Ramadan 2013 – Pearls of Peace – 16 of 27
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Day 16, Wednesday- Ramadan 2013 – Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa Sallim wa barik ala Muhammad Al amin Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sahbihi nomophobia can be exciting. Let me do that. We commenced by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala sending blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, all his companions, his entire household, we asked Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them all, and to bless every single one of us and to grant us goodness, brothers and sisters in Islam.
We all would love concentration in Salah. And sometimes, we know that
the concentration levels that we have in Salah are not as they should be, everyone would like to improve. So let's look at what Allah Subhana Allah says, He speaks in the opening verses of surah. 2 million, about the successful person, the one who is a believer, the fact that the believers are the ones who are successful, then he goes on to describe this success. And this success is that of this world as well as of the next. So it's a it's only correct for us to spend a few moments going through the qualities he makes mention of and looking at what benefit we would derive by being good people. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says in verse number one, but I
mean no indeed the believers have been successful or successful are those who have believed me Allah subhanho wa Taala makers from amongst those who are successful, may make us from those who are truly believe is in him, me.
And levena whom Jesus Allah to him harsh on those who concentrates in their prayer. So those who are successful one of the signs is they concentrate in their prayer, when they are plugged in with Allah subhanho wa Taala nothing disturbs them. Everything is gone out, you know, they say the shoes are removed outside. Do you know why? Some of the people of late have been saying that that is the connection between you and the ground the earth. So now that you've removed it completely, you've left the dunya and the material world outside, you've come into the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala awaits you. And Allah subhanho wa Taala may grant the strength so Allah says, What levena Omani love
those who stay away from that which is few times and unnecessary.
It doesn't achieve anything for you. It's neither good nor bad, stay away from it. Amazing. We are taught to stay away from that which is bad and to engage in that which is good. But we don't realize there is a third category of things neither good nor bad, but a waste of time. So if you are prepared to stay away from that which is a waste of time, then automatically you will have much more concentration in Salah Mashallah, I can give you an example. We all have mobile phones. And I think we all know how to download some applications. inshallah I see the older people are giving me the looks okay, you might have the old Nokia bricks, but don't worry, inshallah, soon you will be having
a little smartphone, they call it smartphone. And this smartphone, all of us know that when you've downloaded unnecessary apps, what happens? You know, not all the phones are octacore, as we have the latest in Samsung, and so on. But some of them are still quite cold. And some of them are still a little bit far behind. And some of their systems are quite slow. So when you have too many apps that you are not using, it takes it makes the phone sluggish. And you have you are prone to viruses. And when you turn on your phone, it takes three four minutes before it actually comes on. Whereas when you have a processor, a processor that is powerful, in a few seconds, the phone is on you press the
button and as you are pressing it, it actually goes in fact nowadays there are phones that recognize your eye as we moving down, it moves down. It's a reality.
So we all know that when there is something unnecessary on the phone, or for example, your space in your storage drive or your little disk that you have the little chip that you have is perhaps not enough for what you are downloading, you know you have files that are huge, and you have a chip that Subhanallah only caters for say, eight gigabytes that today is actually nothing eight gigabytes. You know, I would tell you you'd rather swap that phone for something better. Because the reality is you need a minimum of 64 gig if you really use your phone. And if you want you can work a plan and get something even higher. Why am I saying all this? I am saying it because our systems are far more
sophisticated when you have apps in your mind and
In your system that are not necessary, you will not be able to work quickly you become sluggish concentration in Salah is almost no, when you've got too many things in your head that are absolutely unnecessary. Your mind has this and that take it out just like your phone. You know, if you haven't used the app for one year, voila, he deleted you will do a favor not only to yourself, but the speed of your processor by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So the same applies to us. In fact, with human beings, it's a higher example. We are far more sophisticated than computers. If a person for example sits and watches movies all day, when he comes and he says Allahu Akbar, if it
is a soap that he has been watching, he's worried about the fact that it might finish before his Salah. So and he might or she might not know what is going on. So the Salah is darted through Quick, quick Why? Because my soap is there and I need to be washed low.
Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us this is what happens. So when we waste our time with things that are totally futile that which is a waste of time, we lose concentration in Salah. So this is why Allah says the believers are successful. Those who concentrate in Salah, you want that concentration in Salah Allah says the next thing those who abstained from that, which is few times that which is unnecessary. So it's a category let's try and get to by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala same applies to speech. You know, if you're a person who loves gossip, it's impossible for you to concentrate in Salah properly. Impossible. Why you love gossip The To Do not come together? No, they
don't. So because when you say Allahu Akbar, you're going to think of what you heard. You're going to think of that aunty Ray and that lady there, and that man, they and this anchor here and the story you heard, and you might even shake your head, and people are thinking you're enjoying the recitation, but they don't realize that in actual fact, your mind is somewhere else altogether. And Allah grant us goodness, this is why we say cut out the gossip. Cut out the backbiting, cut out the slander, don't want to listen to that which does not concern you and you will find yourself on a very, very high spiritual level. When you say Allahu Akbar, you are thinking of the words why?
Because before the Salah, your main concern was how do I learn the words that I am saying of Allah subhanho wa Taala? What do they mean and therefore your concentration is beautiful. So in verse number four, Allah says, One Medina only Zakat, No, you are not going to be able really to keep yourself away from that which is futile until you cleanse yourself. Cleansing yourself in two ways. One is to work on your inner qualities work on your heart developing, you know, we have certain qualities that overtake us, sometimes when a person has a temper. Believe me, that temper is not going to go unless you work very, very hard on it. Let me tell you of myself, when I was much
younger, I was quite a temperamental character. So Pamela, but we worked so hard on it so hard, that really when you feeling upset, you control yourself at that moment.
Do not say something that will be a means have regrets or a statement that will come back to you and haunt you keep quiet, laughing out at that particular moment and see what happens, you will be able to think properly, you become a person who's very, very easy to get along with why because your temper is controlled. But my brothers and sisters today we have tempers we are not we are not interested in controlling them because we are not working hard enough on them. And we start blurting and blowing things and we get really so excited that we create issues out of nothing. My brothers and sisters, if that's the case, we will not be able to cleanse ourselves, nor will we be able to
concentrate in Salah, nor will we be able to be from amongst those who are successful believers.
So let's work very hard to eradicate the bad habits. You have a template work hard, very, very hard to fight it to combat it in a way that you can become a person after you had a temper. You now do not have a temper Oh, it's very, very difficult to make you angry. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, and may He make us the most humble of people may make us from those who can really fight our bad habits and qualities, like I say, and I want to repeat it for the fourth time. without working hard on your bad qualities. They're not going to go anyway, they will grow they will become worse and you will become a person who nobody gets along with why you haven't worked hard enough on
your own bad habits. So it's about time we looked at these beautiful qualities of the successful believers. And we told ourselves that do people get along with me? How am I as a person? Why is it that people do not get along with me? Let me fight my bad habits. Let me apologize for what I've done that has been wrong over the years for example, and from today on in by the will of Allah I'm going to combat the weakness of my own knifes and the devil that is within me Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. So Allah says those who cleanse themselves in two ways, like I said, One is to work on your bad habits and two is to give our charity Why give our charity because
Men by nature clings towards wealth and materialism, you see something good, you've earned a lot of money. And you know, it's normal to feel the little inclination towards materialism. So Allah says, Take that out, I come first. Allah comes before your world. So learn to give from that which you love most, that is the wealth that you have as well. So take it out and give the generous not only the Zakat, but give much more than that take out charities which are between you and Allah voluntary, it was not obligatory, obligatory is given. But on top of that, I want to give even more May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us generous people, this is how we will be able to stay away from
that which is few times and this is how we will be able to become people who can concentrate in salah and then we become successful believers.
Now in order to cleanse yourself, there is something important we spoke about the inner qualities but there are other qualities as well. So Allah says verse number five, one Medina only for Jamie happy Oh, those who control those who protect their private paths. They make sure they do not use those private paths wrongly they stay away from adultery and immorality. It's a straight and direct verse of Allah. If a person is not prepared to protect himself from that which is immoral, and if he or she does not regret when in morality is engaged in by himself or herself, then how does he expect to be cleansed by Allah subhanho wa Taala This is why the Prophet sallallahu Sallam has said it
quite clearly my job Malema bien, la de la Vega, he
will ever guarantees me the correct use of that which lies between the cheeks which is the tongue and that which lies between the thighs which is the private parts, I guarantee him paradise.
I guarantee in Paradise, so what we could do by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala make an effort to control your time and ensure that you only use your private parts where Allah subhanho wa Taala has permitted May Allah subhanho wa Taala blessed us May He grant the steadfastness and strength whenever a person has faltered. Remember turn to Allah very quickly for Allah is indeed most forgiving, Most Merciful. This is why a person cannot be faithful unless they understand the trust that they have been entrusted with. Hence you find this number eight Allah subhanho wa Taala says, When levena homely Amana tema de ma
those who look after their trusts that they have been entrusted with and the covenant that they have declared, they look after it. You know, in marriage, you are entrusted with your spouse, make sure you fulfill that trust do not abuse it. Normally they say once trust is gone, it's over. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from those really to rebuild trust after it is lost is not a joke. It requires a lot of effort. And sometimes it might result may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us in something negative. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is warning us also we have an covenant that we have taken with Allah subhanho wa Taala we have declared the Shahada. We are part of Muhammad sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam oma it's important for us to know that and therefore we fulfill all the obligations that are upon us and abstain from the prohibitions wherever we have faltered. Like I've said, we need to turn back to Allah very quickly and ask him for forgiveness for indeed he is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Then verse number nine, the most beautiful verse, Allah subhanho wa Taala informs us of the starting point of all this, you want to get cracking we'll listen to this one levena humara swatting him you have
those who protect their Salawat Salawat, meaning the number of Salah in the day, this is in plural, and like the first one was talking of the quality of the prayer and the concentration. How can the concentration be achieved when you are not even bothered about the number of Salah a person doesn't read further, although he only makes us or for example, because it's convenient or moderate, or perhaps Asia and thereafter. You know, when he only makes one Salah in the day what type of concentration does he expect there? Nothing because you don't make any more Salawat if you knew the value of it, you would make sure you don't miss a single Salah like we said Salah is the key to the
door of many, many points of goodness. But sadly sometimes our doors are closed, the keys are lost. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. You find that key in Salah May Allah open the doors of goodness for us. So let's all promise Allah subhanho wa Taala Firstly, we fulfill our Salah Come with me. Secondly, we understand the trust we have been entrusted within the covenant unto Allah by obeying His commands, abstaining from prohibitions. Thirdly, protect your private path. Fourthly cleanse yourself both inside and out. Make sure that you
have given you a wealth that is due as well as something over and above that and make sure you work very, very hard to eradicate your bad habits. Like we said, again, if you are not prepared to work extremely hard on your bad habits do not think that they are going to go away. In fact, they will grow May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. And then we stay away from that, which is few times we try to get to that level where we know that what's bad, we stay away from what's good, we're engaging, but what is neither good nor bad, it's in the middle, there is a stage that a person would get to where that also irritates them. Because it's a waste of time, I'm depleting my resources,
it's like someone telling you that you know what, if you sell your goods to that man, you are going to make a 20% profit. And if you sell them to that man, you will make a 20% loss. And if you keep on rotating them here, you are neither going to make a profit nor a loss, you're only going to now rotate your stock, that's all. So a person sitting back, he will say I'd rather earn the profit, I don't want to waste my time carting the stock from point A to point B, when I'm not even going to cover my overheads. You know, in business, you need to make something at least so that you pay for your lights and water and rental and salaries and so on. But if that's not covered as well, you're
wasting your time. So I'd rather say you know what, let all my workers be laid off for a little while because I'm neither going to make a profit nor a loss instead of buying and selling and make everybody work and so on. And you're not even earning anything. This is a similar example to the deeds we engage in, that are neither good nor bad. Just a waste of time. You're wasting your energy, you're wasting your time, you'd rather have done something in that time. That was beneficial. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, and may He beautify us inside out. I mean, so brothers and sisters, thereafter, Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of the messengers and he makes
mention of their names the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him how he was sent in a few aspects of what had happened. And Prophet Musa Salatu was Salam. And what happened then Allah says, some
rasuna tectona then we sent messengers, one after the other, so many messengers we sent first number 44 minion, Allah says,
Allah Subhana, Allah subhana wa kulana
lebo every time a messenger got to the nation that he was supposed to get to all the nation received the messenger of theirs, they belied him. So what did we do? You know, when they had us the messenger, when they disagree when they belie when they fight against the messenger, Allah says, For ads banner,
ad Howdy. We just followed them one after the other, and nation came, a messenger came, they believe the messenger they would destroy another nation group and other nation grew, a messenger came, they believed the messenger they would destroy another nation group, when the other nation came and so on. So Allah says one after the other, and we made them into history. They became stories that are being told in history, therefore today they got to us. So what's the lesson? The lesson is if we are going to belie the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam. or become hypocritical about how we are following him. Allah says, look, the ingredient is very clear when you added this with that you got
you got a fire. Now you're adding the same ingredients. Don't be foolish to think you're not going to get a fire a lava if someone were to say, put petrol and a little spark and you get an inferno. So today you come about with petrol and a little spark and you think we are 2000 years down the line so it will not create a spark you have been foolish. This is why Allah says Watch out we sent it we sent messages to those in the past. Look what happened to them because of the delay. So you do not believe this is why Allah has opened the door for us known as the door of Toba and repentance where we turn back to Allah before it is too late. You know Allah subhanho wa Taala releases and he
releases when a person is a strain for example, the rope is actually released and released until they go and they continue going. And one day it is snatched so you either come back before the rope is snatched or when it gets snatched, then it is too late. Allah subhanho wa Taala grounders protection, exactly why verse number 99 and 100 Allah makes mention of regret. You know, regret is very good. If a person regrets his sin. Well, ah, it's a beautiful sign. We said it in the past. A person who regrets his sin is a true believer. But when a person regrets at the point of death, it's too late love you know if before your journey, may Allah protect us all we're going to speak of
reality here before your journey. You get hooked onto the BBN perhaps or you get hooked on to a little whatsapp group that informs you way exactly the speed traps are a lot more intelligent because you might be talking to the 240 like some of us and then when it comes to the point where you know there's a speed trap you
Moving at 120. And now I found something out in this country up to 129. They won't NAB you by the will of Allah. If they do, don't come back to me
up to 129, it's a leeway. So you can set your your crews at 128. And you will be comfortably sailing straight through waving at the cops as well. What happens if you have done this before your journey, you are intelligent, you take heat, but once you net and you get hit at 200, and now you're arrested and taken to court, and then you regret and you tell the judge, you know what, I'm really really sorry. It's too late. We understand it, you got to pay your fine, you might be jailed, and you might have your license taken away. In some countries, they have the point system where you have so many points no longer driving for so long bank. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. We are so worried
about the points on our licenses to be honest with you. And the regrets that is after the points come in is far more and far worse. And in fact, you can do really nothing about it, then Have you been regretting the way you've been driving before you and then this is why Allah says and obviously this example is far higher. It's a real life example. And we cannot compare it with anything the comparisons we've given you only to bring it closer to our understanding but Allah says verse number 99
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Allah says those oppresses who did not want to turn to us. When dead overtakes them, then they will say one of them will say, oh, Allah sent us back we have now seen we regret we want to go back. Yeah, Allah Allah says No way. There's no going back. There's no second trial. This examination was once like we say you only live once. So live properly and remember to obey Allah instruction. Because this life is the opportunity to build your life after death, you only have one chance to build your life after death. Remember this, you only have one opportunity to build your life after death. So you'd better build your mentioned by obeying the last instruction and abstaining from his
prohibition, rather than just risking it and when you get there and this is what happens in Allah protect us where we say we want to go back Allah says nay it's just a statement that they are uttering No, they will go back and do it again. This is why they say those who have been nabbed for traffic fines, even if they paid 20,000 they still dry fast law. Allah subhanho wa Taala groundless goodness there is only one solution. Have a driver law, Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and grandest goodness with us. The solution is follow the instruction of the messenger blindly and inshallah you will get to Paradise by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah says number 115,
moon, alpha, beta, gamma fall upon a coma bata Do you think that we have created you without a purpose for nothing? Just like that? Do you think that you were created just to come in and enjoy and do as you please? Allah says do you think that what
do you think that you're not going to come back to us in order for us to take account of your deeds and so on? Allahu Akbar you on peace just be conscious of the fact that Allah did not create you for nothing and be conscious of the fact that you're going back to Allah and you're answerable to Him. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness so quickly making mention of the issue of regret if we regret once we're alive and we're healthy and we well and we okay then and hamdulillah it will help us we can delete our points and everything can be gone Mashallah, we'll have such a good record and reputation we can become the friends of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But if we regret once we see the
angel of death, it is too late. And after that, may Allah protect us we don't want to have the jail sentence. Brothers and sisters, I move on to Surah Surah Nanda after lights May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us some light,
Allahu Akbar, this one Allah has made mention of immorality and the sin, the darkness that it comes with.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of how serious a crime it is. We always say be happy with what you have, work towards what you have. But Allah says when you accuse others of adultery or immorality, and you do not have for proper eyewitnesses, you just heard the word so you spreading today Do you know what the latest is? We have systems on our mobile phones. Any rumor that is created from one corner of some middle town can spread across the globe and we are guilty of forwarding it which is forward without even verifying without thinking this is a dirty statement. This is actually accusing someone This is actually this or that we just forward it and we get
enjoyment out of it not realizing we will pay for it. And when we pay for it, the same person who we might have been talking against might be so innocent, that they
I would say you know what brother I'm making up for you.
And we don't realize we actually pay through our health or wealth or whatever else, our children, whatever else it is because we have caused harm to that friend of Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us, he says, never accused people not at all Worry about yourself. One levena masala tea
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verse number four, so to know those who want to accuse the chase from amongst the believing women, and they don't come up with for witnesses for good eyewitnesses, then they need to be penalized by being lashed at lashes because of their statement of false hope. And never ever accept their witness in anything after that. They are the ones who are sinners. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. You know how serious a statement is when a person says, Hey, those who are having an affair, that word will lie it is included in this verse. And how many of us our tongues and our systems are messed up with accusations of innocent people we just see the two perhaps we might have heard a
phone call a man or a woman might have blushed when he answered the phone.
What if a Allahu Akbar May Allah subhanho wa Taala blessed us may open our doors and May He grant us purity on our tongues don't accuse people we say and we normally believe that it takes a dirty mind to think dirty. May Allah subhanho wa Taala cleanse our minds and our hearts. So Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us sometimes people are living without peace in their lives because they go around accusing people so they have no peace. Their children are not in order. Their health is not in order. their wealth is not in order and they are living really a suicidal life. Why? Listen to what Allah says.
Verse number 23, same surah
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those who falsely accused the innocent, the chaste, innocent, believing women of immorality. Allah says they are cast in this world in the next imagine a case we are sending a statement we are forwarding a WhatsApp message not realizing I'm actually cursing myself. We are saying something which is a huge accusation. This is why Allah says that.
You think that these statements are light yet they are very great in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah does not like that you accuse people, you spoil the reputation of innocent people. Allahu Akbar, may Allah cleanse our tongues. This is why my brothers and sisters if you want peace, stay away from indulging in the lives of others, you will have a lot of peace. When you indulge in their lives, you automatically curse yourself they don't need to curse. Allah says such people are automatically cursed. And who would want the curse of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala says goddess people accused is
one of the most chaste of all women in existence or who existed. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
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Allah says those who came about with the accusation, they are a group from amongst you don't think it's bad for you, it's actually good for you.
Now this verse is given to those who have been accused, those whose lives have been made a mess by others spreading accusations about them. Allah says, Don't worry, you think it's bad for you, it's actually good for you. You get all the rewards of those people who are talking bad about you, that's what will definitely happen. So it's better for you, perhaps your entry and this is a lesson for us, mine and your entry into paradise through our deeds. We don't know if we will manage. So Allah says, Don't worry, you have the deeds of another 3000 people who spoke ill about you, they are solid, they have everything that's what will take you to heaven. It's better for you. So let them say what they
want. You know, and Allah knows luck. But the question is, let's make sure our deeds are not being given. But if anyone has spoken about us, this verse is a reassurance Allah says, Don't think it's bad for you, it's actually good. You will achieve a lot of cleansing, you will become closer to us and you get the deeds of people and when their deeds are depleted, your sins or other sins go to their record. Imagine how pure a person becomes so Allah says, Don't worry, my brothers and sisters from amongst us those who are being accused, we have good news and those who are accusing we have the worst news because we are cursed by Allah automatically through our own statement. May Allah
subhanho wa Taala purify us and cleanse us
Then we have this number 19. Today when there is a story of gossip, everyone wants to spread it. We spread the tale with names. You know, this is what happened. That's what happened. This person had an affair with that one. This one is impregnated by someone it's outside of wedlock. All that is none of your business. My brothers and sisters, you don't need to spread that because that is spreading immorality. You are dropping society's level of morality by making everyone think, Well, you know what, everybody's doing it. So we're just a part of it. We're just a part of it. So we start belittling the sin. And this is why sometimes you have newspapers and sometimes you have the
media houses that are guilty of promoting crime because they tell the world how the crime was committed. So an innocent person sitting there says Hey, that was quite easy. Imagine he went into the bank and this is what he did. Let me try that with if and be here. You better watch out now Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. This is why we say do not spread details of crime. Do not spread details of immorality. If you do that. Allah warns us and says you won't have peace. Listen to what Allah subhanho wa Taala says first number 19 in Medina, buena, Tashi Allah Alfa
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those who love to spread immorality amongst believers and to spread the tales and the details of immorality amongst the believing men and women for them we shall be a severe punishment in this world and the next for Indeed Allah knows and they do not know. You do not know now Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and May He grant us protection really from our tongues and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us inshallah. Tomorrow we will continue with beautiful verses that affect us in our lives until we meet again, inshallah, we say well Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina, Muhammad Subhan, Allah Subhana Allah Mohammed the connection to Allah Highland