All oppression will come to an end one day
Alhamdulillah we are lucky enough to witness another Ramadan. May Allah have mercy on those whom we have lost, who can’t witness Ramadan with us. This is the circle of life: we receive newcomers, and we pay our respects to those who have left us. And we ask Allah to make our ending happy, Ya Rabb al-‘Aalameen.
Today we recited from Surah as-Saffat.
The most striking verses from what we read deal with oppressors, when they will stand before Allah Almighty.
Allah says, ‘Gather ˹all˺ the wrongdoers along with their peers, and whatever they used to worship.’ [37:22]
Azwaaj here doesn’t mean spouses, but peers i.e their followers and supporters. All of them will be standing before Allah Almighty.
They were in denial in this world and they would be resurrected and accountable for their deeds. This is why the ayah says ‘Woe to us, this is the Day of Accountability’ [37:20]
They will say, ‘we never thought we would face this. We never believed in this.’
Then they will regret it, but it will be too late. Allah is saying that they are accountable for their actions, no matter how much they deny this in the dunya.
They think, ‘We can get away with it. We can do whatever we want. We are like gods on Earth. No one can stop us.’ But this will last just for a few days in the dunya.
And stop them. They are to be questioned.” [37:24]
One day we will all die, and we will face Allah the All-Just and be responsible for everything we did, and however many people we wronged in the dunya.
Some people will have whole nations under their oppression. Some their community, some their family, or their company, and so on. There are different levels of oppressors: medium, small, extra-large, XXXL. They will all be accountable for their actions. Then they will be flung to the Hellfire.
Alhamdulillah that we have Rabb al-‘Aalameen. We have Allah, the All-Just, al-Hakm wa-al-‘Adl.
This is a very comforting peaceful ayah for those who were oppressed in dunya – that they will receive their full justice.
Not only will you see the oppressor punished, but Almighty elevate your status and increase your reward, and give you so much for all the suffering and pain which you have endured in dunya.
So it’s not a waste. Don’t think, ‘I wasted my life, I was in prison unjustly for so many years, etc.’
Say, ‘I believe that Allah will reward me for this,’ and Allah will do so in shaa Allah. And when we see the reward, we will wish we received more oppression, to get more reward in akhirah. Of course we are not asking for oppression, but just as a reminder for those who were wronged in dunya and didn’t get their rights from the oppressors. Allah is the Lord of Justice.
Be careful, from today let’s make the intention to be more careful in what we say and do, not to oppress anyone. It is better to be oppressed than to be an oppressor. Of course, defend yourself within the means you have, but be careful not to oppress anyone. We ask Allah Almighty to make us among the people of Jannah, and keep us and our loved ones away from Hellfire. Ameen
Shaykh Haytham Tamim – Ramadan Night 1
Transcribed by Hana Khan
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