Tafsir – Surah Shuraa – Part 5

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Sisters Lesson from Harare, Surah Shuraa Part 5 – Final

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Milena ba ba boo Allah and he was on his mind. These verses are the ending of surah. Shula and Allah subhanho wa Taala, in this beautiful surah, as we heard, had made mention of or has made mention of the importance of consultation, and how important it is to seek the counsel of others and their opinions and so on. We learned the lesson, although the verses were revealed to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Obviously, they are for us and therefore us to take heed, and to draw a lesson from

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this verse that we started with, Allah says East ijebu near become respond to your Lord, when your Lord has asked you to do something respond to him, when your Lord has asked you to stay away from something, stay away from it, because that is how you will achieve goodness. And that is how you will be able to achieve the pleasure of the Almighty. And this is how you will be happy. And this is how you will achieve success of this world and the next, everyone who's trying to achieve success through means that are contrary to those that Allah subhanho wa Taala has permitted will never be able to achieve goodness will never be able to achieve success or contentment. Even if in the short

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term, they may feel that they have achieved something long term they would not have May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us an understanding, may he make it easy for us to respond to him. So Allah says is the G Boolean have become answer your Lord respond to your Lord mean probably at a young woman before a certain day comes? What is the de la mano de la hoomin Allah a day that will come

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in which they will be no repelling from Allah.

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respond to your Lord before a day comes from Allah of which there is no repenting, you are not going to be able to do anything about it, it will come and you will have to go through that they will be accounts and all your deeds will be brought to account. And at the same time you and I will have to answer for everything. And we will not be able to run away, there's no way and this day is definitely coming. La Mara de la, Mina LA, there is no way that we can kick back the day, we can throw it back, we can change it, or we can run away from it Not at all. So Allah says, respond to your load before that day. And we need to know the death is also a day that is similar in the sense

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that that day will come when our deeds are now cut is a matter of no Adam in cotton woman who will tell us the Hadith speaks of how when the Son of God and when a human being passes away, their deeds are cut, except from three things and what is mentioned there is knowledge that you have benefited others with, or a sadaqa or a charity that is continuous is known as a certain geryon or a child or someone who is making draft for you. So those are the prime ways of benefiting people that are mentioned in the Hadith. Those who have passed away will definitely benefit from their deeds, what they did while they were alive. And that is the continuation of that happens to go all the way

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through up to after the death of the person, they will continue to see the reward of those deeds. And this is why it's important for us to turn to Allah before the day we pass away. You know, people have this habit of saying Okay, I'm going to read this and I'm going to do that and I'm going to do this for the deceased I'll drill a borehole and I'll drill this and do this. We need to understand do for yourself to start with while you're alive. Don't wait until you die and then people pay your debts for you and people do your Hajj for you and so on when you were a lazy person who did not do all of that, and yet you had the means May Allah make it easy for us and forgive us.

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So Allah says, respond to your Lord before this day that will come from a law of which there will be no repelling. There is no repelling llamada de la hora de la mala Kumi Mulder in Yama, if, on that day, no refuge Will you have nothing you go from Allah to Allah, there is no other place you could actually go to no hiding, no running away wherever you go your court. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us on that day. So Allah says no refuge Will you have that day? No for you? Will there be any denial, you won't be able to deny anything even if you try your own organs will bear witness against you. May Allah make it such that our organs bear witness for us and not against us.

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So May Allah make

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it easy for all of us. This is why we always speak about worshiping Allah alone. We speak about preparing for the meeting with Allah subhanho wa Taala by abstaining from that which

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from that which is considered association of partnership with Allah subhanho wa Taala in any way in any of his names or qualities or in any act of worship and so on. And we follow as best as we can what is taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi Salaam, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make that easy for us constantly seek forgiveness because that repentance and forgiveness will come in sha Allah of great use on that particular day. So Allah says on that day, there will be no denial.

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No one can run away.

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No one can seek refuge in anything besides Allah subhanho wa Taala he is the one and at the same time, nobody will be able to skip that particular day, no denial, no seeking refuge and so on. The day will come account shall be taken, everybody is answerable to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Your best bet is if you have lots of repentance and you've tried your best, your best, then inshallah you will be from amongst the successful May Allah forgive our shortcomings. May He make it easy for us the next verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, but if they turn away, you see, the message is to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam to tell them that you'd better respond to Allah quickly. That's what I say. But if

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they don't want to listen, and if they turn away, then you need to remember or Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam that we have not sent you over them as a guardian.

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Your duty is only notification, notify them, inform them and tell them that's all. So the duty of the Nabhi of Allah subhanho wa Taala is to inform the people what is right what is wrong, that is the duty of the Nabhi of Allah, but he's not a guardian over them where whereby if they turn away, then he is going to be responsible for what they do. No, he's not. He's not responsible, he is responsible for whether or not he has fulfilled the duty of conveying the message. That's it. Once he's conveyed the message that he Salah is more than it is fulfilled. Once the salah and the message is fulfilled, let's it his responsibilities over. So Allah subhanho wa Taala saying don't grieve

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yourself, because you are not the one who's going to be answerable for their actions. And this is why sometimes even with our own children, and with our family members, we when we know what is right, and it's our duty to inform them to tell them at a certain age, perhaps we might be able to compel them slightly, but when it comes to the age of majority, and they become old, and so on. Now, you know what we tried our best when they were young, we brought them up now they're responsible. So if your son or daughter does something, in transgression of Allah Subhana Allah commands, you will not be responsible, if you will not party to it. But if you were responsible, if you had encouraged

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it, or if you were a party to it, then you are definitely answerable to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and he will hold you responsible. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is clearly telling us that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his duty is to convey the message and each one is going to respond as to how he or she looked at the message to get and how he or she adopted it, or rejected it. May Allah never make us from the latter. I mean, so Allah subhanho wa Taala then says, and indeed,

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when we let men taste Mercy from Us, he rejoices in it.

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That's common. When people have goodness suddenly you you have very good news today Mashallah people rejoice. someone's getting married Oh, Mashallah. Everyone's excited and happy Mashallah. Mashallah, someone has great profit today Mashallah. They made a lot of profits in their business and they are so excited something nice happened to them luck but I wouldn't say win the lottery because that's wrong a lot. But at the same time, something very good has happened and you're in good health and Allah has blessed you with so much lovely home lovely clothes, lovely, lovely perfume. Everything is nice Mashallah people rejoice. Allah says And indeed, when we let men taste Mercy from Us, he

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rejoices in it, but if evil afflicts him for what his hands have put forth, then indeed man is ungrateful. The ingratitude. Allah says when we penalize you, you know, Allah tests, everyone, even the good people are tested. But Allah punishes only the bad. So when something bad happens, it's either a test or a punishment. It depends on your condition and your closeness to Allah, that that will determine to you whether it is actually a punishment or a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is why when a person says, Oh Allah, you've tested me with health problems, you've tested me with this problem. you've tested me with this issue, but yeah, Allah I am still very happy with you,

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Allah, whatever you've put forth. I am happy with it and I asked you to assist me through it to guide me to take me out.

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Have that which is difficult for me, but I don't mind going through it because it's you who has chosen this for me, Allah, I'm happy with what you've chosen for me in terms of destiny and May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us all. In that case, it's not a punishment. It is simply a test that we are going through, like what happened to some of the MBR Allahu Salatu was Salam if not all of them. And you Valley Salaam went through something musala salam went through something Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam went through something, but these were tests from Allah subhanho wa Taala to raise their rank and to confirm their their belief which was already there, but for it to be a

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lesson for the followers.

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So behind Allah, look at the conviction of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam unmatched, nobody can reach it ever. What seemed to be a great loss was actually considered first hand Medina that which was a clear victory, and Allah confirmed it. Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam never lost hope in the mercy of Allah, may Allah make us strong. We have small issues, minor problems, and we start losing hope in the mercy of Allah. And we start having bad thoughts about Allah. And some people say, Oh, I don't even know if Allah exists because I've been calling out to him for so long. And he's not responding. But you know what you've been in Nima and gifts and mercy for so many years, then what happened?

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Then you had forgotten Allah. So 2030 years, he kept you in goodness. Now for two, three years. He's testing you. It's only 10% of the time. And you have already declared that there's no God because I've been calling him out calling out to him for three years, and he hasn't responded now to be left. That's a loss of human that's a punishment. That's actually punishment, because we become irritated, agitated, we cannot handle it anymore. May Allah forgive us, may he make us strong. So this is why one of the quickest and best ways of getting out of that type of a mess is to ask Allah for forgiveness, and to constantly ask Allah forgiveness and to keep on asking Allah forgiveness.

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Whether you you know, no matter what you just keep on asking Allah forgiveness, Allah, whatever I've done wrong, forgive me, and you mend your ways. There's no point in saying Allah. I was in the nightclub Forgive me. And tonight, you're back in the club. And Allah, I'm in the night. I'm in the nightclub tonight. Forgive me. And you planning tomorrow, you're going to be there again. And you tell your friends, okay, we'll see you next week. And then you go back to Yala, forgive me for what I did yesterday. And then next week, you're back in the club. That's a joke. That's a fool. Meaning that's a person who's playing the fool with Allah. They think that they're playing a fool with Allah

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No way. We need to understand when we say Oh ALLAH forgive me for what I've done bad. Well, from now on do good. Forgive me for the fact that I did not do this and you are supposed to Well, now you'd better change. Forgive me for what I have not done that I was supposed to. In that particular case you better change.

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But you can't say Allah forgive me because I'm never going to read my namaz Anyway, I'm never going to read my Salah anyway. Oh, below what a joke, forgive me because I'm not interested in dressing properly and I won't, but just forgive me Allah, you're most merciful. You can repeat that a million times. That's hypocrisy. That is actually bad, very bad. Now Allah forgive us all. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us. May Allah strengthen us all. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Man rejoices when mercy when Mercy is tasted by him, and if evil afflicts him for what his ends have put forth, indeed, men is ungrateful. You know, this happens sadly, as a weakness of humankind, that,

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you know, when you've got someone that does a lot of goodness to you, a lot of goodness to you through many, many years, it happens to spouses as well, I wouldn't like to say women alone, but even the men, and it happens to people, even with your friends, and your business partners and so on, you know, years on end, a lot of goodness has been done. And one day one mistake happens and that's it, the door is closed, shut, sealed, bolted, and the person is evil, terrible, horrible. You know, they are the worst on earth, and you don't realize, hang on, but we were the best of friends for how many years? One thing has separated us so badly. That Subhanallah the whole world has come

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to an end.

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Don't do that. It's a test. It's an obstacle. You need to discuss you need to bring people back to the truth. You need to bring them back to the right path, you need to bring them back to justice back to what is right. And if it's something over lickable if I can use that word, then you overlook it.

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Allahu Akbar, but this is man, the same we do with Allah the same we do with people, the same we do with so many things. You know, one day the food is terrible. And you find the man saying, or you find the person in the house saying you've never cooked me a decent meal.

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And what what happened for the last 20 years you've been eating, you've become fat and overweight? Are those all improper meals? Allah,

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Allah Subhana Allah forgive us. So it happens to people sometimes, you know, a person makes one mistake. And we tend to think that everything was bad from this person. And this is why

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I want to share with you a beautiful message that I received this morning from someone and it says there that

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when a rose is picked, nobody concentrates on the phones. Correct? Meaning nobody says, Hey, did you pick a few phones? No. Did you pick a rose? That's what they say. But there are phones, they do three, sometimes four, you could be pricked slightly with one of them. And you know what? It's the it's the rose that you concentrate on. Wow, look at how lovely it looks. Look at how it smells. Look at how beautiful this rose is. And that's excellent. Do you concentrate on the phones? No. So if your character generally and your conduct is beautiful, then then your little weaknesses won't really affect people.

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Lower your little weaknesses won't affect people why it's the rose that was picked. But the problem will ask is

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you get pricked slightly with one of those stones. And you say, this is not even the rules, how would you believe but these are rules, right? They look at it, see, you know, if you've got proof, Perhaps it's because of reason. May Allah Subhana. Allah Allah forgive us may strengthen us. May He make us from those who appreciate one another. May He make us from those who can help one another when we've gone wrong? May he make us from those who can look at the goodness that people have done, and don't concentrate on that which is evil alone. Yes, if we'd like to correct someone, if we'd like to help them rectify the issue, and matter and so on Alhamdulillah, by all means, but you don't

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just judge people based on one little weakness they have. And at the same time, you don't judge Allah based on the fact that you've gone through five years of difficulty. But before the five years of difficulty you went through 40 years of ease, might not have been bliss of the degree of you know the others, but it was good Alhamdulillah now allow us to test you by taking things away, and everybody is tested. And I love to remind myself and yourselves to say that even your health no matter what good health you are in right now, there will come a day definitely where in that particular health is tested. And when you get older, you become a person who finds it a little bit

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more difficult even to move sometimes. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us on that day may not make us from those who struggle and suffer to a degree whereby we become, you know, Chair bound, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us or may grant Shiva and cure to those who are sick and ill. I mean, then Allah Subhana Allah Allah says.

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And you know something very interesting when Allah says that when evil afflicts men for what his hands have put forth, indeed, he becomes ungrateful. Now he's giving us another example of ingratitude as well. But he starts off by saying, to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. entire kingdom belongs to Allah, everything belongs to Allah, a believer understands that. And you know, when you're young, sometimes you might not understand everything belongs to Allah, but the money in my pocket is mine. That's childish. Allah is the one who gave you the brain, Allah gave you the hand, Allah gave you the ability, Allah gave you the capacity and Allah gave you

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the acceptance to do a certain thing so that the money came when the money came in, it was in your pocket, it's it belongs to Allah, and it came from Allah and Allah will take it away. And if he wants he can, he can force you to spend it on something you were not expecting to use it on. For example, you're saving up saving up to do something and to buy a big car or something and next thing, you get sick and you got to pay the hospital bill, what happened to your car, what happened to whatever you wanted to buy? Nothing it went. So who decided that Allah who owned it Allah.

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So Allah says to Allah belongs dominion of the heavens and the earth, He creates what he wishes he makes what he wants, he decides and he chooses, and none has a say in his choice. So Allah says,

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He gives to whom he wishes female children, and he gives to whom he wishes male children. So some people only have females. How many kids do you have? Oh, I've got seven daughters, Masha, Allah

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Subhana Allah, seven daughters. I'm not talking about myself, but I'm talking about just generally Sometimes a person might tell you I've got five daughters only daughters. Then Allah says, and some some people we give them only males. How many kids do you have? I've got seven boys. Mashallah, mothers and sisters Remember to say Mashallah Alhamdulillah, Allah, and so on. Because just now something happens they can afford you and they owe at least they'll give you a dirty looks the next time when someone asks how many kids they say, I don't want to tell you May Allah forgive us. So Alhamdulillah we are happy but a person who's only got females Guess what?

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Sometimes if that person doesn't have a man, they will start thinking Oh, Allah has not blessed me with males man. You know, Allah has led me down in a big way but Allah gave you you better than the one who doesn't have it all. And we get into the one who doesn't have because we will see what Allah has blessed them with. Everyone is blessed, but we need to look for our blessings and we need to understand that

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Light is in charge of blessings. Sometimes he keeps you away from certain things. If he knows that in actual fact it will bring about more sadness for you to have what you're asking for then for it to have been kept away from you, Allahu Akbar. What beauty does Allah have? It's almost wisdom. It's Allah who owns us. For as long as you are on the right page with Allah, you're trying to please Allah. Don't worry, keep on making dua for what you want. Because every time you make the draft, your status is being elevated because you are asking the one who owns it, but if he knows that, you will struggle if I give you what you're asking for, then it's definitely His mercy when he hasn't

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given it to you. So Allah says, some we only give female some will only give me so those who have got males let them not be ungrateful to Allah by saying with the females,

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and those who've only got females must never be ungrateful to Allah to say, We are the males. When Allah Subhana Allah says, or he makes some of them have both male and female, so some lucky the lucky, the fortunate ones, but children are a great taste from Allah. It's not a joke. Sometimes people have children and more children and they've got many children and then they said, You know what, I can't really manage and cope You know, this child is giving me hassles The other one is giving me hassles This one is stressed me. And one of the worst ways of punishment is when your own child goes against you. When your own child has let you down in a big way. Believe me it is

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depressing, depressing for one whose Eman is weak? May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us.

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So this is why sometimes I'm not didn't give you a lot of people who have children today are complaining some things some form of complaints, to say you know what a this child of mine this this child of mine that and I like to say in today's environment, especially in a lot of countries on of the globe. If your child has grown up and they've been saved from drugs, intoxicants, the nightlife and dirty stuff, you think Allah subhana wa

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you know, Lau Akbar, then inshallah they concentrate on on worshiping Allah and so on that will come but the minute they are involved in some of these dirty things, trust me that is something that shaytan is very excited about. trap of shavon we make to our Allah environment is hostile, hostile, meaning it calls towards evil in a far more stronger in a far stronger way than it does towards goodness.

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So my mothers and sisters, we thank Allah Allah says son, he blesses with both boys and girls, Mashallah, you've got two daughters, two sons. Ooh, sounds like a fairy tale. But Mashallah Alhamdulillah people are living the fairy tale and they will tell you we struggling why, you know, my daughter's hassling me, you know, My son has been doing this and that, and I don't understand. I don't know what to do. Well, I tell you what, it's either the games they playing, it's either the TV they watching, it's either the company they have, it's something it's something whatever, whatever. And we will be busy saying, Well, I I taught them I tried to teach them Quran from a young age, the

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Salah, the importance, the dress code, everything I tried in the house, but I don't know why they still turned out to be like this. We spoke about it in the beginning of the session. Sometimes at a certain point, there's very little that you can do about it.

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You tried, and this is why games,

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read up about them. See technology technology, Mashallah it can increase your knowledge and bring you closer to Allah in a very big way. But it can also bring you closer to the devil and make you a devil in a very big way. Yes, it can. So it depends, you know, why didn't they ever say Happy birds? Have you ever thought about that, but they have to be angry birds. So the child you tell the child, you know what, today you're not going to be doing this? And they become an angry bird.

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Not happy but if you ever thought of why didn't Tom and Jerry ever get along? What is it? And these are their reasons for all this. There are people behind the scenes who are doing really really dirty stuff in some of these little cartoons and movies. really dirty stuff. And we busy watching and we're excited and you know, we for us, it's the highlight highlight. We would watch movies and know more about Tom Hanks than we know about. Amara

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us maybe guide us, you know, and then people say Oh, it's so dry. You saying entertainment is not allowed No way. Entertainment is completely allowed but that which is within the laws of Allah subhanho wa Taala Don't forget and lose focus, that's all we say. Focus must remain. Focus must remain it's good to know what's going on on the globe, and is good perhaps you know, to, to be knowing to have a bit of knowledge and sometimes that would happen only if you've slightly for example, you know, seen a few things and you've seen what the world is all about Mashallah, you're in a better position to help others, but at the same time, never lose focus. And

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it's very easy to slip. It's a very slippery path, the path of you know, dirt. The path of the devil is very slippery, very, very slippery.

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And sometimes one mistake in life can actually change the future even if Allah has forgiven you, but it can change everything for you.

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Ahmed Allah help us one small, silly blunder can actually change your whole life.

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen so Allah says,

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and he gives to whom He wills female and he gives to whom He wills males, or he makes them both males and females and he renders boom He wills better. No kids not at all.

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Now, all this is a test on Allah.

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And all Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying is whatever I've chosen for you, you're happy with it.

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If you happy with me, yours is paradise. If you're upset with me, you will never be happy neither in the dunya no in the Acura. So this is why, as I was saying moments ago, sometimes I'm not does not give you something, people make dua for wealth, people make dua for something sometimes, you know, every one of us would love to have children and we'd love to be happy. And we'd love to do this. Sometimes Allah does not give you that because he knows for a fact that had he given it to you, He is the owner of the unseen, the owner of the knowledge of that which is not going to happen if it didn't happen, how it would happen. Allah knows. So Allah knows we're not going to give you the

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children because had we given you the wealth or the children or whatever it was, you would have perhaps been the most depressed person ever. This is why sometimes you desperately want to marry someone and Allah does not make it happen. Some obstacle comes about something happens. Remember, you tried your best now surrender to the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You need to try your best Mark my words you try your best, you know, you try whatever is in your capacity that definitely is part of part and parcel of laying trust in Allah is to use the capacity he's given you to achieve what you would like to achieve by making dua to him and doing something about it. The two together

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are your duty and your responsibility. Once that's done, don't worry about the outcome. Worry about the fact that you've tried and you've made to Allah and now I'm happy with whatever Allah chooses for me, there we are. That's a moment that is human and that's what Allah is telling us to do. So you are happy with what Allah has decided, after you've obviously called out to Allah tried your best, the thing didn't come in your direction, you must be convinced that it was better for you that that thing did not come in your direction. You must be convinced, totally convinced, there must not be a speck of doubt in your heart, no hurt no sadness. No way. If you're a believing male or female,

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you will not be sad with the choice of Allah for you.

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May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us happy? Why do we say this? Because Allah says clearly meaning the tenants of faith will come to the Hydra He will surely mean Allah tala good and bad faith is from Allah or wild country when we hear Murray minilite Allah sweet and sour fate is from Allah. We agree we surrender and we are happy.

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I'm happy with the deal that Allah has chosen for me, I tried my best and Camden May Allah subhanahu wa Jalla. Really, really make it easy for us. It's easier said than done. But this is the test. This is what the test is all about. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says thereafter, indeed, he is knowing the competent in the Holleyman caddies, he's able he can do but he knows and he will do what's best for you.

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You always tries to please try to please Allah. And you always, you know, doing the right thing. Alhamdulillah It doesn't mean Allah is gonna give you whatever you want. But he will give you what he knows is better for you. And sometimes he lets you go through things that he knows that in the era because you went through these items in the dunya, he will give you gentlemen, he will give you a paradise. So when we get to the paradise and we find out why we earned the paradise or how we were, you know, granted entry into paradise and we find out it's the mercy of Allah through the problems that he put in our lives, we perhaps would be hoping that we had more problems whilst we

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were alive so that we could have had higher ranks in general a lot of work

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is Allah Subhana Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and it is not for any human being, that Allah should speak to him except by revelation, or from behind the partition, or that he sends a messenger meaning the angel gibreel Ali salam to reveal by his permission,

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whatever he wills, indeed, he is most high and wise, let people not con you that I spoke to Allah life. remember Allah subhanho wa Taala just making this clear, to say it is not for any human being that Allah should speak to him, except by revelation, or from behind the partition, or that he sends gibreel Ali Salaam with revelation by his permission,

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what He wills whatever he wills, indeed, he is most high and wise.

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That Allah subhanho wa Taala says and thus we have revealed to you an inspiration

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and reading the translation in the Sahara international translation, verse number 52. And thus we have revealed to you and inspiration of our command, the Quran.

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You did not know what is the book, or what is faith, but we have made it a light by which we guide whom we will have our service and indeed or Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, you guide to a straight path. Now this verse is obviously clarifying the status of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam making it very, very clear that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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Allah says you did not know Makita what was the book? Allah revealed it to you, that's when you knew. And Allah subhanho wa Taala gave you that when you had, but prior to that you did not have so Allah subhanho wa Taala blessed Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, the highest of creation. Some people when translating a verse of this nature, they think that you know what, we are disrespecting the Prophet sallallahu Sallam just because we translated this McCune Tata de mal kita bouillon Eman, Wallachian Jelena Hunan dB, Manisha amin a bagina. where Allah subhanho wa Taala says you did not know what was the book?

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What was faith to we gave it to you?

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We made it alight. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, we made it a light and we guide through it whomsoever we wish. So the Quran Allah guides through it whomsoever He wishes. And Allah says, and you are Mohamed Salah solemn guide to the straight path. Now look, there are two types of guidance. One is a guide, like a person who's traveling with you to show you the road. What do you call him? You call him a guide? Oh, you guys went hunting? Yes, we did. Did you have a guide with you? Yes, we had a guide because we did not know the path. So what did the guy do while he showed us where to go and how to do things? Well, did you do it?

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No, we didn't. Oh, so you didn't follow the guidance. Okay.

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You see what I'm getting it. Mohammed salatu salam is a guide, he guides to the straight path. He shows us the path he shows you how to tread upon it. He shows you where it will get you to he shows you what is wrong. He shows you which turns not to make he shows you absolutely everything and Ally's confirming it here. We're in Nicoletta de la serata. Mr. Kim, you Oh Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam the guidance you give the guidance that was given to you to give the others that guidance is absolutely accurate. You guide people to the straight path by being a guide for them whether or not they walk on the guidance, they trained upon it and follow it. That's our job. That's what Allah

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says. So when Allah says we are the only ones who guide, he's talking about the guidance of the acceptance of being able to follow the guidance. So a person was rightly guided after the guy told him what to do, and they followed that guide. So the two things, if someone tells you what to do, and you don't do it, so the guide guided you, but you did not adopt the guidance. But if someone guided you and you followed it, then the guide guided you and you follow the guidance. So therefore you are rightly guided by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala, who sent to you a guide and on top of that, convinced you to follow what the guide is saying.

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This is the two these are the two different types of guidance. One is the guidance of the acceptance of being able to walk upon the guidance that what the guide said basically, law Come on. So Mohammed salatu salam is the guide. And Allah subhanho wa Taala is the one who guides a person to adopting that guidance.

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So some people are confused because you know, when we asked for guidance, we're only allowed to ask Allah Idina Sarah Thomas takim, Guide us to the straight path. So we talking off, give us the ability to walk upon the straight path, but as for what is the straight path, you can ask anyone? And where did they get it from Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam he was the Messenger of Allah and what was his

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duty, his duty was to come to us with the message of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. So that is the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So it says here Allah Subhana Allah Allah says,

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and indeed, Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam you guide to a straight path may Allah make it easy for us to tread upon the path. And the last verse is a very powerful verse. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, surrounding law, which is the straight path that you guide upon, you guide upon the path of Allah, the path of Allah, to Whom belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on Earth, unquestionably, to Allah to all matters return

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on everything will return to Allah.

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Everything we've already seen so many of our friends, our loved ones, our family members, the old days and the young, who've already returned to Allah. So many things returned to Allah in front of our eyes. Why then do we not prepare for the day that we will be returning to Allah subhanho wa Taala, the Salah that we have not fulfilled, those who have died, would be wishing that they were brought back to life in order to prostrate even once to Allah too late. And with us, we've got the opportunity upon opportunity, but we have not. So this is why we say, fulfill your Salah, don't be lazy, not at all. Do not be lazy. Don't be lazy to adopt the law of Allah, it might be your last

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opportunity. Who knows? Who knows? One day it will definitely be your last opportunity. So these are the words of guidance from Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, Masha, Allah, Allah, look at Allah and look at how Allah subhanho wa Taala has guided us so beautifully. He's reminded us he's tapped us. And this is why we believe that we were created in order to be tested. And that's what it is. Don't ever lose focus. Tell yourself this 100 times a day, I was created by Allah in order to be tested, whatever I have, whatever I come across, whatever comes in front of me, whatever I interact with all of this is a test from Allah. I'm sitting here right now it's a test from Allah. What do I hear? How

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do I take it? How do I understand it? What do I do about it all this is a test from Allah, I'm breathing. It's a test from Allah a day will come when I won't be breathing. I'm actually growing older. You know, life is not all about enjoying and partying losing focus upon the path, but you can enjoy to a degree that you do not lose focus upon the path. So every time Like for example, people say

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Am I allowed to play a computer game? Well, you could play the computer game on condition that you do not miss your Salah and you don't become lazy to fulfill your Quran and to understand your obligations upon Allah subhanho wa Taala or unto Allah subhanho wa Taala but a person sometimes become so engrossed in those items, it's like addictive because when they become addicted, they then push away Allah. So one day, he said, Okay, I play the game. But I read my Salah on time, the next day, I played the game, it was so interesting, I clocked it and you know what, I went to the next level and the next level, and I open the higher levels. And now you know what's happening? The

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Salah, okay, I'll read it, you know, the last time of acid is actually you know, quite late. So it's about six ish, so I'll read it about five to six. It's okay, because this game is really if I stop it here, I'm really going to have wasted my whole afternoon.

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Look at the devil, he started. And the next day what happens? Hey, you know what, guys, I clocked in, I've actually clocked it so much. And now what happens you were sitting in you didn't realize the time of us or the winter time of motherhood came in and you miss Joseph.

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So when you die, are you going to say what you believe? Guess what, I really clock that game.

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It's never going to happen. But we're going to be asked immediately in the grave, about Salah.

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May Allah make it easy for us really no ways. As soon as the time sets in, you must have you know, you must feel agitated until you fulfill your Salah. You must feel this irritation within you. If you are becoming lazy.

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You must be on your toes. You know what, as soon as the time comes in, let me fulfill the Salah. Because and I want to end on this note in sha Allah, you see the devil shavon shavon he traps us every day he tries to trap us and he comes to us in so many ways. A lot of the times he comes to us, you know with qualities of the heart that are actually being changed and being made wrong, evil and bad. So you have hatred in the heart.

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Which makes you speak bad to people you think bad about people. You think you're a big deal. You think you the big boss, you think you're better than everyone else. All this is from shape on a day will come when you pay for it unless you ask Allah forgiveness, and you change the way people are good everyone, everyone is struggling for gentlemen, those whom you think are rotten people might be in gentlemen before you and when you look at them, your mouth will be wide open. How did they get the? Well you thought you were a big deal. They were the big deal, but they didn't make it feel they didn't make anyone feel that they always thought that Subhanallah they are not. And this is why, you

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know the scholars have always say, I don't know anyone who has more sense than I have.

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Why? Because the Sims I have I know them the sins you have. I don't know them. So I am calm. I am confident. In fact, I'm 100% certain that I've committed x, y and Zed in terms of sin, but as for you, I don't know what you've done. So I don't know of anyone who's committed more sense than I have confirmed. Definitely. And each one of us should have that statement should understand it. The other people are not as bad as you think they are. We are probably worse.

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May Allah forgive us. So don't allow shaytan to creep in to your heart by changing you and making you a bad person. talk nicely to everyone. When you speak, speak properly to everyone, old and young and black and white and poor and rich and short and tall and whatever else if you speak nicely to everyone, and you will find a calmness within your own heart. When you recline. In the evening, you'll have a smile on your face, why you spoke well to everyone, even those whom you had a difference with when you discussing the difference with utmost respect, using good words. And at the same time speaking to them kindly with nice words, Allahu Akbar, you don't have to swear you don't

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have to cheat and lie. You don't have to make people's lives difficult. Make it easy. Shaytan comes to you by twisting your heart at a young age, and you grow older and older with a twisted heart. So you have issues from a young age that you haven't dealt with. And these issues are replayed later on in life in different ways.

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Different ways, May Allah help us fulfill the duties that he has placed upon our shoulders. So shaytan comes one of the ways that he groups us is, obviously I've spoken about the heart and how things creep in. And I can even add the jealousy creeps in, you know, an envy or enmity or that which is bad, you know,

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from hatred and so on. And then we fight people and we utter words, and we do things that are really bad and terrible. And we become known as people who are devilish. Sometimes they even say, oh, that person is a devil.

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But shaytan gets hold of an average person who's trying to earn the pleasure of Allah by making them delay obedience, even if it is by a minute. Delay obedience by saying I'm not ready for something. That's the first way that shaytan comes to you by trying to convince you that you're not ready for something.

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Are you ready to die or not? Well, Allah says you are dying later on today. Allah Akbar mela make it easy for us. A day will come when that will be true. It will be true for me and for you.

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So if that is the case, then how can you say I'm not yet ready to obey our laws instruction? I'm still young. I'm still okay, you know, I'm still fine. I'm not yet ready. Someone says have you read your Salah? I, you know, pray for me. I'm not yet ready. You're not ready for the Salah. Are you crazy?

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Are you crazy? I'm not yet ready. And sometimes we are eating salad. But because of our little games and distractions. Japan comes up with all these weird things, weird things really weird. Even a movie, people are acting and we delayed our acid because we were watching people acting.

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You watching people acting. And these actors, they can act. And the problem is we try to imitate them without realizing that our life is a real life is not just an act. So in their real lives, they're depressed, they sleeping with pills, and they're actually on antidepressants. That's their real life. But in their acting life, they look like whoa, these people have the life of joy and success. So we try to live the acting life not realizing that by doing that, we also need the same pills, and we're going to need the same antidepressants, and we'll also be far away from the commands of Allah. So stop trying to dress like those people you saw in the box, stop. Stop trying

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to talk like them and be like them. Those who really have vulgar words that come from their mouths. Those who have low morals and standards those who do things that are unacceptable don't follow them because what we are doing we are earning the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala

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so shaytan says no

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Mashallah you read your Salah? No, I don't miss my Salah. Yes, I don't miss your tonsils. Okay. This movie is interesting. So you say yeah, very interesting. And all this conversation is happening happening in your mind is a very interesting movie. I want to see what happens on it. This is the main actor. I want to see what happens

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pause nowadays they will record it because they went to the loo you know that the new TVs allow that to happen recorded and missing.

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And if we could have popping a pill in order to delay the loom we would do it Allah forgive us.

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So then what happens? We The first thing we say is okay, I'm reading Mashallah just now you know, in the Zimbabwean language, we use the term now now. And even in South Africa, they use the word now now I think in the rest of the world, they don't because someone laughed at me when I said that once. So to be honest with you, we say no, no, it sounds so Zimbabwean just no no no no don't worry like no no, I don't know what the two nouns are meant to mean a little bit more now. So anyway, what happens that means you you really in the trap of the devil because the fight he says man is so excited. Whew, I succeeded to make this person say no, no. Oh, that's a great success. So now what

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happened? I want to eat my salad now now. And then what happens is that now now becomes oops, I just missed my salad. You see because we delayed it.

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We thought it was only a minute and in the flesh the whole time went This is why the time of Salah comes in we so fortunate sometimes we can hear the event depending on where you're staying and so on. And sometimes we've got these reminders on our phones nowadays. As soon as it happens, stop block everything even your cooking, switch the thing off and carry on with your Salah come back in your check what happens to those

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that dish of lasagna that you've just cooked Michelle

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Alexander success may make us really may make us from those who understand Don't let the devil overtake you. Not at all. Don't let shavon win or Allah He we owe Allah everything he's given us. What hasn't he given us? He's blessed us everything we don't have. It's actually a blessing that he hasn't given it to us sometimes that we do not realize Allah. May Allah bless you all may he bless myself and every one of us in the room at large. And May He grant us goodness may grant us all gentlemen, may he make us look at things positively. May He make us people who really are happy. May He make us people who really motivate others as well to look at the positives of life and become

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better people rather than become doomed and gloomy in a you know, in a way that we don't even want to get out of the bed. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala assist us all and may He bless us and our offspring May he guide us and help us to guide others sallallahu wasallam mobarak Allah and Amina Mohammed so panelo behind the issue panic alone with a shadow Allah Allah Allah

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