Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2006
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa kafa wa salam, O Allah.
All praises definitely due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and upon all his companions and upon all of us in sha Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala not prohibit us from his blessings and mercy during this month of Ramadan. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us positive change in our lives during this month of Ramadan. For indeed each one of us is going to be asked on the day of PM, what we achieved, each one of us is going to be asked how we spent every single year during the month of Ramadan what we did, may Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from amongst those who will be dumbfounded who won't have an answer.
May we be from amongst those who can try and constantly try to become closer and closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
In tonight's verses, Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of the MBR alayhi wa Salatu was Salam. And in the second Surah Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of Hajj. And both these sutras are named after precisely what I've just mentioned. The first is after the MBR so it is known as sort of Columbia and the second Surah in the 17th Jews of the Quran, is named after Hajj, and it is called Surah Al Hajj. But before I commence with the recitation of tonight's verses, I'd like to dwell on verses that were read last night the entire surah which we had promised to speak about tonight and that is sort of Baja. One might ask what is the meaning of Baja Baja. According to some of the
narrations is one of the names of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was called for ha according to one of the narrations salallahu alayhi wasallam. But the meaning of those two Arabic letters put together is only known by Allah subhanho wa Taala. No one can say they know the meaning that surah was revealed in Makkah, in the midst of all the heat of the religion that had come up with the enemies who wanted to attack it and so on within Makkah, Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed versus because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to constantly remind the muslimeen of the rules and regulations of Islam, the do's and the don'ts. And so rumor had spread in Makkah to
the mocha Rama, that this Quran has been revealed in order to be a point of distress, a point of sadness, a point of
governing people with many, many rules and regulations. And so Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed versus clearly clearly, clarifying the position. These are the same verses that when Omar it will be Allahu anhu heard them. He was an enemy of Islam, when he heard them and understood them and understood that these verses are in actual fact a clarification of the rumors that have been spreading about Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Immediately the light of Eman entered his heart, he began to weep those warm tears and he asked to be taken to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam where he declared his Shahada.
The verses were the opening verses of Surah Taha, they were revealed to comfort Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Firstly, with answers in order to give those answers to the kuffaar, who had been constantly bombarding him with various questions and so on, and constantly spreading rumors amongst the circles of both the Muslims and non Muslims, por
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Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, We have not revealed this Quran to you O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in order for it to be a point of distress for you know, for those who follow it. In fact, this Quran is only a revelation from the Most Merciful, the creator of the skies and the earth and whatever lies between It
was a loved one who began to shake when he heard these verses. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention a few verses down of a story of a certain baby.
And why was the story mentioned in Makkah, it was mentioned as literally Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in order to comfort the heart of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam reminding him of the difficulties that the other
prophets have been through. And this is comforting every one of our hearts as the Muslim oma because we too definitely have to go through problems in our lives and difficulties. Indeed, if the chosen had to go through problems, who are we not to go through problems? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all comfort by reading what Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went through the verses that were revealed, while hell and hygiene.
And did the story come to you of musala his salatu salam Moses, may peace be upon him. Did that story come to you?
Now if you look at the wording of the Quran, it is so beautiful. Allah subhanho wa Taala did not say did the story of Musa alayhis salatu wa salam come to you? He didn't word it in that way. He said, Did the story come to you off? And the last thing in the sentence is the name of the person who who is being referred to musala is salatu salam. That is the power of the Quran in order to attract the attention of the Kufa at the time who were listening to these verses. Did the story come to you off each one of them thought that Allah was going to expose them. Each one of them thought that Allah was going to expose them Imagine if that verse said, Did the story come to you of Abuja, hell, he
would have been disgraced. Did the story come to you of Abu lahab did the story come to you of so and so any one of the names it was possible? So Allah subhanho wa Taala kept them gripped? Did the story come to you off musala his salatu salam decide a sigh of relief to say at least it's not us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to comprehend the power of the Quran. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of musala salat wa salam story, he says is the
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remember, it was a dark night, he was walking and they were almost lost, they had lost the path, the physical road from point A to point B.
He was not sure of the way and he saw a light he saw a fire in a certain direction.
And he told his family members Wait here, remain where you are, let me go towards that fire. And I intend to come back from there with guidance and possibly a piece of the fire I want to bring it so that you can also be warm. What do we learn from this something very, very high. Each one of us are lost, possibly not physically from point A to point B. But spiritually, we are at times grappling to come to terms with reality. And we are at times fighting our knifes in order to abstain from harm and in order to take away the evil force that we have of others and the evil ideas we have in our own minds. Allah subhanho wa Taala says whenever that happens, search for light you shall find it
You shall find the light but you need to make an effort to find the light. Imagine, we know because we've read the verses that this was not a fire that musalla is Salatu was Salam saw it was the light that Allah subhanho wa Taala had decided to throw upon a particular value
or in a particular value. We know it was not fire. But more if Allah subhanho wa Taala willed, He could have met musala salatu salam on the road exactly where he was. Why did he have to make an effort to walk from where he was to leave his family to go to a bit of a distance in search of that particular fire or light. This teaches us that an effort is required. Definitely, if we'd like to achieve guidance of any form of any sort. Don't think by sitting at home or just sitting doing nothing, it's going to suddenly drop through the ceiling. Most probably even the light bulbs we have might even stop working. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding the spiritual light if
we want it we need to hunt for it. We need to come out it is not going to be easy to get it to put it into our lives and so on. A great effort is required in order to earn this spiritual upliftment and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of musala in salatu wa sallam, he told his family members I'm going to come back and I'm going to benefit you with a piece of this flame. How many of us are guilty of returning home and never discussing the beautiful spiritual lessons that we may have learned it
In the masjid or elsewhere, with our family members, we are guilty at times, we return home. We probably speak about the food and the drink and the fact that we are tired, we might pick up the newspaper and begin to read. It is our duty to share with our family members, whatever goodness we have come across through that day. It is our duty. As musala is salatu salam, we see him when he went out to look for goodness, he told his family members Hang on. You wait here, you remain here. I'm going to go there. And I'm going to come back with that goodness to you. I hope we've learned the lesson. Then musala salatu salam continued further as he came closer he noticed that this is not
a fire. It is a different type of a light. It is a different type of a light.
And he got excited because he did not notice people around that. And as the excitement was building, he heard a voice of bullies that he will challenge yeah Moosa in me
as he was gaining closeness or getting closer physically, to this light, and he was getting closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah called him with the voice of Allah subhanho wa Taala Oh Moosa. I am you're just trying to picture the scene. Dark Knight alight who Salli salatu salam is walking. What do you think his reaction must have been? He was
so horrible. I cannot describe the reaction of musala salatu wa salam musala Salatu was Salam thereafter heard the first command that came from Allah subhanho wa Taala What was it? He was trying to gain closeness to Allah and Allah says, In ni buka
LA, remove your shoes are masala salatu wa sallam, what is the significance of removal of shoes, some of them of Assyrian have spoken about it. And they have said, in order for any one of us to gain closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala we knew we need to remove the point of contact between ourselves and the ground and the earth. The dunya the point of contact between myself and this dunya is precisely my shoe, if I am to remove it and to throw it aside. That is the only time I will gain closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala for as long as I'm clinging to the dunya for as long as I am, I have become a slave of the dunya I can forget about becoming a slave of Allah subhanho wa Taala that
is the significance or one of the points of significance of the first command to musala is Salatu was Salam by Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah, Allah says yamasa in me and Allah, Allah, I am Europe. So first thing, remove your shoes, take them out, you are indeed in a sacred valley. If Allah subhanho wa Taala wanted, he could have met musala salatu salam at the top of the mount. But no, he met him right at the bottom. There is a lesson for all of us, the journey to success always commences at the bottom and it is an uphill March. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. May we never slide back as we are walking up the hill. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of
many other points, and I'm only going to speak on a few one Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of the AMA and the hour. And he says, fella, I also
do not let those who do not believe in the ACA, lead you astray and make you oblivious of the fact that indeed you are going to arrive at the how many of us we know we are going to die, we know we are going to meet our Creator. But really and truly, if we were to ask ourselves today, what preparation Have I made for that day? Most probably the answer will be nothing. Each one of us is guilty of knowing that we are getting or we are moving in a certain direction, but not preparing for the day we actually meet Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala told one of his messengers, do not let anything lead you astray from the fact that there is an error, there is a day
of judgment coming. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make whatever wealth we have, whatever children we have, whatever goodness we have, whatever health we have, May Allah not make all that lead us astray from the fact that we are actually going to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala one day and then Allah subhanho wa Taala Sint musala is Salatu was Salam who was the best of the time, to the worst of the time who was round around used to say an Arab bucco Moon
I am your Rob he used to tell his subjects I am your God I created you. You need to worship Me and so on. So Allah subhanho wa Taala sent in be the best of the time musala salat wa salam to the waste of the time who was around? Do you know what he said? He said,
when he addressed Musa and Harun Allah Hema, salam, O Allah, Allahu, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah who
go to Freetown and speak to him with soft words, so that he might remember he might, it might serve as a reminder to him and he might become conscious of us. Imagine the best being sent to the west and reminded to speak politely speak in a manner that he will have no excuse speak in a manner that will present the truth to him in a very, very beautiful, polite way.
How many of us are guilty when we want to correct a person
really and truly whose mobile phone has rung? For example, in the machine, everyone turns back looks at him and some would swear huge swear words, taking the sin of the ringing of the of the phone in the masjid upon themselves and letting the men leave the masjid spotless. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us small correction that men can never be worse than Iran, and we can never be worse or better than musala salatu salam, we cannot be better than musala is salatu wa sallam, and nobody we shall ever address can ever be worse than Iran. So therefore, we have a lesson to learn from this. Whenever we speak to people inviting them towards goodness, be they Muslim or non Muslim. We
are meant to be speaking in the best men are the most polite words, we are meant to be attracting them to the truth, the rest is in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala
then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of
a very powerful point. The importance of unity is highlighted in the Surah Taha way musala is salat wa salam went to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala and left his people with his brother Harun alayhi salam. And they began to worship a calf because a certain man known as Sami
decided to come the people into gathering all their jewelry and so on and he melted all the jewelry and created a calf like idol, which made a sound because it was hollow. And he told them, this is your Lord. And now it will be love. Some of them began to engage in shift, Harun Allahu salatu wa salam was ordered to keep the oma of musala his salaatu wa Salaam in order whilst musala is salatu wa salam went away, what did he do?
He spoke to the people telling them do not worship this calf. This is shirak This is This is unacceptable, this is incorrect, and so on. But unfortunately, they refused to listen. And they told him we shall remain worshipping the scarf until musala is Salatu was Salam comes back.
And Sammy was the one who was guilty of having brainwashed, a lot of them into worshipping this calf. So Harun Allahu salatu salam was faced with a choice. He could have, really and truly split the community into two pieces and taken away those who did not worship the calf and gone away with them, and leave those who are worshiping the calf astray.
And the second option was to try and continue reminding them, but leave the community in one piece and wait for the day Musa alayhis salatu wa salam comes back, because a more powerful person would probably be able to bring them back on track one time while maintaining the unity of the entire community. And he opted for the second option.
What did he do, Harun Allah is Salatu was Salam kept the community together. And he kept on reminding them but he did not break away with those who are not engaged in ship. When musala is Salatu was Salam came. He told him he says
Oh, Harun, what is it that stopped you from rectifying them and correcting them when you saw that they were astray? And musala is Salatu was Salam was so upset that he had got hold of Harun alayhi salaatu wa Salaam beard and his hair overhead and he began to shake him shake his face. And Aruna de salatu salam responded in that response is mentioned in the Quran. He Urbina,
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terracotta mockingly Oh my brother, oh the son of my mother, do not hold me by my beard in my head. I was definitely worried of the fact that you might come back and say, Oh, how can you split the community into two which was even worse?
May Allah subhanho wa Taala unite us at times. We need to use intellects and hikma and wisdom to keep communities together. Today, the Muslim Ummah is split over the smallest smallest of details. May Allah subhanho wa Taala save goddess minute issues are splitting the entire oma one wonders, who does this benefit? Who does it benefit our disunity benefits none other than the enemies of Islam. May Allah subhanho wa Taala unite the oma, it is not impossible. May Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly grant us the ability to tolerate one another. And more than that, May He grant us the power of whenever we've heard the truth surrendering to it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us all
strong thereafter. Surah
Allah subhanho wa Taala highlights the stories of the MDR and as I've mentioned many times this Ramadan, every time Allah repeats the stories of any MDR la hemos salaatu wa Salaam, the highlight the main point is something else. And in this particular Surah suatu ambia Allah subhanho wa Taala is again comforting not only Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but every single one of us, telling us the difficulties they went through. But more than that, the fact that each one of them made a dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala that the response of it did not come immediately. It came after some time. Today we make it to Allah give me happiness, happiness might come to you 20 years
later, it happened to the MBR Allahu wa salatu salam, some of them the assistance of Allah subhanho wa Taala, came after many, many years in the direction of the dua that was made. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make a strong so if we study Surah ambia It starts with a reminder of how a man is so oblivious of the fact that he is going to die. The fact that he is going to face this creator, and the fact that death is a whisker away, a katana ballenas. He said
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go, the account and the taking of the accounts of men is very, very near. But man is oblivious, turning away, not even realizing that he's a whisker away from meeting his creator. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us conscious of death. And may Allah make us from amongst those who can prepare for it. In fact, another verse in the same surah Allah subhanho wa Taala repeats Kalona.
Indeed every soul shall taste this, myself and yourselves and all those who have passed before us. May Allah make it easy for us the day we die And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all Jana and those who have already passed away, may Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive them and May Allah grant them gender as well. So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the MBR and he says 101 is nada. Remember when new Hara is salatu wa sallam called out to us? This is proving to myself and yourself that no, Allah is Salam ala B also make dua because he had difficulties he asked Allah to save him. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, After some time, first jabin Allah we answered him, amazing.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of another drop of another Nabhi What are you by even
when you Bani salatu salam called out? Allah says after some time, after a long time, for stubborn Allah, we answered him Subhana Allah, the lesson is for myself and yourselves. We need to make dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala Don't lose hope.
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Allah who will answer the call of every single one of you for as long as you are not in haste.
What is the haste? The haste is a person says I called out to Allah but he seems not to be listening to me. Stop Viola. Look at the NBA. A you ballet Salatu was Salam suffered for many, many years. But when Allah answered his da it came wholesale
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant that to us as well. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mentioned yet of Eunice la salatu wa salam was an oni.
Notice the word nada meaning, he called he called out to Allah subhanho wa Taala in the darkness. And Allah says first Tachibana Allah,
After some time, we call we answered the call, and we saved him from whatever was worrying Him. May Allah subhanahu wa taala save us from our worries intentions as well. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of yet another Nabhi and the dua that was made and Allah says we answered him years later in such a manner that he was surprised himself. Was that Gary?
Korea Allah salatu salam, colo to Allah subhanho wa Taala What did he say? Your Allah can't be male offspring. And Allah says, first
we answered his call and we gave him as a gift from us. Yeah, Allah salatu wa sallam so much so that he was really looking for answers if the members of the community and asked him questions and he says yeah, Allah grant me a sign. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, your sign is to remain silent. Don't talk, Allah will clear the metaphor you May Allah make things easy for us as well. So from this surah What do we learn from Sudan ambia Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
and this is the lesson in our home can do nothing.
definitely, all these ambia Allah hemos salatu wa sallam, they used to make haste when it came to goodness, they never stopped. Even though they were going through difficulty after difficulty. They made haste when it came to goodness. They never stopped. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says they constantly called out to us without ever losing hope. Not one of the MB Allahu salatu wa sallam lost hope. They all made dua to Allah and each one of us make. But the difference is, we lose hope very quick. a year or two years down the line we say Allah has let me down. May Allah subhanahu wa taala safeguard us. So Allah says when they called out to us, they had a certain quality in them. Robin
Robin, they call out to us, hoping in our mercy and fearing our punishment. Imagine the MBR Allahu Salatu was Salam also feared the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they called out to Allah knowing that if Allah has given us it is through His mercy, and if he has kept it away from us, it is also through His mercy. The rank of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was raised even higher and higher every time he went through calamity and difficulty. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding. Let's move on to the next Surah
Surah toolhead Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the initial call of Hajj by Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, and no coincidence that the commencing of that particular surah is a reminder of the day of the AMA. Because Hajj itself is a reminder of the day of the AMA, we move
to perform and fulfill our Hajj with two pieces of cloth just like the coffin or similar to the coffin, and we all gather in our effort each one is making his own dough in alpha and everyone is dressed. One standard dress the males May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us to hatch. The first verses Allah mentions how drunk the people will see him on the day of the AMA.
In a Zelda letter, Satish a Nabi people here you're up, be conscious of your of your Creator, the one who sustains you and provides for you the one who kills you the one whom you are going to return to be conscious of him. Why? Allah says because the hour of the tremor is something very, very serious and severe, be conscious of it. And Allah describes the day the opening verses of Surah Al Hajj, anyone of us who have been for Hajj. If we had closed our eyes in arafat, and pondered over the day of Yama, we would have really, really been spiritually rejuvenated to the degree that we would not be able to describe it. Allah says yo Matata, Hakuna Matata Hakuna Matata Hakuna
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Allah says on that day, every woman who is breastfeeding will forget about the child that is suckling. And every woman who is pregnant will actually give this because of the sound, the huge sound, which will
bring the day of the AMA into action. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says people will be rushing running around from pillar to post, seeming totally drunk, yet they are not drunk. Why? Because the punishment of alarm that day will be so severe May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us. We are so fortunate to be breathing. Every breath is speaking to us. Turn to Allah, it is not too late. I am going to stop one day. Have we heard our breath saying that?
The problem with us?
I was told yesterday by one of the doctors may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all lessons from this, that the heart beats 103,000 times a day, or 106,000 times a day. How many times can we say sugar to Allah subhanho wa Taala we can never compete. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala we are taught that even if we are to remain in servitude the entire life, we will never do justice to the gifts that Allah has given us. That heart, no battery, no nothing. And yet Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it pumped an average of 103 260,000 times a day. May Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly grant us consciousness of the fact that even the heartbeat speaks to us and tells us I am
going to stop one day. Turn to Allah before it is too late. May Allah subhanahu Allah grant us all understanding Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the call of Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam, and the fact that he called out he was commanded and instructed to call. Where was he calling? There were no telephones. There were no microphones. They were no there was no internet. There were no radios, nothing at all. But Allah says just call we will do the rest. You will find people rushing to Makkah
on foot and on every lien camera and every mode of transport you can have today doesn't that happen? Where was the initial call? Allah says, Well as you
see, Bill Hagia Carrie Jalla wa ala coolibar meeting Gina Cooney cleavage gene me for you Oh Ebrahim la salatu salam announced the Hajj and you will find that people will come from all four corners of the world, walking on foot and on every lean camel on every mode of transport. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from amongst those who are lazy to fulfill Hajj. Remember, never ever say I am not ready for it. If you have the wealth and you are able and capable. That is the time Allah has chosen for you to go even if you are 20 years old. The fact that you have the wealth and you are capable enabled, don't say let me just engage in my son's for another 10 years then when I'm 30 I'll go you
may never see that 30th year of yours. You might die at the age of 22. Who knows? Allah subhanho wa Taala will definitely question us will He forgive us? May Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on us and may not be lazy when it comes to fulfilling Hajj. May Allah subhanho wa Taala really and truly accept us all or Saul Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah Subhana Allah Hammadi hamitic Allah Allah hi Lance and Sophie O'Connor