Channel: Mufti Menk
Lecture from Guyana Stadium. South America
Salam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakato
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Alhamdulillah help banana mean on praise indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala the nourisher cherishes sustainer provider, protector cure, the one in whose hands lies the control of every single aspect of existence. What will suddenly will suddenly mohalla for yourself cage may be being
a mamina Muhammad Abdullah, he was happy.
We send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, we asked Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them all without exception. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us and our offspring, those to come up to the end of time. May Allah keep us all steadfast, and May He grant us paradise. I mean, my brothers and sisters, I have a smile on my face. And the reason is, I am so touched, I have many friends in Ghana.
Some of them I met in Madina, munawwara when I was studying,
and Subhana, Allah, some of them are no longer in this beautiful country, they have shifted to other countries. But I've always wanted to know, Where is this place? And what is it all about.
And this evening, I can comfortably tell you that I feel like I'm a part of the family here.
When I see these large numbers, really, I only feel the love. And this is why I want to start off by saying my brothers and sisters, I am here with a message of love, not a message of hate. I'm here with a message of peace, not a message of war. I'm here with a message of tolerance, not a message of intolerance. And I want you to open your hearts and to listen to what I'm about to say because I come from very, very far away. And the reason I am here is only and solely to be able to motivate myself and yourselves to do something good in a way that we get closer to the Almighty. And in a way that on the day of judgment when we leave this world and we face Allah subhanho wa Taala we will
have a few deeds that we hope and pray through the mercy of Allah He will look at and He will give us paradise. I mean, so my brothers and sisters, we speak about love, not about hatred.
Today, Mashallah. You are here, I think it is a very large crowd. You would agree that some of us don't even know each other.
I want you to take the moment or a few moments before you leave this evening to greet at least five people you don't know to greet them. And to smile at them. Don't ask questions that will embarrass them. And we've had this in the past where I've told people in domestic to greet each other. And later on one brother came to me and told me this guy's asking me Salam aleikum wa Alaykum wa sallam Where do you work? What's your salary? What's happening? You know, would you give me a discount if I came to buy things by you and so on, that defeats the purpose. We just want to greet a Solomonic who means May peace be upon you do you know if you analyze that statement is it is an act of worship, as
salaamu is all the different aspects of peace? May all the different aspects of Peace be upon you? There is a there is a prayer that I am asking the almighty to bless you with when I see you. I'm saying Peace be upon you. What did I say at the beginning? I am here with a message of peace not with a message of war. We don't say Alhamdulillah come you know may war be upon you not at all made peace be upon you. So when you say that you are taught not to be hypocritical. The hypocrite is the one who says Peace be upon you and has a broad smile. And as soon as we turn our backs, the daggers come out the statements come out that are bad that are evil. What's the point of such people? I'd
rather have someone who tells me to my face what he or she feels than the person behind my back stabbing me and yet on my face smiling as though they are showing me their million dollar smile. I hope they are not dentures. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. With all due respect to those who have dentures. You know what I mean?
My brothers and sisters, if you take a look at that beautiful greeting of Islam, you are saying May the peace of Allah subhanho wa Taala be upon you may peace be upon you and we had these speakers
About how important it is to greet one another. We had the verses of the Quran relate to us how important it is to respond to the greeting because when someone does something good to you, you need to do something good to them in return. Why is it that we are taught as Muslims, that it is highly recommended to Greece right? From the Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Allah I do look them, Allah I'm in
the habit of should Solomon, should I not show you something? If you were to do it, it would spread a lot of love between you. He says, spread the Salam among you. What is the Salam? Primarily the greeting but the genuine greeting not the fake greeting. When we say the genuine greeting what we mean is, when I say Peace be upon you, I'm the first person who will ensure that from me there is a lot of peace that comes in your direction. Never hum Subhana Allah, if I were to say May peace be upon you in a nutshell, I am telling you, I guarantee you that to begin with, I will not harm you. And on top of that, if others are trying to harm you, I guarantee you that I will come to defend you
how many of us really say a Salaam Alaikum in that sense very few. Now when you say a Salaam Alaikum see clearly the problem was us we've abbreviated to SL M I wonder what that means. SLM Have you seen and then when we see each other we say Salah, and that's it. It's over. Greed correctly As salam, O Allah commits an act of worship, you receive rewards for that, do you know that and you are saying, I guarantee you I won't harm you. And if someone else tries to harm you, I guarantee you that I will try my best to defend you Subhana Allah, if the Muslims really and truly happened to say that and they happen to mean it, we would only be spreading love and peace on earth. This is why that
innovation says Should I not show you something if you were to spread it amongst you, it would increase the love among you. And that is a Salam or Aleikum, and it is in fact Salaam from all aspects starting with this salutation. However, the greeting to initiate it it's recommended in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But to reply to it is compulsory. It's mentioned in the Quran, or either jeeto Mita.
when you are greeted with a greeting,
when you are greeted with a greeting Allah says, So respond to it with a better greeting. Wow. When you are greeted with a greeting, respond to it with a better greeting. Imagine Islam is teaching you the basics, talking about greeting and the importance given to greeting it goes to show you that if you were to give your high fives and low fives it may not help you but if you were to say as salaam alaikum. it's higher than 10 of those high fives.
You mean it?
Allah says if you were to be greeted with a greeting, respond with a better greeting. Or if you cannot do that because the person has greeted you with a very high level of greeting then at least respond to eat equally. So if someone says a Salam or Aleikum, it means May peace be upon you. And I've explained to you the details of it. And if someone says to law, what it means and I pray that the mercy of Allah descends upon you as well, that's the meaning of what I meant to learn as salam aleikum wa rahmatullah I pray, may peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Jalla wa barakato Baraka to who means and I pray that the blessings of Allah be showered upon you Wow, what a
greeting. I pray that the Peace be upon you I pray that the mercy of Allah be upon you and I pray that Allah shower his blessings upon you, you should be gobsmacked. Wow.
I love you, man. Is that your prayer for me? The problem is a lot of us are not even genuine just like after Salah we say stuff, Allah and so many times we say stuff in law, it's supposed to mean Oh Allah, I seek your forgiveness. But many of us don't even know what we've said because we're paying lip service to it without even concentrating. I call upon you to concentrate. When you say stuff you love. Think for a moment what am I saying? I'm saying Oh ALLAH forgive me sometimes say it in a language you understand because it might be more powerful for you to concentrate upon, but also utter the Arabic because definitely that is the exact wording that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam has uttered
The messenger May peace be upon him.
So imagine if we were to concentrate on this greeting and say a Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. I'm going to say it in English because like I told you moments ago, it will have a greater impact because we don't even know the Arabic language at times. And even if we know the meaning of it, we don't think about it when we utter these words, it means make the peace of Allah subhana wa Jalla be upon you from all angles, and may the mercy of Allah be upon you, and may his blessings be showered upon you. Wow. Subhana Allah and you reply to say, and may the peace be upon you to and the mercy of Allah be upon you to and may He showered his blessings upon you to wow Assalamu alaykum
warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and you respond to Alico sallahu wa Rahmatullahi wa barakato. Tell me genuinely My beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, I want to ask you a question if you were genuine in your greetings, and the others were genuine in their replies. And if you were genuine in your responses to those who greeted you in this particular way, surely, we would have a lot of love and not hatred in the Obama we would have a lot of peace and not war, we would have a lot of tolerance and not intolerance. We would have people who got along who coexisted and not people who did not coexist at all today, we are fragmented as an oma, don't you agree across the globe, we are
suffering, we have small differences. Literally the way I blink my eye is different from the way you blink your eye so I'm a person you should not even look at. If I were to be dying, and the dog was dying next to me, you save the dog, but you leave me because I blink my eye in a different way. That's where we've got to as an oma and this is the reason why I am here in Ghana to spread a message to you to tell you do not allow that to happen to you. Because if you would like to save the entire oma and if you would like to serve humanity by spreading the good message to humanity, you need to rise above all of these pitches and you need to start using your brain together with your
heart together with the extraction from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Don't let people contaminate you to make you hate one another because the messenger peace be upon him helped us he guided us to love one another. He tells us how important it is to feel for one another. He tells us how important it is to correct one another in a beautiful way. If I have a difference with you, I need to first ask myself, is this difference permissible? Is it okay? If it is fine, leave it it's so we will always be different. How many of you here are married you love your spouse you love your children you love your parents, but you have so many differences with them did that make you say I hate my wife I hate my husband, I hate my children. I hate my parents or my
relatives? No, you know you have differences but you try and live with those differences in a way that perhaps you may discuss them you may want to try and get together seeing eye to eye on matters of importance. And as for matters that are not extremely important, let them be she likes a pizza. I don't eat pizza at all. That doesn't mean I must divorce her. And hamdulillah I can enjoy whatever I am eating and she can enjoy whatever she is the idea is both of us have ordered from the same menu at the restaurant. They have an option don't take when you see the menu at a restaurant, they will offer you burgers, they will offer you grilled chicken perhaps they will offer you you know so many
different things and you choose what you want. She will choose what she wants. Your children may choose what they want. They may not like what you took, and you may not like what they have. But at the same time it's the same menu and you have both eating your food, your bellies, you love one another you thank Allah for it, you're still part and parcel of the same family. The same applies in the oma sometimes we will have differences and we always we always need to be open to this fact. Because from the time of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam there were differences among the companions of the Allahu anhu there was once an occasion where the Prophet peace be upon him issued
an instruction regarding bamboo paraiba they had just come back from the Battle of Azov and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam instructed them he said la Usonian. Ooh la sala in La Jolla. He instructed them saying none of you should read your Salah to NASA until you get to Balu Karina, the outskirts of Medina, where the Jewish clan was. So it was almost the time for so and in fact close on to the time of Madrid and the Sahaba. The Allahu anhu rushed towards them because they wanted to adopt the instruction of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. However,
at the at a certain point that the sun began to set
So the Sahaba of the Allah, the companions were divided into two groups. What happened? One group says, Let us fulfill our answer before the time of Madrid comes in, and we're here going to manipulate. The other group says, How can you do that? Didn't you hear that the instruction for today's acid is connected to a place and not a time? Because if the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, do not read your article until you get to know what it means today, it's got nothing to do with the time it's got to do with the place. And the first group says no, all he meant was a rush there. He didn't mean it literally exactly as you took it. So there was difference of opinion among
who the companions and the time fossa was about to expire. So some of them decided no problem, we will read it, those of you who feel otherwise you may proceed. They didn't start shooting each other and calling each other names and executing each other and becoming intolerant Not at all, they were understanding the statement of the same messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam, one group understood that he meant rushed to Allah. So it was a way of emphasizing that and the other group understood that he meant you're not allowed at all to fulfill salata law. So even if the time is expiring, you must first go to a bar, and then you must lead ourselves there. So when they got to know Corolla,
they stopped, they paused for a moment, and they were reading solitude as soon as they completed their solitude. So the group that decided to read Salah earlier in the way they arrived, so the amount of time that was displaced was exactly the same. It's only the place that they did, it was different when they got to Palo priva. Ultimately, they were together because one group spent a certain amount of minutes while they were on the road on the path, to read Salah to the others, they arrived there, and they spent the same amount reading Salah to Lhasa when they finished this group had just arrived, you understand. So there was no real difference as such, when they asked the
Prophet peace be upon him regarding a pillar of Islam, Salah one group is saying do not read it now let it expire in according to time, but according to place, we will be okay. And the other group is saying you're not allowed to let the Salah expire because it's a pillar of Islam. And it's the most important pillar of Islam. So we will read it here and now they allowed each other to be different in that they went to the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and asked him about it. And he nodded his head for both
teaching them that both opinions were correct, because the idea was following the instruction of the messenger. Although the understanding was slightly different. My brothers and sisters for me, we need to spread this type of Hadith and these type of incidents in the world today because sadly, when people are preaching religion, they become such that it is only my opinion and that's the only opinion the rest of the people are going to have to be honest with you. If you say they are going to have they say you are going to hell the other say both of you are going to have an A fourth party says all three of you are going to help Why did Allah create heaven?
Why did Allah create heaven who's going to go there? So it's better for you to start letting people be granted entry into gentlemen. Make dua for that. Pray for that because gentleman doesn't belong to me or you. It belongs to Allah. He's the one who is the Owner of the Day of Judgment. We say it so many times Maliki amin de the Owner of the Day of Judgment, we've said it so many times, we've lost count. But sometimes we tend to judge people and doom them to Heaven and Hell, Doom them to help and sometimes grant them heaven as though it belongs to us.
May Allah protect us? Religion is something very delicate. Remember, it is our duty to encourage people I am here to encourage you not to discourage you, when the Prophet peace be upon him who was the best of creation sent two of his comrades two of his comrades to Yemen
who will a his companions of the Allahu Allah give me Jebel, very knowledgeable about the Allah one companion, and the other one was a man known as Abu Musa, an idea of the Allahu anhu powerful individuals. They were mountains of knowledge. The Prophet says, Go to Yemen, go to this region, go to a certain place and teach the people Islam and then what did he say his parting advice was as follows. bashira Wallah tuna Farah, give them good news.
Give them good news. Encourage them. Don't let make them turn away. don't discourage them. Don't give them bad news. Some people get up and they say guys, you're all going to join them. Do you know why? Look at the way you see today. You're all going to hell fire
You know why? Because you're wearing all different colors you're all going to hell fire Do you know why? Because you forgot to say Bismillah before you sat on your seat and so on Hellfire Hellfire Hellfire whole day, relax, speak about paradise we want to go there, perhaps you will encourage people to get there. Perhaps you encourage people to do good deeds, who knows the person who might be and I've given this example in the past I'd like to give it again Mashallah, I was picked up from the airport in Guyana by a vehicle I never expected to be picked up in, I was expecting a Toyota Corolla like mine 1996 and so on, you know, and hamdulillah and we'll jump in and get to the city
boy, you know,
but at the same time, guess what happened? There was the state of the art motor vehicle Mashallah, may Allah bless the organizers, they probably wanted comfort for us. The shapes didn't ask for the Rolls Royce. It came on its own Subhanallah we didn't ask for it. Don't think that people came to you and they demand that we want this and we want that no, no, no, relax, take it easy. Clean your heart. Think good. Tell yourself Mashallah, you know, if a pop star was coming from the USA, the public would pay $1,000 to have a VIP seat, you know, that handler will not pop stars.
But Should I tell you the message we have is a real message. So stop contaminating your heart to think why this and why that? No, no, no. But when the vehicle came in, I'm thinking to myself Subhanallah look at this car. And these people are so so dedicated. They have spent time, effort, energy, resources, wealth, money, you name it, it's happened. Look at the success of this function. Don't let yourself go back from tonight and say a single negative word, create a positive vibe about what has happened tonight. We want to live with each other as muslimeen even coexist with those who are not Muslim because a lot of us seated here were not Muslim before or our fathers or forefathers.
It is the concern of someone who was a good Muslim to have come and spread the beautiful message which made our forefathers enter the fold of Islam in a way that today we are seated here in the 1000s Alhamdulillah. May Allah bless them all. Wouldn't you want someone 10 generations down to make it to ask for blessings for you, if you would then start working hard on those who are not Muslim, those who might not be on the straightest path without feeling that you are the one who's going to die on the safe path because you don't know you need to keep trying until that point. Some people are perhaps not on the straightest path right now. But before they die, they would be on the
straightest path. And there are others on a straight path before they die. They might just slip and miss a turn. So Panama,
we have a Garmin GPS, we have a TomTom or navigation, you know, the navigational systems.
you punch in your destination, for example, gentlemen, what happens? It will tell you to calculate the way it will tell you how long it'll take you to get there. It might even give you the traffic nowadays, and you follow this path and you follow it no matter what. A lot of us who use this, I use it in countries that I don't know. I like to drive on my own a lot of the time. So I use a TomTom. And I just know I've got to follow this thing. No matter what it takes you through the ghettos in the slums. You get scared sometimes you look at people giving you these dirty looks, but you just follow it says continue straight.
Doesn't it say that? It says in 150 meters prepare to turn right what happens you slow down and you prepare to turn right and if by mistake you turn left it says
when possible, they kill you to a level of Kabbalah you heard that. When possible, make a U turn. I am here to tell you my brothers and sisters when possible, make a U turn.
I'm here to tell you my brothers and sisters. When possible, make a U turn if you have hit left instead of right. When possible, make a U turn Can I tell you what happens? Our system is so sophisticated with these highways that if you were to make a wrong turn before you come back onto the right path, you might have used half of your gas you agree you might have already been now worried that hey, already so much of time is gone. I was 20 kilometers away from my destination. Now that I hit a bad turn it says 35 kilometers I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. And then you have to make a plan and sometimes you stop you put your car in reverse and you're watching this no
traffic police looking at me I need to reverse on the highway illegal but guess what, if that's gonna take you onto the path quickly, my brothers and sisters when we talk of religion, we cannot say delay. We've got to say here and now tonight you have an opportunity. This is why I say Open your hearts. Listen to the message. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells mahogany Jebel and Abu Salah Sharia law and human he says, give good news. Don't give bad news when you talk to the people. Yes, Sera Sera make things easy.
Then don't make them difficult for them.
Imagine the messenger is telling his companions you're going to go to teach people Islam make things easy for them. Not difficult. Give them good news. Not bad news.
Yes, Sera, Sera wabasha. Hola, tuna filler Subhan. Allah.
What about us? When we talk to our brothers and sisters?
We sometimes do them my brothers and sisters. Yes, there is Hellfire we know about it, we will speak about it from time to time. But the global day is so depressing that I believe today we need to speak a lot about hope in the mercy of Allah, a lot of us are losing hope. We are losing hope because we're struggling. And we see our brothers and sisters across the globe struggling and everyone knows the reasons for their struggle. Sometimes there's very little that we can do about it. But the minimum is praying for them reach out to them trying to help out whenever it comes to a helping hand, you should be in the forefront.
This is what the oma is all about. This is what humanity is all about. And it doesn't mean that only when the Muslims are struggling, that you will reach out to help them even when the non Muslims are affected. You reach out to help them and see what happens. They will change their perception of Islam. You and I know that the media is on a campaign trying to distort the image of Islam whereas we who are Muslims and those who are educated from among the non Muslims know that Islam preaches peace, promotes tolerance, promotes coexistence promotes the fulfilling of rights on either side, May Allah keep us steadfast my brothers and sisters, it's very important for us to lead a balanced
life, do not try and solve a problem in a way that creates another 10 problems, the difficulty with us we are spontaneous. We don't think sometimes we want to solve a problem in a way that we are now sitting with another 10 problems.
Like I said earlier, imagine if our forefathers were killed because they were not Muslim. What would happen to us? This is an ideology that people are spreading today to say non Muslims just kill them off. Allah, where did you get that from? We've been in existence for over four decades. I'm talking to myself, okay, that's a quick way of giving my age away. But at the same time, a lot of us would understand who've been living for decades and seen our parents in so many words been muslimeen We've been living in a beautiful way the number of muslimeen is increasing. And the attitude is not the attitude of just killing people simply because you differ with them. No, reach out to them. If
you're intelligent enough, you'll be able to convince them and if you're wrong, who knows they might be able to teach you a thing or two.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us May he unite us. We speak about unity unity. The problem is we've mistaken it for uniformity, there's a big difference between the two. uniformity and unity are two totally different things. If you are talking about uniformity, you're never going to achieve it because that means everything in everyone must be exactly the same. You won't have that. I might like orange juice and you might like mango and the other person might like the berry juice. In fact, I've changed my mind the cherry juice we had in place was not bad. Mashallah, so that's my favorite now.
Now what happens? So we don't like each other?
We don't like each other. No, why? Because you're an orange man. These are the labels we attach to each other. Orange man, cherry man, banana man. So man, this man, and Zimbabwe man.
And with these labels, we actually begin to hate each other. So much so that even the goodness from one another we don't see. And yet the bulk of what happens is good. Subhana Allah, I know of a school teacher who was a Muslim lady. And she didn't dress appropriately in the sense that she used to wear a skirt and not cover her hair. But she was a powerful, beautiful mathematics teacher.
Dedicated she achieved, she taught so many of the children mathematics until one man comes up and start saying, you know what, ma'am? I'm sorry to say no matter what you are going to help? How can you say that? Are you Allah? You know, when they told me that? I said, Maybe he's the gatekeeper of help.
And obviously, I was saying it in a sarcastic way.
How can you do a person if you're really concerned, reach out to them with character and conduct.
And this sister actually became so annoyed that she decided to seek help, because she said if this is the advocate of the Muslims, it's so difficult to even be associated with them in any way. The little bit that she used to do was hidden. Why discourage her?
But if you wanted to encourage her, you could have done it in different ways.
You can acknowledge the good that she is, perhaps teaching the people in terms of mathematics and so on and dropping the word or to perhaps give a disc or two. You know, I normally say a lot of us are embarrassed to preach the goodness of Islam to the non Muslims, because by the time we say, you know, I feel my faith is correct. They say you're a bigot.
Well, everyone feels their faith is correct, the Christians feel they're correct, the Jews feel they're correct, the Hindus feel they're correct. The Buddhists view, they're correct. And the Muslims feel they're correct. Each one will be given in a country of this nature, the right to believe whatever they want, and at the same time to preach it, you're allowed to preach it, communicate it, discuss it, maybe even debate it, nothing wrong. But when you lack brains, when you lack intellect, when you lack the knowledge of Islam as well, you become impatient. If Allah wanted, he could have told Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam at the age of 62. That Listen, we are now
making you a prophet. And we are giving you 15 minutes with these guys and another 20 minutes with these guys. And that's it. After that we taking you away, it would have been okay. He had he could have come and given his message in 15 minutes. Listen, this is what it is. I'm leaving this Quran with you. It's from Allah and I'm going
that would have been okay if Allah chose that, but he didn't. Allah says we want you to stay with them for 23 years. And we want those to follow to know that even while you were there, there were people who didn't accept the message. And there were people who lived in Medina and Mecca as non Muslims, and they were treated fairly. And they were treated in accordance with rules and regulations that fulfill their rights and they fulfill the rights of the others. And it was 23 years so many people actually denied the message. But today what has happened because of that beauty because of that tolerance because of that beautiful method because of giving people good news.
Today, we have almost 2 billion Muslims on the globe.
Let's learn from this. My brothers and sisters. I told you Let's greet a few people at least five wild going out of those whom you don't know.
And I don't mean the youngsters should now go and get five little girls they don't know. No.
You know what I mean?
salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah How are you my sister Oh, so good to see you. Stop the
hamdulillah if you really want Mashallah, you will notice that face another time somewhere else and you say Oh, Mashallah, I saw you waited as you remember the function we had we had Yeah, Mashallah. Oh, sister, nice to see you again. develops a bond. The minute you start asking too many questions system, what do you weigh?
That's the last question you ask a woman man. So what do you weigh? What do I weigh? That's insulting me, man.
So be careful of such questions. You know, people want to know you. Are you married? You say no, they're your best friend. And the minute you tell him, I'm engaged, they no longer talk to you because they wanted you for somebody. That's the attitude. It happens with the men as well. No, ask good questions. Mashallah. How you doing? How's your health May Allah bless you? rattle out a few hours and meet minutes May Allah bless you May Allah grant you goodness, you see someone in a wheelchair, you see someone limping Subhan Allah make do I
make dua for them? May Allah cure you. May Allah grant you goodness. That's how we will succeed as an oma. The difficulty with us. Let's face it when their negativities were the first people to be in them across the globe. Gossip. That's what social media has become. If there's something good, it's difficult for us to spread it. But gossip. It's like hotcakes. Hot case, trust me. What happens we say? Ooh, did you hear that? Did you see? Ooh, do you know what happened? How we went there tonight? You know what we saw? We saw a couple kissing the back.
One couple kisses the rest of them.
What do they do? And they might have been husband and wife who knows having a romantic moment under the moonlight. Love Akbar. Allah forgive us. I'm not encouraging that in public. Obviously, it's something you should know. But all I am saying is have a good mind have a clean heart. You don't need to start spreading spread the good that was there as for the bad like I said, you really want to correct go and correct the people correctly in a proper way. speak to them in a nice way develop a link without talking. So the mathematics teacher way to go and seek help from someone
went to talk to them to complain basically, the reaction of this person was so brilliant that this woman after a period of time decided to change her life. So Pamela not because someone swore her or someone insulted her or someone told her you are going to Johanna but because of the good treatment.
She had from someone who knew the dean and the person just respected and look my beloved sister, my dear sister, I tell you that that is not representative of Islam. The true Islam here is the Hadith the Prophet says when you want to correct someone, you do it with wisdom, Allah says that, although Allah sabby Nero bkp Matthew
has Anna, when you according to the path of Allah call with wisdom, and with the best way of discussion or debate or engaging the people you are trying to call us the best way to engage them do not use a terrible way and the system was so touched and after a while, Mashallah everything changed. Do you know what? That man who spoke about her had to come and apologize to her a year later to say my sister, I'm so sorry, what I said was terrible. It was bad. It was unacceptable to me. You forgive me without you forgiving me, Allah will not forgive me. And the sister says it's okay. Perhaps it was the root of what happened after all.
I mentioned the good heart. But today we do people that's the example. You cannot say you're going to jahannam that person might get guidance. How do you know this is why we say do not judge Do not judge. There are some of us who have terrible habits, really ugly habits, but outwardly, we look like saints. May Allah forgive us.
Tonight is the night of change. You want to solve the problems of the Muslim Ummah, across the whole globe, I tell you, Allah offers you the solution. But the problem with us, we want to solve it our own way.
It's like someone saying, when they're 10 years old, I want to become a doctor. So you take them straight to the university and you make them write the final exam. No, it will take them years they need to go first through primary school, through secondary school through college, and then they will get to a certain point where they will finally qualify. And after that there is internship I'm sure you know what that is. And after that, they will be able to practice and open their own practice after a certain number of years. And even after that the doctors every year will need to attend so many seminars and so many conventions or workshops in order to maintain their certificate
of operation and so on so many rules and regulations but what we want to do, we heard 10 years old you want to become a doctor we took them straight to write the final exam. The same applies we know the solutions of the globe, the problems on the globe, Allah says in Allah Allah you ye oma be comin hi has
forcing him, Allah will not change the condition of a nation of an oma until that particular tone or nation changes. Every single one of them change themselves, you change, he changes, I change, she changes we change together, community becomes better. Firstly, you become better than your family becomes better than your community becomes better than your country becomes better than the neighboring countries become better the region becomes better and then the entire globe becomes better. That is how you will achieve your doctorate or you become a doctor,
It's an effort. I don't want to pray, I don't want to change. I don't want to stop backbiting. I want to speak evil about people. I want to keep on talking about cleaning hearts when I have the dirtiest heart. I want to keep on speaking about making life easy for everyone else. When my daughters in law sons in law, my children, my family members, they are suffering because of my bad mouth. My bad habits because of my set ways I know of some mothers in law who just sit back and treat their daughters in law like slave you're supposed to cook you're supposed to do here the one the one daughter in law enters the home so the mother says listen, nothing will change in my house.
You don't change a thing. Did you hear that? Relax. This woman is somebody's daughter. She's just coming to the home. You need to welcome her don't talk this week anyway she was one up Mashallah, nowadays. They're educated as they say. She says yes, nothing will change. You can continue doing the cooking and the cleaning and you can continue doing everything. I would just sit there and I'll just massage your son
Mashallah, nothing will change look, you want to give us something we give you something back Mashallah Allah forgive us. Obviously, please don't do that. You know, you might be kicked out of the house.
But the point I'm raising is why should you be such a horrible person in your house? make things easy for people? Why do you want to make things difficult for your own children at times, make things easy for them good things, sometimes they are reasonably asked.
asking you for something acceptable? And you're saying no, I don't want just because you're proud just because you're arrogant. Stop it. You need to help our brothers suffering in Syria, and in Iraq and in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, and in Yemen and everywhere else where they are suffering, the beginning is for you to change yourself. That's what Allah says, Allah says, you want to get to that level of Certificate of a doctor start off now you're going to have to go through primary, secondary, and then when you've built yourself automatically, if everyone has the same concern, you'll be able to help the entire oma the difficulty with us is we want to solve a problem of
occupation in Palestine, when our own hearts are occupied by devil that is even worse.
So free yourself first from the clutches of the devil, and then you see how Allah will help you elsewhere across the globe. Some people have told me Oh, you know what? You're talking nonsense. I said, Okay, fine. Those who've tried other solutions have failed. And in fact, things are getting worse. You agree? So stop trying what the Quran says, and you see what will happen.
As we think we're doing whatever comes to our minds and hearts. We're removing the Quran and the Sunnah from the equation, we're making matters worse, problems are becoming bigger. But if you were to rectify yourself, correct your own heart, purify it, if you were to try and develop your link with your maker and step in the right direction, inch forward, even if it means an inch at a time, you will be earning the pleasure of Allah you will be able to solve the matters in your own homes, in your community societies, you will spread the love not the hate, you will spread peace, not war, you will spread tolerance, not intolerance. That is the theme of what I've said today. My brothers
and sisters, let's wake up let's stop blaming everyone else for the problems of the oma, let's blame ourselves. Let's correct ourselves. I want to be a better person. Don't we all want to be better people? Well start somewhere tonight is a beautiful opportunity. It is a historic opportunity. Turn yourself here and now that I want to change Oh Allah, the bad habits that I have. I admit them. I regret them. I seek your forgiveness about them and I will not do them again. I am changing here. And now each one of us knows our weakness. We know our bad habits. We know the sins that we are addicted to my brothers and sisters. Don't wait for someone else to come to tell you because they
may not come to tell you you may not see another day. Start your day seeking forgiveness in your day seeking forgiveness in a way that if you were to die during the day or the night, it would have been a day or a night where you had started seeking forgiveness of Allah.
So my brothers and sisters, what a powerful message. Do you know why it's powerful? Because it's not mine? It comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala. It's something amazing. It is something that touches the heart. It is a cord. The link between you and i is the fact number one we are part of the children of Adam. Adam is salatu salam
were the children of Adam, I'm related to you. Do you know how my great, great, great and add a few more grades grandfather? And your exact same great grades and a few more great grandfather is exactly the same person? Who was he? Guess who?
Guess Who can I hear it?
No, the Prophet Noah. No. May peace be upon him. See, you haven't been listening to the lectures Subhana Allah, the Prophet Noah May peace be upon him. After the incident of the ark. He was the only one who bought children. Did you know that so we are all connected to him somehow, Mashallah. Our forefathers some way up the ladder were inoculated. So Pamela there were 11 of them, people. One of them was that man whom we are connected through. In fact, to be honest with you, we probably connected even closer than that. But that's something we know you're keen and with conviction. So I'm related to you. Yes, I am. I'm part of the family.
And I have come to you with a good message by the will of Allah I don't have time to come to you do mean you creating problems in your society. I have a habit. If I have been given the opportunity by Allah to meet a community I try my best May Allah forgive me if I faltered, I try my best to come to the community and leave them in a better condition than they were or at least exactly where they were. The aim is better, but never worse. I will not come to your community and cause a fitna cause a problem split. You divide you No way. That's not what I'm here for. I'm here to bring people together. And you are witness to that. What What have I said today? I've asked you to come together.
I spoke about the difference between uniformity and unity. uniformity is when you want people to be exactly like you that's impossible, but you
is when you tolerate people who differ with you Subhana Allah then you're united I can be united with you. Right now we are united look, we're all here I show we have differences in so many ways but Mashallah, together, we made this function together we made this event a success. May Allah accept it from us and gather us in paradise the same way he's gathered us here today. What an awesome event may Allah accept it from those who have organized it. This is why if you notice when the right man came to the front here, and he said, These people are part of my team, what did I do and what the chief Muslim do, we got up and walked behind because we are also consider ourselves a
part of a team, I would never have been able to be been here speaking to you if it wasn't for another 20 to 30 people.
As part of a team, it's teamwork. It would never have been a successful evening without every single one of you so panela it wouldn't have been a successful evening but there is no point in going back and saying Mashallah, the best event we've had successful, peaceful, the weather's beautiful, absolutely awesome weather Mashallah, in the beautiful country of Ghana here in South America, my first time this part of the world hamdulillah not the last inshallah, if Allah wills we'll be back again here next year by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Why not? But there is no point in saying it was a good talk. Good function, powerful speech, the chef delivered the other chef
delivered, they spoke very well. It was eloquent the sound was beautiful. The lighting was excellent. The the the the gathering was absolutely electrifying. But your life didn't change. Nothing happened. They said what exactly was said, I don't know. But I know it was powerful. It was powerful. Oh, it was absolutely powerful. What was powerful, nothing. You forgot. So that's why I tell you change. Now. If you if if a speaker is saying my brothers and sisters, seek the forgiveness of Allah, you know what you're supposed to do, then and then pause for a moment in your mind say Oh ALLAH forgive me, who knows it might just be the moment of acceptance and the angels have written it
next to your name and that's it your life has changed. So my brothers and sisters we want a life changing experience. You know, the habits you have you know, the sins you've committed, I know mine. I know my weaknesses, you know yours here. And now all these weaknesses helped me with them. I will make the biggest effort to stop this now. And I want you to help me in that effort. And make me strong Oh, Allah loves me. I love you all. I saved me from the devil, protect me from shaitan keep him away from me and keep me away from him. or allow whenever I want to do something wrong. Create a barrier between me and that wrong in whatever way you feel fit Subhana Allah.
But see this becoming the habit of saying it, feel it. We need to start my brothers and sisters, how many of us who didn't even get up for Salah to federal in the morning tomorrow?
When we change that inshallah, when we change that in sha Allah
hamdulillah May Allah make it happen. get up in the morning serve Allah. When you get up early morning and you pray to Allah and you breathe the fresh air that time it helps you psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, you feel so good. The problem is we sleep so late.
We sleep so late, we don't even know SubhanAllah.
The time for fighter comes in goes out the sun rises, we have no clue. And the next best thing, the alarm goes off shamelessly when you're just about to go to work. What about Salah?
If you were to die on that day, what would happen? You didn't start your day on the right footing.
This is why my brothers and sisters every morning, start your day seeking the forgiveness of Allah. Start your day with prayer. Start your day with a little bit of recitation of the Quran. Even if it means one verse, how much one verse and take its meaning and read the meaning. So you read the Arabic if you can and you read the meaning if you cannot read the Arabic start doing something about it inshallah, and soon you will be able to but read the meaning of it. If you don't understand you ask the scholars. What does this mean? I didn't understand this verse, one verse, one verse, your aim and intention is inshallah in 20 years I'll finish the whole Quran. Whoa, it's a long time. But
I want to tell you something. Soon you will want to read more than a verse. And in no time you'll finish the Quran but you need to start somewhere. You need to be dedicated how you lamb and Mr. De Malaga in
the best of deeds are those that are done regularly. Even if it's very little. That's what Muhammad peace be upon. He says, There's no point in me reading one entire Quran or for five hours one day I'm feeling holy. So I start reading and then suddenly from
The next year I haven't even picked up the foreign What's that?
The Prophet peace be upon it says you'd rather be regular. One of the benefits of regularity is if for some reason, the reason of sickness or illness of forgetfulness, you have not managed to fulfill it one day. The angels write the reward for you, as though you were there because your excuse was valid. That's all it is.
And if you were to die halfway through that we won't we'll have been written as though you completed the entire plan. Because enamel ama to be me Yes, indeed, all actions shall be judged based on their intentions. And your intention was to complete the entire the entire plan you didn't but Allah knows like a person who wants to go for Hajj and they happen to die in the way Allah will give them a reward for the Hajj by the will of Allah. Yes, perhaps someone may want to fulfill it on their behalf as a physical fulfillment because it was not physically fulfilled. But as for reward, Allah alone knows this person couldn't have had a better day. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah forgive us
all. So my brothers and sisters, I started off by speaking about the Salaam and the greeting. And I want you to know that it is very important for us
to reach out to one another start with this greeting.
The reason why it is compulsory for you to respond to the greeting is when someone has done something so good to you. You need to respond to it with goodness that is equivalent. You know, the Hadith says when a person has done something really good to you, the minimum is you should say jazak Allah,
may Allah reward you with a good reward. That's what it means. May Allah reward you with a good reward, I may not be able to give you so much, but Allah will give you even more. So when a person makes a prayer for you for peace and for the blessings of Allah, and for the mercy of Allah, naturally, it's your duty to respond in a beautiful way. It is compulsory to reply. Some of us will lie it has happened with me, I've greeted people, maybe they might belong to a different sector muslimeen or whatever else it might have been, I don't know. But myself with a good heart going around Salaam Alaikum. My brother, they look at you and say,
walk away who that face. You spoiled your face. I didn't spoil mine. You know, I learned something from my dad many years ago. He says if you don't want to age quickly, you need to make sure the expression on your face
is not harsh. Wow. Many people you look at him and they look like this. You know, they scrunch up their eyes. And you find these lines at the top here. When we were young. They told us we count these lines for every line that is you're going to live 10 years. Whoo.
That's all fake. But they scrunch up. So now what happens these creases begin to show at the age of 35 and 14. And before you know it Your face is scrunched up with all these marks all over the show. Why? Because of all day, you the way you showed your face was like you were you were negative yourself and you've been negativity but I tell you one thing, leave it normal smile now and again. And you see what happens. I know some of you are saying Gosh, this came a bit too late. But don't worry, it's still there, Mashallah. It's still there. By the will of Allah keep a good face. Look at yourself. You know, when I was young, and I used to frown My father used to put his two fingers here
on my eyebrows. And he used to just press it for a little while to remind me Don't do that when I was very young. And that's how I had this habit of always having a face that's either smiling or normal, but not frowning. I don't think it's easy to see me. You know, with a spoiled face. You gotta love Forgive me, forgive me and forgive all of us. I mean,
so this is why we say the expression on your face is considered an act of worship. If it were to be positive. Do you know that Thomas suka fee was he as he casada the Prophet peace be upon him says if you were to smile at the face of your brethren, it is actually an act of worship an act of charity. Amazing Why?
The reason is you beaming positivity. Like I said people are going through so many difficulties. Life is all about difficulties, matters, issues challenges, every one of us goes through so much. The last thing you need is for someone else to add to that. No I don't at least smile at least talk to me at least say some good things nice things, at least for a moment I will be feeling you know that I don't have such serious problems or that we are all part and parcel of one oma and Alhamdulillah we are together.
Sometimes even if you don't have a problem, just being in the company of the miserable makes you miserable. I promise you I have a few people like that I don't like to talk to them much. salaam aleikum wa Salaam and I'm out
Why? Because I feel so stressed when I'm with them. They only complain that's it. only complaint. What is complaining going to do? If you complain whole day whole night is not going to solve your problem. If that was a case, the case, I would have told all of you please, my brothers and sisters, don't waste your time listening to me this evening. Let's all go home and start complaining. Put it on Facebook, put it on Twitter, put it on Instagram, complain to the whole world about all your problems. Because once you have 1 million views about your complaint, it will go from just one. That's foolish, it will never happen. The more people know about your problem, the bigger the
problem becomes, do you know that the bigger the problem becomes? So relax.
Learn to reach out to others allow our reach out to you can Allahu fionnula Abdi McConnell, Abdul,
Allah will continue to assist or to be at the help of a worshiper, for as long as that worshipper is helping another. How many have you helped? How many do you reach out to? Like I said earlier, when you go Would you like to be a person who goes down in history as someone who made the lives of others difficult or someone who made the lives of others easy? Ask yourself, what type of a person am I?
Oh, son of Adam, when you were born, you came to this world crying and those around you are smiling and happiness. So live your life in such a way that when you leave those around you or when you leave, you will leave smiling and those around you will be crying at the loss.
Wow. That's taken from an Arabic couplets just translated into the English language. Oh, some of them when you came to the world you came crying and those around you are smiling and happiness. So live your life in such a way that when you leave this world, you leave it smiling and those around you will be crying at the loss. Some of us when we leave, people will say Oh Allah, you should have taken him 10 years ago.
Allah forgive us.
Or when we leave we say have finally gone.
self love when people really miss us? Will they miss the goodness that we've done?
Well, if you think yes, they would, then inshallah, you may have been heading in the right direction.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us all my brothers and sisters, once again, the world that we see out here and the material items that we have here. That's not the aim that will not bring about happiness and contentment. No, some of those who have the most are depressed the most sometimes. And some of those who have very little content. Sometimes you do have people who have a lot, but they know where it stands, they have contentment. And some people who have very little but they don't know what it stands for, and they are depressed. And sometimes we have what we need, but we don't have what we want. So we become upset with Allah subhanho wa Taala not realizing that he's given us
everything we needed. But he doesn't want to give us some of the things we just want. There is a difference between needs and wants. Sometimes we want things but they're not good for us. But whatever we need was already given us some kind of love we seated here in such peace, such serenity, such goodness.
We seated here with so much of calmness, I'm sure the hearts are softened, because the angels are praying for us. That's according to the Hadith whenever people gather in order to remember Allah the angels surround them and they pray for them and Allah mentions them to the angels up there in the heavens. To say these are my worshippers remembering me and we will achieve the forgiveness of Allah before we get up from here so para la so the situation we are in right now is so blessed. Let us seize the opportunity my brothers and sisters, increase this let it become a promise and a pledge to Allah not to me. You promise Allah Allah make me a better person, I promise you I'm going to try my
best. You know some people make dua and they keep on making dua all helped me to get up for Salah but they do nothing about it all I helped me to be truthful they do nothing about it. Oh, Allah helped me to stay away from the nightclubs but they go every weekend. Allah helped me to stop gambling but they still go and gamble all I helped me. You know what, if you want a lot to help you you need to make an effort as well. Allah will come to you for as long as you start coming to him. Allah says, If you come to me a hand span, I come to you a foot. If you come to me walking, I come to you rushing but you have to start coming to me. Then I come to you. You got to sit back and say,
well I come to me. Allah says hang on you come you you make the first move and see what happens. So behind Allah, I will come quick and then you can imagine some people are walking away from a lot making a vow to Allah to come towards them. How still through Allah's mercy, he blesses us with a lot of goodness. So it's similar to a person who says
All I know that sustenance is in your hands. I know that sustenance is in your hands.
And I've heard that you have already written whatever's going to come to me. So I'm going to sit at home, and I'm going to relax on my bed, and I'm going to keep on praying to you, and I want you to send all the sustenance that's written for me to my doorstep.
So you know what?
Allah says, I didn't write much for you.
There's not much for you Why? You were foolish. That's why
you have to get up and do something about it. You know, the Hadith says lo and macatawa, calluna. Allah he has.
The hottie doesn't end there. But let me translate that much. First. If you had the correct conviction in Allah subhanho wa Taala, he would sustain you and provide for you the same way he provides for the birds. So some people stop there and say, Yeah, well, that means I can just sit and do nothing. And like the bird gets whatever it gets the worms and so on, I will get but the hottie does not end there. It continues to say they'll do whatever, oh, be fine. And it leaves the nest early in the morning with an empty belly. And it flies around all day and comes back at the end of the day with the baby food lovers. But what does that mean? That means Allah will provide for you in
the same way he provides for the bird on condition that you make an effort and you go to work, and you go and look for the job and you come back with the sustenance that's what it means. You don't just sit back and say, oh, Allah, oh, well, I want you to send me a job. like Bill Gates is going to phone you and say, guess what? I just got your phone number from somewhere and we are going to employ you Come on, come on, man. So Pamela, how foolish is that? You might want to see me later we might provide a psychiatrist in China to get you checked.
Out Villa stavola. Yes, you will make dua and on top of that Subhan Allah you will be a person who makes an effort, then what comes in your direction is definitely from Allah. So Allah does control sustenance. Without a doubt. Allah has written what's going to come to you without a doubt. But the beauty is you don't know what is written. So go out and work.
People say if I was already written who's going to gender who's going to Jana? What's the point of working? Well, the answer is you don't know what is written. So start working. How do you know where your name is? You don't know. And that's the whole secret. So that's why you need to work and hope that it is in the right place. Subhana Allah? simple answer. There are more sophisticated answers to that. But I've just given you a simple one. My brothers and sisters, my hour is up.
But at the same time, I feel like continuing, this is Guyana, it's not like I come here every so often so panela and everyone is seated here, Mashallah to botica. Look at how beautiful it is. He's coming to tell me carry on, but I don't want to come in.
You're gonna have mercy on the people here as well, they probably have pins and needles already.
My brothers and sisters, it's actually been awesome to be here. I hope and I pray that you can take one thing from what I say one, just one. If you have taken one thing from the 20 things I mentioned, we have succeeded. And please pray for me. That Allah grants me guidance and goodness, myself, we all want gender, we want to go to Paradise. And I hope and I pray that we see each other in gender in paradise. We want to see each other when you see one another, learn to love each other, learn to make two or four gentlemen, for people, you will have differences, you might have a few disputes as well. Don't let that lead to hatred is you want to solve it, you want to resolve it, it might lead
to a little bit of feeling in the heart. That's what human nature is all about. But you must try and resolve it, try and extinguish it. You cleanse it for the sake of Allah, Allah will guide you Allah will provide for you. I like I said, I plan to come again here, but only Allah knows if I will be around or if I will be available or if I will be able to even come. So this is why we say my brothers and sisters. The fact that we've met today is not a coincidence.
I always say masaba, Colombia,
The Prophet peace be upon him says and this idea is so vast, the meaning is absolutely broad. He says, What got to you was never meant to miss you and what miscue was never meant to get to you. This applies to everything.
One of the things is speech,
something that happened
if you heard something, it was meant to get to you.
It was never going to miss you. It was going to come to you your ears and you will be questioned about it. Allah will ask you didn't someone come and tell you clean your heart didn't someone come and tell you turn towards Allah start moving forward, start you know, growing in your link with your maker and so on. We had the messages before mine saying somehow Allah, we need to prepare for the day we die. We need to prepare for
The hereafter amazing that is so so true. It's the one reality that nobody can deny.
So this is how my brothers and sisters we will be questioned. Similarly, if something with you it was never meant to get to you, someone shoots at you and the bullet zooms past your ear one millimeter away from your ear. Trust me it was never ever meant to get to you never
see, but whatever missed you was never going to get to you in the first place.
But the other side of it what got to you was never meant to miss you. That is a bit scary. SubhanAllah Why? Because today we met today we spoke a lot will ask me, you told these people things, did you make sure that you fitting into what you told them? Or were you just a hypocrite preaching goodness and being a bad person behind the scenes? That's a question for me, I need to worry about it. And the question for you is you heard a message, what did you do about it? Did it move you if it did move you How long did it move you for? I tell you if you do nothing about the movement that has happened in your heart tonight. By tomorrow, it will already be halved 48 hours
pass it's over.
impact will no longer be so powerful that it will make you want to change you'll want to change will only last 48 hours and it will become weaker and weaker as the hours pass. This is why you want to change change now. Don't leave it for too long. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us all once again.
Really? I love you for the sake of Allah that's why I'm here. I don't ask for you anything besides a good dog? I don't ask from you anything besides a good dog? Besides a good supplication? May Allah subhanho wa Taala keep you united? May Allah keep you as happy as you are an even happier all those who are struggling and suffering in any way May Allah alleviate your suffering. Those who are seeking ill mela cure you those who passed away may Allah have mercy on them and the day we pass away may Allah have mercy on us as well as Allah was.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.