Channel: Mufti Menk
Jumuah, 03 May 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam O Allah Allah.
Muhammad in wa ala alihi wa sahbihi, wa, Tabby, gnome and Tabby and we'll be accepting Eli Ahmed Dini. Oh, but we always commenced by praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah sending blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the best of creation. We ask Allah Subhana Allah Allah to bless his entire household, all his family members, may Allah bless all his companions. May He bless every single one of us and countless offspring who will be the coolness of our eyes, and may He protect the soul.
Brothers before I commence, may I ask the brothers to fill in the gaps that are in front of them in order to make space for those who may come slightly later.
Alhamdulillah the father of Allah the gift of Allah upon us is that he has given us our limbs and organs. Every one of us Mashallah we have our fingers or hands, our eyes, our ears, the mouth, the noses, everything we have. Most of us take you for granted. We haven't ever sat and actually thought about how big a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is. Sometimes those who might have suffered, perhaps loss of a limb or an organ, they might know a little bit more of its value, like they say ask the one who cannot see the value of eyes. As the one who cannot speak the value of the voice. Today we speak we don't even realize that the precise voice that I have is
unique, completely unique. My voice is known, even if someone might be similar to me invoice but never the same. This is the gift of a lot like the iris print, or that we have or the thumbprint that we have. completely and totally unique from the beginning of creation. right to the end, no two people shall have exactly the same but very similar. Amazingly, even in animals, it is the same this is the creature of Allah.
This is the creation of Allah, show me what those besides Allah have created. That is what am I saying? This is the creation of Allah. Did you know that giraffes, the leopards, the zebras, the cheetahs, all of them have a unique design that was never ever repeated on another of the same species never ever.
Amazing. Now, this is just an introduction. I'd like to today look into two of the faculties that Allah has given us, the hearing and the speech. These two are of utmost importance. Allah has given us the ability to speak and he's given us the ability to hear. Did you know that sometimes those who are born deaf, they cannot speak because they've never heard how to speak. They don't know what to say. They might be able to make a noise from their mouths, but they don't know exactly how to utter words. So the two have very, very closely linked, you hear and you repeat, when someone says Allah, you say Allah after him a little time we get excited. You know, everyone calls the relatives Come,
come come and see the little baby saying Allah Mashallah, what a beautiful excitement We ask Allah to make us from those who appreciate this gift of Allah. But we don't realize that part of showing gratitude to Allah. You know, people say you must be thankful for your ears, be thankful for your mouth, the fact that you can speak be thankful, thank Allah, how do you think Allah? There are many ways One might say, you know, if they are to present a holistic answer that just obey the commands of Allah and abstain from contributions, but there is a specific way of thanking Allah for the gift of your ears. And that is, do not allow your ears to listen to that which is in the displeasure of
Allah subhanho wa Taala do not allow yourself to listen to that which is in the displeasure of Allah, you are fulfilling the rights of the ears. And remember, the organs are all connected, because you hear you can speak. When you hear your brain processes whenever you heard, your brain is affected by what you hear. and thereafter your brain becomes tuned to a specific train of thought. And after that, that is you as a person when something happens you think that way because you were trained to think that way by what you allowed yourself to hear. So Pamela, this sometimes might sound complex, but while I give you pause for a moment and think you will come to realize and
this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala speaking about the hearing, he says in a summer
Indeed the hearing the faculty of hearing, and the faculty of sight, and even the thoughts of the heart, Allah is going to question a person regarding them. Now one might say, well, I walked outside, and someone was blasting their music so loudly, it was not my fault. Well, the reality is, it all depends on how your mind and brain processed what you heard, there is what it depends on, for example, a bad thought comes into your mind or heart. How did you process it? Did you try and eradicate it as soon as possible by following the bionic conjunction of saying, oh, to build upon the regime? May Allah protect me from the devil, the whispers of the devil? And did you sideline it?
If that is the case, you will be asked about it. And it will be found that you have engaged in a good deed? What is a good deal? A good deal is to expel the bad thoughts that come within your heart or mind as soon as possible. That's a good deal. So when you've heard something involuntary, without your doing without you wanting to hear it, how did you process it? That is a very, very important question. Did you allow it to affect you? Or did you quickly, you know, throw it aside and ignore it, or perhaps ask Allah protection from such, the reason why Allah has given so much importance to the IRS is because oh man, you need to realize your obedience to Allah subhanho wa Taala is also
very closely connected to what you hear. This is why importance has been given to select good friends, and to have good company those who will constantly tell you what is right. And those who will constantly say words that will help your thought process, it will help the way you process whatever comes through your ears. Let me give you a few examples. If you are sitting in the midst of people who have negative thoughts, their negative thoughts are shown in two main ways, their actions and their words. So when they speak, and you were positive, but you are in their company, and you constantly hear them thinking negative, if they were to tell you you see the uncle sitting there,
sorry, I'm pointing at the wall, don't worry. You see the uncle sitting there. He is a very bad person, but you knew him to be good. You heard him saying bad. So in your mind, the first time you heard it, you processed it. And you said, Excuse this guy, you might have said no man, I've seen a lot of good from him. He says no, you don't know. So that's the second statement that came through your mind is processing. Then the next time you see him, he says you see that until there is a very bad person and you say but you know what? I didn't see that. And he says you don't know. That's the second time. The third time he tells you, you see that uncle there is a very bad person, you will be
quiet. You allow yourself to hear it. And you did not respond. Why did you continue in this person's company who wants to engage in backbiting that is called backbiting? If you have a problem with the uncle, the reality is you go to him and you say, look, I have an issue with you. And this is what it is. A lot of us are not men, let's be honest. We don't have the guts. Well, it is a fact of life, we are literally going so far back that you have an issue with someone and you live your whole life not realizing it was never an issue besides in your brain, no guts to go and say, Look, Brother, why did this happen? And he will probably give you such a beautiful answer to explain that clearly. There
was nothing going on. And then you start scratching your head and saying, hey, luckily I spoke to him. A lot of us don't have the guts we prefer because of the way our processing system has developed over time. We prefer to just believe hearsay. So now when you hear it for the 10th time by two or three different people watch out for this uncle, he's a bad man, you know, the first part of the statement might be slightly more acceptable, then the second because to watch out for people that is very, very important. You need to be careful. That's the meaning of it. But sometimes what will happen, they will come a time when if you have allowed yourself to listen to the statement so
many times you believe it, and automatically it comes into your town. So now when you see your friend, you tell your friend you see that uncle a Be careful loving is a very bad man. And but maybe you get it wrong. You got it in such a way that the first time you heard it, you did not believe it. The second time you heard it, you did not believe it. But because you allow your ears to process something that was really incorrect without clarifying it. You began to believe it and you became a promoter of it. And when you promoted it, you don't even realize how did I promote it? Now it gets to the third person. He might tell you first time No, no, no. You know what? I know him as a good
man, you will answer the same answer. We are tuned as though we have computers without even realizing because our brains are far more sophisticated. So you say no, you don't know. I've heard a lot about this until you've only heard. Have you ever seen
Have you ever dealt if you have a problem Have you ever gone to resolving a true man is he who does not allow a problem to remain up to the evening?
Firstly, start with your spouse, if you have a problem with your spouse, your family members, you should not as a true believer, allow yourself to see the evening when you are reclining on your bed without cleansing your heart. So the matter of what is in common have a big heart you forgive or they forgive, it depends, but you need to sort the matter out or you need to change or they need to change. So that is when it comes to family members. But even it seeps through to the entire Muslim oma, we are not supposed to believe in grudge, or misunderstanding or something, you know, detrimental to our hearts within the heart for the evening. Because by tomorrow morning, it is
multiplied. Someone might see a dream, a nightmare and say, You see, I had a dream it confirmed it. But that dream perhaps was from Satan or the devil. And we start believing it and we start thinking Yes, that hunger is very bad, because so many people told me and I actually had a dream, which confirms the same what St. Which st Are you that your dreams are suddenly so acceptable as a revelation of Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and grant us goodness. So when we allow ourselves to listen to that, which is unacceptable, and we do not distance ourselves from it very strongly, we over a short period of time begin to believe what we've heard. Like I said, Allah has
given lots of importance. Let's take a look at one example, at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. In fact, two examples, that Kufa were used to know that when people listen to the message of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam once, twice, three times, five times they are turning to Islam. When they listen to the forum, once they want to listen to it again, when they listen to the game, they want to listen to it a third time by that time they say this is right. We've never come across such goodness up to today. When people listen to the truth about Islam and their questions are answered, you will find that they become interested they again they will listen to lecture after lecture. It
has a magnetism with spirituality. That's what it has. So now the kuffaar What did they say? In the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, what God
clearly the kuffaar used to say, Do not listen to this spot on at all. Don't listen to it, and make a noise whilst it is being recited so that you will be victorious, you will overcome the others. Now, look, they were sharp, intelligent people, they knew the power of the faculty of hearing, when you hear the truth once or anything once, twice, thrice, depending on how your mind processes it, you begin to turn towards it. So they're saying don't listen to it. And if it happens to be reciting whilst you are perhaps passing without you're doing make a noise, so that you cannot hear it and others cannot hear it. Why so that you can become victorious love. So this is on one side. And this
is one angle of it where you find the co founders are actually telling the their comrades not to listen to the truth. Up to today people may say don't listen to this man don't listen to that man. You know this and that those type of statements you need to process it correctly in your mind. Allah has given you a brain between those two ears.
You know, there is an English saying there is something that I heard of late, where it speaks of how wide the space is between your ears, so panela so sometimes when a person is not intelligent, they say, Well, you know what, the space between his ears is not wide enough. What they mean is his brain is small, Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to respect one another. It might sound respectful, but it's very derogatory. So if you take a look at the Kufa and their intelligence, and then you take a look at, on the other hand, Subhana Allah,
the Allah subhanho wa Taala has definitely kept such a power in the truth that when people process the statements of the Quran, when people process the statements of the Quran and the truth, they realize they surrender to it and they understand it, and they go towards it. Like take a look at the example of the Allahu anhu and joshy and the others who heard a few good words and they accepted. Then we have another example in the Quran, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says that whenever you hear people
whenever you hear people let's let's hear the verse, Allah says, what are the nurses gala?
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amazing risk, whenever you hear people making a mockery of what is right the verses of Allah or the signs of Allah, or uttering words of bloodstream or sin, something sinful. Allah says in the Quran, that distance yourselves from them immediately go away. Do not sit with them and do not listen to them to things. This is what Allah says in the Quran, the verse that I have just read before you, so Allah says, Why, if you are going to sit with him who will be exactly like him, and then the verse ends Allah says he will gather the disbelievers and hypocrites together in Jannah in Allah hi Jeremy
Allah says he will gather the hypocrites and the disbelievers why hypocrites, because a person might be upright. But when they allow themselves to interact and to mix with those who are at that moment, uttering words that are blasphemous words that are sinful words that are derogatory, then what will happen automatically, they will be affected by it at some stage, they become affected by it. You know, if you've heard something bad, and as we said, you reacted in the correct way, by perhaps responding positively or telling them don't say this and you are wrong. After that you walk away, you go away, and you do not want to listen to that. Again, the Quran says if you are going to sit
with them again, it will affect you in a way you become like
my beloved brothers and sisters, something we need to know
whether it is within our homes, whether it is in our workplace, or at our workplace, whether it is on a community level, or an international level, whatever we allow ourselves to hear constantly, we begin to believe it. So if you think someone is bad, perhaps it is not because they are bad, but because you've heard so much that they are bad, yet they might be a better person than the one who carried the tail to you. If you've heard that this person is a stray sometimes people label people you know this person is this and that person is that this is the weakness of man. Your Faculty of hearing is a gift from Allah. The responsibility that you and I have regarding the IRS is to make
sure you thoroughly
vet the information that you have got and you make sure that he passes the process that Allah subhanho wa Taala has taught, one might ask what is the process? Question number one, when you hear something, ask yourself is it a good piece of news or a bad one? Which means talking about someone else? Is it good or bad? If it is a good piece of news insha Allah you may accept it because it can only enhance the goodness someone says that man is a really good person so handling that Masha Allah, may Allah bless him and bless us. good way of making dua. If it is not a good piece of news, ask yourself, does it concern me directly? If it doesn't concern you? kick it out, rule it out. You
need to admonish the person who's come to you with that information and tell them what you've said is bad. It does not concern us any constitutes backbiting. If you don't have the guts to say that you are not yet a strong believer, may Allah protect us. So you need to say you need to make an utterance because that is your test that is passing the test. You say, look, brother, it does not concern us. It is something bad. And at the same time, it constitutes a VBAC, which is a very, very great crime that perhaps is worse than adultery according to some narrations. So that is the first step. If it does concern you, the next step is are you prepared to clarify it and find out
firsthand, if not, then SubhanAllah. You have no right to just accept information from someone who's coming to you and giving you that information, especially in today's world. In today's world, we have such a great disease. And this is something we all need to know that even if a person who is outwardly pious comes to us with news, sometimes the news that they have got is from a person who is not pious, and because they did not process the information that came to them. They believed it when you believe in what happens, you relate it when they relate to you. And I believed it because we thought this man is pious, and he's speaking about another person. So perhaps he might be speaking
the truth, not realizing that he's actually telling a lie because he's just relating the story of another liar whom he did not recognize. So the Hadith says Kapha will not have any money and you'll have disability
My son, what an amazing addition, it can interpret in several ways. Let me translate it in one of the ways. It is enough to be considered lies from a person that he repeats. Everything he hears, did you hear, it is enough to be considered lies from a person that he repeats everything that he hears, because if I were to repeat everything I hear, and you are to repeat everything you hear, part of what I've heard is lies. So that means I am a liar now, because although I might be an honest person in my own statements, but in my repetition, I'm not honest, because the people who came with the statements that I did not vet thoroughly, I just repeated them. And this is how people are being
oppressed across the globe, I want to end off with one statement, and that is my brothers and sisters, we pay for what we hear, and we pay for what we pay. Sometimes that price is very, very heavy. So make sure that we ask Allah for forgiveness, and make sure that the payment that we are going to make is something really that will be in our favor and not something that will be to our detriment. You know, when you hit when you throw a ball onto a wall, it comes back to you The harder you throw it, the harder it hits you back. So remember, when you have wronged someone because of what you've heard and processed wrongly, and until it hits a wall and it comes back when it comes
back, we ask Allah that it does not hit us in the way that we drop, but rather we mend our ways before that happens. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us all. I hope we've learned a thing or two masala was Allah wa barakato