Channel: Mufti Menk
This talk held in Dubai at the family gathering of Zaid bin Mohammed. Mufti Menk encourages the ummah to put their best foot forward in all the aspects of life to take Islam to the level it deserves thereby earning the pleasure of Allah SWT and following the sunnah of Prophet SAW which would lead to a better understanding of Islam for all the potential Muslims. May Allah give us the ability and strengthen us in order that we may become the ummah with whom Allah SWT is pleased with in the world and the Hereafter.
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smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy he had many complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household all his companions without exception. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every single one of you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless the oma at large and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless humanity at large. My brothers and sisters, it is indeed an honor to be here at Zayed bin Mohammed family gathering, this
is the second time that I am here. And I thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for giving me this opportunity to be speaking to you this evening. The topic is the best Muslim. Obviously, we would like to believe that we are Muslim in and the Muslim means a submitter, one who submits to the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. However, many a times we are actually
from among those who think that Islam is only about certain acts of worship, not realizing that Islam is in fact a way of life. If we were to adopt the code of Islam, the teachings of Islam, we would actually be from among the happiest on earth, and that would follow through into the hereafter. And we would be from among those who are the happiest even in the hereafter. So what is it all about? Why is it that we have chosen the topic, the best Muslim?
Perhaps there are many people whom they would feel a strong Muslim is the one you find in the masjid all the time. The one you find praying all the time, perhaps the one whom you find who has dressed according to Islam, maybe in hijab and so on. And that's it.
Reality is yes, that is extremely important. It is a great pillar of Islam to fulfill your prayer. It is a great duty of Islam to be able to dress or to dress appropriately. But that is not all. The difficulty is many people have this notion across the globe. The non Muslims have a notion that Islam is a harsh faith. It is only for those who say they are Muslim, and they are actually people who are very hard against those who are not Muslim in a way that no one wants to even look at Islam anymore and consider it as a faith worth entering into. Sometimes even the Muslims are embarrassed to admit their name, they begin to choose literal names, instead of their beautiful name. You know,
the most common name on earth is actually the name Muhammad.
Yet some people are embarrassed to say my name is Mohammed Why?
Why would one be embarrassed? Why would one say when they are asked? What's your name? They would say my name is mo Have you heard that? My name is mo Well, do you mow the lawn or something? May Allah forgive us?
May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, say Mohammed and be such that when they interact with you, they really believe that these people whose names are Mohammed, Abdullah II and Abdul Rahman, they are really those who reach out in the best way to the rest of humanity. They have the greatest character and conduct that is what Islam teaches us. So primarily, it's important for us to know that Islam is much more than just the five daily prayers I want to commence with a narration of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam whereby he makes it quite clear.
He asked his companions Do you know who is a bankrupt person? And I think this question is extremely relevant when it comes to the materialistic world that we are in today. Who is a bankrupt person? What a powerful question. So obviously, the companions like you and I would answer by saying, it's a person who doesn't have a dyrham or a Dina and the messenger peace be upon him makes it quite clear to say that's not who a bankrupt person is a bankrupt person in the Arabic language, the term used digital aloofness, a person who doesn't have money, who doesn't have wealth. That's what one would understand it as but the Prophet peace be upon him says, when it comes to religion, and faith, a
Muslim is a person who comes on the Day of Judgment. And he has had with him so many good deeds, he prayed, he has prayers with him, he has charities with him, he has good deeds with him in the in the, in the form of the pilgrimage, and so on. So he's done a lot of good deeds. But there's a big but one might think, well, maybe there's a mistake here. How could a person who's bankrupt be one who has a lot of good deeds will listen to the end of it? And this is what is scary. And this is what should make us those from amongst us who are regular with their prayers. My brothers and sisters, it's not so difficult to get up for your prayer. Do you know that what is more difficult is
to look after that prayer, and to come with it on the day of judgment in a way that it is not snatched away from you and given to someone else. This is what will make you the best Muslim, not he who prays alone, but he who prays and looks after that prayer in a way that he can actually or she can actually come up on the Day of Judgment with that beautiful deed and say, Oh Allah, not only did I fulfill the deed, but I looked after it in the way that I did not give it to someone else. How is the deed given away? So this person as the Prophet sallahu wa sallam said,
he came with a lot of good deeds, but
he was backbiting about this one, he stole the rights of that one he pins from this one, he ate the wealth of this one and he did wrong to this one and that one and so on. So his good deeds were taken and donated given to the to this person and the other good deeds were given to that one and this one was given to all those whom he had wronged until all his good deeds are finished. You know, that Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the wealth on the Day of Judgment. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it quite clear. Yo man.
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Life concerned about that particular day, being worried and concerned about the day that you are going to meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala the day of judgment when all the secrets of your heart will be laid bare if you have not sought forgiveness. Why I say if you have not sought forgiveness because Islam is based on mercy, it is a religion of peace and mercy. It starts off with the terms or the words of the blessing Noble Quran right at the beginning known as pseudo Fatiha. Alhamdulillah he'll be like me when you appraising your maker, you are declaring all praise to the maker that are up here refers to the one who created nareesha cherishes. sustainer provider
protector, cura all these terms are included in the term have been made up of three letters in the Arabic language raw and two bears.
So Praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds, then what does Allah say? Allah declares immediately, that not only is he the Most Merciful, but the faith that he has asked you to believe to be a follower of is a faith of mercy, a faith that is based on hope, not a faith that is based on the Roth and the anger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Therefore, he could have chosen after al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen, to say whatever he wanted, he could have spoken about punishment. He could have spoken about so many other things, but he chose to say a Rahmani Raheem the qualities that are repeated by myself and yourselves who prays so many times a day, every unit of prayer, we repeat,
Allah is the one who is our man, our him, the Merciful, the Merciful. It's actually the merciful, twice different types of mercy one is more common or one is broader than the other. This is making mention of how beautiful the faith is. That's why I say that those who repent and who seek forgiveness from Allah, Allah, He my brothers and sisters, your sin is wiped out. Never let the devil come back to you and make you think you know what? My sin was too big and I'm not forgiven? No way. That's one of the plots of the devil. Allah says golia arriba de
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never lose hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala do not despair, do not become despondent. So if you become despondent or if you despair, or if you think that your son is not forgivable By Allah, you have insulted Allah because he says in a La Jolla, Luba Jamia, Allah will forgive all the sins what you need to do is repent. And this brings me to a point the best Muslim is he or she who constantly turns to Allah, Oh ALLAH forgive me. There are sins I've committed that I don't even know I was on the street today I might have looked at things that displeased you. There are things I might have said today that displeased ooyala I don't even know Forgive me for that, which I don't
know. And forgive me for that which I know you're like committed this sin. I admit, I regret I seek forgiveness and I promise I won't do it again. Those are the four conditions of the acceptance of your repentance, the best Muslim constantly seeks the forgiveness of Allah, the prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the ultimate best. No competition hands down. He was the best. What did he do? Look at the look at the statements the companions used to say he sought forgiveness more than 70 times a day up to 100 times a day. Why? He was sinless, spotless, but it's because the lesson was for every one of us. You want to be the best Muslim learn to turn to Allah every day seek
Allah's forgiveness. I tell you, if you start your day, seeking the forgiveness of Allah every single day, and you end your day seeking the forgiveness of Allah each day, one day you will leave this world Don't you agree? I have to leave you have to leave. If you are, if you have been in the habit of seeking the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala the day you leave this earth you would have sought the forgiveness of Allah on that same day. So when your deeds go up, the angels will obviously have the deeds and they would be laid bare and it would be seen that the day you died you told Allah Oh Allah, I seek your forgiveness. be hopeful my brothers and sisters, this is a religion
We hope for my brothers and sisters. It is a religion of hope. Never let the devil make you think you are right.
As they say, never the best Muslim is He who constantly has hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala, who knows the trap of the devil, the devil wants to track me to complete that Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says, when this man's good deeds are all gone to those whom he has wronged. Now, there are still so many people waiting for justice because he has wronged them, but he no longer has the currency of that day. What's the currency of that day? It's called deeds, deeds.
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to those who have wronged if you have wronged them on that day. This is why my brothers and sisters, the best Muslim is he and she who can sort matters out in this world before you get to the next. The reason is sometimes you hear people saying, I'll fix you on the Day of Judgment, how long I'm going to see you on the Day of Judgment. I'm going to get my rights on the Day of Judgment. A lot of us say that we actually look at each other in a day of judgment.
Don't do that sorted out now. If you can, as best as possible, why you might arrive on the day of judgment and who knows the court of Allah might find the one who thought he was innocent, guilty, then what's going to happen? You are found guilty on that day and you're stuck. Oh, no, I should have sorted it out when I had when I had the time. I should have forgiven so the best Muslim learns to forgive others. Learn to forgive people. I tell you, my brothers and sisters, when you forgive, there is a greater likelihood that Allah will forgive you take a look at Abu Bakr Siddiq has a lot to know he is told clearly, although there is a story of how his daughter was accused a Siddiqa to
been to study for the Allahumma if there is a story of how she was accused and how Allah subhanho wa Taala clarified her name, and how her father who happened to be spending some money on a relative who was also one of the mohajirs and one of the poor people and he by the name of Mr. Had no data and, and this man comes and he says you know what, I'm not going to spend I swear I'm not going to spend on this man. I'm spending on him. I'm giving him money. And on top of that, he's doing bad to me. He's spreading rumors about my own child. How can I spend on him and Allah subhanho wa Taala reveals the beautiful versus what are these verses in silver to know while I a tiny owner named Kuma
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those of virtue, those who have been granted sustenance By Allah, those who have been granted ease By Allah, they would not take an oath not to spend on the Maha dream, or those who are poor, or those who are relatives in the cause of Allah, they won't make an oath not to spend, they will forgive, they will make amends, they will actually come forth and embrace and forgive. Don't they wish that Allah forgive them. Allah is indeed most forgiving, Most Merciful from this, I learned that the best Muslim is the one who finds it in his or her heart to forgive others. Brothers and sisters, we hold a lot of burdens on our shoulders, because we have grudges against one another that
don't help. I have a problem with my sister, with my brother, with my in laws, with my uncles, with my aunts and so many other people. Why? Just because shavon came to me and created issues. If I were the greater of the two by saying you know what I forgive no problem. Sometimes it's a one sided forgiveness, but you will feel good about it. It's a mountain that will drop from your shoulders and you will really feel at ease not only in this world, but if you did it for the sake of Allah, even in the hereafter. So the best Muslim is the one who forgives others, the one who understands let me look at myself and forgive that having been said, I am not saying that you need to forgive every
crime. If someone has perpetrated a dangerous crime against you, you have every right to seek justice, those who have engaged in perpetrated in crimes that are basically that require penalization and punishment. Yes, you may want to as a person who would like them to learn a lesson so they don't do it again. You may want to take up the course of legal action against them. There's nothing wrong with that here. We are speaking of the pet is between you and I that which is easily forgivable, come on. Forgive my brothers and sisters. Promise yourself tonight and promise Allah subhanho wa Taala tonight to say the problem
I have with my brother, with my sister, with my wife's family, with my husband's family, with this person with those people.
I forgive them, I want to call them and I want to say to myself, I'm a best Muslim, I want to be the best. I don't just want to be a Muslim. Everyone says they're Muslim, but the world thinks Muslims are bad. The reason is, we need to be thinking to ourselves, am I really the best possible Muslim brothers and sisters? Don't we have a crisis on the globe today where people look at us with a lot of skepticism?
Well, the answer to that everyone says, What are you doing about it? Why don't get me What are we doing about it, you need to tell yourself, I can make the difference. If everyone says I can make the difference, and we all stand up and try strive to be the best, not just a mediocre Muslim, the best. They see me praying, they see me dressed in a job they see me, you know, being a Muslim that looks like a proper Muslim, but they see me smiling. They see me happy. They see me always being a person forgiving. Like I said, forgiveness has limits. You know, there is a story of those people who, who took advantage of certain religious people. So they say there were three people seated in
the mosque. And there was this young man who was told, hey, these are pious guys. These are very pious people sitting here. He says, What is the test of their piety? they forgive, you know, the best Muslim forgives. He said, Okay, I'm going to try it out. I'm going to see what's happening here. So he decided, you know what, let me go these people are engaged in worship, you know, the decree of Allah a remembering Allah, whatever they're doing here reading Quran, let me go to the guy and let me greet him. And let me smack each one of them on their face and see what they do. If they're best Muslims. They will forgive Didn't I say moments ago, forgive the best Muslim forgives.
So he goes to the first one. And he was told this man is religious. He says Salam aleikum, the man the poor man didn't even hear because he was so busy. You know, they say when someone is reading Quran and busy, don't disturb him by greeting him, he's gonna have to put the Quran away and respond. rather just leave it carry on, you know, you need to know the etiquettes of greeting.
And by the way, the best Muslim is He Who greets first no matter what the best Muslim is He Who greets A lot of us don't greet we don't greet and we just greet when we know or we greet when someone's a VIP. They've walked in with a beautiful You know, BMW, the latest one Whoo. And the guy comes in rolls in and if you are Salaam Alaikum, Sir, why are you greeting the car? That's it. If the same guy pops up with a Toyota Corolla. No one wants to look at him. Why? Because that's how we're trained the best Muslim no matter what they've got. The man is cleaning the street. Salam aleikum, WA Allah He will change the world will law he will change the world.
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When you are greeted with a greeting responded better than the greeting that was that you were greeted with or at least equating someone says Salam aleikum wa Alaykum wa salam wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Mashallah. Oh, someone says Salam aleykum Selam Aleykum selam. It's an act of worship, say it loud and clear. Allah says he takes account of everything. So my brothers and sisters, you want to be the best, you need to be a person who decides I'm going to make the difference. you respond the Salaam, you reply. And this is how the difference is made. I was saying the one who cleans the street many of us when we are greeting we don't reply. And the reply is extremely
important. But more than that, learn to start off the greeting because the narration clearly says the best from amongst you Is he or she who starts off with the greeting Don't say no, I'm a big person. And you know what they supposed to? Okay, fair enough. That's just a Muslim. That's a normal Muslim, ordinary mediocre. We want to be the best why we have a challenge. What is the challenge? I want to change the ugly image that the people have portrayed about my faith. It's a beautiful faith, I belong to it. I am a person who would reach out to those of different faiths and inclinations if they were dying. If I saw someone who had a totally wrong inclination, according to me, and or a
faith that was something totally different, even if he was a Satanist metal of protect us all. And he was drowning for me as a best Muslim to save a life is far more important. I will dive straight into the ocean in order to take that man out because I know that Allah says woman Yeah.
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Wherever saves a single life, Allah didn't say Muslim, non Muslim, male, female, no matter whoever they are, you save the life so much so that even if a dog was in danger or drowning or dying, those who have saved dogs and dogs are considered animals, you and I know there are more rules and regulations pertaining to dogs. We know that.
But to reach out to a dog is so rewarding, that there is a narration that makes mention of a person who entered paradise solely because they quenched the test of a dog, quench the thirst of a dog. I remember one young man, we spoke about the cat. And we said there was a woman who had bad morals and so on. And Allah subhanho wa Taala decided to forgive her and to grant her Jana because to grant her paradise because she was kind to a cat. And the young man says, you know, I'm very hopeful of Paradise say, Mashallah, we're all hopeful. What makes you so hopeful? He says, You know, I don't really pray. I don't really do something. But I've got seven cats. I look after them. Wow, seven
cats. Look at the misinterpretation. We're not saying only do that. And now, you know, overlook all the other duties that you have. We're saying that reach out the point I want to raise his if it is so powerful, so rewarding to reach out to animals? What do you think the reward is to reach out to human beings?
What do you think is the reward to reach out to human beings? And I want to let you know, many people out there are enemies of Islam because of ignorance. They don't know, lack of interaction, we don't interact. That's the thing. Why a these people are bad. What if you don't interact, when you have the opportunity of interacting, some people don't know how to interact, some people don't have the time. But if you have the opportunity, and you still don't interact, you know what you may not have showcased the beautiful best Islam to the person who really hates it, and you had the opportunity. You had the chance. This is why we say go out, reach out to them. Do you know that if
you had to reach out to these people, and you had to portray the beautiful image of the best Islam, the enmity would decrease that itself is a great propagation. It's a great Dawa. And I've always believed that you know, we call out towards Allah. But whether Allah wants the person to walk on the guidance or not, is in the hands of Allah, Marlena, Allah, even the messengers have made it clear that our duty is only to convey guidance is in the hands of Allah. in Kerala, da da, da, da da
da, da me Asha. It is not you. ohama sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who guides who whomsoever you love to guide? No, it's Allah who guides whomsoever He wishes he loves to guide. So guidance is in our hands. But the efforts Allah has kept him in our hands as well. Your duty, my duty, why am I standing here today? To reach out to you to be able to fulfill my duty to be able to check myself with what I'm saying? There is no point at all in me speaking to you. And the minute I leave the stage, I am a different person. That is absolutely unacceptable. So for me to be the best Muslim, and I'm promoting being the best Muslim. I really need to try and practice what I preach. Yeah, I
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One of the complaints are you who believe, why do you say that which you are not doing? You saying one thing and you're doing something else? A lot of us are guilty. Maybe all of us, myself included? We say we are most live, but our lives are being led? Not according to Islam.
I can do better. I'm sure we all can. I can do better. I'm sure we all can. My brothers and sisters. Reach out to people and make sure that you present the best of Islam by being the best possible Muslim. Let me explain to you, number one, worshipping Allah alone. That's something it's your duty. And like I said right at the beginning, yes, these acts of worship are absolutely important. We look forward to the meeting with Allah subhanho wa Taala. The best Muslim always asked himself if I die right now, what's the condition with meeting with Allah? Will it be a good meeting or a bad one? Brothers and Sisters Imagine if you follow the narration of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
speaking about prayers, and he says suddenly salata more than three words, they mean a mountain, they mean a mountain. This is a gift of the messenger peace be upon him. He had the power known as Giovanni Kelley me a few short words and they had broad meaning. One of them is this, fulfill the prayer, as though it is the last prayer you're going to be able to fulfill
What's the catch? What's the idea?
The idea is one day it will be your last. If you get used to it all the time, one day, it will be your last. This is the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. My brothers and sisters, we need to think of this. Whoever loves to meet with Allah. Do you know what Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam says, Whoever is looking forward to the meeting with Allah, Allah is looking forward to the meeting with them. So para la, all you? Wouldn't you like a lot to look forward to the meeting with you? Well, guess what, there's only one thing you need to do. Start looking forward to the meeting with Allah. Let's see. This is the beauty of Islam be the best possible if I start looking forward to the meeting with
Allah. Let me give you a different example. If I'm given the opportunity to meet a VI, vi, vi T of my dreams, right? What will I do? I plan my words brandmeister, whatever I want to say probably dressed appropriately, maybe put on a good scent, perhaps take a little bit of a gift, perhaps present myself in a way that they won't dislike me. And they know I've said good words and we meet them and we'll say wow, you know, we greet them in such a way that we express delight and they know you haven't done any evil against them because you want to impress them. That's a small example of this petty Earth.
When you want to meet with Allah, what did you take? What do you take to Allah? Allah doesn't need, you know, Allah doesn't need anything from you actually, we need to present it to Allah for our own benefit. If I go and say, Oh Allah,
there are deeds I have done that are a secret, you know them and I know them and no one else knows them. Wow, that's the best Muslim, the best Muslim is he or she who has secret hidden deeds, that only he or she knows and Allah knows I was kind to this thing here to this animal here or I was kind to a human being, I assisted fellow human beings who are struggling, because my messenger Muhammad peace be upon him whom you sent to me, Oh Allah as a blessing and a means of mercy. He taught us that whoever helps a human being Allah will help them.
And there is another narration, which states if you want the help of Allah be engaged in the help of fellow worshipers. Gan Allahu houfy O'Neil Abdi McConnell Abdul Rahim, Allah continues to be in the assistance of his slave for as long as that person is engaged in assisting a fellow brother,
a brother, a human being as well.
You know, there is integration speaking of the best Karuna see the best of people, kind of nursing, not even Muslim hollowness, the best of people. You know what the Hadith says, Karuna see and family mercy. The best of people are those who are the most beneficial to the rest of the people. Why? What's the common factor? We share the same maker.
I'm a creature, I was reached out to the rest of those who are created by the same creator. That's all. That's my link. Simple. You want to be the best. Allah says Hang on, there is a way I've created others. They may be different from you. They may disagree with you, they may follow different things. You just need to reach out to them. That's all.
So for us to be able to reach out to an enemy in a way that they no longer the enemy. They they now realize you know what? When people talk bad about Muslims, there are so many non Muslims who say Hang on, hang on, I know personally 1000s of Muslims, they are really good people who will stand and bear witness voila, ie those who are not Muslim would bear witness. I know Muslims, they are really good. They teach goodness. That is the mainstream Islam that you and I know. This is what the best Muslim is all about. My brothers and sisters, the best Muslim follows the example of the Prophet peace be upon him. What are these examples? The example of beauty, the example of kindness, the
example of compassion, the example of the duty unto Allah being fulfilled in the best possible way.
You know, he was a balanced, complete balance. The best Muslim is balanced, balanced, meaning there is no what we call in the Arabic language if heart and defeat, you know, the two extremes. They're not there. We're in the middle. What
Allah speaks about how he has made you a nation that is balanced in the middle, a nation that is neither on the side nor on that side, it's in the middle, no extremes. We're mainstream. Here we are.
You need to fulfill the rights. You know there is a hadith beautiful Hadith, explaining how important it is for us to fulfill the rights of everyone. It is a hadith of Abu Dhabi, Allahu anhu, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam fostered the relationship of brotherhood between him and salmonella Pharisees
and salmonella forest he noticed that the wife of a Buddha was not really interested in you know, adorning herself or her husband. Not at all
So he asked her a question, you know what's going on? Is there something you know, there's a problem here. And she says, you know, your brother, this guy, he doesn't really have any interest in anything worldly. Nothing, nothing. So he was a little bit irked by that he watched it.
At night he was praying,
praying, imagine praying, is prayer a bad thing? No. So semanal Ferriss, he gets up and told him, Hey, go to sleep. Hey, what do you mean go to sleep, go to sleep. He went to sleep because obviously this man is more knowledgeable. Later on, he gets up, he wants to pray again. So man, and he gets up and says, Go to sleep. What do you mean go to sleep, go to sleep. He went to sleep, said when when the last portion of the night was remaining. He says, Hey, get up. Now you can pray. So this he was perplexed. He was wondering what's going on here. So Solomon and Pharisees says, Look, my brother,
your wife, has a right over you imagine? He's talking about Salah prayer, to stand in prayer. Listen carefully, because I'm going to draw a very important conclusion to this. To stand in prayer. He's standing upright, he's not doing anything bad. It's something really brilliant. It's a plugin with Allah. It's the most important way of plugging in with your maker. Okay, so he's standing right and he's being told no, your wife comes first.
This is voluntary prayer. It's nothing to do with Father right we're not talking here of that which is compulsory. No, you have a right that you need to fulfill with us will lie. It's not Salah we ignore our wives, our family members, our children just because we sitting at a coffee shop. We're not talking about Salah here prayer. We're talking about wasting time at a coffee shop and your wife is busy texting you Hey, and your princesses Chicka chicka. Well, I don't mind being called a chicken for as long as my wife knows how I CRO Subhan Allah. I don't mind. I don't mind them calling me whatever name for as long as I have a happy home why I'm the best Muslim I fulfill the rights.
The wife is a first class citizen. The rest of them are only residents. They come and go. The permits expire as well. You know how it is to renew a permit? Yes. These are citizens. These are proper. That's your spouse. You don't just replace them. That's your family. Those are your children. irreplaceable given by Allah those of your parents but what you were doing salmaan and pharmacy is telling about their their your prayer. You are praying a little bit too much go and fulfill the rights of your wife show her some important express to her and I am telling you express to her how beautiful she is Subhanallah
a good Muslim is the one who is best to his family members. caloocan li li is the hottie we heard it 1000 times a million times while law he my brothers many of us are struggling because we just mediocre Muslims is mo Muslim What's your name? Ah this is my name. You know? And that's it. And the way you treat your family members it's like they are nothing nothing. Give them an ear listen to them look at them in the eye and tell them you're shining you know when I when you're out in the moon is out I can't see the moon because your dazzling savings, say things to Panama
say things that's the best Muslim days that have been the best from amongst you Is he or she who is best to the spouse. Some of us are so weak, so weak. You know someone was asking me recently about Valentine's Day. Okay.
So what happened? I said as a best Muslim every day for me is a day of love. I'm in love with who with my spouse with my family members every day. I tell them so many times I love you. I messaged them, you know on WhatsApp, you have a heart you make use of it.
Please to the right people.
That heart blows up and suddenly starts pumping. Have you seen it? on WhatsApp? They helping you it's something romantic, send it to the right people. And not only one day in the year every day, that's your spouse.
That's your family telling him how beautiful they are.
Not like the woman who asks her husband, what are you going to give me for Valentine's she says what do you want for Valentine's?
she says I just want one ring? I just want one ring.
So he says on the landline or mobile.
Allah forgive us. May Allah forgive us. If this is the attitude we have, that you only want to express love on one day you can't be a best Muslim, a best Muslim every day you get up in the morning you thank Allah for giving you a husband. There are so many people trying
to get married. May Allah make it easy for you to get married. Men and women. May Allah grant you spouses who will be the coolness of your eyes and you have a spouse but we fighting over what pet is he
didn't buy me the Chanel handbag that I wanted.
way? How can the best Muslim fight over small things? What's that? That's materialism? is Allah good? Are you going to really complain to Allah? My husband's a bad man? You know what? He didn't give me spending money and he's terrible. Are you going to say that? That's, that's you may be a Muslim, but you're not the best. The best is someone who says, look, you know what? I understand your condition. And I know, well, let me quickly equated the best husband is He Who knows where to spend and when to spend. Don't be miserly. He could be, you know, Abu Sufyan. His wife came to complain to the Rasulullah saw Salah about him, you know, perhaps he might not have spent here or
there and the Prophet sallahu wa sallam actually allowed her to take from the world when it was needed to say you can take Don't worry because that's his duty.
But we want to be the best.
The best is He who knows I will spoil my family. Yes, once in a while. You don't have to overspend the best Muslim is he or she who adjusts his life or her life based on the income that Allah has blessed them with. So if I have an income of 1000 dirhams a week for example, I tend to make my life according to that I don't live beyond my means in a way that I have a car that's not mine. I have a phone that's not mine. I have a an apartment that's not mine. Nothing is mine. I'm struggling every month to pay this and to pay that and to pay just because I want to live up to the Joneses. Even the Joneses have come down. I think they call it the Dow Jones
May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, my brothers and sisters, that's the best Muslim The one who knows how to budget. The one who understands this is a gift of Allah it's it's a responsibility you need to strike the balance you need to know
so that Hadith as I was speaking about a Buddha the Allahu the point I've raised is loud and clear to say, if he was told you have a right your body has a right over you, your spouse has a right over you everything has a right over you. So give the do of everything and everyone to everything and everyone.
Do we do that?
May Allah Subhana Allah Allah, forgive us,
the best believer is also or the best Muslim, is also he or she could thanks Allah upon all conditions Allah, you blessed me with this Alhamdulillah Allah today I suffered the loss Alhamdulillah I thank you because others have suffered a bigger loss
on gulaman who do not come look at those who are lower than you to be able to appreciate the materialistic lives that you are living. Look at those less than you. You don't have shoes, look at those who don't have feet. Basically, that's what it is why you're the best Muslim you want to be positive.
You want to be positive, make life easy for others. Don't make life difficult. People come from Panama I normally have an issue where people say you know I want to get married. But the father's just saying no. What's the reason? No reason? Well, my dear father, make things easy. And Allah will make things easy for you on the Day of Judgment Subhana Allah.
Stop just saying no, Allah will ask you, and Allah will hold you responsible on the Day of Judgment for your rejection of that proposal. without a reason. Yes. If you have a valid, solid, religious Islamic reason to say no, maybe. But we are talking about they don't have money. This guy doesn't own a house that you did not own a house. I recall you bought a house 20 years after you were married.
A lot of us we didn't have things. But we expect our sons in law to be wealthy tycoons before they get our daughters. mela, forgive us, help them, make it easy for them, facilitate for them. That's the best Muslim like I was saying, Thank Allah upon all conditions. Alhamdulillah should be on your tongue every time Alhamdulillah You know, sometimes the non Muslim speak to us and we forget that they don't know some of the Arabic terminology. So we tend to say, Mashallah, no, inshallah I'm going to go they learn it as time passes, but sometimes they don't know. I'll give you an example. There was a friend of Fatima and name was Linda, some of you might know this example.
So Fatima gives birth. So Linda sends her a message and says, Wow, Fatima, I heard you gave birth.
Congratulations. So she says, Oh, yes, Linda. I gave birth. I didn't give birth two weeks back
to a baby boy. Listen to this. I did give birth two weeks back to a baby boy. Alhamdulillah
Did you hear that? I did give birth to a baby boy two weeks ago. Alhamdulillah so poor Linda. She says, well,
All the best to you and to your son Alhamdulillah meaning the son's name Alhamdulillah
I wish you and hamdulillah All the best. There we are. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us, the use of the term Alhamdulillah is beautiful. It's absolutely amazing. It means All praise is due to Allah all conditions. When you suffer a loss there are those suffering a greater loss, when you are going through some form of trauma, some form of a problem, voila, he there are people who are going through much more. Do you know we are seated here? So bless it. What a beautiful place. What type of beautiful weather, what conditions?
We thank Allah for this.
And we pray for the rulers of this nation. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all. May Allah subhanho wa Taala keep it so peaceful and so good that we can keep on meeting with this message of peace and goodness. We want to be the best indeed.
The best Muslim makes time for his children. You got to make the time.
Some of the brothers were asking me So when are you going? I said I'm leaving tomorrow morning. Why so soon? I am missing my family. I want to go back to my kids. I need a big hug. Well, it's a reality. It's a fact I missed them. I spend a lot of time with them on my phone, on WhatsApp and so on.
They get preference why those are my children. That's my family. I need to
they need to have someone they can say well, ah he that's the best dad. That's what it is. You want to be the best Muslim, you're going to be the best mom, the best dad, the best child, the best parent, that's what you will be the difficulty with us. It's all about myself. I'm not worried. That's it. I need to go look, you know what, I'm not going to be here why I'm going for a coffee once in a while no problem, you're gone. Not every single day, you cannot come home 12 o'clock every day and you leave straight to work. When you go you go to work when your children are already going to school and you never seen them? What type of best Muslim? Is that? Your best Muslim? No, you can
do better. So can I improve me and improve all of us?
The best Muslim is he or she who is honest and upright when dealing in business. In your interactions with people be honest, be upright, be straightforward. The issue of honesty in business is a matter that we are struggling with my brothers and sisters. People are dishonest, they spoil the name of Islam. A lot of the times when I ask people, just for interest sake, I want to know who are the people who've actually robbed you? Do you take in your money or you have financial matters with them? unresolved? They will name names, name names, who are they? They will tell you all Muslims? How come? How come some people prefer to do business with non Muslims because they say they
will give you cash upfront, they won't give you any hassle, they won't lie to you. They don't ask you for big big discounts and so on then, you know, it's what it is.
They are being people who are practicing Islamic values. Whereas myself as a Muslim, I am causing an embarrassment to my faith. I'm a bigger embarrassment to the messenger peace be upon him than those people drawing cartoons for example, why? Because I claim to be a Muslim. And I'm so bad. And those people claim to be the enemies all they're doing is they just fulfilling what they're saying that they're supposed to be doing. That's all. Who's the hypocrite? May Allah forgive us. So let's be upright in business promise Allah subhanho wa Taala be upright, be straightforward, be honest. That's how it should be. Learn to spend in a good cause. Many of us, we don't even spend on our
family members, as I said moments ago, but on top of that, we don't spend in a good cause.
The wealth that you've accumulated sometimes will not help you until you spend it. When you spend it. Your name is written next week when you've kept it. It just it's on it's in a holding sort of a pen until it goes to your heirs when you die. What happens to your wealth, it's gone to whom, to your heirs. So the best Muslim is one who knows, yes, I will leave for my heirs. But while I'm alive, let me do good deeds.
Have you not heard of people whom, after a relative dies, they say I want to do this good deed and that good deed on behalf of the relative, my brothers and sisters, it is more important, more befitting, more Islamic and the quality of a best Muslim to do those deeds while you are alive. So a best Muslim leaves behind a legacy, a legacy of goodness, traits of goodness, people can talk about you and say, Wow, we missed that man. We missed that woman. We missed our mother. She was a wonderful person. We missed my dad, we missed this. We missed that why you've left behind a legacy of goodness. You've done things in the community, you've reached out to people they are benefiting
from you well after your death.
Don't leave behind a bad example. The best Muslim leaves behind the best examples and the best for them to be remembered by people must say, Allah Allah Allah, this person first Allah Mohammed, they must say last
to La La, la kiss the person, they say, may Allah have mercy on his soul. Because you were the best Muslim, you reached out, you did things, you drilled wells while you were alive. You did good deeds to a little bit. It's not that much.
I remember speaking to a group of youngsters, and they told me, You know what?
We were talking and asking questions, I normally usually like to ask questions so that I can learn. And I was asking about what they would pay to see a show with one of their top pops, you know, what's the top one of the people, the singers and so on? So what would they pay this app pay 100 bucks any day? Any day? $100 US dollars, perhaps 370 dirhams?
So I asked if you were to pay for a religious talk.
How much would you pay? Pay? You guys are not supposed to charge? How can we pay for religious talk? Okay, okay. Okay, fine. You're not supposed to charge. Wow, I agree. But I'm just trying to think we pay to go to heaven stuff. I'm gonna word it this way. We pay to go to hell. Heaven is coming free but we walking away from it. Is that a best Muslim?
Did you hear my point? You pay? Hell comes at a price you're actually paying to go in its direction nightclubs are not open free. This talk is free. Mashallah. May Allah grant us paradise. May Allah unite us the same way he's brought us here together for his love. May He loves us. And may He take us to paradise say amen.
Online. Do you know that we are ready sometimes to pay for wrong things, but we're not ready to pay for the right things.
A $50 note becomes so much when it's to be given to charity. But trust me you walk into one of the one of the malls and you have to buy something to eat and you just want to sit there and you see your favorite stuff. It's nothing you'll actually take out another 50 put today Why? You with the wrong person to start with? Allah forgive us.
The best Muslim is he or she who is never vulgar. Never. Have you ever heard a vulgar word in the Hadith? Have you ever heard a vulgar word in the Koran, that's what we claim to follow. That's what we claim to be a part of, it would be an embarrassment. To hear the F's and the BS and all the swear words, be blurted out of a mouth of a person who says I'm a follower of Muhammad May peace be upon him. My name is even Mohammed. And here's your swear words. To whom, to your children, to your family, to your wife, to your husband, to your mother, to your father, to the others on the street, no patience. You're not courteous on the road. We have roads. The best Muslim is he or she was
courteous, courteous, meaning let people drive understand give them a little bit of leeway. You don't have to just stop your cars right guys, everybody go out move at five o'clock. You know, don't be a wisecrack and again, we are saying be courteous enough that it's understandable, it's reasonable. That's how you will succeed in this world. Success does not come by being selfish. Success really comes by reaching out to the maximum number of people while you can seize the opportunities. The best Muslim is He who sees opportunities seizes opportunities before they are lost. What are these opportunities? The Hadith speaks about them five main opportunities. What are
they? your time, your health, your wealth,
your young age, and your life? These are the five opportunities, they're not going to last forever? Why don't you have them use them because you're the best.
Protect your tongue.
Protect your tongue.
The words you utter with your tongue should be the best words Why? You're the best Muslim, only the best words come from your time, only the best.
So my brothers and sisters, it's about time we promised Allah that we will not swear we will not be vulgar.
We will not be vulgar. We will not say words that the best Muslim does not meaning is not supposed to be uttering. We will not say those words I don't want. I refuse to lie. Because I'm the best I need to make a difference, you will make a difference, you will move the world well llahi. My brothers and sisters, if you take a look at Islam, and how it spread across the globe, very little of it was through active propagation. The bulk of it was through interaction with who was best Muslims.
Take a look at the Java Indonesia and the whole of Far East Asia. How did Muslims get there? It is said in the history books that it was to character and conduct of the traders who came with trade. They were traders but their dealings and their the way they behaved they were best Muslims and people just said wow Is this what it is I want to
from amongst you guys, man, I want to join you could company, the best Muslim has good company stays away from bad company
unless they're influencing them in a good way.
May Allah forgive us. So let's Be the best. Let's propagate Islam through our actions. Let's live by Islam, automatically people will be attracted to us. We know we're supposed to be away from the casinos and the drinking and so many other prohibitions. That's because we are the best Muslims.
What's the point of you know, I recall, one of the brothers was giving me an example, back in South Africa
and saying at the casino, there are a lot of Muslims.
And that's why there is actually a masala at the casino.
Imagine Well, I you know, joke, ask those in Durban, the city of Durban.
And ask those in other places where there be casinos back in South Africa. They have a little prayer area, or at least they cater halal food. So the man's got an alcohol bottle in his hand. And the man's just gambling? And he says, Oh, you're so mooses halaal here. Come on, is that the best Muslim? What impression Are you giving about Islam? What is it?
I can improve? I'm sure we all can. There is room for improvement for every one of us, my brothers and sisters.
What's of utmost importance is also to call towards Allah in a beautiful way. Because Allah says, with your mouth with your tongue,
you should be saying two things minimum.
Good words, that beam across the globe, in a beautiful way, calling towards goodness.
You need to do good deeds. There's no point in saying good words and not doing good deeds. And on top of that, you need to say I am a Muslim. The problem with us. We are divided into 1001 groups and it's growing as I breathe in. Every time I breathe. There's another group that's cropped up. Hello, Akbar. Allah forgive us. It's about time we said I'm a Muslim. I follow Allah. I follow His Messenger. I follow the goodness, I follow all correct things, upright things and I'm a person who stays away from that which is evil and incorrect. I'm a Muslim. Listen to this.
nannini Nell Muslim Namie. Who is there better in speech than the one who calls towards Allah? And does good deeds? Look, it's coming together, right? Your mouth is saying the right things. Your actions are correct. And he says I'm from among the Muslims. I'm a Muslim. I'm a proud Muslim Subhan Allah, you will see me praying in the corner. And at the same time, you will see me reaching out to people I remember I was traveling, and I was traveling. I arrived back home. If I'm not mistaken, Yes, it was.
They were two nuns, on the flat nuns on the flat,
elderly women, and we landed and I was dressed similar to what I had besides this black dish that I have on.
And I looked at them and greeted them. I saw them standing at the carousel.
And I said hang on when your bag comes just pointed it I'll get it for you.
they surprised this guy. Firstly, he speaks proper English.
Secondly, he's got a big beard.
Thirdly doesn't fit he's offering help with a smile. And guess what? You have to know that I'm genuine by the way. It's that smile.
It is you break you can see when the when the backs come let me know and I'll pick the bag up for you. Let's say they call the cops will you trust me? This person wants to steal my bag. There's a way of talking. Sorry, ma'am. Do you know what? I'll give you a hand?
For law? Hey, I got the trolleys for them. I put their backs for them. I even offered to push it for them if I could, but they said no. It's okay. They gave me their their card they actually had a card for the monastery they belong to and they said you know what? We never in the wildest of our dreams and I told them nuns are not supposed to have wild dreams. But anyway. We never in the wildest of our dreams. Now I like to I like to crack a joke or two to be honest with you. That's what keeps us living. That's what keeps us that's the human touch to it, you know, and they need to know that as well. We also have humor doesn't mean that
To the best Muslims, so you don't crack a joke. You only need to know what to say when to say and how to say it.
That's what it is. So to be honest with you, they said we never in the wildest of our dreams, imagine that a Muslim guy would actually come and assist us in this way.
And I said,
What do you know what? Now you have.
And they were very impressed. And I didn't tell them who I was. Well, I have done it on another occasion where without a joke traveling from one city to another in Zimbabwe, and the road is actually quite narrow. So I saw a group of women who were stuck and they had a puncture. And I was dressed in pure white, my family was with me. And I saw these women on the road and they trying to you know, they took out the triangle, and I just noticed that they had a blowout or the tire was actually punctured. And it was a four by four big vehicle and I said these women are not going to be able to do let's stop, and I stopped the vehicle. put my hands on, I told my family hang on and
coming. I went out well, it took me about 10 minutes because I told him please can you guys step aside? Don't worry. And they're watching this guy in white, you know for them. Jesus has come back. The last 100 subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
Well, I we're living we're living that man. Mashallah. So I help them and really, you know, we're trained to do these things. We have men and so on and Mashallah, I didn't really dirty my hands or anything much my clothes were still as they were that everything happened and Subhanallah they went, I didn't tell them who I was. What happened? Nothing. You know, what, about a week later, one of the women was at a store that I was in shopping, by the way, I really would like to and I do help my family do the grocery shopping once in a while. I'll go. What's wrong? I want to be a best Muslim.
Go to do the grocery shopping.
Now, I don't want the woman saying Did you hear that? He has the list. He has the list? No, relax. It's supposed to happen in a beautiful way, you know? So I saw her. She saw me I wouldn't have known her. But she recognized me because obviously there's a unique type of address. You know what, sir? I saw you on TV. I said, Oh, thank you. You know, we have television program. Okay. Wait, was you you helped us the other day? Yeah, it was me. Wow. You know, wow. You know, I was so impressed with what you saw. You're a big father. You know, yeah, I'm a father. You know, I'm Father meaning they saying something else. But I'm meaning something else. And it truly is.
And they said, you know, we the Muslims, we never knew that's the interaction until I'm giving you my own examples. These are small minute things. But they need to happen every day. You walk you interact, you mix with people don't be a dry person who presents a harsh image of Islam, they are waiting. The rest of the Muslims are waiting, you know that the other Muslims are waiting for us to at least behave like one family. Come on. We look at each other and it's like, hey, this person is totally out. So one has a habit of smiling greeting
and have a habit of reaching out in a beautiful way, not just to the beautiful ladies. No. We're talking about Jim Newman reaching out.
I was in Singapore not too long ago, a few weeks ago, and I read an article of a woman
who won an award. What was the award about
one of the Singaporean who is a person of this year reaching out to others, you know, you know what she did? There was a couple on a wheelchair. And as they were coming out of this supermarket or chain store or something, the old man missed himself. He literally missed himself. He probably didn't have control over what was happening. And it let out a stingy smell. And everyone's walking by and walking past and one woman one woman she's a Muslim woman. I'd like to think from the name.
She decided, you know what, these are all people. She didn't say oh, they're not Muslims. These are my fellow human beings. And she
cleaned up, wiped up, mopped up, cleared, bought another pair of, you know, shorts or trousers for the men and made sure that he was dressed back and put him back onto the wheelchair and pushed it out again and took him they were in tears. And she kept on visiting them. And she says, I lost my parents some time. But if I'm not mistaken, that's what I read. And these people are like my newly found parents and voila, he these are not Muslims. The people she helped will not Muslim. She won an award of so many $1,000 and so much happened and big recognition. Yes, she deserves it. You know why? She was just being a best Muslim in her own way.
How many of us would actually do that? That's a question. I can ask myself that to start with. My brothers and sisters. There is a lot that we could say. I've said quite a bit
hope and I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala help us in guidance. I really asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to open our doors. Once again, I'm so happy and delighted that so many of you have come. So many of you are listening to us on the live stream as well. And I think Allah subhanho wa Taala for giving me the opportunity to address you. I hope that what I've said has come from the heart straight to the heart. I've included myself in everything I've said, may Allah improve me helped me guide me Make me one of the best Muslims in sha Allah make you all one of the best Muslims as well. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala gather us in sha Allah in general in the same way that he has
gathered us in this beautiful zide bin Mohammed family gathering. Wa Salatu was salam o barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Coloma hamitic a shadow Allah Allah hi lanta, Mr. heruka, Manitoba lake.