Channel: Mufti Menk
Lecture delivered at the Ilm Convention in Zamboanga, Philippines
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala are salatu salam ala rasulillah
complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all and bless every one of us. My brothers and sisters, indeed, the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the greatest and Allah subhanho wa Taala has addressed this in the barn, and I'd like to start off this afternoon's talk here in Zamboanga in this beautiful country of the Philippines with the recitation of the Quran which has in these verses from
Amina Shame on you know Jean Bismillah Al Rahman Irani
in another verse, a few verses later, Allah subhanho wa Taala describes
In another verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala describes.
So Pamela, these are the words of Allah subhana wa tada my maker and yours, my brothers, my sisters, love for them.
Indeed, Allah has failed with the believers.
Allah has given a gift to the believers when he sent a messenger to them from amongst them. Yes.
this messenger reciting the verses and the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala to them, and at the same time,
purifying them, teaching them the best in terms of purification of worship, worshiping Allah alone, and in terms of character and conduct.
In terms of your treatment to other human beings and other creatures of Allah, then to upon the purest level and reciting to you the verses of the book, as well as that which came before to confirm everything that came before. That was the gift of Allah upon us. He sent us Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So my brothers, my sisters, today, as you can see here, you need to realize the biggest gift that you have is your worshipping Allah alone. Remember that don't allow contamination of worship. What that means is, you are not worshiping a human being, you are not worshipping a stick or a stone, you are not worshipping an idol or a grave, you are not worshiping a
creature of Allah or the creature of the Creator, but you are only worshiping the Creator who made you him alone, we worship Him alone, we asked for help. He
you alone, you alone, we worship of Allah and you alone we shall seek the help of May Allah help us mainly make us from those who worship Him alone. But remember,
let others do what they want.
Let others do what they want. Allah created human beings, Allah created other creatures, and Allah created the plants as well. So you look at the creatures of Allah, there is a plan of Allah don't think that you will disturb that plan. No, it is the plan of Allah, some people will be rightly guided, some people will not be rightly guided, but everyone will think that they are the ones who are rightly guided.
Every group is happy with what they are following with what they think is right. What do I need to do? I need to constantly question myself, I need to ask myself is what I am doing what was brought by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is what I am doing. The requirement of my maker is what I am doing correct. You need to constantly ask yourself until you find the evidence that you are satisfied with that proves to you indeed what you are doing is correct. Don't be shy or ashamed to connect yourself to change yourself when you are going wrong. Don't be ashamed to actually admit that what I'm doing is wrong. Let me now do what is right, because you have the chance for as long
as you're alive. My brothers and sisters, if you're alive, you have a chance if you're doing something wrong, Cathy's quitting, stopping and change when now,
not later on, or tomorrow morning, I'm going to start a new leaf No, by that time, it's already watered down. Now, if there is something you are doing wrong, right now you say Oh Allah, I did this for many years. It was wrong. I regret it. I admit my sin, I asked you to forgive me not going to do it again. From now.
If you have not been dressing appropriately, for example, or if you have been sitting on your phone with the wrong people, for example, or if you are watching that which is dirty and wrong, or if you are gambling or drinking or if you are on drugs, no matter what brand it is.
Promise Allah now that you will quit.
I'm talking about the legacy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Why did I start this way? Because my brothers and sisters, we are His followers, how can we call ourselves his followers when we are not interested in following what exactly he has brought to Panama? What legacy Are you going to talk about when we are not even interested in following? Why should I speak about the legacy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam when you and I are not even following that particular example my brothers and sisters, do you see what I'm saying?
We say we love Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we don't follow him. If your boyfriend or girlfriend who is haram for you to have a relationship with tells you to do something silly. You will do it because you want to impress them you want to make them happy. And Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam Allah subhanho wa Taala says to us Never mind about loving some human or loving someone. What about your love for Allah if you want to prove it, look what Allah says
to him, Boone Allah
Allah Almighty He was sent them, tell them if they love Allah then follow me meaning follow Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah will love them and forgive their sins For indeed he is most forgiving, Most Merciful, amazing. You love Allah follow the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, life is too short to spend it in the disobedience of Allah disobedience my brothers and sisters does not bring about joy except very temporary. Ask those who commit adultery, do they get joy for more than a few minutes after that it is regret and stress as those who are addicted to the bottle, how much joy do they get? A few moments perhaps they think that they don't
have problems not realizing, not realizing that we forgot the problems temporarily only and when we became sober, they were bigger problems than they were before we actually became intoxicated ourselves on drugs, they will tell you the same thing. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding my brothers my sisters, sin does not bring about true happiness. Obedience brings about true happiness, calmness, contentment, long term solutions, not short term patch, you know what is patchwork? May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us a deep understanding. So this is why I decided to start this week to make me realize and to make every one of us realize that the biggest
gift we have is the fact that we are worshipers of Allah followers of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So Who was he? What did he leave behind? How did he deal with matters that arose?
Number one, from the very beginning, he was known as
I mean, a Sadek.
I mean, don't be shy to say this, he was known as a sodic.
And I mean, he was known as the truth trustworthy from when, from a young age, very young age, my brothers and sisters.
Do you know what it takes to be known as a truthful, trustworthy person today, and we claim to be billions of followers of a humble Salalah alayhi wa sallam? In the whole city? Maybe you can count a few people who are truthful and trustworthy, am I right? Where is the legacy of Muhammad? sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Look at him. He was truthful, trustworthy, find yourself to become truthful and trustworthy, fight yourself or indeed if that is the case, you will be honoring the fact that you are following Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam
you claim something with your mouth, you should believe in your heart and you should work towards it with your organs. That's something that is the man I believe in Allah I said it was my tone, but I need to have it in my heart and I need to work towards it. I cannot lead a life in such a way that I say something but I do something else. Yeah, I you. Nina man who Lima de PUE. nama.
Oh, you who believe? Why do you say that which you do not do? Panama. Don't be a hypocrite. Be honest, be genuine, be sincere, learn the truth followings.
Now, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam known as trustworthy and honest from an early age. Before that, he was an orphan to Panama.
You will now know that he is known as
the best of creation, the most noble of all messengers of Allah Subhana Allah, Allah, but Allah chose for him to have no father who was alive upon his birth, meaning his father passed away prior to his birth. This is an honor and the consolation for all those who are orphans. And now what got
myself and the one who takes care of an orphan shall be like these two fingers in paradise. He said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
because himself, he was an orphan. He was looked after by his grandfather, when he passed away by his uncle, and so on. A little while later, he lost his mother at the age of six, tender, very tender. So when you have lost your parents or lost one of them, my brothers, my sisters, let us train our children from an early age that that, in fact does not mean you are disadvantaged in any way. It is somehow a sign of the love of Allah
subhanho wa Taala.
And be careful the way you treat the orphans.
fella, then how as for the orphan child, don't be harsh, do not be hard on that particular child. be lenient, become be soft, reach out to them.
look after them, train them, guide them in the most beautiful way. And as for the one who is asking you something, don't rebuke the person when someone is begging from you, you do not have to beat them if you want you can give them if you feel for some reason something is wrong with this, like a few days ago, someone asked me something when I was at a traffic light back at home.
And they had like a MOOC backlit and in the MOOC back and they had something inside of glue, glue substance, and they were sniffing this glue. So back at home where I come from, it's a type of a drug, they hallucinate. They become high on what on goo Sorry, I'm not teaching you what to do. But I'm only telling you this what happens, okay? So they will, this guy was actually sort of inhaling this glue, and he's asking me for money. I looked at him, I smiled. And I did this. I pointed at him. And I said, No, and I carried on. I did not rebuke him because I thought of the verse that you know what the man is asking. You don't have to rebuke you don't want to be respectful and go away.
So panela I gave him a message and I went away. I'm not saying I'm ideal. But I was reminded by the verse of the Quran what to do, had I done from my own heart and my soul, I would have probably shouted, scolded and said something that would be hurtful and go away regret in May Allah subhanho wa Taala said goddess.
So this was Muhammad sallahu alayhi wa sallam as he grew older. When he came, he spoke the truth. He spoke the truth in a very polite way. Some people think he spread Islam in a harsh way.
From the very beginning, he went to his people, oh my people, c'est la ilaha illa Allah, you will enter Jannah according to the narrations, the people used to make a combination of our half of the caliber the house of Allah in Mecca, they used to succumb to late naked, naked, they used to remove their clothing and then they used to succumb too late. Now that is worse than the miniskirts we have today. Do you agree? It was What happened?
to look down and he was there looking down saying are you a nurse coup de la ilaha illa ma
boo La ilaha illAllah
kulu La Ilaha Illa to flee who are people? C'est la ilaha illa Allah you won't be successful. People say la ilaha illa you will be successful or people bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah and you will be successful. He kept on repeating this and guess what it affected some of them. Not all of them
that say is affected and helped some of them. So he kept on speaking the truth, but in a polite way we may harm him. He did not harm them back No.
When did he become a Muslim? When he returned one day from a hunting trip. And as he was going towards the masjid, he was told that a Buddha has beaten your nephew and the Buddha had taken some object and tried to harm me Salama while he was. This uncle heard about it. He came back and he beat a Buddha with a bow and he told him as to who and Allah, Dini aku Maja
How can you rebuke or swear this man when I am following what we say? That was the declaration of Islam of who has been
one of the powerful men. He was known as the lion.
As a doula. So Pamela, may Allah Subhana Allah grant us, but Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you know, when he was in LA, and he was faced with attack, what did he do? He prayed for his people. How many of us when we see the enemies of Islam who harm Islam? Do we pray for them or Allah guide them to Islam or Allah soften their hearts, Oh Allah, bring them forth, Oh Allah, the bad that they are doing the energy that they are using to do bad converting so that they can use it to do good. That was
a long run. And it works. It came he came a little while later, and he declared his Shahada Subhan Allah. Amazing. Look at apartmani there is another powerful example in the life of Abu Mahdi. He was the uncle of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He supported Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But he was not a Muslim.
Right at the end when he was on his deathbed, and he had done so much of goodwill that no one could then mentioned Mohammed. He was named negatively in his
presence but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went to him and said, Yeah, I'm me. Kalimantan. Oh Ha Judah can be multi Yama. Oh, my uncle, you're on your deathbed say one sentence and I will fight your case on the Day of Judgment. What was the sentence that ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah He did not say
why? Allah says in a gala tea money.
you do not guide whomsoever you wish. Allah guides whomsoever He wishes. In another place, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Allah masumi
moving the duty of the messenger is nothing besides to convey the message clearly that was the duty you can make it move on a law will deal with this person, they will either be brought forward or the evidence will be placed against them in Arabic we say it karma to
the Arabic language, the meaning of it is the evidence has now been placed squarely in their court. They are answerable to Allah they got the message. So Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was assisted in spreading Islam by a non Muslim who was related to him.
In Allah that you need to have an E burger to live.
The happiest exists. A lot can use a simple person to support the team. Sometimes a person was not a Muslim, they can give you some form of relief or comfort by the will of Allah to a person who's a Muslim.
Now, if we take a look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam later on, yes, they will battle is the Battle of battle, the Battle of the battles, these battles, legitimate battles, by Allah subhanho wa Taala instruction to get back what was taken from them when they were driven out of
their land was taken, their wealth was taken, you said they were driven out of their homes.
And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says you cannot make friends with those people who drove you out of your homes and they fought you They stole all your belongings, you want to make friends with them. So Panama
you see today they are people who use the verses of the Quran and they use these verses they say you are not allowed to have friends from among the Christians and the Jews because Allah says yeah.
Oh you who believe do not think the Jews and the Christians as your friends so they translated as friends yet the term Olia does not mean friends, it is talking of protectors in time of war and the interpretation of it is in the next verse Landon,
Nina kamuzu Allah
there is something called that see, that means the explanation of
the most powerful method of the scene is that you will only be able to explain the way it is in brief by another ways where it is in detail. So a few verses later, Allah explains who are the disbelievers he's talking about. He's talking about those who mock and scoff at you those who did those who drove you out of your homes, those who kill you so kind of law you have people who are fighting you and you want to befriend those who have driven you out of your homes, the godfather of Mecca, it was wrong for the people to be random. There was an incident and more than one where some of the relatives had sent messages to their own relatives who were in Muskoka, who were part of
those who drove the Muslims away, telling them some details about the Muslim plans and expose them. And Allah says no, look,
we Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
the term is used wilaya Alia the same root word Allah says do you want to know who are the people from the disbelievers who we don't want you to be friendly? Do you want to know who from the disbelievers are those whom we don't want you to be friend, they are the ones whom
they fought you
Regarding your Jeep,
they drove you out of your homes
or they helped and assisted to drive you out of your homes. How can you be befriend them? And how can not only friendship the term Wi Fi is higher than friendship? It goes to protection where you have a treaty with them you have an agreement with them. So Panama
but then Allah says
Lionheart como la guanine, Latina, mukajee lu config de Nueva.
It's a beautiful verse, Allah says,
Allah, Allah says Allah does not prohibit you, from brief befriending those from among the disbelievers or being just with them upright with them. Those from among those who did not fight you, they are innocent people around, they are just bringing you all with disbelievers at some stage. Someone worked on you, someone worked on your forefathers. That's why you are Muslim today, myself included.
Why am I saying this? Because people are using verses of the Koran to confuse the Muslim public to say you cannot be friend, the Christian who is innocent, be your neighbor, my brother, my sister, you can marry a person of the book under certain conditions.
So I'm going to marry you you're a Christian lady, but you know what? Not your friends. So what is your brain?
I'm going to have children with you. I couldn't marry you. But you know what, I can't be your friend. How the last verses of the Quran when the verses of the marriage to Ankita via meaning a Jewish woman or a Christian woman, you can marry them you can Allah it is in the Quran. Yes, there are certain conditions but you can ultimately that would be valid.
You can argue that no one can. Like I said, there are conditions, rules, regulations, you fulfill them and it happens. How can that be the case? If Allah says you're not allowed to be friends rather forget about friendship, I'm allowed to marry and have children.
You follow what I say?
So my brothers and sisters, remember one thing, when you are a religious person goes to Allah does it make you hard or soft? Tell me
Say it loudly.
It makes you soft fabric.
It is only by the mercy of Allah.
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam towards them.
It is the softness of the nature. You are soft in nature towards them.
booming, howling if you want hard, harsh, hard hearted, they would never want to listen to you. They would disperse. They would run away today you are seated here. Why?
Why? Why are you here today? You want to listen to a message that will soften you right? You want to listen to a message that will bring you closer to Allah. You want to listen to a message that will remind you of goodness, you don't want to come here and listen to me attacking this one and that one or listen to me being hard and harsh and dooming all of you my brothers, my sisters, you are already in the fire. Is that what you want me to say?
You're already in the fire. Well, I'm in the same place as you what would happen to me? May Allah subhanho wa Taala say, We are here to listen to a beautiful message. I started off reading the most beautiful words of Allah.
And I want to give you a message of peace and goodness because what a sign of closeness to Allah is that you are soft, your nature is good. You love the creatures of Allah who made other human beings who made the kuffar who made everyone else who made the dogs in the pigs, the same Allah Who made you, you have to admit you have to admit
you see a pig out there for example, you and I know we're not allowed to eat a pig right? We cannot associate more even sometimes with certain animals, right? We cannot because that's the ruling that we have in our religion but can you just go and say like, throwing stones can you do that? No. There is life and an animal you cannot throw stones at the pig just like that because it is a pig. The pig was created by Allah you're not allowed to consume it to deal with it etc etc. But to harm it just like that one law you will pay a heavy price Have you priced you know a dog my brothers and sisters a dog in Islam we have rules and regulations.
In our relationship with a dog what we can and cannot do when you can and cannot have a dog for example, very strict tunings, if a dog was to leave you what would happen to who
the utensils that have been leaked by a dog need to be washed seven times with water, the first one perhaps with a little bit of what we would term detergent, sand or dust. Suppan along with those rulings, there was a man and I'm not going to get deeply into the story because I repeat the story every time there was a man Sahil narration authentic narration a man who quench the thirst of a dog when he came up from the from the well and he saw the dog and he felt this dog is thirsty, let me quench the thirst of the dog. Allah subhanho wa Taala says we love that action so much. We gave him forgiveness. Imagine a man earning Jannah because he looked at the dog and he decided to quench the
thirst of a dog the question I have, who is more high in status, a dog or a human being is to quench the thirst of a dog. Got you forgiveness? What do you think you will achieve by quenching the thirst of a human being
someone who does not share your faith they don't share it as a human being. We have disasters in a lot of countries at the moment that supposedly unnatural.
When I say natural, I mean sometimes you have a tsunami sometimes you have typhoons, sometimes you have hurricanes, whatever else. We could have earthquakes and so on. We have floods in some areas. Trust me.
As a human being you have to do everything in your capacity to save lives. To save lives. That's your test.
When someone sees you drowning, they couldn't be anything. Their humanity will lead them to try and save you. They will not say that one has a beard leaving let him drown this one wedding scarf. Let's go You cannot say that.
They will save you you will save them to say you declare Shahada Okay, you you cannot say that
me. Whoever says one life is equivalent to the one who saved humanity at large one life. Allah didn't say muslimin
Who ever saved a life? One Life any life? That person will come out their life will change for the sake of Allah, they will see you You say that you jumped straight in. Someone asked me once. If you see a day drowning would you say I said I would be the first one to jump in. Save them What's wrong?
So Panama they are human that is life.
You get the reward from Allah when you see an animal thrown in you save the animal.
Sometimes we love our kittens, more than we love other human beings.
I promise you I get so many questions every week. Chef,
will my cat Be gentle with me?
is not going to be
my beloved child I work so hard that you go to Jenna first. When you go there, Allah says we have
whatever is sweet to your eyes, you will have it
whatever your heart desires, you will have it in were in gentlemen.
And you will be there forever. So when you get there, then you can decide what you want and what you don't. There might be something way better than your cat. You might never think of your cat again.
What type of betrayal is that?
I can give you another example. Some people they say you know I can't afford to this car but inshallah when I go to Geneva I will get to relax.
The people in 19 110 they if they made the same they would only get to those who
The Victorian cars which had bicycle tires on them, four of them, which were starting when you have to crank the front of the engine, I don't know, you know those old cars for them that was the engine. So don't make it too hard for gentlemen related to something in your times, because before even the day of tiama, you will never want that same thing again.
Imagine those who lived in 1960 Yala, I can't afford this Mercedes when I go to give me two of them. Now you have to buy 1960 Mercedes, you don't even want them today.
So can you follow what I'm saying?
So don't make it too high relative to your time with the material items say Oh Allah give me paradise and you need to be convinced when you have paradise you will get what you want. Then Allah, Allah promised you sometimes people say when I go to gentlemen, will I have what I have the same husband.
Guess what? The true answer to it is Allah will make you happy. Don't worry, you will never ever regret alone will make you so happy that you will be shocked as to the level of happiness, contentment, joy and excitement that you will have within you.
To get to gentlemen follow the true footsteps of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Listen to my brothers and sisters. When you read five daily prayers. A sign of acceptance is it softens your heart. If it makes your heart heart there is something wrong with your sauna. When you dress properly, it should soften your heart. If your heart becomes hard, something's wrong with your dress. your intention is wrong. your sincerity is wrong. You have pride. You have arrogance. What is pride in Islam, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said like a man can be with God.
He will never enter Paradise in whose heart is a mustard seeds wait with of pride. So the Sahaba of the companions they were surprised. They asked all Michigan we like our clothing. We like our convenience to be nice and neat.
We all like good clothing look looks good. Can you see this?
I made sure it was done before I came one. That's us. We want to look decent. We want to look reasonable. My brother was seem is laughing. So Pamela Yes. We want to look smart. Mashallah. But that's not pride. Pride shows in your attitude.
I can try to win a Ferrari. Yes, I can. But guess what? If I'm humble, I still go to the masjid. I still believe the people, I still talk nicely. I'm still a person who is reachable, etc, etc. within limits, then I'm still a good guy.
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, pride is not pride is not connected to your clothing or your housing. No. It's connected to your attitude.
When you reject the truth, you are arrogant. When you despise people, you are proud. You think you are being others are small, you have pride. Sometimes when we fight Salah we think we are big, and everyone else.
Subhan Allah. You know the last time I set one with one young guy, young guy, he was from the nightclubs Listen carefully. He was from the nightclubs. And he came to the machine. But he came with a bang. Because sometimes when you saw misguidance in your life, and when you come to guidance, you become very hard. Brandon, you saw the light after 25 years. Why do you want these people to see the light in 25 minutes? Where are you Where's your brain gone. So they will also take time you keep on trying until you die, they may or may not see the light, you will get a reward for trying don't harm them. Don't attack them, don't kill them. Don't think that is Islam that is not Islam. Islam is
to keep trying and I will keep conveying the message because they belong to a larger site I belong to Allah. Allah made them as sophisticated as he made me they have a brain and eyes a tongue and nose, etc. Just like I knew what gives me the right to take life away. I'm not allowed to do that. So from the nightclub to the machine and what happened thereafter so hard, he was telling me, don't you see these people are doing they are going to join them.
I said brother You don't know about one condition, they may die. So keep trying with them until the day you die.
He said you are far from the life of the Prophet.
Just because I'm telling you what Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam taught us You don't know do you read the Quran?
He says yes, I read for me I opened for him must have
said no I don't read Arabic.
Do you want to share from all the Messiah's giving the beat much worse to kill this one. You cannot
Have, you don't even know how to recycling and what has happened with 99% of those who promote killing, they don't know how to implement, they can't, they cannot translate it for you. Why? Because their message is not from the Quran. It's a confusion that was created from other people similar. Be careful of this. Listen to the words of Allah understand them. When you don't understand something, ask someone and keep asking someone, there is a beautiful explanation. Remember how Islam came to this part of the world, it came through the character and the conduct of the people. It never came through fighting and killing people. Every time there was fighting and killing in this
part of the world, there was a disaster, it resulted in destruction is now the legacy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam is to build not to destroy, to make peace not to make more remember that Subhanallah that is the legacy of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam look at how they've destroyed the homes, the houses, the infrastructure, the cities taken them 150 years back in the name of Islam.
Is that what the legacy of Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam is go to the countries where the Muslims were, you will see what they have built up to today it exists. Why in our own places do we need to destroy brother fighting brother for what?
It is not the legacy of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he didn't do that.
there is no goodness, there is no good missing the secret meetings that the people hold unless within there is instruction or discussion of how to promote goodness, charity and solving the problems between the people when discussing how to bring people together we don't want to divide ourselves today among the Muslims, we are looking for reasons to split ourselves brother. You read Salah this way I have two differences with you You belong to something else.
And according to that one I'm going to Johanna and according to another one both of us are going to Johanna and according to a fourth one all three of us are going to Johanna and we are all farm Why? So Panama so then who is going to explain
to understand my question
everyone seems to be going
to be empty, empty property. No, no way. inshallah we will all be judgmental is so wide, so broad, it will bring you in there myself in there. All of us in there by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala through His mercy, keep trying and keep trying with hope in the mercy of Allah, you will be in paradise. Don't lose hope. Don't a shaman come to you and make you think No, I can't get it you can. I was reading a message today. An old man asked another.
Sorry, a young man asked an old man he says who is going to take account on the Day of Judgment. The old man says Allah. He said in that case, I'm not too worried. When we will go to gentlemen, if it was someone else, maybe we need to worry Why? Because Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the Day of Judgment.
On the day you won't even hear a whisper. All the voices won't be silenced for who?
He didn't say for alarm. He didn't use the name Allah. Allah uses the name Little Rock man. Have you thought of them?
Allah says everyone will be silenced. For for the Most Merciful.
If he wanted, we could say for the most powerful for the strongest for the Creator, for the one who will punish. No, for the Most Merciful. So the young boy is saying, If Allah says on the day of judgment that He is the Most Merciful Why should we worry? What that what that means is we don't go and commit sin and say, Oh, you have a photo Rahim. I know you and I won't drink. I will do this. You will forgive me. No, You are insulting Allah, you try your best and then leave the rest in the hands of Allah. You follow what I'm saying?
Okay, then another one.
We call out to Allah, a lot of us and we don't realize. We keep saying Allah did not answer my job. Am I right? We can say I'm asking Allah Allah did not answer my job. But my brothers and sisters today, right here right now. Think about it.
That you made 20 years ago, 10 years ago, 30 years ago, you already have that and more than that you are living inside the positive response of your previous job, but you are still complaining to Allah but new to us that you have made online, you didn't reply.
When we are young, Allah help me help me You give me success, you've got a job.
You are married, children, your children, those who don't have spouses, good spouses.
Don't have children, children,
men lucky those who have children.
But we make the two are today we have each time I might give you something you forget, and you go to a new job. And then you say, hang on, you make $10,000 in your life 9500 we gave you 500 maybe we change it a little bit for you. We knew it was not good for you now once. So Panama.
So one man says to another, he asked him a question. He says, Do you know such and such a person?
Whose do hours are all accepted? By the way his application? Do you know such and such a person whose supplications are more accepted? He says no, but I know the one who accepts the supplications.
It's not important to know who is Mr. Jabba Jabba means some people they have a gift every time they make a dua, it's given that
they are maybe pious, maybe close to Allah, so Allah gave them but it's more important to know Allah yesterday, but you are the one who answers the supplication make a relationship with him.
Allah, may Allah subhanahu Allah grant us a deep understanding, develop your relation with Allah. So getting back to the legacy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam Let me explain something beautiful to you beautiful.
You see, when you become close to Allah, you become concerned about the people
and you become softer and you become lenient, because these are characteristics of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he was really lenient, he was loving, he was kind. If you want to know that you are pious.
It will show in the way you treat your wife. First. Why the province
the best amongst you are those who are best to their wives, to their children. So if you are reading five Salah a day, but you come home and you are angry, upset, something wrong with your Salah, you are just paying lip service to get Salah going, correcting, humble yourself to Allah, it will make you love the rest of the people that Allah has blessed you with
your family members, how do you talk to them? We have no relationship. We speak in a harsh tone. We come home like we are jumping, burying like you want to kill someone.
Some people when they are about to get married, the young boys, their friends teach them they make sure she doesn't sit on your
watch out when you talk to her. You must be hard. Otherwise she's going to need your soft she will sit on your head.
So the brother says What should I do?
He says every time you scream,
no, come down. Follow the Prophet. What you will do is not professing to be treated his family members with the best of respect. utmost love, greatest romance. SubhanAllah the most beautiful relationship.
That's what he wants. What about you following? No, we're not following well then make an effort to follow.
So Panama, how do you treat other human beings? I want to tell you something my brothers, my sisters. All of us think we are good people, right? Who thinks that they're they're bad people. Whatever your hand. If you're a really bad person put up your hand. No one, no one can align. We all think we are good inshallah we are good. I mean,
do you want to know how good your character is? Can I give you one test? Question. You answer it and you will know who you are.
It's like a litmus test. You know, litmus test you put in the litmus paper to test that chemical. And you take it out in the color changes? Yes. If it doesn't, well, that's not right.
Listen to the question.
the people of the earth that the world considers the lowest of the low, the most insignificant, the ones who come to Panama they will not bend over.
you in any way according to the world, the world looks at the person as low either they work for you either they clean the streets, they clean the toilet, someone very, very low according to the world. How do you treat that person determines who you are.
When you see someone cleaning the street, when you see someone the world does not look at, do you look at them? Do you acknowledge them? It could have been you, it could have been your family members. It could be anyone they are a human, they have family, they also love they also have likes and dislikes. They also want to eat and drink just like you But Allah has put them according to the World please, standing slightly lower than you how do you treat them determines who you are.
your level of character is determined by how you treat those who are way below you remember that not those who are equal and not those who are higher. Sometimes when they are higher when they are equal. You know what? There might be another reason that you are helping you see a very pretty lady and you she falls down 20 men will go and try to pick her up why she was a pretty good. That's why, what did we go for? We went because she was pretty. How do I know that? Because at the same time, there was an old lady who broke her leg, one meter away, we didn't even notice.
We didn't even notice why she was old. It's a fact. Go back to Muhammad Sallallahu sallam.
He told you that even if it was a dog, you were supposed to go and help.
Why is it that these guys mentioned speak about the dog? Because there is no question about the Islam and the sincerity of that man's deed. If it was a pretty woman who was nesting, they would have brought her the freshest of juice, they would have flown to another country to bring the juice.
But Allah says no, it was not a huge It was not a female It was not a human. It was not even a peacock. You know why the peacock might open his feathers to make you happy? So let me get this peacock a bit of water. It looks so sweet. You know it's a dog or a dog you're you know muslimeen if they are dogs what they do?
Tell me as soon as there's a dog they're starting to run.
Sister the dog does not get chased. You know that's the dog Am I see we heard a loud yesterday.
That is what Allah is telling you that you see the sensitivity levels of this man was absolutely plugged in. The reason is, it was a dog there was nothing besides Allah that brought him in that direction. If Allah Subhana Allah, so develop your character towards animals, towards human beings. Don't destroy.
Don't let anyone convince you that you need to destroy you need to be destructive. You need to kill and harm in order to save yourself. No, no.
It is not protecting, like I said, is not the method of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam? No, is it the method of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us May he strengthen us May he make us people with best character, we are suffering because of our own deeds. We are suffering because we have developed hatred within our hearts for one another. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam once
pointed out a companion who was heavenly when the Sahaba inquired about what his deeds were, he did not have any extra deeds. He just used to do his farm. He used to do that which was compulsory and obligatory but his heart was clean. He did not used to have hatred or ill feeling in his heart for others.
That's what we need to understand. We cannot go around the hating because in that case, people will hate us and we will not like to live on Earth.
My brothers and sisters, look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, take a look at his life, read about it, see his characteristics. So Panama, there was a Jewish man in Madina munawwara who used to sell some food items, some grain and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam towards the end of his life.
He needed some grain
and he gave his arm as collateral to get some grain in order for that payment to be made later and that collateral to be returned. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam passed away with that armor still with the Jewish man. Do you know that? That means he dealt with us and he dealt with them.
Why am I giving you this example? In order to
clear the misconception, that if a person is not not a Muslim, you cannot talk to them, you cannot befriend them you cannot. Some non Muslims, they are more honest than the Muslims. Some non Muslims are more upright, they are straight, they, they don't have sexual misconduct like some of the Muslims. Some of them are so upright because they have character conduct, then learn them through Panama. Understanding your D is very elevated only if you follow that's why I'm saying today we say we know.
What are we doing? Do we actually follow? The answer's no, no, we can all do better, myself included, I can do better.
It doesn't mean that just because I am telling you things that suddenly I'm a prophet will lie in no way.
I need the mercy of Allah more than you.
And this is why I always say my brothers and sisters, if you are here today, you are here for the sake of Allah to listen to a good message. Yes, you might have someone you like the way they present the message and hamdulillah that's good. But remember, it's not that person that can take you to paradise. It is Allah and Allah alone. Remember that? This is why when people want to take photos, they say, Can I take a photo? I said my brother, remember one thing, that photo will not help you in your grave? That photo cannot take you two gentlemen, you cannot just show the angels. Hey, I was with this guy. Okay, come come. Let's go to Jana. doesn't work like that? No. Even if you have no
photos, even if you have never shaken this hand, this hand You don't even know what it has touched. May Allah forgive us.
Even if you have never shaken this hand, your access to gentlemen is nowhere near connected to the hand. It's connected to your relationship with Allah and the way you keep the rest of the people and I want to end with a beautiful example.
What is the example? Do you know the Prophet sallallaahu salam was harsh on messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tell us the people in Paradise, what would have gotten him into paradise? Why will they be dead? What are their characteristics? He said two things.
The one law he was looking, he says, the consciousness of Allah, they worshiped Allah, and they had good character with the creatures of Allah. Two things. You have Coca Cola, and you have a body you have the rights of Allah is your Salah, and your soul and your Pillars of Islam and your acts of worship, that is when Allah but you also have a relationship with the creatures that the same Allah has made. So when you go out here in the morning, and you see people, some of them will be dressed in this way. And that way, some of them will go to that church and the synagogue and this temple, some of them will do this and do that some of them will be that way. And drinking and others will be
this and then you need to remind yourself, they are all creatures of the one I worship day and night he made them. He created them for a reason.
We forget that. A lot of the times he made us special. Well guess what? They were created by the same creator.
And I keep repeating this because many people forget it.
They were created by the same creator. Allah has greater control over them and us that we would have over anything because Allah is the maker. Don't you believe in absolute control of everything? Yes, you do, don't you? Yes, it's part of our Eman. If that's the case, remember Allah put them for a reason to test you.
Are you going to convey a good message? Or are you going to spew a message of hatred? What are you going to do? convey a good message? Are you a nurse kulula ilaha illAllah to convey a good message many of us we chase people away from Islam, how our character, our conduct, the way we operate, we cheat people, we deceive people, we are loud and aggressive. We have lots of hatred in us. We are racist five minutes in a way that is far from Islam. Allah, it's happening in our communities. When the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says to someone who was trying to call beloved law, this is a black man, a mother of a story, a son of a black woman. And the piece of the law says you are a man filled
Subhana Allah, you have genelia in you How can you ever say that this person is better or worse or insult them based on their color based on their race.
your race, your color your tribe, is a test from Allah. To test you, do you think you are better than others? I want to tell you one thing.
Maybe every tribe on earth thinks that it is better than another tribe. Do you know that? your tribe, whatever you belong to, maybe there are 20 tribes here. Each one thinks they are better than the other. Am I right?
Thank you, thank you. We have a problem. Our demand is weak. We are equal. That's what it is. We are equal law. Allah, Allah Jamie, million Allah Allah.
Allah Allah in London,
there is no virtue for an Arab over a non Arab same would apply for this tribe over that time with this color over that color or a white man over a black man etc. Except to taqwa piety, you are close to Allah, you are a better person you are far from Allah, you are not a better person.
So getting into gender to characteristics, a lot of people will be there simply because they had very good character, they were soft, they will come they will loving to the people, they help for the sake of Allah when I help you, I help you because I love Allah. And you were made by the one I love.
I give you another example. You see your boyfriend or girlfriend or some little lights happening today and they are driving a nice car and you know that their car and you see parked by the supermarket, you get so happy why that car belongs to my boyfriend. That's not even allowed, by the way.
must be in the shop with me waiting.
the shoes on if
you follow my example, that example is low and very cheap. What about Allah,
all these belong to Him, His creation, you should get excited. I have to because you belong to Allah, I helped you for the sake of the one who made you in me. That is a Muslim. That is the legacy of Muhammad.
He used to help those who harmed him. That's when they learned about Islam. He had the ability to destroy the whole of life. Do you know that we didn't do that? He said
if they're not going to be guided in this guide their children what happened after some time, the whole of life except in Islam.
But with us, I can imagine what we would do imagine if you were they they just beat you up. They were just so you know, you were bleeding working out and the angels come to you and say just tell us and you know what, we will destroy them. We will crush them between the mountains we say yeah, not only those people, break them up, destroy them, finish them up this destroy everything of this because they harmed me. That's what we would say. That's why you and I were nonprofits.
me O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we have not sent you in any other way than a means of mercy for the world, not just for mankind, but for all the creatures of Allah mercy, Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam send as a mercy.
So whenever you do something, ask yourself what I am doing is it merciful? If it is you are following Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam If it is not, you're following shavon
Mela makers merciful
clear Howdy. Nobody can debate it. Allah says have mercy upon those on Earth. The one in the heavens shall have mercy upon you.
Have you thought of what that means?
Allah did not say, mean Allah.
Have mercy upon those on Earth. Have mercy on the people don't destroy things. Don't kill, don't harm don't mean that's not
have mercy upon those on earth. And the one in the heavens will have mercy upon you. That is the message of Allah. That is the legacy of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. That is why Islam spreads with peace. When there is calm, your nation grows when there is peace, whether it is calm, whether it is harmony, where you can
practice the faith of Allah subhanho wa Taala in a beautiful way, it will only be possible with
whatever destruction is happening is not in our favor.
It is to our detriment. It's not to our favor. So my brothers and sisters, may Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless you all, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us as an omen, Allah subhanho wa
Allah grant us mercy, forgiveness, goodness, may Allah make us truly pious, truly pious, the truly pious are those who are suffering towards one another, those who like to solve problems not those who like to create problems, those who like to build not those who like to destroy those who would like to serve not those who want to be served.
And the least I mentioned as a last ad, I started off by saying two qualities of gentlemen.
consciousness of Allah and good character and the two qualities of the people of hellfire. What is it that will result in the people who enter Hellfire having gotten there?
He says on some
two things, your tongue and your private pants. If you abuse those two, how can you end up in paradise? So don't abuse your tongue say good words. Start off today.
When you go home, before you go home,
start saying good words to one another agreed smile, make people happy.
You will become happy automatically.
When you get home you will build on that. So can we all make an intention inshallah that we will change ourselves for the good inshallah
I heard that loud and clear inshallah. And I I think and I believe every time I come to Zamboanga, I see the people are smiling a little bit more I don't know.
You know, whether it is because now those railway tracks on the teeth are now out you know, so we want to show them people our safety because trust me when I came to this country the first time I was surprised that a lot of people had railway tracks. So I thought what is it is it the trend? And everyone even the old people they are smiling so much so that I thought there is something wrong with me when I went to home I told the doctor can I get those?
So he told me What's wrong? I said no, I went to the Philippines. I saw so many people now I'm thinking maybe he says Don't worry you're not okay. I said no, this one is skewed. He said it's normal to have a few stuti Subhana Allah
it shows we are human. We are not flawless. We have flaws. We have errors we our nose is bent Your mouth is this way your beard is like this Your face is no no one notices. You only you look at the mirror too much you start noticing and you notice what about here and you keep noticing just thank Allah Allah you made me the best way and I thank you. So the moral of what I'm saying is let's become better people. Let's all say we will contribute positively to our environment. And we will build by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala we see you in general. If Allah subhanho wa Taala has written for us not to meet in the dunya we meet in general and it is written for us to meet here we
will meet again and again not only in Zamboanga, but inshallah we will go further down to Basilan and tavita we can explain the last time by the will of Allah May Allah bless you all.
salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.