An Era of Trials & Tribulations
Channel: Yasir Qadhi
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Nearly all praise is due to a loss of Hannah Houma Tada. We praise Him and we seek His help and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our souls in the consequences of our actions. Indeed whomever Allah subhanho wa Taala guides, none can misguide. And whomever Allah chooses to misguide, none can guide him back to the straight path. I bear witness and I testify that there is no deity worthy of worship other than Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and that Muhammad Sallallahu I think he was setting them is his final prophet and his most perfect worshipper. As to what follows Allah subhana wa tada has reminded us in the Quran to be conscious of him until we die for he says, Yeah, you are Latina,
Armando taco, la haka, Ducati, one otamatone illa, one two Muslim moon, or you who believe be conscious of Allah, Pharaoh la the way that he deserves that you'd be conscious of Him and do not die except in a state of submission. My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, it is reported in the sight of a Muslim that once our Prophet sallallahu I think he was selling was sitting with a group of companions on top of the roof of one of the larger houses of Medina. And it was a beautiful day and the city was clear in front front of them. And he said to them, Do you see what I see? They said, Alan is messenger know best. We don't know what you're seeing Yasuda, LA, he said, I see.
Phaeton, calamities and trials falling on you on all of these houses, the ways that rain falls down on them. I see that you in the entire room by not just the city of Medina will be engulfed in a torrent of trials and tribulations, you do not see them, but I see that it is going to happen.
And we learned in another head he also put in Sahih Muslim, that our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, every prophet has come in order to warn his people to protect them from the harm and to guide them to the good. And what I am telling you with a warning I am going to give to you what I am telling you is that the blesseds state of this oma is its earlier states. As for its later state. Firstly, you see here on her banner on well more than two in Kiruna. As for its later states, calamities and trials will be full that you will end up rejecting them. So he told us in this Hadith, I'll go on that the earliest phase would be a blessing phases, the phase of the whole of
Russia Dune, the face of Obama and Omar on earth man and it will do Lahore I know whom the face of the Sahaba that was the blessing era. That was the era of Baraka. That was the era of him. That was the era of expansion. That was the era of conquest, that was the era even if minor issues happened overall, the oma was in a state of glory in the State of Israel. As for after that blessing state, as for later timeframes, and there is no question we are in those later timeframes. They shall be tested and tried with calamities that will cause you to reject calamities that the earlier almost did not see. And he said in the same Hadith what would you will fitna fitness are going to come for
yurakucho bah, bah bah bah, each one of them is going to make the previous one appear to be soft, appear to be easy appear to be not too big deal. Every time if it's in a columns the profitsystem said a person will say howdy he Monica t this fitna will destroy me through Merton cache, then it will be lifted up, then another one will come then the believer will say how is he had the this is the one that will destroy me. This is the one that will destroy me. And the idea it goes on. We're going to come back to this ending at the end of our Hoodbhoy today. But let's pause here for a while. I quoted you two or three traditions of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in which he
told us a number of things. First and foremost. He predicted the future that's what a prophet does. He prophesized as he predicts the future by the permission of Allah He tells us what's going to happen. And he told us of something that was inconceivable in the peace of Medina in the stability of the new Islamic State in that great and glorious era. He said, You guys you don't see what I am seeing this oma will be immersed in turmoil fitness. Secondly, he said there will be a lot in quantity. He compared them to the
drops of rain, just like you cannot protect yourself from the rain. Even if you have an umbrella that Mashallah protects you, your house your your your your property, your friends, they will all get wet. Even if you manage to protect yourself partially. You cannot save yourself totally from the Phaeton and thirdly, he told us something that is a little bit scary, but the purpose is to make us firm. And he said, The Phaeton will continue to come so much so that each time one comes you will think the worst has come. And yet the worst is yet to come. Every time the fitna comes, you think there can't be anything worse than this? And then another one comes and you realize you know what,
we faced an easier one. Now we have a bigger one. So what exactly is this concept of fitna? And why is Allah subhana wa tada immersing us what is the wisdom of these fitness? The word fatahna in Arabic means to examine to test. The word fetta means to examine to test and to make something pure. Both of them are there because what does an examination do? It makes you pure, or it makes the classroom pure. What does the professor do when he tests the students, he sifts the good and he knows who the good hours are in classical Arabic. The Goldsmith, who would take raw gold ore from the ground and then purify it via the furnace. The Goldsmith was called fatten The one who causes
fitna the goldsmith was called fatahna. The one who causes fitna why he would take raw gold and raw gold has within it, pebbles, rocks, stone, dirt, and it has the most precious substance and that is gold. And he would then sift through it, throw it through the furnace and at the end of the furnace, what do you have? You have pure gold that is worth the most expensive thing and you have the rocks and the pebbles that person was called for the one who causes fitna from this linguistic meaning, we already understand the theological implications of a fitna from the Louvre. We get to Africa from the language what is fitna? What is the photog we understand some of the wisdoms of Allah subhanho
wa Taala in creating and causing these types of trials and tests. Allah subhana wa tada tells us in the Quran Alif meme, a husky bananas to unmute Rocco and Yoku Amanda
him for yeah and Amanda la Hola, Dino Sadako El Cajon. Alif Lam Meem did mankind think were they so arrogant as to presume that we would create them and then let them be without testing them? of a surety we tested the people before so why do they think they'll be got off scot free of a surety we tested the generations before what are the paternal that human problem and what is the purpose of the fits enough for they are the man no law holder Dino sada, Allah will see who is telling the truth. And Allah will see who is the liar who is telling the truth. I believe in Allah and who is the liar? He says he believes but his actions do not match up to his words. Who is telling the
truth? Yes, I will have suburb I will have a man I will have to work on I will have a class he says it who doesn't say it versus Who is the one who is not able to live up to that. And a lot of xojo mentioned in the Quran that this whole life is a fitna. Everything in it is a fitna, you see my dear brothers and sisters, it is not of the philosophy of the believer to presume that Jen is in this world. That's the philosophy of those who reject a law. They want to be gifted Jenna on a silver platter. I say Bertram antenne. Horrell Jana. What am I lemon law?
wasabi Dean, do you think you will enter agenda just like that? And a law has yet to test and see who is the one striving? Who is the one that is patient. It is the non Muslim, as the Quran says, who demands gender for nothing. I want gender just because you created me, you give me an agenda. And this is what we hear, by the way of those who reject God. They say, well look at all this evil and suffering. If God existed, why doesn't we just live in complete peace? See, they want gender in this world. And that's not the philosophy of mind and taqwa gender is the gift that Allah gives to those who I'm not gonna say deserve it because gender is too precious to deserve. I'm not going to
say earn it because gender cannot be earned by our actions. Gender is a gift to those who demonstrate a desire to achieve it. That's what it is. You want Jana and you put in a little bit of effort, just a little bit of effort and Allah subhana wa tada will gift it to you as a carrot as a generosity from him. And how is that gift decided by how we react to the fit and the purpose of fitting the purpose we want the goals. What is the goal, Jenna, we want the prize
What is the price unless pleasure, we have to go through the furnace. And that furnace is the furnace of Phaeton. That furnace is the furnace of trials and tribulations. This world is a place of trial and tribulation, this world is not the place of gender, this world is not the place of rest. This world is not the place of complete and perpetual bliss that will be in the era if we prepare and we desire it. As for this world, there is not a single human being who is in full bliss and harmony in with his or her life. This is the reality. Every person has anxieties. Every person has struggle. Every person has inner and outer pain. This is what life is. And some of these are bigger
than others. No doubt we are not comparing every single pain and suffering. But still, it is impossible for a human being to live, except that there's going to be internal and external suffering and anxiety and pain. In fact, everything is a fitna in some level, Allah says in them why lucam Ola de confit in your money is a fit enough for you. Your children are a fit enough for you. What is it been a fitna there are trial their test. Every one of us is struggling with family in our own way. Every one of us without exception has family issues. This is the reality of life. And you as well are a fitna to others you are looking at it from your paradigm. Yet the reality is you are a
fitna to others just like they are a fitna to you, if you are a father, as a child, they will look to you and they are you are their test. If you are a husband, the wife will look to you and you are her test and vice versa. As Allah says in the Quran,
bla bla bla bla then fitna, every one of you. We have made a fitna unto others, no one is innocent. Don't just look at the world through your eyes, put yourself in the eyes of the other. You are being used to test other people and other people are being used to test you. Every one of us is a test to the other. The rich are a test to the poor. The poor are a test to the rich, the kings are a test to their subjects. The subjects are a test to their kings, men are a test to women. Women are a test to men. Every group is a test unto others and they too are going to be tested by others. This is the student of a lot in his creation. And of course the fitness of wealth. We all understand the fitness
of wealth had eaten Timothy, our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said every oma has been tested with one particular fitna more than others and the fitna that will be the fit enough for my Ummah will be the fitna of money. We're in the fitting of the Almighty Allah mal surplus abundance of wealth. And Allah will then ask us what we did with that wealth, how we earned that wealth, how we spent that wealth, this is the fitness of money, the fitness of our relations with other people, the fitness of domestic and international affairs, we are painfully aware of what is going on across the globe, we're painfully aware of the domestic fittings that are taking place. And in fact, some of
them I say, when the Prophet system predicted the fit enough, like the drops of rain, he is not talking about personal fit and like the drops of rain affects society. He's talking about societal fit, and he's talking about civil war. He's talking about political pressures that we're very familiar with in the timeframes that we're living in right now. So in reality, my dear brothers and sisters, rather than ask why are we being tested? In fact, we should understand life is a test that is the purpose of life, Allah azza wa jal created us to be tested so that those who pass the test will inshallah be rewarded with a reward that the test itself would never have given them. It is a
gift from a lot, but just because you passed it alone rewarded you much more imagine my dear brothers and says just imagine if you pass up undergraduate class in mathematics, organic chemistry, and as a reward the teacher says to the professor says to you from now on, here's $10 million. You never have to work for the rest of your life. You think that is fair? Of course not. We would like it, but it's not the way the world works. Jen is worth more than $10 million. Jenna is worth much more. And Allah is gifting us Jenna for a measly effort, a small effort if we want to pass the test. So how then do we pass the test? What do we do in the face of fitting? What is the response to fit
and a number of things? First and foremost, my dear brothers and sisters have the most important aspects that help us deal with all types of fitness, the fitness of our wealth, the fitness of our spouse relations, the fitness of our children, the fitting of domestic international affairs, all types of fitna. Number one, turn to Allah with da da, da, da, da da minha Bhutan, Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu when you send them seek refuge in Allah from every Phaeton, the hidden and the apparent, the big and the small, the large and the tiny seek refuge in Allah. And he would say allama in the Naruto becoming unfit, we seek refuge in Allah from Phaeton.
So the first thing we do do our to Allah
Tip number two, we realize and understand the purpose of a fitna is to pass the test. So we had better not failed. Simple as that. How does one fail that fits in many ways, but the most important way we seek Allah's refuge is to lose faith and trust and hope in Allah.
Allah says in the Quran,
that there are those who worship along with a condition. If things are good, it's my neighbor, he's happy and he'll worship Allah and when things go bad, he will turn away from Allah subhana wa Tada. Allah says in the Quran, that there are those people that
judge other fitness and nastika Davila. They make the fitness of people like the punishment of Allah subhana wa Tada. They equate the fitna that comes from mankind. They equate that fitness aka Isabella, like the punishment from a law do not equate the fit enough from people whether it is the fitness of money or the fitness of politics or the fitness of fame or the fitness of persecution, this is this dunya it comes it goes you will die I will die. Never equate the fitness of this world with the eyes of Allah subhana wa tada and a lot criticizes those people who think the fitna of this world is the end all and that's it and they cannot bear it and this and that this world is
temporary. All of its problems are temporary, think of the permanent solution and that is the pleasure of Allah subhana wa tada do not make the fitna of this world like the punishment of Allah. So number two, we do not lose hope in Allah subhana wa tada we do not lose our Eman and our trust in Allah. You know the Hadith I began with in which the Prophet system said fitness are going to come one after the other. Each one will make the one before it to be trivial. How did he finish that Hadith? He said, Whoever wants to be saved from the fire of hell? And enter Jana let death come to him. Well, who are you mean? Oh, Bella, he wore a suit. And his Imani no line, His Messenger is
still there. That's the way we saved from fitten. To be brutally honest, may Allah protect me and you so what if we lose something of this dunya but through it, we gained the afra we don't want to lose this dunya dunya has an orphan, but in the bigger scale and the larger scale. So what if we lose this dunya for the sake of the permanent Akira never equate the fitna of this world with the love of Allah. that's point number two pass the test by having a man and Allah strong. Number three, and this goes back again to a man. For number one, two and three all go back to a man, a man and number three is amyl deeds.
So hey Buhari reports, one day the Prophet says and woke up he had seen a vision, a dream of fit and coming down. He didn't tell us what he saw. He had seen a dream of a future event. And he said, I seek refuge in Allah from the Phaeton that have come down. I seek refuge in Allah from what Allah has decreed for the future. We don't know what he saw. It was something that made him worried, anxious, terrified, and he stood up to pray to God. And then he said, Go and wake the women. He told the servants but I don't want to go and wake the women and tell them to pray as well. his wives go wake up my wives, tell them to pray as well. What is interesting here, what was the response to the
sweetener? What was the response when the Prophet says some sort of fitna to turn to Allah subhana wa tada to increase one's Riba one salah and in an authentic hadith our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said they're a burden to fill fitna. The hegira tiene la iya. worshipping Allah during times of fitna is the same as making hegira. To me, and this is a beautiful Hadith because those Sahaba who were being persecuted across the Arabian Peninsula, when they came to Medina, under the leadership of the Prophet system, what did they find? peace, tranquility, here is honor, glory. That's what they found. What did our Prophet system say? worshiping Allah during times of fitna is
like making the hedgerow to me. You will find your honor, your is your strength, your glory, your stability, you will find it in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So at times of fitna never ever ever be lazy about your sada What about your dad about your Salah about your charity always be on the top when it comes to these issues. This is point number three. Point number four. How do we respond to the challenge of the fitna also had eaten Sahih Bukhari our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said towards the end of times, there are going to be many things that happen. And he said in a long list, he put two things together. He said,
knowledge will be lifted up, knowledge will be taken away and fitna will spread. Notice the two are causally related. The two are linked together, knowledge lifted up, fit in a spreads. So one of the ways
We battle against fitna is to be educated about our religion to learn our religion to have in of Islam of the Quran of our study of our theology, to study what does our religion teach us? These are Hadith that the Prophet has told us about the end of times. These are Hadith about fit and increasing, they are not meant to terrify. They're not meant to make us feel scared. They're meant to prepare us. They're meant for us to have our courage, our moral fortitude. They're meant for us to stand up and deal with these adversaries like true believers. It is a warning. If we study them, we will be better prepared. So learn your religion, study the traditions of Islam, attend the
circles of knowledge, associate yourself with those who will teach you about Allah and His Messenger learn in and that will help you during times of fit. And so we mentioned number one, seek refuge in Allah and make dua to Allah. We mentioned number two, have your Eman strong when it comes to these issues and never allow a fitna to shake your Eman in a law. And unfortunately this is happening that many of our young men and women they don't understand the purpose of life so when they are troubled they give up religion they say oh, why would a god do this and they end up leaving religion as if that will solve their problems and it makes their problems even worse. Number three, after you have
Iran and Allah subhanho wa Taala increase your good deeds, make sure you have a strong relationship with Allah subhana wa tada a number four and that is knowledge of this religion. And there are other things that can be said as well. But this is a brief way to respond to every fifth and the fifth and that are apparent and the fifth and that are hidden, they fit and that are personal and they fit in that are domestic and international. May Allah azza wa jal protect all of us from the fit and May Allah bless me and you with and through the origin and may make us of those who is versus the understand and those who applies headed and held on throughout our lifespan. I asked Allah to
forgive me you as well ask him for he is a food man.
And hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah Hello, hello, hello sama de la dee da Amelia, whatever you like. Well, I'm Nicola Hakuna had
my dear brothers and sisters of the Phaeton that appears to be brewing in the world today as if we didn't have any enough of them and remember what our profitsystem said, fit and will continue to come. There is no end to fit in. But of the feats and that are brewing and we need to raise public awareness. And every one of us should be monitoring the situation is what is currently happening in that beautiful land of Kashmir, Kashmir, for those of you who are not aware, Kashmir is the only province of the current country of India, that is a majority Muslim province. And to make a long story short, especially most of our brothers not from that region are not aware, when the partition
took place in 1947. The goal was Muslim majority provinces would be given to the land of Buxton, and Hindu majority would be in the land of India. And the only exception to this, which was something that the British engineered with the Hindu Maharaja of Kashmir, Kashmir was a majority Muslim, but the ruler of Kashmir was Hindu. But the people were Muslim majority Muslim more than 95% Muslim, but for reasons beyond the scope of our hope, but the one in charge of Kashmir, the ruling family, the Mahabharata Maharaja dynasty of Kashmir, it was a Hindu dynasty And long story short, they made a deal the British pressure, pressure etc, etc. And so the Maharaja signed on to the Indian side, even
though the people of the land at the time what happened afterwards is beyond the scope of the time there is no question at the time the majority of them wanted obviously to be with their Muslim brother and on the other side, which is Buxton but what happened happened because of that double conniving because of this trickery and deceit. The two countries went to war multiple times. Some parts of Kashmir were then taken over by Pakistan and that is now Azad Kashmir. There is a section of Kashmir that is ruled by Pakistan, but the bulk of Kashmir the Jammu and Kashmir province, the region of scenario, Sunita God and others, they are ruled under occupation state under complete
brutal military surveillance by the regime in India. And of course, the situation has been bad as long as I can remember growing up in the 80s we've always been hearing about the brutal tactics of the Indian Army and the oppression and the stuff for the last four law rapes and the use of pellet guns and tear gas and killing and torture. I have met in many of my books, tiny Indian brother and have met people that have been tortured in the jail's of India, we know firsthand what is going on in that region. It was always bad. But what happened in the last few months in fact, last few weeks is something that should make all of our hearts go go cold and seek Allah's refuge and protection.
What has happened is essentially the current government and all of us should be aware that the current
Government is the most hostile government that has ever ruled that line. It is one of the most brutal anti muslim regimes that we have ever seen the current prime minister of that land, and I don't like bringing politics in. But sometimes sometimes we need to be blunt and clear, the current prime minister of that land is a Hindu fascist. And Hinduism is not necessarily something that is valid to have many good Hindus that are peaceful people. They're not wanting to kill anyone. But this person in particular is of a strand of Hindu ideology that goes back to even pre partition the RSS if you look up his history, and his understanding is that India is a land only for Hindus. There
should be no Muslims in that country. And he has been on an agenda and a campaign to massacre Muslims ever since he was a minor politician until he became the governor of the state of Gujarat. And in the if you remember, in the early 2000s, there was a Gujarat massacre where 1000s of Muslims died. Do you know why they were killed because this particular minister, this particular governor of the state of Gujarat, explicitly told his police forces to turn a blind eye and at times participate in the brutal massacre of 1000s of Muslims. In fact, this very Prime Minister was considered guilty by many courts of law. Our country banned him as a minute as a minister and as a governor, our
country America said we cannot allow a mass murderer into this country on a visit visa, when he becomes the Prime Minister. Then they had to let him in. But before this point in time, this same person he is called the butcher of Gujarat, because he is somebody who has caused the life the death of 1000s of Muslims, and far from expressing regret and remorse, rubella, this man he has publicly boasted, he has publicly boasted of what he has done, and he has threatened the other Muslims there that just wait I will do the same to you. He has called the Muslim nation of India, the Muslim and the Muslims of India are hamdulillah 10 15%. They are we all know them to be good people loving
people caring about their country and everything yet he doesn't care because of their Islam. And he has called them in public and to to crowds that are all you know, Hindus that went to cause violence. He has said, Muslims are baby manufacturing corporations, meaning Muslim families, their secret weapon is babies, you have to kill their babies, if you want them to not conquer you. And so there is this mentality of wanting to eliminate the Muslims of the region. And this is something that we are now seeing, he has declared Kashmir essentially to an unprotected territory, which basically means now he has the legal impunity to do whatever he wants, and the Constitution or the
parliament, I should say, will not call it cause him to be faulted for anything that he does. Communications have been cut off in that region, the water and food supply has diminished. There is no internet we do not know what's going on. journalists have been kicked out. And this person has a history, a track record an agenda of wanting to kill Muslims. He has a history of wanting to Hindu wise India, and now the price of Kashmir is now in front of him and Allah azza wa jal knows what he will do. What can we do my dear brothers and sisters, the first thing, the most obvious thing is to monitor the situation knowledge. The second thing due to Allah subhana wa Taala, lots of drama. If
we can't physically do something, at least at least raise our hands. And the third thing, public awareness do whatever we can spread it to family and friends on our Facebook and our social media, raise public awareness. And other than this, perhaps the experts of that region who are living amongst us, they can tell us more concrete steps but the purpose of this whole debate is at least to raise that public awareness so that we understand what is going on. This is a catastrophic situation that is potentially going to become genocidal. Perhaps even worse than some of the genocides we have seen. May Allah protect to the Muslims of Kashmir and the Muslims all over the world. Aloma in NIDA
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