Why Luqman was mentioned.

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Friday Sermon from Masjid Al Falaah, Harare Zimbabwe.

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam.

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ala Alejandra here.

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We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He's in touch entire household and all his companions May Allah bless them all and bless every single one of us, my beloved brothers and sisters in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The closest to him is the one who tried his or her best to be close to him. If you try to get closer to Allah, Allah subhanho wa Jalla tells us that he will be even closer to you then your trial. And this is why in a hadith could see which means a hadith where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is narrating what Allah subhanho wa Taala has said. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Whoever comes to me

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walking, I come to him rushing

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in in the same duration. It starts off by saying whoever comes to me a hands fan, I come to him and entire foot. And this goes to show that if we make an effort to get closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala we will always find that Allah will be closer to us than our own trial. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us closeness to him and May he be close to us to this having been said, if you take a look at Revelation, and the Quran in particular, you will come to realize that the stories that are mentioned in the Quran are not only connected to the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala but Allah has selected certain worshipers of him to be mentioned in the Quran, who perhaps unknown and who

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would have been absolutely unknown to us, had they not been made mention of by Allah subhanho wa Taala. For example, Luqman the wise man last peace and blessings be upon us all upon him and upon all the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala he was a wise man.

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The narration say he was an African from Africa and Nova meaning from Sudan. And what was it that was so great about him that mentioned was made of him and his advice to his son in the Quran. If we just stop there for a moment, we will learn a lesson from that. That when we do something good that is close to Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala appreciates Allah subhanho wa Taala is also thankful he shows gratitude as well, although he does not need to do that. But Allah subhanho wa Taala refers to him to himself as a shackle as well. The one who is also thankful The one who shows gratitude so can Allah. So Allah made mentioned Subhana, Allah to Allah of a man who perhaps some might have

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considered insignificant but in the eyes of Allah, he was very significant, because he struggled, he strove to earn the pleasure of Allah and on top of that, he fulfilled the mission that he was sent to on earth for what was that mission to worship Allah alone and to pass the torch to pass the torch to the next generation, and worshiping Allah I try my best if Allah has blessed us with children, it is our duty to try our best to convey the message minimum to our kids to those whom we interact with. And this is why the advice of Luqman alayhis salam is made mention of in the Quran. Imagine an entire surah a whole portion of the Quran is named after this man. He was not a prophet of Allah

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subhanho wa Taala was just a wise man and he was a pious person. So Allah is what we call an oboe man when he Benny

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buena de Allah to shinnick Billa in a shield.

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Now we remember when Look, man the wise told his son, oh my son, do not associate partners with Allah for indeed, association of partnership with Allah subhanho wa Taala is the greatest error and oppression you could ever commit. That's the beginning. So Allah subhanho wa Taala, saying, remember, there was a wise man and this is what he said, to whom live in he to his son. He spoke to his son in a beautiful way. He won his son's heart over by speaking in the correct manner. And from this, we learn that when you want to win people over you will never win them over with harshness, you will never win them over by force, they may become subservient, but their hearts will not be

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with you. Because nothing happens by force. You need to convince you need to be a person of high values of high morals of beautiful speech of respect of all and this is when you will be able to win people. This is when you win them truly, they will be convinced that the message that I'm hearing is actually the truth. The message that this person has come with is actually beautiful. Look at how lovely this person is. I'd like to emulate

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I'd like to follow and for this reason, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent upon the highest level of character and conduct while in Allah Allah Philippine army. Allah describes him saying you are Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam upon the highest level of a great level, the greatest level of character and conduct. So, if we have developed our character and conduct we will be much more effective in terms of being able to convince people to do what is right and being able to convince them to abstain from that which is wrong by the will of Allah subhanho data. So, look man, the wise as he advises his son, he continues and we won't mention all the pieces of advice, but

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we will mention some of it. The idea is for us to be able to gain the closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala that he achieved, it was something great. So if I want to achieve that closeness, I need to know that it's for that reason that Allah makes mention of his advice in the book in the Quran. So he says regarding prayer regarding Salah yagoona Yaki Miss Allah tala mobiel man, oh, all my son, establish your prayer. Don't just read your Salah, you know, don't just perform, you know the term sometimes in the English language, it's quite difficult because in Arabic, you say suddenly, and that's made up of 201 might say three letters sad and two lamps suddenly, meaning fulfill your

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Salah, and to translate it into the English language is so difficult because even if you use two or three words, you won't ever get the feel of the term suddenly in the Arabic language. So some people say perform your Salah, and others argue that Salah is not a performance. It's not something that you're performing. It's actually an act of worship and act of closeness to Allah. rather use the word fulfill your prayer, or better still establish your prayer. It is something to be established as a Muslim Salah is not just a one off thing, establishment of it would mean that on a regular basis, when the time sets in, you are worried about if you establish it, this is the establishment

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of prayer. So this is advice number one, or one of the very, very important pieces of advice. establish your prayer. Obviously at that time, their prayer was not exactly like ours, but it was somehow an act of worship to Allah subhanho wa Taala he's instructing his son, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us fulfill this instruction in the in terms of our Sharia, and at the same time, may he help us convey that message to our children as well. So establishment of prayer never be lazy, no matter what fulfill that prayer if for some reason, like the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says Manama Ancelotti Alessia de de de cada, whoever has slept over a Salah, uncalculated sleeping, what does

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that mean? That means that you don't just say, Okay, I'm going to sleep, and I'll set my clock for eight o'clock. It's fine. That is calculated in that case we are sinful. But uncalculated meaning I set it for four o'clock, for how for something happened, and I didn't get up. You know, I overslept. The Hadith says whoever has overslept or forgotten total forgetfulness, they should fulfill the Salah. As soon as they remember, as soon as you get up as soon as you remember, fulfill the Salah that you've just missed, and Allah subhanho wa Taala will forgive you by his will. So this goes to show that establishment of prayer is such that if for some reason, you have skipped it, and that we

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are talking here of valid reasons, like sleep or forgetfulness, and so on, in that case, you would fulfill it immediately still ask Allah Subhana which Allah to forgive you for having forgotten or delayed and so on. Now, Allah Subhana Allah to Allah forgive us, but extremely important, it is the founding pillar of the rest of your deeds, your Salah is in order, the rest of your deeds will be in order you find in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says Luma

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amin Ankita.

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In Salah.

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Allah is instructing Mohammed salatu salam, saying, read from that which has been revealed to you that which has been revealed to you meaning the Koran, read it, recite it, understand it, and so on, convey the message and so on and establish your prayer. For indeed, prayer will protect you from immorality and evil. It protects you. So if you have the concern, I mean, who do I mean ablution I'm worried about my next prayer. No matter what sin is around you, you will immediately think to yourself, you know what, Allah comes before all these pleasures of the world. You know, there has to come a time when in the life of an individual he or she realizes that whatever sin is committed in

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the past is actually not beneficial at all. In fact, it's harmful. What did I gain by it? What am I going to gain by drop it, cut it and turn to Allah you will find the preparation for the hereafter will be such

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That Allah will be pleased with you may he be pleased with you and I and as all i mean. So, that is the message, the first message that we are speaking about this afternoon, that of Salah. And on top of that, the same verse says, enjoying that which is good, encourage people to do good and discourage them from evil in a beautiful way. You know, I've always seen the messages of the Koran such that when it comes to conveying the message to the non Muslims, Allah says, speak to them, you know with calmness, speak to them with good words. I give you two examples. When Moses the prophet may peace be upon him was that a Salaam was sent to the pharaohs around? He was told you and your

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brother go to the Pharaoh.

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Kula Allahu

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Allah Allah.

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Go and speak to him with soft words. Perhaps he might remember he might take he perhaps he might be fearful.

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What was it that was going to make him fearful, soft words, you cannot come to someone say I'll beat you up. If you don't read your Salah, and I'll thoroughly destroy you. If you don't do this. They might become subservient for a moment, but their hearts won't be convinced. But if you talk to them, Look, my brother, it's not good for you to do this and so on my sister, you know, this dress code or my brother, whatever it is, but in a beautiful way they will they are more likely not only to lend you an M, but to understand what you are saying and to fulfill it. So this is why look at what Allah subhana wa Taala tells Musa alayhis salam, when he's instructing him to go to the worst tyrant that

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existed at the time, the one who used to say I'm the God and Allah says, relax, when you go to him cool. You know, take it easy. Speak to him with soft words even though you are from us. We are sending you with revelation with power, with signs with miracles, we are with you but speak to him come. This shows us when we speak to the non Muslims we are instructed to speak you know with soft terms. What about the Muslim in amongst us, let's learn to spread love. Let's learn to spread peace. People are doing something wrong, no need to swear No need to abuse No need to become violent. No, we will use soft terms and we will continue praying to Allah, if they are guided Alhamdulillah it

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was always from Allah if they are not guided. So that is their link with Allah subhanho wa Taala he Sabu whom Allah Allah, their account is with Allah not with you, not with AI. So don't become violent as a result, not at all don't become abusive as a result, lest you not only lose your own respect, but you present the wrong image of this entire Deen and religion that we have to propagate the goodness that you have will not be looked at as goodness, because of the way you approached it. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah forgive us, may he make us from those who are come, sometimes we want to see results immediately. I talk to you and I want to see results. Now. If not, I will put it up

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on Facebook and everywhere else, this person is astray. And this person is not fit to be spoken to us is that Islam? That's not Islam. I pray and I continue praying and guess what if I die and you die, and if you die upon misguidance, it's not going to harm me in any way. In fact, I will get a reward for having tried. But your guidance is up to you, between you and Allah. In fact, it is Allah who guides so it's not even totally and wholly up to you. But it's between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us all, and may He opened our doors. This is how we should encourage people to do good. This is how we should try and discourage people from bad without abuse

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without becoming violent without using words that are derogatory, without becoming hurtful, this is how we do things. If you see a man or a woman or someone doing something bad and you'd like to guide them, there is a way of doing things. There is a system there is a style. And that style is prophetic. And it is in the Quran. And Allah has given so many examples of it. And Allah shown us results of that. Remember this, so if a person has done something wrong, understand that it is your duty not to make it worse. So that's something important. Sometimes you have a person perhaps I'm giving an example off the cuff, and you happen to see them with a bottle of alcohol, and you'd like

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to remind them so you could you could look at them. And you could choose perhaps to spit at them to swear at them to shout at them to abuse them to you know, perhaps become violent. And so that would be wrong. Not only is it a derogatory but perhaps you'd be penalized in terms of the law of the land. The better way of doing things the more prophetic way of doing things. The more correct way of doing things is to begin with humbleness, with character with conduct. Trust me if they were to leave that bad habit because of an effort that Allah allowed you to make. It's better for you than whatever material item this world holds. This is why I would not be valuable in the long run. When

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it comes to the day of labor, the prophets of Salaam says to him while la isla Ania de la cucaracha la hidden.

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Marina if Allah has chosen you to guide even one person

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It's better for you than whatever material items this world holds. So the first example was that around where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, speak to him come speak to him with soft words. The other example is when Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about debating with the people of the book or presenting the opposite argument to the People of the Book. How should it be done? Here? We're talking of people who are not Muslim. You want to convince them you want to discuss with them. So it shows that yes, you should be but the discussion must be with respect. The discussion must not be abusive, no insults, Allah Subhana Allah Allah says, we'll do a lesson Sabina be cabanel Hekmati.

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Eva Tina Hasina will

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be letting you

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call towards the path of your Lord, with wisdom with tact. Call in the most beautiful way to panela and motiva AlHassan the reminder that is the most beautiful way of doing things. Call towards your Lord with beauty, in your speech, in your style, in your way, in your habit. Don't just condemn people to hellfire. And this is sometimes what people are doing. You see someone you say Oh, the builder Narayana, this man is Indiana. That one is Indiana, as though you are the only one who's got a rubber stamp on your shoulder saying okay, Paradise is yours. You're the owner, you stand at the door and decide who goes in and out. That's wrong.

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paradise belongs to the owner, who is Allah subhanho wa Taala the same Lord who's telling you that call people towards goodness, Allahu Akbar. And this is why Allah says, God, whom billet II action, even if you have to discuss with them a mutual discussion,

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or you have to debate with them a mutual mutual debate, you know, both parties are talking, presenting arguments, responding to the arguments, let it be in the best possible way most respectful, imagine, this is our duty towards the non Muslims. This is our duty towards the non Muslims. Imagine our relationship with the Muslims themselves and how it should be on a much higher level. Sadly, today, a small difference of opinion and the next thing we don't want to greet we don't want to respond the greeting we want to start spreading this and spreading that, that does not serve the Muslim Ummah any good. In fact, it only causes harm, and it only causes hatred. Let's

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learn to cleanse our hearts. And this is why if I were to continue with what Look man, Allah His Salatu was Salam has said you will find that he says was Bill alhama azabache. Immediately after saying enjoying that which is good and discourage people from bad he says patience regarding that which has got to you which might not be as positive as you would have liked. So if something got to you that is negative there patients, ask a lot to help you and continue bearing that patients also suffer also refers to restraining yourself, restrain yourself. You know, don't just vent your frustration. Don't just react to every action know, restrain yourself Calm down, think very hard.

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Think of an action think of its reaction, think of absolutely every angle that you can think of before you act. And sometimes you might want to sit down and pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala and leave it at that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us

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also this great man, look, man, the wise, may Allah subhanho wa Taala peace be upon us all. He says to his son, oh, my son, when you walk, make sure you walk correctly, the walk, how to walk, let them chill. When you're walking, don't walk like an arrogant person on earth. Imagine the walk the style of walking needs to be modified. May Allah help us on May Allah make us from those who are calm. A lot of the times we wouldn't have thought that the way I walk can be an arrogant walk. So you know I'm bouncing around my shoulder this way. And that way, when I turn around how I look at people, all this could determine that I'm an arrogant person. May Allah forgive us all. This is why let's take a

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moment in sha Allah to purify our conduct, the way we speak, the way we talk the way we walk. And even when raising the voice. This same verse speaks about how the worst of voices is that of a brain acts meaning a donkey.

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You can't understand. Sometimes we happen to scream and yell and shout with someone we work with or we work for or they work for us. No need for that your movement you feel Allah Calm down, lower your tone, relax, take it easy. This is a lie. It's his message and you are being taught that the most noble were those who had these characters and this is why look man the wise is made mention of in the Quran. These beautiful messages. May Allah give us all the opportunity to go through the beautiful Surah Surah Luqman I call on you to go through that surah when you have a moment in the English language so you can understand the messages. They are quite clear and it's a beautiful

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Active worship. But let's not just go through the verse without thinking of its meaning. And let's not just think of its meaning without thinking of practicing upon it. It's important for us to practice as best as we can develop yourself for the sake of Allah and see the difference not only in your life, but in the lives of all those around you as though a candle has been lit and everyone receives from its light. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us that was Allahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad