Channel: Mufti Menk
Sydney 3rd February 2018
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household his companions. We asked Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them to bless every one of us, to bless our offspring to bless those to come up to the end. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah grant us all ease and goodness my brothers, my sisters, I'm indeed so delighted to be here once again, and to be able to share something good inshallah with you in a way that it will be a reminder for myself and for yourselves by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala So, are we ready in sha Allah?
That was not loud enough, are we ready inshallah. Okay, Mashallah Baraka Allah. So what we need to realize and know is every one of us is trying to be a better person, each one of us is trying to become better in several ways. Number one, in our relationship with our maker, because we as believers realize and recognize and believe that we were made by the supreme deity, who we are going to return to one day. And there was a purpose of creation that he made mention of in the Quran, in more than one place. One of them is
Allah actually says, I have not created mankind or any kind, for any purpose besides for them to worship me. When I was young, I used to ask myself, but what about football? What about everything else? I mean, you know, how can I say he's only made me to worship Him. And that's it. You know, there's no other purpose to life. Until as I grew older, I realized that the meaning of it is, in order to lead your life in the obedience of the Almighty, everything you do becomes an act of worship, if your intention is correct. And if you were to stay away from prohibition, then for the time that you are staying away from prohibition and abomination, you're actually in the obedience of
Allah worshiping him. Then I realized that you know what, it's something very broad, I don't need to stand in perpetual prayer. And I don't need to be fasting every single day in order to be looked at as a person who's worshipping Allah throughout his life, but rather, I just need to live my life in a way that I will not be displeasing the Almighty. Then you find another verse in silicon milk, making mention of that purpose of life. where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Allah, Allah,
Allah, it is he who created death and life in order to test you, Who among you has better deeds, so I need to make sure that I have the best possible deeds, according to my capacity given to me by Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is mentioned in sort of a month and there, like I said, many other verses that speak of the purpose of creation, Allah says death in life is a made because he wants to test us who has better deeds. So I'm going to make sure that I have better deeds than I had before. One might say, I'm in competition with everyone else. In actual fact, you are in competition with your old self. You're in competition with who you were yesterday. And yes, amongst us, there are
some who have done much more. Some of them are slow in the way they get closer to Allah. But remember,
the ultimate failure or passing would be determined at the end of your life. So you need to keep going. There is a narration of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he speaks of how a person would worship Allah subhanho wa Taala for 70 years and right at the end, they mess up in such a big way. They turn away they become despondent, you know, sometimes it happens, that the person is really pious in the sense that they don't miss a prayer. They actually do a lot of good deeds, they recycle the blood, the meaning of it, they try. And then suddenly something big happens in their lives. That according to them is negative. And when that happens, it's a test of your faith. You start shaking.
The people who have solid faith become even stronger. Give you an example, someone passes away. They're like give them to
someone close to you, passes away. Someone perhaps has an accident, and they break their bones or become paralyzed. What a big test. We have.
Make it easy for such people. Someone, for example, loses a job. And they cannot pay the, for example, perhaps the monthly installments that they're supposed to be paying for something they might have bought or purchased. And then it's taken away from them, it's repossessed, and so on, and it becomes a massive challenge. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is obviously testing us, I know of people who lose their faith sometimes and they start thinking to themselves, after having been obedient for so many years, they start saying, you know, what, where is Allah? What is he doing? Where is Allah in my life, I'm sick and ill, and I'm just not getting better. And I'm praying every day for the
last 20 years. It hasn't helped me.
I remember entering a hospital once and there was a person who was telling me, I'm considering abandoning Islam. And I said, Why say he says, because I'm a Muslim. I've been praying to Allah subhanho wa Taala for so long, and I'm just not getting better. I said, Well, you know, what, two things What are you considering becoming? He says, I'm looking into this faith and that faith, and he gave me a few names. I told him I know of people in that faith you want to go into who are even worse than you. And I know of people in the other faith who are also quite sick. It's not going to do with what fate you belong to. It's got to do with the test of that faith that you have. That's
what it is. You cannot say I'm abandoning Islam because Allah subhanho wa Taala is not curing me. Well, everyone has to die at some point, are you going to say I'm abandoning belief in totality, because people die. If that's the case, you've lost what is going to come after that day. And this is what makes you a believer.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding. So some people lose their faith when they're tested and others become stronger when they are tested. You know, when you have a problem, you start calling out to Allah Oh, Allah helped me or like guide me or Allah strengthen me, I've got an examination, or Allah opened the doors, Allah subhanho wa Taala, may or may not give you exactly what you've asked, but he will definitely keep in store for you something in near of the prayer that you have made Subhan Allah, so you're never at a loss. If I say, oh, Allah helped me to pass this examination, I might fail it.
But that prayer of mine was not a waste. The reason is, as a result of calling out to Allah, that act of worship was so blessed, that perhaps the other examination in the hereafter He will make me pass it. And he will say, look, we might not have given you success in that exam, the mathematics test that you have, that you were praying for, but we gave you something bigger, and that is the success in this huge exam on this particular day, the day of judgment, may Allah grant us ease on that day.
So when we look at things, we will always understand the plan of the Almighty. And sometimes if we don't, we should be believing that there is a bigger plan. The Almighty definitely has something that we don't realize and recognize. So going back to the point I was making, some people lose their faith. Some people become strong. Some people after having worship Allah for so long, something happens in their lives that makes them falter. And you have some people who spend their lives in the disobedience of the Almighty doing that which was against what people might have had asked. But towards the end, Allah gave them the trophy, the acceptance, the goodness, and the opportunity to
turn and they turned. They turned in such a way that they became better people, they stuck their sins, they showed the forgiveness of Allah and you know what my brothers, my sisters, when you seek the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Don't ever let the devil come to you and make you doubt the mercy of Allah.
Don't ever let the devil come to you and make you doubt he comes to you and he makes you think to yourself, I was too sinful. I don't think that Allah is actually going to have mercy on me. I think I was really really nasty. I was really bad. No, in the same way that when a person reverts and declares their Shahada, it is the fold of Islam. We believe that in Islam, a Jew Boomer kubla, that everything prior to that would be deleted completely in terms of sin and negativity. In that same way, when you engage in Toba and repentance and you turn to Allah seeking forgiveness, everything you've done, all the things that you are seeking forgiveness from would actually be totally wiped
totally wiped up. So don't doubt that Allah tells us not to lose hope in his mercy.
worshippers, those who have transgressed against themselves those who have committed sin, those who have done wrong, those who have involved in that would which would be displeasing to me. Tell them never lose hope in the mercy of Allah laka Kanako, Mirage, Mattila, never lose hope never become hopeless regarding the mercy of Allah, why? The West continues to say for Indeed, Allah will forgive all the sins that you've committed all of them. And indeed, he is most forgiving, Most Merciful.
Wow. So what happens is, people sometimes lead a life filled with sin filled with bad habits. And at the end, Allah gives him an opportunity sometime in their in their lives, to actually turn to Him and to seek forgiveness. Step number one, after seeking forgiveness is never let the devil come to you to doubt the acceptance of that forgiveness by the will of Allah. I've never seen a verse. I've never seen a hadith where it says those who are genuinely seeking the forgiveness of Allah are rejected, they are turned away. And Allah abandons them. No, that will never happen. Allah loves you enough to forgive you. So no matter what you've done, just turn back to Allah become a better person
We don't want to be from among those who lose out towards the end. I think as you grow a little bit older, you start settling, you start becoming concerned about what's to follow, you know, your bones start aching, you become a little bit older, and you start thinking to yourself, you know, I don't know a brother passed away, man, like give him gentlemen, someone else's sister passed away. They're like, give her gender. I wonder when I'm going to go. Those are good thoughts. Those are good thoughts. They should not depress you, but rather, they should make you become filled with concern. What have I done in order to prepare for the day when I'm going to return to the Most Merciful, the
one who loves me the most, you know, when you're going to someone whom you love, you're not worried. You actually know they love you, but you will never do something against them to compromise that love. A lot of married people will tell you that I would never like my husband, to perpetrate or to do something bad every single day against me and then come and expect me to forgive them every single day. I tell you what, with Allah, He will still forgive you for as long as you're seeking that forgiveness. People say
I sought forgiveness from a sin but somehow I fell back into it. What do I do now? seek forgiveness again. Well, I sought forgiveness a second time, and I fell into it again. What do I do now? seek forgiveness a third time, I sought forgiveness a third time. And I fell into it again. What do I do now? A fourth time can continue. So hon Allah it becomes irritating for us to mention it like this, but it's never irritating for Allah subhanho wa Taala for as long as you are genuine and sincere. You know, when you seek forgiveness, You don't say?
Yeah, I committed the sin. I regret it. I admit it, I seek your forgiveness. And you know what? I'm not going to do it again. But I might just do it again. There's a possibility but I know you're merciful. No, you need to be strong, very powerful and say, Oh, well, I'm not going to do it again. And keep on praying to Allah. Can I teach you a prayer that you need to continuously make in order for you to be protected from sin?
Allah who mcleaney be halali can chanukkah wa Bellini.
Allah Houma aka the halali can harmonic walk any difficulty come and see what keep keep on repeating this, it means Oh Allah.
Let me be contented with what is allowed so that I don't go into Haram. Let me be let the halaal be sufficient for me so that I don't go into Haram. That's a powerful, Allah will make you content with what is Allah so that you don't look towards Haram, whether it is your spouse, whether it is your wealth, whether it is something you'd like to achieve, Allah makes you happy with that which is permissible that which is allowed so that you don't go into that which is haram. And then the second part of it is what the meaning before the requirements you are, Oh Allah, make me independent through your virtue so that so that I don't have to depend on anyone else.
for my wealth, for my health, for everything, Oh Allah, make me independent.
In such a way that it is your virtue that helped me rather than me depending on someone else, we depend on Allah alone. Now when we say this, it's important for us to realize that
Allah Almighty has created people in our midst who will serve us and we will serve others in a way that we are pleasing Allah, Allah who grant that to us. For example, if I have, say, a breakdown with my motor vehicle on the road,
and I don't have a jack in my car, oh, I have one and it's faulty. And I stopped and it's the middle of the night and I say, oh, Allah helped me. And suddenly Here comes someone, a motor vehicle, and they stop and Salaam Aleykum. They know you Wow. How can you hear no, I need this jack and so on. They say, Don't worry, you step aside. I'll do it for you. You're smiling, right? And then you realize No, hang on. This is not Allah. This is just a human being say no, no, no, you carry on. I'm waiting for Allah to come.
That's what people do. And you think you're so pious, but it's Allah says, I have sent that person to you. Do you get what I mean? When I say Allah is the one who sends someone to serve you and you serve them.
Allah placed in there, like people getting stuck on an island and saying, You know what? We're praying that the almighty saves us. So here comes a helicopter. And two of the guys jump on and the guy who was praying says, No, you guys carry on. I'm just waiting. I'm praying for the Almighty. And the Almighty says, but I sent you the helicopter. Why didn't you jump onto it? The same applies. This person stopped by the help of Allah, the rule of law, the design of a law, the plan of Allah and the decree of Allah. So your faith in Allah should be renewed to say, Oh Allah, I called out to you to help me and you send someone Subhana Allah Subhana Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant
us ease. That's faith, faith in Allah subhanho wa Taala. Don't become despondent, it's Allah and Allah alone that we rely upon.
And as we grow, as we grow, we become more conscious of the fact that we need to meet with Allah. Allah is so merciful, so merciful, that we should not be frightened of meeting him. In fact, we should look forward to the meeting with Allah, but you need to prepare in a way that you have done something at least to take forward. When you want to go somewhere. You take a gift, sometimes, you take a little gift, you go to a wedding, you go to a person's house, a friend, you're going to meet someone, you take a gift sometimes and if you don't have something, at least, you know, you can show your face you can show your smile. Even if you have braces and you're struggling to speak, it's okay
to panela but you can show your smile, Mashallah. And you can go there, greet them. But
when it comes to Allah subhanho wa Taala, the minimum is, at least take what you were supposed to do with you, you're going to have your deeds on that day, right?
You're going to have your deeds on the Day of Judgment, the day you want to meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala, you will have all your deeds with you, right? You don't want to take with you that which is evil. So Allah asked, What did you bring forth? And you have a box? What's in the box? Okay?
Okay, it's not gonna be exactly a box. I'm just giving you an example, right? Just now you're looking at me and say, where's the Hadith that says we're gonna have our deeds in the box?
Just an example. So panel just said, you're gonna have your deeds with you. So you have your deeds.
You worship Allah subhanho wa Taala? Yes. And on top of that, what did you do? Did you protect those deeds, when you when the boxes finally opened, and the angels are taking account of what has happened, and Allah in his own way is taking account of what has happened. You don't want to end up having to put your head down in shame to say, you know what, those are my deeds. And now you're looking and you're looking down, and you're ashamed of yourself. ashamed of yourself? No, you want to take something that proves that you try, you try hard, and that's all Allah subhanho wa Taala wants, he wants you and I to try hard to do what? worship Him alone. and respect the rest of the
creatures that he has made. So there are instructions upon us, that are connected to Allah, like your prayer, like your for example, your song, your fasting, your your soccer as well. It's primarily connected to your link with Allah and then also to others, because you have to give people so the way you give them should also be very, very respectful. You know, when you give zakah you need to consider yourself fortunate that there was a poor person, that you could give you a psychiatrist or a cause, you know, of the poor like an organization that was perhaps distributing it on your behalf because there will come a time when that may not be the case. You may not find a
person who is poor.
And I used to make it some years back to say, Oh Allah can't wait to see that time.
And I thought to myself later on, as I grew
No, we don't want to get close to piano. No, there's a narration which says, closer to piano, you will try and give out your soccer and they will all be wealthy people and I'm thinking but there are so many poor people across the globe. How is it going to be that people will be rich, they won't accept the car until I came across the bitcoins and
crypto currency. I saw this and I said, Okay, this is a that's a match. And if everyone had crypto here today, what would have happened?
If they imagine if someone told you, I bought crypto when it was five bucks $5 he was a rich man. Mashallah, no masaka, right? I can give you the sucker. It's just that it's caught up somewhere in the blockchain.
But I'm only giving you that example. Because it started making sense that Allah can change things at anytime, anywhere. People who are wealthy today, use that well to serve a good cause. If you don't, you know what's going to happen. A day will come when you might not have that wealth, or a day they come and others might have more than you. And they probably didn't even work as hard as you.
They probably didn't. And this is Allah His plan, he can show you that we will change everything in anything today. Someone is born tomorrow, they are wealthy. Today, someone is wealthy, tomorrow, they are poor, it can happen. You need to make sure you've tried to worship Allah, like I said, your relationship with Allah number one. Number two is your relationship with the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we have to talk about both of these. But the saddest of the people, those who are losers. Those who are losers have been described in the hadith
of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And that's my topic today. And that's what I want to speak about.
And that's why I gave you this beautiful introduction. To say, we're created for a purpose. We're supposed to be trying to end the pleasure of Allah. The best of our days, inshallah will be the day we meet with Allah.
Allahu Majolica Yamuna, our
Maha Maha Yamuna Yamanaka,
Oh Allah make the best of our deeds, the last deeds, the best of our days, the last of our days. And the most beautiful of our days, the day when we meet you, oh, Allah, let it be a beautiful day imagine, you know that you're going to meet with Allah and here you have good deeds, you've tried your best and wherever you falter, because we all falter, we sought forgiveness of Allah. So it cancels countries, meaning I did bad sought forgiveness, I can forget about that did bad sorts forgiveness that's dropped, and I did God.
Come with me on the Day of Judgment, you take a look at this.
those who come with a good deed on that Day, will have in return something better than the deed they did. And they will be protected from the tremor or the shaking or the fear of that particular day.
And in another place, Allah says,
Whoever comes on that day with a good deal shall have it multiply 10 fold, that's the minimum, you will have your good team multiply tenfold. Now I asked you a question. Those of you who speak the Arabic language, when you do a good deed, what do you say?
When you want someone to do a good deed? What do you say? You say if you say
but you don't say at B? You say do it.
Act you know act upon it, do it but you don't say come with it.
In this verse, Allah did he say whoever does a good deed will have it multiplied by 10. Whoever acted upon a good deed will have it multiplied by 10. He uses a special verb and that is to come with Java bishi to come with something, Mangia be Alhamdulillah whoever comes with the good deal.
That means I need to do the good deed and then pack it and keep it and hold it in such a way that one day I can come with it. Right? That's what it means. And from this, some of them have a CD in hand actually said
to do the deal is simple. But to come with it on the Day of Judgment is more
She might be slightly confused. Let me explain. So
it goes back to a hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam reported in Sahih Muslim, narrated by Abu hurayrah Allah and he says, The Prophet sallallahu Sallam asked us at a Drona many movies, do you know who is a person whose bankrupt Do you know the bankrupt person? So they said, Yeah, the one who doesn't have good alma mater, the one who doesn't have wealth, money, provision, and assets, no assets bankrupt. He says, Wait.
A truly bankrupt person is he who comes on the Day of Judgment.
And they have lots of prayer, and lots of fasting, and lots of good deeds, and lots of charity, lots of it.
And when you hear that much only you start thinking to yourself, hang on, is there not a mistake somewhere here? How can a bankrupt person be one who has lots of charity, lots of prayer, lots of good deeds, lots of fasting, you know, voluntary deeds, we call them nephila.
But hang on. Listen to the rest of the statement. He says, He comes on the Day of Judgment with his deeds,
before he can actually take those deeds forth. He has wronged this one Swan that one back within about that one eats in the wealth of that one harmed that one, perhaps murdered that one, etc. So what happens? there is justice on that day. So panela, justice, you had a lot of money, you had a lot of wealth, but you owed people, so you had to start giving them bit by bit, and you started giving those whom you owed, and you had nothing left. And there were still so many people. So if you look at it in deed, currency, that's the currency of that particular day.
Me On that day, the day that your wealth and your children won't help you except for those who have a strong heart, those who've come forward and they have not wronged others, those who come forward and their deeds are protected, their deeds are looked after. Those are the ones who will have success on that particular day. So if I've come up with lots of good deeds, but I wrong that one, they go to take some of my deeds and give them to that person, some more of my deeds and give them to the other one more of the deeds and give them to a third one, until all my deeds are depleted in there are still so many people whom I have wronged while I was living.
This is why we say when you commit a sin between you and Allah, the chances of forgiveness are far greater than when you commit a sin against a fellow human being.
Don't we always say your character, your conduct, your character, your conduct, when the Prophet peace be upon him was asked what are the deeds that would take people to paradise? He said two things that Allah He was known for Loki? What does that mean? the consciousness of the Almighty, you fulfilled your relationship or your duty and obligation unto the Almighty. And he says, brilliance of character and conduct? Did you develop your character? Did you watch the way you associated with people, how you related with them, how you communicated with them, how you treated them, or you didn't?
Many of us think that you know what, it's good for me to actually be a person who's who prays a person who reads lots of Quran.
But we don't look at the other side of the coin, which I'm going to get to in a few minutes. So get back to this idea.
When the person's deeds are depleted, you know what happens? There's still so many whom he owes because he has wronged them. So Allah subhanho wa Taala instructs that the bad deeds of those people who were wronged be taken and thrown onto the scale of this person who came initially with so many good deeds, because
now what happens, he starts getting bad deeds. So the sins committed by someone else were given to me. That's not just but it's only just if I did something to deserve them to come on to me. And that would be I want that person. I bet a bit. I was backbiting about them. I slammed this one. I cheated this one. I deceived the other one. I lied to that one. Just yesterday, I haven't I had an email. And I get a lot of these web. People say, you know, before I got married, they told me that my husband Well, at that time, he was a husband to be he had a job. He had a good salary. He had this education. He had this and that. And after I got married, I realized there was nothing of that
nature. They love
I can't believe that people actually do this so guys the next time someone proposes to marry you better find out get authenticated certified certificates and to prove that you are you did actually pass and you you do have the degree you know,
I can't believe that fraud happens even in that people cheat and lie just to get married Come on, you're gonna get caught out in this world.
So if I done something to deserve that my that I shoulder the burden of another than indeed it is justice is justice, someone's wrong you they need to take something away from you or they need to pay you in the currency. May Allah subhanho wa Taala
save us. That is the Bangkok person. Suddenly they are thrown into Hellfire by the Most Merciful because if you commit a sin between you and Allah, you have four conditions, what are they admit your sin, regretted, seek forgiveness of Allah and promised not to do it again. And if that happens, it's wiped out, completely wipe out. Don't doubt it. We've spoken about it. But the problem is if your sin is connected to another human being some of these pointers that I've been saying, you know, slander, backbiting, deceiving, abusing, etc, etc. Then there is a fifth condition above those four and that is that person needs to forgive you. That person needs to forgive you. And our pride would
make us not even want to go and seek forgiveness. I remember someone comes to me and says, Chef, I'm going for Hajj said Mashallah, just forgive me, please. I said handler forgiven for what? I don't think you've done it. No, you know, whatever I've said about you. I said, What did you say? It's okay, leave that, you know.
I said, but can you tell me you know, just forgive me blanket? I say, Okay. Is it correct for you to seek forgiveness? Well, I don't even know what you've done. It's easy for us. You know, someone say to you, sister, forgive us. You know, as they hugging you, they say, Oh, sorry, if I've said anything, I apologize.
You don't know the amount of damage they've done actually. Have you known each other said Hang on.
What? Is that what you've been doing?
We think it's easy. People say just go there. Just hug her nicely, Mashallah. And just have a few tears. Sister, I love you for the sake of Allah. You know, anything I've said or done? I'm sure you know, you forgive me and you just want to hear the Yes.
They don't need to know what I've done. No way. Be a little bit intelligent. So I asked the brother, I said, What did you do? And I insisted, the reason is I wanted to teach him a lesson. And I insisted, saying, You know what? Come on, tell me. He says no, I just said one of two things. He says, but what did you do? He says, you know, back in the day, I used to tell people that you're a horrible guy, and you're this and you're that and whatever. But I realized that, you know, I was wrong. So I said, I tell you what, my brother,
you go back and undo what you did. That's all that's what I'm saying. And as you undo it, you are forgiven.
Going for heart is not a license to go to people and say forgive me and you think you're gonna be forgiven, go to Allah, Allah will forgive you for what you did against him, but
they may choose not to forgive you. They may choose not to forgive you. We will encourage everyone to forgive as best as they can. But there is a limit beyond which I think every one of us who says No way, deal with them, right? We can't we cannot keep on saying forgive, forgive. Forgive. Forgive breakables, forgive, steal your money, forgive. I'll be under the bridge here in Sydney sleeping with a little blanket. And they'll come to steal the blanket and
forgive us you cannot do that there is a limit beyond which I cannot take it. Even spouse those who get married in one is oppressing the other or doing wrong, you know, you can forgive once you can forgive twice will encourage you. It is very, very encouraging to forgive each other. I always say today's marriages, the first thing that goes wrong, we say right went out, hang on, hang on, hang on. You're supposed to be caring for each other, building each other helping each other, you're supposed to be propping up each other. Your value is is actually according to how much you're prepared to sacrifice. But I do agree if it carries on a little bit too long, and it's now creating
disaster that you cannot manage and cope. You have every right to see the dissolution of that marriage. You have every right to dissolve.
But not at the first thing.
So the point being raised here is you cannot use a blackmail someone to say, brother I'm going for camera you know, please forgive me if there's anything I've done. Come on. You either know you don't know. Come on.
If I've done anything if I've harmed you if I've hurt you. Did you hurt me? Did you hurt me? You know say yes or no? Tell me somehow
Okay, some of us are more innocent. If I don't know you, for example, say, look, brother, sisters, if I've harmed you have hurt you forgive me, that's fair. Because we don't really know each other, I might have said something that could have perhaps hurt your feelings.
You get what I'm saying? Like right now, I might be standing here, I might say a thing or two people might be hurt, sometimes maybe, perhaps it's possible. Well, I seek your forgiveness in advance. That's even worse.
But I know you understand it's okay. But everyone stands up on a podium and says, Seek your forgiveness in advance. Well, if you say yes, and you've had it, because then I know, I'm gonna come in and search you guys out, may Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us, let's get back to the more serious point. So when you've done something wrong to a fellow human being, you need to make sure that as they may forgive you, it's your duty to undo what you've done your duty. So you go back to the people whom you might have addressed, and you make sure that you tell them, you know, I said this about the system, I was wrong, I actually sought forgiveness, she is a very good system, etc,
etc. Or you might want to undo it in another way, you know, someone steals money from another without knowing.
And this has happened. One guy was working for another guy. And as he was working, he was, you know, not a leaking bucket. But the tiller was leaking, you know. So the money was moving from the tiller into his pocket. And years later, he repented to Allah, and so on. So he came to one of the missionaries and asked him, he says, You know, I stole from this business when I used to work there many years ago. Now, I don't know how to actually say to the brother, or to the people being a Muslim, or non Muslim, it's irrelevant. They are humans you stole from them. I don't know how to say that I stole from you. And this is the money. So you have several people answering in different ways
I tell you, the original way is to put your pride
at wherever it could be. Take it out, go forth, and say, you know, Brother, you worked here many, many years ago.
I unfortunately, I was young. I was a person who never had an understanding. And I stole 20 bucks from you. And here it is. I'm really, really sorry. Please forgive me. Right.
That's the proper way.
Listen to the silence.
Because it's not easy to go up to someone and say, you know, I really did a few nasty things. I'm so sorry. And so on. Yeah, you're fortunate if you don't want to take the cash, you can actually ask them for forgiveness. But don't do it in such a vague way that they don't even have a clue that 20,000 bucks was stolen. And I'm trying to look for them all over. And this guy thinks it's okay for me to just hug him and say, forgive me if I've done anything, say Don't worry, forgiven, you know, because you're excited. That's 20 grand. I no longer need to give it back. I just heard him say forgiven. You know what, it's not easy for a human being to actually forgive sometimes. That's why
they say the crimes you've committed against fellow humans are worse than those that you commit against Allah subhanho wa Taala. Besides shall
remain that is because if you were to turn to Allah seek His forgiveness, he will forgive you. But if you ask a human being for forgiveness, they are not Rahim Rahman and Rahim most forgiving, Most Merciful, they may not forgive you, they may not. But like I say, I'm going to repeat it again. Let us my brothers and sisters let us make sure
that we forgive others as much as possible. You know, we take cue, from the story of I shall have the Allaha inshallah to know where Baba Casa de for the Allahu anhu decided not to forgive the man known as Mr. Padilla, because he was spreading rumors that he
had committed immorality.
And that was the daughter of Abu Bakar.
and the wife of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. So he says, I'm not going to spend on this man anymore. I used to spend lots of money on this man, this is related to me. He's from the Maha dream. He is he's a Muslim, but he's not going to spend on him because he's so ungrateful, so much in gratitude that
as I spend he's spreading rumors about me imagine you're sponsoring someone to do something and they speaking bad about you. That is terrible. That is horrible. So when
not to spend on this man, Allah revealed versus
Allah says goes with virtue, those who may be granted virtue and sustenance and provision. Those who we've given value too, they should not make an oath that they're not going to spend it on someone because of x, y and Zed. Allah says, rather embrace and forgive. For Indeed, Allah is most forgiving. Wouldn't you like Allah to forgive you? Ally's most forgiving, Most Merciful. You know what I learned from this, if I want the forgiveness of the most forgiving, I need to have within me a quality of forgiving others as well.
And you forgive them and handler as best as possible.
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A law tells us the best thing you can do is have patience, learn to forego and forgive, it's better for you. Some people hold smooth things against others in a way that it becomes a bigger burden on their shoulders than anyone elses. It becomes a point of stress and depression. You haven't released just release it, release it as best as you can. But we have to admit there is a limit. We have to admit there is a limit beyond which I might say, Listen, I don't want to forgive this person. Be careful if you say, let's sort out the metro on the Day of Judgment.
That's a very, very tricky statement. The reason is, while it sounds so good, who knows when you arrive on the Day of Judgment, what the reality was? What if it turned out that you were wrong? And what if it turned out that neither of you were wrong? What if just what if some of the detail happened to be against you?
So therefore try and sort out your matters here
Subhan Allah, such that when we get in the Day of Judgment, when we get in front of Allah on that day, we have these deeds, we bring them before they became with us, we have not slandered anyone because we didn't lose our deeds to panela having wronged someone and we brought them forth, our bucket was not leaking.
We had deeds we fooled them into the bucket. And you know what we did we ensure that there was no leak at the bottom. The reason is,
let's ask ourselves, how many of us we do good deeds.
we fulfill our prayers Mashallah five prayers a day some of us even more, you know that which is voluntary as well. And Mashallah we dress appropriately we have so much of goodness, we're getting closer to Allah, we fast and so on. And we start thinking to ourselves handled in that you know, Mashallah I I'm thankful to Allah that Allah has made me you know, read five Salah in the first stuff I read with Gemma Oh, I fulfill my IV for on every day I read so much of Quran. But you know what, at home, the way you speak to your wife, or your husband is so nasty, that as you come out of the masjid, having read that Salah, you come into the home with a leaking bucket, that Salah went
straight through the bucket, what happened, you came home and you just said one bad word, you hurt the heart of those who you live with.
Your bucket is leaking. You've just thrown the good deed away. You have to have a package. When you put your deeds into a bucket, make sure that there's no hole with a leak that you're losing the deeds. Many of us speak to our children in a way that we abused them while we abused them, not realizing that
I've come across cases where mothers use a statement of Mohammed salatu salam to blackmail their children. And parents do the same. Sometimes they use a statement to blackmail. Yes, your status is known. You know, we say serve your parents serve your mother, you will learn genital Filipinos. Don't you hear that you will earn Paradise by serving your mother or by serving your parents. You need to be kinder to your mother than your father. You agree.
No one's agree.
You need to be kinder to your mother than your father. Do you agree? Mashallah, that's 100 kindness, who is more deserving of my kindness, he says your mother, who next is your mother, who next is your mother. This was the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him the fourth time who next he says,
Dad, your father Subhan Allah Subhana Allah. That is kindness. So people say your Paradise is under my feet. You will do as I say, Come on, come on. That's not what the prophet says. He didn't say that. You can use that statement to blackmail your kids. I know of a case and
Many cases where parents say You know what? After apply, you're supposed to obey your parents, and we're telling you, you're not going to get married, then you're going to get married where we say, because we are your parents, that's black men, total black men have not allowed. You cannot use that statement to impose on your child what you believe that you should impose when Allah gave them a choice in that regard. I hope you get what I'm saying.
People are doing this. And a lot of young boys and girls complain about their forks. And I think to myself, but these are pious people, these people read the Quran these people are happy they've memorized the Quran. These people read Salah these people do good deeds and look at them. They are so filthy in their relationships with their own who live in the same house
where and the other way as well sometimes you have a son or a daughter
Mashallah they really trying hard and Mashallah reading Quran and doing this. And they speak to their parents like Subhana Allah, they wouldn't even speak to anyone else. Mom, whose mama
Subhan Allah, you don't ever speak to your parents? disrespectfully, there is no excuse. You might disagree with them respectfully.
If your parents one or both of them arrive at old age, in your presence, you need to know what to do.
You don't ever have to prove to them. And that's a bad expression, let alone a bad statement. respect them. I could disagree with my parents. But I can disagree in a respectful manner, no matter who they are. I've had people come to me, no, but my mother's not a Muslim. If your mother is not a Muslim, go out of your way to make sure that you respect her. You honor her you fulfill her rights. Why not? You have to it's irrelevant what fake you belong to. Those are your parents.
Those are your parents. The only time you excuse yourself is when they're asking you to do something that is haram. They're asking you to do something that you really are not allowed to do. And you can politely excuse yourself, and you need to master the art of being polite.
Because that is part of your paradise. being polite, be good to people.
Be kind to everyone, we talk about character. Sometimes you have people who are hypocritical, why they believe that Islam is only connected to one thing and that is Salah. You pray Yes.
I pray five times a day. That's if you pray five times a day, thank Allah. Watch out. It was easy to pray it is 10 times more difficult to protect that prayer. I tell you, a lot of the guys they'll come and they'll pray and Mashallah they'll take long in salah and so on. Shaytan comes to them before they exit the masjid and starts making them have evil thoughts about someone else. So you see another guy praying while you're walking out of the masjid and you think to yourself, you know what? This guy is just pretending to be holy. You gotta be like me come every day on time guy and come right to the front and meet with the man then you can talk that very thought has probably resulted
in you losing the entire reward of the whole Salah that you made and on top of that earning a sin from Allah What happened to your pocket? It had a massive Oh the bottom huge, not just the league. It was a waste straight down
Subhan Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection
This is why we say be careful to do your deed is not so difficult during Ramadan we fast everyone fast Have you noticed it's easier to fast in Ramadan than outside Ramadan? Have you noticed that? So panela why we're doing it collectively is the season and so on. But have you also noticed that sometimes in Ramadan tempers flare I always see in the communities Muslim communities. You know, after just before salat wa salam around just before the time of you know breaking the past. You find the brothers are all on edge in a small thing triggers triggers Why? I tell you why.
It's not because you're hungry. No. They say hungry man is angry man. Yeah, it's okay. But if you're a Muslim, that's not true.
You're supposed to be suffering. The reason is,
in the same way that when you do a bad deed you seek forgiveness when
do a good deed, seek to protect that date. You follow what I'm saying? When you do a bad deed, you seek forgiveness, it's wiped out when you do a good deed seek protection, so it's consolidated. You need to remember this. So Chapin comes to you towards the end of the day knowing that you're packaging the whole deal, and it's now going to go into that bucket solid.
He comes in negatively, why? Just before it ends, spoil it for them. So now you start arguing and fighting. That's why the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam warns us of this and he says it when you are fasting, you don't swear you don't abuse you don't commit immorality. You don't say vulgar words. And if anyone comes to try and argue with you, what should you say, in nice look and fasting?
Someone swears you eat big swear words, under normal circumstances, you know, people who are not conscious would swear back.
One day I had a boy,
another factual story. Who came to me and says, You know what?
Allah says in the Quran. He said to me, when someone does bad, you can do it back to them. So I've had this guy swearing me swearing, and I just went back to him, I says, Well, what did he say? He couldn't even say the words.
And I said, That's not true. If someone does something, you need to know the interpretation of it. If someone perpetrates a sin against you, it does not justify you perpetrating a sin against them. No. So it depends what it is.
the recompense of someone who did evil is something equivalent, it may not be exactly the same thing. I mean, if someone swears you huge swear words that are so derogatory and demeaning, does it mean Islam gives you the permission to get up and say the exact same words to them, if that's the case, you became equal.
So in the Hadith of the fasting, the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him actually says, fasting and walk away, walk off, what did you do, you seal your bucket we kept your deeds done. Same applies to Salah when you have fulfilled your Salah Chetan is going to come to you. He's going to try and what's worse, what's worse, you know, he tries to whisper to make you feel like you're an important guy, not humble yourself. Bring yourself down, you know, relax, take it easy.
When you see others, fulfilling Salah, pray to Allah. When you see those who don't really fulfill that Salah in a proper way. Pray for them. And ask Allah to give you steadfastness, you see someone outwardly, not exactly how you are. Pray for them, be good to them, be kind to them. Don't let them feel that you know what, you're an outcast. You're not an outcast. I tell you, I pray for you. And I asked Allah to help me so that I am consolidated. I don't want that 70 years story where I do good deeds for 70 years. And right at the end, everything is spoiled. I don't want that. And what I'd like to see for me, and you is gentlemen, that's one of the things we lack we make for ourselves,
but when we see others going wrong, because rather than that, make them gentler, forgive them, guide them. If you pray for someone else, the angels are making the same prayer for you. So make it a positive prayer.
When you pray for someone else, the angels are making the same prayer for you. And the prayer of the angels is far more powerful than my prayer and yours. So make it a positive prayer so that you can reap the benefit of it. Rather than making it negative. You see someone
you know you catch them, say bad words you bring against them. That's what we do today. one small thing, and everything is over. All are destroyed. Destroy them.
don't scratch your face number one.
Number two, don't make your half of destruction just because someone pumped your car. They pumped it no one does it intentionally.
And this is something that I always you know, I'm always baffled about when you make an accident. You know what, what is it called? An accident. What is it for?
Accident? We did it by accident? No one does it intentionally. So what's the point of getting angry and upset? I've got to tell you have a story. Right? So I was driving once in South Africa in Johannesburg somewhere near Santa.
And I had my family in the car I used to drive a Toyota Corolla you know now I've upgraded to a Camry Mashallah. So that this little car and I stopped with the traffic light at some, some woman latched on to me at the back. And my vehicle was filled with our bags or belongings, because we drove down from Zimbabwe to South Africa. And I was going to visit a certain town where
I was due to deliver a talk.
And that was going to happen in about four or five hours in the town was about two hours away from where I was. And so they damaged my car from the back and I'm thinking to myself, now what's gonna happen I came out and the
This woman was sitting in her vehicle looking at this guy with a beard coming out of the car. She's just cooking. And I smiled, and I said, How are you? And then she said, okay, you know, meaning this is something different. She expected someone to come out and start screaming and yelling, you know, and I didn't, and I didn't. I did. And then she came out of the vehicle, and she says, You know what? I'm so sorry. I'm really so sorry. I don't know what happened. And she said, Whatever she want. I said, Oh, relax, calm down, calm down. I said, Look, I'm a foreigner here. I don't know what should happen. Tell me what's the system? Do you know what? You know? When I was becoming a half of
the Quran? We used to repeat verses of the Quran. I promise you she knew what to do like.
Like she is repeated about 500 times.
And I just looked at her and said, I wonder how many cars This woman has damaged.
I was shocked. I'm thinking she told me you got to wait for the police. You got to dial this number. They probably won't answer. But if they do, they're going to come here after about two hours. And I'm like, gosh, she's been down this avenue so many times. So Pamela, then she says, then they'll come back then we got to do this. We've got to go to the they're going to take diagrams but to go to the police station, HIPAA statements, we got to get the insurance rather than sitting and I'm thinking, wow, these people sitting there must sit there waiting for me. And here I am. I told the system.
It's okay. I'll go you go. I'll fix my car, you fix yours. Goodbye, I forgive you.
She was like,
in my mind, I calculated the damage. I thought this is $1,000 damage, right. It's a lot of money, but the damage of knee delaying and wasting time and waiting for so many hours with the police and the traffic being held back and so on. I still believe that in the first world countries, they should actually come with a helicopter if the accident is on the highway, and they should take their diagrams and photographs from the top and then they should pluck the vehicles up and move them aside from the top. Because I'm shocked I've traveled to many first world countries and I see one accident someone's bumped someone and the traffic goes back kilometres upon him inshallah day will come when
someone's in charge of the traffic department, and they decide we're going to use helicopter, we're going to come down, we're actually going to take the vehicles from the top, grab them and move them aside so that the traffic can keep moving. That be
Wow, I really hope that happens. Charles, it will start with Australia.
Because it's so irritating. You have one slide till you know what happens the people are delayed for hours kilometers of traffic jam, because of someone who knows how to recite what will happen after the accident. So
So anyway, I told them forgive Meantime, jumped into the vehicle. Oh, yeah, she got my number by the way. She said no, I need your number. You know, just in case something happens, you know, people don't believe in truly so when she got back to work that she was heavily insured. I didn't know that. But they just didn't believe that she they thought she pumped a wall because no one will just come and say I forgive you go away, you know.
So, as I was leaving that place, I called the brothers
where I was going that evening, and I said Listen, I've made a little accident, someone's bumped into me there is a bit of damage. They said no, don't worry, we'll wait for you. One of the brothers has a little you know, some carry, they have a little panel beating place and they will do it for you. I said Oh, that's good. That's good. Mashallah. So I arrived there so
I dropped my vehicle off and they gave me a complimentary car. I went back we did the Mahabharata and the masjid spent the night there at Salatin budget, I had like a brand new vehicle in front of them. In fact, Indonesia, the brother came to me a little bit later he said, Look, your car is done with just putting it in the oven. And I thought only cakes went into the oven, but actually passport as well. Which is waiting, we just we just putting it in the oven. Now what happens with a cake and you put in the oven and what happens to it actually rises, right? I thought I'd come back with an SUV or something. But then
they gave me back my Corolla. So
I needed a minivan but unfortunately didn't happen. But it was painted. It was done. It had new methods, that new light spotlights everything. Wow, I thought to myself.
And I was done. The following day, I receive a call from the boss of this lady asking me you know, sir, I believe this has happened. I said Yes, he did. He said, Okay, so, you know, would you like us to repair your car because it's fully insured. And so I said, Listen, my car is done, repaired everything brand new spanking, they did not believe me. They did not believe me.
Now the reason I'm making mention of this is sometimes we need to weigh the pros and cons. You see, had I sat there and waited, I would have got my car fixed, and it would have happened. And I know some of you guys are thinking, well, not everyone's moved to Maine, you know, that's not gonna happen to all of us. You're not going to say okay, I forgive you, sister. And then you say I'm waiting for the guys to say I'll fix your car didn't happen. You know, the story didn't end the same way. But the point is, you know, your capacity you know, at that time
I was ready to pay. I didn't know someone was going to repair it. And I thought to myself $1,000 damage compared to a few 1000 waiting in the machine to hear that I'm no longer coming. Imagine here, everyone sitting, and the guys come and say, well move to Maine is no longer coming. But anyway, we've got, for example, this brother here who's going to be speaking to us for an hour? What will happen to all of you? So Balala damage? damage right?
Now Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us, can I tell you something, it's come to my mind. I know of people, not in Australia. But I know of people who put names of missionaries who never agreed to come who are not coming and who are never going to come to a program just to get people to come. And then they make an announcement without ever knowing anything about that event taking place. And they just say something happened and he couldn't cover. Do you know that so be careful. Be careful, my brothers and sisters, you're in Australia. I hope I didn't teach you something evil. But anyway, it happens somewhere. It happens in the world, you've got to be you've got to know who to trust here.
Unfortunately, people do that with religion, they deceive. Imagine what type of leaking of a bucket they would have, they'd have a drum leaking. Imagine, Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us. So sometimes you have to weigh the pros and cons and think to yourself, if I'm going to hold something, if I'm going to do something, this particular way, I probably will be paying more in reality for this than I would if I just let it go. Let it go. And in that case, we let it go. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant that to us. So going back to the Day of Judgment, my brothers and sisters, to do your deed is one thing, but to come with the deed is perhaps 10 times more difficult. Therefore, Allah
says, Whoever comes with the deed, I will multiply it by 10 for them now, do you understand why the multiplication? Now do you understand why you deserve that that deep be multiplied for you? Because you kept it? I came on the Day of Judgment. That means I didn't wrong someone, I didn't deceive someone, I didn't eat the wealth of someone I didn't backbite about someone and Subhanallah here are my deeds. So now let's go back my brothers and sisters, from today, we become conscious of the ban that we've been doing against people, I gave you just one example of the home, what law it extends.
It extends to the workplace, I know of people just because you're a boss, hey, come to you. Take it easy, you might have hurt someone's feelings. Do you know it harder soul to actually make someone happy to make someone's heart happy?
is a good deal, according to the study. So imagine if you were to hurt it, break it make someone sad? What would happen? Do you really think you're gonna get away with it.
So we need to make sure that we become conscious of who's around us who we talk to, and how we talk to them and what we say what we say to them. So karnala in your workplace, no matter who you are at your workplace, at school, in the colleges, at the universities, whoever you interact with, be upon your best behavior because you don't want to lose the good deeds that you've been doing. I don't want to lose the good deeds that I've been doing. Like a person who's earning 5000 and spending 50,000 foolish. They're bankrupt, actually, truly, because they're spending more than they're earning. You're doing good deeds, and your your expenditure is more than the good deeds you have.
And this brings us back to something Allah says
on that day of judgment, we will put up the scales of justice,
and no one will be oppressed.
On the day of judgment, the scales will be there. The weight of the DS when I do a deal, it has a weight. It's a spiritual weight, not kilograms, but spiritually there is a weight of the D. It either frees me or it tracks me. When I do a bad deed there is a weight. The problem is sometimes they are very simple deeds that are extremely heavy on the scale.
both good and bad. It was so easy, but
it was really heavy upon the scales. I want to give you some examples on both sides right? One is the last
with the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, Can you imitate Sufi fatale Alison? tequila Tara
Habib attorney, Allah Subhana Allah He will be happy Subhana Allah allow them to statements. They are very light on the tongue. They are very loved by Allah subhanho wa Taala and they are very heavy on the scale. What are they Subhan Allah He will be handy Subhana Allah Allah I think we should be repeating these days.
Easy to earn reward. Allah says these words are very heavy, they are declaring the praise of Allah Who is the most great, and praising Allah glorifying Allah, Who is the highest?
Sorry, the greatest the greatness of Allah subhanho wa Taala declaration of praise and glory
of the one who is the greatest, that is what it is to Panama, he will be handy. So Panama, heavy.
I wouldn't have known that if the Prophet sallallahu Sallam did not tell that to us. And on the other hand, one day I spoke about one of the wives of the salon saying, you know what she's short. And she said it in a slightly derogatory way. She's short, you know, she's short. And the professor salon says, you know, what?
If the statement you uttered was ink as a droplet, it would change the color of the ocean.
Do you know what that means? Don't say hurtful words. You don't know, if they were in the form of a droplet of ink, they would change the color of the ocean.
That means it's a serious statement. You heard someone don't do that.
Short for us when someone says Sure. I remember flying out with someone. And there was a lady who couldn't actually reach the, you know, the basket at the top. And I picked it up and she says, you know, I'm short. So I always feel I should be told I said No, don't. I said, You know what, there are pros and cons both ways. I've had people who tell me I'm too tall, I wish I was a bit shorter. And then when you showed yourself to short, relax, take it easy. So Panama, be happy with what Allah has given you. Allah has given you the best for you. That's what he's done. Those who are happy, sorry, those who are not happy, those who are not happy, then who is happy, those who are medium,
also not happy. They want to be shorter or taller, then what those who have more is not happy. Those who have girls not happy. Those who don't have children, not happy. Those who have both boys and girls.
So then who is happy?
Be happy with what a man has chosen for you. And he will meet with Allah with a smile, you will be the happiest person Why? What he decreed for you when you had no role to play, you will always happy with it. If you have had a role to play and you did not play correctly, then you have yourself to blame as well.
You don't you don't just say that. Oh Allah, do whatever you want. And then you sit back and relax. No Salah, no Zika no fuss at all. If you want me to read Salah you will take me to the masjid. You know, even suggestion for me, I will go that is foolish. Like the man who came at the temple.
They wanted to punish one of the guys who had stolen
but he was smart. So he says yeah.
You know, how can you punish me when it was written? That I was going to see?
Smart boy, right? smart guy? How can you punish me it was written? Don't you believe in destiny? You know, we say it was written 50,000 years before you were born already. So it was written I was gonna steal. So Homer
says yes. And it was written that we were gonna punish you as well.
So Panama, amazing, amazing how we look at things. Sometimes we justify certain things where we don't play a role. And we say, well, it was written, it was written,
written. Yes, it may have been written that you were foolish not to have used what Allah gave you bestowed upon you remember the example of the island and the helicopter. same example in our lives. Allah has given us the capacity to do things, we become lazy. We don't do things then we say, oh, Allah, help me help me. But Allah says, I've given you the capacity. You did it.
My brothers and sisters, I've spoken for more than an hour. And for me, it felt like I just spoke for 20 minutes. So Pamela, so can we go on for another 40 minutes inshallah? Wow, that's gonna be another two hours.
chavela make it easy, perhaps On another occasion. Really. It's been a pleasure. I hope that we've benefited Firstly, myself to begin with.
I hope Firstly, we can have our buckets. And secondly, we can feel them. And thirdly, we can ensure that they're not leaking, so that we don't lose our good deeds. Brothers and sisters, try your best to become closer to Allah. Let's not judge one another. But let's encourage one another. Let's not be people who look down upon one another. But let's try and motivate one another so that each one of us can work on our own weaknesses. And each one of us can be people who would actually get closer to Allah in a way that when we arrive on the Day of Judgment, we will have that bucket filled with deeds with no leakages. akuto Kali hada sallallahu wasallam. Oh Barak, Allah Subhana Allah Subhana
Allah Hamada, handig shadow Allah Allah, Allah Allah