Channel: Mufti Menk
Ibn Zaid Centre, Doha in Qatar
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Shangri La Hoya salatu salam ala rasulillah Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi.
We think Allah subhanho wa Taala we praise Him upon all conditions we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us, every moment that we are seated here inshallah, we will be achieving a reward from Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, the mercy is descending upon us, we are here for the right reasons I hope inshallah and we would like to all be motivated and to learn something. Today inshallah we will be discussing some lessons from the life of use of Allah is Salatu was salam o from Surah.
And I'm sure we are all aware that this is a very, very interesting story known as the best of the stories that are narrated in the Quran. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions. And we asked Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them and to bless every single one of us.
My brothers and sisters,
a warm evening here in Qatar.
So we thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for granting us the opportunity to meet in one of these houses. If you take a look at the use of Allah, tala, he was known for his good looks. He was very handsome. He was known for it so much so that when we say use, the first thing that comes to mind is someone who's very, very good looking May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us good looking from the inside first and then from the outside as well. Because there is no point in being good looking from the outside. And yet our character chases people away from us. It's important for us to develop both use of insulin had a mixture of both so much so he was good looking, his character was exemplary. And he
was a newbie of Allah subhanho wa Taala, one of the most honored because he was the son of a prophet who was a son of a prophet who was a son of a friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You look at his lineage, he was the son of Yaqoob, who was the son of his heart, who was the son of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam aleikum, Jimmy and May Allah subhanho wa Taala peace and blessings be upon them all. right at the beginning of the surah Allah subhanho wa Taala says that used to have
narrated a dream to his father, I'm sure we've heard this, and I'm sure we know what the dream was all about as well.
Now, I want to pause there for a moment to draw a lesson we are drawing lessons from
history spoke to whom he spoke to his father about what about a dream he had asked yourself how many of your children narrate to you their dreams, let's be honest, it shows a beautiful relationship between the two. How many of us have a beautiful relationship between us and our own fathers? How many of us have a beautiful relationship between us and our fathers and how many fathers have such a beautiful relation with their own children that whenever something important happens in their lives, they narrate it, something happens in the life of a child, it is narrated. So let us develop a beautiful relation with our own children so that when something important happens in their lives
they narrated to us, that is a lesson we learn. Because there is no point in reading surah Yusuf and saying, oh, he told his father the dream when it was such an important dream. But we don't learn the lesson that what does it have in it for us the fact that they spoke, some of us have such a bad relationship, that even in terms of marriage, your child wants to marry, they have fixed their minds with someone I want to marry, but they have no guts to tell their father, they have no courage to tell the mother because there's no relationship, nothing. And where were you all along? You will not even guiding your child. This is what I tell people who come to me and say, you know, my son or my
daughter wants to marry someone who really I cannot accept. And I tell them Do you know what?
Why did you not participate in the life of your child from the beginning, you only want to come in now and participate suddenly when your child is so old, because it is the gift that we have in us of not participating properly in the life of the child so you let your child to grow up on his or her own. And now when they've come up with their own decisions, then you have a problem with it. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to guide our children. May Allah help us to participate in their lives. Very
Important point that we've raised right at the beginning. So use Salatu was Salam makes mention of this, and this is called a Sunni Abby.
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to whom Lisa gd. He says, Oh my father, I have seen 11 stars, the sun and the moon, prostrate to me, in my dream, the father interpret dreams, he was in the be of Allah. And immediately he knew that there is something going to happen, this child, Allah is going to elevate.
But the father chose to speak in a different way to the child
to say, Be careful, there is something known as jealousy, that can overtake anyone, even the best from amongst you.
something known as jealousy, that can overtake even the best from amongst you. So be careful what you tell them. Do not relate this to your brothers, I want to stop for a moment and talk about Instagram, and Facebook, and your little profile pictures for one second.
Everything that happens in your life, you take a nice picture of it and push it up. Doesn't didn't happen nowadays. Watch out, be careful. People are suffering and struggling, why aligned? You need to notice the evil eye is the truth that you are inviting people to have the evil eye on you look what I eat. Well, I've seen people's profiles every meal, they change the picture. Why? Because I had Turkey, Wow, did you have Turkey, they say I had this lasagna, and you need to know how to pronounce it as well and how to spell it as well.
And I had this and that. And this is the juice I have in the drink I had and this is where I went. And this is the hotel I stayed in. And this is how beautiful this was, this is the dress I bought. And this every single thing and everywhere you dress your child and the picture is up and you dress another child and the picture is what money there is a lesson go back to suit abuse. There are two terms that we learned the lesson in this in this regard. One was when the brothers were all entering into that particular palace or into the ministries in order to get their food the father says into separately. And one of the reasons mentioned the books of the scene is so that the people's eye does
not catch you all and does not affect you with the evil eye. That was one of the lessons that we learn and hear as well. The father says
do not relate this dream to your brothers. Do not relate it to your brothers. Why? Because they may plot against you out of one, it is clear out of jealousy. And the Hadith says
indeed, jealousy would eat away at your good deeds in the same way that fire would eat a dry law. And we know this. So my brothers and sisters Think for a moment before you upload your pictures. And before you actually put your food and everything else. You know, we are not saying that you should divorce yourself completely from technology. But what we are saying, make good use of it. make the best use of it but do not use it to destroy your own self. You can you can tell genuine people sometimes some goodness you've been in but it does not have to be everything because let me be honest. You send 123 10 pictures, and some people who see it are wishing for it all their lives
working towards it and you have you ever so much ease? Do you think they will be able to digest it they will come a stage in their lives when they start feeling something towards you look at this person, they have heaven on earth and they don't know the problems you have in the in this dunya Why don't we put up a wall. I'm not encouraging it. But I'm saying Imagine if we were to put up profiles about the bad things that happen in our lives all the time, we will be living in gloom and doom. But man is such by nature, he wants a good picture of himself out he wants a good picture. Everyone wants a good image. So there's no harm in portraying that good image. But it does not need to be the
finer details of your life. Leave that between you and your loved ones and those who shared it. And sometimes if you really want perhaps once in a while, you may want to share it with a selected few. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a powerful and a beautiful lesson. Look, we speaking about producer and we started speaking about beautiful things. And we said be careful who you share it with.
Not everyone will be genuine and even those who are genuine sometimes it can enter the heart after a certain time and it can affect you. So if you look at what happened, jealousy overtook these brothers, yet they were the children of an A B and what this means is Yaqoob May peace be upon him who was the father, Jacob May peace be upon him father of these children. He gave them a brilliant upbringing. It is wrong for us to think for a moment that he
faltered in his upbringing but no matter how beautiful your upbringing is, there will always be challenges within your children, there will always be certain things you have some parents, they tell you that, you know, I've always read salah and fulfilled it in a beautiful way. My child when he was young, he used to join me now that he is old, he is dilly dallying, and he is not really fulfilling his Salah, what do I do? Will I be punished for his deeds and so on? It's a question that people ask, they are worried because sometimes Allah test for you is that your children might do things that you do not like, how do you react to it? What do you do as a result, these children,
being in a bit of a lot already thought that they may do this. And when they did plan, he had a feeling that this plan is blotted out in order to cause some form of harm to this little child. You support Joseph May peace be upon him. And yet he tried to communicate, look at the engagement that there was between parents and children look at it. When they decided the brothers decided that you know what?
Let's kill off this little boy because his father loves him too much.
You know, I'm going to pause there for a moment. And we've done this in the past. Islam teaches us to be just between our children. But there is an issue that we need to realize, if I am a child, say for example, in my family, I am eight out of nine. And that's the truth. I am number eight out of nine out of nine children. So the one who's after me my younger brother. It's the first person I'm going to see at a certain age growing up, those who are older than me saw me when I was born, and they saw my mother, perhaps cuddling me and playing with me and so on. But they did not see themselves because none of us can remember how we were covered. But we can only see the one younger
than us being cuddled so wrongfully the devil might come to you and think that your father or your mother is favoring the one who is younger, yet the same thing was done to you but you were too small to know. And this is why the oldest has witnessed all the others being cuddled and perhaps kissed and perhaps played with and so on. And yet it is a test of Allah subhanho wa Taala it does not mean that your mother does not like you or your father does not like you, it definitely means that you are at an age where you did not see it happening to yourself, but you are now witnessing it to your siblings. However, we need to go out of our way, my beloved brothers and sisters, to declare our
love for our children, and to declare it for all our children. And we should never ever be unfair to our children. Sometimes because of the complexion of our child, we tend to treat them unfairly. One is fair and complexion one is a bit darker. And we tend to think you know what this one is the black sheep. It causes a problem. I know of people who've sent me emails, really little children who say shares my father is a friend of yours. I don't know which friend away. But He really looks up to you. However, because I am darkening complexion. They don't take me out when they go shopping. They take my sister because she's fame complexion and she looks very pretty. And I'm dying inside. I
don't know what to do. I don't feel like living anymore.
So how are you doing that in your family? Change it today? What are you disrespecting one of it? That's a gift of Allah. It's your test. It is your test. It is reported that Subhana Allah.
Allah was meditating complexion, and he sent Osama bin Zayed was dark and complex. And you know what? People started saying that these two, perhaps they might not be, you know, this might not be his son, and so on. The father never doubted, nobody else who was full of meaning ever doubted. But one day, there was an expert in this matter. And he looked at the feet of the two of them that were sticking out of one side of the blanket that was covering him. And he says, in the heart, he didn't bother him. And
as he's walking past he says these feet, they actually belong to one another one is from the other. And immediately, even when Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam heard this, he was so happy not because there was any doubt in the minds of those who were genuine, but because the Mischief Makers wanted to create the doubt, and that was clarified and clear. So remember one thing, don't ever treat your child in a negative way, while he the detriment that that has, and it will have for generations to come will be something that you will be responsible for. So go out of your way, see the children properly, treat them fairly. Even the children of others go out of your way to give them respect. So
in your absence, people will treat your children also with respect.
If we have a habit and we make it a habit to treat the children of others with utmost respect, every time we see them we start a trend where everyone treats the children with respect you greet them, you help them and so on. If you find a little child that is a stray
If they see one of us, they must feel secure. Not like what is happening in some places where a child is seen and next thing he looks at someone and he runs away his life because he doesn't know whether he will be molested or not. If that is the situation, we would not even remotely mean for us. The minute they see you, they should feel I'm in safe hands. There is someone who is going to help me who's going to guide me, so on now Allah subhanho wa Taala help us so
yaku Salam gave them the best upbringing, they were still overtaken with this jealousy. They decided let's kill this young boy. Let's kill him imagine brothers. Allah protect us from the devil. This is why my brothers and sisters asked Allah protection from shaitan every morning, every evening, something to read, known as more aware that more are we that could have been fella could have been the last two sutras of the Quran. Make sure you read them morning and evening. And if you can even more often, really, and if you can you increase in the number up to three presentations. So it is a tsunami.
And it is something we are taught it was revealed at a time when something had happened at the time of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. And in order to be protected from this type of superstition and this type of a temporary with Jim Curran and shaper. These verses were reviewed, why do we not read them? So read the morning and evening so that you do not become overtaken by the devil? moments ago, a young boy asked me a question here in this particular Masjid, after Salah, a beautiful question related to how his weakness overtakes him now and again. And I said you know what, keep on doing good. keep on increasing your good and every time you falter, go back to the good, do not let it
distract you from your good deeds. I tell you why, because your Eman is strengthened with your good deeds and it becomes weakened with your bad deeds. So if you have a bad habit, the way to deal with it is to increase your good habits. That's how you deal with it. Some people are hooked on to pornography. And sadly, this is the scourge of the age. It is a disease that we need to talk about. It is something that affects not only your brain, but your entire system is affected by looking at that which is how when the prophets Allah Subhan has instructed us and the instruction comes from Allah to lower the gaze. It is because it's supposed to help our spirituality, our calmness, our
contentment, we exhibit all our energies and channel them in the right direction. The minute you look at the wrong things, you exert these beautiful power that you have, and whatever energies you have into the wrong direction. And so what will happen, you will pay for it at some stage. This is what we always say the way out of that is to engage in Toba ask Allah forgiveness, and at the same time, increase your good deeds. So if you fulfill your Salah together with the sooner together with the nephila and you take your time in the masjid, believe me, it will protect you from so much of evil. If you are a person who loves to fulfill their Salah in the masjid to come on time to fulfill
believe me, it is a fact when Allah says in Allah.
So law prohibits a person or stops a person or prevents a person from that which is immoral and evil. It is a fact. Believe me, try it. Read your Salah properly. Leave your heart hanging in the masjid as the addict makes mention of the seven categories of people who will be earning the shade on the day of the AMA. One of them is Roger Nutella. boohooman Lacombe massagin. A person a man whose heart is handing or is stuck in the masjid. He when he comes out. He's asking himself, When am I going back? When is the next Salah. That's his concern? How will that person be able to engage in and be able to engage in that which displeases Allah subhanho wa Taala. so important for us to know
this here. Schaefer overtook the brothers. And he made them talk about killing of their own innocent brother. Why? Only because they felt the father was favoring him a bit more. The father was favoring him a bit more. And then comes the wise one, it is reported the oldest of the lot, and he says lots of Cthulhu. So don't kill him. Why do you want to kill this man don't kill him. He's a young boy. But he also had a bad intention. So he says, instead of saying, don't kill him, leave him It's not fair. And so on and so forth. He also wanted to solve this matter. So he says, to be via battling to be who
you really want to do something, put him into the bottom of a pit, and perhaps people who are passing by a caravan and so on, they will pick him up and they'll delude him, and we will have got rid of him, but we wouldn't have killed him. Now I want to stop for another moment. We all know how the story ended. Don't worry. We know how it ended, right?
This was Alice's plan. And that's how it started. So in your life when something negative happens, do not think that that's the end. Perhaps it's the beginning of the master plan.
Perhaps it is the beginning of
Have a master plan, someone blocks you and stops you from something someone wants to cause harm to you, someone has perhaps affected you in your business in terms of loss, it is a loss plan, how many people think those who try to harm them in a way that they will excel and became so big in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala later on, and they were so thankful to say, if it was not for your deed, right at the beginning, I would not be here where I am. You know, like sometimes someone unceremoniously fired from your job. And you are looking and saying, but what has happened? If you are a person who does not have imagine you become depressed? How am I going to look after my family?
What is going to happen? And how am I going to harm this person, I'm going to do this, I'm praying against them, no need for all that go to Surah. Yousuf, it teaches you when something happens to you that you perceive to be negative, perhaps it is the start of the master plan Allah has. So you say,
I praise the Lord of all conditions. And I'm going to start in 1990.
We belong to Allah, and unto him is our ultimate return, he is the owner. And so what would happen, we start again, we try our best, we try our best to go and find another job, look for some form of income. And who knows you might not find a job. And if you don't find a job, you start a small business, you buy something and you sell it, and you buy something and you sell it. And you buy two things, and you sell them and you buy 50 things and you sell them and you buy 1000 things and there's no place for you. So now you have to buy a little warehouse.
So you bought a warehouse. Now that you have your warehouse, you buy 10,000 items and you start selling them and one day, the man who kicked you out comes to you for stock low. And he tells you you know what i can i buy from you please? So panela on that day, do you become arrogant or do you learn from us to calm yourself down?
I lost master plan it took 10 years 20 years in the case of UCLA. According to some narrations 40 years later, for zero, imagine 40 years, how many of us can be patient for 40 years? We cannot be patient for four minutes, let's be honest. Four minutes, there's no patience. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us may grant us ease and goodness.
you know I'm saying talking about impatience and how it is something comes to my mind.
Something comes to my mind a man his name was his surname was seen, okay. His surname was seen. It's a common surname sing. So he was resting in a park. So
because when you rest on the bench in a park, what happens is you take up more than one space, you know, so one person came to him and told him are you relaxing? Now he thought, This man is asking me Is your name relaxed? And you're sending him saying, you know, are you relaxing? He says no, sir. I am Dilip Singh.
And here comes another man. He says, Are you relaxing within the military? Another man? Are you relaxing? He says no, sir. I am Dilip Singh and a third man. Are you relaxing? He says no, sir. I am Dilip Singh. So he decided, like I told you no patience. He got up and he walked away. And he walked right to the other side of the park. And he saw another man. He saw another man lying down. And he said this might be the one. So he tells him, are you relaxing? He says yes. He says they're looking for you on the other side.
The impatience of men and lack of understanding. So we ask Allah to grant us a deeper understanding. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to bless us. Every time I think of this, I actually laugh. Because it really shows how impatient man is and we don't understand. And really sometimes we are caught in this trap of a whip. There is nothing much but we get frustrated and we get caught because of our own misunderstanding. So the impatience that we have when something bad happens to us, is such that it results in our downfall really, Don't be impatient. Remember, it's the plan of Allah. Like I said this afternoon or Juma. Remember one thing that is very important, Allah sent you in this world to
test you. That's all. There's no other mission for you. You will come in the world, you are tested and you live, someone else will come they are tested and they leave when they leave. Allah knows what will happen in your test. We can tell you now, Allah has tested you in order to see if you find him and you worship Him alone. Worship Him alone, and he will put in your life hunger, he will put fear he will put so many other things he will put loss of health loss of people whom you love, perhaps, and so many other things just to see how you react. Allah says this is part of your test. Did you read the plan this versus this?
robata Allah tells you, we will test you with x, y and Zed. He tells you straight straight. So Allah said, I'm going to test you with you losing the life of someone you love a lot, whether it is a child, whether it is a parent or a brother or a sister or a relative, Allah says it very clearly. So when it happens, consider it. If it has already happened, go back and think to yourself, may Allah protect me and forgive me if I dealt with it wrongly, that was a test from Allah, May Allah help me in my future tests, you lose your child don't become depressed, you also go in the child came in and the child went out before you because the child was a test for you, that child perhaps would be in
paradise waiting for you. So Pamela, and you don't even realize you become depressed, it was a gift of Allah. Sometimes you lose wealth. And so when we lose wealth, we become depressed. No, don't be depressed, thank Allah and get up and continue start again. Perhaps that wealth was not good for you, you know, they say when you're holding something, you cannot get anything more, your hand needs to open first, and then you can collect something which is greater. So sometimes Allah has released something from your hand in order to fill it with something much greater. That's what happened at the time of use of Allah. He was denied the companionship of his father, the companionship of his
family members, he was denied the upbringing in that loving environment. But Allah had a bigger plan for him.
Like Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was denied D, he was denied his father. That was through destiny, Allah had a bigger plan for him, he was an orphan. And a little while later, he lost his mother. So that upbringing, it was slightly different from what would happen to you and I and the normal general average person, but it is a means of comforting those who are orphaned already here.
Oh, goodness, and may use us to reach out to them in a beautiful way. So remember, this plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala is so beautiful, it can never be a horrible plan. It is us who the condition of our hearts sometimes is such that we don't realize Allah has placed the sickness in our lives in order for us to find him in order for us to become closer to him. That's your test. May Allah Subhana. Allah bless us. So moving further into the story, they didn't take this child, and they decide to hatch a plan to lie to the Father.
They lie to the Father, what do they say, oh, Father, we went to play. So we want you to send this child with us as well. We are adults, we are the brothers we are people who will project him and so on.
The father had a feeling
and this happens, the parents should have such a relationship that you know when your child is lying, you know, and this also shows us something important. Children do live by the rules. They can learn. If your child comes to and says you know, today at school, somebody hit me. Maybe he hit that somebody and he knows that this dad can go back to school and start shouting and swearing. So that's why let me tell my dad, he carefully listen to him. ask a few questions, find out say something look at what jacobellis salaam says he says in Nila Zulu mean, and
it makes me sad to send him with you. And I fear that perhaps a wolf might
look at this. And they say no. How can the wolves eat him when we are there? You know, we are there we are present. This was a lightning component. But after that he gave the benefit of the doubt to his own children because it was Allah's plan, do not become angry and upset. Remember this, it was a loss plan. What do you learn from that negativity is not negative. It's not always negative. negativity is within us, the way we look at things is what makes them negative. In actual fact, they may be the most positive things that we have ever come across. And we don't realize that opportunity. We have not yet seen it. So they didn't hatch the plan. They convinced the father, like
I said they live the issue of lying to parents that we know. And there was a time when people used to say children do not lie. You want to know something? Ask a child. You know, I don't know whether it is the age of technology or what it is. But believe me, I have come across children who can lie and create a story that does not exist. Really not at all. They will tell you, you know, I was driving a Porsche,
will you? Yes. And you know, I went so fast. The cop stopped me. God, what did he say? The more interest you show in the story, the more they just ignore at one time.
The cop stopped me. And I sat on the seat so high and he was so scared when he looked at me, he just greeted me to me, okay, you can carry on.
And you say, Oh, that was good. Then he realizes my story's over. He says, then another cop stopped me.
You know and it carries on because you're showing interest in the pursuit of a child. That's why show interest in the truth of the child and you will find there will be more and more truth you tell a child normally that look when you tell me the truth. I will generally or you it is something rewarding. The problem with us
Children lie sometimes. Or should I say a lot of the times because of the way we react to the truth when they tell it to us? A child comes and says, Dad, I broke the window. And we start screaming, we start screaming, you broke the window. What happened? How could you do that? I'm going to beat you up. The next time, they're going to say that the boy from next door broke the window.
Because how you reacted the last time you beat me up, you know, what did you do? So that I broke the window? How do you react? You say, Look, my son. Don't do that, again, how did it happen? Or the first thing, maybe you can say, Did you get hurt while you're showing the child? That connection? You didn't get hurt, okay, then it's fine. Don't worry, we'll deal with the window. Explain to me how this happened. And then you talk, engage, beautiful, this is the way we are taught because you develop a relationship such that the child, the child is taught to actually come out to you and tell you the truth, no matter how ugly it may be in his eyes, he can tell you that, you know, I knocked
your car and you just bought a brand new Ferrari.
How are you going to react believe me that is your test is part of the dunya you might die the next day and he's going to own a Ferrari anyway.
So you need to think this is something unique. This engagement of discussion is beautifully enshrined in Surah. Yousuf you look at the discussion, the father says something the children say something the children say something the father engages them. And after that the Father says okay, don't worry, you know, you can take it because obviously, like we say, ultimately is the planet.
So now they go, and the plan is hatched. And they go and they decide to cut a little animal and spray the blood of that animal on the shirt and to take the child and con him into going into the well and leaving there and they went to it.
And they came back and they lied again. And the father said, You know what? I know something. I know something from Allah that you do not know what was it, it was the dream. And it was the fact that Allah had inspired him already in being in the view of Allah subhanho wa Taala, that you know what? This child of yours is going to be someone big now, if he's going to be someone grand. And if he's going to be someone big, then how is it that he's dead? So the father knew is not true. Not true. Then he kept on saying, but how was his treatment of his children thereafter? He still treated them well. He cried, and he cried out to Allah, how many of us when we have a problem with someone, we
treat them like animals and we never call out to Allah, we think that our revenge an hour is enough. You know, if someone did bad to me, I will treat them so badly and unhappy when I'm good night. And I think to myself, yes, I teach them you don't realize that the seed you sold and it will grow into a tree that's going to come back to affect you.
So calling out to Allah is so important to use of a salon spa to make peace be upon him. He called out to Allah with tears and he cried and cried until there was a stage when according to the narrations, he lost his sight because of how much he cried. Imagine what how he cried and he was an Obi of Allah. He was not questioning the decree of Allah not even once.
He didn't say Allah, why did this happen? He always said your law saved my child, protect the child, I have hope in you and so on. And he kept on engaging his sons now and again, in this beautiful method. So use of Allah is Salatu was Salam In the meantime, was in the well in that particular pit well, and he was picked up by a passing character, exactly as the brothers had fought. And when he was picked up, obviously, imagine if you were in a dark place, you're in a dark place.
And suddenly you see lights, let's say in the middle of the desert, and you see lights coming in your direction and you're so excited. Oh, Mashallah, Allah, you sent me some help. And next thing, they come in and you have a bigger problem, what's the problem? They enslave you, they take you and they want to now sell him as commodity.
That's what they did to us.
But he was still hopeful. He did not lose hope in Allah. He was a wonderful person. This is why we say work on your character. negative things that happen to you in your life must not make you a bad person. If you remain positive, people will talk about you. They will say things about you, every one of us have people who don't like us. Not a single one of us can stand up and say there is not one person who does not like me. Because once we are standing up, there might be some routing who says God, what did he say? And so, we are Muslim and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us goodness. So people will dislike you but does that make you a person who deserves to be disliked?
No, there will come a time when
they will realize that what they have towards you in terms of feeling was wrong. They will realize a day will come and they will pick it up they will see what you carry on doing good. You carry on beaming that positivity that you always beam and you will find goodness in your direction.
not become a bad person because they are bad. This is why Allah says the disbelievers would have wished that you just believe with them so that you could be a car you know the hypocrites what what were they trying at the time Allah says What do una cama
They love that you just believe in the same way they just believe so you could be on par, you could be equal, have hypocrisy in your heart like they have never allow that to happen. Never ever. someone does something bad to you, or something negative happens in your life Do not become a negative person as a result, because if that's the case, you failed your test.
These negative people who have bad things to say about you and I, they were they were obviously a part of the test that Allah has for us. And for them, it is their own test anyway. So do not despair. Let's continue with this beautiful story. So use of Allah is Salatu was Salam. They he was picked up now by the caravan. And he decided they decided to sell him when he was sold. He was sold into the house of this minister. And there comes another problem. What is the other problem? There was misconduct from the wife of this man who had bought him. Imagine a free person being bought a free person being bought in Islam prohibited you cannot just pick up people and say right, you're
asleep. You know, recently it has happened in Nigeria, totally prohibited completely far away from Islam. You go to innocent people, you just take him he said, these are slaves. How can you do that? That is not Islamic at all. Not even from a distance. It's totally prohibited. But the people who did it at the time, they did it to us
something barbaric, something unacceptable. Whatever excuse they use they use.
Today, we found a watch in the masjid or just in the Wu area, there was immediately an announcement to say, you know what, here there is a watch that was found there. I'm sure in this country still and even in so many countries, Mashallah we thank Allah for granting so much peace, and we need to contribute towards protecting the peace and stability of the nations we live in. Do you know that it's part of our duty, and Alhamdulillah if you were to misplace something, the chances of you finding it again are very high. Do you know that very high. But in fact from Kerala and was mentioned something that's come to my mind, someone sent me a message showing that there is a new
trend that has started in some countries in the Middle East, including here where some of the wealthier people have decided to put out a fridge outside the home and put whatever leftover food they have in that fridge so that perhaps those who are needy can take from the fridge as and when they wish and like and I thought to myself, if this was in my country, they would take the fridge.
I hope not. But it's a reality. We are fortunate that we have that imagine a proper fridge the fridge itself, people look at the food inside is worth maybe 100 years maximum, but the fridge itself is 1000. What should What should I take here?
So but we think Allah subhanho wa Taala This is positive contribution to your society, your community, you don't just enslave people. The man was asleep, then misconduct in terms of sexual abuse.
The woman was trying to compel this man to do something prohibited. And look, she was a good looking woman from a wealthy family. And this man was also good looking and so on. Nothing was stopping them besides Allah.
Let's ask ourselves, Allah Subhana Allah, Allah gave Yusuf Alayhi Salam so much in this world. So much he had power he had the authority he had Well, he had looks, he had Nobu and Prophethood. He had the best which was laid out for him. Do you know one of the reasons also the plan of Allah was he was to turn down from this wheel and you want Baraka in your sustenance. steer away from sin, you will have Baraka, the minute you fall into sin, no more blessings in your sustenance you have if you want you need if you want something, the ultimate owner of the thing you want is Allah you need to be on the right or in the right books with Allah subhanho wa Taala. If I develop a friendship with
Allah, and I've done things for Allah, He will definitely look after me It's impossible that he doesn't. And if something negative happens as a result, I must firmly believe that this was the best thing that could have happened because I've got a good relation with Allah and this was part of my test. Ultimately what will happen I'm going to die you are going to die
when you die,
a believe it looks at it as the end of your chest. But other people want to claim to do life like I tell people that you know what if you want to understand how temporary This world is
How many thinks it is so permanent? Then answer two questions. When do you want to die? And how do you want to die? Two things that see what you see. So I asked one brother, he says, I want to die in 100 years. So I said, How do you want to die, and he scratched his head and scratched his head and scratched his head. I said, so Allah has done you a favor. And he says, We will choose, we will choose you don't know how you're going to go, how your examination is going to come to an end? I don't know You don't know. And because we are such we would want to clean to do life no matter what. So Allah says, Do you know what we do you a favor, we will decide when and how that's it. Because if
we leave it to you, you will never want to go, and you will never ever choose a method of going because at the end of the day, that is the end of this life. So to think that this life is permanent, it's actually very, very temporary. So
now that he denied, he turned away from this woman, and she tried and she tried very hard, so much so that it became physical, and she wanted to drag him in actually tore his clothing, but he made a dua to Allah, Allah protect me from this, let's be honest, I'm going to take off the gloves for a minute. Let's be honest,
an opportunity of adultery in today's world is hardly missed. By people, let's be honest, except those who have a man, and this is why a person whom the opportunity was afforded to and he turned to Allah trying to allow Allah protect me, save me, save me, even if they jailed me Allah saved me from imagine the closeness to Allah of such a person. Amazing. May Allah grant us goodness and strength. Sometimes things dangled in front of our eyes in terms of material wealth of this world, and goodness, and so many other things. And we don't realize reverse towards it without looking at whether it pleases Allah or not. And we achieve so much negatives in Greece as a result of it, we
don't realize use of the doors open for him one after the other when they started opening. But for now, one closed, the other one closed, another one came, everything was looking negative. You know, for us, it happens in my part of the world. If one negative happens to you, you might say, oh, Allah protect me and so on. We turn we try to negative three negatives, then we start believing a story that some neighbor told us that someone did something on you. That's what happened in my part of the world. Then we go to a fortune teller, and then we asked the soothsayer what happened and he tells you, one of your family members did magic on you. And that's how we ended up.
One thing happened, two things happened 345 and he continued to call out to a lot and he had hoped and he asked for another issue. He said, Oh, a lot better than me, transgressing against you because you're the only one on my side here. I'd rather go to jail, or BCG
de la or LA what they're calling me towards in terms of adultery, and I'd rather be jailed instead of doing that, or law protect me. Imagine he's asking Allah let them do what they want, but I don't want to engage in this.
So this is the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why a lesson we learn from it is my brothers and sisters to get goodness in this world. You need to obey our laws instruction. We are we are human we might falter sometimes turn back to Allah. Allah asked us forgiveness, you find his love descending in a way that you can actually feel it you find the doors opening one after the other with us. When we get we turn away from Allah. Allah protect us. You getting the one who's giving it to you is the owner, he does a lot of turn towards him. Because you know what your time is limited in this world, make use of it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all and grant us
goodness in this world in the next, this man was taken, and thereafter he was jailed.
He was jailed. He spent some time in jail, but he was not depressed in the jail. He was not depressed, depressed meaning, you know, for example, a person is jailed. He was wrongly jailed. And that also shows us that sometimes people are jailed. Yet they are innocent because sometimes the law is guilty of finding the innocent guilty, and it's not actually the person but the main point we learn when you entered the prison. He has such positivity beaming from him, that immediately the two cellmates who saw him, they spoke to him, they said, Hey, you look like a good guy. That's exactly what they said.
They said, We see you as a nice person, a good person who does good. You look like a good guy in our language. We say You look like a good guy. We want to ask you a question. He said
he heard the question they asked about their dreams. But before he interpreted the dream, he sees the opportunity to spread the theme.
He gave him something. What was it? He said look, this is who I am. This is my family. This is my lineage. And I want to tell you many people do not thank the almighty
What they have been granted, but I want to ask you a question, you worshipping many gods and so on, Isn't it better to just worship one God, and so on Subhana Allah, he sees the opportunity to engage in the discussion. I learn from this. And I'm inspired by to say, in the toughest of moments
of someone's life in a positive way. Give them a little bit of the dean and I say, today, sometimes a week, you know, people are shy, you look at someone walking in a suit, and you say, Brother, why don't you adopt this and adopt that some people are shy, you know, to be honest with you, we should not be shy. But if you are living Muslim, your presence is
the fact that you are just there, your name is Muslim, you're an honest person, you have applied character, conduct, you interact with people you are, everything is positive about you, that alone already shows that you are a die, you are calling out towards Allah without even having uttered one word yet. So just to live a good Muslim, live a good Muslim, you know, there was a person
who, like we did today, he picked up last property, and he he was trying to return it to its owner. So one man who was a non Muslim said, Wow, that is so honest, have you
immediately he replied, he said, it's not actually the honesty is just so Muslim or
Muslim, it's my nature, I wouldn't eat it. It's not a big deal. For me, this thing here, no matter how valuable it is, I will be going to try and find the person who has lasted because I will achieve reward. So remember, when you do these things, small things will lie he goes a very, very far away in spreading the deep use of a Salaam was direct. If you can be directed hamdulillah there are certain people closer to you. You work with them, your colleagues, your mates, those who work for you who are not Muslim, and even those who are Muslim, to remind one another of goodness, is something extremely important. And how do you remind one another of goodness, let me tell you, the
same way you spread the deen to the non Muslims. You can either do it by your actions. If a person sees you, you're a wealthy businessman, a top job you have this you are working abroad. When you come back to your native land. For example, you are so honest, you are so you don't miss a Salah in the masjid. Those who are mediocre will say but that man is so wealthy is but everything. Look at him. His reading salon is so close to Allah, I think we all need to do this as well.
This man is so wealthy, but he greets us. This man has such a tough position. But he comes he asks, How are you? How is your family? How is this? How is that these are small things we take for granted. People think we are dry, and we have lacking in contentment and so on. No, we are not the dry people. We are people who beam goodness and peace. And we would like others to feel the goodness we are in. So therefore reach out to them the way you reach out to his mates.
And he interpreted the dream. And later on and I'm going to jump a little bit. The dream was interpreted and it came true. And later on, the king decided to call us to valet salon because the king also had a dream. And one of these men happened to say, I know a cellmate of mine whose name was useless and he is in the prison and he interprets dreams. They said call him.
So now, this was the beginning of the end of the negatives in his life. There were so many, but it was the beginning of the end. It was easy for him to run out and say Alhamdulillah I am now free. It's okay, let me go. But he said no, hang on. There is a reputation at stake here. What's the reputation? They are we're accusing him of having tried to sexually abused the wife of that minister.
So he said, let me use this opportunity to make manifest the truth whatever the truth was. So he said, Look, I cannot come back until something is made clear. What is he going to ask those women who was the criminal, what happened.
And this was a serious matter, a very serious matter. So they dealt with it. And from this what I've learned and what I think we can share, there are so many lessons we can share. If you have been accused negatively of something one day, Allah will give you the opportunity to clarify your name, it might come 10 years later, it might come up to a lot of negativity, but one day people will realize and not only that Allah will give you such a beautiful chance. Those who have perhaps done wrong to you might come back to you and seek help from you. That's what happened here. In use of a salons life more than once the people who directly harmed him had to come back to ask him for help.
Somebody jailed him Then they came back said no free money. We need him to interpret the dream. And this is why Be humble. When you have a top qualification. Be humble. Don't think you know I am the most knowledgeable in this field Who are you to talk to give them the chance to speak
When you get a chance to speak, your speech alone will prove to the people that this man knows what he's talking about. You don't need to go out and defend yourself sometimes. But when the opportunity arises, you may do so. This is a gift of Allah, he has blessed you with it. So as a result, there was drawn for a certain time, there was good crop for a second time round for a certain time. And thereafter, there was a shortage of food in a way that the food had to be rationed. And in the process, the brothers of use of alayhis salaam came along to get some of the rations of food, and who did they find who was appointed by that King as the minister? Maybe we could call it the
Minister of Agriculture or minister of whatever the man in charge of the granary is where the grain is kept.
They found that there was a man they did not recognize him, but he recognized them. Years later, these are my brothers.
A lot broken back here. What do I do?
He gave him whatever they wanted. He called his one brother aside, the young one Binyamin, and he told him, Hey, this is who I am, or Mashallah, this is who I am. Imagine they wanted to kill him. Look at it. And I want to say this, again, when someone plans to bring you down, maybe the same plan is going to rise, raise you above them.
That is why Be careful the lesson I learned to plan someone's downfall. Because Allah might use the same plan to bring them on top of you.
above you just watch out he can be a good person, be decent. Reach out to others in a nice way. Strive, do not become greedy. So what happened to these people, they didn't recognize him he recognized he told his brother look, we hatching a plan. So just bear with it. That was a plan. What did they do, they took one of the mugs, or the cups of the king and they put it in,
they put it into the provisions that were given to this one young boy, the brother,
It is reported that 10 of them are from another mother. And two of them were from this mother. So use it was one and bieniemy was the other. And so he decided to keep his brother with him. Obviously he wants to narrate he's met his brother after so long, and he did not really know the the condition of what was going on back at home. But when the brother stayed behind, the brother was not allowed to actually go, what happened initially is they came more than once the first time they came, they were given and they were told next time bring your brother because they were asked how many family members how many rations Do you want, you don't bring this table, man, next time you're not getting
anything. So the next time they brought the table, man, then this happened where they put the cup in the mug. And there was an announcement made to say, this cup of the king is missing.
Whoever has taken it shall be punished. And they started searching. And these people said, Well, we have not come here to steal we came here for rations. They said no, we will search.
And they asked the question to them. What What shall be done to the one who is caught with this man? And they themselves said you know what? You can imprison him keep him here.
Because obviously they felt that none of us have done it. But it was a plan. When they found it from the brother look at the venomous word that came out of their mouth. poisonous words, harsh words, they said, and this was in the face of use of
Look at how dirty the words were. Like they said if he has stolen? Well, we wouldn't put it past him because he had a brother who also stole in the past.
Look at this. Now use of this is a powerful lesson because he's sitting in the position of authority. He can do whatever he wants about that. He can vent his frustration in the most strong of ways. But no, he's he decided to keep quiet.
he kept it within him, he did not let them feel anything nothing he kept quiet. This teaches us that sometimes silence is golden. Sometimes silence is wrong. But sometimes it is golden. Ask yourself, I want to talk I want to say something, is it the right time to say it? Is it the best opportunity you will have the desired results of what I am trying to achieve? If I speak now and if I say this thing here and now if the answer is yes, then let it be. But if the answer is no remain silent. I can give you another example of another prophet who was also silent. Zachary Allah. Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala asked him to be silent.
And luminesce Salah don't speak to people for three days except
Because Allah would clarify it. The same applies to Maria, Mary, the mother of Jesus May peace be upon them both. She was told you don't talk, you keep quiet. Just point we will do the rest. So remember, silence sometimes is actually your way out. Nobody has regretted silence more than they have regret regretted speech, but where you have to speak up sometimes you need to know silence is not good enough. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless. So then
use of La salatu salam remain, and the father got the story. And one of the brothers decided that you know what I cannot face my father because I took an oath that we're going to bring this young man back and I couldn't.
So now he remained the answer three children,
these two and the one who decided I'm not going to go back, It is reported that he is the same one who said do not kill us rather put him into the well, why kill, He's the oldest.
So now the father continued to make dua to Allah. And they came a time when he told his brothers, sorry, his children.
He said, Oh, my children, go back. At least we know where one of these children are. Go back to the king, go back to that man and plead with him and tell him
that we would like our our brother back and so on. He says, Oh my children do not lose hope in the mercy of Allah. So it is only a disbeliever in Allah that loses hope. Stopping
my hope in my life. Look at the verse, the verse of the Quran says it is only a disbeliever in Allah, who loses hope in Allah. Ask yourself, have you lost hope in Allah whether it is Toba whether it is anything else, keep on asking Allah keep on crying to him, keep on having hope in Him no matter what even if you die in that condition, at least that hope would have let you lead lead a life of positivity and you died last to a positive. So keep on having hope. The Quran says in LA Yes.
Indeed, none would lose hope in the mercy of Allah, in that reprieve of Allah Besides, he who is disbelieving all the disbelievers
so if someone loses hope in Allah has mercy and in Allah subhanho wa Taala, it would mean they have some disbelief. If you believe in Allah, you have opening. So remember how hope in Allah subhanho wa Taala. And there came a time Subhana Allah where
they went back, they cried to the man.
And this is where the pinnacle is arrived at the summit right at the top.
They said, you know, our follow, his health is failing, this has happened to him and so on. And we would really like our brother back. And this is where it was the moment to speak. The heart of use of any salon was touched. But he was so humble. When he asked a question. He asked the brothers simple question.
He asked them
Do you remember what you did to Yousuf and his brother when you were
a bit young?
When you were ignorant?
Do you remember what you did to Yousuf and his brother. They were shocked, completely shocked. No one knew us. He was a name that was only known into our father, that's it. Otherwise, they didn't even know him. They got rid of him.
And they were gobsmacked what to say
and add him to my file to be used
Do you know what you did to us when his brother when you will ignore it, and look at what he's saying? He didn't say that. You need to pay for it. That's all he is. Now presuming that they have matured, they have realized they have come out they are in need. Imagine they did it to block him from something and they were blocked from something.
They did it to block him from something.
And now they were blocked from even food they had to come begging for grain to get rations.
And here, this man spoke with utmost respect at the time when he did not need to Chapin Allah, he was in the position of authority he could have. He could have did whatever he wanted. But he says Do you know when you were ignorant? A period of time a long time back? Do you remember what you did to us? Even his brother? Obviously they treated them badly and they did what they did. They were shocked. They only had one question for only one. Then what was the question?
In Nicola and
it can only be possible
You are that you should that Joseph, because nobody else knows the story. No one knows anything. Not at all. So you that you should.
Immediately he says, and I used to go
I'm used to. This is my brother. Allah has indeed favorite us.
Amazing look at the statement that came out codman Allahu Allah insha Allah His favorite that he did not speak about them. Not at all. He didn't say I am. This is my brother. What you guys did was so bad. You guys are horrible people. I'm going to punish you call the guards come take these guys in jail. No, he only spoke about that which was positive. Nothing negative was mentioned on that day. Not at all. yet. for them. It was the day they weren't exposed. How many of us can keep beaming positivity, even if the people who have done something against us are in front of us and they've been proven guilty.
And we have the position to embarrass them, but we haven't. That's what you
did. And this is why it's such a beautiful story. No matter how many times we read it, we will derive so many lessons. Here is the man he says Allah has favored us, indeed. And you know what he said after that he gave him a lesson and all of us learn a lesson from that he says
to speak for
me. He says Allah has favored us indeed. Indeed, anyone who has taqwa and Sabah, anyone who's conscious of Allah remember he stayed away from the sins. Remember, he continued obeying the laws instruction. Anyone who has taqwa and suffer, suffer, meaning forebears suffer meaning,
patience, forbearance, to be able to restrain yourself that is all included in the terms of to be able to accept the decree of Allah is also subject. So he says whoever has taqwa and Allah will never ever waste the reward of those who do good. So if you want to be known as a doer of good, you need two things in you taqwa.
And if you have those two things in you, Allah will definitely reconvince you definitely without a doubt.
You need to believe this. So let us learn to develop our taqwa and our suffering. We are taught that software is of several types. Like I say, use of Allah is Allah, He restrained himself from sin that is a type of subtle use of a salatu salam, fulfill the laws of Allah and the commands of Allah He engaged in Dawa and so many other things that requires a lot of software as well as sobre la to learn to be patient when it comes to
obeying the instruction of Allah and one of the most difficult forms of suburb is to accept the decree of Allah. It's not easy, especially when something negative has happened. We spoke about so many negatives today that can happen in our lives.
And continue fearing Allah be conscious of Allah, a day will come when you will have that beautiful recompense given by Allah similar to this. So look at what he said he did not even swear his brothers, he did not make them feel out of place he knew they are brothers and at the same time, this is the day Let us all learn to react to negativity in a positive way.
Then take a look at what happened immediately thereafter. They were embarrassed. So they said
Nina, what you
mean by Allah, he has indeed saved with you and raised you above us. He has preferred you over us.
who chooses who will be higher and lower? It's Allah and Allah alone. So he says Allah has favored you upon us and we were totally wrong. He did not wait for them to say we are sorry.
It does not mention in the Quran that they said Forgive me Forgive us. He just said we are wrong. in
Lhasa, t we are the ones who are wrong.
Immediately says he didn't wait for anything else. You know, someone will say okay, so you guys were wrong. So are you going to apologize? Are you going to apologize? You know, I always think when people demand an apology, that a true apology comes without the demand. When you say I want you to apologize. He said I'm sorry. But in his heart, he's not sorry.
But if a man comes to you on his own and says, look, brother, I did this to you. I'm really sorry. Now he's coming to you because he wants to
Why, to demand an apology and to say that we will only do this if you apologize, that might give you a hypocritical apology. In this case Yusuf Ali Salam did not wait for an apology. He knew that there's no point and has already given me so much more than what they will ever have. So what's the point of me saying right guys say sorry to me? Come on, nothing of that nature. He didn't do that. He said immediately larger three
powerful words look at the positivity May Allah bless us with a little bit of this positivity.
For me, it is a great lesson reading the surah and going through it it really helps you through life on condition that you learn lessons from it no point in just reading it. Wow, my story. Wow, this story what did you gain from it? Have you learned to forgive people he told them love the three Bala Coolio no retribution against you today. I don't want to do anything bad to you guys. You know what, Allah will forgive you. He's the Most Merciful of those who have listened.
Look at the words. Don't worry about me forgiving you, forgive you.
Allah is the Most Merciful of those who have mercy. And then immediately he gave him his shirt. And he said, go back to my father. And after that the Father happened to come. And this is where the father came in and said, hon, Allah, what a powerful day, what a beautiful day, you know what happened.
at that particular time, the way of showing respect to someone and acknowledgement was like sometimes we have certain cultures, they bow, they bend their heads a little bit. And at that particular time, it was a frustration that people engaged in not a prostration of worship, remember, there is a difference. But it was a frustration of acknowledgement, and the frustration of respect. However, it is prohibited in our Sharia to prostrate to anyone or anything besides Allah, that needs to be cleared. at that particular time. It was allowed when it happened. Use of Allah is Salaam says, Oh, my father. Yeah, but he had
me, you know,
be all over my father. This is the interpretation of the dream I had in the past, Allah has made it through it has come to pass.
All the negativities he kicked them out. And this is how this will help us even psychologically and emotionally. kick out the negatives don't hold them. If you hold them, you become a negative person. You beam negative energies people see you in your faces like this. Because that meant to 20 years of yours. You buy medication for 200. Believe me, you don't need that smile. So what he took 20 Allah will give you another 2000 by his by His mercy. So Pamela, so the positive that's the most powerful message to learn from is to have a positive attitude, no matter what happens, no matter what happens, remember this. And this is why immediately you know what he said thereafter, he didn't wait
for anything. He says, This is the interpretation of my dream.
Alberto, and Allah has indeed favored me. Allah has done good to me by taking me out of the jail and by bringing you from the desert by bringing you from afar to me, look at the plan of Allah. So his concentration was on the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah and the goodness that came out of it, and then he had to blame someone for what happened in terms of the bad that the brothers did. So do you know who he blamed? He blamed shaper. He blamed the devil.
You know what he says?
shape on Bainimarama United squatty. He says all this happened after shavon had caused this form of descent between me and my brothers.
So he blamed shape on when someone does something bad Who do you blame? First stop must be the devil. I'm not saying don't deal with a problem when it happens. You know, someone smacked you said we learned about solar use with no problem. No problem. You know, someone can eat your car you come out say salam aleikum.
wa salam O Allah,
that's foolish. We are talking about the reality is where you are able and capable you need to understand do not unnecessarily start venting out that which is totally negative because it will be negativity and you become a negative person and those around you become depressed. You know, I've entered many homes Mashallah May Allah bless all our homes, some houses you enter, and you just feel so depressed because why people are just all in their own world and some houses you didn't
Full of goodness full of happiness, Masha Allah, may Allah make us make our homes from those that are full of positivity. So my brothers and sisters, this was just a few lessons that we learned from Surah Yusuf, I've tried to keep them a little bit different from the ones we spoke about in the past.
And I've tried to cut ties in seeing that technology changes with the changing of time, I hope that we've learned a lesson or two, most importantly, the lesson is and I think that I can mention this to encapsulate the entire surah and that would be please be a positive person being positivity. Don't be negative. Look at that which is positive in your life. And remember, even that, which seems to be negative, like we said at the beginning, and we ended on the same note, it may just be the beginning of the master plan of success for you. May Allah grant us success in this world and the next until we meet again sometime. Also Allahu Allah Subhana Allah Subhana Allah, Allah Island