Channel: Mufti Menk
Masjidul Quds, Cape Town
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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful or All praise is due to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, Lord of the worlds owner of cure owner of health, the one who's blessed us with the health we have, the one whom we have hope in whenever we are the one whom we call out to for our own health, as well as the health of those who have taken ill May Allah grant them all cure. And may He protect us from all form of small forms of sickness and disease, complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, all the previous messengers who came to us to take us out of the darkness into the light. May Allah Subhana, Allah,
Allah bless them and their companions, and may He bless every single one of us. I mean, my beloved brothers and sisters gathered here this afternoon, I'm only here because I feel it is extremely important for us to take a very, very great interest in the health of our mothers and sisters, as well as our own health. And as you know, we as Muslims believe that the body is entrusted to us by the maker, Allah subhanho wa Taala. None of us chose the body that we ultimately got. And none of us chose the parents we have or the race we were born into. None of us chose the genes that we actually have. This is all from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we believe that all that makes up the test, the
test that lasts approximately 70 years according to the narrations of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, in which we are to fulfill the commands and obligations of the Almighty upon us, one of them being to take good care of your health. And for this reason, I encourage every one of you to ensure that every time you feel that you are not as healthy as you should be, you need to take it seriously because it's not your own body that you're playing with. But it's an it's a trust from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he holds you responsible for what you've done in that regard. So this is why I happen to be here this afternoon to tell you whether it is the early screening or any other
checkups that we shouldn't be doing. Please don't take it lightly, because lives can be saved and at the same time, people can people who are diagnosed early have a greater chance of cure sooner than it would have been had they discovered it later. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all goodness, I'd like to make mention of a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, wherein he says and I spoke about it on Friday, after having been invited to this particular function. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam says near mahtani masamune Fini maka to meanness I'll say hi to Well, first off, there are two gifts that Allah has blessed us with that many people take for granted. The first is
the health. And the second is the free time that we have. I want to concentrate for a few moments on the aspect of health, seeing that it is definitely a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala Did you know that when a person is taken ill, it's actually from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Write a reward next to your name, depending on how you dealt with that sickness, or illness. And this is why every one of us or should I say almost every one of us at least once a year. We have a common cold or a call for something that goes wrong and sometimes it becomes a little bit more serious. But at the same time how we deal with it. Do we continue to
carry our day to day lives or carry on with our day to day lives without giving our bodies the rest that the bodies deserve? If that's the case, we're engaging in sinful behavior from an Islamic perspective. The Hadith says well, you better Nikolic.
Your body has a right over you, you owe it rest. This is why those who are deprived of sleep or who deprive themselves of sleep or have food that which is nutritious and so on. With any excuse whatsoever, they are accountable, they are responsible in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala Why did you not sleep correctly on time? Why did you not eat correctly on time? A few moments ago, I was talking to a friend of mine. And here as I landed and we were speaking about how important it is to eat healthy sometimes because of our weight. For example, we tend to think maybe if I stay away from food, I might do myself a favor, not realizing that the correct way is to eat healthy, but to burn
it and perhaps to be a little bit more active than you are. So to stay away from food in its entirety just because you're worried about what you will you know
What do you weigh, for example, a few kilos this way and that way, that is the wrong way of solving the problem. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. Just a quick note, don't become too conscious of your way people don't really notice we notice much more than everyone else. Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless our sisters and our mothers, really, I am here this afternoon in order to stand up and declare the status of a woman in Islam, and the status of women in general, in humanity. We are brothers and sisters, not only in faith, but even in humanity. And we need to know that to encourage one another to do the right thing when it comes to our health is part of our duty to our makeup. So for me to
get up and tell you to fulfill your Salah is one thing, tell me to if I were to tell you, for example, to fulfill your Zika, perhaps to dress appropriately, so many other things. All these are correct, but I need to stand up as well, when it comes to telling you to look after your health. That's also part and parcel of Islam. It's part and parcel of my duty towards humanity at large. And this is why it is wrong for the scholars of our age, or the scholars of anytime, to shun matters that affect the oma or humanity at large, that are also duties that we have unto our maker. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless you all, and may He make us be ambassadors of goodness and peace, who
can go or who can travel the globe or reach the globe. Nowadays, you don't actually need to travel to reach the globe, you know, press or press a few buttons on your phone. Or should I say touch the screen on your phone, and perhaps you reach the globe. But Alhamdulillah it's up to us to ensure that we encourage one another I find that a lot of sisters tend to think and to feel and I'm speaking from experience having addressed certain issues and health matters with sisters via email and various other forms. They tend to feel that oh, you know, I'm not feeling well, it's okay, perhaps I'll feel better tomorrow. And that carries on for a while and to whatever they've had
become such that is much more serious than it would have been had they the first day I thought to themselves, I'm not feeling well, let me get this checked out. Law, something serious. And the sisters tend to continue, you know, a lot of our sisters happen to be housewives, or they go to work. And I feel that perhaps they work a little bit harder than men I'm, I'm just being honest, and sometimes a little bit more particular, especially nowadays. And what happens is, as they continue in their lives, they tend to give more importance to others than themselves. Whether it's your children, your spouse, or whoever else at work, the boss or the CEO, or whoever else it is, remember
one thing you come first, that's something you can you can actually,
you know, sign off sick, because you're not feeling well, there's nothing wrong, you come first, because you cannot carry on like a motor. We are not motors, we're not machines, we are human beings, we need rest. Sometimes we need pampering, we need a little bit of relaxation, a holiday a break. It's important. It's very good because for our health, it's it rejuvenates. And really does help in so many ways. My brothers and sisters, it's an honor to be here this afternoon. And I know I've said a very few words of encouragement. But I feel that I like to take care of my own health, mainly because well the two reasons, two reasons. And they might be more but the main reasons one is
because it's a duty from Allah subhanho wa Taala. But to his for myself, that's what it is, I can be a better Muslim, I can think better, I can reach out to humanity in a better way. When I know that I'm feeling better. Obviously, it's in the hands of Allah, you pray to Allah, but you try your best, you try to eat healthy, you try to deal with whatever Health Matters you have, as soon as you can. Don't wait and delay. And this is because you as a better person, you're a healthier person, you will be able to be much more effective in whatever roles you are playing in your life. And I've seen this for myself. And I'd like to think that the sisters, generally Allah subhanho wa Taala has
created the female in a way that the concern they have and the mercy they have in their hearts towards others and towards the other creatures of the Almighty perhaps is of a higher level.
So in the interim, they tend to forget about themselves. And this is something it's the third time I'm sending it to this talk. And it's not for no reason. It's because it definitely does happen. Think about it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all ease and goodness. So the body being a gift, Allah is going to take it away health is definitely a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala and that's how we look at it as believers because when you have it, what did you do with it? A day will come when perhaps you are affected in that regard. What did you do in order to look after yourself and
Then how did you deal with a crisis when you tried your best? And still you were failing in that battle? May Allah protect us? Did you still have hope? Did you still give others hope? I've come across stories on the
news feeds where they've been, you know, should I say, is it heroines, or perhaps actresses, and so on, who've been through.
So panela Health Matters, thinking and pondering
over the future, or thinking about the future, and they thought to themselves, or a few of them thought to themselves, you know what, we'd rather go through this now instead of going through it later on. And obviously, it's, it might not be the right thing to do for everyone. But that was something we learned from it that a lot of people are concerned about the future, if it's genetically proven that it's coming down, perhaps you need to be much more, should I say bothered about it than the others, because it would affect you, perhaps greater possibility probability than others, but it may not affect you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, help us to understand, the point
that I'm raising right now is, if a person is effective, we need to have opened the mercy of Allah, we will seek medication. And we need to know that as believers, we should have the conviction within us that the cure is the Almighty, but he has given us the capacity to do X amount to do a certain amount we can go to the doctors, we can seek medication, we will perhaps, you know, do whatever we can, the rest is in the hands of the Almighty. Nobody can ever claim to be a true believer, when they have left everything in the hands of the Almighty. And they say, oh, maker, you are the cure, are you Joe and the Almighty says, but the doctor was right next door, and I placed him there. Why
didn't you go to him, I placed him there. So this is what we say, let's not have false hope. In the Almighty, it should be the correct hope. And the correct hope is made up of utilizing the capacity you have to do whatever you can and then leave the rest in the hands of the Almighty. And when we start whatever we are doing is in the name of the Almighty anyway, so to encourage the others, or those who are affected is also part and parcel of our duty. That's what I'm doing this afternoon. So Pamela, and what it does is it quantizes us It makes us feel as well how blessed we are because a person does not value health until and unless they are affected themselves or someone close to them
or whom they know is affected. And from this, we then become closer to the almighty we appreciate the health we have, whilst we're healthy, we can then do as much as we can, in order to ensure that we don't waste that particular health. The same applies to our age, our life. We are all alive, a day will come when we won't be alive. That's a fact. I mean, nobody can say you dooming us because we're not dooming you we just mentioned in reality, but the winner is he or she who's used that life in a way that they've touched as many people as possible such that when they return to their maker, they've served their maker and serve the maker through reaching out to the rest of the creatures of
the same maker. And this is a winner. So May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who win. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all, it's important for us to pray, not just for ourselves. This is what a believer should be doing. You pray for everyone. You pray for humanity at large. And then you pray for your brothers and sisters in faith. And then your brothers and sisters and relatives who are related to bloodwise. So there are different circles. But it doesn't mean that you just sit in you pray for yourself or just for your own closed circle. Reach out to others we are taught as believers that every time you pray for someone else, the angels pray for you or ask for
the same thing for you. So you're saying oh luck to that person. And the angels are saying, Oh luck, you're the same person or like you're this person who's calling out for other people whose prayer whose prayer is more valuable. I'd like to think the prayer of the angels and this is why I always say
call out for others in order to earn a prayer from the angel, the angels. If that is the lowest point you've got to I hope you understand what I just said. Some or we are taught to call out for them whether the angels are praying for you or not, it's the feeling you have. But if it really gets to rock bottom where that is what has driven you to do it. So be hit at least you've got there. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and ease as you know, I can keep on talking but I hope these few words have motivated you. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grow and cure to all those who are struggling and suffering with breast cancer. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us
to detect this very early so that we
We can deal with it, if he has written for it to happen to us. May He helped us go through it in a way that when we meet him, ultimately, we will be in paradise. And I want to end with one more thing. And that is, every moment you enjoy whilst you are ill, or going through a sickness. Remember that that is expiation of bad deeds. And at the same time, elevation, elevation. Sometimes people might say, Well, I didn't do anything bad. So what is this all about? It's not a punishment, that's wrong for people to say, Oh, this woman was punished because she's being so evil. That is actually the worst statement that could be uttered. In fact, when Allah loves you, he tests you, Mohammed,
Salah Salem says, Allah either bad, Allah, when Allah loves you, he tests you. So your heart is softened, and you get so close to him. So if you are to return to Him, you will have returned with a softened heart. And this is what will drive you to paradise. When we've been through an illness, we will definitely reach out to others who are struggling with the same illness later on. If you're a survivor, perhaps a lot of you are here this afternoon because you're survivors or you know, people close to you who've been through it who have either survived or perhaps lost their lives. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant them all paradise.
But the truth is, the truth is, every time we go through some form of difficulty, it is elevation of our status. We should be coming closer to Allah. Don't become angry with the almighty never. He chooses for you your tests asking to make it easy for you to pass. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all cure. May He Bless you all and may He bless humanity or sallallahu wasallam albaraka Allen Amina Mohammed was Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.