Channel: Mufti Menk
Jumuah Lecture from Harare, Masjid Al Falaah
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala
nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa
back, we always praise Allah subhanho
his entire household and all his companions and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us and our offspring, the oma at large and humanity at large. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all every form of goodness, and May Allah Subhana Allah protect us from all evil. I mean, my brothers and sisters, if I were to ask you, as a Muslim, named me one of the most important Pillars of Islam, I think the both of us would say, Salah is extremely important, as is mentioned in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
that it is definitely one of the five founding Pillars of Islam. If the Salah is not in order, then Muslims life will not be in order. So there is much encouragement and in fact, instruction in Islam, that we fulfill our Salah as a matter of importance and giving precedence over anything and everything that Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant has the ability to fulfill the Salah in a correct manner. If we were to take a close look at this salon, we would realize one thing, that it does not benefit Allah subhanho wa Taala he does not need it from us, He is the owner of all praise, even if we do not praise Him, and He is the owner of grantor even if we do not declare it.
And he is the one in whose hands lies the control of absolutely every aspect of existence, even if we do not acknowledge that. So Allah does not need us to acknowledge anything, know that he needs us to do anything in order to confirm what he owns. He owns it, and he owns myself and yourselves, and I am going to return to Him. And while I am in the short life, I would like many favors from Allah subhanho wa Taala, he does not need a single favor for me. But I require so many favors, I need a good eyesight, I need a good respiratory system, I need good health in a nutshell, I would like to have sustenance enough that I can lead a life of at least comfort and my children. And I would like
whether that would be good and so on and protected from evil and whatever else. All these are the favors of Allah upon us. And I love this one.
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if you were going to try and count the favors of Allah upon you, you will never ever be able to count them all. Allah Subhana Allah, Allah bless us. So one of the things he has asked us to do, as a means of completion of V savers is to fulfill Allah. So Salah in actual fact, is a gift for me, it is something that will make me and you better people. It results in discipline in our lives. It regularizes the day and regulates the way we do things. And it makes me a person who can concentrate better on the work that I'm doing. Because after every little while, I need a break where I do something completely different. And this is being discovered by science and medicine. If you were to
start working in the morning in an office, and you are working very very hard, you need some form of motivation, you need some form of meditation, you need some form of change in order to get back to the workplace in a refreshed manner. So what happens they give you a break, they give you a tea break, and they give you a lunch break and they try their best. And nowadays when we learn and this is something very interesting is that they are saying why don't you close your eyes and meditate try and do something completely different. Think about this, think about that. But as Muslims we got it from a long, long time. And still we don't dedicate ourselves with Salah, but that's benefits unless
we try our best to maximize the concentration in the Salah.
So each person achieves a reward according to the amount of concentration they have. And each person achieves the benefits of Salah according to the amount of concentration they have. So if I want to maximize the benefit I need to train myself to cut off completely from all my worries and everything else leave it outside the door when I am on my place of Salah. I must
Forget everything I declare a love about the one who made me is the greatest. Whatever problems I have the solution in his hands. If I have to leave this dunya right now, I'm going to go back to him and he is most merciful, have that hope. We need to be feeling it and cut off from everything else. Schaefer then comes to us and tries to make us think about things that have gone wrong through our day, and commitments we have and possibly various other methods we'd like to accomplish. So now here comes the devil. And we as human beings, we just started our prayer. And next thing we start thinking about, I have to do this straight after the prayer. This man is taking too long. The time
is this. And you know what, I need to get this done. That man owes me money. He's standing right next to me. As soon as I finish, I'm going to get hold of him. All these types of costs, reduce the benefit of Salah in actual fact, Allah forgive us, but we are insulting Allah. Allah forgives us, we are insulting him because we should be trying our best to ward off such sport as best as possible. Because this is benefiting me, it's an act of worship for my maker, and Allah does not need it, I am in need of it. And Allah says, you will be helped by the concentration. And this is why we always say my brothers and sisters, we are the great loss if we have not attempted to look into the
meanings of the words that we uttered in Salah.
You know, when a person enters the fold of Islam or as a child grows up, they are taught how to read Salah, sometimes parrot fashion because we have to adopt and adapt to the Arabic language. And we have to learn that language in order for one of the reasons is to be protecting the pollen so that if anyone were to make a mistake in the original words of Allah Subhana, Allah, any lay Muslim would be able to say, Listen, this is not the word of Allah, this is what it is. And this is why if I were to make a blunder standing in the front here in the verse of Allah Subhana, Allah to Allah, it is your right to correct me and I'm not allowed to feel bad. Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us all.
That is the uniqueness of the Muslim ummah. And this is why let's resolve we will make an attempt to try or we will make an attempt to learn the meanings of the words that we read in Salah so that we can concentrate better believe me, if you know the meanings of what you say, the concentration will be much, much more focused and much better. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to grant us concentration. Let's get to one powerful hadith of Mohammed Salah which I wish to speak about for a little while, is a narration of underlying the Allahu anhu which is recorded in a Bharani. And he says that a man wants to walk into the prophets of Allah presence. And he says, Oh messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam, give me some advice. And be brief.
Imagine this, we would consider this disrespectful. If someone tells you to give me advice and be brief. Who are you to tell me to be brief. You either want the advice or not. Or you could say you know what, I've got a little bit of time, give me some advice. But anyway, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Why these words are recorded is that everyone has a different style of speech. Not everyone can ask in a beautiful way. But the point is get the message across. It's an opportunity. Even if someone has been slightly rude. Ignore the rudeness for a moment for something bigger for the bigger picture. This is a very powerful lesson we learned from amatola Salah sometimes you have
an opportunity of achieving something great, but because someone has been impolite or someone has been rude to you, you can just turn away and you become upset and so on. Look, Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam knowing that he is the best of creation, and he's an upbeat and the Messenger of Allah Subhana Allah that
He got straight to the point. He says, when you fulfill your prayer, he says suddenly Salah died. When you fulfill your prayer, fulfill it as though it is the last prayer you're ever going to be getting an opportunity to fulfill.
And then he says, If you do not see Allah remember that he is watching you amazing way. So I was watching I imagining myself a little small speck of a creature of Allah subhanho wa Taala standing in front of him, putting my head on the ground for him for my makeup. Imagine if someone had to come to you and bow down completely we would be so uncomfortable we would actually want to stop it. I'm not with being allowed to. And we would never allow someone to prostrate to us impossible and we will deliver for straight to anything or anyone but to the one who made me We always we always completely as a favor upon us.
As a gift for us, we fall prostrate to say, Oh, my main kind of grid returned to you. When I come back to you just record the fact that I actually worship You, who is the owner of worship only the one who made you. That's what Islam is all about monotheism, you only worship he who may be no one else. So, if I were to look into this narration of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, I would come to realize a few powerful pointers. One is that Allah has made compulsory certain things from amongst them. Certain units of prayer are compulsory. We call the burqa. So for every one of the fighter prayers, they have some units that are compulsory, some units that are voluntary, the
compulsory ala carte, for example, I'm not allowed to leave them if I do, I am sinful and sinful. And if I fulfill them correctly, I will be achieving such a great benefit, that there is another generation of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when another man came to him, and told him our messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, what should I do? What is my duty and so on? And tell me something that I don't need to ask anyone after you. And there are several wordings of the same narration. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in one of those eration says, that
you believe in Allah, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam meaning the declaration of the faith, obviously, and then fulfill your prayer. And here he was speaking of the obligatory prayer, which means the compulsory units of every prayer. And when he says, fulfill, he owes the cat, which is the percentage of arms that needs to be given to the poor. And when you first during the month of Ramadan, and if you are able and capable then go for Hajj, the man says, If I do not do, will I achieve paradise? If I do this, will I achieve paradise if I do just this, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, Yes, you will. So as he walks away, he says, I bear witness that I'm not
going to decrease no increase from what I was told today,
which means he's going to fulfill what is compulsory and obligatory upon him. And as he's walking away, so how to love the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam points to him and tell his companions who will see today, if any one of you would like to see a man from heaven, look at that man.
quite simple. So, he did not ask us to fulfill so many prayers without concentration, rather, fulfill what is obligatory, with proper concentration, then you fulfill as much as you can thereafter because it is highly encouraged to engage in voluntary prayer. But with quality in mind, not the quantity. What this would mean is, you find sometimes we would like to complete to someone says, okay, you need to need two units after the Salah, and another two units. And so then we read the compulsory prayer, and then we get up to the other two units as though we are doing a lot of favor. And we are quite terrible in our salon that we've done down and up. So halala as though you
know what, I just want to get completed to the number because I have to finish this anyway. And that is wrong as a Muslim. Take a look at the verses of the Quran, I read one for you. Right at the beginning. I love this. I love your
It is me who has created death and life in order to test you who from amongst you have better deeds, not more deeds.
If someone is to fulfill 20 Records, for example,
in the day, and there is no concentration, any of that when a person who fulfills just what was obligatory with proper concentration is far better in reward and the fulfillment of the obligation that he has unto Allah Subhana Allah. So the point being raised is when we go back to the ideas where the Prophet says, every prayer of yours fulfill it as though it's the last one you're ever going to be able to fulfill your problem will be solved, what problem will be solved one day, it will definitely be true.
What does that mean? That means that if I have a habit Say for example, every time I pray, I feel within me that look, this might just be the last opportunity I have. So let me take my time I go into
the closest you can ever get to Allah is the frustration known as such that also do
not do the Obi Wan who is the closest that a slave is unto his maker is when he is in the position of frustration. That's the closest you and I can get. Why should I keep the spring up as though someone has switched the stream of my voice and I just bouncing down and bouncing back up? Why should I do that? This might be my last moment.
In declaring the greatness of my mega super high
praise be to you my maker, the woman whose hand is in control of every aspect of not only my existence but everything else in existence and at the same time I declare that you are the highest and that's what you're saying when you don't pay and we need to repeat it again and repeat it a third time. And imagine if that was my last prayer. Do you think that the Almighty will just ignore that? Never. And like I said one day it will be the last prayer because whenever my debt is written or yours
is we have developed this habit of fulfilling Salah as though it is the last one day one day to definitely be the last one. So we will never ever lose Panama's Allah strengthen us. So my brothers and sisters It is important number one, do not compromise your salon never come what may we get a Posada, there is a different spirituality to the day, when we have started off by praising the one who gave us that day. We are going out to work we have praised the one in whose head is the sustenance that are going out to earn. So they will be blessings in whatever I do. It has been proven that those who fulfill the morning prayer with maximum concentration, even that character
improves throughout that day. You feel blessed, whereas the person who just missed it, and you know as the one that says the cache fine peas in your ear, if you miss your selection, and what happens the entire day you are literally a person who is on edge, any small thing can spot you you get upset. That's because Brandi did not wake up before the sun rose, the sun rose, then you rose we are taught you rise when the sun rises Allah, Allah Subhana Allah, Allah grant us a good writing.
And Allah, Allah has a proper redirection with the right people. I mean, so we don't compromise our Salah when it comes to Salah Toto, the afternoon prayer, imagine a warm day, Mashallah we just worked hard. They say in the morning, your concentration span is more than the afternoon. And what happens you can concentrate a little bit longer. So you have naturally the working hours calculated by the fullness of the world, they say you work longer hours, then you have lunch break in the afternoon, shorter hours, if you take a look at how Salah is cut, it cut the order to fit that and even better than that. So you have to hold is the longest time you can get all your work. And after
that, try making a beautiful cold water. And you know you have your face wash, you have your massage on your head, so on you wash your hands, your feet and so on, you gobble the refreshing feeling you've totally changed whatever you've been doing through the morning, and you're now concentrating on something completely, totally different. How amazing how amazing. If we don't understand the manual, we'd stop and eat physical food, but we forget the spiritual food.
And this is why brothers and sisters, it's important for us to know that some of the benefits of Salah we will never know them, but we would have already benefited from Allah subhanho wa Taala statements. After that you have solid acid, then you have money. Notice the gap is becoming smaller and smaller, the shortest gap being between Madrid and Asia and you fulfill your Isha prayer declaring the end of the day and you recline In the name of Allah Subhana. Allah ready to get up before the sun rises once again,
not forgetting that every time I go down in prayer, I need to make sure that I realize this might just be the last time that I am going down. And therefore take your time. And that is the core message I'd like you to take home. And the advice is for myself as well. Let us learn to change our lives by taking our time when we pray.
You know one of them when they asked about how he used to pray.
They were told that he used to go into court for as long as he stood. And then he stood up for as long as he was in record. And then he went into frustration for as long as he stood up. And then he sat between the two frustrations for as long as he was in the frustration which means he wasn't long time as he was getting up from the different postures It was quite a long time now with us Mashallah, you know, we've minimized everything technological advancement, Mashallah, we would all love to see things happening quickly. So, minimum admission is that we say so cannot be an added price. Why do we have to stick to the minimum all the time to make the most amount of employees you
and the minimum wage is 100 bucks, $100. Okay, you're gonna sell that for 10 years. Come on, you're gonna look at it today, but don't get a promotion. So, so why do we want to stick to the minimum number of hours we have, we know the minimum number
Have the words that we need to add a minimum and I'm out. Let's ask ourselves, we want the blessings of Allah like I started by saying, This is the favor of Allah Subhana. Allah upon us. Why is it that we do not take our time, and we do not realize that we increase now as I'm becoming a little bit older. Let me also spend more time with my makeup. Let me spend a little bit more time with my makeup. I hope and I pray the few words that I said this afternoon, can motivate myself and yourself to concentrate a bit more in prayer. And at the same time to take our time when it comes to dealing with the maker who gave you this entire life and the one whom we are going to return to unique
relationship. The one who develops it shall definitely be a bearer of good news. Allah grant us the books that he's going to give us are on record in our right hand and remember a prayer. There is something powerful about it when you fulfill one Salah. Did you ever know that if you were to fulfill the next one properly, it would be an automatic expiation of the minuses that are committed between the two prayers. Did you know that? It's amazing. The same applies to do more. If you are here and attend early in June, make sure that you fulfill it correctly and properly. The minor sins between this Juma and the last Juma automatically deleted even though you may not even know what
grace is goodness major sin is always required direct repentance, but the minuses they are deleted just like that by you engaging in good deeds. This is why the Heidi says has to be a he has an asset and if you follow up a bad deed with good deeds thereafter, the bad ones will automatically be wiped out. Now last time a horse added mother's goodness and concentration for the love was Elena robotica