Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2006
rukmani Rahim In the name of Allah most Gracious, Most Merciful. Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala salatu salam ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa Germain blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all his companions, all his followers, may we also be from amongst them, and May the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala be upon our offspring who shall come up to the day of piano. I mean, honor the rule ama, beloved brothers and sisters and dearest listeners, we had read last night v surah, known as surah to Shara named after the poets. And I'm sure many of us would be aware of the fact that poetry was
at its peak, at the time of Rasulullah, sallAllahu, alayhi wasallam people were linguists, their eloquence was extremely, was of a very high standard. And when they spoke, they literally captured the masses, they captured the people. And there were several people who are well known for their poetry, this poetry was used, either for good or for bad, wherever they had been a war, you would find poetry for the army that belonged to the person or the poet's, who would be speaking, and the same poet would then have all make up poetry against the opposition and so on. So Allah subhanho wa Taala names an entire surah after poetry and the poets In fact, where Allah subhanho wa Taala has so
many verses that rhyme to a certain extent, and I'm sure if we recall, last night's recitation many of us may have heard about our mono mono setting and after some time,
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any and all of them Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of this story within the similar commencement and ending of that particular
ruku which is known as a portion of the Quran. So the beginning of the story is of all the MBR in Surah two Shara is exactly the same. And one statement of all the messengers is repeated every single time Allah repeats the stories of them BIA in Surah, to Shara is called Allahu Allahu Allah Taku in a coma tsunami, you know.
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me, every single messengers said this statement to his or her meaning to his people. Every single messenger said this statement to his people. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of it. In surah, two suara the meaning of the statement,
Allah says, when their brother told them why they are brother because everyone, Allah subhanho wa Taala has sent to them a messenger from amongst them. So a messenger would not come from another group of people. A messenger would come from amongst the same group of people and Allah subhanho wa Taala would say, We sent to them their brother, one from amongst them, if you take a look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he is the only messenger who was sent to mankind at large. And he says this, he makes mention of it. He says, what is truly nastika I have been sent to all mankind, if you think about it, and actually, some who have bonded over it have come up with some
very, very touching findings. And it's not very difficult to find this. At the time of no hallahan Salatu was salam, the communications, the communications were not as grand as they are today. And Nohara is Salatu was Salam was sent to a few people at that time. Remember, he was one of the first ambia there were very few people on earth. So most of them were clustered in one area and they all got the message. And his message lasted 950 years he called his people. He lived longer than that. But he called his people for many, many years, 950 years. So it was the length that spread the word. And Allah subhanho wa Taala sent no Allah is Salatu was salam to the children of Adam, Allah, his
Salatu was Salam. When he sends the other ambia he sent them to specific nations specific parameter of work, including Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam and Luth Allah His Salam including these
Allahu Salatu was Salam Jesus May peace be upon him was sent to the Jews. He was not sent to entire mankind according to the Quran, he was sent solely to been to Israel and the Jews. And if we take a look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The difference is, he was seems to entire mankind, who would have known at that time that the message would get to everyone on the globe, either through the internet through the telephone systems, whatever it is the media and so on. Nobody knew Abu Bakr Sydney
they did not know that technology would advance but what they didn't know is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam informs him that Do you know I have been told by Allah subhanho wa Taala, that there will not be a corner of the globe that my message will not get to.
That means this message of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was universal, and he is the final messenger. And therefore, we should understand that all this technology is in fact, to be used to spread this word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is our duty to ensure that we have used technology for the good of the Ummah and we make use of it in a positive manner. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, grant us all acceptance and use us to spread this word of Dean. Remember, if we are not going to spread it, that does not mean it is not going to spread. Somebody else will spread it Allah will use someone else. Whenever there is an opportunity to spread the word of Dean, make sure that you
get up and stand up to the challenge for if you do not stand up. Allah does not need myself and yourself. He will select others to do that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding so the messengers in Surah, sha Allah makes mention of him being the brethren of their nations. And Allah says, They told their people fear Allah and follow what I have to say, I am a messenger from Allah subhanho wa Taala I do not ask any recompense from you. I don't want any wealth from you. I don't want any material assistance from you. My recompense is by Allah subhanho wa Taala. He is the one who is going to give me and they continued further, then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention
with each story of each of the prophets, he makes mention of the summary of what had happened in the life of those prophets and the fact that they all call and some people accepted, and some did not those who did not, were inflicted with severe punishment. And then Allah ends all the stories with the same this and I'm sure if we remember the verses that we read last night, we would actually be able to pick up that Allah says in either Haleakala
meaning in Arabic, Allahu Allah is.
Indeed, in that there is a lesson. There is a verse, there is a sign of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In what in the punishment of those who have gone by before us in the punishment of those nations, there is a sign for us, there is a lesson for us. There is a verse for us, they are clear signs for us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, many of them did not believe and definitely your rubber is most powerful, most forgiving. And the reason why these two have been mentioned together is because Allah subhanho wa Taala is definitely most powerful, he is able to punish, but at the same time he forgives, he forgives. So, if Allah has granted us respect, it does not mean he's unable to punish
us. It means His mercy has dictated that he is going to give us a chance. But the day that chance is or the day The time has lapsed and expired. It shall be too late May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us Toba before the end And may Allah subhanho wa Taala In fact, grant us Toba here and now it is not very difficult to make friends and it is not very difficult to leave the bad and the evil we may be engaged in Allah gives us to handle what Allah opportunities this month of Ramadan What a great opportunity. We are now in the second half moving in to the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan which are most blessings in them there is a night that is greater in value than 1000 months May
Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the acceptance to engage in a bar down that night. I mean, and then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the poet's and Allah says towards the end of surah Shara and before I mentioned this we must understand the Quran. Some of the machine used to say that this is poetry. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran wha Hoo tonisha it is not the sayings of a poet neither is it poetry, no is the person who is reciting it to you a poet and Allah subhanho wa Taala clarified that the Quran is not poetry. It is a miracle.
Allah subhanho wa Taala it has so much soothing in it, there are some words that we when we hear them, we'd actually hear how cool and smooth they flow out of the mouth of the reciter. They soothe us. Some some words are in actual fact quite difficult to come out of the mouth. And Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us to know his power. And Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us to feel the variation in the Quran. And for this reason I had mentioned a few days ago that those people who understand the Arabic language and those people who have made an effort to understand the Quran, will never ever substitute the Quran with music of this world, no matter how good the lyrics may be regarding the
music. Remember, the music we hear in this world is probably part of poetry slightly because the lyrics would have to be priming and they would have to be appealing and mostly these lyrics. Some obviously most of them are bad, but some people might argue that no, the meaning of this is quite good. The reality is how dare we compromise and substitute the Quran for something worldly. That is an insult to cannibal body. It is an insult to the words of my creator and yours. We don't understand them. We are making no effort to try and understand the Quran. Allah, Allah, if we try slightly to understand the Quran, the comfort we will achieve, it will be unmatched. Never will
anything come close to it. May Allah grant that to us. Similarly, if we are
if we have people who would like a soothing recitation, we will find the people who recite in that manner, if we are people who like and our attitude is soothed or our character is soothed by those who our character is soothed by by something heavy, then inshallah we will find recitation that will also be extremely heavy. And when I say heavy, what I mean here is the Mahabharata coming out very sharp, we have reciters, who read in that manner, and so on those who have a sweet voice, those who have a high bass voice, those who have a treble voice and so on, we will find it in the Koran, why do we have to substitute it with something else?
And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of many, many, many issues in Surah to Shara but one of the main issues is where Allah has Chris Ishwara and the poets who use their poetry in the wrong manner. And he makes mention of the following this was should
be Oh, it is only those who are lost those who are astray, who follow the poets. Now, obviously, when this verse was revealed there was some poets who are Muslim in Hasani metabotropic Allah Juan Abdullah hypno raha
Cabot nomadic Viola Han, these people were poets, they immediately went to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam questioning, we have heard a verse which says that only those who are a strange shall follow the poet. And here it reminds me today of those who want to follow the lyrics of today which have nothing to do with Deen which lead us astray from Islam. Obviously, those who are stray shall follow those who are stray, may Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala then made an exception. Immediately after that he said in levena man who I mean who Swanee has he was
besides those poets who believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala and do good deeds and remember Allah constantly. Do you know what type of a smile was brought to the faces of the poets? Were a pseudo la sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam called them recited this verse and told them, use your poetry. Use your poetry to defend this lamb and use your poetry to explain Islam. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all the strength.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of a very, very powerful Surah Surah nimal named after the end and the end. Now the end is a very minute feature of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And Allah makes and draws a comparison between one of the largest armies in history. The army of Suleiman, alayhi salatu was salam, wa fushia Ronnie soleimani jo jo me meenal Genie will see what
Allah has gathered for Suleiman alayhi salatu salam, he's army made up of Jim Cain, as well as mankind, as well as the birds and various other creatures. All the creatures were part of the army of Sulaiman. alayhi salatu was Salam. In contrast, Allah subhanho wa Taala is mentioning a look
And once more and and what that ends who was or which was also a commander of that army of ants mentioned to the end and the fact that Suleiman Allah is Salatu was Salam had made a dua which is mentioned I think in Surah sada where Allah subhanho wa Taala says he said,
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you are the one who gives gifts you are the giver, and Allah subhanho wa Taala granted Sulayman alayhi salatu wa sallam something different. He had the power to speak to the other creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Not only the creatures with life are the creatures with the soul, but even the wind and the water, and so on. So a man Allahu salatu salam could address these creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala and they would obey instructions. He had been given authority over them. And as he moved with his huge army, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how a little ant spoke, and he heard it. Today we see ants and we think that Oh, these things are pests, and they need to be
exterminated and so on. Yes, but Sulaiman alayhi salatu wa sallam understood the speech of these harmless ants. They will probably not the answer that we find today. But the harmless ends. And the statement was one calling out to the rest. Yeah, I
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grant me the ability to thank you, grant me the acceptance to thank you for what you have granted me.
And what you have granted my parents that would Allahu salatu salam was granted a lot as well. Yeah, Allah grant me the ability to thank you, and to be grateful to for what you have granted me and what you have granted my parents
and let me do deeds that are only earning your pleasure deeds that shall only earn your pleasure Allah, let me engage in such deeds.
What are my lasallian taraba What are the seamy medica fee Riba? Because follow him and make me enter the ranks of those who are righteous and pious. Imagine after he was given everything he still used to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala at every step and every moment, and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the gratitude of Philemon alayhi salatu was Salam. May Allah grant us even a portion of that we have been granted so much and given so much by Allah subhanho wa Taala. At times we are ungrateful, and gratitude is divided into two. The first is
to thank Allah verbally and the second is to thank Allah by obeying His commands, and by abstaining from his prohibitions. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us both forms of gratitude. When Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of a house when a man Allah is Salatu was Salam looked for the birds in his army, and he did not find the hoopoe bird. And after some time after asking and questioning and threatening to punish one bird that was not found in line and in place, he then discovered this bird as it came in and he questioned it, and the bird made a statement and it is very, very beautifully put in the Quran, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says that this Hood Hood, which is a
hoopoe bird had made a statement to Suleiman Allahu salatu wa sallam that I have seen someone a lady who is ruling a law
number of people, but they wish besides Allah subhanho wa Taala The sun will just tune out, oh my god.
I have seen her worshipping the sun? And the same bed begins to say, Why don't they worship Allah? Why don't they understand that they need to put their heads down in such de for Allah subhanho wa Taala alone, the creator of the universe, the one who extracts the hidden, the one who is all Knower. Imagine even the birds curse those who worship. besides Allah, even the birds understand if we would have never known if this story was not in the Quran. Today, when we see birds flying around, don't think that they do not comprehend the difference in mankind as well. Those who are astray, even the birds know even the animals know who is a stray and who is not, and who is engaged
in [???]can, who is not, but it is humankind. That does not know It is reported that even the dogs, when they see the angels,
of punishment descending, they begin to release have to make a noise a how that would easily be understood by those who comprehend. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding even the dogs comprehend, and the birds comprehend. And this is why immediately upon hearing that we all fell prostrate for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And remember in the Quran, there are certain places whereby immediately after hearing of this, we all go down to such that it is known as to Judah tilava it is known as the frustrations of the recitation of the Quran, and they are in the Quran, or the reason why we engage in them. The first is where Allah subhanho wa Taala has commanded
us to prostrate for his sake, immediately we fall prostrate. And then
the second is where Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of others who have engaged in acts of worship, and they have also frustrated for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We too upon hearing it, we've shown Allah subhanho wa Taala that we would like to do the same, if not better, and we immediately we also go down Institute, and the third is where Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of those who have never frustrated those who hear the signs of Allah and they don't want to prostrate like the Queen of Sheba. Before she became a Muslim before she accepted the call of Solomon alayhi salatu salam, they did not prostrate to Allah subhanho wa Taala rather they
frustrated to the sun and for the sun. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding. So those are the three primary reasons why we also engage in that sujood at times people ask, I hope and I pray I've clarified it. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how this woman who was ruling a large army, she thought was a huge army and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how Sulayman alayhi salatu was Salam. When he heard about it from this bird, he sent a message to say a very simple message in
Tony muslimeen This message is from Sulayman and it commences Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim.
Do not be haughty, do not be high and do not become arrogant and so on above us, come to us in submission to Allah subhanho wa Taala. That was the message short and to the point. One may ask, why did Sulayman alayhi salatu salam not commenced the letter was Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim. Rather, he said in the homing Suleiman, this is from Sulayman alayhi salatu wa sallam? The answer is, he was worried himself. He thought that if this letter gets to the queen, and she opens it and the first thing she sees is the name of Allah, if she curses or rejects, she may just curse Allah and reject Allah subhanho wa Taala. But if I put my name first, if she curses anyone, she's going to curse me,
which is lighter, it's okay. It's fine. And that's precisely what happened. When she opened it. She was very upset. She showed it to her people and her chief and she told him Look at this letter I've got it is constantly man. What should we do? And they said, No, oh, we're over. shaggy de Waal, Mo Li ke.
Maureen. Indeed, we are a mighty army. We are a very, very powerful army and we await your instruction, whatever you say. We shall immediately execute it. And she was a very intelligent woman. She said no. You know when kings walk into lands and the occupied territories
They make those who are at the top right at the bottom, and those who are at the bottom are raised right to the top. They turned the entire city upside down. They turned the entire nation upside down. So this is what the lady says, This is what the Queen says. And she said, Let me send him a little gift and see.
Let me send Suleiman alehissalaam a little gift and see how he responds. And amazingly, Allah subhanho wa Taala
makes mention of how when this gift came to Suleiman alayhi salatu salam, he took it as a bribe, and he returned it. And he said, in fact, he understood it to be a bribe. And he returned it and he said, Go and inform this Queen, that we are going to come to her with an army that she will never ever be able to face. And obviously, he was the only one who knew that in his army were Jean kind who are far far more powerful than humankind. Look at the contrast in this surah Allah makes mention of the end, and the army of Sulayman and Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the queen and Allah makes mention of the jinn who are more powerful than the entire army of the queen. So so many
contrasts between the mighty and more mighty than that mighty, and the mightiest obviously is Allah subhanho wa Taala and there is no comparison. So this is the gist and the message of surah Nirmal is to show us the sizes of the creation of Allah and to tell us all that the ultimate, the most powerful, the greatest is Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding. So Moments later, he addressed his army so a man alayhi salatu was Salam. What was the question?
he asked his people. Yeah, I hadn't met him yet. teeny Bianca Gabriella, Tony Mosley, me, Oh, my, all my people, which one of you can bring her entire throne and what what is surrounding it to me here, before they even come to us surrendering, and a free a free which means the giant, the massive gym the huge one, if we need to minnijean the powerful one. He said I can bring that entire throne and what is around it before you stand up from your seat.
When Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of someone who challenges another gene. And Allah says the one the gene who had knowledge of the book and the shows us all that those who have knowledge are much more powerful than those who don't. May Allah make us from amongst those who can put an effort to learn and learn and continue learning until death do us part.
When Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how this gene who had knowledge of the Book says, and the cabbie he called a
I will bring her the throne and what is around the throne before you blink. And as he blinks, it was there in front of him. Everything was in front of Suleiman as though it was a case that someone had lifted from point A to point B. That's it.
And she was there suddenly witnessing Sulayman everything was there. What's the layman Allahu salatu salam who can face that ami and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, These are just creatures of Allah. Now think of the power of the Creator Himself. Subhana Allah and we still feel as humankind that we are at liberty to sin.
And we are at liberty to do as we please and we wish we Allah says even some of my teachers are so powerful that they have left those with power and with huge armies amazed and astonished and was no other way out. But to surrender to my command. This woman, the Queen had actually now realized what had taken place. She saw a man Allahu salatu salam, and Sulaiman Allah His salat wa salam had ordered his army and part of his army to change a little bit here and there.
around her throne, and then she was asked, Is this your throne? This is where you are? Is this your throne? She looked at me, and she said, it looks like it is it seems like it is. But as she walked, she thought that there was deep water because there was a reflection. It was beautified by the army of Sulaiman Allahu salatu wa sallam within less than a split second, how long it takes a person to blink. And she thought it was water. So she began to lift her clothing so that it does not get wet. And Suleiman alayhi salatu wa sallam clarified in
kawari it is actually pure glass which has a reflection. It is not water. Amazing. That is what the throne was made. She said to immediately she declared, Rob be now she's called
Or to Allah. Oh my god, whoever created me, I'm calling out to you. in Harlem to nuptse. I have oppressed myself. Well as slum to Mara Suleiman and in denial me and I have surrendered together with Sulaiman alayhi salatu wa sallam, for who, for the one who has created entire universe, the one who has created all the worlds, when we say worlds we are talking of the various creatures, the various planets the universe, and possibly even beyond. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant of comprehension. So in this surah, Allah is explaining to us who are far less powerful than this Queen, who had accepted Islam. Allah is explaining to us that look, the power of Allah is so clear
and apparent If only you had to look at the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala you will pick up his power, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who can comprehend the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala we are all returning to Allah subhanho wa Taala and he is the one whom we beg. We beg him to have mercy on us. May Allah have mercy on us, quickly moving through the stories of the MBR Allahu Salatu was Salam in Surah number. Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of musala his Salatu was Salam right at the beginning of the surah of the ends. And Allah subhanho wa Taala highlights the point of the denial of around, though he was convinced Allah says what you had to be
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the army of Iran, which was also destroyed by Allah subhanho wa Taala the army was destroyed by water, and I'm going to get to that where Allah subhanho wa Taala says feed our own soul and his heart knew exactly who was right. But still they just denied it out of arrogance. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us then Allah makes mention of the mood and the fact that Saleh Allah is salatu wa sallam called his people here Allah highlights the fact that they were nine people in the community of samode, who were the major culprits and from this you find them of a city and have told us that almost every community has a few people who are culprits whatever leakage is equally. A
cabbie Ramu je Mina de m qu. e. Every nation, and every community has certain culprits who are bent on mischief. May Allah not make us the culprits. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala never make us those who are bent on mischief. Then Allah makes mention of Luth Allah is Salatu was Salam story again, in very brief thereafter, the beginning the first page of the 20th chapter of the Quran, very, very interesting. Allah makes mention of the fact that he has created the or He has sent water from the skies, which then results in the crops growing and you see the huge oceans. Remember, in the same way, this is solid animals, this is one of the ends one end is just a single small creature of
Allah, many ends put together can cause a disaster even for us human beings. One drop is a small creature of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Many drops can either be beneficial or cause disaster. The oceans are made up of tiny drops, just like we look at how Allah subhanho wa Taala is drawing our attention in the same surah of the ant to other creatures that are created by the combination of small small molecules and atoms and so on. And together they make up a huge ocean. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala also makes mention of the mountains and Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
I want to highlight just one point of that verse where Allah says we have placed mountains on earth, and those mountains are made up of small particles of dust and sand. But when those particles come together, they together make up a huge mountain. What is the problem with the Muslim Ummah today? We are every individual is a gym is a particle. It is only when these individuals get together, will they be a huge mountain that will never be moved? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that lesson at least from the surah named after the end, that even the ends have armies that can
meaning cluster together come together and be a huge force. The water is the same. The sand and the mountains are the same all are created from little things.
articles and thereafter made into huge, huge mountains. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all understanding, May He grant unity to the Muslim Ummah, a lot of tolerance is required in order to unite the Muslim ummah. And that is what we are lacking today. May Allah make us more amongst those who can think positive solutions rather than negative thinking which results in greater negativity and destroys even further was Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Suhana labmd so hanneke alone will be Hamdi Ganesha Allah Elantra sakana. To be like