Istikhara is seeking the guidance of Allah. So you want to open a business, you want to get married, you want to do something, .. a major and you’re confused about it. then you ask Allah, guide me, Allah, if this is good for me.
People say, how do I know the response of my Istikhara?
Go back and find out what you said. That’s the response. You said Oh Allah, if it is good for me, make it easy and facilitate it. Open the doors.
So you get up the following morning and Mashallah, The doors are opening, one after the other. That’s a sign. Allah is starting to open your doors.
You get up the following morning and your doors are closing one after the other. That’s a sign. Allah is closing the doors.
One of the methods that Allah uses to bring us closer to Him is by inflicting us with something we perceive as negative and if you came closer to Allah because of any one of those things or anything negative, It was the blessing of Allah and it’s the mercy of Allah and the gift of Allah.
But if Allah blessed you and gave you and did everything for you, and you passed with flying colors and you’ve got authority and you’ve got good looks and you’ve got lots of knowledge, and you’ve got lots of this and whatever else it may be, if that drifted you away from Allah, it cannot be the mercy of Allah.
So understand the favors of Allah and let it bring you closer to Allah.
Get acquainted with Allah during your days of ease. Get close to Allah, when nothing is wrong in your life, everything is smooth sailing, then go close to Allah. So what will happen when the days are tough for you?
Allah will come to you.
Focused on something else material, that is not a necessity, but it has snatched away our happiness.
And for this reason, Allah Almighty has always asked us to look at those who have less than you in order for you to be able to appreciate the favors of Allah upon you when it comes to material items.
Allah almighty knows that as time ticks, there will always be something more advanced than what you have.
So if you’re going to run behind the worldly items, remember, they will always run faster than you.
When Allah Almighty created us, He has already predestined several things about us in a little bit of detail. Allah knows about the future because the knowledge of Allah is unique, unlike yours and mine. What will happen in the future, Allah knows exactly how it will pan out. He knows exactly the what choices people will make.
Allah almighty is great. And we’ve got to continue having hope and calling out to Allah.
That’s the Hadith, prophet, peace be upon him, says the greater the test, naturally, the greater the reward, the more difficult the examination, naturally, the greater the certificate.
Why should I even ask Allah if it’s already predestined? The Hadith says one thing that can move your predestined matters to a degree is dua and another is charity.
Alalh says, you desperately sought a certain thing from Us which we didn’t give you because we didn’t give that to you, We loved the way you asked Us and your sincerity and the way you worshipped Us By asking Us, We will give you paradise in return.
How do you prepare?
It’s a little bit scary, but when you have iman / faith it’s not scary, it’s reassuring.
Oh Allah, take me when You’re happy with me.
The Prophet (pbuh) used to say, Oh Allah keep me alive for as long as you know that life is good for me.
We have no guarantee.
Turn to Allah. If you would like to prepare for death, one of the best ways is seek the forgiveness of Allah and together with that, change your life.
When we don’t remember Allah at all; A day passes, two days pass, three days pass and we haven’t even thought of Allah, We haven’t spent the moment with Allah but we spent hours on end at work and doing so and so whatever else we’re doing without remembering Allah, that’s what’s scary.
If whatever has happened has drawn you slightly closer to Allah, it’s not the anger of Allah, it’s the pleasure of Allah. It’s the gift of Allah upon you.
Hope, hope is a gift of Allah. if you don’t understand the mercy of Allah, you’re never going to come out of your mess. Allah loves you and Allah will continue loving you and I love made you and Allah knows about you and He knows your struggles. He knows where you’ve been and He knows where you want to be and He knows that you might be moving very slowly and He also knows that your graph might dip now and again on its way up.
But inshallah, we need to have the hope in the mercy of Allah,
Don’t give up, the day you give up, that’s the day that you’ve lost. Allah never gives up, never for Allah, no matter how bad you’ve been, no matter where you have gone, it’s a flick you need to ask Allah’s forgiveness. He’s wiped out all the bad, all of it, completely gone.
And if you make an error and go back and slip again, come back and seek the forgiveness of Allah again, never give up.
I am a Muslim because I believe I was created by a Maker and I believe that Maker is the only One Who deserves any act of worship. I want to have a direct relationship with my Maker, that’s why I’m a Muslim.
I believe I’m a Muslim because I’m so sophisticated that when I die, I cannot just disappear into thin air. I have to go back to the one who had me before I was even born. That’s why I’m a Muslim.
You cannot have everything you want here on Earth, but Allah promises you and all the rules and regulations He made are just and fair in order to instill discipline in mankind so that you lead the best of lives.
When Allah tells you we have predestined things, do you know what He says; don’t become arrogant because Allah gave you something. It was predestined as a test for you, that’s what it was.
Allah says when you get don’t become arrogant. Remember, it’s a test and when you lose, don’t lose faith. Allah says don’t become too saddened by what you’ve lost. Why? These are the days of the world.
Islam is one faith, there will always be people from among the Muslims who will consider the prohibited, prohibited right up to the end and the permissible, permissible right up to the end.
Allah Almighty has always challenged man and promised that every time you discover something, it will lead you to the confirmation you discover something, it will lead you to the confirmation that this revelation of the Quran is the truth and that Allah Almighty is indeed the Creator and whatever He has revealed is the truth.
If you want to look deeper into the cells of your own body, Allah says, We will show you signs not just in the horizons, but within your cells. We will show you signs that the Quran is the truth.
I’m a believer. I believe that there is a Maker, and I worship Him alone. And I believe that He has not yet told us or shown us or allowed us to see more than a little droplet of what he has in terms of creation or even a fraction of His knowledge.
That’s my Maker and yours.
Don’t lose your faith in Allah; When Allah Almighty speaks about His greatness and He tells you about the heavens and He tells you about the skies, those are used and connected, although separated.
More important than the sacrificing of the animal is sacrificing for the sake of Allah, That which is holding you down onto the ground and disconnecting you from Allah in any way, be it big or small, that’s more important.
You love something so much, is it coming between you and Allah?
Your business, Is it such that you just leave your salah, your earnings, your money did it make you arrogant?
Your power, your position does it make you feel like you are better than others?
If that’s the case, put a knife to that bad habit. Slice it. Cut it.
If you did not learn that, you learned nothing from the sacrifice.
This celebration of Eid Ul Adha is a celebration of separation from materialistic items of this dunya that might be bogging you down.
Ibrahim (a.s) sacrificed a lot, yet he was known as Kalilulah, the friend of Allah. Allah has proven to us that closeness to Allah has nothing to do with how famous you are, how popular you are, how powerful you are, how much wealth you have, how much strength you have, what your looks are like, or your body, et cetera.
The closer you are to Allah, the more challenges you will face in your life. The closer you are to Allah, the more people will make your life difficult. Because, Allah wants you to trust Him fully.
The greater the trust, the greater the challenge and the bigger the miracle, the day that happens, Allahu akbar….
This yaqeen and conviction of Ibrahim (a.s) is what is being celebrated over and above, his dedication to Allah alone. He worshiped Allah alone.
We never ever compromise our relationship with Allah for anything that comes first.