Channel: Mufti Menk
Connecting the Pearls Conference, Manila Philippines
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala
nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa
v San Anita Yomi Dini.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations and one more Hamas Allah, La he was sending them, his entire household, all his companions. We asked Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them all and to bless every single one of us to grant us goodness in this world and the next should to bless us with righteousness and success. I mean,
my brothers and sisters, if I were to ask you, why did Allah Subhana Allah Allah create you? The correct answer is, He created us in this world in order to test us, in order for us to worship Him in order for us to fulfill the commands in order for us to recognize him and to understand the commands and instructions that come from him to fulfill them as best as possible to seek forgiveness whenever we falter. And to prepare for the day that we will return to Him and this is why it is quite clear in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, or Mafalda,
I have not created mankind or humankind except in order that they worship me they obey my instruction. So your duty and mine is to ask questions who made me? Why did he make me continue asking those questions? Where are those who are not yet born? And where are those who have already died? Where am I where am I heading? Where will I go after I die? These questions shall be answered. inshallah, they will be answered by Allah subhanho wa Taala. He has sent revelation in order to answer these questions. So everyone is looking for success. You and I know that a successful person on earth is considered to be a person depending on what you're looking for. Some people look at a
businessman who has the millions and the billions, and they say he is successful. Others look for example, at a person who has achieved religiously and say he is successful. The truth is, we will never ever know who is successful until we die, and we get somewhere so if we get to the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala indeed we have succeeded. And if we get to the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala we have failed. So success is the one who's granted paradise successful is the person who has been granted Jenna has been granted Paradise by Allah subhanho wa Taala. However, in Surah, Al Imran verse number 200, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it clear that in order to achieve success, you need
to be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If we take a look at the verse, Allah says, right at the end of the surah
O you who believe?
Do you know why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Oh, you who believe because those who believe consider this a serious matter. If in the Quran, you find a verse that starts off with all you who believe, and you pay extra attention to it, it means you're a believer. And if you find the verse saying oh you who believe and it doesn't even bother you. There is something wrong with your Eman. Love a couple that is a serious point.
When Allah says, yeah.
And immediately you turn and you want to know because you know you're included in it. It shows you know, it shows you have faith. But when you hear Yeah, you
know and you continue walking, then perhaps it shows that there is still a weakness in that man. So Allah says, his view bear patience. Wasabi will be forbearance, restrain yourself, continue struggling and striving to please Allah subhanho wa Taala wa and find yourselves in the positions that Allah has asked you to be in defending the oma defending yourself your Eman protecting from the devil and the enemy, what law and the tempo tempo is used What? I'm sure we've heard it so many times. What the law Some say is be conscious of Allah. Some say
Fear Allah I'm sure we've heard these terms, isn't it? Some say fear Allah, some say be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Let us say for example, have Taqwa that's an easy way out, have Taqwa that Allah come to flee, in order for you to succeed. So for me to succeed, for me to achieve success, I need taqwa I need to be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The proper lengthy meaning of the term taqwa is as follows, according to the head of the last colony, and it's a beautiful interpretation. He says, taqwa is derived from the term with higher with higher meaning a barrier to create a barrier, there is a Wikipedia between you and me. For example, there is a barrier between you and I.
So, if we were to say it is from Wikipedia, it is in all it is to create a barrier between you and the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala by fulfilling his commands and abstaining from prohibitions, that is known as taqwa. So if I'm a person who's good at why the person who is God conscious or fearful of Allah subhanho wa Taala, what does it mean in detail? It actually means I'm a person who's always bothered about a barrier between me and the fire, I don't want to go to the fire. So I create a curtain a barrier between me and the fire, by doing what, by fulfilling the commands of Allah subhanho wa, taala and abstaining from prohibitions. Whenever Allah has instructed
you to do something, you are there, wherever he's instructed you not to do something, you find yourself far from that. And at the same time, what is important is for us to know that when we have faulted because of human nature, part of telkwa will make you repent, it will make you turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, this evening, I'm speaking about the term perhaps, the term perhaps, maybe when Allah gives advice, he gives beautiful advice to us. When Allah instructs he instructs in a beautiful way,
you know, when you're around,
who was a great tyrant on Earth, happened to be fortunate enough that the messenger came to him, but he was unfortunate that he did not accept the message of that messenger, who was the messenger Musa alayhis, salam, this was a man who used to say bokun I am your Lord, I am the highest.
I am your Lord it the high. And he used to say
me, all my people, I don't know of any god for you besides me.
Imagine besides me, I always sit and think he was just a human being who also had stomach problems and a cough and the flu and so on. And he used to say, I'm your Lord, may Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us all may grow the steadfastness and strength. So this is something serious. Allah sent Musa alayhis salam and told him how to address this man. None of us can be wisdom.
And none of us can be better than the prophet who Salah is Allah. So when we address people, when we call them to Islam, to the deen to what is right, listen to what Allah told someone better than you regarding how to approach someone worse than anyone you will ever be able to approach. Allah says,
Allah Allah, Conan Allah Allah.
Go to him. And give him more tell him, speak to him with soft words. Why soft words penetrate the heart, soft words, perhaps he won't be from among those who are in London, perhaps he will feel a lot perhaps he will be conscious of Allah. If you speak with humbleness and humility, and you speak with good words, you will definitely be able to reach a part of a heart. If Allah wounds that is far more effective than if you were to speak harshly. Like
if you were hard hearted, if you were harsh and hard hearted, they would have dismissed from around you, they would have dismissed SubhanAllah. So what is important is for us to know how to address to know how to speak to know how to convey the message. So the point I've raised here before I start with the term, perhaps you may achieve righteousness.
Perhaps you may achieve that. Well. The point I made is in order to succeed
You need jaquan. Now let's see how to achieve that one.
Did you hear that? In order to succeed you need taqwa we all need success. That's what I said at the beginning. And in order to succeed, you need taqwa. So how do I achieve that one? We all want to buy a motor vehicle. In order to have the motor vehicle, you need money. How do I make money? That's the question. It's the first step, isn't it? So similarly, here, let's see what Allah subhanho wa Taala says regarding topo. And the reason why I chose to make mention of how Allah told who's Ali Salaam to address the Pharaoh of Iran, is because if Allah will, he did not have to say,
perhaps they may be righteous, perhaps they may achieve piety, perhaps they may become conscious of me. He did not need to say that. He could have just given instruction, do this, don't do that. It was enough. But he speaks so beautifully to us being Allah, he still says why don't you do this? Isn't it time for the believers to turn? That's what Allah says. He could have said, Oh, believers turn now. Was there anything wrong with that? If he said that? No, He is Allah. Allah, Allah, Allah, it is he who created it is his decision, and he commands and instructs whatever he wills, someone asked me a question, why did Allah instruct us to read Salah five times when he does not need the
Salah? Why did he say we should do record in this way and shoot in this way? Well, the proper answer is it is his choice and decision, not mine, not yours. When the examiner asks you a question, it is his decision, what he will test you upon or on, but it is not yours. If it was yours. What's the point of the test?
If you're the one who decides the questions, that's a fraud. It's not considered a proper test. So remember, Allah subhanho wa Taala has tested us and Allah subhanho wa Taala is the one who has chosen but on top of that, he's been so kind with us. He has reminded us so many times, if he wanted, he could have said, well, I've been masala da to Zakah. Once in the Koran, establish your prayer and give out the charities. This is a guy. He could have said it once. But he didn't. He repeated it so many times. That's the beauty of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So let's take a look at this term Kappa, the term consciousness of Allah Today we will use the translation righteousness.
Although righteousness is also included in the term bill, when Allah says albyn licenciatura antoinne Luigi ohakune. When Allah speaks about righteousness, it is not facing the right or the left or the east or the west, but it is worshiping Allah and fulfilling the instruction and so on. The term righteousness is also included in the bill. But it also is included in the taqwa although the depth the deeper meaning of it, I've already explained it to you. It is to create a barrier between you and the punishment of Allah by fulfilling his commands, abstaining from prohibitions and seeking forgiveness. So Allah says in Surah Baqarah, verse number 29, the first point, the most
important point, there is to worship Allah alone, you want to achieve righteousness? Perhaps you may achieve righteousness when when you worship Allah alone and who is Allah? You know, the Christians asked, why should we worship Allah who is Allah, they think He's the God of the Muslims. They think perhaps he is a person, maybe he is a black box in Mecca. That's what some of them think. Some have even spread a rumor that he is one idol that we may end on that Kaaba the day that all the idols were destroyed. And that is a lie because every single idol was destroyed, not a single one was left. So they use the term Allah, what is the big deal they say?
So here is the big deal. Listen to it. Allah says, Yeah, I
owe people. If Allah said, Oh, you who believe maybe those who don't believe might not want to listen, so Allah addresses all the people. Yeah.
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people worship, you're up for a good or a bad outcome. He didn't say worship Allah. He started off by saying worship your love the why, what is the meaning of the term of boom, Rob means he who created you, whoever made you worship Him, whoever nourishes you worship Him, whoever provides for you worship Him. Whoever is in absolute control of every aspect of your existence. Worship Him. When you put your head on the ground, say, Oh, you made me I worship you alone.
You whom I'm going to return to I worship you alone. Oh you who is in charge of my sustenance and in control of it, I worship you alone, are you who is in control of my health, my happiness, my goodness, I worship you alone. This is the power of Allah. Allah is telling all the people worship whoever made you.
Nobody can challenge that. If I were to tell anyone on Earth, look, worship the one who made you and say, Oh, you made me You are the only one I wish. What's wrong with the statement? Nobody can argue with that statement that is Islam that is monotheism, we say oh, you made me You are the greatest will lie in my brothers and sisters when we go out down into court and sujood prostration in prayer, what do we say? Subhana?
Allah Allah, we are praising our What is the meaning of love? Whoever made me Oh, you who made me You are the highest. And right now when we're in frustration, we would be the lowest in terms of where your head is.
Physically, your head is right at the bottom. What are you saying? Oh, you who made me I've put my head right on the ground for you Who is the highest? Wow, what a beautiful act of worship. No religion has the act of worship as the muslimeen have when it comes to the frustration that we have. It's a gift of Allah. And Allah says,
well, who was the closest that a slave can be to his own? Notice the term Rob is used to refer to the maker, the cherish and nourishes sustain the one whom you are going to return to all this is included in that term.
The closest you could be is when you are in the position of frustration. So Allah says, Oh, you believe or Allah says in this verse of people worship You're the one who made you.
The one who made you under the Sonata, Allah says it clearly worship you're on who is your who made you, and he made those before you as well. So kind of love which means wherever they have gone right now, this way you are going to worship Him alone, or you whom I'm going to return to you alone I worship so nothing more powerful than the statement and it is right at the beginning of the Quran, verse number 21.
Why should I wish to be who made me? Why should I wish to be who made those before me?
Perhaps you will achieve righteousness Allah. So it is impossible to achieve true righteousness without worshipping Allah alone. Without worshipping Allah alone, watch out your acts of worship, never render them to another human being to ascend to a tree to a stick to an idol to someone else, to money to something material, your heart must be stuck to Allah subhana wa Jalla, He will never let you down. You render an act of worship, never render an act of worship to anyone or anything besides Allah. Without that you will not be able to achieve righteousness. Remember this? This is why the first verse is Oh, people with worship, you're alone. He who created you and created all
those before you, perhaps you may achieve righteousness. Let's move to the next verse.
Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about something very important revelation. It is the duty of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he placed on himself to send to us messages and reminders.
Every one of us has had a reminder right now what are we doing reminding one another? regarding what revelation? Am I speaking from my pocket, I've just read in front of you versus you can check them up. You can see this is revelation. And they have been speaking about these verses for a long, long time. So allows me to ask you and asked me about these verses and the messages. And this is why when Allah has favored people, he reminds them of the favor upon them.
Didn't Allah give you eyes, nose? Don't you have so much unto sitting? Don't you have food, stop looking at those who have more than you look at those who have less than you. Allah has given you whatever you have, it's a gift of Allah.
Stop complaining that there is a typhoon look at those who died in earthquakes and thank Allah, Allah, this is light, but we asked you to protect us. I mean,
stop looking at the negatives in your life. Start looking at the positives. So Allah says
Surah Baqarah verse number 63.
left Lala taboo speaking to the children of Israel or the children of yaku. When we say Israel, we are not talking of a nation. We are talking of a man
He was the other name of the Prophet Jacob made peace be upon him yaku he was known as Israel. So by no means the children of Yahoo, the children of Jacob, may peace be upon him.
So Allah says,
And remember, Allah is reminding them. And the reminder is for all of us because allies mentioning to us is favours upon others, just like he has given us. Remember when we took the covenant from you, and we lifted the mount over you this was something that happened at that particular time where Allah favored them above others in a lot protected them Allah lifted the mountain known as fool. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
we gave you the revelation. Allah is saying, what guru Murphy remember that which is in it in what in the revelation that we sent you, in order
that you may achieve righteousness?
Perhaps you may achieve righteousness? How will you achieve this righteousness? By remembering what Allah has revealed?
If you have no connection with revelation, you will not be able to achieve piety or righteousness, you need to be connected. So one might say, well, this verse is connected to the people of a four time What about us?
One might say, this verse is connected to the people over four times regarding their revelation, the Torah and the Talmud, and so on. What about us? No, you will hear what Allah says about the Quran as well.
In another verse, verse number 171, Allah says, the same thing that he says that I mentioned earlier, using slightly different words, Allah says, what
10 tempo? remember the time when we lifted that mount above you,
as though it was a shadow
and they thought it was going to fall on them.
Allah says, Take strongly, what we have sent to you in terms of Revelation. And remember that which is in it, revise that which is in it, understand that which is needed, perhaps you may achieve righteousness. The second is connected to Revelation.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of the forehand itself. So Zuma was number 28.
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Look at the two tempo being used again. Perhaps you may achieve righteousness.
The poor arm that which is recited in the Arabic language,
which has no fault in it. It has no crookedness in it. It has no contradiction in it, no matter how hard the people try to say this is contradicting that is contradicting if you go to those with knowledge, they will explain it to you. There is no contradiction.
Not at all. Recently, someone tried to prove wrongly, that the Quran has any verses that depict Jesus as a god or a son of God. It's such stupidity, lack of the knowledge of the Arabic language is very clear in it.
I don't know if you heard the clip, but it's doing its rounds. An Indian man busy talking and saying I used to be a Muslim.
And the Quran itself sent me to Jesus, what nonsense, Allah forgive us what stupidity, you're trying to tell me that for 1400 odd years, no one picked it up and you suddenly a bright spot who doesn't even speak Hindi correctly want to come and tell us what the Quran has to say? Allah forgive us. This is a non Muslim, trying to instill confusion in the hearts and minds of the Muslims who do not have enough knowledge. And the problem with us is we don't have enough knowledge. So if you are to get confused by those type of statements, it's because you don't know enough. We are guilty of not learning the Quran. What did Allah saying these verses Koran, the Arabic language, which has no
contradiction, no crookedness in it.
A lot of really to you in order that you may achieve righteousness or top one. So if you learn it if you put it into practice
you convey to others you will achieve the poor If not, you will be confused. So then the Quran, this is why it is the duty of every single one of us to make an effort to learn the Quran, not just the recitation, but the meaning of it, learn it directly yourself. You know, people ask me, have you read this book? 50 Shades of Grey?
A lot of people have asked me this question. And when I say what is it?
Oh, there's a movie out as well. Have you seen him? And then people tell me that is something
that was created in order to drift people away from morality to immorality, Allahu Allah, Allah knows best. But why I'm surprised is when Muslims asked this question, I asked him a question. Have you read the book?
Not 50 Shades of Grey, one shade of heaven.
You want to go to heaven? Have you read the book,
we are ready to entertain ourselves with so much of entertainment.
I'm not saying that entertainment is prohibited? No, it depends what it is and how long you are with it.
But at the same time, if you don't know the Quran, you have wasted your time. You have wasted your life completely. You don't know if wasted your life.
luck, but it reminds me of those who were crossing the river. You might have heard this from one of my talks in the past or elsewhere.
And they were crossing the ocean, in fact to the sea.
And Subhanallah, the sailor, who was there was not really educated.
But at the same time, the people the four or five people who were on his boat were highly educated. So the one says I'm a professor in biology. The other one says I'm a professor in geology. The other one says,
I'm a professor in technology. And the other one says some other ology whatever it was.
And they asked him,
What are you studying?
I'm just a sailor. So Panama, I'm just a sailor. I just say, I know how to say, Oh, you wasted your life.
I wasted my life. My brothers and sisters. That's not a waste of life. A man is learning.
So what happened is
a little bit later, the boat started rocking. And the tide became dangerous. The waves began to rock the boat, and it was about to capsize. So it was his turn that the sailor, he looks at these men, and he says
Do you know swim ology?
They said no.
He said, Well, all your biology and geology and technology and whatever other ology will not come to your help you have wasted your life.
They said What do you mean? They said, because there is ecology here.
And you have to jump ology into the oceanology.
And you need to know some homology Otherwise,
there is no point in all your ologies
and so Han Allah, you might be bitten by a crocodile.
Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
They realize the point but the point I am raising is
if we are people who have led a life full of technology and biology and geology, without chronology, we have wasted our life.
That's the point. We have wasted our life. Imagine arriving when the boat is rocking.
the pains of death have come with truthfulness. That is the reality it is your team.
This is what you've been promised. Imagine when the pangs of death come to you, or myself or anyone else. And they don't know what is lying ahead because they never took a moment to learn the Parana and revelation that which came from Allah it is clear cut. I have read the Bible and the Torah and so many other books and trust me, the Quran is so so miles apart when it comes to Revelation.
It is definitely clear cut different from those books that have been changed in such a way that they have 36 to 40
Two different versions of the same Bible.
But we haven't yet read the poem.
So how can we achieve righteousness? Allah says you want to achieve righteousness. There's the Quran. I found I attended both
of them agreeing to ponder deeply over the verses of the Quran. So your duty towards the Quran is to read it.
To try your best to understand it, to ensure that you have put it into practice as best as possible sought forgiveness for wherever you have faulted because we are human, and at the same time had hope in the mercy of Allah. teach it to others conveyed as best as you can, so that you can achieve goodness and you can achieve righteousness.
Another verse regarding the same for, listen to what Allah says, verse number 113 of surah, aha, what Quranic
and in this way,
we have revealed or sent down the Koran in the Arabic language, and in it, we have made clear, the warnings, the punishments, whether it is the punishment that people themselves are warned of that they may fall into, or the punishment of the previous nations.
Allah says we have made clear the warnings of the punishment in this. Why did Allah warn us? Why are they warnings? It is easy for us to speak about goodness. And I think nowadays, the despondency of people is such that if we spoke about goodness, they would become more attractive. And if we spoke about punishment alone, they would become more despondent.
Meaning they will turn away. So you find that all of our talks happen to speak more on hope, although they do include a bit of fear, because the balance of it is what makes a believer you cannot speak about general all the time, you need to sometimes address the issue of gentlemen.
You cannot speak about forgiveness all of the time. You sometimes need to address the issue of punishment.
But Allah is indeed most forgiving, Most Merciful. So in this process, we mentioned
or we gave warnings of the punishment, perhaps you may achieve righteousness, or perhaps they may achieve righteousness.
Or perhaps they might be reminded Subhana Allah,
there might be something sitting there that will remind you how many of us Our lives have changed after a certain thing happened in our lives. We might have heard 1000s of messages, but there was that one outstanding message that changed our lives. Yes, it will happen. So Allah says La La Jolla takuna Oh,
perhaps they may achieve righteousness or perhaps some form of reminder may suddenly come up for them from all these verses from all these reminders and here are my speaking of the Quran itself. read the Quran, you will be reminded, read the Quran it will come with you read the Quran it will give you direction read the Quran it will tell you where you are heading. read the Quran it will tell you what to protect yourself from read the Quran. It will give you the guidelines to success in this world and the next read the Quran it will tell you how to achieve that success by becoming righteous or conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala read the Koran it will tell you how you can
achieve that righteousness.
It's amazing. This is the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, moving further, Allah subhanho wa Taala then makes mention of so many important factors in this forum regarding acts of worship, any act of worship I engage in in the correct way, I will be able to achieve righteousness, any prohibition I abstain from for the sake of Allah, it will allow me to achieve righteousness as per the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala
so Allah says, and this verse I'm sure all of us should be knowing of by heart or most of us what is the verse?
It is a verse in Surah Al Baqarah 183 Yeah, Manny Nana man Oh.
Oh you who believe what did I say earlier about that? If you are a true believer, you will say what what does Allah say to me? You will consider it being addressed to you. That's a sign that you are a true believer.
But it you say oh yeah, you are Latina man. Oh, you who believe and you just read the verse and it didn't tickle you have something wrong with you? Because you did not consider it to be addressed to you. Why aren't you a Mormon?
Aren't you a believer? If you are you should be wanting What is my Lord, my beloved the most
Love to me is Allah subhanho wa Taala the most love and I want his love.
So when your beloved calls your name you should say what? And if he says jump you don't say how high that is a fraud.
You know, when I was younger, we used to depict love by saying, oh he's so madly in love that if she were to say jump, he would say hi.
And I realized that's a male way of running away from the question why? JOHN? You were told jump don't ask a question. Just jump and say was that okay? Mashallah, that's loud.
You understand? So if someone says jump when you say how high it means, oh, this person doesn't want to listen to what I say. JOHN. Hello as you jumped as soon as you heard him before the P was heard you already in the air.
Yes, that is love. So Pamela, how many you
with Allah subhanho wa Taala when Allah says yeah,
if you are not bothered in your heart does not move there is something wrong with that belief.
So from today onwards, inshallah whenever you hear Yeah, you know, you must make an effort to know what is it that Allah wants, then you will be considered minella
gudivada equals siyam comma kuchibhotla. Noreen me, Amina
O you who believe, fasting, that is an act of worship, one of the pillars of Islam. Fasting has been prescribed upon you just like it was prescribed upon those before you. Perhaps you may achieve righteousness through what? Through obeying the instruction of Allah. What does fasting do for you? Yes, it makes you healthy. Yes, it makes you lose weight. That's right. But that's not the reason why we fast. We fast to please Allah to fulfill his instruction. We become compassionate to those who don't have as much as we do, and we realize and become conscious of our sins. When a person fasts every Monday and Thursday, the chances of him or her singing major sins diminishes. While it
diminishes. When a person is fasting in the month of Ramadan, they should become more conscious of what they speak, how they talk with the words that come out of their mouths. For us. Fasting is not only to protect yourself or abstain from eating and drinking, and permissible sexual desires. No, that's not only what fasting is about the Hadees is Melania data zurriola malaby, he will tell
whoever, in the condition of fasting does not leave foul language and vulgar words, and working according to that which is false and displeasure of Allah, then Allah is not bothered of the fact that they stayed away from food and drink, they've just wasted their time.
Which means you stay away from food and drink for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala over and above that, you make sure that what comes out of your mouth is good. You don't need to engage in ignorance and in false witnesses and saying bad words, because you would waste your time fasting.
What's the point of a person who needs Salah in the first stuff, first stuff, but he's backbiting. He's backbiting you know? Do you want to hear a powerful statement? Sometimes people appear to be so righteous Mashallah. But that is just appearance, Allah Lord knows whether it is genuine or not. I'm not belittling appearance in any way. It is my duty and yours to appear as closest as possible to the instruction of Allah. Yes. But remember one thing one of our great scholars was asked a question.
What was the question? This man who fulfills the law in the first SFX and he engages in so much of charity, yet he is backbiting look at all his deeds. So he says La La La La La Jolla, mela Lee.
Maybe Allah has chosen him to do deeds for other people.
Did you hear that?
Maybe Allah has chosen him to do deeds for other people. So he has Salah he has Sokka he has charities, he has so much of good but because of his backbiting and his evil and his lack of consciousness in that all the goodness and reward of those deeds will go to whom it will go to those who he has wronged. Do you want that to happen if not become conscious. This is why Allah says we have prescribed fasting
to you upon you just like we did upon those before you in order that you may achieve righteousness or taqwa in order that you may protect yourself from jahannam from the fire, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us or me
The same applies to all the acts of worship.
The whole reason behind the acts of worship that are prescribed upon us is in order to achieve piety righteousness, consciousness of Allah to become close to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. So remember, to fulfill the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why, in a few verses down, verse number 187, or 187, yes, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of what is permissible and prohibited in Oman, and in the night of Ramadan regarding relations with your spouse, and then Alice's thereafter.
V's limits of Allah so do not transgress, do not go beyond the limits of Allah. Allah has set limits, don't cross the law that you do not cross the limits of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then Allah says, In this way, we have made clear to man to mankind in large, the verses which verses the verses of the Koran revelation, what is the instruction of Allah, Allah says, we made it clear
in order that they achieve righteousness, perhaps they will achieve righteousness. So if you want to achieve righteousness, do not go beyond the limits of Allah. Don't sin and if you do quickly, tend to Allah. Because repentance is a sign of consciousness. When you ask us forgiveness, you will definitely be able to achieve taqwa piety,
because you're conscious of Allah, it is only a believer who will ask Allah for forgiveness. Those who don't believe they don't ask for forgiveness. This is why I say phones trap is when you have done really bad things in your life. He makes you feel that you are now beyond the mercy of Allah. That is Satan's plan. If you are a true believer, you will feel it in your heart. Let me repent no matter what I've done, no matter what has happened. Let me turn to Allah. That's a sign of a man. That's a sign of taqwa. It's a sign of consciousness of Allah, it is the fact that you are conscious of Allah that is making you say, Oh Allah, I'm going to repent to you I asked you for forgiveness,
so forgive me.
So Allah says, we've made clear what our limits, we are very clear, you will know the limits of Allah.
Allah And regarding halal and haram, he says he's not
a prophet sallallahu Sallam said, Allah is very clear. What in hell heroin and heroin is very clear, you know what is halal and what is Allah you know, what is required of you. You know how you should be dressing, male and female, you know how you should be speaking you know, what you should be doing. If human nature makes you falter quickly turn back to Allah because that also is taught to us by Allah in the Quran, Subhana Allah to Allah.
So Allah subhana wa Jalla says, Do not transgress, do not go beyond the limits.
And Allah says, we made these verses clear to men, in order that he may achieve righteousness, like we said, perhaps he may achieve righteousness. So these are clear cut verses, let's go through them. And let's understand the laws of Allah Subhana Allah similarly, when it comes to the penal system, when it comes to the penal code, when it comes to the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala when it comes to the laws laid by Allah subhanho wa Taala, he explained something beautifully to us, and I'm going to give an introduction before I read the verse.
If you look at the globe,
you will find certain countries where
there is a lot of crime, a lot of crime, everywhere, there is a lot of crime, the laws amendment, they are trying trial and error,
a lot of time
and you find chaos, and you find people picking on issues related to the law of Allah Subhana hotel and Allah tells you I made you, I know you and I love you more than anyone else. And I am telling you that if you want success, this is what you should do. This is the system you need in place. If you want success, you will definitely need to fulfill the instructional data like we've just said now. If you want success and you don't want to adopt what Allah has asked you to adopt in terms of your Salah, your soccer, your heart, your
So your dress code, your acts of worship and so on, how will you achieve that? You won't be able to achieve similarly, don't find fault in what Allah has sent down. He knows it worked in the past, it always worked and it shall work in the future as well.
So there is a system, Allah says Surah Baqarah verse number 179
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indeed, in an equal punishment,
there is life for you. Oh you would sound intellect, perhaps you may achieve righteousness.
Look at how Allah is worded it what is the equal punishment?
The equal punishment is justice for mankind. That's what it is. Justice if someone has wronged you, is it okay for them to be let off? Just because you are a weak person they are powerful. That's injustice.
The Hadith says in a common color
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la dee says, What destroyed the nations before you is when the elite committed crimes they will let loose let off. And when the Popo committed crimes, they were punished and penalized.
There is injustice Allah says you will maintain justice Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam says one lobby I promised you if my own daughter had to steal she would be facing the same punishment.
Imagine what do you say Fatima Tabitha Mohammed
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He says if she stole I would have meted out the same punishment. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthener. So Allah is saying, if you would like to achieve righteousness, you need to be just without justice. There is no righteousness. Your family member commits a crime you side with him because you say Blood is thicker than water. Have you heard the statement?
Your tribesmen does something wrong? Is my trial the other tribe is wrong. Is that what is not what you How can you achieve righteousness when you have nepotism in you, when you have racism in you, when you do not consider the issue of justice when Allah makes mention of
when you favor people just because they're your family, your complexion, your kindness, you favor them just because of that, even though they are wrong.
Allah says you want righteousness, it will never be able to be achieved. If those are your habits. You need justice, you need to have equal punishment. You need to be a person who understands right is right, even if your own wife or father or son has engaged in otherwise.
This is how you will achieve righteousness. What a powerful reminder my mothers and sisters, my brothers and fathers, How beautiful are these verses? Don't you see they encapsulate absolutely every aspect of our lives and we only speaking about perhaps you will achieve righteousness.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala words it's so beautiful.
Verse number 153.
Whoa, indeed, this my path, this is my path, the straight path, one na t indeed this the path of the deal, the path of the religion, the path of the faith, the path of justice, this is my path, the straight path, so follow it.
Why should we follow it? Perhaps you may achieve righteousness. Do not follow the paths that are offshoots from the straight path. the straight path is a powerful, beautiful path leading towards gentlemen. Like we started the talk. Every one of us wants to head on to paradise or to get into paradise. The way to achieve that is to trip
You want to go go for example, from one point to another, you need to know the road, you need to follow the road. So the road to Paradise is known as
the straight path. That is the only two and a supplication that we make in Surah.
Allah allow asks us to repeat them in every unit of prayer, not in every prayer. In every unit of prayer.
You'll find daily prayers in every unit. You say in the inner circle Buscemi, Guide us to the straight path. That's the only
thing I Have you thought of it
is one of the most powerful tools of the Quran and in it, what is there? Yes, there is mention of so much, but there is only one supplication one. What is it, guide me to the straight path. It shows that the most important thing for anyone alive is to follow that straight path. That's how you will achieve happiness in this world. If you try to follow the path of materialism, it will make you depressed because no matter how much you have, it will continue to be upgraded and updated.
It will continue Do you know how materialism works. I will give you one example.
Many years ago we had huge glasses. I'm talking about something okay. They were in fashion. And after that they became small the fashion change they became minute fashion change. The fathers of fashion just wanted to sell it to you. So you worked hard morning to evening not to learn the Quran. Not to do this meaning not to achieve Jelena but it was only in order to be able to buy the latest. So when they realize now we've had big glasses we making them small, they made them extremely small. They made them half size you know when you put it on your nose and it sticks to the end like this. And you just look through the corner when you want to look up and you look used to look cool, right?
They realize that we've run out of it. We don't know what to do. So guess what they did? Do you know what they did?
They went big again. So Pamela what was in the trend in 1960? is back in print today? And we consider it cool? Wow. Yes, in between it was not considered cool at all. It was considered hot once Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
This is how technology or should I say what technology but materialism works. They will sell you the same thing that was considered taboo at one stage, bring it back into fashion because they know they own the lines of fashion and how to advertise it while they are the masters.
So we are taught that if you follow that, you know it's not wrong to buy the glasses My beloved brothers and sisters no problem you can have that for as long as you know that that's not your meaning in life.
You know if you asked a young man, what's your main aim in life and he says
to buy a Lamborghini, you know that is sucked in by materialism. something totally May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgiven if that's your main aim in life, main aim so much so that now you have the Lamborghini you ready to die because you're fulfilled.
I achieved what I had to how childish we need to know if you run behind the junior the junior always runs faster than you, you will continue running behind it. But if you run behind the law, if you are on the straight path, you will be happy in terms of the world because yes, you will get your glasses when you have to you will get your phones when you have to you will get your segway hoverboards when you have to everything will happen by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But that will not be your main aim in life. That's just by the way in passing. Some may afford some may not afford for some, it may be something they're really looking forward to for some they're not even bothered. But what
you should all be bothered about myself included is to be able to walk on this path.
This is the path. When you follow Islam you will achieve happiness given in your materialistic life. But when you follow materialism, you won't even achieve happiness in that materialistic life. Remember this.
So this is why we say yes, you may learn the best and the you know you may make use of the latest there is no harm in that uncondition that it does not draw new and it is not your main aim. Your main aim should be the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
This is why Allah says Well,
this is the straight path follow it don't follow the offshoots what are the offshoots shavon is upon every one of those paths, and he invites people towards those paths.
And he makes it attractive but this path, you should know yourself that this is the one that I should be following
There might not be anything attractive on the straight path.
For a person who doesn't believe, but for one who believes it is the most attractive thing to fall in love with Allah.
And Allah loves you back in return. The beauty is Allah says, If you walk towards me, I rush towards you, you come to me a little hand span, I come to you a whole foot. So panela that's the love of Allah.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us telling us that perhaps you may achieve righteousness. And the last verse that we will be going through today
is something very, very important. A lot of us feel bad when we are reminded.
If someone tells you tequila, what does that mean? Fiala my sister Fiala? What you feel? Okay.
That's the response you get sometimes you say?
Come on, but you're saying Fiala.
The hypocrites what's the sign of the immigrant? What a DA DA DA DA DA
DA to believe me for her smooth.
When he is told Fiala he becomes even more hardened in his sin. Allah says such a person jahannam is sufficient for him.
To do that, when you are reminded about something tech, the person reminding you Allah and Allah will ask you didn't even send you a reminder. And if you say who you will remind you and how you responded to them.
So one of the ways of achieving righteousness and it's in the verse of the Quran is to be able to take admonition
in your stride correctly,
to be able to take reprimanding the way it should be taken to be able to take correction and sense the person correcting you and thank Allah that someone has come to correct you.
I recall when I was a student,
I had a friend
and sometimes he used to be very offended when he was corrected. So one day he had caught up from his sleep and he had some of the fluff of the blanket on his head.
And he had this habit of punting on anyone who corrected him. So I told him, You know what, you just need to take off. What?
I was shocked I said, No, there's a bit of fluff on your head. Look at your own head first. Okay.
So now he walked around with fluffy and everyone's looking at him and giggling giggling You know how it is. But yeah, that's the giggle that happens to us. When someone tells us read Salah press appropriate return to Allah put your sin make it make Toba repent to Allah subhanho wa Taala. What happens to us, we couldn't be bothered. Sometimes we say I leave these guys. Don't let that be the case. You're a true believer, change your life. And don't say chump change. Now, here today, now promise Allah, Allah, my life has changed.
I just want to lead a good, clean, pure decent life in a way that I go to gentlemen, and I know I will struggle. My brothers and sisters, the struggles of this dunya are created in order to test you. Without those struggles, there is no test. What was the point of having a world without difficulty? And what was the point of creating paradise if this world were to have no difficulty?
So this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of a certain group of people, you know, what is a marble marble?
It means to encourage people to do good, to encourage others to do good and to discourage them from bad. That's what it means. So if you were discouraged from bad, how would you react? That's a good question.
So Allah instructs us to encourage one another to do good and discourage bad and on top of that, this verse that I'm about to recite from Sumatra, verse number 164, reminds us that when you and I are reminded about what is right and wrong, don't become upset.
Listen to the rest.
What you call it,
There was a group of people who used to constantly remind others about what was right and wrong. So one group tells that group Why are you wasting your time reminding these people and warning them when alive?
is going to punish them and destroy them anyway.
If Allah has written punishment, that's what will happen. If Allah has written destruction, that's what will happen. So some people, they say, What if Allah has already written what is going to happen? Why waste your time reminding people? I'm sure you've heard that statement before that if Allah has already written who's going to heaven, who's going to hell? Why waste your time reminding them, leave them? What will happen? The truth is you and I don't know where we are heading or anyone else is heading. So we need to continue trying. Perhaps that's what was written by Allah subhanho wa Taala? We don't know. He knows, but he didn't tell us that's all part of this game or part of this
Subhana Allah. So do you know what was the response of those who had knowledge and those who knew that this reminder will definitely benefit no matter what Allah has written, you need to continue to remain, they said Maggie Ratan Lila, because we are continuing to warn these people in order for us to have an excuse with Allah subhanho wa Taala. We have fulfilled our duty when Allah asks us, we will be able to say yes, we did do this. Allah asked us did you remind them? And we will say Yes, we did. That's why we are reminding him so that we can have a good response for Allah. So continue to remind and to warn, and to give people hope, and so on. Why magilla gorilla, to be able to have that
excuse when you meet with Allah to say no, we did the mind. Because it's your duty to remind Ya Allah Allah.
And who knows? Perhaps they may achieve righteousness through these reminders.
Do you know whom Allah has written righteousness for? No? Do you know whom Allah has written? misguidance? More? No. So what if you remind the people and as a result of your reminder,
Allah guided them?
Don't you achieve?
So continue doing them. This is why this verse has in it. Two or more lessons, in fact, many lessons, but two of them. One is continue to remind people and two is when people remind you, now you're on the other side of the boat, the other side of the coin.
Take it correctly. When people warn you Thank you. Don't become arrogant and haughty. Because in that way, you won't be able to turn to Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us piety well as Hannah Montana and others goodness, May Allah forgive our sins. Now last Hannah hotellet rather success in this world and the next sort of level was Mr. Baba Allah
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