Channel: Yasir Qadhi
Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi discusses the verses of Surah Al-Anbiya, 34 – 35 and 83 – 84,which will make us come face to face with the truth behind our calamities and blessings.
“And We did not grant to any man before you eternity; so if you die – would they be eternal? Every soul will taste death. And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned.”
[Surat Al-Anbiya, verses 34 & 35]
“And Ayyub, when he called to his Lord, “Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.” So We responded to him and removed what afflicted him of adversity. And We gave him (back) his family and the like thereof with them as mercy from Us and a reminder for the worshippers (of Allah).”
[Surat Al-Anbiya, verses 83 & 84]
In the Qur’an, Allah mentions about life, wealth, health and children as a gift for the righteous and also as a punishment for the evil. How do we judge whether what has been meted out to us is a blessing or a punishment?Shaykh Yasir provides valid answers and our doubts are laid to rest.
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah. While early he was so happy he woman what I am about. So before we begin the hotter just a brief reminder that today's In fact, the 10th fast has finished, which means basically one one third of the month has gone and so parallel in the twinkling of an eye quite literally as as if Ramadan began yesterday, and we already finished one third of the month. And so we now have the middle third, to get our spirits in order so that we can get into the final which is of course insha Allah, the most important the final 10 days of the month of Ramadan. So just a reminder and remember we talked about in the beginning how Allah subhana wa
tada describes Ramadan as a young man that a young man might do that. And a young man might do that. It is actually used to talk about a number between three and nine a young man might do that you wouldn't choose it for 30 you wouldn't choose a young man do that because in Arabic you have different types of Gemma and you have Gemma 0123329 and then more than nine and the phrasing am and my Urdu that is used for three to nine, even though the month is 30 as we know, but Allah subhana wa tada emphasizes how quickly the month goes by. And so we are already finishing our 10th class. This is the 11th thought all week that we're praying right now, today the verse I wanted to comment on is
one of the most famous verses in the Quran. We have all heard this verse so many times. And this is the famous verse cool load of sin, that perpetual modes, every single soul has been decreed death. Right before this. Allah mentions a very powerful verse, one marginally better than mechanical hold. Alpha emitter for human hydrogen. Allah tells us he informs us we have not made any human before you with eternal life. One my job Nadia Basha Milko bjelica on hold, we have not given hold, you know, Holly Dena Thea Hold, hold means forever. We haven't given any human being eternal life. Nobody. And Allah says alpha emitter, for whom will Holly June. This is one of the most amazing verses in the
Quran for me that Allah speaks directly to the Prophet system, but we are the addresses. And Allah says, if you are going to die, yada suit Allah if I meet them the singular, he is addressing the Prophet system directly Allah is addressing the process of directly if you are going to die a fire emitter, for whom would hardly don't? Do they think that they will live forever? What a beautiful verse here. If anybody were to have been given eternal life, who would it be? If any one person would have been chosen to live forever in this world? Who would it be? It would be our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and Allah says this explicitly, if you have not been given eternal
life, do they? Are they so diluted? there's a there's a satirical point here. If you are going to die at a suit a lot do they think they're going to live up for a mid for whole holiday and then Allah says cologne of sin, that is cultural mode, every single soul shall taste death. And then Allah gives a beautiful reminder of the purpose of life. Whenever Lu combi Sheree will Heidi fits into what you lay in to Joan and we shall test you with evil and with good as a fitna and you shall return unto us What is this phrase mean? We shall test you with evil and we shall test you with good. This is a very interesting point and I need you to pay attention because a little bit a little
bit complicated. In the Quran, Allah mentions the blessings of this world, life, wealth, children, sometimes as a gift to the righteous, and sometimes as a punishment to the evil. I repeat, in the Quran. Allah mentions money and health and wealth and rain and vegetation. Sometimes in the context of a gift. For example, Allah says Willow and ramen with taco that if the people of the villages believe left Allah him bara katomina sama, we will open up the doors of the heavens and they would have they would have benefited in another verse Allah mentions if they believe that woman and woman attacked him they would have eaten from everything and so that no Allah mentions nor telling his
people believe in Allah, turn to Allah seek Allah's blessings and forgiveness what's going to happen, you received a semi Allah commit Aurora, he will send the rain he will bring up vegetation, he will give you money, he will give you children he will give you life and health. So in all of these and other verses, Allah mentions life, health, wealth, children, all of these as gifts to the righteous, correct. Now, we also learn in other verses, that sometimes Allah gives these same things to the people who have rejected him disbelieved in him as a further curse for them.
as a means of diluting them. For example, Allah says that the general rule is that when Allah has decided to destroy a village or whatnot, that Allah opens up the doors of all good Hatter, either furry will be my
doctor, when they become diluted and all they have been given, they become obsessed with all they have been given, we will take them suddenly and cause them to be destroyed. So in this verse, Allah says, I'm going to give them more of this world, so that they become diluted in that world, and then they'll be destroyed. So we have here, this world as a blessing and this world as a curse. The same applies to being deprived. The same applies to problems. Sometimes problems are mentioned in the Quran as a test for the righteous to raise their ranks. And sometimes problems are mentioned because of our sins.
So as a test for the righteous in the same surah we learned about the story of you right now sudo MV out we're doing what are you but is not a Boo.
Boo, one Tarahumara came in and look at you when he called out to his Lord and he said, Oh, my Lord, calamity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of all who have mercy. So his calamity as we all know, we learn from the
world. The Hadees does not mention this. We learn it from the Judeo Christian sources, and there's no harm in taking them as long as we say that they're from those sources. We learned that you was a very rich man, you Valley his Salaam was a very rich man. And he had 1000s of flocks. He had a dozen children. He had lots of vegetation, and one after another, a fire came and destroyed all of the vegetation.
Thieves came, they stole all of the flock. And one day his children were sitting in a house and the whole house collapsed. And every one of his children died, basically overnight. So in a period of a week, a uvala. He said, I went from being who he was to being deprived of all of that wealth. On top of that, a lot of Xhosa inflicted his skin with the type of calamity or ailment that whoever looked at him would want to turn away and go away. And so he had lost his friends as well. He lost his family, he lost his wealth, all of it is gone. And he made to our to Allah, some say up to a dozen years, 12 years, others say 18 years, he remained in that state never once complaining to Allah,
never once saying anything bad never once, basically getting the pity of the people. And he made do out to a lot constantly and he said, Rob be in the miscellaneous Buru water hammer. I mean, oh, my Lord, calamity has touched me must send me a boat, and you are the Most Merciful. So Allah says for Krishna, maybe human load, we removed the calamity that he had
a meth lab and we gave him his family and double the amount back so a you've got more than 20 children. And you as wealth became multiplied much more. So in this we learned you was deprived in order to be raised. Right. We also learn in the Quran, that masaba como si, but in fabby Mikasa, but a deacon, no calamity comes to you except because of your own sins. So I want you to understand, good of this world is sometimes mentioned as a gift and sometimes as a curse. calamities of this world are sometimes mentioned as a gift to raise your ranks like you and there's sometimes mentioned as a punishment for your own sins. So what then how do we understand this? And that's the point of
today's altura. Very simple. Allah says one abou combi Sheree will Heidi pfitzner. We are going to test you
with good and with evil. The Sheree will hire sharp is evil, higher is good. pfitzner What is fitna mean fitna is a trial fitna is a test. So good will be a test and calamities will be a test. In other words, this is the rule. Anything that happens to you in and of itself is neither positive nor negative. It depends on your own reaction, you can convert this with the help of a law into a positive or the same thing that has happened to you can become a negative, whether it is a blessing, or whether it is a pain and calamity.
The end result could be for your benefits, depending on how you react. How does one react? Abraham was asked this question and we'll call you in with a famous scholar was asked how do we know if a blessing that we have of wealth or money or children? How do we know if this is a gift from Allah because of a righteousness because a woman chooses or is it something to delude us and it is a means of basically making us busy and we don't think about the Acura How do we know if now I am said, if that Nima if that blessing draws you closer to Allah, then it is a gift for righteousness. And if that blessing blinds you to the worship of Allah. It does
dissuades you, it distracts you, then that gift is a curse. So classic example Money, Money. Money in and of itself inherently is neither evil nor nor nor nor good. It could be evil, and it could be good. money could be evil. If money distracts us from the worship of Allah, if money causes us to forget about sila to forget about ibadah, to forget about Zika if our whole lives become obsessed with earning more and more and more, and we don't care about where we get money, and where we spend it on, then that money is a curse. There is no benefit to us in it. But the one who uses his money, he's conscious of earning halaal and he will turn down deals because they're at home, he will turn
something that's Oh no, I can't get that money. Allah will not bless me in that money. And when he gets money, he's thinking, you know, where can I spend this money on? Which which good can I do? How many orphans Can I sponsor? Let me ask Rhonda Is there somebody in the community I can secretly give them money so that only Allah knows that money becomes of the best blessings that Allah could give you? Our prophets or send them said near Maldonado, silently Raja, sila, how beautiful is pure money for a good Muslim. How beautiful is pure money for a good man. If you're a good man, and you have good pure money, what a great combination spend for the sake of Allah the own money is worth money,
even offense, the old money is people that will finance things Alhamdulillah. So the same thing with children with health, with wealth with everything of this world, if you use it to come closer to Allah, then take some solace and comfort insha Allah, this is a gift from Allah, and Allah gave it to you so that you can enjoy and you can use for his sake. But if this world becomes a distraction, and you're more concerned with the money with the children with your life than you are with the ACA and drawing close to Allah, then be warned that that very blessing could become a curse. And the same goes for a calamity. The same goes for a calamity. It is true that every calamity that happens
to us is because of what we have done, my azabache middle See, but in Alabama cassava a decomp. This is true, but it is not necessarily an evil. For some amongst us. Allah wants to use that calamity to cleanse us in this world, so that when we approach him on the Day of Judgment, we will be completely clean. And along ones to use that calamity, to see our patients so that our ranks can be raised our Profit System said in the editing sahadi in the lava data is a hub back home and imitate our home. When Allah loves a group of people, he will test them with difficulties. And that's what we see in a tube. Allah says in the Quran, what could I have done a YouTube look at our servant at you. We
tested him near my lab, what a great servant he was why, in what God now who saw me at all, we found him to be a patient man. So when they you was patient, he leaves such a legacy that Allah mentions them in the Quran as a role model, till the rest of humanity finishes the name of a human will be amongst us. Why? What did he do? When Allah tested him, he demonstrated he man, faithfulness and patience. So how do we know if a calamity is a curse and punishment or a calamity is meant to raise our ranks, once again it is in our response to people can have the same calamity both lose their jobs, both are in an accident, both suffer a tragedy. For the one of them, that same calamity is a
punishment and the next world is going to be worse. And for the other that same calamity is a man's means of cleansing his sins and He shall be raised up what is the difference? The reaction, the reaction, the one who uses a calamity, to draw closer to Allah subhana wa tada to make dua to Allah subhana wa Tada. And Allah mentions, by the way, that of the reasons we are tested and tried is so that we make dua to Allah. For Allah, Allah is jahaan batswana about what I can do boom, why didn't they beg me and plead to me and make dua to me? When our punishment came? Why didn't they turn to me? But they didn't do that and their hearts became hard, and so they were misguided. So when a
calamity befalls us, what is our reaction? Does it draw us closer to Allah? Do we make dua to Allah? Do we pray to Allah? Do we become better people? Do we blame ourselves that's what we should do that you know what, this is my fault. Allah azza wa jal is testing me for a sin I've committed. I ask Allah to forgive that sin and to make me better. Like Adam, we talked about him a few days ago, his mistake of gender, or a ban of Allah and fusina or the other case istockphoto, which is the oblique case, you blame a law. Why is this happening to me? I don't deserve this. And this is the essence of Cooper to challenge on
Allah and the wisdom of Allah. Who are you to challenge Allah's wizard? Who do you think you are to challenge Allah and say, I don't deserve this?
And that is what he believes himself said, when the story of the genesis of the fall happened, it believes says to Allah, Oh Allah, you're the one who misguided me. I'll be the man Oh, wait any It's not my fault. You're the one who misled me. And Adam said, Oh my Lord, I have made a mistake. And this difference is the difference between a man and Cofer. So the bottom line brothers and sisters, this life is a life of tests and trials, but tests and trials doesn't just mean pain and suffering and calamities. My health is a test for me. Your wealth is a test for you, My children, your children are a test for all of us. every blessing is a test and every calamity is a test and this is
exactly what Allah says. Could Luna says that a cultural mode whenever Lu combi Sherry Well, Heidi fits in a way Elena towards your own. And one final point Allah mentions the exact same thing in the first verse of Surah tabarrok the exact same thing about a girl idibia DeMarco elocution Karim Allah de holla called Mota while hayata Leah boo, welcome eucom So no, that's the whole point of life. We're going to test you with good we're going to test you with calamities. We're going to see if you pass the test and in the end what Elena total Joan all of us will go back to Allah subhana wa tada and inshallah we'll resume our tip. See you tomorrow was said on Monday convert him into law he will