Ramadan 2015 – Day 18
Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2015
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Mufti Menk talks about the verses and their revelations from Surah Nahl. The instances being conversation of a Bedouin man with Prophet SAW regarding the gifts of Allah, being kind and just, protecting good deeds, clarifying the state of Ammar Ibn Yasser RA, forgiveness on the battle of uhud.
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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala COVID mursaleen Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sahbihi momento via whom be sunny la Medina nueva.
We commence by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household all his companions, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless them all. And to grant every single one of them forgiveness and goodness. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless every single one of us to
my brothers and sisters. If we take a look at the gifts of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon us, there are so many we actually take them for granted. The fact that you are looking at me right now and I am seeing you. That is a great gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala the vision I have is a great gift of Allah, the voice I have everything you have the fact that we are breathing air, the fact that we are in this Masjid in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala with so much of peace, the fact that we have enjoyed a meal in the evening, the fact that we have food, the fact that we have so much in terms of wealth, in terms of clothing, in terms of so many of the gifts of Allah subhanho wa Taala we take
this for granted, it's important for us to sit and ponder over the gifts of Allah subhanho wa Taala we ponder and we think and we should never deny the gifts of Allah, what is meant by denial of the gift of Allah, you know, that Allah has given you, you know that you have family, you have children, perhaps you have so much of goodness, but you do not fulfill the basic rights that you owe Allah subhanho wa Taala you do not fulfill your Salah, you cannot give your zecca correctly. You dilly dally when it comes to Hajj when it comes for example, to obeying the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala regarding the fasting Ramadan, we dilly dally when it comes to the dress code. And yet we
know Allah has given us the good looks. Allah has given us the organs and the limbs that we have. We know that others are suffering and struggling across the globe. We know that there are people whose peace has been snatched away in such a way they never imagined that it would go away in that particular way. Yet we are sitting here we think twice when it comes to dressing properly. When it comes to cutting out sin for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala we sometimes don't even consider that. May Allah subhanahu wa taala let us make full use of this beautiful eve of the month of Ramadan to cut our bad ways and to promise Allah subhanho wa Taala that we will in fact not be from
among those who take his gifts for granted. So according to the Tafseer of hypnic Kafeel narrated by ignore behind him from Mujahid Rahim Allah, He says there was a Bedouin man who came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he asked the Prophet sallallahu Sallam several questions and he wanted to know more. So the Prophet salatu salam began to read verses that made mention of the gifts of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
The verses of surah Allah, Allahu Allah, Allah Allah,
booty come second. Indeed Allah has created for you from your homes, some form of comfort, you know home is home, as they say, you can be anywhere you are on the globe as comfortably as it as it may be. When you get back to your own abode where your family is, the feeling is absolutely different. Even if you are staying at a five star hotel elsewhere, when you come back to your one star abode, that comfort that is given to you by Allah subhanho wa Taala there are people in our midst myself included, I would prefer traveling through the night to arrive home and to sleep elsewhere. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us Have you ever thought of it? It's a gift of Allah. It's something
amazing, something unique, you go away when you come back. It's Allah who's created for you something you can call home Subhan Allah, amazing What gift of Allah subhana wa Tada. So the Bedouin man says, Yes, yes, meaning I acknowledge it's a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala and he continues the verse sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah,
Jo dill unami boo. Steffi funa mentioning the gift of the leather, the gift of the skins of animals, how we use them to make tents. When we want to go camping or when we are traveling, we have something light and then that Bedouin man says, Yes, that's also a gift of Allah and the verses continue where the prophets Allah wa sallam read the verse immediately after that which makes mention of how Allah has created different types of material that which you will wear in winter, it will keep you warm. That which you will wear in summer it will keep you cool. So Pamela, have you thought of it? The cotton and the polyester and the wool and all of this part of the clothing Allah
says we've created it diverse for you. Oh, man. So the Bedouin man says yes, and
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam got to a verse. The next verse gallica
Mata who Allah, Allah come to sneak.
In this way Allah has completed his favor upon you. Why? In order that you may surrender to the command of Allah, Allah gave you everything he made life easy for you so that you can surrender so that you fulfill your Salah. So that you stop lying you stop using abusive language so that you cleanse your tongue so that you praise Allah so that you can dress appropriately so that you can cut out the gambling and the the drugging or should I say the intoxicants and various other bad habits you may have. So Allah has facilitated everything for you. So this better one man acknowledges it. He gets up and walks away. So the next verse being reviewed, yeah re Fulani Mata LA.
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They know the gifts of Allah upon them. And after having known the gifts of Allah, they are denying them because most of them have absolutely ungrateful.
So the question I have, it may have been a Bedouin man, it may have been someone else but will law he, I will only benefit if I put myself in the shoes of that man. And if I say for a moment, have I reacted in a similar way in my own life. When Allah has given me he's made me a millionaire, for example, in Zimbabwe dollar terms and at the same time he's given me so much. He's given me a lot by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And what do I do? I find myself still hooked on to that which displeases Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanahu wa taala forgive us and May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a lesson. Brothers and sisters, remember one thing when Allah gives you he keeps on
giving you when you don't turn back to him, guess what? He snatches it away in the most disastrous way. And that too is a gift of Allah if it's going to make us turn to him. Why do I need to wait for a law to punish me before I turn to Allah? Why don't I turn to Allah during days of ease and goodness while I'm okay and enjoying. I still fulfill my Salah I still get up Mashallah to please Allah subhanho wa Taala I will still cry the warm tears to say Oh Allah, I have sinned human nature I have committed wrong but these are the warm tears for your sake before anything bad happens to me Allah, I've turned to you, I repent and I cry. I thank you for absolutely everything you've given me
What a beautiful lesson we learn from this amazing reason of revelation of this beautiful verse, verse number 83 of zero to none.
Then we have a man from among the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu narration of nabasa the Allahu alayhi wa T. He says, a man named masan. There was a time in Mecca. When he seen the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he saw the prophets of Allah Salaam, seated and he asked to sit in the company of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, and at that time, he was not yet a believer, meaning his belief was not solid. And he says, I set an OB salatu salam set, and I noticed him looking up. A little while later I saw Mohammed Salah Salam take his site in a strange way. He followed it right up to the heavens. And it came slowly down and I was wondering what's going on here. And he says it happened again.
twice in the same city.
His vision, his eyesight went up. And as it went up, Subhanallah it came down again. And then when he looked towards me, I told him Oh messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, this is what I noticed. What happened? Can you explain to me and he says gibreel Allah, his Salatu was Salam came to me with Revelation, Revelation of verses. What were those verses? So it's man of Nima own is now listening to verses that were revealed in his presence. He used to say it all the time later on, that I know of verses that came down while I was watching
some of the most powerful verses of the Quran. All of us would know them because they are repeated every Friday, almost every Friday, verse number 90 of pseudo tonale in Allah hyah mo Bella Danny anyone is anyone he?
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Indeed, Allah has instructed you, Allah commands that you fulfill justice, Allah commands that you be just and Allah subhanho wa Taala commands, that you be kind Subhana Allah, justice and then kindness and that you reach out to your relatives, you give to your relatives giving meaning wealth, make sure that your family members are all okay. Your relatives are all okay. They have the first right Oh,
For you and your pocket, remember that your pocket the first right? Yes, you and your family members and then your relatives May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us, many of us, the bright of our pockets is just the right hand and Allah Subhana Allah to Allah help us we spend it on ourselves and that's it. No, the more you spend, the more you will get, the more you spend, the more you are building your palaces of the hereafter. Remember this, the more you keep for yourself, the greater the chances of your children killing themselves over that wealth. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not let that happen to us. So learn to spend. Now if you take a look at this verse, this is not a reason of
Revelation. It is actually a point of Revelation. Where was the verse revealed? It was revealed in the presence of Earth man of new moon, and at the same time, look at the sequence. If Allah wanted he could have told us, Allah instruct you to be kind, and to be just, but he says no, Allah instructs you to be just and to be kind, because justice comes before kindness. It's your right. It's your right to retaliate. But if you don't, it's kindness. Remember this, sometimes people harass others and you find the pious coming to them and say you know what, just forgive him just excuse him just forgive him keep on you forgive him once you forgive him twice you forgive him 10
times it becomes a means of depression for a person to keep on forgiving someone else. It is your right my brother to take retribution. It is your right to retaliate May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us may grant us an understanding that having been said, it is always better to forgive Mashallah.
always better to forgive but what this does mean, sometimes in a marriage, for example, you keep on asking the wife to overlook, overlook, overlook, how long is she going to overlook? For Come on, change your ways and habits My beloved husband? Subhana, Allah, and viceversa Allah subhanho wa Taala help us May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, my brothers and sisters, we face challenges on the globe solely because we are unjust sometimes we want people really to adopt what is kindness when we are oppressing them wholesale. And we think No, don't worry makes up what makes up a suburb also has its limits. You need to know this, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam forgave, and
he kept on forgiving. But there was a time when he prepared an army and went to fight. Do you know that? May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us understand the balance? And may Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, these are wonderful verses the reason is the divine wedding of Allah subhanho wa Taala is so so unique, that the author of it always would teach us a lesson. And this is why relatives are mentioned Do you know one of the reasons, one of the reasons is when you want to be kind, it's not easy to be kind to your own family members. Every single extended family has to have politics, it's impossible to have an extended family without some form of politics. The minute you
have wealth in the picture, the minute you have women in the picture Mashallah about a color hamdulillah Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. And I'm not saying this in a derogatory term. I'm saying it because it is our duty to defend our women. So as I am defending my for example, the women under my authority, I would find those who perhaps are oppressive. I'm at loggerheads with them. Does that mean there was anything bad with the women? Not at all? It means I was standing up for those under my authority. Let's understand we did not say anything abusive to the females hamdulillah.
My brothers and sisters, it's important for us to know this and it's important for us to realize that Allah subhanho wa Taala expects us to go the extra mile to resolve family disputes will llahi a person who wants a place in Paradise is a person who gives up what belongs to them sometimes only to resolve an age old crisis. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us May he open our door so the rest of the verse Allah says
carry well Bobby, Allah subhanho wa Taala prohibits immorality, evil, immorality and evil and oppression. A law prohibits it. Anything immoral, will rebound upon you. It will return to you at some stage unless you repent.
You know, repentance is a gift of Allah. We all make mistakes sometimes. While we were growing up, we were young, perhaps we didn't know too much about the deen. Perhaps we did not know many of the rules and regulations or maybe we were just weak. We were not that conscious. And as we grew older, we realize the gift of Allah, we realize we need to turn to Allah. Imagine if there was no Toba if there was no repentance and Allah says no, I will punish you. And that's it. There's no way you're gonna come back here. Allah says you keep on seeking forgiveness and I will keep on forgiving you for as long as you keep on seeking that forgiveness, what Mercy of Allah. So Allah says, quit this
immorality. My brothers and sisters, we are living in an age of pornography. We are living in an age where the elderly are now becoming caught into in pornography. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard
Eyes. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard our minds. We have immorality that is a result of this type of lack of control of the eyes of Allah. It's about time we quit. It's about time we cut it for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. How long are we going to continue? What do you achieve by it, you really achieve nothing besides contamination of the mind, the heart, the soul, the spirituality, the link with Allah subhanho wa Taala contaminated because we want to view images that are unacceptable. We want to view videos that are unacceptable. We want to pass them across to others, using the social media that Allah has facilitated for us in order for us to get closer to him.
Rather we use it to become distant from Allah, the social media we have, whether it is WhatsApp, whether it is Twitter, Facebook, whatever it is, it is there as a test for you and I in order to see whether we will use it to grow closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala What do we do, we actually are using it to distance ourselves from Allah subhanho wa Taala we become closer to the devil. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. This is why we have reminders of this nature, where Allah tells us stay away from immorality, it will harm you, it's not going to do any good to you, it will contaminate you, it will destroy your family, your home, you would have achieved nothing, absolutely
nothing. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant the strength.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us using a beautiful example of a woman who was not too well in her mind at the time of the Prophet sallallaahu salam what she used to do, she used to spin the thread, you know, she used to weave, and she used to strengthen what she had made. And at the end of the day, after having knitted after having made whatever she made, she would sit and undo the whole thing once again. Now that example fits for myself and yourselves where sometimes we do a lot of good deeds, then we backed by about someone, we swear them, we cheat them, we deceive them, we've robbed them, whatever we've done, and our good deeds are all undone by going to that particular
person. So I read Salah in the first off before I walked out of the machine I engaged in backbiting What happened to that Salah before I walked out it's already gone to another man who probably didn't even come to the rescue Subhanallah and we think he was evil and terrible, not realizing brother You just fulfilled it. On the account. It's gone to the other men. May Allah forgive us don't do that. It is very serious. It's a matter of importance whereby when you do a good deed, ask yourself, have I looked after the deed? Have I protected it? Have I tried my best to ensure it will come with me to the day of piano? May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us? You've done your deeds? Will they really be
with you on the day of judgment? May Allah forgive our shortcomings, and may He strengthen us? So this verse, the serious stuff seems to be has a generation of people who are behind him.
And the Prophet salatu salam speaks of this woman who is from Vanessa, who used to as I said, we've and at the end of the day, undo everything she had woven. So Allah says verse number 92, wala takuna, aka Latina ba, ba, ba,
ba de cuatro
Taki Guna Iman Akuma holla Bain accom takuna
Do not be like the woman who twisted her spun thread after it was strong, in order that some of you make usurp the wealth of others so that you become rich. So people used to take swear an oath, and they make promises when it comes to business especially a lot of people make many promises that they cannot meet. Why make the promise, you've made a promise stick to it, or don't have made it in the first place? Subhana Allah. So Allah says do not be like the one who keeps on promising, promising and then goes back on all those promises one after the other. It's equivalent to this woman, she builds on something and after the after the day she actually undoes the whole thing. May Allah
subhanho wa Taala grant us ease.
Then we have the incident of those who are persecuted in Macedonia kurama. Today, it's becoming quite difficult for some people to declare that they are Muslim. In some countries where people would like to revert to Islam, either their families or their communities, or sometimes the situation does not allow them to openly declare that we are Muslim. So you have many people who ask the question, are we allowed to become Muslim without many people knowing that we are Muslim? The answer is yes. opps obviously, it's Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah knows that you you have believed in your heart, it is best to become a part of the group and it is best to join but you don't have to
declare to the globe that you are a Muslim. If there is a reason that you fear perhaps for your life or you fear something, and perhaps you may not be able to announce it for some reason, so
There is no problem. May Allah subhanahu wa taala make it easy for us all. We take it for granted my brothers and sisters, but we don't realize what others are going through us. We are born Muslim, we have in most cases, and we have no problem practicing Islam in our environment yet we don't want to practice it. And those who are struggling across the globe who have to pay a fine to wear hijab. They are wearing it and paying the fine How's that? So panela How's that? Look at where we are? What type of appreciation of the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala Do we have my brothers and sisters are we waiting for the day when it goes away? When it is snatched suddenly it becomes hard for you to be
a Muslim and then you want to quickly go to to read Salah. Now while the massages are open, no one is hindering you. No one's stopping you. People are encouraging you it's easy to get a lift to go to the masjid for example, and we are busy snoring sleeping. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So at the time of the Prophet sallahu wa sallam narration of him by nabasa de la and he says Omari blue Yasser Allahu anhu in Makkah to Makkah Rama was persecuted to the degree that he almost died.
And they asked him if he was a Muslim or not. They asked him to utter a word. And they said, If you say you're not, we will stop persecuting you. If you say you're not, we will stop beating you up. So according to one another one of the narrations. He said the word he said okay, I'm not.
And news quickly went to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam that Omari blue yasir has renamed apostasy. He has turned back to Cofer after he was a moment, but Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed verse number 106 of surah to Nan clarifying the position
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mina Ma, whoever disbelieves after they had believed, Allah says there is a severe punishment for them, except the one who's forced to utter words while his heart is firmly on Eman. for them. There is no blame. Who was that? A mercy for the long run. And the lesson is for us all someone who's forced to utter a word. In Islam we are taught that at gunpoint if someone asks you a question and you know, they probably blow your brains if you were to answer wrongly, you can give them the answer they want because your life is more sacred than a simple answer. When your heart is clear cut on the right path. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us prioritize with us we have a strange problem. What
is it? Nobody's holding a gun to our heads? But still, when someone asks you What's your name instead of Mohammed? We are too shy we just say mo
we are too shy to declare that we are Muslim. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. I recall a sister Her name was Fatima. And really the way someone had asked her what her name was, and she did not want to portray herself as a Muslim. And she says Kima and I'm thinking tema, I wonder what's going on? May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. We are not part of that team.
My brothers and sisters Don't be afraid will lie he don't be afraid. Sometimes your identity is what will lead others towards the dean because they see the goodness you have. If I'm really a decent person, why should I hide the fact that I'm a Muslim? When others know this person is a Muslim? They are decent, they will be attracted to the true Deen to the true religion because they know that I'm a person who is a Muslim who's trying to follow Islam, and I am a good person may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us all good. So this was a beautiful clarification of the situation of America. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said that he is definitely filled with the man filled with the man. He was
a man who struggled. They were persecuted the others who were persecuted believe Nora ba, ba ba ba ba ba ba law No. So hey by Rumi and the others. A lot of them refused even to say the word. They took the punishment. They were bleeding up to the end. But they did not say any words to please the kuffaar May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a little bit of strength.
Then we learn another beautiful lesson also from the verses of the Quran. Sometimes when someone has done something bad to you, you end up doing bad to them for the rest of their lives. Someone made one mistake Say for example, they said something wrong, they did something wrong.
We hold it as a grudge in our hearts forever and ever. And we penalize them forever because of one thing they did love but we don't
Realize every one of us makes mistakes. If Allah subhanho wa Taala had to double up the punishment for anything we did, I think we would be doomed. But Allah subhanho wa Taala says and his mercy is such when you do a good deed, I will multiply it by 10 when you've done a bad deed, I keep it as it is an In fact I look for an excuse to forgive it. So Panama. Allah doesn't multiply the evil deeds, No, he doesn't. He only multiplies the good deeds, the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So the Battle of Asha took place and this narration is made mention of incense and a theory as well as a book known as a mustard rock of a man Hakeem narration of obeyed macabre, Allah and he says on the
day of OSHA, almost 70 Sahaba were martyred from among them was Hamza, even a Abdulmutallab.
And what happened?
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam was very, very upset, because he saw what they did to the body of Hamza bin Abdullah.
And he was very upset, and the answer will hurt and the mohabbatein were hurt so many of the muslimeen were Martin, the Battle of ocean and you know what some of the answers said, when we have a moment we will ensure that we do to them double this, which means we massacre themselves with Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, we will do double.
Obviously they will hit
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. So it is reported that on the day of the victory of Mecca, Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed the following verse and this was may have been revealed more than once. It appears in the Quran once but it may have been revealed more than once once at the occasion of offered and once upon the victory of Makkah or perhaps only upon the victory of Mecca. But the lesson is for us all to learn. Allah says this is verse number 126 of Salatu
was in Kabul,
Kibo Beamish Lima.
savini, when you are punishing, punish equivalent to the crime that was committed.
But if you were to bet patience, it is better for those who bear patience. Which means, if one person has struck one person, you may strike one person, you don't say I'm going to strike 70 people because of one, if your child, for example, has said a bad word, in order to reprimand the child to correct the child, you don't slap the child until the child turns green and blue. No, it's a swear word. Perhaps the child needs correction. Guess what? They probably learned it from you. Allah forgive us. A lot of the times the children utter words, where did they get it from the Mother, the Father. And then the mother and the father have a debate who exactly it was May Allah subhanho wa
Taala forgive us.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, when you want to punish when you want to retaliate, do not go beyond the limits, study the case, look at what is the deserving punishment. You may exercise it. But Allah ends by saying if you are patient, if you are patient, it's better for those who bear patients much better. So take it easy. Now let's look at what happened upon the victory of Mecca. Wow, beautiful. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam being faced with this same lot who came to Ohio to massacre his own uncle and the others. And he looks at them and says yeah, Mashallah Polish people have kurush, Masato noona and Nephilim become what do you think I'm going to do to you today?
And obviously, he could have done anything because he's got the power, the authority, the final say the army, the weaponry, everything is there, and these people are criminals. They did not deserve to actually live if you take a careful look at it, because they had massacred muslimeen if they were caught martial, they would have been executed all of them.
But he says when they looked at him, they said you know you're a kind man, and now suddenly you're a kind man.
You're a kind man.
He says you have to
go all of you free no retribution today. I tell you what the Prophet Joseph May peace be upon him. Yusuf Alayhi Salam told his brothers law three ballet como yo no retribution upon you today. May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us I want to end this evening. by reminding every one of us Let's learn to forgive one another. Let's learn to turn a new leaf will law when you hold grudges, it is a weight on your shoulders, it refuses sleep, it prohibits your sleep, it destroys your health. It destroys your head. It makes you a stressed person. You walk around frowning, you develop such a look on your face that you look so miserable. Don't do that. Learn to forgive and let go no matter
what let it go. So panela By the will of Allah if possible, you will be able to be from among those who are calm, cool and relaxed. Looking forward to the meeting with Allah subhanho wa Taala if you forgive the chances of you being forgiven, by Allah subhanho wa Taala
Allah become much, much greater May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. I'd like to acknowledge those who are listening to us from far and wide Mashallah on the live stream every single night and hamdulillah We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless you all. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us forgiveness in this beautiful month of Ramadan, to make it a month with a difference to accept from us, the Salah that we've been engaging in, as well as the fasting that we've been engaging in, and we asked Allah soften our hearts and to help us to engender in the company of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam, wa sallahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah
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