Would You Pass This Test?

Omar Suleiman


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It's very easy for us to see people in desperation. And to say that if we were in that position, we would be different, it's very easy to see people in a state of power in a state of goodness. And to say that if we had access to those resources, we would be different. It's very easy to see someone who has fallen in a state of sin and think to ourselves, we would never act that way. It's also very easy for us to have a certain trust in our ability in our being in our own stature, to think that we would not be compromised if our circumstances changed. And I want to give you a few examples of this, before I get to insha, Allah to Allah, what I hope would be a point that we can take from

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this, as you're looking at the scenes of people rising from the rubble, you know, subhanAllah, now you see everything in real time, people rise from the rubble of a catastrophic earthquake, and there's already a camera in their faces. And some of them will say, Alhamdulillah, and become a source of inspiration. And some of them will express something of just deep, you know, human trauma.

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You see, people come out of a situation where people just got shot, and immediately a camera is in their face to capture a fundamental ruler to capture the initial strike. This is the first time in world history that you have this, that your reaction in the midst of this devastation is going to be viewed by millions of people very quickly.

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And you might think to yourself, if I was in that position, I would probably do this, if I was in that position, I would probably be do be doing that. And all of us would like to think that if that hardship hit me, then I would be one of those people saying and Hamdulillah. As soon as I rose from the rubble, if the hardship of literally not having had anything to eat or drink for three, four days, and then finding out that family members did not survive, came to me, I would react this way. I think I would say this, I think I would do this, if I was in Gaza, I would do this, if I was in this place, I would do this, we might have a certain trust of our own reaction.

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That might not be accurate. While we certainly hope from Allah subhanaw taala that would be the best. Now I only use that example to start with because it's something that's immediates May Allah subhanaw It's gonna make it easy for our brothers and sisters, in Turkey and in Syria, and have mercy on the shahada, Allahumma Amin.

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But let's go to something that's not as extreme.

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You're in Amara or Hajj. You see people from a quote unquote third world country you might as you might also originate from a quote unquote, third world country and you see the way people are cutting lines and the way people are bolting and the way people are not respecting the signs and you think to yourself,

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look at them. You see people in poverty, and sometimes resorting to things that are not befitting of the believer to ever think about doing and you think that could never be me? You see people who have fallen deep into a sin May Allah subhanaw taala open the doors of repentance for them Allahumma Amin, and that's a whole nother subject in and of itself the derives of Imam Muhammad Rahim Allah drazi Imam Hassan Abbas Rahim, Allah when they used to see people in deep states of sin for those people are some of the most beautiful there as we learn in our tradition for Allah to guide them back. But you see them and you think with disgust, I could never be that.

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The truth is, Allah knows you better than you know yourself.

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And Allah subhanaw, Taala advocator circumstances to you, in accordance with what he knows of you. See, a lot of times we think that if Allah subhanaw taala gave me this, I would have been this way. Why did Allah put that person in that position of success, if I would have had that position of success, if I would have been there, I would have acted this way. It's like one of my machines used to say about the people that are always complaining about the dictators in the Muslim world. He said you would be the exact same way if you were in that position. The only difference is that you're robbing the person in the street with your business and that person is robbing an entire nation. But

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it's not about the circumstances. It's about who you are here. And Allah knows who you are here and Allah customizes circumstances to you because he knows who you are. And it's important for you to take a step back and to embrace the moment and circumstance that you are in and generate the best possible relationship with Allah subhanaw taala. And when you see other people's circumstances, ask Allah subhanaw taala to be spared from a negative response. I want to give you a few examples of this to really drive this point home bid in light on last week when I was talking about the earthquakes and I know Shehata was also talking about the earthquake as a

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Every one was in the hospice, the hadith of aboda when he was upset, not over a natural disaster, but he was shocked. How is it that Muslims could be killing each other people and he said they have the same religion. They have the same Deen they have the same Hajj. They have the same Ramadan, they have the same Dawa. Yet somehow some of them are calling to kill others. How does that even happen? And he's walking through the marketplace, frustrated? How can people descend into something like this? And I share with you a Hadith from the Prophet, slice alum when he says that there will come a time that there is fitna that there's turmoil and division and dysfunction, where the one who is

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seated is better than the one who is standing and the one who is standing is better than the one who is running to say what that there is a time when fitna can become so bad, that inaction is actually better than action, where it's better to actually suspend your deeds, not your deeds of riba to Allah subhanaw taala of worship of Allah, but you're acting in accordance with what you're seeing, because even right and wrong become so diluted, that you can't tell which side you're supposed to be on. And things become deeply confusing. So the one who's sitting down is better than the one who's standing, the one who is standing is better than the one who is running. And he said, Sal, Allahu

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alayhi salam that when that time comes when it's not confusing to you, if a person has a camel, stick to your camel, if a person has a sheep, stick to your sheep, if a person has a goat, stick to their goats, and flee to the valleys, if you can get away from it. Don't find yourself in the middle of these types of fits on these types of confusion.

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And a person said to the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam Jonas, Allah What if a person has none of that a person has nothing to sustain themselves with, meaning a person cannot flee a bad circumstance, they have to stay in the middle of it somehow. Because the prophets lie some is necessarily speaking to someone that has a certain level of economic privilege, even if that means owning a goat to go suffice yourself within a valley now for us. That could mean you have enough to keep yourself going and to get yourself out of a really bad situation. But this man is saying what if I don't even have that? What if I have to be in the middle of it all because my poverty, my

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economics, make it as such? Note the profit slice and I'm said, he said Jeremy, do you know safey feiyr.com. Allah had the he had urine Familien Jew in estovakian Naja.

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The Prophet SAW Selim said if that's the case, if Muslims start killing each other people start killing each other and you don't even know who's the oppressor and who's the oppressed anymore. And you're still stuck in the middle of that. The prophets I said, um, said the first thing you do is go to your sword and break it.

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Break the edge of the sword, take a stone and crush the edge of the sword. You're thinking to yourself, Wait a minute, people are killing each other. That sounds counterintuitive, right? That means Arm yourself and be ready for the battle. Right? The prophets like cinema saying before it even breaks out, then go break your sword.

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And if you can find a way to free yourself, then free yourself. And he says Be honest with Allah. What if I end up in one of the ranks? Or what if an arrow comes towards me the prophets lie Selim says, then the sin will be on the one who through the era to the sin will be on the one who killed you. But he said SallAllahu Sallam be the one that is killed, not the one that's killing in that situation. Don't find yourself as an oppressor be the one that is oppressed, not the one that's oppressing. What is the prophets I'm talking about here. He's saying that at some point, you can't even trust yourself.

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And you might think to yourself, I would never raise a weapon against another believer and hurt someone like that. But he's saying so Allah isn't and that the desperation might get to a point that you're going to betray your principles. So before that even happens, break your sword.

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Because you don't know how you will act. You don't know how you're going to respond to that particular trial. Because you've never walked in those shoes before. You've never been in that test before. And the fitness should remain in your dunya not in your deen. Let it be a trial and tribulation with your world with your worldly affairs, not with your affairs of the afterlife.

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It's a very powerful thing that the prophets likes I'm speaking about here. You don't know if the test got that severe if you're still going to respond that way? Well, so loss is and I'm sad, even those of us who might live to see a mercy had the job of the Antichrist. May Allah subhana wa sparrows from his fitna Allahumma Amin. What did he say salaam salaam a person might think to themselves. I've got this covered. I already know what's written on his head. I know he's got one eye. I know he's a catheter. I know he's nothing. I'm not worried about him. I'll go approach him and tell him he's a liar. I have faith I pray in the masjid. I know my my Arab I know my Lord. I

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know my prophets lies on him. I know my Quran, the prophet size and I'm said min semi I'm in the jail if you hear about the jail coming for federal minimum right now

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away from him. And he said SallAllahu Sallam in the Raju lair t he Well Who are ya Cebu Anna whom Walkman? See, that's the thing here. A person will go walking up to him thinking he's a believer. He might actually be a believer when he's walking up to him. But he's like, I've got this. I'm not worried about him. I'm not worried about his fitna and he said, sal Allahu alayhi wa Salam Fayyad. tiberiu Mina ubuY will be Mina Shabbat, and then he ends up following Him because of the feats of at the job because of the doubts that he's able to put in people's minds.

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He dove into it. And he thought that he was ready for it and he wasn't ready for it. He thought that his belief was strong enough. And maybe it wasn't strong enough. The point is, Allah and the messenger sly, some are telling you don't go test yourself, say Alhamdulillah you haven't been putting that test. And if you're putting that test, it's because Allah subhanaw taala knows you're capable. Because Allah is not unjust.

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If you end up in that test, it is because you're capable, but in the Allahu taala. Because Allah is not unjust. If you're not in that test, say Alhamdulillah and ask Allah subhanaw taala for the rank and ask Allah to be spared from a test that you feel like you will not be able to handle. But you don't know yourself until you're in that situation. And that's why when we see someone who's sinning or we see someone who's going through a difficulty, even in regards to their faith,

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we don't mock them. We don't talk them. We don't make memes about them. We don't circulated on our groups.

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We don't talk them. We say Alhamdulillah Allah, they are funny hamdulillah Allah spare HDMI, May Allah guide that person, I'm not going to make fun of that person, that might be me one day,

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maybe something happened where there was a perfect storm that Shavon was able to capitalize on and take that person down that dark, dark, dark path, I'm not going to mock him in that path. I'll extend my hand while praising Allah subhanaw taala that I'm in a place to extend my hand to that person and not the one that's having the hand extended to them. Because spiritual poverty is even worse than physical poverty. And if I still have my spirituality, if I have my Deen intact, and I see someone that suffering in that regard, I'm not going to kick that person down. I'm not going to make fun of that person. I'm going to say hamdulillah I'm not in their situation. I don't know what

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led them to that situation. I'm not justifying the sin, but I hope they get out of it. And I'm glad I'm not in it. And hamdulillah the prophets lie. Some taught us to praise Allah subhanaw taala for sparing us because you don't know how you would respond to that test. You might hear about fitna breaking out trials and tribulation between people, division, Masjid politics, communities fighting each other. This person fighting this person, this Imam taking shots at this email, this group of brothers this group of sisters, and something's going on and in circulating in the groups.

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You know Subhan Allah one of the most profound statements I've ever read from Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Rahim Allah to Allah Ahmed Ibn Abdul Aziz was asked about some of that dissension between the companions of the Prophet sly Selim, when the Prophet SAW was talking to the Sahaba about fitna breaking out that would cause people to raise swords on each other. So many of them thought no way this would happen to us. We'd never see this in our lifetime. We'd never see ourselves fighting each other like this. We never fall to that we'd never let our enemies pit us against each other. We'd never become those people. But it happened to some and fitna broke out. And Ahmed bin Abdulaziz was

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asked about the fitna and he said, What do you say about this person? What do you say about this person? You know what he said?

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He said Dima en Kapha La Jolla de Jana. What an Accra whoa and alchemy, Sally Sanofi.

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He said, That is blood that Allah spared me from dipping my hands into why would I go dip my tongue into it now? Allah spared me from putting my hand on a sword or from hurting someone or from getting involved in it. Why am I going to go put my tongue in it? If Allah subhanaw taala protected me from that fitna, you think about it, you hear about something going on. You hear about the latest gossip in the community, you see something breaking out between brothers and sisters in the community and you better believe that Satan because Shavon paralyzes us when he pits us against each other he gave up on disconnecting us from Allah subhanaw taala with our Salah. So the prophets like some said what

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he turns out in the Salah against Adam salah the people who pray against the people who pray

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divides you and cause you to fight each other. You see people getting into it. Don't make fun of them. And don't get involved unless you're getting involved to solve problems and to make peace. Don't jump in the latest gossip. Don't jump in the latest drama. Don't jump in the latest whatever it is no hamdulillah Allah spared you from drama online or on site. Allah protected my hands from getting in it. Why am I go

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Why would I go dip my tongue in it? And risk making a miscalculation and saying something that's not right by which Allah subhanaw taala holds me accountable. I was spared and hemmed in and I was spared. Let me stay spirit. I still Allah Aafia because I don't know what I would do. If I was in that situation, I will not put myself in that situation. This is also the case when it comes to the blessings that come to people when Mr. Little the Allahu Taala and when he narrates that Allah subhanaw taala decrees a blessing to come towards someone had tell you yesterday Allah Who until it is on its way to it. And then Allah subhanaw taala says to the maniacal to the angels Ussery fool

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who are taken away from that person.

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And the reason being, because if I give that person this blessing attached to who now I'll enter that person into hellfire, because it's going to change them in a way that it's going to be a fitna for them and their religion, it's gonna mess their religion up. They think it's just the next step in their career. They think it's just the next advancement, they think it's just the next blessing. They're pursuing it in a halal way. And they think of Allah gives me this, I'm not gonna mess myself up, my religion will stay intact, I'm still going to do everything I'm supposed to do. They don't know what they would do. But they feel relatively certain about it. And Allah says us 341 No, no,

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take this away. Do not let this reach that person. Because if I give it to that person, then I would end up entering them into hellfire, and had been Mr. Doolittle, the Alon who narrates that that person continues to say about Connie Fula, the honey Fulani woman who are in love with Lulu Haley. That person keeps on saying this person beat me to it this person beat me to it this person got it this person got it. One man who Illa Allah, Allah and all it was the whole time was Allah subhanaw taala his blessing upon that person.

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You don't know when it comes to matters of the religion, and people start talking about some of the restrictions. What's the wisdom of Allah subhanaw taala making this haram and making this haram when they get relaxed when it comes to certain relationships that they have with people? Why does you know why do I have to abide by some of these stricter things in the religion I know myself. I don't have to worry about halwa seclusion. Even if shape ons, the third when you know the two of us are alone. It's okay. I know how to keep myself in line. I'm a good Muslim I practice right. I'm old enough, I'm married I'm whatever it is, I'm well grounded in my religion. I'm not attracted to her

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anyway, I don't really care about this. And then what happens is it starts going and going and going and going. And by the time you recognize that you've made a mistake, it's too late.

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You thought a certain thing about yourself. You thought you had a certain level of control over yourself, but then it went somewhere that you would have never anticipated before how many cautionary stories do we have from the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam about that? How many cautionary stories of people that fell from grace, because they gave shape on an opening? And they neglected a certain restriction from Allah subhanaw taala because they thought that restriction was unnecessary for them.

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A little bit of this a little bit of that is not going to hurt me because I'm grounded enough in my religion.

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And the reality is, is there's wisdom and Allah subhanaw taala holding us back because you don't know how you would react if that restriction was not there. You might think you know, but you don't actually know. Now all of this leads to a particular place in our relationship with Allah subhana wa Tada.

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We trust Allah's wisdom in his legislation. We trust Allah's wisdom, his decree. We don't trust ourselves in every circumstance, but we trust Allah in every circumstance.

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I don't know how I would be. If this change happened in my life or this change happened my life I hope Allah subhanaw taala would grant me firmness and about I hope Allah would grant me the stick Hama steadfastness but I don't know. So I don't ask Allah for the trials. I don't mock those who are in trial. I don't ask Allah subhanho wa taala. To make things so fundamentally different for me as a condition for me fundamentally changing myself I am in a constant state of Growth towards Allah subhanaw taala to where circumstances should matter less and less and less and less in regards to my thrust towards Allah subhanho wa Taala

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circumstances have to become irrelevant to your relationship with Allah as much as possible, as much as possible.

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But don't put yourself to test and don't sit around too long wondering why you are in a particular place that you are in. Instead, respond with how you can turn this place that you're in right now into an eternal place of the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala

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and how you can help that person

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That might not be responding to their circumstances because you're looking at it from a different view than they are. That might not be pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala in their circumstances and help them out of their circumstances and help them to see how they can also be pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala because the prophets lie Selim was not satisfied with his own food, he wasn't satisfied with his own stomach being full. He wasn't satisfied with his own heart being full. He wasn't satisfied with himself. So I sent him alone being in Jannah. He wanted to bring as many people along with him, pull as many people out of misery as possible. Not wonder why they're acting

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in the way that they are. Why they're in that misery? No, no. How do I get them out of it? Whether it's spiritual misery, or physical misery or emotional misery or mental misery, and at the same time to say Alhamdulillah Yeah, Allah, whatever circumstances you have put me in, I know

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or the circumstances that are best suited to meet attaining your pleasure?

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Because Allah did not send you here to fail.

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Allah subhanaw taala did not send you here to fail. Every single one of us was sent here with an opportunity to pass or else it wouldn't be a fair test. But Allah azza wa jal says, one can Allah Leon Lima, Allah Subhana Allah to Allah does not wrong them without can can and fossa homeopathy moon they only wrong themselves. May Allah protect us from wronging ourselves. And may Allah subhanaw taala enable us to help others who may be wronging themselves. May Allah subhanaw taala spare us from tests and trials that may affect us in our deen and may Allah subhanaw taala grant us the best of this dunya and the best of the akhirah and protect us from the punishment of the fire

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