Contentment from Revelation Series 2019 – EP10 – Prohibitions
Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2019
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Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah. While early he was happy, he Jemaine my brothers and sisters, when the Almighty has prohibited something at times, we are tested by that thing dangling in front of us so accessible, it's right within our reach. There's a reason for that. Allah says when you stay away for our sake, we're going to grant you contentment you will be a happy person, when Allah is prohibited things that gets to a point when you shall be tested regarding that thing. Do you really believe in Allah? So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about something very interesting and similar to
the Merida. Do you know during a Haram, Haram, meaning the condition we get into in order to fulfill the minor or major pilgrimage
during that time, we're not allowed to hunt. So Allah says hunting is prohibited. That's a test from Allah. He could have said it's allowed, he could have said it's not allowed. He decided to say it's not allowed. We believe that that is the ruling. So Allah says, while you're while you're in that condition, we're going to send a few beautiful hunting animals in front of you. It's amazing how Allah says this. He says, in order to test you if you really are conscious of Allah in the unseen, no one's watching. Do you still follow the rule? People are watching, do you still follow the rule? You're in the condition you're not supposed to be doing something that is otherwise permissible? Do
you still follow the rule? Just because it is accessible? Do you just break the rule? This rule applies to everything that the Almighty has laid down in terms of law and in terms of do's and don'ts. So my brothers and sisters remember Allah subhanho wa Taala says, verse number 94 of this beautiful Surah Surah Toma either Yeah, are you hella Vina Magnolia Bella como la mina soy de tener eternalblue ad Kumari ma Hong Kong Lia llama la who may have been annoying. You who believe we will test you, we will test you with some of the hunting animals being accessible being at reach of your spears and arrows, in order to know whether you actually are conscious of Allah, even while no one
is looking or in the unseen.
So my brothers and sisters, let's tell ourselves let's, let's remind ourselves of this beautiful
teaching of Allah subhanho wa Taala for us to achieve contentment.
You know what, when Allah has prohibited something, consider it prohibited. Even if it is easy for you to do, don't do it and see the contentment that you will achieve by being conscious of Allah and pleasing Allah subhanho wa Taala This is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, are you who believe be conscious of yourself, be worried about yourself more than you are of others. One of the biggest problems and one of the reasons why we lose contentment is we tend to focus on the lives of others. Don't do that focus on your own life. Remember, if you want contentment, stop focusing on the lives of others. Focus on yourself. Listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says, verse number 105 of
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of you who believe, concentrate on yourselves. what others are doing will not harm you, if you yourself are rightly guided. Amazing, amazing. Imagine we're looking for contentment in the verses of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We lose sleep over what Allah has given someone else. We concentrate on others, their good points, their weak points, we are so upset because of what's happening in their lives. Stop it. If you really want contentment, you must make sure that you are concentrating on yourself. How is my relationship with Allah? Look at what Allah has given me. He has given me so many things without me asking him Imagine if Allah subhanho wa Taala had to only give you what you
asked for many of us would be blind. The reason is, we haven't asked Allah for eyes, he just gave them to us. We haven't asked Allah for ears and noses and the good function of it. It's only when things get taken away from us that we become conscious of what Allah has given us. So let's become conscious of it even before it is taken away. In fact, in Sharla, it won't be taken away, but you will achieve contentment you look at what Allah has given you. And you realize it's priceless. So panela The problem is, like I said, we concentrate on others and therefore we lose
Let's move on to Serato and an insular Tolan am Allah subhanho wa Taala says so many things, verse number 52. He tells us to respect all those who are trying to earn the pleasure of Allah as well, whether they're rich or the poor, whether they're black or white, no matter what color they are, no matter what ethnicity, etc, I could add, no matter what nationality they are, what part of the globe they come from, Subhan Allah, Allah, Allah tells Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, wala de todo de la Vina, they own our bamboo. beloved to Allah God do.
Amazing don't chase away those who are calling out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Those who are calling out to Allah subhanho wa Taala day and night,
seeking the pleasure of Allah. There is a reason of revelation for this particular verse. The prophets Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam during his time. Yes, there were a few poor people who had accepted Islam. And because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was reminded to say, these are VIPs these are very important people, they could be poor, they could be dark in complexion, they could be from anywhere on the globe. That doesn't make them people who are not worth the mercy of Allah. They are actually close to Allah trying to earn the pleasure of Allah. How many of us are racist? If you'd like contentment? Cut it out? Cut it out. Don't ever judge people based on their
complexion? If you want contentment, do not judge people based on their race or complexion. If you do that, contentment will be snatched away from you by the one who's given those people that contentment. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us, we need to revisit this whole topic. We need to talk about it more often. Each one of us should look into our hearts and tell ourselves do I discriminate? If I do? What type of contentment do I want? The Creator who made me made them perhaps they are closer to Allah than I am, then you are my brothers and sisters, that's not good enough. We must make sure we cut it out. We must make sure that we actually earn the pleasure of Allah by
treating people fairly with respect by not chasing them away simply because we think this person is a beggar. This person's you know, cheap this person's this and that with derogatory terms don't do that. You never know in the eyes of Allah, how close they may be to Allah subhanho wa Taala and we chase them away. This is why Allah instructs us and he warns us in this regard, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was told in a few verses later, verse number 54, of sudo, to Langham
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When the people who believe come to you greet them with a beautiful greeting, no matter who they are, no matter what complexion they are, no matter what color they are, no matter what standing they have in society and community. All that becomes irrelevant. The fact that they believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala you treat them equally Subhana Allah, you treat them absolutely equally, and you greet them with that beautiful greeting. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease and tell them that Allah subhanho wa Taala has written mercy upon himself. He has made mercy one of his qualities, tell them that give them hope in the mercy of Allah. If you want contentment. Don't do people. Don't
do people. If you'd like contentment, give people hope. give them hope in the mercy of Allah. Allah has written mercy for himself, tell them remind them and remember if they were to turn a lot and be hopefully in the mercy of Allah, you will achieve a lot beginning with the contentment, the smile. Imagine people leave bad habits because you gave them hope in the mercy of Allah, you're going to have a good night's sleep Mashallah, you're going to be smiling all on your own. People might not know why you're why you're smiling. But you know, Allah knows. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and contentment. So remember, when we see people who believe Yes, we greet them with a
Salam aleikum. When when they're disbelievers when there are others you may want to have a greeting that may not be a Salam aleikum, but perhaps some other greeting. Remember one thing if you were to greet a non Muslim with Assalamu alaykum at times you may offend the person I know of people who have been offended because their friends might think oh, this person just reverted to Islam and they perhaps haven't. So Allah tells us you greet with the greeting Assalamu alaykum greet the believers with that greeting. Others may be offended by it and who knows. We ask Allah to guide them to grant them goodness, it doesn't mean we're discriminating but it does mean we're taking into consideration
what people would actually be affected by in a negative way. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness and help us to reach out to humanity at large with goodness with kindness.
In a way that Allah subhanho wa Taala grants us and them the guidance that we are so much searching for, and the contentment that we would like. So Allah subhanho wa Taala then tells us something so powerful.
You know, when people are sitting and discriminating when people are saying something bad when they're speaking evil, when they're actually engaged in the displeasure of Allah, Allah tells us, don't sit with them. Don't be from amongst them, if you're not going to be able to remind them and if you're not going to be able to talk to them. And if you're not going to be able to help them out of the bad that they're engaged in while sitting in a group, then you better walk away. If you want contentment, don't be a part of it, express your protest. You protested and you walked away. And this is why Allah says in verse number 68, of Surah Al Anam
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He had it in a very beautiful verse, When you see those who are engaged in sin or who are speaking bad about the verses of Allah or Allah or the deen or anything to do with what Allah has instructed us. When you see them engaging in all of that, then walk away from them, turn away from them until they change their speech to something that is different from what they were engaging in. If you are to sit with him, you become like him, if you are to agree with them, if you are to actually not show the protest, then Allah subhanho wa Taala obviously tells us you would lose contentment because you become a part of them. May Allah protect us and grant us the strength to be able to walk away when
something bad is happening, if we cannot correct them. But to start off with, we should try to correct them. We should try to rectify them, remind them, tell them Look, don't speak about this. don't engage in this. You walk away until they change and until they speak that which is respectable, respectful, that which is filled with goodness and kindness. We shouldn't be a party to those who are engaging in that which earns the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah grant us contentment and goodness akula Kali hada wa sallahu wa salam o Baraka, Allah Nabina Muhammad levena Manu Adama in
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