Channel: Mufti Menk
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My brothers and sisters, I'm going to simplify it for you today. What should you be doing in these 10 days? Number one, make sure that you don't sin. That's one of the most important things you could do. The Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says, either and I hate to Comanche infantile. In fact, he also says either Mr. To combi Shay in fact to remain homeless, the bottom, when I've ordered you to do something, do it to the best of your capacity. But when I've prohibited something, or told you not to do something, do not do it. Subhan Allah, so to abstain from sin is a very great act of worship. If your day passes, or if your days pass, where you have not sinned
against Allah, you have not transgressed you have not done anything that would displease Allah, I promise you, you have succeeded. So the first thing we need to do during these 10 days, and obviously it will extend beyond but something we must become conscious of, don't send, beloved worship or of Allah, my brother, my sister, there is no point in sending especially during a time when Allah says good deeds are most loved to me. Obviously, in that case, bad deeds would be even worse to be committed during these 10 best days, my brothers and sisters, the next thing that we should be doing, seeking the forgiveness of Allah, often, one of the best things you could do is to
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So, Allah says, telling my worship is those who have transgressed against themselves, never to lose hope in my mercy, for Indeed, I will forgive all the sins. Allah subhanho wa Taala is most forgiving, Most Merciful. He says, never lose hope in my mercy. He also says, turn to Allah, turn to your Lord before a day comes and then you won't be helped or you may regret that is all part of the plan of Allah. Allah does not want you to do that where you will regret so he says, turn to me, Don't lose hope in my mercy. So that brings me to the second part of the issue of seeking forgiveness. Together with seeking forgiveness, you must be convinced that Allah has forgiven you.
Because he says He is the Most Merciful, the most forgiving, the most kind, the most compassionate. One of the plans of the devil is that he wants to make us feel that we are not forgiven. My brothers and sisters. The second thing and like I said, that you should be doing during these 10 days. seek forgiveness a lot. We don't know when we're going to die. We don't know at what age what time where the place, no one knows where they're going to die. Why am I dead at
demo, no soul knows on which land where exactly it's going to die. So let's prepare for the day we're going to meet with Allah by seeking a lot of forgiveness toolbar lemon Wuji the FISA effetti history var and kathira good news have a special place in paradise for the one on whose pages lots of forgiveness is found. What are these pages, the book that you have written your deeds Subhanallah thereafter, my brothers and sisters, what we need to make sure we do fulfill the obligations and the follow upon you fulfill that which is obligatory. So your prayer is five daily prayers. Don't miss them, especially the fourth. We haven't even spoken about extra deeds. If you stay away from sin,
seek a lot of forgiveness and fulfill your obligations during these 10 days. While law he you have succeeded in a very great way but you can do much more. So remember what are your obligations. It is an obligation for me to dress appropriately. It is an obligation for me to fulfill my five daily prayers, and it is an obligation for me to do so much for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Let's move on to something else. My brothers and sisters, we must try to be charitable during these days. Charity is not only connected to wealth, although that is a great chunk of it. But it's also connected to your character, your conduct, your kindness, your goodness, your expressions on your
face, become more conscious of it during these 10 days. Learn to smile, don't
Have a miserable expression my brothers and sisters, it is an act of worship to ensure that the expression on your face is calming. It is something that brings about joy to those who witnessed it who see it. That's why the Prophet sallallahu Sallam clearly says, The buzzsumo coffee or tea, coffee casada. to smile at the face of your brother is an act of charity, you uplift them, you actually boost them, you give them a good feeling Subhanallah and it is contagious. They feel they can communicate with you. So my brothers and sisters be charitable, give out a little bit of charity, even if it is $1 or a pound or a Rand. And if you can give out something every day, you can
space out your charities for these first 10 days because Allah loves good deeds during these days more than he loves them during any other time. So just remember that my brothers and sisters, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. Similarly, my brothers and sisters, try and read some or an everyday, read a little bit, set aside a portion of the day to read a page Subhan Allah, if you're flowing or you know it off by heart, read a little bit more my brothers and sisters. But remember these 10 days are the days where in Allah will love that recitation more than any other days, blessing days. Similarly, when it comes to fasting, we should try and fast. You don't have to
fast all the days. But make sure you fast on the ninth of the ledger, the day of arafa. So it's amazing because that day is so blessed to fast on the Hadith says it expiate the sins, meaning it wipes out this the minuses of all that which was done during the previous year, as well as during the coming year. So if I were to fast on the ninth of the hedger, the past year, all the minuses wiped out, and the coming year, all the minuses wiped out. That doesn't mean I need to continue engaging in minor sins, but it's Allah telling you, you must reset your relationship with Allah and we are giving you the opportunity, you must start off on a good foot and that is Allah giving you
the chance to say we're giving you a clean slate. I must clarify my brothers and sisters. major sins require specific repentance, you need to seek specific forgiveness for those sins that are major. And the major sin is that sin. Were in which Allah has mentioned specific punishment, and he has given stern warnings, those would be considered major sins. So my brothers and sisters, these are the blessed days, read the Quran, read the Quran, on a daily basis. Allah subhanho wa Taala will bless you together with that. Spare a moment to read the translation of the Quran a little bit of it, pick up a verse two verses, read the translation, put it into practice. Another good thing to do
during these 10 days, teach someone some good Subhan Allah, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was sent as a teacher to us.
He was sent as a Marlin as a teacher to us. And he loves that and he told us that whatever you learn from me teach it, believe me when I teach from me, even if it means a single verse, in fact, any goodness you have, teach it to home, primarily to your children, your family members, your spouse, your siblings, your parents, your folks, those you interact with, why not, and then perhaps to the rest of the world. If Allah has given you an opportunity to have a following online, perhaps on social media, make sure you're leading them in the right direction. Make sure you're leading them in the right direction. I tell you, if you're leading them in the right direction, you can earn
Jeunesse simply by your social media accounts. You can earn paradise simply by the correct use of your social media accounts. If 1000s of people have benefited from what you've said, and have developed a better relationship with Allah, you've encouraged them to seek forgiveness, you've encouraged them to improve one lie he the mercy of Allah when he accepts the deed of yours will be such that you can never regret it is considered a sadder cartoon jharia it is considered a charity that the reward of which will continue even after your death. So learn to encourage people in the same way. I must mention the other side. If you were to use your social media accounts in a
destructive way, you will regret why because if you've taught people to do the wrong thing, or if you've encouraged them, to transgress against Allah or if you have encouraged them to
Engage in the weakness that you have. Then the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says, everyone who followed your bad example, you will actually carry their burden. You know, the Quran tells us well as you know was zero to
no soul or no shoulders shall bear the burden of another.
No soul shall bear the burdens of another. But the exception is made by the prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam where he says, unless you were directly involved in teaching, encouraging, promoting that particular vise or that evil, then you share exactly the same sin as all those who have followed you. This is why we tell our young boys and girls, the teenagers, and even the adults, be very responsible when you're using social media. way after your death, people will be either learning from you or meaning good or bad. It's up to you what you'd like to do, don't be Don't be shy to delete that which is bad, no matter how popular it's become a trend we have Nowadays, people
want to do silly things in order to become famous. If that's the case, we can do better my brothers and sisters we can do much better. So in these 10 days, let's revisit that relationship we have with the rest of humankind, through social media. If you can clean your act, you have definitely done something good during these 10 best days. And Allah says cleaning your act is definitely an act of worship. Allah loves it. I mean, turning to Allah, consider your relationship with Allah development Subhana Allah, introspect. Think about who you are. Do you like the person you are? Did you like your relationship you have with Allah? Do you like that? If you were to die right now, you would be
satisfied with your deeds and what you're doing? If the answer is no, you can do better. In fact, we can all do better insha Allah, so become more conscious of it, and build that relationship with Allah. This is Allah reminding us that everything you do, you will see, this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us Femi melmoth. Call adamantine Koi,
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Shadow IE. Whoever does an atom's weight of good will see the good and whoever does an atom's weight of bad will see the bad. We don't want to see that bad. So what do we do? seek forgiveness. Allah says we wipe it out completely. If you've changed your life and don't be ashamed, if you've changed your life, that's what Allah wants. Why do you think Allah gives us Ramadan every year? Why do you think he gives us these auspicious days and nights every year, in order for us to reset our relationship with him to tap us on the shoulder and tell us it's time you turn to Allah. So my brothers and sisters be charitable. Remember to fast on the ninth at least, like I said, you may
fast during the days in the run up to the ninth, but the ninth is the most rewarding. Similarly, you need to know on the 10th it is prohibited to fast. Why? Because that's the day of eat. It's the day of eating and drinking and thanking Allah. So you're supposed to be engaging in the vicar of Allah during these days as well. What's the vicar of Allah Subhana Allah and hamdulillah La ilaha illa Allah Allahu Akbar, Glory be to Allah Praise be to Allah. Allah is the Greatest there is none worthy of worship besides Allah, Oh Allah, I beg your mercy and so on. So we remember Allah also. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, La Ilaha. Il Allah Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, wa ala in hand. Allah is the
Greatest Allah is the Greatest there is none worthy of worship besides Allah. Allah is the Greatest Allah is the Greatest and for Him belongs all praise Subhana Allah, To Him belongs all praise. So to repeat that, especially on the 10th, the 11th, the 12th and the 13th. That is an amazing act of worship, a year Musashi at a Yamaha clean, we should have been with the creme de la the days of Shrek, the days of the Shrek are clear. They are the days were in which we actually say the vicar, the specific Vicar after every compulsory prayer. So you have the day of read. And the three days after that four days in total, those are known as the days of Shrek, you are not allowed to fast
during the days of read. They are the days of eating and drinking and remembering Allah but don't be wasteful. Similarly, think about the poor and the needy. Those who are sickly those who have passed on, make dua for them. That brings me to the next point to do during these days. Pray
For others, call out to Allah for yourself and for others supplicate that is called do so we make dua not just for ourselves but for others as well think of the poor, the needy Subhana Allah, it's amazing. Many times we ask Allah for our needs, not knowing that when you call out to Allah for the needs of others without them knowing Allah fulfills your needs to begin with. Amazing. One of the ways of getting Allah to fulfill your needs is to ask Allah to fulfill the needs of others, no matter where they are across the globe. And this is how Allah will help you and guide you and give you the goodness that you're asking for. You want to get married, make dua for Allah to grant
spouses to others and see what happens about you as well. Because the angels say, Oh Allah grant this person the same grant this person goodness as well. Another thing to do during these days as you're seeking forgiveness of Allah, forgive others. Find it in your heart to develop a good relationship with others. Go out and mend relationships with your brothers, your sisters, your uncle's, your aunts, your nephews, your cousins, your parents, perhaps grandparents in laws, whoever it may be, go out and mend relationships, mending relationships is definitely a great act of worship. And Allah mentions it many times in the Quran. So my brothers and sisters, while we are
seeking the forgiveness of Allah, there is a greater chance if we were to forgive others that Allah will forgive us. Allah to him buena de Vere Allah Hola, como la whoa Haim. So to know, Allah tells us would you not like Allah to forgive you? Well then forgive others and embrace them.
Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. So that verse teaches us Yes, forgive others. Sometimes if a person is not remorseful and they have wronged you, you may want to forgive them but not interact so much with them simply because you don't want to be bitten from the same direction twice. And you're a believer. Now you'll the minuman Jeffery noir hidden model attain a believer is never bitten from the same source twice. So remember, you may want to forgive someone, but if they're not remorseful, you don't have to embrace, you don't have to actually, you know, return to the relationship you were in the past. But in your heart, you don't hold the burden, you forgiven them, you've let it go, may
Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless every one of us. So these are some of the deeds that we can engage in, we engage in acts of worship and so on. And I want to end with one of the most beautiful acts of worship, the sacrificial animal on the 10th of the ledger, which is the day of eat. And if you have not done it on the 10th, then the 11th, the 12th, etc. Some of the scholars say all the days of the shriek, and some of them say, well, the three days that they have read and two days after, and some say three days after. Either way, a lot of the scholars say it's best to do it on the 10th because they it happens to be one of the 10 days and if that's one of the best 10 days, then Alhamdulillah
he Allah dannic why not. But still the matter is broad regarding sacrifice, you are allowed to sacrifice during the stipulated days and not just one day, my brothers and sisters, remember, we want to reach out to others. I leave you with a beautiful point to ponder. Allah Almighty rewards you when you interact with fellow human beings or other creatures in a beautiful way, when you help them when you uplift them, and when you have reached out to them. So my brothers and sisters, why would Allah do that? Because he wants you to enjoy your life in a way that you know that if I'm down, all my brothers and sisters will be there for me. Are you there for others? If the answer is
no change that the day will come, when everyone will be there for you. People you didn't imagine will come to your rescue. Don't be shy. These are the days of COVID-19 these are the days of challenge across the globe. If you need help, yes, you ask Allah, but Allah says you are allowed to seek help from others. If you need that help, and they have the capacity to give it to you, for example, you're unwell. You need someone to take you to the doctor, and you know that they can do it and you know, physically, Allah has given them the ability. While you're asking Allah for cure. You can reach out to your neighbor to say, Look, I'm struggling. I need your help. May Allah make it
easy for you to help me and that's what happens. So my brothers and sisters, may Allah bless every one of us, and May Allah cure us all those who have passed on may Allah have mercy on them. I pray that these 10 days change us for the better. Make us more conscious of everything we do. Make us more conscious of our relationship with Allah. improve on things. Don't go back, improve on things. Don't go back. And if you've gone back
Come back. Allah loves you barakallahu li novella comfortable and was soon when I find a way he can be MFI him. I mean it will hikma also Allah wa salam O Allah, Allah and abena Mohammed was Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.