In suratul Al-A’raf, subhanahu wa’ta’ala addresses us all by calling us Ya bani Adam! o children of Adam, don’t let shaitan trap you with his traps
Shaytan /devil trapped Adam and Eve/ Adam and hawwa May peace be upon them, and promised with his two things:
Be careful go and read about that, go and find out what shaitaan did, shaytan promised them two things, shaytan said if you disobey Allah, you’re going to live forever, and you will own everything.
Allah says shaitaan’s /devil’s Aim is to make you reveal your private parts, to make you take off your clothing,
Allah says watch out, shaytan wants you to be immoral, shaytan wants you to actually forget Allah. So He wants us and says be careful, don’t fall into the same trap of the devil. Otherwise, you will be exposed.
Prophet Muhammad peace be upon Him explains to us who the bankrupt person is. And he says that it is a person who has a lot of good deeds, a lot of good deeds, but when they come on the Day of Judgment, they did wrong to people. So, Allah took those good deeds and actually gave them to the others, such that there were no more Good Deeds remaining.
So this is why Allah says when you do good deeds, make sure protect them by not engaging in harming others and come with them on the day of judgment, We will multiply that for you tenfold.
If a person does the bad deed, Allah instructs the angel to hold on not to write it against them yet for a period of time for a part of the day or a part of the night, why?
Perhaps this person might seek forgiveness. So there’s no need to write it yet. So we’re given a time after committing a sin to repent.
The guilt or the regret that a Believer feels immediately after committing a sin is actually the mercy of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala.
Allah says When You Speak, When You Judge Between People, Be Just, Be Very Very A Fair And Balanced Even If It Is Against Your Own Relatives.
Allah says He Justice Comes First Whether It Is Against You, Your Mum And Dad Or Your Relatives.
I Make Mistakes, You Make Mistakes And Sometimes The Human Nature Or The Habits Begin To Show. If Those Habits Are Oppressive, You Need To Stand For Justice In Order To Comfort Yourself In That Crisis.
People Are Suffering, A Lot Of Homes Are Plunged Into Crisis And Those Crises Grow So Big Simply Because A Word Was Needed From You And You Didn’T Say It.
Don’T Confuse Obedience With Respect And Kindness And Remember Allah Said Justice Overrides Everything
Allah Instructs You Three Things, He Wants You To Be Just, He Wants You To Be Kind And He Wants You To Give Your Relatives, Look After Them. Justice Comes Before Kindness.
Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala gave Muhammad peace be upon him being the final messenger of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala a list of things that He wanted us to know are actually part of the prohibitions that He has declared prohibited.
So there are many things that are prohibited. Each time Allah prohibits something it is in order for us to be protected from harm, in order for us to achieve goodness, in order to regulate our lives such that we can be comforted.
And if we are in a crisis, we will definitely be comforted by understanding what is prohibited and staying away.
When it comes to Allah there is obedience. When it comes to your parents, there is kindness.
But if it is beyond or outside the obedience of Allah, then there is no obedience for the creatures when it comes to the sin against the One who created.
Allah says when you do business be open, be transparent, don’t cheat people, don’t shortchange people and you will achieve comfort in that deal.
Do not usurp the wealth of others. Don’t shortchange people in business whether it is weighing the scales or whether it is just dealing; be transparent, be open, be merciful and Allah will grant your blessings
Allah Almighty is the most merciful. He says anyone who seeks forgiveness from sin while they’re alive breathing, they are Well, they will be forgiven, no matter what the sin is.
There is one sin that is considered the worst possible sin that man could commit according to the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam, this sin is Known as shrik, shrik meaning to worship Someone besides Allah or with Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala Association of partnership with Allah, Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala states that He will not forgive shirk under certain circumstances.
If a person has committed shirk in their lives and they seek forgiveness from they will definitely be forgiven without a shadow of doubt.
The only time He doesn’t forgive shirk according to Him is if you died and you did not repent from your sins.
If you want to achieve comfort in any situation don’t insult people, don’t abuse them. You disagree, express that disagreement with utmost respect, respect yourself to begin with and then respect others.
If you really care for mankind and you really care for people and want them to see the truth, the truth will never be communicated to them via insult and abuse rather it will be done in a very respectful manner that is convincing.
If Allah has taken something away from you, it’s not a sign that He is upset with you. And if Allah has given you something it is not necessarily a sign that He is pleased with you.
If you are trying your best, if you’re seeking forgiveness Allah says I will never punish you while you are seeking forgiveness. So one of the ways of diverting punishment is to seek the Forgiveness of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala in that case He says, He will not punish those who are seeking His forgiveness.
in verse number 44 of Surat Al-An’am, when He says those who forgot us completely, We opened all the doors of materialism for them.
Because giving does not necessarily depict the pleasure of Allah, The pleasure of Allah is in the worship of Allah when you are trying to develop a good relationship with Allah, he gives you the Comfort, He gives you the contentment.
When Allah has taken something away from you, It is not necessarily a sign of His anger nor is it His punishment, no. if your relationship with Him is good It was a good thing.
Allah asks us subhanahu wa’ta’ala to travel the Earth looking at what has happened to the previous nations in order for us to take heed and to learn a lesson and Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala also instructs us to read about the previous Nations.
Therefore, in the Quran in many places He has told us about the previous Nations what…… and Allah says all these stories have in them lessons for those with sound intellect.
The stories of the previous Nations, As much as there is a warning within them, there is a sense of comfort that Justice does prevail.
Comfort for those in crisis and a warning for those who are creating crises. Prepare for the everlasting life in your temporary life.
When you’re doing good, keep doing good. Don’t let the negatives of others make your positive disappear.
We spoke about the prohibition of intoxicants as well as gambling and Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala makes mention of some of the reasons. Some people ask a question;
Why did Allah create things and then asked us not to engage in them or not to participate or not to do then? Why did He not just leave them and not create them at all and only tell us to worship Him through instructions and obligations.
well, Allah tests us with both asking us to do things as well as asking us to stay away from things.
Sometimes while questioning the wisdom of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala people begin to dwindle in faith not realizing the harms of these things.
If you take a look at those whose lives are all about intoxicants and gambling there is always something wrong with the remembrance of Allah and their prayer and many times They’re involved in feuds and fights enmity and hatred.
Sometimes we dislike someone. So we say things that are unfair and unjust simply because we’ve disliked them. That is unfair. Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala tells us
Yes, when you are in a crisis when you’ve had someone who’s wronged, you when you dislike someone for a certain reason don’t let that lead you to be unjust with that person. Remember the exact parameters of dislike; don’t let it go beyond that at all.
Allah is telling us to stand up for justice Even if it is in favor of those whom you disagree.
it is important for us also to realize on a totally different note that our duty as human beings is to look out for the other human beings. They are all the creatures of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala. It is unfair for us to want to survive at the expense of others.
As human beings we must be concerned for all life. Allah tells us in Surat al-ma’idah that if you saved a single soul, a single person it is equivalent to having saved Humanity because you’re following a good teaching.
At times when we are going through difficulty, I’m sure you and I have tasted. How listening to the Quran, reciting the Quran actually helps so much. It brings us to tears, especially when we’re emotional when we’re feeling low and we hear the verses of Allah (Swt).
Allah speaks about these tears and He praises the tears, the tears of those who cry when they hear the verses of Allah.
Imagine you’re in a crisis, imagine you’re going through hardship and difficulty and then Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala’s verses bring about a comfort, a soothing feeling.
Every one of us wants to be in Paradise. Every one of us wants to be in a good place. Every one of us wants to protect himself or herself from the crisis of the Day of Judgment and the afterlife and the Hereafter.
So to comfort us Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala has revealed in many places of the Quran. He has told us how we can achieve that goodness.
Amazing! Allah says whoever follows Allah and His messenger that’s all you need to do. subhanALlah.