Channel: Mufti Menk
Friday Jumu’ah Lecture from Al Manaar Centre in Dubai on the topic of “Cleanliness”. Some important aspects of this topic have been raised in a simple way.
My brothers and sisters in Islam, the first advice that is the most beneficial advice that is repeated so often. And it is that which is needed by one and all is the advice to be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala also known as dako ally, it is important for us to develop the consciousness of Allah, if you would like to be saved from the calamities of this world, and the hardship of the grave and the difficulties of the Hereafter, you need to be conscious of Allah, you need to develop the fear of Allah with love. What that means is when you love Allah subhanho wa Taala so much, you will not want to displease him, therefore, you will not engage in that which he has prohibited. So
this is the development of taqwa taqwa is the fear of Allah coupled with the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala where you love Allah so much that you don't do things that will displease him. Remember this, and you are always conscious of the fact that you are going to return to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Today, I wish to speak about cleanliness. And you and I know when we say cleanliness, the first thing that comes to our minds is to have clean clothes to look smart to look prune and to look proper. However, in Islam, cleanliness is probably one of the deepest topics you can have. Because to clean your belief is probably the most important aspect of cleanliness, where if a person
associates partners with Allah, if a person engages in any form of polytheism, then their act of worship will be dirty, it will be unclean, it will be impure, it will be rejected by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, when we talk about cleanliness, clean your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala To start with, make sure when you do deeds, you do them for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala similarly, clean your relationship with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam how do you do that? By accepting him truly as a prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as a messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala What does it mean people might say well, I believe in Muhammad sallallahu alayhi
wasallam I am saying believe in Him truly because to say la ilaha illa Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah wa salatu salam is very easy, but to adopt the method and the style and the teaching of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as best as possible, is not so easy, which means to be able to clean our acts of worship from innovation is actually a part of cleanliness from a different aspect.
People don't talk about this, when they speak about cleanliness, when they speak about purity. These are pure deeds. A pure deed is a deed that has two main qualities. Number one, it is done for Allah number two, it is done according to the teaching of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So this is something that is really important. We definitely need to look into the relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we definitely need to look into the relationship we have with the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and do we really consider him as a messenger? If we did, we would know that he came with a message and we would give importance to that message by learning it
by putting it into practice by teaching it to others by considering it the gift that Allah subhanho wa Taala has bestowed upon us. Similarly, when it comes to goodness, we all know that Allah subhanho wa Taala has asked us to be good and to be kind to one another. Your relationships that you have with fellow human beings need to be clean, cleanliness of the qualities that may overtake the heart sometimes because of the weakness of man or the tempering of the devil or a bit of both. So you have someone who is doing well, instead of congratulating him being happy for him, the dirt of the heart makes us jealous. The dirt of the heart makes us envious in a wrong way. The depth of the heart
makes us deceive makes us cheat makes us backbite makes us do things that are considered filthy, dirty and impure. This is why if you take a look at the verses of purity in some of these verses,
Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of both the outward cleanliness as well as the cleanliness within. Listen to this verse of Surah Baqarah verse number 222, Allah subhanho wa Taala ends the verse by saying, in Allah how you have
been Buddha Hedy, Indeed, Allah loves those who constantly repent, and he loves those who take pride in that cleanliness. He's talking about repentance and cleanliness in the same verse, because repentance will clean you from inside and the other bahara that is being spoken about here is referring to that which is external, you clean the inside and you clean the outside. What is the point of a man or a woman who looks very smart, very clean, very prim and proper outwardly, but no one wants to mix with them. No one wants to talk to them. Because inside their character is impure. It is filthy. It is not clean at all. Their conduct is that which is not exemplary. No one wants to
be near them because their tongue is dirty. Don't we use the language this man's tongue is dirty. What does that mean? It means they don't know how to speak they use vulgar words. My brothers and sisters, how many of us in our own houses and our homes, we use dirty language then we call ourselves Muslim. We call ourselves pure you want you make will do for Salah you wash yourself to pray, you need to watch your mouth because even if you make will do 10 times a day for 10 different prayers that you may have the five compulsory and several other voluntary prayers if your tongue is dirty, you still need to do more to be a good Muslim. Some people think if I read my Salah, that's
okay, I'm a good Muslim, I can swear my wife I can beat people up I can cheat I can steal I can deceive for as long as I'm reading five Salah I am a good Muslim my brothers and sisters do not be deceived by shapen. A good Muslim is he or she who has developed his character and conduct two types of relationships, the relationship you have with Allah and the relationship you have with the rest of the creatures of the same Allah.
The relationship you have with Allah is one and the relationship you have with the rest of the creatures of the same Allah which includes animals. It includes birds, but more importantly human beings. How is your relationship at home, my brothers and sisters control the tongue, clean it, make sure that it is clean it is part of tahara it is part of purity. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us both the tobacco that is being spoken about in this verse, as well as the external cleanliness so that we can be clean inside out and a pleasure to interact with when someone is clean inside out. That is the best person you can interact with most pleasing you are happy to mix with them to
befriend them you will get goodness from them you will learn cleanliness from them and purity and you will enjoy a beautiful relationship. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who improve ourselves.
And this is why
if we take a look at Sahih Muslim that Hadith says up to hooroo Chateau de man
cleanliness is a large part of faith shutter sometimes refers to half
half of it. Why? Why does Allah say this to Hannah hautala through the blessing glyphs of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam because it is far more than simple external cleanliness.
If someone says make sure you are clean, we think of one small aspect of cleanliness. Sometimes the mind is dirty. Sometimes the tongue is dirty. Sometimes the way we use our eyes is dirty. Sometimes our habits are dirty. This is what dirt refers to. When people say clean yourself, clean your mind. We have dirty thoughts. We look at people we think the dirtiest things, have a good thought. Clean your mind. Remember this What's the point of washing so much with soap, but your mind needs to be washed with a different type of soap. You need to clean your mind do not have a dirty mind when you see a person of the opposite sex for example, think respectful thoughts do not think dirty cheap
thoughts because that is part of cleanliness. When you have
In your mind, when you see people think of the best possible thing in Islam, it is called a smooth one, to have a good perception of someone when they're doing something by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. I've just given you an example of cleaning the mind. But voila, hey, my brothers and sisters, even when we go to places we need to clean our act. We need to make sure we go to good places halaal that which will earn the pleasure of Allah. I promise you, none of us knows in what condition we will die. keep on asking Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us death in such a way that we are in his obedience at that time. I mean, imagine the person who sins his act is dirty. May
Allah not do such that we die during the worst of our days. Allahumma JAL Hara yamina our Kira Kira Medina How are tema Oh Allah make the best of our days, the last days before we leave and make the best of our deeds, the last deeds before you take us away. That is a beautiful day.
Also, my brothers and sisters you know when it comes to the five daily prayers, we make hoodoo that is the ablution there is a hadith where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam speaks about and this is what if upon Allah, He speaks about a river. Do you see if there was a river that one of you would use to wash yourself five times a day? Do you think any dirt would be left on that person?
If you are washing yourself from a flowing river with clean pure water five times a day, do you think there will be any dirt left on that person? And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam heard the answer from the companions they said no, he will not be dirty he will be clean. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that is the similarity of your five Salah Allah cleans you outside and inside through your five Salah how outside because you did the EU and inside because your Salah if it is correct, in
Salah itself will prohibit you from immorality and evil. So you are claimed inside as well. If you fulfill your Salah correctly, you will be forgiven by Allah and you will be clean externally too. This is important and this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
when he spoke about a certain companion, he told his companions that a man will come to you a man will enter here who will be a man from Jenna and this Hadith, Rama mama man, it is in the Muslim of
the Sahaba. They are wondering this man will be a man from gentlemen.
Later on, when they found out the qualities of this man, they found out that he does not have hatred in feeling in his heart against any fellow believer. He has a clean heart. He is a person who makes sure that in his heart, he does not have dirt. This shows us that when you have a good heart, that heart which worships Allah alone, that heart which follows the example of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam and that heart which has a clean feeling towards the rest of us. Then you deserve genital fielder's. You deserve paradise. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us the best of this world and the next remember if you would like the best
of this world, you need to work hard. Similarly if you want the best of the Hereafter, you need to work very very hard on your qualities. Just like a person takes great importance in the external cleanliness of himself. And he makes sure he washes his hands after he eats. You know when we eat what do we do? We wash our hands. Imagine shaking someone's hand and the hand is oily and then you smell your hand and it is smelling of the latest Indian food.
How will you feel no matter how tasty that food was for you? It is dirty. Am I right? He cannot say brothers manual hand that was beautiful biryani he cannot say that no matter how beautiful it was. It is considered dirty but when you shake someone's hand and there is a lovely smell of a beautiful perfume. You smell your hand and you say Mashallah Baraka you are happy, right? So Pamela, so much so that there will come a time when you will know that that man if you shake his hand, you will have some injury in your hand. Sometimes it happens you already
Know, this shows that we give importance to the outward smell, we give importance to the outward looks, etc, will lie there is a smell that emanates from within you. There are some people they don't use either. But their smell and scent is so beautiful that you love to be in their company, you love to be with them. And some people, they can use so much of it, but you don't want to go near them because their mouth is foul, their character is foul. We need to understand all these aspects of cleanliness. And this is why the Prophet sallallahu Sallam he speaks about washing the hand before you go to bed. If your hand is not clean, wash your hand and go to bed. Because if something
happens to you while you're sleeping, you have none to blame besides yourself. One might ask what you know sometimes, obviously, nowadays we are fortunate you just switch on the tap and the water comes out. Still we don't wash our hands. But at that time, it was tough. People had to go out walking a little bit to get a little bit of water to wash the hand. Perhaps the soap was not like what we have today, you press a button or you just put your hand under and it comes out because there is a sensor. No, the soap was different. They sometimes used to use a little bit of the mud in order to remove the oiliness from the hand. But if they left the oiliness of the food there was a
possibility that a rodent might bite the hand thinking that it is a some form of food. So when you are bitten at night by a mouse or a rat, don't blame your anyone besides yourself.
The sooner still applies. wash yourself so much so there is a hadith of Allah sallallahu Sallam wherein he says that whoever sleeps in tahara they clean themselves and then they sleep. A lot of points and angel to stand besides that person and make is still far for them for as long as they are sleeping. It's amazing. It is amazing. It is absolutely amazing. My brothers and sisters, try it out. Try it out. clean yourself before you go to bed and see the difference that you will have, you will feel see with what goodness you will get up for salata. fudger, you won't be lazy because you slept in a good condition. Sometimes when we go to sleep, we don't know what is our condition. We
sleep late. We are busy sitting and watching this and that and a lot of the times it's just people kicking a ball from pillar to post and we get excited and we miss our Salah.
And we don't realize you may show an interest when it comes to the ball but that interest cannot be greater than your interest in Serato. It cannot be greater than your interest in your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala so we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us a lesson. Similarly, in the Quran, Allah tells us about cleanliness, together with cleanliness, he talks about beauty. Yeah Bonnie
msgid Oh Children of Adam.
adorn yourselves. When you are going to places of frustration, the Maasai when you are going to fulfill the Salah for the sake of Allah, clean yourself, adorn yourself, make sure you are dressed in a proper way you are coming to visit you will
make sure you are dressed in a way that is acceptable. Those who take pride in their dressing before they stand in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala voila, he they have a special relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala because it is another level. It is a totally different level you are convinced I'm going in front of Allah, let me put something on which is proper, which is good, which is smart, which is clean, which is neat. It doesn't mean I'm just going to the masjid, I can go in my nightclub and it's fine. Maybe your Salah will be done but you don't have a special relationship with Allah. When you have a special relationship, you will make sure that your dress code is
absolutely beautiful. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness when it comes to Salatu joumana. Similarly, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us about through the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, a person who bathes on the day of judgment and washes himself as much as he can and apply some perfume and goes early to the machine without breaking so forth, which means they come so early. When you convert it to the machine, please my brothers you need to fulfill the first rows. When you come early, sit in the front in such a way that when someone comes later, they don't have to disturb you by moving your shoulders to walk in the front. So
It is best for you. You come early and sit near the front. The Heidi says if you knew the reward of the first stuff, the first row, people would actually fight for that stuff. People would actually draw lots in order to get there. Sometimes people say no I came early but never mind. Leave that stuff for someone else no go you will have a reward. Go and you will have a reward. So the prophets of Allah Salaam says, if a person based on the Friday and they clean themselves as much as they can, and they have applied the good perfume, and they come early to the masjid and they read whatever Salah that Allah has made easy for them that which Allah has prescribed and when the Imam comes out,
they are quiet they listen carefully to what has been said. Allah forgives all their minuses between that Juma and the previous Juma.
So Panama, all your minor sins as you're walking out your team, what happened just by virtue of doing what I said now, somehow Allah that Hadith in Sahih al Bukhari we need to understand the power of these words take pride in coming early for Juma Masha Allah, Masha Allah, may Allah make it easy try a few times see how you feel and you will want more and more. We are so fortunate in a country like this one lie. There are some of the masajid around us so many and they are of a very high standard. And they are absolutely clean and so beautiful. While law he you will be asked on the Day of Judgment, there was a Masjid down the road, why did you not go there? online. In other places
people are crying for a mistake. We have it air condition, better carpet than my own house, better facility than my own home, but I did not go there. Why? Develop your link with Allah, my brothers, my sisters, we can do better. This is the house of Allah go you will find the piece that you are searching for will lie. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us is my brothers, my sisters, it is important for us to know that why we are talking about cleanliness. And while we are talking about the issue of purity, we need to also purify the environment that we are living in, we need to make sure that we do not litter the place because that is also a part of cleanliness. Very simple act.
When you are eating something, don't spit it out on the street, when you are eating or drinking something from a packaging, take a moment to put that empty packaging into the right disposing place. Whether it is a bin or whether it is a place that is specialized for the item It is sometimes recycle plastic goes into that particular compartment. Make sure you take a moment to protect the environment. Similarly when it comes to the water and the oceans that Allah has blessed you with, make sure you do not contaminate it with dirt. Make sure that you do not urinate in a place that you are not supposed to be urinating. Make sure that you do not
abuse the environment in such a way that other people will be disturbed by your actions. This is why there is a curse that Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam has made mention of upon a person who relieves himself under the shade of a tree or in the path of the people. It is part of cleanliness, learn. You want to use the toilet, do it properly, clean properly, leave the loo in the condition that you would like to see it when you enter. Remember that it is a golden rule. When you enter the loo the difficulty with a lot of us, we think okay, I just use the toilet when I walk out, nevermind someone will clean it. No, you clean and make sure you leave it in a condition better than when you walked
in or at least the same May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us this is a very important factor that many people take for granted. Similarly, when you are walking on the path, not only you and your mess, but if other people have made a mess. It is the goodness of yourself as a Muslim, to pick up and to clean it if possible. If you have to no problem while you are walking on the street. If you see a rock or an object, someone else dropped it. It came there somehow you were not the person who put it there. But you know this thing is harmful for the people. Maybe they will be hurt or maybe they will be offended by the smell or maybe they might hurt themselves.
or harm their vehicles for you to be able to remove the harm from the road of the people. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says it is a sadaqa it is actually such a big charity. This is mentioned in a double movement by Imam Bukhari, Allahu Allah.
He says the Prophet sallallahu Sallam speaks about the levels of demand, there are so many levels of demand. One of them is when you are so concerned about the others that you clean and remove the harmful object from the road of the people thinking that inshallah I will be rewarded because I will be saving so many other people from this harm. Similarly, as a result of that common logic is you on your path will probably have a beautiful path because someone else would have cleaned that path before you so if we make that a trend, we will benefit because other people will have cleaned the road because of us. And we will have cleaned the road so that others can benefit. This is called an
image Tana. This is called the community, the society, the nation. This is where we benefit one another from this goodness and cleanliness May Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly grant us cleanliness, inside and out and help us to clean the environment in such a way that it becomes pleasant to be living around us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease aku leukomalacia will still feel lonely welcome when he said he loosely mean first of all we know who Allah for him.