How Sincere Repentance Can Lead You Out of Crisis
Channel: Tim Humble
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The topic that I've been given is a really it's a beautiful topic to start with. And the title of the topic is how sincere repentance can lead you out of crisis.
And, you know, when I sat down today and I sat thinking about how we could organize and present this talk in a very, very short space of time,
it occurred to me that the very, very first thing that we should mention,
before we even begin with the topic of repentance, or the topic of a crisis, is just to affirm the Muslims belief in allapattah, while Powerball, the Muslims belief that every single event that happens in every single action that exists in this world, happens in the knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala, and his writing and his will and his creation.
And just to reflect upon that, you have just an ayah from the Quran, to get us thinking and to make us realize that the crises that affect us in our lives are not random.
And they are not unfair and they are not unjust. Rather, every single crisis that happens to you or to me, happens because of a perfect plan and a perfect decree, which comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala as alaric xojo told us in the Quran, Masada mean mercy but infill all the rfem fusi come in Luffy kita, the min poverty and Ababa
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Allah subhanho wa Taala told us in the Quran, the translation of which is
no calamity befalls on the earth, nor in your own selves, except that it is in a book before we bring it into being. And this is easy for Allah.
This is something that is easy for our last panel time. And I think that's where we have to start before we start talking about tober. Before we start talking about why bad things happen, we have to begin with this pillar of this sixth pillar from all of the pillars of Eman And this belief in the quarter and a quarter of Allah soprano God.
And I don't think that it is exaggerating to say that this is the absolute foundation of surviving any crisis. And it's the foundation of being able to turn something bad into something good. Or to see something that you would first think to be bad is something good, and to strive to be pleased with what Allah subhanaw taala decreased for you. So we have to understand that if a crisis happens to us in our life, then this crisis was not random. This crisis was not unfair. This crisis was part of a perfect decree from Allah subhana wa Tada. And once we know that that perfect decree comes from Allah, there is something else that we need to know. And that is we need to know enough about Allah,
to give us the confidence that this decree has good for us in it.
So we know that Allah subhanaw taala, is the Most Merciful of those who show mercy. And we know that Allah subhanho wa Taala
is more merciful to his servants than we can find words to describe, except to describe him with what he described himself with. So when we know that Allah subhanho wa Taala is our hammer Rahim in the Most Merciful of those who show mercy, then this leads us to become content with what Allah Subhana what Allah has decreed for us. And it leads us to see each crisis in our life as an opportunity to change, to improve and to get near to our life's origin. So I believe that this is where we have to start. And then we have to understand the problem to understand the solution.
Because unless we understand what the problem is, or what the cause of the problem is, then we won't be able to understand how we can possibly get ourselves out of this crisis. So once we understand that the problem comes from us, but the problem comes from our sins, what problem, every problem, what crisis, every crisis, Allah subhanaw taala told us in many, many Ayat of the Quran, that the crises and the calamities
And the problems that befall us befall us because of the sins that we do. Allah subhanho wa Taala told us Masada can mean mercy that in kabhi Makassar but
whatever befalls you other calamity It is because of what your own hands have.
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When you are afflicted with a calamity, despite having afflicted double the likes of it before they said Where did this come from? Where has this crisis come from? What have I done to deserve this crisis? Who who I mean in the unfussy come see, it came from you yourself. It came from your own selves and Allah is Able to do all things. And this statement that Allah is Able to do all things this mention of that Allah subhanho wa Taala is Khadija is not just that Allah subhana wa Taala decrees were all that he brings into being whatever he wants, but this bringing it into being came from a decree from Allah subhanho wa Taala that he decreed and the cause of this were the sins that
we did. And it's narrated from some of the companions rhodiola
and from Ali ibn Abu Talib, love your love.
That they said, No calamity, ever befell a person except because of their sin. And it was never raised up except because of repentance. And Allah subhanaw taala told us in the Quran, vahagn fossa to feel better he will be Marchesa, that ad nurse vo de la la de la I love him yo Jiang. Allah subhanaw taala told us in the Quran, that corruption appeared at land, on land and at sea,
because of what the hands of people earned, so that they may taste a part of what they did. Because let's be honest, the number of sins that we did is not equal to the number of crises that happen. We do much more sin than the number of crises that happen so that we can give them back a piece of what they earned, so that they may return. And this is the key so that they may return. This crisis is not a simple punishment. It is not something that has been sent down to you that you cannot recover from. It has been sent down for a hikma for a wisdom that is with allies origin and that wisdom is so that you may realize your sin and repent to Allah subhanho wa Taala and alaric xojo told us in
the Quran, what are you the minute either will add in a dune and the other will act?
and Allah azza wa jal will make them taste from the lesser punishment
from the lesser punishment,
less than the severe punishment that Allah sends upon people that they may return. So every single crisis that happens to you in your life, the major cause of that crisis, are the sins that you do. And the reason this is sent to you is as a test, to see if you will realize that sin and to see if you will return to Allah subhanho wa Taala in repentance. So once we know this, once we know that Allah azza wa jal sends these crises as a wake up call, as something to make us realize the error of our ways, something to make us realize our need to change. Once we understand this, then we understand that there is a way to make these crises go away. There is something we can do. And it's
a very simple step in action. But it's a step that nobody takes except the one that allows our jail gives him or her tofield success, to be able to do so. And that if we can learn how to take this step, we can remove the cause for this crisis to come down. Because this crisis came down because of what we did. And before we talk about the solution, we need to just understand this a little bit. We need to understand that we are a people who sin.
We are a people who make mistakes, and I'm not talking about little mistakes, either.
We make big mistakes, we make mistakes that we're not even aware of. We fall into error day and night, in the night and in the day.
I'm the one who has been blessed by Allah is the one who realizes these mistakes and takes an action. Because these mistakes are going to do one of two things. Either they have already brought a crisis into your life, or they are about to bring a crisis into your life. And so once you recognize them, and then you take this action that is needed to be able to rectify that, then by the grace of Allah subhanho wa Taala, Allah azza wa jal has given us the solution. Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us that there is a way out for us from these crises, and from these calamities.
And the very beginning of this, before we talk about repentance, and before we talk about sincere repentance, the very, very beginning of this is something extremely important. And that is being aware of yourself and taking yourself to account. We all know the very, very famous statement has evil and forsaken, habla and to
take yourself to account before you are taken to account. Take some time to think about because always you know when a crisis befalls you, what's the first thing that you do, you start running from left to right looking for a solution. But sometimes you don't see that the solution is right standing there in front of you in the mirror.
Take yourself to account, think about yourself and think about what it is that you have done. Think about what would happen if you die tonight. Think about what you would say if you stood in front of a law, think about the good things that you've done and the bad things that you've done and what the reasons for those were, and really sit down and take yourself to account. Give yourself a checkup and ask yourself, are there sins in my life
that are causing this crisis? To fall upon me or causing this crisis to be worse than it is?
And for sure the answer to that is yes. But we have to find those things. And we have to ask Allah azza wa jal to bless us with a knowledge of what they are and the ability to repent. So then we come to this wonderful cure. And it's a cure that will only take me a few minutes to explain to you but the reality is that it's an easy thing to say and it's a difficult thing to do. And this cure is what we call a tober what we call repentance.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala promised us forgiveness for the one who repents a lot so he told us in the Quran, we're in Nila of Lima and Baba Minami la sala hanfu handsome
and indeed I am ever forgiving. lofar constantly forgiving. For the one who makes Toba and believes and just good deeds,
then is guided.
And Allah subhanaw taala told us in the LM er lm and no la jolla Cove Allah Toba anybody, do they not know that Allah accepts the repentance of his servants? And Allah subhana wa Taala told us in many places in the Quran about Toba and we don't have time to mention all of the different ayat with regard to this but just to pick one or two.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala told us kuliah eva da alladhina s Allahu Allah and forcing him la takanobu Myung Rahmatullah in Allah hi ofuro unova Jamia all my servants who have transgressed against themselves, don't despair. Don't say I'll never get out of the crisis don't see there's no way for me to fix the problem that I'm in. Don't despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. So once we have understood this, once we have understood that Allah Subhana Allah has promised you in Allah Allah.
Allah does not break his promise. And Allah has promised you that he will accept your repentance, if it is done in the right way. If it is a sincere repentance, and Allah subhanho wa Taala told us about this sincere repentance, Allah azza wa jal told us what this what it means to have this sincere repentance when he said, Yeah, you handed in Armin toolbox de la la he told us
Boom, and you can feel our income, say you're at home, where you feel like I'm just not in touch with him. In fact, he has an
alarm. So he told us in solitude to him, or you who believe, repent to Allah with a sincere repentance,
so that your Lord may forgive you your sins, and may enter you into paradise. So the reward of repentance is not that your crisis goes away, the reward of your repentance is on so many levels. It's a reward in this dunya, and it's a reward in the era. It's a reward of the crisis being removed, it's a reward of the bad sins being wiped out and turned into good deeds. And it's a reward of paradise for the one who repents to our last panel. And really, we cannot emphasize in these few short minutes, just how important it is for a person to be in a state of constant repentance. And right now, I want to get into the topic of what repentance is. And I want to tell you something I
want you to be to be careful about something that you don't confuse repentance with saying is still far with saying a style of feudal law.
because too many people move their tongue with a stout federal law, but they don't fulfill the conditions of a State Farm
is still for is an amazing thing, if you do it correctly. But for too many people, it's something on the tongue and the heart and the limbs are not joining in.
So we have to understand that when we repent to Allah bow button or saw her as sincere repentance, that means that our heart has to repent, our tongue has to repent, and our limbs have to repent, we have to be repenting to Allah in a holistic way, not repenting to Allah by by moving our tongue, while our heart is empty of any feeling of regret, or by moving our tongue when our limbs continue to do the same sin day after day after day and night after night. So the first thing that we have to understand is that repentance in its basic concept in basic, the basic Arabic of the word tober is another, it is regret, to feel regret about something. And the reality is that tobor can be thought
about as past, present, and future, past, present, and future. So in the past, you have to have regrets. When you look at the past, you look at it with regret, you feel sorry that this sin happened from you, you feel sorry that you disobeyed the one who provided for you day and night, you feel sorry that you disobey the one who brought you up and guided to Islam, you feel this regret in your heart. And unless that regret begins in the heart, it's very, very, very hard for you to progress to the next level. But if we look at this regret, this regret has some basic things that need to be there.
The first thing is you have to realize that you sin, because if you don't realize that you sin, you will not be able to feel regretful for the sin that you did. And then you need to realize the severity of sin. How many people had an interest bearing credit card, some sort of Riba? And they said, Oh, it's only a small amount and it doesn't matter. It's only a few Durham's, a few 100 Durham's, it means nothing. And they don't realize that this is worse than some of the worst crimes that a person can imagine.
Because they don't have this concept in their mind, because they don't realize the severity of the sin. They don't realize how much they should regret what they've done.
So to regret, you have to recognize you did a sin, and you have to recognize the severity of the sin that you did. So that is in the past, looking at the past, looking at the present, you have to stop doing the sin
because too many people do a sin and they see a stout federal law while they are doing the sin. You know, you get it with backbiting. People will say you know that brother I stopped for a while I didn't but you know what, he's really he's such a bad guy and he's like this
And he's like this is tough for a lot in between seeing a staff Rola. They manage to commit backbiting, backbiting, which is a sin of such severity in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is a huge sin. And yet in between seeing that same, they managed to say, Oh, I stopped for a while, but you know what he's like, and so they didn't stop doing the same. And the reality is, you can't stop doing a sin unless, or you can't progress on to repentance unless you stop doing it. And then we have to look at repentance in the future.
We have to look at repentance in the future.
And that means that we have to make a sincere effort. And this is where it comes to Toba 10 naswa, something sincere, that we are never going to go back to this sin again. And the reality is that we are human beings, and we might fall back into it. But our intention, when we say those words are still funeral law. When we say those words, our intention is what our intention is that I'm not going to do this again. So we look at it from the past and we have regret. And we look at it in the present and we stopped doing it and we look at it in the future and we intend never to do it again. But someone might say yeah, Aki, Mohammed what will happen if I do it again? start all over again.
Take yourself to account recognize the severity of the sin, feel that regret, stop doing it intend never to do it again. And trust that Allah azza wa jal promised that he will accept your repentance, and if he accepts your repentance and for sure he's going to make your way out. When May your tequila hire gyla who Maharajah whoever has taqwa of Allah, Allah is going to make him a way out. Law will make your way out of your crisis. Eliza gel will make your way out of your difficulty. And the last thing that I I wanted to mention is just to remind everyone that there are a variety of words we can use to verbalize that repentance. And from them, many many from them is to say
frequently a cellphone Allah from them, is to ask allies or gel to forgive us what we know and what we don't know. allama Lennar, Napa demna, Juana Juana, Juana, Juana Island, Noma and Alamo,
Allah forgive us what we have done in secret and what we've done in open and what we've done in public and what we've done in private and what we have known about and what we haven't known about. All of those things from this is a specific repentance when you really think about something you've done, like the likes of saying La Ilaha Illa. anta Sultana in the console, mean of volume in What did alaric xojo said pasta Jebin Allah we answered him, when a Jaina hoomin album, and we saved him from his sadness work early congeal, meaning, and in this way, we will save every single believer from every crisis from every sadness when they mentioned these words. But as I said, these words
cannot be just with the tongue, the heart has to feel that sorrow, it has to feel that intention not to do it again, the tongue has to say those words. And finally, sometimes you've done a sin that affected somebody else. And if you did a scene that affected somebody else, then you need to make up for that effect. Whether that is by repaying them what you took, or whether that is by giving back something to them, whether that is by seeking their forgiveness, or whether that is by making to offer them, but you have to make up for the wrong that you did, because there is a difference between the rights of Allah and the rights of creation. And this is just a very, very, very short,
hopefully inspirational reminder to realize where our crises and our problems in life come from, and to realize the basic steps that we can take to remove ourselves from them, trusting in Allah by the permission of Allah azza wa jal, with solver and without a man in the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala, that perfect wisdom that by which every single thing happens, so that is all we have time for in this very short talk, and a lot so a gentleman's vest was Salatu was Salam ala nabina Muhammad in while he was on the edge