Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2015
An enthusiastic qutbah in the second week of Ramadan motivating the Ummah to connect to the most powerful that exists i.e. word of Allah, “Quran” thereby citing ways steps to connect to the Quran which would lead to developing link, getting closer to Allah SWT and protecting from the veil whispers of the devil. It also makes mention of the importance of improving one’s Quranic recitation, making time for Allah SWT and concentration in Salah.
salaam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah Allah, Allah Allah mean All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala Lord of the woods are Salatu was Salam. ala Gambia you're selling Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi with Debbie Noland, Debbie Allen, BSN and Elijah Dini obey, blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every single one of us, my brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala created us and we will be returning straight to Allah subhanho wa
Taala. When he made us He made us appear on earth only for a few decades. In the case of the average, most of us don't realize that in a few years time in a few days time. In a short span of time, these bodies will no longer be holding the souls that are in them at the moment and they will continue separated and Allah subhanho wa Taala will then judge us. So whatever you do in terms of goodness in this world, is what will come to your rescue. As for this body, it is not actually yours, you need to know this. It is only an Amana, a trust entrusted to you by Allah subhanho wa Taala for a short space of time. And this is why you cannot do what you want to this body you have
to do what your maker once it belongs to him, someone who gives you a motor vehicle to keep for a month or two. You cannot do what you want to that motor vehicle because you are not the owner. Now, what we need to realize is Allah subhanho wa Taala being the creator would never ever make us without sending for us reasons why he has created us. He needs to let us know why he made us. And in order to send that message to us he chose messengers, the highest of whom is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in rank. And at the same time, he sent messages with these messengers. And the most powerful of all these messages is the full on the Quran is the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We
need to be connected to this word of the maker if we want to be connected to the maker himself. Nobody, absolutely nobody can be connected to the maker without being connected to the words of that particular maker. So remember this, the closer you are to the word of Allah, the closer you will be to Allah subhanho wa Taala if you were a boss, at a workplace, perhaps an employer, and you were to have people working for you paying them a salary, promising them that at the end of the month, I will give you x amount is what will you give them the amount for, for them to fulfill instructions for them to do as the work requires them to do if they do something that happens to be detrimental,
you might even deduct from their salary, or you might not pay them or you might sue them or fire them. So why is it we understand this so clearly but when it comes to Allah subhanho wa Taala we tend to still think that what He has promised us at the end of our day's work, not actually a day but a lifetime of work. We still think we deserve it when we've broken every rule in the book, May Allah forgive us. And this is why we have the month of the Quran to help us connect to this word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So how is it that I am meant to be connected to the beautiful word of Allah number one, I need to consider it a gift of Allah. Number two, I need to consider myself fortunate
to be from among the oma that has this word of Allah which is untouched. Allah says in
We have indeed sent down this reminder and we will protect it Allah has protected it you and I know it is unchanged from the beginning to this day. We read it many of us here may have memorized it of by heart, if the Imam was to make an error, just with a word and the fact perhaps a lot of us would know it is our right to to scream out what is correct because the word belongs to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us understand this. So Allah says he will protect the word. I want to let you know something powerful. If Allah has said he will protect the poor and anyone who has made an effort to learn the Quran to memorize it, to put it into practice to teach it
to others, automatically they have to be protected by Allah. Because Allah promises I will protect the Quran, you made it your business to protect the Quran meaning to look after it in your heart, in your deeds, Allah will look
After you because you are moving on. And this is why it's important for us to know that those who have memorized the Quran they have a special status in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala but they need to try their best to put that plan into practice. Many of us Mashallah we've memorized the Quran shavon then comes to us in order to divert us. So you find such people in the clubs, such people on drugs, such people who might have bad habits, perhaps alcohol and so on. We need to come back to Allah we need to connect back with this person. We want the Koran to protect us It will because it is the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala This is why my brothers and sisters those who
suffer from WhatsApp or perhaps the whisperings of the gym, and they suffer perhaps from superstitious matters that might be affecting their minds. Remember, if you are to read the Quran correctly and connect with it, you will never be affected. It is a guarantee from Allah, you read your idea to kursi Friday morning and evening you read the last three sutras of the Quran morning and evening you will never ever be affected by the gym by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala if you were to understand your connection with the Koran will disconnect you from the shape and you need to notice the more you are connected with the poor and the more you are disconnected with the straight
man. And if you are finding yourself more connected to the shape and more prone to his plan more for example, receptive to what shavon is beaming you you need to know there is something wrong with your link with the Quran. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us this is why brothers and sisters never leave your home. Never ever leave your home when the day commences without having read a little bit of the poem. But that is not our only duty to connect with the Quran recited is extremely important to need to learn how to read the Quran is very, very important. That journey will take us all the way to death. Nobody, absolutely nobody has perfect recitation that was for Muhammad sallallahu
alayhi wasallam and perhaps some of the companions who almost got there, but for the rest of us the journey of correction of the Koran and its recitation and pronunciation and that you read and so on is a lifelong journey to the last minute we need to understand this is the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala this is what he wants. He wants us to continue and spend an entire lifetime with his word every day we need it. We are connected to him, we love Him, He loves us. He looks after us one day we go back to him and we will be told on the Day of Judgment so Han Allah, what will we be told on the Day of Judgment, you are lonely so he will put on a person who has bothered to connect himself
with the Quran known as a person of the Quran. Some of the scholars say this is referring to a half of some of the scholars say it's referring to anyone who's memorized any portion of the Quran. I'd like to go with the latter opinion because it includes all of us. Someone who's memorized any portion of the Quran almost 100% of us have memorized it I haven't read well thank Allah because you know some of the Quran such a person will be told on the day of judgment call while Chucky will come up to Latino Union for him and silica in the AFI is in Takahata. Read and continue ascending your ranks read and continue going up the ranks and read in the same way you used to read when you were
And your final rank will be where you get stuck where you stop wherever you are stuck. And you will get stuck according to how you practice upon the Quran. A melodious reading does not necessarily mean you're a good Muslim. But when you practice upon the recitation, it means you're a good Muslim. And this is why my brothers and sisters never ever rushed with the Quran. The most powerful statement that shapes me makes me cry. And wakes me up is when Allah says I will tell you to read only the way you used to read in the world, you will not be able to read in another way on the Day of Judgment. So if you used to rush and work through the Quran, and complete your taraweeh, which
starts at seven o'clock at quarter past seven, you can expect the type of recitation on the day of judgment as well as an embarrassment. Imagine the word of Allah. We are rushing through it, what an insult. Let's change the attitude to the Koran, connect with it. Listen to a recitation that is melodious and beautiful, so that you are honored by being able to read in a similar manner on the day of judgment in front of your own maker. But if you are the one who loves to rush through it, you've got no time for the book of Allah. What type of time do you want the law to make for you? And what type of recitation Do you expect when the Hadith clearly says come into Torah to fit dunya only
in the same way that you used to read while you were on Earth.
I hope this is a powerful, powerful lesson for us forever and ever to be able to change the way we look at listening to the Quran and reading the Quran. Never ever insult Allah. Never insult Allah. It is the month of
The word of Allah, it is the month of this powerful word that will protect you from the evil of this world and the next Subhana Allah, some of the surah Allah says whoever reads the surah for example, you will have a noon you will have sustenance you will have this there are so many virtues of so many of these beautiful sutras but that is not for the one who whips through the surah as though he is knocking a donkey May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us really, we need to go back and revisit one law here we need to revisit our connection with the Quran. Are you plugged in today and I've given this example almost every day because it is a reality. We spend so much time on our phones,
doing what absolutely nothing surfing the internet, sometimes on pornography and sometimes with haram relations. Now the villa sometimes just with deals. What about your maker, the one who owns absolutely everything connected to you and your existence, you cannot spend 10 minutes more with him in order to read the book with a beautiful flower. Never be shy to make your voice as melodious as possible. No matter what people around you might think, do it for the sake of Allah. Some people are embarrassed when they read Go on, they are embarrassed to intonate their voice in a beautiful way. Don't be that don't be from amongst those This is the word of Allah read nicely sweet in your voice,
it's for Allah that is the only way you will be able to read on the Day of Judgment.
Then we need to understand another way of connecting to the piano powerful way is in is to get to the meaning of the Quran to get to the rules and regulations of the Quran. The two of them, one might come before the other some people know the rules and regulations without knowing the inner or depth in depth meaning because perhaps they may not know the Arabic language while law he my brothers and sisters Do you want a lot to come close to you. When you need to come close to Allah the Hadith says my attorney me she attained to who Hello Allah, whoever comes to me walking, I come to him rushing. You try to learn the Arabic language because you want to understand the Quran. Watch
how Allah rushes in your direction. Watch because an effort is required today. Let's face facts, the most valuable thing that we are all stingy regarding is not money. Money is the second thing. The first thing is time. Every one of us values our time so much we do not want to give it even to our own spouses. Sometimes Allah forgive us We do not want to give it even to our family members sometimes whereas it is foreign to a certain extent to dish out or distribute the time in this beautiful manner. Let us revisit our connection with Allah so we understand how to distribute our time as well. However, my brothers and sisters the most important plug in with your time is to make
time for Allah for your prayer. Your five daily prayer will whizzed through without you noticing that the time has passed if you are not prepared to give time to Allah give time make the time when the time of fudger clocks in do not sleep get up force yourself that is when Allah comes in your direction you have a beautiful day your depression is gone because Allah is the owner of cure and he has cured you your stress is gone. Even though you might be facing financial challenges, you will realize that these challenges actually brought me closer to Allah so they were a gift of Allah upon me your medical problems gone because owner of cure a Shafi is Allah What do
you mean Tony?
Allah is the one who is the curator whenever I am sick, he kills me and when I pass away when I die, it is Allah who is going to resurrect me once again. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us understand the link that we are meant to be having with him through this powerful boron. So make the time without making time you will never ever be able to achieve things a lot of us go to work. Trust me We are more religiously, in attendance at the workplace and we are in the prayer with the owner of absolute sustenance. In general, we are ready to please our bosses of this world and the employers because of the RAND and the dollar that we will achieve fortnightly or perhaps every month. But what
about Allah we will miss the Salah we will miss everything else. We don't read the Koran we're not bothered about the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala This is just a reality check. I really do not mean to do anyone I am in the same boat. Trust me. We all need to improve every one of us no matter how much your link is with the Quran. Don't you agree we can do better No matter how much of Salah you read, don't you agree we can do better in terms of quality to start with, and then quantity. The most important thing is quality. If you are to read half a page of Quran a day with solid quality voila, it is better than reading the entire book on a day insulting Allah going
through it as though it is just the word of any ordinary person. Now given that the Hadees makes it clear how you Roland Medina de molay what in the best of deeds are those that are done regularly?
Live even if it's very little, remember this. So you just dedicate to Allah say Oh Allah I will spend five minutes every morning in Sharla I will just be one verse and I'll read the English of it with the translation. If I don't understand when I go to the masjid, I will ask the Imam for help.
Is it too big to ask? Is it too much? Five minutes of your time in the morning. The problem was us if we have to get to work at seven o'clock or two to seven we get up the cup of tea in one hand the shower in the other May Allah forgive us. And that the the clothes and the other one minute to seven we out and we busy morning and everybody there when it comes to the you know the traffic We are the worst in terms of how we drive and so on and we are the muslimeen swearing this person and that person had you started your day at fudger Trust me you'd have been at work before the traffic so panela Expressway beautiful day 30 minutes I've got time to get to it. It will only take me 15
minutes I'm there 15 minutes before anyone else to greet them when they walk in they see you with a smile, what will motivate them How come you are so calm and calm because I'm connected to the Quran. That's the reason I'm calm because the Quran has disciplined me If Allah wanted one lie he would have told us you don't need to read for onion Salah you can read another book any book that inspires you read it inshallah. But Allah says you must read the most powerful thing in existence in my own words, because I want you to connect with it to feel the power that power transfers to you to a certain extent if you were to plug in correctly with that beautiful quote and yet we find ourselves
on one level I had allow so much let me live when I'm you know, who knows when I had a lot of luck about what you said. You don't know what happened. You don't know the only thing you know is you read something in Salah after Salah. I asked you what you read, what did you read? I can't remember but it must have been called hawala because that's my favorite.
Favorite because of what don't come and tell me because of the meaning because of how short it is in the Athena and cool hawala happened to be our favorite sutras in Salah it's reality let's change that Can't we connect with more of the Quran? Don't you know what don't you know Allah, Masha? Don't you know other service Can't you take five minutes more? May Allah forgive me while I'm here? We all have a lot to improve. I see the smiles mean we are giving
my brothers and sisters it's a reality check. Well are you here in the month of the Quran? We want to listen to the whole Quran in Salah but when it comes to our Muslim we Creek with the same same sewers. Let's be honest, we don't even know what has happened. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us learn to concentrate, learn to concentrate in Salah with the words of the Quran. Try and understand their meaning making effort. Today technology has made it so easily accessible to us yet we are guilty of not even going one step in that direction. People have their businesses online, they have their shopping online they have the tickets online, the holidays online, but they're
plugged in with Allah. It's available online, but then they're offline. offline. What happened? Oh, the internet ran out. I don't know. May Allah forgive us? Really. It's about time we revisit it. And this is why I've chosen to speak about this today because we are in Ramadan. It's not known as the month of Quran for nothing. Take your time, relax. Enjoy the recitation make the time How do you make time let me give you one tip one there are many tips but one cut out that which is unnecessary and futile. A lot of the times if you look at your day, most of what you've done was absolutely unnecessary.
You sitting with the TV doing what watching football watch what you know what you're put on sit with Allah subhanho wa Taala Why do you need to sit and do something? Perhaps once in a while you may want you know a little bit of a change some recreation, no one is saying sport is completely haram but within limits Alhamdulillah it's there. But when you lose track of your limits with Allah your Salah goes your Quran goes How can we then encourage this type of sport? May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us so we need to strike a balance. Islam is all about balancing. And this is why we have the month of Ramadan to go back and check. Let's never ever be from among those who read the Quran in
Ramadan. And once Ramadan is over, it's over. How much What are you reading now in this month? Ask yourself I hope the answer is some amount. Sometimes the aquafaba who have memorized the Quran, who may not be leading the tarawih in Ramadan who passed the entire month without really having completed that and yet they have memorized it in terms of memory that is guilty. Trust me the link was Allah what an insult.
But let's talk about every one of us. Surely in Ramadan, I hope we've improved in our recitation. Keep it up even after Ramadan make that promise today it's not impossible. Get up as you are getting up. Now. You know, I know of people who get up for support. So for me, the pre dawn meal just before you start the first but five minutes later they go to sleep and they miss the last recession. Do you know that there are people who would get up for a meal but not get up for the spiritual meal which is salad without which you
actually do not survive. You cannot survive. Let's not insult Allah subhanho wa Taala learn to strike the balance learn to understand my brothers and sisters that goodness that we have in this beautiful month of Ramadan. Don't you wish that it continued forever and ever? Well, if that is the case, Allah gives you a discount and Allah tells you in this beautiful month we will multiply every letter you read outside Ramadan, you get 10 rewards. Imagine blocking. Let's say 10 rands we in South Africa the RAND is crashed said email us lengthen it, I mean, but let's just say 10 grands one US dollar. Sorry, I don't have that right. I'm just giving you
10 grands one US dollar. If that 10 rewards was 10 rents, and you had to say Alif
me and you got 30 rents for that 111 I think all of us would be sitting you would actually tell me to keep quiet. I'm going to do my thing, because everyone wants these lands by the time I finished it. I've got maybe 35 million rands already sitting there Mashallah, I can now buy a house in Madrid Camden. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, my brothers and sisters if it was cash we were ready to do it. One law he is more valuable than cash while law he is something that will take you two gentlemen Holly Dena fee has a button forever and ever not just 20 years in this world you happy because now I'm 50 years old I can finally afford a car and a house and Mashallah married and so on.
So what about forever and ever you need value unique currency for Africa. That currency will be your connection with the poor on the connection with the word of Allah, how much you are adopting it, how much you are practicing it, how much you have made it's halal, halal and haram haram and inshallah you will continue to progress further and further so connect yourself with the Quran. I cannot imagine in Ramadan Allah multiplies the reward in an even greater way. So you have not 10 rewards for one letter, but even more because it's Ramadan, come on make make use of this beautiful sail that Allah subhanho wa Taala has granted us May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us my brothers and
sisters. I've said a few words. I feel motivated myself. I hope I can stay on this level and I hope I can even progress and I asked the same for all of you are salatu salam ala nabina Muhammad