Channel: Mufti Menk
Lessons for the Sound Mind Part One
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla he will handle in that he was Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah he was having his name.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
his household his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them to bless every one of us to grant us goodness in the dunya and in the era
and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us with the heat and with the microphone.
And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to open the doors
of goodness in the dunya and the afra amin
Can we move this out of this place? Can you take it away? My mother does that a lot? Can you take it away?
My brothers and sisters, I am just one of you. I am just like you I wish and I hope that I was sitting somewhere in the middle there to be able to taste the heat that you are tasting right now. And I asked Allah subhanahu wa tada to forgive my shortcomings in yours. And to grant us genital for those two to bless us with love. Within the hearts. I see faces I know and faces I don't know, but all of them have beautiful smiles on their faces. And if they don't they have one now Mashallah.
So, I think it's important for us to realize that the biggest piece of advice we can give each other is something known as taqwa Ly, the consciousness of Allah, every one of us needs to be conscious of his or her makeup. We came from somewhere. We are somewhere right now and we are going back to where we came from inshallah, we will go back to Allah and we need never to lose focus from that particular reality. So where you are right now trust me, you are actually going back to where you were. And back to Allah subhanho wa Taala that that's what is meant by back to where you were meaning back to Allah subhanho wa Taala so don't lose focus and inshallah we should be preparing for
this. This evening. I've chosen to render to you in sha Allah. Some beautiful lessons that Allah says of those with sound intellect. If you think you're sharp and you think you're intelligent, and you think you're very clever, then you need to know that Allah says if you are very clever, if you are intelligent, then there are certain lessons you need to derive from certain things that Allah has made mention of so if you were to take the boron, Oulu, Al Bab oluwole Al Bab is in the Quran, referring to those with a sound mind. Look, you know the brain. So if you have a top brain, Alice's lapada canopy,
he makes mention of the story of use of Annie's Salaam, the stories of the other prophets and he says thereafter indeed, in these stories in their stories, there are lessons for those with the sound mind those with sound intellects. So what are these lessons I want to take a moment inshallah to go through some of them starting from the beginning, at the malleus Salatu. Salam you and I know that
Allah makes mention of his story and certain details and Allah leaves out some details because perhaps we don't need to know them. You know, you might have some details of the stories of the previous prophets within the scriptures of the people of the book, but you need to know that if Allah did not make mention of it, then there are two things that are of importance
it is something that the Quran and the Sunnah, contradicts in which case we know it is false, something that the Quran and Sunnah does not contradict, in which case we know that we neither needed nor do we say it's a lie. Perhaps it's a detail. It could be true. Maybe it may not be, but it's a detail we don't actually definitely need.
In the Arabic term we say llamosa equinox. We neither say it is the truth, nor do we say it's alive. So if you come to Adam and Eve Salatu was Salam.
You will find that what's mentioned in the Quran is the accurate version, what's mentioned in the Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam howdy is the accurate version and the
Reason why it is made mentioned of is for us to know our beginnings. And for us to draw lessons from that you need to know how you came to be, you need to know what happened right at the beginning, you need to know if I were to do something similar to that what would happen to me and this is why I decided to start from other money salatu salam, and we're going to draw one or two lessons in sha Allah as we go along this evening.
I was given three hours to speak so inshallah I will try my best to stick to the time limit and I might give you a discount and maybe decrease it by a bit if it gets a bit too hot and sweaty inshallah.
So, we all know that we are human beings, we are all a dummy, we are all our dummy. Do you know what a dummy means? If you say a dummy, it actually means a human being. But it comes from the word Adam. Adam is the first of our species whom Allah had created himself. And the reason why when we say at the main in the Arabic language that Yeah, at the end of Adam, the ye part of it refers to the fact that we belong to so if you come from for example, maca, we would say you are lucky. That means you're connected to Mecca. If you are from Medina, we would say you are my Danny, for example. And I'm sure if you are from Melbourne, we would say Melbourne he Okay, Mashallah. So that means you are
connected to that particular place, or the same would apply if it's our domain, you are connected to who to Adam alayhis salam, from this island, something interesting. You see the people seated here, as well as those there at the top, as well as those outside there keeping and those there right at the back as well as those right behind who perhaps may not be able to see me direct, we're all are the mean, we're all from one source. My great, great, great say that a few 28 times, grandfather is who
are the mother is Santa. It means I'm related to you. Yeah. No matter what your color is, no matter where you think your ethnicity is from, I am connected to you, I'm related to you. If I don't feel that, then something is wrong with me. Because somewhere up the ladder, we meet up. And this is why we love each other. This is why we should be caring for each other. This is why the biggest lesson I have to learn from the fact that our route is one is that Subhanallah we are definitely connected, we are connected.
We should be caring for one another. When you see me do something wrong. You don't need to hate on me, you don't need to harm me, attack me, hit me, destroy me, etc. You need to feel for me just like you feel for yourself. You need to want to see me correcting myself, just like you would want to see for yourself. And you need to make sure that you try your best. And you keep speaking to me in the best possible way so that you you would like the same for yourself if you were wrong as well. Because I'm connected to everyone, we are part of the same species.
And you might look at me and say, Well, you know, originally I come from this part of the world. Some are from Afghanistan. Some are from Pakistan, some are from perhaps Africa somewhere, some are from Turkey, some are from perhaps Europe, Eastern Europe, Western Europe. You know what all that becomes irrelevant. We are all from Adam and Adam is from Torah. Torah means he's from the dust. Now a question I have for you today. Allah has given value to gold. Allah has given value to silver. Allah has given value to various other
minerals like for example, stones, etc. Diamonds they have value. Why didn't Allah say I created Adam from gold? I created Adam from silver I made him from diamonds. But Allah says I made him from dust. Then Allah says mean half Allah Bona komachi
we created you from its meaning from dust,
and we will make you return into that dust and we will resurrect you once again from that dust. In order for us to understand that this body we have right now is temporary, that's what it is. It's temporary.
When we go into genital for those in the hereafter into paradise, we will be given a different body Subhanallah we will be given that which is absolutely perfect when you are on the earth. Everyone feels my eyes like this. My nose is like that. I've got a few pimples on my face. My perhaps my beard is like this. Perhaps my teeth are like this. And this is like that. That's what you feel why we're imperfect. We are not perfect, everyone.
has feelings and by the way, stop feeling that way you are lovely as you are. You're handsome. You're the dude By the way, Mashallah. Don't worry Mashallah, you're good looking no matter what, don't ever feel embarrassed about what you look like because Allah made you he fashioned you and you are definitely gorgeous by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala if you think you have a little fault, no one has noticed it. Trust me. People don't notice things only you notice because you're looking too long in the mirror. So panela Yes, you're looking too long in the mirror. That's why you start noticing things that no one else has ever, ever noticed. So can Allah May Allah make us happy with
what he's given us? So Allah is telling us we're going to be one day returning to him, he will grant us that body which is superbly perfect, and it will be according to our liking. Imagine you are according to your liking. But to do that, you first need to go to Jenna. And to get to Jenna, you need to worship Allah and to worship Allah you need to strive. You need to strive, work hard, don't do as your whims and fancies dictate. If there is something immoral, something wrong, something in the in the disobedience of Allah, leave it, cut it out, you will never achieve the pleasure of Allah by this by doing things that are against his instruction. So we understand that there is a greater
plan. Allah did not create us from gold because then some might say I'm 22 karat, the other one says I'm 14 karat, the other one says, I'm a character someone says I'm nine carat and so on. Allah says we created you from dust all of you the same. And we took that dust from different parts of the earth, hence your different colors. And this is why when we have different colors, Allah tells us why he made those colors. Allah says so some people are varying complexion, darken complexion, some people are, you know, tall and short and so on all different types of people. Why? Allah says, yeah.
of people we have created you from a single male and female, and we have made you multiply into various tribes and people in order that you may recognize one another, so that I recognize you recognize me, why am fashion slightly differently? from everyone else? No one is exactly like me, from the beginning to the end, no one. That's the uniqueness of the Creator. It's a sign that there is a supreme maker, because no one's fingerprint is the same across the globe from the beginning to the end. So not just the 6 billion Who on earth right now. But the billions and trillions who've been there from the beginning and who shall be there right to the end, no to Iris prints are the
same. No two Iris prints are the same. Just like when you come from Africa, you know that the zebras out there no two zebras have the same stripes and no two giraffes have the same spots. The same applies to applies to the leopards and the other creatures of Allah has
This is the creation of Allah.
So show me what those besides Allah have created. That's what Allah says.
Allah says this is the creation of Allah show me what the others have made. Imagine my brothers and sisters, if we will hold the shape in looks, what would happen?
What would happen?
We would need number plates, Mashallah I would have to call the brother they like I've said before, those of you who might have heard me, I say brother 356983 is four, please come forward. And when someone would get up from the middle name, and then I got to say 3964856, and then another brother would come. And by the way, the sisters would start with about maybe 65883359 and then three sisters would get up. And Subhanallah one of them would come forward and the others would say I thought I heard you say my number. So
in order to actually prevent all of that confusion, do you know what Allah says we made you different? Now the problem was man is the devil keeps coming to us and makes us think we are better. I swear by Allah. Most of the tribes on earth think that they are better than the other tribes because that is a disease they are trapped in without realizing it. Most of the times. Ask yourself where do I come from? And then ask yourself don't my people train me and teach me that you are better than others?
Am I right or wrong? Bala here I'm right. You find if you come from one country, also shaped by
comes to you and says Ron, you're from the north you're better than the people on the south. And if you're from the east you're better than the people on the west. Those people are crooks and these people are thugs and those people are very they have a temper and these people have this no all this is from shaytan Jamelia, this is the period This is ignorance well, law he The problem is we are guilty of this I swear we have it in our blood, where we think I'm better you look at yourself I'm better Why? Allah says that's not why we made you different so that you can say I am better. And this one is worse. Allah says I made you different so that you can appreciate each other by
recognizing each other. I call you brother come here I look at you say I haven't seen you in a long time. How do I know because I know your identity. That's why I can see your face Mashallah, I met a brother here Mashallah. His name was Yusuf. I looked at him and I said You look just like another brother. I know whose name is Omar. Now have you guys ever heard someone tell you You look like someone else? Have you heard it? And then when you see them and you look at them and you say what
does it look like me? This brother looked at a picture and said Yeah, looks like me. Mashallah. Looks like me. I started calling him the other name Mashallah Jabara Kala and that's a true story. It's not a lie, by the way.
So it's amazing how Allah subhanho wa Taala works, it's in order to recognize one another. That's what I learned from Adam alayhis salam.
Allah mentions the beginning for us to understand certain things not for us to discriminate against one another. But we've become so criminal that if our children want to marry from the culture that has been brought up with us and so on, we say no, we can't why. You know, these people, they're crooks. So we will law Be careful. Be careful.
It's your test, the Jamelia, the period of ignorance, they had the same problem. The answer and Mahajan were very, very different, but they intermarried. SubhanAllah I think a lot of us think we're better than both the answer and the merging. So we won't allow that to happen in our own homes. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us either attack Manta bernadina hula, hula hufa we do a lot of router configs not only do you have a certain area, if a proposal comes to you and the level of deal is satisfactory, the level of piety meaning the level of closeness to Allah, perhaps the level of religiousness, that's one. And the second thing the character conduct which includes
responsibility is satisfactory. Let it happen. Let it happen. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease and guide us it's a point I learned and you know, we live in cosmopolitan nations like this one, even where I come from, we have people from different ethnicities and backgrounds who panela and you know what we're meant to be loving one another. We're not meant to be judging one another. We're not meant to be feeling this superiority complex, etc. No, we're all the same. None of us is superior. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam says laughably Arabic, Allah Jamie Wallonia, German and Avi. avi Allah Allah what elaborate taqwa there is no virtue of a white over a black or a black over a
white or an Arab over a non Arab etc, etc, except through piety. Whoever is closer to Allah is closer to Allah and that is only known by Allah subhanho wa Taala, not by you, not by me, so don't judge each other in that particular way. But let's move further with this beautiful example of Adam and Eve. Salatu was Salam. So Allah subhanho wa Taala created him from dust, each one of us should know that you know what?
We're going to return to the dust.
And therefore, the best from amongst us are those who will develop the closest link with Allah subhanho wa Taala. Adam alayhis salam shaytan came to him just like shaitaan comes to us shaman came to him, refused to acknowledge his virtue. When Allah says, I want you to acknowledge the virtue of Adam alayhis salam by prostrating to him. And at that time it was permissible It was a level of acknowledgment of, of status.
Everyone frustrated besides all the angels frustrated besides English, English refused. He says, I'm fine.
I am better than him. This is mentioned in the Quran. Allah says when he bleeds, said I am better than him. That dropped a bleach to the lowest of the low.
And what happened? Did he change the status of Adam and a Sunnah? No, he remained the same, but at least became cursed by Allah because he thought he was better than Adam alayhis salam. The lesson I learned from the story mentioned in the Quran is when I start thinking I'm better than someone else, then automatically I am heading in the wrong direction. I'm treading the path of the devil
is if Allah has allowed me to fulfill my Salah as someone else has not fulfilled their Salah.
I can say, thank you for granting me the acceptance, I asked you to keep me humble. And I asked you to guide those who are not fulfilling Salah to come and fulfill their Salah. And I asked you to help me wherever I am faltering to help me to come back on the right track to Panama. So there is a concern. And there is an act of feeling that Alhamdulillah it is the blessing of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But
I spoke about it in Sydney, if you want to check that talk online, it is available on Muslim central.com, which is one of the largest audio platforms for Islamic lectures free online, you can actually check that lecture. It's called the leaking buckets. And there I showed and prove through the Hadith of the prophets of Salaam, that there are people who do lots of good deeds, but at the end of the day on piano, they will lose all of those deeds. So what's the point, man, lots of hands on which Allah help us, be humble, be humble. And when I say humble, I don't mean the followers have been humble. But I do mean those who are really humbled Mashallah, now Allah subhanho wa Taala bless
us all Mashallah have been humble Rahim. Allah was a great man. He was a great demand as well. And there were a lot of Imams, we respect all of them, by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. My brothers and sisters, Adam AlLahi Salatu was salam, the devil comes to him and tells him You know what?
I need to tell you something.
Now allow warned him, Allah warned him about this devil because the devil said I'm better than you. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says to him, be careful of this devil, he might lead you astray.
And I don't want you to eat from this particular tree. Now some people ask that, you know, in general, you're allowed to do as you wish. So if Adam alayhis salaam was in Ghana, how come he was told not to eat from a tree? That's a good question, right? It's a good question. In general, in paradise you can do as you wish. How come if Adam alayhis salam was in general, how come he was told not to eat from a tree? Well, that's because the gentlemen according to the mufa serien, was known as genital Abdullah. It was a special Jenner a special part of Paradise, or a special garden, wherein Allah was testing Adam alayhis salam and Allah knew what would happen anyway, because that's
his knowledge. So Allah subhanho wa Taala placed a prohibition. And this goes to show that when Allah wants to test you, he will test you with fulfilling something and abstaining from something. Not just fulfilling you don't just eat and eat and eat and keep on eating. There will be certain things Allah says this thing don't eat. Now let's see what you do. So hon Allah, you see, Haram, don't eat what's not yours. Don't eat what stolen don't eat. That's the last test for you. Otherwise you can eat hamdulillah say Bismillah and eet mela grandes is good food. I mean
Wow, that was quite a nice. I mean, she really likes to eat here. So Pamela, by the way, I found out what these hsps are by them.
It was something very amazing and I think I've become addicted in one night Subhanallah Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and Melbourne and
I pray that the hsps become tastier and tastier. And I pray that they become cheaper as well.
So we all love food, don't we? Mashallah tabarrok Allah but you need to know that what is not permissible we won't eat because that's how Allah tests us. Adam alayhis salam shaytan came to him and told him something to try and lure him into eating. Like, sometimes you might see something cheap. And you know what, it's not really hard, but it's so cheap and you start thinking, come on, it's just so cheap. No, we're not meaning we won't consume it, no matter how cheap it is. Even if it's distributed free of charge. We won't because we know that you know what, this is not going to please Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease by the way regarding halal
food, there is something that I need to share with you. You know, back in South Africa, there are quite a few casinos and nightclubs and so on. So the strange thing is people say there is one place there is
there is one place that has
gambling and ham and all that and they have a little place to eat salad. They have a little muscle on the side so that the people say because a lot of the patrons there are Muslims. I hope it's not true. But anyway, so I was just picturing maybe they go in there and make a do add to Allah stuff, about to gamble, you know, help me to slow that's how long you cannot do that. You know, but the point is when they go to eat the same guys who are gambling at
The same guys in the clubs, you know, when they go to eat, they say, Hello here, you know,
brother, Mashallah I see you've got the bottle, you've got everything going, you're gambling and you're asking me about the solutions, so kinda love. But anyway, to be honest with you, I would like to think that you know, it's a sign in Sharla that perhaps if one thing is right, maybe more things can become right. It doesn't mean that because you're doing one thing wrong, you need to do everything wrong. You're doing one thing wrong and the other is right, there is hope for you. So if he's asking for a lot solutions in a nightclub, well thank Allah that at least he's done one thing wrong and not two things wrong, you see. So that's another way of looking at things. But the point I
raised is shaytan comes to us just like he came to Adam alayhis salaam, and he tries to encourage us to do heroin by promising us you'll enjoy it. It's good, sweet, lovely, nice. And then you look at JSON again. And you look at this harem again. And you look at chick man again, and you look at her arm again, and you make your mind up May Allah guide us through the lesson of Adam at a salon shavon told him Hey,
can I show you something if you were to eat from it? Two things would happen to you number one, you wouldn't ever die never you live alone. How many of us want to live alone
90 and you still say I wish I could live for longer? 90 Come on. You want to clock the century? Not all of us are cricketers. Mashallah. But somehow
we all want to live long. It's something it's nature it's natural. It's within you make dua that Allah takes you away when he's happy with you. I mean,
so the second thing he says moonkin Nyah, Bella, you know, property property that will never diminish, it will never finish. It's yours. You know, Kingdom ownership, you will own these two things. Everyone's looking for money and health, right? If I tell you, you become a billionaire, if you go to this fortune teller, if you go to this fortune teller, you become a billionaire. And he will tell you what's wrong with your health. So you can live long.
tempting? Not for a moment. No, we're not allowed to go there. Because we know it's
the same thing happened to Adam and his alarm, he was told by a man, I'm going to show you to do something, if you do it, you're going to have these two things long life and lots and lots of wealth.
And unfortunately, he kept whispering and trying until Adam and a Salam and then faulted. They ate from that forbidden tree thinking that it's going to bring them these two things, and it did not. So this is what shaman does. shaitan promises you something. And then when you do the Haram, he runs away. Subhan Allah reminds me of the guys, when they want to use a girl they promise I'll marry you. I'll do this. I love you. I swear, and I shall marry you and marry her. Why don't you say I will? Will his future marry him now? And what do they do they use abuse and flicked off by the time they flicked off. They're nowhere to be seen. Numbers changed city changed everything else busy with
someone else. Exactly. like
are we little shouting moving around? I hope not. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make it the case. But my beloved sisters Take heed take he'd understand that. You know what, don't fall for people's words. They're lying. Sometimes they might come across so good. But shaytan also comes across like a very pious guy. He comes across very calm, cool. And you know you reach up and you say the sweetest of things. But that's how he chucked out the Malaysian I promised him something did not deliver. Once he got what he wanted. He disappeared. That's what people do. Once they get what they want, they can disappear. Don't allow that to happen in your life. If you didn't learn this from the story
of Adam, a Salah. You're not a person with sound intellect, Allah says.
There are lessons for those with sound mind sound intellect, go and look. look deep into the story. See what you can extract from it. Take it, learn a lesson from it, apply it in your life you will be successful. So Allah says Watch out for the devil
Subhana Allah. So Adam alayhis Salatu was Salam fell when he fell guess what happened? When I say fell? I don't mean fall as in falling down. But he ate from what he was not supposed to eat from as soon as he did it. As soon as he did it, he realized his mistake. And this shows us my brothers and sisters. We are human beings. That was our forefather. Right. He made a fault he made a blunder. We may make blunders, you know, as soon as you realize it, turn back to Allah. Turn back to Allah. There is no way that you will achieve success if you don't turn back to the Almighty. At the money Salaam turn What did he say? Or a burner
Siri, Oh our Lord, we have wronged ourselves. And if you don't forgive us and if you don't have mercy on us, then we will be the ones who are the losers. So Have mercy on us and forgive us. And Allah says, We forgave him
What do I learn from this Allah kept the story in the Quran was so much of importance because I need to learn from it that wherever I go wrong, I need to say Oh, alive wrong myself. Forgive me, I turned back to you. I seek your forgiveness I I will not do this again. If you don't forgive me or live going to be the loser. I'm the one who's going to lose not you. SubhanAllah when you sin who loses? does Allah lose? No, I lose, you lose when we sin. So turn back to Allah. And guess what, Allah will always forgive you always forgive you never let a pan come back to you.
And make you think that Allah won't forgive you. Never. He will forgive you. He does. And he must, and he shall. And he promised that he will.
Today we were watching a little video of a volcanic eruption, where the lava was actually going into the sea or the water or the ocean or something. And the brother with me said, You know what? Imagine if this is the heat and the fire and the temperature of the dunya this molten lava. Imagine what's going to be in the US here and I said, You know what, by Allah's mercy, we will go to general and I have hope in the mercy of Allah we will be in gentleness I mean, we will be in gender Don't you have opened the mercy of Allah? Don't you know he's the most merciful well try your best and don't ever use the term most forgiving, most merciful to justify your sins. But some people you know,
they want to commit to sin. So the friend says no, don't commit the sinner say No Don't worry, we know you will anger Allah normalize forgiving, don't worry, ALLAH is forgiving. We can do it, it's fine. We can come up with the sin. Don't because now you're you're using something to justify your sin. It's becoming evil, if you may, if you did it because of your weakness because of sometimes your your fault you faulted here and there. It's one thing but when you defy a law, it's another thing. It's another thing where Allah subhanho wa Taala still have mercy on us. We are weak. We are man. This is a point that I definitely learned from this beautiful, beautiful, amazing story of Adam
and Eve. right at the beginning, I learned that Allah is most forgiving.
And Allah will forgive us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant us
May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors and grant us goodness and ease. I want to push a little bit further to a story of that Allah makes mention of in the Quran as well, are the money salatu salam children.
And this, the lesson I want to draw from this is interesting because it repeats itself even in other places in the Quran with other people. And we might get to that. So Allah says, What's new I lay him never been a Adam have been helpful, recite to them the story of the two children of Adam with truthfulness, meaning this is the true story. So what was the story? When one of them went both of them, gave a charity for the sake of Allah one was accepted and one was not accepted. So one tells the other, I'm going to kill you. Listen carefully, my brothers and sisters, this is a powerful, powerful, interesting point. When did it happen? right at the beginning of the creation of man, the
one human being became jealous of his brother, another human being. And he said to him, I'm going to kill you, who taught him this? No one had died yet. Shaytan told him that this is how you kill your brother. And Allah says,
this was definitely a point of regret for the one because
the two names will have been an appeal in the English language, Abel and Cain. So Cain tells Abel that I'm going to kill you.
And Abel says to Cain, you know what, if you are going to stretch your hand to harm me, I'm not going to stretch my hand to harm you. Because I fear Allah, who's the Lord of the worlds, so I'm not going to harm you from this, I learned that when someone does wrong to you.
When someone does wrong to you, it does not mean that you have to do wrong to them. However, if someone attacks you, you have every right to defend yourself. You know, I can't see like one brother smack me and I see not going to stretch my hand. Why? Because I read the story of the children of other well then the other brother will come and smack you. And then the other guy, that guy will come and smack you do three times.
Subhanallah and then the fourth guy will come by that time you will be all knocked out without even being a boxer Subhana Allah.
So you need to realize that that's not that's a wrong lesson that you're drawing from there. Because it doesn't mean you need to just sit back and let people do as they please. But where there is an issue, you need to think about how to resolve it. Sometimes we have problems, we have problems on a global level, we have problems on a community level, family level, personal level, we have problems, my brothers and sisters never do something thinking you're going to solve it knowing that is going to create a bigger problem. That is a powerful lesson. Don't ever try to solve a problem by creating a bigger one.
Sometimes you have a problem somewhere, and what you do has now made the problem bigger. It hasn't solved anything. So be careful. Shaytan comes to us from all these angles to try and make us dispute with one another so that we can fight with one another. People start threatening each other. We start bullying our friends, we start bullying each other Honestly, it happens from a young age when you're at school, and you're you're growing older, you're taught by the television to do what to create your little gang. SubhanAllah even the girls do it. My kids go to a good school and I can feel it. So can Allah, my girls, I can feel it. Sometimes they have little gangs, small gangs to
handle law. And this gang. I don't want to play with you. Why not your friend? Not your friend. You're so young. What do you know about friends and no friends of analog to watch TV, by the way.
And sometimes too many games Subhanallah too many games too much play you know, you don't need to do that you learn. Teach your children to play with everyone. Teach them to be kind to everyone. Teach them to be helpful. Teach them to reach out don't teach them to be within their own small cocoons? No.
So at that time, you see the brother says I'm going to kill you. And at the end of the day, he actually did that. And Allah says for us, bahaman me he became from among those who regretted it immediately. he regretted it. But it was too late. You know, today we have people who threaten others. They call you names and then they say I'm gonna kill you. I'm gonna harm you. Why haven't you learned a lesson? You shouldn't be doing this. Aren't you a person who has learned from other money salatu salam story, have you not learned and they say well are the money Salam was not our nubby he was he was just the first of mankind. Well, why did Allah mention it? In the Quran, he
tells you in it, there is a problem. There are lessons for those with sound, intellect, learn, you don't cause and create dispute amongst each other. As an oma, do you know what? We are brothers and sisters, but I want to take it beyond that.
Sometimes out of
what we think is piety, no, very pious, we start thinking that those who don't belong to the oma are not our brothers and sisters.
Did you hear what I just said? So if I say no, our brothers, who came to see us from the church across the roads or stuff you don't love? How can you call them brothers? Are you crazy? You're not a Muslim anymore?
It could be our real brothers. How many of us here have family members who are not Muslims, real brothers and sisters plenty. And how many of us should realize that even if you don't have immediate blood family members who are who are not Muslim, but the others are related to you through human kind, through the fact that they are human beings? We are brothers and sisters in humanity. I've given the example in the past of how being kind to a dog has earned a person forgiveness and Jana, so what about another human being higher than a dog? Definitely. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us understanding. So we are brothers and sisters in humanity. And at times, we are brothers and
sisters in the oma as well. And sometimes some people we are brothers and sisters, in all three because we become we are siblings or we are closely connected or related or cousins or anything of that nature. So in essence, we fulfill the rights of all human beings, we fulfill the rights of all human beings. Don't let your piety make you think that no ways I'm not brothers and sisters with these people. Well, you are you're fooling yourself. You're fooling yourself. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us and help us.
So if we don't look at it this way, we will then be destroying ourselves. You know, when you see a person different from you. Say for example, I see someone who hates Islam. What do I do? My aim within me should be Oh Allah helped me to guide this person to
The deal helped me to do things that they would then be able to see the light of Islam and you guide them to the deal. That's what the prophet sallallahu Sallam did with Abu jackal. You know, he's a Buddha, one of the biggest criminals at the time.
And the Prophet sallallahu wasallam tells him
or says, makes it to Allah grant strength to Islam, through the acceptance of Islam of one of the two of these enemies. amueblado heisha, who was known as a Buddha, or amagno haka, and what happened just some time later Here comes from a
man who, and he declared the Shahada. Wow, wow. Why? Because the enemy, the prophet made a draft for him to say, oh, Allah, this is a strong man. He's been harming Islam. He hates the Muslims. He hates me too. You soften his eyes and bring him through? How many of us do that? You see an enemy? What do you want to do? You want to pass his face. That's not the way that's not the way go back to the prophets, waves on the lava and he was alone, try and bring them in. Look at collignon when he didn't mahira rhodiola man was a powerful companion. But prior to that, Who was he? He was the leader of the army of one of the wings of the army on the day of often, and they inflicted so much
of damage. And not only that, but so many platoons and so much destruction against the Muslims and the Prophet sallallahu wasallam called his brother who was already a Muslim, and when he didn't,
and he says,
Where is coming discarded? He hasn't yet come. He hasn't yet accepted Islam. And you know what the prophet SAW Selim says, and I love the statement because it teaches me a lot. The Prophet says, Mr. Lu ha, living near Jerusalem.
Subhana Allah, a person with a brain like Harley cannot be ignorant of the fact that Islam is the correct Deen you follow that? You know what that means? If you have sound intellect, and you consider the faiths, you will realize Islam is the faith. Islam is the religion. So the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says Khalid is so intelligent, he's going to recognize that very soon.
And Holly, the meantime, while this discussion is going on, he's making his way to Madina, munawwara Subhan, Allah Subhana Allah, and he was the enemy. If, if the prophet SAW Salah wanted, he could have said, Oh, Allah destroy this man.
He could have said it, or when he came into Medina, to accept Islam, he could have said, Your Islam is not accepted. You're a crook, you're a criminal, get lost or tie him, hang him and destroy him. He could have said that, but that's not protecting. So when we have so much hatred in our hearts, for our own brothers and sisters, we are far from Allah. We are far from Allah. Remember that when you are close to allow your heart to soften, you become a person full with love and care and your do as become positive, your supplications become positive. Why? Because you're a religious person. You start looking at the positives, you want to bring people who are far away closer, but when you are
close to shape, and then you want to take people who are close out of the fold of Islam, and you say this person is not a Muslim that was not a Muslim. Why? Because you yourself have a problem with your Islam. That's the reason.
guidance. Remember my brothers and sisters Don't be Don't be deceived by shaitan making you think I am holy, and I am pious. Because when shaytan says your holy, he's speaking of holes. And when shaman says you are pious, he's speaking of the pies, sometimes the meat pies.
Yeah. shaytaan don't mean no holy and piety. Subhana Allah, it's actually the opposite. If you're close to Allah, your heart is suffering.
And go and study the surah of the Quran and the history of the prophets and the story of Rasulullah sallallahu you will find 1000s of these examples.
Allah says in the Quran
if you are hard hearted and harsh, no one would have listened to you they would have run away dispersed from around you. But Allah says it's the sign of the mercy of Allah, that you are lenient fabby ma
Indeed, it is by the mercy of Allah that you were lenient towards them. This shows you that leniency is a sign of the mercy of Allah. If Allah has mercy on you, he makes you lenient. He makes you lenient. When you want to correct your children, you are lenient. When you want to correct people around you, you are lenient. When you want to speak to people, you're not harsh with your words, people will chase you away. You know, Mashallah, today we are sitting here in large numbers. People asked me how come I said you know what, I tell you what
Bravo Salaam says be lenient with people. In fact, when he sent while dibny Jebel Abu Salah Chateau de Allahumma to Yemen. He says Masha, Allah tuna Fira, he gave them advice he says gives the people good news to chase them away.
We chase people away rather than men came to the I recall one day in one of our massages there was a young boy never comes to the masjid and he came to the masjid with his three quarters. You know, we call them bermudas what do you call them here? Three quarters, right?
So he came with these three quarters and he had a he had a T shirt with a sign at the back. Some adverts some Name something I can't remember what it was many years back. And I was so happy looking at him and I said Mashallah, look at this young man. He's come to the masjid Al Hamdulillah. And you know what? One of the elderly amounts of stuff. Get out. Get out. How could you come with a shirt? Please leave him alone. No, you don't know he's disrespecting the master. Hey, take it easy. Let him come in and read Salah. We talk to him later. Somehow we can extend him notice. And the young boy told me you see this is the reason why I don't come to the masjid.
Why? Look at this, I'm being chased away. I want to tell you when you are harsh, they will run away the Quran says that. So this, this other elderly man told me and he was okay, reasonable guy. But you see, he's living on an ideal. Sometimes he hasn't been out to see what's going on around in the world. For a young man to come to the masjid who had a law that is that is something we need to make them feel comfortable welcome, Mashallah, you are here, we're not going to do mew. But we will remind you gently again and again and again. And we become a little bit stronger as the doses go Subhana Allah, you know, you're in grade 123. When you get to grade seven, you're learning a bit
more. And by the time you get to the varsity, you're learning a lot more. So Angela, but you started in grade one. If you did not know one plus one right at the beginning, it was okay. You learnt it. But later on, you had to know what was one multiplied by one as well? Because the answer is not to its ones.
So my brothers and sisters, it's important for us to realize, we don't chase people away. Like I see when we think we're pious and we look at people and look down at them. SubhanAllah we forget that we have to pray for each other. We have to try with each other. Yes, it's important to be a good Muslim. It's very important to be a good Muslim. It is part of Islam, to dress appropriately to stay away from Iran. It's all part of the deal. It's all part and parcel of the deen. We cannot deny that but
when we are helping people to come on to that path, we need to speak to them with respect. We need to acknowledge that you know what you're trying Mashallah, may Allah make it easy for you make it easy for me to Subhana Allah. So this we learn from those stories right at the beginning, Subhana Allah Subhana Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us about Adam and Eve salatu salam, these children, they wanted to fight each other, they fought each other, they became jealous of each other and one QB Allah. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, For that reason, you know, Allah says this, immediately after those verses, he says,
For that reason, we have prescribed and revealed to
banessa the children of the Prophet jacobellis Allah,
that if you were to save one life,
it is equivalent to saving the whole of humanity. And if you were to cause the death of one person, unjustly, it is equivalent to having destroyed entire humanity.
That's what Allah says, Where is the lesson for us? You take away one life, it's as though you destroyed humanity. You save one life, it's as though you've saved humanity and for your information. Allah didn't say, whoever saves a Muslim has saved humanity. Allah says, Whoever saves a human being alive, the term used is knifes.
enough's on one hand and the other hand, woman.
On one hand, Allah says, if you were to kill a soul, you've killed humanity. And if you were to save a soul, you've saved humanity. SubhanAllah Are you ready to do that? Are
you ready to do that? If someone is struggling, are you ready to help them? If someone is drowning? Are you ready to save them without looking at who they are, where they come from? What's their background? What's their religion, what's their inclination, etc, whoever they are, they will be touched by your kindness, perhaps that deed might bring them closer to Allah.
And this is why we say if Chapin could convince the children of Adam in the first generation
To kill one another, we need to be more careful shaytan will come to us in a stronger way we are further down the ladder to make us want to fight and kill one another. Do not do that, under any circumstances don't. We're not taught to kill one another. We're taught to build.
We were sent to Earth to save lives.
It's quite clear from the Quran, Subhana Allah, and who has control over the lives it's Allah subhanho wa Taala if he wants, he could take people away and he does a lot takes the healthy away Subhana Allah, my brothers and sisters, let's move further.
I want to draw an example from the most beautiful story of use of Annie Salatu was Salam also where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of how right at the beginning.
The father who was a prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala his name was Jacob Yaqoob. Allah is Salatu was Salam. You know what he said?
He told his son Oh, my son.
You have had a dream. I don't want you to relate this dream to your brothers, because they may become jealous of you. Wow.
Have you heard that story? We've heard it see many people nodding their heads. I want to share with you something interesting.
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moving, oh, my son. Don't relate the dream you've had to your brothers because they may become jealous of you. For indeed the devil is an outright open clear enemy against you.
Which means there was a good dream he saw a good dream. And Allah tells him You don't need to tell your brothers Why bring your brothers are good but shaytan is bad. What does a man do? He makes them jealous of you. And if they become jealous, they might plot against you. You know jealousy is real. Brothers and sisters. What do I learn from this? Can I tell you where I take it? All the way to social media today? Subhan Allah, you eating Subhana Allah I did it yesterday. Subhana Allah first time I have a rule. When I'm eating no photos, I get irritated and upset because everyone thinks you know these chefs, they come here to eat, eat, eat, and that's why the shakes are quite big. You
notice, somehow? Well, I think there is an exception and there are many exceptions Mashallah, that's not true. So, when we're eating no photos, why? I don't want people to get jealous of what I eat, especially when I come to Melbourne, Masha, Allah Subhana Allah.
So no photos. You don't need to show the world what you eat. But you know what, some people have a habit. Yes, it's a different story. If you own a restaurant, or you're selling food, and you want to show people how nice it looks, and so on. So finally, you might want to show people because that's the whole aim. But what you ate, there might be people watching that, who don't have food, there might be people who start seeing how lucky she is she eats every day. And sometimes that's not exactly what you eat every day. So what we do nowadays, it's become a trend that is very, very worrying. And that is before we eat, take a picture put it up. So there's like three times we post
during the day food. What is it? Breakfast, lunch supper, so much so that if we missed one, our friends asked, ask us a question. Haven't you had lunch yet? So had Allah haven't had lunch yet? That's what's happening. So Pamela, so my rule is, don't ever put pictures of food up for myself. Yesterday, I decided to put it on my Insta story because you know, the HSP was introduced to me, and it was just too good. You know? So I said Nah, this is going up. And and I heard the story about how it came to about being and Mashallah we were at a place called, I think it's called Rick's something down the Rick's kebab corner or something.
And the brother Ibrahim's there was he's a salesman and a half. Mashallah. So Hamdulillah, he, he made something that was really, really tasty. And guess what happened? I took a picture of me with this thing here. And that's not normal. Look at how I got carried away. So Hannah law, and I posted it on the Insta story. And I knew I told brother Carrie, who was with me, I said, You know what? I can tell you my wife's gonna message me just now telling me take it off. And I've not even five minutes passed and I got an email. I got a message on WhatsApp, remove that now.
And I said, Okay, I love you more than the food. So I'll take it off.
I'm talking about last night. Some of you might have seen that. Actually, you know that. And I thought to myself, it's so true. If you learn something from super useful, you don't need to show people the nice things.
happen all the time? No. I'm showing people my food to eat it and let it go. So how Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease Have you realized one thing about food? The moment you put it in your mouth, it's over. It's over meaning that it's yours and nobody else's panela
May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us goodness they say that it's we were making a noise outside I think we should decrease the volume outside the Sharla and I will be speaking for a few more minutes and then I'll close Do you know how long I've spoken for what do you think those who haven't looked at the clock? Yeah. If you haven't looked at the clock Tell me
I've spoken for 55 minutes Mashallah five minutes remaining. inshallah, supposed to speak for an hour, but it's okay. So So can allow my brothers and sisters, let's get back to the point. You know, we don't need to show boast and brag about all the things that we have because it can create jealousy and hatred amongst us. It can create jealousy and hatred. From the people who are unsuspecting, you didn't even mean that. But this is why we say you don't have to boast and brag and show off. I learned this from other money. Salatu was Salam from UCLA. Salatu was Salam the advice that his father gave him, don't relate it to your brothers because you know what they might become
jealous of you guess what they did? They did become jealous of him, because he related it to them. Sometimes we don't listen to advice. See, that tells you don't do this and you say okay, and then you go and do it. And when you go and do it, you pay the price. Allah Subhana Allah to Allah help us and grant us so this evening what I tried to do here is to draw lessons from some of the stories of other money salatu salam coming down I wanted to actually go into a little bit more but you know, I I just let it flow as it as it flowed. And I thought perhaps I'd stop when the hour passes. So I'm sure we've we can take home quite a bit of this inshallah we learn to soften ourselves for the sake
of Allah. I end with the same piece of advice I gave right at the beginning, my brothers and sisters, the best from amongst us is he or she, who's actually the most conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So please become as conscious as you can have the almighty work hard and strive towards worshipping the almighty alone in a manner that will please him when you fulfill your Salah do so willingly. You know people say I'm reading Salah because I have to try and get to a stage where you're reading it because you want to and see your life change.
And I love Allah because he's given me everything I have, and concentrate on the things you HAVE NOT on what you don't have. What you don't have is very small compared to what you do have. So we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to make us from those who are grateful.
And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to gather us again in sha Allah in Melbourne. And we asked him to gather us again agenda to the dose Mashallah, Mashallah my brothers and sisters. It's been awesome. It's been very very hot here but I didn't really feel the heat much because everyone's face has been like an air conditioned. You know what? They asked me Do you want a fan? I said, Well, I think they're about 2000 fans here so it's okay German, Allah Subhana Allah Allah forgive us. That was just a joke anyway, this akula Heroku Cody haha Salalah wa salam o barik ala nabina Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.