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A Deeper Look – Surah Al-Infitar – Has Allah Punished Me?

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The thing is, I gave you this example because Allah doesn't punish right away.

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People do all kinds of horrible acts against God. They do injustice towards one another in justices that he warns you shouldn't do that have dire consequences. The only problem is, you don't see those consequences. I used to often give the example of back in the day, some ancient times where a man has a slave

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and the slave, he tells him, you can do whatever you want inside of this field. But I've drawn a line, don't go and don't step foot on the other side of the line.

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And service is fine. I mean, at least free within this acreage. So the slave is doing his thing. And one day he trips and guess where he falls? over the line, the moment he falls over the line, where does he look, his eyes go straight to the master sitting in the distance, is am I in trouble, and the master doesn't even get up doesn't budge. And he comes in apologizes, and the master says, okay, it was a mistake.

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And he kind of is shocked that he wasn't in the kind of trouble that he thought he'd get into. So the next day, he's just kind of walking along the edge of the line and pretends to fall

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and no consequences.

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And so he gets into the habit of not only pretend falling and now one day, he's just walking one foot on the side, one foot on the other side. And the master is just sitting there on his rocking chair, no reaction. Until eventually the slave is

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always on the other side.

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You're just out. Years go by one day, the master calls him and says, Hey, so you remember, like seven years ago, I told you not to go on the other side. He was yeah, that was funny.

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So I've been counting the times you went, and I've decided to punish you for all of those times today. You're kidding, right?

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No, no, no, I'm serious.

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You're gonna pay for all of that. Now. Is that a shocker? To that to him? It is a shocker because he thought he the master was what a nice master he was. He wasn't gonna punish me. I'm not talking about a human master or a slave. What am I talking about?

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Allah, Allah tells you don't steal, don't lie. Don't cheat. Don't commit adultery. Don't you know?

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Don't do injustice. Don't be harsh to the weak, take care of your parents, etc, etc. you violate it left, right and center. You don't see any consequences. You lie. There's no lightning strike from the sky, cutting off your tongue. That doesn't happen. You don't steal and get electrocuted in your hand. Allah Cody doesn't. That doesn't happen. You hurt someone but you don't you don't lose the ability to use your hand ever again. That doesn't happen. There are apparently no consequences. I keep getting away. Like in the laws of nature. When I break the laws of nature. If I jump off a second floor building, my bones will break.

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But when I break the laws of God, the laws of morality I don't seem to have any consequences. Allah is way too Kadeem, way too generous. And a person starts thinking about the generosity of Allah and starts assuming that that generosity must mean that he is not willing to punish me. He's not willing to bring me to account not willing to hold me accountable for what I've done. So Allah asks a very penetrating question. What in the world was powerful enough to delude you from your gracious master? Is it the grace of your master the Kurama of your master? Is that why you got confused? You took advantage of it. You remember I told you people who deny the afterlife and say Allah, come on, he

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wouldn't. Those people that are coming up we can carry the other side of this. When Allah is noble, it also suggests that Allah treated you with nobility.

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Allah treated you with respect. He honored human beings Welaka Karim Napanee Adam, Allah is Karim and he did the creme. Allah is noble himself. Allah is gracious himself and he graced humanity. He graced us with the gift of speech with this profound intellect that he gave the human being the gift of imagination, he gave us the gift of Revelation he gave us all these profound gifts that other creations did not receive I have given you so much what was on the other end that was so much more compelling that you abandoned me Allah is asking ma Robbie Robbie can carry was my grace to you not enough that you found something else more attractive my in Arabic can do two things Mark can mean

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what what can what does confused you what deluded you? What deceived you literally the word what? But the word Mark can also actually be personified. What kind of or you know what kind of being wasn't? What kind of competitor to me was it you know how you say sometimes you use the word what for a person like what kind of person are you? You know, what kind of, you know what kind of teacher is he?

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So Allah is saying what kind of competitor to me was it that dilute?

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Did you and took you away from your noble Master, the Master who treated you with nobility, the master who himself deserves nobility, because every time you defy his commandments, you're it's like you don't acknowledge how noble he is, you have no regard and no respect for him. You know when when you abide by your parents advice or counsel or their request, then you're honoring them. When you abide by the laws of a society, you're respecting the laws of sunset, you're not just obeying the laws of that society. You're respecting the laws of that society. When we're abiding by the commandments of Allah, we're actually honoring Allah not just obeying Him.

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Therefore, disobeying Allah's commandments is actually a denial of Allah's nobility and His grace, His greatness, Margot Robbie, Robbie can carry him and then he asks this prophet he makes his profound statement it's there's somewhat of a what might seem at first glance as a redundancy here, but I'll try to explain it to you bit by bit so it'll make sense first I'll translate and let the Halacha as a worker for either luck fee Surah 10 Masha Allah Kovak this is one continuous statement the meaning your master who created you

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who then balanced your even you out? So waka you can also translate as any put finishing touches on you. You know, first a wall is made with the ancient bricks and stone and then there's a plaster that smooths out and makes everything even that's that's where to put the finishing touches on something. So he didn't just make you raw. He actually put refined finishing touches on you. This is the nature of how Allah creates Sabir has Malbec Allah Allah and the Halacha for Sawa. So here halacha Kapha. So worker, same words again, he creates and then he puts finishing touches he beautifies he didn't just make the orange he designed the gorgeous peel. You know, he didn't just

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make the animal he colored the fair. He did all kinds of finishing touches on creatures and on humanity. But then he adds further luck, which means he balanced you the redundancy apparent redundancy is that the word that underlines this we are similar and other means balance and us we are also means balance in some cases to to equalize. Okay, but first of all, transit Noah share some of the subtleties that are inside this remarkable word. Fee is Surah, Ting, Masha, Allah Kovak in whatever form he wanted, in whatever shape he wanted, and it's actually whatever is not a good translation, a little jump, which means in what remarkable form, did he decide to shape you and to

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build you piece by piece raka Buck actually to put together layer after layer after year, I'll get into the etymology a little later. So for now, the first thing when Allah describes his creative power, he usually mentioned two things are there he mentioned when he created Allah the Halacha. Or he'll say, for example, Holly Coco Lee, the Creator of all things, but when he speaks about all creation, the most elaborate description that you get is Allah the Halacha Sawa. He created and he put finishing touches, he balanced he, you know, even doubt that's the kind of verbiage you find. For human beings, Allah used an additional term for either luck and he made you even now it's

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already even like every other creation but apparently Allah is saying there's a level two there's a level of evenness or balance to the human being that wasn't granted to any other creature. And so in additional word is necessary to illustrate how human beings are actually different in the way Allah created them from all of their creation, and the Adel Noosaville, hefele hemal yakun Anna hydrogen bail, very indolent Arabic, from which the word balance comes, is actually you know, when when they used to load stuff on a camel, you can't really put stuff on top of a camel because it's kind of a narrow back. So you have to load stuff on the sides. But the thing is, if one side is too heavy, and

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the other side not heavy enough, what's gonna happen to the luggage, it's gonna just flip over and tip. So you have to balance the weight on this side with the other side one of the sides is called it and then the other is called not doing that's actually what that those words are used for. So that you have equal weight on both sides so the camera can actually move. The idea is from from the the way that the word is used, is Marzano too thick Lindsey Janet basically Infineon Ibaka had Dieter, Xena, to put one thing on one end and another on the other end to balance those two things out. By using that word Allah is commenting on the nature of human beings in the way he designed us,

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that there are actually opposing forces inside of us that balance each other out. You know, there are tendencies there's there's anger on the one hand and mercy on the other, and they're both necessary. There are some things that necessitate your anger and that at the same time, there are things that necessitate mercy. There's strength and delicacy. There are some things that require all of your might and other things that require you to be very crafty and very delicate. There's your mind and your heart your mind isn't rational, you know, machine

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It calculates it makes decisions but there are many decisions that you cannot just make purely based on reason. You have to actually involve emotion you have to be merciful in your decision patient in your decision kind in your decision. Those are not rational forces.

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