Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2010
Salam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu lillahi wa sallahu wa salam o Baraka Allah.
All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us and to grant us goodness, I mean,
Allah beloved brothers and sisters, we commenced by asking Allah subhanho wa Taala to give us every reason to smile, for definitely smiling is an act of worship. The hadith of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and definitely that message is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. to smile is an act of charity. And that itself would mean that it helps us even psychologically, it assists us in every way. It helps break a lot of barriers, it puts us in a good mood, and believe me, it's contagious. Many times when I get up, I try it and I find most people smile back May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us this gift, simple item like smiling. We really make
our day miserable by ignoring this. And we can enliven and enlighten our day by engaging in such an act And just a reminder for everyone. When we engage in an act that is soon in Ramadan, we get a reward equivalent to having fulfilled is something that was obligatory so why not? May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us more conscious of this. This evening, we read two full Sutras, the first one known as surah, to ambia, the surah named after the prophets of Allah, why? Because in it, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the various prophets and how they were also in need, and they called out to Allah subhanho wa Taala when they were in need, so the lesson is for us as well when
we are in need, we obviously call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala the messengers did not lose hope, and they finally achieved whatever they were calling out to Allah for if we do not lose hope, believe me, we will achieve what Allah subhanho wa Taala has written for us inshallah, at times because we are weak, we asked for things that are detrimental for our very existence. So Allah keeps it away through His mercy.
This also we need to understand so Allah subhanho wa Taala in the opening verses of the surah makes mention of the fact that the world is coming to an end very fast. Did you know that we sitting here right now are the closest to kiama than anyone before us? Naturally, because those before us there was a bigger distance between them in the end of time. So Allah says
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The hour of reckoning has come so close to man yet man is moving away in oblivion or forgetful of this fact. The hour has come so close the hour of what he said. He said, meaning the accounting, the judgment has come so close. And this refers to two things. Firstly, we all know the end of time or the Day of Judgment. And secondly, as the narration of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he tells us that whosoever passes away, that is their little piano. It's a small piano, piano masura is when someone passes away a small piano because now your deeds are over. So so to speak, and your life has come to an end. And then there is the big piano that we all know about the Day of Judgment.
So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us not from those who are forgetful or unmindful of the fact that we may not even breathe the next breath Subhana Allah.
Good news to those who are constantly thoughtful of death, and who realize that it can overtake even those who seemingly are the healthiest from amongst us. Recently, I learned that
the issue of heart attacks is not only connected to the quality of blood, sometimes it's just stress that overtook you or something else they say, like an electrical problem that you have. Sometimes there is nothing wrong with your blood, but you can just die suddenly, now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all understanding it's he who is in control. Maybe I haven't worded that properly, but ask those who are specialists in the field and they will inform you. So Allah subhanho wa Taala also in the surah makes mention of a verse that has been repeated elsewhere in the Quran.
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Every soul shall taste death. Death we will taste it once. And as we said the other day, Elmo to baboon wakulla see the fellow who death is a door every person shall go through. We are waiting in a line. The only difficulty is we don't know exactly where we are in that line but we waiting one by one people are going through who knows we might be next. This is the only queue where people don't mind waiting. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all good use of the life that he has given us. Allah subhanho wa Taala then makes mention of how he will ask us and question us about everything but we can never question him what he has done. Therefore we better be at peace with Allah subhanho
wa Taala he says, Let us know
if Allah wa whom US alone, he will never be asked about what he has done, but they will definitely be asked Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us the day he asks us there is a hadith Momin coming ahead in enlace. And you can Lima hora boo, les Sabina who abena Who told you man, that every single one of you will be speaking to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah was no barrier in between no one to translate your speech, nothing. You will understand your Creator, he will understand you, every one of us is going to meet Allah and talk to him. So let's prepare for that day. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make that meeting easy for us.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala also describes the day of piano that he will lay the scales of justice to weigh the deeds the right side and the left side of the scale. Why now bar was Jean no kiss Polly.
Allah says on the day of the AMA, we will lay out the scales of justice and none shall be oppressed. We believe that this will definitely be a scale, we will be able to see our deeds in weight, and they will be a right side and a left side good deeds and bad deeds. And whoever's good deeds are more than their bad deeds, good fortune for them. Whoever's bad deeds are more than their good deeds. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on such a person and may that not be any one of us. I mean, and Allah says, What
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evil even if it is a mustard seed wait with have a deep we will bring it forth, you will see it a blink of an eyelid we're going to bring it forth we will show you this is a deep, this is what it weighs in your scale. And this is where it sits May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us the weightiest or the heaviest of good deeds. La ilaha illAllah, Muhammad
Rasulullah, unconditioned that that is said, with sincerity and complete belief, it will weigh more than 99 files full of evil. Each file from the east to the west, that is a hadith known as Hadith will be Tata. It's a long Hadith, but the gist of it is exactly as I said, so let us be sincere and worship Allah subhanho wa Taala alone. It helps to repeat this kalama as much as we can, with sincerity with full belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala because believe me, there will be a scale and the Hadith has spoken about the weight of the Shahada May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us bear witness or grant us acceptance to bear witness not only by tongue, but mainly even by the hearts.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the story of Ibrahim alayhi salatu was Salam. One major development or incident that occurred at the time of Ibrahim alayhis salam as a young boy, his father decided to throw him into the fire as a punishment and Allah says, Who is the owner of the fire? Who's under whose instruction does the fire get hot? Allah says mine Subhana Allah and the whose instruction is the fire and what degree in what temperature Allah says?
They thought they were a big deal throwing the one we love into the fire we just ordered. What did we say? Yeah, no. Oh fire Cooney Vonda become cold today. Subhan Allah, what Solomon Allah Evo.
And oh, fire be a means of peace for Ibrahim. He's a friend of mine. Be careful. Do you know what some of the narrations make mention of They say he was shackled? a means of peace for Ibrahim
resulted in the fire burning the robes but not touching Ibrahim alayhi salam, so he was actually freed by that fire Subhana Allah Allah, that is Allah, that is the same Allah in the life of the same Nabhi where he took away the sharp edge of the knife because he is the owner of the knife he instructs the knife to cut he said, Oh knife, do not harm me smile, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding. So there were two things in the life of the same Nabhi we Allah instructed something that is normally fulfilling a certain role not to fulfill its role. That is the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala and Ibrahim Alayhi Salam was no ordinary Nabhi he was one of the five top
ambia Allah subhanho wa Taala names them the five right at the top, the MBR will all have different ranks. Five of them are at the top and the highest of them. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala after that makes mention of how new Ali Salam called out to us. One is nadamoo kaaboo new had a Salam was not too proud and arrogant. He had nothing of that nature in him. He called out to us he raised his hands to us when he was in need and allowances for the journal and we answered his call. And Allah says after that, what are you that he didn't
remember the time when you have also called out to us we put calamity in his life and he called out to us and he constantly called out to us and Allah says festa Giovanna Allah, we answered him as well and we gave him exactly what he was asking. But after some time, in fact, with the you by the is lm, after such a long time, maybe when we get to sort of sod we might make mention of the story of a human is Salatu was Salam because it is worth it. Definitely. It gives us a lot of courage and hope, especially those of us who have been tested with greater tests. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us lesson and make ease create ease for us, amin and Allah says Zachary Ali Salam was also in
need when he was in need. What did he do? He raised his hands to Allah was the carrier is nada.
Remember when Zachary Ali Salam called out to his Rob, what happened? Allah says festa Giovanna Allahu wa.
We answered his call and we blessed him with a child. After so many years of calling out. We were watching him and we were watching him and he drew so close to us. Then we said here you are. Yeah, you get what you want. Oh zecharia May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. Allah says what about us Allah is Allah also when he went away, he called out to Allah when Looney he
in a nutshell, Allah is making mention of when Eunice la Salaam called out to him. And Allah says festa Giovanna, we answered him as well. So Panama. So where are we and where are these profits? How many of us would raise our hands every day for 20 years making the same to add 20 times a day? Why not? Let's still have opened the mercy of Allah. The others who are better than us have already done this with us. We make one twice a week or two three times maybe in a week and we lose hope not realizing here are the lessons for us. You really want to know how Allah answers the glass. read the Quran, Allah will tell you those who are a trillion times better than you, we still delayed them
2040 years for whatever reason we know that that was the best way of responding to their call. The same applies to us.
We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, His mercy and to make us from those who never lose hope. This is why the Hadith says use the Jabalia. decom mala Mia sturgeon, Allah answers every call every dollar that is made for as long as a person does not make haste. The Sahaba of the Allahu anhu asked what is the meaning of St ajaya Rasul Allah, what do you mean Make haste? They, he said, and he akula down to the hour to follow Musa Jubilee when the worshiper says I called out I made so much, but I'm getting no answer. That is wrong. That's what upsets Allah subhanho wa Taala This is the power of the Creator. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. The last verse I'm going to
mention in this particular sutra, is where Allah describes the last day and the day of piano. These two days are separate days. The last day is when everything shall be destroyed. And after that, they will be a period of time then they will be the Day of Resurrection. So these two days are different days but sometimes we mix them up.
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ferrini, we promised you that we are going to do something Allah says what is it that he's going to do? He says we are going to roll up the sky like the rolling up of a scroll of a book. Like you roll up a scroll Allah says, We will rule the sky up and you shall witness that Allah says we will return the creation as it was from the very beginning. Allah says we promise you that we will definitely do that and you will see it. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection on that day. He says, there will be a time when you will see the sky crack, there will be a split like when we look at the glass and the glass cracks when someone throws a stone on it, we are going to see the sky with a
crack in it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us maintain our sanity on that day. Allah says Nay, people will be unable to maintain their sanity when they watch what will happen. Allah says the mountains we consider them solid, but they will be so hot the heat will cause the mountains to liquid dies and becomes smoke imagine Allah says the mountains out of the sheer heat of the sun and the heat that allow once the mountains themselves will become like clouds Allahu Akbar.
And this is why the very next surah which is spirit will have Allah describes had you in it. But in the opening verses he describes something else. What does he describe? When we go for hygiene alpha? What should it remind us of the truth is we are dressed into plain white pieces of cloth when we die we also in white pieces of cloth and we're all standing in an era everyone equal everyone's similar dress doing what begging Allah's mercy begging Allah's mercy that should remind us of Fiamma and this is one of the reasons some of them have Assyrian say that the opening verses of Surah Al Hajj actually describe Fiamma.
They describe the last day
the last day
so what is the description Allah says yeah, I
hope people be conscious of your of your Creator. Be conscious of him in zealot? assadi shavon alim, definitely the tremor of the hour is something serious. The tremor of the hour is a serious thing. How serious is it? So Allah describes it because sometimes when you say it's a serious matter, people don't know what you're referring to. Allah says, no matter on the day you shall see it, then Hello, Coloma we as in
every breastfeeding woman shall forget what she's doing. And it is reported psychologically, the closest contact that can ever be possible with the greatest maximum concentration is when you're breastfeeding to the degree that if the mother is uncomfortable, the child will not suckle properly. If the mother is full of fear, it will affect the milk May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us protection Allah says the mother will get up and run forgetting as a child in my lap. That's how serious the day will be.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala continues to describe the day what Alba okaloosa at Hamlin Hamlet,
and those who are bearing a child in their wombs will suddenly give birth because of the sound because of the sound. And because of the severity of that day. You know, I had certain people who informed me what happened in Iraq, when there was something known as shocking Oh, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all. They say a lot of the pregnant women suddenly went into labor. Because of the sound of these huge bombs. 1000s of kilograms worth of bombs landing in your backyard, Allahu Akbar, the women gave birth. And this is a fact I'm talking of a reality.
Imagine what will happen when the world comes to an end Subhanallah
and to be honest with you, huge sounds you ask those from amongst us who are experts in the field. They will confirm that if there is something so abrupt it can induce labor prematurely May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us all protection Allah subhanho wa Taala describes the third thing he says, and this is very serious.
suka voila King Abdullah he Shaggy. People will run around as though they are completely intoxicated, but they will have nothing. In terms of intoxicants. They would have had no intoxications but they will run around, as we say today like headless chickens from pellets.
Post not knowing where to go because Allah says we're gonna run. You go that way it's me. You go this way It's me. You go in front, it's me. You go this way. It's me you dig a hole, it's me you climb up, it's me. So behind Allah, no running from Allah. Allah says people will run like headless chickens. Why? Because Allah says the punishment of Allah will be severe severe. Let me give you the good news and the bad news. There is a hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says,
fiama will not take place, the world will not come to an end. For as long as there is a single person on earth saying Allah Allah. Which means if there is even one person believing in Allah, His mercy will overtake the situation he will not destroy the world because of one man. The minute there is not a single person worshipping Allah that is when the world will come to an end. So myself and yourselves we won't be there. Let's make a part of our project is not there.
This is good news and bad news. Good news in the sense that we won't witness the day itself inshallah. But who knows, may Allah subhanho wa Taala. Protect our Eman and keep it intact. This is why we need to surrender to the law of Allah wherever it is. If you notice, slowly, slowly but surely, there are new types of people with new beliefs who are taking away one one ruling of Islam and the Sharia such that they will leave the Quran just recitation like the Hadith says there will come a time when the Quran will only be recited in fact one narration says la vaca min Al Quran in a smooth while Amina Islam in lesmo. The only thing left of the Quran will be the writing and the only
thing left of Islam will be the name the word there will be nothing on the ground. That's a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam
and Allah subhanho wa Taala. After describing that day, he obviously makes mention of the Hajj
and the Hajj. Allah subhanho wa Taala instructed Ibrahim alayhi salaatu wa Salaam saying oh Ibrahim announced the Hajj, make the announcement, that's all.
even had g o. Ibrahim, make the announcement of Hajj as it says, proclaim the pilgrimage we say make the announcement of the same thing
was the telephone loudspeakers? Was the internet at the time was there anything of the technology we have today? There was nothing he pronounced it to whom, to those few who are around him who are almost very, very few a handful. But the sincerity of the call was such that from that day the pilgrimage is alive up to today. Let's not think for a moment that has started at the time of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam it was there even before Islam, there was the hardware they used to gather in Minar. If you take a look at where Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam met the people of Madina, munawwara it was there in Medina when they came for Hajj, but they had made it into like
a trade fair and they had added lots of idol worshipping and so much wrongdoing there. So what Islam did is it eradicated all that which was wrong, and it made it correct and this is when the Hajj became compulsory A few years after the Hydra
but this Hajj has been from the time of Ibrahim alayhis salam look at the sincerity in the call from this demo for Syrian say that anyone who calls towards any form of goodness, if there is sincerity in the call large numbers will will listen to the message may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us sincerity, large numbers will come forth. So quantity, when it comes to the call is not what is being asked for, but quality. When we want to call out towards goodness. Let's make sure we are doing it with the correct intention. And we have the teachings of all the prophets May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us lesson from all of them. They asked their communities for nothing. They
said we don't want anything material from you. This is the message that we have. May Allah make us from those who can answer the message positively, I mean, so Allah subhanho wa Taala thereafter, makes mention of how important it is to respect the symbols that Allah has made sacred. What are these symbols? Let's read the first first, Allah says the holy cow ami, Misha
After having mentioned whatever Allah mentions, he says that Indeed, those who respect and honor the symbols of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is a sign of the piety of the heart, such as the sanctity of the masjid needs to be observed, such as when you have a Koran
It is a sign of Allah, we need to respect it where we put it, we don't just throw it around here and there. We treat it positively properly, such as when we have for example, sacred places you go to Makkah and Madina, munawwara. We are more careful of our actions there. Because definitely there are clear cut a Hadith, which denounce those who engage in any form of negativity in the domain, and and so on. But not only places, even times, the time of Juma, sacred time leave everything rushed to the masjid it's a it's a sign that you have Taqwa you have piety of the hearts. For example, the time of Ramadan is different from outside Ramadan, we need to respect the month of Ramadan be conscious of
what we do. For example, the season of the ledger is different the day of a Friday is different. For example, the times of the hedger different, we need to respect these times we need to understand that these are some sacred symbols of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Let's respect them. If we do do that, and if we do respect, automatically, we will become better people, those who seize the month of Ramadan by meaning to respect this month and to honor it and to fulfill its rights automatically when we come out of Ramadan, we will be able to utter correct words. A lot of people think Ramadan is connected to abstaining from food, but nay It is also connected to abstaining from foul language
and becoming more conscious of what we utter. Now lawmakers from those who can respect the month this is why shaitan tries hard. You know, there is a hadith which says the main shayateen the attire just before Ramadan, but the example I always give is that of a Mickey Mouse shaytan treats us like a little boy, he winds us and keys us properly before a man just before the moon is cited, he knows he's going into jail. Then he leaves us and he's in for 30 days when he comes back, we still stomping our feet because that thing is still unwinding. He wound us so all through Robin shapen is affecting us in a manner that we don't know but he's not dead person. May Allah subhanho wa Taala
grant us protection and that happens to us a lot of the time so when Ramadan comes to an end, he finds us exactly where he puts us because he tied us down already. So we jailed before Chez Panisse jail. We don't want that to happen. We need to ask Allah forgiveness. And we need to really make this Ramadan with a difference. And the way we would know this is if we ended the month of Ramadan having benefited and changed our lives. It's a sign that the Ramadan was accepted. Same applies to Hajj, we go for Hajj we can go how many other times the sign that your heart is truly accepted is now if you live like a Hajji, which means no more swearing, no more cheating, no more deceiving, no
more rumors spreading no more engaging in that which does not concern you no more shady deals no more this no more that that's it we will not miss a salah and we will fulfill all our obligations. This is now a sign that your hydro was accepted your life change you return this pure is the day you were born. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to understand this. So Allah subhanho wa Taala then gives us an example. powerful example towards the end of the surah and I love this example. So we will repeat it every year. We repeat it every year. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, you know those who call out to others besides Allah, they are so weak. Let us explain to you how weak
they are. Allah says Allah says, Yeah,
so mareeba mata festa me Hola. Oh people an example has been given. So listen to it. Allah is saying listen to it. In alladhina de
la isla de loco loku Baba or Luigi Tama Ola, those whom you call out besides Allah will never create a fly. Even if all of them get together in order to try to create a fly. They won't manage. Allah says a fly so insignificant, so irritating, everybody wants to spray according to us, we spray and we sweat the flies, but Allah says they can't even create something irritating forget about something beneficial. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala says Hang on. Not only does it stop there Allah says what he says logo homo Luba Boucher.
Volleyball motto. If the fly has to snatch something away from anybody, they will never ever, ever return it from that fly, no matter how hard they try. Because week is the fly and we are those who are trying to return what it has taken.
That is the example of Allah. And this is why it is proven scientifically that the minute a fly takes a bit of the sugar, it first releases something and the sugar. The whole sugar is changed then it takes it up gone. It's history Allahu Akbar. The world can come in dissect that fly with the latest technology. They will never return the sugar into that bowl Subhana Allah This is why we worship Allah alone.
We ask Allah for help we ask him for guidance at the end of the surah Allah says, For the musala so therefore fulfill your Salah.
Zakah and therefore give out your zeca Why does he move
and hold fast to Allah subhanho wa Taala Who am I? Oh Lancome he is your molar he is your protector, funny metal moolah.
See what an excellent protector Allah is and what an excellent help. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deeper understanding Till we meet again. All Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Sallallahu mehandi subhanak alohomora Hamdi kenisha La ilaha illa Anta Furukawa to Winnie