Channel: Yasmin Mogahed
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Hello, nature's beauty
knowing everything dawns on you.
When you go to Allah, Allah comes to you and so does the creation.
Everything you're running after
you get it when you run to a law, rarely love the giver more than the good then and only then will you be gifted
when you rarely know the giver more than the gifts that he will be gifted, so I want to come
out with a belay him in a shape on Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim. Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah
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washed a lot of the time in the San Diego County.
You know why I get overwhelmed when I look out. Because I realize that all of us are here. For one reason shala we're all here joined together.
For Nat Illa, home Allah.
That is powerful.
We are all here. Because we realize that there is nothing worthy of our worship.
There is nothing you're worthy
of our ultimate love, and our ultimate fear and our ultimate dependence and our ultimate hope except for our Creator.
And that is powerful. Allahu Akbar.
I want to talk today about some stories that are not just stories.
A loss of life subhanaw taala, in his book relates to us the inspirational stories of a number of people of those people who are nearest to Allah.
And in those stories are lessons for all time. I want to go through and gain some of those lessons in sha Allah discuss some of those lessons from these inspirational stories. I want to begin at the beginning.
And this is a story we all learned when we were young.
It is the story of Adam, and how we started Adam alayhis salam, and how well
we know that even before Adam came before Allah made Adam, he told the angels that he was going to make a halifa on this earth, that he was going to create a vise Jared, a representative of Allah subhanaw taala on this earth.
And the angels, they had a natural question,
this creation was going to have a choice.
And with that choice, some people were going to make the wrong choice. And so the angels asked, why, you know, not out of questioning a lot, but to understand you creating these, this creation that are going to spill blood and spread mischief.
When we worship you and we sell it and spray your praises, that's all the angels do. And Allah responds to them and says, I know what you do not know.
In the fact that you and I have a choice. It gives us the potential to be even better than the angels. The reason is that an angel does not have choice to worship Allah, but you and I do. And when we use that choice to worship Him, then we have the potential to be better than the angels. But we also have another potential. We also have the potential to be worse than the animals to be lower than the animals and the reason
Is that an animal lives to eat, drink, and reproduce.
If a human being uses their life uses time on this earth to just eat, drink, and reproduce, then they become not just like the cattle, but even less, even more a stray because we have the ability to do something more.
So when Allah subhanaw taala created Adam, he told Adam and how what not to eat from a particular tree.
And we know the story that it leaves deceived them, not, as we know from other other religions that it was Hawaii, but that it leaves deceived them both. So they made they they slipped and they ate from the tree.
We also know that Allah made a commandment to sublease. And he told it leaves shape on to bow to Adam. This was a bow of respect. But it leaves was too arrogant to bow to him.
At least said I am better than him. You created me from fire and you created him from clay.
This is our first example of arrogance. And where arrogance can take a person. It is a warning to us.
Never to allow arrogance to take over. But there's something else here. When I, I if I were to ask you, what did obliques do wrong?
Many people would say he disobeyed a lot. He was arrogant. Both are true.
But my question to you is didn't add them. alayhis salam also do something he wasn't supposed to. didn't add them. Ali Salam also eat from a tree that he was told not to. But Adam alayhis salam went on to become a prophet. And it leaves went on to be forever taken out of genda.
So what's the difference?
And there is a very important difference. The difference wasn't that they made a mistake, because as we know it is in our human nature to sip. The difference is that when Adam slipped, his response was very different than Iblees. His response was rabbanim, alumna and fusina. Were inland tofu Lana water Hannah, Lana coonan, Amina hallstein. His response
was our Lord, we have wronged our own selves, humility. First, he took responsibility for his own his own mistake.
And then he said, we're in lentil Filipina water, Hannah, Lana coonan, nominal ha serene. And if you do not forgive us and have mercy on us, we will be among the losers. humility, repentance, and the the understanding of his need for a loss of partner with God. And you know what happened? Allah forgave him.
And Allah sent him to this earth as a messenger.
Now look, at least
at least also did something or did something or didn't do something he was told to do. But look at his response.
His response was the complete opposite. His response was because you or Allah have kicked me out. So first thing is he taking responsibility. He's actually blaming a law for his own mistake. You have kicked me out.
Do we sometimes act like this? We don't take responsibility for our own shortcomings. We don't take responsibility when we make a mistake. We don't respond with humility, but we respond with arrogance. And we want to blame others.
This is what shaitan did.
And then he vowed to try to take as many with him as possible to Johanna to help firewall the villa.
Let me ask you this, after it leaves had made the mistake that he made, had he humbled himself and repented to Allah subhanaw taala Do you think Allah would not have forgiven him?
Allah is at Rush Manor Rahim at the web allies mercy, he says prevails over his wrath. But we have to seek it. And we have to humble ourselves. This is a lesson for us. Allah told us this story as a lesson for us, not to despair. Because even the word abuse comes from elesa, which means to despair. It pleases ultimate problem wasn't that he was imperfect in his worship, per se. But it was that when he was imperfect in his worship, which, you know, gin and ins will be, he did not humble himself. And he despaired in the mercy and forgiveness of Allah subhanaw taala.
This is a warning and a lesson for us to never despair in the mercy and forgiveness of Allah, we will be imperfect. But we have to keep coming back to Allah and seeking His forgiveness.
When we study the lives of the prophets, peace be upon them all, we realize something across the board with all of them. And that is that they went through challenges.
Their lives were not easy for it, do we go through challenges? Do we have times in our life where it's not easy? Can we relate to that, at some level, at our level? Not like very level, our level of tests and hardships?
What inspiration can we get from their stories? Well, there are different ways to respond when you're hit with a with a hardship. There are different ways to respond when you're struck with a calamity.
One of the problems is that often when we are struck with a hardship or a calamity, we may know, yes, this is a test. But you know, when you're in school, and your professor gives you a test, we have this concept in our mind of what a test is. A test in the in the human world is when the professor hands a test. And then the professors and separates himself or herself from the one taking the test. The professor steps back and just watches how that student is going to perform?
Is the student allowed to raise their hand and ask for help?
You can't raise your hand and say, oh, Professor, I don't know how to do this problem, can you help me out?
Because that would be considered cheating.
Now we deal with Allah subhanaw taala in a very similar way, when we're faced with a challenge, and we know it's a test, we tell ourselves, okay, we brace ourselves. And we say, Okay, I got this.
And sometimes what we do, and we sometimes we react in different ways, but what we often do is we turn the creation for help. Our immediate response when we're hit with the hardship is to turn to the created world for help.
So for example, that person who's in the middle of the ocean, when the storm hits that person, the first reaction is okay, let me look for the life jacket.
Let me look for the lifeboat when the life jacket is damaged, and the lifeboat is gone. Now, let me call you know, SOS let me call someone for help. This is us. When we're in a hardship and we turn to our money, we turn to our false senses of security, we turn to people we turn to all of these things. And it's only when they all let us down and they all all the doors close. Now. That person looks upward, right? That's when we say yeah, a lot. I tried everything else.
Instead of turning to Allah, immediately we turn to the creative world
and sometimes people when they're
In the hardship, they turn and rely on their own selves.
This is that toughening up that happens,
you're into hardship and you become tough. And you say, Okay, I gotta be strong. I got this, and you depend on your own self.
Because you think that you're not allowed to raise your hand and ask for help. Because this is a test. I'm on my own. That's how we feel. And Allah is watching me to see how I'm going to perform, and I can't raise my hand and ask for help.
This is completely missing the point.
the very reason why Allah gives us that test. the very reason why he gives us those challenges is so that we raise our hand and ask for help. It is so that we turn back to him. And we acknowledge, as Adam alayhis salam acknowledged,
that we are in desperate need for Allah and without Allah's help, we will be among the losers without Allah's mercy and forgiveness.
When we examine the stories of the prophets peace be upon them, how did they respond? Eunice Salah his Salah
Yunus alayhis salaam was in such a situation now Have you ever felt trapped before maybe trapped by financial problems trapped by relationship problems trapped by problems with at work trapped by problems with your friends? How health problems
Eunice la Salim was really trapped. He was not only was he stuck in the middle of an ocean
he's not even on a boat. He's inside the belly of a giant fish or whale He's inside inside of the dark ocean. So he is in a trap upon trap.
What does he do?
Does he say okay, I got this.
Does he say okay now I have to rely on my intellect to try to get me out of this or I have to call for help. From you know, the the lifeguards or the coast guards.
Did you try to find like a like a sharp object to try to get him out of the belly of the whale?
He says let ilaha illa. anta Subhana occur in the continent of Valentin.
He says such a powerful, such a powerful statement.
And the prophets I send them tells us that when we are in a similar situation, we should also say that de la ilaha illa. And there is nothing worthy of worship but you He is being redirected, he is acknowledging the towhead of Allah, that his situation has nothing to do with anything else. His difficulty has nothing to do with anything else. His difficulty his situation is to direct him to the oneness of Allah.
La Ilaha Illa, anta Subhana Allah is high above everything else, all the other false sense of security, all the other false senses of security that we depend on and return to.
In the continent of alanine Indeed, I was among the wrongdoers. Again, humility, acknowledging his own desperate need for Allah. That is the response and hardship. That is how we respond.
And it is because of that door, and Allah tells us something very interesting. In the end, he says that had he not done that? Had he not had this response? He would have stayed in there until the end of time.
And you know, a lot doesn't ever tell us anything without a purpose.
What can we learn from that we will not get out of our situation.
Our external situation will not change until we change what's inside ourselves until we realize that it's about a law that it's about turning back to a law that it's about acknowledging La Ilaha Illa n
in your life.
And because he did that Allah saved him from his situation. Allah freed him.
When we look at the example of Musa alayhis salaam,
even while Musa biffer, Musa grew up and became a prophet,
we see the story of Musa from childhood. And in this is a very powerful lesson
a lot tells us that during this time Musa alayhis, salaam lived at a time when the tyrant fit around was killing babies.
And moose as mother was afraid for him.
So what happens? Again, if you're afraid for your son being killed? What are you going to do?
You're going to try everything to try to protect him. Right? Hide, you know, cover him, but a lot of tells her to do something else, which would seem counter intuitive, right? He tells her he inspires her to actually let him go.
To actually let him go and put him in the river.
Can you imagine for a moment the amount of trust that you would have to have to put your child in the river?
As a mother, can you imagine that?
her trust in a law was so strong that she knew that a law would take care of him. But can you imagine how much trust that took? That is typical. You want to understand what telecoil is in your life when a law tells you to do something, but inside your desires, they want you to do something else.
But do you trust him? When you're afraid and you don't know how things are gonna turn out? Do you trust him?
So she let him go. And it's a very, very deep lesson.
That when you give up something for the sake of Allah, when you let go of something for the sake of Allah, Allah always brings it back to you in some other form, in a better form, in this life in the next life, but it takes trust. So she lets him go in the river. And look at the wisdom of Allah subhanaw taala
a law just to show us his power, to protect us to protect his creation. He was raised in the very house of the tyrant,
in the in the mouth of the lion, in the house of crown and a law protected him. So we think that you know, which we do go to all these lengths to protect ourselves and our families.
If a law is protecting you, even in the house of the tyrant of the murder, you will be protected. If a law is your protection,
a law protected him there. But something amazing happens as well. A law doesn't leave that woman
a lot does that leave that woman who put her trust in Allah?
Allah returns Musa alayhis salaam to his mother.
That's a lesson.
Allah tells us there is a lesson.
And it's so beautiful because Allah says
that the reason he returned Moosa to his mother Island, salaam.
Allah tells us that the reason he returned Moosa to his mother, Michaela doesn't have one. Michaela isn't so that she wouldn't be sad. Can you imagine that a law cares that much about the sadness of one woman.
Like we sometimes feel like no one really cares about how we feel.
You know, when you feel sad, and you feel like no one cares. A lot cared that much about the sadness of one woman.
He speaks about in the Quran, he makes history happen because of the sadness of one woman
and he came back
1000 is what the ISS so that her eyes, Allah subhanaw taala would give her so that you know the coolness of her eyes, he would give her that, and that she would not be sad.
And there's another reason that Allah says, well, it's our lamb and allow the law
and so that she would know that the promise of the law is true.
So power powerful.
She returned Mussa to her, so that she could be happy, and so that she wouldn't have to be sad and so that she would know that the promise of the law is true.
What's that promise, that promise is when you put your trust in Allah.
When you let go for Allah, he'll bring it back.
Allah will always reward you and take care of you and replace what you give up for his sake with something better.
will know it's the truth.
musala his solemn was trained by Allah Subhana Allah.
Allah says that he raised him.
littles law, the law says he in a law was training mosa Allison.
At the very beginning of training, as we're told in Salta,
a law addresses Musa alayhis salaam directly
and he tells him a few things. First,
he introduces himself to masala Salim
that I am Allah
and I am the Lord.
And then immediately Allah tells him for Optimus salata, livingtree This shows us the importance of Salah the importance of Vic, the importance of the of remembering Allah. This is one of the first commandments given to Musa alayhis salam.
He introduces himself he lets Moosa know that He is the Lord and then he commands him to remember him through Salah.
We need to understand that that is the foundation of our relationship with Allah and you can be successful in whatever it is that you are assigned to do on this earth. Without that, what was musala salams assignment his assignment was to go to Pharaoh
but before he could go to Pharaoh before he was told to go to Pharaoh, he was told to remember Allah and to establish prayer for his remembrance.
That's how important it is. And then Allah further trains masala Islam, he asks him Matt telecabine kya Musa, what is in your right hand Oh Musa.
And Musa alayhis salaam replies, hey, also, Atletico la ha It is my staff, and I lean on it.
so powerful. Commentators say that humans is leaning on the means.
He was leaning on the means, like we do, depending on the means.
the staff is just a creation.
So what does the law Tell him to do? throw it,
And when he threw it, he saw that it became a snake.
What can we learn from that?
The creation can either be a staff that supports you or a snake that bites you. And it is in a lot of hands, which one they are. Don't ever lean completely on the creation. Because the same staff that supported you can turn around and be a snake that bites you. This is the nature of the ocean.
The creation is not a law.
It doesn't always have your back. It isn't always going to hold you up. It isn't always going to be the same. It's always changing and it flips a lot is teaching him
but then he tells him to take it back
This time, you know this taking back.
There is a difference between having the creation in our hand or having the creation in our heart, are we ultimately dependent on the creation? Now Musa alayhis salaam takes it back, and it becomes a staff again. But if you this time when he takes it back, he says, I'll put it in its original form. All of this is in the hands of Allah, the people who help you today and then hurt you tomorrow, they can help you again the next day. This is all in a loss control.
They love you today. They hate you tomorrow. They love you again the next day.
It isn't something that you can depend on, you have to depend on a law because the law has that in his control. And then Allah goes on to train him, and he tells him to put his hand away under his arm. What do you do with your hand, he tells him to take off his shoes before that. What do you do with your shoes? commentators say that all of these things, his hand, his staff, his shoes are all part of the means. Part of the things that we use the tools of this life that we use of the created world, we can use them, but we should never depend on them.
We should never lean on them.
Because ultimately, the control is in Allah's hands.
After this training, Allah then sends him to send him off to go to fit out
and reminds him again about his Vicar.
While I tell you Effie victory, do not even bend a little bit, do not become loose in your Vicar.
We cannot be successful. If we become loose in our Vicar in our remembrance.
We can't even bend in it, we have to remember a law and remember him a lot. caphyon a lot.
Now, if you fast forward, you see something else amazing that happens with Musa alayhis salam.
Now he got all this training from Allah.
Allah raised him.
Now musala is when m is put in a situation. He's trying to escape fit around, and his army with Benny, Israel, him and he ends up at the Red Sea.
And behind him is the army of a superpower and a tyrant who wants to kill these people.
And in front of him, is this blockade of a read See, can you imagine this situation?
Have you ever felt trapped before he's trapped?
And it's closing in on him. And if we're in that situation, what would we think?
We would respond most probably very similar to how many is thrown in responded in mallamma dracoon, we will, we will surely be overtaken they freaked out.
But musalla has sent him
his trust within a law. His trust was no longer in the means, right? His trust was in a law
even though he couldn't see, you know, a pathway out of the situation. He couldn't imagine a pathway out of the situation. He says Cola, cola cola in Europe, he says.
He says by no means my Lord is with me and He will guide me through.
Do we have that response when we're in that situation? Do we have that response when things look impossible? And we're stuck and we're trapped? And we see no way out?
Do we really have that response of in an i or A B C or D in my Lord would never leave me Keller in an IRA. My Lord is with me and he will get me through this.
We need to have that response. Because if you have that response, guess what happens? A lot opens Red Seas for you.
A lot told him take your staff. Again the means in his hand. No. Not in his heart.
He tells him to strike the sea.
And that sea splits in half
a law made a way out for them from places they never imagined. That's what happens when you have that kind of response in that kind of situation, when you know firmly that Allah will never leave you. And then He will make a way out for you. Because all of this is his creation, the sea, the staff, the fear around the army, it's all in his control. How can you fear these things? When he's the one in control of them? The money that you're afraid of losing all of it is his you think he can't bend it for you? You think he can make a way out of his own creation for you?
Our problem is we see the Red Sea, but we don't see Allah.
We see the army, but we don't see Allah. We see the staff that we don't see a lot. And so we fear these things, and we lose hope, and we don't see a lot in them. A lot. The Prophet Musa alayhis salam, he saw only Allah. He didn't see the Red Sea. He didn't see the pharaoh he saw only the help of Allah.
And so he didn't waver. He knew he would be taken care of and allow me to weigh out for him. When they talk last year, I love Maharaja Zuko whom in high school I said, Whoever has God consciousness.
Allah will make a way out for them.
Romania tequila Yeah. gyla who Maharajah You know, when you feel trapped, alone will make a way out for you while you're Zuko, whom in high school he doesn't. And he will provide for you from places that you never imagined and opening in the middle of a sea like could anyone imagine that?
Don't think that this is just a story. We need to start to understand that these are not just stories a lot goes on to say after telling us this story. In nephew Valley killer area.
Indeed, in this is a sign. But most people and a lot goes on to say that most people don't get it.
Most people don't get it. These are signs.
Ibrahim alayhis salam
Ibrahim Alayhi Salam also was trained.
She's training was a training again of tawheed.
Look at the beautiful training of Ibrahim alayhis salam.
He looks at the star he looks at the sun. He looks at these things of the creation. And each time he sees something impressive. And and and you know, commentators say this was not literally he wasn't literally thinking it was his Lord. But this is a lesson for us. Something impressive of this is my Lord. But then it sets
What is this teaching us? No matter how impressive the creation is, it will always set it will never be perfect.
If we put our complete trust in it, it will lead us down. Because that's not the nature of the creation to be depended on as we only depend on Allah.
And so he goes through each one and finally he says
that he turns to Allah and realizes Allah is the one who never sets a law is the one who is perfect.
Now later on, Ibrahim alayhis salam is being thrown in a in a fire.
So, so powerful, like Musa alayhis salam was standing in front of the Red Sea and has a superpower army behind him. Now Ibrahim Ali Salaam is being thrown in a fire.
And commentators say that as he was being thrown in the fire, actually, you know, mid air, he's been thrown in the fire mid air, Angel jabril comes to him alayhis salaam and says, Do you need something? Can I help you?
Can you imagine our situation if you know we're about to be thrown in a fire and the angel comes and says
You know, can I get you some Get me out of here? That's what you can do for me.
Do you know what he says?
Matt la casilla.
From you know,
from you know, that was the degree of his head.
He's not even asking for help from Angel jubliee
is known from you know,
he is though he was so such a high level that he knew a lot would get him out of it allows got me I don't need, I don't even need help from angels.
And he can fella
do we have that type of response when we're in trouble.
Because if you do have anything close to that type of response, knowing that Allah will take care of you, knowing that Allah has got you that he has your back, you know what happens? A law calls the fire.
the angels to say to the fire, who knew better than what Salah Allah Ibrahim
be cool and safe place of security for Ebrahim who controls these things, who controls the fire?
Who controls these things that we're afraid of? The things that we fear, the things that we love, as we should only love Allah, Who controls them.
So the fire was made cool on Ibrahim Ali Sena.
You know, we all go through hardship,
shall allow will never have to be thrown in fire.
we have social fires, we have emotional fires, we have financial fires, we have psychological fires, family fire, we have all of these types of fires.
And when we're being thrown in those fires, which we will for sure be thrown into at some point in some level.
How do we respond?
Do we really really believe that a law can make those fires better than was allameh? on us? Do we really believe that if we turn to a law, he can make those fires, cool and secure for us?
If we believe that and we asked him and we turn to Him, that's exactly what he can do.
Even within the hardship, you can have peace inside.
Inside can be better than what Salama inside can be cool and secure. Even when outside, all you see is fire.
It doesn't have to burn you. It doesn't have to harm you. It doesn't have to kill you. It's all in a loss control.
But where is our heart turning? We turn for help. Where do we turn for security and where do we turn for refuge? He wouldn't even turn to Angel gibreel alayhis salam alayka fella.
It's a law.
This is lat.
And then Ibrahim Alayhi, salam, his training continues.
He gets older and he's trying and he wants a son for so long. Finally, Allah gifts him with a son.
And then what happens?
This was perhaps the most beloved person to him, and allows the panel with Allah has him see in a dream that is slaughtering his son. Have you ever reflected about this by why you think Allah needs him to slaughter his son?
Why? What is Allah doing?
We even know already that the intention wasn't to actually kill his son. So what is it about
by agreeing by accepting
to slaughter his son, what is he really slaughtering?
He is slaughtering any potential attachment, any potential competitor with his love for Allah?
He's essentially saying Yeah, Allah, I love you more.
We say that to Allah when we are tested. And when we are asked to sacrifice, something that we love, do we say that a lot, I love you more?
Are we willing to do that.
And when we did not,
Allah saved his son.
But Allah had done something in him, see, something had happened in him, he is be freed of any other possible competitor, so that that pure lead in the law, he is the father of that he is the epitome of that. So heat.
We also have times in our life, where something we really love is taken away from us. Does it happen?
Does it happen?
Think of the example of a child,
a child who falls in love with a toy.
And that child loves the toy so much that the child completely loses perspective.
The child all this child wants to do is play with that toy. He does not want to eat, he does not want to go to school, he does not want to sleep, just the toy, just the toy. That's all he sees.
What does a loving parent do in this situation?
The child does not understand how he is hurting himself because of his obsession with the toy.
What does the loving parent do in this situation, he or she takes away the toy.
What happens when he takes away the toy? Now the child can really focus
and realize that he still needs to eat, and go to sleep and go to school.
Sometimes in our lives, a law gives us gifts.
And we start to become so focused on the gift. Sometimes it is our spouse, sometimes it is our children. Sometimes it is our money.
Sometimes it is our status or our power.
And we become so focused on the gift that we forget. And we lose focus and we lose perspective.
And we are hurting ourselves. Allah saves us from that at times by taking it away.
This is why it happens.
And if our response is proper, if he directs then we will refocus and come back to a law.
After that happens, a law can give back to you your gifts or better than it but the point here is there's something greater than the What is it? It's the fact that he took away your negligence and your distraction and your dependence on other than Him and He gave you complete dependence on him. So there's something more important than the gift being taken and the gift being given back or not. And that is that he gave you back that love for him. He gave you something priceless. Something was even more than the gift that you were so in love with.
Now he gave you
focus dependence and ultimate love on him.
Look at the story of hedger.
Again the story. She's also in a very hopeless seeming situation. She's also in a situation where you can't imagine a way out. She's in the middle of a desert and she has a young baby
and they are
What does hedger do in this situation? Well, we know that hedging was, was depending on Allah. But does she just sit there?
Does dependence on Allah mean that I don't ever act?
No, because dependence on a law is in the heart. To love Kuhn is an act of the heart. It isn't an act of the limbs, your heart can be completely dependent on a law wall to acting.
So she gets up and she runs. She strives hard. This process between sofa and Mandala is even called side which means to strive.
She stroll hard, it isn't easy to walk that distance, let alone run that distance. When you're dehydrated, and in the middle of the desert, there's no cover, like there is now.
Now look at something else that happens. She starts out that softball, looks for water and doesn't find any.
Then she runs tomorrow. So she doesn't give up because she didn't find water. At sulfa. She goes to LA. And then she looks again and doesn't find water. Now think about this for a moment. Have you ever tried something before and it didn't work out?
Now, she is going to go back and try the same thing again.
She doesn't give up. Even though she already checked sofa, right? She's already tried that. She doesn't give up. So it's a lesson in whole. It's a lesson in not giving up. She was back to sofa and looks again.
And she doesn't find water. But does she stop there? Does she give up? No. She goes again tomorrow when she already checked. At this point, she has checked sample twice, check model twice,
she still doesn't give up.
This is how we need to respond when we have tried something again and again. This is sub This is perseverance. This is constancy you can try and you don't give up hope.
Because eventually Allah will open for you. And after seven times along sends a miracle. And the water comes from the desert. Now let me ask you a question about effort about cause and effect. You know, sometimes we think that it's because of my efforts that something happens, where it's because of my righteousness that I am, you know, a good Muslim, it's because of me. It's like Carlos, who said, I have all of this money because of a knowledge in me. We think it's our own hard work and our own efforts that give us what we have. And we don't realize that it's a gift from Allah.
When you run seven times between two hills, does water come from the sand? Is that a cause and effect?
When you take a stick and you matter how big the stick is, and you strike a scene with it, does it split?
No, it doesn't. But you still act musallam still had to take an action as part of his a bad rap. Because a lot told him to not because he's going to make the C split by his action alone makes the C split alone makes water come from the sand. But we still have to act, he still had to strike the sea and she still had to run. So in our lives, yes, we act and we try hard and we don't give up and we keep striving but we realize where the result comes from. The result does not come from me. The result does not come from my efforts, my actions, my deeds. The result comes from Allah. Even Jenna. The Prophet size settlements said no one will enter gender just by his Deen and they said even you
oversaw the life there was anyone to enter gender by his deeds, it would be the prophets of rice. And then he said even me, if it were not for the mercy of Allah,
everything comes from him. It is not my efforts that make anything happen. However, I still have to exert effort, and I still have to act and I still have to do those.
deeds, because they are part of my worship. And I was put in existence for only one reason why now
a lot tells us that the only reason that jinn and human beings were created, was to fulfill, and to be a high priestess, to allow to be a slave to Allah. But please realize that when you enslave yourself to Allah, you're not like a human slave,
or not like a slave to a human being. When you enslave yourself to Allah, you're actually freeing yourself. And so the really the most accurate translation of art of law is the free person.
Like the companion said, I have come to free you from the servitude to the slave, and bring you to the servitude of the lord of the slave. So Allah has created us to free us through that obedience. It is part of my ability to act.
It is part of my ability to act. But while I am acting, my heart is facing a law.
Everything comes from Allah, including all the things we run after.
What do we run after in this life, we run after love. We run after money, we run after status, and dignity and respect.
All of these things come from a law, a law is
the source of love a lot is the source of provision.
The more you run after this life, the more it runs away from you.
And anyone who's tried it for long enough, will not go ahead.
Yeah, the more you run after the creation, the more it runs away from you.
This is the design of the Creator, not by accident, because it brings us back to run to him.
It really directs us because I keep trying to run after these things. I keep trying to run after the love of people, but I'm not getting it. The more I run out to the local people in the praise of people, the less I get this
run after people and they're just like leave me alone.
They they run away from you, the more you need them
learn this very, very well, the more you are dependent, and the more you need of the creation, the more it lets you down, the more it runs away from you.
But the more you need a law, the more he comes towards you. This is a design the more needy I am of the creation, the more the creation pushes me away.
The more needy I am a lot more a lot comes to me. This is the design of the Creator. You know how you have those friends that you would maybe classify as needy? No one likes that. Right? That's that's it's like one of those people you just want Oh Boy, am I right?
It's, it's not something we are, we are wired to, to be attracted to we are we are repelled from that someone is too dependent. Someone is too needy, because we're supposed to be doing that for Allah not for the creation.
we think that the more we run out to the love of the people, the more we get it, but actually that's completely wrong.
Love comes from Allah.
And I will end inshallah with this beautiful Hadith about where love comes from.
Because I think at the end of the day, that's what we all want that's in, in some way or another. We want approval, we want respect, we want love, we want acceptance. Everybody wants that. Allah tells us that when he loves a servant, he calls out to Jabri
and he says, I love so and so. So love him or her.
And then she
calls out to those in the heavens. Allow love so and so. So love them, love him or her and so they love them. And then acceptance is put for that person on this earth.
You see how the formula works. You don't get the role of the people by running after the love of the people. You don't get anything from the people from the creation by running after the creation. You get from the creation by running to a law.
So when you run after the love of Allah and you don't have to run after it because it's already there.
When you go to a law, a law comes to you and so does the creation.
Everything you're running after
you get it when you want to Allah really love the giver more than the gift then and only then will you be gifted.
When you love the giver more than the gifts then you will be gifted or clinically have a stock from Allah
Allah, Allah and