When things Happen
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Friday Sermon from Harare, Zimbabwe
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala ala l mursaleen Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa
ala Medina. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all, and may every single one of us be blessed by brothers and sisters, when something good happens to us, we feel that we are gifted by Allah subhanho wa Taala. A true believer should realize that goodness comes to us by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala He is the one who chooses that something good will happen to you. He is the one who chooses that something you want to happen to you will happen to you. And that would mean that automatically, if something we want for ourselves in terms of the
good we think is for us does not come in our direction. That too is from the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So ultimately, as much as we become happy when something good happens to us, we need to realize gratitude is owed to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Even if there is a human being sometimes involved in the process, it was Allah subhanho wa Taala who involved that human being in the process. I give you an example. If I have a business and my business is struggling, and I'm asking Allah to open the doors, and suddenly I have a huge amount of business that happens within a day certain people come in and they purchase a large amount of items. What should I do? Should I go to
the man and kiss his feet and say thank you. No, I thank Allah Oh Allah, you sent someone to my place. And we need to realize sometimes that person can be a non Muslim, it can be a Muslim, it can be anyone. So ultimately, we treat our clientele very respectfully understanding that it is Allah who sent them to us. Same applies if a person is sick and ill for example, they are making to our for cure, they have gone from pillar to post trying to get cure for their sickness, and they continue asking Allah subhanho wa Taala. Sometimes you could meet the doctor who diagnosis exactly what is wrong. No one else said the same thing. And he's the first person who's actually correct. Do
we go and kiss his feet? That's the question. The answer is no, we respect him. We thank him. But ultimately, the first thanks is owed to Allah subhanho wa Taala. You know, the year has come to an end we talking of the Christian era, in the sense that we're living in a non Muslim country whereby the year comes to a close and to next year is going to be a better year. That's what we hear people say, ultimately, let's understand this is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Every single day, it is Allah subhanho wa Taala, who chooses what will happen to us? When something negative happens to me or to you? We need to look at it from a certain perspective. To start with as believers, we need to
ask ourselves who is in charge? Is it me? Or is it Allah? It's Allah subhanho wa Taala. So what is happening to me in whose hands is it? Well, there are two things involved. It is ultimately in the hands of Allah, that's the first thing, then Allah gives the capacity to us to do certain things which would result in for example, our own benefits, or sometimes if we don't utilize it properly, our own harm. So it's in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala, but he gives us a capacity. Now if we do not use that capacity, we are to blame. This is something that is clear cut in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu, where he speaks of how Allah subhanho wa Taala we seek his help, he says is
telling Billa while attaches, seek the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But don't be lazy. Don't give up. Which means you have a capacity, you have energy, you want something good. ask Allah help. And then ask yourself what energy did Allah give me for me to achieve what I would like to achieve? use that energy to eat extent. For example, if you have a commodity for sale, and no one knows about it, because you did not advertise, and then you're blaming Allah subhanho wa Taala that no one is coming to buy your item. The reality is you're supposed to ask Allah, Allah to Allah make dua to Allah and then tell yourself Yeah, Allah, you've given me the idea. You've given me a capacity, I
thank you for giving me the idea. Because that idea in your head is actually not your idea. It's Allah subhanho wa Taala, who put it in your name, and this is where our own went wrong. Let's listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says about our own. He was a very wealthy man from the nation of Musa alayhis salatu salam, and Allah makes mention of him in the Quran. When he made a lot of money or in whatever way he earned his wealth, that was a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. his mistake was he related it to himself, not to Allah. So Allah says we punished him as a result.
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De, he saw all that wealth of his and he says, definitely I have achieved this because of my own brain, my own education, my capacity, my knowledge. So Allah says he hasn't he seen others before Him who have been destroyed by Allah because of their disbelief in the power and ownership of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why take a look at our myths, let's talk about our own society and community. And you know, with all due respect to everyone, if you take a careful look, you will come to one complete conclusion that nobody can deny. And that is some of those who have a lot of wealth have barely any education. They have not crossed over level some of them have just about done or
level no PhD. And sometimes people who are struggling in life have a degree and they've got a postgraduate and they struggling. This goes to show that ultimately your sustenance is with Allah. But when something happens against what you want, number one, thank Allah, that's not easy to do. Say for example, a person makes a little accident they pump their cup, I believe and believes that we need to first say Alhamdulillah that is the height of Eman. I thank Allah I praise Allah upon all conditions. There's only one thing that I asked Allah to protect me from and that is the condition of the people of Hellfire, whether it is in the dunya or elsewhere, meaning their condition while
they are in the world we should not want to at all be from amongst them no matter how how much of ease they might have in the world, and at the same time in the app here or in the life after death. So this is why you find the drought Alhamdulillah here Allah Cooley, how do you know what that means? Praise be to Allah, upon all conditions, all conditions, I praise Allah, you know, I got injured and hamdulillah look, that was Allah I thank Allah I praise Him. The praise is due to Allah upon all conditions. But what are all do Billahi min Halle Allah, I seek Allah protection from the condition of those who will dwell in hellfire. We don't want that condition. So we ask Allah
subhanho wa Taala protection. So a man for example, has hurt himself, he suffered a loss in business, for example, he might have a little social problem in the extended family. So on point number one, we thank Allah all we praise, at least praise Allah Alhamdulillah that is the height, it's not easy. You have to have solid human to be able to do that to say Alhamdulillah. Why? Because it could have been worse a lot. You lost one child, may Allah grant the child gender and make the child a means of your entry into gender as well. But you need to understand even before you say in La, la, la La June, a true believer who has solid he man will say and
I thank Allah I praise Allah. Because I've got three children, one has been lost Subhana Allah, this is just an example I'm giving. The other two are alive. There are others who have lost all their kids and their entire families. What about them? We are far better if we've just lost one child, I'm not trying to minimize or trying to reduce the seriousness of the loss of life. No, not at all. But what we are trying to say is that, look at it from another perspective, a believer should always say it could have been worse. So you had a little dent on your vehicle, and you come out and you get excited, like the world has come to an end, and you start swearing people voila, he my brother, you
are failing the test of Allah, it could have been such big damage that your body would have been harmed. Allah saved your body, he saved your family, he saved everything he took away from you a few $100 that will be required for the penalty. And guess what, in our country, you can drive your car without it being penalty that nobody will really pick on you. Because people know how it is. Now Allah Subhana Allah, Allah bless us, and may make things easy for us. So let's look at it from the perspective of a believer of a movement. And this is what this is why I'm addressing this issue today. Because currently in this country, we are going through great turbulence and turmoil
And there is uncertainty in terms of the economics of the country where a lot of people are finding things very expensive. The salaries perhaps to not tell you with what is needed for a person survival and so on. People have had to downgrade their lifestyle, and people across the globe are suffering in other ways. So Allah has tested you and I with some form of tests that are different, perhaps from the tests of others. But sometimes if we were tested with their tests, and the little test that we have right now was actually eradicated, we might have suffered much more and we might not appreciate that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to appreciate the fact that he has chosen
something for us to go through in terms of a taste, he knows exactly why he knows your capacity. He knows mine, and he knows it's it's very, very normal and natural to complain, but to complain to him to Allah subhanho wa Taala say Oh Allah
I'm struggling, you see, Oh Allah helped me. That's part of EBITDA. Imagine if everything was smooth. And nobody suffered a cough. Nobody had a flu. Nobody actually went through economic hardship. Nobody went through social difficulty in their homes or within their extended families who would then say, Oh, well, I'm struggling, help me and I cry, real tears, warm tears down my cheeks, it would not be happening so often because we don't have an issue. But because Allah loves us, he creates an issue, that issue is actually a gift of Allah. So not all the days will be the same. Understand this. It's the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why Allah says, Well, I never
We will definitely test you, we will indeed test you in so many different ways. That means I need to sit and ask Allah Oh Allah, you said, You are definitely going to test me. So please test me with tests that will be easy for me to go through Yama and helped me to go through those tests in a way that pleases you, Oh Allah, but nobody can actually think for a moment that I am not going to be tested by Allah. Because Allah promises in the Quran in more than one place. You're a believer. You said you're a believer? Well, we want to test that belief. Are you really a believer? This is what Allah says at the beginning of Serato. I'm sure we've heard these verses quite a few times. Has he
Do the people think that it's enough for them to say we are believers, and then they expect a lot to test them regarding the belief. In fact, when you are a believer, you will have more tests than those who don't believe because they have not entered the school yet. When you go to school, you start getting examinations you standing at the gate and outside, there are no tests for you. Because even if a few people might ask you what's one plus one outside the gate, nobody's going to give you a certificate after that to say Wow, you passed your outside the minute you come in your examinations mean everything and guess what, you will have systematic testing one after the other.
And the tests may become more and more difficult. Don't let that remove or reduce your Eman? No, don't think why is Allah doing this to me? There's a simple answer because you're a believer. That's all because you're a mock min. Allah wants to strengthen and polish up your Eman. He will take away this from you He will take away that from you. He will afflict you with this and with that, and your Eman should become stronger as a result. Don't ever think I want to take my life away because you know these problems are too much in my life. That is a sign of weakness of Eman, strengthen your email and say Allah I will live for as long as you keep me alive. And when you keep me alive. Allah
helped me through this life and the day you take me away grant me paradise. We are all human beings we've been through difficulty and hardship of different levels, but at the same time a women is he or she who really can appreciate that Allah is in charge Allah is in control, one alum and umatilla Vegeta Mashallah, and young Pharaoh kamisha in
my pocket tabula hulak you need to know if the entire nation gets together to help you with something they cannot help you unless Allah wants that help to reach you.
While an ohmmeter Luigi tema Allah ano rule kamisha in La Mirada ruka la Mata catabolic if the entire Oman or the entire nation gets together to harm you, they will not be able to touch you except for that which Allah allowed to get to you. So if something got to you people harmed you, they succeeded in that it means it was a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah strengthen us May Allah open our doors. So remember, when something evil happens to us, we perceive it as evil. Sometimes it's a blessing in disguise for a movement, there is never something evil that can happen to them because the Hadith says
in the umbra, hula hula who have been the Umbrella Movement, the affairs of a true believer are all amazing. They are amazing. You're a true believer. Anything that happens is amazing for you. It's it's something that is agile.
Why? Because the Hadith says everything that happens to a believer can only be good. A believer is always in a win win situation in a sabato somehow, shocker of
something good happens to you, you happy you delighted so it's better for you. So panela you thank Allah checkup, you know, the shock of the term shock means to thank Allah Subhana Allah, so it's better for you. We're in a sobre todo sobre la la la. And if something even something bad happens, something negative happens to a believer. He bears sort of his patient. And so that is better for a believer. This is why we always hear the scholar speaking of silver, and sugar, these two things that Allah is with those who bear sub. And definitely you want elevation in your status. Thank Allah La.
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If you are grateful for what we've bestowed upon you, we will grant you increase, you will have increased and my brothers and sisters don't be mistaken.
In the eyes of Allah increase is not necessarily figures. It is more to do with Baraka, blessing, contentment and various other things. So sometimes, for example, my turnover in my business is $10,000 for a certain period, Mashallah. And then I say Allah bless me, Allah bless me, and in my heart, I just want 20,000. So for me, in my small mind, blessing is connected to another 10,000. But as a believer, we need to know that blessing is not connected to a finger, what's the point of having another 10,000 and then when you've got a lot of money, your attitude changes is that a believer? So Allah said, hang on, we know it's not good for you to have another 10,000 because your
attitude will change. But because you're a good believer, we will keep it at 10 or perhaps reduce it to five so that you humble yourself down wasn't that better for us as believers? May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us these are the different aspects and angles that we look at life from as believers. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to open our doors. Obviously, time is quite limited, and we will be having a nikka in a few moments will be officiating Anika, but what I'd like to say my brothers and sisters, as a reminder for myself and yourselves, whenever we see others in hardship, never be happy at their hardship, not at all. Because the Hadees says it will come around to hit you one day,
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don't ever become happy at the loss of your brothers and sisters when they've suffered in one way or another no matter what. Because Allah is capable of having mercy on them, and testing you and inflicting you with something even bigger or the same, some form of calamity and test. So this is one thing I need to learn. When someone something happens to them which is negative. No matter what your relation is with them in terms of good or bad. You must be able to feel in your heart Oh Allah help the man Oh Allah help the system. Don't say a good man, this person should have happened to them. That's the weakness of any man. That's the weakness. That is not the sign of a movement, you
become sad because well, it could have happened to me. It happened to them, it could have happened to me and you make dua for them. Allah will protect you from the same. Secondly, when something good happens to someone else, don't become sad, very important. never become said, you know, someone really wanted to marry a certain girl. And after some time, they found out Hey, another guy is proposed. And guess what? They're getting married. And you start gritting your teeth and you get angry and upset. Obviously, I've just thrown that example seeing that there's any car today it's not a real life example but at the same time, why are you getting upset? Probably that person sustenance
was written there. Why are you getting excited here? May Allah subhanho wa Taala help. The same applies with business. We get angry when another person who's running a similar business makes the money or strikes the deal? Why Alhamdulillah for him, Mashallah be happy. Thank you, Allah bless him. And he Allah bless me too, if you know that blessing lies in me not getting the deal and handle it. Thank you because I know you're not going to keep me without food tonight. The problem is the second plate that we're not going to eat is what we're fighting about. Did you know that the first plate we've all got by the will of Allah the size of that plate difference? May Allah bless us with
our food. Normally, when we get angry and upset, it's all about extra excess. It's not about basic minimums, think about it. May Allah bless us all and grant us guidance and open our doors. Let our hearts become clean. That's one of the purposes why I spoke about this today is in order to look at things and to be able to put them into perspective as a believer and to have a good art where we are happy for the happiness of others. We are never saddened because they're happy, and we are sad because of the sadness of others. We are never happy because of their sadness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all are Sol Allahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad