Why Me #23 Why Is There So Much Suffering In The World

Omar Suleiman

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The speaker discusses the negative consequences of war, natural disasters, and diseases that affect people, and the importance of the creation of humanity. They stress the need for a focus on one's own suffering and faith in the future, as well as the importance of not feeling sorry for others' actions and realizing one's purpose. The Qadr of people who change things and refuse to change things themselves is emphasized, along with the need to show patience and faith in the future.

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Why do bad things happen to good people?

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Why is the world falling apart with wars,

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natural disasters,

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and debilitating diseases?

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Why do innocent souls meet such violent endings?

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If God is so merciful,

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why did he write extreme suffering into the

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fate of so many?

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And what am I supposed to be doing

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about it?

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Of the duas of the prophet Sallallahu Alaihi

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Wasallam was Labbeikawasa'adeik

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walkhayruqulluobiadaykwassharlu

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laysa'illake

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anabikawalaykh

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tabaraktawata'alayt

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Here I am, oh Allah, in answer to

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your call, happy to serve you. All good

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is in your hands and evil should never

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be attributed to you. I exist by your

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will and will return to you. How blessed

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and exalted are you. And Imam al Qayim

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arhimullah comments on this beautiful hadith and he

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says, fatabaraqawataAAala

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an nispati shari ilaybal

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kullumanusiba

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ilayhi fahuwakayr

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Allah is far more glorified and exalted that

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someone should attribute evil to him. Rather, the

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only thing attributed to him is good.

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Washarru inna masara sharwaninpita'inisfatihee

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wa idlaafatihee

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ilayh And evil only becomes evil because it

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is removed from what was originally attributed to

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and then wrongly assigned to Allah.

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In one narration, a man came to the

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prophet SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam and asked him for

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advice.

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The Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam said, latatahimillaha

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fi shayinqadahu

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laq

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Do not blame Allah for something he decreed

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for you. And indeed those who get accustomed

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to blaming Allah for anything

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will fail to see their own responsibilities.

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Corruption has appeared throughout the land and sea

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because of what the hands of people have

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earned.

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So he may let them taste part of

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the consequence of what they have done so

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that perhaps they may turn back to him.

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When Allah first announced to the heavens that

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Adam was going to be created so that

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he could steward this earth along with his

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descendants,

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The angels said, attajalufiha

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mayyusidu

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feeha wayasfiqudima

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Are you going to place on it those

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that spread corruption and spill blood?

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Allah answers them by saying, Inni aalumma lata'alumun.

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I know that which you don't know. I

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know the answers to the questions you haven't

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even asked. I know why I create my

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creation. I know what choices I give them.

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And many of the scholars said, inni aalumumala

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ta'alamun

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especially meant I know of the prophets and

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martyrs and righteous ones to come from this

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offspring

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that make the entire creation of humanity worth

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it despite its flaws.

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The fact that the prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

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alone will come from this batch of creation

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makes it worth it. The world gave us

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beautiful people who would shine with their righteousness

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in the darkest episodes of history.

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As for the nature of this world, laqad

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halaknan insanafi kabat. We have certainly created mankind

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in toil.

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And so this world is as advertised,

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full of trial and tribulation,

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pain,

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oppression,

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war,

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poverty,

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natural disaster,

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and the chaos of this world was meant

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to drive you back to the source of

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peace,

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but also meant to drive you to be

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a source of peace.

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Evil in this world allows you to connect

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with Allah's perfect names and aspire to embody

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what you can of his divine attributes.

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Where would the opportunity to connect with Alikareem,

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the most generous be, if there was no

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charity and poverty?

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Where would the opportunity be to show patience

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if there was no pain to be endured?

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And then connecting ourselves to as sabur alhalim,

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the most patient and forbearing.

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And we see examples in people that embody

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what we should all the time.

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There's a narration about a man named Zayd

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ibn Usohan who injured his hand in one

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of the battles.

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And while the blood was flowing, he was

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smiling.

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And some of the people walked up to

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him and asked him why he was smiling

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and he said, It is a pain that

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has come and will be soothed by the

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reward of Allah.

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And in my smiling, there's a comfort for

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those believers who will follow my example.

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How many zayds have we seen in raza

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who have smiled as the blood flows,

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reminding us of their own resilience while also

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waking us up to our own neglect.

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And so a person who witnesses the immense

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suffering of others realizes that their problems are

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so small compared to theirs.

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And it makes them grateful for the blessings

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they took for granted.

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It was narrated that Dawud Alaihi Wasallam asked

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Allah why there is so much suffering in

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the world. And Allah responded that it's because

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he loves for people to turn back to

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him in gratitude.

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How many people that are wasting away in

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sin need a purpose to believe that they

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have meaning in this world beyond merely surviving

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it?

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Sometimes it takes realizing that you have a

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bigger role to play so that you can

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stop regressing into your usual bad habits.

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Your cause is now bigger than your own

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career. It's bigger than your own children. It's

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bigger than your own happiness.

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It's about bringing justice to people who have

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hardships you could have never imagined.

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And when we waste away in sin, we

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burden ourselves

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and our ummah.

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Whereas when we exert ourselves in good,

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we lift up ourselves

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and our ummah. And the petty grievances you

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once had become non issues in the grander

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scheme of things.

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How can I complain about anything when they're

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going through what they're going through? Not only

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that, they respond with being pleased with Allah

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despite that devastation

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and I respond with anger to Allah despite

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the many blessings I took for granted.

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You have a role to play in the

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suffering that you're witnessing

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and you've been distracted by the illusion of

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your own suffering which pales in comparison to

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theirs.

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And in alohilmahfood

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in the fine print of these major stories

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of history

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are the stories of people who the history

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books of this world have missed.

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But not his heavenly tablet,

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nor your judgment day scroll.

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There's the Qadr of those who change things

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behind the scenes. The Qadr of all of

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those who chose to be silent bystanders while

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the atrocities unfolded, maybe even to a point

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of sinfulness.

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The Qadr of those who softened up the

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heart of an evil person or resisted him

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without anyone else ever knowing. The Qadr of

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those who didn't have the ability to make

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a major change to anything themselves,

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but perhaps they informed someone who could, even

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if unknowingly.

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The Qadr of those who will show up

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on the day of judgment as witnesses to

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the crimes committed against humanity

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and hope that the victims of those crimes

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bear witness to their rising to help them

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in some way shape or form.

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So what's in your decree as a believer?

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No fatigue, nor disease,

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nor sadness, nor pain, nor distress befalls a

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Muslim, even if it were the prick he

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receives from a thorn, except that Allah removes

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some of his sins

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that. And what's in the decree of this

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ummah of believers?

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The Prophet SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam said, ummatihadihi

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ummatunmarhooma

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laysa'aliha adabunfil akhir

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This nation of mine is a nation covered

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in mercy.

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It has no torment in the hereafter,

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but rather its torment is only here in

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this world through its tribulations and earthquakes and

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killing.

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So instead of asking what Allah is sending

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to you of hardship,

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ask what you're responding back to him with.

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Fashhadma minka ilayhi.

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If you want the door of hope open

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for you, then consider what comes to you

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from him. But if you want the door

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of fear open for you, then consider what

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goes to him from you.

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Why were you sent here on this earth?

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Why did Allah allow you to not only

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go through the test that you did, but

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to see the suffering of others?

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There is wisdom in everything he has done.

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And in all the moving parts of the

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world,

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you will find that there is wisdom in

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your existence too.

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The personal issues you go through might be

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a purification of your sins or a raising

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of your ranks.

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And your actions when others are suffering may

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be an opportunity for you to refocus and

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realize your purpose on earth.

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Once you understand how the world works, how

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Allah's wisdom permeates everything

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and humble yourself before his plans,

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then you can look at your tasks with

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new perspectives,

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fresh eyes and move through life with more

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purpose and more gratitude.

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Like Musa angry at Al Khadr for his

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actions that seemed unjust.

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It's natural to be upset when you see

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something wrong in the world. But don't forget

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to stand against the tyranny of the fir'oons

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of your day and channel the selflessness of

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Asiyyah towards his victims.

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That wrong is a signal for you. Get

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to work,

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change what you can with your own hands,

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so that you can go home to Allah

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with a truthful claim

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that you did everything you could to be

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a good steward of this earth

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and the life that he gifted to you.

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And it may be that someone who is

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deprived of the most significant gifts that were

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given to you as a child

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be their gift.

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be their gift.