Channel: Mufti Menk
The Hold Fast Convention 2016 in Zamboanga Philippines.
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah new Allah, Allah He was happy.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we praise him for everything that he has given us everything that he has bestowed upon us. For indeed he has given us more than we deserve. He has given us much more than we deserve, we praise him for everything upon all conditions. For a believer, there is no condition that is negative, all the conditions are actually positive. It only depends how you look at it. It depends on the condition of your heart, and it depends on the condition of the man of that particular heart, the belief of it, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us conviction, what was suddenly what was suddenly more Allah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Mohammed bin Abdullah, Allah Allah He was happy he admire him. We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the best of creation, the most noble of all messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless him and his entire household all of them without exception May Allah bless them all. And may Allah bless all his companions without exception. And may Allah subhanahu wa taala bless every single one of you, and may He bless the oma at large and May Allah bless humanity at large, my brothers and sisters, it is important for us to make dua to pray to supplicate, not only for ourselves, we need to supplicate
not only for the Muslims. We need to supplicate for the non Muslims as well to ask Allah to guide them it is absolutely important for that we need to have a feeling towards those who are human kind. And we need to have a feeling towards all the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is when your heart is considered clean. All of us at some stage somewhere up the ladder. We're not Muslim, but someone loved us enough to bring the deen to us. Someone loved us enough by the sake by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala and his mercy to be able to bring to us the beautiful Deen that we happen to be having today may we be from among those who can carry the same beam to the rest May we be from
amongst those who can carry the same beam in such a way that even the enemies of Islam realize that Islam is not a bad faith. Islam is not a bad religion. When the enemy of the end when the enmity of the enemy, when the enmity of the enemy has decreased. We have already succeeded because you and I know guidance is in the hands of Allah the heart that I have cannot be guided by anyone besides Allah. We are taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam than two hours the supplication he used to make regularly Allahumma yamaka liberal pulu submit kulu burner Allah de O Allah, in whose hands lies the turning of the hearts, turn our heart upon your deen make it firm and steadfast upon the
deen. My brothers and sisters. We need to realize call out to Allah to make your heart steadfast and then work towards it. Try your best to achieve it. There is no point in making a dua when your heart is heading in the wrong direction. You say Oh Allah, Oh Allah, I asked you to protect me from drinking alcohol and you have a bottle in your hand. You're about to open it and put it into your mouth. That is foolish. Oh Allah protect me from stealing and you are about to go and Rob? No, but you say Oh Allah protect me from drinking protect me from intoxicants. Protect me from sinning and you do something about staying away from it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us stay away from sin.
I mean, my brothers and sisters,
this evening's talk is going to be very interesting and very different. I will be talking to my own heart and you will be listening to what I have to tell my own heart. Part of the talk will be me speaking to my heart. And part of it may be a few words of advice for myself and for everyone else. So let me begin. Oh my dear heart, who am I talking to my own heart? Oh my dear heart, there was a time when you did not exist. Hell
Remember, oh my heart, the verse in Surah two, that Allah subhanho wa Taala says had a time noncom are not passed upon men when he was nothing
To be mentioned, oh my heart, you are nothing to be mentioned at a certain stage you will not in existence the way you are today. So before you were born well before you were born, and even before that Allah knows exactly when the souls were not even created. Remember that then Allah created the soul, then Allah decided when to put you onto the earth for a purpose. Oh my dear heart, Allah put you on earth in order for you to leave the earth. Listen carefully, my dear heart, Allah put you on Earth, you started pumping well before you had life. Oh my dear heart, you started pumping perhaps at a few weeks in the belly of your own mum. But at the same time, the soul was blown at 120 days.
Oh my dear heart, that is what we are told by the one who made it. So the muscle that is known as the heart was given life at 120 days, even though it was pumping well before that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. And may Allah grant us ease Oh my dear heart, you don't have a battery. You don't have any electric current. But you are pumping by the will of the one who made you and if you stop pumping, you will be dead. Oh my dear heart while you are pumping, you are just like us, our glass and our glass filled with sand, where the sand begins to go down. Oh my dear heart one day it's going to stop the sand is going to finish and your test your examination. Oh, my
dear heart will come to an end. So my dear heart, do as much as you can. While you're alive, go out help go out and worship Allah alone. Go and spread the good news. Go and assist people do the best that you can for before the entire game is over. You need to have scored the maximum number of goals for you to have won the match.
Oh my dear heart, a day came when you were born, you came on to the earth. You were born in order for you to die.
You were born.
You started pumping. Knowing that one day that pumping is going to stop you knew that and you will know it and you know it now and you know that a few days are remaining. Oh my dear heart when I put my hand on you. I feel helpless. And I feel thankful to the Almighty. Knowing that without any effort or energy of mind. You are pumping
May Allah subhana wa Taala help me purify my own heart and help every single one of us. I mean, Oh my dear heart. You came to this earth knowing that you have to leave this is just like you came in you have to leave Oh my dear heart, you came with no belongings, and you shall leave with no belongings. It's only your deeds that will help you Oh my dear heart, listen to what your maker says.
Oh, I have not created many kinds of gene kind except for the purpose of worshiping me so my dear heart worship Allah alone, that is your test. That is the reason why you are here. Your maker My dear heart tells you that he will definitely test you no matter what type of life you are living, he will test you while
we will definitely definitely definitely test every single one of you with a few tests. One of them is fear, fear, so kind of love what type of fear every type of fear possible. We will test you with hunger, we will test you with the loss of life of those around you the loss in terms of your material items, you will the items the produce, etc, etc. You have to be tested. That's why you are on Earth, oh my heart You are not on this earth in order to enjoy as per your desire, but you are on earth in order to enjoy within that which Allah has made permissible. Why? Because he has made you Oh my dear heart. That's the reason
love me. Indeed. for him is the creation which means he created and that is why he has the right to instruct. When he makes he has the right to instruct. If you made something you have the right
To Say what you want to do with it. Allah has created us, he has the right to decide why He created us. And he has the right to take us away, Oh my dear heart, you came onto this earth, you came onto this earth, and that made the hearts of others very, very happy, not realizing that you did not belong to them, you belong to the one who gave you the life. You know when we are born, my mothers and sisters, my brothers and fathers.
Our moms and dads became happy not realizing this child actually belongs to Allah. This is why when a person passes away, what do we say? We say in the law when we're in a Rajon we belong to Allah, and unto him is our ultimate return. That is what we say, because we acknowledge that this is a worldly loss, but in the eyes of Allah, it's just the plan of Allah that keeps rotating and going on. People came people went people can people when you came, you went, I came, I shall go Subhan Allah,
those who come after us, they will be here for a while and then they will go the timing of it. Allah knows best.
When am I going to go? I don't know. I may not leave the state. It's possible. You may not leave this role. It's possible. May Allah grant us general physicals. May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors, Oh my dear heart, you need to realize when you came onto the earth, or the hearts became happy. But if they were connected to you very deeply, in a way that would displease a lot, they would become depressed. If the one who gave you the life took you back. What does this mean? My beloved brothers and sisters, to not become too attached to anything on Earth, do not become overly attached, because when you lose it, you become depressed people are sometimes attached to wealth.
This attachment is such that if you realize where this wealth came from, who is the owner of it, and the fact that you are merely a custodian of this house, the day you lose it, you will not be depressed. You are just a custodian. When you have a spouse, you are only given the good fortune perhaps that's if they are good. By the way, you are only given the good fortune of being in that company for a short period of time they have to go or you have to go it cannot last on earth forever. But if you live your life in the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala he promises you that you will be together even in the hereafter.
Amazing. Listen to what Allah subhana wa Taala says, one
Allah speaks about how those who believe and their progeny followed them with belief, they will then be together in the hereafter. Remember that you believe you did good deeds. Your family believed that you could do this, then you will be together in the hereafter. But if you believed and you did good deeds, and your family members did not do good deeds, then Subhan Allah, Allah tells you salatu salam in something as unique in
your son, the fact that he has chosen besides Allah and he has decided to stay out of the ark, knowing that you are a messenger of Allah, knowing of the warning, that is his responsibility, he cannot be considered your son anymore. When he is absolutely disobedient to Allah, you're going to lose him not because Allah is not merciful upon you, but because of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the justice of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, may Allah make things easy for us, oh, my dear heart, learn a lesson from this. The attachment that you have, and I have to this world is what depresses us. The day we lose things.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease Oh, my dear heart, as you grew older, and as you grow bigger, as you grow bigger and older, oh, my dear heart.
You pumping changed what happened suddenly.
And this is something true.
You became concerned about the physical heart more than the spiritual heart. You became concerned more about the physical heart than the spiritual heart. Oh my dear heart do not suffer a spiritual heart attack for indeed it is worse.
Then the physical heart attack my brothers and sisters. What is meant by this is when we suddenly have a change in pain on our chest. Imagine I'm thinking about it so much that I almost said a chain on our past. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. When we have a pain in our chest. What happens? Immediately we run
to the doctor, we want to get it checked. What do we check? cholesterol, right? What is cholesterol? The thickening of the blood? You're eating too nice food. Don't you know that? The food you're eating too much red meat, perhaps too many chocolates and sweets and milk and dairy products and whatever else but you're indulging a little bit too much in worldly items. So Allah is just tapping you Hey, Subhana Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease you went, you checked your cholesterol very, very high. What happens? They've got to see for clogging. Because if there is clogging you need to be operated upon, or you need a stent with the latest technology, or you need
something because if not, your life is at risk. But your heart Your entire Hereafter is at risk and you're not even worried. Your hidden tire here after is, no matter how much you go and remedy the physical heart, you can have the best specialists have the top stents put in you and you can have the bypasses that have bypassed whatever was blocked in your heart. Oh, my beloved heart, I want to tell you that you still have to die. You still have to stop. There will be a point when you have to go there is absolutely no way out. So now what Oh my dear heart, don't be frightened. Don't be scared. Develop a link with the owner of the hereafter The one who made you in the first place, you
are going to go back to him develop a link with him. When you do that. You have no need to fear you have absolutely no need to worry because you have a link with the boss himself. So how to love you have a link with the creator and make it himself. What What do you do you need some halala
This is why Allah speaks about the softening of the heart. How is the heart soften. And when we talk about suffering, we're talking about getting rid of spiritual cholesterol. When your heart becomes heavy, you enjoying too much in the earth on the earth. I do too into worldly items. I love wealth so much that I will do anything to get it I will be happy when there is pesos. And I will be sad when there are no vessels. So Panama I wouldn't be happy when there is a beautiful car, a lovely watch the latest phone, the best of smells, the best of handbags, oh my beloved heart that is a sign that you are sick. You are sick, what sickness you are making your spiritual blood very heavy with
spiritual cholesterol known as love of the world, when you're going to leave the world
even are happy to be the Prophet peace be upon him speaks about how you will cleanse yourself Oh my dear heart by being or living on this earth as though you are a stranger or just a passer by when you're passing by you and I know
that we will not be able to carry everything with us nothing. You can have the latest iPhone, the latest note eight by the way, it's about to come out.
The one where the battery does not explode anymore.
You can have the latest note eight but guess what? If you die, people will be excited to collect it from you. So Allah
you can have the best perfumes when you die. Your family members relatives or maybe thieves might steal it. What happened to you? If you lived for that? You cannot take it when you go you will not take it when you go not at all. What will you take with you and that's it.
That's it. The deeds Oh my dear heart when you have separated from the body you are in right now here we're talking of the soul knowing my mothers and sisters, my brothers and fathers that Allah speaks about a local boo which means the heart. Allah speaks about the nursery which means the soul. Allah speaks about Allah which means the mind and Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about our ROI, which also refers to the soul and Allah interconnects all of them, Allah interconnects them in the Koran. And the reason why they are interconnected is because in reality they are. They are you have a heart, you think with your mind. But when your heart is deep in something, it blocks the thinking
of the mind.
And when the heart is softened, it changes the way the brain thinks as well. If your heart is softened regarding something, your mind starts thinking in a different way. So there is a connection between the heart and the mind indeed.
And the souls of Hannah love because the separation of the soul is at times connected to the heart not always, but at times connected to the heart.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding. So
Oh my dear heart I have for you something very interesting. My dear heart you need to know.
You need to know my dear heart that you are going back to the almighty without taking anything that you have amassed on Earth, nothing at all. What will you take your deeds because when the soul leaves the body, what will happen? As we go the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says your funeral is followed by certain items. It is followed by your family, your wealth, your deeds, what will happen, your deeds remain, will you your family and your wealth. Go back. They will go back. Your family will go back you have a husband the best in the world.
He will get married.
Perhaps to the same woman you were feeling? He must not get married.
He probably wasn't
sorry. I don't mean to cause problems and issues here. But I'm just saying that
you have a fear that your wife might get married to someone. Yes, she will. SubhanAllah you die What happened?
It doesn't mean much anymore. SubhanAllah it shows that attachment is temporary because it was on Earth. If Allah decides to make it eternal, he will.
Under certain conditions, may Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us May he help us My dear heart never become too attached to anything. realize and understand that you need to clean yourself. You need to clean yourself the same way we have
medication in order to fill the blood.
The same way we have medication in order to thin the blood from the physical maladies and sicknesses. We also have medication to thin the blood from spiritual sickness and illness.
boo boo. Allah says those who believe their hearts are calm by the remembrance of Allah. Did you hear that? Those who believe they achieve contentment, their hearts are calm, by the remembrance of Allah for me, through the remembrance of Allah, our hearts come.
It is through the remembrance of Allah that the heart has come. So remember Allah, how do I remember Allah the best form of remembrance is to read the Word of Allah. Allah for
the word of Allah, it has in it so much of goodness, imagine he who made you spoke those words, it is known as Kalam law, the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala. They should bring a calmness, even in the hearts of those who don't believe in it.
When they hear the Koran there's often a signature right Abuja and Abu sufian. Before he accepted Islam, they used to tiptoe in Mecca in the darkness, go and listen to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam read the Koran How lucky were they? But the condition of their hearts. They love the power. They loved money. That's why they rejected the truth. So Oh my dear heart, when you love power too much. You might be far away from Allah, you will suffer the consequences of it. You may get that power but you will not be happy you will not be contagious. When you love fame, and you want to be famous at any cost. You will not be happy. Perhaps you might become famous, but you will lose
contentment because you need to realize that when you love certain things, Allah will take you away from the connection with him. You need to love Allah more than everyone and anyone else. If the power came and the fame came and the wealth came as a result of you loving Allah subhanho wa Taala perhaps you will be assisted in it. Perhaps it will be a blessing.
But if it came by you forgetting Allah, people start stealing, they start robbing they start deceiving. They start fighting and killing and so on and expect to get lucky they might get something when someone steals what happens My dear heart, let me
Explain. When someone steals they might achieve something but they will be uneasy. The condition of a heart is very bad, they are not happy. They are always watching, always looking when they use something they stole, they will always be uneasy. Oh my dear heart when someone has committed adultery, remember, they will be upset, they will be unhappy after the few moments of stolen joy. Now loss of Panama to Allah forgive us. Remember, my dear heart, you can never ever get purity by sinning against the one who made you every time you see, my dear heart, a little black dot appears on you. And the more you sell, the more black in the heart is until it becomes totally black. My
brothers and sisters, you know, when you commit a sin for the first time you feel embarrassed, you feel shy, you feel ashamed, you feel that something wrong has happened. You want to make amends, you want to go back to unlock Why? Because there's one black dog, the rest of your heart is still clean. But you sit again and again. And again. What happens, it becomes more and more dark and dark, so dark that there comes a time when you don't even worry. You look forward to the sin. You look forward to going to the clubs and dancing and jumping. jumping forward, my dear heart? Do you think you're going to achieve the pleasure of the maker by jumping? And by shaking your hands? And by
moving to the left and to the right. Do you really think that? Oh my dear heart Do you think you're going to achieve any form of goodness and purity and spiritual cleanliness from that spiritual cholesterol you have by listening to the tooth and the tooth and the tooth straight into your ears so loud that even your head starts shaking without you realizing
My dear heart, that's not going to clean you. That's going to make you even more dirty. That will addict you to coming back again and again. Achieving things the wrong way you can get what you want the hard way, the permissible way when Allah has given you instructions might be hard. It is only to keep you happy. It is only to open your doors, not to close them. So do it the right way, no matter how long it takes. You can become wealthy by stealing, but you won't be happy. But you can become wealthy by the word of Allah when sustenance is written for you through the halaal means even though it might take a little bit longer. So what how many of us do we know who have not much but they are
happy. Their hearts are good. They're at ease. We're loving my brothers and sisters. I was in Ghana a few days ago. And when my axolotl when I got up 30 minutes before
I heard in domestic law, he was out to joke. I heard in the masjid a lecture going on with the loudspeakers inhalers outside that are used for alarm, there was a lecture going on the lecture lasted 30 minutes, the alarm went, I arrived in the magic and the messaging was packed not one day, even the other day and even the other day, so panela. And I'm thinking to myself, I am here in a country in Africa, not a wealthy first world country. But a country that has its own struggles. A country that had and still has its own share of issues and matters that it needs to deal with. But look at the people. They're here at the time of the head and will allow you I promise you.
We're lucky I promise you the machine was
Oh my dear heart. You know, when I told you where are you? Where are these people? Look at them. They are so happy. So content sitting earlier than you reading the forehand achieving contentment, smiling, they must be all having problems. Not one of us can say I don't have problems. Put up your hand if you do not have a single problem. I want to see it Hi.
Not one. Why? That is why my dear heart You were created to be tested. You will go through one issue another issue a third issue. Every time you have an issue. Allah wants to see what you do, that's all. And then you pass it to another test. The tests do not start until you die. I'm at school. How can I think okay, I'm still at the school and the tests will stop. They test you every week nowadays. So Panama. They test you every day. Nowadays, the better schools as soon as they teach you a concept. They start testing you regarding that concept. A lot does the same.
A lot of tests you regarding things. As soon as you know when you say I'm a mommy, Allah says I'm going to test you as even so I don't
Walla, yadi llaman. Carry me the first few verses of solid olenka. Both
were Alesis Alif Lam me, do the people think that it is enough for them to say we believe and then we're not going to test them? No. When you say we believe that's when you've just entered the school.
Did you hear that? When I say I will believe that means I entered the school. Now I will be tested one after the other, the others, they are still outside the school, they may not be tested.
The matter Oh, Connie. Allah says do not let the fact that the kuffaar may be enjoying. They may be enjoying on Earth. Don't let that deceive you that is just for a short period of time they enjoy they have not even entered the test. They have not entered the test people saying we are meaning the Sahaba they looked at Mohammed salatu salam and a question. Yeah, Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, are we not on the right path? He said yes. Well, why are we struggling? Why all the suffering? That's because you're on the right path.
It's like someone who goes into a school and he says why all the tests will because you are in the school, some Allah, that's why you're having tests, and then you will have a certificate, and then you get a demo. Test. And then you go to a higher level and then when we examine is really love you They asked you the most difficult question so that if you you're given an opportunity to pass it and when you pass it, you have a PhD. Wow. So much as to more and more in
it Allah when Allah loves the worship, he gives him a test. And the Hadith says
the bigger reward is with the bigger test. So in a lot took your child away, your spouse away, your limbs away, you are sick, you cannot move mela Gracia to all those who are sick and you no matter what disease they have.
I mean, say I mean.
So can Allah. May Allah grant Shiva to all those who are sick and you no matter what disease they're
locked by. But sometimes we don't know our own diseases. Allah cured us from cancer without us knowing that we ever had cancer, it will happen and it has happened. And it can happen and we will find out only in the hereafter why that's the love of Allah. You didn't even know what disease you have. Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us good immune systems that immune system might be a heart is actually a gift of Allah for you in order to protect you from diseases that are physical. So develop your spiritual immune system so that you can be protected from the trap of the devil, who wants to take the deen away from you?
My dear heart, my dear heart, remember my dear heart that you are going to return to Allah Subhana Allah, I was speaking about the tests. And I was telling you that you are only tested when you enter the school. So can Allah think about that example. When you enter the school, you need to wear a certain uniform. If you don't, you will be expelled from the school or you will have a problem with the headmaster. The same applies you entered the school known as surrender to Allah is known as Islam.
What happens there is a uniform certain type of clothing you have to wear, you have to cover certain things. If you don't you have a problem with Allah.
That's the thing.
And if you don't want to dress appropriately, you will have to pay the price. The world can say what it wants. They have paid the price. There was a study that was done not too long ago in the United States where there was a woman who dressed semi nude, and within a few hours, she had so many people harassing her, you know, the sexual harassment people passing comments looking this way that way, and they were commenting about the someone trying to go over and touch her and the other ones trying to do this and that and so on. While she was not dressed appropriately. She was showing her breasts and her backside and she was showing everything and she was walking as though well with all the
freedom on Earth, right. She was walking with it, and she suffered the consequences. She suffered the consequences. What happened the very next day when she walked with HR seven hours not one person even attempted to harassment.
My dear heart, don't you learn the lesson. These were experiments done by those who don't even believe but the results are there for you.
We are only saying dress appropriately. That's all placed properly. It's an honor. You will find the calmness, the coolness of the heart. Oh my dear heart, you will be able to achieve the calmness when you want to please your makeup when you get up for Salah till fudger. If you don't, Oh my dear heart, there are millions of other hearts who actually do so you are the one losing out. If you don't believe in Allah, Allah loses nothing. He says, Why?
Boom, boo, I'm sad at the end of Muhammad, Allah says, If you turn away, we will replace you with someone else. They won't be like you should use us. If a train is passing and you were too arrogant to jump on it. You missed the train, what will happen? You're not going to make it to Zamboanga in time for the lecture.
Why? Because you didn't get up early enough. You didn't get to the station. quick enough. All you were there and simply lazy to get on. So we are there at the time of departure but lazy to get onto the train. How are we going to make it to a place more important than Zamboanga?
Wow, that's your train. Catch your train two gentlemen to fill those. You are there you are at the station. You just need to get up, catch your bags and jump into the drain. What does that mean? Get up wash yourself and read salon this set Giada on the prayer mat and go for it your training to the era it will happen on a daily basis. Allah says one Buddha had to carry it. How long should I continue reading the Salah for the answer is in that verse. worship your maker worship the one who created you a boon is a powerful word it means he who created who made you, nourish, cherish or sustain and provide a protective cure or the one who whose hands lies the control of absolutely
every aspect of existence of Allah. Allah says worship him and him alone until the day you die.
When you die, you have graduated from the school now what happens and waiting for the prize giving you know now we have to wait for our results. Before we get into the next level. What's the next level
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Oh, my dear heart, a day will come when you will get your book either.
On the right hand or the left. This verse says, As for those who get their books in the right, or the one who gets his books in the right hand, he will say hey, read my book, you know a child very happy with the results that they have right? When they've passed when they have failed. What do they do? They don't know what happened to my results they lost in the post? I don't know.
Or when you see them. I think they mix this up with someone else. You know, when I was writing my exam number, I think I made a mistake. No, you didn't study you were lazy. You knew you had to work so hard Allah but you didn't. So what happened? You're struggling, who suffers the consequence of your deeds. While
Allah says no soul can take the burden of another. You have to take your own burden. Allah forgive me, Allah make it easy upon all of us. My brothers and sisters, Daddy have a normal revenue machine around the states very clearly that Allah is very clear that which is permissible, is loud and clear. That which is prohibited is loud and clear. And in the middle. There are certain things that are gray, gray, meaning you may not know the ruling of everything. Not all of us, including myself, we are not so knowledgeable. We know a few things and certain things we don't know. You might ask me things and I might have to tell you listen, I don't know I will try and find out. It's normal
because we are not all know it alls. Not at all. None of us are new at all, actually.
So what happens? That area Allah Allah says in this beautiful hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam which means the words are a pseudo law, sometimes words, but obviously it's from Revelation in the sense that Allah inspires Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam what to say. So he said, Whoever falls into that which they are doubting, has fallen into harm. Whoever stays away has protected himself for this temporarily D while he whoever has stayed away from that which they are doubting has saved himself. If I were to tell you that there are five lions out there waiting to bite anyone who goes out who will go out anyone?
But you know what? It might not be true. But now you're doubting that it maybe it's there maybe it's not there. Those who stayed in here they lost nothing.
Whether they were lions there they will not. And even if there were no lions they they didn't lose anything. They will not quit. They stayed here. Those who went out there they risk their lives. And guess what? The lions were there.
And immediately Ah, and what happened? You quickly want to come running back. Well, you're lucky you run back.
Think of those lions. If you stay away. You didn't lose anything. This is me. Someone says Allah. Someone says no is the best thing donated. Why? That's the way we are taught. The Prophet says if you don't consume him, you've saved yourself. Nobody on earth can tell you it's haram
to stay away. No, you've saved yourself. Is it fun to eat meat? No. Is it compulsory to eat meat? No. So I can stay away from it. It's fine. Now that I stayed away from it, so panela what happened to me I protected myself. But the minute I start saying no, there's a debate about it. It's okay. I'm jumping straight into the lions. That's what I'm doing.
This is just an example. I'm talking of cleaning the heart. So the Hadith
where the Prophet sallallahu Sallam explains halaal is clear Haram is clear in the middle surgeon's names, they may not be clear to you or to some whoever falls into them fallen into haram whoever protects themselves stays away has saved themselves and I save the deal their faith. When he says Allah.
In fact, it gives another example before he says Allah He says kawari Yama, Hola, Haman, Yoshi Konya coffee. He says this example is like the example of a shepherd who wants to graze his flock on territory that is borderline. He doesn't know whether it belongs to him or his neighbor, and he takes the flock all the way there. And he wants the flock to eat to graze the likelihood of that flock eating from the neighbor's grass is great. So the Hadith says, in the body, there is a heart Allah Jessa de la moda, he does Salah hearts, Allah has just a Dooku what is our president president just a Dooku. In fact, it's worded so beautiful, it says, in the body, there is an organ, an organ.
Initially, it's not mentioned that it's the heart that comes right to the end. But the Hadith says in the body, there is an organ, or motiva actually means a piece of flesh. More accurately the word Luca means a piece of flesh. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam is telling you in your body, there is a piece of flesh. If it is pure and good, the whole body will be pure and good. If it is dirty and filthy, the whole body will be dirty and filthy. He says that organ is the heart.
It's a piece of flesh. That's what it is no bones, and it's just moving. How is it moving? Well, I don't know. It's a miracle. Medicine cannot explain it. It's just muscle. The muscle knows how I don't know just Allah, Allah power. It just keeps moving. sisterly that, actually so on It keeps on moving. That's what it is. And the chambers, the four chambers of the heart and how it moves, and the oxygenated blood and deoxygenated blood, one goes in, one comes out, goes to the brain and comes back and what happens? It's a whole system. It works. I was about to say better than the traffic in Zamboanga, but someone does better Mashallah, perhaps the traffic elsewhere, imagine how all the
roads go this way and that way, and then this traffic coming here, this they are it's more sophisticated than all the roads of the world, but the traffic flows, it just keeps on pumping, No Jam, no stopping no nothing. So can Allah Subhana Allah
and you don't give Allah thanks for that, oh, my dear heart, how can that happen? It's pumping by the tutor of Allah. And you know what I want you to do my beloved brothers and sisters. Put your hand
and feel the heart pumping,
And you need to know
that what law he is going to stop. That's what I want you to know.
Don't think I'm dooming you. I'm doing it to myself as well. That was the case I wouldn't even tell you this. But that should make you closer to the almighty you have no option, but to lay dead one day, no option. No matter how healthy you are, no matter how wealthy you are, no matter how powerful you are all that left behind like I said your deeds, do deeds to as much as you can give preference to others over your own heart in order to cleanse it over yourself. I have something and someone needs it more than I do. Are you ready to give it away today? The answer is no.
it's called an Tifa. Allah describes the answer in Madina munawwara when the Mahajan from Mecca made the migration and went to them, Allah says,
called me any new new bone, amen. Hi, john in a locker, I just thought of something important.
Allah speaks about how those who opened their doors in order to welcome their brothers and sisters, who did not belong to their tribe, who did not belong to their chief who did not belong to their part of the country, so to speak.
The answer, they open their hearts and their homes,
from the man that believes they had in Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And Allah says they love the Maha God.
Ask yourself, do we love people from the north? When we are here in the south? If they had a problem and they came to us when we open our doors and say welcome, when they propose for our daughters, we reject.
That's not even asking you to come and be a refugee.
What type of racism and tribalism has gotten to us No wonder the heart is struggling. No wonder we are suffering. Because the heart needs to be cleansed. Well ah he needs to be cleansed. You need to clean your heart. Allah says the Mahajan will totally different from the different tribe different people you know today the people of Mecca and Medina chalk and cheese, you know that those who have been there they will tell you that will lie in Medina they are calm maka. They are often tough.
Subhan Allah the mountains, rough and tough in Mecca. But when they came, do you know what happened? Allah says,
You're born a man.
They found in their hearts, they did not find in their hearts a need for what they were given by Allah. They gave it away to those who needed it more
kasasa they gave preference to others over themselves, even though they needed what they had and what they gave away. I need it, but he needs it more. That's what it means. I need it. But you need it more so panelo and I said this in one of my lectures, a young boy came up to me says you know this cloak you're wearing you need it but I needed more.
Hey, so can Allah, Allah forgive us? Now Allah subhanho wa Taala help us?
Let's not misinterpret things. But anyway, going back on a more serious note, these people were mentioned by Allah their sacrifices mentioned by Allah and then Allah caps this mentioned by saying, Why am I I have seen for all
whoever protects himself from
Suppan, Allah, the miserliness, the stinginess of his own heart, of his own soul. He is the one of those other ones who are truly successful.
selfishness. When you are selfish, you want everything for yourself. This is mine, mine, I won't share it. I don't want to share it. I'm not going to be sharing. You may not share it, but you're going to pay a price for it. What will happen the condition of your heart, Allah says
those will be the successful ones who those who can become selfless.
Today the world teaches you to be selfish. It's all about me. myself and I that's what it's all about. Everything is me. Something happens a I must get. But we don't think what about the other brother? What about the other sisters who are struggling and suffering? What about them? What about the orphans? What about the widows? What about those who are divorced? What about those who are disabled? What about the others who cannot manage? What about the poor? What about the needy This is why the Prophet sallallahu Sallam speaking about the heart again speaks about how important it is to visit the sick and the ill because when you visit them, it softens your heart. That's what it is.
Another Hadith says you visit the sick and then you you will find the love there. What does that mean? That means that Allah Subhana Allah, Allah will have special mercy on you. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will soften your heart and you will get closer to Allah by visiting those who don't have what you have.
we have the latest the latest hairstyle or perfume or handbag or phone or car or house or kitchen or anything or shoes or clothes or anything else and someone has one model later one just one iPhone seven iPhone eight What happened? I'm depressed I'm sad Something happened in my heart I don't feel as happy as I was. Well I will live my dear heart and speaking to you not to the people here
May Allah forgive me? We feel hurts Why? I just had the latest no longer the latest you run behind the world it runs faster than you stopped running. Make the most of what you have. You have a spouse no problem. She developed stretch marks Wow, those were your children Alhamdulillah what else happens? He becomes old perhaps.
Mashallah, nowadays they gentlemen, they make sure they prim and proper, even at the age of 50 and 60. And humbler thanks to the pressure of the blue part.
When you become have a habit
of wanting to change things that are updated, there comes a time when your heart will want to change your spouse also, why? She's no longer the new model, the new models, they work like that, you know, and my wife, she just straight for simple things he just carries on. So panela Wow, there was a stage when she was like that. Then what happened? May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us contentment. If your heart is not in order, you will keep on running behind the world. You cannot have all the roses in the garden, you took your pig, and now make the most of it.
But if you keep on looking at all the roses in the garden, what happens? Do you know the ruling of lowering the gaze? Why is he dead? For your heart in order to save your heart from depression? I don't even know that the iPhone eight exists? I don't know. And I don't want to know I don't need to see it. I don't need to know what it does what it doesn't do. Why my iPhone one if there was ever one, my iPhone one is doing the purpose. It's fulfilling everything I need. What do I need to change things for? I don't. So Han Allah, may Allah grant us an understanding. It's just an example.
So my beloved brothers and sisters, remember, when we run behind the world, it keeps on running faster. And we will keep on running until we drop into a pit, known as the grave. We were running while running, we jumped into the pit. Be happy with what you have be content. I'm not saying don't work to get something comfortable to get a little bit more if you can afford things Alhamdulillah they should bring you closer to your maker. If your belongings and your spouse and your business and your looks and your power and your authority takes you away from Allah you have lost. And if the same things bring you closer to Allah you have gained to have money is not bad. It's really good.
Isn't it good to have some form of wealth. It's good. Only if that wealth comes with blessings. If there is no blessing, it will live. It's not good. Let me explain. You earned 10 million.
Okay, not pesos, because the rate is quite bad. But let's say US dollars, you learn 10 million US dollars. Are you really going to spend all of that on yourself? Are you really going to spend all of that on yourself? Those who are billionaires 99% of their wealth is not spent on them personally. They haven't eaten things have you thought about food, you know, what we do today, our hearts are so diseased that we pay for food that looks nice, but it's not healthy at all. We pay for food that tastes nice, but it's not healthy at all. And then we go later on and then we want to start eating a little bit healthy. So the people have realized that when we charge more for the healthy food,
people will buy that. So panela because they want to pay. People want to use they want to spend there was a time I know. Back in the days when I was young. We never ever went out to eat. I don't remember my mom and dad was taking us out to eat anyway. Today, going out to eat if you don't have it. Your marriage is broken. I promise you.
I officiated Annika and this is a very serious note. They made the groom poor soul I looked at him and I said that's a good sentence. They made him sign to say her kitchen shall be closed Saturday and Sunday. Wow. He signed it take out to eat where you're going to learn from beg borrow steal. She has to eat out Saturday and Sunday for the rest of your life. Whoa, whoa, whoa. To sign is a little bit much Don't you think so? Allah had happened? I'm not joking with you. The world is coming to an end.
You know, you might have a loving understanding Listen, my darling no problem and Child Life we have a moment we'll go somewhere perhaps we'll go out to eat. Come on, you're doing so much. Let me cook today no sweet, these loving sort of agreements that you have unwritten but filled with love. They bring about more contentment than something you made someone sign. But the problem is people are letting one another down. That's why even when they signed it, they still break the agreement. You know, a long time ago, you could say something with your tongue, people will believe you. Today, the lawyers will come and make everybody signed with the whole community witnessing and they will still
break that agreement means nothing.
And they will take you to court to prove that there is nothing wrong and me breaking this thing. May Allah forgive us, the world has changed why the heart has changed. Where are the good hearts, I was talking about the unsolved and the Mohajer in Makkah and Medina take a look at it allies praising those who welcomed people from a different tribe, into their homes, they married them to their daughters, they did, and the law says they're the successful, which means when you do you know what's the problem, my beloved brothers and sisters,
whether we like it or not,
if not all of us, most of us have an element of racism in us. Whether we agree or we don't agree, we believe for some strange, stupid reason that we are better than someone whose complexion is a little bit darker sometimes. Or that a person who comes from across the river or from a person who comes from a different part of the same nation, or from someone who comes from another part of the world. Sometimes somehow someway, we tend to have this in the back of our minds why we are contaminated. That's how the system makes us think sometimes. Islam tells you laughably Albion Allah Jimmy
there is no virtue of an Arab over a non Arab no zero your birth was chosen by Allah you are here in Basilan or in Zamboanga or whatever else solely because a lot chose that you will be here you had no choice. If I had a choice I would have been born in Makkah in the Haram
I would have applied and I'm sure all of us would have applied maka Medina some way special Mashallah. Were the prophets of Allah word and so on. All some people might want to be born with Bill Gates was born.
But anyway, we didn't apply. What happened Subhana Allah, Allah, Allah says, I made everyone, your heart needs to be clean enough to understand that he who made you make the other one. I learned a lot in Africa, where you see the poorest of the poor people, and we're lucky, the poor and the need is better than the richest of the rich. And voila, he the dedication they have is far more amazing than all others.
that I saw.
I learned the lesson for me to say Allah, Allah, people we never imagined when I come to some belongia for example, I see sisters dressed so well, according to what Allah has required them to. And I just make a draft from my heart it comes out automatically Allah protect them count their goodness, make it easy for them. There are places in the world where they are banning dressing covering your head. Do you know that they are banning it? It's not allowed or waiting for that day. It's allowed it's permissible there is freedom. Make use of that freedom. SubhanAllah like I told you, everything is there waiting. You just need to get up and you need to catch the train. But we
are getting up we're looking at the train is moving. We say wow, the sisters on that train look quite nice.
Well, when that thing goes, there's another train with only brothers what will happen. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us jump on the train, come on, clean the heart and jump on it.
So this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala praises the condition of those who can give preference to others over themselves give preference to people of a different tribe over themselves. Sometimes what that means is, you need something you feel for others, they are part of the same. They are creatures of the same maker how the maker made you he made them when you get into the hereafter there was a companion of the Prophet peace be upon him known as beloved nada. He was doc he was from Africa. Why have you ever thought Why did Allah choose for that one man to be a companion?
Why did they have to be one man from Africa? Why have you ever thought of it? It wasn't a mistake of Allah. It was intentional to teach you a lesson and why when Muhammad peace be upon him went up physically to Maharaja into the heavens when he came back. What did he do? He spoke to the same black men and he told him Oh Bilal I heard your footsteps in paradise. Why was it below in general? Why wasn't in the others
to show you an eye that was
light color means nothing. Never ever be a person who whose heart is connected to completion know it's a disease. It's a disease.
If that is the case your heart is dirty.
Why am I worried? The Hadith says
the Hadith says he will not enter Jannah he will not enter Paradise in whose heart is a mustard seeds wait worth of pride. What is pride, despising people and rejecting the truth, you despise others. There is no place for you in heaven.
You are an equal like others. The further and the virtue is to do with your closeness to Allah that Hadith says there is no virtue of a white man over a black or a black over a white except by Taka. Taka means consciousness of Allah, the love of Allah.
I mentioned this earlier and I want to say it again.
The term taqwa we always translated as fear of Allah right?
We say the fear of Allah. Have you heard that? We've heard it right. The fear of Allah taqwa is actually the love of Allah. I said it earlier didn't die. taqwa is the love of Allah that would prohibit you from transgressing, because you are fearing displeasing the one you love. That's what it is. That's step one.
Da da da da, da da is to create a barrier between you and the punishment of Allah. I worshipping Allah because I love him. Because I'm scared of him. Allah is loving allies before forgiving merciful, so I'm scared of his punishment, but not of him. Do you see the difference?
I'm scared of his punishment. As for him, he's loving I love him. I have hope in Allah subhanho wa Taala. When we say hopeful mean Allah He we are speaking of niqab in LA. We are speaking of how the fear from the punishment of a lion his anger we shouldn't be fearful to make Allah angry. Just like we fear to make someone we love angry when you desperately love someone. Let's say your spouse or your child. You love someone you fear to hurt them. You are scared I don't want to say anything to hurt them. So you look at them. And you say in the sweetest possible way
Wow. Why did you say it that way? Because you didn't want to tell them even if you said I love you. Let's say I look at this. Look at your emotion emotions. I love you. Imagine your husband comes to Hey, you say what? Love you.
That doesn't work. You tell him what do you mean? I almost thought you were gonna shout me.
Say love you. That's okay, guys, even if you just say
they will understand it's over. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala gracias goodness, my brothers and sisters, beautiful lessons we learned but I need to share with you a few more things.
hypocrisy also lies within the hands. And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about it in many places in the Quran. Jaco Luna before him, man is a few people say with their mouths, what is not in their hearts. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says people who beat him Martin, facade, the Houma la Hamada, in their hearts is a disease what is the disease? They are hypocrites, they're not living a real life. Be yourself. Be happy with what Allah has given you. What Allah He it will clean your heart. I can speak about this from many angles. But I want to speak about it from a physical perspective to begin with. What is that? I'm a Muslim. Mashallah, I have grown my beard for example. I'm doing it for
Allah subhanho wa Taala. You're a sister for example. You know how to dress your dressing for the sake of Allah. You don't mean to hide your identity to be hypocritical. You love Allah let it happen. Let it go Let it flow. A lot of the times my mothers and sisters look I'm going to address an issue that there is a crisis regarding in today's world. What is it? It is makeup, you know, makeup.
You see, no one said yes. Because they know.
Did you hear that?
I tell you something.
makeup. I don't want to talk about the use of makeup. I want to talk about the abuse of makeup, abusing it. Today people are abusing this in such a way that their hearts become so attached to it, that their own identity is an insult to themselves. That's the problem. Stop it. Don't go to that level.
within limits, okay fine that you pass, but it becomes beyond the limit every day you paste two inches of icing on your cake.
That's not good.
One day it looks like a strawberry cake the other day orange cake the next day banana cake every day a different type of a cake. What is this? That's what I'm saying.
Your husband will kiss someone else.
Because you say my lipstick
How can you keep on doing that? May Allah forgive us? So this is why I say there needs to be some form of a limit be happy content with what Allah has given you. That's my face. That's my body. Allah has given me I try my my best to maintain it. It doesn't mean Oh, I'm a Muslim, I must lose my body. No, you maintain it. You can also participate in the exercise perhaps in the gym in within limits. I'm not just I'm not promoting Jimmy in a haram way where you know it's free for all and suddenly a job and whatever else is all disregarded. No, but there are permissible ways you can do it at home or with a group of your own sisters and so on. But you look after the body and then you
say Al Hamdulillah Allah gave this to me, someone somehow someway will love it. And this is why I strongly encourage between spouses, between children and parents to praise one another's physique.
Come what may just look at your spouse and look at them and look at them again. And look at them and start smiling so hard Allah, I just say Masha Allah, Allah, Allah Can't believe your mind. Can't believe it. But you need to look. And you need to look really like this. You know?
I promise you when you learn from each other, when you appreciate each other, you help each other. You help clean the heart because then your spouse knows you appreciate me for who I am. You don't appreciate Matt instead of new.
Understand what that means. Sometimes, a man will come and say wow, you're looking stunning. It's not me looking stunning. It's the neck on me. That's looking stunning. Be honest. Lo Akbar, Allah forgive us. My brothers and sisters. I've overshot my time, but then again, it's Zamboanga units. We'll start with a Zed. So we're from a all the way to the end, they put me the last speaker because I also come from Zimbabwe. Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
So Alhamdulillah thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for this opportunity. We spoke about the heart I hope that we have seen some angles regarding the heart. Remember, the cleanest of hearts are those that worship Allah alone. Like I started at the beginning, I said that Allah wants us to worship him. I even read the verse where Allah subhanho wa Taala says he has only created mankind and jinn kind are not created them for any purpose, but to worship him which means to fulfill what he wants you to fulfill on Earth. Learn to cleanse this heart. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to protect ourselves from association of partnership with him, and May He give us the ability to follow
strictly the footsteps of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May we become the best of people such that we can cleanse ourselves and our hearts May we learn to love one another and to spread the goodness for one another to reap the heart of the dirt such as jealousy, envy, hatred, the love of the world and so on and so forth. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless you all. Apolo kolyada sallallahu wasallam Amara
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