Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2019
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Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh My brothers my sisters Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah He was happy Germaine, in order to achieve contentment, Allah has prescribed fasting and in order to Bukhara in verse number 183 Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Yeah, Are you loving? Amano katiba la cama cama katiba Elena de cobre Nicola Allah Co. O you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you just like it was prescribed upon those before you in order that you may develop your relationship with the almighty in order that you achieve consciousness in order that you achieve Tacuba, my brothers and sisters, if you take a look at this,
when we fast, how would we achieve contentment? Number one, we calm down. Number two, we realize that it's not all about filling our own bellies alone. We control we achieve discipline and that's how you get contentment. We become compassionate, because when I'm hungry, I start thinking about others who are hungry. And I start thinking about those who don't have food at all. When I think of them, and I develop my relationship with the Almighty, I will automatically reach out to them by giving them a little bit of what the Almighty has blessed me with. And this goes back to the point we raised were by reaching out to those who don't have, we would actually be achieving contentment
and happiness. So it's amazing how the fasting is all connected to achieving contentment. If you are conscious of the Almighty, and if you have developed your relationship with the Almighty, you will definitely gain contentment. Another thing during the fast we are taught to be careful of what we say what we utter. You say words that will please Allah, the remembrance of Allah all sorts of good words, and you make sure you stay away from bad words.
The reason why you have to stay away from bad words is because by mentioning or saying bad words, you're going to hurt people's feelings. When you hurt someone's feelings you will not be able to achieve contentment. So this is why the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him tells us Malema da cola Zhu Li will Allah be he will Jalla Felisa de la ha jetan fee and yet the AMA shaba
whoever does not leave false witness and bad words, wrong words, evil words during the fast Allah subhanho wa Taala does not need the fact that they have stayed away from food and drink, they have actually wasted their time. So if you watch your mouth and you only say good words to your spouse, to your children, to your family members, to those whom you work with, to those whom you interact with, etc, you will definitely achieve a calmness and contentment, all this the training of which we receive during the month of Ramadan, what a beautiful blessed month. Similarly, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us how important it is not to react and retaliate to someone who's
abused us in any way, in a way that would create a bigger problem. When you are fasting, you should go out of your way to say, I am fasting. You've sworn me but I am fasting, I'm not going to swear back and I'm going to train myself to become a better person, even while I'm not fasting, amazing. Which means even during the days, I'm not going to be fasting later on, I will still be have this high level of morality, high values and so on. So my brothers and sisters immediately after the verses of fasting, and I've spoken to you very briefly about how we can attain contentment through fasting. Immediately after that the almighty makes mention of something very, very powerful.
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When my worshipers ask you about me ask you meaning Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam about me, tell them I'm very near.
I'm very near. I respond to the call of those who are calling out to me asking me so ask me and I will respond. Imagine the Almighty is telling us how important it is to call out to Him for our needs. When you have a need you first call out to the Almighty. You ask the almighty you make sure that you call out to Him alone. And you make sure that you
content just by the call why content? He may give you what you want. And if he knows it's not good for you, you are so convinced and you have so much in terms of belief in the Almighty, that you will know. He didn't give it to me because perhaps it wasn't the right time. Perhaps it wasn't the right thing. Perhaps it wasn't good for me at all. So we called out we receive the reward by calling out and you know what, when we called out we know that Allah subhanho wa Taala has heard that particular do and supplication and so we were satisfied in Ramadan and outside Ramadan we call out to Allah in Ramadan cola to Allah more. Imagine Allah creates needs within us so that we can develop a
relationship with him. If we didn't have those needs, would we be calling out to Allah, many people whose lives seem to be flowing and smooth, they don't even call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. In fact, they don't even fulfill their own obligations unto Allah subhanho wa Taala. Hence, they lose contentment. They lose that happiness, you cannot achieve happiness. If you don't have a link with the one who's made you. It might be a temporary feeling of joy. It might be a temporary happiness, but it's not a deep rooted contentment within the heart. And this is why the almighty tells us about calling out to Allah subhanho wa Taala just after having spoken about the month of Ramadan, and the
fasting of Ramadan. Do you know the term Shahada, Ramadan, is actually mentioned in verse number 185 off sort of Bukhara where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Shahada Ravana nadie.
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The reason why it's known as the month of the Quran is the Quran was revealed in this month. So there is a greater reward to give importance to the Quran during this month. My brothers and sisters I encourage you to pick up the Quran on a daily basis during the month of Ramadan, read a page or two at least a little bit more perhaps read the meanings of it, try and understand it put it into practice and try to convey that message to others you will definitely achieve contentment. If you want happiness. You cannot afford to divorce yourself from the recitation of the Quran and the connection with the Quran. Even through its understanding, and much more. So my brothers and
sisters, after mentioning the Quran and the month of Ramadan and the dua and the importance of supplication, here is another point of achievement of contentment. The months of Hajj immediately after that. Allah says Allah had Jewish Home
Wow. Allah says do you know how much is actually within specific months? So the month of Hajj commence immediately after the month of Ramadan? Because Allah wants you to gain contentment. Go back and look at the sacrifice of your forefathers. Look at the sacrifice of Ibrahim alayhis salam, look at the sacrifice of so many others who Pinilla take a look at how life was for them how the water came about for his marine and alayhis salam and his mother hotjar May Allah subhanho wa Taala his blessings be upon them and all of us too. And so you start preparing for the Hajj and during the Hajj as well Allah subhanho wa Taala reminds us of something very very interesting he says
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There is no harm in seeking from the virtue of Allah subhanho wa Taala there is no harm in doing business. And this is speaking about during the time of Hajj, however,
there is a time when you should not do business. What is this time? So Allah subhanho wa Taala is trying to encourage us or instructing us in fact, to draw the balance to strike the balance. On one hand, he says there is nothing wrong to do business. But when you get to arafa, you should actually focus on what you're doing. My brothers and sisters, the lesson of contentment in this is you we need to know where to draw the line when it comes to the dean and the dunya. When it comes to the the the the spirituality, the religious side and the worldly side. If you don't know how to draw the line or where to draw the line, you will never achieve contentment. So Allah says you can do
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This day of Hajj, cut it, stop it and concentrate on Allah.
The same applies to us on a daily basis. Your Salah, you cannot remain watching your football match or watching a movie or doing anything else, while the prayer is going on, you should know that this is a line let me put this aside, get to Allah, I'll get contentment. And who knows your team might win. But at the same time, you we would actually be from those who've pleased Allah, nothing was gonna run away, but you might die you might leave that might be your last opportunity to actually do that act of worship and engage in it and you didn't you delayed it. So no way to draw the line. The same applies in our relationships. We're busy on our phones, we're busy with another relationship
leaving our wives and our family members not spending time with them. You need to know where to draw the line. And this is the lesson of contentment that is derived from the point that Allah has given us to say, you can do business by you can buy and sell when it comes to alpha. And as you are engaged as you are supposed to be engaged in the vicar of Allah subhanho wa Taala was delivered etc. You quit and cut the business because now you concentrate on something else. You need to know where and how to draw the lines. So my brothers and sisters, it is something amazing that's why Allah says yeah,
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ob. O you who believe enter into submission in totality not just a little bit. You don't just follow one or two things and expect contentment. You want contentment, enter into submission in totality and don't follow the path of the devil. For indeed he is an outright clear open enemy. So here we go. My brothers and sisters, we have such a beautiful reminder where Allah saying submit in totality and you will achieve contentment May Allah grant us that contentment akula Kali hava or sallallahu wasallam ah Baraka ala nabina. Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah Vina
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