An Unforgettable Year

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We live in a Cheeto knology and Bismillah R Rahman Rahim and from the realizer of the Lord amin was Salatu was Salam. O Allah chefin was an insane number. Meanwhile early he was like ah Marine, my beloved brother This is a symbolic more, more he will break out to the from the light of God I mean always before you begin with the praise of Ilana should of Allah and Allah who witnessed and then as the right of worship besides Allah subhanaw taala and we send our love and greetings and salutations to beloved Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his pious and Peele family, to the Sahaba and to all those who follow instrumental, the end of time, Allah subhanaw taala places to be amongst

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them mean on hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah. And welcome to the first Juma of 2021 and panela. What a year this past 12 months have been an analog, you know, this is perhaps the the most difficult new omits a New Year's demo that we have given in, in memory. And it will therefore be as much as we want to be optimistic and troubled, we'll talk about looking forward, we have to look back in sha Allah this past year and reflect. While many have said, you know, New Year's is a time to celebrate even we talking in Islamic way in an impermissible way to look optimistically. It is important that this year that has passed 2020 is one that we reflect, because there's so much that we have learned

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in so many lessons that we've taken. And finally, even for myself on a personal note, I've been through a bit of difficulty, lost a loved one in this past a week, someone very close and very dear to my heart. And I was part of a grant him and all those who have passed away general for those. And so it is with a heavy heart that we start this year, looking back at all that has happened in the past 12 months and trying to put these things in perspective, because I know there are so many of you that have lost so much. There are so many of those out there that have lost loved ones that are sitting in hospitals on ICU people that are struggling to believe there are those who have lost

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their livelihood, the businesses have closed down almost to make it easy. We are in another lockdown. And there's so much depression, sadness, fear, anxiety, the Dumars, viola how sad it is that almost basically every budget is closed. And that's how we start this new year. How do we come to grips with us? How do we come to terms with this? How do we manage and deal with all this negativity and Subhanallah I remember this verse and I come back to this verse every so often. This verse in Surah ulos, verse 24, Chapter 10, Allah subhanaw taala so perfectly summarize and the amazing thing about the Quran that you'd find an IO which you read over so many times, and it almost

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seems the relevance you don't fully understand it. And then something happens in your life, and it just strikes you This is how Allah subhanaw taala is speaking to you. And this verse will last Pongala says that the life of this world is nothing but rain that falls down and then it mixes with the with the crops and the plants. And those plants grow and they are lush, and they are beautiful. And people animals eat from it. Until it is at its height of its beauty. When it's a zoo for her was a unit that Allah says it becomes so beautiful, and it is so lush, one unknown posidonia Allah and the people believe they start to believe that they have full power and control over this earth that

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they are in charge. At a marina. Allah says I mean all of a sudden, unexpectedly my command comes with a by the night Oh by the day for Jana seed and then we make that which was so beautiful, that which was so dear to you Alesis will make it like a harvest, we flatten it completely, all of a sudden, alum doesn't appeal all of this as just as if you can't believe it. Just yesterday, we were enjoying it. Just yesterday, we were laughing, we're happy and all of a sudden everything is gone Alesis cavallino for slightly komeito fackrell. And that is how I explained my is that this life is very, very short. And the things that we take and we enjoy is not ours is only temporary, and it

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will be taken over it can be taken from us all of a sudden, unexpectedly. It was a very difficult idea to absorb. It's a very difficult idea to to almost comprehend because what Allah is telling us don't get too comfortable. Nothing that you have in this life is us. As Allah says, when the people believe mistakenly that they are in control, Allah can take it all of a sudden. But then the next idea the next two is bring so much comfort. And the next two is explains why Allah does this. Why Allah Why have you taken my loved one? Why have you taken my house? Why have you caused my business to file? Allah? Why do you do this to me? Allah says, well, lol we had the O in our data center.

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Allah says, I only invite you to daddy Salah only invite you to the place of peace, to a place of happiness to gender, I only invite you, all of us that is being done is to bring us to gender where the media will ask you not to study and analysis I guide my chosen people, those who I choose upon the straight path. And then Allah says to all of us, and this is what's important. lilina So those of you who do good who live a good life who live a decent life, not a perfect life. You don't have to be the best

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big believer just live a decent life. A basic life that is decent. I was declared in the US I know those of you who do good al hoshina was the either you will get the best, the best meaning Jenna fulfill those. You will get Jenna was he either and more than Jenna, which is Allah Himself beyond Jana is Allah. Then Allah says to all of us, when we're said, when we have lost someone we think about our dead relatives. Allah says, what are your hoodoo copper, no darkness will cover the faces, and they will never feel humiliation, they will never feel any sadness like us how will gender they are the people of gender via hydrogen, they will be they in forever, forever and ever, they will be

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there. So never should we feel sad. We should never look at the tastes of Allah subhanaw taala as a punishment, who is whatever Allah does, it is for him to bring us closer is to bring us closer to Dara Salaam. Now when we go through these difficult moments in our life, we should remember, the purpose of life was always that we would go through this. And sometimes we forget, we get so busy in our livelihoods, in our jobs in our businesses in our money in our holidays, that we forget that this place was always only a temporary moment that one year will pass and with each passing year, we will lose something will lose someone and as we get closer to that end, the equivalent of Cinder

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acres will not only remind us that every single person will pass by this, you pass by this I will pass by this my loved ones your loved ones, my parents, your parents, our kids as difficult as that is. Allah has promised that for each and every one of us. We're in number to a photo with Rocco Matsuyama and Allah says everyone will die and everyone will get the due sheet on the day of karma of what they achieved in this life. And then Allah the mind says ultimately what is the what is the purpose of why we are here? Why are we Why do we go through all of this Alesis what is important from unzoom they have an inner whoever is thrown away whoever is predict from janome or Odyssey

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lagenda Coronavirus and instance Jana, when you have succeeded, and that person has one that is relative of us, that lived a good decent life and passed away and is in general now was is for qualified he or she has as one they have achieved success, while higher to dunya ilimitado. And Allah reminds all of us and what is really this life What is it except a passing matar rule, a moment of enjoyment, a passing fleeting moment of enjoyment, something which was never going to last with any timeframe, it is just going to end very quickly. ls panel at the other end reminds us that every single person must go through this moment. And if you live long Alhamdulillah you're blessed

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with a long life, then you will see your relatives passing and if finally you're taken early, and then your relatives must deal with your passing. And that is just how the cycle of life goes. And every single thing goes back to Allah in a beautiful Hadith. The prophet or Salam says to his daughter in Khufu when her son was dying spinal lock, so her son is dying, the Prophet's grandson is dying, and she calls him and she says to her father, my son is dying, your grandson is dying, she's panicking looks Panama even the Gambia and the children of the Gambia went through hardship. No one likes this. No one can be patient at the time of death. And when she brings the grandson to the Lisa

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Solomon and he picks the little boy up and the boy is dying. The Prophet says to her and the Sahaba whatever Allah has given us is from Allah, it belongs to him. And whatever he takes belongs to him as well. What do we give them what he takes belongs to him, it's only on lease, it's only on loan, your parents may owe money. Our health was given as a loan. And when he takes it, he takes it back. And then the profits are sciences and everything was a law. As a limited fixed term in this world. Everything in this world is temporary. Nothing will last forever. Your Money, Your health, your family, your savings, it will not last, it is only meant to only be with you for a very short time.

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And so the promises and so be patient and hopeful Allah reward all we can do. There's no point in fighting it. There's no point in in being upset about it. All we can do is to be patient and to hope that Allah subhanaw taala compensates us and Subhan Allah. That is the nature of the believer that no matter how difficult life becomes, no matter what Allah gives us or takes from us. We are patient and we are thankful because they are Allah as much as my body is crying. As much as every cell in my body is in misery is in grief. Yeah, Allah my email on my email comes first. And I submit to your other I submit to your wall and your decree because you come first and you are the priority. And we

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will only do and say that which pleases you. And we also have another beautiful, beautiful Hadith when the Prophet Salam son had passed away and we all if you're going through difficulty as I am and my family is going through at the moment I'm working on all of us ease and comfort. I mean, the prophet Salim old said we Brahimi son as he dies, and the Prophet is crying and he says the eyes are closed.

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And the heart is really, really sad. The heart is broken on the inside. But the tongue only says that which pleases a lot. Even in our deepest sadness moments, we only say Alhamdulillah. Praise be to Allah, Glorified by your names, we submit to you, we worship You, we thank you. And we remain steadfast in you, as Viola. That is what it means to be means to be a believer. That is what he truly means that even though we have said, Our Eman comes first, and we are things of comfort panela when for those who have lost loved ones in particular, they remember when we think of the dead, Allah wants us to remember those of our loved ones who have lived a good life. Allah says about

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them, fighting hate, they are happy, even though your side even though we on this side said crime, Allah says about them very happy to own that they are happy, but what Allah has given him of his bounty of his favor, and they also receive the good news about us, they receive the good news about those we're coming off to them with will join them or will tell us them, your relatives will also join you. I think in one hour, me as an en la, hopefully you will know that they are not sad, our relatives in the cover are not sad at all. In fact, we are sad, they're not said without methadone, and they are not unhappy, they are very, very happy. In fact, they would not want to come back and

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join us on the dounia. They are comfortable in where they are in the bar. And so the last point, I want us to remember that in those moments, for those who have passed away, those who live the good life, they are in the pleasure and in the mercy in the comforts of Allah, none of them would want to return to the dunya. And they are in a better place. And as for us, what do we have on the side? Is sadness? Indeed, Yes, we do. We have sadness, we are left with the emptiness. But remember, Allah subhanaw taala is sending this as a test for us. And in a beautiful Heidi's especially for parents who lost a child. But this applies to all of us and will allow us to the angel of this. Did you take

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this person from my sleep? Do you think this person's father this person's mother, this person's child a little off the angel a bit? Do you really pull it off of my servants? a loved one? And then you have this also you see a lot I did. And then a lot of the angel of this, and how did my my servant respond? When we brought calamity upon him or her, the Angel of this will say they praise you Allah they praised you. And they said in any law you were in either here or June really to Allah we belong unto him is our return. And then Allah subhanaw taala say me, Allah will praise that person suburb, and Allah will say guarantee for myself and a police house in Jannah. And call that

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house, the house of praise. So it's kind of long. As you know, the simple reminder for us, you know, even a bus Abdullayev in a bus when his father at a bus stop, it's all about his uncle of the prophets of Salaam. And when he died, his son was very, very sad. And it's one of the islands and my son is one of the foremost Sahaba in terms of knowledge. But no matter how much knowledge you have, and how much experience you have, this comes very quickly. And this becomes a shock. And so when his father passed away, he was very cut up. And he you know, when you when you're said, and you've lost someone, you don't really want to hear too much advice from anybody. And you go through your misery

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and new grief. And a big one comes to him. An educated discipline person comes to him. And he says these very simple words, but they're very profound. And he says to Abdullah, he says to the son, your dad was passed away, Allah has given him better than you. So your father has died. But Allah has given him something they knew he has gender, he has comfort, he's with his relatives in the birth of so your dad got an upgrade. When you think about it, your dad is in a better place. And as for you, Allah has given you something better than your father by giving you patience. So you got something better with this calamitous family thing. There's a very sad moment of the passing of your

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dad, it is such a blessing, because your dad got something better, which is gender, and you getting something better than your father, and that is to be patient, and we will our patient, it's an opportunity to come back to our last panel dialogue. It's an opportunity for us to reflect on Allah and His blessings, to think about the wonderful moments that we did have together even shorter than we would have wanted, and we wouldn't want it many, many more years. But a lot only given us these 6070 years, 50 years, whatever it might be, Allah is giving that to us, and hamdulillah and it is a chance to be patient and SubhanAllah. As many people have said that this new year's was locked down

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this period of very somber very, you know, said period, but panela it's we could have been in so much worse doing things which are displeasing to Allah, but Allah has brought us to him in Salah, in worship in contemplation in our homes in opportunity to reflect on him. And so spine Allah patients is better for us. Patience is better for us. And that is why when we think of those who have passed away, especially in this pandemic, and we think of, he said for us

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remains, but remember Alhamdulillah as the professor mercy those who die of plague and of disease, as in this one in sha Allah, they are written that he would have a shade, meaning that the sins are forgiven at the time of the days, that they are exempted from the difficulties in the cupboard, that they are resurrected amongst the issue either isn't the latter, the scales of sins are wiped away. So who would not want that panela who would not want this, this opportunity, so may all those who have passed away in this period through this disease may be written that he would have the showerhead and those who are going through difficulty those who they illness are going through the

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illness and are struggling, one does not get the reward, which is except that there is some difficulty. And so may this be a purification for you? May Allah grant to Shiva, may Allah grant you that you come out of this illness, but may the illness wipe away all that sins that we had, like as if you came back from Hajj, you start a new slate, after that illness. And so Allah only gives you the opportunity to perfect ourselves to perfect ourselves as we get closer to him in love with those who have lost something of material wealth, we realize it's kind of our wealth comes and goes. And everything is in the hands of a lot. And those as we know, from an alum, those who were afflicted

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with lost this in Manila, or in Malay, erogenous area, Allah, everything belongs to you, and everything returns to you, everything ultimately goes back to you. And we are patient, the Hadith of the vessel sanlam whoever says that, and when you make this to answer in your loss in your sickness, in your sorrow, you make this device in any law, you are in a God and you say Oh Allah, reward me for what I have, I have lost I am experiencing loss. So compensate me with a reward. And and be patient and grant me to be patient with Allah will give you better than that which was sick. And we believe that Allah subhanaw taala will give us something much, much better than that which we lost

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either in the dunya, or in the era. And of course, when we think of our loved ones, what gives us comfort, and for those again, and as I said, my family in particular as well as going through this difficult moment. What gives you a lot of comfort is to think that our loved ones are in a better place and that they are enjoying themselves with our, with our relatives, and they have been speed you know, we don't we are optimistic about the year to come. But we don't know what Phaeton what difficulties lay ahead Alhamdulillah there have been saved, they have done the time here in the dunya they've been through the exam. And from that they've passed Bismillah they are in the agenda.

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And it's only for us now to join them. As for those of us who have made it to 2021 Alhamdulillah Allah has granted us the ability to be every day is a blessing every day is an opportunity to worship him Subhan Allah don't discredit those simple things, your five daily Salas how powerful they are and how beloved they are in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala as we know, of some says that the things which Allah loves the most are those five walks that you make those basic of car that you make your dough, heat and your email and the simple things that we overlook. These are the things which are most dear and most beautiful to Allah subhanaw taala and every single opportunity

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that we are here, we may go out we may reach another Ramadan and hamdulillah we get the chance to fast it's an opportunity to elevate ourselves in the sight of a love this exists. Life is passing and it's an exam, but it's an opportunity to get closer to Allah. So as we go through what was a crazy year, and this year has begun in a very, you know, complete lockdown budgets closed. We know that these are vaccine we like coming up a lot of fitna a lot of confusion you know fitna in Cape Town. You means this to scanner or to backbite. Of course that's not what it means. Pick it up. As we said many times is a test fitna means a trial. And it can be something and infected by something

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which is itself is not very good. But the outcome can be good. fitna is what the blacksmith does to remove the impurities from from pure gold. And that which comes through the fitna that comes on the other side is pure, pure, perfect gold. And so a lot of tests as well. They fit them with a tribulation, so that we can be elevated in His sight. And so there'll be so Sonam tells us in times of fitna that he says, the prophet or says, The comes to you a time and every time it comes, it will be followed by a more difficult time. So unfortunately, this is the reality of life. But in general, that's one year, the next year will be worse the previous year and the year that follows will be

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more difficult the year that came before. Yes, we might have some good days in the future like to our we don't know for difficult days, but expect the things become more difficult with time and the profits and losses, calamity will continue to be for the believer, the male believer and the female one in himself. He's held his body in his children in his wealth in his family members, until he needs a law with no synonyms. panela Look at that. Allah subhanho wa Taala looks at our life. And we did not live the life was supposed to we must also as we did in worshipping with my son, and then just before we die, Allah seems upon us some kind of calamity, some kind of disease. So then when he

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does take us we have been given a

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Pure clean slate, and that in reality is a mercy from Allah subhanaw taala. So what do we do in times of return? All we can do is be patient. We don't know what the future holds. And it's not for us to worry about tomorrow when the day is often what we should worry about is now and what's important for us now, the priorities of now that we cannot control the big picture of life. All you can control is yourself and your family to some extent, and that's it, whether the monsoons will be open next week, Alo Island weather will still be the lockdown Allah, Allah, Allah knows best. We this diseases need to come and go, it belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala, the priorities have not

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changed, the game has not changed, the purpose of life has not changed. We are here for one reason, one reason only to worship our last panel data, to have a relationship with Him to be close to him to make our daily Salah the compulsory things and to increase as we can, in some goodness, if you can do more, do a little bit more, give some charity make extra salah and opportunity every day to return to Him. And of the things that we've learned from this experience that which is important of our Deen and our email, or the people in our lives. You know, we have relationships Allah has put certain people in our lives they've made us the our parents, our children, our siblings, our

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spouses, relationships are messy relationships, sometimes, you know, the childhoods, the parent, the parent has the child, every husband and wife have the issues, but spinal lump at the end of the day. These are the people that Allah has chosen for you and has selected for you and has made it a requirement upon us to keep a good relation. At the end of the day, when we look at our lives. The things that really matter after our email, our loved ones, keeping good relationships, we never know. When will be the last conversation we have those people that have passed away you think Yeah, well, the last time I spoke to him or her if I only knew it was my last conversation, there are so

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many things I would have wanted to say so many things left unsaid. The only two things go unsaid news today use this they have Joomla to say to that one that you love, I love you to ask for more from this anything like that to in any kind of crisis. If you want to start this new year positively. When we start this new year, by maintaining our relationships, we realize the importance of our health, so and what Allah has given us, if we are not appreciated before Allah grant us to be forgiven, and may He count as those who are appreciative of his blessing, so many blessings. You know, this time gives you so much to reflect about just being spiralizing Janelle Salah in the

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masjid, just being able to hustle your day person who ever gave sugar Yeah, Allah thank you for allowing me to hustle my relative, this is a blessing. And so so many blessings that have we've taken for granted malice pantalla forgive us for being ungrateful, and May He grant us to be of those who are appreciative of his blessings, but so many things that he continues to give us even in difficulty, Allah has made us of the muslimeen if you're sitting here listening to this lecture, and you have the column on your panel hamdulillah there is no greater blessing than that there is nothing more precious than that might Allah grant us to live by this kalama am Allah grant is to die

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on this kalama and may we be resurrected amongst those who have c'est la ilaha illa Allah grant our skills to be heavy on the right side. And when we enter general for those who have any hisab Mela grant this year to be a much busier than the previous year my old grouchy father those who are ill, or Allah bless those who have lost something with something better where if you've lost your business your money Allah grant you even better this year more than you could have imagined. If you are sick mama grant you complete Shiva and if someone that you have loved as passed away my Allah granddam genital for those who may they be in a place never to want to return to this dunya may they

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be in happiness and enjoy? May we all be united together even in in gentle Fidel's means is like a haiku. I'm wanting to find my look around us a wonderful place a 2021 metal Love makes us better and maybe better Muslims army we've Neela Sokolowski Thank you so much. So now while I'm working with library guys who are sort of lacing them hung midwater early he was happy it was Salaam we'll see what happens datamine cinematically