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Lukman The Wise at Salt Lake
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam O Allah.
Sabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa jabeen. Woman, Toby elomi do.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Jalla we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless his household and all his companions, and to bless all those who struggled and strove through the generations to bring the dean to us. And we ask Allah to bless every single one of us and our offspring to grant us goodness, I mean,
beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, it is very heartwarming to be in this beautiful place known as Salt Lake.
And behind me, I see the lakes of salt marsh.
And we asked a lot to make this Masjid the masjid that is definitely utilized, and that we realize the value of this place and that it is the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Port Elizabeth is known as we used to be known as the Windy City where the wind went, I don't know. Since I've been here the last two three days there was no wind Subhanallah
The wind has been blown away. So Panama, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless us all to grant us ease and goodness. I'm sure we have heard about Luqman alayhi salatu was Salam.
Some might argue Why are you saying alayhi salatu was Salam when he was not in the be of Allah.
So that brings us to issue number one who was he melas peace and blessings be upon us all.
Allah has named an entire surah or has named him in an entire surah and the name of that surah was given as Surah lukeman.
There is a debate as to whether he was a prophet or not with the most correct opinion that he was not a prophet of Allah, but he was a very wise man and a pious saint at the same time.
So some of his wisdom is mentioned in the Quran. Surah lukeman. If you open the surah you will see tilka to Kitab al Hakim, these are the verses of the book all wise We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us wisdom.
He was a person from Sudan. Did you know that he was an African from Africa according to some of the narrations.
And yet his name is in the Quran, an entire surah is named after him an African a man from Sudan. And some of his advice that he had given his own son mentioned in the surah as verses of the Quran the words of Allah so Allah spoke about him and we are repeating those verses up to today. Subhana Allah shows us point number one, racism is non existent in Islam. Allah created different colors, different sizes, different shapes, different parts of the globe, with people who have different inclinations and so on. And all of us are from Adam and Adam is from soil, Torah, and Allah created Adam. So for someone to think Islam is only for the Arabs, they are wrong. La fatale Arabic And
Allah Jamie walala Jamie in Arabi well Ali Abdullah as well as for the lobby of Elizabeth taqwa there is no virtue for an Arab over a non Arab or a non Arab over an Arab or a black over a white or a white over a black, except by piety, what lies in your heart is what makes you different in the eyes of Allah. So don't think Islam is a religion solely for the Arabs, or solely for the Indians, or solely for the Malay or solely for any other nationality or group or race. No, it is for all Not only that, if you read the Quran, you will see and if you read the Syrah of Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam, you will see that it has been proven that the virtue is for one who has value in terms of
piety, that is the virtue
and the piety is known by Allah subhanho wa Taala. Today we love each other for the pleasure of Allah, for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
draw lines that were not drawn by Allah subhanho wa Taala we fail, not only as human beings, but as many as muslimeen.
So this is a very interesting point, a man from Sudan,
and Nova that is the term used that is roughly that region of Africa. He was an African and Allah says he was a wise
Men Wanaka attina Lupo man al Haig Mehta anish, Colin La La Cava. And remember we have given Luqman wisdom so Allah gives wisdom tools however he wishes, no matter who you are and where you come from, they can be wisdom from anywhere across the globe. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to be grateful to show gratitude to him when he has blessed us with something.
So that is point number one. The issue that we learn from one another, we benefit from one another, and we do not and we should not be thinking that there is superiority of a color or a race above another level.
Secondly, what did this man say? That was so important that Allah makes mention of it in the Quran? So Allah says, Remember the advice of Luqman? Remember the advice of no c'mon. What if Carla nope oh man only beanie.
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And remember, when Luqman was advising his son, he said, Oh, my young son, the word is used buena. buena is the most eloquent term, full of love that can be used to describe your own son, which means he spoke to his son with lots of love. Yet he was giving him a powerful message. How many of us speak to our spouses with lung
before our own children? If you cannot speak to the mother of your child with love, how are you going to speak to the child of that same mother with love?
Look at how Allah says yagoona remember when look man told his son ogone boonie balloon is a sunburn a means my little son, my cute little sweetie. That's what it is my cute son, my small boy. however you'd like to wear it. Obviously, the weddings change from from place to place, depending on how we would call our children but a beautiful calling. attract his attention. Show him he is dear to you. That's when he listened to you. If you are screaming and yelling at your child, no matter what message you are giving the child, the child will not want to listen.
So Oh my son. Oh, my young son, my little son Subhan Allah. First thing you need to know. Don't associate partners with your maker, Allah, Allah has created you to worship Him alone. Remember that? Allah made me and you for what? To worship Him alone. Don't get upset when people talk to you about children don't get angry. Listen to it. They are right. They are telling you this is Shere Khan, this is wrong. You need to be careful that message was sent from Allah to you for you to understand what's going on.
This advice has been repeated in the Quran, the biggest crime that you could ever commit. There is no bigger crime than that. Not at all. shirak is worse than murder, and worse than anything else. So Han Allah, may Allah protect us from all crime. But we need to know if a person for example, has committed whatever crime is committed. he engages in Toba and sometimes he may arrive in the era with a bit of a man in him, he may be forgiven for some sins that he might not have, or he may have forgotten, or he may have not found the time to seek repentance, for Allah may forgive but if you died without repenting from sheep, no, Allah says, I am telling you in advance, no hope. Allah says
I will not forgive it. And for the most merciful to say that about something serious. So this is why the first piece of advice when Allah speaks of the prophets, he says, They advise their people don't worship anyone but Allah. What?
We've heard that what he
saw he had
read every story of every Nabhi in the Quran, and immediately Allah says, Allah, Buddha, Allah.
They all said the same thing. First things first, oh my people worship Allah alone. You have no deity besides Allah subhanho wa Taala don't engage in cheeky and so this was the advice of local man and a salon To start with, oh, my young son, remember, don't worship don't associate partners with Allah don't worship things besides Allah. Allah Subhana Allah Allah, Allah alone.
In the Sheikah, Laguna when he goes on to say, Oh, my son, you need to know that associate in partnership with Allah is one of the greatest forms of self operation and operation. You're bracing yourself Allah made you.
What did we do just now we're at Salatu Maverick, Mashallah.
When we put our
head on the ground who did we put it down for? The one who made us, we will never put that head on the ground for anyone but Allah that's it. No act of worship is allowed to be rendered. For anyone besides Allah stick or stone, a pious man or this or a saint, you do not put your head on the ground for anyone but Allah, that's it. And you do not render any act of worship for anyone but Allah, you have a scholar visiting you. You do not render an act of worship for him. You might respect him. But there is a fine line between respect and worship, which you need to understand and do not cross. No matter who he is. A human being is a creature of Allah, we respect him, we might pray for him, we
might draw benefit from him, he may guide us but he is not Allah. Allah alone is to be worshipped in a shield.
And immediately after that, look, man, a Salah makes mention of parents, why does he talk about parents straight after that? Who made you Allah, who made me Allah in order to bring me here, he chose for me parents, as a test for me and for them, no matter who they are Muslim or non Muslim. They may be sinful or pious, whoever they are. The fact that Allah chose my parents and years without my interference or application, and without yours, it means they are a test for you. And for them, how they handle you and how you handle them, no matter where and how they belong in terms of religion. It's a test, we need to understand even if your parents are Christian, or if they are
Buddhists, or if they are atheists, agnostics, or if they were Muslim, and they left Islam, Allah protect us all. It's a test. It's a test to see what do you do? And how do you react? And how do you fulfill their rights? As bad as they are as good as they may be? And the same applies to parents Allah has given you, your children, it's a test for you. How do you bring them up? What are the decisions and choices you make for them? At the time when they had no choice, you were the ones who made the decisions for your own children. I've always said, when a child is born, the child does not make its mind up as to what clothing it will weigh what type of nappies Pampers or Huggies, or
disposable or not, it's your choice.
And after that, how you close the child what type of toys you give the child what type of new creche or nursery, you're going to send the child to what type of primary school when the child has no say you have the same as the child grows up, the same becomes less and less and less and less. Allah takes it away. Why does he take it away in stages, because as the child grows up, you should have used your choice in a way that when the child starts using its own choice, it's already learned from you how to use choice.
So there comes a stage when you buy your child clothes that I'm not gonna wear that I don't like it. I son, you've never told me this before. Well, there is a first for everything. So you've heard them.
And later on you ask your daughter, for example, I'm going to send you to the school. No, I want to go to the private school. It's a college I want to go there. But my daughter No, I'm sorry. Otherwise, I won't go to school. You know how the children are today. I don't want to go I'm gonna go there. I know of cases where Muslim children are picked up from their schools, by their parents in what we call a Bucky. And the chances that go back and fix the mug and come and fetch me How dare you pick me up with this thing in front of all Micronesia online, we've come across this. So there comes a time when your child will give you an answer. Before that time you need to teach your
children how and what to question how to answer how to live how to make choices. So Allah has chosen parents. This is why immediately after speaking of worshiping Allah alone, in several places in the Quran, including this advice of Luqman Allah salatu salam, Allah says.
He says, what was sinal sanity bhiwani de la Haddad has advised you regarding your parents, why? hammer Allah?
His mother, the mother of men,
has carried him
with difficulty upon difficulty, pain upon pain.
You know, the childbirth is not a joke. If Allah wanted, he could have made it the easiest thing on earth. Do you know that? If a loved one to childbirth would have been as good as manufacturing motor vehicles, simple, it's on a conveyor. As you move and progress a few months down the line. That thing just starts coming out la Akbar, Allah chose for it not to be that way. There must be hardship there must be difficulty for you to understand the value of a human and your value and the sacrifice of your mother and the sacrifice of your parents and for your parents to value you as a gift that came after great difficulty and hardship.
Subhan Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us.
So we have our children, we are we are advised and we have parents, we are advised both parents. What is the advice? Allah says?
Initially, what do you validate
In order for you to be grateful to me meaning to Allah, and to your parents, Allah wants every one of us to be grateful to his or her parents, why they looked after you at a time, when have they forsaken you you wouldn't have survived. Some people dump their children, Allah protect us, some of those children die, they did not grow up to see anything. May Allah protect us all. And some people give up their children for adoption for whatever reason. And they did not look after their own children. But whatever the reason is, your biological parents are your biological parents, and the parents who looked after you, they also have their own status and their level, and they have their
rights that need to be fulfilled, because they looked after you at a time when had they left you nobody would have cared for you or perhaps you may have died, or Allah might have chosen someone else to be honest, to have done that job. So we need to respect our parents.
And we need to know how to draw the line and where to draw it. And Allah comes very, very beautifully by making mention here. That first is Allah then is your parents. If Allah wanted, he could have started with that advice. Your parents, then after a while they would sit and be careful. You also need to watch your link with Allah. But he started off by saying what's your link with Allah, and then make sure you know who your parents are and you fulfill their rights.
Now, someone might say, My father is a bad man. He's not a Muslim. My mother's happened to her. She's not a Muslim, or I accepted Islam later. These people are drunkards, they're not pious. These people are like this. My mother dumped me when I was young. Now I've grown older and I'm seeing who she is, what should I do and so on. So Allah subhanho wa Taala gives you one piece of advice through the advice of Look man, Allah is Allah what a wise man look man the wise. Like I said, the term la Salaam is normally used for profits. But here we use it for Allah's blessings to be upon us and upon him as well. pious men,
wise men, so Allah says, What?
To Sherry, Gabby,
Gabby in Santa Clara Houma, if your parents are telling you to do something, that is against the laws of Allah subhanho wa Taala then do not follow them if it involves polytheism. And if it involves associating partners with Allah, and if it involves sin, do not listen to them, do not obey them in that. So if your father tells you, you know what, here is the fire
as a Buddhist, I'm instructing you to light this fire
and to take it into the temple. And I'd like you to say your prayers, they you say that, that's where I draw the line.
I'm not going to do this. it negates the faith that I have in my Arab, the one who made me I won't worship a stick or a stone or an idol. No, I won't do that.
But do you have to become bad to your parents? So immediately, Allah says wasafi boo marfin dunia ma OVA, live with them, accompany them. Sahiba Huma means accompany them with goodness in this world, even though they may be bad when they've instructed you to do something wrong. You do not listen to that wrong. But you continue fulfilling their rights. You might still close your father, you might feed him you might give him something depending on his age, you might push his wheelchair but he's not a Muslim. You might help him do this or do that. When he tells you to do something haram then you draw a line you put a full stop, you say I'm not going to do this and you know what, I will
still be kind to you, I will not swear you I will respect you I will not abuse you and so on. The same applies to your mother.
You cannot abuse you cannot sway you cannot shout or lie. If you shout at your mother swear her abuser go and ask her for forgiveness. There will come a time when you will pay heavily for that very heavily. Watch out Be careful. I always tell the youngsters you know when you're young you say things. As you grow older you realize if Allah gave you age you are lucky go back to your mom and say mom, I'm so sorry. I might have sworn you I abused you. I told you things I've made you cry. I'm very very sorry. I don't want to pay back one day in a way that you won't really realize sometimes that I'm this is a payment for me disrespecting my mother.
They will still have a big heart and say my son, don't worry. I already told Allah Allah my child has disrespected me, but don't punish him, I forgive him. That's the condition of the heart of the mother.
May Allah not make us mothers who curse our children because that is the opposite. Some mothers, a poor child came home with bad results from school, you pig you dog. How can we use those type of words for our children? What is happening in society? People call the children dogs, and they call them names and they curse them. And you are the mother. How can you say that?
One child complained to me that my mother calls me a dog. I said, Well, you know what that makes her go and ask her. Allah protect us really. So we need to think.
What do we say so at the same time, that we are expecting our children to respect us, we always say make it easy for them to respect you. You want your child to respect you but my mother, you are in the clubs, you are a person doing this, you have a nightlife you have whatever else and you want your child to come and say, How are you man kiss your hands and so on kiss you on your forehead, what have you Subhanallah the child is watching the child knows this mother is up to nonsense. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us children who are obedient, but remember obedience against the obedience of Allah is non existent is none and null and void. If If a creature of Allah is
instructing you to do something against the creator of Allah, you don't follow it.
You come out of it with respect, no need to sway
No need to scream and yell come out of it with respect you can even guide them Mum, I think you are wrong. And what you are doing is in the transgression of Allah but I am not going to be a part of this sapan Allah, Allah protect us So look, man and a Salam d e vs continue. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes
mention of the fact that we should follow the path of those who have turned to Allah always.
Why? Because you ultimately you are going to return to Allah. What Debby Sabina, man Anna,
foreigner below coup de la ku
follow the path of those who have turned to Allah, those who have turned to me, Allah says follow their path. Look at them, see them.
You know, Ibrahim alayhi salam, one of the names used to refer to him in the Quran. Mooney, Mooney is someone who stands to Allah, constantly turning to Allah, may Allah make us muneeb also, those who tend to Allah, so Allah says what, who? Sabina Min annaba la follow the path of the one of those who have turned to me Allah says, may Allah make it easy for us to follow the path of the MBR alayhi wa salatu salam
because Allah says, when you will come to me, and I will inform you of what you used to do, or I will judge between you regarding whatever happened. There might be certain things you may not be able to solve here. Your parent is still upset with you. Why didn't you come to the club to me? Why didn't you buy that alcohol and bring it that beer that I sent you to buy from spa you didn't bring it along? I'm upset with you. Allah, Allah will curse you. Remember, those curses are not valid. A curse is only valid if you deserve it. If you don't deserve it, just smile at them. That curse is not valid. Some people get worried my father cursed me Why? Because I didn't give enough to his
It's happening. This is a real life example.
Well, that case is not valid. In fact, what you did was a good deed. So Hannah law, you did not support him one day, he will appreciate what you did for him. One day he will realize and he will understand. So Panama. So this is why Allah says follow the path of those who turned to me and remember you're going to come to me and I will judge between you and I will let you know what the reality was.
Then the piece of advice is so beautiful, something worth crying about.
You see, we do deeds sometimes that we are not proud about sins that we've committed. Would you commit a sin openly in public? The answer is most probably no.
One what would you do with it? Make sure that no one is watching. Whether it is no matter what you make sure no one is watching. You try to hide duck and dive. So Luqman is telling his son and Allah makes mention of it that all my son or my son listen to the advice yagoona punia in
mini halden Oh, my son
I want you to know one thing,
even if it is the weight of a mustard seeds, the weight of a mustard seed
What about the weight of a mustard seed?
He says satoko
if that amount of anything is inside a rock,
not on the rock, not under the rock, inside the rock, alone, bring it forth.
That's small atoms wait with have a deed or an item or anything inside the rock, Allah will bring it forth. And he continues to say, I will be somehow it I will fill out on the TV.
Whether it is in the skies, the heavens or the air, Allah will bring it forth. So don't think you are going to hide from Allah. There is no way to hide, not at all.
Some people hide behind the walls in order to commit a sin. Those walls are actually bearing witness against you CCTV in the walls. reality.
Today when people want to pinch from a supermarket Allah protect us and our offspring and our businesses. What do they do?
They look where all the CC TVs are and they know this aisle at this angle, they're not going to see me so they pick up something and walk to that spot. Then they shove it somewhere in their bodies and walk out.
No, a CCTV is something minor and we are scared of it. What about Allah? Allah says entire creation will bear witness for you or against you. Nevermind entire creation, your own limbs, the organ you used to sin will bear witness against you your hands, your legs, your private past whatever it was that you used in order to sin, that very ogen will get up and say yes, this is what he did. Allahu Akbar. Now what are you going to do? And this is in the Quran in more than one place.
In Surah Surah Allah says Yama, Tasha.
America alone on that day.
their tongues will bear witness you are quiet, but your tongue begins to talk. The tongue has another tongue we start speaking
and the legs begin to speak. And the hands begin to speak as to what they used to do in Surah. Yaseen. There is another verse in that regard as well. We ask Allah to safeguard us remember one thing, and I always say there is hope. Sometimes we sit, and you know, it brings tears to our eyes when we have done things we are not proud of, or when there is a lesson. Remember, you can delete it all through Toba, turning to Allah, you can delete it, wipe it out, we are so lucky. We are alive. We are sitting here we are listening to a reminder, fortunate. Just press Delete, gone.
And when you ask Allah to forgive you, you need to say Allah, what I did was wrong. I admitted, I regret it. And I'm not going to do it. Again. Those are the four conditions. But the minute you say I might do it again. That's a problem that Toba is not clean. It's not clear. Don't say I might do it again. You know, I admitted I regret it.
I apologize for it.
But a to eat again. I don't know. If that's the case, you still haven't learned a lesson. You haven't yet purify your soul. You haven't had enough in life sometimes in terms of negativity to bring you back and maybe you waiting for it because we should not be waiting for negativity. Sometimes, we are not prepared to give up a sin why he is the most beautiful woman in this world. But then marry her Come on. Lo Akbar. Allah protect us. Allah has given you a way out. We always say the more difficult we make it for our children to get married, the easier we make it for them to fully take so we are guilty. Remember that. It's like a seesaw. You make one thing hard. The other
thing becomes easy. You make one thing easy the other than becomes hard. When we make marriage easy for our children. We make it impossible for them to find the date. Or at least we fulfill our duty we make it tough for them. They cannot use us as an excuse. But sometimes they might say Allah what I've done is a sin but I was put into a corner I had no other option A low a kebab, May that not happen to us because they will be to blame. But we share part of the blame
and made it tough for them. May Allah make it easy for us and our offspring. The same
applies to us. Sometimes a person tells you you know what? My daughter's too young she's still studying.
They already committing Zina every day at that, varsity. What do you know? What do you know? It's a fact of life.
You haven't even smelled the coffee yet.
law protects us, I've pressed the red button. Because we know the reality on the ground. The vast cities are becoming worse and worse, to the degree that children are going there and becoming gays and lesbians. That's what's happening. Sometimes. I'm not saying it's a bad place or a good place, it's like town or anywhere else. It depends who you want to mix with. Even in society, your child can be missed without going to varsity. And your child can become pious at the varsity. So there is no rule to say this happens, your child is going to succeed that happens your child is going to fail. There's no rule of that nature. But you need to follow Allah rule for the success to come by
the will of Allah and if some form of failure is there, at least you will not be to be you will not be blamed.
So this is why we say those who are busy saying Subhana Allah, my child is still at school. Still, after for five years, we will see Are you waiting for a premarital pregnancy before you wake up?
Some people will lie, I'm telling you, this is going to be a red button. I'm here in Salt Lake but Allah forgive us. It's a reality. Some people, the children actually say you know what, if your father or your mother is being an obstacle, what you do? Just get pregnant, and you'll see the left to nod their heads and agree whether they like it or not what law he I have heard the statement more than 30 times without a job from different people.
And then we start thinking, but when do we get a chance to advise these parents? When do we get a chance to talk to them they don't want they don't want to admit it won't happen. Not my daughter, not my son, hang on. There is no patient to say cannot happen to you no ways. This type of thing knows no age, and it is disastrous. It can attack even the most pious of people in their homes. Allah safeguard us, protect us.
This is why I understand this advice. Look, man, alayhi salatu salam, we were speaking about how he says to his son or my son, no matter what it is you've done. Even if it is inside the rock, Allah will bring it out. And he will say Here it is. That's the power of Allah. Allah knows everything. He knows what is hidden from you and me completely. Yamaha Amato. He knows the deception in the eye. And what is in the heart. Some people look at you innocent look, but the man is about to murder you.
as innocent as he may look,
if he is a murderer, and if he is intending to rob you and harm you, who will protect you you don't know because he's been given an innocent look. But if you make a law protect me from those who are intending to harm me. Allah will give you a feeling in your heart you know what don't deal with this man is about to rob you. So you don't deal with him. It happens sometimes in business where you'd like to do a deal. And something somehow says to you, you know what, don't deal with this man. Leave him alone. No matter how crucial the deal is, and you you step back and then you hear that he robbed someone else. And you think Allah Yeah, like thank you so much. That Allah subhanho wa Taala opened
up our doors for me, he helped us really and may He helped us distinguish between right and wrong. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says here
in Allahu Latif on Habib, Allah knows everything and he is very, very intricate when it comes to little items. He knows he controls them, he looks after them, and he has total control over every aspect of existence, even the minute list of item. Allah knows about it and he is in control of it. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us.
Now look at how Luqman is mentioning these points to his son. He started off by speaking about children. Then he speaks about parents. Then he says don't sin and remember Allah knows everything. Allah is Allah Allah. Allah is the one who knows. And after that, he says, Oh my son, fulfill your duty unto Allah by establishing your Salah.
Yamuna Athenian salata, in that Sharia, the Salah might have been different.
But still, whatever the act of worship was, that was compulsory for them. He says, Oh, my son, fulfill this act of worship. Fulfill your Salah. establish your Salah. Let's be brutally honest. How many parents don't read their Salah. What are you going to tell your son?
How many parents do not need a job? What are you going to tell your daughter?
You are a proper parent. You want to understand the gift of Allah upon you
If your child is dear to you, if you want to be with your children in Paradise, and you want goodness for your children, and you really love them, tell them to fulfill salah and you start off leading by example fulfilling that Salah.
That is called real love. One day they will pick it up. When you go home. I'm sure a lot of us realize my father used to get me up for Salatin. I can tell you my own example. My father used to sit right by my bed, and he did not used to move until I got up without a job. I know it. I do not do that with my own son because we are weaker. We get them we get them up. Yes, we try our best to bring them out. But after a while, you've got to go for your own Salah you gone. My father did not move he would start very early. He would really soon and next to my bed without a joke. I'm telling you my own story. And he would not move until I get off that bed and I would feel so guilty because
he would say if you do not get up now. Even I am going to have to miss meaning. I may miss the Salah. Obviously you did not miss it, but just threatening me or telling me trying to get me to get up in a nice way.
Today we sit and look back at that generation. And we see Ya Allah, where are we? Where were they? We are not prepared to sacrifice half the sacrifice that our parents sacrificed upon us in order to bring up our own children. Sometimes, may Allah strengthen us and make us strong.
So this is look man. Imagine what type of advice this must have been that Allah Himself spoke about it and it's revealed and it is recited until eternity, the Quran will exist forever.
Look, man, a man from Sudan, a man from Africa. And here's his advice for my son. establish your Salah, optimise Salah, and if you if you establish your Salah, you need to know other things. What more bill Morrow
you need to enjoin that which is good. encourage people to do good.
Instruct people to do good.
Luqman himself spoke to his son in the most loving, most respectful way. Is there any disrespect here, no disrespect. He spoke so lovingly and he respected his child. If you want your child to listen to you, you need these two qualities. Respect your child. To respect your child, you have to respect yourself to start with.
You respect yourself. You know there are people who smoke Allah protect us all and help us give up this bad habit. People who smoke
hats off to those who may realize that even though I know this is a bad habit. I don't want to do it in front of my children. They must not know I'm a smoker, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, a bad habit A man has he wants to give it up. But the blessing of all of that is that he realizes that if my son sees me smoking, he may start taking to this habit lightly. How many of us
would think that if we had this bad habit, let's make sure our children don't even know about it?
May Allah forgive us for law? He is tough today people have opened bad habits. Like I said, you tell your own son. Hey, you know what just dropped me at the casino. What are you talking about? What are you talking about? This happens? The father says no, come join me. I show you how to do it. He showed me how to gamble.
He says no, you're a sharp youngster, you might earn a little bit here and there. You know, it's a game of chance. Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, may Allah protect us. So it's important to know the stages YOU DO NOT SIN number one. But if you have a bad habit, and you know this is a bad habit, you need to make sure at least do not let it pass on to another generation. If it is done in private, there is a greater chance sometimes of the mercy of Allah coming forth.
May Allah forgive us really. And may He open our doors obviously I've just mentioned the issue of smoking.
But there are many other issues is just by way of example.
So he tells his son,
enjoying that which is correct, instruct people to do good.
More Bill maroof. Instruct with goodness, tell people to do good one hand in mooncup and
remind them to abstain from bad. prohibit the evil as we would word it. Do good and prohibit bad. Some people they tell people to do good and only to do good but they forget to remind them Look, my brother, what you are doing is wrong. We are too shy sometimes.
But you know what that person might come out of a ditch that they've been in for the last two years or five years just by yourself?
Brother, what you're doing is wrong. And we are not judgmental. My brothers and sisters, when someone tells you, sister, you know you are uncovered, don't do that. Come on, Allah has blessed you with so much, so much goodness and so on. And you say, why are you judging me? That's a common statement. It's dangerous. We are not judging you, we are advising you with goodness, Allah will judge you.
Nobody said my sister, you're a bad woman that is now called judging. We didn't say you're a bad woman, but your habit is definitely bad. We're not judging you. But we know about your habits. I mean, a man with a bottle. And then he says, Stop judging me, your bottle is judging you.
Your bottle has already judged you.
Allah protect us all. So this is why it's important for us to know enjoying that which is good. encourage people in a nice way, as though you are one of them. Because you are, you may have other bad habits that they do not know about. So don't pretend like I'm a big share. And I've come here, and I'm the holy saint who has no sin at all. And I have to tell all these people, you guys are sinful. And you guys are so bad. And you need to actually all give up your bad habits, because I'm the clean guy, and you guys are all dirty people. If that's the case, you are not fulfilling your duty as a Muslim.
That is now being judgmental. That is what it is. You think others are bad and you are the only one who's good, no ways. You might have a deed in private, through which you may go to hell. And they might have a deed in pilot through which they may go to heaven.
And I want to stop there for a moment, my brothers and sisters, word of encouragement. Every one of us, no matter who you are, develop a secret deed of goodness between you and Allah. Think of this very carefully. Your secret between you and Allah, no one knows it. Maybe every day you gave a small charity to someone. Maybe you said a good word. You might have read some Quran on a daily basis, some secret private deed between you and Allah that you are so happy about and that you continue doing against all odds and you say Allah, this is only for your sake, try and develop that inshallah.
It's something that will really help you spiritually and it will benefit you immensely and intensely. May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our deeds, and may He make us do good deeds, and may make us do deeds that inshallah will result in our entry into paradise. Because remember, it's these little deeds that sometimes may result in US entering into paradise.
Now, when you tell people to do good, and when you prohibiting them from bad, you may suffer the consequences of their words, they may say this man is this they will label you with whatever labels, they will tell you this, they will tell people not to listen, they will tell that's what they did to the messengers. They called him a madman, they called him a magician. They called him possessed. They said he DOES MAGIC on other people who listen to him, they gave him every title that was in the bad book. But Allah says was be Rolla azabache Be patient regarding that which got to you and patients here is connected to tech D, which is destiny. If you lost your child, if you suffered
calamity, you suffered loss in business if you suffered any form of loss in this dunya for as long as you played your role. Then the loss came say Allah, I surrendered to you You are the owner of taqdeer You are the one who decrees I'm not going to fight with you. Yeah, Allah I love you. Even though I might have lost three of my children all at one go. Allah, may Allah safeguard us, Allah, that's your paradise. So Allah says, Be patient regarding that which got to you. One of it is to be patient when calamity strikes, or when a test comes in your direction. And the other is to be patient, when people make your life difficult.
Because when you instruct people, brothers, let's go for Salah tell you who you think you are today, the youngsters who say, hey, this guy thinks he's a pope. Even the pope resign.
Allah protect us. This guy thinks he's a pope. Law protect us even the pope resign. These are the type of answers our children give us today. Just be patient. You don't have to swear back. You don't have to retaliate in the wrong way. Immediately, you know, you make a draft for them. They're your children or whoever else it is. And you say Allah guide them, learn from Mohammed salatu salam. In pi he says Allah Hama DICOM. If I know laya Allah, Allah guide my people they don't know. They don't know who they're talking to here. They don't realize and understand who I am and who you have sent to them. It's a fact
nopea Allah He knew is a messenger gibreel came to him the angels came to him. Oh Allah, they don't even know that the angels of the mountains that come to me and I could have crushed him with one statement. They don't even know that so yeah, like guide them Subhana Allah.
Allahu Akbar, Allah subhanho wa Taala grandest goodness I was sitting one day and thinking of the people of pious
Because it is one of the most touching stories in the serum.
And I told myself, just a thought to say, you know, those people had they known the Prophet says, Allah forgive them. They don't know had they known? Firstly, they would have said, he's a madman. He's a magician. Imagine if he told them. Do you know the angels of these two mountains came to me and told me that one instruction and I can crush you. Imagine if he told him just for a moment, think about it. What would they have said? Probably they would have said you are mad. The sky is insane. He needs help. Then what happens? Imagine another thing if he did instruct those angels, and then the mountain started moving, they would look at him. Look at the mountain. Look at him. Look at
the mountain. That's what I was picturing. And I'm thinking now is no hurry. salatu salam
ala, you must be thinking this man thinks a lot. But sometimes you need to look at what happened to the messengers. What were the answers that people gave them? And how merciful they were that they did not call on that card that they had. They didn't play the card, so to speak. He had a card definitely in our language. He didn't play because he knew no, no, no, let them have the day. Let's hope that from their progeny, they will be moving in hualapai from their progeny, they were Muslims.
Imagine them looking at the mound coming, some of them might accept and others will be like the time of Noah with his own son. His father told him it is the water is coming. He says Don't worry that I'm a swimmer. I can swim.
A law here in PE sometimes when the wind the wind is there, and the waves are massive waves. Even a professional will tell you hey, stop surfing. This place is not for surfing, not now wait for it to come down a little bit. And others might say no man, I'm a pro man. You know what, this is when you can serve even better, because these are huge waves. Some of them have lost their lives. Do you agree? Yes.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us wisdom and understanding. The example I'm giving is that of the fact that Allah gives me and you a chance. He doesn't just destroy you. He gives you a chance to turn.
May Allah grant us the ability to utilize the chances as they come. So when you speak to people, you might face the consequences of that they have patience, don't worry, it's better. allama azabache is a broad statement. Be patient regarding that which got to you. It's a very broad statement. And it's very, very beneficial for all of us. Because every one of us calamity strikes. Sometimes things happen. People make our lives difficult. Sometimes family members make our lives difficult. Sometimes strangers make our lives difficult. Allahu Akbar, Allah bless us. And Allah make our lives easy. He is the owner of EAS.
Then listen to the next piece of advice. So he spoke about salah
and he spoke about enjoining that which is good, prohibiting that which is evil, and about burying patients.
Then he says
Palo Alto the Maha in Allah Allah bucola
Saku amazing. Before I translate that, let me tell you what has happened so far. First, he speaks about your link with Allah. Then he speaks about your link with your parents. Then he speaks about the fact that you won't be able to hide anything from Allah when he speaks about salah and encouraging good, discouraging bad and baring patients. Now this is all the link with Allah subhanho wa Taala. This verse that we've just heard is speaking about your link with the rest of human beings.
Imagine how holistic This advice is how beautiful it is. What does he say? wala to say, the calanus don't turn your cheek. Don't give the cheek to the people. What that means is, don't be arrogant. Be humble. No matter who you are, be humble, be calm.
Look, man, the Wise whether the people of his city or village acknowledged him, whether he was known or not, we don't know whether they loved him or hated him. We don't know. But what we do know Allah loved him.
What we do know Allah mentioned him Subhan Allah. This is why my brothers and sisters I can tell you something here raising when you do good, Allah mentions you by name to the angels.
When we are sitting in a gathering like this, we are mentioned by name to the angels while loving it in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, you mentioned Allah, Allah says I mentioned you and who do I mention you to? I mentioned you two creatures better than you
are better than
Those whom you mentioned me too. So if I'm talking, for example to you about Allah, Allah is mentioning all of us to the angels. Angels are a totally different creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala amazing. Look at Eunice la salam, something very, very touching.
One of the narrations make mention of how he was sold by the way. And then Allah says follow Allah, Who can Amina Mousavi nada de de de bajo de niomi dazu? Had he not been from amongst those who always praised us?
He probably would have stayed in the belly of the whale forever.
What does this mean? Because he used to praise us often every other day, or every day before that, the day he was in the whale, we remembered him.
And this is why
the narrations make mention of the point? That is very, very heartwarming. And that is when he made the dua from the darkness of the deep oceans, including the darkness of the belly of the whale.
The angels recognize this voice, this is a man every day this voice calls out in the praise of Allah today the voice is calling from a different place. And it is calling a call of distress. and it is saying that I am the one who's wrong myself.
And Allah says yes, that is us. We will save him Subhana Allah, in no time he was saved by Allah subhanho wa Taala within the matter of a few hours, perhaps 72 hours, perhaps there is a difference of opinion as to exactly how many hours or how many days but the the point being raised is he was saved by Allah. He called out to Allah.
Not for the first time in his life.
But every day he used to praise Allah one day he is praising Allah and calling out to Allah, Allah help me. So Allah says if you get close to me during your days of ease, when you have a day of hardship, I will come to create these for you.
How many of us are ready? So this is why look man's tells his son, don't be arrogant, be humble, be calm. I always say you know, we have a weakness when you get a lot. Sometimes you start becoming arrogant. The winner is He who the more he gets the more humble he becomes people don't even know who this is and what's happening. And they don't even realize sometimes, you know this man.
Perhaps he owns off of town. But the man is sitting here in your midst quiet Campbell's male accepted from us. Or, you know this man. He is the Imam of the Haram in Makkah. People say I can be they can be see what law he is. They tell you that. And then you look and you say okay, let's let's try we greet him. He greet the man who greets you as though he's a nobody. That's the winner. That is the man. Why? He is humble. yet. He has got so much from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And the worst person is He who is arrogant when he's got absolutely nothing. mil the Hadith actually makes mention of an arrogant beggar. You give a man some coins. He says what are these coins? Throw them out? I need the notes. I want the notes. I don't know if it happens here. But back in Zimbabwe it happens.
We give a man some coins. You throw them straight out. You say keep that man. Give me the note. Allah protect us is that arrogance? Well, if you have a little bit and you thank Allah, someone gives you a few coins a thank you very much. They might think of giving you a little bit more.
It's a fact. Because then they think, Hey, this man thanked me as though I gave him 50 rands it, I only gave him five cents. So then you take out at least 20 rents, he says, Wow. So those who are shocked, they know it works. Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and grant us ease.
Do not be arrogant. And don't walk with arrogance and pride on Earth. What a beautiful piece of advice. When you walk with arrogance, your life in this world becomes difficult. You know why people hate you, they don't like you. And if they greet you, they only greeting you because they know temporarily, they might need something from you. That's why they greeting you. Like for example, you have someone who is in the top position of authority.
If he's an arrogant man, people greet him only because tomorrow when I have my application, this guy signature needs to be on it. That's the only reason they greeting you. The minute you fired from your post, they won't want to know you at all. On the other hand, you have a top level person who's very humble, and people love him because of his humility. The day he resigns from his job, they will even greet him more and they will be more respectful because they know this man here when he was in power. He really served the community so much
I have utmost respect for you look at the opposites.
Allah grant us an understanding.
So if you are told not to trade not to tread the earth with arrogance and pride, so what is the solution?
So look man makes mention of it and Allah subhanho wa Taala says it in the Quran while he fell out of the Mara ha, in Allah La, Boca lama fafo la casa de mashies whoa musante in
Swati, listen to me.
You need to know Allah does not like those who are haughty and proud. Allah does not like them. So what should you do? You should walk with humbleness and humility on Earth. Work with humbleness, humility on earth, and speak with the proper correct voice. You don't need to scream and shout at people yell at them. Swear and abuse No. Respect yourself. Speak properly, use the correct volume
Subhanallah drop your tone, speak humbly.
Make sure that you've understood the people and you talk to them in a way that they realize that this man is genuine. He really wants our goodness. speak to them with humbleness, humility, proper volume, and he ends off or Allah subhanho wa Taala ends the waves of Luqman la salatu wa sallam by saying the worst sound is that of a brain as a donkey.
With sound Why? You don't know what he's saying? Are you hungry?
Are you tired?
But you've just slept. But you've just ate the same sound when you've eaten the same sound when you haven't eaten the same song? When you're hungry, same song. When you are tired, the same sound when you want to move the same sound? Why? Because no one understands the difference. It's just a brain of a donkey. Sometimes with some people that is their life, Allah protect us. You give them they still ungrateful you don't give them they still ungrateful you do for them, they still ungrateful. You don't do for them, they still ungrateful. No matter what you do, or what you don't do. It's still the same for them. They just abused, they use bad language and that's their life. The order of
the day, is that what the gangster culture of today is training us to do?
Is that what the people consider the instinct, every other word is a swear word.
Let's change it. We are muslimeen we want Mercy of Allah. I want the mercy you want the mercy of Allah. How can I attain mercy when I'm not merciful to my own voice box and tongue. I'm not merciful. I'm sending it and blasting it with so many swear words every day. And today will lie It's It's so terrible.
That across the globe,
they are promoting a culture of I don't give a damn attitude.
every other word is a swear word. A big big swear word. When we were young, we didn't even know some of these waivers. Now they have come up with a huge word when they want to ask you How are you? They add a swear word in the middle and then they say it. And when the man is saying I'm very well he doesn't say that. He says he adds a swear word you can use your imagination. He adds a big swear word to say I'm fine.
We are taught to sell hamdulillah and this person is swearing. a swear word that when we were young if you attended they would probably have a clap across your face. And today, they are saying it How are you and I am fine and they peppered with these words. This is the brain of a donkey Believe me, you better we better be careful of this. May Allah grant us self respect. These are some of the words of advice of lokman the wise This is why Allah calls him the wise because whatever he has uttered will lie. It is something powerful. If it was not powerful, and if it was not valid, it would not have been in the Quran. And as I started I end by saying Look at this, no matter who the
man was, no matter where he came from, no matter what his color was the fact that he spoke something solid. And the fact that he really had a genuine feeling he respected his child. He spoke with so much love and his advice was priceless. Allah makes mention of it in the Quran. today. It is an act of worship. Every letter we read from that advice of look man in the Quran, you are getting 10 rewards for it because it is part of the Quran.
Allah subhanho wa Taala opened our doors and inshallah we hope and pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala has mercy on all of us until we meet again sallallahu wasallam albaraka Nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah
Humbly Subhana Allah, Allah Allah, Allah and