Channel: Mufti Menk
Light Upon Light, Glasgow, 20/04/2019
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Muhammad Allah Allah he was having a Jemaine we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala upon all conditions. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his household, his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to bless every one of us and to grant us goodness and to let us witness the beautiful month of Ramadan that is at our doorstep, me
my brothers and sisters, how many of you have made use of sales in the stores, chain store? And sometimes there is a sale and sometimes we actually do silly things to buy what we want at a very low price. How many of you
have benefited from sales? Put up your hands please?
Almost all of us okay, Mashallah. Besides those who don't go shopping from this site, Mashallah. Okay, so you know what it feels like when you have just hit a beautiful bargain, you know what it feels like? So imagine you're in the store superstore. And whatever you want and need so desperate for the house, they're selling you 10 for the price of one, clearance
10 for the price of one, I know what I would do.
Whether my family or my wife is happy with me or not, I would actually sometimes over buy, because I know Gosh, I got this at a bargain. I only needed five but I got 10 because it was 10 for the price of one, whether I give the other five away or keep them or store them or stock them or whatever, is irrelevant. The fact is, I took it
put it into my trolley and what happens as I'm going down the trolley at the aisle I see something else who put that as well. This is a bargain. I'm never gonna get it in this price. When it comes to shopping at times we actually go and buy things we don't even need just because it's cheap. I'm not going to get this again at this price or other ticket. The same applies to holidays right? This is the Easter break I wasn't even expecting many people here so kind of love to me everyone's supposed to have been on holiday but Mashallah Allah bless you guys reward you May Allah give you light upon light say amen.
So, Wow, you guys are here.
Because if you had a bargain holiday, where's your favorite destination? Tell me favorite holiday destination. What's it anyway?
techie Yeah, maybe you watch a little bit too much of it. Right?
But there's no way unless you just gonna watch it on Netflix or something. You know,
make it easy. If you had a bargain and they offered you a holiday to shower or to
Turkey or wherever else where would you like to go? Zimbabwe Trust me. You can fly free of charge wrote Mashallah. Allah bless you can come and stay around mine is Mashallah.
So, it's so exciting. We are so happy whoa, I'm going to Malaysia because you know what? We got tickets at 50 quid Whoa, we've got a package at 100 quid a person. We're all going we're going to spend the weekend Langkawi and we're going to come back right Subhanallah we are happy because there was a bargain, what we needed what we wanted and sometimes that which we went even searching for what is actually a was on a sale such that we made sure we got it, okay, okay. Okay. Now, Allah does the same for us. So so often every year, Allah gives us a season where what we desperately need is being given to us not telling for the price of one, but 70 for the price of one going up to 700 for
the price of one and going beyond that. And you know what?
we know it's the month of Ramadan, deeds.
The value of this deed is multiplied in the month of Ramadan, which means you're doing a little and you're getting a reward. That's huge. So Han Allah if someone told you listen
You're working hours a cut, you've been working from eight to five, you can only work from 11 to two and I'm going to give you 10 times the salary. What are you going to say? So Pinilla? Do you know what, I only work from 12 to 1230. And you can cut that salary back to five times.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant those without jobs jobs say I mean,
that could have just been an amine that solve people's problems. Do you know that?
So my brothers and sisters,
Allah gives us a beautiful season and he tells us it's unlike hedge hedges once a lifetime the reward of it is
a person comes back from hedges clean as the day they were born. In fact, there is something amazing about hedge. When we say as clean as the day they were born, we were only talking of it from one aspect. Did you know that?
What's the aspect? The day I was born, I didn't have good deeds, I didn't have bad deeds. When I come back from Hajj, my bad deeds are wiped out, but the good still there to see it's better than the day you were born. So when the Hadith speaks about you come back as clean as the day you were born. It's talking of the sin side of it. Not the good deeds also wiped out. No, no, that's the mercy of Allah. When you get close to Allah, He carries your good. He says, I wipe everything out when they everything according to Allah is not the good, but the bank, just the bank.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept Hodge once in a lifetime. One in
Dubai Kimani stop, or Isla de serving Isla.
And it is owed to Allah, that everyone who is able and capable to fulfill the Hajj fulfills it at least once in their life, right.
As a result, you get cleansed. When do you go for Hajj, you go for Hajj when you decide to when Allah decides when Allah decides. So I just want to clarify something. You cannot say I can afford it. I can manage it, but I'm not ready for it. I tell you why. Allah makes you ready by giving you the wealth and the ability and capacity when he knows you need now to go. You might die. You might not see the next year, the following year. That's why all of them have said from the beginning. If had you sped up on you and you haven't gone. You're living in a center. So Pamela, you're simple in that aspect of it. You're delaying something you're supposed to be doing. Yes. If you didn't make it
through quotas, because some countries very difficult you can't make it. I know. In the Southeast Asian countries, some people wait for 20 years to be accredited. Did you hear what I said? How many years do you wait for here? Is there any wait? No, if you want to go you go right. Trust me, even in South Africa, people are waiting 345 years they apply and who knows some of them die before they end up going. Some of them get married. And they had they had only applied for themselves. So now they delayed a little bit in some of them applied together. But they're divorced. So now they don't want to go anymore together. Whoa, see? This is what's happening. You are so fortunate you have it, that
you can go almost instantly but you know what? We're lazy. Remember, Allah knows why he made you able, at a certain point. He wants you to go. He wants you to go so go. But going back to the month of Ramadan, it's every year.
I promise you if you look at it, Allah says yeah, I O Allah Vina Monaco de ballet calm COO, COO,
COO, COO, coo.
Allah says, Oh, you who believe fasting has been prescribed upon you, just like it was upon those before you in order that you achieve a better relationship with Allah. Let's go taco.
Taco is to develop a relationship with Allah. Some people say the fear of Allah, Allah. I want to tell you something interesting about the fear of Allah.
When we say hope when we speak about the fear, it is not that we are scared of the Most Merciful, but we are fearing.
displeasing, the one whom we love the most. You know, when you're deeply in love with someone.
You fear hurting them. Am I right? You
don't even want to say a word that they might misunderstand. You start clarifying yourself and justifying what you said, You know what? No, no, no, no, I didn't mean it this way. I didn't mean it that way, because you love them. with Allah, it's the love that should drive us. And we are actually fearing displeasing Allah because we don't want him to be upset with us. So it's a fear driven by love. I hope you understand what we say. I love Allah. So that's the reason why I don't want to upset him. I don't want to anger him, I don't want to earn his wrath in any way. So yes, there is an element of fear. But it's a very detailed interpretation where it's fear that stems from the love of
Allah subhanho wa Taala. I don't want to be cast into Hellfire by the Most Merciful, he won't do it, he won't do it if you've given him a single excuse not to. So give him that excuse.
We've heard about
men and women who've achieved paradise through one deed they've done something that was your struggle, and you did it solely for the pleasure of the Almighty SubhanAllah. Your struggle solely for the pleasure of the Almighty. Allah knows about it. He knows how difficult that little thing was for you in your personal life due to the surroundings and whatever else there may have been in terms of circumstances. And for that, he might say, Listen, I love this one deed so much. That's it close everything else, just go to Paradise. May Allah grant us these good deeds. That's why we say don't judge people you don't know, you don't know what they're going through. We're all trying to get
closer to Allah and the speed difference. And what we've changed is different. You know, I remember speaking to some young boys who were into,
you know, we used to call it souping up the cars, you know, when you souped up your motor vehicle, what do you call it here?
When you like, you know, put mudrooms and you put like a big exhaust at the back and you're trying to get some What do you call it here?
So to get
racing up your car, whatever they say. I think the guys are guilty. It's not a bad thing. It's just depends how obsessed you are with it. But anyway, so I remember these young people.
And one of the guys says, Listen, I can only afford to change these mega rooms you know the wheels right? Now the guy says no, I'm going to start with my with the exhaust. Other guy says I'm going to make sure I've got the sound in there that moves the whole street when I'm going down. I don't know why the guys like to do that anyway. But if it's Ramadan, and you're gonna, you know, put on blast perhaps it might be a better idea not to install it, but it was installed for the wrong reason, but we're going to make you change that intention inshallah, right? So Subhan Allah, it's amazing. I remember when I was young, I was wasn't so so loud was just the normal average Toyota one. But I
used to I used to, I used to put a new job in
the recital, I used to put him loud and I remember, you know, stopping at the traffic light. And I see someone views your music and I'm like, this is what I'm you know, but anyway, but it's so soothing. Allah is so soothing. The Quran has a spirituality that's unique, it's amazing. It's something that you cannot describe, you need to feel it. Even those who disbelieve or those who may not believe in Islam, they might be believing in something else, they will still be impacted by the Quran, so much so that even the animals and the birds and the other creatures of the Almighty are impacted by the words of Allah.
But I tell you, the point I was raising is each one changes what he can or what she can, depending on their capacity, and depending on the circumstances, and depending on what's easy for them to do, you might have had a bargain to change one thing you changed it, there might be a wealthy guy who's changed everything. And you know what, that whole car is just gonna be smashed about a mile down the road, may Allah protect us, I mean, can happen. And it could be another guy who couldn't afford to change anything yet, but his car takes him to his destination, right?
And then you've got another one who sells the car and buys an aircraft Mashallah Allah bless. So
the point I'm raising is we all are with Allah in a relationship similar to that
I've changed one thing in my life that I could for the sake of Allah, you change perhaps a different thing for the sake of Allah. Maybe you found it more difficult, perhaps I might have struggled in one thing then I changed another thing when I managed to do it. Then the third thing hence the question one of the sisters asked a little bit earlier about am I hypocritical if I just were to wear the hijab in Ramadan? And and then No. and and you know, if I told you it's very difficult to answer that, because we've got an issue, what is it? We know what is our duty, right? But we also know the reality on the ground and what it is, and we know each one has their struggles just like I
have mine and we want to encourage you so we will tell you, my sister when you walked into the masjid. What did you do to yourself? You will say
Well, I tried to cover myself as best as possible. Why? Because you know what this was the house of Allah. I know I've got a duty but when I came to the house of Allah, I felt more obliged to be more appropriately dressed in a way that perhaps I will not displease Allah in His own house. Surely that's recommended. I mean, Surely it's commendable to say the least. commendable, right, because you walked in and you felt for a moment, Hey, you know what, this is the house of Allah when you go to Mecca, for example, you won't just walk around in your whatever you might have been if you weren't properly dressed. Just an example. The guys who smoke they won't just light a cigarette and
start smoking in the middle of nowhere. No, they won't. It's a sign of demand. When you say Hang on, this is the house of Allah throw this thing away. Sometimes when you see a religious person, it happens that, you know, you tend to throw away the cigarette. I know people who do that, I know some people they have the scarf on their, their their shoulders, and suddenly you see a guy with a beard, and you put the scarf up, I used to wonder when I was in India, and it used to happen a lot. And I used to say, am I the only man here and I realized this I am so panela when I say yes, I am I mean, you know what, you got a beard, you actually somehow something happens to them, you know? And they
just feel no Gosh, but I want to tell you, it's from the Hadith of the prophets of Salaam regarding the angels. And the Hadith says the angels are affected by what a normal pious human being would be affected by in terms of negativity, when a person does something that is not upon the level of morality or values that Islam teaches. Did you hear what I just said? So the angels, they get affected by it in the Mullah ekata.
Meaning these angels they feel this other this this
discomfort, this pain. When I say pain, I mean it's like a grief, grief at what is done in terms of
that which would affect a normal pious human beings, you know, they would, they probably wouldn't judge but they would, they would feel at least to say a little prayer in their hearts if they had a golden heart.
If you have a golden heart, and you see something going wrong, the first thing you do is you reach out to the person with a prayer within your heart, within your heart, say a dua to Allah, Allah helped me and help them help me in my own mess, and help them whatever they're going through, you know, that's what it is. So for a person to practice only during Ramadan is not ideal, because what you've done, you've walked through the aisles of the same supermarket, and you put all the goods into the trolley and you went to the till the till depicts the end of Ramadan, right? And the market is the Ramadan, and the goods are the good deeds, right? They're being sold. Are you following my
example here, and as you walk in, you've taken so much, Mashallah, and you know, you've just got a bargain. You've just saved 1000s of pounds in one trolley, and you've taken the trolley, you have to go to the till, right? The tool is either self help or someone cashes everything out for you. And as they're cashing it out, you need to walk out of that supermarket or store with the goods not without them. Many of us we've taken everything, and then we leave the whole trolley in the supermarket and we walk on. I had a bargain. They were bargains at the shop, you just lost your money, you didn't achieve anything. That's what we do with Ramadan. We do the good deeds in the month of Ramadan
throughout the month. Everything was collected we forget to cash out on the day of e and we come out of Ramadan. But where's all the goodies in the store? Haha, Allahu Akbar. You see the example I've given you. It is similar to what we do in Ramadan inside out. We read the Quran and outside we don't we change a bit and outside we don't. We don't carry it through. We don't take those groceries that he bought out into the house and open them out and eat them and enjoy. We've left them in there. That's what we do in Ramadan. So we need to make sure
that this time
whatever changes we've affected, we're gonna try our best to maximise on the benefit outside of Ramadan. Guess what? Someone was asking a question what's the best way not to dip after Ramadan? Well to prepare for Hajj,
prepare for Hajj, make a neon I'm going for Hajj. Right if you can afford it, inshallah, you start preparing for Hajj. Or if you haven't done that you start preparing for the avahi the sacrifice wherever it's going to be across the globe. Whatever is
gonna happen and so on prepare for it. How many of us can afford it but we don't do it. I promise you
that's why as soon as the moon is cited, we have two problems.
The first thing is shaytan is released I'm sure you know that right shaytan is released and people wonder how can shapen be tied up in Ramadan when something is happening in Ramadan?
chiffon is supposed to be tied up but this is when the men are yelling and the women or whatever else is happening anything and you get angry and people are divorcing and people are committing this and that in terms of sin and the shape and supposed to be tied.
Can I tell you what
those say Athena type we become our own devils. We are shaping at times.
There are so many explanations one says only the chiefs are tired, the little ones are still running around. And back in Africa we know the small snakes when they bite they're more venomous than the ones that are big. Why? Because the poison is fresh. I'm using simple language okay
this the sediment that poison it's actually very new still not diluted in any way and you out in eight minutes. But if the big one bit you don't worry you have eight hours to get to the hospital.
So with us possible those little shout in but more than that. We there are devils from among mankind and from among Gini claim, the Quran says that mineral genus evenness, right shout out in Elgin new and ins right Quran speaks about both
shape and form mankind and from jincheng sometimes we've already
become little devils ourselves. May Allah forgive us, Allah strengthen us. Ramadan is a month of self discipline. That's why the Hadith keeps saying that you know what, if you're going to stay away from food and drink, but your attitude is not going to change, you've wasted your time staying away from food and drink. Do you know that Howdy. Howdy says whoever doesn't leave false statements and false witness and vulgar words and abusive words while they're fasting. Allah doesn't need the fact that they stayed away from their food and drink, they wasted their time. That's what the hobbit says. Do you know why you're supposed to develop your character you're walking down the aisle. If
you had swallowed the anger outside Ramadan, you would get a reward. If you swallow the anger in Ramadan, your reward is multiplied 10 7700 and beyond times.
So the next time you want to get angry, especially when you're fast is I think 1516 how many hours here in Glasgow
this year? How many
17 to 19 hours? The sisters say 17. And the brothers say 19. Wow.
Somewhere between the two?
whether it's 17 or 19. I hope there's no argument and debate about oh, I think there is right about what time to start and what time to end. Trust me, you do what you believe is right. It's okay. Allah knows. It's fine. It's not a major issue. We've all stopped eating prior to the time in sha Allah, Allah make it easy. I don't even want to get into that debate. And there's a reason why, because it's too hard. It's a matter of trial and error. It's a matter of opinion. And no one can say My opinion is over yours because they both have just tried to achieve something. They've used a method to come to this time and that's it's up to you to look into both and decide which you believe
is perhaps better or if there are scholars you trust you follow that opinion. When they asked me I say to them I have no opinion. I come from Zimbabwe we don't have the problem fly over to us. You can only fast nine to 12 hours and you're done.
And I know people from Europe who fly down to Cape Town for Ramadan and there's nothing wrong if you can afford it and you really want to come there is nothing wrong at all to fly to a place where perhaps the first thing is going to be a little bit easier people say but don't be a hypocrite what hypocrisy. I'm using my money if you Sabina Yeah, I'm taking my family my kids who cannot fast perhaps the long past and I'm taking them to a place where at least they can fast what's the big deal? So Panama
I see some of the brothers nodding their head. I hope you're gonna take your family's out hamdulillah Allah make it easy, but that's not my man. But what's the point of all of that if you're going to come out of Ramadan nothing, nothing really was carried with you. Nothing was carried with you. What's the point?
That's why we say post Ramadan they will be a dip I told you the first bad thing is that chiffon is released. Japan is released. The second is that Ramadan is over
Maybe we can work the other way Ramadan is over shaytan is at least Ramadan is over.
Do you know the blessing in Ramadan?
Allah bless the month so much.
It is a month where we're not supposed to be eating and drinking, right? But I promise you go and open the fridge in the month of Ramadan, there is more food than any other month.
Have you seen the irony? more food than any other month? In fact, from now we've already prepared for Ramadan in many cases Am I right? How ironic imagine a non Muslim comes to us and says, You guys are so lucky. You're not going to be eating much as they come and see my fridge.
Yes, what is happening? We give so much of importance to food in Ramadan. It's like gosh, this is the month of eating. I know people who gain weight in Ramadan
because they think now that I haven't eaten for 18 hours the other few hours of Aqaba, you know commands for Salama food.
If you miss a Salah you make two or three you make it up again, you missed a meal doesn't mean I need to match so much, many of us as soon as the other NGOs Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. It's like,
just a race, right? And that's what Ramadan is all about. And then we get up on Monday. And we can't even stand in Salah. Because why? You know, you go to the coup and you just say once
again, because you don't want your belly to be pressed. You go to suit and you can't manage because it's too low.
reality that's why you're laughing. Am I right? True. Sorry, I might be slightly guilty there as well.
But we should be disciplined. It's not cover. Yes, you enjoy. I promise you I want to give you another another blessing of Allah.
You see, go to your fridge tonight. Take out some of those pies or savories or some Moses or whatever else might be there, right? fry them up. And then feed them to the family.
Check what it tastes like. Do the same thing, the first of Ramadan
and check what it tastes like.
Don't you agree with me the one in Ramadan tastes totally unique, totally different, right? completely out of this world. That's the most like meaning.
things come in. And it's so unhealthy because to be honest, it's not even the sooner to open your fast with fries. And that's what we do. I promise you.
We are guilty of opening the fast with the most unhealthy food ever to exist. And the Hadith says you know what? dates water. So we have a ceremonial attachment to dates and water. ceremonial means I break my fast here's the date here's the water now is this a Moses? That's how it is. You don't have all these savories you're in trouble. I know of women, I'm not sure here in Glasgow, but in my part of the world, they start gathering together you know, making the pastries helping each other I made my 12 dozens you're gonna make your 12 dozens 15 1000s and you know what? freezer space in the Muslim home is always a problem.
It's a problem, but it's a month of not eating.
inshallah we can change that. Make it simple, simplified, eat low g low GI as they say eat healthy, have a few grains have something that's going to help you whatever it is suiting to your diet in Sharla and try and cut out on this. I've done it and it's really helped me a lot, Mashallah. I've cut down on it a lot, lots of panela once in a while, you know, you have a bit of a,
quiet little attack on some of the things that look too good. You know, it's like the little pious looking agency.
And then you suddenly May Allah forgive us, my brothers and sisters. why I'm saying this is because Ramadan, as much as it's supposed to be spiritual. There was a sister down there saying, What do I say to my non Muslim friends were asking about Ramadan. Trust me if they were to witness the reality of what goes on in some of our homes. They would wonder whether or not it is actually a month where you're not supposed to be too involved with food and drink. Some people spend the entire night munching away, munching away. I remember last year I spent a few days of Ramadan in the UK. And with all my love and with all my respect to the brothers and sisters, it was my first time having such
And I live
in London somewhere.
People are just
like what's going on here guys? I mean is the cinema
Kumar law is in order to quickly have some say, once again, and another bad habit some of the brothers have and I noticed if you say, well, appalling and when you're saying Yeah,
like you're about to go down in the quickly get up and before that they will just mention
some of the people are doing this May Allah forgive us, it's a month of a bad I tell you what, we want to carry it out of Ramadan as well. If I have lost weight in the month of Ramadan, it shouldn't be my prime intention. But if it happens as a byproduct, if it happens,
just you know, because of the fact that it was Ramadan, and hamdulillah I must be concerned about my health throughout the month, keep the past going the Mondays and Thursdays asuna Allah He I as I explained that medical experts who are not Muslim are doing it, they've told you they're trying, you know, they're practicing upon it, and they're promoting it and we who are Muslims, we will never even too interested in this to Panama. And I can tell you another one, I can tell you another one.
When we exit the month of Ramadan, there are the three fasts of the white days. You know what the white days are when the moon is white and brighten out 13th 14th and 15th of the lunar calendar, the lunar month, it's asuna to fast why you will get a reward three times sorry, 10 times or three by 10 is 30.
Immediately after Ramadan is a month of chawan. The Hadith says whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it up with six fast in Ramadan chawan that do not have to be consecutive. By the way, they don't have to be consecutive, that person will have a reward for having fasted the entire year, because a good deed is multiplied by 10. Remember earlier I said good deeds are multiplied by 10. You passed in one month multiply by 10 equivalent 10 months you passed six days multiply by 1060 days. 60 days is two months, 10 months and two months 12 months my reward I've achieved it. So it's amazing. It's a reward that we will get it's a blessing we will achieve become dedicated to fasting. You know how
many of you
engage in some form of exercise on a regular basis whether it's in the gym, or whether it's a makeshift gym or whether it's at home? Please put up your hands.
we need more inshallah. Trust me. If you sweat for 45 minutes every single day, your life will change. Did you hear what I said? And I'm not joking. If you sweat every day for 45 minutes sweat, don't worry whether it smells or doesn't. Nobody's going to smell it. You're going to have a shower. Okay? If you sweat for 45 minutes,
you will be a different person in no time. It will help you It boosts you it actually helps you in your ibadah as well. It helps you in your acts of worship.
And the professor saddam has encouraged us to have healthy bodies.
Many of us been zero nothing no burning we only eat that's it. And we expect it to just on its own. You know the brother just no I told him a brother you know the belly. You know what happened to the six pack? He told me well it's now one big family pack.
That's what's happening. So panela learn to do your leg ups or sit ups your press ups, your crunches your Pilates whatever else you want. Please take it seriously.
I thought there would be more people here who put up their hands and say yes, we're there. It's the engine guys Come on. Get it done. Do it within a good environment. I'm not saying compromise your your Islam because of the environment but learn to sweat it out every day at least six five to six days a week you will change if you're feeling sad, depressed low it will go by the help of Allah and it will help you in your Salah. The point I was going to raise is how dedicated we are when it comes to our personal health and the way we look we spend hours on end to look nice What about hours on end to have a good hereafter Can't we that Salah we did that prayer that we had in Ramadan and we so
beautifully read that Tara we whether it was whatever amount whatever units we did, but it was more it was extra and above the forest, wasn't it? Let's carry on after the month of Ramadan and at least fulfill the for
at least fulfill the forum.
Like I was saying the system will ask the question about the hijab after Ramadan. Try it out inshallah, keep it on. I know of sisters who wear the hijab who started off every Friday, and then they decided well, we're going to have it every Monday and every Thursday. And then they said a few more days in the week. Just keep it on took them a while but they started off with a step. I want to be the person who encourages you
That step, I don't want to discourage you by saying, hypocrite, you're a hypocrite. You just try and it's your struggle. And trust me that struggle, you know, and Allah knows, we all have our own struggles. But I will encourage you strongly to say, you know what, let's remember the days are numbered. We're not going to live forever. We need to be concerned about the day we're meeting with Allah brings me to another thing. The question was asked, what was the last verse to be revealed?
Okay, the answer is what?
todo una de la ma.
Be conscious of the day that you are ultimately going to return to Allah.
That was the last verse that was revealed.
Watch out, be careful, be conscious of the day you are going to go back to your makeup. That was the last verse. That verse actually shakes us because Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed the entire Koran sooner the whole Deen was complete. And then he says, You know what? Be careful one day coming back to us. Just prepare for the day. I want to ask every one of us, myself included, what have I done? What have we done? To prepare ourselves for the day we're going to meet with Allah? Are we becoming better as the days pass? Or are we becoming worse if we're becoming better good news. Good news. If we're getting worse, you have a lot to do. You have a lot to mela make it easy for all of us. So
Allah gives us the season of Ramadan so that we can become clean again. And once you're clean you don't want to mess your sleep again. Man sama Ravana. Eman and YT, seven
MB, whoever first Ramadan, with conviction with Eman with faith, with belief with hope in the mercy of Allah and the acceptance. We will wipe out all their previous sins. That's what Allah says.
The same for the one who actually stands up in prayer at night for the sake of Allah. Don't be lazy. Don't be lazy. Pray for the sake of Allah and take your time.
You know, look for the machine that has the smoothest taraweeh that actually cools you off.
sake of Allah because we look for mistakes.
That speed down the road. Even the cameras cannot pick you up. That's how fast you are. We go down into sujood as though we're doing a favor to allow.
Pick up Allah. What did you say? So I don't know is that Subhana Allah? What did you just say? Not once. You're supposed to say at least thrice try to say no one is wrong. I heard one is what we know one is, well, we're telling you say it a little bit more. That's your Lord. Come on. That's your Lord. He's gonna solve all your problems. That's your law. You don't know he's your Lord. Build your relationship with him. If he says you can say pricing or I'll say five times it's okay. And I learned a few other to ask to read Institute.
I don't want to ask you to raise hands but I know that most of us don't know any other to us that can be said Institute besides Subhan Allah, Allah Am I right?
Thank you. You need to learn some other to us. You've been reading Salah for many, many years. Read another to pick up the sooner find out what are the other two hours Let me read another two hours some day. Let me try and invoke in a way the professor seldom did as well in sudo. So it's amazing. It's a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala
Take your time. You know why? When you take your time in voluntary prayer in the month of Ramadan outside of Ramadan when it comes to the compulsory prayer, it will be so easy for you so easy Mashallah. And if you get used to fasting on a weekly basis, a monthly basis, it's going to be amazing for you. It's going to be beautiful. Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant you goodness in this world and the next, your health will improve everything else improves. You know, when Allah says something, trust me. He says in the Quran, summary him, Tina feel happy, happy to see him.
How we will show them signs in the horizons and within themselves.
That will prove to them or until it is proven to them beyond doubt. That is the truth and the religion of Allah is the truth. Hence, you find the scientific discoveries on a regular basis that have at the end
Come to conform to that which the Quran has revealed.
So initially it might not be, you know, the difference is science keeps changing. Today they discover something five years later they discover something opposing that, and it's suddenly forgotten. And five years earlier, they were laughing at us, right? Because they said, Look, this is against the Quran. And when they all died away, someone else discovered No, hang on, there is something else. Look at the galaxies, they discovered, look at the black hole that they would witness not so long back, right? Look at everything else. Take a look at the fasting, this issue that issue so many other things, take a look at the pen that you squat on in order to relieve
yourself. And the difference that that has with
sitting up as though you're sitting on a chair.
I'm talking about relieving yourself. That's why this alma
mater, aka Rasulullah Salallahu, salam, ala delena alayhi wa Sharon in the
Sierra de la,
there is no good that the Prophet peace be upon him for God to teach us and there is no bad that he forgot to warn us about even how to relieve yourself.
It's an honor. It's an honor to speak about what Islam says about cleaning yourself and bahara. And using the toilet and so on. That is probably one of the most defining topics when it comes to Islam. Your cleanliness, Islam teaches you to be clean inside out upside down.
Did you hear that? That's why we say cleanliness is half of your faith. Because even the words that come out of your mouth are supposed to be clean.
Are we clean? We're dirty. We say the most abusive words as salt and pepper. Stop it.
You know what salt and pepper means? I've seen brothers and unfortunately sisters do.
As they talking to you, they add the F's and the bees just by asking you how are you man? They say how? Whatever are you? Why did you have to add that there? For what?
You just missed everything up? You're a believer, Kenan, how are you Everything fine. Oh, lovely to see you. It could have stopped there. You didn't have to add the bees and the EPS and the zeds and the RS and the US and what's the other one? The W and all of those? It must be wondering, I wonder what's that? I don't know. I just made it up.
But that's what people are doing. They adding all words. And they it's funky. You know, it's something whoa, I'm gonna be accepted. If I do that. Dude, you're a believer, Allah wants you to be clean, your clean inside out, upside down. I mean it, your tongue is clean, your eyes are clean, you look at that which you're supposed to be and you're happy and satisfied. And when you're not supposed to be you know, you, you bring your eyes to a beautiful confidence of comfort, and put it in a zone that Allah knows. And you know, I just achieved the pleasure of my maker. Wow. And you feel so good about yourself? Why? I didn't do it for you for anyone else. I just did it for my
maker. Allah says if you've done that with your eyes, we will call you on the day of judgment and ask you to choose what gift you'd like.
Why you did something for me.
What was stopping you? Nothing.
I had a friend of mine visiting from Madina munawwara 20 years back, he visited us, and we took him to Cape Town.
And when we were, you know, we were showing him the beach, right? And we're walking.
And I didn't notice anything, we don't notice things. Why? Because we used to everything. And later on the hotel exists. You people are only
like, Where's this heading? You guys are like pious said, Why? Listen to what he said. And this is why I don't like to judge anyone.
He says haraam is dangling in front of you and you don't even notice.
And we don't have her arm dangling in front of us, but we go out searching for it.
Are you looking at the difference? He says you guys are living in a totally free country, and you're still not doing anything wrong. You guys are carrying yourself very well. He says I've been watching a lot of the Muslims. They get on with their business.
And he says I couldn't even control my eyes or anything. You know, he says I'm just like, gosh, I'm struggling here.
And this is what he said when Haram is available and you stay away from it. You're a greatest saint than the one whom Haram is not available, and he stayed away from it. Why? You have engaged in an act of worship that he did.
not have the opportunity to engage in and that is holding yourself back from something so tempting. Just for the sake of Allah. What stopped you, maker?
When I'm kind to people when I smile at people, when I help people male or female, black or white Muslim or non Muslim, I always remind myself
and I smile.
It makes me so happy. And if they swear me back, and if they look at me funny, and if they say bad words, and if they do if they react in a negative way, gosh, I got my reward, I'm smiling even more. So Panama, I've lost nothing when I do it for myself or to impress you. I get upset when you're not impressed, but I didn't do it to impress you. I did it to impress Allah, he was already impressed and he was more impressed when you retaliated in the bad way and I was still a good guy and I still carried on and I still carry your bags for you.
Get my point. That's a Muslim. Rama ban is supposed to take you back to these qualities.
Help people reach out to people be charitable, assist your neighbors go out to the Muslims and the non Muslims who are in need and understand they're your brothers and sisters from one mom and dad.
And when your charitable and you reach out to them and they smile and they are so moved by it. That alone was okay. It's fine. It's a deed. It was done in Ramadan, it's multiplied so much, Mashallah.
There was one question asked earlier about whether or not Zakat should be in the month of Ramadan alone? And the answer was perfect. The answer was perfect.
I want to say that sometimes your calculation of Zakat happens to coincide with Ramadan. But prior to Ramadan, there is a need that suddenly came about we had floods back in Zimbabwe, not so long ago, millions of people are affected by it and still affected by it. I promise you at the time, it is correct. And it was correct and still is correct for you prior to Ramadan to say Oh Allah, as much as I want to wait for a man to give this out. Today, there is a desperate need for it and giving it out. Give me the reward as though I gave it in the month of Ramadan, he will give it to you because he knows the need was brought in front of you prior to Ramadan. Give it
to follow what I'm saying. If there's a necessity, rise to the occasion, do something give something How much are you going to take into your grave. But I promise you going back to the issue of cleanliness, I spoke about how clean a Muslim is supposed to be. Your eyes are clean your brain is clean your brain your thoughts should be clean, dirty thoughts. You shouldn't be having the worst possible thoughts of your brother or your sister when they do something or say something.
You know, when you hear someone say something or see them do something, a true Muslim is taught to have the best possible fault.
For example, you see a brother walking out with perhaps a system and you know they're not related or you know, whatever. You have to think the best of things maybe they just met maybe he's helping maybe whatever and mind your business and carry on. But you know what happens today we are contaminated and diseased. Do you know why? We will never entertain the good thought anymore? Most of us because of social media. We love a juicy tailed juicy see the juicy tail? to squeeze the lemon until the no more drops in there. And you're still squeezing? Yes. Because the minute I can expose scandal, I'm going to be famous and popular. That's what it is. Yes, I was the first one to know
this. And the first one to report this and
couldn't you just keep quiet? And even if someone said something, say I don't think this is true. You and the reward. We're taught to defend each other.
Defend others. Allah will defend you
look at the best possible you know, there is a chance there is a possibility you might have a very, very good looking sister who's suddenly in need. And then you find a brother who happens to be there at the time. What do you expect? Sister can't help you? What are people gonna think we are dying as an oma because of the statement. What are people going to think? We don't allow our children to marry across the racial line across the tribal line across the whatever other line ethnicity line because what's my family gonna say? What's my brother's gonna say? What are those people gonna say? Gosh, forget about what people are gonna say. Did Allah allow it? Yes, he did. Who are you to
Did you hear what I just said? If Allah allowed it, why are you disallowing it for what Allah is gonna question? You know, I'm worried about this guy. Yeah, when they have their things they're not worried about you, they won't be
and when we go into the hereafter on the Day of Judgment
Nothing's gonna be happening there by other people, it's going to be our own. And there are my own answering my own questions.
In fact, there's a beautiful verse of the Quran that always keeps me going.
What are the two Muna porada karma fall upon?
ama, Allah says, look, you have come to us, you have come to us on this day, the day of judgment alone, singular all by yourself, just like the day we made you, just like the day we created you here today you are alone. You coming here to defend yourself. one singular, no one's with you. One man
schufa. Allah says, in fact, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What are
everything and every one that we gave you, to be around you to give you the confidence to prop you up? You've left them behind? Where are they? There's no one. Your wealth is not there. Your power is not there. Your position is not there. Your looks is not there. Your looks are not there. Nothing is there. Allah says Where's everything we gave you? Not here today? It's just you. And it's just us. And we're taking account of your deeds. Where's everyone? And the law says Where are those intercessors you were claiming would intercede on your behalf? Where are they? So Panama? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the intercession of Mohammed Salah Salaam say amen.
Definitely, Allah has blessed him and granted him a position that is higher than everybody else's. So he will definitely have that
capacity within what Allah has allowed to intercede on behalf of the sinful May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us from that intercession. I mean, my brothers and sisters, I've just been told that I have run out of time. But I don't think it's fair. I really don't think it's fair. I landed here this afternoon. And as we landed, the plane broke down on the runway.
And the captain announced some minutes later, that you know what, the front wheel, something snapped, and it's not moving anymore. It's not turning around. It's not turning.
So we had to wait for someone to come in. It's like, it's like I was being tested that you're gonna make it in time. I was supposed to be here much earlier. By the way. I delivered a talk this morning that finished at about 1130 Milton Keynes, and I drove myself to Heathrow, some Hana love. And I flew over to Glasgow,
and then this happens to the planes of Hana and you know what? It took them 1520 minutes and we got finally to the Bay. And when I got off my bags just didn't come out. SubhanAllah it's like saying, You preaching this peace? This tolerance. This goodness. What about you? We're gonna test you. We're gonna dangle this lie. I was just smiling. A single Allah told me to go, okay. It's fine. handler handler handler suddenly, my bag popped up. I think you still need to go okay. Mashallah. And then guess what happens? Got the bags. Walking out. misses the brother. He says walk straight out to see me when I walk straight out. I see buses. I see taxis. I can't see the brother. This is a blue car
from Blue calm looking. I can see the blue car. I say brother, this is ridiculous, man. Anyway, no, come to the pickup area. Okay, looking for pickup pickup pickup says pick up one pickup two. I said okay, what do I do? I said, Okay, let me try pick up to not my day. Pick up two says A, B, C, D o d? I promise you I'm not lying. Right? I say now which way should I go? So suddenly, I decided Let me take a I'm working towards a phone the brother again? He says no, no, no, I may pick up one. I said, Oh, no. Now I turned around walking all the way back. I say, Well, you know what, you still don't want me to get the I won't get there.
And then I walk towards pick up one and I see the brother then my bag doesn't go into his booth. And then he has to take some things out of there and put them in the backseat. And then it goes in. And then we're coming around here. I was supposed to have been here at four earlier than that, actually.
But somehow we made it. That's why when he said two minutes, I'm like, gosh, if you know what I did to get here, you wouldn't say just two minutes. Have you been lucky smiling now? He's smiling. You know why he's smiling. He knows that I can go on and on the podium is mine right now.
But we thank Allah, I really and I came here and I'm sitting and I was so tired. And I would the first lecture I delivered was solid and fragile. And immediately after fudger and thereafter, we had there was a retreat happening somewhere in Milton Keynes. Our Nigerian brothers and sisters had a massive beautiful Family Retreat there that I participated in. So I was in Northampton last night. And this morning, we had this and then I had a second lecture and that's when I came here. And I've given you the rest of it. But in the last two weeks, I think I must have visited 14 different cities across the globe.
So you have to really make to ask for all of us. I'm just here to motivate myself.
Actually, that's true. I'm here to motivate myself. Because while he when I was seated here,
and I thought these brothers and sisters gosh, they're sitting here I opened the book. Did you see me opening the book?
He's sitting here from 12 from 12 I better start smiling. Mine's not so bad man.
hamdulillah Mashallah, you guys did a good job. May Allah bless you next time. I think we shortened it a little bit, what do you say? shorten it a bit, right. inshallah? Yeah, some are saying no, some are saying the lengthening. No, I think shorten it a little bit. Perhaps we will modify it slightly. May Allah make it easy. If you have good feedback, you can always give it to us, inshallah, if you have good feedback, and even if you have bad feedback, give it to us, but encourage others to participate. You see, I want to end up with one thing my brothers and sisters.
When you come physically,
there is a different blessing that you achieve. Allah wants you to gather once in a while as an oma, you meet people, you interact, you get an opportunity to smile at others to help them to reach out to them to ask them beautiful questions. When I say beautiful questions, I mean, you know, how are you What's happening? Oh, so lovely to see you, etc. Those are beautiful questions. The minute you get a little bit too deep, you become personal, you chase people away. So you ask encouraging questions. And this is the oma meeting. This interaction is priceless. The blessings we receive and the descending of the blessings is amazing. So don't just think I'm going to sit at home and watch
it online. Make an effort to come and guess what, if you bring along with you 10 of your friends, even if one of them were to be guided by a millimeter, it's the best thing that has ever happened for you and to you, perhaps, maybe even in your life? Because if Allah guides someone else through your effort, what was your effort? Let's go Let's we'll go We'll go and we'll enjoy etc. You know what, Allah will bless you in a billion ways you don't even know.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease in May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors. I see the brothers are getting a bit NGV I better disclosed before. Oh, he said it's okay. I can go ahead. Alright guys one more time.
But now I think I should so now I'm doing a volunteer meaning voluntarily, just myself. And you can see that my love for the people of Glasgow is so much I don't even want to leave the podium. Right? But inshallah we have a beautiful month of Ramadan. Please prepare, not just the savory side of Please prepare each other with a plan and so on. And whatever you do in the month of Ramadan, keep it going after the month, at least a little portion of it. This morning I spoke about how important it is to actually read a verse a day a verse a day doesn't cost too much. one verse a day how many one one verse a day we ready? one verse a day you ready to do that?
Class go one verse a day You ready?
Mashallah that yes? is written your names written? Not by me. It's written here already. Make sure that you follow through on that one inshallah. May Allah bless you all. akula Kohli hado Salatu was salam o Baraka Lavina Mohammed Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.