Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2013
Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds, Ramadan 2013 – First Jumuah
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah
wa Salatu was Salam Ala Moana below me while he was a big man.
All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household or his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless him and bless them all. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every single one of us and grant us every form of goodness. Brothers and sisters, this is the first Friday in the month of Ramadan here in the beautiful city of Cape Town, and it is the case across the globe. The oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has been blessed with a double spirituality. The first is that of Ramadan, and the second is that of a Friday. The third is that of this particular moment of Juma so we asked the
almighty to allow us to feel the spirituality. And we asked the almighty to soften our hearts so that we can lean and inclined towards Allah subhanho wa Taala. Brothers and sisters, these are chances and moments that are priceless when Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed us in the condition of fasting with such great blessedness in terms of the time and in terms of the place we are in being the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala if our hearts are still not soften, and if our resolve to abstain and give up sin, abstain from and give up sin is not yet there. Then what are we waiting for? Brothers and sisters, let's promise Allah subhanho wa Taala to become better people. I mean,
I'd like to start off with a very important statement connected to fasting. We all know that we abstain from intimacy, from food and drink. But what is of utmost importance as well is that we be careful of what comes out of our mouths, what we say, what we attend, what we write, what we SMS, what we tweet, what we send on our Facebook statuses and so on. What perhaps we would be communicating in any way with others. People think okay, I am silent I don't say but what do you do on WhatsApp? What do you do on BB? What do you do on the net? during Ramadan, be careful. My brothers and sisters shaitan comes to us and makes us oblivious. He makes us forget for a moment
that we are in the condition of fasting. So if we'd like to achieve peace, we need to be careful of all these things. Let's modify positively let us rectify in a good way. But immediately May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us.
Last night we had spoken about the pearls of peace. It was the third session that we had an Al Hamdulillah we went through many verses of surah Allah and I have chosen this 30 minute slot that I have today to continue with the pearls of peace because we would like to mention more verses from the Quran. See that this is the month of the Quran shahara Rama
beautiful rhyming verse that Allah has sent down to us this month of Ramadan, the blessed month in it, the Quran has been revealed guidance to man Allahu Akbar, the criterion that which distinguishes between right and wrong. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and grant us goodness.
One of the most important issues that we learn regarding Amman, that we see a verse of even in Surah, Allah and Ron and in many other places in the Quran, is to make haste to turn to Allah. Don't waste time. If you know I need to repent. You need to repent today. Don't say later on. You might never see the outside of this Masjid again. It's possible I may never and will likely Let's never underestimate the power of Allah. Like we say we need to turn to Allah before death. Don't we agree?
When are you going to die? That's the question. If you have a guaranteed answer, wait for it. Allah protect us. No one has a guaranteed answer. So if the answer to the question When are you going to die is any time then you need to repent now. This is why Allah subhanho wa Taala says verse number 133 of Allah Allah was Sadie Oh Allah was
Make haste towards the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala the forgiveness from your Abba repent to him quickly and make haste towards paradise towards paradise. Because if a person is not working towards paradise, it would mean he's walking away from Paradise and walking away from Paradise one one is way exactly we would be heading Allah protect us from Jehovah.
So this is Allah subhanho wa Taala we want the asherah we want peace in the life after death, we need to be working towards Jenna. One of the ways of achieving it is increase your STL file ask Allah forgiveness, here is a blessing place the house of Allah We ask Allah to forgive us. If Allah has accepted that, believe me, we will sail through to paradise because we will be having peace the day when we meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala each one of us is going to present some gifts to Allah, in what form in the form of the deeds that you have done through your life. So what is your gift? Have you prepared a good gift? If you were to give someone a wedding gift or you were to give
someone a gift on any occasion, you would make sure it's something acceptable. You would package it, you would pack it make it look nice. No one would like a huge box with a small peanut inside. May Allah protect us. We've done so many deeds inside, there is nothing there's a little peanut, that's not what we want. We would rather give a person a gift, which is not even in a box, but it's something extremely valuable. Imagine someone give you a Lamborghini say you know what this is just because my van started lockable. I don't think that would happen in Russia in Cape Town, unless it was a little ditty or a matchbox vehicle. So my brothers and sisters, let's get more serious. The
deeds we engage in a package and they will be presented as a gift. Allah subhanho wa Taala is my Rob I am engaging in order for him. The best gift you could actually present is still far until about Oh Allah, I'm weak, Allah forgive me. I've tried my best to Allah and I know that you will do the rest. Subhana Allah.
May Allah bless us all may make us conscious. So it's important for us to make haste to this. And this is why immediately after that verse, verse number 135, Allah makes mention of those who've committed immorality, those who have engaged in immoral behavior, sometimes they might lose hope. Like we said last night shaytan comes to us, one of the ways of him clutching onto us is that he makes us feel I've committed so many sins, that there is nothing left for me besides carrying on in my sin because the mercy of Allah is too far. If that's the case, we have been gripped by the devil never feel that Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us very clearly I will forgive you, no matter what
you've done, but the conditions are you need to repent and don't go back to your bad ways. So Allah says verse number 135, one larina.
Those who have engaged in fact Asia, meaning immorality, or they have oppressed themselves in any way, they have wronged themselves in any way, that long then they remember Allah and they remember they have to return to Allah. They understand where they are heading. So a person engaged in immortality and immediately after that they regretted it. They understood that they have to return to Allah they remember the law that is a flicker of a man like the Hadith says he does somewhat kasana to Kawasaki.
When you're good It makes you feel good. You know when we come in the evening for tarawih and we sit Mashallah crowded Masjid where you are standing shoulder to shoulder such that you are a little bit squashed. That's the proper way of doing things and you feel a little bit warm and the Imam takes slightly longer and you get you try to get up and you cannot because you cannot walk out the machine is too full and then you have to sit and listen to a talk of the Imam and you are sitting in waiting Mashallah and you are happy and when you are walking out you feel so rejuvenated spiritually Why? You did a good deed. You didn't tell her we you stood with the Imam you stood with the Muslim him
and what else happened? Subhana Allah It was amazing. The the environment the vibe was so powerful that you actually walked out a happy person, although your day might not have been as spiritual but because you engaged in one spiritual deed it made you feel good. That's a sign of demand. When a person doesn't have demand, they can do good and say well, it's by the way, I'm just doing it for myself. But when a person has demand, I did this and I
wish to gain closeness through to Allah subhanho wa Taala This is why the Hadith says man sama Ravana Eman And what is Urban goofier Allahumma amin dombey. Whoever fasts Ramadan with full conviction Eman, expecting and hoping for a reward by Allah wanting to gain closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala they will definitely have all their sins wiped out look at the people of Europe yesterday I received a an email saying in Iceland they are fasting for almost 22 hours.
Imagine 21 to 22 hours if that is the case, ours is nothing it's like just a delay lunch love. You know we're about to have lunch immediately after tomorrow. But rather than that, we will delay it and push it to just after sunset inshallah, how beautiful sunset is a few hours away, blink your eyes in its day, may Allah protect us from Iceland.
Love, assist those who are there really. And may Allah grant them goodness, we don't understand the gift we are in. Imagine the young imagine the women imagine that the men what type of fast they must be going through only Allah knows they know May Allah protect us. And similarly, in Europe as well. They have not been fast this time of the year, they have almost 18 to 20 hours May Allah bless us. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is informing us that when a person commits a sin and regrets it, it's a sign of Eman. Some people that drink alcohol, the first time a person drinks, they might say I shouldn't have done it. But if you are not careful and you engage in it again, whether it's drugs,
whether it is the gambling, whatever else it is, whether it is the abuse of your family members, first time you might regret second time if you do not stop yourself, block yourself by force, what will happen you get used to it to the degree that you commit adultery or you drink and you don't even bat an eyelid you looking forward to the next time you're going to go to the bar Allah protect us. But when a person has imagined, if they were to commit a sin, they feel so bad about it, they feel they should not do it. That is Allah saying repent, turn, turn to me. You have a man, you are a man, you are different. You are a believer. Come on, turn to me, leave your bad ways. It will snatch
your peace if you don't. So let's get towards the road of peace, the path of peace, the path that will lead us to ultimate peace. May Allah grant us paradise. So Allah says that
those who have engaged in immorality, or have oppressed themselves in any way they've wronged themselves in whatever way, if they remember Allah subhanho wa Taala festival followed
him and as a result, they sought forgiveness for their sins. So Allah says,
Who is there to forgive sins besides Allah? Anyone? If you commit adultery, or you've drunk alcohol or you've engaged in gambling or you've consumed interest, can you just go to the friend of yours next door and say, forgive me? He doesn't own forgiveness. It's Allah who owns forgiveness. So ask Allah for forgiveness, be convinced that it is Allah who can forgive you. So when you ask Allah Allah I committed immorality, Allah, I've oppressed myself in this way or that way. Forgive me, you are the owner of forgiveness. We have no rub beside you. We have nobody to forgive us besides you. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
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the one condition is they should not continue on those on that bad way or on those bad ways. If they would like to achieve the mercy of Allah knowingly, they should not do it. Like a person gives you a snack and says, I'm sorry. Then they give you another snack. They say I'm sorry. They give you a third snack. I'm sorry. What would you do? Take out your revolver.
Allah protect us and grant us goodness we don't know toys, eh, Allah. May Allah bless us, my brothers and sisters, you might tolerate someone who does something wrong to you once they say I'm sorry. They do it wrong to you again twice, I'm sorry, the third time you might consider action because the action they engaged in would require your reaction you know that Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from actions that have bad reactions. So my brothers and sisters The same applies you want to ask Allah forgiveness. Don't treat him like a child like a baby like a little person as long as you're alive. He is upon Allah mean you cannot tell me Allah forgive me whilst you still engaging
in the morality quoted and telling you Allah forgive me, Allah Akbar. Allah I've oppressed my wife or my husband or my family members. I've been abusive to them with my tongue. I have not said loving words to them. Yeah, Allah. I have not fulfilled my rights as a husband. Yeah, Allah forgive me from today, I'm going to utter the most beautiful words to my family members, my children, I will spend time to kick a ball to them for indeed kicking a ball to your child.
of playing with them for a little while goes a long way in their balanced development and upbringing. Do you know that if you do not spend time with your children and you do not make them feel loved and adorable, and you do not make them feel as gorgeous no matter what they look like, it may hinder their upright developmental balance development. So you're right as a parent, as a spouse, you need to praise one another you need to make sure that when you correct you're correct in a beautiful manner. Let them be people who can look at you and smile to say when I'm wrong. This husband of mine corrects me in such a beautiful way with a smile, Masha Allah, may Allah subhanho wa
Taala gracias goodness. These are some of the gems that we sometimes overlook. People look at Muslims and say these guys, they oppress their wives or these people. Why? Because of how we are behaving not because of Islam, because of how we are behaving. It's about time, we actually changed our behavior and brought it in line with the teachings of Islam. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us. Let's listen to the rest of that verse. So Allah says, hula
beam, those people who are just described now in this verse number 135, of surah, Allah Allah, Allah says, For them, shall be forgiveness from Allah, wa Jen.
And we will give them paradise. Amazing. A person who has committed sin and immorality, they asked for forgiveness and they did not repeat their sin, Allah says we will forgive them. And on top of that we have prepared for them paradise, Allahu Akbar.
Allah, Allah is the one who has sought forgiveness from sins is equivalent to He who has not committed a sin at all amazing, because when you've made a resolve to turn to Allah, Allah says, My worshipper, I don't want to look at the bad past the evil that you've done in the past, but whatever good you've done in the past will carry it through. Amazing. So
today we have an anti virus on our computers. So what happens we immediately press the button and we want all the viruses to go sometimes when you are deleting an app or some form of a program that might have a virus in it. Do you know what the computer does? It takes out some relevant information that might be there the restarting of your computer or your device that will not happen when it comes to towbar. That's an antivirus. What happens? It removes all the viruses from within you and your spirituality is number one, may Allah protect us and grant us goodness. And you find you restart in such a way that tomorrow morning before Salah can forgive you are already here. Once the
event is going on, you're sitting in the mystery. What spirituality May Allah bless us, grant us goodness, like I said, nowadays we get up with the wrong intention. Do you know what intention we have? So who? But that's the time of June? Why don't you change your intention slightly say Allah, I'm going to get up with three intentions. I'm going to hit whatever I can in terms of the 100 and I will engage into our and I will have my soul wow Allahu Akbar. Look a bonus upon a bonus Masha Allah, may Allah protect us just modify your intention, you are going to get up engaging to minimum for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala make a show. And then have your suit Oh, but that is the
time of the head shoot, you are so blessed that in Ramadan, Allah is making you get up for him. Don't let the cereal and what do they call it the Muse Li and all the other little goodies and the little items you are going to be devouring at that time become your sole intention shouldn't be, it should be part of the intention as a Baraka, Allah Subhana Allah bless us. So Allah says,
call me Dina.
Me meaning gardens beneath which rivers shall be flowing Subhan Allah, what a great abode for those who want to do these. Are we ready to act? Are we ready to do deeds? If you want to if you want to do your deeds, you will earn paradise to do your deeds you need to abstain from the bad ones. And you need to do the good ones who would like their computers to be affected by viruses knowingly? Well, our spirituality is affected by the virus of our thoughts and our actions. And sometimes it spoils up the restart of our own deeds of goodness because we are people who become bogged down slow down that process have become so slow because there are too many viruses May Allah subhanho wa Taala
grant us goodness let's look at what
Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about,
like I said moments ago, in our families, amongst our friends, our brothers and sisters in faith who share the Shahada with us, our brothers and sisters in faith who share the Shahada with us. What is the Shahada eyeshadow Allah Allah, Allah wash? Mohammed Abu hora sudo, I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his worship and His Messenger, his final messenger, his slave, Allahu Akbar. Once we declare that Shahada, we are brothers and sisters, the bond thicker than that of blood. If you do not feel it, something is wrong with your spirituality. Today, we have divisions that we've created for the
smallest of reasons, and we lose the bigger picture. So what happens the real enemy is really enjoying because he doesn't need to act anymore. He just needs to assist in blowing up minor petty issues amongst members who share the same Shahada so that they kill each other. May Allah protect us the hatred amongst people who declare the same Shahada is only from the devil. So if you feel hatred towards someone who shares the Shahada with you, there is something wrong with your spirituality. If there is something really that you would like to assist them with, do it in the most beautiful way. Let's listen to this beautiful verse that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of addressing
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, verse number 159, Allah
and it is through the mercy of Allah that you are Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam were very lenient and compassionate with them with who with those around you. lenient, compassionate, where does leniency come from? comes from the mercy of Allah, Allah to Allah. When you are lenient, compassionate loving to your family members, it's from Allah when you are not when you are hard hearted. When you are rude. When you are vulgar, it's from the devil. So ask yourself when you go home today, change your life. My brothers and sisters do you know many homes are suffering for nothing. For no reason there is not supposed to be suffering in the home husband is a very good man
wife is such a good sister in Islam, the children are brilliant, the parents are excellent, the in laws are lovely people, the devil creeps in and makes us develop cracks where there are no cracks. So we start chiseling into a ceiling when there are no cracks in the ceiling, damaging a beautiful ceiling.
But you can change your ways. Become a loving person, say good words, spend some time with your family. That's all they are asking you for. spend some money on them. Remember the best wealth you could spend is that on your own family members for the morsel of food that you are putting into their mouths, rise to your responsibilities give up your bad habits. This is from Allah. And if we do the opposite, it's from the devil. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and grant us goodness. So Allah says to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam it is through the mercy of Allah that you have been lenient with them, while
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booming. If you were a person who was rude in your speech, vulgar or immoral in your speech, and you are harsh hearted, your heart was hard. And the way you spoke to people was not correct. They would have all dispersed from around you. That's what the lysing addressing whom? Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam did he have any of those qualities? Not even one, he was perfect. He had qualities that if we are to look at them, we emulate and follow blindly Close your eyes and follow it will lead you to the path of peace, that is the path of peace. So panela that is the path of peace. When you follow Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam take a look at how he spoke to those around him. Even his
enemies, he addressed them with respect. Do you know that? Today a small person does something to ask he's a family member. We use F and B's and then we claim it stands for face book. May Allah protect us.
Alexander's goodness, really, we use the most vulgar language with our family members with those who are part of the oma with the friends of Allah. Allah because we met one or two small differences finished it's over this man is what and what words that are so bad. Allah says it's only the mercy of Allah that can help you abstain from those words. Stay away from them. If you are rude, people will run away from you, your family, you will lose them. Imagine if you don't know how to speak to your own wife. She won't last more than a week after that you hear there was a divorce but you
We had all the buba last week some how to love what happened to them when it's coming after the middle of Ramadan.
Allah protect us.
My brothers and sisters, we don't want to hear of divorce immediately after nikka after getting married. Sometimes it's only because of your mouth. You did not know how to speak, you acted lies. You acted falsehood, vulgar words, immoral behavior. This is why your PC snatched away my brother or my sister.
So let's learn to be upright people. Let's learn to be lenient, soften your heart, learn to give up sometimes. Something very important learn to give up sometimes your opinion when it is minor. It is a minor thing. You're not everyone needs to eat what you want to eat, because I'm the debt. I'm the boss, it no longer works that way. So panela you may be the boss but you will earn that respect. And that position people will grant it to you willingly if you deserve it via your credentials. Do you know that if you have the credentials of a father, you will automatically be looked up to by everyone in the home. But when you are a father and you are demanding that respect, when you are a
person whose mouth is vulgar, the way you speak is upside down. What would happen people would actually look at you and say you are a disgrace. You are an insult and I don't want to live with you anymore. Allah protect us.
My brothers, my sisters, bless it month of Ramadan. Look at the lessons and the gems. We are learning from the Quran. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness.
Then there is a verse that I would like to make mention of that brings reality. Allah says verse number 185 of surah Allah and Ron we read it last night
we've heard that so many times everybody so shot, taste, did imagine taste it means death as a taste. Imagine.
Every soul shall taste good. Think about it for a moment. What have you prepared for that moment, every soul shall taste death. The body you have and I love to say this because it's a reality. The body you have is a uniform that you've worn. Your soul shall take out the uniform and carry on the uniform will remain in the ground whilst Your soul is gone. So this body you have is an Amana stop tattooing it and stop piercing it in places that you're not allowed and stop treating it in a way that its health is being compromised because it is an AMA from Allah. Imagine if I were to give you the latest car that I have and tell you brother I'm going to look after my vehicle and when I come
back you painted a big you know painting on it. And you told your child take a paintbrush and just draw my name on it and do this on it and then you you took it this way that way you change the tire size and you did this and when I came back you looked at me today your car and I looked at you and said what is it my vehicle? I trusted the wrong man. Your body is more important than a car Why are you tattooing it? Why are you damaging it through drugs and through whatever else it is even if it is smoking quit give it up my brothers and sisters give it up.
Well now he this isn't no mana you need to return it to Allah subhanho wa Taala you know in a condition that is acceptable. It's just a uniform that's going to come out one day, may Allah protect us every soul shall taste death. So who is the winner? Allah says
The one who has been protected from Hellfire saved from Hellfire and been granted entry into paradise is the one who has succeeded that is the one in ultimate and total peace. And how will we achieve that through the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala and this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala asks us, he asks us to be patient when we hear bad words from people of other faiths, from people who do not agree with us. Verse number 186. Go and read what it says. Allahu Akbar, Allah says you will be tested, you will be tried, you will hear a lot of abuse from the people of the books before you and from the polytheists they will speak in a tone and they will abuse you they will utter words
that may hurt you. Allah says whoever is patient, whoever is patient, and bears taqwa is conscious of Allah, that is the best thing they could do Allah protect us and help us to react in a correct way when people try to harm us And may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, also Allah subhanho wa Taala
Right at the end of this particular surah so,
Oh you believe, persevere. That's a part of suburb isn't it? It's Bureau. Persevere bear patience in your saburo What are people remain station whether it is in the massage, or at a place where Allah has instructed you to remain station, be steadfast Do not be absent where you are supposed to be present and do not be present where you are supposed to be absent. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Be conscious of Allah in order that you may achieve success May Allah grant us success. May this blessed month of Ramadan be the best month we've ever had. May we be people whose hearts are suffering who learn to love one another starting from our own homes and the aroma of Muhammad
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam brothers and sisters our concern goes beyond just the oma we should be concerned for humanity at large. How best can this beautiful Deen and this beautiful faith and these beautiful teachings get to those who may not be Muslims yet May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless humanity at large by guiding them towards the goodness of this Deen and may He bless all the creatures that he has created in every single way May he protect us from whatever he has created that we need protection from until we meet again this evening we say masala Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah Subhana Allah Han will be heavily conditioned to Allah
Allah, Allah and Allah to boil it.