Channel: Mufti Menk
A lecture delivered at Al Falaah Centre in Bridgetown Barbados as part of the “Inspire” Tour of the Caribbean on issues surrounding the five pillars of Islam.
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Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
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 Allah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy he may complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household his companions May Allah bless them all for indeed they have struggled. They strove, they worked very hard, they tried, they dedicated they gave their lives in order that the deen be preserved and passed on in a way that today we are seated here. May Allah bless them all. And may Allah bless you all. And may Allah keep us from among those who learn, who
put into practice. And to convey the message this evening's talk is going to be very simple, but very, very important. We are muslimeen we believe in Allah. We believe in Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam being the final messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. My brothers and sisters, we need to know something.
Knowledge and to learn is absolutely important because without knowing we would not be able to worship Allah. That's why Allah says, in Sham Shama.
Indeed, from among the worshipers of Allah subhanho wa Taala, those who are truly fearful of Allah subhanho wa Taala other knowledgeable because they know Allah, they know who is Allah, the power of Allah, the anger of Allah, the Wrath of Allah, the mercy of Allah, the
system of Allah subhanho wa Taala they understand how small we are, how insignificant we are, and how great Allah is. So they worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. It goes to show that if you want to worship Allah properly correctly, you need to know Allah, the more you know your job, the more you know your maker, the more you will feel, to worship Him, the more your acts of worship will be fruitful, the more you will be conscious of him, if you realize that you have to die and when you die, you return to the same maker who made you in the first place, then you will realize that the 70 years that you are going to live on earth is actually a very short period of time. It is so short
that there is no point transgressing against Allah. When a person commits a sin, whether it is adultery, whether it is drinking alcohol, whether it is whatever other sins they are.
The pleasure of it, number one is false. Number two, it is short lived. Number three, it comes with regret number four, it results in the displeasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So it cannot come about with goodness, when you know Allah, you realize all these four things one time that you know what, I'm wasting my time, it's going to be too short. This pleasure is false. At the same time, it will bring about regrets and I will be displeasing Allah. So I'm not going to displease him, I'll stay away from it. If you do that, and you stay away from sin because of Allah subhanho wa Taala he gives you a special position.
What is that special position? He speaks about it in so many different narrations of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we know that Allah has spoken to us in two ways. One is through the Quran, revelation to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the words of Allah subhanho wa Taala Quran to His revelation to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam the words being that of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam explaining what Allah said, that is known as hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, they are both from Allah, wa yo Pico and in House in Hua la ue.
He does not utter words from his whims and fancies, but everything is indeed revealed from Allah revelation that has come from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So when we realize this, it is from Allah subhanho wa Taala we will come to respect the hadith of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as well. Today, across the globe, there are people challenging Islam, there are some who have been brainwashed into believing that the Quran alone is from Allah as for the Hadith, it's not from Allah subhanho wa Taala. They don't know that the Quran itself
If you were to follow it, it will lead you to the sooner of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam Haven't you heard Allah saying, Alma de como rasuluh fefu one Manoj Kumar.
Whatever the messenger has given you take it adopted whatever he has prohibited, consider it prohibited
and be conscious of Allah. In another place Allah says, find our big gala you mean una
hakima caffee Ma sha,
Allah g do fi fusi him how Raja halogen
Lima Lima ne cannot call themselves true believers until they consider you the judge in their disputes. And they are very happy with your decision, your judgment such that they don't find in their hearts, a single speck of negativity regarding what you decided, oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when there is a dispute, we resolve it according to Allah and His our soul. And we should not feel in our hearts that we were shortchanged by the decision of Allah and His Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So going back to the point I was raising, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us through the blessing glyphs of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, sebata nuloom Allah who
in love in lieu, there will be seven categories of people who will be granted a shade on the Day of Judgment the day that they will be no shade besides that of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So from among them will be someone who was called to commit a sin of adultery, with all the facilitation, everything is ready. Everything is easy to do, but only the consciousness of Allah stopped him or her from doing it.
They will have a special place on the Day of Judgment why they kept themselves away from sin, because of Allah. Because of Allah, another category Shah Boone, Nasha, Allah hit Allah, a youngster, and Mashallah we have a lot of the young who are here, it is so delightful, so beautiful, to see the young, the very young as well seated in our midst, Mashallah tabarrok Allah, may Allah bless you all, and your parents and your project needs to come and grant you success in the dunya and the era. You need to know from this age when you grow up in the obedience of Allah, as you become adolescent, teenage and so on, you get your driver's license, perhaps you might thereafter
have a little bit of freedom. You go into a university here and if you bear in mind who you are, and you bear in mind, you need to please Allah subhanho wa Taala and you grow up in the obedience of Allah, the day you die, you will be a VIP. Because that's what the Hadith says VIP. Why? Because I didn't commit sin from when I was young. I didn't go to the clubs, I didn't drink alcohol, I didn't commit adultery, I didn't do all the dirty things that they were to, to commit and so on. So Allah says, Yes, I will give you I will grant you don't worry. Subhana Allah, it's amazing. Going back to the importance of knowledge, my brothers and sisters, every one of us make an effort to attend the
lessons and the lectures that the Obama of your community hold in your massagin. And within your localities, make sure you benefit because Allah is going to ask you that I had for you in your society community, someone who came from wherever they came, they either lived with you or they came for a short period of time, right in your midst. I sent them to you. What was your retaliation? What was your reaction? I sent them right to your midst? Did you listen to something good? Or did you just sleep back relax, perhaps on your phone WhatsApp in everyone while everyone else was listening to the goodness you lost out if there is a lesson or there is some form of recitation recital to
improve your Koran your knowledge, your the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam when it comes to jurisprudence, the fic or the Sierra of Rasulullah, sallAllahu sallam, whatever else any point of benefit and learning. Make sure you are there. Make sure you are the one who's there, because your name will be written. And when that name is written. Trust me, the angels make dua for everyone who comes together in order to remember Allah. Listen to the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala and above that Allah makes mention of every one of us by name.
Knowledge is extremely important. We must
Make sure we make an effort to learn.
So as Muslims, we all know how many Pillars of Islam are they? How many police, five pillars, five pillars of Islam we know that when we talk of Islam we are talking of that which you can see with your eyes. When we talk of a man, we are talking of that which you cannot see with your eyes and to be lahoma like it has to be Rasulullah Yamanaka, etc, etc. You cannot see that with your eyes, I can claim a belief. I believe in the angels. I believe in the books I believe in the prophets. I believe in good and bad faith comes from Allah, I believe in the last day and so on. You know, and Allah knows whether you are truthful or not, but Islam, everyone can see you're a Muslim. Everyone can see
you're a Muslim. Why? Because the five pillars are apparent. The first one you've already said, La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
right? You have said it. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah. And I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his final messenger. Okay. We have said it. We say it so many times in different words. Sometimes we say eyeshadow Allah ilaha illallah wa eyeshadow no Mohammed Abu rasuluh, right. What does it mean? We know what it means there is none worthy of worship besides Allah and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is His Messenger. But put it into practice. don't worship anyone besides Allah. When you go for Salah your mind must be with Allah. It mustn't be with a stick or a stone or a grave or a saint or an animal or a tree or a cave
in Barbados. No, the worship is for Allah alone. No matter how great the mountain might be, you don't worship the mountain, you worship the Lord of the mountain, no matter how great the sea might be, the ocean might be you don't worship the ocean, you worship the Lord of the ocean, no matter how bright the sun might shine, you don't worship the sun, you worship the Lord of the sun, no matter how amazing the stars may seem. You don't worship the stars, you worship the Lord of the stars, him and him alone, shall we put our heads on the ground for nobody else? That's La ilaha illAllah remember this, then we come this is a very short explanation. I could go longer, but I want to get
to all the five pillars inshallah of Islam.
When we have
the part where we declare that Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam is indeed the Messenger of Allah, not only the messenger, but the final messenger of Allah, what is the job of a messenger? If someone says, I'm the messenger of that man, what does that mean? He came with a message, a message is carried by a messenger. So a messenger is a person who's carrying a message on behalf of someone else. So you have to respect the messenger because he came with the message. So panela Rasulullah actually means one who is carrying risala rissalah means a message. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came with the message from Allah. But Allah chose him for many reasons. And Allah made him the best of
creation, the most noble of all prophets, the final messenger of Allah, the One who had who was protected by Allah subhanho wa Taala, from sin Subhan, Allah Subhana Allah. So when we say his name, we are so grateful for the fact that he brought the message to us that we say sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah blessings and salutations be upon him. If you don't say that peace be upon him after the name, you're actually cursed. Subhana Allah.
This shows us appreciation to appreciate what people have done for you. If someone did something good to you. Appreciate it, show appreciation. How do you show it by thanking them? When you when you hear their name, make a small draft for them? So
someone who's taught you Alice and Bob, how can you suddenly disrespect them? No, you have to respect them or you won't be able to derive the true benefit from that learning that you learned from them. So panela, respecting your elders respecting those who are older than you the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says whoever does not respect those who are older and does not have mercy on those who are younger, is not from amongst us, he cannot call himself a follower of me Subhana Allah, so learn to respect those who are older and those who are older. Let us learn to have mercy on those who are young, when we are correcting them. When we are teaching them. We need to be
merciful. We need to realize they will grow they may they may have a little bit of mischief here and there.
We will correct them in the most beautiful manner. May Allah make it easy. So Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the final messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala he came with the message, and he taught us how to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala we need to be thankful. We need to be thankful for this. And this is why they were people chosen by Allah to be the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam they were known as Sahaba. And we've got to say about the Allah and after their names, all of them were powerful, beautiful, lovely, amazing individuals chosen by Allah. If they may have had a few small quarrels among them very few and perhaps insignificant, we are nobodies to
talk about them negatively. Nobody's no matter who they are, we say of the Allahu anhu and we believe that the best from amongst them was who say his name,
say his name.
Abdullah northman or the Allahu anhu Abdullah hypnobirth Man, this man was known as Abu hanifa. So Abdullah was also known as Ebner be kochava.
And he used to be called abubaker as well, but his name was Abdullah Abdullah live notice man today I think I taught you something right.
You were a little bit surprised. Where did he come from Abdullah we thought Abu Bakr was the best. Yes, he is Abu Bakar but his name is Abdullah his father was men. So Abdullayev nurse man is the name of abubaker study called the Allahu anhu. And this man used to be known as Abu hanifa. So he was known as Ebola be kochava. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. I love saying this because we need to know the man he is the best to trip the earth after the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala without a doubt, without a doubt, Abu Bakr de la and he was the man whom, when the Prophet sallallahu wasallam needed anything or asked for something, he did it to the extent he didn't waste
time, not at all. He didn't ask questions. You know, when they needed wealth, one of the battles he came with everything he had Subhana Allah that was Abu Bakr Siddiq of Allah, when everyone from Quraysh thought that they could go to him and they could claim that you know what? Your friend Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam claims that he went up to the heavens and came back down and he went to Jerusalem the same night. They thought he would say, No.
You know what he said? If he said if he's telling the truth, Allahu Akbar. He said, He's telling the truth. acidic, may Allah make us even a small portion like that. May Allah unite us with these powerful men in the era. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us gender for those. So my brothers and sisters, they the companions of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam struggled to do what to learn to preserve, they put their lives at risk. Today, small things happen. people stop you at an airport because you're a Muslim, you wearing a job, maybe you might be dressed, you know, as a Muslim, you might have your beard and so on, and you're going and they stop you at the immigration and they
interrogate you. As a result of that. You say no, next time I go, I'm gonna shave my beard. This time I go We'll take the hijab off. And we'll actually just walk in our jeans and top so that no one asks the question, what that was planned by Allah subhanho wa Taala. to test your Eman? What is the value of Eman in your heart? What is its value? I don't mind being stopped for 10 hours, but I won't give up what I believe in because I don't believe it is bad at all. In fact, it is the best thing that I have Subhanallah I won't give it up. So what they harass you Be patient sit back, relax, smile, they will be amused by how you deal with this whole thing. Subhana Allah the Sahaba of the
Allahu anhu sacrifice their lives to protect the deen. We can't even sacrifice a little bit. We want to give it up. The hijab is gone. Why? Because you know what's going on in the world. They're looking at Muslims, they harrassing the women with a job. Allahu Akbar, take a look at sumiya
in Makkah to mukaiyama What were they doing to her? She didn't give up.
What did they do to him? He kept on saying I had an ad. You know that? What about us? Subhan Allah, this is nothing. It is small. It's a challenge and a test that is actually out of the ignorance of those who look at us with the evil eye. It's our duty to ensure that we live the true Islam in a way that people see the beauty of it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us that way.
So those were the companions when we hear their names we have to say about the loved one. No matter who it is, or the loved one for you and I it's probably a loved one
May Allah be pleased with them why they gave up their lives they tried, they worked hard, Allah chose them at the end of the day, you know, when I sit and I read the verses of the prohibition of alcohol and the prohibition of interest, and you say, Allah subhanho wa Taala says about alcohol for hell, too, Joe, Joe, will they not stop it?
It was a prohibition. At a certain point, Allah instructed the believers to stop not only drinking alcohol, but serving it, dealing in it, dealing with it, dealing by it, carrying it transporting it, etc, etc, everything Allah says, Stop. What happened? The Sahaba of the luevano.
Allah did not choose you and me to be Sahaba Why? We might have said, Hey, you know what, I've got five more containers of alcohol. I'll sell them, then it's okay. That's what we might have said. They, as soon as one caller came calling to say Allah in Alhambra could hurt him, you know, he said, Behold, alcohol is now harm, what was in their mouth, they spit it out what was in their containers, they threw it what was in the drums that they wanted to sell, or buy or whatever else. They they smelled it, why they had one quality in them that I want to rotate tonight's speech around.
Follow the instruction of Allah, immediately. That's what happened.
When Allah sent something straight away, it flipped. It clicked, and they did it. They didn't waste time he had one week. One guy is calling hombres Haram. Wait, wait, let's sit back, relax. We'll find out tomorrow morning. whether it's true or not. That's what we would do. I think we might start messaging this one that brother The man was not, he's telling you, it's gone. It's over. So kind of like
when something is prohibited, there is a reason why it is prohibited. If you perpetrate it, you will taste why it was prohibited through negativity, and if you abstain from it, you will taste why it was prohibited through positivity. You understand what I'm saying?
May Allah grant us is when interest was made haram immediately they stopped. Allah says for inlanta follow, then ob have been mean Allah he was only if you're not going to stop this consumption of of usury and interest, then Whoa, be announced against you by Allah and His messenger. I think if we were there at the time, from amongst us, there would be people who say, Allah is merciful, I'm sure for me, he'll understand why I'm doing it. You know, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. We are living in tough times May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us ease. But those were the Sahaba they gave immediately in to the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So when we say Mohammed Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, we acknowledge Him we acknowledge his companions, we acknowledge the message, we acknowledge that whatever he came with was a revelation from Allah subhanho wa Taala. We speak good about him, his family members, all of them. We don't just pick up two or three and we say the rest of them they will not good. No, all of them were brilliant people believe that you have to believe in Allah chose them for a reason.
May Allah make it easy for us? Like I said, they gave their lives. Hamza of your loved one, he gave his life for you.
So that the dean came to you today? What are you doing as a result sitting and drinking stopzilla you didn't appreciate what he did. And what they did was abnormal of the law and what happened to him? Do you know the Battle of Orford was fought why for you, for me, so that the dean came to us, the Battle of butter took place for you for me, so that the dean came to us if it didn't take place, what would have happened? If the Sahaba of the law refused? Where would we have been?
So Panama appreciate it. By learning, by being steadfast, by protecting yourself by putting into practice what you've learned, and by teaching it in a beautiful way to others, and allow will open your doors. Let's get to the second pillar of Islam.
in the hadith of gibreel Ali Salam the prophet SAW Selim says
Shahada de la ilaha illallah wa rahmatullah wa salatu wa is the cattle Sameera Mahajan, bay minister de la sebelah. The first one is the Shahada and I just said the other four What about Salah I want to start off with the first point that I see
you know a lot of the times we make do what is supplication? Okay we call out to Allah for our needs and we think that Allah is not answering us. Allah is not answering our so we make a dua we say Oh Allah help me or allow my health or allow my wealth or allow my children or law my this my business or law whatever else you are saying.
Do you know what's the problem?
Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us through the blessed lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a hadith bootsy man attorney m she, I say to her Wallah, it's a long ordeal, but part of it. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Whoever comes to me walking, I come to him rushing. It starts off by saying a little bit more detail than that. It says whatever comes to hand span I'll come a foot whoever is walking towards me, I'll come rushing to him. What does this mean? Have you ever thought of it?
Imagine if the admin says hi as
soon as you hear that, you drop everything and you're up and you're walking towards Allah. What happened? When the Salah time began, you rushed to answer the call of Allah.
When the Salah time began, you rushed to answer the call of Allah. I promise you when you raise your hands, Allah will rush to answer what you want. He says that the problem with us again goes on we still carrying on Juma the oven went on we are far away the second and then stuff we sitting at the back lounging around. What's that? stopzilla that's a fitna, Allah forgive us.
God, Judah, we have no need to come in the front. We don't feel the need. Why are we weak? That's why we have a reminder today to say my brother's let's make a promise to Allah tomorrow. At least we must be there before the event starts. before the event starts. I met a brother who you wouldn't believe he doesn't miss a Salah. I met a few of them actually. I met one man in Nigeria Subhana Allah. And then when he walked out wealthy men, he walked out
and I'm still busy talking to you.
Anyway, someone told me no, we have to go for Salah we'll go We'll come I thought still he might not be well because he's a little bit old and so on. Do you know what he says? When we came back? And I said Mashallah, that was good motivation. He says my brother.
If Allah is calling me,
why should I keep on talking to you? Who are you? So Pamela, that went on? I said, but you know, at least if you said something says, But did you hear that? Man, you're a Muslim, right? You know what it's all about? Why should I tell you what it's all about?
That what has been said come to success, which means there's no success in talking to you. Success is somewhere else. And voila, his success real success and talking of mega wealthy people. I've met these people in Africa so Allah Subhana Allah and we think we are only Allah just because we need one atom every month.
We think we are very pious just because we have a miswak in our pockets miswak is very important to do your time is very important. But no matter how much you do a true moment should feel that I have not done enough that's a true moment
because one lie I've seen once we went to one of the country's Malawi many years back and I recall seeing at the time of Asad Salah people who were fulfilling Salah colossal and you know what, no one was watching them it was in the in the bush somewhere far away and suddenly you see people
reading their salah and nobody's telling them anything you know, you would think that you're not going to find people so regular with their Salah, that Salah to Lhasa they making it in JAMA with a nice group of people come to fudger in our massage, no matter where they are. Perhaps maybe even here the number of people can be better. Do you agree? The number of people can be better will lie My brothers are you interested in making a promise to a law that oh well I'm going to try my best get up early and come for solid and you're going to make a promise Sharma if that is the case, tonight we've achieved everything is successful because even if you have moved one inch tonight,
trust me, you have achieved a lot.
May Allah make me regular with my own duties unto him and then everyone else I mean, so remember this Salah is so important that your and your closeness to Allah and Allah has closeness to you is connected to how you respond to the issue of Salah. I tell you there are a few factors number one
You're never allowed to miss your Salah there is no scope for a Muslim to Mrs. Salah no scope. Unless you have overslept by mistake, not like you put your pork for seven o'clock at you and then you oversleep and you say no I heard the Hadith in Sahih al Bukhari it says Manama and Salatin una sia Felicia, Leah, li da da da ha, that whoever slipped over a Salah or forgot about it through forgetfulness, they must read it as soon as they remember so I slept No, you set your clock for seven. That's the problem. Set it for five o'clock the right time. And when you set it, don't turn it off.
Get up first. Wash your face, then turn it off. So man Allah you might say no disturb my wife get up as well for the Sala disturb my children get them up for Salah. So the house must be filled with news that time of the morning will lie or lie.
So you get up then you turn off the alarm with us we just put our hands while we lie down. Find the phone in the dark press the button do something it's gone it's off. And next thing we snoring again before you know it the rooster starts crowing but Subhanallah even the rooster gets up very early. Do you know that the crack of dawn already you hear the rooster
and we are sleeping then when we make dua we want Allah to reply immediately respond now you know some kind of Allah, but you didn't reply. So you're number one you're not allowed to miss your Salah number two.
Don't delay your Salah. Did you hear what we said? Don't delay our problem. Allah is okay. It's time for us what time is Marie? So they'll tell you Margaret is at 612 so you say okay, I'll read at 605 How can you do that? That is a macro time. That is something unacceptable. How can you decide I'm going to delay my Salah Allah called you you desperately need him?
Allah called you you desperately need him but you're saying hang on last minute I'll come Why do you do that? When you have a flight to go to another town to another city or to another island you go how many hours before one and a half to three hours before to the airport. Why? Because you know I have to check my bags I have to go and finally before the flight you are sitting waiting near the gate and there's still 20 minutes remaining. Am I right?
What about your flight to the Akira your flight into general you can't come five minutes early
for your Salah. Your Salah will take you to generalize in Salah to Mr. Baba bilgin Salah is the key to the door of Jenna. So for the flight to go to Grenada or to go across here or there or to fly wherever you're ready to go very early. You get up early you make sure everything is a plan made but for Salah to know as I'm sleeping which is more important. You can miss your flight to wherever you're going no problem but you cannot miss general for those. Remember this. You cannot miss general for those remember this.
So don't delay your Salah and don't be lastminute.com person when you know in the masjid Lahore Salah is 115 and you come at exactly 115 116 first Raka you know when you see the people who are late they're always the same people so panela I think I said that here the last time I came
please after Salaam Don't look back, leave it. Make sure you are early. Make sure you are early for Salah we are we should be ashamed of ourselves that if we had a harem date we would go early for that. But when we have the most important meeting ever in existence and we are running late for it every day. Perfect it Come on do it right. Do it straight. You know we are living in countries I come from a country quite similar to this one as well. Where to get to the machine is a few minutes. There are people who drive 20 kilometers to get to a machine and they are still early. We drive to drive two kilometers. We have to walk for five minutes only it's around the corner and we are still
Come early for Salah pick up some of the must haves that are on the side and read the Quran for a short period of time. Make the dhikr of Allah call out to Allah Subhana Allah Al hamdu Lillah Allahu Akbar these words will get you to Jenna you become a friend of Allah and trust me if nobody is your friend besides Allah, you have succeeded and if everyone is your friend besides Allah, you have failed
Subhana Allah amazing. So Salah is a pillar of Islam manakamana accommodation, whoever has uplifted it has uplifted the rest of the deen and whoever does
If everything is dropped, the first thing you're going to be asked about Salah
sola Salah will actually come in the form of a person to protect you as you're being dropped into your grave as you're being lowered into your grave Subhana Allah, that's your deeds, that's your sadaqa that's your Salah, etc. It's in the hadith of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam so my brothers and sisters we can do better when the time of Salah sets in stop what you're doing and fulfill the Salah. Are we ready to do that inshallah?
Mashallah, I really believe that we we were genuine in that inshallah you know sometimes when you tell someone something and this inshallah that means no.
But today what I heard was real inshallah, that means, Yes, we will. So I hope we will ensure by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala it's not going to benefit me my deed will benefit me but your deed will benefit you by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala So, the second thing I was saying Don't delay your Salah. The third thing I've already mentioned it I just want to repeat it because I wanted to say all three one was don't miss your Salah two was Don't delay your Salah and three is the Kemal before your Salah and after your Salah fulfill whatever sooner or nothing is supposed to be fulfilled.
Don't just come for salary. The next thing you're shooting off as though you have upset belly know people operate like that. Immediately after Salah they are running like there's a fire in the masjid or something May Allah forgive us. Take your time before your Salah Come in, come right into the front, the front section of the machine and what you do for the ladies who may be reading at home Subhanallah still the time of Salah comes sit on your masala a little while wash properly, make your will do nicely Take your time making your will do the Hadith says the prophets Allah Allah he says I will recognize you on the day of piano by the shining of the places you used to wash while making
Voodoo. Worship properly.
You will notice
when you come early your concentration is a bit better. remember Allah forget about the dunya and you read Salah as though it's your final opportunity to reach Allah last chance.
And after the Salah, don't rush, sit and read some other car. You're 33 times from Hana la 3310. Take your time to do that. See what happens. Take your time to read the car.
Get up and video sooner you do nothing and take a little bit of time. Yes if you're on a journey if you're a massage, or if you're sick or you have an excuse no hum, you may go one day you might be urgent and rushing no problem you might want to disappear after the follow up because there was an emergency or there was some need, but that cannot be the case every single day. It cannot be the case every day fulfill the sooner inshallah Are we ready to fulfill the Nuffield and soon
inshallah inshallah you will be asked about that inshallah. Remember that you know, you will be asked by Allah that you said inshallah, what happened in May Allah make it easy for us to fulfill. So we will enjoy the prayer then we get close to Allah so close that we become Mustafa Buddha. You know what's the meaning of Mr. Javed our you make dua to Allah Allah listens to you. Why? Because when Allah calls you, you listen to him.
Subhana Allah, and then you have your keen and conviction in your heart that if Allah did not respond to my, the way I wanted it, I am convinced that what he has in store is better than what I asked for a
few days ago, I spoke in Ghana, and I spoke about the Tao of IU Bala Salaam, and I'm so intrigued by this job. You bought a salon, when he made the dua to Allah he was suffering, he lost his family members in his health and wealth, and he lost it and he was literally what we would term below par. But when he raised his hands to Allah, he did not complain of anything. He did not say what was wrong, and he did not ask Allah what to do nothing. He just says, This is the verse that Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of in Surah Al Anbiya. Allah says, What are you by?
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me? That was his dua.
Allah says, Remember you by Allah is Allah. When he called out to us? What did he say? He said, Oh Allah harm has reached me. And you are the Most Merciful. That was his job.
He didn't say do this.
For me, Grant me here because you know, Oh Allah, you're merciful. You know what to do. That's it.
You know what has happened to me you know better than me what happened to me and you know better than me. What needs to happen to me now? Subhana Allah misalnya $1 hammer Rahimi, take a look at this dryer that we are taught to read
of Yunus alayhis salam.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says that universally Salam when he went away and he was now in the belly of the whale. Did he say Oh Allah, I'm in the belly of the whale Take me out of here. No, he just said La Ilaha Illa
aka Nico to mean of me, there is none worthy of worship besides you Oh Allah, and I declare that I am from amongst the wrongdoers. I did wrong, that was his job. He didn't say take me out. He knew that if allies happy with me, I'm going to come out of this place. That's what he knew. So he made is still far he's asking Allah forgiveness to say I did wrong in me come to me not valid me. I am the one who was the wrongdoer. And you there is none worthy of worship besides you. I have no Lord besides you who's going to answer me You alone. So Allah says, we took him out of the drum and distress that he had you been a Salam. Allah says festa, Giovanna Allah. We immediately responded to
him, we replied, We responded Subhana Allah, my brothers and sisters, this goes to show us when we get close to Allah, Allah will get close to us to our of illallah
wa salatu salam teaches us, he says, get close to Allah during days of ease, and Allah will get close to you during your days of difficulty.
He will make you happy and content, you will be content. Let's move on third pillar
Zika when Zika is teaching us not to be selfish, teaching us that whatever we have does not belong to us. Zakah is a charity, but it is not exactly the translation of the English term charity because it has in it the English word has in it an element of being voluntary, but in the Arabic language Zakah is not voluntary, it is compulsory. So it is a unique type of a charity that you have to give certain percentage What is it? Two and a half percent in most cases? How many? Two and a half from every 100 you give $2 50 That's it. But still we are lazy to calculate the car. Brothers and sisters when we are lazy to calculate soccer May Allah not do it to us he can he can afflict us, with
sickness, with disease with hardship with loss, with loss of wealth with loss of health with so many other things. Why? Because you did not calculate your soccer and you will easy to give it out on the right time
or in the right timeframe.
So give you a sucker give more than the second
point number one don't ever cheat by not giving Zakat because you cannot cheat Allah. Number two, don't delay in giving you a sucker and don't work it out. In the weakest possible way. We will say okay, I'm giving Zakat Okay, let me look at my business. You see this stock here is dead stock. Let me give the deadstock out I'll calculate its price and I'll give it out in Zakah Why give deadstock out Subhana Allah Why give deadstock give something that people will take they will like
or give the wealth of it give the equivalent in value, but give it when you give your soccer your health will improve. Do you know that your family relations will improve? When you eat halaal
the disputes in your family become resolved they are resolved. Why? Because you're eating halal and you're giving others you reaching out to others. The Hadith says Allah continues to help a slave for as long as the slave is helping others.
So help others reach out to them. Give them more than the soccer you know Zakah is actually change. Look, if you were to walk into a store and you bought something with
and you gave the Lady $100 at the two
she has to give you back $2 50 who does it belong to you? Why you gave her the 100 in the first place. And now you went back to 50 It's mine. You only were supposed to take 9750 of that. Give me back my 250 if she doesn't, she's a thief.
You agree? Every 100 that Allah gives you that change of 250 if you don't give it You're a thief because only
9750 was yours, the other 250 Allah says, I gave you the 100. I want back my 250. And I will tell you who to give it to. That's how circuit works. So when you've given the change,
you've, you've been honest. So you will be rewarded for your honesty and for having given that change correctly. But if you want a bigger reward, you need to give more than that to say, Oh, well, okay, that was yours. But now I want to give from me, from me, I'm going to give another $10 it take it, that is called socket, something voluntary. We call it the law, give it for the sake of Allah. That is what makes you a better person, the Zakah is there. But what really draws you closer to Allah is actually that which is beyond the zurka now you're giving it from you. Because you know, when you're calculating something that you have to give, you're giving it You gave it back, okay? My
Zakat, it's not easy to give the law or the sake of Allah from your pocket or ally, thank you so much. You gave me 1,500,000 I'm just going to give it I don't even want people to know what I've done.
Then you're talking then you're talking. But with us, even the Zakat we got to give we have to go to the molana the shape and we got to ask him a just make sure I'm not giving any exploits here of a stuff. I know in Barbados. That doesn't happen, but in some places it does. They'll come to you and tell you look I've got this much of gold that you show I need to give Zakat on this goal and you look at them and say well, what are you talking about? So this sister will say no, you know, my husband's supposed to pay my sister? Is it his gold or your gold? It's yours. You give us a car? No but you see it's in one piece break the piece. So what sell it do something else? No, I can't sell
it. My mother gave me an okay. Explain that to Melaka mode when he comes.
Explain that to the angels in the grave. Oh, in the hereafter say you know I had a bangle too late. Too late. You break it for the sake of Allah. Allah will protect you. He'll grant you goodness, he'll give you more 10 more than that. You broke it. If you are not liquid, even the men do it. No, I owe zakat. My Zakat is 200,000. But you know, I got three four buildings, I don't have that liquid, no problem. So one of the How can I sell it, sell it. When you go down in the grave, your children will be killing each other for the same building. rather sell it now. No fitna.
Your children will love each other later on, alive. But we don't realize we do things to set our kids not realizing that when we die, the more you've left behind to set them in a better way, they actually start fighting for them I've seen to these eyes. And I'm sure you have because that's what allow us to show you that look, that's not what you were supposed to do. Let me teach you one thing about money.
Money that you've not spent, your name is not written next to it. The time your name is written next to the money is when you spent it, then your name is written. If you have not spent it, it's only in a holding pin.
minute you close your eyes the name somebody else's name is written next to the money use waited to earn why they inherited it. So halala. So money is yours when you have spent it when your name is written. So spend your money. I was talking the other day about you know, when people pass away, we start asking what to do for this person? What should I do for this person? So some people say do this, some people say do that, and all sorts of people come up with all sorts of things. Do this for them. Do that for them. Give that for them. Do this for them. I want to tell you yes. By all means Mohammed salatu salam has taught us certain things to do correct. But what have you done in your
life? You know, when the Hadith speaks of Southern cotton jharia it is speaking about you in your life having given us a jury. That's a guarantee. Because in my life I drilled boreholes for myself, I built a machine My name when I say my name, I don't mean I showed off my name but I mean I did it for the sake of Allah I did it. I drilled boreholes I did it that will definitely benefit you when you die. That is the true sacajawea that is what it is.
I hope you understand what I'm saying. Because go back to the Hadith the prophet SAW Selim says he damata no Adam in Kappa and Rama Lu Illa. mentality when when a human being passes away, the deeds are cut except from three things and a few things are mentioned from among them in move into ob knowledge which he or she taught and left behind so that people will continue benefiting that is a selected area for the one who passed away.
Are you getting what I'm saying? Another one is
the term sadaqa jariya is also used in the same ad. Any charity that the benefit of it is extended you continue getting a reward for it as long as
The benefit is extended. People are benefiting from it, you're getting a reward Subhana Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, the Hadith says or a child that you've left behind you invested in the good upbringing of the child such that the child makes do out for you, when you've passed away, you benefit from that.
If someone does something on your behalf, yes, it can be done within certain limits. But there is no guarantee that that reward is going to reach you, such as a hedge, say, for example, you know, we do much better and much better is definitely there. It's permissible, it is something that the Sharia has made permissible.
But if I had the money, and I didn't do the Hajj and I don't have an excuse, and I did not write in my Basia that motherhood should be done for me. Then when someone else does it, it's only up to Allah, whether he wants to take it or not ask your Allah they will confirm what I've just said.
Which was forgotten you you didn't do it. You didn't write about it, you didn't have an excuse. You didn't say please do the Hajj.
In our car in a in a bequest you didn't bequeath it, you didn't say something about it. If that's the case, your children might do it for you, your relatives might do it for you, whether it's accepted or not, is totally up to Allah. But when you did it yourself or you wrote that I couldn't do it, we didn't get the visa or I was not healthy, etc. And you've written then it shall light will be accepted on your behalf because it will come out from that wealth of yours as well. And even if it didn't come out of that, well, someone volunteered to do it with their well the fact that you've written about it by the will of a light will come to you. There's a small technicality here. For
those of you who might have a slightly deeper understanding of this, you may have picked it up.
The point I'm raising is zeca give while you're alive, so the car give while you're alive, and even give Subhanallah charities that will benefit you beyond your death, trees, boreholes, whatever else it is knowledge that is given etc. Let's move on to the next pillar.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan, now we're talking of
the fourth pillar right?
fasting in the month of Ramadan.
We all know that in Ramadan
fasting is compulsory.
I don't want to spend too much time on this but I want to say two things. Number one,
ask yourself am I a totally different Muslim in Ramadan?
If the answer is yes, then something is wrong outside Ramadan.
Someone who drinks someone who does wrong, someone who commits adultery, the first day of Ramadan they tell the men at the pub Hang on. I'll be here after 30 days. What was the point?
You have a girlfriend you could first of Ramadan say Don't worry. Each day we meet How? What was the point of the fast you haven't understood why fasting is a pillar of Islam to teach you restraint and self control. That's what it is. That's one of the benefits.
So Helen food nothing wrong with it. I can stay away from it morning to evening then definitely I can stay away from harem during other days. And I'll appreciate Helen, my own spouse I have to stay away from her during daylight hours of Ramadan then surely I will be able to stay away from that which is totally haram outside Ramadan. It's made easy. It's like when we say Salah inshallah, you're looking down at the place of your sujood as you're standing and no matter what's happening you're still looking there. So outside Salah you are being obviously given a free gift to be able to control your gaze and looking at everything else Mashallah look at the buildings, look at the ocean,
look at the fish and look at everything else, but you lower your gaze when there is something haram it becomes easy for you when you when you look in Salah down, you know when I one day when I was studying in Madina munawwara
there was a man reading salah
and he was looking like this moving his head. I don't know if it happens, you know, some people are they don't have concentration. So he's moving his head and looking this way that way, and we would do guys know some nudging my friend. I said, Look at this guy.
So he said, What's he doing? He's reading Salah, and he's looking this way that way. So when he looked at us I put my hand he actually did this song I put his hat then he realized his reading Salah I say that type of concentration my brothers and sisters be won't be careful. Be careful. We need to look down you look down and you make sure that you're looking down so that at least outside of that Salah you can control your gaze by the will of Allah going back
To the fasting so fasting is such that if you were to do it correctly, it will you will achieve taco taco meaning consciousness of Allah throughout your life. You can't just say Ramadan even the non Muslims know that Ramadan is the month where Muslims become real Muslims Subhana Allah, they say that oh Ramadan so now we're not going to see you here anymore where casino
stuff is happening. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard. So that was the question I wanted to ask for myself to answer and for yourselves to see. Are you the same Muslim in Ramadan and out of Ramadan? If the answer is yes, good news to you. And if the answer is no, something wrong outside Ramadan, you better start doing things fast extra days, Mondays and Thursdays soon of the prophets of Salaam very healthy for you and very rewarding spiritually very elevating as well. And then you can fast the three days of the month as per the sooner of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. You see if you notice all these acts of worship that are Pillars of Islam, there is an element that is foreign,
there is an element that is sooner and there is an element that is nothing in all of them. Whether it is Zakah whether it is Salah, whether it is so and even the last one and I'm getting to it now the fourth pillar of Islam is the last pillar of Islam is Hajj, Mashallah. mela take us there.
When Hajj is compulsory upon you go Don't say a young man, you know, I'm young. What does that mean? Do you still plan to spend a little bit before you go? Is that what it is? You haven't committed enough since people have died?
younger than you younger than me. They've gone. What happened? I hope they didn't say hey, I'm still young. May Allah forgive us. Allah decides when you will go for Hajj by giving you the means. That's what we believe. I don't decide whether I'm going to go for Hajj. Primarily Allah makes it far out on me. The minute I have the means I have to make the effort to go.
I had one man, extremely wealthy man. He came to me and asked me Is it possible for me to send someone else to do my hatch? And I said But why? He says because you know it's very dirty when you go there a lot of disease this meningitis, these people dying, the stampedes. I said, No.
You cannot. You're a human being. On the day of judgment. When you are resurrected with everyone. You're not going to be able to say this guy was the guy who died with meningitis, and that guy died with yellow fever. No.
You cannot do that. You have to go It's you. It's your obligation unto Allah like the masjid. You can be the wealthiest you can't say I can't stand next to this guy. Because you know what he was in the hospital last week? No, you have to stand there for the sake of Allah. You can't say he's poor. He's rich. He's black. He's white. Now. This is the beauty of Islam. You stand in the same stuff. You have to stand in the same stuff shoulder to shoulder you must stand that way. We are brothers and sisters in faith
So you have to go for hajikko and guess what? Even in hajj. There is a minor pilgrimage known as ombre ombre. And I will end on this point in Sharla.
Amara is a minor pilgrimage.
It's not far up. But
I want to suggest to everyone who has the means that when you are considering going on an international holiday,
try to change your intention sometimes by taking your children to a spiritual place with the intention of aamra because it will awaken them at that age. You know that children below the age of 15 It's not easy to get a visa for them to go for Hajj. But for Amara, they will go. So sometimes when you are considering going here and they spending a few $1,000 perhaps you might want to consider the trip of Amara, I tell you why. A lot of us now we have this idea of spoiling our families and going here and then yeah, it may be a good thing. If you're doing it within the limits. It's a good thing.
But when we go we sometimes don't
have a place to eat Salah we sometimes miss the Salah, we sometimes don't have a proper place for eating. We sometimes don't have proper facilities and our children we are just you know, at leisure. It's okay within limits. But surely it would be spiritually far more beneficial. If you were to go back to the holiest lands on Earth. Take your children there. Go around the Kaaba, make power for them. Be in the mythos, sit and read the Koran meet other Muslim, see people from across the globe show them how Islam is so International. There are people from China from Africa, from Europe, from South America, from North America, from Australia, from South Korea, from Russia from wherever you
mentioned it there. There
Subhan Allah that Islam, it is so beneficial for your children yourself, your families. When you make a trip for Umrah, may Allah make it easy for us to go there again and again say I mean.
So my brothers and sisters, I've spoken for exactly an hour. And I've spoken about the five pillars of Islam. And I've mentioned a few very important points regarding these five pillars. I told you, I will keep the talk very basic. It was about five pillars of Islam. And I mentioned the importance of knowledge at the beginning. And I spoke to you about how if you want a lot to get close to you, you have to make an effort to get close to Allah. Definitely it will happen I hope I will benefit from what I've said in sha Allah and yourselves as well. It has been an absolute honor to be standing here in front of you for the sake of Allah to say a good word to bring us closer to Allah subhanho
wa Taala closer to one another, to let us love one another for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala For indeed my goal, your goal all our goals is to enter genital for those that is the entire idea. If we have been granted gender, we are successful and if gender is not something we are granted, we would have failed no matter what we had in the dunya May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all aku Kali hada sallallahu wasallam o Baraka Allah Nabina Muhammad, WA Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh