Channel: Mufti Menk
Lecture Masjid Taqwa
“I’m not the only Muslim”
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Alhamdulillah or Grace is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Jalla wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the Messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the final of all prophets, the greatest of all creation, the most noble of all those who were sent by a must, to Allah, while he was happy, he made the blessings be upon his family members, his companions, all of them, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of you. And every one of the oma And may Allah bless humanity at large. I mean,
my brothers and sisters,
if I were to look at my own life,
and if I were to see how I developed, and way I progressed,
in a way that today I have gotten to where I am,
I am never certain as to whether I will be going to gender fulfill those.
But I do know that by the mercy of Allah, we have been promised that we shall all intergender those, if we follow La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
as I was young, and I grew up, and I mentioned in this for a reason, and perhaps you will pick it up as I am speaking.
I grew up in a very strict home very disciplined. It had to be a certain way. If it wasn't, we were beaten into submission, in a lot of cases.
It's a reality. And we enjoyed it, because that's how we grew. Perhaps the generations now are very different.
But I can tell you,
as I grew up, I started studying the Arabic language at the age of four and five, six, I was already in an Arabic school,
together with my secular studies, grade one and two. And within the next three years, three and a half years, I started.
And we were strict. We were kept in a specific type of environment. Yes, we interacted with people of other faiths. we interacted with different types of Muslims. At that age, we did not know the difference, but there was a lot of understanding. we cooperated. We had friends from across the spectrum everywhere. We knew our lines. When we took lunch to school, we knew that this is our food, we don't actually contaminate what we have that may be halal, because you don't know if the other might have pork or something that is not halon. So we were disciplined in that way. We were woken up for salah
and we had to fulfill that Salah sometimes by hook and sometimes by crook, Allah forgive us, but it happened. And as we grew older, we became stricter. In our following of Islam.
I became a half of that a very young age. And I remember day in day out, it was all about the Quran. You get up in the morning, you have to recite, you have to hand in your work. You go to school, as soon as you come back. It's all about if we were excused from sports and sporting activity at that particular time.
Initially, when I was in primary school,
and I remember I still had friends, some were white, some were black, some were Indian, somewhat Pakistanis, some were people we didn't even know where they came from. But we got along, we respected each other. And guess what?
Something unique, we always knew who we were. But we respected everyone else. It's not like we swore them. It's not like we disrespected them. It's not like we didn't get along with them. We did we were taught to respect everyone but to know who we are. And not to compromise your faith just because you are watching someone else do something, but no need to insult them from a very young age. We used to discuss we used to debate we used to talk about we used to have these discussions where people would be convinced either way. And I recall, I always made sure that I learned about the deen and what Islam says and why I do what I do. People would ask how come you guys don't eat
this? And I had an answer just like that. How can you guys pray five times a day and I had an answer like this. Why do you guys fast? And I had an answer like that. Why do you guys not do this and not do that? And I had an answer this week. But there was a lot of love amongst the humanity that we had. We cared for each other. If I tripped someone would have come to help me the day we had an issue with others there would be people who come to assist. So Pamela and as we go
Do we learn more and more. And later on high school, I went to a school that was perhaps one of the best schools in the country. It was a Christian College. That was the options that we had the best option perhaps.
And what happened, my faith was intact by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala in sha Allah, I was still the half in, I was still learning the books that I could learn.
One after the other, I covered the courses that people would cover in seven years in four years. Why? Because every day day in day out, we would actually ensure that we learned we studied, we did not waste time. But guess what, that made us better people stricter in Islam, and more lenient with those who disagreed with us. But we had the power of revelation that came from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And at the same time, the gifts that Allah has bestowed upon all of us, and that is the mind the understanding, the knowledge, knowledge is a weapon. It's a tool, so can Allah but you have to make sure that when you disseminate that knowledge, it is only done respectfully. If you are to
disrespect those who want to teach, you will never teach them you will chase them away.
So as we grew older, we interacted we still have friends, friends who are from other faiths as well.
And wrong are those who say that a Muslim is not allowed to befriend someone who's not a Muslim, those are wrong. They misquote and misinterpret the verses of the Quran.
When they don't know that
the Quran has spoken about enemies, being those who have driven you from your homes, they have fought you, they have assisted others to do the same, they have killed you, etc. You're not allowed to befriend those type of people, and that anyone would give you that advice.
But when it comes to people of other faiths,
we need to understand from a young age, all of us would know we got along with everyone we did business with them. Our parents did business with them, they dealt with them, they were our neighbors, we fulfill their rights. We exchanged gifts, sometimes we sent a little bit of food sometimes next door and when they sent us gifts, we ensured that these were Hello so to speak, but we did not embarrass them or hurt them, insult them, etc. Why? Because as you grow up, you realize you know what, you're not the only human being on Earth. Allah created the earth. Allah created the diversity on Earth. Allah made the Muslims that not Muslims, you and I and even those who are not
human beings, Allah made them Have you ever thought of that? Allah created all of them? Why?
Subhana Allah? Why? If Allah wanted, he did not have to do that. He would have just made muslimeen and that is who has the power of life, giving the life it's Allah alone, taking away the life it's Allah alone.
If Allah wanted he could have taken their lives away. We don't need to become coward to start harming people just because we disagree with them. So Pamela
Why am I saying this?
My brother's the most blessed vehicles that we have here. h g v, the Ford h g v 431. II see the EC part I know stands for Eastern Cape. So if somebody here in Sharma it Can you move your vehicle inshallah it is actually blocking and the brothers or sisters need to get out ASAP. If you get up here now in front of everyone we give you tend to ask.
Allah bless you, Allah. Mashallah. Mashallah, mela I see more than one person getting up
Mashallah, Mashallah three people, four people caught up May Allah bless you all. Mashallah, Allah grant you Baraka,
Baraka and goodness, we will make mistakes sometimes, and sometimes it's not a mistake, but it's just that it might be an inconvenience. So May Allah bless you all. So, the last time I did this, they were people who told me that next time we want our vehicles to actually gain value by you mentioning them in your talk and gain Baraka for ourselves and our families. So we are definitely going to park our cars in the wrong way. So in order to combat that, I want to say those who have not had their number plates called out May Allah bless you, 100 times, Masha, Masha, Masha. So my brothers and sisters as we grew older,
we learned that we are not the only human human beings there are so many others Allah made them so Allah made me for a purpose. I may have found the loss of Hannah which Allah May Allah keep it that way and strengthen all of us, but my duty is to reach out to others in the best possible way. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said Why didn't the German Abu Salah Sharia law and Houma to Yemen, he told them something
Powerful. And I tell you that statement only dawned as we grew older. And we saw that the muhabba and the love that community had society had families had has become slowly, slowly less, it's become less. People used to love each other such that, you know, they will do anything for you today. Even if you're dying, they will probably say,
May Allah forgive us, forgive us look at how the lovers become less. Where did we go wrong? We went wrong because we felt we were the only Muslims that say, I'm the only Muslim here. My view is the only view my way of understanding things the only way I will fight anyone and everyone who holds an opinion different from mine, even if he substantiates it with Allah who will soon I will fight him, attack him and make sure that I embarrass him and disgrace him until the AMA. So we lost love.
And this is called holiness, piety and achievement in knowledge. No, it's not. It's actually the opposite. bashira Walla,
These people were sent to Christians, they were sent to Christians and Muslims.
the Prophet sallallahu Sallam told them, you will go to Yemen, you will go to this area, you will go to this place in another narration, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam tells mahogany German that you will go to the people of Yucatan meaning the People of the Book, speak to them in a respectful way, call them towards this column towards that etc, etc. And in this narration, he tells both of them that you know what, give you good news. bashira means give good news to them, speak to them, giving them good news today we are all sitting here. Why?
Why is this machine filled with brothers and sisters, because we want to get closer to Allah. We want to hear something that will inspire us that will make us feel like we are loved by Allah. Allah loves you, he made you He gave you the Shahada on your ties to para la ensure that it is in your heart as well. You will entertain that fulfill those hoping the mercy of Allah no matter what you've done, that's what we are here to listen to. So Allah, we have hope until the last point. I remember.
Not one person but a few people who have said we were in the nightclubs, we were doing drugs we were doing whatever else we were addicted to alcohol, we were committing adultery and doing whatever Allah guided us Alhamdulillah we could this we quit that we put that today we are trying our best to fulfill five Salah to ensure that whatever we do is within the obedience of Allah. And I've known others who used to obey Allah and from there they dropped so badly that they ended up in the clubs with the drugs, etc, etc. that is Allah that is the last plan you never know upon which condition you will die so respect everyone else and you never know upon which condition everyone else will
die. So respect even those who are sinful although you may dislike the sin, remember this, the prophets of Allah Allah says bashira give good news. Allah, Allah and don't chase people away from what from the deen from Allah, the way we speak. Sometimes we chase people away from Allah, we chase them far away from Allah
Subhana Allah Be careful how you speak Be careful how you convey the message, while your Sera, Sera, when I read this, only now beyond the age of 14, I started realizing, you know what, these are golden words. The reason the oma has actually lost in terms of habit and love is because we don't follow what the prophet sallallahu Sallam told us. He taught us to spread love, to spread kindness, to spread ease, to give good news to people, to make them feel appreciated, to make to understand and to know how to correct the person and to realize you are not the only human being on Earth. You are not the only Muslim you are not the only member of your family.
When you're young and you're teenager you think that's it. It's my opinion in my own family. You want everything to happen your way this depression in the home, you're not the only person come on this Mom, this dad, if they passed away, May Allah give them gentlemen.
And you know what this brothers, their sisters and there are others who will come in some of the brothers and sisters might be married and they might even have children, their children grow up. It's not you. You're not the only one. There is a whole host of people around you to test you. What is your character going to be? Are you going to understand it's not me all the time. It can't be me all the time. Mimi and I know you have to look at others you have to appreciate others can Allahu Allah. Allah Allah.
Allah continues to
Help his slave for as long as that slave continues to help another, you have someone Allah will help you Why? Because Allah has kept the path of reward through assisting others as well. That is why when you smile, it's an act of charity, I learned the reward because I interacted with you, I earn the reward because I serve you for the sake of Allah, I earned the reward because I felt the poor, I earned the reward because I reached out to the orphans I earn the reward because I went without any ulterior motive for the sake of Allah to help the widows and those who are in need, who perhaps females are of the opposite gender.
That was Allah, He kept rewarding us helping each other, there is a reward in respecting your family members, there is a great reward in mending relations.
There is no goodness in any of their private meetings, except for those who do what those who encourage charity, charity, meaning you reaching out to other human beings so that when I give a sadaqa, who's benefiting, it is other human beings who will benefit and I will benefit by the reward of having reached out to others for the sake of Allah that is Santa Omar, or someone who enjoys that which is good, in a beautiful way in the most respectful way, in a prophetic way in a godly way. How did Allah teach you to correct others to teach others when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam taught people something? How did he teach them with a smile with respect with so much respect that even
those who did that which was considered totally taboo, he corrected them in a way that within five minutes or even less, their whole tune change. Take a look at one example A man came into the masjid. And he
he he urinated in the monastery at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam.
I don't want to get into the whole detail of the story. But within a few moments, the way the Prophet sallallahu Sallam dealt with it, he says a Muhammad, Muhammad and voila hamana he says Allah have mercy on me Have mercy on the messenger sallallahu sallam, and don't have mercy on anyone besides the two of us because of the way they dealt with me. That's why and the prophets of Salaam smiled and had to correct him again, to say you cannot make narrow something that is so broad, which is the mercy of Allah azza wa jal, so my brothers and sisters, this woke me up at a later stage in my life, when we are young, we are bubbling with energy, we think we are the only ones I think I'm
the best in this and the top in that and the most powerful, I can punch this guy and that uncle, I've sought him out. And this one, I'll do this and that and all the girls are looking at me and me alone. As you're young and you grow older people pass through that phase. But you know what, when you mature, you realize at a later stage, you know what, I'm not the only guy, there are other guys more handsome than me, or the jetties are looking at them, not me. Allah forgive us. Sorry, to give you the example. But it's a reality. You realize, you know, I'm not the only I'm not the most powerful these guys will knock me out into blows. You realize that? And then you come on, I'm not
the most knowledgeable and guess what, what I believe is absolutely correct. Yes, it will be according to me if I'm convinced with that, but others are convinced otherwise, My duty is to exercise that which Allah has given me the intellect, plus revelation, in fact, Revelation before the intellect and to beautifully, beautifully, teach them praying for them, may Allah guide them, or if I'm wrong, maybe guide me.
The Sahaba we allow what happened to them. They had differences of opinion, very strong differences of opinion. In some instances, they followed what they believed was right, in one question, and they loved each other that they would give their lives to say the other, but they differ strongly. In some in some matters, in fact, in quite a few matters, if you were to go and look into that, that is what we were taught. But when you're young, you haven't mixed with other communities. You haven't mixed with societies. So for you, it's a problem because this guy is reading Salah that way, and it's a problem because this guy, his belief strategy, perhaps he has this opinion, my brothers, my
sisters, if they substantiated from what is revealed,
then you know that in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala there is scope for that there are differences of opinion amongst the Sahaba regarding the understanding of the same verse of the Quran, they have two opinions, the opinions for opinions, so it did not destroy the love between them. They loved each other so much that they believed in God
that you need to love your brother
A man could be dark skin light skinned, tall, short, poor, rich, etc. From your school of thought or another, etc. Voila, he my brothers and sisters, be careful, the man is being destroyed because they are people chiseling through the few cracks that are there. We are here to build that again, to express the love that we're supposed to be having, nothing will infiltrate us when we love each other. Yes, if you have a difference, you have every right to discuss it. You have every right to put it forth every right. It is called that law in the law. But Allah says,
When speaking to the people of the book, then you need to ensure Listen carefully, when speaking to the people of the book, you need to ensure that you go towards Allah with absolute wisdom. And with the best way of putting things forward and more important, Hassan al Hassan is a beautiful way of putting things forward, you give them a reminder in the most beautiful way. And when you put forth your opinion, in opposition to theirs, you make sure that you do so in the most respectful manner.
If that is the case, when it comes to us speaking to the people of the book, what do you think is the case when it comes to us speaking to each other as Muslims whom we may differ with? Today, we have contemporary issues, we will differ on those, some people might consider the stricter view on something while others consider the view which is less strict. And sometimes people may change opinions from time to time, if it is based on what ally Mr. Sunil have said, that you need to know you are not the only Muslim you are not the only person who has the right to look into what is right and wrong. Nor am I I'm not the only Muslim even though there might have been a time when I might
have felt that it is me and I and what I say goes and if anyone doesn't believe what I say they are far, far from a line is assumed a stone Villa Mella. Forgive that type of thinking and May Allah bless us all, our duty is what? Take a look at the duty of the messengers. Allah says, In
indeed Your duty is to convey the message and our duty is to take account to to do the reckoning
to have the day of judgment to judge Subhanallah that's our duty. Allah says, Your duty is to convey Did you convey if you did convey what was the method you use to convey? Was it prophetic? If the Prophet sallallahu Sallam did it? would he do it the way you did it?
If the answer is no, you are wrong. No matter what you need to improve, you need to become a more relaxed person. A sign of piety and closeness to Allah is that your heart is softened. That is a gift of Allah, Femi Ma,
O messenger Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam It is because of the mercy of Allah, it is by the mercy of Allah, a sign of the mercy, of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala, that you were very lenient towards those around you.
So leniency is what it's a sign of the mercy of Allah. harshness is not a sign of the mercy of Allah, no matter what your view might be. It's not a sign of perfective behavior, that which comes from the messenger or the teachings of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. We need to improve ourselves, we need to reach out to the Muslims, the non Muslims. How did we become Muslims? My brothers and sisters? Do you know generations? Have you ever studied it? Have you thought about it? Someone some way interacted with us? They cared for us. I know of people whose entire families are not Muslim, but they are Muslim. Are you going to tell them cut off relations completely become an
orphan and as it is today, when a person reads their Shahada, and I've seen this many times, they'll come into the fold of Islam we say we asked them to repeat after us eyeshadow Allah Allah Allah Allah wa shadow, Mohammed Abu rasuluh they say that after us with its meaning, then guess what happens then some of them part of the cloud What do they say? That we don't they say that they say that isn't it? And what do we offer them? Let's hear it let's try that be.
There we are. It's like that's the only thing we have to offer after that I'm gone. They're gone. No one that takes care you see them on the street by the way they want to get married. This is an event he belongs to a different place a different culture different this a different that no marriage nomadic. So what was the point what happened? Now on top of that, you start eating
In fact what to say he must disassociate from his family, from his children from his parents. He must come out of the house, he must do this. Now what do you leave him on the street? Is that what new Muslims are all about? Is that what the revert is all about? No, my brothers, no my sisters.
It is a disservice to Islam and the Muslims that we have perpetrated. It's something wrong. You can't you cannot do that. someone enters the fold of Islam, take care, ask them to make dua for you. I have a friend by the name of Wiley, Brahim. And you know what, when he asks, When he has helped someone into the fold of Islam, he says, there's one more thing you need to do. So the person says what now they've just entered Islam. And you know, that Islam
is when you enter the fold of Islam, it deletes everything. She says, you have to say after me, Oh Allah, the person says, oh, Allah, He says, Please forgive me, please forgive me, by the way. So now what did he do? He made the repeated claim because he says, You're so pure, you're so clean, you're so new. But anyway, that's on a lighter note. It's not part of Islam. But I'm telling you what some people actually do when they realize the value of these people. They've just entered the fold of Islam purer than all of us. And what do we do we excommunicate them, and we teach them how to break relations when the arm says, or our signer.
Allah has instructed you to be kind to you to both your parents. That same person, so look, man, Allah says, even if they were to strive or struggle to divert you away from Islam, or to ask you to associate partners with Allah, that's the only time you don't obey their instruction. Otherwise, you live with them within goodness, live with them in goodness, who are the non Muslims, who are they your parents, that God is instructing you to live with them in goodness in kindness to fulfill their rights to feed them to clothe them if you have to, and whatnot to fulfill all their rights, but they are not Muslim Subhanallah they are not Muslim. And today when you talk like this the pious from
amongst us those who read five Salah those who sometimes need six Salah because they are regular
no ways you can't even you're not even allowed to look in that direction. My brother shapen gets to you also even if you read six Salah day, he can also does come to you on a daily basis. In fact, he comes to you in a more powerful way because you become arrogant That's all it is.
If you think you are pious and you become arrogant, what you have is not piety. It is arrogance like man can be here Miss Carla habit in her daily mini cube, he will not enter Paradise in whose heart is even a mustard seeds weight worth of prime small droplet. You have to clean it first before you can go into Jelena May Allah help us to love one another. That's why I'm here today. I wanted to speak on this to say brothers and sisters, if you do not feel love for the person sitting next to you right now. Can I use a word? You are sick? You need spiritual attention.
Because you are part of the oma even with your differences. As we are sitting here right now you are made to feel a connection with another who says that Shahada, what is wrong with you? Where is your heart gone? Where is your identity? You love everyone who is here, you love the others you feel for them to panela you you are connected in a powerful way. They also say what Mohammed Abu
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the final messenger of Allah. I'm trying hard. I may have followed for example, a slightly different interpretation of a hadith of for example, a verse of the Quran. That is not a reason for me to be disliking others or for others to be disliking and detesting me when it comes to La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah, Allah He my brother's the day we are going to separate ourselves is the very day that the enemies will overtake us. And that's what's happening today. Hatred, hatred in one home hatred in one machine, hatred in one community in one society 20 different splits or just into 220 groups, each one calling the other one needs to
call someone a coffee. Do you know how dangerous that is?
There might be deeds that lead the person to goof up, but to identify and say that means a coffee.
Who gave you authority to do that by Allah that men might end up in genital filters when you might have lost your Eman towards the end of your life? It has happened it can happen it will happen. May Allah protect us from this. I care for you, my brother
If you have helped someone into Jelena, trust me by the help of Allah you will be there to
Allah forgive us. I'm not the only person on earth. I'm not the only man who knows how to read the Quran, there are others as well. They may be better than me they may correct me I must take a correction. I must never think I'm a prophet of Allah. I'm not I'm not a prophet of Allah, no matter how much I know you have the right to correct me and guess what, I need to sit and listen to what even the child has told me otherwise I fall into the trap that Azur fell into.
And my arrogance will make me deny that this is a reality.
What started as a fall into small boy, Assange telling him Yeah,
Me, me, me, me.
Semi. Oh, my father, knowledge has come to me that did not come to you follow me, I will guide you to the straight path, the young boy instead of the Father engaging him, he says, Hey, I'll beat you up. Who do you think you are? You're wrong, keep quiet. That's what we do today. Society community, we think we are knowledgeable. We think we're a big deal. We think we achieved we think we are at the top and therefore no one must correct us. No one must tell us anything. If they do, they are astray. We are the only ones who are guided. Let me tell you Islam does not belong to you, my brothers or sisters, it belongs to Allah.
You need to continue to strive to ensure that you're holding upon its roles. If that is the case, you will achieve the mercy of Allah.
And this is why we look at the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala says
una casa de la mattina be even.
It's an amazing verse on another topic, the topic of wealth, Allah did not give the ownership of wealth to any one of us. And
Allah is not in the hands of any one of us, but is in the hands of Allah because if it was in any one of our hands, we would have held back we wouldn't didn't want to give it to anyone. Look at the wealthy. May Allah make us fall from among those who are truly wealthy without Eman And without contentment. Because I tell you, true wealth has got nothing to do with the finger. It's got to do with the condition in the heart.
You are content that you are wealthy, you're not content, you are not wealthy, even if the fingers become so many zeros that you feel like a Zimbabwean.
My brothers and sisters, you know what I'm saying? You know what I'm saying it's a reality. It's a condition of the heart. Imagine, sometimes when the person has wealth, they don't want to give they become more and more easily. I don't know if you may have noticed that. But there are others as Allah gives them they spend more as Allah gives them this payment. There are so many examples. All this is for Allah to show you and I that people are different. Each one is earning his gender in his own way. Some people will enter agenda to this, some people through that. But one thing for certain those who have arrogance and pride, those who despise others, there is no room for them in general.
According to the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, they have to cleanse themselves before they get there. So I'm here telling you, my brother, you are not the only person on earth. And myself. I'm not the only one on Earth. I learned this as I grew up. Yes, we were quite strict.
We learned Islam. And when we grew older, I tell you what helped me traveling and seeing Muslims across the globe. They may have different from me in certain ways, but I found them sometimes way more powerful in certain issues, in certain things, their love for the deen and I was woken up to a reality that you know what, you're not the only Muslim there are people out there all over the world who are striving to obey the commands of Allah. When you travel to Europe to America, to Far East Asia to the rest of Africa, you wake up you start feeling like Guess what, you know what? We're not the only Muslims but when you're young and you haven't seen anyone you're the only guy in your
you for a moment think you're a prophet of Allah. Allah, Allah forgive us. There are some who believe that even without seeing it, but you know what? I'm special and big Look, I come to the masjid the others they are not they're going to.
They're going to help you find that very thought shows that you are caught in the clutches of the devil. When you come for salah and there is no one else in the masjid. You are supposed to weep and cry, make do it.
And then go out in a beautiful way to market the product that you have. What is it? The D?
Imagine and I'm sure a lot of us might have sold things in our lives, right? You have a product you want to market it what do you do? Say for example, I'm going to talk to the user. You've got a phone, old phone you want to sell it for the best price. So what do they use here? What's the website that they use? It's not eBay. It's something else. But oh, by I think, isn't it I don't see Oh, sorry. I don't want to give it away. But it's a and there's a few others Gumtree someone said Gumtree Yeah, so what they do they take pictures of their phone, they make sure their proper plush posh pictures to ensure that this thing looks nice, you're selling a vehicle your old VW needs to
call them the RSI, the golf, you know, the VW the fast one. And you take a picture of it, you make sure that it looks so nice, the scratches are not showing so much. And you look the other side this side, and you put them 27,000 grands, and see Oh, all nearest cash offer. Wow. And you put your phone number there and your name, and you make sure that it's so attractive, and it's a beautiful way you want people to phone you 20 people phone you you're so excited why guys are showing an interest in my car, I've actually pushed the price up to 28,000 Mashallah, you're happy. One lucky my brothers and sisters, how we think about marketing, our cars and secondhand products, and
whatever else we have to sell in our shops and wherever else to market, the deal is far, far more important. You have to think of the most attractive ways of marketing the DEA, and the cause of Allah, no matter what brings you to Allah subhanho wa Taala It is important. It is important. I give you an example. One day I was sitting in doing a live session on the internet, and a friend of mine comes in.
And he was told you know what?
Hang on a while because there is a live session going on. Why later, we have to change this shift. I want to tell you one thing, please keep up all this nonsense. It's against the law. It's against the poor. And it's something I said, you know, you are my friend, we grew up together. Tell me something. How many Muslims are on the globe? According to me approximately 2 billion, right? How many have you reached out to Okay, someone reaches out to 100 in their way, those are not the only Muslims on Earth, we will be reaching out to someone totally different, who doesn't even know who you are.
So don't even fight. It's a totally different platform. It's something else. I remember a program that was started in one community, and he kept it a little bit more than looking and everyone fought him. But guess what the people who attended those programs were those who never ever attended any Islamic program before. So he was not stealing from their market. And this is where we go wrong. Because each one looks at it and says, Yeah, this guy's taking from my territory, probably your territory is marked already. It's there. It says it's yours. We are not stealing from your territory. This is the world that belongs to Allah we are using whatever platform Allah has given us
in order to call people towards a line is assumed to be happy. No one's taking away from you. It's a totally different platform, we have not yet reached out to the 2 billion that's out there to
look at your own community. I don't know how many Muslims there are. But I can tell you, if every one of us starts calling towards goodness, that is the only time we will be able to reach the entire community. But for as long as there is one from amongst us who's not calling towards goodness, you have not reached the whole community, you must remember that. So I can't think that I bought the school. So no one else can do this. Because there are others who are going to go there as well. I cannot think long this community is too small, we can't have this and that you can you can do a lot. You need to make sure that you use an employ the best possible methods use technology to its extent
to its limit. I went as far as saying if there is no video recording, I don't want to speak in the machine. The reason is, if you record it by video, I tell you within a week or within a month, you will have had 1 million people benefit from it. You might have a different view, I respect your view, I don't want you to change it, but don't want to shove your view down our throats. We also know what we are doing. We've also substantiated by column lava column. So you follow the point. The reason why I say this, you are not the only Muslim on Earth. Your view is not the only view on Earth. You are not the only person what answer you're going to give Allah and His or soon when
others have reached people who couldn't dream of Allah forgive us and you block them and stop them and insulted them. And you call yourself prophetic. You call yourself a follower of the messenger. That is wrong. We are suffering because of people like you. The oma is destroyed because of the hate that is spewed out of the mouths of those who call themselves religious and we've had enough
so if you want to know if you are religious and if I want to know if I'm religious I need
to spread the message of love, and peace and tolerance, and if I disagree strongly with you, I need to say it in a respectful manner.
Allah forgive me, and forgive all of us. That is a prophetic method. Why is that a small difference? I remember there was a brother who came in the machine without a coffee without covering his head. And it was so kiama happened.
People started saying,
Can you use that word? How dare you say that, if you want, all you needed to do is if you really felt passionately about it, come up with something from in your pocket, keep a spare one. And it must be lovely, smelling good, looking good, such that he cannot resist the machine. And you look at him with a smile, give him a big hug. And you put it on his head if you want to put it there. Some of us will come with a Hanky Panky. And we'll give him a few slots and everything on
your head. Allah forgive us.
Allah forgive us.
What do we want? My brothers and sisters, this is a deal that belongs to Allah. Not everyone is on your level. But everyone's on my level. And I'm on a high level anyway. We're all sparkling. We all should be feeling that we have not yet got to the coast. The only time that you're allowed to be happy is the day of judgment when you get your book in the right hand.
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me. Boo, Boo.
Boo boo, boo kita la cabana, that is the day we will be allowed to be happy person who's been given his book on the right hand, Allah make us mama mangoes. And you say, oh, read my book, that's the day up to them. I really don't know where I'm heading. I need to love everyone. And I need to use this opportunity on earth to reach out to people in a beautiful way, in a lovely way. And I need to know that they will never be a time on earth when every Muslim follows exactly the same opinion. Never. It's not going to happen.
We have schools of thought. And these schools of thought are different. There's no hatred amongst them. No, not at all.
This love, they've already invented the we long back, you don't need to come and reinvent it again. They forge an understanding between the schools of thought. So Pamela,
but we look at each other with skepticism. I remember Long, long back when I went into community of Sharpies, and some of the hammer is in that community to me, you better repeat your Salam Alaikum without without the joke. And I said But why? Because you know, you're not allowed to leave behind these people here.
You know, we were young, we were still growing up. Now I realized all that hate mongering was all an Islamic. It was all an Islamic people tried to divide us but we refused. And when we refused some coders, the villains, we will we will never allow that to happen. You could be a Hanafi Shafi, whatever, to be honest with you, you are my brother, if you utter the Shahada, and you are trying your best to follow what was revealed by Allah through Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, you're my brother. And even if you follow a different religion altogether, I have to acknowledge that in humanity, we came from one mother and one father.
I started looking at people on the street and telling myself, you know what, I may differ with this person. But I can't even begin to imagine that the reality is my great great great grandfather and great, great, great grandmother, myself, and this person was one person.
And family. We are all related. If any one of us seated here, you could be tall and short and dark and Faye, and whoever and whatever and from wherever and however, we all related, sit and think about it. I am your brother, whether you like it or not. I am your brother, whether you like it or not, you are my brother, you are my sister. And guess what? I have to feel that if I don't let me use the same word again, and seek
number correctly, my grandma Shiva and all of us. So this is why I'm so passionate about the message because like I said at the beginning, let's learn to spread love. You disagree with someone you have the right to disagree based on what you believe is correct. But they also have the right to disagree with you. You don't have the right to start spreading hatred and to start creating sickness and to create a problem and to destroy the oma because if that's the case, we will be small groups. Every single group will have 50 people 200 people 1000 people and that's it. The oma has 2 billion people. 2 billion. Why hatred. We disagree with some of what's happening across the globe. We see a lot of
fighting and killing sometimes in the name of Islam.
Sometimes, politically, people are doing things and they want to use the Islamic image in order to, to sell their product. We believe all of that should stop and we believe oppression should stop. And we may differ sometimes in some opinions, but guess what? That shouldn't make us create another little war elsewhere. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us love and understanding. Go back to the
Take a look at the Sahaba
look at how they were with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam look at how he was with them. Look at how he dealt with the disbelievers. Look at how just he was. Did he ever use cheap terms? vulgar words, ever, ever? The Hadith says the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was never vulgar. He did not use abusive words never. That's the prophetic way. That's the way of Allah and he's a suit. So when you want to guide people, by all means, guide them, use a prophetic way to
present your opinion presented evidence etc. and move on.
Move on. Because today we are struggling. Each one his aim and objective has become How do I prove this particular person wrong in such a way that I drop him so that I can go up my brother, by you dropping someone that's no merit of yours. You haven't achieved anything, you have actually wasted your time you present what is right and you move on. I don't need to talk about you and about that one and this one. And I don't need to mention people's names, etc, etc. Because I would like to draw a straight line for people to benefit and continue. I want to inspire you to come for Salah to fulfill your Salah to turn to Allah to engage in Toba to seek forgiveness because he is most
forgiving, most merciful to learn more about your deen. So
you might be following a different school of thought altogether. But guess what, you will still go to gender because gender is not so narrow that just me and my cronies are going to go there. No. It's broad. We're all going to go there. You will be shocked when you arrive there. How you see everybody by the will of Allah May Allah grant that to us.
And I repeat again, brothers and sisters take a moment right now. Check your heart. Those seated right next to you today here.
Do you have love for them?
Do you feel for them? Do you actually feel a connection? The people who are right next to you even if you don't know them right here in this mystery? Do you feel we can do better? We can do better. Look at the other and just think about how you love them for the sake of Allah. What are they trying to achieve? They are here they are reading Salah they want to go to each one of us wants to go to Gentlemen, I was intrigued when the World Cup happened in South Africa watching how people made a plan in what plan they made a quarter lift with each other they didn't know each other. Each one wanted to get to the stadium watch a 90 minute match. Right? Some went into overtime by the way.
But what happened? They made a plan. They decided look one car we're gonna have five people four people at least minimum and let's all go they made a plan early. Everyone was focused until they fill the stadium and they did whatever that was for the who and like that was for play and amusement. Can't we do that for the DEA to say I'm concerned about going to gentlemen you are concerned about going to gentlemen, let's make a plan. When I go to the machine, we're going to go together I'm going to find you if I don't find you at the machine or when we go here we'll do it together we're going to sit in the halaqa we're going to learn together we're going to do this we're
going to do that I'm going to help you you're going to help me and and we care for each other while llahi we have more given more importance to football and to rugby and everything else then we have to genital Cerritos. When it comes to our relationships with one another, we have May Allah subhanho wa Taala take us from strength to strength. May Allah help us to eliminate our weaknesses. So my brothers and sisters remember this.
If you want to go to gentlemen, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam made mention of two qualities of the people of general Tacoma
Tacoma, develop your consciousness of Allah and improve your character and conduct that includes that includes your speech, it includes the way you It includes the expressions on your face as well. It includes the way you interact with people how you reach out to them. When someone says this person has beautiful character and conduct. they carry themselves so well. They are so polite. That's called personal, isn't it? So the Hadith says people will enter Jannah through that great character and conduct imagine, do you have it and I want to tell you something else. The two are connected. When you have the taqwa of Allah it will automatically help you develop
Your luck if that taco is true, if it is true, but if there is something wrong with your taco, you begin to despise people, you begin to belittle them, you begin to make them seem cheap, you begin to use derogatory terms to refer to them all that you pay a price for it. Recently in my country, we have had an issue, what was it all about? I can tell you in one sentence, it was all about the misuse of the tongue. That's all. Because of someone was using the tongue. There was a skin effect of everything that happened thereafter. And the whole country changed within two three weeks. Yes, misuse of the tongue.
Go back research, check what happened. And you know what I said?
He's, what do I learn from that? Watch my tongue I must be polite with everyone. Everyone speak nicely even with those who disagree with what is it costing you nothing? What is it, you cannot be so lacking of intellect, that you are impatient with what you have that you have to sway someone very sharp your opinion down their throat because you don't have the intellect to be able to engage in a beautiful respectable discussion or to convey what you have in the most eloquent way that they are convinced. But because you know that what you have is not convincing at all. You have to swear you have to become cheap, you have to create disunity amongst the oma thinking that that's what
Allah and His Rahul wanted from you. That's not what he wanted.
My Allah forgive us. Well, I hate my brothers and sisters, having traveled to a few countries across the globe, I have seen this in more than one country.
And for your information, where the people have less materialistically, there is more Merhaba there is more love. There is more understanding the people care for each other more. The minute materialistically we become a little bit elevated. We tend to pull in our own direction. May Allah forgive us. May Allah grant us the love that we need.
To close by asking everyone myself included, to promise Allah to promise a law, that we will love each other for the sake of Allah. When we want to correct each other, we will correct each other indeed with love with care with beauty, and we will have the most beautiful way of speaking and communicating. May Allah forgive me, I'm no angel, trust me. I am no saint. I'm no prophet of Allah. subhanaw taala I'm just a normal human being, I also become emotional. I also sometimes say things that I'm not supposed to. But that's what insulin is all about. You say things but immediately you recollect, you repent, May Allah forgive us. And that is not your quality, but rather it's a mistake
you made. When it becomes your quality, you need to get worried. Why? Because now it's not a mistake. It's a habit. It's something that you need to spend time rectifying working upon in the most intense way. Otherwise, that type of mischief will spread across the globe. And who knows on the Day of Judgment, you may be resurrected among the troublemakers May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us that. I've learned one thing. I look at people, and I've seen people I visited countries in West Africa will lie to you to share with you. I visited a certain place. So
we entered in the masjid. It was full more than this what we see now. And I told the brother what's happening in here. If you want to come into the masjid for Salatin, you need to be here 20 minutes before otherwise the machine is full.
And I thought to myself, I'm not the only Muslim. Our community is 00 that's what I was thinking. To get these people I want to go home and tell the people that if you think you are close to Allah, well lobby I see people who get to the masjid and they fill it for 20 minutes prior to advan Allah Akbar before you hear a Serato Pharaoh Mina know the people are already in the masjid. I know of a wealthy man. He doesn't miss a damn.
And when I saw these people, I told myself, you know what? I am nothing I feel so far from the D because you know what? They are people who proved me wrong. Guess what? And these people are in African in the most poorest parts of Africa. So Angela, would you have imagined that? Imagine you were there What happened to me? It was hair raising Subhanallah it changed my life. It changed my life. I began to respect people to say yeah, Allah, they are striving for you. May you forgive all our shortcomings except their good deeds, and except the few that we are doing to Subhan Allah. Allah May overlook the weaknesses.
Some of us and grandpa's Gen metal filled demos, while those who thought they had more weakness, who knows what to do with them, I don't even want to say it. Man will not do anything negative to us. Maybe forgive us. So this is why learn to love, learn to respect.
I've seen a man,
very poor person in one of the massages in West Africa. And he was sitting in the corner, everyone's going in greeting. Everyone's going and greeting me. And you know what? I asked him who is the chef, let me go and greet him. This is a complex go greet him. I greeted him. He wasn't even speaking English. greeted him. And I continue.
Later on, I asked the brothers who are with me who was the chair, he looked like he had a lot of, you know, noon. And no does not mean complexion. By the way. I've said it in the past. And I'm saying it again. You can be as dark as ever, and you can have no and you can be as light as ever, and you can still be filled with Balam and darkness.
So they told me this man is actually a poor person. And he does fish jobs. And he doesn't even have a home. Most of the time. He's in the masjid. He sleeps around here. And they he comes but something unique about him is when people ask him to make a do app for him.
It happens. So Han Allah, it's called Mr. Java, perhaps it might not have been every single time. They were telling me every time
so he says people go to him and tell him please make dua for us. Mix it up. But he's found in the masjid all the time. He's in the mosquito breeding Salah is the half of the Quran. He finishes a Quran every three days. And he does whatever else only Allah knows. But I'm thinking to myself, this man's got nothing materialistically zero. He's he doesn't have a home to live in. He doesn't have a family for some reason. And he's all on his own. He relies on handouts. And here people give him so much of honor and respect, because they know something about it.
How many of us would give honor and respect to a person who might be on the street? Yeah.
Have we seen that happening? We have. Allah says, well
as for the person who is asking you, the one who's begging the one who's asking, and we're not encouraging begging, but we are talking to those who witness others asking, don't rebuke them. You don't want to give them respectfully don't give them if you're going to give them respectfully give them you don't throw it at them, you give them respectfully and you're not going to give them still respectfully What does a smile costume and don't say, inshallah tomorrow I'll give you when you know you're not going to cross the road tomorrow. You might want to say next time inshallah use the word next time each other. But you don't have to say you, what are you doing with that money? I think
your tracks I think you're doing this, you might
be careful how you speak. Be careful, that could just be a friend of Allah, who knows the circumstances. Allah created that man and Allah knew that on that day at that time, at that second that that moment, he was going to stand at your window and you were going to rebuke him and and move on. So you achieve the curse. And he he lost nothing. He took away some of your booties.
Allah put them there, they were placed there. Everything that happens to me and you is a test from Allah.
So my brothers and sisters, guess what? There's good news and bad news. The bad news is the hour is up. But the good news is we have to go into overtime. If you recall, there were those two minutes that we spent calling out number place you agree it's called injury time. Allah subhanho wa Taala chronic disease. So we'll continue for another two minutes inshallah. So here I am asking Allah to help me to love everyone who has uttered the Shahada and to care for entire humanity in a way that I can reach out to them so that they see the beauty of the deen because I'm an ambassador. I'm an ambassador of the deen. And so are you. The minute Your name is Muslim, you are a Muslim, you carry
yourself you are supposed to understand you're an ambassador of Islam, carry yourself in the same way that an ambassador would people look at you and say, that guy with a poofy, you know, he helped us the sister who was in Egypt, she assisted in such a way that we have to acknowledge Wow, these Muslims are amazing people.
That's what the deal is all about. Reach out to people. There are people around us. We do business with them. Like I said, we work for them. They work for us. Sometimes they are brilliant. Sometimes they are better than some of us in their work in their honesty, etc, etc. What do we mean? You just need to speak to them with respect, teach them or at least reach out to them in a lovely way. You don't have to spew hate from your mouth against those just because they have chosen
differently from you.
We are blessed. We are living in a country where we have the freedom to practice our faith, but they do have the freedom to practice there's the same law of the land that we're living in, has given us that has given us this right has given them the right. So you need to understand this. It doesn't mean that I suddenly became a Christian or a Jewish person or a Hindu or something else just because I acknowledge their rights in a country like this to actually worship in the way they wish doesn't mean that in fact, you're a strong Muslim you have the freedom fulfill god how many of us with the freedom we still don't adopt the commands of Allah we have the freedom of coming to the massage our
massage into empty in a lot of cases, am I right or wrong? We become Juma Muslims.
Do more Juma Muslims what else we become even Muslims. Subhana Allah.
We become Muslims. It's supposed to be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Mubarak jumma. Mubarak, Saturday, Mubarak Sunday Mubarak. Do you know why? Every day is a blessing. It's another day for me to earn a reward to be able to entertainment to serve those who knows which Amal, Allah will love such that I will be learning through that. The problem is, it's only a Friday that we give importance to Yes, the Friday is definitely greater than every other day of the week. But it's not the only day that you're going to read Salah.
Don't Get your facts mixed up. But at the same time, when you remind someone to eat in a beautiful way, they would love to listen to it. And they will be motivated by my sisters on point for you. And many points for the brothers to in fact, let's not make it only for the sisters, my brothers to the way we dress. Do you know that we have the freedom to dress in a proper way? But still, sometimes we don't? What are we waiting for the date snatched from us like it has been snatched away from others on the globe as well. And then you're gonna say Oh, shucks, you know what, I can't, I can't dress anymore like this because he's banned. But you have the freedom and you're still not doing that. And
why I say brothers because you know, before we used to concentrate on the sisters to say sisters, dress appropriately, etc, etc. Until we started coming to the massages and see some of the young people and even some of the older people and embarrassing are such that you're not going to know where you're
Because you don't know the brother in front of you what he's wearing, you know these to call them half bombers. I don't know what they call them now. Allah forgive us. It's become an infant. You know?
I told one youngster, you know what, you need to lift up your jeans a little bit.
What are you talking about? I thought perhaps he's trying to tell me something though. He's a designer.
And then I started laughing because I knew this guy's talking on a different Bible together. He told me Come on. It's the envy you got to show your label the label of underpants and I'm thinking to myself, gosh, I belong to the previous generation. Allah help us and grant us goodness and ease. I still firmly believe when we come to the house of Allah, dress respectfully, not only that, as a Muslim dress respectfully, we speak about respect Allah, dress in a beautiful way and you know what, you will enjoy it. You will be on a level of respect where you respect others they respect you and inshallah in that way we will be able to grow much, much Allah bless us, all of
Subhana Allah Subhana Allah Mohammed the shadow Allah, Allah Allah