When Allah Punishes the Rich
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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Alhamdulillah All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah blessings and salutations upon the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions. May Allah bless them all and bless every one of us. I mean, my beloved brothers and sisters,
we all want from Allah, so many things.
And we would love it. If Allah were to give us the best of this world and the next is that not correct? May Allah bless us, with the best of this world and the next amin
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O Allah grant us the goodness of this world, the goodness of the hereafter and save us from the punishment of hellfire. That's a beautiful day, we should be making it on a regular basis. But we have a major problem. When we ask Allah and we receive from Allah at times we get from him without us having asked him so many things we have right now. We've never ever asked Allah to bless us with but from his mercy, he's blessed us with those things. He's given us so much. And that's why he tells us that you should ponder over the favors of Allah upon you. And you should thank Allah for those favors.
When you ask Allah and he gives you a blessing, that is something good, but not every time is the giving from Allah a blessing. And that's why we say it's important for us to go through the lessons of the Quran. Today I want to go through something very, very important. When Allah has blessed you, and He gives you whether it is wealth, or power, or health or whatever else it may be when Allah has favored you above others. Remember when you came on to the earth, you were all the same. We came naked, we were babies, we were crying, we were unclothed. and thereafter someone on earth clothed us, someone fed us we were helpless. And Allah says, You know what, we're going to return you back
to the soil, they're going to have to take off your clothes once again, put you in the shroud and if you're lucky Subhan Allah they will bathe you and they will bury you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a good death.
But if you look at one of the examples that Allah gives us in Surah Al casas it is that of a very wealthy man from the time of Musa alayhis salam and from his own people in Nepal, Rona can
go Mimosa, indeed, Tyrone was from the people of Musa alayhis salam, he was from the nation of Musa alayhis salam. Now what was his story? Allah blessed him with so much. But he didn't understand. And he refused to acknowledge where it came from, and what Allah wanted from him. So what did Allah do as a result, Allah punished him but he had everything. This man had everything, you know, if I were to look at someone, and they are so happy on earth, and we would say, wow, what doesn't this man have right or wrong? The only thing lacking is you need to worship Allah, you need to thank Allah and understand his plan. So what was the plan of Allah? And what is the plan of Allah? I want to
know it because I don't want my blessings to be snatched away. I don't want the gifts and favors Allah has given me to be the means of me being punished. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, faba Allah him this man, what did he do he transgressed against his own people. How do you transgress against your own people? When Allah gives you first thing that happens? You become arrogant and boastful. You want to boast and brag about what you have Subhanallah you want to pretend like you are bigger than everybody else, but you don't realize it's the favor of Allah that's dripping things to you. When you didn't have a job. Then Subhana Allah, you are humble. Now that you have a nice big salary
and you don't know how long it's going to last. You suddenly became a boastful person you want to show off? Allah says when I've given you don't show off, don't show off. Don't be boastful. Don't think you're haughty. Don't think you're bigger than everybody else. You're going to need what Allah wants you to need. The people around you Allah put them there to test you nothing else. Allah put around you the poor, the downtrodden Allah
Gave you so that you can do something with whatever Allah has given you.
You can use what Allah has given you to earn your hereafter.
Subhana Allah. So listen to what Allah says. It's very, very interesting because this man had a lot and Allah says he became boastful. He was a show off. Now, if someone is driving their Porsche, may Allah grant us ease.
It doesn't mean they're automatically boastful, right? I see the youngster smiling at me here because he knows, hey, I'm gonna be driving my Porsche very soon. And I'll come to the machine with it. Does that make me an arrogant, boastful person? No, remain humble, greet people, help them be a good person, give the warmth to the people fulfill their rights of responding to the solemn or of fulfilling the salon of going out when they're in need be a part of the community and society, not from a lofty position, but from the position that we are all equals. So you can drive your Porsche Sharla mala granted to him and to every one of us. So my beloved brothers and sisters, when Allah
has blessed you with good clothing, good perfume. That doesn't mean you're boastful. Don't ever look at someone who comes with the best and latest vehicle and say, this guy's boasting. He's not boasting, it's your heart that's making you think that But did he ignored? Did he become hurtful? Was he abusive? If that was the case, then yes, indeed. There is a problem here of boastfulness. Allah says Subhana Allah, if Allah Allahu como la de fora, in LA holla you have been faring in his people told him Hey, listen, stop being boastful. Allah does not like people who are boastful. Allah does not like people who are arrogant they are hoti Allah bless you now humble, calm yourself down.
You got it. You got everything we know you got it, Masha, Allah, may Allah bless every one of us. The same applies to anything else, not just wealth. Sometimes Allah has given you good looks. It happens to the women as well. She knows she's pretty Subhana Allah, Allah grant us ease.
Allah, bless every one of us that shouldn't make you think that you're a cut above the rest. No, someone else might be far closer to Allah than you are and you don't know you're just addressing them in a very, very belittling way belittling a friend of Allah would actually back in the punishment of Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us.
So his people told him law in Allah Allah you have been very hain fara in the Arabic language actually means happiness and it is used in a context where that happiness gets to a degree where it becomes an arrogance and haughtiness and the boastfulness. That is what is being mentioned in this particular context when it comes to the story of qarun
Wabi Sabi vema da da, da da, Kiera. To me this verse is absolutely important Allah is telling him through his own people that whatever Allah has given you use it in order to earn the hereafter and to build your palace of the hereafter when Allah gave you power, for example, use it in such a way that you earn your Acura it's not going to last forever. When the law has given you any form of power, be it physical power or be the authority over others. You might be a father in the home be a good father, use that position to earn your Jenna. Don't become a little car owning your own home. Because in our homes, trust me there are some few rounds. There are some little Pharaohs, the way
they operate in the house as though they have no connection with Allah and they are not answerable to Allah in any way. My brother, my sister, you are answerable to Allah for absolutely everything. Don't be too haughty. Your children want something Subhana Allah. Remember, sometimes Allah is watching you, he gave you those children, they are actually his creation. He owns them. When a person passes away. We say not in La, la Rajon, I've said this so many times that is proof enough to actually convey the message that we all belong to Allah. We don't belong to each other here. Where was your child, 15 years before that child was born, who was Allah, one year before the child was
born what Allah
Allah gave you and Allah is going to take away. So Allah says, You know what, when the child wants something, you are only a facilitator for what is halaal that the child would like, but the child is an independent child, your son, your daughter would like to achieve something, say for example, and this is happening more and more now. They want to marry someone. And just because you have some idea that I don't want to marry people from the other side of the river or another town or another country or another culture
Therefore what happens, you think you can just reject you can, you can just reject, but you're answerable to Allah, He will come for you Subhana Allah, He says there will be chaos in your own home, we will destroy things for you. If you don't turn back to us, don't be a racist. Don't be a person who thinks that he is above the rest. Don't belittle people because of their complexion, or because of their accent, or because of where they come from, or where they were born. Not at all. We are all the children of Adam and Adam was from the dust and the soil. Could Luna mean Adam, Adam, I mean to rob
Subhana, Allah, may Allah grant us goodness, so it's just a duty. Koran was told, whatever Allah gave you use it to build your hereafter how many of us have wealth, but we've never used it to build our hereafter we're using it to enjoy the few temporary days on this earth.
Does that mean I shouldn't enjoy it means you can enjoy but not at the expense of your hereafter you don't enjoy with Haram, you have clean fun, you make sure that you have done that which is not in the displeasure of Allah. simple message. And this is why when whenever we have something, say for example, you have qualified as a doctor, you have qualified as a paramedic, you have qualified as whatever else it may be any other field, a plumber, whatever it might be. Remember that particular field you must use it in order to build your hereafter as well. Make sure you serve the people as well. Yes, you might earn a bit of money, but there must be a portion that you have set aside in
order that you will earn your hereafter go out. Make sure that you have served people you have been good to them and kind to them because that is how you are going to build your hereafter. What's the point of having a million rands a month for example, and I've got nothing in the hereafter.
The more you get, the more you should give. That's why Zakat is compulsory. That's because Allah wants you to give a portion that he gave you Subhana Allah, Allah wants you to give a portion he gave you. But do you know what is a real winner? That which your heart can give over and above Zakat is truly you?
Did you hear what I just said?
If you fulfill your Salah your fulfilment is done for Allah, Allah has given you much more than what he's asked you.
But if you are to now engage in sooner and never feel an extra, that's you and Allah, that's now something that's now the love of Allah. That's what it is. So if you just give two and a half percent, good Alhamdulillah you did your duty, it's your Zakat that's done and that too should be done with humility, humbleness, you don't just throw the money. There is my two and a half percent, it works out to 2 million so that you know what that means how much I'm worth. Now how La quwata illa Billah. In the eyes of Allah, we're all the same. If that poor man wasn't there, he was a cat would go down the drain Subhanallah
So don't ever be arrogant. And this is why we say when you give more than the two and a half percent. Now you're talking I know of non Muslims, other faiths, they end up giving 10% and more and they willingly give it Subhanallah they come and put it in the mud in their in their own places of worship Subhana Allah, I'm thinking if that was the case with our masajid we would have had supermarkets Mashallah supermarkets imagine 10% of everybody's welfare goes towards the you know, the cause the good cause through the masjid.
Subhana Allah Subhana Allah
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness I was asking you for very little Allah says, use it. Use it to earn your paradise, Roberta levy ma attack, Allahu Allahu Allah. And because Allah still wants you to enjoy his favours upon you on earth, He tells you while at
Santa Zee back Amina dude near and don't ever forget your portion from this world,
which means strike a balance.
Don't be so much on the right, that you don't spend what Allah gave you. And don't be so much on the left, that you're not interested in this world at all. We put you on Earth, you have family, you have children, you have those around you. You need to spend time with them some quality time at times you may want to go out on a holiday It's not wrong on condition that you did your Salah and you ate halal food and you did not participate in that which was displeasing to Allah. You see the point Subhana Allah so Allah says Don't forget your portion of this world. But remember, it's just a little portion. Be kind to people. Make
People feel welcome and Allah will welcome you on the Day of Judgment.
Give that warmth to others and Allah will give you the warmth on the Day of Judgment. You will be recognized by the angels. This was a man. We used to write all his reports look at universe Allah His Salam. It is said that when he was in the belly of the fish, the angel said, Oh Allah, a man who used to praise you every single day with a beautiful voice, and we heard that praise coming and we registered his reward. The same voice is coming to you today from a place where he is in distress.
And Allah removed him from the distress.
Why? Because the hour of Illallah his era he didn't get close to Allah during days of ease, get acquainted with Allah during days of ease, and Allah will get close to you. When you are going through your days of difficulty. May Allah be with us. So look at that balance. Latins NOC becoming the dunya. Then we have the rest of the verse, what I see gamma Sanam long, in a big, do good to others, just like Allah did good to you.
Allow us kind to you be kind to others, many human beings alive is kind to them, they're cruel to others, even in their own homes. People are actually,
like I said earlier, creating disaster in their own homes thinking that I'm going to achieve a gold medal perhaps for being so manly, that everyone in the home fears me to the degree that they they are shaking and they're psychologically unwell.
That's not a man. A man is he who can control his temper, not one who can vent it. vent we all can we are all men.
SubhanAllah a man is he the strong one is He
who can control himself not the one who can address all the others. You want to show me how powerful you are, how strong you are, you want to go on about how many punch bags, you've created the holes in Subhanallah I'll tell you those were weak punch bags come to my one
but all of that is irrelevant. The greatest relevance is when you see a man strong. And he's sitting in front of Allah so quiet, so humble. And he doesn't just get angry for any small thing. He's not irked by little things to handle. That's a real man. Subhan Allah here I've been I mean, you know your capacity, but you're in control.
Allah grant us goodness, I sin kamasan Allahu LA, do good to others, like Allah has done good to you. Subhana Allah.
When Allah favors you with something, give others the favor. Allah gave you a reason to smile, you give others reason to smile, look at your life, what do you have? reach out to others with it? What does this mean? This means the building of my agenda is closely connected to how I treat the other creatures of Allah. How do I make my family members feel my neighbors those in my Masjid my community, those whom I interact with whom Allah placed in my path.
When you interact with someone, unless I chose that you're going to interact with this person, even when you're just walking in the public, in a public place, like a mall or anywhere else, and you come across a person or you bump a purse, you bump into someone, or even just passing by all those people were carefully selected by Allah to be at that place at that time in order to pass you in order for you to seize the opportunity to plug in a quick reward so that perhaps you could earn gender
opportunities. My brothers and sisters, here is the most powerful point for today.
Every thing that happens in your life and every one that you come across
is an opportunity from Allah for you to pack away a few rewards.
If only but you understood, I'm standing here in front of you
Subhana Allah, we are here in front of each other. It's our chance we are benefiting each other. Perhaps we can say a do out for each other. Perhaps Who knows? You might make a draft for me without me knowing Subhan Allah that was between you and Allah, what did you do? You just packed away a few rewards. But you could have it the other way around. You could be sitting and saying, Who does this guy think he is? And what does he think he's saying? And maybe he's speaking on me? And maybe he's this all those are dirty thoughts from shaitan. Did you earn anything by that? Not at all, you rather earn the other way around. I rather make a mistake thinking that a bad person is good than to
make a mistake thinking a good person is bad because the loss would be mine. Simple. So every opportunity you get to earn a reward earn it because you know what? When you die, you will die with a smile. How many times have we seen people and while we
In shrouding them or just after they've passed on and others would say Subhan Allah, do you know that men had such a beautiful smile on his face? That's what they would say. SubhanAllah in the eyes of Allah, that calmness was just a message for all of us to say he has already gone to Allah. What about you and I who are alive, what am I doing? make peace with people learn to forgive, learn to embrace, learn to actually move forward, and you will succeed? I sin karma Asana Allahu LA, do good. Just like Allah did good to you. forgive others, Allah will forgive you and he has forgiven you. Learn to embrace, learn to be a good person, make life easy for others and voila, he the Almighty
will make your hereafter easy for you. That's in the Hadith Subhanallah
you help someone on this planet and Allah will help you in the hereafter. That's what the Hadith says.
You create ease for someone on earth Allah will create ease for you in this world and the next that's God.
So this is why Asin kamasan Allah, wa tambourine facade
and don't cause chaos, corruption on Earth. Don't sit on Earth, don't hurt others do not do bad things on Earth. Don't leave behind the bad legacy. If you leave a bad legacy, what will happen You are the one to lose. And it actually will continue after your death if others have followed your bad example. You will continue receiving the sin for that May Allah forgive us law to begin facade of an atom in Allah Allah machine. Now what was the crime of this man? He did not do these things. He was arrogant. He used to belittle people. He had so much wealth. He never spent it on others. He only amassed it in a Masjid and kept on counting it and counting it. That's why one of the short sutras
that we know near the end of the Quran and Hamza aluma Why you liquidly houmas at Illumina who is the Messiah and the lumada. Allah de jamara Malinois Dada
The one who gathers money and keeps counting it a today I got this much I just count the notes again, following morning count the notes again, just check, check check click on another pile, they counted again. How many kilos is that of gold? A how many grams more every day is counting, counting counting? Allah says he thinks his wealth is going to create an everlasting life for him. Yeah, someone Nirmala who Allah who can never ever he's also going to die. He better spend while he is alive. When you get give when you get give when you get give more and more and more. The more you give, the more you get.
And 50 habla de ma, Allah. Allah says, spend Oh, son of Adam, and then I will spend on you. Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Have you heard what Allah said? You want there's a there's an ingredient. There's a way there's a method. What is it spend on others?
If you want spend on others, but men can't do that, hey, I want I got 200 let me just keep it 200 is not gonna get to four. give out 50 check how you're going to get another 300
give her another 20 5040 give give some hand Allah Monica samadhan min sadaqa the professor Salaam says no wealth has ever been depleted because of a charity that was given Allah has given more and more and more Subhana Allah. This is why we say these are powerful words, powerful words. You want to know how to be happy, make others happy. Allah will make you happy.
Tyrone's sin was he had and had, Allah says he never spent it. And he kept on counting it and checking it. You know what Allah says we did for Casa Nabi, he will be daddy Hill, our bar. And I'm going to end on this note, Allah says, We open the earth and allowed the earth to swallow him and his wealth and everything and his home. And when the people got up in the morning, they said, Where's this man? Where's his big palace, where's all his wealth, it's gone. Where's it gone deep down into the earth. It's all disappeared, because it was worth nothing. Allah wanted to give an example to all of us to say, if you're not going to use something and spend it in the right path,
you know what's going to happen? Allah will take it away, and He will punish you as a result because you didn't even fulfill the little that he wanted you to fulfill. I hope this did that these few words have reminded myself and yourselves to be good not to be arrogant, to be kind to spend and to prepare for the day that we're going to meet with Allah by packing away as many good deeds as we can. Firstly, by worshiping Allah the way he wants us to worship, and secondly, by reaching out to everyone around us, starting with our family members, with a simple good word that we utter, respectful words we keep away words that are hurtful that would pierced the heart and cause pain to
it. Those words when we stay away from them for the sake of Allah, Allah He we earn the pleasure of Allah abou Kali hada wa sallahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad