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Latina? Alladhina amanu Tapachula how aku colons Khadija useless la come Anna Anna come way up. La comme Zeno back home woman your player in La la la la Sula, who forgot the first if I was an Alima for Mama barons, we begin by praising Allah and bearing witness that nun has the right to be worshipped to unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as his final messenger. And we asked Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him, his family, his companions, those that preceded him from the messengers and those that follow in his example, and we ask Allah to elevate us to be united with Him in the Hereafter. And to follow
his sunnah and his guidance in this life, Allah whom I mean, the brothers and sisters, arguably the most difficult question of faith is the Odyssey is the question of why.
Now, if you go through the pillars in the Arcana of Eman, then you see that the last of the articles of faith is the belief in the Kaaba and quarter of Allah said
hundreds out of the belief in the divine decree in the predestination of Allah subhanaw taala. But that is the pillar as Abdullah and Ambassador the Allah IMO says that if a person establishes it, then they establish their towhee than if a person destroys it then they destroy their towhees it is the most difficult thing to wrap our heads around the most difficult things for our hearts to accept. The most difficult thing for us to stomach when we see tragedies unfolding before our eyes, the way we see Aleppo, Hollub, unfolding before our eyes, and quite frankly, without the belief in Allah, and without the belief and the offer or the belief in the Hereafter, nothing makes sense.
Nothing makes sense. Interestingly enough, when you go through the Quran, Allah stresses belief in Allah and belief in the hereafter you don't see stress as much as you do on those things, in belief, and we'll call that a belief in Divine Decree, even though that is the pillar in the article that most people will struggle with. And there is a very important reason for that. Because just as without a strong belief in Allah and the hereafter, nothing makes sense. With a strong belief in Allah and the hereafter, everything makes sense. Everything is digestible. Everything is acceptable, everything is tranquil, even in the greatest times of chaos, and havoc. Everything can be resolved
with the belief in Allah and with the belief in the Hereafter. And that's why Allah stresses it. When Allah subhanaw taala says, Man, I'm gonna be law he will Yamanaka whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, everything comes in between those two. So he sends His angels to His messengers with messages to boot to preach the belief in Allah and the belief in the Hereafter. And that resolves the problem of that question. So when we talk about the believers and those that go through difficulty in this life, and are unfairly tormented for their belief in Allah or never see the fruits of their faith in this world, than we remember that as Allah tells us in the Quran, in Allah
Allah you will do it Raja Raja Mycenean. Allah does not let the good deeds of the believers go to waste. Two implications in there. Number one, a God who rewards number two a time after this time in which that reward would be fully realized or in the My UEFA sabe. Rona Jerome, behind his app, when a person suffers whether that suffering is something that's due to a disease or an illness, or it's due to oppression or transgression in the milieu Wafaa sobre una ADRA Humby writing is up, Allah will not let their patients go unrewarded. Allah will reward their patients in ways that cannot be quantified. But then what about on the other side those that transgressed in the oppressors well
that tax evasion Allah mafia and I'm a I'm a nobody one. Do not think that Allah is unaware of what the oppressors do. In nama you are here home Liang. Allah delays them to a day. As the prophets lie Selim says in Allah, Allah Yummly, the lion and Hatter either Alpha who Nam, you flee to that Allah delays the oppressor until he snatches him and he never lets him go in all of these ayat and all of these a hadith are the two very important implications that strengthen that belief in Divine Decree, and that strengthen our belief and allow us to proceed through this life in a way that yes, we are saddened by events that unfold before us, but in a way that we are also proactive about dealing with
what we can deal with. Humanity starts wars, and humanity ignores wars. Humanity allows for the deaths and destruction of over a quarter million people in the last five years and Syria 11 million displaced people, refugees, living all over the place, and being dealt with with cruelty. Humanity caused that and humanity ignored that there is an oppressor and there are the silent observers, those that have power and those that don't have power governments that could have intervened but did not intervene. And people that watched in silence and allow that to unfold. And quite frankly, some people who are completely unfazed by it, some people who chose to ignore it altogether. And when
humanity messes up, and humanity, murders people, kill people, watch others being killed people oppress people watch others being oppressed, then what do we do after that? We ask God why he let it happen.
How did you allow this? After we messed it all up? We turn towards Allah subhanaw taala with our complaints, so on one hand, we want the free will to be able to reject God to reject His orders to reject His revelation.
And to reject his level of legislation to live free without any restrictions. We reject when he calls us to charity and generosity and benevolence and mercy, and to take care of the poor and the vulnerable amongst us. But then at the same time, while we'll read while we're rejecting God, and we're, we want to be free.
We also want God to not let us be to free. We want him to referee us. And we want him to stop us when our free will gets us out of hands. Isn't that hypocrisy? Isn't that a double standard? Oh, Allah don't force us to do good. But when we mess up too bad force us to stop being evil, to turn it back towards him, after we tried to demand our freedom of choice. So if God stopped evil, and if God did not give us the ability to do wrong, we know that Allah doesn't force us to do wrong. That's a battle creed. That's a false creed, as false as the creed that says, Allah doesn't know what's going to happen tomorrow. We know Allah doesn't force us to do wrong. But if God stopped evil, then we
wouldn't have freewill,
then we wouldn't have choices, then that would defeat the purpose of the entire human enterprise, then we might as well be angels or robots. Either God forces us to worship Him. And it's, you know, we have we have no desires, we have no inclinations. Or we're robots just like a doll or something you push, push the button of love. It's not real love, even though the doll keep saying I love you to the child. It's a doll. It's robotic. It's not real. So on one hand, do we want God to stop us? Or on the other hand, do we want God to let us completely go free to where we will ruin ourselves and where we completely mess up? So if we don't have free will, and God stops all this evil, when we
blame it all on him, when humanity messes it up, then what's the point of this world? Is there such thing as freedom without choice? Or do we really just not want other people to have free will, and other people to have choice? Because we've somehow convinced ourselves that we're not that bad. And if we were in the position of government and authority and dictatorship, then we would be better than those that we criticize. If we were in that position of power, we would be so different. So yeah, Allah, let us continue to try to climb the ladder of our own professions and our own careers and our own pursuits of power.
But don't let them get it.
How does that make sense? Aren't we creating more problems than solutions? In that case? It's panela. When we think about even the idea of how we recognize good and evil, because to resolve this and say, Well, maybe there is no God, maybe we just thought God here, maybe this entire complex design, all of our DNA that's been written, all of our functions, all of that is all by accident. Maybe we're just here. And the proof of that is how bad we've screwed it up. That's the proof of how that there is no God, but the fact that you can recognize good and evil, and you can recognize oppression versus goodness and generosity is a proof of Allah subhanaw taala. The fact that that
makes you uncomfortable, if you're a decent human being, seeing dying children makes you uncomfortable, and you can recognize what is good and what is bad. That's a proof of Allah subhanaw taala in and of itself, that he gave you the ability to recognize, but people, humanity, human beings decide to stop being human and neglect those things. Subhanallah Can you imagine? What goes through the mind of a person when they kill somebody?
You imagine these people walking through the streets of Hollub mercilessly brutalizing these women and children? What's going through your mind? Where's your heart? We can't even reason with that. Do you think they were born like that? Do you think Allah created them to kill women and children? Do you think that they didn't know growing up that it's wrong to kill women and children and a part of them somewhere in there is probably telling them while they're deliberately ignoring the good qualities that Allah put inside of them. Somewhere in there, there's a voice that's telling them, this is wrong. You don't think that's there? It is there. But the fact of the matter is that when we
become so powerful, when we become when we find ourselves in positions of authority, often we are not godlike anymore. We are not what Allah Subhana Allah created us to be. We lose our own sense of purpose. And all of those questions about evil and hardship and pain and
Why does this happen? And why does that happen? The vast majority of it can directly be traced back to what humanity does wrong.
Moral Evil, our own selflessness, our own intoxication with power,
our own deliberate ignoring of the world's problems around us, our own gluttony and luxury and enjoying the things that we've been given by Allah subhanaw taala. Let's face it, poverty doesn't bother you that much until you're in poverty, until you start to feel the pinch. Hunger doesn't bother you that much. Until other people, or until you feel some hunger, oppression doesn't bother you that much. As long as it's in another land. You know, subhanAllah, we think about the privilege that we've had as American Muslims this entire time. Or we thought, we thought everything would be smooth. We thought that the Islamophobia wouldn't get too bad. We thought we were just going to
integrate with society seamlessly and no hate crimes would take place that we can continue to remain and ourselves the privilege of being an American Muslim. Guess what that privilege is waning away now. And it's not fun. It's not any fun. Other people have been living under that for a very long time. That times 100 And times 1000. If the brothers can move forward, inshallah Tara, other people have been living with that for a very, very long time.
So when we think about the evil around the world, how much of it can directly be traced back to us as people? There is enough food in the world for every single member of the human race to have a 3000 calorie diet.
But we don't care about that until we ourselves feel the pinch of that hunger. And then you talk about the other evil, but what about this? And what about that, and there are good people that just suffer, inexplicably suffer? It doesn't make any sense and Subhanallah on top of the Allahu Anhu when he saw the prophets lie, some suffering, it didn't make sense to Alma why?
Why him? I mean, he he knows some Allah Allah He was salam no one loves Allah like he loves Allah. His dad Raja his greatness is already established. Why does he have to lose a third fourth, fifth sixth child live in poverty? Why it didn't make sense to OH MY GOD, ALLAH Tada, Anwar Ahmad walked in and saw the prophets lie Selim in the situation where he's rising from his bed and he's got marks on his back. Oh my god has a better bed.
And oh my god, the Allahu Anhu starts to cry. He says Yara sola, I seen the palaces of Caesar and kiss Allah and all these people. You deserve so much more than that. And Rasul Allah sai some tells Omar I'm not talking about Yama, aren't you? Please don't Allah and Allah Hama, dunya. era that for them belongs this dunya unto us belongs the hereafter. The prophets lie Selim is telling all out, I'm okay with this. I'm okay with this. Don't worry about me. I'm content because I know my purpose in life. So yes, it hurts me when I go through pain because I'm a human being. The prophets lie. Some cried when he lost his children. The prophets lie. Some felt the pain of hunger, a prophesy
some felt sickness and illness, he felt poverty, but he never once questioned why? Because he knew that that was a futile pursuit on his part, you're not gonna get anywhere. Allah Subhan Allah Allah has assured you of something. I'm not totally Yama. Aren't you pleased, though, Oma? That they have the dunya and for us belongs in the hereafter will lie. The most shocking thing about meeting those Syrian refugees about going through the camps of the Syrian refugees. These are people who have lost everything, everything.
It's unbelievable how much they've lost. family wealth, possessions, everything, their career, everything. And subhanAllah they are more content than we are.
They complain less about life than we do. They're telling us Allah will give us more in the hereafter. No wonder why the prophets lie some sun. The majority of the people of Jana are the full Cara and the Messiah keen. The majority of the people of paradise are the poor and the downtrodden. They don't they get it, it hurts, but they get it and they're telling us entire Old, privileged, rich, spoiled Americans. That it's okay. Allah knows, Allah will give us Allah is great. We know that what awaits us in the Hereafter is better than that which we have lost in this world. And so you cannot Dear brothers and sisters start to start to grapple with the question of evil or the
purpose of evil until you grapple with the purpose of life itself. Why are you here in the
First place before you start asking about why things are not going the way you think they should be going. Why are you here in the first place? If you don't work that out, then you're not going to work this out. And we see that through the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, where he constantly assures the believers, that through hardship, we often find Allah, how many people do you know and in your own life, found Allah subhanaw taala in their hardship, found Allah in their pain,
when things got shaken up a bit, because otherwise they were complacent? How many people do you know that are like that? The prophets lie some constantly assures us of that over and over and over again, that complacency is dangerous. And sometimes in ease, we are complacent. But your brothers and sisters, here's the problem.
You look around, and you see the suffering. And you say, Fine, you know, I can understand this, I can understand that one. I get this one, I can reason through this one. I can't reason through that one, like I can get why maybe he went through that hardship. I don't understand why he went through that hardship, or I can get why he went through that hardship. But why the extents of that hardship, could have figured it out? Why do they have to keep on going through this? What's the point of these children's suffering?
You go back to the fundamental principle
in the LM Omala, tanaman.
When the angels asked Allah, a touch of a Loafie hum, and you'll see the fee however, Speaker Dima Yeah, Allah we've already seen what happens when, when fallible beings are given the earth
are you going to go ahead and create a human race now?
Where they will spread corruption, and they will kill one another and spill blood somehow, and the angels didn't even see them? Yet. They knew it. They knew that fallible creatures will wreak destruction and havoc when they have power. They knew it. They didn't wait for a quote that absolute power absolutely corrupts. They knew it. Yeah, Allah, are you really going to do this? Are you going to create them? Are you going to give them this power? And what was Allah's answer? I know what you don't know. In the nallah Telamon. I know what you don't know, Allah could walk them through perhaps one or two people, and show them how each and every single thing that happened to them that there
was a wisdom for it. But at the end of the day, sometimes things are not going to make sense, even to the melodica, even to the angels, when you establish that foundation in the airline Humala Telemon, who judges to what extent someone should suffer, who knows the present and future implications of suffering in an individual or community or country's lives? Who knows? Who can actually dissect all of that, who can trace all of that and experiment on each person and derive the positives and the implications and how it's affected this and how it's affected that that person in that situation and what it will do in the future? Who knows all of that? Nobody. So if you can come
to the terms that I can understand when something small happens to me, relatively small that I interpret as a hardship happens to me, I can't understand that. But I trust Allah's wisdom, then why can I trust Allah's wisdom when something major happens that I don't understand? What's what are the variables? What are the parameters that you're going to to accept?
Was it not an issue in full esteem? It wasn't an issue in the Central African Republic, the Rwandan genocide, Bosnia, none of that was an issue the holocaust that was but this one's an issue.
You have to establish a foundation. And that foundation is, Allah knows what I don't know. And I'm comfortable with that. I'm comfortable with that. I'm assured with that. But I do know one thing, Allah is perfect, I'm not.
Allah is perfect. I'm not. And the world is not perfect. But Allah has given me as an imperfect being the power to change a lot of the imperfection around me
that Allah has also put me as an agent of change to where I can do something about some of the stuff that's around me. So maybe I can't save every single child. And maybe I can't reason why each and every single person is going through what they're going through. But I do know that there are things that Allah has given me that I could change that I didn't change
and that I can't change.
Allah has given me the ability to actually do away with someone else's hardship, whether it's financial, or whether it's physical, whatever it may be.
Allah has put you and I, in a position to be able to change some things around us and SubhanAllah. By and large, evil exists in the world when it's allowed to exist.
Corruption exists in the world, when people who claim to not be corrupt, don't do anything about it.
So that's where we put ourselves and Subhanallah there's a powerful quote, where a man once said that I wanted to ask God, why he allows oppression and evil and suffering and poverty in the world. But I was afraid he might ask me the same question.
Allah will ask you, you're not gonna ask Allah.
You will not ask Allah about his plan. You will not ask Allah about his judgment, nor will you project your failures as humanity on Allah, or your failures as an ummah, on Allah, or my failures as a Muslim or human being on Allah. That's not my place. I can do what I can do. And I can be assured that the rest is within his ultimate plan. And that nothing, no transgression, dear brothers and sisters, no transgression in this world, no oppression will go unchecked. Wallahi each and every single one of these dictators, each and every single one of these oppressors will pay the price for their oppression, no doubt about it. The UN is not God.
The US is certainly not God. They're not going to call anybody into account, but Allah will. And if you don't have that, to what could in that trust, then that's going to shake your faith. And I have full trust in Allah, that each and every single one of those peoples, that people that suffers, whether it's me, or whether it's them, that Allah subhanaw taala will not only reward them for their struggles that Allah subhanaw taala will not only do away with their pain, but Allah will do away with their pain in a way that they will not even know that they ever experienced pain.
The vollum The oppressor, will not forget his loan. The oppressed will forget what they've been through. And trust me on the day of judgment as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, when the people who were tested severely by Allah subhanho wa taala, are being given their rewards by Allah dipped into Janna, where the prophets lie, some said they would forget any hardship they ever faced in life. Those of us Allah Afia would see an old Bella the people who are generally pardon who lived easy lives would see those people. And they would wish that they could cut their skins so that Allah subhanaw taala could reward them the way that he's rewarding the others. Think about that.
Ask yourself what you can do, and do what you can do in your capacity and stop ranting about what everybody else is not doing.
their brothers and sisters, when one person that's close to us suffers. It's a tragedy Subhanallah we look at it and we're so moved by it. But when hundreds of 1000s of people suffer, that we deliberately turn a blind eye to the same thing we accused God of doing by the way, we deliberately ignored the suffering of millions and millions of people around the world. It's just a statistic. It's just a hashtag. But if it's a celebrity or someone that you know, or someone that you've allowed yourself to constantly get to know over the years, then it's a tragedy. They break their leg. It's a tragedy.
People's skulls are crushed, that you don't see. And it's not a tragedy. It's a statistic. The same thing we accused Allah subhanaw taala of doing. Allah did not ignore them. We did, we did.
Now the point of this hotbar is not that we just feel horrible about ourselves. The point of this whole saga is what do you do about it now?
How much are you giving? Now the rotten era become just an excuse before the Lord, that I've tried to do my part. Whether it's lobbying for them, whether it's raising their voices for them, whether it's giving charity to them, whether it's making do out for them? What have I done for them? And that's a question we have to ask ourselves each and every single time. We see tragedy unfold before our eyes, and we see innocent people being killed. What can I do? What am I doing? The rest is to Allah subhanaw taala I am assured in Allah's plan, but I'm not assured in my own efforts, what can I do difference? And so when these things unfold, Allah's Kingdom does not decrease at all, but our
humanity does. Our humanity does. May Allah subhanaw taala enable us to be in the service of people. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah allow our hearts to be such that we don't ignore the sun
suffering of those around us are those that are far from us, but that we engage with it that we feel empathy for, and that we do what is in our capacity to do for it. Nothing more except for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala and out of gratitude for what he's given to us, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to be with our brothers and sisters all over the world that are suffering. We ask Allah subhana wa Tada to alleviate their pain. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to allow us to be instruments by which he alleviates their pain. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to allow them to stop the oppressors from their oppression We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to stop the oppressors from their oppression We
ask Allah to guide us to where we are not oppressors and we are stopping other oppressors. Allahumma Amin Akula Kalia, that was tough Allah you will not come on he's a Muslim in first off in the hula for wine.
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa ala Ridhwan illa Allah wa to me and when I'm about to Luma takim Allahumma salli wa sallam Mubarak Arabica suka Mohammed and sallallahu alayhi wa sallam while he was so happy he was selling them to him and Kathira the brothers and sisters, there is no fundraiser there is no I'm not going to ask you for your money for this cause. I'm not there is no particular call to action for you. Except for all of us to reflect the purpose of this Joomla is to remind and for us to remember who we are as people and what Allah subhanaw taala has created us to do. And for us not to turn a blind eye and to each question ourselves what we can be doing. And I just want to
leave you with one thought of the love that hadith Rahim Radi Allahu Taala and who mentioned about the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and so some poetic verses that the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam could have shut his doors after the conquest of Mecca. Think about that. The prophets lie some grieved. He suffered and he made it. He made it sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and we all know what made it means the prophets lie. Selim was the authority he ruled all of the land around him sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he had the adoration of his followers replaced the rejection of the people around him. He could have something Allahu alayhi wa sallam got into a comfortable
palace and waited for two years either John Rasul Allah he will fit right allah how many beloved? I did my part, I did what I have to do, he could have ignored the suffering that continue to exist around them, but he didn't SallAllahu wasallam our ease is not an excuse for us to ignore the hardship around us. So may Allah subhanaw taala guide our hearts guide our hands and guide us in every way our tongues to support those who are being oppressed along with it and let me know when want me nuts. Well, Muslim enormous amounts are here even normal marks in like a semi arid Caribbean Mooji with their words. Allama Freeland our hammer work for Anna Willa to add Dibner but then on one
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