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Sisters Lesson from Harare, Surah Shuraa Part 4
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We think Allah subhanho wa Taala for bestowing upon us this beautiful day. And we asked him to send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household all his companion
mela bless them all and bless every single one of us. I mean, my mothers and sisters, these are verses of sola to shoot up. And we've made mention of the fact that Shura refers to the consultation.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala in this surah or in this part of the Koran makes mention of the importance of consultation and perhaps we will get to that later on in this particular session. However, we started in verse number 24, where Allah subhanho wa Taala is asking a question, a Miyako Luna tala, Allah, Allah, he can even are they saying this is referring to the power of courage, the people at the time of Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam, they used to accuse Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, of magic of lying, and of so many other things. So Allah says, or do they say he has invented the lie about Allah subhanho wa Taala.
But if Allah willed, He could seal over your heart. And Allah eliminates false hood and establishes the truth, by his words. Indeed, he is knowing of that within the breasts. We spoke about this last week. This was the verse I think that we ended upon. And just to make quick mention of the fact that the truth always prevails, even though sometimes falsehood is allowed to linger for a while, ultimately, the truth will always prevail. Sometimes, if not during our short lifetime, then at least in the era or the Hereafter, we will definitely get to see the truth. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to see it in this world before we actually die. When it comes to matters of belief,
the truth is manifest, it's clear for anyone who would like to search. So those who are born into different faiths, they have an obligation to search for the truth, especially at a certain age, the age of puberty when Allah has made you an adult. He's allowed you to see adulthood, it is important for us to begin to ask questions. And you are even as a Muslim allowed to ask questions. If you don't understand something, you should be asking questions because whatever you do, you should be understanding and you should be knowing that belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala is something that is required of every creature of his every human being is a does not have an excuse because we've been
granted brains that are the most sophisticated and advanced
than any other creature or from any other creature of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, sometimes also when it comes to falsehood, and and and the truth, we see that the way things are marketed today or the way things are being told, sometimes falsehood is made to look like it is true. And the truth is made to look like it is false. But the person who uses their brain and looks deeper into the situation condition or into the statements and evidences, they will definitely be able to see the light. So Allah subhanho wa Taala, saying, they the kuffaar of Quraysh are saying that perhaps Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has invented a lie against Allah. Now for your information to
this day, that's what people are saying. People are still saying that the Quran is alive now to be lamella safe goddess and the prophethood of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam is a fairy tale. It's a lie now labellum Allah protect us. And they even question the prophethood of Jesus May peace be upon him, Moses May peace be upon him and various other messengers and some of them say that there was nothing of that nature at all. But Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it quite clear. He says, If Allah willed, He could have placed a seal over your hearts, and Allah does play seals over hearts that he wishes to play seals over because of their criminal behavior. This is why when a person really and
sincerely is sincerely is searching for the truth, they will find the truth. But when a person is not interested in they are criminal and they are they become bad, very bad people, then perhaps Allah places a seal on their heart so they are not bothered about what is right or wrong. And it's only Allah who can remove the seal. May Allah protect us and our offspring, and the Omar Mohamed salatu salam, and may He guide mankind large towards the truth. Because sometimes, the truth is glaring a person in his or her face, and he or she does not see that and he's not interested he's not bothered, and they continue to follow the path of falsehood. This is because Allah subhanho wa
Taala as decree has overtaken them due to their own actions and deeds. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from bad deeds, bad actions, one might say, well say for example, if you have a child who just doesn't want to see the light, my brothers or my sisters, my mothers and sisters, remember one thing keep on praying, praying prayer to Allah. ask Allah
give out charity please Allah and keep on asking him begging from him and ask the person also to beg from Allah subhanho wa Taala to ask Allah guidance, may Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us all, do not underestimate the power of calling out to Allah, simple calling to Allah with conviction. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us here, that Allah eliminates false wood and establishes the truth, from a different angle, if we were to look at it, sometimes we have a dispute in this world with someone, and we are seemed or we are made out to be those who are evil, yet we are not. And something false was laid against us. And people believed it. When Allah says he will make sure that the truth comes
out. And like I said, when it comes to our own disputes, perhaps it will happen in our lives. And sometimes it might not happen in your life, you might die being known as a bad person. And in the afterlife, you will be a very, very good person, and the people will be shocked. And sometimes a person might die being looked at as the ultimate good person. And sometimes perhaps they might be have been such a bad person. But because people had looked at them with the wrong eye, they didn't realize or they didn't pick it up, or they didn't pick up the falsehood. And therefore later on in the Hereafter, people will be shocked again. But this time for other reasons. May Allah subhanho wa
Taala help us to be the best of people? And may He help us in our disputes that we can resolve them and solve them before we actually die because it is far cheaper to solve your matters in this world than to leave it for the next. You know, we are taught that say for example, you have wronged me, it's better for me to solve it and resolve it whilst I'm alive. If I get to the alpha, yes, I want justice. But guess what might happen? I will achieve justice and Allah subhanho wa Taala might say, Okay, this person was wrong and that one was right. But the one who was right was backbiting so much about the other one or engaged in such evil against the other one that now not only does it equate
the bad deed, but the one who was right is now even worse than the one who was wrong. Is that what you want? So the best thing to do is sort it out while you're here. While you know, may Allah protect us I remember I spoke about backbiting and the fact that if someone has wronged you, and you are reporting them or warning others about them, it is not considered backbiting. This is clear from the Quran. So if for example, I have stolen your money, and you see someone else coming in my direction, you are allowed to tell them Be careful this person stole my money. No problem. May Allah subhanaw taala safeguard us but if it's gossip and something not related to you related to someone
else, and you just going around talking and spreading tales and so on that is backbiting to mention bad of a person in their, in their absence in a way that had they been present they would have felt bad, that is backbiting It's worse than adultery.
One might ask why is it worse than adultery because adultery is committed. And the owner of forgiveness there is solely and only Allah subhanho wa Taala Who is the most forgiving, Most Merciful. But if you've bitten the older and and you know, the one who's going to forgive you is going to be the person whom you have wronged and that person is not actually most forgiving, Most Merciful. So you stand a much smaller chance to sort the matter out May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how the truth will ultimately be established. And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how falsehood will always vanish. It is meant to be
vanished, vanished. You know, today on the globe, there are so many things happening that have confused people confused us as well, where we see people doing things in the name of religion that are far away from the teachings of the faith and from the teachings of the religion, and they claim to be the best of the followers of the same faith. And yet, Allah subhanho wa Taala has clearly instructed us so those who have a mind and a brain and who would look into the evidences will understand clearly that the faith is not based on violence and killing and so on and so forth. It is rather based on peace, and it is based on propagation with goodness, may Allah subhanho wa Taala
grant us from that goodness, I mean, so verse number 25, Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
and it is he who accepts repentance from his servants, and pardons misdeeds, and he knows what you do. We spoke about this. I'm speaking about it again. It is Allah who accepts Toba, you want to ask forgiveness. ask Allah. He says here. I accept it. When you asked me for forgiveness. I will accept it. Here it is. Allah says it is he who accepts repentance from his servants and pardons misdeeds. So you've done a misdeed. Allah will pardon that deed, Allah will forgive you. But you have to ask for that forgiveness. And you have to change your ways, and he knows what you do. So even if you don't ask for forgiveness, he knows that you did something so you will not be able to run away from
Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the next verse, Allah subhana wa
dialysis, and he answers the supplication of those who have believed and done righteous deeds
and increases for them from his bounty.
You know what we learned from this list? That if you want your supplications you do you the call to Allah to be answered, then you need to believe and do good deeds.
That is when you stand stand a better chance of that particular supplication being answered the way you want it. So when a person believes and they continue doing good deeds, they are on the correct page. Then when they ask Allah, Allah immediately response, but if a person believes,
but they do not do good deeds, when they call out to Allah, how do they expect a response from Allah? Allah tells you to read Salah you don't read Salah, then you tell Allah Oh, Allah helped me with my headache. headache. What headache? Allahu Akbar. Your headache is the fact that you don't read Salah. May Allah subhanahu wa taala safeguard us, may he protect us from our headaches, I mean.
So the point being raised is if you stand a better chance to be responded to by Allah the way you want it, if you responded to allow an equal out to you. It's very, very fair. Very easy, very simple. But Allah will show us in the next few verses, we will see how he still gives us even though we don't deserve it. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it clear here. He says he answers the supplications
he answers the supplications, of whom of those who believe and do good deeds, and he increases them from his bounty, he gives them even more than they've asked. And you know, this is something unique with Allah subhanho wa Taala we have got in our lives
Subhana Allah, what we have got in our lives, in terms of goodness, most of it, we didn't even ask for it. Have you ever thought of that? We've never asked for it. You know, those of us who've grown up Mashallah we walk we talk we use our hands we breathe, Mashallah we haven't had, you know, major issues here and there and so on. All these things. Do you ever remember asking Allah Allah helped me to be able to walk? Do you ever remember that?
Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to walk to the right direction? I mean, well, now we've asked, but a lot of the times we haven't asked about that, and Allah helps us so we walk we talk.
We do good deeds, or should I say we breathe we look. And so many other things are happening we have, we are enjoying so much. And we've never asked about it. So Allah says, Those who believe in do good deeds, we respond to this application, but over and above that we give them so much from our own bounty that which they haven't even asked us and we continue blessing them. So my mothers and sisters Count your blessings. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed you in so many ways.
That if you start counting, then only will you realize
how Allah loves you and how much he loves you. So hon Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has explained quite clearly that if you would like your dua to be responded, try, try to develop a link with Allah then call out to Him see what happens. This is why the hadith of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that we've mentioned so many times he says to Allah, Allah, Allah, if you're a high eirika, should get close to Allah, get acquainted with Allah subhanho wa Taala. during times of ease, when nothing was wrong, when everything's flowing smoothly, get acquainted with Allah, respond to his call, become close to him. And then you will realize that the day you are in need, Allah will
come close to you, and Allah will be acquainted with you, Allah will know you, the day you are in a problem.
But still, my mothers and sisters out of the mercy of Allah, you know what he does to us? We forget him sometimes and you know, we haven't even remembered and so on. So he wants us to remember him and that is why he puts us into difficulty in issue. And we've spoken about this so many times in the past, may Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from those who have to wait for something bad to happen to them in life for them to turn to Allah. May He make us from those who turn to Allah whilst everything is flowing as smoothly as possible? May Allah subhanho wa Taala accept it from us and make it easy for us. I mean, so Allah subhanho wa Taala then says,
but the disbelievers will have a severe punishment.
So this is the same verse, verse number 26, where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about answering this applications of those who have believed and done good deeds and so on. Then he says the disbelievers will have a severe punishment. From this we learn that the believers even if they have not done good deeds, they will be forgiven if they seek Allah's forgiveness, but when a person does believes they are playing with
Fire. Now I know of people today who say Oh, the Quran is so barbaric because it says the disbelievers will be burnt in hellfire. While the Bible says that the Torah says that and so many other biblical or so many other scriptures say that, why don't we pick on all of them. And what we do understand here is if someone, say, for example, you are writing an examination, and someone says, Well, those who do not answer one plus one correctly, shall be from amongst the failures. You can see, you're dooming us you're doing as well. If you you know the answer, it's there. You learn it, you're supposed to be understanding, if you answer it wrongly, don't blame us if you fail. And
if you don't get your certificate, or if you're disgraced in front of everyone, where everyone sees your results, and they say, this person failed, it was your fault.
So it's common logic, we have the freedom to believe that those who disbelieve will be punished, and those who don't want to believe that have the freedom to not or not to believe in it. And then when we die, we will see what happens. So we cannot impose just because we were trying to be nice to everyone to say no, don't worry, no matter what you said about one plus one, we will still give you the certificate know, if you've answered it wrongly, you will pay for it.
For example, if we say that a person who steals
a person who steals shall be penalized, okay. You can say, Oh, you being so cruel, what the cruel law that is, if I steal Why should I be penalized? Well, that's foolish. So if the same would apply if you disbelieve, and we say you're, you're going to be penalized. So I can believe that. If you shoot your wife, you will be jailed for life. Unless you're in South Africa, Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us.
So it's something that we need to consider. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant goodness, it doesn't mean the law is barbaric. If they've jailed a person for a lifetime, because they shot their wives, for example, or they did something bad, they were jailed or whatever they were found guilty of, they had to pay for it. So the same applies. Allah considers Subhana Allah to Allah, disbelief as a crime, a crime against whom, against your maker, the one who made you. So you have to sit and ponder over the fact that yes, I was made by someone, you know, I was sitting and studying the bones within the body, the ribcage, the shoulder, the collarbone everything, how it works. Amazing, amazing. It
can never be that there's no God, someone made us. And he says, that I made you and I perfected that making. So he he made a perfect body. And he kept it for mankind. You and I Subhana Allah, take a look at how when you raise your hand and your arm and you, you know your fingers, and how every little connection of the bone, this is just the bone we're talking about? What about the other organs and how they operate something unique. Now, if you disbelieve in all of that, then obviously whoever made it, you owe them an answer. And they will deal with you. So if Allah is telling us that the disbelievers will have a severe punishment, then that's up to him. But this verse for me, is
actually hope for for the believers.
So while some people might look at a verse as loss of hope, or should I say, you know, sadness or a point of stress or distress, we would look at the same verse and extract that which would be full of hope. So if Allah says the disbelievers will have severe punishment, we can say that Oh Allah, we might have been weak in our actions, but at least we believe the Allah, so do not serve us with that punishment.
Subhana Allah, and this is why it's very, very good to look at the verses of the Quran and become hopeful of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In verse number 27, Allah says, and if Allah had extended excessively provision
for his servants,
they would have committed tyranny throughout the earth. But he sends it down in an amount, which he wills in portions that are fixed. Indeed, he is of his servants, aware, and seeing, he knows what's going on, and he sees what's going on. So in this verse, Allah says, If I had made everybody on earth rich, they would have been increased in tyranny, they would become tyrants, they would become oppressors, because if everyone is wealthy, then they would have nothing to do, but to fight amongst each other. You know, and this is why we take a look at how it's been beautifully explained where
people struggle initially, to make ends meet. Once they can make ends meet. When they were struggling to make ends meet, they did not really have the time to engage in the lives of others. But once say, for example, you need $500 a week to live right. For example, we'll say a month okay.
You you struggle and you you suffer until you earn that amount, once you earn the amount, Mashallah you still go out to work, but now your working hours might be reduced. So and you might start earning more so you earn 1000. So you've got a surplus. Once you have a surplus, what do you do with the surplus, you might be charitable, okay, but now you have the time to go out visiting because you no longer work those many hours, when you go out visiting what happens, it's another test, you need to watch what you talk about, you know, the cup of tea is one thing, but what you speak about over the cup of tea is another. So this is why it's important for us to realize that when you have more
free time, more wealth, the test becomes bigger, you are now tested in different things, then a person starts earning 10,000 Whoa, and they buy a vehicle, then they look at someone else's vehicle and they want a similar vehicle, then they look at others vehicles and they want a better vehicle, then they always want to have a better vehicle and a better phone and a better piece of clothing or better sent a better house better everything. So now it's competition. So in a way Subhanallah a person is occupied,
that may lead them astray. Or sometimes it will make them closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Considering the fact that Allah bless them so much after they were in difficulty. So some people become closer to Allah and others drift further away. But if every single person was as wealthy as the other, and that's what's being mentioned in this verse, each person would have no more competition, nothing to do, they would become full of sin, one would want to kill the other they would want to control. So there comes a time when you were working to earn now that you've got so much money, it's no longer competing with others, because you've got so much that there's no point
in competing. Now. What's it all about? control. That's what it is. So beyond the point of wealth comes the point of wanting to control the urge within those whose belief is flawed, to want to control everything or to control everything. So now you're a multi billionaire, what do you want to do? I want to control the minds of the people, they must love me how well I can splash what I need to I must have my own TV stations, my own this station, I must do this and do that and whatever else. And I need to control if anyone comes in my way eradicating know what happens? That's tyranny. That's what Allah subhanho wa Taala speaking about. Let's listen to the verse again. And now we will
understand it better. Allah says, and if Allah had extended excessively provision for his servants, they would have committed tyranny throughout the earth. But he sends it down in amounts in fixed portions, which he wills.
Indeed, he is of his servants aware, and seeing he knows what you deserve, how much you need, sometimes he keeps you poor, because he knows that it will keep you closer to him. And it will keep you struggling in a way that you won't be able to interfere or involved in the lives of others negatively. May Allah make it easy for us at the moment in this country. It's quite difficult to speak about these things because I think the bulk if not almost everyone is going through a very rough patch. And you know that may Allah subhanho wa Taala says goddess but my mothers and sisters, what is of importance here is that we need to understand when Allah has kept us on a certain level,
it's for a reason. If Allah has made you wealthy is for a reason. Let it make you closer to Allah, if he's kept you poor, let it make you closer to Allah, if he kept you a person who you know hand to mouth so to speak you just about breaking even Alhamdulillah thank him, you can work hard, but don't lose your link with Allah because Allah knows he's watching. He knows your condition. He knows what you need, and he knows whether or not he's going to give you so from the previous verse, we learned that you must call out to Allah, He will answer and if you want him to answer the way you want it, you better believe in do good deeds, then you know, and it's not that okay, someone came to me a few
days after we told him something of this nature and they said But look, I started reading my Salah, and Allah has not yet replied he has not yet responded.
But my brother it's only been three days that you reading Salah? You can't just come and say okay, three days I'm reading Salah, read Salah for three years and then see three years I must wait for three whole years. Are you crazy? While I'm not crazy? You you've been living for 30 years and you've never read your Salah. Now you're starting to read your Salah, the minimum is 10% of that. And obviously the figures just for me, I'm just trying to encourage the guy but somehow the point being raised is
let's get close to Allah let's do good deeds so that the response comes and this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us such beautiful pieces of advice and lovely pearls that we can benefit from Allah says and it is he who sends down the rain after they had despaired and spreads His mercy
and he is the Protector the praise worthy. Allah sends down the rain, rain belongs to Allah asked him
Do you know rain is so important in most countries it actually infected almost all countries everywhere in the world. Rain is so important, so important, how much it rains, when it rains, how it rains.
Everything connected to rain. If it's too much problem, too little problem, wrong timing problem, Allahu Akbar. So it's the mercy of Allah make dua that Allah gives precision. Every droplet is sent with an exact GPS location where it should drop and that's exactly where it drops.
GPS location, love.
It's the gift of Allah. May Allah grant has beneficial Rainey, Allah grant has beneficial rain. This is the rainy season for us in this part of the world. It's just about starting. In fact, it's the first few rains that are meant to come. mid November we get the full swing of the rainy season. inshallah, we hope and pray that we have a bumper harvest, really we need it. And we need good rains, if you would like better rainfall. We need to protect ourselves from adultery from that which is bad and evil, protect ourselves from earning the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So he tells us, he is in control of the rain. That's what he says in verse number 28. It is Allah wa who will
lead the university life. It is Allah who sends down the rain after they had despaired. People sometimes give up hoping something then Allah sends them the rain to show that it is him. So he holds back the rain so that we can call out to Him when we become sincere. He shows us that Luke wasn't it me then he sends it down to us, Allahu Akbar. So some of the reasons why Allah holds back certain things of goodness is for us to become
acquainted with Allah subhanho wa Taala, then he gives it to us, you have a health matter, you call out to Allah so much I know of a person who was told that they're going to have an operation, for example. In fact, they were told they were going to have an operation for a bone that was broken. And what happened is, they had some home remedies, something to do with country or whatever else it was, and they had it religiously for a while and the day of the operations a few months down or a few weeks down. When this old lady went in for the operation. They tried to look at what was wrong. And they asked her what were we supposed to operate on? She said this bone? And they said no,
there's nothing wrong with it. So Panama. Now this is a miracle of Allah subhanho wa Taala it was broken, they needed to repair it and now when they came to repair it, it was already repaired. By whom, by the one who put it there in the first place. These are miracles they still happen. But Allah has opportunity that Allah gives us to get closer to him in such circumstances is unique. It's something we must seize, definitely. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us so Allah says he is the one who sends down the rain after they had despaired and he spreads His mercy. He is the Protector. Allah is the Protector, the Praiseworthy, you want to praise. This morning, I heard a Hadith, one of
the shifts and I was listening to a little lecture and he was saying Subhana Allah, He will be handy. That does that. If anyone says it 100 times a day properly. praising Allah subhanho wa Taala. But hapa who was in Ghana Miss Lesiba deal.
The person's sins are thrown aside, even if they were equivalent to the frost of the oceans. Imagine by saying what Subhana Allah He will be harmed he 100 times a day. And don't just flick your tsp please. Because then you throwing aside that act of worship, you need to be genuine, sincere, Subhana Allah He will be handy. All praise is due to Allah. In fact Glory be to Allah Praise be to Him, Glory be to Allah Praise be to Him Subhana Allah, He will be Hamdi Subhana Allah, He will be handy Subhana Allah He will be handy. Imagine.
Allah subhanho wa Taala except from us, the vicar, all the remembrance that we engage in. May He make us from those who understand even the broader meaning of the term. I mean, so, Allah subhanho wa Taala here says he is the protector and the Praiseworthy, verse number 29. Allah says,
and of his science is the creation of the heavens and earth, and what he has dispersed throughout them of creatures.
And he for gathering them when he wills is competent Subhana Allah,
which means when he wants to gather them all, he will do it. He has the ability and capacity to do that. He created them from nothing, so to resurrect them is far easier. Now this verse, we take a look at it. It's a follow up of what was being said earlier.
Those who believe in do good deeds their supplication is responded to. So who are the believers? They are those who look into the signs of Allah subhanho, wa Taala and so on. So what are the signs of Allah? Allah says, Well, if you look around you everywhere, there are signs, the heavens, the earth, and all the creatures that are within or between the two, they're all signs for you.
If ever any one of you have been to Mauritius, or to a place where you can go down snorkeling and look at the marine life, it will wake you up completely. Totally. If you take a look at the small insects that appear in the rainy season for me, I sometimes think that there are new types of insects that appear every rainy season, because sometimes we see these you know, and looking creatures and suddenly they they look like these, we've never seen them before what happened, you know, they used to be flying spiders, they still are flying ants. And now you have all sorts of you know, creatures something looking like grass exactly like grass, but it's not grass, and it starts
moving and you just look at it and say but I've never seen this before. What are you supposed to say? Subhana Allah not bring the kingdom bring the rain, bring the doom. Before you say that say Subhana Allah appreciate the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala you see a spider Whoa, okay, let's not see what happens when that happens. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us from all insects that are harmful, but may he make us from amongst those who understands that these are the signs of Allah.
You know, when you see a lizard suddenly in your bedroom,
the first thing that should happen is you should increase your conviction in the belief of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Firstly, you can say La la la quwata. You can even say in LA but what do we do? I don't even want to say the words we use lower.
And some of us don't use words, we just scream. That's it, blah, blah, come on, and everyone must understand what happened. They run with a fire extinguisher.
So my mothers and sisters allies telling us the creatures that we have everything created. Look around, you see how it works. That's a sign that we exist. We are one we are your maker, Allah, Allah uses the Tim weeds a royal we, it's not because there is plural but it's because number one is respect. And number two is it's the level upon which Allah is its Allah. So Allah, He is drawing our attention to this.
Through His creatures, the fact that He exists, he is the one
the irresistible law.
So he says, and of his science, indeed, is the creation of the heavens and the earth. So think about it, ponder over it. When Allah says these are my signs, he expects you to think about it, ponder over it. Go and see heavens and the earth and the planets and everything else and the other creatures and what what he has dispersed throughout them of creatures. Take a look, study the creatures, every single creature, we don't have the time to even mention a little droplet of them.
And he's going to gather us he can he will
win verse number 30. Allah says, Whatever strikes you of disaster, it is for what your hands have earned. But he pardons much he pardons much whenever disaster has struck you disaster.
Allah says here it is for what your hands have earned.
But he forgives the bulk. So like we said, and I said earlier that it's going to come in the next few verses where Allah gives us so much that we don't deserve he's pardoned us for things that so much that's why he keeps on giving us in one place in the Quran. Allah says, If Allah had to punish us because of our bad deeds, immediately, we there would be nothing left in existence, everything would be destroyed because that's what we deserved. The way we operate and carry on. But Allah says no, he pardons. That's his plan. He forgives, he waits for you to come back to him. He returns, he forgives, he wipes out had he not wipe things out. We were dead.
So one might ask, Well, everything that happens to me, Is it because of what I did? The answer is yes.
But now there are some people who think that any disaster that happens on the globe, it's because of the actions of the Muslims.
No, it's not.
Other people cannot pay because of what we've done. No ways that's a Christian theory. They make Jesus pay for everybody else. That's we don't believe in that we say you pay for what you did. I pay for what I did. Allah says clearly while at 10 00 to miserable, nose, soul, shoulders a burden that does not belong to it. No, it's your burden. So you cannot say those people suffered a tsunami because of our deeds, and this is sadly on people's tongues. They say that the oma does deeds and the rest of humanity suffers as a result. The truth is
The oma suffers because of the numerous deeds when we suffer, whatever we are, because we are disunited, or because we turned away from our lights because of us, whatever disaster we have been struck with, it's because it's our fault basically. Allah subhanho wa Taala grant is good. So one might say, what about the tests of Allah? What if I'm a good man? What about disasters that came into the life of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam? The truth is, those were not disasters. They were test. So what's the difference? One, you go through it and you're so content and happy. That's a test from Allah. The other is you go through it and you are depressed, that's a disaster. You see the
difference. So when you go through a problem, you come out of it and you You're still the happiest person ever. You love Allah the Most ever you still as close as you were to him and even closer than that was a test.
But if you go through something and it makes you angry and depressed, and you really frustrated and you're fighting and you're grappling and you, you you really want to hit people and you so you know, your mind is changed and you far from Allah, that is a disaster. And that's because of something you've done somewhere down the line. Perhaps you missed your Salah, perhaps you didn't want to adopt a loss instruction and so on. So now Allah tested you, in fact, Allah subhanho wa Taala inflicted with disaster, may Allah protect us. So this is why he says, this verse actually is drawing our attention to something very important than that is that Allah subhanho wa Taala pardons much? To me,
that's the highlight of this verse. Because Allah says, Whatever strikes you of disaster, it is because of what your own hands have earned. But he pardons much for me. Yes, the first part is very important. But the highlight is the last part because Allah is showing me His mercy to say, Listen, you deserve really to be nailed. But we haven't nailed you. Why? Because we've pardoned much, you will keep on enjoying so much we covered your sins, we protected you, we safeguard you, your reputation is intact, yet you know what you've done. And you know, you know how deep you are swimming, or drowning, should I say, but we've still blessed you. That's the highlight of the verse.
So some people might look at it and say, Oh, no. So that means whatever happens to me because of my deeds, okay, what do you want to concentrate on? I want to concentrate on the latter part of the verse, although it's all important. And I want to say Subhan Allah, Allah is so great, that a lot of what he's given me I don't even deserve. That's what he's saying. Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah May Allah safeguard us all, verse number 31, Allah says,
and you will not cause failure to Allah upon the earth warmer and to be more juicy in a field. You will not be able to harm Allah on the earth, you will not cause failure to Allah, you you are people who cannot run away from Allah on the earth. This is what Allah is telling us.
And you have none besides Allah, as a protector and the helper.
Wow, Subhan Allah, Allah is telling us after all, look at the sequence of the verses, after he's just told us that you know what,
whatever disaster comes in your direction is because of you.
But I still forgive a lot. Then he tells us you cannot run away from me. You cannot harm me. You cannot reach me. Meaning reach me with with anything.
And you will never ever be able to escape from me. And guess what he tells you and I?
He says, besides Allah, you have no protector and no help. It's me and me alone. So it's about time you started worshiping Allah. That's what he's saying. Allahu Akbar. Allah have mercy on us What beautiful verses. Look at this reminder How lovely it is where our lives telling us.
I'm just going to read the English again, verse number 31. And you will not cause failure to Allah upon the earth.
And you have not besides Allah any protector or helper, your only hope is Allah, your only helper and protected is Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and protect us in Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about a few of the other signs inshallah we will get there. Next week if Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us the opportunity to do that. And until then, also Allahu wa salam, O Allah, Allah Nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah subhana wa salam will be coming to Ghana shadowline Island, Mr. Furukawa to Bulik