Channel: Mufti Menk
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi.
My dearest learners, boys and girls, I really feel that it's important for me to share with you a little bit of what might be what I've been through in my life in order that you may take perhaps a page or two, if it is relevant. If not, perhaps, you might want to give me a word or two of guidance later on. Or you may be able to navigate through your life in a better way. May Allah Almighty grant us all is
as an ummah, we love each other. If you do not love another member of the Ummah, you need to work on yourself
as an ummah, it's not about me, it's about us. As an Obama, I should be caring for the one who is on drugs in the nightclubs suffering with his identity, because he is a member of the Ummah and I will reach out to him. It's not only about talking to those who are pious and those who fulfill their Salah five times a day, those who are dressing appropriately, those who have a beautiful relationship with the Quran. It's not only about that,
it is about reaching out to absolutely everyone. Do you care for those who are stuck on drugs, those who are suffering with the challenges of the day, those who are struggling with financial problems who have absolutely nothing? Those who live in situations whereby they don't even have a hole, not even attempt? Do you think of them? Do you care about them? Do you reach out to them? Do you dry, that's what it is. Today, we're talking to a group of people perhaps who are excited to be at the end of one journey, but it's only the beginning of another. And the journey is perhaps part of the main huge, massive journey known as this entire life. While Anna burn one,
Allah says I will indeed test every single one of you, you will face challenges in your life, you will face hardship in your life, you will face so much in your life. Allah says it's part of the plan. You are never on Earth in order for it to be a smooth ride. Nobody has a smooth ride, you will never you will face challenges in your health 100% of us. Not a single person seated here today can say I've never had a problem with my health. Nobody, not even when even if you're young, a cough or a flu or whatever it may be some are relatively healthier than others. But you will have to have these challenges.
And so therefore, do not think for a moment you're a big deal. Not even for a moment, no matter who you are, what you have, where you've arrived, what you've achieved, how much knowledge you have, how practicing you may or may not be what results you had for matric or you did not have none of that is actually irrelevant. In the eyes of Allah if you do not have a connection with Allah and if you have not served the rest of the creatures of Allah Almighty. So as you grow in your teen years,
you will notice that you are bubbling and bursting with energies you feel on top of the world you feel like you should be the focus of attention. You feel like you are the one you are the dawn, you feel that you can pump up anyone when I say pump up, I'm talking about punching them. You feel like you can do whatever because it's all about you.
That should be a phase. The shorter it lasts, the healthier your life will be. Some do not come out of that phase. They continue that way for a long, long time. My children, it's not about you, it's about us the best from amongst you Wallah. Here are those who are the most beneficial to the rest of the people on earth. Carol Nursey and for only nursing. The best from amongst you is not the one who got top grades. No, not the one who perhaps has achieved worldly No, it's the one who has reached out to others who were equally created by Allah subhanho wa taala. And this is why if you take a look at Islam, it is a unique faith whereby
a pillar of your faith is that you have to give out what you have to those who don't have it. If you don't do that you have not fulfilled the pillar of your faith. What pillar is that?
What does it
say something come on?
Zakat SubhanAllah. If you do not give out what Allah has bestowed, you will beyond
point, you can't even call yourself a Muslim. What does that mean? It means your faith dictates that you will reach out search for those who don't have what you have. Give them what you have, to a certain degree. And thank Allah for allowing you to give that Subhanallah that's your faith. If that is the case, and it is the case, then surely whatever you have the Zakat of it to a lesser degree would be to give from it.
To those who are less privileged, if you're a doctor, you have a few patients, you check for free. Why? Because that's the cut of your profession. It's not a third circuit. I'm calling it zakat. Just to put it closer to your mind. You're a man who has, for example, some form of profession, within that profession, you have a little bit that you do. For those who don't have those who can't afford. Jana is indeed in a certain direction. It's in the direction of Allah subhanho wa Taala in the sense that his path, his way, his teachings, his instructions, as you follow that path through your life, Wallah, he, I tell you, you will find so many highways leading to the same destination 12 lanes on
the same road going to Jannah some will get it through one act of worship, others will get it through another act of worship predominantly yet the five pillars are intact, the basics are intact. So I advise you, based on what I've seen throughout my life, not to say I'm any role model or any big deal. But Allah has given us the opportunity to stand here in front of you today to share a few words, and mashallah let me do so. I've already started off by letting you know the best of you are those who are helping the rest of you the most, the most, the most.
And I must say, when you choose your field, may Allah make it easy for you to choose your field. Allah says in Messiah accumulation.
Indeed, you're striving, every one of you is different, you will be inclined towards a different field. Not everyone wants to be a doctor or a lawyer or a plumber. Not everyone wants to be an hourly machine or a scholar. Not everyone wants to be an astronaut, and so on. We all want to do different things. Many people today want to make a quick, easy buck and stay at home. They say smart money. This guy's doing very little, but he's sitting at home, enjoying his life and so on. I promise you, my beloved children, it is not only about earning, it is also about helping others.
But before both of those it is about building your connection with Allah, whatever you choose to do, success and ultimate success lies in the answer of the question. How's your relationship with Allah? How was your Fudger this morning? What are you planning for Google? For example? How was your connection with Allah in terms of halal and haram? Have you ever cancelled haram things you were planning to do solely because you love Allah more than that haram thing? You plan to do something totally wrong. You know, as a teenager and slightly post teen as you growing older, shaytans whispers become strong and you find yourself swaying this way and that way.
Then you realize I'm a Muslim, I should not do this. I've just fulfilled my salah that is now Allah Almighty blessing you with a good
heart and a good mind. Guidance is in the hands of Allah so what you do you actually come out and say, I plan to do this I'm not doing it because I love Allah more than I love this particular sin I was planning to do then you're achieving. If you have quit sin for the sake of Allah fulfill your obligations for the sake of Allah, your
Jannah your paradise that is everlasting is far more valuable than the little pleasure you may have achieved on Earth. Even though on earth you might
not have had as much
so we ask Allah Almighty to make it easy for all of us you will be choosing inshallah your careers many times based on your results. But as you achieve
1020 years from now, your matric results will mean nothing to those you interact with. Remember that nobody from amongst us who are in their 50s and 60s and perhaps 40s is asked, What did you get for matric what were your results? Brother right now, we've already headed way beyond the relevance of all of that but for now for you
Who it does have a certain element of relevance. So I'm not belittling the fact that you have an exam in front of you. And I'm not trying to imply that you shouldn't work for it. But I am saying there are other matters that are more important and have greater relevance for your entire future holistically, then only the result of your matric.
If you are a wonderful individual with great character and conduct you stand the chance of companionship of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam way beyond what your worldly examination results were. And
the Prophet SAW Selim says what Kefalonia Timika had attained if in Jana, myself and the one who nurtured an orphan and looked after an orphan will be together in Jana like these two fingers. What did that have to do with anything it was your character your conduct, Korea racom has been the best from amongst you are those who are best in character and conduct hence, earlier the Hadith without contradiction says that the best from amongst you is the one who's most beneficial to the others. I might not be able to give you money if I don't have so much. I might not be able to give you food if I don't have so much. I might not be able to give you things if I don't have that much. But one
thing I did, I prayed for you because I had a genuine heart. I loved you even if you hated me Wallahi I loved you even if you disliked me and I prayed for you. And not only that when I met you I met you with a smile and a genuine smile. That's what a movement is all about. I will never stab you in your back. That's a guarantee. I will never backbite about you. That's another guarantee. Are you prepared to do that? If you are kudos you can fail your metric trust me you're still a better person than the one who got all A's.
Allah grant us is why because your genuine a demon Nasi ha. The Prophet SAW Selim speaks about genuineness. He says the entire deen is genuineness. You advise someone you talk to them you'd like to interact with them. You do a business deal you are upright, you speak to them you are honest, you are entrusted you fulfill the trust and so on. And learn to respect people may Allah Almighty grant us respect. May Allah Almighty open our doors. As we travel and we see the world we notice those who have so much but they cannot sleep at night. Why? Because something is lacking. We notice those who have nothing material, but they are the most content, they're smiling, they're happy, they snow come
830 They put their heads on the pillows if they have any. And you know what 830 and 30 seconds they already sleeping, masha Allah what happened there. This is Allah's plan. You find some who have been given so much by Allah, but they're just not happy. They lack contentment. They say one of the reasons for that is because you lack a genuine feeling for the rest of the creation of Allah.
When you have a genuine feeling, it's okay you are happy no matter what happens. The Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam speaks about the VIPs on the day of judgment. And Allah Almighty tells us that a caller will call right at the beginning of the hisab at the beginning of the taking of accounts are in Alladhina can we are doing Allah Hafiz salah?
Where are those who used to say Alhamdulillah upon all conditions, whether they were happy or sad, whether they were good or bad, where are they who used to say Alhamdulillah who used to praise Allah all the time, where are they and for them, they will be called out and they will be granted from amongst the first entry into genital for those because they used to thank Allah. So my beloved children, thank Allah thank Allah for what He has given you. Be responsible, you are the leaders of tomorrow you need to be responsible, there will be differences of opinion amongst you, it should never result in you disrespecting the other because that is where the Ummah is failing. There will
be differences of opinion amongst you, they will always be disagreement as well because we are humankind. No five fingers are the same, but that does not warrant insult. It does not require you to be disrespectful, you disagree and you may disagree strongly and you may voice your concern. You have the right to do that. But you do not disrespect you do not become vulgar. You do not belittle because the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam says mean is not vulgar mean does not insult that's not the quality of a Muslim. May Allah Almighty help us to follow the Sunnah of Nabina Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in your journey. You will find people on different levels of
understanding in your field whatever you choose, some may not understand exact
see what others are doing or are trying to achieve? Subhanallah It's okay. Not everyone's level of understanding is the same that's from Allah. But continue doing what you are inspired to do for as long as it is serving the cause of Allah. It is serving the rest of humanity, and it is in the right direction. Allah will grant you success. This morning, I was listening to a little interview.
And the brother was talking about a rich man and he says, you know, his first or the company, the first billion I think it was Apple, they were talking about Apple, the first billion took 40 years to make the second billion took two years to make.
You see, I'm presuming the third billion must have been made while the guy was talking. But in all honesty, what does it mean? The dedication of building requires years of hard work, once you built a new set Subhanallah you begin to achieve but as you climb up the ladder, be careful, any wrong movement, the entire ladder goes down. That's the thing. So you need to become you need to be careful, be concerned about those above you and below you help them because if you're going to swear the guy on top of you, he's going to look down in order to sway you back and what's going to happen, the entire lead is going to move and it may fall resulting in not just damage and injury, but total
loss for everyone, then who's going to go up?
And that's why don't worry. The naysayers are many ignore them. You learn the art of ignoring if they did it to Nabhi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Who were you and I were nobodies. Subhan Allah may Allah Almighty grant us success. So go forth work very hard study very hard to achieve as much as you can. But remember, your Quran still comes first.
Remember, your Salah still comes first. Do not study into the night in a way that you sleep just before Fajr and your father is gone because we're Allah hymnody La ilaha illa Hua the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says Rakata alpha g Cairo Mina dunya mafia, the two units of Fedora the Sunnah, before the FARA, those two units of Fajr are better and the entire world and whatever it contains. So imagine you studying for an exam, and then you sleep just before Fajr and you sleep over the future and you might have passed the exam, but in actual fact you fail something else. The beauty with Allah Almighty
is that he forgives you when you seek forgiveness. You say Oh ALLAH forgive me, the sin is wiped out. I won't do it again. I regret it. I should not have done it. The sun is wiped out. But
the results of this world.
The world is very unforgiving. People you may interact with, they're not all on the same level of forgiveness. That's only for alpha foo Rahim, the most forgiving the Most Merciful. People are not that forgiving. You made one mistake when you were 20 years old. Trust me when you are 60 Almost on your deathbed at 80. Or whenever they will still remind you of what you did when you were 20. People are not that forgiving. And unfortunately, or fortunately.
Maybe I shouldn't say fortunately, it's unfortunately.
Our girls take the brunt of it. You made a mistake when you were 16 Trust me at the age of 60. It would still be haunting you. That's why Be careful. Be very careful.
carry yourself with respect. Learn to greet everyone. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him who we follow says to salam ala coolamon
tarrif you're a Muslim? You greet those you know those you don't know. They owe meaning you owe it to them. It is owed What are you saying? A Salam o alaikum? What does that mean? I promise you I will not harm you. That's what it means. May peace be upon you. On top of that I make dua that Allah blesses you in every way with peace. I won't harm you because if I'm saying Salaam Alaikum and I'm daggering you what would that mean? I'm a hypocrite in my greeting. But I greet your Salaam Alaikum beautiful smile, look them in the eye or look them. Look at their face, smile at them, make them feel the warmth Wallah here A day will come when Allah will grant you the recompense of having made
someone feel good. it hard to sue if he fell below me is a massively bad massive act of worship. To bring about joy and happiness to the heart of a believer is a massive act of worship, where we we bring we actually do the opposite you bring about such that when someone sees you, they don't even want to look at you. They want to go away when someone sees you. They feel that you know what this person is going to harm me. Let me quickly go let me not be here. Is that the case? If that's the case,
My brothers, my sisters, my beloved children, the OMA is not just facing challenges, but the challenges to come are going to be far greater.
This is not just the beginning, it has been there from a long time from the from the time of Nabina Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. But the challenges are becoming greater and different and unique. But each time a challenge comes, Allah gives us the ability through his strength and power.
To face it. We're all concerned about the future of our children. But can I tell you today, we're not really worried about what you're going to get from a tree. We're more worried about the type of person you're going to come out to be. That's what we're worried about. We're more worried about the type of Muslim you're going to be? Are you going to carry the flag and try and get it to those who never come to the masjid? Who are in the majority? By the way, those who don't even bother about the dean who are growing in number by the way, those who are far away who are increasing?
Are you going to be bothered to reach out to them like I said at the beginning, in whatever way it may be?
May Allah Almighty truly use us to reach the furthest person with the message of Allah? May Allah Almighty use us to reach the most unsuspecting person
with the deen of Allah. In order for that to happen, we need to be concerned about the deen ourselves.
And that's why I'm so happy and excited. I see one of the youngsters dressed with a similar color of a bishop meaning this cloak overclock of mine. I looked at him I nodded at him and I did this to him and I said it's a good one Mashallah.
And all the others mashallah
the faces are beaming, there is radiance, there is happiness and joy. We heard a beautiful rendition of the Quran. Really lovely recital. It was a bit too short. I think later on you should come back and complete that Surah Shala. But at the same time, all of that is what brings us joy, more joy than the results when I see your face. I cannot see what you got from matric but I can see the type of person you are when you greet me. I don't know what on earth happened to you during your school years. But I do know you've turned out to be a lovely person. That's what we want. Are you good in character? Do you reach out to others? Do you love others? Do you have the characteristics that
Islam wants you to have? Or are you working at least towards it? Are you trying with your Salah? Are you trying with your acts of worship, it is a struggle you may be failing a little bit here and there for as long as your movement is generally forward. You are a person heading in the right direction by the word of Allah. And I end with a word of encouragement for everyone else. My beloved elders, my brothers, my sisters, let's encourage the youth let's be role models to them. Let's not let them down. Just because we have involved ourselves with something that is unbecoming of a believer. May Allah Almighty strengthen all of us. I wish you all the best. In fact, I make dua for
you that you get the best of results to say amen. And together with that may Allah Almighty make you proud children of your parents. And more important than that, may Allah make you valuable members of the ummah of Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Dhawan and hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa sallahu wa salam ala barik ala Nabina ma