Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2013
Day 10, Thursday – Ramadan 2013 – Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala
nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, all his companions, his entire household, may Allah bless them all. And may He bless every single one of us. I mean, beloved brothers and sisters, we think Allah subhanho wa Taala, for giving us this blessed opportunity to be in one of his houses, mentioning his name and reminding ourselves about his message. This is indeed a great sign of acceptance from Allah subhanho wa Taala. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to keep our hearts from those hearts that are inclined towards this type of activity, and at the same time, never ever diverted from the masjid and from obeying the
instructions of Allah subhanho wa Taala. I mean,
brothers and sisters, yesterday we made mention of how the hippo swim they say that which is blasphemous against Allah, or against Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, or against any of the signs of Allah subhanho wa Taala. When they are asked why they do that, they're quick to use a cheap excuse. It is. We are joking. We mentioned that yesterday. The reason why I repeat this today is because in our lives as well, sometimes we engage in behavior that is not befitting the status of a believer. And then when people ask us, why did you do this, you say, just joking. And yet you were serious when you said or perhaps you are not joking in that particular way. If that is the case, remember
one thing jokes have limits. We should not be trampling over the rights of others claiming to be joking. And this is the teaching of Islam. We will hurt hearts even if you are joking. Remember, if you are going to pay us the heart of another person abstained from that type of a joke, yes. To engage sometimes in a statement or to have laughter Yes, it is permissible it is acceptable. In fact, even Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he made his companions laugh at times, even some of his family members as well. They laughed and so on. But within the limits, we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless us never ever uttered a joke that is against a race or against the type of people
or a tribe or that which will be hurtful to a specific religion, or to some people in particular are to the size of Allah subhanho wa Taala and obviously to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and His Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless, because goodness, inshallah to tell but also Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of how he tests the people. And this verse was obviously revealed at the time of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam. And the lesson is for every one of us in the sense that Allah tests us several times in the year, sometimes through the day, sometimes in the month. And these tests as we've always been saying, they are for a true
believer, a means of drawing him or her closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. If your heart is content, do not look at it as a punishment of Allah. Yes, we do engage in a state of awe, because for your information to ask Allah forgiveness, and he still is in reality, one of the best ways of enjoying the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about this in verse number 126 of surah to tell them
go, do they not see that we test them once or twice in the year and stir they do not turn to us in Toba? Nor do they take heat. Now this obviously, the hypocrites would not take heat nor would they tend to Allah in tober. With us we need to remember Allah will test us once or twice in the year minimum. And when the tests come, let's be from amongst those who turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala we engage in the fall and we take heed we change our ways. Brothers and sisters like we've been saying sometimes when Allah loves us so much, and when we are far away, he does things in our lives that make us turn to him. This is why we say let us turn to him once we are in a good condition instead
of waiting for him to tap us with some calamity before we turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala He grant us goodness. Let's listen to some of the qualities of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the man of peace
The best of creation, the man who we are supposed to be following Allah subhanho wa Taala describes him in many places in the Quran, one of them verse number 128 of Sudoku toda, la audiencia komatsuna
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indeed the messenger from amongst you who has come to you. Some of his qualities are that he is grieved by your suffering. When you are hurt when you are going through difficulty, the grief is felt by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he is so concerned about you yet he is kind and merciful towards the believers. Let's ask ourselves, are we kind and merciful towards one another question one. Question number two, are we grieved at the suffering of our fellow brothers and sisters? Question number three, are we concerned about one another? If we are inshallah we are heading in the right direction, and it will promote a lot of peace not only within us, but even on a
global level. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam if they turn away from you, then utter a statement believing in it. What is the statement? Listen to the last verse of surah to tell them for you.
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if they turn away, then you should see for poo. Poo means you utter these words. The lesson is for all of us, we should be repeating these words on a daily basis, we need the help of Allah. Really, not only do people turn away from us, but sometimes ourselves we turn away from instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah bless us and guide us and grant us goodness make it easy for us to take the path of goodness and make it difficult for us to sin. Brothers and sisters, one of the gifts of Allah subhanho wa Taala is when a person plans a sin, He puts an obstacle in their way. So you plan something evil, for example, and then you notice that my tire is flat, or someone's come home and
they say I'm here to sit for three hours and you can't show them your gritted teeth. But at the same time, it's a gift of Allah He planted something between you and the sin a barrier. So thank Allah whenever there is a barrier between you and sin, it's a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala here Allah subhanho wa Taala tells Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam say has to be Allahu La Ilaha Illa Hua, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah is sufficient for me there is none worthy of worship besides Allah subhanho wa Taala I have laid my full trust in Him and He is the Lord of the great throne. Subhana Allah What a powerful drosten Allah subhanho wa Taala we have the next sort of Yunus named after one of the
prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And in it, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of many, many interesting points. Obviously, the entire Quran is full of wisdom and peace and goodness. But let's listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says, describing.
me meaning all people, not only the believers, or people, this is the description of the Quran, or people, a reminder has come to you or you could say a warning has come to you from your maker, you're the one in charge of every aspect of your life. And in it, there is a cure. So this book is full of cure for that which lies in the heart, the diseases of the heart, the cure of those diseases lie in the Quran, are we ready to pick it up and to look at its meaning to try and understand it, and we achieve peace and cure for the diseases of the heart? In sha Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that strength. So then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, in that book, there is guidance.
And in that book, there is mercy, a source of mercy and guidance. Imagine all of us are looking for mercy. All of us would like guidance, and every one of us wants a cure for our diseases, both diseases, physical as well as spiritual. When you read the Quran, the blessedness of the Quran cures you of the diseases of the heart of a physical nature as well. Amazing. This is the power of the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala and it cures you of spiritual ailment and disease. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us feel
Who are much more serious about, we will achieve a lot of goodness if we do so.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala describes very aptly, obviously he is our Creator, he knows what we do. He describes some of our conditions. Sometimes you see men and we've said this a few times in Ramadan and like I say, verses are repeated because we as men need the reminder upon a reminder. So Allah says, men, when evil reaches him, when some difficulty or calamity touches him or strikes him, what happens? He calls out to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
He becomes pious. He calls out to Allah on his science. He calls out to Allah standing or sitting.
And when the calamity is gone, he continues transgressing on the earth as though he never ever caught on to Allah in the past. And Allah subhanho wa Taala makes this very clear. Remember, you need a law. Remember, when you call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala never, ever remain on that call by saying, Yeah, Allah, I am sick. I'm Ilia Allah, I promise you this and I promise you that and when you are cured, you'd better remain on that path. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala is all able to take away even less than he took away the first time. May Allah protect us. This is why Allah says
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beautiful verse of the Quran, which explains exactly what I said that when men is touched with some form of difficulty or evil, he calls out to Allah on his sides, he makes these long to us, big to us prayers to Allah supplications. on his side, standing, sitting, everything is a dua to Allah. And when Allah alleviates that particular suffering from that particular person, when Allah takes it away, then he continues on the earth seeming as though he never ever called out to Allah in the past, to alleviate the suffering that he went through at any stage. This is something we need to take heed of. Now, a question I have for myself and yourselves. Why don't we like to be friends of
Allah subhanho wa Taala Imagine if Allah says that man is my friend.
Imagine Wouldn't you like to be a friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala?
Well, the answer is yes, indeed we all want to be friends of Allah. So how to become a friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala is mentioned in the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala says verses and I'm sure a lot of us would know these verses by heart Let's listen to them.
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Allah says, Behold indeed the friends of Allah subhanho wa Taala no need for them to fear no greed, not at all. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, This is verse number 62 of sola Yunus and the two verses after that, they are the ones who believe and they have Taqwa that's all you need to qualities. To become a friend of Allah, you need to be a believer, and you need to have Taqwa. In order to be be a believer, you need to have two main qualities. You need to worship Allah alone without associating partners within and you need to follow the traditions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. If we have these two qualities we are believers. On top of that we need to have
Taqwa meaning, be conscious of Allah create a barrier between you and the fire of Allah by engaging in commands and abstaining from prohibitions that is called taqwa piety. If you are a pious believer, you are a friend of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. So Allah says such people for them, there is good news glad tidings in this world as well as the next May Allah subhanho wa Taala befriend us and may He make us from those who are truly his friends. In the narration. Rasulullah Salallahu Salam says that Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Man Adda Li when he and
whoever has harmed a friend of mine, I have announced war against him. This is what Allah says. And this is why we say never ever harm people you may never know who is the friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Do you know the people of Musa alayhis salam? What did they do?
Around the Pharaoh and his cronies
They lost every form of peace, although they had lots of wealth and they had supreme authority on earth,
and everything went Do you know why? They harassed Musa alayhis salam they troubled him not only did they disagree with the message, which was one thing, but they have them they were killing, they were causing lots of chaos and they call themselves gods and they said we will continue persecuting you forever and ever. And Allah says no, there is a point of stopping when we will stop you. And Allah subhanho wa Taala caused Iran to drown you know that the Pharaoh was drowned with all his cronies gone in a way that he would have never imagined. He used to call himself the God and he died. When he died. People thought you know, he's in the ocean here or the sea and he's been swallowed by the
water and drowned. Perhaps the water will spit him out and we're going to see you come alive again, because that's what type of a tyrant he was. So in order to put everyone's fears at rest, Allah subhanho wa Taala removed that body. Finally our menorah de cabeza de Cali takuna, lemon hollow Sokka. Allah says, Take out the body of yours from the sea and preserve it so it can be a sign for those who are going to come after you. Today you go to Egypt, you see the mummies they say Ramses the second Allah knows best who exactly it was. But if you see this lifeless person, he was powerful, they built the pyramids, they are the people who call themselves gods were they Allah says
they were destroyed. Do you know why? Musa alayhis salam made against them, he called out to Allah against them. And the reason why I make mention of this, when we have the friends of Allah, they may allow us they may give us a leeway Oh my God, this man Oh, Allah opened the doors of this person Yala. You help them, guide them and so on. That's what the same normally does. But there comes a time when even the prophets have called against their people because of a certain boiling point that they got to
do you need to know this. It's in the Quran. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, When Musa alayhis salaam who was a friend of Allah, he was a person whom Allah subhanho wa Taala had spoken to a great messenger of Allah May peace be upon him when he was harmed by Freetown to a certain extent, and his people were harmed even more, he called out after a long time to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Do you know what he said? This is base number 88 of the same universe. He says robina in
dunya Oh Allah, you have given Pharaoh and his people.
You have given them
beauty and wealth in this particular world. You've given them all the beautification of this world and you've given them wealth, you've given them authority, Robin
sibenik Oh Allah, they are using all that they have in order to lead people astray from your path of
Allah, obliterate their wealth,
destroy it, completely. extinguish it deleted. Yala. Watch Duda Allah follow Him and harden their hearts. Now. You know what harden their hearts now means Yala, we want to see their punishment. We want to see their punishment Yala fella, you know because they are never going to believe these people will not believe have your own law
until they see the severe punishment. When that came through. Allah says to Musa alayhis salam and his brother Harun May Allah peace be upon both of them
colocado g but Dawa to Kuma yo da dua has been responded to. That's what Allah says. The same applies to no no have made peace be upon him, we will come to the verses inshallah, in the next one. So the point being raised here is fear around was destroyed because of the drama of this messenger of Allah against him. Sometimes we are suffering lack of peace because we have harmed the friend of Allah. Maybe he raised his hands and he said, Yeah, Allah destroy this man. May Allah not do that to us. It's not worth it to harm one another. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a good heart. May we be people who are positive and maybe be people who learn how to love one another and maybe support
one another. I mean,
the next one is named after who they are a salatu salam, the messenger sent to the people of ad the people of ad were huge people and they were huge and they lived, they carved into mountains as well. They had a lot of power given by Allah subhanho wa Taala. In this particular surah Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of something very important with us. We are worried sometimes people are saying how am I
I'm going to sustain myself you know, I know of some people who say I don't want to learn Islam because if I learn Islam and I becomes a you know a chef who's going to teach other people what salary Am I going to get? I won't be driving the latest Bentley that these guys are driving and so on. Believe me a bent Lee Have you ever thought about the word bent Lee? I don't know why it's supposed to be bent but we are on the straight path my brothers and sisters. So we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant us the straight leech Allah the part that is correct, Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness and open our doors. So do not think that sustenance is not going to come to
you, it will come to you. Allah has provided you need to try your best and the rest is in the hands of Allah. If Allah gave you more, it's a test. If he gave you less, it's a test. And if he makes you struggle to achieve, it's a test and if he makes you achieve through ease, it's also a test. Everything is a test from Allah. Listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says verse number six.
He says there is not a single creature that trades the earth except that its sustenance and provision is written with Allah subhanho wa Taala. Therefore it Allah provides for the smallest end. So do you think he's not going to provide for you and me?
Allah provides for the bed that flies, a small little chiclet that flies Do you think he's not going to provide for me and you we get worried for no reason. But a loser is He who sits back at home and says I'm not going to work. And I'm not going to do what is known as an absolutely as Bob which means to do that which is going to achieve what you want to achieve is back at home and he says if it is written in my predestiny for me to earn then the ceiling will open up and the trends will drop from the top. There are people who believe this, believe me in that particular case we have been foolish, we have insulted Allah, Allah says you work hard, it is Allah and work hard to achieve what
is beneficial for you was done in Billa while adages and what you should do, seek the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala and don't lose hope. So if you want to be the top businessman, the top earner, the top this or whatever you'd like to achieve. You need to work hard to achieve it according to the capacity that Allah has given you. The mental strength, the physical, physical strength and all other capacities Allah has provided then what comes out at the end that is designed by Allah totally and completely. Some people work so hard all day, they earn 50 rounds and they come back home. Some people one phone call, and they earn 5000 50,000 rounds and Mashallah they're happy. This is the
decree of Allah it's the will of Allah but both had to try do something there is nobody who just sits back relaxes and suddenly they open their mouths and the food plops in every single day in LA Akbar, Allah protect us. Allah subhanho wa Taala gracias goodness something came to my mind but we'll leave it for another time inshallah imagine just by imagining what I want to say we already feeling the lighter moment Mashallah.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness and make us from those who understand the decree of Allah, yes. And the provisions that Allah has kept for us and provided for us you want goodness, you want happiness, work hard to achieve what you want. Without hard work, you are not going to achieve. I want to repeat that without hard work you will not achieve and when you put in that hard effort, remember it is only the decree of Allah that will help you achieve so don't think it's my intellect alone, or don't think it is me. No, it is Allah who granted you the ability to do things so that he provided for you Allah Akbar. That's the way a Muslim man or woman looks at it. Allah subhanho wa
Taala. Quran does goodness. Then we have people who ask for trouble.
That is obviously snatching away of your piece you asking for Trump imagine, you know, when something for example, in our lives is in front of us. And we know that this is the straight path and intentionally we take a turn. Let's see what happens. And you know, you've heard things voila, here we are asking for trouble. When we asked for trouble, then trouble comes to us. You know, there is a saying do not trouble trouble until trouble troubles you. But at the same time, what happens to us, we end up asking for trouble seeking trouble. And if we take a look at the people of Norway, and even the people who are at the times of the other messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala there is
something amazing that we learned they were arrogant. They asked for real trouble. Look at what the people have told him. Verse number 32 are Luciano Nakata. Giada China axalta je de La Nina, Tina Mata a Guna Kuta Mina saw the mean they said oh no. You have been arguing with us.
For so long, and you have increased your argument for such a long period of time now we want you to bring along that punishment that you are promising us. We want to see it if you are truthful.
Imagine how foolish they were. They are asking them to be of a love to say you promising us punishment. Let's see. So don't be arrogant. You know, if someone tells you look, Brother, do not cheat me, you know, I can make a do against you. Obviously, we are Muslims. We shouldn't be doing that. But some people might say that if they say that don't say go make your dog. Let's see what happens. That is.
That is arrogance. What did that do our plugs in Allah He admit, as they say, Allah protect us. Do not ask people for trouble. It's don't tell someone Who do you think you are? What do you think you're going to do? What do you think you're going to do to me? Well, I they might be, they might be weak. Look what happened to me, Allah subhanho wa Taala. Bless us. And Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions this verse number 91, of the same Surah Surah. Who the people of Sri I told him the similar statement Kahlua shuaibu, Mana tamuka
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His people are telling him, we don't even understand what you're trying to tell us. And you know what we consider you a little weakling from amongst us. Who do you think you are?
How can you tell that statement to someone who wants to correct you? Today we have a bad attitude. You correct a youngster? And he tells you Hey, who do you think you are? You collect an old man and he tells you who do you think you are? How could you tell me that? don't respond in the way the enemies of Allah replied, your piece will be snatched away if the statement is correct. change your habits. Do you know you have a youngster who you correct and he tells you even my father doesn't tell me that? Well, then you need to go to his father and tell him that.
Allah subhanho wa Taala correct us really, let's not be arrogant. Let's not be people who get upset when we are corrected. When we are corrected. Voila, we need to learn from the blessings of Allah. Do not be from those like these who earned the Wrath of Allah because they went around telling people who do you think you are, you can pray against me go do what you want. Bring your father go and do whatever you want. What type of statement is that? It's a statement of arrogance that must never be on the lips of a believer. May Allah forgive us, really, because sometimes we are struggling in our homes, with our children with anything else with the business, whatever it is,
because we have had this attitude in the past and perhaps people might have gone out to Allah when people call out to Allah subhanho wa Taala let me inform you have something else. Allah subhanho wa Taala waits, he gives you a period of time, he gives you more hula, he gives you a time in order to turn when you don't turn. The punishment descends when it descends voila, he there is no way that you are going to turn it back.
So this is why sometimes someone has made it up against us. And it only plugs in 20 years down the line.
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web? Wait For indeed I am waiting with you. This was the statement of the messengers for otaku in Morocco, Morocco.
keep on waiting, go and look out. I'm also on the lookout we'll see who's going to suffer and what what will happen May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from those who earn the Wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why srivalli Salatu was Salam.
He taught us something very great that Allah subhanho wa Taala has mentioned in the Quran. When we instruct our children, sometimes you tell your child don't smoke, but dead two packs a day you're smoking. you telling me Don't smoke. So what's happening? we instruct people to do things but we are far away from it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala correct us look at the messenger. Allah is Salatu was Salam. Do you know what he says? He says, and this is verse number 88, while Ma Ri o n o Holly Falco, Illa, Ella Goodman, I do not want to go against that which I myself am prohibiting you from. I'll tell you something, and you find me doing something else. He says, I will never do that. And
this is the same message of all the messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala were
whenever they called out they were always the first to adopt the same instruction. Whenever they said something is prohibited, they were always the furthest away. Let's ask ourselves, sometimes we don't have peace in our lives because we know what's right. we instruct people regarding what's right and wrong, but will engage in what's wrong and we are the furthest away from what's right. It happens in our own families. It happens in our society, sometimes in our businesses where you tell the people don't come late, but you are the one who comes in the latest.
You just a manager Yeah, you come in late every day. You telling us don't come late, if you want. Low akubra
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Used to be a Prime Minister of Malaysia used to clock in five minutes before everybody else do you know that it's just an example that came to my mind. But the lessons we learn, you want to lead by example be even better than that and inshallah you will find people will follow sometimes you don't even need to say things when you are disciplined when you have a beautiful way of speaking your children pick up immediately without even you saying please don't talk like this. Don't do this. Don't do that. They follow that because they know every day The same thing is happening. But when you are screaming and shouting and swearing, and then you hear your child swear and you are shocked,
Don't be shocked you sweat every day. Allah subhanho wa Taala blesses you and respect in your business learn to respect the others. They will respect you automatically when you don't respect them. You cannot just come and say hey, I deserve respect. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness inshallah we will continue tomorrow. And until then wa Salatu was Salam ala nabina Muhammad Subhan, Allah Subhana Allah humblebee Hamdi Ganesha