Ramadan 2015 – Deeds of Paradise

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An encouraging and motivating talk by Mufti Menk which provides an insight on the deeds of paradise, hadith of the card, deeds of hell fire and importance of maintaining harmony with the fellow humans.

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala l mursaleen. Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa v momento de San elijo Medina.

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We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to bless them all and to bless every single one of us, to grant us goodness and forgiveness. To help us to make the most of this beautiful month of Ramadan, we ask Allah subhanahu wa Jalla to grant us the softening of the hearts and at the same time we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us permanent positive change, and not just change that will be felt only in the month of Ramadan. And once the month of Ramadan leaves, we to abandon the obedience of Allah Subhana Allah Jalla my

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brothers and sisters, it's important for us to know that the struggle is for paradise. What I want what you want, we're supposed to be focused on one thing that is genuine. If you pause for a moment and think about the beauty of this world, it is so fake, if you were to look at it, everything we have here will be left behind exactly here.

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Ask yourself what do I have my perfumes my watches, my phones, my cars, you know the spouse, I have the children whatever else you have, to be honest, you met whatever you had and have here. And when you leave you leave alone singular one. So all your material items will be left behind. Yes, your family members may join you by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But there are two there are certain conditions. And that is we all need to be heading in the right direction. If a person is heading towards paradise, and the other one is heading towards Hellfire, how do we expect to meet in the hereafter. This is why if you'd like to meet your family members, you need to start doing good

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deeds. And you need to realize the rat race that we are in right now in order to lead a better life is actually far less important than the real race for gentlemen and for paradise.

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If I were to die here, and now true success is if Allah were to tell me for you is gentlemen, even if I had nothing in this world, and the biggest failure is a person who's had everything in this world completely. They've had good health, they've had wealth, they've had family members, they've had happiness, they've had peace they've had so much, but the moment they die, they find out that they actually have not succeeded in earning gender. So with this in mind, I want to spend the next few minutes reminding us that my brothers and sisters increase your good deeds because you never know which deal it is that will actually help you gain entry into paradise. I want to start off by

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giving you a very interesting example that we all know the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said, There was once a man, he was sinful man, and he saw a dog. And he noticed the dog was extremely thirsty, and was actually rubbing its nose into the dust. And he realized that this dog is thirsty. So he decided to take his own leather sock, literally a boot that he wrote the type of boots they wore at the time. And he decided to release it into the well fill it up with water and come back. And this dog that is actually considered a dirty animal. He decided to quench the thirst of the dog because of the mercy he felt for a creature of the same creator. You know what that means? The one who made me

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made everything else, even though I'm not allowed to consume a dog. I have rules and regulations when it comes to my relationship with the dog and the cleanliness and purity big rules, big regulations. But he felt that this is a creature of the same maker. And this, this creature is struggling. I have the ability to do something for it, and perhaps it might quench his thirst. And the Hadith says the man achieved paradise through the one deed. When Allah saw the deed he said for you is genuine. It's the compassion. It's the feeling today as we speak.

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About 100 people have just been gunned down in Nigeria while they were in domestic May Allah subhanho wa Taala safe goddess in the name of Islam, in the name of the Quran, in the name of the tsunami Humberto Salaam, yet that type of behavior is the furthest away from Islam, from Allah from Rasulullah salah and from any one of us who are saying Muslim

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If compassion towards a dog would actually make a person earn paradise, what do you think will be the value of one who is compassionate towards fellow human beings who do not share the same faith? So Pamela, if I were to see a non Muslim, My duty is to try my best to reach out to this person so that they can see the beauty of the faith we belong to all of us without a single exception.

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Some way up the ladder, our forefathers were not Muslim, someone made an effort and Alhamdulillah we think a lot that they entered the fold of Islam. If the attitude of Islam was such that we were meant to gun down people we disagreed with completely Muslim, non Muslim, whoever else, then we would have not been Muslim in today. I don't even think we would have existed. Common logic, common sense. May Allah protect us from deviant ideology? May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from this type of unacceptable thinking that is creeping into the frustrated youth of the oma no matter how deep your frustrations are. My brothers and sisters, remember, every time when you see a dog,

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remember that you are meant to be compassionate towards the dog. What about fellow human beings?

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This is your gentleman. This is your paradise reach out to people in a beautiful way, go and feed going close Muslim, non Muslim, whoever else it is, when an enemy of yours realizes that your character and conduct goes far beyond this, they would soften up at a certain stage by the will of Allah. Even if they haven't softened up your duty was fulfilled between you and a Muslim, Hannah Montana, you need to notice you need to realize people look at you they should see the calmness of a believer in your face, they should see it in your movement, they should see it in your character. And this is why let's go to the one of the most powerful deeds that will take people into gentlemen,

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the prophet peace be upon him was asked a simple question which are the deeds that will make people in paradise. Very simple. He said two things that were law he was the consciousness of Allah and good character conduct. So if you are conscious of Allah, I'd like to spend a minute explaining the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala you would be fulfilling your Salah, you would be a person who understands the value of the Shahada. You know what is the Shahada? When I say la ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah there is none worthy of worship besides Allah, and Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam is his final messenger. It is the most powerful statement in existence. It is a statement that will

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result in the entry into paradise of people who have files filled with sin, perhaps each file from the east to the west as per one of the narrations of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he says a man will come on the Day of Judgment with 99 files full of sin, each file from the east to the west, and you will be asked Are these your deeds he will not be able to deny anything. So Allah subhanho wa Taala will ask the angels to place the deeds on the scale. And obviously these are all bad deeds. And suddenly from one of those files, a little card will actually fall out. And that card will have said La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah this man has uttered this declaration of faith once in his

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life correctly, properly, with conviction believed in Allah subhanho wa Taala. And Allah will say, put that on the other side of the scale and you know what it will tip the scale Subhana Allah and the man will be granted gentlemen, it is known as the Hadith of the card. Look at the amount of Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala we feel hopeful because of these type of narrations. Otherwise, if you were to listen to the punishment and the Roth and jahannam and and Hellfire and the blaze that it has, perhaps shavon might make us lose hope momentarily, but it's definitely the balance of the forum, the balance of revelation that makes us feel this hope and we continue struggling and going

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on and on trying to please Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah help us so this is the power of the Shahada, Allah He the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala would entail that you abstain from prohibition as best as possible as far as possible. Wherever you have faulted. Your consciousness of Allah makes you repent very quickly today. Look, we are seated here. Allah He we are getting to the most blessed moments ever. You have a month of Ramadan, you have the second half of Ramadan, you have a day of a Friday you have almost midday you are sitting here with the Imam we are sitting and listening to the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala his words are reminded all of us want to leave this

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place feeling good feeling plugged in with Allah subhanho wa Taala the hearts are softened. This is a time of acceptance of job. If you don't seize this moment to turn to Allah. You've wasted it.

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You've wasted it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us feel the love feel this

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Spirituality for you the bond, my brothers and sisters, we are all part of one on one. We are all brothers and sisters say what you would like. We are all brothers and sisters under the banner of La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam the best from amongst us is he or she who feels that under Shahada, even though we may have our little differences? Remember this? If you want to know how clean your heart is, ask yourself, what is the feeling I have in my heart for the others who share the panel of La ilaha illAllah with me? So Pamela, that answer would actually tell you exactly where you stand in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala because that declaration is a banner

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of Allah, not yours, not mine shape man comes in to make us separate ourselves to make us hate ourselves because of one or two differences, not realizing that the spouses who get along like a house on fire would also have differences if we were to hate each other because of the fact that I am a tea man and she's a coffee man, we are foolish, or she's a coffee woman. Sorry.

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But this is what happens. We can never ever

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let shapen creep in to make us hate one another after we've declared the Shahada. Yes, we will discuss our differences we will educate one another we will help each other eradicate perhaps shield, eradicate, eradicate innovation, eradicate anything that may be wrong. But all that is part and parcel of helping one another. It's not a war that I need to declare with you solely because you've made a mistake, or you might be ignorant. In fact, it is a challenge. It is an opportunity that Allah has placed for me to be able to reach out to you to educate you and vice versa. It's an opportunity. It's a challenge. And remember this when you make an effort to educate someone that is

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your ticket to paradise, because to learn knowledge, to put it into practice and to convey to others is definitely one of the ways of earning gentlemen. It is paradise. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us the Sahaba Viola Hanuman, they struggled, they strove over the centuries, we found the deen coming to us in a way that today we are sitting here in this beautiful machine, one of the most beautiful machines that perhaps we've seen, Mashallah,

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whose effort was this, it's the effort of a chain of people, you may never know them. But we need to say Oh Allah bless them all. Today we are sitting here, eating from the fruit of a tree that we did not really SOS Anima Some of us are bashing the tree down, trying to cut it down. And yet the tree refuses to be chopped down. It continues growing continues bearing fruit and you continue eating from the fruit, not realizing that your actions are actually against the tree. But it's so merciful. It keeps on giving you some kind of love. Look at how many of us are not proud of the deeds we've done. We've committed sin we've gambled, perhaps drunk, perhaps alcohol, intoxicants, adultery,

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fornication, whatnot, you name it, it's there. Through the mercy of Allah, he still keeps on giving us fresh air to breathe. He gives us eyes to see he gives us so much some kind of love. He's given us children and families and so much amazing. We still happen to concentrate on the little bit that we don't have, and we still happen to be ungrateful to Allah subhana wa Tada. So going back to the narration of takala. The next thing that the prophets of Allah Salam says his personal follow. In one narration, he says the heaviest thing on the scales of the day of judgment will be good character and conduct. You know what that is? It's your relationship with fellow human beings, your

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relationship with the rest of creation. There are two things mentioned in the study.

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People will be earning Jelena because of the relation with Allah and the relation with the rest of the creatures of the same Allah. Amazing. Look at the brothers and sisters around you and ask yourself, what's my link with them? You know, what's your lead? He who made you made them? That's what it is. You are brothers and sisters. If you don't feel that there's something wrong with you. Take a look at the others that go far on the streets. What's your link with them? those who disbelieve those who hate Islam, those who have fought Islam, what's unique with them, who made you made them? We are all a test for one another, reach out positively. Brothers and sisters we are

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living at a time when technology is at a peak. When people are highly educated, you have double doctorates and you have PhD is like, you know, being dished out No Man's business Subhanallah but we have so much of intolerance. Because we've allowed Shaban to overtake us.

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We have so much of hatred in us. We need to deal with this. Let's go back to basics. Let's look at Muhammad salatu salam treatment of the hypocrites whom he was issued a list with to say these people are hypocrites. Some of the companions said can we execute them? And he said never. That's not what Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was sent when he was sent as a mercy to entire creation. sallallahu alayhi wasallam but here we are today. It's the opposite in one family. We are 10 pieces in one community. We have five groups in one

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musti we have the window group and the non window group. You know what that is from Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, the fan and the icon group and the ones who don't want it. We are fighting debating over five minutes more that the Imam is taking with Allah subhanho wa Taala and that's it. The Masjid is almost broken to pieces. This is a reality. Look at how shake hands crept in. And look at how he's distancing us from gentlemen. So the deeds of Paradise my brothers and sisters, we need to understand develop your character, speak to people with respect, learn to fulfill what you have promised. Learn to have mercy on people, those whom you may not like what they

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look like, tell yourself this is a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala Who am I not to like what Allah has created?

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Who am I to have this feeling that I am better if Allah once he can change you here and now to become lower than them in every aspect of the term low? May Allah forgive us. It's the mercy of Allah that has made us sit here today. It is the mercy of Allah that we are listening to this. It's the mercy of Allah that it's the month of Ramadan. We're talking about how to end gentlemen and Subhanallah I've just stopped at one point and that is character and conduct because it is so vast It is so great. It encompasses absolutely everything cleanse your heart removed from it hatred, jealousy, envy, removed from it pride. The Hadith says those who have a droplet or a mustard seeds

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wait with of pride in their hearts will not enter gender, they will not enter Paradise. There is no place in paradise where that is but a warning. For whom, for those who have a heart to say cleansings please take out that hatred take out jealousy, you look at people learn to love them. sort out your matter when you have a big issue. Tell yourself this is my opportunity to earn gentlemen Let me try and reach out to people. Yes, if you've tried your best and still you are not achieving you leave the rest in the hands of Allah. You don't need to become dirty and ugly about it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us love one another.

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Then he was asked what deeds will make people burn or be thrown into Hellfire? I need to know that you need to know that. He said and family will follow you. I'm going to mention two organs he says not the deeds, the organs, the mouth, the private parts. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us look at your mouth, what you say how you utter things, what you utter will actually result in your entry in general or otherwise. Look at how Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us through the blessed admiration of amatola. In one of the most melodious narrations, he says Kelly Mehta and ecfe attorney Alan Lee Sally, the key law attorney feeling nice and happy batan Isla Manny Subhana Allah He will be happy

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so behind Allah allowed in the last narration of so he had Buhari with the profits or loss allowances, they are two words that are so loved by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So light on the tongue, and so heavy on the scales, they happen to be the declaration of the praise of Allah using the words Subhana Allah He will be de Subhana Allah Hill Alvin, pretty heavy on the scale. Simple. What am I saying? I'm declaring the praise of Allah Glory be to You or a lot, All praise is due to you or Allah subhanho wa Taala and you are the greatest That's what I'm saying.

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So to use your tongue to praise Allah is a means of your entry into gentlemen use it my brothers and sisters, I want to ask you to do one thing we are in Ramadan. We are we are in this beautiful day Friday, this beautiful moment.

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become conscious of how many times you praise Allah in the day, whether it's in English or Arabic, or whatever it is. Ask yourself How many times did I praise Allah? Oh Allah I praise you. Praise be to you, Oh Allah, Glory be to You or Allah, you are the greatest Oh Allah, I love you, Oh Allah, I want you to love me to Allah. Keep on speaking to Allah through the day, make it your habit. You will enter Paradise with simple ease by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala because these words are heavy on the scale, you're talking to Allah, you praising him, he knows your struggle, not a single one of us can say we do not have any struggles. We all have challenges everyone. Sometimes it's your

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health, it's your world with your family, whatever else it is, but Allah knows it but you're still praising Allah praise Him. A lot of us pay lip service to the praise of Allah. We haven't really thought of what we've added. We say Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah so many times, at the end of the day, you don't even know what you said. Now Allah forgive us. It's like I usually say the people who say they say it so fast that after a while it sounds like stuck for life.

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Allah forgive us really

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And that's an insult to Allah. I'd rather say Oh ALLAH forgive me, Oh Allah, I love you, I try the same thing, my own language that I understand there's nothing wrong with it, the value and merit of the Arabic language is in its place. Definitely. We don't want to undermine that. But if it's going to result in lack of concentration, perhaps you want to test it out in another language that you know, and you understand so that it may impact on you in a greater way. Somehow Now,

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don't get me wrong, we're not undermining the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala at all, but we are offering some words for those who are weak perhaps to get to that level before they can actually benefit from it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us so these are the words of gentlemen, this is what will get you to paradise my brothers and sisters good words taken. Take a look at what Allah has bestowed upon you be thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala look at the month of Ramadan. Do you know what we're taught?

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We are taught that Allah subhanho wa Taala does not want from you the fact that you stay away from food and drink and permissible intimacy with your spouse. That's not what he wants from you. I don't know. He requires you to achieve piety through the fast such that he says if you are not going to be bothered about what comes out of your mouth during the fast then you've wasted your time staying away from food and drink Melania data Zoo he will be he will gel fillet Salli ala Hajj attorney, fee and yada, yada, whoever is not going to abstain from foul language, false witness and so on. from bad things, vulgar words coming out of their mouth during the fast then Allah has no need of the

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fact that they've stayed away from their food and drink through the day they wasted their time. What does this mean? This means that I'm a man we are meant to be disciplining ourselves, even when it comes to the way we speak. Choose the best words when you talk to your wife. When you talk to your husband, your parents, your children, choose beautiful words when you speak to those whom you have employed. Or those who are your employers choose the best words when you speak to clients. When you speak to those who don't like you choose beautiful words. That's a movement that is paradise in the making my brothers and sisters now Allah subhanho wa Taala help us I think I just touched on the

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topic, the time is up. But at the same time, I hope I've introduced it to to myself and yourself to make us more interested in the middle deeds that we see through the day and night. So Panama so many things that we could do to earn the pleasure of Allah. Do not belittle a small deed even if it means giving milk to a cat. Allah subhanho wa Taala help us I hope that doesn't start off a huge argument in the home because sometimes there is a stray cat that we are trying to get rid of. And someone might just use this as evidence to say you know what, bring it on. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. Remember, it's more important for you to maintain peace in the home and for you to

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arrive at a common understanding and for you to be able to compromise when it comes to matters that are not strictly halal and haram. Yes, if it is strictly halal and haram, you may want to stick to the opinion and educate others regarding it in the most beautiful manner. But when it comes to matters that you're allowed to compromise upon or regarding, trust me to give up your opinion sometimes is an act of worship. May Allah Subhana Allah forgive us all Salatu was Salam ala nabina Muhammad