Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2006
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi as mine.
In the name of Allah, most Gracious, Most Merciful or praise is definitely due to Allah subhanho wa Taala, my Creator, your Creator, and the creator of entire creation, blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and upon all his companions, and all those who are following him, have followed him and shall follow Him until the day of the AMA, I mean, on a dilemma, beloved brothers, dear sisters and listeners,
on the first page of this 12th para or chapter that we've actually read, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how the previous nations that he has created and that have gone by whenever
whenever they have
been faced with a prophet who has warned them about Allah subhanho wa Taala. They began to question and this question was always connected to the punishment, when is it going to come? Why is it not coming? You are telling us that we should believe and you are telling us that if we do not then there is a punishment to come? Why is it not coming? And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of this. On the very first page he says, Wallah in foreign
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MCE no BS, z, oh, when the punishment is delayed, then they begin to say, what is it that is delaying this punishment May the day that that punishment does come, nothing, nothing will assist them, it will aim directly at them, and it will hold them May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from such punishment. We should understand we are fortunate to be from amongst the home of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and being from amongst the oma Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
We have lots of goodness, we have goodness that we are taught to follow. And we should remember that, at times, punishment comes to us in a different way. What is it one might ask? It is the lack of contentment in one's life. That is punishment from Allah subhanho wa Taala. If a person is inflicted with worldly damage, what we might perceive from a worldly aspect as a loss, but that person is content with a decree of Allah, then that was not punishment. It was actually an examination. And it was actually a test, which could have resulted in that person's status being elevated the spiritual status. But if a person is not content with a decree of Allah, say, for
example, a warehouse burns down and the person becomes so frustrated, so discontented, so helpless, in fact, beginning to question the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala, then one should rest assured that would that was punishment, we have learned from the old Lama and from the mBiA mo Salatu was salam, that anything that comes in our direction, if we are happy about it in sha Allah, we accept it with open arms as the deal and we accept it as the destiny that Allah has chosen for us, then inshallah that will result in our elevation. A river bill Kaba means to be happy with the decision of Allah subhanho wa Taala at all times, that is by far the highest level of demand, the highest
level that one could get to. So just to cap this point, and to repeat the
main point that I'm trying to raise here, that is, we can easily figure out in our own lives, whether what we are going through is a punishment, or it is actually a gift from Allah subhanho wa Taala. The criteria is, how do you feel about it? If you feel
very upset with Allah subhanho wa Taala then it was a punishment. But if you feel that that was the decision of Allah, I tried my best and this Allah subhanho wa Taala decided that such a such a thing should happen. And Alhamdulillah Allah Callaghan, I praise Allah subhanho wa Taala upon every condition, then inshallah, we will be from amongst those whom Allah subhanho wa Taala will raise. We all know that they are natural disasters, either cyclones, or hurricanes, or for example, the tsunamis that we've heard of lately or earthquakes
And so on.
These natural disasters will be considered either as a punishment, or a gift, depending on the person himself or herself. So the same issue and the same natural disaster can serve as a punishment for those who are in the nightclubs. For those who are in transgression, for those who serve may survive, but are very, very upset and they are totally misplaced and displaced. And they are questioning the decree of Allah and it is turning them away from Deen. For them, it was definitely a punishment. But for those whom it drew them closer to Allah, wasn't it the point of goodness, for those whom they died in the condition of sujood? Wasn't that the best way they could ever have died?
For those who died whilst teaching the Quran? reading it, reciting it, reciting the Shahada was the full conviction of the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, wasn't it a gift for them? In fact, it becomes
martyrdom for them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all martyrdom.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mentioned also of the fact that the weakness of men is such that when he is told regarding the Day of Resurrection,
at times, he just believes obviously this is not connected to us, because we are meaning this is regarding the kuffaar of the previous nations. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, wala
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home, moving, if you were to tell them, that you are going to be resurrected on a certain day, and you shall be questioned regarding everything you have done. The kuffaar will say that is magic. That is definitely something supernatural. That is something that we cannot accept. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us not from amongst those who claim to believe in the Day of Resurrection and judgment, but our actions are heading elsewhere. And our actions are showing that we don't believe we are just paying lip service to this belief. What do we mean? At times we say I believe in the last day I meant to be law, amen to believe me. I believe in the last day I believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala
and then we find ourselves committing sin, we find ourselves stealing, cheating, deceiving, bad mouthing, and so on. Doesn't that mean that our actions are actually heading somewhere else? Our actions speak louder than the words that come out of our mouth, and we should all be careful of what we are doing for Indeed, We shall be judged by our actions. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us true belief in the last day. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala also makes mention of the weakness of men whenever goodness befalls men, and then that goodness is taken away. Listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says, while in other Kunal is an amine.
when we have granted men, lots of goodness, and then we decide to test him by taking away that goodness, he becomes very, very miserable, and he loses all hope. And at times men also begins to question the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Remember my dear brothers and sisters, not every single day is cold. And not every single day is hot. Even the weather changes for Allah subhanho wa Taala to test us. What is the test when it comes to weather? The test is how are you going to protect this Amana known as the body this trust known as the body that I have entrusted you with?
on cold days? Do you go out to wear something warm in order to protect the body? If so, you have engaged in an act of worship, if only your intention is correct. And on a warm day? Do you ensure that you are cool, but within the dress code of the Sharia. At the same time, if you have ensured coolness for your own body with the correct intention, it becomes an act of worship because in Islam to protect this ummah and trust known as a body that we have been entrusted with is an act of worship. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says weather also will not remain the same if Allah wanted. There could have been room temperature throughout the globe. 23 degrees. Is it impossible for him?
No, it's not. He could have had that condition.
He wants us to engage in acts of worship. At times, we only wear because we are feeling cold, we have no intention of anything else, we can inshallah convert that into an act of worship From this day on. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the same way that we will test you with the weather, and we will test you with other matters of nature, we shall also test you with goodness that we will grant you and then we want to see how you react. And after we've seen how you react, we will take that goodness away to then see how you react when you don't have it. And for this reason, those who are rich, you will never remain there, it will be taken away. Or even if you remain within the
bracket of those who are rich, at some point you will suffer a huge loss because Allah just wants to see how you react. It is impossible
for someone who is rich, never to have suffered a huge loss in his or her life. And the times a person may have materially everything, but Allah subhanho wa Taala may take away members of that particular person's family in a manner that will be a very big test for that person and Allah subhanho wa Taala has tests for that person is we have given you on this front, we've seen how you've reacted. Now we have tested you on this front, we want to see how you react May Allah make us from amongst those who can react in the correct manner. Similarly, those who are poor, will not remain poor forever. if Allah wills he will grant them wealth in order to see when they were poor.
Did they insult me or did they spank me? Did they engage in halaal and permissible ways to earn sustenance? Or did they go through to haram means stealing and deceiving in order to earn sustenance? And then when we took away their poverty, how then do they operate today then give to those who are poor, just as they used to be some time back? May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who are generous, and May Allah make us content as I mentioned this evening, contentment is a gift that really and truly, never, ever depletes. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the contentment. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the dunya and he says very
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Whoever's intention and main aim is the life of this dunya this worldly life and the beauty of this life. Listen to what Allah says. anyone whose intention is only to enjoy life. Allah says, No, what's the ELI him?
He ha we will grant them the full recompense of all their good deeds in this world, so that when they come on the Day of Judgment, they will have no more deeds remaining. We find sometimes there are disbelievers, who may be good people, they may have good character, good conduct, they may have good behavior, they may be honest, they may be helping the poor, they may be engaged in humanitarian activity. But Allah subhanho wa Taala says In return, we will give them goodness in this world, we might give them beauty, we might give them wealth, we might give them contentment, which is just temporary, it will last while they lost on this earth. We might give them children who will be the
coolness of their eyes. We might give them authority on this globe for a little while. Then when they die, it will be too late because they did not believe in the Islamic monotheism, the Abrahamic monotheism that the Quran hops on chapter after chapter May Allah subhanho wa Taala keep us steadfast. So Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter makes mention of all the prophets or many of the prophets, one after the other. But before we go on to the message of the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala there was a little messenger who came to me here, the usual announcement of a motor vehicle, and this time it says BMW Md 478632. May Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly
grant us the acceptance to park our cars in a manner that we do not block others. And then May Allah subhanho wa Taala also give us those driving skills that can squeeze vehicles out without coming here to have to make announcements to say that the vehicles need to be moved, and I request the brother to really return back to his seat once he has moved his motor vehicle for that indeed will be the litmus test. May Allah subhanahu wa Allah grant us understanding. So no, Allah is Salatu was Salam. I told you every time his story is repeated, it's repeated for a different reason. In today's surah so what hood Allah subhanho wa Taala highlights two or three issues. Firstly, Allah subhanho
wa Taala highlights regarding many of the prophets one particular statement that they've made called iron.
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yourselves, which means all the mBiA hemos salatu wa sallam told their people that look, if I am lying, it's going to be against me.
But if I am truthful, everyone here is going to lose. So, obviously common sense. Common Sense, will lead a person to accept the message especially when that message is full of goodness, if you study Islam, and when Islam says stay away from adultery, stay away from intoxicants. Stay away from everything that is bad, what a beautiful verse of the Quran, you're Lola homo.
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is the whole message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is summed up in two words, he makes permissible through the command of Allah, all that is good, and he prohibits everything that is bad, whatever is considered as bad is haram in Islam.
And whatever is considered as good is permissible in Islam. Now comes the question, What if human beings think something is good? And it is not really good? So what is the criteria? The criteria in the Arabic language is known as a lab philosophy, which means the perfect mind who has a perfect mind? None of us, none of us. So that perfect mind is directly determined by a knuckle Asahi, which means correct and authentic Revelation. Revelation shall dictate what is the perfect mind and the revelation which will then determine the perfect mind determines what is good and bad. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us
the ability and acceptance to do that which is good and to abstain from that which is bad. No Allah is salatu wa sallam told his people to see if I am on the right path. If I have the guidance from my Rob,
what is it that you are going to lose? What is it that I'm going to lose and all the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala warned in the same way, then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of another point that is highlighted. When this story is repeated here in solitude. Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention even of Sila hallahan salatu wa sallam who made a similar statement.
No, Allah is salatu wa sallam says, via Camila
an Akuma Lima in Nigeria, in LA, all my people, I do not seek any wealth from you. And so I had a salatu salam said the same thing. He says, I do not want any wealth from you. In fact, it was who that is. Salatu was Salam. He says, Yeah, tahmina as an Akuma he,
oh my people, I do not want any recompense from you nothing at all. What happens? Sometimes people come to talk to us. People come to remind us to warn us. And at times it happens to the Christians
and the Jews whereby they have to pay their priests and their rabbis. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us as Muslims Remember, the community or the congregation do not owe the Imam, anything. If you want to come in to read your prayers in any Masjid, you walk in radio praise and walk out. Even if they don't know who exactly you were, there is no problem in Islam. We can walk into any Masjid, read our prayers and walk out in congregation or if it is not time of congregation ourselves and walk out it is not connected to wealth, there is nothing in the masjid to say that you have to put in so much even your compulsories a cap of two and a half percent when it comes to the cash at
hand gold and silver and stock.
Even that it is not your duty to give it to a particular machine or a particular direction. It is your choice. You need to ask yourself, Am I giving it in the right direction to the poor directly or to someone who can fulfill that for me who is trustworthy. So Allah subhanho wa Taala highlights this, that all the messengers told their people look, we don't want wealth from you. We are not interested in your money. We've come to you with news, with rules with regulations with information. Are you going to take it sometimes when a person gets up, some people might feel that oh this person must be making
A lot of money by him having got up and spoken to us, I wonder what they've paid him. Those ideas, really and truly they are very, very far from the straight path. May Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly straighten our minds. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala keep us steadfast at all times, may not be from amongst those who earned the loss of Allah subhanho wa Taala and also may not be from amongst those who extract the wealth of people and justly, then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mentioned in this story of nada Salatu was salam, a very interesting conversation. This conversation is divided into two, it is connected to a certain family member of noelia salatu salam.
We know how to use salat wa salam was in his Ark, and the water began to gush out and now the ark began to move. And he saw his son, his son had not accepted the call. One might ask that was a Nabhi of Allah, a messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala his own son didn't accept. Well, that was the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. To show everyone that guidance is solely in the hands of Allah, a person can be the greatest alum, the greatest scholar of Deen, if Allah wills for his children to be on the other side of a one of them, may Allah save us all. But if Allah wills that there is nothing anybody could do to change that. Just like the Dalai Lama Salatu was Salam. ala Salatu was Salam
spoke to his son. Wanna
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ride with us and do not be from amongst those who are the co founder. And what did his son say? He said, knew the father very well. He says no, my father, I'm going to climb a mountain and that will save me from the water today. He saw the water, the water was there. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says that no Holly salatu wa sallam told his son, oh my son, nothing shall help you from the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala on this day.
And unfortunately, a wave came between them and he drowned.
So now know how to use salatu salam, this is the second part of his conversation.
After the ark had stopped and all the floods had side subsided, whatever was meant to be destroyed was destroyed and he emerged from the ark. He spoke to his rub. La salatu wa sallam. What did he say? He's Rob. Allah subhanho wa Taala promised him that Oh, no, I'm going to save you and your family.
So he spoke to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Juana
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New Orleans, salatu salam spoke to his Rob and he said, Oh, my Rob, my son, isn't he from my family? Didn't you promised me that you would protect my family? And your promise is definitely the truth. And Allah subhanho wa Taala responded, yeah, no.
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Oh, no, he is not from your family. Biologically he might be. But he has evil deeds that has
distanced him from you as a family member.
Which means the ties were severed because he had evil deeds. Imagine being called directly by a Nabhi. Today Alhamdulillah we have Allah who call us we have warnings that come messages that come to us in different ways we need to turn. But imagine if there was an A B in our midst.
Most probably we have not been chosen as being the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. for very good reasons. One of those reasons might just be we are too weak. Imagine if Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was here in person, and we happen to be the companions. Just imagine for a moment. What would we do when he says, Don't eat interests? What would we do?
We would get up to him and justify to say, you know, life has become tough. Things have changed. It's done.
what type of an answer do you think that is? When he says, stay away from music? For example? We say no certain types of music are allowed. No, some of the scholars there's difference of opinion regarding music. What do you think he would say, as a result? That is why we are not Sahaba. But insha Allah we can be companions in the era when if we decide to obey immediately when the truth comes to us don't justify it, abstain from that which is bad, meaning don't justify the evil that we are engaged in abstain if we abstain and surrender, similar to the surrendering of the Sahaba Don't you think that Allah subhanho wa Taala will resurrect us with Nabi sallallahu? alayhi wasallam?
Don't you think that Allah subhanho wa Taala will really say that we deserve being with Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam in the era, because whenever anything came to us, we surrendered immediately. And we did not question.
So at times, weakness of men, drives men to try and justify something evil, just because man is involved in that evil.
Most questions that Allah asks, When someone fires back with a counter question and the counter question, I'm not saying that is bad, but normally the reason is, that person may just be involved in it, and really does not know. And we should not be from amongst those who feel bad when we are told, if we feel bad, when we are told we will never ever improve. In fact, we will join the ranks of those who are closest of the previous nations because they felt very bad when they were told they felt offended to the degree that they roll their sleeves and they went to they went to war against the Gambia Alamo. salatu salam, then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of
who he is salat wa salam and his people who are known as odd and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, in fact, before I get to that, there was something very interesting that I came across and I'd like to share it with everyone here. There is one verse in the Quran, which has the most means in it. It has 17 means in one little verse of the Quran, and that verse is in Surah. Hood, towards the end of the story of know hallelujah Salatu was Salam where Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says,
and try and listen to the means that I'm about to read. Elijah no
no matter what, to whom, we're all mammals. I know my to whom I am so.
Ellie, what a beautiful verse 17 memes in one verse, and on the other hand, there is a whole surah without a single minute if you want to hear it, here it is in
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Subhana Allah, look at the power of the Quran. It is Allah subhanho wa Taala alone, who chooses where he shall put the various letters of the Arabic language and that to his use this power? Look at how nice we are feeling about it. Yet it is just some power of the plant connected to the letters only of the Quran. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a man. So as I was mentioning, good, Allahu salatu wa sallam told his people, I do not want any recompense from you. I don't want Well, I'm not seeking to take anything from you. Do you know that today when someone does good to us? We need to scratch our heads to think what do they want in return? Why are they being so good to us?
It's effect because we have become so low that when someone smiles at us, we think why are they smiling? When someone helps us in the system? As we look at ourselves? Do I have a daughter or a son? What do I have? What is it? Am I married or not married? Is this someone intend something here Have I got well what type of a business do I have? So for that reason, the MBR made it very clear. We are being good to you not because we want something in return Subhana Allah, we want the reward of Allah subhanho wa Taala let us all as Muslims be such when we do good, do it for the sake of Allah don't have ulterior motives such that now we intended our daughter to marry that young man the
day he didn't we become upset with him until the day of the AMA, may Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of a point that was mentioned by no Allahu salatu salam as well as the other ambia Allah salaatu wa Salaam and it is highlighted in Surah Hood. He says is
Double bacuna moto boo LA, the statement connected to two portions of turning to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the result, the ambia have said,
seek forgiveness and return to Allah Toba in reality means to return
is still far is to seek forgiveness, and the Toba is to return. So the ambia Allahu wa salatu wa sallam have taught all the people that if you'd like mercy, if you'd like rainfall, if you'd like goodness, you need to do two things. Firstly, engage in a steel farm, seek forgiveness. And secondly, then return to the right path. Don't go back to your bad ways, return to the right path without going back to the evil that you are engaged in. So we must understand if we are only going to say I am sorry, I will I am sorry. And I apologize. And the next day we do the same thing. Is that worth it? No, it's not. But we need to understand, I am sorry, I admit my error. I seek
forgiveness and I will never repeat it again. Then live your life in such a way that you prove to the almighty that you have abstained for his sake, that sin might come in front of you again. And it might become easy for you to committed because Stefan makes it quite simple then again, because he wants to lead all of us astray. And the winner, the one who will gain contentment is the one whom solely for the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala he can say Allah, I'm abstaining from this only for your sake, then taste the contentment that Allah subhanho wa Taala showers upon myself in yourselves. May Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us.
Also, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the fact that whenever the punishment came, and this is one of the special realities of SWAT hood, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of whenever the punishment came the Nabhi and those who believed with him were always saved. They were always saved. If you hear in tonight's versus most probably we have heard we Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Why am
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Gina schweiz eva when larina man Huma, when the punishment came, we saved drive we saved who'd we save solid, we saved loot and the people who believed with them. What this means is when Allah subhanho wa Taala as punishment descends upon the transgressors, inshallah, inshallah he will not let down those who have believed and those who have truly remained on the path and even if they are martyred in the process, they will be on a totally different level having died for totally different reasons. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all acceptance, there are several verses that I had intended to interpret tonight, which inshallah we will leave for tomorrow if Allah subhanho wa Taala
gives us the life and the memory. Similarly, there has been a request by some that I go into some of the gems that are generally extracted from Surah Yusuf so inshallah, tomorrow is the appointment or sallallahu wasallam Ah, Baraka la Vina Mohammed Subhana Allah Subhana Allah homovanillic a shadow Allah Allah hi lantana saphira kona Timberlake