In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate
All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. And salutations and greetings upon our Master Muhammad and upon his family and companions.
I intend to study and teach, take and give a reminder, take and give benefit, take and give advantage, to encourage the holding fast to the book of Allah and the way of his messenger, and calling to guidance and directing towards good hoping for the countenance of Allah and His pleasure, proximity and reward, transcendent is He.
Life is short. Our hopes are long.
Many a time we do things, say things, and look at the people with the eye of disdain and we probably don’t realise that we have done such.
We have to be very careful with how we speak. Words are related to decree. We say that “such and such will happen.” We have to be careful because before we uttered it, perhaps it was not going to be decreed but because we have said it, we have ordained destiny in a way. Perhaps, words have been said which have caused harm. Forgive us.
The Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) taught us a supplication, “O Allah, verily you are One who effaces sins and loves to efface, so efface my sins.” We want His pardoning.
Without a shadow of a doubt, we all have bad days and moments. We should be people who forgive each other.
We are in crazy times and this has been Prophesised. He (prayers and peace be upon him) was asked, “What is the way out in this time?” He (prayers and peace be upon him) said, “The book of God.” We have to be people who connect to the Qur’an. We should make it a priority. I know sisters who have kids and they struggle yet they go to teachers and read weekly. Ma sha Allah. We should be people of connection. As we know that a sign of the end of times is that people will go to the Qur’an and it will be lifted. We have to connect to the words of Allah because in these days and times there is so much anxiety. Something hits the headlines and everyone is in a state of fear and paranoia. We have nothing to be afraid of, we really don’t.
Nobody suffered like the way the Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) suffered. Look at what they did to him. Our problem is we are weak in faith. No, whatever happens, you cannot stop it.
The Prophet (prayers and peace be upon him) said to Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him), “Ya Ghulam, let me teach you some words that if you adhere to them, you will be upright. Have fear of Allah wherever you may be. And if you ask, ask of Allah. And if you seek help, seek help of Allah. And know that if the entire creation came together and tried to harm you, they could not harm you one iota unless Allah has decreed for that. And, if entire creation came together to benefit you, they could not benefit you one iota unless Allah decreed for that.”
What we are seeing out there is a reflection of ourselves. I don’t know about everybody else but when I see something out there, where should the concern and anxiety be? In here. What have I done that has caused atrocities? What have I done that has caused a rippling effect? Our sins do not stay within us, they effect our progeny, the nation, the world; a worldwide effect takes place.
When we see what is going on out there, where are we at? People ask, “Where is Allah?” But, “Where are you with Allah?”
It’s hard to hold on sometimes so that is why it is nice to gather. The power is within the congregation. If we are all alone at home, we are weak. The wolf attacks the lone sheep. But, when we are together there is an increase in faith. We have to be people who come to gatherings of knowledge and remembrance. When we see things occur, it should remind us to be with the community. Be with the righteous.
Any mistakes, errors or misinterpretations of words are from me. Please correct me when you spot any mistakes.