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HAVING CERTAINTY IN THE PROMISE OF ALLAH

IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL

BEING THE SECOND SERMON FOR THE MONTH OF JUMAADAL ULA,

DATED: 10TH JUMAADAL ULA, 1445AH (24TH NOV., 2023CE)

TITLED: THE STATUS OF HAVING CERTAINTY IN THE PROMISE OF THE LORD OF THE WORLDS

THE FIRST SERMON

All Praises belong to Allah, who regards certainty in Allah’s promise one of the attributes of His faithful servants. I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship except Allah alone and that He has no partner. I bear witness that Muhammad is the servant of Allah and His Messenger. He was not destabilized by situations and trials, nor was his certainty shaken by calamities and misfortunes. May the copious peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and be upon his unblemished family and companions, and upon those who follow them among the righteous and the good people.

Thereafter…

Servants of Allah! I enjoin you and myself to fear Allah Ta’alaa, secretly and publicly, as it is the intended goal of all acts of obedience and all the commands and prohibitions of Allah. Allah, Glory be to Him, the Most High says: (يَاأيُّهاَ الَّذِين آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلاً سَدِيداً (70) يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزاً عَظِيماً) “O you who have believed, fear Allah and speak words of righteousness. (70) He will set right for you your deeds and forgive you your sins. And whoever obeys Allah And His Messenger has indeed achieved a great victory.” (Al-Ahzaab: 70-71).

Brothers in Faith! This is the second meeting of the month of Jumaadal-uulaa, and we are still on the issue that concerns every Muslim, the issue of Baytul-Maqdis (Jerusalem), the destination of the night journey of the chosen Prophet – may Allah bless him and grant him peace, our first qibla, the third of the three great cities in Islaam, the land of prophethood, the land of blessings, garrisoning, and jihaad. And inshaa-Allah, we will look at a new topic, namely: the status of having certainty in the promise of Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

The importance of talking about certainty in Allah’s promise:

O Muslims! Certainty is knowledge and a level to which the mind is at peace, the heart is reassured, understanding is attained, and man submits to the truth. It is knowledge of the truth that enables those who are certain to be patient and that makes hardships and difficulties and the endurance of calamities and misfortunes easy for them.

If the certainty of Allah’s promise takes hold in the heart, then those who possess it do not know despair, no matter how long the night is, no matter how many calamities, misfortune, tribulations, and disasters that befall them, and the dominance of enemies, and no matter how long the darkness extends. They trust in Allah, and are certain of Allah’s promise, for the night, no matter how long its hours are, and no matter how intense its darkness, it disappears and it is split open by the whiteness of the morning. After lack there is sufficiency, after illness there is well-being, after sadness there is happiness, after difficulty there is ease, after confinement there is release, and after hunger there will be satiation. Allah will change the situation, and minds will become calm, chests will breathe easy, the matter will become easy, tight situations will be loosened, and crises situations will be relieved, by Allah’s permission.

Ibn Qayyim, may Allah have mercy on him, said: And when certainty reaches the heart, it is filled with light and radiance, and all doubts, uncertainty, discontent, worry, and distress disappear from it, so it is filled with love for Allah, fear of Him, satisfaction with Him, gratitude to Him, trust in Him, and penitence to Him. So the believer who has an atom of faith in his heart is sincere, alive, and full of certainty. He believes, trusts, and submits to what Allah and His Messenger have told him about the matters of the unseen, including this world and the hereafter, and does not doubt, but looks forward to the coming days of honour and justice, and rejoices in the glad tidings of hope and expectation after the groans of despair and pain, and does not care about the falsehoods of the doubters who lay claim to knowledge, nor the mere false alarms of the rationalists (devoid of faith), and he thinks good about his Lord in this world and the hereafter.

The Qur’an and the Sunnah talk to us about certainty in the promise of the Lord of the Worlds.

O Muslims! The Qur’an has told us about Allah’s promise. Allah Ta’alaa’s promise is a certainty about which there is no doubt. He promised the people of faith, victory and empowerment in this world and succession on earth. Allah Ta’alaa says: (وَعَدَ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنْكُمْ وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَيَسْتَخْلِفَنَّهُمْ فِي الْأَرْضِ كَمَا اسْتَخْلَفَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِهِمْ وَلَيُمَكِّنَنَّ لَهُمْ دِينَهُمُ الَّذِي ارْتَضَى لَهُمْ وَلَيُبَدِّلَنَّهُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ خَوْفِهِمْ أَمْنًا يَعْبُدُونَنِي لَا يُشْرِكُونَ بِي شَيْئًا) Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). (An-Nuur: 55). This promise is one of the greatest reasons for steadfastness in the truth if people contemplate it carefully and understand it with the real true understanding. The promise of Allah Ta’alaa is never broken, but it may be delayed, as more test and trial for believers, and long rope for the unbelievers and hypocrites. Therefore, the emphasis on patience was combined with the confirmation of the promise so that the one who is certain does not waver in his certainty, and the believer does not waver in his faith (فَاصْبِرْ إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ وَلَا يَسْتَخِفَّنَّكَ الَّذِينَ لَا يُوقِنُونَ ) So be patient (O Muhammad SAW). Verily, the Promise of Allah is true, and let not those who have no certainty of faith, discourage you from conveying Allah’s Message (which you are obliged to convey) (Ar-Ruum: 60). And Allah Ta’alaa says: () “So be patient (O Muhammad SAW). Verily, the Promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your fault, and glorify the praises of your Lord in the Ashi (i.e. the time period after the midnoon till sunset) and in the Ibkar (i.e. the time period from early morning or sunrise till before midnoon) [it is said that, that means the five compulsory congregational Salat (prayers) or the ‘Asr and Fajr prayers].(Al-Ghaafir: 55). And Allah Ta’alaa says: (فَاصْبِرْ إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ فَإِمَّا نُرِيَنَّكَ بَعْضَ الَّذِي نَعِدُهُمْ أَوْ نَتَوَفَّيَنَّكَ فَإِلَيْنَا يُرْجَعُونَ )So be patient (O Muhammad SAW), verily, the Promise of Allah is true, and whether We show you (O Muhammad SAW in this world) some part of what We have promised them, or We cause you to die, then it is to Us they all shall be returned. (Al-Ghaafir: 77). Just as the disbelievers were promised torment in this world before the hereafter, when Allah Ta’alaa says: (وَلَا يَزَالُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا تُصِيبُهُمْ بِمَا صَنَعُوا قَارِعَةٌ أَوْ تَحُلُّ قَرِيبًا مِنْ دَارِهِمْ حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ وَعْدُ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ) … And a disaster will not cease to strike those who disbelieve because of their (evil) deeds or it (i.e. the disaster) settle close to their homes, until the Promise of Allah comes to pass. Certainly, Allah does not fail in His Promise. (Ar-Ra’ad: 31).

The ahadith of the prophet emphasized the importance, power, and the excellence of certainty. On the authority of Amr ibn Shua’ib, on the authority of his father, on the authority of his grandfather, he said: The Messenger of Allah- may Allah bless him and grant him peace – said:

(صلاح أول هذه الأمة بالزهد واليقين، ويهلك آخرها بالبخل وطول الأمل)

The success of the early days of this Ummah is due to asceticism and certainty, and the later days of it is destroyed due to miserliness and long ambition.” (Al-Bayhaqi in Shu’abul-Imaan and authenticated by Al-Albaani).

The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, mentioned certain news about which there is no doubt, that there will not cease to be in this Ummah, a group of people that adheres to the truth and is victorious upon it. In the Musnad Ahmad on the authority of Abu Umaamah, may Allah be pleased with him, he said: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said:

(لا تزال طائفة من أمتي على الدين ظاهرين، لعدوهم قاهرين، لا يضرهم من خالفهم إلا ما أصابهم من لأوى حتى يأتي أمر الله وهم كذلك، قالوا: يا رسول الله أين هم؟ قال: ببيت المقدس وأكناف بيت المقدس)

A group of my ummah will continue to adhere to the religion victorious, dominating their enemy, those who oppose them will not harm them except for [occasional] hardships until the command of Allah comes, and they are like that. They said: O Messenger of Allah, where are they? He said: In Baytil-Maqdis (Palestine) and the surrounding of Baytil-Maqdis.

They are few in the midst of the scum and froth of the enemies, antagonists, opponents, and betrayers. In the hadith of Murrah Al-Bahziy, may Allah be pleased with him, he said: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s prayers and peace be upon him, said:

)لا تزال طائفة من أمتي على الحق ظاهرين، ظاهرين على من ناوأهم وهم كالإناء بين الأكلة حتى يأتي أمر الله وهم كذلك(

A group of my nation will continue to adhere to the truth, prevailing against those who oppose them, and they are like a ‘(food) bowl among the eaters’ until the command of Allah comes, and they are like that.” (Al-Tabarani in Al-Kabeer and it is authentic with its evidence).

On the authority of Thawban, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s prayers and peace be upon him, said: “A group of my ummah will continue to be victorious on the truth, and those who disagree with them will not be able to harm them, until the command of Allah Ta’alaa comes.” (Narrated by Ibn Majah with an authentic chain of transmission). And on the authority of Ubayy ibn Ka’ab, may Allah be pleased with him, who said: The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said: “Give good tidings to this ummah of prosperity, exaltation, victory, and empowerment on earth. Whoever among them does the work of the Hereafter for this world, will have no share in the Hereafter.” (Ahmad in his Musnad, authenticated by Al-Hakim in Al-Mustadrak, Al-Dhahabi agreed with him, and Al-Albani authenticated it.)

Certainty builds an upright person:

O Muslims! Our religion has called us to arm ourselves with certainty, and to make it the provision that will mandate us to be diligent in deed, and it creates in our souls a desire for what is with Allah, and plant in our hearts certainty of Allah’s promises. Allah Ta’alaa says:

)وَجَعَلْنَا مِنْهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَهْدُونَ بِأَمْرِنَا لَمَّا صَبَرُوا وَكَانُوا بِآيَاتِنَا يُوقِنُونَ(

And We made from among them (Children of Israel), leaders, giving guidance under Our Command, when they were patient and used to believe with certainty in Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.). (As-Sajdah: 24).

With certainty, our character is refined and we come through with patient and endurance in situations, because certainty has a lofty position which confers on its possessor, praise from Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’lala says:

)وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِمَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنْزِلَ مِنْ قَبْلِكَ وَبِالْآخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ * أُولَئِكَ عَلَى هُدًى مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَأُولَئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ(

And who believe in (the Quran and the Sunnah) which has been sent down (revealed) to you (Muhammad Peace be upon him) and in [the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.] which were sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. (Resurrection, recompense of their good and bad deeds, Paradise and Hell, etc.). They are on (true) guidance from their Lord, and they are the successful. (Al-Baqarah: 4-5).

The believer is not weak and does not see himself defeated. Psychologically, he is above all aggressive speeches and threats, because he knows that what befell him would not have missed him, and what missed him would not have befallen him. He has in His Messenger – may Allah bless him and grant him peace – an example and a role model. Trials were many and the threats became severe, to the point that one of his years, due to his many afflictions, was called the year of sadness. However, he did not panic, but rather, he committed the affair to the Owner of the affair, because of his conviction that this affliction is a trial on his religion and a test of his essence. There is no adversity that is not followed by a blessing, and the darkness of the night precedes the light of day.

People who are certain of Allah’s promises are forerunners to others, and those who follow their path will continue being forerunners. The conditions of attainment are known – there is an exchange, there is a commodity, the price is affordable, and the landmarks of the path are clear. They are godly servants, and provision comes to them from Allah, and victory descends upon them from Allah, and steadfastness is tranquility from Allah in their souls, and certainty comes with a promise. Allah removes fear and anxiety, no matter how many and strong the enemy is, because the matter is Allah’s matter, and the command is Allah’s command, and everything other than Allah is weak. Allah Ta’alaa says:

)وَلَئِنْ سَأَلْتَهُمْ مَنْ خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ لَيَقُولُنَّ اللَّهُ قُلْ أَفَرَأَيْتُمْ مَا تَدْعُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ إِنْ أَرَادَنِيَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ هَلْ هُنَّ كَاشِفَاتُ ضُرِّهِ أَوْ أَرَادَنِي بِرَحْمَةٍ هَلْ هُنَّ مُمْسِكَاتُ رَحْمَتِهِ قُلْ حَسْبِيَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ يَتَوَكَّلُ الْمُتَوَكِّلُونَ * قُلْ يَا قَوْمِ اعْمَلُوا عَلَى مَكَانَتِكُمْ إِنِّي عَامِلٌ فَسَوْفَ تَعْلَمُونَ * مَنْ يَأْتِيهِ عَذَابٌ يُخْزِيهِ وَيَحِلُّ عَلَيْهِ عَذَابٌ مُقِيمٌ(

And verily, if you ask them: “Who created the heavens and the earth?” Surely, they will say: “Allah (has created them).” Say: “Tell me then, the things that you invoke besides Allah, if Allah intended some harm for me, could they remove His harm, or if He (Allah) intended some mercy for me, could they withhold His Mercy?” Say: “Sufficient for me is Allah; in Him those who trust (i.e. believers) must put their trust.” Say: (O Muhammad SAW) “O My people! Work according to your way, I am working (according to my way). Then you will come to know, “To whom comes a disgracing torment, and on whom descends an everlasting torment.” (Az-Zumar: 38-40).

And steadfastness is not due to courage, nor is it the manifestation of  chauvinism. It is when faith fills the heart, and certainty of Allah’s promise pours into the soul, and satisfaction with Allah’s decree and destiny and belief in Him is great, then that is the greatest strength that is not accompanied by fear and is not mixed with cowardice in any way.

The Prophet – may Allah bless him and grant him peace – used to ask his Lord and pray to him to grant him certainty. On the authority of Ibn Umar, may Allah be pleased with them both, he said: ‘The Messenger of Allah- may Allah bless him and grant him peace – rarely rose from a gathering until he made these supplications for his companions: “O Allah! Grant us a measure of the fear of you that prevents us from disobeying you, and obedience to you that brings us to your Paradise, and certainty that makes the calamities of this world easier for us.” (Al-Tirmidhi, authenticated by Al-Albaani).

Servants of Allah! Enduring calamity is a sign of the believer’s trust in his Lord and the strength of conviction that His promise is true, and that whoever holds on to His rope has held on to an unbreakable rope. This conviction makes him feel reassured about the events taking place around him. He sees that they are dark and filled with shadows that only darken the circles of light in the soul and thus has some effect on it of distress. However, with the power of conviction in Allah’s promise, the pillars of the soul are held together from collapse, and they come together after being separated and dispersed, and revive whatever has died off of the soul as a result of the effect. It soon returns to being better than it was before, gaining from that experience, guidance that will guide it on the path to success and help it reach its desired goal, inshaa-Allah.

When certainty in the promise of the Lord of the Worlds weakens.

O Muslims: Doubt and uncertainty about the promise Allah to the believers constitute a major calamity and a great affliction, and one of the characteristics of hypocritical people. It is a characteristic that paralyzes the will. The one who doubted Allah’s promise, his calculations are earthly and sees the strength of the infidels and their outburst, he thinks that the truth would not triumph and that falsehood would not be defeated, and this is obviously an evil thought, which Allah detests, thus the punishment for the hypocrites is the chastisement. Allah, the Almighty says: (وَيُعَذِّبَ الْمُنَافِقِينَ وَالْمُنَافِقَاتِ وَالْمُشْرِكِينَ وَالْمُشْرِكَاتِ الظَّانِّينَ بِاللَّهِ ظَنَّ السَّوْءِ ۚ عَلَيْهِمْ دَائِرَةُ السَّوْءِ ۖ وَغَضِبَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَعَنَهُمْ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ جَهَنَّمَ ۖ وَسَاءَتْ مَصِيرًا) “And [that] He may punish the hypocrite men and hypocrite women, and the polytheist men and polytheist women – those who assume about Allāh an assumption of evil nature. Upon them is a misfortune of evil nature; and Allāh has become angry with them and has cursed them and prepared for them Hell, and evil it is as a destination” (Al-Fath: 6). These are words that show that the severity of Allah’s wrath is upon those who misunderstand the promise of Allah, the Almighty by thinking that Allah will abandon his religion and not make it triumph. Allah, the Exalted says: (بَلْ ظَنَنتُمْ أَن لَّن يَنقَلِبَ الرَّسُولُ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ إِلَى أَهْلِيهِمْ أَبَداً وَزُيِّنَ ذَلِكَ فِي قُلُوبِكُمْ وَظَنَنتُمْ ظَنَّ السَّوْءِ وَكُنتُمْ قَوْماً بُوراً) ”But you thought that the Messenger and the believers would never return to their families, ever, and that was made pleasing in your hearts. And you assumed an assumption of evil and became a people ruined” (Al-Fath: 12) So, he who looks at the disbelievers and sees the lethal material force they have, and his heart becomes terrified by that, for they are superior in numbers and equipment. Then he twists his neck and looks at the monotheist believers, and finds that they have only a smaller number, and a meager, meager outfit which is the best of what they are able to do. Then he laughs sarcastically, saying: These poor people think that their religion will supports them because the equipment, numbers, and strength are in the hands of their enemy. Allah says, regarding their affairs: (إِذْ يَقُولُ الْمُنَافِقُونَ وَالَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ غَرَّ هَـؤُلاء دِينُهُمْ وَمَن يَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللّهِ فَإِنَّ اللّهَ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ) “[Remember] when the hypocrites and those in whose hearts was disease [i.e., arrogance and disbelief] said, “Their religion has deluded those [Muslims].” But whoever relies upon Allāh – then indeed, Allāh is Exalted in Might and Wise.”  (Al-Anfaal: 49)

The one who doubts Allah’s promise will have his psychology defeated, his resolve weakened, and his will weakened. Allah, the Almighty says, describing the condition of the hypocrites during the battle of the trench: (وَإِذْ يَقُولُ الْمُنَافِقُونَ وَالَّذِينَ فِي قُلُوبِهِم مَّرَضٌ مَّا وَعَدَنَا اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ إِلَّا غُرُوراً) “And [remember] when the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is disease said, “Allāh and His Messenger did not promise us except delusion,” (Al-Ahzab: 12).

عن فضالة بن عبيد رضي الله عنه قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ( ثلاثةٌ لا تَسألُ عنهمْ : رجلٌ يُنازِعُ اللهَ إِزارَهُ ، و رجلٌ يُنازِعُ اللهَ رِداءَهُ ، فإنَّ رِداءَهُ الكِبرياءُ ، و إزارُهُ العِزُّ ، ورجلٌ في شكٍّ من أمْرِ اللهِ ، و القُنوطِ من رحمةِ اللهِ

On the authority of Fadalah bin Ubaid, may Allah be pleased with him, he said that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah’s prayers and peace be upon him, said: “There are three that you should not ask about: a man who disputes with Allah over His waist cloth, and a man who disputes with Allah over His cloak (outer garment) , for His waist cloth is pride, and His cloak is honour, and a man who is in doubt about Allah’s command, and despairs in Allah’s mercy) Sahih Al-Jami’. A nation ravaged by the disease of doubt and despair will not advance in its civilization, nor will it have any hope of a strong future, unless it regains confidence and certainty in the promise of the Lord of the World

THE SECOND SERMON:

All praises are due to Allah, a praise abundant, pure and blessed. I praise Him, Glory be to Him, and praise Him for all favours. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah alone with no partner, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger, may the peace and blessings be upon him, his family, companions and whoever follows his Sunnah in righteousness until the Day of Judgment.

O Muslims: If a person loses his certainty in Allah’s promise and surrenders to the whisperings of Shaytaan, he surely loses the pleasure of (good) living and the feeling of contentment and tranquility. He thus remains in constant anxiety about the future, afraid of the unseen, and would not have trust in Allah’s disposition of his affairs and life, he will remain in doubt about Allah’s ability to relieve him of his distress, hesitant in certainty, thinking that someone other than Allah will benefit him, provide for him, help him in distress, and grant him victory and help, while forgetting that these servants were created by Allah, the Exalted, and that his fate and their fate are in the hands of Allah, the Exalted. This person then remains weakened in certainty, lives in constant fear and anxiety, expecting the actions of Allah in fear and anticipation. Some of the Salafs said: “It is forbidden for the heart to smell the scent of certainty, when it places its trust in other than Allah, the Almighty.” Having certainty in Allah’s promise is weakened by paying attention to doubts, suspicions, and all actions that lead to listening to the disappointed and frustrated ones, who try to frustrate the resolve of the believers, humiliate them and urge them to sit back from adhering to the straight path of Allah. If someone listens to this kind of people whose certainty in Allah is grossly little, it could cause him weakness in his certainty in Allah’s promise. Allah mentions in His book about those who doubt Allah’s promise, having evil thought about His promise, erroneously thinking that Allah will abandon His religion and Prophet in this world and the hereafter. If such individual makes a rope for himself, ties that to the ceiling of his house, then ties himself to it and hangs himself (to take his life). If Allah’s promise does not relieve his heart from doubt, and panic, let him cut (the rope), whether cutting (his breath) and hanging himself will fulfill his purpose and relieve him of his doubt and despair. Allah says: (مَن كَانَ يَظُنُّ أَن لَّن يَنصُرَهُ اللَّهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ فَلْيَمْدُدْ بِسَبَبٍ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ ثُمَّ لْيَقْطَعْ فَلْيَنظُرْ هَلْ يُذْهِبَنَّ كَيْدُهُ مَا يَغِيظُ) “Whoever should think that Allāh will not support him [i.e., Prophet Muḥammad (ﷺ)] in this world and the Hereafter – let him extend a rope to the ceiling, then cut off [his breath], and let him see: will his effort remove that which enrages [him]?.” (Al-Hajj: 15)

How do we achieve certainty in the promise of the Lord of the Worlds:

O Muslims: Achieving certainty in the promise of Allah Almighty makes us live true faith that is not mixed with doubt or suspicion, and that when Allah promises, He does not break His promise. Therefore, things that help in achieving certainty in the promise of Allah are:

1- Certainty in Allah’s promise is the approach of the prophets: Allah Almighty says: (وَلَقَدْ سَبَقَتْ كَلِمَتُنا لِعِبادِنَا الْمُرْسَلِينَ * إِنَّهُمْ لَهُمُ الْمَنْصُورُونَ* وَإِنَّ جُنْدَنا لَهُمُ الْغالِبُونَ) “And Our word [i.e., decree] has already preceded for Our servants, the messengers * (172) [That] indeed, they would be those given victory” (Al-Saffaat: 171-172.

2- The best outcome in this world and the hereafter is for those who are certain of Allah’s promise and are patient: Allah Almighty says: (فَاصْبِرْ إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ ۖ وَلَا يَسْتَخِفَّنَّكَ الَّذِينَ لَا يُوقِنُونَ) “So be patient. Indeed, the promise of Allāh is truth. And let them not disquiet you who are not certain [in faith]” (Al-Rum: 60)

3- Taking pride in the religion and abandoning humiliation: If you believe in Allah and are confident in His promise; So do not be weak nor sad. Allah Almighty says, as He encourage His faithful servants, strengthen their resolve and revive their resolve: (وَلَا تَهِنُوا وَلَا تَحْزَنُوا وَأَنْتُمُ الْأَعْلَوْنَ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ مُؤْمِنِينَ) “So do not weaken and do not grieve, and you will be superior if you are [true] believers.” (Al Imran: 139)

4- Seeking help from Allah and seeking certainty from the Possessor of Majesty and Honor: It was one of the supplications of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, as stated in Sunan al-Tirmidhi on the authority of Abdullah bin Umar, may Allah be pleased with them both: “… And (grant us) from certainty, that by which You subdue for us, the calamities of this world.”

5- To have certainty that the banner of religion and truth will remain raised until the Day of Resurrection, and that the sect that adheres to the truth will not be harmed by those who abandon them. It has been narrated on the authority of Jabir b. Samura that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “This religion will continue to exist, and a group of people from the Muslims will continue to fight for its protection until the Hour is established.” (Narrated by Muslim) Let us join hands in patience and steadfastness, and let us be messengers of confirmation and support, not a vow of evil or discouragement, and let our answer be to those who are discouraged and those who are hasty: The religion of Allah is apparent and will be victorious, by Allah’s will. On the authority of Tamim bin Aws al-Dari, may Allah be pleased with him, he said: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “This matter (Islam) will keep spreading as far as the night and day reach, until Allah will not leave a house made of mud or hair, but will make this religion enter it, while bringing might to a mighty person (a Muslim) and humiliation to a disgraced person (who rejects Islam). Might with which Allah elevates Islam (and its people) and disgrace with which Allah humiliates disbelief (and its people).” (Narrated by Imam Ahmad, Al-Tabarani, and Al-Bayhaqi, and authenticated by Al-Hakim and the scholar Al-Albani).

Supplication: O Allah, never allow a banner to be raised for the Jews in Jerusalem, and never allow them to achieve any goal in Gaza. O Allah, help the people of Jerusalem, the people of Gaza, and the people of Palestine. O Allah, strengthen them, O Allah strengthen their hearts. O Allah, spread tranquility in their hearts. O Allah, send them warmth, peace, security and safety. O Allah, accept their martyrs and heal the sick. O Allah, have mercy on the bereaved mothers and widows. O Allah, have mercy on the elderly who bow in (prayers), the suckling infants, and the young who prostrate. O Allah, deal with the aggressing Zionists and those who supported and helped them. O Allah scatter their togetherness, scatter their power, and divide their unity.

O Allah, show us in them the effects and wonders of your power. O Allah, tear them apart in the most devastating manner, O Lord of the Worlds. O Allah, surround them in their numbers and destroy them as a swarm, and do not leave out anyone of them. O Allah, never allow a banner to be raised for the Jews in Jerusalem, and never allow them to achieve any goal in Gaza. O Allah, grant us happiness with the victory of our brothers over our enemy and their enemy. O Allah, we are in dire need of your mercy and help, eventhough we are unable to physically participate with them, then accept our prayers for their victory, O Allah, our Lord, we trust in You, and we hope for Your help, and we turn to Your door, so do not disappoint us. O Allah, grant us victory, O Allah grant us victory, O Allah grant us victory. O Allah, accept their martyrs, grant victory to their armies, heal their sick, heal their wounded, replace their fear with security, their hardship with ease, their distress with relief, and their patience with victory, O Mighty, O Powerful, O Possessor of enduring power, O Possessor of majesty and honor.

May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon our Prophet, our Master Muhammad, his family and companions. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.

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