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a Salaam Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
Smilla he will hamdu Lillahi wa Salatu was Salam ala Abdullah he Rasulullah he Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Jemaine
my brothers and sisters before you were born, Allah Almighty has already written certain things about you and I, the exact time of birth, the exact time of death, whether or not we will be fortunate, and at the same time, the sustenance that will be ours, the tests and the major challenges. So the major aspects of your lives and mine were written prior to your birth.
Now the tests that you were going to have are going to have shall have are also determined by Allah Almighty. Ma Saba me Muslim by to fill out only one laffy Fujikura in Luffy kita beam
Carboni Annabelle Raha in other Anika, Allah Allah here see, any calamity difficulty hardship or test that has come in your direction or anything that is on earth of a similar nature meaning difficulties hardships calamities, except that it has been written by Allah Almighty in a book from a long time back. So it is written by Allah predestined. You need to know your tests, you will go through them, you have to go through them one by one. It is impossible for anyone on Earth to have it smooth sailing totally. Some people have an easier life than others, but they have a different type of a problem. You have someone who doesn't have wealth at all, but he has good health. You have
someone who has good health, for example, but maybe they don't have children. Or you might have someone who has children, but they are not good and they are a source of his or her stress and sadness. Sometimes you have a person who is relatively healthy, and wealthy, for example, but they suffer because of an earthquake or a loss in business, something of
things that they didn't imagine all this was planned and predestined by Allah, it's up to you to realize you cannot have it smooth sailing, there is not a soul on earth. Who has everything because you came onto this earth in order to be tested, your examination paper was already written by Allah before you were born. So what do you do?
Well, what you do is, you have to look at the examination question. You can't skip it because you might fail. You don't know the next questions that are going to come. You have to ask yourself, How did my teacher teach me to go through this question? What answer should I put here? What should I do? Who's your teacher? Nabi? Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, where did he get the answers from? Allah subhanho wa taala. So anything that happens in your life? Ask yourself, how did Allah teach me to go through this and follow it blindly? Subhanallah follow it because that is success. You follow what Allah says? Why do we pray five times a day? Why does Allah speak so much in the
Quran about patients patients suffer? Why does Allah say when you're a pious person, when you're closer to Allah, or when Allah loves you, he's going to make you go through and then do more patients than others. Because Allah knows he's your maker. He wants you to have a high status. When you answer an examination question correctly, no matter how tough it was, you are the champion, right? When you go through an exam paper at school, for example, you learned a lot and then you find it's really, really tough because your level is very high. The a stream and the Beast stream are not the same. You have to go through challenges and each one will go through a different challenge. But
Allah Almighty is the examiner. He says we have sent you onto Earth to test you, you will be tested you shall be tested like those before you in order to distinguish who is truthful in their faith and who is not. We've heard that verse so many times of Surah Tolle angebote
My brothers, my sisters, don't be upset because you have a test. Be happy. Thank Allah Oh Allah, you put a test in my life this one I can manage it by your help Subhan Allah. Because if you don't want one of the tests, Allah says, Okay, we're going to give you another one that one might be more difficult imagine it might be more difficult. So take it in your stride. Thank Allah, look at your challenge. What did I just suffer today? For example, a huge loss in business that was written by Allah predestined how does the same Allah teach me to go through it? How does what does he say? He says, bear patience and pray a lot. Yeah, are you loving monastery no be sobered he was Salah in
Allah Hamas saw beating are you who believe seek assistance through your difficulties, hardships, whatever it may be. By engaging in patience, forbearance, endurance, and at the same time prayer, pray a lot come close to Allah. This is nothing this worldly life you came on here. With zero you were nude, you were naked when you were born. So whatever you have right now, is plus, you see what we mean? If someone were to ask you, do you have more now or the day you were born? You have to say now no matter what you have, even if you've got very little because you know what? When you are being buried, you will be buried with more than what you actually brought onto the earth because you
have two pieces of cloth yet when you were born, there wasn't even two pieces of cloth. So it's Allah's plan to show you man, you came onto the earth we provided for you, didn't we? We may not have given you the luxuries you wanted because it was part of our test. Like I said, some people come with different tests. Allah says, law you can live on long enough son in law I was Aha.
Allah does not burden anyone with more than he or she can actually shoulder if Allah has sent a challenge in your direction he knows you can cope. He knows you can manage he knows you will manage. So don't complain to anyone besides Allah. Allah Houma inmy ESCO la cavaco wa T working letter he Lottie, the Prophet peace be upon him used to say, Oh Allah, I am complaining to you regarding my own weakness, yet he was the strongest, oh Allah I'm complaining to you.
Regarding my inability, yet he was the most able from all of us. SubhanAllah.
So what about you and I, we will go through hardship.
We may go through a health problem for a year or two years. Take it in your stride. Do not sweat Allah. Do not let it make you angry and bitter. become a good person buried with patience.
And thank Allah if your problem makes you a better person, it's a gift from Allah. And if your difficulty makes you bitter and ugly, and makes you drift away from Allah, it is perhaps a punishment from Allah.
No one on earth will have what they want. Everyone has a unique set of examination questions set by none other than Allah who made you and I, you will not have two days the same days will come with challenges, imagined people fought the best of creation, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by preparing armies to go and fight him. What did he say? With the help of Allah? We will not fail.
People planned to kill him so many times. What did he do?
There were days when he had very little in terms of material wealth, Yet Allah could have given him everything. What did he say? What did his family say? They were patient. They looked at what Allah said, and the way Allah has chosen to solve this particular this particular problem, and that is the answer. That is the answer. So you don't have an answer from your pocket or mine. Sometimes we have a challenge. And we think we want to solve it our own way. No, it came in your direction. What does Allah say about this? What does the messenger say about that's what makes you a Muslim and the moment if you do not want what Allah and His Messenger have said, in terms of solution to your
issues, your matters your problems, then you can expect nothing but failure and regret, because Allah is your Lord and mine. We say we are believers but Allah He we have a lot to look into in order to confirm are we true? Or are we just paying lip service? That is why Allah says
while ah pardon fatten Levine? Cabernet, Himalaya lemon long hula vino sada Kula yarn, lemon coffee bean. We have tested all those before you as well, in order to distinguish
Who is truthful and who who are lying, lying in what? In their claim to believe in Allah?
If you believe in Allah and there is a huge earthquake, yes, it is difficult, yes, it is tough. Yes, we will try and help Yes, you may cry, yes, you are a human being you may find it extremely difficult, extremely difficult, but I promise you, with the help of Allah, you will survive, you will make it you will come out of it. And ultimately, when your time is up, and your examination is over, because the duration is up, you cannot keep writing, the books have to be closed and you have to go at that point, nothing is going to delay, you know, is it going to bring you earlier, you can't say oh, now I know the answer for those questions. Let me go back to late the invigilator will
actually cross you off if you were to cheat or you want to delay further. Allah is the Creator. In agile Allah EDA, Allah you are for when the prescribed time of Allah for you, for anyone for anything comes to won't be delayed. It can't. In another place. Allah says lie is that Pharaoh NASA, Ayatollah stuccoed the moon, they are not going to be delayed by a moment, nor will they be brought forward by a moment. It's your time it's up, take it in your stride, you came onto the earth, where were you before you came here? Well, trust me and trust Allah, that wherever you work, you're going to go back. That's all.
Is it a bad place? Well, if I've tried my best on Earth to be a worshipper of Allah, to solve my problems, according to what Allah and His Messenger have dictated, and I've tried to be a good person to others, I don't need to fear I don't need to worry. So many times Allah says, law, how often I lay him wala homea Zonen, no need for those people to fear, no need for them to be sad, for which people, those who kept trying on Earth, you are human, you have faults. You may sin from time to time because of your human nature. You might end up sending but it's not because you defy Allah, it's because you're weak. The solution to that is keep seeking the forgiveness of Allah. Keep asking
Allah's forgiveness. That's why we say when something really bashes you in the face in your life, boom. And suddenly a limb was amputated or suddenly a huge loss in business. Or suddenly you've lost a loved one or something major happened. Do you know what? Yes, we say in alila he were in La Mirada. What does that mean? What does that mean? A lot of us we grew up just saying it without actually thinking what it means. It means I belong to Allah in the first place. And guess what? I'm going to go back to him anyway. So everything that came or went was from Allah went back to Allah wa ala man Almighty Allah we determine at Allah Aenean foucha Be Shea Mian for Oka B Shea in Makkah.
Ketubah Hula, hula, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in powerful advice. He says you need to know if the whole nation everybody gets together to help you or to harm you. They will not be able to help you or harm you except by that which Allah has written for you or against you, otherwise they can't do it.
In another narration, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam explains so beautifully, my Asaba Columbia Coolio. What got to you was never meant to miss you, and what missed you was not yours. It was never meant to be a grain of rice that is written in your sustenance, no matter what anyone on Earth tries to do will never ever go to someone else. It has to come to you. A grain of rice has to come to you. You have to eat it. It has to go through your system. Allah knows the finest of detail. Allah will give you Allah will provide for you, why are you turning to haram when you want to provide for yourself knowing that Allah has kept it for you in halal, and if Allah Almighty is not
giving you it's because it's not written for you so knock his door and keep knocking his door.
Calamity and hardship generally what we have seen it comes in cycles. Look at use of Alayhis Salam story. Seven years they had ease seven years they had difficulty. Then they had ease once again. Sometimes you might face difficulty for seven days for seven months, for seven years. But after that, guess what? It's coming, be patient. Your day is coming. It's coming. And if Allah has written your death before that day, go, no problem. We will go but we won't go complaining to Allah. We will go happily thanking Allah Allah you gave me a life. Many people you asked him Are you ready to go? No. Why? Because a my wife, my children, my whoever else. You know what? It doesn't stop. If you
pass away, they will continue. They have to carry on. There is no way that they cannot carry on. It's the plan of Allah Almighty. Imagine my brothers, my sisters. If each one of us were given
their own date of death you choose, I think most of us wouldn't want to die before 100 But even then Subhanallah when you start getting ill you start getting sick. You're a burden on everyone. What's the point at that stage? That's why you make a dua Oh Allah keep me alive for as long as you know life is good for me. Take me away when you know it's good for me to go. It's a difficult to answer because you might go today, Allahu Akbar. But isn't it the most honest dua? Are you a true believer? You have to go Why do you want to go after you are a burden to everyone in this queue, he's finally dead. La hawla wala Quwata illa biLlah. I'd rather go healthy without having been a burden to
anyone, and life will carry on for everyone else. The same applies when you are making dua because our examinations of blade by Allah and every test that comes in our direction is planned by Allah. Allah teaches us call out to me saying what? Oh Allah, what should I say to you say to Allah, Oh Allah, if this is good for me for my ID in my religion, my faith, my worldly life, my present and my future, make it easy for me and let me have it or let it happen for me. And grant me blessings in it. And oh, Allah, if this is not good for me in your knowledge, and you know, it's bad for me for my connection with you for my current life for my future, then take it away from me and
take me away from it. And make me pleased with your decree. It's called istikhara. Why? Why is the hara because I don't know the future. Sometimes you see a crucial deal. You want to dive into it, it looks beautiful. Two years down the line, the same guy crook to you and robbed you of 10 times more than you ever put in. Sometimes Allah wants to block you from the very beginning. So he starts showing you signs to say, You know what, don't even get involved. It sounds too good to be true. Remain with your millions don't go into the billions of talking of Zim dollars RTGS, by the way,
because if you go into the billions you know what, you might lose a lot of other things that you have Subhanallah what don't you have look at it. Someone might complain, well, I don't have this I don't have that. There are others who would die to be in your situation. They would love to be living your life and you are complaining Subhan Allah Hara Bilal. I mean, the whole aim of today's talk was to remind you and I that tests come from Allah, you can manage, but only with the help of Allah on your own, you cannot do it. If you remove Allah from the equation and you don't want to pray and you don't want to bear patients, you won't succeed. Allah says You cannot have profit every
day, you have to have a loss. You have to have some element of fear. Anxiety has to come in your life, there's no chance that we're not going to have someone without anxiety. You don't know the future that itself is the level of anxiety but faith will keep you going with calmness.
What's going to happen tomorrow, they're going to make a massive announcement about something and something big deal. Let's wait for it. We'll see when it comes we'll cross the bridge when we there were so many will do it together. Mashallah. Right. But we start getting worried, you know, this, you know, that. I remember there was a time when a brother said, you know, if you have to travel to another country, you have to quarantine for 14 days. I said, well then don't travel, the millions are not traveling, but I need to well, if you need to go then quarantine. So what's the big deal? No, but you know, hang on, you're getting excited. You're getting upset, simply because you haven't
acknowledged acknowledged that that's reality on the ground. It's all they will change it. They cannot continue forever and ever. And guess what a time came when they changed it. In fact, at one stage, they didn't even implement something. Because they knew this is not going to be easy to do. But that's just one example. Those things happen in our lives every day. Fear Fear Factor. People threaten you people do this, that you might have a challenge in your life. No problem. Are you close to Allah? Yes. Have you hurt and harmed someone? That's a big question. Normally, when you suffer the first question you should ask yourself, have I made someone else suffer? The answer is yes.
Well, then I need to make amends. That's effect people might not tell you this, but I promise you, if something came smashing at your door, and you really feel this is a huge loss. You know what, ask yourself Have I been a kind soul to everyone? Is there anyone I've really been so nasty to or I've made their life difficult? Well, if it's yes, come today no to done. It shall be done unto you as you as you have done unto others. So it comes around. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. However, generally, the calamities the difficulties, the hardships that we have my beloved brothers, my sisters, these are planned for you and die from Allah. Some people may not have
children. May Allah bless you with children in the interim. Thank Allah, you have so many other things. If I were to ask you, what don't you have? There's a list of just a few things.
The rest you have you realize this, but what does man do? He complains about the three things he doesn't have. And he doesn't want those tests. So Allah says, Alright, we take away these, let's give it to you, but we're gonna test you at something even bigger loss of limbs. So now you're not going to have any limbs but then that's even bigger. Well then why didn't you thank us for the test we put in your life and when you thank Allah says Lane shakar Tula as he the neck when you're thankful, we will give you increase in goodness, you should have just thanked us and continue Oh ALLAH thank you for this challenge. Imagine the house of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
going on for a few months with no food and drink as such besides water and dates, complaint, no complaint anyone knew no one knew. Subhanallah and who was he? No comparison, nothing to compare him with the best of creation. He went through challenges. You and I are bound to go through a lot in life, you will face a lot. Life is not just supposed to be an easy little thing. No, it ends with death, which we look at as the end of goodness. Yet, as a believer. It's the beginning of the goodness.
Someone says what's the worst thing that could happen? Well, he could die, I could die. This one could die, die, death who has thing that could happen? Allah says to mean in moto, that's a hadith. The gift of a true believer is if you die, then come we give give you all your prizes that we've kept for you. Come on man. So hon Allah, may Allah make it easy for all of us. May Allah grant us goodness, he knows what's better for us. May Allah make it easy for every one of us, my brothers, my sisters, your calamities, your hardships, your difficulties, go and check. What does Allah say? How How should you deal with it and deal with it that way? Turn to patience, turn to prayer. Don't act
irrationally. May Allah Almighty, forgive all of us seek the forgiveness of Allah and Allah will open doors come closer, come closer. Ultimately, we have to return to the one who made us and on that day, when he says to us you have passed Allah He we will be the happiest and proudest of people in a good way. May Allah grant that to us aku loco Leha or sal Allahu wa salam ala Nabina Muhammad