Channel: Mufti Menk
Lecture delivered at the Light Upon Light Conference in London. Speaking about the Name of Allah Al Azeez – The All Mighty, All Powerful.
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy ah main blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his household, his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all, may Allah bless you all, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless this oma and may He bless humanity at large, my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam,
it is an honor to be speaking here to you, and to all those who are viewing and listening. And perhaps we'll do that later on. For indeed, we are speaking about our maker, the one who made us. And we all know that He created us for a purpose. This is what makes us believers, we believe that he has created us for a purpose for a reason. And this reason is for us to lead a life in such a way that when we depart, when this short life actually comes to an end, we meet with him in a good condition. That's what it is.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala, has kept many challenges and difficulties in our lives. He has kept a lot of hardship in our lives in order to test us to see I've put you in this testing ground known as the world when you are faced with the difficult questions, difficult situations. Who do you call out to? And what do you do? And how do you react? So one might say, Well, why does Allah subhanho wa Taala need to test us Why? Because he decided to put us on the earth. And it was not our choice, we did not decide to come onto the earth, because we are not the Creator, He is the Creator. And he is the one who decided he put us in a situation. We have no say in that regard.
We have no say, we came on to the earth without having a say our identity was chosen. In fact, our complexion was chosen, the face was chosen where we were born was chosen, who we were born to was chosen what race we would belong to chosen, everything. Every single thing is part of the test that Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept for us. So my brothers and sisters, we need to understand that everyone will go through questions. I always give the example of a school that if you were to enroll in a school, the aim of enrolling into primary school is to graduate from the University later on 20 years later, 15 years later, how many years later, that's the aim, but you started off at grade one,
or even earlier than that, when you enroll in the school.
That's not your life. That's only a preparation for the real life. That's what it is. Your life will only begin when you graduate. The same applies to this life. The fact that we've come in we are like commencing our school 70 years later we graduate into the real life. And depending on how serious you were at school,
shall be where you will go later on if you did not work and you decided to dilly dally, drugs, alcohol, the night life the dirty life, for example, filled with promiscuity, immorality, whatever else, then where do you expect to go as you graduates. But if you were disciplined, and if you had within you a lot of hard work that you existed at the time it was needed, then I'm sure you will be in a better place. So when it comes to this world, don't think you're not going to be questioned, you're not going to face situations. Even at school, they have a weekly test,
which is not so difficult, then they have a monthly tests. And then they have a test every term and the test every year. And the big tests as you complete that particular course that you're doing right.
And as you develop over the years, the tests become easier or more difficult. They become more difficult, because you're becoming a pro. You're now learning. You're now preparing yourself for what is to follow. They cannot keep on asking you one plus one every year. That started right at the beginning that perhaps was before you even got into the school. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is all wise. He knows he is all powerful. He is the mighty
My brothers and sisters, many times we feel that in life, we're going through challenges that are unfair. Many people say, why am I going through this? It's not fair. What did I do to deserve this? The mere fact that you have come on to Earth, Allah is giving you opportunity to prove yourself to Him just like when you know the answers to a very difficult examination or question, you would be able to prove to the examiner that you are indeed different, you know exactly what you're supposed to say, in order to get the correct answer. So when Allah has challenged me with something, I need to rise to the occasion, call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And understand that it's my time to
show to him that you know what, I'm going to try my best.
And I'm going to, I'm not going to get this wrong, it's going to be correct.
I'm going to go back to the Scriptures, to see how to answer this question, to see how to go through the situation. And I will follow it to the tee. And this is the reason why Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as much as he was the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets. It is the reason why Allah chose that he goes through so many challenges, difficulties, he was born, his father had already passed away, he was an orphan. One might say, oh, what do I do? That's a lot. That's Allah subhanho wa Taala. He chose it, he decided it. Thereafter, he lost his mother at a very early age. No mother, No, father, what's going to happen? Yesterday I spoke to someone saying, I'm
not feeling well make do I don't die because I'm worried about my children. And I said my sister Yes, we do. Make sure that Allah give you a cure. But I just want to draw your attention to the fact that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets. He lost his parents at a very early age that did not stop him from passing every test that came because he he actually faced all these challenges as per the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So sometimes, we don't realize that
when we develop a relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
It actually helps us through the difficulties of life.
And mankind is such
that sometimes he forgets his makeup.
He drifts far away, he's gone, or she's gone.
drunk, drowning in the luxuries of this world, not realizing this is quite temporary. Yes, as much as you are allowed to enjoy what this world has to offer. It needs to be within such limits that you don't compromise you here after Subhana law. It needs to be within such limits, that you don't compromise your relationship with your maker, or bullies that he will challenge. So enjoy the world but understand during your days of ease. Don't miss your prayers. Don't miss your connection with Allah. Don't miss your contact with Allah call out to Allah use the various names to call out to Allah, He loves it. When you acknowledge his power, when you acknowledge that he is the one he is
the maker and therefore you will not render an act of worship for anyone or to anyone besides Him. It's amazing.
Indeed, Allah has so many beautiful names, amazing Names of Allah that depict his qualities.
And they are actually so beautiful that he says, use them to call out to me use them to call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala when you are sick and ill, and I've said this before, you can say Oh Allah kiyomi nothing wrong with that. It's good. But you can actually go one step higher and say owner of cure, cure is only in your hands. You kill me. So Pamela, what did you do you acknowledge the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala that was well beyond
someone who perhaps believes in Allah but has never thought of all these details and this is why every name has with it some deep meaning. And if you were to look into it, you would have to live by that for example, if I understand the name a Shafi and that is the owner of cure, the one in whose hands lives cure as much as I will pursue medication and I will go to the doctor because I have to do that. Allah kept it within my capacity to do that. You cannot just sit back relax and say that you know what? Allah subhanho wa Taala he
He's the cure. And Allah subhanho wa Taala is actually the one who will cure me. But I don't want to go to the doctor.
I don't want to go to the doctor. Because if Allah is going to kill me, he's going to kill me. The same applies to the one who owns sustenance and who gives everyone sustenance, we believe that he is the owner of sustenance, we will ask him, etc. But it does not mean that you sit back and say, well, Allah provides, I'm just going to sit at home. This is a wall of a beautiful football every day or whatever else or play my games. And I was shocked to learn that even adults are hooked on to PlayStation but anyway just depicts the condition we're in right now. May Allah forgive us? And then they say Don't worry, if Allah is going to previous written it for me, it's going to come. And then
you're you suffer within your family, and you keep on playing the holy car. What's the only card? It's a card that has holes in it? What are those holes, you're lying to yourself, you're lying to yourself, you're actually saying Allah is going to provide therefore I justify my laziness. Not at all. Allah will provide but he gave you the capacity or law provide for me. So Allah says, Okay, I will make you fit. And I will give you the intellect, and I will give you the capacity to walk out and go and try and when you try, I will actually give it to you. But now we're just not trying. It's like a person saying, Oh life, it's written for me to go for Salatu. Juma, you will send someone to
pick me up, guess what, it just requires you to make a phone call and then they will come and pick you up. And when they do come, you just need to open your door and walk into the car. They're not going to come and carry you out of your bed. So Allah is powerful. But remember, during the days of ease, get close to Allah so that in the days of difficulty alone will be close to you. We develop a relationship with Allah sometimes when we're not well, we quickly call out to Allah, oh, Allah helped me I'm not well, I'm sick. I'm ill through His mercy. He helps us. He kills us. He grants us he gives us but sometimes you know what happens? We don't turn to Allah until we become sick.
Surely it would be more befitting for a believer to develop contact with the one who owns him completely from now. And this is why this is my message for today to say Allah is Allah says, He is the mighty Allah He does not need us. We need him. When we pray when we fulfill the obligations we have unto Allah when we reach out to the rest of humanity, when we are kind to others when we develop our character and conduct in actual fact, we are helping ourselves. In actual fact, we are helping ourselves if we let ourselves loose and we let ourselves go and we don't mind and we are not bothered about what pleases or displeases Allah subhanho wa Taala. When we face the evil of our own
deeds, then we will cry, may Allah subhanho wa Taala not let that happen. This is why there is something known as Toba or repenting to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he says he forgives all sin, Allah subhanho wa Taala forgives everything, for as long as you seek that forgiveness. So my brothers and sisters, here we have a beautiful name of allah Subhana, Allah to Allah, the mighty. And we know that in this world, if we had someone who was powerful,
even your boss at work, or your boss in the house, I don't want to say who that is. But anyway, your boss in the house, it's in the best of your interest to develop a good relationship with your boss, because you need to live with them. Come on, you know, you need to have a good relationship so that your life is smooth. So panela you would develop a good relationship. That's my boss, if they instruct you, thank you so much. Come at four o'clock, don't be late. You're there at five to four Subhanallah you only leave at five o'clock you leave at five past five, why you want to get a promotion, you want to get something good. Voila, here we develop relationships with human beings in
this way because we are concerned about our worldly life that's going to last a few minutes, a few years.
Don't you think? Allah is the supreme boss, when he says I want you to get up at 730 You're so fortunate because we're in winter, right? You get up at 730 and so halala 725 Europe while my boss said so. I don't need to wait until I'm sick. To get up for Serato for job and to repent to Allah May Allah forgive our shortcomings I mean, but what I do need to do is to develop a link with him during days of ease of Illallah if you are sorry, yeah, if
you notice when you have difficult days, he has promised you that he will give you contentment. You will be a happy person. You might be struggling you might have a flu, you might have a cough, you might have an amputation of a limb you might have eyesight that's being lost. Allah grant us all cure but you such a happy person. May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors. Allah subhana wa Jalla grant us ease. This is why we say
Think of it from this angle to say that Allah Subhana Allah, Allah is all powerful. He owns the cure, he owns the solutions to the problems you are facing, and the problems that I am facing and the problems that the entire globe is facing. One might say, Well, why doesn't he solve the problem? It's like telling the examiner when there's a difficult question in your exam paper at your college to say, you know the answer. The examiner says, yes, it says, Well, why don't you fill it in? Well, then you did not pass. If you want the examiner to fill in the answer, then what was the point of testing you walk out of the school, so panela The same applies in our lives. Allah has the solution
to the problem. Sometimes he leaves it as is we see people suffering across the globe. Perhaps Allah wants to give them gentlemen I can imagine May Allah give us all jealousy, amin loudly
when we get into gender. The people who will be in gender will be those who will talk about what happened on Earth. Do you really think that those who were in luxuries, they forgot Allah they were far away from Allah that they would, you know, get to gender before the others? Notice I didn't say they won't get there because there's hope in them as well. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us well, gentlemen, but what I did say is the others may be there well before better place, higher rank, etc, etc. Because they endured more they went through more, Allah does not allow you to taste pain beyond a certain point. Do you know that if someone had to hurt you, you'd feel the pain. If
they hurt you more and more perhaps, you stop feeling the pain at a certain point because you become unconscious. And at a certain point, you stop feeling the pain because you pass away May Allah grant agenda to serve those. Through Allah's mercy he just takes you away. I don't want you to endure anymore you can go so the soul leaves the body because of so much of difficulty and hardship. My brothers and sisters we need to know develop a link with Allah He is Al Aziz, he is the most powerful he has beautiful names I encourage you throughout today you will be hearing a lot of talks Masha Allah Baraka live hope to be here for most of these. But at the same time, I as I leave this
particular opening talk, I'd like to encourage every one of you to go through the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala and his qualities, to understand them, and to realize that it is Allah subhanho wa Taala. Who owns us totally, completely. Yes, when I want something, I will try my best but I know Allah subhanho wa Taala is the owner of the solution. And Allah is the one who will ultimately help me so much so that when I pass away, I need to have so much hope in the mercy of Allah that I'm definitely going to a better place. I must be convinced.
Because the names of Allah include the names of the Most Merciful, the most loving the most, this and the most, that Subhana Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most caring, these are some of the attributes and the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So have full conviction. And this is why we say go through those names and understand what Allah subhana wa Taala has bestowed upon you, and learn them, look at them, feel the hope and go forward and at the same time, there is an element of fear because we do know that when we falter, we don't want to displease Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. Imagine you know you're writing the wrong answer, and you still go ahead and you're writing it and
the examiner is looking at you so hon Allah, what would you do quickly cross it off and write the correct answer. That's called Toba. Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us I could only have a masala Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad wa Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh