Anxiety Is Love’s Greatest Killer – A Khutbah By Imam Marc Manley

“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer” — Anaïs Nin

There is a distinction between anxiety, which preoccupies and cripples, and concern, which spurs to action and advances the cause of change.

There are no assurances/guarantees in this life, not even for the Prophets.

قل ما كُنتُ بِدعًا مِنَ الرُّسُلِ وَما أَدري ما يُفعَلُ بي وَلا بِكُم ۖ إِن أَتَّبِعُ إِلّا ما يوحىٰ إِلَيَّ وَما أَنا إِلّا نَذيرٌ مُبينٌ

إِنَّ الَّذينَ قالوا رَبُّنَا اللَّهُ ثُمَّ استَقاموا فَلا خَوفٌ عَلَيهِم وَلا هُم يَحزَنونَ

الم – أَحَسِبَ النّاسُ أَن يُترَكوا أَن يَقولوا آمَنّا وَهُم لا يُفتَنونَ

وَلَقَد فَتَنَّا الَّذينَ مِن قَبلِهِم ۖ فَلَيَعلَمَنَّ اللَّهُ الَّذينَ صَدَقوا وَلَيَعلَمَنَّ الكاذِبينَ

أَم حَسِبَ الَّذينَ يَعمَلونَ السَّيِّئَاتِ أَن يَسبِقونا ۚ ساءَ ما يَحكُمونَ

“Say: ‘I am nothing new among the Messengers. I have no idea what will be done with me or you. I only follow what has been revealed to me. I am only a clear warner’.” Qur’an, 46: 9

“Those who say, ‘Our Lord is Allah,’ and then go straight will feel no fear and will know no sorrow.” Qur’an, 46: 13

“Do people imagine that they will be left to say, ‘We have iman,’ and will not be tested?” “We tested those before them so that Allah would know the truthful and would know the liars.” “Or do those who do bad actions imagine they can outstrip Us? How bad their judgement is!” Qur’an, 29: 1-4

Do we think that these people who are perpetrating oppression and chaos, do we believe that Allah will victorious or them?

The importance of remembering Allah and trusting Him:

The Jews instructed the Meccans Prophet about certain issues concerning Revelation. At first the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said that he would have the answer right away, but he forgot to say, “As God wills.” To teach him a lesson-that he could not order God to reveal things-no new revelation came for fifteen days. The Prophet realized his mistake and repented. Then verses 18:23-24 were revealed to explain the reason for the delay, and then finally the answers came.

وَلا تَقولَنَّ لِشَيءٍ إِنّي فاعِلٌ ذٰلِكَ غَدًا
إِلّا أَن يَشاءَ اللَّهُ ۚ وَاذكُر رَبَّكَ إِذا نَسيتَ وَقُل عَسىٰ أَن يَهدِيَنِ رَبّي لِأَقرَبَ مِن هٰذا رَشَدًا

“Never say about anything, ‘I will do that tomorrow,’ without adding ‘If Allah wills.’ Remember your Lord when you forget, and say, ‘Hopefully my Lord will guide me to something closer to right guidance than this’.” Qur’an, 18: 23-24

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