Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2019
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Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah what Allah Allah, he was happy here to mine, my brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala has destroyed previous nations for various reasons. And then he tells us that he would not have destroyed certain people, had they turned to him, had they repented, and had they believed and develop their relationship with him. This is something amazing. One might say, why would he want us to develop a relationship with him? If we'd like to protect ourselves from being destroyed? Simple because He created us that's why the one who creates is the one who decides what will happen. So if
you look at sudo to RF, verse number 96, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, while I will enter loco, manual, Taco
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believed and develop their consciousness of Allah. What we know is taqwa. Then we would have opened the Baraka, what are the blessings from the heavens and from the earth for them, but they didn't. So what happened? We destroyed them from this island that if I'd like to achieve contentment, I need two things. I need to believe in Allah and develop a relationship with Allah. Believing in Allah meaning I'm convinced that I came from a maker and I'm going to go back to the maker, and I worship Him alone, and I make sure that I worship him the way he wants me to worship Him. Secondly, developing a relationship with Allah, also known as dako Allah, which includes the consciousness of
Allah. It includes the love of Allah, it includes the fear of the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Once I've developed that, I know that the Almighty will not punish me I will achieve contentment when negatives come in my life. I'm convinced that this is the best thing that could have happened. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam speaks about this. He actually says sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. the affairs of a believer are strange. They're amazing. When good comes in his direction, he thanks Allah, so it's better for him. And when bad befalls him, he is patient, so that is better for him. This is the teaching of Allah subhanho wa Taala through Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
If we would like to achieve contentment, we also need to look into the stories of the previous prophets.
Those whom Allah has destroyed in the past, why Allah subhanho wa Taala destroyed them. What exactly happened? Allah subhanho wa Taala knows and he knows best. So he's made mention of some of this. Take a look at surah, two RF, the surah that we are talking about right now. And we will find the story of the Federal.
The Pharaoh was destroyed for various reasons. We need to look at what happened to him where he was at one stage in his life, what he did that resulted in his downfall. No matter how much he had, he was actually doomed.
He had authority, he had wealth. He had so much on earth and he actually called himself a God. He actually told people to worship him besides Allah. He said He is the God He is the decider. He's the giver of life. He called someone who was in prison and release the person. He brought another person and executed and he says, Look, I gave one life and I actually caused the death of one without realizing Who was he fooling. So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of his destruction he was haughty, he was arrogant. These stories keep repeating themselves in the Quran for us to learn. If you'd like contentment, you need to protect yourself from the qualities of the Pharaoh, sometimes the way we
behave the oppression when we, for example, oppress people, when we are abusive. When we commit any form of sin and crime that is similar to that of the pharaoh even in a lower level or on a lower level, we would definitely lose a lot of the happiness and contentment that we so much need. So that is the reason why Allah Subhana Allah Allah makes mention of the stories such as the one of the Pharaoh. Then Allah says thereafter, verse number 146, of sudo to the heart of Allah says,
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Allah subhanho wa Taala. No matter how many signs they see, they won't understand they won't look they won't comprehend. They won't take heed because they are haughty. If you want guidance, one of the qualities you need is to drop and to cut out the arrogance and the haughtiness. Don't think you're annoyed at all. Keep searching for guidance. look at Revelation again and again, keep looking at it and asking yourself, Am I following what Allah and His Messenger want me to follow?
Then a day will come when you will be rightly guided, you will be able to achieve contentment and happiness because you're following the truth. The moment you know the truth, the truth comes about with satisfaction with contentment. with conviction, that belief brings about a sense of happiness and joy. And it brings about a firm sense of security. I'm secure from the harm within this world as well as that which may come in the hereafter. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, a levina, Taka Barona for those who are arrogant and haughty on Earth. Our signs are turned away from them, they don't see them they don't take heed. May Allah subhanahu Allah grant us ease. Look at the people at the time
of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who heard the verses recited by him to them. When he recited the verses to them, they still didn't accept the message, some of them because of their haughtiness, their love of this worldly material life, to the degree that they forgot there was a maker they were going to return to. That's why they lost contentment. as wealthy as Abu Jahan was, he was not a happy man, as wealthy as Abu lahab was, he wasn't a health a happy men. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala
reminds us very gently to say Do you know what Allah you need to study His names, his qualities in order to recognize him? Allah subhanho wa Taala says, verse number 180 of surah RF
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Indeed, Allah has beautiful names, Beautiful Names. So call him using these names. That is Allah, He is telling us you will gain closeness to Allah using the names of Allah, studying the names of Allah and understanding them, memorizing them, my brothers and sisters, we're talking about contentment. I promise you if you were to study the names of Allah, not only will you guarantee your contentment in this world, but you will guarantee your place in general for those in paradise.
Because the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, indeed, whoever is to study 99 Names of Allah subhanho wa Taala, memorize them, protect them, learn them, use them to call out to Allah, they will be granted paradise because now you've recognized your maker. And that's the whole purpose of creation is for us to recognize the maker to worship Him alone, to turn to Him. And that's it. SubhanAllah in that particular case, we would be doing good and abstaining from bad, we would be the most content of people. May Allah Subhana Horta, Allah grant us that success. So I encourage you to look into the names of Allah, repeat them, learn them, see them, memorize them, and you need to know exactly what
they entail. That will bring about a lot of comfort. I'll give you an example. When a person is sick and ill, they would call out to Allah using the names following this instruction that Allah says I have Beautiful Names, use them to call out to me, the Almighty is the name of Allah, the owner of cure is the name of Allah, the owner of sustenance is the name of Allah. So a Shafi arzak
Rahim Allah man, the Most Merciful, the most forgiving and so on. All these are the names of Allah. When we look at them, we begin to smile, this is my Creator, this is my Creator, I worship him and him alone, and I have conviction and hope in his mercy. I know for a fact that I'm going to go to Paradise May Allah subhanho wa Taala take us all to paradise, I mean, then we have another point of contentment also in the same Surah Surah to the earth. Do you know when you're listening to the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala you're meant to be concentrating, you're meant to be listening. you're meant to be thinking you're meant to be paying attention. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, If
you want the mercy of Allah, and the mercy of Allah, by the way, includes contentment, remember that so if you're if you really want to miss you have Allah subhanho wa Taala and listen to this verse, verse number 204 of surah, two RF
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When the words of Allah are being recited, then listen very attentively, and and be quiet in order that you achieve the mercy of Allah.
Which means if you want to achieve the mercy of Allah, whenever the Quran is being recited, listen very attentively and be quiet. My brothers and sisters, how many of us are actually quiet when we listen to the verses of Allah subhanho wa Taala then we complain about loss of contentment and losing the happiness that we had at one stage. I think it's important for us to take the Quran seriously, it's recitation and whenever it is being recited or even explained, try to listen, it is it will be a source of contentment for you and for everyone around you, my brothers, my sisters, one very important factor that I wish to mention. The Quran is so powerful that when you listen to its
explanation, it will seem as though someone is addressing you and your problems, your issues as though they knew your life and your problems. You will wonder how did this person know what exactly to address? The reality is it is from the maker he knew, he knows, he will know and he created everyone. So the verses that are recited and explained, coming to you will definitely impact upon you in a very, very positive way regarding issues that you are facing in your life. That's why Allah says listen attentively, it will make sense and it will definitely impact upon you as though someone knew your life and your problems. Yes, Allah does know your life and he does know your problems. May
Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us ease. We move on to the next Surah Surah Al Anfal and Allah subhanho wa Taala in the opening verses makes mention of the successful ones, those who are the true believers. He says una he can mean owner help, Paul, those are the true believers. So who are these true believers? Listen, verse number three Allah subhanho wa Taala says, a levena up move Muna sala de la Rosa, Aparna
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