Channel: Mufti Menk
Fri 13th Sept 2019, Soweto, South Africa
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Salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakato
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa salatu salam ala rasulillah what Allah Allah He was happy as
we commence In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad salallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions, all those who struggled and strove through the generations to serve the deen in a way that today it has gotten to us. We are seated here by the virtue of Allah. I want to commence by praying for our late shift that would
May Allah grant him gender?
May Allah accept all his efforts and make him a true inspiration for our young and old? And may Allah make it easy for his family, his offspring, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a lesson from his beautiful life
in a way that we don't waste our time on Earth. My brothers and sisters, a smile makes a difference.
You smile, you greet people, you give importance to people, no matter who they are.
That is what Islam is all about. It is about reaching out to others. It is all about building bridges, worshiping Allah alone, and showing people that while we worship Allah alone, we are not arrogant. We are not from among those who think gender is only for us. You will be amazed and surprised if you were to travel through some of the poorest countries on Earth. When you see that children dedicated to the deen in a way that will embarrass us who come from countries where there is electricity, there is water. There are facilities there are roads, there is so much that we have
May Allah grant us success of this world in the next. We are Muslims. Islam teaches goodness, we are living in a country here in South Africa and I am sitting in this beautiful must you will answer in Soweto.
And I swear I thank Allah who has guided us to the deen
around us and in this country. You and I know that people are free to drink alcohol. They do it but we don't. Do you know why?
Because we follow Islam. And Islam has forbidden intoxicants. There are so many things that are allowed to be done within the country as a nation, people will be doing it many people sometimes majority will be doing things Allah says we're
if you are going to follow the majority on Earth, who would be doing the wrong things, they would obviously lead you astray from the path of Allah. Islam will never change whatever was taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will remain valid right up to the end of time, even if the whole world considers it backward or wrong, it will remain correct.
And whatever he said was wrong will remain wrong until the end, even if the whole world says it is okay. Or it is correct. Because we follow Islam. Islam is valid Illa camisa there will be people around us believing differently. Do we hurt them? No. Do we harm them? No, we believe differently. They may be our family members. Many people in other parts of the world have never had the good fortune of family members who are not Muslim who later see the light in Islam and turn to Islam, because of the goodness of the family member who was earlier are Muslim.
When I say the good fortune, there are people who come from societies where they were born into Islam and their families were born to Islam. I swear by Allah in majority of those cases, they don't appreciate Islam as much as those who found it later on when they have already seen what misguidance is all about. In most cases, yes, there are some who will appreciate many who are born into Islam. don't appreciate it as much as those who found it. My brothers and sisters Be kind. Reach out to people as you are a Muslim. As you are strong on yourself. You know what is prohibited in Islam. Islam prohibits so many things.
Today we speak about gender based violence when Islam addressed the matter 1400 years ago by saying you don't even touch the opposite sex was not a Muharram to you. And then people say that is barbaric. But today they are going back to those rules. We are not even supposed to touch. A person of the opposite sex was not a matter of you and I know what is the meaning of Mahara? A person who is very closely related to you. And when we say not allowed to touch someone who's not a man, it doesn't mean a person who is a Muslim, you can abuse them, you can harm them, you can hurt them. Many of the brothers many of the so called reasonable good Muslims at times. They use the excuse of
Islam to harm their wives to hurt their mothers to hurt their daughters. No way. We are here to announce that Islam has protected her. We will not allow the abuse of a woman simply because she's a woman. We will not allow the abuse of the vulnerable. We will not allow the abuse of those, perhaps who are weak.
Islam came to protect the women. There was a time at Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. When they used to inherit the women, they used to treat them as commodities. They used to be dancing naked in front of the men for the pleasure of the men. Allah says, Let them cover. Give them their dignity. A woman should never be
a woman should never be given value based on her looks no way based on whether she is big or thin, or whether she is tall or short or dark or fair, or whether she has clean blemished skin or not. That is very, very superficial. Allah says it is the heart in Allah Allah Allah Allah, Allah.
Allah kiambu illa Kenobi como armonico, Allah does not look at your body. Allah does not look at your finger, your features. Allah looks at your heart and your deeds. When you have a good heart, good deeds, you are a good person.
Allah loves you. We have equal access to Allah, male and female. In the eyes of Allah, we have equal access to earning the pleasure of Allah how many women have earned greater pleasure of Allah than so many men who find themselves dwindling when it comes to their relationships with Allah.
So my brothers and sisters, they are things that will happen around us because they are allowed within the nation that we as Muslims may not do, we will not do if it is prohibited in Islam. You know, people are eating what is known as usually an interest. What does Islam say about that?
Allah says, it is prohibited. Allah says leave it quits. So when we have chosen to be Muslim, within the nation that allows you to follow any faith, then we have chosen for ourselves to be disciplined within certain rules that we have imposed on ourselves by virtue of us being Muslim. Can I call myself Muslim? When I don't follow Islam? Can I call myself Muslim when I don't consider what is prohibited as prohibited? Can I can call myself a submitter. What is the name? What is the meaning of Islam? Islam means submission and Islam means peace. It has a dual meaning Some have argued in the past that no there is no peace about Islam. While law he speak to those who are struggling,
struggling by following their whims and fancies, the moment they discipline themselves. They achieve so much of beauty, so much of inner comfort, so much of goodness, when you are focused upon your wife and your wife alone, and you protect yourself from all forms of immorality, you automatically achieve the goodness that Allah wants you to achieve.
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from among the signs of your Creator, from among the things of Allah is that he created for you from you, your spouse, in order that you may achieve mercy, comfort, solace from that spouse, Subhana Allah here behind me, you and I know that when Islam prohibits homosexuality, for example, there will be people around the nation if the nation has allowed it, who may who will be engaged
In that, but a Muslim will not participate in that type of activity because he knows what is right and wrong. But does that mean you go around killing people hurting people harming people who are not Muslim? Or who might be sinning etc? Or is your duty what is known as our and positive propagation? We will continue talking when a person is drinking alcohol eating interest, you know, doing something that is haram for example, in Islam, what does a Muslim actually do? Does a Muslim pray for them and try with them and keep trying with them? Or does he say I need to hurt this person or law he we don't hurt. We don't hurt the people. We know that even if they were to be against the law
of Allah for 70 years and one day Allah gave them guidance, and they came into the goodness of the faith. Allah will grant them genital fair dose, just like we know that when the person has been following the dean for 70 years, and one day they quit and they turn to bad ways and habits. They have deleted the 70 years of goodness. Allah subhanho wa Taala tells this to us through the blessing lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah, Allah is not what I make halaal it is what Allah has made halal, and Haram is not what I have made haram it is what Allah has made haram and it shall remain until the end of time. If I have said something that makes halal haram or haram halal
according to what you may have understood from my speech, then one of two things is wrong. Either you have heard wrong or not understood the context or either I was wrong. So Panama, but it will never make that which is haram halaal or that which is halal Haram, because it's not from me. This is why we follow something known as Carla who Akala rasuluh we follow what Allah has said and we follow what the messenger has said, because those are the ones who have dictated the pace not me. I am a human being. I may say something that you might not understand the context of that doesn't mean I've made halal haram or haram holla that shall remain until the end. I will respect everyone and
keep on trying to propagate in the best possible way. Look at the Prophet sallallahu Sallam the worst possible crime that can be committed is what? What is it? Can you tell me shield to associate partners with Allah is the worst possible crime that can be committed. But the Prophet sallallahu wasallam always continued to propagate the deen in the most respectful way to the machine of Makkah. As a result most of them turned.
As a result, most of them turned to the deen of Allah. Amazing.
The Prophet sallallahu sallam, what did he do? He respected those who followed other faiths in order to get them to listen to the deen of Allah. He spoke to them with respect. He went to them. He continued trying with them, and he never gave up.
As a result, a man like Harley Davidson Valley diploma here are the Allahumma What did he do? He had met so many Muslims but one day he came
with us small mistake made by someone we write him off completely. Totally. This man is out. He's not in the fold of the dean. Don't greet him. Don't talk to him. Don't even bother with him. No one bothers to even go and find out. No one bothers to try and rectify and correct. We heard something wrong. We heard something doctored or edited. We already made people too far. And munaf 18. That's our problem.
We can say look, what are you heard? Perhaps this is a mistake. Maybe I've heard something wrong. Where is the host? No one. Where is the clarification today? No, no, we don't clarify things anymore. We just label people bad. That's why the Muslim Ummah is at the moment suffering in a way that is unimaginable. We hate each other. Honestly, we don't get along with each other. Yet we are part of one larger family. We are connected not only through faith.
But beyond that. We are even connected through blood.
The connection of faith is stronger always. But it doesn't mean that you need to hurt people who follow a different faith.
we will propagate to them. We will all astray at one stage. If it was not for me. Or my father, perhaps some way up the ladder. my forefathers, they will not Muslim. someone cared for them. Someone reached out to them. Someone continued. That is why they entered the fold of Islam. That's why we are sitting here so beautifully today. Where is our character gone? Where is our conduct gone? We don't greet each other but we come to the house of Allah. We don't greet why.
Sometimes we don't even have a difference. But we couldn't be bothered. I don't have the time. I'm not bothered. The expression on our faces is such that we think gender is only for us and for everyone else.
They're not going to go to Gen Y. I don't think that they know what they're doing. So Panama, how could we think that way? May Allah forgive us?
And this is why when people use religion to abuse the women, they are so wrong because Islam came to protect the woman.
You know what Islam says you're not allowed to touch a woman who's not a man. You're not allowed to touch him.
What does that mean?
Allah wants you to respect her. To the degree that even if you were to greet or respond to a greeting, that will happen without touching, we will acknowledge it is the height of respect. According to us. There is no abuse. Today, people in the Western world are saying that Subhanallah people in the Western world are saying that we should not be in seclusion with the female. We don't want to sit next to a woman because they might tomorrow come and say they were abused, or they might tomorrow come or this person might end up abusing them and later on deny it.
You know, Subhan Allah, Allah says, solve the problem. Just be respectful from day one, be respectful.
When Allah says, dress appropriately, that ruling is not just for women, it's for men as well. You dress appropriately, with modesty correctly. That is a ruling in order to give you the dignity, when you don't dress, people will judge you based on the size of your behind. They will judge you based on the size of your breasts. They will judge you based on the color of your skin, they will judge you based on the figure that you have, they will charge you based on how much they can see of you to quench their lusts and desires. Allah says let them judge you based on your goodness, your character, your deen your luck. You know when you want to get married, the Prophet Muhammad
Sallallahu Sallam says, people look at various things, they look at money, they look at beauty, they look at whatever else they look at lineage, the most successful are those who looked at character and closeness to the maker, Dean and why you got married to the mother of your children. If you got married for money, the money is going to disappear at some stage. You got married for looks. Just 10 4045 looks start diminishing, you will have to plaster yourself with a false look way you cannot look in the mirror without that. Allah says do you love her just because she knows how to put on makeup? Is that really love? Or is it superficial. But if you love her character, her sacrifice her
dedication to Allah and so on and so forth. You will adore her with every wrinkle that she develops on her face the adoration the admiration will increase 1 million fold.
Because you know what she's done. You know, she's not a toy.
Talk about gender based violence. Islam prohibits it completely. Islam prohibits all forms of oppression and violence. And that's why when we don't follow the rules, we pay the price. We pay the price.
I know of people who have come from the porn industry pornography, straight into the deen of Allah, putting on a job and saying I feel so liberated for once. I am not judged by the size of my boobs.
But it's a reality. I am not judged. There is so much pressure.
So much pressure of society and community. And you know what is happening? People are wanting to change their shapes and sizes and colors and so on based on what the norm of society seems to be preaching yet they are enslaved because they don't love what Allah has made. If Allah gave you dark skin, love it because Allah loves you just like that. Don't be embarrassed or ashamed. Those who like you and love you because of who you are. They are the ones who've understood Allah, those who don't like you because of your complexion. They don't even like Allah.
They have not understood who is Allah, those who don't like you because of some because of your hair and the type of hair Allah gave you. They haven't understood Allah because you didn't choose your hair. Allah gave you the hair. So those who love Allah will love whatever Allah has given you.
Remember this, these are powerful points, my brothers and sisters, a person who respects you simply because you look hot. They are not respecting you. They are respecting the heat.
The day that heat goes they're gone with it.
Well, it is a fact I'm not mincing my words here.
exactly as they are, without wanting to change anything. Those are the two muslimeen I don't need to change you to respect you. I love you as my brother, I will respect you as my sister. No matter what you look like, no matter who you are, what is your financial standing that is a true Muslim.
The others are false, even though they may be in majority.
We Allah help us never feel like you are backward based on what Allah has given you. No, you're not. Not at all the people of Jenna, we will be surprised when we see them and who they are. They might be those who had nothing on Earth. Allah gave them almost nothing on Earth. But they were preparing their pelvis for gender. Recently I was speaking, I told a crowd of people do you know, the palace that you are living on earth? Perhaps it might be the last few moments that you are going to be enjoying? And do you know that the slum that you are living in on Earth, it might be the last few moments of your turbulence, the one from the slum may go to the eternal palace, and the one from the
palace may go into the eternal slum. Who knows? Don't despair, life is temporary. It is a few years that's it? It doesn't go beyond that. Life is so temporary. It is literally a few moments. Allah give us gentlemen.
Don't be deceived. Yeah.
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falletta Nakamoto hyah. To do Nia, don't let this world deceive you Allah says, Don't be deceived by this temporary world. Look at those more handsome, more pretty than you and they have gone back to Allah, their bodies have been eaten by the worms and the mites. Look at those who are more powerful than you they're gone back to Allah, those who are wealthier than you they are gone back to Allah, we spend a whole life preparing for what to live to buy a car, for example, to live in a house, whereas we didn't prepare for the hereafter which is eternal. How many people have died before they achieved the goal of having a house on us.
But if they prepared for the house in the Hereafter, they were successful. If they forgot that they were unsuccessful, even if they made that house on us.
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built in Oh, Allah says Don't let the big deceiver deceive you. Who is the big deceiver shaitan the devil he makes you want to fulfill your whims, your desires. Look at the amount of people being raped. Look at the amount of people
victims, not only of violence but of any form of crime. Isn't it on the rise? Why? Because the deceiver is deceiving us. People say if shaytan is tied during the month of Ramadan, why are their crimes being committed in Ramadan? That's a good question. Because we are shaped in ourselves. That's why we become shamans. We are trained already by the devil is tied. But we are doing the job shayateen ins while Jin the shape of jinka and is tied the shaytan of mankind is not tied.
So when you see evil it is us vahagn facade ofin battery one battery be maca, Shabbat, aiding.
Chaos. Corruption is rife on earth and land, on land and at sea because of what the hands of men have earned. What we have done, people blame Allah. If Allah is so merciful. Why is crime happening? Because man is not merciful? That's why do you think these crimes are committed by Allah? No way. They are committed by a man. Let's purify ourselves. Let's understand the rules and regulations of Allah.
Let's understand what is permissible and prohibited in Islam.
Let's also understand the great challenge. What is the challenge? We have to deliver this beautiful message to others in a nice way.
Many times we are Muslims but we don't embody Islam.
That is why there are people who have accepted Islam who have said
I thank Allah for introducing me to Islam before introducing me to Muslims.
If I had met Muslims before Islam, I was not going to be a Muslim because they are an embarrassment. Ask yourself and I need to ask myself, am I an embarrassment? Or am I a true ambassador of Islam?
If you're an embarrassment, today's a day to change, we will change. It's not too late. Let's become better people have a good heart, greet each other, don't abuse your children, how much of abuse is happening? People are abusing children. I've heard of cases where sometimes religious teachers are abusing those whom they are teaching. Little boys are being abused. Nobody, nobody is allowed to touch you. Nobody is allowed to touch you in the wrong way.
Not at all. And when there's a criminal, they need to face the full Wrath of the law.
When Allah speaks about the criminals and their punishment, you know what Allah says? While at the hood can be hemara Fie de la he don't ever feel remorse for a criminal. Don't even if it's your own blood, you stand for justice. sake of Allah. Let's learn to respect the opposite sex.
We are living in an age where sex sells
hyper sexual age. Everything is about sex.
We as Muslims are disciplined. What is Islam all about? Can I tell you the one word, control,
discipline, control yourself comes to prayer. You need to make sure you are there. Even if you are lazy. You make sure you are there. What's it all about? control? discipline.
You have your wife You picked your rose, you cannot have the whole rose bush cannot keep on looking at all the other roses and smelling and saying I need a petal from here you have your petals. You have your rose? Yes. Appreciate it. grow with it, nurture it, you will find so much would you like that to happen to your daughter? Or your sister? So don't do it to someone else's daughter or someone else's sister. That's the Hadith of the prophets, Allah Allah.
May Allah protect us.
You know my brothers and sisters,
those whom we are the guardians of our children, our family members.
The best from amongst us, the Hadith says is the one who is best to those
family members starting with your wife. The prophet SAW Selim says the best from amongst you, is the best to his wife. How many of you, your family members can stand up and say this man is a very good man.
The day that is the case, we will be successful.
Allah make us successful. Because they see us 24 seven and they know that this person is good. someone sees you for a few minutes at work at school somewhere else. They don't really know what you're all about. They haven't seen you when you're hungry. They haven't seen you when you are angry. They haven't seen you when things don't go your way. Come back home like a big boss. But at work You are like a small goat Subhanallah making a sound that people don't even understand. Come home like a roaring lion. If that's the case, you are not a good Muslim. When you come home and you can forgive, you can respect you can honor fulfill the dignity of spend time with you put your phone
aside everything else aside, you kiss your spouse and Allah we are sitting in the masjid. It's an honor to say that because it's a tsunami of the prophets, Allah Salah.
We are not embarrassed. There's nothing embarrassing about learning. No, we learn. We are good people. We are disciplined. We control ourselves, we will for the sake of Allah. That's what Islam is all about.
When Allah has blessed you with good body parts, it's not in order for everybody to see him take it away one day, then what will happen? People are using silicone underpants in order to pretend like they're behind is bigger than what it actually is.
any other parts of their body. They are embarrassed, embarrassed of what
Allah has blessed you. Yes, if there is something abnormal, you are allowed to correct it.
But what falls under what is the norm? Don't be a true Muslim, loves what Allah gave him or her. A true Muslim loves others exactly as Allah created them, loves them. I don't need to see you like in completion
Just to say oh you are looking pretty prettiness and likeness is confused. Just like how famous and new is confused people say this man has new what new just faint complexion. You don't know what they are doing to become fair and you think it's new, those new tablets how to be loved
that No. What do they call it? The bomb and the cream new cream?
Not at all. No comes from inside. Even if you are as dark as charcoal. No problem bill Alec naraba was known as the darkest of the Sahaba. The prophet SAW someone came back from meraj and says yeah Bilal Samia to hashtag coffee, Jana. I heard your footsteps in general. He could have gone to the fairest of the lot. Who was perhaps So hey, Nana Rumi, Roman Caucasian. But no, he went to the darkest of the Lord. He says I heard your footsteps in gentlemen, to show you and I that your gender and your closeness to Allah has nothing to do with your size, your color, your shape your race, zero. Be patient, be patient, my brothers and sisters, Jenna awaits us, the patient, we might be
living in society that is looked down upon by many. I promise you don't feel that way. Just keep on being focused upon paradise. Live your life and be happy. Those who those who are conscious of Allah, they will love you as you are. They will respect you honor you offer you the dignity the others, they have not yet recognized Allah.
May Allah bless us. May Allah grant us goodness, may Allah gather us in gender to fill those. My brothers, my sisters, the honor is mine to be here this afternoon. The honor is mine. I have traveled to many, many countries. And I told some of my brothers, that you know what? I need to meet all communities and societies and talk to them and reach out to them for my own sake. In order for me
to have some recognition of Allah.
It is Allah I will be failing in my duty if I didn't come to you. And the one who decided I must come and I will go again and again.
Please forgive my shortcomings. Please, let's pray for each other. Learn to pray for even those who might not treat you well learn to pray for them. We don't want to have hatred in our hearts, when a heart filled with hate, will not go to gentlemen for those. We are muslimeen we are meaning we love one another. And we love and we want goodness for everyone for all mankind. Don't we want goodness for all mankind? work hard and Allah will grant you and I the goodness. Apolo kolyada wa sallahu wa salam ala nabina