A Page of Predestiny
Channel: Mufti Menk
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Todays Jumu’ah Lecture from Masjid Al Falaah in Harare, Zimbabwe entitled “A page of predestiny”
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa sallahu wa salam o Ababa Kerala Milena v.
we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, all his companions and all his family members, that Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all, and bless every single one of us. Brothers and sisters in life, we have many plans, we think things we have dreams, and we want to achieve so much in life. And this is the norm of a human being. Because as you are young and you become of understanding age, the first thing that happens is you start becoming conscious of the opposite sex and you want to get married. So people start planning Subhanallah, I'd like to achieve this, I'd like to achieve that. And others by the will of
Allah subhanho wa Taala driven by their Eman would like to achieve other things. Sometimes you have a person saying I want to learn the Quran, I want to do this, I want to understand what Allah is saying. And I'd like to excel in this and in that, and so on. But ultimately, at some point, we have those plans of ours growing so big, and they become so deep, and they actually go beyond our date of death. This is something that happens, it's explained by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, where he drew a rectangle, and he drew a line from one side of the rectangle going up to the other and crossing even outside the rectangle. And then he drew little lines inside the rectangle. And
when he explained to the Sahaba of the law, I know what that was, he said very beautifully that this is the life of man, the rectangle depicts the life. So this is the life of a human being. The line that is crossing through his hopes, his aspirations, what he wants to achieve, it goes well beyond the rectangle. And inside there are certain obstacles that come and this inshallah is what we would like to talk about today. So what this means is everything you plan, firstly, should be within the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala it should not be in the disobedience of Allah. But at the same time, we should understand that there is something known as pre destiny, pre destiny or something
known as Adam attractive. It is so beautiful that Allah has given us a way out a way out of when we do not achieve things, or even when we do achieve things, how to focus it, how to relate it, how to go about it, should we become depressed, if something I desperately wanted in my life, I cannot achieve or have not achieved. Or as I believe that life was just becoming better, a huge disaster occurred and everything went wrong for me. Perhaps I suffered loss in business, perhaps, perhaps I suffered the loss of a family member and so on. All this can happen. And literally in our language, it can knock your plan completely out. Of course, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep
understanding. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has favored us by making the belief in predestiny, something compulsory and obligatory upon anyone who claims to be a believer. So if you claim to be a believer in Allah, part of that belief is that you surrender to the fact that everything has been predestined, but Allah has given me certain powers and abilities to fulfill that which is in my capacity, leaving the rest in the hands of a muscle panel.
So for example, I have a hope of one day graduating, not my own hope, but I'm saying for example, a person has a hope of one day graduating, perhaps in pharmacy, or whatever else it is, and then perhaps getting a job and perhaps earning a salary. And perhaps, and this is such a powerful plan, that in their minds, it is very easily achievable. If they were to sit at home and say, I am planning to become a pharmacist. So if it is in mind predestiny then this will happen. And if not, it won't, then they should know that it was in their predestiny not to become the pharmacist because of their laziness. This is what it is. We need to know this. So nobody can say I'm lazy and I'm
sitting back because I learned about the destiny. every cent that is for you, we'll get to you before you die. That's what I learned. So if I sit back at home, the Senate will still come if I go out to the Senate will still come that is the wrong perception of predestiny because then it would have been written that your wrong perception of predestiny coupled with your laziness would have minimized the number of pennies coming in your direction. lavaca May Allah subhanahu wa Jalla grant us goodness. In a nutshell, the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam speaks of a believer
We've spoken about this in the past, but today I want to concentrate on one aspect of it. He says, and McMinnville County, Ohio, I have been Illallah him in a minute. But if the stronger believer is far better and more loved by Allah than the one who is weak, and this is in two senses, one is in belief you are stronger. And two is even physically you are concerned about your health and the fact that you have good health enough to be able to obey our laws, instructions and go out to achieve what you believe is beneficial, beneficial for you.
So then the Hadith continues to say he couldn't inhale, there is goodness in all there is goodness in both parties in all parties. May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us that we can let the good in US override the bad and maybe help us so that we can become people who are known as better because in the same way everyone has good shaylen ties with every single person. So sometimes the bad comes to fall, and sometimes the bad overtakes us and we become known as an evil person, not because we are actually evil but because we've allowed the devil who is evil to overtake us for a moment, may Allah protect us from shaytan I mean, then the Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, It is
work hard to achieve that which is beneficial for you. That is part of completion of the plan of predestiny. As part of the completion of that plan, Allah kept the plan known as predestiny. And he has made it necessary for us to believe that he is in charge, he is in control. Today, I'm sitting here because of two things. Because Allah chose that I will be sitting here that I agree. And Allah gave me the ability to come here, and I did something about it and utilize that ability to make an effort to get here. So I'm sitting here, Allahu Akbar. So these two together, complete that circle. And this is how we will understand predestiny like we say foolish is He Who thinks right today's
Juma, if it is this time for me to be there, someone will come and carry me from here, and they will take me there and I'm going to be seated in the middle. Some people actually think that this is an insult to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah says, we gave you the energy, the capacity, the mind, the brain, the the ability, you need to make an effort, then whether you actually get here or not, it's our decision. So some people might get up early in the morning, may Allah protect us, they suffer some form of a loss on the path either an accident or something else. And they happen not to make it here, but they try
Allah Subhana Allah to Allah grant us goodness, so the trial is our duty, but the ultimate plan is that of Allah subhanho wa Taala he will choose whether he will choose whether to allow the plan that we have made to succeed exactly as we've made it better than we've made it or not to succeed. That's the choice of Allah. Some people plan, for example, to go to go somewhere and to achieve maybe business of $1,000. And when they go there, they work so hard that they achieve business or $5,000 that goes beyond their plan. But that trial, it was a lousy Listen, my worship, I want you to know I am in charge and in control, I'm going to give you more than you want. Here it is. But the same
Allah says when you try and you know your capacity, we can actually clip your wings in a way that you will suffer a loss of 1000 instead of a profit of 1000. This is all mentioned in the Quran. Like Allah subhanho wa Taala says in Surah tahajjud so beautifully.
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The reason why we have chosen this plan of predestiny is so that you do not become too sad. When you lose something.
when something has missed you you do not become too sad because you know, I tried my best this was the plan of Allah I surrender to it. And then Allah says and you do not become too haughty and arrogant when you achieve something because you related to Allah. Today people get these initial Look, I worked hard I did this it's my brain my this my that was what he said it is in the Quran. And Allah makes mention of it very clearly that that man was punished because he removed Allah from the equation Subhana Allah tala but with us when you achieve a lot, we have to humble ourselves bring ourselves to the ground and say Allah, it's not from me. You gave me the energy in the first
place to work in this direction. had that not been the case today I would have been nothing. So even the brain we have who gave it to us the capacity we have the width we have some people are sure business people where did they get all that from? So hello
May Allah help us to utilize that mind in a way that we can earn Hillel with Baraka and blessings.
So this is a beautiful example and a verse of suitable Hadith where Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us when you get something you have top results at school or as Mashallah or you have something, you know, you are the top of your company, you have really achieved so much don't ever remove Allah from the equation. In fact, the equation is only made up of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because whatever you have, and remember, from the point of view, before birth, Allah was always in control and shall always remain in control. You were born in a family you came through, Allah gave you a mind of your own, you have so much then Allah helped you to excel because of whatever reasons that was not you.
It was Allah Who gave you the capacity, all you did was you use the capacity Allah gave you, that's all. And this is the plan of deal. Like I said, someone wants to come here to the masjid. And they do not use the capacity Allah gave them they will never arrive at the masjid. So Panama.
But if a person wants to come to the masjid and use the capacity that Allah has given them, most probably they will come. Now who must be related to they must say it is Allah who allowed me to get here. But Allah gave me the African energy in the first place. So I either I look at it as direct or indirect, it is still from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why this is only one side of the coin, where we are looking at profit, something you've gained, and you relate it to Allah, as much energy as good effort and good family members and good children. I've got so many other things I've got a house and property, whatever I have, remember one thing a lot of women do not become haughty,
through that which Allah has given you. And I gave it to you, he gave you your mind your wits, like sometimes people say, but it was my intellect I worked hard. Well, who gave you the intellect in the face of some people by nature, they're not that bright. But sometimes those who are not bright Allah says to show you we will give them more. So this is why a lot of the extremely wealthy people, sometimes they will drop out from school. But that's unless plan to show you that you plan. Remember, we may allow your plan to succeed, we may give you more than you've actually planned for. But it is up to us our discretion. If we want that plan to fail, all we want from you is to know we
are in charge to believe we are in control and to accept the fact that whatever we have chosen was best. Now the last bit is not so easy all the time, because you need belief. When Allah does something, he never does that which is not best, because he is in control. He knows what we need. So sometimes I give you an example.
A person wants to, for example, marry someone. And there are so many obstacles in the path that it's literally blocked, and they become those who lose a bit of faith in Allah because they don't understand the issue of surrendering to the decree of Allah and believing that this is best for you. Now Allah knows what will not happen in the future. If it had happened, how it would have happened. He knows that. So he knows that had you perhaps entered into that particular family, for example, or that relation, or that marriage or that business? Perhaps somewhere down the line, there was going to be such a huge loss for you that we are saving you from it in advance. But because of your little
small mind, you don't know how to look at things. So you are still upset with us luck. But May Allah grant us goodness Imagine if a man this is a man localised example, if there is a lion on the other side of this door, and we've seen two three lions roaming around and the child wants to go through the door, what will we all collectively do? We will all stop him telling don't go through the door. And if he goes back and starts becoming upset, these uncles do not want me to go through this door. They don't want me to succeed in life. I'm angry with him, I'm upset with them, and so on. And he loses his sleep and becomes depressed in that case whose last easy. We know what's on the other
side, or this little child who has no clue what it is, perhaps if ultimately he went through it. And he was devoured by the lion's den only when he realized for a few moments that these people were right before he can do something about it. He's gone. love America. So alas plan sometimes he does not give you wealth, sometimes he does not allow you to achieve something you desperately want to achieve, because he has kept paradise waiting for you as a result of you surrendering to this whole issue of predestiny connected to your effort and the will of Allah subhanho wa sallam where his will was that which gave you the effort in the first place or the ability in the first place.
This is Allah subhanho wa Taala and this is why both
These items It is important for us to understand that we have been bestowed with such a great favor of the man that the belief in Allah is connected to a statement as well. Where we declare one country higher he shall remain Allah tala. I bear witness, I believe firmly that good and bad faith comes from my maker from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I surrender to it with a smile. And for this reason, a true believer is always in a happy mood. He's always a person who has an open mind. He's always positive, even if he suffered a huge loss. Sometimes you won't even pick up that this person has suffered a huge loss because he knows that his allas plan, we are taught to say in La La, La La
June we belong to Allah and out to unto Him shall we all return. Amazing. So the Hadith says Subhana Allah, Allah, Allah explains to us through the blessing of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. I, gentlemen, the embryo movement, you know the affairs of a believer? Amazing. Why are they amazing? He's always happy. If he suffers loss, he is patient, he endures. He knows the plan of Allah, he understands Allah is in control. He understands. Allah doesn't want me to achieve this. And he knows he believes deep down, it's better for me not to get this if Allah doesn't want it for me, who am I to want to fight with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And if we achieve something, or he has some good
news, something good happens to him. He is thankful to the degree that it does not make him haughty because he knows it's not me. It's Allah. Let me tell you why. Many reasons One of them is there are others who have more capacity and capability than you, my brother or sister, but they have achieved less. This is from Allah, there are people who are really extremely intelligent, sometimes they work much harder than you and I, and sometimes they have everything at their disposal, but they do not achieve and we have achieved if that's the case. Remember, humble yourself the same Allah who has not allowing them to go beyond a certain point can drop you back to that point and even below, may
Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness, and may make us from those who can smile and understand the screen destiny and the issue of predestiny. So there is no point in blaming predestiny and blaming Allah subhanho wa Taala to say, No, you know what? It was predestined for me to be swearing and stealing and cheating, all that is something which is very, very synthetic, if I should say that way, or perhaps it is very indicative of low Eman. The level of belief is very low in a person who wants to, for example, blame his bad deeds on predestiny. An example I've given in the past, I repeat, at the time of America.
They came to him a man who had stolen and all the judicial systems of Islam had found him guilty to the highest degree where his right hand needed to be amputated. So they brought him in front of a mural, meaning
that he was about to have his hand cut, but he wanted to say something. What did he say? He says, I believe in predestiny. And why are you cutting my hand when it was pretty this time that I was going to steal? Now look at how sharp he was. He's trying to use something in his favor and to blame Allah for his crime. So
who was one shopper? What did he say? He orders the gela the man who is going to be executing the amputation and please go ahead with the amputation because it was also predefined that his head would be amputated.
This is a beautiful example for us to understand from and this is something amazing because Allah subhanho wa Taala has rarely favored us when something really bad happens or something happens. Not in line with your dreams, your aspirations, your something you really desperately want to achieve. And you find that every time you want to achieve it, you are, you know, thrown back further and further away from me. You need to just say Alhamdulillah
smile, this is Allah he's bland. And if Allah wants this, I love Allah enough to understand that his plan is better than my plan. Subhana Allah for some reason he's keeping you some way for some reason is this allowing you to get what is detrimental for you in one way or another. And sometimes a man wants to elevate your status. So by by making you go through and endure something that would have been seeming to be so negative, yet it is part of the plan of Allah say you've lost a loved one. Now, gentlemen, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. If you've lost a loved one, it's important for you to realize that yes, we shed the tears we missed the person and so on. All
It is part of human nature. But we don't question a large degree. No, we do not question the degree of Allah, Allah. This is your choice. This is your degree. I do not compete with you. I don't argue with you. I know whatever your plan was was the best. That's what makes us believers. If we believe our last plan was not the best, how can we call ourselves believers in Allah subhanho wa Taala. So my brothers and sisters, I hope and I pray, the few words I've said today have given a little bit of focus to the loss that we endure in life as well as the Prophet and the goodness we achieve, always related to Allah and understand Allah plan will always override mine and yours, but we try our best
It is Allah and work hard to achieve that which is beneficial for you was studying Billa and when doing that seek the assistance of Allah subhanho wa Taala Bismillah I'm trying to achieve this and so on one attack just don't give up hope quickly. Do not give up on
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in a way that is besides the plan that you had intended? Don't say Oh, if I did this that would have happened had this happened this person wouldn't have died. Maybe if this had happened in that and maybe perhaps this and perhaps that if listen is that the Hadith says don't open the door of if for in a low Gustavo Baba shaman because there is opens the door of the devil to contaminate your belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala so what should you say good. Allahu wa Masha.
Allah hi Marcia. This is the decree of Allah and whatever he wants, we shall always do May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all