Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2009
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla hamdu lillahi wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy he woman instead of a Buddha who are bad or praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us and to grant us every form of acceptance on Allah, beloved brothers and sisters and dearest listeners.
Every time we hear the word taqwa, I'm sure. Every one of us would like to be from amongst those who are called by that word. Keen those who are full of taqwa. So what is meant by this term, taqwa? And who are those who have Taqwa? How will I achieve it? And how will a person distance himself from taqwa? To begin with we should know? That mostly if we have two things, we are successful? The first is a man. The first is to believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the second is, taqwa. The minute a person has taqwa they are successful insha Allah by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala and Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us
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If you notice, I haven't yet given you the meaning of the term. Because there are several interpretations of this term and all of them are correct. Some of them are broader than others. Firstly, when we hear taqwa Some people say to fear Allah is taqwa. Sometimes you hear the word to be conscious of Allah is taqwa. Both of them are correct. If you have the fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is part of taqwa. And if you have the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is broader than the fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because consciousness includes the fear as well as the hope and it includes the fact that we believe Allah is watching us and we are answerable to him,
and we need to obey his commands and abstain from prohibitions. Then some people say, to fear Allah to be conscious of Allah. And others say infective natural as Kalani has made mention of this in his explanation of the book.
Where he has named it for chicken Berry, that is the name of the book, he says. And touch Allah binaca verbena aza, biLlahi Wicca, BMT, Sally our mi d. wodgina. vena cava he, he says taqwa is derived from the root word Wicca which means to create a barrier or a barrier to have a barrier.
So it would mean to create a barrier between yourself and the punishment of Allah that is the meaning of taqwa. How would you achieve that by fulfilling the commands of Allah and abstaining from the prohibitions of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Also, to be aware of something to be alert to be careful of something is also included in the meaning of the term taqwa. So all these interpretations of the word are correct. So tonight, when we go through the verses of the Quran that have made mention of taqwa, you will notice all these meanings apply. All these meanings are applicable. And it is definitely true that we need to create a barrier between ourselves and the punishment of Allah
Subhana Allah to Allah, by engaging in the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala and abstaining from prohibitions. And this is why in the Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, laughably Albion Allah Jamie, well Allah jahmene Allah Allah be elaborate taqwa there is no virtue of an Arab, over a non Arab, and there is no virtue of a non Arab over an Arab. And in one duration, he continues, he says, There is no virtue for white over black and no virtue of black over white except by taqwa by the consciousness of the Creator. Whoever is more conscious is closer to the Creator. Allah does not look at your size, your shape, your wealth, your color, where you come from, what
accent you speak in and what language you No, no, he looks at whether or not you have consciousness of him, if you are conscious, if you have piety In fact, that brings us to another meaning of the term taqwa is also piety. If a person has piety, then inshallah they will be closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant that to us.
First thing that I'd like to mention this evening is the fact that Allah has commanded us to have Taqwa to be conscious of him in Surah Al Baqarah he says,
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the moon, oh you who believe. Be conscious of your Creator, your maker, your nareesha, your cherisher, your provider, your sustainer, the one you are going to return to be conscious of Europe, Allah subhanho wa Taala as you are meant to be,
and make sure that you don't die except in the condition of Islam, except in the condition of submission. That is the meaning of the term Islam. And this would mean we'd have to lead our entire lives in submission to the creator because no one knows when they are going to die. And Allah subhanho wa Taala when he revealed his wish, It is reported that some of the companions came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and told him, Allah subhanho wa Taala is the creator we are instructed to be conscious of him and to fear Him and to ensure that we are from amongst those who engage in commands and abstained from prohibitions. As Allah should be feared, we should be fearing
him as he should be feared. That is quite difficult, because Allah subhanho wa Taala is the creator, how would we ever reached the level that belongs to Him, we would not be able to do that. It is reported that when this was uttered, then other verses were reviewed, explaining this in Surah Taha when Allah says,
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coo coo coo, Fear Allah as much as you can be conscious of him as much as you can, because you will never be able to reach the consciousness that you have to have of Allah Subhana which Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us at least, at least get there inshallah we'll get close to them. May He make us from those whose piety increases as the days pass, and not decrease? Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us if anyone has sound intellects, and if anyone has a brain that really works, it will lead them naturally to be conscious of their Creator. And it will lead them naturally to be aware of that issue that Allah has spoken about regarding abstaining from prohibitions and engaging
in those commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Listen to what he says in Surah Al Baqarah. He says, What kakuni
be conscious of me, all you who have sound intellect, obviously, I'm only selecting one or two verses from every angle. But this topic has been discussed in the Koran in more than 100 places. It's amazing. So panela because the issue of taqwa is extremely important. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to grant us taqwa. Now when we say May Allah grant you taqwa or mitaka inshallah, we will be more well equipped in understanding exactly what we are saying and asking for May Allah subhanho wa Taala really granted to us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala then says, there are some people when you tell them look, brother, Fear Allah, look, sister, Fear Allah, be conscious of Allah stop doing
this. It makes them even deeper into the sin because they are arrogant. Allah says their pride. Their pride leads them deeper into sin, and they begin to say, Who are you to tell me a lie, the criteria is whether the statement is right or wrong, not who it comes from. The criteria is whether the statement is right or wrong, even if a baby is to correct you if the baby is right. That's it, you need to take it as a gift and blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala. But even even adult and a senior and a very great scholar is wrong, then that's where we stopped May Allah Subhana Allah protect us. This is something we need to understand and realize, because every human being is
definitely from amongst those who is besides some who are protected by Allah subhanho wa Taala, the MBR the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Whereas when it comes to the rest, amazingly and very correctly, we need to take some of what they've said, and we need to excuse them for their errors, forgive them if they are connected with us and seek Allah's forgiveness for us as well as for others. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in Surah Baqarah regarding the hypocritical people who are either Tila Tequila
zato beneath me for has boo Jahan, those people when they are told to fear Allah, then they grow stronger in their sin and they they are arrogant, they are haughty Allah says they will be cast in hellfire. Remember, a sinner who is proud of his sin is definitely defying the Creator.
sinner who is arrogant and does not want to turn does not want to admit is in denial. He wants to really promote that particular voice. Allah says that person is kissed by Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us
about how important it is for all mankind, not only those who believe, for all mankind, to be conscious of the one who created them subhanho wa Taala in Surah Al Baqarah, the first instruction of Allah, the first command in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says
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oh, people worship the one who created you don't associate partners with him. Worship the one who created you no one else and worship the one who created those before you in order that you may achieve piety. You may achieve that or you may achieve consciousness in order in order that you may create a barrier between yourself and the fire, Allahu Akbar. See how all the meanings come into play?
Then Allah Subhana Allah Allah says after that, that this Quran is a means of guidance for those who want to create a barrier between themselves and hellfire. Anyone who wants to have Taqwa, who wants to be conscious who wants to be fearful of Allah, Allah says the Quran is a guidance for them in the opening verses of Surah Baqarah Allah subhanho wa Taala says that he can kita Bula Ronnie baffi
tapping indeed in this book, there is guidance, no doubt for those who want to create that barrier for those who have the consciousness of Allah. Now when we read the English translation, we will always just read one word. But now you know there is a deeper meaning to the word taqwa. And this is why we've said in the past, the English cannot do justice to the Arabic no language can do justice to the deeper meanings of the Quran. It is only an attempt of man to try and explain to you what he thinks is the word of the Creator. Yet the word of the Creator is far deeper. It requires a deep understanding and it requires a tutor to actually explain to us how deep this meaning of the Quran
goes. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deeper understanding
that Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in order to
limited pain, this is indeed clarity. It is manifest guidance and mercy for those who are fearful of Allah for those who would like to create the barrier between themselves and hellfire. And this is referring to the Quran and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, the constant reminder of the Quran and the revelation when people constantly remember it and constantly remind one another of it. It will enhance and promote their level of taqwa. And they will be then creating they will be in a better position to create that barrier between themselves and hellfire. It will make them pious it will enhance their piety. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in a few places in the Quran, we will mention in
Surah Al Baqarah, the verse that he says,
Allah subhanho wa Taala says, was guru Murphy Allah Allah commanded them coo if you would like to achieve piety, you need to constantly remember and remind one another of the revelation of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In our case in this oma, it is the Quran. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us to understand it, as well as the sooner of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us how we will achieve piety. How will we achieve this piety? How will I be able to create a barrier between myself and john the Hellfire? How will I be able to fear Allah and be conscious of him? Let's start with fasting. The Hadith says a seer Medina fasting is a shield. It creates a shield between a person and the punishment of Allah and Allah subhanho wa Taala confirms this in the Quran. The verses we all know of by heart in Surah Baqarah
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Mancha kuchibhotla La Nina mukava nikuman komla Allah qu, qu O you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you, in the same way that it has been prescribed upon those before you, in order that you may achieve the COA that would include piety, it would include consciousness of Allah, and it would also include a barrier between yourself and the fire of jahannam Subhana Allah.
So if you would like to create that barrier to receive piety and
Allah says, fasting should do that for you if you fast correctly, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those whose fasts acceptable and may make us from amongst those really who's standing in Salah in the evenings is acceptable, and whose entire ibadah not only in the month of Ramadan but even outside the month of Ramadan is acceptable. So Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter tells us you want to achieve piety, Worry about yourself. If you want to achieve piety you want to create that barrier between you and Johanna, you need to be concerned about yourself, and you need to be worried about your own weakness. tuba lemon chavela who Ibu Andrew Venus, give good news of
Paradise to the one whose own weaknesses keep him or her occupied from engaging in the weaknesses of others. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us listen to what Allah Subhana what Allah says, In surah, to Hashem. And I'm sure once again most of us know this verse by heart. Yeah, I you
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Notice the term piety or taqwa is mentioned the twice in this verse. Allah says, Oh you believe be conscious of Allah. In order to enhance your piety. You need to remember that be look into what you have prepared for tomorrow. Look into your books, look into what you have prepared for the day you are going to meet your Creator. How have you prepared your books? Do you know with us when we have a taxman on our back? Or when we have a business we know I need to have everything prepared tomorrow I'm going to be asked of the records. And people will hire and employ accountants and people will hire bookkeepers to handle
these bookkeepers, they will help you to a certain extent and one knows how it feels when the taxman is on your back. Because we want to give accounts for one year. What about the Creator who we need to give our entire lives accounts to We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us to be good bookkeepers in that regard, inshallah, we also need to create a link with the amount of the sama who would be the equivalent of the spiritual bookkeepers to help us polish up wherever we've gone wrong. Allahu Akbar, like an accountant will tell you listen, this you won't be able to justify they're going to have you here. Also the scholars of Deen when we have a link with them, and they won't
charge us in Sharla when we have a link with them,
then what would happen is naturally they would tell us look, you're going wrong here and you should not feel bad. When your accountant tells you look, the figures are not settled. You can't say right I'm firing you know, the same applies when the law tell us Look brother, sister, you are engaged in Haram. It's not allowed not acceptable. You are going to be paying for this. We should say shukran Jessa como lo Heron, I really appreciate what you've said. That is taqwa, that is now the consciousness that is the piety that is the fear of Allah that is creation of a barrier between you and jahannam Subhana Allah, I hope we understand.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us
that, if you would like to know what is piety, then piety is a righteousness, righteousness is piety and piety is righteousness. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of this in Surah Baqarah in a in one of the places and in the other, he explains it in depth. He says, If you would like to achieve piety, listen to the verse, while I Eslt Ruby
turbo Tamiko Hooda. Joaquin Alba Romani de kawakubo tomine Ababa. righteousness is not that you enter the homes from the back door, you should go in from the front door. That's the etiquettes of visiting in Islam when you are visiting someone enter from the front door. Unless you are expressly invited elsewhere, you should knock on the front door Subhanallah sometimes you have a long driveway in the houses stop at the front. Those are the etiquettes of visiting until you are called to the back if you are otherwise no. Allah says you should enter from the front door knock properly make sure they know you are there before you enter the homes May Allah subhanahu alaknanda understanding
he says but righteousness is actually taqwa he translates it or should I say he uses the same word to equate it. righteousness is taqwa righteousness is consciousness and consciousness is righteousness and piety, Allahu Akbar, then Allah subhanho wa Taala explains what is that piety? He says, Allah
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amazing 10 qualities are mentioned of a person who is righteous Allah says, they are those who believe in Allah who believe in the messenger who believes in all the messengers and the books and the angels who believe in good and bad faith that it comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala who spend from the wealth Allah has given them they are from amongst those who have patience who bear patients when Allah subhanho wa Taala tests them with certain calamities they are those who look after the orphans and the children and and the the poor and so on. And the list continues. 10 items are mentioned Allah subhanho wa Taala says that is what will create the barrier between you and the fire
of jahannam Allah subhanho wa Taala make us true believers.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us if you would like piety you need to make sure that what goes into your mouth is only halal and permissible. Subhana Allah abstain from that which is haram. If you eat that which is prohibited, piety will be removed, consciousness will be removed the barrier will be severed, it will be broken and tone and you might then be affected by that fire May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. Look at how the term taqwa fits in Allah Subhana what Allah says in Surah Merida workqueue me Masako como la helado
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to be him, me No, don't eat from that which Allah has provided you on condition that it is halal and pure. And be conscious of Allah be mindful of Allah when it comes to eating that which is pure when it comes to what goes into your mouth, be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala for that consciousness and piety will lead to the creation of the barrier Subhana Allah.
And this is why it is important that we realize that you need to also look at your income. Where did your money come from? That is a question that a lot of people take for granted. Sometimes we are only worried about whether the animal was slaughtered islamically or not, without being worried about whether we actually use money that was permissible to buy the animal that we might have slaughtered ourselves, because that would also render the animal prohibited, because the money was dirty, the money that you earned by deceiving people and cheating people and counting and so on that itself has already in it. prohibition, it is already prohibited it is already wrong. So therefore,
when we use that money, it is going to result in the taking away snatching away of piety and taqwa from us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. This is why Allah says piety is when you leave interest to eat interest every night we seem to be speaking about it, it's coming in different topics from different angles. And Allah Subhana what Allah says in Surah
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many of you who believe, be conscious of Allah and create that barrier by leaving interest and leaving usually, and by abstaining from it, if you are true believers. So this shows us that those who eat interest, they are removing the barrier between them and jahannam. And at the same time, they are snatching away the piety that Allah subhanho wa Taala says they would get if they abstained from it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us halala at all times. Then a very interesting point in the Quran, the clothing and the dressing eyewear and you were male and female. Allah subhanho wa Taala says we've sent you different colors and we've sent you different types of clothing and so on.
Make sure that you cover yourself properly. And over and above that, he says one a bass with takua.
The clothing of taqwa is better for you. The clothing of taqwa is better for you what is meant by the clothing of taqwa two things. One is if we consider what you wear, to wear that which will really be covering you in a proper way, in a way that would display that you are actually a Muslim, you are actually a person who belongs to Allah who belongs to the religion of Islam, that would be considered the clothing of piety. So you are not wearing that which is outside the framework of the Sharia, and you are constantly looking at your clothing. You don't want to wear clothing of the arrogant and you don't want to wear this and that. It brings me very, very strictly and clearly and
very seriously to the issue of being enslaved by brand names.
brand names are actually a means of enslaving mankind at large without you knowing the background.
of who that person is. People are paying for a name. People have painted, painted that name. And then the rest of the world run behind it, whether it is Pierre Canada, whether it is boss, whether it is Armani, no matter what it is, the minute you are enslaved by that, believe me, you will be wasting your money, you will be following the trends of the kuffaar. And you will be promoting probably and possibly a gay or lesbian because most of the people who have these brand names who are based in the Western countries, they are queer and their lives are completely in a mess. And yet we don't even know who Pierre Canada is and we only want to wear his shirts. May Allah protect us even
really something that we need to think about. There are people who will not do without such things. Why do we want to follow brands we need to follow what is simple if you get a tailor to sew for you something it will probably be much more beautiful, much more elegant and at the same time less than one 10th of the price. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us let us as Muslims be proud of our simple dress code and wear that which is really good. Sometimes we have a hijab, on that hijab, it says Calvin Klein, the two don't go together. They really don't. It says Gucci it says why SL on the hijab. So a naked person is trying to close you and laugh at you telling you look I will show you
what it is Allahu Akbar, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from the enemies of Islam. It is a serious statement. It is time for us to go into our cupboards, especially the women folk who have a job of that nature. And really look into what we actually need or what we do not need and try and make the best use of what is best in sha Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us.
And the same applies to every single one of us. So that is one interpretation of labasa. taqwa the clothing of piety is better for you. When we say better for you. It might not be haram to a brand names. It might not be Haram, but it is definitely better to abstain from it. Now I've clarified it we see smiles on the faces. Because people right now are wearing shirts with boss on it. May Allah protect us. So So Han Allah. Let's also go back to the other meaning of this verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala says one laborers who toccoa danika Fie, the clothing of piety is far better for you. That means when you yourself have closed your character and conduct with piety, then inshallah it is the
best way of inshallah, showing yourself it is the best way of being as an individual. So no matter what type of clothing you've actually worn physically, you need to close yourself with good conduct and good character, that is also piety in sha Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us if you are conscious of Allah, that is the best way you could ever close yourself because then
mean alumier boo fukumura in your 30 jameelah that is a saying in the Arabic language, that a person has not missed his reputation with some evil or bad then any clothing he wears, you always look handsome, or she will always look pretty and good because no one knows you for bad. But you can wear the best suit on earth when you have a bad reputation. People will say look at the dirty man. You know what he did? He did this energy that Allahu Akbar May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the clothing of piety.
Now let's move to something else. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, to fulfill your promise is part and parcel of piety. To break your promise will break the barrier. Are you seeing how all the meanings of the term taqwa we spoke about tonight coming to play every single time in one way or another? That the barrier that we speak about is always there. So whenever we say taqwa please please let us be conscious of this huge term in the Sharia which is extremely deep. Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us regarding the fulfillment of promises in Surah, Allah Imran Bella man, bi d what Taka for in a law how you
dirty indeed those who fulfill their covenant and promises and they are conscious and pious. They are conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala full of piety. They are conscious of the barrier that they need to create Allah subhanho wa Taala says he loves those with the team. He loves those people may Allah subhanho wa Taala love every single one of us inshallah.
Another interesting point to solve and resolve problems and matters between Muslims and within families and so on is also a sign of taqwa. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us very clearly in Surah to unfurl, for the law was neihu that ebina fear Allah and resolve your problems between yourselves. solve your matters between yourselves, don't let them brew because when they brew, they will continue into generations May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So part and parcel of piety is to resolve the matters
In the problems between us, may Allah subhanahu Allah grant us understanding this having been said, we need to realize that it is not piety to go to a person and say, Look, brother, there's a problem, let's solve it. And then you tell him, just forgive those people. That's not how you solve the problem. You cannot oppress someone by demanding forgiveness all the time that Allah protect us, they have the right if you want to resolve problems, you must be just tell those who are wrong, they are wrong, whether they are your relatives, or whether they are the rich or the powerful, Allahu Akbar, they need to know they are wrong, and they must come to the party. Notice we use the term
yesterday as well. Allah subhanho wa Taala really grandest goodness in the dunya. And
so it is not correct for someone to say look, you will be held accountable if you don't solve and resolve the matters when they are not wrong. They are the ones who are right and at the same time the other parties are pressing all the time, then that type of a problem if they don't want to resolve it in the dunya. May Allah protect us It will be resolved in the Hara really, but still piety is in the fact that we should try our best to resolve our matters in sha Allah. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us that resolution in the dunya. The reason why we say in the dunya is in this world is because when when a person dies, some people are quick to say no, I will fix you on
the day of the AMA, we'll see on the Day of Judgment. Don't worry, I will see on the Day of Judgment. You don't know the person making that statement might be the guilty one on the Day of Judgment, no one knows. Because the truth Allah knows in the heart, it is Allah who knows. That is why it is better to resolve your matters here and now. Because on the day of tiama the one who thought he was innocent, might then turn out to be the guilty one no one knows. May Allah subhanho wa Taala never do that to us.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us even in Surah two RF for money taco was Lucha Fela, kung fu nada him Allah whom he has no. A person who is conscious and makes mends and resolves problems, they have no need to fear nor do they have any need to be said Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant them that reward.
Another point of piety is good company. When you have good company, Allah subhanho wa Taala says that is a sign of piety. It is a sign that you are now creating a barrier between yourselves and the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So inshallah Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Yeah, I mean, man, otaku la ku, no ma saw the thing, oh you who believe be conscious of your Creator and create that barrier between you and the fire by only being in the company of the truth, which means you must be in the company of those who are good, abstained from lies and falsehood, make sure your friends are decent, otherwise you will be ripping that barrier between you and jahannam in such a way that the
fire and the flames may then devour May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us.
So this is why if you notice the issue of company comes in almost every topic we are discussing what law your company makes you or break you. So you'd rather be from amongst those who meet makes instead of breaks I mean, so this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala informs us and warns us about company, good company and bad company. And he says if you are in bad company, you will definitely be from amongst the losers because on the day of the AMA, you will regret that. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, part and parcel of being a person who has taqwa is to utter that which is upright if you want to create a barrier between yourself and the fire. You need to utter words which are
correct, which are upright which are full of politeness, yet they are respectful and they are not false. They are not false they are not in any way, full of rumor and and evil because a Muslim is a person who is not supposed to be evil from his tongue in any way or evil in any way. Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and grant us the best of our tongues. Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us
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Allah Nina Manuel de la waku cola Sadie, this verse is in Surah Al Azhar, the previous verse I read was in Surah, two Toba, Allah subhanho wa Taala says in this verse, oh you who believe be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala and only utter that which is upright, that which will earn the pleasure of Allah abstained from anything which is awkward, anything which is incorrect, anything which is false, anything which has accusation in it, abstain from it, because if you do that you won't be able to receive and achieve piety and consciousness and you won't be able to create that barrier between yourself and the fire of jahannam. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us, then Allah tells
us that he is the one who knows who is pious and Allah subhanho wa Taala says if you are conscious of the fact that Allah knows everything, naturally you will achieve piety. If you
conscious of the fact that Allah is Ever watchful, naturally you will achieve piety. And this is why in many places in the Quran, I'm going to quote what Allah says in Surah Baqarah but in many places in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala has mentioned this in different wordings. Listen to this. Allah says, What? Allah Allah mo Allah hubbie Konishi, Nani de la hawala, Mo la habima meluna. Dasani. Be conscious of Allah and you should know that Allah knows everything be conscious of Allah and you should know that Allah is watching everything, be conscious of Allah and you should know that Allah is taking a record of everything. Those are the type of verses that we find in the Quran.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala here when he is speaking of consciousness, at the same time, he has mentioned it in the same list when you look at the verse carefully, it would be telling you that if you would like to achieve this, then you need to do that amazing.
If you want to achieve consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala you need to make sure that you are aware of him that will naturally make you conscious of him. You want to achieve piety you need to make sure that he is watching that will naturally give you that piety May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us every form of goodness, then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us to be just is definitely part and parcel of piety and consciousness of Allah, especially with your enemies. When you are just with your enemies, then naturally you will be achieving the piety that Allah subhanho wa Taala is speaking about. Allah says in pseudotumor EDA
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Allah says, Don't let the hatred you have in your heart against someone make you be unjust with them, because you must be just for justice is closer to piety, it is closer to the consciousness of Allah, it will result in the creation of the barrier even if they are your enemies. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who can stand firm for justice, I mean, then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us those who have good character and conduct it is also a sign of piety inshallah. So those who are conscious of Allah naturally they their tone when they are speaking will be correct. The way they speak will be correct. They won't swear they won't shout, they won't deceive, they
won't defame they won't mock, they won't scoff. They won't call people names. They won't engage in backbiting and rumor spreading and they won't engage in slander and falsehood. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us piety. And this is all mentioned in Surah Surah. I'm not going to go through all the verses. But Allah subhanho wa Taala has made made mention of this in Surah 200. And he tells us, those are the ones whom he has tested for piety, those who can lower their voices in alladhina Jacobo na sua Tahoma de rasulillah
you can learn enough to Hannah law Haku by homely toccoa Allah says those who have dropped their voices. When it comes to the presence of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, then Allah has tested their hearts for taqwa piety, their hearts are tested. And this Torah makes mention of all the good qualities of character and conduct that a Muslim is meant to be engaged in. I think it's our duty all of us to pick up even the Simple English translation of surah. And look at what it says and see what Allah subhanho wa Taala instructs and commands, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us more conscious of the rights that we have over one another. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us
the best of people. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that those who respect the sanctity of Islam, those who respect that which is noble in Islam, that which is sacred in Islam, that is definitely a sign of piety. Listen to what he says in Surah. Two
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those who respect the sanctity of Islam, that which Allah subhanho wa Taala has elevated in the Sharia, that is definitely a sign of piety in their hearts. So the house of Allah we respect the name of Allah we respect the book of Allah, we respect the Messenger of Allah, we respect the Haram in Makkah, we respect other human beings, they are also a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala we respect to them. The other Muslim mean we respect them Subhana Allah, we respect the areas that Allah has kept sacred, they are not like other areas, and we respect the times that Allah has kept sacred. The month of Ramadan is different from outside the month of Ramadan. A person who sins outside the
Ramadan is a sinner, but the person who sins in the month of our
magon is a bigger center. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So Allah says when you can respect, a time or a place for the sake that it has been regarded as noble by Allah subhanho wa Taala or even in the individual or something, then definitely that is a sign of taqwa. Notice, the term here is respect, not worship. So we don't worship a man or a tree or a person or a book. No, we worship the Creator Himself, but we will respect all that which he requires us to respect and that is a sign of taqwa. It is a sign of consciousness and piety, and it will inshallah create a barrier between us and the fire of jahannam. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Those who bear patients at
what Allah has inflicted them with, it is a sign of piety in sha Allah. And this is mentioned in several places in the Quran. In surah, Allah Imran Allah says,
Allah Dena Manasa wasabi Oh la,
la la la come to me Whoa. Oh you believe Be patient and be very forbearance.
Be patient in a big way. patient in every single way of the way of the Tim and Allah subhanho wa Taala says be steadfast be forbearance, and definitely be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is what will make you become conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala if you would like success, then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that if we would like to achieve piety, then we should help each other when it comes to goodness and piety. And we should never ever assist each other when it comes to sin and evil. Allah Subhana what Allah says in Surah nakida what I want who I'll be what taco, Wallah, Taiwan who eats me?
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Allah says help one another when it comes to goodness and piety, when it comes to taqwa when it comes to that barrier, help one another to do what is good, and never, ever help one another in evil, that which is bad and that which is unacceptable. For indeed the punishment of Allah is severe. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all protection.
So whenever someone is committing a sin, don't cover up for them don't because if you do, then it is the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala that may just be overtaking a person. When a person is committing a sin. It's our duty not to assist not to help. When a person wants to do something wrong. We are not meant to be helping. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter tells us you want to receive piety and consciousness of Allah sit and ponder over the creation of Allah. Look at the stars, look at the moon, look at the skies. Look at all the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala everything he has made, look within yourself, your eyes, your
nose, how it works, look at your hands, the skin look when you get cut, how it suddenly becomes better and so on. Amazing Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us when you think of all that, naturally it will make you from amongst those who are conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says in Surah Yunus
in a 50 laugh in Laney one Harry wanna call upon long this summer was in one hour Bella Yeah, Tina comi otaku, indeed there is a sign in the night and the day and the way it rotates and all the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the skies and the earth and what is between them. There are Signs for those who are conscious of Allah, those who would like to achieve piety. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who can take heed in sha Allah. Then Allah says, If you want to know how to thank me, all you need to do is to have Taqwa to be conscious of me. the consciousness of Allah automatically is gratitude. So sometimes people say I thank Allah for having given me all
these things, but you find them committing sin. They are ungrateful, Allah subhanho wa Taala uses the word ungrateful to refer to people who are sinners. He says, when the minute a person sins, they are not grateful for what we've given them. Imagine someone gives you so much and tells you look, please, just don't talk bad about me. And you go back and you start speaking bad about them. Lo Akbar, that is ingratitude. Or they tell you look, please don't walk here. And they have done so much good to you and you end up walking there. They won't give you in the future. But Allah subhanho wa Taala says, No, we still give men and we still continue giving them look what he says about the
connection between gratitude and piety, consciousness. Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
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on, let me make mention of the beginning of that verse. It's interesting. Allah says in Surah Al Imran wala Kadena sobre, como la,
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Remember when we helped you in the Battle of better when you were small in number than the kuffaar you were only 313 and remember how we helped you learn how Akbar Allah says, so be conscious of Allah as a means of thankfulness. If you want to be thankful to Allah, in order to be thankful you need to be conscious. That's all the minute a person is conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Naturally, they will fulfill their Salah, they will give Zakat they will abstain from haram they will abstain from evil. And naturally, Allah subhanho wa Taala will be pleased with them, and they will also raise their hands and verbally also uttered the words Yeah, Allah, we thank you for what
you've given us in Yala, we actually do thank you Allah for what you've given us.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala in tells us about how homosexuality will rupture the barrier between an individual and the fire of jahannam. May Allah protect us, we know Luth alayhis salam, the people of lot May peace be upon him. Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about them. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says that they were so engrossed in homosexuality that the curse of Allah fell upon them. May Allah protect us all, it is unnatural. And in Islam, it is unacceptable. It is one of the worst crimes that can be committed, far worse than any adultery. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from both of the crimes.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about it in Surah Hood, and he says, Luke alayhis salam told his people, Kalia comi, ha una de bonacci
de la la Zuni fee When the angels visited him, those people they saw some very good looking individuals, those were actually angels, and they started rushing towards them. And Luth alayhis salam said, Oh my people, here are my daughters. They are more pure for you than to come and disgrace me with my guests here. Allah says, Fear Allah. That is what Luther Lee Sallam told his people fear Allah be conscious of him Do not rupture the barrier between you and the fire. There is a barrier and we would not like to remove that barrier between ourselves and the fire of jahannam. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant that barrier to us inshallah, and may He keep us protected? May he
protect all those who are Muslim in and may He protect our children, our offspring, insha Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant us peace on the entire globe, I mean,
then Allah says, You want piety you need to rush towards forgiveness, that is a sign of piety. If a person sins and immediately they regret it is a sign that they are conscious of their Creator. If a person sins and immediately feels that I should never have done this, that is a sign of piety. And that is a sign of flicker of Eman. When your good deed makes you happy and your bad deed makes you regret. It is a sign that you are conscious of your Creator. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us taqwa and Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in Surah Allah Imran was
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destiny 13 Make haste towards forgiveness, race towards forgiveness and towards achieving the heavens. The heavens Allah describes them and he says they are prepared for those with taqwa Heaven is prepared for a person who has created a barrier between him and hell. It is simple to understand, Heaven is prepared for the one who is conscious of the Creator. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us conscious of gender and jahannam as well. And Allah subhanho wa Taala then informs us that we need to be conscious of certain items. The term taqwa is used to refer to takala the consciousness of Allah. But Allah uses it also, to draw our attention to alert us to make us be aware and be careful
of certain items. What are the things that Allah says you must have Taqwa from that item, you must have Taqwa from that item which means create a barrier between you and the evil of that item. The first thing Allah says the day of the AMA, Allah says, In Surah Al Baqarah, what duck uyama lethargy was enough to know.
You need to have Taqwa for the day. And the day being described is the day of the AMA, which means be aware of the day, be conscious of the day, fear the day, make sure that you've created a barrier between yourself and the fire of john, by that particular day, all by what is going to happen on that day. This is what is referred to by that. Then Allah says fear the day of accounts fear the day you are going to return to your Creator. Be conscious of it. Don't
ever forget the fact that you are going to return to your own creator? Allah says that in Surah Al Baqarah again, what the cuyama ga Luna de la ma be conscious of the day you are going to return to your own creator, Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us forgiveness and make us from those who will succeed on that day. Allah says, fear the fire, be conscious of the fire as well. The fire of hell. Listen to what he says in Surah Allah Imran, what does
it mean can fearing fear the fire be conscious of the fire beware of the fire that has been prepared for those who are ungrateful for those who are disbelievers. May Allah not make us neither from those who are ungrateful, nor from those who are disbelievers. Then Allah says, fear the punishment of Allah, which will get to those who have oppressed as well as getting to those who did not stop them from oppression. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What taco fitnah de la Toshi bin levena wala Moomin
fear the punishment that will come not only to those who have oppressed, but even to those who did not stop them from oppression. Allahu Akbar, who did not try to do anything about it, the bare minimum is to feel in your heart that this is wrong. If a person doesn't even feel that what others are engaged in which is wrong is wrong. Then in that particular case, that person is guilty of engaging in the wrong by association, or even by mere feeling. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us something very, very strong. We'd like to achieve knowledge. We want to polish our memories. We want to have the knowledge of Islam. Allah says how will the knowledge of Islam come to you? It will not come to you unless you are from amongst the pious or the conscious of Allah or you have done something about creating a barrier between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala listen to what he says in beautiful versus intuitive Bukhara. Allah says what duckula how you mo como la. It is only if you are conscious of Allah that He will teach you. He will give you the knowledge. Lo Akbar. You want knowledge you need to have consciousness of Allah
subhanho wa Taala. It is reported that Imam Shafi complained to one of his teachers Shaco to Allah wa t in su a hippie, Falciani Illa Taki mausi wirkkala Columbian in Manon wanneroo la isla Europa who is
one of the narrations it is a couplet that has been narrated in various wordings. I've mentioned one of them. Very interesting. Imam Shafi Rahmatullah LA, he complained to his one of his who says, one of his teachers and tutors, whose name was workI. regna Java Rahim Allah. He says, I complained to Joaquin about my memory. So he told me he abstained from sin, because knowledge is the new, the new and the new. Allah does not give it to those who are sinners, those who are sinful. If you'd like knowledge, you need to create a barrier between yourself and the punishment of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all knowledge. So that was in Surah Al Baqarah
beautiful versus what Allah How are you Alamo como la, Allahu be cliche in a name, Allah has all the knowledge, Allah has the knowledge of everything. If you are conscious of Him, He will teach you He will give it to you now granted to us inshallah.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in Surah Furqan that, in fact, this verse is not suitable for con but for con is the criterion. The ability to distinguish between right and wrong, or the distinguishing factor between right and wrong. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, if you are conscious of Allah, He will give you the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. If you want the power to tell right from wrong truth from falsehood, lies and that which is correct. If you want the ability to distinguish between the two, you need the piety you need the consciousness of Allah, you need to be a person who's created a barrier between yourself and the fire of jahannam. May Allah
grant that to us. This is what he says in Surah Allah in Surah Allah and fall yeah levena Mano
Allah come for Karna oh you who believe if you are going to be conscious of Allah and you are going to increase your piety, then Allah will grant you the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. And Allah says and he will also forgive your sins. In another verse, Allah says, He will give you the ability to feel when shaitan is coming towards you.
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whenever shavon comes to client temper with them, they are quickly reminded they can feel that this is shaitan. So definitely they are rightly guided. That is taqwa. When a person has taqwa he does not fall in the trap of shavon because that guidance and piety itself will give him the light, the light to distinguish between what is from shade on and what is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then we have Allah subhanho wa Taala explaining to us that piety is a means of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala another verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala says that he will accept the charities of those who are pious, those who are not pious, or those who are not conscious of him. Their charities might be
fulfilled physically, but they may not be accepted by Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is made clear in either the story of Abel and Cain have been and carbene the two of them have delivered their charities and allowances for two cobalamin haddenham our lamb Yutaka Ballymena for Kala portolan Kala in Maya Taka baru la mina McDuffie, fy 18, the charities were accepted from one and not the other. They were accepted from April and not from Kane from Hubble and not from kaabil. So kabhi tells happy that I'm going to kill you. So Hubble says look, Allah accepts the charities of those who are conscious of him, those who are pious. Now this rule applies to all of us. When we
physically give, we've done only one aspect, but if we then follow it through with piety, now Allah will show us the blessings of that and this is why the mercy and the blessings of Allah achieved through piety May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us consciousness of him.
So Allah says, we will open the doors for those who have piety and Allah says in Surah Surah one oh
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If the people of the towns who we had punished, if they were from amongst those who were conscious of us, and they believed, we would have opened the heavens for them in in terms of mercy and risk and sustenance. And this verse is repeated in Surah to Allah Allah says, why many times de la hija Allahu Maharajah, we also go home in high density but whoever is conscious of Allah, Allah will help them in their problems. And Allah will grant them sustenance from a place that they had never imagined. In another verse. Allah says, woman in law, yo jhala hoomin, Emery Usama whoever is going to be conscious of Allah, Allah will make his life easy for him. And Allah says women in law, you
it while you're in law Who? Whoever is going to be conscious of Allah, Allah will forgive his sins and increase his reward. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for consciousness and this is why the reward of the one who has been engaging in consciousness is always with Allah. So many places in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that he has prepared heaven for those who are conscious of him in Turkey in happy VLAN.
In surah, musala Allah says those who were conscious of me, they will be in the shades of their gardens inshallah, with rivers and spring is gushing and flowing. Allahu Akbar, may Allah grant that to us. Also Allah subhanho wa Taala instructs us to make dua for piety to make dua for consciousness. Allah Subhana Allah says in Surah Furqan when levena yaku Luna Ravana have Elena min as wodgina was Tina kurata Yun, Nan Mata kina, EMA Allah praises the true believers who make it to our O Allah Subhana, Allah to Allah,
make us or grant us from our offspring, grant us from our offspring, those who will be the coolness of our eyes from our families and our offspring, and make us the leaders of those who are pious, which means the list of those who are pious put us at the top of the list. Yeah, Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us every form of piety. We've said just a little there is still a lot that should be said about this topic. But it's Subhana Allah We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us every form of success. And to grant this lesson from what we've added tonight, to make us from those who can create a barrier between ourselves and Hellfire was Allah Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala
nabina, Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah home or the Hamdi condition to Allah Allah elantas who wanted to really