Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2010
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu lillahi wa kafa sallallahu wasallam ah Baraka Allah Abadi Latina 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 all his companions to bless every single one of us. I don't know if we realize that half of the recitation of the Quran is over. Just yesterday we will commencing the month of Ramadan. This month goes by so fast that those who think we will turn today tomorrow the month will be gone. We need to turn now. If we would like to please Allah subhanho wa Taala. And let's not leave it for tomorrow, we should do so immediately because there is no guarantee for even the next breath. And this is a sign of Allah subhanho wa
Taala who would know that half the taraweeh is already over. Now we've got the other half. Today we set at the peak and now we will be sliding down May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us acceptance and show that people do not get overly excited Allah has kept a whole season known as the last 10 nights of Ramadan where we go back up the mountain Sharla May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the acceptance. This evening we read surah to the SRA, also known as pseudo Israel in the entire surah in it Allah subhanho wa Taala commences by making mention of the journey by night of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam from Makkah to Makkah Rama tbaytel mark this and that is obviously in
Jerusalem. When Allah subhanho wa Taala took Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in person and in Seoul complete up into the heavens that is what we believe. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a lesson there from and Allah makes mention of the Subhana Allah to Allah and therefore he has called it surah Elisa. Then we also had part of surah Takahashi which is also a very powerful surah inshallah, we will go through some of the verses of both of these sutras. Firstly,
do we know that on the day of tiama when we arrive, each one of us will have our deeds tied in our next level?
Each one of us will have our deeds tied and our next
Allah says, What couldn't be
Iran moving on, okay. Every human being we would have tied their deeds on their necks and then we will take a book out their book, we will open it for them. And we will say to them, read your own book you can bear witness for or against your own self ikara kita back that's part of the verses read your own book. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Well, no credo Allah who Yama leukemia Mati kita,
Allah subhanho wa Taala says, we'll take that book out on the day of tiama. Opened completes and we will tell them, read your own book, you can bear witness against yourself, nothing to deny. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, and May He grant us all mercy. And that is the description that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of in this surah the last day, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding in fact, in another verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala says also Yeoman adaro Kula owners
EMA me him. On that day we shall call everyone with that mm. What is the meaning of the term Imam? The different move Assyrian have made mention of different narrations?
When I say Imam, and you say Mmm, we refer to the leader. So naturally, every one of us will be called by our leaders, who is our leader. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, there is a hadith to substantiate this the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said that on the day of the AMA, in fact, he says, they will be a newbie with many people. Then they will be another newbie with a few people. Then they will be another newbie with one or two people and then they will be some ambia was no people then there will be a newbie was a large crowd. Do you know who that is? The Sahaba of the Allahu anhu they responded, and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told him it is Moosa Allah is
salatu salam, then they will be another Nabhi with even a larger group and who will that be? That will be Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from that group. So Allah says, we will call everyone with their leaders. So that is one interpretation of it to say with their prophets, and we've substantiated it with a high
Then, there is another interpretation of the term leaders, leaders meaning the book, what book their book will be leading them. So, there will be people whose books will be driving them towards the right towards gender and people whose books will be driving them towards the left towards john, may Allah subhanho wa Taala makers from those whose books drive us to the right and who received the book on the right hand.
And there is a third interpretation of the term Eman, Eman meaning the people you got your religion from they will be there in order to lead you to wherever they are taking you to this is why it's very important to be careful on guru memento Luna Gina Come look from whom you are getting your religion. Be careful, don't let it be just anyone because they will leave you according to some narrations on the day of the Yama they will leave you So, if you decide that such and such a person is going to leave me here in the dunya in the akhira also they will lead you and naturally now if we take all three, one of them have a CD and says that we can combine all three of these
interpretations because we will be in the group with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and thereafter, we will be with the leaders who lead us to the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and thereafter we will also be led by our own books. So there is no conflict in the interpretations. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us really the ability to differentiate between those who are good leaders and those who are not. And may He make us from those who can follow that which is correct. May Allah subhanahu Allah grant us success on the day of piano. So in another verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the advice and a lot of calls them Allah achema the
pearls of wisdom in the Quran, Valley coming out ha la kerabu camino achema Allah says, These are the words that Allah has revealed to you from the wisdom from the student of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wisdom, what are these instructions, they are laid in order, and they are laid in a list. Allah subhanho wa Taala starts the list by saying don't engage in shirak. don't associate partners with a law. Then he says wakaba buka Allah Tambo Illa,
Allah has declared that none shall be worshipped about him. We're being Juanita in a Santa and you shall be good to your parents to parents, they shall be goodness, what is the meaning of goodness, we should respect them, we should fulfill their rights. If they instruct us to do that which is not prohibited, we will obey them. But whenever they instruct us to do that, which is incorrect or unacceptable with respect, we excuse ourselves and we head in another direction.
We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah is understanding after that. Allah says how important it is to make dua for your parents. And Oh Allah, these parents who looked after me when I was young, when we were helpless, had they left us we probably would have died we probably wouldn't have survived. And they looked after us. Yeah, Allah have mercy on them. today. I'm an old man, and I don't want to forget the virtue of my parents over me Subhan Allah, there was an incident where a men and this is reported to have been at the time of the Allahu anhu where a man came to him and said, Oh my
god, Allah Han. I'm looking after my mother, I do everything for her. I carry her and I actually do absolutely everything for her have I fulfilled her rights and Allah and highlighted the difference. He says, Look, she did the same thing for you. She carried you she cleansed you she bathed you she did absolutely everything. But the difference is when she did it, she prayed for your longest, healthiest life. And for you to live many many years. You are doing it in praying, when is this going to stop lo Akbar? Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding really, this is a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala. We need to look after our elderly parents through them we will receive
Jenna let me inform you of the Hadith which I mentioned at the beginning of Ramadan, where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was claiming the member and he said I mean thrice. One of them. The two hours made
destruction be upon the one who witnesses the month of Ramadan and doesn't achieve forgiveness. We spoke about that. The other one that was made destruction be upon the one who has the who has been given the opportunity to serve either one or both of his parents or hers in old age, and still they didn't receive gender as a result. So panela so this means
when when a person has been given the acceptance by Allah subhanho wa Taala to look after their parents, then they will find their parents in old age, unable to do certain things, sometimes needing your 24 hour attention. That is your agenda. That is your tailor made paradise that Allah subhanho wa Taala grant myself and yourself this agenda.
Every one of us It will be one major test.
In our lives one major test in our lives, that is the deciding factor of heaven and hell a lot of the times, so and this is something that Allah subhanho wa Taala puts into our lives in order to test us and mainly it is something that is not easy. It is not easy to pass as we mentioned, that Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how important it is
to abstain from adultery, to abstain from adultery, because adultery is a very heinous crime, it is a sin. And Allah says don't even go close to it, where Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all. And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how important it is to give wealth to your family members who are poor, and to the others who are poor, and consider it a privilege that you have been chosen to give someone. Many times when we give people we think we are doing them a favor
or law IE they are doing us a favor, imagine there will come a time when there will be no poor people, no one we will we give our soccer there will be nobody to give it to so here we should thank Allah Allah, you've kept certain people such that we can still fulfill this huge act of worship known as the car, give it with a whole heart, they will come when we might not be able to do that. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala accepted from us. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala also speaks about how important it is to strike a balance when spending and we've spoken about this in the past, where Allah says, Don't be very stingy and don't be wasteful, but strike the balance. Minh is the one whom
they spend where they are meant to spend. Sometimes you find the person where they are not meant to spend they spend lots of wealth and where they are meant to spend, they are stingy or they don't want to spend anything. No we as muslimeen we trade the middle path. Let's understand the best wealth you could have spent is on your duties and responsibilities your family members, your wife and children. And obviously here we are not talking of extravagance. But we are talking of to put a morsel of food into the mouths of those whom you are meant to be feeding is a charity. According to the Hadith of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam then Allah subhanho wa Taala also speaks about
how it is prohibited to kill your children because of fear of poverty, or not to have children because of fear of poverty. In the Sharia. We are not meant to be worried about wealth and money. Everyone comes with their own sustenance. Sometimes a poor man has 10 children, one of them turns out to be a millionaire had they only had two children, they might have lost that possibility. SubhanAllah and this is why if we are to bring up our children, there might be a little bit of sacrifice in the early years, but later on it will be only a blessing May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us well I have spoken to some who only have a few children in old age, they then scratch their
heads and they say I wish I could have just a few more you know now they all gone to school or they all got married or they all this and that we feeling very lonely, we wish we had a few more and so on Allah He will law he it is difficult because the time of giving birth and the gestation period and the time of looking after the children when they are all little and young. That is the sacrifice and this is why a mother who has given birth to children and has has had the patience and the sub Allah gives her in return Jenna, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant our mothers Jenna and the Sisters of this oma May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for them. This issue of childbirth and looking
after and bringing up the children and so on. Then Allah subhanahu wa taala also speaks about how important it is to fulfill our promise. Whenever we've made promises. This is all in order. These verses are all clustered together. Then Allah Subhana Allah says, even your business dealings don't shortchange people. Often Kayla meezan Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks our full Kayla is a killer. When you are waiting for a person who is your customer and client, make sure you do so properly.
The term Kyle might be used but it refers to your business dealings at large whenever you are dealing. Don't cheat people.
You give them stock which is outdated. You give them that which is correct. You have you sell them a car lying to them no defect when you know all the defects, no, the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam very clear for in sadaqa what the Yana Boudicca lahoma Phoebe Hema when a person is honest, when the two dealing parties are honest and open and clear about the commodities, they will be Baraka in the deal, but when they are lying and deceiving and cheating and covering, then Allah says more Baraka to be Hema, the Baraka of that deal is snatched away May Allah subhana wa Taala not do that to us. Then also Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us about utterances that come out of our
mouth or Alaska Performa is Erica be real, don't ever utter that which you do not have knowledge.
knowledge about whenever you open your mouth, bear in mind that Allah is going to question you about why you opened it in what you uttered. This is why it is better to remain silent when can you know Billahi min ash follicle hiren Alia Smith, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day must either utter words that are beneficial or remain silent. The reason is a person who believes in Allah and the Last Day knows that whatever I utter from my mouth, Allah is going to question me and cross question me Subhana Allah, imagine when we are in police custody, may Allah protect us and we are told you have the right to remain silent. We will not even say what our names are. Because we will
say see my lawyer Subhana Allah, I need my lawyer here. But with this when Allah says whatever you ask, they will be held against you in the court of Allah. We want to utter big, big words and rumor and slander and gossip and backbiting and what have you Where is our Eman? May Allah give us the opportunity to revisit and to introspect the condition that we are in.
So it is important never to utter a word. In fact, the Hadith explains to us that whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day will not involve in that which does not concern them. One narration is as follows mean Hosni Islam in Mali Taku melayani. A sign of a good Muslim is that they leave that which does not concern them. So even if it is true, but with that, which doesn't concern us forget about it, because what shaytan does, he makes us interested in that which does not concern us and forget about that which is glaring us in the face. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the opportunities to resolve our own matters, rather than falling headlong into the matters of others
without the sole solution of our own matters. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks also about how important it is to walk with a very humble, humble walk or in a humble manner, full of humility. When we walk on Earth, greet the others smile at them, show humility and humbleness while at Tempe, fill out the mirage. The word Mara, Allah says, Don't walk on this earth with arrogance and pride as though you want to reach the mountains in heights. You see people who put their noses up in the air and walk May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. Let us not even give the next person the feeling that we are arrogant, not even the feeling Let's learn to smile well ah II that smile is priceless.
Believe me, it is priceless, especially when Allah has blessed you with wealth. When Allah has blessed you with good looks when Allah has blessed you with lots of intellect and success in the dunya. And in the deen it is important that we realize that smile means a lot we break the ice with people, we now confirm that we are also just mere human beings like everybody else. If Allah once he can make us really from amongst those who lose everything may not do that to us.
So this is why it's important that when we walk we walk with utmost respect and humility. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala also warns us and instructs us about how important it is that when we speak, Think for a moment and choose the best words to say what you want to say, how many of us do this? It's a question. Listen to the verse, what will lead a baddie yaku Lahti, he is an O Messenger of Allah tell my worship is to utter the best when they want to utter the best words.
Obviously, there is a reasonable revelation of this verse. But the lesson is very clear. When you want to say something, there are many ways of saying it. Are you as a Muslim prepared to pause for a moment and think, what is the best way that I can utter what I want to say right now? You want to tell someone, you know, you making noise, for example. So how do you say you're making noise, there are more than five or 10 different ways of saying it. Sometimes you don't even have to utter it in public. If there is one person, you can go to them in privacy and tell them I heard a bit of a noise tomorrow, just check who it is. That's another way of telling them that you making a noise
Subhanallah you need to use wisdom and tact. That is how you will get the message across. But if you want to say so and so making noise. In fact, we write the names of the children on the board there who are making noise tomorrow, nobody will be here, the parents will also feel offended Allahu Akbar. So this is why it's important for us to realize and understand that truly, we need to choose the best way to speak. And let me inform you that charity begins at home with our wives and our husbands, our children, our parents, our brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts. It is an act of worship to think for a moment of the sweetest way to put across whatever you want to put across
Even if the food is burned beyond the ability, no problem you can put it across in the sweetest manner, that they will only have tears of love in their eyes. Subhana Allah, it's not impossible, and that is an act of worship and an instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala how many of us are ready to be good Muslims Subhan Allah. Look at how Islam governs absolutely every aspect of our lives. Here we are asking people, how many are ready to be good Muslims and we're talking about how we are speaking to our own wives and husbands and so on. May Allah make us conscious of this huge act of worship, I mean, then Allah subhanho wa Taala obviously, has made mention of so many other examples
in Surah Elisa, but we will move on to Soraka Soraka have I only want to mention the gist of the naming of the surah It is called the surah of the cave. Why the cave? Because there is a story of the people who sought refuge in the cave. Okay, there are many other stories in the same surah Why didn't Allah subhanho wa Taala name it after the other stories? Because to highlight the importance of the whole meta, let's read the story. Amazing. We will read the story and know it but what's the lesson we learn from it? Subhan Allah it has to do with your company, the good company and the bad company. They were a group of young men in whom 50 attune, Amano Bella beam, Allah subhanho wa Taala
describes them as young men who believed in Allah when they saw that the environment was detrimental for their Eman. It is reported that they did not know one another. They were in different places they were making to our to Allah, Allah, we want to be saved from the environment that is adverse that led them to go out into the mountains, in order to be saved from the adverse environments of their own society and community. When they went out to the mountains and they reclined in a cave, the one met the other and the third and the fourth, and the fifth and the sixth and the seventh and so on. So panela when they got together to discuss why they were there, they were there for one
purpose in order to be saved from the adverse environment. So they made the do what was the de la robina attina. Mila
Khurana Ye, Lana, mean, Marina, Russia, Oh Allah, we ask you to grant us mercy from you. Yeah, Allah and grant us in all our affairs guidance. Allah says as a result of that, we did one thing for them. What did we do for them? We blocked their ears for 309 years. For robina Allah.
Danny him Phil caffine. Nada. Allah says, we blocked their ears as a result of that.
That far would mean as a result of that. We blocked their ears. What does this mean? This means that what we hear can affect us in a very big way. So Hear No Evil, See No Evil. So panela. What we hear can affect us in a huge way. This is why it's important to be in the company of those whom even when they are lightheartedly speaking to you they do not utter nonsense, may Allah protect us they do not utter that which is detrimental to your Eman because this is what will lead us astray. We take things lightly, but Nay, they are they weigh very heavily in the scales that Allah subhanho wa Taala has.
So Allah says, we blocked their ears, we caused them to sleep for many, many years. We took them out of that environment. May Allah protect us. There is a verse that we read this evening as well in Surah, to the surah where Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the prohibition of music. And that is very important. Many people say why is this prohibition in the Quran? Well, there are two clear cut verses in the Quran. For those who know how to interpret the Quran, they will be able to understand it. Allah subhanho wa Taala in the address with shavon Allah says, What steps many stylepark Domino be so tick, let's stop there. Allah says, Oh shaytan you can leave them after shavon was threatening
Allah says you're them do what you want. You can do them with your voice, you can do them with everything else. And Allah speaks about the voice of shavon tell me what is the voice of shaytan the mufa Syrian are united in saying music and songs and musical instruments and all the other sounds and voices of shapes that lead us to that which is immoral and evil and sinful. That is what is meant by soul to shape on the sound of shape and when someone says the sound of shaitaan What is it? That sound that controls you when a person listens to music? It has a rhythm. It has a beat