Why No Rain?
Channel: Mufti Menk
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This jumuah Khutbah by Mufti Menk is a powerful talk so-much-so that it would make the listener ponder upon the way one lives in the light of two authentic hadith. The talk is elaborated on the reasons why Allah SWT does not send rain on earth. A must-listen talk and May Allah SWT forgive us and grant us beneficial rain.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah, he was happy he nominated a Buddha who about we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala. We thank him upon all conditions we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless every single one of them, and to bless every single one of us and to grant us goodness and ease, to ease to create ease for us in this world as well as the next My beloved brothers and sisters. Water is extremely important. We all know made up of two hydrogen particles, one oxygen, and at the same time, if it is
too much, there is a problem. If it is too little, there is a problem. It's a gift from Allah subhanho wa Taala such that he is the one who chooses and decides exactly where it will fall in the form of rain.
He is the one who chooses whom he will grant the gift of water. He is the one who chooses whom He will punish by keeping the water away or he will test by keeping the water away. Now, you and I know that in this region, the Southern African region we are going through a drought. We have been suffering the lack of rainfall, meaningful rainfall. We have seen clouds sometimes it's as though these clouds are just teasing us. They come they are dark, we get happy we get excited. A shower for a few seconds and it's gone. Unlike the previous years, we Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed us Alhamdulillah so I was asked a question last week and I thought I'd share the answer with you. What
are the reasons that Allah subhanho wa Taala holds back rain? Simple question. Why I'm a Muslim, I'm sure Allah has got an answer for this. Why is it that rain is held back? There is a very simple answer to this. It is either as a punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala in most cases, or it is a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala in some cases, why do we say in most cases because Allah Subhana Allah to Allah in the Quran explains quite clearly that in the past, he has used it as a punishment. For example, the people have found the Pharaoh, Allah says, will
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And indeed We inflicted the Pharaoh and his people or the people of Pharaoh with a drought a type of a drought and various other punishments in order that they may turn back they may be reminded, they may take heat, so it was an infliction, and at the same time it was in order to soften them. The first thing when Allah inflicts anyone with anything, the first thing that should happen is the people should become softened. If they are not suffering Allah subhanho wa Taala becomes even harder. Because remember, who are we to be hard with Allah subhanho wa Taala Let's listen to what Allah says. Well Allah we stuck, Amore, Allah. keyless canina.
In surah, two Jin Allah subhanho wa Taala clearly says, had they been straight on the path and this is a lesson for every one of us, had they been straight on the path meaningful, filling the instructions of Allah and abstaining from the prohibitions of Allah subhanho wa Taala we would have granted them pure water from the heavens from the skies, we would have blessed them with rains, it means because they are disobeying Allah because they are not fulfilling the instructions of Allah. That's why we are keeping the rain away. The rain is something that we know is a gift of Allah. Allah says I will not give a gift to those who do not want to build a link with me who are not
bothered about what I have asked them. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and this is a hadith a beautiful Hadith, which is made mention of in so many books of Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was once asked by the companions, er Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we are not having rain, he immediately told them seek the forgiveness of Allah. They said, Make dua ask Allah so he asked Allah O Allah grant us rain and the people who are seeking forgiveness of Allah, they were seeking the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala the rain came so much that Friday, that the next Friday they came back to Rasulullah saw Salam O Messenger make this
rain stops love. Make the rain stops. He says he laughed actually. So panela and he says Aloma How are they in? Walla? Elena? Oh Allah grant us rain in the right places in the surroundings. You see, sometimes the farms are in other places. What's the point of rain
In the middle of the city creating potholes on all the roads, whereas the farms where we need the rain more, there's no rain there so panela so the DA Allahumma Elena, voila, Elena Oh Allah, Let the rain come around us in the right places in the surroundings and not necessarily exactly on us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us blessings then the rain subsided, or, as the narration says the four rocket is to have meaning the clouds and actually then spread aside and the rain fell in different places. This was Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was the Messenger of Allah. But notice what he said was seek the forgiveness of Allah and Allah will give you the rain. The same
applies. If you take a look at what was said, for example, by houde alayhi salatu wa sallam to his people, he said when they didn't have rain, Why call me all my people, is Dunphy Rubicon tomahto boo LA.
Two things you need to do, seek the forgiveness of Allah and turn back to Allah. What's the difference between a state of foreign Toba is still far is to say, Oh Allah, I asked you to forgive me. Toba means I have now returned to you all I'm no longer the bad man I was. So if you say Oh Allah, forgive me for my sin, He may forgive you for your sin. But if you go back to the sin, and you are not really interested in changing your life, then you might have made is still far but you did not engage in Toba.
You did one thing you asked for forgiveness, but you kept on in your bad ways. When there is a life changing, life changing moment that you have gone through then we are speaking the right language, you change your life, you completely turn you soften your heart. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, He hardens, he actually hardens or he inflicts for the people, and he has a stranglehold on them such that those with patience are the only ones who will be successful. That's in the Quran in surah baqarah. Allah says one another no one, a beautiful verse a long one, where Allah says, We will indeed test you test you With what? A little bit of hunger, a little bit of fear, lack of produce
lack of crops, loss of life and so on. And what does Allah say at the end? While Bashir is Saberi, in good news only to one category of people who are the those who are forbearance and patient, those who bear patients suffer, suffer means I'm happy with Allah's decree, I'm softened for the sake of Allah. So when a lot punched me, literally, I became softened. I soften so much that I called out to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I became a very humble person. When we are asking for rain, Allah will never grant rain to the proud heart never, not at all. It's in the hadith of Rasulullah saw Salaam where he says soften your hearts. When you ask for Allah rein in what is known as his discard which
meaning which means to go out and seek for him. You need to be softened. You need to be humble, you need to have sought forgiveness and you need to have forgiven you need to be a person who is greater than the situation you need to be a person who really is showing the humbleness and humility in need of the mercy of Allah I can't be a you know what i'm a big businessman. And you know what i if I'm if the rain comes it comes if not my dollar is not affected, to be honest rain, that water h2o, as simple as it is. He changes the whole economy. Do you know that the economy of the nation depends on water? Did you know that go and study you will find that it depends on water age to Oh, as simple as
it is. And this is a last blessing. We don't want floods nor do we want the drought. We want something in the middle and this is the gift of Allah if you want it well. Show Allah subhanho wa Taala that indeed you are a person who is deserving of it. So you seek Allah's forgiveness constantly. You must Don't say I didn't send No, each one of us needs to look into himself and find where he has gone wrong. Something is wrong with every one of us because we are human beings. That's why you cannot nobody can say I am sinless and spotless. You know, we're not getting rain because of the brother. We're not getting rain because of the sister. How dare we think that way. We need to
think we are not getting rain because of me. That's the correct way. We are not getting in because of me. So what do I do? I must change by doing what soften my heart turn to Allah become humble, greet the people respect them, fulfill their rights, be a person who stands up for justice and so on. This is what Allah subhanho wa Taala requires of us And trust me, the rain will come in abundance the minute all of us collectively engage in that. The difficulty is sometimes certain people don't repent and some people repent. So for those who have repented, it becomes a test and for those who have not repented, it becomes a punishment. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us
ease. I have a beautiful Hadith that I want to share with you today. Really, really powerful. And this hadith is reported in Sudan even imagine and the narrator's are all authentic. It is a hadith of Abdullah.
have normal probably Allahumma he says, Allah Allah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ofical Come soon either to Li to begin to be lazy and to the Kahuna, he says, the prophet SAW Selim came to us one day and he said, there are five things that you may be tested with, or if people are tested with, then the following things will happen. Five things when people engage in them, then the result will be as follows. And he says, may Allah protect us all? And may Allah protect you as well from ever seeing these? Point Number one, he says, whenever immorality and adultery is committed by a people, and they openly shamelessly proudly announce it, which means they committed a sin and
they're proud about today. You know what, last night you know what I did? Oh, you see, I went to the rave. I went to this I went to that and they openly proud of it. Really, they are announcing it. One is you commit a sin and you are ashamed of yourself. There is still hope for you. But you commit a sin and you say hey, connection me I did it you know, twice, thrice you you, you still you know you're still a little youngster, etc. This type of language is actually arrogance against Allah. Be careful. We are muslimeen we are people who have turned to Allah don't make those statements, even in jest. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So he says, whenever immorality, adultery
fornication is rampant in the community, and they are doing so proudly announcing it. Allah subhanho wa Taala inflicts them with disease, with disease and various types of pain, various types of pain that were never known before them, that type of disease and pain that was unheard of before. Imagine. So the disease in pain connected to what immorality, then he says the second thing and every time the nation becomes from among those who cheat in business, what does that mean? The term use this young person MC Yala, well meezan when they shortchange people, you know, at that time it was weighing. So you say, Look, I'll give you a kilo and you know that your kilo is more than a kilo
here. So it's according to or it's less than a kilo in the sense that my weight is 900 grams, but big it's written one kg, and I know I'm robbing everyone of 100 grams every time that is literally, but at the same time, it applies to any form of cheating in business. You shortchange someone you rob them, you lie to them, you count them about a commodity, no matter what you did, you consumed interest, you you actually charged people that which they will not meant to be charged any form of financial mismanagement or usurping of the wealth of the other. The Hadith says,
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drought will overtake him, drought will overtake them and difficult days, it will be very difficult for them to earn a livelihood, why the owner of livelihood is Allah and you are going against the instruction of the same Allah. That's why Allah says I own it come and just be honest, the figures don't matter. The blessings matter. That's what Allah says with us shape and tells us no the figures matter, not the blessings, the figures matter, not the blessings that shape one's message and our messages. Subhan Allah from Allah subhanho wa Taala the blessings matter, not the figures, for as long as people are happy, don't worry, you will be blessed. So this is why the cheating in business,
what does it result in your economy dropping in the sense that you find it hard to earn a living? Well, there's something wrong in the way you're earning your money? May Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us. And he says, in that case, there is also one other aspect Joe silvani, Allah him those in authority over this type of nation who cheat in business, they will be harsh on them, they will actually be oppressive on them. So those in authority become oppressive as a result of what cheating in business. So let's clean our act. My brothers and sisters, no use pointing at others just pointed ourselves. Never ever think to yourself, hey, that guy erupts in business. That guy is like this.
This woman is like that. That's why we are suffering. No, the true moment is He who feels that I am the one who's the problem. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. Think about it. Think about it deeply. How are you earning? What are you doing yourself? No one is picking on you. But the Hadith is advising you Here we are. So the third part of it the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, Well Amina Osaka tamale him in Qatar, Amina sama. Whenever they are not calculating their Zakat properly or they're not giving their Zakah and charities properly, then the water from the heavens will be blocked for them. They will not get the droplets from the sky won't even come down. Why? They are
cheating. There's a car they are cheating with Zika it's not fulfilled or they did not calculate it correctly or they were stingy in that regard today. When it comes to excess charities. We find it so difficult
To give and we speak here about over and above this occur Zachary's two and a half percent in most cases of what your savings and various other types of wealth not including so many types of your wealth is just a certain category of wealth, even that we find it difficult like I said last week if you recall, people say my wealth is actually tied I know I owe so much but it's tied in this building, that building will loosen the building, if you want to build a building in general, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us forgiveness. So then the hotties continues to say while I will fall behind him. Let him borrow.
If it wasn't for the animals, they would never have got rain. And from this we learned that sometimes Allah gives us rain not because of us. We don't deserve it. But Allah has mercy on the animals Allahu Akbar. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us really, it's something worth crying about. Similarly, the Hadith says what a million coup De La Hoya de su de la sala de la Halima deworming him. Whenever they break the covenant of Allah and His Messenger, Allah inflicts them or punishes them through an enemy besides them, someone else a third party comes and attacks you. For what? Well, that's because you had no link with Allah subhanho wa Taala. You broke your covenant
with Allah and His Messenger, you distanced yourself from Allah. So Allah says, okay, the difficulty you're going to face now is a third party is going to come and attack you. How are they going to attack in whatever way they will be fear of what from a third party, something that came from a distance, Reason being, go back to Allah go back to Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam go back to reality, reality is connected closely to death. Remember this, this is why they say when a person, they say their heart is hardened, and you know, I can't cry. I don't know I can't concentrate in worship, one quick solution, start washing deceased bodies, and your problem is solved. Start volunteering to
wash those who've passed away. So you start participating in their burial and washing and shouting and so on. Why it softens you immediately. It makes you realize this was my brother stronger than me. He had more wealth than me Look at him, he can't even move his gun in May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding. So that is a very, very important point. The last point that is mentioned in the same Hadith, those who seek ruling in that which is besides Allah and His Messenger, you know, when you have a dispute, and you want to seek judgment by that, which is besides Allah and His Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The Hadith says, Allah subhanho wa
Taala makes them fight amongst each other. You know why? Because justice is from Allah. That's why Allah says, I will give justice and peace is very closely connected to justice. If you have peace, you have justice. And if you have justice, you have peace generally. But Allah says if you want to seek justice, in that which is besides what Allah has decreed, and decided amongst yourselves, then we will create a problem amongst yourselves so you will begin to fight one another. Look at the hadith of Rasulullah sasana. Isn't it powerful? Shouldn't we be learning? You know, there is a hadith also Hadith of
the Prophet sallahu wa sallam once said, Allah Allah Bo cumbia copper in Kabbalah, should I not inform you of the biggest sins you could ever commit? Now this is obviously something that would stop the rain if you committed it because it's the major sins. So what are they? He says, an issue Rabelais. Firstly, to associate partners with Allah, you worship worship Allah alone, don't ever risk that you worship worship Allah alone, no stick, no Stone, no saying no animal, no nothing, no creature of Allah, you worship Allah alone. Because the biggest crime you could ever commit is to worship besides Allah. Secondly, he says, Oh Cuckoo
Cuckoo holiday in what does that mean? Your parents to be unkind to your parents. We're not talking here of obedience in that which is wrong. But we are talking of that which is reasonable, you are unkind to them. You might want to say, you know what, that I don't agree with you. But say it in a beautiful way. You need to respect and be kind. There is a difference here between respect kindness, and on the other hand, obedience. You obey them for as long as they don't instruct you to do something Haram. But when it comes to kindness, even if they've asked you to do something, Haram, you kindly excuse yourself, you respectfully excuse yourself, you have no reason to disrespect
dishonor your parents. And the third thing he says, Now the Hadith
of the law, and he says the prophets of Salaam was lying down. When he said, should I not inform you of the biggest things you can ever commit east and while he was lying down, he said, Sheikh that's association of partnership with Allah. Secondly, the disobedience of parents as I explained it, and he was lying down now he set up his face went red, and he said, Allah wa kousuke
Your Shahada to Surah, behold, false witness bearing false witness and claiming that which is false. And he repeated it beware bearing false witness and claiming that which is false beware bearing false witness and claiming that which is false beware bearing false witness and claiming that which is false beware bearing false witness and claiming that which is false beware bearing false witness and claiming that which is false, the Sahaba say, later who second until we all said we hope he can keep quiet now? Allahu Allahu Akbar. You see, I notice how I repeated it. I'm sure a lot of you must have said What's his problem? What can he keep quiet? That's exactly what happened. He repeated it
with a red face. He sat up he said, watch out false witness amongst you. Not only the rain will stop but it will earn the wrath and the anger of Allah when Allah punishes you it will come in such a way that you won't know daylight from the night. We won't know the morning from the evening you won't know you're left from your right let's make sure that we understand this hadith very clearly. You want rain you want economy you want wealth, you want goodness, you want happiness, you want gentleness, ultimately, listen to these words, directly taken Hadith tuffa con la which means there is no doubt upon the correctness of this hadith of Abdul Rahman. Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala
forgive us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a lesson. May Allah grant us the opportunity to engage in Toba before it is too late. May Allah subhanho wa Taala never create dispute amongst us. May Allah help us resolve whatever disputes we may have amongst us. May Allah soften our hearts for the right reason. May Allah subhanahu wa taala never make us bear false witness for $1 or a pound or for a little bit of pride that we may have in ourselves. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from among those who understand that we as meaning our brothers, we need the rain in order to achieve the rain. We need to seek the forgiveness of Allah in the true sense. Soften your hearts, humble
yourself for the sake of Allah Otherwise, there is a punishment of Allah that He has told us will come in our direction. We cannot afford that. I cannot announce war with Allah nor can you well if you are serious about it, think of what we have said today was Allahu wa sallam albaraka ala nabina Muhammad