you're in, we will take you out of it at some point Subhan Allah, for what, in order to test you it's the same verse. So when we get too attached to this comfort zone, where in the day Allah decides to take us out of it, as he has promised, it will be extremely difficult. But if we were not too attached, and we expected that, we have this comfort, thanks to Allah, but he may take it away, we will still thank Allah, then we understood the plan of Allah. It creates a cushion around us such that the day it is snatched away

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and we are taken out of that comfort zone. We still have firm conviction. We expected it and you know what, the blow was crushing. It was softened, so Han Allah, so a little bit of anxiety. It's normal, it's human, some sadness, Subhana Allah, Allah will remove you from your comfort zone, uncertainty, fear, hope means a little bit of fear. And I've explained fear from different aspects. Allah says yes, that safety, you become too comfortable. Allah says we will test it and shake it until you realize that we are the only ones who can provide you true safety, true comfort through contentment, that's Allah and Allah alone. So in my life and in yours as you grow older, so many

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things will happen that will throw you out of your comfort zone. You will

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Since a little bit of fear, anxiety, sometimes uncertainty, Allah says, until you're you are convinced that Allah alone is in charge and in control. The sooner that happens, the easier it becomes to navigate through the difficult times. Then Allah says, When jewelery, which means with hunger, so when you get too attached to your food, there will come a day when you won't have that food. Allah says we will take it away somehow, either, you won't be able to eat it, because medicine tells you it's dangerous for you. So you go on a diet and you can't eat those things you consider delicious, or beautiful or sweet, or very tasty, simply because Allah says, Well, we are testing you

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with a little bit of hunger. Don't get too attached to your food, understand, don't be wasteful, thank Allah for the days you have, eat whatever is in front of you think about those who don't have much. Look at the days that may come perhaps ahead, where you may not afford or you may not be able to eat due to sickness or any other reason, the food that you have. So be thankful when you have it. And be thankful when you don't have it. Don't become too fussy, a person who eats because

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if you become too fussy about your food, a day will come when food will be available and you won't be able to eat, thank Allah for what has come in your direction, really. And when you put a morsel of food in your mouth, praise Allah, upon all conditions, he will grant you success. In fact, he says, If you show thankfulness and gratitude, I won't even take away that which I gave you in the first place. I increase it the

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come indeed, if you show gratefulness, gratitude, I will grant you increase in the gifts that I have bestowed you with. So get close to Allah during days of ease. The Prophet Muhammad says sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and Allah will get close to you during days of difficulty and hardship. So that is the issue of hunger, I've only tackled a part of it. Remember, if you understand that Allah is going to test you in your food, then you will already have a cushion around you that will soften the blow the day that food goes away, or you don't have it or for some reason, you cannot reach it or there is a drought or whatever it may be and we're going to come to something more specific. So Allah

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says, health will do it. Then he says, Why not both?

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mentioned three things, three more things. The first two we spoke about, then he says knucks which means decrease, we will test you with decrease in what and one in your wealth. When you become too attached to your money or your wealth or your belongings. Allah says the day we decide to take it away and we definitely will Yamanaka way on a day for you and the day against you. If you've made profit all your life, it cannot be that you die and you've never suffered the loss. Allah says we have to test you before you go. We have to test you with that. It's part of the examination part of your syllabus. While you're on earth is you will suffer a loss your property burns down a burglar

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comes in May Allah protect us all something happens you suffer an accident your car is damaged, you perhaps lose out you lose a job, perhaps you lose things you things unexpected, your income is decreased. Maybe you are now bankrupt. Perhaps Allah says we told you already don't get too attached to don't become extravagant when you have prepared for a rainy day. This is what Allah is telling you. That's why he says I'm going to test you and by telling us I'm going to test you he's telling us don't get too attached to these things because a day will come when if you were too attached to your handbags and your phones and your accessories and your makeup and whatever else it may be. You

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will be totally depressed when we take it away. Or for some reason you do not have access to it.

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Amazing. So Allah says Noxon minute am one. You know what? We're going to test you with this? Imagine your car. Imagine your job. Imagine the money in your bank account and suddenly it's gone. How did it go? I'm not gonna take it in a flash. Imagine a luck and take it in a flash. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, we can do that. If you were so attached to it. You become such that you can't bear it. You start suffering, you lose contentment. You lose your happiness. You suffer in a big way some people become suicide.

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Seidel May Allah protect us simply because they lost a job No, my brother and sister, you are greater than that job a lot perhaps has opened your hands and and the clenched fist in order to give you something far greater than what you had bear patience and ride the wave. Remember, better days have to come because Allah says the days cannot remain the same. Just like we will test you by taking things away, we will also test you by giving you things Subhana Allah. In both cases, the winner is He who gains closeness to Allah, whether Allah took away from him, or gave him ultimately I've got to die. You've got to die. What did I do while I was on earth? Subhana Allah? Did I earn

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the pleasure of Allah? Or did I get very, very attached to what Allah has given me? Then Allah says, I'm one enforce, enforce means I'll test you with the loss of life. loss of life of home, those around you don't get too attached to someone in a way that the day they pass away, your life comes to an end as well. Yes, we are human, we will cry, we may miss them. We become sad, we pray for them. But we don't question the decree of Allah number one. Number two is, we realize quickly that we've also got to make the same journey. And we continue in our preparations to Panama, we pray for them. It's human, to just miss them. And sometimes to feel the void. And even to cry, it's normal.

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But don't let it take you to the degree of you losing your own self simply because you lost a person, quickly find yourself, the less attached you are to people, the less pain you will feel the day you may lose them. People go through divorce, people go through so much. Sometimes you have an issue with your children with your loved ones. Sometimes you may not lose them as in the in life, but you may lose the person as in distance. If you were too attached, you won't be able to survive that Allah says, You attach yourself to me, to people, you attach yourself to me not to wealth, you attach yourself to me not to produce and so on. And realize that when you do that, I'm going to be

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comforting you you've like I said earlier, you create a cushion around you a beautiful ring around you that will cushion and comfort you the day things leave you the day you suffer the loss. So what next Allah says, people around you will die and you might die Subhana Allah take it in your stride. Remember what is to come is far better than what was here. The Hereafter is way, way better than where we are right now. You must be convinced in that regard. You must know your Lord is the Most Merciful, the most forgiving, the most kind, the most compassionate, so keep seeking forgiveness, and have hope in his mercy because he tells you don't lose hope in my mercy shape man is the one who

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tries to make you lose hope in my mercy. So have hope in his mercy and know for a fact that the Athena the Hereafter is far better. How you mean and Allah is far better than this life here. Know that. So if I were to die at the end of the day, I don't need to try. You know, my best to force myself to be alive to the degree that I'm really depressed. You know what you must make sure that you've tried your best to keep yourself healthy, and to keep yourself in the best possible way your body but a day will come and you will also go Subhana Allah, may Allah grant us ease on that day, take us in a condition that he is pleased with us. Yes, we will leave behind people we may be left

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behind when others who are our loved ones have died, have passed away. You know what, like I said earlier, pray for them. have hope in the mercy of Allah and understand that Allah has a plan, he will unite you with your loved ones as he has promised, if you do good deeds, and if you keep trying and you have hope in his mercy, and you don't give up and you don't lose hope. Your examination is not over perhaps theirs is over. Perhaps they've already qualified for the degree they need in order to get into Jannah. And we need to qualify so he leaves us still on earth for a moment. So Allah says, Don't get too attached even to people get attached to Allah, the messenger peace be upon him,

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his legacy lives on his sooner lives on get attached to that so Hannah lie behind me. So then Allah says we're thammarat and Allah will test you with loss in produce in provision many things. So a day will come when perhaps the harvest you won't be able to consume certain things, they will be lost. My brothers and sisters right now Allah says to us, what Bashir is saw very good news glad tidings to those who bear patients so bear patients. When you bear patients what will happen Allah

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Those whom when calamity strikes them, they say in the law he were in LA Raja own. They remember that we belong to Allah, all of us and we are going to ultimately return to Allah, all of us. Those are the ones whom the blessings of Allah descend upon them. And those are the ones who are successful, they will be the ones in paradise. So be patient, my brothers, my sisters, the pandemic, I decided to speak about it from a different angle, showing you that you know what days will come when things will not happen our way, we will lose jobs, we will lose money, we will lose lives, we will lose things. It's all part of the bigger plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Those of you who've

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lost loved ones. The good news is Allah is going to unite us with our loved ones. Pray for them. Continue seeking their forgiveness and seek your own forgiveness. May Allah grant us all good health. Those of you who are who have tested positive, it's not the end of the world, chances are perhaps 90% or more would actually heal and come out of it. In sha Allah, may Allah grant you cure. Remember to take every precaution is part of your duty unto Allah to preserve the body that He has given you. So live healthy, eat healthy, connect yourself to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And understand he will still test you. And I've only mentioned one verse of Surah Baqarah. But I want to tell you,

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my brothers and sisters, from amongst us, there are those who live in anxiety and fear, don't worry, take every precaution possible, read your Allahumma inni will be coming and barassi will junoon evil Judah me when you say he has come seeking the protection in Allah from leprosy, from sickness from disease and from those bad plagues and diseases. That is assume that two out of the prophets of Allah seldom call out to Allah using that. Turn to Allah become a better person, watch the way you talk to others, all of your life is a test. Everything you say or do is written down, and it's going to be presented in front of you. So watch your mouth, watch the way you dress, watch the way you

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talk. It's all written down. Change your lives for the better. My brothers and sisters, those of us who have suffered loss of jobs, loss of business. Remember what I said today? It's part of the plan of Allah. A Good Day is going to follow but try your best to ride the wave at the moment. Yes, according to what I would say, this year is a year of survival. If you have survived, and if your day has passed without disobeying Allah will law he you had a beautifully successful day. I repeat if you passed your day, now during this pandemic, without disobeying a law in any way, you have had the most successful day you may not earn so much. You may struggle a little bit you may hear news of

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having lost a loved one or another person being affected or struggling in ICU or on a ventilator. May Allah give them all she fat and have mercy upon those who have passed on Allah give the sick and Ill cure. Remember my brothers and sisters take it in your stride. inshallah, we will get over this together, we are entering the best 10 days, call out to Allah Don't lose hope. And when Allah knows the time is right to give you what you've been asking for. He will open the doors of goodness like the floodgates where a dam has been really, really held or the water has been held on the dam wall for a long time. And then suddenly the floodgates open and the water comes gushing out to the all of

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everybody who's watching. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to navigate through these days of pandemic difficulty, hardship, whatever you're going through, you're not alone. millions of others across the globe are struggling, perhaps more than you may be billions. There are people who don't have even a fraction of what you have. So thank Allah keep thanking Allah. And remember, the worst thing you could do is to become oblivious of Allah and to disobey Allah during days of difficulty. That's the worst thing a person could do. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect every one of us in sha Allah, I pray that we will benefit from all the talks of the rest of the speakers who are going to

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be speaking during this beautiful conference light upon light online conference, entitled The best 10 days of Guru Kony holla Assad Allahu Allah wa Baraka ala nabina. Muhammad was Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah