Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2013
Day 23, Ramadan 2013 – Mufti Menk, Cape Town, Masjidul Quds
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Muhammad Al amin Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa tabin woman tambien BSN and Elijah Medina.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala and send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, all his companions, his entire household May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all, and bless every single one of us and grant us goodness, beloved brothers and sisters, the messengers who have come with these messages, and here we are talking of the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Those who have not followed the message, they are the ones who have lost. And if we take a look at surah, till movement, which is also known as Surah Taha affair, it has more than one name. In this surah, Allah makes mention of the one believing man from the family of the pharaoh or Iran. And he
presented something very logical to Pharaoh and his cronies. He told him, that this Musa alayhis salam who has come to you, why do you want to kill him when he is calling you to worshiping one God, the Deity, the one who has made and created everything, what he says, And this man is using logic. Now, he says, if he is lying to you, if he's telling a lie, that he's a messenger, he will taste the Ross, he will be the one who will lose. But if he's telling you the truth, then you have everything to lose. So pound Allah look at the logic. And this is why once I met an atheist, and he happened to tell me you wasting your time I did in a nutshell, I told him that if I were to follow all the rules
and regulations that I am following, according to you, where would I go? He said, you'd go to the same place that I am going to. So I asked him, then, well, if you are not following what I am saying, and what we are teaching and the rules and regulations of the Almighty, then you may not go to the place that I am heading to.
So I told him, I'm losing nothing. Whether I do what you say or what I do, according to you, I'm still going to the same place. So what am I lost, but according to you, you are 50% risking it, according to your own logic. Here. Obviously, we're not talking about the Islamic perspective, we're talking about the logical perspective, where a person tells you look, there is nothing like this, everything is just created like that, Oh, it was made it you know, he just popped up there and so on. If you were to ask them, well, when you die, where are you going to go? Or if you ask them another question, when I die, am I doomed? They'll tell you, no, you're not doing well, then I'd
rather do something that is definitely going to keep me not doomed. either this way or that way. It's common logic, common sense. If you think of it, think about it for a moment, you will come to understand so this man, this is what he told the people at the time of Iran. He told the family he was one of the relatives of Iran according to what the Quran speaks about verse number 38 of surah twofer. Allah says, Allah Allah jhulan min min Alif Iran a tumor, a man, a man from the family of Iran had said whilst he was hiding his belief in musala inshallah, so he did not make it apparent. Sometimes, you know, up to today, there are people who revert to Islam, but they are worried about
losing their lives. They are worried about being persecuted, so they don't utter it. They don't declare it aloud to everyone. Perhaps a small circle of people might know sometimes maybe no one knows Allahu Akbar. Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who appreciate one another. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us a man. So this man says attacco toluna jhulan coonara Bm La
Nina Genie, Rob bacon. How can you want to kill a murder or execute a man who is saying my Arab is Allah and he brought about he brought signs showing you he brought signs from your Lord showing you that he is indeed the messenger. So he says,
Well, he decided
to come. In fact, it starts by saying for a cuca de la gazebo is telling a lie, his lie will catch up with him. But he's telling the truth, then you people are going to be receiving the doom that he is predicting. And ultimately that's exactly what happens. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us like we say, we're looking for peace. People say Where is Allah He doesn't exist to build away his God. There is no existence of him. We
Why does he have so many rules and regulations to be honest with you?
He is the one who created us he knows what is best for us. Do you know that the brain we have we said it yesterday, the amount of knowledge we have is actually a fraction, not even a fraction, a fraction of a fraction of the knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah knows best, what we are to do if we'd like peace, this is why if we do not have that peace and contentment, it's definitely because we have not understood the message of Allah subhanho wa Taala. May He make us from those who understand. So in verse number 44, the same men, he tells them,
you will definitely remember what I am telling you. A day will come when you will remember me and my words, and I am handing my affair to Allah subhanho wa Taala For indeed he is all watchful over his slaves. So this he is telling them a day will definitely come when you will realize that what I've told you is the truth. The same applies to Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam with us where he has warned us to say I warn you of a day that is going to come that this will happen. We don't want to now arrive on that particular day and then be caught unawares, like we say, with around the day definitely came it was too late with us. Insha Allah when the when the day comes, we will be from amongst those
insha Allah who have succeeded, May Allah forgive us and grant us a turning point. I mean, so to say that Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how dangerous the kuffaar how dangerously The kuffaar had treated the poor on the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala how badly they treated the Quran, and how they affected themselves by their utterances and their words.
Whenever the Quran was being recited, it was so powerful, such a powerful book, and it still is obviously very powerful book. The verses are such in the Quran, that as they were being read in muckety, muck, allama, they pierce through the ears, they went into the mind and the heart, they soften the people up, even the enemies of Islam were shaken. And they had to think for a moment and a lot of them softened up and accepted the Islam. And even those who rejected it. They knew it's only out of arrogance, we are rejecting it, not because we think it's wrong, but because we just don't want to admit that this man has been given a higher level than us. So we don't want to admit
this. So now what happened? Allah subhanho wa Taala through that power of the book, or his own word Subhana. Allah had kept it such that the minute they hear it, it goes into their mind, they begin to think about it. So the kuffar even the leaders from amongst them, they used to say this book is very powerful, very sweet. Now it was hurting some of those who are sitting at the top because they didn't want to hear the statements. Imagine you have a major problem with someone. And then you go to, for example, a friend's house and he's only talking about that person. How do you feel? So the lead is of Quraysh, they had a major problem of Mohammed salatu salam, and here you have the others
who are a slightly lower down saying, Have you heard the word it's very powerful, no matter what, it's a solid word, you know? And this, these people are saying that why do you even want to hear it, but what do we do? So now they came up with a plan, whenever the word of Allah is being recited, put your fingers in your ears that worked against them, you know why? The verses were short and sharp in Makkah, one verse was read, as they lifted their fingers up to put them into their ears, the verse was over. So when they put their fingers in the ears, it gave them a time to ponder over what was said. And when they thought about it, and they thought, now it's over, they put their fingers down
again, another verse was given to them, when it came, and immediately they put their fingers in it gave them a time to think again. So it worked against them. This was the power. This is why I look at the verses of the Quran. When you see short, short, sharp verses, you need to know this was revealed most probably Makoto makara
amazing. So when that didn't work, they came up with another plan. What call Allah Dena kafala does not only have an annual fee now I'll let them who was number 26 of Surah casilla the kuffar they used to say, Do not listen to this Koran make a big noise when it is being recited so that you can be victorious. So when the Quran was being read, they used to make a big noise forget about the finger job anymore. Now you make a big noise so that nobody hears it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us so we as Muslims are taught that when the Quran is being read, we should be the opposite.
Sit attentively, quietly. Listen very carefully try and pick up every letter. Try and understand its meaning so many places in the Quran Allah warns us
are they not going to ponder very deeply over the verses of the Quran? Allah khudobin upon follow her all the locks of the Quran upon their hearts now why not make us such that the locks of the Quran on our heart so we've not even interested in trying to find out what Allah Subhana Allah is saying, Let's ponder deeply over the verses of Allah. And this is why Allah tells the same profile falando de La Nina
Shaggy, those who disbelieve from amongst them who used to do this making noise wise, our word is being recited, they will taste a very, very severe punishment.
Meaning the leader, if a leader is reading his speech, and all the people are making a big noise, how would he feel what would happen? I think Subhanallah it does not really happen here. There are a few barbaric places that I have noticed, you know, where you find the leader speaking and the others are just laughing and mocking. I'm thinking of it perhaps you might have seen it, let's not name countries may Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us goodness and may He opened our doors with the word of Allah, it doesn't happen and it's not allowed to happen. And if anyone does it, they will taste the loss of their action. When we intentionally make a noise whilst Allah versus being recited Allah
who we are asking for trouble. If it is something unintentional, we should as soon as we remember, we should remain silent. Listen to it. Today you are listening to the radio or anything else. If the Quran is being played, listen attentively, if you cannot turn it off, it's good to respect to turn it off then to have Koran playing in the background and everybody's just playing games here. nobody's listening to it. And sometimes we making a big noise chatting about everything else. That's the word of Allah, the One Who made you respect him in order for you to achieve peace and comfort. May Allah Subhana Allah grant us goodness.
Then in verse number 33, of the same Surah Surah Allah, Allah speaks about the one who has the best speech from amongst us. Who has the best tone, the best saying the best speech from amongst us listen to the best woman
in Allah. Amina Sani Hello Paula in any mean? Mimi, who is better in statement than he who calls towards the Almighty and himself he does deeds and at the same time he says I am from amongst the submitters, I submit. So he is a submitter he does good deeds and he calls others for good deeds. Allah says nobody can be better than that person. In statement. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who can call others towards goodness who can engage in the goodness ourselves and who can say we are muslimeen Today, there are various words that have cropped up people say I am this I am that I am that say I am a Muslim and rise above everything by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the feeling of the unity of the oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam as muslimeen and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us and return us to that which was taught by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So this is a very important message. The next surah is named after a Shura, the consultation, the importance of consulting with those who have sound knowledge and they are genuine. When you want to consult someone, you need to know that they need two qualities in them minimum.
One is they need to have the knowledge of the field you are consulting them in. And number two is they need to have a genuine feeling for you or they need to be sincere. If someone does not have knowledge of the field you are asking them about even if they are so sincere and they love you. They won't know how to advise you. You know you have a chest pain. And you go to for example, a person who's a painter and you say my chest is painting. He will tell you you know you need an undercoat.
Allah Subhana Allah to Allah protect us, Allah grant us good. So he's a genuine man, but he doesn't know.
You go to the specialist, you want some advice? Go to the right people. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant His goodness, the sisters are probably cackling because they thought they would hear the word petticoat love.
My brothers and sisters, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala goodness, Allah says it's a quality of a true believer. Well, I'm sure avena whom the true believers, their affairs are decided after mutual consultation. Something important when you have something important in your life. Make sure you ask people make sure you you know you don't just make your decision on your own. Ask someone say look, you know what I'm getting
Married What do you think? Is this a good idea? The problem with us the deal is sealed already complete, then we go to debt that What do you think? That's another good idea? Say we're too late? What was the point? You already seal the deal in advance. Now you asked him for advice. There is no point. So panela ask at the beginning Dad, I'm thinking of this that says not a good idea. Say No problem, I drop it. Or you can even ask that why is it not a good idea? And let him explain Subhanallah I'm sure he'd have a good reason because if he does not, he's wrong about that. let's admit sometimes we are wrong.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us goodness, I see the youngsters nudging each other here.
Allah subhanho wa Taala. Bless us. Whilst It is very important to seek advice and to ask the opinions of others. We should never be insincere in that advice. So do not advise people wrongly solely because you have a grudge in your heart. No, you need to be genuine. It's a quality of a believer. If not, you can abstain from giving the advice in totality. Sometimes people come especially like people will ask you, you know, say some good names for us. We're about to expect 99 times out of 100 they don't keep the names we give them. Why? Because they've got their ideas. So now we've learned a new one. Give us a list of names and we'll help you select some handler we want
to know your tastes so kind of imagine when we go out to eat for example, and someone says whatever you order I eat and you order something Mashallah and they say, I don't eat calamari.
But you spend so much money, why didn't you tell us in advance? May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from that food which is not permissible to consume, and May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us goodness. So it's very important that we know how to deal with the situation. My brothers and sisters, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us the big decisions we make in our lives, sometimes we are making clean cut errors and mistakes, and we could not be bothered, we could not have been bothered to ask anyone, even those closest to us. What do you think? May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness and open our doors, the entire surah is named after consultation to tell us you
want peace, you want harmony, you want goodness in your life, find out listen to others, listen to their views, consult with them, try and accommodate what people are saying see the sense, you might be surprised to hear the view of someone younger than you that will perhaps be and maybe even less knowledgeable than you, that will be something that did not cross your mind. Look at Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam he's gonna be of Allah. He did not need to consult anyone but Allah tells him consulting in order to teach them how it's done. So when there is a consultation, for example, say it's a company and you have everyone sitting there is an amine, there is a leader or a chairman. And
and what would happen, all the views are put forward, he will have to select one view. Say for example, there are 20 of us in a certain committee, for example, and we all present views, what is the Islamic way, because 19 people are going to walk out upset to say my view was not accepted. If that's the case, we would lose the whole essence of consultation. We are taught that in consultation, we should all put forward our views. And the leader will choose one of those views based on the merit that he sees. And everyone else will now surrender to that particular view. And they will say it's our view, we sat together, we all came up with different ideas and views. And the
one view was taken up and that's our view. But now what happens today, people come out and say no, I don't want it I'm not falling. And the other one says the same thing. So it's only one person and this is why we lose the essence we don't even know how to consult because we think if my view was not adopted, that's it. I'm upset with everybody else. I walk out I don't smile. I'm no longer attending the meetings. This what happens is we've got no clue. Yes, if the the leader has chosen something that is in the displeasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala you have every right to walk out now Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, and may He make us from those who learned a lesson, I
just touched on it. I haven't even gone through the depth of it. But this is how we will achieve peace when we know how to consult one another when we can give up our opinion, when the other opinion is better.
This is when you will achieve goodness. But if we are very very selfish regarding our own opinions, you won't even work you won't even be able to live in a marriage for more than a few days. Believe me, people will get irritated with you give up your opinion. Come on, you don't need everything your way Subhana Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala grantors goodness me he opened our doors sacrifice your opinion for as long as the other opinion is not something haram and sometimes it might even be better than yours. And this applies both ways. May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us in every way.
So in this particular verse in this particular surah Allah subhanho wa Taala also makes mention of how he is the one who accepts the forgiveness and forgives his worshippers. Look what he says verse number 25
Well who want to bet on anybody anyway? Well, who will let
it is Allah it is he who accepts the total, when people repent to Allah, it is his sole discretion to accept the total and he is the one who forgives so much of what is done.
Imagine if there are 5 billion sins that were committed today in this particular country. And if people have to raise their hands, Allah may forgive all of those sins on condition that they repent. So Allah says, a lot of what you've done, that is sinful, we've already forgiven it because of your Toba. You need to turn to Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a turning point, he's actually showing us His mercy and how readily He forgives. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us that forgiveness. times we become upset in life and we lose contentment because we don't have materially certain items. So because I can't wear the Levi's jeans and I don't have the PX sedan, and I don't
have this and I don't have my you know, what do they call it Mont Blanc and whatever else Subhan Allah, and I don't have this and that's why I'm upset. I'm very upset and Allah says, You know what, we did not give it to you for a reason. There is a reason when we kept you with something less there was a reason when we gave you more there is a reason. So these reasons Allah subhanho wa Taala has made mention of them in many places in the Quran. And even in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam one of these verses verse number 27, of Sugata Shura, very interestingly worded
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If Allah had to excessively give everyone everything, if the people would become tyrants, they would engage in tyranny on Earth. Because Do you know what happens at a certain time you earn, and this is what is mentioned in the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam and the Quran has pointed us towards it. A person earns, when they start when they become rich and wealthy. You know, at one stage they racing, they competing, because they want to earn a lot, once they've got a lot. Now they on a new league. So they are in the league. In the league. Now people have all of them are millionaires. Now it's got to do with who is going to be reaching 20,000,001st. So now there's four guys who reached
20 million from there, you know, in a new league, so it doesn't stop, you get who's going to get to 100 million from amongst us. So now there's three at the top, who's going to go to 150. And it keeps on going. Once you've got your wealth and you're at the top, you know what, now let me start controlling. So you walk now into the machine, everything I say should happen. You look at the uncle and he looks at you. And he says, because that man is a Million Dollar Man, you know, Subhan Allah Subhana Allah and thereafter you want to control here, you want to control the business, you want to control the city, you want to control the country you want, everyone must be under your thumb. Allah
says that is why we do not give people
that's the reason. Because today, the test is within the hands of a few. Imagine if every one of us was a multimillionaire, we would all be sitting at home watching little screens rather than being here. So behind Allah, perhaps, who knows, Allah knows best. Obviously, it hasn't happened. So we cannot say that but it's just an idea. If we were all wealthy, perhaps there would be lots of disaster because people say I don't need you, man. You know, who do you think you are? I can put you underneath you know, and so on what the meaning of underneath is, nobody knows Allahu Akbar. So this is why let's understand that Allah says, Allah Qin, but unit zero because are in Maya, he, he has
sent it down, he gives it in limitation, as He wills. So you might have in your life spent 3 million rounds, but at one given time, you've never had more than 10,000 rounds. Could be. But if you calculate how much have I spent in the last 20 years, you probably have spent more than 1,000,002 million. Let's face facts, counting, you'll see Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us goodness, may he make us realize and understand he does us a favor for our character, our conduct and the fact that we can reach out to others and understand. So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of that in verse number 27, let's move on.
Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks of
the person whom someone has wronged. In Islam when someone has wronged you, you have the right of retaliation or revenge that is equal. So a person who has done something to you you can do that back to them equally. This is what Allah teaches us. What does
Verse number 40 surah Shula?
The recompense of an evil deed is an evil deed similar to it.
But notice a lot names both of them evil deeds. Someone gave you a slap you have the
to slap them back as they have slapped you, that's the right you have the right. But we have been taught for your peace for your comfort, for your goodness for your contentment, think very hard before you react similarly. So Allah says from an alpha Allah,
Allah Allah, whoever forgives and makes mens their reward will remain with Allah, they will taste something that the one who has retaliated with an equal deed will not taste. So what is this? Let me give you an example.
You come out and someone has for example stolen 200 grands from you. So what happens? You say I'm going to fix him. Well listen, you are a happy man everything was okay you wealthy your sleep good sleep last night you ate very well. Families. Okay, you have a happy home and someone stole 200 grand from you. Now, a foolish person will now say obviously we all have the right to get it back then without a doubt. But sometimes you run behind it, okay? My 200 vans are gone. Let me employ a god. So the next day there's a God then you get a forensic then you want people's phones and you want to tap them and so on. And Mashallah, after a while you caught the guy. When you caught the guy
took him to court. And when you went to court, you spent sleepless nights so now your family's upset with you. Your health is deteriorating. Your marriage is about to break. Your children don't like you anymore. You don't have time for them because you just want to nail this guy. What did he take from your 200
so now you you have high blood pressure, you've gone to the doctor, thereafter you're you've got cholesterol. So now you're on medication, everything is happening. So you might say it was my right I could go back so what he took 200 from yours, but you are paying in a bigger way. The best thing was to look at him and say it's okay. allow him to walk away. You're a happy man. You got your home you still got your happiness, you sleeping very well. Everything's okay, now we are sleeping pills. Why? A guy to 200 grams from us three years ago, we're still fighting him in the court. And you know what? He needs a guy that likes in some way in the system, the whole case will change and you're
going to lose. You know what happens now Allah subhanho wa Taala does goodness. May Allah bless us. So this is why in Islam we are taught that whilst it is your right to retaliate if you want peace, consider the consequences of your reaction. His action, you will react consider all the consequences. Sometimes it's cheaper. I can give you an example. It happened to me a few years back in Johannesburg.
Someone bumped my car from the back. I came out I saw a small little bump and I said you know what? It's okay nevermind and they were shocked what I said is okay, carry on you repair your vehicle and repair mine. And I went away and I was gone and I had a friend in another city before. Before I knew it before the evening the car was painted beated and spray painted Mashallah, everything was done. So panela The following day, I get a phone call from this person's boss to say yesterday there was an accident. Are you sure everything is okay? You should I said look, you know what my vehicle is better than what it was yesterday. It's already repaired and everything done. Because I calculated
the damage here is probably 1000 a little bit. And I asked the question that what is the procedure? I'm a foreigner here. And this person said, Well, you know, we're gonna have to find the cops we're gonna have to wait we're gonna have to do this, do that and there was a long procedure, then the insurance then you're gonna have to apply that. I'm thinking that to me is worth 3 million because the time that's happening there, my children are going to lose my everything. I'm going to lose my sleep, I'm going to stress every day. salam alayka
Allah, you walk away by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala and they look at you and they just like baffled because they are trained. The world trains us to say something happens you must know that. That's what the world thinks of in Islam, something happens. Consider it first. It might be the best thing to do to just smile at me as though you have a mental problem. But yet, you just don't want to follow the
law. Allah grant us contentment my brothers and sisters we will taste it I promise you, you taste the peace. When you know how to react, you taste the piece. This is why I decided to spend a few moments on this particular point because Allah says verse number 43, while ama sobre la hora economy nazmul omo however indoors and forgives, that's the best thing they could do. Whether you know it or not to endure and forgive is the best thing you could do. So now the sisters will say what do you mean he did this to me Okay, he did that to you. You don't want to endure you don't want to forgive you have the right to read to to do something about it. So now the sister says, I want the
nullification of this marriage. So she goes applies for it. She stresses and sweats but she gets it and when she's sitting on home, don't have a husband anymore.
What to do now, half a loaf was better than nothing. A man is not a loaf of bread Lord. Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us make it easy.
For us, really, my brothers and sisters, Let's respect one another in our homes. Obviously I said it connected to the sisters but it even happens to the brothers and we must equate and qualify the statement. Some of us are guilty of really doing things that are absurd and later on we regret because Allah subhanho wa Taala told us if you were to endure and forgive, it's the best thing you could have done but we said No, we are not enduring. We are not forgiving. We just flicking away. We will flick away you pay for it in a different way. Sometimes the payment of it might be far higher in value in price, then have you endured and just forgiven now Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us in
every way. We've got a lot to say. But inshallah we'll leave it we'll continue tomorrow by the will of Allah sallallahu wasallam albaraka Allah Nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah Subhana Allah Mohammed shadow Allah, Allah Allah