Feeling Paralyzed by Stress and Fitna
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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We begin by praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and bearing witness that none has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is his final messenger. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him, the prophets and messengers that came before him, his family and companions that served alongside him, and those that follow in his blessed path until the day of judgment, and we ask Allah to make us amongst them Allah Amin, dear brothers and sisters, a common sentiments that we may feel when there is a global climate of unraveling fitna of trials and tribulation, even
technologies that can also be a tribulation that we don't yet know how to get a grasp of coupled with our own personal struggles, and what is generally, you know, an observable decline in human happiness, that people are less equipped than ever to deal with their own personal strife with their own personal stress. And the over exposure to bad news that is around us, you literally cannot scroll any social media platform, or change the channel on any TV or any set, except that you're going to see tribulation after tribulation after tribulation. The local tragedies that happen, we had the Allen shooting that took place this past week, or the global tragedies, the routine
bombardment of Gaza, so many different things that we noticed the turmoil in Pakistan. Now, last time make it easy for our brothers and sisters all over the world last night, I mean, so there is a compounded sense of paralysis. When you're being exposed to all of this, on a global level, it's right in front of you constantly. And on a personal level, again, we're less equipped than ever, to deal with our personal problems to deal with the stress that we're feeling at our level. And you will notice that as you look through the tribulations that face the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the generation of the companions that Allah subhanho wa Taala changed the nature of the
Tribulation, yet the nature of their certainty and Allah subhanaw taala was one and it was able to carry them through. And I wanted to actually fast forward to really answer this question of how we're able to overcome paralysis. When there is an overwhelming environment of fitna of trials and tribulations and turmoil. And I want to actually go towards the very end of time, and work backwards. We start from the place of the Prophet slice, and I'm in the Companions, when we're talking about the nature of the certainty the keen that they had the certainty the Eman the faith that they had to propel them through every tribulation. And then we start from the very end, when we
talk about how bad things can get, how bad things can get. And we're somewhere in between at all times. And the prophets like Selim said something very interesting about the time right before lmsc had the job appears, may Allah protect us from His fitna Allah, Allah I mean, and that's a tribulation that we seek refuge in Allah from every single time we pray, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to protect us from the fitna of intimacy had the jewel the fitna of this the jewel and that shows you how severe it is that the Muslims now and 1000 years ago, were seeking refuge in Allah Subhana Allah from this tribulation at least five times a day every time they pray.
So the prophets lie Selim tells us something very interesting that before the appearance of the job,
there is a certain desperation that precedes that.
You see, when people are desperate, then they're more vulnerable, and they can be exploited. And that's a dangerous combination.
But the stars of this OMA shine in its most difficult times. He said some Allah Hardy he was salam.
Right before at the jail appears he said that there will be lots and what she does, you'll sleep well NASA de jour on Chedid. He said some alone when you send them that three years before the job appears.
There will be complete droughts. A severe drought that strikes the people and people will be struck with severe hunger. He said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the first of those three years Allah subhanho wa Taala will command the skies to hold 1/3 of its rain and the earth to hold 1/3 of its produce.
So 1/3 of the rain 1/3 of the produce a decline and what comes from the heavens and the decline in what's produced from the earth by 1/3. Then he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. In the second year, Allah azza wa jal will commanded to hold two thirds. Two thirds of the rain will be held two thirds of the
produce will be held. Can you imagine now if you play this out the desperation of mankind as this starts to unfold. Then he said sal Allahu alayhi wa salam in the third year Allah azza wa jal will withhold the rain so not a single drop of rain will fall for an entire year.
And the earth will completely withhold its produce. Can you imagine a year of global drought a year where Allah Subhana Allah, Allah does not let a single drop of rainfall pull out our Atim in us by Hannah Okoma Hola. familia tea can be mountain Marine, you know, unsuited for a lot of talks about people that use the means by which they're supposed to know Allah subhanaw taala to instead instill in themselves a sense of arrogance and pride. And Effie duck was somehow and bustle your faculty to think you're seeing you're, you're hearing and Allah subhanaw taala highlights the desperation he says, you know, who's holding these birds in the sky? If you're looking at a place, who do you think
is holding these birds in the sky and giving them this ability? And as human beings, you take things for granted. And you start to think you're so advanced and Subhanallah look at California of all places, where all of these new technologies are being produced what happens when a drought hits California?
What happens when Allah withholds or Atim and US Maha Kamakura familia tea can be met and married, okay, as advanced as you want to get, create all the technologies that you can all by the permission of Allah Subhana Allah, but if Allah holds back the water from you, what are you going to do?
You might figure out something creative alternative water for some time to survive, you might come up with some new technology, but what will you do if Allah subhanaw taala withholds of the water from you. And so this humbles mankind across the board. When Allah commands for a whole year that water does not fall from the sky rain does not fall from the sky. And he said, sallallahu alayhi wa salam, Fela Tabqa that all Linfen Illa halachot Illa Masha Allah, He said somebody sent him that all of the hoofed animals meaning the sheep, the cattle, the pigs, the deer, all of the hoofed animals will die, except for a few that Allah subhanaw taala allows to survive so where do you even get your
meat from now? Where do you how do you survive from your food? So you don't have food? You don't have your drink? And the prophets lie Selim was asked by the Companions as he was narrating this, ba Lu sama your issue NASA V Valley because the man you are Rasul Allah, how will people live in that time? How will people survive? And this is a powerful response that the Prophet slice and M gives. He says, sallallahu alayhi, wa salam at at lelu what Kabiru what?
La ilaha illa Allah Subhan Allah Alhamdulillah Allah Akbar. And he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam were huge, the usati caddy him
that in that time, your tests be will take the place of your food. Think about this. You could feel a sense of suffocation. And Allah teaches you another lesson.
That if Allah azza wa jal wants you to be sustained even physically, by Subhanallah Alhamdulillah Allah Allah Allah Allahu Akbar, Allah azza wa jal will make that happen. Even if you don't have water. When Allah Subhana Allah, Allah wants to change the way that you operate as a human being, so that he can sustain you, he will sustain you with vicar. He'll sustain you with the remembrance of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. And when you talk about people, literally feeling a sense of suffocation and Allah turning their vicar into breathing Subhan Allah and hamdulillah Allah Allah Allah Allahu Akbar what Cephalus salmon Samia Rahim Allah said is like water is to the fish, oxygen
to the human being that is thicker to the heart. Allah be the life of my inner Kuru, even till now, they can is what settles the heart and gives you tranquility in a way that nothing else can. If you feel yourself suffocating, if you feel the constriction of the chest if you feel like you can't move, you can't operate due to the global circumstances or due to the circumstances in your own home, one than the other and decrease in Alma easterton Blanca, when you turn away from the remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala things become constricted, tight, but thicker opens the pathways, remembering Allah subhanaw taala opens the pathways, so much so that in the worst of times
to strike mankind, the wicked will literally be your food and your drink. Subhanallah that's what it will become to us. But the greater lesson or of the greater lessons is, first and foremost, now you can leave Allah on Epson, Allah was
ALLAH does not burden a soul beyond that scope, even then Allah will provide a way out.
Allah does not burden us beyond our scope. He gives us what we can handle and he gives us the tools of success otherwise we're not at
But when we have the tools of success, then we become accountable. Also that remembering Allah subhanaw taala, in the midst of madness is the only way that a person can survive.
And remembering Allah does not simply mean repetition on the tongue. Remembering who Allah is, as you remember him with your tongue, and thinking deeply about what you're saying, when you remember him with your tongue, and then allowing that to penetrate your heart when you remember him with your tongue.
That opens the pathways, it allows you to breathe to not suffocate, when things are happening and hamdulillah Allah is in control. Subhan Allah, Tabata Kala, I trust Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, when you walk out of the door, Bismillah telechelic to Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, you're already acknowledging that whatever it is that I'm leaving my house to do, I trust that Allah subhanaw taala is going to be the one to provide sustenance for me, and that Allah subhanaw taala is going to be my protector, that Allah is going to be my provider. And that if anything happens in the system, that I presume I perceive to be different, Allah azza wa jal has the
And so I'll continue to renew my trust in Him.
What Vicki does, to allow a person to not be paralyzed and not be suffocated
is tremendous. And by the way, you will not understand this unless you've experienced it.
Someone might be thinking themselves Oh, here they go again. dickish let's go to Allah, whatever really, you know, so if I repeat this, you will not understand the hell of Allah vicar until you become one of them the station of the people of remembrance until you immerse yourself in remembrance and become one of them. That's the only way you're going to understand the way that it truly allows you to navigate the madness of this worlds otherwise, you're a person looking in from outside and you can't understand the experience it's like you don't know the temperature of a place unless you're inside of it. But you could tell that it must be cool if the people are not sweating
and so you don't understand the had the the place of honor they could have the place of the people remembrance May Allah make all of us amongst them Allah Amin unless you're in it and if you want to know what it felt like go back to Ramadan when you were in the last 10 nights and you were in the masjid remembering ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada the temperature. How do you feel? How did your heart feel when you were in that state of vicar? That's not something that's reserved for Ramadan. That's something we reserved for Ramadan.
So how do we overcome the sense of paralysis and how do we under come overcome the sense of suffocation in the midst of the stress?
Number one, a thicket with Euro Allahumma in Aruba becoming an HMI What hasn't Wow Oh, they'll be coming alive z will catch up. So have a look at the connection between these things. Oh Allah I seek refuge in You from an anxiety about what is to come. What hasn't grief over what has passed? Well, ad z to be paralyzed into inaction while castle to be lazy to be struck by laziness.
Him and hazard if a person dwells too much and anxiety and grief then they're unable to have the opposite of adswood Castle, incapacity and laziness. So you turn to Allah subhanaw taala and ask Allah azza wa jal to unlock those things for you. The next thing we learned from our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that where there is confusion, there is always a certain course of action there. Now you rebook in Amala. You rebook the prophets, like some sudden leave that which causes you doubt and immerse yourself in that which causes you no doubt. Meaning when there's something that's confusing to you, because fitna can become very confusing, and you don't know
you're unable to sort things out properly, you're unable to figure out the best course of action. Then exert yourself in a place where you know that your course of action will be blessed. But don't stop exerting yourself. Bad little banana decided the prophets lie. Some says, As fitna comes towards you rush to do good deeds, rushed to do good deeds. And we also learned from our beloved messengers of Allah or even some of the importance of setting achievable goals. In the midst of it all. We're a goal oriented creation. As human beings when we don't feel like we are useful, then we find ourselves falling into that sense of worthlessness. And the only way that you can consistently
renew your sense of self worth is to keep on setting goals for yourself, achievable goals, and keep on taking that next step towards Allah subhanaw taala. And when you take one step towards Allah azza wa jal, he comes to you much quicker, and that feeling just like a vicar becomes a lot closer to you and opens up doors for you so set achievable goals for yourself. The next thing we learned from the Prophet signs seven myths to solve problems that are within our capacity. And Karla Hala canas, for whom the province licensor, whoever says the people are done is the one who is causing them to be that way. Oh laka home and one narration he is
is the worst of them, the most perished of them when people look around the world, you know, they talk about them. Now they call them keyboard analysts or keyboard warriors, you know, think before there were keyboards. They're the people that always look at the situation of the world and talk about how terrible it is. And they did absolutely nothing to solve anything of the world. So there is problems in the messaging, forget about the message. Why don't you get involved? Because the message is full of this and this and that, not your message, of course, but the Messiah, or this and this and that, you know, or why don't you get involved with this? What's the good of this? What's
the point of doing this? What's the point of doing that, because if you do this much, they're doing that much. And so you can't make any real changes. So that person that always is negative, and that always finds a hole and of course of action is someone who never does anything for themselves, and becomes the most accountable in the sight of Allah subhana Hutan because they're deflated on the inside and they deflate everybody else. solve the problems within your capacity.
And that is going to help you be in the light and unlock something with the bulk of Allah subhanaw taala that's far greater. Most Great, people didn't realize that they were great until after they died.
This is this is something that you have an opportunity to do but the Knights Allah, so solve the problems that are within your capacity. We also take from our beloved messenger, sallAllahu, and even send them this idea of making our brakes intentional and counting our brakes as a bad. Look. We live in a world that tells you you have to constantly do doo doo, doo doo. But when you take a step back, and you don't, that can be a rebounder in and of itself. Your sleep can be rebounded in and of itself. To sometimes take a moment and pause is in and of itself an act of worship. And so sometimes you feel like even when something is happening in the world, If I don't hurry up and weigh in on
this Whatsapp group, then everything's gonna fall apart. I have to hurry up and act, act, act act, be intentional about taking a step back. And recalibrating and remembering Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and that will allow you to be better equipped to face the problems as they are arising in your midst. The last thing Dear Brothers and Sisters, is to embrace your challenges as opportunities. This is the beauty when the prophets lie Selim says adds up in the Emerald movement. How wonderful is the affair of the believer that everything that happens to him is good. And that's only for the believer. Now I want you to think about this. The prophets like Selim taught us about
how difficult the last times are, how difficult the End of Times are.
But he put this opportunity
ahead of us it is Salatu was Salam. He said that those people that will be with ESRD is Sudan, are the best of this ummah right next to the Sahaba the prophets, Allah Allahu alayhi wa sallam, there is an opportunity to rise, even in the in the most difficult of times that will strike this earth, there is an opportunity to rise to be amongst the most favorable in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala and so on the Prophet slicin mentions the increase in the challenge. He mentioned the increase in the opportunity in them in what I call a Yama supper, that behind you or what comes after you Oh, companions are days that require great patience, that patients in those days can continue to jump
It's like holding on to a burning hot coal. But the one who acts in those days has the edge of the 50
has the reward of 50 people 50 of them Yabba salt Allah no 50 of you. So as the challenge rises, the opportunity to be pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala rises as well Dear Brothers and Sisters, when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, and when the global challenges around us become so difficult, and when we find our personal stresses while growing. Remember to do the good that you know how to do to speak the truth that you know how to speak to avoid the falsehood that you know as falsehood and to avoid acting in confusion and uncertainty. And remember Allah subhanho wa Taala all along and ground yourself. ground yourself in the remembrance of Allah subhanaw taala because in the
remembrance of Allah, we have clarity and in the remembrance of Allah we have a course of action and in the remembrance of Allah Belinda heeta Allah, we have a special place with Allah subhanaw taala in the hereafter May Allah make us amongst others Akkadian Allah cathedral was Acura to those who remember Allah frequently from the men and from the women and make us amongst those who perform good deeds frequently from the men and from the women and keep us sincere Allah Allah I mean Gurukul Jada was started like they would be welcome when he started Muslim infrastructural in the whole food right.
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