Channel: Omar Suleiman
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You have now switched up or have become one of the halaqa communists in wahida Allah caminhar xojo How about Simon humare john and Kathy are on manisa WhatsApp hola hola de Tessa and want to be here on our home in the LA Cana alikum la Kiba you Alina Amma nautical la la kulu colenso de the American way of silicones and overcome women, daughter Ella how atsuta hufa defassa felsen alima my bad We begin by praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and being witnessed that none has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as his final messenger, we asked a lot of son his peace and blessings upon him, his
companions, his family, and those that follow until the day of judgment. And we ask Allah to join us with him, with the prophets, with the righteous with the martyrs with those who are truthful, and the highest level of Jonathan for the dos allama. I mean, the brothers and sisters, if every sermon was about hardship, and how to make sense of hardship, then we would not run out of ions versus an ahaadeeth. To try to come to terms with many of the things that happen in our lives, and we don't really know how to understand them. Not only do we not know how to understand them, we don't know how to process them in the greater context of what our relationship with Allah subhanaw taala
supposed to look like in this world, and what our purpose in life is supposed to look like, in accordance with that relationship that we are taught through our Deen is the most important relationship and the most important pursuit and the most important journey that anyone can have. And there are certain basic concepts that come from the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and there's a question that I'd asked right now. And that question is one that all dressed with the narration in the second part of the sermon, which is when Allah subhana wa Tada, why does a lot take things away from people that he loves? Why does a lot take something away from you out of
love for you? And that's a really difficult concept, to grasp with a really difficult question to grasp with but to build up to that. There's the narration from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam which is the most extensive in terms of how we understand or process hardship, in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said either Allah de la jolla Abdi he'll hire agile Allahu Allah kobata for dunya will either be up to his shuttle I'm Sokka and he'll be then be he had you have to milk the AMA, Allah subhanaw taala are the prophets license says that when Allah wants good for his servants, then he hastens his hardships for him in this world. And when I lost some handouts out of
ones bad for his servants, then he withholds the consequences of his bad or the consequences of his sins, until he appears before him on the Day of Judgment. The prophets lie some continued, and he says in their element is an element of Allah, that the greater the that the greater reward comes with the greater the trial. So the greater the hardship is, the greater the potential of reward because it's not assumed that you're going to be rewarded just because you are tested. Some people are tested with very little and they are you know, they do absolutely nothing with it except for distance themselves further from Allah subhana wa tada some people are tested, with great hardships
and with with with every hardship that comes to them, no matter what the severity of that hardship is they find a way to turn that into a means of closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala they convert the hardship the difficulty into poured into that closeness with Eliza and the prophets lie. Some continuing said the greater the reward, the greater the trial, the greater the potential of that reward from Allah subhanho to Allah and he said, I think his salatu salam were in the LA either Hubba Coleman is a tele home and if Allah loves a people, he tests them from an labia Fela horiba This is beautiful because it talks about the nature of your relationship with Allah, whoever shows
contentment will receive the pleasure of Allah Subhana Allah to Adam, I'm wildly off Allahu lilla. Whoever shows Reba whoever shows contentment with the tests that come to them, then they will receive that pleasure or that that you know that contentment from a lot as a young woman salita fella who sought and whoever shows discontentment or displeasure, will have displeasure returned to him as well.
This is a very comprehensive Hadeeth and it's actually not the main narration that I want to focus on with my multiple but I figured it's a good one to start with. Are there exceptions to the head the number one, yes. Sometimes out of love for you, Allah subhanaw taala gives you more. Sometimes out of love for you, Allah gives you more. So the nature of the relationship of Allah with every single person
Does not just speak to this general rule, but instead it speaks to what's good for the person or what gives that person the greatest potential to wake up and recognize the purpose of their lives, what is going to bring about the best qualities in a person. And this is really what it speaks to some people are humble. And actually, most people are more humble, when their means are also reflective of that humility, when their risk when their sustenance, when their careers, whatever it may be, when the means are also humble than they too are likely to have those qualities. And some people as they are increased in in goodness, in terms of their wealth, and in terms of whatever it
is that Allah is giving them of this material world that leads to certain qualities coming out of generosity and benevolence that most people would not have, once they actually get there. A lot of people think that if I am if I had this, then I would do that. But the reality is, when you get there, you become what you hate. And instead of developing qualities of benevolence and generosity, you develop more pride, more arrogance and stinginess, and you become a different person.
And those qualities that you would have had had you not been given what you were asking for are the qualities that would have gotten you to paradise would have gotten you to gender. But because of your inability to handle the test of ease that Allah gave you, you became an unrecognizable person. You became arrogant and you became prideful, and you became everything that you hated when you didn't have what you asked for. And so Allah subhanaw taala deals with every individual as an individual, but the general rule, it's just like the general rule that the majority of the people that enter Paradise,
are unfulfilled Ah, what am I sucking are poor people, vulnerable people the oppressed. That doesn't mean you seek to be oppressed, or you seek poverty because that's sinful. But the majority of the people that would get to paradise are people that would not be distracted by the lore of this world, by the glamour of this world. And usually, that's not even by choice for them. That's the general rule. But for some people, poverty has a different effect on them. hardship has a different effect on them. Each has a different effect on them. The material world has a different effect on them. And what this had the covers is first and foremost, that Allah azza wa jal gives you and withholds from
you, out of love for you, if you're turning towards him, there is no way you turn to a loss of hundreds out of seeking goodness, and evil comes to you in return. Even if it's the hardship, that hardship is not evil, that hardship is not punishment, there's no way you turn to God, asking him for good and you receive evil and hardship and return.
It's always going to be blessing.
And there is no way that you turn away from Allah subhanho wa Taala and receive good even if what you are receiving is packaged as good. So if you're turning away from a lot, and wonderful things are happening in your life, those things are means by which you would attain eternal wrath and displeasure or hardship in the Hereafter, things that you actually would wish had not come to you in this world. And that's the thing on the day of judgment when a lot as a judge describes a person that's standing before him that was arrogant and prideful and became an oppressor with the means that were given to them and a lot asks them, if you could ransom yourself with the entire world in
the hub with the entire world and goal to get yourself out of the situation you're in today, would you do it and that person would be willing to sacrifice or pay the ransom of this entire dunya this entire world and the hub two times to get themselves out of the situation that they're in them so they would actually regret that they had it easy in this life if having it easy in this life meant distancing them further from Allah subhana wa Tada. Or to a hadith that I'd come to.
The first one is a definitivamente, where the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says, again, illustrating a general concept, either habila, who I've done, hammer, Houdini or kemah of Allah hydrocone me soprema hula, the profit slice and I'm said that if Allah azzawajal loves his servant, then Allah subhanho wa Taala withholds the material world from him the way that one of you would would hold water from from someone who is sick, someone who is ill not sounds kind of funny because usually when you're ill water is good for you. But the type of illness that the Prophet sly some is talking about here is an illness that would be furthered by water, some sort of rare illness. So you can't
Drink water because drinking water for them is harmful at that particular time. And that person is extremely thirsty. And the the scholars who explains how they explained it in two ways. The first one, they said that a person might be extremely thirsty. So the analogy is of a person that's extremely thirsty, and there's contaminated water in front of them.
And if they drink that water, they're going to really harm themselves, but they're so thirsty, that they're not thinking about what's actually good for them, they're actually only thinking about their thirst. A person who cares about them, would stop them from hurting themselves in the long term just to quench their short term thirst. But that person, if the thirst becomes extreme, doesn't care about the long term implications, they just want to get over the thirst and then they'll deal with whatever comes with it. And that's a recklessness on their part. And depending on the severity of that thirst, or a lemon Bella, depending on the severity of that thirst, the less rational they are
likely to be with the situation at hand. Right, the more severe it's getting, the less they're actually thinking about the long term implications. But what the prophet slice is saying here is that when a lot loves you, as much as he loves you, when you sit there and begged him and asked him for something that you think would satisfy quench that thirst, that immediate thirst, he holds it back out of love for you, not because he wants to punish you, not because he likes seeing you thirsty, but because Allah azza wa jal knows that that water in that particular situation, which seems so pure, and that's another wisdom that the scholar has developed from it, it seems so pure,
that it's actually bad for you in those moments, and you just can't recognize it right there. So he holds it back from you. subhanho wa Taala. So it's another Hadith where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam demonstrates that relationship, how badly you might want something because it seems so pure, and your thirst seems so severe, and if I just could have a sip, but you know, if you get a sip that you're going to keep on drinking and you're going to hurt yourself, and out of love for you, Allah holds it back. The second narration, but all of this to be honest with you is a build up to a very powerful narration, which actually goes into the motion of this and I want you to relate
this particular lengthy narration to this life that addresses the first question I asked in this quote, and imagine this with me. This is a narration from Eben Massoud, our beloved Masaru little the Allahu anhu where he demonstrates this relationship and how this is now in motion. It's no longer just the concept but something in actual motion. I've loved and missed a lot of the a lot of time and who he says in the lambda like you have mobile Emory minute t Jarrah t when Mr. Hatter you yes sir allow
that the servant of Allah looks at something the slave of God looks at something and he he he asks for the sustenance or he asks for this position at Imada here means position, usually in the context of leadership, but he wants this position so bad. And he wants this money, so bad the sustenance so bad, so he's, he's done everything that he could and that he should to attain those things that wealth or that position, you got it.
You You asked for it, you got it. It is all in motion, it's about to come to you and it seems so good.
And it seems like everything is going to change in the right way for you. Once you get this risk the sustenance or you get this position and listen to the rest of this narration.
He says Nevada Allahu la human focus are very somewhat then a lot looks upon him from above seven heavens.
Allah looks upon him from above seven heavens felco lil melodica and Allah says to the angels, us three, four who have no
take it away from him, can you imagine it's on its way to you.
You've already you just have to sign on the dotted line at this point. The position is there, the money is there. It's all right there in front of you and the list is on its way to the packages in the mail. it's on its way to you. And Allah says to the angels looks upon you from above seven heavens because no one is insignificant to the one who is above seven heavens. And that's one of the functions of this hadith. But Allah subhana wa tada is looking to each one of his individual servants and Allah says to the angels as it's about to be delivered to him, take it away from him, take it away from him because he wants to punish him, take it away from him because Allah wants to
put you in difficulty. No, this actually this narration actually shows how that motion is a loss as a 341
Take it away from him. Now, the angels when they asked a lot when Alonzo Joel created our family, his Salaam and Allah subhanaw taala said in the jack, you don't feel out of the halifa that I'm going to place him as an authority on this earth and they said attach Adolphe him and you've seen the fee How else we could demand? Are you going to place on this earth? You know, a species that would spread corruption and that would spill blood? What was the answer in the Alamo? mala tanaman. You don't need an explanation. I know what you don't know. Allah says to the angels, I know what you don't know. But here a lot actually explains to the angels why this person who seemingly is so good,
and who might indeed be so good and has something pure and good coming to them? Why would you stop it and cancel it for that person? Us 341
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Allah subhanaw taala says, take it away from him because if I make it easy for him, if that person actually attains what they are looking for,
that person will end up going to hellfire. That's called to her now.
Meaning what that is that will come to Him will change that person in a way or caused that person to do something that would lead to a punishment far worse than not having what they are asking for in this world.
And he continues, and he says, For your sleep Allahu anhu, Allah subhanaw taala takes it away from him fail vaalu yato per year, and that person keeps on saying subak honey phoolan that person beat me to it. If only this would have happened, if only that would have happened. One who in law firm law.
And it is not but the blessing of Allah on that person that a lot didn't give that person what they were asking him for what they were asking him for.
This narration is so powerful for so many different reasons. Our relationship with a lot tends to be merely transactional. You want something, you go to him, you ask him for it, you don't get what you want, you turn away from him. Until next time, when you've tried everything else to get something and it's not working. Let me throw in the drought so that I can properly blame a lot when it doesn't happen the way that I want it to happen.
It's not an authentic connection. This is not the way that a servant deals with his Lord that a slave deals with his master that a worshiper deals with the one that he's worshiping. This is not the way that that relationship is supposed to go. But it could turn into that. But in this situation, you have a person who right now is in the favor of Allah Subhana Allah, Allah sees you. And a lot is pleased with who you are, and what your personality is, like all of us have our shortcomings, we all have things that we could improve upon. But right now, you're in favor with a loss of Hannah Montana, and you've asked a lot for something and it's coming your way it's out for
delivery. And Allah says, Don't give it to him. Because if he, if I make that easy for him,
then he'll end up being punished.
Because something will happen to that person that will cause them to fall out of favor.
Because sometimes we know that ease changes you in a way that's not positive. And that's not good. In the man on the moon and the last panel to Allah knows that what you don't know. So Allah says us three, four, who and who take it away. The other thing that shows up the the second part of this narration, you have lala land Do you have to pioneer the servant, the slave still doesn't understand what's happened and still is just assuming that it was because of this circumstance and that circumstance. And, you know, if only I would have submitted an application this much earlier, if I would have gotten this much better on this or if I would have done this differently. And it just
seems like it was this much off.
And he starts thinking subak honey funan that lucky guy over there, that person over there that that person beat me to it, the honey funan that person was was better than me that person was able to attain what I wanted to attain will not have a love for the law. And the whole time it was just a lot expressing his love for you in a way that you would not understand.
You would not be able to grasp and
hold on to Allah. He comments on this hadith on this narration from Missoula, Montana, Idaho, and he said that the one whom Allah subhanaw taala has destined to enter Paradise, the reasons which will cause his entrance into paradise shall spring from color
calamities, and the one whom Allah subhanaw taala has destined for his wrath, the reasons that will cause his punishment in the hereafter spring from his lusts and his desires. What that means is a lot of times,
the reason why you get into gentlemen, the majority of time the people that get into Jenna get into Jenna because of a hardship that came to them. And they responded to that hardship in the best way. They responded to that hardship in a way that was pleasing to a loss of habitat. And for so many people, the things that they try to attain in order to create this false heaven on earth, is the reason for which they are prohibited from entering into it, and actuality, in the hereafter. But even you as a person, it's not about the nature of the Imada, or that T Giada. It's not about the nature of that sustenance, it's not about the nature of that position.
It's about the innocence that we have when we're in a state of vulnerability. And that innocence is something that we tried to maintain, even as we call upon the loss of Hannah Montana, and we asked him for the best of this world. But when we ask Allah for the best of this world, we don't ask Allah for the quantity we ask Allah subhanaw taala for the best of it, knowing that he knows what the best of it is. And so to make this more practical, in a sense of supplication, and they do not, I leave you with the hadith of Al Baqarah or the Allahu taala and one where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the dura of El mcru the dura of the one who is in hardship, or the death of the
distressed cattle does actually stress the death of the one who is distressed Allahumma aromatica arrojo filata kyllini in an FC top terrain, with a slightly shut knee could learn either
Allahumma automatica Oh Allah, I have hope in your mercy. I have hope in your mercy. Do not abandon me for not to kidney enough see top of her time, don't leave me to myself, even for a moment even for the blink of an eye. Well, US lately shut Nicola and rectify all of my affairs for me, La Ilaha Illa. And there is no God. But you this had the this encompasses that your hope still remains and allow when you're in stress, your hope does not remain in that circumstance changing. You see here when you call upon a lot and you're in that stress, it's not about the circumstance changing. It remains in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala to capitalism. It remains in his mercy that you have
hope. And however that manifests itself. I trust you even in my stress. Not only do I trust you and still have hope in you, I'm still asking you don't leave me to myself for even the blink of an eye. I'm not asking you to make things as I see fit. I'm asking you to continue to make make things for me as you see fit. Despite my impatience, despite my impatience with the way things may be unfolding in this moments that the hope remains in you. The trust remains in you and I'm still asking you even at that low point, to continue giving me what's best for me, even if I'm not recognizing it as best and don't leave me to myself for not killing enough sea turtle for time We ask Allah subhanaw taala
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