Channel: Mufti Menk
Friday Jumu’ah Lecture from Masjid Al Falaah in Harare Zimbabwe on the effect of sins in the life of a believer.
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah, he was happy ah my.
All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household, his companions, may Allah bless them all, may Allah bless every one of us, and May Allah grant us all genital Pharaohs. I mean, my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam,
we all know that when you do good,
there is good that you will reap. So when you have done something good, we all want to hear about the goodness that will come to us as a result of that in this world, and then the next. So we feel good about it. And we would love to hear about paradise about Jenna about how good it's going to be in the grave about how nice it's going to be. As our souls depart the body's beautiful. However, very few people like to hear about the evil effects of sin in the lives of the believers. Why do we say the lives of the believers, because the believers are the ones who are within the test. The disbelievers are not in the test. A person writing an examination is enrolled in the school, that's
when they will have the tests one by one. Those who are not enrolled, we are not going to have the same tests that tests will be light. So Allah says, layer one aka takanobu, Lady Naka, fufill, Bella, Mata.
Connie Alimi, don't let the fact that the disbelievers have some beautiful moments on earth and the joy that they have, and the fact that they are treading the earth in such happiness, don't let that deceive you that is provisioned for a short period of time.
Subhan Allah, they are not in the exam room. So they will not get the same tests, you have entered the exam room, my beloved believers, so therefore Allah will test you one after the other. And he tells you that when you do good, we will give you good in this world and the next when you do bad, it will have any effect in this world. And the next I want to spend the next 20 minutes speaking about how a person is affected by the evil that he or she does. The first point I want to start with is a verse of the Quran, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says loud and clear woman
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whoever turns away from our reminder, whoever is not bothered about our command, our instruction, we give them a life that is very, very narrow, a life that is full of depression, a life that is filled with sadness, a life that is filled with anxiety and stress. That's what Allah says.
So the first effect of turning away from the command of Allah or not fulfilling the, the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala, engaging in the prohibitions. Remember, there are two things to disobey Allah one of two ways, either you don't do what he has asked you to do, number one, or you do what he told you not to do to is a person who stays away from prayer. For example, a person who does not give his Zakah a person who does not dress appropriately those assumes for not having done what Allah instructed you to do. Then a person who commits adultery a person who Gamble's a person who eats interest, and so many other sins, were told you don't do this. And then one does it. That is
the other type of sin. So Allah says, Whoever turns away from us from our remainder, the remainder includes both of these, we firstly give them a life that is filled with all forms of difficulty and hardship. Now one might say, How do I know that what I'm going through right now is a result of my sin, or it's just an ordinary test, as a result of elevation of status. There is one main way of telling when you are a believer who is concerned, to obey Allah and to please Allah, you accept what ever comes in your direction with pleasure. That's what happens. You're not depressed about it. If you suffer, your home was taken away from you, you were evicted you on the road, you don't have food
you still find on your tongue Alhamdulillah Allah, I'm in a much better condition than others. So you are not depressed about it to the degree that you become a failure in every way.
Especially mentally you lose everything and you have such depression that you begin to question Allah in that case, perhaps it may be the result of something you've done that you are not supposed to do or something you did not do that you were supposed to do. But Allah says, when we catch you, we will not let go low. Allah subhanho wa Taala not let that happen to us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us even in the Quran and the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that he gives us time. He gives us time up to what is known as agile. Agile means prescribed time you want to commit mischief, Allah says you will taste the effect of that mischief. But when we decide to
punish you seriously, then that would be the prescribed time of the end. In agile, Allah.
when the fixed time of Allah comes, it's not going to be delayed. And obviously death is something that is never delayed. But Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about this, another very, very strong effect of sin.
Very clear effect of sin is the knowledge you have the religion begins to diminish, you start forgetting what you know, you learned the Quran, you learned something, you learned a few ahaadeeth you learned rules, you learnt regulations, you begin to lose it as a result of sins that are committed as a result of not fulfilling your prayer as a result of not fulfilling the obligation Allah has placed upon you as a result of eating haram as a result of that which will displease Allah subhanho wa Taala being done, you start forgetting. And when we forget the knowledge, guess what happens? You lose a Shia, you lose concentration, and you lose the beautiful taste of worship. So a
person who is engrossed, engrossed in a sinful life, he doesn't want to pray, it's such a burden. It is such a big burden. He doesn't he or she doesn't want to dress appropriately. It is such a big burden. Notice I said he or she because it's also he not only she, you know, people think that rules regarding clothing more for women the answer or should the reality is do you know a lot of the time some of the young boys wear tight clothing they're not supposed to be wearing, they show half their backsides. They're not supposed to be the case. They want to show off the chest saying that it's only from the navel to the knee. That's not true. You need to cover respectfully in a dignified
manner as a believer, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding so it becomes so hard to dress properly. because your life is filled with sin Subhana Allah knowledge is gone. You're not you find it so difficult to make Voodoo like it's a burden because you're doing something wrong. That's the reason. So a lot takes away the sweetness of acts of worship from a person who sins. And remember, I'm not going to go into every sin and what it is because the list of sins is endless, endless meaning so many things people could do. Sometimes a deed that appears to be good can become sinful. If the intention is dirty, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us cleanse our intention. So to
be to have knowledge snatched away to have the sweetness of worship snatched away, then one sin leads to another when you start committing sin initially, it doesn't feel like it's something so serious, or should I say, initially, it feels like you know what, this was just a one off, I'm not going to do it again. When you do it again and the third time, it becomes easier to sin that's a result of the evil effects of the sins that a believer engages in, it becomes such that you just feel like carrying on from this sin you commit another one and then you say By the way, I am committing that let me just go into here I went into the nightclub now this alcohol let me just
drink now that I'm drinking there's a bit of drugs. Let me just do that. Now that that has happened. The you know the adultery comes with it. Let me go before you know it, you are drowning in so many different sins that you feel that you are now at the end because you are depressed, you are stressed you are sad. So much has happened and at the same time you actually feel within you that you know what, there is so much of darkness in my life.
This is why the dwarf Toba is open. I know I will speak about it towards the end. But I need to mention it just in case someone dozes off near the end of May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, because this is a topic people don't like to hear. We always talk about you know, goodness, today we're talking about punishment. Today we're talking about how your evil deeds have an effect on you because we are struggling my brothers and sisters. Here's another one. Do you know that when you seek Allah's forgiveness, and you have come to the right page with Allah, He opens the doors of sustenance, it is for you in all different ways. The minute you turn your back on Allah, the One of
the first things he snatches away is
your sustenance, no Baraka, no blessing in it, you might say, Well, my sustenance was written 500 years before I was born, correct. It was also written that you are going to sin and as a result of that, you are going to suffer
So the evil effects of sin my brothers and sisters, before they sit in, let's ask Allah forgiveness. Womack and Allahumma de Bella Muhammad Stelvio, Allah says Allah will not punish them for as long as they are seeking forgiveness. So if you seek forgiveness, while you are genuinely asking Allah forgiveness, he says, I'm not going to punish you. I'm merciful enough to say, okay, fine, we've heard this Subhan Allah Subhana Allah, so Allah takes away sustenance. Today, people, what we tend to find is because we are in a desperate situation, maybe we don't have wealth, maybe we're struggling in business, we tend to think it's okay to resort to that which is prohibited that you
know, Allah will forgive us. So you want to eat interest, you want to do that, which is haram, you want to perhaps steal from someone, you want to deceive someone, you want to just go and do a deal that is not acceptable. islamically you might have a finger, but you don't have the blessing. You might have a large sum, but it will come about with no goodness, a lot takes what he wants to sickness, a lot takes through damage. A lot takes through accidents, loss, all this, if you haven't paid your dues, aka the sin that is actually perpetrated the result of it is Allah takes that money anyway, I'd rather give it willingly. You know that money is supposed to be out of your system. I
rather give it willingly then for Allah to extract it from me in a way that I looked at as something some disaster. So this is why be charitable. Similarly, if you've earned Haram, it's not actually legitimate for you, Allah will take it away. At some point, it's going to go in what in all sorts of waste, it will result in the person eating Haram. So your energy that you've derived is actually made from haram means it will only be encouraged to do that, which is haram. So if someone's wealth is haram, they've been eating it. They love to go and commit adultery to go and tamper with perhaps something that is not allowed that maybe to go to the clubs maybe to do that which is prohibited and
the money goes before you know it weighs 9 million. Well, how did you earn the million? If it was hard earned with your sweat, perhaps you would have been more conscious of where it was spent. But when it is not. And when you've got it through clandestine means what do you expect? When it comes to spending it, it's going to go So remember, in Islam, we are taught more important than the figure is the blessing of the Almighty. And that is clean and clear. Allah blesses people, my brothers and sisters be happy with the test that Allah has tested you with. You cannot when you see the examination paper decided that you know what, sorry, invigilator this question here? I don't want it
I'll only answer question two and three. Number one, not for me, the you fail your test. Same applies Allah chose your paper for you, you have to look at it as Al Hamdulillah I'm going to attempt every question, try my best and Subhanallah you will succeed by the help of Allah and His mercy, but you need to be on the right page. Let's move on. Similarly, when it comes to
the issue of sinning, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that the gifts of Allah that He has given you he starts taking them away. So Allah gave you something you were happy happy in your marriage, you happy with your children, everything was happening cool and Mashallah, you know, as we say everything was flowing Subhanallah and suddenly, when we started disobeying Allah in our own ways, Allah says, Okay, I give you a chance, are you turning? No, you're not turning you turning. Allah shows you one or two signs, he gives you a few hints. And after that, you know what it starts is no happiness in my home. There's a problem my wife of how many years suddenly I've got a huge issue.
And suddenly this and I'm stressed, like I told you there is a difference between the test of Allah and the punishment of Allah, big difference, the test of Allah, you are happy with it, the punishment of Allah, you are angry, you are so cross upset. It destroys your emotional balance completely. That is the punishment of Allah without a doubt, without a doubt. We need to go back and thank Allah, Allah, I thank you. I really thank you that you've chosen for me these tests. Allah helped me through my problems, my issues. So when we see the need, or the gifts of Allah being snatched away from us one by one, we need to go back and look at what we've done that we were not
supposed to do, or what we did not do that we were supposed to do. And we seek Allah subhanho wa Taala as forgiveness. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says that when a person does good deeds, Allah loves the person and Allah announces in the angels, oh my angels, I love this person. I want you to love this person. The angels begin to love that person and the angels make an announcement for those on earth who are pious and the others on earth that all that oh people Allah loves such and such a person. As a result. We have loved this person. We want you to love this person as well. So this might have been the love for them.
person is widespread. It's a sign of closeness to Allah. The opposite is true. When a person sins hatred develops, Allah subhanho wa Taala becomes upset, angry, people start disliking that person after they like them. Or maybe they didn't know them, but no one wants to look at his face. This person is so as pretty or beautiful or handsome as they may look outwardly. No one wants to interact with them Why? It's the evil effect of your sin, my brother, my sister, that's what happens. No one wants to talk to you. No one wants to interact with you may Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from among those. This is a very, very important point as well. Similarly,
things become difficult. You know, when you're close to Allah, Allah opens a lot opens the doors. In surah, two ln Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how those whom Allah subhanho wa Taala those who believe in do good deeds and they spend and Allah loves them, what does Allah do, Allah makes them do things that will be easy, Allah makes easy for them that which is good, Allah makes easy for them the path that will earn his pleasure, but those who do evil those who are stingy when it comes to wealth niggardly they do not spend they do not give from what Allah has given them. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, we make difficult for them, or we make easy for them the path of difficulty wherever
this difficulty Allah says for senoia Cyril who Leela rasa we make easy for that person, the path of difficulty hardship, that's the only path that they follow. This is a result of the sins of the person and I've explained to you both types of sin.
Then another very, very interesting, powerful, scary point, very scary meaning it's something that will, you know, cause alarm.
If you do not fear Allah, you begin to fear everything besides Allah.
If you have transgressed against Allah, you begin to become worried about the people, you begin to become worried about the rest. Every time you have the fear of Allah, and you have fulfilled the instruction of Allah. Allah suffices for you, Allah sufficient. You have the fear of Allah, you're doing everything correct. There's no harm, you're not worried. You come into the masjid Allahu Akbar, your concentration is Salah is to its maximum to the best you can. The reason is, you have nothing to worry about. What did you do nothing wrong. I didn't do anything wrong. I come here, I'm such a happy person, Allahu Akbar. And that's it. I don't see anyone besides Allah, you will always
have a person saying a thing or two that's negative, but none of us can be saved from that because it's part of the test of Allah for both the one who was spoken about and the one who's speaking.
But when the person since they are worried, they're not fearing fearing of Allah, they are not fearful of Allah subhanho wa Taala. They come to me, what will this person See? Did that one see me a person who steals For example, He thinks that someone must have seen him how you know, this person might know. That person might find out a person who has stolen a person who commits adultery, a person who has done anything wrong, he's worried about humankind more than he's worried about Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is a direct effect of the evil that a person does. Notice I'm still saying a believer, because at the end of the day, we do believe my brothers and sisters like I say I'm
repeating it a second time, the doors of repentance are open always. For as long as it doesn't get to the end. We are still living we're still breathing. We haven't yet got to saccharides we haven't yet got to Hurghada meaning the point of death of each one of us And the world has not yet come to an end so we can turn back to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So remember, the more we become conscious of Allah, the less we will fear the rest. And the less we are conscious of Allah the more we begin to fear the rest. You know, a very, very powerful point as well is when a person begins to sin. The devil tampers with them more. Hello Ana Bo Kamala.
Lucia in the NASA NOAA Cooney F. King theme. So to Shara Allah says do you want to know who the jinn come in trouble? Do you want to know who the shayateen come in trouble? They trouble those who are liars and those who are sinful, affecting a theme. You want to lie without even thinking Don't worry, you might get away with it for a while but the general common trouble you shape and will come in trouble you start hearing things don't you read? surah two Jin Allah Subhana Allah Allah says, Allah v us sweet Sufi, so do the nurse you start getting what's what's that you don't know what's going on? You start hearing a voice all that is because my brother, my sister, it is the effect of
sins that are committed. Turn to Allah all that will go away, turn to Allah correctly all that will go away. Subhana Allah eat that we just had
If a person eats that, which is haram, there is a Skittle effect until the person lives depressed, Schiphol effect. And that might take 30 years, how long? 30 years. We ate haram 30 years back for a period of two years. It affected us 30 years down the line, unless we sought the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that's the third time I'm saying this seeking the forgiveness of Allah is extremely important. So my brothers and sisters, if we would like to be protected from Shaban from his Westwater, from jinn, from being affected by magic and everything else, you need to be obedient to Allah, fulfill your commands to Allah. A lot of the times people who are affected by all
this, you ask them Do you read Salah? They say no, sometimes you do fulfill the Salah, no four times a day. Well, the fifth time the devil is actually affecting you. That's what it is. May Allah forgive us? And I asked Allah to grant cure to all those who are struggling and suffering. When we say have you read the Quran? Have you read ayatul kursi? The answer is no. Well, how do you expect to be helped Allah telling you here are bodyguards I'm giving them to you, all you got to do is open the door and let them in. You haven't even bothered to open the door, it will take you two minutes to eat ayatul kursi the door will be open. So Allah, my brothers and sisters, a very important point
that we learn. Then I have two more points that I'd like to talk about, number one, a person who sins and doesn't turn to Allah one of the effects is Allah gives them a very bad death. Very difficult, very bad death and it's called Sunil hajima which means the end will be very bad. What is a bad death my brothers and sisters a bad death is not when you have been shredded to pieces that's not a bad death. A bad death is to die in a condition that you have forgotten about Allah that's a bad day and a good death is even if you are
you know shredded to pieces I'm sorry to give that example. But if you died remembering Allah Wow, if you died on that day you had read your Salah. Subhana Allah if you died on that day you asked Allah forgiveness and hamdulillah if you died on that day you open the Quran in the morning and you read half a page wow good news to you. That's a good day. But when the person goes far away from Allah very very distant. The last time you open the Quran was by mistake last Ramadan because I was too embarrassed. The last time you fulfill your five daily Salah was sometime last year in Ramadan. What's that? My brothers and sisters? What type of a death do you expect to have if you were to die
right here right now? Subhanallah Well, I think we'd all be lucky, wouldn't we? Mashallah here Juma? Beautiful timing in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala. About to fulfill Salah. Well, that's a good thing. Some are not bothered to reach some, you know, may Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. They only come for Salatu Subhana Allah, The moon is seen twice a year. Allah this evening that is lit that not happen. The last point I want to raise my brothers and sisters is
we always do not realize that sometimes.
Allah subhanho wa Taala has warned us about the punishment of the grave the punishment of the hereafter as a direct result of the evil that one may commit. This is a topic people don't like to hear. I can't remember when last I heard about the scorpions in the grave. When last I heard about the grave narrowing and crushing the chest and the bones of those who are in it. I can't remember when last I heard of the snakes in the grave. I can't remember when last I heard of the screaming in the grave such that the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says if men could hear it, they would not want to be buried. That's the Hadith.
No one likes to hear this. It's the effect of sin.
And as for the Akira, and the punishment of Hellfire people don't like to hear it when people will be ripped to pieces burnt and made to be drinking that which is absolutely boiling, which destroys the intestines completely and which is then renewed in order to taste the punishment and whatnot. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Not an iceberg actually because the ice would help you. But at the same time my brothers and sisters, the biggest gift we have is doba. seek Allah's forgiveness. And then smile and have hope in the mercy of Allah. Smile, have hope. Life is not just depressing. No, it's not it will be test. It will be test after test definitely, it will be filled with
challenges, but by the help of Allah, you will get through every one of those challenges. It might take a year, two years or 10 years or 30 years. Trust me by the help of Allah you will get through it. You will keep going never lose hope until the end. right up to the end. Why Buddha Baca had
the Academy in worship you're up, keep on worshiping you're up without losing hope without becoming despondent, right.
Up to the point of your death.
May Allah subhanahu wa taala make it easy for us. May Allah bless us like I said, the door of Toba is open we seek Allah's forgiveness, we will be protected from all this akula kolyada sallallahu wasallam Allah Baraka Island Nabina Muhammad