Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2010
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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Eva De La Nina stuff our bad. All praise is due 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 to bless all his companions and every single one of us to come up to the day of the AMA. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to grant us all cure from the sicknesses that we have, and to have mercy on all those who passed away. May Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors for us in terms of goodness, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from shavon at all times. I mean, on the ruler, my beloved brothers and dearest
listeners this evening, as you notice, we thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for testing us with a little bit of a throat infection. And that is a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala it's a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala definitely, and we praise Allah on every condition. What it does to us is it makes us raise our hands with a different level of sincerity to Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant or to ask him to grant a secure, this is why sickness itself is a gift from Allah. It brings me closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala understanding and realizing that it is Allah who is the owner of cure, I mean,
I don't know where the throat is actually gone right now everything seems to be in order and hamdulillah.
In the verses we read last night, if you recall, we had made mention of surah Yusuf and we took a little bit of time in that surah because it would be inappropriate for us to have broken it into some pieces. This evening, I want to go through a few verses that we had mentioned last night and then go on to verses that we spoke about, or that we recited this evening. Allah subhanho wa Taala in Surah Torah speaks about the thunder and the lightning. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says he shows us this lightning and the boat.
It brings two things. It brings fear and it brings hope. Amazing the same thing brings about fear and hope in the heart of a true believer. Fear in that it may destroy and hope in that now there is rain that is going to come for the crop Subhana Allah, this also is the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala and he says, Do not underestimate the sound of that thunder. It is declaring the praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If we pause for a moment, we would realize that lightning and thunder only occurs upon the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So naturally, if Allah commands us to fulfill salah and we do it immediately, we would be declaring his praise to one of the highest
degrees. So when Allah instructs the lightning and the thunder, it is declaring by obeying the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala the praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of this in that Surah Surah Surah then he speaks about how we as momineen should be achieving the comfort of the soul and the heart by remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala and declaring his praise as well.
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own Oh, Allah speaks of the comfort of the heart, the peace and serenity within the heart. Allah says those who believe how do they achieve the peace of the heart, through the remembrance of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala includes verbal remembrance, we say Subhana Allah hamdu Lillah Allahu Akbar, that is included, obviously. But over and above that a bigger way of remembrance of Allah is to obey His instructions and abstained from his prohibitions. That is a bigger way of remembrance of Allah. Allah says when a person commits a deed of immortality, and then they remember Allah speaking about remembrance, the Kuru law, the Kerala
festival, farolito beam and that remembrance makes them seek forgiveness. Allah says he will forgive such people. That is a sign of a good moment when he remembers Allah. So let's understand the meaning of the term remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It includes even sitting and listening to a talk like this, which includes the laws of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the rules, the do's and the don'ts. And also the remembrance interest be had this Japan Allah hamdu Lillah, Allahu Akbar Allah Allah, Allah Allah, that to is the remembrance of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, may Allah make us achieve that comfort of the heart and the
cleansing of the heart And may Allah improve the conditions of our hearts through his remembrance, I mean, then Allah subhanho wa Taala in the next show which is Surah him, he says why he revealed the Book. There are so many different verses in the Quran mentioning various reasons why Allah has revealed the rock, very simple in the opening verses of surah Ibrahim, Allah says, He tabun
Elijah lytic region mean of Guru Mattila de the book we have revealed to you all Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to remove people from the darkness into the light, which means if we are to follow the Quran and the Sunnah and the Sharia, it will remove us from the darkness to the light. And this is why if a person would like to know whether they are in darkness or light, they only need to check their deeds, if their deeds are conforming to what Allah has revealed they are in the light, even if their life seems to be in darkness, but they are in the light. And if they seem to be very happy and enjoying life, but they are against the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala they are in darkness.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all a deep understanding. And Allah speaks about shape on on the day of the AMA will address those whom he succeeded in deceiving Allah shaitan Allah shaitan will say, remember the past tense is used, but it's going to happen.
In Allah Hawa Kumar they'll have
to come fast enough to come shaitan will say, Allah promised you a true promise I promised you but I was only joking. I promised you but I was false. And I promised you and I broke that promise. And I didn't have any authority over you. Why didn't you obey the command of Allah? That's what shaitaan will say disassociating himself, even from those who followed him, so Panama, this is why those who follow shavon will get nowhere May Allah Subhana Allah protect us from shape and
then Allah subhanho wa Taala says in Surah tonale as well as
in Surat Ibrahim, there is the same verse repeating itself Allah says, what to do, Mata la de la sua. If you are going to try and count the gifts of Allah upon you, you will never be able to do that. You won't be able to circumscribe them to write them all on one sheet or even to try and jot them down. No matter how many sheets you have, you will never be able to stop counting the gifts of Allah upon you. And this itself is a gift to be able to ponder over the gifts is a gift. This is why Allah says the true believers are those who constantly ponder over the gifts of Allah upon them.
And in the Quran, Allah says in the verses we read last night, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, if you are going to be thankful, I will grant you increase. But if you are going to be ungrateful, my punishment may overtake you may Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. It's important we realize so many gifts we have so many gifts, we have countless gifts of Allah subhanho wa Taala. If we are thankful to Allah for that, by obeying His commands in sha Allah, He will grant us increase and if we are not going to be thankful, then definitely we would be asking for the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala May he not do that to us. And one of the last verses of surah Ibrahim, Allah
subhanho wa Taala addresses all of us telling us that don't think that we are oblivious of what the oppressors are doing. We are giving them a little bit of time, respect some time, and after that we will punish them severely, while at the Sorbonne Allah ha ha feelin
mellow Bali moon, don't ever think that Allah is oblivious regarding what the oppressors are doing. And this address is for Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the lesson is for all of us, because sometimes they are oppressors. It seems to us that they are getting away with that operation. Allah says no, they weren't. We know we are watching. We are in total control. We are allowing them to do certain things for certain reasons.
Like for example, those who have been martyred in the Battle of Bedell, had it not been for the enemy to have come out to them and to have oppressed and to have engaged in war with them. Where are they going to be martyrs. So in the Battle of Babel, at the time of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. It was a gift for for those who were martyred, that others came out to tackle them Allah Subhana Allah to Allah grant us protection, and may grant us peace and stability and security. At the same time. It was a form of punishment for those who came out. And from this we learn that they can be one action or one deed
From one angle, it may be a punishment and from the other angle, it may be a gift. Let me give you an occurrence, for example, that has both aspects to it when we have a huge disaster on the globe, say for example, the earthquake that occurred
anywhere on the globe, an earthquake that occurred, say, for example, in Iran, or the tsunami that affected the people in Indonesia. For those who died whilst engaging in Salah, it was a means of entry into Jenna for those who died whilst in the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It was a means of earning the higher ranks that Allah had promised them. But for those who died in the nightclubs, it was a means of punishment. So nobody can say that the disaster in Pakistan right now is a punishment of Allah and nobody can say that it is a gift of Allah. But for some it is a gift. And for some, it is a test and for some it is a punishment. So it all depends on the condition of
the heart once again, this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala instructs us and he informs us in the same Quran.
If you would like to take a look at the condition of the heart of a movement, it is always on what is known as nirn. It is calm because it is content. The sign of happiness of Allah is when you yourself are content, Allah is pleased with you inshallah. But when a person is not content, then there is a sign that something is wrong. A true believer will never be depressed. But always a true believer will find contentment in the heart by pleasing Allah upon all conditions that Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deeper understanding. In the verses we read this evening, a powerful verse, and it's a verse to encourage every one of us to memorize the Quran.
And to encourage those who have commenced memorizing the Quran never to give up Allah says in
Surah one in Allahu Allah have ivone We have revealed this Quran and we will protect it. So naturally, if we take a look at the meaning of it, we understand it if Allah revealed the Book, he will protect it. There is the vicar here does not refer to the book or the writing in it, but it refers to the message, that whole message of the Quran. So if Allah subhanho wa Taala is going to protect the book, we should understand there is a deeper meaning to this.
If I make an effort to learn verses of the Quran, because I have verses of the Quran in my heart, Allah has promised he will protect the Quran that is within me so naturally I need to be protected I will be protected by Allah subhanho wa Taala. The same applies to every one of us. This is why when a young child has memorized the Quran, a lot of people say this person
has memorized the Quran. This person is looking after the Quran. The truth is the Quran is looking after him. Lo Akbar the Quran is looking after him. The Quran if we are to read it correctly, and we are trying if we try our best to adopt its rules and to abstain from its prohibitions, naturally, we will be from amongst the chosen ones of Allah subhanho wa Taala
Allah Dina whom Allah He was a subtle Hadees makes mention of the people of the Quran, those who are very close to Allah subhanho wa Taala the people of Allah subhanho wa Taala and this does not mean the Sunnah is any insignificant no ways the Sunnah the Koran will lead us to the sooner if we adopt the Quran correctly. Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a true understanding of the Sharia. So it's important that every one of us makes an effort to memorize the Quran. And when you are trying to memorize the Quran, the shaitaan will come to you several times telling you give up give up because he knows this is the biggest gift you can have.
He knows this is the biggest gift you can have some narrations make mention of how a certain crown will be placed on the head of the parents of those who have memorized the Quran. The question I have is if that is the case, what about the person himself or herself?
When the ration says that if a person has memorized the Quran correctly, they will qualify to take over 10 members of the extended family who was supposed to go into jahannam into general. The question I have is so what about that person himself or herself so panela imagine where that status is. And this is why it's important whenever you read the Quran, take your time and read it correctly as correctly as possible never rush when it comes to the recitation of the Quran. The reason is on the day of the Yama, Allah subhanho wa Taala will call out the caller will call. Allah says you call Lisa. He will call
On a person who has the Quran with him, Allah subhanho wa Taala will say Accra word Sati. Read and as you are reading go up the first mistake you make you stop. I'm sure we've heard this already. But that mistake will not be connected to your memory. It will be connected to your deeds. If you come to the first page Allah says Allah Vina Yuki Muna salata Allah via those who fulfill their Salah if we did not fulfill our Salah we get stuck there. May Allah not do that to us. So this is why it's not a joke. But over and above that Allah will say read similar to your recitation in the dunya. That is what is of importance. Those who used to rush through the Quran, it will be an embarrassment
for them on the on the day of the AMA, they won't be able to recite in any other way, besides the way they used to recite. Don't ever feel ashamed of beautifying your voice. When it comes to recitation of the Quran between you and Allah. That is how you will be able to recite on the day of the AMA.
And this is a direct encouragement for the whole fall. Don't rush in your recitation no matter what happens. If there is nobody in the masjid behind you. Because your tarawih takes so long, no problem Allah is with you la Akbar. On the day of tiama they will see why you did what you did. May Allah Subhana Allah grant us a true lesson. We don't compromise the words of the Quran. I had a brother who told me that you know, in sujood we are a little bit quick and inshallah we are a little bit slow. What is the reason and I said there is a clear cut reason for that. When it comes to Salah there are certain things that are for certain things that are sooner, certain things that are
nothing certain things that are Haram, they will break your Salah. There is no ways that we can compromise the recitation of the Quran never ever that is haram it will break your Salah. You don't ever compromise the recitation. But the forest when it comes to Riku and sujood, might be one of the Subhana biella themes. And Alas, though the Sunnah, maybe three and five, we try our best to adopt the three and the five. But it is better to shorten the sujood than to hasten the recitation and that is clear for anyone who has a brain. Ideally, it is better to lengthen both. But when we have people who look at their clocks, every few minutes, we have a problem. What should we compromise the
forest for something that is of a lesser degree but also important? May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us take our time when it comes to Salah even in the sujood May Allah subhanahu wa taala make all of us more conscious so that we can say Subhana Allah at least five times before we get up in a nice manner that we can understand.
I mean, so this is the Quran, the power of the book, and this is the word of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and Allah subhanho wa Taala after that makes mention of the story of shaitaan and how shaitaan had a discussion with Allah subhanho wa Taala and promised him that he would lead men astray. We've spoken about that story a few nights back, then Allah says he has prepared for the McKeen Jenna, those who are conscious of Allah, he has prepared for them gender and gender is obviously something that is described in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam so beautifully, Fie her mala, mala Odin semi as well as satara Allah kalbi Bashar, in Jana, they will be those things or the
things of Jenna How will they be and what will they be? They will be that which no eye has ever seen. So, if your eye has seen something magnificent, generalize better.
That which no ear has ever heard, two things are mentioned this, if your ear has heard anything, so in general is better. And if your ear has heard the description of anything in general is better.
When Allah says in that Hadith it is narrated to us and obviously it comes the source of It is Allah subhanho wa Taala that no heart of any man no thought or no imagination of men who'd have ever been able to think of anything that is in Jannah This means Close your eyes and imagine the the most magnificent of unbelievable items in generalize better Subhanallah
That is why let us get there first, then inshallah we will be able to be in a better position to describe exactly what is there now Allah subhanho wa Taala take us all to Jenna. In the same way he's gathered us here beautiful numbers this evening. Mashallah many he gathered us in general.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks at the end of suitable agent about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and this also is a very, very powerful verse. Allah says O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we know we know that the utterance
Have the kuffaar against you. The rumor is they are spreading the statements they are making. They are tightening your chests. We know that. While a Kadena Alamo, Anika de casa de Luca de Maya kulu O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we know that your chest is tightening because of their statements, what are their statements? Very dangerous statements The first thing they accused him of being a womanizer if you want women are Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam will give you the most purity and most beautiful of all our women. He said no. Then they accused him of being a person who was after money. If you want money, we will make you the richest from amongst us. No.
Then they accused him of being after power and leadership. If you want power, we make you our king. He said no. And he said the famous statement if you put the sun in my right hand in the moon in my left, and you asked me to give up what I am uttering it will not happen. Subhana Allah, they accused him of being a person involved in witchcraft, Allah protect us all. They accused him of being a poet. They accused him of being a cheat, and he knew he was robbed. He was sent by Rabbul aalameen. Imagine how he felt Allah says he tightened his chest. Now tightening of the chest. How do we describe it nowadays? If you go to the doctor, and you say my chest is feeling very tight, first
thing he will do just your blood, your blood is config. There is probably cholesterol you may be suffering an angina attack and so on. Subhan Allah,
Allah Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was given the solution Allah says, what should you do? Sabir behind the Arabic praise Allah on all conditions, thank Allah praise Him, never stress, nothing should bother you. Besides, if you have transgressed nothing should bother you if you are on the right side and the right page with Allah subhanho wa Taala nothing should bother you Alhamdulillah Allah Allah Allah,
Allah him in Halle Allah, we thank Allah on every condition, but we only seek the refuge of Allah from the condition of those who shall be cast in the fire.
So the first solution so behind the Arabic declare the praise of Allah subhanho wa Taala You're welcome Mina sir God and be from amongst those who prostrate.
Why? prostration today Masha Allah, we find ourselves feeling lazy to read Salah.
Whereas prostration itself has so much in terms of spiritual benefit as well as medical benefit.
That position of sujood is the only position that a human being can comfortably get into where the brain is lower than the heart. So what happens the oxygenated blood that is required by the brain in order to resolve the crisis of the whole body happens to be flowing through gravity and no longer through the the the pumping of your heart as much though the heart continues to pump, but it's much easier. This is why sometimes when we are not used to making sujood or when a person has a sickness, they feel a pulse in their heart in their head when they are in such depth. Because now the blood is gushing, the oxygenated blood is actually gushing to the brain. That is what is required Subhan
Allah when they try to make your blood thinner, for what reason so that it can pump around the whole body quite easily starting with the oxygenated blood going to the brain because that is the most important May Allah subhanahu Allah grant us lessons from even the medical aspects that will benefit us through salah and various other acts of worship. So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about that. The lesson is for all of us, we always need to thank Allah let us find ourselves in sujood whenever you think you have a problem, turn to Allah turn to Sala turn to the to record of salah and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala He is the one who will alleviate the suffering and grant you comfort me you
grant me, myself and yourselves the comfort that we are looking for. I mean, then Allah subhanho wa Taala in the next tool, which is suited to Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how important it is to ask those who have knowledge of the Scriptures. Those who have knowledge of the Koran, those who are given knowledge of the deen whenever you have a question regarding the deen, don't just arrive at your answer on your own. Ask those whom you trust their level of knowledge, asked him seek knowledge. Allah says Allah, Allah Vickery in kuntum, la talamona Bill bagina to azubu if you don't understand the revelation, ask those who have sound knowledge of it, and they will explain to you
may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who can utilize their Allah in our midst. And I constantly say, Allah has placed Allah MA in our localities
In our towns in our cities for a reason, and one of those reasons he is going to question as I placed an alum down the road from you, how did you benefit from him? We won't have any excuses if we haven't.
There were so many lessons in the masjid down the road from you, how many did you attend? Subhana Allah, what answer Are we going to have? And Allah subhanho wa Taala is definitely going to ask us because it is not a coincidence when Allah ma come to live in our area, and they happened we happen to be honored to have an alum as a neighbor Subhana Allah, it's not a coincidence. 20 years they will be with us after that. If we haven't benefited from them. Well Ah, here we are doomed. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala is going to ask us but I placed one of my friends right next to you, where were you? So hon Allah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding, no matter what
our occupation is, it is never ever difficult to get to the masjid and to attend the lessons and the lectures that we have there, it is not difficult. Sadly, we give preference to the juniors so much. And a few small distractions distract us from Allah and from the message and from those who are bearing that message such that we tend to disassociate ourselves even from Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding and may He always make us from those who are concerned about the knowledge we have, and may we be from amongst those who can learn more, as the days pass.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how on the day of piano,
every soul shall be defending itself. Listen to the description, powerful description. Yo Mata Ki, Luna
to jadie, one FC her on that day, every soul will come defending itself. Imagine you're in a court about to be executed, and you need to talk you need to say no, it wasn't like this. It was like that I am telling you. No, that's not how it was. Allah says every soul will be defending itself in every way they can imagine. May Allah Subhana Allah protect us and make it easy for us? Well, he the best bet that we have is to enter gentlemen, through the intercession of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, nothing will bother us Alhamdulillah
we ask Allah to grant us gender without his app. keytab no reckoning, no accounting, because we've learned that there are large chunks of people who will be chosen for that to happen May we be from amongst them.
This is why it's important to have a good heart. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked about Jenna, this is very important. He was asked by his companions or messenger of Allah, the people in heaven? What are the qualities that lead them to gain entry into heaven? What made them gain entry into gender? Is there anything that is in common? And he answered in the affirmative, he says, look, two things, the main qualities that has driven people into gender equality, Allah Subhana Allah, the consciousness of Allah number one, and good character and conduct number two, so the bulk of the people in general will be there because they had very good character and conduct and
they were conscious of Allah. This is why when a person does not have good character and conduct, they do not stand the chance to enter agenda easily. They don't. They don't. Why do we say this because part of taqwa is for you to have good character and conduct. Part of your consciousness of Allah is for you to have a method of speech how you address others how you treat others, the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu will be in paradise in the highest of ranks. Why? Because Allah describes them you Fiona Allah foresee him kana beam Hassan, they gave preference to others over themselves even when they were in dire need of what they were about to give away. Those were the companions with us
for the little lights we argue and we fight switch on switch off like little children, for for an air condition we fight we want it our way how are we going to get gender then Subhan Allah give it to them their way nobody must argue about it. Allahu Akbar, we want genma in return that his character that is the description of the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu
and this is something we need to learn sometimes the debate is over a small material item. Allah He as old as we are, we are not ready to budge Subhana Allah, Allah says display that character that is when you will achieve Jana. Remember if something will will take you to gender, it can be easy. It needs to come with lots of discipline.
Believe me, you need to, you need to swallow that anger extinguish it. That is what will make you have good character and conduct. The Hadith says, Allah. Allah Allah, Allah. Behold the commodity of Allah meaning Jenna is expensive, it's not cheap. It's not something you can just and unless obviously are fortunate, may Allah grant us that good fortune, but it's something you need to work for. You need to work towards Subhana Allah, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us entry into Jenna, this is why one of the last verses we read tonight, Allah says when you are calling even the non Muslims towards Islam, use the best approach or their own illa sabini or bakeable hikma call
towards Allah with lots of wisdom, lots of wisdom Subhan Allah and checked
and Allah says when you are explaining to them when you are debating with them, do it with utmost respect. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us good character and conduct. Really, it is a huge, huge topic. Every one of us has room for improvement.
Allah subhanho wa Taala benefit myself and yourselves in sha Allah until we meet again tomorrow on better conditions. salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato sallallahu wasallam ah Baraka la Vina Mohammed Subhana Allah Abraham these Anika llama