Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2010
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa sallahu wa salam, O Baraka Allah.
All praises indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless him and all his companions and every single one of us, also we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to accept from us the fasting that we have been engaged in and to accept from us, the standing in Salah 2pm that we have been engaged in and to make us from amongst those who can be rewarded with gender and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us from amongst those who can observe as many etiquettes of the month of Ramadan as possible. Believe me the month of Ramadan is a season and that season is there for myself and yourselves to
automatically improve ourselves if we are to fulfill the etiquettes of the month. So if we are to fulfill whatever we are required to fulfill during this month, automatically we will come out of the month much better people may Allah grant that to us. This evening we completed pseudotumor EDA and as I mentioned yesterday, there is mentioned in this tour of several items that are prohibited when it comes to consumption as well because it is a lay tablecloth and on the lay tablecloth, what do we expect besides food? Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to abstain from Haram.
In the verses Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how important it is for us to be careful regarding labeling items halal or haram when we don't know. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says
you levena Amanullah to Harry mucho de vida Jima Hello hola hola como la de do in LA holla you him born more daddy. Oh you who believe do not consider as unlawful that which we have purified and made lawful for you, because that is now transgressing the limits of Allah subhanho wa Taala and Allah does not like those who transgress the limits. So from this verse we learn that just as it is so bad to label something halal when it is haram. It is also as bad to label something haram when it is halal. And this is why we have been taught that there are three categories. There is that which is Heller which is clear. There is that which is haram, which is clear. The halaal we eat from partake
in the Haram we abstain from and we stay far away from and in the middle. There are certain items. Allah knows the ruling, but we as human beings might not know exactly what it is. In that case we abstained we are not allowed to partake. This is why when it comes to whether it's allowed to eat or not, there's only two rulings it's either yes or no. There is no maybe in Islam, because if you know it's halaal The answer is yes eat. If you know it is haram, the answer is abstain. And if you don't know the answer is still abstain. So we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us understanding this is clear in the hadith of a normal evening Rashid in Sahih Muslim where the Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam is reported to have said in a hella Libyan war in El Haram, obion, verbena, Houma, omura Masha Bihar Tula Allah munakata meanness for money Takashi Bahati Papa de sobre la de Nino la woman wa kaffee Chabot hace el haram Hades is halaal is clear Haram is clear. In the middle there is there are certain items that may not be very clear. Whoever falls into these items has fallen into heroin. And whoever abstains from these items has protected themselves and their Deen We ask Allah protection. So after that Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the prohibition of intoxicants in the powerful verse that I'm sure a lot of us would have heard many times. Yeah, I you
know, in Amal hamo amazing Oh sabol as l'amour Aegis region rageous or minimally shy on a budget and Evo La La come to me, oh, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about several categories of items. And from amongst them, he mentions intoxicants, and he mentioned gambling, and he says these are from the handiwork of shaitaan and you should stay far away from them. You see when it comes to certain items
are extremely dangerous. Allah subhanho wa Taala says don't even go near them like this one here. He says, tiny bow which means stay far away from it. Like in Xena he says voila carabas Xena. You won't find a verse in the Quran where Allah subhanho wa Taala says Zina Haram. But Zina is haram. Adultery is haram. We know that because Allah subhanho wa Taala says don't even go near it. The same applies to intoxicants and gambling, Allah says, don't even go near. There is a clear question in the next verse, Allah says, For hell,
tomo Are you going to leave it? Are you not going to leave it a question? And the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu understood from this verse, total prohibition, they threw it so much so that they poured it the streets of Medina It is reported were like rivers of alcohol. They're in the remnants of the intoxicant liquid that they had with Allah protect us in this verse. Drugs I included Amara Viola one who says Alhambra, Muhammad Allah clue.
Though the word humble is anything that covers your mind that intoxicates you. So the same verse prohibits intoxicants of any nature, whether it is a drug, whether it is anything else that is used for the same purpose, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect our youngsters and ourselves as well. Remember, for those who, who have been tested with this issue of drugs, it's not too late to say goodbye to that bad habit. To kick it right out. I want to give an example of a certain man for many years he was an addict of alcohol. And one day he had a lecture and he tells me that I heard in the lecture you said that we kick that bad habit to achieve the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In his
late 60s, he gave that habitat and voila, he he transformed into such a beautiful human being such a good human being. And he tells me you can give my example if you want to talk about me, you can talk about me You can even say my name, but we won't say his name inshallah. But the example here is that if there is a will, there is a way if you want to give it up, you can say goodbye now. May Allah subhanahu Allah grant us some form of benefit from this month of Ramadan. Allah He the biggest achievement that an addict can receive from a month like this is to give up his bad habit of addiction. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect all those who have that habit from the habit itself.
mela taken him out. Many are grappling they don't want to be in it, but will law he we stretched to you a hand of assistance come and grab it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala really opened their doors. Man, he protects us and our offspring, it is such a bad habit. Many in disguise, Allah protect us. And those are the ones we are addressing openly to say, look, seek assistance admit your fault and your problem because there are so many wives out there who are suffering. So many family members are suffering, parents are suffering, children are suffering, and it is becoming a disease. It seems like the Western world is promoting it for a reason. And we are falling prey to it.
And I want to spend a moment to explain what I've just said. If you follow Islam, it automatically makes you a leader. It automatically makes you a person who has qualities of leadership. So naturally, you become a threat to those who want to leave because there are many more people who have good qualities. Now when they don't want you to even be a threat to them, they start promoting the issue of gays and lesbians and the issue of this and that and all sorts of things and drugs and intoxicants and what have you now that is promotion of the period of gestation being held by a male May Allah protect us they are promoting this and they are cheering the people on in Britain if you
are a gay the stipends monthly that you would get is far more than if you are a normal person. And they are promoting it. One of the reasons that we as arola and the the Muslim Ummah have cited is because they do not want anyone who has leadership qualities. I want to give you another example, if a person has a big tattoo on their forehead, would you ever vote for them as president? The answer is no. If someone has a huge necklace with three chains hanging from the ears, may Allah protect us would you vote for them as president or as leader of your company? The answer is no. So naturally the minute a person becomes enslaved by all the tattoos they have, people are happy with him that
this person is no longer a threat now that we've kicked them out, they've dealt with themselves. Now we can we can do whatever we want. So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala protection. Really it is a habit that our children don't ever even try it.
We say don't try it, but be honest with you, a person who visits the nightclub, without knowing they may already be on drugs 90% of the time, there is what is known as actual
ferric ecstasy, they put it into the air conditioning system. When you go into the nightclub you feel nice and high as they say, without realizing you're on a drug even though you can swear you didn't have anything you are breathing it they put it there for you so you come back to that nightclub Allah protect us. This is why don't even go to those nightclubs and so on. It is the this is why Allah says eg tiny boo, stay far away from it. And this is why you need to make sure your friends are those who don't even smoke a cigarette, because that is the first step May Allah protect us all.
And obviously all due respect to those who have bad habits. It's a bad habit. It even says it on the box, you want to read it read it again. Now they saying it kills you so we have to talk about it. Because really it's a May Allah subhanho wa Taala help all those who have even the bad habit of cigarettes, give it up. May Allah help us to use this month of Ramadan to at least eradicate or cut it down when law heat is a very, very big achievement if we use a month like this, so bless it to do something so noble as to give up our bad habits. I mean, so Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about these bad habits. Then he gives a very, very positive statement for those who have been on the habit
in the past and then repented and turned. He says for you if you are going to do good deeds, don't worry about what happened in the past. Allah says for you still is forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala listen to the verse. Ladies alladhina amanu amilo Sani hottie Juna female mo EDA,
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tomato tomahto Sano wala who have been mazzini there is no punishment, no sin upon the one who had had that habit in the past. they repented, they came into Eman, they did good deeds, they are conscious of Allah, they would never go back to that bad habit. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, they will become from amongst the pure and good and Allah loves those who appear and good, which means Allah loves those who have given up their bad habits for his sake, may Allah make us from amongst them. I mean,
and Allah subhanho wa Taala continues thereafter. To mention something very powerful. It is connected to hunting in the condition of heroin. When a person is in the condition of a harm it's prohibited to hunt. So Allah says, intentionally to test you, we will bring about certain beautiful animals in front of you just to watch, do you hunt them in the condition you are not allowed? Or do you not? And Allah says we are just doing that to test you. Amazing. Now one wonders why will that happen? This verse might be applying only to hunting animals but Allah tests all of us. Yeah, I have a loving man Oh.
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Allah says, Oh you who believe.
Allah subhanho wa Taala will test you with some of these animals of hunting that will be very close to your region to your hand and your arrows in order to test you who fears Allah unseen, who fears Allah unseen. And this applies to all of us. In our lives. There are so many opportunities of committing sin that Allah may put in front of us to test us who is ready to abstain. One might ask but why? There is a simple answer.
There are two acts of worship, an act of worship by doing something and an act of worship by abstaining from something the spirituality that is
nurtured or the spirituality that grows when you do an act of worship is different from the spirituality that grows when you abstain from an act of sin. There are two different angles. So if you want to develop your spirituality, one angle of it will be achieved by doing deeds. You read your Salah, you read your Quran, you receive such an amount of blessings that you will feel it and there is a different department of spirituality that we need to develop in order to holistically deal with that whole spiritual being that we are and that is to abstain from Haram. This is why when you learn mathematics, you have one plus one and then you also have one minus one because you need
to know not only plus signs, you also need to know what the minus sign does. May Allah protect us. So it is important for us to know that sometimes they will be up
opportunities in front of us to commit sin. It is a test from Allah only to watch who is going to fear Allah and allow that development of themselves. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us abstain from sin. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us abstain from all forms of sin with a minor or major, even bad mouthing, uttering swear words. Do you know that it is disrespectful from a sharing aspect to speak slang, even to your own friends? Amazing. It's in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that if you speak slang, your respect will be reduced. We are not saying it's haram obviously I mean we are all guilty including myself of saying words that might not be
that clear English language or whatever language we are speaking but try it. If you speak only clear cut language and eradicate the slang automatically your respect, the level of respect that people have of you is lifted up if you automatically grows, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to grant us all understanding and protection.
Then Allah subhanahu wa taala tells us thereafter that the duty of the messenger is only to convey the message he cannot shove he Daya down your throat. He Daya is not in the messengers hand and the messenger here referring to the Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and thereafter anyone who brings us a message, that is just the message and they do not have the ability to grant you guidance, but they are only conveying the message. Ma Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, are Allah moment to do no magic to moon. The duty of the messenger is only to convey the message Allah knows what is in the hearts what you show and what you hide. May Allah subhanahu Allah grant us the
ability to take heed whenever we hear the message of Allah subhanho wa Taala and then Allah subhanho wa Taala continues to make mention of how when the messengers have delivered the message, they will be asked on the day of gamma, when Allah gathers them all. Allah will say how will you received by your people? What a powerful question
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the day that Allah gathers all the messengers, he will ask them, How you received, how was your message received? They will answer together saying we do not know your Allah. You know the unseen you know what they did, and you know what they did even after we left, and Allah subhanho wa Taala says, thereafter, he will ask all the messengers, one after the other, they will bear witness that they've delivered the message and those who are with them will bear witness that the message was delivered. We too will bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam delivered the message. This is why I had jetan Wada. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked a question with tears in
his eyes. He says, Alba love to have I conveyed the message. They said yes. He says Allahumma Fahad, he says Oh Allah, you bear witness. They all said yes, I have delivered the message Subhana Allah, that is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So Allah says, He will then ask Isa alayhis salam, Jesus May peace be upon him, because as you know, a lot of people are Christian who worship Jesus. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says on the day of the AMA,
what is called La Jolla in southern ammonium. Remember when Allah subhanho wa Taala asked, Isa or Jesus the son of Mary, the past tense is used to refer to the future because for Allah, there is no tense time is a creature of Allah subhanho wa Taala future present and past to Allah is all one to us. He has created us and put us into what we know as present tense for him. There is nothing like that because time is a creature and our minds are too small to understand even just what we've said ourselves. So Allah says on that day, we will ask Jesus the son of Mary
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Oh, Jesus, did you tell the people that worship Me and my mother as to God's besides Allah? Did you instruct the people who worship you? Oh Jesus, and Jesus May peace be upon him will answer. soba ha
ha Praise be unto you. Oh Allah Oh my Creator, my akuna li an akula mala is an EB hunka How dare I utter words that I have no right to utter Subhana Allah I did not
tell anybody to worship me or Allah, I told them worship my Creator, the one who created myself and yourselves. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all and understanding.
This is the message. And it's a very, very clear message at the end of surah to Merida, after Allah makes mention of that lady tablecloth that was sent down for the people of Jesus May peace be upon him. Then Allah says, we will ask him on the Day of Judgment, this question and this is what his answer will be. The lesson is for all those who have taken him as a god besides Allah, meaning besides the Creator, besides the one who has made us all May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us the next Surah Surah Al anon Surah Al anon named after the cattle there are several categories of cattle mentioned in the surah and this is why Allah subhana wa Taala has named the Torah to Nam in it.
There are many messages for us all, and at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they were many incidents that occurred that have been clarified in this particular surah and Allah gives them
the Allah subhanho wa Taala gives them the examples of those who have passed. Let me give you one or two. Allah says, Allah Mira will come alakina Mira Coveney corny makan, whom fill out the melanoma Killa calm? Do they not see the lesson is for all of us. Do they not see how we have destroyed those before them, whom we gave much more power on earth, much more power and wealth and mites on earth and strength? And we still destroy them because of their sins and because they transgressed. Take a look at Iran, the pharaoh? Can anybody put up a pyramid like he put up? The answer is no. Even with all our sophistication, we cannot take a look at the people of add in the mood and how powerful they
were. Then he tuned LG Bella boo. Allah says they used to just come out the mountains into homes, amazing with their hands, they use their hands and they they made mountains as their own homes. Can anybody do that today with sophisticated tools, and with lots and lots of assistance of whatever advancement we have, we still cannot do that. We might make that hole. But they the temperature was right. Everything was correct. The angle which the sun came from was right, whatever else in terms of
the masterpiece that they had made is applicable was there may Allah subhanahu Allah grant us all understanding. So Allah says, Look at that example, then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us
that on the day of the AMA, we will resurrect absolutely everyone and we will ask a question to those who are associated partners with us. We will say bring all your partners let's see, where are they? And the answer will come No, yeah, Allah we didn't associate partners with you. Allah says but we sent a warning. Look at you how you are lying. Why a woman at home Jamie, on the day that we resurrect all of them together. From Monaco de la Vina Shaku aina Shoraka Oh como la Vina coup. De
Allah says, we will ask those who are associated partners with us, where are all those partners who are associated with us? Bring them forth? And Allah subhanho wa Taala says they will answer what law here abena manku monkey law he Oh Rob, we will not wish we didn't associate partners. Allah says Oh, came
to see him. Look at how they are lying against themselves. Do they think that they are going to get away with this type of lies? Allah says in another place in the Quran when that happens, we will then seal their mouths and their hands will talk to us and their feet will talk to us their skin will talk to us and then they will tell their skins Why did you bear witness against us? Weren't you our own skins? wakad only God him? Lima Shahid tamala inna, they will tell their skins Why did you bear witness against us? Imagine if we were to talk to our skins I think we would be sent to hospital.
But Allah says nay it's a reality. The skin don't think that it's something that's not going to bear witness for you or against you what law he Your eyes will bear witness for you or against you. May Allah say if God doesn't forgive us, your ears will bear witness as to what you heard in what you did. Your feet will bear witness in mind. May Allah subhanho wa Taala let all these faculties of ours bear witness for us and not against us. I mean, I mean, then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how he is able to take away
salutely everything he is able he can take away the sight. He can take away the ears. Nobody can bring it back
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What's up powerful verse, Allah says, Take a look, if Allah decides to take away the faculty of hearing the faculty of sight and to seal your hearts to close your hearts, who besides Allah can bring that back to you? Allah says no one nobody at all. Even everybody all the kuffaar and the muslimeen and everyone on earth will admit that it's Allah subhanho wa Taala alone who can bring that back.
And after that Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the story of Ibrahim alayhi salaatu wa Salaam with his father as well, that he got up and he questioned his father, oh my father, what are you doing? What are you doing? Why are you doing this? And Allah subhanho wa Taala says that the Father answered Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam continued questioning, the father knew that what he was doing was wrong, and he kicked his son out of the home. From this, we learned the lesson. Sometimes when people decide to choose the correct religion, they are persecuted. They are kicked out of their own homes by their own families. Don't let that lead you astray or don't let that deter you from the
truth. Because it has happened to those better than myself and ourselves. Sometimes when a young girl in our own homes wants to put on a scarf. The mother says stop dressing like a nun, Allah protect us. Imagine deterrence from your own parents. A young boy wants to grow his beard and the father says Hey, stop looking like terrorists. Allah protect us. What is this? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us one law he these are statements that we get young people telling us that look, check. This is what people are saying, look, and this is what my mother is saying let them develop in their spirituality. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us all.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks right to the end about how important it is. At the end of the verses we read tonight, how important it is for us not to mock and joke about anyone else's religion or beliefs no matter what. No matter what, if they draw cartoons about us. We never draw cartoons about them never, ever, even if they worship stones and sticks, no problem, we will not mock and joke about their belief. We are concerned about what we are doing. Why? for a simple reason. If we begin to mock and joke about their Bible or about the sticks and stones that are being worshipped and so on, it will result in them mocking and joking about us. And we would be the cause of it. So
indirectly, we would be responsible, but if they do it on their own, we are not responsible. They are responsible, they will face the wrath of the of Allah subhanho wa Taala This is why Allah says Allah de su bernadina una mujer. Do Nila if I assume Bula
Be ye reading? Don't ever mock swear at or joke about those who are worshipping Gods besides Allah subhanho wa Taala because they may then do the same with Allah subhanho wa Taala as a result, and we would be guilty. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to respect ourselves and May He grant us the ability to respect one another. And May He grant us the ability to promote this Deen in a positive manner, not in a negative manner. May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us the ability to respect every human being and have hope in our hearts that one day This person will get guidance. Remember no matter how astray a person is, if we make dua for them and we try it is in allows hands
to turn that heart Allahumma mckinleyville kulu kulu bana Allah de Nicola, the one who turns the hearts the one in supreme control of the hearts grant our hearts turning towards the dean and not away from it. Until we meet again was Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah humblebee mdq Chateau La Ilaha Illa and sinister hirokawa tubers