Channel: Mufti Menk
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Beloved brothers and sisters,
it is indeed Allah subhanho wa Taala, whom all thanks and praise is owed to no matter how much we thank him, it will never be sufficient, we try our best and we should be constantly bearing in mind that whatever we have, he is the one who has provided, whatever we have has been given to us, as a test from him in order to see how we utilize it for our benefit and the benefit of others. And at the same time, it is important to realize that we returned to Allah leaving behind absolutely nothing besides our deeds, your wealth will remain, your family will remain, the health you have shall be gone totally. And everything you own in this world shall be left behind your deeds will
come with you. So let us do as many deeds and good deeds as we can, so that we can really be from those who are successful not only in this world, but even in the next. Remember, whatever Allah has ordained and whatever he has prescribed upon us, it is for our benefit and our good. Nothing is to our detriment, it is impossible for the almighty to have instructed us to do that which is harmful for us. It is impossible for the one who loves us more than our own parents to have asked us to do something that is dangerous for us or detrimental. So when we are asked to reach out to others Remember, it is very important to dig deep in our pockets, and to look into our homes and to see
what we have no matter what amount. But if it is done for the correct reasons with sincerity to please the almighty to reach out to fulfill the Almighty's instruction, then indeed we will have fulfilled our duty, and we will have earned closeness to the Almighty.
For this reason, when we say
reaching out to others is extremely important. It is because Allah subhanho wa Taala has instructed it and he has kept our own happiness through reaching out to others reach out to your children, by spending time with them by being a good role model for them, by showing them the way in the past by making choices for them in their early lives such that when they grow older, they will have the knack of making the correct choices. We should never make wrong choices for our children from a young age in a way that when they grow up, they have no idea how to make choices. So we will be able to reach out and help our children if we do fulfill the role that Allah has placed on our shoulders
as parents and as adults reach out to our women by fulfilling their rights by honoring them, by raising them to the platform that Allah has raised them upon, by not oppressing them, that is the way we reach out to our sisters and our women, by granting them what Allah has granted them, by involving them in whatever Allah has involved them in, and at the same time respecting them, like nobody else has respected them. If you look at those before us, they have disgraced a female. And at the same time, they have made her believe and think that through that disgrace, she is achieving freedom. Whereas Allah subhanho wa Taala says, No, we should honor the female. And that is how we
will reach out to her. May Allah make us from amongst those who can reach out to the women folk, we should reach out to the orphans and to the widows as well. Reaching out to those and assisting them, even if it means through a prayer, even if it means through a donation, whether it be in a box that might be by the door of one of the messages, or it means a visit where we will offload that which we are not even using in our homes. Within the homes of those orphans. It is important we have so much in our houses that if we were to declutter, and if we were to take out only that which we have not made use of within the last year, we will find tons of items that will be of benefit to others who
perhaps do not have. So I call on you to go home and to search in your cupboards to search in your to search in your home to take out that which you are not making use of to take our debt which is excess and to donate it to a good cause the Almighty will open your doors. Remember you are not going to take anything into your grave from that which you have amassed besides the good deeds and that which you have deposited in the bank of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So May the almighty make us from those who can reach out to the orphans, the homeless, the widows when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says the one who is striving to fulfill or to alleviate the suffering
To fulfill the needs of the orphans and the widows is similar to he who stands all night in prayer. And he who fasts every single day, imagine the reward of fasting every day. And the reward of standing all night, every night in prayer is achieved by reaching out to the widows and the orphans. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those. At the same time, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us reach out to those who are struggling across the globe. Today, it has become so easy to reach out to those who are struggling, whether they be in Burma, whether they be in Bangladesh, whether they be in Sri Lanka, whether they be in Afghanistan, or Iraq or Syria or Yemen, you name
the countries, the names are increasing on a daily basis. They are organizations that work serving on humanitarian grounds, my brothers and sisters and yours across the globe. So it has become easy for myself to search for such organizations and to donate to that cause they will fulfill for me, before it was much more difficult where people had to go out themselves. Today, there are others who are doing that job just to ensure that they are genuine and legitimate. And if that is the case, then inshallah we should be assisting in that course. How many of us are ready to assist even those in our own country, in this beautiful country, Allah has kept people on different levels of finance,
different levels of need different levels of independence in terms of need, because it is a test for both sides.
A test for those who don't have to bear patience, and to pray and the test for those who have to reach out to those who don't have, and to protect themselves from arrogance, to protect themselves from that pride. Because remember, the days can turn at any moment, we have seen people who have had a lot and at the same time overnight, Allah decided to take it away, they would suffer much more, much more and in a greater way than those who have not had from the beginning. Because once you are used to a certain life, it would be difficult to downgrade. May the almighty grant us a luxurious life in the era in the life after death, and may make us from those whose suffering is alleviated in
this world, and who help others to alleviate their suffering as well. My brothers and sisters, no matter what we say, no matter what we say every one of us can do much more and we can improve and do better when it comes to assisting others. And I call upon you to make life easy for those whom you live with to start with. Those whom you live with within your home within the parameters of the walls of your home, make life easy for them, whether they be a relative or a worker, may Allah subhanho wa Taala use us to create beauty and goodness in the lives of those whom we live with. Thereafter. It is important for us to search search every single day for ways of improving ways of
making the lives of others beautiful, touching them in a way that they will remember touching them in a way that they will smile whenever they think of the goodness that has come to them from our direction. And if that is the case, and that is how Muslims should be, then we should be the furthest away from harming people, we should be the furthest away from creating difficulty in the lives of people. If the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has stated in the hadith of Abu huraira, which appears in Sahih Muslim, he says whoever alleviates the dire suffering of those who are suffering from amongst their brothers and sisters, Allah will alleviate their suffering on the Day
of Judgment, we need to know that the one who creates difficulty then what would happen Allah may create difficulty for that person as well. So in the same way, whoever creates ease, Allah will create ease for them. Whoever creates difficulty we would not like it, that Allah create difficulty in their lives. May the almighty protect us. That Hadith continues to say whoever assists anyone from their brothers and sisters in any way. Allah will assist them in this world and then the next. And then the Hadith continues to say
whoever treads a path seeking knowledge. Whoever is treading a path of seeking knowledge, the Almighty will definitely create ease in their path to paradise. And why is this mentioned in the same Hadith? In the same narration, that makes mention of reaching out to people, the Almighty says if you make an effort, and if you are treading a path, in order to seek any form of knowledge, the Almighty will create ease
in your path to achieving paradise. One of the reasons is, you will only be able to fulfill
The rights of others when you know what they are, you need knowledge, you will be able, you will only be able to fulfill your acts of worship. If you know what they are, you will only be able to understand and realize the value of others. If you have knowledge as to what their value is, how would ignorance help me or you in any way, may Allah subhanho wa Taala cure us of ignorance. May He make us from those who can make an effort to learn more about this religion. Remember, if you are attending a Friday sermon, it is your duty to come early. It is your duty to sit and listen to the talk, it is your duty to take back some beneficial knowledge home, and it is your duty to share it
with those who may not have been able to attend in terms of women and children. And it is our duty to ensure that we make use of the various lessons around us in the massage. There are lessons of the same. There are lessons of adif there are beneficial lectures, how many of us make the time to go out and learn and seek knowledge, put it into practice and convey to others Well, that is the way you will be able to create ease on your path to paradise May the Almighty granted to us.
We have seen many people suffering across the globe if the almighty had wanted, he would not have made them suffer. But as I said moments ago, the suffering is connected to the test for them. And for us, how many of us have reached into our pockets and put a small donation into boxes that have passed us or into boxes that we see by the doors of the massage sometimes the change that we have the change that we have after making purchases in a big department store, that change can actually make a change to Panama. So do not underestimate the value of the change that you get. When you have made a small purchase at a convenience store. May we be able to be from amongst those who can make
the right decisions as to how to help those who are suffering. It is important for us to know the organizations that we are giving towards and to make sure that they are genuine legitimate and they are approved by authority. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness
when we say a friend in need is a friend indeed it is also important for us to realize Don't run away from those who are in need solely because they are in need today yet yesterday when they were your close friends, then they will not in that means it is a hypocrite who runs away from his friends when they are in need. And we would not like the same to happen to us the day I am in need. I would like those who are my friends to stand up with me and to be of assistance to me. In that particular case I should also be from amongst those who stands up for his friends when they are in need. May the almighty help us to help one another. My brothers and sisters, Islam is a religion of
assisting one another, whereas others on the globe today they teach and promote selfishness and miserliness everyone is living for themselves. Everyone is interested in how they will benefit. Everyone wants to reach out to what will be theirs and theirs alone. People are such that they don't even want to share things with their own family members. This is the world and this is where it has taken us. Whereas Islam and this beautiful religion of ours teaches us the exact opposite. You would like to achieve the happiness of the Almighty learn to share what you have. Teach your children to share what they have from a very early age. Tell them about the benefits of sharing and tell them
how the more they share the more they will get because the owner is the one who gave it to you is the one who will multiply it and this is why the Almighty has stated in the poem to the moon
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whatever you have put forth, whatever you have deposited, whatever you have given forward for yourselves it will benefit you you will find it with Allah it will be multiplied it will be much benefit. seek forgiveness of Allah for indeed he is most forgiving, Most Merciful beloved brothers and sisters, be conscious of the Almighty and be conscious of the fact that he has created you and he is the one in absolute control of every aspect of your existence in mind and in every aspect of the creation at large and be conscious of the fact that you are becoming older as the days passed and not younger.
And be conscious of the fact that Allah can take you away right now. So therefore be conscious of depth and be conscious of the preparation for that day when you will meet your maker. For indeed every one of us is going to meet our maker, and he will question us as to how and what we did during our short stint in this particular life. So remember, the object is not this life, but the object is prep preparing for the everlasting life. Never lose focus upon that, because it is definitely a loser. And the person who is in the clutch of shavon, who will lose focus upon the fact that they are going to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala. I will meet my maker and so will you and we will see him
and we will definitely be questioned about everything. Many of us may have done things we would like to delete from our slaves. My brothers and sisters, I give you good news. Whatever you have done is very delectable. It is that which we would be able to delete through what is known as repentance and Toba. Brothers and sisters, we need to admit where we are wrong. We need to admit what we have done when it is wrong. And we need to understand we must regret our wrongdoings and we should ask the almighty for forgiveness. And we should promise not to do it again. With those conditions we are able to delete whatever we have done, we can smile once again and prepare to the to the meeting with
Allah subhanho wa Taala for the day when we meet Allah subhanho wa Taala. So be conscious of where you are and where you are heading. And be conscious of the fact that at any moment the almighty can have written my demise and yours, death would only be a suffering for those who have led an evil life. But as for the believer, the messenger peace be upon him says death is actually a gift, because now he gets to where he was supposed to get to. And this is why it is important for us. Whilst we prepare ourselves for that big day. We help others prepare for the day as well. Those who are under your authority, my brothers and sisters, it is your duty placed on your shoulders by the
almighty to create for them an environment whereby they will not lose focus, and they will know why they are in this world. This world we have not been placed in it in order to amass without an end, but in order to collect so that we can help ourselves and others. So how many of us have helped others and how many of us have given portions of our wealth to those in need, when we look at the lives of the companions of the prophet may peace be upon him and may Allah be pleased upon all of them, they gave at times everything they owned in order to serve the cause of the deen and they gave sometimes 50% which is half of what they owned. Sometimes we cannot even give two and a half percent
of our savings without counting 20 times as to whether this figure is correct, because it seems too large May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from those May we be from the generous May we be from amongst those who when we give him that wells will return to us in goodness in this world and the next May we be from amongst those who when we give we do not expect cloud in return we give for the sake of Allah we do not give because we want to have a say or control people and we do not give because we want to show people that we have rather we give in order to please the Almighty and to set an example for the others who can perhaps learn that we give and we give for the sake of the
Almighty and if you see us giving and it encourages you to give we will earn a reward as well.
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