Channel: Mufti Menk
Beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, there is an English saying
that goes a friend in need is a friend indeed. And I'm sure we have heard this many times, when I was young, I did not really understand what it meant. But as time passed, we realize that in your life, you have friends, those friends will not remain with you sometimes, when you are in great difficulty, because some of them are there, because of your wealth, some of them are there because of other reasons, because of your intellect because of your business, because of how you work at school or university or because of the company you work for, or because of the goods they might get through you. So, they are your friends because of a reason. And if that reason is not a valid
reason, when the day you are in need and the day you are in difficulty, what happens to them, they disappear, they are not there to help, they are not there to assist. And if that is the case, then they were never genuine, it is easy for us to talk about them and how they let us down, but talk about myself and how I have let others down. So the friends I have Am I genuine with them? Would I stand up with them when they have a day of difficulty? Or am I from amongst those who would walk away when they need me most? So inshallah we have the teachings of Islam that are far better than this and far higher and far more detailed. And we would like to look at what happens as a Muslim, a
person who believes in Allah subhanho wa Taala What am I supposed to be doing?
To begin with a very important statement would be, we should be helping everyone, everyone. All those who share belief are brothers in faith. And those who are not of the same faith would be brothers in humanity.
And they would all be potential brothers and sisters in faith as well. Like Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
For in Jabu Alka masala
no comfy. The speaking of the enemies, if they repent, and they establish prayer, they do good deeds, then they are your brethren in faith immediately and automatically. So this is why we need to understand when I say my brother, I am either meaning a brother in faith or a brother in humanity.
And we should be helping one another. Not only because we share the same faith.
But even when we find human beings have a different faith, we will stand up in Sharla. For that, on humanitarian grounds that we are meant to be standing up for bearing in mind that even to assist an animal as a Muslim is rewarding.
And we have come across many a hadith and narrations of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, where he clearly makes mention of the reward of assisting a dog and the reward of being harmful to a cat. So if animals have such rights over us, what about other human beings? May Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant has a deep understanding and may He make us beneficial to the others. But sometimes we may not be able to help everyone. In that case, Islam teaches us the bare minimum, do not harm them.
If I cannot help you,
but I have harmed you, when I am indeed not a true believer, why should I harm those who have done nothing to me.
When you are in need, My duty is to help you if I am unable, I can say a prayer. If I am unable, for example, for some reason I missed out or slipped or forgot. May Allah not make us oblivious? What would happen? It would be very important for me to make sure that that harm does not come from my direction. Now I want to pause for a moment every one of us in our lives. We sit and think of people who have harmed us but how many times do we sit and think of people whom we have harmed? That is a very important question.
How many times do we sit and think of people whom we have harmed Subhana Allah.
So it is important for me not to be selfish. The world out there is teaching us to be worried about ourselves when you have a shortage of food and suddenly they are distributing food at one corner. Each person is bothered about himself and each one wants to think to him
Self? How can I get to the front of that queue? And how is it possible for me to be able to take food back for myself? Without thinking for a moment? In Islam, it is all about helping others. Look at yourself, what did you do for the other people? Let's not become selfish because the world has become selfish. When you have a good deal, people want it for themselves, not thinking you know what, I may get it, but my brother might need it more than I do. This is why Allah subhanho wa Taala chose certain people to be the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And from amongst them, he chose certain people to be from amongst what would be known as the unsolved the answer of
the helpers. And Allah describes them in the Quran in a very beautiful way. And he says, you feel alone Allah
fusi Mara, can I beat him kasasa they give preference over themselves, even though they may be in dire need themselves low. Imagine you need something, but you give preference to someone because he needs it. This is called helping one another. This is the true assistance. But not every one of us is on that level. So like we say the minimum don't harm. If you cannot help do not harm because today, a lot of the harm that we are facing comes from our own brothers and sisters. If I want to ask you, my brother, who is making your life difficult, by default, a lot of us would say the Muslims names and a lot of us would have names of people who immediately we would tell this person
is a brother in faith. Why do we harm one another? Why don't we help one another? So what is it that we can assist in?
Firstly, we need to understand we help one another. When a person is in need. Yes, that is sure.
Sometimes they won't know the need that they have. I can help you by teaching you something good. I can help you by making you have a better day by the expressions on my face. Amazing. So Pamela, did you think of that?
A person is sometimes gloomy, they are going through difficulty they are going through issues and I come across so you come across as salaam alaikum How are you my brother and you have a smile on your face that automatically resolves a small portion of the problem they have? May Allah grant us ease. And this type of da we just said May Allah grant us ease how many of us might be in difficulty This is a Juma. This is a pre Juma talk. And we should know that there is an hour during this particular day that is so valuable that if someone were to call out to Allah during that time, then Subhana Allah we would be
not returned without the response of that prayer being manifest and clear. It is time known as St. Java. We're allies responding exactly as you want it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. So it's important for us to realize you help someone sometimes without really knowing that you've helped them. And without them knowing that they have been helped, just by following your faith just by following your deen by having the correct expressions by saying the right things. It is extremely important. So that is point number one number two people are in need. Today we look at Burma, for example. Today we look at Bangladesh, for example, we look at Sri Lanka, for example. Do you know
what is going on? Do you know what is happening in Mali? Do you know what is happening in Syria in Yemen? Do you know what is happening in Afghanistan and Iraq? In Pakistan? You name the countries do you know what is going on? In some countries of Europe? Do you know what is the condition of our brothers and sisters? So in order to be able to assist correctly, we would need to know what's going on?
How many of us are even bothered if I were to tell you brother what's happening in Burma? How many would know what exactly is going on what's happening in Bangladesh? People will say is there anything happening there? That's the question. It means we are no longer like that body that is mentioned in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The believers are like one body. If a small organ on that particular body is suffocating in any way. The entire body will be restless and sleepless. And it will feel the pain. How many of us feel that pain? How many of us have assisted in the course. How many of us are wealthy? We have food. We have so much food that in this
country. Everywhere you go you hear the word makan makan. I'm sure you know that. You've heard it. And I used to wonder why is it that there is so much in terms of food and so much preference given to food, but Yesterday I saw something that made me think you see
Kuala Lumpur the abbreviation for it is k u l cool. And in Arabic cool means to eat. It's an instruction cool, it means eat. So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us from those not only who can eat, but who can feed others, we have so much there are people who are dying, there are people who are dying of hunger and on our plates we leave back so much and throw it away sometimes. So remember to save your food to save your water. To be more considerate of the way you use. What you have at your disposal is automatic assistance to others, when you turn on the tap,
instead of turning it on so full, you have it turned on according to the way we are taught without wasting water. If that is the case, you you have helped 1000s or even hundreds of 1000s or millions of people across the globe, because if every one of us had to save water, how much water do you think we would save not realizing there is a shortage of fresh water on the globe? as big as the oceans are as huge and as large as they are we have a shortage of fresh water on the globe. So be conservative, when you are a person who likes to save things. Not because you are packing it in your own cupboard No, because you are considerate of others, then inshallah you will be heading in the
right direction, you would have assisted those in need without you realizing without them realizing when I say without you realizing we might think for example, okay, I turned on the tap slightly less. How did that help the people, for example, who don't have water in somewhere in Africa, how it helped them is when you started the trend, and everyone followed the same example. And then you see the large quantities of water that is saved, you will then know that people have really been helped. So this is what Islam teaches us. If you don't know what the people are going through, how are you going to be able to help them if you don't know how they are suffering, you will not be able to
assist them in the correct way we have Juma It is only correct for us to mention on the globe. How many are suffering and ask Allah, Allah grant Emmys, Yala opened their doors, yeah, Allah those who are suffering, whether they are in Burma or Bangladesh, or in Syria or Yemen, or anywhere in the Middle East or in Europe, or in Africa, in Somalia, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Pakistan, in India, wherever they are on the globe. In this country, there may be people who might be homeless, there are people who are orphaned, there are people who are under the line of what we would call poverty, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to create ease for all of them.
And at the same time, we ask Allah to create ease for us. Remember, when you help someone Allah helps you. We know the hadith of Abu huraira Allah and powerful narration where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks through the blessed lips of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam why we say this is because Allah says, Why am I
born in Hawaii, in Hawaii, in Swahili
he does not utter from his desires and whims and fancies. No, it is indeed Revelation it is inspired. It is something that comes from Allah. So when he says, manifests and mcmillion corbetta min corabi Daniela fusce Allahu anhu corbetta min Cora Bo milky Yama, you need to know what it means and you need to know it is valid. It means whoever assists a fellow believer in dire need a Korba is that which is so severe and so serious that it requires special care and attention. It requires assistance if you help your brothers and sisters in that particular condition of dire need, and you've gone out of your way to alleviate their suffering in any way. Allah says, if that happened in
you need to know that we will alleviate your suffering on the Day of Judgment.
What an easy way of preparing for the Day of Judgment. One of the ways is to find people who are suffering in a big way and alleviate their suffering. You've heard of an earthquake, you've heard of a tsunami. You've heard of people who are homeless, and you reached out to them and you went and even if you helped one person you are included in this study. So panela even if you have gone out, for example, somewhere across the globe far or near, and you have helped those in dire need alleviated their suffering in one way even in a small way with a smile on their faces, make them feel you are not alone we are with you Subhana Allah, you will find that the day of judgement, Allah
subhanho wa Taala will reach out to you and Allah will call you out by name and Allah subhanho wa Taala
will create ease for you and me on that day may we be from amongst those who can help one another. That Hadith continues very beautiful powerful quotation of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, wherein he started off by making mentioned those in dire need. Then he says,
Whoever creates any form of ease, money Yes, sir amoxicillin. Yes, sir Allahu Allahu COVID, dunya, okra, whoever creates ease. Now this is not making mention of that which is dire, but any form of ease, whoever creates any form of ease for their brethren, Allah will create ease for them in this world as well as in the next. So do you want ease in your problems, will create ease in the lives of others, and you will have ease in your issues. And this is because every one of us has difficulties. We have issues that we go through. I have issues matters difficulties in my own way, small or big, and so do you. We have ease in one way we have difficulty in another because this life is a test.
Nobody, not one on the globe can say there is absolutely nothing that I have to worry about. At the end of the day, it's your health. At the end of the day, it's your age. At the end of the day, it's the loss of a loved one or perhaps it is some form of loss in business. a multimillionaire when he loses 1 million. He has actually lost nothing, but he may suffer sleepless nights. Why? Because 1 million gone low. The others don't even have a single ring gauge and they are still snoring. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness May he make us realize and understand