Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2013
Day 12, Saturday – Ramadan 2013 – Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds
salaam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam
ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa Tabby momento de la only Dini, we're better. We commence by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala sending blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in his entire household, and all his companions We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them and to bless every single one of us and to grant us goodness, beloved brothers and sisters, the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala is something really, really important. In fact, without it, we would not be believers. So when we utter the term Vicar law, what do we mean? It's important for us to know yes, it includes the test be that we actually engage in
Subhana Allah Alhamdulillah Allah Allah, Allah, Allah Allahu Akbar, Allah so many types of test being that we have been taught by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that is also known as the Rico law, the vicar or the remembrance of Allah. But sometimes we become oblivious of the fact that Victrola would mean to remember a lot to think about him to keep him in mind to bear his consciousness. And whatever happens we relate to Allah subhanho wa Taala, bearing in mind that Allah subhanho wa Taala is all watchful, and at the same time, Allah subhanho wa Taala is remembered not only by our tongues, but even by our hearts.
So this is why when a person's condition is such that he remembers Allah upon all conditions. When a person lives his entire life in a way that everything he does, or she does. Bear in mind that Allah subhanho wa Taala is my Creator. He made me he has placed me in this world in order to test me and he is going to take me back and I'm going to return to Him and I'm answerable to him. If that is the case, we achieve a lot of comfort. Listen to what Allah says in Surah, two rod, verse number 28,
boo. Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah, for unquestionably the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In it, there is reassurance of the hearts
you want your heart to become. We need to know if you are a true believer, it will be achieved by remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala in all the ways that we have just made mention of visa to short races that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of in Surah, two lot. Yesterday we spoke about surah Yusuf, there is one point I'd like to repeat, reiterate, whenever we plan the downfall of someone, perhaps the same plan might result directly in that person actually being raised above us. Let's remember this something we learned from Surah Yusuf, the brothers, they plan the downfall of Yusuf alayhi salaatu wa Salaam, and as a direct result of the actions, he was raised high above
them. So remember, the status is owned by Allah subhanho wa Taala, he gives whomsoever He wishes. As we know, it's very important for us to know this, the reverse is also correct. What that means is when someone plans our downfall, don't worry, they might taste a little bit of sweetness for a short moment. But as a result, Allah will grant us elevation far beyond them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, and May He grant us the peace and comfort we need, especially when we know that people are working day and night against us, people whom sometimes we don't even know and they're working against us remember, it is through their very plan that perhaps Allah has chosen to elevate
us, let me give you a quick mention of one or two things.
People draw cartoons against Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Now the villa, they upset us. But as a direct result, hundreds if not 1000s, if not 10s of 1000s are entering the fold of Islam. Direct result, people engage in actions and they blame the Muslims for those dirty actions. as a direct result of that there are 10s of 1000s who enter the fold of Islam Subhanallah so they would like people to run away from Islam, and they want to spread false about Islam and as a result of their action. Allah subhanho wa Taala has chosen elevation. This is why we say don't become depressed Allah is in current control. We need a little bit of patience Allah tests us and He wants
us to go through suffer for a while, sometimes a few years, sometimes a few decades. And after
That we achieve a lot of success. May Allah grant us goodness.
Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of another gem. Obviously the Quran is full of this, but we are extracting a view. Do you know how important it is to learn languages? How important is it? It is so important that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam has actually taught us that if you learn languages of people, you'll be able to secure yourself Firstly, from their ill and their plot. Imagine people are actually talking behind you in a language that they think that you don't know sometimes even in your presence, and they are mocking, or they are perhaps trying to say we're going to do this to this person and you turn around and greet them in the same language and their jaws
drop lavaca Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us, Allah grant us goodness. And for this reason, we take a look at surah him, verse number four, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says whenever we sent messengers, we always sent them speaking the language of the people whom they were sent to.
Because if you are to translate something, you would water down the effect by at least half, sometimes a little bit more, sometimes a little bit less depending on how powerful the translator is. But if I was speaking to you today, in a language you did not understand that someone was translating it for you. It would water down the impact and the effect Allah says on
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And we have never sent a messenger to people accepting their language so that he can make it very clear to them the message may Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us clarity, it shows us you want to speak to people you want to be clear and speak their language, speak clearly. Learn linguistics, learn the rules of language, you will be able to come across to people and you will be able to get the message across in a much more beautiful way a palatable way. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness,
then very, very beautiful teaching. We all want increase in our goodness. And we all want increase in whatever we have in terms of positivity. And we've spoken about it in the last few days. today. Allah subhanho wa Taala in the verses we are making mention of Now verse number seven of surah Ibrahim, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of a declaration. What is the other?
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ready? Indeed Allah has declared Europe has declared that if you are thankful he will grant you increase. And if you are ungrateful, his punishment is very severe. So if you want increase in goodness, be grateful. What is gratitude, gratitude is to fulfill the commands of Allah so you are showing gratefulness, you are showing gratitude when Allah says at this time, you're supposed to be there, find yourself there. That is gratitude. And Allah gives you more he gives you increase, he gives you bliss. And when Allah subhanho wa Taala has really blessed us not only should we think that sugar means to say by time, you know, you ask someone how's your business brother? They say
sugar man, that's a term everyone says, brother, we love your statement. But what about your actions? Do they show that you are rarely in that sugar that you are claiming? Or you are somewhere else? Imagine a man going to a club and you ask him how's your business? This is sugar man and all that money is going to the casino. What is he doing? May Allah Subhana Allah Allah protect us may grant us goodness Allah has blessed you with good health Mashallah dress appropriately. Allah has blessed you with sound Mashallah perhaps financial condition, thank Allah be charitable, don't be extravagant, don't become haughty. This is all part of the gratitude. So Allah says this, and this
is why verse number 34, of the same surah as well as wisdom, the 18th of surah two, which is the next Torah, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us Oh, man,
what you do.
If you try and come to serve Allah on you, you will never be able to do it. Try and count the gifts that Allah has bestowed any one of us we will never ever be able to count them. Not at all. This is a challenge faced by Allah subhanho wa Taala yet man becomes depressed because one of two things he wanted, he doesn't have and Allah says we gave you another 202,000 20,000 things that you haven't even considered as a gift. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us the fresh air we are breathing, I still think there will come a time when they will be oxygen tanks and we'll have to pay to breathe the air the way the contamination is going on. Now Allah protect us from seeing such a day.
Sometimes it crosses the mind when we see the pollution on the globe, Allah subhanho wa Taala projectors, then Allah makes mention of shavon and how shavon on the day of God
And we'll say to men
upon Olam cobian verse number 22. Soraka brought him in
to come to come shape and we'll tell him man on that day, Allah promised you and Allah is truthful in his promise. I promise you, but I betrayed you.
On that day, I promised you I told you, you will get this, you will have a lot of joy you will get comfort you will have this you will have that and you went to do whatever I say, and I am a betrayer I betrayed you and Allah promised you and you really did not look into the promise of Allah subhanho wa Taala so he says, fella telone Don't blame me 104 Sacco blame yourselves. Imagine what
really what a devil. He tells us to do things he beautifies it for us everything is happening. And after that he comes to Hey, I was just between you. You know what, don't blame me blame yourself what devil Allahu Akbar. Allah subhanho wa Taala make us realize how devilish he is. And may He make us stay away from him.
So this is Allah subhanho that statement of the devil. The next Surah Surah 200 Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed us with a powerful reminder. So beautiful, he says verse number 49 never be a Bandy inform my worshipers. About what?
that I am the most forgiving, Most Merciful? That is what Allah says, inform my worship as I am most forgiving, Most Merciful. Yeah, Allah forgive us and have mercy on us. Yeah, Allah grant us peace. Yeah, Allah in the dunya and the AFA.
Sometimes people become a little bit lost when they misinterpret these statements. So people think Allah is most forgiving so let me send I'll say today I asked for forgiveness. It's okay as it is we heard is most forgiving. So sin is committed. Go back Allah forgive me. following evening. Hey, today is Saturday night. Where are we supposed to be? I don't even want to say where we are in the house of Allah. Someone sent me a message yesterday, by the way, and I thought it was powerful. Let me share it with you. They say the masjid is free to enter yet it is empty. Mashallah not in our case look, Mashallah. It's full. The Masjid is free to enter. Yet it is empty. The clubs you have to
enter through payments, yet they are full. Look at how ironic it is that people do not want to enter heaven even though it is free and are prepared to pay to enter hell. Law. Look at this. What a statement. This is the deception of shape and effect. This is why we make the difference by the will of Allah pick up the massage and we prove the devil wrong by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala Don't be from amongst those who just latches on to a statement allies go for Rahim allies, allies most forgiving allies most forgiving and brother you're drinking and you're in the clubs and you're on drugs and you're not prepared to give up pornography and adultery and all these sins of the age
and you're robbing this and you're cheating that and you're arrogant and you're not giving up your bandwidth for him. That's why Allah says immediately after that, verse number 50. After he says tell them I am most forgiving, Most Merciful. What another big one.
They should know my punishment is very, very painful as well.
Look at the balance. Allahu Akbar. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us His mercy, and may He protect us from his painful punishment. You we want peace we need to consider this and make sure that we stay away from that punishment. It is very, very painful. And then in sort of aged Allah subhanho wa Taala in forms Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam of one of the miracles of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, one of his miracles,
such a powerful miracle. In a nutshell, Mr. Xie, verse number 95, Allah says, We are sufficient for you as protectors over those or as protectors from those who will mock you or joke about you, or try and humiliate you in any way. So Allah says, We are sufficient as protectors for you, we will protect you don't worry, whatever they do, it will never ever be the way they want it. So Panama. This is a miracle of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, those who laughed at him. Those who scoffed one of two things happen either they faced the rock of their own statement or they were given guidance by Allah because of that, in the sense that they learned a lesson after that, you know, there are so
many stories of people who attempted to
Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, and a few seconds later they say, Allah Allah, Allah, Allah. Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah. Allahu Akbar. So today, if you take a look at the globe, one law he This is exactly what is happening. Allah says we are sufficient. Don't worry about those joking and mocking about you creating whatever they want. Every time someone plans something negative, let us obviously it hurts us we have to feel the hurt and the pain without a doubt. But at the same time, how we react must not display hooliganism, and it must not display behavior that is not befitting a believer. Remember, yes, it will hurt you, we may do ask for guidance for those people will lie I
give you an example.
And the example is not very far from us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us in one of the Scandinavian countries, a man who was at the forefront of
the enmity against Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam the banning or the proposed banning not only of the menorah and the hijab, but even the sound that comes from the masjid and so on what law he a day came when he accepted Islam. Without the joke, he went to Medina munawwara. And you know what, in his own way, he began to cry when he visited the top of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And he apologized, saying, I am so sorry for what I have done.
When he promoted the cartoons and the videos and he took part in one of the videos and so on. When you search you will find this and you will find this brother SubhanAllah. The other day he had an interview on Channel Islam, and amazingly he is now known as a brother of ours indeed.
This is what is meant by this. This is what is meant by this, Allah says you don't worry, we know what we are doing. When people engage in negativity they themselves might come about and learn so many examples. It's just a pity. We don't know nowadays, we have the internet on our phone. So it's quite easy to find out all these things. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. The question is are we are born Muslims. Sometimes we are quick to make a big noise about how much we love
when people engage in cartoons and everything else, but our lives are far away from his teachings. This is the problem. Born Muslims are not worried about their Deen they only pay lip service to it. And when it comes to others who are not Muslim, they are accepting Islam. I tell you the reverse in most cases are far stronger than those who are born in Islam.
Allah make it easy for you, my brothers and sisters who have reverted to Islam acts you may be having family that are harassing you. Perhaps you may have jobs that you have lost. Perhaps you may have communities that are not accepting you all this is part of the summer. It's part of your paradise May Allah grant it to you and May Allah make us in your company.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala also tells Mohamed salatu salam in the next few verses, while aka Donna Alamo, aka lb pasado, aka be my APU, we know, we know that your chest is constrained because of the statements they make against you. Obviously, it hurts you anyone who has sworn x it would hurt you. You would feel it in your heart at least minimum to different levels. Some people It hurts them more. Some people you know, they realize that you know those who want to say things perhaps they could be described as barking dogs, sometimes Allah protect us.
So Allah says we know that it constrains your chest, it tightens your chest what they are uttering. So what's the solution? Allah subhanho wa Taala provides it and it's for us and for everyone else, and for Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam initially, to start with Allah subhanho wa Taala says, For some big behind the big our
God, Buddha Allah Baca has to be happy. So declare the praise of Allah praise Allah Oh conditions Subhana Allah Alhamdulillah someone attacks you Subhana Allah hamdulillah I praise Allah Allah is in control, just thank Allah to continue thanking along all conditions and praise Him.
And B from amongst those who constantly prostrate find yourself in the position of sujood a lot it will comfort you, you see when you're normally it is a description of when your blood thickens, and then your cholesterol perhaps might be slightly high. And then what happens the part finds it difficult to pump the oxygenated blood into the brain and then you suffer. But did you know that sujood Allah is telling you engage in such depth and remain in such depth. It is the only position that a man can comfortably get into whereby the brain is lower than the heart so gravity takes you through so panela amazing, and yet with sujood May Allah forgive us all. We're all guilty of not
Enough when it comes to the position where we are closest to Allah subhanho wa Taala acabo Maya coonan Abu Dhabi Hua Hua. Sachi, the closest that a slave is to Allah subhanho wa Taala is in the condition of such that may we be from amongst those who take a little bit more time in solitude in sha Allah, May Allah forgive our shortcomings and may accept from us the few acts of worship that we engage in, I mean,
the next year or so to know Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us.
He warns us by giving us a piece of information.
And by instructing us verse number 43. First, I know
when you don't know something, ask those with knowledge. Ask those with knowledge. Don't just jump to conclusions. If you want to learn you learn from those who have sound knowledge, that is how you will learn. But if you want to jump to your own conclusions, you may be led astray May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, so much so that Allah says if you would like to know revelation and the signs of Allah, and the clear cut verses of Allah subhanho wa Taala ask those who know us bills with knowledge May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from amongst those who can take him and made him make us from amongst those who can learn a lesson.
Then there is a very important issue today on the globe. Children and six years later the child is told you know you were a mistake. I don't know if you've come across this. You were a mistake we weren't supposed to have you will lie he that is the worst statement you could utter to a child. And some are told you know you're a good dad wanted a boy.
Well, you're a boy dad wanted a girl? Well, he these are dangerous statements. This snatches away your peace in the dunya and the afra. How will you answer Allah in your grave? My brothers, these are statements of Jamelia vegan times even worse, and this is why Allah says regarding those people cooks regarding those who are void of faith, Allah says Allah subhanho wa Taala what either bashira had
those pagan people of Arabia when any one of them was informed of a girl child, their faces blackened and dark and when they became upset and angry, we don't want that girl. So much so that they began to bury those girls alive with no crime.
On the day the little girl child who was buried alive will be asked with what sin Have you been buried alive?
Who will answer
Allah subhanho wa Taala gracias goodness. Never be upset with the gender of your child never ever. Because that child will result in your entry in Paradise by the will of Allah. You don't know what goodness the child might come with. Some people have only boys. Thank Allah. Allah has not written for you to have girls. He knows why you may not know why. Some of them only have girls thank Allah that is your paradise when like a girl is an Amana you only look after her for someone else. Now lawmakers from amongst those who when we marry women, we realize they are someone's daughters who have been looked after as an Amana and now handed to us as a trust.
My brothers and sisters, let's realize some Allah has given no children to perhaps he wants you to grow closer to him by constantly calling out to him never knows. What is the ultimate success is not whether you have a child or not. It's whether you are granted entry into paradise or not. What's the point of having 10 children five boys five girls and 90 do we enter Paradise nor do they bother? We've not had kids. May Allah grant us children those who don't have I mean, but if Allah has planned it for you, such that if that's going to keep you on this agenda, it's going to keep you on the place of solitude and the masala as we would call it, making dua to Allah every day and keeping
you closer to Allah then hamdulillah so be it so for as long as you have peace and contentment in your heart and your link with Allah is beautiful. Look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam from his wives The one who gave birth to his children was Khadija
even Ayesha and the others are insha Allah the Most blessing of all women Subhana Allah had no children. Do you know that? the wives of Maria
she had Ibrahim May Allah subhana wa Tada. Peace and blessings be upon all of them. And the rest of the children were from Egypt.
But Mohammed Salah who I didn't even sometimes wives of the Allahumma, Jimmy and our mothers, the mothers of the believers, none of them were depressed because they did not have children. But they did not have children from Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam imagine and do you know all the children of Muhammad
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam passed away before him besides one that was
every single one of them, boys and girls put together, all of them passed away in his lifetime, the boys in infancy or childhood, the girls later on in adulthood, but he outlived all of them besides 1000 men of the law, do you know this? And when we lose our children, we become depressed, the best of creation, last all of them, not just one.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala be pleased with us as well. But he made us also for those who status can be elevated through the difficulties that we go through in this world. I mean, this is Allah blesses Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah subhanho wa Taala then tells us in verse number 90, that Allah instructs justice, he wants you to be justice, and he wants you to be kind, and he wants you to reach out to your relatives today. We don't even know our relatives. That's how bad it is. Do you know how are you going to fulfill the rite of reaching out to your relatives? If you don't know who your relatives are? If I were to ask you, who's your second cousin, and you don't even know? You
don't even know how are you going to reach out to them? May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us in
We hear this every Friday almost that Allah instructs us to engage in justice, to be kind goodness and to reach out to our relatives.
And he prohibits, I mean, in fact,
evil and oppression. Allah subhanho wa Taala forbids this. May Allah grant us goodness, and may He opened our doors, a gym that we learn from this is yes, Justice comes before goodness, which means when people have wronged you, yes, you forgive them. We are taught that we saw that yesterday with use of La salatu salam story. But when a person wrongs you once, twice, three times, four times, five times you need to know nobody can come to you and continue expecting you to keep on forgiving such a person who saw oppressive because justice comes before goodness, remember that?
You're allowed to be just No, I don't want to forgive them this time here. It's been 20 times they've done this. Now they must face the wrath of the law. That's your right. But like we said, prevent your heart from bitterness. There's a difference between the two, prevent your heart from being bitter. Let not hate you. They will take your heart you might want justice, but that must not make your heart become full of hatred because hatred, will your closeness to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, may Allah bless us and grant us ease. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us again, regarding whatever we've got, you know, there was a time
when perhaps our forefathers down the line, some people a little bit further up and some people perhaps very recently, could not afford shoes, they could not afford school fees, they could not afford clothes, some of them could not afford food and so on. And yet, a few years down the line here comes the sun, huge businessman, multi millionaire, here comes the grandchild and he's a tycoon as we say, Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us really, and Subhanallah then our attitude changes we become different people, we no longer honest we want to cut people and so on. Allah warns us and he reminds us
no matter what you have verse number 96 says whatever you have will finish it will be depleted. It is going to be left behind is going to be gone. And what Allah has is everlasting. Remember that today and I love to look at it this way. What ever we have is from the earth or its atmosphere, anything beyond that is of no benefit to us in this condition. What do you have your clothes? Well cotton is from the farm perhaps which is from the ground? What else do you have a leather jacket Mashallah, that's from the cow so can Allah what else you've got your motor vehicle the tin is mined in Zimbabwe, Mashallah. What else do you have?
You might have so much so much what else let's say things you know, you've got your beautiful watch. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us beauty of the art as well. You might have something beautiful everything from the ground is from somewhere your fuel that you have is actually drilled from underneath the golden silver underneath. Nothing above the Earth's atmosphere is of benefit to you. Oh man, you don't even know what's in Pluto to start with? Yes. And then we want to be people who think hey, everything is tough. I'm the tough man because I've got 50 kilos of gold. That gold is nothing absolute. No, no, it's from the ground. It's not even fit to get into paradise because
Paradise is on a class of its own. Nothing you see is allowed entry into paradise.
Nothing new is allowed entry into paradise. Nothing is allowed entry into paradise. When we get there. We will be
perfect condition, and we will be shocked to see our own spouse. After years of turbulence in this way, let's say hey, why because Wow, he's so excited, everything is gone and forgotten. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant us peace and blessings. Now open our doors. So remember what we have is deeply Don't let it make you arrogant and don't let it make you a person who feels that he is above others solely because he's got a little bit here in the dunya May Allah bless us and may He make us use our wealth in the right direction. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us and I will end inshallah with this verse, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says that on that day, on that day,
each person will be fighting his own case, each one will be coming, trying to defend himself. I didn't do this, I did that I didn't do this ojala Allah that. Allah says verse number 111 of Superman yamata T.
I've seen her on that day each soul shall come defending its own self, everyone is going to defend itself, himself or herself. So remember, let's prepare for that day. Today. You have a lawyer perhaps in fight your case. You know what to do they call them liar. You know why they call them liar? I don't want to tell you why. Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. They will protect you by hook or crook. That's why
that's the job. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless our Muslim lawyers who are perhaps the most truthful of the lot. But to be honest with you, if you look at the Day of Judgment, no lawyers, you either have been granted intercession of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam Allah granted to us. Or Believe me, you need to answer everything and you need to be standing there. Everyone who's got more has more to answer you take longer, they say the poor people will enter Paradise. They walk through the green room, what do you have nothing to declare carry on?
is reality whereas the people who are wealthy What do you have Babe Ruth, fill in your forms you pay me Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us blessings may open our doors, one verse that makes us cry. Allah says on that day, we will tell you Oh man, this is verse number 14.
Read your own book, you are sufficient as a witness against yourself. Here's your book, brothers and sisters, a book that we will be surprised to read yet we have authored it ourselves is the book of our own deeds so author it well May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all until we meet again masala Allahumma salli ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah.
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