Channel: Mufti Menk
An explanation of Sayyidul Istighfaar – the best words to seek forgiveness by. Hadith of Shaddaad ibn Aws RA. Delivered in Ilford, London.
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy Jemaine we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations. upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless his household companions May Allah bless every one of you. May Allah bless us all my brothers, my sisters in Islam, I will be failing in my duty if I do not say the following. So let's listen attentively I saw a message yesterday, it was a WhatsApp message. And I felt that I needed to just make a slight correction to say, when we have someone who comes to remind us of the deen, number one it is Allah who guides Remember that? Number one, it is Allah who
guides Yes, there might be someone who encouraged you, he will get a reward for it. You may want to obviously seek ways of getting closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Sometimes there is a person who tapped you on your shoulders, there is someone who might have asked you what to do. Remember, there is a limit to which you can actually praise that person. Remember that?
When it comes to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam it goes well beyond because he was the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we would be insulting ourself, ourselves, if we did not say sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam because we would be cursed. So therefore with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you can send blessings and salutations throughout the day and the night and you would only be getting a reward. But remember, when there is a scholar coming, or a student of knowledge, such as myself, for example, may Allah even give us that little status? Let's not go beyond the limits when it comes to praising a person or saying one of the top guys in the world etc.
No, it is not. I am a brother of yours. It's only my duty to let you know this. That's why I'm telling you my eyeliner, lol Bella, I am just a human being. I am actually related to perhaps quite a lot of you more than those who may know, because I'm sure you have one of your forefathers by the name of Adam alayhis salam don't you? May Allah subhanho wa Taala Bless you all my brothers and sisters, I feel the warmth, as cold as it may be in this beautiful machine, the wounds in the faces and the hearts and the smiles of the brothers who are seated here. May Allah accept it from us. I want to remind myself of a hadith of shut down even outside of the Allahu anhu today, hadith of shut
down, or the Aloha, and it's just one Hadith that I will talk about today, because I believe it has helped me a lot. And it will help us a lot. Many of us have many problems. That's part of life. If life has challenges every day one struggle, if it's not with your children, it's with your health, not with your health. It's with your wealth, not with your wealth, it's with someone else's health, not with that it's with the loss of life of someone not with that it is something else, etc. It just goes on and on and on. So that is the nature of this life. If you think that it's going to stop completely you don't know what this life is, it will stop a death. And this is what happens. Death
is a gift of a believer because at that point, he goes to a better place or she goes to a better place. And we have yaqeen and conviction in that regard. No matter who you are, no matter what you have done in the past. The past is exactly that past. We turn a new leaf we seek Allah's forgiveness, we repent to Allah we start afresh once again. Allah says you know what, I will forgive you come to the door, I will forgive you. You knock the door of Toba. You knock the door of repentance and you knock the door of forgiveness, knock the door and knock it often. I tell you why. Mohali is Salatu was Salam amongst many other messengers including Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam told
their the followers that I have a message for you from Allah and that is seek the forgiveness of Allah it will open so many doors for you. What doors will it open for you? It will open the doors of the mercy of Allah, the forgiveness of Allah, the sustenance that you are searching for the health that you are looking for the happiness you are looking for the Baraka in your life and in your sustenance that you are looking for the smile that you will have when you see the children that you have been blessed with because they will become the coolness of your eyes through your STL file through your seeking of forgiveness of Allah. So you don't know some people have told me you taught
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But I did not sing today Why should I do it? So I tell them the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to seek forgiveness, up to 100 times a day he never ever needed it. He did not need a thing he was, as we know without sin Subhana Allah, he was the Messenger of Allah azza wa jal halki wa cromo rusu Lee, he was the best of the creation, and the most noble of all prophets sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he did not need it, but he did it and that caused an even higher or even greater elevation in his status. So Han Allah, Allah, Allah me. So my brothers and sisters, remember something, you have a problem. Make amends regarding your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala that's what
will help you. People have a problem, they run to this one, that one etc, etc. The first thing that should happen, turn to Allah. When Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was overcome by certain things, something happened etc. fuzzi illa Salah, the first thing he did, he remade haste towards salah and he rushed towards praying he went down in sujood for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That was the first thing he did. And then he called out to Allah subhanho wa Taala and that's when a lot happened and things started changing. And you Allah promises you contentment. contentment means if your feet amputated, your leg is amputated, you lose your eyesight, you're diagnosed with cancer,
you're dying of something, you will never lose your contentment. You may not have the things of this world but you are a happy man, a happy woman, always praising Allah always thanking him. We all have problems, nobody is free of it. So Allah promises you contentment, but Allah does not promise that you will have wealth and you will have health he can take that away as a gift for you. As a gift. Sometimes we turn away from Allah, He wants us to get close to Him because He loves us. So he gives us something we call a problem in our lives. Brother, why do I have this problem? So I asked him Well, since you have the problem, how has your relationship been with Salah? Well, I started what
made you start the problem? Thank you. Thank you Mashallah you get the point? Your problem made you call out to Allah, your problem brought you to the masjid. Your problem took you to Allah. So wasn't that the gift of Allah? Allah says, and you know what, after the problem you passed away, so Allah says, I really loved you so much. Your life was going in one direction I did something to you, it headed in the other direction, then I took you away while your life was in the right direction, Allah Akbar, what's the gift of Allah? So what is this idea of shall dad in the house of your loved one?
He says, there was something known as the best way of seeking forgiveness. Say you do so far. It is it is certain words or certain phrases that are uttered that are considered the best way of seeking forgiveness from Allah, the beautiful way of the beautiful words. You know, say it is a monster. We say say you do know Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he is our master in the sense that he came and taught us and he came in sync by Allah subhanho wa Taala chosen sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. But when we say in the Arabic language, the terms say it is used even to refer to Mr. So and so sometimes they use the word to say it for Llanfyllin, you know, Mr. So and so it's showing the
respect to that particular person. When it comes to a phrase and you say say Google is still far it means it is possibly the highest of the terms of still far that you can have and the akula Lab do for a worshiper to say so if you're not an Abbot, there is no point in saying these words. You need to be a slave of Allah. You need to be a worshipper of Allah. How can someone call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala when they don't worship Allah when they are not believers in Allah subhanho wa Taala so that's a beautiful point that you must enslave yourself surrender to Allah, Oh Allah, I am your slave.
So these words as follows Allah whom Antara B Allahumma Antara b i will be saying the words and I will translate them and explain them slowly but surely and I told you that's the only had yet we are going to study this evening. But while I'm saying it, you may say these words within yourself or in the light voice on your own. So he starts off by explaining to us Allahumma Antara Bo Allah. You are my Rob. What is the what is Rob? Rob means you made me you created you nourish you cherish you provide you protect every aspect of my existence is in your hands. You can take me away no if you want you are giving me You are nurturing me that is a boon. So Allah who mantra be, Oh Allah. You
are my Rob.
This is still too far this is seeking forgiveness. I'm starting off by declaring, Oh Allah, you are my rock. Why? Because I need to know he is my boss in our language you say this man is my boss, what do you mean? You want to leave you need his permission, you want to come back you need his permission, you want your salary, you need to go to him, etc, etc. Okay, so Allah is even higher than that Allah owns You and I, he owns you totally. Can you imagine you see someone and suddenly you go to the ground and put your head on the ground? No way it cannot happen except for Allah subhanho wa Taala you put your head on the ground for who for Allah because he is your supreme
owner. He owns you. Well, law he owns you totally and completely and myself too. This is why we get into prostration acabo Maya Kunal Abdullah behavoir who was the closest that a slave can get to his rump is in the condition of sujood so it's amazing how we start off by saying Allah hum Antara be, Oh Allah.
La ilaha illa Anta there is no one worthy of worship besides you. Why do we not say there is?
In the translation we normally say Lam Abu Dhabi hacking Illa Allah, there is no one worthy of worship besides Allah. No one really worthy of worship besides Allah, because people are worshipping things besides Allah. They are Gods besides Allah that are worshipped by others, but they are not worthy of worship besides the one who made you, who is worthy of your worship, whoever made you who is your maker, or Rabu Allah who be the one who made me Allah, the one whom I'm going to return to so I say la ilaha illa? anta that's the second part, Allah whom Antara Bo La La Ilaha. Illa. anta none is worthy of worship besides you Halekulani. You know why? Because you created me that's why
did you hear that? Subhana Allah, what am I doing? I'm starting off seeking forgiveness of Allah by declaring who exactly he is. By confirming or ally worship you. There is no one You are my rub. No one with your worship besides you. You made me Halekulani. Anna abduch. And as for me, I'm your slave.
As for me, I'm at your command. What you've told me to do I try my best to do
what you've prohibited. I stay away from
however, we continue, we say what Anna abduch wha wha deca, deca? Mustapha? To as best as I can. I am upon my promise. What is my promise? Let me tell you, the promise is La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. That's the promise. When you want to enter the fold of Islam. I'm sure all of you have seen people. What do they say? I'm becoming a Muslim. They don't say that. I declare my Shahada. That's what they say. What does that means your promise? What's my promise? A shadow Allah, Allah, Allah Allah, I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah, therefore I will worship none besides Allah. That's what it means. When you say
eyeshadow, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, I bear witness there is none worthy of worship besides Allah but you are worshiping everything besides Allah, then you have not fulfilled your promise. You are not upon the promise upon the promise. The first thing when you entering the deen when you want to be a Muslim is to declare that you are indeed upon the worship of Allah alone La ilaha illa Allah it is such a powerful statement that that one statement is so heavy on the right side of the scale on the day of judgment that will lie IE it can result in your entry into general standing on its own La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah.
So we are saying La ilaha illa Anta Halekulani wanna abduch wanna Allah deca, deca Mustapha to O Allah, as far as possible, I am on this promise, I declare that there is none worthy of worship besides you. And I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is your messenger? That's what we say, don't we? What does that mean? That means he was sent by you to teach us what to do, what not to do, how to worship you and what not to do. So if you come up with something on your own, for example, you say this pork that is there, this bacon that is there, they repeated the Bismillah Allahu Akbar 75 times so now it's okay. Because the normal sheep you say it once. When it comes to a
pig, you say it X amount of times. That's not true. You brought that from your pocket. That's what you did. You brought it from your pocket, because no matter how many times you say Bismillah, Allahu Akbar, even if you say our Oh bill, when slaughtering the pig, it doesn't make it halon remember that
Remember this way, because as you know, Mohammed Abu rasuluh Mohammed salatu salam taught you something, he was sent by Allah to teach you halal Haram. He was sent by Allah to teach you how to worship Him. So for example, here comes the time of Salah, and I feel like a pious man so I decided, you know what, salah and Mercury today I'm just going to make four units. My brother it sounds nice you added one extra unit because it's an act of worship and facing the Qibla I have will do I'm in Salah I'm reading Fatiha I'm doing everything else I went to shoot I went to Rico. Guess what? The whole three plus that one all invalid because you just did it from your own pocket once again. But
if you follow it means you believe a shadow under Mohammed Abu rasuluh. What did he say? That's what I want to do. How did he teach it? That's what I wanted. Then Alhamdulilah you are Allah what a deca deca you are on your promise and you are upon that allegiance that you have pledged unto Allah. Oh Allah, I won't worship anyone besides you. And I will not consider as an Obi anyone besides Mohammed salatu salam, the final Nabhi the others who have passed we believe in them. Yes, indeed. But at the end of the day, we are the owner of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the final Nabhi of Allah subhanho wa Taala the final messenger so that's why I started off by telling you be careful your
relationship with people around you. If you raise them too high, when they make a mistake, you follow the mistake with them.
But if you have understood Mashallah the brother has helped us, the brother Subhana Allah He is a respectable person hamdulillah he's a human being he may have his faults etc. At least you will be able to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala and understand that it is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam whom we are following Subhan Allah Subhana Allah, this is the one all this I'm declaring. Because I want to seek Allah's forgiveness. Look at how we start. When I went to seek Allah's forgiveness, I start by saying who you are, Oh Allah, you are the one and you are the greatest. You are my Rob, you made me No one will be worshipped besides you As for me, I am a slave of yours and I
am trying my best to be upon this particular pledge, and I'm trying my best to be upon the promise that I have declared. One Allah deca, deca Matata, 202 becoming Galicia Lima Sana, I seek your protection. Oh, Allah from all the bad that I've done. What do you mean? You mean, you've done a lot of bad things we declare, we are admitting it or live done bad I seek your protection because sometimes the bad we do definitely has an impact on us. It has an impact on us, our family members, our children and others, perhaps because we do bad It affects your marriage. It affects everything. If you quit the bad, the good also affects everybody. If you turn to Allah, the goodness affects
everybody. So you want the solution for the problems in your home, turn to Allah seek Allah's forgiveness and you will find a lot of goodness Subhana Allah, it's something amazing, something unique that you seek forgiveness of Allah, of Allah subhanho wa Taala and you find the condition at home starts improving, it starts becoming better, your children become better Alhamdulillah I'm not saying just sit back and don't do anything about about it. Your child is perhaps doing something wrong. You guide them in a beautiful way.
What's the point of telling them to do something when you are doing the opposite? But that moon and Venus have been believed? Watch out
for a second, are you instructing people to do good and you're forgetting yourselves? You telling others to do something you're forgetting yourself? That does not mean that you're not allowed to tell your children not to smoke when you're smoking, but it does mean become conscious of your deeds. Could that cigarette May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy? I was surprised this time I came to the UK I must admit there are many more smokers than I thought. I've been to many countries and I am happy at the decrease of people who smoke but I must say maybe it's the winter maybe it is something else. I've witnessed women puffing away like I've never seen before. May Allah subhanho wa
Taala grant us ease May Allah make it easy. It does not mean that others are smoking so it's a good thing. Quit the habit. Don't argue about oh mcru haram it's a bad habit. They cannot sell it to you without writing on the box Smoking kills. So please quit it. May Allah make it easy for you. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide that's all I've seen sometimes, you know, when you're walking past and they see a man with a beard, a person with a cigarette puts it down, he hides it. He puts it behind him, he throws it and quickly presses it. Well. Allah is far higher and Allah is far greater and Allah is watching you in an even bigger way than anyone else who's passing by so do it for the sake
of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So going back to the STL file. We said I am on your promise and I will be coming Konishi masana to F
anything bad I've done I seek your protection. I seek refuge in You from that bad which I have done a boo laka beaner magically, I admit to you all, I am actually admitting all the good that you have bestowed upon me. You favorite me I we don't even deserve the airway, breathing sometimes. That's how we operate in life. Pornography all night haram chats, haram linkups Haram. Can I say adultery, haram? Everything else we alcoholics sometimes doing something without even thinking of Allah. No Salah no nothing and Allah still gives you every week you're getting your money every other day you're getting your food every day you're getting your food basically, every day you're breathing,
your health is okay. You're looking smarter, you're looking wise, you're looking wealthy, you're looking healthy, etc. Allah is giving us without us really deserving it. That is called her for Rahim Rahman Rahim, the Most Merciful, the most forgiving more than that he has mercy on us. That's why he gives us
he has mercy on us. If Allah did not have mercy, do you know what the Quran says? while you are at the Laguna submersible, or wherever, you know,
if Allah had to punish people because of what they've earned, with their with their own hands, and if Allah had to punish people because of their oppression, there would be nothing remaining on Earth, it would be destroyed, completely finished, because that's the people's deeds. But Allah says, No, he gives you the opportunity to turn in a beautiful way to him, may Allah grant us the turning. May Allah grant us the turning my beloved brothers, my sisters, let me tell you,
when we say Oh Allah, I admit, I am not denying all the favors You have bestowed upon me. We then continue in the same same list so far to say, a boo, be them be Oh Allah, I am admitting my sin, all the sins I've committed, I don't deny them. I have admitted, I did this. I did that I did that you make a mental note of what you've done, you know what you've done, especially the major sins, the major sins, you know, but there is hope. What is the hope?
After that we say from fairly, so forgive me. That's where the eastern part comes in. You see the introduction, we started off one thing, another thing, a third thing, declare the greatness of Allah declare how small we are, how insignificant we are, how dependent we are on to Allah how we made a promise when we declared our Shahada, and we declare it all the time how we are trying our best to tread upon that path of goodness, and at the same time, we admit, Oh Allah, you have bestowed us with so much We seek refuge in You from the evil of our own deeds, and we are admitting that we have done bad and you know what, like I said, you have a mental note of the bad you've done. And then you
say, favela, Lee, Abu leukopenia mochica Allah Yeah, Abu b&b severely so forgive me Oh Allah for him know why, for him now who la young Pharaoh Zulu but illa Anta Forgive me because there is no one who forgives sins besides you. Oh Allah Subhana Allah, you are my Rob. I have no other besides you. You are my Allah, you are my maker. I don't have another maker to go to La ballena see waka for you da we do not have another rap besides you who will be called out so we call out unto you. We are helpless. We only hope in your mercy and we will never lose hope in your mercy. We know you are there. We know you love us. We know you will give us a chance and another and the third. parents
give their children so many chances. Allah loves you and I more than any parent can ever love his or her child and you go out and see what type of love there is for the children.
That's a promise. So my brothers and sisters Don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah. I want to repeat this hadith of shadab NEOs, Allah one wherein he says that the same will still follow taught by Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam to say for a worshiper to say, Allahu montura be La ilaha illa Anta haluk 21 ab Duca Allah Allah deca deca Mustapha to obika min coonley Sherry masana to Abu laka Bini ematic Allah wa Abu be them be fall virally for him in hula Nova Illa Allah
and Allah subhanho wa Taala forgives yourself. There are so many ways to seek forgiveness. This is one of them. It's it's mentioned to be one of the most beautiful ways of asking Allah forgiveness. And I want to end off by saying one thing. My brothers and sisters a lot of the times we make some powerful do as in the Arabic language, but we don't know their meanings. Did you hear what I said. A lot of
The times we say of car we sit and we rattle out so much, but we don't know the meaning. That's why I'm saying rattling rather than that, say it. Try and go into the meaning see, it is powerful. You know, when the evening comes we say I'm saying what I'm saying markkula Hara blah blah mean, what does it mean? Our children recite it they don't have a clue sometimes. Sometimes we don't say that Allahumma inni iluka Hira Murphy Javi Laila to high Rama Baba to be camicia the mafia Javi Lila De Lima Banda, what a powerful da O Allah I seek. I asked you to give me the good Miss, to give me the goodness of this particular night and all the nights that follow and to save me from the evil of
this particular night and all the nights that follow that's a draw every evening. You're supposed to be reading it. And in the morning you asking Allah the same thing for the day Oh Allah, I asked you the goodness of this day and I seek protection from the evil of this day and all the days that follow. Amazing imagine every day you making that dua, may Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive our sins, Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease in the dunya and akhira aku kolyada sallallahu wasallam Obara canon Amina Muhammad wa salam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh