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Don’t Drown in Luxuries
Channel: Mufti Menk
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Jumuah Lecture, Alausa Masjid, Lagos, Nigeria. 9/11/2018
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my brothers my sisters be conscious of Allah,
fulfill your duty unto Allah, He who made you, He who sustains, he who protects and provides he who nourishes and cherishes. He who grants to when we're ill,
he, in whose hands entire existence lies and the control of it.
Develop your relationship with the one whom you are going to return to the successful one is not he or she who has amassed wealth, or power or authority, or has lived long in this world.
But successful is the one who receives his or her book.
In the right hand on the Day of Judgment, may Allah make us from those
successful is the one whom
Allah says to on the day of judgment or the day of PM, that he or she is successful.
Successful is the one who meets Allah whilst Allah is pleased with him or her.
That is success. When Allah gives you the ability to concentrate more on your relationship with Him, then your relationship with this worldly life, then that is success.
When Allah gives you the ability to realize that this world is not paradise, Paradise is something else somewhere else after we die. And that this world will be full of problems, trials, tribulations, issues, difficulties, and so many different types of calamities and the hardship that is the nature of this life.
If a law did not give that to us here in this world, what was the point of creating a paradise because in that case, we would have such a sweet, smart, beautiful life, that we would not want to die, and we would hold no value for paradise because as it is, we would have everything we want already on earth while we're alive. Why should I go to Paradise?
regarding paradise Allah says in it.
There is that which is sweet to the eyes, anything your eyes look at, and your eyes want
will be yours.
Not in this world.
But in paradox
anything that your soul desires will be yours, not in this world.
But in the Hereafter,
and the law says, You will dwell there in forever. No sickness, no harm not in this world.
In the hereafter in this world, every year, there will be a season when you have a flu perhaps or you are not well or you are sick, or your organs begin to fail, May Allah give cure to those who are sick and ill, amin
May Allah grant Shiva and cure to all those across the globe who are struggling with their health I mean,
that is the nature of this world. But in the Hereafter, no health problems, you will have a body according to what you want. Because in this world, the body you have is according to what Allah once
I did not choose my body, my skin tone, where I was going to be born, my parents what nationality I may be, for example, all that was part of the plan for me and for you. I didn't choose it. But Allah says, If you live in the correct way, and you do not allow yourself to believe that this world is a paradise, you worship Allah alone and you try your best to follow the path and the ways of the messages, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in the case of this ummah, then Allah will give you a day when he will tell you what do you want, you will have
you want to be told you will be told you want to be short, you will be short, you want to be light complexion, dark complexion,
fat, whatever you would like you will be and if you want to change every few minutes, you will change every few minutes, and there will be no sickness and they will be nothing there that will be negative at all, what you look at shall be yours. By the way, nothing that you see in terms of material items on Earth, qualify to be in gender. So when you see a Mercedes Benz and when you see a beautiful house, don't say Oh Allah give me this Mercedes engine. Because that is such a small, rare, it is so invaluable that Mercedes is not going to be in general. When you go to Ghana, you will see something so unique that you will forget about the material things that this world has to
offer. Today, if you were to have the latest Mercedes, or you made the do out to say Oh Allah, give me this Mercedes engine. in a few years time, you yourself will not want that same Mercedes because as time passes, it will become an old model.
You won't want it. So stop being materialistic. When you don't have something it is not the sign of the displeasure of a law. Your connection with the law perhaps is wrong. When you have less distractions, when there are less things that distract you. Today technology has advanced and as easy as it has become to learn about your religion. To learn about the goodness of Islam, it has also become very easy to be distracted through shakedowns plot and plan in order to take us away from Allah through engaging in sin, enmity, hatred and all sorts of vise, may Allah protect us from shaytan.
My brothers, my sisters, be focused, be focused on the main prize, not on something small regarding this world, that focus is temporary. Yes, it is permissible to be temporarily focused upon some achievement of this world on condition that you did not lose the main focus.
When you get up for Salah
early morning, it is also known as Salatu subarray. The early morning prayer when you get up for the sake of Allah when you forsake your begging for Allah. When you give up your sleep for Allah and you make your way
to the bathroom to wash yourself for Allah. And then you come to the house of Allah for the sake of Allah. Do you know what the messenger Muhammad peace be upon him says?
He says, and this is an authentic narration Karla sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. rakata fecha de ke Romina dounia mafia,
the two units of prayer that you offer prior to Salah
prior to the forum, which means we are talking about the sooner the sooner just before the follow up of Salah to
the Prophet says those to recap those two units
of Silicon Valley you are better than the whole world and what ever it contains Allahu la Cava Allahu Akbar.
My brothers and sisters, you want something better than the whole world and what it contains, start your day, in the obedience of Allah.
Start your day thanking Allah that you have got up from your sleep, many have died in this.
Start your day showing gratitude to Allah by enjoying the morning prayer. And I swear by Allah when you enjoy the morning prayer in a smooth and calm way for the sake of Allah He will make sure that you feel so good. Immediately you have fulfilled that Salah how many of us when we get up for Salah
after that we feel so good
because the day started on the right foot. The day started with allas mention. The day started with the pleasure of Allah and the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. We claim to love Him we say we love Him we believe he is the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets of Allah. He tells us, he tells us that those two units are better than the whole world and what it contains. But my brothers and sisters, let's be honest, most of us are sleeping. Most of us are sleeping, what are you going to get from your sleep? You say I am tired? You are tired. When if I told you that someone is out at the masjid giving you 100,000 US dollars. For those who go early to the house of Allah. We
will forget about the tiredness, we will stay awake all night for what? For a few notes that are printed in green ink. That's all.
And Allah tells you that I promise you when you come to the masjid, it is better for you than the whole world and what it all inside it. But we won't be able to see that unless we have the man conviction you have faith in Allah when you die, you will see the root of what you have done.
This world is not a paradise. Paradise is somewhere else. It is something else. Paradise is where Allah promises us the greatest of promises.
I want to ask you, my brothers and sisters, when Allah promises he fulfills the promise. You know that and I know that. Don't you think if Allah has promised you that when you do good, you shall receive paradise you shall receive goodness Don't you believe that he will deliver on his promise. He will definitely deliver on his promise. So Allah tells us that when we have given someone goodness of this world, it is not a sign that we are happy with him and it is not a sign that we are angry with him. It is only goodness of this world to test him. When you have money, wealth, authority, power, good looks, whatever else. It is a test of Allah He wants to see what you are
going to do with all of that.
When you do not have money, it is also a test of Allah. He wants to see what you are going to do with that. When you are healthy, it is a test from
Allah, He wants to see what are you going to do with your health? Every one of these things is a test. Allah wants to see. Are you going to come closer to me? Or are you going to go further away from me? Some people when they have a lot of wealth, they forget a law. They go to gamble to the casinos, to the nightclubs, they commit adultery. They treat women as though the women are sex toys. They treat women in a very bad way. And it could be happening with women as well where when they are wealthy, some of them abused the young boys and the men with their wealth. It is happening. Be careful, Allah is watching. Allah is watching. Some people have a lot of money immediately they
forget Allah, they become people who start transgressing. I want to show you who is the boss, they will say, trust me, the bosses are law.
The boss is Allah. He is the creator of the universe. On the day of judgment, the caller will call Lima.
To whom does the kingdom belong today?
Where are those with money? Where are those?
Where are those who are powerful in the world?
Allah will ask the question, Where are you? Where are you?
So the answer will come.
Ownership indeed belongs to Allah alone, the one the only the irresistible. That is Allah.
So my brothers when Allah gives you well, humble yourself, instead of coming to the masjid for five Salah, because you have a lot of money, spend more time in the masjid come five minutes earlier than the others. Why? Because you have a better motor vehicle.
The people coming walking come earlier than those riding bicycles. And those riding bicycles come earlier than those in the cars. And those in the cars come earlier than those in the luxury cars.
Change that for the sake of Allah. Do you know every Friday either can do more It
Yes, semi owner nickel, every Friday, the manna, the angels stand at the doors of the masjid writing the names of those who come first. And then next. And then next. Your names are written in the books every Friday at the doors of the masjid. The angels are writing the names of those who came first and second and third, etc, etc. When the man comes out, and he starts his lecture, they close the books and you know what? They also want to listen to the lecture.
Have you got your name in that book?
Have you got your name first, once in your life,
aim for that. I rather be in a book
of those who managed to come to the house of Allah first on a Friday, then to be in a book, mentioning the most important people in the world.
To importance is when Allah gives you importance, not another human being.
May Allah grant us an understanding.
So remember, my brothers Don't be deceived by this world. Some people when they have a lot, like I said, it leaves them away. They begin to marry and divorce as though the women are a toy. And I mentioned that
they begin to treat those who work for them as though they are concubines. That's it. I can do what I want with you. You're a slave because I pay your money.
We are all slaves
and the law alone.
Allah talks to us. He says oh my slaves.
say to Omaha mattala salaam to my slaves, my worshippers, we are the slaves of Allah. And those who think that others are their slaves, they too are the slaves of Allah.
They need to remember, if you think you have authority over someone, you need to know Allah has greater authority over you. Be careful, respect people. Treat the lowest paid person with dignity. And Allah will give you true dignity.
When you look at the person whom the world considers low, because they don't have a dog or a house, or they are sick and ill, or anything else, if you can treat that person with total respect and politeness, and you can greet them with a smile.
You have understood who is Allah
because Allah made them
and Allah can change the situation, to make you that person. And that person you
he can change it very fast. He has done it in so many places, from riches to rags and from rags to riches, that is a law. He has a plan in place.
when you have wealth, become humble, come down, get closer to Allah, do you know why? That wealth is going to be taken away from you will law he will law he I swear by Allah, that your money is going to be taken away from you,
all of us, including myself?
if not while you are alive, then definitely when you die.
How many do you know of people who have buried themselves with all their money? Zero, how many have taken that credit cards into the cupboard into the grave? Zero, how many have been in the grave with anything besides the white cloth known as the coffin zero?
How many has been helped by the amount they have amassed in their graves? Well, if they have spent it in their lives in the right way, they will be helped. But if they amassed it without spending it, they have wasted it.
Spending a good cause when you have a little bit, spend something for Allah. If you have $100 give out a little bit. I promise you there are others who belong to different religions, they give away at times 10% of their entire earnings
to the church.
The Muslims, we don't even want to give that small.
Two and a half percent of your savings of the whole year and we find it difficult.
My brothers and sisters and 50 of them
spend are children of Adam and Allah will grant you, you shall be spent on by Allah when you give Allah gives you more when you give Allah gives you more, it's an investment.
May Allah grant us goodness
when you have
turned to Allah, but we have another problem.
Some people Mashallah when they don't have
they turn away from Allah, it also happens. So we have four categories, the wealthy who are close to Allah, that is the ID. May Allah grant us Baraka in our wealth.
May Allah give us sustenance so that we don't depend on anyone besides him. I mean,
when Allah bless you as well and you are close to Allah, Masha, Allah La quwata illa Billah tabarrok Allah, we pray that Allah bless you more and more. That is a true Muslim, when he has a lot of wealth, authority, power, etc. But he is humble. He comes to the masjid, he greets the people. He talks to people with respect. He spends his wealth she spends her wealth. This is not only for males, it is for field
As well, that is the person, the one whom we can sit in the same sock with the others inshallah, because we are all Muslims, it doesn't mean my brother, don't sit next to me, I have 1 billion, you don't even have 100 is that Islam? No. In Islam, whether you are a ruler or the one who is ruled, you will be in one soft insula.
Just like when you are resurrected on the Day of Judgment, you will be resurrected in the fashion that Allah will not you and
then we have those who are away from Allah. Sometimes Allah knows that you are too far from him, but he loves you. He loves you, He wants you to turn and he see that the more he is giving you the further you are going away from him,
but he loves you, He wants you to come back. So he keeps sending you reminders. This lecture is not a coincidence. It was planned by Allah, before your birth in mind.
But I didn't know you didn't know but Allah.
Allah knew that you were going to listen to what I was going to say.
So that it is held against me and against you.
Allow you that.
So it was no coincidence. Allah will ask you you heard a good word. Did you change your life? You heard the advice that came from Kala Allahu wa Kala rasuluh some sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, did you change your life? did it affect you? Did it bother you?
You were told you are wrong. You are given advice. Did you take heed?
Sometimes people still don't take him. They will go out from Georgia. And they will say Mashallah. Powerful talk. When you ask them. What did he say? They say I can't remember. But it was powerful.
That is Shane. He makes us forget good things. Good advice. He makes us feel bad. We feel hurt when someone tells us brother, humble yourself, calm down. Don't develop arrogance and pride. We feel bad. Who is you to tell me? That's what we say. Who is he to talk? Well, these are the words of Allah. These are the words of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the co founder of Quraysh used to say that to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. They did not want him to give them advice. Look at how the story ended, who was victorious and who were the losers?
learn the lesson.
My beloved brothers and sisters so if we still don't turn, we walk out and our ways have not changed. Our heart has not moved. How can your heart not move when you came to the house of Allah?
How can your heart not move when you heard the words of Allah? How can your heart not move when it is a Friday, the most blessed day of the week? How can your heart not move when it is the time of Duma and Gemma and we are here in our 1000s and your heart is still inclining towards sin.
make an intention here and now to come and quit the sous that you are planning to do after salata. jumaane
some of us, we are sitting here. In our minds we are thinking I cannot wait for this Juma to be finished so that I can go and meet my girlfriend.
For the sake of Allah, change your plan. Allah is more important. It might be your last day on earth. Change your plan. Change your plan.
If you are planning evil, drop it for Allah. Sometimes people still don't drop. Right now they think I will drop it. But when they go out they receive a phone call. Waiting for you.
Switch off your phone. If that is the case. You can keep on saying hello. Hello, hello and Kathy is better than going to comment this in love
I think we are talking reality. I don't want to speak fantasy. I want to speak the truth.
It must affect us. So you don't want to turn to Allah. So Allah still loves you. What does he do? He makes you suffer a big loss and big loss. I was a millionaire. Now I become 1000.
What happened? I lost telling you, I love you so much. So I brought you down because when you are up, you are floating with the sins. Maybe if you come down, you might remember me a little bit. You might remember who is the real boss, you might stop telling people I am the boss, because you are not.
A little while later. If we still don't turn, there comes a time when Allah takes everything away. Then Allah can take your health away, then someone dies around you who is lovely to you. All that is a wake up call. It's a lot tapping you to say my worshiper. I love you. To me, all this is deception.
You are going to come back to me anyway. Let's make a good connection.
Sometimes when we are sick, and the doctor says I don't know what's wrong.
And you go to another doctor, specialists, the best doctor and he checks you with the latest machines of Germany and Switzerland and wherever else and they still tell you, we don't know what's wrong.
Then you turn to Allah for the first time in your life. And you say Oh Allah, Grant me you
will lie he It was so so cheap. It was a good deal. If your sickness brought you closer to Allah, it is the mercy of Allah.
If your disease and your loss and your negativity brought you closer to Allah, it is a gift of Allah.
It is better to die while you are closer to a law than to live a life of luxury when you are far away from a law.
That is why I want to raise a point that I will repeat many times in the coming lectures of mine.
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is known as Kalki wakamaru Sunni
the highest, the most noble of all prophets of Allah, the highest of creation, Who was he? Hamas sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Allah loved him the most and still loves him the most more than you and I, Allah chose him above us.
But Allah did not give him an aircraft to sit in. Yet we have an aeroplane.
Allah did not give him a vehicle to city.
Yet we have that
Allah did not give him technological advancement such that we have the mobile phone and the technology of today. We have it.
Allah loves him more than you and I but he didn't have a tech that he could open and clean water would come out from the temp did not have
a law nothing more than you and I but he wrote an animal when he wanted to travel. He didn't have a car. Allah loved him more than you and I, Allah loved him more than you and I but the facilities and the air conditioner and the electricity and the list is endless. Every goodness we have he did not have a carpet like the ones we have today. He did not have a fan like the ones we have today. But Allah loved him more than you and I, if Allah
Allah would have given him everything.
But Allah wants to show you and I that my love for you is not connected to material things. It's not connected to facility and your car and your electricity and your phone and your handbag and your perfume, etc. That's not my pleasure. It's not connected to that. It is really connected to how serious you are about your relationship with me. Then you will find the law
If allow wanted, he could have given all of this technology to them.
But not only Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam all the previous prophets, they didn't have any facility that we have today, they did not have it.
Not only them the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu all of them, the whole of the anime Empire, the whole of the embassy Empire, up to very recently, they didn't have what we have. But you know what? We are further away from Allah than they will. Do you realize that
who are stronger as other Sahaba
no doubt, the Sahaba robiola man who was stronger, they struggle
these days through
the battle. They went out to chop firewood. If I told you brother go and chop firewood you say me chopping firewood? Are you crazy? Are you crazy?
I want to tell you something that brings tears to my eyes, my brothers, my sisters, the heartbeat says mommy nubby illa illawarra
the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says, We have not sent Allah is actually telling us there has been no Nabhi that was sent. Except they were shepherds who looked after the sheep and the flock.
Subhana Allah, the ones Allah loves the most he told him take some sheep, and go into the pastures and look after the sheep.
And you and I, if someone told you please, for one weekend, can you look up the 100 cheat day in the farm? What would you do?
You would consider it an insult.
But here is the example of those whom Allah loves more, much more than you and I.
And Allah says no, we made sure they looked after sheep.
Where are we? We are living in luxury. Don't Drown in your luxury. That is my message today. And don't think that you have too little. Even the one who has the least from amongst us today has more than what the one who had at that time there in terms of facility. You have a shade of concrete Subhanallah we have glass windows, beautiful chandeliers, lovely sound system, What is all this? It is a gift of Allah. Use what Allah gave you to get closer to Allah, never to become far from Allah. The technology Allah gave you the phones you have, while
you are responsible, how you use them.
May Allah forgive me for wherever I have faltered, I'm a human being. May Allah forgive me and all of us. We are human. We depend on the mercy of Allah. So my brothers, my sisters, keep trying. Keep trying. Try to earn the pleasure of Allah if you falter if you go wrong, don't lose hope. Your rub is the Most Merciful. Do you want to hear some of the names of your rub?
Some of the names of your rub, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful, the most kind, the most forgiving, the most compassionate, the Most Merciful?
Subhanallah The one who keeps forgiving The one who keeps having mercy.
Rahim Subhana Allah.
Allah, Allah, Allah,
transgressed against themselves. If you have committed a sin, don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah. He will forgive all your sins. Oh Allah forgive us. Oh ALLAH forgive our sins or Allah we ask you for giving us O Allah on this Friday in this beautiful machine in your house at this lovely time. We seek Your mercy we want your mercy bless us and guide us and grant us goodness Oh Allah bless us and our children.
In our offspring, our nation or Allah grant us growth and honesty and all the good qualities and protect us from
Allah Mercy is great. Don't lose hope. Don't think you are a bad person. The fact that you are in the house of Allah is that you are a good person. It shows there is goodness in you. That's why Allah brought you to his house.
You can only come to the house of Allah when you have a connection with Allah.
Would you come to my house when you don't know me when I come to your house when I have no connection with you?
That's why the Hadith says one of those who will be granted a special shade on the Day of Judgment, but I do, boo, Lacombe masajid. A man, a person whose heart is connected to the house of Allah. If your heart is connected to the house of Allah, it shows your connection with Allah, Allah will treat you like a VIP on the day of the AMA.
Many people are famous in this world, very famous, the whole world knows them. But in the sky, in the heavens, no one knows them.
And there are so many from amongst us, no one knows them in this world besides a handful, but in the heavens, all the angels know who the person is. Why? Because they are always doing the crew law, remembering Allah with the machine with the law with the goodness they are trying, trying for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah Alhamdulillah Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, etc, etc. It's going up all the time. The deeds are being written record the goodness going up every day. Those are the two VIPs May Allah make us from among them.
My brothers and sisters, it's a day of Friday. Don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah, you are in his house. feel good about yourself. Say
Allah, Allah Mohammed Abu rasuluh and then when you go out after Salah Juma you need to make sure your life has changed. Your life has changed.
If you don't turn your life towards Allah,
perhaps a day will come
when you may be taken away in the disobedience of Allah. So let us rather be taken away while we are trying to please Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us all barakallahu li walakum
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