As an instinct, if you were to fear someone or anything you quickly run away from it. Except from the Most Merciful, those that truly fear Him run to Him.
Allah says in Surat Athaariyaat, verse 50:
فَفِرُّوا إِلَى اللهِ إِنِّي لَكُمْ مِنهُ نَذِيرٌ مُبِين
“So run to Allah. Indeed, I am to you from Him a clear warner.”
"Allah wants to make clear to you [the lawful from the unlawful] and guide you to the [good] practices of those before you and to accept your repentance. And Allah is Knowing and Wise" (S:4, A:26)
"Allah wishes to accept your repentance, but the wish of those who follow their lusts Is that you should turn away/deviate (from Him), in a great deviation!" (S:4, A:27)
"Allah wishes to lighten your (difficulties); for man was created weak" (S:4, A:28)
Subhan Allah! He wants to lighten our burden and guide us to all that is good…and accept our tawbah if we do wrong because He knows we are weak! - Islam is not hard and it does not make life hard - WE make life difficult through various influences and the different things/people WE depend on besides Allah (SWT) - culture, society, people - in the end all these people will not matter - but our actions will….May Allah guide us to the straight path and make our struggles easier on us Ameen!
(source: Nouman Ali Khan)
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
This is my Khutbah (sermon) from today, where I use the character of Batman to explain the stories of Dhul Qarnayn and Pharaoh, discussing where evil emerges and how goodness must begin with ourselves.
Amazing khutbah! Very thought Provoking with amazing parables!
We live in such a fast and impatient world today that as soon as we have a question/need/desire/ we want immediate gratification or satisfaction, without fully understanding or thinking about our sources, giving ourselves time to comprehend the big issues or even fully understanding WHAT it is that we want - filling the void with anything we can find .
We want = we get!
We ask = We know!
We think = We do!
this is quite problematic on many levels in most aspects, however particularly in major islamic issues.
We do not take the time to understand how we are meant to live, how we are meant to obey Allah (SWT) and follow the Prophet (SAW) - we have a question, we jump on google and listen to the first so-called ‘fatwa’ and satisfy ourselves…we don’t even open that precious book Allah has given us…we don’t even bother looking at the sunnah!
We do however find some trendy, relevant or convenient advisers who pretty much say what we want or what is in accordance with this modern world - and after that who cares!?
A major problem with this modern world, easy gratification, living-to-satisfy mentality is not just the fact that we can’t be bothered to open the Qur’an…but also that if we do…we might not like what it says AND we might not want to OBEY
Thus, as soon as you mention hijab or pardah or modest dressing to the ‘modern muslim’ it is received with confusion and ‘knowledge’ and ‘rational arguments’ - however no one cares how direct the Qur’an is in regard to this issue. Some people simply don’t want to read or hear about it…others say it is an out-dated concept…but horrifying are the ones who simply ‘disgree’ and present new meanings and pretty much change the Ayat of Allah and say it means such and such…or it applies to so and so…Subhaan Allah!
However Its very simple….and there are a lot of people who are sincerely looking for the real answers and don’t no where to look or don’t understand how to make the change
The change can be very easy if you simply remember (constantly) why you need to do this - ALLAH! He created us, He told us how to get through life to get Jannah…and He blesses us with countless bounties and mercies and love - we cannot imagine or quantify this…just sit in a quite place and ponder it for a while…if you have the right intentions…and you pray to Him…you’ll see it…better yet…you’ll FEEL IT
Here are the basics from Quran: