Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2006
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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim In the name of Allah, most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah Allah Allah mean All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala
creator nourisher cherishes sustainer, protector of one and all. We think Allah subhanho wa Taala for having guided us to this Dean, had it not been for his guidance, indeed, we would have been astray. Also Leo Salim ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Germain
blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and upon all his companions and all his followers, including ourselves and our offspring. May Allah subhanho wa Taala keep us on this Deen. I mean, honor the llama beloved brothers, dearest sisters and listeners, there is a very powerful that we read in last night's verses, so powerful that it is, it serves as protection from almost
all forms of evil that one can think of. And this is very important for us to memorize and to constantly read. The meaning of the law, firstly, is indeed my protector is Allah who has revealed the Book and he is the one who protects the good and the pious, the meaning of the duel. Indeed, my protector is Allah who has revealed the Book and definitely He is the one who completely protects those who are good and pious. Now let me resize this to our
in our Li Allahu de la Vina zellen kita La Jolla de la sala. Quality in verse number 196 of surah two, which is the seventh surah in the Quran,
verse number 196 of surah two Rs, which is the seventh surah in the Quran. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us strong. May He grant us the power of not only reciting this verse, as they draw, but understanding it and believing totally in the fact that the sole protector is Allah subhanho wa Taala those suffering superstitious problems. Remember this also is a draft when entering a home that you are unsure, this is also a dua, there are other drugs which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam has also made mention of but we are speaking of the verses that were read last night, and there is a DA that definitely each one of us needs to have on our tongues at all times. May Allah
subhanho wa Taala protect us all. Today we have a very, very interesting theme.
The verses that we're at tonight are all connected to comebacks connected to military activity in Islam, connected to the rules and the codes of conduct of the military personnel, the prisoners of war, connected to the war crimes and what they really mean. And what the punishment of the criminals is
also connected to the treaties that one may or may not sign what type of peace treaties does Islam permit. And when is it permissible to break a treaty? The verses we read tonight also discuss espionage and spying and hypocrisy and how to deal with the hypocrisy whether or not one should actually go to the generals of such people. Whether or not we are allowed to be befriend such people. So these are verses that are misinterpreted and misunderstood by many.
And nowadays we know there is an onslaught against Islam where there are people intentionally misguiding the Muslims, misguiding or trying to misguide some of the weaker Muslims, and telling them that the Quran promotes terrorism. Now also Billa the Quran is the furthest away from terrorism, as we shall see tonight. But yes, there are explicit verses as to how those in a particular army must conduct themselves during combat, what should be done and what should not be done. We've read the verses tonight. We are not shy of these verses of the Quran, any army, any military, any Ministry of Defense would have a conduct we know of the Geneva Convention. This is our
Geneva Convention. When for example, in the 70s the Falklands was attacked by the British or the Falklands was attacked.
There was a war in the Falklands. To put it very simply,
then, I am sure the books of history, some of which I have read myself have made mention of what happened, how many people were killed? What were the instructions of the military commanders there? So if a military commander happens to say, go out and kill them, does that mean they preached terrorism? It is a command that was handed down on a specific moment due to a specific situation that occurred. And that command has been recorded in history as being the command of the time if there is something wrong with the command after the war, is that command that happens to still be alive? He may be brought to the book, even in Islam, we know of highly depend heavily on the Allahu
anhu, one of the most powerful commanders in Islam. Omar Abdullah sobre la Han who questioned him regarding many things, though he was the commander at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he happened to go out and kill some people by mistake. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam made a dua Allahumma inni oboro aleikum Kumi masala Khalid Oh Allah, I disassociate myself with what Carly didn't, Waleed has done and he called Holly didn't, didn't want him and told him, this shall not happen again. So in Islam, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam teaches us that we are peaceful people, the Quran speaks of peace. The Quran speaks in the verses we read tonight of
signing treaties as far as possible. Do you know the reason? The reason is because it is my duty and your duty to convey the message of goodness to those who are non Muslims? If it was my duty to kill them, and it is not my duty to do that, then what would be the outcome we would not have anyone entering the fold of Islam, almost all of us, at some point, our forefathers were not Muslims, if they were killed, when would we ever have become Muslims. So the prime objective of every Muslim is to convey the goodness in order to try and maximize the numbers of people who put their heads down for sujood or in frustration to the one and only supreme diety abolish that he will Jalil, my
creator and yours, and the one I shall return to and everyone else shall return to. So that is the prime objective. Now, if Islam taught killing, then who would be Muslims? Another question is, why is Islam the fastest growing religion on the globe? Especially the intellectuals when they study Islam, and they see what Islam has to offer? They are turning to Islam wholesale. For what reason? Does it make sense? If Islam was a religion that promoted bloodshed? Why are people turning and flocking to Islam? In the 1000s? May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us strong? But it is us who are weak at times who have not educated ourselves, who excuse ourselves for certain verses in the Quran,
thereby dis believing in Allah subhanho wa Taala what is the point of excusing ourselves? If the Quran says Archie Luna Xena, you may know Naveen.
johari Moon Hama, Hama, Hama, la hora pseudo fight those and kill those who have been killing you. Is there anything wrong?
kill those who have been killing you, for example, the commander of an army who happens to issue that command
to his own military who are being killed. Let me take you back in the history of Islam for a clarification for the Muslims as well as the non Muslims. Do you know that there was a time when Muslims were not permitted to even raise their hands? There was a time when
was the Muslim mean were in Medina to in muckety muck Obama. They were butchered. They were slaughtered, they were executed. They were persecuted. They were driven out of their homes. The command was leave your homes, don't fight back. Do not retaliate. Give them a word or two of goodness. That's it. You walk away. Everyone left they left their city they left their houses which religion can teach you this to say do not even raise your hand.
They did not raise their hands in Makkah, none. We know what happened to Bill Eleonora boss.
We know what happened to the family of Yassir,
who were martyred in Makkah, they were not permitted to raise a single hand because Allah did not allow them. It is the religion of peace. They are attacking you may Allah guide them. So that was the command at the beginning. So many people left their homes the whole of the Muslim populace of Makkah, left their homes and arrived in Al Madina. munawwara Now tell me, is that a barbaric
Religion, which taught the followers to leave whatever they own rightfully, in order to run away from oppression.
And then Allah subhanho wa Taala after Islam grew, Allah permitted the believers not to go out and kill people never impossible anyone who tells you that Islam teaches the killing of innocent people they have heard and if they are Muslim, they have
very grave misunderstandings of Islam. May Allah subhanho wa Taala clarify them for us. When the Muslim in what in Al Madina, munawwara Allah subhanho wa Taala.
One and a half years later revealed verses,
verses permitting them to defend themselves and to try and get back what was taken from them. After so many years, they were then allowed to defend themselves, and
they were not to defend themselves in whatever way they felt fit to go out and kill and destroy and so on. No, they were to follow a solid sound code of conduct a military code, a convention that was designed by Allah subhanho wa Taala
and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gathered the army and informed them to Luma, attend Walla Walla, Walla, Walla, shaken and so on. Do not kill a woman in the battlefield.
In the battlefield, do not kill a woman, do not kill a child, do not kill an old man and so on. How many world armies which claim to be so advanced today have actually abstained from that? Or do they blanket bomb women, children, old people and those who are not even involved? So who is barbaric? Is it Islam? Or are they the others? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding Islam prohibits that? If it has happened by one or two Muslims, that does not mean Islam condones it. How many Muslims engage in Zina? Does that mean Islam condones it allows it promotes it? No ways. How many Muslims are in the casinos tonight? Does that mean Islam promotes it? How many bearded Muslims are
in the casinos tonight?
Does that mean Islam promotes it in any way? No, it's a very big misunderstanding
and so on. The list is endless. What the Muslims are doing does not necessarily mean Islam has condoned it, nor does it mean Islam teaches it, we must understand that we must be firm. Let us equip ourselves with knowledge. And if one would say well, why is what is happening happening? Most probably the answer is extreme oppression leads to counter or leads to a reaction, which at times is not the ideal.
Suicide to be committed is prohibited in Islam. The Quran has mentioned it or Allah tokoto Oh Sacco in LA haka Naveen Kumar.
Do not kill yourselves. Allah is very merciful upon you. But then you find Muslims killing themselves. Anyone who kills themselves,
it is a sign of extreme oppression.
To the degree that this person has gone bazik or feels that there is no other solution. There is absolutely no other solution. Still, Islam does not condone it but
one would have to look at the reasons why this is happening. And one would have to stop the original oppression. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all. So there is nothing to hide in Islam. We read the verses where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of the day of offered the day of the battle. He says oh you who believe Yeah, you
know, speaking about the Battle of better
and speaking about various other battles, either Latina
Bhutto, whenever you are, oh you who believe whenever you are facing an army, be strong, be steadfast remember me and never ever turn back don't
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Don't ever turn back. You should wait one of the two goodnesses. Either you win the battle. So Alhamdulillah it is goodness, or you are martyred and you earn paradise. So Alhamdulillah it is goodness. But this rule applies in the case of a wall. And I'm sure every army on the globe has rules and some of them are not even as lofty as ours. In fact, almost all of them are not as lofty as ours. If you take a study of the transgression and the oppression that is going on in the globe today, you will find that there is a lack of a man in the most
Powerful of armies on the globe. And that lack of Eman and belief has removed all feeling for humankind, from the hearts of such people who have become animals, barbaric people who really have no value for life and go destroying anything that is leaving. Islam says when you are in a war do not even cut down trees unnecessarily. Do not even damage the ecosystem. That is what Allah teaches us. Subhana Allah, the verses of the Quran are so clear, nothing to worry about. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, firstly, you shall try to explain your position that is the first step
reach a compromise we all know of soil health today. And we all know of the various trials of the Prophet and Messenger of Allah with the people of Makkah to say give back what you've stolen from us, do not oppress us, do not attack us, you stolen property with millions give us back that property. When
there was no luck, and they did not succeed on that front. They were instructed to go out to take the caravan of Abu sufian as a recompense for what the kuffaar of Makkah had taken for years. There was nothing wrong with that.
Absolutely nothing wrong with that today, we have huge armies that claim to be the most advanced armies on the globe, usurping the wealth of innocent people who are then made to die as a result, yet their countries are the richest countries on the globe, the countries of those who are oppressed, and the times oppression is a direct result of a crime
which is not connected to the person what is the crime beneath the feet of the people happens to be something very expensive, and that is why the wars take place. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us promoters of peace for indeed, who would not want a peaceful globe.
Every single Muslim makes dua and prays every single day for peace, for stability,
for the stopping of fighting and killing. And here is the Quran which tells us compromise, try and talk to them, reason with them, sign a treaty with them if the if possible. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says if they show one sign of peace,
snap at it will generally sell me Virgina.
If they are showing a little bit, a little sign of wanting peace, snap at it and lean towards it, make peace with them. Now the question arises, what is their intentions for peace are hypocritical? What if they intend evil sometimes what people do they want a ceasefire and we are meant to immediately snap at it. Now the question arises, what if they want a ceasefire only to regroup in order to re attack when they are in a better position? So Allah continues the verses in order to answer the question, what our can Allah lay your trust in Allah?
He is all hearing and he is the knowledgeable, he is the one all knowing. And the very next verse, Allah says,
Howdy caviness. re meanie if they want to deceive you out of that peace treaty, or the ceasefire or the agreement concerning peace. If they have wrong intentions. Don't worry, Allah is enough for you. Allah suffices the meaning and the law suffices all of us, and the law will assist you. And the law has also created a large group of believers who will assist you or messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So we are meant to be always looking for peace. And even if we are doubting very slightly, their intentions, we are meant to try our best to close all loopholes, and still to sign the Treaty of peace. But never should we give up our rights.
Islam does not teach us to give up the rights in fact, no law on Earth, no matter how advanced it may be, teaches the giving up of one's rights. No.
You are allowed to fight for your rights. That is the word that is used in modern terminology, fight for your rights. stand up and fight for your rights. I'm sure we've heard that. So when Islam says that, Why suddenly is it looked at as barbaric, backwards promoting terrorism, no ways. Islam is very very far.
from terrorism, today we are seated here. We are probably feeling so peaceful, that I don't think others anywhere on the globe are feeling as peaceful unless they are Muslim in, gathered in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala are gathered for a similar purpose.
We are so comforted, meaning we are so comfortable sitting here so peaceful. And Allah subhanho wa Taala has mercy is descending upon us, the angels have surrounded us, protecting us according to integration, which is correct and authentic of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So, now, there is another difficulty that may have that may arise and that has arisen in the past.
The question is, what if we now know of a plan of breaking a treaty? And what if we now know definitely, that there is deceit on the part of the enemy that we've just signed the treaty with? Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the verses that were read tonight.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
does often mean comin to
be a lie, malice?
When you are fearing deceit from a nation from the enemy, when you are fearing that their treaties are hypocritical, then announce it to them that our treaty is normal. announce it to them, and let it fall back. Let it go back on them. Drop that treaty, because of the solid proof that you have. So Islam teaches us Yes, you should sign treaties wherever possible, and you have the rights.
You have the right to announce the treaty null and void if the other party has not stuck to it as they are meant to be sticking to it. And tonight we read surah two Toba at the beginning of surah to togo generally we do not read the Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim. Why it is connected to the breaking of the Treaty of the machine. And the law says the opening versus barah mean Allah.
Allah subhanho wa Taala is free from the treaty that you had signed with a machine which means it is broken. It's all over.
Why did Allah announce that because Allah subhanho wa Taala let the believers know something that was brewing in the camps of the mushrikeen. And it became apparent that they had broken the treaty.
So the announcement was made by Allah subhanho wa Taala. The verses were revealed, Subhana Allah. Then we have other verses where Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of Eman And Allah says when you are and remember this, as any commander of a modern day army, calls his military and informs them and gives them the code that they need to know the instructions and advises them what is to be done and what is not to be done. Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the factor of Eman and says that the power of Eman and the power of belief is far stronger than the power of the weaponry that you may have. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says, addressing the non believers, your
numbers, Allah says your numbers and the fact that you might have more superior weaponry will never ever destroy us because we have Eman. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant the strength as I told you, these verses were revealed in history connected to certain battles that took part that took place at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So why are they mentioned here? They are mentioned because the Quran has also recorded historic facts in it for the lesson of everyone. And in it if it happens to repeat itself, whereby the Muslims find themselves confronted by enemy who have oppressed them for years, and they happen to be within a battlefield with a commander. There is
no harm in that commander reciting the instructions to his particular army in the same way that any army of today would engage in. No army just gets up and tells the people do as you please and continue.
In Islam, the rule regarding prisoners of war is also mentioned in the verses we read tonight.
the maltreatment of prisoners of war is tantamount to disbelief in what the messenger has brought. Amazing.
A prisoner of war should be treated like a human being given food and drink and closed and the message of Islam should be conveyed. And if that person happens to be following another illness,
Islam cannot be shoved down their throats. In fact, after the Battle of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam asked some of the Kufa who were taken captive prisoners of war pow, the famous abbreviation of Abu Ghraib, mela savers.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
in fact, he instructed his messenger, if any one of them teaches 10 of the Muslims how to read and write, they shall be set free, and they were set free. Imagine
what type of ransom is that? What type of payment is that? It's not very difficult. It's something very
honorable, to be a teacher to teach 10 people how to read and write and you shall be set free. today. No trials, no one knows where the people are. No one knows who they are. No one knows what is happening to them. And even the little bit, people are hearing of dogs. People are hearing of various other methods of dealing with prisoners of war. And then they claim to be the ones who do not promote terrorism. If that is not terrorism, what is it?
So what Islam promotes is definitely peace. And Islam teaches us to learn every single one of us to love one another, and to love even for your enemy, that he enters the fold and sees the light just as I have seen and UFC
and this is why is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to make dua and prayer for the enemies.
Those who are regarded as the pharaohs of the time Abuja and
the prophets of Allah Allah, Allah May Allah Hama is an Islam a big lamartine Allah we would like you or your Allah we asked you to grant strength to Islam through one of the two homers either Abuja whose name was amor, even though he Sham Omar
and we all know that no sooner was that are made. Then Omar Allahu anhu marched in declaring that he was a Muslim. How many of us have tried to make a to add to say Allah soften the hearts of the very people who are harming us and use them to serve the deen even more than they ever harmed? The Deen clearly didn't really what did the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam say about him? While la he mommy's new holiday Nia Hello Islam. I swear by Allah, a person as intelligent as Holly can never be oblivious of Islam, he can never be ignorant of the fact that Islam is the truth Subhana Allah.
There are verses in the Quran concerning Salah whilst on the battlefield or in the battlefield. And the fact that Salah changes clearly depending on either of the Allahu himself says that there was a time when I told the army, the non Muslim army that I had belonged to that wait for these people to reach Salah as they read Salah we shall swipe at them. And the gibreel alayhi salam came down with verses changing the entire method of Salah in war. And I was shocked, and I told myself, Roger Lumumba, this person is prohibited from being harmed, meaning Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam It is as though they read what was inside his mind to say Hang on, when they are all in such that we
can swipe at them. But the method of servitude was changed. The law says make two lines one will go in while the other holds their souls in wait. And when they come up, and when they complete, the others will go down while they wait. Amazing. That was the law it changed automatically. So these are the laws. Let's not be shy of the Quran, learn it and understand it. If someone comes to you, and this has happened to myself as well, with people who opened up on especially some of the non Muslims, they opened up to a particular verse and they say look here, the Quran teaches violence. It says kill those around you.
Don't just say oh, I don't know. and apologize for a verse in the Quran. No, that is just a verse look at the context in which that verse was revealed. Why was it revealed? Who is it revealed for? What does it mean?
It means when those have come forth to attack you, they are now facing their guns to you shooting and firing. You are telling me you don't have the right to defend yourself.
And anyone who defends themselves is now regarded as a terrorist. Does it make sense? It doesn't.
So there is nothing wrong to say fire. And if that word fire, in inverted commas has been recorded in history as being a statement that was or a command that was issued to an army of Muslims. That does not make them terrorists. And that does not mean I have the right to get up and fire every single non Muslim I see on the streets around me know that tourism is something
Standing our duty towards the non Muslims is to try and promote the goodness we are in and to try and enlarge the circle of Muslims and to bring forth more people and attract them to Islam through our good character and conduct and our ways and our straightforwardness in business
for your information. In these verses Allah also speaks of diplomatic ties. And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of when to sever them. And I'm using the word diplomatic ties because it is modern terminology. But in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says
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to him, Allah does not stop you. And he does not prohibit you from having ties of goodness and justice with those who have not fought you and they have not driven you out of your homes.
So those who have not fought us directly, and those who have not driven us out of our homes and those who are not killing us on a daily basis. There is no harm in having a good relation with them. This is what Allah is saying. In fact, they it is a requirement to present Islam to them and how are we going to do that through the best means and through good dealings straightforwardness and so on. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying that he does not prohibit you from those type of people. But as for those
who are fighting you who have driven you out of your homes who are killing you on a daily basis, Allah says, you cannot silently be good to them in the sly, may Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. And this verse opens a large chapter of espionage, spying and the hypocrites and Allah subhanho wa Taala instructs Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam regarding the hypocrites who used to sell the secrets of the Muslims to the others pretending as though they were Muslims. It happened at that time. Do we think it is not happening today? May Allah save us? May Allah says goddess Allah subhanho wa Taala says Walla
Walla Tacoma Cody, do not read Salatu janaza on any one of those. And Allah gave Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a list of names. Today we don't have the list of names.
And do not stand at their graves in order to make dua. Don't because they are hypocrites and they've just believed in Allah by selling the secrets of the Muslim mean to the enemy. May Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly make us from the champions of Deen. Each one of us should know that Islam is the furthest from terrorism. Islam promotes peace, peace, and only peace and Islam will remain and it will remain the fastest growing religion until every single person on the globe inshallah will utter the Shahada by the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make a strong and remember, if we are ignorant, and we are not educated, the solution is not to be apologetic, and
to start saying yes, the Quran has this and that in it No, educate yourselves, let me also educate myself further, there is always room for improvement. And we need to equip ourselves be proud Muslims who can smile and say yes, that is the Quran. It is the revelation from my creator and yours, I'm not going to be shy of a single verse, because not one verse promotes any form of terrorism, even from a distance. And I'd like to end with the last verse, which some have interpreted as terrorism itself, where Allah says, Well, I do love home must offer to
prepare against the enemies of Islam. And this was obviously referring at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. To the people of courage, prepare against them, a powerful army, a powerful military machine, why the reason is mentioned. So that they know that they will not just tamper with you, not so that you can use that machine against them in order to kill and to spread mischief on Earth. Nay, Islam does not permit that. But when Islam will have a powerful machine, a force to be reckoned with, nobody will tamper with Islam. That is what Allah teaches us. And there is nothing wrong for any army on the globe to develop its Ministry of Defense or any country to
develop its Ministry of Defense or any army to develop its arsenal.
There is nothing wrong with that it is regarded as a point of merit.
No matter what nation it is, they will display their army at some point or another. Why then, when a Muslim country does this, it is looked at as a threat.
To the globe, yet, the Muslims have never used any weapons of mass destruction in history.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us And may Allah subhanho wa Taala really unite the Muslim Ummah And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those really and truly who are solid Muslims and who can follow the method of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and spread this beautiful peace loving religion that teaches us to be at peace with the animals and other creatures over and above those who are not yet Muslims May Allah make them Muslims inshallah. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala keep a strong are sallallahu wasallam albaraka Allah and Mohammed Subhana Allah who Hamdi some panic alarm or Ganesha