Anxiety and Depression – Mental Health Matters
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We begin by praising Allah Subhana Allah Allah, the Almighty, the majestic the exalted, we ask him to send his choices of blessings and salutations upon the final messenger, our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa ala he will sell them his family members, his companions, and all those who tread upon his path with utmost sincerity under the day of clamor
by the brothers and sisters in Islam. For today's virtual reminder, I'd like to firstly start off by reminding myself by enjoining upon myself and then all of you all who have tuned in from different parts of the country from different parts of the world. To bring in a life of taqwa, for it is through taqwa. And that is to be mindful of your maker to be conscious of your maker for it is through taqwa that you can attain victory and success in this world as well as the hereafter as Allah says in the Quran in the little Mata Tina Mufasa. Indeed, for the people of taqwa is Mufasa victory and success in this world as well as the next May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us all from
the people of taqwa. And may He make us from the victorious and successful ones. I mean,
yes, we're living in chaotic times, we're living amidst a lot of turbulence. And the topic that I want to address today, in today's reminder is a is an important one, and it is about depression. And I'm going to try and address this topic addressed depression, through the light of the Quran, and the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. And more specifically, through the light of surah to Doha, the surah that I read at the inception,
given the landscape that we are on Currently, the depression has become an all time high. It's it's increasing, left, right and center, given the challenges given the difficulties that we are facing. And along with that, we see
that it's hitting an unprecedented high, where are you seeing it amidst children, you're seeing it amongst teenagers, I have a lot of teenagers reaching out to me through different social media platforms. I have mothers, fathers children reaching out,
highlighting how their struggles are, the difficulties that they're going through and how they are grappling with depression, and some of them are finding it even difficult to place their finger properly and say that this is even depression, but they've got the symptoms of depression, may Allah subhanho wa Taala
ease their affairs and ease our affairs. I mean, and another thing with regards to this topic with regards to mental health in general, and I'm trying my level best with the help of Allah to create an awareness through social media platforms to start talking about it. It's so stigmatized and it's such a taboo topic today that people shy away from it and the ones who are actually grappling with it. The ones who are having issues with it youngsters, teenagers and regardless of the age
Whoever is going through an issue due to the fact that it has become so stigmatized and due to it being such a taboo topic topic, people don't want to come forward and seek help. They don't want to talk about it. They're not reaching out to experts in this regard. And this stigma needs to be broken many brothers and sisters
in Islam. And along with that, you have another layer within these layers of stigma, if you will, where people tend to connect this to, you know, Eamon and faith, where, for example, if you have someone who is going through depression, the community or the people around him Look at him as being a weakling, or, or they look at him or her as you know, having low levels of emotion. Almost like people, you know, tend to look down upon them and fault them and say, Oh, you know, what, why don't you have a man? Don't you believe in a lot, don't you have to work cool. And we corner these individuals Subhan Allah, which is, which is a very wrong thing to do. You see, at the end of the
day, what you need to understand is that generally having good Eman, having a good support system, having, you know, family members around you, and having people to talk to these are all good things that will help you perhaps come out of the problems or challenges that you are facing. But going through a mental health issue, going through depression does not necessarily equate or it does not necessarily mean that said individual does not have proper a man, or this individual does not have proper belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala. No, this is a very wrong attitude and a wrong approach as well. You're cornering these individuals further instead of helping them.
And another important thing to address at the at the inception is that not everybody. I mean, we all want to help or most of us want to help us but not all of us are qualified to do so.
Not all of us are qualified to do so. So it's very important that we direct people, to experts in those relevant fields. Now, let's say for example, let's say for example, if someone were to be suffering due to a sickness, and if he or she were to ask you or talk to you about that sickness, would you attempt to write out a prescription and say, Oh, you know what, go take these drugs, go take these medicines, would you do that? No, generally speaking, we would say we would refer them Why don't you go to a doctor? Why don't you go to so and so doctor? And if it's a specific matter, a specific issue, we would go on to tell them why don't you go to this specific Doctor Who is
specialized in this field? Perhaps it's a cardiologist, maybe it's someone who is you know, an expert or he is specialized in in renal issues, and he deals with kidneys and whatnot, we would go on to advise them to go to the experts of that particular field. So then why why do we not do that? When it comes to mental health? Why are we all trying to become experts in the field and give advice and, and, and you know, the thing is, the scary part is by a time saying the wrong thing. And the people who are going through mental health issues, this is this is something that we have to you know, highlight, in in very strong words, sometimes that this border, if you will, that the edge of
the fence, and the slightest thing you
say, or you tell them, it could push them over the edge Subhan, Allah Subhana Allah, it could push them over the edge, it could result in catastrophic results, where they might end up harming themselves, they might end up doing something with a lot of which could lead to a lot of damage. May Allah May Allah protect us all, I mean, so it's very important to bear all of these things in mind. Maybe brothers and sisters in Islam. So this this reminder, this sermon is meant to address breaking the stigma. And when you look at the surah that I read at the beginning, Subhan Allah when you go into the background of the surah, when you study the surah interestingly, you you come across this
very, very difficult period of time during the lifetime of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. an all time low, if you will read the Prophet felt very low at that juncture. That's when the surah was revealed. This surah was revealed in such a beautiful way to uplift the spirits of Muhammad, Salah bhatura Viva salam, O Allah, my mother, my father and myself be ransomed and sacrificed for him sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam. So before we get into this very powerful surah and quickly discuss it, I'd like to establish a few
opening points if you will. Number one, we need to look at this life as a life full of tests, challenges, and trials. And this our maker establishes this in the normal course. Where he has a vigil he says in circle milk
Let the Holocaust motor we'll hire that Leah Beluga calm Are you compassion ohama Allah, Allah says it is he who created debt, and he created life, for what purpose? LEAH Beluga come to test all of you, I you come as no harmala to test all of you with regards to which one of you is the best in terms of deeds. So you see that this life it is established our maker, the one who engineered this life, the one who created this life, the one who created you and I created all of us. He states very clearly that this life is a test. So everything that you see around you today we are going through a lot of tests, like I said at the beginning, you have financial challenges, you have health issues
panela in the pandemic with COVID with lockdowns being imposed my country we're still in lockdown for my followers who are from different parts of the world. I know some of you are in the UK and the massada open there Mashallah. And you might be thinking, Oh, why am I you know, still live streaming. It's because my part of the world we're still in lockdown, our masajid are closed. So we basically we sincerely pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala brings about ease Allah ease as our affairs we see a lot of suffering in India, we see a lot of suffering in other parts of the world as well related to the pandemic and along with that we have we have the carnage and the the oppression and
cruelty we see happening in the lands of Palestine. We pray for our brethren there. We pray for our brothers and sisters in Yemen, we pray for every single one suffering out there and Allah ease their affairs, I mean,
so now coming back to the ayah, Allah, Allah, Allah establishes that this life is a test. Now let me give you a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam, it's an authentic hadith.
There was an individual or other the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked, Who are the ones tested the most? So this question was posed unto the messenger salallahu alayhi wasallam. And at this juncture, you might think, I mean, before reading the the response of the Prophet peace be upon him for a long while he was you might think that Oh, you know what, perhaps it's going to be the the sinners, the transgressors, the ones who
have, you know, wronged themselves, the oppressors.
The criminals, you might think they're the ones who are going to be tested the most by Allah subhanho wa Taala. But interestingly, you see the response of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, in that particular Hadeeth, where he says, the ones who are tested the most are the prophets of Allah.
profound and deep words, you need to internalize, internalize this hadith you need to let this hadith sink in.
The Hadith goes along the lines of these words, the Prophet says, the prophets of Allah are the ones who are tested, the most Third Millennium fell, fell and fell. And then those who resemble them the most and then those who resemble them the most, the ones who are similar to the prophets, and then the ones who are similar to the prophets. In other words, the ones who emulate the prophets, the ones who follow the way of the prophets, follow, emulate them. Now, what are we supposed to do? We're supposed to emulate Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, we're supposed to follow his his his life, his role model. So the ones who adhere to the teachings of the Prophet peace be upon him,
we're following the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam they are the ones going to be tested the most after the prophets. Allah Akbar.
smiddy brother, my dear sister, what you need to understand here is that tests come from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I believe his attitude towards this worldly life is that it is full of tests. So I want to establish this as being
a foundational point of view Well, before we get into Serato, if you look at sort of the the surah that I read at the beginning, interestingly, you can break it into a few parts. If you look at the IR, you can break the IR into a few parts you have, what do you have? well lately that suggests I'm going to give you a quick skeleton before we try to unpack it in some more detail. So what do ha well lately there sagia you observe, if you go into the translation, maybe you can do it now if you have a translation with you, or you could do it later on. After we're done with the remainder nonetheless, try to ponder on this try to reflect this is a surah is a very short so write consists
of only 11 ir and I'm sure most of us would have memorized this surah and most of us we read this surah on a regular basis, we listen to this surah on a regular basis. It's a it's a surah that's very close to my heart. And for those of you who follow me regularly, you would you would not observe that I read this surah very often because it's a surah full of brightness, full of light, full of optimism so beautiful. And Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Look at him. He was known as a very optimistic individual so much to the extent that I would without any hesitancy say that he was the great, greatest optimist to ever walk on the face of this earth Muhammad sallallahu alayhi
wa sallam and indeed
You are so full of positivity radiating you know you say positive vibes only Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam positive vibes only Subhan Allah. So now this surah it starts off what baja when? layli either Surya. So to IR the first two are,
I add? Well Allah azza wa jal is promising. Allah is taking an oath. Allah is promising what the HA one lady said. So that's part number one.
Part number two you can take for ayat Maota akhara buko amapola well ashira to highroller come in and hula well a sofa your ticker rabuka fatawa three. So the second part consists of three iron and these three IOD address any negative or lonely feelings that you may have from a spiritual perspective. So it addresses these, these lonely feelings from a spiritual angle. And then the third part Allah medica team and for our Baba Jetta Calpol and for hada woba Elan for avana three these three I address these lonely feelings these feelings of low low loneliness and feeling down from a worldly perspective as you will see in Sharla and then the last three area that's the fourth part
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if you will, these are action items. These are action items, action items as in, these are IR to help you
Firstly, the first two parts kind of get you into the right frame of mind. And then the last part makes you proactive and pushes you towards a higher cause. So this is a beautiful prescription, if you will, and this was the prescription that was prescribed under Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wasallam. So you know, you could almost title this reminder as a prescription
from Allah from Allah subhanho wa Taala that will help you deal with
that, that low. That low whenever you hit that low in your life, that loneliness. This prescription is from Allah subhanho wa Taala to help you deal with that loneliness, and to get back up to get backup.
So now when you look at the app, now let's try to try to unpack it in Sharla whoa ha, well lately that Satya Allah subhanho wa Taala starts off by promising by taking an oath. So Allah says Waldo ha, if you translate what the HA it's by the morning brightness by the morning brightness by the for noon. So the higher the time of Buddha you you, you know you pray your Salah to Doha, the time of for noon, this is after sunrise, you know, the time where the entire world is is busy. You know, everyone's busy like bees, they're running around. So how long you know, if you don't have a lock down the days hustle and bustle, everybody's you know, getting to work, if you will, the
marketplaces are opening out it's a very invigorating time of the day yes or no, I'm sure you could all relate to what I'm saying. And you're talking about, let's say anywhere after sunrise, you're talking about eight 910 o'clock as as it's getting closer to noon. This is this is a very active time, if you will, you would rarely find someone being lethargic and lazy at this at this time. So that's one way to look at it. Another way to look at this this promise of Allah subhanho wa Taala is that I mean in terms of its interpretation, it's it's a an idea that indicates that or the one who is feeling low, you should know that every day is a brand new day, in almost in every culture, in
every piece of you know in most pieces of writing, if you will, you you see this indication towards dawn as being
one filled with so much of hope. You see you have quotes that say that it is the darkest before the dawn In other words, you know you're facing trial after trial challenge after challenge difficulty after difficulty. But you should know that it is generally the darkest before the dawn. So it becomes really really dark. And then there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is a silver lining to every every dark cloud. So as the sun breaks out as as sunlight breaks out, there is hope that fills the heart of an individual okay. Yesterday was difficult. All right. I was going through trials challenges and difficulties but today is a brand new day. It's a brand new day and it comes
with with so much of Goodness, goodness, so much of positivity, so much of strength and so much of hope. So the surah begins with Baja, filling your heart you know as you open the surah you know you're feeling so low
You're feeling down. And as you take the Quran and as you read what go ha, you realize that Allah is filling your heart with hope. Allah is filling your life with brightness. It's almost as if the sun has now entered your life and it's illuminating. Just imagine during the morning when you open out the curtain, and as light streams into your room into your bedroom into your house, you feel invigorated, you feel refreshed, you feel like you know, you feel full of strength to tackle the day, even let's say, you know, you take certain people who are sick patients, they are seated or sleeping on their beds, the sick. And when you when, when when the doctors or the nurse in the
hospital if he or she were to open up the curtains as and as sunlight comes screaming in the heart of the patient is filled with hope. Just imagine you are in this dark, gloomy room. Sometimes you feel very downtrodden and you feel low and you feel down. But when sunlight comes about it fills your heart with hope. So this surah begins by filling your hearts with hope was the heart. And then the second idea and immediate contrast. Well, lately is Asada. So Allah is talking about brightness, light, illumination, hope. And then the very next is we're laylee either sagia and by the night when it is still or when it covers with darkness. I might be wondering, okay, what's the understanding
here? What's the interpretation here?
My dear brother, my dear sister, Allah is establishing and this is by taking an oath upon the night and striking a contrast between morning and night that the night time is a time of tranquility. It is a time of comfort well lately either.
you see when people
are feeling low, and when they feel down.
It is the worst during the night. That's when they overthink. That's when they find it very difficult to fall asleep. I'm sure you will relate to it if you have been through this or if you are currently going through it. If you are, I sincerely pray that Allah eases your affairs. And that Allah fills your heart and makes it light and bright. I mean,
but generally, it becomes very difficult at night, they feel lonely,
are they sleeping on their beds, but they're finding it so difficult to fall asleep. You see you have insomnia, you have anxiety or panic attacks, you have stress, they they stay up, you know, tossing and turning in their beds. So Allah is establishing Oh, my dear slave, or the one reading my words, while lately last night, a lot takes an oath by it and says night is for comfort night is to soothe you and to comfort you and to put you into the sense of tranquility.
So Allah is describing the night and Allah is easing it for us. So don't let the night fill you with anxiety, don't let it fill you with sadness. Rather, it is a time that should soothe you and make you feel at ease. So that you almost like you know, when sinking into soft pillows, you need to be able to sink into the comfort of the night, relax at night. So having struck this contrast, having established the difference between light and darkness, and the positivity of light and the positivity of darkness, Allah goes on to say, ma what the icon of bucola makalah. Now we come to the second part, ma what the acara bukhoma. Now before we get into this ayah I need to give you a little
bit of context. You see there was a period of time in the life of the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam known as fatra to lawai. So there was this period where the Prophet was at the very inception at the beginning, okay, so you had IR that were being revealed. So it's, you know, Accra, and then was a minimal death, you had all these initial chapters that were revealed unto the messenger, sallAllahu, Alayhi, wasallam. And then suddenly, there was a pause. Suddenly, there was a pause, and the Prophet was now not receiving revelation, there was a sudden pause, almost with no explanation at all. Suddenly, there is this interruption and the Prophet is now no longer receiving
revelation. This was a time, many brothers and sisters, that was very, very turbulent for the Prophet. So much of the extent to the Prophet was in a feeling so low and one can only imagine one can only try to imagine what must have been going through the heart of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. You know, if you and I, if we were to be in such a situation, we would think, what would we think we would, we would
feel this sense of this this inferiority complex? If you will, we would think, or maybe I'm not good enough for the job. Maybe what? Why Why am I not receiving revelation? I mean, I don't know. I would think so. I would feel like maybe, maybe I'm not. I'm not up to the standard. Why? Why has revelation stopped?
You know, and on top of that, the prophet was being taunted as well. The Prophet was being insulted the people making fun of the prophets of Allah Islam saying, Oh, you know, what? Has Why has your Why is your Sherpa not coming to you anymore? And they used to, the disbelievers would make fun of the prophets of Allah while he was so amidst all of these taunts, insults and his own feelings within grappling with his own emotions. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was going through a lot at that junction, if you will, it would not be an exaggeration to say that this period was the most difficult of periods for the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam he was grappling with all these
emotions. And on top of that, having to deal with the insults that were being hurled at him the taunts that were being hurled at him, the people around him, you know, jesting and making a mockery out of him. sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Now at that juncture, that's when
the surah was revealed. After that, that pause.
So here now Now that you have that context, now, look at number number three, Allah says, ma what that rabuka cola because they were taunting and insulting the Prophet saying your Lord has abandoned you. Allah is abandon you he's forgotten you.
You know you're you're no longer important. You know, that's it, it's all over for you. Allah says ma what the ICA Rob bukoba Mark Allah, your Lord has not taken leave of you are Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So basically Allah has not forsaken you or Mohammed said Allah Allah. Allah, Allah not is Allah hate you. Allah does not detest you such a beautiful and powerful I, my dear brother, my dear sister, I want you to internalize this, no doubt, okay, without a shadow of doubt. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam is the direct recipient of this iron. Okay. And again, without a shadow of doubt, we can say that he occupies the maximum share of this idea, but we as an oma by
virtue of being the oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by virtue of being the Nation of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Okay, by that honor, and by that virtue, and by extension, we are also include that in that address. So Allah is addressing every single one of us, Mahwah, dakara bukoba makalah.
For those who struggle with mental issues, with grappling with their emotions with depression, it's a very common thing to observe that they feel lonely. They feel like everyone around them has forsaken them. They feel like everyone around them kind of looks at them differently, that people hate them. And they almost go into a shell. You would relate to what I'm talking if you know what I'm talking about. Or if you have gone through it yourself. They go into a shop.
So this idea is addressing you my dear brother, this is addressing you my dear sister, mouawad Dhaka rabuka wama Allah, Allah has not taken leave of you, you see the people around you, maybe they have maybe they haven't. But you should know that Allah, Allah has not taken leave of you. Allah has not forsaken you. Allah has not abandoned you, the people around you. You know, today people are very selfish. If it serves them, they'll stick around.
Okay, but when you are when you hit Alo, people tend to wash their hands off of you. But you should know that Allah is not like Matt. And Allah is many more times more loving and more merciful unto you than your own mother, than your own mother Subhan Allah, you know of the Hadith. I cite it very often. It's a very, it's a very beautiful narration of the mother who loses her child, the companions about to help her and then they see her spotting the child and she hugs the child hugs the child close to a bosom and the Prophet sees that opportunity to educate the Sahaba he asks them Do you think this mother would throw her child into a fire? They all respond in the negative they
say no Yasser Allah. Then the Prophet sallallahu Sallam goes on to say Allah is many more times more merciful, many more times more loving and to his slaves than this mother is towards her child. So if you my dear brother, if you may DSS to have
layers and layers of confidence in the mercy of your
Mother, in the love of your mother towards you, you should have that confidence multiplied so many more times in the love of a lion in the mercy of Allah. Because Allah is so many, many, many, many more times more merciful and more loving unto you than your own mothers. So don't lose hope. Don't despair. So Allah says my one day I cannot book omak Allah. So as you can see this second part, the first part was the promises. The second part is addressing these low feelings from a spiritual angles Allah is first establishing the fact that he is there for you.
And then well hello to highroller camino Ola I number four very quickly, while akhira to Hyrule la camino Ola. So this, you can translate this, if you want to translate a bit literally the Hereafter is better for you than alula the first life that's one one interpretation. So let's let's start off with this one the life in other words, you can look at this desire, you can interpret this as what is ahead is better for you than what is behind. So now Yeah, you in terms of the present and in terms of the past, you've been through a lot, okay? You've gone through a lot, so many trials, so many difficulties, so many challenges. And in the present, maybe you're dealing with a lot you're
grappling with a lot, but you should know what is ahead of you. But is ahead of you is better than what you are in right now.
Now, you might ask but what if someone never had a
good future he he or she had a lot of hope that you know, tomorrow holds something good for me. But let's say he died amidst trials, challenges and difficulties. My dear brother, my dear sister, media Brother, you should understand what
the further believer
Okay, who believes in Allah, Who is placed his or her hope in Allah, Allah. Now that's where the first interpretation comes into play. And aka the life of the next without a shadow of doubt, is going to be way better than this worldly life. So this life, as we established at the very beginning is full of tests, trials, challenges and difficulties. Yes, you may have momentary
periods of happiness, relaxation, and ease, but generally it's going to be a roller coaster ride, you're going to have highs and lows, highs and lows. That's basically it. And sometimes you will be traversing across lows throughout. And it might look very bleak. And you might be thinking, Oh, this idea tells me that I'm tomorrow holds something good for me, but every single day seems to be the same for you to not lose hope. Why? Because of the trials, challenges and difficulties that you're going through. And as long as you hold on to patients, as long as you don't say anything blasphemous, as long as you don't go against Allah, the life of the Hereafter is going to be so so
so so, so beautiful for you. And Allah establishes what I just said in the next hire, while a sofa, your ticker, Rob, Boca Fatah, Allah says And your Lord is going to give you Allah your Rob is going to give you and you will be satisfied. Well so far in the future, Allah is going to give you and you will be satisfied Allah will give you if not in this world in the hereafter and you will definitely be satisfied by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So like I said, for those who whom this worldly life is entirely difficult, Alaska is going to be a place of reward and happiness. You know, after narration that talks about the last person to enter Jannah it's a lengthy narration and I need to finish the
iron. But you know what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says this person he stumbled is almost about to fall into the fire of jahannam he sees a tree and he prays to fall by the tree and his wishes granted he falls by that tree, he sees another tree and he begs employees and makes it to the secondary he sees a third tree he begs me please and he makes his way to the third tree and at every point Allah says what will make you stop asking me if I give you this Will you stop asking me and he'll say I'll I'll stop I'll stop just let me get to this tree. He makes it to the third tree. Now he can see the gates of Jenna he he is the dwellers of Jenna frolicking and making Mary in the
gardens of Jana and his heart yearns for Jenna, he begs and he pleads and Allah says, will you stop or will it make you happy? If I were to give you a Jenna, if I were to give you a garden if I were to give you a paradise that is equivalent to this world, and all it contains this, this the slave will be shocked
flabbergasted if you will,
he or she will ask Allah subhana wa Taala Are you making fun of me?
Here are you making a mockery out of me Allah.
And at that juncture, the narrator of the Hadith, the Brahma sutra the Allahu anhu he smiles and he tells the people around him will you will will you all not ask me why I'm smiling.
Then they will ask all asking, Why are you smiling? ebms then he'll say when the Prophet narrated the narration, he smiled and we all asked him, Why are you smiling on messenger of Allah? And then the Prophet said, Allah will smile at this juncture. Allah will smile at this juncture and Allah will say, I'm not making fun of you, oh my slave, I'm a law and I'm able to do whatever a veil This is the mercy This is the kindness. This is the generosity of our maker subhanho wa Taala. So the life of the Hereafter is beautiful, plentiful, and full of abundance. Another Hadith before I move on to the next is the Prophet sallallahu Sallam he says
he in NECA lenta ashay and Lila, he has a virgin Illa but Delica Allahu Bhima, who are Hyrule Lakshmi.
The Prophet says, indeed, verily, you will never leave anything for the sake of Allah except that Allah will replace that thing for you with something that is better than what you forsook. So let's say if you were to leave something for the sake of Allah purely for the sake of Allah, Allah will replace that thing for you with something that is better than it
better than it so my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, this is this is the attitude This is the perspective of a believer. So moving on now, the next the next category or the next part, if you will, the third part three is
lm yejide, aka team and for our overjet the Cabal and for hada what I learned for Elena, so this is now addressing the feelings of loneliness and feelings of being down from a worldly perspective. Allah says, Did I did he says Allah medica team and did he not find you as an orphan? Did he not find you Oh Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam as an orphan and did he not give you refuge over Jessica Boyle and Fahad wobba dukkha eland for avana. So Allah azza wa jal now reminds the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa Selim of of things that are related in a way to this worldly life, starting off with the fact that
did he not find you as an orphan, and give you refuge now if you look at the life of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and this is where you have to go to the
the Hadith that I mentioned at the beginning, it was asked, the question was posed to the Prophet, who are the ones tested the most? And what are the prophets, Allah Islam say? The prophets are the ones tested the most Now, take a fleeting glance at the life of the prophets, Allah and Islam. Before he came into this world. He lost his father. He comes into this world and in a short period of time he loses his beloved mother. He goes under the patronage under the care of his grandfather, Abdulmutallab and then he loses his grandfather Abdulmutallab. Now he goes on to the patronage in the care of his uncle abou toilet. And then, after a period of time now he gets married, we
obviously you know, fleet into the life of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he gets married and then this year known as Hamill herzan, a year of grief a year of sorrow, during which he loses two boulders of support. See in the Iowa Jessica island for other now Allah Allah says that he he made the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam self sufficient that the Prophet was blessed with wealth that he made you rich. There are scholars who have gone on to interpret this you read this in the books if they've said that it was through the the marriage with her deja vu le da de la one has a very wealthy woman who, who exhausted her wealth in the cause of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa
alayhi wasallam so he loses two boulders of support her deja rhodiola one okay. And his uncle Abu Talib and then on top of that many brothers and sisters in Islam we see trial after trial look at how many children the prophets that along it when he was in him himself, his own children he buried how many children of his Allahu Akbar and then with regards to how the people treated him in Makkah invoice trial after trial challenge of the challenge difficulty after difficulty so these I add remind the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam of the positives so similarly now like I was saying the direct recipient is Mohammed salah and a very busy but it is applicable for you and I as well
This part of the surah is teaching us is reminding us to focus on the positives because it's very easy when you hit a no and when you're feeling down to focus on the negatives and just like a camera. Okay, if you choose to focus on the negatives, the positives become a creamy blur. You know, like if you've got a very low aperture if you will, like maybe the one even that I'm using, you can see the I'm in focus, okay, but everything else even this is slightly blurred. You can see my background the things in the background are blurred. But on the other hand, if I were to now use the camera and touch on
That place, for example, that that would, you know, become infocus. The hourglass, for example would be in focus or the window would be in fact focus or the microphone, arm would be in focus, and I would go out of focus. So just like a camera in your lives, if you choose to focus on the negatives, then the negatives magnify themselves and you lose track, you lose focus of the positives. So this section of the surah is teaching us to focus on the positives. And if you focus on the positives, you will realize very swiftly My dear brothers and sisters in law very swiftly, you will realize that the positives easily outweigh the negatives in your life. Yes, no doubt, just like with the
camera, when you when you focus on a point, just like you can't, I mean, the background is not going to go out entirely unless you have a green screen, the background is not going to go out entirely so the negatives are not going to go away. They're going to be there. I mean, the trials challenges and difficulties are definitely going to be there in your life, but your focus is going to be on the on the positive things and that helps you
be optimistic on a regular basis and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his report group said that he loves optimism alpha l in the Arabic language, he was a very optimistic individual, like I said earlier on. So this part of the surah teaches us to develop this optimistic attitude. Not to not to be a person who grumbles complains winds artists blasphemous things, to say our religion teaches us not to complain, not to whine. See in the story of use of is that was like What does the property or who the father of use of eisah to Islam teaches or what what does he teach us? He has lost his son, the apple of his eye. But what does he say in the ash school? bethey were Hosni in
Allah, and I only complain of my grief of my sorrow to Allah. So complain to Allah. But don't go around whining, complaining, having this pessimistic attitude No, this is this is not how a believer looks at things around him. And then the last section because I'm running out of time, as you can see the sword I'm just glossing over it, it's a surah you need to spend a lot of time you know, unpacking it, there's so many lessons, so much to unpack in terms of the Tafseer of the surah. But the last section, like I said, it's a section full of action items. Allah says, familia Thema Fela taco ha, what a masala flat and how well Am I being amadora because I had this so very quickly.
Now that you know you have gotten into the right frame of mind, okay, you having this optimistic attitude Despite living upon a landscape that forces you to look at the negatives you see social media, what does it do? It highlights what you don't have. How you may ask, just go through your feeds. It's always this manicured,
this manicured dolled up version of everyone's lives. So you would have, for example, someone posting Oh, I'm having this this dinner at this fancy restaurant, or by the beach side or I purchased this a brand new car, a brand new phone, a brand new watch. So many materialistic things are highlighted. And then when you keep scrolling, you literally become more and more depressed with each and every time you scroll, because you're like, Oh, I don't have this. I don't have that. Or why don't I have a spouse like this? Why can I dine like this? Why can't I drive like this? Why can I live my life like this? whilst in reality, my dear brother, my dear sister. In reality, even these
people who are posting these pictures, they know deep down the most of it is just manicured. Most of it is manicured, manicured, as in it's just cosmetic. In reality, almost everyone out there is fighting some battle or the other.
So the Quran teaches us don't look at what you don't have. rather look at what you have. Look at what you have. Allah has blessed you with a roof over your head. Allah has blessed you with warm food on your table. Allah has blessed you with a larder a pantry full of food whenever you need it, your refrigerator is stocked. Let's say you are in lockdown. My dear brothers, my dear sisters, you won't believe there are so many people reaching out in my country because of the lockdown right now. So many people living in so much of difficulty and that's why we hope to do something where we distribute,
you know, food as per the words of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And that's the that's the last part of the surah. Basically, to be proactive and to, to dedicate yourself to a higher cause. To be in the service of others.
That that makes your heart light and happy. And this is a message to everyone who's grappling
with difficulty graph grappling with their emotions, channel that energy now that you have gotten to the right frame of the right frame of mind, now channel that channel their energy to do something meaningful to do something positive to do something that that has an impact. And that's what the last surah highlights for Amalia tema Fela taco, as for the orphan, do not oppress him What a masala fella. As for the one who asks Do not repel him and what am I being handed and as for the favor of your Lord had this had this as in proclaim it. So very quickly, if you look at these three is my dear brothers and sisters in Islam. They are action items to help you dedicate yourself for a higher
cause to be proactive to contribute to society. And basically when you devote yourself to be in the service of others when you strive to make others happy. By default, my dear brother, my dear sister, Allah will make you happy. without a shadow of doubt, look at this Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. The Prophet says and had his record the Book of Abraham on law, if you want to soften your heart, in Arata talena colbeck. If you want to soften your heart, feed the poor, and pat the head of an orphan.
feed the poor, pat the head of the orphan
by merely patting the head of an orphan. Now you might be wondering, I mean, even if you're not in a position to help someone financially, a kind word
a pat on the back a pat on the head Subhan Allah will soften will soften your heart and if you are in a position to give, if Allah has blessed you and you are able to give them give as much as possible. The best of you are those who feed others. And there are so many noble causes out there My dear brothers and sisters were living again upon a landscape full of need full of difficulty full of poverty, most of the time, you see to two polar extremes you see on one end, high rise buildings and enrich living and whatnot. And on the other end, you see the poor basically the rich are becoming richer and the poor are becoming poor. So we need to do our part. We need to dedicate ourselves
towards helping others My dear brothers and sisters lamb and by doing that, you you gracefully come out of all of that and become this holistic, bright individual dislike Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was so my dear brothers and sisters in Islam the I lead the last Iowa Mr. beeney amateur Baker for Hadith and then proclaim the favors of your Lord speak only positive, speak about only the positives and become a true ambassador of the Dean of the Quran and the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam, I hope that this reminder was of benefit in sha Allah to Allah. If you have not already followed my my pages please do follow them so that you get a
notification also when I go live again normally we have a session like this again and inshallah data along with that do share this so that others can benefit as well. I'm sure there are so many people going through different types of difficulties. So a kind word, my dear brothers, my dear sisters, soothing words will will uplift their spirits and help them you know, come out of the difficulty that they are in insha Allah, Allah, Allah Hara again for tuning in. With that I conclude with Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless each and every one of us. May He forgive our sins May He grant us his May he opened those of Baraka prosperity and
abundance. And lastly, just as how he united us across all these channels may unite us in the beautiful and lofty gardens of Jenna, with our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. I mean, I mean, why are the Hawaiian al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen Desert qumola who had offered the valuable gift of your attention as well as your time with Santa Monica Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh