Understanding and Dealing with Hardship
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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa rahmatullahi Sabri Wesley Emory, Dr. Melissa Neff, Coca Cola, I'm about Oprah's jutaan last panel to Ireland and please be upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam are testify that there's no god except Allah Almighty Allah testify that Muhammad is the Prophet and the Messenger of Allah, my brothers and my sisters in Islam.
Thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for giving us this opportunity and opportunity for us to get together for the sake of Allah to remember Allah to invoke Allah subhanho wa Taala and these are the gatherings of the man the mercy of Allah, the gatherings of the master and the forgiveness of Allah. These are the gatherings that allows Aparna what Allah remember us the way we remember him? And these are the gatherings of the angels. The angels will record every single name of us, put it on a list and then share that list Allah subhanho wa Taala what more of an honor would you ask for that your name will be from amongst those people that Allah Subhana Allah will look at on that list
that's been written by the angels of Allah
and CINAHL my brothers and my sisters in Islam. We want to address a topic that's connected to our previous topics on Monday nights. And tonight's topic is a topic about if Taylor which means trials and tribulations, trials and tribulations. Our last panel Tyler he says clearly in the Quran, Karim Allah. Allah Kalamata will hire Talia blue Akuma Yoko masama Allah, the Allah azzawajal is the one that had created this. And the last panel Darla is the one that created life. Allah subhanho wa Taala is the one that created life that he live analyzes or just the one that created the death that you'll die. And Allah Subhana Allah is the one that made you exist on the last panel to Allah is the
one that will make you not exist. Allah, Allah Allah Mota while hyah Leah bluer como se could test you. So what's the purpose of our life? Why do we live in this world? What's the purpose of living and what's the purpose of dying? Yes, what's the purpose of dying? LEAH Blue accom au come as anomalous I patrol you. So good test you to see are the best of those from amongst you.
So Allah subhanaw taala created me to test me, Allah subhanho wa Taala credit me for to test me, not only for me to enjoy my time in life, not only for me to live this beautiful life, even though the beauty of this life is nowhere compared to the beauty the last panel Darla had created and prepared for us in the hereafter. So why do I exist for him or exist because of I travel, I exist because of a test. If we understand this, then we will understand many things that will follow it. But where the struggle is the struggle is that we struggle understanding that I live in this world for a test Allah Subhana Allah created me to be tested, to be tested. And that's why when Allah subhanaw taala
loves someone, when I love so much, I love someone, not necessarily the last panel to give him better health and better wealth. But when Allah love someone a level testing
so the tests that we might experience, and I'm sure most of us, either now or in the past, or maybe even in the future, where tested or continued to be tested or will be tested. This test is not necessarily to be what a lot of people perceive it to be a curse, it's a curse. And some people start uttering with words is a lost cause upon me is a loss of power to Ireland's displeasure upon me and so on and so on. It's not necessarily to be that yes, it can be some of the tests that Allah Subhana Allah put someone through. It is a curse from Allah subhanaw taala upon them, it is the displeasure of the last panel upon them. But for a believer, it is a pleasure of Allah subhanaw
taala upon them
for I believe on some of the tests
Now you might experience some of the tests that you might encounter. It is sometimes a pleasure from Allah subhanaw taala upon me, with Allah azza wa jal of someone a last panel title will test them
when a lot of love someone a last panel title testing, so it's not necessarily the power of Allah subhanaw taala love that Allah Xhosa gives you a peaceful life. For example, Allah gives you a lot of worlds. That gives you good health, while also pelota Allah gives you healthy children or loves panatela gives you a happy marriage to live. But sometimes Allah subhanaw taala tests upon you is the Allah tests you with the things that you love most and the ones that you love most to see, where is your true love? Is it with Allah? Or is it with the creation of Allah?
Where is the true love? Is it with Allah subhana wa tada? Or is it with the creation of a license of origin? Because when you say Allah, I love you.
And Yama, I sincerely love you. And I'll do anything for you for your love. Allah subhanaw taala puts you through the test.
It's exactly like the student that studies at school University and he says, I studied the subject, understand the subject, I went through the entire book, the inner perimeter was how you're going to prove it to the teacher, get tested.
It's not enough to claim the love to Allah subhanaw taala they all love you, I will do anything for you. The moment that you claim the love of God put you through the test to prove it to us. You say you love us, then prove it to us. Let us see where you are in the matter of their true love. And that's what puts you through tests. And most of the times the tests that allows pelto will test you are through the things or the ones that you love most. So you could really prove yourself from a loss or a job that you really love.
And you look through the prophets and messengers.
Our greatest example when it comes to that are the prophets and the messengers.
Those who Allah subhanho wa Taala love them. And those who truly love the love soldier, the province and the messengers without a doubt and there is no doubt in their love the loss of Hannah Montana and also loved them and the loss of health Allah put them through true tests. last panel taala put them through si vetus the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself, what does he say? He says Allah is Salatu was Salam. The the most tested people and the most trial people are the prophets and the messengers. And then he says about himself, and I am Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I am the most tested, servant and Prophet and Messenger of Allah subhanaw taala by
Allah. And who is Muhammad. Muhammad is the most beloved human being ever created. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the closest servant to Allah ever stepped foot on the face of this earth. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tested the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam more than anyone and everyone.
And then the provider is salatu salam. He says, When Allah loves someone, Allah will test him
or not most of you do understand this concept. Most of you do understand the principle Allah subhanho wa Taala when he loves someone alive, xojo will test them. But we struggle in comprehending this.
We struggle in taking the inside. And that's why the first moment that we are struck with a test, we rebuild.
Some of us the moment that we're struck with a test, we're rebel
we're about to start complaining. We start winning Why? Why am I testing me? Why are you testing me with myself? Why are you testing me with my kids? Why are you testing me with my family? I can't handle it anymore. I can't burden this anymore. I can't bear this anymore. Well will Allah subhanaw taala love someone What does Allah
Allah test them? You've been striving
you've been struggling in getting closer to Allah subhanaw taala until you reach to the point, which is the point of test now you became so close to us. So we are going to test you.
There is a point that our levels not everyone is on the same level when it comes to Allah subhanaw taala and their relationship with allies origin. There are levels that each time you get to those levels are lots of data will start testing you.
And the higher levels that you reach to Allah, the greater the test becomes
because it's all about proving
One thing, true love,
true love to Allah because claiming love to Allah is the most easiest thing to every single person and the most easiest thing on the tongue but proving the trail of the lives of origin it is the hardest thing
and the way you prefer to Allah subhanaw taala is that you give up what you love most or Allah tests you with what you love most are lost power tada sees your action towards
the problem Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says in this beautiful habit that's been eroded by mammals Buhari says may you read the law who be here. You mean Who?
The whom Allah subhanho wa Taala wants goodness full.
Again, whom Allah subhanaw taala once wa goodness wa evilness.
Goodness for whom Allah azza wa jal wants benefit for not home. So him Allah subhana wa tada was goodness for and benefit for Allah will test him.
Allah will test her, Allah will test them.
that was good news for you. What a benefit for you. What are the laws of Alabama before you
buy, let me take a step back, test you with what he's not gonna test you something simple.
Something that doesn't really mean much to you.
Allah will test you with the most beloved thing to you,
to shake you up
to see where this heart is going to what's really in this heart.
When Allah subhanaw taala blessed Ibrahim Alayhi Salam with a child. And it is the child was the first child, Ibrahim Alayhi Salam after he has reached about 120 years of age. And you could imagine, years and decades, Ibrahim Alayhi Salam is waiting for this child until the child comes on our arms. Allah blesses him with the arrival of this child, and you could imagine how connected the house
moves towards his son his mind.
And Ibrahim became so close so connected
to his first job that he has been waiting for forever 100 G.
And then the big test comes?
What's the big test? Or Ibrahim? Who's more beloved to us? Or is my Allah or your son? So obviously, the typical answer will be your law. And obviously to Abraham, it's a sincere answer. Yeah. You're the most beloved one to me, you're more beloved to me than my son is my son, Allah subhanaw taala put him through the test. What was the test, grab your wife, and newly born son is married and your only son, and your first son that you've been waiting for for 100 years that you've been set up to grab him and his mother and put them in the middle of a belly, that not even an animal can even survive that not even a plan can even survive there.
And he brought him into
And then it's marinara insulin growth.
And Ibrahim sees signs of righteousness and piety. On the face of Assad is my Salah. So Allah subhanaw taala puts him through another test. No, no, no, only Ibrahim is connected to him, but extra connected to him to say his son serratos empires. So lasota puts him through another test. Go and slaughter you, son.
Why did Allah subhanho wa Taala put Ibrahim Alayhi Salam through those different trials and tests. It's all about Ibrahim proving himself to Allah azza wa jal. They all come to me first, and everyone else comes second, including my son.
For the Allies origin, named Ibrahim and described Ibrahim,
and Ibrahim, the one that fulfilled all Allah subhanaw taala his obligations upon him.
Everything that Allah commanded him to do, he did everything Allah ordered him to do. He did everything that was told him to do he did even though when it came to sacrifice his own son, his own blood and flesh, he did.
But why did Allah subhanaw taala commanded to do that? Is it because Allah was the Prophet brought him from his son? No.
Is it because Allah subhanho wa Taala wants to torture Ibrahim No. It's all about that test. That Allah subhanaw taala mentioned we created before the test to see the best of those
who is the best of the world.
amongst you, who does the righteous actions, the boys actions, the upright actions, which one of you is willing to
follow commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
For that my brother and my sister, you are tested now. And you were tested in the past, and you continue to be tested like the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was tested, and he says about himself, and I am the most tested servant of Allah and prophet of Allah from the rest of the servants of Allah and the prophets of Allah. He Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam once
asked the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, after the Battle of the heart with a problem Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was attacked. And the problem Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was surrounded by the people of Christ that wanted to kill the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and get rid of the LA Salatu was salam to get rid of Islam.
And Isaiah heard of the encounter of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with the people of grace in the Battle of God. And she heard about the problem homosassa experience, I want the problem homosassa injured. So she tells him about missing job Allah, did you ever ever experience a day that's more harsh upon you? That's more was upon me than the day.
I thought about it. What does it what moment? Was it the worst? And the most difficult moment about the problem? Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and she said O Messenger of Allah. Did you ever experience a day that's more harsh? And that's more difficult upon me than the day? says yes. Or experience worse days?
of experience how sad days are experienced the days when I went to apart if calling the people of a theft or loss of paranoia to answer their response to me was abusing me. Physically attacking the problem Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam insulting the Prophet Mohammed sasana assaulting the Prophet Mohammed Salah, stoning Muhammad Allah in salaatu wa Salaam, yes, Muhammad Allah salatu wa salam, your Prophet and Messenger, the greatest human being ever stepped foot on the face of this earth. He was insulted. He was abused. He was
on he was one of
Oh, this because he called them to Allah subhanaw taala and that's a prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam that's a test.
That's a test and it really hurt the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam, the problem Mohammed Salah
was insulted and assaulted and offended la salatu wa sallam, he said a lot of stones are set up rocks and stones were thrown at him. Because why? Because it was trying to save him.
Who was trying to save them? From the sadness of this world, to the happiness of Islam.
From the whole fire to the paradise, that's what Salim said was heard.
And he says to is or did experience a day that's worse than the day of God. But that's two days that I have thought I've done that. But a lot more days of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam didn't experience.
There are a lot more days of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam encountered which are days of difficulties and days of challenges and days of trials and tribulations, days of tests, dies of calamities and the problem Mohammed Salim himself experienced.
So where do we put a source to that?
Where do we compare ourselves to that was our position because the moment that we are struck with a very simple test, we can
we turn our backs.
We can handle it in a moment. That's too much on me.
The moment I face or experience or encounter a challenge in my life, I straightaway collapse. But Allah subhanho wa Taala
as he makes it very clear in Napoleonic Karim aha semana. So and you
know, the people think
Allah is saying that to you, Allah zoa. JOHN, is saying that you? Do you think that you will be left alone to say I'm a believer, without you being tested? A lot of our time is asking you and it's not a question of
asking for an answer. But lots of adults out there is asking a rhetorical question at a firm and give them an answer, where Allah is saying, I'm asking and saying to you, do you think for one second in your life, they just gonna get up and say, Oh, I'm a believer. I'm gonna love you.
My man, I'll do anything for you. I'll go for Easter. I'll sacrifice Western. I'll give up everything for Islam Allah, same thing. Do you think we're just gonna let you say that before we test you?
Before you even prove yourself to us?
You think you're just gonna be left to go to do whatever you want? You think just easy for you to say. I love you. Yeah, I'm a believer. Yeah, I'll do anything for you. I'll sacrifice anything for you. I'll give up anything for your sanity. Do you think we're just gonna hit up by words let us see what salado says. Has he been nurse or you
know, do people think they'll be left alone? To say that we are believers before Allah subhanaw taala truly tested.
Before you are really tested.
You think Allah subhanaw taala just gonna let you guys say, I'm a believer. The Lord doesn't test you. Okay, you're a believer. Show us. Pretty self.
Okay. I wanted to show you. I love the I love you. I love you. No, no, no, sir. I love you from now, to the Day of Judgment. What does that mean? proven? How we're gonna test you will put you through the exam. We'll put you through the test.
And then Allah Zelda continues to say
that we tested the ones before you fillet Allah. Allahu la Vina Sadako Allah Allah. Indeed Allah subhanho wa Taala will filter.
Allah azza wa jal will filter the truthful ones, from the untruthful ones below, filter them.
There are a lot of those people who claim the love of Allah xojo
the allure of those who say
that love comes with a consequence of the consequences is that you must face the trials. It comes with a package.
It's not only by the tongue is by the sacrifice for the enemies of Allahu alayhi wa sallam he says,
Raja polyamory embrun movement in
Ohio in assata. Shakur, Allah,
Allah Subhana Allah, Allah Allah Allah Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says, amazing to the believer, amazing to the believer.
In the PRA, salatu salam himself, he is amazed from the believer.
Amazing to the believer, all his matters, all that matters are good for them. If something good comes to them, Allah blesses them with something. The first thing a believer does, he thinks.
He is grateful to Allah subhanaw taala appreciative of Allah subhanaw taala has given him because he knows that this blessing came from Allah subhanaw taala the moment Allah gives them something Allah subhanaw taala bestows something upon them which is good I grace I know my bounty a gift. They thank Allah for because I know that this came from Allah.
But then the other part of the Hadith What does the Prophet Mohammed sauce on him He says, Why now sobre todo sobre la. And when I have full, when I have full meta befalls he, he has patience for the sake of Allah. He knows that's the test. That's the trial. Allah is testing you analyze test to me, and therefore, I'm going to stand strong. To continue in during this test. I'm going to continue facing this test. I'm going to continue making sure that I pass this test, I passed the exam, I'm not gonna fall I'm not gonna collapse.
I'm gonna continue facing this test.
For that my brother and my sister, it is so important for us always to ponder and contemplate the laws of Palo Alto continue testing me and when a lot of tests he tests you not because he hates you, not because he wants to punish you, not because he wants to send a curse upon you, which in some cases it can be, but not to the believer. It is a gift of Allah upon you.
So now, I need to come out from this mindframe that the test that Allah subhanaw taala tests me is a test not because Allah azza wa jal wants to torture me, or allow us to deprive me because Allah loves you. So I need to change my perception. What I tested me, I tested me is a gift. Yes, I understand that. It's very hard to swallow it contemplate. But the truth is, it is from Allah upon a believer is a gift of Allah upon a believer.
That's how you perception needs to change.
I need to perceive a test in my life. Now whenever law soldier tests me, that's a gift of lost power upon me Why? Because it is a promotion.
I was promoting you.
I was elevating you. So don't cry ever, but be happy and
understood this, that understood this. Now acknowledge it. They contemplated it, they accepted it. And that's why whenever they were tested, they used to say, we'll walk up a loss promotion upon us, not a loss test. We welcome Allah subhanaw taala his promotion upon us, I'm being tested now, not because of that anything wrong, not because I committed an evil action because Allah Allah have reached to the point to that level at the point where Allah subhanaw taala is now is testing me. So now thank Allah for promoting me.
Which one of us these days things of test as a promotion.
Most of us think of a test especially as a curse,
as a loss of power,
as a loss of power, or displeasure upon us. But the tree movement looks a loss of power or tireless test, as a promotion. A blessing. It's Pamela, the difference between those who have a man and those who have weak a man, the graph tree man and to get closer and closer to Allah.
Allah subhanaw taala test them, they look forward. They look forward to those tests. Which one of us looks forward to a test? I'm not sure I was so upset, I would say scared. And sometimes you said terrified of a test. But no, the fact that last point out when he loves you, and loves to pump out tissue, that's anyway. There is no other way. There's no shortcuts. There's no cutting corners.
Your only way to Allah and getting closer to Allah is to be tested, there's no other way.
You're not gonna get a voucher. And also, he's gonna say I can, okay, now we promote you just because you received that voucher.
You're not gonna do anything special, and you're just gonna get that promotion. You want to be promoted, you must be tested. That's it. That's
it, there's no other way. And if there's anyone that allows,
because of the good deeds that actually would have been the prophets and messengers, in the front line, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam by Allah subhanaw taala continued to test every single one of them and more the problem Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam because the only way to get closer to Allah is to be tested. And here we are. Yeah, I want to get me closer to the moment Allah subhanaw taala tests us we collapse, you're the one that asked for the promotion. You're the one that asked Allah Zoda to get close to him. So the moment Allah opens the door for you to be promoted, you turn your back on Allah subhanaw taala because he cannot bear or handle the test.
Isn't that why you want a low test you, you weren't allowed to promote you, you'll be tested. You won't allow some data to elevate your position. Allah is always going to test you you want a lot of data to love you more loss of power is going to test you you want a lot of panel data to give you the agenda, you are going to be tested. You want
to increase your hazard you're going to be tested. You want to feel the close relationship with Allah azza wa jal, you're going to be tested and you will continue to be tested.
This is a loss.
So you need to prepare yourself and ready so for the test.
The moment you are struck with the test, you are ready, and not to react negatively.
But react positively. Like the old woman that lost his son wash it was weeping and crying over the death of his son the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came, Neha and in the bay salatu wa sallam told the den cry and have patience. So she says la can me Leave me alone. He doesn't even know I just encountered he don't even know I just experienced. So the Sahaba saw the reaction of this woman towards the Prophet Muhammad SAW salah and herself she was a Sahabi a female companion. So they approached her and they told her you know what, you were just rude to the Prophet Mohammed Salah. How dare you speak to the profile a Salah. She didn't even know it was the Prophet Muhammad
SAW something that spoke to her earlier. So she wrote to the Prophet Mohammed Salah, seeking the forgiveness of the profile as a lot was cinnamon apologizing to him. So the problem homosassa with the softer and merciful character sallallahu alayhi wa sallam accepted her apology and then the prophet SAW Salah something, a very important lesson to her and an important lesson to us in the bass Allah Allah is Allah says in the Masada in the summit in hula, that patience. Patience is at the very beginning of the calamity.
Patience is the at the very beginning of the calamity at the very beginning of the test.
You want to be patient and you want to pass the exam then you need to pass the exam from the very beginning of the exam, not at the end of the exam.
So then expect to get 10% out of the entire mark of the exam so you know what I'm gonna pass No, you need to react positively from the very beginning not the end. Not from the very beginning when you're stuck with us through a test you are stuck with a calamity and the trout you react you scream you shout you do this is Sharla Saba Nana in nama sobre. In the submitted bola patients are reacting towards a test and the calamity comes at the very beginning of the test, not at the end.
And that's inshallah will be our topic in sha Allah. Next week in the light on the ask Allah to make us from amongst those who listen and hear and act upon when they listen. We ask a lot of power to bestow His blessings upon us and to give us strength in handling the tests and calamities the Laws of Power put us through, ask Allah azza wa jal to accept from us or not to reject us. ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us from among those who are strong, struck with any calamity any test