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Confronting Your Problems – a Khutbah by Sheikh Waleed Basyouni

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Also the last point I have for you today is also ad-du‘ā’. Prayer. Make a lot of du‘ā’ when you are in a hardship and calamity. Because the du‘ā’ during that time is heard and accepted by Allah.  I was once watching an interview on TV, of a rich man in the Emirates. And they asked him about his experiences in life and what he has seen. And he said something that was really interesting. He said there was one incident I will never forget. I walked out of my palace one day, walking in the street. And he said, I saw this little masjid next to my neighborhood and in it, someone who was so into the du‘ā’, raising his hand crying, so into the du‘ā’. And I felt something in my heart, something stopped me. And I walked into the masjid and I prayed two rakah and he didn’t even notice me. And he said he was so into his du‘ā’, that I said to myself that he must be going through so many hardships.  I waited about ten minutes then I approached the man and I said, hey I saw you so sad. Is there anything I can help you with? And he said with tears in his eyes, he said, my wife is in the hospital. And the hospital is holding, basically, he wanted to do a kidney transplant, and there was a donor but they wanted to charge him money. But he didn’t have enough money for that transplant to be done. So he said, I’m short of  5000 dirhams. And that man, offered immediately the money and he gave it to him. Then he said this is my business card. You look like an honest man I can use, and I trust. Any given time in your life, he said that’s nothing for me, 5000 dirhams, nothing. He said anytime you need help, just give me a call. He gave me back my business card and he said, thank you, if anytime I need help I know who to call. The One who has sent you to me.

Ad-du‘ā’ is a very powerful tool. And I will guarantee you that there is no single du‘ā’ you have done, that has gone in vain. It’s either something you will see answered  in the near future, or something Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) is protecting you from. Or something Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) wants to keep fully as a form of reward for you on a day when you need that reward the most. When you are in front of your scale and you see the good deeds and the bad deeds, and at that time, maybe that thing that you prayed for to happen, you maybe have gotten it and enjoyed it and wasted it in the dunya, and you did not benefit from it in  the aakhirah. And maybe Allah kept it as a form of reward for you and that will make you survive on the Day of Judgment. That will make you closer to the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) in Jannah. That will raise you higher in Jannah. You don’t know Allah’s plan for you. What I do know for sure is that Allah’s plan for me and for you is the best plan.

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is Vice President of AlMaghrib Institute and Director of Clear Lake Islamic Center (CLIC). He is a frequent guest speaker at Universities, Conventions, Radio Talk Shows, Television, Interfaith meetings, and community centers nationally and internationally. He is also a member of the North American Imam Federation (NAIF), Assembly of Muslim Jurists in America (AMJA)-Fatwa and Research Committee, Director of Texas Dawah Convention, and Advisor to numerous Islamic Societies/Organizations around the US. Shaykh Waleed Basyouni graduated with a Bachelors in Islamic Sciences from Al-Imam Muhammad University, KSA; did his Masters in Islamic Theology, World Religions and Modern Religious Sects from Al-Imam Muhammad University; and acquired a Doctorate in Theology. He is also an instructor at the American Open University in Alexandria, VA, USA, and serves as, the Imam of Clear Lake Islamic Center, Houston, TX, USA. Shaykh Waleed has Ijaazahs in reciting the Holy Quran and in several books of Hadeeth, awarded by various scholars. He studied with great scholars time such as Shaykh Ibn Baz, Abdul-Razzaq Afify and others.

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3 Comments

  1. Farhana

    August 28, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Alhumdulilah for this audio lecture by Shaykh Waleed Basyouni. May Allah grant him blessings and rewards from such a beneficial lecture. I have been going through difficult times for the last three months regarding finding a job and as well as trying to heal a wounded heart and getting back up again. This really helped. Optimism and trust in Allah is so crucial during ordeals and in trying to move forward.

  2. Muddassir

    September 1, 2013 at 2:43 AM

    Alhamdulillaah. Thanks for the lecture transcript.

  3. Anisa

    September 2, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Assalam-o-Alyekum MashAllah the post is very well written, thanks for textual form of lecture.

    “And strive for Allah with the endeavour which is His right. He hath chosen you and hath not laid upon you in religion any hardship; the faith of your father Abraham (is yours). He hath named you Muslims of old time and in this (Scripture), that the messenger may be a witness against you, and that ye may be witnesses against mankind. So establish worship, pay the poor-due, and hold fast to Allah. He is your Protecting friend. A blessed Patron and a blessed Helper!” (23 Surat-ul-Mominoon . Aayat78)

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