Channel: Mufti Menk
Friday Lecture, Topic: Why did Allah Almighty do that?
The Christchurch Mosque Tragedy. Cyclone Idai that wiped out almost 90% of Mozambique. Why did these things happen? More importantly, the question on most person’s tongue is – why did Allah allow this to happen?
What happened was not Allah’s doing. Rather it was the result of man’s actions. We brought it on ourselves. Climate change is the direct result of man’s actions. The killing of 50 persons in Christchurch is again a man’s act.
So the question is not to ask Allah ‘Why’. The correct question to ask is ‘Why not’.
Why shouldn’t the cyclone have happened when we have depleted the ozone layer, filled the air with greenhouse gases, filled the land with murderous chemicals?
Why shouldn’t the man have murdered 50 people in cold blood when we as Muslims have not educated society that Islam is about unity of the community, love for your neighbours, respect for all persons, regardless of race and religion?
Our assistance to others is relative to our capacity but what matters is we must reach out. For the mukmin and the believer, our difficulties bring us closer to Allah. For the future reverts, our actions in the face of these difficulties is what brings to them knowledge and understanding and compassion.
So listen to the beloved Sheikh as he informs us of the Mercy of Allah that brings us closer to Him when He takes something away from our lives.
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah, he was happy his mind. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to bless them, and to grant them all goodness. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant every one of us goodness as well. My brothers and sisters,
we are suffering with what some have termed the worst
cyclone, in the Southern Hemisphere.
In this part of the world, definitely, it's true. We've never seen something as bad as this.
In the southern hemisphere, while it is said that it is the worst, and today, I actually read an article say it's possibly one of the worst in the world.
Allah knows best. But what we can confirm is that it is very, very bad. Imagine a city where 90% or more of the buildings are affected and damaged, where 90% or more of the people have been affected, have lost perhaps some form of property, something is lost of this. And they have struggled and suffered.
Imagine entire villages wiped out.
Imagine towns affected roads destroyed.
And I'm not just talking about Zimbabwe. I'm talking about Mozambique to begin with, when the brunt of that Cyclone has hit.
The city of Barrow was hit so bad.
It's never been hitting that way in the past.
in Malawi, places have been affected in such a way
that it brings tears to the eyes, 1000s of people
10s of 1000s have actually been affected, with 1000s of them having been said to have either lost their lives, or their homes or both.
Now questions arise. The first question is Where is the Most Merciful? Where is Allah in all of this? Why is the one who is the Most Merciful? The Creator? The nourisher? The cherish the Sustainer, the provider, the protector? Why does he allow these things to happen? Why do disasters happen across the globe where children lose their lives, people lose their lives? Why is this happening? For what?
How come he's so merciful and he sees people struggling and suffering and he doesn't do anything about it? That's a question that those who don't know the answer of would ask sometimes people say I'm suffering in my life, where is Allah? I've been calling out to him for a long, long time for many years. And you know what, I still don't have a job
that I'm sure we can relate to in our communities. My business, I've been trying with it for the last 20 years, I still am only just breaking even if anything, and I've suffered so much of loss. That's where people come to ask us, where is Allah? I'm losing faith. People say I'm sick, I'm ill. I'm dying. I'm calling out to Allah. I've promised everything I've been praying I've been doing Why is he not curing me? That's a question. Why did he allow the cyclone to happen? Why did he allow someone to walk into a mosque? It's his house, his own house, he allowed someone to walk in and shoot those who are praying to Him. Why did that happen? Why did he allow this? It's a question that
those who perhaps don't have the answer for would ask.
And it's up to us to answer that there are quite some simple answers for all of us.
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In surah to room, Allah tells us one of the small explanations of the disaster that sometimes happens in our life. This verse that I'm about to translate does not necessarily refer to every single situation of difficulty, but it's talking about some of the chaos and the corruption and the destruction that we're witnessing on earth.
And its reasoning.
Allah says this chaos has actually overtaken the globe.
On the earth, it has become rampant because of what people have done because of the deeds of people. Allah says, Yes, he's in control, he's in charge, he is all knowledgeable, he is all able, but he allows you to a certain extent, something known as a choice, he allows you to have the choice, you will practice it, and you are answerable for it. If you were to slap someone,
you are answerable for that slapping if someone slaps you back, because you slap them,
the blame would primarily be on you. And then maybe people might look at why the other one did what they did.
How many of us actually have worshipped Allah, how many of us have actually made peace with Allah? How many of us fulfill the commandments of Allah, how many of us have actually abstained from the prohibitions that Allah has asked us to abstain from how many of us have actually fulfilled the duties and obligations still, he's most merciful. He says, I've given you more than what you've asked for. I've given you more than what you've asked for, I always say to people, and this is a blanket rule, I can generalize because mostly across the globe, the majority would actually relate to what I'm about to say now. And that is, where were you 30 years ago, 20 years ago? What was the
condition of you or your father or your forefathers, back on back in the day? And what is it now? Are you not in a better place? Do you not have a better condition? Do you not have more in terms of materialistic items? Don't you have greater facility greater access to things? Don't you have a phone and internet and so much more in terms of facility, so generally, the trend has been going up.
Allah has given you so much. But we look at the little that we lose and we start blaming Allah sickness comes to everyone every year, nearly every year you'll have a cough, you'll have a flu, you'll have a cold, the weather will change. It has to happen at least once a year. Some of it is bearable. Some of you might not feel so much today, as I walked in, someone was saying you're looking under the weather. You're looking under the weather and I'm just thinking, well, the weather is so bad in some places. We have to be under it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection and ease.
But my brothers and sisters, yes, we believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala, we believe is the Most Merciful. And we do believe that if you look at the bigger picture, if you look at the whole picture, you will realize that Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala imagine,
we believe and one of the core factors of our belief is we believe a pharaoh to say you don't mean a Lula the hereafter will be far better than this life. That's what we believe. We have belief in the hereafter where there will be no problems, no issues, no power cuts to begin with no interruptions, everything is free. SubhanAllah you don't have to pay for anything you've already paid on Earth.
You believe in the hereafter. So if Allah says Look, I'm going to give you whatever you want. I promise you the majority of the global forget Allah. That's what Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
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in it. And in another verse was he the Messiah who shabu Khanna OSA Allah says when men is given, when Allah blesses men with everything, he turns away from Allah, he forgets Allah, look at those who have absolutely everything. They've got good health, they've got good looks, they've got lovely stuff, they've got a lot of wealth, they've got everything on earth that you can think of everything is, you know, super in their lives, they are very few from amongst those who truly appreciate by getting closer and closer to the maker, with humbleness and humility. Very few.
Those are the fortunate ones. But Allah says to keep you closer to us, we take away things so behind Allah, we take away things. Look at how people pray, when when the doctors tell you, you've only got four months to live. You can only now turn to Allah. Imagine what a blessing that is. Because if they didn't tell you recently, there was someone who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. And this happens often May Allah grant us all cure, and them too. And the family was contemplating should we let this elderly person know or not what is wrong with them? Some of them said don't tell them and some of them said tell them. And then they asked me and I said it's the right of the person for that
person to know what's wrong with that person. It's a right for them to know what is wrong. How's that? It's the right of the person to know what's wrong with the person because they need to know Look, I've got four months according to the doctors. Let me make peace with my maker before I meet my maker that's a blessing of Allah. If you didn't tell them and suddenly they died. Then you
You are wrong because you didn't give them a chance to make peace to realize that doctors will not help at a certain stage, nothing will help at a certain point. So panela so it is their right to know that you've got this disease, we've just found this out. And the doctors have said, there's nothing much they can do. You're gonna have to try perhaps there's only two weeks more to live for you. At least if they say Oh Allah, forgive me, Allah grant me, goodness, make peace with the people you are at war with, you know, make amends, perhaps return some stolen property, etc, whatever it might be. May Allah grant us ease. But isn't that a blessing? When you close your eyes, you had to
close your eyes. People say, Why are these people dying? Well, I can tell you, it's only if you die that you can go to Paradise. Well, you have to die. Because if I were to ask you, would you like to die? Now? You would say no, although you all want paradise. So Allah says, Well, we won't ask you, we just take you and we know that it's right for you. Don't worry about what condition a person has died in for as long as meaning Don't worry about how the person has died.
worry about whether or not that person has made peace with Allah at the point that they have died. What that means is, if you die young or old, or that is irrelevant, when you have died, if you are at peace with Allah, you are a winner, whether you are young or old.
Those who died for example, if they died, doing good deeds with a good heart with closeness to Allah, good news to them, even if they drowned, may Allah grant us all protection. We don't like to die that way. We have to save life Indeed, we have to try our best to reach out to people. But don't ask yourself, why did Allah do it? Allah knows, for example, if there is a little baby that died and people say, Why did Allah allow the baby to go if Allah knew that that baby is going to grow up suffering with a bigger problem, one after the other with disease with a hardship with lack of this and lack of that Allah says the best thing for you, let me take you away now. And the mother says,
But why? Instead of saying, but why? Understand that if Allah took the child away, now, it was the best thing that could have happened. And if you bet patience upon what Allah decision was, then it's the best thing for you as well.
Recently, there was another question that came in my direction
regarding a child, who was born with deformities, such that he passed away just after childbirth.
Why did Allah do that? And I said, My beloved system, don't you agree? Now you've become a mother Subhanallah you're known as a mother. And you're known as a mother who's lost a child, don't you know the status of such a person in the eyes of Allah. So Allah gave you a child, in order for you to become a mother number one, and then took the child away in order for you to bear the patients that will be your ticket to paradise. Wow. So stop questioning Allah, when you see the broader picture, you will understand you may understand there is there is something that is coming out of there. People say well, why are others suffering? They are suffering for many reasons. One of them
is for you to be able to reach out to them you who are not suffering, what are you going to do about it? It's your chance, it's your opportunity. You see a person who's for example, asking for a lift to go to the masjid and you're driving in your beautiful car with nice air conditioning and you see them and they asking you a lift and you pass them. You pass them and you didn't even give them a lift, they will still come to the masjid with someone else but you lost out. You agree. So Allah is watching you, you can't say well, if Allah was merciful, why were they asking for the lift, they were asking for a lift for you not for them Subhana Allah, they were gonna get the Allah was going
to make sure that they're going to get to their destination, and our ultimate destination is paradise. So whether they go to Paradise by dying in five years old by dying in a cyclone by dying in a shootout by dying in with a heart attack, or whether they live to the age of 100 and died thereafter, if they got to their destination, they have won if they didn't get to the destination, they have lost. There we go.
so when we suffer a loss looking for a job, perhaps Allah wants you to keep calling out to him. How many of us get up for Salah when we don't have a job when our health is at stake when we have credits or when we have debts to pay or people are owing us things and so on we get up and say Oh Allah help Allah help and we've got our for Salah, the minute everything comes in, I know of a brother, May Allah forgive him. He told me himself that you know, I had a sickness. And I called out to Allah to help me to help me to help me and the day Allah helped me and the sickness was eradicated. You know what I actually went back to I went, I went into bad ways and habits.
He started clubbing, he started drinking, he started doing all sorts and he was a good Muslim from a young age. Why? Because now the outward problem that he has was had was resolved. So when he got back into all of that, you know what Allah did. Within two years, Allah returned him to a worse condition than he was prior was
He came back to Allah and he came back to the machine and he spoke to me. And he told me you can give my example a person who's ungrateful May Allah forgive me.
So, wasn't it good for Allah to have kept the brother in a certain way? If, if giving you is going to take you away from Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah don't give me but then you're going to have to suffer on earth for a while. None of us can say, Oh Allah don't give me so let's just modify the DA to be at peace, inshallah. We say, oh, Allah grant me. And while you're granting me Do not take away from me, my closeness to you. Give me Oh ALLAH and with that giving, let me come closer and closer to you as the days pass.
And ultimately, whenever you take me away, you know, I give you one other example. If a person were to die today, today, and the angel of death has to come to you, obviously, it's not going to happen that he's gonna come to you. But if he were to come to you and tell you, you're going to die four o'clock, you choose how you want to go? What would you say? You choose how you want to go? We say, Look, I don't want to go, that's gonna be the answer. You can't say okay, I choose how I want to go. Would you rather be a martyr? Would you rather just die on your bed? Would you rather someone come into the mosque and shoot you? Would you rather while you inserted that? Would you rather while you
in Salah? Would you rather just whenever you have a heart attack and go, What would you like? Or would you say Hang on, let me sleep when I'm sleeping? Take me away? What would you say? for you as a believer? What's the best for you. So behind Allah when Allah did it for others, without them having asked and bless them with something they didn't even imagine they would be blessed with. It's only those who believe who understand what happened. Exactly.
So I was saying, in Islam, we are taught to acknowledge the one in need,
and help the one in need and thank the one in need. And thank the one who created the need. There is something known as charity in all religions in Islam, we call it Zakah. It's a specific type of charity. Imagine if everyone's do ours accepted to be wealthy, and everyone had 5 million 10 million who would actually give Zika
when there's no one to receive it.
That's why one of the signs of the hour is that wealth will spread so much that they won't be poor people to give us a cattle. When I said this a few years ago, one young man came and said I can't wait for the time.
May Allah grant us ease.
So when you see a poor person to reach out to the poor person should be considered an honor, when we witness these who are struggling in chimanimani. And and in Monica land, and wherever else and in Mozambique and in Malawi, to be able to reach out to them according to your capacity is actually your test.
We may not be able to do as much as others, but $10 makes a difference. $5 makes a difference. I saw some crowdfunding happening online, I hope it's getting inshallah to the right direction, because that is a problem. People ask me, who should I give to? And I said, Look, you know what, you have to decide that you have to understand why should I give? Who should I give, we are fortunate sometimes we might be able to join and I know of Muslim brothers who have got together and started doing something about it in their own way. Not just one little group, but a few groups have got together and started doing whatever they could. And some of them are cooperating. Some of them have teamed up
with other organizations, some with government, some with whoever else, at least you are doing something between you and Allah. It's not about showing off. It's about between you and Allah. So you have to find the ones you trust most all you got to do it yourself. The minimum is make dua for them. When you feel for them, it shows you have a heart
you know, when you have a heart, you realize that even if I don't have something monetarily, I might be able to benefit those people in a bigger way than money. You see it's proportionate. At the time of the professor solemn there was a companion who came in with a donation of one measurement of dates. So some people started laughing at this companion saying, What's the one? What's your one measurement of dates going to do? And the prompts are seldom explained. In fact, verses were revealed, not to laugh and scoff at those who make a charity have a small amount, you don't know what percentage it was. If you're worth a million, and you've given 1000, it's a small percentage.
And if you're worth 100, and you've given 50, it's 50% of your wealth. So Voila.
It's like an example that comes to my mind right now, which is very interesting. Let me say it had him apart. He was a very, very generous man who known as one of the most generous of the Arabs. So
he was asked once Is there anyone more generous than you? Have you ever met anyone more generous than you? He was so generous, that if you
Were in his
presence, you, you would have got something always something big.
He says yes, I met a young orphan, a young orphan who is more generous than me. So what do you mean how? He said, you know, we were traveling at one stage, I was traveling with my friends. And on the journey what happened is, we stopped over to eat something at some place, and we found an orphan. And he had 10 sheep.
And he went back he cooked something and he brought it for us, obviously brought the meat and he brought everything and we were sitting there eating.
This was hospitality, not being paid for it was not being paid for it was hospitality.
Subhana Allah today on a journey, forget about being paid. May Allah subhanaw will rip people off. May Allah grant us ease, say this man is in need. This is $20 but just say 50 Okay, he's got a nice car.
May Allah grant us forgiveness.
So how timipre He says, I just commented that you know, the brain that you served us here from the inside of that sheep's head, it tasted very nice. The the young boy, he was so happy, he went to the back as we were eating, he came back with more, we ate that he came back with more after a while we ate that we came back with more after a while. And we finished eating after a few hours, and we had whatever rest we wanted, and so on. And as we came out of that place of the house, we noticed a lot of blood. So I asked the young man, what's old his blood? He said, these are my my sheep. I cut them. What do you mean, you can listen? Yes, I cut 10 of my sheep. Why did you cut all 10 of your
sheep? That's the only thing you had? You know what the young boy says, and this will source the quality of the Arabs at the time. He says, Is it possible for my guest to like something that I have something that would make them happy? And I have it and I don't give them? It's not possible? I don't mind 1234. So what if I cut all 10 and I presented the brain of all 10 of them to you people to eat? You liked it? I'm sure I made you happy. So hard tomato. He says that one was much more generous than I. So men asked him Well, what did you give him in return? He said, Well, I gave him 300 camels and 500 cheap.
So they said well, then you are more generous. He says no, he gave 100% of what he owned and I gave a small fraction of what I own vehicles. So the point I'm raising here is it's relative, your assistance to those who are in need is relative to how much you have and what you can do. Not everyone has the capacity of a government. Not everyone has the capacity of a wealthy person. Not everyone has the capacity of an influential person, whatever capacity you have. But there's a secret to it. Don't point fingers. The minute we point fingers, look, I did this What are you doing with last? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, we can remind each other we can we can
encourage each other, but we should never ever point these fingers.
So my brothers and sisters, going back to what I asked at the beginning. calamity strikes. Yes, it's Allah who knows why it strikes for a moment and the believer we are in a win win situation. Either we live in ease or we die. If we live in ease, we win. And if we die, we still win. And if we don't live in ease, we still win because we will get closer to Allah. Your your difficulty brings you closer to Allah your hardship brings you closer to Allah. Don't let your geese drift you away from Allah.
That's a challenge. Many people say no, when I get money, I'm not going to change. When you earn your first 1000 you got a big head, May Allah forgive us. Many people think when I get to authority, power and influence I'm not going to change I'm going to prove to these people that me I'm a humble guy, the minute you have a slight droplet of it already. You're a big man. Mashallah. mela somehow subhanho wa Taala, forgive us. humbleness and humility is a test, especially for those with wealth. And I tell you there is a small percentage who have been saved, the rest have actually lost it. So when you don't have it's actually a bigger blessing than when you do have remember that and don't
lose focus. I repeat that on Earth. When you don't have it's a bigger blessing than when you have when you don't have it's a bigger blessing than when you have just remember that it's only those who use what Allah has blessed them with in the right direction. That would actually be successful in this world in the next
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant every one of us goodness and ease. May Allah subhanahu wa taala open our doors. May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless every one of us, may we be able to reach out to those who are struggling in one way or another. And my brothers and sisters, those who have suffered while law it's important for us to reach out to them to explain to them that yes, it's the mercy of
It's always a test from Allah, there is something in the broader picture. There is something in the broader picture that is actually
not understood by people may Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us ease. My brothers and sisters, another very, very powerful factor that we need to remember. We don't deserve the goodness that Allah has bestowed upon us. We are so far from Allah, but he says I will still give you I'm breathing your breathing. We have a we have goodness, we have fans here today. You have eyes, nose, mouth, lips, is working your tongue it works. Everything works. how sophisticated it is, let one small thing go wrong with you. And you see what happens. A machine bigger than the size of this room will not be able to replace your taste buds on your tongue. Subhana Allah
did we ever make do our law let my tongue work properly so I can taste the food? Never. I don't think any of us have even thought of that. Because we took it for granted but when you need goes away or law Canfield anymore, my tongue my tongue, Oh Allah, what happened? It's a mercy of Allah. You drew closer to him because he took something away. Allahu Akbar. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. I've spoken for a while, and I hope I make dua that we've benefited from what I've said in sha Allah aku Kohli hada sallallahu wasallam albaraka Allah Nabina Muhammad