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This Ramadan Reminder is taken from Juz 9 and Surah Al-Anfal verse 2. Allah (SWT) says:
Believers are those whose hearts tremble with awe whenever God is mentioned, and whose faith is strengthened whenever His revelations are recited and who place their trust in their Lord (8:2)
The first thing that I want to talk about is that, Subhan Allah, one of the reasons why in this month of Ramadan it’s so significant that our hearts are connected to the Qur’an. Because number one, it would increase us in imaan. Listening to the verses of Allah (SWT) will increase us in that which will connect us to Allah, our belief in Allah. And more importantly than that, then our hearts begin to tremble when the name of Allah is mentioned. Why is it that our hearts begin to tremble? Because we begin to understand the reality of things. And we begin to see this further on in this reminder, because in Juz 9 Allah (SWT) talks about Moses and Pharaoh. Subhan Allah, we’re in the day and time in our life when without a doubt we’re facing tyranny, we’re facing evil. But whenever we have yaqeen, we have that iman where our hearts are really attached to Allah, then we don’t begin to fear people and we don’t begin to fear circumstance. Like in the case with Moses and Pharaoh, Allah (SWT) asks him to go speak to this tyrant. So in order to speak to this tyrant, in order to address the injustices of his people, he’s got to have certainty in Allah that Allah has got his back. He’s got to have certainty in Allah that Allah is going to give him victory and that Allah is going to grant him and his people safety. And what is yaqeen? Yaqeen is that even when your iman has reached a state that you have a certainty beyond the apparent reality. It’s not the absence of fear, it’s the conquering of fear. What allows you to conquer that fear? It’s that you have that certainty in the promise of Allah (SWT) and that Allah will give you victory. And so at the end of this verse it says, the believers are the ones who put their trust in Allah. That it’s upon Allah that they rely. What is it that causes them to rely on Allah? It’s that iman, it’s that yaqeen. It’s them knowing that Allah is going to help them, Allah is going to assist them, Allah is going to protect them. Allah is going to answer their duaa. And it’s not that they won’t struggle. It’s not that they don’t have to make sacrifice. It means that in the end that with this patience, this sabr, this tawakkul, with this steadfastness, with this continuing on the path of Allah, that Allah will give them victory.
Jazakum Allahu khairan.