Dealing with depression and anxiety

Wasim Kempson

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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Karim Allah Allah He wasafi Jemaine a Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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Dear brothers and sisters, I asked the last panel, that he blesses every single one of you

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in this dunya and in the earth,

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and then he allows that this time that we have together to be a time where we gain beneficial knowledge. And we gain a closeness to a last panel with the IRA. And that we leave this place

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at a level of Eman higher than that we came with.

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So the short time that I have with you in shallow data,

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because the topic of the lectures and the reminders today will be about the Quran,

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the Book of Allah Subhana, WA Tada.

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And one really can never end talking about the Quran. And here we are, more than 14 centuries later, talking about and reminding one another, about the book of Allah Subhana, WA, tada

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there was a brother,

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a very nice brother.

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He came to visit, a shake.

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And he had so many problems in his life.

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He said,

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I feel depressed, I feel sad. I feel very down.

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I'm constantly feeling anxious.

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My emotions are all over the place. There are times when I feel okay, relatively happy, relatively stable.

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And then there are other times when I feel down, I feel like I don't have control of my life.

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I started a project it failed.

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I put some money into a business, it failed and I lost.

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I have a bad relationship with my parents.

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I wanted to get married, the years are passing.

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I feel so down in

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this scenario. Maybe for some of us, we know somebody who's like this, who feels down who feel sad or depressed or anxious or worried.

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So if somebody comes to you, what do you say to them? What can you say to them?

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The chef replied,

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My dear brother.

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There are many things that I can say to you.

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However,

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I feel that for your situation,

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you need to hear one piece of advice.

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But before I tell you this advice,

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before I say this to you, you have to make me a promise.

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And others that I can't promise something that I don't know why. Maybe I'll fail. Maybe I can't keep that promise. The chef said to him, you have the capabilities of fulfilling that promise.

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Believe me,

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you have to make me a promise. In fact, let me reword it. You have to make a promise to Allah subhanho wa Taala that the advice that I will give to you, you will believe in it and you will follow it.

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And if you believe in it, and you follow it

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the feelings that you have the depression that you have the anxiety and the worry, it will all go away.

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This is not my advice. This is not my promise. I'm not giving you this guarantee the chef he said

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but instead I'm going to narrate to you something that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to us

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if you're doubtful about my words, for sure, you will not be doubtful about what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to you agreed. And the Buddha said I agree.

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Anything that the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said we know to be authentic. We know is the Huck

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we know is the truth.

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So the chef he said I narrate to you a hadith

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I narrate to you a narration of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam this hadith is narrated by somebody but it will cost about the Allahu Allah and it is the Hadith found in Suna Timothy.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said about noon about Yunus Allah He Salim

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now Yunus Allah Himself them

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story that we find in the Quran. In fact, there is an entire chapter named surah to Uranus.

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Uranus is who Allah is the one who swallowed by the whale.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that

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the supplication of Eunice IE Salim

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was the reason that also cannot Allah saved him and removed him from that situation.

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What was that

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and if you ponder very carefully about the meaning of this ayah because it is a an ayah that you find in the Koran.

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It is an amazing, amazing Oh has an amazingly meaning.

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So Allah subhanaw taala says about noon Avila Nadella Baba Trudeau Matt he called upon a loss of power to Allah in complete darkness.

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La ilaha illa Anta superheroic in equal to min avanti, me

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La Ilaha Illa and that there is no one worthy of worship except you Oh, Lord.

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Subhana Glory be to You, who is free from any deficiency perfect in every sense. In the consuming of alanine. I was from the wrongdoers.

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So Allah subhanaw taala saved him from uncom from worry, and sadness.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,

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we know who we

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are or June Muslim.

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No person, not a woman

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who makes this

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and remember the time of unicyclists lm in the situation that he was in. No Muslim who make is this Dora with full certainty

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illustre job Allahu Allah.

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except Allah subhanho wa Taala will answer the door of that person.

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A chef said this is advice that I give to you.

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ism has had to

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hold on to hold on to this.

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And say as frequently as you can,

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in the morning, in the evening, during the day, whenever you can, even when you're Institute

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along in, or Allah Houma, La Ilaha Illa and subhanak because you don't recite the Quran white Institute, but you can say something else to add at the beginning. So it doesn't become an A, but make this Dora at all times.

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This brother went away

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who had suffered from depression for so long.

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And he is narrating the story.

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And he said only after a short time.

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He said I found any distresses that I had no worries anxiety

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went away.

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This is one of my dear brothers and sisters something we could all memorize. It is very short. And it is something that if whenever you make a drug that you make this statement, you say this is Dora, except Allah subhanaw taala will answer anything that you want, or remove any kind of any distress or worry or sadness that you have.

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Now, quite often you hear that a Muslim doesn't get depressed.

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A Muslim can't feel sad,

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or Muslim can't feel down.

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This is completely wrong.

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It is a completely wrong understanding to think that a Muslim was though that they are some form of super human being

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that they don't feel these emotions

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that a person may say Yeah, well I feel sad sometimes. I feel down sometimes but we depressed. A Muslim shouldn't feel depressed. And if they do feel depressed, it means there's a problem with their Islam and then

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which again is a mis misunderstanding completely.

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Allah subhana wa tada

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mentioned in the Quran, many situations where the best of creation the Prophet alayhi wa salatu salam, they went through those difficult times

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and it was easy for Allah subhanaw taala to help them and save them at the very

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The beginning of their trial.

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If you take the example I mentioned three prophets, Allah Himself,

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Ibrahim Ali Salim

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who went through the trial of his people

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where they were worshipping idols. They gathered the fire, they built the fire. It was easy for Allah Subhana Allah to save you but I am Ali Salaam, when they were preparing the fire.

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All of us, we will say we believe in Allah, we trust in a lot of good man.

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But for you to really know that

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or to know the level of human you need to be tested sometimes.

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So Ibrahim is alive when he was going through these tests when he was tied up, and then thrown towards the fire.

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Even until this time, or at any time before this, Allah Allah Allah could have saved Ibrahim Ali Salim

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Ibrahim Alayhi Salam was to be tested

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to the very cool

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until he made a statement has the Allahu

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Allah subhanaw taala is enough is sufficient for me. And he is the best one the best protector

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musala Islam when he fled around and his army and he reached the sea, no escape. Allah subhanaw taala could have commanded the earth to open up and swallow forever and is only

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but even to the very last minute when there was no apparent exit the people had given up

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even at this time moosari salon What did he say?

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When they said his people in raccoon that we have been caught? We have been overcome Kela No way. moosari says no way this is going to happen in Europe. At the moment Lord is with me and He will guide

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Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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meaning and the reason for me mentioned in these examples is that a lot of penalty either will test you

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and will test you at the very edge of your Eman for you to realize where you are

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for you to know your relationship with Allah subhana wa Tada. Otherwise, maybe we are left throughout our lives thanks to Panama and hamdulillah listening to lectures

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and feeling good and and going back to sin.

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That is not enough.

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There are times when you need to be tested to realize that worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala is something that needs to be there constantly and all the time.

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There will be times when you will be tested, while another one.

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But Allah subhanaw taala will indeed test you test me test every single body,

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loss of money, loss of life, loss of wealth, or budget is forbidden and give glad tidings to those who demonstrate patience.

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So how does the last panel data and the topic of sadness and depression,

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worry, anxiety? To put it in again into some perspective?

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The first thing that the people have gentlemen,

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they were living in this dunya they went through trials and tests, then they were in their graves. And then it was an accounting on the Day of Judgment. Just as they are about to enter agenda. What is the first thing that they say?

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Alhamdulillah Hillary,

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all praise and thanks is due to Allah who removed all grief, all sadness, all worry, all anxiousness no more

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is the first thing that they say. So can Allah

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this life is full of stress, worry, anxiety, depression, so many things. Because this is the reality of this world the life

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that there will be times when you will have happiness. And then there will be times when you have sadness or stress or whatever the case may be you retested with that, but it is your reaction.

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It is your behavior at these times of difficulties.

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That you will be judged just as you will be tested as well with the goodness that Allah subhanaw taala gives to you.

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So if at that time, whether it's a worry

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or

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Difficulty or trial,

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where you know, for sure, no one can help you. No doctor can help you. No medicine can help you.

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Nothing.

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Whatever company that you have, you may have 10s of visitors, but yet you have a feeling of loneliness.

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This can happen.

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You have so many family members, your mother, your father, your brother, your sister, your children, your wife or your husband. But yet, you know, ultimately, the Help is not from them.

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That you know that help is only from a loss of data. If you get to that stage.

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If you reach this realization,

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that was the purpose of the test.

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The purpose of you being tested, of you receiving that trial was for you to turn back to Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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That was the truth that was the objective of you being tested.

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If you don't come to that realization,

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that you need to go to Allah subhanho wa Taala

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then you may fail the test, because you will be looking for a solution,

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you will be looking for a way out other than Allah subhanahu wa tada

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world's statistics.

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They say there's approximately 400 million people who suffer from a type of depression.

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And it ranges from low, mild to high, intense depression to bipolar. It is a very large spectrum.

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But all of these numbers 400 million people who suffer from some sort of depression.

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This number is an incredibly large number. In fact, it could be even more than that.

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In the UK alone, statistics from just four years ago

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19.7 people of the population was suffering from some sort of depression. That's one in five people.

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One in five people was suffering from depression. So for example, let's say there's, there's 100 people sitting here 20 of us would be suffering 20 would be suffering from some sort of depression, some sort of sadness, I'm not talking about the sadness, where

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you wanted to go out tomorrow or you wanted to go out this evening, but it's raining you can't I don't mean that kind of feeling.

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I mean, a feeling of complete loss

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and no way out

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and not knowing what to do.

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And it is one of the great harms that affects mankind. If they turn away from the guidance of Allah subhana wa Tada.

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Do you think

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with life and it's all of its complications, but Allah subhanaw taala

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gives you guidance in the Quran concerning

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concerning the prayer. Concerning fasting concerning Zakat concerning Hajj, may have forgotten FL kita de that Allah subhanaw taala did not leave anything out in this book. Do you think that regards our emotions, how we feel from one day to the next, not even from one day to the next? Because our feelings and our emotions?

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Something which can change very, very quickly.

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We are weak.

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We are a very weak creation.

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With a

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man or woman we're created weak.

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Is it correct? Is it possible that Allah subhanaw taala would leave us not giving us guidance concerning how to deal with our emotions and with our feelings, how to behave.

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For many of us, Islam has become very, very much an external exercise.

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How to focus on the external, how my hijab looks, how my clothing, How do I look? The names of my clothing, the external part of my prayer, and my mind is a million miles a week.

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I'm fasting I don't eat or drink. However I'm involved in swearing and cursing and watching films.

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Focus on the external without focusing on the internal

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but if one looks carefully and ponders over the Quran, you will find that there is a big focus

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a big focus on how we are supposed to be as human beings and how this poron is schiefer olema is to do

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is a cure for that what is in the chest?

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How many times have you read the Quran pondered over the Quran

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and looked at it looked at it from a perspective how Allah subhanaw taala gives you guidance about how you are supposed to feel

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and how you are supposed to behave

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matters of the heart

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like a token like trust

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my daily affairs my the small things, the big things, what am I supposed to do.

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As a lawsuit cannot Alice's offer we will only Illallah

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that I render my affairs my actions everything it is to the lawsuit panel data I can have myself can't do very much at all. I am in complete need of Allah subhana wa tada

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once you realize your status with Allah subhanaw taala.

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And this is something of a struggle that you will have muddle higher for the rest of your life

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that you will constantly be having or having

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or be in touch with your feelings.

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Not just the new issues that what fills your stomach or that will remove your thirst or that what keeps your closing.

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But imagine that you are in touch with your Eman on how you are feeling

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that one sin committing one sin. You feel it.

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You feel that sin that you commit.

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You may know the example of hamdulillah radi Allahu anhu when he came out of his home, and he was putting his hands on his head.

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And you're saying that hunger Allah has become a monarchy.

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He's become a hypocrite.

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A great companion was saying this about himself. Why would he say that?

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Because he was involved in was two faced. He was behaving one way with the Muslims and doing things behind the Muslims back in New Haven. And another way

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when he was with the messenger, as he said, when he met Abu Bakar of Iran or the law, I know when I sit with the messenger, I said to Sam, my email is so strong. My email is so strong. It is as though I can see the now the Hellfire and the paradise in front of me. When I go back to my family,

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I play with my children, that you fooled with my family. I don't feel the same man goes down. He wrote the Allahu Allah wasn't even committing a sin. But he felt his Eman. Not the same as it would be with the prophet Elijah to Sodom.

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For them, this was a calamity.

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It was a calamity that he felt he's a man go down. And he wasn't even committing a sin Subhana Allah.

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What about a person who is not in contact with doesn't feel when you commit sins or she commits sins, they don't feel anything.

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They just go through the motions.

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Until a time comes when committing sin just becomes normal, and the justify the sin.

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And then those sins they build up

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and they build up. And then the person then eventually falls into a state of sadness of worrying of depression.

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And then they feel that there's no way out.

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Myself

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I can't pretend

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to to say that I know what it is, or what it is for a person to have or to live in a state of depression.

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For a person to get to a stage where they think life is not worth living anymore.

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I can't say to that person. I know what you're feeling. Because I don't

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Allah subhanaw taala didn't test me with that.

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But what I do know is, is that there isn't a lunch, that there is a cure, and that there is a solution, no matter how far away or how unique that your situation how it is for you.

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As long as you say meant to be loved. I believe in a lot

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was meant to be rationally and I believe in his messages

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by default

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Mental Horan that you believe in the Quran.

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Allah subhanaw taala is telling you, informing you that this Quran is a cure.

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It is a cure for the heart, it is a cure for the chest, no matter what difficult situation that you are in.

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That I can promise you,

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that Allah subhanaw taala lay you will never forsake you will never leave you, as long as

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as weak, as weak as that link it may be

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and you may feel it is very, very weak,

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but you have a link with a loss of power

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meaning that you will not turn away from Allah subhanaw taala

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So, as long as you turn back to Allah subhana wa tada no matter what stage you are in, no matter what sins you have committed, even though those sins running two years

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if you turn to Allah subhana wa tada then Allah subhana wa tada will deliver you

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that Allah subhanaw taala will save you

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that Allah subhanaw taala has taken and saved people who are in a situation on the grand scheme of things, and a test far more severe than you not to belittle your situation. Because your situation is unique.

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Your situation your situation is unique to you. And I must apologize testing you according to the level of you, amen.

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But as long as you turn to Allah subhana wa tada

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that you will find the last panel with Allah, Allah,

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Allah,

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Allah, Allah of things, that you will fail and find the loss of penalty under the old compassionate, old merciful. And when you read these names of Allah subhanaw taala, and you know their meanings,

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you know, at least partially what they actually mean, and the impact they should have on you.

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But Allah subhanaw taala is the ever compassionate,

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the ever Merciful,

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the Sustainer the providing

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the one who protects you, you will never feel lost,

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you will never feel alone, let in the law,

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do not have any grief, do not have any worry, any sadness or depression.

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Allah subhanaw taala is with you.

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And just as long as you hold on to it, no matter how weak, you feel you are,

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but you never turn away from Allah subhanaw taala, you will find that Allah subhanaw taala will open away for you.

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But just as the share, he promised that individual, you must promise me that you believe and trust the advice that I give you, you must promise that I will believe it.

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And if you have belief in it, a certainty in it yaqeen in it,

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then Allah subhanaw taala will save you and will deliver you and change your situation to a place and you will be in a time where never could you imagine that you were in that

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what overshoot look, and I give you the glad tidings

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that you feel, and this is all relative, you feel that no one is being tested more than you are at this particular time.

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And you can feel like that

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no one is being tested like me.

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If that is the case, that you feel that you are the most severely tested person on earth, then that may be the case with you. And that's how you feel. Even with that, that last panel to Allah will do can deliver and save you from your situation.

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But it is just upon you to make that first step.

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Part of that which puts that person in a situation of worry, depression, anxiety, worry is that sometimes they look at the

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long story ahead of them. And they said I just it's just too much. There's no way I could get out of this

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commonly and advice that is given to them is to take one step at a time, one day at a time, or even to break it further down.

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One take the morning before the evening. And then to take the evening before the morning

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but Shea and fresh a part of step by step as long as you do what you need to do by holding on to salah

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and remembering Allah subhanaw taala whenever you can that Allah

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panna cotta IRA will save you from your situation.

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Now this is the topic which I believe as Muslims, we need to talk about war.

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And this really

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is not necessary I don't want it just to be a subject where I'm just saying that the Quran and help you and you fall Yeah, yeah yeah Mashallah the Quran can help when you leave, and you forget about you.

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But the point some of the points are mentioning our reality for some people.

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And then we have to sympathize with

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our own communities, and realize that as Muslims, we suffer like humans suffer.

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And we will have challenges just as other other people, they will have challenges.

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And not to dismiss these things. That as a community, somehow we're perfect, we are not, we will be tested with many things.

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So if at least you can take away from and I myself, I've benefited greatly in doing some reading and looking at the topic of,

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you know, anxiety and worry and depression, and how easily it can affect a person's

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so we don't just turn a blind eye to it.

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But as a Muslim community,

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you say to Muslim, you know, you may need to seek some counseling. Yeah, why are you going to seek counseling, if there's a benefit for a person in that, then Allah subhanaw taala may make that make that a reason or way for their betterment, not to dismiss it. So you take away from today's channel too, and And not only that, the Book of Allah subhanaw taala will help us in every way.

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And that is something that which we cannot afford, not to have a relationship with.

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But the Quran is something which is practically a help for us on out in a daily basis for all issues. So when Allah so panel, Allah tells us, it is a TBN in the condition. It is a clarification for everything,

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indeed, is a clarification for every aspect of our lives. I asked the last two panels Allah to make the Orion Ravi aku Bina. Now, what does that mean, it'll be a Kudo. When there's a drought that you hear very often, the spring.

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If you imagine your heart like the earth, sun, dry,

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and then you pour water on it just as the spring rain comes down, and it nourishes the earth.

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Similarly, the Quran will nourish your heart

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and will nourish your soul.

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The stronger attachment you have with a book Allah subhanaw taala, the more alive you will feel

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and the further away you all from the book of Allah subhanaw taala

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the less life that you will have in your heart and your soul. So May Allah subhanaw taala protect us from such tests when we may be by test tested with depression, anxiety and worry. May Allah Subhana Allah allow us

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to be guided by Allah subhanaw taala to protect us from bitten and to allow us to live in this life as happy people and more importantly in the Hereafter, a lot of money for sallallahu wasallam Oh Baraka Nana, Vienna, Mohammed, while early he was of the age nine was Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh