Channel: Mufti Menk
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Smilla Rahmanir Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi wa who was Allah Allahu wa salam ala Baraka Allah. May Allah be abajo ala alihi wa sahbihi. Germaine, my brothers and sisters, as you know, we have less than two months for the month of Ramadan.
That itself is a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala because he has gotten us so close to something so important.
It said that I'm going to give you the following example. But I think to bring it close to your mind. Those of us who might have benefited from the November sales known as the Black Friday sales, many times prior to the sale, you want to buy something, your eyes are on something. And you tell yourself, you know what, it's a bit expensive. Let me wait for the sales. Be at the end of year sales. I've just given you the November sales because we've just come out of it not too long ago. But at the same time, what you need to know that preparation for you to get hold of a bargain is something that happens in your mind. You know, you want something you know, you've shifted into a
new home or you know, you need appliances or electronic gadgets or whatever else it may be. You prepare in advance, and you save up and then you wait. You wait for the day. I know in some countries even here, when you know there is going to be a sale at a certain store where you want certain things. You make sure you're there early, and you make sure that you have the bargains. This includes your air fares your air tickets, if someone were to tell you there is a blitz sail, if someone were to tell you that you know what the airline you fly with is going to have a sale. Even if you're not planning to travel, you start scratching your head. You know, you start telling
yourself maybe yeah, it's quite a cheap ticket. Let's plan maybe we might go here go there. But it was not even in your mind. Had it not been for that sale. My brothers my sisters, don't you think the month of Ramadan in which the forgiveness of Allah is literally on sale? should be given more importance? Subhanallah it should be given more importance. I should be excited about the fact that Subhan Allah were in the month of Rajab, have you noticed one thing in my few decades on Earth? I've realized that every year that is passing is actually faster than the previous one. That is the prophecy of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi, wasallam. I can't believe we're already at the doorstep of
the month of Ramadan. And where am I have I really improved from the previous Ramadan? Have I improved myself over the years? The answer should be yes. Even if it is an inch at a time. And an inch is not good enough. But it's okay. At least it's forward movement.
If I were to tell you, my brother, you want an increment at your job? You would say yes. If I were to say, what are you getting? Now, if you for example, were to say I'm getting some suck 50,000 rands a month. What would you like to get?
What are you going to say? Many people are so embarrassed to say the true finger in their hearts that they will say, what is it that you're offering me Subhanallah just say I want 500,000 And then they're going to say you're crazy. You might just get someone who is so good and they say you have it that's fine. Can it happen? I think on earth it's rare. In the case of Allah Almighty you ask him what you want. What he does, like he Birdie and Neva in the body but OG Buddha.
fell yesterday Bulli when new meno Bina lo Mian shoe dough on verses that are mentioned immediately after the fasting of Ramadan is mentioned in Surah Al Baqarah, where Allah says, When my worshiper asks me when my worshiper asks you about me, tell him I am very close. I respond to every one who calls out to me, every single one who calls out to me, I respond to him or her.
So believe in me and continue seeking from me Subhan Allah, they should continue seeking from Allah meaning the believers, if they would like to be rightly guided my brothers, my sisters, Allah places difficulties in your life out of his love for you. If it is drawing you closer to Allah, it is the gift of Allah, if it is drifting you away from Allah shaitan is getting home
Have you so don't lose hope in the Mercy of Allah. Allah gives you the month of Ramadan, the month of tears, the month of crying the month of softening of the heart. When I say tears and crying, I mean in regret that we wasted our lives. How many times have we, especially in the recent past heard of so many people dying of sudden heart attacks? How old were they younger than you and die? Lahu Akbar? What makes you think that it's not you next?
Are you ready to go? Many of us will say Well, no, rightfully so. We may not be ready to go right now. But I want to tell you, my beloved brothers, my sisters, if you are trying, it will bring a smile to your face knowing that Allah loves those who try.
When Adam Alayhis Salam did wrong, he sought the forgiveness of Allah hoping in the Mercy of Allah, Allah forgave him. When those who did wrong in the past did wrong. They sought the forgiveness of Allah having hope in the Mercy of Allah. Allah forgave them, and Allah will forgive you and He will forgive me and He will forgive all of us. We have nothing besides hoping the Mercy of Allah that's going to carry us forward. All of us are guilty of crimes. When I say crimes, I don't mean major issues against one another, like murder, etc. But I do mean that since we've committed that we're embarrassed about myself included. There is no one on earth who is so saintly that they've never
heard no way. khulumani Adam ohata All the children of Adam all humankind make mistakes. They earn. Yes, Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam protected by Allah, that's another level altogether. He is the highest. I'm talking about you and I and those who exist on Earth today. If anyone speaks to you and makes it seem like they don't sin and you're the only ones who sin, they are wrong, they need help. Perhaps on a different level. Yes, some are worse than others, but that's between them and Allah because there are people who committed bigger sins in their past who have become closer to Allah than those who have committed smaller sins and drifted away from Allah. So Allah gives you a
blessed month and Allah subhanho wa Taala helps you to ponder over how quickly time is moving before you know it, it will be the first tarawih in this Masjid with you or without you. You know what that means?
You might be Rahmatullah here lay.
You might be a person whom when the people say their name in Ramadan coming, they will say May Allah's mercy be on that man, he was a good man. You might not see the month of Ramadan. Do you realize that?
Allah Houma Berlina Ramadan Oh Allah grant us the opportunity to witness Ramadan, what was the big deal? The big deal was we want to witness the sale. But I want to tell you something very interesting. If from now you intend something, even if you don't end up fulfilling it for as long as that intention was solid and firm. If you were to die between now and the time that you fulfilled what you had planned and intended, Allah will reward you fully for that. I plan in Ramadan, I'm going to read so much Quran and I am serious about it. I plan that in the month of Ramadan, I'm going to do this and do that. I'll start right now a little bit like the Sunnah of the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is he started fasting earlier. Mondays and Thursdays let's make it a habit. It's the month of Rajab and Shabana the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam fasted a lot in the month of Shaban to ease himself into the month of Ramadan and even after Ramadan inshallah well he fasted in order to ease out of that month of Ramadan Subhan Allah start now when you do your Salah. Take your time, when you have fulfilled your Feraud your obligation go into your sooner and your nothing a little bit from now and see what will happen. You will enjoy your tearaway. But if you're planning from now, my brothers, let's go to the Father and tell them you better make sharp
shoot because we would like a quick exit Allahu Akbar if that's your intention. You might not even see Ramadan and then what's going to happen? Are you ready to face Allah to say Oh Allah, I was busy preparing for Ramadan by trying to look for the fastest and the quickest and the sharpest of the shooters Allahu Akbar. We don't want that to happen. We are above that in sha Allah, we are better people than that. We are more closer to Allah and more appreciative of the favors of Allah upon us than a person who just wants to rush through the acts of worship that Allah has ordained my brothers, my sisters, isn't it a blessing of Allah, you seek forgiveness today with the idea of
improving your life today with the idea of changing your life today. You see whether you
witnessed the month of Ramadan are not by the will of Allah that Mercy of Allah will engulf you and envelop you, to the degree that you have nothing to fear about once you enter the hereafter
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camo, if you have these two qualities, trust me, you want to hear the gift Allah is going to bless you with what are the two qualities, Allah says those who say we believe in Allah in Medina, con la buena, Allah, those who say My Lord is Allah, which means you worship Him alone. You engage in acts of worship, you love him, not just lip service. You love him to the degree that you work towards achieving his pleasure, and then his karma. Those who say, My Lord or our Lord is Allah, and then they are steadfast to the best of their abilities. They are steadfast steadfastness include seeking the forgiveness of Allah on a daily basis because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the
most steadfast and he sought forgiveness on a daily basis. So if you're a steadfast and you say, I believe in Allah, Allah says that Anna's lie e Moon mela Inca to Allah for Allah zarnow wherever she Rubin Jun 18 Lottie
the angels descend to them, the angels come down to them, you know, at the point of death, you either have angels that you will be so scared off based on your deeds, or you either have angels whom you will be smiling at, based on your deeds coupled with the Mercy of Allah.
What are my deeds?
My deeds are things I've done, but I know that they are not 100% When I fulfill my prayer, all of us, is our concentration ever 100%? The answer is no. So what happens to that shortfall? Allah says, We fill it with our mercy. We know what you did, you're a human, you did your best. You have a worry, you have a concern. Something big just happened early morning. For example, you know, your mind is preoccupied with something but at the same time you are trying to concentrate. Allah says, We know you are ours. We know you have worshipped us. You have worshipped me alone, Allah says I will forego that shortfall. I will fill it with the Mercy of Allah. And another big blessing is Do
you know primarily your record is taken for the fourth, primarily your record is taken for that which is obligatory Unto Allah. He says, There is no deeds you could ever do more loved by me than that which I made compulsory upon you. Those are the most love deeds, Allah would never make deeds compulsory, if he didn't love those deeds. When Allah says for a cart for the horse, Allah He loves those for more than anything else. That's why he made it compulsory. Allah doesn't mean this when he loves something and you want to prove your love for him. He says okay, you want to prove your love for me? I tell you this is the thing I love the most is the fourth it's a hadith good see, where
Allah Almighty says, There is nothing more love to me than what that which I made compulsory upon you. So, what are the compulsory things you and I know which Salah is compulsory, what from each Salah is compulsory, you also know the charitable deeds what is compulsory and what is over and above that, you also know the Hajj for example, you know, the fasting for example, and other things Allah has kept compulsory because he loves them. Now, there will be a shortfall in that which is compulsory because of concentration because may be here or there I may have slipped up. Do you know what the Mercy of Allah dictates? He says go ahead and prove your love to me going beyond that which
is compulsory, go into that which is voluntary in terms of sunnah or Nuffield, go into it, dive into it and continue because on the Day of Judgment when there is a shortfall in that which is compulsory, I will compensate it by looking at that which was voluntary, which you did, for example, five daily prayers, there was a little bit of a shortfall in a little bit of some of what you did. For example, Allah says, does he have any sooner deeds? Does he have any NFL deeds? If the answer is yes, well compensate for the fourth and then you find the complete forum. But for you, you knew it was not that complete, but Allah says no, we looked at the extra you did and we filled it for you
in your terms and mine, you know you owe me $10 here and I owe you $10. There for example, that's my example and yours, but in the case of Allah subhanho wa Taala you have a little bit of debt which is compulsory, outstanding, but you have a lot of
of voluntary which is there, which was yours. That's why they say you get closer and closer and closer to Allah, the more voluntary deeds you do when you make your five daily prayers a day, meaning every day you fulfill the five forth.
Many people are doing that. What makes you different? What makes you different is the quality number one, number two, over and above the forum that's from you. You know, Zika? Is charity you supposed to give? In most cases, two and a half percent of your savings? In most cases, okay. I'm sure you know how to work it out.
But the real test is how much are you going to give more than that? The two and a half was always Allah's, whatever you gave more than that, that's you. That is now you. Are you going to prove to Allah Oh Allah, I'm going to give for example, 5% 10% Or I'm just going to give here and there without even looking whenever there's a need, I'm going to try wherever there is, there is a need. I'm going to try. There are people like that a lot of us I'd like to think wherever there is a need. If you can help zakat or knows the cat you're going to give because you know, Allah actually watches what you do. Are you only going to give from what is his? Or are you going to give now over and
above that bonus, what is yours?
So going back to this month of Ramadan, Allah blesses you with it. The verse I read Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us the angels will come down. And I was explaining to the two types of angels some would make you happy. May Allah grant us those angels so that when we die we die with a smile with the Shahada. Do you know what they will say to the person who has done who has said Robin Allah and then has been steadfast told you two qualities to those who have said My Lord is Allah and then they've been steadfast, these angels will come down at that time and say no need for you to fear Don't worry, don't worry. They come in a beautiful appearance so beautiful. You are calm, relaxed,
you know when they say some people are coming to fetch you just now and then you say, Okay, I'm waiting. And now you see five six big scary looking guys with guns. What happens? Oh, you try to do like gulping two three times. It's going on here man. Right? But imagine you see a few people smiling at you they so happy they look good, Mashallah. And Salaam Alaikum they are greeting you. They are welcoming you that's what the angels will do. May Allah grant us that the angels will welcome us into the hereafter such that you are smiling.
latter half who no need to fear Allah has no no need to be said up she will bill Jana. We are here to give you good news of paradise. And guess what? I'm only about dying now. Wow, what a blessing. What a blessing. May Allah subhanho wa taala. Grant that to us. You see if any one of you have witnessed people pass away.
You may notice how they pass away. A lot of the times you find people generally good people, they break into a little smile as the last thing why? Because they've gone to a better place Allahu Akbar, may Allah grant us shahada on our tongues as the last words as we're leaving, for indeed we've heard manakala La Ilaha illa Allah de halaal Jana and another Hadith the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says mankind he rucola me him in a dunya La Ilaha illa Allah, Allah Jana whoever's last statement on Earth as they were departing was La Ilaha illa Allah Allah Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam they will be granted Jana May Allah Almighty opened our doors, my
brothers, my sisters, I wish to share with you a beautiful piece of advice that I would like to give myself and that is make a greater effort before the month of Ramadan you never know you may not witness the month of Ramadan, start reading Quran from now. A verse a day. Is that too much? A verse a day. I've had people come back to me and tell me you are you encouraged us to read a verse a day we're reading a quarter Jews a day some say a page a day. Some say we can't get you know we started off at a verse because the Quran is full of love. When you give it it gives you
give it a little bit of time it will draw you to it. It will bring you closer to it. It will give you that contentment because it is the word of Allah in the Quran. There is Shiva, there is a powerful statement I'd like to make here.
Many of us when we get sick we say please give me something to read. I want to read Yes, there are things to read. There are sutras to read indeed salatu salam ala to nurse AYATUL kursi etc etc. And they assume that you asked to read or Oh to be is Attila he will karate he mean shall remain edgy do Oh Harvey Oh to be kalimat Illa he Tamati Mishary Mahalik when people get sick and ill they say give me something to read. I'd like to read because there is Shiva in the Quran. There is cure in the Quran. Allah says she found Lima is pseudo describing the Quran that it has any cure for the sicknesses and diseases that
man faces in his chest in his bosom. May Allah grant us goodness. So when you read Quran every day from the beginning to the end, you will be reading verses in which there is cure of a disease you have that you don't know you have, and perhaps by the blessing of that you would be cured of a disease that you didn't ever know you had. And one day on the Day of Judgment, Allah will tell you, you know, you had this disease, what do you know you had that disease what? But we cured you by the baraka of our word, you read the Quran often, and you were cured before you were diagnosed. Did you know this? A person could be having cancer may Allah grant cure to all those who are struggling with
any disease. I mean, you could be having cancer and you don't know and because every day you read a verse or two of the Quran, you you came across by the mercy of Allah, these verses that are so powerful, they eradicated your disease. You didn't know the doctor didn't know no one diagnosed no one picked it up one day on piano, you're going to find out do you know what happened? Let's show you come. Allahu Akbar. There is nothing more powerful than this. Please read the Quran you don't understand and don't just read a portion every day that that would exclude the rest of the Quran. Give a time to cover it cover to cover give a time a portion set a marker I start from the beginning
today and trust me I'm going to read a verse two verses a page depending on how fluent you are. I put a marker continue tomorrow put a marker continue the next day. Well Allah He A day will come when your level will have gotten such that you would look back and say La Ilaha illa Allah had it not been for the Mercy of Allah, I wouldn't have been rightly guided
Alhamdulillah hymnody Madonna Neha wama canal Nina, dia, Lola and Madonna Allah, You know what that means? All praise is due to Allah Who has guided us to this beautiful guidance, and had it not been for the guidance of Allah we would never ever have been rightly guided. So my brothers and sisters make the most of this run up to the month of Ramadan. Start fasting, a few fasts that Asuna 13 14/15 of the month, the Monday and the Thursday you will get an amazing reward and the run up to Ramadan will be beautiful. Start making intentions and plans. Where are you going to be what are you going to do what effort you're going to make? Stop becoming charitable a little bit give and 50 Abner
Adama Yun Fat Alec spend, oh son of Adam and Allah will spend on you. You want Allah to give you something, give someone something you gave someone they want. Allah says we're going to give you what you want. Subhan Allah and Allah is so merciful, He gives us without us deserving things he gives us without us deserving things at times. May Allah Almighty have mercy on all of us. I think I may have overshot it a little bit, but inshallah will compensate with the time may Allah Almighty really bless every one of us, my brothers, my sisters, it's about time we cleansed our hearts and we felt the love for what and for one another. If you disagree with someone, my brothers and sisters,
the teaching of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is to deal with it respectfully, to not be hurtful, abusive and harmful. The true teachings of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he disagreed with the people of Quraysh not once did he disrespect them not once did he call them names? Not once did he insult them. He was always hopeful that they would come and guess what most of them came? May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us we are the lovers of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam let's prove that love.
Let's increase our salutations upon Rasulullah Salallahu Salam, for indeed every Friday there is a competition who wins the one who has sent the most blessings and salutations upon the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala ala Sayidina Muhammad in robotic was Salim Subhan Allah because he believes that Yama also phone was salam ala l Mursaleen. Alhamdulillah Allah Allah