Ramadan 2013 – Pearls of Peace – 1 of 27
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Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds, Ramadan 2013 – Day 1
Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala
nabina Muhammad, Allah. He was happy with the woman who hung the surname Eli Medina nueva.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala All praise is definitely due to Allah subhanho wa Taala who has blessed us, the one who has granted us this beautiful month, the one who has granted us such a beautiful opportunity. This feeling in this house of Allah subhanho wa Taala is no short, then electrifying and spiritual completely. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the blessedness of this month.
And May He grant us forgiveness in this month. May He increase the love and the bond that we have in our hearts for one another, and may alleviate the suffering of all those across the globe who are going through difficulty and turmoil, including ourselves.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala and some complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the one who came to us with the message of peace from Allah subhanho wa Taala. The pearls of peace that were recited from Allah subhanho wa Taala by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Imagine if he were to recite in our midst Subhana Allah. Imagine if the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam were to recite the Quran. What type of recitation Do you think they would be more or less peace and blessings be upon him and upon his entire household, and upon all his companions, and upon all the scholars of this Deen who have struggled through the years in a way that they have preserved it protected it learn to practice it conveyed it to others so that it came to us May Allah bless us all and make us from those who are patient, make us from those who bear patience and who can fulfill salah and who can establish Zakah and who can establish the peace not
only within ourselves, but even amongst ourselves. Brothers and sisters in Islam.
Mashallah, this month has commenced a beautiful blessed month the best of Islamic calendar. The theme we have chosen to speak on this year, pearls of peace from the logo on it is a book of peace. And indeed it is full of the ingredients of peace many of us are searching for peace and contentment. Many of us are searching for happiness. Many of us are searching so that we can alleviate whatever suffering we are going through. But we have not searched through the pages of the book of peace coming from the owner of peace a Salaam one of the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant us peace, and may He bless us in every single way. If we are to
look at the categories of peace, my brothers and sisters, inner peace and outer peace, the peace within oneself in the hearts, within the veins within the blood within the mind and within the system. And then the outer peace amongst one another, with my family members, with the community with the oma at large with humanity and with all creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is the piece that we are searching for. Over and above that there are two other categories of peace, my brothers and sisters, the peace that we would like in this world, and then the peace that we want in the era in the life after death. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says that he will address
those who have entered paradise with peace, that he
their greeting on the day that they meet him will be peace May Allah subhanho wa Taala granted to us. So as we are searching for the speech and we open the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala Do you know what is the first piece that we find? Amazingly
on your oggi analyze that statement, that is the statement of peace my brothers and sisters, before you commence the recitation, you need to utter these words because Allah subhanho wa Taala has declared in the Quran
and if you would like to read the Quran, you need to commence by seeking the protection of Allah from shape on the first without seeking alas protection from the devil from shape on the occurs.
How would we be able to learn the peace, to feel the peace to understand the peace and to achieve the comfort many of us when we read the Quran, we have no concentration.
Many of us when we read the Koran we are far away from its meaning. That is because the devil has contaminated our hearts and our minds sometimes. This is why we start off with this blessing statement, our own will be like him in a shame on your gene, I seek the protection of Allah from shape on the cursed the devil. So let's remember this is a powerful application that does all use it. That is all understanding that is all repeated constantly. And make sure before you read the Quran, the book of peace before you can extract the pearls. The first key to it is to seek the protection of Allah from the devil. The devil comes to us and he snatches away the beauty of the
poem. He snatches away from our minds and hearts, the beauty of the Quran yet it is the most beautiful word, it is the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In order to recognize its beauty, we need to be protected from the devil. It is the devil that takes the piece away from our hearts and our minds and our veins and our system, and from our families and our communities. It is the devil that makes us fight and argue. And it is the devil that splits us in this unites us. And it is the devil that makes us fight one another in a way that we would never be proud of ourselves.
Thereafter, we look at the next most powerful statement Bismillah
In the name of Allah, this gracious, most merciful, most forgiving, Most Merciful,
or we could say, Most Merciful in a specialized way, and most merciful in a general way as well. So panela This is a law. This is the piece, the piece is connected to the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala look at how he starts. He has told us to start off by saying his name, acknowledging that he is full of mercy, compassion and forgiveness. If he wanted, he could have said say In the Name of Allah, the owner of the severe torment and punishment, he could have said that, but my brothers and sisters the heart requires that flicker wherein we all have the hope in the mercy of Allah brothers and sisters, every one of us may have done deeds that we are not proud of. This is the month of
forgiveness, the month of peace, we are reading the book of peace we are in the house of peace and we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless us with the forgiveness which is full of peace.
We already inshallah to start a new leaf, inshallah a leaf that is clean and pure, wherein whatever we write for ourselves, we will be proud to read on the day of the Yama, Buddha, even if it is the foreign kathira give good news, too, he upon whose pages a lot of ecfr and repentance is found. When your pages are looked at a lot of ecfr a lot of repentance must be found. Why? Because
Rahim Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Peace Subhana Allah, if you think for a moment of the mercy of Allah, you will feel the peace within you. If you feel the spirituality in this house of Allah, you will feel the peace within you. Do you realize tonight we have read one and a quarter Jews and we have fulfilled 20 Raka out of taraweeh I don't think we are tired by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala It is so beautiful, and it flowed so well. It is the owner of peace who has granted that to us. It is a spirituality of the Jamaat the congregation that we have the Muslim in the movement in all walks of life, all colors come together. This is what peace is all about. Allah
Subhana Allah to Allah blesses, and Allah subhanho wa Taala has chosen to open the Quran with what is known as what in fact you have the opening surah Alhamdulillah he'll have been like me, All praise is due to Allah, every aspect of praise every kind of praise due to Allah subhanho wa Taala he is the owner of Praise, praise Him regularly my brothers and sisters you will achieve peace.
All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala
of the world's What is the meaning of a boon The one who created nourishes, cherishes, provides protects the one who is in absolute control of every single aspect of entire existence that is turned up boom All praise is due to he who created me and you and everything in existence. Subhana Allah that is all praise to Allah subhanho wa Taala What a powerful opening statement and immediately after that, he says Allah
This is the second time we are here the most forgiving, Most Merciful, a loser would be he or she who did not achieve the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala losers. May Allah make us from the winners, may he make us achieve the forgiveness and May He grant us goodness in this world and in the next. Then he says Maliki amin de, he is the Owner of the Day of Judgment, the Owner of the Day of Judgment from this women that we are answerable to Allah and that answer ability, we would achieve a lot of hope by understanding his mercy and forgiveness. Imagine if he had said I'm never going to forgive certain people, even if they seek forgiveness. Does he ever say that? Never. Even a person
who has engaged in shipping and association of partners with Allah, if he seeks forgiveness, Allah says my doors are open, I will forgive him. It is only he who associates partners with Allah and dies upon that condition without seeking forgiveness. for him. Allah has issued a stern warning. But here a lot of saying he is the Owner of the Day of Judgment. Brothers and sisters, let us learn do not become judgmental when it comes to one another. Sometimes a person who might appear not to be as religious outwardly is perhaps much more religious within they perhaps have much more peace and comfort inside and they are maybe struggling to adopt the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. One
by one just like we are none of us are perfect. My brothers and sisters, I am trying and you are trying. We are all trying to eradicate your bad habits. Seek the assistance of Allah. Listen to what Allah says, is
a powerful statement which we attend you alone, we worship you alone, we asked for help. You want peace worship Allah alone, you want peace, ask Allah help and assistance. Remember he is up on al Amin. This is why he is saying you alone we worship you alone we seek for help because he is the owner of every single aspect of existence. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless us.
And after that is a time for us to make to raise our hands and make dua. We ask a lot of blessings. What is the most powerful piece? What is the greatest aspect of peace that I could have or you could have listened to it? In the
study, Guide us to the straight path, the path of peace, the path of the pleasure of Allah. If Allah has given me and you he died and guidance, what more do I want? I will be the happiest person in the dunya the unremoved Mini for him nama hula hula hoop. Amazing are the affairs of a true believer, they are all good for him or her. When goodness strikes or happens when goodness comes in the direction of a believer he is thankful so it is better for him or her and when evil befalls, or in difficulty calamity before the true binita he is patient or she is patient, so it is better for him or her Subhan Allah, what the pearl of peace, this is Allah, this is the message of Allah and he
always he always has blessed us in every single way. Yet sometimes we do not realize and recognize we only pick on certain things that our soul may be desiring for. And we say Allah you did not give me this and you did not give me that yet if you look at the favors of Allah, there are plenty.
So these are some of the blesses pearls that we extract
from Surah Fatiha and from the beginning of the Quran. And if you look at the next surah, which is Surah
Allahu Akbar, right at the beginning, by saying
Lam Meem this book, indeed, this book, The Quran, no doubt in it. There is guidance for those who are conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You're conscious of Allah, you will achieve guidance from the book. So who are those who are conscious of Allah? There is no doubt in the book. Absolutely no doubt. If you would like to achieve the inner comfort, you need to understand, never doubt the word of Allah. It is correct. If science has proven something, otherwise, remember that proof is wrong. It will come there will come a day when science will reprove until it comes in line with the revelation of the owner of entire creation. That is peace.
This is why no doubt myself and yourselves we are believers we have not a speck of doubt in the world of Allah subhanho wa Taala when you read it, you should know for a fact that this is the absolute truth and you will achieve peace. Even if you don't understand something temporarily go and find out go and ask, go and find from the scholars and you will learn a lot. May Allah blessings and peace be upon us. So Allah says, Allah Vina, you know,
those who believe in the unseen that is how you will achieve peace, the angels right now around us, my brothers and sisters, if we could see the unseen we would see the angels, we would see the mercy of Allah descending upon us because he has promised that to us, we would see the rathna and the Sakina the calmness, the serenity, not only have the month of Ramadan, but even have a gathering wherein Allah is made mention of we see it and we feed it my brothers and sisters, if only we could see the unseen we would see it in reality around us imagine the angels for me and you making up protecting myself and yourselves Subhana Allah angels from Allah subhanho wa Taala solely because we
have Eman we believe in the unseen May Allah subhanho wa Taala blesses. So here Allah is saying and letting me know
to other qualities that are required, the establishing of salah and spending from what Allah has given you. Allah has given you wealth, he whether it is less or more, some people have a lot, they find it more difficult to give out. When people have less percentage wise they will give out more sometimes a man who has 200 grands in his pocket, and he takes out 20 Rams has taken out 10% but a man who has 200 million, I don't want to even say the figure he would have to take out to compete with that in percentage. So my brothers and sisters in this verse, Allah is saying when you establish your prayer, when you believe in the unseen and when you spend from that which Allah has
provided you, then you achieve a different level. You understand where you are heading, you realize that come what may you will be enshrouded in the coffin or the shroud placed into the same grave as the Papa and you will also be meeting your hub and all those millions and billions will never come to your assistance or mine unless we have spent them in the right direction.
So establish your Salah, a person who has missed their Salah or is not bothered about their prayer cannot achieve inner and outer peace. My brothers and sisters It is impossible to achieve peace without establishing your prayer. pray to Allah adore him. He created you. He loves you and he really loves you. He is waiting for you to turn to him. He is waiting for you to turn to him. Where are we? Where am I Yala. I turned to you in repentance, grumpy forgiveness.
I turned to you in repentance grant me forgiveness. Allah make my life blessing. Allah grant every one of us blessings yeah Allah we asked you the goodness of this world and the next. So Allah subhanho wa Taala after that makes mention of another point, when levena you
those who believe in that which We have revealed to you Oh Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam which is the Quran and the Sunnah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and those who believe in that which was revealed before you as well. We obviously believe that Allah has revealed the Injeel and the Torah, the Bible, and the Torah, the Psalms of David, we believe that Allah has revealed those books because of them having been tampered with. Our belief in them is
in a specific manner, where we acknowledge it does come from Allah subhanho wa Taala, but the details would be found in the bow on May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Those who are convinced about the Hereafter, what Bill ferati whom you know, those who are totally convinced about the life after death, and the meeting with Allah. So if you are convinced about the meeting with Allah subhanho wa Taala you will find a lot of comfort and peace it will keep you away from sin. It will make you engage in repentance often it will make you check yourself it will make you have hope because brothers and sisters I have no option.
You have no option but to have hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala what other option Do you have any option? No option. My option is the hope in the mercy of Allah your option is in the hope of the man in the hope of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala any other option, nothing. This is why if you believe you are returning to a job to a lord who is most forgiving, Most Merciful, you die with a smile,
you die a happy person, you have contentment and peace in the heart and you know that when you are going as much as we are all concerned about the deeds that we have prepared for the era, but we have hope that flickers that Allah will overlook our shortcomings and he will multiply our good deeds and inshallah grant us paradise.
Let's move on brothers and sisters, we will only select some of the verses that we have recited tonight. Allah makes mention of the qualities of the hypocrites. Why do I have to say them today? Because peace is snatched away from a person who's a hypocrite. If you have a quality of hypocrisy within you, you will never have peace and Allah says wamena si muy
bien meanie. There are people who say we believe in Allah and the Last Day, but inside they are not believers. their deeds are in a different Valley all together. Their statement is in another Valley all together. The way they operate in their lives is totally opposite to what they are uttering. That is hypocrisy. Allah says you are the owner.
They seek to deceive a law. Yet they are deceiving none other than themselves. Can anyone deceive Allah? No. Can you deceive your makeup? Never. When we die, what will happen? La Mangia, Mangia LA, Oh Allah, nobody can protect us and there is no way to run away from you except back to you. You want to run away from Allah you get back to Allah Subhana Allah, may Allah protect us, May He grant us goodness. So this is why it's important for us to know that hypocrisy in our lives needs to be eradicated. We need to be from those who understand it and realize it and we take it away completely. This is why Allah says people obey Him in their hearts is a disease.
A person in whose heart is a disease will not taste peace. The reason is in the Hadith of
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says at the end of the Hadith, Allah was nothing Jessa de la isla de la sala Hello, Jess, I don't know what either faster that faster than just a Dooku Allah wa he is.
Indeed, in the body, there is a piece of flesh, if it is pure and good, the whole body will be pure and good. And if it is dirty and evil, sick, the whole body will be dirty, evil and sick. Behold, that piece of flesh is the heart. So if people have a disease in their heart, it will show up in their blood. Today, when you have a sickness, you go for a blood test. When you have that blood test, they see what type of disease you have mela, protect us all. May He grant cure to all those who are sick and do and May He grant forgiveness to all those who have passed away. And when he takes us away, may he take us away with the Shahada on our terms. So my brothers and sisters, a
disease of the heart, you need to fight it. After recognizing it. There is a diagnosis. What is the diagnosis? Ask yourself what qualities do I have? If they are bad qualities, I must fight them to remove them. Why do I have hatred and jealousy and envy and deception and so much of love of the material world in my heart, I need to fight it I need to take it out so that I can focus upon the piece that Allah has revealed to me and I can focus upon the day that I will arrive in the Presence of Allah subhanho wa Taala so that I can have peace on that day. This is why Allah says in the Quran regarding the Day of Judgment, Yahweh Allah.
On the day your wife and your children will never help except for the person who comes with a sung the heart. So your heart is clean. This is where Allah speaks about the disease of the heart within hypocrites, mela purifiers, and hypocrites as such when there is hypocrisy, they don't understand.
right from wrong, they will engage in corruption and when you tell them Brother Why are you engaging in corruption? They will say I'm not corrupt. I am straightforward.
when it is said to those hypocrites, that do not engage in mischief on the earth, they say no, we are the doers of good, we are the good doers we do good. And Allah says, Nay, they are the ones who are engaging in mischief, but they do not even perceive they don't even realize it. Why? hypocrisy in the heart. So the shows us when our hearts are dirty brothers and sisters, we lose focus, we don't even know where we are hitting. We start running behind things that we are not supposed to run behind, because the heart is dirty. This is why Allah blesses us this month of Ramadan, purify the heart, work on it, may Allah purify my heart and yours. May Allah grant us a heart that is full of
the dhikr of Allah, the remembrance of Allah at all times, my brothers and sisters, then Allah says, the instruction that he has ordered all of us.
All people worship, He who has created you, you're the one who has made you the one who is in absolute control of every aspect of your existence, worship Him, when we prostrate onto the ground, who do we do it for? For Allah, the One who made me he's all that I put my head on the ground for him, I put my nose and my forehead on the ground for him why he made me so when the Muslims worship Allah, they are worshipping the one who made them. And Allah means the worship one may Allah subhanho wa Taala accept from us our worship. And in that verse, Allah is making mention of the acts of worship because it is through worship, that Allah will grant us peace.
If you want to know say, for example, a person growing up wants to know who should I wish? Well, simple answer whoever made you wish you were ever created everything around you worship Him, whoever made the sky's the earth, whoever sends the rain causes the cup to go whoever gives us so much fruit worshiping,
that is the base of the Quran. So Allah subhanho wa Taala ensued in verse number 21, of Surah Baqarah has made mention of this May Allah subhanahu, Allah bless us and grant us every form of goodness. In fact, even verse number 22 makes mention of the rainfall and the sky and the earth and all the other creatures of Allah and Allah says so do not associate partners with him. For if you associate partners with Allah, what would happen, we would lose peace.
And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about it in the Quran, that those who have been worshiping one another, what happens on the Day of Judgment, when they see one another, they will try to call one another. There will be no response, because on that day, each one will be worried about himself. It is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who will be worried about his oma, now Allah subhanho wa Taala granted his intercession.
So brothers and sisters, let's look at something else who is there that snatches our peace away? Do you know we mentioned about at the beginning of this talk the devil he believes. So in Surah Baqarah, Allah makes mention of the history of that, what if
he kept his job only Adam
Feeding when we ordered the angels to acknowledge the status of men by a prostrating to him in the form of acknowledgement to acknowledge the status of men, they all acknowledge the status of man besides at least the devil, he refused above. And he became arrogant, he rejected the command of Allah. Two things we learned. One is, be careful of the devil. Be on the lookout. today. We know in this beautiful city of Cape Town, Mashallah secure city, but we would lock our cars, we would lock our houses, we would on the alarms that we have, while we're on the lookout. There might be a few baddies out there who might be looking to snatch a thing or two that does not belong to them. Why do
we look out when you have something valuable? And you look out everywhere. Nobody knows it's in your pocket, but anyone who passes is a suspect.
Anyone who passes you is
A suspect why you've got three gold coins in your pocket. Don't raise your hand if you have
three gold coins in your pocket. Everybody's a suspect, even a friend who's greeting you. you greet him at a distance and you hold his hand, you know, and you want to say Solomonic, and you're gone. Because you have something of value you don't want him to know and he's near and intention might become spoiled. might explain it because he now knows Hey, something happening. Show me a sport from the beginning ally has told us that he declares enmity against you and me. So be on the lookout for him. Turn on the alarm, lock your doors, lock everything. Make sure he's nowhere near from a distance you recognize him and walk the other way. Because what you add in terms of email is far
more valuable than three simple krugerrands Allah protect us three gold coins What's that? Your Email is worth a billion gold coins. In fact, it is priceless. You cannot put a price to it. So look after it, protect it, make an effort to look after it and serve Allah get up in the morning. Do you know this taraweeh that we've just engaged in is such a great act of worship that the Hadith says if we are to stand with the Imam and complete whenever the Imam completes, we will achieve a reward of having stood up for the entire night that is confirmed.
So we just stood up for one hour, one hour, 10 minutes, I think Subhana Allah and we rested every now and again. And here we are we still as fresh as ever, and we've achieved the reward of having stood up all night. So shaytan comes to you and says this is the first night of taraweeh the machine was packed. It was what we were sweating. Imagine was slow 10 minutes. His talk was too long. Tomorrow you just hear it on the radio.
So what happened shaytan came to us immediately. And he took away from us spirituality a gift. We are here in congregation as jamara to muslimin they could be from amongst us when he you mean Alia in La Jolla. They could be from amongst us a friend of Allah because of his presence, we are all really achieving something, there is a great chance and a great possibility. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala blesses me He grant us goodness learn to respect one another. Sometimes a pauper out there has more peace than I than I have in us. And what would happen he may be closer to a lot and both of us put together we don't recognize him because it takes one to recognize one. And therefore in order
for us to recognize him we would also need a little bit of spirituality. May Allah grant us some spiritual.
So Allah has declared that this man this beliefs is against men. He doesn't like you. Oh man, watch out. And whenever you have faulted, look at the pearl of peace that Allah has made mention of fact Allah call
de la sala
after the sin was committed, received a few words from Allah so Allah forgave him. What did he receive from Allah? Allah taught him how to seek forgiveness. So he mentioned the words of forgiveness. Allah says, I forgiven you Subhana Allah, the devil leads us astray. Allah taught us how to achieve the mercy of Allah, the peace and the forgiveness of Allah and how to wipe out the effect of the devil by saying a few words, admit your error. regret your sin. ask Allah for forgiveness, and promise not to do it again. By now we should be knowing these four have by heart, once you've achieved that sin is wiped up. We are now friends with Allah once again. Imagine someone
in business they did you down. So they took 100,000 rounds of yours to come out. So we stopped talking to him why suffered a loss? What are the chances of you going to say, I admit my error? I regret it. I'm sorry. I won't do it again. And they say come back. Any chance? Very small chance because man has a heart sometimes that still needs a lot of purification. But Allah subhanho wa Taala is
the owner of peace, he wants peace. Part of peace is forgiving. You forgive others who have wronged you, Allah forgives you. Allah says I am nothing by holding it against you and you have asked for forgiveness. I am the owner of forgiveness. I will give it to you and I will dish it out on all occasions. Look at it every night. Allah calls out anyone seeking forgiveness. I will forgive them. We are snoring sometimes.
We are worried about support. How many minutes left my brother how many minutes left? Why did you get me up so late and we busy with
forage both hands. You see that? According to V six machine,
one year, one day, one year one day holla what's happening my brothers and sisters, whilst Allah is calling out at that time of school early in the morning, just whilst you are allowed to eat stew, Allah is calling out anyone seeking forgiveness. Just ask forgiveness. It's a pearl. It's a bird, you want to achieve peace. You're not I'm looking for peace. I'm looking for happiness, contentment, so many things I need, here's my list. Repeat the list every day for one year, two years, five years, 10 years, believe me, you will be kicking off the stuff on that list. By the power of Allah, you will be taking it off. That's the gift of Allah but with us, we lose hope we don't call out we
worried about that momentum, temporary peace of mind for a little while of the day because it's Ramadan, I need to pack away as much as possible. And you don't understand the more you pack, the quicker you become hungry in the day of Ramadan. Do you know that? Try it, eat less, have a quality meal wholewheat and so on fiber, low GI and see you lost the whole day five o'clock, you'll still be the same person thanking Allah. But when you back away, losing focus, what will happen come 10 o'clock in the morning your belly begins to rumble in the way that you're embarrassed to stand next to your face.
Love. Allah bless us, Allah grant us goodness. So my brothers and sisters, this is a lot he taught us how to achieve forgiveness. Then he says something interesting to the children of Yaqoob the children of Jacob May peace be upon him, commonly known as the children of Israel. Allah says, Yeah, Danny is
all children of yaku May peace be upon him. May Allah bless them are children of Jericho.
Remember, remember the gift of Allah upon you. I want to stop there for a moment. Let us draw that verse to ourselves as a man of faith and as my brothers and sisters. Do we not have Eman? Do we not have so much goodness? Are we not sitting and breathing, watching and listening? Are we not in the house of Allah? Can we not hear the words that are being recited that of Allah? Are these not the blessings of Allah has given us countless blessings. So remember the gift of Allah upon you. People sometimes read this verse, and they say those children of Israel have forgotten the gift of Allah upon them. So Allah is reminding them in the Koran, not realizing that yes, that may be a lesson but
the greater lesson is for us what's the point of pointing fingers at others when we ourselves have forgotten the gift of Allah upon us? Allah gave us so many gifts. Our parents if they're alive, they're a gift, a means of entering paradise a means of peace and comfort. If we have children, they're a gift. If you have a spouse, your spouse is a gift. Be faithful be dedicated today. Marriages are breaking because the peace is snatched away by promiscuity by becoming infidels. May Allah protect us
by adultery by flirting, small, simple flegt your PC is gone. Why? You cannot sleep. Your phone needs to be with you. It must be off. You've got two SIM cards, you've got four phone
protectors. I asked one brother Brother, why do you have four phones? He says well Allah allows me four wives I've only been one at least I can afford.
What a foolish answer my brother that is foolish for phones. You are going to really snatch away your piece. You don't know how to use technology. Why are you flirting? Do you know when you commit a sin? It is actually like a deck that you put forth you only know it's going to be taken away from you at some point. So don't think you can achieve peace through sin. This is a law telling us seek Allah's forgiveness and he will show you the path. You want peace lead a simple life you will never have everything in your life as you want it. You cannot have every woman or every woman cannot have every man in this world. No you need to be happy with what you have wait for the the perfection will
come then Subhana Allah at the moment Hold on, be patient, struggle and strive. Everyone is struggling and striving in their own way. You might be comparing your marriage to another family whose marriages on harder rock than yours.
And they might be looking at you and thinking Wow, look at how blessed you are. This is all the gift of Allah we cannot lead what is going on in the lives of others. Appreciate your own life and understand it. Close your focus and you will achieve lots of peace inner and outer. This is Ramadan
I call them all those who are engaged in extramarital affairs or in any form of illicit immoral behavior. Today for the sake of Allah cutting out, it will come up with a lot of peace by cutting it out. A lot of peace you will achieve the comfort of your home will be blossoming once again, you will find the spirituality what we term who will return into your home. Why? Because you have now cut your focus to what is allotted for you. You have kept your focus to that which will achieve the pleasure of Allah This is how to achieve the peace of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. And in order to understand the gift of Allah, the verses we read tonight, the instruction that has been repeated the most is the instruction of Salah, Sabbath and Sokka these three things. Look, Allah says what RP masala da da da
establish your Salah give you a sucker and bow with those who are bowing. During the congregation. Join everyone. If you are not reading Salah, there are others who are reading Salah you are losing out, you don't want to come to the masjid, the amount is still there, the mapping is still there, some of the sufu faster. The lines are full, you are not there. So don't be absent make an effort join and the dedicated concerted effort not just for one day, but for years on in. Your life will change. You are searching for peace. It's in the house of Allah come for Salah establishes the cap and remember, join those who are prostrating prostrate together, as far as possible. May Allah
subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. And this is why the very same instruction Allah says it in another place was that in ob Southern he was Salam.
Verse number 45.
And verse number 153. Allah says,
stobie, you who believe, seek assistance, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with those who bet patience.
You want to seek it through patience, and prayer. Today a small problem I want to break my marriage. Well, I you know, what I saw him looking in that direction,
believe me is that he knew that somebody was Salah, pray to Allah. Bear patience, tackle the crisis in a humane way, in a mature way, in a way that is befitting of adults, and deal with it in a way that you can understand reconciliation between you and Allah is far more important than reconciliation between you and fellow humans. But that would be a link between you and Allah. If you are ready to reconcile with fellow humans, you will find it far easier to reconcile with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
But a person who finds it hard, every little thing they want to be on their own. So can Allah what patients have they born regarding the difficulties that people have placed in their lives? This is why Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam says, a person who mixes with others and best patience regarding the evil that comes to him from them is far more in terms of betterment than a person who doesn't mix with anyone because he's fearing the evil.
These are categories of people, yes, if you really cannot manage, you can stay away. But if you can manage You are a more powerful person, Allah has given you a gift. Don't let that lead you to injustice and lead you to bad qualities and bad behavior. May Allah protect us. So Allah speaks about the hardening of the hearts, how bad the heart becomes when it becomes hard. Some people no matter what comes in their direction, they won't lead Salah. No matter what comes in their direction, they won't turn to Allah, no matter what comes in that direction. They will not make peace with their brother or sister for a petty, Petty, Petty issue. Why? Because the heart is
hardened. So Allah says,
Ninja to no consumer, speaking about, obviously a previous nation and allies speaking about the hardening of the heart. Allah says, then your hearts became hard, even harder than Iraq, similar to Iraq are harder than Iraq. Why? How did in Iraq, if someone says this man's heart is harder than Iraq? What does that mean? That means no matter what comes to that direction, they're not softening up. There's no suffering between them and Allah between them and fellow humans, between them and the good behavior that they're supposed to be engaging in no softening. Not at all. And unless you know what, from amongst the rock, there are those that are split water comes out. There are those that
rivers flow from
The rocks, but the man's heart is such that when it becomes hard, no water, nothing gushes forth, nothing comes forth in terms of goodness, may Allah soften our hearts. This is why my brothers and sisters constantly ask Allah to soften your heart. When a person is engaged in his sin, and they do not want to look in the right direction, they definitely need to ask Allah to soften their hearts. May Allah soften our hearts, what a blessing month of Ramadan. The fact that this Masjid is full, and the fact that the entire oma moreso is celebrating the beginning of Ramadan, almost together this year, is a sign that inshallah the unity that we are so much searching for is right at our
doorstep, by the will of Allah.
The love that we need to have within our hearts, my brothers and sisters, we so desperately need, it will lie, it is at our doorstep. All we need to do open the door and embrace it.
Allah grant us love and may make us learn to love one another. Really, my brothers and sisters, Allah is the one who knows what is in your heart. If you realize that and you understand it, you achieve peace. Allah Allah,
Do they not know that Allah knows everything that they make apparent and that which they hide that which they hide in that which they announce, Allah knows everything, I cannot run away from Allah, I might run away from human beings I might be able to hide from this man or that but from Allah, there is no hiding my brothers and sisters, he knows everything. When we understand that and realize it again. We achieve that peace that we are searching for. It is Allah, the owner of peace that will grant it to us. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how important it is to fulfill the instructions of Allah and how the good qualities that Allah had prescribed not only upon the
children of Jacob, may peace be upon him jacoba salaam, but upon us as well. Listen to some of these instructions. Allah says, What is
mentioned all Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, all the covenant that we had taken of the children of jacoba salatu salam not to worship anyone besides a law. covenant number one. That's the promise we made to allow well being while he
and to be good and kind to parents, it was a covenant unto Allah, you want to achieve peace develop your link with your parents, no matter what. Love
develop your link with your parents. And Oh my dear parents make it easy for the children to develop a link with you. If you have no link with your parents or parents are being an obstacle whereby they are being unreasonable in that particular case we have a lot to work upon in this month of Ramadan and we have to inshallah, open those doors and embrace as I said a few moments ago, the doors are they open them and embrace within one year Tana, one Masaki and relatives we need to develop a relation with them. And the orphans and the poor people develop a link with these you will achieve peace you will achieve Goodness What have you done for the orphans? What have you done for the poor?
How do you speak to the beggars even if you don't give them anything? Say a goodwill
say a kind word. That is something that will inshallah resulting in a peace out to peace, you're at peace with your society, your community, amazing. And Allah says one
two more things that Allah took within the covenant of the children of Israel, the children of Jacob May peace be upon him iacobelli salat wa salam, and the lesson is for all of us. What are these two things? We took the covenant that you would not spill the blood of one another, you will not kill one another. Take a look at where the oma is today. everywhere we look, it's Muslims against Muslims. Why is it the case? Look at the countries people are blaming the non Muslims they may have a role to play but why are we allowing them to use us to do the dirty job because we have not understood the covenant of Allah. Allah says we took a promise from you not to kill one another and
not to drive one another out of your homes today. We are driving people
Now Allah protect us.
So these are some of the powerful verses that Allah makes mention of. And Allah speaks about magic and how dirty it is. A person who engages in magic has lost his Eman
Mensa foccacia Do you know that the hadith of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, whoever has cast a spell has associated partners with Allah, straight men Sahara puppet ashram, whoever has cast a spell has engaged in association of partnership with a large sheet. May Allah protect us and this is why Allah says it is to learn it, and it is chic to engage in it. Or Makkah Sunni
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can see it soon a man alayhis salam, he did not disbelieve. But the Shia team is believed they are the ones that
are the ones who talk people magic. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. Brothers and sisters, I want to end on this powerful notes. Let us not blame all our problems on black magic, or someone did something never blame our problems on people having done things on us today. We have a lot of people who will tell you you know what brother You are bewitched, you are not successful because someone did something and when you ask him who did it they will tell you such and such a person from amongst your own family.
Why do they say this? They get that response from the gym, the gym lies the gyms whole idea. The Quran is filled with verses that warn us about the jinn and inshallah we will come to them the jinzo idea to destroy family relations, to destroy relations amongst friends and amongst communities amongst muslimeen. So when they have pinpointed a name, believe me, they are wrong. That person is innocent. Even if there is something wrong with you. The person they've pinpointed is wrong. They are innocent. make peace with him tonight. Sometimes people will find it tough when if you find it tough. We this whole month are going to be concentrating on searching for peace. We want to look for
peace, you want peace, make peace with those whom you are accusing. They are not guilty, believe me gibreel salam did not come to someone and say the name of this particular person that happened to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam alone. He was the enemy of Allah Subhana Allah Allah, may Allah protect protectors Maisie guide us we open our doors. inshallah. Tomorrow we will go through more of the verses of Allah the idea, as I said, to search for the peace, to look for the peace, to look for that which Allah subhanho wa Taala has placed in this book of peace. May Allah bless us all brothers and sisters Alhamdulillah we have completed the first tarawih just to mention a quick point. Do you
know there is a difference between leading a Salah like Aisha or mother or father and leading tearaway one is like running the 100 meter dash and the other is a marathon. So this is why sometimes you find the man in Salah Tunisia, he's raised his voice and he's happy because he's a short Salah. And yet when it comes to taraweeh he is spaced out calm, relaxed, hoping that the last worker will be similar to the first one because he knows it's a marathon and he's got to carry on all the way. But May Allah accept it from us. May Allah grant us goodness, the fast we have tomorrow. Please pray for me. We pray for you and even my blood, brothers and sisters, we love you
for the pleasure of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah May Allah grant us the happiest month, the most blessed month we've ever had. And May He grant us Jelena wa sallahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad, Allah Subhana Allah Allah, Allah Allah Allah