Channel: Mufti Menk
Jumuah Lecture from ibn Zaid Masjid at Fanar, Qatar
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my brothers and sisters it is important that we become conscious of Allah Subhana Allah
and we OBEY Him in a way that draws us closer to his paradise, and we stay away from his conditions in a way that will drive us further away from hellfire. It is important that we constantly remind ourselves that we are going to return to Allah subhanho wa Taala For indeed that reminder is what will keep us on track. It is something that will distance us from the distractions that we find within this world we live in. We ask Allah subhana wa Taala to bless us in every single way.
It is our duty my brothers and sisters to make an effort to learn this beautiful D this religion and it is our duty to put it into practice and to convey to others as best as we can to convey through our actions as well as words as well as other beautiful ways in order to be able to ensure that this goodness travels as much as possible. It is important for us to take this very seriously. Brothers and sisters bearing in mind there is a beautiful narration that appears in Sahih Muslim that I would like to share with you today.
It is integration that is reported by the meme and daddy of your partner who is a companion of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and it is a variation that is considered a quarter of the deen the religion, a quarter of it, some of the scholars have said is just a disintegration because it has been something very very important. So much so that we are he
has said quite clearly that perhaps this could encapsulate the entire de the entire religion in this one beautiful narration. So what is the narration? It is a common idea where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said a demon.
And these wordings cannot just be translated in the English language, they would require an entire paragraph, perhaps even a booklet to explain. So what is meant by a demon? And how does that particular generation continue? It would mean that this religion is based on something known as unknown. If I were to ask you, what is it how many of us would say it is to advise someone genuinely, the truth is, that is not the only meaning of it, it is only a small portion of it. If we were to look at the Hadith a little bit further up, we would find that Hamas
was asked Lehman Dr. rasulillah for whom should this not be happy, and he started off by saying it should be for alarm. That is the first point for Allah and he continues we shall continue in a few moments in Java. But if you take a look at that, if it is for Allah subhana wa Tada. It cannot mean advice. It cannot mean that we need to tell her something or we need to explain ourselves or not correct and so on. So it means there is a deeper meaning to this word and
to start off with it means to be true, to be sincere, to be full of love towards so you are true to Allah you are sincere to Allah you are full of love towards Allah subhanho wa Taala. Once that happens, everything you are supposed to be fulfilling towards Allah will be fulfilled that is known as that is known as amnesty. So when we say
we will translate it as this religion is based on genuine sincerity, truthfulness, and
clarity, truthfulness and love. This is what the religion is based upon. So you need to be genuine towards Allah and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam continues to say de la dee
da dee da dee dee
him five categories of people that you need to be genuine towards, you need to be truthful towards you need to be sincere towards and you need to be loving towards five categories. One of them is not a person, it is actually the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala meaning the Quran. So you are sincere towards it, you love it, you are true to it. And at the same time, you are a genuine person towards that beautiful part of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, this is the message and this is what we shall be speaking about inshallah. But before I say anything further, I'd like to draw your attention to the condition of your heart and mind right now, in order to be able to benefit from the words of Allah
subhanho wa Taala. And the sooner
we need to remove any malice, jealousy, hatred, in feeling from our hearts that we may have for our fellow brethren. It is important because if we have that it is a rust on the heart that will deny entry of the good teachings of Islam into our hearts. We will think we are learning something good, but we won't realize because of the condition of the heart, we have actually not benefited. So let's take a moment to look into our hearts to learn to reach out to people to forgive people to learn to remove bad qualities from our heart. Primarily we should be worshipping Allah, Allah alone, and we should try our best to follow Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam that is impossible. If we do not
have knowledge and knowledge it will be impossible to achieve it if we do not make an effort. So we need to make an effort we need to be sincere and we need to learn and then we will be able to put into practice and we will be able to clean our hearts May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and may He make us from those whose hearts are clean in such a way that when we meet him He is pleased with us and grant us paradise without even recommend for there will be people whom that will happen to maybe be
my brothers or sisters. Let's take a look at this genuineness towards Allah Are you really through to Allah subhanho wa Taala if you are you will find that you worship none but Allah that is the first point. We do not associate partners with Allah we do not worship trees or sticks or stones or grains or other people. We may respect them Yes, but we do not worship them at all. We read the acts of worship to Allah we call out to Allah and Allah alone and we ensure that whatever act of worship we engage in, it is for Allah when we are in desperate need, we call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala It is important for us to know you are sick, that is a test for you to see, what do you do about it?
Do you call out to others besides Allah Do you do that which is
prohibited in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala just because you want to get better. If you are ill, if something has happened to you or your child or you are fearful, it is Allah who put the fear in life he says what
he says we will definitely test one another No.
Allah says we will definitely test you with some of the following. So he makes mention of fear.
He makes mention of jewels, which is hunger.
And he makes mention of lack or loss of wealth and produce. These are all part of the tests of Allah subhanho wa Taala for us, in order to see what do you do when you don't have? What do you do when things do not go according to your liking? Do you do that which is prohibited in order to earn or in order to benefit yourself or do you stick to the law of Allah that is when you will be true to Allah subhanho wa Taala when you know the sickness I have is from Allah, He is the one who made me sick and he is the one who will kill me. Yes, through that which is permissible you will go to the doctor, perhaps you will achieve medication, whether it is herbal or whether it is the convention,
whatever it is, but for as long as it is within that which Allah has permitted. The minute we end up going to someone who's a fortune teller, or a person who claims to know the unseen and we start listening to them we have already started. We are no longer genuine to Allah. We are not true to Allah. We have no sincerity to Allah. Where is the naseeha the heartbeat says this whole deal
Based on what is known as nausea, and that is the genuine feeling the love of Allah the sincerity to Allah where is it when we quickly run away may that never happened to us May Allah subhanho wa Taala be with us at all times.
So my brothers and sisters that is the genuine towards Allah subhanho wa Taala wish him alone and ensure that we convey that message to others as best as possible. Look at how he starts he starts by saying this genuineness is beginning with the genuineness towards Allah, the love towards Allah, if you have true love towards Allah subhanho wa Taala it will automatically lead you to love this word is color, what is his color? The Book of Allah subhanho wa Taala and this is why the next point that is made mentioned or in the same narration, when it kitabi and you need to be true to the book of Allah, what is it? We all say that? This is the word of Allah subhana wa Tada, how many of us take a
moment to recite it?
How many of us take a moment to recite it, and how many of us have covered it recitation cover to cover completed? And how often does that happen? When the Hadith says the best of you are those who complete the Quran and started again, every time you read it, you will pick up more and more benefit. May Allah subhanaw taala bless us with His Word, the Word of Allah subhanho wa Taala is the manual that I have been given in order to know why I was created. If you think about it, we were created to be tested by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that is why we age that is why we become old people, when they come into the world, they have nothing, when they leave the world, they have
nothing, we always say the wealth you have, it will not benefit you as it is but how you use it is what will go with you when you die, it becomes a deed it is no longer just money, it becomes an action. But if you have left your wealth, it's going to remain behind a new goal. You go alone you are in shaldon you don't have your clothing on everything you have in the world is gone, your family is gone. Everything else is gone. Your wealth is gone. The only thing that comes with you your deeds, what are deeds, when you convert your energy into actions, it becomes a deed. When you convert your money into an act of worship, it becomes a deed. But if you just kept it and you held
it, there was nothing grand about what you had. This is why we say when Allah has given you the strength using when you converted your free time into a good deed, it becomes an action and this is what you take. This is why the Hadith says seize the five opportunities before they are overtaken by five conditions. When you have free time, when you have health when you are alive, when you are young, and so on. You need to make sure that you convert all that into deeds that can come with you the day that your books shall be closed. Your examination is over now you have to hand in your papers and that's it. This is a law. So how do we know how to lead our lives? Well Allah, Allah sent
the book it is his own word, his own color we believe it is.
It is the word of Allah Subhana Allah so
the one who made us has given you a word Have you read it? I started off by saying reciting this would mean reading in the Arabic language some of us do not understanding it is still important to recite it in the Arabic language even though you don't understand it. But you have another duty towards the Quran. You need to be true to the Quran by trying to learn its meanings. Let's be honest, how many of us are really true to them? By learning the meanings of the Quran cover to cover? How old are you must yourself I am so old but have you ever covered the entire image meaning understanding the whole plan of Allah and why this got you in this dunya understanding that plan?
Have you even read these words? from cover to cover understanding in your language? The answer is probably no for the majority of us and I know what I'm talking about.
So how can we say
how can we say I am true to the word of Allah, I love the word of Allah I am genuine to the word of Allah. I am sincere to the word of Allah when I have not made an effort to try and understand the word of Allah that the seed lesson takes place in the masjid. I am the first one to walk out I don't even come for that lesson, let alone I'm not even here for Salah let alone not coming to the mercy for Salah I don't even perform my Salah I don't even fulfill it. If that is the case, there is much to be corrected. My brothers and sisters seize this opportunity today to turn to Allah. Promise Allah subhanho wa Taala you will do better. You don't know how long you're going to the test is
going to come to an end. One day you will be regretting or you will be appreciating what you have done. Let's be from amongst those who appreciate we ask a lot of mercy and we asked a lot to strengthen us when it comes to good deeds and to make us weak when it comes to bad deeds. May Allah subhanaw taala create a barrier between us and bad deeds and may He make us
Energetic when it comes to do that, which is good. I mean, my brothers and sisters Be true to the word of Allah be true to the book of Allah, it is here it will be a witness for you or against you.
book is going to bear witness for you or against you how many of us we have so many beautiful massages in our houses, these four nuns, they are sitting in the houses, we haven't even read them. They are collecting dust, and we don't even know the meanings. And we've never made an effort to look through the meanings. Well,
forgive us brothers and sisters, we are quick if there was a business deal for 1000 or $10,000. And what have you, we are quick to rush towards it. What about your entire your entire life after death, all you need to do is understand the message of Allah and live by it for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala and you shall succeed.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to be genuine towards his book. And if we are genuine to the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala we need a good reminder. And that reminder is today there are some people who say this is the book of Allah and that's it. I don't follow anything besides the Quran, if that is the case, they are not even following this
is what leads you to the sooner.
So, those who are saying we do not accept the idea and we do not accept the sooner they are not really following the program itself.
see if you really love Allah and follow me. Where is this verse in the Quran. So if the people are following the Quran, and they really love Allah,
the construction of following Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is in more than one place, Allah subhanho wa Taala says
that which the messenger has given you following and that which he has prohibited considering prohibited, do not engage in when is dismissed, it is in the trial. So if someone is following the Quran, and they love the Quran and the associate to the book of Allah, they will automatically become sincere to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by adopting his pseudonym. And this brings us to the third point mentioned in this one.
This is the third point we are making mentioned, you need to be genuine towards Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam you need to love him you need to be sincere towards him. How am I truthful to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam by learning what he has brought by believing he is the messenger by believing he is the final messenger by believing he is the highest of all the messengers by believing he is the best of creation and at the same time making an effort to learn his word to read what his life was all about something known as the fear and something known as the secret is his lifetime. All his sayings and all his
statements and his movements are also mentioned in
that which he agreed upon even by the movement of his head is considered
how many of us have read a biography of Muhammad
life from the time pre birth right up to the time when
the man who took over how many of us have actually read in depth what occurred today it is quite easy. If you are lazy today you have a CD if you have a CD, you have the internet and you have you to ask the scholars in your midst what is beneficial for us from this particular internet and inshallah they will guide you to what to listen to. But the problem with us, we don't even have time for them.
So much so that today
you can put in a CD and listen, but even then, some of us we prefer to listen to music that is prohibited. And we prefer to listen to that which would not result in any benefit to us. Yet you go to work every day and you come back and there are long hours sometimes you are in your vehicle make use of it. Be true to Allah be true to his book, Be true to his messenger and you will find that love will emulate and emanate from your heart in such a beautiful way that people will see it in your face, you will be the most contented person because you know why you are in the world. The most content from amongst us are those who know why they are here. Do you know that the most happy from
amongst us, they could be sick they could be they could be poor. They could be people who really no one looks towards but they will be the most happy they will be the happiest the most content if they just know why they are here. That's all so this is why Allah makes it very clear.
Why he has brought us into this world. And
he has explained it to
I have not created many kinds of external except that they worship me. And this would mean that we have been primarily created just to be tested by a few years, you came into the world you could not speak, you were taught how to speak, you were dressed, you were taught so many things. And you have to find Allah worship Allah alone and continue worshiping Allah and he would put up stickers in your life just to test you, you pass those obstacles when he takes you away. And when he takes you away, you either pass or fail. I mean, he may come from amongst those who have passed, this is like it is very, very short, extremely short. Before you know it, you will be old, you may not be able to walk
before you know it, you will be in your gray. But what would happen, a lot of us come into the test. And we think that this is eternal life. So we begin to lead our lives in a way that we transgress against Allah, until the day comes when we die, and we realize what did I really achieve? And what am I prepared for, for the journey from now on? Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So let's be truthful to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam following his son as best as possible, following his Sunnah would only be possible if we learned, many people don't know what is the sooner we do not.
If you really love him, and if you are, you would know that his mission and he was set to teach us how to worship Allah, so dare us How dare we engage in an act of worship that he has not instructed and not permitted? His job was to teach us how to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we believe he did his job well, as
it would mean I bear witness that you
have the message you have conveyed that message to us. So if we believe he conveyed the message, what was the message, the message was, how to worship Allah, he gave it to us and he went away. That's all he came, he taught us how to worship Allah and he went away. So how did we engage in acts of worship that we did not teach and this is the term that is used, the innovations that are used a person who engages in innovations is not true.
There is a problem with is not
there is a problem with his sincerity.
There is a problem with his truthfulness and genuineness and so on, because there is no mercy towards Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam a person has not fulfilled the acts of worship that have been taught by him or if a person has engaged in that which he has not taught or that which he has prohibited. This is why let us learn when I want to do something ask Let me ask myself was this taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam? If it was not, or if it was prohibited, believe me stay away from it, you will be a person who is more deserving of the reciprocal love, what is the meaning of reciprocal love? Allah subhanho wa Taala loves those who loves him.
So you want the love of Allah you follow?
What will you get in return? You will get the love of return and you will get forgiveness. That's what Allah says. So do you want the reciprocal love if you want to follow Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam simple message in the mail of strengthen us my brothers and sisters, it is not easy because in this entire life shape man will come to us every single day. That is our test. That is the reason why we are here to fight the devil all the way to the end. And he will come and try and distract us every day. And every day we should end the day by saying an uncle in law I passed for the sake of Allah and I managed to protect myself against against a man and this would only be
possible by the help of Allah. This is why every morning every evening, we are taught to read what is known as the Mojave that Do you know what the meaning of that is? those last two suitors in which they are verses that would result in your protection against the devil. And again, so many other things it would protect you by the help of Allah. The reason is, we are human beings but we are weak. We need the help of Allah. So May Allah help us to protect us from the devil. May Allah protect us from shaper, and may He make us from those who understand the plight of the devil. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, my brothers and sisters, let's move on this beautiful Hadith,
where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says when he and emetine muslimeen you need to be sincere towards whom those who are known as
divided into two categories one, the rulers and to the scholars, the rulers and the scholars. We need to love them. We need to obey them. We need
To make sure that we speak good about them, we need to make sure that we support them in the good cause, we need to understand that to create that which would cause instability is prohibited to create that or to, to do something that would result in loss of security or stability in your nation is actually prohibited to cause a disaster to discriminate people is prohibited all this falls under being sincere towards your rulers, you need to be thankful for what they've done for you. You need to be looking into it and be thankful, be full of gratitude, what have they done, what are they doing, let me support the cause that may be sincere and genuine. And let me spread the good word.
Even the scholars of Islam, you can benefit you benefit from them. And you need to know spread goodwill, when there is a goodwill that is spread by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala, we will be able to benefit and we will be able to benefit others as well. And we support those who are doing good from amongst us if there is someone who has made an error. For example, if there is a way of correcting them, make it easy for us we move to the last part of the beautiful Hadith, Allah says Obama.
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means the general message the general public, it is important to love them to be sincere towards them, it is important to be true to them. And in this instance, that term advice would also come into the meaning which means if you see them going wrong, your genuineness would make you help them come back to the right path. But in a beautiful way. In order to achieve that you need to have what is known as last you need to be sincere. You need to have knowledge, you need to be careful. You need to know what you are calling them towards and you need to have wisdom in your approach. If I see you doing something wrong, will you see me doing something wrong? If I really love you, I will
in private come and correct you. I will in private advise you and I will pray for you and I will really feel for you. And I make sure that I believe in the Hadith where Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says now you
see none of you are true believers until you love for your brother, what you love for yourself. And what this would mean is I would not love for myself to be exposed where my weaknesses are concerned. Same way I should not want the weaknesses of others to be exposed. So I should get to them and tell them in a beautiful way my brother, do you know what this is what I feel and so on and they might have a statement to make because I couldn't be wrong. But the genuineness and the love between us is not lost. And Allah help us and protect us. This is why I said a few moments ago when you want to correct someone there is a method of doing it. There is an Islamic method of doing it. There is an
Islamic method of doing it.
has corrected someone in private, he is sincere. He is full of love for that person. But if a person has exposed another's weaknesses, he is a hypocrite. May Allah Subhana Allah protect us from hypocrisy. My brothers and sisters, we love one another for the sake of Allah. As I close, I want to ask you a question. Ask yourself, do you love those sitting around you even though you don't know them? Even though they are belonging to different nationalities, even though they have different levels of wealth and so on? Do you love those? If you don't feel the love today is the day correct? My brothers and sisters we have a connection. What is the connection, we share the Shahada, we share
the faith and that itself should be enough for us to love one another to feel the genuine when you see someone doing something wrong. Instead of hating the individual. We are taught to hate the deed in a way that we still want the brother but we just want him and to help him to eradicate that particular deed. This is the beauty of Islam. Every one of us has weaknesses nobody here is perfect. And this is why we go back to the heartbeat.
This religion is based on luck, it is based on sincerity, it is based on truthfulness and genuineness towards Allah towards the towards
the messenger towards the rulers and the MD scholars and towards the general members. Are we really fulfilling this if we do now you can understand why he said this is one of the most important that is narrated by Tommy Medallia. It is so important because it covers every single aspect of our lives.