Contentment from Revelation Series 2019 – EP01 – The Opening Chapter
Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2019
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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh. My brothers and sisters, we have a beautiful series entitled contentment from Revelation. The idea is to go through the Koran and to look at how we can achieve contentment through the verses of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We are all searching for happiness, for contentment and for success. In order to achieve this, the Almighty has revealed so many verses and so many books, so many scriptures. It's up to us to go through this and to understand the plan of the Almighty. When we understand the plan of the Almighty, we will definitely be able to achieve contentment. Remember one thing the almighty when He created us did not promise
us that we will be the most wealthy or we will be the most influential etc. But rather he promises us that if you were to follow what I tell you, you will be happy you will be content, maybe Almighty grant us all contentment, I'm going to start off by looking at the first surah of the Quran, where Allah subhanho wa Taala starts off in a unique and beautiful way. Do you know when we're commencing the recitation of the Quran the first thing we should be reciting or reading is
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I seek refuge in Allah from shape on the accussed that is the first thing we should be commencing with because if shavon or the devil is within your life, you cannot achieve contentment. The first thing you should do and I should do is seek the help of Allah, that he protects us from shaytaan, the accussed from the devil, from the whispers of the devil, I'm just about to start reading revelation, I need to protect myself from the devil contaminating my mind. Hence, I may miss understand the verses or lest I misunderstand the verses and perhaps deviate. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So that's the first thing we read. Immediately after that, in order to achieve
contentment. Again, we start off in the most blessed way taught to us by Allah subhanho wa Taala. On one hand, we've sought protection in Allah from shape on the accussed. And now listen to what we say Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Subhan Allah, that is amazing. If you pause for a moment and think about the calmness and the contentment in what Allah has taught us. It is so beautiful In the Name of Allah, the One who is merciful in a specialized way, the one who is merciful in a very, very broad way. In fact a ramen is a is a broad Mercy of Allah. And Rahim is a specialized Mercy of Allah. So he is reminding of us of His mercy. He
says, we should never lose hope in his mercy. always understand the mercy of Allah. It will fill us with hope. It will fill us with goodness, we will be contented and happy when we've understood the mercy of Allah. Let's go into the first verse
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These verses Allah subhanho wa Taala starts the Quran with the surah or the chapter is known as sudo to Fatiha the opening Surah Fatiha means to open and Fatiha the opening surah. If you look at this surah Allah says, All praise is due to Allah. Who is Allah? Allah, Allah mean he immediately says, the one who created and the one who is in absolute control of entire existence. He is the worshipped one, the one who is old worship. And then he describes himself who is he? When I say All praise is due to Allah, people want to know who is Allah? If you don't recognize them, how can you achieve contentment? So he chooses to describe himself? Firstly by saying Rabbil alameen I created and I'm
in absolute control of every aspect of the existence of that creation. Subhan Allah, The minute you understand this, you surrendered to Him, you understand? I'm going to go back to him. This is why Allah says All praise is due to him and him alone. And because life is filled with challenges and difficulties. He reminds us immediately after that he chooses to say Rahmani Raheem. This is the second time we're hearing this. One of it is or the first was when we were starting with the name of Allah. We use the different
scription or we use the qualities Rahman and Rahim again, he uses Rahman Rahim, reminding us of His mercy, reminding us of how merciful he is upon us. My brothers and sisters, sometimes we take for granted the mercy of Allah upon us. He is indeed very merciful. He is indeed so kind, he has given us so much that we didn't even ask for that is the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then he continues to say, Malaga omit the name. He is the Owner of the Day of Judgment.
The minute we understand the concept of the Day of Judgment, we understand accountability. If you understand accountability, you behave yourself. You do good deeds, you actually make sure that you are conscious of the fact that you're going to be asked and questioned about everything. But because you've heard about his mercy, you know, that he is going to forgive you ever you've sought forgiveness. All this brings about the contentment of the heart, the contentment of the soul. you've recognized your maker, you understand His mercy, and you're aimed at winning on the Day of Judgment. What more do you want? Just in these few verses, we've encapsulated what the entire Koran stands
for. It's amazing. And this is why my brothers and sisters when we read Surah Fatiha time and again, we take for granted these beautiful reminders of Allah subhanho wa Taala we don't go deep enough to ponder over them. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala keeps reminding us of the same thing. Do you know the most important thing that happens to be in this particular Surah Surah Fatiha is actually a supplication. Do you know what Allah says?
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If we call out to the almighty knowing he created us, he's in control of every aspect of existence. And we know that he is the Owner of the Day of Judgment. It's only correct that we asked him to keep guiding us to the straight path. And we repeat this supplication every day, so many times a day.
Guide us to the straight path. If you don't supplicate in this way, your five daily prayers are not complete. You have to say in every unit of that prayer, guide me to the straight path Guide us to the straight path through the recitation of Surah Fatiha so my brothers and sisters, keep calling out to Allah. When you call out to Allah, He will definitely reach out to you. If you don't call out to Allah, you are not going to be able to achieve that contentment, understand he's in control, understand what he wants from you. Do you know when we've called out to Allah subhanho wa Taala and we believe in Him firmly. It brings us towards the rest of the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala
that kindness towards them is what comes from us. Because we've understood that Allah made me and he made all the other creatures as well. And this is why in the next surah which is sort of Bukhara Allah subhanho wa Taala describes in a beautiful way. He says in verse number three, and levena You mean una belhaj boy up Muna Salah Omarosa, whom Yun Fei Khun What a beautiful way of wording it, he speaks about the believers, those who really believe those who really want that guidance. You've asked for guidance. Are you sincere? Well, if you've asked for the guidance, you're going to believe in the unseen we already believe in the unseen what is the unseen I believe in my Lord, my maker, I
believe in the angels I believe that good and bad comes from him. I believe whatever Allah has told me, regarding the day of judgment and the fact that when I die, I'm going to return to the one who made me the one whom I was with even prior to me being born. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying those who believe in the unseen those are the successful ones. They believe in the unseen What else do they need to do? You want the guidance, you want the contentment, you must believe in the unseen. Secondly, you must establish your prayer to develop your relationship with Allah. If you develop your relationship with your maker, you will definitely be from among those who achieve contentment,
because you've developed your relationship with your maker. That is something amazing. So, one, you've actually believed in the unseen, too. You have developed your relationship with your maker through the establishment of prayer. And the third, you've reached out to others by spending, what the Almighty is giving you.
So what you've understood now and what I've understood is whatever I have is from Allah, if that is from Allah, I should spend it on other creatures that Allah has created as well. This is why Allah says Swami moroccanoil home Yun ficou they spend from that which we have bestowed upon them. If you'd like contentment, my brothers and sisters understand that all the wealth that you have is
Allah, it was never from you. It was never due to you or your intelligence, that intelligence was given by Allah. So the root of it all is from Allah. Allah says, I've given you to test you. Are you going to spend it upon those who need or are you going to become miserly? No one has achieved contentment by being miserly by being stingy by being selfish, but rather people have achieved contentment by becoming very, very generous.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was known as a very generous person. He was more generous in the month of Ramadan, when jabril alayhis salam used to come to him that generosity used to show it is described as even more generous than that of the wind when it blows. Because when the wind blows, it reaches everyone. The same way the generosity of the Prophet peace be upon him was such that everyone benefited from it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has taught us so much. One of the primary things we learn is the first instruction that Allah has mentioned in the Quran. If you want to look at the first instruction that Allah has mentioned in
the Quran, look no further than verse number 21 of Surah Baqarah where Allah says, Yeah, are you
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