Allah SWT asks in the Qur’an: Do the people think that they will be left to say, “We believe” and they will not be tried? (Al Ankabut; Verse 2). We are all tested on a day to day basis but those with strong faith will be able to see through their tests and use it as an opportunity to come closer to their Lord. In this lecture, Sh. Navaid Aziz provides advice on finding serenity during times of calamity.
Shaykh Yahya Rhodus speaks about celebrating who our beloved Prophet ﷺ is and how to keep his blessed light in our hearts so that we can keep happy, strong, and patient in these difficult days (of fitna) while being active contributors in our community. He spoke at the annual Tri-Valley Mawlid. This event was at the Muslim Community Center of East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on October 27, 2018.
We will find various problems and issues in our life that will bother us and cause us to really find discomfort and unease. How can we overcome this? Shaykh Kamal el Mekki looks for the answers in the life of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
Belief is not just a word we may utter, but it is a complete package with obligations and duties. Allah tests how truthful are we to our verbal claim of belief. Allah is always with those who maintain close connection to him during those trials. The results of the recent US presidential elections sent a message to American Muslims to get up and be ready for an incoming test.
Shaykh Yahya highlights that the greatest gift that we have been given, is the gift of faith because enables us to live a life of purpose. Faith is also the greatest gift we can give to the modern world in which we live. As people move further and further away from belief, resulting in a state of agitation and a state of panic. Faith (iman) is related to security (amn). With faith one finds security in their Lord who absolutely sustains and takes care of everything from its beginning to its fruition.
Shaykh Yahya reminds us that history is in good hands. The umma of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is granted mercy. There are many things of this deen and in this world that one cannot fully understand or comprehend the wisdom of, until they take into consideration the afterlife, and see how it plays out in the next life.
With all the great calamities, suffering and tribulations happening around the world, it gives one solace to know that their Lord is Just. Everyone who has been wronged will be fully gifted their right on the day of judgement. Therefore, we have to view everything from two perspectives simultaneously: from the perspective of faith and the unfolding of Divine decree, as well as from of perspective of judging particular incidents outwardly from the standpoint of the sacred law (shari’a).
Shaykh Yahya reminds us that this world is perishing and that death is a transition into the next life. Therefore we should always keep the next life in perspective. He urges us to respond to the Divine decree with total submission out of recognizing that Allah is truly in total control.
Shaykh Yahya finally reminds us that every Muslim is looked upon as a representative of Islam. Therefore, we have to have principled engagement with the society in order to bring forth the beauty of faith. This means that every individual Muslim needs to first immerse themselves in the meanings of iman, isalm and ihsan and then engage with the world. Bringing forth the light of the sunna of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) through our state of being is much more eloquent than speech about Islam. We should live that light, and spread that light freely by seeing ourselves as the servants of humanity. If we do this, we will truly see amazing things.
This Friday Khutba was delivered at the London Muslim Mosque (http://www.londonmosque.ca/) as part of the Age of Anger – Southern Ontario Tour, April 2017.
Calamities & tragedies are part of life and it is through these trials and calamities that the true strength of a believer is shown when he turns to his Lord in humility and submissiveness leaving his affairs in the Hands of Allah and putting complete trust that Allah (subḥānahu wa ta’āla) will take care of him.
Yet lately it seems that one calamity has not left the Muslim Ummah and another one strikes even harder and in this chaos many are those whose Iman is shaken and they ask the question “Why do bad things happen? Why can’t life just be good!!”
Join Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi in this latest Khutbah entitled ‘Why Is there Evil in This World?’ and discover the wisdom behind calamities and tragedies.
In the second-half of this Khutbah Shaykh Dr. Yasir Qadhi shares his reflections on the San Bernardino killings and advises the Muslim community to stay safe and uphold their best Muslim character in society.
Abu Taubah discusses the trials and tribulations during the Prophet Muhammad’s time, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. He discusses the trials and tribulations not as Muhammad was a prophet but as a man.