Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2010
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Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa sallahu wa salam O Allah Allah.
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all praises indeed you to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless him and bless every single one of us, and to grant us goodness, Allah subhanho wa Taala is the owner of knowledge we asked him saying, Yeah, Allah grant has knowledge that is beneficial and benefit us from the knowledge that you have granted us. Take a look at the Christian sometimes they will attend their church services for three to four to five hours, sometimes 234 times a week, throughout the year. And yet Subhanallah we have something much greater are we prepared to sacrifice just for some moments of handler and a lot of
our sacrifices happened to be seasonal because Ramadan is not every month of the year. It is only one month of the year and that is a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala Imagine if Ramadan happened to be more than a month.
One wonders why Allah subhanho wa Taala kept it only one month. I would like to think that one of the reasons would also be to keep us on that high. Because if it becomes too long, I think we would lose the value of it. When people go for Hajj it is just five days Imagine if Hajj was one whole year. If every one of us had to go and live in Mecca and Medina for a whole year, possibly we might lose the respect of the place. This is why these short powerful doses are far more effective and this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us such blessings. The Night of Power or decree known as les electronica is just a single night. Imagine if it happened to be so many nights people would
become lazy, and people would probably not even have the courage to want to go and worship Allah subhanho wa Taala throughout the whole night from the last 10 nights of Ramadan because they would think well look, I have another opportunity and another one and another one. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us acceptance.
This evening, we read very beautiful verses of the Quran where Allah subhanho wa Taala has explained many, many issues. Obviously, we are only going to select a few. We need to understand that the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala was selected by Allah, He chose the best, the best of the best. And he sent them to mankind. So when he sent the prophets, they will always exemplary unlike what we find in the Old Testament that the Christians have in their hands right now and the other testaments that they have, where they claim that the Prophet Lord had committed so many sins and David and Solomon had committed so many crimes and so on. In Islam, we don't believe in all that to us that is
blasphemy. That would and Sulaiman David and Solomon we say May peace be upon them, loot a lot we say May peace be upon him. They were people who are protected by Allah subhanho wa Taala. They were the best they did not engage in sin, as it is claimed by others. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding one of the means of training for the prophets was that they were all shepherds listen to the Hadith mermin been illawarra Al Anam. There was no Nabhi no prophet, no messenger, except that we made them shepherds initially. So why were they shepherds, some of them who had been explained that Allah trained them before they came to human beings with animals, to say that if you
are going to be a shepherd, your sheep do not have brains, your sheep might have a little bit of sense, but not common sense as we know, and to work on animals is far more difficult. So Allah subhanho wa Taala trained them so they would be more patient. When one sheep goes away or a stray from the flock, the shepherd cannot sleep until he brings it back. So then when Allah subhanho wa Taala sent them to mankind, and Allah instructed them to go and inform mankind the job was much easier, the task was much easier, but we find mankind with the sophisticated brain that he has still rejected the message of the messengers who were in front of them will admit him or shamika him,
which means in their own flesh, they were in front of the people, instructing them what to do, but still you find people turning away. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala makers from those who believe in the unseen we believe in the messengers we accept and adopt the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us understanding Allah says, or katha Lee
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all the messengers, for all the messengers, they were devils who harassed them. These devils were two types, the devils of mankind and the devils of jinn kind.
And in the verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the devils of mankind, before the devil's of jinn kind because sometimes we cannot pick up that this person is actually a devil. And they are more detrimental more dangerous. And this shows us that we need to be careful whom we mix with whom we befriend whom we allow to have an impact upon us. They should not be devils May Allah protect us all.
And in the verse I just read before you Allah says in every community, we have the hottie who plan mischief and evil Allah says, We have them there for a reason. As we mentioned last night, it's a test of Allah subhanho wa Taala the haughty they will always be problematic people who create disaster, the question I need to ask myself and you need to ask yourself the same question is it us who are causing a problem? If it is, let us inshallah eradicate that problem and let's not be a disaster for the rest of the community. Remember, we should create ease for others. Whoever creates his father's allow will create ease for them.
When you help a sick person, Allah will create someone who will assist you if at all, he makes you sick.
If you assist someone cross the road the day they need it, the day you are in need an angel will come down to help you believe me. So panela so we need to understand this and we need to realize it, we will all be and we are in need. Allah subhanho wa Taala fulfills that need sometimes via people via angels also in the form of people in the same way that they are devils in the form of mankind. They are also angelic people from amongst mankind May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from the latter, I mean,
so Allah subhanho wa Taala after that speaks about what is halal and haram and the slaughter, the slaughter of animals and the fact that we are only allowed to eat that which the name of Allah has been mentioned upon when slaughtering, if it was not, do not eat. Sometimes people say look, you know, the food of the People of the Book, we are allowed to eat it. Well, there are conditions. If those conditions are met, it may be permissible nowadays, those conditions are not met. When muslimeen tell you something is halal. Sometimes they themselves don't know it's halal. Now in the United States of America, if you have relatives there, you may ask them. There are people who claim
to be muslimeen who say that for as long as it's not pork you can eat for as long as it's not a dead animal you can eat so if they see chicken, they call it halaal not realizing that halaal is made up of two things, one is whether the animal is edible or not. And the second is whether it was slaughtered properly or not. So now they are using a new term in the United States halaal the beha which means it is slaughtered in a halal manner. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us We are so fortunate, we have Allah in our midst who do that job for us May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us the strength to support them, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant them also the strength to
fulfill their job in a proper manner. I mean, so Allah subhanho wa Taala after making mention of that, and this is obviously because it is Surah Al Anam where the cattle are mentioned and Allah is saying what you are allowed to eat what you are not allowed to eat. There is quite a bit of detail there. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says
there is a list of items that are prohibited, prohibited. And he mentioned parts of these items in sequence in a single verse.
And that verse happens to also be here in Surah Al Anam it is repeated elsewhere in the Quran with a little bit of different detail but Allah says here hola agito faema Li Mo Hara Rahman Allah Otto me
Illa say O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tell them that from what is revealed to me we don't find anything prohibited to consume except the following. Then he makes mentioned Allah makes mention of a list Subhana Allah to Allah, the dead animal and the finzi which is the flesh of pig and so on that which has not been slaughtered properly and the blood and what have you quite a list. Now the idea here is things are halal for us unless they are declared haram by Allah subhanho wa Taala because in the Quran, Allah says in Surah Al Baqarah, who will follow follow
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Allah has created whatever is on this earth for you, except those items obviously that he has. He has prohibited and those are a few items. If you look at what is permissible, so much more is permissible than what is prohibited. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to make us thankful. And really we need to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter, there is another list of items that are prohibited from non edibles like committing Schick, like killing a child what they used to do in the pagan days, when they were informed of a female child they used to get upset. A law prohibits that you're not allowed to get upset you have a female child, you have a male child, you have both you
have no children. You need to thank Allah don't ever become upset. Allah subhanho wa Taala knows why he has done that to you. Sometimes he is using you for something greater. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of why he revealed the Book. And he calls the book, The Blessed book, why he reviewed the book The other day, we heard a verse, Allah says in order for us to understand it, in order for us to ponder over its verses listen to what he says in the verses of Surah Al Anam waha kita buen
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Allah says so follow this book and be conscious of Allah so that you may achieve Rama which is the mercy of Allah. So if I would like the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala I need to have two qualities according to this verse. One is to follow the message of the book to follow the deen remember the book itself it does not mean we don't believe in the Hadith. No we do. When you follow the Quran, it leads you to the Sunnah. And when you follow the Quran and the Sunnah, it leads you to jurisprudence, it definitely does. It leads you to the entire Sharia, if you follow it correctly. So Allah says, you follow the Sharia number one and number two is you have consciousness of Allah
within you and you will achieve Rama which means the mercy of Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala Be merciful upon us all and May Allah subhanho wa Taala show His mercy upon us.
This is why in one of the verses of Surah Al Anam towards the end, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how a person's deeds will mount will be multi will be multiplied if they have done good or on condition. And here is the condition Let's listen to it.
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Allah uses the word whoever comes with a good deed that good deed shall be multiplied by 10. And whoever comes with a bad deed, that bad deed won't be multiplied because Allah does not oppress Subhanallah you come with a bad deed. Allah says, I won't multiply that I will consider it a bad deed. But you come with a good deed Allah says I will multiply it what is the condition? The condition is in the word coming. You come with the deed How do you come with the deed? You have done the deed right now we have read Salatu tarawih Mela accepted from us. So one is you do the deed. But how do we come with the deed? ally speaking of the Delta Yama look after your deed now that you've
done it, protect it, keep it with you and bring it on the day of the AMA, it is 10 times more difficult to look after your deed than to just do it. It's easy to give a charity but it's 10 times more difficult to look after that charity. That is why Allah says if you still come on the day of the Yama without having given that deed to someone else because you wronged them, you cheated them you back Bishop you back, meaning you you had back bitten about them and you had stolen their wealth or you spread the rumor about them and so on. You would give your deeds away to them for as long as you haven't done that and you have protected your deeds and you bring them Allah subhanho wa Taala
will congratulate you by multiplying it by 10 and this is mentioned in my article Quran We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala really to grant us the ability not only to do the deeds, but to look after the deeds This is why there is a powerful Hadith known is known as a default Muslims were the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asks his companions at the Drona manual mufflers, do you know who is the bankruptcy person and the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu responded obviously that the one who doesn't have
Money The one who doesn't have the ramen dinner, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam corrected them and said a bankrupt person is the one who has a lot of Salah next to his name too much, a lot of Zakah and charities and a lot of good deeds next to his name. But when he comes on the day of Yama standing with all the good deeds, he has cheated this one, he has deceived this one, he has stolen the wealth of that one, he has done this against that one. So you find his Salah goes to that one, the other portion of his Salah goes to the other one, he Zakah goes to that one, his Hajj goes to the other one. And then there's still a long line of people waiting and this man's good
deeds are over May Allah protect us, then the bad deeds of those people come and they are taken. So the Zener committed by that man comes on to him. And this robbery committed by the other man comes on to him and the rumors, spreading and backbiting committed by the other man comes on to him and then what happens he is thrown into jahannam yet he came with so many good deeds. This brings about the understanding of the verse I have read that if you come with your good deeds, that is when you are a winner not only if you do it now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding
these are the powerful verses of the Quran. No loopholes in the Sharia. where people can claim that we are Mussolini's we are people who give a lot of Zakah and then they forget that there is another side to the coin. How are you treating fellow Muslims and other human beings? are you treating them fairly?
In the next tour Allah subhanho wa Taala has named the total RF and RF is a wall which has a high position here in the surah between Jenna and Jana It is reported that they will be a place where people will be parked upon people will be sitting upon and those people will be neither this way you know that way watching the people going here and going there and finally Allah will grant them Jenna. Finally Allah will grant them gender inshallah. But because of that Allah has named this surah to Allah and in Surah Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the story of Adam alayhi salatu salam inshallah, I will go through it on another occasion.
And in the same surah Allah Subhana Allah Allah speaks about how important it is to dress appropriately when you are coming to the masjid to the houses of Allah subhanho wa Taala imagine Allah is instructing us to dress appropriately, when you are about to put your head on the ground for the sake of Allah dressed nicely, properly, possibly, you know, make sure that you are presentable. Today when we have a meeting with someone important, what do we do we dress up a little bit at least you know presumptively, sometimes if it's someone extremely important, we might even buy ourselves a new pair of clothing and so on. But sometimes we are guilty when we go to the masjid
Mashallah, what happens? I don't want to mention We ask Allah Subhana Allah to make us presentable, Mashallah. All the brothers here look very presentable. May Allah Subhana, Allah Allah grant us the ability to always be proud of the fact that we are standing in front of him and he has granted as acceptance to do that. And whenever we stand in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala make sure we are dressed smart and meet for the pleasure of Allah to show Allah not to show anybody else. So Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions that also in these verses thereafter, and I'd like to spend a few moments with this. The people of Jana and Jana will have a discussion.
As I mentioned yesterday, I think it was that Allah subhanho wa Taala uses the past tense to refer to the future. One of the reasons is, because for him, there is nothing like a tense, I said, time is a creature of Allah subhanho wa Taala he created time. So for Allah, there is no present tense, past tense, future tense, it is time, that creature will come to a halt, it will come to an end, they will be nothing known as time in the era. No, if I were to meet you 15 billion years down the line in Jana, and I were to ask you how much time has gone by you won't even be able to answer the question. And if we are fortunate to know 15 billion, and I want to ask you how much time is
remaining? The answer would be Don't you remember moments ago Allah subhanho wa Taala took death in the form of of a little sheep or a little animal and slaughtered it and told us llamada De Leon, there is no death after this death is gone. There's no more death, which means time is out. It's gone. You don't age at all in gender, you don't age. So it's something that we may not be able to understand. But Allah subhanho wa Taala for him, it is obviously not impossible, everything is possible. And this is the creature of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So he uses the term one.
Nada is the past tense in the Arabic language. He says the people of Jannah the people of Paradise called out to the people of hell. Listen to the question
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the people of general cold out to the people of jahannam past tense is used the law says the people of Paradise asked the people of hell saying we found what our Lord had promised us to be true. He told us if you do good deeds, and if you read your Salah, and if you
abstain from foul language and if you abstained from sin and so on, you will get heaven you will get goodness we found it to be true. But the question is, did you people find what he promised you to be true as well? Because we remember when we were in the dunya us you used to enjoy saying there is no life after death and you used to do whatever you wanted. Did you find it to be true? And they will answer saying no. Which means yes, we found it to be true. Now law protect us. Then a caller will call out a law to law. Hiya. Lavalle mean me the curse of Allah be upon the oppressors. Allah subhanho wa Taala never ever make us from amongst the oppressors.
and thereafter, after a few verses Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the other question, what is the other question? The people of hell will call out to the people of heaven. And Allah says on
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because in general, whatever you want, you get if you want you can, but there is something prohibited What is it? Allah says
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Allah has made it prohibited upon the disbelievers. What are those two items you are asking for water or any liquid totally prohibited for the disbelievers? Who are the disbelievers. Listen to the description. Allah says, Allah viene de kado Gina whom la who Oh Allah Eva, those who considered their religion and amusement and the past time,
those who consider their religion and amusement a pastime, those are the ones who will be prohibited from the water.
Well, urato hyah, dunia those who are deceived by this life of the earth. Those who are deceived by the dunya they are the ones on the day of judgment and in the era, they will not be allowed to receive anybody's mercy. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all.
Obviously, this is the warning. And Allah says, finally a woman
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on this day, we have forgotten them or we will forget them in the same way that they forgot this particular day. And in another verse, Allah says in the same way they forgot us. When they forgot us, we will forget them this day called scream, do what you want, we won't answer. And I want to end on this note in sha Allah making mention of the call of Allah.
As we said, moments ago, the kuffar when they call out for whatever goodness, they are in desperate need of they won't get it. Why? Because in the dunya, when Allah called, they did not respond, what's the call of Allah?
We are Muslim and we need to know the call of Allah one is calling us towards the man that is there Mashallah. We have it in sha Allah and
At the same time, there is a call for your five daily prayers. Allah is asking you, you are healthy, you are fine, you are well, nothing wrong with you or me. And Allah saying five prayers a day. I was calculating it the other day, if you have to read the bare minimum, it won't take you more than 24 minutes in 24 hours, Allah is asking you for 24 minutes in 24 hours. And when Allah calls out to us, asking us to fulfill our Salah, what happens? He doesn't need us, we need it more than him. In fact, he doesn't need it at all. So it would be wrong for us to say more than anyone. He doesn't need it. We need it. He when he calls out to us. We don't even want to respond who wants to get a facade when
you're on an ordinary day? A lot of people don't? Who wants to dress appropriately when Allah calls out and says, dress appropriately cover your hair? We say no, I'm still too young man. Let's enjoy the world. I don't have any pains on my knees yet. Why should I cover my hair? So then on the in the era when we say Allah give us a bit of water he'll say well, when I called you You didn't listen. Now you want to call me forget? forget Allah protect. So
the same applies bad mouthing, rumor spreading all these things are prohibited. Allah called out to us already saying stay away from these things. Are we going to answer the call? If we answer the call while law he we stand the chance when we call on the day we need whatever we need, we stand the chance for that being given to us in terms of goodness. But if we don't answer the call, what do we expect here? We've heard the verse. It is a serious verse. And I am calling on myself and yourselves really to make drastic and dramatic changes to our lives to become good people.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to fulfill our Salah to give out Zakah to give our charities to fulfill our taraweeh in order to fast in the month of Ramadan to be good people who have good mouths to be able to spread good stories about others and not bad ones to be able to abstain from gossip and slander to be able to stop deceiving people to have inshallah upright business ethics We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to give us every form of blessing in this way inshallah when we need and we definitely are in need when we need on the day of piano as well. Allah subhanho wa Taala will say this is my wish for you is entry into Jenna through the green route no
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