Channel: Mufti Menk
Masjid Shafa’ah, Singapore
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam O Allah Allah Muhammad Ali Al amin Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi.
We always start by praising Allah Subhana Allah to Allah we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, we ask Allah to bless them all and to bless every single one of us. I'm sure you're seated here for quite a while and I'm sure you feel the heat slightly less than I do, but Al Hamdulillah We ask Allah to bless you all. I'm so humbled by seeing such large numbers sitting so uniformly Mashallah. And perhaps like I was told from quite a while. So forgive me if we have delayed slightly as far as I was sure it was supposed to be immediately after Salah to Asia. So we asked Allah Subhana Allah, Allah to accept it from us, my
brothers and sisters, our hearts are united, we actually love one another for the sake of Allah. I feel it and I hope you do. Because when I see a Muslim brother or sister, I have a feeling in my heart immediately that I share the Shahada with this brother or this system, and that is what is my starting point. And to be honest, this is what we are taught by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So before I get into anything, I just know that we have a strong bond. The strongest bond I have with you is Shahada. Do you not declare La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, do you not declare? To Allah Allah Illallah Muhammad as
well So do I, and that makes me a brother of yours and you are a sister of mine? And Subhana Allah, I love you for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala? And do you know what when we talk about unity, that word unity, we need to try and look at what it means because a lot of us don't even know what it means. Some people think it means we need to think exactly the same. We need to do everything exactly the same. And we need to have everything all together at one. So we must all be under one form of understanding and so on. That's not necessarily correct. In fact, that is not correct. So Pamela, you will never ever have two people who think exactly the same. So what is it that unity is
all about? Well law if you take a look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how when he arrived in Madina, munawwara the people were factions that were fighting each other, but they stopped fighting each other
because of the help of Allah. Allah says we brought the hearts together Mashallah wish that happened at the beginning.
But don't worry, I'm united with you my brother.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala says we brought our hearts together, what I love
and indeed, it is a love abroad, the hearts their hearts together. If you
had spent the whatever was in the earth on the earth to try and bring them together, you would not be able you would not have been able to do that. But it is Allah subhanho wa Taala who brought the hearts together who brought them together. So they stopped fighting and they stopped swearing each other and they understood that we have something to follow. And that is the deal. That is the Quran and the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and Subhana Allah
what is quite clearly understood from that is
that we do have this belief in us that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah today we are talking of it within the oma within the oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam so
just forgive me for a minute Yeah, I think this is slightly it's making me lose my concentration.
It's just the fluctuation up and down that's that's what's disturbing. It's not I don't mind if it's higher, I don't mind if it's low. But if it's up and down if you fix me, okay, I'm also just a human like, you know, Subhan Allah.
But Mashallah brother I love you still, you know, you're my brother. I don't find you I'm not upset with you, whoever's doing this Mashallah you still my best friend inshallah.
So, Subhana Allah, it's amazing how the hearts The heart is the place where hatred comes from, where jealousy comes from, where the feeling comes from sorting out and you will be united in the real sense and then
does not mean you will read Salah the same way. No Does it mean that you will perhaps believe exactly the same detail like everybody else, there is room and scope for difference of opinion. You know, the man and the scholars of faith also they respected each other in a great way. They have differences of opinion, the Sahaba of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the companions had differences of opinion, but they loved each other, they respected each other. Today, we have a small difference and we hate each other, really, that we will say don't even greet this man. I know of a person who spotted me just because I told him Salaam Alaikum, he spotted me. And I looked at him, I
said, Yeah, Allah forgive the man, I'm not going to be like that, I actually still care for him, if he were to drop right now. And I'd be the first one to go and help him. And if he were to lose blood and needed it, and that was my blood type, I'm perhaps would have donated a pint to him if I was able to. And then he might say, oh, sorry for splitting. But that's what it is. You need to break this string of hating each other hatred for what we are brothers in the deal. And we have a starting point. I might dislike the deed that you are doing but you are my brother. Like I say you might hate a deed and action. But the reality is understand this is your brother today we have everyone thinks
differently. Your children think differently from you, your brothers and sisters think differently. Your parents think differently. your uncles and aunts think differently. Your spouse thinks differently and definitely your in laws are like far apart. Do you know that? May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us, but that does not mean we are not united with Him, really we care for them, we stand up for them, we will not say words that will hurt them, we will not mean in ways that will cause a problem we won't words that you know insulting abusive words, no, even if I have a problem and I want to discuss it, I should do so in a very humane way in a proper responsible, respectful way. My
brother, this is what I seen. Now from what I learned this is what it is, please explain to me what you have learned and when it correctly you will maintain the dignity of a person and you will be able to understand the discuss put your viewpoint across and at the end of the day. They may disagree with you. So what they disagree, but at least now they know where you stand, and they will come when whoever was really correct the other will perhaps acknowledge or at least appreciate that particular viewpoint May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us so going back to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam at that time that you were fighting and Allah says it was me it is me It is Allah
subhanho wa Taala who brought the hearts together? So point number one my brothers and sisters make dua to Allah ask Allah to bring the hearts together. ask Allah Allah Houma Yama, Caliban kulu kulu banality Allah
in whose hands lies the turning of the hearts
make our hearts steadfast upon the deen make it steadfast you know that is?
wala Fie. kulu Bina
man, Oh Allah, those who have believed before us. And those who are believers don't allow the ill feeling in our hearts to be to overtake us or Allah, Ill feeling towards them do not allow it to overtake us. Because if you allow in feeling for someone who's a believer to overtake you, then you have a problem, then you have an issue. Then you start swearing, you start disrespecting, you start uttering swiping words, and you will cause problems where people start fighting with one another. That's the main thing. So what we want to call for is to stop fighting with one another today we have really the ship that is drowning, the ship that is sinking, let's say and we are still debating
and arguing and fighting with each other whether or not we should see the hole that is causing the water to come in. How foolish and some are actually saying no make a bigger hole. That's what's going on. So we need to understand today we have so many challenges facing us externally, how dare we create internal issues, we will be wiped out completely there will be no mention of us if Allah subhanho wa Taala was but it's the favor of Allah that has kept us alight and kept us going. There are some of us become despondent. Do you know I have seen when scholars bicker with each other, you find young people saying I don't want to go to the masjid anymore. Why? Oh, that Imam says don't
listen to the other one. And this one says that one is this and that one says this one is like that. And that's the whole thing we're listening to all the time. Where are those who are presenting something positive for their people? Where are those who are encouraging their people to be better? Where are those who realize the challenges that people are going through and guiding them in a beautiful way to say listen, come through even if it means inch by inch?
We are the
Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and bless us. So if you think unity means you need to think the same, then you are not united with your own spouse, your children and your parents. You don't think the same. And if you think you need to actually be synchronized in every single way. And that's what you
Unity means then you don't even know what it means. But if you understand that unity in reality would mean to try your best to obey the instruction of Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May peace be upon him and to understand something important that when you have differences, they should be based on something solid. And at the same time, when someone thinks differently from you Do not insult them because insulting will create warfare. It will create the heart hatred in it. That's what happens. Once there's hatred in the heart. Forget about me greeting you, my brother. I walk in here Salam aleikum, people, this guy here, you think I'm going to reply that Salam I don't
want? Who does he think he is? I just heard him moments ago insulting me and insulting that one and this one. Why? Why do we need to insult people in order to survive? If that's the case, we believe me, we are on the wrong path. Never did Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam insult in that way never know. His heart was so clean that even the enemies of Islam, he was so mindful of trying to get the beautiful message across to them in a nice way that he tried from the beginning to the end, so much so that even when he came into Makkah, as a victorious person, Nabhi of Allah subhanho wa Taala coming into muckety muck around, and he was coming with a huge army into Mecca. And he tells the
people of our age. And these were the enemies they had usurped, they had killed the Muslim and they had taken their wealth they did so much in terms of atrocity and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam knew that if you want to bring the hearts together, then follow the instruction of Allah what was the instruction of Allah will listen to it? It came in the form of a question Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asks his people and he says yeah, Mashallah Polish people of polish.
You know what you've done, don't you? Yes, you've killed you've done this. You've done that you've made you've tortured, you have stolen, you have taken, you have written you have made armies to come and attack and you've done so much in terms of harm.
Even become, what do you think I'm going to do today? What do you think? Now obviously, they know that this is an honest man. He's a beautiful man. He's got a good heart. They know everything. They know that even the walls, he tried his best to avoid them. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam tried his best to avoid them. But sadly, you know, the wealth that was usurped by the people of Makkah, and the land that was usurped, and the people that were killed in whatever they had done, that this had to come back to the Muslim if your house is stolen, and you go back to retrieve it, it does not make you a warmonger, it makes you a person who wants justice. So now they said, Well, we have good
hope. Obviously, they have good hope. Because obviously you are a good man. And you come from a noble family lineage. Now suddenly, my lineage is good, isn't it? There was a time when he wanted to fight so on but now they know. So what did he say? He says,
Go you are all free today. No retribution. I tell you the same statement that the Prophet Joseph May peace be upon him. Yusuf Alayhi Salam told his brothers law three, no retribution upon you today. Nothing. You can go and it's over. That's what it is. How many of us can do that with our own brothers and family members? Can you even tell your brother look, you know what you have usurped? You took my money. You took my wealth. You cheated me? You made me do this. You made me do that real things. And you say but I want to tell you here's a big hug. You are my brother. I forgive you. It's over. Let's start today and you leave. Can you even do that? We cannot do it to our own real Blood
Brothers Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam doing it to punish those who fought them.
That's why he's in the beat. That's why he's dying. That's why we have to say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam made the Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him once we hear his name. Because look at the example he made for us. And this is when people were united. Allah says, as Allahu
Allah is all capable and all able, and he Allah will. This is what I was saying, if Allah wills obviously, Allah says Allah will create between you and your enemy, love, how beautifully worded and Allah says, Allah is all evil, he can do that. And he will do that. And he did it. Look at Abu sufian, the enemy of Islam, and he became a brother in Islam, look at the enemy who actually was one of the leaders of the army often, which inflicted a lot of damage and harm upon the muslimeen but it was this forgiveness. It was the purity of the heart. The man came through and says oh messenger, I have a clean heart. And the messenger obviously had the cleanest of hearts and his companions had
the cleanest of us. This is why even when they differ in opinion, they were looked at as a united oma united.
But today's from Hannah law because I read Salah in one way and you read it in another
Way, for example, and suddenly I don't want to greet you What happened? Is it No, these people are a stranger, a stranger. Okay, there is something, are you going to greet the man? Are you going to maybe discuss in a beautiful way? Listen, brother, I saw you doing this, you know, how come it was done, he may have an explanation. And sometimes you might not really have an explanation, because he's just a layman. And he's following what he has learned. So if you would like to educate, there is no ways you're going to educate, through disseminating, or should I say through propagating hatred, you won't, you need to propagate the love the feeling that we have for one another. That's
the starting point. Today, I want to give you one example, seated here, we have different colors and different races, different sizes, different inclinations, people following different methods and so on. Mashallah, we are brothers, we are sisters. But today, if for example, something had to happen outside that affected as say, there was a strong wind that blew and we all were being blown off to the side. Would it become relevant who you are? No, we would rush to the help of anyone who is affected. Right now. If there was mela protect us or if there was a huge accident outside the door there. We would rush to help them even if they were non Muslims. Do you agree? And if you don't,
there is a problem. I would I would stop my talk, cancel it, perhaps and go and assist because something big has happened. And I wouldn't ask Brother, you know what, tell me something. Are you a gay? I need to know that before I help you.
It's got nothing to do with me. Believe me, I need to help this human being. We rise above issues because of the emergency. And that is what Allah has taught us to save a life even if an animal is of merit. What about a human being?
The Quran says you save one life, it didn't speak about a Muslim. You save one life It is as though you have saved entire humanity. That's what the law says, woman
whoever has saved the life obviously the terminology used would mean to give the life but the move Assyrian have explained obviously the giver of life is Allah here what is being referred to also is one who has saved one life. He's equivalent to a person or similar in reward to He who has saved humanity at large. It shows life is sacred. A man comes with his lifespan. Let him live the lifespan in its full because some way through the lifespan, he will perhaps get that guidance. Who knows even last minute, you know, there are websites that tell you last minute.com The reason is some people last minute they decide to do things may Allah grant us goodness. So with us guidance also a person
can be doing bad deeds for many years there is a Hadith, which says then right towards the end, they do some good deeds, and they turn in Toba and repentance and Allah grants them paradise. Have you heard that? That's a narration you are nodding your heads which means yes, we have if that is the case, come on. Why do you spit at such a person? Why do you have to start creating hatred against such people? It's not the person Believe me sometimes it's an action.
I give you one simple example a drunkard Say for example, a person has a child may Allah safeguard all of us and May Allah cure all those who are intoxicants. Who should I say hooked on to intoxicants. Believe me You can unhook yourself. You can unhook yourself but you need to be strong. You know, we don't like the deed. But really we have hope in you which Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease. So what I'm saying if a person has a child who is addicted on to a drug or on to for example, alcohol, something intoxicating. May Allah subhanho wa Taala say I mean
I tell you something.
That's your child. You love your child. Now you are in a fixed because you know you are a parent. So how do you treat the child? Do you start spitting at them picking them up throwing them out but it's over? They made it they made a mistake. For example, first time they came to you, you talk to them, you engage them in beautiful discussion, my son You know what, this is very bad, and so on. It might be your fault because that you will never ever there for him. So he result he resorted to his friends and so on. They gave him the wrong advice. This is why we say you might need to share the blame as well. But you engage him you love him you try with him. You go with him to the hospital.
You take him there you take him there you somewhere else you try to rehabilitate him. You give him another for example, chance and the third one and the fourth one and you try your best and you spend money. Why? Because he's your son but what is he doing? He is doing something absolutely unacceptable. Do you spit at him every time? Do you swear him? Do you have this hatred, you are united with the child of yours in what in the goodness but you don't like the bad but the way you are handling it is such that your unity as a family is intact, it's maintained. You are still part of the family but we have a big problem in our family and we are dealing with it that does not make
you just united
and this is why we tell people you know in the normal
day to day things when you want to shove your opinion down the throats of the others you create a feeling in the heart that makes people not want to associate with you at all. And that's what nowadays people turn disunity. So you have a home for example mother must decide what happens to her daughters in law all of them come on, come on, relax, Mother You have your days Subhana Allah May Allah grant us ease you want to come for eat we are more than happy but one of the day one of the years you want to go for eat to your in laws we are not going to call you a sellout they are also human beings go for into your in laws. No problem Allah grant us is sometimes they also want to see
their daughter don't take but some people know you're a son, you must stand up you don't know you can't be a chicken. That's the type of statements we hear what type of unity Do we want in a home? Why do you want to impose your view? Like I know of people who are fighting over breakfast and the time of breakfast? So people say 630 You must all be here and the daughter in law says But hang on. I don't want to be here at 630 No, you must. Okay what's happening is Hitler or someone you know I don't understand what's going on. Are you like sort of you know, putting forward something if that's the case, you're gonna have a broken home where everyone is sitting together but their hearts are
far apart. This is why sometimes when you are far apart physically your hearts are nearer Have you noticed that your son is gone in some way of studying far away he's married in another country. You don't know why he's there he might be there running away from you. But he's one far away married somewhere else and he phones you every day mom I love you I care for you, his wife phones, you Okay, what's going on? You know, you might Skype with a little kids and you're so happy. But believe me if you were living together you would not have managed you would not have managed sometimes. So this is why I believe that when you give people their freedom, especially in matters of you know social
then inshallah your hearts will be closer. But the minute you try to impose what you want, you know, I like to eat, for example, this food that all of you are going to eat it, you have a problem, they will eat it, but they will just be looking at you all along, saying you know what, we don't even like this person behind your back, they will have bad words to say. Hence the disunity is spread. And when I say that this unity is spread starting from the core, the core, the home, your own children, your parents who can Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us May he opened our doors. So it's very important for us to understand that unity is not really to be able to think the same
and to be synchronized in every single way. But it is to be able to understand how to live with one another, and how to tolerate each other's differences and how to live by them and with them, and how to deal with them positively in an in a way that the person can understand when they are doing wrong, that I am doing wrong, but this person actually cares for me. And therefore it will make them feel like wanting to change, it will make them feel like wanting to change whereas if you just rule out the person completely swearing and you have this hatred in your heart for them, do you really think they will even want to lend you an ear, they won't even want to listen to you why because you
are cursing them. You have such a hatred that there is no greeting between the two of you. Now let's safeguard us and I want you to change attitudes if there anyone from us who doesn't greet people just because of petits Believe me learn to greet that itself is a drop May peace be upon you could solve your problems.
Learn to greet even if someone acts funny and doesn't want to greet you greet them, no problem. And even if someone responds in a very bad way,
excuse them, you have something higher that you are standing for. Excuse them. You know, I didn't understand what this meant a few years back now we understand you excuse people for their silly behavior. Because the minute you don't excuse them to deal with them, you have to become silly as well. Believe me, a man spits at you so you spit back What happened? You did exactly the same. When did you teach him a model? Where did you promote unity you actually just fuel the fire. He started the fire and you just added some fuel into it. But if he starts a fire and you just blow it out by your character, I had someone who actually swore me big swear words and I just looked at him and I
looked at him like a madman and I smiled so broad. He actually said
you know they say whatever, you know, Allah protect us because he swore me and I just did.
And I just looked at him
and he wouldn't sweat again. Well now he can't because you know why? He cannot The reason is I'm just smiling.
Like what happened to me once as well. I was driving busy driving right now Mashallah here Everything seems to be in order. But I was driving back home Mashallah in Zimbabwe, and so, I happen to put my indicator Now sometimes people are so discourteous that when you put your indicated to change a name, they intentionally speed up to say I'm not giving you space. I don't know if you've seen that. It happens a lot in some countries, not in Singapore inshallah. Okay, but you Sorry, I don't know.
Okay, so the truth is I put my indicator we tried to turn and people are quickly rushing. So then I had to make a move because I needed to turn left. So I also decided, let's just, you know, barge in slightly and put people in such a corner that they will have to give me away. And this man starts booting. And he started honing, and you know, and he was making fingers and so on, and everything was happening. And I'm just so cool. And then he pulls up next to my car, and he keeps on, you know, sweating and keeps on and he's in a rage only for a lane change, which would not have even meant 30 seconds delay for him. But that was him. Now, how many of us do I think some of us do to be honest
with you? Let's be honest, we get so angry, why can't you see I'm driving a better car than yours. You're not supposed to have done that. If you had a big Rolls Royce, I would have stopped, stopped all the traffic behind said go forward making mela projectors.
So I decided at that time to just look at him and do the trick. You know, what's the big smile at him? And I opened my window. So he opened his window, thinking he's going to be able to scream and yell. I said, Hey, guys, what's happening, man, you're right. And he looks at me and he says,
Are you okay? I said, I'm fine, man. By the way, thanks for letting me in man. It was really courteous of you, man.
And then he started laughing. He realized, you know what, I made a crock of myself a fool of myself. But this is what goes on. And this is when sometimes these little things cause problems because they start a huge issue. And you know what road rage is it can end in in killing. May Allah protect us. I know, back in South Africa, where people have shot at others, just because something of this nature happened, you know? And Allah says, Goddess, if this is the case, where are we look at your own heart. And this is why we say you want to change the world, when it starts off by changing yourself, change your attitude. And you know what, when people swear at you, the best thing you could do is
ignore them. And the second best thing you could do is if you can engage them in something beautiful, but sometimes they don't want to be engaged at that time. So you excuse them and rise above it by breaking the circle. You know, today we are in an age of technology. So we tried to learn Islam and we tried to learn how to lead a good life. So now you have you just being inspired Mashallah and you just you know, getting a good message and so on. And suddenly you go on Facebook and Twitter and wherever else and you see someone writing a big bad you know, article about someone whom you really look up to, and they say, Oh, this person is Australian, they're like this and that
that will happen for every single person you try and benefit from without exception. I don't know of one person who nobody has spoken bad about him over.
Can I ask you a question? You can raise your hand and show me the answer? Okay, ask you the question. Listen to the question.
Okay, Mashallah, we yesterday we had a vehicle today we've got another one. s g s 3454. p, you need to move your car right now.
And guess what? The whole world knows about your vehicle. So
some kind of lie, you're so lucky that that car's value has just increased by maybe 100,000 but SGS 3454 b we pray for you really we do if you stand up in the middle of us will be so proud of you.
I wish someone can actually stand up my brother give you a big hug you can come right here right now.
And you can come back and
you know this is something that is really I'm passionate about SGS 3454 p my brother the cow he came with a new show. This is not the question No it's not. It's not
it isn't but whoever it is, don't be sad inshallah you stand up Mashallah. And, you know, walk out and Subhanallah you get a prayer from us. May Allah bless you, your family, your offspring, may ease your issues me cleans your heart, maybe some kind of love me, he opened your doors in every single way. And everyone is just I mean, haven't we
all know, that's a problem. You know why? Tomorrow people will park the car intentionally together.
May Allah bless us all my brothers and sisters that do eyes for all of us, even those who are listening to us and even those who will listen later on. I mean,
you know, this is what I mean the the way you tell people things sometimes can make him do even sometimes can make them freeze and say I'm not great no matter what happens, they can move the car. I'm too embarrassed to get up. But sometimes you can tell people you know what you can get up inshallah, and we pray for you. What about the prayer? Do you want it? And this is why sometimes you have a person whose car it is not. And he gets up and just looks at everyone, thank you
and walks out.
So getting back to what we were saying I was asking you a question.
If nobody has spoken bad about you
Your life Raise your hand.
I see one hand in the back, Masha Allah Subhana Allah you are such a saint, my brother. Nobody has ever spoken bad about you in your entire life. Wow, what a big achievement Mashallah, to be honest with you, maybe he didn't understand exactly what I asked.
Would you like to raise your hand again? Nobody's ever said anything bad about you in your life, put your hand up. Mashallah, what a brilliant man we learn from you in Sharla. We take we we draw inspiration from you, the bulk of us 99.999% of us. We have had people who talk bad about us, they have something to say from a young age, that's allas plan, they will say things that are ugly, a test for two categories of people or more. One is for you. Two is for them. And three, perhaps is for the onlookers, like myself or yourself. Someone says something terrible about you. It's a test for me. Well, I believe it or not, it's a test for you. Why have you said it? And it's a test for
the onlookers? Will they believe it or not? What will they do? Do they just take it and then miss their lives up? The best thing you could do just clean your heart. If it is something that does not really directly bother you, forget about it, ignore it, because you have a real life to live and forget about living the lives of others, you have your own one life. And number two, if it really does bother you find out first and make sure if you could not be bothered to find out believe me you are not worth worrying about that matter.
And sometimes common logic will tell you You know what, these people are just jealous or these people are just saying things or these people are like this and like that they just creating disunity, I tell you why. Because when your heart has been opened to this type of gossip in a way that the seed of hatred is sown in it, it is going to grow into a big tree of hatred that will result in real disunity where you won't even be able to look at another person
and it all stemmed because of a bad statement.
So can Allah
Nelson Mandela to Allah bless us all May Allah subhanho wa Taala contrast is that was opposed a beautiful Singaporean pose Mashallah.
And you know what, that was Mashallah. My little boxes, Malaysian Airlines, Panama.
My brothers and sisters, as I say, we need to understand the depth of Islam. Islam is a religion that has swept across the globe, everywhere you go, there are Muslims. But the difficulty is today we are in an era where
amongst us we have greater issues then anyone from outside can create for us why because we have stopped looking at each other with the eye of caring with the eye of genuineness you need to be genuine. And this is why go back to the Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says a deal naseeha.
A Dino anoxia. The Ola and mohabbatein have said that this hadith is one of the most important Hadith in the whole of Islam. And so much so that it has been termed as a quarter of your faith. What is a quarter of your faith? A Dino naseeha some people who don't know the language properly and they don't understand they say it means that religion is to give advice to one another. That's not what it means no ways and most does not mean to give advice alone. No. Because then he was asked Lehman jasola Who should we? You know, what is this? naseeha for for whom is it? And he said the first thing is for Allah. That doesn't mean you advise Allah No. So it doesn't mean Dinis advice.
What does it mean? It means Deen is to be to be true, to be true to Allah, to be sincere, to be genuine, to have a love and care for for Allah. To start with. I am true to Allah. So I will not worship anyone but him. I am true to Allah. So I will learn his names and attributes. I am true to Allah so I will obey His instruction. I am true to Allah. So I will abstain from prohibition. I am true to Allah. So I will struggle and strive throughout my life to become a better person whom Allah will love in return as well.
That is truthfulness to Allah. Then he says when he was truly when he kitabi and truthfulness to his book, which means the Koran, and that is something powerful in this hadith. The term keytab is mentioned before the term rhassoul Do you know that in one of the most common narration, the law when it kitabi surely that's what he says. So he says truthfulness to Allah. We spoke about that. Then he says, truthfulness to his book. What is the book The Quran? How many of us are true to the Quran? I won't ask you to answer the question publicly, but I will ask you some counter questions that you can answer in your own heart. Have you ever read the full meaning of the Quran cover to
cover if not become true to the Quran.
become true to the word of Allah you still need to read the book. Have you ever tried to understand the Quran cover to cover if not become true to the Quran. Don't be false towards the Quran be genuine acknowledge don't only say it's the word of Allah acknowledge it is the word of my maker, the one who made me it is his calamity is the most important speech ever, ever, ever more important than the few minutes we are spending together here this evening? More important than that, believe me is the word of Allah. It is the Divine Word. You need to learn how to recite it correct. But as important is to learn its meaning and what did Allah tell you? You don't even know and you've lived
the life you are now 50 years old, 60 years old. How can we achieve that unity and goodness and purity of the heart, genuineness, truthfulness and the good feeling. Allah protect us. You need to learn the Quran, you will understand. Then he says after he says Be true to the Quran, be sincere to the Quran, have a love towards the Quran. He says.
While you're assuming he and you need to have that genuine feeling towards the messenger, you need to have the genuine feeling towards the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May peace be upon him by doing what obey these instructions, respect him, honor him. sallallahu alayhi wasallam the best of creation, believe that he is the last of all Nabhi understand that his message is a completion of that which Moses and Jesus May peace be upon them both. And all the messengers came with
believe that it is the last testament you understand it is the most authentic book in existence today. I had a man come to me and said you know what? That's not the book of God. So I told him, okay, you tell me. What is the book of God, which is the book of God?
Is there any book more authentic than this? And he said, No. So you're trying to tell me there's no book of God?
He says, I don't know. I say thank you. That's a good enough answer. Why? Because at least now you changed your tune and your tone from when you started.
When you started you said it's not when you ended a few sentences later, you said I don't know. Well, that's a big achievement. Do you know that? It is soon you will know love Akbar. Allah grant us ease and goodness. So this is why we say that it is the most authentic the most genuine book on Earth, the most widely memorized book ever, ever. Have you ever thought of that? And that's a challenge. That's a global challenge you and I know that the most widely memorized book ever. That's the word of a lie. I have no doubt at all. It's the word of my maker to handle Ah, but am I true to it?
Now I was saying true to the messenger. We love him. But love of the messenger is not just by town. That's the problem.
And this is the difficulty we have amongst one another. This unity is caused by lack of genuineness we say I love you but we don't
it happens you know people look at you and smile.
I said this yesterday and they smiling so broad and you wondering oh this brother Mashallah. Mashallah, and you're giving him a genuine hug. And then as you're hugging, and the knife comes into your back? Ah, what happened here, man.
That's what's going on in the Muslim oma today. backstabbing. We backstab our own family members are those in our community, those who attend the same Masjid those who perhaps are around in our own society, we backstab them so badly that when we greet them, we make like we are the long lost buddies. Be careful, my brothers and sisters, be careful, do not do it to someone else, lest it is done to you. Start the trend of learning to be genuine to one another. You love one another person, the Prophet sallallahu sallam, when he was upset, you could see it in his face immediately. He was genuinely when he was happy, you could see it in his face.
He does. His
description of my beloved, our Beloved Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. When he was happy, his face lit up as though it was a portion of the moon.
Beautiful Subhan Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but it's not enough to say I love him. And what we're doing is far away from what he told very far, very, very far away. We don't not even bother. So people say oh, the messenger, they are fighting for him but they don't read Salah. Not at all. Come on. be genuine. Fulfill your Salah when you say something, put your money where your mouth is Subhana Allah in other words, that means do what you are saying you would like to do? Yeah levena No, limit aku
Allah says, Oh you who believe? Why do you say that which you don't do? One? That is a great sin in the eyes of Allah. So we need to change that we need to be from amongst those who do what we say. If I say something, I love him, then I will do and I will prove it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who love Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam truly
You love him truly Can I tell you what will happen?
You become a calm person listen to this very important very, very important point. When you love Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam truly and you want to emulate and you know, fulfill his style and everything that he has done the way he did he, you become a calm person, very calm, and you your agitation
is put aside.
calm person. So this is why when you get people who only have hatred, and they only, you know, spit out venom, which means the words that come out of their mouths are dirty and hot, you must know they are far away from the sooner
you need to know this. It's a fact the reason is, he would never ever spit out venom, he would never be abusive. He even said a moment a believer is not abusive. He does not use insulting words. That's what Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam said, so we are believers May Allah forgive us where we have gone wrong, but from today we don't go wrong inshallah we try our best and if we do falter, we come quickly back onto the path. That's the way that is how you achieve this unity. You get the bone in your community, what's the point of talking of the whole world getting together when in our society we don't even want to be Salah because this man here perhaps you know what he does a little bit
differently from me. What's going on man? Subhana Allah, you read Salah Allah will accept it. Allah knows the Hadith is read Salah behind all. You know the one who is
as the hadith of rasulillah salam speaks if a person is a sinful person, the sin is against him. Your Salah in sha Allah is done for in salute.
What Assad bufala kumala if they have read salah and it was valid and correct, it is for you and for them. And if they have read salah and something happened and they were wrong, that wrong is between them and Allah but your Salah is valid. That's the Hadith in Bukhari, Allah subhanho wa Taala Countess ease and goodness, but people want to spit out dirty words and these dirty words, do you know what they are a CD, if you allow them in your heart, it starts growing into a tree and then you start hating at and this is why they say haters are people who are not happy themselves. They have something wrong in their own lives. You have ancient there's something wrong with you Come on. It's
about time you understood, we are not saying that you you should not correct people who are wrong No. But there is a way of doing things, there is a time and place to do things. And there is a method that you need to understand. The Quran speaks about Hickman oduro, ala sebenar bakeable achema. One.
Call towards the path of your Lord with the greatest of wisdom and the most beautiful of speech call towards Allah in a beautiful way you understand the temperament and mindset of the people understand the environment, understand the age, call them in a beautiful way that they feel like coming towards Allah don't just do people so that they feel we already belong to the devil. We are already citizens of jahannam. All we waiting for is the passport to protect us.
But that's how some people make us feel. And believe me, it will happen to all of us. The point I was raising at the beginning is or a little bit earlier is that it will happen to every single one of us where people will attack us people will say bad things about us. Don't react in the wrong way react by rising above that matter and issue. You can tackle it in a beautiful way. And if you don't know remain silent, keep quiet. I'll give you an example. You see when money I'm Mary the mother of Jesus made peace be upon them both.
When she was pregnant, obviously this pregnancy was miraculous, from Allah subhanho wa Taala we know that Jesus made peace be upon him was born without a father.
He was born miraculously. So when his mother was pregnant, and she did not know how to face the people, what did Allah Allah,
Allah says, remain silent. Keep quiet. Just point
in order to manage. So
if someone asked you someone says something, just say, I'm fasting. I'm not speaking to anyone. That's it. So what happened? She was instructed to point at the child, Allah solve the problem in some way. The same happened to zecharia May peace be upon him. When the old man's wife was expecting he was embarrassed when he was embarrassed. Allah says don't speak for three days. Just silence That's it, keep quiet resolve the problem. But with us, someone says something. And we say two words. They said one word, we reply with two words double.
We created a bigger problem. And then they hate us and we hate them. You know what, try this out. I'm going to tell you something that worked with me.
Sometimes you have a person who really hates because of ignorance, a lot of the times they don't know you, that's that's the truth. And sometimes, you know, it might be that they have a misunderstanding, whatever it is really hateful, and words are so bad. If you have an opportunity to actually meet them, and to actually sit with them and talk to them a little bit. They regret it.
Do you know that they regret Why? Because you broke it, you broke the ice number one. And number two is you prove to them that whatever you were saying is actually wrong. It's actually wrong. So they regret it. It's happened to so many people with me that sometimes people think you know what's happening this guy here listen, nothing. You don't know me. You haven't yet come into my life. You haven't yet interacted with me? How can you do that? If I haven't interacted with you? The first thing I need to know is brother, I share the shadow with you. I love you. That's it. My sister, you are my sister, I promise you, and I really care for you. And I mean, that Subhan Allah. Allah
blesses. So you talk to a person and you break the ice, it's normal man loves to be explained something to in most cases, if I were to talk to you, even if you have something bad in your heart against me, but I talk to you and I greet you and I give you importance, something will tell you in no ways what I believe is actually wrong, man, this man, you know, he respects me, he gave me so much of importance. And he's actually not so not, you know, as bad as I thought he was. And there will come a time when you think No, he's not even bad. He's actually a good guy, a decent person. May Allah help us because sometimes shavon the devil makes us hate one another for nothing, just so
that we can fight each other. Be careful.
So my brothers and sisters, let me give you a few examples very quickly, very quickly. You know, if you take a look at so often, Emily, Allah makes mention of something beautiful, insalata number, you know what it is? The end.
The whole surah is named after the ends. Why? I believe one of the biggest lessons we can learn is the benefit of unity. Unity, look at the unity of the ants I want to explain.
One small ant noticed Solomon King Solomon May peace be upon him the Prophet Suleiman alayhis salam coming with his entire army. So the end, what did he do? It didn't say, let me quickly look at my friends and call them out. And the rest of them go to hell, you can die.
The End did not do that. You know what the answer is?
It's so this army coming? immediately called out? Yeah, I
know, my Sakina come. Oh, and I'm calling out to all of you. Those who agree with me those who don't those who are my friends, those who don't? Those who might think like me, and those who don't those who think I'm waffling and telling the tale and those who don't. Everyone I'm calling out to you. I have a warning to issue all of you. What is it? Enter your homes.
Now, obviously, if someone tells you brother go home, now you want to ask me but why am I right?
But sometimes we just have to say why before you finish the sentence. He's at home. Now law protect us. You didn't understand me, but I'll handle it.
So the truth is,
the end is telling the rest of the answer.
He doesn't wait for the chance to say why he says.
So a man and his army do not trample all over you and they won't even know and realize because you are so small and insignificant, you will be gone. So all of you enter the homes and Sulaiman Allah blessed him with the ability to understand that. So immediately he stopped, and he stopped his entire army because of one end, and he looks back at his army. And then he thanks Allah, and he says, oh, ally, thank you for having given me the ability, so much so much in terms of gifts that you haven't given others. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us from his favor. May He make us from those who appreciate so the man may peace be upon him appreciated, and we should do Allah subhanho
wa Taala blesses, getting back to the point.
So this end, it resulted in such a beautiful, or the result of the statement was so beautiful that the whole army had stopped, the ends were saved, but it is because of the nasty habit of from one end to the other, the genuine feeling the love the care whether we have had differences or not in the past besides the point today, we have a big army coming to attack what john, if I am not bothered about all of you, we are going to all be wiped out. So let's all go and Let's all make sure we are in safety. My brothers and sisters we are in Oman, where are those who are calling out to us to love one another, to care for one another, to deal with our differences in a humane, respectable
way. That is actually something that would result in beauty rather than ugliness.
We need to learn to love one another. in the community. Learn to talk to each other, learn to respect learn to greet, learn to respond, learn to message each other when there is an issue and a problem you have something of importance message someone
Sometimes a person might send you something that you dislike, if you are if you cannot really respond to them because they might not take the negative response first develop a good link with them. I tell you something, if I'm close to you, I can tell you brother, I don't like what you did. And you tell me Hey, thanks a million man. You happy why you got close to you? But if I'm not so close to you, and I tell you, Brother, what you did is really bad. You might say Who do you think you are? Get lost.
Why because you don't have a link with me. So the way to solve that I will still correct you. But first I need to get close to
you become my friend automatically, you know, and then I get close to you and one day I raised you know, my brother, I really love you You know, but there's one thing I don't understand this thing that you keep on doing you know what is it explain it to me please. And then when he explains it, let him explain it properly take it out of his system. And you can explain something, you know, the counter Maxim explain it in such a beautiful way that he realizes this has merit. And then he will say you know what, I really appreciate the fact that you took the time and you actually told me what you did. Like we say friends true friends are those who tell you and advise you and guide you even
when it is better. But not those who cheer you all the way to the slaughterhouse no ways. Now Hello safeguard us. So my brothers and sisters learn from the end take a look at something else in the same surah
Allah speaks of unharmed you know the the lakes and the rivers that flow and so on. And Allah speaks of the mountains, the mountains in the same sort of soda. Both of these have something in common What is it? They appear huge to us look at the ocean it appears massive powerful to me and you but it's made of particles of h2o Do you know that singularly evaporate together? Whoa, they can cause disaster and they can even make us inshallah go God on our jet skis by the will of Allah and I enjoy that believe me. Mashallah, God and your jetski they say you must bend your knees so that you don't feel the
Mashallah think they know they know what I'm talking about.
beautiful ocean, if it wasn't for that, where would we go jetski SubhanAllah. What's in your bathroom.
So droplets of it mean nothing, but the whole ocean means something powerful. The same applies to the mountains, it's made up of sand particles, dust particles together with sand particles and whatever else. And they come together, they bond so much that it actually becomes rock formations sometimes. But those are little particles together. They bonded.
Wow, what a big mountain. But imagine
if each one of those particles hit a guy I don't like the way you eat salad. I don't like the way this or you know you you I don't like this and that will lie there would be this whole world would be full of dust and there'd be no mountains because no no one particular would want to gel with the other. The same applies to the oma the oma is such we have an immense and intense force when we are together a beautiful good force, a force that would promote goodness. But when we are separated when something happens to one of us, believe me, the rest of us will cheer the person on to say yes, fixing just as well. Is that what it's all about? Where is the lesson of unity? Allah subhanho wa
Taala bless us and grant us ease. May we be united my brothers and sisters forget about selfishness, and forget about being your own man. Sometimes you need to give up your little opinions in order to promote that goodness amongst us, especially when it comes to that which is quite irrelevant. A lot of us fight over small petty things which are not even important, not even important, believe me. So let's understand each one of us will promise to look into his or her heart to find where shavon has crept in to develop hatred against my fellow brothers and sisters way to take it out.
There was one Sahabi one companion of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam.
When the Prophet sallallahu Sallam described him as being a person of gender, they went ahead to ask him Hey, what is it? What is it that you are doing? The Prophet sallallahu Sallam said you are one from Paradise. And he says, Well, every evening, before I reclined, I make sure that I clean my heart so it has no ill feeling against any of my brothers and sisters. I just take it out and I sleep happily try it. It is not so difficult. Try it. Try it. I know there are people who have really wronged us, myself and yourselves included people who have oppressed us in a big way. I know. I know. It's happened to me too. If I were to tell you, you probably be shocked out of your skin.
But you need to rise above it. You want to lead a happy life. Just say Subhan Allah Allah, that's it. I forgive them. It's over, it's gone. So
you will be such a content person. Allah subhanho wa Taala makers content. mean he helped me and may help all of you and may have the schema at least to come together like we say understand the meaning of unity. It does not mean you're going to think the same
does not mean your actions are going to be the same. No, it actually means you will be having a genuine feeling for one another, I haven't even completed the heartbeat. The heartbeat continues that same heartbeat of naseeha. It says you have a genuine feeling and the love towards Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam the messenger. And I've explained by following him by understanding, and so on, and so forth. And then he says, when you imagine muslimeen, I met him and for the leaders, and for those who are the lay men, the public, leaders of the Muslim mean, we're talking of a man that it has deep meaning in it.
But even if we take, for example, those who lead us in society and community, you need to have care for them. You need to have a genuine feeling for them. You need to be able to love them, when they do something wrong, there is a way to correct them, you don't just become violent and start promoting things. Like I said yesterday, and I'm repeating it today. A person who rushes to Facebook in order to mention what bad was done by someone sometimes really wants to disgrace them, rather than correcting
sometimes just wants to create a big hoo ha, rather than correct them.
So the first step, if you are genuine, you need to go to the person, correct them nicely, like I say, develop a relationship with someone, then you will be able to make a relation that will become such that they accept it from you, the minute you talk to them. But you don't even want to have relation brother, I won't greet you spit at you. And at the same time, I want you to accept what I say Come on, which will the universe, Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us, they may correct us all myself included. So this is the genuine feeling we should be having even for one another. I need to learn to appreciate you and you need to appreciate myself. And we appreciate each other if I've said
something wrong, if I've made a mistake, correct me. And sometimes we may differ in opinion, that does not make me a bad person, no you, but we will understand I have a care for this person I genuinely feel for them. And I would like to reach out to them in a positive way. So then you reach out to me, I reach out to you. And that's how we can develop and grow. Like I said, treat me as a child of yours or a brother Subhan Allah and use the abilities Allah has given you to help me and I will do the same to you. Today I am here you are all my brothers, my sisters, you know, fit to be my father's in some cases and my children in some.
And that's why we're here. And we know the crisis. We know the challenges the globe has the fast life out there. We know everything that's happening or a lot of what's going on on the globe. And together with that it's not easy to live as a Muslim. And that's why we are here to help one another hold my hand I hold us together. We are an old man and we move forward. We know that it's so challenging where you work and whatever else you might be doing. You might be going through so many issues and a lot of times we do things that we know are not exactly ideal, but we want in our hearts to actually become better people. So Al Hamdulillah that's what i'm trying and I know you're trying
so I will not just judge you and say right guy, you're a terrible person because you don't want your work across the road and this old lady is working with you. Come on.
The same man who says that when he went into the chemist, he was busy chatting up a lady who hardly wore anything. Then it was okay. He tells you that
come on wake up. We are all trying our best to live a beautiful life and we are living a real life at the same time we want to please Allah We are trying that's why I say hold my hand I hold yours and together we go into paradise