Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2015
Mufti Menk makes mention of the reasons of revelation from Surah Zumar, Surah Shura, Surah Fussilat, Surah Zuhruf, Surah Furqan, Surah Ya-Sin and Surah Ahzab. The instances being, disbelievers debating if Allah could hear them, people seeking sustenance for worldly life, mushrikeen questioning about sins committed prior to entering Islam and forgiveness of Allah, rulings on hijab, etiquette of attending a meal at Prophet SAW’s place (applicable for dinner/lunch/breakfast invites in today’s time), mushrikeen questioning on life after death.
Salam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah where Allah Allah He was happy he woman, voila. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we thank him upon all conditions we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every single one of them. And may He bless every one of us as well. I mean, my brothers and sisters, I'm sure, when we visit people in their homes for a meal, we know when to go, and we know how long to sit for. And when people visit us, we would expect them to know when to come, and we would expect them to know how
long to sit for. If you've invited someone for supper, for example, you would not be expecting them at lunchtime. You'd expect them close to the supper time. And once the supper is over, perhaps you would not want them to sit up to midnight. You would actually prefer it if they understood when to leave. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us blessings. It might sound something very simple, but did you know that this issue is addressed in the Quran? This issue is addressed by Allah subhanho wa Taala because sometimes we make ourselves comfortable in people's homes, and we don't realize that it is irritating them because we are sitting too long. I think a lot of the women folk
would agree. They don't mind feeding 50 people for as long as the people disperse once they are finished the meal and they don't waste time sitting up to midnight. For for example, the women folk to have to sit and to wait in order to clear up and all the people who were doing was just sitting and chatting. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grants an understanding. So there is integration with de la of Anna Sydney Malik robiola when he says when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam got married to Xena, Binti, Josh of the Allahu Allah, He invited some people for a meal. And so quite a few people came from among the companions and they said some of them came a bit early, and they
happen to sit and Mohammed Salah Salam sat with them. And after some time the meal was served and after the meal, they sat and they continued sitting, and the Prophet sallallahu wasallam was feeling hurt within himself that these people do not know when exactly to go. But just like you and I, we would be shy to tell our guests please can you leave now? Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, grant us understanding. So the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was shy, he didn't tell them anything. But he made like he wanted to get up they did not understand the sign. They didn't understand the sign. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. So a little while later, he got up and so they got up with him, but
three of them remain seated. And so the others left and these three set for a long, long time. And a Sydney Malika your loved one who says after a while, they got up and they went away. And later Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed versus clarifying that nobody should do this. Yes, these verses are connected straight to the family of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and the Prophet sallallahu sallam. But the lesson is for us all we need to know we need to understand the timings we need to know when to go to someone's place, why we are going there, and how long to sit for. And also I want to add one more thing, what to say when you are there. We should not engage in backbiting and gossip and
slander. But rather we should say things that are beautiful. If you sit at someone's place for 10 minutes or 15 minutes, the moment you have set for more than 15 minutes, just on a social, perhaps you will start speaking about other people. You know it takes you 15 minutes to say how are you how's your children? What's happening? How was the day What's going on? Exactly? 15 minutes later you start seeing you know that woman there? That's when you need to get up and walk away. And Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding May he protect us from gossip May he make us from those who can protect our tongues. I mean, Allah says verse number 53 of sudo to La Casa
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need a nanny Heidi? Oh you who believe do not enter the homes of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam unless you're invited for a meal and do not go so early waiting for it but rather go at the time of the meal you will eat and you will disperse without engaging in extra discussion. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala says thereafter
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and he was shy. He was shy of you, to tell you that you know what, it's hurting me You better get up and go away I've got other things to do perhaps. So Allah says but Allah is not shy of the truth. And this is why Allah revealed such clear cut verses in Surah to Lhasa who would believe that this matter is addressed by Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Quran. I invite you my brothers and sisters, to give a little bit more importance to the timing of visiting others when and how much and so on May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to engender through his obedience and through learning lessons from these beautiful reasons of revelation of the verses of the Holy Quran. Then we have verse
number 59 of the same surah where even sad makes mention of integration of a b Malik in his book a Tabata and he says the women of the believers sometimes used to leave their homes for necessity in the evenings and some of the hypocrites used to sit on the sides in order to harass the women. So Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed versus telling the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam to inform his wives, his daughters and the believing women to dress in a specific way when they leave their homes. Let's listen to the instruction. Verse number 59 sudo to Lhasa
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Allah says all messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, tell your wives tell your daughters Intel, the believing women to draw the outer garments upon themselves when they are going out of the homes in order that they may be recognized as believing women and not harassed Subhan Allah, what a beautiful verse of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this is an instruction, it's important for us to ensure that we learn two things. One is to be able to be dressed appropriately when we leave our homes. And this injunction is more for the women folk, but obviously the men also it's about time we insert we encouraged one another to dress appropriately. It does not mean that because the rules of hijab have
made mention of women folk, that the men don't have a dress code in Islam. Sometimes our clothing is also too tight. Sometimes it is see through, sometimes buttons all down we are showing our stomachs, our bellies, our chests, and everything else claiming that I'm only supposed to be covering from the navel to the
knee, May Allah forgive us. That's not the ruling. The ruling is that is the bare minimum but you're supposed to be modestly dressed as well correctly dressed something loose, something good fitting, sub meaning something that's not tight and so on the material not too thin that injunction is for the males as well. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us understand. And I think I need to draw our attention once again, to the genes of today that happened to show half of our backsides when we go into such depth for Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah forgive us will lie. The worst thing that can happen in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala is when a man enters and he says Allahu Akbar for the
sake of Allah and he opens his eyes and he witnesses someone else. Still feel the love in the condition. That is absolutely unacceptable. displaying their behind in front of him. We're trying to read Salah my brother, respect the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala lift those genes up a little bit higher. Don't be from among those who dropped them half the way down because soon the trend will be no genes at all. May Allah forgive us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us really don't just follow blindly the trends remember the etiquette in Islam regarding dress is what will inshallah earn you paradise May Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us so Allah says, tell them to dress with
the outer garment, the first thing is to be able to dress appropriately. Secondly, it is an outer garment more like a cloak that you're wearing on top of your clothing, something that will be covering you your shape, your size and so on. And Allah subhanho wa Taala knows why he has issued this instruction today. A lot of people are judged by the type of clothing they wear. So those who have tight fitting clothing showing their bodies and their bodies happened to be SubhanAllah. You know, like we've said before figures like triggers if that's the case, and that's what people are judging them by wildlife.
We are degrading the women folk, we are making them sex objects, we are making them an object of male pleasure. And that's it. But if a female happens to wear a cloak as she leaves, everyone else wearing the cloak, the shape of the body is not shown you are not enslaved by the size or shape of your body, then you are truly liberated My beloved sisters, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us liberation in the true sense, what a beautiful injunction. I hope and I pray that these few words can motivate us to dress appropriately. These are the last few days of Ramadan few days left, let's make an intention that inshallah our dress code will change and for the right in sha Allah in the
right direction for the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala both female as well as male, I mean, then we have surah Yaseen, a beautiful surah that a lot of us know of by heart, and Al Hakim makes mention of a narration of if nabasa the Allahu anhu He says, allow Sidney was ill who was one of the leaders of Quraysh, who was a disbeliever.
And there is another narration mentioned by a tabari. And the ration of Qatada.
He says it was obey bufala. So let's say it was one of the two either obey even if Allah O Allah subhanaw taala. In what did they do? They came with a powdered form of bones, you know, when the bones are decomposed when a person's died, and this person got hold of these remains, and it was like a powdered form, totally this decomposed, disintegrated, and he came with it to Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he was not a believer, but he comes to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and he says, Do you see what this is? These are bones. This is a human being the remains of a human, they are in a powdered form here. Are you trying to claim that Allah that you are worshiping is
going to give life to the to this powder that's here in my hands, and Allah is going to bring it back to life. So Allah subhanho wa Taala responds surah trc in verse number 7778, our lm er en
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ob gyn, the first part of the response, we Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Does men not see that he was created from a droplet of semen? He was created from one drop off sperm. And now that is big and old, he wants to come and argue. Imagine if you think of your humble beginnings in mind, where were we before we were born? There was a time when we were neither he nor she know it, because we were not in existence besides how Allah knows.
And then we were born today we are old and we think we are a big deal and we want to argue and debate regarding Allah. And Allah says, I made you and you're going to come back to me whether you like it or not. So stop arguing regarding Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, think of your humble beginnings. You were a droplet Subhana Allah, a little droplet and today you want to argue you're a big man. You think you're a big deal? May Allah forgive us? So that's what Allah says in Surah. Yaseen that does man not see that we created him from a single droplet. And now suddenly he wants to debate and argue. Then Allah says, Well dorabella
Luca who call me are you live Amaya, Rami mentioned is being made of this argument, who is going to give life to these bones after they are decomposed and disintegrated completely so Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
say, He who brought it to life in the first place, will give it life once again. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us it's quite simple. In fact, we are taught in the Quran Allah subhanho wa Taala says, that when he created from nothing, at the beginning just with the word, what is the word, the word is be good in the Arabic language, as we say a mo who binal caffee. When noon the instruction of Allah is between a calf and the noon in the English language we would say B and E it makes B so when Allah says Be, it became without anything prior to that, from nothing, Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala so Allah says, if I can make from nothing, then for me to reconstruct from something that's
already existing, is simple. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us? May He grant us a deep understanding. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us in every single way. I mean,
then we have sudo to Zuma a beautiful surah and I want to mention a verse that was revealed, in conjunction with another verse that we've spoken about a few days back, also a hadith that happens to be Mustafa, la of ebony Abbas or the long run. He says there were some people from among the mushrikeen, who came to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and said that we definitely believe that what you're saying is very good. And what you're
Calling towards is really good. But you know we have committed shil meaning we've associated partners with a lot, and we have committed adultery, and we have committed murder. And these sins according to a verse that you've recited are not forgivable meaning allows me to punish those who have engaged in these cells. Now, I want to pause for a moment my brothers and sisters, we all know that Allah says he will not forgive association of partnership with him. But when is the question only if a person dies without having sought forgiveness for shield? Will Allah not forgive them. But while you are alive, you can seek forgiveness from any sin you've committed, and Allah will forgive
you the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu the bulk of them were mushrikeen before they entered the fold of Islam, but when they asked the last forgiveness, and they turned their ways and habits and they came on to the straight path, Allah subhanho wa Taala forgave them, they became the best of the lot. These were the Sahaba of the Allah. So never think for a moment that Allah does not forgive shoot, when you have asked for forgiveness from that ship, he will forgive it. The condition is you need to ask for forgiveness. The only time he will not forgive it is if a person has died in that condition and not repented from it. So anyway, when these people came to ask Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam verses were review two sets of verses the one was suitable for Converse number 68. And we read it the other day in lammeter. Baba mahna mahna mahna Sahni have fun hula, aka Dino la hussaini. Team Hashanah wacana. Allah.
Allah makes an exception from the punishment of those who have sought forgiveness, who have believed and who have done good deeds. And he says what we will do for them as a favor from us to show our Mercy is that we will take their bad deeds, and we will convert them into good deeds, and place them on the right side of the scale for them to benefit from that on the Day of Judgment. That's the mercy of Allah. When imagine. And I thought of this the other day, if you owed someone 10,000 grants, and you go to them with the 10,000. Or you go to them and you say, look, I really apologize, I don't have the 10,000. And they tell you, it's okay, I forgive you, you will be excited, won't
you? But what about what Allah has shown here, and obviously, the example of Allah is far higher. But I'm giving you the example of a 10,000 grant just to bring it close to your mind. You go to the man and you say, Listen, I don't have the 10,000 he says you don't have it. Nevermind, take another 10 you can have this as well. That's the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala even above that, higher than that, Allah subhanho wa Taala the person committed sin, they came back to me they did not repeat that sin. They change their whole life for that. And not only will I say I forgive your sins, but I'm going to say all the sins you committed, I want to convert them and make them good deeds.
Now you can go so behind Allah, this is the mercy of Allah. And another verse revealed on the same occasion was verse number 150. of surah to Zoomer, known as the reverse filled with the most hope in the whole Quran. In the entire Quran, there is one verse that is filled with the most hope. What is it with number 150 of Surah azumah
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Omaha masala Sallam tell my worshipers who have transgressed against themselves. Never, ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah. Never, ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah no matter what you've done. Allah says I am most forgiving, I will forgive all the sins Indeed Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful.
What greater mercy can we have? My brothers and sisters imagine? If Allah did not forgive our sins, we would be doomed. Perhaps a little while down the line we would feel we are already going into jahannam What's the point of doing good deeds now? But Allah says no, I will wipe out no matter what you've done in terms of evil. This is why Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam utter the beautiful statement, which really gives us goosebumps and that is at Evo minute them become Allah. Allah. One who has sought forgiveness from sin is equivalent to the one who never ever committed the sin. Subhana Allah, you asked the last forgiveness. It's wiped out. It's gone. And this is why shaitaan
comes to us and makes us doubt Allah's mercy. Remember, do not suffer from this trap of shape and don't be entrapped by him. You've committed the sin. You've asked the last forgiveness. That's it. It's gone and it's wiped out. Do not let chiffon come back to you and say, Hey, I don't think that sin was forgiven because what it does, it bogs you down. It makes you feel heavy.
It makes you feel distant from Allah rather feel close to Allah fight shavon Olga Billahi min ash shaytani r rajim. May Allah protect us from the devil, the accussed. And may Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us a deep understanding. So this is a beautiful verse, my brothers and sisters do you know, these nights of Ramadan are so powerful the end of Ramadan is such that we arrive at a climax right at the end. Amazingly, Allah has kept one night among these 10 nights, that is better than 1000 months. So I shadowed Yolanda. She when she heard that it's important for us to look for Laila to look for later to other means. Try your best to engage in acts of worship, so that you can
achieve the mercy of Allah. So she asked Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, or messenger Salallahu alaihe salam. Do you see if I were to find the night of al Qaeda, meaning the Night of Decree? What is the best thing I could do in terms of acts of worship? And a lot of us asked the same questions right? He did not give a long list of things to say do this and do this and 20 times and 50 times and undertones and 1000 times and three times and five times and so on, and you've overshot and your support is also lost. He did not give such a list. He says Cooley Allahumma inaka want to hit Bulava fast, Ronnie, that's it. He says, say and repeat the statement. Oh Allah, you are
most forgiving. You love to forgive. So forgive me. If you repeat that statement. Often, you will find if Allah has forgiven you. That's all you need. What more do you want from Allah subhanho wa Taala forgiveness. So this is why Yes, it is correct to engage in liquor. It is correct to have extra Quranic recitation, to perhaps engage in extra voluntary prayers. All that is correct. I'm not saying it's wrong. But remember, one of the most powerful things you could do is to sit and seek Allah's forgiveness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us all. This is why we say this is the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Then we have a totally different story in sort of facilites where it is a Hadith, Mustafa Pele reported by minimus Rudra, the Allah and he says there were three people who gathered from among the mushrikeen of Porsche. Two of them were from Croatia, and one of them was from from Buenos Atif or two of them were Satterfield. And one was a furoshiki. from Croatia.
What's important is there were three of them. They were discussing amongst themselves, big people, you know, quite fat, but they were quite thick as well. So the one says,
to the other, do you think that this Allah that Mohammed Salah Salam is calling towards Do you think Allah can actually hear us? So the others say, Well, you know, I think if we whisper maybe he can't hear. But if we speak loudly, maybe he can hear and they had an argument and the other one said, Well, if he can hear us speaking loudly, then I'm sure he can hear the whispers as well. And this debate happened between them and Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed versus like I said, this hadith is Mustafa con la was number 22. of surah. Four salat wa
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you are not covering yourselves from your ears, your eyes, and your skins and yet you thinking that Allah cannot hear you. What Allah is saying is, Allah knows what you're doing not only Allah, your eyes will bear witness, your ears will bear witness your skin will bear witness and you are still thinking perhaps Allah didn't hear us your tongue your mouth will also bear witness. And this is why another verse revealed on a similar occasion verse number 80 of surah two zuku Allah says Amir cibona Anna Anna smell zero mana Jae Hwan, Bella una de Mexico do they think? Do they think for a while that we are not listening to their whispers into their secret statements? Do they think we're
not listening? Allah says, indeed our angels are out there recording everything that's happening. So the problem here or should I say the matter is twofold. One is, these people are not only and it happens for every single one of us. We not only have angels recording, but our own organs of the same body that we have right now. are also recording they also will bear witness. And this is why Allah says in another verse in the Quran, yo Mata shadow Allah him alsina to whom ye de mano de mercado Yama alone on that day, and this is in Surah to know where Allah says, Do you know what will bear witness against the people
Their hands will bear witness as to what they touched or against them. Their legs will bear witness. Allah subhanho wa Taala says they don't even realize their tongues will bear witness that this is what we uttered. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us in a way that our organs bear witness for us and not against us. Remember, you can never hide from Allah. The best option you have is to seek Allah's forgiveness because when you seek Allah's forgiveness, Allah makes your organs forget what you did. Allah makes all the items that bore witness forget what you did, including the angels that recorded what you did. It is wiped out and erased in a way that they themselves don't know what you
did because Toba
wipes out whatever you've done in the past to do blah blah, wipes out whatever was before it. So ask Allah forgiveness. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will forgive you and will forgive all of us. Then we have a beautiful verse also connected to sustenance, everyone today is running behind money, agree, everyone wants money. And the thing that actually baffles us, the more money we have, the more we run behind it. Have you noticed that? You know people who've just got five or 10 grands they happy with another 50 grands Masha Allah Subhana Allah, do you understand what I'm saying here? But someone who's got 5 million 100 grands means nothing to them. It's just not even loose changes. By
the way, they won't even look in that direction. It's going to be a trigger for them to open their eyes once again. May Allah forgive us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us quite clearly in the Quran,
Allah, Allah Baba Kumar Allah.
It is Allah who has favored some above the other when it comes to sustenance, you can only fulfill your cat, if there are poor people, if there were no poor people, where would we be fooling this occur? We would be we be giving you too. So this is why Allah says we have tested some with the others, those who have Alhamdulillah It must not make them arrogant. Those who do not have it must not make them disbelief. Cardinal Haku an akuna cofra there is a hadith which says that perhaps sometimes poverty may lead to disbelief if the people don't have conviction in Allah, it will make him do something wrong in order to earn when a person is desperate. Some people give up morality in
order to earn some people give up their faith in Allah in order to earn May Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. So what happened is and this is a narration made mention of it by Al Hakim narration of Allah subhanaw taala the Allahu anhu a book known as almost a truck, and he says some of the people known as as horrible suffer who have a sofa, they were some poor people in Madina, munawwara who had less who are less privileged, they used to spend a lot of the time adjacent to the masjid in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala known as Michigan number one. Today, if you were to visit mosquito number we there is a slightly raised platform somewhere near there, that is where
they say these people used to sit there were quite a few of them some take the number to 6070 and so on some actually raised it a bit more and some drop it slightly, but some of them were making do out or they were looking at those with wealth and hoping the day to have wealth. Now you know when I make dua and you make to Allah grant a sustenance, may Allah grant assistance. I mean, I noticed an amine comes quite loudly when you say mela, give us money. Allah give us May Allah give us married. You know, that's one that I've always not understood. When you say Allah grant us good spouses May Allah subhanho wa Taala get us married. The married men are saying I mean, me Allah subhanho wa
Taala forgive us. Well open our doors. Allah subhanho wa Taala help us May Allah subhanho wa Taala really open our doors my brothers and sisters. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all sustenance that comes with goodness, when you make dua for sustenance. You gotta say Oh Allah grant me well so that I can use it in the right course. You don't just say Oh Allah give me millions I can bind his class. I can buy a house a car I can do this. Not only worldly items. No, it's got to be something to do with your link with Allah. Oh Allah grant me wealth. I want to build a Masjid Oh Allah grant me wealth. I want to look after the orphans or like grant me wealth I'd like to spend in your
course. And then follow through Subhana Allah. So some of these people were asking Allah grant as well. And they their reasoning was to do with worldly items. Allah subhanho wa Taala reviews versus verse number 27 of surah two Shula Wallah Sapa la hora is Pawnee, iva de la fille de Walla Walla ke una xinova cada Maya.
If Allah had to extend the provision, for all his worshipers, perhaps they would be committing tyranny on Earth, but he only sends
On a fixed portion that he knows to whomsoever He wishes, because he knows what each person should get, and how much is better for them. If Allah kept you a little bit lower, perhaps it's better for you. That doesn't mean you don't make do out. And it does not mean you don't try. But you must understand what you get to the end, you must be happy with it. Alhamdulillah some people have qualifications, degrees upon degrees, PhD upon PhD, but they're sitting unemployed, and the other uncle, he hasn't even been through primary school, and he's got one of the biggest businesses in South Africa. Do you know who I'm talking about? Well, I don't know either. May Allah subhanho wa
Taala help us or Grant salies is just an example I gave him Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant His goodness, I see people who are getting really worried they
ask Allah goodness, my brothers and sisters, these are the days of law. These are the days of goodness these are the days of the of the blessed month of Ramadan. These are the last few days. This is when there is a climax, Lila Hirotaka every night Allah has people who he flees from the fire of Jana. Oh Allah free us from the fire of Johanna Meola this gathering that is seated here those who may be listening across the oceans yeah Allah grant us all forgiveness. Yeah, Allah grant has mercy on this EV Allah help us every single one of us has so many difficulties and issues peculiar to us that we may be going through you know, better than us what we are struggling with.
Yeah, Allah help every single one of us. We asked you to bless us on this Eve was Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah homovanillic Misha to Allah Allah hi land and water to boil Lake