Love of the Masjid
Channel: Mufti Menk
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A beautiful talk where in Mufti Menk draws attention towards loving Allah and the house of Allah, cleansing hearts, coming together for the sake of Allah SWT, learning that which is good, supporting one another in righteousness and achieving unity by following the commandments of Allah SWT.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah Allahu wa salatu wa salam, O Allah May Allah be a vida who Allah Allah, he was a big man. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we thank him upon all conditions we send complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of them, to bless every single one of us who are seated here to bless the Omaha at large, our offspring, those who are coming, those who will be coming up to the end of time mandla keep them steadfast upon the dean, and may He keeps us all steadfast as well upon the dean. I mean, my brothers and sisters when
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came into Madina munawwara one of the first things he did was to build a machine. He came into Oba and he was still in transit going to Madina munawwara. Koba, as you know, is in the outskirts of Madina munawwara the outskirts meaning just outside Medina today it's considered as a suburb of Medina. At that time, it was actually the outskirts of Madina munawwara one of the first things he did was he gathered his companions and they decided to build a Masjid. This beautiful machine was built, facing by to knock this it was facing facing Jerusalem. This was in the first year not even in the first year, but in the first moments of the Hydra. The
Hydra was not yet completed in the sense that they had not yet arrived in Madina munawwara brothers and sisters this goes to show the importance of the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala
it is asuna and the way and the path of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam together the muslimeen if you take a look at the word Jama it means a group if you take a look at the word Juma, it also has in it the term Jama which would mean to gather gathering people bringing them together what is the Purpose The purpose is each one of us should know each other we should know the other we should know your name who you are, we should know for example, perhaps some of the difficulties you may be going through not so that we can put it on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook and WhatsApp but in order for us to be able to help one another
in order for us to be able to reach out to the other the brother doesn't have food my brother come to my home today or I will provide for you some food someone doesn't have medication for example they are sick and Ill minimum we make a draft for them because we know the brother is missing his normally here for Salah to Salas have gone by He is not here. What is what has gone wrong today it's one little message one little phone call we have been blessed with technology but the sad reality is we use it in the wrong direction. Technology is such that I can contact my parents, my family members members of the community my alma but what do I do I waste time on it with people I'm not
supposed to be talking to and those whom I'm supposed to be talking to and earning reward through? I have no relation no contact with them. If they want to ring my phone perhaps I won't answer it. I will say oh that's my dad. No ways. Please can you take the call or you press ignore or you silence the phone? Why your father your mother?
We are taught that together is extremely important. It becomes compulsory on some occasions take a look at the Jumeirah Are you allowed to just miss Juma without any reason. No, if you are if you do not have a valid reason you have to be there as a male for Salatu Juma you must be there.
And when we get there the difficulty we have today my brothers and sisters the attitude that has become the norm you arrive last villain and you leave last minute so much so or should I say you leave in the first moments. You arrived last minute and as soon as salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa sallam is done. The second one is buy the shoes May Allah forgive us. The truth is, we have become people who are not plugged in to each other. And if we are, it's for the wrong reasons. Sometimes it's for something material. How many of us know each other solely for the pleasure of Allah. We look at each other, we greet each other my brother, I love you. I don't intend from you to receive
or achieve anything material. Nothing from this world. I just care for you because you are my brother or sister in Islam. Where is that gone? The House of Allah is supposed to bring that to us. When we have business deals outside. They turn so sour that we stop attending the ministry because the uncle who stole our wealth is perhaps in the same messaging. We see a person reading Salah in the sun and we want to go to the stuff behind because we don't get along with him. He stole 50 rounds of mine, he hasn't given it back and sometimes it gets to 50,000 and to some of those who drive perhaps extremely expensive vehicles, it might get to 50 million
Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. point of the matter is, let that not happen. The reason why we need to stand in the surf together shoulder to shoulder is because we are not different from one another. If you notice carefully before I started the Salah today, I made a very important statement that you might not have heard so often.
What did I say? straighten your rules ensure that the heels are all in a straight line that we've heard a lot Mashallah shoulder to shoulder that's how you should be standing. At the same time I said, Take a moment to cleanse the heart because
it is only with a heart that is cleansed, that you will be able to benefit from the prayer from the Salah. Your heart is dirty, full of jealousy, hatred, malice, you are saying Allahu Akbar Your mind is somewhere else it's not with Allah. You hate the brother next to you you hate the other one who's a few steps back you already planning how you're going to hit a quick move to leave without seeing that brother because you owe him some money or he owes you something or you've usurped or he's usurped or something has happened. Why should that be with the oma? Really we need to check the sooner of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam learn to love one another Once there was a companion of
Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam walking by and the prophet SAW Selim passed a remark he made a comment. He said, whoever would like to see a person from Jenna Have a look at that companion.
So the Sahaba of the Aloha gnome were definitely interested. They wanted to know what's the bother, what is it? How come he's got that virtue? What about us, we want the virtue they will not jealous of him in a bad way, but they wanted virtue as well. So for that reason, they decided to one of them at least decided that let's try and go and see what's going on. Perhaps he engages in a bother we want to do the same. They found after they followed him there was nothing major. He also went to sleep after Salah from Asia he got up for Salah, which means that Jude was missing. If we say this person is from Paradise, we'd expect them to get up early. They would probably you know read long
long Salah engage in a battle for our whole nightmare Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding that Allah requires from us that which is compulsory and obligatory to begin with. Thereafter, you increase with your own love of Allah subhanho wa Taala in a way that you become extremely close to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So later on, they asked this companion, what is it you we heard about you x y and Zed? What is it with you that you have such a virtue, the virtue of paradise? He says there's nothing extra that I do. I can't think of anything so panela imagine what an honor it must have been to hear that. May Allah grant us agenda I mean
there's nothing much that I do extra. Then he says Hang on. Every night before I recline. I checked my heart and I ensure that I removed from it malice against any of my brothers or sisters. malice removed, hatred removed. Jealousy envy removed, no bad feeling clean hearts, and this is why the heart is clean. Not only do you have a healthy body, when it is physically clean, but you have healthy you are healthy in terms of your spirituality and link with Allah when it is spiritually clean religiously clean when it has when it is free of defect and melody even spiritually. Allah grant us an understanding this is why the Hadith says allow enough in Jessa de la motiva e la sala
hasta la Jessica Sudoku, what is the facade that facade and Jessa Dooku Allah here indeed, behold, in the in the body, there is an organ there is a piece of flesh motiva is referring to a piece of flesh. It's boneless.
Behold, in the body, there is a piece of flesh. If it is good and pure, the whole body is good and pure. If it is sick, or rotten or evil, the whole body will be sick or evil.
Person facade means corrupt, it is corrupt, the body is corrupted. Allah protect us when he says Behold it is the heart. That piece of flesh is the heart, cleanse your heart, ensure that from that heart, you remove dirt, you remove all forms of hatred, Ill feeling for one another as the Muslim ummah. Today we are struggling as an oma because beyond La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, we have started hating one another for little differences that we may have.
I'm not saying don't discuss the differences on an educational, intellectual level in order to learn. It's important to know it's important to learn. It's important to expand our knowledge at all times we might be doing something wrong, but that should not mean we develop a hatred for individuals just because perhaps they don't know they haven't yet seen the light. Maybe we don't like the wrong that is being done by the people. But we always have hope and we have love for the people themselves. Remember the difference between the sin and the sinner. Very big difference between the two.
The sin we hate, we dislike we will disassociate from but the sinner we have hope
We know we love for the sake of Allah the good in that person they all have good we to have good and bad. Nobody seated here. Nobody who will listen to this later on, can say that I don't have any sin not at all, nothing. We all have room for improvement no matter how well improved we may already be. So when we come to the house of Allah, a winner is the one who can look and who can greet Imagine if greeting is an act of charity when we are outside. What about when we come into the house of Allah? These are the guests, not of myself or yourself, not of the one who might have built this place? We are the guests have Allah subhanho wa Taala Do you greet them? It should be an honor to be able to
greet another who has entered the house of Allah as a guest of Allah. When someone enters your house and people who are there welcome them, they greet them, they make them feel at home and you greet them and so on. It would be an honor. It would be good, they feel comfortable in your home, they will return the next time Subhan Allah so what about if we were to honor the people who are coming to the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala as guests of Allah subhanho wa Taala honor them in that way. Greet them, make them feel comfortable sought your matters out, resolve your disputes, solve your problem, the Hadith speaks about how bad it is to leave an unresolved matter between Muslims for
more than three days.
You're not speaking to each other for what
Muslim or Muslim of
the Hadith says a true Muslim will not disassociate or distance or stop speaking to their fellow brother who's a Muslim for more than three days you need to solve the matter. That Hadith is showing us the importance of resolving the dispute. The longer you leave it, the more it grows, you have a problem in the house even between husband and wife. If you leave it for tomorrow morning, it will be a bigger problem at night it grows Subhanallah as you snore, she gets more irritated. Allah forgive us.
The problem grows and it grows and continues to grow. So resolve your matters husband and wife tonight before tomorrow morning. You share the bed with Allah subhanho wa Taala help us resolve our disputes. You leave it for tomorrow it's a bigger issue. You went for a week trust me it's become like wild grass. Now you need a lawn mowed. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us
the same applies among the oma you have a dispute with your brother sorted out now soften your heart ask for forgiveness. My brother I'm sorry you know we are muslimeen We are human beings we falter I am very very sorry. And so you know what Forgive me Let's start a new leaf from today on inshallah we speak good about one another Mashallah. And at the same time, we no longer have this problem and dispute
and the brother says the same. Now some of you might be thinking, well, I owe him 50,000 I hope he can say that.
So panela you owe him something, make amends, go and strike a deal. Make a plan, tell him look I give you so much every month inshallah by the will of Allah and work towards it. Make say something good, don't just run away. A lot of us. Allah has bestowed upon us so much in terms of sustenance. You know what the problem is, we don't know how to budget that's the thing. We want to live a life higher than the Joneses. It's a reality.
We want to live a life higher than we can earn because we see everyone with the latest we want the latest But brother Allah has kept to such that you cannot afford it. Be happy with the older phones with the older technology with an older motor vehicle, be happy with it, don't worry.
Be happy with the fact that perhaps you might not be able to have a meat dish every single day. Maybe it's healthier for you. That's why Allah gave it perhaps if Allah gave you wealth, you might have lost your family. Some people the richer they become, the less happiness they have in their home. Others, the richer they become the more they earn the pleasure of Allah through donation.
How many of us learn this lesson from getting to the masjid the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala brothers and sisters, if I am meant to be treating the guests of Allah in such an important and such a brilliant way with so much of importance and goodness, and I'm supposed to be giving to them in terms of good character and conduct. What about my own brothers and sisters from one mother, one Father, how many of us sitting here are listening? We don't speak to our brothers, our sisters because someone somehow someway blamed one or the wife or husband of another that they have done black magic on us. Haven't we heard that? Isn't it all too common? That is shavon they did nothing.
Shaytan did something on you, my brother, my sister shaytan has convinced you that your blood is against you. And that's absolutely a lie. May Allah forgive us.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala
unite this oma really, we need unity and the way we will achieve it is by adopting what Allah has instructed us to. And by softening our hearts. The Quran speaks about Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, and Allah says, while I'm
Moomin Holic. Had you been hard hearted.
Had you been harsh, hard hearted, they would have dispersed from around you, nobody would have come to you. But because of the mercy of Allah, Allah made you lenient towards them. leniency is a sign of the mercy of Allah when you are lenient, we are not saying be lenient on criminals so that they can commit more crime No, but we are saying in your homes, in their own mind, large members of the community, we need to learn to start greeting one another Assalamu alaikum not because I want your money, not because I saw you, the owner of the shop that I need to buy bathroom towels from No, not because you're a man whom I want something from or a woman who is very good looking. Therefore
Assalamu alaykum Sorry, my sister, it's a sin.
greeting you just I didn't hear you say violet. The Quran says you must respond in a better way. You know.
That is a disaster. You want something behind the greeting. The Nia changes. The Hadith says in normal Armando Binya, your intention is definitely playing the biggest role in determining your action. So if you were to say that with a good intention, I don't want anything in return. I merely want to acknowledge that you and I have a link that link of Eman the bond of Islam, and if not, then the bond of humanity Subhan Allah. When it comes to a Muslim, a Muslim, the Hadith says a Muslim woman Salim al Muslim una Missa Neha de a true Muslim is the one whom all the other Muslim men are safeguarded from the harm of his tongue or his hand. You never talk bad about the other what problem
would you have?
You went through a disastrous divorce people ask you what went wrong Hebrew come home, I tell you the whole story for what
they will tell you listen to too slow your wife's put it on Instagram already.
But that's not a Muslim, a Muslim would say Listen, you know what, she was a lovely person Mashallah worship of Allah, I hope I'm a lovely person as well inshallah, you know what we didn't get along in compatibility. Whatever happened happened, Allah forgive her, forgive me, and I wish her the best. And I hope that she wishes me the best. And I want you to wish both of us the best. People will look at you and say, but so then why did you separate?
Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us ease.
We have in our hearts such hatred, that those who we've had children with at the time when the marriage breaks down beyond repair, we tend to start speaking evil about them. May Allah forgive us all. May Allah forgive us all. We are human. By nature, we may falter. The sooner you realize the better it is for your heart, the more your Salah will help you when you fulfill it. Imagine when I'm reading Salah with a clean heart, what is what is where are my thoughts going, they are going towards Allah, I arrive at a level known as a son, a son is to worship Allah as though you are watching him. And if you can't do that, the next level of your son is to worship Allah knowing that
at least he is watching over you Subhana Allah, that is a son, but with us. The karma is going on and he's saying, you know, the guy who's reading the karma got a problem with him. So now already you starting to think about and the mom says Allahu Akbar. Next thing when he says well of Berlin, instead of starting in a knuckle coaster, he starts from the center of the Quran and you're saying no worries I I had to go to spear for a meal.
from Allah forgive us.
We thinking about so many other things. Yet we are supposed to be plugged in with Allah. Forget about that. When they when the man continues a little bit more. You know what happens? We get upset and angry. The man didn't go down and record and then we start saying, When is he going down? When is he going down? So where is your mind? Your mind is somewhere else? Take it easy, relax. Do you know that a lot of the young people in this I've been told about it may not be true in Cape Town, they know which must jeebies quicker than the other. Do you know that they will drive for half an hour to finish a tarawih which takes 20 minutes less than another one not realizing that it took you
an hour to go and come back. But they won't mind that. This is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. In fact, it is something that Allah subhanho wa Taala has asked us to do and that is to ensure that recitation is correct in Salah.
This is why I tell the whole fall and those who read the Quran. Do you know there is a hadith and I'm sure a lot of us would have heard it of Bihar, here in Cape Town. There are so many of us Mashallah. beautiful recitation. Do you know there is a hadith that says a person who has the Quran
in their heart, Allah will tell them on the Day of Judgment. Howdy says you pallu Lisa, he will pour any water p wa t comma quinteto to be dunya for indemand zilliqa in the activity i think i'm sure you may have heard that Heidi Do you know what it means? It means a person who has the Quran will be told on the Day of Judgment.
Read and keep on going up as you're reading. So when you read one verse, you'll be one level higher, you read another one you something like that you keep on going higher as you read, and continue going up, read in the same way you used to read in the world.
For me, the highlight of that whole Hadith is connected to the wording Kama Quinta Torah to fit dunya as you used to read in the dunya in the world,
you will not be able to read in another way. The only way you will be able to read on that day is as you used to read in this world. And the Hadees is read in that way. Keep on going up. Your rank will keep on increasing until you get stuck. The last verse you read is where you will stop.
So imagine with Allah subhanho wa Taala listening to what you have to say. And the next best thing you can read because you used to shoot in Salah slover Allah, nevermind Surah Fatiha in one breath, but part of the rest of the Salah also in the same breath stavroula the mean and the Bismillah and everything else of the next surah is already in the same breath as before. And then you have him up
as though we were playing some game stopzilla
stuff and I just thought of something. You know the Olympics, they've got Javelin, they've got discus, they've got shotput they don't have Salah, remember that. There's no competition. When it comes to Salah
going up and down. People were proud of a little video clip that was doing its rounds across the world saying this 20 record finish in seven minutes. I don't know how that happened. Well, I don't understand. If that is not an insult. Even the devil shies away from those activities. Shaytan can't keep up with that. I don't think so. stopzilla
Allah forgive us. So it's got to do with the link that you have with one another. If you are at ease, you will concentrate in salla Allahu Akbar, I've got nothing evil to think about. I'm just thinking about my make the words that are being uttered. Wow, what a beautiful plugin with your maker. And you have your brothers and sisters and Subhanallah you leave the machine and your heart is pure and clean. You look at people you smile, not because they don't have teeth or they have teeth, but it's connected really.
It's connected to the fact that they have a heart and soul Do you
win the hearts meet? You feel like living a life. Really. When the hearts are detached in you don't feel like living in your own house.
It's a reality. And that heart will only be cleansed by the remembrance of Allah. And the remembrance of Allah will only affect you when you clean the heart of other things because the dirt and the remembrance of Allah do not gathered in the same heart.
You cannot say I'm engaging in the remembrance of Allah but your heart is filled already. The heart has a capacity, it's already filled with dirt. Now you want to remember Allah In what way? It's like a computer. You have put from the 100 gigabytes space that you have 99 gigabytes full of pornography, then when you start off the computer and it's sluggish. He's I don't know why this computer is slow. Well, it's filled with all sorts of dirt. And then you want to say I can't download that Quran you were talking about how can you download in the go and delete all the dirt and then the Quran will download completely not only in that computer, but even in your heart. We
are living in an age of pornography. If you have missed your eyes by viewing pornographic material, you have wasted your Salah for a long period of time, the images that keep coming that which affects your brain, your mind your heart, the dirty images.
Allah forgive us. It requires Toba and the promise that we never going to go back to those bad habits no matter how tempting it is. Today you open your email What do you see? A B C D E and F to E email and then female
you open your email they show you a pop up of a naked female stavroula naked female What do they want? They want you to press they want you to touch touch what the screen and when you touch it another one opens up stavroula Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us remember,
you need to close those windows that other windows have held while law it reminds me of the words used by Rasulullah sallallahu regarding the graves
Mr odo to Maria the agenda for two men who are in the process of circumcision, the grave is either a garden from the gardens of Paradise or it is a bit from the pits of hellfire. Have you heard that? A window is opened for the person cool breeze coming in this person his heavenly or a window is open for the person hot air coming through with punishment coming through within the grave. That person is supposed to be doomed to hellfire. Do you want to open those windows on your screen, you might just be opening a window in your grave.
Now law practice protect us.
Learn to cleanse the mind the heart that is when you will be able to benefit from your Salah. When we say that it's easy to come for Salah to Juma it's not difficult or what is difficult is to concentrate there to have achieved the benefit Do you think that Juma would have been given so much relevance and importance in Islam if it was not really so important? If you've achieved nothing from it, there has to be some huge gym that you have to have been achieving from Juma looking forward to it. And I tell you what I have done go early to the masjid sometimes you will notice some of the older generation and sometimes a few of the young as well. They come very early 910 o'clock, they've
already washed up brushed up they've got the litter on and they know it's a Juma wearing the best of their clothing. They're excited they come in and they sit quietly one corner with the Quran with some other book in the dhikr of Allah, whatever it is, those are the ones you need to learn from that is Juma. For them it's a day of eat. Allah hates the most blessed day of the week. It is the day Fie Holika Adam, it is the day that Adam alayhis salam was created and it has so much virtue. It's not our topic.
But it's amazing how Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept so much of goodness on a Friday, but with us. We are the last ones in the first ones out. We've gained absolutely nothing straight after Juma we go home. We shouted. Where's the food? Where's the food?
stavola What did you learn from the Juma?
We didn't listen to what the Imam had to say.
And I recall one day I went to one Masjid some time back and there was an Imam speaking and I was sitting with the youth so they looked at me they said he, how come you're not talking? To me? I don't need to talk all the time. I'm here for Salatu Juma we are busy listening to the man. You know what the young man said? Listen to the words. The see mom is playing the same CD for the last 10 years.
What do you want me to say? I looked at him and I said my brother repetition is healthy. He will stop playing the CD when you adopt what he said then you know I can now move on. And I gave him an example. When you playing a game and you don't move to the next stage. How can you go to that next stage? You haven't even gone to it you haven't qualified to it. The mom is keeping on telling me read your Salah do this do that. Because he knows you guys haven't done it yet. You say you've got an answer for everything.
Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us but it's reality. There is no harm in listening to the same thing every week. Ask yourself, Allah is going to ask you I sent an email to you who told you this 1000 times. But you still didn't change in fact, it was so hard Allah you know, it would be easier if you said yeah, Allah we only told once and you I forgot about it. Man, that might be an easy answer. When you go and you stuck. Yes, yes. I actually told the chef one day Hey, you know what, you playing the same CD for the last so many years. And now you didn't even adopt what he said you didn't even think about it. So para la. If you take a look at the Giovanna hotma there are verses
that are repeated every single week. Do you know that? Almost every week Have you people ever heard this?
In the La Jolla maravilla de la Santa Barbara nod your head if you had
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It shows you
Do you know what it means? Put your hand up if you know the meaning of that verse.
La ilaha illAllah I haven't seen any hand here. Which means you listening to it. How can the Imam go to another verse when you don't even know what that verse means? Somehow Allah, Allah instructs you, Allah instruct you. He has definitely made incumbent upon you. He has dished out an instruction to you to be just a ladder and a servant to be claimed. Allah wants you to be just every week you hear this. Allah wants you to be kind.
And Allah wants you to reach out to people known as the will Oba your relatives, your family. Every week, the Imam is telling you reach out to your family. Give them not only Well yes, it may be speaking about charities but charities. The The topic is broad charities last night we spoke about how being intimate with your spouse is an act of charity.
resolving your dispute with your brother, your sister, your mother go out and speak to her say good words, earn her do by being kind, and it's not going to be easy. I tell you when Allah subhanho wa Taala has said that if you do this, you get Jenna. You must know that that's very difficult to be done. You must know that it cannot come easily.
Because when narration says, Allah, Allah, Allah Hallelujah, behold, the commodity of Allah which is Jenna. That's the commodity that we are purchasing throughout our lives we making payments every time we paying for something What are you paying for? You came for Salah it's a payment another Salah payment, you must want Salah Oh, default Watch out, you must another one, your house might go. Sorry, it's not a bank, but rather This is Jin Jin.
Don't miss the payment. These are the payments. Allah says the commodity of Allah is extremely dear, very expensive. It's very valuable. He will give, what will you give? It's going to be difficult to earn paradise in the sense that you need dedication. Yes, sometimes there's a dean of yours Allah has watched it and he will give you a paradise as a result. What guarantee do you have that you're going to get?
I recall one young man and this is a fact. He tells me I'm going to gentlemen. I said hey, Mashallah, when you get there, you better think of us to sit with us. We don't know whether we're going there or not. He says no. You know, there's a Hadith of the dog which you always talk about. I said, Yes, I know about him. He says Well, I've quench the thirst of about 100 dogs.
Sharp, intelligent people so panela Didn't you say that one dog and the woman was a prostitute got paradisus in Yeah, we I did say that underdogs.
May Allah forgive us? No Salah No, nothing zero. I just quench the thirst of dogs. That's not it. That's a total misinterpretation of the narration cannot do that. So
the thinking is, but if you take a look at reality, the young man was shocked. But his intelligence led him astray.
Allah says you fulfill the obligations you don't know what did Allah will look at everyone is different. If that was really the case, people who say I'm a Muslim way they would be all dogs.
Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us really.
My brothers and sisters reach out to fellow human beings, fellow human beings for life, we come to the house of Allah for love. Because we love Allah. We love those who are trying to please Allah, anyone else who comes to the house of Allah who knows they might be a saint, in hiding in hiding meaning no one knows they could be very pious person and you don't even know you come in. This is why they say put your shoes in order. I remember one day one of our machines, one of my own teachers in Madina munawwara he told us something he says I found something very interesting. I said What is it?
We were learning group of people and he said when you go to the masjid, if you notice the shoes are all put neatly in a line. You must know that the hearts of these people, they have in them what is known as selflessness. They have a quality in them of what is known as Hitman service. They like to serve people, they are serving people. But when you have people whose shoes are strewn all over the show, maybe they are selfish.
I can't guarantee that that is the case but I do know that certain places I've been to certain cities and certain towns have been to where I noticed the shoes are all in order in a line as though someone has been putting them there properly. Trust me I've noticed the people are so relaxed, they greet a smile. You notice a few qualities. With us it's all about huffing and puffing getting in put my shoes here my shoes the parking is the biggest issue are you going to please Allah subhanho wa Taala you steal the backing of the email
Allah forgive us
how can we do that? We go to please Allah we want to read salah and here we are we park in front of someone's yard they have an emergency they don't have any major whatever it is the non Muslims are looking at us sometimes they complain when we want to build a machine in an area because for them they need you don't know what's gonna happen they're gonna block all the driveways here say no.
Then we complain these people are blocking they're not. Sometimes we're lucky if we brought about goodness. If we reached out in a beautiful way to those around us, people would say let as many massages come up as possible. These people will look after the territory. These people will serve these people will be considered these people will come through they will they will give you food and drink and clothing and whatever else the days that they have and they will not make a noise
This is the quality of a Muslim
Do you know that when you have shaken the hands of a person who uses a lot of perfume? Sometimes you go away with perfume? Right? What did you do? You didn't apply perfume only shook their hand. Similarly, you have in Johannesburg.
There is an example I want to give you. I say the City of Gold. Have you heard that?
What do you see? You see mountains What color?
yellowish and goldish. That's not a mountain of gold, that is sand. But because there was gold nearby, look at the color.
What does that mean? The point I'm raising is when there is good company companionship, even those around benefit from it. They may not be the person. But there are people who are associated they've benefited the color changed SubhanAllah.
When they are houses around the massage, they should feel the spirituality. After some time, they should enter the fold of Islam. If we live this true Muslim in sometimes around the massage, they go further away from Islam, because we must behave. We must behave we intolerant we park in their yard every time every single time. And the number plates are in. You know, I noticed one thing. I spent Ramadan here and I spent Ramadan and a few other cities.
And I tried to memorize some number plates.
You won't believe what I'm about to tell you.
Repetition of number plates happens more often than not. Did you ever know that?
Which means you'll hear for example, Ca 225563 please move your car. I promise you a few months down the line you'll hear the same plate.
Because it's just an attitude that we've developed. I've noticed this and I it's not all the time you know that this would happen. But sometimes you say but didn't I hear this before? If your memory is strong, you'll be able to say yes, I've heard this number played before. So pal Allah, Allah forgive us.
Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. One day I had to bribe the person to get up and go out. We were sitting like this. And someone rushed in and gave us a note. You know how irritating that is when you're speaking so inconsiderate, but they had to do it, you know an emergency note. So I stopped my talk. And I said listen, brothers, we have a problem. This vehicle is blocking someone named they have an emergency they need to leave.
And this is no one caught up that I knew there was someone in here that had to go. I said brother whoever This is, may Allah grant you may Allah open your doors if you get up and you walk out Allah bless you with a beautiful vehicle give you sustenance. And as I kept on increasing door after door I saw one man slowly getting up.
But then we had a big problem because he walked out yes he felt quite happy that his car because he earned the DA someone came to me after the talk such as if I blocked somebody driver will you give me the same
that's the attitude we have my brothers and sisters, this is where we've reached a line. This is the condition of our heart that we want to take do our do the wrong thing so can Allah and I told him my brother Allah will bestow you with even more than that before anyone makes do out for you if you haven't blocked people's driveway, because the Hadith says whoever creates ease for someone, Allah will create ease for them in this world in the next.
And whoever makes life difficult for anyone. Allah creates difficulty for them here and the next. So take a moment. park your vehicle one kilometer away from the masjid but don't block anyone. Don't block anyone, please. Allah subhanho wa Taala help us May he blesses brothers and sisters we come together. We are men together. This is the house of Allah. I want to draw your attention to something that the people of other faiths are doing. They are giving a percentage of their salaries away to the church. They are giving a large amount of money as donation with us. I want to ask you one question.
How many of us have donated? volunteer I'm not talking about Zika Zika belongs to Allah if you fulfill it and handler you fulfilled it. The big deal is when you give over and above Zika that is the big deal. Because that is now testing you and your heart. How many of us have donated towards the masjid that we fulfill our Salah in how many of us whether it's 10 grands 50 rands, 100 grands, whatever it is, and let's not be miserly, it's the house of Allah. Don't say all these committee members. You know what I don't like them.
It's Allah and Allah doesn't mean that well. Do you know why? Allah says if you don't we will replace you with someone else. The work will correct will continue. The sound system will come in the carpet will be there. The air conditioning unit
Be there, the electricity bills will be paid. Those who work you will be paid the teachers, everything will happen without you.
It's already been happening. So when you contribute towards the house of Allah, it allows love for you that made you do that.
It's Allah who said, Okay, this man is now good enough, pure enough, let's put it in his heart to give. When we're not good enough, pure enough Do you think Allah wants us to give so nothing goes This is why I always say, when Allah has made you inclined towards putting a few rains every time in the box, it might just be your last Salah it might be your last visit to the masjid get into the habit around tourists in the box every time whatever it is a small amount, if Allah has put it in your heart to do something of that nature, or even if it's once a week on a Friday, sometimes they actually come to collect
in a lot of the massages, because they have expenses to be paid. People say why do you do this? Well, if someone paid all our expenses, we wouldn't need to do it. Are you ready? This is no No, no, no. But my brother then allow us to do this. We have to it's for the sake of Allah. So if Allah puts it in your heart, thank Allah Oh ally, thank you for accepting me to donate five friends to the masjid Subhana Allah thank Allah, thank Allah, what your heart and if you feel in your heart, I don't want to give, go back and look at your character, your conduct your heart, perhaps you need there is something wrong with you, maybe your wealth is not clean enough to be used in the house of
Allah, it's possible. So go back and cleanse it, cleanse yourself ask Allah when allows us your wealth in the right direction for a good cause for his house Subhanallah his own house his guests, there are so many bills to be paid. So much to happen the painting needs to perhaps you know happen and so much needs to occur we need to develop we need to grow maybe we want to purchase the property here or there in order to develop a parking or in order to develop a madrasa or whatever else it is or to expand the machine that will not happen unless we learn to give.
And I drew a parallel or an example of people of other faiths I have seen with my eyes, salary, not savings. Salary 10% gone to to the priest in his hand sponsor Allah May Allah protect us in his own hand.
With us the minute the Imam drives a car, any spec higher than a Camry, we got a problem.
Really, we've got a major disaster. Where did this man get the money from? You see the stealing? You see that? We've got bad thoughts evil Perhaps he's richer than you Who knows? Perhaps Allah has blessed him.
Perhaps some good samaritan brother might have come and donated him the Rolls Royce.
My brothers and sisters Let's learn to love one another. Love the house of Allah. That's my message this evening. Love the house of Allah, your love for the house of Allah will make you want to go there. It will make you want to donate, it will make you want to greet and love everyone who comes there because they are the guests of Allah. It will draw you closer to Allah it will make you want to attend the lessons and the lectures in the house of Allah because that's your place, it's your home. Can I ask you a question? How many of us would love to die in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala I'm sure all of us imagine dying in the first stuff. While if you want the probability to
increase find yourself here regularly rain or sunshine.
Come rain come sunshine, you are in the house of Allah.
Then the chances of you passing away in that house increase. You see the old uncle in Medina to nabawi Medina rasulillah salam al Madina, munawwara in Al Masjid nabawi in the first SFX insalata on federal on a Friday behind the Imam he went into sujood he didn't come back up.
I recall one law when I was a student, the same uncle Allah grant him gentlemen.
He was there all the time every Salah he would find it difficult to walk but he would walk and he would come right behind the man so much so that there was a time when they used to keep a little place for him because they knew this man is always here. So if he goes to make Hulu there is a hadith which says muncom image Li Tamara de la hahaha Kobe. Whoever was sitting somewhere and goes quickly to do something comes back that place is for him. You cannot just take it and say right let's just move Oh, you lost your place. No, if you had a reason to go out valid. Someone wants to make Hulu they want they've been sitting here for two hours they want to go to the loo they go out
you can say brother keep my place nothing wrong. This man's always there. He would only go out to have a meal or to the loo or in the evening back home. But from the morning to the evening. He passed away look at a last favor upon Friday. Must you do nabawi first soft, solid in such that and the man didn't come back
when I looked at that, I thought
to myself, yeah Allah grant us death Institute just like you're going to live. I mean, then I said to myself, if I want that to happen, I need to read Salah every time I need to make sujood and I need to prolong the sujood a little bit. It's a reality with us we go in this honorable Allah Subhana Allah Subhan Allah Allahu Akbar. And then you tell them but I'm supposed to say three times, isn't it? Just three threes, okay, isn't it, you want to die in that position, then take it a little bit longer than that, stretch it to a few more, learn a few more of the two hours, take your time in it. Perhaps Allah might take you while law he that is one of the most blessed ways of dying
So develop a link with the house of Allah please don't die in so do you die in the house of Allah what the blesser place.
Come to the masjid make an effort. Sometimes some of us are working throughout the day, at least some of your Salawat leave them in the masjid. You meet the people you see them with a good heart.
Now Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all I've spoken quite a bit. My intention was to draw
all our attentions to this very important matter of loving Allah loving the house of Allah. cleansing the hearts coming together for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala learning to assist one another in that which is good as Allah says what are our know? Allah, beloved, taqwa, support one another help one another when it comes to righteousness and piety. Good things.
May Allah gather us in Jenna la subhanho wa Taala bless every single one of us akula kolyada sallallahu wasallam albaraka Allah Nabina Muhammad wa ala al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen