Channel: Mufti Menk
Don’t wait for the Season.
Khutbah @ Masjid Bin Zaid.
Sh. Mufti Ismail Menk.
My beloved brothers and sisters,
every single time we speak about a reminder that will draw us closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
It is important that we start off by reminding each other about something known as duck Wallah. He
taqwa is to create a barrier between oneself and the punishment of Allah in a way that would ensure that we fulfill what Allah wants from us, and we stay away from what he has prohibited.
Our entire life is a mission to please Allah subhanho wa Taala
He has created us as human beings, and humankind is weak.
And he has spoken about this in the Quran. The fact that Adam alayhis salam, the first of our species,
had fallen into the trap of shapen. But when he addressed Allah with remorse and repentance, Allah says, We forgave him.
And thereafter the Almighty sent him onto Earth in order for us to be able to understand my brothers and sisters, wherever you have faltered. And whenever you have faltered, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah seek the forgiveness of Allah.
For this reason, there are different seasons and different days of the week, not every day of the week is the same in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yes, every moment is a moment of Toba and seeking forgiveness indeed.
But there is a moment in the darkest hours of the night that is far more blessed than any other moment where we should not wait in order for that moment to arrive to seek the forgiveness of Allah when we have faltered. But rather, we should repeat the repentance and the seeking of forgiveness. At that time, repetition. Say it again. If I commit to sin, now I must repent. Now, I must not wait for the time of God the last hours of the night, just before Salatin
to say I will wait until that time because it is a blessing time and then I will seek forgiveness, I might die before that moment. My brothers, my sisters, don't wait for a season or a moment in order to seek forgiveness. Those seasons and moments are there in order for you to repeat and reiterate the fact that you have sought the forgiveness of Allah.
And in the same way that we will not wait for the time of the hatchet to come before we seek forgiveness. We will not wait for a Friday to come before we become obedient to Allah.
Ask yourselves my brothers, my sisters. How serious? Do we consider the issue of Salah how seriously do we take the issue of our dress code? Do we really think that we are going to be okay without tasting the negative effects of disobedience somewhere down the line when we have turned far away from Allah and become muslimeen who are only interested in the deen when there is a season
we become genuine when Ramadan comes in.
The sins being committed are generally stopped. May Allah grant us an understanding Yes, it is a good sign that we respect the month of Ramadan because indeed it is sacred.
But it does not mean that success is for those who obey Allah only in the season or in the month of Ramadan or on a Friday and they forget Allah thereafter. My brothers, my sisters.
In the same way that today we have flocked to the obedience of Allah let us ask ourselves when we hear the most admin so many times a day Hi.
Come to success. That is the almighty telling us that if you would like success, there is a certain method there are ingredients that you will have to put together in order for that success to be achieved. But unfortunately my brothers my sisters, let's face reality for us. Sometimes
our food and drink our work and business, our wealth and our leisure becomes more important than
That call to success.
Whereas the day we leave this earth,
nothing will come to our health and benefits. Look at those who have left the earth while they were wealthy healthy while they had the holidays of their lifetime, while they enjoyed their food and drink, they have family members and they did everything they wished. When they died, their clothes were removed and replaced with a shroud and they were placed a few meters or at least a meter under the ground. And they were buried with the same soil that they were created from and what helped them
their deeds. Just like if you were to go to a country, you would meet the currency that is acceptable in that country in order to make purchases.
When we go into our grave, we would need the currency that is valid in that grave in order to make purchases. One might say what purchases would want like to have in a grave. The reality is, we will purchase through our deeds and the accounts that we have on that day.
The goodness that is to come remember we believe that in the grave, we already commenced the journey known as the hereafter. And already a window is opened.
Based on how you live your life, my brothers and sisters, the good thing is, we never lose hope in the mercy of Allah.
Allah is that our oath, Rahim, Rahman, rafo, terroir and so many other names that he has made mention of his motivation, forgiving, he often forgives, he loves those who seek forgiveness. He has a specialized type of forgiveness, and he has a common general forgiveness for all and his mercy encompasses all his creatures, not just humankind, and from amongst humankind, all of them, not just the Muslims. It's amazing how the mercy of Allah has been explained to us by Allah alone.
And yet we lose hope in the mercy of Allah. The difficulty is, the devil continues to try. The traps of the devil are many.
Don't allow yourself to become comfortable committing a sin because it becomes an extension of who you are.
If a sin is committed, you should feel regret and remorse. And if you feel regret and remorse, it is a true sign that you're a believer.
Believers are not those who are angels alone. But from mankind. We are believers and we do know that we will falter. But my brothers and sisters The moment
that it's okay to falter. And we are human. So therefore we are forgiven and excused. So I will continue in my bad ways. That is the very moment that Shay pan has got hold of you from a different angle.
In the same way, we are very hopeful regarding the mercy of Allah. Never let the idea of the hope in the mercy of Allah make you become a person who commits a sin, claiming that Allah is going to forgive me.
Because when that happens, we start committing more and more sins and we forget Allah we become distant from Allah. And Allah says, natural law have Venezia regarding the hypocrites, Allah says, They forgot Allah so Allah left them as well. Allah forgot them basically that's the word used in the Quran, by Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So my brothers and sisters, we all know every year a week or two before Ramadan, we start hearing lectures about preparation for Yvonne. I want to say something today.
As much as we speak about preparation for a man prior trauma bond.
Let's ask ourselves It is only if something is the most important event in the year or month in the year that we will be speaking in advance regarding the preparation of the month of Ramadan.
To prepare for the month of Ramadan, you need to start off by thinking about what it is how blessing the month is, it's the month of fasting. It's the month of the Quran. It's the month of the sacrifices made by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his companions. It's a month of forgiveness and softening, seeking forgiveness from
Allah and forgiving others.
If you have not softened your heart prior to Rama, man, how are you going to be able to dig through the soil of that heart in order to sow the seed of the fruit that you would love to nurture within that heart when you have not cultivated you will not be able to sow you will not be able to reap anything because you would not have sown.
So start softening the land from now. start digging, sow your seeds. When Ramadan comes we will water the seeds, seedlings will grow into fruit and on the date of EAD, we will pick from that fruit and we will declare the greatness of Allah wanting to Camilo data wanting to come
on that day of read is in order for us to realize we've completed the prescription. And we will declare the greatness of Allah because of his guidance to us. So those who declare on the day of EAD the tech bill,
they are declaring the greatness of Allah because they are celebrating the fact that Allah guided them. Allah guided them to kabiru law, Allah Maha Darko declaring the greatness of Allah upon the fact that Allah has guided you Wow. Subhan Allah who have been alameen which means those who consider the day of eat a day where they will close the Quran, those are the ones who have lost a day where they will bring back the beer bottles, those are the ones who have lost a day where they will bring back the adultery, the pornography, the other sins, they may have been committing the gambling, the hatred, etc, etc. Those are the ones who have lost because Allah says those who
declare the tech be truly deserve to celebrate on that day due to the fact that their lives have changed, and they have achieved the guidance.
My brothers, my sisters, within that month, there is one night which is more powerful than or more blessing than 1000 months.
Surely from now, we need to ask ourselves, if I want to succeed in life, and every one of us would love to see success, I need to realize success in this lifetime is closely connected to
the success of the hereafter. SubhanAllah success and true success in this world is closely connected to your success in the hereafter. When you are bothered about what's going to happen to you after you're going to die, you will be able to prepare correctly and live a life of contentment. Unfortunately, many of us May Allah forgive us and guide us starting with myself I mean,
many of us consider materialism
a source of success. When I can afford this car, this house this watch this phone, these accessories, this perfume, these holidays, these clothes, then I've succeeded.
That is temporary my brothers and sisters, when your salary is a million dollars, it does not mean you have succeeded holistically, rather, that success is very, very limited.
It is only a portion perhaps 5% of what we as believers would consider success. And for that reason, allows plan is always that those who have the world with them and the materialistic world with them are not necessarily the happiest. In fact, they are not from amongst the happy ones.
Because happiness and contentment is achieved primarily by understanding Allah plan. By understanding you have to worship Allah alone. You have to build a relationship with the one who you're going to go back to one day helplessly helplessly.
I'm going to go back to Allah the date. Yo man I
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Saleem, the day that your wealth and your children will not help except for the one who has called Boone Saleem, a pure a clean, a healthy heart that is free of sickness and ailment and disease. And what is that ailment if anyone has worshipped or associated partners besides Allah with Allah they have faltered.
So my brothers and sisters, we have a beautiful month of Ramadan. Let us see
To the forgiveness of Allah now, that's how we prepare for Ramadan. And in Ramadan we will repeat it and we will continue repeating it when a Friday comes, we repeat it. When the time of the 100 comes, we repeat it. That's what I want to say today that your preparation for Ramadan is a commitment from now to say I've started it. This is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the month of Shaban. He used to fast a lot a lot more than other months. It was the run up to Ramadan, the softening Mashallah we entered the masjid on a Friday we notice a lot of the brothers reading the Quran, Willa Hill Hamed, may Allah accept it from us your duty unto that word. And I started off
mentioning a hadith that the best of speech is the speech of Allah, the best of words are the words of Allah, connect yourself to the words of Allah.
If you have a very successful businessman, a really successful person on earth, and there are so many names that swing to my mind right now about people who have achieved the millions and the billions, and they have a story they've written about their lives, many of us would know parts of that story. What about Allah,
when Allah has told you that I have sent to you the most powerful
message, and that is my word.
Many of us have not bothered to try to look into the meanings of the word of Allah.
And for that reason, we sway from the left to the right from the right to the left, and we are not
connected to Allah the way we should be. I promise you, if you were to make an effort with the word of Allah, Allah will come closer to you more than you can imagine.
The closer you get to the word of Allah, the more the doors of contentment and happiness will open for you. And that is a promise. If you have problems on Earth, if you have difficulties with your health, with your wealth with your social life, with your financial economic life, pick up the Quran and start becoming close to the word of Allah. When you show dedication, you will notice the calmness in your heart, in your mind in your system, and you will become happy with what Allah has apportioned for you. I remember a brother who complained regarding his business having been bent down and I told him get closer to Allah. Three years later, he came back and told me that was the
biggest blessing of Allah. I did not understand it at the point. But today, I have a business 10 times bigger than what I had three years ago. Allahu Akbar, I promise you, my brothers and sisters, when you surrender to the plant of Allah and you understand
that whatever Allah does, even if we perceive it to be negative, it's not negative, it's actually an opportunity, and it's a positive and it will bring you closer to Allah. That's the reason why we have difficulty and hardship because if we did not, we would not have been close to Allah, many of us, we are far from Allah when we are in days of ease, nothing wrong. The minute something happens and there is a problem, we say, Oh Allah, for the first time in your life, you are saying, Oh Allah, where was that all the time? Allah says, we love you enough to give you a problem to be able to make you realize and understand you have a creator. So you raised your hands. So you said Oh Allah, so
you came close to us. Even if you lost your entire life, the fact that you came close to us, it was actually a bargain.
Allah subhanahu wa taala help us. May Allah guide us. So my brothers and sisters, I call on myself and yourselves, to get closer to Allah to seek forgiveness, to become softened, to improve our relationships with our spouses, with our children, with our parents, with our in laws, with our uncles, and aunts with those whom Allah has made our relatives and with our communities, with the oma with humanity at large, and even with the other creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala improve our relationship. It's the reality, you want to get gentlemen, you need to have a connection with Allah, and you need to have a connection with the rest of the creatures of the same Allah.
That's the only time you really understand the law. When you understand that with you, he has made others as well, just like he made you for a reason. He had the power not to make them he made them. So let's try and understand we fulfill the rights of everyone. We become better people we are softened, we work on our bad habits of two different categories one, the habits of the heart, and two, the physical habits or the other apparent habits that people could actually see.
In the heart, we have jealousy, we have hatred, Ill feeling etc, etc. and outwardly Subhanallah the words we utter the vulgar words we need to eradicate and cut off
All this bad start off now never ever say I am waiting for this month of Ramadan. I have a big plan because you might never see the month of Ramadan. Your big plan if it is only for Ramadan, you have failed.
Your big plan needs to be now I am putting it into effect now. And if Allah gives me the life to see the month of Ramadan, by his will by His mercy, I will re iterate and confirm that I am indeed a changed person. May Allah grant us the ability to change here and now. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us people who can eradicate our bad habits. May Allah make us from those who can follow the Sunnah of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam May Allah make us from those who love one another who can reach out to one another. Now lawmakers from those who take the message of the Quran seriously, may Allah make us from those whom when we hear them I've been calling higher alpha come to success. We believe
truly that that is the success and we go towards it. May Allah not make us from those May Allah not make us from those whom when we hear the call a calling to success while we are searching for success, we are walking in the other direction. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the goodness of this world and the next barakallahu li walakum Philco Ani was soon when a fire anyway yamapi mominul achema aku Polly hada was de la de la come when he saw a Muslim Manifesto.