Corona Virus- Punishment or Mercy
Channel: Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
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respected Brothers Sisters Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
I pray all of you are well in sha Allah Huhtala brothers and sisters
keeping well in these testing, and difficult times and situations.
I would like to thank Alba Lau Academy, once again for arranging this very important webinar.
An online course is part of a series of sessions. So my session is one of the sessions
on the Coronavirus pandemic and the Islamic guidelines and I believe some of you may have attended the previous one or two or a few sessions that have taken place I
apologize that there's been a slight by seven minutes delay but inshallah we will
try to discuss some really important issues today in sha Allah, Allah Allah may Allah subhanaw taala reward all of you as well for taking out your time,
even though you're just at home anyway. But of course from other things at home you're doing
and may Allah reward the organizers as well.
Now, my session today,
the title and the heading is Islamic traditions, trials, tribulations and resolutions. That's the headache, but I actually have around four or five points. And I want to mention these five points or six points. I don't know if it's four or five or six I quickly just before So luckily, we've had some negative prey here just before mother ever sat down for a few minutes, just quickly jotted these points down
as they came to my mind.
So I think there's about five points
and I want to discuss them. Inshallah, in a lot of detail in light of this heading in this title, which is
the Coronavirus pandemic, trials and tribulations and Islamic teachings.
We have some very, very important issues that we want to discuss.
And we hope our last panel to Allah grants me the ability to
discuss these issues in light of the guidance of Quran and Sunnah, and gives me understanding and wisdom and grants me inspiration to say which is beneficial for myself and all of you in sha Allah to Allah.
So we are really going through a testing time, there's no doubt about that. It's a time of trial, it's a time of tribulation, it's a time of hardship, it's a time of difficulty.
All of us are facing a situation of difficulty in one way shape, one form or another, in one way or another, every single one of us. Some of us are ill May Allah cure the ones who are ill. Some of us have family members who are ill will maybe ill will not cure them. That's also a tested test and a trial and it's a hardship difficulty to go through a situation where some of your family members are ill some of us may be struggling financially.
That's also a hardship. Some of us are mentally going through some difficulty and hardship because we always fearing
the worst. We feel lonely, we feel scared, we have fear we hear every other day such and such person has passed away or this person has been taken to the hospital or this person's got the corona virus COVID 19 This person has died or we watch the news or we follow the news on social media wherever
800 have died today. 798 Today, total deaths 9000 10,000 Adding today again in the UK they said like I think 800 I think today was again, like last few days is all around 800 700 something 800 900 We're looking at New York are the
over 1000 people in a day in New York. Total global deaths
Follow all these things so we are fearful we feel scared we have anxiety. So that's a test on a trial.
And then also a tested a trial is not being able to be. If people are practicing Islam, they're not able to go to the masjid. That's a test at a trial as well for a lot of people, for those people who regularly go to prayer not being able to go for Juma prayer is a massive test. It's a massive trial. It's, it's because a lot of people live, live their life. So the older people, you know, I know we tell told them that you have to stay home and pray a lot at home. But imagine what they had to go through, you know, some of these older people, they would rather die and not go for Juma prayer. Really, not going to the masjid but Juma prayer for them is a greater hardship and test than
actually catching the disease. That's how they feel. Of course, they need to not they need to, from an Islamic point of view, I will mention that they need to protect themselves, when that's how they feel. So that is also a lot of people forget that that is also a test and I try to be not able to go to the masjid I know myself, Matthew, my own family, my father who is over at me, Allah protect him. He actually mentioned this, that, you know, it's never his life, since he can remember maybe in his teens till today. So that's like, if you say from 20 to 80, how many 60 years, over 60 years because mid 20s And he's about 83. So like, that's like 65 years of his life. He's never missed. He's never
missed going to the masjid to pray tomorrow prayer. Now after 65 years, you have to miss Juma prayer. That is like a massive, massive test. So we're going through many different ways of tests and trials and tribulations. anxiety, stress, depression, loneliness, fear of dying, fear of dying alone, fear, fear about family members, elderly parents, etc, etc.
Now, the point is, that for a believer Allah subhanaw taala This is my first point that Allah subhanaw taala The first point is basically looking at trials and tribulations loss Muhammad Allah has given us such a beautiful deed and see for a believer in Allah his Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and those people who have faith we have this internal peace about these things. Because we have this understanding if someone's have no faith, if this is the only life yes, you don't believe in faith, this is the only life they say you only live once make the most out of it. Now if you can't make the most out of it, you know you're saying the whole years gone I could have been
partying I could have been doing this I could have been doing that I could have made money. One year of my life Korea's gone on eight nine months of my life is gone. You only live once and one years being taken out of my life. And if they died and I think that's it, I'm dead, you know, family members have died. And that's it. There's nothing nothing beyond however for a believer
there's always reasons to console yourself there's always some positive there's always a positive
there's always a positive trials and tribulations themselves are positives can be positives.
Trial and tribulations hardships can be positive. That's why there's a hadith of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam where he said that adjuvant the unreal movement, adjuvant the unreal movement. That how great is the situation of a believer in a cell but to in Asaba to Suraj Shaka Why not sorry, nasaga to the Raja
Sabha. If the believer experiences goodness and prosperity and pleasant news and pleasure and goodness in his or her life, then he or she thanks Allah subhanaw taala
sugar. So in a good situation in a positive situation. There's blessings by thanking Allah. When cassava to the raw and if you go through testing and times and trials and tribulations and difficulty and hardships, Sabra patients, that's another way to enter Janna. And then also if you think about dying for a believer, you think, okay, if I do die, and if I am on D, and I have love for Allah subhanaw taala and I'm connected with Allah and I am trying my best, nobody's perfect. Then you also look ahead to the next life that okay, this life is only short anyway.
Or if you have elderly family members, and you know, you've seen them all their life, offering their prayers and being charitable and being nice and kind and raising good children, helping the community of reciting the book of Allah being pious. And when they pass away, we offer Janaza prayer.
We don't offer Janaza prayer for them. They don't need you as a prayer. Sometimes, you know, people will think that oh,
Que someone's passed away, but only five people are able to offer Janaza prayer. Now, people think about oh, you know how sad look, according to Allah, whether it's five people or 5 million people, if someone's not on the right path, and there's 5 million people offering Janaza prayer, there's no benefit. I mean, okay, they've made dua, but really the main objective, or the main reason, or the main yardstick criteria for Allah is how that person lived their life, if someone lived a prosperous, practicing Islamic life, and they died somewhere. And there was not even one person to offer the prayer, that doesn't do them any harm whatsoever, not one person to make dua for them, it
doesn't do them harm anything at all. So if you see him, for Billy, practicing believing person, even if you die, and even if five people call,
even if five people come, you've lived a good life, if you've got somebody in the family who passed away, and you know that they've lived a good Islamic life, no one's perfect, remember that, but a generally good Islamic life, then you have something positive to look at, or the something positive to think of that inshallah they'll be in jannah inshallah, they will be in paradise Inshallah, we shouldn't be meeting them very soon anyway, because this life is very short. It's like you're going on a train station. And
you stopped at a place and they just, they just went to the next city before you they've taken the earlier train. Like, imagine there's a train early in the morning, nine o'clock, and there's a train at 1pm. And there's a train at 4pm and one at 5pm and 6pm, they've taken the 9am train, you might take the 1pm train, or you might take the 7pm train, but you're all going to we all going to end up by night in London, or whichever city New York we're heading towards. So basically, this is this is this is the way a believer for a believer, there's always something positive. So
trials and tribulations like I said, we are all tested with all these trials and tribulations. And the point is that
Allah subhanho Medina says in the Quran that we this dunya this life, this life is a life of trials, tribulations, difficulties and hardships. We might be thinking right now, whoa, this is
such a, you know,
free fearful time, we've never experienced first time many of us, even myself, we've all kind of it's the first time we've experienced this, this kind of trial in our life for the first time.
But remember, this has not this is not the first time this has happened in the world. And this will not be the last time it happens in the world. Whatever the reason, and a lot of people are going to discuss theories of conspiracies, whatever, wherever but we all know that people are getting ill, whatever the reason. I'm not saying that if you go into that, that's haram, from an Islamic point of view, there's no ruling that you can think of that conspiracy or not, there's no such thing like that. But we all know that people are dying. Now, this is not the first time
we all know about the Spanish flu, and even in the time of the Sahaba and the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam. I mean, there was there was a plague in the time of amagno hoBRO, the Allahu Anhu which actually wiped off
towns and cities and villages like people in the 1000s hundreds of 1000s of people died. So this has always happened. So this happens for a reason. We have to remember first of all, that with these trials and tribulations,
it is from Allah. This is what the believer thinks, that this is from Allah, and of story Allah is an Hakim and Allah is Al Hakim, remember these two words? Now if you're writing English, you might write it same how Kim HJ K i m. And Hakeem HJ K I am, but like if you have the diacritical marks, then use us for the A and I but Allah is hearken, which is the sovereign ruler, the ultimate ruler. Now use an AMA if Allah whom you allude, he is not questioned what he does, whereas the humans are questioned. So, he has so control. So it is from Allah, this virus Coronavirus, COVID-19 plague, Spanish flu, any hardship, financial hardship,
you know, hardship of poverty, whatever.
This is from Allah and Quran tells us Allah says in the Quran well no blue one Netcom be che in mineral healthy while jewelry when I say middle I'm worried when unfussy what Thammarat we shall surely test you.
We shall show any test you one unblu One Nakum and Allah says you meaning all of you.
Any exception No. This is the point this duniya we have taken it many of us as the ultimate humble that's for a non believer, but one who thinks this is the only life
Life is too short, make the most out of it. Enjoy it You only live once. Even saying that you only live once. It's a wrong statement. We shouldn't you should never say we only live once we live more than once we live in the next life as well. But for a believer
this life is not the only life. So Allah says well under blue and Netcom all of you, we shall test all of you. All of you means everybody, men, women, old young believers, non believers, pious non pious prophets. Some people say oh, it's a punishment at the mercy I'll talk about that just in a minute. But even the prophets were tested.
Look at Prophet Ibrahim peace upon him. He was thrown in a fire. Has anyone of you or me or anyone today been thrown in fire? Like imagine the he ever knew that the fire was going to be
cooled on him all night? Now Cooney brother was alive and
he was thrown in the fire. Is there a test imagine? That's much greater test than
the test that we're going through? Has anybody been told, commanded by Allah to take your own son, your own five year old son or 10 year old son or whatever years he was married is upon him and take a knife and slaughter look at him and go cut the throat.
He didn't know that. Sheep will come and he will slaughter his sheep in place.
Imagine the test all the profits look
you know sorry setup in the
stomach of the wild fish and that's one of the drives which I will talk about that he made dua
La ilaha illa Anta Subhanak iniquity nobody mean, has anybody been in that kind of situation? No. Even our beloved messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam trial after trial after trial. Were just scared of bit of poverty because we're not getting our wages right now. I know it's difficult. And we might not be getting the income but has any one of us put like two three stones on the stomach and not eaten. for like a week or two weeks? I shall have the Allahu Anhu says that two months is to pass by on the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is household and nothing needs to be cooked on the stove. And we're worried like oh, the whole superstores are packed because we've never seen food
before. We're running full of food and getting stocking up. I don't know. The toilet rolls. I don't know why that was what people were doing. I had no idea what he was up there still, I mean, because we go to the stores and get a few things. But imagine
can we live without meat and chicken and anything cooked on the stove on the fire for like two months?
I mean, that was known for the messenger said Allah Allah isn't the norm was like five, six months nothing. Once in a while, some meat would be cooked and that would be like, unique. That was not that was abnormal, like a unique situation. Most of the days water and dates. That's that was the life so he was tested. So the Quran is saying whether or not blue will not convey shade in mineral hope you will Jewry we will test all of you. Not just the bad people, not just the disbelievers, even the believers.
Be che in mineral health with a bit of fear. So you get scared about your family about yourself about whatever different things will jewelry, retest you hunger.
When I say minimum one financial,
loss of wealth,
what Thammarat and food. So we shall test all of you. And then Allah says well best share your sovereignty
give glad tidings to those who exercise Sutherland patients.
When we do test you, those who don't complain, and those who exercise sovereign patience, Allah says, giving them glad tidings, and these are who straightaway allotted, and Vina is that Assad but who masiva orlu in Rila, he were in Iraq, Iran. These people give glad tidings to these people of patients. Who are these people, these people who say and they don't just say verbally remember these these things. They're not just supposed to be said verbally. They need to be internalized. A levena either Assad but whom we'll see. But these are those people when they are afflicted with calamities with problems with hardships or difficulties with trials and tribulations.
All they say whether or not you say it, remember these words like many of the times we say these words just for the sake of admitting we've got to have it hamdulillah thank Allah that at least we say it as a habit, but we need to get to the next stage of understanding the meanings why we say like in sha Allah Subhan Allah hamdulillah as Ocula you just don't just say Shalom Shabbat like there's a great meaning behind in sha Allah with the thought. So these people who say it
In the law, he was in Iraq Giroux, they don't just say it. What does that mean?
This is going back to a loving hugging in the love, we belong to Allah.
We belong to Allah,
which means what
he is, he owns us, if he wants to test us, we belong to him, if he wants to take us away,
that's his choice. He is the one who has given us the soul. And he is the one who has given us life and eyes and body. He's the one who has given us parents. And he's the one who has now whom he's the one who was given us food and sustenance and wealth and money and, you know, houses and homes. So we belong to Him
so when you think remember I said Allah is unhackable it is from Allah, when we will, when we think that Allah is a sovereign ruler, we belong to him, when you think we belong to him, he owns us,
then we don't have a right to complain, the test becomes, you know,
diff, becomes a bit easier to understand or comprehend in the law. So he has a right to test us. If we belong to him, he has a right to test us. We're in LA here raw Giroud and we shall surely return to Him, which means that we will soon be leaving this world anyway. So the test is short. If we die now, or we die in five years, or we don't 10 years or 20 years, but we still will be dying.
I once wrote about this, that sometimes we make dua for those people you know, when someone's really ill and sick and we ask everyone make dua it's good we should you know, someone's really ill. But you know what, we will make dua we say, oh, you know, please pray someone's really critically ill someone's in hospital, please pray, pray for that person. And everybody makes the law give health and give them Chifa Camila, Arjun, like complete, that we also sometimes as the Muslim, you're like, give eternal Shiva. Remember, there's no eternal Shiva we say like eternal meaning like a long one. But you're not going to be alive forever. So basically, when you make into our when we are making,
or someone's ill and sick, and we say, Allah, please cure them, we're basically making the other all law, don't give him death now give him death later. It's just we're just saying, we're only asking Allah to prolong that death from now to another five more years, when there's an old person or one of our beloved or someone in the family or some great scholar, and we say, oh, Allah, please give Shiva everyone makes sure he's in the hospital and etc. We're basically saying Allah Don't take him away now, but do take him away later. Of course, we don't say that. But that's what it is. Because he is not going to live forever. No one's going on forever. So we only basically saying Oh, Allah
like not now. But after six years, Allah give him a day. That's basically what we say.
So in early Allah, who in earlier modules, Allah says, that look, we shall test all of you, you know, the famous story, and I don't have time and time is short, I want to go to the second third, fourth point, which are very important points
about Ebola, and also the famous incident in the time of the messenger, salallahu Alaihe. Salam, they had a very ill sick, son. And you know, the,
the father was very concerned, the mother was very concerned. And then one day in the morning, the father saw that the sudden ill and then he kissed the Son, and then he went for work. And when he came back a night, his wife Subhanallah, very amazingly, with a lot of wisdom, and Heckman explained, he came in and asked straightaway, how what's the situation of our son?
And almost Salim said that everything's fine, no problem, everything's fine. in a good condition. The son had passed away, but she just like cooked him a nice meal, etc. And and then later, when they were in the bed, he said, Look, she said to him, can I ask you something, you know, if our neighbors borrowed or some oil or some lantern or something I can't exactly remember right now. And they asked for it back.
Would it be wrong for us to not give it back to them? He said, Of course not. If someone borrows us, if our neighbors give us something to use to borrow, and if they ask for it back, we should definitely be wholeheartedly willing to give it back. So she said Likewise, Allah granted the beautiful side. And Allah asked for the same back and you know, you need to give it back to Allah.
So this is the way the Sahaba or the Allah and the Companions understood test and trials and tribulations. Now Allah tests he says that he tests all of us. Okay, well, the number one condition immunol hope you will shoot. There are many reasons. This is my continuation of the first point. There are many reasons why He tests us and he knows best and he has Heckman wisdom, he knows best why He tests us. But there's couple of there's many reasons many wisdoms behind Allah testing us. But there's two main reasons that we learn and we see in the Quran and Sunnah and most of us know which of these two and we always say is that this reason why is it that is, is it a punishment, or
a means of mercy from Allah. You know, some people like kind of debate, is this punishment from Allah? Or is it a means of Rama and mercy? Is it punishment or is it mercy?
There's no, there's no need to debate about this because tests and trials and tribulations, they can be punishment and they can also be mercy. You look at many evidences of the Quran and Sunnah some of the texts indicate that it's a means of mercy from Allah subhanaw taala, elevation of rank, elevation of status. Love from Allah Subhana Allah Dara, like I said, with the prophets, that's what it was.
All these prophets, Ibrahim alayhi, salam, Allah loved and wants you to test him. Now why you might have a Why does Allah want to test if he loves? That's why you said if you believe in God, you don't ask that's what God is. You can't sit in the chair of a god. You can't. You know, wear the shoes of a god and understand and look at things because you're not God to understand a medic, you have to be a medic. You can't be a layperson and understand the doctor. To understand a scholar you have to be a scholar. You can't be a layperson, understand. You can understand some things but you can't understand fully. You can't be you can't understand a mechanic or car mechanic until you're a car
mechanic. I'm a layperson. I take my car, and I get a few things. But most of the things I don't get, we are human beings we are there's no comparison between us. And God, we can't start. We can't understand what godhood is. That's another topic, the topic of albedo and I don't need time to go into that. But the point is, that when it comes to prophets and people like that, ALLAH SubhanA, who died, his testing of the prophets and the Sahaba and the righteous and the saints and practicing and people, I mean, of course, it's not it's not a punishment, or all the below how can you see it's punishment. And that's why there's headaches like the messenger Salallahu Alaihe Salam says, either
have the Allahu Abdon sub dilated Bella or Saba when Allah subhanho wa Taala
loves a servant. He flicks hardship and difficulty on who either have biller who didn't sobriety hill but that will suffer. There's also an aerations like a shed do Nursey Bella and LM BIA from Anthony and Anthony a shed do Nursey Bella and Olympia from an unskilful answer the most severe people
to be tested the people who are tested most severely are the ones who are the profits are shut don't see better than the one closest to them than the one closest to them. There's Hadith like my you'll see will Muslim I mean na slobin Walla Walla, walla hum humming with a husband while oven while our home had to Shoka you shall call her Illa Kaffir Allah will be having a hotdog minha who any believer who faces or experiences any kind of pain
or difficulty physical fatigue pain
nisab like you're tired deserve constant pain in your body illness. When I was sobbing or continuous illness, or any hum any concern worry when a chosen or any sadness and sorrow or any difficulty X even to the point that even a thorn was to prick you.
If you've experienced any of these things, this is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari Allah subhanho wa Taala through that hardship and difficulty. What does he do? He forgives your sins Mermin mercy but him to Siebel Muslimah ill CAFR Allahu bihon had the Shoka you shall to her so here Buhari. So we find all of this
it's a means of forgiveness of sins, elevation of rank and status and mercy from Allah. But at the same time we also see verses like well no they are not human and either we are doing another with Akbar. We will give you a minor type of punishment in this world before the main punishment and alcohol may Allah protect us. Allah also says in the Quran, Wilma are sodomy mostly but in Furby Maka, Sabbath eco. Any hardship difficulty you experience in your life it is because of your own doings. You're not practicing. You are heedless, you've left Allah you've forgotten Allah. You think this is the only life it's your own fault.
So refined both of these two things, both are correct. The point is that for the practicing people, for those people, basically what the scholars have understood from this that they say that if someone is experiences hardship, difficulty trials, tribulations sadness, sorrow, anxiety, stress, pain,
illness, sickness, loss of family members, poverty, financial strains, whatever they experience
See if that causes them to turn more to Allah become more sincere, practice Islam they were not practicing. They became practicing, they turn to Allah. They do our to Allah, they begged Allah this they, they asked no one except Allah they thought that
no one can help except Allah subhanaw taala constantly returning to Allah making dua to Allah offering the prayers, etc. Then all these trials and tribulations and hardships and difficulties
are considered to be a form of mercy from Allah. Because you are now this one of the wisdom sometimes Allah wants to test us for us to get back to him.
See, it's a way that Allah wants us someone is heedless from Allah and Allah test that person giving him an opportunity. Like someone gets ill sick cancer for example. Some people think, Oh no, this person's got cancer Subhanallah sometimes some people are lucky at least they got cancer before they passed away. They got six months to prepare for their death or other be in the six months of preparing for my death, that an instant car crash or you're gone in the middle of like nowhere of heedlessness.
So we don't look at the long term, you know, the wisdoms behind this
rather than have a sudden death where you're absolutely heedless from Allah.
And you get a sudden death that is that is a real bad situation to be in. So sometimes Allah wants the person to give back to him to close to him to close to Allah. So if all of this causes a person to become sincere and practice his religion or her religion, then
it is a form of mercy from Allah.
And Allah forbid, if the opposite happens if someone becomes even more heedless, or is still as heedless as before, or if not more,
actually even start complaining about Allah actually starts you know, losing hope and thinking, you know, this is really bad and then we'll hear the builder May Allah protect us all, this is considered to be a means of punishment and other from Allah subhanho wa taala.
So, these trials and tribulations, they could be mercy and they could also be a form of punishment, we need to make sure that the situation we are in right now, that we make this a means of mercy for us a means of forgiveness of our sins, every day of our life, we are turning no to Allah and with this Inshallah, this will be a means of Rama mercy from Allah and stay elevation of our ranks and forgiveness of our sins. And we will, you know, get the benefits of this inshallah So, what we need to do to make this, that it becomes a means of these trials, and these tribulations.
One thing I've already mentioned Saba, okay, that's very, very important. Patience. Like the Hadith said, pregabalin, the Umbrella Movement in a Sabbath in Asaba to Surat, Shatta Wale in Asaba to Daraa Saba Saba patients, which means being content taking the means which I'll talk about, but being content mod complaining about Allah because look, Allah is Hakim and his Hakeem I didn't finish that again part of the time earlier on. Hakim, Allah is the sovereign ruler. So he has a right to do what he wants.
And he is also Hakeem full of ultimate wisdom. He knows
what is best for us. You know, meditation and thinking about these two qualities of Allah, Allah being Hakim, the sovereign ruler, and Allah being hacky, which means
the all wise meditation of these two qualities of Allah helps attain somewhere and patience. Because you think okay, Allah is the one who's caused this hardship will meet.
And Allah is wise he knows.
He is wise he's Hakeem, he knows this must be a wisdom there must be a reason there must be something.
So someone is very important turning to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah
making you know turning to Allah, Allah, Allah Allah Salah offering our prayers we're not many of the brothers are not going to the masjid. We're not most of us if not all of us are not going to the masjid. But that doesn't mean that we don't have a prayer. This is the way that we make this a means of mercy for us to make sure we offer all our prayers at home and maybe pray them better than we used to pray them before the mosque because the Imam was praying too fast anywhere the mosques or mosques like some mosques, four minutes and 33 seconds, one second.
How to four minutes. 33 seconds exactly. I didn't count I'm only joking. Four minutes and 33 seconds like quickfit Allahu
Allah. Maybe now at home you're in charge. Imagine you're learning how to lead a prayer, you and your brother or you and your wife or you and your son or you and your daughter. And if acquainted some mothers, a woman and her sister and a woman and a daughter
in order again to the Federal issue of women leading leading men, but women just amongst themselves according to the sharper America, how many mothers with their evidences a lot of Quinton Hanif is even though that's not allowed.
Evidence is on both sides not that's not a big issue anyway, but what's important is imagine you're learning how to lead solder. Take time, eight minutes, with her shoe with concentration with devotions. Amazingly, you know, think of the positives that every I go to the mercy for thyroid prayer and the guy like finishes in 55 minutes and 30 seconds along. Imagine now I'm going to offer my taraweeh two hours you know, dim the light in my room, Allahu Akbar Al Hamdulillah. You know, you read your own sutras, think of the meanings of the Quran, Hashem and concentration in prayer is so important. There's actually three levels and there's no time to discuss it. But there's actually
three levels of crucial one is when you pray, you know what you are doing or reciting and the time of doing or reciting it. So when you're reciting refer to how you know you're reciting hamdu, lillahi, rabbil, Alameen, or Hanrahan etc. When you're in Roku, you actually know that you're in roku. Your mind is not gone to America or Japan or somewhere else. You know what you are doing? That's the basic level. Second level is, knowing the meanings of what you're reciting. At least learn in this time learn the meanings of the prayer. Surah refer to her in the Surah when you're in record, Subhana rugby, Alavi, what does that mean?
Why do we say Subhana of BL are the new record? And why do we say Subhana? Rock Bill Arla in sujood Why are the Miroku and why Allah and sujood what's the reason for the difference? What are the meanings of Allah and
Aleve? What is it the here to mean what is the law with the here to the law or Salawat What are you but what is what is all of all of this mean? As salam o Allah you interview all of this with meanings
that's a second level and the third really high level of Osho and devotion in prayer is endowed with Allah and Nicotra a lamp la quinta Rafa, you know, we rock you worship Allah as though you are seeing him
that's a high level and if you can't get to that level, the know at least that Allah is watching over you. So, one, that's another really good way of, you know,
going through these types of training, tribulations and trials and a lot of doba and repentance because Allah says Solomon will see but in for the Microsoft ad Ico, whatever, we'll see the hardship, difficulty you experiences because of your own doings. So we make Toba we repent to Allah everyday say Allah haemophilia a lot more fully alarm affiliate stuff with Allah and colleagues and we were to really just constantly whenever you remember stuff that Allah stuff it's like, you know going into your room stuff or a lot of stuff that Omar the Think of it don't just make it lip service, stuff that Allah like, think of it meaning you don't have to think of the specific sins but
just I'm a very simple person. Of course, there's so many I can't remember how many sins I've done stuff and all that stuff for all of them, but don't specifically dwell on the sin.
Also Tahajjud prayer we can offer and lots of dollars that we can recite now, you know, there's so much on the internet that people have said this dua that do
some like really, really strong to us that we should really make a habit of I mentioned you use peace upon him who was tested. When he was in the stomach of the whale, what did he say in Subhanak unicorn terminal but even a very powerful to la isla, I learned all there is no god but you again talking about Allah being an Hakim, all like this is from you. You're the Lord. You're the only god this is from you. I don't have a right to question you. But I'm a very weak servant. And this has come because it's my fault. It's, again, we attribute weakness to our own selves. It's our fault. It's us human beings. We what have we been doing in the world? Humans collectively, fraud,
deception, cheating, lying, fornication, Xena, Xena have the eyes in of the ears, you know of the hands. We've been involved in all sorts of sins. You know, there's one I have the Quran Allah says we are one cathedra default if Allah was really took you to task for all the wrongs you did in this world that nobody would you have, you will remain alive in this world. That's how much sins we commit. Allah says we are one cathedra I let go a lot. But sometimes I have to give you a bit of test. Because, you know, imagine and we know for a fact how many people do the business in a halal way.
100% We're talking about Muslims just Muslims.
out of 100% How many people ensure they earn Hala? Clean money pure money, no cheating, no deceiving, no bad ethics no bad business ethics, no bad morals how many people live the more I show the relationship with others, with the parents, with the children, with the siblings, with their husbands with the wife, how many people swear and fight and argue in marriages all of this causes all of this trap. This is what the Quran is saying. Now Saba could mean masiva Toby Monica solidarity. So unicyclists Salam, Sandra Allah Allah and Subhanak in economy of volume I'm the oppressor Hola. It's my fault that I've ended up in here.
Allah's history after that when a J Now we
gave him salvation. We took him out of that bad situation. Whatever Valley good noon, Gil macmini And likewise, the rest of the believers, we will take them out as well if they read the same door.
Now the rest of the believers are not going to go into the stomach of the whale, which means any hardship. So read this door Allah Allah Subhana Allah in the continental volume in the store are very famous during the Hadith, like absolutely authentic Bismillah Hillery Allah Lord Rama is making Shaman from Obi Wan sama who similarly we should read this all the time, Corona or no Corona COVID-19 or COVID 45 Whatever, every morning and evening Bismillah de la Roma. It's me Sheikh one from all the way up to summer Hill simulator, Aleem Allahumma Anil Wada, what are all these types of dua there's actually a really good solid Hydra which I don't have time to go into. But there's a
whole prayer of need that I you know, has been mentioned in the Hadith. And the messenger sallallahu alayhi salam says in one Hadith when Canada who will Allah He hija
hadn't been many of them whoever has a need, then he should pull it out the performance ablution when you sin, it will do make your pollution well, some familiar Salia Riccarton have a tour of our prey of need, after you've completed took our proof of need from the youth me Allah Allah then praise Allah subhanaw taala will you solely an individual above what he said, Send blessings on the messenger sallallahu alayhi salam familia cool and then the person should make this to the Illa Illa halimun Karim Subhan Allah Hello Belarusian Ali Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen as I look at Luca Mooji Bhatia ratiometric as the Imam of flotek There's no time to translate this you'll find the
translation this is in the Hadith book soon and Timothy and many of the books well when you met him in Colombia was salam intervene cool If not, leave them many love Africa hola harmony, Allah for Raja. But the last part what a hydroton here like a robot, any need or Allah that I have which pleases you to elaborate data fulfill that need of mine.
This is like a prayer of need. So a lot of these things can be done. What shouldn't be done is wasting time a lot of people are in quarantine wasting time watching films, music, I mean, people are going more into wasting the time.
Netflix is quite popular, I heard.
At least leave it for now. Think that look, this is a time of test and trial from Abba. Let me leave it for at least let me isolate myself from music and films and Harlan thinks you know, at least for now. So don't waste your time.
And also a point here about death I wish I forgot to mention was that
even death you know Sorry. So these are the things like I will say we need to do turn to allah sallallahu Istighfar repentance to her Jude various laws. So another Hajah
and also contemplate death.
Be prepared for death.
Think about death. Life. This is a short life. Prepare for that. Be ready for that.
Now in a lot of people that like to make a lot of observations and discussions like somebody asked me the other day, do you think this is a sign of Yama like the world's ending? I said before the world ends my annual World and
actually that's in the Hadith. Forget worrying about the world ending the world has a life The sun has a life The Moon has a life the stars have a life. The trees have a life like every item has a life. Some people's life like for 10 years. Animals have a life lifespan varies from person to person, from species to species from item to item. Some people some species have like a five second life. There's some mosquitoes they're just there for like a few hours and then they die. Some are just born and then they die.
So everyone has a life. So this dunya Whoa, the sun has a life. Who cares a while you're worried about the sun's life and the moon's life and the end of this world. Let the world deal with its life. We become so alike
concern about when the world will end. I am not the world we are not the world The world is not us. We have our own world. And the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in nama am are gradually moved to the Judgment Day, the Kiama, the final hour of a person is his own death. Our own death is our aim. So we need to worry about worry about our own death. That's why somebody came to the messenger Salallahu Alaihe Salam and as a messenger of Allah to Sarah, when is the final hour? He said, Mother, that and what have you prepared for the US game? Forget the final hour, you worry about yourself. So preparing for death, not too much discussions about the world ending. Also in
this you know, self isolation time and in quarantine, we have a lot of time that I actually wrote about this, take the positives.
Try to take the positives.
There's blessings in everything. Even illness and sickness can be a means of blessing. There's actually scholars who've written books about how being ill and sick is a blessing. That doesn't mean we ask Allah for the blessing rather we say to Allah, Allah, I am weak. I am not able to endure this blessing of illness and sickness. And therefore I ask you to replace this illness, this blessing of illness, with the normal and the blessing of well being. That's fine. We should ask for well being cellular health, Avia ask Allah for wellbeing. Allah homogeneous, Luca, Sahar, whenever All I ask you for help, whenever there was a man, it was no hope. But at the same time, illness can also be a
blessing. It reminds you of Allah, it reminds you of your weakness, things you think about your mortality, you think about your death, etc. So even blessings in quarantine, quality family time, we are I mean I am actually absolutely loving it. It's there's so much time at home now. I'm able to have that I've never had before. Always traveling, we have things to do. We are busy. This is quality time, spend time with the children don't fight and argue. I mean, that's another thing that came in the news that there's so much domestic violence but again, you're not turning to Allah.
So we need to be very careful about the rights and hook of our family members, but quality family time. Read the Quran recite the Quran with translation if you've never recited the Quran from the beginning till the end, this is a great opportunity. So many good translations one great one is the meanings of the Noble Quran written by Chef with the topic of money after the whole life's translation and basic meanings. Complete the whole Quran cover to cover, read with translation understand the book of Allah subhanaw taala memorize some portion of the Quran if you can memorize some Hadith of the messenger sallallahu alayhi salam read a detailed book on Sierra, or what to call
all the elderly people in your community every day or every few days and just ask where they will be.
But don't waste your time on social media. But I'm just talking about that. So that was just my first point. Actually, I've gotten quite long in the first point, I've just got another 234 points very quickly in Chava. The second point this was all about trials and tribulations and what to do and what not to do and how to look at it, whether it's punishment or its mercy, etc. The second is that second point is that Islam tells us to take the means as well. Sometimes people think rely on some Allah means like, you know, that's it, I make our Quran Allah subhanaw taala. And it's from Allah that means that's it. If I'm going to get ill, I'm going to get ill. No, that's a wrong
understanding. Remember, companion is the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that sometimes I have my camera with me and I need to offer pray or do something. Should I tie the camera? Or should I just rely on Allah? And that's just sort of law. How do you send him What did he say? Yeah, Bill Sokka.
What our Kerala chi the camel, and then rely on Allah. This is basically what a believer does is that the believer puts takes the means puts in the effort Allahumma however, John Wiley could took learn, Oh Allah, this is my effort. But ultimately, reliance is on you. I take the means, but ultimately, whether I get what I want or not, it's ultimately in your power, and up to your Oh ALLAH. So we take the means and taking the means is really really important. That's why the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said phenomenal images, zoom to Ferrara, community asset. If someone's got leprosy etc and contagious disease, go away, far social distancing, physical
distancing, I like to call it physical distancing. Take the means, you know, wash your hands this is actually one you know, a an Islamic guideline anyway, the messengers of Allah, Islam said, is a staple that I had to come when one of you wakes up
if you should wash his hands first thing when you wake up in the morning
when the hula three ain't about to do who you don't know where your hands been in the middle of the night
So, taking the means distancing and you know, staying away from people. This is all part of the teachings of Islam, in Islam. You know, some people think in Islam, we shouldn't believe that diseases are contagious. And there's a hadith
that diseases are not contagious. That's a wrong understanding of that. And what that means that in the days of journalists, they used to think that diseases
are always contagious, like it will, without a doubt, if you get close to a person with a virus or a disease, you will be infected, like 100%. So the messenger sallallahu alayhi salam removed that notion, and he said la dua, there is no 100% guarantee that you will be infected. There is a possibility, that's what he said, phenomenal. Masoom the Ferrara criminal acid go away, distant from the person who has leprosy and also when the famous Hadith that if you are in a land, where does play and don't enter it, all those deeds you mentioned, because there is a possibility, but to believe that it should always definitely happen. That was negated by the messenger SallAllahu Sallam
you know, the famous in the time of Amarante Allahu Anhu. There was a massive plague like I mentioned earlier on, and he was actually on his way to Sharm where, which was Jordan, Syria, Palestine, all these places where lots of people had died of a diagonal giraffe or the Allahu Anhu. His buried in Jordan, if you've been to Jordan, it's right now in Jordan, there's a city in Jordan. I've been to his grave. He died passed away as a martyr. In that plague. More Albin Jebel Ali Allahu anhu, and many other companions or a loved one who was on his way to Palestine and to Shum, on the way he found out there's a plague there. So then he made a discussion with his companions that
should you carry on continue with his journey or not. And the conclusion he came to that Tawakkol reliance on Allah means that he should go back because Allah has said take the means I am not running away from the color of Allah. I am more running away, I'm going away from that color of a lot to another color of Allah. So take the means, and then rely on Allah subhanaw taala take necessary precautions.
Okay, so that's the second point, point three. I really would like to mention that in this in this situation, we need to look after our mental health.
Our mental health. A lot of people have anxiety, depression, stress. And
during this crisis, looking after our mental health, one of the really important things is that do not be glued to Corona. BVC Corona.
Do not be glued to Coronavirus news like don't just morning, day and night just be in the corona mood mode. I know it's difficult, but don't be glued to it. Because you're waking up Corona. Breakfast, Corona, lunch, Corona.
Dinner, Corona, sleeping, Corona, dreaming Corona, talking Corona like 24/7 You're going to get mentally disturbed? I will you will we all will. We take the means we pray to Allah. And then don't be glued to it excessively, don't keep on like following it religiously. Because that will really affect your mental health. So it's really important to protect our mental health. Too much scare mongering takes place sometimes, especially in social media actually wrote about this once that the corona of the mind, the corona of the mind to virus Coronavirus of the mind
is social media. And we need a little bit of social media distancing as well. I know it's difficult because we all distant now the only thing is we have social media, but we need to take it easy. One of the problems in social media is also all these non verified news, especially on WhatsApp like every other day people. The amount of WhatsApp messages that people share misinformation, wrong news, it's crazy. Drink days eat. This has happened this person passed away. I mean, people sometimes just speculate. In my city recently, there was a family member person who was a person there was a family a person was quite ill and people were sharing news that the person had passed
This person's died and all this has happened and that's happened and it's just like absolute panic mode like crazy panic mode. Avoid you know, I actually say the less WhatsApp groups you are in, the better your life will be in terms of productivity, sanity,
peacefulness, calmness and contentment. Thirsty, like one or two groups Max the ones you need. Be Less in WhatsApp groups. Stay away from social media as much as possible. Don't engage in discussions to forward news
which is not verified is actually considered to be like, I actually got a whole lecture on social media which is on YouTube
was called Social Media trap harms and dangers to about an hour long talk of discussed social media in quite a bit of detail. But really social media we really need to be very careful. The Quran says Enjoy converse a convener infer to value. When someone comes to you with a news verified, cover up the messenger Salallahu Alaihe Salam says GAFA Bill Maher Cadigan. And you have data we call lemma severe enough for a person to be called a liar, that he or she forwards any news that he or she receives without ascertaining its authenticity. And without verifying it. We just forward it like every news forward for like, share, you see because we all want to be the first person to share
something like it. This is uniqueness. It's a spiritual disease disease of the soul. So don't scare monger and don't be scared. Don't share non verified news. Don't forward anything because it's lying, you know, etc, etc. Don't over exaggerate about things people make Vihaan exaggerate.
And this, everyone becomes a doctor. Now there was a scholar called shahada, Fatah Hooda al Halabi Rahim Allah who died originally from Syria and then latter part of his life. He was in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. He traveled wants to Pakistan. This is not just with Pakistan, but he also went to Pakistan. People asked him What are your thoughts and reflections and impressions on Pakistan? He said a lot of good things here. But two things. Every person here is a Mufti and every person is a doctor.
Every person has a fatwa or opinion to give everyone's an expert except expert, whether it's in Islam, or whether it's in medicine, so everyone's got some sort of cure. So many quirky people make money out of this, like on YouTube or drink this and drink that and I've got this special cure. And if you do this, people use these kind of difficult situations to make money. That's why it's so many people hiking up the prices, taking advantage of people. So even online because they've got their YouTube channel, they've got adverts and they just want to Okay, people are looking for cures, let's put something on Corona. So then everyone can just watch my channel and I'll make money out of it.
Probably just tells you, you know, just to you know, breathe.
They'll just tell you breathe and the coronal major, you know,
a larger remedy for Corona, click the video breathe
or have some, you know, water and drink it. So, just be careful about all of this, you know, people people are making like all sorts of things, not just people giving Tawi amulets and we'll leave and read this and read the I saw somewhere that somebody was selling a special tarwin amulet for protection against Corona. And the charge was 244 pounds and 19 P.
It's unlined. 244 pounds and 19 Pence, he probably got the 19 COVID-19, they probably put I don't know where the 19 came from.
Just should have at least rounded it off to 245. But 244 19 P two probably sounds good Bella 244 19. So must be something that's that 19 P doesn't need the 19 P It must be something special about an intp. And like what is the icon of everybody gone?
I know we are in panic mode. But why let people take advantage of us.
this this was the third point really important to look after our mental health during crisis or crisis and avoiding social media and exaggeration and WhatsApp and all of these things. And then finally, the absolute last point
is that I know I actually mentioned this as well, that Southern shocker. I've already mentioned suburb patients for the believer, but also should that
we should, if we are not afflicted if our family members don't have the illness, we should also we should thank Allah subhanaw taala
because we get to Allah through patience, when there's hardship and we get to Allah through thankfulness and gratitude, when there's prosperity. So if we're not afflicted, then we should keep on thanking Allah. So always saying, you know, hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah Allahu Allah Al Hamdulillah. Shaka Allahu Allah can handle Anika sugar on love Malika hamdulillah Krishna, so a start for Allah constantly along miracle hamdulillah sugar constantly and you know constantly making dua to Allah subhanahu Gaida
remember that this is a test and not
let and do not allow this test to take the worst out of us. Do not let this test
Take the worst out of us. We are human beings and we think we are very courteous, cordial, generous, very gentle men and you know, gentle women and we are very
good people. We are not like animals. We feel we are better than animals. Because what we what do animals do? They fight over food, you go to the pond with your children, you throw some bread, you'll get a big Swan chasing this small Swan away and not letting them the small Swan e to the big duck, the ugly duckling and the small duckling and the other duck. You know, the Ducks are fighting and the birds are fighting over pieces of bread. We think oh, the inside I should offer them ocular art noble, great creatures of Allah. We don't do this. The animals do this.
But remember, when things get bad, then that's when the real test is? Do we become like animals, we all have animalistic traits, they are doing that because they've just got this bread. Why not doing that because we can buy bread, we can just go Tesco or whichever superstore you want to go to, and we can then brand. But if things become difficult, then we'll probably be fighting and punching each other for bread as well. For tissue roads for for, you know, hand sanitizers. We'll be fighting you know the people in stores, when the going gets tough, then the real person comes out. And this is a test for us. That Are we when this when we are going through this test? Are we becoming like
animals? Are we taking advantage of the poor and the needy? Are we taking advantage of the customers? Are we taking advantage of our patients? If we were medics? Are we taking advantage of the customers who come to our shops? Are we hiking up the prices? Where is our humanity gone? This is a real test do we become animals? Or do we remain noble human beings, and those who remain noble human beings, these are the ones who will be close to Allah subhanaw taala. May Allah make us noble human beings and allow us to remain noble human beings, even when we are at the ultimate level of hardship, like the Companions, there's one Sahabi his gasping for water is about to leave this world
and depart his soul is about to come out. Someone brings water is on the battlefield. He's gasping for water and air. And he needs some water and someone brings water and he hears his fellow companion also gasping for water. And he says no, no go to him. The person takes the water to the second one. And he's about to take the water and he has here's a third companion also gasping for water thirsty?
He says no, no go to my brother. So he goes to the third person. When he gets to the third person who is left this world comes back to the second one. His departed as well this world it comes to the first one. He's also left us this world. So even when they're dying, they're not becoming animals. They're not cannibals, you know, there's no cannibalism. They're not they don't eat each other. Human beings will probably we might if things become difficult to look for when we might study to eat one another. These are people who are the lives are the leaving the world still they remain normal human beings. And Allah subhanaw taala loved this amazing quality of the companions, that he
revealed a verse in the Quran and he said, Well, you Pharaoh in Allah and fusi him while O'Connor became Kasasa they give preference to others even if they are extremely hungry. So this is how you become noble human beings may Allah make us noble, who forget piety and all of that just be a normal human being. So this was my last point. So 100 now we end with this sorry if you've gone like one hour, but these were the four points that I talked about. The first point was just a general look at child's tribulations, difficulties, hardships, and what how we should understand them, whether they are punishment or mercy etc. Second point was about taking the means and then relying on Allah, the
real concept of Tawakkol and rely on on Allah subhanho wa Taala third point was important to look at our mental health, and not panicking and overreacting and not scare mongering, etc. And not sharing non very verified news and social media stuff. That was point three, and point four was about subpar. And sugar, sugar, we should also do sugar. And the last point was that when the fifth point and the final point was that when we go through difficulties, it's a real test, whether we remain humans or we become animals, and we need to remain humans and noble humans, beings. Allah subhanaw taala grant me first of all, the ability to practice on all the things that I mentioned. May Allah
make it easy for all of us for all our family members and all our loved ones that we are going through a lot of trials and tribulations and make this situation pass by as quickly as it came in Sharma what hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen