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Mufti Menk – When Calamity Strikes – A Believer’s Response
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Abdullah, he was truly Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Germain. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we thank him and we asked him to accept us all in his obedience and we asked him to protect us from every form of evil. And at the same time, we asked him to send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us. All the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah protect us and our offspring, beloved brothers and sisters, you will have to excuse myself, because the heat is absolutely immense and intense and this
fan is not even saying hello, may Allah protect us,
my brothers and sisters, that is a calamity on its own. And this evening, we have a discussion regarding the calamities the disasters, that which is negative and the way a Muslim should react, I tried to turn left or right and I saw that there is still absolutely no benefit. My brothers and sisters, a calamity can either be individual or collective. Sometimes it can encompass an entire nation and sometimes it is only within one person or a group of people.
A calamity generally is looked at as something negative, something that does not happen according to our liking. And in fact, not only that, beyond that, it is so difficult that it becomes tough for us. There is some form of negativity, something in front of us that we find quite difficult to cross and sometimes to bear as well. impossibilities that which we are
Ask the almighty to assist us and guide us through before I actually commence
to speak about the way a believer should we act, we need to clarify one major point. Why are we in this world? I'm sure we have heard the answer many times. And I'm sure many people have tackled it in many different ways. But primarily, the verse of the Quran is the response where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us every form of goodness and acceptance. He says in the Quran,
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I have not created mankind or humankind for any other reason, but that they worship Me, I do not want from them any sustenance, nor would I like to be fed by him. Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying, imagine, this is a response, or this is a declaration by my maker and yours, now to speak to the youth with this type of translation, they may find it a little bit too deep for their understanding. So you have scholars of Islam, who have simplified the translation of the same verse, If I were to say we are only created in order to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala, one might think that that would mean I need to remain in constant salah and so on as we have spoken about in the past. But if you
translate it or simplify the translation to say, that we have been created, in order to prepare for the day, we meet our maker that puts perspective to it. That becomes more simpler for the young person of this era, to understand, because if my aim in life is to prepare for the day, I'm going to meet the one who made me and if I understand and realize that the reason I am in this world
is to prepare for the day I will meet my maker and if I am focused upon that, automatically my whole life will be based on the pleasure of the Almighty, which is the meaning of worshiping the Almighty.
And I hope we all can remain focused on this because without it believe me, we will definitely lose the dunya as well as the Hara. Why am I in this world will lie if I earned the millions and the billions in the process of pleasing my maker. When we say neuron Allah nor light upon light.
Brothers and sisters, the point being raised is if I am focused,
if I'm focused on achieving the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala voila, he I have really understood why I am in this world.
I said moments ago, that if I earned the millions and the billions as a result of trying to please Allah subhanho wa Taala then that is a gift from Allah. That is something great from Allah subhanho wa Taala. But if I make my main aim in life to earn the millions and the billions, do you know what will happen? I probably will earn the millions and the billions, but I will have only gained the dunya if I have really gained or just a part of it, but I will lose the entire era. This is the difference. So while trying to earn we should never ever displease Allah subhanho wa Taala because then each one of us and this is the focal point we hear it very often regularly. Each one of us
needs to ask himself or herself. What have you prepared? for the day you are going to meet your maker
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be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala and each one of you should look into what you have prepared
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What do you have put forward for tomorrow? What do you have presented for tomorrow?
What have you and I prepared to present? Tomorrow when we meet Allah subhanho wa Taala?
Are you going to take a bunch of adultery and present it tomorrow to say look, yeah, Allah. This is something I this is the highlight of my life. Are you going to take a bunch of music
CDs or cassettes and so on and the debate as to whether it is allowed or not allowed and Satanism and not and say this was my highlight in my life or are you prepared to take for sacrifice and dedication? I did not miss one Salah in 40 years this is my highlight Allahu Akbar. I gave up adultery for your sake or law. This is my focus, law cabal, you know the Hadith, of the seven types of VIPs on the Day of Judgment, one of them is a person who turns down adultery even though it is so easily facilitated, and with the most pretty or beautiful or handsome person involved, who has the highest standing and privacy is guaranteed in terms of the dunya and when they turn it down, saying
in May of Allah, the Hadith says that presentation on the Day of Judgment is enough for them to receive the special shade of the day. May Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us
that is the presentation. So look at what you have to present for tomorrow. What is it that you have? What is the highlight of your life, tuba lemon which is a few so far on kathira give good news to the one on whose page on that day, a lot of repentance is found. That is what you present. Your Allah I was reading your love. This is these are my pages, here is the presentation. I have so much of his stuff are on it. You won't even need to say that. It will be seen my brothers and sisters It is about time we realized why we are in this world if you think you are here to enjoy. And if you think you are here to enjoy within the displeasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala You are mistaken.
There is only doom and doom waiting in the Akira for people who don't know why they are in this world. Allahu Akbar. And this is why if this world was meant to be that of amusement and enjoyment beyond any limit, we would never age, we would not become old, it would be something that would be everlasting. And this is why the Almighty says we have kept it such that you arrive at a peak and after that you keep going downhill until you meet us if you are lucky you will live to the age of 80 Allahu Akbar.
My brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala has created us in order to prepare for the day we meet him. Don't ever forget that. Don't ever forget that. So whatever you do in life, ask yourself, Is this good enough for me when I meet Allah subhanho wa Taala
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness me he opened our doors. Is this good enough a presentation for when I meet Allah subhanho wa Taala when he says once we've understood why we are created. Now he says, in order to succeed in the life after death, I need to test you. I need to test you with tests so that when you pass those tests, you will now have a qualification Subhana Allah that will make you arrive in the era with the certification if I can word it that way that will result in you being higher than the rest and you get your place. Today Masha Allah, I heard
from someone who visited me that in theory, Lanka, Alhamdulillah, it's not difficult. Once you are into the system of education to actually be educated, a lot of you perhaps have degrees, and a lot of you have more than one degree. And a lot of you have top education in terms of the secular education of this world. And that is something very heartwarming. Remember, when you apply for a job with three degrees or four degrees, you stand a better chance to get the job compared to a person who is applying for the job with no degree or even just with one little degree. We know that
my brothers and sisters, the same applies in the Islamic life, the spiritual life, the real life that will definitely result in the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala if we have understood it, and if we know how to focus. The reason I say this is Allah tests you he says in the Quran, and he has mentioned it in many places in Surah to Lanka booth right at the beginning.
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Have it besides Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says, Does man think that it is enough for him to say I am a believer and then we do not test him? Indeed we have tested even those before him to know who is truthful in their declaration of faith and who is false. So Allah says he will test you and he is going to test you and be if you look at Surah Al Baqarah, verse number one 155, Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
while I never know one, law, that alone means we will definitely test every one of you. We will test you That's why you are in the world to be tested. Are you with that paradise? And believe me, it's not very difficult to pass the test. People think no Paradise is very far You know, we are going to be punished. We're going to go into jahannam and so on. No could look into the hallucinogenic Islam and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said,
all of you shall enter Paradise besides he who refuses, if you refuse, that is when you don't enter Paradise. So the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu asked him for money by Rasul Allah, Who is going to actually refuse or messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says, Man, I need Elgin woman asani Allahu Akbar, whoever follows me will enter Paradise and whoever refuses, has refused love Akbar, whoever doesn't has refused. And what has he come with? He comes with the teachings full of mercy. He was sent as a mercy not only to mankind, but to entire creation. So Han Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and what he has taught is you can wipe yourself out through repentance, a declaration
between you and your makeup. You don't need to confess to any Pope or any priests to any Rabbi or a mystical stone or any grave or tree. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us.
It's your confession between you and your maker. And you ask Allah for forgiveness, repentance, and He grants you paradise where?
Where has it been made easier than that? It is the easiest way of achieving paradise man, Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, let us not refuse. Let us all say we are focused on this paradise that we would like today when we are focused on the little iPhone five, we will do whatever we want in order to make sure we earn the money to achieve it. Sometimes they say beg, borrow or steal. And we even use the term hook or crook Allahu Akbar.
Because we know we need that. Allah subhanho wa Taala make us more focused on paradise than we are on the next mobile phone. And may He make us more focused on the day we meet him. Then the day we actually are pleasing the devil by meeting someone we are not supposed to be meeting imagine who is looking forward to the day they meet their own maker, Allahu Akbar, may we be from amongst those such people would not be looking forward to the day they are meeting someone to commit a sin with Allah protect us.
That is the biggest calamity and disaster that one could have. And the reason why I have started with this introduction, there is no point in talking about calamities, and the way a believer should respond to them if you don't have faith, because it is only with faith that you will be able to go through what may be perceived as calamity May Allah subhanahu wa taala make it easy for us love, love my brothers and sisters. Now that we have heard
that each one of us should be preparing for the day we meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we have heard that Allah has said I will definitely test all of you. And we have heard that the more tests you have, the better you actually become. The Hadith says Eva mala g ri ma de la. And another Hadith says in the law is I have done it Allah, when Allah subhanho wa Taala loves someone, he places more tests in his or her life more. So if you are having a test here, a test there a calamity this way, a disaster that way you need to know if you have faith and conviction, Allah loves you, and He loves you. That is why he is giving you the opportunity to achieve the PhD. Really, because
if you have a small test, it's like one plus one brother, you go to the university, and they ask you what is one plus one love? What will happen? You can look at them and say I think I'm in the wrong place. This sounds more like a kindergarten, doesn't it? But as soon as they ask you a complicated question, you're allowed to take it home dwell over it. And believe me come back with a response a year later in the form of a thesis and that was the year that made you sweat the most. What would happen you know the degree I'm about to get is such
the degree that I'm about to get is such that believe me the work behind it is equipped
Willing to eat May Allah protect us. You want Jenna, you want to place very high and lofty close to Allah. We'll look at what he did to the most loved of all of creation. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went through tests after tests. I do not want to call it calamity or disaster. We'd rather call it test after test because he was very happy with every single test he went through. And if you think that you have lost a child, he lost all his children in his life. Besides one, his sons and his daughters were all lost in his own lifetime, the sons in childhood and infancy and the daughters in adulthood, after some of them had had children, they passed away in the life of Muhammad
sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Besides Fatima robiola, Anna, do you know that
so all of us who have our children we will not tested yet with similar tests to what Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam was tested? Yes, he endured them happily. And he went through them with conviction that this life is only temporary, we are going to be united very soon with those whom we love. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant is to all those who have lost children and may He make us from amongst those who can bear patients the day we lose loved ones. One might ask, Well, what is it that Allah subhanho wa Taala is going to test us in so Allah answers this also in Surat Al Baqarah, just the West I had read number 155 where Allah subhanho wa Taala says
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we will indeed test every single one of you with some elements of fear with some of fear mineral healthy, so you are scared, you are worried. Sometimes this worry is because of something physical in front of you. Sometimes it is because of your age, sometimes because of your health, sometimes because of your wealth, sometimes because of your children, sometimes because of relatives here and there. Sometimes because of a dangerous animal or a condition that you are in. There are so many different reasons why one can feel this condition of fear. Allah says when you feel that condition, remember, it's a test from us. We are testing you, we are giving you an opportunity asking you a
question. What is 3558 multiplied by 4590? law?
You need to scratch your head a little bit. I'm sure some of the older people already have the answer, because they are not used to the calculators that we are used to Michelle.
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I've obviously given you a simple example. But if you think of it deeply, you will understand what I've said. It will take you a while
to respond. And to come up with the correct response. You might have to go back and try again. But when you come up with the correct response, the smile on your face, and the happiness and contentment you will feel within is unmatched love. So Allah says you have fear. It's a test for me. See how you react. Go and learn from what Allah subhanho wa Taala has said in the Quran. And look at the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you will come to realize how a believer should be reacting when it comes to the test of fear.
How did Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam react when he was told that the whole army is heading for you? He says hats moon Allah
metalworking, Allah is sufficient for us. And what the best of disposes he is low acumen, he will take care of all the affairs of ours, we will try our best and we leave the rest in the hands of the Almighty. This is the response of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam to the calamity, or should I say to the tests, may Allah subhanahu wa Alexander's goodness. Here we have another disaster. I can guess before it comes that it is a number plate, my right brother, Allahu Akbar where you are because this is the type of calamity we face were we at the same time, brothers and sisters, this is something that is always part and parcel of the Islamic talks that we have where we need to cut off
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Allah subhanho wa Taala tests you with fear, as I said, Look at how Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam responded to the message when he was told that the whole army has come for you. He says, haspin Allahu mlo kill he did not become suicidal and depressed. He was not from amongst those who said Allah does not love me. He was not from amongst those who lost hope and said, What is wrong? Why me? Why is this happening? No. He says Allah is sufficient for me. Whatever Allah wants, this is what will happen Allahu Akbar. And that is the same response given by Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. As a young man when he was thrown into the fire, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says
Carla Ibrahim, Tina okay have enough. Ibrahim Alayhi Salam said the same statement has been Allah who metalworking Allah is sufficient for us and the best disposal of affairs, Allah will take care of it. So this is a means of responding to something that has come in our direction in terms of fear. The next item we will be tested with that the Quran promises us at some stage in our lives.
Hunger, Allahu Akbar, and joueur you are meaning hunger, either because of lack of food, or availability of food, but inability to purchase it or sickness to the degree that you cannot eat. May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us and perhaps other conditions that I may not have mentioned, where you simply cannot have the food for some reason. And Allah says that is a test from us, you are hungry. Sometimes my brothers and sisters, we have never actually been hungry to that degree. But the food has delayed being presented on the table by those who are the closest to us by the one whom the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says the best of you are best to her. And when she
delays in presenting the food or preparing it, suddenly, we don't realize it's a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And Allah is watching our response. We explode to the degree that we failed dismally. The question was only one plus one. And we were the ones who said 3500.
Imagine what an answer to what the simple question food is delay five minutes, 10 minutes, it might become slightly cooler or cold or it might be slightly burnt all this is part of the test of food. Your food was delayed. I'm hungry, don't you have since we come back from work and we make a big issue. We create a calamity in the home out of nothing Believe me, you could have gone without food. But it did not give you a right to raise your voice even to frown May Allah protect us? What is it that you want to present to Allah subhanho wa Taala tomorrow? Yeah, Allah, those who prepared the food at my home, burned the food more than 35 times in my life. And I had a smile Yeah, Allah Allah
a good presentation. May Allah grant us goodness, this is a simple example. It's a day to day example. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah really grant goodness to our wives and those who cook for us? And may He make us from those who can try it out sometimes, and see what type of effort is required to actually prepare a meal in order to appreciate it, Mashallah at least I see some of the brothers nodding, it's a very good sign. I'm not inviting you to give up your role and so on. But there is no harm. In fact, there is goodness, once in a while, if you were to test out a few of these things, just to appreciate what happens. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah grant us goodness,
then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, nothing nuts means that which is either a loss or subtraction of what
am one of your wealth, there's not only going to be addition, every day we add, you know, you have a little business and you're adding your rupees on a daily basis, Mashallah the rands or the dollars, we're adding them up, and we are actually counting them. And the day will come when you're not counting them, but in fact, you are counting your loss. Allah says that is from us. That is from us. We want to show you we give and we take back and when we give you How do you react and when we take back How do you react? Allahu Akbar. There was a time when the people of Mecca Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu were placed into a place known as she Abby Follett
for several years and they suffered the sanctions of the kuffaar of Quraysh. How did they respond? Did they give up their religion because a person of another religion was offering them the cut of the losses or perhaps some financial gain? No.
They took it, they endured it. They said we belong to Allah, our return is to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Whatever is happening here is temporary. It is a test from Allah, you know, this issue of loss of wealth.
In South Africa, there was a brother from Somalia, who had shifted to one of the cities approximately 1213 years ago. And he had walked, and perhaps caught a boat, and perhaps struggled and suffered because of the calamity and disaster in Somalia, May Allah help the brothers and sisters there as well and grant them peace.
And he came to South Africa with nothing. He started the business honest, upright men, and Mashallah, he developed a wholesale business or a retail business, a major shop that he had where it was very big, and it became huge, and he was helping the rest of his community and society. Everyone comes they go to him for help. One day, a fire gutted his entire business, the whole business.
So he lost everything. And the journalists, non Muslim journalists came to him they found him. You are the owner of the business? Yes, it is burnt lost. So do you have any insurance? He says, no insurance? Listen to the answer, no insurance? Why not? my religion forbids me to engage in that type of activity. This is his response on television. And when he says they asked him a question, Well, how do you feel you've lost everything. He says when I arrived in this country 11 years ago, I did not have shoes on my feet.
I did not have shoes on my feet.
Today what I have lost,
I can easily tell you I have a house still. And I have a place that I am living in.
And I am sure that tomorrow I will start a fresh and the game. And it won't by the will of Allah take me as many years to develop this business. if Allah wills because wells belongs to him, he took it away. It was always his, you know, non Muslim who was interviewing him began to cry, or should I say had tears in her eyes. This is amazing. tears in her eyes. And today, he is back in business perhaps bigger than what he was just two years back, law, common law whatever. This is called faith. This is a response of a believer to say Allah gave me this. I had no shoes, a lot of our seated here. Perhaps our parents could not really afford shoes.
And perhaps they may not have been able to afford a certain type of a life that today we are leading and will lie we are sitting here with much more wealth than our forefathers Believe me.
We have a condition that is far better. And still, we are more depressed than ever before. The amount of people on antidepressants on the globe today only requires you to visit the chef we spoke about yesterday, she has Google and you will find out that voila it is far more than ever before in history yet we have the iPhone and we have everything else. You know we have some Hana love the latest technology we have much more than our forefathers and we are unhappy people. Why? What we are lacking is faith and belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala we don't have the conviction, we don't have the contentment because we don't realize why we are in the world. We today sometimes are made to
believe that we are in the world to follow the latest trends and to really buy the latest items and to have that which is the latest so much so that if you have the latest phone today, if they were to advertise the iPhone six tomorrow morning, your heart will feel such a pinch that it never fails when you miss out on such
its effect. Because why I just bought the iPhone five years today, if only they would have told me I would have waited a day. I don't mind paying another $100 200 even but at least I would have had the latest my brother, my sister, you run behind the world Guess what? It runs faster than you all the time? All the time.
Believe me it's like me telling.
What is that man's name? Who bolts from one end to the other? It's Usain Bolt. Yes it is.
It's like me telling him listen, I will reach you I one day I'll read Believe me, you know as heavy as we are Mashallah. Compared to them who have made it in less than 10 seconds. What chance do we send? The world makes it in one second 100 meters you want to compete. You will never catch up Allahu Akbar. Understand it is Allah subhanho wa Taala. The point being raised was the lack of wealth. Sometimes we have it but we think we don't because we want to live upon a level that we cannot afford. So we have
created a calamity and a disaster, yet we had no calamity or disaster in our lives. This is the problem. If you look at yourself or myself, we sometimes do not want to admit that I need to downgrade my life a little bit and I'm going to be happy. But because the woman next door whom I'm trying to impress would actually not look towards me if I didn't have the latest mobile phone. That's why I need it. So everything is a vicious circle. And you know what I said yesterday, you are not going to get her If Allah has not written for you. So believe me, the best bet is to ask Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness
you know, this is why it is said ajeeb toliman palapa. Dunya mindray amalickiah.
I am surprised that the one who is asking for the dunya from the one who doesn't own it,
we are trying to achieve wealth from one who does not own wealth, the owner of wealth is Allah you please him he opens your doors and He will give you how much is correct for you How much is right for you to remain in a spiritual level that you do not lose your paradise, this is what it is. So when you seek good sustenance from Allah subhanho wa Taala he will only give you an amount that he knows is best for you Subhana Allah, if it is more than that, he won't give it to you if he knows that that is going to contaminate you.
So my brothers and sisters, let's look at the next points mentioned in the same verse
number 155 of Surah Al Baqarah. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Why not same mineral Amal, the next thing he says is well enforce
the loss of life, we will test you with it. And this is why it is common knowledge that you Oh man, myself and yourselves, we will suffer loss of life by losing those whom we love most. They will die before us or we will die before them or we will die together.
It is definitely coming. your children, your wives, your husband's your parents, your brothers, your sisters, your uncle's your aunts and anybody else you may love. They will die with you before you or after you there is no fourth probability.
Are you prepared for the day? Allah says, Well, that is our plan. We promise we will test you and we promise that this death will definitely be one of the calamities or should I say as I said earlier, instead of using that word we say one of the tests that will definitely come in your direction. We only want to see how you respond to it. When the Prophet peace be upon him lost his son Ibrahim.
What did he say? in Manila Hema has Allah whom Ah, what a beautiful response? What can you say in rinda, who will be a jolly Muslim?
for Allah is that which he has taken away, it always belongs to him, he took it away, it was always his. And his is what he has given in the first place. Whatever he gave me, belongs to him, whatever he took away, always belongs to him. And everything that Allah has created, he has created it for a specific time with a timeframe. Allahu Akbar, there is a timeframe. This is the response of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he lost his own son. And this is why we say a true believer would respond in that way. We may lose our children, suddenly, it happened to the best of creation. And this is why we say we can lose our parents also, the best of creation, had lost his father before he
was born and lost his mother when he was upon the tender age of six lo
lost his mother. And this is a consolation to those who are orphans to say that sometimes Allah has chosen you for something grand, like Allah chose Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for leadership of the entire oma and yet he was an orphan. So being an orphan is not something that will deprive you of your position that Allah has planned for you to not become depressed that that we need to pick up whatever is there and we need to make the most of whatever Allah has given us. Love, make the most of it. Get up and work hard. Whether it is loss in wealth, and loss of life, whatever it is in terms of loss, pick up the pieces and inshallah Get up. Thank Allah praise Allah relate
everything to Allah asked him to help you and move forward when law he your doors will open in a far greater way than they ever were before. This is why I say a true believer would study the law
Life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in depth and in detail and look at the disaster after disaster, we would call it disaster. He never ever looked at it, even as a calamity. No, he took it as a test. And he says Allah subhanho wa Taala.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, the next point mentioned in the same verse,
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the loss of produce, your crop that you have, the fruit that you have the vegetables you have,
you may lose, they may be a drought, they may be some form of disaster. And Allah says this is all part of our plan. We will test you with all of this. And Allah gives you the answer how to respond to this calamity or test Allah says, while Bashir is sobbing, give good news to those who bear suffering, what is suffering, forbearance, patience, to surrender to the degree of the Almighty, that is part and parcel of suburb, anyone who bears Subhan Allah subhanho wa Taala says give them good news. Who are those who bear Sabah and levena in
Those who are afflicted with some form of difficulty, hardship or calamity, although they say
we belong to Allah and unto Allah is our ultimate return. That is the response of a true believer. The Quran speaks about summer and the Quran also speaks about the return to Allah bearing in mind you are going to return to Allah. So this in Surah Baqarah is one place where Allah says that we need to bear patients. We need to understand Alice's plan and prepare for the day we are going to meet him because we are going to return to Him in the law he were in LA Rajon we belong to Allah and unto Allah We shall be returning Subhana Allah, remember to utter those words to believe in them to work towards them, because you will be tested and our soul will lie and nobody can say I have never
been tested by Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And in other places in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala has made
a similar direction meaning he has given us similar direction in other places in the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how men sometimes when he is granted goodness,
he doesn't realize it's a test from Allah. And he will also be tested with some negativity. So when man gets well, he's happy he's excited. Sometimes he turns away from Allah subhanho wa Taala. But Allah says okay, we tested you edition. Now we need to test you subtraction. You know, I always say in a mathematics test, you cannot just ask people the addition question. The teacher will ask you addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well. And thereafter they will be able to say this man knows what he's talking about. The example of a law is far higher than that, but allow us for the most efficient and addition
and division in our lives. Everything you have a lot you have good news, you have good health, it's going to go believe
Allah will test you with your health.
This is why I didn't say is she's the opportunity of your house before it is taken away your wealth before it goes your free time before it goes your use before it goes your life before it goes live. This is the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam seize the opportunities to do goodness. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, when we test men, then he turns away when we bless him, sometimes he forgets that he even called out to us Let me read a few of these verses inshallah from the Quran and we will see that Allah has explained to us in great depth the plan in this particular word, firstly, in Surah good which is Surah number 11. Allah subhanho wa Taala says and visa This is number 910 and
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Cabo first verse that is best number nine of savute Allah says
and when we have let men taste
From our mercy,
so he has a lot of goodness he has a lot of, you know, that which is positive that comes to him, then we snatch it away from him, suddenly, he becomes hopeless, and he becomes ungrateful.
So a person who has a lot of loss has been snatched away, which means a light green to test us by taking things away from us.
Or have you thought of that? You have something he will take it away from you. In order to test you do not become your own cocoon, do not become the person who is despondent and ungrateful. You know, if you take a look at a uvala, his Salatu was Salam. It is reported that he
had good health for so many years, then the health was taken away. And it is reported that his wife came to him and told him, why don't you make a dua, he says, I'm ashamed, because I had good health for so many years. And as for my sickness, it has still been just a few years. So how can I? How can I start making dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala when I have not thought difficulty for as long as I?
Yes. Now this is an AVI of Allah Subhana. Allah with us, don't worry, it is not a recommendation that you should not be making to us. We are not prophets of Allah.
You have a difficulty today you make dua today, before you have a difficulty you make a dua that Allah protect you from the difficulty.
Sometimes, brothers, that is not my phone, mine is switched off completely.
Just to make it you know, someone might be saying, Look at him, he's got his phone, they're making a big noise here, believe me, it's not mine brothers. Totally.
So this as we say, we make dua even before you have a difficulty, to Allah, thank Allah for what you have. And remember the date go take it in your stomach, Allahu Akbar. So Allah says, when we test men with goodness, and after that, we snatch it away, he becomes your awesome Cuckoo. He becomes despondent, he loses hope. And at the same time, he becomes grateful.
Allah says, in levena sada warm you know Sonny had except the one
who is patient and does good deeds.
Amazing. Again, the term patience has come in and good deeds, includes your Salah, your prayer, you need to turn to Allah relate to Allah today we engage in Salah, but a lot of us are guilty of just picking the ground like a little bird, like a chicken. We just picked the ground a few times and we are out what did you do, brother? I don't know. You ask people who have reverted to Islam. They will tell you I don't understand this prayer. because nobody's ever tried to understand the words you are saying. My brothers and sisters, I challenge you and I call upon you very strongly, to understand to make an effort to understand the words you are saying in Salah Your life will change. Did you hear
what I said?
Come on. We are living for 30 4050 years. How can I not yet know the words of Salah that is an embarrassment. I don't know I'm standing in front of my maker. I know the words in Arabic, but I haven't understood their meanings. And I've been reading Salah for the last 40 years. That is an embarrassment. Can I still call myself a good Muslim
business for one week and go and learn the meanings of Salah it is far more profitable than whatever you would make for that week. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. And this is a challenge.
This is why we are not happy. This is why we take a look at the smallest pinprick that we have on our toes. We become depressed because we haven't understood Allah. And Allah says in Surah Baqarah Yeah, Are you
a man who studied the solder he was?
In LA Hamas sobbing? Oh, you who believe seek assistance to baring patients and through your prayer? Allah is indeed with those who bear patience. How will we be able to seek assistance through prayer when we don't even know the words we are utterly? We don't know the meanings of what we're seeing in Salah. Believe me, I have asked the question to many Muslims. Brother, do you know the meanings of the words you are reading in Salah? And the majority have said no.
When are we going to change that? How can the condition of the oma change when you are so many years old? You have studied your age do you have so many degrees and you are not interested in trying to understand
Words that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made incumbent upon you to repeat so many times a day, and we just fulfill Salah without knowing what we did. We entered the masjid, we exited in a spiritual condition lower than when we went in, because to us, we had our cigarettes in our pockets, and we went to the masjid so we can smoke with our friends at the door of the house of Allah subhanho, wa Taala and backbite about the rest of the community, may Allah protect us, that is our visit house of Allah nowadays. In some instances,
if you are visiting the house of someone in your locality, a rich person, a famous person, you would want to go to them and present something good to them to say I've come to your house. And you know, I know about you, I know this and I know that and this is your work and this is what you and big achievement and so on in order for them to realize how close you have understood and read them so much. But when we enter his house, will he be doing that?
Five times a day.
But we have not yet understood why we are going in or why we have come out Allahu Akbar. Are those the reason I'm passionate about this. The solution to the disasters we face today is protected to your prayer. Your Salah is there in ob somebody was Salah,
verse number 100.
Allah says, seek assistance through Sabbath and through salah and good news to those who bear Subhan Allah is definitely with them. Allah says to them, and a lot of Hannah who will always be by the side of Hannah who was Allah be with us at all times. And may He really bless us and shower us with the fish he he he make us at least motivated for our to learn what our Salah is all about. When you know the meanings of the word, your path, you will not want to stop and you will not want to get your head off the ground. Because now you know, I am plugged in with the one whom I'm going to return to my ultimate aim of existence is to meet him one day, that's all love. I want to meet a
lot, don't you?
Today, we look forward to meeting people. And this is the sad condition of the oma where people are looking for
an actor's and those who have written books and live Harry Potter's and so do anything to stand in a queue or to visit a stadium where there will be 1000s of people there 1000s of people and we will go four or five hours early to meet a person of this particular world Allahu Akbar. And yet we don't realize our focus in this world
is not supposed to be that
much more effort, energy and being much more dedicated to the day we meet with a lots of hands.
To Hannah, which Allah opened our doors. I'd like to read another verse where Allah subhanahu wa chapulines which is the 41st surah of the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in verse number 14,
lie as a model.
verses I read at the beginning of this talk, Allah says a man man does not stop, does not become tired of asking for good things, of making do our supplicating to Allah subhanho wa Taala for good things men does not become tired. But when ill effects the man
when evil or calamity comes in his direction again Allah subhanho wa Taala says he also Canute he becomes hopeless, helpless, and he loses hope in Allah subhanho wa Taala why is that the case? Don't lose hope your health you don't have it anymore. Thank Allah you had it one day, at least you utilized it in the right direction that if not in today, Allah has given you an opportunity to turn to Him through is still far and repentance.
May Allah grant good health to all those who are being tested in any way we make to our And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant
profit to all those who have suffered loss will open our doors of sustenance then Allah subhanho wa Taala says
min Mubarak de bottle. Oh, I said tool, layer colon de la vaca. The very next verse Allah says and when we have let many
Tastes goodness after he had a calamity. So it's the opposite of what we mentioned moments ago. That was a calamity after goodness and this is goodness after a calamity. Then there are a few things that the Quran makes mention of one is Allah says,
he starts saying this is from me. I did it because of my action. He forgets Allah. In another place in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Mandala Alameda owner illa booderee.
Beautiful verse, where Allah subhanho wa Taala speech and so to use, verse number 12. What
when evil affects men, when man is inflicted by something evil or collapsed, when he calls out to Allah standing and on his side and sitting and so on, in every condition, yep, Allah helped me Allah helped me Allah, I need your assistance, protect me from this calamity and so on. But Allah says, when we have alleviated that suffering, he continues moving on the earth, as though he never ever called out to us for a problem that he faced in the past.
So now that the suffering is gone, he forgets us.
Now, I want to pause there for a moment, my brothers and sisters,
sometimes, Allah taps us, so that we can tend to him, listen to this. It's a very powerful point. In fact, it is a solid point.
Sometimes when we are going astray, Allah taps us so that we can turn to him. Sometimes we are so happy in life with so much ease that we have forgotten Allah. Some of us don't. Some of us do not raise our hands into our to Allah. So Allah test you may wish to pretend to me.
You need begins to ache.
But then you still don't turn so Allah says, okay, we sent you one tip. We love you. We want you to come to us.
We want you to raise your hands to us. We want you to come to the masjid. We want you to abandon the adultery, the gambling the drink, the club.
Step but you still haven't come on man. But we will still tap you again. So now what happens?
You still haven't come? Allah says no, we tapped you again. The third time? Had you turned with the first stepping? Who knows whether the second one would have come? And even if it did come it would have been reacted to differently? Had you turned then had you not?
So this is why we get a second tapping. And after that, and I'm wording it my own way. We get one clouds across the face straight. Boom, loss. death of someone huge burning of fat. We have fun. And then we say
Allah, and Allah says, my worship
didn't require such a cloud before you actually raised your hands to us.
Is that what you waited for?
Did it require that we had to send you such strong reminders before you came? My brothers and sisters even that is the mercy of
even that is the mercy of Allah because you turned at least what about those who died without turning?
And this is why Allah says my worshiper is
he was your sickness. It is my gift to keep you sick forever.
And this calamity is a gift for you because that's the only thing that turned you to Allah, my brothers and sisters I plead with you to turn to love before disaster strikes.
No turn to Allah it is a reminder it is a tapping to say my worship of
Kabbalah as it is. This life is full of tests. Like I said, if you
major tests in your life, just study the Sierra of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and you will come to realize his real tests and how he responded to them. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless our souls, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and the lesson from the lives of the prophets.
Allah subhanho wa Taala opened our doors. So this is why Allah says, When men is granted goodness, he turns away. And then
when we inflict him he makes lengthy, long, long, two hours, I can give you an example of my own community, may Allah subhanahu wa Allah grant us goodness,
to see the disasters on the globe, they want us to engage in what is known as pollute Nagina. kurunegala is a special to our that is read by
the ways of is to engage in
the coup that I'm sure a lot of us know, because we've engaged in it suspicious to others.
So, sometimes you have people, and we have had, we have faced where the man is making his pollute, and he's making to our for those who are suffering in Syria, those who are suffering in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the globe, anyone who is suffering, sometimes there are people suffering right next to us in our own suburb. And perhaps their suffering is so great, that if we opened our eyes, we would be able to see, and the way to help them sometimes is very easy, but if only we lent him here or opened our eyes. So taking this one men, who obviously perhaps maybe did not have any tests or any difficulties or problems, or nothing major, he comes up to the Imam and he
comes up to the people and say, Look, stop this, it's actually delaying, it's taking up a lot of time. And this thing here, you know, it needs to be cut down, cut down, it's too long, and we don't need this. So for some reason, somehow, you know, some people responded positively, some people negatively and then after some, until the time came, when the same person was affected in another way, and his business or the economic situation had come crashing, to the degree that he was affected. He came to request that we engage in Knute nasbla.
And on that day, I said to myself, this is man. Allah has spoken to us about men in the Quran. And Allah explained this one either, I'm
Sonny Alba wanna be Johnny be what is my seven shuttle photo do Buddha in Nadi.
When we have blessed men with a lot of blessings, he turns away on his side, he goes away, he forgets us. And when we inflict men, sometimes, you know what he does, he makes lengthy, long, long, hours long. So these are the different ways that people respond to calamity and test. One is when a test comes in their direction they become despondent, that is a disbeliever.
And one is when a test comes in their direction, they turn to Allah at least that is a good sign. We are taught that before the test comes, we should turn to Allah. When you have goodness. Remember, my brothers and sisters, you will be tested in that goodness. If something is too good to be true, there will come a time when perhaps Allah might decide I want to test this man by taking this particular thing away. May Allah help us appreciate one another. May he help us appreciate our spouses, our children, our parents, our brothers and sisters, our uncles and aunts our in laws and outlaws. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us appreciate one another. They will come a day rarely
when we perhaps we may lose these people. And yet it was so easy to resolve the matter whilst we were alive. And we were not prepared to do it.
Lo Akbar Look at the beautiful verses of the Quran. And in this way, the Quran is full of examples of how people were tested and how they reacted. And I want to end off by making mention of some of the previous nations
She musala his salatu salam, the Prophet Moses May peace be upon him was sin to Pharaoh and Pharaoh
and Allah subhanho wa Taala tested them with so many tests Allah in fact sent them these afflictions and Allah subhanho wa Taala sent to them reminders and tappings as I worded it, but they did not turn in fact they went to Musa la Salatu was Salam. And they said
religious Allah no meenan Allah cow Allah no Ceylon kabani is
a you make dua to your rub to take away this plague that we are suffering at the moment. If this difficulty and calamity is diverted from us and if we are saved from
If we will follow you and we will grant you your wish of having been to Israel. And Allah says, As soon as we took away that affliction, and that calamity, they return to their old bad ways. They forgot what they said intentionally. What do we do that? My brothers and sisters sometimes we make dua to Allah, Allah give me this Yala, I promise you give me that and we start beating the head you listen to this, it's effect. I'm sure it has happened to a lot of us. We make the hygiene on a daily basis because we want to marry someone or because for example, we want our doors to open or because we want for example, something.
And Judas de Sala, is there sooner is there nothing is there wrong to us, as the Quran says, Do do I in broad long to us are being made. And as soon as you get a positive response, your tahajud stops, your nothing stops you as soon as he stops, your job goes and everything else goes and sometimes your beard is clean once again.
Why did that happen? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, Allah He we are supposed to be those who we continue that act to say Allah you gave it to me, and I am rarely ever grateful. And this is the lesson from Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. He used to read Salah at night until his feet was swollen. I always asked a question. How many of us have stood up in Salah until our feet have been swollen? I don't think we would have many and that is also putting it very positively.
And I shall have a loved one who asks him yeah Rasool Allah O Messenger. He is the husband.
You know your position, you know you have been, you know, gone to the lofty rank in Paradise and so on. You are eating Salah until your feet are swollen at night. He says a fella akuna Abu denisha Kumara Should I not be a slave of Allah who is thankful for that lusty position that he was given? Some Allahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. How many of us when we have been given goodness, good health, good looks, good spouse, good children and so on? Do we engage in more salah and say of Allah akuna evidencia Cora, should I not be a thankful person who thinks Allah every day I give a charity? Every day I read two more cards nephila voluntary completely, that I
have perhaps done on my own accord only to say Allah, I really appreciate what you have done for me. May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors. May He grant this goodness, the brothers who requested me to speak longer today. I think I have spoken longer today than yesterday. And at the same time, we thank some of the brothers who had sent us the little yellow note that diverted us so we lengthen the talk a little bit more in Sharla and one of the reasons was whoever went out perhaps might have missed a little bit so when they came back, they wouldn't have been displeased inshallah. Brothers and sisters inshallah, tomorrow we will be meeting again, just a quick request when we park our
vehicles let us Park them in a way that we don't disturb anyone even if it means half a mile away. No problem. Really we are muslimeen and the way we present Islam to the others, is sometimes only looked at by the errors we make of this nature. So this is why we need to make sure that we are the last people who make mistakes of this nature. And brother we make dua for you. May Allah grant you good use of your vehicle as we promised that we will make dua for you. So Allah grant you good use of your vehicle and grant you happiness in your home and inshallah in your wealth and your health and your sustenance. I'm just thinking now that we may come to alpha brother tomorrow we might all
Park our cars wrong in order to receive a da. So May Allah grant the same to
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