Channel: Mufti Menk
Jumu’ah Talk from Polokwane, South Africa.
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam o Baraka, Allah, Allah. Allah Allah Ameen, Divina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa Tabby. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
at all his household, his companions, may Allah bless them all and bless every single one of us, my brothers and sisters in Islam.
We are at the dawn of the month of Ramadan. And the question I have for yourselves and myself, What is your link with the Quran? What is your relationship with the Quran? If the Quran was to speak, and to say you are related to me? In what way? Are you related to the Quran? That is a question I need to ask myself and you need to ask yourself the reason is, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us through the blessed lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Hadith, that orano Jetta laka alayka this Quran will either bear witness for you, or it will bear witness against you. So I need to ask myself, the Quran will actually speak, it will actually bear witness for me or against
me. So it is going to talk about my relationship with it. How exactly is that relationship, I need to be worried about it. And I need to improve it because if my relationship with the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala is powerful and solid, then I will be able to achieve paradise. And if my relationship is not good, then I have wasted my time in this world. This is the dunya that I am in the world that I am in for a short period of time, I don't want to waste my time in it, I need to use my time in a way that when I die, I have fulfilled what my maker wanted me to fulfill whilst I was alive in this little dunya. So that's why this question arises. Now I want to spend the next few
moments going through our relationship with this for
Firstly, not only to recite it, you know, that's very important, I would need to learn Alice and Bob. Someone might say Why must I learn the Arabic language? Well, that's the language that Allah has chosen to reveal the book in. So we are not bigger than the book, the book is bigger than us. So we will adjust ourselves to learn the elephant bar, the correct pronunciation and the melodious recitation, because the Hadith says, Allah has not permitted you to sing and to chant as much as he has with the Quran. That is the maximum that you could ever get to is with the Quran. So if someone were to try to recite the Quran in a beautiful way, and to actually beautify their voice, and to
make sure that this recitation is melodious, that is acceptable. In fact, it isn't a bother. The beauty of recitation is an act of worship, because it's the word of Allah. But whereas if someone were to start singing other types of songs, whereby there is bad meaning in and so on, it would be not only something that is terrible and unacceptable, but it would be something that Islam would discourage completely. Yes, they are what we call machine and machine which would mean perhaps some poetry in the Arabic language or the English language, some song that is encouraging us to perhaps be better people and so on, that would be permissible within certain limits, but there's no
competition with the Quran. The Quran is on a far higher level, it's the word of Allah of Anahata Allah, and I need to make sure I've learnt it properly. How many of us can say that as old as I am, I am trying to improve my massage massage meaning how the letters are pronounced, where they come from, how they come out, either the throat and so on how the tongue is connected to some of the letters that are on the board and so on. So am I improving it? If I am, I'm achieving something with the closeness to the Quran. If I'm not I lose out. Secondly, beyond just the recitation in the Arabic language, what did I do to try and understand the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala? Did I
attend the seed lessons in the masjid? The answer is no. If it is, no, I've wasted my time and I wasted my life. The whole life wasted why we die without knowing the meaning of the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah that is a shock. Some people say no, you're not allowed. It's not important when the Tafseer goes on in the masjid, you must walk out if they tell us that they are devils in sheepskin. In fact they are shouting and there are devils as the Quran has made mention of from mankind because they are diverting you from the word of Allah your maker. This is a lesson that takes part in the masjid for example, you must make sure you drop everything and go and listen to
the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala it is the most important thing
Who you want me to do? that which Allah has is far more important, and it is far better and more virtuous than the past time we amusement and the business deals that we have, drop everything and go and listen to the word of Allah, it might be your last day, I'd rather die having learned the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala, than having died a millionaire who does not have the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So make an effort to learn what Allah has said, improve your recitation and improve your understanding of the book of Allah, and I challenge you in the short life of yours. I challenge you to go through the meanings of the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It won't take too
long, but it's a challenge. pay people to teach you pay the Alamo, whoever it is to come and teach you something. Learn the word of Allah because that is the word your maker who made you as powerful as you think you are. And I think I am. The way that I'm going to understand why I am here is to look into the word of the one who brought me here in the first place, and that is Allah. Otherwise, we are cheaply called by shavon to say no Tafseer of the Quran don't listen, when it comes to the Quran, you just recited beautifully, you must read surah Kahf every every week, why must you read Soraka? If you need to know that, yes, we should be I don't deny that. But do you know the meaning
of the surah? Do you know what it is that Allah is telling you that look, the surah is important and the Quran is important. Why? without going through the meaning you will never ever know and you will die not knowing so you could have read Salah in the first sub seconds of you could have read five Salah a day and six and seven if you add the 100 and some other Salawat but if you don't know why you were here, you wasted your time. So this is why we say please my brothers and sisters and I am pleading with you as a Muslim. Your identity is connected to the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala if you don't know it, you wasted your life. And we read so many books of accounting and becoming
doctors and becoming everything else Mashallah We are not saying no. But what about the book that's going to take you to paradise? It will lead you to the Sunnah of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam if you read it truly, because today there are some people who say only the Quran, everything else I don't want. Now the villa that is dangerous. The Quran if you read it correctly, it will lead you directly to the Sunnah of Muhammad, Allah, Allah Allah. And Allah says quite clearly, Alma de como rasuluh that's a verse of the Koran, whatever this Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam has given you, you must take it, if he has given you something, you take it, while Manohar kumanovo whatever he has prohibited,
if he told you this is wrong, considered it wrong, don't do it. So this is separate from the Quran. It's known as the sooner it's known as the life of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam his instructions, his Hadith and so on. It's important for us to take this and to understand it. So we have this Koran. We do not want it to bear witness against us. So one is we don't even know what it says. And two is when we know what it says but we go against what it says. The Quran tells you that usually is haram. This is haram that is not allowed. And we still say you know what, it's okay. One day I'll make Toba stuff. It'll one day I will repent to Allah subhana wa Taala don't commit a sin hoping to repair it.
No. Sometimes people commit a sin thinking that you know what? It's okay, Eliza, for Rahim, you will forgive me that is dangerous. If you have fallen into sin due to your human weakness, then you are more likely to be forgiven than a person who falls into it define the difference. Someone made a mistake and they bumped into your car. You can sometimes come out you say Look, I'm sorry. No, don't worry. So long as you guys are not injured. It's okay. You know, the car we can always fix. But if someone purposely saw you and they drove into you thinking that you know what, he's a rich man, it's okay. You fix my car. And so he probably sue you at that time and say, What do you think you are? So
it's important for us to know that with Allah subhanho wa Taala we don't play the fool. Still he will forgive us because he's merciful, but we don't play the fool with him. We don't do that intentionally. And if we have done it We ask Allah forgiveness because the Quran will bear witness against us. What was the bearing of the witness against us by the Quran? Do you know what it is? Firstly, you don't read it. The Quran will say
this man never read me. Secondly, you did not try to understand it. This man never tried to understand me. Thirdly, this men knew what was in me but he did not adopt it. For me, this man was never bothered to even know what was in me. What Allah suniya I'm begging Tomita.
The complaint of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam made mention of in Surah Tucson he says Oh Allah, look at my people. They have abandoned this Quran Subhana Allah
do we want to be from amongst those whom Mohammed salatu salam complains about that? Yeah, yeah, Allah, look at my people they've abandoned they took the Quran but they've ridiculed it, meaning they took it just to put on the nice
One of the narrations the Prophet sallallahu Sallam has made mention of how important it is not to just place the Quran on a niche or to place it use it as a pillow. You sleep on it when I go to sleep I recite, but I have never ever gone into the meanings of it. I haven't respected the scholars who studied it in a way that I can learn from them. Because if we don't respect the scholars who have studied the Quran, for example, and who studied the deen, how are we going to take it from them? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to learn the Quran, and may He make it be a witness for us and not against us. And this is why if you look at the hadith of Rasulullah
sallallahu sallam, he says in a very beautiful way, in Allaha liova will be having Keita be a corpsman, while ba will be atherina powerful Hadith of the Prophet sallahu wa sallam, he says Allah uses the Quran to raise the rank of certain people. And he uses the same Koran to drop certain people. How someone might think the Quran obviously we it can raise us in status because it's the column of Allah subhanho wa Taala the word of Allah so it can raise us in status. But how's it How does it drop a person?
Number one, the biggest point hypocrisy May Allah safeguard us from hypocrisy. A person who knows and he's reciting. But his intentions are bad. He wants to show off. If a person wants to show off, he will have that showing off. This is why one narration says on the Day of Judgment, one of the biggest one of the first people to be thrown into Hellfire will be a person who learn the deen in order to challenge people and to boast and to show off Is that what you learned the deen for? You learn the deen for yourself and to put into practice and to convey in a humble manner to other people. But the minute we want to learn the deen because I can debate with this guy. And I can argue
with that guy, the Prophet sallallaahu Selim says whoever has sought knowledge in order to show off with the knowledge and in order to try and challenge those who perhaps have knowledge and so on, they will not smell the scent of paradise.
Whoever seeks knowledge in order to challenge people and to boast and show off with the knowledge, they will not smell the scent of gentlemen, that means they're going to be far away. So let's not be from those who learn to challenge when we learn sincerity is something important learn it because I want to improve myself. And when I improve myself, I will have a feeling in me to say Allah, you've given me so much let me share it with other people. Like how when you have wealth, it's your duty to share. It's your duty to pay your soccer and your Linda heart and whatever else there is. But when you learn knowledge also You must not be selfish with it not myself. You know, we are not women, for
example, who have a recipe and when people say what's the recipe say it's my secret? No, we have something good. We will share it with everyone and say look, you know what, everyone benefit I'll get the reward. May Allah help our women folk to be generous with their recipes as well. I mean, my beloved brothers and sisters, this Quran will bear witness against a person who has not fulfilled its rights. A person who did not try to learn it, a person who did not put it into practice a person who did not go through its meanings. A person who recited it in a way that was an insult to Allah subhanho wa Taala we have the World Cup that is going on right now. It's going to be going on for
part of Ramadan. And we've already heard of the sharp shoot message that advertising video salah and watch the World Cup. You know what that means? Come here. We'll finish sharp sharp, and you will be finished in time for the first whistle for that World Cup. Don't worry. So is that an insult to Allah? When we die? We're gonna say your ally watched all the World Cup matches and I can give you all the scores and I can tell you who won and I can tell you which referee cheated and I even know what the bookies did and I know that these matches were fixed and those ones worked is that what will take you two gentlemen so why give preference to the World Cup over your tarawih For what
reason Subhana Allah tada we do you know what when it's derived from urahara it means to rest, to relax, to take things easy. So this is why you find you coming for Sahaja tarawih. According to me, you must choose a Masjid that takes the time in reading Salah because that's your link with a light could be your last Salah, your last Ramadan and so on. And believe me, choose the masjid that takes longer we can make the change because then those sharpshooting massages that insult Allah. We don't want to be from amongst those the Quran comes and says, You know what, this man raped me. But we didn't know when he started. And when he said ballin, and when he said Allahu Akbar, there was no
even separation between anything.
This is an insult to the poor. So take your time, it's the Kalam of Allah, it's the word of Allah. I'm talking to you. today. I am trying to speak in clear cut English so that you understand. Imagine if I were to recite the words of Allah and to rush through them, what would happen, my word, I want it to be clear, but the word of Allah must not be clear, then surely the plan will bear witness against me. So take
Your time when you are reading Salah that's a challenge. If we don't the Quran is going to bear witness against us. Allah has forced us to read Quran in Salah, there is no solid that is correct without reading for only certain Fatiha and whatever else is to be decided, because it is the word of Allah. So I am chosen to recite the word of Allah in a beautiful way, imagine if I have to rush through it. What will I say? Allah says, I gave you the opportunity to read my word, you should have considered yourself honored. Rather you insulted me by whipping through it in a way that you yourself do not speak. All of us when we talk, we want to be understood. When we speak we want
people to look at us and to understand what we're saying. So why do we read the column of Allah in a way that nobody would understand? Even those who know Arabic will say Hey, what did this man just say? Because all we hear is Yeah, lamona tala Mon and Allahu Akbar
Is that what it is? So let's make a change this Ramadan I call on the farm and those who have you know, some say over the massage to slow down the people in Tara we slow them down. And let's learn if you cannot stand you sit, no problem, bring a chair and sit and read Salah. Why? Because the Hadith says suddenly common for England or even for England
rissalah standing if you are unable to sit down and read if you are still unable to lie down and read but it did not say insult the Quran because you want to finish sharp up and people want to finish because of football. Today I heard and I was shocked from someone not here in the city, but elsewhere, who sent me a message to say you know what we have? What is the opinion of winning? What does the Sherry I have to say about people who are advertising a muskie to say that we will finish in time for the World Cup and to watch the match. So that's what prompted me to talk about the subject today.
And tonight we want to talk about inshallah the other machine we want to speak about the lessons from the World Cup that will be our topic in sha Allah, may Allah grant us good lessons, because there is a lot to learn from the World Cup really. It's a World Cup that can actually take us to gender in what way inshallah we'll see that tonight. See people are looking at me What are you talking about? Anyone will see what we are saying tonight by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala because to be honest with you, we see these things we get involved in them in such a big way. Relate something to gender related to your life, learn something about it, and lead your life in a way that
you will win not only this World Cup, but you win the general cup inshallah May Allah granted to us so my brothers and sisters These are just a few moments I wanted to share with you to tell you we are in the door we are at the door of this month of the Quran. Learned really beautifully spend your time. I know a lot of us sitting here we do not finish the Quran in Ramadan. I know because I'm honest. So what happens we come we say I will do it. We start with the first day but we don't finish up and we finish up we do it so quick. Set aside two whole hours a day, that's less than 10% of your day.
24 hours, two hours is less than 10%. Set aside two hours to read a juice a day beautifully. And then you go through its meaning beautifully, two hours is more than enough. But set is a set aside the time. If you will not do that. There's going to be a problem. The Quran will bear witness against you. Allah will say to you and I that I sent you so much what did you do with it? We're going to be questioned, we know that I sent you the Quran I gave you the month of the Quran, there was spiritual moments that were different. Ramadan is different in spirituality from the other month. What did you do in this month? May Allah strengthen us really mean we become people who love
one another? May we be people who have time for the tilava of the Quran, and learning the meanings of the word of the words of the Quran? May we be those who dislike the insult when people rush through the Quran, it's nothing to be a champion about it's you're not going to get a certificate or a medal. You're not going to win the World Cup by having finished 10 minutes before everybody else. No, in fact you are you are a loser who will perhaps be from amongst those whom the Quran will bear witness against Mallanna to that to me, maybe Forgive me for wherever I've rushed through the Quran, and maybe forgive all of us wherever we've rushed through the Quran to do that. It's an insult to
Allah. May Allah make us people who are come and who understand the great gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala wa sallahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad