Do believe in the reality of the universe? So if I were to ask you where did this reality come from?
For so long a human being who is by nature curious. They will somehow ask questions and come to certain understanding. So in all your years of your life when you answer this question, what have you so far gathered from the research that you have done?
Let me ask you possible scenarios. Do you think it could have come from nothing, the universe?
But I would say no, you know, why? [Why] because nothing doesn’t even exist. If something doesn’t exist, how can it bring about something that does exist?
If you studied logic, then you will come to the conclusion that nothing doesn’t exist. Hence, it cannot bring about something.
In our universe which is real…how you perceive them, how do you understand their origin…
The Most basic understanding of our reality.
Basic understanding of our reality is that it didn’t exist by itself. The universe did not come by itself.
So any person and this goes for any atheist / any agnostic when they say I don’t know they are in no position to say somebody is right or something is wrong.
You cannot have something that is contradictory and you say I accept that without questioning it. That’s a reason as a Believer, you know, our book the Quran tells us to ponder over….
As a person who My Quran tells me to ponder on the signs, By the way, you know, the Quran doesn’t tell you not to use your intellect. In fact, it encourages you to use it. So my Quran, my basis is quite logical and rational in that sense.
How will you understand the universe without rationality / without logic / without even thinking about it that God has given you intellect for you to think?
If you’re going to be a hyper skeptical about everything then even your existence, you have to question.
If the universe is not even sentient, it cannot create itself.
So if I were to ask you did you create yourself? Now I’m asking you the same concept apply to the universe. Can the universe create itself?
So first try to understand do I acknowledge and accept the reality in this world? Your purpose of the life is to acknowledge and to worship the one true God.
During this unprecedented time; this new stage of humanity of the pandemic has brought with it strange tote unusual times.
Makes me think what is the plan of Allah (swt)/ what is it as Believers that we should take away from these strange times?
Is there any benefit/ any wisdom/ any reason? of course, the answer is yes, but what?
There are more people experiencing loneliness; the perhaps ever before.
feeling lonely leads to other mental health disorders life, feeling very anxious, being depressed, in worst case scenario feeling like you’re so lonely that what is the point living?
Just because you are alone doesn’t necessarily mean you are lonely. This is a very interesting way of looking at time when you are by yourself. Most of us have more free time working from home Etc.
From Surat al-mulk: Allah (swt) says indeed those who fear their Master and the Unseen, for them is forgiveness and a huge reward.
Interpretation-is that they fear Allah when they are all by themselves when nobody is around.
you recognize that time as a moment of being in solitude in the company of Allah, no longer have to worry about other people looking and what other people are thinking is just about what Allah sees.
Now your time alone in isolation as becomes a time where you the gain of closeness towards Allah (swt).
Ayesha (ra) was asked by ibn omar (ra): tell me the most amazing thing you saw from the life of the prophet (saw).
she said, I remember one night; He woke up and I woke up and he said allow me to be with my Master, he asked permission to leave the bed and go to the prayer-mat and Ayesha (ra) said to be in your company. But I also love what you love…… And then she said I saw him standing the entire night in salatul tahajjud and then I saw him cry until his beard came moist and then I saw him cry more and to the place of his prostration became wet with his Blessed tears.
And then I said to him after he finished, yeah! Messenger of Allah, why do you do this to yourself, but Allah has forgiven you for what you’ve done your past and He said should I not be a grateful slave? Allahu akbar.
The moments that Allah gives you your life or you’re by yourself but those moments He gave you to see you take advantage of them. Do you remember Him on your lips? Do you think about Him in your heart?
And this is yet another way to lift yourself If you feel lonely to remind yourself that you know what? I’m not by myself; Allah is with me; just like Allah was with young Yusuf (A.S).
So your finest hours; my brothers; your best moments in life could actually be the moment that you are all alone.
Everything that happens in the world affects us. Everything that strikes our ummah which is like one body affects us and Allah knows that if we were to try to dissect and try to address every one of those approaches we would fail every single time. When we talk about catastrophes and when we talk about the bombings and the horrible Things that are happening to people all over the world to our brothers and sisters all over the world.
It represents a concerning blueprints, A few of the brothers and sisters in France who say that, this is the worst that they have ever seen it in France.
We know the cycle and France in the name of superior values; You have a community that is targeted over and over again with various forms of policy and subjugation. Muslim women constantly harassed by government and Society; the stigmatization of the Muslim population.
Muslims, they’re saying now is worse than it has ever Been before that what they are witnessing, is reminiscent of the things that they read about the 20th century where you had the worst forms of casualties. You had the greatest number of casualties in a single Century in the history of mankind in the name of all sorts of ideologies, secular ideologies, Nazism, fascism, communism, And yes capitalism; all of these different isms that led to the murder of so many different people and subhanAllah, it’s reminiscent of that to them right now.
state Terror Is this most crystallized in terms of policy in a way that creates a frightening blueprint that we all have to be very careful of….
But in France dear brothers and sisters in the name of prescribed secularism, you literally have Liberal fascism and you have a man that the world needs to call upon right now and sanction and censure in macron who is no different from Modi in the way that he’s carrying out these policies.
What’s the difference between Modi creating a separate set of laws for Muslims in India and macron creating a separate set of laws in France. Where are the blueprints? Genocides are carried out in the name of assimilation.
This is what we have at this juncture. And it’s not it’s not Islam that has the problem. It’s France that has the problem and it’s the potential blueprint that creates around the world just like China and India have a connection, Myanmar has a connection, China tried to protect Myanmar and the United Nations from being charged with genocide.
the prophet salallahu alayhi wasalaam has been portrayed in the worst of ways , insulted in the worst of ways, children subjected to that humiliation and reminded over and over and over again that they are lesser that they are to accept a second class level of existence in their societies and that insult that takes place in the in the types of policies that have targeted Muslim women over and Over and over again…
Where a person opens up their mouth against the islamophobia in France and their assaulted by the police in front of their families and handcuffed and taken away and humiliated because they dare to critique the islamophobia of France suddenly, all the values and all the freedom of speech goes out the window
you should not grieve or feel sadness as long as you are believers, you remain that status in that status of being elevated by the only one who grants true elevation, And that is Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala
the topic of sabr which the well-known thing but I think there are sometimes there are some misunderstandings in our community about the concept, the nature of sabr what it actually means and what it doesn’t mean as well.
What constitutes bear righteousness that the patience, those who are patient in Misfortune and hardship and a times of peril or danger.
To stay away from things which are prohibited, forbidden and to avoid temptations that also requires sabr. So much more widespread meaning also one thing sabr isn’t but in English the word patience implies it is the sort of passive acceptance. That’s not sabr, not passively accepting something.
We can’t use sabr as an excuse for bad behavior. It’s not a virtue to be a patient victim or a passive victim.
In Islam, We don’t have a victim mentality. We’re not victims, whatever the situation is…
We should be people who actually speak out … against oppression or Injustice or wrongdoing. It’s not a virtue to be patient about it in a passively accepting way.
When is the help of Allah subhanaw Taala going to come and particularly in the context of the Ayah; Do you think that you will enter into Jannah and then Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala to takes us through the various difficulties and to the point where the messenger and the Believers that are with Him say when is the help of Allah…
And verily the help of Allah is near?
We deal with the question of when meaning when I make duaa, when is it going to be answered?
Understand the way that Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala proportions his Mercy in this world in relation to the next.
Don’t concern yourself with the way that it’s going to be answered, just concern yourself with the ability to make that dua at in the first place And that is a blessing from Allah subhanaw Taala that you are driven to the ability to call upon Him.
For Allah to answer you in a way that is best for you,
You make that dua and you entrust that dua to Allah (swt) the One that you’re calling upon to answer it in a way that’s best for you.
The prophet salallahu alaihe wasalam said Allah subhanaw Taala will answer every one of you so long as you don’t become Hasty. How do you become Hasty? That a person would say I called upon Allah subhanaw taala, and He did not answer me.
Do not Let the shaitaan tell you that the delay in the answer to your dua is some indication of Allah subhanaw Taala not loving you,
You desperately want to marry someone and Allah knows that something really bad is going to happen afterwards. He may save you from it by answering your prayer by not giving you what you want simply because He loves you more than you love yourself, Subhanallah.
Allah definitely answers your prayer. Your duty is to keep asking keep nagging, keep repeating repeat every day. He loves it when you repeat o Allah grant me, o Allah you are most merciful.
People say my dua is not answered. Number one: praise Allah, number two: Seek the Forgiveness of Allah, number three send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad Peace Be upon him his family, his household his companions, number four: ask what you want in the most beautiful ways and asking any language you want, keep repeating it and express how desperately you want it if you really shed a tear or two it would help because SubhanAllah, Allah is Very very merciful, you know when you shed a tear, subhanallah? It actually is another level of Supplication.
Then as you’re ending your prayer, make sure you end it again with the blessings and salutations upon Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam and perhaps some Praise of Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala, that’s how you ask Allah and if you were to proceed your supplication with a good deed the chances of it being accepted are far more.
Ruling on rice vinegar, then somebody else asked about red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar:
The Maliki Scholars and the Hanafi scholars, They say that vinegar doesn’t matter what source it came if it came from wine, if it came from dates, if it came from Rice.. This is… its all fine.
Because when it was …if it was wine in the middle, it gets changed over into another substance, which is vinegar which is pure and which is halal.
Wine vinegar, is it Halal? Is it okay to have in a salad?
So people sometimes ask about alcohol in sanitizers, alcohol in Perfumes and in some cosmetics and so on What about that? People are saying how could you have alcohol in Sanitizers and then read Salah? How could you have alcohol in your perfume and then read salah?
From those who enter Islam, leave Islam being upset and angry with Islam; does anyone do this? and abu sufian (ra) answered no, and abu sufian (ra) answered no, no one does this.
19 years flushes through his mind and he can’t find a single instance He can’t find one in 19 years. And that is exactly how eman works. If it enters and penetrates Into the Depths and inner corners of the heart…..
When this happens; there’s no way that anything except increasing eman can happen; Love for that eman as sweetness that cannot be compared with anything such that people are willing to sacrifice everything for that faith.
And then add to this the statement of the Prophet salallahu alihi wasalam; whoever ever finds these three things. Then he will taste the sweetness of it.
If you’re sincere to those three things, you will taste that sweetness and live the reality that the sahaba (ra) were living in.
This world and the other world… the distance between this world and the next world is only one breath. Whoever is breathing is still continuous and you’re in this world and whoever’s breathing has stopped then you’re in the other world. this whole bead of breathing place inside the pearls of sending Salawat on prophet (saw) and keep on saying sallallahu alaihi wasallam between each breath.
Then whether it’s this world or the other world that will be with you if you did that? The leader of the Two Worlds Muhammad sall-Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam will be with you.
What is Allah’s wisdom behind these troubles and these difficulties? What is Allah’s decree/ what is his Qadr? And what his…. the end what is the objective of Allah’s decree from our perspective?
Allah’s decree is divided into two kinds that one is apparent before our eyes and another one is hidden from us. What we see Is our experiences
Allah has decreed that we cannot see that we must accept and the believer must be pleased with, why? Because there is only good in our Allah’s decree for the believer.
Our power of comprehension is no absolute; it’s limited. We may think something that is good to be evil and we may think something that is evil to be good.
So Allah (swt) tests us with what we can cope; Nevermore Allah tests us with what we can handle and that is why we must have certainty.
Abu Dharr al-Ghifari (ra), the noble companion of the messenger Salallahu alayhi wasalam was an example of someone who saw the good in what people considered evil.
He (Ra)said if I’m hungry, my heart softens. if I am sick my sins decrease and if I die, I will meet my Lord.
The good that leads to the Hellfire is absolute evil and the evil that leads to Paradise is absolute good. The beginning is temporary but the end is Everlasting.