Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2007
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Lecture six to six and quarter to seven and half. Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala nabina Muhammad, Allah Allah He was happy
Alhamdulillah Hilary Hassan Ali hada, Hakuna de Allah, Allah and Allah, all praises due to Allah subhanho wa Taala creator nareesha cherishes, sustainer provider protector of one and all complete blessings and salutations be upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and all his companions. We think Allah subhanho wa Taala for having guided us to this, had it not been for his guidance, we would have indeed been misguided. And also we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to accept from us the Salah that we've just engaged in, to accept from us the fasting for his sake and to uplift us spiritually in this month of Ramadan. onodera Lama beloved brothers and sisters and dearest
listeners, the verses that we read tonight, were the verses of Surah Al Anam the surah that is named after the cattle. One of the reasons why the surah is named the surah of the cattle is because Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mentioned in it, what is permissible in terms of cattle, and also Allah subhanho wa Taala has gone into the details of how to slaughter the animals and the fact that we should not be eating those animals, which were slaughtered in a manner that the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala was not mentioned upon slaughtering, so May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us conscious of what food goes into our mouths. If you notice nearly every day, we've been speaking
about the food that goes into our mouth, and hamdulillah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala starts off the surah by warning the previous nations by warning those who were at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for us, that is called the previous people or those are the previous people, but warning the co founder of Quraysh and telling him to look at the previous nations who were before them, how powerful they were, how mighty they were, how much wealth they had, how much physical strength they had, what they were given, and still Allah subhanho wa Taala destroyed them when they belied the message of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. So the message is for all of us, let us not feel
that we are physically very powerful because if the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala wants to overtake us, no matter how strong we are, and how many people we can out wrestle, the punishment can still come to us. Take a look at the floods and the tsunamis and the the adverse weather that is going on across the globe, the tremors, the earthquakes and so on. It is possible for Allah subhanho wa Taala to punish us in the same way. But we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to have mercy on us and not to do that. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
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know makela today not see how many nations we have destroyed before them, whom we granted much more in terms of power, in terms of strength in terms of wealth than them on this earth. And Allah says that he destroyed them. like nah homie don't obey Him.
Daddy Diem on 13 Allah says, We destroyed them because of their sins and we replaced them with other generations. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. This is drawing our attention to the fact that those who are sinning must turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala soon, rather than waiting for the punishment, and Allah subhanho wa Taala then makes mention of what the father of Quraysh had asked Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasallam they said, Listen, we are ready to accept the message on condition that Allah sends an angel to talk to us we want to see the angel ourselves. And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about this and he gives the response. He says, work all una de la la mer.
They asked the question, why don't why doesn't Allah subhanho wa Taala send down an angel, we want to talk to the angel. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, we are capable of sending an angel. But if we send an angel, as soon as you reject the message that the angel comes with, we will punish you immediately because we came with that which you wanted. And Allah subhanho wa Taala knows the weakness of men in the past, at the time of musalla in salatu salam, so many plagues were sent down to the people of Freetown, and every time they went to Musa alayhis salam, and they said, If Allah takes away these plagues, we will worship Allah subhanho wa Taala, and we will accept your message.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala took away those plagues, and every single time, they did not come to what they had promised. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, it's a mercy that we haven't seen the angels to you. And had we sent the angel we would have sent him in the form of a human being wearing clothes that you wear, and you wouldn't even be able to pick up that this person was an angel. In fact, gibreel alayhi salatu was Salam came in the midst of the Sahaba once and he sat with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he asked him so many questions about Islam, about a man about a son it is known as howdy to jabril the Hadith way it is made mention of jabril having come
and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked the Sahaba after he went, do you know who that was? The Sahaba had commented that he was looking very, very young, very, very handsome. He had black black hair. He we did not know him. He was a foreigner. But it did not seem as though he was tired, so we don't know where he came from. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, That was jabril alayhi salam he came here asking me questions to teach you the deen May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all understanding. So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about that. And he says, Don't wait for the angels to come. In fact, one of the verses we read tonight, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, or
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those type of people, even if all the dead people were resurrected in order to talk to them, and all those who passed away came back from the dead to tell them that listen, it is definitely the truth. And even if all the angels came, and everyone from the past had to come to tell them that you know, this is the true message they wouldn't they would not believe they still wouldn't believe. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says it is Allah who guides May he guide us all inshallah, may he soften our hearts in the month of Ramadan. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and we all know he was perfect. He was protected by Allah subhanho wa Taala from sin. He was
mushroom. He did not commit a sin he was the highest and he says, or he was told to say by Allah subhanho wa Taala in me, aha for
me, biomin alim, say O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tell them that even I fear the punishment of the Delta Yama if I were to transgress. Now, if Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that he also fears the punishment if he was to transgress, what about us? Don't we fear the punishment? May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us understanding this surah
is different in the sense that it has more talk about the punishment than the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It reminds us more of how Allah has destroyed the previous nations and how he is capable and April of taking away even our faculties and our health, the faculties he has provided us with off site of hearing Allah subhanho wa Taala says
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be, do they not see if Allah wanted to take away their sight or their hearing? Or if Allah wanted to see their heart who would be able to restore those faculties besides Allah? We all know that it's only Allah subhanho wa Taala why then do we find ourselves transgressing? In fact, Allah subhanho wa Taala asks another question.
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Do they not see if the punishment of Allah had to descend upon them or suddenly they had to die? Or suddenly the hour had to come? Would they call out to anyone besides Allah? Who would they call out?
So Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
Is there anyone besides Allah in that condition that you would call out to? Why then do we find ourselves calling out to those besides Allah subhanho wa Taala or transgressing the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala We are weak, we are in need of Allah's mercy. Let us turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala For indeed it is not too late. In fact, Allah makes mentioned subhanho wa Taala of the fact that those people who will be driven to the fire because of their disbelief, from that point where they are standing in front of the fire, they will they will yell they will make comments and their hearts will wish something What is that wish of this Allah says while otah EVO p
doula and Luca de Baba de rabina. Hakuna amin, meanie meaning had you to see them when they are standing in front of the fire. They will say, why doesn't Allah subhanho wa Taala give us another chance so that we can go back to the world and we can fulfill the message and fulfill the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala and we will not belie the messengers, Allah subhanho wa Taala continues and he says
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la caja de boo, even if we had to give them another chance, and we have to send them back into the earth. Allah subhanho wa Taala says they would return to their bad ways they would forget the fact that just now they have pledged us to say when we go back we're going to do good. And they went and they still did bad. How many of us are guilty of engaging in sincere Toba? We cry womb tears down our cheeks we promise Allah Allah I'll never repeat this again. The following day or before the day ends we already find ourselves in the same sin. May Allah help us we are we we are in Santa. But let us find ourselves in sha Allah from amongst those who can make a firm intention and turn for the
sake of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, you know in life, we want to get better every time a person who earns a salary of 2000 rands would like to get to 3000 if they don't get that promotion, they might leave the job so when you've employed Someone, please give them a little bit of promotion now and again inshallah so that they stay with you and they work hard. But we want goodness, if we own a small car, we want to own a bigger car. We own a small house, we want to own a bigger house. We own one house, we want to own two houses. We have one business we want to have to you have branches in Cape Town now you want to go to Port Elizabeth and open a branch there. Yes, it happens. But when it
comes to Deen, why are we hypocritical? We read one Salah we don't want to get to two we need to we don't want to get to three. What is the problem? We become so hypocritical we only think of dunya dunya dunya That is why Allah has to remind us to say Do you know the Sierra is actually the real life one will hire to do Nia in
this life is a deception. This life of the dunya is very short. What you see here is nothing. One Hadith describes Jenna. And the Hadith says fee ha Mala
Mala Unum Samia to Allah hotter Allah. In general, there is that which no eyes have seen, no ears have ever heard of, and no mind or heart has ever imagined. So if you close your eyes today, and you imagine a glass castle, suspended in the air, and you are reclining suspended in the air as well, and you can see the rivers beneath you have pure honey and pure juice. The fact that your mind can think of that already in general is better than that.
Because Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, voila, Tara Allah, no heart or mind of the human beings could have ever even dreamed or imagined of what we have prepared for them in general. So what ever you can dream of and imagine, in general is much better than that. So why don't we open our other branches when it comes to that type of business? When Allah subhanho wa Taala says, I don't know comala t Jara. Should we not show you a business? Which will save you from punishment? Why does Allah use the word ijarah in business? Because he knows that when you talk about salah and zeca men, he listens, but it is at the back of his mind the minute you talk about money and wealth
and business automatically, yes, yes, I want to make more money. So Allah says, Let me show you a business that will save you from a previous punishment and give you give you Jenna, that is to obey Allah and His commands, and to stay away from the prohibitions of Allah. Allah so Allah subhanho wa Taala then makes mentioned again
The fact that we must not grieve. The message is for Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but obviously we all have a lesson to learn from it for the night Lama in Zulu, Kalani, una
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We know oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we know that it grieves you. it grieves you that which they utter but we want to give you good news that they know that you are truthful. They know that you are always uttering the truth. They used to call you a surgical I mean from before, but their arrogance has led them to deny intentionally. So sometimes what happens with us, people make our lives difficult, but they know that we are right. It happens with us and the perpetrators as well. There is a lesson for them here. If we make other people's lives difficult as well. Let us know that Allah is giving them good news. And Allah is telling them Don't let people like that
stress you may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those whose health can become better through the decrease of stress by the Baraka of the Koran, and by the blessings of the recitation of the Quran because it is definitely the word of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and Allah subhanho wa Taala then speaks about something very important. He says, when I have given people lots of wealth, sometimes it's a sign of my punishment. Allahu Akbar, did we ever know that?
Allah says, When I've opened the doors, sometimes for certain people, and I've given them so much, sometimes it is because I'm upset with them and angry with them, and I'm about to destroy them. So as a last thing, I give them lots of wealth and lots of sustenance. Allah says, phylum
When they forgot my message, when they forgot me, I opened the doors of sustenance and I gave them so much, until they drowned in their wealth and they forgot me completely. Then I pulled the rope and I destroyed them, suddenly, all of them
look at what Allah subhanho wa Taala says, that then when they became so engrossed in their wealth and their sustenance and they felt that Allah was pleased with them, Allah says we destroyed them suddenly, and we put an end to them. Now, the question is, if I have lots of wealth, how do I know whether this is a punishment, or whether it's a gift? Firstly, if we find ourselves closer to Allah, we find ourselves in the masjid, we find ourselves concerned about Allah presence, concerned about his commands, concerned about the life after death, then inshallah it's a gift. But the minute our wealth makes us feel like we are now above the rest of the people, and our noses are slightly higher
to the degree that we are breathing the air one inch above everybody else's a then there is a problem.
Then that means it's punishment. Definitely. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala tells Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam here, he Do you know the kuffaar of grace, the rich people of grace. They said O Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, we are ready to accept the message. But firstly, these dirty people, chase them away. Don't talk to them, blah, blah, blah. And I'm married me acid and so on, chase them away. We don't want to see they were our slaves before. How can we now sit in the same gathering where you are and they are?
That was what they said. Now, do you know the justice of Islam? You already know the answer? Allah subhanho wa Taala says, What either
I can let me know nebia Tina, for Kunal salam o Alaikum catabolism buco, Milan FC Rama, Allahu Akbar, Allah says, when the believers come to You, O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam no matter who they are, no matter what their status is, how rich or poor they are, no matter where they come from, greet them with Salam Alaikum
salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. greet everyone one of the Hadith Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Do you want to intergender then spread Salah.
And to sell him Allah kulemin arasta woman lamb tarrif greet those whom you know and you don't know the fact that you know this person is a Muslim, greet them.
Nowadays, aren't we guilty of only greeting those people who we want to greet whom we know are those people who who have something for us.
Sometimes when a man is driving a large Mercedes Benz we greet the Mercedes
But we don't greet the men. The same applies when we see a person with a lot of money. We greet his money, but we forget to greet him. Allahu Akbar, why? How do we know that the day he doesn't have the money? No one wants to know him, Allahu Akbar. This is hypocrisy. And as Muslims we are to greet the man, the Islam of the person, the fact that they have Eman, they are brothers. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Don't ever chase away those who have believed from the very beginning that he man is there, greet them properly and Allah says, I have prescribed upon myself mercy. Why does Allah mentioned these two together the greeting and the mercy because when we greet each other, we will
earn the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We will enter Jenna one Hadees says that is reported by Abdullah Abdullah Salam. Where Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says of Shu salam, our mo Thomasina. Our hammer was all new bill alienness oneone that Hulu janitor of the combi salon. If you'd like to intergender with ease, there are a few things you need to do. greet everyone spread peace, be at peace with everyone don't make people's lives difficult. Number one, that is part of salah and feed the people give wealth, give your wealth out feed people clothes, people make sure that you have gone out to try and reach out to those who are poor. That is the second issue and go
out and mend your family relations. Go out and mend your family relations that might have been seven. Make an effort to work on your family members and to try and solve disputes within the family.
And read Salah at night when nobody is watching. Everybody's asleep. Just you are awake, get up and reach Allah.
And Allah says through the Hadith, that that is how you will intergender through ease very easily. Allah grant that to us. So Allah speaks about Salaam and he speaks about mercy. And he says
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those who have done bad they have committed evil deeds, they have committed sins, then they remember Allah very soon after that, and they seek forgiveness. Allies most forgiving, Most Merciful, amazing, here's a verse of mercy. But it is important that we do not harm fellow human beings. Allah subhanho wa Taala then speaks about what type of people we should not be mixing with.
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When you see people joking about Allah, mocking about the signs of a law, when you see people engaged in any type of sin against the commands of Allah, don't even sit with them, don't even associate with them until they engage in something else which is acceptable. And Allah says sometimes due to our weakness, we become oblivious of the fact that these people are actually engaged in singing we are their friends.
As soon as we remember, we must turn away what you see in the cache.
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99% of those on drugs, they will tell you it's peer pressure. My friends, my company, those who smoke a lot of them will say it's my company, my friends, that's how I started. May Allah safeguard us those who go out to the nightclubs. That's how they started. So friendship is something very important. This is why Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam speaks about it in so many places. And he says you're a former ob Halle de Fernando hadoken. Manu Harlan, a person is known by his company. So each one of you be careful what type of company you have. May Allah make us from amongst those who can be good company for others in sha Allah, and may He put us in sha Allah in the company of
those who can benefit us at all times. So Allah subhanho wa Taala after that, makes mention of Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam and the fact that he spoke to his father, and he told his father Oh, my father, don't worship these idols. don't worship these stones and inshallah we will come to this later on in the Quran. But the message here in this place is connected to the fact that Ibrahim alayhi salatu salam looked at the stars. And he said the stars are better than the stones common sense. A young man is looking at the stars. Then when the moon came out, he said no, but the moon is bigger than the stars that might just be my creative. Then when the sun came out in the morning, he
looked at the sun and he said, No, I've been seeing the sun since I was born, but only now I
Realize the sun is bigger than everything else. So there is a possibility that the sun is my Creator. Then when the sun set, he thought to himself, well, if the sun sets, and I have a need at night, who will I call out to so that can be my Creator. Then he says, in me with Jay
I have turned my face in worship and submission, to whomsoever has created the skies and the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars and all creation. And I only submit to that creator, and I will not associate partners with that creator, Allahu Akbar, that is Allah subhanho wa Taala. When we see the concept of godhood, in Islam, we realize that there is no loophole in it. Whoever created me, that's who I wish, whomsoever I'm going to return to whoever he is, that's whom I wish, whoever can cure me, whoever has the power and ability to kill me, whoever put the sickness in me in the first place. That's the one I will seek cure from. That is, all I know is it is one supreme deity Who has created
absolutely everything. And I call him the worship one, which translates in the Arabic language as a law, the meaning of the term Allah, the worship one, the one we worship, Who is he, whoever created me, I call him the worshipped one, he is the one.
So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us from amongst those who can discover him truly and correctly. Some of us we claim to know Allah, we know we we say we know Allah subhanho wa Taala. But our statements are in one Valley, and our deeds are in another Valley heading somewhere else. We are saying we are going to Cape Town, and the motor vehicle is facing somewhere else. Like the little joke that we once had a man caught a train.
And he was moving from Durban to Johannesburg. That train was a two sleeper. It had
a lower level and an upper level. So he was on the wrong side of
the station. So rather than going from Durban to Johannesburg, he caught the train going from Durban to Cape Town.
And he didn't ask anyone anything in his mind. He's going to Johannesburg. And he sat in it. He went to the top. He fell off to sleep. Sometime later, he got up he looked down. And he asked the people he says how far is Joburg? And they said well we are going to Cape Town. He went back to sleep he said wow look at technology. Half of the train is going to Joburg and the other half is going to Cape Town. That is what we are doing on a daily basis. We can laugh at it and think it's a joke but we want to head to Jana and we are going towards Jana. That's exactly the same example. Well, let's think about it tonight. We can laugh at this joke. But we are all in it. It's as we are doing it on
a daily basis. We are trying to tell people we are going to gender and yet we are heading towards jahannam Now Allah subhanho wa Taala make a stand in sha Allah on the right side of the station so that we don't catch the wrong train inshallah. So that is the example that we need to think of tonight inshallah. Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter makes mention of halal and haram. And he says don't eat that way by the name of Allah is not mentioned upon slaughtering. When we slaughter the animal, the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala must be mentioned and Allah subhanho wa Taala has stipulated precisely how it will be slaughtered. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the acceptance
to put only that which is held in our mouths. There is another list similar to the list we mentioned yesterday in this surah of the foodstuffs that are haram and over and above that Allah subhanho wa Taala in the surah. makes mention of the other aspects that are Haram. The other issues that are Haram, he speaks about Sheikh that is haram. He speaks about disobedience of parents in that which is good, disobeying the parents in that which is reasonable. That is also a grave sin. He speaks about killing and he speaks about killing one's own children. And he speaks about eating the wealth of orphans. Didn't we speak about stealing the wealth of the women when it comes to inheritance,
that is what is meant here as well. And Allah subhanho wa Taala then says, Be careful of injustice, don't ever utter that which is false, and that which is unjust. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says always fulfill your promises and remain steadfast. And I'd like to end with two things.
Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in the opening verses of the eighth chapter of the Quran, Allah says
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In the same way we have for every newbie, we have had people who have been devils who have been harassing and hassling these ambia from amongst the devils of mankind and the devil's of Jim Cain. So, Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned this verse to give comfort to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam saying that if there are people troubling you don't worry they will people traveling all the MBR and this verse is a blessing for anyone who wants to correct others, any of the olema of this Deen, who have got up in order to rectify something, they will definitely face stiff opposition. Firstly, from amongst the shayateen in their own communities, Allah speaks about them. Allah says
the shouting of men before the shout out enough in meaning before the shouting of jinn, because they are worse.
And Allah says, in every community, we have certain people who are shouting, work at Al Qaeda al nafi.
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In every nation, in every community, in every society, there are people who are shayateen they are Muslims, they are criminals going around making life difficult for those who are closest to Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah not do that to us. As I said, the lesson is twofold. One, the victims. We have good news that look Allah subhanho wa Taala his plan includes this, but for those who are perpetrators, there is a warning Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Don't be these criminals don't go around making life difficult just because we don't like what was said. We must now fight these people. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make a strong May he make us from amongst those who can support
our Allah May he make us from amongst those who will be resurrected with Allah with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on the day of tiama inshallah, in the correct place and not in the wrong place, or sallallahu wasallam Obara, kala Nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah Subhana Allah whom will be handy Ganesha to Allah, Allah