Opening of Eman Centre Aston
Channel: Mufti Menk
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Mufti Menk lecture at Eman Centre Aston
Subject on Emaan
Opening evening at Sycamore Road, Aston
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salaam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah.
Al Ameen. Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi
San Angelo Medina.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
his entire household or his companions, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them and to bless every single one of us, my beloved brothers and sisters, if you notice, I'm seated.
The reason why I say I'm seated, I recall, there was a time when I delivered a lecture during the Ramadan series, one of the years and I was standing, and perhaps I was a little bit loud. And my dad told me that evening and told me,
son, I have something to tell you. I heard your lecture live on the radio. And tomorrow, you should sit down.
So immediately, I realized that he understands that this youngster was standing because I was screaming and perhaps was yelling, I was a little bit you know, at that time, much younger by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala but more energetic I think. And so he got he made sure I sat down. So today by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala I'm seated. So you will notice perhaps a difference in the tone because believe me it works. If you ever want someone not to scream and yell and shout, keep them down. And this takes me straight through to a powerful
regarding temper and anger. That if you are angry,
to come down from a standing position, sit down. And if you are seated, lie down, have a bit of water. Are you Billahi min, Ash shaytani r rajim. This is knowledge. You learn this and believe me you can actually see it if you are serious about it. You know normally I was told when I was young also again by my own father. He says when you're angry Yes, here is the narration and this is the sooner and so on. And I want to tell you something, hold water in your mouth.
Why hold water in your mouth? We'll try it. Imagine you angry you yelling next thing you hold water in your mouth. Can you talk? You're basically gagged. So you don't say anything until you come then you can sip up the water and talk.
Getting on to what we are saying today Mashallah, this beautiful city of Birmingham, we thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for allowing us to meet, to spread goodness and to spread the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala and his beloved messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we need to know something my brothers and sisters,
an institution of this nature for institutions of this nature, we need to be proud of. We need to understand that when we have centers that disseminate the beautiful teachings of the dean, it would be a waste of time, money, effort and energy if we do not interact with that institution, the way we are supposed to interact with it. Moments ago, we spoke about how the football fans will probably be leaving the football stadium. The time we leave this place, you could have easily been there. But thank Allah that you are here by the will of Allah and let it be this way all the time where we make the right decisions and we prioritize correctly. We are not saying don't enjoy yourself in this
world. But what is being said is if you'd like to develop your Eman you need to be able to prioritize, if you don't prioritize How is your Eman going to be developed. There will always be different places in your city that will be doing different things, different activities, some of them social, some of them religious and some of them spiritual and some of them perhaps educational. You need to know at the moment what is needed desperately for you and prioritize in a way that it will be of benefit to you as a Muslim to start with. such that if you were to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala the same day you would be proud of the decision that Allah subhanho wa Taala guided you to
and this is why
Bottom line, whenever we start talking about a man, we have to start with the word aim and knowledge. How are you going to develop your Eman? And how am I going to develop mine? When I've made no effort to learn what it is all about? There is no point to me saying my Eman is strong when I don't even know what the man is. And there is no point in me saying I'm a good Muslim when I don't know what Islam is. And to be very honest, it is your duty and as time is passing, it's going to become
on one hand quite easy to access knowledge. But on the other hand, not so easy to access correct knowledge. And this is something that we do always face You know, there is information, lots of information. If you take a look at chef Google for example. He has lots of information but whether it is knowledge and sound knowledge is something that you will definitely need to involve yourself in deeply in order to be able to distinguish and your Eman will drive you by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala to pick this up. If you'd like correct knowledge you need to learn what is taqwa what is the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala
if you are conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala you will be able to achieve the distinguishing or the criterion between right and wrong. where Allah Subhana Allah Allah says in Surah
Allah La Vina Amano
La La ku con
Subhan Allah, O you who believe
if you are conscious of Allah, some might translated as saying, if you fear Allah, the idea is to be conscious of Allah such that you stay away from his prohibitions, and you engage as best as possible in that which he has commanded and instructed. So if you engage in taqwa, he will give you the ability to distinguish between what is really correct and what is truly wrong. Sometimes the world might say this is right and this is wrong, but to be honest with you, the world can be making a mistake, can be making a mistake, you know, so if you have Taqwa within your consciousness of Allah, you will definitely be able to truly distinguish between that which is right, and that which is
wrong. And this is why when I start by talking about taqwa, you take a look at near the end of sudocrem Baqarah, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of another very interesting point, he says, what to
be conscious of Allah and Allah will teach you. Be conscious of Allah, and He will teach you so if you want to learn something, you need to be conscious of Allah and you will achieve the correct knowledge. If you have no consciousness of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, not only will you not be able to prioritize, not only will you not be able to distinguish between right and wrong, but at the same time, you will not be able to learn that which is correct in terms of knowledge. May Allah Subhana Allah bless us and grant us goodness.
Knowledge itself, my brothers and sisters, is something that is considered the light that Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept for us. And in moon, Ub ootori akuna, we find some of the scholars have taught us that knowledge is light that lights our paths, so you are able to see the path if I make the dua every single day in salah and I'm sure you do as well in DNS,
to guide us to the straight path. What is that straight path? Do you know? Well, if you would like to know you need to make an effort.
Many of us sometimes say Oh Allah guide me to the straight path but we've made no effort to try and learn what is the straight path? What is it?
We say Guide us to the straight path. Well, what is it? To be honest, the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam he says quite clearly, I leave with you two things. For as long as you hold fast upon them or onto them, you will not be led astray that is the Kitab Allah He which means the Quran was shouldn t and my son, the traditions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and these are the sources of the Sharia the sources of the law that Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept for us. We need to know if we make an effort.
We will fall in love with the Quran because it has in it the solutions to the problems of my life and yours. Many of us are guilty of something that I would consider major.
What is it?
Well, let's listen carefully. And let's not just take parts of what I'm saying.
To learn to recite the Quran without learning to under
Stand the Quran I consider it something very serious, something major, major meaning it's a problem. It's something in fact we could become sinful because of that. Because Allah says, a fella.
Are they not going to ponder deeply over the verses of the Quran in surah? Allah says kita
a book that we have revealed and referring to the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, a book that we have revealed that is blessing in order that they may ponder very deeply over its verses or in order that its verses be pondered over very deeply, and that it may act as a reminder for those with intellect. So if I were not to make an effort to understand the meanings of the Quran, then definitely I have fallen, I have fallen May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all. And may He make us from those who understand and realize, today I received a phone call from someone.
And they are quite mature, meaning adults, adult, I don't know the exact age but I know that the post marriage and the person said, You know, I need to study because I need to prepare for a rainy day because just in case something happens and I'm left on my own, and I need to have an income and so on and so forth. And I said Subhana Allah, that is a very, very important and I can see that you are concerned about the future in a correct way. The point I want to raise to you is you would say the same perhaps if someone were to tell you that you know what I need to get a field where I can work in sha Allah earn a little bit so that I can provide you know, the day perhaps the person who's
providing for me is no longer or something goes wrong, I can provide for them and inshallah, let me try and work hard is it okay if I do this and do that and you probably will guide them in that direction. What about the day that we will be meeting with Allah subhana wa Taala when he says, yo,
Sally, the day that your wealth your offspring will not be of any benefit to you.
Except the person who comes to Allah with what is known as Calvin Selim, which is the sound heart. And the sound heart is not a sound heart unless the man is sound. Unless the belief in your own maker is sound, and believe in the unseen is sound and belief in all the aspects and tenants of belief is sound. That is a sound heart, a movement and a believer surrenders to the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala understanding that Allah has kept within us a capacity to do things that will benefit us. But after a certain point, he has kept no capacity within us, he chooses what that point is, with different people. So sometimes I may have the energy to do something to benefit myself and
sometimes I may not have the energy or the ability to do something to defend myself when it is beyond a certain point.
Both times we will call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala but both times whatever comes Finally, I will surrender to it. And I will say this is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. That is part of my Eman. It is part of belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala What did I do? I learned, what did I learn? I learned that this dunya and this world is temporary. That's what I learned. And I did learn that I came from somewhere. I learned that I came from somewhere. It's not like I just plopped into existence the day I was born. No, that was the day I came into this world, but I was somewhere
we are. We're somewhere where exactly we take precisely what revelation states and we stop there we do not add or subtract. Why do we always say we do not add or subtract? The reason is these Imani yet and maybe yet knowledge of the unseen by Allah subhanho wa Taala is the one who informs us and we know just the amount he has informed. So someone might ask you the details of where was the rule and what happened exactly. You stop at where the Hadith stops and that's it. So someone says but give me a few more details. The correct answer would be well, we don't know more than that. So panela we don't know more than that. Well in more in the law. The ultimate knowledge is with Allah
subhanho wa Taala but what I do know I was somewhere. I am somewhere now and I am heading somewhere when I die. I believe firmly that there is a life after death. Part of my Eman that will make me work towards it just like someone who is worried about the few more years that they are going to live in this world what will happen how will I pay
My rental, how will I perhaps pay my bills and so on. So let me work hard so that I can get a weekly salary, a monthly salary. Believe me we have a duty unto Allah to work as hard as possible to prepare for the Palace of the era. And part of the payment is your five Salah part of the payment is your proper dress code. Part of the payment is to abandon sin and I always say there are obligations upon you, and they are prohibitions. The obligations are those payments that you are making to Allah subhanho wa Taala in order to please Him in order to worship Him in order to earn your agenda, knowing that if you were to
leave or abandon your obligations, you would be a sinful person. So say Salah for example, five times a day Mashallah if you fulfill it, it's your payment agenda. But if you leave it, you are actually
going to go May Allah protect us. You're going to get yourself into a debt debt meaning I owe I owe the Salah. That is why we we have something known as Kava Kava meaning if you have for some valid reason with your Salah you will have to make it up later on when I say valid reason I mean that which is mentioned in the Hadith manansala can only see a half a usually either the camera without your calculation if you have slipped over over a Salah. When I say without your calculation, what I mean is, you know early morning, say for example, the sunrise is at six o'clock, and your clock is set for seven o'clock. That is a major major disaster a major disaster. But if your clock is set for
say, five o'clock, and you have planned, perhaps to get to the masjid or at least to read your Salah, something happens and maybe you can't remember having heard the clock and it's already seven o'clock as soon as you get up you you immediately the Hadith says you read your Salah by the word of Allah Subhana Allah and that is your duty unto Allah you ask Allah forgiveness. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us so and another the other point mentioned in the Hadith is
a person who totally slipped his mind it happens sometimes in the UK where I'm not looking for excuses for you guys but I'm just saying where the weather is so different that the sunrise and sunset between the month sometimes becomes completely opposite you know whenever I've come here in the different months, it is quite difficult for me to you know to keep up on my own with the times of Salah I always need the Salah reminder in front of me, I always need my phone to tell me Hey, it's time for Salah because if I were to do what I normally do back at home where I come from in Zimbabwe, generally throughout the year the sunrise is not different by more than one one hour.
I see the guy smiling so panela and the sunset is also not different by more than an hour. So between half past five and half past six generally throughout the year. It's either half five or half six or between the that's it. So Han Allah you know we thank Allah for this because we've seen what you some of you may not have seen Mashallah. It's very easy to keep track with the Salah, but I would like to inshallah, assume that you would be getting a greater reward if you make that effort to fulfill the Salah. Exactly on its time and you you make an effort to know exactly what the time is, for me, I need to be reminded when I'm in this part of the world regarding Salah, whereas when
I'm in some other parts of the world, I don't need the reminder because it's like clockwork, by the will of Allah. So perhaps you'd be getting a greater reward. You know, it reminds me of a friend of mine, who came in from Madina munawwara and he sat in one of the countries one of the countries where obviously people dressed as they please. And he looked at me and he says, you know, the Muslim in here, they are far more pious than those in Medina. And I'm looking at him and I'm thinking you know, we always believe the other way around, you know, we always think and we always we do believe that Subhana Allah Medina is such a place. If you read your Salah and you have the option or the you
know, if you have made it to mosquito number one, you're getting a reward multiplied by 1000. And if you're getting if you're going into Masjid al Haram in Makkah, tomakomai multiplied by 100,000 so Mashallah, there is such a great opportunity to achieve so much. So he tells me No, I noticed you don't say what is it he says, sin is so easily committed in this country, yet you stay away from it, whereas with us, he is saying it is very difficult to commit sin and still some people committed.
So thank Allah, love
glaring you in the face and you still abstaining. Your level is definitely higher than a person whom sin does not get him in the face and he's hunting he's hunting for it.
Now I said God, so then I realize that Allah has given opportunities to ask across the globe, Mashallah across the globe, wherever you are, you have opportunity. This is the man that we are talking about. Subhana Allah, you have believed you have conviction. Yes.
Allah reward me I may not be able to go to Madina, munawwara I may not be able, nella take us there, by the way, you better say, I mean, Allah take us to Makkah to Makkah, Rama and grant us the ability to fulfill Salah in these massages that are the best places on earth. I mean,
and Allah protect that place as well from anyone who intends to harm it in any way. I mean, so my brothers and sisters, Allah has blessed us also there are certain things that we do without realizing, getting a reward from Allah. I was saying, fulfill your Salah, sometimes when it's more difficult and you're conscious, you know, the last time I was in the UK, and I was just telling your side a few minutes ago, that I don't wish to get into nitty gritty issues of what affects you locally because I'm not local, to be honest. But what I do recall the last time I was here is there was a question
asking whether the time of Salah to Missouri Berisha Salah to the federal, you know, Salah to Asia, and fragile, whether it actually goes into each other at a certain point because of the sunset and so on. And I actually said, you know, what, ask your local scholars, because why I have not gone into that study, to be honest. And I don't know how many years this must have been studied and what exactly the rulings are. But what I did learn from that entire issue was that Subhan Allah for a person to be able to read Salah to Asia, so late, and then Salah to federal, so early, and they've got their sleep. I like to think perhaps before Asia after Asia before for sure, after fudger I
don't know how it spread out. If all that is for the sake of Allah, you're getting a brilliant reward, brilliant reward. But it requires the man to do that. Because if we don't have a man, we just look for the loophole and said, You know what, I'm just reading my Salah in the morning, and Allah will forgive me.
I always have been, you know, I had a brother who actually came to me and told me a story. In fact, let me mention to you even a better one, my mother told me that one day we had some visitors when I was much younger, and there was a lady who came in.
And she was making Wu upon Wu upon Wu upon Voodoo, and this is a true story, do not think it's a tale.
And my mom says, You know what, what's happening? You know, maybe she had this OCD Allah grant Shiva to all those who have this OCD will lie, it's something that you need to deal with. And you need to seek out OCD. What is it obsessive compulsive disorder where a person keeps on repeating things, they keep on cleaning, or they keep on thinking that something is not done properly, and keep on repeating it and continuing, you know, it's something that requires help and assistance. Sometimes there is medication for that. In fact, there is, and there is also counseling, but the main thing you need to help yourself and learn from, you need to have knowledge, may Allah grant us ease and
goodness. So my mother must have thought that this woman's got this problem and issue. So she began to talk to her saying, and when she realized that, no, that wasn't the truth. The truth is, she says, you know, we've got a wedding coming up, and I'm going to be busy for the next three days. So I'm just thinking, if I pack up all my rules,
every time one breaks, I've got another one to handle.
And we are laughing at it, because we have the knowledge. But believe me, there are people who think that and the same lady thought that it was okay to read the five Salah in the morning for the rest of the day. And she thought because I'm going to be busy. Let me just read my father, as a mother in Asia. And you know, she would read that and my mother then taught her to say, you know what, it's actually wrong when I was told a story. My initial reaction was I think this is actually a lie. Until one day, the same aunt visited us, not my aunt's, but I mean, I'm calling her Auntie, you know, just out of respect. The same woman visited us and my mother says that's the woman if you want
to ask her she now laughs about it. You know, she doesn't mind us mentioning. It's not Reba because you don't know it was okay. But the point being raised is my brothers and sisters, we definitely need to learn and we need to understand if you've missed your Salah, you need to fulfill it and if you fulfill it on time, it's a reward that you will achieve it will enhance your Eman And this is why we say one of the most powerful Pillars of Islam is the fact that you fulfill your Salah. It's a sign that you have imagined. And on top of that it enhances your Eman. It enhances it. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us enhancement of our Eman meaning strengthening. we strengthen ourselves
in a beautiful way. And we become people who have this conviction within us. We have a link with Allah subhanho wa Taala that nobody can rattle. Nobody can shake because it is solid it is there. We know whatever Allah does is for the better. Sometimes things appear to be negative. But to be honest with you, they are actually better. I give you one example. Every time I have seen negative publicity about a good person. I've actually noticed some time later that that negative publicity about a good person was in fact so positive that he'd had a positive impact in the long run. And I've noticed this
Don't know if you understand what I'm saying. But it fits in with so many different people that I have had experiences with negative publicity. Someone comes in attacks you and does this and says this unfairly and so on. Sometimes you need to understand it's in the hands of Allah to deal with it as best as you can. And sometimes you remember, call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala just remain silent sometimes. And long term long run, you will see what is better for you. And this is why in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala has said and this is regarding some medical issues and so on, but the lesson is for everyone was
Sometimes you dislike something but it's better for you. Allah knows what love we are.
Indeed Allah knows and you do not know Subhana Allah, Allah knows you do not know. So we need to realize that if I am a person who has abstained from sin that is glaring me in my face, I have actually made a payment to paradise. That is a bonus over and above my obligations unto Allah, I have actually stayed away from a prohibition that was glaring me in the face. And this goes back to the idea of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam that by now all of us should be knowing of by heart, the hadith of Sabbath, the seven categories of people that shall be shaded on the day of piano, or on the day on the Day of Judgment, where Allah subhanho wa Taala has taught us through the blessing
lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the seven categories of people who will achieve that shade one of them is He who was called by a woman of a high status and a wealthy woman to commit the sin of adultery or fornication. And the only thing he said is I fear Allah. I don't want to do this. And the aroma and Mohammed Divina, have explained that this works both ways, meaning vice versa either assistant, meaning a female who has turned down something that was glaring her in the face or a male who has turned down something that was glaring him in the face, and solely for the love of Allah and for the consciousness of Allah and the man. He says, You know what? I feel
Allah insha Allah I'm worried about the day I meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala that is the man that is believed in Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why we say that is a bonus Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I'm going to read it in my own way, sometimes allows certain things to dangle in front of our eyes only to give us an opportunity to get closer to him, not realizing that it's dangling in front of our eyes. If we grab it, we get closer to the shaytan. And if we release it, we get closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. I want to cite a current example that I'm sure most of you must have witnessed on YouTube or WhatsApp, a clip of a Sudanese Shepherd, I'm sure you may have seen it. It
is currently the current example. Look at something dangling in front of him. Wasn't it crucial for that man? To be honest with you dangling? I'd like to think and I did think to myself, Allah, may Allah protect us from being in a tough position. But I wonder what I would have done if I was in such a tough position. Obviously, by the will of Allah we hope we would have done similar but you know, sometimes, things dangle in front of you human nature of human, let's not say the nature but the weakness of human beings. Sometimes you find that you may dilly dally. Think for a minute, if you look at the way the man spoke, he did not even want to think about the matter. for him. It was
over. This was not a topic he was going to entertain and look at how Allah rewarded him in the dunya. So much so that I have some information behind the scenes that I can share with you about the same man.
You want to hear something, something amazing, it will bring about tears to your eyes. The same man they went back, they found him they rewarded him they gave him not just 200,000 reals, but so many people gave him so many different amounts that I wonder what his got up to. And they took an interview there is a follow up interview with the same man if you want to look for it on YouTube, it's about eight nine minutes of follow up interview with the same man you can search for it. It's in the Arabic language, I'm sure by now, one of us must have put some English, you know, Captions by the will of Allah. But it's there. Do you know what the man said behind the scenes? He said, Shabaab
speaking to the youngsters. He says, I fear that Allah will contaminate my heart now that you're giving me all this publicity and so on. He says, I don't need all this Subhana Allah, look at this.
The man is saying and they said no, we want to teach the world he said you cannot teach the world at my expense and at the expense of my belief in my sincerity to Allah.
This is not the man so then they explained to him and some of the scholars, you know my hairs are standing whilst I'm talking to you.
They explained to him and some of the scholars are trying to tell him Do you know what some halala this thing here? It's okay. You're teaching people but he says look, the way you guys are making me speak. He had to say no. How did you feel? What was it that stopped
He says, Come on, man. It's my belief in Allah now keep quiet and get on with it.
Subhana Allah, take a look at this a man in the desert. And he's telling you on top of that, he's saying that please don't publicize these things. I don't need this publicity, it might contaminate my sincerity, that is the amount of individual. What a powerful example let's ask ourselves, Allahu Akbar, shouldn't we be learning a lesson that you know what? Sometimes this publicity and popularity and whatever people want to make you famous because you did something neat, and you know, you did something good, and so on? Would we ever think, Hey, this is contaminating my sincerity? Well, if we do and we did think of that, then remember that that is the gift of Allah. Because there are people
who have nothing, they don't even have shoes, they are walking barefoot in the desert somewhere, or in one corner of the poorest countries of Africa, believe me, sometimes the man is more solid and more powerful than all of us put together by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala only Allah knows where they are. And those are the true friends of Allah.
So let's ask ourselves, what have I done to develop this link in this link with Allah my maker such that when I go to him that Kelvin Salim and that sound heart that is being spoken about in the Quran, that every one of us would like, how have I worked towards it, am I going to achieve it at some time or not?
And to be honest with you, we have been taught very clearly that for as long as a person is concerned about it and working hard to achieving it, Allah subhanho wa Taala will reward the person with the outcome and not necessarily with the deed itself. Because you know, the first Hadith in most of the books of Hadith, where
he says he heard the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam say, enamel. Roubini, yet indeed, all actions shall be judged by their underlying intention. So, if a person really would like to achieve this Kelvin Selim and Allah knows that he or she is trying so hard to get to achieving it and they are trying by by learning and by developing the links with the right people and prioritizing and by by by doing so many other things, like we said, just now learning the meanings of the Quran, because that is the route that is the source of the Eman by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If you die in the process, even if you may not have achieved such a high level, but the fact that you were
serious about achieving the higher level by the will of Allah, He will look at you with the eyes of mercy, by the will of Allah. May he look at us all with the eye of mercy. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us from his mercy and may He opened our doors.
My brothers and sisters, there are so many live examples that we have. And like I say, we do need to know that we're living in a country Mashallah where we are free to follow our Deen. But the others are free to follow whatever they want by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala we will remain steadfast by his help. And remember one thing, and this is something that a lot of the times people don't understand the same law of the land that allows you to be a practicing Muslim has allowed others to be non Muslim. Do you follow what I'm saying? The same law of the land that has allowed you to grow your beard has allowed the others to work with the ministry.
The same law of the land that has allowed you to fulfill your obligation unto Allah allows the Satanists to fulfill their obligations unto the devil. According to them. The reason why I say this is because what we have to do is seize the opportunity of the freedom in order to be the best of people, and in order to learn and to become the most exemplary of people and to use the best methods to disseminate the deen not only amongst ourselves, but even to the others. Let them see the beauty of Islam the last two, three days, I've been using public transport. And by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala. I've met up with some beautiful people having had some beautiful discussions. And
to be honest with you there, I have seen that it was such a great opportunity. And I will continue using it to interact with people who may perhaps have known the dean from a distance
of Allah, I've had the opportunity to reach out to some Muslims to be of assistance to some of the elderly, to reach out to non Muslims to reach out to people whom I've got no clue what their background is. And I thought to myself, you guys are so lucky, so fortunate, so fortunate. You know what, you have so many opportunities that glare you in the face. Let's not be closed individuals who just think the dean is mine and that's it and the rest of the people you know what they either be Johanna McCauley, Dean of ABA, you know, to be honest with you, there is hope for as long as people are alive, and we don't need to be harsh and hard with our hands no matter what their background is.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala use us to serve the deen but it is only the solid the man in the heart that when it sweetness is tasted that we will want the others
taste that which is similar and through a good method and a good way, a way that they will, they will want to listen to what you have to say. You know, if you take a look at the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
where he speaks of the three qualities in order to taste the sweetness of Eman, let's go through them there is ample time Mashallah where Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam tells us the Latin monk una de wotja been in Halawa. Tell a man, three qualities, Whosoever they are found in, they will find through that the sweetness of a man that means the man has a taste, you start enjoying being a movement, you enjoy fulfilling your obligations unto Allah.
What are these qualities
Subhana Allah, and he akuna la hora, Sulu, la himI mercy wahama. For a person to have Allah and His Rassoul, more loved and more dear to him or her than anything or anyone else.
Nothing material can distract me from a line he's received.
Nothing of any form of value, no person that I love, or I hate will come in the past of myself and my duties unto my maker. And that to align is also basically the messenger sallallahu Sallam who brought the message from the maker robber is that you Angela? So we love Allah? And do you know what we need to know? When you learn and you learn deep and you learn sound knowledge, you will come to realize that there is a difference between paying lip service to the love of Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam and really loving him? Because shaytan comes to us and makes us say, Do you love the Prophet? As you do? Well, you now need to sing a song. Okay, fair enough. We may sing his praise.
But then the life is in the pub. And the rest of it is elsewhere. And we're not prepared to follow the sunon. And we're not prepared to follow his teachings. And we're not prepared to even learn about his lifestyle. A lot of us say you know what, I am ashapura suit, which means I'm a lover of food. And you ask him In which year was he born? And he looks at you and he says that's besides the point. I'm a lover of
what type of love You don't even know when he was born Subhana Allah and it's quite easy, you know, it's called a Hamelin field, which means the year of the elephants, and one might ask you Well, what is the year of the elephants don't come and say some year in Africa.
It's the year when abraha wanted to come through to destroy the Kaaba with the elephants. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant His goodness. So the point being raised is when we say I love Allah, and I love his assume it is gauged by something. There is a litmus test, you know, there is a test, you want to know the temperature, I might be able to think, Okay, you know what? Well, it's cool. You know, in this room, it's quite cool. SubhanAllah what is the temperature? So one might say it's 20 degrees, one might say 23 degrees. So someone in the middle might say it's 30 degrees, and so on. If you have a thermometer, you switch your matter. This is what the temperature is. So the love of
Allah, how much do you have in terms of love have a line is
there is a gauge what is that gauge? How much are you following? That's what it is. How much are you adopting? That's the gauge. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala has said
to him, una LA, Debbie Rooney, ooh, la, la,
Si say, oh, Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. Tell them
if you love Allah, then follow me.
And Allah will love you.
And he will forgive your sins For indeed he is most forgiving, Most Merciful. So if you love Allah, what's the gauge? How much do you follow? Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam person wants to taste the sweetness of Eman. They need to ask themselves how much do I follow of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and not just that which is convenient for you. You might want to start with that which is convenient for you. Yes. But remember, there are others who are following that which might not have been convenient for you. But it is also part of the summer. And this is why you know
I don't like to hear people say well, it does something to me when someone says hey, this man is on the sooner and I start thinking Do you know what he's on the sooner? Yes. But we need to understand it's not just something you can just see in the man's life where you just seem to man today for the first time and you say he's on the sooner solely because he has a beard and perhaps you know he's wearing a thong and perhaps you know it is above his ankles well above the ankles and so on. And you said you know what this man is on the sooner hang on relax, wait, wait, say by the will of Allah we need to learn something from him. But we hope and pray that he is on the sooner and so inshallah
will retry to be on the sooner knowing that and I was discussing this a few days ago with someone in an aircraft and I was they will
busy talking to me and we were talking about the dean a Muslim man and he was saying Subhana Allah, that you know what the sooner Rasulullah saw salamina is quite easy to follow. And I said, Okay, do you know that it takes you a whole lifetime to learn it?
Because how many students are there? Perhaps 100,000 that's just a thumb suck, they might be more. You know, his whole life was sooner everything was sooner. So, so many students, if I've got 20 in my life, Mashallah people will say, wow, you know, this man is what 20 sooner in his life, but there can be another man who has a totally different 20 altogether, not even the 20 I have another 20 altogether. And this is why we say do not let your outward appearance deceive you that you're a good Muslim.
Do not let your outward appearance deceive you that you're a good Muslim because how many of us outwardly we look so pious, Mashallah, your wife is complaining that you're a better a swear a liar, a cheat, and you're on the phone all night with somebody else or older biller. And every little while you keep on saying but I can marry her, I can marry her. What's the business of Ken? Ken? Ken, you're a man. Go ahead, love.
What I'm trying to say here is basically, don't use the leeway of the Sherry to justify a sin, when you've not really made use of the ruling by saying I can, what's the big deal we can we can do everything. The money that a person stole, he could have earned it in a Halloween he can, but he didn't he stole it. So you don't keep on committing adultery and say, but I can marry if I want, well, you better want and you better shot your metal out. Either you do it properly or you quit it completely. But the point being raised here is we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for guidance and we try our best we be steadfast on this beautiful path that Allah subhanho wa Taala has laid down for
us. And amazingly, people who are sometimes
and this is a point I'm going to raise and don't read it wrong, we are not discouraging anyone from being outwardly Muslim. But sometimes you find people who might not appear to be so grand in terms of, you know, piety in appearance, but they perhaps respect their parents, they have this consciousness of Allah, perhaps they do not, you know, they are far away from sins like adultery and so on. It's the last thing that would ever come to their mind. And yet there are others who might look a little bit more pious than they are involved in all these things.
What we saying is develop your Eman And this is why Eman is something that cannot be seen your Eman is perhaps felt by people sometimes. But whether you truly believe or not, is in is in the knowledge of Allah, you know, Allah knows. And this is why we say you know the Pillars of Islam.
Their actions, you can actually see them actions meaning I've uttered the statement with my mouth. I need to work to prove that. But whether I believe or not in the in my heart is between me and Allah subhanho wa Taala when you're reading Salah, I might see you and say that's a Muslim. When you're giving the car, I might see you and say that's a Muslim when you're wearing a hijab, I might see you and say that's a Muslim, when for example, you're fasting and abstaining from food in the month of Ramadan, I can perhaps see you and say that's a Muslim, but whether or not you are that Muslim, or you are a movement inside, that's only Allah knows. Do you believe in Allah? Do you really believe
in Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam being the final Nabhi and so on? Do you really believe in the last day? Because if you and I believe truly in the last day, it would keep us away from sin. It would keep us away from that which would displease Allah subhanho wa Taala. Let's take a lesson. And let us learn that this Deen is so broad and so powerful, so big, that from the point of birth, going all the way to the point that we leave this world, we will continue learning and putting into practice correcting what may be incorrect from what we've learned as time passes.
And remember humbleness and humility is a sign of a link with Allah. When a person is arrogant, it's a sign that they are linkwood Allah is weak, its weak. And this is why one of the narrations is liar the whole Janata man can have he can be Miss Carla have bet him in South Delhi min kibble. He will not enter Paradise in whose heart There is even
a little mustard seeds wait with of pride.
What is pride? The Hadith says rejecting the truth and despising people despise the people may Allah protect us. Sometimes you become agitated, agitated, you know, yesterday I met a brother again Mashallah Baraka public transport. I met a brother and Subhanallah he became he asked me Oh, Mashallah, where do you come from and so on. And I told him where I come from, and he thought I was telling a lie. So anyway, he looks at me and he just, you know, said, Yeah,
I remember once it happened to me when at one of the airports as well, where I met a brother and he was a shift from Saudi Arabia and you know, meaning a shift meaning a man with a beard, this was in Malaysia, and he was at the counter in Langkawi flying back to Kuala Lumpur and, and he tells me, you know, and I said, Well, I'm in Zimbabwe went to check me when
He says no missing Bob, we cannot. You know, he's asking me, where are you from? I said, I'm from Zimbabwe. He says, I said, What about you, sir? He says, I'm also from Zimbabwe.
And I thought, wow, I never seen this man there. And I don't know, but I didn't want to have so I thought I gave him the benefit of the doubt. And what happened? We went through security. And finally someone asked me for my passport and this brother was behind me. And I took out a Zimbabwean passport. And I gave it to this brother to the security. And they looked at it. And that man later on came, he tapped me on my shoulders. He said, Yeah, Chef, please forgive me. I said, Why? He said, Well, he I thought you were telling a lie. So I answered you sarcastically the same way you answered me. He says, but I've just realized you actually told me the truth. So anyway, history repeats
itself. Sometimes yesterday, someone else also didn't believe me. And they were a little bit agitated with me. And a little while later, this is just the way you sitting is wrong.
In the way I'm sitting, you know, if you fold your legs this way, people might get a different understanding of who you are.
And I'm looking at him. And I'm thinking to myself, so Pamela, I don't even know. Because I remember the last time once I had that glass, and I have the glass with three fingers, and I was busy drinking water. And this was in the UK as well. And so do you better hold your glass, you know, hold it solely properly said But why? He says don't ask questions.
I'm looking at the brother yesterday, and I'm telling him, How am I supposed to be sitting? He says, No, you know, you guys, you just think you're a big deal. And then I said, Okay, this man here needs a bit of help. So I started becoming a little bit agitated within me and I had it within me to give him a little bit of a mouthful, but half a mouthful, at least. But then I thought quickly to myself, no, no, no, this is something dangling in front of you for this and for the sake of Allah, you got to pass him, excuse the man, you know, leave him in the sense that you say, Okay, thank you so much. And I appreciate it, you know, and just ask him, okay, how should I sit and so on. So that's what I
did and Mashallah I learned a lesson. So by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala, that we are tested. And this is something that Allah subhanho wa Taala puts within us, we become agitated sometimes and irritated. But humble isn't dropping yourself down. When I say dropping yourself down, I don't mean that you know, leaving the truth or dropping or rejecting the truth, or for example, trading that which is valid, you know, truth and so on. No, but what I mean is humbling yourself for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala it's definitely a sign of elevation in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Whereas, a person who's got this despising attitude of people, my fear is perhaps they may or may
not be from amongst those who falls into the Hadith that says the one who has given will not enter Jannah and we know the translation of cable from another Hadith where it is to despise people and reject the truth. Sometimes we despise one another so badly. We wonder, may Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive our shortcomings really develop that amount of years and learn and come through with it. Let's go through the last two points of that same ad that I started speaking about. The one was the love of a lion is that as soon as I said, there is a gauge for it suddenly Allahu alayhi wasallam
and then the Hadith says, and you hit bajo la, you hit boo in la de la, to love your fellow Muslim, for no reason besides the love of Allah, the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala I love my brother, my brothers, I love you for the sake of Allah. I love you for the sake of Allah. I may never know you personally. But there is a link. There is a link between us what is that link? It is easy, man. I have a good vibe. When I say a good vibe. I see you and I have a good feeling. I see the brothers I have a good feeling Allah, Allah is my witness. When I see a sister in a scarf or in a niqab or in a hijab or trying to be dressed as a Muslim. I try my best to say a little to Africa. Even today, I
was on the train and I was passing through the various stations and stops and Subhanallah we had I saw from my little window sisters who addressed proper Muslim Mashallah. And I said, Yeah, Allah, you know, help them, guide them, strengthen them, alleviate whatever suffering, they have solved their matters and their problems. Let them live as Muslim a minute and let them die as that as well.
Why I don't know them, some of them may know who I am. And you might be hating my guts, big deal. So panela so what we pray for them, excuse them by the will of Allah. The same applies to ask my brothers, we may never know each other personally. But do you feel that love? Do you? Do you have that feeling within you to say, you know what, that's my brother in the deal. We may have a few differences as well. We may. You may not agree with 100% of what I say. That does not mean you've rejected revelation, it could be my error, it could be my mistake.
So do we love each other for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala if we do remember that is one of the ways of tasting the sweetness of Eman, love for the sake of Allah. I remember there was a young man and he came to me and this happens quite often to be honest with you
You know, either through the brothers or the system, and he says, You know what? I've heard that the problem is when you love someone for the sake of Allah, you should tell him. Okay, that's correct. That's right. You love someone you for the sake of Allah, you tell him I love you for the sake of Allah, He says that I love for the sake of Allah
does still apply? And I seen a bunch of questions. I hope that's not one of the questions.
Does it still apply? So I said, Well what have you been doing? He says I've been going around the system and messaging them I love you.
For the sake of Allah
I love people I said you know, brother, keep that in the form of a DA or something, you know that that really proves within your you don't. I would like to think that start off with the brothers tell the brothers you know Subhanallah love you for the sake of Allah and let that develop. And as for the sisters, you know what happens sometimes to some of the brothers they'll send the message and love you. When they in trouble right at the bottom they put for the sake of Allah. By the way, you know what I mean? It's like a footnote at the bottom for the PS NB for the sake of Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Goddess, let's not let shaytaan contaminate this love that is for the
sake of Allah. Because sometimes it starts off for the sake of Allah then it becomes for the sake of business. And it becomes for the sake of this and for the sake of that, may Allah subhanho wa Taala keep it primarily for the sake of Allah. And this is why my brothers and sisters an important point, it's also one of the many Yes, when you get to the house of Allah, it's the house of Allah. It's called the house of Allah does not belong to you, nor does it belong to the chairman, nor does it belong to what is what they call the the worker for the mutual me. No, it's the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala when you enter it, you should feel calm, you should feel welcome. You should feel
no pressure, no strain, no negative feelings whatsoever. So if you enter a machine and you've had these negative feelings, then something needs to happen there. Or let me worded differently if you are a person who puts pressure on people unduly a brother sorry you are in the mercy of Marshall the first time seeing you here my brother, what's your business? You say? No, I'm working for the council. Hey, I need a house. I needed this. So brother the man's gonna say I came to the masjid and look what's happening people are now calling me to do all sorts of other things the main today Are you the owner of the shop down the road? I need a discount my brother You know that stuff I bought
from there it's nice but I just need a few more But brother You know 10% just 10% and the brothers thinking but I've come to the house of Allah is that shop belonged to a person who was away from the team completely perhaps not even following the same deal. Would we have even asked the same questions. And this is why yesterday in London I was speaking to some brothers and they were telling me you are right we prefer to do business with the non Muslims because they don't ever ask for discounts and they don't ever come and scrounge and you know when you when I say scrounge i mean you know they come and try and say okay but you know this and but you know that and I'll take this thing
I'll pay half now and I'll pay half a long time ago. If you walk into if you walk into a non Muslim shop I think you would not do that you just pay it and carry on how many of you that last time I walked into as the guys I need to discuss?
Allah May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us goodness so you need to be a more mean that makes it easy for others to love you also for the sake of Allah don't put undue pressure. And some people have this habit where they ask personal questions, brother So how old are you? Oh, so when did you get married? How many kids do you have? And brother You know what? I see you wearing glasses? What's your numbers? Brother? Relax.
A brother Are you wearing contact lenses? I just came to the masjid the house of Allah let me have my link relation with Allah. So we have a policy back where I come from at home. You do not ask people all these personal questions. You do not ask an old person Assalamualaikum my brother, how are you? Mashallah hamdulillah Good to see you and America last week and it stops there. So Pamela, you have something good to say something, you know, decent to say save stops there, and you do not judge people because Subhanallah even if a man was a drunkard, and you seen him at the pub, not gonna ask you what you were doing there. But you seen him at the pub, and you find him in the house
of Allah perhaps that was Allah who drove him to the masjid. Make sure that you are not driven by the devil to the pub that he came out from.
This is why we say don't give him the dirty looks you here today. What happened? No, that's not going to help. Your Eman must make you realize Allah owns guidance. Allah guides whomsoever He wishes. And Allah may have brought this man and definitely he may be on the path of recovery if not already recovered, and he may have shed tears warm tears of repentance whilst we are still busy in the back of our minds we have a sin we haven't yet committed which we planning and say you know what, I'll turn to Allah but one more thing I need to do.
May Allah save goddess from the west what's what's up the devil? The whispers of the devil.
So this is what when we say you love someone for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the last part of the Hadith is an era Ania
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literally that means a person should hate to go back to corporate in the same way that they would hate to be thrown into the fire. And if you want to take a deeper look at the meanings and what it includes, it would mean when Allah has guided you, you should detest and dislike to go back upon this spiritual achievement, religious achievement that you have, say, for example, and I'm going to give you a realistic example. You know, we live in the real world where we have issues and problems, say there is a person who only read three Salah a day. Now, you and I know that that's not good enough. Am I right? from three they shifted to four. And they they still finding it a little bit
difficult to read the first one you and I know it's not good enough. But I want to ask you a realistic question. Has there been an improvement or not?
There's been an improvement. So if we were to find the brother and say you know what brother you're going to Nari Johanna masala here because mataranka salata, mohammedans.
And so, and there's so many added that we can be, we can rattle out, the thing is, the man is still alive, we need to guide him, there are ways of guiding him, Mashallah he's increased, you can see he's coming to the masjid, we just need to create some form of a platform within our minds to be able to get the man onto it. And to encourage him in a beautiful way to read that Salah, bearing in mind that he needs a balance between hope and fear. Too much of one is not healthy, you need a balance of it. If someone is so hopeful, they become a commitment and they said no.
In the law, anytime a man is drinking or adultery or pornography or whatever else it is, and you ask him, or you are in this company, or should I say maybe one day you happen to be with him and you say my brother you know these are bad habits. He says in Allahu Rahim Indeed Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Like that's the verse of the Quran has memorized. Too much of Hope is dangerous.
Obviously, we are all very hopeful. But what I mean is that which is negative, that which leads you to negativity, it makes you do things intentionally. And you still banking on the fact that Allah is no Same applies when a person believes that you know what, I'm going to help I it's over and I'm doing this is why we say when you're talking to people use a bit of wisdom, give them hope and remind them hey, I was warned you as well.
Because I have come across a certain brother, again, who came to me and told me you know what? I went to x y machine. And there was a while they're giving a talk meaningless man giving a sermon and he doomed us all. You are going to hell or you're going to burn for everything. You know, this is nobody agenda is not accessible to the people you have to go through gentlemen. And there's going to be this and you're going to cross through the bridge and you're going to drop into the Hellfire and you're going to burn and burn and burn, and so on and so forth. And Subhan Allah, remember,
this brother tells me, I feel like I'm useless. I feel like I don't even want to pray anymore. Because as it isn't going to help, as it is, you know, I'm doomed. I've committed so many sins, I don't even know. It reminded me immediately of the Hadith of the man who had murdered 99 people and he comes to say, is there any forgiveness for me Subhana Allah, my brothers and sisters, that door of Toba is open. The door of repentance is open right here right now and shall be open until the hacker comes to you which is the point of death.
It is open so do not lose hope in the mercy of Allah never, ever lose hope in his mercy. And you need to know that little cord of fear that you have within you should lead you to Allah together with the hope that you have within you. That may be a lot May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. So to go back on your religious achievements or spiritual achievements, you should detest for this brother to have moved from three to four Salah we will say he sold a lot of his problems. Small bit left the day he gets to five Mashallah. He has arrived at the bare minimum by the will of Allah now he can increase in his soon and in his statue than everything else. But if he goes back
from three to two to one, that is what we're mentioning in the Hadith, how will he taste the sweetness of email?
Let me give you another typical example. And I've given this example many times, but it's applicable here for us,
for example, and people always ask, you know, what is the what is foreign? What do you have to do? We all know the duties we have to Allah subhanho wa Taala sometimes we're weak. So you have a sister, for example, who might be exposing her legs. And she's a Muslim system. And suddenly she realizes, you know what, it's not correct for me to expose my legs and to expose my hair. So she starts off she she covers her legs.
But unfortunately, she covers her legs with something that's very tight. Now, you and I know that what she's done.
Is it better than where she was? Or is it worse? Let's be honest. Is it better or worse? Don't be shy to answer. Nobody's gonna hold it against you. Obviously we are talking
Reality person who was exposing themselves. Now they're covering themselves, but the material is a little bit tight. Don't you agree with me that there has been some improvement here? that we have to acknowledge if it's my own sister, and they are my sisters, to be honest with you in the dean. And this is why we're concerned about them. We cannot just say doom. JOHN, there was a brother Subhanallah and I was in his company once we were walking, let's not say which city it was. Every time we walk past the sister was uncovered or was not covered probably says Jana and
Jana, and he walks and I'm like, Are you the gatekeeper of john.
I remember this quite vividly. And this is what drove me to mentioning the reality that look my sister, ideally, you know what you're supposed to be, you know where you're supposed to be. If your weakness has not allowed you to get up to that stage, you know, immediately then at least start moving in that direction by the will of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. Then you have a person from that stage, they've got to, for example,
wearing a clock out to government Mashallah tabarrok Allah What will you say they've achieved something grand and great by the will of Allah, they will be able to slowly start tasting the sweetness of a man because within themselves they feel that link with Allah, every inch that we walk towards Allah, Allah walk or Allah rushes to us even quicker, you know, man, Attorney, m she attained to her Allah. This is a powerful Hadith and it goes on and on where the Prophet sallallahu Sallam tells us that Allah subhanho wa Taala has said, Whoever comes to me a hand span I come to him wholefoods, and whoever comes to me a foot, I come to him or whoever comes to me walking, I come to
him rushing, so every time you are getting closer to Allah, Allah comes closer to you than you are getting to him. Subhana Allah, that's the mercy of Allah. That's the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But what is dangerous is when you are distancing yourself from Allah. This is where the hadith of sweetness of Eman comes in. Imagine a person who is wearing a cloak and suddenly they've abandoned it. They've abandoned it in a person who covered their body and suddenly they've taken it out a person who used to get up for Sinatra's budget and suddenly it's no longer there. That is what we should be more worried about. By the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah strengthen us and
May He grant us goodness my brothers and sisters. It's been an absolute honor to be seated in front of you given the opportunity to share a few words with you and to be here to say inshallah, words of goodness I asked Allah to grant me benefit from what I've said, and yourselves as well. I've just realized the hour is up, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to open our doors and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to have motivated us in one way or another, starting with myself and then everyone else, whatever whatever I have said that is correct is definitely from Allah subhanho wa Taala his guidance and the mistakes I've made from myself and shape on May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us
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