Ramadan 2023 Appeal
Preparing to meet Allah
Channel: Mufti Menk
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Jumuah Lecture 1 Nov 2019
Masjid Al Falaah
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Salam aleikum, WA
Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his companions, his household We ask Allah to bless them to bless every one of us to grant us every form of goodness, to save us from difficulty calamity to grant us good health, to grant us good offspring. May Allah subhanho wa Taala keep us steadfast up to the end, and May He grant us ultimately the paradise that we really are searching for. I mean, my beloved brothers and sisters, we claim to believe we say we are believers. When a person says he's a Muslim, it means he or she surrenders to the law of Allah. That's the meaning of the term Muslim, I have surrendered to
the law of Allah. I am the person who believes and adopts what Allah subhanho wa Taala has sent down. When a person says he is a min it means within his heart, he firmly believes in everything that Allah has told us regarding the unseen more than anything else. So if you were to look at the Pillars of Islam, you will find five pillars, you will find the statement, the utterance of the Shahada, Allah, Allah Illallah Muhammad Rasulullah I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship besides Allah. And I bear witness that Muhammad peace be upon him is the final messenger of Prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then you have the five daily prayers, that is something that you
will fulfill, they are actions, you have, for example, the fasting in the month of Ramadan, you stay away from food, people can see that you're not eating. When you have the arms to the poor, or the charity, the zacchara people can see that you're giving, then you have the pilgrimage to the madness, aka la sebelah.
The pilgrimage to Mecca for the one who is able and capable to fulfill the journey and several other conditions. And those are the pillars of Islam. As you notice, people can see this person is the moose limb, they have submitted to Allah, but whether or not they are more men, and whether or not the belief has penetrated the heart is something that only Allah knows. So if a person says I believe in Allah, it's up to Allah, Allah knows whether the person is being truthful or false. So Allah says, I will teach you in order to determine whether you truly believe or you don't.
Do the people think that it is sufficient for them to say we are believers as in momineen. Eman And we will not test them. We have tested those before them as well. Allah says every one is going to be tested. So imagine if you look at the pillars of the man, there are six What are they are meant to be learning what mala Ji was, to be he was to be what young men are feeling well.
Some might add one bath and bath means the resurrection. And yo mill actually means the last day many of the scholars have brought that together and made it six points. So let me quickly say them again. We believe in Allah. We believe in all the angels we believe in all the prophets, we believe in all the books we believe in the last day and the Day of Resurrection. And we believe that good and bad faith comes from Allah. All of these are within the heart. Nobody can just look at someone and say you're a believer. In actual fact, Allah alone knows if a person is a belief. Now we have several instructions from Allah subhanho wa Taala, not only in the Quran, but even through the
blessing lips of the noble Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Instructions wherein Allah says if you believe in Allah, you will do the following. It's a sign that you believe. So there are certain signs that will prove that you truly are a believer. Number one is you are concerned about the meeting with Allah, you are worrying about the day you're going to meet with Allah, you're preparing for that day by doing lots and lots of good deeds and abstaining from prohibitions and fulfilling the obligations that Allah has placed on your shoulders. Primarily, that in a nutshell is the most important aspect that shows that the person is unbelievable. So Pamela, so let me
For you, the
Allah says so whosoever is looking forward to the meeting with Allah, what is that meeting, that meeting is actually, at the end of time, the last day in the hereafter after you die, the day that you will meet with Allah, whoever is looking forward to that meeting, they will do some things from now, if I were to tell you, my brothers and sisters, you have a very important meeting with a very important person, you will be excited. Well, think of an important person that you'd really like to meet. What would you do to meet that person, you would prepare, you would make sure that you know what to say you would make sure you perhaps you know, go in in the right way, and so on and so
forth, especially if they happen to be of leadership in this world. What about
you need to take something what is it that you're going to take when you meet with alarm? family
alone makes mention of two things. Both of them are equally important, with one of them being very, very serious. Allah says if you really are looking forward to meeting with Allah, you will do good deeds, what's the meaning of good deeds, allama, Asana,
the deeds that are acceptable, that are good, a good deed is a deed that was done by the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and taught by him. That's a good deed. Because Allah wants you to worship Him, you and I would never know how to worship Allah on our own. So Allah sent us messengers to show us how he wants to be worshipped. Amazing. What was the mission of the messengers, primarily, to show us how Allah wants to be worshipped, to remind us about who is Allah, and then tell us, now I'm going to show you what he wants from you. So that's why we have five daily prayers. There are not just three or two or seven or eight, there are five, who told me they're five a month, through whom,
through the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So I know that these are five daily prayers. How do I know I need to start the prayer in this way, I need to do this in the prayer, I need to say this and read this and I need to engage in a specific way. I can only know that through the messenger, Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, I cannot think it up on my own. Therefore there is no act of acceptable or there is no acceptable act of worship, if it were not taught or done by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Hence the term innovation comes into play. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding, no matter what I am to do, if it was not taught by the prophet
Muhammad, peace be upon him. It cannot be an act of worship for Allah.
Some people go out in the wave at the sun, you can wave at it for 20 minutes and say, I wish that Allah that's not an act of worship, waving at the sun was not taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam if you were to jump up and down 20 times on the spot and say Allahu Akbar each time you jump. Is that really the Sunnah? Is it really an act of worship? The answer is no. For Yama Lama Lama suddenly had a solid is that which was taught by the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. As simple as that. Let's move on to the next point, which is even more serious. Allah says you should eat beanie
If you are really looking forward to the meeting with your makeup, you will never associate partnership in worship with your own makeup. So panela you will never associate partnership with your makeup. in worship. I will worship Allah and I will worship Allah alone. That's how it should be. That's how it is. So therefore, any act of worship rendered for anyone or anything besides Allah. Allah says such a person is not looking forward to meeting with me but perhaps they are looking forward to meeting with others. Then Allah says to us in a hadith narrated by the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him that is so powerful and it reminds us of the mighty the glory and majesty
of Allah and other Shaka men, Amina Rahman and Ashoka he married to who was Shiva and in another narration, man Amina Ramadan
The first one, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam says, Allah says, when you associate partnership with me in an act of worship, I am the richer of the two, the independent of the two, I don't need that partnership. Rather you go with the other person and carry on, I don't want it like a multi billionaire, for example. And someone else who might be a person who's got a few $1,000, here and there. And so
you want to do something in a way that you think you will benefit the multi billionaire by your 10 cents for your $100, he will tell you, I don't need this partnership, keep the 100 and go and give it to whoever you want. Don't you see that I'm a multi billionaire. So kind of love what a lie hidden method will
be example of a nice how Highlanders Allah says that you know what you want to associate in an act of worship or engage in an act of worship for someone who didn't make you, they didn't create you, they are not in charge and in control of your life at all. If you want to engage in an act of worship for them, you know what you and that person can go together and whatever you've done can belong to that person, and out of the partnership. That's what Allah says, why he's independent. So this is why it's very important for us to keep on looking within ourselves, am I engaging in this act of worship? Is it for Allah? And was it taught by the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him because
the second Hadith that I mentioned, the prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is saying, whoever engages in an act of worship that we have not taught
the sin of it, we bounce to that particular person. What was the point of sending a messenger? If everyone was a newbie told what was the point of sending a messenger to us to teach us when everyone knew well, you know what he didn't know what he was saying. It's not good luck, if everyone knew on their own. Without looking at the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he definitely would reduce his value, according to them, but not in the eyes of Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us an understanding. Now I want to go to something very important regarding belief and the signs of belief. There are some narrations that you will find in the Hadith of the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Let's start off by saying mancala you may know Bill Nye, he wouldn't be a woman who ever really believes in Allah. And in the last day, what's the meaning of the last day, the day of accounts the day of reckoning? You know, when you believe that the taxman is going to come to you to ask you about the details of your business transactions? What do you do you make sure that your books are all in order, when he comes in, you can call him in and offer him some coffee and tell him welcome he's on my books audited by someone so and so big name, Mashallah. In the auditing field, to Panama, and you're excited because you know, I didn't do anything wrong, and then
they scrutinize it and you're still smiling, sipping away your coffee. But if you are not prepared for it, then it will be difficult to find you in the first place because we play the hide and seek because we know something is wrong with my books. I promise you we are more concerned about the books of the taxman than we are concerned about the books with Allah. Allah says to put your book in order, you just seek my forgiveness here. And now. Don't do what you did in the past if it was bad. So Pamela, so the Hudson if you really believe in the day of reckoning, and that there is a day of accounts, you will make sure your good deeds go up and your bad deeds go down. So listen to four
aspects that are made mention of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, just for he says, Man, can you
have any further
if a person truly believes in Allah and the Last Day,
he should not harm his neighbor, no matter who the neighbor is Muslim, non Muslim, a person who might belong to a different sect or a person who belongs to a different faith or no faith at all. The fact that the person is your neighbor, you don't harm them. And the topic of harm to a neighbor is very, very long. It starts off with the smoke, you know, we have leaves that people burn in the season in this country. Sometimes if those needs are being met in a way that the neighbor is being affected by the fumes and the smoke, then you do not really believe in Allah in the last day, even if you're claiming that. Did you know that because the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says, I
see a lot of people are looking at me. I know we're guilty of burning reliefs, but perhaps we can think of a better police of doing it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us
The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says you really believe in Allah, you really believe in the last day, you won't harm your neighbor, it's a sign. So if someone harms their neighbor, it's a sign that they don't truly believe they claim their belief, they believe, but they need to work on it very, very hard work on it harder. Another narrations is for using Elijah. That means not only should you not harm your neighbor, you should do good to your neighbor. Today's panel, you want to put your ward in the center, you go to your neighbor, according to the rule, you know, you're supposed to be 5050 the neighbors in Norway, and they busy spending money on everything else. One of
those things, if you were a kind person, a good person, you would know that look, this is my duty. It's my I perhaps I don't, I can't make ends meet right now. Let me say a good word. Let me say a good word. Perhaps if I have a little function at my home, let me let my neighbors know. Let me invite them Muslim or non Muslim, I would like to believe that if a person is a non Muslim, for us to reach out to them through such greatness, of character and conduct, such as being kind to them, and benefiting them in one way or another would be a bonus for us on the Day of Judgement. Imagine they were to turn to Islam. Remember, someone coming to Islam is not in your hands or mind. Not at
all, it's in the hands of Allah. But surely, the reduction of the enmity of enemies is a great success. Someone who hated Muslims, and because you were so good, and constantly good, and you repel, they're bad with good, they nodded their head one day and they said, You know what, I used to think Muslims are bad people, but in actual fact, they are really good people, that much is enough for you and I because the rest Allah Subhana Allah, you need to keep going and keep trying soldiering on. They may not believe in the last day, but you do. So I was doing goodness, because I think people deserve goodness, but I'm doing goodness, because I know Allah loves those who do good,
very big difference between the two, I enjoy doing good to those who do bad, because I'm not doing it for them. I'm doing it for a law law.
You get the point.
If I were to do good only to those whom I think deserve goodness, I would stop doing good.
So my brothers and sisters, that is one point about the neighbor, your relationship with your neighbors, be it at work or at home or anywhere else in the car, in the bus, on the roads, wherever else the courtesy and so on. It's a sign of your belief in Allah and the unsuitability of the Day of Judgment. Secondly, men can even young men,
from whoever believes in a man in the last day should honor that guest, a guest comes to you, and you honor the guest. Talk to them nicely. I have served them something, perhaps you know, make him feel at home make them feel comfortable. Today, we have gotten to a time where people don't like guests at all. You know why? It's a sign of weakness of your faith. When a guest walks through, we should think to ourselves, this is my opportunity to gain greater reward. So on the Day of Judgment, I can come to Allah with a massive reward. That's a sign you believe in Allah, and you're worried about the day of accounts, it's your chance, I promised you if we had a game, one of these computer
games, which gave you points, points that are worthless. In order to serve your guests on the game, we would be serving guests throughout the day and night, we would be hooked on the game, but real life we don't want. So we are prepared to earn points on a game that is a computer game that means nothing to do things that we would not even do in real life. When at times it is more important to do it in real life. Look at how we've actually lost faith. People might say it's a bit harsh to say lost faith, but in the prophets of Allah Salaam says, a sign of true belief in Allah and the Last Day is when you honor your guest. But my brothers and sisters You and I are Zimbabweans this talk
the reality. The reality is, as guests if I were a guest, I need to know when to visit. How long to visit for
and what time, for example, may inconvenience the person you can't just pick up at someone's house unannounced in this age of technology. And say that again, Monica, you may know Billa he was a young man.
I need this and I need that and I'm staying here for one month. And if you believe in the last day here I am an annual guest. Come on. Be realistic, so it's on either side. While we all would love to honor our guests, please let us know when you're coming. Please find out what is a convenient time. Like visiting the sick is a very, very great act of worship. But a lot of those who are sick and Ill they would get more sick and feel the way we visit nowadays.
pays 24 seven Someone is coming in and out in and out. rather say a good to send a WhatsApp message wait for them to get better. And then two is far more important but if they're visiting ours stick to them. When people go to the hospital, they go to rest. They pay an arm and a leg not for us to line up at the hospital one by one to prove that I was there. No. In order for them to have a rest Come on think and this is why we say there are two sides to a coin. Why are we asking each other to honor the guests? If you are a guest on yourself to begin with? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a big understanding. So when you visit someone, contact them in advance, let them know and tell them
you're coming. Is it convenient if when you're sitting? You need to know not to overstep, you're welcome. When people start getting uneasy, you need to know it's time to go to bed or if they want to go somewhere. So imagine the whole family is planning an outing and suddenly you ring the bell and say ah, we're not here to see you instill the hypocrisy because you're spoiling their day. May Allah forgive us. Allah forgive us. Let's move to another one. The Prophet sallahu wa sallam says, mankind will die He will do me a lucky man. Whoever believes in Allah in the last day you should make an effort to mend a broken family relations. Well Subhana Allah, Allah chose your family
members for you go out of your way to mend relationships. Why? Because you believe in Allah and the Last Day, it's an effort, it is something tough. When Allah tells you, you're going to get a big reward for something you need to know. It's not going to be a walk in the park. It's not going to be something easy. It's going to be really, really tough. You're going to have to swallow that ego and pride in order to make sure you end up doing this because if there is a big reward, it's going to be a big effort. May Allah subhanho wa Taala courtesies, then, the prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Man Karna, you know, Billahi min ash, for Nia
Oh Leo's, whoever truly believes in Allah and the Last Day should utter that which is beneficial, which is good, or remain silent? Well, for me, this is by far the most important part of the Hadith. And these are hiding that speak about whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, it goes to show that you believe in accounts.
You believe in accounts. When I say a bad word, the angels have written it. So when I say a bad word, the angels have written it's gone down. I'm accountable.
If I really believe in the last day, do you really think I'm going to put a bad word into my accounts? Do you really think I'm going to put a bad word into my accounts? The answer is no. I'm not going to do that. So handle love. I will be careful, either I'm going to say something good, something respectful, something beneficial, something upright, something polite, or I will keep quiet. backbiting, slander, gossip, abusive words, swear words, bad words lies, falsehood, everything is gone. The minute we engage in those things, something wrong with our belief in Allah and the Last Day, I didn't say it, the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. But I want to say
something every one of us, the speaker included, has room for improvement, we can improve, we must improve, we should improve and we will improve because we truly say we believe in Allah, and we try our best to fulfill whatever is taught to us. And trust me when you follow what the prophet Muhammad peace be upon him has relayed and taught, you will never go wrong. You will never go wrong. The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the teachings that he brought to us are from Allah subhanho wa Taala. When we follow them, we become the best of people. So discipline, such a pleasure to interact with. So can a lot people interact with you they feel boosted energetic, they feel good
about themselves, even if they themselves have a bad idea of who you are, what you stand for no problem. A day will come when they will realize you know what, actually this person is trying to live as a true Muslim. What a lovely person what a brilliant person. Each person has their own circumstances, their own problems, their own difficulties, their own hardships, their own challenges. We cannot just judge people based on you know, certain things that may have occurred, there might be a brother walking out, you might have greeted the brother and he's got so much worry on his head. He didn't hear your greeting because he's preoccupied with the with the issues of the
age. And then you go back saying this guy's arrogant. We didn't greet me back. My brother. Think good about him. He's got so much issues, you know, make do out for him. Perhaps he didn't notice you and who does not have issues today when I lost
Karma to Allah grant us for goodness May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive every one of us, strengthen us in our belief make us from among those who can earn. Those make us from those who are conscious of the few aspects that I have mentioned today and go to Coney